Saturday, April 30, 2016

Target Stocks Sink by $2.5 Billion in 10 Days as over 1 Million Americans pledge to Boycott them - Freedom Outpost

From the article: 
AFA has stated that Target could simply solve the problem they have brought on themselves. "One solution is a common-sense approach and a reasonable solution to the issue of transgendered customers: a unisex bathroom," wrote Wildmon. "Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone, a single occupancy unisex bathroom option should be provided."

Target appears to be taking a financial beating.  I wonder if it will be enough to get them to change their position?  I also wonder, what would motivate a company to take such a risk?  Why not opt for the "common sense, reasonable solution" in the first place?  What motivates a company to get involved in promoting social engineering at the risk to their profit and their business?  I wonder what their mission statement says?  Are they a social engineering company or a retail home goods company?  How many companies in the history of commerce have failed because they do not understand, or focus on, their primary mission?

Friday, April 29, 2016

IRS Admits Tax Code Is Too Complex to Enforce

From the article:
Even the IRS admits that "the complexity of the tax code makes the tax law too difficult for taxpayers to understand and for the IRS to administer."
One way to simplify the tax gap would be to move toward a flat consumption tax. As explained by Curtis Dubay, a research fellow in tax and economic policy at The Heritage Foundation, by incentivizing saving and investment, a flat consumption tax would increase economic growth by up to 15 percent in 10 years. Such a tax could be realized without affecting the overall distribution of the tax system, a common criticism of flat consumption taxes.
A flat consumption tax would also reduce the tax gap and ensure that people pay the correct amount of taxes. The simplicity of a flat tax would help taxpayers understand and voluntarily comply with the tax code and limit opportunities for tax evasion. A flat consumption tax would stimulate the economy and reduce the tax gap, all without affecting the overall distribution of the tax code.

I'm not a tax expert by any stretch of the imagination.  However, I'm guessing that efforts to reduce complexity, reduce government control and intervention, reduce the size of a huge government bureaucracy would be steps in the right direction.
This article is from the Heritage Foundation and it offers a more detailed solution here:  Heritage's Blueprint for Balance details many more specific reforms to limit government waste and limit the federal government to its proper scope.

Whistleblowers Describe TSA as a Dysfunctional Nightmare | PJ Media

Whistleblowers Describe TSA as a Dysfunctional Nightmare | PJ Media: "As noted here a couple of weeks ago, the TSA experience has become so flawed that the delays are forcing the airlines to finally weigh in on the problem."
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This is not new news.  What will it take to stop pouring money down this rat hole?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Why Socialism Will Always Fail | Mises Wire

Why Socialism Will Always Fail | Mises Wire: "The paradox of "planning" is that it cannot plan, because of the absence of economic calculation. What is called a planned economy is no economy at all. It is just a system of groping about in the dark. There is no question of a rational choice of means for the best possible attainment of the ultimate ends sought. What is called conscious planning is precisely the elimination of conscious purposive action."

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Articles: Biology Makes a Woman, Not Clothing or a Bathroom

From the article: 
A real woman will do things for children that no delusional man playing "woman" can ever do. A real woman can love, nurture, feed, take care of, and think a certain way that no male can ever understand. Transgenderism is attempting to destroy true motherhood/womanhood, and the left is assisting.

It isn't nice to fool with Mother Nature.  Biology rules.  My basic understanding is that transgenderism is largely a learned behavior.  There may be a very few who are actually born that way.  Most of the rest of that population is taught to act that way.  Somehow, they get confusing signals from other people's behaviors about what it means to be a male or a female.  It is learned behavior - not biological.  While I have empathy for those who are confused and I think the should be treated kindly and with appropriate help, they do not get to change gender roles and assume a different role in society.  Sorry, biology rules.

Austria’s Heir Apparent: Only 20% of Migrants Are ‘Real Refugees’

From the article: 
Hofer has said that Austria must defend itself from an "EU debt and liability union," while criticizing the unfettered entry of waves of "economic refugees" who "destroy the social system."

Another voice raised against the European "consensus" that supports the EU and the influx of immigrants.  Turn that stat around.  80% of migrants are not real refugees.

I Didn’t Believe Feminists Until The Trans Lobby Attacked Me

From the article: 
Feminists. That entitled group of navel-gazing, man-bashing, bra-burning, Hillary-loving whiners. You know—the kind who tweet their abortions and construct displays of 4,500 dye-soaked sanitary napkins and call it art. The kind that rejects all the things I love most about being female.

A young feminist comes to grips with reality and common sense.  Sometimes this happens.  There is still hope that we are not circling the drain.

Fort Cognitive Dissonance – The US Army’s New Home | US Defense Watch

From the article: 
The Army has become one gigantic dysfunctional family, and like a dysfunctional family it can't see the problems that are destroying it. In fact, a vast majority of the officers and senior NCO's in the Army won't acknowledge that they have a problem; a core symptom of cognitive dissonance.
There is one group that can clearly see that the Army has a myriad of problems; that one group is our nation's veterans. Yet, many leaders in the lean green machine won't listen to advice or criticism from vets of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, the Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea and WWII.
I've been told repeatedly by active duty people; stop criticizing the Army, everything is going well. Really, it is?

Really it is?  Good question.  Is the Army the canary in the coal mine?  A symptom of the disease?  Is the fabric of our society eroding?  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Note to Conservatives Who Are Secular - The Dennis Prager Show

From the article: 
President John Adams warned: "Because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion … our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Do secular conservatives think he was right or wrong?
The problem is not that most leading conservative thinkers are secular; it is that they don't seem to understand that a godless and Judeo-Christian-free America means the end of America, just as a godless and Judeo-Christian-free Europe has meant the end of Europe.

The biggest threat to mankind is not global warming.  The bigger threat is a loss of the sense of God.

ISIS internal docs show struggle to retain fighters, cut costs - CNN

ISIS internal docs show struggle to retain fighters, cut costs - CNN

Budget problems just like the US military.  I wonder why it took us so long to apply pressure.

Next Big Future: New Exoskeleton is less than half the price and weight of competition

From the article: 
The Phoenix exoskeleton is the world's lightest and most advanced exoskeleton designed to help people with mobility disorders to be upright and mobile. In the clinic, at home, and in the workplace Phoenix has successfully enabled many individuals to stand up, walk about, and speak to peers eye-to-eye. 
> The MAX system is designed to provide a flexible exoskeleton solution that can be adapted for a variety of different workplace tasks. The result is a versatile system that can allow workers to complete shoulder, low back, and leg intensive tasks with reduced injury risk while remaining comfortable enough to wear all day.

Good news for persons with disabilites and wounded warriors.  Also, a second system designed to enhance the work productivity of the human body.  Very cool stuff.

Famous Feminist: While We're 'Navel-Gazing' About Gender Identity, 'ISIS Is Beheading People' | Daily Wire

From the article:
In an interview with Spiked Online, radical feminist Camille Paglia unloaded both barrels on the Left's "self-absoprtion" with gender identity, saying all the "hyper-self-consciousness about 'Who am I? Where exactly am I on the gender spectrum?' is mere navel-gazing, while in the Middle East, ISIS is beheading people."

Camille Paglia speaks the truth.  One of a very few feminists I thinks makes sense.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Superior Vision | Capitalism Magazine

The immorality associated with violation of the principle of self-ownership lies at the root of problems that could lead to our doom as a great nation.

What do you think of this?  Walter Williams is a Libertarian.  I have been reading him for years and have learned a great deal from him.  This kind of thinking makes a lot of sense to me.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

"The mayor is going down!" - Newmark's Door

"The mayor is going down!" - Newmark's Door: "To paraphrase Instapundit: Why are Liberal-run areas such cesspools of corruption?"
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Outraged Bill Moyers Exposes The System For What It Is | The Bulletin

This is a quick video by Bill Moyers.  Typically I don't not agree with him, but this is quite good and I have only a few minor quibbles.  He identifies the "users" who now run our country and points out it is unlikely we can fix this from within.  

The system he describes is one where the government has too much power and big business buys access to this power.  This is called Crony Capitalism and is a perversion of Capitalism.  Some want to rail against Capitalism as the culprit, but true Capitalism is not the problem, Crony Capitalism is.  

Friday, April 22, 2016

Illinois has 7,499 teachers getting a $100,000+ PENSION, No wonder the state is crumbling –

Illinois has 7,499 teachers getting a $100,000+ PENSION, No wonder the state is crumbling – "My family is full of teachers. I respect teachers. I value what they do. But let’s get real here. This – as my old buddy might say – is “a straight up jack move” from the unions. This is theft from the taxpayers. Sorry. I know your union “negotiated” the pensions with politicians which got money from your union but it is just stealing with the veneer of bureaucratic legitimacy. You know it. We know it.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Free Markets Would Improve Hospital Service -

Free Markets Would Improve Hospital Service - "I'm as happy as the next guy to have government or my insurance company pay, but the result is that there's practically no free market. Markets work when buyer and seller deal directly with each other. That doesn't happen in hospitals.

You may ask, "How could it? Patients don't know which treatments are needed or which seller is best. Medicine is too complex for consumers to negotiate."

But cars, computers and airplane flights are complex, too, and the market still incentivizes sellers to discount and compete on service. It happens in medicine, too, when you get plastic surgery or Lasik surgery. Those doctors give patients their personal email addresses and cellphone numbers. They compete to please patients.

What's different about those specialties? The patient pays the bill.

Leftists say the solution to such problems is government health care. But did they not notice what happened at Veterans Affairs? Bureaucrats let veterans die, waiting for care. When the scandal was exposed, they didn't stop. USA Today reports that the abuse continues. Sometimes the VA's suicide hotline goes to voicemail.

Patients will have a better experience only when more of us spend our own money for care. That's what makes markets work.


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The Senility Of The Western Mind | The American Conservative

From the article: 
Political philosopher John Gray says that we are deceiving ourselves if we think that ISIS is a medieval throwback. Every barbaric act and strategy it employs have also been employed by modern states. In fact, an eschatological cult like ISIS could only have emerged in modernity; fundamentalism, he says, emerges and thrives in societies in which long-settled customs and traditions have been disrupted. And for that matter, movements like Communism and Nazism were simply secular versions of the same millenarian vision.
Future historians will marvel at how Westerners dismantled the fundaments of civilization — religion, family, community — in the name of a utopian progressive vision: the liberation of the Self.
It is left to the rest of us to figure out how to remain resilient and hopeful amid the ruins they create with each passing day.

We Have A Thug Culture Problem, Not A Gun Problem

We Have A Thug Culture Problem, Not A Gun Problem: "Democrat politicians dishonestly assert that we have a “gun problem” in the United States because it’s much easier to blame problems on an inanimate object than deal with the reality that decades of Democrat social engineering have utterly and consistently failed to manufacture prosperity in certain communities.

If we magically made all 325+ million firearms in the United States disappear overnight, criminal violence in these communities would not change significantly, only the mechanism of injury would change. This is a violent culture problem, not a tool problem.

Hillary Clinton and other politicians continue to lie to the American people, asserting that inanimate objects are responsible for the actions of people.

Until they are willing to address culture problems they’d rather ignore to attack scapegoats, we can expect the violence in this cultures to continue to grow, despite laws they push that only disarm those who no inclination to commit crimes.


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Cartel Gang Crime In Rural Maryland

The Captain's Journal » Cartel Gang Crime In Rural Maryland: "A rural Maryland sheriff on Tuesday blamed President Obama’s open-door immigration policy for a surge in gangland crime that included a retaliation murder and assault on an officer doing paperwork in his cruiser."

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Complex Tax System Prevents Americans From Saving

A Complex Tax System Prevents Americans From Saving: "Another tax day has come and passed only to once again remind us of the increasing financial burden that government places on individuals and families each year. Unfortunately, as taxes and onerous regulation continue to increase, the U.S. personal savings rate has decreased to 5.5 percent. Our savings rate was two to three times higher than that in the 1970s and 1980s, with a peak of 17 percent in 1975."

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Competition is key to improving education -

Study: Competition is key to improving education - "A new study from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice shows that competition is the key to improving American education.

“Pursuing Innovation” looks at “how effective open enrollment, charters, and educational choice programs are at improving student outcomes.”"

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The Decline and Fall of the American University

Had Enough Therapy?: The Decline and Fall of the American University: "The Decline and Fall of the American University
America’s universities are self-deconstructing. Once lauded as a great civilizational achievement, they have been degraded by radicals. If your chance for a better life involves going to college and learning what you need to know in order to take your place in the business or professional world, that chance is being systematically undone."

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Obamacare was just a step on the path to government control of all healthcare. It was designed to bankrupt insurance companies and is doing just that.

Commonsense & Wonder: Obamacare was just a step on the path to government control of all healthcare. It was designed to bankrupt insurance companies and is doing just that.: "UnitedHealth, the nation's biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for this year.
CEO Stephen Hemsley said Tuesday that the company expects losses from its exchange business to total more than $1 billion for this year and last. He added that the company cannot continue to broadly serve the market created by the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion due partly to the higher risk that comes with its customers.

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Center for Security Policy | Saudi Arabia and Warfare Economics

From the article: 
Saudi Arabia recently made a not-so-thinly veiled threat against the dollar recently.

War by any means necessary?  The prior article suggests there are other ways to cause your adversary to submit to your will.  The US has ignorantly allowed itself to be put in this position.  Energy independence and a vastly reduced debt would certainly reduce some of this exposure.

Sane Jews do not vote for Hillary

Sane Jews do not vote for Hillary: ""Who does Al Qaeda want in the White House?" is the title of an article by Lisa Daftari, who writes that "The Wall Street Journal has obtained a translated report of the text which suggests that...former Sec. of State Clinton 'will be an extension of the policy of Obama and the Democrats in the region.'" Precisely!

It's astounding to me, who reads daily newspaper reports of people being arrested and incarcerated for relatively innocuous crimes, that Hillary has not yet been frog-marched into a courtroom, on her way to Leavenworth. Clearly, someone doesn't want that to happen because of the guilt-by-association that would land that someone in a cell in the same institution. And the media's reassurances that FBI Director James Comey "is nonpartisan" ring hollow when you consider that on more than one occasion, he has found no criminal wrongdoing in several of the Clintons' fishy cases.

Tiffany Gabbay comments that Hillary's associations, which I've described above, "are nothing new to the Obama administration, nor to the Clintons. In fact, it is one of the primary reasons why voters concerned about terrorism and national security, or who care for the preservation of Israel, are best advised to refrain from voting for Clinton come November."

No sane American, no sane Jew, can give that premise a serious argument."

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A New Generation of Unrestricted Warfare

From the article: 
Seventeen years ago, Qiao and Wang warned us that these myriad new forms of non-military warfare were coming. Today we all now live on that battlefield — an unlimited zone of conflict that can reach each one of us in every aspect of our lives and work. The unconstrained notions of modern war articulated in Unrestricted Warfare have now arrived. Boundaries between soldiers and civilians, combatants and bystanders have all but disappeared in this dangerous new world. Providing effective national security in this unprecedented environment of mass exposure requires our policymakers to plan for unrestricted warfare. This growing and nearly boundless threat requires us to develop better policies, better deterrent capabilities, and far more developed defenses. We can't wait for the first big attack of the next war to throw society into chaos — rethinking what war now means in our interconnected world demands the attention of our civilian and military leaders today.

Pretty fascinating discussion but I think the fundamental rules still hold, we are just shifting our technologies.  The basic understanding of power and control, used by Clausewitz, is still how human beings work.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

This simple gadget saved a man's life. If you don't have one, get one! |

From the article: 
Luckily, the doctors also noticed the man was wearing a Fitbit. When they checked the synchronized app on the patient's smartphone they were able to see his heart rate activity. That data then showed doctors that the atrial fibrillation was caused by the seizure, meaning they could perform the electrocardioversion that saved his life.

Very interesting.  I don't suspect I'll rush out and by at Fitbit, but, still, very interesting.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Frank Gaffney: Erdogan Transformed Turkey into an ‘Islamist Police State’ That Is No Longer a ‘Reliable NATO Ally’ |

Frank Gaffney: Erdogan Transformed Turkey into an ‘Islamist Police State’ That Is No Longer a ‘Reliable NATO Ally’ |: "Gaffney argued that Erdogan’s statement was actually an example of taqqiya, the Muslim practice of lying for the greater good of the faith, and Erdogan’s true agenda was Islamic supremacism.


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Former White House Official: Obama Continues Making Concessions to Keep Nuclear Deal Alive | The Tower

Former White House Official: Obama Continues Making Concessions to Keep Nuclear Deal Alive | The Tower: "President Barack Obama has been “making one concession after another in response to Iran’s post-deal demands” in order to keep last summer’s announced nuclear agreement alive, former Clinton White House official Lawrence J. Haass wrote in an op-ed in the U.S. News and World Report on Tuesday.

America’s concessions on ballistic missiles and access to U.S. dollars not only mark reversals of long-articulated American positions, Haass wrote, but also serve “to expand Iran’s military capability, strengthen its economy and leave U.S. allies in the region feeling more abandoned.”

This continues a pattern of concessions that the administration made in order to reach the deal in the first place, such as discarding guarantees that the deal would include “anytime, anywhere” inspections."

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Jihadis infiltrating West as leader stand by - Washington Times

CAL THOMAS: Jihadis infiltrating West as leader stand by - Washington Times: "What is encouraging this invasion is the reluctance of Western governments to adopt policies that might label them “Islamophobes.” In far too many cases those concerns are outweighing their primary responsibility to protect citizens and borders. One example, which may not relate directly to the terrorist threat but exposes the stupidity that increases the likelihood of more attacks, comes again from the Daily Mail, which reports, “EU judges ruled that foreign crime suspects cannot be deported automatically if they risk being imprisoned in degrading jail conditions abroad.”


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Video: Robert Spencer explains the “Islamophobia” scam

Video: Robert Spencer explains the “Islamophobia” scam: "Here is the first part of my new video series, The Basics of Islam, an introduction to many of the most important aspects of the struggle against the global jihad. This one is about “Islamophobia” and the Islamic jihad against the freedom of speech.


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A Nation Within A Nation | The American Conservative

A Nation Within A Nation | The American Conservative: "Newsweek reports:

The former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, has admitted he “got almost everything wrong” regarding immigration in a new report, claiming Muslims are creating “nations within nations” in the West.

Phillips says followers of Islam hold very different values from the rest of society and many want to lead separate lives.

The former head of the U.K.’s equalities watchdog also advocates the monitoring of ethnic minority populations on housing estates to stop them becoming “ghetto villages.”"
Silly me.  I thought "no go" zones did not exist, at least according to the progressive media.

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Joe Scarborough: Clinton Email Investigation 'is Being Rigged' | PJ Media

Joe Scarborough: Clinton Email Investigation 'is Being Rigged' | PJ Media: "On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Monday morning, host Joe Scarborough was apoplectic.  “A criminal investigation is being rigged,” he charged."

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Former Pentagon Chiefs: Military Suffered From Obama White House

From the article: 
The U.S. military has been hindered by an overbearing and inexperienced White House under President Barack Obama, according to each of his three former defense secretaries, causing the Pentagon to struggle to carry out operations and make decisions.

Gates said he is concerned the president is suspicious of the military. He also said Obama was told by White House personnel during the debate over the war in Afghanistan that the Pentagon was trying to "box him in," "trap him," and "bully him," which Gates said was never true.
"But there were clearly a number of people at the White House who believed that," Gates said.

This article passed along by Johnny Brooks.  Gates and Panetta and Hagel weigh in.  Something is fundamentally wrong when the White House and its staff believe the Military is the enemy.  

Woodward on Hillary: 'Too Often It Doesn't Seem Like She's Talking Straight' - Breitbart

Woodward on Hillary: 'Too Often It Doesn't Seem Like She's Talking Straight' - Breitbart: "On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” veteran journalist Bob Woodward said of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “too often it doesn’t seem like she’s talking straight.”


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UK Equalities Chief Who Popularised The Term 'Islamophobia' Admits: 'I Thought Muslims Would Blend into Britain... I Should Have Known Better'

UK Equalities Chief Who Popularised The Term 'Islamophobia' Admits: 'I Thought Muslims Would Blend into Britain... I Should Have Known Better': "The former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, has admitted he “got almost everything wrong” on Muslim immigration in a damning new report on integration, segregation, and how the followers of Islam are creating “nations within nations” in the West.


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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Academic decay: Harvard students are triggered by pro-lifers and American flags « Hot Air

Academic decay: Harvard students are triggered by pro-lifers and American flags « Hot Air: "Idiocy has been running through America’s college campuses like a brush fire. From students triggered by pro-Trump slogans written in chalk to physical altercations about cultural appropriation and hairstyle, political correctness is the destructive and contagious Black Death infesting the progressive left. So, it should come to no one’s surprise that it’s struck Harvard.


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Feminist Camille Paglia: Abortion Has Become ‘Ideological Tool’ of Democrat Party to Drive Votes

Feminist Camille Paglia: Abortion Has Become ‘Ideological Tool’ of Democrat Party to Drive Votes:
Feminist Camille Paglia rakes her Democratic Party over the coals for using abortion as an “ideological tool” to raise campaign cash and drive votes. At Salon, Paglia offers a brief history of “the abortion wars,” inspired, in part, by what she calls “the abortion tar pit” fallen into by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this past week: Trump blundered his way through a manic inquisition about abortion by MSNBC’s resident woodpecker, Chris Matthews, while Hillary committed an unforced error on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where she referred to the fetus as an “unborn person,” scandalizing the vast pro-choice lobby, who treat all attempts to “humanize” the fetus as a diabolical threat to reproductive rights. Paglia is a known critic of Clinton’s candidacy. In 2013, she told Salon: It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party’s best chance. She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished — beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She’s certainly busy, busy and ever on the move — with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts. In January, Paglia

Veterans Administration IG: 40 VA Facilities Falsify Wait Times | PJ Media

From the article: 
Will they ever learn? Two years ago, a scandal broke when several VA facilities were found to be falsifying the time it took for a veteran to get an appointment to see a doctor. The records were cooked under the direction of supervisors who were failing to get clients in to see a doctor in a timely manner. Several veterans died as a result.
A new report by the Veterans Administration inspector general has found that the problem extends far beyond the handful of VA clinics targeted two years ago. The IG found that 40 VA facilities around the country were cooking the books on wait times and that supervisors were responsible.

Jeebus!! Is this going to get fixed?  Ever?  What happened to the grad wunderkind Obama brought in?  There was lots of pushback way back then that this guy was not the right guy.  Hmmmmmmmm.  I wonder if any progress has been made?  

My local VA has built a pretty nice new clinic very near my house.  I needed new hearing aids and I was able to get everything done there.  In the past, I would have needed to go to the hospital in Phx.  It's one of the hospitals on the scandal list and about an hour drive for me.  So, I got pretty good service, and it was convenient, although there were a few hiccups.  

Friday, April 8, 2016

When You Elect a 'Community Organizer', You Get a Race-Baiting, Lawless Fool ⋆ Doug Giles ⋆ #ClashDaily

When You Elect a 'Community Organizer', You Get a Race-Baiting, Lawless Fool ⋆ Doug Giles ⋆ #ClashDaily: "Dr. Martin Luther King, quoting abolitionist Theodore Parker, said that the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. Watching our country proceed headlong on the downside of Barack Obama’s socialist failure curve, we can clearly see now that “hope and change” is definitely not what a lot of people thought it was cracked up to be.

Not so in 2008, remember? That was when some people, the naive, the emotionally-driven, the uninformed, and frankly, in some cases, the outright stupid, were besotted with the idea that a dopey, jug-eared unaccomplished empty suit with a game show host smile and the ability to read from a TelePrompTer was the savior they had been waiting for. Of course, 2008 was when that very savior, Barack Hussein Obama, was striding across the world stage, speechifying from inside styrofoam Roman columns, reciting incomprehensible idiocy like, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”


Quite  possibly the greatest scam in recorded history.

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Natl Border Patrol Council Spox: Obama Created 'Blueprint' for 'Open Borders Catastrophe,' 'Exactly What We're Seeing In Europe' - Breitbart

Natl Border Patrol Council Spox: Obama Created 'Blueprint' for 'Open Borders Catastrophe,' 'Exactly What We're Seeing In Europe' - Breitbart: "Shawn Moran, Spokesperson for the National Border Patrol Council, which has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, stated that “President Obama has created a blueprint for an open borders catastrophe, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing in Europe” on Friday’s “Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton” on the Fox Business Network."

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Digital pictures being stored in DNA for the first time in technology breakthrough | Daily Mail Online

From the article: 
DNA molecules are capable of storing information many millions of times more densely than existing technologies for digital storage, the researchers explained.
All of the digital storage devices we use – flash drives, hard drives, magnetic and optical media, degrade after a few years.
But using this new method will preserve information for centuries.

Pretty extraordinary stuff here.  So who or what invented DNA?  Where did it come from?  And it's significantly better than any modern technology?  How can that be?  Hmmmmmmmmmm...............

Blue Lives Matter, Too, Mr. President | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD

Blue Lives Matter, Too, Mr. President | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD: "A chilling new report finds the number of police officers murdered in the line of duty has doubled so far this year compared with the first quarter of last year. Yet the president remains silent about the spike in cop killings.

While that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given his disrespect for law enforcement, it is nonetheless wrong. Recall that Obama has loudly supported a black militant movement that has called for violence against cops.

These threats by Black Lives Matter have manifested in the shooting deaths of 16 officers through April 8 of this year vs. eight in the comparable period in 2015, which was already historically high, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which maintains a database on police fatalities."

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tell me again why we have the UN?

Report: UN Office Coordinates Millions in Donations to Anti-Israel Groups | The Tower: "A United Nations office has coordinated the donation of millions of dollars to NGOs that are highly critical of Israel, and has helped those groups disseminate their information, a new report by the watchdog group NGO Monitor has documented."

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The Enormous Fraud of the Iran Deal Is Catching Up with Obama

Center for Security Policy | The Enormous Fraud of the Iran Deal Is Catching Up with Obama: "The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation will not kill the JCPOA or lead to new sanctions against Iran. Its report might condemn Obama officials for misleading Congress, but these officials are certain to ignore the report. Nevertheless, this is an important investigation: If it exposes the JCPOA as a fraudulent agreement that has only exacerbated Iran’s destabilizing behavior, it will pave the way for a Republican president (if one is elected in November) to throw out the JCPOA entirely and begin the process of forging a better agreement with our European allies. The committee’s investigation also may give Americans a better understanding of what kind of legacy President Obama really earned from the JCPOA and his nuclear diplomacy with Iran.


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Morale: The Taliban Created A Super Weapon

From the article: 
The Kunduz incident resulted in more strict application of the ROE and a lot less U.S. air support for Afghan troops and police. This makes the security forces less effective and the Taliban more so. This sort of thing is no accident. The Taliban and drug gangs have invested a lot in the local media, to make each civilian death, at the hands of foreign troops, a major story.

A new super weapon called media control.  Actually it's just a big guilt trip.  It works because we allow it.  We buy into the guilt trip and modify our behavior in their benefit.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mother hears dead son's heart after transplant - BBC News

A mother in Nebraska in the US has heard the heartbeat of a man who received her son's heart in a transplant.
Lisa Swanson's son, Levi Schulz, died in a car accident in 2012.
He was a heart donor for Terry Hooper.
They met at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Wow, just Wow.  I can't imagine what must have been going through that Mother's thoughts and feelings.

Reminds me of an old movie with David Duchovny and Minnie Driver called Return to me.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Student Raises Hand, Accused of Violating 'Safe Space' | PJ Media

Student Raises Hand, Accused of Violating 'Safe Space' | PJ Media: "We're not quite at peak idiocy when looking at life on university campuses in 2016. But we're getting damn close.

A student at Edinburgh University was threatened with being thrown out of a meeting because she raised her hand in a "safe space."


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More Guns Does Not Mean More Murders

More Guns Does Not Mean More Murders: "According to proponents of gun control, more guns in America equals more murders and a more lawless society. Every time there is a mass killing involving guns, liberal politicians rush to call for more restrictions on guns.

Those in favor of disarming the citizenry claim that fewer guns will mean less gun-crime. This assertion though is not based on facts as can be seen in the chart below. Not only is there no correlation between increases in gun ownership and homicides, the relationship in fact is negative."

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How the world actually works

How the world actually works | TribLIVE: "Perhaps not to millennials, but the record is undeniable: What works best in delivering the goods is capitalism.

What's unsurpassed in improving the human condition for the greatest number of people, both economically and politically, concurrently in terms of material well-being and individual liberty, is free enterprise."

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Inequality Run Amok

Thoughtful Ideas: Inequality Run Amok: "The current academic and political obsession with inequality is like crabgrass taking over a pristine lawn of Kentucky bluegrass.  Inequality has become the cudgel of professors and politicians to blame every social, economic, meteorological, political, educational, unemployment, racial, ethnic, religious, military, dietary, and behavioral problem afflicting the United States and the rest of the world.

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A Nation of Laws—Sort Of | PJ Media

A Nation of Laws—Sort Of | PJ Media: "The end of constitutional America comes not loudly and suddenly with jackboots and brown-shirt thugs, but more insidiously with soft-spoken totalitarians and their “noble” appeals to advancing fairness, diversity, and equality—while identifying as enemies of the people any who commit thought crimes and thus as obstructionists deserve exactly what they get.


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Washington Fails at Everything

Articles: Washington Fails at Everything: "Washington fails at almost everything it does, and the vast majority of the things it does are not legitimate activities for the federal government under our constitutional system.  It would be reassuring if someone – anyone – running for president saw the shrinking of federal power back to its original purpose to be a winning campaign issue.  Sadly no one does.


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ISIS in Europe: How Deep is the "Gray Zone"?

ISIS in Europe: How Deep is the "Gray Zone"?: "Among young European Muslims, support for suicide bombings range from 22% in Germany to 29% in Spain, 35% in Britain and 42% in France, according to a Pew poll. In the UK, one in five Muslims have sympathy for the Caliphate. Today more British Muslims join ISIS than the British army. In the Netherlands, a survey shows that the 80% of Dutch Turks see "nothing wrong" in ISIS.

Even if these polls and surveys must be taken with some caution, they all indicate a deep and vibrant "gray zone," which is feeding the Islamic jihad in Europe and the Middle East. We are talking about millions of Muslims who show sympathy, understanding and affinity with the ideology and goals of ISIS.

How many Muslims will this ISIS virus be able to infect in the vast European "gray zone"? The answer will determine our future."

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41 shot, 4 killed in Last Four Days in Chicago

41 shot, 4 killed in Last Four Days in Chicago: "One man was stabbed to death, three gunned down, and another 41 shot over the last four days in Chicago as cold weather turned mild over the weekend.

How's that gun free zone working out for you?

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Why Are Millennial Men Such Wimps? | PJ Media

Why Are Millennial Men Such Wimps? | PJ Media: "Ladies -- sick of posturing hipsters still living in mom's basement while they role-play their lives away, in between trying to pick up chicks with somebody else's money?"
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Open Source Policy Center launches Tax Brain - AEI

Open Source Policy Center launches Tax Brain - AEI: "In a bipartisan, all-inclusive effort to make economic policy analysis more transparent, accessible, and scientific, scholars at the American Enterprise Institute’s Open Source Policy Center (OSPC) have pioneered a new approach to policy analysis based on open source economic modeling, collaborating with a nationwide and bipartisan community of economists, software developers, and policy experts.

Today, OSPC launches its first web application, TaxBrain, which allows the public and experts alike to study the effect of individual income and payroll tax policy reforms using open source economic simulation models.

This breakthrough in open source public policy research inaugurates a new era in government transparency by making economic modeling and data analysis both accessible and collaborative."

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Researchers Say ‘Going Green’ Is Mostly About Being Trendy And Fashionable | Competitive Enterprise Institute

Researchers Say ‘Going Green’ Is Mostly About Being Trendy And Fashionable | Competitive Enterprise Institute:

Green is a scam.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Sporting Difference: On Men’s and Women’s Athletics | Public Discourse

From the article: 
Sports and the Pursuit of Excellence
Inequality of intelligence, Tocqueville writes, will always be with us. With apologies to Aristophanes, inequalities traceable to physical beauty and age are also hallmarks of human life. Such inequalities need not affect the principle of equal treatment and they add flavor to life.
Much the same can be said of sports. Sports are a vestige of the age of inequality. We celebrate and recognize excellence. We can identify the winners. We admire them for their excellence.
Teams with too much success—the Dukes, the Alabamas, the New England Patriots, the New York Yankees—are subject to a resentful, envious hatred. "Let someone else win" is a most democratic sentiment. Yet when these traditional powers play, we watch. Excellence fascinates us, and it brings out excellence in others. Nothing very important hangs on whether one team wins or another. We argue about it at the water cooler because, even in our democratic age, human beings admire excellence. Sports scream: "Some playing fields can't be leveled. Some competitors are better than others!"
In this, sports speak the truth. There is no fine line between athletic accomplishments for women and men. Men are generally bigger, stronger, and faster. Where strength and speed and agility are the factors determining success, human beings watch men's sports.
Sports bring out some of the differences between the sexes. Sports are valuable ballast in the American democratic regime. Would that we could acknowledge differences and celebrate them instead of burying them under a mountain of false hopes. Would that we could allow reality to govern our thoughts as they do our actions.
A sensible approach to equality in sports would be to acknowledge differences between men and women. Men are more interested in sports than women. Men are better at sports than women. We acknowledge the second reality through the very existence of women's sports. We acknowledge the first reality in how we act.

This is a bit of a long article but he finishes with what I have quoted above.  "A sensible approach to equality in sports would be to acknowledge differences between men and women."  I wonder if this same sensible approach could be applied to women in combat?

Gun-Controlled Chicago’s Gun Violence Has Nearly Doubled in Past Year - Freedom Outpost

Gun-Controlled Chicago’s Gun Violence Has Nearly Doubled in Past Year - Freedom Outpost: "While the gun grabbers in DC would love to have the rest of America operating in the utopia they imagine with heavy restrictions on guns and gun owners like Chicago, the reality is that the city has nearly doubled its gun violence in the past year. Remember, Chicago is one of America's city's that infringes the most on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.


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The opt-out crowd won’t quit until all tests are meaningless | New York Post

The opt-out crowd won’t quit until all tests are meaningless | New York Post: "It’s clear why the unions hate testing. But its pathetic to see supposed leaders go along with betraying the kids.

We wouldn't want to damage the delicate snowflakes and their precious self esteem.  I'm not against self esteem, per se.  But, when it is confused with an honest self assessment, I get a bit fed up with it.

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America: Look into minds of our adversaries

One of the main reasons we find ourselves embroiled in the conflicts of Middle Eastern countries is due in large part to the failure of Western diplomats to comprehend the significant differences between Eastern and Western civilizations. This is evident in Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, et al, as the West rediscovers the animosity that exists between various Islamic sects and tribes. Whether pro or anti-Western, Eastern dictators have recognized this for years and simply subjugated the different groups under an iron heel. As undesirable as this approach may be to the Western mind, it prevents the chaos we are now witnessing across Europe.

Interesting discussion.  I have thought about this over the past few years.  My view on "selling" democracy to the entire world has softened a bit.  I think about Saddam Hussein.  An odious creature for sure, but, his brutal subjugation prevented a lot of chaos.  Which of these bad choices is better?   I'm not supporting Saddam or his behavior, just wondering.

Obama’s pricey trips run counter to moral governance

Obama’s pricey trips run counter to moral governance: "Today’s political leaders? Their attitudes seem this: I’m entitled. Their message to taxpayers seems this: Shut up and pay. So some speedy solutions would seem this: Be bold in reminding public servants who signs their paychecks; stop funding the main parties whose members work to keep power, rather than represent constituents’ interests; and commit to vote for only those politicos who display the proper biblical attitudes of humble service, regardless of which tag, “D” versus “R,” they wear.


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‘Done Nothing But Drive Us Apart’: Former Radical Black Panther Gets Candid On Obama, Race Relations

Clarence Mason Weaver Explains His Views On Race Relations | The Daily Caller: "Since he left liberalism and became so vocal, Weaver has been called all the epithets that black conservatives incur. Weaver explains why black conservatives are so maligned and hated by those he says are “running today’s plantations” with destructive liberal policies. Liberalism, he says, “destroys people, like a drug dealer, a pimp who manages you and wants to keep you down. Liberalism is slavery, always has been and always will be.”

As for how to change other people’s minds, he warns, “some have a vested interest in staying stupid.” Those who won’t hear or listen “have the right to be stupid.”


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"I'm 100% Sure" The US Presidential Campaign Is Being Tampered With | Zero Hedge

From the article: 
As we concluded previously, we are living in a world in which a handful of high-tech companies, sometimes working hand-in-hand with governments, are not only monitoring much of our activity, but are also invisibly controlling more and more of what we think, feel, do and say. The technology that now surrounds us is not just a harmless toy; it has also made possible undetectable and untraceable manipulations of entire populations – manipulations that have no precedent in human history and that are currently well beyond the scope of existing regulations and laws. The new hidden persuaders are bigger, bolder and badder than anything Vance Packard ever envisioned. If we choose to ignore this, we do so at our peril

Pretty interesting stuff here.  Let the buyer beware is always a good saying to remember, but when the normal citizen has no reasonable access to "honest" information, what happens then?  This is a pretty serious question about the integrity of our information system.  We call it news and that is a large part of it, but it is also more than that.  

Integration Is Not the Answer to Muslim Terrorism | Frontpage Mag

Integration Is Not the Answer to Muslim Terrorism | Frontpage Mag: "Cultural integration is an issue, but the real issue is philosophical integration. The real challenge is not in linguistic integration, but in the integration of ideas. And it is impossible to do that without addressing what Islam actually is and what it believes. Islam is not Lutheranism with more Arabic. Political Islam is not a soup kitchen and a used clothes bin. It is a conviction that the world is locked in a titanic struggle between Islam and the infidels, the forces of light and darkness, which must be won at any cost.

How do you integrate an ideology that is convinced that non-Muslim political systems are evil into Europe? What explanatory videos will you use to admonish Ahmed from Syria that he shouldn’t set off bombs at the railway station even though his religion commands him to fight the infidels? Which job will you use to induce Abdul to abandon his fervent belief that everyone must live under Islamic law?

Sanctimony and denial won’t untangle this Gordian knot. No amount of NGOs will turn Islam into something else. Cultural integration won’t transform Muslims into non-Muslims. All it does is make them conflicted and insecure. And that is why it is those second-generation culturally integrated Muslims who go to bars, call themselves Andy or Mo, sell drugs, go to university, who take a detour into Syria and come back with bomb plans and big plans for transforming Europe into an Islamic state.

Cultural integration builds up a conflict with Islam. Some Muslims respond to it by abandoning Islam, others by embracing it. If we fail to recognize this, then integration becomes a ticking time bomb."

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If Bakers Can be Forced to Service Faux Weddings, so Can Churches

Articles: If Bakers Can be Forced to Service Faux Weddings, so Can Churches: "As our Great Sexual Heresy continues its march onwards and downwards, state governments have forced bakers, wedding planners, florists and other businesses to service faux weddings. This is unprecedented, as never before were Americans governmentally compelled to participate in events they found morally objectionable. Yet when some project out on our cultural trajectory and say churches one day will be subject to the same coercion, they’re met with laughter; this will never, ever happen, they’re told. Yet this is an illogical and inconsistent position.


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Part human, part virus - what do we really know about DNA?

The aim was and still is to understand life: to discover how amino-acid chemistry gives rise to biology. The Craig Venter researchers are proper explorers, no less pioneers than the scientists, engineers and astronomers who have explored our solar system and beyond. And as with outer space, it is the things we fail to discover which are most exciting. It's no wonder that the mystery genes have been described as biology's "dark matter".
For all our progress, the mechanisms of life remain stubbornly elusive.

A little Sunday morning rumination on the elusiveness of defining life.  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Duty. Honor. Country. -- Transcript of Final Moments of Russian Spetznaz Officer @ AMERICAN DIGEST

From the article: 
Brave and valiant men like this -- Russian, American or other -- always fill a lesser man such as myself with respect and abiding admiration. What did Alexander Prokhorenko sacrifice for duty, honor, and country? Everything....

We'll let them borrow our motto.

Liberty's Torch: Quickies: The Democratized Battlefield

For as long as there are men to whom power is everything – i.e., as long as there are men – there will be a need to make them feel vulnerable. Nothing does the job nearly as well as the thought of a nuclear warhead falling straight down at their heads. To reject that device – that leash that pulls the dictator irresistibly onto the same battlefield as his armies – is to reject the most effective peacekeeping instrument Mankind has yet devised.

I'll paraphrase a bit.  As long as there are men, there will be men to whom power is everything and they will need to be controlled.  I think this is one of the great truths that "modern" man wants to deny.  Modern man would rather think we can all get along or we can negotiate or we will act rationally.  This just isn't true.  There will always be some men who will not get along, they will not negotiate and they will not act rationally.  They must be made to feel vulnerable.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sorry, But The Real Unemployment Rate Is 9.8%, Not 5%

Sorry, But The Real Unemployment Rate Is 9.8%, Not 5% | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD: "The federal government keeps trying to fool all the people all the time with its jobs-market reports. The one just out is no different.

The March report showed some improvement on the hiring front.  Jobs were up by 215,000, the labor-force participation rate ticked up to a still miserable 63%, and wages saw a welcome bump up. But stop already with the cartwheels in Washington.  The jobs market is still remarkably weak for millions of Americans, and the biggest lie in Washington is that unemployment is just 5%.

The chart shows how misleading the unemployment statistics are. If you include people who have given up looking for work, the unemployment rate is 6%. If you include people stuck in a part-time job for 20 or 25 hours a week, the real unemployment rate is a dreadful 9.8%. Why is Washington cheering?

We’ve been at or well above the 10% mark now for seven years.   Over that time period wages have been basically flat.  We’re some 5 million jobs short of where we would be if we had had a Reagan-style expansion, and at this pace of just over 200,000 jobs a month, it will take at least four more years to catch up."

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Year Six of the Affordable Care Act: Obamacare’s Mounting Problems

Year Six of the Affordable Care Act: Obamacare’s Mounting Problems: "The Affordable Care Act (ACA, popularly known as Obamacare) is ripe for repeal. For the American public, there are ample reasons for dissatisfaction: higher costs; arbitrary and sometimes absurd rulemaking; bureaucratization of an already overly bureaucratized sector of the economy; incompatibility with personal freedom and religious liberty; enormous spending and heavy taxation; and widely acknowledged design flaws, evident in the ACA’s hopelessly complex and unworkable subsidy schemes, boondoggle bailouts, and collapsing co-ops. For many Americans, opposition to the ACA is rightly rooted in their rejection of the tacit assumption underlying its centralized architecture: that the political class possesses the wit and wisdom to restrain, guide, and direct this enormously complex and dynamic sector of the American economy and, in pursuit of that project, must exert greater control over their personal lives. Americans know that their elected representatives can craft a much better alternative than periodically patching the flawed Affordable Care Act.


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Morning Joe: What Clinton Calls Smears Are Really Factual Criticisms

Hillary Clinton|Bernie Sanders|Wall Street Transcripts|Primary|: "MSNBC’s Morning Joe panel lambasted Hillary Clinton Friday for dismissing criticisms levied against her as smears perpetrated by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt), Clinton’s Democratic primary challenger.

“What’s amazing about the Clinton campaign is they take unfortunate facts as lies and character smears,” co-host Joe Scarborough said while discussing Clinton’s angry response the prior day to environmentalists protesting one of her campaign events."

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If you were raised to despise the US military as a source or repression and injustice, and then, say, happened to get elected as its Commander-in-Chief -- what would you do? As Bill Whittle shows in his latest FIREWALL, you don't need to destroy the weapons and you don't even need to fire the warriors. There's another way...

This passed on from our classmate Bill Mann.  Bill Whittle is one of the good guys and he has been making these extraordinary videos for a while now.  This one is powerful.