Thursday, August 25, 2016

No safe space at this university

Afghan forces kill two militant gunmen to end a gun-and-bomb attack on the American University of Afghanistan in the capital, Kabul. There has been no claim of responsibility and no information about most of the victims. 

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The Joseph Project: In Wisconsin, a Path out of Poverty

The Joseph Project: In Wisconsin, a Path out of Poverty

The New Trump Policy: ‘No Amnesty, but We Work with Them.’

The New Trump Policy: ‘No Amnesty, but We Work with Them.’ By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Republican nominee who’s now telling us he’s going to allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the country.

There’s no amnesty, as such, there’s no amnesty, but we work with them . . . Now, everybody agrees we get the bad ones out. But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who’s been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump,’ I have it all the time! It’s a very, very hard thing.
This is the guy who scoffed at all of his primary rivals when they said that deporting 11 million people would be “so tough.”

Hey, immigration hawks, tell me you expected Donald Trump to be polling audiences in late August about whether it was worth it to try deporting illegal immigrants who have been here for 20 years.

DONALD TRUMP: Now, can we be, and I’ll ask the audience, you have somebody who’s terrific, who’s been here --

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): 20 years.

TRUMP: Right, long time. Long court proceeding, long everything, okay? In other words, to get them out. Can we go through a process, or do you think they have to get out? Tell me. I mean, I don’t know. You tell me.

HANNITY: Well let me -- let’s do a poll.

TRUMP: I’d like to know, I’d like to know.

HANNITY: How many think they should go through a process that maybe give ‘em a chance? Clap, we gotta hear you.

TRUMP: How many people --

HANNITY: How many people think they should go?

TRUMP: Do it again
“I don’t know, you tell me”? Yeah, yeah, tell me again how he’s the only one who’s serious on illegal immigration. If you were one of those people loudly insisting that Donald Trump was the only one who was willing to stand strong, the only one who was willing to make the tough choices, the only one who was willing to stand up for the country . . . well, you should spend some time in quiet contemplation about how and why you were so easily snookered by this snake-oil salesman.

Yes, this is a giant flip-flop. Back in November:

“Are you going to have a massive deportation force?” Mika Brzezinski asked.

“You’re going to have a deportation force, and you’re going to do it humanely and you’re going to bring the country–and frankly, the people, because you have some excellent, wonderful people, some fantastic people that have been here for a long period of time,” Trump said. “Don’t forget, Mika, that you have millions of people that are waiting [in] line to come into this country, and they’re waiting to come in legally.”

“So people will face ramifications if they don’t leave, if they harbor them?” Brzezinski asked.
“People will leave,” Trump said.

“How are you going to pay for this? Are they going to be ripped out of their homes? How?” Brzezinski asked.

Trump said such an operation would be inexpensive.

“They’re going back where they came,” Trump said. “If they came from a certain country, they’re going to be brought back to that country … They can come back, but they have to come back legally.”
No ifs, no ands, no buts, no qualifications or hedging. It’s a really, really bad time for Ann Coulter to be releasing a book entitled In Trump We Trust, when she’s now declaring that he’s making a colossal mistake.

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies is a genuine immigration hawk, who’s bothered to study the details of the issue, and one of the men I respect the most in this debate, even when I don’t agree with him. He’s been wary about Trump from the beginning. This morning he’s disappointed, but not completely surprised.

I’ve been joking to reporters over the past couple of days that Trump’s supporters wouldn’t be likely to abandon him unless he embraced Chuck Schumer’s immigration policy.
Guess what!

. . . Trump on Hannity Wednesday lamely repeated the lies of the anti-borders crowd: It’s not really amnesty! They won’t get citizenship! They’ll pay back taxes! (Schumer’s been running that con for 30 years.) Even his constant talk of a border wall seems to be his version of the Gang of Eight bill’s phony Corker-Hoeven amendment.

Trump didn’t need to “soften” his immigration position — he needed to define a coherent one and stick with it. His immigration platform has been on the campaign website for months and makes no mention of either mass deportation or amnesty. All he needed to have done was say that his freelance talk of deporting all the illegals was a gut reaction to the breakdown of our immigration enforcement system, but that further study and consultation showed that the more practical approach was to take the steps called for in his platform to shrink the illegal population over time.

In response to the insistent “But what about the illegals?!” questions, he should simply have said that it is a secondary question that won’t even be discussed until the illegal flow is stopped and reversed. That’s it. It’s not rocket science.

Trump Is Losing Pennsylvania and Closing His Path to the White House

Trump Is Losing Pennsylvania and Closing His Path to the White House

Trump's New Position on Immigration Reform

Honest Praise for Donald Trump. He Has Seen the Light on Immigration Reform.
Excerpt: Donald Trump is doing the right thing. It is the thing Americans across the political spectrum support and instead of bashing him, we should be thanking him for seeing the light. His immigration position now mirrors that of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Orleans

Clinton emails before election?

Hillary Clinton’s 15,000 New Emails to Get Timetable for Release

Clinton Donors

AP Top News
Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State
Excerpt: The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.

The AP's findings represent the first systematic effort to calculate the scope of the intersecting interests of Clinton Foundation donors and people who met personally with Clinton or spoke to her by phone about their needs.

The 154 did not include U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives. Clinton met with representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 million to the Clinton charity, but they were not included in AP's calculations because such meetings would presumably have been part of her diplomatic duties.

Never Trump. And Never Hillary Clinton Either.

Never Trump. And Never Hillary Clinton Either.


Germans told to stockpile food and water for civil defence
I ain't making this stuff up! Germans being told to stockpile food/water for "an emergency" for approx. 10 days...... Tell that to LA and CA. --Barb

Rape Prevention

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Charlie Sykes is a conservative talk radio host in WI.

Trump's Strategy

Trump Is Doubling Down On A Losing Strategy
By Nate Silver
Excerpt: All presidential candidates face some version of this problem. But most make at least some effort to expand beyond their base and build a majority coalition. Trump hasn’t — and he has his work cut out for him like no nominee in history. Trump’s decision this week to make Stephen Bannon of the combative, anti-establishment website Breitbart News his campaign’s chief executive suggests that he’s moving in the opposite direction.

In January, even as he stood atop Republican primary polls, Trump was exceptionally unpopular with general election voters. At that time, Trump had a 33 percent favorable rating and a 58 percent unfavorable rating with the general electorate. Today? His numbers are even worse. His favorability rating is just 32 percent, according to the HuffPost Pollster aggregate, while his unfavorable rating has risen to 65 percent.

Chinese Outposts

It was February this year when camel drivers first spotted the Chinese troops staking out a patch of coastal scrubland about 8 miles from the largest U.S. military base in Africa.

ChiComs foothold to eventually steal natural resources of Africa and "intimate" any others from the region. --DH


What Riots Are Good For: Pay Up, or Else


Worth Reading:

Excerpt: For example, the percentage of people in Western Europe and the United States who say it is “essential” for them to live in a democratically-governed country has declined dramatically across generations. In the United States, less than one-third of millennials—defined as people born since 1980—say it is essential for them. Think about that: More than two-thirds of American young people say democratic government is not a crucial factor in where they would want to live.

According to Foa and Mounk, these numbers do not reflect growing indifference to liberal democracy, but growing opposition. In the surveys, young people increasingly express openness to authoritarianism—especially young people who are rich. An astonishing 35 percent of wealthy young Americans say it would be “a ‘good’ thing for the army to take over” the country! This is a profound change from prior generations, in which “affluent citizens were much more likely than people of lower income groups to defend democratic institutions.”

A New Europe

A New Europe

Europe--worth hearing

Europe's Last Chance

About Evan McMullin for President

About Evan McMullin for President


Hugh Fitzgerald: How Muslims In Europe Treat Non-Muslim Migrants

Tolerant Islam

Islamic Republic of Iran arrests 11 Christians in raid on house church

Suicide Bomber 12 to 14

Suicide bomber who attacked Turkish wedding was as young as 12, president says
Excerpt: The suicide bomber in a Turkish wedding party attack that killed dozens of people was between 12 and 14 years old, Turkey's president announced Sunday, blaming the Islamic State terror group for the massacre.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in a live nationally-televised address in front of Istanbul city Hall. At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attack late Saturday in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.

Erdogan added that there was “absolutely no difference” between ISIS, Kurdish rebels and the movement behind the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, calling them terrorists.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Trump Court

What a Trumpian Supreme Court Might Look Like
Excerpt: We have already gone on record in opposition to this position, in our op-ed for the Los Angeles Times titled “Filling Supreme Court Vacancies Isn’t a Good Reason to Vote for Trump.” Among other things, people who think this way imagine that because Trump said he would appoint justices recommended by the Federalist Society, he will actually follow through. He may flip-flop and walk back and reposition himself on everything else, but not on his pledge to support conservative judges because . . . there does not seem to be any “because” to support this faith in Trump’s integrity, except the forlorn hope that he respects constitutional conservatives too much to throw them overboard.

Trump Is Losing, and Losing It

Trump Is Losing, and Losing It
Excerpt: Unless something radical and unexpected happens, Donald Trump is going to lose the 2016 presidential election — he’ll lose it more than Hillary Rodham Clinton will win it — for more or less the reasons that his critics on the right have been explaining for more than a year now: In short, the sort of thing that makes hearts go pitter-patter out in derka-derka talk-radio land doesn’t necessarily fly in the rest of the country and may in fact even come off as creepy and weird, which is why three times as many people watch The Middle — a show I’d never heard of — as watch Sean Hannity’s nightly Trump-fest on Fox News. There’s more to America than your Uncle Bob’s right-wing Facebook circle, and Trump isn’t very well prepared for that.

Weak Men

Men Are Getting Weaker — because We’re Not Raising Men

Being Donald Trump Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry

Being Donald Trump Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry


The welfare of our cities

Religion of Peace

Muslims killing Muslims for Allah. The history of the religion of Peace for almost 14 centuries.

Turkish officials say at least 22 people have been killed and 94 others have been injured in a bomb attack at an outdoor wedding in the southern city of Gaziantep. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but a ruling party lawmaker tweeted that ISIS is believed to be responsible.

Given to me at my wedding, almost 24 years ago.

Worth Reading


How I feel this election

Rigged for Hillary!

Trump is right. This election is rigged for Hillary. It was rigged by the GOP primary voters, including by all reports a lot of Democrat crossovers wanting the weakest GOP candidate. When they nominated a person without the character, knowledge or experience to be sewer commission, a person that not only principled conservatives, but millions of young, female and/or minority voters, not to mention centrists, could never support, they rigged November for Hillary. Of course, she may yet blow it, despite the primary voters giving her the only republican she could beat. ~Bob

Pokemon Go

Believe the women?

Power and Corruption

Worth Reading on the pursuit of power.

House Clinton and the Wages of Corruption

Friday, August 19, 2016

Today's recipe

Bob's Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Comfort Food

I found an easy recipe on the Internet, and, of course modified it. It came out excellent, BUT I used two packages of biscuits, a mistake as there were four times as many dumplings as chicken and took longer.


1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast

3 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup

2 cans of water

1/2 cup chopped onion or 1 small onion, chopped (optional)

1 (8 count) package Grand refrigerated biscuits


  • Place cut up chicken breasts in slow cooker.
  • Mix onions, soup and water and pour over chicken breasts.
  • Cook on high for 5 hours, or on low for about 8 hours.
  • About 60 - 90 minutes before you are going to eat, separate each biscuit into quarters and mix in with the chick & soup mix.
  • Cook for about 60-90 minutes or until biscuits are no longer doughy.

Worth Hearing

I thought you should know

Clinton Questions

A federal judge ruled that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton must answer written questions from Judicial Watch about the use of her private email server. 

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CDC Coverup

The Killer Hiding in the CDC Map


Getting Rich

Hillary & ISIS

Slavery--sanctified by the Qur'an

(The Islamic Republic of) Mauritania Sentences 13 Anti-Slavery Activists to Prison

Clinton Foundation

Wasn't that what she said as Secretary of State?

If Hillary Clinton Wins, Foundation Will Stop Accepting Foreign Donations

Student Backlash

University of Missouri estimates show enrollment decline to cost campus $36 million

Donor Backlash

College Students Protest, Alumni’s Fondness Fades and Checks Shrink
Excerpt: A backlash from alumni is an unexpected aftershock of the campus disruptions of the last academic year. Although fund-raisers are still gauging the extent of the effect on philanthropy, some colleges — particularly small, elite liberal arts institutions — have reported a decline in donations, accompanied by a laundry list of complaints.

Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture. Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics. They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses. They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times. Fraternities are being unfairly maligned, and men are being demonized by sexual assault investigations. And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech.

Another of the "best people" quits

He surrounds himself with the best people, you said...

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns

The all powerful state

Socialism on the move.

Debate Flares on China’s Use of Prisoners’ Organs as Experts Meet in Hong Kong