Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Rubio's Done and other depressing political news

I am a Rubio supporter, have a Rubio bumper sticker on my car here in the People's Republic of Madison. But facts are facts. He continues to fade. If he stays in, it is more likely to hand the GOP nomination to Donald Trump, life-long liberal with an aversion to transparency, a bias for big government, a contempt for the truth and a past record of shady dealings. (Hillary is Donald Trump in drag.) Ted Cruz in now the only chance for the Republicans to nominate a conservative. I will never vote for Hillary or Trump. It's time for Sen. Marco Rubio to put the good of the country ahead of his personal ambitions. I agree with the articles below. ~Bob

Worth reading: Sorry, Marco Rubio, it’s time to fold. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: There reaches a time in every campaign in which the only people who are convinced that the candidate has a legitimate chance to win is the candidate himself and the most loyal (or ambitious) aides. The polls look rotten. Every argument against other candidates has been tried and lost. It’s time to pack it in — especially if continued participation in the race involves a dangerous outcome to the party and the country — but no one, not even those with his interests at heart, has the nerve to tell the candidate. Here is what someone should be telling Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.):

Worth Reading: After This #Marcollapse, Can We Have Some Real Talk? By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: FLORIDA! FLORIDA! FLORIDA! chant the Rubio supporters as he is crushed in Mississippi and even Michigan. The Rubio voters would rather blame Ted Cruz than John Kasich who is taking votes from Rubio. In Michigan, Cruz won female voters. Think about that. He came in second having spent only $1,112 total while Rubio came in last after spending $1.2 million. And having spent barely any funds in Michigan, Cruz and Kasich battled it out for second place in Michigan. Rubio, meanwhile, cratered out so badly in Michigan and Mississippi that he not only failed to hit the delegate threshold but that caused more bonus delegates for Trump's run up to the magic 1,237 delegates. As of this writing, he performed no better in Idaho, with Cruz winning there. In fact, Cruz would have won all the delegates in Idaho had Rubio gotten out. Cruz would have gone into last night with more delegates than Trump had Rubio not played the spoiler in Maine and Texas. Can we have some real talk now?

Not that close, I think: Latest Poll: Clinton beats Trump by 13 points.
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would handily defeat Donald Trump in a general election match-up, while a clash between Clinton and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would be a toss-up, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The poll shows that Trump, who frequently boasts in interviews and campaign appearances that he would beat Clinton in November, would lose a one-on-one contest against her by double digits. In a head-to-head fight, Clinton gets the support of 51 percent of registered voters compared to 38 percent for the real estate mogul.

Worth Reading: Poll: Clinton leads Trump, aided by Obama coalition
Excerpt: Clinton leads Trump 50 percent to 41 percent among registered voters and has made steady progress against her potential rival over the past six months. Her margin over Trump has increased from three points last September to six points in December to the current nine points. ... Trump does best on the economy, where Clinton’s advantage is just four points, 49 to 45 percent. Clinton’s advantage grows to 14 points on terrorism; 19 points on Trump’s signature issue of immigration; and 29 points on dealing with an overseas crisis. Almost a quarter of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they trust Clinton more than Trump on immigration. Clinton, Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) were also tested on a series of four candidate attributes. Trump scored the lowest of the four, although on several of the attributes no one looked particularly good.

Excerpt: Going into Tuesday’s primaries, the last elections before the race enters its final and determinative phase when Ohio and Florida award 165 delegates on a winner-take-all basis next week, Trump’s enemies had hoped to stall his momentum. In particular, they hoped that Ted Cruz, whose campaign is based in large part on his appeal to Evangelical voters, could throw up a roadblock in Mississippi, and that John Kasich could arrest Trump’s momentum in Michigan. Both Cruz and Kasich failed. And as they did, the slow death of the Republican party ground onward. Hope of preserving the conservative movement that has sustained it for nearly four decades diminished further.


Excerpt: Consider Larry Kudlow and Stephen Moore. In August, the two legendarily libertarian-minded economists attacked Trump, focusing on what they called Trump’s “Fortress America platform.” His trade policies threaten the global economic order, they warned. “We can’t help wondering whether the recent panic in world financial markets is in part a result of the Trump assault on free trade,” they mused. As for Trump’s immigration policies, they could “hardly be further from the Reagan vision of America as a ‘shining city on a hill.’” Months later, as Trump rose in the polls, Kudlow and Moore joined the ranks of Trump’s biggest boosters — and not because Trump changed his views. On the contrary, Kudlow has moved markedly in Trump’s direction. He now argues that the borders must be sealed and all visas canceled. He also thinks we have to crack down on China.

Worth Reading: Why Donald Trump’s Military Bravado Is Totally Off. By Chris Bray
Excerpt: Donald Trump isn’t a Jacksonian, but he plays one on TV. In a running satire of military potency, Trump has proposed a series of illegal acts to weaken America’s enemies. With his trademark vagueness, the founder of Trump University proposes to “go tougher than waterboarding” against captured terrorists, leaving unsaid what kinds of torture he would actually implement. And he insists on the propriety of killing the families of terrorists, deliberately targeting non-combatants for death. Endlessly confident in the power of his mere personality, Trump insists he’ll have no trouble making the American military obey orders to nakedly torture its prisoners and deliberately kill people who are not armed and in the fight. He’s a leader, he says, and people follow him. “If I say do it, they’re going to do it,” Trump said in the Thursday evening Republican debate. “That’s what leadership is all about.” It’s not, and Trump backpedaled furiously right after the debate, but Trump still got applause from the debate audience. In a dangerous vacuum of leadership, we’ve mistaken an assault on American military values for the embrace of victory. We’ve turned Elmer Gantry into Andrew Jackson. ... He is not a warrior of any kind, and it’s a sign of our desperation that he’s been allowed to play at being one.

Worth Reading: How Bad Are the Charges Against Trump University? Really Bad. By Roger Parloff, Fortune
Excerpt: How many major-party Presidential front-runners have faced trial on “financial elder abuse” charges as they rolled toward the nomination? Chock up yet another first for the Teflon-plated real-estate mogul and reality-TV star Donald J. Trump. His now-discontinued Trump University operation has been accused not just of fraud, false advertising, and unfair business practices, but also of having used such tactics against vulnerable seniors in ways that violated special “financial elder abuse” statutes in California and Florida. The civil trial is currently on track to begin in August in federal court in San Diego, just a few weeks after the Republican convention concludes in Cleveland on July 21. Seniors or not, many participants in the Trump University program obviously didn’t have lots of money to spare, and the idea of their having plowed so much money into courses on risky real-estate speculation is painful to contemplate.

Trump asks rally attendees to swear to vote for him
You don't have to swear allegiance to Trump. You can be this guy.

Donald Trump’s Fake 2016 Campaign Is A Cry For Help. By Sean Davis
Excerpt: Donald Trump is not running for president. Donald trump is running for attention. And not because he’s proud of his significant business accomplishments, but because he appears to feel deeply insecure about his place in the world. How do we know this? Because an assertion of his wealth is pretty much the very first thing his team released ahead of his speech today.

Detroit News Editorial: Michigan should stop Trump
Excerpt: An anti-Trump moment is building among Republicans who can’t fathom that this name-calling, shape-shifting reality TV star could end up representing both the party and conservatism in the fall general election. And it’s not just because they think he can’t beat Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. It’s because Trump is neither a Republican nor a conservative. For most of his career as a real estate developer and entertainer, Trump has been a political opportunist, throwing his support to whichever politician, regardless of party, who could best serve his business interests. He’s admitted as much in debates. He has no driving political philosophy, other than getting the deal done and being a tough guy on the world stage. That has understandable appeal to a lot of voters angry at Washington’s gridlock and the Obama administration’s appeasement of tyrants.

8 Things You Can Do to Cost Donald Trump Millions. By Amanda Girard 
This week has made something abundantly clear: Donald Trump is a bigot. That isn’t too surprising, given the fact his father was a member of the Ku Klux Klan who was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent to black tenants. And up until now, there’s been no way for the public to check Trump’s bigotry in a way that will make him stop and rethink his words. (I can't help. I haven't ever thought of putting a penny into anything with the Trump name on it. Never will. ~Bob)

Inside the Southern California factory that makes the Donald Trump hats
Excerpt: Yolanda Melendrez is one of them. Melendrez, an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States by her parents when she was a baby, has worked at the Carson-based Cali-Fame headwear company since 1991.  “When we first got the order [for the Trump hats], I said to myself, ‘Just wait until he sees who’s making his hats. We’re Latinos, we’re Mexicans, SalvadoreƱos.’”

An Open Letter to My Friends who Support Donald Trump
Excerpt: I'm cool with you removing me from your friends list if you don't like this post. You can even disown me if you like. But Donald Trump isn't a good person, nor would he be a good president. I can understand a difference in politics. I can understand if you don't like a government run by Democrats. I can understand if you don't like certain ideologies, like Socialism. But I can't understand why you would support someone as hateful, sexist, racist and ignorant as Donald Trump. How do you support him so blindly?

How Many Trump Supporters Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?
"Look, we can change the light bulb. That I will tell you. We're changing it, okay? And I understand what you're saying, I hear it all the time. People call me and say 'Is the light bulb really dead?'. That’s what they are asking me; it's unbelievable. The light bulb is in big trouble, that I can tell you. But we are going to change it. You know, I don't get as much credit for this as I should - And I mean this - Years ago - YEARS ago! I said 'We need to change this light bulb!' And now it's out! I couldn't have been more right, folks. And we will replace this bulb with the best bulb. The most bright, whitest light bulb you have seen. Oh, and we'll get the best - I know the best people, who are gonna screw this thing in. And then it's gonna be so bright, let me tell you, and people are gonna come from all around and go, 'Oooh!' And they're going to say that it's the best light bulb they've ever seen - and I'm telling you right now, Mexico is going to be paying the electricity bill - I'm gonna make ‘em. Look at Rubio... that lightweight... all he uses are fluorescents. Well, not with President Trump...we're going to use energy burning incandescent light will be 1000 watts of pure light. It'll be do you think I have such great skin tone? My penis is bigger than Rubio’s. That much is for sure." --JL

Reminder: Donald Trump is a cowardly draft dodger
Excerpt: He’s leading the Republican pack and loves to talk tough about ISIS, but it’s worth remembering that Donald Trump dodged the draft on five separate occasions and avoided military service at every opportunity.  While the Vietnam War that would claim the lives of some 58,000 of his countrymen raged, Trump received a series of deferments so that he could attend college at Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Then, after graduation, he received his fifth free pass, a fishy medical exemption that declared him ineligible for combat.

Pastor Lucado: Trump's Claim He’s a Christian 'Beyond Reason to Me' 
Excerpt: "There was a time in Iowa when he said 'I'm a Christian,' and somebody asked about forgiveness and he said 'I've never asked God for forgiveness.' I can't imagine that. I'm just shaking my head going 'How does that work?'" Lucado said. "Does a swimmer say 'I've never gotten wet?' Does a musician say 'I've never sung a song?' How does a person claim to be a Christian and never need to ask for forgiveness?" Trump has made headlines with the shoot-from-the-lip missiles he's fired at opponents, recently ripping Sen. Ted Cruz as a "totally unstable individual" and the "single biggest liar I've ever come across."

Worth Reading: Why This Conservative Won't Back Trump. By Susan Stamper Brown 
Excerpt: The lifetime Donald's spent schmoozing with the crass class of corrupted liberals like the Clintons made him everything that conservatism is not. Now he wants to join and lead us, but he's hauling with him a boatload of baggage and a whole lot of likeminded people who care nothing about what he says, just the bombastic way he says it. Indeed, Trump's a magnet. He brags he's expanded the Republican Party to include some very mean and angry people. But magnets have two poles, so while he's attracting people who indulge in expletives on social media like Reagan indulged in jelly beans, he's repelling a "YUGE," way-bigger-than-his-hands group of conservatives. I am one of the repelled.

6 Facts That Could Haunt Donald Trump From Trump University 

Support for Trump Backfires on CPAC
Excerpt: Donald J. Trump has been pouring tens of thousands of dollars into the coffers of the American Conservative Union (ACU), the sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). But the financial bribes went for nothing, as Trump cancelled his CPAC speech last Saturday amid reports that hundreds of conservatives were preparing to turn their backs and walk out on the billionaire businessman’s remarks.
The reason for the threatened walkout was apparent in the results of the CPAC straw poll, a survey of CPAC participants, showing Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in first place with 40 percent, Senator Marco Rubio second with 30 percent, and Trump getting only 15 percent.

An Open Letter to Pastor Robert Jeffress About Donald Trump
One of the odder phenomena of this cycle is Evangelical Republican voters throwing their support behind a previously pro-choice, thrice-married casino and strip-club owner who bragged of his affairs with married women, kissed Rudy Giuliani dressed in drag, defends Planned Parenthood, and says he’s never asked for God’s forgiveness.
First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress appeared at a Donald Trump rally recently, saying if Trump is president, “Evangelical Christians are going to have a true friend in the White House.” Jeffress added, “Any Christian who would sit at home and not vote for the Republican nominee [if it were Trump] . . . that person is being motivated by pride rather than principle.” --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.

Excerpt: Donald Trump has pitched himself to voters as a proud protectionist, intent on punishing the Chinese companies that he says are hurting American workers. In his January meeting with the editorial board of the New York Times, he said he would impose a 45 percent tariff on all products imported from China. Luckily, we don’t have to guess how such a tariff would impact the economy, because the Obama administration attempted a version of Trump’s idea seven years ago. It did not go well. (Trump is uninformed on the details of our trade relationships and has no interest in learning them. He boldly promised, “We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries” -- oblivious to the fact that Apple’s displays are made in Kentucky, the processors in New York, the WiFi frequency chips in Colorado, and the power management chips in Texas. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

Interesting: WHY TRUMP BAILED OUT OF CPAC. A true conservative would not have been afraid. By Paul Kengor 
Excerpt: Alas, this brings me to my reason for writing today: As I watched this spectacle unfold at CPAC on Thursday, and as I observed the visceral reaction against Donald Trump at Conservative Central, I said aloud, “Trump would be nuts to come here on Saturday morning. It would be a huge mistake.” Trump was scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. I further mumbled to the person next to me: “I guarantee that right now in this room there’s a Trump campaign person telephoning Trump’s handlers to keep him out of here Saturday morning.” They knew. They knew he would be resoundingly jeered, possibly prompting the master of insults to blow his top with one of his customary fits. Imagine the damaging media headlines: “Donald Trump Booed at CPAC.” “Trump Shouted Down at Annual Gathering of Conservatives.” “Conservatives Protest Trump in Washington.” “Trump Calls CPAC Conservatives ‘Clowns,’ ‘Morons,’ ‘Idiots,’ ‘Liars,’ ‘Losers,’ ‘Lightweights.’”

Yup. Is Donald Trump Just Another Narcissistic Liberal? By Richard Larsen 
Excerpt: After seven years of a narcissistic president, the last thing the nation needs is another four. Donald Trump has all the same outward egocentric manifestations to which we’ve become accustomed. The problem with politicians imbued with such characteristics is that everything they do is all about them, not those whom they are elected to serve–or the Constitution to which they take an oath of fealty.

Why Bill urged Trump to Run: Newsflash: Things are going Hillary Clinton’s way
Excerpt: While there’s plenty of intrigue left to come and the outcome is far from certain, the most likely outcome at this point is that the Republican Party will nominate Donald Trump, who may turn out to be the most unpopular general election candidate either party has ever nominated. In our latest poll, Trump’s net favorability rating is -37, with 30 percent of respondents saying they have a favorable view of him and 67 percent saying they have an unfavorable view. Opinions about Clinton have always been closely divided — in this poll, 46 percent view her favorably and 52 percent view her unfavorably — but she couldn’t ask for a better opponent than Trump. Even on her weakest attribute, honesty and trustworthiness, she does far better than him.

Poll: Trump leads GOP race nationally but with weaker hold on the party

To the Supreme Court? Meet Donald Trump’s sister, the tough, respected federal judge Ted Cruz called a ‘radical pro-abortion extremist’
Trump said she'd be great on SCOTUS. ~Bob

Poll: Trump loses head-to-head vs. both Cruz, Rubio. By Jesse Byrnes
Excerpt: But in hypothetical one-on-one match-ups with Cruz and Rubio, Trump loses. Cruz leads Trump 54 to 41 percent, and Rubio leads the outspoken businessman 51 to 45 percent. (Cruz and Rubio together have many more votes than Trump. That may not matter. ~Bob)

You Thought the Know-Nothing Party was Dead: Donald Trump: I will know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah 'when it's appropriate.' Republican presidential candidate tells radio host it ‘won’t take me long’ to get up to speed on Middle East, but gets in a muddle over Kurds and Quds
Leading for president and doesn't know stuff any LCpl knows about Foreign Policy. ~Bob

Must Read and Share: NY Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Stand Trial for Fraud
Excerpt: This presidential election season just got crazier. The First Department (the NY Appeals court covering Manhattan) ruled today that the lawsuit brought by the Attorney General of the State of New York against Trump University and Donald Trump can move forward to trial. The Donald and his lawyers had sought to dismiss the suit because they argued a three year statute of limitations had applied and the conduct alleged occurred more than three years prior to the filing of the suit. Further they argued that the law the AG brought the case under did not allow the AG to bring a fraud action for damages but only allowed the AG to bring an injunction to stop the fraudulent activity. In deciding that the applicable law (NY’s Executive Law section 63(12)) is governed by a six year statute of limitation and that it does indeed authorize an independent special proceeding by the AG to prove fraud and collect damages, the court clarified some esoteric legal points that will likely make this case an important one in the annals of consumer law. But far more damaging than the court’s ruling that the matters now move forward to adjudication is the court’s language regarding the shenanigans behind Trump University and Trump’s involvement in it. No doubt Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz will be reading this to whomever they can get to listen today – Super Tuesday.

Excerpt: We the undersigned, members of the Republican national security community, represent a broad spectrum of opinion on America’s role in the world and what is necessary to keep us safe and prosperous. We have disagreed with one another on many issues, including the Iraq war and intervention in Syria. But we are united in our opposition to a Donald Trump presidency. Recognizing as we do, the conditions in American politics that have contributed to his popularity, we nonetheless are obligated to state our core objections clearly: His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle. He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence. His advocacy for aggressively waging trade wars is a recipe for economic disaster in a globally connected world.

No, Mr. Trump, Presidents Don’t Reign. By Peter Burfeind
Excerpt: No wonder every election seems more and more like some Hesiodic battle of gods and ages. According to Donald Trump, we’re not electing a president to a term, but to a “reign.” That’s what he called George W. Bush’s time in office recently. It bears repeating. The leading candidate for the GOP believes he’s running to reign. To my knowledge, no other candidates corrected him; no pundits commented on it; and no media figures challenged him on it. I’m probably an odd man out on this, an anachronism who’s failed to accept it: this where our nation is at; our souls have been formatted to embrace autocracy.

Other Political News

Worth Reading: Conscription, Part III. By Tom Kratman
Excerpt: If you go to Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts – yes, that Salem – you will find, there amongst mostly older and fancier memorials, a simple upright white slab, government issue, bearing the name of Peter Brooks Saltonstall, aged twenty-three, killed in action while leading a patrol, Guam, 13 August, 1944.2 Young Peter was a sergeant in the Marine Corps. It doesn’t really matter whether he was conscripted, or volunteered because he would have been conscripted, or volunteered for perhaps the most vicious campaign in American military history just because it was the right thing to do. What matters is that he was there.3
Peter Saltonstall was also the son of the governor of Massachusetts, Leverett Saltonstall, who went on to serve not quite four terms in the Senate. Leverett, in his own time, had been an Artillery lieutenant in the Great War. Pretty much all the Saltonstalls, as blue-blooded and Brahmin as existed in Boston, served their country at need and had since before it was even a country. Though wealthy enough, in general, there are and have been many much richer families. Yet there probably was never a better one in the history of America. It was, for example, a Saltonstall who resigned his position as a judge rather than partake of the Salem Witch Trials. (Tom Kratman is a retired USA LtCol, an occasional contributor to this blog, and an outstand author of military science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. I expect that in 20 years they will move his novel Caliphate to the history section. ~Bob)

Milwaukee Democrat Sheriff David Clarke on Obama

Always Good: Random Thoughts. By Dr. Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: What are the chances that the world's greatest violinist would make a good quarterback? Or that the world's greatest quarterback would make a good violinist? Why then would anyone think that a successful businessman would make a good president — especially when he is demonstrating almost daily why he would not? Many people, including Senator Bernie Sanders, repeat incessantly that the economic system is "rigged" by the rich — without providing either specifics or evidence. The latest figures I have seen show that the 400 richest people in the world have recently lost $19 billion on net balance. If they have rigged the system, they have certainly done a very incompetent job of it.

Mainstream media, left-wing practice politics of hypocrisy in Rebecca Bradley story. By M.D. Kittle  
Excerpt: The same left-leaning group that has gleefully dropped a political bombshell on Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley a month before her election day face-off with Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg was apoplectic about revelations regarding its Democrat candidate for governor in 2014. More so, the mainstream media players who were so incredulous, so indignant about Wisconsin’s Watchdog’s investigation into Mary Burke’s troubled resume is now lustily reporting revelations about Bradley’s anti-gay, anti-Bill Clinton opinions a quarter century ago in a student newspaper.

White Privilege: Sanders Is Wrong: America’s Poorest Counties Are 95 Percent White. By Peter Hasson
Guess he's never been to Appalachia.  BS has a complex about "being poor."  He sees the glass half empty versus half full, seems like.  I saw just a bit of a walk around NYC he did a couple weeks ago and he was griping and complaining about how he "grew up poor" and his mother and father were always fighting and screaming at each other about not having money.  Wonder if this fomented his desire to make the state the grand teat to be all to all and provide all from cradle to grave.  No wants, to worries, no screaming mommies and daddies.  Gee, we were poor in the South and we kids didn't know it.  Mom bought plain white lace and we had a project dyeing it beige with tea and she sewed my clothes on a Singer treadle machine and we got to sit on her knees and ride up and down, like being on a horse.  We never heard mom and dad fighting about money and somehow, they managed to treat us at the holidays, simply, but with love.  Wonder what makes a socialist/communist?  Lack of family harmony as a child, perhaps. --Barb

Why Bernie Sanders’s win in Michigan matters so much. By Chris Cillizza, Washington Post
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton took more delegates out of the primaries in Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday night. But Bernie Sanders, by winning in Michigan, scored a massively important symbolic victory that will likely reenergize his campaign and extend the Democratic presidential race for weeks, if not months. “What tonight means is that the Bernie Sanders campaign ... is strong in every part of the country," Sanders said in brief remarks in Florida on Tuesday night. “We believe our strongest areas are yet to happen."

Melissa Click: One Bad Professor Fired, Thousands More To Go. The University of Missouri has fired communications professor Melissa Click after videos showed her intimidating students during campus protests this school year. It will hardly make a dent.
Excerpt: Melissa Click, the University of Missouri communications professor whom videos show obstructed the press and assaulted a student during last fall’s social justice protests, has finally been fired. Click was acting as de facto communications director for the radical group “Concerned Student 1950” that, like many groups across the nation, was accusing, with no evidence, their campus administration with “systemic racism.” Click inflamed an emotionally charged situation on November 9 when word came that the president and chancellor had resigned for allegedly allowing racist symbols and slurs on and off-campus. (This article is a sad one, it will depress you to learn how far Left so many professors have gone in some schools.  No wonder we have more and more younger people who at best are not patriotic at all, at worst have come to despise the nation and see its history as nothing but horrible practices that have gone on since the first settlers hit the beaches and are just as bad now.  This is really not good for the society and its future.  And the drumbeat of twisted history and fanatic drive to tear down what is here to replace it with..... what?.... goes on every day. --Del)

Obama “Recovery” Roars Ahead
Excerpt: As this site has maintained since its inception more than six years ago, there is no recovery nor can there be one given the disincentives associated with ObamaCare and other debilitating regulations. No amount of fiscal or monetary policy can offset the adverse and counterproductive policies imposed on entrepreneurs and other economic decision-makers. Attempts to counteract these negatives via macroeconomic policy will continue to fail while adding to the gross misallocation of resources, price distortions and squandering of capital that has already occurred.

"More just and equitable human-ice interactions."
Excerpt: What does gender theory have to do with climate change and the depiction of glaciers in popular culture? You can decide for yourself by reading what must be the least essential paper ever written: "Glaciers, Gender, and Science—A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental climate change." (It may give you a headache, but really, try to read this, and then pass it on to anyone who still thinks they're all sane at the colleges and universities.  This seemingly unstoppable descent into total nuttiness about gender, feminism, and everything else in the universe being connected to it directly somehow, has progressed past silly, past ridiculous, and into a realm for which I don't think any proper words apply. And remember, we're all paying for this dreck! --Del)

Death Penalty Indictment Filed Against Convicted Cocaine Dealer Who Allegedly Murdered Woman, Two Kids After Getting Early Release From Obama Admin.
Excerpt: Callahan would have been still serving a nearly 13-year federal prison sentence at the time of the murders if he had not been released early due to a change in sentencing guidelines. As Judicial Watch noted, the change occurred as part of President Barack Obama’s criminal justice reform efforts and an attempt to end racial discrimination.
The conservative watchdog group asserted that Obama’s initiative was launched in 2010 when he signed a measure that relaxed drug-crime sentences that purportedly discriminated against minority and low-income offenders. With that measure, the U.S. Sentencing Commission was able to lower the maximum sentence for drug offenders, which led to the early release of thousands of inmates — including Callahan. (I assume the dear woman and kids are also black, but #OnlySomeBlackLivesMatter. ~Bob)

The Third Amendment

Worth Hearing: The Most Shameful Injustice
This Bill Whittle presentation from the Firewall setting is really outstanding in giving out the tragic, infuriating facts about big city management and how in certain areas it's brought nothing but utter disaster.  And you know how and why that happens.....Del

EXCLUSIVE: Gold King Mine Investigators Secretly Ordered To ‘Stay Clear’ Of EPA’s Negligence
Excerpt: A Department of the Interior manager refused to say who ordered agency investigators to “stay clear” of the Environmental Protection Agency’s negligence when it spilled 3 million gallons of mine waste into drinking water, according to internal emails. The Bureau of Reclamation – a DOI agency – was tasked to investigate how the EPA blew out Colorado’s Gold King Mine, which caused the Animas River to run yellow with pollution from 880,000 pounds of dangerous metals like lead. “The actual cause of failure is some combination of issues related to EPA internal communications, administrative authorities, and/or a break in the decision path,” Richard Olsen, the Army Corps of Engineers official who peer reviewed the resulting report, wrote in an email. (Just as in Flint, MI, but HC and BS blaming Republican Governor, versus Feds, who knew better and swept it under the rug....and persecuted the employee who told the truth to the public.  Regime not of the people, for the people, by the people, but heavily into CYA.  EPA all set to regulate puddles in your backyards thanks to Roberts ruling after Scalia's mysterious and timely death for Regime; cleared up that temporary "glitch" in EPA power the President said not to worry about. --Barb)

Religion of Peace News

American student killed in 1 of 3 terror attacks in Israel during Biden visit
Hanging around with Jews? Liberals will say he had it coming. ~Bob

Iran didn't sign agreement: Iran launches ballistic missiles during military exercise

Japan Accepts 27 Muslim Refugees, Immediately Gets Taste Of Islamic Gratitude
Excerpt: According to the Al Jazeera, Japan rejected 99 percent of refugees in 2015, but caved in to pressure and recently accepted 27 Muslim asylum seekers. Out of over 7,500 applications, they approved only a few. However, their rigorous screening, which puts the West’s speedy methods to shame, still wasn’t enough to protect their citizens.
The Tokyo Reporter confirms that 2 of only 27 Muslim refugees living in Japan have already gang raped, assaulted, and robbed a female citizen. Onder Pinarbasi, 22, and his 16-year-old male friend forced an intoxicated woman into a public restroom near JR Akabane Station, where they brutally assaulted her and stole her belongings.

Peace in our time: EU welcomes bold Turkey plan to stop migrants, defers decision
Excerpt: European Union leaders welcomed Turkey's offer on Monday to take back all migrants who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Ankara's demands for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel in return.
However, key details remained to be worked out and the 28 leaders ordered more work by officials with a view to reaching an ambitious package deal with Turkey at their next scheduled summit, on March 17-18.

Dearborn Jihad: Muslim Who Plotted Mass Church Shooting, Beheading, Burning People Alive NOT CHARGED WITH TERRORISM

Unbelievable: Americans Don’t Know Who Washington D.C. is Named After!!! [VIDEO]

'SHARIAH POLICE' ATTACK, HOSPITALIZE AUSTRIAN MAN. Muslim gangs spread violence across Vienna
Excerpt: Muslim migrants wreaking havoc across Austria turned their sights on the capital over the weekend: One man was hospitalized by a “Shariah patrol” in Vienna while gangs of Afghans and Chechens battled in other parts of the city. Austrian officials moved to stem the tide of migrants entering the country in January, but they may have acted too late. A “Shariah patrol” like those operating in Germany now roams the streets of Vienna. A Chechen man who told the gang to stop harassing his wife and daughter was pummeled for speaking up, the Daily Mail reported Monday. (You will NOT hear much world news on MM in the US any more.  MM prefers folks to have isolationist views of what is coming with the open borders and planting of cells of Muslims throughout the country by the regime.  EU seeing what comes with Islam--such a religion of peace.  Add Shariah police to Panthers and radical black agenda...Such a bright outlook for your children in what was US.  But it is TRANSFORMATION! --Barb)

“Islamophobic hate crime” turns into Muslim terrorist investigation

UK’s Sharia courts run by clerics who support amputation for theft, child marriage, marital rape, wife-beating

Schools teach Islamic history… but ignore 1066 and all that. HISTORY teachers are being told pupils need not study British kings and queens, but must learn about early Islamic civilisation, Mayan culture or of Benin in west Africa.

Muslim professor: “Islam has no age barrier in marriage and Muslims have no apology for those who refuse to accept this”

IRAQ Chemical weapons. Mindy Belz, Globe Trot
As we reported (March 2 Globe Trot), U.S. special forces captured the head of the ISIS unit trying to develop chemical weapons in a raid in northern Iraq, and now identify him as Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, who specialized in developing chemical and biological weapons for Saddam Hussein's Military Industrialization Authority. But wait, Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, remember? Based on information extracted from Afari, coalition air strikes this week have destroyed two chemical weapons facilities located near Mosul.  We reported since mid-February incidents where ISIS used chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, wounding hundreds.

Austria: Sharia patrol beats man who told them to stop threatening his wife and daughter for not being correctly dressed

Surrender: Police in Swedish city tell women not to walk alone for fear of Muslim migrants

Australia: Muslim accused of raping six women and targeting 72 more

Israeli Stabbing Victim Pulls Knife From Own Neck, Kills Terrorist With It

More former Gitmo detainees suspected of returning to battlefield
Excerpt: A dozen former detainees at Guantanamo Bay are suspected of returning to the battlefield on behalf of various militant groups, according to a report released by the Obama administration Monday. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said that seven of the 144 detainees who have been freed since President Barack Obama took office in 2009 have been confirmed to have returned to fighting as of Jan. 15. ...The number of suspected recidivist detainees was double the number in this past July's report. (Aiding and abetting the enemy.  What's that called?  Oh, TRANSFORMATION. --Barb)

Of Interest

Here is the test scientists use to see if you might be a conspiracy theorist. By Rebecca Harrington       
Excerpt: If people believe one conspiracy theory, they tend to believe more. So if you think the Apollo 11 moon landing was faked, you might also think government officials knew 9/11 was going to happen. Psychologists study conspiracy theories, and they're especially interested in what makes people believe in them. Back in the 1980s, they dubbed this phenomenon of believing in multiple theories the "conspiracy mentality." (After you read the article, notice that out of a group of 500 people (but maybe not altogether random) the average response about 15 ridiculous conspiracy theories was close to neutral.  Which means the group was really somewhat split between those who believe and those who don't.  (An average of 2.61 with a std deviation of 0.87 means the responses really ranged very widely.) My average on the test was 1.  See what yours is and think about the idea that a lot of people have averages above 3. --Del)

Hillary said women who report rape should be believed
--unless they report Bill.

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