Thursday, April 7, 2016

Today's worth-reading political news and opinion


Worth Reading: Cruz runs rings around Trump’s bush-league convention prep. By George F. Will
Excerpt: People here at Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Tex.) campaign headquarters are meticulously preparing to win a contested convention, if there is one. Because Donald Trump is a low-energy fellow, Cruz will be positioned to trounce him in Cleveland, where Trump’s slide toward earned oblivion would accelerate during a second ballot. ... If, as seemed probable a month ago, Trump had won Wisconsin, he would have been well-positioned to win a first-ballot convention victory. Now he is up against things to which he is averse: facts. For months Cruz’s national operation has been courting all convention delegates, including Trump’s. Cruz aims to make a third ballot decisive, or unnecessary.

Wisconsin Delegate Counts; Cruz 36, Trump 6. (6 to 1 advantage over Trump)
On the Socialist side, Sanders got 48, Clinton 38. ~Bob

Worth Reading: There Is No Intellectual Case for Donald Trump Over Ted Cruz
Excerpt: Item one: Last week Donald Trump said he could pay off the entire national debt, roughly $19.2 trillion, in eight years — while slashing taxes. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog went to the trouble of running the numbers and discovered that Trump’s plan would require 24 percent economic growth, every year, for eight years. To put that in perspective, the previous record for growth was 19 percent in 1942, the first full year of America’s involvement in World War II. For Trump to deliver on his prediction, the economy would have to grow from $17 trillion to $90 trillion in only two presidential terms. Or, as the Post put it, “There is math, there is fantasy math, and then there is Donald Trump’s economic math.”

Ted Cruz Has Vastly Outperformed Donald Trump Over the Long Haul. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: For perspective on how bad a loss Wisconsin was to Trump, Ted Cruz who is no friend of the establishment, outperformed Mitt Romney’s win against Rick Santorum and Ron Paul from 2012. Cruz, last night, got more votes, more delegates, and a wider margin of victory than Romney got in 2012. Likewise, since January, Trump has only really gone up in the national polling by about five percent. After thirty elections, Trump’s average vote share is at 35.6%, which is barely better than his first win in New Hampshire. He has a real ceiling. (Bob, Hope you are well. My old friend Ted won Badger-mania last night thanks to you and your Cheese-head patriots. Now it is another time for choosing and to finish this insanity of the Clinton/Obama cartel lock on our liberty and the future of SCOTUS. --David [MD from TX])

Trump's Favorite Poll Now Shows Cruz Winning


From a blog reader
If Trump came on his own show The Apprentice and was as unprepared as he has been for this presidential campaign relative to addressing the issues with clear and cogent pathways to solutions, ‘The Donald’ would have fired ‘The Donald’ even before the end of the first round. --Greg

Worth Seeing: 1988 Was A Disastrous Year For Donald Trump

Sore Loser: Trump Absolutely Unloads on Cruz in Blistering Statement Responding to Wisconsin Results
Who would have guessed that the life-long liberal narcissist would be a sore loser too? Okay, besides everybody that has paid attention to Trump's "checkered" past. ~Bob

Worth Reading: The voters have spoken: Never Trump. By Dana Milbank
Excerpt: The voters have spoken: Never Trump. Wisconsin Republicans sent the nation a clear message Tuesday night in the drubbing they dealt the bilious billionaire. Republicans, and Americans, are better than Donald Trump. The message goes well beyond the 13-point primary victory over Trump by Ted Cruz, himself a less-than-ideal candidate for Republicans. Not only did 65 percent of Republicans vote for somebody other than Trump, but 4 in 10 said they never would vote for him: They’ll vote for a third-party candidate, support Hillary Clinton or stay home in November if Trump is the nominee. Thirty-five percent of Republicans said they’d actually be scared about what Trump might do as president, and an additional 20 percent colored themselves concerned.

Trump shows new vulnerabilities — and has only himself to blame
Excerpt: As recently as three weeks ago, it was looking as though none of the laws of political physics applied to the phenomenon that is Donald Trump. But the days since his strong showing in the March 15 round of primaries have seen the GOP front-runner make a series of stumbles over his own feet. No longer does he appear to be invulnerable to gaffes and mistakes that would have destroyed a more conventional candidate before the Iowa caucuses. That is why Trump’s second-place finish to Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) in Tuesday’s Wisconsin Republican primary may represent no ordinary setback. 

Interesting: Trump is crushed by Cruz: Now what? It's all about the map, the math and the matadors. By William Whalen
Excerpt: Under the guise of such other bad omens as black cats, broken mirrors and the Chicago Cubs as World Series favorites, we have Donald Trump’s failure to win Wisconsin’s Republican presidential primary. Going back to 1968 and the early days of the open primary era, each and every winner of Wisconsin’s GOP vote has earned the party’s nomination. ... Two weeks ago, The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics calculated a path for Trump to reach 1,239. That required winning 30 delegates from Wisconsin. FiveThirtyEight had Trump finishing just shy of a first-ballot win at 1,203. That scenario had Trump earning 25 Wisconsin delegates.

Decision 2016: Wisconsin weighs in
Excerpt: After a recent spate of unfavorable publicity (combined with an active anti Trump campaign from the state’s conservative establishment). Ted Cruz won a major (48-35%) victory. Additionally, the Trump percentage (35%) was less than his showing in neighboring Illinois (39%) and Michigan (37%). This suggests that his support has reached a ceiling – and that ceiling is less than 50%.

Trump on his Wisconsin Loss. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: You’ll notice Trump accuses Cruz of a crime -- again -- but offers no evidence. You may recall he accused Cruz of coordinating on the infamous ad featuring a photo of Melania Trump put out by an independent Super PAC. Trump also contended that the Iowa Caucus results should be “nullified” because of Cruz’s “fraud.” But then again, he insisted that the guy who rushed the stage in Dayton, Ohio had “ties to ISIS.” And he suggested former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields could a “pen bomb.” He claimed his infamous interview with Chris Matthews wasn’t “run on television [in its entirety] because it was too long” and that the network “cut out” his answers. The judge in his Trump University case -- who Trump emphasizes to audiences is Hispanic -- “has treated me very, very unfairly.” If someone keeps insisting he sees terrible crimes around him all the time, and accusing people of these crimes without evidence . . . at what point can that person be diagnosed with paranoid delusional disorder?

Interesting: Rating the Candidates. Who wants war? By PHILIP GIRALDI
Excerpt: Donald Trump is the joker in the deck. He has spoken about waste and mistaken priorities in military spending and has pledged to cut the Pentagon budget. He has consistently criticized military interventions in Asia, to include condemning the Iraq War and Libya, based on their cost and failure as policies. He has rejected direct American boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq for the same reason but sees ISIS as a threat and has pledged to bomb them mercilessly, heedless of civilian casualties.
Trump believes he can get along with Vladimir Putin and does not see Ukraine as a vital interest for Washington. He is the only candidate willing to attempt détente with Moscow and even speaks of disbanding NATO, which he says has outlived its usefulness. He also believes he can work with the Chinese leadership. In the war on terror, Trump would reinstate torture against suspects and has even advocated killing the families of terrorists as an acceptable collateral cost. He clearly believes in taking the gloves off in terrorism cases where the target is well defined and is less willing to get engaged in a conflict that is more amorphous. Regarding Iran, Trump would accept the nuclear agreement but he would police it rigorously and he has raised concerns with the Israel Lobby because he has said that he would be even handed in peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. Trump has told the Republican Jewish Committee that he doesn’t need their money to run his campaign, suggesting to many that his commitment to Israel is not based on anything tangible. He might even be pragmatic, which would place U.S. interests ahead of those of Israel. (Note to the author: It takes two sides to make a peace, only one side to make a war. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Trump, We Knew Ye. The Donald was never serious about the presidency in the Hillary sense.
Excerpt: Mr. Trump has not been all-in. The most obvious way is with his unwillingness to put up the money, though many overlooked his hesitance because he was doing so well with free media coverage. The money was significant of something larger: his unwillingness to work out the whole path to the presidency, and his lack of 100% commitment to do the things necessary to succeed. Control his mouth. Recruit credible advisers. Produce a thoughtful policy program. Though it received surprisingly little commentary, his insistence on using his primary-victory rallies to flog his golf courses, product lines and related business interests. (You may have to Google the title to get the article. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Ex-spokesman for Senate GOP: Republican lawmakers should consider not endorsing Trump
Excerpt: This is important to consider as we watch Donald Trump — who virtually every American voter already knows and has an opinion about — play rhetorical footsie with the Ku Klux Klan, insult Hispanics, disrespect women, call for the barring of immigrants on the basis of their religion and most recently suggest that women who have illegal abortions should be punished. And those are just some of the highlights. It’s no surprise that even before Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have run a single negative ad, polls show Trump is underwater with almost every key voter demographic group, including independents — a group that Romney won in 2012 despite losing to President Obama. A recent New York Times-CBS survey found just 19 percent have a favorable opinion of Trump, but 57 percent view him unfavorably.

A Full List of Donald Trump's Rapidly Changing Policy Positions

Delegates, Led by National Committee Members, May Leave Trump at a Contested Convention

The first INTERNAL whispers of trouble within the Donald Trump campaign.

7 Signs That You Are A Branch Trumpidian. By Steve Berman 
Excerpt: If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump, and you truly believe the man’s persuasive qualities, business experience, negotiating tactics, and personality are fit for the presidency, good for you. I have no beef with you. Of course I disagree, but I also disagree with millions of Democrats who love Hillary Clinton. If you believe Trump can unify the GOP, defeat Hillary, and solve some of America’s most complex problems, based on a understanding of the man independent of his own campaign statements, more power to you. Again, I disagree–vehemently. I’ve spilled tens of thousands of words explaining how I disagree, and I won’t rehash those arguments here. But, before you place yourself in one of the above rational categories, read below. You owe it to yourself, and I assure you it won’t hurt you to read it–I won’t hurt your feelings.

Interesting: 1,237 Is Not Just Rule, But Essentially Is Law. By Erick Erickson 
Excerpt: Because the party nomination processes are so intertwined with the laws of the several states, it would arguably be a due process violation under law for the party committees that have set out the rule requirements for majority wins to get to the convention and change that rule. The candidates went into a process told by their party that they would need 1,237 delegates. Changing that after all the votes had been cast in the states and territories would be legally problematic. As it stands now, every party that has ballot access in all fifty states and in the territories of the United States require that a nominee receive majority support from the party at a convention. The laws of the several states specify that the candidate declared by the party to be the party’s nominee will be the name that appears on the ballot for November. The states, in other words, give license to the parties to conduct their affairs under their rules. Changing the rules in the middle of the game as it relates to majority vote for the nominee would be a legal nightmare for the GOP. This is not going to happen. The party will not change majority rule to plurality in July after telling all the candidates that the rules under which they’ve run their campaigns required majority rule.

Roger Stone Warns After Wisconsin Loss: Donald Trump’s Campaign ‘Has No Infrastructure in The States’
Excerpt: Veteran political strategist and informal adviser for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump Roger Stone warns on Breitbart News Daily that the loss in Wisconsin should be a “wakeup call” for the Trump campaign, which he says should invest in campaign infrastructure to sew up the party’s nomination.

Worth Reading: Democrats need not worry about beating Trump. By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: Despite a raft of polling showing Donald Trump to be Hillary Clinton’s weakest opponent, publicly some Democrats appear nervous about the prospect of fighting off Trump in the general election. Maybe they are trying to bait Republicans into nominating him, or perhaps it reflects underlying concern about Clinton’s electability. Whatever the case, there is reason to believe the polls understate how badly Trump will do in the polls, and not just because he’s a walking gaffe machine. The Post reports: Nearly a third of Virginia Republicans will vote for Hillary Clinton, pick a third-party candidate or sit out the election if Donald Trump is the GOP’s nominee for president, a new poll finds.


Interesting: Why Democrats Just Won’t Embrace Hillary. By John Fund
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton proved herself to be one wounded front-runner in last night’s Wisconsin primary. Not only did she lose to Bernie Sanders by a double-digit margin, but exit polls showed she even narrowly lost female voters to him. A majority of Democrats cited either income inequality (30 percent) or health care (22 percent) as their most important issue. Clinton lost those focused on inequality by 2 to 1 and also lost voters who were most interested in health care, once considered her signature issue. Hillary’s weakest showing came among the third of Democrats who thought the most important issue was whether a candidate was honest or trustworthy. She was crushed in that category by 83 percent to 17 percent.

Hillary Clinton has ‘lost patience’ with Bernie Sanders, will ramp up attacks
Excerpt: The Hillary Clinton campaign has “lost patience” and will start going after Sen. Bernard Sanders much harder and hoping to destroy his campaign, CNN reported Tuesday night. In a report after Mrs. Clinton’s latest defeat at the hands of the Vermont socialist, reporter Jeff Zeleny said the Clinton campaign has decided that party unity can come later.

Excerpt:  It was the first time in about a decade I had been granted a one-on-one interview with a woman I’d covered more or less constantly since she was elected to the Senate; as a reporter for Long Island’s Newsday, I had a local scribe’s regular, if intermittent, access to Clinton and found her to be funny, friendly and occasionally candid, if fundamentally guarded. She became far, far less accessible when she embarked on her presidential campaign in early 2007 — and the spigot shut off completely in mid-2008 when I jumped to Politico to join a national press pack Clinton avoids out of personal preference (and, as she’d explain to me, as a strategic choice). ... Sanders had just told an interviewer that he was iffy about raising money for down-ballot Democrats, so I asked Clinton the obvious question: Did she think Sanders is a real Democrat? “Well, I can’t answer that,” she said with a smile. Then she proceeded to answer the question. “He’s a relatively new Democrat, and, in fact, I’m not even sure he is one. He’s running as one. So I don’t know quite how to characterize him.

Abortion Survivor Reacts To Clinton’s Abortion Comments: ‘What A Contradiction!’
Excerpt: Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden responded to Hillary Clinton’s recent comments on abortion, calling it a contradiction for Clinton to both acknowledge the personhood of an unborn child and deny that the unborn person has any constitutional rights. ... In August 1977, she survived a saline abortion. ...The saline solution used in the abortion — which scalds the baby’s lungs and skin — left Ohden with cerebral palsy, but nevertheless very much alive.

Can she wiggle out of this one like Whitewater, Benghazi, classified email, et al?  Iceland politician resigned already. --Barb

From the Hill: 7 lingering questions in the Clinton email investigation
Excerpt: The FBI appears to be entering the home stretch of its investigation into Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Yet even as arrangements are reportedly being made to interview Clinton and her top aides, much remains unclear. The FBI under Director James Comey refuses to publicly discuss the investigation, as is customary, but critics say the lingering questions show the review is anything but routine and could result in criminal indictments.


Worth Reading: Why the Justice Department Will NOT Indict Hillary Clinton
Excerpt: Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch is black.  In the seventeen primary and caucus states (excluding American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands), which Hillary Clinton has won through Wisconsin on March 5, 2016, blacks voted for her by an average of 80%, from a low of 60% in Illinois to a high of 90% in Alabama and Mississippi. ... If Hillary Clinton is indicted over the e-mail scandal and has to drop out of the race, the Attorney General, no doubt with Obama’s approval, will have in effect disenfranchised the 80% of black Democrats who voted for her.


Advice for Socialists: Seven Soviet-era tips for running a successful police state
Excerpt: The Soviet Union was one of the world’s more durable police states – and it is now one of the best documented. From Stalin’s bloody terror to the less violent but still rigidly authoritarian rule of Khrushchev and Brezhnev, the Soviet police state underwent many changes. From this history emerge seven underlying habits that communist rulers cultivated in order to safeguard their rule.

Bernie Sanders Can't Explain How He'd Break Up Big Banks, Among Other Things
Excerpt: Bernie Sanders is as often lauded for his ability to attract record-breaking crowds as he is panned for his lack of solid proposals on how he plans to achieve his promise of revolutionary change.  On Tuesday, an interview with New York Daily News editorial board reignited questions about whether Sanders can offer up specifics on how to carry out his vision.

Other Political News

Must Read: Illegal Immigration: Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2. By Tom Kratman
Excerpt: Added to this is that we’ve got both a push and a pull action going on. By this I mean that they come here not only for economic reasons, the pull, but also to escape from Mexico which is, over large swaths, something of a hellhole. Neither of those reasons, however, means that they have any real interest in becoming Americans, nor that they place any real value on America or becoming American. A third problem arises from what I perceive as a fairly common Mexican view, that we have no right to the territory they had to cede to us, post-Mexican War, or that we annexed, pre-war; that it is stolen property of which they and Mexico are the true owners. In other words, from the Mexican point of view – and it is not an entirely indefensible one (neither is it a slam dunk) – we have no right to California, Nevada, and Utah, nor to Texas, nor the portions Texas claimed at the time of annexation, nor to portions of Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Colorado, nor any right to keep them out of any of them. Fourthly, you may not be aware of it, but Latins use the term “Gringo” a lot more than we say “Wetbacks,” “Beaners,” “Spics,” or “Taco Benders,” and they don’t mean it as any more a compliment than we mean those epithets.  (And Trump, the liberal leading for the GOP nod, said in 2012 that Romney lost because the GOP was too harsh on immigrants. 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)

Must Read: Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3. By Tom Kratman
Excerpt: There are a number of credible, and very hard to beat, ways for the Mexican-dominated tier I showed in last week’s column to be detached from the United States. After much discussion with a friend of mine, who has considerable expertise and experience with this kind of problem during the Troubles in Northern Ireland,2 I’m inclined to think we’re simply screwed. To closely paraphrase his words, what we have getting ready to kick off in the American Southwest is about one hundred times worse than Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. In this column, though, I’m going to limit myself to what I think is the most dangerous and most likely combination to see us evicted from the Southwest, and presented with a poorer country that will be unable to defend or control its new, doubly long border. Yes, “most dangerous” and “most likely,” together, spell “bad news.” For anyone who’s likely to get the vapors over laying it all out here in plain text, do you really think the people who will be on the other side – or, rather, already are in one sense or another – are that stupid and ignorant? Jeez, talk about racism! No, they’re not, but the average modern American, fed a steady diet of politically correct pabulum almost from birth, does appear to be that ignorant. I can only hope we’re not that stupid, too, and can learn.

Jonah Goldberg: John Kasich is the candidate who wouldn’t leave

How to hide a billion dollars
Excerpt: “A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members of Putin’s close circle fabulously wealthy.”

The Panama Papers Give New Meaning to “Public Service.”
Excerpt: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has created a web page titled “The Panama Papers:  Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry That Hides Their Cash.”  It displays interactive images of country leaders and other high level officials that have stashed cash in an offshore account in a no-tax or low-tax jurisdiction.  The Panamanian firm is only one of many legal companies that operate in more than a dozen “tax havens” around the world.  The Panama Papers are only a tip of the tip of an iceberg. To put it as bluntly as possible, “public service” is how powerful political leaders and high government officials service themselves using public money at the expense of the public.  It’s as simple as that!

Worth Reading: WHAT UNIVERSITY 'SNOWFLAKES' ARE REALLY ABOUT. A key factor feeding the campus "safe space" culture. By Bruce Thornton
Excerpt: America’s privileged students at elite colleges and universities continue to be traumatized by speech they find “hurtful” and “threatening.” Last November at Yale it was a faculty email suggesting that students should lighten up on policing Halloween costumes for racial insensitivity. At the University of Missouri, some students were offended by the administration’s failure to investigate and punish alleged racial slurs. A Harvard student recently told FOX News’ Meghan Kelly that displaying the American flag in a dorm room or just being in the same class with a pro-life student is hurtful and insensitive. Now students at Emory University are experiencing “pain,” “fear,” and “frustration” over messages supporting Donald Trump that were written in chalk on campus sidewalks. At Scripps College, #Trump2016 written on a dorm whiteboard was called “racist” and “intentional violence.” There’s been no end of commentary on these incidents. Some have correctly pointed out that they are the fruit of nearly four decades of the progressive and leftist transformation of the university. Once a protected space for truth, independent thought, and free speech, now universities are training centers for left-wing cadres and commissars intolerant of political heresy and opposing points of view. (When I was the age of these college students, I was A marine in Vietnam. If I wanted a "safe space," I had to dig it myself. And be prepared to defend it. On some level, I pity them. A reckoning with reality is coming. ~Bob)

Justice Bradley says voters rejected personal attacks, newspaper narrative. By M.D. Kittle
Excerpt: In victory Tuesday night, state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley quoted Sir Winston Churchill: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Wisconsin’s left, including the state’s largest daily newspaper, put Bradley through hell during what many are calling one of the nastiest Supreme Court races in state history.
But Bradley’s win against her liberal challenger, appeals court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, proved not only a validation of Bradley’s credentials as jurist but a repudiation of the left’s nasty, personal attack campaign against her.
Bradley won a 10-year term while simultaneously preserving the high court’s 5-2 conservative majority. (It's what liberal haters do; degrade, dehumanize and delegitimize anyone who represents a non-progressive point-of-view. My wife, brother and I are proud to have supported Rebecca. ~Bob)

From the Left: Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate. By Juan Williams
Jut ordered. I'm currently reading a similar book, The Silencing by Kristin Power that is excellent. ~Bob

Voter ID in WI Primary.
Yeah, about the whole "Voter ID requirements = voter suppression" thing . --Joe

Most of Europe Is a Lot Poorer than Most of the United States. Living Standards Are Markedly Higher in the United States

Obama Is About To Get Sued For His Sexual Assault Policing
Excerpt: ...The letter orders schools to establish procedures for quickly investigating and punishing allegations of sexual misconduct or else be considered in violation of Title IX, a law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools that receive federal money. Notably, the letter also requires schools to use  a lower “preponderance of the evidence” standard for adjudicating sexual assault cases. That new requirement essentially making it easier for students to be suspended or expelled over an allegation of sexual harassment or assault. (Like a 1920s crime syndicate moving into a neighborhood and offering "protection--or else"--the Regime continues to extend its tentacles into formerly free aspects of life in the US using the threat of withholding federal funds.  Who supplies federal funds?  The good news--The entire economy is about to collapse with the record Obama spending-spree legacy, lavish vacations for 8 years outspending the royals; commanding the economy/military to go green versus allowing supply and demand to dictate development, overloading the benefits/healthcare systems with illegals and little/no inspections for fraud....Then there won't be any more federal funds, folks.  Just riots.  Such a legacy. --Barb)

Take me out to the ballgame....Cuban authorities jailed 498 dissidents during Obama's 2-day visit, group says
Excerpt: The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation on Monday said that there were at least 1,416 arbitrary political arrests in Cubaduring March, of which 498 took place during the March 20-22 visit of U.S. President Barack Obama. "In the days of the historic and friendly visit to Cuba of President Barack Obama, the island's government, instead of ensuring an atmosphere of public tranquility, unleashed a true wave of political repression and uncounted intimidating actions," the dissident group said in its monthly report on repression by the Castro regime.  The figure of 1,416 arrests, most of them lasting just hours, is one of the highest monthly totals registered in the past five years, exceeded only by the 1,447 arbitrary arrests recorded in November 2015.

Older, Worth Reading: WaPo Fact Checker: President Obama’s persistent ’77-cent’ claim on the wage gap gets a new Pinocchio rating
Excerpt: June O’Neill, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office who has been a critic of the 77-cent statistic, has noted that the wage gap is affected by a number of factors, including that the average woman has less work experience than the average man and that more of the weeks worked by women are part-time rather than full-time. Women also tend to leave the work force for periods in order to raise children, seek jobs that may have more flexible hours but lower pay and choose careers that tend to have lower pay. Indeed, BLS data show that women who do not get married have virtually no wage gap; they earn 96 cents for every dollar a man makes. ... From a political perspective, the Census Bureau’s 77-cent figure is golden. Unless women stop getting married and having children, and start abandoning careers in childhood education for naval architecture, this huge gap in wages will almost certainly persist. Democrats thus can keep bringing it up every two years. ... Two Pinocchios

Woman fired from job and blocked from Facebook after she stomped on American Flag
No one assaulted her? Stomp on a BLM sign (or flag if they have one) and see how peaceful things get. ~Bob

Idiots: Campus Panic: College Students Mistake Priest for KKK Member
They will be traumatized for years, the poor things. ~Bob

Stanford Students Fight Campus Iconoclasts For Western Civilization. This year, the barbarians have been raging within our nation’s leading institutions of ‘higher’ education. Now among the young have arisen champions of Western civilization. By Joy Pullmann
Excerpt: Yet, thankfully, a small coalition of young folks has found the courage their cowed elders and peers lack. In February, a small coterie of Stanford students arranged a successful petition drive (what a quaint, representative-government kind of idea!), placing their proposal on a campus ballot the student body considers April 7 and 8. It is a simple, elegant idea that directly addresses the roots of campus unrest: restoring a centuries’-old collegiate requirement that students learn something about their cultural heritage. “Even if you oppose Western values, the only way to critique them meaningfully is to understand them in the first place,” says Harry Elliott, a Stanford sophomore majoring in economics who, as editor of the independent campus paper Stanford Review, has been leading the effort to restore Western civ.

Worth Reading: The politicization of the English language, By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Last week, French President Francois Hollande met President Obama in Washington to discuss joint strategies for stopping the sort of radical Islamic terrorists who have killed dozens of innocents in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino in recent months. Hollande at one point explicitly referred to the violence as "Islamist terrorism." The White House initially deleted that phrase from the audio translation of the official video of the Hollande-Obama meeting, only to restore it when questioned. Did the Obama administration assume that if the public could not hear the translation of the French president saying "Islamist terrorism," then perhaps Hollande did not really say it — and therefore perhaps Islamist terrorism does not really exist? The Obama administration must be aware that in the 1930s, the Soviet Union wiped clean all photos, recordings and films of Leon Trotsky on orders from Josef Stalin. Trotsky was deemed politically incorrect, and therefore his thoughts and photos simply vanished.

Barack Obama Extols Cuba's Slave-Labor Medical Care
Excerpt: According to the definition, Cuba’s vaunted medical care system is built on slave labor. Cuban medical personnel are coerced by a dictatorial state and inadequately rewarded from the profit they generate (Marx’s surplus value), which accrues primarily to the Castro dictatorship. As pointed out by a Cuban doctor who served overseas before defecting: “We are the highest qualified slave-labor force in the world.” The World Affairs Journal explains why Cuba’s health care professionals are coerced into slave labor by Cuba’s totalitarian state:

FREEDOM - IS NOT ABSTRACT. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

Bill Clinton: 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Are Defending Murders And Drug Dealers
I have to say I like Bill this one time.  When continually interrupted and shouted at by Black Lives Matter activists while trying to make his speech, he finally lost patience and came out with the truth.  What he said to them about who they were defending and who the main perpetrators are of violence against Blacks was exactly what no one is supposed to ever dare to say.  I bet he caught hell from is wife about that! --Del

Religion of Peace News

The Real Rape Culture: Video: Mark Steyn Blisters Leftists Who Mocked Victims of Muslim Rape Gangs

UK: Muslim gang accused of raping and molesting girls aged 13 and 15

UK: Muslim quotes Qur’an to justify killing Muslim shopkeeper

Swiss school exempts Muslim boys from shaking hands with female teachers

Yet another “anti-Muslim hate crime” fizzles in the face of the facts. By Robert Spencer,

Excerpt: Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari has said Iran is preparing for all-out war with the US and its allies, and has vowed Iran will continue advancing and testing its ballistic missile program.
Speaking at a gathering of senior IRGC commanders in Tehran Tuesday, Jafari declared that the US "would not be able to do a damned thing" in the face of Iranian advances, according to official Tasnim news agency. (He is apparently well aware of our ineptocracy. --JB)

'Staggering number' of Europeans embraced jihad, many returning home, EU claims
Excerpt: The European Union’s border agency admitted Tuesday it cannot fully track the flood of refugees pouring in, and said a "staggering number" of Europeans have joined terror groups only to return to the continent amid the migrant wave. Europe reported a record 1.82 million illegal border crossings last year, according to Frontex, but the group conceded that the true number of illegal crossings is probably much higher because so many refugees have entered Europe undetected. “The Paris attacks in November 2015 clearly demonstrated that irregular migratory flows could be used by terrorists to enter the EU,” the report said.

Insulin cost in US more than doubles between 2002-2013
Excerpt: The cost of the hormone insulin, one of the most important treatments for diabetes, rose nearly 200 percent between 2002 and 2013, according to a new study. While other diabetes medications also increased in price, total spending on insulin in 2013 was greater than the combined spending on all those other drugs, researchers report in JAMA. "The large increase in costs can largely be explained (by) much greater use of newer types of insulin known as analog insulins," said senior author Philip Clarke, of the University of Melbourne in Australia. "

McMaster: Army May Be Outnumbered AND Outgunned In Next War. By SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
Excerpt: “We are outgunned — outmanned — outnumbered — outplanned,” George Washington raps in Act I of the hit musical Hamilton. Few American commanders since the Revolution have had to worry about being inferior to the enemy in both numbers and technology. But between rising threatsdeclining US manpower, and steep cuts to Army modernization, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster told the Senate, being outgunned and outmanned might become the norm — so we’d better stop shrinking the Army before it’s too late. “We are outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries,” McMaster said, “[and] our army in the future risks being too small to secure the nation.” (Yea, but thanks to Obama, they'll have women in the Combat Arms. That'll make things better. ~Bob. --LtCol Tom Kratman, USA (ret)

Florida: Muslim speaker says killing gays is act of “compassion”

Germany: Muslim migrants force 14-year-old boy to perform sex acts on them at pool

Molenbeek: Muslim teen assaults female journalist live on air

Of Interest
Satire: Trump Says He Will Sue Everyone in Wisconsin. BY ANDY BOROWITZ
Excerpt: In a sharply worded post-election threat on Tuesday night, the Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump said that he intended to sue the entire population of Wisconsin “for everything it’s worth.”

Satire: ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters disrupt ISIS beheading
Excerpt: Protesters from the group Black Lives Matter caused what observers called a “major headache,” so to speak, in Syria last Friday when they interrupted a public beheading being carried out by the group the Islamic State. Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, a spokesman for the Islamic State, or ISIS, said the protesters had “stormed” the front steps of the town hall in Al-Raqqah, where ISIS fighters were about to behead four civilians for what al-Adnani called “the heinous crime of pigeon breeding.” The protest group was led by Imani Mills, a 26-year-old community activist and aspiring motocross racer from Minneapolis, who claims she was attempting to highlight the glaring racial inequalities found throughout the Islamic State.

Heroic US Marine Corps service dog awarded top medal for war animals awarded top medal for war animals
A heroic U.S. Marine Corps German shepherd that lost a leg sniffing out a roadside bomb in Afghanistan was awarded the world's highest honor for service dogs during a special ceremony Tuesday. Lucca, who served U.S. troops during more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan over a six-year span, received the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Dickin Medal at the Wellington Barracks in London. She is the first Marine Corps dog to receive the medal, considered the top honor for war animals around the world. (Per article, not a SINGLE soldier died while she was on duty. --Barb)

Satire: ‘Trump & Bernie’ Debate On ‘@midnight’: Chris Hardwick Moderates “Socialist Vs. Sociopath”

Satire: Bowe Bergdahl praises Star Wars VII as ‘runaway hit’

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