Saturday, May 18, 2019

Why Progressive Anti-Semitism and Why Now? By Victor Davis Hanson

Why Progressive Anti-Semitism and Why Now? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Jew-hatred has a natural home on the multicultural Left, and ‘woke’ culture demands that leftists hate anything Trump supports — especially Israel. The New York Times International Edition recently published an anti-Semitic cartoon of a dachshund with the face of Benjamin Netanyahu. The composite animal was leading a hunched Donald Trump who had on dark sunglasses, as if blind, and a yarmulke. Almost immediately, everyone pointed out that the theme of doglike Jews pulling along their clueless befuddled blinded “Aryan” masters was a favorite in Hitler’s Germany. The theme, style, and imagery of the cartoon might have trumped what was often published in Der Stürmer, the Nazi megaphone of propagandist Julius Streicher. The latter was hanged after the Nuremberg Trials for two decades of fomenting the Jew hatred that helped lead to the Holocaust.

Dear Millennials: The Feeling Is Mutual. Joe Biden dares to take offense at those who specialize in being offended.

Dear Millennials: The Feeling Is Mutual. Joe Biden dares to take offense at those who specialize in being offended.
Excerpt: Earlier this month, a video of Joe Biden saying he had “no empathy” for “the younger generation” that “tells me how tough things are” resurfaced on social media. The video was over a year old, but it elicited predictable howls from members of the dissed demographic. “Nothing says ‘perfect candidate to lead the most powerful nation in the world’ like ‘I have no empathy,’” wrote someone with the Twitter handle @anarchopriapism.

Lebowitz: Maybe Saudi Arabia Can Get Rid of Trump Like They Did Khashoggi, Apologizes

Lebowitz: Maybe Saudi Arabia Can Get Rid of Trump Like They Did Khashoggi, Apologizes
Excerpt: She added, “I did not mean that, and I regret saying it. I regret that everyone misinterpreted it…they misinterpret everything. Why should they stop with me?” (Misinterpret? --Barb)

Trump raises more money from women than all his Democratic women challengers ... put together

Trump raises more money from women than all his Democratic women challengers ... put together

New SAT adversity score

Mary Clare Amselem: SAT ‘adversity score’ isn’t what America is about
Excerpt: The College Board’s recent announcement that it will no longer score students based only on their ability to correctly answer questions on the SAT exam is about as welcome as a pop quiz. Students will now also be assigned “adversity scores” of 1 to 100 using 15 different metrics regarding their background. The more disadvantaged a student is judged, the more points will be added to his or her adversity score. (What next? hiring pilots and surgeons based on their "adversity score?" ~Bob)
Okay, so I’ve followed this since the inception of Common Core. D. Coleman was put in charge of writing the CC standards. He put together teams of national subject area experts - who later complained they were completely ignored. Coleman wrote the Lang.arts standards with a woman colleague. The standards were never vetted, and they carried and implemented the CC agenda. 😆 When Pres. O left office, DC took over as CEO of the college board. The agenda carries forward. The agenda continues to destroy the US education system K-Higher Ed.

After 3 decades +, in education policy, this really hurts my stomach. --dg

Satire: Man Identifies As Woman Just Long Enough To Voice Valid Opinion On Abortion

Satire: Man Identifies As Woman Just Long Enough To Voice Valid Opinion On Abortion

Former CIA officer sentenced to 20 years for disclosing state secrets to Chinese for $25G

Former CIA officer sentenced to 20 years for disclosing state secrets to Chinese for $25G
Personally, I'd shoot him. ~Bob

UK: Muslim MP rejects “islamophobia” definition, says the term is “weaponized by hardline groups”

UK: Muslim MP rejects “islamophobia” definition, says the term is “weaponized by hardline groups”
Excerpt: England’s first Muslim MP today agreed that the Government was right to refuse to enshrine a definition of Islamophobia in law. Labour’s Khalid Mahmood, who represents Birmingham Perry Barr, said the move would only divide the country more and lead to increased segregation of Muslim communities. ... Yesterday he said the term ‘Islamophobia’ had been ‘weaponised’ by hardline groups and could be used to stifle the ‘operation of a free media’.

Sex on demand - a husband's "right"; a wife's "obligation."

PA daily: Sex on demand - a husband's "right"; a wife's "obligation." By Itamar Marcus
Excerpt: Sex on demand "at any time" is a husband's right - this is what Palestinians were taught in the official PA daily's religious ruling section yesterday. Moreover, a husband's "right" to "enjoy his wife" sexually "at all times" supersedes the woman's right to accept upon herself a religious fast: "A woman must ask permission from her husband to fast, because the husband has the right to enjoy his wife [sexually] at any time, and it is obligatory [for his wife] to fulfill his right immediately.[Dar Al-Ifta, an official PA institution issuing Fatwas (religious rulings), Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2019]

Austria approves headscarf ban in primary schools

Austria approves headscarf ban in primary schools
Excerpt: The ÖVP and FPÖ formed a coalition in late 2017 after elections in which both parties took a tough anti-immigration stance and warned of the dangers of “parallel societies”. The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said in April 2018: “Covering up small children is definitely not something for which there should be space in our country.”

MUST READ: Michael Knowles: Democrats are eager to compete in the free stuff primary -- Here's what it means for you

MUST READ: Michael Knowles: Democrats are eager to compete in the free stuff primary -- Here's what it means for you
Excerpt: Joe Biden wants to give free health care to illegal aliens. Unfortunately for Biden's pretentious to magnanimity, illegal aliens already receive free health care in the United States to the tune of $18.5 billion per year, according to a report published in Forbes last year. In Biden’s defense, it’s easy to lose track of 10 or 20 billion as Democrat presidential contenders compete for their party’s nomination by offering everything to everyone for free. Democrats’ free stuff primary promises voters a need-free life from cradle to grave. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has pledged free child care for all Americans. According to the Center for American Progress, child care for American infants costs on average nearly $15,000 per year. The financial services firm Moody’s pegs the cost of Warren’s program at $1.7 billion over 10 years.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Uber driver accused of being a Somali war criminal

Uber driver accused of being a Somali war criminal

https://nypost.com/2019/05/15/uber-driver-accused-of-being-a-somali-war-criminal/
Excerpt: He’s an alleged Somali war criminal accused of burning men alive and shooting a captor five times at point-blank range — and, until recently, he was driving for Uber. Yusuf Abdi Ali, a military commander in Somalia’s brutal civil war during the 1980s, has racked up a stellar 4.89 “Uber Pro Diamond” rating while driving through the Virginia suburbs over the past 18 months, CNN reported on Wednesday. (May mean "captive." ~Bob)

Countering Foreign Disinformation on Social Media

Countering Foreign Disinformation on Social Media
Excerpt: One fact that’s been overlooked in much of the public discussion over Russian efforts on Facebook is that, while 44 percent of total ad impressions (number of times ads were displayed) were posted before the U.S. election on November 8, 2016, the other 56 percent came after the election. Roughly 25 percent of the ads were never shown to anyone because Facebook’s algorithm didn’t deem them relevant to any users. Some of the ads that ran after the election were designed to stir up opposition to Trump. During the election, Russian efforts aimed to promote Trump over Hillary Clinton, but the ultimate goal of the Russians was not merely a Trump presidency; it was to have American society as divided and angry as possible. The more divided we are, the less likely we are to effectively stand up to them when they do something we oppose. (...) The IRA [Russians–RP] had no interest in giving you a sense that a problem can be fixed; it was all about making you angrier. They want you to feel helpless. They want you to feel ignored and to conclude that the traditional methods of democracy — speaking to your representatives, litigating through the courts, following the ethics and principles of your Constitution — have failed and that the only way to fix it is to get angrier, often at your own countrymen.  (This is from a speech in Austria about the ways in which foreign governments tried to influence our 2016 election. The author, Jim Geraghty, is well connected and frequently speaks on NPR as well as in conservative media. I notice this exactly reflects what I thought and said to someone I can't remember who by phone in the Fall of 2016. The Russians didn’t really care who won, they cared that we were at war with each other. It looks to me like it worked.  Ron P.)

Trump administration to release some migrants caught along southern border into South Florida

Trump administration to release some migrants caught along southern border into South Florida

DEMOCRATS UNANIMOUS AS HOUSE PASSES BILL FORCING SCHOOLS TO LET MALE ATHLETES COMPETE IN GIRLS’ SPORTS

DEMOCRATS UNANIMOUS AS HOUSE PASSES BILL FORCING SCHOOLS TO LET MALE ATHLETES COMPETE IN GIRLS’ SPORTS

Higher Education in America by Walter Williams

Higher Education in America by Walter Williams
Excerpt: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder's new book, "Restoring the Promise," published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the three major problems faced by America's colleges and universities. First, our universities "are vastly too expensive, often costing twice as much per student compared with institutions in other industrialized democracies." Second, though there are some important exceptions, students "on average are learning relatively little, spend little time in academic preparation and in some disciplines are indoctrinated by highly subjective ideology." Third, "there is a mismatch between student occupational expectations after graduation and labor market realities." College graduates often find themselves employed as baristas, retail clerks and taxi drivers. The extraordinary high college cost not only saddles students with debt, it causes them to defer activities such as getting married and starting a family, buying a home and saving for retirement. Research done by the New York Federal Reserve Banks and the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that each dollar of federal aid to college leads to a tuition increase of 60 cents.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

China’s Brilliant, Insidious Strategy by Victor Davis Hanson

China’s Brilliant, Insidious Strategy by Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Slowly but steadily they build up their economic, military, and technological superiority at our expense. The Chinese Communist government does not have so much a strategy to translate its economic ascendance into global hegemony as several strategies. All of them are brilliantly insidious. On matters of trade, China is always flexible in responding to critics of its asymmetrical, 30-year mercantilism. In the initial stages of Westernization, China was exempted from criticism over serial copyright and patent infringement, dumping, and espionage. Western elites assumed that these improprieties were just speed bumps on the eventual Chinese freeway to liberalism. Supposedly the richer China got, the more progressive it would become. Huge trade deficits or military technological appropriation were small prices to pay for an evolving billion-person Palo Alto or Upper West Side. After a time, the now-worrisome huge trade deficits and Chinese cheating were further contextualized as “our fault.” The Tom Friedman school of journalism chided our clumsy republican government as lacking Chinese authoritarian efficiency that could by fiat connect new planned utopias by high-speed rail and power them with solar-panel farms. The Wall Street–investor version of this school saw flabby, pampered Americans getting their just deserts as more productive and deserving Chinese workers outhustled and outproduced us. In such tough-love sermonizing, the more Michigan or Pennsylvania rusted, the quicker culpable Americans would either emulate China or die. China of course again agreed. (Read "The Hundred Year Marathon." ~Bob)

Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks - SNL

Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks - SNL

Global persecution of Christians reaches “near-genocidal levels”

Global persecution of Christians reaches “near-genocidal levels”

Video: Islamist Intent on Killing Asia Bibi Claims He Is in Canada to ‘Send Her to Hell’

Video: Islamist Intent on Killing Asia Bibi Claims He Is in Canada to ‘Send Her to Hell’

Senior PA leader receiving medical treatment in Israeli hospital

Senior PA leader receiving medical treatment in Israeli hospital
Excerpt: Israel has willingly accepted to treat Rajoub despite the fact that he has openly called to murder Israelis and has made it his key issue to advocate against “normalization” with Israel in sports.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Will Democratic candidates let the Left define 'who we are'?

Will Democratic candidates let the Left define 'who we are'?
by Washington Examiner 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/will-democratic-candidates-let-the-left-define-who-we-are

Journalism is Dead

Journalism is Dead—Long Live the Media! By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: There still exists a physical media in the sense of airing current events. But it is not journalism as we once understood the disinterested reporting of the news. Journalism is now dead. The media lives on. Reporters today believe that their coverage serves higher agendas of social justice, identity politics, “equality,” and diversity. To the degree a news account is expanded or ignored, praised or blasted, depends on its supposed utility to the effort to fundamentally transform the country into something unlike its founding. (A beautifully thorough dissection of "journalism" today. Which is, actually, almost totally lacking, replaced by a messy, damaging media. --Del)

The Mueller Report Indicts the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theory

The Mueller Report Indicts the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theory
Excerpt: In the end, Mueller’s report shows that the Trump-Russia collusion narrative embraced and evangelized by the US political and media establishments to be a work of fiction. The American public was presented with a far different picture from what was expected, because leading pundits, outlets, and politicians ignored the countervailing facts and promoted maximalist interpretations of others. Anonymous officials also leaked explosive yet uncorroborated claims, leaving behind many stories that were subsequently discredited, retracted, or remain unconfirmed to this day. It is too early to assess the damage that influential Russiagate promoters have done to their own reputations; to public confidence in our democratic system and media; and to the prospects of defeating Trump, who always stood to benefit if the all-consuming conspiracy theory ultimately collapsed. The scale of the wreckage, confirmed by Mueller’s report, may prove to be the ultimate Russiagate scandal. (This in-depth summation from the very leftist publication The Nation magazine, was published on 26 April 2019. The truth is I seldom read things from that kind of publication as I assign them a low priority, so this is a bit behind. The author, Aaron Mate, takes the entire conspiracy down, point by point. It ought to be shocking to see such a complete take-down of the left’s hopes and dreams. I’ll also be watching for more of this guy’s work; he seems honest, which is rare in today’s journalism. It is very much worth the time to read. Link may not be live. Ron P.)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Fugees Rapper Pras Michel and Financier Charged in Illegal Scheme to Raise Money for Obama

Fugees Rapper Pras Michel and Financier Charged in Illegal Scheme to Raise Money for Obama
When even the NYTimes covers it you can sit back and feel better about the feds actually doing investigations that go somewhere. Why it's taken so long is a good question, but better late than never. Hmmm... does this add up to "collusion"? --Del

Rapper Indicted For Funneling MILLIONS of Dollars in Foreign Money to Obama’s 2012 Presidential Campaign

Rapper Indicted For Funneling MILLIONS of Dollars in Foreign Money to Obama’s 2012 Presidential Campaign
Excerpt: The feds indicted Pras Michel, a rapper for the group ‘The Fugees’ on Friday for funneling millions of dollars of foreign money to Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign. (...) According to the indictment, between June 2012 and November 2012, Low directed the transfer of approximately $21,600,000from foreign entities and accounts to Michel for the purpose of funneling significant sums of money into the United States presidential election as purportedly legitimate contributions, all while concealing the true source of the money. (HOLY SHIT!!!! $21.6 M!!! Of course, the campaign had no idea.... Taking any bets on what he and the campaign get penalized if found guilty? I’m betting civil penalties only with no jail time. And if it hadn't come out for a few more months, the statute of limitations might've run out. Link may not be live. Ron P.)

FOIA Documents Show Evidence of Weissmann/Mueller Entrapment Scheme…

EXPLOSIVE – FOIA Documents Show Evidence of Weissmann/Mueller Entrapment Scheme…
Excerpt: Before digging into the details it is important to note this is a DOJ/FBI entrapment operation being conducted in 2017 by the special counsel; this is not prior to the 2016 election. The detail surrounds a series of events previously discussed {Go Deep} where George Papadopoulos was approached by a known CIA operative named Charles Tawil. In 2017 George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona were approached in Greece by a known CIA/FBI operative, Charles Tawil.  Mr. Tawil enlisted George as a business consultant, under the auspices of energy development interests, and invited him to Israel. On June 8th, 2017, in Israel under very suspicious circumstances, where Papadopoulos felt very unnerved, Mr. Tawil hands him $10,000 in cash for future consultancy based on a $10k/month retainer. (...) In interviews Papadopoulos said he was uncomfortable with the way the encounters had taken place.  He became suspect of Tawil’s motives; something didn’t feel right.  Instead of keeping the cash, Papadopoulos gave the money to an attorney in Greece before traveling back to the U.S. on July 27th, 2017. Upon arrival at Dulles airport on July 27th, 2017, Robert Mueller had FBI agents waiting.  Papadopoulos was stopped and his bags were searched; however, he did not have the cash because he smartly left it in Greece with his lawyer.  Papadopoulos was detained overnight by FBI agents, and questioned.  (...) Papadopoulos has stated the special counsel threatened him with charges of acting as a unregistered agent for Israel.  There’s a clear picture here. #1) Papadopoulos was lured to Israel and paid in Israel to give the outline of a FARA premise (ie. Papadopoulos is an agent of Israel).  #2) Bringing $10,000 (or more) in cash into the U.S., without reporting, is a violation of U.S. treasury laws.  Add into that aspect the FARA violation and the money can be compounded into #3) laundering charges. (...) (B)ecause Papadopoulos suspected something, and left the money in Greece with his lawyers, upon arrival at the airport the operation collapsed in reverse.  No money means no treasury violation, no laundering and no evidence of the consultancy agreement (which would have been repurposed in the DOJ filing to mean lobbying for Israel via Mr. Tawil who would have become a confidential informant and witness). [This is quite a story, complete with documentation of Weissmann’s schedule. The agents must’ve about birthed a calf when the luggage had no cash to confiscate and prove a crime was committed by bringing in that much “undeclared” money. It also raises the questions of who “owns” that money now and who is responsible for repaying it? Is it Papadopoulos, the lawyer, or the FBI? The FBI agents involved in this don’t just have egg on their faces, they’re covered in chicken, uh, dung down to their shoulders. Link may not be live. Ron P.]

India Shot Down A Satellite. What Does That Mean For The Rest Of The World?

India Shot Down A Satellite. What Does That Mean For The Rest Of The World?
Excerpt: India has shot down a live satellite in space as part of a successful test of new missile technology, prime minister Narendra Modi has announced. The operation, dubbed Mission Shakti, makes India part of a “super league” of nations to have achieved such a feat, Mr Modi said, alongside the US, Russia and China. The first two logistical questions that leap to mind have already been answered and this didn’t turn out to be a worst case scenario. India didn’t shoot down somebody else’s live satellite. It was one of their own and it was probably launched fairly recently precisely for this purpose. The other troubling idea was that they were blowing up a satellite and dumping even more high-velocity junk into orbit. They didn’t. This bird was low enough that it will allegedly fall into the atmosphere and burn up in a few weeks. (...) The problem is that we’re entering a period when skeet shooting satellites may be seen as an indirect, non-lethal option for a military strike or counterstrike. Since you’re not literally burning up cities and killing lots of people (at least directly), a tense conflict situation could turn into a prolonged game of low-orbit whack-a-mole. And we don’t have any sort of defensive capabilities for our satellites, so the only “proportional response” would probably be to shoot down more of theirs. (Whoever “they” wind up being in this scenario.) (This has scary implications: those satellites not only provide us with GPS, and telecom, they also connect many medical devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, infusion pumps, et cetera. It would be more than merely inconvenient if one of them stopped working suddenly. EDIT: This link is to a more “readable” article covering the same story written by a local in and for Indian news. The Indian government is taking it very seriously and are quite pleased. It may also be a thumb in the eye for China. https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/2019/03/28/drdo-top-secret-asat-mission-project-xsv1-onmanorama-exclusive.html 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

FBI's Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA

FBI's Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA

Get Me Rewrite, Or, Who Killed The Palestinian Baby?

Get Me Rewrite, Or, Who Killed The Palestinian Baby?
Excerpt: For many days we have read and heard from the world’s media that Israel was responsible for killing a Palestinian baby and a woman first identified as her pregnant mother. From the very beginning the Israelis categorically denied that they were responsible. Only a few media sources saw fit to include that denial in their reports, always putting it last. Stories bore the telling headlines: “Israelis Kill 23 Palestinians, including pregnant woman and baby.’ None of the stories noted that Israel has a long record of telling the truth, while the Palestinians have an equally long record of lying. The Israelis insisted that a rocket fired by Islamic Jihad in eastern Gaza fell short and exploded in a nearby house, killing a baby. Few in the media seemed to care.. Now we have an admission supporting Israel’s version. The Islamic Jihad terror group has admitted that a rocket it fired on Saturday evening {May 4] killed a baby in the Gaza Strip, despite initial claims she was killed in an Israeli strike.