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“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” —Thomas Jefferson

“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error.
It is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”
—Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson
“Immigrants soon find their place in urban life, they soon adopt, externally, town manners and opinions, but for a long time they remain foreign to civic thought. One cannot make a social philosophy one’s own as easily as a new costume. . . More menacing than barbarians storming the walls from without are the seeming citizens within – those who are citizens in gesture, but not in thought.”
—Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, p. 38 (1922)
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics
doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.”
—Pericles, Greek statesman, 495–429 BC

“I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of
individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.”
F. A. Hayek, Economic Freedom and Representative Government (1973)

Truth is always stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense. — Mark Twain

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. — H. L. Mencken

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance.
The one thing it cannot be is moderately important." — C.S. Lewis

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil,
and in some small way to become evil oneself. —Theodore Dalrymple 


"Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward,
an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative,
by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction.
The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear."
—Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand

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The IG Report and The Legacy of Obama
Matt Margolis
Eight years is a short time for the FBI to go from a respected institution to a partisan arm of the White House, but it happened right under our noses, with the media doing its best to keep us in the dark. From the earliest days of the Obama administration, the Obama/Holder/Lynch Justice Department protected political allies from justice.

Christopher Wray Not the Man to 'Proudly' Fix the FBI
Roger L Simon
If the FBI is meant to come back, proudly or otherwise, Christopher Wray is not the man. He is part of the problem. In fact, Wray's continuance as director signals the government is not serious about significantly reforming the FBI and that what changes will be made will be essentially cosmetic, lipstick on the proverbial pig.

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Week ending 17 June 2018

Real Look Inside a Shelter for
Illegal Alien Children Separated from Parents

Reporter Brian Karem shouted at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "These people have nothing. They come to the border with nothing and you throw children in cages." The facility at El Cajon, however, is not a "cage." It is a comfortable facility providing lodging, meals, clothing, medical care, education, recreation, counseling, and other services. The real scandal is how the media have portrayed the shelters.
IG Report: FBI Agents
Regularly Received Free Handouts from Journalists

The Department of Justice inspector general identified a number of instances where FBI employees regularly spoke with members of the media and received a number of free perks from journalists including meals and tickets to various events. The IG expressed "profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered our review."
IG Report
IG Report: Clinton's Answers to Us Were
"Hard to Impossible to Believe"

Clinton repeatedly claimed ignorance when pressed by FBI agents in a July 2016 interview about receiving multiple emails with a "(C)" classification marker, according to the IG's report on the FBI's investigation of Clinton's private server. She said she did not know that the marker denoted classified information and "speculated it was a reference to paragraphs ranked in alphabetical order."
IG Report
IG Report: DOJ official Sought Clinton Campaign Job for Son,
Then Shared Case Info with Podesta

The Justice Department inspector general report released Thursday faulted a former DOJ official for sending then-Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta a "heads up" about the release schedule for Clinton's emails – as he also tried to get his son a job with the campaign.
Former Obama Admin Official Linked to Anti-Trump Dossier to
Testify Before Congress

Former State Department official Victoria Nuland, who reportedly connected FBI officials to the former British spy who wrote the infamous anti-Trump dossier, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week. Ms. Nuland, a longtime State Department official who served in the George W. Bush administration as the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, served during the Obama administration as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Fmr. Secret Service Bongino: Hillary Email Had to Be
White-Listed for Obama’s Phone. Here’s What It Means.

“Yesterday’s report from the IG also reveals President Obama was one of 13 people who had direct contact with Hillary Clinton on her private email address,” Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said Friday. “Back in 2015, the then-president claimed he only learned of the private address when it became known to the public. That apparently was a lie.” The White House Communications Agency had to “whitelist” Clinton’s email address, Bongino said, as it is the office responsible for the president’s communications.
Viva le resistance: How Political Bias Infected FBI Trump, Clinton Probes
Byron York
In the end, Horowitz pronounced himself "deeply troubled" by some of the expressions of bias. He was particularly troubled by Strzok's "We'll stop it" comment, which Horowitz concluded was "not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects." So where does that leave those Democrats and others who claim the report found "no bias" in the Clinton-Trump investigations? It leaves them without much ammunition.
Clinton Donor's Dealings and Murky Connections
Questioned By Watchdog Group

The murky nature of Hillary Clinton's former presidential campaign fund continues to rise to the surface. Fox News has learned that one of the top donors to the "Hillary Victory Fund" (HVF) in 2016 was a Los Angeles-based attorney who is alleged to have misused company funds to create his own $22 million real estate portfolio. He has also been considered by California to be one of the state's biggest tax cheats, and allegedly has ties to the Kremlin.
Liberals Spread Photo of Rosaries Collected from
Illegal Aliens at Border, But Collected During Obama Years

This photo of rosaries collected from immigrants caught crossing the southern border and then thrown in the trash from the trash was taken by Tom Kiefer who worked as a janitor for CBP from 2001 until he left the agency in 2014. According to the linked-toNew Yorker profile, he started collecting items from the trash in 2007. So not a single one of these personal effects was collected during the Trump administration. Zero. But sure, let's have it go viral today:
No need to let the truth be known
Democratic Lawmaker:
Obama Admin Kept Child Migrant Crisis ‘Very Quiet’

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) claimed in an interview Saturday that the Obama administration tried to cover up the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the United States’ southern border. “It was kept very quiet under the Obama Administration. There were large numbers of people coming in. The Obama administration was trying to keep this quiet,” the Texas Democrat told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Saturday.
ICE: Killer, Gang Members, Rapists
Among 91 Arrested in 5-day Sweep Across N.J.

Federal officials said that 91 foreign nationals – including some with violent criminal records – were arrested in a five-day sweep across the state. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation netted an El Salvadoran national in West New York who was wanted on a warrant from international policing group Interpol for being a member of the MS-13 gang, and trafficking drugs and guns, ICE said Monday.
Claire McCaskill Used Private Plane
During Much-Touted RV 'road trip'

The McCaskill campaign bus apparently hit the … air. In a report Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon determined that the private plane of Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, took the same routes as her much-touted "Big Blue" RV for a May 29-31 tour by "Veterans for Claire" in the week following Memorial Day. Mrs. McCaskill said then that she was "very excited to hit the road." 
Are Dems genetically predisposed to lying?
Trump's Plan to Roll Back Spending
Would Not Hurt Children's Health Insurance

Sen. Pat Toomey
Following the president's rescissions proposal, it's not surprising there has been some confusion surrounding what it would and would not do. The term "rescission" itself is budgetary jargon rarely heard outside the Beltway, and it is apparently rarely understood even within it. That's why it's worth clarifying the most controversial – and most mischaracterized – component of the president's request: the $6.8 billion in proposed rescissions from CHIP.
Identity Warriors Have Infiltrated the Sciences.
Here's the Damage They're Doing.

Walter E. Williams
In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians, and race hustlers, it's not long before the magical words "diversity" and "inclusiveness" drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, as well. This obsession with diversity and inclusion is in the process of leading the nation to decline in a number of areas.
California's Failure to Store Water Dramatizes the
Dysfunctional Character of its Political Leadership

Ed Ring
California once performed miracles in building infrastructure to quench the thirst of its residents and agricultural producers. In the 1960s, Governor Pat Brown oversaw construction of the San Luis Reservoir, capacity 2 million acre-feet. Approved for construction in 1963, it was completed by 1968 – five years from start to finish. Those days are long gone.
10 Years Ago Climate Scientists Said We'd Move to Antarctica…
It's -95°F Right Now

Ten years ago, a study was published that said a lot of us would be living in Antarctica just 12 years from now, which allegedly will have warmed to the extent that it will not only be livable, but be one of the only places to live. "Climate change will force refugees to move to Antarctica by 2030, researchers have predicted," the U.K. Telegraph reported with all due alarm in 2008.
Wow! Jim Acosta On Hot Mic: "If They're Not Going to Let Me in the F'ing Meeting, That's What Happens!"
President Trump made history on Tuesday. The U.S. president somehow brought the tyrant of North Korea to the table to sign the most important nuclear agreement in the last 70 years for the Korean people. Months of hard work and diplomacy reached a climax on Tuesday. The moment will go down in history. Then CNN's Jim Acosta, the darling of the disruptive left, started blurting out questions at the president whenever the two leaders came into view.
Court Challenges Loom as
Right to Work Gathers Steam in New Mexico

Local laws that free private-sector workers from union mandates continue to gain momentum in New Mexico, among other states. Twenty-eight states and the territory of Guam now ban forced unionization. Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia all became right-to-work states since 2012.
USS Pueblo Still Held Hostage By North Korea as Trump, Kim Meet
The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy, sits in Boston, revered by sailors and history buffs. The second-oldest ship, the USS Pueblo, floats at a river dock in Pyongyang, still a hostage more than 50 years after North Korea seized it in a January 1968 raid in the frigid waters of the East Sea off the hermit kingdom's northeastern coast.
Israeli Rampage:
Supersonic Missile Developed to Destroy High Quality Targets

With tensions still high between Israel and Iran, a new supersonic air-to-surface missile designed for the annihilation of high-quality targets has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel Military Industry Systems (IMI). Dubbed "The Rampage" after a popular video-game, it is an accurate supersonic, long-range air-to-ground assault missile with a warhead, rocket engine and advanced navigation suit which allows for precision targeting at a very low mission cost compared to existing solutions.
Judge Blocks 'Assault Weapons' Ban from
Going Into Effect in Illinois Town

A circuit court judge in Lake County, Illinois granted an injunction Tuesday that blocked the Chicago suburb of Deerfield from enforcing a ban on so-called "assault weapons." The injunction was granted 24 hours before that ban was to go into effect. According to a press statement, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Illinois State Rifle Association and Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday filed a lawsuit against the local prohibition on the basis that it violates the state's preemption law that was adopted in 2013.
CDC Didn't Release Defensive Gun Use Survey Results
L.A. Luebbert – America's First Freedom
Gun control advocates have long complained that Second Amendment supporters balk whenever it comes to giving the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tax dollars to study gun uses. It's not so much that we oppose research about gun violence; it's more that we have some apprehension about a predisposition toward anti-gun bias in such research. Since the CDC didn't publicize its [3-year study] results, we're left to wonder why.
Three Would-Be Grocery Store Robbers Picked On the Wrong Couple,
Get Bullet Holes for Their Trouble

Three would-be armed robbers approached the wrong couple outside a DeKalb County, Georgia Kroger store on Friday afternoon. What the robbers didn’t expect, however, was for their intended victims to fight back. The man pulled out his concealed weapon and shot at the assailants, according to police.
Virginia High Court Strikes Down
Gov. Terry McAulliffe's Order Giving Felons Right to Vote

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's action restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons was unconstitutional, Virginia's highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority. In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Virginia ordered the state to cancel the registration of the more than 11,000 felons who had signed up to vote so far under the governor's April executive order.
Outrage After England's Prince George, Age 4,
Plays with One Specific Item – a Toy Gun

On Sunday, England's Princess Kate, accompanied by her four-year-old son George and her three-year-old daughter Charlotte, was photographed with her children playing in the sun at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, while the children's father, Prince William, was playing in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy.
How dare he be a boy!

Week ending 10 June 2018

Why Should States That Protect Illegal Immigrants
Be Rewarded with More Political Power?

Hans A. von Spakovsky
Alabama has filed an unprecedented but little-noticed lawsuit against the U.S. Census Bureau. If the state wins, it could have major political ramifications and restore fundamental fairness in political representation in Congress. Alabama is arguing that by including illegal immigrants in its count of the population, the Census Bureau deprives the state – and other states with low numbers of illegal immigrants – of representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as votes in the Electoral College that determine who is elected president.
Obama Took Lying to New Heights with the Iran Deal
Marc Thiessen
When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception. Now, in a new report that the Obama administration secretly tried to help Iran use U.S. banks to convert $5.7 billion in Iranian assets, after promising Congress that Iran would not get access to the U.S. financial system – and then lied to Congress about what it had done.
Conservatives Prevail as Mitch McConnell
Cancels Senate Recess to Get Things Done

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has cancelled the traditional August recess following repeated calls from conservative senators to stay in Washington to pass a budget and confirm dozens of President Donald Trump's nominees. "Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the [Sept. 30] end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled."
The Trump Campaign Unveils "Promises Kept" Website
President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign announced a new website, titled "Promises Kept," where voters can log on and see "each and every promise" the president has made in his tenure so far. The website details President Trump's accomplishments on the economy, immigration, jobs, foreign policy, national security and defense, regulation, land and agriculture, law and justice, energy and environment, government accountability, health care, education, veterans, social programs, and infrastructure and technology.
A Skeptical Chairman Grassley Really, Really
Wants to See the Michael Flynn 302

On Feb. 15, 2017 – that would be 16 months ago – Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked the Justice Department to turn over the transcript of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's infamous call with the Russian ambassador, plus other documents related to the Flynn case. The department refused.
Lawmakers Warn IG Being Pressured to
Slow Roll Clinton FBI Report

Sara Carter
The Department of Justice and the FBI are deliberately attempting to slow roll and redact significant portions of DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz's report on the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, according to numerous congressional officials and investigators. The 400-page report, which was completed several weeks ago and addresses Clinton's use of her private server for government business, is currently being reviewed by the DOJ and FBI.
Troubling U.S. Navy Review Finds
Widespread Shortfalls In Basic Seamanship

Led by the Surface Warfare Officer School, officer of the deck competency checks were conducted on a random selection of OOD-qualified first-tour division officers (the newest officers in the fleet) in underway bridge navigation simulators fleet-wide between January and March. Of the 164 officers who were evaluated, only 27 passed with "no concerns."
Capt Wrongway Peachfuzz
James A. Wolfe, Former Senate Intel Panel Security Director,
Indicted for Allegedly Lying to FBI

A former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee – who was in charge of maintaining all classified information from the Executive Office to the panel – was indicted for allegedly giving false statements to FBI agents looking into possible leaks to reporters, the Justice Department announced Thursday night.

Senate Select Intel Staffer Targeted Trump Campaign Adviser
In Aggressive Leak Campaign

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was the primary target of a Senate Select Intelligence Committee staffer indicted for lying about his contacts with reporters, according to an indictment released on Thursday. James Wolfe, the former director of security for the SSIC panel, was in contact with at least three reporters at around the time they published articles about Page, an energy consultant who is a central player in the investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Buzzfeed Confirms Knew About Reporter's Relationship with
Allegedly Leaking Senate Official

Questions remain over whether BuzzFeed News acted ethically with a former employee, Ali Watkins, who had a romantic relationship with an indicted former security director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Watkins told her BuzzFeed editors about her relationship with the individual, James Wolfe, who the Department of Justice has charged with lying to investigators during a leak probe, according to the New York Times, where Watkins now works as a national security reporter.

Prison Ahead for Senate Aide Who Gave Secrets to NYT Lover
Connor Wolf
Former senior Senate Intelligence Committee aide James Wolfe will likely face hard time for revealing sensitive classified information to a New York Times reporter with whom he was sexually involved, according to Joseph diGenova. Wolfe, who worked for the Senate Intelligence Committee for nearly three decades, was arrested late Thursday and charged with lying to the FBI about information he revealed to multiple reporters.
Scheme to Thwart Funding Laws: State-level Dems Funneled
$84M to Clinton's Campaign, Lawsuit Alleges

As many as 40 state-level Democratic parties may have been involved in a scheme to funnel as much as $84 million to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, a campaign finance lawyer contends. Dan Backer, an attorney based in Virginia, has filed a lawsuit alleging that a plan was in place to circumvent campaign contribution limits set by the federal government.
FEC Dem Who Targeted Drudge Admits
Agency Biased Against Republicans

A former Democratic chair of the Federal Election Commission who repeatedly rejected charges she was targeting Republicans and conservative websites like the Drudge Report has admitted that the agency has an anti-GOP bias. Ann Ravel, now a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley Law School, told an alumni magazine that the FEC has taken cases biased against the Republicans.
Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter All Work with
Left-Wing Southern Poverty Law Center

Four of the world's biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative organizations as "hate groups." Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law Center in policing their platforms for "hate speech" or "hate groups," a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.
'Bring on the Recession':
Bill Maher 'Hoping' for Economic Crash to Oust Trump

Liberal comedian Bill Maher on Friday said that he hopes the economy crashes in order to "get rid" of President Donald Trump. Maher made the remarks on his HBO talk show, "Real Time with Bill Maher." "I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point," he said. "By the way, I'm hoping for it because one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession."

The Left Hates You. Act Accordingly.
Kurt  Schlichter
They hate you. Leftists don't merely disagree with you. They don't merely feel you are misguided. They don't think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. Crazy talk? Just ask them. Go ahead. Go on social media. Find a leftist – it's easy. Just say something positive about America or Jesus and they'll come swarming like locusts.
Epic Renewables Fail as Solar Crashes and Wind Refuses to Blow
James Delingpole
Don't laugh too hard but this has been a terrible week for the renewable energy dream. Across the world solar energy share prices have crashed. This was caused by a sudden and unexpected decision by China, the world's biggest solar manufacturer and user, to rein in subsidies. Solar stocks have fallen across the board by double digits. It's uncertain when they will recover. It hasn't been a good week for wind energy either.
The U.S. is Running Out of Bombs – and it
May Soon Struggle to Make More

The annual Industrial Capabilities report, put out by the Pentagon's Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, has concluded that the industrial base of the munitions sector is particularly strained, something the report blames on the start-and-stop nature of munitions procurement over the last 20 years, as well as the lack of new designs being internally developed. Some suppliers have dropped out entirely, leaving no option for replacing vital materials.
The Barbary Pirates:
Islamic Terrorism and America's First Military Victory

Raymond Ibrahim
Many Americans erroneously trace the roots of Islamic terrorism against their nation to September 11, 2001. In reality, the United States' very first conflict with Muslim terrorists was also its very first war as a nation – and it won that war 213 years ago, on June 10, 1805. Centuries before that, the Barbary States of Muslim North Africa – specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis – had been thriving on the slave trade of Europeans abducted from virtually every corner of coastal Europe, including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland.
Austria to Shut Down Mosques, Expel Foreign-Funded Imams
Austria's right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as racist. The moves follow a "law on Islam", passed in 2015, which banned foreign funding of religious groups and created a duty for Muslim organizations to have "a positive fundamental view towards (Austria's) state and society".
Ben Rhodes Can't Answer Questions About Obama Secretly
Granting Iran Access to U.S. Financial System

Ben Rhodes, a former top aide to President Barack Obama, repeatedly dodged questions from CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday about a new report claiming his administration misled Congress about granting Iran access to the U.S. financial system during the negotiation of the Iranian nuclear deal.
Lawmakers Call for Probe of Planned Parenthood to See
If It Failed to Report Sexual Abuse of Minors

Republican lawmakers are calling for a federal investigation into whether Planned Parenthood has failed to report suspected sexual abuse against minors. In a letter Thursday to the Department of Health and Human Services, 54 representatives and two senators accused Planned Parenthood of routinely performing abortions "on children as young as 12 and 13 years old," and then returning the children to their abusers without notifying authorities.
Cancer Patient Given Just 3 Months to Live is
Cured By Experimental Treatment

Two and a half years ago, doctors told a Florida woman battling breast cancer that she had just three months to live. Judy Perkins, 52, of Port Lucie, is now cancer free thanks to an experimental treatment that harnessed billions of her own immune cells, reported the BBC.
Feds Spend $347,176 Studying if Sex is
Good with Contraception – NIH Goal: Less Children

The National Institutes of Health is spending roughly $350,000 to study what methods of contraception are "sexually acceptable" to women. The University of Wisconsin-Madison study aims for more women to use birth control so they can "fully realize the social, economic, and health benefits" of not having children. The researchers will follow women using birth control for a year, hoping to discover which contraception method women like best while having sex.
MSNBC's Joy Reid Threatened Colleague with Violence,
Was Homophobic During Her Radio Days, Ex-Bosses Say

MSNBC star Joy Reid physically threatened a senior colleague, accused a Republican politician of being gay on air and often referred to her hateful blog during a short-lived stint as a radio show co-host more than a decade ago, former superiors at the station told Fox News. One described the host of MSNBC's "AM Joy" as having been an "evil woman" in those days.
How Candidate Who Wants to Make Incest Legal Got On the Virginia Ballot – Gov Terry McAuliffe Restored Felon Voting Rights
Virginia GOP Chair John Whitbeck blamed the Democrats for that. "Their policy of restoration of felons' rights, blanket restoration, led to him being eligible to run for Congress," said Whitbeck. Former federal prosecutor and attorney John Flannery said the bigger problem is a national climate where a candidate for Congress publicly advocates breaking the law.
For Pa. Students, A New Duty: Civics Test
They wouldn't have to pass it, but students would be required to take a civics test before high school graduation under a bill that could soon become law in Pennsylvania. Ignited by a report that only 26 percent of adults can identify the three branches of the U.S. government, according to the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center 2016 survey, Rep. Karen Boback said she wrote the bill to help ensure that youths become knowledgeable.
Our Nation's Heritage is Under Attack in Our Classrooms,
So Why Doesn't Anybody Care?

David Horowitz
This attack has been mounted by an intellectual class based in the media and in America's politically correct educational institutions, whose inspiration is a set of discredited 19th-century dogmas masquerading as "progressive" nostrums. Not even the collapse of communism has been able to reconcile their alienated psyches to the American cause.
Bureaucrats Shut Down Your Kids' Lemonade Stands?
Country Time Will Pay the Fines.

Every summer, it seems, brings a parade of outrageous stories about petty local officials who shut down kids' front-yard lemonade stands because the little moppets don't have the right permits. But this summer things might be different as civil disobedience meets corporate marketing. Young lemonade entrepreneurs are getting some support against local bureaucrats from powdered lemonade manufacturer Country Time.

Week ending 3 June 2018

Ending Secret Science at EPA
Paul Driessen
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed to end the longstanding EPA practice of using secretive, often questionable, even deceptive science to support agency policy and regulatory initiatives. His proposed rules will ensure that any science underlying agency actions is transparent and publicly available for independent experts to examine and validate – or point out its flaws.
Hollywood Women Invalidate Themselves In Supporting Samantha Bee
Brad Slager
Consider for a moment all the weepy hand-wringing we have witnessed from Hollywood for the past eight months. A day after the press was telling us to stop being crude they excuse Samantha Bee. While the entertainment industry demands women be treated better they applaud treating a woman in this fashion. The party that claims to support women, and claims conservative wage a war-on-women, now praises degrading a woman and mother in this fashion.
New York Times: "We Ran Out of Words to Describe
How Good the Jobs Numbers Are"

The real question in analyzing the May jobs numbers released Friday is whether there are enough synonyms for "good" in an online thesaurus to describe them adequately. So, for example, "splendid" and "excellent" fit the bill. Those are the kinds of terms that are appropriate when the United States economy adds 223,000 jobs in a month, despite being nine years into an expansion, and when the unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent, a new 18-year low.
U.S. Payrolls Rise 223,000; Jobless Rate Matches 48-Year Low;
Average Hourly Earnings Increased 2.7% from a Year Earlier

U.S. hiring rose more than forecast in May, wages picked up and the unemployment rate matched the lowest in almost five decades, indicating the strong labor market will keep powering economic growth. Payrolls increased 223,000 following a revised 159,000 gain, Labor Department figures showed Friday. The median estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg called for 190,000 jobs.

Costco Raising Hourly Wages for Over 130,000 Employees
On Thursday, Costco announced it would raise the hourly wage for 130,000 of its American employees. CEO Richard Galanti, while discussing the company's fiscal third-quarter earnings, said that starting wages for employees would be raised $1 an hour to $14.50 an hour while other hourly wages would be hiked 25 to 50 cents an hour. Galanti added that the new wage increases would be probably be added to the company's regular wage hikes.
Trump Has Cut Federal Payroll by 24,000 Jobs
The federal government cut 3,000 jobs in May and federal employment has now dropped by 24,000 since President Donald Trump took office, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even as federal government jobs were declining, overall employment was increasing – as was employment in state and local government.
Sour Pelosi Poo-Poos Booming Economy:
'Strong Employment Numbers Mean Little'

The Trump economy is booming, but that's not good enough for Nancy Pelosi. The May unemployment rate was a stunningly low 3.8 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal. Black unemployment is the lowest ever: 5.9 percent, the Washington Examiner reports. But instead of celebrating the incredible economic activity, the House Speaker wannabe shrugged.
List of Tax Reform bonuses updated on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018.
What Everyone's Afraid to Say About College and Jobs
John Stossel
Today, all Americans are told, "Go to college!" President Obama said, "College graduation has never been more valuable." But economist Bryan Caplan says that most people shouldn't go. "How many thousands of hours did you spend in classes studying subjects that you never thought about again?" he asks. "If you just take a look at the faces of students, it's obvious that they're bored," he says. "People are there primarily in order to get a good job."
Obama 'White House is running this' –
Senator Rips Redactions Amid Mystery Text Files

A top Senate Republican is challenging the Justice Department over extensive redactions made in files showing text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, drew particular attention to one text that suggested the Obama "White House is running this," in reference to an unspecified investigation.
#MeToo Movement Gives Pass to Democrats
Running for California Governor

Gavin Newsom had an inappropriate affair with his employee. Antonio Villaraigosa cheated on his wife with a reporter assigned to cover him. Yet the #MeToo movement, which has urged women to speak up about sexual misconduct allegations, has remained visibly silent about the sexual conduct of two prominent Democrats running for governor in California. Some are calling it outright hypocrisy.

MSNBC Breaks Silence On Star Joy Reid's 'hateful' Blog Posts:
'She has grown and evolved'

MSNBC star Joy Reid said in a statement Friday she was "embarrassed" by "hateful" posts unearthed on her now-defunct blog, but failed to acknowledge her previous claims that a hacker planted some of the offensive content, while her network offered her its support. "While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day. There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by..."
It seems only Dems "grow"
Google Listed "Nazism" as the Ideology of the Calif. Republican Party
Less than a week before the California primary, Google listed "Nazism" as the ideology of the California Republican Party. In the "knowledge panel" that provides easy access to information next to search results, Google was showing "Nazism" as an "ideology" of the party as of Thursday morning.
Devin Nunes Warns Google May Need to Testify if
Anti-GOP Search Results Keep Showing Up

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday there may be a need for Google to testify after the company's search engine showed results linking Republicans to "Nazism." Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, the California Republican framed the issue as one in which tech monopolies "should be reined in" and called for a new search engine to compete against Google that doesn't "censor" conservatives. "I think there's a free market solution here if somebody can compete with Google."
Watchdog Group Discovers Secret Iranian Missile Site Hidden in
Remote Desert Location – Note Obama Plan Caved on Missile Program

Guy Benson
The fact that the discovery of a (growing) secret desert facility designed for the development of long-range missiles (the pursuit of which Iranian leaders have denied), largely operating in the dark of night, would not constitute a violation of the Iran deal is not a compelling defense of the Iran deal. It is a devastating indictment of it.
Poland Seeks Permanent U.S. Troop Presence, Offers Financing
Poland's defense minister said Monday that he has held talks with U.S. officials about having thousands of American troops permanently stationed as a deterrent in Poland. Poland is concerned for its own and the region's security following Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and other steps seen as hostile.
De Blasio Wants to Scrap Admissions Testing for Elite High Schools
Mayor de Blasio unveiled a plan Saturday to boost black and Latino enrollment at the city’s eight specialized high schools – and he wants to scrap admissions tests outright. In an op-ed for education-news site Chalkbeat, de Blasio announced that 20 percent of seats at those eight schools would be reserved for low-income applicants.
Obama’s Surprising New Foes
A Community Organizes Against His Library Plans

Dennis Byrne
In Barack Obama’s adopted hometown, of all places, his $375 million Obama Presidential Center is running into growing headwinds from a few gutsy souls. Ironically, the winds aren’t gusting from the usual direction – Republicans and others the left often labels racist Obama-haters. Rather, it’s blowing from the very people who have long lionized Obama: white Chicago lakefront progressives, University of Chicago professors, environmentalists, African-American activists, and a community organization of the kind that once employed Obama as an organizer.
Detroit Firearm Instructors Train 700 Women
How to Safely Operate 9mm Firearms

Legally Armed In Detroit, a gun rights advocacy group, announces that it gave a free-range safety briefing and a complimentary shooting lesson at a southeast Michigan target range to a record class of 700 women. The annual event – now in its seventh year – safely introduced all of the women participants to firearms on Sunday, May 20th at the Top Gun Shooting Range in Taylor, Michigan.
Gun Groups Want a Restraining Order Against Deerfield's
Assault Weapons Ban Before it Takes Effect in 2 Weeks

Gun-rights advocacy groups are asking a Lake County Circuit Court judge to bar the village of Deerfield from enforcing its ban on assault weapons that is set to kick in June 13. The ordinance enacted April 2 by the Deerfield Village Board gives residents until June 13 to turn in any guns that fit the village’s definition of assault weapons, remove them from the village or modify the guns so they’re no longer considered assault weapons.
Felon Pulls Out Weapon to Threaten Two People,
Gets Shot By Good Guy with a Gun

Kevin Bruzos, 29, had already used a firearm to threaten someone, Cape Coral police say. He then left and returned with the weapon to threaten the same person and another individual. The individual, a permitted concealed carry holder, aimed his weapon at Bruzos and ordered him to drop his gun. Instead of obeying, Bruzos aimed it at the concealed carry holder, “who in turn defended himself and shot Bruzos.”
Not Too Sharp British Judge Says 'Knives are Too Sharp and
Filing Them Down is Solution to Soaring Violent Crime'

A judge has proposed a nationwide program to file down the points of kitchen knives as a solution to the country's soaring knife crime epidemic. Last week in his valedictory address, retiring Luton Crown Court Judge Nic Madge spoke of his concern that carrying a knife had become routine in some circles and called on the Government to ban the sale of large pointed kitchen knives.
Previously Deported Boyfriend Faces Immigration Charges
After Woman's Body Found

A farm worker who authorities said admits to burying the body of his girlfriend – but not killing her – was charged Friday with having counterfeit citizenship documents and re-entering the country after twice being deported. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the criminal complaint ... as crews used heavy equipment in their ongoing search for his girlfriend's missing toddler at an upstate New York farm.
Venezuela's Exodus is Leaving it Without
Teachers, Doctors and Electricians

This collapsing socialist state is suffering one of the most dramatic outflows of human talent in modern history, with Aquiles Nazoa School offering a glimpse into what happens when a nation begins to empty out. Vast gaps in Venezuela's labour market are causing a breakdown in daily life, and robbing this nation of its future. The exodus is broad and deep – an outflow of doctors, engineers, oil workers, bus drivers and electricians. And teachers.
George Soros Pulls Out of San Diego's District Attorney Race
A political action committee launched and bankrolled by liberal billionaire George Soros is pulling out of San Diego's district attorney race. The California Justice & Public Safety PAC, which was established by Soros to support Geneviéve Jones-Wright, a far-left public defender, recently pulled an advertisement depicting District Attorney Summer Stephan as having a backlog of rape kits that needed to be tested. The ad came under fire for being false and misleading.
Santa Fe Survivors Accused of Racism Against Black Classmate.
Then the Girl's Mother Steps In.

After Twitter users accused the white students of racism for not holding a black student's hand – one tweet in particular going viral – the alleged victim's mother stepped in to shut down the race baiters. The 'black girl' is my daughter. It's people like you that keep the race crap stirred up," wrote the girl's mother, Lynda. "You just look for ways to make things about race. These girls are her friends. You have no idea what you are talking about so you just need to shut up."
Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Posed as Black,
Charged with Welfare Fraud – Could Get 15-year Sentence

Former NAACP official Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who posed as African American for years, is now facing charges of welfare fraud after investigators say she illegally received thousands of dollars in public assistance. She is charged as "Nkechi Diallo also known as Rachel A. Dolezal" with first-degree theft by welfare fraud, second-degree perjury and false verification for public assistance.
Bill Nye Finally Has a Solution for Climate Change: Tax Cow Farts
Bill Nye, who is not, in fact, a scientist but rather an engineer with no formal instruction in climatology or meteorology, has finally hit on what he believes is a perfect solution to curbing global climate change: tax meat eaters for cow farts. Nye revealed his miraculous solution to the Daily Beast Monday in a comprehensive interview ahead of the second season premiere of his Netflix show, "Bill Nye Saves The World."

Week ending 27 May 2018

Not So Fast Obama,
Your Biggest Scandal is Unfolding Before Our Eyes

Larry O'Connor
While speaking to a tech conference this week in Las Vegas President Obamarepeated a claim he and many members of the media have made since his presidency came to an end. "I didn't have scandals, which seems like it shouldn't be something you brag about," Obama said. "But actually," he said, "if you look at the history of the modern presidency, coming out of the modern presidency without anybody going to jail is really good. It's a big deal."
Hungary's Maverick Prime Minister is Looking "to replace the shipwreck of liberal democracy by building 21st-century Christian democracy"
Mike Gonzalez
Four years ago, Orban gave his critics ammunition when he said he was constructing an "illiberal democracy." This month he doubled down, declaring liberal democracy dead and urging other European leaders to stop trying to revive the corpse. Instead, Orban exhorted them to get busy invoking a new democracy based on Christian principles.
Companies Return $1 Trillion to Shareholders In Tax-Cut Surge
S&P 500 companies have returned a record $1 trillion to shareholders over the past year, helped by a recent surge in dividends and stock buybacks following sweeping corporate tax cuts introduced by Republicans, a report on Friday showed. In the 12 months through March, S&P 500 companies paid out $428 billion in dividends and bought up $573 billion of their own shares, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices analyst Howard Silverblatt.
Boom: Team Trump Cuts Nearly
Twice as Many Regulations as Promised

The Trump administration is showing no signs of slowing its slashing of Obama-era regulations, beating their plans to cut two for every new rule and saving more than double what was hoped for, according to a new report. "The Trump administration is making substantial deregulatory progress," said a new report from American Action Forum.
Stephen Miller: Trump America's 'negotiator-in-chief,'
What Voters Wanted 'times 10'

"Everything that the American people hoped for when they cast that ballot for change for a new kind of leadership in Washington, everything that they hoped they would get, I am telling you that they not only received it, but they've gotten it times 10," said senior aide Stephen Miller. "Donald Trump is the lobbyist for every had working American," he said, eager to counter some bad press to describe Trump's hands-on style.
81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed
The Real Origination Story of the Trump-Russia Investigation
Andrew C. McCarthy
Exactly when is the "late Spring"? Of all the questions that have been asked about what we've called the "Origination Story" of the Trump-Russia investigation, that may be the most important one. It may be the one that tells us when the Obama administration first formed the Trump-Russia "collusion" narrative.
What Happened at the DOJ-Congress Meeting Yesterday;
MSM, Leftists Lie About Meeting Attendees

Liz Sheld
Yesterday [Thursday] congressional leaders met with DOJ and intelligence officials to obtain information about the agency's rogue, unchecked investigation into RUSSIA collusion and the 2016 presidential campaign. We don't know much about the meeting because classified information was discussed, but one person did make a statement. Guess who that was? Mr. Adam Schiff.
New Story Line: Clapper was 'Thinking of Something Else'
When He Lied to Congress

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper claimed Tuesday that he "made a mistake," but that he didn't lie when he told Sen. Ron Wyden in 2013 that the National Security Agency doesn't collect data on Americans. Clapper was defending himself on "The View" after President Donald Trump called him a "lying machine."
Democrats' 'blue wave' Has Evaporated. Here's What's Going On
Liz Peek
The most recent Reuters poll shows Republicans enjoying a slim advantage over Democrats in the so-called "generic ballot," which measures whether voters would vote for a Democrat or Republican to represent them in the House. Democrats led by 11 percentage points in April. Other polls show Democrats still in the lead, but with the gap narrowing to an average of 3 points – down from a 13 point gap at the end of last year. What's going on?
If Liberals Were Animals, It Would Be An Improvement
Selwyn Duke
Ever since President Trump characterized MS-13 gang members as "animals," Democrats have been playing dumb (when they haven't actually been dumb) for political gain. What started with some fake news outlets purposely misrepresenting Trump's remarks and others sloppily parroting the deception has degenerated into the comical: leftists trying to save face and gain votes by cynically claiming they're offended that anyone would do violence to the principle of the dignity of all human persons.
MS-13 Gang Member Nicknamed 'Animal' Sentenced to 40 Years
An MS-13 member who goes by the gang name "Animal" received a 40-year prison sentence this week for a conspiracy that included the murder of a 15-year-old boy, the U.S. attorney's office in Massachusetts said Tuesday. Joel Martinez, 23, admitted he murdered the 15-year-old as part of his initiation as a "homeboy" in Mara Salvatrucha, the gang's full name.
2 Civilians Rushed to Their Cars to Get Their Guns Before Fatally Shooting Oklahoma City Restaurant Gunman
Not one, but two men ran to their respective cars to grab their guns when a shooter opened fire at an Oklahoma City restaurant Thursday. Police Capt. Bo Matthews said today that both of those men shot suspect Alexander C. Tilghman on Thursday. Tilghman died as a result of those gunshots. The two civilians have been identified by police as Juan Carlos Nazario, 35, and Bryan Whittle, 39.
Two good guys with guns save lives
David Hogg's Publix Stunt is an Alinsky-style Shakedown
Monica Showalter
The youthful gun-control activist staged a "die-in" at Publix in Coral Springs, Florida to protest the grocery retailer's donation to a pro-business Republican candidate who also supports the Second Amendment. Apparently, you can't do that and must work only to elect anti-business leftists, or else Hogg will come protesting, bringing his media gaggle, at you.
How To Make Up for What Schools Have Stopped Doing
F. H. Buckley
Several first-world countries have a draft. Finland requires half a year's service. Sweden and Greece have compulsory military service for a year. Israel mandates military service of 32 months for men and 24 months for women. It doesn't seem to hold back people in those countries. If anything, it gives their young people a leg up in life's journey.
Valedictorian Claims High School Censored
God and Jesus from Graduation Speech

An Illinois high school valedictorian has hired a lawyer after claiming that school officials demanded he remove all religious references from his graduation speech. Sam Blackledge was set to deliver the speech at West Prairie High School on May 19. According to the 18-year-old, school administrators informed him that he needed to take out anything that mentioned God and Jesus minutes before Blackledge was scheduled to go on stage.
Condoms Required at Scouts' 24th World Jamboree
Rules Demand Distribution During 12-Day 'camping' Event

The Boy Scouts have decided to accept people who identify as gay and lesbian among their ranks. And girls are welcome now, too, into the iconic organization, which has renamed itself Scouts BSA. So what's next? A mandate that condoms be made available to "all participants" of its global gathering.
FBI Repeatedly Inflated Figures On Encrypted Cell Phones
The FBI has repeatedly inflated figures on encrypted cell phones to Congress and the U.S. public, according to a new report from The Washington Post. The bureau has claimed that investigators were unable to access close to 7,800 devices tied to crimes last year, but The Post reports the actual number was likely closer to 1,000 or 2,000 devices.
Porta Potty Operator Receives Prison and Fines;
Guilty of Illegally Dumping Tons of Human Waste in Sewer

Arie Eric De Jong III, owner of Diamond Environmental Services, admitted Thursday in federal court in San Diego to conspiring with the company's chief operating officer, Warren L. Van Dam, to illegally discharge into municipal sewer lines the contents of hundreds of company trucks used to empty portable toilets. Van Dam, 50, pleaded guilty last week to similar criminal counts involving the offenses, which occurred between 2009 and August of last year, according to prosecutors.
Real Russian Collusion the Dems and MSM Ignore
Paul Driessen
While Robert Mueller, Democrats and the "mainstream media" focus on President Trump's, his family's and his associates' supposed collusion with Russia, they studiously ignore examples of actual collusion with Russia: not just the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and Clinton Family Foundation – but well documented cases involving cronies of Russian President Vladimir Putin financing and colluding with multiple U.S. environmentalist organizations.
More LGBT Issues Loom As Supreme Court Justices
Near Wedding Cake Decision

A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The outcome of baker Jack Phillips’ fight at the Supreme Court could indicate how willing the justices are to carve out exceptions to anti-discrimination laws; that’s something the court has refused to do in the areas of race and sex.
LGBT's "Outrageous Subpoena" – An Unprecedented Assault on Religious Liberty and Free Speech
Liberty Counsel
This case is retaliation for military policy with which these individuals and groups disagree. LGBT activists are abusing subpoena power to deliberately harass pro-faith and pro-family groups like Liberty Counsel and Family Research Counsel that are not in any way related to the lawsuit. "This new subpoena is outrageous because it even requests 'conversations' on any topic related to LGBT issues," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Trump Administration Move Deals Significant Blow to Planned Parenthood – May Actually Increase Women's Health Service
Monica Burke
The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to soon file a proposal that would update regulations of the Title X Family Planning grant program – and likely deny Planned Parenthood millions of taxpayer dollars. The proposal would require Title X grant recipients to maintain a strict physical and financial separation between their family planning programs and abortion services.
School Can Force Students to Share Bathrooms with
Transgender Students, Federal Court Rules

A Pennsylvania student said Thursday that her school opening its locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to students of the opposite sex is unfair and wrong. "There are good ways to make room for everyone, without letting a boy into the girls' locker rooms, shower areas, or restrooms," said Alexis Lightcap, a senior at Boyertown Area Senior High School in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, who is also in a lawsuit against Boyertown Area School District, at a press conference.
Transgender Files $50K Complaint After
Muslim Woman Refuses to Wax Genitals

A male-to-female transgender filed a $50,000 human rights complaint after a Muslim woman refused to perform a Brazilian wax on his genitals. The unnamed transgender person has repeatedly claimed that he called inquiring about a leg wax, but the owner of Mad Wax, the waxing studio based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, insisted the request clearly indicated his interest in a genital wax.
Here's What Happened After Liberal Activists
Shut Down Catholic Adoption Providers in Illinois

Kelsey Harkness
For the past decade, left-wing activists have targeted faith-based adoption agencies if they do not assist same-sex couples who wish to adopt. Through lawsuits and legislation, these activists gave faith-based agencies an ultimatum: Comply with politically correct views on sexuality and marriage and place children with same-sex couples, or shut down.

Week ending 20 May 2018

H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama´s Spies
Clarice Feldman
Stefan Halper was paid a substantial sum by the DOD's Office of Net Assessment... and [these] payments were made in July and September of 2016 when he was weaseling his way into the campaign – then we know we have the DNI, CIA, DOJ, FBI, Dept. of State and the Defense Department working for Hillary's election and to smear and create a basis for further spying on Trump and his campaign.
After Year of Investigation,
Trump Can Rightly Claim Some Vindication

Jonathan Turley
If Trump and his counsel can be accused of overplaying the known facts, the media can be equally accused of ignoring the implications of the known facts. It should be a serious concern that the Obama administration used secret counterintelligence powers to target officials in the campaign of the opposing party. That is a practice we have widely criticized in other countries from Turkey to Russia to Iran.
Cambridge Professor Outed as FBI Informant Inside Trump Campaign
A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI. The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides. The Halper revelation also shows the Obama administration's FBI began prying into the opposing party's presidential nominee earlier than it previously admitted.
Two Colleagues Contradict Brennan's Denial of Reliance on Dossier
Former CIA Director John Brennan's insistence that the salacious and unverified Steele dossier was not part of the official Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election is being contradicted by two top former officials. These accounts are at odds with Brennan's May 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that the Steele dossier  was "not in any way used as the basis for the intelligence community's assessment" that Russia interfered in the election to help elect Donald Trump.
Giving Trump's Accomplishments Their Due
Robert Knight
I'm told by one of my favorite millennials that many of her friends have not heard anything at all positive about President Trump. The left, which turned a blind eye to the flagrant immorality of Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton, is ordering evangelical Christians to abandon Mr. Trump. Before too many well-meaning people take the bait, a reminder of what Mr. Trump has accomplished might be in order.

Denying Trump's Accomplishments is Increasingly Irrational
David Limbaugh
He is taking action on all the branches of government – the legislative, executive and judicial branches and the unrecognized administrative branch. Considering its unaccountability and its reach, the administrative state might as well be a branch. It is a progressive's dream because it expands government irrespective of which party is in power. Until now, it was as if Republicans had resigned themselves to the inevitable expansion of the regulatory state and their powerlessness to curb it, much less reverse it.
Mueller's Witch Hunt is a Slow-Motion Political Coup
Cristina Laila
FBN's Lou Dobbs expressed his frustration and anger over the never ending Russia witch hunt. "Truly our government is a captive of a corrupt legal system, a corrupt Justice Department, a corrupt set of judges, a corrupt government Deep State and the obstructionism of RINOs and Dems…what in the world will we tolerate next?" Lou Dobbs asked Chris Farrell.
We're Not Joking:
Kerry's School Lacrosse Captain was Robert Mueller

Conservative Tribune
If you've ever wanted to know what the phrase "drain the swamp" really means, well, here you go: Robert Mueller was apparently John Kerry's lacrosse captain in high school. And, wonder of wonders, it wasn't at any old public school. No, Robert Swan Mueller III went to the exclusive St. Paul's boarding school in Concord, New Hampshire, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. Annual cost of attendance per year in 2018? Sixty-thousand dollars.
Can you spell irony c-o-l-l-u-s-i-o-n?
Trump Admin Wins as Beijing Has Agreed to
'Substantially Reduce' America's Trade Deficit with China

The U.S. and China have finally reached an agreement on trade, defusing rising trade war tensions, White House officials announced Saturday. Following two days of bilateral consultations on trade, representatives from Washington and Beijing reached a consensus on trade, with the latter agreeing to take "effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China," a joint statement explained.
Cohen Record Leaker Could Face Jail,
as Sources Debunk Missing-File Claim

The mysterious law enforcement official behind the leak of confidential documents on Trump attorney Michael Cohen's business dealings is facing new pressure as sources debunk his rationale for leaking – and one report suggests it won't be long before he's caught. The leaker could face up to five years in jail if identified and prosecuted.
Broward Elections Supervisor Illegally Destroyed Ballots In Wasserman Schultz Race, Judge Rules
The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots from a 2016 Congressional race too soon – and while the ballots were the subject of a lawsuit against the office, a judge has ruled. Based on that ruling, Florida's Department of State will send election experts to the Broward elections office in the upcoming election "to ensure that all laws are followed," the governor's office said.
Remember, vote fraud is a myth according to Dems
CNN Analyst Throws Hate Boomerang at Trump,
Comes Back and Hits Her

This week, CNN political commentator Ana Navarro's pattern of making vitriolic comments came back and bit her after a histrionic rant in response to President Donald Trump calling murderous MS-13 gang members "animals." Navarro compared Trump to a slave owner and a Nazi on Twitter over his comment, writing, "Trump is in very bad company. Nazis referred to Jews as 'rats'. Slave-owners viewed slaves as sub-human animals."
World Must Tell Gaza's Hamas-Abused Masses the Truth:
There Will Be No 'Return'

David Horovitz
After Monday's terrible violence and loss of Palestinian life on the Gaza border, the world owes the Palestinians some painful but simple truths. There is immense suffering within the Hamas-run Strip and highly restrictive security without, but there is no Israeli occupation; Ariel Sharon forced the thousands of Jewish settlers there to leave in 2005, and brought the army out with them.

Questions the Press Hasn't Asked about Violence in Gaza
Noah Rothman
Among those questions are, for example, why Gaza? Yesterday's events were not the first of their kind. Urged on by Hamas, Gazans began crowding the border with the intent to harass Israeli security forces as early as February. Those protests quickly became violent, when an improvised explosive device hidden under a Palestinian flag near the border wounded four IDF soldiers and ignited a night of Israeli retaliatory strikes on Gazan targets.

The Top 7 Media Lies About the Gaza Violence
Jeff Dunetz
To back up their anti-Israel agenda, the media is not being truthful about the Gaza violence, not all of it but surely elements within most mainstream media vehicles. Even Fox News which claims to be "fair and balanced" has people like Shepard Smith telling lies, or someone on Outnumbered on Tuesday claiming that Israel doesn't believe in the two-state solution, another lie.
Jewish Dreams of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
Go Back Thousands of Years

Rich Lowry
King David conquered the city in 1,000 BC and made it the capital of the kingdom of Israel. His son Solomon built the First Temple. "He who has not seen Jerusalem in her splendor has never seen a desirable city in his life," declares the Babylonian Talmud. "He who has not seen the Temple in its full construction has never seen a glorious building in his life." But Jerusalem would repeatedly be captured and the Temple destroyed (first by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar and then by the Roman Emperor Titus).
Texas School Shooting Suspect Targeted Girl Who Denied His Advances
The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was killed along with nine others in Friday's shooting at a Texas high school says she believes the suspect intentionally targeted her daughter. Sadie Rodriguez, mother of Shana Fisher, said suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, repeatedly made advances toward her daughter in the four months leading up to the deadly shooting. Pagourtzis was an ex-boyfriend of Fisher’s best friend, Rodriguez added.
Loser Shoots Up School In Texas,
Left Immediately Starts Lying About It

J.P. Travis
No, he wasn't a Nazi. He had a bisexual pride pin on his coat, a hammer & sickle, and an Iron Cross… but the Iron Cross was a pre-1939 Iron Cross without the Nazi swastika. Wouldn't it be great if whenever we had a national tragedy liberals were required by law to shut their stupid mouths for a week?
School Officials Failed to Send Nikolas Cruz to Court
After He Violated Obama-Era Diversion Program

Since the deadly Feb. 14 school massacre in Parkland, Florida, Broward County officials have been accused of creating a lax disciplinary climate in their drive to reduce suspensions, expulsions and arrests, an environment that allowed Mr. Cruz to act out for years without serious consequences.
CNN Re-Ups False 22 School Shootings Stat
It didn't take CNN long to start spreading fake news after Friday's school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto and political correspondent Sara Murray both tweeted that today's deadly shooting brings the total number of U.S. school shootings this year to 22.
As Obamacare Premiums Soar, Dems Lie
Betsy McCaughey
America has a health insurance problem because politicians would rather lie about it than solve it. Obamacare regulations caused premiums for people buying their own insurance to more than double between 2013 and 2017, and then soar even higher in 2018. With huge hikes predicted again in 2019, the Affordable Care Act will have caused premiums to triple in six years. Ouch. But instead of telling the truth about why this is happening, politicians are dishing out lies.
Clinton Foundation to Host Glittering New York Gala – Featuring Shaggy and Sting – with VIP Tables Costing $100,000
The Clinton Foundation is back after a quiet period following Hillary's 2016 election defeat. The controversial charity has sent an invite to supporters for an event in New York City on May 24. Alongside Bill, Hillary and daughter Chelsea, reggae singer Shaggy and former Police frontman Sting – who have recently collaborated on an album – are also billed to attend.
This Is How a Newspaper Dies
Jack Shafer
For a preview of the newspaper industry's coming death, turn your gaze to Colorado, where the withering and emaciated Denver Post finds itself rolling in profits. The Post's controlling owner, "vulture capitalist" Randall Smith, has become journalism's No. 1 villain for having cheapened and starved not just its Denver paper but many of the titles that his firm, Alden Global Capital, operates through the Digital First Media chain.
Disgraced Florida Massacre Cop Now Gets $8K-a-Month Pension
Scot Peterson, a former deputy with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, has reportedly started to receive a hefty pension – three months after he retired amid the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Peterson, the Sun-Sentinel reported, has received a monthly state pension of $8,702.35 since April. He was paid $101,879.03 last year, according to the news outlet, which cited sheriff's office records.
Paris Knifeman Urges His ISIS 'brothers' to
'stay strong' in Martyrdom Video

The Islamic State has released a posthumous video featuring the knifeman who carried out a deadly terror attack in Paris on Saturday.20-year-old Khamzat Asimov, who arrived in France as a refugee from war-torn Chechnya, launched a nine-minute lethal knife rampage through the center of Paris.
Don't Tell Anyone, But
We Just Had Two Years of Record-Breaking Global Cooling

Investor's Business Daily
Inconvenient Science: NASA data show that global temperatures dropped sharply over the past two years. Not that you'd know it, since that wasn't deemed news. Does that make NASA a global warming denier? From February 2016 to February 2018, "global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius." That, [Aaron Brown] notes, is the biggest two-year drop in the past century.
Exclusive: Don Lemon's Boyfriend Speaks Out
On Interview with Avenatti

Joe Simonson
Don Lemon's boyfriend decided to give his unprompted thoughts to The Daily Caller News Foundation about Monday night's interview with Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti and the state of journalism more broadly. Following Lemon's interview with Avenatti, Tim Malone reached out to me via Twitter direct message to gauge my thoughts on CNN and the controversial lawyer who just threatened a lawsuit against me, my colleague Peter Hasson and my employer.
Federal Lawsuit Accuses Obama Center Organizers of Pulling
An 'institutional bait and switch'

A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an "institutional bait and switch" by shifting the center's purpose away from being a true presidential library. Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don't have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.
Soros Group Pulls Out of Hungary as
Orban Government Floats 'Stop Soros' Package

Left-wing billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundations announced Tuesday that it is pulling out of Hungary ... Citing the "repressive political and legal environment" in Hungary, the international organization said it is moving its offices from Budapest to Berlin, Germany. It pointed specifically to the "Stop Soros" package  of legislation being pushed by Orban – who has repeatedly clashed with the Budapest-born Soros and accused him of leading a "mercenary army."
Video Contradicts NAACP President's Racial Profiling Claims
" if he lied about this to us, he'll lie about anything to anyone"

A man identified as the president of the Timmonsville NAACP chapter said in a Facebook post that he was racially profiled by a Timmonsville police officer. A body cam video provided by the Timmonsville Police Department contradicts his claims. The Rev. Jerrod Moultrie, whose Facebook page says he is still the chapter's president, posted on April 13 that he was racially profiled by a Timmonsville officer because he was "driving a Mercedes Benz and going home in a nice neighborhood."
"What he said happened didn't happen at all"

Week ending 13 May 2018

The Art of No Deal
John Hinderaker
Every experienced negotiator knows that sometimes, the best deal is no deal at all. President Trump, a life-long deal maker, deserves great credit for recognizing, unlike a long line of predecessors, that there is no reason for the U.S. to pressure Israel into a comprehensive “peace” deal with the Palestinians. That is the background for tomorrow’s opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
The Obama Legacy Deserves to Be Destroyed
David Harsanyi
It’s strange that a president who had such a transformative effect on our national discourse will leave such a negligible policy legacy. But Barack Obama, whose imperial term changed the way Americans interact and in some ways paved the way for the Trump presidency, is now watching his much-celebrated and mythologized two-term legacy be systematically demolished.
Collusion is Usually a Dirty Word. So Where's the Outrage
Over Kerry's Secret Meetings on the Iran Deal?

Marc Thiessen
Democrats routinely express outrage over claims of collusion with a foreign power to undermine our democracy. So where is the outrage over revelations that former secretary of state John Kerry held not one but two secret meetings with Iran's foreign minister to strategize over how to undermine President Trump's plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?
Did the FBI Place a Mole Inside the 2016 Trump Campaign?
Kimberley Strassel
The Department of Justice lost its latest battle with Congress Thursday when it allowed House Intelligence Committee members to view classified documents about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign. Even without official confirmation of that source's name, the news so far holds some stunning implications. Among them is that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation outright hid critical information from a congressional investigation.
Obama Staffers Try to Undermine U.S. Foreign Policy
John Hinderaker
It is hard to be surprised these days, but this New York Times op-ed by former Obama staffers Steve Simon and Jonathan Stevenson is genuinely shocking: it urges European countries to withdraw their diplomats from the U.S. and expel American ambassadors.
Billionaire Tom Steyer Says We Must Impeach Trump Before
He Becomes as Bad as Hitler

Billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer said Thursday President Donald Trump was a talented communicator similar to Adolf Hitler, adding he wanted Trump impeached before he did the kind of harm Hitler did. Steyer has spent tens of millions of dollars on a national impeachment campaign against Trump and put on town halls across the country to promote his efforts and rally Democrats.
New Emails Show Comey Seemingly Coordinated
His Russia Testimony with Mueller

Top-level FBI officials advised Comey to "consult" with Mueller before testifying in front of any congressional committees regarding the Trump administration firing him as FBI Director and alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Journalist Sara Carter notes: It is the first time evidence reveals there was coordination between the Special Counsel and Comey in the long drawn out controversial Mueller investigation.
Judge Ellis Wants to See Mueller's Hunting License
Clarice Feldman
It turns out that in July of last year, Rosenstein reauthorized the FISA warrant. To reauthorize it seems problematic without explaining its predication and validity, detailing what progress was made on the original authority, and explaining why there were no results and why renewal would provide results. There's not the slightest indication any of that that occurred.
ABC, NBC Ignore U.S. and Iraqi Forces Capturing 5 Top ISIS Leaders
There was a lot of winning for the United States this week between the release of three American hostages from North Korea, unemployment at 3.9 percent, and on Thursday news broke that the U.S. had captured five of ISIS's top leaders. But depending on which of the major network news outlets you watch, you may not have heard about the captured leaders.
Schneiderman Let Clinton Foundation Skip Identifying Foreign Donors
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gave the Clinton Foundation a pass on identifying foreign donors in its charitable filings – making it impossible to know if it got any special favors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, according to a report Tuesday. Scripps News found that the foundation and its subsidiary, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, took in $225 million in government donations between 2010 and 2014.
No, the Clintons are Not Too Big to Jail
Charles Ortel
Bill and Hillary Clinton may soon learn an expensive lesson: Eventually, a gullible public recoils and revolts when it finally understands and admits that it's been deceived. What the Clintons pass off as "charities" are, instead, unregulated multibillion-dollar slush funds that they and others tap to finance champagne-and-caviar lifestyles and periodic political campaigns.
Top Four Obama Policies Trump Has Reversed
For all intents and purposes, Obama's Iran deal was written in pencil, and Trump took his eraser to it. Just like that, Obama's "major" foreign policy achievement became yet another example of just how foolish Obama's "I have a pen and a phone" approach to governing was for someone who wanted to establish a long-term legacy.
Is Robert Mueller Destroying the Democratic Party?
Roger L. Simon
It would probably give Robert Mueller a nervous breakdown, not to mention James Comey, Andrew McCabe and the rest of the FBI cabal, past and present, but at this point the special counsel seems to be actually causing the reelection of Donald Trump... There's a dawning national consensus of "enough already" reflected by Judge Ellis when he demanded to know exactly what Paul Manafort's possible money laundering schemes of years ago had to do with Trump colluding with Russia in the 2016 election.
The Left's Chilling Refusal to Stop Flirting with Marxist Ideas
Jarrett Stepman
Recently the NY Times ran an editorial headlined  "Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!" The piece, written by Jason Barker, a professor in South Korea, is about what one would expect from a defense of communism. As one Federalist writer noted, it was "beyond parody." Hilariously, the article was behind a very capitalistic paywall.
Sixteen Democratic Senators Are Questioned On Socialized Healthcare After Alfie Evans and Go Completely Silent
Brandon Morse
The evils of socialized medicine were on full display during the few days the world watched Alfie Evans suffer to death at the hands of the British government's National Healthcare System. After his death, the Daily Signal decided to get the comments of the 15 Democratic senators currently co-sponsoring the "Medicare for All Act of 2017," spearheaded by Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Christian Group Barred from Amazon Charity Program,
But Anti-Semitic, Terrorist Groups Allowed In

Alliance Defending Freedom, a prominent Christian legal group, specializes in First Amendment law and has won cases at the Supreme Court level. Although ADF cannot participate, Amazon grants access to an anti-Semitic Islamic group that has allegedly called for the killing of all Jewish people. Groups with reported ties to Middle Eastern terrorist organizations are also allowed in.
Climate Skeptics More Eco-Friendly Than Global-Warming Alarmists
The skeptics were the more likely than the "highly concerned" to recycle, use public transportation and reusable shopping bags, and buy eco-friendly products. "Belief in climate change predicted support for government policies to combat climate change, but did not generally translate to individual-level, self-reported pro-environmental behavior," said the paper. Why? Even the researchers were stumped, although it's possible that skeptics may place more emphasis on personal responsibility than government action.
Hackers Can Use White Noise to Break Into Your Alexa
You know how only dogs can hear a dog whistle? Well, it turns out that there are certain types of white noise that only services like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri can hear – and experts think hackers know how to use them. This month, researchers have demonstrated the ability to send instructions to smart devices that are undetectable to the human ear.
Multiple Gun Manufacturers
Sever Ties with Dick's Sporting Goods Chain

Last month, Dick's Sporting Goods announced that they hired a lobbyist to advocate for gun control. Now, multiple gun manufacturers have severed ties with the sporting goods company: Mossberg, Hi-Point, Springfield Armory and The National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Media Portrayal of Gun Ownership is Inaccurate and Biased
John R. Lott
The media's pro-gun control bias doesn't just distort news coverage. TV networks have used their primetime entertainment shows to portray gun rights advocates as dishonest, extremist and unconcerned about the loss of innocent lives. At the same time, advocates of gun control are portrayed as caring, upstanding and responsible citizens. The gun control debate isn't portrayed as having two sides. It's a morality play of good versus evil.
Texas: Autistic Student Arrested for Playing with 'Imaginary Rifle"
Handcuffed and hauled away. It happened Monday to a 5th grade autistic student at Conroe Independent School District's Bozman Intermediate school. The offense alleged against 12-year-old David Sims is brandishing an "imaginary" rifle at his art teacher, an educator who apparently felt threatened. "She (CISD Police Officer) just put handcuffs on me and told me I need to go with her," said David Sims.
Gun-Free Britain:
Four Shootings in 48 Hours in Sadiq Khan's London

Four people have been shot over a 48-hour period in Sadiq Khan's London, leaving a teenager dead and a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old with head injuries. The first victim, 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, was shot in Cooks Road, Southwark, on Saturday evening, while playing football.
7 Killed in 'Gun Free' Australian Mass Shooting
Seven people were killed in a shooting in Western Australia on Friday. Someone in Osmington, Australia, a small village near the town of Margaret River, murdered seven members of the same family. Police responded to a call about the shooting around dawn. They found three generations of the same family killed and recovered two firearms from the scene.
Remember That Middle School Teacher Charged for Inciting An Antifa Riot? She Just Got Bad News from a Judge.
In a hearing Friday, Sacramento County Judge Michael Savage said that the evidence does not support the argument that charges against Yvette Felarca – a Berkeley middle school teacher and vocal member of a violence-embracing activist group – and her Antifa co-defendents are the result of a politically motivated "witch hunt."

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