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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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There is No New Deal
Jonah Goldberg
What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has thrust upon our national conversation is not, in any sense, a "Green New Deal." It does not resemble a Green New Deal. It does not approximate a Green New Deal. It does not so much as represent the shadows or the framework or the embryo of a Green New Deal. It is, instead, the inchoate shopping list of a political novice who has managed to get herself elected to Congress and believes that this has turned her into a visionary.

The Russia Collusion Thud Heard 'Round the World
Mark Ellis
The villains in this ignominious episode are too numerous to mention, but certain names rattle off: Comey, Brennan, Clapper et al. harped incessantly with assertions and implications that are in grave danger of being exposed as outright lies. The mincing visage of Peter Strzok, the harridan Nellie Orr and the rest, now forever associated with nefarious surreptitiousness.

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Week ending 17 February 2019

George Washington Letter on God and the Constitution Revealed
The Raab Collection, a dealer in historical documents, called the artifact in a news release on Feb. 11, "a remarkable original letter signed by George Washington praising the providence of God for the ratification of the Constitution, the founding moment in American democracy."
The Verdict is in: Trump's Tariffs Are Working 'bigly'
Consumers Simply Aren't Seeing Any Major Price Increases

U.S. manufacturing is once again in the news. New data shows America's factories adding 261,000 jobs from January 2018 to January 2019. In the State of the Union, President Trump emphasized the urgency of confronting predatory trade from countries like China. There's no doubt that America's manufacturers are currently rebounding.
Job Openings Hit Record High of 7.3 Million in December
The number of job openings hit a record high of 7.3 million in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday in a sign of the labor market's strength. The private sector drove the new record, with private entities accounting for 6.7 million job vacancies – also a record high. The construction industry recorded 382,000 new posts, far more than ever before.
McCabe Says Rosenstein was 'absolutely serious'
About Secretly Recording Trump

McCabe, speaking to CBS News' "60 Minutes," recounted a conversation soon after Comey's firing about the ongoing Russia investigation in which he said Rosenstein told him: "I never get searched when I go into the White House. I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn't know it was there." "Now, he was not joking," McCabe said of Rosenstein's comments. "He was absolutely serious. And in fact, he brought it up in the next meeting we had."

McCabe Details Central Role in Russia Probes,
DOJ Meetings on Whether to Oust President

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, speaking out in a new book and TV interview, detailed the central role he played in the bureau's Russia probe and the eventual appointment of a special counsel – while reportedly describing Justice Department meetings where officials discussed ousting President Trump.
Alan Dershowitz: Ousting Trump via 25th Amendment is
'clearly an attempt at a coup d'etat'

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday said the Department of Justice's discussions to employ the 25th Amendment to oust President Trump – if true – amounted to an attempted coup. Evoking the 25th Amendment, Dershowitz added, would be a fundamental misuse of its original purpose. He said it was originally "about Woodrow Wilson having a stroke. It's about a president being shot and not being able to perform his office."
Graham Calls McCabe Comments 'beyond stunning'
As He Threatens to Subpoena Former FBI Chief

"We're going to find out what happened here and the only way I know to find out is to call the people in under oath and find out, through questioning, who's telling the truth because the underlying accusation is beyond stunning," Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on CBS News’ "Face the Nation." Graham added that he also plans to subpoena both McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if they won’t voluntarily agree to testify before the committee.
Trump Thanks MSNBC After Report
Senate Panel Found No Evidence of Russia Conspiracy

NBC News reported Tuesday morning that according to both unnamed Republicans and Democrats, the Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that there is no direct evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election after conducting 200 interviews over the course of two years.
Legal Immigrant Angel Mom in Pelosi’s Office:
Why Are Illegal Aliens ‘Placed in Front of Us?’

Angel moms confront Pelosi
Angel Families flooded into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office Wednesday questioning why their many requests for meetings with the speaker went unanswered, with German immigrant Angel Mom Sabine Durden asking why illegal aliens “always get a better deal” than American citizens. “Before I came from Germany to America, I had to fill out paperwork,” Durden explained. “And I was married to a service member. My son was born here–all that.”
Mexico Deports MS-13 Gang Members
Found in Caravan Near Texas Border

"We have data that there are agitators inside the shelter, that there are members of the caravan who are provoking others, some of them belong to the Mara Salvatrucha , some others who bring criminal records in their country and what we have been doing is deporting them directly with Migration," Riquelme told local reporters, according to an English language translation.
Ocasio-Cortez Living in Luxury Navy Yard Apartment Building,
Can Suddenly Afford the Rent

Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, got a big raise with her election to Congress, a job that comes with a $174,000 annual salary. She told the New York Times she was concerned about how she would get an apartment before that salary kicked in. She ended up moving into a luxury apartment building with a wide array of amenities where rent for even a studio apartment exceeds $2,000 a month.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Cuomo Slams Ocasio-Cortez, Others,
As Amazon Ditches New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lambasted politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others over Amazon's decision to leave New York City. Opponents of the deal with the tech giant had "put their own narrow political interests above their community," he said. In response to the news, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, tweeted that "anything is possible," taking a victory lap upon hearing the news.

Maloney (D) Slams Ocasio-Cortez's Opposition to Amazon:
'Now We are Protesting Jobs?'

"My constituents want jobs," Maloney said. "It used to be that we would protest wars. Now we are protesting jobs? People are complaining about jobs coming to your [city] … If this had gone through, it would have made overnight New York City the high-tech capital of the east coast, the most important job center for tech jobs."

Amazon Quits New York – 'Victory' by Progressives
Helps City Wave Good-Bye to 25,000 Jobs

Seth Barron
Amazon's announcement that it will cancel its plans to build a major office complex in Long Island City is a huge defeat for Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, who staked their political capital on the high-profile deal. The collapse of the deal is a victory, though, for the anti-gentrification, anti-development left, which assailed the plan as a giveaway to a trillion-dollar company and its billionaire owner.

How Dumb is Ocasio-Cortez?
John Hinderaker
This isn't complicated stuff. If Ocasio-Cortez is really this stupid, she shouldn't have graduated from high school. She certainly shouldn't be representing many thousands of constituents, who must assume that she is of at least average intelligence, in Congress.
Union Leaders Warn Green New Deal May Lead to Poverty:
'Members are worried about putting food on the table'

Labor unions are warning that the "Green New Deal" proposed by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is vague and potentially dangerous, signaling that the progressive proposal may be in for even more turbulence following a rocky rollout last week. In particular, union officials took umbrage at the resolution's call for a "fair and just transition for all communities and workers" in order to "achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions" in the span of just ten years.
Dems cannot afford to lose the unions
GOP Puts AOC's Deleted Summary of Her
'Green New Deal' Into the Congressional Record

"Yesterday, we entered into the record the frequently asked questions and the overview that were posted and then deleted from Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's website," Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Wednesday. "It's very important the American people see and that there be transparency about what they're pushing."
Lead Investigator in Green Beret Murder Case Faces Charges of
Stolen Valor – Was to be Main Witness Against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn

The Army special agent who led the investigation of a Green Beret charged with the murder of an alleged Afghan bomb-maker now faces charges of stolen valor. And both the Green Beret’s attorney and others in military legal circles say the charge could have a serious impact on the Army’s case against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn.
Senate Panel to Investigate Meetings Between
Russians, Obama Officials

The Senate Finance Committee is probing meetings reportedly held in 2015 between two of former President Barack Obama’s top economic officials and Maria Butina, a Russian national who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to covertly influence U.S. foreign policy, the panel said Friday.
House GOP Leader Presses Adam Schiff Over
Secret Meeting with Fusion GPS Founder

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pressing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for answers about his interactions with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm behind the Democrat-funded Steele dossier. In a statement released on Friday, McCarthy questioned whether Schiff, a California Democrat, should recuse himself from the Intelligence panel’s Russia investigation because of a meeting he had with Simpson at the Aspen Security Forum in July 2018.
Put him under oath and seize the bank records
More Evidence Hillary Clinton Email Probe was RIGGED
According to Judicial Watch, within hours of then-FBI Director James Comey announcing to Congress on Oct. 28 that the bureau had found additional potentially classified Clinton emails on disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop, Clinton's personal lawyer David Kendall specifically asked to speak with FBI general counsel James Baker.
New Emails Confirm FBI Tried to
Strike Deal to Help Hillary from Email Scandal

New FBI emails have been released that show that the FBI, under the fired director James Comey, tried to work out a quid pro quo deal with the Obama State Department. The purpose of this? To minimize Hillary Clinton's email scandal – and this happened just weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats Turn on Ilhan Omar
After She Targets Pro-Israel Group AIPAC

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was condemned Sunday by fellow Democrats after she accused a pro-Israel lobbying group of paying lawmakers in exchange for influence. The latest controversy engulfing the freshman lawmaker centered on tweets she sent reacting to journalist Glenn Greenwald criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for threatening punishment against Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over their criticisms of Israel.

Ilhan Omar Controversy: Where Does She Get Her Views?
Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin
As Hamas was attacking Israel in 2012 and bombarding its civilian population with Grad and Qassam rockets, Ilhan Omar – who was recently elected to Congress (D-MN) – tweeted "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evils of Israel." During her campaign, she defended that statement, saying it was not anti-Semitic. "Drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime is far from hating Jews," she declared. Israel an apartheid state? Israel is evil? Where did she get these views?

Rep. Ilhan Omar Whines That Criticizing Her
Anti-Semitism is – Wait for It – Racist

Daniella Greenbaum Davis   
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, apparently it's not a duck. In fact, we're all a bunch of racists for even suggesting it might be. That's the kind of insane mental gymnastics in which Ilhan Omar, Tamika Mallory, and Linda Sarsour would like us all to engage.

Media is Hiding Fact That Rep. Omar is a
Tiny Part of Democrat's Jew-Hatred

Jeff Dunetz
The media is not being honest about the story of Rep. Omar's Antisemitism, and downplaying the Democratic Party's Jew-hatred. Some are claiming that she is being ostracized because all she is doing is presenting a pro-Palestinian view, or the Democratic Party's Jew-hatred is a relatively new thing or even that it is limited to a few freshmen Democrats in Congress. Here's the truth the media isn't telling you about.
Antifa Activist Charged with Assault on Marines Tied to
Key Dem Policymakers, Including Maxine Waters

The violent domestic terrorist group Antifa has always been seen by skeptics as an extension of the Democratic Party, and while that may be too broad a generalization, it's now clear members of the group are linked to key Democratic policymakers. Joseph Alcoff is in court this week facing charges of aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly being part of an Antifa mob that attacked two Marines in November, according to Fox News.
Why is Britain’s Richest Man – Sir Jim Ratcliffe –
Moving to Monaco? Ask Ayn Rand

James Delingpole
Ratcliffe is leaving Britain, in other words, for the same reason all the wealth creators in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged fly off to Galt’s Gulch. Entrepreneurs are there to do business, create value and be rewarded for their efforts. It’s amazing, not to say astonishingly depressing, how many people there are in Britain right now – including many if not most politicians – who do not get this.
Hungary Offers Mothers Tax Break in
Move to Counter Population Decline

Hungarian mothers with four children or more will never have to pay taxes again, under a new plan addressing the country's population decline. Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the exemption in his state of the nation address Sunday, during which he also said families raising two or more children will be given preferential loans to buy homes.
Copulate for lower taxes
Brothers Say Jussie Smollett
Paid Them to Participate in Alleged Attack

A source close to the investigation confirms to CBS News the brothers told detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the alleged attack on January 29 and that they purchased the rope – which was found around Smollett's neck – at a nearby hardware store. The source said detectives have evidence to corroborate the sale, something the men's attorney alluded to Friday night.
If you are black, gay and an immigrant liberals will believe anything!
Will They Retract?Pelosi, 2020 Dems,
Liberal Groups Believed Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax

Tyler O'Neil
The police statement confirmed growing suspicions about Smollett's story as more evidence has come to light. If indeed Smollett's story is a hoax, and if police are on the verge of charging him with filing a false report, the liberals who defended his story will have to answer for themselves. Will they retract their statements about the trend of "hate" Smollett's attack revealed?
Gay Mayor Accused of Sexual Harassment As
#MeToo Reckoning Comes to West Hollywood

For years, Mayor John Duran has been a public avatar for West Hollywood’s cheekily sexual culture. From the City Council dais, he joked about wearing gold lamé underwear and announced a public forum on anal cancer named Booty Call to Action. But he was also accused by another councilman of looking for sex on the dating app Grindr during public meetings.
NY: Bronx Lawmaker Says City Council 'controlled' by
Homosexual Community, Refuses to Apologize

City Council member Ruben Diaz Sr. said Sunday that he'd rather give up his powerful committee assignments than apologize to openly gay Speaker Corey Johnson for his homophobic comments. Diaz Sr. – who was appointed by Johnson to committees on land use, public housing and transportation – again refused to apologize for saying last week that the City Council is "controlled by the homosexual community."
UN IPCC Scientist Blows Whistle on Lies About Climate, Sea Level
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC) is misleading humanity about climate change and sea levels, a leading expert on sea levels who served on the UN IPCC told The New American. In fact, it is more likely that sea levels will decline, not rise, explained Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner, the retired head of the paleogeophysics and geodynamics at Stockholm University.
This is CNN: Reporter Helps Kamala Harris
Try on Clothes During Campaign Stop

Kamala Harris went clothes shopping as a part of her campaign for president, and a CNN reporter couldn’t help but assist the candidate with picking out a new jacket. It’s not the first time CNN has been cozy with a Democrat.
Anthony Weiner Out of Prison ... But Not a Free Man Yet
Anthony Weiner is no longer behind bars, but the disgraced ex-U.S. Congressman still has a few months in federal custody before he's freed ... still earlier than originally expected. Weiner started serving his 21-month prison sentence in November 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
Long Before City Hall Rats,
L.A. Has Struggled with the Rise of Typhus

Los Angeles officials this month called for an investigation into a vermin infestation at City Hall, after at least one city employee was diagnosed with typhus, a disease spread by rodents. The rat problem has focused attention on typhus over the last several weeks. But cases of the disease have actually been increasing in California for more than a decade.
Wouldn't you just know, global warming is one cause!

Week ending 10 February 2019

The Nazification of the Democrats
Robert Miller
In America's current political climate, Democrats are making frequent use of terms they understand poorly at best. To silence debate and criticism, Democrats routinely employ labels such as "Fascist," "Nazi," or "racist" to shut down and intimidate their political targets. Ironically, however, as Democrats engage this way they are quickly adopting the very characteristics of those groups they supposedly despise
Yes, Democrats DID Start the Ku Klux Klan
(and it's still the party of racism)

Joe Jarvis
Yet Politifact confirms that the Democratic Party honored the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan when he spoke at the 1868 Democratic National Convention, shortly after the Klan was founded. Which brings us back to the original question, did Democrats start the KKK? Yes! It was founded as a political organization to intimidate black and Republican voters in the south during reconstruction after the Civil War.
House GOP Plans Sustained Effort to
Expose Leftist Democrats on Abortion

Republicans–as they have demonstrated for three consecutive legislative days–intend to push for a floor vote against Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s wishes on a piece of legislation from Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) that would ensure babies who are born alive following an abortion attempt are given the same medical treatment and care any other newborn baby would receive.
Nikki Haley responds to Nancy Pelosi
House Democrats Once Again Block Bill
Protecting Infants Born Alive After Abortion

House Democrats have twice refused now to take up the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act for consideration. The measure is "designed to ensure any infant born alive after an abortion receives the same protection of law as any newborn: mandating care and instituting penalties for doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn," according to a statement from the office of its sponsor Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO).
Dems block bill consideration (read the comments as well!)
Baby Body Parts in 'humanized mice' Experiments
ACLJ Demands Documentation of 'abhorrent Practice' by HHS

The American Center for Law and Justice has submitted to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease a Freedom of Information Act a request for documentation of its "humanized mice" program, which uses the body parts of aborted babies for "HIV therapeutics development." "First, the creation of mice with human immune systems is horrific enough, but that these mice are being created using the body parts of innocent babies is unthinkable," the organization said Tuesday.
Big Trump Win: Tax Cuts Trigger Exxon Mobil to Invest
Whopping $10 Billion in America's Infrastructure

Last January, Woods acknowledged that the tax reform law passed by President Trump and the GOP Congress had stimulated Exxon Mobil's investment. He said, "At ExxonMobil, we plan to invest more than $50 billion over the next five years to expand our business in the United States. These investments are underpinned by the unique strengths of our company and enhanced by the historic tax reform recently signed into law."
U.S. Trade Deficit
Narrows Much More Than Expected in a Win for Trump

The U.S trade deficit with its global partners fell in November for the first time after five straight months of increases as the shortfall with China and several other countries declined. Tightening the balance between imports and exports has been a major goal of the Trump administration, which last year started levying tariffs in an effort to close the gap.
Nancy Pelosi Keeps Quoting Her Favorite Bible Verse.
The Mystery: It's Not Actually in the Bible.

Nancy Pelosi addressed a gathering of presidents of Christian colleges this week in Washington, where she thanked the evangelical community for its leadership on immigration and refugee policy reform. To this end, the speaker of the House quoted a favorite bit of biblical wisdom in her opening statement: "To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us."
Joe Biden Once Said Democrats Needed 'a liberal George Wallace'
During 1987 fundraising trips across the South for his unsuccessful 1988 presidential bid, he sought to appeal to white voters, telling audiences that he had received an award from Wallace in 1973 and that the segregationist had lauded him as "one of the outstanding young politicians of America."
Trump Tower Collusion Storyline Backfires
Julie Kelly
It could be the most investigated and costliest 20-minute meeting in political history. I'm talking, of course, about the infamous June 9, 2016 encounter between top Trump campaign associates – including the president's son and namesake – and Russian surrogates. The prodigious amount of time and energy devoted to analyzing that brief confab, which allegedly represented the vertex of the Kremlin and Team Trump, never will be fully tallied.
High-powered Dem Andre Fladell: What’s Hurting the Country the
Most is Dysfunctional and Disgusting CNN

“When CNN pretends that Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer and John Berman are news programs and journalists, and they give you the same garbage as every other commentator, then I have a question that the country’s being misrepresented and the news of the world is being misrepresented.”
Democrat Senator Blocks Bill Banning Infanticide for
Babies Who Survive Abortions

On Monday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), blocking a Senate bill that would require doctors to give aid to babies who survived abortions, objected to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and her one vote was enough to prevent the Senate from passing the bill in a unanimous consent vote, LifeSiteNews reports.
Infanticide Endorsing Va. Gov. Northam
Got $2 Million from Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood called Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam who endorsed infanticide a "champion," but forgot to mention they donated almost $2 million to his campaign. That means the country's largest abortion provider was Northam's third largest contributor in 2017.
Sheriffs Warn ICE Could Be Forced to
Release 8,300 Criminal Aliens

According to letters sent to House and Senate lawmakers on Friday, the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the Major Country Sheriffs of America claim that if ICE is forced to release detainees, over 8,300 criminal illegals will be sent to the streets and potentially lost to the administrative and judicial systems. The brokered agreement would mandate that ICE can hold no more than 16,500 people at a time.
EU: Going Full Orwell
Judith Bergman
The EU has launched a comprehensive Action Plan against Disinformation. Its purpose, according to a recent press release from the European Commission, is apparently to "protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020".
'Barbaric': Human Organs Harvested from Chinese Prisoners
Prompts Outrage, Call for Retraction of 400 Scientific Papers

A group of researchers is calling for the retraction of more than 400 scientific papers after a first-of-its-kind study that claims countless human organs were unethically harvested from prisoners in China. The study, which was published in the journal BMJ Open and led by Australian researchers, highlights a facet of scientific ethics that does not receive a lot of attention.
California Police Discover Secret Underground Shooting Range, Weapons, Thousands of Rounds of Ammo at Gang Member’s Home
The Fontana Police Department posted pictures of the secret hideaway that they found Thursday night. Police said officers from the gang unit were serving a search warrant at the residence when they came across a manhole that led to the hideaway. The area also contained thousands of rounds of ammunition and weapons including a “100 round drum for an AR-15 rifle.”
Dem Rep Meeks Pushed $60K in Campaign Cash to
Company Owned by Aide's Wife

Democratic representative Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) pushed tens of thousands more to a company that was incorporated by the wife of his chief of staff in his New York district office, Federal Election Commission filings show. Meeks additionally used more than $20,000 in funds from his committee on lease and car expenses for a Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, both of which are marked as campaign vehicles, and lined the pockets of close consultants despite not having a real challenger in a number of years.
Defining 'culture of corruption'
Venezuela Moves to Replace U.S. Executives on Citgo Board
Citgo is facing unprecedented challenges to its finances and management after the U.S. government last week imposed tough sanctions on Petroleos de Venezuela designed to prevent oil revenue from going to leftist President Nicolas Maduro. The United States and dozens of other nations have refused to recognize Maduro, viewing his reelection last year to another six-year term as fraudulent.
U.S. Refiner Citgo Emerges as Key to Venezuela’s Power Battle
U.S. refiners like Citgo are among the few customers paying cash for Venezuelan crude. Oil shipments to Venezuela’s other big customers, China and Russia, are usually taken as repayment for billions of dollars in debt. So the cash from Citgo has become a lifeline over the past two years as Venezuela’s oil output has plummeted amid chronic underinvestment in PDVSA and oil prices have dropped from historic highs.
Mysterious Turkish Firm Helped Maduro Move $900 Million in Gold
Two months after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, a mysterious company called Sardes sprang into existence. The firm started business with a bang in January of 2018, when it imported about $41 million worth of gold from Venezuela, the first such transaction between the two countries in records that go back 50 years. The next month its volume more than doubled, with Sardes transporting almost $100 million worth to Turkey.
Seven Jihadists Sentenced over 2015 Beach Massacre
A Tunisian court has sentenced seven jihadists to life in prison over attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015 that killed 60 people, many of them British tourists, prosecutors said on Saturday. Dozens of defendants faced two separate trials over the closely linked shootings, which occurred just months apart in Tunis and Sousse, but many were acquitted.
Right-Wing Comedian and Political Commentator Gavin McInnes Announces Defamation Lawsuit Against the SPLC
The 70-page complaint was filed on Sunday evening in the Middle District of Alabama. The filing outlined defamation and other tortious acts resulting in reputational and economic damages to McInnes. He is being represented by the highly-respected First Amendment attorney Ron D. Coleman of Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. and Baron Coleman of the Baron Coleman Law Firm.
RNC Requests Texas Bar 'Discipline' Warren Over
Registering as an 'American Indian'

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel filed a complaint asking that the Texas state bar discipline Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) for "lying" on her registration in 1986 when she said her race was "American Indian." "Attorney Warren should be disciplined for lying and failing to correct a misrepresentation she made on her Texas Bar registration card," McDaniel wrote. McDaniel reproduced sections of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct to emphasize her claim.
Judge Blocks University of Iowa from Selectively Applying Nondiscrimination Policy to Christian Group
The best news for the University of Iowa in court on Wednesday: Senior administrators won't be forced to pay money for violating the constitutional rights of students. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose otherwise steamrolled the taxpayer-funded university in her ruling in favor of a Christian student group that lost its school recognition because of its leadership rules on sexuality.

Week ending 3 February 2019

Oh, Look: Now That Dems Have Taken Over House,
Most Americans Think Country Heading in the Wrong Direction

Jon Dougherty
A newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reveals that a sizeable majority of Americans now feel like the country is headed in the wrong direction. According to the survey, "six-in-10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 70 percent of them have negative opinions on the state of the nation today," NBC News reported.
Democrats' Inexorable Abortion Logic Has Finally Caught Up with Them
John Daniel Davidson
This week, Democrats finally succumbed to the inescapable logic of abortion. They have admitted, perhaps against their better judgement, that there really is no difference between abortion and infanticide. Now at last the pretense has lifted and we can talk about what we should have been talking about for the past 46 years: whether parents have the right to commit infanticide against their unwanted children.
Even with a Shutdown:
America Created 304,000 Jobs in January, Smashing Estimates

Job creation was widespread across the economy with hospitality, healthcare, construction, and transportation all recording a strong month. The only major sector to shed jobs was information services such as media and entertainment. The federal government was shut down for the survey period covered by the January jobs report. But the Labor Department said it had no effect on jobs creation.
Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out Schiff After Reports Say
That Blocked Phone Calls Were NOT to Father

Senate investigators obtained phone records which appeared to show that Trump Jr. had actually spoken to two longtime Trump family friends – Brian France, the chief executive of Nascar, and the investor Howard Lorber, the New York Times reported, citing two people briefed on the matter. Trump Jr. responded to the reports on Twitter, knocking Schiff. "Has anyone heard from Adam Schiff?" Trump Jr. tweeted. "I imagine he's busy leaking other confidential info from the House Intelligence Committee to change the subject?!?"
When Democrats Accidentally Told the Truth, America Hated It, &
the Media Tried to Pretend It Never Happened.

Kevin McCullough
A sitting Governor describes a baby being born alive, intact and whole and then describes a death panel’s decision over whether that born child should live or die. That was the moment I saw it happen. Oh because he was a physician and had at some point(s) in his history delivered a child or two whose life hasn’t ended in a “post-birth abortion” we were supposed to trust that he cared about all kids.
Virginia Gov. Northam Faces Backlash for Comments on
3rd-Trimester Abortion Bill: 'Morally Repugnant'

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire Wednesday after he waded into the fight over a controversial abortion bill that one sponsor said could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth – with critics saying Northam indicated a child could be killed after birth. Northam, whose office is now pushing back on those claims, appeared on WTOP to discuss The Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions.
Innocent mistake: CNN shows Northam as a Republican.
Flashback Friday: Trump Slammed for "Rip The Baby Out Of The Womb" Comments, But Here We Are in 2019
Remember when Trump was slammed by the media for exaggerating Hillary Clinton's abortion views during the 2016 debates? Trump stated, "If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother. Just prior to the birth of the baby."
Fifth Circuit Panel: Center for Medical Progress Abortion Videos
Are NOT 'Deceptively Edited'

Tonight, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit released an opinion in Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventative Health Services, Inc. v. Smith, in which the Court reversed the district court's preliminary injunction preventing Texas from terminating state Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. The panel's decision represents a win for pro-lifers and general foes of Planned Parenthood.
Congratulations Anti-Vaxxers, You've Made Measles Great Again
Investor's Business Daily
While Midwest states declare emergencies because of the deadly polar vortex, Washington state just declared a state of emergency for another deadly, but entirely man-made reason. A measles outbreak caused by the dangerously misguided anti-vax campaign. Eighteen years ago, the Centers for Disease Control declared that the U.S. had eradicated measles. While the occasional case still showed up, they mostly involved noncitizens coming to the U.S.
Typhus Epidemic Spreads Across Liberal Utopia of Los Angeles Due to Mountains of Trash, Growing Homeless Population
Nothing says "progressive" more than a medieval infectious disease like typhus fever spreading through a city in the year 2019. Typhus is mainly spreading across the homeless population through fleas that live on the rats that rummage in heaps of trash, however Liz Greenwood, the Deputy City Attorney who works at City Hall contracted the disease.
Trump Gets NATO Allies to Pony Up $100 Billion
Don Surber
The American press howled when President Donald John Trump demanded NATO allies keep their word and devote 2% of their GDP to the defense of their nations. But President Trump succeeded because he was right and the press was wrong. Again. Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, praised our president for getting our allies to keep their word.
Office of Inspector General Announces Findings of Misconduct by
Three Unnamed FBI Officials

Cristina Laila
"The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General initiated this investigation upon the receipt of information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning multiple allegations involving an FBI contractor and three FBI officials," the investigative summary said. The report was then provided to the FBI for appropriate action. We've seen this before. No matter what type of misconduct FBI officials engage in, they will retire with a golden parachute and live happily ever after.
Saudi Texas Helps U.S. Become Net Energy Exporter
Andrew Moran
The American journey from energy dependence to independence has been a riveting tale. Marked by geopolitical tensions, gasoline shortages, and human ingenuity, the country's rise to global energy powerhouse has been a roller coaster ride dating back to the administration of Jimmy Carter. Even in a seesawing international market and a toxic environment, the United States continues to make history – and it's just getting started.
The Absolute Uncertainty of Climate Science
Robert Zimmerman
Even as the United States is being plunged right now into an epic cold spell, and politicians continue to rant about the coming doom due to global warming, none of the data allows anyone the right to make any claims about the future global climate, in any direction. Why do I feel so certain I can make this claim of uncertainty? Because the data simply isn't there. And where we do have it, it has been tampered with so badly it is no longer very trustworthy.

Experts Claim Every Kind of Weather Proves
Global Warming Is Fer' Real

John Nolte
This current Climate Hoaxster freak out is largely in reaction to President Trump's tweet earlier this week mocking the Climate Hoaxsters. "In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded," he tweeted. "What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!" Naturally, this launched a million reactionary headlines from our oh-so objective, unbiased, not-at-all left-wing media.

Bill Nye's Latest Climate Warning:
The U.S. Will Have to Grow Its Food in Canada

Bill Nye "the Science Guy" has another global warming prediction – Americans will have to grow their food in Canada if nothing is done to limit temperature rise. "The agriculture in North America is going to have to move north into what would nominally be Canada and we don't have the infrastructure," Nye told MSNBC host Chris Matthews Tuesday night.
Here’s the List of People Who Just Got Letters from Covington Student Nick Sandmann’s Lawyers – NY Times, WaPo, CNN, TMZ.....
The lawyers representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann and his family said Friday they have sent letters to media outlets, individual journalists, celebrities and Catholic organizations as the first step in possible libel and defamation lawsuits. The list includes 50-plus names of organizations or individuals:
We’ve Finally Regressed to the Nazi T-4 Program
John Burtis
We’ve finally regressed to the Nazi T-4 Program in all but name.  You know, where we get to murder all “life unworthy of life”. That was the Nazi line which ok’d doctors to sign off on mental illness, chronic alcoholics, folks with gross anatomical abnormalities, folks with incurable diseases, people with STDs, babies with birth defects, babies afflicted with hydro- and macro-cephaly, babies with Down’s syndrome, and send them to places like Bernburg, Brandenburg, Grafeneck, Hadamar, Hartheim, and Sonnenstein.
Protest and Counter-Protests Held Over Lansdale, PA, Library's
'Drag Queen Storytime' Read by Annie Christ

Protest and counter-protests surrounded a public library during a special story-time in Lansdale, Montgomery County Saturday. At the center of the dispute is the person who did the reading. The reason for the dueling protests and big time police presence is the Drag Queen Story Time happening inside.
Drag Queen storytime by Annie Christ
Early Morning Traffic Stop Nabs Convicted Illegal Immigrant
Child Sex Abuser, Deported Twice Before

Thanks to America’s unsecured southern U.S. border, a criminal alien with a history of sexually abusing children managed to make it back into the U.S. despite two previous deportations. But thanks to the hard work and diligence of Texas police officers, criminal alien Marvin Yovani Mejia Ramos, 50, didn’t have a chance this time around to harm any more children.
The New York Times Slimes Virginia Thomas After the
Conservative Women Meeting with President Trump

Quin Hillyer
Throughout the whole story, there is nary a kind word said about Mrs. Thomas, while paragraph after paragraph details her supposed flaws – and those of some of the other conservatives who met with Trump last week. As a matter of fact, it's not even clear how hard the Times worked to try to verify its reporting with those not obviously hostile to the conservative activists in the meeting.
Jim Acosta Peddled Slime: Team of Vipers Reveals CNN Printed Unsubstantiated Dirt on Sarah Sanders to Settle Ex-Trump Aide's Score
Now, this revelation about Acosta and CNN pushing unverified hits on Sanders in order to help other ex-Trump aides settle their own scores comes just before the book's public release on Monday morning and just after Acosta announced he is writing a book of his own.
Google May Face RICO, Defamation Lawsuits
Due to SPLC Partnership, Lawyers Say

Tyler O'Neil
In recent years, the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has faced a slew of lawsuits regarding its deceptive practice of branding mainstream conservative and Christian groups "hate groups" on par with the Ku Klux Klan. Google has decided to partner with the SPLC, even encouraging employees to work for the organization.
Escort Says She Made Up Trump Dirt Story to
Help Win Release from Thai Jail

A Belarusian model, who said she had proof that President Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election, has now backtracked and says she made up the claims. Anastasia Vashukevich, who spent months in a Thai jail last year for organizing sex training seminars, grabbed headlines after saying she has evidence that Russia worked with Trump's campaign.
Schumer Aide Misconduct Revealed During Late-Friday News Dump
Matt House announced in November 2018 he was leaving Schumer’s office, where he had served as communications director for the past six years. Prior to that, he worked for Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign. According to The Huffington Post, House was forced out because of inappropriate sexual relationships with Schumer staffers. HuffPo reported the story Friday night, while all eyes were on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.
Embezzlement, Theft Charges Against Labor Kingpin
May Cripple Dems’ 2020 Machine

Pennsylvania Democrats are worried about the short-term future of their political machine after authorities charged a Philadelphia labor leader with numerous counts of embezzlement, bribery and theft, Politico reports. John Dougherty, the business manager of Philadelphia’s branch of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and six other labor officials were indicted on 116 charges related to lavish misuse of union funds and buying influence with corrupt politicians.
San Francisco – Where Drug Addicts Outnumber High School Students
San Francisco has more drug addicts than it has students enrolled in its public high schools... There are about 24,500 injection drug users in San Francisco – that’s about 8,500 more people than the nearly 16,000 students enrolled in the Unified School District’s 15 high schools and illustrates the scope of the problem on the city’s streets.
Three Separate 2018 Studies Found Zero Evidence That
Universal Background Checks Prevent Gun Deaths

Of all gun policies, universal background checks receive the strongest support from Americans on both left and right, as indicated by many surveys over the years. However, things aren't always popular for good reasons. Case in point: Over this past year, three separate studies investigating the effects of comprehensive background checks have come up with a whole lot of nothing to show for it.
Still Want to Boycott Israel?
Israeli Scientists Find Cure for Cancer, Report Says

For all the Israel-haters out there, they'd better hope that that Israelis are forgiving if they are stricken with cancer, because if a new report out of Israel turns out to be true, scientists in the Jewish state have discovered a cure. And not just a cure for certain forms of cancer, but a complete cure for the deadly disease.
Israel Begins Construction of New Gaza Border Barrier
Israel said Sunday that work to strengthen its border with the Gaza Strip had entered a new phase, with construction starting on a massive new barrier along the frontier. "Over the weekend we began building the above-ground barrier along the Gaza border," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told journalists before the weekly cabinet meeting. It is set to follow the 65-kilometre (40-mile) course of an underground barrier also under construction meant to neutralise the threat of cross-border tunnels built by Gaza militants.
Duke U. to Methodist Church: Change Your beliefs for Inclusivity
Duke University is among the 93 Methodist-affiliated colleges and universities across the country that brought in the new year by penning and signing a petition calling on the denomination to embrace LGBTQ+ inclusivity within the church. The petition, which claims that part of its acceptance should be based on the fact that the church’s “core religious and humanistic values [are] that all persons are of sacred worth and equal standing,” was ultimately signed by every attending member at the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church.
Bakery Owner Now "unapologizing" for 'Build the Wall' Cookies
Ken Bellingham says he’s “unapologizing” for the "Build the Wall" cookie he sold last week. And now, he’s re-selling the controversial cookies by the dozen. “The phone messages saved has like 40-or-50 messages that I can’t even respond to from people all over the country wanting me to ship them cookies,” said Bellingham on Thursday.

Week ending 27 January 2019

America's Cold Civil War
Charles R. Kesler
Six years ago I wrote a book about Barack Obama in which I predicted that modern American liberalism, under pressures both fiscal and philosophical, would either go out of business or be forced to radicalize. If it chose the latter, I predicted, it could radicalize along two lines: towards socialism or towards an increasingly post-modern form of leadership. Today it is doing both.
Harry Reid Exposes Greatest Liberal Scam of All-Time
Wayne Allyn Root
What's in the news day and night? The wall. But it's all a massive liberal scam. A Ponzi scheme. Pure fraud. Bernie Madoff couldn't come up with a better scam. Because the same liberal politicians and donors who scream about the "racism" and "immorality" and "ineffectiveness" of a wall all live behind walls.
Bruce Ohr's Testimony on Anti-Trump Dossier at Odds
With Adam Schiff's Version

Senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr has provided a point-by-point narrative of his actions promoting the 2016 Democratic Party-financed dossier that conflicts with Rep. Adam B. Schiff's official version, according to a comparison of the two. Mr. Schiff's rebuttal report downplayed the dossier's role. His version was overwhelmingly accepted by the liberal media, which declared the Nunes memo "debunked."
Home Depot Co-Founder:
Socialism 'comes right out of the universities.
'

Jon Street
Home Depot billionaire co-founder Bernie Marcus said Friday that the growing appeal to socialism in America comes out of the universities. "They [Cuba] took a great country. They put it right down the drain in every way possible," Marcus said. "People are starving to death. Medical [care] is not available for them. And we have a group of people in Washington today, new representatives especially, that look at socialism as the way to go and if you don't think that's dangerous, I do."
Rep. Ilhan Omar Facing New Scrutiny Over Past Effort to
Win Leniency for 9 Men Accused of Trying to Join ISIS

Embattled congressional freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., once asked a judge to show leniency toward a group of Minnesota men accused of trying to join the Islamic State terror group. "The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion," she wrote at the time. "We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to effect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation."

Red Omar, Our Crazy Little Congresswoman from Minnesota
S. Noble
Muslim Democratic Socialist/Communist Ilhan Omar has been sticking up for Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's Democratic Socialist/Dictator. In tweets, she condemns the President's so-called support of a coup in Venezuela, ignoring the fact that the people are starving and the election of Maduro this past week was a fraud. Also, there is no U.S. coup.
Newspaper Offers Lengthy Apology to Melania Trump for
'False' Story, Says It Paid 'Substantial Damages'

"We apologize unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs. Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs," the Telegraph stated.
American Revival: 70 Ways President Trump Has
Changed the Nation Over the Past Two Years

Jasper Fakkert, Editor-in-chief, The Epoch Times
From sweeping tax reform to support for energy production, President Donald Trump's pro-business policies have boosted the job market, set records in the stock market, and helped individuals and companies to thrive again. The economy hit the Trump administration's 3 percent growth target in the second quarter of 2017 and in the second and the third quarters of 2018.
69 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era
Sharyl Atkisson
We [the media] defend ourselves by trying to convince the public that our mistakes are actually a virtue because we (sometimes) correct them. Or we blame Trump for why we're getting so much wrong. It's a little bit like a police officer taking someone to jail for DUI, then driving home drunk himself: he may be correct to arrest the suspect, but he should certainly know better than to commit the same violation.
Are Electric Cars Worse for the Environment? Crunch the Numbers –
All Those Subsidies Might Be Counterproductive.

Jonathan Lesser
Policymakers at every level have done their part to push electric vehicles by creating a tankful of subsidies. Thanks to laws signed by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, electric-vehicle buyers can feast on federal tax credits of up to $7,500 that reduce the initial purchase cost of their vehicles. Not to be outdone, many states also dangle their own mix of goodies for electric vehicle buyers.
CO2 and Crops: NAS vs. Science
David Burton
One of the most pernicious examples of disinformation promoted by the Climate Industry is the claim that manmade climate change from CO2 emissions threatens agriculture and "food security." That's the exact opposite of the truth. CO2 is "plant fertilizer," and hundreds of agricultural studies have shown that higher CO2 levels are dramatically beneficial for agriculture, to levels far above what we can ever hope for outdoors. That's why most commercial greenhouses use "CO2 generators" to raise daytime CO2 to about that [higher] level.
Saved by Pseudo-Renewable Energy?
Paul Driessen
Wind, solar and biofuel energy is dispersed, weather-dependent, expensive and land-intensive. Every industrial wind facility, solar installation and biofuel plantation requires far more land – and far more raw materials – than their energy-generation-equivalent fossil fuel counterparts. Add in backup fossil fuel generators or massive battery arrays, and those impacts become astronomical.
Chuck Todd's NBC Science Deniers Refuse Climate Debate
"The science is settled, even if political opinion is not."

Kelli Ballard
Wake up, America! We the People are being told we are not intelligent enough to understand both sides of an issue and come to our own conclusions. The media have gone from doing their job, reporting the news without opinion or bias, to being pompous dictators, doling out only the information they want us to have.
Apologies Roll in for Covington Catholic School Protesters
As Fuller Picture of Events Emerges

It was the hate crime of the century. Or so some in the media appeared to think, judging by the condemnations and mass hysteria that followed initial footage of a group of Covington Catholic High School students – some of whom were wearing MAGA hats – supposedly harassing an older Native American man. Except, what may have seemed to be one thing at first turned out to be something else altogether:
Journalist Who Called for Death of Covington Catholic Students
Fired from Job

Erik Abriss, who writes for New York Media's Vulture website, said, "I don't know what it says about me but I've truly lost the ability to articulate the hysterical rage, nausea, and heartache this makes me feel. I just want these people to die. Simple as that," he said. "Every single one of them. And their parents."
Washington Post Correction:
Nathan Phillips 'Was Never Deployed to Vietnam'

In a January 20 report titled – "'It was getting ugly': Native American drummer speaks on his encounter with MAGA-hat-wearing teens" – the Post's Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Antonio Olivo, and Joe Heim erroneously stated Philips is a veteran of the Vietnam War despite having not been deployed. On Tuesday, news of the Post's correction began circulating on social media. "Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War.
Kentucky Prosecutor Vows to Hold Culprits Accountable for
Threatening Covington Catholic Teens

The investigations could take weeks or months, but Kenton County prosecutor Rob Sanders wants the culprits who made terroristic threats against Covington Catholic High School students held accountable. Sanders said Wednesday that his office has already issued grand jury subpoenas and is working on search warrants for detectives in other agencies.
What the Covington High Schoolers Taught America
Sebastian Gorka
What is the real lesson of the Covington Catholic School incident last week at the Lincoln Memorial? Decent Americans are rightly appalled at the deliberate lies propagated by the "mainstream" media, the knee-jerk surrender to Leftist narratives by allegedly "conservative" commentators, and the resultant abuse and death threats hurled at children and their families since the edited video originally went viral and was re-reported by an agenda-driven propaganda press.
Texas Says It Found 95,000 Non-Citizens on Voter Rolls;
58,000 Have Voted

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that the state has discovered 95,000 non-citizens on the voter rolls going back to 1996, 58,000 of whom have voted in at least one Texas election  – an announcement likely to raise fresh concerns about the prospect of voter fraud. "Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice," Paxton said in a statement.
In Venezuela, Socialism Has Succeeded the Way It Always Does
Washington Examiner editorial
Venezuelans are now literally losing weight and dying from starvation, and they have a socialism that was democratic (at least, up until 2015) to thank for their immiseration. Children are dying from lack of nutrition and going without medical care because Maduro refuses to scrap his state-run economic model that produced the disaster. Like the economic problems it always creates, another essential characteristic of socialism is this inability to accept blame for creating the problems.
Nancy Pelosi Charged the Air Force Nearly $200k to
Fly Her Family and Other Lawmakers to Italy and Ukraine

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's congressional delegation (CODEL) to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan garnered extra attention after President Donald Trump banned her from using military aircraft, but the trip would not have been the first time she used Air Force money to travel the world. Pelosi's trip to Italy and Ukraine from July 30 to Aug. 6, 2015, cost the Air Force $184,587.81, according to documents released Saturday.
Nancy Pelosi's $2 Million in Travel Junkets Is Starting to Get Noticed
Monica Showalter
Not only was President Trump's masterly counter-move against House speaker Nancy Pelosi an expert power play against the speaker's bid to take the television set away from him at the State of the Union, but it drew attention to something that doesn't get much attention, the fact that she's got some Imelda Marcos-style spending habits in state-financed travel.
Feds Spend $453,592 Giving Financial Support to Transgender Women
The National Institutes of Health is spending over $450,000 to provide transgender women of color financial tips and “gender transition supports.” Virginia Commonwealth University began the project last year, which studies “economically disadvantaged male-to-female” transgender individuals in Richmond, Va., and St. Louis, Mo.
Globalist Koch Bros Show True Colors,
Abandon Trump for Democrats in 2020

Saul Levine
Now that President Trump runs the show in the GOP, the Koch Brothers are showing their true colors and turning on the party that once buttered their bread. Because the gravy train is getting cut off, the Kochs are bailing on Trump for 2020 and hoping that the Democratic challenger will beat him so they can continue their ruthless profit-seeking enabled by special government privileges in the marketplace.
Why Term Limits Lost and Ranked Choice Voting Will Succeed
Michael R. Shannon
There have been two major attempts to change the calculus of elections and officeholders since the '90s. One is a top down 'reform' that's currently being imposed on voters a jurisdiction at a time. The other was a bottom-up effort imposed on the politicians. The fate of the two is very instructive.
SNOPES Claims, Without Evidence, That Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
Is Actually Smarter Than a Salamander

In the past few years, Snopes has become just another leftwing ghetto that tirelessly proclaims any statement by a conservative or Republican as not true if they simply don't like the implications. They frequently engage in fact checking opinions and proclaiming non-progressive, non-PC opinions as wrong. Sometimes hilarity ensues.
Why Has ‘Morning Joe’ Secretly Been Taping from Florida
(and pretending otherwise)?

So why the attempts at deception? A followup Page Six article explains that the Scarboroughs, who currently live in Connecticut, are availing themselves of a tax dodge, which requires them to spend a certain amount of their time at their Florida residence in order to derive any financial benefit. The whole thing is perfectly legal – just hypocritical.
NATO Chief: Top Combat Aircraft Can Defeat Russian Air Defenses
Tom Rogan
Joining an editorial board meeting with the Washington Examiner on Sunday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained that the most advanced allied fighter-bomber aircraft can degrade Russia's ability to use anti-access/area denial systems, or A2/AD, to threaten NATO territory.

Week ending 20 January 2019

The Media’s ‘Gotcha!’ Hysteria Is Shameful
Michael Goodwin
Imagine that a scientist wanted to conduct an experiment to see if it’s true that blind hatred of President Trump has led Democrats and their media handmaidens to go ’round the bend and off the cliff. Such a scientist would inject a damning – and false – media report about Trump into the political bloodstream, then observe the reactions. It wouldn’t take long.
BuzzFeed, Acosta, and the Non-Existence of Journalism
Roger L Simon
What possible credential makes one a journalist? A degree from the Columbia School of Journalism? Well, that proves your parents can afford a hundred grand. Either that or you're heavily in debt. Anyone can be a journalist. All you have to do is start typing. And as for journalists we know, whether they write it or speak it and wherever they do it, they're all basically pundits, whether they admit it or not.
Lying Media Shell-Shocked by Robert Mueller's Fact Check
John Nolte
Everyone in the establishment media knew BuzzFeed's report about President Trump suborning perjury from his then-personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was a lie. What they did not expect was special counsel Robert Mueller dropping a fact check on them. They all knew it was a lie. How could they not? To begin with, BuzzFeed admitted it could not verify its own story. Secondly, the story made absolutely no sense.
2018 GOP House Intelligence Committee Memo Revealing FBI
KNEW Steele Dossier Was Fake Turned Out to Be Spot-On

Panned by Democrats at the time as well as their enablers in the establishment media, a memo then-majority Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released in February 2018 – the so-called "FISA memo" – implicating FBI malfeasance in the Spygate scandal turned out to be highly accurate, according to information contained in blockbuster reports this week.
Mueller's Team Knew 'Dossier' Kicking Off Trump Investigation
Was Biased and Defective

Gregg Jarrett:
Prosecutors on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating alleged "collusion" between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia knew all along that the anti-Trump "dossier" compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele that fueled their probe was biased and likely phony. Yet instead of investigating those individuals at the FBI and Justice Department who actively participated in the dossier fraud – as he should have done – Mueller hired several of them to investigate Trump.
Top Obama White House Lawyer Made False Statements to
DOJ About Manafort-Related Work

The former general counsel for President Obama made "false and misleading statements" to the Justice Department regarding work he did for the Ukrainian government that has come under scrutiny in the special counsel's probe. Greg Craig's allegedly false statements were revealed in a settlement announced Thursday by the Justice Department.
While Democrats Dither Over the Border Wall,
Deadly Fentanyl Floods Our Communities

Beth Bailey
Our border crisis is real. About 90 percent of heroin and 80 percent of fentanyl in the U.S. is sourced from Mexico. While rehabilitation and addiction recovery services are a key component of the strategy for dealing with America’s opioid crisis, we must also address the porousness of our border. When we fail to keep deadly drugs out of our country, Americans lose. We lose family members and friends, and the capacity those people possessed to positively change the world.
As Trump says, Terrorists Enter U.S. from Mexico –
Here Are Incredible Examples

Deroy Murdock
In fact, terrorists have been caught on the southern frontier, including some who were conspiring to rustle their comrades across the border and others intent on committing mayhem against Americans. As PolitiFact explained: "It also looks to us like authorities have foiled every known plan." Obama himself identified this problem ... on the Senate floor, "because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked."
Human Trafficking, Sexual Assaults Key Aspects of
Crisis on Southern Border

Two-thirds of migrants traveling through Mexico report experiencing violence during their journey, including abduction, theft, extortion, torture, and rape, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which has been providing medical and mental health care for migrants and refugees in Mexico since 2012. Almost 1 in 3 women surveyed by MSF said they had been sexually abused during their journey – 60 percent through rape.
'Angel mom' Demands Trump's Wall:
'We've become collateral damage'

Fed up that little has been done to thwart illegal immigration since her son was killed in a car wreck with an undocumented alien in 2014, an "angel mom", Mary Ann Mendoza, is joining President Trump's efforts to build a border wall. Holding a picture of her son Brandon, killed when a car driven by an intoxicated driver who was in the U.S. illegally hit his Mesa, Ariz. police car, she said, "The system absolutely failed Brandon, failed myself, and is failing America. I just feel like we've become collateral damage."
Jim Acosta Can't See 'National Emergency' at Border,
Then CNN Reports 20 Killed

Tori McNabb
CNN's Jim Acosta evidently never tires of making an outright fool of himself. Ever. Every time I see the guy, I can't help but think… what is wrong with you? Narcissism run amok and absolutely no reporting professionalism at all. It's embarrassing. This time, Acosta decided to go to our southern border with Mexico and report on what he claims is a non-existent national emergency.
Voters Still Report Little Personal Impact from Shutdown
Voters don’t care too much for the federal government, and the number who say they have been badly hurt by the continuing government shutdown remains small. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 10% of Likely U.S. Voters say they have been personally affected by the shutdown in a major way.
Rep. Mo Brooks UNLEASHED: Asks 'How Many More'
While Highlighting 13-Year-Old Beheaded by Illegal Aliens

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to blast his Democratic party colleagues over their lack of interest in protecting Americans from dangerous illegal aliens. In an epic speech, Brooks told the story of a young girl and her grandmother, killed by illegal MS-13 animals last summer in his hometown of Huntsville.
Driver in Suspected DUI Hit-And-Run Crash That Severely
Injured a 6-Year-Old Boy Has Been Deported FIFTEEN TIMES

A suspect in a drunken-driving hit-and-run accident in California that sent a 6-year-old boy to the hospital with severe head trauma over the weekend was an illegal immigrant with a criminal history who has been deported from the U.S. at least 15 times.
LA Teachers Union Advocates for Illegals,
Then Complains of Overcrowded Classrooms

On picket lines across the district Monday, striking teachers toted protest signs in the rain as they swapped horror stories about classes with 40 or more students packed in "like sardines." What they didn't discuss: How the United Teachers Los Angeles union's immigration policies contribute to overcrowded schools and its demands for more staff to handle the situation.
Students Fight Back After
Pennsylvania School Principal Bans Sharing Bibles

"In November, the students in the Bible club asked for permission to hand out Bibles to their friends in the cafeteria during non-instructional time," Jeremy Samek, attorney for the Independence Law Center, told WPMT. "And the principal of the school told them they could not hand out Bibles."
"Constitution Does Not Require Complete Separation of
Church & State" – Lynch v. Donnelly, 1984

Tim Brown
Justice William Orville Douglas served the longest term on the bench in the Supreme Court's history – 36 years, until his death January 19, 1980. He was one of the eight Supreme Court Justices nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Justice William O. Douglas wrote the majority decision in the 1952 case of Zorach v. Clauson:
The Pences: Defenders of Christian Values in the White House
Vice President Mike Pence's wife Karen is once again teaching art at the school in Washington's suburbs – sparking anger from gay rights advocates who say it sends the wrong message from the inner circles of U.S. power. "We'll let the critics roll off our backs," Pence said in an interview with Catholic television network EWTN. But he added: "The criticism of Christian education in America should stop."
'The Smoking Gun': Google Manipulated YouTube Search Results for Abortion, Maxine Waters, David Hogg
In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not "manually intervene" on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for "abortion."
Media Morons Attack Rand Paul for Going to Socialized-Medicine-Canada to Get Surgery,
Fail to Mention It's a Private Hospital

On Monday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was widely criticized for the announcement that he would have hernia surgery in Canada, a country with socialized medicine. Despite the hospital being private and specializing in hernias, critics cited Paul's opposition to socialized medicine. The surgery is related to an injury Paul suffered when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while he was doing yard work, leaving him with six broken ribs and damage to his lungs.
Media, “try fact checking, it’s not hard.”
CNN Analyst Says on Air Fox News' David Webb Has 'White Privilege'
but There's Just One Thing – He's Black

CNN's Areva Martin was on air and called out David Webb of Fox News for having "white privilege" but there's just one thing about that. David Webb is black. This was so awkward, especially since Webb corrected Martin right away in the most funny way. Webb is also a host on Sirius XM.
MSM Is Lying About the Boys in MAGA Hats Mocking a Native-American -- Multiple Videos Prove it
Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder, Vietnam Veteran, and former director of the Native Youth Alliance, walked up to a youth in a MAGA hat and banged his drum in the kid’s face. The boy stood smirking, without flinching. These boys, who had attended the March for Life, went to this leftist march to see what was going on. They didn’t know Mr. Phillips was a veteran nor did they hit him or insult him. However, they were loud.
It Was a Set Up & Mr. Phillips Lied on CNN
Top 12 Debunked Climate Scares of 2018
January 2018: Earth's surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday (Jan 17) which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet's temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature. [eleven more]
Learn the Facts About Plastic Versus Paper Bags and
Bag the Bans, Instead

Hal Shurtlef
From plastic bags to plastic straws, forks, spoons and knives, to Styrofoam cups and take out boxes – city, county and state governments have jumped on one faulty environmental bandwagon after another. In many cases, they cause more fuel use and ecological damage than if they had done nothing. It's social engineering and make-believe environmental protection by decree.
Bad science and emotionalism lead to bad laws
First 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Sold for $1.1 Million at
Charity Auction

Ford’s newest Mustang coupe is worth a lot more than its first. The rights to the first 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 were sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday night for $1.1 million, but it wasn’t all about the car. The build slot was being auctioned by Ford to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and all of the proceeds from the sale were earmarked for the organization.

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