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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

One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that:
no ordinary man could be such a fool. — George Orwell
(Often misquoted as: Some ideas are so stupid that only a member of the intelligentsia could believe them.)

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 Reckoning of the FBI Has Begun
Roger L. Simon
Friday's firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, based on a report from the Office of Professional Responsibility, is only the beginning of what is likely to be the most explosive series of revelations in American history. Forget Watergate. It will be the distant past once the Inspector General's reports – there apparently will be more than one – start to come out.

McCabe Just Made Life Tough for Comey and the Special Counsel
Jonathan Turley
Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was "singled out" after "unrelenting" attacks by President Trump and critics. McCabe's objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director. However, McCabe may have rectified his "singled out" status with his long statement criticizing his termination: In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.


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Week ending 18 March 2018

Appeals Court Backs Texas, Trump In Sanctuary City Fight
States have the power to punish sanctuary cities within their borders and to force local police and sheriff's departments to cooperate in turning illegal immigrants over to the federal government for deportation, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in upholding a Texas law. The 3-0 decision by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marks a major victory for President Trump, who has demanded sanctuary cities be punished for thwarting the federal government and protecting illegal immigrants.
Farrakhan Link to Black Caucus Members,
Women's March Leader Draws Outrage

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Women's March co-President Tamika D. Mallory have come under fire this month for failing to condemn Louis Farrakhan after revelations that they met with or appeared at events with the notorious anti-Semite. The Republican Jewish Coalition has called on eight black lawmakers to resign over their Farrakhan association. Not all have commented, but those doing so have been careful to denounce anti-Semitism without condemning the Nation of Islam leader himself.
Calls to oust the 'hateful eight'
Dershowitz: Democrats Have to Fire Ellison Over Farrakhan Lies
Friday on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) should be "fired immediately" as deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over lies about his relationship with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Dershowitz said, "I think Keith Ellison has to be fired immediately as deputy chairman of the DNC. Not only has he become close to Farrakhan, but he has lied to the American public about ending his relationship with Farrakhan."
Andre Carson Won't Rule Out Future Meetings with Louis Farrakhan
Andre Carson doesn't shy away from speaking his mind. Indianapolis' Democratic congressman regularly blasts political opponents with clear, forceful criticism. He also fires back at his critics with a bluntness that leaves no question about what he thinks. Carson – on matters that don't involve Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan – is straight-forward, plain-spoken, passionate.
Former FBI Agent:
Lack of Candor 'Number One' Reason People Get Fired

Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to fire McCabe on Friday night after reviewing an inspector general report about the Clinton investigation. McCabe is accused in that report of lacking candor, specifically about whether or not he authorized sensitive information to be disclosed to a reporter.

Trump's Lawyer Calls for
'manufactured' Russia Probe to be Shut Down

"I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe's boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier," he said in a statement to Fox News.

Constitutional Law Expert Slams McCabe:
Should be 'Worried About Prison'

Colin Kalmbacher
As news and excited reactions pour down the collective American brainstem in a semi-rigorous attempt to make sense of Andrew McCabe's firing, one liberal legal expert and constitutional law professor is simply not there for partisan response efforts. Instead, it appears McCabe's ouster was in line with the law and he should probably be thankful he's not facing criminal charges for the behavior that led to said ouster.

Former CIA Director John Brennan
Has Meltdown Over McCabe Firing

Former CIA Director John Brennan tore into President Trump for celebrating the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying Trump will be remembered as "a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history." "You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you," Brennan tweeted at Trump.
Obama Aide Started Christopher Steele-FBI Alliance
A senior Obama State Department official gave the green light to an FBI agent in 2016 to meet with dossier writer Christopher Steele, a new book says. The two met at Mr. Steele's London office, touching off a relationship that would fuel the ongoing investigation into possible Donald Trump-Russia election collusion that shows no sign of ending.

Obama Paid $972,000 Since April 2016 to
Law Firm Used Before to Pay Fusion GPS

Former president Barack Obama's official campaign organization has directed nearly a million dollars to the same law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier. Since April of 2016, Obama For America (OFA) has paid over $972,000 to Perkins Coie, records filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show.
New Jersey Prepares to Raise Taxes on
"Almost Everything" as it Nears Financial Disaster

Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge
Unfortunately, being the not so proud owner of the most distressed and underfunded public pension fund in the U.S. is just the start of New Jersey's monetary woes, and as Bloomberg reports, New Jersey's fiscal situation is so dire that new Governor Phil Murphy has proposed taxing online-room booking, ride-sharing, marijuana, e-cigarettes and Internet transactions along with raising taxes on millionaires and retail sales...
NJ's democrats can't even agree how to best fleece the rich
IRS Found 1.2 Million Cases of Identity Theft by Illegal Immigrants
The Internal Revenue Services documented over 1.2 million cases of illegal immigrants filing tax returns with illegitimate social security numbers in 2017... "We identified 1,227,579 electronically filed tax returns, processed in FY 2017 through April 18, 2017, in which the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number on the return does not match the Social Security Number on the Form W-2," the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration told
Trump Administration Accuses California of "Bankrolling"
Human Smuggling Operations

The Trump administration on Monday accused the California state officials of "bankrolling" criminal human smuggling rings via so-called sanctuary policies. "We're giving them a selling point," said an administration official. "We're lining their pockets. Sanctuary cities are bankrolling the very criminal organizations that can smuggle terrorists, that smuggle weapons, that smuggle drugs and have killed border patrol agents."
Stopping the Drift Toward Multilingualism
Why Congress Must Pass the English Language Unity Act

Stephen Guschov
Public opinion surveys in recent years show the large majority of Americans of all backgrounds and political persuasions support English as our official language of government. In light of this overwhelming national sentiment, there is an urgent need to respond to the alarming disconnect that undermines America's traditional process of assimilation. In order to become a citizen, you must prove you are proficient in the English language.
English is the official language in 54 countries
Unbelievable: Kate Steinle's Killer
Launches New Battle to Sue America and Stay in the U.S.

Monica Showalter
After firing a stolen gun and killing Kate Steinle on the San Francisco waterfront in 2015, and then getting away with it in front of a leftwing jury which signaled motivation to strike back at President Trump, do you think Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, is going away quietly? Do you think the five-times-deported illegal alien drug dealer and transient, with a record of seven felonies, will just allow himself to be deported, and then come back as he always does?
Obama DOJ Forced FBI to Delete 500,000 Fugitives from
Background Check Database

The Justice Department under Barack Obama directed the FBI to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, acting FBI deputy director David Bowdich testified Wednesday. Fugitives from justice are barred from buying a firearm under federal law. But what is a fugitive from justice? That definition has been under debate by the FBI and the ATF.
Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for 'First Degree Murder'
Arnold Schwarzenegger's next mission: taking oil companies to court "for knowingly killing people all over the world." The former California governor and global environmental activist announced the move Sunday at a live recording of Politico's Off Message podcast here at the SXSW festival, revealing that he's in talks with several private law firms and preparing a public push around the effort.

Schwarzenegger Used Private Jet for
Daily Commutes to California's Governor's Mansion

Arnold Schwarzenegger is going after modern energy use claiming specifically that he wants to take oil companies to court "for knowingly killing people all over the world" through alleged "global warming" impacts. But before Schwarzenegger files his court case against oil companies, he may have to prepare to appear as a defendant in his own case!
Gore Travels to Dubai, Warns:
‘Global warming’ Triggering ‘flying rivers, rain bombs’

Marc Morano
Former Vice President Al Gore is at it again. Gore is attempting to link extreme weather to man-made climate change, this time warning of “flying rivers” and “rain bombs.” But in a new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change, Gore is accused of engaging in scientifically baseless “weather porn” for attempting to link every bad weather event to “global warming.
Too Late, Germany Realizes Its Mistake
Michael Walsh
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's disastrous decision to throw open an essentially defenseless western Europe to hordes of military-age males from the Islamic ummah will go down in history as one of Christendom's greatest blunders, either a triumph of wishful childless-feminist thinking or a malevolent act of epic proportions.
Here's the Abuse We Warned About
The Inevitable Consequence of Transgender Rights Silliness

Eric Erickson
A man with a violent criminal record in Alaska got kicked out of a shelter after getting drunk and becoming belligerent. So he went to a battered women's shelter and demanded entry, claiming he identified as a woman. The battered women's shelter is a faith based organization and it denied him entry. He is now suing battered women's shelter for not taking him in.
Bill That Protects Freedom of
Those for and Against Same-Sex Marriage Angers Some on Left

Sen. Mike Lee has introduced a religious freedom bill that is designed to protect Americans who believe in traditional marriage from punishment by the government. "What an individual or organization believes about the traditional definition of marriage is not – and should never be – a part of the government's decision-making process when distributing licenses, accreditations, or grants," Lee, R-Utah, said in a statement.
Sex Reassignment Doesn't Work. Here is the Evidence.
Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.
Sex "reassignment" doesn't work. It's impossible to "reassign" someone's sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn't produce good outcomes psychosocially. Medical evidence suggests that sex reassignment does not adequately address the psychosocial difficulties faced by people who identify as transgender. Even when the procedures are successful technically and cosmetically, and even in cultures that are relatively "trans-friendly," transitioners still face poor outcomes.
FBI, County Sheriff, Police, High School Staff All Knew About
17-yr-old Well Before Murder of One and 2 Attempted Murders

A week before Corey Johnson confessed to stabbing three people – one of them fatally – in a Palm Beach Gardens home, authorities were discussing pending federal criminal charges against the 17-year-old, according to a Jupiter police report. 
More: Read Koran for 'courage'
Texas Teachers Go to Gun School:
Weapon Training Classes for Educators Fill Up Fast

Teachers in Texas have been learning how to fire a gun in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that killed 17 including three educators. Sixteen teachers and school staff from the northern part of the state were given an entire day of training on Saturday. They were shown by a former Irving police officer how to handle a weapon in the event of an active shooter situation.
Meow Baby! Mountain Lions Are Popping Up
All Over the Bay Area – and Beyond

They are suspected of making off with a small dog in Pescadero. They're being blamed for mysterious sheep deaths in Sonoma County. And local outdoors writer Tom Stienstra even found one lurking outside the back door of his Northern California house the other day. They're mountain lions. And lately they seem to be making a ton of cameo appearances all over the Bay Area and up and down the state.
You just may want an AR-15
Here Are 8 Stubborn Facts on Gun Violence in America
John G. Malcolm and Amy Swearer
As emotions morph from grief to anger to resolve, it is vitally important to supply facts so that policymakers and professionals can fashion solutions based on objective data rather than well-intended but misguided emotional fixes. Are there ways to reduce gun violence and school shootings? Yes, but only after objectively assessing the facts and working collaboratively to fashion commonsense solutions.
California Billionaire is Hidden Hand Behind Florida Protests
The invasion of the state of Florida by hordes of anti-gun activists seeking to capitalize on the tragic mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is an example of how big liberal money and ideology is destroying this country from within. The ongoing refusal of the California crazies to accept the results of a legitimate election has led to the mobilization of tens of thousands of interchangeable morons who show up in mass street protests with the only difference being the signs that they are carrying.

Week ending 11 March 2018

Assault Rifle question
Bill and Hillary: Today's Julius and Ethel Rosenberg?
William F. Marshall
In a recent interview on Secure Freedom Radio, I discussed with Frank Gaffney some of my research at Judicial Watch into Bruce and Nellie Ohr, the dynamic Democrat duo who lie at the heart of the Hillary Clinton-DOJ-FBI-Fusion GPS conspiracy (the "Clinton Conspiracy") to throw the presidential election to Hillary and, failing that, to undermine the Trump presidency with fabulist claims of "Russian-Trump collusion."
The Politicization of the FBI
Joseph E. diGenova
Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency. This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.
Student's Anti-gun Armband Protest
Stirs Reminders of Jack Boots and Brown Shirts

Ed Driscoll
What could go wrong? “David Hogg, one of the survivors of the Valentine’s Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been a vocal proponent of gun control as a means of protecting school kids. Now, his sister, Lauren Hogg, is attempting to stir the national debate with her ‘armbands for change’ movement.”

Parkland Survivors Attack Dana Loesch's Children
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch has been targeted by the Parkland survivors for major online bullying and abuse. These are the same students who have sat in school seminars being taught about the dangers of "bullying." She has been demonized, mocked, ridiculed and threatened with physical violence. Now, Loesch's children are being targeted for bullying by Parkland survivor Lauren Hogg.
U.S. Household Net Worth Pushes Further Into
Record Territory, $100 Trillion

Household net worth – the value of all assets such as stocks and real estate minus liabilities like mortgage and credit-card debt – rose more than $2 trillion last quarter to a record $98.746 trillion. U.S. households also saw their net worth rise to nearly seven times their disposable personal income in 2017, swelling past earlier pre-recession peaks.
Democrats Release Tax Hike Plan
Forbes – Ryan Ellis
This week, Congressional Democrats released a detailed tax hike plan that they promised to implement if given majority control of the House and Senate after the 2018 midterm elections. So much for the crocodile tears about the deficit–Democrats want to raise taxes not to reduce the debt, but rather to spend that tax hike money on boondoggle projects.
Democrats’ Tax Plan: Back to the Future?
John Hinderaker
The Democrats have rolled out the tax plan on which they intend to run in November. It is, I think, revealing. The Democrats’ tax plan is one more indication of how out of ammo they are. After years of opposing GOP tax cuts, they now admit that their position was, and is, untenable. The best they can say for their proposal is that it leaves most of the Trump tax cuts in place.
7 House Democrats Have Direct Ties to Notorious Anti-Semite
If They Were Republicans This Would Be Front-Page News

At least seven House Democrats are known to have direct ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite and racist who has called Jews "satanic" and said white people "deserve to die." California Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee, Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New York Rep. Gregory Meeks and Texas Rep. Al Green have all attended meetings with Farrakhan while in Congress, according to photos, videos and witness accounts of the meetings reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Gowdy, Goodlatte Demand Appointment of Special Counsel,
Citing FISA Abuses

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Trey Gowdy on Tuesday demanded the appointment of a special counsel to investigate “conflicts of interest” and decisions “made and not made” by current and former Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017, noting that “the public interest requires” the action. “Matters have arisen –both recently and otherwise – which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel. We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly,” Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote.
House Republicans Expand Dossier Probe,
Seek Info from Obama Officials

House Republicans are expanding their investigation of the Trump dossier, seeking answers from Obama administration officials including a former staffer for Vice President Joe Biden whose husband works for the firm behind the controversial document, Fox News has learned. A source familiar with the matter confirmed to Fox News that Shailagh Murray, who was Biden's former deputy chief of staff and communications director before serving as a senior adviser to President Obama, will be sent a questionnaire Friday.
Another Husband-Wife Team Linked to
Fusion GPS Found in Russia Collusion Probe

Investigators on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence appear to have uncovered a second husband-wife team who provided a conduit for opposition research by Fusion GPS into the highest levels of former President Barack Obama’s White House... Shailagh Murray, a former Obama policy adviser who previously served as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, is married to Neil King, Jr. – who works for the shadowy [Fusion GPS].
Australian Diplomat Whose Tip Prompted FBI's Russia-probe
Has Tie to Clintons

Lawmakers say the FBI didn't tell Congress about Alexander Downer's prior connection to the Clinton Foundation. Republicans say they are concerned the new information means nearly all of the early evidence the FBI used to justify its election-year probe of Trump came from sources supportive of the Clintons, including the controversial Steele dossier.
"The Clintons' tentacles go everywhere."
Trump's Popularity Hits New Heights – and Dems Run Scared
Monica Showalter
In agonizing, painful, miserable news for the Trump-hating left, a new Marist poll finds that President Trump's popularity has reached a new high at 42% approval, the highest it's been since he took office... At the same time, Trump's disapproval rate, now at 50%, fell four percentage points from 54%. The voters that the Trump haters the left has fed from for the past year, is shrinking. Something has changed.
Trump's Sanctions and Hardline Rhetoric
Brought North Korea to Negotiating Table, Experts Say

President Trump may have just forced North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un to come the negotiating table…with maybe just a little help from Twitter. Experts say that Trump's strategy dealing with the rogue regime – a combination of tweeted warnings and mockery, tough sanctions and pressure on China and others to tow the line – is bearing fruit. Evidence came this week, when Kim told a delegation from South Korea his regime is willing to discuss nuclear disarmament with the United States.
MS-13 is ‘taking over the school,’
One Teen Warned Before She was Killed

The old minivan appeared near the school on a Tuesday morning, its Illinois plates the only thing out of place in the blue-collar suburbs of central Long Island. But as backpack-toting teenagers passed by on their way to Brentwood High, the van’s doors suddenly swung open. Out sprang members of the violent street gang MS-13, armed with baseball bats.
GA Town Requires Gun Ownership:
'Something for a Potential Criminal to Think About'

As the gun control debate rages on, one Georgia town has a local law mandating that “every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm.” The law was enacted in Kennesaw, Georgia – a town of about 33,000 people 25 miles northwest of Atlanta – in 1982, and the community has historically had a low rate of violent crime.
Gun Confiscation Coming as Illinois Bill Requiring 18-20-Year-Olds to Hand Over Certain Semi-Automatic Firearms Moves to Senate
A bill requiring 18-20 year olds to hand over or transfer ownership of heretofore legally possessed "assault weapons" is gaining sponsors in the Illinois Senate after passing the House last month. The bill, HB 1465, was sponsored in the House by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) and passed by a vote of 64-51 on February 28.
Crime at University of Kansas Down After 6 Months of Campus Carry
Six months into a campus carry rule at the University of Kansas that liberals were sure would result in bloody gunfights and grueling body counts, the actual crime statistics are telling an altogether different story. From 2016 to 2017, crimes reported on campus went not up, but down, according to a Friday university police announcement reported by the Lawrence Journal-World.
Will Congress Finally Get Tough on Junk Science?
The UN's IARC Cancer Committee is the Canary in the Coal Mine

Paul Driessen
A growing problem for modern industrialized Western societies is the legion of government agencies and unelected bureaucrats and allied nongovernmental organizations that seem impervious to transparency, accountability or reform. Their expansive power often controls public perceptions and public policies. Prominent among them are those involved in climate change research and energy policy.
Cancer Claim for Monsanto's Roundup Gets Judge's Scrutiny
Claims that the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer have been evaluated by international agencies, U.S. and foreign regulators and the product's manufacturer – agribusiness giant Monsanto. Now, a federal judge in San Francisco is conducting his own review during an unusual set of court hearings that began Monday. It has big stakes for Monsanto and hundreds of farmers and others who have sued the company.
Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate) No Carcinogen, Concludes EPA
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs – December 12, 2017
An extensive database exists for evaluating the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, including 63 epidemiological studies, 14 animal carcinogenicity studies, and nearly 90 genotoxicity studies for the active ingredient glyphosate. These studies were evaluated for quality and results were analyzed across studies within each line of evidence. The available data at this time do no support a carcinogenic process for glyphosate. Overall, animal carcinogenicity and genotoxicity studies were remarkably consistent and did not demonstrate a clear association between glyphosate exposure and outcomes of interest related to carcinogenic potential.
Full report here

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs
Consumer Group Implores Supreme Court to Defend Consumers' Right to Buy Eggs, Meat – Claim Restrictions Violate Constitution
The Center for Consumer Freedom is supporting legal challenges brought by several states concerning laws in California and Massachusetts that discriminate against conventionally produced eggs, pork and veal. The Center for Consumer Freedom has filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, imploring the justices to hear two lawsuits challenging laws in California and Massachusetts that hinder sales of eggs and meat products from other states.
Nobody is Truly Transgender Because Sex Change is
‘Physically Impossible,’ Writes Philosopher

Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
A person can pretend to be a member of the opposite sex, Dr. Anderson notes, but it will never be more than play-acting since one’s biological sex is a physical reality outside the individual’s control. “Modern science shows that our sexual organization begins with our DNA and development in the womb, and that sex differences manifest themselves in many bodily systems and organs, all the way down to the molecular level,” Anderson writes.
“Biological sex,” is the only kind of sex there is.
To Combat Iguana Problem, Researchers Bash In Reptiles’ Heads
Researchers are on a critical mission in the heart of Broward County – bashing in the brains of iguanas in an attempt to eliminate the reptiles that have overtaken South Florida. A 15-member team from the University of Florida is using a tool called a captive bolt gun that sends a bolt into the brain, similar to what is used in the livestock industry. 
Another Fake Global Warming Scare is Busted
Thomas Lifson
A favorite technique of the propagandists of the Global Warming scare is to find cute and cuddly creatures that they can claim are "threatened" by global warming. For years, an iconic picture of a polar bear on an ice floe was used to frighten children into clutching their stuffed teddy bears and demanding Mommy and Daddy act to save them. Ever eager NASA published a warning less than two years ago: "Climate change may shrink Adélie penguin range by end of century."
U.S. Navy Canceling Program to Turn Destroyers 'Green';
Technology Fails to Match Hype

The Navy is canceling a program to install fuel-efficient hybrid electric drives in 34 destroyers, leaving only one destroyer with the technology, the Navy confirmed in a statement. Citing "department priorities," the service requested $6.3 million for 2018 to finish the installation on the destroyer Truxtun, but has zeroed out funding in 2019 and in the out years. The service has spent about $52 million on the program to date. The whole program was expected to cost $356.25 million, according to the Navy's FY2017 budget submission.
Trump Organization Says It Has Donated $151,470 In Profits from
Foreign Government Patrons

The Trump Organization has donated $151,470 in foreign government profits at its hotels and similar businesses last year to the U.S. Treasury, an executive said in a statement Friday. George Sorial, the executive vice president and chief compliance counsel, said the Feb. 22 voluntary donation fulfills the company's pledge to donate profits from foreign government patronage while Donald Trump is president.
James Clapper Avoids Charges for 'clearly erroneous'
Surveillance Testimony as Statutes Expire Monday

Former intelligence chief James Clapper is poised to avoid charges for allegedly lying to Congress following five years of apparent inaction by the Justice Department. Two criminal statutes that cover lying to Congress have five-year statutes of limitations, establishing a Monday deadline to charge Clapper, who in retirement has emerged as a leading critic of President Trump.

Week ending 4 March 2018

The Schiff Memo Harms Democrats More Than It Helps Them;
Heavy Reliance on Steele Dossier Confirmed

Andrew C. McCarthy
When the Justice Department seeks a warrant from a court, the credibility that matters is not that of the agent who has assembled the information from the informants; it is that of the informants who observe the fact matters that are claimed to be a basis for finding probable cause. That is, what mattered was the credibility of Steele's anonymous Russian sources, not the credibility of Steele himself.
The Democrats' Deeply Dishonest Memo
Matthew Vadum
Unlike the majority Republican committee report, the Democrat document is a collection of lawyerly lies, process-oriented misrepresentations, red herrings, and straw men... The memo provides damning evidence that top officials in President Obama's national security community abused their authority to obtain surveillance warrants against members of President Trump's election campaign from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Speech on Guns by Virginia Senate Candidate Causes Democrat Walk-Out, Goes Massively Viral Online
A Speech by Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas, the liberty-minded conservative who is challenging Senator Tim Kaine, discussing the importance of the Second Amendment has been viewed over five million times in the past 24 hours. Friday’s speech by Freitas before the Virginia House of Delegates lead to many Democrats actually walking out and demanding a recess so that they could calm down because they were so outraged.
Guns, and Why the Ideological Screaming Never Stops
George Korda
It's instructive that after Parkland liberal fire is aimed principally at the National Rifle Association (NRA) and not the FBI. This is though the FBI admits it didn't follow its own protocols, including not reacting to a tip that the reportedly-confessed killer wanted to be a "professional school shooter." On Feb. 14, USA Today published a list of U.S. incidents since 1984 in which AR-15s were either used or were included with other weapons employed by mass killers: there were 13 such incidents in the last 34 years. Trying to pin down the breakdown's source is hard. Blaming the NRA is easy.
Why Did it Take Two Weeks to Discover Parkland Students' Astroturfing? In Fact the Response was Professionalized
David Hines
"Can you believe these kids?" It's been a recurring theme of the coverage of the Parkland school shooting: the remarkable effectiveness of the high school students who created a gun control organization in the wake of the massacre. In seemingly no time, the magical kids had organized events ranging from a national march to a mass school walkout, and they'd brought in a million dollars in donations from Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney.
Report: Parkland Shooter Did Not Use High Capacity Magazines;
So Much for the Anti-gun Narrative

The Parkland shooter did not use magazines larger than 10 rounds, but gun reform lobbyists are calling on lawmakers to ban higher capacity magazines after the Valentine's Day tragedy. The 19-year-old school shooter who killed 17 in Florida on Valentine's Day had 150 rounds of ammunition in 10-round magazines. Larger ones would not fit in his bag, Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation revealed.
Why the Left Opposes Arming Teachers
Dennis Prager
Why does the left oppose allowing a small number of highly trained teachers and other adults who work at schools to arm themselves? When asked, its response is consistent: "It's a crazy idea." And, "We need fewer guns, not more guns." ... The left almost always opposes fighting evil and almost always works to disarm the good who want to fight.
Fire and Fury Author Michael Wolff Finally Admits
His Claim of Trump Affair was Bogus

"Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff admitted in an interview Thursday he does not know if President Donald Trump is having an affair. The comments come after Wolff speculated on television and in his book that Trump was having an affair with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who denied Wolff's rumors in an interview, calling the allegations "disgusting" and "offensive."
Democrat Schiff Concedes
There is Still No Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion

Rep. Adam Schiff conceded Thursday there is still no evidence President Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to win the election, and made a point of distancing himself from any charges of treason against the president. Schiff has been driving the Trump-Russia collusion narrative on behalf of his party for months from his seat on the House Intelligence Committee.
Real Disposable Incomes in U.S. Increase Most Since 2015
Americans' wallets fattened in January on recent tax cuts, indicating increased spending power may boost the economy this quarter. Real disposable income, or earnings adjusted for taxes and inflation, advanced 0.6 percent from the prior month, the biggest gain since April 2015, according to a Commerce Department report Thursday.
Sharyl Attkisson Accuses Obama DOJ of Secretly
Swapping Out Her Computer Hard Drive

Former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of monkeying around with her hard drive while her computer was in their possession. She tweeted on Thursday, "What would you think if I told you the hard drive of one of my personal computers was secretly switched out w/another while in custody of the Justice Dept. Inspector General – before they gave it back to me?"
Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica is Freezing and Not Melting from Below as Expected – and Scientists Have No Idea Why
The under-side of one of the largest floating ice shelves in the southern oceans is not melting as expected, according to experts. Scientists drilling along the western coast of Antarctica found that the Ross Ice Shelf is actually freezing – but they have no idea why.
Overheated Claims On Temperature Records
It's Time for Sober Second Thoughts On Climate Alarms

Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris
British Professor Hubert Lamb is often identified as the founder of modern climatology. Lamb ... noted that funding for improving the weather database was dwarfed by money being spent on computer models and theorizing. He warned that this would result in wild and unsubstantiated theories and assertions, while predictions failed to improve. That is precisely what happened. Each and every prediction made by the computer models cited by the IPCC have turned out to be incorrect.
After $1Billion in Government Subsidies
'Green' Tesla Fined $139K for Air Pollution

Tesla's factory was fined $139,000 for emitting the same type of toxic NOx into the atmosphere that their electric-vehicles are supposed to eliminate. Tesla has been fined $139,500 by Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for emitting nitrogen oxides (NOx) air pollution inside its factory.
GreenTech, the Electric Car Company Once Led by Terry McAuliffe,
Files for Bankruptcy

The electric car company founded by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, blaming in part a wave of negative coverage by a conservative news website for its financial woes... More recently, however, the company has faced a series of lawsuits filed by investors in the company, who have called GreenTech a "scam perpetrated by savvy and politically connected operatives and businessmen" to exploit Chinese immigrants hoping to come to America.
Funded partly thru Tony Rodham, Hillary's brother – is under DOJ investigation
Child Sex Offender Serving 300 Years in Prison
Released On Technicality – Cannot be Retried

A Colorado man convicted in 2015 of sexually molesting six young boys and girls has been set free. Michael Tracy McFadden, 46, was sentenced to more than 300 years in prison, but on Tuesday he was released from the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. McFadden appealed his conviction, claiming that pre-trial delays in his original trial violated Colorado's speedy trial statutes. This past June, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the statutes were violated and threw out his conviction, also ruling he could not be retried.
Victims now living in fear
Florida Senate Rejects Ban on Assault Weapons,
Votes to Arm Teachers

The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons, and voted for a measure to arm some teachers, weeks after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. An amendment that would have banned assault weapons attached to a wider bill failed on Saturday in a largely party-line vote.
When Liberals Didn't Mind 'Bringing Guns Into the Schools'
D. C. McAllister
Several months after the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. in 2013, President Barack Obama poured millions of dollars into arming school officers throughout the nation – a move that coincided with the NRA's call to arm the good guys. "We won't be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation – all of us – to try," Obama said.
Justice Department Expected to Criticize FBI's Andrew McCabe
Over Leaks About Hillary Clinton

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz says he will release an internal investigation into the FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton's emails in the next few weeks, and the report is expected to single out former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for criticism. McCabe stepped down in January, amid sharp criticism from President Trump and concerns sparked by Horowitz's coming report, and he's expected to retire after he becomes eligible on March 18.
Bernie Sanders Fined for Illegally Colluding with Australian Labor Party
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) fined Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign $14,500 for accepting illegal in-kind foreign contributions from the Australian Labor Party (ALP) during the 2016 elections. The ruling stems from a February 2016, conservative activist group Project Veritas video showing Australian nationals working for the Sanders campaign on the dime of the Australian taxpayer funded ALP.
13-yr-old, Family in Custody After Police Seize Guns,
Ammunition from Home

A 13-year-old boy and his parents were arrested after Minneapolis police seized guns, ammunition and explosive devices from their Desoto street house. Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier said the boy threatened a classmate at the Academy For Sciences and Agriculture in Vadnais Heights.
Democrat Senator Proposes Restricting Gun That Does Not Exist
Democratic New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich advocated age restricting a gun that does not exist on MSNBC Thursday. Heinrich stated that he wants a ban on "gas-assisted receiver firearms". Host Kristen Welker had asked if Heinrich thought that "increasing age limits" on firearms were "a real possibility here with this president?"
Louis Farrakhan: 'Jews are my enemy,' 'white folks are going down'
Rev. Louis Farrakhan gave a Saviours' Day 2018 Address on Sunday in which he declared that "the powerful Jews are my enemy," and "white folks are going down." "Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men," Farrakhan said in his keynote speech.
Schumer Votes Against Trump Judicial Nominee Because He's White
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday voted against a nomination by the Trump administration to fill a federal judgeship – and signaled that it's because the nominee is white. Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor that the nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum, a white lawyer who is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Greenville, South Carolina, "speaks to the overall lack of diversity in President Trump's selections for the federal judiciary."
Harvard Endowment Blew $1 Billion On
"tomato paste, sugar, and ethanol."

Harvard made many mistakes over the last decade, according to Thomas Gilbert, a finance professor at the University of Washington, but almost all of them boiled down to a single miscalculation: the belief that its top money managers – who were paid $242 million from 2010 through 2014 – were smarter than everyone else and could handle the risks almost all other endowments avoided.
Two MS-13 Members in U.S. Illegally
Accused of Kidnapping 3 Girls, Killing 1 in a Satanic Ritual

Two MS-13 gang members from El Salvador, both in the United States illegally, held three teenage girls against their will and killed one of them in what was described as a satanic ritual, authorities in Houston said Friday. Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 22, and Diego Hernandez-Rivera, 18, have been arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder – both first-degree felonies punishable by up to life in prison. Bond has been set at $300,000 for each, but immigration detainers will keep both behind bars.
Mexican Man Assumes American's Identity for 37 Years,
Steals $361,000 In Government Benefits

It started as a rather straightforward Social Security fraud investigation – a man receiving disability benefits pretending to live in the United States when in fact he lived in Tijuana. What authorities uncovered was a 37-year identity theft scheme by an unauthorized immigrant and repeat felon who bilked federal, state and local governments out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits, according to a plea agreement entered in San Diego federal court this week.

Week ending 25 February 2018

NRA Quote of the Day
"Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media ... notice I said 'crying white mothers' because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don't see town halls for them, do you? Where's the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where's the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?"
– Dana Loesch at CPAC
It's Time to Believe Tipsters When They Warn Us About Maniacs
Michael Goodwin
The slaughter in a South Florida school last week is the latest example of how our approach is failing and leading to senseless deaths. All this is true – and helps explain why we seem powerless to stop mass violence. It's long past time that America chart a course similar to Israel's and focus on "who the people are" so we can zero in on dangerous individuals.
Are Democrat Midterm Ambitions the
Real Reason Parkland is Still In News?

Selwyn Duke
Unlike after other mass school shootings, the movement from Parkland to propaganda has had tremendous lasting power. The tragedy's wake has seen sustained news coverage and energized anti-Second Amendment protests, ostensibly due to organic "student activism." Yet post-shooting leftist anti-gun appeals and young students willing to facilitate them are nothing new. What is new is that the Democrats just recently suffered a devastating political one-two punch.
FL Shooting Survivor Ariana Klein: Networks Don't Want Us to Give Our Real Opinions, "Want Us to Further Their Agendas"
Ariana Klein, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said it was "inexcusable" that CNN would attempt to get fellow survivor of the school shooting Colton Haab to deliver a "scripted question" at a Wednesday town hall event conducted by the network on the massacre. Klein attended the listening session hosted by President Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Haab appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday and said that not only was he given a scripted question but he believed the whole event was scripted.
Parkland Student Describes How Deputy Peterson Hid During Shooting While Others Rushed in to Help [2-minute video]
According to the FBI, Knives Kill Far More People
Than Rifles In America – It's Not Even Close

Knives kill far more people in the United States than rifles do every year. In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Florida last week, the debate over guns in America has surged again to the forefront oft the political conversation. Many are calling now for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting, specifically targeting the AR-15 rifle and promoting the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.
Florida 'Teacher of the Year' Posts Facebook Message Calling On Parents to 'step up' to Prevent Their Children from Developing Mental Illnesses That Could Lead to Mass School Shootings
'Okay, I'll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say,'  Raley begins. 'Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?) ...
STOP being their friend
WaPo Gives Sanders Four Pinocchios for
False 'Gun Show Loophole' Claim

The Washington Post's fact-checker gave Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) four Pinocchios, its worst rating, for inaccurate claims he made about gun sales without background checks. Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that "We have to end the absurdity of the gun show loophole. Forty percent of the guns in this country are sold without any background checks."
Zombie falsehoods return from the dead
School Shootings Are Not the New Normal,
Despite Statistics That Stretch the Truth

James Alan Fox
We were informed, for example, that since 2013 there has been an average of one school shooting a week in the U.S., and 18 since the beginning of this year. While these statistics were not exactly lies or fake news, they involved stretching the definition of a school shooting well beyond the limits of most people's imagination.
Jaw Dropping – The Washington Post Attacks
Reverend Billy Graham Hours After He Dies

In 2012 the DNC denounced Jesus Christ three times during their convention. Until today that stood as one of the most alarming public representations of how the Democrats hate Christianity. The Washington Post just took that hatred one step further….
Why Leftists Are So Unhappy
Dennis Prager
Unhappy conservatives generally believe they are unhappy because life is inherently difficult and tragic, and because they have made some unwise decisions in life. But unhappy liberals generally believe they are unhappy because they have been persecuted.
Diane Feinstein Not Liberal Enough for Dems at State Convention
Riven by conflict between progressive and more moderate forces at the state party’s annual convention here, delegates favored Feinstein’s progressive rival, state Senate leader Kevin de León, over Feinstein by a vote of 54 percent to 37 percent, according to results announced Sunday.
Dear United Airlines and Delta:
If You Really Oppose Guns, Disarm Your Pilots and Crews

Michael J. Knowles
Legacy airlines United and Delta announced Saturday that they will no longer offer discounted bulk travel rates for NRA members to use exclusively for NRA gatherings, to which an estimated 100% of NRA members nationwide perplexedly responded, “Delta and United used to give NRA members travel discounts?” Until Wednesday’s White House meeting with parents and family members of the shool shooting in Parkland, Florida, many Americans may have been unaware that airline crews regularly carry guns.
Flashback: CNN and MSNBC Helped Russia Sow Discord by Promoting Fake Anti-Trump Rally
One of the revelations in Friday's indictment handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was that alleged Russian attempts to sow disunity in 2016 included the organization of both pro- and anti-Trump rallies in New York City on the Saturday after Election Day. A check of their November 12 coverage showed both CNN and MSNBC gave enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally that day, with live reports every hour.

Michael Moore Participated In
Russia-Sponsored Anti-Trump Rally

Progressive director Michael Moore participated in an anti-Trump protest in New York that was organized by Russians, according to information released Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Climate Alarmism is Still Bizarre, Dogmatic, Intolerant
Paul Driessen
With trillions of dollars in research money, power, prestige, renewable energy subsidies, wealth redistribution schemes, and dreams of international governance on the line, the $1.5-trillion-per-year Climate Industrial Complex is not taking the situation lightly. Climate fear-mongering is in full swing.
NOAA Caught Adjusting Big Freeze Out of Existence
James Delingpole
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet again been caught exaggerating 'global warming' by fiddling with the raw temperature data. This time, that data concerns the recent record-breaking cold across the northeastern U.S. which NOAA is trying to erase from history. If you believe NOAA's charts, there was nothing particularly unusual about this winter's cold weather which caused sharks to freeze in the ocean and iguanas to drop out of trees.
Trump should drain these folks from the swamp
Warmists Foiled Again: Answer to What's Causing Frog Populations to Decline is Just Plain Embarrassing
Thomas Lifson
You know the drill because we've seen the same story so many times.  Reports come in that scientists have discovered declining populations of a species of some sort somewhere. Scientists study. For quite some time, they come up with no good answer. Sooner or later, global warming is blamed.
Too Much 'Eco-Fuel'
Causes Germany's War Birds to Be Grounded

Germany's air fleet was grounded this week after "too much biodiesel" fuel found its ways into the gas tanks, according to German reports saying the Luftwaffe cannot safely fly with such a mixture. Germany's Tornado fleet of war planes was reportedly grounded after an unsafe mixture including too much biodiesel was used to fuel the planes, requiring the fleet to be grounded and their fuel tanks flushed.
Good thing they didn't need to 'scramble'
Jury Finds State Sen. Carlos Uresti Guilty of 11 Felonies,
Leading to Calls from Democratic Colleagues to Resign

The courtroom was silent and thick with anxiety Thursday morning as the judge's deputy read the verdicts: "Guilty," "guilty," "guilty" – 11 times over, and on all felony counts. State Sen. Carlos Uresti sat stone-faced, his gaze directed at the deputy, as he heard the ruling that throws into question his two-decade career in the Texas Legislature and opens up the possibility of more than a century in federal prison and millions of dollars in fines.
Ex-official at Kerry Daughter's Charity Faces Lobbying Charge
A former official at a State Department-funded global health nonprofit founded by former Secretary of State John Kerry's daughter Vanessa is facing a criminal charge that he violated federal conflict of interest law by lobbying former colleagues in government.
Supremes to Hear Case That Could Deal Huge Blow to Unions
Brendan Kirby
At issue is whether public sector unions can force nonmembers to contribute toward the costs of negotiating contracts. Mark Janus, who works for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, contends that forcing him to pay such "agency fees" amounts to illegal compelled speech because it forces him to support the political aims of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
State Election Officials Across Country
Returning to Paper Ballots

Hoping to counter waves of Russian Twitter bots, fake social media accounts, and hacking attacks aimed at undermining American democracy, state election officials around the country are seizing on an old-school strategy: paper ballots.
Washington State Lawmakers Remove Legislative Records from Voter-Approved Public Records Act
The Washington Legislature has overwhelmingly approved legislation meant to circumvent a recent court ruling that found state lawmakers were fully subject to the state’s public disclosure laws. The measure passed the Senate on a 41-7 vote Friday, and then was quickly approved by the House 83-14. The bill heads to Gov. Jay Inslee with a veto-proof margin. The quick action comes just two days after the bill was introduced. The measure would retroactively remove the legislative branch from the state’s voter-approved Public Records Act.
This is a non-transparency bill
San Francisco – the Most Diseased Streets in America
How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city – the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains. The area is also home to City Hall, schools, playgrounds, and a police station.
Parents Just Lost Custody of Teenage Daughter Who
Wants to 'Transition' to a Boy: What You Need to Know

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.
Parents in Ohio lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter Friday because a judge ruled that she should be allowed to receive therapy, including testosterone therapy, to identify as a boy. Americans can expect to see more cases like it as government officials side with transgender activists to promote a radical view of the human person and endorse entirely experimental medical procedures.
More: Transgender Activists Conduct 'Giant Experiment' on Children
Horrific Sex Ed Curriculum is Taking Over in This Virginia County, and Objectors Are Getting Steamrolled
Austin Ruse
The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee advises the Fairfax County School Board for the content of the sex education lessons taught to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. This group has come up with over 80 hours of sex education for these poor kids. And some of it is straight-up pornography.
An Ode to The Great One, Mark Levin
Elliot Fuchs
In order to understand Levin’s contribution to American political discourse we must understand what exactly his goal has always been. It is clear to me, as a reader of his books, a subscriber to his television network, and a listener to his radio show, that he has dedicated a lengthy career to one thing and one thing only. Fighting tyranny, exactly the kinds of tyranny prescribed in communist discourse.
It's Come to This: Louisiana Student Investigated for Math Symbol, Classmates Thought it Looked Like (Horrors!) a Gun
math square root symbol
In Louisiana, a student was investigated for drawing a math symbol that fellow classmates thought was a gun. It was the square-root sign. It led to detective searching the student’s home on the grounds that terroristic threats were made. This student had to draw the symbol to complete the math problem...
Hoax Attempts Against Miami Herald Augur
Brewing War Over Fake, Real News

Two incidents hit The Miami Herald in recent days that underscore new tactics by those seeking to discredit mainstream media, and they augur what experts said are dark days in the battle between credible news and misinformation. Both incidents came in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 when a teenage gunman killed 17 students and adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Free News Gets Scarcer As Media Groups Tighten Paywalls
Tougher restrictions on online content have boosted digital paid subscriptions at many news organisations, amid a growing trend keeping content behind a "paywall". Free news has by no means disappeared, but recent moves by media groups and Facebook and Google supporting paid subscriptions is forcing free-riders to scramble.

Week ending 18 February 2018

Dear Lord, What Were You Thinking?
Paul Driessen
What indeed was our Creator thinking, when he gathered those brilliant, classically educated colonial farmers, merchants and tradesmen to debate ideas and craft documents that declared independence from Great Britain and launched an untested form of government that included federalism and an electoral college? Fast forward a couple centuries, and many might ask the same question...
Everything Media Accuse Trump of Doing with Russia,
Obama Actually Did

Robert Kraychik
"Everything they're accusing Trump of … Obama had done," said Lee Smith of "Trump-Russia collusion" narratives pushed by Democrats and their news media allies. Smith highlighted the Washington Post's Anne Applebaum, the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, and the New Yorker's David Remnick as hypocritical news media figures in their criticisms of the Trump administration's supposed appeasement of Russia and Vladimir Putin after ignoring actual appeasement of Russia and Vladimir Putin across eight years of the Obama administration.
Former Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan Faces Perjury Peril
In his May 2017 testimony before the intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied the dossier factored into the intelligence community's publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election "to help Trump's chances of victory." Brennan also swore that he did not know who commissioned the anti-Trump research document, even though senior national security and counterintelligence officials at the Justice Department and FBI knew the previous year that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Exclusive: DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Hid
Wife's Fusion GPS Payments from Ethics Officials

Bruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee's behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.
Comey Held Secret Obama White House Meeting
Before the Inauguration, Lied to Congress About It

FBI Director James Comey held a secret Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama two weeks before Trump's inauguration and may have deliberately misled Congress about it... The topic of the meeting was potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. By failing to inform the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the meeting... Comey may have deliberately and intentionally misled Congress about his interactions with the former president, especially a meeting so close to Trump entering the White House.
Susan Rice Email Suggests Comey
'Seriously Misled' Senate Regarding Meeting with Obama

Debra Heine
During the White house meeting, then-President Obama, according to Rice, suggested that they withhold information from the incoming Trump team – which is also legally sketchy. "President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share info fully as it relates to Russia."
This Obumer Hangover Just Won’t Go Away
Dr. Robert R. Owens
One of the primary accusations against President Nixon that caused him to resign was that even though he was never shown to be personally aware of any abuses committed in his name, he fostered an environment that encouraged such behaviour. The truth is finally seeing the light of day. And what do we see? That President Obama was if not personally complicit in the growing list of abuses exposed, he set the tone and offered cover for his minions as they ran amuck...
Facebook’s VP of Advertising Slammed the Media’s Russia Coverage
“Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to effect the outcome of the 2016 US election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal,” Goldman said. “The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump and the election,” he continued.
Why Susan Rice Wrote an Email to Herself
John Hinderaker
Susan Rice is far from the brightest bulb on the tree, but she was well aware that by concealing facts ostensibly relating to national security from her counterpart in the new administration – General Michael Flynn – she was, at a minimum, violating longstanding civic norms. If she actually lied to Flynn, she could have been accused of much worse. So Rice wanted to be able to retrieve her email, if she found herself in a sticky situation, and tell the world that she hid relevant facts about Russia from the new administration on Barack Obama's orders.
Former German Refugee Worker Admits:
Muslim Refugees Have No Intention of Adopting Our Values

"Looking back through the years of repetitive experiences and myself in my work environment as a volunteer, I had to admit to myself that when it comes to Muslim refugees, they have grown up with completely different values, into which they have been brainwashed and are indoctrinated by Islam, and have no intention of adopting our values – worse, they look at us, unbelievers with superiority and arrogance."
Hungarian Leader Calls Christianity 'Europe's Last Hope'
Hungary’s prime minister says that “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have “opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam.” Viktor Orban said Sunday during his 20th annual state of the nation speech that his government will oppose efforts by the United Nations or the European Union to make migration acceptable to the world.
Hungary Submits Anti-Immigration 'Stop Soros' Bill to Parliament
Hungary's nationalist government introduced legislation that would empower the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a "national security risk". The bill... is a key part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's anti-immigration campaign targeting U.S. financier George Soros whose philanthropy aims to bolster liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe.
Reporter: If More Babies Were Aborted,
the Florida School Shooting Wouldn't Happen

Micaiah Bilger
As America reels from another mass shooting in Florida, one abortion activist used the tragedy to claim that fewer mass shootings would happen if more babies were aborted. Journalist Becky Griffin's tweets about abortion and the mass shooting went viral Thursday. "Woman puts baby up for adoption, he grows up to be a violent young man who will spend the rest of his life in prison for a mass murder. Tell me more about how abortions are wrong," she wrote Thursday.
New Gun Policies Won’t Stop Mass Shootings, but People Can
David French
The United States is facing a puzzling paradox. Even as gun crime has plunged precipitously from the terrible highs of the early 1990s, mass shootings have increased. It’s horrifying, and governmental solutions are hard to find. Twitter’s fondest wishes to the contrary, the unique characteristics of mass shootings mean that they often escape the reach of public policy.
Here's Why Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Never Reported Nikolas Cruz to the Police

Luis Valdes
Nikolas Cruz was a known threat. Known by the administrators of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It's a clear case where a known dangerous student was not reported to the police. Why? Because back in 2013, the Broward County School Board adopted a program where they don't relay information to police about troubled students.
Sharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the
2016 'Fake News' Narrative

In a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed the origins of the "fake news" narrative that was aggressively pushed by the liberal media and Democrat politicians during the 2016 election, and how it was later flipped by President Donald Trump.
Shameful Fake News Stats: No,
There Have Not Been 18 School Shootings Already This Year

No, there have not been 18 school shootings already this year, as CNBC, Politico, The Washington Post, ABC, The (New York) Daily News and briefly a USA TODAY column all reported in the hours since a 19-year-old allegedly slaughtered 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., on Ash Wednesday. Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control advocacy group responsible for spreading this bogus statistic, should be ashamed of its blatant dishonesty.
School Shooter’s Younger Brother, 17, is
‘Involuntarily Committed to a Psychiatric Facility’

Zachary, who turns 18 next week, was removed from his Lantana home on Friday, days after his brother gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, sources close to the investigation confirmed to the Palm Beach Post. He was taken to a mental health facility for treatment under the Baker Act, which allows an individual to be temporarily detained for mental health evaluation either on a voluntary or involuntary basis.
6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control
Jarrett Stepman
Americans are understandably searching for answers to stem this terrible epidemic. Unfortunately, as always, many jump immediately to the conclusion that guns and protection of gun rights are what’s fueling the recurrence of these crimes. Some suggested that any opposition to gun control legislation is outright immoral.
Mueller Worked with Lerner to Target Tea Party
Daniel John Sobieski
Just when you thought the Deep State swamp couldn't get any murkier and the stench any more repugnant, we are reminded by Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton in a Feb. 13 tweet of how Robert Mueller's FBI worked with Lois Lerner's IRS to target Tea Party and other groups in the run-up to the Obama re-election campaign:
Pelosi's Message to Democrats:
Fight Anything Trump, Republicans Put Forward

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues to prepare to aggressively fight the administration's budget, its infrastructure plan and every one of its priorities in 2018. "Tomorrow, President Trump will release his 2019 budget and perhaps his infrastructure plan. This occasion presents us with a pivotal moment in the governance of our country," Pelosi wrote in a letter Sunday evening.
This is called putting the country first
Local Reporter Goes Rogue,
Tells Truth About Guns, Enrages Liberals on Air

During a report this week, a local Minnesota reporter blew some uninformed liberal minds by touting some basic facts about gun ownership in his state. “We took a very hard look at these numbers, and we did find that Minnesota has a very high rate of gun ownership – one of the highest in the country – but it has a relatively low rate of violent crime,” revealed Minneapolis station WCCO reporter Pat Kessler in a segment Thursday.
Minnesota Terror Case Shows Challenge of Predicting Attacks –
Terror Suspect Let Go

After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at U.S. military actions overseas and admitted that she tried to encourage others to "join the jihad in fighting," but she said she had no intention of carrying out an attack on U.S. soil, according to prosecutors. Despite her alleged admissions, she was allowed to go free.
File Under Dreamers Pelosi Never Talks About:
DACA Recipient Wanted For Murder In Texas

Authorities in Texas revealed that a man they believe is responsible for the murder of a good Samaritan who attempted to help another victim shot by the suspect is an illegal immigrant who is in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Authorities say that Judas Deluna, 21, shot and killed a man outside DJ's Food Mart in Harris County on January 26, after the man came to the aid of another man that they say Deluna also shot.
Deluna is from a family convicted of violence in U.S.
Like Peter Thiel, Tech Workers Feel Alienated by
Silicon Valley ‘Echo Chamber’

Douglas MacMillan
Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel has said he plans to leave Silicon Valley in part because of its perceived cultural uniformity. He isn’t the only one. Several tech workers and entrepreneurs also have said they left or plan to leave the San Francisco Bay Area because they feel people there are resistant to different social values and political ideologies. Groupthink and homogeneity are making it a worse place to live and work, these workers said.
Family Seeks Justice for Gemmel Moore
Found Dead of OD in Home of Major Democrat Donor Ed Buck

Family and friends of a male escort found dead in the West Hollywood home of a high-powered Democratic Party donor last year continue to press for answers... Gemmel Moore, 26, was discovered by police on July 27 inside the apartment of Ed Buck, 63. Buck is a well-known Democratic contributor, and has given more than $500,000 to an array of Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and a variety of state and local organizations in California.
Maxine Waters Attended Nation of Islam Convention
Where Farrakhan Defended Suicide Bombers

Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where the hate group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, defended Palestinian suicide bombers. The convention, which took place in California in 2002, is just the latest tie to emerge between Democrats and the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist group known for being viciously anti-Semitic.
At Major Chicago Bakery, Labor Issues Pit Blacks vs. Hispanics
A major bakery on the Northwest Side once known for making Little Debbie snack cakes was sold earlier this month after an immigration audit cost the company about a third of its workers. About 800 employees of the main Cloverhill Bakery on the Northwest Side and the company’s bakeries in Cicero and Romeoville lost their jobs when the audit found many were hired after presenting fake or stolen IDs.
Don't Retire Our Stealth Bombers
Jerry Hendrix
In a surprising move, the Air Force's Bomber Vector roadmap also includes a plan to retire all 20 of the service's nuclear-capable, stealthy, B-2 Spirit bombers. These iconic, black flying wings have served as the backbone of the nation's long-range penetrating strike force for the past quarter-century. The Air Force is arguing that, given the upfront costs of acquiring the new B-21 bombers, it can no longer afford to maintain the older B-2 aircraft.
Half of Puerto Rico's Housing was Built Illegally – Then Hurricane Maria Came and Exposed the Island's Extreme Poverty
To rebuild the island's housing stock will cost $31 billion, the administration of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló estimates, or nearly twice the amount needed to rebuild its devastated electrical grid. Because the commonwealth government is broke and owners of informal housing are typically poor and have neither insurance nor money to rebuild, virtually every penny would have to come from the U.S. government.
IRS Still Paying Bonuses to Tax Cheat Employees
The IRS is still paying bonuses to nearly 2,000 bad employees, including more than two dozen who were actual tax-cheats themselves, the agency's inspector general said in a new report this week. IRS screening did stop more than 1,000 employees with tax problems from getting bonuses, but 1,962 employees with discipline problems – and 26 who had been found to have intentionally cheated on their tax returns – were still paid bonuses in 2016 and 2017, topping $1.7 million.
Mad About L.A.'s Air Quality? Blame Common Products Like
Hairspray and Paint, Not Just Cars

When it comes to air quality, the products you use to smell nice or keep your kitchen clean could do just as much damage as the car you drive. A new study of the air around Los Angeles finds that consumer and industrial products now rival tailpipe emissions as a source of harmful atmospheric pollutants. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, reveal a shift in the balance of polluting power in cities – one that may prompt researchers and regulators to step up their focus on a wide range of goods such as hairspray, paint and deodorant.
Regulators reach for more product restrictions
Obama Portrait Painter Once Painted Piece
Depicting a Black Woman Beheading a White Woman

Former President Barack Obama's portrait painter once depicted a black woman holding the cutoff head of a white woman in a reimagining of a story from the book of Judith. "It's sort of a play on the 'kill whitey' thing," Wiley told New York Magazine previously.

Week ending 11 February 2018

Democrats Are Headed for a World of (Deserved) Hurt
Roger L. Simon
After years of non-stop virtue signaling as the party of "truth, justice and equality," the Democrats are slowly, inexorably being revealed to be the reverse. They are being hoisted on the petard of their own moral narcissism. It has made them blind. So convinced of their own righteousness were they that it allowed them to participate in, even instigate, the subversion of our justice system to the extent of lying to and deceiving a FISA court in the name of what they assumed was "good."
Hillary Clinton's Fingerprints Are All Over the
FBI's Investigation Into Trump's Russia Ties

Rachel Stoltzfoos
A significant part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's basis for investigating the Trump campaign's Russia ties is looking more and more like a political hit job carried out by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Her campaign's fingerprints are on at least three separate pieces of information fed to the FBI, including the Christopher Steele dossier Republicans say formed the basis of a secret warrant obtained to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
Confirmed: Clinton Operative Sidney Blumenthal
Helped Spread Russia Collusion Fever Before the Election

William A. Jacobson
Earlier this week we wrote about the possible involvement of Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal in feeding information to Christopher Steele, author of the infamous Clinton/DNC funded dossier. That dossier formed a key part of the FBI's presentation to the FISA court to obtain a warrant to surveil Carter Page. One of the key links in the Blumenthal-Steele stories was former State Department employee Jonathan Winer:

Peeling Back the Layers of Hillary Clinton's Deceit
Michael Goodwin
For law enforcement, Congress and even journalists, exposing misdeeds is like peeling an onion. Each layer you remove gets you closer to the truth... There are many more layers of the onion to peel, but here's where we are now: It increasingly appears that the Clinton machine was the secret, original source of virtually all the allegations about Trump and Russia that led to the FBI investigation.

New FBI Messages Reveal Agents
Sought Way to Evade Federal Record Requirements

Sharyl Attkisson
There's an important but little-noticed subtext in the revelations about alleged FBI misconduct in the investigations into Hillary Clinton's email practices and Donald Trump's Russia associations. The records that federal agencies generate while in our employ aren't owned by faceless bureaucrats or political officials who can choose to withhold or disclose at their discretion and convenience. The records are owned by us: the public.

How the Media Buried Two Huge FBI Stories Yesterday
Mollie Hemingway
As the Russian collusion story disintegrates, another interesting story ascends. Investigations by multiple congressional committees as well as an investigation by the inspector general of the Department of Justice have shown irregularities in the handling of the most politically sensitive probes in recent memory: the investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information while secretary of State and the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged nefarious ties with Russia to meddle in a U.S. election.
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner Texted with Russian Oligarch Lobbyist in Effort to Contact Dossier Author Christopher Steele
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.
Obama State Dept. Official Admits Free-Flowing Exchange of Reports with Trump Dossier Author Steele
In a Washington Post column posted late Thursday, Jonathan Winer detailed an extensive exchange of documents with ex-British spy Christopher Steele, a friend of his since 2009. He said he shared "more than 100 of Steele's reports with the Russia experts at the State Department" over a period of two years. These weren't related to American politics – but he would later share information about the Trump dossier with the top levels of the Obama-era State Department.
IG Poised to Reignite War Over FBI's Clinton Case
Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, is an increasingly critical player in the controversy surrounding the FBI, President Trump and the Russia investigation. With little fanfare, he has been conducting a sprawling probe of the FBI's handling of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. His full report, which could set off shockwaves, is expected by the early spring.
Russians Spoof Adam Schiff with Claim of
Naked Pictures of Trump with Glamour Model

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was the victim of a prank phone call by Russian comedians who offered to give him 'compromising' dirt on Donald Trump – including nude photos of the president and a Russian reality show star. can disclose that after the prank, his staff engaged in correspondence with what they thought was a Ukrainian politician to try to obtain the 'classified' material promised on the call.
The Obama DOJ's Long History of Politicization
The Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama has been held up by critics of President Donald Trump's White House as above reproach, untainted by the political bias some allege runs rampant in the current administration. In light of this revisionist history, it is worth examining the numerous examples of political bias in the Obama Justice Department. Here are five examples:
Obama-era Cash Traced to Iran-Backed Terrorists
The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred. According to knowledgeable sources, Iran has used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with the Quds Force, Iran's main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Eric Holder:
DOJ Wrong to Apologize to Tea Party Groups for IRS Targeting

Rick Moran
"Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness," is the number one rule of NCIS main character Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Former Attorney General Eric Holder appears have taken that rule to heart. Holder said yesterday that apologizing to tea party groups for being targeted by the IRS for their political beliefs was "unnecessary, unfounded and inconsistent" with the responsibilities of someone who wants to lead the Justice Department.
Democrats: The New Era of Whig
Eric Shaffer
Leading up to election night in 2016, many predicted that when Donald Trump inevitably lost, the Republican Party would finally and irreparably split in two and fade into history like the Whigs. But, of course, Trump won... Watching President Trump's State of the Union Address a few weeks ago brought something into focus for me: It wasn't the GOP that would soon be going the way of the Whigs, it was the Democrats.
Drain It: Trump Announces Brutal Changes to Gov't Worker Pay
President Donald Trump's 2019 budget aims to bring brutal changes to the federal civilian workforce, and it could spell trouble for some employees who do not measure up. The budget, which is set to be released Monday, contains some of the biggest reforms to the workforce in decades. To put it simply, Trump's plan seeks to "hire the best and fire the worst," USA Today reported.
Princeton Physicist Points Out the Obvious:
Climate Models 'Don't Work'

Princeton University physicist William Happer is not a fan of models used to predict future manmade global warming, and stars in a new educational video laying out the reasons he believes climate models are faulty. In the video, Happer argues that even supercomputers used to predict the weather and forecast future global warming aren't strong enough to capture the complexity of Earth's atmosphere, including cloud cover and natural ocean cycles.
We Must Not Give Up the Fight Against Climate Alarmism
Vaclav Klaus
The issue of climate alarmism, of manmade and human-society-endangering global warming, has become one of my main topics as well as worries. I strongly disagree with the global warming doctrine, which is an arrogant set of beliefs – an ideology, if not a religion – that endangers human freedom and prosperity. It lives independently of the science of climatology.
Remember When the Islands of Tuvalu Were
Going to be Inundated By Sea Level Rise? Never Mind…

Anthony Watts
Surprise! Poster child for sea level rise, Tuvalu, is actually growing! From the "we told you so,  again, and again" department. We've had several articles about the island of Tuvalu and the ridiculous claims of sea level rise causing it to disappear, while at the same time they are building new hotels and airports to attract tourists. Willis has also had several articles on how Pacific atolls grow, and float, rather than sink as sea level advances.
The Cape Wind Project, a Massive Array of Wind Turbines Planned to be Built Off the Massachusetts Coast, Has Been Terminated
Tim Benson, a policy analyst with The Heartland Institute ... says the Cape Wind project was defeated largely by people who claim to support wind power. “Cape Wind went up against the nearly unstoppable force of upper-class liberal NIMBYism and was defeated,” Benson said. “However, in this case it is a good thing upper-class liberal NIMBYism prevailed in the end.
White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut to Clean Energy Research
The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. Many of the sharp cuts would probably be restored by Congress, but President Trump's budget, due out in February, will mark a starting point for negotiations and offer a statement of intent and policy priorities.
Illegal Immigrant Deported 44 Times in 15 Years Tops Feds' List
List of Heinous Crimes Attributed to Repeat Illegal Immigrants is Long
He is the world's most persistent illegal immigrant: One Mexican managed to get deported 44 times in 15 years – which means he also managed to sneak back across the border at least that many times. The runner-up was ousted 40 times from 2001 to 2015. No. 3, 4 and 5 on the list were deported 35, 34 and 31 times, respectively...

Indiana GOP Lawmaker: Trump 'exactly right' to
Blame Immigration Laws for Death of Colts Player

Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., said Wednesday President Trump was right to blame the deaths of an Indianapolis Colts player and Uber driver on poor U.S. immigration laws and insecure borders. "The president is exactly right. We have to have – If we're going to be a sovereign nation... we've got to have a border. We've got to be able to enforce who comes in and out of our country," Rokita said on Fox News.

NYPD Ignored More Than 1,500 Federal Requests to
Detain Immigrants Last Year, Official Says

The Daily News reported that Oleg Chernyavsky, the NYPD's legislative affairs director, revealed the numbers at a City Council meeting. The number of requests for 2017 was nearly 20 times higher than the 80 the department received over the previous year. Chernyavsky said the department responded to just two of ICE's 2016 requests because those immigrants had federal arrest warrants.

Kent, WA Police: Man Deported 4 Times, Charged with Murder, Dismemberment was in Country Illegally
A Tukwila man accused of stabbing his cousin then dismembering the man last month should have been in the custody of federal immigration agents, according to Kent police. Rosalio Ramos-Ramos, 37, was being sought by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) late last year and was almost turned over, when an apparent lack of communication between police and Harborview Medical Center resulted in his discharge from the Seattle trauma hospital, police said.

Chain Migration: Jihadist Responsible for Mall of America
Stabbing Spree Entered U.S. with Foreign Relatives

A jihadist who pleaded guilty to going on a stabbing spree at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota entered the U.S. as a legal immigrant with foreign relatives. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed to Breitbart News in a statement that 20-year-old Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham entered the U.S. as a "derivative of a relative," which is immigration lingo used to describe a foreign-born resident who came to the country either as the immediate child or spouse of a legal immigrant.

Judge Rules Bakeshop Owner Doesn't Have to
Bake Wedding Cake for Gay Couple

A California judge ruled Monday the state couldn't force a cake shop owner to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding, ruling that doing so would constitute a violation of free speech. Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the State of California's request for a preliminary injunction that sought to force bakeshop owner Cathy Miller to design a wedding cake for a gay couple.
Iranian UAV That Entered Israeli Airspace
Seems to Be American Stealth Knock-Off

Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus warned that Syria and Iran were “playing with fire,” but stressed his country was not seeking an escalation. “This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty in the last years,” Conricus told journalists in a phone conference.
Secret Code from the iPhone was Posted to Github in the
'biggest leak in history'

Remember a few months ago when an Apple engineer casually posted an internal HomePod build that contain plenty of iPhone X secrets? That was Apple's most significant leak in history… until this week when someone shared the source code for a key piece of the iPhone's core software, called iBoot. That's the code that runs on the iPhone before iOS gets started, and whose secrets Apple has never shared.
Amtrak Train Breaks Apart at 125 mph
Tragedy-prone Amtrak suffered another terrifying setback Tuesday – when a high-speed Acela train broke apart as it raced north toward Penn Station at 125 mph, sources said. In the third wreck in just one week – and the fourth in two months – several cars of an Acela Express heading from Washington, DC, to the Big Apple decoupled at about 6:30 a.m. and were left held together only by their air hoses.
Judge: Baker Can Refuse to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cakes
A California bakery owner can continue to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it violates her Christian beliefs, a judge ruled. The decision came after a lawyer for Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield argued that owner Cathy Miller's right to free speech and free expression of religion trumps the argument that she violated a state anti-discrimination law.
Duluth Schools Remove 'Huckleberry Finn' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from Curriculum for Racial Slurs
Students in Duluth will no longer automatically get schooled in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" or the trials of Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird." In an effort to be considerate of all students, the two novels, which contain racial slurs, will no longer be required reading in the district's English classes next school year.
High School Cancels Musical After White Student Lands Lead Role
Social justice activists at a New York high school successfully shut down a production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" after a white student landed a lead role. Protests of the production began when an African-American student quit Ithaca High School's musical production due to the role of Esmeralda being given to a white classmate.
Robert Wagner's Story About
Natalie Wood's Death 'doesn't add up'

"Yes, of course, we want to talk to Robert Wagner," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant John Corina. "You bet. His story… doesn't really add up." Wood died in 1981 at age 43 from a mysterious drowning. Corina said her death is "suspicious." New witnesses came forward following a 2011 press conference about the case.

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