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101  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / DNC breach was an inside job, not hacker on: July 10, 2017, 08:37:39 AM
102  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues, How many refugees? 10 Pittsburghs on: July 06, 2017, 03:32:09 PM
US has let in enough refugees to fill 10 Pittsburghs

3.3 million since 1975.
103  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cognitive Dissonance of the left: A Deplorable Lack of Curiosity on: July 06, 2017, 03:14:58 PM
DNC was hacked by Russia (allegedly).  Democrats are obsessed with breaches of this sort by Russia.  What has the FBI and security agencies learned by examining the hacked server?  Nothing.   The DNC won't turn it over to them.

The left and the media (redundancy alert) say Trump is nuts to say millions of illegals voted.  The states have the records.  A commission was formed to investigate and the states won't turn records over to them for examination.  MN Sec State Democrat Steve Simon: “I will not hand over Minnesota voters’ sensitive personal information to the commission”.

Herr Zeller: I've not asked you where you and your family are going. Nor have you asked me why I am here.
Captain von Trapp: Well, apparently, we're both suffering from a deplorable lack of curiosity.
104  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: North and South Korea on: July 06, 2017, 02:56:54 PM
"Are the American people up for this?  Does President Trump have the credibility to make the case?"

No and no.  There isn't going to be an all-out trade war between the US and China.  If there is, it is a gaffe, not an American President acting in the best interest of the country.  (MHO)

"China benefits from and prefers North Korea as it is and has zero interest in helping us.  Trump tweeted yesterday that Chinese trade with the Norks has increased 40% this year even as it pretended to help."

China prefers the status quo over helping us with NK, but do they prefer the status quo to having Japan, S Korea and Taiwan go nuclear over this unanswered threat?  My guess is no.

If the US taking down NK was a certainty, would China choose pretend to help or oppose?  (I don't know the answer to that.)

Russia is a wild card.  Do they matter?  Is their only interest to stick it to the US at every opportunity or is it more complicated than that?  Doesn't the stock in their own evil threat go down when everybody goes nuclear?  Russia shares a border with NK.  This potential war goes better for us and worse for the NK regime if all borders are covered.

Is it legal for Trump to disarm a nuclear threat and depose a rogue nation?  Does congress need to declare war or authorize the use of military force?  Yes?  Would they?  No?

105  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: North and South Korea on: July 06, 2017, 11:01:25 AM
"You can't keep kicking the can down the road when you are rapidly running out of road."

The view from my secure midwest armchair location with no immediate family in harm's way:

It sure would be great to wake one day to the news that our President had created a quiet coalition between the US, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan, for just this one purpose and they successfully disarmed and dethroned the little dictator.

Easier now than later.
106  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Representative Keith Ellison; inciting violence, reaping the reward on: July 06, 2017, 10:51:35 AM
The cop assassination in the Bronx reminds me of protests before Keith Ellison had state wide and nation wide fame and before the slogan black lives matter was coined.

The chant he was leading in Minneapolis for the news cameras, on behalf of an accused cop killer, was:

"We don't get no justice, you don't get no peace."

That slogan is still part of the movement.  Let's pick it apart.

First thing to notice is bad grammar.  Not for lack of money in inner city (Keith Ellison's then district) schools who receive twice the per student funding of better performing schools.

Next thing to jump out is THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE, "you don't get no peace".  Study the context to get meaning and you get a calling for more cop killings if they don't get justice which means let cop killers go free or something.

Then we have the choice of pronouns, 'we don't get no justice, you don't get know peace'.  This isn't e puribus unem (out of many, one) this is pure us versus them thinking, black versus white.  You whites will get no peace in your racist society, like when black jurists just acquitted a Hispanic cop in St.Paul. 

The real result is that police are being taken off the street and letting crime go in black neighborhoods because of the hostility created and the people getting no peace are the black people trying to live in the neighborhood.

Does anybody want to take a look at the racial makeup of the 100 shot in Chicago over the 4th, none of which were shot by cops.

The assassination of one cop for what they wrongly tell people another cop did helps this how?
107  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: North and South Korea on: July 06, 2017, 09:50:56 AM
I was wondering if it could pre-emptively knock out much of their military firepower before they even get started

I assume that is exactly how it would start.  Take out all known sites before they know what hit them.  The risk among many is that we miss something that could take out 20 million people in Seoul.  If they did anything like that, it would ensure that the ending of the conflict would be the end of the regime as opposed to a survivable series of Osirak-like strikes.

The other category of risk is that North Korea (and Iran) perfect nuclear weapons and long range delivery systems while we dither, raising the danger level exponentially.
108  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media, Ministry of Truth Issues, Muslim vs Non Muslim terror coverage on: July 06, 2017, 09:39:30 AM
Right for GM's math.  They are not 12% more dangerous but more than 12 times more likely to commit a major terror act.  My hunch is that is understated by the methodology.  The study uses "meet the widely used definitions of terrorism", but there is no easy or perfect line between terrorism and mass murder and they chose a particular time period.

In support of the study, there are criminal and terror acts committed by non-Muslim Democrats that go under-reported all the time, 100 people shot in Chicago over the fourth, Steve Scalise back in intensive care, black lives matter inciting cop assassinations, for examples.
109  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: July 04, 2017, 11:09:46 PM
From Glibness thread:  
He's just ...hurt that his failed presidency's only real accomplishment is President Trump.  (And the R. congress, legislatures, governorships, judiciary, etc.)

From somewhere else on the internet today:
The greatest fear of liberals isn't the failure of the Trump administration.  Their biggest fear is its success.
110  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media, Ministry of Truth Issues on: July 04, 2017, 03:29:57 PM
GM:  "...there were NO jihadist attacks on the World Trade Center between February 27th 1993 and September 10th 2001!"

That wasn't within the time frame studied but I was thinking that too, was that a 'terror incident'  deserving equal coverage or was our country attacked in a way more comparable to Pearl Harbor?  How was the Pearl Harbor attack covered?  ("This day will live in infamy.")

Is Muslim vs. non-Muslim perp the isolated difference in the offences and coverage compared?
From the article:  "Muslims committed 12.4 percent of terrorist attacks in the United States between 2011 and 2015 — but received 41.4 percent of news coverage."

That alone doesn't tell us if we are comparing a same or similar amount of carnage.

"They found, for example, that the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, in which three people were killed and a score wounded by two Muslim attackers, received almost 20 percent of all coverage relating to U.S. terror attacks in the five-year period."

That incident admittedly skewed the study.  How many people were terrorized that day in Boston and across the country in the aftermath when the terrorist went hiding, armed, for days in the community?  Was it the three dead, the scores injured, the thousands present, the millions who lived in the search area, or the hundreds of millions who were following it?  Fewer people would have been terrorized if the media did not cover it.  Should they not cover it?  Should they have covered it less?  And now from Boston we go to crop reports...  (Or should we have a Chechnyan travel ban?) One dangerous guy was hiding for a couple of days.  In Chicago thousands of dangerous guys are hiding in plain sight everyday. I agree the media under-reports the people terrorized by murder and crime in America's (Democratic-run) inner cities.  

Is Islamic terror the series of individual incidents we see or is it larger, declared war on billions of people who do not follow the chosen Islamic path?  I take them at their word; this is a war.  I would compare the coverage of this pattern of attacks on the western world more with WWII than with isolated incidents of carnage committed by non-Muslim psychos.  The fact this is an ongoing, planned campaign to destroy all of us where the danger doesn't end with the death of the shooter or bomber is a big part of what makes it so terrorizing IMHO.

But they downplay it on the networks as they over-cover it, "we don't yet know the motive" - when every viewer does.
111  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Trump Transition/Administration on: July 03, 2017, 10:45:39 AM
"Point, Counterpoint."   I agree.  It makes a point, demonstrates his power to go around them, shows a sense of humor they lack, and helps put the uglier tweets behind him.

In my little part of the fruited plain, everyone seems to know of the MSNBC feud and no one is following tax reform or strategic talks last week with India Prime Minister Modi.

We need someone who fights back and exposes our disgusting media.  As they say with parenting, choose your battles.  Then win them.

More important though might be to learn a bit from Reagan in terms of staying on message if you want the coverage to stay on message - assuming policy matters to Trump and he wants to make America great again.  From a tax and spend point of view, it is year nine of the Obama administration, not year one of Trump, and it is year eleven since the Pelosi-Reid domestic policy arrow changed to anti-growth economics, still unrepealed after Republicans won elections in all branches at all levels.  A lot of this may be Congress's fault but Reagan's agenda didn't glide through congress either without intense Presidential leadership.
112  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump likely just skyrocketed morning shmoe's ratings on: June 30, 2017, 06:54:40 PM
"President Trump’s tweeting, and most agree it’s making his job harder"

It's making his job harder.

The fact that he has a way to communicate directly to the people without going through the media is great.  How he uses it is not.

At least he does fight back, but too often he just digs new holes for himself and his agenda to fall into.

The Mika thing... a supporter could say they struck him first and deserved it but he is the President.  He needs to spell out his grievance and do it in a classier way.  Or ignore them and move forward, control the message, let them look petty.
113  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: June 30, 2017, 09:58:43 AM
So which takes precedence?

local law , state law, or federal law here?

To think tax payers are on the hook to pay this illegal because local law enforcement turned him over to ICE which is what they should be doing->  sad

It's kind of fun to see liberals discover states' rights.

Others have asked this same question and come up with different answers:

114  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: I was told this would not happen on: June 30, 2017, 08:28:46 AM
Correction:  Taxed and regulated in the government takeover, not legalized - or this wouldn't be illegal.

State tax revenue $200 million.  Not counting the big money jump in tourism, tax on tourism and inward migration.  Who's addicted to it now?

Quoting a wise man (G M), finding illegal grow operations in Colorado is "like finding a needle in a needle stack"

"4,000 pounds of marijuana were seized"   Will they donate this back to the schools to help children in need?
115  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Solar waste worse than nuclear on: June 30, 2017, 08:03:29 AM
Toxic Waste From Solar Panels: 300 Times That of Nuclear Power
Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than do nuclear power plants.
116  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pathological Science, Sea level rise is human caused (?) on: June 29, 2017, 12:27:22 PM
We know sea level rise is real because it's not possible for land to shift, right?

Land Subsidence and Relative Sea-Level Rise

"for the Chesapeake region, Houston-Galveston, Texas, area, Santa Clara Valley, California, and other places around the globe, the primary cause of seawater intrusions is not rising oceans – but land subsidence due to groundwater withdrawal

"glacial isostatic adjustments” that have been ongoing since the last glaciers melted"

Sinking land isn't possible!

Gradual movement of land has never happened before!

117  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Electoral process, vote fraud, 5.7 Million Noncitizens Voted on: June 27, 2017, 12:18:57 PM

Up to 5.7 Million Noncitizens Voted in Past Presidential Elections, Study Finds
Eighty-two percent of noncitizens who admitted to voting in a survey said “I definitely voted” for Obama.

Who knew?

In another story:
Student headed to prison for registering dead voters for Democrats
JUNE 26, 2017, HARRISONBURG, Va. — A man paid to register Virginia voters prior to the 2016 Presidential Election will spend at least 100 days in prison for submitting the names of deceased individuals to the Registrar’s Office.

A good deal for him.  They used to get hanged for treason.
118  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Atlantic: What is wrong with the Democrats? on: June 27, 2017, 11:31:45 AM
What is wrong with the Democrats?    - Don't get me started...   )

The Atlantic:  "If the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class."

But they are selling grievances against whites, penalize work and eliminate employers.

Last times they won this group they believed that a rising tide meaning tax cuts for the wealthy lifts all boats [JFK] and chose two southern Governors for President promising to triangulate against liberalism.  The popular one [Bill Clinton] tightened welfare, cut capital gains tax rates, contained spending and balanced the budget, which puts him to the right of Bush, McCain, Romney and Trump.  Now they favor getting more and more people on more and more programs, raising taxes on income and investments and exploding the deficit.

I don't see why it's not working.

"Clinton neglected to make a robust economic argument"

   - No, she chose the wrong economic argument.  She faced a choice of adopting Bernie Sanders economic insanity or losing the Democratic nomination.  If she wanted to make a coherent, science-based, economic growth policy in this environment, she wouldn't be a Democrat.

The Atalantic:  "...the party has no scaffolding"

119  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media, Ministry of Truth Issues on: June 27, 2017, 11:00:48 AM
Also the same group that conspired with the Hillary campaign...

Sadly, CNN, NYT et al have an accuracy rate no higher than Bretibart and Infowars.  And it isn't typos or fact check issues.  It's intentional deception and narrative feeding.  Crafty and others have been calling these outlets 'Pravdas'.  But it's worse than that.  The Soviets only had one outlet of propaganda.  Here we have a multitude of different sources confirming the same false information.  You can 'fact check' through the first three pages of google result sources and get the same wrong answer.

32% trust journalists, 16% of Republicans, about the same number that didn't hear or misunderstood the question.
120  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, deficit, and budget process on: June 27, 2017, 08:11:24 AM
Crafty, [Illinois]:  "Sell it off in pieces to neighboring states."

This is a great idea.  It's a state, if you can keep it.  The threat of splitting it up might be what they need to decide to fix it.  The idea that free money repairs bankruptcy makes all budget gaps impossible to close.

Illinois already has the highest overall tax burden in the country, or in the top three depending on how you measure it.  The problem is the spending stupid.

I would take rural and small town Illinois any day.  Chicago will be harder to sell.
121  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Media, CNN producer admits Russia story is about ratings, mostly bullsh*t on: June 27, 2017, 07:59:38 AM

American Pravda: 'Project Veritas' Catches CNN Producer Admitting Russia Story Is "Mostly Bullshit," "About Ratings"

In a video released overnight by 'Project Veritas' founder James O'Keefe, CNN producer John Bonifield is caught on film admitting that the network's constant coverage of the Trump-Russia narrative is "mostly bullshit" and "the president is probably right to say [CNN] is witch-hunting [him]."

He also noted the story is "good for business."

"I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime," he said. "I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof."

He also said: "It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss…All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business."

About CNN CEO, Jeff Zucker, the producer said: "Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia."
122  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump's accomplisments and promises kept on: June 27, 2017, 07:29:21 AM
Enforced Chemical Weapon Red Line in Syria.

Does it count if he keeps his predecessor's promises?  )

Edited to add by Marc:
123  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / United Nations/ US Sovereignty, Pope calls for one world government on: June 26, 2017, 03:16:02 PM
Pope Francis called for “a one world government” and “political authority” this week, arguing that the creation of the one world government is needed to combat major issues such as “climate change.”
Speaking with Ecuador’s “El Universo” newspaper, the Pope said that the United Nations doesnt have enough power and must be granted full governmental control “for the good of humanity.”

I have done enough defending of the Catholic Church. My last observation attending is how badly their attendance has fallen. Christianity should be a force for GOOD in the world.  This man should not use his questionable authority in one area to make ignorant proclamations in others. 

The United Nations is a complete failure, should be disbanded, the US shouldn't be in it, rename it an Israel hate group, and the Catholic Church should go under a money audit and be prosecuted under RICO statute for their own shameful behavior and coverup.  Maybe then they won't have time for supporting failed governance and economics. 

I wonder what portion of their massive money machine goes to pay for priests preying on children.  Maybe he should speak out on that instead of siding with the abortion crowd on every other issue.
124  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Breaking news! Law of Supply & Demand still in effect! on: June 26, 2017, 02:39:32 PM

The costs to low-wage workers in Seattle outweighed the benefits by a ratio of three to one, according to the study, conducted by a group of economists at the University of Washington who were commissioned by the city. The study, published as a working paper Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research

And once again, "unexpectedly".
125  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Pathological Science, Hansen, Sea Level Rise more than (his own) IPCC predicted on: June 26, 2017, 12:24:54 PM

Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms:
evidence from paleoclimate data, climate
modeling, and modern observations that
2◦C global warming is highly dangerous

Polling question to 'scientists' needs to include the word "catastrophic" or word "highly dangerous":
Are you certain or nearly certain the earth as we know it and life on earth will be destroyed by human activity by the year 2100?  98% if honest scientists would say know.

I don't have the phony credentials, but it seems to me that if you add a massive amount of ice to the waters of the earth, it would cool the atmosphere, slowing or stopping the ice melt BEFORE it flooded the earth.

Notice that the temperature rise is an inserted assumption, not a scientific conclusion.  The rest is extrapolation without figuring in negative feedback factors that have governed the cycles throughout the history of the planet.  More CO2 for example leads to more photosynthesis converting CO2 back to oxygen. No figuring for clouds, wind, sun cycles or even the fact that we will out-grow fossil fuels during the first half of this century without the 'help' of government.
126  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump's accomplisments and promises kept on: June 26, 2017, 11:18:57 AM
9. Travel Ban.

A bit early to call this one an accomplishment , , ,
127  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dossier / DNC Scandal? FBI Too? on: June 26, 2017, 11:16:54 AM
The latest twist seems to be alleged collusion between the Democratic Party and the phony Dossier:

The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.
Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

the FBI has failed to cooperate with congressional investigators seeking documents.

What is shocking is the FBI’s apparent involvement in the effort to smear Trump with false rumors:

The FBI received a copy of the Democrat-funded dossier in August, during the heat of the campaign, and is said to have contracted in October to pay Steele $50,000 to help corroborate the dirt on Trump — a relationship that “raises substantial questions about the independence” of the bureau in investigating Trump, warned Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

It raises more questions than that. Why was the FBI meddling in a U.S. presidential election? Partisan interference in the election by public agencies like the FBI and major news sources like NBC are far more worrisome than anything Russians allegedly might do from afar.

128  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Medicaid-California: ER Visits up 75% under Obamacare on: June 26, 2017, 10:38:33 AM
About as good as the rest of the promises, you can keep your doctor, your plan, costs will go down $2500 per family, insured 24 million fewer than CBO predicted, "won't add one dime to the deficit", will not raise taxes on the middle class. etc.

'Can we all say it together - Unexpectedly!'

ER visits by Medi-Cal patients up 75% under ACA, data says
Written by Alia Paavola | June 12, 2017

Despite predictions that the ACA would ease the strain on emergency rooms, the number of ER visits by Medi-Cal patients rose 75 percent over five years, according to data released by California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

ACA advocates argued ER visits would decrease once people received health coverage since they could afford to see primary care physicians instead. However, ER visits by California's Medicaid population jumped from 800,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million in the final quarter of 2016, according to the data.
Also see:
"you're going to be able to choose your doctor and not have to go through some network in an emergency situation as a consequence of these rules."
"What happens is, you don't have health insurance, you go to the emergency room. You weren't getting a checkup; something that might have been curable with some antibiotics isn't caught. By the time you get to the hospital, it's much more expensive. The hospital cares for you because doctors and nurses, they don't want to just turn somebody away. But they've got to figure out how do they keep their doors open if they're treating all these people coming into the emergency room."
"that's not fair, because all the rest of us are going to be paying for those folks when they go to the emergency room"
   - President Barack Obama, September 22, 2010
129  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: % of Muslimists in Philippines on: June 26, 2017, 09:59:53 AM
I always thought of Philippines as a Christian nation .
92% Christianity
5.57% Islam
2.43% others

In a region where others are majority Muslim:

Indonesia also has a larger Muslim population than any other country in the world, with approximately 202.9 million identifying themselves as Muslim (87.2% of Indonesia's total population in 2011).

Malaysia: 61.3 percent of the population practices Islam.

Islam is Brunei's official religion, 67 percent of the population is Muslim.
130  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: M. Mukasey: Trump, Mueller, and Athur Anderson on: June 26, 2017, 09:48:43 AM
Arthur Anderson is the case law name of the governing rule:

” In Arthur Andersen LLP v. U.S. (2005), the U.S. Supreme Court accepted the following definition: that the act be done “knowingly and dishonestly, with the specific intent to subvert or undermine the integrity” of a proceeding."

Saying "I hope" someone gets a good outcome might fall a bit short of “knowingly and dishonestly with the specific intent to subvert or undermine" to most reasonable people.
131  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 40 pieces of legislation on: June 25, 2017, 10:58:27 PM
President Trump Has Now Signed 40 Pieces Of Legislation As He Moves To Enact His Agenda
132  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sen Chuck Schumer D-NY, Called out for Outrageous Lie on: June 25, 2017, 07:12:39 PM
March 21 2017  Wzshington Post, by Mark Berman
Schumer: ‘Unseemly’ to confirm Gorsuch amid FBI probe of Trump campaign

“I’d like to point out that it is the height of irony that Republicans held this Supreme Court seat open for nearly a calendar year while President Obama was in office, but are now rushing to fill the seat for a president whose campaign is under investigation by the FBI,” Schumer said, according to remarks sent out by his office.

Schumer said that, to him, it appeared “unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court Justice with a lifetime appointment” due to the looming FBI investigation, which could potentially last for months or years.

“You can bet that if the shoe was on the other foot – and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI – that Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances,” Schumer said. “After all, they stopped a president who wasn’t under investigation from filling a seat with nearly a year left in his presidency.”

That wasn't just false, Schumer knew it was false.  Trump was not under investigation.  Schumer was part of the gang of 8 that was briefed by James Comey.  Everyone knew Trump was not under investigation EXCEPT the American public, because no one was allowed to tell them.

His good friend Sen Grassley is now calling him out on it.
133  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, related matters on: June 25, 2017, 03:20:54 PM
The amount of sources and methods exposed by this article is extraordinary  angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry

Some people agreeing with you:

The story comes complete with this revelation: “Obama also approved a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow. The project, which Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when Obama left office. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.”
I’m sure Putin is grateful for the heads-up from the Post.
134  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: POTH: President Trump and the families of those killed by illegal aliens on: June 25, 2017, 01:44:36 PM
"To Mr. Trump’s critics, the office and the people it was supposed to represent were little more than pawns in his crude attempts to make monsters out of a largely law-abiding population"

What lying c*cksuckers. If you are an illegal alien, that is a violation of the law. If you are working without legal docs, that is a violation of the law. If you are using someone else's SSN, that is a violation of the law.

They were formerly known as otherwise law abiding citizens, who as you point are not law abiding nor are they citizens.  Then when you own the language and nearly all it's outlets in education and media, it is tempting to drop the otherwise designation which weakens or defeats your point and just call them law abiding or "largely"? law abiding.  Never mind what percent come as violent gang members and what additional percentage conspired and contracted with violent gangs to enter and settle here.

"Hmmm , , , wonder why he won the election  , , ,"

Great point.  We argue against creeping and blatant leftism in all its deceptions and defects every day on these pages and in our own circles and no one seems to listen or care.  Then out of the blue, without any articulate argument or true leader, people suddenly start to get it - because of what they see and what they know.
135  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Measuring Productivity, Walter Russel Mead on: June 25, 2017, 07:26:13 AM
With the collapsing cost of oil and information we need a new way of measuring productivity.

It’s possible that the productivity increases are appearing as lower prices rather than as higher incomes. If the price of oil falls from $100 per barrel to $50 per barrel due to increasingly cheap and efficient methods of production, then everybody in the industry is more productive in terms of barrels of oil per hour of work, but since the oil price has gone down, that productivity increase won’t be captured by statistical methods that calculate productivity in terms of money.
The African villager with a solar powered smartphone has more access to more information than Louis XIV in the halls of Versailles.

136  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media and polling on: June 24, 2017, 08:28:53 PM
ccp:  "Interesting.  unexpected increased Repub turnout was reason the polls were off by ~ 6%?"

Another unfortunate fact is that polling is generally done by media.  Their mission is to influence the outcome more than to report on the process and they are only judged professionally by their final poll - which was much tighter.

They have burned their own bridge and people generally now know they are worthless, biased and wrong.
137  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Constitutional Law, Anthony Kennedy, will be stay or will he go now on: June 24, 2017, 05:15:08 PM
138  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The US Congress; Congressional races, turnout favors Republicans? on: June 24, 2017, 05:10:41 PM
An interesting development of the Trump era:

"The old maxim that increased turnout helps Democrats may not hold. It didn't in Georgia's 6th District."
  - Michael Barone
139  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, related matters on: June 23, 2017, 06:30:13 PM
"most they have is the wikileaks dump that wikileaks says was not from the Russians and that contains documents that were under subpoena that we should have seen anyway"

I should have added to that, they have other information that they agreed with the US Government not to disclose.  Whatever the hell that means.  Once again, it comes down to journ-o-listic trust, of which there is none.  Either the hidden info is significant or it isn't.  We have no way of knowing.
140  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: WaPo: Obama, Putin, 2016 election on: June 23, 2017, 03:28:09 PM

I can't tell if this is a soap opera or a tragedy they are covering.  It sounds like a parody of an American administration. 

They still don't have one voting machine hacked or one vote changed.  The most they have is the wikileaks dump that wikileaks says was not from the Russians and that contains documents that were under subpoena that we should have seen anyway.  The leakers we know of so far were hired by Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the DNC.  And also the FBI, the CIA, the NYT and the Washington Post.  The CIA has the ability to put Russian or any other fingerprints on cyber breaches.  The CIA under Brennan a partisan hack was too responsible and professional to do that?  ANd again, so what if it came from Russia.  (Prosecute them.)  It was information the voters deserved to know anyway.

The story that Putin feared and hated Clinton more than Trump is not credible to me.  One personal story about how she pissed him off versus all the past and future appeasement. Trump is the unknown, a greater rick to both ally and enemy IMO.  Putin is not capable of putting out disinformation like that he preferred HRC?  DNC was hacked.  Whose fault?  Sec State was hacked?  WHOSE FAULT?  RNC security held up to attacks, to whose credit?  Head of the RNC is now White House Chief of Staff.  All of this is to his credit, while they try to put a cloud on it.

Flynn could have been blackmailed (NYT story).  What about Hillary?  They had 22,000 emails about her that were not wedding planning or funeral.  They had her campaign chairman's account, with all the political cheating.  They would not want to blackmail Hillary as President?  Just give it up when she was winning anyway?  For what end?  I don't buy it.  Having these released during the campaign would have been liberating to her Presidency.  As the Clintons always say after months, yearts of stonewalling, "that old story?"

I hate to put the analysis of a radio show above that of professional journalists, but Rush L. correctly points out that the blame-Russia narrative was hatched by the Hillary campaign 24 hours after the election.  Notice that before the election we had all this running around and calling meetings to no end.

Nothing ties Trump to any of this - after a year of investigating.  Just a great big story about how scary and stressful it was to be in an administration trying to decide what kind of nothing response they should have about nothing.  MHO.   )
141  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / More on Flynn on: June 22, 2017, 07:33:25 PM
Taking money from the Turks unannounced while advising President Elect Trump on the Turks is a serious breach of integrity IMHO.

Agree with you on that (after reading up).  But Flynn is gone.  This attack is on Trump.  

PolitiFact has a Flynn timeline:

It is very hard to find real coverage on the Flynn story.  A lot was based on a Politico story, but like the rest of this shameful period in 'professional journalism', much is based on unnamed sources, biased sources and innuendo.  Much of the other unnamed source material has proven to be wrong, see Tom Cotton's quote of Comey's testimony on the NYT.

Flynn changed his story after finding out the Obama administration was 'wiretapping' and eavesdropping on the Trump transition team.  There was a slight delay as facts came to light and then he (was forced to) resign.

Discussing sanctions is what a transition team or administration does with Russian ambassadors when sanctions are the policy and the issue between the countries.  Why he denied it, I do not know.  Media appearances I might guess, making Trump look soft on Russia, after Obama was soft on Putin for 8 years - and gave away part of Europe to him.  

The Politico story the rest of the media focused on goes past Flynn to say his Turkish contacts had prior ties to Russia.  So does everyone in that realm.

Obama warned Trump about Flynn.  And Obama warned America about Trump.  Obama made the Iran deal, Paris accord, Iraq surrender, lied about Benghazi etc.  Obama is not a trusted source on (anything) foreign policy.  Yates and Brennan are partisan hacks.  Sorry to say that about folks formerly in high places but it's a pretty obvious fact.  Even the intel sources saying they know what was discussed aren't to be trusted given the politization and weaponization of our intel agencies.  If a truth came through them, HOW WOULD WE KNOW?  

It is when Flynn changed his story that things changed with Pres. Trump.  He erred in trusting a person he trusted.  Upon discovery, Trump took swift and decisive action, in my judgement.

Tom Cotton is saying the delay of including Flynn where he perhaps shouldn't have was two days.  Flynn got briefed on national security matters in that time.  BFD.  HRC who took more money than that and kept her security clearance for an extra 4 years?? Two standards, always.  If Flynn sells that info now while under investigation he will go to prison.

Miami Herald story on this and others keep asking the Treason question.  They conclude, probably not.  

I don't know what to think about Turkey, today, under the elected Islamic dictator(?) but they are a NATO ally.  Treason law has to do with siding with our enemies.

The situation in Syria is complicated.  I wish I could find an article (I think it was VDH) where the irony of who is our ally on one front and allied with our enemy on another front goes on and on in the Middle East.  But the idea that we might want to take into account what Erdogan in Turkey thinks before we side with his enemy isn't far out of line.  I would take the Turkish Kurds over the government of Turkey anyday, but I don't have to deal with the aftermath as they do.  In the end, Trump took the Kurds over the NATO ally too.  Not exactly evidence he is in bed with Putin, Turkey or anyone else for the wrong reasons, as they keep trying to infer.

The media (IMHO) is AGAIN off chasing shiny objects and trying to delegitimize an administration that meets all the highest standards of its predecessor.  
142  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dicey Flynn stuff, Tom Cotton responds to NYT via twitter on: June 22, 2017, 06:48:00 PM

Tom Cotton also not persuaded by NYT story.  His series of tweets:

1. Yet another @nytimes story that is "almost entirely wrong," to quote the former FBI Director about their past reporting... 1/?

2. Implication is D/CIA Pompeo should've excluded Flynn from PDB because Flynn was "compromised." Let's consider that. 2/?

3. Democratic partisan Sally Yates claimed Flynn was "compromised" because he misstated to VP the nature of talks with Russian ambassador. 3/?

4. But this @nytimes story refutes itself, saying Yates told WH of misstatement on Jan. 26, thus eliminating risk of "compromise"! 4/?

5. Plus, Pompeo confirmed by Senate late on Jan. 23, so on own terms this @nytimes story talking AT MOST about two days! 5/?

6. Putting aside Democrat Yates's breathless, overwrought theories of potential "compromise." 6/?

7. Which probably were already undermined anyway by this @IgnatiusPost from Jan. 12:

8. And, by the way, if Democrat Yates so worried about Flynn, did she ever try to rescind his security clearance? Did John Brennan? 8/?

9. should spend more time on accurate, logical reporting than just regurgitating @RonWyden talking points. 9/?

10. Besides @AllMattNYT & @adamgoldmanNYT need time to explain to FBI investigators their revealing of highly classified info. 10/10
143  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Ayaan Hirsa Ali: Speak up Kamal Harris! on: June 22, 2017, 05:21:09 PM

"we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation."

Three female Democrat Senators with nothing to say about it, instead they march against our  system of presuming a person innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt as determined by a jury.
144  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The electoral process, vote fraud, SEIU/ACORN et al, etc. on: June 22, 2017, 04:58:33 PM
To Jeh Johnson / LA Times:  The reason the Obama administration might be perceived as taking sides in the 2016 election is because they did, all the way up and down the departments.  We are still 'unmasking' ways in which they did that, some legal, some not.

On another matter, I would still like to see an inquiry into the 'data mining' operation of 2012 where nearly every recipient of public subsidy received a personal visit from the reelection committee.
145  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Military Technology: F-35 global gold standard of next-gen air power on: June 21, 2017, 09:27:45 AM

F-35 has emerged as the global gold standard of next-gen air power

146  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A proposal to reform the taxation of corporate income, AEI, Vaird, Toder on: June 21, 2017, 09:22:59 AM
A proposal to reform the taxation of corporate income

Alan D. Viard, Eric Toder

"This report updates and revises the authors’ 2014 proposal to replace the corporate income tax with taxation at ordinary income rates of dividends and net accrued capital gains of American shareholders. The new proposal retains a 15 percent corporate income tax, gives taxable shareholders a credit for corporate taxes paid, imposes a 15 percent tax on interest income of non-profits and retirement plans, and addresses stock price volatility and shifts between private and publicly-traded status. The reform encourages domestic investment and sharply reduces incentives for corporate inversions. It is approximately revenue neutral and makes the tax system more progressive."
147  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tax Policy, not even on the calendar until September? on: June 21, 2017, 08:50:42 AM
House speaker, Trump aides vow tax reform by end of 2017

"The goal is to get tax legislation to the floor of Congress during the first two weeks of September, Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn told technology industry representatives at the White House."

Good grief.

I wonder if anyone has told them 2018 is an election year where sitting on their asses while Rome burns will be be a topic.  Put off the most important reforms, what could possibly go wrong?
148  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Soros cynical about Mc Cain most likely on: June 21, 2017, 08:22:56 AM
"McCain funded by Soros?"
I saw this too and am surprised.
From everything we have read about Soros it is not likely it is because Soros thinks of McCain as a hero or great American
It is because he thinks of him as a useful idiot!
Which he often is!   

I can only think that to Soros, the alternative to McCain would be a more tea party like Republican challenger.

Soros money didn't successfully buy the Georgia election.   )
149  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dicey Flynn stuff on: June 21, 2017, 08:18:43 AM

I'm unpersuaded, can't get over a skepticism of sources.  So much else of what they've written has turned out to be false or misleading.  What I'm hearing is that the previous administration admits eavesdropping on the incoming administration and is trying to take them down one person at a time.

Flynn took fees he didn't disclose.  Probably a fraction of 'fees' that went to the Clinton machine over the decades.  Flynn lost his job.  Yates was a partisan.  What is the conspiracy?  What is the unnamed blackmail material?  Are these different anonymously sources close to the administrations that were wrong the last ten times?  Of course they discuss lifting sanctions; it's the issue of the day to the Russians and how we save face for letting them occupy sovereign countries without consequence.  Why is this a story in June?  NYT is concerned that a CIA director won't tell the press and the world what he tells the President, as CIA Directors never have.
150  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Tesla battery production releases hellacious amounts of CO2 on: June 21, 2017, 07:58:21 AM

Partially challenged by this:

Also see:

'World's quickest car', the Tesla I drove is not any kind of economy car:
All wheel drive cornering and 15-85mph acceleration in about 2 seconds, it's more like a ride at the fair.  Amazing software control of everything from self drive mode to the charging of the battery.  You buy this car because you like that sort of thing.  Don't buy it save energy or to eliminate emissions because it doesn't.  The Nissan Leaf is more comparable to a conventional car. 

The CO2 factor depends on how we power our grid, in manufacturing and for charging.  Powering via electricity is not cleaner when the marginal unit of energy is produced with the same fossil fuels.

Tesla is building all-solar charging stations, and for early, buyers, usage is free.  But real charging happens at home and at work on the mix of the local grid.  In most places, if you add any usage and especially night time usage, the extra energy will come from fossil fuels, coal or natural gas.  Besides expensive and relatively low capacity, solar and wind are not very reliable at night.

We should build nuclear capacity to power the grid if we want a shift of transportation to electric and be carbon free.  Otherwise run the cars directly on natural gas. 

Sourcewatch should do a source watch report on themselves.  What a one-sided, ad hominem attack that was.
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