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151  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: USMC: All Male Units are better than Mixed Gender on: August 05, 2017, 09:40:29 PM

I thought that trannies were the key to military dominance.

Pretty sure that was the meme that was being pushed last week.
152  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-China (& Japan, South China Sea-- Vietnam, Philippines, etc) on: August 05, 2017, 09:36:49 PM
"China May Finally Be Ready to Work With the United States on North Korea"

This is all silly.
We have had this dance for decades and where are we now.  Only thing that will work is force.

Otherwise we accept NK a nuclear power - just as Krauthammer pointed out.

I am an optimist on this.  There are a lot of levers available other than force - and we have force too.  I wrote this before but wouldn't it be great if the art of the deal guy with all the levers of the leader of the free world, with logic, power, safety and ?everything else on his side, could get China to cooperate on this?

If they don't and if we don't take out the threat...  Japan, South Korea, Taiwan will go nuclear too, and others.  When the world's lowest tech country can go nuclear, they all will.  A nuclear Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines?  How is THAT in China's best strategic, control of their own backyard, interest?

It isn't. These are all pressure points that can be used.
153  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Snopes founder accused on: August 01, 2017, 04:12:22 PM

Shocking!   rolleyes
154  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / DWS under ncreasing Pressure to Explain Why She Hired Imran Awan on: August 01, 2017, 03:57:10 PM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/370941.php

August 01, 2017
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Under Increasing Pressure to Explain Why She Hired Imran Awan and Why She Kept Him on the Payroll For So Long
Reasonable questions, right?

I'm sure Honest Truth-Teller Jake Tapper will get right on this.

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is coming under mounting pressure to explain why she kept an IT aide on the payroll for months after a criminal investigation was revealed, facing calls from Republicans to testify as well as a newly filed ethics complaint.
Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who led the Democratic National Committee until last year, terminated Imran Awan's "part-time" employment last week, when he was arrested at Dulles International Airport trying to fly to Pakistan. He was charged with a bank fraud count.

Guy was making like $160,000 per year. That's "part-time"?

Maybe part-time for a criminal.

This is very interesting, I think:

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), run by former U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker (a George W. Bush appointee), also filed a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday. The complaint urged an investigation, questioning why Schultz kept paying Awan after he was barred from the House computer system, noting "Members are directly responsible for ensuring their staff are only paid for official public work."
"There is something quite amiss as to why Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued to use taxpayer funds to employ former technology staff member, Imran Awan, even months after he was barred from accessing the House's computer systems and a number of her colleagues severed ties with Awan," Whitaker said in a statement.

If he wasn't being paid for his IT work -- given he was barred from using House computers -- what the hell was he being paid for?
155  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Res Ipsa Loquitor on: August 01, 2017, 03:52:56 PM

They demand that we obey.
156  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 173 jihadi terror team enroute to europe on: August 01, 2017, 02:45:36 PM
https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/08/01/report-gives-new-details-on-173-man-islamic-state-terror-team-headed-towards-europe



157  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / We're all now fugitives in our own country on: July 31, 2017, 12:13:41 PM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/370922.php

uly 31, 2017
Accused Oregon Rapist Has Been Deported 13 Times; He Was Subject to an ICE Detainer But the County Released Him; He Attacked Two More Women Since Then
We're all now fugitives in our own country.

Sergio Jose Martinez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, had been deported at least 13 times since 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson Virginia Kice confirmed to Portland’s KATU2. Martinez, 31, was also the subject of an ICE detainer request placed Dec. 7, 2016 with the Multnomah County Jail, where he was being held on local charges.
Because Oregon law prohibits police from using agency resources to enforce immigration law, jail officials released Martinez the following day without notifying ICE.

...

Martinez is accused of two separate attacks against women in Portland on Monday, reports local CBS affiliate KOIN. Police say Martinez first broke into the apartment of a 65-year-old woman, bound her hands and feet with scarves, and proceeded to sexually assault her.

He also threatened to kill a woman with a knife; cops suspect he wanted to abduct her, and you can imagine his plans following that.

158  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Too drugged to work on: July 31, 2017, 10:26:11 AM
https://www.axios.com/many-americans-are-too-drugged-out-to-work-2467304330.html

No problem, right?
159  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Japanese buying bomb shelters on: July 30, 2017, 03:44:51 PM
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-25/bomb-shelter-sales-are-booming-after-north-korea-s-icbm-launch?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
Business has never been better at Atlas Survival Shelters, which ships bunkers to customers around the world from its U.S. factories. Among the best sellers: the BombNado, with a starting price of $18,999.

The popularity of the company’s doomsday fortifications is no surprise, considering the state of the world in general and, specifically, Kim Jong-Un’s pursuit of a missile that can hit the continental U.S. Curiously, though, the most furious surge of interest isn’t in America but Japan, a country that’s long been within North Korea’s striking distance.
160  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Refugees wellkommen! on: July 30, 2017, 02:57:43 PM
https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/07/29/germanys-refugee-driven-terror-problem-out-of-control-after-a-dozen-incidents-since-jan-2016/

But diversity!


161  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump Just Approved A Plan For The US Navy To Check Beijing In The South China on: July 30, 2017, 12:50:44 PM
http://taskandpurpose.com/trump-just-approved-a-plan-for-the-us-navy-to-check-beijing-in-the-south-china-sea/

Trump Just Approved A Plan For The US Navy To Check Beijing In The South China Sea
By ALEX LOCKIE, BUSINESS INSIDER  on July 23, 2017 T&P ON FACEBOOK   

President Donald Trump approved a plan to check Beijing over its continued militarization of and actions in the South China Sea, Breitbart News Kristina Wong reports.

Over the last few years, China has ambitiously built up islands on reefs and atolls in the South China Sea and militarized them with radar outposts, military-grade runways, and shelters for missile defenses.

Military analysts believe China hopes to expand its air defense and identification zone into the western Pacific and build a blue-water navy to rival the US’s, but six other countries also lay claim to parts of the region.

In 2016, an international court at The Hague deemed China’s maritime claims unlawful and excessive, but China rejected the ruling outright and has continued to build military installations and unilaterally declare no-fly and no-sail zones.

When a country makes an excessive naval claim, the US Navy challenges it by sailing its ships, usually destroyers, close to the disputed territory or through the disputed waters as a way of ensuring freedom of navigation for all. In 2016, the US challenged the excessive claims of 22 nations — China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in annual shipping passes, were the most prominent.


China has responded forcefully to US incursions into the region, telling the US the moves were provocative and that they must ask permission, which doesn’t align with international law or UN conventions.

“China’s military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and regional peace and stability,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in response to US bombers flying in the region.

Under former US President Barack Obama, the US suspended freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, the US made just three such challenges. So far, under Trump, the US has made three challenges already.


“You have a definite return to normal,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told Breitbart News.

“This administration has definitely given the authority back to the people who are in the best position to execute those authorities, so it’s a return to normal,” she said.

Freedom of navigation operations work best when they’re routine in nature and don’t make news.

They serve to help the US establish the facts in the water, but in the South China Sea, those facts all indicate Chinese control.

When Chinese military jets fly armed over head, when Chinese navy ships patrol the waters, and when Chinese construction crews lay down the framework for a network of military bases in the South China Sea, the US’s allies in the region notice.

An increased US Navy presence in the area won’t turn back time and unpave runways, but it could send a message to allies that the US has their back and won’t back away from checking Beijing.
162  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Welcome to Our Global Censorship and Surveillance Platform on: July 29, 2017, 11:48:47 AM
http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2017/07/welcome-to-our-global-censorship-and-surveillance-platform.html

Monday, 24 July 2017

Welcome to Our Global Censorship and Surveillance Platform
I recently ran into a European counter-terrorism expert who complained that it was getting very difficult to build a fake profile on Facebook.  Every time his team tried to set up a fake profile, it was shut down in less than 24 hours.  Here's why he ran into problems.

Facebook has an initiative to prevent the creation fake accounts (something Facebook strangely calls recidivism). 
This initiative is a small part of a larger overall effort being undertaken by Facebook, Google and others, to become what can best be described as fully functional global censorship and surveillance systems.  I know that people have been concerned about this for a while, but it's not speculation anymore folks.  It's here. 
The surprising thing to me?  The US and nearly all of the governments of the world (outside of China and Russia) are pushing them to do it. 
A global censorship and surveillance platform

Here are some of the aspects of these efforts:

AIs that can identify violent imagery and extremist symbols in videos and pictures and rapidly delete them -- or better yet, block their upload or shut down a livestream as soon as they show up.  For example:  a live broadcast during a terrorist attack or murder (both happened). 
Routine censorship and surveillance.  For example:  Facebook has ~7,500 (largely low paid subcontractors) reading posts and (private) messages to find and delete content they deem objectionable and ban the people who post it.  However, these folks are just temporary employees.  The real goal is to build AIs that can read posts and messages to ID objectionable content to do what the human team (above) is already doing, but on a global scale. 
A complete social graph.  A real-time census of every living person in the world (outside of China and Russia).  One that knows all about you, whether or not you are on Facebook/Google/etc.  These companies are already close to this goal in Europe and the US, and at 2 billion daily users (Facebook and Android), so it won't be long before they expand that to the rest of the world. 
Where is this Headed?

The decline of the US security framework at home and abroad, growing political and economic instability and widespread distrust/illegitimacy will make an expansion of this platform inevitable.  Let's look at this expansion from a couple of angles: 

Already, the social networks are replacing the media as the gatekeepers and the shapers of national and global public opinion.  It's clear that the media can't play this role anymore, they are outgunned. To wit: millions watch TV news while billions get their news from Facebook.  How will they replace the media?  They will use AIs to subtly block, blur or bury fake or objectionable information and conversations while promoting those they approve of.  This process will become extremely apparent during the next presidential campaign.  It also suggests that we will see candidates from within these companies running for office in many countries, and given their edge in using these platforms: win.
AI's built using real time and detailed social graph information could become better at detecting violent behavior far sooner and better than human analysts.  Simply, it may not matter if the attackers were using Facebook or Google, the ripples from their actions on adjacent social networks might be more than enough to detect them.  Pushing this forward even further, as the data flows and the depth of the information increases, how far down in the stack of violence could these AIs prove to be effective?  Down to domestic murders, abuse, and rape?   
A global ID.  Simply, Facebook is getting close to being able to create a global ID for everyone on the planet (sans China/Russia).  It's not a bit of paper or something you put in your wallet.  It'll be passive.  It'll replace your passport and driver's license. If you can be seen by a camera, you will be known. 
Sincerely,

John Robb
163  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Matthew Bracken on the attempted coup on: July 29, 2017, 10:46:35 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRKIsBlzVOk

Matthew Bracken on the attempted coup. Makes a lot of sense.
164  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, related matters on: July 28, 2017, 06:58:13 PM
When one follows the money to Fusion GPS and the phony "Russian dossier" that it pushed to anti-Trump people, one can see the links to Putin and his efforts to rescind the Magnitsky Act.  All you need know here is that the retired Brit who authored the "dossier" defended a libel action against him in the UK by claiming that he thoroughly disclosed to Fusion GPS that his sources were Russian. 

Comey, McCain, and a cast of thousands were duped by that dossier because it confirmed their pre-existing opinions of Trump.  Comey likely used the dossier to ratchet up the counterintel investigation of Trump people.  Information in it was used to obtain a FISA warrant against certain Trump associates. 

Of course, the Russians had the other alternative covered.  If Hillary had been elected, then we'd be having investigations into the emails, servers, and other stuff.  I am confident that Russian intel operatives were behind the leak of the Podesta emails to Wikileaks; but I am not confident that they did the original phishing scam on Podesta. 

The most likely scenario here is that Putin outfoxed the DC swamp and the swamp does not want to admit it.  Hence, it is in full cover-up mode.  And, its cover-up consists mainly of attacking Trump in order to deflect the spotlight from them.

So, Putin and Russian intel has suceeded in neutralizing Trump with a special counsel investigation based upon a phony dossier that was spoon-fed to anti-Trump oppo research peeps by Russian operatives.  And the entire meeting with Trump Jr was a set-up designed to ascertain whether his group would be friendly to Russia and its efforts to overturn Magnitsky.  When Trmup Jr, Kushner and Manafort walked away, the effort shifted to the current effort to undermine Trump by using political opponents as unwittings.



Exactly!
165  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: India/Indian Ocean (and India-afpakia and India-China) on: July 28, 2017, 06:57:10 PM
History is full of wars that both parties miscalculated their way into.
166  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Far left militia training for “guerrilla warfare” on: July 28, 2017, 01:46:10 AM
https://farleftwatch.com/2017/07/26/far-left-militia-training-for-guerrilla-warfare/

JULY 26, 2017 FAR LEFT WATCH STAFF
Far left militia training for “guerrilla warfare”

Right wing radio personality, Dana Loesch and The National Rifle Association recently came under fire for launching a “controversial” ad. There was an immediate backlash from numerous left leaning publications claiming that the video was a call to violence. Interestingly enough, the recent spike in political violence has come overwhelmingly from the left. Even more concerning is the growth of far left organizations openly advocating for “armed struggle”, especially considering the recent targeted shooting of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others by a deranged left wing activist.

One of the largest and fastest growing organizations that fits this description is Redneck Revolt, a self described “above ground militant formation” founded in June of 2016 that claims to have 30+ vetted branches nationwide.

30chapters

Redneck Revolt’s organizing principles mirror much of what you would see on any other far left organizing platform. They begin with their very reasonable, very easy to support, opposition to “white supremacy”. They then dive into class theory, anti-capitalist, and anti-wealth rhetoric that could have been copied directly from The Communist Manifesto. And finally, they wrap up with open calls for “militant resistance” and “revolution”.

Since their inception, Redneck Revolt has been very busy recruiting at gun shows and community events, advocating for class war, contributing to the far left anarchist website It’s Going Down, and conducting armed anti-Trump demonstrations.

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But what’s most alarming are the resources they provide on their website. They promote several PDFs that endorse “armed struggle” and even offer a 36 page “Mini-Manual Of The Urban Guerrilla” (bottom right of resource page) which pictures left-wing militants using RPGs and outlines tactics for guerrilla warfare including sections on “sabotage”, “kidnapping”, “executions”, “armed propaganda”, and “terrorism”.

resources

Guerrilla Warfare

execution

terrorism

That’s right. A far left militia claiming to have 30+ vetted branches is providing training materials for violent guerrilla warfare and all of this information is publicly available on their own website. Not surprisingly, the same left-leaning publications that were outraged by the NRA ad I mentioned earlier have not reported on this publicly available information. In fact, some of these publications have even championed the growth of the far left militia movement. In June, Mother Jones published an article praising Redneck Revolt and other left-wing militants. In July, The Guardian published an article with similar sentiments.

The mission of Far Left Watch is to investigate, expose, and combat far left extremism. Please share this article via Twitter, Facebook, etc. and encourage friendly media and YouTube content creators to report on this breaking information.

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167  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: the Hill: intel chairman accuses OBAma aides of massive unmasking on: July 27, 2017, 09:48:47 PM

'If you like your privacy, you can keep your privacy"!
168  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Total CNN and MSNBC Blackout of Arrest of IT Guy Continues; Print Media Mentions on: July 26, 2017, 11:22:01 PM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/370871.php

July 26, 2017
Total CNN and MSNBC Blackout of Arrest of IT Guy Continues; Print Media Mentions the Story -- with Hilarious Understatement
Total blackout for facts which a non-corrupt media would find worth a mention:

Major cable news networks have given no coverage to the burgeoning scandal involving IT staffers to former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.
Reporting by the Daily Caller News Foundation has revealed that Wasserman Schultz's top information technology staffer Iman Awan was arrested Monday after trying to flee the country amidst investigations into Awan concerning banking fraud and a criminal cybersecurity probe. Awan wired over $280,000 to Pakistan after the FBI recently recovered multiple smashed hard drives from Awan's home.

Despite being blocked from the House computer network since February amid allegations of "committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network," Awan remained employed by Wasserman Schultz's office. He and four of his relatives have received $4 million by working for Democratic members of Congress since 2009.

Wasserman Schultz finally fired Awan on Tuesday, after he attempted to flee the country. His wife already fled to Pakistan with $12,000 in cash. Awan and his relatives had full access to the emails of the Democratic members they worked for, and Wasserman Schultz's password to her iPad she used while she was head of the DNC.

If you're coming late to this story, Jim Geraghty has a recap.

By the way: Guess wyo Iman Awan's just-hired lawyer has deep connections to?

No seriously, guess.

Chris Gowen, Imran Awan’s lawyer, is a long-time campaigner for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a member of an attorney team that brought a fraudulent lawsuit against energy giant Chevron.
...

Politico reported the criminal probe concerned “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”

Gowen described Awan’s arrest as “clearly a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim.”

...

His official bio on the firm’s web site notes that he “left the Public Defender’s office to work for former President William Jefferson Clinton and then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Chris was a fact checker for President Clinton’s memoir, My Life.”

“He also served as a traveling aid for President Clinton’s national and international trips. Chris finished his tenure with the Clintons by directing the advance operations for then-Senator Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign.”

So let's digest this story. In a media environment obsessed with the DNC hack, it turns out five individuals were abusing their access to the DNC email system while -- possibly -- committing an assortment of crimes.

* Imran Awan's wife (herself one of the IT 5) already fled to Pakistan, carrying $12,000 in cash with her.

* Imran Awan man himself wired $280,000 to Pakistan, then attempted to flee there.

* Debbie Wassman-Schultz has threatened "consequences" against the Capitol Police unless they return her hard drives before the police are done using them as evidence in a case they're investigating against the IT 5. Almost as if she has something to hide.

* Despite the IT 5 taking all sorts of liberties with the DNC email and passwords while the DNC freaks out about an email hack, and despite them doing shady shit on the side (Imran Awan was arrested for bank fraud), they somehow manage to land a big attorney with deep DNC/Clinton connections.

* The Daily Caller reported that stolen hard drives were recovered from Imran Awan "smashed" by hammers. (His new Friend of Bill lawyer denies this.)

* Despite all these goings-on, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz actually kept Imran Awan on the payroll for reasons unknown, even as he was subject of a Capitol Hill police probe. She only (finally!) fired him after his arrest, then refused comment.

So: lot of interesting stuff going on here.

The National Laughingstock did file an obligatory the-right-wing-is-making-fun-of-us-for-embargoing this story.

Check out the grabby, juiced-up, must-read, must-RT headline they gave this compelling set of facts:


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Congressional IT staffer charged with home equity loan fraud http://wapo.st/2uy1A2O
1:35 PM - Jul 26, 2017
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Congressional IT staffer charged with home equity loan fraud
Imran Awan pleaded not guilty after his arrest at Dulles International Airport
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Can you feel your pulse quickening with the thrill of the journalistic hunt?

Can you feel your breath catching in your throat?!

Wow. It's almost as if they want to be able to say "we covered that story" while doing everything possible to bury it.

Almost as if that's what they were attempting, mind you:

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This is amazing:

- buried fact it was DWS's IT staffer
- no mention of smashed hard drives
- FBI had to arrest because he was fleeing https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/890309504981774336
3:46 PM - Jul 26, 2017
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CNN did post an online recap of the story -- pioneering the the innovative Don't Read This Boring Story Which the Right Is Forcing Us to Mention format that the National Laughingstock later imitated:

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A Democratic staffer has been arrested on bank fraud charge http://cnn.it/2v00Cgr
1:33 PM - Jul 26, 2017
Photo published for Democratic staffer arrested on bank fraud charge
Democratic staffer arrested on bank fraud charge
Imran Awan, who has worked for several House Democrats, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was arrested Tuesday on charges of bank fraud as he tried to leave the country, legal documents show.
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Gee I wonder if they'd downplay this story to such a laughable degree if it had been Paul Manafort wiring $280,000 to a foreign safe harbor and then attempting to abscond.



posted by Ace at 07:20 PM
169  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, related matters on: July 26, 2017, 10:26:35 AM
Rush Limbaugh spoke of this exact Kurt Schlichter article yesterday

But since when has Trump been smart about firing anyone ?

Fed up in NJ

This is the problem.
170  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller on: July 26, 2017, 10:12:50 AM
https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/07/24/trump-needs-to-be-smart-about-how-he-fires-mueller-n2358768

Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller
Kurt Schlichter |Posted: Jul 24, 2017 12:01 AM 


 

Trump must eventually fire Robert Mueller, a partisan tool carrying water for his Establishment pals as he oversees an utterly corrupt “investigation” where the only person we actually know committed any wrongdoing is his bestest buddy Jim Comey. But Trump can’t just lash out and do it, though it is well within his political and moral right to do so. No, he’s got to do it cleverly, with cunning, in a way that shows the American people exactly why Mueller’s witch hunt is a flaming dumpster fire of conflicts of interest and contempt for the right of normal Americans to have a say in their own governance.

Trump has to set the stage before he pulls the trigger and puts the coup de grace into the temple of this appalling fiasco. He has to do it so the American people will see and understand why ending this idiocy is so absolutely necessary to preserve our Republic despite the mainstream media’s best effort to hide the truth.

Trump needs to seize the initiative from Leaky Bob. You know, I keep hearing how Mueller was this squared-away Marine officer, but through these incessant leaks his organization demonstrates a complete lack of both integrity and discipline. Mueller seems unwilling or unable to exercise any kind of leadership over his team of Hillary donors, or to instill a culture of seriousness and impartiality. The continuing misconduct of his out-of-control, ever-expanding fiefdom demonstrates that he must be relieved of command. And here’s the letter the president should send to him to set the stage to do it.

Robert Mueller

Special Counsel

United States Department of Justice

Dear Mr. Mueller:

 I write in my capacity as the President, and to you in your capacity as a subordinate executive branch officer.

[This is where the president clarifies who works for whom – and whom the American people elected. Hint: It wasn’t the Menschian Suddenly-Aware-That-Russia-Is-Bad Gang.]

 You were appointed to investigate the baseless and politically motivated claims of collusion with Russia. While I am frustrated at the partisan innuendo and improper leaks, I respect this process. Yet these false claims have interfered with my administration’s ability to deliver on the promises I made to the tens of millions of Americans who voted for me last November.

[This is where the President makes clear that he will not let these bogus charges derail the policies the American people voted for. You establishment creeps want to go back to business as usual? Win an election. Your coup fantasies? Not happening.]

 It is important for me to tell you and the American people, who will read this letter since I intend to make it public, that nothing here seeks to impugn your integrity. You served your country honorably as a Marine overseas and in various roles at home.


[Of course, Trump must tweet out this letter, and it must be distributed far and wide by the skillful and smooth Anthony Scaramucci so that voters can read it themselves and not have to rely on the CNN/NYT/MSNBC/WaPo Lie Machine’s spin.]

 But several troubling matters related to your investigation have arisen, so I am directing you to provide me a written explanation regarding the following matters no later than noon three days hence. I intend to release your response to the public, which must have full confidence in your investigation if it is to put to rest these baseless allegations.

[Shift the paradigm! Mr. President, this guy works for you. He owes you – and the American people – an explanation!]

1. 28 CFR 45.2 (”Disqualification arising from personal or political relationship”) bars participation in any investigation involving a personal friend. You are a long-time, close personal friend and mentor of James Comey. He is the source of allegations against me that leaks from your team that indicate that you are investigating. Please explain why you contend that 28 C.F.R. 45.2 does not apply to you based upon your close personal friendship with Mr. Comey. Please explain how your close friendship with this accuser will not undermine the American people’s confidence in the impartiality and fairness of your investigation.


[I was just discussing with one of my very, very prominent lawyer buddies how this whole thing stinks and would never be tolerated in the normal legal world. Any American is going to understand that you don’t appoint the pal of the “victim” to investigate the “crime.”]

2. Federal Election Commission filings show the political donations made by your staff, including donations of the maximum amount allowed by law, are overwhelmingly directed toward the Democratic Party. [Insert here a list of them and their Hillary payoffs so the people can see just how outrageous this really is.] Please explain why 28 C.F.R. 45.2 does not apply to your staff based on their demonstrated partisan preference for liberal Democrats who oppose my administration. Please explain how it happens that none of your staff appears to have primarily donated to Republicans – nor any of them to my candidacy despite the fact about 45% of American voters voted for me.


[Seriously. What the hell? The American people need to hear loudly and clearly that Mueller is picking members of the Felonia von Pantsuit fraternity for his metastasizing mob – and they’ll ask “Why?” Mueller cannot give a good explanation because there isn’t one.]

3. On June 14, 2017, the news media reported a leak from inside your investigation to the effect that I was personally the subject of an investigation for “obstruction of justice.” This leak was widely perceived as a bureaucratic maneuver designed to prevent me from exercising my prerogative under the Constitution of relieving you, a subordinate executive branch officer, of your duties. Recently, there were leaks about you unilaterally further expanding the probe beyond the bogus Russian collusion claims to my personal financial matters from a decade ago. Fairly or not, these shameful betrayals of your confidence by members of your team (assuming the media is accurate, which is questionable) portray you as using the kind of tactics that resulted in my mandate to “drain the swamp.” And these endless leaks are especially troubling in light of Mr. Comey’s admission that he leaked information to manipulate the special counsel process, while hiding from the American people the fact that I was never under investigation for collusion with Russia.

[Time to remind people that Mueller is not leading a group of dedicated professionals pursuing the truth but a liberal agenda-driven, undisciplined band of Hillary hacks who are just another set of Washington insiders playing the same old political games.]

 If these leaks are accurate, please explain the steps you are taking to identify who on your team violated your trust and the trust of the American people. If the leaks are not true, please unequivocally state that fact. Please also explain the steps you are taking to ensure that your staff will act professionally and with integrity in the future in order to regain the American people’s confidence in the impartiality and fairness of your investigation.

[Boom. Put it back on Mr. Integrity™ to explain what he plans to do to restore some professionalism to the circle of jerks that is his team.]

 This matter must be resolved quickly and completely, in a manner which all Americans see as absolutely impartial and fair. I am directing your public response to this letter both in fairness to you, because you deserve a chance to answer these concerns, and for the American people, who have questions that require answers.

[So you wanna play this out in the media? Okay. Except now you can’t do it from in hiding using whispers and lies. Time to stand up and be held accountable instead of talking smack via cowardly gossip through friendly liberal media catamites.]

 And the American people deserve those answers soon, because they deserve an executive branch that can devote its full efforts to the agenda the people voted for. I am confident you share my determination that this not become another endless, expensive, and ultimately meaningless exercise in Washington gamesmanship. Accordingly, unless additional time, not to exceed 30 days, is granted upon a showing of good cause, I direct you to present your written findings by October 31, 2017. At that point, your appointment as Special Counsel will expire and any remaining matters requiring further investigation will continue to be investigated via normal Department of Justice investigatory channels.

[Set a fuse and light it. This charade cannot go on endlessly, so don’t let it.]

Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

[A useful reminder that he is the duly-elected President, and all the haters, liberal liars, and media hacks are not.]

Mueller has to go, sooner or later, but the President must first set the stage and make sure the American people understand exactly how much of an utter scam this whole thing is before he acts. Impeachment – the ultimate goal of Mueller/Comey and their liberal establishment string-pullers – is a political act. To pull off their unbelievably dangerous and destructive coup, the establishment needs to get a bunch of Republicans and the House and Senate to go along. Some of the RINOs are itching to, but they are cowards and they can be controlled by fear of voter backlash. By appealing to the people and making his case to them, the President will ensure that the people will tell their elected representatives, “Oh, hell no.” And the coup will sputter then peter out in pathetic failure, much like a Fredocon watching Cinemax at midnight without his Viagra.

Sad!

But Trump can’t act before he makes the case. Sure, the media will empty its bowels in horror at this letter and scream about “intimidation” and “interference,” but normal people will read it and ask “Yeah, why is this guy investigating claims made by his friend? That sounds unfair. And how come Mueller is appointing all Democrat Hillarybots? That’s not right.”

So, when Mueller refuses to follow the reasonable order of his elected superior to explain his outrageous conflicts of interest, Trump will be able to toss him and his band of hacks into the Schumer can. Yeah, the media will melt down, but normal Americans will shrug, and Trump will continue doing the job we elected him to do.

171  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / China warns India it will defend territory 'at all costs' amid border dispute on: July 25, 2017, 01:06:36 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/25/china-warns-india-will-defend-territory-costs-amid-border-dispute/

China warns India it will defend territory 'at all costs' amid border dispute
Video allegedly shows Indian and Chinese soldiers pushing each other
00:29


 Neil Connor, beijing
25 JULY 2017 • 5:51PM
China has stepped up its war of words with India over a tense border dispute, saying it will defend its territory “at all costs”, after a video emerged of soldiers from the two sides pushing and shoving each other.

"It is easier to shake the mountains than to shake the PLA,” Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said as he reiterated the “determination” of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

Both sides have been facing off on a thin strip of land in the Himalayas bordering both countries and Bhutan.
 

China is constructing a road in the region which India sees a strategic threat to a narrow part of territory leading to its north eastern states which is known as the ‘chicken’s neck’.

Mr Wu also said China would conduct “targeted deployment and exercises” along the disputed border area, raising the spectre of increased military movements in the tense region.

Last week China conducted live-fire drills on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and such exercises will continue if Indian troops are not withdrawn from the stand-off, Mr Wu said.

"We will preserve our sovereign territory and security interests at all costs," he said, in what is being seen as China’s strongest warning yet to New Delhi since the dispute began a month ago.

"The 90-year history of the People's Liberation Army has proven that, when it comes to safeguarding our sovereignty and territorial integrity, our capabilities keep strengthening while our determination remains firm.”

Meanwhile, a video has emerged which shows soldiers from India and China pushing each other on a grassy flatland.

The leaked clip of around 20 apparently unarmed troops was originally circulated by Indian news outlets before being picked up by Chinese media.
172  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Grid threats require 'imagining the unimaginable' — report on: July 24, 2017, 09:12:58 AM
https://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060057718/search

SECURITY
Grid threats require 'imagining the unimaginable' — report
Peter Behr, E&E News reporter Published: Friday, July 21, 2017
Power grid at sunset. Photo credit: Pixabay

A new National Academy of Sciences report has stark warnings for the U.S. electric power network. Pixabay
The U.S. electric power network is poorly equipped to restore electricity service to large areas blacked out by natural disasters or hostile attacks, a National Academy of Sciences panel warned yesterday in a report that looks into dark future scenarios that it says the nation and the public have not fully faced up to.

"The electricity system, and associated supporting infrastructure, is susceptible to widespread uncontrolled cascading failure, based on the interconnected and interdependent nature of the networks," the panel concluded in a 297-page report ordered by Congress and funded by the Department of Energy. "Despite all best efforts, it is impossible to avoid occasional, potentially large outages caused by natural disasters or pernicious physical or cyber attacks."

The panel, headed by M. Granger Morgan, an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University, proposed a long list of actions needed to create a "resilient" power grid that could recover from an unprecedented blow.

Morgan said the challenge should be a top priority, not in the sense of "do it tomorrow, or we're toast. But in the time scale of months, it's quite urgent."

"At present, planning for all types of hazards to public infrastructure is a disorganized and decentralized activity," the report said. "Too often in the past, the United States has made progress on the issue of resilience by 'muddling through,'" but that response is no longer tolerable, the report said. Multiple threats to the grid require authorities and industry to start "imagining the unimaginable" and planning for lower-probability but potentially catastrophic events.

The report comes as Energy Secretary Rick Perry's leadership team is completing a high-level review of power grid reliability and is working on a report on cybersecurity threats called for by President Trump. Both reports will set policy benchmarks for how the Trump administration will prioritize and fund federal responses to grid threats.

Travis Fisher, the DOE political appointee heading the reliability study, minimized the risk of a state-sponsored, large-scale cyber outage in a 2015 paper issued by the Institute for Energy Research, a pro-fossil-fuels advocacy organization. "Even though cyber threats do exist and are concerning, fears of catastrophic damage from a cyber attack are likely overblown," Fisher wrote then, saying that would-be attackers are deterred by the certainty of a U.S. in-kind response.

Some grid executives and federal security officials have said the same, but most cyber professionals conclude that the grid's exposure to potential attack is expanding constantly. Responding to a question yesterday, DOE spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said the IER paper "is not relevant to the grid study or cyber study."

The panel, whose members included academics, DOE laboratory scientists and a former regional grid chief executive, said the responsibility for recovery from a widespread power outage starts at the top.

Fragmented responsibility

"No single entity is responsible for, or has the authority to implement a comprehensive approach to assure the resilience of the nation's electricity system," the report said. "Even in federal programs focused explicitly on increasing grid resilience, planning and implementation of research and policy responses are fragmented across federal agencies. It is impossible to describe all of the relevant efforts succinctly."

The panel challenged DOE to fill that gap, leading longer-term federal, state and community actions to increase the grid's recovery capability. "No other entity in the United States has the mission to support such work," it said.

While many recommendations centered on the federal government, others pointed at the power industry.

"There has been a tendency among utilities and other commercial entities not to share information about cyber breaches and to look inward rather than seeking help, which limits potential for collaboration across organizations. Most utilities are not likely to have adequate internal staff directly experienced in large-scale cyber restoration," the report said.

It also urged more research on how electric vehicles, customer-owned solar power and microgrids could help the grid recover. In worst-case scenarios, customers might have to endure lengthy recoveries in which power is rationed, the study said. Families that have home systems able to use limited power supplies to run refrigerators and furnaces might avoid evacuation after a disaster, the authors said.

The report urged more financial support for DOE offices that fund research, development and demonstration programs on cybersecurity defenses and power grid monitoring and control systems. Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request proposed 41 percent spending cuts for both DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, two centers of that research.

"If funding is not provided by the federal government, the committee is concerned that this gap would not be filled either by states or by the private sector," the panel said.

It called on DOE to lead in the stockpiling of crucial grid power transformers, to complement industry programs.

Much more technology is needed to deal with wide-area outages, the panel said, including control room software to help grid operators recognize and respond to fast-moving outages. "During a major event such as Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy, thousands of alarms can overwhelm the system operator" in control rooms, it said. "Artificial intelligence could help quickly prioritize these alarms."

Several recommendations addressed what the panel saw as a lack of understanding among government officials and the public about the consequences of a widespread emergency — including deliberate, targeted blackouts of some areas to protect vital equipment that would be needed to bring the grid back up.

In an uncontrolled, cascading grid collapse, parts of the interstate grid would automatically break into smaller subdivisions called "islands," resulting in significant outages, the panel said. Planned "islanding" in an emergency could limit the damage and speed recovery, the report said.

DOE and DHS should create a "visioning" process to portray and assess plausible large-area, long-duration grid disruptions that could have major impacts on the public, to help hospitals, communications providers, first responders and other critical resources prepare, the report said.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Energy Standards Board should do more to coordinate operations of natural gas pipelines and the power companies that depend on gas to run generators, it said.

The recovery challenge must be recognized at the state level, too, the panel said.

In one case in point, a new cybersecurity strategy issued last week by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) describes critical infrastructure as the state's "Achilles' heel," noting that "experts have called our electric grid the glass jaw of American industry." The document concludes, "There are potential attackers, vulnerable places they could attack and many ways to amplify the effects of a cyber attack by combining it with other emergencies."

"I can't give you concrete, specific, best solutions for all these problems," said Art House, Connecticut's chief cybersecurity risk officer and a former utility regulator there. "But I think that what we have to do is recognize the vulnerability, recognize that there has to be a culture of cybersecurity, and then go about finding the answers to it."

Twitter: @PeteBehrEENews Email: pbehr@eenews.net
173  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: What Trump can do to cripple Obaamacare on: July 23, 2017, 10:21:41 PM

Let it burn.
174  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cyberwar, Cyber Crime, and American Freedom on: July 23, 2017, 10:20:37 PM
Silly me, I was thinking electronically  cheesy e.g. storing this forum in some sort of device, unconnected to the internet so this forum can be resurrected with our work of all these years saved.


I'm planning on scenarios that put immediate concerns much lower on Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
175  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cyberwar, Cyber Crime, and American Freedom on: July 23, 2017, 09:11:33 PM
What are you doing?


Moving away from an urban death zone.

176  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Black Hat: Big Cyber Attack Coming on: July 23, 2017, 08:53:57 PM

Important stuff. Plan accordingly.

177  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Feel the cognitive Bern! on: July 23, 2017, 08:17:19 PM
https://twitter.com/sensanders/status/708041019359625216?lang=en

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A nation is judged not by how many billionaires and millionaires it has but by how it treats the most vulnerable people among us.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2017/06/sen-sanders-wife-tried-evicting-disabled-group-home-residents-closing-shady-college-deal-fbi-probe/

Sen. Sanders’ Wife Tried Evicting Disabled Group Home Residents after Closing Shady College Deal Under FBI Probe

JUNE 29, 2017

Amid a deepening federal investigation of Jane Sanders, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ wife, Judicial Watch has obtained records that paint a rather disturbing personal portrait of a heartless spouse—and longtime political advisor—of the Democratic Socialist candidate for president of the United States. During the Obama administration, the FBI began investigating Jane for falsifying documents to obtain a $10 million loan to expand a now-defunct liberal arts college in a town where her husband once served as mayor while she was the school’s president.

The school, Burlington College, was in a small city with the same name in northwestern Vermont. It’s a quaint town of about 42,000 that sits on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain and prides itself on having “diverse, forward-thinking citizens” that are “steeped in arts and culture.” Jane was president of the troubled college from 2004 to 2011 and in 2010, she had an ambitious plan to expand the campus by 33 acres, despite low enrollment and financial difficulties. The then-president of Burlington College drastically overstated donation amounts in loan applications, according to the Vermont news website that broke the story, to obtain a $10 million loan. Jane indicated there was $2.6 million in pledged donations but the school only got $676,000 in four years.

The loan went through, some allege after her husband’s senatorial office pressured the bank to approve it, and Jane masterminded a deal to purchase an undeveloped, 32-acre parcel of land and a 77,000-square-foot facility from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. The purchase included a facility that served as a group home for disabled people and, under the terms of the deal, Jane was supposed to negotiate the transfer of the disabled residents before the school took over the property. Instead Jane tried to kick the disabled people out of their group home, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. The records, part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into the Jane Sanders fraud case, include electronic mail exchanges between Jane when she was president of Burlington College and two former mayors of the city of Burlington.

In a lengthy letter to the attorney (Todd Centybear) representing the group home for the disabled Jane indicates that she’s having trouble evicting the 16 residents from their building on the newly purchased property after the college had acquired the land. She writes: “It is simply not fair to expect the College to continue to carry the burden of the expenses associated with housing both your population and ours until February 2012.” The home for the disabled was being leased from the diocese and Jane was supposed to help relocate the residents, not evict them. The exchange shows, not only Jane’s heartlessness, but also her incompetence as the college president for not ensuring the negotiated transfer of those disabled people before the school took over the property.

In a separate email to then Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss, Jane forwards a laughable press release issued by the college announcing her resignation. “I wanted you to hear it from me,” she writes to the mayor. “It’s a good decision.” The press release announced that “In honor of her significant accomplishments, the College has given Sanders the title of President Emerita…” It adds that “The Board credits Sanders with negotiating the acquisition of its beautiful new 32-acre lakefront campus, a transformative achievement for the College.” In reality, the acquisition of that property bankrupted the College, and Sanders is now being investigated for bank fraud by the FBI for misrepresentations she made on loan documents to purchase the land for the campus.

Senator Sanders, who is up for reelection this year, hit the media circuit this week to defend his wife, assuring that she’s the most honest person he knows and that the investigation is politically motivated. “When you go after people’s wives that is really pathetic,” he said in a recent interview, adding that “it’s fairly pathetic that when people are involved in public life, it’s not only that they get attacked, but it’s their wives and their families that get attacked. That’s what this is about.” The couple lawyered up this week, hiring two prominent attorneys, one in Burlington and the other in Washington D.C. Also, this month, Jane launched a nonprofit organization, the Sanders Institute, to “revitalize democracy” with progressive policies aimed at racial and social justice as well as environmental and economic issues.

178  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / China Forces Muslim Users to Install Spying Software on Smartphones on: July 23, 2017, 03:42:03 PM
http://news.softpedia.com/news/china-forces-muslim-users-to-install-spying-software-on-smartphones-517116.shtml

China Forces Muslim Users to Install Spying Software on Smartphones


Users who don’t comply are detained for up 10 days

 
Jul 23, 2017 07:29 GMT  ·  By Bogdan Popa     ·     
The Chinese government is forcing some of the ethnic minorities to install a smartphone application that would help monitor their activities, with law enforcement warning that those who do not comply would be detained for up to 10 days.

The initiative was started in Xinjiang in western China, with authorities sending a message via WeChat to residents in Urumqi requiring them to install an Android application called Jingwang whose role is to spy on users and detect any possible “terrorist and illegal religious videos, images, e-books, and electronic documents.”

Most of the people in the region are part of the Muslim minority, according to local media, and the message is being spread in both Mandarin and Uyghur, with the latter being the language spoken by the ethnic group called Uighur, whose population counts 8 million people.

Android app to spy on users
The message also includes a QR code to download the app, along with a warning that those who do not install the application would be detained for up to 10 days.

Law enforcement warns that random checks would be performed in the coming weeks to make sure that everyone installs the app and no infringing content is stored on the devices. If the app is running and content that violates the guidelines is detected, users are prompted to delete it. Those who do not comply are also detained, the police warns.

The app can spy on the majority of activities performed on the phone, with logged data including conversations on WeChat and Weibo, two of the most popular communication platforms in China.

Information like Wi-Fi login details, device IMEI, and SIM card data is also collected and transferred to a government server, along with information on the media files stored on the device and which are compared to digital signatures of content flagged as infringing or linked with terrorist activity.

At first glance, the spying efforts only seem to be targeted at Android devices, but given that iOS is running on less than 10 percent of the devices in China, there’s a good chance that most people who are part of the minority group are affected.
179  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: German media failedto report refugee crisis honestly on: July 23, 2017, 03:32:42 PM

Thank god journalists here are professional and honest!
180  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Bezos, Washington Post, and US Postal Service on: July 23, 2017, 01:07:13 PM
Bezos bought Wash Post to leverage Washington.  Makes sense.   Interesting that the US Postal Service in actuality is subsidizing Amazon!!!!!   shocked

https://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/2017/07/22/the-amazon-washington-post-and-why-it-needs-to-be-destroyed/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/postal-service-broke-federal-law-and-showed-institutional-bias-by-letting-workers-help-clinton-campaign-watchdog/article/2629083
181  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / We Must Elect Senator Kid Rock on: July 22, 2017, 11:11:27 PM
https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/07/20/we-must-elect-senator-kid-rock-n2356950

We Must Elect Senator Kid Rock
Kurt Schlichter |Posted: Jul 20, 2017 12:01 AM 


 

The news that Southern-fried rock/rapper Kid Rock will be running for some timeserving Dem hack’s Senate seat in Michigan should make every normal American smile and spill a 40 to his homies. The future Senator Rock deserves your eager support for two critical reasons: First, it will drive the liberals insane. Second, it will make George Will and the rest of Team Fredocon soil themselves.

“Kid Rock? Oh, well I never!” You simpering sissies. I’ll take his nasty stringy mop and torn wife beater over your preferred weasels’ coiffed politician/newscaster hair and Gucci loafers.

No, he didn’t go to some Ivy League snob factory and all he’s got to rely on are attitude, common sense, and a love of actual Americans (especially our troops). But wait - you want “conservatism.” A fat lot of good your version of conservatism’s done us. It’s always waiting up there ahead, just after the next election cycle, and in the meantime, we’ll compromise and make some more excuses.

No, we’re past voting for the ideology. Now we’re ready to vote for the id.

We’re woke, and we want a devil with a cause. Lying GOP worms like Rob Portman and Dean Heller and whoever that jerk is from West Virginia stuck a stake in pseudo-conservative ideology’s already-dying heart when they started tap dancing the second they got the opportunity to vote to repeal Obamacare while we had a president who would actually sign the bill. Up until then, the people Conservatism Incorporated had vouched for had looked in our faces and lied.

Now, we can look in their faces and say, “Kid Rock’s in the House and that's where [he’s] at!”

Okay, technically the Senate. Which is probably good, because you know he’d slap Paul Ryan and make him cry.

“You can’t be serious!” Kid Rock over some Democrat, or whatever lying sack of fraud the More Con Than You-cons have been selling us?

Any. Freaking. Day.

Conservative Incorporated sold us a bill of goods – oh, not all of them, but enough of them that there’s no more benefit of the doubt for the Republican Party. Let’s be really clear – most of the GOP Senate crew was ready to pull the tab and chug the beer of repeal. That’s good, and why we need to avoid playing the “I HATE THE WHOLE GOP! WAAAAA!” game the Democrats and their media catamites are pushing to dishearten and discourage us. No, we’re not falling for it. We don’t need to give up. We just need to purge the party of the squishes. We still have about a dozen or so liars who played conservative at home and bipartisan trough hog back in DC. And they need to be kicked to the curb.

This crisis is not of The Donald’s making; this is a failure of insiders, not of outsiders. The tunnel vision Never Trumpers can’t put this repeal treachery on Trump, though they’ll try. To them, everything is Trump’s fault – their irrelevance, their dandruff, their inability to perform as men. No, this was a betrayal of real conservatives by alleged conservatives in good standing, big talkers about liberty and free enterprise who were happy to take our votes but even happier to burrow into the Washington scene and suck it dry like the ticks they are.


These were the grinning creeps who sat on Heritage panels and reaped the praise of the American Enterprise Institute and who, when the time came, turned out to be liars.

These were the people who kept shaking their lying heads at how uncouth Trump is. At least Trump – and Kid Rock – never lied to us about who they really are.

I am not shocked. You shouldn’t be either. Like every movement, conservatism has attracted its share of grifters. Look at the careers of Bill Kristol and John Podhoretz – thanks, Dads! Their magazines are just more useless appendages of Conservative Incorporated. Their purpose was never to put conservative policy into place. No, they are donor bait whose purpose is to allow their proprietors to maintain their mediocre positions in the DC/NY milieu. When the time to make a hard choice came, they easily made the choice of Felonia von Pantsuit, happy to leave us normal Americans to her tender mercies knowing that having liberals in the White House meant bucks and attention for them.

They are horrible people who always held us normals in contempt, and they’re now so angry they are forgetting to fake respect. The other day, when the president was showing off American-made goods in the White House, Kristol sniffed “Maybe it's just me, but I find something off-putting about turning the White House into an exhibition hall for American tchotchkes.” Maybe it’s just me, but if I were one of these nepotism poster boyz I would at least show some respect for Americans whose parents didn’t hand them a ready-made career.


They’re nothing now, and it gnaws at them. So just think of them seeing Kid Rock get the power and position they covet. We cannot waste this opportunity to watch them turn purple with fussy rage.

Which brings us to the criticality of attitude, because one fact remains indisputable. Attitude doesn’t lie. We’ve just seen a graphic demonstration of how the GOP hacks can easily fake ideology. But attitude? That’s almost impossible to fake.

Tell me more about how all Donald Trump has is raw opposition to everything Democrat, how he has no firm ideology of his own. Yeah, and so what? Raw opposition to our enemies sure as hell beats faked ideology that suddenly vanishes whenever it’s in danger of actually being implemented.

I keep hearing how true conservatism will do this and that and blah blah blah. Yeah, most of the GOP senators are solid, but enough aren’t that you finger waggers need to lose the attitude. The people the establishment held up as serious policy wonks who put that alleged policy illiterate Donald Trump to shame turned around and stabbed us in the back.


I’ll take Kid Rock in a heartbeat over what you’re selling – he’s a cowboy, baby, and he’s thrown a punch and taken one. He’s not going to lie to you about devouring think tank white papers and how we’re really absolutely totally going to do all that great conservative stuff if only we had the House and the Senate and the presidency and unicorns romping through the streets.

So, Kid Rock for Senate 2018. His campaign slogan should be “You’ve done a lot worse,” because we have. Sure, maybe he’ll “Start an escort service for all the right reasons/And set up shop at the top of Four Seasons,” but at least this time we will have elected a pimp instead of another ho.
182  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / China's Global Times not sounding like it's over on: July 22, 2017, 09:52:26 PM
India’s provocation will trigger all-out confrontation on LAC
By Duo Mu

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/7/18 0:23:39 Last Updated: 2017/7/18 22:15:10
 

On June 16, Indian border guards crossed over the Sikkim section of the China-India border to the Chinese side, triggering a face-off with Chinese troops. India's action this time is a blatant infringement on China's sovereignty.

As the confrontation goes on, China needs to get ready for the face-off becoming a long-term situation and at the same time, needs to maintain a sense of rationality. Within China, there are voices calling for the Indian troops to be expelled immediately to safeguard the country's sovereignty, while Indian public opinion is clamoring for war with China. However, the two sides need to exercise restraint and avoid the current conflict spiraling out of control.

One important reason that prompted India triggering the border dispute this time is its worry over China's development in recent years. As two big developing countries, India and China both had a history of past colonization, and now both are enjoying fast economic growth. But China has risen quickly to be the world's No.2 economy. As time is on China's side, New Delhi is deeply concerned with China's rapid rise. Provocation at the border reflects India's worry and attempt to sound out China.

China doesn't recognize the land under the actual control of India is Indian territory. Bilateral border negotiations are still ongoing, but the atmosphere for negotiations has been poisoned by India. China doesn't advocate and tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but China doesn't fear going to war to safeguard sovereignty either, and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation.

According to the Indian media, Indian troops are stationed at the border area and have set up logistical support. They even claim that India will continue the confrontation with China at the Sikkim section of the China-India border until the Chinese troops withdraw. In response, China must continue strengthening border construction and speed up troop deployment and construction in the Doklam area. These are legitimate actions of a sovereign country.

The 3,500-kilometer border has never been short of disputes. Since the 1962 border war, the Indian side has repeatedly made provocations. China must be prepared for future conflicts and confrontation. China can take further countermeasures along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). If India stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the consequence of an all-out confrontation with China along the entire LAC. 

If India plans to devote more resources in the border area, then so be it. China can engage in a competition with India over economic and military resources deployment in the border area. With growing national strength, China is capable of deploying resources in remote border areas. It is conducive to the economic growth of these regions, as well as to safeguarding integration of China's territory. Road and rail in the Tibetan area have been extended close to the border area with India, Nepal and Bhutan. It's a competition of military strength, as well as a competition of overall economic strength.
183  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: July 22, 2017, 09:10:11 PM
Quote
The tangible real world effects of marijuana legalization seen firsthand aren't exactly as benign as promised.

Neither is smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol. That's not the point. The point is that the war on drugs is pointless. As pointless as Prohibition was but some people just never learn. Anyone who expects humanity to be a bunch of saints is plain crazy. The best we can expect is to keep these things moderately under control.

The current state of the war on drugs is that it is not working because addicts still can buy the stuff, distribution is out of control, jails are full, and the bad guys are making a killing. What's to like? The war on drugs is an UTTER FAILURE. Typical political solution, if it does not work do more of it until it does. Like body count in Vietnam.

We have a war on drugs thread. I don't want to drift that into this thread.
184  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Balls and a spine included on: July 22, 2017, 07:43:41 PM
http://althouse.blogspot.com/2017/07/brilliant-positioning-by-kid-rock.html

Want to win? Bring both to the table.

185  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: July 22, 2017, 07:41:57 PM
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So, what should the US do?

Legalizing and regulating drugs (like alcohol and tobacco) would be a good start. It would bankrupt the Venezulean military, the word's leading drug cartel.

Prohibition didn't work and neither does the war on drugs. It just makes bad people rich.


The tangible real world effects of marijuana legalization seen firsthand aren't exactly as benign as promised.
186  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Morris: Did Trump make a concession to Putin at G20 on adoptions? on: July 22, 2017, 04:28:16 PM
Ok, my eyes are glazing over. Russian adoptions? Who exactly gives a rat's ass?

Did Trump Make A Big Concession To Putin At G20?
By DICK MORRIS
Published on DickMorris.com on July 21, 2017
At the recent G20 meeting in Hamburg this month, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin met on the side with President Trump for what they called an "informal" fifteen minute session.  Press reports indicate that they discussed "adoptions."

Presumably, this refers to the Russian ban on American adoptions of Russian infants that was enacted in 2012 to retaliate against the United States for new sanctions imposed by the Congress on Russians.  The sanctions, called the Magnitsky Act, were voted to punish individual Russians who were complicit in the jailhouse murder of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who was arrested after exposing hundreds of millions of dollars of corruption by Putin.
 
At the time of the adoption ban, Russia was the third most popular country for infant adoptions with almost 1,000 adoptions each year.

Putin wants the Magnitsky Act repealed by Congress.  Human rights activist Bill Browder wants them extended to 280 new Russians who he says were complicit in the persecution, arrest, and murder of Sergei Magnitsky or in the corruption he exposed.

To say that they discussed "adoptions" is a euphemism for the fact that they likely talked about repealing the Magnitsky Act.  Because Magnitsky's charges of corruption were personally leveled at Putin and perhaps because he might have been involved in the murder, the Russian leader has pushed hard for it repeal.

The push to weaken the Magnitsky Act interfaces with the charges that Trump and Putin conspired to fix the U.S. election.  The Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and her countryman, lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, both were hired as lobbyists for a Foundation pushing for repeal of the Magnitsky Act.  And they were also both present at the now famous meeting with Trump's son and also raised the issue of "adoptions" with him.

To add to the mix, Fusion GPS, the negative research firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Trump, also worked to lobby against the Magnitsky Act.

So, we are driven to ask the question:  Did Trump promise Putin to weaken -- or at least not expand -- the Magnitsky Act?

The fact that Putin's lobbyists raised the Magnitsky Act with Trump Jr. and now that the dictator himself brought it up with the president, shows how important the question is to Putin personally.   If Trump relented and gave in to Putin on the issue, it is a very big deal indeed.

The media, so far, has not penetrated beyond the description of the meeting as being about "adoptions" to get at the real issue beneath.

187  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: July 22, 2017, 04:24:32 PM
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The measures under discussion are similar to those imposed against Tehran

which did NOT topple the Teheran government, they just made people suffer more.


So, what should the US do?
188  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tucker and Ned Ryan: Weaponizing classified intel on: July 22, 2017, 02:57:32 PM

A very good question.
189  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The War on Drugs on: July 22, 2017, 01:51:29 PM
"    Oregon Poised To Decriminalize Meth, Cocaine And Heroin "
Why not make all this legal

and tax it like alcohol cannabis, tobacco, soda and gambling and while they are at it prostitution.

Just get it over with rake in more dough and buy more votes.

and pay off the Dem voters for Gods sake.     angry

Although this isn't the thread for it, I think using the rural Nevada model is the best policy regarding prostitution.
190  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / So glad marijuana legalization ended the black market on: July 22, 2017, 11:37:37 AM
https://durangoherald.com/articles/174148-details-emerge-in-lightner-creek-shooting-death

Details emerge in Lightner Creek shooting death
 
Victim reportedly lunged at suspect before being killed
By Shane Benjamin Herald Staff Writer
Friday, July 21, 2017 5:01 PM Updated 13 hours 49 minutes ago
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A Durango man who was shot and killed during a marijuana robbery apparently lunged at the gunman before being shot in the chest, according to an arrest affidavit made public this week.

The robbery occurred about 11:35 a.m. May 14 in the Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park, 907 County Road 207 (Lightner Creek Road), a few miles west of Durango.

If proven, it is at least the fourth home-invasion robbery involving marijuana in the past three years in La Plata County. Three of the robberies resulted in shooting deaths.


The most recent case involves three suspects from Texas – Michael Jones, 19, Kevin Goff, 27, and Alysse Rios, 19, who have all been charged with first-degree murder.

Jones is suspected of firing the gun that killed David Gaytan, 34, according to the arrest affidavit.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office summarized its conclusions about what may have happened inside the home based on several interviews with witnesses, including two who were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

According to investigators, the trio set up an illegal marijuana transaction and intended to rob the people of the marijuana rather than purchase it.

Rios was seen sitting in a black sedan with the engine running before the shooting, according to the affidavit. The vehicle was backed into the driveway, as if the driver had planned a quick getaway, according to the affidavit.

Goff and Jones were inside the home during the robbery. Jones pointed a gun at those inside the home and demanded the victims empty their pockets and hand over their wallets, the affidavit says. Goff grabbed the marijuana.

“This again indicates premeditation and shows there was no intent to actually purchase the drugs, and there was complicity with the two males to rob the victims,” the affidavit says.

At some point, Gaytan lunged toward Jones, and Jones fired his weapon, hitting Gaytan in the chest.

CPR efforts were unsuccessful.

Goff and Jones fled the residence, entered the car and were seen speeding away.

Witnesses obtained a partial license plate number, and an off-duty police officer observed a black sedan speeding northbound through the intersection at U.S. Highway 550/160 and Camino del Rio. Dispatchers aired a vehicle description, and the vehicle was found later that evening on U.S. Highway 50 near Salida.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper arrested all three suspects without incident.

“(The trooper) said all the suspects were very cooperative during the contact,” the affidavit says.

All three are scheduled for preliminary hearings Sept. 27, at which time prosecutors must present probable cause to convince a judge that a crime was committed and the defendants are connected to it.

All three are being held at the La Plata County Jail.

shane@durangoherald.com
191  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Garrity and Internal/Professional Standards Investigations on: July 21, 2017, 09:03:18 PM
Just to clarify my points on what appears to be happening:

Law Enforcement Officers DO NOT have the right to remain silent as far as an Internal Affairs/Professional Standards investigations goes. If the Minn. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting a criminal investigation of the shooting, Ofc. Noor can lawyer up and refuse to speak to them. HOWEVER, he does NOT have the right to refuse to speak to MPD investigators conducting an IA/Professional Standards investigation. Failure to comply with the investigation can and almost always is cause for termination. There is a requirement that there be a wall between the criminal and internal investigation. The IA investigators are not permitted to share compelled testimony and the fruits of the compelled testimony with the criminal investigator. This wall is not absolute. In a criminal trial, the compelled statements for the IA investigators can be introduced in trial to impeach the testimony of the officer, should he/she decide to testify.

The statements from the mayor imply that she is either ignorant of this, or they have decided to protect Ofc. Noor.





https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/19/malcolm-turnbull-demands-answers-from-us-authorities-over-justine-damonds-death

A preliminary investigation by Minnesota officials suggests the fatal shooting of an Australian woman, Justine Damond, by a Minneapolis police officer may have been sparked by a “loud sound” near the police car.

In a statement, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) confirmed the identity of the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the incident as Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor, who has been identified in local media as the officer who allegedly shot Damond.

The bureau said it had interviewed Harrity but Noor had declined to be interviewed by BCA agents.

Betsy Hodges, mayor of Minneapolis, told a press conference in Minneapolis on Tuesday night: “We cannot by law compel Officer Noor to make a statement. I wish that he would.

“I wish that he would because he has a story to tell that only he can tell.”


http://www.aele.org/interviews.pdf

Because public entities function with the consent of the governed, there is a duty to
internally investigate allegations of official and employee misconduct. All but the
smallest law enforcement agencies have established a formal protocol for investigating
complaints, whether they originate from a citizen, a member of the agency, or from an
anonymous source. [4]
The two leading Supreme Court decisions that apply to IA interviews of public
employees are Garrity v. New Jersey (1967) and NLRB v. Weingarten (1975). In a few
states, such as Illinois, a police officers’ “Bill of Rights” law also provides statutory
rights to covered officers. [5]
Police officers who are interviewed in a disciplinary setting should be warned that they
are under investigation for violation of departmental rules, that they are obligated to give
statements for internal purposes, and their answers may not be used against them in a
criminal proceeding. Without that admonition, persons who are interviewed are likely to
assume that the Fifth Amendment’s self-incrimination clause applies, and that they can
decline to answer questions without any lawful penalty.
Absent a statute on point, a warning is technically unnecessary unless the employee
declines to answer a question. However, state Bill of Rights laws, where applicable,
might require a written warning. For example, 50 Illinois Compiled Statutes 725/3.8(a)
reads:
“No officer shall be interrogated without first being advised in writing that
admissions made in the course of the interrogation may be used as evidence of
misconduct or as the basis for charges seeking suspension, removal, or discharge;
and without first being advised in writing that he or she has the right to counsel of
his or her choosing who may be present to advise him or her at any stage of any
interrogation.”
Constitutionally, the warning is essential before any disciplinary action can be taken for a
refusal to cooperate in the interview. Lybarger v. Los Angeles (1985).
Reciting a disciplinary warning is also a good practice, because it clarifies the purpose of
the interview and delineates rights and responsibilities. A typical “Garrity Warning”
follows:

Employee Disciplinary Interview – Advice of Rights

“You are being questioned as part of an administrative investigation of the Police
Department. You will be asked questions that are specifically directed and
narrowly related to the performance of your official duties or fitness for office.
You are entitled to all the rights and privileges guaranteed by the laws and the
constitution of this state and the Constitution of the United States, including the
right not to be compelled to incriminate yourself. You also have the have right to
an attorney of your choice, to be present during questioning.
“If you refuse to answer questions relating to the performance of your official
duties or fitness for duty, you will be subject to disciplinary charges which would
result in your dismissal from the Police Department.
“If you do answer, neither your statements nor any information or evidence which
is gained by reason of such statements can be used against you in any subsequent
criminal proceeding. However, these statements may be used against you in
relation to subsequent departmental charges.”

192  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Trump Transition/Administration on: July 21, 2017, 08:38:09 PM
Comey needed to be fired, but in firing him in the manner which in did, Trump unnecessarily-- and therefor stupidly-- antagonized a man whom was going to be pissed off enough as it was.

It is the kind of mistake he makes again and again.

It's almost as if the president comes from a reality TV background. One where people were dramatically fired.

193  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / How bad is the rioting and looting in the Twin Cities? on: July 21, 2017, 08:02:58 PM
I figure both Minneapolis and St. Paul are burning now, right?
194  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Voter Fraud Database Tops 1,000 Proven Cases on: July 21, 2017, 01:42:11 PM
http://dailysignal.com/2017/07/20/voter-fraud-database-tops-1000-proven-cases/

LAWCOMMENTARY
Voter Fraud Database Tops 1,000 Proven Cases
Jason Snead   / @jasonwsnead / Emily Hall   / July 20, 2017 / comments

The Heritage Foundation's voter fraud database now documents 1,071 cases of voter fraud. (Photo: iStock Photos)
COMMENTARY BY

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Jason Snead
@jasonwsnead
Jason Snead is a policy analyst in The Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Read his research.

Emily Hall is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation, and a member of Harvard University's Class of 2018.
As the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity convenes its first meeting on Wednesday, the issue of voter fraud in American elections has become even more contentious and hyperbolic.

One of the left’s main arguments against reform is that voter fraud simply does not occur. How liberals arrive at this conclusion, we cannot say.

Time and again, studies and analyses point to one incontrovertible conclusion: that voter fraud is a real and pressing issue that deserves serious solutions, and The Heritage Foundation has the evidence to prove it.

On Thursday, The Heritage Foundation is releasing a new edition of its voter fraud database. Featuring well over 100 new cases, the database documents 1,071 instances of voter fraud spanning 47 states, including 938 criminal convictions.

Americans need an alternative to the mainstream media. But this can't be done alone. Find out more >>

This revamped edition of the database separates cases by type of disposition, allowing readers to easily distinguish not only what type of fraud occurred but the outcome of the case—criminal convictions, pre-trial diversion programs, and other types of adjudication used in various states and counties across the United States.

Below are a few of the egregious examples recently added to the database.

Virginia

Andrew Spieles, a former James Madison University student, pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from his false submission of 18 voter registration forms during the summer of 2016.

He had been working for Harrisonburg VOTES, a voter registration organization affiliated with the Democratic Party, and used false birth dates and Social Security numbers to register deceased persons to vote. Spieles was given prison time for his crime.

This incident is just one of hundreds of cases in the database where individuals illegally registered dead people, names out of the phone book, or others to vote.

While Spieles was caught before votes could be cast on behalf of those falsely registered individuals, there have been many other cases in which ballots were successfully cast in the name of deceased people.

In fact, a 2012 Pew study concluded that 1.8 million voters remained on the rolls after their passing—a grave vulnerability to the integrity of our elections.

Maryland

Fredericus Hubertus Slicher, an illegal alien living in Baltimore, was convicted of numerous charges in 2014. He was residing illegally in the United States, collecting Medicare and Social Security benefits, and voting in U.S. elections.

Slicher had been present in the United States illegally since his temporary work visa expired in 1969. He was convicted of child abuse in 2004, was a registered sex offender, and yet he continued to vote numerous times despite being ineligible.

His case was referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, one year’s supervised release, and was ordered to pay $48,928 in restitution.

The newest additions to the database included a dozen cases of illegal voting by noncitizens. This is a particularly important issue to address, as each ballot cast by a noncitizen effectively nullifies the ballot of an eligible voter, effectively disenfranchising American citizens.

Ohio

Debbie Tingler of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, pleaded guilty (Case No. 12 CR 005249) to illegal voting in 2013. She had registered to vote, requested absentee ballots, and submitted those ballots under two names—Debbie Tingler and Deborah Tingler.

She was given a suspended sentence of 120 days’ imprisonment, and she was ordered to pay a $200 fine and court costs.

Tingler’s experience is not uncommon. There are dozens of cases in the database where individuals voted multiple times in the same election.

Given the fact that few states have adequate policies and procedures in place to detect and deter fraud—and prosecutors seldom prioritize these cases—it is likely that far more double voters, absentee-ballot fraudsters, and ineligible voters get away scot-free than are ever brought to justice.

The Heritage Foundation’s voter fraud database is by no means comprehensive, but its 1,071 proven instances of fraud, which took place across all manner of elections and in nearly every state, highlight the importance—and the urgency—of the work of the Election Integrity Commission.

What is needed now is more data to permit analysis aimed at determining, among other things, whether the nation’s voter registration records are accurate or riddled with errors.

In the coming months, the commission—which includes Heritage’s own Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow and one of the nation’s foremost election law experts—will seek to gather this information.

Unfortunately, so far, even innocuous requests for public voter records have been met with hyperbolic rhetoric and stonewalling in some states.

This begs the question, why? If fraud is as rare as liberals say, and if state protections against it are as robust as we are told, why withhold data that would prove these claims?

Perhaps liberals are afraid that the data might, in fact, say the opposite.

One can deny facts for only so long, and with this newest release of The Heritage Foundation’s voter fraud database, the evidence is clear and incontrovertible: Voter fraud is real, and we ignore it at our own peril.
195  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: India/Indian Ocean (and India-afpakia and India-China) on: July 20, 2017, 08:04:18 PM
"Add to that, most Chinese soldiers are the single/only sons of their parents, and their parents may have something to say when the body bags start arriving. Lastly, all the huffing and puffing is being done by the Chinese, which suggests they are the weaker party."

Yes, but that doesn't factor into the PLA's strategic thinking. PLA Generals have openly discussed that they are willing to trade 100,000 PLA troops to inflict 10,000 casualties on US forces.

196  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Rev. Al Gore on: July 20, 2017, 05:59:15 PM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/370773.php


July 20, 2017
Al Gore, When Asked If We've Hit a Point of No Return Like He Previously Predicted We Would: Well, In Some Ways. But the Paris Accords Changed So Much!
God's gonna take me home unless you donate $100,000 to my ministry.

Wait -- we're at $90,000. God now says you have a two week extension to donate, and if you donate now, He'll give you Heavenly Oven Mitts, free of charge. (Shipping costs extra.)

Back with a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore reflected on his 2006 prediction that “the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years” if “drastic measures” were not taken to combat climate change.
Gore was asked why he made that prediction in the first film and if he has another prediction to make about climate change now 11 years later.

“First of all, we’ve seen a lot of progress since the first movie came out. We have the Paris agreement now. The cost of renewable energy has come down so quickly that people are switching over. Unfortunately, some levels of the Earth system have crossed a point of no return,” Gore said during an interview with PJM on the green carpet of the An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power screening Wednesday evening at the Newseum.

Video of a fat man sweating at the link.

Oh by the way: Science-denying transexual advocate Bill Nye says the only way now to save the earth is to hope for old people to die.

I assume he doesn't mean himself or Al Gore, who are old. And also, unattractive.

Just pointing that out.

"Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational," Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with "due respect," acknowledging that he is "now one of them."
"We're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out,' as they say," Nye went on, adding that "age out" is a euphemism for "die." "But it'll happen, I guarantee you — that'll happen."

By the way -- remember that cringepocalypse "song" and "dance" number Bill Nye had on his show, celebrating transexualism and deviant sex of all varieties?

On a show that seems primarily interested in propagandizing to children? (Both of the "real children" type and Adult Baby Monster type?)

It was "sung" by Rachel Bloom, a "comedienne" chiefly famous for having big jugs, singing stupid children's songs about want to have nerd sex, and not being so attractive that nerds think they couldn't maybe have a shot with her.

“Sexuality’s a spectrum, everyone is on it. Even you might like it if you sit up on it,” Bloom sings on stage as Nye can be seen off-stage dancing. “Drag king, drag queen just do what feels right.”
Yeah -- he got an Emmy nomination for that shit.

Trust your betters.
197  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Fundamental transformation of the legal system on: July 20, 2017, 11:01:27 AM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/370753.php

Plan accordingly.
198  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: His replacement on: July 20, 2017, 10:44:50 AM
solid Republican ?  replacement to be appointed by Governor.  Although I read Rand Paul is endorsing Ward too and for me that is a bit of a red flad she may not be a full team player

God speed to McCain but he should have retired long ago

http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/politics/front-runner-to-replace-mccain/71207538/

Yes. McCain was a war hero, but horrible in office, especially recently.
199  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump's accomplisments and promises kept on: July 20, 2017, 09:33:15 AM
Hi Doug,

market up on promises of tax cuts only so far.

we will see if he and the rest of the Repubs can get this done at least.

I am enamored with the whole cast anymore.  if they cannot even get real change in our taxes rather some BS cut here rise there and engineering (except for growth ) that is fair for all tax payers  then to me there is zero win.

losing patience and any optimism in NJ.........

Speaking of NJ I guess you saw Christie make a single bare hand catch of a foul ball at a Mets game.  And everyone booed.......

taxes will go right up next year for sure.  Got to pay off the Dem voters and unions etc.

 

I would get out of NJ.
200  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Trump Transition/Administration on: July 20, 2017, 09:32:35 AM
Sessions has been a major disappointment.
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