Monday, July 25, 2016

Update: Entire Russian Team Will Not Be Banned From Rio Olympics



The Russian flag will be flying at the Summer Olympics, after all, as the International Olympic Committee decided Sunday that athletes from the nation mired in an ongoing drug scandal will be allowed to compete on the sporting world’s largest stage next month in Rio de Janeiro.

Less than two weeks before the start of the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee ruled against barring Russia from the Summer Olympics but did approve measures that could reduce the number of Russian athletes participating. Members of the executive board met on a conference call Sunday and granted authority to the 28 individual federations that govern each sport to rule on which Russian athletes should be permitted to compete in their respective disciplines......To Read More...
 

Hillary’s Web of Promises

Dividing and conquering the electorate, one issue at a time

Oren Cass

When I visited it in early June, Hillary Clinton’s campaign website featured about 30 issue-specific pages focused not on a nation with problems to be solved but on discrete victim groups with wounds to be salved. The site illustrates the Left’s descent into crass identity politics. The federal government is the heaviest of policy equipment, best used sparingly for big jobs; but for Democrats, it has become a courtesy car, always on call to drive chosen constituencies from one point to another. Put me behind the wheel, Clinton seems to promise, and I’ll put you on my route.

Based on an examination of Clinton’s website, “racial justice” is her campaign’s organizing principle. Not only is her racial-justice page the most expansive on the site—longer by half than the entry for the economy—but it also links to nine other sections, including those devoted to criminal-justice reform, LGBT equality, higher education, climate change, and energy. (“African Americans hold only 1.1 percent of energy jobs and receive only 0.01 percent of energy sector profits,” in case you were wondering.).....To Read More....

Clinton: Ball 'dropped' on Benghazi, but GOP needs to move on

By (@anna_giaritelli)

Hillary Clinton held true Sunday to her age-old adage on Benghazi. The former secretary of state admitted there were mistakes ensuring the U.S. Consulate in Libya was secure but said the concerns about security never came to her attention. "You know, the ball was dropped — in security. And, you know, some of the decisions that were made — probably should have been rethought," Clinton said Friday in a taped interview with CBS "60 Minutes" host Scott Pelley, broadcast Sunday.

But beyond taking generic responsibility as the secretary of state, Clinton has maintained Republicans have dramatically talked up the tragic events of that night in order to destroy her reputation......To Read More...

My Take - Here is in my opinion another case demonstrating there's something wrong with her mind.  And while discussing Reagan and Beirut she apparently has a really bad memory.  Which must explain all those seeming lies she tells.  She's not lying....she just has a bad memory!  Or..... is it possible......she just has a very 'convenient' memory?

Tax Reform's 'Magnificent Moment’

Penny Young Nance

Fresh off his landslide reelection, Ronald Reagan could have spent his political capital on many things. What he chose was tax reform.  “No other issue goes so directly to the heart of our economic life. No other issue will have more lasting impact on the wellbeing of your families and your future,” he told the nation in a prime time address from the Oval Office.  Reagan understood that tax reform was a critically important conservative economic priority for our families and future generations because it would jump start the economy, improve our economy's competitiveness and cut countless market distorting loopholes out of the code that attempt to engineer social policy......To Read More...

Vermont's Democratic Delegation Replaced Two Members Because There Were Too Many Dudes

Matt Vespa

Damn due process and the votes of the people if gender balance is needed. That’s apparently the ethos behind why two male delegates from the Vermont’s Democratic delegation were axed to balance out those who will be descending into Philadelphia to formally nominate Hillary Clinton next week......To Read More.....

Jon Stewart Tears into Trump Supporters: ‘This Country Isn’t Yours’

Christopher Rosen, Entertainment Weekly

Jon Stewart sat behind Stephen Colbert’s desk on Thursday night following the Republican National Convention and provided a furious rebuke to the commentary offered during the four-day event.

“The Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America. They articulated it throughout the convention. No. 1, jail your political opponent. No. 2, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball and a Red Bull enema. And then No. 3, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejesus out of everybody,” Stewart joked on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show.

He then addressed Hannity and other Republicans about their hypocrisy in supporting Trump for president. “You just want that person to give you your country back, because you feel you’re this country’s rightful owners,” Stewart said. “There’s only one problem with that: This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no real America. You don’t own it. You don’t own patriotism. You don’t own Christianity. You sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police, and firefighters. Trust me. I saw a lot of people on the convention floor with their Blue Lives Matter rhetoric, who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first responders bill reauthorization. I see you, and I see your bulls—. I see it!”....To Read More....

My Take - We're surrounded by lunatics!!!!  What's really disturbing is they're paid impressive amounts of money to sound like lunatics.  But then again.....they're all leftists......how could they sound any different? 

ISIS? No, Crisis

It’s official: U.S. now relies on Russia and Iran in Middle East.

Jed Babbin

The Wall Street Journal report that Russian aircraft had bombed a supposedly secret U.S.-British base on the Syrian border with Jordan last month should raise the hackles of everyone in the presidential race and Middle East policymakers everywhere. It proved, redundantly, the comprehensive failure of Obama’s policies in the Middle East, particularly his more than two-year war against ISIS.

The base was reportedly used by U.S. and British special forces to stop ISIS fighters from coming to Syria from Jordan and for other anti-ISIS missions. A British special forces unit had apparently left the base less than a day before the attack. There were no reports of U.S. or allied casualties, which doesn’t mean there weren’t any.

The attack had the objective of goading us into sharing more intelligence information with the Russians. Sure enough, it worked. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Moscow last week to offer greater sharing of U.S. intelligence with the Russians. (Kerry added a clause to the document he signed stating that if the Russians bombed our bases again we could — might, maybe, perhaps — suspend cooperation.)......To Read More.....

A Novel Excuse for Islamic Terrorism in Munich

By Malcolm Unwell

The German media is just as leftist and ridiculous as ours, and this has been further evidenced by the response to the latest shooting in Munich. Predictably, the shooting by the 18-year-old “Iranian-German” of nine Germans outside a McDonald’s has led to calls for stricter gun control. And we’ve also seen the usual explanation of “mental illness.” I heard someone quip that mental illness is apparently widespread in Islam.

But in addition to that, in a novel approach to exonerating Muslims of any culpability, the terrorist-attack has been blamed on first-person shooting video games. While this is new and creative spin by the MSM, it also seems a bit retro. Wasn’t it back in the ‘90s when we were blaming video games for society’s ills? (Not that I’m a big fan of video games, I just see Islamic terrorists as somewhat more imminent of a threat.)

From Die Welt: “The shooter was a pronounced first-person shooter player” (my translation). On the comment boards, where one finds more frankness about these matters than in the articles themselves, the analysis was much more interesting. Here’s a comment by “XX”: ....... Read more

Princeton and ‘Inclusion’

By Eileen F. Toplansky

In the brave new world of higher education, one finds that a Senior Diversity & Inclusion Specialist is needed for Princeton University in New Jersey.
Thus,
Princeton University's Office of Human Resources (HR) seeks to fill a newly created position, the Diversity and Inclusion (D and I) Specialist (Specialist) who will foster relationships and work collaboratively with a wide array of campus partners to advance the recommendations of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and current departmental and institutional goals..........
............... Tuition costs for Princeton for the year 2014-2015 were almost $60,000.  Empathy and intersectionality come with quite a high price tag.  But, rest assured, your budding scientist will be spared any alleged "micro aggressions. Linguistic contortions, confusing jargon, and leftwing ideology reign supreme on the American campus.

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Clinton’s VP Pick Kaine: Promoting Jidhadis in America in Exchange for Cash

By Karin McQuillan

Breitbart has reported that Clinton’s VP pick Tim Kaine is among the top anti-Israel Senators.   He is the top recipient of PAC funds from George Soros’ anti-Israel group, J-street.   He distinguished himself as one of 8 senators to walk out on Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic speech to a joint session of Congress warning against the so-called Iran deal. Kaine’s record on the Islamic threat here in America is far, far worse than that..........Kaine also has close ties with Jamal Barzinji, who the Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch describes as a “founding father of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.” 
.......What is truly chilling about Kaine’s association with known terrorists, is that the indictment of Al-Arian, says that the jihadist strategy was to “seek to obtain support from influential individuals, in the United States under the guise of promoting and protecting Arab rights."....... More

Mere Islam -- Not ISIS, Refugees, or Extremism -- Terrorized Munich

By Raymond Ibrahim

A German-born 18-year-old of Iranian descent named Ali Sonboly went on a shooting spree last Friday. He reportedly targeted young children, and a number of adolescents were among the nine he murdered.   This incident is a reminder that the ongoing terrorization of the West is not limited to the Islamic State (“ISIS”), “extreme” Wahhabi or Salafi interpretations of Islam, or terrorists posing as refugees entering the West.   Ali Sonboly was none of those things. He was born and raised in Germany and, based on his name and Iranian heritage, was most likely of Shia background.

But he was a Muslim. He screamed Islam’s ancient war cry “Allahu Akbar” during his rampage. It’s also telling that he launched his attack on the one day of the week tha tmany calculated Islamic attacks on non-Muslims occur: Friday.   And that is the grand lesson of the Munich massacre. Mere Islam -- to borrow from C.S. Lewis’ famous book about the many commonalities shared by most Christian denominations -- is responsible for the ongoing terrorization of the West.

If you doubt this, simply turn to a recent study. It found that everyday Muslims of all sects, races, and sociopolitical circumstances -- not just “ISIS” -- are responsible for persecuting Christians in 41 of the 50 worst nations to be Christian in: Shia Iran is the ninth worst nation, “Wahhabi” Saudi Arabia is 14th, while “moderate” nations like Malaysia and Indonesia are ranked 30 and 43 respectively. The common denominator in all these nations is Islam -- without qualifier.....Read more

K-12: Criminal Minds at Work

By Bruce Deitrick Price

The date is 1900. Professor John Dewey  and his cadre of "Progressives" launch an ambitious scheme to transform the country. They want a more collectivist society. For convenience, let's call their goal European Socialism.    However, the United States is hostile to Socialism and Communism for another hundred years. Beatrice Webb, founder of the Fabian Society in London, decrees that the word "Socialism" shouldn't be used in America. The recommended euphemism is "Progressivism" and, later on, Liberalism.

Socialism, as that term is generally understood, is what Dewey plans for us, but he can't say it. He and his gang must dissemble at every turn. They have to lie and, little by little, work outside the law.

Fabian Socialists willingly accept a subversive role. They operate as saboteurs, like termites eating the foundations of a house. These secret Socialists become "agents of influence" and "change agents" – all synonyms for the same sneaks. They will change your world whether you like it or not. ......By 1925, a great deal of deception is normal...... Read more

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DNC Wikileaks hack outs Hillary shill at Washington Post

By Lee Cary

A Washington Post blog site joins the conga line of the busted.

The reporter for the Washington Post’s blog, The Plum Line, is described by the news outlet thusly:

“Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant – what you might call ‘opinionated reporting’ from the left. He joined the Post in early 2009, after stints at Talking Points Memo, New York Magazine and the New York Observer.”
 
Wikileaks revealed, within the 74 emails where Sargent’s name in mentioned in Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails, that the substance of Sargent’s “opinionated” columns comes not from his keen analysis of political events, nor is it rooted solely in his liberal, political philosophy.  Instead, his particular slant leans heavily on DNC input where support for the Clinton candidacy is, and has been from the start of this election cycle, firmly established.

In short, Sargent is a DNC-Clinton shill on the payroll of the Washington Post..........Read more

Clinton Foundation Buzzards

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Hillary Clinton’s $13M fail as Secretary of State - It turns out that Bill Clinton raked in millions from entities with matters before Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Oh, and the Clinton Foundation collected millions more from the same bunch.  In total, The Wall Street Journal reports, two dozen companies and groups, plus the Abu Dhabi government, gave Bill more than $8 million for speeches, even as they were hoping for favorable treatment from Hillary’s bureaucracy. And 15 of them also gave at least $5 million total to the foundation.  At her confirmation hearing, questioners raised the issue of her hubby’s global business. Hillary vowed to take “extraordinary steps . . . to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”........
 
Clinton Foundation Raked in Cash from Right-Wing Regimes, Corporations - This incisive WSWS article (originally posted on Global Research in March 2015) confirms the racketeering charges of the FBI against the Clinton Foundation.......The list of the Foundation’s largest donors, available on the Foundation’swebsite, is a virtual who’s who of the super-rich and major corporations. The largest donors, having given over $25 million since 2001, include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, well known for its leading role in the dismantling of public education, Chicago multimillionaire and top Democratic Party donor Fred Eychaner, and, strangely, the Dutch national lottery.......The Clinton Foundation’s version of “charity” also involves imperialist intrigue........
 
Clintons And Foundation Raked In Cash From Banks That Admitted Wrongdoing - Neither the Hillary Clinton campaign nor Clinton Foundation responded to International Business Times questions about why her family and their foundation accepted money from firms that settled financial fraud cases and avoided the kind of prosecution Clinton now says is needed.

Hillary Clinton's cloud of corruption

Andrew K. Dart / Document location / Updated July 19, 2016.

Hillary Clinton is running for president, almost completely unopposed in the Democratic Party primary. It now appears increasingly unlikely that she will be elected, simply because she has so much explaining to do in regard to massive contributions originating in foreign countries, mostly during the period when she was the Secretary of State. It's not as if Mr. or Mrs. Clinton was in desperate need of money; by almost any standard, the two of them are filthy rich. By and large, the easiest and most rational inference one can draw from all this is that the leaders of foreign countries and businesses saw the Clinton Foundation as a drop box in which to put payments for future favors, in the event Mrs. Clinton is elected U.S. President. The news and opinion articles below will likely lead you to that very conclusion......There is more.....much more ..... more than you will find appetizing.

(Editor's Note: Please follow the links below. You will find more corruption than you could think anyone could be capable of without going to prison.  I'm even shocked!  RK)

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Please, Hillary, Don’t Make America More Like Europe

July 23, 2016 by Dan Mitchell @ International Liberty

United States is laboring through the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression.
Median household income is stagnant and labor-force participation is dismal.
Sounds awful, right?

Compared to the strong growth of the pro-market Reagan years and pro-market Clinton years, it is awful.

But maybe we should count our blessings

Here’s a chart from a presentation. by economists from the European Central Bank, and it shows how much the United States has grown since 1999 compared to Japan and euro nations.


We’ve enjoyed nearly twice as much growth as Europe and almost three times as much growth as Japan. Which is remarkable since those countries aren’t as rich as the United States and they should grow faster according to convergence theory.

So while it’s true that Obamanomics hasn’t been good for the United States, it’s apparently not as bad as Abenomics in Japan and Hollandenomics (and Renzinomics and Tsiprasnomics) in Europe.

Allan Meltzer explains why Europe is lagging in an article for the Hoover Institution.
Europe has become the model for how democratic capitalism can give way to the welfare state. Following a surge of market-driven growth after World War II, there was a rise across the continent in income redistribution and regulations intended to protect workers and consumers, and to achieve “fairness.” From the 1960s onward, high tax rates and heavy regulations slowed economic growth. And many welfare state programs became roadblocks to economic progress by resisting reforms and prolonging the current European recession. …France and Italy are not as far along to disaster as Greece, but their welfare systems are also difficult to reduce to regain competitiveness. …Monetary policy cannot overcome real, structural problems. Spain and Ireland showed that EU members can restore growth most effectively by making…painful real changes… Sluggish growth will continue until EU officials adopt policies that encourage private investment.
It’s depressing to think that some American politicians want to copy European failure.
Some of the candidates in the 2016 presidential race offer more welfare state benefits as a remedy for current voter malaise. The promise is that the way to make everyone better off is by taxing high incomes and distributing more to others. That’s the route that many in Europe took. Instead of the promised happy outcome, much of Europe got slow growth and high unemployment and an ever greater need to restore competitiveness by reducing the expanded welfare state. …Prime Minister Thatcher often said, “The welfare state will end when they run out of YOUR money.” If she was right, the end for Europe is here. And the lesson for the United States is to adopt less costly policies before debt markets force the change. …the lesson for the United States is that we will not escape the problems of the welfare state.
Even the left-wing bureaucrats at the OECD sort of admit Europe is falling behind.
I’ve previously shared data from the OECD showing much higher living standards in the US than in Europe, and here are some excerpts from a recent report on global migration patterns for high-skilled workers.
…migrants to the EU are younger and less well educated than those in other OECD destinations. Of the total pool of highly-educated third-country migrants residing in EU and OECD countries, the EU hosts less than one-third (31%), while more than half (57%) are in North America. …most importantly, many labour migrants are not coming to the EU under programmes for skilled workers. …EU Member States covered by EU legal migration policies received annually less than 80 thousand highly qualified third country labour migrants. By comparison, Canada and Australia have annual admissions under their selective economic migration programmes for highly-qualified workers of 60 thousand each.
In the section on recommendations, you won’t be surprised to learn that the OECD failed to suggest pro-market reforms.

There’s boilerplate language about streamlining the process for high-skill immigrants, but nothing about the stifling tax burdens and expensive welfare states that cause European economies to be so stagnant and unappealing.

One very visible manifestation of inferior living standards in Europe is that people generally have very cramped housing conditions compared to the United States (even Americans in poverty have more living space than the average European).

And to make matters worse, air conditioning is the exception not the rule.
Amusingly, Europeans pretend to feel superior about their summertime misery, as reported by the Washington Post.
Whereas many Americans would probably never consider living or working in buildings without air conditioning, many Germans think that life without climate control is far superior. …many Europeans visiting the U.S. frequently complain about the “freezing cold” temperatures inside buses or hotels. …Europe thinks America’s love of air-conditioning is actually quite daft. …according to the Environmental Protection Agency, …demand for air-conditioning has only  increased over the past decades. …the United States consumes more energy for air conditioning than any other country. …Europeans are generally more used to warmer room temperatures because most of them grew up without any air-conditioning.
As one might expect, the issue is being used by climate alarmists.
Another factor that may explain Europe’s sniffy reaction toward American cooling is the continent’s climate change awareness. According to a 2014 survey, a majority of Europeans would welcome more action to stop global warming. Two thirds of all E.U. citizens said that economies should be transformed in an environmentally-friendly manner. Cooling uses much more energy than heating, which is why many Europeans prefer sweating for a few days… America’s air-conditioning addiction may also have another negative side effect: It will make it harder for the U.S. to ask other countries to continue to abstain from using it to save energy. …”If everyone were to adopt the U.S.’s air-conditioning lifestyle, energy use could rise tenfold by 2050,” Cox added, referring to the 87-percent ratio of households with air-conditioning in the United States.
I’m much more tolerant of heat than the average American, so I probably could survive in a world without air conditioning.

But I hope that day never arrives and I continue to enjoy the full benefits of living in a first-world nation.

Let’s close with a fascinating map showing populations changes in Europe from 2001-2011. It’s in German, but all you need to know is that dark red means a 2-percent-plus increase in population while dark blue means a decline of at least 2 percent.

 
France and Ireland have population growth, as well as (to a lesser extent) Northern Italy and Poland.

But take a look at Portugal, Northwestern Spain, Eastern Germany, and the non-Polish portions of Eastern Europe. You’ll understand why I fret about demographic crisis in both Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

Sign Petition: ‘Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property’ – Prompted By Kerry’s comments

Sign Petition Here:                 

 Petitioning US Department of State Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property. WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and (Kerry: Regulating refrigerator chemicals are ‘of equal importance’ to battling ISIS & Kerry: Climate Change as Dangerous as Terrorism)

The Coming Clash with China

By Rachel Ehrenfeld

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the fall of 2011 used the buzz word “pivot” three times to announce a major shift in the Obama foreign policy, putting a major emphasis on South and East Asia. But the reality – as detailed in a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies commissioned by Congress – is that the Administration’s rebalance effort may be insufficient” to secure American interests. Clinton herself, in her campaign for president, has reversed her stand on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, one of the major diplomatic and economic initiatives after spending years working on it.

Whether or not Clinton makes it to the presidency, what is becoming increasingly clear is that China, itself, is headed for a crash which will not only threaten her Communist regime but the U.S. – and its allies – ability to deal with it.

A similar breakdown of the Chinese state occurred in the 19th Century. But in the heyday of European colonialism and American expansion into the Western Pacific, it came piecemeal. And however catastrophic for the Chinese, its effects largely were relegated to the sidelines of world history.

But in the 21st century, as China and its 1.3 billion people again appear likely to crash, a failed state with all its new and intimate trade and political relationships with the rest of the world will also be catastrophic for its partners.......To Read More....

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Not Preside Over Democratic National Convention Due To Email Leak

UPDATE: She's Stepping Down After The Convention

Christine Rousselle

Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down from her position as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after the convention is over.......  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will no longer preside over the Democratic National Convention after leaked emails showed that the organization discussed ideas over how to weaken Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-VT) during the primary process. Wasserman Schultz will also no longer speak at the convention. ....Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) was named the new permanent chair of the convention by the DNC Rules Committee......To Read More...


My Take - Okay, I'm sure there are a whole lot of conservatives and Republicans who think her exit is terrible - for conservatives and Republicans. She's been dumb as dirt for so long she was an asset to Republicans and conservatives and a detriment to Democrats and liberals. And the Democrats and liberals loved her. Of course the concern for conservatives would be they'd find someone who actually had a brain in their head and a brake on their mouth.

Never fear! Marsha Fudge, who just loves Fidel Castro, is taking over. The man she so admires murdered more innocent civilians per ratio than the Joe Stalin, including black civil rights activists, planned murdering thousands of innocent civilians, mostly women and children, in 1962 on the day after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year,"by bombing Gimbel's, Bloomindales and Manhattan's Grand Central Station with a dozen incendiary devices and 500 kilos of TNT, and tried to convince the Russians to bomb the United States while he and Che hid in the Russian bomb shelters when the U.S. retaliated.  

With a lunatic like her in charge this has the potential to be more interesting to watch than  dopey Debbie's bumbling babble. 

Team Trump has a List of Gov Employees to Fire

Democrats always come into office with a list and a plan. Republicans don't. So this is a refreshing change.
If he wins the presidency, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama and could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers, Trump ally, Chris Christie, said on Tuesday. 
Christie, who is governor of New Jersey and leads Trump's White House transition team, said the campaign was drawing up a list of federal government employees to fire if Trump defeats Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
You know Hillary has quite the list. It's about time that Republicans had one........The EPA is one of the most politicized government agencies. It's past time to clean house.....To Read More...

Anti-biotech hidden agenda: Link GMO feed to conventional dairy products to scare adoption of organics

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The organic industry sees dairy as a “gateway” product; something families will often begin with before making other organic products part of their regular grocery purchases. Their social media campaigns are often filled with images demonizing conventional dairy, and sometimes even breastfeedingBut is organic dairy so important to the industry that it has become a leading motivation behind their attacks on biotechnology? Recently released emails, that were requested from Washington State University as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, seem to confirm some of the hidden agenda behind the anti-GMO movement.....To Read More....

My Take - Is this a conspiracy?  Nah....can't be....we all know there's no such thing as a conspiracy.  Unless it's a "vast right wing conspiracy".  Right?

‘Safe space’ offered at Cleveland university in response to Republican National Convention

For those who want to talk or reflect about their concerns …

Jennifer Kabbany - Fix Editor

Case Western Reserve University, a private Cleveland-based institution, is hosting a “safe space” for the campus community in response to the Republican National Convention and national political and racial unrest.  “Last week’s tragedies have horrified us all and raised profound questions for our country. Amid our shock and grief, we also recognize that our city soon will host the Republican National Convention (RNC), an event that is expected to draw dozens of protests—and could see a significant degree of conflict,” the July 11 memo stated.  It added that, in response, school leaders decided to significantly reduce activities on campus during this week, July 18 through July 21, including summer school......To Read More...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Representative Dave Joyce's Weekly Wrap

Congressman Dave Joyce represents Ohio's 14th Distict

Every year, my committee, the Appropriations Committee, has a big job. It is our job to write the bills that fund the government � all while ensuring government spending is smart and that taxpayers� money isn�t being wasted. There are 12 different, annual appropriations bills that my committee has to analyze, discuss, and debate. Over the past several months, we have held hearings, spent hours in committee, and listened to the pros and cons of hundreds of amendments. Now, after the last appropriations bill passed out of committee, the power of the purse goes to the House of Representatives as a whole. I am excited for these bills to go to the House floor and I hope my colleagues vote for smart spending.

Stand Against Iran
 
Part of my duty in Congress is to make sure laws are in place to keep Americans safe. This month was the one-year anniversary of a dangerous deal the Obama Administration made � the Iran Deal. I was troubled by this deal a year ago when it was first introduced, and I am still troubled by it today. There was no way that I was about to allow Iran to gain more power and flexibility � so I took a stand. Before we left, I voted to prevent extra dangerous allowances for Iran and to sanction the Iranian regime for their constant abuse of human rights and terror activities. As the graphic below explains, there were three measures introduced to Congress. I voted against giving them access to U.S. dollars, to sanction their human rights abuses, and against sending them money to fund their terrorist activities. It is time we took a stand against Iran, and I voted to do exactly that.





Zika Funding
 
 As we enter the dog days of summer, we are still waiting on Zika funding to be released from the White House. The House passed legislation that would provide $1.2 billion in federal funding to fight the Zika virus. The bill includes oversight mechanisms to ensure taxpayers dollars are being spent efficiently. However, Senate Democrats have held up the legislation because they don't want to pay for the funding. Even more amazing is the fact that the White House has spent only about one-sixth of its half-billion dollar funding pool for Zika from left over Ebola funds. The White House has only spent $112 million of the roughly $589 million from the Ebola funding that was supposed to be going to Zika.

I am excited to have the next few weeks as a District Work Period. It gives me time to actually meet with you, my constituents, and hear first-hand what I can do for you. Please reach out, I would love to hear from you.

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Moose Ticks, Bad Winters for Deer, Ignorant Rural Bumpkins and Other Government Lies

By Jim Beers  

Whether you live in Minnesota or the Upper Rockies or on the West Coast or in the Carolinas or in the Southwest – as they say in poker, “READ ‘EM AND WEEP”! Wolves vs. Hunters datais an eye-opener.

Note the “wolves up/ deer (elk and moose too?) down” numbers by County and the tiny/tiny the presence of wolves “On reservations”. Could this indicate apparent “intolerance” (what do they do, just go “POOF”?) of wolves “on reservations”? If memory serves, weren’t the Native American communities all for “cooperating and partnering” with USFWS, often over state objections, to restore the “sacred” wolves?

As a cynical and suspicious old law enforcement guy, I suspect that the wolf that crossed the Lake Superior ice recently from Isle Royale National Park to reach a Minnesota “Reservation” on the mainland then met his demise from a bullet fired by a “reservation” or tribal member that subsequently went uncharged is not the only wolf to get his last glimpse of wolf habitat on some “reservation”. I apologize if this make me a bad person to think such things but so be it.

Such “crimes” have become like the (non?) prosecution of felonies in urban centers involving “protesting” minorities. That is to say such crimes are only vilified in the media and/or “taken to court” if you are white and male as with the currently “secret” Bundy prosecution in federal court using “terrorism” laws for a ranch family with just grievances about “taking property” and destruction of private property by a sister agency (BLM) of the USFWS. It is USFWS that placed, spread and protected wolves with stolen Millions (Excise Taxes from arms and ammunition) collected for and earmarked by law for State Wildlife Agency Programs that, even after a Government Audit to a House Resources Committee by the General Accounting Office verified the theft and unauthorized use of the money by federal bureaucrats. Then, to double the scandal, State Directors never even asked for the stolen millions to be replaced and all the USFWS managers not only went unpunished but went on to ever-greater careers and positions in lobby groups and federal bureaucracy down to the present day.

Let’s hear it for the State Wildlife Agencies and the Departments of Natural Resources and “our” hunting lobby organizations and “our” Universities that “partner”, lie, and finagle about this federal bureaucracy/federal law oppression of rural America! They are as big an apologist source for all this rural destruction as the White House et al is for illegal immigration and clandestine, unlimited placement in the US of “refugees” from Middle Eastern war zones full of people that will kill us but are described as harmless and deserving.
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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish and life Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish and Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish and Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

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Beware the Islamic Trojan Horse

By A.F. Branco July 24, 2016

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Media shielding Islam from connection to terror

By John McMahon

Note the emphasis on mental illness and the omission of any reference to Islam. The Left is hard at work in the media. It is little wonder that the followers of Islam and the admirers of Muhammad develop mental health problems given that the Koran and the Hadith were written by a man subject to fits......Read more

Entire Russian olympic team will be banned from competing in Rio

By Rick Moran

The Daily Mail and other sources are reporting that the entire Russian olympic team of athletes - 387 sportsmen and sportswomen - will be banned by the International Olympic Committee from competing in the 2016 games that begin next month. The ban is the result of the Russian government's sponsorship of illegal doping of athletes. The entire Russian athletic association, from top to bottom, was involved in systematically violating international rules on illegal drugs and blood doping, where an athlete's blood supply is enriched with oxygen...... More

Wikileaks emails reveal DNC conspiracy in anti-Trump protests

By Thomas Lifson

The Democrats and the media allies understand politics as stagecraft, and do not hesitate to manufacture and market as genuine astroturf events when they think it is in their interest. They work together as “allies.” Alex Pfeiffer of The Daily Caller:
The release of Democratic National Committee emails by WikiLeaks Friday reveals that DNC officials planned anti-Donald Trump protests. In multiple emails DNC officials sign off and acknowledge the existence of two anti-Donald Trump protests in South Bend, IN. and Billings, MT. There are only hints of the magnitude of the conspiracy involved: Intern involvement with protests is mentioned twice in the leaked emails. DNC communications director Luis Miranda bemoaned photos of an empty anti-Trump protest in Washington, D.C. in one email chain. Miranda said: “Going forward, when our allies screw up and don’t deliver bodies in time, we either send all our interns out there or we stay away from it.. we don’t want to own a bad picture.”
So, who are these allies? .......Read here

A Third Stage for Civil Rights

By Larry Elgin

In the 1960s, as a law student, I became, successively, a writer for, and then the editor of my law school’s newspaper. In that capacity I began criticizing segregation. One could not write about segregation without saying that it was wrong and unjustifiable. As one of my professors put it, you could not acknowledge that blacks have a soul and justify segregation.

I soon went beyond writing about it. I was drawn into participating in the Civil Rights Movement. A friend of mine since high school, who was also a law school classmate, became active in the Movement and went frequently in that capacity into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, real Faulkner country. He was beaten up by the Klan. He was in the thick of the struggle. He persuaded a number of us fellow students to go down and assist in the Movement.

At one point, the authorities in Mississippi, under pressure from the federal courts, had to integrate the schools, but were still operating segregated school buses. My friend was following one of the buses to document this illegal segregation and the authorities arrested him. He was charged first with reckless driving and then that was altered (with a ball point pen as the trial began) into violation of a state statute making it a crime to follow a motor vehicle too closely. This was in Issaquena County, by the Yazoo River, in its county seat, Meyersville....... Read more

Liberal Failures are Killing America

By David Lawrence  @ Constitution.com

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A liberal is standing on a map of America stabbing it.  He is progressive. He is secular.  He is the die-is-cast for a lack of values.  He is one foot in the river and his face drowning in contradictions. A liberal commits himself to an ideology like Caesar crossing the Rubicon.  He is dedicated to secular stupidity. He can’t go back because no one has his back. He is surrounded by a group of traitors singing soft betrayals.  Liberals are Sirens singing Obama’s toneless concept of change. They are reformers destroying things as they are.  They are the reason you can’t get a good education at Harvard. ......

Mass Shooting Not Stopped by Germany’s Strict Gun Laws [VIDEO]

By Dave Jolly

Every time there is a mass shooting in the US, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other liberal Constitution haters blame guns and call for stricter gun control laws. I’ve yet to hear a liberal Democrat ever blame the evil and sin in men’s hearts as being responsible for mass shootings as it’s always the fault of guns and gun laws. Some liberals have even tried to pass legislation to make gun manufacturers liable for the violence of the criminal using their firearm. This makes as much sense as making General Motor liable for the actions of someone who intentionally uses a Chevy to run over someone, or making Ortho responsible for a wife using their bug poison to murder her husband.

Nevertheless, Hillary and Obama continually try to blame our lack of anti-Second Amendment laws for all of the mass shootings here in the US. They seem to ignore that many of the states and cities, like Chicago, that have the strictest gun control laws in the nation are also among the places with the highest rates of gun violence.

So let’s look at the mass shooting that just took place at the Munich, Germany shopping mall......To Read More...

Criminal Gang Hunting Pro-Trump Hispanics?

By Tim Brown

It’s no secret that illegals and many who are lawless in this country have been openly opposed to many of the things GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has said and several of his policies. Now, it is being reported that the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang are intimidating pro-Trump delegates who are Hispanic.  At least one reporter is claiming to have spoken to several delegates who are being targeted by the gang, along with their families.

Wayne Madsen reports:......To Read More...

My Presidential Choice

I periodically get asked who should be in the White House.

Since I’m a policy wonk rather than a political pundit, I generally sidestep the question.

Though it probably isn’t too hard to figure out my preference if you peruse what I’ve written about previous presidents.

I’m a huge fan of both Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge, for instance.

But I’m definitely not partisan. I’ve also said nice things about John F. Kennedy and even Bill Clinton.

And to further demonstrate my independence, it’s time for me to endorse another Democrat.
Yes, you read correctly. The person I want in the White House is….(drum roll, please)…the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, Grover Cleveland.

He’s mostly famous for being the only President to serve non-consecutive terms (he won in 1884, lost in 1888, and won again in 1992). And perhaps also for marrying a 21-year woman while in the White House.

But he should be remembered instead – and with great fondness – for his belief in classical liberal principles.

Let’s start with this blurb from his Wikipedia page.
Cleveland was the leader of the pro-business Bourbon Democrats who opposed high tariffs, Free Silver, inflation, imperialism, and subsidies to business, farmers, or veterans. His crusade for political reform and fiscal conservatism made him an icon for American conservatives of the era. Cleveland won praise for his honesty, self-reliance, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism. He relentlessly fought political corruption, patronage, and bossism. …He also used his appointment powers to reduce the number of federal employees, as many departments had become bloated with political time-servers. …Cleveland used the veto far more often than any president up to that time.
Perhaps his most glorious moment came when he rejected the Texas Seed Bill.
After a drought had ruined crops in several Texas counties, Congress appropriated $10,000 to purchase seed grain for farmers there. Cleveland vetoed the expenditure. In his veto message, he espoused a theory of limited government:
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. …the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.
 
Wow, can you imagine any President saying these words today?

President Cleveland’s steadfast behavior and sound principles have garnered him some well-deserved praise.

Writing for Investor’s Business Daily back in 2011, Paul Whitfield opined about Cleveland’s track record.
If free-market advocates could resurrect a U.S. president to deal with today’s problems, many would choose Grover Cleveland. …He vetoed hundreds of spending bills, refusing to succumb to political temptation whether it was wrapped in patriotism or sob stories. …Union military veterans had become a powerful special interest group. Expenditures on their pensions increased about 500% over 20 years… When Congress passed a bill granting pensions to veterans for injuries not caused by military service, he vetoed it. …He vetoed 414 bills during his eight years — 1885-89 and 1893-97 — in the White House, forcing Congress to curb its appetite for spending.
President Cleveland even had a libertarian approach to overseas entanglements.
Cleveland had a simple approach to foreign policy. He said America should “never get caught up in conflict with any foreign state unless attacked or otherwise provoked.”
Let’s go back even further in time. Here’s some of what Lawrence Reed wrote in 1996.
I give high marks to those presidents who actively sought to uphold the Constitution, and who worked to expand the frontiers of freedom. I’ll take a president who leaves us alone over one who can’t keep his hands out of other people’s pockets any day of the week. Honesty, frugality, candor, and a love for liberty are premium qualities in my kind of president. The one man among post-war presidents (post-Civil War, that is) who exemplified those qualities best was Grover Cleveland… Cleveland took a firm stand against a nascent welfare state. Frequent warnings against the redistributive nature of government were characteristic of his tenure. He regarded as a “serious danger” the notion that government should dispense favors and advantages to individuals or their businesses. …Disdainful of pork barrel politics, he felt that those who would use and gain from such projects should pay for them. …He rightly argued that tariffs stifle competition, raise prices, and violate the people’s freedom to patronize the sellers of their choice.
The article points out that Cleveland wasn’t perfect.

Indeed, the squalid Department of Agriculture was elevated to the Cabinet during his tenure.
But, on net, he pushed for liberty. Heck, look at this quote from President Cleveland, which Lawrence Reed shared in an article from 1999.
When more of the people’s sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and the expense of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.
Wow. Taxation to fund beyond limited government equals “ruthless extortion.” That warms my libertarian heart!

Robert Higgs, the great economic historian, shared another great quote from President Cleveland.
Cleveland believed in keeping government expenditure at the minimum required to carry out essential constitutional functions. “When a man in office lays out a dollar in extravagance,” declared Cleveland, “he acts immorally by the people.”
Let’s begin to wrap up with some wisdom from Burton Folsom, who wrote about President Cleveland for the Freeman back in 2004.
For a U.S. president, one test of this courage is the willingness to veto bad bills— bills that spend too much money or that contradict Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution. In that test of character, perhaps no president passed more convincingly than Grover Cleveland… During Cleveland’s first term (1885–1889), he vetoed 414 bills, more than twice the total vetoed by all previous presidents. …Over half of Cleveland’s vetoes involved pensions to Civil War veterans. Congressmen, especially Republicans, were increasingly trying to funnel taxpayer dollars to unqualified veterans in hopes of capturing “the soldier vote.”
Sadly, politicians today not only go after the “soldier vote,” but also the “farmer vote,” the “elderly vote,” the “urban vote,” etc, etc, etc.

And we don’t have principled leaders like Grover Cleveland with a veto pen.



Let’s look at some historical budget data to understand how truly lucky the nation was during Cleveland’s era. During the 1880s, in his first term, total primary spending (which is total outlays minus expenditures for net interest) averaged just 1.7 percent of GDP.

And this was before the income tax was enacted. After all, there was no need to have a punitive levy when the fiscal burden of government was so small.

P.S. Barton Folsom was the narrator of the superb video from Prager University on government-controlled investment.

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