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Gen. Kelly schools the media on how casualty notifications are supposed to be handled, hopefully silencing the jackals

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Gen. Kelly eloquently makes the point about how casualty notifications occur and is appropriately critical of the congresswoman who gave a misleading characterization of Trump's phone call.

If you saw my two posts on this yesterday, you could probably tell how much the congresswoman's actions bothered me as unfair and wrong.  I think you will be able to see how his remarks changed teh demeanor of the media in the room.

Spam thieves in Hawaii lead to security measures for the canned meat

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Daily Mail:

Spam heists are on the rise in Hawaii, so much so that stores are putting the fatty canned meat treat in plastic locked cases. The black market for Spam is real in Hawaii as the price of Spam has been on the rise.  I had no idea it was in such demand.  I can remember my mom preparing it with meals when I was a kid.  I suspect it would be too salty for my taste these days.  Spam was used in World War II to feed the troops.  Russians soldiers have said they would have starved without it.

Judiciary Committee to look at Uranium One cover-up issue

Circa:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley asked the attorney of a former FBI informant Wednesday to allow her client to testify before his committee regarding the FBI's investigation regarding kickbacks and bribery by the Russian state controlled nuclear company that was approved to purchase twenty percent of United States uranium supply in 2010, Circa has learned.

In a formal letter, Grassley, an Iowa Republican, asked Victoria Toensing, the lawyer representing the former FBI informant, to allow her client, who says he worked as a voluntary informant for the FBI, to be allowed to testify about the "crucial" eyewitness testimony he provided to the FBI regarding members of the Russian subsidiary and other connected players from 2009 until the FBI's prosecution of the defendants in 2014.

Toensing's client was an American businessman who says he worked for four years undercover as an FBI confidential witness. Toensing said he was blocked by the Obama Justice D…

Jobless claims continue to lowest level in 44 years

Bloomberg:
Filings for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level since 1973 as workers affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma continued to return to their jobs, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.
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The latest period also encompasses the reporting week that the Labor Department surveys for its October employment figures. Claims are at the lowest level in more than four decades, indicating employers have little desire to cut staffing levels amid a shortage of qualified workers.
... The effect of Trump's deregulation efforts appears to have increased job opportunities to a point not seen in decades.  It appears the unemployment problem was not structural but the result of over-regulation.

The rubble left after the defeat of ISIS

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NY Times:
This Is What Victory Over ISIS Looks Like in Syria and Iraq
Hard-won battles to retake city after city from the Islamic State have come to an end. But the campaigns have left vast destruction in their wake, and the cities are ghosts of their former glory. The alternative to the creation of the rubble would have been to allow the genocide to continue and the mass murder attacks in Europe and the US to continue.

If the Iraqis were smart they would be focusing on rebuilding these cities.  But they seem to be influenced by the genocidal Islamic religious bigots that rule Iran so they are now attacking the Kurds with the weapons the US provided them to defeat ISIS.

Democrat congresswoman who mislead family about Trump's response to the death of Green Beret voted against death benefits

Fox News:
The Florida Democrat who criticized President Donald Trump this week for being "insensitive" toward the widow of a U.S. soldier slain in Africa might be facing similar criticism herself.

It turns out that U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson has frequently voted against measures intended to help veterans and their families, according to VoteSmart.org, a vote-tracking site whose founding board members included former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

The measures that Wilson opposed included a bill that could have ensured that families of four soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 received death and burial benefits.

In fact, Wilson’s voting record on veterans issues may call into question the sincerity of her recent defense of U.S. service members and their families.

Despite Wilson's claim to be “committed to honoring our service members, not only with words but with deeds,” she has voted against most bills ensuring continued funding for veteran benefits, including…

This may be the funnest thing you will read today

Kurt Schlichter:
Liberals Try To Connect With Normal Americans And It Goes Poorly

Key Democrats met secretly to confer about the party’s future as America approached the one-year anniversary of their stunning and hilarious humiliation by Donald Trump. The key question they sought to answer: “How can we Democrats appeal to those Jesus-loving, racist idiots who hate science and don’t live on the coast like everyone we know?”

After opening the seminar by refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Chuck Schumer gaveled the meeting to order, sparking widespread protests. “Hammers are violent tools of oppression that cause oppressed people to literally shake. We need a national conversation about assault gavels that use automatic high-capacity clips,” sputtered the 112 year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein. “Sure, we should be able to have them, but not those, those … little people out there. They don’t need gavels.”

The assembly quickly agreed that in 2018 Democrats must prioritize sensible hamm…

Silicon Valley resist transparency on ad buys

NY Times:

Tech Lobby Resists Calls to Reveal Online Ad Buyers

Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators will move on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who buys political ads.

But the tech industry is mobilizing an army of lobbyists and lawyers to help shape regulations proposed in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This is a case where more disclosure is a good thing.  We already require it for TV political ads.  It should not be just about Russian meddling.  It should also reach ads placed by hostile groups from all sides.  It is not a foolproof correction to a problem.  I suspect the Russians or some other group will use front groups to sponsor the ads.

I would also like to see a requirement that when a company refused to allow ads to run on YouTube sites, as is their right, that should also be disclosed so that supporters of those sites can decide whether they want to engage in commerce with those former sponsors.  Left…

Emails show Hillary Clinton's hostility toward Israel

Jerusalem Post:
Clandestinely stirring up potentially violent protests in an attempt to try and force Israel to go against its best interests? Advice like this was par for the course with Clinton’s advisers.
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In the entire forced dump of Clinton’s emails, you will be hard pressed to find a single one sympathetic toward the Jewish state from any of the people she relied on. The negative, poisonous approach to Israel throughout this email expose shows the atmosphere that she had established around herself. These emails seem to demonstrate that a huge segment of her close advisers and confidantes were attacking Israel, condemning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and strategizing how to force Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria at all costs.

This was occurring against the backdrop of Israel’s recent Gaza withdrawal, which led to the takeover of Gaza by Hamas. There is almost zero mention of the huge risks to Israel’s security in withdrawing as Clinton and the Obama administratio…

South Korea plans a quick victory over North Korea

We Are the Mighty:
The U.S. and South Korea are developing new wartime operations plans to achieve rapid victory over the North should conflict occur, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed Monday.

“We are drawing up a new operational plan while re-estimating overall conditions, including our capabilities in accordance with North Korea’s new advanced threats,” Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo said, amid reports that previous war plans were pilfered by Pyongyang’s hackers, according to NK News.

The South Korean military is still unsure exactly what North Korea got its hands on, but among the stolen military documents are believed to be joint war plans and Seoul defense strategies. These plans were created several years ago, and North Korea’s capabilities have dramatically improved since then, as the regime now has an intercontinental ballistic missile and a staged thermonuclear bomb designed to level cities.

The new strategic plans are intended to secure victory for the allies in the sho…

Last of ISIS fighters in Raqqa choose surrender over a 'ticket to paradise'

Times:
At the end there was no final, suicidal shoot-out. A few dozen Islamic State fighters retreated, first to Raqqa’s hospital, then to the stadium. The jihadists, all foreigners, English, Russian and French-speakers among them, dragged their families behind them.

One little boy wore a suicide vest. They were shooting, but the advancing Kurds held their fire because of the women and children. “They looked like professionals,” Bahoz Ocalan, 33, a Kurdish fighter, said. “The way they were fighting and defending their positions, they looked like they were with a professional army.”

The situation was hopeless though, and the will of the militants wilted. Ammunition was low and a surrender was offered. In the end, 28 fighters trooped out of the stadium, Mr Ocalan said.

A new form of war had triumphed in Raqqa, with the victors deploying an overwhelming technical advantage to methodically destroy a city.

This was done in the name of saving lives. The London-based Syrian Observatory for H…

China is importing a lot of US oil that is shipped from Texas Gulf ports

Fuel Fix:
The Texas Gulf Coast is leading the way as the nation ships out record levels of crude oil and petroleum products to foreign markets, including China, which is buying more American oil.

The United States is routinely exporting more than 1 million barrels of oil a day and shipping out more than 6 million barrels of total petroleum a day, according to the U.S. Energy Department. More than two-thirds of those petroleum exports are shipped through Gulf Coast ports.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which wreaked havoc along the Texas Gulf Coast, the International Energy Agency deemed the region "too important to fail" as a global energy trading hub.

Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources said this week it's piping more than 1 million barrels of Bakken shale oil from North Dakota down to Texas ports to export o China.

RELATED: Oil inventories take big dip

No matter what the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting countries does to try to offset American oil growt…

Obama DOJ tried to cover up Russian corruption in the nuclear deal by threatening whistle blower

Daily Wire:
In a blockbuster revelation, Victoria Toensing, the attorney for an FBI confidential witness, alleged that the Obama Department of Justice blocked her client from informing Congress that Russian executives told him how they facilitated the Obama administration's 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and transferred millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to an entity assisting Bill Clinton’s foundation.

As The Hill reports, those machinations allegedly occurred while Hillary Clinton was serving as Secretary of State on the government panel that approved the deal, according to Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Bill Clinton accepted $500,000 in Russian speaking fees in 2010, as The New York Timesreported in 2015; Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Toensing wants the Trump Justice Department or the FBI…

List of vote fraud cases continues to grow

Daily Signal:
The Heritage Foundation added another round of cases this week to its ever-growing Voter Fraud Database.

Accounting for these new additions, the database now documents 1,088 proven instances of election fraud, including 949 cases that have resulted in criminal convictions, 48 that have ended in civil penalties, and 75 that have seen defendants enter diversion programs.

Americans should be alarmed, not only because Heritage has compiled so many examples of fraud—impacting nearly every state and elections for all levels of government—but because this figure is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

The Heritage database is not a comprehensive tally of election fraud. That figure would almost certainly be substantially larger.

Most states, after all, lack the robust procedures needed to detect fraud when it occurs. Even when fraud is detected, prosecutors often opt not to pursue cases because their priorities lie elsewhere.

Put simply, American elections are vulnerable and fraudst…

Hostile Democrat Congresswoman manipulates family of fallen Green Beret

NY Times:
Mother of Slain Soldier Says Trump Was Disrespectful
President Trump said the soldier “knew what he signed up for” during a condolence call, the mother of Sgt. La David T. Johnson said.That backs the account of a Democratic lawmaker, who first described the exchange between the president and the man’s widow. Mr. Trump has denied saying those words. This poor woman is a victim of a Democrat Congresswoman with a visceral hatred of the President.  She deliberately twisted his words of condolence.  Nothing Trump said was disrespectful.  Everyone who volunteers to go in harm's way knows they may not come back alive and so does their family.  That is why they are so special to this country, and it is shameful to see Democrats manipulate a family for political advantage. 

I was an officer in the Marine Corps who was wounded in action as XO of a rifle company of Marines.  I guarantee you that every Marine in that company knew they were putting their life on the line and they volun…

Trump disputes Democrat congresswoman's description of conversation with Green Beret's widow

Washington Post:
‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes lawmaker’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) told reporters she overheard the president tell the wife of fallen Sgt. La David T. Johnson that “he must have known what he signed up for.” I suspect that Frederica Wilson was hostile to Trump before any conversation took place and that may have colored her description of the conversation.  But, for the sake of argument, if Trump did say it, it was an entirely true statement.

I was a Marine officer who was wounded in combat and I knew from the moment I volunteered that I would be going in harm's way and there would be people trying to kill me.  My whole family knew it.

That is what makes the service our military people provide so special and why we honor them with respect for the flag they fought for.  It is also what makes their families special.  The suggestion that it is insensitive to state the obvious comes from people who probably …

Hawaii Federal Judge repeats his bad faith rulings on Trump travel bans

NY Times:
Federal Judge Blocks Newest Version of Trump Travel Ban
Hours before President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban was to take effect, a judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order halting its enforcement for now. The same judge had blocked earlier versions. This guy is an example of what is wrong with liberal judges.  They make up the law and ignore the Supreme Court presidents even when their ruling have been overturned.  Hawaii has little legitimate interest in these travel bans because it is not a destination for people in most of the countries subject to the bans.

The reasons opponents of the bans use this court is forum shopping.  They know this judge is hostile to the bans and that appeals have to go through the Ninth Circuit which has a history of activist liberal appellate judges.  This is an illegitimate attempt to thwart administration policies that are entirely constitutional.

The real Russian election scandal is the false narrative pushed by liberals in the media

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There has been little consequence for those pushing false and misleading stories about the Trump campaign.  That needs to change.  I would like to see someone compile a list of all the false stories that can be referred to every time they trot out another one.

NAFTA debate demonstrates the failure of forced union membership

Mark Mix:
Big Labor admits in NAFTA demands forced unionism costs jobs, right-to-work laws attract them

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As the Toronto Globe and Mail reported last month, the Trudeau government strongly believes that voluntary unionism gives the U.S. an "advantage" over Canada "in attracting jobs."

Normally, any powerful elected official who made such a claim would be denounced and ridiculed by union officials. But Trudeau wants to "fix" the U.S.'s right-to-work advantage by eliminating all state right-to-work laws rather than by prohibiting forced unionism in his own country. Consequently, Trudeau is now being hailed as a hero by union bosses such as Jerry Dias, the president of Unifor, a Canadian union conglomerate.

Union-label Canadian politicians' improbable vehicle for destroying the right to work is the ongoing renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

Dias encouraged the Trudeau government to demand that Congress and President Trump…

While 'Never Trumpers" stew, Trump keeps pushing his agenda

Roger Kimbel:
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And yet on the ground, in the real world, Trump is methodically pushing ahead with the agenda he campaigned on. That includes:

Nominating judges and justices who can be counted on to interpret and enforce the law but do not endeavor to use the law to promote their social agenda;

Addressing the problem of illegal immigration and securing the borders of the United States;Developing America’s vast energy resources;Rolling back the regulatory state, especially the administrative overreach of agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency;Pursuing policies that put America, and American workers, first, not to the detriment of our relationships with our international partners but through a recognition that strength and sovereign independence make nations more reliable actors;Restoring the combat readiness and morale of the United States military;Simplifying the U.S. tax code, making it more competitive for U.S. businesses and more equitable for individuals;Getting a h…

How the Trump campaign used Facebook to target voters

CNBC:
The Trump campaign's digital director credits Facebook in helping to fuel the president's surprising win last November.

In an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday, Brad Parscale said Facebook "was the method" for President Donald Trump's stunning rise to the White House. Parscale, who spearheaded the small Trump campaign team's digital and fundraising efforts, contended that the team took advantage of Facebook in a way Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign did not.

"Facebook now lets you get to places and places possibly that you would never go with TV ads," Parscale, web director at San Antonio-based marketing and design firm Giles Parscale, told CBS. "Now, I can find, you know, 15 people in the Florida Panhandle that I would never buy a TV commercial for. And, we took opportunities that I think the other side didn't."

He pointed to the Trump campaign having Facebook employees "embedded in…

Democrat candidate for governor of Virginia hides his black running mate

Erick Erickson:
Oh how Democrats will make excuses for their own side. In Virginia, Ralph Northam is the Democrats’ nominee for governor. He has a black running mate named Justin Fairfax. Except, in Northern Virginia, you would never know that. Justin Fairfax has been memory holed in Northern Virginia. Ralph Northam deleted Fairfax from palm cards being passed out.

Why would they delete Fairfax in Northern Virginia? Well, one of the more powerful unions in Virginia favors a pipeline that Justin Fairfax opposes. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been pushed by the unions passing out the palm cards for Northam’s campaign. So the only statewide black Democratic candidate has to be deleted from the palm cards.
... It appears that he is really trying to hide his ties to the anti-energy left.  Opposition to pipelines is also anti-consumer driving up the cost of energy and its availability.  It also is detrimental to US national security.

erickson also points out that the media would be having a…

Who was making unmasking request about Trump official in Susan Powers's name?

Washington Examiner:
House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Tuesday that President Obama's former United Nations ambassador has testified that not all of the "unmasking" requests made in her name were directed by her.

Samantha Power testified in Gowdy's committee last week, and Fox News reported weeks before her appearance that she was thought to have made as many as 260 requests to "unmask" Americans caught up in the surveillance of non-U.S. citizens.

But Tuesday evening, Gowdy told Fox News that Power told his committee that she was not the official requesting that unmasking in every case.

"I think if she were on your show, she would say those requests to unmask may have been attributed to her, but they greatly exceed by an exponential factor the requests she actually made," Gowdy said.

"So, that's her testimony, and she was pretty emphatic in it," he added. "The intelligence community has a…

A significant blow back against the Jacksonville Jaguars; anthem protest leaves stadium nearly empty

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Breitbart:
Small Plane Pulls ‘Boycott Jags & the NFL’ Banner Over EverBank Field Before Jaguars-Rams Game

Jacksonville has a strong Navy presence and needless to say many of the sailors and the city were upset about the disrespect for the national anthem and the flag.  I think the team management got the message, but whether the players will is not clear.

Mueller was head of the FBI when the investigation of Russian bribery in the Obama-Clinton uranium deal went down

Noah Rothman:
In her latest reinvention, Hillary Clinton has emerged from the woods transformed into a self-styled Cassandra. She travels from sound stage to sound stage, reminding the public that her 2016 loss was not her fault and the Russians who undid her once-promising political career are coming again. This newest reboot is remarkable if only for its extraordinary immodesty. Few have done so much to undermine the fortunes of their ostensible allies, but Hillary Clinton is not done yet. Her vendetta has now led her to sabotage the so-called “Resistance’s” last, best hope for cutting the legs out from under the Trump administration: Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.

Nearly ten months into his presidency, Donald Trump has not stopped campaigning against Hillary Clinton—a fact the Clinton surely appreciates if only for the otherwise undeserved relevance it bestows upon her. When asked about the Mueller probe and the charge that his campaign “colluded”…

Russians pretending to be Texans on Twitter

Washington Post:
How the Russians pretended to be Texans — and Texans believed them This is one Texan who found them too obnoxious to follow.  They looked more like re-tweet trolls than most Texans I know.  I got so disgusted with them that I just quit following Twitter during the campaign season, and when I went back after the election was over, they were gone.  They had zero effect on my decision to vote against Hillary Clinton.  If anything they made me dislike those who purported to be Trump backers and that may have been their intent to begin with.

There may have been some Texans who re-tweeted their stuff, but I am not aware of it. This looks like another attempt by the media to discredit Trump's victory.  Hillary Clinton would have lost Texas if no Russian did anything during the election.  She was wrong on the issues that matter and would have continued Obama's failed polices that harmed the economy and showed weakness in the face of the enemy.

Liberals are still living…

The collapse of the caliphate capitol

NY Times:
U.S.-Backed Forces Capture City Used as ISIS Headquarters
Losing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa is a blow to the Islamic State, which had long used it as the de facto capital of a self-declared caliphate. The remnants of ISIS leadership fled the area months ago.  They have now lost most of their prized real estate and are holding out against Syrian and Russian efforts to remove them from their last redoubt.  Hopefully the US back forces can help them gather intelligence on ISIS operatives in other parts of the world.  I suspect they will be scouring captured lap top computers for information, mixed in with the terrorists porn collections.

Before the Clinton-Obama nuclear deal with Russia, the FBI had uncovered a bribery plot

The Hill:
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable f…

Deregulation of Texas electric market has led to fewer customer complaints

Fuel Fix:
Texas electricity complaints last year hit their lowest level since the state deregulated its retail electricity market 16 years ago, demonstrating that complaints have fallen in sync with cheaper power prices, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The numbers of complaints reached new, post-deregulation lows each of the past three years, but the grievances still remain higher than before Texas ended regional utility monopolies. The broken-up parts of the old Houston Lighting & Power are now owned by CenterPoint Energy and NRG Energy, and there are hundreds of retail electricity competitors from which to choose.

In its yearly review each fall, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power report said customers filed 4,175 complaints with the state Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the electric industry, down from 4,835 last year and a record 17,250 in 2003.

However, the highest number of complaints before deregulation was 2,062 in 2001, the last year before the …

Former Aussie Prime Minister nails Big Green and its settled science BS

Melanie Phillips:
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“There are laws of physics; there are objective facts; there are moral and ethical truths. But there is almost nothing important where no further enquiry is needed. What the “science is settled” brigade want is to close down investigation by equating questioning with superstition. It’s an aspect of the wider weakening of the Western mind which poses such dangers to the world’s future.

“Physics suggests, all other things being equal, that an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide would indeed warm the planet. Even so, the atmosphere is an almost infinitely complex mechanism that’s far from fully understood.

“Palaeontology indicates that over millions of years there have been warmer periods and cooler periods that don’t correlate with carbon dioxide concentrations…

“The growing evidence that records have been adjusted, that the impact of urban heat islands has been downplayed, and that data sets have been slanted in order to fit the theory of dangerous anthropogeni…

Clinton's support for NFL protests causes Trump to urge her to run for President again

Washington Free Beacon:
President Donald Trump mockingly begged Hillary Clinton to run against him again for the White House on Monday, saying, "Hillary, please run again!"

After Fox News reporter John Roberts noted Clinton's support for protesting NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem and Trump's own tweet about Clinton possibly running again, Trump cut over him.

"Oh, I hope Hillary runs. Is she going to run? I hope. Hillary, please run again!" Trump said in a mock pleading voice.

Trump went on to say Clinton was "wrong" about her stance on the NFL players during his wide-ranging press conference outside the White House.

Trump has consistently criticized players mimicking Colin Kaepernick's initial protest; on Monday, he suggested owners suspend players who do not stand for our "great national anthem."

Trump called Clinton's stance on the NFL protests an example of why she lost.

"I fully understand why she …

US Navy has a new sub that enemies may hear about, but not actually hear

Scout Warrior:
Navy Launches Most High-Tech & Stealthy Attack Sub Ever

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Many of these innovations, which have been underway and tested as prototypes for many years, are now operational as the USS South Dakota enters service; service technology developers have, in a general way, said the advances in undersea technologies built, integrated, tested and now operational on the South Dakota include quieting technologies for the engine room to make the submarine harder to detect, a new large vertical array and additional "quieting" coating materials for the hull, Navy officials explained.
... The US has a technological edge on adversaries when it comes to stealthy attack submarines and it appears to be furthering that edge.  It becomes more important as Russia and China build advanced submarines and North Korea also threatens to add "boomers" to its arsenal of nuclear weapons.

The unreliable sources of the left media narrative

Erick Erickson:
Did you hear the one about how everyone around Trump thinks he is an idiot and they’re pondering what to do if he pushes the button to launch nukes?

Yeah, I heard that one too long before Gabe Sherman wrote about it. It was in the conversations on social media of leftists horrified by what has happened.

I don’t doubt that Sherman has a source. He seems to have very good sources. But I do wonder about that source as I wonder about many of the sources reporters are using today. There is a familiar pattern of telling the left exactly what they want to hear and already believe and then a retraction afterwards.

Take the story about the mass resignations of Obama era personnel at the State Department during the inaugural. It fit exactly what the left’s fever dreams demanded. Only then it was retracted.

Take the recent story about Barack Obama warning Mark Zuckerberg about fake news and Russia. Only the Russia part was not true and had to be retracted.

Take the CNN story that…

Firm behind dirty dossier acts like it has something to hide from Congress

The Hill:
The research firm that produced the controversial dossier containing unverified allegations about President Trump and Russia will reportedly not comply with the House Intelligence Committee's subpoena to testify.

Fusion GPS plans to decline the request of the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), to testify before the panel by invoking constitutional privileges, according to a letter obtained by Business Insider on Monday.
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The attorney said the subpoenas would violate "the First Amendment rights" of the firm's three founders, while also saying it would thwart future candidates who are running for public office "from conducting confidential opposition research in an election."

"Should you compel any of our three clients to appear at the scheduled deposition, they will invoke their constitutional privileges not to testify," Levy said in the letter, according to the report. "Since that will be the case, we ask that…

Venezuela is a recidivist when it comes to election fraud

Breitbart:
Venezuela: Four Unfree, Unfair Elections in Just Five Years It is one of the ways the leaders of a failed state that is starving its people try to cling to power so they can abuse them further.

FBI finds FEMA relief supplies for Puerto Rico thrown in the trash

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PR Information:


Federal and State Authorities today began an investigation into the Municipality of Patillas after an inspection was carried out today where allegedly, investigators found food and water provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) thrown in a trash container according to sources. Supplies mismanagement or theft, for being federal property, will be investigated by the FBI and can lead to a penalty of up to 20 years if any individual is found to be violating the distribution guidelines.
... They have also found supplies that were improperly stored by local officials leaving them out in the rain where rats have infested them.   Puerto Rico appears to have a problem with low functioning local governments as well as corruption.  There are more pictures of the mishandling of relief supplies at the link above.  What seems clear is that if people are starving in Puerto Rico it is not for a lack of supplies from teh US.

Anti-NRA left threatens NRA spokeswoman

Washington Free Beacon:
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch announced Sunday on Twitter that her family had been forced to move suddenly after she received multiple death threats from gun control advocates.

Loesch, a conservative commentator and syndicated talk radio host, followed the announcement of her family's move by condemning the way politically progressive society has treated not just her, but conservative women as a whole.

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct allegations, many women are telling their stories of assault on Twitter, using the hashtag, #MeToo. Loesch used the hashtag to tell her story of how she is being threatened for her views on guns and the Second Amendment.
... It is a good thing she knows how to handle a gun because the threats are deadly serious.  One guy called her on her private cell phone number and threatened to shoot her in her front yard.  He made the call while the cops were at her house investigating other thr…

The Washington Post devolves into sophomoric insults about the President

Washington Post:


Inside the ‘adult day care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

Some White House aides spend a significant part of their time devising ways to rein in the impetuous president, angling to avoid outbursts that might work against him, according to interviews with 18 aides, confidants and outside advisers. This is pretty typical of what passes for analysis at the Washington Post since Trump was elected President.  While I still look at their page every day it is getting pretty hard to find a story that attempts fairness.  It is as if there is a lack of "adult supervision" at this once great media outlet.  While the NY Times reporters are probably just as hostile to the President, at least their supervisors try to rein in emotional responses to his actions.

I have to assume this is what Bezos wants since he could stop it and tell them to act more professionally.

I realize Trump can be a difficult person to report on.  He tends to be unscripted and al…

Kurds who saved Kirkuk from ISIS kicked out by Iraq

NY Times:
Iraqi Forces Seize Kirkuk, in Blow to Kurdish Separatists
Government troops took control of the vital city and surrounding oil fields, ousting the Kurdish forces who had controlled the region.The Kurds voted overwhelmingly for independence three weeks ago. The United States, Baghdad and most countries in the region condemned the referendum. I suspect the Kurds would have had a better chance of negotiating a reasonable agreement with the Iraqis were it not for the influence of Iran which fears a Kurdish independence movement in its own country.  If the Iraqis try to take the Kurdistan region they will likely have a difficult fight on their hands and should not get any help from the US in waging it.

I am of the opinion that the Kurds need to be rewarded for their brave fight against ISIS.  I also think they have a far superior claim to their own state than does the Palestinians.

Waiting until North Korea launches nuclear weapons against the US is truly insane

Washington Post:
If Trump doesn't want a nuclear war with North Korea, a 'No First Use' pledge might work better than threats This is irrational on several levels.  The North Koreans have already threatened to white out the US and its allies.  Waiting for them to do it before responding is not going to prevent them from acting.  It makes zero sense that anyone would think that North Korea would see this as anything other than a clear shot at wiping out the US and its allies.  To think that this would restrain action by Kim is to ignore his short history of killing people who pose even less of a threat to his regime than the US.

Those supporting such a policy need to consult with a mental health professional before making further suggestions along this line.

Congress getting the blame for failure to repeal Obamacare

Washington Post:
Trump’s attacks on Senate Republicans are paying political dividends

Conservative donors and activists are primed to blame Congress, not the president, if there is no sweeping rewrite of tax laws — just as they did after the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I have been a little more specific.  I think there are about a half-dozen Republican senators who are the problem and I would focus campaign funding on targeting them in the primaries. Like many Republicans, I feel like these senators betrayed their campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare and have seen no alternative proposals from them that could pass.  Trump has shown more flexibility on what the repeal and replace would look like and that is why he is not seen as the problem.

Corporate tax cuts benefit workers

NY Times:

Trump’s Top Economist Says Corporate Tax Cuts Will Lift Workers’ Wages

The typical household’s income would climb by thousands of dollars, says a report that hints at a primary argument the administration will make in selling its tax plan. Government greed as pushed by Democrats has been robbing opportunity for American workers and has also resulted in American companies not repatriating foreign income because of the high tax rate.  It has been a lose-lose proposition and Democrats are too greedy for tax revenue to use in vote buying schemes to realize how counterproductive their policies have been.

ISIS is near a collapse

Washington Examiner:
Defeating ISIS: The US is 'very near the goal line'

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... we dealt ISIS a fatal blow in the Mosul battle, and that fatal blow is to their leadership, cohesiveness, message, and, really, reason for being....
... The collapse appears to be accelerating, as the Iraqis take back more cities once controlled by ISIS. 

The problem now is that the collapse of ISIS is allowing the Iraqis to focus on retaking areas from the Kurds who helped to slow the advance of ISIS and also helped to defeat it.  I think this move suggests the nefarious opportunism of the Iranians who also fear Kurdish independence.

Russia financing the Taliban in Afghanistan

Times:
Russia has stepped up its support of the Taliban in Afghanistan in recent months in an effort to stave off the rise of Islamic State but also to avenge its humiliating defeat by western-backed fighters nearly 30 years ago, according to Taliban officials.

One, a 23-year-old treasurer who is typical of a new youthful echelon of officials, explained how help from Moscow delivered cash into the hands of its commanders.

“The Russian fuel supplies began coming to us 18 months ago,” he told The Times. “At first it was just a few tankers to test the system. But then the numbers suddenly increased so that dozens were coming each month. The Russians give it all to us for free — we just pay the import duty and then keep the profits.”

Most of the fuel is sold on by Taliban front companies to businessmen in Kabul. The money is then transferred through the inscrutable “hawala” system used by terrorist groups and insurgents across the Islamic world.

“I just deal with the finances of a few Tal…

California's sanctuary state law shows how out of touch liberals are with public safety concerns

Travis Allen:
Citizenship matters. Throughout American history, tens of millions of immigrants have set out for our country seeking to become Americans.

By enacting Senate Bill 54 and declaring California a "sanctuary state," Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and liberal Sacramento politicians are draining citizenship of meaning and making a mockery of that history and those aspirations. They have taken a knee to the demands of identity politics — declaring illegal immigrants a protected class and ordering state and local law enforcement to provide them with special protection.

SB 54 exposes the massive disconnect between the radical priorities of the liberal political elites and the everyday concerns of average Californians. Californians want better schools, safer neighborhoods, less traffic, more affordable housing, and more jobs. The liberal politicians running the state and supporting SB 54 want to appease their radical base.

This is a public safety issue. There are an estimat…

Good paying job if you can find it?

Fuel Fix:
Texas Supreme Court examines $48,000 an hour legal fee in H.L. Hunt case What I find more shocking than the fee is that the Hunt family would need to resort to a contingency fee contract with a lawyer.  The fee was actually for 50 percent of the matter in dispute if he could settle the case.  The attorney was able to do so in short order, thus the high "hourly fee."

Usually, you are more likely to see contingency fee contracts in personal injury cases where the plaintiff could not afford to pay an hourly fee.

The suicide of the left in the US

Robert Tracinski:
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The moderate left has spent the past few years running interference for Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and some of us have been warning them that the far left hates the liberals, too. They’re now finding that out up close and personal, and I hope it terrifies them.

This, along with similar incidents at other universities, is a sign of the final death of American “liberalism.” It is death by suicide, because liberalism is being destroyed by the forces it unleashed and by its own inherent contradictions.
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So the liberals either had to return to the idea of individual rights that protect our freedom of action in all of life, or they had to resolve the contradiction by calling on government to regulate everything. Guess which one they chose.
... There is much more in this thoughtful piece.  Liberals should be required to read it, but they would feel "triggered."

Democrat holdovers working on making another housing crisis

Paul Sperry:
A pair of top Obama-appointed bank regulators still serving in the Trump administration could spark another mortgage meltdown by lowering credit standards and encouraging risky lending practices.

Democrat Mel Watt, who is serving a special five-year term as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is pushing the mortgage-lending giants he regulates — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — to offer home loans to deadbeat borrowers with shaky credit, setting up conditions for another housing-market crash, industry officials warn.

Meanwhile, the other Obama holdover — liberal Democrat Richard Cordray, who continues to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau through 2018 — has launched an unprecedented crackdown on credit reporting bureaus for allegedly widespread errors and bias, leading the industry to strip some negative information from credit reports used by home lenders, which analysts fear could blind them to default risks.

“We are dumbing down the requirements all over…

Media trying to cover up Obama screw ups with attacks on Trump

Michael Goodwin:
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Never mind that unemployment is at a 17-year low and the stock market is at historic highs, or that it’s boom times for consumer and business sentiment. The economic recovery is going global, but Trump, we are assured, deserves zero credit.

The knee-jerk anti-Trump coverage shows that the media didn’t learn anything from its biased performance during the 2016 campaign. It’s still shilling for Democrats, with the left’s political talking points echoed in headlines, articles and broadcasts.
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Take, for instance, the two most important moves Trump made last week — changes to ObamaCare rules and decertifying the nuke deal with Iran.

It just so happens that those two items are the signature achievements of the former president. It is also a fact that both were sold on backs of lies to the American people, and that both are falling far short of their promised objectives.

Changes are not only welcome, they are necessary. Yet from most of the coverage, you get the idea …

When a preemptive strike is a better alternative than a negotiated agreement

Washington Post:
Almost half of GOP backs preemptive strike on North Korea, poll finds

Is it the Trump Effect? The president has repeatedly called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” and generally proved fond of the kind of saber-rattling we expect from the other side of this standoff. Before the Six Day War between Israel and several Arab states, Israel's enemies threatened to utterly destroy Israel in much the same way North Korea's leaders have threatened the US.  They were not seeking a negotiated agreement.  Israel was already existing within the "67 borders."   Israel responded with a preemptive strike that wiped out much of the Egyptian air force and launched attacks elsewhere against those who threatened its destruction.

With North Korea, the US already knows that a negotiated agreement will not solve the problem of North Korean belligerence.  Any chance that it could have was killed by Obama's attack on Libya after it gave up its nukes.  But even before that we alre…

Russia exploited the racial divisions driven by groups like Black Lives Matter

NY Times:
Black Lawmakers Hold a Particular Grievance With Facebook: Racial Exploitation Sheryl Sandberg’s meeting on Thursday with the Congressional Black Caucus afforded lawmakers a chance to vent over Russia’s exploitation of racial division. I am not making excuses for Russia's misconduct in the election.  I am against racial exploitation.  But I do think the racial grievance industry in this country exploits it all the time.  Black Lives Matter grew out of the Ferguson "hands up, don't shoot" lie.  I have not heard the Congressional Black Caucus push back against this lie even though it has led to a spate of cop killings.  There is no serious argument that it was not a lie coming out of Ferguson. 

The Obama DOJ spent great resources and could find no support for the lie and found many black witnesses who said it never happened.  Yet this lie not only propelled cop killing it has led to more black on black crime as police pulled back from community policing which …