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Norks have a collection of WMD that would have made Assad jealous

Fox News:
Amid the stunning revelations of advancements in North Korea's nuclear missile program, experts say there's another weapon in Pyongyang’s arsenal the world should keep a close eye on.

Kim Jong Un’s military has been collecting large stockpiles of nerve agents, such as sarin and VX, that could target U.S. military bases in the region and large cities like Seoul and Tokyo, according to a new report.

“Nuclear weapons are not the only threat,” Kelsey Davenport, director of non-proliferation policy for the Arms Control Association told the McClatchy Washington Bureau. “North Korea could respond to a U.S. attack using chemical weapons. That would be devastating.”

While Pyongyang officials deny the rogue regime possesses chemical weapons, the country began developing chemical weapons in 1961 amid rising tensions at that time.

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology reports the country has four military bases equipped with chemical weapons and at least 11 facilities …

The alt left is much more violent

Paul Waldman:

Sorry, but there’s no equivalence between the extreme right and the extreme left Waldman and others on the left are engaged in willful blindness when it comes to the liberal fascists and their violent military wing that goes by the fraudulent title of Antifa.  Here is a list of their recent attacks.

I have been a conservative blogger since shortly after 9-11.  I have attended several conservative gatherings and had never even heard of the "alt-right" before last year's election and have still never met anyone associated with it.  The groups that gathered in Virginia was still tiny compared to the liberal fascists who have engaged in mayhem and violence this year at several locations including Trump's inaugurations.

They have become the black dressed and masked KKK of the Democrat party attacking conservatives gatherings and destroying property.  You can find pictures of them swinging clubs at the Virginia event.  They are at war with the 1st amendment a…

A stunningly dishonest analysis by the Times

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NY Times:
Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost
When Mr. Trump equated anti-racism protesters with neo-Nazis, he legitimized white supremacists like no modern president. Trump was unequivocal in his in his condemnation of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists.  What he condemned about the liberal fascists was their violence which has been on display across the country ever since his inauguration.

There have been many more violent riots by the fraudulently named Antifa than there have been by anyone else.  The media seeks to ignore their culpability in instigating violence apparently because they are attacking conservatives as well as the demonstrators in Virginia.

Antifa has become an anti free speech movement and it looks like the Times writers think they will be last to be attacked by this mob violence by leftists.

Here is another example of the media siding with liberal fascism:
Trump provokes new furor by giving foes of white supremacists equal blame




Making excuses for …

Will the Democrats' history of racism lead to their own downfall?

Washington Times:
Limbaugh to activists targeting historical monuments: ‘Get rid of the Democrat Party’

Host: ‘The Klan was all Democrats, and the segregationists in the South were all Democrats’ There is an idea worth debating.

Drilling permits in Texas nearly double this year

UPI:
Accounting for about half of all the active rigs in the United States, the energy regulator in Texas said total drilling permits nearly doubled from last year.

The Railroad Commission of Texas, the state energy regulator, said it issued 1,011 original drilling permits last month, compared with the 631 issued in July 2016. Of those, 893 were for drilling new oil or natural gas wells.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas shale is the most productive in the nation. Based on its latest drilling productivity report, the EIA expects production from the Permian shale basin to increase 2.5 percent from July for about 2.5 million barrels per day. Eagle Ford production would increase 2 percent to 1.38 million barrels per day if EIA forecasting is accurate.

A report from global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. found that, under a scenario where crude oil prices move above $60 from 2019, output from the Permian shale basin in Texas, one of the more lucrative reser…

Inventory of uncompleted wells on the rise in Permian Basin

Fuel Fix:
West Texas drillers again left scores of untapped wells in their wake last month as they drilled and pumped even more oil into the oversupplied market.

Last month, oil companies left 135 more wells dormant in the Permian Basin, bringing the inventory of so-called drilled but uncompleted wells to 2,330, up 73 percent compared to last July, according to the Energy Department.

Once those wells are brought into production, they could add hundreds of thousands of oil barrels to the nation's surging output each day – even as OPEC tries to cut global supplies to support crude prices, which have stalled under $50 a barrel. In the Permian Basin, the average well comes online producing 400 barrels of oil a day, according to the consultancy Drillinginfo in Austin.

The U.S. oil industry's large buildup in untapped wells isn't really intentional. During the two-year energy bust, several big producers said they'd still drill some wells but they wouldn't frack them, keepin…

The Trump policies are better for blacks than Obama's

Stephen Moore:
OPINION | Why Trump is better for black America than Obama ever was

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Barack Obama, our first black president, won well over 90 percent of the black vote, yet from an economic perspective he delivered poor results. Black incomes from 2009 to 2014 fell more for blacks than any other racial or ethnic group. Just as an example of good intentions run amok: policies like raising the minimum wage increases had a statistically significant negative effect on black teenage labor force participation rates.

I would argue that two factors hold back economic progress for blacks: a lack of jobs in inner cities and poor educational opportunities. On both of these, Trump is delivering positive results. The black unemployment rate has fallen by a full percentage point in the last year, black labor force participation is up, and the number of black Americans with a job has risen by 600,000 from last year. Preliminary data show black wages and incomes up since the election.
... There is …

Russia alleged to be supplying Iran in violation of Obama's nuclear deal

Legal Insurrection:
In what could be one of the most serious violations of the Iran Nuclear Deal so far, Russia may be involved in secret weapons deals with Tehran. The allegations were made by the German newspaper Die Welt, citing Western intelligence agencies — often a shorthand for Germany’s foreign intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND).
Die Welt, Germany’s most-read newspaper, published a satellite image showing Iranian military aircraft on the Russian airbase located inside the Syrian territories currently under the control of the Assad Regime. According to the newspaper, intelligence sources have confirmed the existence of a “new smuggling route between Russia and Iran” that runs through Assad-held Syria. On two occasions, Iranian planes delivered military equipment to the Russian airbase that was reportedly shipped to Russia for maintenance purposes.

Under the terms of the Obama-backed Iran Nuclear Deal Framework announced in April 2015, to which Russia is also a sign…

Iran explains the weakness of Obama's bad nuke deal

Washington Examiner:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: We could restart 'advanced' nuke program 'within hours' This is what critics of the deal pointed out from the beginning.  It is also what will happen at the end of the deal in a few years anyway.  It is also possible that Iran will take some of the money Obama gave them and buy a nuke from North Korea and put it on one of the ICBMs it is building.

Liberal fascists attack police in Chicago

Breitbart:
Chicago police clashed with members of a local Antifa group outside a Cook County courthouse Tuesday evening. Three protesters were detained.

The violent Antifa activists gathered outside the Cook County courthouse at Belmont and Western starting around 2 PM, claiming to protest a hearing of a man they say is a “white supremacist,” DNA Info reported.

Police approached the protesters and asked them to stop blocking the streets and to move their marching to a sidewalk, but as the discussion continued, at least one protester began to scuffle with officers.

In seconds, several protesters jumped in and began a brawl with police.
... There are videos of the attacks at the link above.  There is something wrong with these people that the mainstream media seems eager to ignore.

Media can't handle the truth about Charlottesville violence

Power Line:
This afternoon President Trump conducted an impromptu press conference at Trump Tower. Asked about Charlottesville, Trump said there was blame on both sides. The press went ballistic: A combative President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. In the AP’s telling, the antifas were just “protesting” the white supremacists. No mention of fighting, no reference to baseball bats. The president’s comments effectively wiped away the more conventional statement he delivered at the White House one day earlier when he branded members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs.” Why? There is no inconsistency between neo-Nazis being criminals and thugs and antifas sharing the blame for the violence in Charlottesville. They are criminals and thugs, too. …

More evidence of Democrat misconduct in drafting Obamacare

Washington Post:
Ending Obamacare subsidies would increase premiums by 20 percent in 2018, CBO says

The move could lead some insurers to withdraw from the program, potentially leaving five percent of Americans living in areas with no insurance options next year, the Congressional Budget Office said. The courts found that Obama's use of these subsidies without Congressional authorization was illegal.  That is why Trump could just cut them off because the law did not provide for them to begin with.  It became a hidden and illegal cost perpetrated by Democrats when they came up with their terrible health care law.

This is why this law should be repealed and a new law should replace it that makes more sense.

Will the media quit ignoring the liberal fascists and their Brownshirt wing that calls itself Antifa?

NY Times:
Behind ‘Many Sides’ Remark, a Conservative View of Left Extremism
The president’s reluctance to single out the far right reflects a widely held conservative belief that the media overlooks left-wing extremism. The liberal fascists have been responsible for almost all political violence since the inauguration of Trump until they clashed with the neo Nazis and white nationalists in Virginia.   These people usually wear masked to hide their identity and dress all in black.  They carry clubs and baseball bats for attacking conservatives and Trump supporters and for damaging property.

It should be noted that there was no violence on the first day of the events in Virginia.  The violence happened on the second day when the Antifa showed up and attacked people.   That the media gave them a pass in the Virginia violence is seen as rank media bias.  It is wrong to defend the neo-Nazis and it should be just as wrong to ignore the violence caused by the liberal fascists.

Even when the me…

How the Trump administration pushed North Korea back from the brink

Austin Bay:
The Trump administration’s “pressure strategy” is disrupting the North Korean regime.

In March of this year, the Trump foreign policy team of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and the Tweeter-in-Chief himself began a coordinated attack on Kim Jong-un’s regime, with the interim goals of disrupting its political and military plans, psychologically rattling its leaders, and exposing the regime’s grave weaknesses. The ultimate goal was to set conditions for achieving the long-range goal: denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

The great Chinese strategist Sun Tzu said that the best strategy is to attack the enemy’s plans. With a soldier-scholar like Jim Mattis in the Trump administration, a stroke or two of Sun Tzu should surprise no one.

As a result, the Trump team is taking diplomatic, economic and military actions—not drawing feckless rhetorical red lines. Its actions are seizing the initiative, limiting the enemy’s options, and exploiting the …

Burying the lead on Trump-Russia story

Washington Post:
Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings

A new batch of communications turned over to congressional committees reveals concerns within the campaign about establishing contacts. Apparently, a low-level staffer kept suggesting setting up an open meeting with Russian leaders, and he kept being rebuffed by campaign leaders including Manafort.  A fairer headline would show that the Trump campaign rebuffed request for meeting with the Russians during the campaign.  But then that would not fit the media narrative and their discredited collusion meme.

Bannon could be more effective in fighting liberal fascism outside the White House

NY Times:
Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist’s Ouster The president’s delay in denouncing neo-Nazis in Charlottesville has put new pressure on Stephen K. Bannon, who ran the Breitbart website. If Bannon were back at Breitbart he could probably be more outspoken in fighting the evils of liberalism.  Other than liberal hatred for all who disagree with them, it is hard to see what the gripe is about Bannon's conduct in the White House. If he were outside the White House he would be unleashed and able to expose liberal hate groups and those who fund them.

'American ISIS' as liberals destroy historical artifacts?

Washington Times:
Protesters in Durham, North Carolina, tear down large Confederate memorial statue The motives appear to be similar to ISIS.  They want to destroy the relics of a culture they detest.

Man behind the Virginia demonstrations used to be associated with left wing Soros sponsored group

The problem with solar energy

Norman Rogers:
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Utility scale solar in the sunniest climates can generate electricity for about 7 cents per kilowatt hour (KWh). Outside of the sunny south the cost is about 9 cents per KWh. Most of the cost is capital cost, amortized over the life of the plant. Government subsides often cut the price in half for users of solar electricity.

Residential rooftop solar, under the best conditions, may generate electricity for about 15 cents per KWh. Usually the cost will be considerably higher. Not everyone’s roof faces south and not everyone lives in a sunny climate.

A fundamental error is to suppose that if solar could generate electricity at a cost equal to conventional generators it would be competitive. The leading type of conventional generator is combined cycle natural gas. These plants can generate electricity at a cost approaching 3.6 cents per KWh, or 2 to 3 times cheaper than solar. In order to be competitive, solar has to generate power not just cheaper than the alternative…

A comprehensive list of violent protest by liberal fascists

Erick Erickson:
Ben Domenech, no fan of the alt-right, got labeled as a member of the alt-right for pointing out the following:
Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests [that turned violent]. There is no comparable list of “alt-right” protests. Though there have been some, there have not been as many. The violence at these events has included molotov cocktails, shattered windows, punches thrown, and public property destroyed. Last night, a group of leftwing activists tore down a confederate statue without permission.

But in poin…

From 'fake news' to 'hate news' how left wing media can't be appeased by Trump statements

Washington Examiner:
While many Republicans and Democrats alike think President Trump's Monday rebuke of the racists who rallied in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend was too little, too late, he and some of his most loyal followers have learned a different lesson from the episode: Trump critics can never be appeased.

The president himself tweeted that he "made additional remarks on Charlottesville" only to be reminded that the "fake" news media "will never be satisfied." "Truly bad people!" Trump concluded.

Trump later retweeted a prominent alt-right Twitter user asking why the media was not more interested in the shootings that took place in Chicago over the weekend.

Donald Trump Jr., the president's oldest child, arrived at a similar conclusion. "Unfortunately, it will never be enough," Trump Jr. tweeted in response to the criticism of his father's second, fuller set of remarks condemning white supremacists Monday. &…

The rise of the violent liberal fascists

BBC:
The violence and murder of a protester in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has been attributed to far-right elements that descended on the city to demonstrate against the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate war hero Robert E Lee.

President Donald Trump drew widespread criticism on Saturday when he said that there was violence on "many sides" in Charlottesville and initially neglected to explicitly censure the white supremacists who organised the rally.

On Monday, he bowed to pressure to castigate the KKK, white supremacists and neo-nazis.

But many conservatives say blame should be shared by Antifa, a loosely affiliated group of far-left protesters.

Critics argue the media tends to excuse violence by Antifa militants just because they are fighting white supremacists and their odious ideology.

The social causes of Antifa (short for anti-fascist or Anti-Fascist action) are easily identifiable as left-leaning.

Most members oppose all forms of racism and sexism,…

North Korea just blinked in its threat against Guam

Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat

Kim Jong Un warns he could change his mind if the U.S. persists in ‘extremely dangerous reckless actions’ I suspect they have not terminated their long term plan to go nuclear, but they are not ready to take on the US military at this point.

More mishandled Clinton emails surface

Washington Times:
The Hillary Clinton email fiasco isn’t ending anytime soon, with State Department officials saying they have no idea when they will finish sorting though and releasing the previously hidden messages.

More classified documents that the former secretary of state improperly handled keep coming to light.

The Trump administration doesn’t even know if it has hunted down every trace of the emails that Mrs. Clinton — a former first lady, U.S. senator, top diplomat and Democratic presidential nominee — sent from a secret email server stashed in her home.

“At this time, we do not have an estimate for completion of processing all of these documents,” a State Department official told The Washington Times.

In February 2016, the State Department completed a review of the roughly 30,000 emails that Mrs. Clinton turned over in December 2014, nearly two years after she left office.

The FBI last summer gave the State Department tens of thousands of additional emails from its investigation,…

Liberal fascists show their true colors

PJ Media:
'Anti-Fascists' Applaud Speech Made Completely of Hitler Quotes This report is from a month ago, but it is an important reminder of who these people are and it seems clear that the mainstream media is not likely to expose these fascists who greatly outnumber the neo-Nazis they have been on a tear about.  The real neo-Nazis also have a home on the left and they call themselves Antifa or Resistance.

US military has a symphony of attacks if needed to counter North Korean nukes

Washington Post:
U.S. ready to use ‘full range’ of military force against North Korea if diplomacy fails, Joint Chiefs chairman says

Gen. Joseph Dunford applied additional pressure on Pyongyang during an Asia tour to calm fears of nuclear conflict. This suggests that the US will not just try to shoot down are attack missile launches.  Instead, North Korea will suffer coordinated attacks from several sources.  Given the threat posed by North Korea, this makes the most sense and makes it more difficult for North Korea to leaks some missiles toward targets in teh US or at allies.

Liberal media has become an open hate group

Charles Hurt:
Between alt-right and ‘antifa,’ media still manages to be worse

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But what exactly is this so-called “alt-right” the Stupid Media keeps talking about? Best I can gather, it’s racists who are not totally racist. Or not as racist as “white nationalists.” Or, maybe, it’s racists who like black people. Or maybe it is just people who voted for Donald Trump. Who knew Mr. Obama’s “postracial” America would be so damned confusing?
... While Hurt focusing on an awkward interview with the driver of a Charger accused of a killing, I have come to see the media's coverage of this event as a serial hate filled rant against the President rather than the white nationalists and the liberal fascist who were engaged in a confrontation.

Did Ukraine have a roll in Nork missile development?

NY Times:
North Korea’s Missile Success Is Said to Be Linked to Ukraine
Investigators are focusing on a Ukrainian factory as a black-market source for North Korea, a new report and classified intelligence assessments say. If this is proved to be true, it could lead to sanctions against an already fragile regime.

Here are more details on the Ukraine connection without a paywall.

A devastating response to snark from NY Times writer

Caleb Howe:
WOW Did Ted Cruz Just Bring The Hammer Down On Twitter The writer suggested Rubio and Cruz were posturing for a future run for office.  Cruz's response:


Gosh, you're right. Because Nazis & the Klan have such love for Cuban-Americans. If only we worked for a paper that shilled for Stalin.... https://twitter.com/ericliptonnyt/status/896787226750791683 … Get more detail on the exchange at the link above.

Coulter uses media headlines describing Muslim fears after each terrorist attack

Downtrend:
ANN COULTER BRILLIANTLY TROLLS HYPOCRITICAL MEDIA AFTER CHARLOTTESVILLE TERROR ATTACK It is pretty funny.  Here is one such example:

CBS News: White Nationalists in Charlottesville fear backlash after attack- http://cbsn.ws/1NOvHpG

This may be why Trump is not ruling out military action against Venezuela's regime

Daily Wire:
Report: Marco Rubio May Be Target Of Assassination Order By Venezuelan Official

According to Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald, Diosdado Cabello Rondon, a drug lord and an influential figure within Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuelan government, may have placed a hit order on Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
... It looks like Trump's warning was an attempt to quash the effort to murder a US senator.  It is a further indication of how the socialist have turned Venezuela into a narco state.  It has been mainly a transit hub for Colombian cartels in recent years.

'White Lives Matter" event planned for Texas A&M

Washington Examiner:
White supremacist Richard B. Spencer will headline a "White Lives Matter" protest at Texas A&M University on Sept. 11.

Event organizer Preston Wiginton confirmed Spencer's attendance Sunday, the day after 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed by a man who drove a car into a crowd of people protesting a "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va.

"The event will be to protest the liberal anti-white agenda which includes white guilt which leads to white genocide," Wiginton told The Battalion, Texas A&M's student newspaper. "And the other purpose of the event will be to sponsor white identity and white pride in which white lives do matter. This is not an anti-brown event or anti-black event, this is an anti-liberal event."

Amy Smith, Texas A&M's executive vice president for marketing and communications, said Wiginton's ideas were the antithesis of those held by the school, which previously hosted …

What to do about Google

Kurt Schlichter:
Conservatives Must Regulate Google And All of Silicon Valley Into Submission The headline is probably more extreme than the article which makes the case for regulating the monopolistic policies of tech companies.  Google's information management is dangerous in the hands of liberal ideologues.

US energy exports to Mexico are growing rapidly

Washington Examiner:
The untapped market for U.S. crude oil and natural gas isn't across the sea in Asia or Europe, but just across the border in Mexico.

More than 50 percent of Mexico's energy imports now comes from the U.S. as Mexico's national oil and gas company, Pemex, struggles to reinvest in its own production, according to a new report due out this week from S&P Global Platts that underscores the large stake Mexico has in buying fossil fuels from the United States.

The country also has to move forward with a plan that began two years ago to restructure its energy markets and make them more competitive by attracting more participants from the U.S. and other countries.

President Trump often touts America's rapid growth as an oil and gas producer and exporter. The White House last week issued a statement touting new Energy Department data that showed the U.S. is on target to become a net natural gas exporter this year, meaning it will ship more of the fuel abr…

The Brownshirts of liberal fascism and their uncivil war against Republicans

The Atlantic:
Since 1907, portland, oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah County, which includes Portland, had taken part. This April, all of that changed.

In the days leading up to the planned parade, a group called the Direct Action Alliance declared, “Fascists plan to march through the streets,” and warned, “Nazis will not march through Portland unopposed.” The alliance said it didn’t object to the Multnomah GOP itself, but to “fascists” who planned to infiltrate its ranks. Yet it also denounced marchers with “Trump flags” and “red maga hats” who could “normalize support for an orange man who bragged about sexually harassing women and who is waging a war of hate, racism and prejudice.” A second group, Oregon Students Empowered, created a Facebook page called “Shut down fascism! No nazis in Portland!”

Next, the parade’s organizers received an anonymous email warning t…

Fusion GPS production for Senate was a big boxes of news clippings

Daily Caller:
Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier, turned over thousands of pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee late Wednesday, The Daily Caller is told.

But the documents do not appear to be what the committee was hoping that Fusion GPS and its founder, Glenn Simpson, would provide.

“The committee is reviewing the production received late this afternoon from Mr. Simpson, but virtually all of the documents appear to be merely news clippings rather than records of Fusion’s substantive communications,” George Hartmann, a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, told TheDC.

The paltry document production escalates the standoff between Fusion GPS and the Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.
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In its request to Fusion, the Judiciary Committee asked for contracts that the firm signed for its work on the dossier.
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The committee also asked Fusion to produce contracts and communications regarding its work ag…

Plan for changes at EPA were so secret they made the front page of the NY Times

NY Times:
Pruitt Is Carrying Out E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has made it clear that he intends to dismantle the E.P.A.’s environmental mission. His critics say he is deploying extraordinary secrecy as he does so. In recent years the EPA has acted like a rogue agency ignoring Congress and its initial role as an agency to pursue a radical environmental agenda.  What in the world do mud puddles and ditches have to do with even global warming?  Pruit is right to rein in the rogues and get control of the agenda at the agency.

The white nationalist are such a tiny minority they had to recruit from entire country to get a crowd

Robert Tracinski:
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When I mention the white nationalists, I should note that they are not some spontaneous outpouring of local sentiment. Someone on the Left posted photos of the neo-Nazis on Twitter and asked if people could identify them, speculating that they might be members of University of Virginia College Republicans. (This person has apparently never met a college Republican. In my experience, they are paragons of bland respectability.)

When he actually got his answers, it turns out that the people in the photos were all known, active white supremacists—the usual suspects—and they came from all across the country: Arkansas, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, Massachusetts, California. Everywhere but Charlottesville. I’m not saying that It Can’t Happen Here, but Spencer and his brownshirt wannabes are a very, very small fraction of the population. They have to draw from across the country to get enough people all in one place to be noticeable.

If Spencer’s march was deliberately d…

Trump's critics of his reaction to violence are disingenuous

Thomas Lifson:
Trump’s critics reveling in the opportunity to tie him to white racists and Nazis ...

... They have been attempting to portray Trump as a Nazi, which is so deranged that anyone making the comparison is clearly a nut. Nazis do not marry off their favorite daughter to an orthodox Jew, watch her convert, and produce Jewish grandchildren.

The media campaign to require Trump to blame one side more than the other is an attempt to enforce two pillars of the orthodoxy of American victimology:

In any conflict, the position taken by any African-American group or “leader” (even Black Lives Matter – “pigs in a blanket – fry ‘em like bacon” -- whose banners were visible yesterday in Charlottesville) is by definition morally superior to their critics.Words that any member of a victim class object to are sufficient provocation to violence, because words are themselves violence.
... There is more.

I think the critics are being unfair.  Trump was critical of the violence.  BTW, where is t…

Because there is no shortage of people ignorant of Socialism's abject failure?

Guardian:
Why Socialists in America Are Experiencing a Boom It takes ignorance on a grand scale to favor socialism.  How anyone could support it after looking at its most recent example of failure in Venezuela is beyond comprehension.   Proponents keep saying no one has done it right, but they never consider the fact that it is impossible to do right.

It takes a megalomaniacal idiot to think he can decide every aspect of commerce for everyone in a country.  That is one of the reasons that one of the first signs of failure is people standing in line to buy basic commodities from bread to toilet paper.

FBI agents critical of Comey's failure to use grand jury to get evidence in Clinton probe

John Crudele:
Comey botched the Hillary Clinton email investigation The DOJ should appoint a special counsel to look into the conduct of this investigation of both Comey and Loretta Lynch.

The one sided criticism of threats in the North Korea nuclear showdown with US

NY Times:
Threats Are a Wild Card in Showdown With North Korea
Many in Washington and capitals across the Pacific are wondering whether Mr. Trump’s fusillade of apocalyptic threats was more method or madness. Trump's responses to threats from North Korea have been rather mild in comparison to those issued by the Norks.  What they demonstrate is that the Nork threats are not going to deter the US from pursuing its interests and protecting its people.

Liberals who are criticizing Trump should give some thought to exactly who North Korea is threatening.  Every one of the cities the North Koreans have targeted are dominated by liberals including Austin, Texas.  That Trump is staking his presidency and the country's future on protecting these liberal bastions should at least be appreciated and not criticized.

A challenge to those who say it is getting warmer

Climate Depot:
Global temperatures COOLER now than when Gore won Nobel Prize in 2007

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi explains: “Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize based on warnings of future events — the same future events that have not happened. The fact is that global temperatures from 2006-2007 while Gore was basking in the glory of his apocalypse-driven fame were warmer than they are now, and we are still falling off the Super El Niño peak. Additionally, much of the time in-between was lower than what it was in the run-up to ‘An Inconvenient Truth.'” Bastardi added: “Fact: Without monkeying around and ‘finding’ warming, temps have changed very little during 20 year AGW hysteria period.”
... There is more including charts at the link above.  There are some so wedded to the warming agenda that they monkey with the data but it is getting harder to hide their cooking the books to make things look warmer.

Trump signs law opening outside facilities to veterans seeking medical care

Washington Examiner:
President Trump signed into law a bill providing over $2 billion to open new Veterans Affairs department medical facilities and fund care for veterans seeking medical care outside the government system on Saturday.

"This bill will ensure that veterans continue to have the ability to see the doctor of their choice," Trump said during a press conference at the bill's signing. "You're going to have immediate medical care for our veterans."

The legislation, which passed the House unanimously, provides funding for veterans who seek treatment from a private doctor in certain cases. It also allows the Veterans Affairs department to lease 28 new facilities around the country, in an attempt to expand access to government-provided care. That makes it a compromise in the larger debate between conservative and liberal proponents of VA reform.
... This appears to be a fulfillment of a campaign promise which may account for the lack of coverage in th…

Documents finally released show Eric Holder's role in cover up of Fast and Furious

Power Line:
“Fast and Furious” is back in the news. The reason? In January, Judge Amy Berman, an Obama appointee, ordered the Department of Justice to produce documents relating to the “gun walking” scandal that Congress had been seeking for four years. DOJ finally produced them, some 20,000 pages worth, this month.
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Having reviewed these documents, Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has released a memo summarizing what they show. Chaffetz states:

More than previously understood, the documents show the lengths to which senior Department officials went to keep information from Congress. Further, the documents reveal how senior Justice Department officials—including Attorney General Eric Holder—intensely followed and managed an effort to carefully limit and obstruct the information produced to Congress.
(Emphasis added)

Holder and his subordinates:

1. Presumed that allegations about gunwalking in Arizona were false and refused to adjus…

Liberal fascists meet a group as violent as they are and death and destruction results

Daily Mail:

At least one person is dead after a driver intentionally plowed into a group of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, after violent clashes erupted between white nationalists and activists on Saturday. Video shows the Dodge Charger accelerating into the crowd throwing bodies into the air as people scream before reversing at high speed - sending another 19 people to the hospital for their injuries. It came after violent clashes erupted as hundreds of white supremacists including armed militias marched into Charlottesville sparking violent confrontations with the counter-protesters. Police cleared the scene with tear gas but the violence continued. Horrifying video from the scene of the attack shows the silver muscle car speeding towards a group of fleeing…

The pattern of failure of diplomatic approaches to North Korea is hard to overlook

Roger L. Simon:
Korea and the Democrats' Deep Psychological Fear that Trump Is Right ...

This although almost any grown-up not comatose knows that "diplomatic" language has been employed by the U.S. ad nauseam for that purpose for the last twenty-five years through three administrations with no discernible impact whatsoever. Indeed, "abject failure" would be an accurate characterization of our diplomatic policy vis-a-vis the NORKS. If you view this video of Bill Clinton extolling his administration's "successful," diplomatically-achieved nuclear deal with Pyongyang back in 2006, the word "nitwit" does come to mind, but it's not about Trump. Here's Madeleine Albright in another glorious moment of diplomatic achievement with Kim Jong-un's dad Kim Jong-il laying on the splendor in Pyongyang Stadium before signing some meaningless agreement whose import is known only to Dennis Rodman.
... There is much more.   Simon recounts all …

Fact checking the Times

Daily Signal:
5 Biggest Screw-Ups by The New York Times So Far This Year Mistakes were made.  I think this comes largely from their agenda driven journalism where they get a story that fits their favored narrative that becomes too good to check.

Venezuela may finally get a threat from the US it has been using as an excuse for its incompetence

Washington Post:
Trump won’t ‘rule out a military option’ in Venezuela

As the crisis in the South American country deepens, the U.S. president suggested getting involved: “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary.” I think the chances of such an option are remote at this point.  But, I suspect the threat probably has more to do with getting the attention of the ruling junta that their march away from democracy will continue to have a price.

The best way to deal with these guys on the economic front is a change in the US refinery capacity.  It is too focused on heavy crude at this point, like that exported by Venezuela.  If the were to move toward refining light crude, they would have all they could handle from US shale wells and then they could put enormous pressure on Venezuela.  It would also be cheaper than a military operation.

Exxon has recently taken steps to covert some of its refining capacity to light crude.  If the other majors d…

A war plan to destroy North Korea's nuclear missile program

NY Times:
How U.S. Military Actions Could Play Out in North Korea The first plan suggested would be to attack a single missile in its launch phase.  I think this would result in a disastrous attack on South Korea and Japan and make it more difficult to retaliate against the nuclear missile program.

I would favor the all out attack on the whole program as well as the dug in artillery across the DMZ from Seoul.  It would be a combination of missiles and air attacks including B-2 stealth bombers.  I would also ratchet up the cyber attacks on the North.

The South Koreans have some very capable missiles that could be used to also attack the dug in artillery positions.  A coordinated attack would present a symphony of difficulties for the North to respond to, and if any of their missiles are able to launch during t  his phase they would be met with missile defense attacks at various stages of flight.

Once the attacks began they would need to be persistent so that they could hit the missile…

Getting oil from the well to market is becoming more efficient

Houston Chronicle:
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A few miles south of this small town (Pecos), the Houston oil company Noble Energy recently took its first step to get trucks off the road and save money in the Delaware, by firing up the first of four planned central gathering facilities - plants that collect oil, gas and water from its wells through a series of long pipelines, before treating and piping it along to various collection points. No trucks are required.

Noble brought the first facility online a few weeks ago; a second is scheduled for late 2017, and two more for the first half of 2018.

"Out in an area like this, trying to get trucks down these roads, it'd tear them to pieces, and tear up the roads, too," said Russ True, operations manager of the Permian Basin and DJ Basin in Colorado for Noble Midstream Partners, an affiliate of the Houston oil producer and owner of the facility.

Noble Energy's central gathering facilities are just a handful of the ongoing projects - pipelines, te…

The Democrats new motto is met with giggles

Matt Bai:
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The slogan, which apparently took months of focus-grouping to perfect, rather than the five seconds of idle thought while doing the laundry that you would think it required, evokes — yet again — memories of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, which remain powerful in exactly two places in America: nursing homes and Democratic leadership meetings.

Critics of the plan were quick to point out that it wasn’t really a plan at all — more like a collection of greatest hits like public infrastructure spending (1984), job retraining (1992) and monopoly busting (1896).

But the more profound and more overlooked problem with this “Better Deal” proclamation isn’t actually about its language or its gauziness. It’s more about the underlying philosophy, which misreads in some fundamental way the core appeal of Trump’s campaign.

Democrats are trying to do a couple of things with this new marketing push. One is to answer this question of what they actually want to achieve, aside fro…

Late night comic not taking North Korea threat seriously

Newsbusters:
Nasty Stephen Colbert to North Korea: Don’t Nuke Guam; They Didn’t Vote for Trump! Actually, every city on the North Korean target list voted for Clinton including Austin Texas.  Also on the list is San Diego, New York City, and Washington DC.

The lack of self-awareness on the left suggests they are still under the delusion that Trump is the greatest threat.  These are mostly the same people who opposed missile defense which will be needed to save them from this rogue state.

If North Korea actually hit the targets it has designated it would wipe out any chance Democrats have of staying relevant.

Media fell for Brennan's Russian scam and clings to it today

George Neumeyer:
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His Russian fable — which was itself a product of his collusion with foreigners from Estonia to England — fed off his disdain for Russia’s turn to Christianity and America’s turn away from Islam. For Brennan, any stick would do, and he found one in a bag of bogus intelligence supplied to him by Kim Philby types from Britain, socialists in Scandinavia and Germany, and Putin haters from the Baltics.

While running this operation of political espionage, he was auditioning for a job under Hillary and turning CIA headquarters into a branch office of her campaign.

In this hothouse atmosphere of pro-Hillary partisanship, any and all contacts between the Trump campaign and anyone even remotely connected to Russia became occasions for “unmaskings.”

Instead of exposing this blatant political espionage, the media became a conduit for it. Hersh notes that the New York Times was in effect under the editorship of John Brennan last year. He could plant any smear he wanted against…

Media seems willfully blind to Trump sarcasm on Russia

NY Times:
Combative Trump Pulls His Punches for One Man: Putin
There is a long list of people President Trump has been willing to publicly attack. But his reaction to the Kremlin’s plan to slash the U.S. Embassy staff shows that Vladimir V. Putin is not on the target list. During the campaign when Trump made a joke about getting Hillary Clinton's missing emails from Russia, the media ridiculously asserted that he was trying to collude with them.  They are making the same mistake with this story.

He is really aiming his barb at Putin by implying that his retaliation against sanctions was of no consequence and actually benefited Trump's policy of cutting government spending.  It is the equivalent of a fighter telling a puncher, "Is that all you got."

The media should have someone in its ranks who actually get this, but they would rather stay with their false narrative about Trump being too close with the Russians.  Ironically they are doing this as their collusion narra…

Bitcoin has become a playground currency for terrorists, criminals and rogue state actors

Washington Times:
Military, intelligence agencies alarmed by surge in bitcoin value in ‘dark web’ fight

The value of the shadowy digital currency known as bitcoin has jumped to record highs this month, sending shock waves through America’s defense and intelligence agencies, which fear its growth signals a surge in use by terrorists, drug kingpins, white-collar criminals and Russian cybercriminals who don’t want to be tracked by the world’s governments.

This summer, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Department of Justice and scores of European illicit finance law enforcement officials have fought back with a wave of operations against Russian cybercriminals. Late last month, they shuttered AlphaBay and Hansa — two of the biggest “dark web” contraband marketplaces rife with the illegal sale of guns, drugs and other forbidden merchandise.

In an even more startling sign of the battle raging around bitcoin, a FinCEN-led international illicit financing ta…

Muslim ethnic and religious bigots have not changed their attitudes when in Germany

Washington Post:
‘We think of the Jews just like the Nazis did’: Muslim refugees face German past at Holocaust site

Germany’s integration efforts for newcomers include teaching them about Holocaust history. But some observers worry that hostility toward Israel in the Arab world translates into anti-Semitism among Mideast migrants. Well, they did side with the Nazis in World War II.  Jew hatred is in the Koran and it is common among many Muslims.  It stems from their anger at the Jews rejection of Islam.  Religious Jews see Mohammad as a false prophet.  That is one of the reasons for Jewish rejection of Islam.

China not expected to support North Korea in war with US

Washington Post:
China warns North Korea: You’re on your own if you go after the United States

The statement came in a state-owned newspaper’s editorial. But China will step in, the newspaper wrote, if the U.S. tries a preemptive strike to force regime change. The preemptive strike would be a defensive measure to stop a nuclear attack on the US.  If there is a regime change in North Korea it will be because there are few survivors of their war with the US.  I think the message China is really sending to North Korea is that they need to stand down in their nuclear ambitions.  The US has said it is not seeking regime change.