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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 …

When it comes to the destruction of the West 'White Nationalism' is no match for liberalism and the multi-culti left

NY Times:
White Nationalism Is Destroying the West
The rise of the far-right could destroy the liberal societies that we know and love. Liberalism, as practiced by the left, is the most destructive force in the West these days.  It is trying to destroy the things that made the West the most successful society on earth.  It is not clear to me what the writers mean by "white nationalism." I have been a conservative for decades and to my knowledge have never met one.  I doubt you could fill a hotel ballroom with those who say they are one, much less a football stadium.

I suspect that what they may mean is people who reject the suggestion that all cultures are equal.  If they were, people from failed cultures would not be trying so desperately to come to the West.  Very few are fleeing the West to go live in imploding Muslim countries.  I do think that those who are trying so hard to get here should accept the unique American culture that has made the US so successful.

That is no…

Iran looking to support attacks on Kurds in disputed areas of Iraq

Janes:
Iran likely to test US reaction by ordering PMU assault on Kurdish forces in Iraq's Kirkuk province

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By triggering an escalation through its proxy PMUs, Iran would seek to force the US into an unwelcome decision between stepping back and allowing the conflict to escalate, or standing by the Kurds and giving credibility to Iran’s narrative that Iraqi Kurdish independence is an attempt to create a “new Israel”.
... Iran's specialty is stirring up trouble and Obama has given them the funding to make it possible.  The Kurds took over Kirkuk when it was abandoned by Iraqi troops after ISIS attacked.  Iran fears an independent Kurdish region in Iraq could lead to a demand for Kurds in Iran to join it.

Iran seems determined to prove that Trump was right in designated their Revolutionary Guard is a terrorist organization that supports groups like Hezballah and PMU.  The PMU is a Shia militia in Iraq called the Popular Mobilization Units.  They appear to be under the control o…

Obama and Europe's Libyan debacle still creating a refugee problem

Defense News:
An outbreak of fierce fighting in Libya between militias has revealed how Europe’s best efforts to stop hundreds of thousands of migrants sailing from Libya to Europe can unravel in the lawless country.

Recent clashes in Sabratha, a coastal town west of Tripoli, claimed 40 lives as rival militias — which all profess loyalty to Libya’s UN-backed government — fired rockets at each other in the town center, damaging hospitals and schools.

One likely reason behind the battle was resentment over money, following widespread reports that one of the militias had been paid millions of euros by Italy to stop its lucrative business of loading African migrants into dinghies and sending them to Italy — which lies north across the Mediterranean.

“It was like throwing breadcrumbs to fish in a fountain — whatever the Italians did was a reason for the escalation,” said Mattia Toaldo, a senior analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

“The militias were fighting for control of…

Syria and Russian back forces falter in attack on ISIS last redoubt

Jamestown.org:
The advance into the oil and natural gas–rich northeastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and supported by Russian bombing sorties has been heralded by the Kremlin as “a very important strategic victory.” The besieged provincial capital of Deir el-Zour was relieved by September 5. Russian sappers built a 210-meter floating bridge over the Euphrates, and pro-al-Assad forces established a bridgehead on the north side of the river in an apparent attempt to capture oil and natural gas fields before they could be occupied by elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF—a militia alliance, including Arab and Kurdish fighters, backed by the United States). SDF fighters, together with US Special Forces moved into Deir el-Zour province following the left (northern) bank of the Euphrates, while pro-al-Assad forces, supported by the Russians, were moving in the same direction following the right (southern) bank of the river. Clearing …

Exposing the anti-Trump bias with one question at Kelly press conference

Andrew Malcolm:
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... one telling Kelly exchange with a reporter that illustrates a serious danger buried within journalistic shorthand that helps shape the negative presumptions permeating coverage of this president.

Here’s the opening exchange with Kelly:

Q: Let’s go to one of the hard things that is facing you right now, the situation in Puerto Rico. And since you’re here to speak for the President, let’s talk about his tweet this morning. Does President Trump believe that the people of Puerto Rico are American citizens —

GENERAL KELLY: Yes.

Q — who deserve the same access to federal aid as people who live in Texas and Florida?

GENERAL KELLY: Yes.

Q What is his tweet about then?

GENERAL KELLY: Which tweet?
There Kelly shows his experience with media, not answering what he thinks might be the tweet in a loaded question.


Q The tweet where he says that we can’t be in Puerto Rico forever.

That is not what the president said. Here’s the actual Trump text:

We cannot keep FEMA, the Mili…

Norks appear to be prepping for missile launch as US ships join South Korea for exercises

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Daily Mail:

The secretive state's military movements have been spotted in satellite pictures by the South Korean government, local media reports, fuelling fears they are preparing to launch them. The movement of North Korean missiles to launch areas suggests a serious vulnerability for their operations.  They would be an easy target for US aircraft or for Tomahawk missile attacks.

What kind of person puts his family in such dangerous circumstances?

CNN:
Man who had been held by militants says his captors authorized killing his daughter and raped his wife It is beyond comprehension that a husband and father would take his family to a place where they could be put in such danger.  The Taliban are illiterate Islamic religious bigots with little in the way of inhibitions.  I feel sorry for his family, but I certainly understand why his father-in-law would be upset with the guy.  I would be too.

The six or so GOP senators who are putting party on road to defeat

Washington Post:
Cruz warns GOP of ‘Watergate-level blowout’ in midterms if it fails on taxes, health care

“We could face a bloodbath,” the senator warned amid growing worries among Republicans about the party’s lack of legislative achievements. I don't think Mitch McConnell is the problem.  I think the problem is senators like John McCain, Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.  Rand Paul has also helped to scuttle Obamacare repeals.  If the GOP loses in 2018 these are the people who will be responsible.

Media 'admits' it is Congress's role to authorize funding of subsidies for Obamacare

NY Times:
With Health Subsidy Cut, Congress Faces Pressure to Step In
Some lawmakers want to fund the payments to insurers that President Trump is cutting off, while the president says Democrats should negotiate with him. After running misleading stories that omitted the court ruling that the payment of the subsidies by Obama was unconstitutional, the media is finally admitting that it is Congresses role to authorize the funding if any, even though the fraud by omission stories of yesterday are not corrected. 

They seem reluctant to admit that the Democrats who wrote this horrible law screwed up, and Obama took unconstitutional action to try to fix the problem because he did not want to have to negotiate with Republicans who took over Congress when voters rejected the Democrat mess that is Obamacare.

Media not reporting falling sea levels

Zero Hedge:
Most media outlets cannot be bothered to report something that dramatically deflates their narrative. So it goes without saying that when NASA confirmed that ocean levels have actually been falling for the past few years, the media would be more than silent.

As the global warming narrative quickly unravels, and leftists scramble to throw accusations at those who dare question the false data, the media brushes facts under the rug. Amidst revelations of scientific fraud, data alteration and faked “hockey stick” data models, the fake news media remains suspiciously silent over the fact that NASA now confirms ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years.

On a NASA page intended to spread climate alarmism (https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/), NASA’s own data reveal that worldwide ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years, dropping from a variation of roughly 87.5mm to below 85mm.
... If the facts don't fit the left's narrative, then they a…

Iran cyber attack hits 9,000 email accounts in British Parliament

Times:
Iran carried out a “brute force” cyberattack on parliament that hit dozens of MPs this summer, according to a secret intelligence assessment.

Some 9,000 email accounts, including those belonging to Theresa May and other cabinet ministers, were subjected to a sustained attack on June 23. Ninety accounts were compromised.

Russia was initially blamed but investigators have traced the attack to the Tehran regime, The Times can reveal. It is believed to be Iran’s first significant act of cyberwarfare on Britain and underlines its emergence as one of the world’s biggest cyberpowers.
... This raises the question about why Britain still favors Obama's bad deal with Iran on its nuclear program.  It is clear that Iran is a hostile regime that cannot be trusted even by the backers of the flawed deal.

Consumer confidence reaches 13 year high

Bloomberg:
U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly surged to a 13-year high as Americans’ perceptions of the economy and their own finances rebounded following several major hurricanes, a University of Michigan survey showed Friday.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MICHIGAN SENTIMENT (OCTOBER, PRELIMINARY)

Sentiment index rose to 101.1 (est. 95), highest since Jan. 2004, from 95.1 in Sept.Current conditions gauge, which measures Americans’ perceptions of their finances, jumped to 116.4, highest since Nov. 2000, from 111.7Expectations measure increased to 91.3, highest since Jan. 2004, from 84.4 There is much more.  There was also a Republican in the White House the last time it was this high.  It appears that much of the mainstream media is trying to bury this news while they file misleading stories about the return to constitutional appropriations for Obamacare subsidies.

Treating the 1st Amendment the way liberals treat the 2nd Amendment

Washington Post:
Indiana lawmaker angry over gun control drafts bill to require licenses for journalists

State Rep. Jim Lucas, a vocal critic of Indiana’s gun restrictions, copied language from a law that requires a license to carry a handgun in public. I think this is funny, but I suspect the journalists do not.

Missing from the lead of this story is that the courts have already found the subsidies unconstitutional

NY Times:

Trump to Scrap Subsidies Seen as Essential to Obamacare

Payments to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people will be cut, while sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers will be permitted.

A backlash against President Trump — including from fellow Republicans — was brewing as lawmakers voiced concern over how ending the subsidies would affect their constituents. While Obama claimed to be a "constitutional scholar" he ignored the fact that the constitution requires all appropriations to be begun by the House of Representatives and he did not have the political clout to get it after Obamacare was passed without it.

The payments are illegal, and that should be in the lead.

It demonstrates how sloppy the Democrats were in pushing this bad piece of legislation.  The Democrats never guessed that the law would be so unpopular that they would lose their majority and also lose the ability to fix…

Identity politics is what is wrong with America these days

Spectator:
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While Trump and his fiery brand of populism grab all the headlines, the most powerful ideology in America remains identity politics. It permeates our culture and fuels our national obsession with diversity, understood as the proportional representation in all realms of life of the various “communities” that have gained recognition: African-Americans, women, Hispanics, LGBTQs, Asians, and, if the Census Bureau has its way, MENAs — Middle Easterners and North Africans. Conspicuously absent from the list, of course, are whites, Christians, and men — three of the most numerous groups in America.

Via the doctrines of affirmative action and disparate impact, identity politics has reshaped our laws and our legal system. It has weakened our commitment to meritocracy and equal treatment under the law as a result of its single-minded focus on equalizing group outcomes.

It has replaced post-modernism and watered-down Marxism as the unofficial creed of our institutions of higher le…

Obama's bad Iran deal was built on a weak foundation of sand

James Robbins:
President Trump’s decision not to certify that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal simply acknowledges reality. And if this causes the agreement to collapse, it will be a testament to the political weakness of its principal author.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal was erected on a foundation of sand. Former president Barack Obama had a weak hand with Congress and could not muster the domestic political capital to conclude a durable formal treaty with Iran. So, he cut corners. His team cobbled together an arcane system whereby the White House must issue Iran sanctions waivers every 120 days for U.S. to live up to its end of the bargain. The president has an additional requirement under the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, to certify every 90 days that Iran is in compliance with the agreement. Obama had objected to this measure but signed it into law rather than face a certain bipartisan veto override.

Presumably if …

Trump makes a good choice for environmental post in White House

Washington Post:
Climate skeptic is Trump’s pick for top White House environmental post

Like other members of the administration, Kathleen Hartnett-White has long questioned the overwhelming scientific consensus on human-fueled climate change. Kathleen Hartnett-White has more intellectual firepower than many of the proponents of "climate change."   She is a serious student of the subject and not just another ideologue.  She understands the important role that fossil fuels will continue to play in the US economy.  She is the opposite of the pseudo-scientists that Obama preferred to gather around him.  I would challenge the media to actually read what she has said on the subject instead of just reacting to their ideological biases.  She is actually brilliant.

ANWR may finally be opened to drilling

NY Times:

Drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge: How the G.O.P. Could Finally Break the Impasse

The prospects for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration are better than they have been in years. I have long thought the opposition to drilling was mostly about the left's attempt to impose scarcity of fossil fuels so they could push inefficient alternative energy projects.  Their artificial scarcity policies have been defeated by fracking and alternative energy has been proven to be both expensive and inefficient.  Its deficiencies are many, but the biggest I think is the lack of an ability to modulate the flow of energy to meet varying demand from consumers.

Liberal fascism comes to Silicon Valley

NY Times:
Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Now Viewed as Threats
American tech companies positioned themselves as entities that brought positive change by connecting people and spreading information. Perceptions are shifting. Since liberals lost the 2016 election they have been trying to suppress opposing viewpoints and using companies like Google to do it.  While advertisers are within their rights to decide what content they want their marketing attached to, Google should also disclose what companies are demanding that certain content not be supported so those effected by the advertising boycott and decide whether they want to continue doing business with those companies.

I suspect that liberals see the companies as a threat because they permitted Russian bots to place ads aimed at disrupting the 2016 campaign.  I think they are vastly overrating the effectiveness of those ads many of which were not run before the election.  I generally ignored them  I quit following Twitter during…

Iran's Mullah's hold on the people is slipping away

Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh:
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Meantime, government reports, the controlled press and even senior Revolutionary Guard commanders reluctantly confess the truth: Islam is growing weaker within Iran. Mosques, thinning out for 30 years, are now mostly empty even on religious holidays. Seminaries have few recruits, and the government of God has trouble supplying mosques with prayer leaders. Secularism is on the rise, particularly among the youth, among whom religious observance has declined precipitously. The regime conducts its ritualistic elections, and apparatchiks like Hassan Rouhani lead a bloated state drowning in corruption. The specter of the Green Movement haunts tightly controlled elections, as chants for the overthrow of the regime often erupt.

The ideologically exhausted theocracy tries to revitalize itself by imperialism and patronage, much as the Soviet Union did in the 1970s. Mr. Khamenei stands today as modern Persia’s most successful imperialist, as he has planted …

Islamic terrorists argues with fiancee over who is most radical

Times:
Terrorist planned knife attack as gift for his bride

A convicted terrorist promised to launch a knife attack as a wedding present for his wife and argued with her about which of them was more radical, a court was told.
... The man bought an expensive hunting knife and began practicing killing using a dummy.

It is not clear to me why his bride to be was not also arrested as an accessory to the planned criminal act.

Trump puts more pressure on Congress to fix Obamacare by halting subsidies court has found to be illegal

Washington Examiner:
President Trump intends to end insurance subsidies under Obamacare, a move that would likely result in lawsuits and put pressure on Congress to act.

According to a statement Thursday evening from the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, the Trump administration is making the move based on guidance from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, which have concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare.

"In light of this analysis, the government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments," Sanders said in a statement.
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"The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system," Sanders said in her statement. "Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and pro…

NFL players war on cops ignores soaring black on black murder rate

Washington Times:
Lost in the uproar over the NFL sideline protests against police brutality are newly released statistics showing that the threat to black men is skyrocketing — not from trigger-happy or racist cops, but from crime.

More than any other demographic group, black men are paying the price with their lives with a surging violent crime rate over the past two years, including a 20 percent jump in the overall homicide rate, even as the number of blacks killed by police declines.

Using homicide figures from the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report released Sept. 25, Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald found that the number of black homicide victims has jumped by nearly 900 per year since the Black Lives Matter movement took root in 2014.

“The majority of victims of that homicide surge have been black,” Ms. Mac Donald said in an email. “They were killed overwhelmingly by black criminals, not by the police and not by whites.”

Meanwhile, the number of blacks killed by police dippe…

Jobless claim levels fall to lowest point in 43 years

Washington Examiner:
The total number of laid-off workers receiving unemployment benefits fell to 1.89 million at the end of September, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, the lowest such mark in nearly 44 years.

And new claims for unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to 243,000 in the first full week of October, according to the agency, as the job market bounces back from hurricane damage even faster than forecasters expected.

Low new jobless claims are a good sign. They indicate that layoffs are rare, and accordingly that job creation is strong.

Unemployment benefits are available for up to 26 weeks in most states. Fewer people are now receiving benefits of all duration than at any time since December of 1973, when the total workforce was much smaller. That is a reflection of the strength of the jobs market, and the availability of new positions for laid-off workers.
... This story must not fit the mainstream media narrative because I did not see it on either of the NY Times