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Rifle and grenade shooting drone purchased by Israel

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Daily Mail:

The TIKAD drone, which was tested on a target in Israel in 2015, is remotely-operated and can fire military weapons, including rifles and grenade launchers. It is being pitched to the US military. It is a weapon that could be effective in areas where it is difficult for troops to operate.  Some see it as a force multiplier.

UT arrests and imprisons Confederate statues including the Post Master

BBC:
The University of Texas has removed four Confederate monuments overnight in the wake of violent clashes in Virginia earlier this month.

A statue of General Robert E Lee was among those taken down from the Austin campus early on Monday.

Monuments to Confederate figures are symbols of "modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism", the college said.
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As well as Lee, who was military commander during the 1861-65 American Civil War, a statue of another rebel general, Albert Sidney Johnston, and of Confederate postmaster John H Reagan were taken down.

They were moved to a centre for American history on campus.

A statue of Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg, who served from 1891-95, was also removed and will be considered for re-installation at another site.
... I got my undergraduate degree and law degree from UT and would be hard-pressed to tell you where these statues were located on the campus.  The most prominent statue on Campus is that of George Washington that overlooks the main …

Man charged with trying to bomb statue in Houston park

Houston Chronicle:
A Houston man has been charged with trying to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, federal officials said Monday.

Andrew Schneck, 25, who was released from probation early last year after being convicted in 2015 of storing explosives, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez said in a statement Monday.

Schneck was arrested Saturday night after a Houston park ranger spotted him kneeling in bushes in front of the Dowling monument in the park, Martinez said.

Schneck was holding two small boxes that included duct tape and wires.

When confronted Saturday night in the park, he tried to drink some of the liquid explosives but spit it out, officials said.

Federal authorities said one of the tubes contained nitgroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, HMTD, a "highly explosive compound" used as a primary explosive. Nitroclycerin, in its purest form, is a conta…

The solar eclipse at the Crucifixion of Christ

CBS lists this among the most famous eclipses of all time.
The Christian gospels say that the sky was darkened for hours after the crucifixion of Jesus, which historians viewed either as a miracle or a portent of dark times to come. Later historians used astronomy to pinpoint the death of Christ based on this eclipse mention. Some historians tie the crucifixion to a total solar eclipse lasting 1 minute and 59 seconds that occurred in the year 29 C.E.; others say a second total eclipse, blocking the sun for 4 minutes and 6 seconds, in 33 C.E., marked Jesus’ death.

The story behind the A-4 light attack jet

The National Interest:
How the A-4 Skyhawk Ruled the Skies A Navy pilot told me back in the mid 1960's that as originally designed the plane was to carry nuclear bombs.  It was designed without a landing gear with the thought that the carrier might not be around after an mission.  In the attack the pilot was to pull the stick back on approaching a target as means to throw the bomb higher into the air to give the pilot time to escape the blast radius.

Needless to say, the pilots did not like not having a landing gear.  It was added which turned it into the conventional bomber it became.

This story is a long and interesting piece about the plane and does not include the nuclear weapons aspect above.

BTW, I think John McCain was flying and A-4 when he was shot down over North Vietnam.

Black employment is at its highest level in 17 years

Washington Post:
What do black Americans have to lose? Under Trump, we’ve already lost a lot. Has Trump taken anything away from blacks? Is he jailing them because of their race? This looks like another desperate attempt by liberals to keep blacks on their plantation at a time when they are enjoying increased job opportunities.

What is with the Washington Post since Trump was elected.  It seems to be less professional and more like the Daily Kos with its daily attempts to aid the liberal coup attempt against the President.

Liberals defending Antifa at Charlottesville are morally bankrupt too

Washington Post:
Republicans defending Trump on Charlottesville are morally bankrupt Trump did not go to Charlottesville to start a riot.  Antifa did.  I will not defend the actions of a guy who is alleged to have mental health problems and was engaged in a vehicular homicide.  But it is absurd to argue that Antifa had nothing to do with the violence they actually provoked.  The 1st Amendment protects hate speech but nothing in the constitution protects physical assaults by either group other than the right to due process when prosecuted.

North Korea is led by people too irrational for containment to work

NY Times:
Talk of ‘Preventive War’ Rises Over North Korea Issue
In a departure from their predecessors, some in the Trump administration have surmised that Cold War-style containment will not work and that a military option is available. If you are going to contain North Korea and Iran it will likely take military action to do it.  Neither are led by rational actors.  Iran is led by genocidal religious bigots and North Korea is led by a paranoid cult of personality.  Allowing either of them to have nuclear weapons is like handing a butchers knife to a toddler.  Bad things are certain to happen in those cases.

Both of these countries are much closer to having nuclear weapons than they were when Obama came into office.  He actively aided Iran on the path to nuclear weapons and gave them resources to fund their terror operations while he sat on information that North Korea was able to put a nuclear weapon on an ICBM.

10 sailors missing in latest collision with a US destroyer

AP/Washington Times:
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early Monday in waters east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.

The Navy said five others were hurt.

The USS John S. McCain sustained damage on its port side aft, or left rear, from the collision with the Alnic MC that happened at 5:24 a.m., the Navy’s 7th Fleet said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the oil and chemical tanker sustained damage or casualties in the collision.

The Navy said Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America were assisting. It also said tugboats and Singaporean naval and coast guard vessels were in the area to render assistance.

Malaysia’s navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin tweeted that two ships as well as aircraft from its navy and air force have been deployed to help look for the missing U.S. sailors.

President Trump is expressing concern for the crew of the USS John S. McCain. Trump returned to Washington on S…

Boston let liberal fascists shut down free speech

Steve Berman:
The Boston Free Speech rally, which is being universally reported in the press as the “free speech” rally, was shamefully shut down by a heckler’s protest, surrounded by jackbooted Boston riot police. The Washington Post and Boston.com reported “a handful” of attendees, who never even got to make their speeches as they were terrorized by thousands of left-wing activists.

Shame on Boston.
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The rally had been planned long before the Charlottesville white supremacist march. It was organized by John Medlar, a local college student, who has repeatedly denied any connection with Richard Spencer or any of the tiki brigade at Charlottesville.
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Their crime? They support President Donald Trump. Anyone curious or supporting conservative values was terrified to even try to go to the rally. They were terrorized by a rabid mob willing to commit violence in the sight of the press and claim its righteousness.
... This kind of intolerance for free speech is likely to end badly.  When it…

Media is romanticizing left wing violence by Antifa

streiff:
The left has developed an entire public relations campaign in the last week to convince everyone that the lackwit anarcho-marxists of the ‘antifa’ (correctly pronounce an-TEE-fa, I’m told) movement is actually not violent. Put aside the documented fact that every single time this bunch appears violence takes place. Not only are they violent, they are now operating with the full sanction of the mainstream media. A typical apologia was dissected by my colleague Jim Jamitis yesterday. You get guys like Chuck Todd giving the ‘antifa’ and their cheerleaders unfettered access to the airwaves and not challenging them in any way.

As Ben Domenech wrote in The Federalist:

The list of protests which turned violent – which, when I shared it, triggered numerous accusations that I was defending Nazis, a white supremacist, and caused a reporter for one magazine where I used to be a columnist to describe me as “alt-right” – includes: Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010…

Lack of refinery capacity for light crude means most oil from West Texas will be exported

Fuel Fix:
Most of the new crude oil produced from West Texas' Permian Basin during the next few years will be shipped out of Gulf Coast ports to growing nations in Asia and other regions, said Kurt Barrow, vice president over oil markets for IHS Markit.

U.S. oil consumption is only rising slightly, while the Permian boom meshes well with Congress lifting the nation's decades-old crude export ban at the end of 2015. Crude exports of 520,000 barrels a day in 2016 already have risen to almost 1 million barrels daily this year.


The oil exports are expected to triple to about 3 million barrels a day by 2025, Barrow said, fed primarily by new Permian production and shipped out of ports in Houston and Corpus Christi.

There are a bevy of pipelines currently proposed to carry crude oil from West Texas to Corpus, potentially turning the area into a world-class oil exporting hub. Likewise, oil pipelines from the Permian to Houston are under construction or being expanded by companies like H…

The imam behind the mass murder for Allah attacks in Spain

Telegraph:
The imam behind the Barcelona terror cell may have been radicalised in prison by one of the Madrid train bombers, it has emerged.

Abdelbaki Es Satty, who is believed to have been the ringleader in last week's attacks, was sentenced to two years in 2012 for smuggling hashish between Morocco and Spain.

He was jailed alongside Rachid Aglif, aka The Rabbit, who was serving 18-years for his role in the 2004 bombings, in which 192 people died and more than 2,000 were injured.

Sources in Spain said Es Satty had not been religious prior to going into prison and may have fallen under the malign influence of Aglif and other terrorists while prison.
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Locals in Ripoll described how Es Satty, who taught Arabic to local children, regularly travelled to Belgium, which has been central to many of the Isil inspired plots.
... It is weird that liberals tend to talk a lot about Islamaphobia but never latch on the danger of infidelaphobia by radical Islamists.  Radical Islamists are muc…

The leftist delusion

Washington Post:
Why the American left gave up on political violence This may be the most laughable assertion of 2017.  The most violent political operation in the US in 2017 has been Antifa, a liberal fascist organization that brought in the Trump administration with violent attacks in Washington DC and they have tried to suppress freedom of speech across the country.  

Most recently they were in Boston throwing urine bombs at police, who were attempting to protect a free speech protest.  The left now opposes free speech for people who disagree with their agenda and Antifa is there to violent attack.

The left no longer engages in debate.  When it is not physically violent it engages in hate speech against opponents labeling them "Nazis, racists, bigots, and homophobes."

Bad idea of the day?

Fox News:
Kaepernick supporters call for NFL boycott This is one of the more ridiculous arguments I have seen about the NFL.  As Jason Whitlock, a black sports writer points out, 70 percent of the NFL players are black.  It has created more black millionaires than any other enterprise.  Kaepernick's problem is that he has not been effective in the games he has played recently and he is turned off millions of fans from the game by disrespecting the flag and the national anthem.  Polls have indicated that his protest and that of other millionaires in the NFL turned off people who are not millionaires who watch the games.

I am not a big Jerry Jones fan, but he is absolutely right in demanding that his players stand for the national anthem at games are they are off the team.  The other owners should do the same.  These people are disrespecting the country that has made them rich.

I urge you to watch the video at the link with the interview with Whitlock.  He is spot on.

Why the media is in trouble

Sharyl Attkisson:
Americans don't trust the media, and for good reason Attkisson is one of the best reporters today.  If the rest of the media followed her example the news would be more respected.

Investigation of Democrat IT staffers moves to whether intel was sold to foreign governments

Paul Sperry:
Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say.

What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects.

Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.

“This is a massive, massive scandal,” a senior US official familiar with the widening probe told The Post.

Alarm bells went off in April 2016 when computer security officials in the House reported “irregularities” in computer equipment purchasing. An internal investigation revealed the theft of hun…

Google is collaborating with liberals to suppress conservative speech?

PJ Media:
Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites? ...
On the surface, this looks rather innocuous. It's presented by Google as an attempt to create a database of hate crimes — information that should be available with a quick Google search, it should be noted. But a quick glance at the list of partners for this project should raise some red flags:

The ProPublica-led coalition includes The Google News Lab, Univision News, the New York Times, WNYC, BuzzFeed News, First Draft, Meedan, New America Media, The Root, Latino USA, The Advocate, 100 Days in Appalachia and Ushahidi. The coalition is also working with civil-rights groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, and schools such as the University of Miami School of Communications.
ProPublica poses as a middle-of-the-road non-profit journalistic operation, but in reality, it's funded by a stable of uber-liberal donors, including George Soros's Open Society Foundations and Herb and Marion…

Media distortions mark free speech rallies

Joe Cunningham:
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…Huh? “Alt-right”? That was never part of any description of the rally.

What gives?

Well, actually, you know what gives. See, many of the people who protested were there because “free speech” is now seen as code for “hate speech”… when it’s really not. Free speech is, after all, what allows these groups to go out and protest rallies, too.

But, when right-leaning groups gather to talk about free speech, they must be defending Nazis. Even when the organizers of the free speech rally repeatedly told media outlets that the alt-right – white supremacists, the KKK, neo-Nazis, etc. – weren’t welcome at the event, as well as those who protested in Charlottesville.

The groups that organized the Boston event were not alt-right, despite media outlets attempting to paint them as such.

This is why combating the problem of political violence is so tough right now. No one is being honest about who is actually being violent. People calling for free speech are not violent. People w…

The left's big lie about 'voter suppression'

Every person in India has a voter ID.  We are talking about a billion or so voters.  In Mexico, every citizen has a voter ID.  The left opposes them for the US because they make it harder for them to cheat.  They want to keep dead people on the roles so that Democrats can use their vote to win elections.  They want to be able to bus people who do not live in an area to polling places so they can vote multiple times.

So why does the Washington Post still make the following argument:
Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era To put it bluntly, dead people and illegal aliens should have their votes suppressed.  In this country, voter registrations exceed eligible voters by more than three million people.  That could turn a lot of elections for Democrats who are willing to cheat.

It is not a civil right for dead people and illegal aliens to vote.  The Post should be ashamed of the argument it is making.

How the liberal media tries to set the tone of the debate

NY Times:
Trump’s Bad Week? To Supporters, It Went Just Fine
It was a week of turmoil, but it seemed to prove an immutable rule of this presidency: People see what they want to see, even if others see something very different. Liberals live in an alternate reality when it comes to violence by the left.  They don't see it as bad. That is one reason why they went berzerk when Trump said both sides were responsible for violence in the Virginia events that started with a peaceful rally about a statue.  But if you look at a tick-tock of events as they unfolded, the violence did not start until Antifa began blocking access to the park where the demonstrators had a permit to gather.  That was a triggering event, yet they keep insisting that the group with a permit was totally responsible for the violence.

We saw a similar situation in Boston where anti free speech Antifa was teh one throwing urine bombs at cops and they vastly outnumbered those demonstrating for free speech.  It is just w…

Radical Islam has made Europe a dangerous place for Jews

Daily Mail:

Western Europe has been a regular target for jihadists over the last few years. And Barcelona's chief rabbi Meir Bar-Hen (pictured) told his congregation to move to Israel to flee terror. This points out the dangers of accepting unvetted refugees into Europe from Muslim countries.  Liberals in the government seem no longer willing to protect their own citizens from the terrorist invasion.  In fact, the EU has been trying to force reluctant members to accept these unvetted refugees even as countries that have accepted them have experienced numerous mass murder for Allah attacks.

Bannon freed up to go after left wing media

Guardian:
As Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House amplified predictions of a brewing war between the so-called “alt-right” and the Republican establishment, there was speculation Donald Trump’s former chief strategist could hold even more influence on the president from the outside than he did during his tumultuous tenure inside the West Wing.

Those familiar with Bannon’s tactics suggested last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, only rallied the president’s base further, giving Bannon, a longtime Trump ally, more ammunition to go after the so-called ‘globalists’ in the White House, Republican leaders in Washington, and the US media from his reclaimed perch at Breitbart News.

“In many ways, he’ll have just as much or, at least over time, more influence on the outside than on the inside,” Kurt Bardella, a former Breitbart spokesman and political commentator, told the Guardian.

The investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and Trump’s…

Spanish police raid home of imam believed to have ties to deadly terrorist attack

Sunday Telegraph:
Catalan investigators on Saturday raided the house of an imam in the town of Ripoll they believe may have overseen the cell which killed 14 people in twin terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils.

Police are trying to piece together how a cell composed of multiple sets of brothers from the same sleepy Pyreenes town came to carry out the devastating attacks, amid reports they planned to blow up the Sagrada Familia.

The home of the imam, named as Abdelbaki Es Satty, was raided overnight from Friday to Saturday, with officers reportedly seeking - among other evidence - DNA samples which might link him to a building in the town of Alcanar believed to be where the attack was prepared.

El Pais, a leading Spanish daily, said they were investigating whether the imam, who apparently left Ripoll around a month ago, might be one of two dead bodies discovered in the Alcanar house. Sources involved in the investigation told El Confidencial they believed …

Turkish leaders paranoia is extended to people outside of Turkey

Reuters:
German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies.

The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a "targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad in Europe," Akhanli's lawyer Ilias Uyar told magazine Der Spiegel, which first reported Akhanli's detention.

A German foreign office official said Germany was in touch with Spanish authorities demanding that Berlin be involved in any extradition proceedings and insisting that no extradition should take place.

Any country can issue an Interpol "red notice", but extradition by Spain would only follow if Ankara could convince Spanish courts it had a real case against him.

Ties between Ankara and Berlin have been increasingly strained in the aftermath of last year's failed coup in Tu…

Israel knows radical left in US a bigger danger to Jews than a tiny group of Nazis

NY Times:


As Trump Offers Neo-Nazis Muted Criticism, Netanyahu Is Largely Silent
No stranger to Facebook and YouTube, Benjamin Netanyahu has been reluctant to criticize President Trump’s recent remarks on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. Actually, Netanyahu's son posted on the subject on Facebook and argued that Antifa is a much greater danger to Israel and to Jews.  I think he is right about that.  The left has become largely an anti-Israel force in the US siding with the Palestinian terrorists.

The media seems not only blind to the threat to freedom posed by the fascists of Antifa but the radical anti-Israel agenda on the left where even mainline Democrats are siding with those who would boycott Israel and try to force it to accept a deeply flawed agreement with those who want to destroy Israel.

The fear of neo-Nazis and the KKK in the US is seriously overblown.  They are a tiny nonentity and the suggestion that Trump supports them is absurd.  T…

Pershing's war with radical Islamist is an example of Trump trolling the left

James Delingpole:
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak,” Sun Tzu, The Art Of War.

One of the big mistakes Trump’s critics make is to assume he is very stupid. Hence the liberal media’s delight in his Pershing tweet in the aftermath of the Barcelona massacre.
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They think it shows the president to be an historically illiterate and gullible fool because – or so they claim – he is repeating a debunked myth that General Pershing used bullets dipped in pig blood when fighting Muslim terrorists in the Philippines.
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The important take-home message about Pershing is that he was a highly effective commander who defeated the Moros in the Philippines with a mix of ruthlessness and sound strategy. Pershing took care to learn the Moros’ customs and language, co-opted their sultans and made it clear that his war was not with Islam.

But when he needed to be, he could be tough. And yes, actually, there is historical evidence that something involving pigs did take place.…

The left is not content with trying to ruin the lives of political opponents, goes after employees

Kimberley Strassel:
In a better world, Americans would never hear the name Samantha Dravis. She wouldn’t be pictured on the front page of the New York Times or added to environmentalist “watch lists.”

This is no knock on Ms. Dravis, who is a talented attorney. Rather, it’s an acknowledgment that in the grand scheme of the federal government, she’s one of hundreds upon hundreds of “staffers.” As associate administrator for policy at the Environmental Protection Agency, she didn’t need Senate confirmation. She’s no cabinet secretary and never chose a public role.

But in today’s anti- Trump “resistance,” that counts for nothing. The left lost the election, lost the argument, and is losing President Obama’s precious legacy. Its response is a scorched-earth campaign against not only EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, but anyone who works for him.
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High-ranking appointees have always been demonized, but what makes this environmentalist campaign different is its purposeful extension of intim…

Some suggest that Charlottesville rally was set up by the left

Russ Vaughn:
Evidence is turning up from, of all places, the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as Breitbart and others, that this character, Jason Kessler, who organized the suspicious and supposed Alt-Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. that blew up in everyone's face, is a cunning lefty holdover from the Occupy Wall Street movement and a former Barack Obama supporter. I smell Soros money, sabotage, and Democrat dirty tricks here.

I've been suspicious of the nature of the violence at this supposed Alt-Right demonstration since the news first began breaking. It is no secret that radical elements in the Democrat left have been routinely utilizing violence when it suits their purposes. We also know via secret tapings by Project Veritas that the Democratic Party has a semi-official director of dirty ops, Dick Creamer, who hires, trains, and emplaces professional disruptors to encounter, engage, and infiltrate conservative demonstrations to foment violence, assuring t…

When a near monopoly is not enough for the left

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Richard Fernandez:
Amazing. Despite a virtual monopoly on media the Left needs censorship to keep from losing the argument.

Opinion | The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech Its conception of this right is unduly narrow. NYTIMES.COM
Now the NY Times is pushing the same agenda as the fascists Antifa movement which also wants to shutdown debate.  They can't handle a fair fight on the issues.

Don't stop with destroying statues of Democrats, destroy the party too?

John Kass:
Al Sharpton just may be right about the need to remove offensive statues from the American public way.

I'd been somewhat torn on the idea of erasing history by tearing down statues, even Civil War Confederate statues, since destroying public imagery and iconography isn't the kind of thing Americans do.

Actually, it's the kind of thing that ISIS does.

But Sharpton, the noted race hustler, helped me see things in a different way.
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History is important, but history can also be quite offensive.

But there's one thing wrong with Sharpton. It's not that he goes too far. It's that he doesn't go far enough.

Because if he and others of the Cultural Revolution were being intellectually honest, they'd demand that along with racist statues, something else would be toppled.

And this, too, represents much of America's racist history:

The Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party historically is the party of slavery. The Democratic Party is the party of …

The US Navy robo war effort is moving forward

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Real Clear Defense:
The Navy this week put on a two-day show that offered a peek into the future of high-tech combat. And the most important players happened to be robots.

At the 2017 advanced naval technology exercise, or ANTX, the Navy let the drones loose, hoping to demonstrate that robots have reached the point where they can be trusted to help protect ships, spy on enemy submarines and ward off aerial missile attacks.

The Navy’s push to turn more combat missions over to robots started years ago and is gaining new momentum as technology advances and leaders advocate for it. Newly sworn-in Navy Secretary Richard Spencer came out as a major proponent. “I think unmanned — both below the water, on the water and in the air — is an area we are just beginning to chip away at,” he told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

At the tech demonstration that concluded on Wednesday, 24 events featured unmanned systems, said Jessica Shaffer, ANTX technical lead. They included a mix of drone aircraft, auton…

Trump ends Obama policy that attacked legitimate business by shutting off banking services

Washington Examiner:
The Trump administration has ended Operation Choke Point, the anti-fraud initiative started under the Obama administration that many Republicans argued was used to target gun retailers and other businesses that Democrats found objectionable.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd told GOP representatives in a Wednesday letter that the long-running program had ended, bringing a conclusion to a chapter in the Obama years that long provoked and angered conservatives who saw Choke Point as an extra-legal crackdown on politically disfavored groups.
... This policy was a clear abuse of power.  It was a Democrat party hit job on businesses they did not like.

Cyber war gets its own command

Washington Post:
Trump to elevate Cyber Command in effort to strengthen U.S. defenses

Cyber Command — currently part of the National Security Agency — will become the 10th unified command in the U.S. military, on par with main combatant bodies such as Central Command. I think this is over due.  Too often the US appeared to be caught flat footed during the Obama administration by cyber attacks from around the world.  China and Russia were some of the big players, but the US was also attacked by North Korea and Iran with mostly feeble responses.

Probably the same thing that happens to them at night?

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NY Times:
What Happens to Solar Power in an Eclipse?
Grid operators will scramble when solar panels go dark — a rare trial run for a future in which the nation will be more reliant on renewable energy. Doesn't this happen to them every night?  The sun goes down and they no longer produce power.  It is one of their natural drawbacks.

Navy boost phase missile defense could counter North Korea

USNI:
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Boost-phase intercept (BPI) technology can provide an increase in the capabilities of the present U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System, especially in the context of the North Korean threat. BPI is attractive for several reasons, but is constrained by the attacking missile’s burn time and the speed of the interceptor. [iv] The principal advantage of BPI is its ability to alleviate the need to perform midcourse discrimination.

A boosting ballistic missile presents a large target with a bright signature, making detection and engagement easier. Since countermeasures generally are not deployed during the boost phase, the missile presents a single target for engagement. [v] , [vi] The ability to avoid discrimination that all mid-course intercepts require is particularly valuable. According to a 1999 National Intelligence Estimate, countries with the capability of building long-range missiles also have the capability to build countermeasures to defeat such discrimination. [vii]

Bo…

Don't give the fraudulent named Antifa a pass

Jonah Goldberg:
Fighting Nazis doesn’t make ‘antifa’ the good guys They really are not that different from the Nazis.
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Part of the problem is psychological. There’s a natural tendency to think that when people, or movements, hate each other, it must be because they’re opposites. This assumption overlooks the fact that many — indeed, most — of the great conflicts and hatreds in human history are derived from what Sigmund Freud called the “narcissism of minor differences.”
... This was true of the events in Charlotteville, but attacks on conservative speech are not limited to Nazis.  The Antifa goons were involved in the violent attacks on police and businesses on Trump inauguration day too.

The left's anti free speech goons

NY Times:
‘Antifa’ Grows, Swinging Fists at Far Right
The clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters has brought new attention to a coalition of radicals unafraid to scuffle with right-wing extremists. These fascists are the aggressors in a war on free speech and they should not be treated as worthy of respect.   They even go by a fraudulent name, Antifa or Anti-fascists.  They are the militant wing of the Democrats just like the KKK was and their goal is to suppress and intimidate those who do not agree with them.  Just like the KKK, they wear masks to hide their identity.  They wear all black rather than white sheets.  In Charlottesville, they were the aggressors in the conflict.  That is something many in the media have tried desperately to avoid.

Plaintiffs in IRS Tea Party abuse case ordered to cough up more discovery

Washington Times:
‘Lay it on the line’: Judge in tea party case orders IRS to disclose employee names, reasons I suspect if they keep digging they will find more evidence of Democrats in Congress pushing for the attacks on people they saw as political enemies.  They may also find ties to DOJ and the White House.

Open borders crowd still practicing the politics of fraud

Washington Examiner:
Six bogus arguments against Trump's immigration reform bill It has become hard to have a serious debate on the issue with those who want no limiting principles that effect letting anyone who wants in to come to the US even if it could be a couple of billion people added to welfare rolls.

The political craziness that followed the events of a riot in Virginia

David Goldman:
Future historians will find it ridiculous, but the response to a few hundred white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia will be the trigger for a realignment of American politics. Polite opinion, which includes Establishment political leaders, corporate CEOs, religious leaders of virtually all denominations, the universities and the press, abhor Donald Trump for his alleged moral equivalence between the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and the demonstrators who opposed them. Trump did no such thing, but he did something less pardonable altogether: He split the country along the fracture line of political correctness.

We are in terra incognita for American politics, and predictions are unreliable especially when they concern the future. Nonetheless I believe that the storm of opprobrium that broke upon Donald Trump this week will dissipate, and when the dust settles, the United States will have a different political alignment. Trump’s populism will split both the Republica…

Navy finds heroes and faults in the disastrous collision of a destroyer with a tanker

Navy Times:
Fitzgerald’s CO and sailors standing watch face discipline in fatal collision When you read the story of the survivors it is pretty silent on what those on watch were doing in the lead-up to the collision other than not being are of the danger until it was too late to maneuver to avoid it.   The report indicates that those on watch will face "nonjudicial" punishment, which means the public may never know exactly how they failed to see the disaster approaching them.

You can read the heroic effort to save the crew and the ship in this piece:

“Water on deck!” “Get out!” — The Navy's official report of the Fitzgerald's catastrophe at sea

Sailors had less than a minute to escape as seawater blasted through a massive hole in the destroyer Fitzgerald after a container ship struck its starboard side on June 19. It is a long piece but it is as gripping as a good novel.

The limitations of the statue wars of the left

Polling shows that 62 percent of voters oppose the left's war on statues.  While that alone will not stop them from pursuing the destruction of historical artifacts, it could have long term consequences for their election prospects.

People who would oppose the destruction Roman artifacts in Syria or Buddist artifacts in Afghanistan are all too eager to destroy the artifacts of a failed revolution in the US.  But if you weighed the cultural differences of the Romans with that of the Southern generals you would find the Romans were a much more brutal culture who even nailed an innocent man to a cross to please a mob.  The Romans routinely made slaves of defeated enemies.  Yet we still treasure the artifacts of their culture and study what they did despite their flaws.

The Confederate generals were also flawed men, but we can still learn from them.  One thing that should be more obvious than it is, is the mistake of backing an attempt to leave the union.  It is a mistake that is open…

Did Obama's bad deal with Iran fund missile building facility in Syria?

Independent:
New imagery released by imageSat, which operates Israel’s EROS-B satellite, reportedly show the first ever Scud missile factory being built inside wartorn Syria.

The pictures from a site near Latakia on the Syrian-government controlled coastline resembles a missile plant in Tehran, Israeli media reports said on Tuesday.

Experts told Channel 2 the sophisticated construction could not have been undertaken without Iranian experts operating inside Syria. They believe the facility, on which work began at some point last year, has both production and underground storage capabilities of long-range missiles which are capable of striking Israel. They believe it will be completed by the end of 2017

Israel's main worry as the more than six-year-long conflict next door in Syria has evolved has become Iran’s political influence over the government of Bashar al-Assad, and the presence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah and Shia militias which take part in the fighting.

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Navy rail gun moves to a new stage of testing for rapid fire

Scout Warrior:
Navy Rail Gun to Test Rapid Fire & Move Closer to Combat

Propelled by an electrical current and traveling at speeds up to Mach 7.5, the US Navy's Hyper Velocity Projectile can shoot out of a rail gun to destroy enemy ships, vehicles This gun could bring increased range and lethality while reducing cost.

Some decent people step forward as attending the rally over the statues

Breitbart:
New York Times: Some Charlottesville Protesters Were Not White Supremacists, Nazis Now that the Times has found some people to support the President's contention about those who attended teh gathering in Virginia will his critics back off?  Probably not.  They are the new McCarthyites who blast people as being racists, bigots etc. just because they do not like their politics.

Obama made US more vulnerable to missile attacks from North Korea

Phillip Devoe:
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It is true that Barack Obama left behind a significant missile-defense legacy: By cutting programs before they were complete, slashing defense funding, and embracing a risky and unproven strategy, he left the United States vulnerable to ICBM attacks from hostile nations such as North Korea and Iran.

The story begins with President Bill Clinton, who in 1993 cancelled the Ground-Based Interceptors (GBI) program — a component of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which can protect against ICBMs and is located at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. By 2008, President George W. Bush had asked for 44 GBIs, but Obama cut the program back to 30 within weeks of his inauguration. Ten of these GBIs were slated to be based in Poland, but they were cut along with a Ground-Based Radar in the Czech Republic, which not only made the U.S. more vulnerable to threats from Iran, but appeased Russia. Moscow celebrated the European GBI cancell…

ISIS admits guilt in van terror attack in Spain

NY Times:

Van Driver Kills 12 in Barcelona Attack
80 Injured in Tourist District; ISIS Claims Responsibility


A van hit pedestrians in the center of the Spanish city in what the police called a terrorist attack. Two men were in custody.

Witnesses said the driver weaved back and forth, apparently trying to hit as many people as he could. This fits the ISIS MO by using a large rental van for the mass murder attack.  It is similar to other recent attacks in Europe and the UK.  Trump has condemned the attacks and so far the media has not questioned his sincerity.

Bannon not influenced by 'alt-right'

NY Times:
Bannon Mocks Colleagues and ‘Alt-Right’ in Interview In an interview he said he believed was private, Stephen K. Bannon described the alt-right as a “collection of clowns” and lashed out at rivals in the Trump administration. I have never met anyone that I knew to be in the alt-right and I have been an active conservative blogger since at least 9-11.  I had never even heard of these people before they were used as a reason to oppose Trump and Bannon.  They appear to be the useful idiots of the leftist attack machine.

The Times leads with a blatantly false assertion that Trump defended white supremacists

NY Times:
Trump Opens Breach With Party, Military and Industry
In the wake of his defense of white supremacists, President Trump was abandoned by executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans.According to close aides, the president said he felt liberated by his news conference and viewed it as his latest retort to a political establishment trying to tame his impulses. People have been reacting to the false narrative pushed by the NY Times and Washington Post that Trump was defending the very people he called bad.  This is a grossly misleading characterization of what he said and they should retract it.  This distortion is the reason for all the criticism.  The media needs to look at its on visceral hatred that is demonstrated in stories like this.

Venezuela can't feed its own troops it uses to thwart the will of the people

Miami Herald:
Armed Venezuelan soldiers caught in Guyana begging for food This is another example of the inherent incompetence of socialism in Venezuela.

Renewed interest in offshore drilling in Gulf of Mexico

Reuters:
Major oil producers pushed up high bids at a Gulf of Mexico offshore auction to $121 million on Wednesday, a nearly seven-fold increase from a year ago, as their return to deep water exploration gained momentum.

This compared with $18 million in high bids at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) Outer Continental Shelf auction last summer.

Winners will be announced after a 90-day review.

Some producers have signaled that they expect Gulf of Mexico projects to become more profitable now that they have trimmed operations to adapt to low oil prices. Offshore drilling typically requires higher prices for producers to break even.

Royal Dutch Shell claimed the largest number of blocks, with 19 high bids valued at a combined $25.1 million. Chevron Corp followed with 15 high bids totaling $27.9 million. Anadarko Petroleum Corp won 10 blocks for $10.6 million. Exxon Mobil Corp took seven blocks of land for $20.4 million.
... The oil recovery continues to expand and is no …

Other leftist groups are colluding with the violent liberal fascists of Antifa

Conservative Review:
Wondering why so much of the Left in America continues to be silent — if not rationalizing — in the face of extremist left-wing groups like “Antifa”?

It might be because much of the mainstream Left has chosen to link up with radical, fringe organizations that agree with much of Antifa’s communist/socialist/anarchist ideology.

In a blog post this week, the Indivisible guide — a leftist organization that forms coalitions of groups to advocate for leftist causes — has detailed how in the wake of the Charlottesville mayhem this past weekend, traditional left-of-center groups have thrown their weight behind the revolutionary Left.

Indivisible revealed that a conglomerate has formed to “stand in solidarity with Charlottesville.”

While the coalition involves recognizable groups like the Obama-founded Organizing for Action (OFA), the Center for American Progress, MoveOn.org, the National Education Association (NEA), and other standard actors, it also includes openly extremist…

The media distorted Trump's words about violence in Virginia

John Lott:
Has the media ever so deliberately and consistently misinterpreted what a president said?

It certainly seems as if the media finally found its proof that President Trump is a racist. ABC News’ coverage was all too typical:

Trump quickly blamed both sides for the conflict, adding that there were "very fine people" among both the protesters — which included white supremacists and white nationalists — and the counterprotesters.

"I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides," Trump said today. "You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides," he added.
With wall-to-wall news coverage repeating this misreading of Trump’s statement, it’s not too surprising that politicians from both parties quickly condemned the “very fine people” comment. NBC’s headline read: “Democratic, Republican Lawmakers Decry Trump’s Latest Charlottesville Remarks.” Ohio Gov. Jo…