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  • How to destroy a society

    08/19/2018 1:48:28 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 19 Aug 18 | Todd Wood
    If I wanted to destroy an enemy society, and had a long-term focus, wanted to do it stealthily, and effectively, to make the society destroy itself and the ability to defend itself, I would do the following: 1. I would destroy the religious ideals that built the country and held it together, allowing it to thrive and be exceptional. In short, I would destroy Christianity in the West. 2. I would destroy the family, the fabric of society. I would tear apart the nuclear family, that produced stable children, future contributors to the nation’s wealth and power. I would...
  • The Story of Ohr and More

    08/19/2018 1:33:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 19, 2018 | Clarice Feldman
    The two big stories this week are interrelated: the utter collapse of the Russian Collusion Fantasy and the conclusion of the Manafort case, a case of selective and apparently not very persuasive prosecution which flows from that fantasy. The Manafort Trial EndsThis week marked the end of the trial of Paul Manafort. The jury is now deliberating his fate. I cannot with certainty opine on the prosecution’s handling of the case. I can’t because all we know -- in the absence of transcripts of the trial -- is what reporters have told us. In my experience they often lack the...
  • Trump Is 'a Phenomenon That Foreign Countries Haven’t Seen'

    08/19/2018 12:48:51 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 14, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Irwin Stelzer
    Veni, vidi, vici. That’s what Trump would have tweeted en route to a weekend of golf at his courses in Scotland had he not forgotten his high school Latin. Traditional diplomat Nicholas Burns, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, says “The president treated the NATO allies almost with contempt.” Delete “almost” and Burns has it right. But the tone of Trump’s tweets and comments are best understood as the exasperation of this American president who wants to succeed where his predecessors failed—ending that part of the post-World War II settlement that disadvantages America. And if that means abandoning traditional diplomacy in...
  • When It Comes to Paid Family Leave, Choice Is Key

    08/19/2018 10:41:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 19, 2018 | Andrew Langer
    What are also non-starters are any proposals that essentially take choice and flexibility out of the hands of businesses and the working families that are employed by them—since, as we have already discussed, in a growing and vibrant economy, competition among offered benefits is something that these businesses will use to attract and retain employees, and this is of enormous benefit to America’s workers.Which is why two of the proposals discussed by the Independent Women’s Forum are enormously intriguing—tax credits for employers to encourage the creation of such programs; and the creation of personal care accounts to allow workers...
  • The ABCs of Failure

    08/19/2018 10:12:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 19, 2018 | Paul Jacob
    Children can learn. Schools can possibly assist in that endeavor. Keep these two vital precepts in mind when considering the long-term failure of our nation’s capital’s public schools to equip their graduates with the skills necessary for a decent future. Last week, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, with city education officialdom in tow, announced some small improvement in standardized test schools city-wide. Yet “little was said at the news conference about the city’s neighborhood high schools,” the Washington Post noticed. The lapse was understandable, for the Post refers to a fantastic success story back in 2017 — much ballyhooed by...
  • Bring Out Your Dead

    08/19/2018 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 19, 2018 | Gil Gutknecht
    Monte Python has given us much more than a lot of laughs. Using scenes from medieval Europe, his troupe sets up the backdrop for a contemporary story that is unfolding before our very eyes. Who can forget the burial crew working their way through the city during the great plague with large pull cart? The cart is loaded with corpses as the lead character cries out, “Bring out your dead!” One poor soul is carried out to be thrown onto the cart as he argues, “But, I’m not dead yet! I’m just hungover!” In another scene, we remember the knight...
  • Would You Ever Vote For A Democrat? (Is The Author Serious? Never!!!)

    08/19/2018 9:08:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 98 replies ^ | August 19, 2018 | Erich Reimer
    There once was a time in American history – in fact perhaps for the bulk of it– when cross-party voting was nothing special but rather the norm. Electoral results would vary wildly as voters deviated wildly from their partisan loyalties and even the power of party on our elected representatives was far weaker.Nowadays the mere thought of cross-party voting baffles the minds of most on either side of the aisle, as if it were an unspeakable heresy or like a Yankees fan hoping one game that the Red Sox win it.Part of the reason for this is that the impact of party-line...
  • Voting Out Pelosi Will Not Happen

    08/19/2018 8:50:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | August 19, 2018 | Bruce Bialolosky
    You may have heard that we are having an election on November 6th (known as our midterms). Everything seems to revolve around the presidency these days, and that office is only halfway through its term.  The MSM is all aflutter about their allies, the Democrats and Leftists, ringing up losses they declare as moral victories. But, they are “close” losses.  Occasionally a Dem wins, validating his or her cause.  Now their party is pushing a crop of candidates who say if they get to Congress they will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House.  That is bullpucky.The...
  • Liberals Find New Levels Of Low

    08/19/2018 5:54:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 19, 2018 | Derek Hunter
    Every time I think the political left has hit bottom they break out a shovel. This week it was a jackhammer and a backhoe, and deeper they went. It started with almost 350 newspapers banding together against President Trump to declare themselves to free and independent of groupthink and bias. Each of them declared themselves, in one form or another, to be champions of truth. If you missed it in your paper it was likely just under 1,000-word write-up of whatever the latest wild Omarosa claim was that day. Lost in these self-serving exercises was the fact that President Trump...
  • Democrats’ dilemma, post-Pelosi: A younger leader or a black one?

    08/19/2018 4:08:04 AM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | 8/18/18 | EUGENE SCOTT
    **SNIP** Since Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election, much conversation has taken place about black Americans’ loyalty to the Democratic Party. Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the party has regularly received the overwhelming majority of black votes. But some have questioned how committed the Democratic Party is to its most loyal constituency. While Clinton went on to win nearly 90 percent of black votes, questions about her commitment to the black community — based on some of her past comments about black youth — were a consistent thorn in her side during her...
  • Nancy Pelosi is under fire, but ousting her isn't the answer

    08/18/2018 7:15:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/18/18 | Julian Zelizer
    (CNN) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is under fire. A debate has unfolded within the Democratic Party about whether she needs to go. As the Republicans ramp up a midterm campaign strategy centered around connecting Democratic candidates to an allegedly left-wing, out-of-touch coastal leader, Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin report in The New York Times that a growing number in the party think it's time for the former House speaker to go. US Rep. Seth Moulton, a Democrats from Massachusetts, said: "It's far better for her to graciously step down before the election, so that Republicans can't use that...
  • Former CIA Director John Brennan’s brief for dismantling democracy

    08/18/2018 7:11:18 PM PDT · by TexasKamaAina · 42 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | August 18, 2018 | Joseph Kisore
    Following Trump’s decision Wednesday to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance, the former CIA chief has emerged as the chief spokesman of the anti-Trump faction of the ruling class. It is an altogether fitting position. Brennan embodies the criminality and authoritarian disposition of the military-intelligence apparatus, which is the driving force behind the opposition within the state to the Trump administration.
  • How Trump’s Plan for Immigrants on Welfare Could Hurt a Million New Yorkers (100 year old law)

    08/18/2018 1:11:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/13/18 | Liz Robbins
    Buying fresh vegetables for children, heating an apartment, using Medicaid to manage diabetes. Those are all legal means of support provided by the government for low-income residents of the United States. But a new rule in the works from the Trump administration would make it difficult, if not impossible, for immigrants who use those benefits to obtain green cards. **SNIP** The administration’s plan is based on the more than 100-year-old law of “public charge,” later defined by government guidance in 1999: A person who is very likely to become “primarily dependent” on government services cannot become a legal permanent resident....
  • Why Should We Fear Russian Political Ads?

    08/18/2018 12:56:39 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2018 | Curt Levey
    Alarm bells rang in the media and on Capitol Hill last month when Facebook announced its discovery and removal of a new wave of malicious political ads of probable Russian origin, indicating “determined, well-funded adversaries who will never give up.” The technology site TechCrunch proclaimed that a “propaganda war against the U.S. midterm elections” has been declared. Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Democrat, warned that the new ads, like those alleged to have influenced the 2016 election, demonstrate “what we’ve long feared: that malicious foreign actors bearing the hallmarks of previously-identified Russian influence campaigns continue to abuse...
  • There is No Blue Wave [On discussion of that 'Blue Wave', there is none coming.]

    08/18/2018 11:42:37 AM PDT · by Oiao · 33 replies
    andMagazine ^ | July 23, 2018 | Charles Faddis
    Before Election Day 2016 the "intelligentsia" – that self-appointed and self-important class of faux intellectuals, which believes itself superior to the average American and thereby entitled to tell the rest of us what to do, what to think and how to live – considered Donald Trump a joke. Hillary Clinton was, in all but name only, the next President of the United States. The election was a tedious formality. "The Donald" would soon be back hosting a reality TV show, and the status quo would remain intact. The members of the "intelligentsia" awoke the next day to disbelief. The unthinkable...
  • Building a Dam to Stop the Blue Wave

    08/18/2018 8:22:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 18, 2018 | Sam Zawistowski
    While many in Washington were aghast at the thought that President Trump would even suggest shutting down the federal government in September over funding for the border wall and immigration reform, those of us in the heartland see the logic. If there is even a chance of a Democrat blue wave in November that would allow them to take control of the House, does it not make sense to get the funding for the wall before the election? Why would we, or the president, take a chance on never getting the border wall we all know is essential to controlling...
  • New Poll Results Freaking out Democrats

    08/18/2018 8:07:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies ^ | August 18, 2018 | Jeff Crouere
    The liberal mainstream news media have a narrative about Donald Trump and they do not deviate. The constant refrain is that the President is unhinged, idiotic, tyrannical and especially racist. Recently, the President was labeled a racist when he criticized CNN’s Don Lemon and NBA star LeBron James. Their latest obsession is the new book written by fired White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman. In the book, Omarosa accuses the President of being a racist and using the “N-word” while hosting The Apprentice on NBC-TV. The President’s inflammatory language was supposedly captured on a tape that has been withheld...
  • Don’t Like Trump’s America First Agenda? What’s Not to Like?

    08/18/2018 7:38:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 18, 2018 | Dan Celia
    For all the talk of how America’s protectionism may sink this bull market in stocks, it’s still very much “America first” on Wall Street — just look at stocks. Five regions and countries, including the Eurozone, the U.K. and Japan, trail U.S. stock returns this year. Only Saudi Arabia and Norway have performed better, with 17 percent and 9 percent returns, respectively. On average, most regions are down around 4 percent. The U.S as measured by the S&P is up 0.03 percent. President Donald Trump has been about the business of fundamentally changing America. These fundamental changes are very...
  • The Late, Great USA

    08/18/2018 7:16:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | August 18, 2018 | H.W Crocker III
    Is anyone really surprised by New York governor Andrew Cuomo saying, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” The Left has been saying that, if not quite so bluntly, for decades. The only difference is that many more Americans now hold that view, including a disconcerting number of putative “conservatives.”Dani Lever, a spokeswoman for Governor Cuomo, added that President Donald Trump’s Bull Moose patriotism “ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions.”Yes, we’ve heard that before too, but the crescendo of hysteria is...
  • A Double Ban Gets a Double Whammy

    08/18/2018 6:46:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 18, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    I don’t pull my punches over destructive, inhumane or just plain lunatic policies demanded by extreme environmentalists. I criticize them, as well as friends and “good guys,” when I think they got it wrong on energy or environmental issues. I also offer praise when it is deserved.When Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke – whom I admire greatly – let a last-minute Obama endangered species designation for the “Rusty Patched Bumblebee” (RPB) take effect in March 2017, I faulted the decision (here and here). Now I want to praise his recent decision to reopen certain wildlife refuges to...