July 25, 2016

Mike Pence's Ramadan Revelrie

Timothy Birdnow


Mike Pence hosted an Iftar dinner (not to be confused with the stinker of a movie Ishtar, although one wonders if Pence's party smelled like Limburger, too) for Muslims while he was governor of Indiana:

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Hat tip: Got News.


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Terror Attack in Ft. Myers

Timothy Birdnow

There are two teenagers dead and 17 wounded in a shooting outside of a nightclub in Ft. Myers, Florida.



"The call came in just before 1 a.m. The first scene is near the Club Blu Bar and Grill near the intersection of Evans Ave. and Carrell Rd.

Police in Fort Myers say they responded to the Club Blu at 3580 Evans Ave. and discovered several gunshot victims. Injuries ranged from minor to life threatening. All victims were transported from the scene by local hospitals.

A Fox 4 crew on the scene at the Club Blu Evans Ave. location has confirmed there are at least two dozen evidence markers indicating shell casings on the ground outside of the Club Blu Bar and Grill. A witness, Syreeta Gary, told our reporter on the scene that it was a teen night event and her daughter had to run from a gunman as he fired shots at her and her friend. While Gary's daughter was not shot, she says her friend was shot in the leg as she ran for cover. Gary says the girl was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be OK."

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Given the attack on Orlando in June, one wonders if this is not another act of terrorism - especially in light of this:

"Fort Myers police say two other scenes are connected with this incident. One is 2550 Parkway Street where a gunman shot at homes and vehicles. One person suffered minor injuries at that location. A witness told our crew that someone in a black Honda SUV was shooting randomly from the vehicle at the homes along the road. Our crew observed at least thirty shell casings in that area as several law enforcement officers investigated that incident.

The other location is on Ortiz Avenue between Luckett Road and Ballard Road, where three persons of interest have been detained in connection with the incident. "

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Was this a coordinated terror attack? Attacking children is one of the tools of terrorists; remember the Beslan attack on a Russian school? 10 children were killed in the Nice attack. Or remember the Pakistani school attack? Or a terrorist plot to attack children in Israel?

I expect we will find the attackers at this club were Islamic terrorists - and the media and Obama Administration will do all in their power to cover this fact up.

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Keeping the poor impoverished

Paul Driessen

"Now that we’re developing, you industrialized countries will impose a limit? That’s absurd.” That is what newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte told the world recently, explaining why the Philippines will not ratify the Paris climate accords. He is absolutely right, and more developing nations are joining his ranks every week.

Instead of holding poor nations and billions of less fortunate people back still more decades, we are ethically bound to do everything we can to encourage and assist them to throw off their shackles, and join us among the world’s wealthy, healthy, technologically advanced nations.

Keeping the poor impoverished

Callous eco-imperialists use lies, scare stories to deny poor countries better living standards

Paul Driessen

We are just now entering the age of industrialization, newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte said recently, explaining why the Philippines will not ratify the Paris climate accords. "Now that we’re developing, you will impose a limit? That’s absurd. It’s being imposed upon us by the industrialized countries. They think they can dictate our destiny.”

More developing nations are taking the same stance – and rightly so. They increasingly understand that fossil fuels are needed to modernize, industrialize, electrify, and decrease poverty, malnutrition and disease. Many supported the 2015 Paris climate treaty for three reasons.

They are not required to reduce their oil, natural gas and coal use, economic development and greenhouse gas emissions, because doing so would prevent them from improving their people’s living standards.

They want the free technology transfers and trillions of dollars in climate "adaptation, mitigation and reparation” funds that now-wealthy nations promised to pay for alleged climate transgressions. But they now know those promises won’t be kept – especially by countries that absurdly insist on slashing their energy use, economic growth and job creation, while developing countries surge ahead.

Climate has always changed. It is far better to have energy, technology, modern housing and wealth to adapt to, survive, recover from and even thrive amid inevitable warming, cooling and weather events, than to forego these abilities (on the absurd assumption that humans can control climate and weather) – and be forced to confront nature’s onslaughts the way previous generations had to.

The November 7-18 Marrakech, Morocco UN climate conference (COP-22) thus promises to be a lot of hot air, just like its predecessors. Officially, its goal is to accelerate GHG emission reductions, "brainstorm” with government and business leaders to achieve "new levels of cooperation and technology sharing” (and subsidies), and embrace "urgent action” to help African and small island nations survive the supposed ravages of manmade droughts and rising seas.

The true purposes are to pressure industrialized nations to end most fossil fuel use by 2050 http://fusion4freedom.us/u-n-climate-chief-were-intentionally-transforming-the-world-economy/; intentionally replace free enterprise capitalism with a "more equitable” system; "more fairly” redistribute the world’s wealth and natural resources http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/11/18/ipcc-official-%E2%80%9Cclimate-policy-is-redistributing-the-worlds-wealth%E2%80%9D/; and ensure that poor countries develop "sustainably” and not "too much” – all under the direction and control of UN agencies and environmentalist pressure groups.

We might ask: Replace capitalism with what exactly? Dictatorial UN socialism? Redistribute what wealth exactly? After we’ve hobbled developed countries’ energy use, job creation and wealth creation, what will be left? As poor countries get rich, do you UN bureaucrats intend to take and redistribute their wealth to "less fortunate” nations that still fail to use fossil fuels or get rid of their kleptocratic leaders?

Africans are not endangered by manmade climate change. They are threatened by the same droughts and storms they have confronted for millennia, and by the same corrupt leaders who line their own pockets with climate and foreign aid cash, while doing nothing for their people and nothing to modernize their countries. Africa certainly does not need yet more callous outsider corruption dictating its future.

Pacific islanders likewise face no greater perils from seas rising at seven inches per century, than they have from seas that rose 400 feet since the last Ice Age glaciers melted, and their coral islands kept pace with those ocean levels – unless they too fail to use fossil fuel (and nuclear) power to modernize.

The Morocco-Paris-Bali-Rio manmade climate chaos mantra may protect people and planet from climate hobgoblins conjured up by garbage in-garbage out computer models. But it will perpetuate energy and economic poverty, imposed on powerless populations by eco-imperialist US, EU and UN functionaries.

Virtually every other environmentalist dogma has similar effects.

Sustainability precepts demand that we somehow predict future technologies – and ensure that today’s resource needs "will not compromise” the completely unpredictable energy and raw material needs that those unpredictable technologies will introduce. They require that we safeguard the assumed needs of future generations https://www.heartland.org/policy-documents/three-faces-sustainability, even when it means ignoring or compromising the needs of current generations – including the needs, aspirations, health and welfare of the world’s poorest people.

Resource depletion claims fail to account for hydraulic fracturing and other new technologies that increase supplies, reduce their costs – or decrease the need for previously essential commodities, as fiber optic cables reduced the need for copper. The Stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. If we run out of something, it’s generally because governments prevented us from developing the resource.

Precautionary principles say we must focus on the risks of using chemicals, fossil fuels and other technologies – but never on the risks of not using them. We are required to emphasize minor, alleged, manageable, exaggerated or fabricated risks that a technology might cause, but ignore the risks it would reduce or prevent.

Because of illusory risks from biotechnology, we are to banish GMO Golden Rice and bananas http://www.allowgoldenricenow.org/that are rich in beta-carotene (which humans can convert into Vitamin A), and continue letting millions of children go blind or die. We are to accept millions more deaths from malaria, Zika, dengue, yellow fever and other diseases, because of imagined dangers of using DDT and insecticides http://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2011/01/14/greens_lie,_africans_die. Must we also accept millions of cancer deaths, because of risks associated with radiation and chemo therapies?

Over the past three decades, fossil fuels helped 1.3 billion more people get electricity and escape deadly energy and economic poverty – over 830 million because of coal. China connected 99% of its population to the grid, also mostly with coal, enabling its average citizens to be ten times richer and live 32 years longer than five decades previously.

But another 1.2 billion people (the US, Canadian, Mexican and European populations combined) still do not have electricity. Another 2 billion have electrical power only sporadically and unpredictably and must still cook and heat with wood, charcoal and animal dung. Hundreds of millions get horribly sick and five million die every year from lung and intestinal diseases, due to breathing smoke from open fires and not having refrigeration, clean water and safe food. Because of climate "risks,” we are to let this continue.

Or as former Earth Island Institute editor Gar Smith so charmingly put it: "African villagers used to spend their days and evenings sewing clothing for their neighbors on foot-peddle-powered sewing machines.” Once they get electricity, they spend too much time watching television and listening to the radio. "If there is going to be electricity, I would like it to be decentralized, small and solar-powered.”

Of course, as a young black California mother reminded me a few years ago, eco-imperialism is not just a developing country issue. It is a global problem. "Because of their paranoid fear of sprawl,” LaTonya told me, "elitist eco-imperialists employ endless regulations and restrictions that prevent upwardly-mobile people of color from improving their lot in life. Only we, the wealthy and privileged, they seem to insist, can live in nice homes and safe neighborhoods, have good jobs and enjoy modern lifestyles.”

These ideologies and policies are absurd, callous, immoral, eco-imperialistic and genocidal. They inflict unconscionable crimes against humanity on the poorest among us. They can no longer be tolerated.

Rich nations used fossil fuels to advance science, create wondrous technologies beyond previous generations’ wildest imaginings, eradicate killer diseases, increase life expectancy from 46 in 1900 to 78 today, and give even poor families better living standards than kings and queens enjoyed a century ago.

Instead of holding poor countries and billions of less fortunate people back for still more decades, we are ethically bound to do everything we can to encourage and assist them to throw off their shackles, and join the world’s wealthy, healthy, technologically advanced nations.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death.

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Wapo Reporter Proves Media Bias

Timothy Birdnow

For decades conservatives have complained that the media is biased, and have suspected coordination. Our suspicions were confirmed when the Journolist story broke; liberal journalists were in communication with one another, strategizing ways to spin the news to help the Democrats and the liberal cause. Now, thanks to Wikileaks, we are learning just how deep the roots of this coordination go.

At least one reporter at the Washington Post has been acting as a conduit for the Democratic National Committee.

From the article:

"Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant – what you might call ‘opinionated reporting’ from the left. He joined the Post in early 2009, after stints at Talking Points Memo, New York Magazine and the New York Observer.”

Wikileaks revealed, within the 74 emails where Sargent’s name in mentioned in Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails, that the substance of Sargent’s "opinionated” columns comes not from his keen analysis of political events, nor is it rooted solely in his liberal, political philosophy. Instead, his particular slant leans heavily on DNC input where support for the Clinton candidacy is, and has been from the start of this election cycle, firmly established.

In short, Sargent is a DNC-Clinton shill on the payroll of the Washington Post."


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Couple this with other recent Wikileaks revelations of collusion between the Democrats and supposed "unbiased" media sources and we now have the blueprint for how the media takes it's marching orders.

We always knew it.

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Latest innocent victim of the ‘fight for $15’

Jack Kemp

This diner owner in the article below, now going out of business, thinks that McDonald's can pay its workers up to $30 an hour. Yet a few days ago, a former McDonald's USA CEO said that a $15 an hour wage makes robots a much more cost effective choice NOW (and not in some Star Trek future).
http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/former_mcdonalds_usa_ceo_on_the_15_min._wage

http://nypost.com/2016/07/24/the-latest-innocent-victim-of-the-fight-for-15/
The latest innocent victim of the ‘fight for $15’
By Post Editorial Board
July 24, 2016 | 9:18pm

After four decades of 24/7 service, the Del Rio Diner on Kings Highway near West 12th Street closes forever Monday morning — done in by craven New York politicians pandering to the "fight for $15.”
Owner Larry Georgeton, 66, also blamed Health Department inspection fees and rising rents, but, "The minimum-wage law was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Gov. Cuomo last year set up a Wage Board to order an eventual $15 minimum at most New York eateries. The Legislature then went along with his demand to phase in a broader $15 wage ($12 upstate).

It never made economic sense: High-end eateries may be able to absorb the blow, but not lower-end ones. Some outlets may survive by automating (and so using fewer workers), but diners can’t work that way.

But economics were irrelevant to Cuomo, who was eager to appease the unions behind the $15 drive. State Senate Republicans are also reaping big benefits for falling in line: Political powerhouse SEIU 1199 is now backing their continued majority.

Too bad the little guys have to suffer.

Bensonhurst’s Del Rio won’t be the last classic neighborhood hangout to shut down. Says Georgeton, "I’m happy for McDonald’s workers. God bless them. I hope you get $30 an hour. But we can’t handle it.”

"The outlook for this business model is bleak,” Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute, told The Post. "It’s too bad because it’s these sorts of restaurants that make neighborhoods unique.”

Also at risk are other old-school Brooklyn diners such as the Vegas in Dyker Heights, the Mirage in Midwood and the Floridian in Marine Park, Saltsman said.

And this is only one small part of one industry. Coming months will bring more horror stories from countless other New York businesses that run on tight margins — especially ones that cater to working-class clienteles.
Remember that the next time someone starts lecturing about "economic justice.”

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Wasserman-Sgt. Schultz Feels the Bern, Resigns

Dana Mathewson

They're all as rotten as six-month old cottage cheese.

OTOH, why should Washerwoman-Schwantz do Bernie any favors? Remember, folks, he is not now, and never was, a Democrat.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/24/wasserman-schultz-to-step-down-as-dnc-chairwoman-amid-email-scandal.html

Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she will soon step down as Democratic National Committee chairwoman, amid the fallout over leaked emails indicating an anti-Bernie Sanders bias in her operation -- a stunning development just hours before the start of her party's convention.

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A NOTE FROM JACK KEMP:

Yes, this story is spreading like wildfire on the internet.

My favorite comment by a reader calls Hillary "The Wicked Witch of the Ozarks!"

A NOTE FROM TIM:

No Native American tribes ever settled permanently in the Ozarks because they said it was haunted by evil spirits. We now know to whom they were refering...

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I'm getting that Chicago Dem Convention vibe...in Philly

Jack Kemp

Dems, young and old, get a chance to reenact the 60s! Right On! Power to the People!

As Bud Bundy said on "Married With Children," Free Huey...and Dewey and Louie!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pswvi3QN_tI

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July 24, 2016

Obama's Brother to Vote for Trump

Timothy Birdnow

Barack Obama's half brother Malik supports Donald Trump for President.

Malik, who was Best Man at Obama's wedding, is horribly disappointed in his brother's performance as POTUS and believes Donald Trump will fix it:

"President Obama’s Kenyan half-brother wants to make America great again — so he’s voting for Donald Trump.

"I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malik Obama told The Post from his home in the rural village of Kogelo. "Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.”

Obama, 58, a longtime Democrat, said his "deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration has led him to recently switch allegiance to "the party of Lincoln.”

The last straw, he said, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state.

"She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” said Obama."

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Obama has another half brother named George in Kenya who lives in a, well, basically a refrigerator box and who had to ask for help from Dinesh D'Souza since his own brother wouldn't spot him money for an operation.

If he were voting (meaning if he said he'd vote Democrat) he too would vote for Trump.

Even Obama's family know he's an ass.

And Hillary will serve no better, being nothing but a continuation of Obama's administration.

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John Kerry Thinks Air Conditioning More Dangerous than ISIS

Dana Mathewson

Can't someone put this guy into a straitjacket and haul him off to a nice padded (and un-air-conditioned) cell?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/23/kerry-air-conditioners-as-big-threat-as-isis.html

Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

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Trump Going After Blue Collar Vote While GOP Writes it Off

Jack Kemp

In the computer industry book, Fire in the Valley, they tell the true story of a Gary Kildall, the guy who invented a much used pc operating system better than Microsoft's DOS. Kildall had a meeting with IBM when they were planning to create a pc to compete with Apple but Kildall went off to fly his little private airplane that day. The IBM people were stunned by the arrogance as they spoke to his non-techie wife. IBM next went to a guy named Bill Gates who wasn't so stupid. He said he had an operating system (he bought a so-so one from some other guy for $5000) and it became MS-DOS, installed on every IBM pc. This is also what's wrong with the GOP - they think like Gary Kildall. Trump, on the other hand, thinks like Bill Gates and doesn't like to leave dollars or votes on the table, especially when they are big ones.

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K-Mart, Sears to Shut Down?

Jack Kemp forwards this:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/kmart-workers-believe-stores-going-162400821.html

Kmart workers believe all the stores are going to be imminently shut down [Business Insider] Hayley PetersonJuly 23, 2016
Kmart employees believe the company is nearing bankruptcy and is in the process of shutting down all its stores.The chain has closed one-third of its stores in the last decade, and sales have been cut in half in the same time period.Store-level employees who spoke to Business Insider said many of the remaining 941 Kmart stores now appear to be in the midst of liquidation.Stores are being entered into numbered phases — such as Phase 1 and Phase 2 — employees said. The company has told employees that the phases are part of a "P2P" or "path to profitability" strategy to make stores more
profitable. But employees say it's a liquidation plan, with each phase triggering different cost-cutting measures such as layoffs and labor-hour reductions.The phases have also triggered stock-room purges, meaning all merchandise in the stock rooms must be moved to the sales floor. If there's not enough room on the sales floor for the items, stores will add new overhead shelving. Once the stock rooms are purged, stores typically have no more than nine months before they shut down, according to chatter on employee message boards.Kmart parent company Sears Holdings denies claims that it's liquidating all its stores."Sears Holdings is highly focused on restoring profitability to the company, and Kmart remains a key piece of our asset portfolio," Sears spokesman Howard Riefs said. The stock-room clearances are meant to improve inventory management and keep employees on the sales floor, he said. Kmart (69)(We saw boxes everywhere during a recent store visit to a Kmart in Richmond, Virginia.Business Insider/Hayley Peterson)

But Kmart employee Mandi Spoolman said the store where she works in Chesapeake, Virginia, is languishing."There are baskets upon baskets of returns," she said. "Freight still in boxes, pilling up because we have nowhere to put them. Racks of clothes just sitting in the back room."An employee of a Port Charlotte, Florida, store said his store "is like a flood zone.""There are damaged walls and ceiling tiles missing," he said.A 30-year Kmart worker in Poughkeepsie, New York, said her store is also suffering from structural issues. She asked not to be identified for fear of losing her job. "Ceilings leak when it rains, floor is uneven and cracked... Our air conditioning and heating systems suck... freeze in winter, roast in the summer. Registers are outdated. They keep upgrading system with ancient technology which in turn causes system to crash every now and then. I've been there for 30 years and we have had one remodel in 1997. Fixtures are broken, dented, [and] rusted, which doesn't look nice when new layouts are instituted... The list goes on." In addition to speaking with employees, Business Insider also reviewed an online message board that workers said they use to communicate with employees at other stores.On the message board, there was a lot of recent chatter about stock-room purges.Kmart (4)View photos

(Abandoned shelves and carts cluttered this Kmart store's aisle.Business Insider/Hayley Peterson)

"Stock room getting cleaned out, putting stock on overheads — which before was a big NO... No hours for part timers, full timers are getting 40 [hours]," one person wrote.Another wrote, "We cleaned out the stock room about 3 months ago... We let most of the full timers go around 4 months ago... We still have our 2 [assistant] managers but we haven't had a store manager in almost a year."A third person added: "The same is happening at my store. We have cleaned out the stockroom everything has to go out. Nothing gets to go back it's all going on overheads now... I think that we might have until at least December."Clearing out stock rooms is the first sign that a store will be shut down, according to several people on the message board.Kmart (50)Kmart (50)(The shelves were messy.Business Insider/Hayley Peterson)

"If you go to the purging stock rooms then that means the store will be closing soon no matter what they tell you," one person wrote. "Could be a month, maybe six, but they are already in the process of planning for it to close once they put it all out on the sales floor."One person claimed that even Kmart's most profitable stores are getting their stock rooms purged."Stores with that much sales volume having nothing in the stock room is as clear an indication as any that they do not plan for the Kmart division to be around long," they wrote.Sears referred to reports of Kmart's demise as "rumor and speculation." "We are currently rolling out a phased project to refine our inventory replenishment process whereby deliveries are directed to Kmart store shelves instead of the stock rooms," Riefs, the Sears spokesman, said. "The goal is for our stores to operate more efficiently, deliver improved customer service by enabling our associates to spend more time on the sales floor assisting members and customers, and to drive increased margins. We are already receiving positive feedback from our associates on the changes (e.g., such as their job is now more simple and enjoyable), and we will continue to educate them on the strategy." Several employees believe, however, that the company will declare bankruptcy by next summer."It is pretty obvious that the company is not going to be around much longer," one person wrote on the message board. "I have no doubts at all that SHLD [Sears Holdings] will cease to exist by 2020 at the very latest. I'm thinking mid-2017 is when the EKG will go flat with the announcement being made right after the 2016 holiday season."NOW WATCH: Find out if you live near one of the Sears or Kmart stores closing this year
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K-Mart is not the only one to be going down. Sears is going down as well, and has been over the past 10-15 years.
Store managers do not care at all about the stores or relationship with the customers, which was one of the biggest thing Sears and Robuck made their name on, besides selling top quality merchandise (which back in the day was mostly Made In U.S.A. or Japan). Now a days Sears sells second quality merchandise at first quality prices and is importing most of their merchandise from China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, India where there is no actual quality control over product manufacturing.

The last few items that I bought from Sears I have had to argue and fight with management to getting a refund for because of being damaged or literately falling apart. Bought a Kenmore side by side refrigerator freezer with external ice maker and water dispenser. Less than 3 months with very little use of it, the ice maker components fell out of the dispenser (springs, plastic pieces, Styrofoam) Called Sears and was told that they were not responsible after 90days and that I would have to call a Sears service repairman to come out and look at it and then order the parts and pay for the house call, minimum labor charge and for parts. I am like wth, I paid close to $2000.00 for this appliance and Sears wont even stand behind it.

Make this short. I did research on the product and learned that many manufactures make 2 types of the same model that are identical looking and have all the same features. One is higher quality and the other is lower quality made with substandard parts. The way you can tell is by looking at the manufacturers model number. The model numbers will be the same with one difference, there will be either an additional number or letter at the end which will mean it's the lesser quality model.
Either way, I WILL NOT EVER BUY ANY PRODUCT FROM K-MART OR SEARS AGAIN PERIOD.

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How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich off Poor Haitians

Jack Kemp


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437883/hillarys-america-secret-history-democratic-party-dinesh-dsouza-clinton-foundation

How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich off Poor Haitians
by Dinesh D'Souza
July 18, 2016 4:00 AM @dineshdsouza

It filtered money through Haiti and back to itself. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is excerpted from Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.

In January 2015 a group of Haitians surrounded the New York offices of the Clinton Foundation. They chanted slogans, accusing Bill and Hillary Clinton of having robbed them of "billions of dollars.” Two months later, the Haitians were at it again, accusing the Clintons of duplicity, malfeasance, and theft. And in May 2015, they were back, this time outside New York’s Cipriani, where Bill Clinton received an award and collected a $500,000 check for his foundation. "Clinton, where’s the money?” the Haitian signs read. "In whose pockets?” Said Dhoud Andre of the Commission Against Dictatorship, "We are telling the world of the crimes that Bill and Hillary Clinton are responsible for in Haiti.”

Haitians like Andre may sound a bit strident, but he and the protesters had good reason to be disgruntled. They had suffered a heavy blow from Mother Nature, and now it appeared that they were being battered again — this time by the Clintons. Their story goes back to 2010, when a massive 7.0 earthquake devastated the island, killing more than 200,000 people, leveling 100,000 homes, and leaving 1.5 million people destitute. The devastating effect of the earthquake on a very poor nation provoked worldwide concern and inspired an outpouring of aid money intended to rebuild Haiti. Countries around the world, as well as private and philanthropic groups such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, provided some $10.5 billion in aid, with $3.9 billion of it coming from the United States.

Haitians such as Andre, however, noticed that very little of this aid money actually got to poor people in Haiti. Some projects championed by the Clintons, such as the building of industrial parks and posh hotels, cost a great deal of money and offered scarce benefits to the truly needy. Port-au-Prince was supposed to be rebuilt; it was never rebuilt. Projects aimed at creating jobs proved to be bitter disappointments. Haitian unemployment remained high, largely undented by the funds that were supposed to pour into the country. Famine and illness continued to devastate the island nation.

The Haitians were initially sympathetic to the Clintons. One may say they believed in the message of "hope and change.” With his customary overstatement, Bill told the media, "Wouldn’t it be great if they become the first wireless nation in the world? They could, I’m telling you, they really could.”

I don’t blame the Haitians for falling for it; Bill is one of the world’s greatest story-tellers. He has fooled people far more sophisticated than the poor Haitians. Over time, however, the Haitians wised up. Whatever their initial expectations, many saw that much of the aid money seems never to have reached its destination; rather, it disappeared along the way.

Where did it go? It did not escape the attention of the Haitians that Bill Clinton was the designated UN representative for aid to Haiti. Following the earthquake, Bill Clinton had with media fanfare established the Haiti Reconstruction Fund. Meanwhile, his wife Hillary was the United States secretary of state. She was in charge of U.S. aid allocated to Haiti. Together the Clintons were the two most powerful people who controlled the flow of funds to Haiti from around the world. Haitian deals appeared to be a quid pro quo for filling the coffers of the Clintons.

The Haitian protesters noticed an interesting pattern involving the Clintons and the designation of how aid funds were used. They observed that a number of companies that received contracts in Haiti happened to be entities that made large donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Haitian contracts appeared less tailored to the needs of Haiti than to the needs of the companies that were performing the services. In sum, Haitian deals appeared to be a quid pro quo for filling the coffers of the Clintons.

For example, the Clinton Foundation selected Clayton Homes, a construction company owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, to build temporary shelters in Haiti. Buffett is an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative who has donated generously to the Clintons as well as the Clinton Foundation. The contract was supposed to be given through the normal United Nations bidding process, with the deal going to the lowest bidder who met the project’s standards. UN officials said, however, that the contract was never competitively bid for.

Clayton offered to build "hurricane-proof trailers” but what they actually delivered turned out to be a disaster. The trailers were structurally unsafe, with high levels of formaldehyde and insulation coming out of the walls. There were problems with mold and fumes. The stifling heat inside made Haitians sick and many of them abandoned the trailers because they were ill-constructed and unusable.

The Clintons also funneled $10 million in federal loans to a firm called InnoVida, headed by Clinton donor Claudio Osorio. Osorio had loaded its board with Clinton cronies, including longtime Clinton ally General Wesley Clark; Hillary’s 2008 finance director Jonathan Mantz; and Democratic fundraiser Chris Korge who has helped raise millions for the Clintons. Normally the loan approval process takes months or even years. But in this case, a government official wrote, "Former President Bill Clinton is personally in contact with the company to organize its logistical and support needs. And as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has made available State Department resources to assist with logistical arrangements.”

InnoVida had not even provided an independently audited financial report that is normally a requirement for such applications. This requirement, however, was waived. On the basis of the Clinton connection, InnoVida’s application was fast-tracked and approved in two weeks. The company, however, defaulted on the loan and never built any houses. An investigation revealed that Osorio had diverted company funds to pay for his Miami Beach mansion, his Maserati, and his Colorado ski chalet. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in 2013, and is currently serving a twelve-year prison term on fraud charges related to the loan.

Several Clinton cronies showed up with Bill to a 2011 Housing Expo that cost more than $2 million to stage. Bill Clinton said it would be a model for the construction of thousands of homes in Haiti. In reality, no homes have been built. A few dozen model units were constructed but even they have not been sold. Rather, they are now abandoned and have been taken over by squatters.

The Schools They Never Built
USAID contracts to remove debris in Port-au-Prince went to a Washington-based company named CHF International. The company’s CEO David Weiss, a campaign contributor to Hillary in 2008, was deputy U.S. trade representative for North American Affairs during the Clinton administration. The corporate secretary of the board, Lauri Fitz-Pegado, served in a number of posts in the Clinton administration, including assistant secretary of commerce.The Clintons claim to have built schools in Haiti. But the New York Times discovered that when it comes to the Clintons, "built” is a term with a very loose interpretation. For example, the newspaper located a school featured in the Clinton Foundation annual report as "built through a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.” In reality, "The Clinton Foundation’s sole direct contribution to the school was a grant for an Earth Day celebration and tree-building activity.”

USAID contracts also went to consulting firms such as New York–based Dalberg Global Development Advisors, which received a $1.5 million contract to identify relocation sites for Haitians. This company is an active participant and financial supporter of the Clinton Global Initiative. A later review by USAID’s inspector general found that Dalberg did a terrible job, naming uninhabitable mountains with steep ravines as possible sites for Haitian rebuilding.

Foreign governments and foreign companies got Haitian deals in exchange for bankrolling the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation lists the Brazilian construction firm OAS and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) as donors that have given it between $1 billion and $5 billion.

The IDB receives funding from the State Department, and some of this funding was diverted to OAS for Haitian road-building contracts. Yet an IDB auditor, Mariela Antiga, complained that the contracts were padded with "excessive costs” to build roads "no one needed.” Antiga also alleged that IDB funds were going to a construction project on private land owned by former Haitian president Rene Preval — a Clinton buddy — and several of his cronies. For her efforts to expose corruption, Antiga was promptly instructed by the IDB to pack her bags and leave Haiti.

In 2011, the Clinton Foundation brokered a deal with Digicel, a cell-phone-service provider seeking to gain access to the Haitian market. The Clintons arranged to have Digicel receive millions in U.S. taxpayer money to provide mobile phones. The USAID Food for Peace program, which the State Department administered through Hillary aide Cheryl Mills, distributed Digicel phones free to Haitians.

Digicel didn’t just make money off the U.S. taxpayer; it also made money off the Haitians. When Haitians used the phones, either to make calls or transfer money, they paid Digicel for the service. Haitians using Digicel’s phones also became automatically enrolled in Digicel’s mobile program. By 2012, Digicel had taken over three-quarters of the cell-phone market in Haiti.

Digicel is owned by Denis O’Brien, a close friend of the Clintons. O’Brien secured three speaking engagements in his native Ireland that paid $200,000 apiece. These engagements occurred right at the time that Digicel was making its deal with the U.S. State Department. O’Brien has also donated lavishly to the Clinton Foundation, giving between $1 million and $5 million sometime in 2010–2011. Coincidentally the United States government paid Digicel $45 million to open a hotel in Port-au-Prince. Now perhaps it could be argued that Haitians could use a high-priced hotel to attract foreign investors and provide jobs for locals. Thus far, however, this particular hotel seems to employ only a few dozen locals, which hardly justifies the sizable investment that went into building it. Moreover, there are virtually no foreign investors; the rooms are mostly unoccupied; the ones that are taken seem mainly for the benefit of Digicel’s visiting teams.

In addition, the Clintons got their cronies to build Caracol Industrial Park, a 600-acre garment factory that was supposed to make clothes for export to the United States and create — according to Bill Clinton — 100,000 new jobs in Haiti. The project was funded by the U.S. government and cost hundreds of millions in taxpayer money, the largest single allocation of U.S. relief aid.

Yet Caracol has proven a massive failure. First, the industrial park was built on farmland and the farmers had to be moved off their property. Many of them feel they were pushed out and inadequately compensated. Some of them lost their livelihoods. Second, Caracol was supposed to include 25,000 homes for Haitian employees; in the end, the Government Accountability Office reports that only around 6,000 homes were built. Third, Caracol has created 5,000 jobs, less than 10 percent of the jobs promised. Fourth, Caracol is exporting very few products and most of the facility is abandoned. People stand outside every day looking for work, but there is no work to be had, as Haiti’s unemployment rate hovers around 40 percent.

The Clintons say Caracol can still be salvaged. But former Haitian prime minister Jean Bellerive says, "I believe the momentum to attract people there in a massive way is past. Today, it has failed.” Still, Bellerive’s standard of success may not be the same one used by the Clintons. After all, the companies that built Caracol with U.S. taxpayer money have done fine — even if poor Haitians have seen few of the benefits.

Then there is the strange and somehow predictable involvement of Hillary Clinton’s brother Hugh Rodham. Rodham put in an application for $22 million from the Clinton Foundation to build homes on ten thousand acres of land that he said a "guy in Haiti” had "donated” to him. "I deal through the Clinton Foundation,” Rodham told the New York Times. "I hound my brother-in-law because it’s his fund that we’re going to get our money from.” Rodham said he expected to net $1 million personally on the deal. Unfortunately, his application didn’t go through.

Rodham had better luck, however, on a second Haitian deal. He mysteriously found himself on the advisory board of a U.S. mining company called VCS. This by itself is odd because Rodham’s resume lists no mining experience; rather, Rodham is a former private detective and prison guard.

The mining company, however, seems to have recognized Rodham’s value. They brought him on board in October 2013 to help secure a valuable gold mining permit in Haiti. Rodham was promised a "finder’s fee” if he could land the contract. Sure enough, he did. For the first time in 50 years, Haiti awarded two new gold mining permits and one of them went to the company that had hired Hillary’s brother.

The deal provoked outrage in the Haitian Senate. "Neither Bill Clinton nor the brother of Hillary Clinton are individuals who share the interest of the Haitian people,” said Haitian mining representative Samuel Nesner. "They are part of the elite class who are operating to exploit the Haitian people.”

Is this too harsh a verdict? I wouldn’t go so far as to say the Clintons don’t care about Haiti. Yet it seems clear that Haitian welfare is not their priority. Their priority is, well, themselves. The Clintons seem to believe in Haitian reconstruction and Haitian investment as long as these projects match their own private economic interests. They have steered the rebuilding of Haiti in a way that provides maximum benefit to themselves.

No wonder the Clintons refused to meet with the Haitian protesters. Each time the protesters showed up, the Clintons were nowhere to be seen. They have never directly addressed the Haitians’ claims. Strangely enough, they have never been required to do so. The progressive media scarcely covered the Haitian protest. Somehow the idea of Haitian black people calling out the Clintons as aid money thieves did not appeal to the grand pooh-bahs at CBS News, the New York Times, and NPR.

For most Democrats, the topic is both touchy and distasteful. It’s one thing to rob from the rich but quite another to rob from the poorest of the poor. Some of the Democratic primary support for Bernie Sanders was undoubtedly due to Democrats’ distaste over the financial shenanigans of the Clintons. Probably these Democrats considered the Clintons to be unduly grasping and opportunistic, an embarrassment to the great traditions of the Democratic party.

— Dinesh D’​Souza is the author of Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.


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July 23, 2016

Yes, it WAS Terrorism in the German McDonalds

Timothy Birdnow

Despite what we are hearing from the mainstream media and American Thinker's Rick Moran, the McDonalds shooter was likely NOT a right-wing nutjob.Physicist Lubos Motls has the 411:

"Last night, up to some moment, the ethnicity and citizenship of the shooter weren't known to the public. I think it had to be known very quickly – at almost 100 percent certainty – to the police and they were just playing games. A smartphone video of the shooting outside the restaurant became quickly available.

Aside from that, we were also shown a discussion on the roof that involved the shooter. Both men spoke in German without any exotic accent. A translation of the "dialogue" into English is posted as a comment by the user nicknamed "Do you care". I think that it's probably where the legend about the "right-wing shooter" had its true roots. One of them men was complaining about the immigrants etc. If you're a bit careful, however, you will see that it was the peaceful and sensible man among the two, not the shooter, who has used this phrase. The killer responded that he was born in Germany.

If you were doing searches on Twitter shortly after the attack, I am sure that you must have noticed the same thing I did. The social network was full of liars and demagogues – leftists and Islamists which worryingly form an increasingly tight coalition – trying to claim that the perpetrator wasn't a Muslim and similar things. That was pretty implausible given the fact that he was heard as saying "Allahu akbar" according to a female witness interviewed by the CNN at some point. You may even find absolute psychopaths on YouTube who claim that there were no shootings last night – it was just some Israeli propaganda and the videos are fake, too. Wow.

But it's not just nameless morons on social networks whose attitude to the information wasn't fair. The Munich police told people not to speculate and be silent. How can people not speculate? This was an important event and people (I am talking about impartial people who could actually be affected, not the demagogues) naturally want to know as much as possible and as soon as possible. They must use the available information. For many hours, the police refused to tell us even the fact that the shooter's ancestry came from the Islamic world so that made a higher amount of speculation unavoidable."

[...]

"Incidentally, the attacker has posted untrue comments on Facebook claiming that food would be free in that McDonald's restaurant, in order to attract child victims. This kind of post – tools to increase the casualties – is something that the Zuckerjerk doesn't fight against. He prefers to fight against those who point out that it's dangerous to allow Muslims to arrive to Europe en masse. Zuckerjerk is a part of the problem of the Islamic terror. A relevant Facebook conversation allowed many people to know his name, Ali Sonboly, shortly after the attack but the information didn't spread much.

I must mention one more unbelievable part of the manipulation by the pro-Islamist media and German authorities. Even now, when we know the name and the ethnic background of the attacker, we're told by the Munich police boss that "the motive or explanation of the shooting is absolutely unclear". What!? It may have been a Hinduist from Iran dissatisfied with the treatment of holy cows in McDonald's and "Allahu Akbar" could have been a verse in Sanskrit complaining about the value-added tax on beef, right?"

[...]

"To make the "doubts" more specific, the German police is deliberately spreading the testimony by the killer that he had been "bullied for seven years" and that's the reason. So the reason is not Islam, the Germans are encouraged to think, a European Christian could have done the same thing. Wow. Also, I wonder how they could have made him give this explanation given the fact that he shot himself shortly after he shot the kids. Angela Merkel whose chair may be finally wobbling may be behind these Goebbelsian tricks. And even if Sonboly had been bullied and if it were an important reason (3+3 victims are Turks and Kosovar Albanians, respectively), we or the (unnecessary) judges may get some new perspective or some degree of (very limited) sympathy for the act but it still implies that multiculturalism and Islamic immigration is dangerous for human lives.

We still don't know whether the Iranian attacker in Munich was Sunni (like ISIS) or Shia (like most of Iran). When we hear "Iran", we may be tempted to say "Shia". However, this isn't really guaranteed to work. There are some 70 million Shias in Iran as well as 7 million Sunnis. But whatever the answer is, a lesson is clear. You just can't expect this sort of ongoing Islamic terror to be confined to a limited portion of the Muslim world. All the people from all the nations with Muslim majorities represent an extra security threat. Like others in recent tragedies, this shooter wasn't even known to the police, let alone the intelligence services."

End excerpts.

I will state it baldly; German authorities are likely LYING to us about this whole issue, seeking to find exculpatory evidence and perhaps even manufacturing it. Why? Because there is a huge backlash against Muslim invaders all across Europe, and Brexit has fractured the German plan to create a United States of Europe. Angela Merkel built her whole economic policy around importing cheap labor, and this latest attack has the potential to be catastrophic. So what is happening? I suspect German authorities are desperate to rewrite the history of this incident. They cannot afford more Muslim attacks.

These excuses are going to get worse over time. You will find not one shred of truth in reports coming out of terror attacks in the future.

Why did it take so long for any information to be forthcoming from the authorities? It takes time to create a believable narrative.

This is the equivalent of "hands up! Don't shoot!" A lie being propogated by interested parties to hide the reality.

Funny how this wasn't a mormon...

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Can't See the Trees Much Less the Forest

Timothy Birdnow

Marion DS Dreyfus takes Peggy Noonan to task (well, sort of) about an article she wrote sneering at both Cruz and Trump.

For reasons that illustrate why the GOP is in such peril, Dreyfus says she normally admires the self-seeking RINO Establishmentarian Noonan. It is the fact we keep listening to people like Noonan that is why we are losing our country.

But let us set that aside for a moment; I want to discuss the end paragraph of Dreyfus' piece:

"PS: Did anyone notice that after the Trump's 75-minute acceptance talk wound to a vast crescendo of applause, the music piped in was the Rolling Stones' classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want"? Couldn't they have selected anything a touch more optimistic?"

End excerpt.

Uh, hello! Don't you get it? This was a slap at the CRuz supporters; "you can't always get what you want" was intended to tweak them.

If our side can't understand these things then I fear for our future.

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Politico Caught Colluding with DNC

Timothy Birdnow

Politico, the mainstream media propoganda outlet, has been caught with it's pants around it's liberal ankles. Apparently one of the "journalists" at this venerable electronic publication has been having the DNC vet his columns.

From Business Insider:

"An influential reporter at Politico made an apparent "agreement" with the Democratic National Committee to let it review a story about Hillary Clinton's fundraising machine before it was submitted to his editors, leaked emails published by WikiLeaks on Friday revealed.

Reporter Kenneth Vogel sent an advanced copy of his story to DNC national press secretary Mark Paustenbach in late April.

The email's subject line read: "per agreement ... any thoughts appreciated."

"Vogel gave me his story ahead of time/before it goes to his editors as long as I didn't share it," Paustenbach wrote in an email to Luis Miranda, the DNC's communications director.

"Let me know if you see anything that's missing and I'll push back," he added."

End excerpt.

Every once in a while the so-called Mainstream Media lets their mask slip, revealing the truth; they are propogandists, hell-bent on promoting fundamental change in our society, meaning revolutionary Fabian-Socialism. They are not chronicling anything but distorting it to the benefit of the Democratic (sic) Party and the Progressive Left. In short, they are liars.

It's past time that America stop listening to them.

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Trump and the Forgotten Man

Jack Kemp forwards this:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-us-politics-poor-whites/

It is written by a born-and-bred hillfolk who explains the allure of Donald Trump to the poor white community.

From the interview:

RD: A friend who moved to West Virginia a couple of years ago tells me that she’s never seen poverty and hopelessness like what’s common there. And she says you can drive through the poorest parts of the state, and see nothing but TRUMP signs. Reading "Hillbilly Elegy” tells me why. Explain it to people who haven’t yet read your book.

J.D. VANCE: The simple answer is that these people–my people–are really struggling, and there hasn’t been a single political candidate who speaks to those struggles in a long time. Donald Trump at least tries.

What many don’t understand is how truly desperate these places are, and we’re not talking about small enclaves or a few towns–we’re talking about multiple states where a significant chunk of the white working class struggles to get by. Heroin addiction is rampant. In my medium-sized Ohio county last year, deaths from drug addiction outnumbered deaths from natural causes. The average kid will live in multiple homes over the course of her life, experience a constant cycle of growing close to a "stepdad” only to see him walk out on the family, know multiple drug users personally, maybe live in a foster home for a bit (or at least in the home of an unofficial foster like an aunt or grandparent), watch friends and family get arrested, and on and on. And on top of that is the economic struggle, from the factories shuttering their doors to the Main Streets with nothing but cash-for-gold stores and pawn shops.

The two political parties have offered essentially nothing to these people for a few decades. From the Left, they get some smug condescension, an exasperation that the white working class votes against their economic interests because of social issues, a la Thomas Frank (more on that below). Maybe they get a few handouts, but many don’t want handouts to begin with.

From the Right, they’ve gotten the basic Republican policy platform of tax cuts, free trade, deregulation, and paeans to the noble businessman and economic growth. Whatever the merits of better tax policy and growth (and I believe there are many), the simple fact is that these policies have done little to address a very real social crisis. More importantly, these policies are culturally tone deaf: nobody from southern Ohio wants to hear about the nobility of the factory owner who just fired their brother.

Trump’s candidacy is music to their ears. He criticizes the factories shipping jobs overseas. His apocalyptic tone matches their lived experiences on the ground. He seems to love to annoy the elites, which is something a lot of people wish they could do but can’t because they lack a platform.

The last point I’ll make about Trump is this: these people, his voters, are proud. A big chunk of the white working class has deep roots in Appalachia, and the Scots-Irish honor culture is alive and well. We were taught to raise our fists to anyone who insulted our mother. I probably got in a half dozen fights when I was six years old. Unsurprisingly, southern, rural whites enlist in the military at a disproportionate rate. Can you imagine the humiliation these people feel at the successive failures of Bush/Obama foreign policy? My military service is the thing I’m most proud of, but when I think of everything happening in the Middle East, I can’t help but tell myself: I wish we would have achieved some sort of lasting victory. No one touched that subject before Trump, especially not in the Republican Party.

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A NOTE FROM TIM:

Franklin Roosevelt misappropriated the term "The Forgotten Man" which had meant, in the early days of Progressivism, the guy stuck footing the bill who did not get the benefits. FDR changed it to mean the working poor, and he won that segment of the population over through the New Deal, making them one of the Democrat's strongest voting blocks. And as long as we lived in the Industrial era, as long as mining, millwork, assembly lines, and the other thankless jobs that were filled by the poor - particularly poor whites - remained vital this demographic was happy, and voted Democrat. They paid their union dues which in turn were used to finance the Donkey crime conspiracy and the poor whites made an o.k. living. But globalism has infected the Democrats, and now their utter disdain for the "hillbilly" white community is showing.

Recently the Washington Post opined that Hillary Clinton doesn't need the white male working class. This is not a new idea, as the Democrats have been moving away from their natural base for a long time now. They never did like them anyway, any more than the GOP Establishment likes us Reagan Conservatives, but they used them. Now that this constituency has outlived it's usefulness the Democrats are discarding it.

The Democrats are the main engine for open borders, bringing in aliens to replace white workers. They have been largely responsible for globalization (although the Republicans have been equally guilty) which has outsourced jobs to the Third World and decimated the American manufacturing industry. They have squeezed the jobs of the Appalachian set with draconian regulations. Barack Obama made it his personal mission to destroy the coal industry as part of his global warming crusade - and thus cost the jobs of a large segment of the hillbilly community. Monetary policy has been horribly destructive to this segment of society; cheap imports have driven the U.S. manufacturers out of business, and that is a direct result of a weak dollar along with overzealous free trade agreements. And not only has the Democratic Party destroyed the livelihood of the working poor, they have done so in the most insulting fashion, mocking the beliefs of what has been a Christian community. Most working poor aren't in favor of things like gay marriage, and yet their ostensible champions crammed it down their throats.

Unfortunately, the GOP has also been married to open borders and globalism. This segment of society has nowhere to go.

Donald Trump is doing what Reagan did many years ago, speaking without disdain to the Forgotten Man. The Democrats did precisely that when they labored to bring African Americans into their party so many years ago, and the black vote is the most loyal and monolithic of all of the Democratic coalition. If Trump succeeds in what he is trying to do he may well accomplish the same thing. After all, the South was monolithically Democratic up until Reagan, and is now "the solid South" meaning solidly Republican.

It can be done. The question is, will Trump succeed?

We are about to find out.

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Former McDonald's USA CEO on the $15 min. wage

Jack Kemp

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/05/24/fmr-mcdonalds-usa-ceo-35k-robots-cheaper-than-hiring-at-15-per-hour.html

$35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour
By Julia Limitone Published May 24, 2016 Business Leaders

As fast-food workers across the country vie for $15 per hour wages, many business owners have already begun to take humans out of the picture.

"I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry -- it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging
French fries -- it’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe,” said former McDonald’s (MCD) USA CEO Ed Rensi during an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Mornings with Maria.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.3 million people earned the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour with about 1.7 million having wages below the federal minimum in 2014. These three million workers combined made up 3.9 percent of all hourly paid workers.

"It’s not just going to be in the fast food business. Franchising is the best business model in the United States. It’s dependent on people that have low job skills that have to grow. Well if you can’t get people a reasonable wage, you’re going to get machines to do the work. It’s just common sense. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. And the more you push this it’s going to happen faster,” Rensi added.

Rensi also said that we should do away with the federal minimum wage and leave it up to the states.

"I think we ought to have a multi-faceted wage program in this country. If you’re a high school kid, you ought to have a student wage. If you’re an entry level worker you ought to have a separate wage. The states ought to manage this because they know more [about] what’s going on the ground than anybody in Washington D.C.,” he said.


Comment 1:
What a lot of minimum wage workers don't realize is that at $15 per hour, they will have to compete with more people. Someone may get $15 but not the same people who currently make $8 an hour.

Comment 2:
As a small US manufacturer, I can state that if $15/hr becomes law, I will be forced to have many of my products outsourced to China or India, or, go bankrupt.
Guess which I'll choose.
But hey, no problem; it'll just mean 20 more people on the dole. The gov has unlimited money to pay people not to work, right?









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CLINTON CULTURE WAR

William Been

ARTICLE 50 GOP LANDSLIDE IN 2016

After Obama was elected for a second term, it appeared that there was minimal hope for stopping the completion of his transformation of America. However, even without a senate supermajority, the GOP congress successfully blocked most of the transformation agenda which has given the American people one more opportunity to stop the leftist transformation and restore our constitutional republic.

On his July 19 show, Rush Limbaugh repeated his belief that the leftist Democrats must be defeated and, specifically, Hillary Clinton must never be allowed in the White House. While a subset of Establishment Republicans and angry conservatives continue their attacks on Donald Trump, Limbaugh made it clear that he would sacrifice his radio show if required to assure the defeat of Hillary Clinton. He further cautioned that attacks from the leftists will intensify and accelerate as influential leftist operatives such as Carl Bernstein sit behind the scenes warning the Democrats that Trump could win in November.

Limbaugh made it clear that our basic culture is at stake in the November election. He likened the importance of the 2016 election to American culture with the importance of Gettysburg to the Civil War. In my book, Masters of Audacity and Deceit, two quotes concerning culture and the Clintons are directly relevant to the absolute necessity to elect Donald Trump in November.

· While speaking on February 9, 2009, following Obama’s first election, Bill Clinton said: "We have won the great culture war that has divided America for 40 years.”

· On November 1, 2003, Hillary Clinton urged a group to take up political arms in the "war that we’re engaged in with the other side.”

Personally, I believe that Donald Trump is the right person to finally lead resistance to the Clinton declared Culture War. In addition, he is probably the only person on the national scene that has the strength of character, knowledge, and business ability to face the onslaught that will be directed toward anyone who challenges the power hungry globalists and socialists who control the Democrat Party.

However, while voters debate the merits of candidates, the greatest challenge facing America today is the failure of citizens across all levels of the spectrum to recognize that our freedom, our Constitution, and our very basic traditions are in jeopardy. The completion of Obama’s transformation agenda is essentially assured with four more years of Obama-Clinton destruction of American institutions.

Given the above, it would seem to be obvious that those who oppose the Obama transformation would unify behind any force that would at least give America one more chance. However, current polls indicate Libertarians and litmus test conservatives are accounting for 10-12% in recent polls.

As of this writing, the polls show Trump and Clinton in a statistical tie with both having somewhere between 40% and 45%. These polls strongly indicate that Donald Trump wins in a landslide if the right-of-center Americans can unite. It also appears that Hillary will have difficulty exceeding 47%.

A landslide would be of great importance as it would embolden all who would work to reverse the Obama transformation and the Progressivism of the past 50 years. It would give Trump and the Republicans who stand with him the opportunity to realize many of the goals that so many of us had hoped to accomplish during the early days of the Tea Parties.

Is it expected that this unity will occur? Unfortunately not, but the hope is that citizens who understand the criticality of 2016 and who care about freedom and Constitutional government confront and educate others including the opposition solidified behind self-serving spokesmen such as Glenn Beck, Eric Erickson, and Gary Johnson. They hold the key to a Trump landslide while also potentially being the destructive force that would allow the American transformation to be finalized in support of the Globalists and their various radical allies that comprise the Democrat Party of 2016.

William E. Been

July 21, 2016

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Keepers, Kippers, Princess Slippers

Jack Kemp

Hillary selects as her VP running mate Tim Kaine.

This is quite fitting because when Hillary is asked whether she caused the deaths in Benghazi, her reply is "Am I my brother's keeper?"

End

Dana Mathewson chimes in:

No, no, Jack. It's actually that Congress said that there was something very fishy about the situation in Benghazi, and Hillary replied "Am I my brother's kipper?"

(Sorry, that was really bad.)

Tim's 2c:

If she's the skipper searching for the kipper she'd best beware the Kaine Mutiny!

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O2-riginal Sin

Timothy Birdnow

An interesting observation on the message board at Real Climate:

Fred says:
July 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Imagine that? Carbon-based life forms are actually pollution-based life forms.
Reply

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Donna K. Becker says:
July 21, 2016 at 5:41 pm

In other words, original sin.

This after a discussion about whether carbon is necessary for life, and a discussion about anaerobic life forms. I suppose carbon dioxide IS original sin to the aboriginal inhabitants of the planet Earth, almost all of whom (with the exception of botulism and gangrene and a couple of others) are now extinct.

Anaerobic bacteria lack the energy of their aerobic cousins, and so don't do a helluva lot. Lazy buggers, they are! Was there once an anaerobic kingdom? Maybe they were releasing oxygen via THEIR industrial emissions, and had the equivalent of a global warming fight?

Fat chance...
















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