June 07, 2019

Murdering Cop Noor wants Leniencey

Dana Mathewson forwards this:

Attorneys for Mohamed Noor. the Somali immigrant and Minneapolis police officer who murdered Australian immigrant Justine Ruszczyk Damond, is asking to essentially be given a free pass.

From the article in Fox News:

"The suggested sentence, instead of the 12-and-a-half years recommended by state guidelines for the third-degree murder charge and four years for second-degree manslaughter, would last the entirety of Noor’s probation, which the attorneys didn’t specify in their request. It also would incorporate an annual period of community service so the officer could continue to repent for his actions and give back to his community.

One week a year on the woman's birthday and anniversary of her death? Serve the community? Come on.

That is unmitigated gall.

Noor was found guilty of murder, not having too many parking tickets.

Dana Mathewson announces that Fox News indicates he was "awarded" the expected 12.5 years. So he can repent his actions while he's in the hoosgow.

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Robert Mueller to Investigate non-call at NHL Stanley Cup

Timothy Birdnow

The St. Louis Blues bested the Boston Bruins last night in game five of the Stanley Cup in Beantown. In a close game that was bitterly fought the Blues came out on top with a 2 to 1 victory after scoring a third period goal that has caused an uproar in sports media.

The winning goal (actually, the goal drove the score up to 2 to zero but the Bruins came back to score one) was scored after Tyler Bozak appeared to trip Bruins defenseman Noel Acciari enabling the Blues to score. NBC announcers and fans in Boston threw trash and debris on the ice to show their displeasure at the goal being allowed to stand and there being no penalty call. Cameras even caught Bruin Cam Neely throwing watermelon, er, a water bottle in rage. The Bruins came back to score one goal, which would have been the tying goal had they succeeded.

I suppose the Bruins fans have forgotten that Blues the Blues Oskar Sundqvist was suspended for game three despite only receiving a two minute penalty in game two. That was a huge miscarriage of sporting justice. And the Bruins have repeatedly benefitted from calls against the Blues, many of which were retaliations for vile transgressions that the inhabitants of The Hub of the Solar System visited upon the Blues.

In fact, at least one report claims the Bruins are filing suit in Federal Court to overturn the results of last nights game. The suit is expected to land before an Obama appointed judge, so it will likely require appeal by the Blues. Congressman Adam Schiff has declared he will investigate, and will cite any members of the Blues organization with Contempt of Congress should they decline to testify.

Given that the Blues have a couple of Russian nationals on their team, Robert Mueller is expected to come out of retirement to investigate Russian collusion and tampering with the NHL. There is a real need to know what Donald Trump knew and when he knew it. The sport media is particularly vociferous in that regard.

All eyes will be on St. Louis on Sunday when the contest returns to the Gateway City. Should the Blues win at home it will be proof of collusion and the cup must be denied them, because they will have stolen it from it's rightful owners.

Maybe the good people of Boston remember a Superbowl in 2002 when their beloved Patriots stole the St. Louis Rams playbook at cheated their way to victory, a victory that established the Patriots dynasty ever since? Now you know how it feels to lose under less than honest circumstances. The New England Patriots have been stealing superbowl rings for years.

Tough beans, Beantown!

The North-Central States editor, Dana Mathewson, doesn't have a dog in this fight -- or a horse in this race, if you prefer -- but still wants to know how we will ensure that Mueller will assemble a non-partisan investigation team this time. Particularly, there can be no St. Louisans or Bostonians on board. And no male lawyers can be diddling any of the females.

AND at what point do we legitimize this whole game by bringing in the Attorney General, who, I grant you, is already up to his a$$ in alligators?

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Dems to play down Global Warming despite Predictions of Doom

Timothy Birdnow

A recent report from NASA says civilization is going to end because of Global Warming, and the Democrat were all on board with Crazy Eyes aka Alexandria Ocasio Cortwz and her desperate Green New Deal, yet strangely they want to keep Global Warming (I won't let them get away with the name change)  off the table as a campaign issue.

Read about it here.

If doomsday is around the corener, why hide it? What future is there anyway? Why is seeking power so important, when we no longer have any future?

These people are full of more offal than a Johnnie on the Spot at a sausage fest.

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Illinois Bishop Ex-Communicates Illinois Pro-Abortion Lawmakers

Timothy Birdnow

Finally - a Catholic Bishop shows some backbone.

Bishop Paprecki bars pro-abortion Illinois lawmakers from Holy Communion.

If the catholic Church is serious about opposing abortion - and abortion is supposed to be one of the top issues in the Church - then they must start kicking people out if they openly defy Church teaching. It's not like they are doing anything unusual; contrary to popular opinion you are automatically ex-Communicated when you are in serious Sin, and that means willfully ignoring Church teaching. It's just the Church is too polite to publicly condemn you for it. But it's past time for politeness. Catholicism and other Christian sects are dying because they lack intestinal fortitude.

Christ, who was faithful unto death, is, I am sure, ashamed of the cowardice displayed in His name. This act by a Bishop must give Him some small comfort.

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June 06, 2019

Elijah Cummings’ wife faces mounting ethics questions over charity dealings

Dana Mathewson

Of course, Cummings insists this is all just an attempt to distract attention away from his moral obligation to harass the President.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings'wife reportedly paid her for-profit organization with money from her separate charity as part of a cost-sharing arrangement -- a revelation that is adding to mounting ethical questions surrounding her financial dealings.

The Daily Caller obtained documents showing that Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’charity, the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS), paid over $250,000 between 2013 and 2015 to her similarly named for-profit organization, Global Policy Solutions LLC (GPS).

The documents outline a cost-sharing agreement by which the center shares "equipment, facilities, personnel costs and sundry other services.” But the center also pays GPS 5 percent of the center’s expenses for "managing its programs and operations.”

The Caller calculated those management fees to be over $250,000.

Rockeymoore Cummings also sits as chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, while Rep. Cummings, D-Md., is currently heading up a number of probes into President Trump’s conduct -- including Trump’s tax returns.Cummings' office did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Conservative watchdog The National Legal and Policy Center (NPLC) said that the latest report points to"self-dealing.”

"It’s taking the charity’s resources and turning them into personal profits,” National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) investigator Tom Anderson told the Caller. "IRS law doesn’t allow a charity for this purpose. This isn’t for the public interest, this is for her personal interest. You can’t do that.”

No, you can't -- not legally, anyhow. But weren't the Clintons doing something similar with their Foundation?

Geese get one sauce, ganders get a different one.

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D-Day v. America's Alien Invasion

Warner Todd Houston makes the following observation:

One Million 72 thousand illegals have swamped our border this year. We only sent 156,000 troops to invade Europe on D-Day. Don't tell me that the crisis at the border is not an invasion of enemy illegals.

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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's order of the Day 1944

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is will trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

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Kung Fu Bigfoot and the Sky Dragon

Timothy Birdnow

Last night I had a dream. In my dream there was a Bigfoot doing karate fighting. He would kick his giant leg up, knocking the massive foot into the heads of his opponents. It looked like a giant dust mop in the face of his competitors! (There have been a number of things on television about Big Foot lately, so I guess it put the idea in my noggin.) When I awoke it occurred to me that this is the perfect analogy for the Global Warming scare.

There are people - lots of them - who believe Bigfoot is a real thing. There are some who believe aliens from other star systems visit Earth for the express purpose of probing their rectums. There are people who believe in sea serpents on European lakes. The interesting ting is that often they can make a good case - provide eye witness accounts, tantalizing circumstantial evidence, and present a logical, reasoned argument.

What they can't do is provide any concrete evidence.

What we are provided with are blurry photographs that may or may not be staged, pictures of flying saucers with evidence of pork and beans on the bottom or apparent footprints made by what appears to be feet but don't show a lot of three dimensionality aka imprinted with wooden forms. We have crop circles (that have often proven to be farmers hoaxing a gullible public). We have people who claim to have seen hairy ape-like creatures or flying vehicles. We have people who claim to have been probed in their rectums (why expend the massive amount of energy to cross between stars just to poke around in somebody's anus?)

(Oh, I understand; they want to know about us. But why not simply go on the internet? We broadcast the internet around the world and the aliens surely can tap our primitive radio broadcasts. And they will learn far too much from Facebook, more than they want to know. In fact, they will probably wipe us ot as a galactic plague if they think what is on Facebook represents the majority of human beings.)

As I say, there are all sorts of fascinating clues but no solid evidence. Where is the Bigfoot skeleton? Surely somebody would have found one by now. Or at least a bone, or at least some fur that could be analyzed for DNA. SOMETHING. We don't have so much as a fossil.

Space aliens are even worse. We have never found anything they have accidentally lost. You would think at some point at lest one alien would toss out a beer can, or at least a Big Mac wrapper. But they haven't, and we don't have any solid evidence. Surely we can find some DNA in the posteriors of one of these people who enjoyed a proctology exam! But it just isn't there. As a result, we don't take Bigfoot or Aliens seriously.

But, with exactly as much empirical evidence, we are supposed to take Global Warming seriously. It's a nice theory,a fun campfire story to scare the kids, and we can talk about it logically, show tantalizing clues, point to fuzzy data graphs, etc. but in the end there are no smoking-gun fossils that prove the theory,no clear cut evidence. It remains a fuzzy, marginal concept that may or may not be true. Just like pictures of Bigfoot, we can't say for certain one way or another. And nobody seems to be able to find solid facts.

Those facts should be there. There should be a hot spot in the tropical troposphere, but it's missing. There should have been much more warming, but the heat is missing. In fact, there has been no warming since 1995, in violation of all the climate models. Sea ice - which should have melted well before glaciers - was up until just a year or two ago. Sea level rise has not increased. Earth's cloud cover has not increased.

In short, there is as much evidence for Bigfoot or space aliens or the Loch Ness Monster as there is for Global Warming. Nobody suggests we fundamentally alter our way of life for the former, but we are told we should give up fossil fuels and pay heavy taxes and reduce our industrial bse solely on the basis of this equally unlikely urban legend.

I'll make a deal with you alarmists; when you bring me a Bigfoot skeleton I'll consider dropping my opposition to Climate Change pandering. After all, why is Bigfoot any less important than the Sky Dragon?

Dana Mathewson interjects:
  
    Bigfoot, eh? Did you see this one about how the FBI's been investigating, and sitting on, Bigfoot "evidence" for years?  https://www.foxnews.com/science/fbi-releases-documents-on-bigfoot-examination-request

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President Trump Commemorates D-Day

Dana Mathewson

From Power Line:
This morning President Trump commemorated of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied northern France by Allied forces. Trump joined French President Emmanuel Macron in honoring the fallen at the site of the invasion just above the beaches of Normandy. I have posted the text of the president’s eloquent and moving speech below the video, which really has to be seen. This is a great speech.
Indeed it is! Somehow, the 75th Anniversary carries extra weight, and I, for one, am thankful that the president giving the speech is one who is respectful of the event, and respectful of America. Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton were doing it?

I haven't watched the video, nor did I watch the President on TV, but reading the transcript, I can hear Mr. Trump's voice and his inflections. He's a much better speaker than he's usually given credit for.

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Scottie and the Professor - War Heroes

Timothy Birdnow

Star Trek's Mr. Scott was a hero during WWII! Whoda guessed?

According to War History Online:

Doohan did so well he became a Commissioned Lieutenant with the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. In 1940, he was sent to England for further training.

Fast forward to D-Day – the Allied Invasion of France on June 6, 1944. The British, Americans and Canadians were each assigned a portion of France’s Normandy beaches.

The Canadians were allocated the area from the village of Courseulles all the way to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer – codenamed Juno Beach. Doohan’s division was to secure the Caen-Bayeux road and take the Carpiquet Airport, west of Caen.

It would not be easy. Facing them were two battalions of the German 716th Infantry Division. There were also troops from the 21st Panzer Division holed up near Caen. As a final precaution, the Germans had strewn the beaches with anti-tank mines.

The Allies had prepared. The night before, their planes had blasted the German positions. As the landings would happen before dawn the next day, the Canadians would not be visible. Or so the thinking went.

It did not turn as planned. The aerial bombardment had not been as effective as the Allies had hoped due to lousy weather and poor visibility – the pilots could not hit their targets. The coastal defenses at Juno were almost unscathed.

It got worse. Rough weather and high waves delayed the landings until well after the sun had risen on June 6. No cover of darkness.

Out at sea, Doohan felt queasy, but it was not because of what lay ahead. He later told the Associated Press, "We were more afraid of drowning than (we were of) the Germans.”

After being shot up by nervous Canadian troops, Doohan went on to become a pilot, flying between two telegraph poles and becoming known as the craziest pilot in the Canadian air force.

Neil Armstrong credited Doohan with sparking his interest in space and leading to his becoming the first man on the Moon.

Another war hero actor was Russell David Johnson - Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island. Johnson was an Air Force bombadier who was shot down in the Pacific He broke both ankles in the crash. He was awarded a Purple Heart plus the Air Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one campaign star, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Hat tip; Warner Todd Houston

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The Tyranny of Equality

Timothy Birdnow

Ar TFP Student Action we have an essay about equality and inequality - and why so many students today are socialists.

See it here.

The author is absolutely correct; radical egalitarianism is at the root of our post-modern problem. Young people ascribe to a philosophy that demands equality, no matter how ridiculous the concept. They do not agree that the Universe is inherently unequal, and that trying to make everyone equal is akin to trying to jog up to the speed of light. Equality was and is a nonsequitur, a concept that makes no sense. NOTHING is equal, and for good reason; if it were, it would be the same thing. Don't we want uniqueness in our world? Isn't it better to be unique and unequal than equal and identical? Yes, there may be detriments, but there are blessings, too. If we are all equal none of us have a reason to be happy.

(As an aside, I've often argued that is the purpose of Life; God wanted us all different, unique, but that is inherently unfair. So He put is all together and essentially proclaimed a tournament, whereby we are all different but can grow, can become, can change our station by work and desire and prayer. I point out that the Archangel Michael was actually a rather lowly entity prior to the Rebellion of the Devil. Archangels are the second lowest rank of Angel. Lucifer was a Cherub - the highest order. Michael is now top angel, and that because he was fiercely loyal and remade himself. That is precisely what we are all offered. Mary, a very humble peasant girl, got to be the mother of Christ and is highly revered by everyone because she was faithful and willing to accept a painful fate.)

Millenials in particular have been taught the concept of absolute equality, and believe it is possible to create a truly just, fair society. This is intellectual hogwash, but so many young people believe it. Why? Largely because they no longer believe in God, in Christ, in an afterlife where the injustices and problems of this world will be corrected. All that so many of them believe is in the tangible, the touchable, the visible, the here and now. They must see justice in life or all is meaningless. This leads to anomie, the breakdown of social and fraternal bonds in the desperate pursuit of equality. In the end so many adopt the Saul Alinsky view that "the struggle is everything" and they dive headlong into social justice because it provides the only hope they have. Of course,the only economic system that purports to provide social justice is Socialism.

At any rate, here are a few excerpts from the article:

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Deathhead Democrats

Fay Voshell

Guys, here's a link to a very good article written by Sebastian Gorka, a good man.

Death and the Democrats

From the article:

Most every other nation was established in a capricious fashion. Whether defined by an ethnicity, a linguistic community, or the happenstance of being ruled by a royal dynastic elite, other countries were not the result of their people appealing to first principles, of building a political structure from scratch based upon the lessons of prior centuries. Ours is different.

[...]

Yet it should be obvious where our existence as free men and women starts. Not with the right of association, or a free press, or freedom of conscience, or the right to keep and bear arms. Everything begins with the right to life.

That is, unless you are a Democrat in 2019.



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June 05, 2019

Watergate’s John Dean is a hero to Dems eager to impeach Trump -- but here's the ugly truth

Dana Mathewson

Remember John Dean? If you were around during the days of Watergate, you do. And are wondering why it is that Democrats always seem to embrace scumbags. I suppose it's because, most of 'em being scumbags themselves, they like to hang around with similar folks.

Anyhow, Fox News' Geoff Shepard brings us up to date.

Soon, John Dean will be the Democratic House Judiciary Committee’s opening witness in the majority’s quest to keep the Mueller report at the forefront of the national consciousness. As a former member of President Nixon’s White House staff, Dean has become a mainstream media darling, who is frequently trotted out to assert that some supposed Republican scandal is "worse than Watergate.” He’s hardly on the inside of anything Republican today, but he certainly knows about Watergate, because he played such a central part throughout the scandal’s unfolding.

While Dean’s memorable 1973 appearance before the Senate Watergate Committee was both a dramatic performance and devastating to President Nixon, the deviousness of its orchestration – details of which have only emerged in recent years and still remain largely unappreciated by the American public – is an important part of Dean’s legacy, as well as of our understanding of the efforts to force President Nixon from office nearly 50 years ago.

Dean has become a media hero, not for who he is, but for who he was prepared to testify against. Amazingly, all sorts of legal rules and congressional procedures were ignored in the all-out, partisan attempt to increase Dean’s credibility with the American public. Contrary information, which documents show was well-known to the highly politicized special prosecutors, was kept hidden from the public and from Watergate defense counsel.

Dean – the self-described "chief desk officer” for the cover-up – was the first to switch sides and to alter his recollections in pursuit of personal immunity. The Senate Watergate Committee, looking for dramatic witnesses, readily gave it to him, even after career prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office had refused to do so.

Here’s perhaps why: Dean not only played a central role in the cover-up itself (a conspiracy to obstruct justice), he committed a whole series of additional crimes, including (i) rehearsing Jeb Magruder for his false grand jury testimony (subornation of perjury); (ii) destroying documents retrieved from Howard Hunt’s office safe (destruction of evidence); (iii) taking $4,000 of campaign funds from his office safe to pay for his honeymoon (embezzlement); and (iv) improperly disclosing prosecutorial information to Watergate defense counsel (misuse of government information).

It's obvious from listening to him today that Dean has lost none of his smarminess!

But Dean’s testimony changed, too. In switching sides politically, Dean retained a very prominent and well-connected Democrat, Charles Shaffer, as his criminal defense lawyer. Shaffer and Dean had over a dozen contacts with career prosecutors during the month of April 1973. And Dean’s story continued to evolve, as he sought to make himself into a critical witness: at April’s beginning, he said that he could "deliver” campaign chief John Mitchell and his deputy, Jeb Magruder; it wasn’t until several weeks later that he first began to accuse White House chief of staff Bob Haldeman and domestic adviser John Ehrlichman of any involvement in a cover-up conspiracy. The exact quote from the prosecutor’s hand-written notes of October 10, 1973, is: "Dean becomes antagonistic to Ehrlichman & Haldeman, whereas before he had given impression that H [Haldeman] was clean & was restrained as to E’s [Ehrlichman’s] involvement.”

Most astonishingly, the career prosecutors’ notes make clear that Dean never accused President Nixon of any personal involvement until after he was fired as the president’s counsel on April 30, 1973. Only then did his story change – and not just a little. "On May 3, Dean began focusing on Presidential involvement, thus dramatically changing his previous stance,” the prosecutors’ November 15, 1973 memo reads.

Such changes in a witness’s story are required by law to be shared with defense counsel. But this clearly exculpatory information was never shared with the Nixon team. Why? Perhaps prosecutors felt it critical to increase Dean’s credibility as their principal witness, not to undermine it.

What the prosecutors did do, in this regard, was get trial judge John Sirica to sentence Dean to a one-to-four-year prison term, with incarceration to begin on the first day of the cover-up trial. Thus, Dean could testify – as the leadoff prosecution witness – that he was being punished for his own involvement – and so too should his former colleagues, whom he now accused of being involved with him in the cover-up. That result was very effective testimony and Nixon’s senior aides were convicted on all counts.

Then, but a week after the trial had ended, Judge Sirica, on his own motion, reduced Dean’s sentence to "time served” – setting him completely free after only four months of technical confinement. In actuality, Dean had never spent a single night in jail: he spent his nights in a witness holding facility at Ft. Holabird, Maryland. On most days, he was driven by federal marshals to his dedicated office in the special prosecutors’ suite, where he worked on his book. Amazingly, Judge Sirica and the Watergate prosecutors each bragged in their later books about how this approach (of imposing a harsh sentence and imprisoning Dean before his trial testimony) made him into a much more believable witness. In truth, this worked a fraud on the trial jurors and on the American public – who had falsely been led to believe that Dean was being appropriately punished for his own extensive involvement.

Wait a minute! I had remembered Sirica as "a good guy!" Obviously I was wrong! Apparently he had enough smarminess of his own!

Anyhow, this is a crackin' good article, and I urge you to read it. It's found here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/geoff-shepard-watergate-john-dean-house-impeachment-trump-truth

Yeah, Dean's a hero to the impeachment-uber-alles crowd, but only because the end always justifies the means.

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Half of American Voters support Tariffs against Mexico

Timothy Birdnow

Forty six percent of likely voters support tariffs against Mexico to force them to do a better job keeping illegal aliens out and to stop the importation of drugs.

According to the Rassmussen Report:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the use of U.S. tariffs on Mexican goods to force Mexico to strengthen its efforts to stop illegal immigration and illegal drugs from entering this country. Forty percent (40%) oppose the president’s tariff strategy, while 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 3-4, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

How is it that the Democrats introduced an amnesty when half the country wants this nonsense to stop?

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Six Months to an Iranian Atomic Bomb

Timothy Birdnow

Iran is six months away from an atomic bomb, according to a former International Atomic Energy Agency commissioner.

According to the article in Israel action News:

Olli Heinonen, who headed the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) security team and served as the organizations' deputy director general, on Wednesday morning told Army Radio that Israelis on the whole are not aware of the severity of the Iranian threat.

"Israelis need to be worried, and the Gulf states also have reason for concern," Heinonen said. "How will you be able to ensure your security if Iran achieves nuclear abilities?"

In the full interview, which will be aired Thursday morning, Heinonen said that despite IAEA's claims, Iran can develop nuclear weapons in up to six to eight months.

The enrichment program is everything where atomic bombs are concerned; the actual making of the bomb is not that technically difficult. It's getting enriched uranium - or making plutonium - that is hard. (Actually, a plutonium bomb can be tricky to build, but that's a different story.)

You can download the specs from the internet thanks to A.Q. Khan, father of the Pakistani atomic weapons program.

Once Obama gave them all that money and loosened trade restrictions the Iranians were guaranteed to obtain a device. I'm surprised it took them this long.

Well know when they test a weapon if they have been cheating on the Obama/Kerry Deal.

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American Gulag; Manafort Sent to Rikers

Timothy Birdnow

Not content with holding Paul Manafort in solitary confienement, a judge has now ordered Manafort to serve his time at the infamous Riker's Island Prison in New York.

From Fox News:

Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who was sentenced earlier this year to nearly seven years in prison in connection with two federal cases, will be transferred later this week from a minimum security facility in Pennsylvania to New York City’s Rikers Island, a source close to Manafort told Fox News.

Rikers Island is the famous jail in the shadow of LaGuardia Airport. It has been the temporary home of some of the most high-profile violent criminals in the city, including David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam; and Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon.

"He’s not a mob boss," the source close to Manafort said.

RIKERS ISLAND HAS BEEN CRITICIZED FOR VIOLENCE

A New York State judge ordered the transfer at the request of New York City District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. He will be held in solitary confinement for his own protection, the source said. The move is expected to happen as early as Thursday.

They are treating Manafort far worse than he deserves. Why? To get him to "flip" on Trump? Perhaps. It should also be pointed out that Trump has to have people work for him, and if his enemies can make it so painful to work for the President then nobody will take a job from him. This is the a large part of why they are doing this; as a warning to others.

I can't believe this is America.

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You've Already Lost the Immigration Battle if You Say This....

Selwyn Duke

Conditioned responses are funny things. One of them, the statement that they’re "probably all nice people”—oft used when discussing illegal migrants—is also a dangerous thing.

That very line was uttered, reflexively, by Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson Monday night while discussing how one percent of Guatemalans have left for our country in just the last year. It’s a qualifier reflecting that one has been put on the defensive—in a losing position.

No, this isn’t an attack on Carlson, who’s the best mainstream cable news and commentary host in the business. Rather, it’s a cautionary tale: That an intrepid culture warrior such as Carlson can be conditioned to behave defensively—when he should be unabashedly taking the offense (the best defense—speaks volumes about the effectiveness of leftist conditioning.

Of course, the quoted statement is illogical. No large group contains member who are "all” nice people. Moreover, as Carlson himself pointed out last year, citing data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission (video below), illegals do, unsurprisingly, commit an inordinate amount of crime. Nice people?

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Corporactivism

Timothy Birdnow

Selwyn Duke has a great new piece at New American about how corporations are acting to oppress conservatives.

From the article:

Nabisco mocks customers upset about a drag-queen Mother’s Day cookie ad. Burger King subtly encourages people to throw its milk shakes at anti-European Union populists. And a beer company advocates hitting such people "over the head with a brick.” Welcome to the new corporate activism and the principle "The conservative customer is always wrong.”

There was a time, not long ago, when businesses largely adhered to the old advice "Never discuss politics or religion.” And when explaining his lack of 1990s political activism, NBA legend Michael Jordan reportedly said, "Republicans buy shoes, too.” But that was before the advent of "woke” corporate activism.

There are, of course, the recent examples of big business threatening to leave states that enact politically incorrect (but morally correct) laws. For instance, Walt Disney Co., Netflix, and other corporations are claiming they may exit Georgia if the state’s new pro-life "heartbeat” bill goes into effect. Netflix has played this game before, too, having joined other entities in boycotting North Carolina after it enacted a pro-sanity "bathroom bill” in 2016. And the NCAA, NASCAR, and other businesses vowed to leave Indiana after the state passed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015. Sadly, Indiana and North Carolina both capitulated and watered down their laws to appease the "corporactivists.”

Read the whole thing at New American!

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Judge refuses to Allow Doctors to Testify in Planned Parenthood Suit

Timothy Birdnow

I wrote about how a lone circuit judge in st. Louis stayed the closure of the last abortion mill in Missouri largely personal opinion. Well, in the hearing that followed the state of Missouri wanted to subpoena the medical doctors at Planned Parenthood to force them to testify in court about violations of state law by the killing factory and the judge has ruled they may not call these witnesses.

According to CBS News:

Missouri's Department of Health & Senior Services had "refused to renew" the clinic's license, which was set to expire on May 31, unless it could interview those physicians as part of an ongoing investigation into the clinic's compliance with state mandated regulations.

"The non-parties have shown that compliance with the subpoenas would present an undue burden and hardship on [the non-Planned Parenthood physicians] and that the subpoenas should be quashed," Judge Michael Stelzer wrote on Tuesday.

Huh? It's an undue burden to testify about unlawful practices, but it is NOT an undue burden to rip a baby out of the womb of her mother? Would this judge rule the same way if this case involved, say, the murder of a gay rights activist? Of a black homeowner who was murdered in a white neighborhood? Somehow I think he would believe the seriousness of the charge required witnesses, but not in this case.

If abortion really is a right as the proponents claim, why not have all voices heard in the debate? Surely a right would be self-evident. Strange how this supposed right to an abortion is NOT self-evident, nor is it self-evident that there is any provision in the Constitution. In other words, it's what some people want and the Constitution - and Natural Law - be damned.

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June 04, 2019

This day

Dana Mathewson

When you undertake to blog, you spend a fair amount of time scouring other sites and "borrowing" their best stuff. Luckily, there is a great amount of it available, much of it on William Katz's estimable Urgent Agenda site. I commend to your attention this one:

THIS DAY – AT 11:52 A.M. ET: In two days we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the launching of the invasion, in 1944, to liberate northern Europe from the Nazis. But let us also remember that today, June 4th, was the date of liberation of Rome, in that same year. That liberation was overshadowed by the D-Day landings in France two days later.

The two dates remind us of the enormity of World War II. It literally was a world war. We were fighting in North Africa, Italy, in the skies over Germany. We were fighting on islands in the Pacific, including the Philippines, in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, in CBI – China, Burma, India. It is almost impossible for us to imagine the sheer magnitude of the conflict.

Of course we had allies. They were critical. We may hate to admit it, but the Soviet Union, a complete dictatorship, played a critical role in victory over the Nazis in Europe. The people of China were on our side, as they fought off the brutal Japanese occupation.

American women were mobilized, as never before, to work in war plants, especially the aircraft plants of California. "Rosie the riveter" became a national heroine.

"The War," as it was always called, saw a reluctant America emerge in 1945 as the world's leading superpower, the only nation that could build and deliver an atomic bomb.

Our young generation, which had lived through the depths of the Depression, performed well in World War II, and came back and built a new nation, moving westward.

We learned powerful lessons from "the war," the most important echoing George Washington's admonition that the best way to preserve peace is to prepare for war.

I fear we're forgetting that lesson.

Yes. we are indeed. Please read the rest of this and don't forget! http://www.urgentagenda.com/PERMALINKS%20IX/JUNE%202019/04.today.HTML

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