February 25, 2020

The Locust of Africa's Problems

This from Stephen Heins:

World Leaders Have Ignored Africa Malaria and Insect Infestation

Unsurprisingly, the international foundations, Environmental NGOs, European Union, WHO, World Bank, IMF, and the UN have been enamored with central planning for many years, that doled out their environmental and technological genius like a "benevolent dictator.

Essentially, the world financial institutions ended up just giving loans to really bad governments. The World and International Monetary Fund never designed aid program incentives to help with malaria and insect infection actions. Like most examples of Western arrogance, these aid programs were simply expected to provide a silver bullet to issues such as population control, but they stuck with the environmental bromide, a insecticide-fre e world.

The desert lo­cust is described as "the most destructive migratory insect in the world’”

In particular, Kenya has been hit es­pe­cially hard. One swarm there measures 37 by 25 miles, and of­fi­cials say over a mil­lion acres of pas­ture and crop­land have al­ready been de­stroyed. The U.N., who shares a major responsibility for the famine, says that more than 20 mil­lion peo­ple in East Africa are fac­ing food short­ages.

When will world leaders stop their agricultural arrogance and anti-intelligen ce?

Africa's Locust Plague Shows the Dangers of Green Colonialism

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Sotomayor Blows Her Top

Timothy Birdnow

Filthy scorched pot points bony finger at bright copper kettle.

Sotomayor issues blistering dissent, says Republican-appointed justices have bias toward Trump administration

The "Wise Latina" as she has styled herself was Obama's wing woman during his reign of error and now she doesn't like being outnumbered by originalist jurists.

She is only on the Court because she is Hispanic. She did not receive great marks as a jurist and was known as a bully who abused plaintiffs and lawyers with whom she disagreed politically.

From the article:

"It is hard to say what is more troubling: that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that the Court would grant it," Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

This particular case, Wolf v. Cook County, deals with the Trump administration's expansion of situations where the government can deny visas to non-citizens looking to enter the U.S. Federal law already says that officials can take into account whether an applicant is likely to become a "public charge," which government guidance has said refers to someone "primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.” In the past, non-cash benefits such as forms of Medicaidand certain housing assistance did not count, but the Department of Homeland Security issued its new public charge rule in 2019 which did include these benefits.

 

The new rule had previously beenblocked with a nationwide injunction that the Supreme Court stayed in a separate case, so the injunction in the Cook County case only affected the state of Illinois.

That narrow scope, plus the fact that the 7th Circuit is scheduled to review the Illinois injunction in the coming week, led Sotomayor to believe that the government was not at risk of suffering significant harm that warranted the Supreme Court putting the injunction on hold.

The liberal justiceexpressed concern that a majority of her colleagues had no problem with this. Sheexplained that it is unusual for an administration to seek stays against injunctions with this sort of frequency, yet it is becoming the new normal.

"Claiming one emergency after another, the Government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases, demanding immediate attention and consuming limited Court resources in each," she wrote. "And with each successive application, of course, its cries of urgency ring increasingly hollow. Indeed, its behavior relating to the public-charge rule in particular shows how much its own definition of irreparable harm has shifted.”

That my dear is because the judiciary was politicized and weaponized by the man who appointed you to your seat. Your SCOTUS colleagues are forever having to overturn activist judicial decisions by lower courts, decisions that they have no right to make.

It is unquestionably clear the President has a right to decide the terms under which aliens - especially illegal aliens - are allowed to stay in the country. This was never a judicial matter. I think this puta knows it, too.

What's the matter, Sonya or girl?  You liberals have had your way for a long time and now you are finding you can't advance your radical agendas anymore and you don't like it. Tough!  WE in Middle America haven't liked what you have rammed down our throats over the years. You are not legislators, though you have done a good job of usurping the authority. (That is precisely what was done here; a court usurped the authority of the President and the legal code.)

This should lead to the "Wise Latina" being ostricized by the rest of the Court. It is a horrible breech of editquette; Justices don't air dirty laundry. The rest of the Court should snub her for this.

Maybe she'll get frustrated and resign! At least we know she's probably at home bawling like the rotten little child that she is.

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Invasion of the Body Politic Snatchers

Timothy Birdnow

Russia and China have always tried to sew chaos in our elections. The reason that it is having any effect now is because the Ruling Class wants it to. THEY are the real colluders here, not President Trump.

Tucker Carlson: Russia isn't Attacking our Democratic System - Our Own Ruling Class is

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Blow that Saxophone, Billy Boy!

Timothy Birdnow

Here is a fun story that might interest Aviary readers and will definitely interest our Northern Tier Editor Dana Mathewson.

It was banned by the Nazis, Stalin and the Vatican. This is the surprising history of the saxophone

I never realized it had such a, uh, interesting history!  The inventor was ruined by his invention, the Nazis hated it, churches banned it, and of course Bill Clinton blew on one. 

This is an interesting read.

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With Friends Like These...

Timothy Birdnow

This from Selwyn Duke:

Trumping Trump: Senior White House Official Says U.S. "Desperate" for More Immigrants
Face meet palm! With between 45 and 60 million immigrants in the U.S. we have more people born overseas than the entire population of Canada. Sure - we really need more people! I guess being third most populous country on Earth isn't good enough; we have to shoot for number one.

Why is this guy still in his job as a "senior" official there?

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February 24, 2020

The Burning Fan

Timothy Birdnow

Heh!

Wind Turbine Catches Fire Between Taft and Portland

I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.

Hat tip: Sherri Lange.

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Progressive Land Theft

Timothy Birdnow

This from Stephen Heins:

Environmental Anti-Intellectu alism and Urban Arrogance

Tom Shepstone wrote to these issues recently: "It started with a 1973 "Task Force Report Sponsored by The Rockefellers Brothers Fund.” That was back in the day when the family was less reticent to expose their undue influence and put their name on front covers. The formal title was "The Use of Land: A Citizen’s Guide to Urban Growth” but it was all about guiding citizens out of the way. Here are a few choice quotes (emphasis added):

* A changed attitude toward land—a separation of ownership of the land itself from urbanization rights—is essential.

* The courts should "presume” that any change in existing natural ecosystems is likely to have adverse consequences difficult to foresee.

* It is time that the U.S. Supreme Court re-examine its earlier precedents that seem to require a balancing of public benefit against land value loss in every case and declare that when the protection of natural, cultural or aesthetic resources or the assurance of orderly development are involved, a mere loss in land value will never be justification for invalidating the regulation of land use.

Put these together and you have a license to steal land (or mineral rights) using the excuse your neighbor’s plans offend your sense of culture....”

Opinion: the Lorax on the Appalachian Trail

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Musk-rat wants to put Computers in our Brains

Timothy Birdnow

Behold the Mark of the Beast! Or something far worse; a tool to program the human mind. Is anybody really eager to let Google and the other companies into your noggin? How long before they start running COMMERCIALS in there!

Neuralink: Elon Musk Ready To Connect Human Brain to Computer

Musk has been developing the technology, called Neuralink, because he thinks humans must become one with machines in order to survive being replaced by artificial intelligence.

His plan to "save the human race” involves wiring computer chips into our minds to merge us with artificial intelligence.

Last July, Neuralink revealed plans to use lasers to shoot holes in skulls and feed threads of electrodes into the human brain.

It declared this was a potential way of connecting the human brain to machines.

You first Elon!

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A BJ won't Recuse Herself in Stone Appeal

Timothy  Birdnow

Amy Berman Jackson  has refused to disqualify herself from ruling on Roger Stone's request for a new trial. The Defense argued she has exhibited  bias.

Here is her response:

"So what? So what? Of all the circumstances in this case, that may be the most pernicious," the judge declared during her nearly 45-minute statement pronouncing the sentence to a packed courtroom in Washington. "The truth still exists. The truth still matters. Roger Stone's insistence that it doesn't, his belligerence, his pride in his own lies are a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy."

Really?

It seems to me a predawn raid on an old man's home by an army of FBI agents and news media is more concerning than the braggadoccia of an eccentric crank?  Sending this man away for a process crime is protecting our Constitution and the Rule of Law?

In point of fact he was the sacrificial lamb to justify the Mueller probe. Like G. Gordon Liddy during the Nixon era Mueller needed a victim to frighten others into cooperating with his witch hunt investigation. To get that he needed to throw the book at some helpless person. The abrasive and careless stone offered a perfect target.

So what was Stone charged with? According to Fox News:

Stone was charged with providing false statements to the House Intelligence Committee about communications having to do with WikiLeaks, obstructing a congressional investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election, and witness tampering.

Now Stone had boasted of having good relations with Julian Assange and Wikileaks, but told Congress he wasn't involved. No further proof was offered than that that Stone perjured himself. Stone is the type of person who often runs off at the mouth.

And as for witness tampering, Stone told radio host Randy Credico to "do a Frank Pantangelli, a reference to the mob boss in Godfather II who kills himself rather than testify against Don Corleone. Referencing a movie is witness tampering?  Does anybody really believe Stone meant it?

Meanwhile the real perjurers and witness tamperers are walking around scott free. The President observes:

"So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie? A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?"

Indeed it is. Nothing Stone did was unusual in the politics of modern America and in fact it seems doubtful he actually DID anything illegal. He's just a fool with a big mouth.

In fact, he's a political prisoner, imprisoned by people who are enraged at having been turned out of power. Amy Berman Jackson AKA A BJ  is doing precisely what she accuses Roger Stone of doing, circumventing the Constitution for political ends.

In point of fact, at least one of the jurors was clearly biased and had no business sitting on that jury.

Amy Jackson Berman shrugs this off, saying the jury was fine because they showed up on time. Right.

Jury Forewoman and former Democratic candidate for Congress Tameka Hart tweeted bitterly anti-Trump material prior to and during the Stone trial.
And on the day of his conviction she tweeted two heart emojis and two pump-fist emojis to celebrate the great victory over which she presided as a juror.

But she showed up on time and was attentive, making her a fine juror, according to the Obama-appointed Amy Berman Jackson.

And while a BJ had the sense to disregard the near decade of imprisonment asked for by the prosecutors (so he would die in prison) she never dressed them down for that or said it was outlandish. In point of fact, she stuck with sentencing guidelines so as to avoid being overturned on appeal. That will force Trump to pardon Stone, something that will be helpful for the Democrats.

This whole thing is a disgrace.

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Russia's Company Towns

Timothy Birdnow

Not content with old, decrepit slums, the Russian government plans on building NEW decripit slums in Siberia!

Russia Planning Biggest Oil Project in History of World - $155 Billion Investment, 15 New Towns, Airports, Ports, 100K Jobs

Igor Sechin and his state-owned oil company Rosneft intends to develop large oil reserves on the wide-stretched tundra lands of northern Ural and export it through a projected seaport in the Taymyr Peninsula.

It will be the biggest project in modern-day global oil industry, Sechin underlined to Putin.

According to the Rosneft leader, the Vostok Oil will include the development of 15 new industry towns, two airports, a seaport, about 800 km of new pipelines, 3500 km of new electricity lines and 2000 MW of electric power capacity.

It will require 100,000 new jobs and lead to a 2 percent annual hike in national GDP, heexplains.

To Arctic coast

The project is based onthe development of several oil fields, includingat least threein the Vankor area. The new pipelines and theprojected seaport terminal will enable the partners to export an estimated 25 million tons oil per year through the Northern Sea Route.

The pipeline will also be projected to carryoil from Payakha, the fields located along the Yenisey River. By year 2030, a total of 100 million tons of oil can be exported through the pipeline and the new seaport in Taymyr. Afleet of top ice-class Arc7 tankers are to be built for the project, Sechinhas previously explained.

Good luck Russkies!  While I'm all for more oil and gas anywhere, I rather doubt these new cities will develop in the way they hope. They will be company towns, entirely dependent on the company and on government subsidies. They may produce oil and gas - or not - but they will not spur real settlement and vibrant communities.

These kind of things can't be done top down. That has never worked in the past. That is why Russia was never able to settle Siberia in the first place.

People may go there for a stint but will return home. In the end these big communities will fail.

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Nuclear Fusion: Get in on the Ground Floor!

Timothy Birdnow

I'll buy some stock as soon as I get my dividend check from my Cold Fusion investments...

Startup Claims It's on The Way to Providing 'Unlimited' Energy

From the article:

An Australian fusion startup called HB11, a spin-off from the University of New South Wales, claims to have found a way to revolutionize current nuclear fusion technology, potentially laying the groundwork for a new era of power generation — without running the risk of a nuclear meltdown.

 

The startup's leadership doesn't mince words.

"We are sidestepping all of the scientific challenges that have held fusion energy back for more than half a century," director Warren McKenzie told New Atlas.

Yeah - like basic physics. Pardon me, that was mean; I mean like credulity.

Here is the way it supposedly will work:

In theory — right now it's not much more than a theory — HB11's approach is extremely simplified and significantly cheaper. The technique relies on hydrogen and a boron B-11 isotope — instead of extremely rare and expensive radioactive isotopes such as tritium — and employs a specialized set of lasers to get the reaction going.

Inside a "largely empty metal sphere," fuel pellets of HB-11 isotopes are shot at with two lasers to trigger an "'avalancee' fusion chain reaction," as the company describes it in a statement.

"You could say we're using the hydrogen as a dart, and hoping to hit a boron , and if we hit one, we can start a fusion reaction," McKenzie told New Atlas. "That's the essence of it."

"Creating fusion using temperature is essentially randomly moving atoms around, and hoping they'll hit one another, our approach is much more precise," he added.

The process even skips the "need for a heat exchanger or steam turbine generator" and can feed an electrical flow "almost directly into an existing power grid," according to the company's statement.

Step right up for the magic elixer!

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Price of Gas Reaches Five Bucks in California

Timothy Birdnow

More proof California should be sawed off the continent and allowed to float away to China.

Gas Prices Reach $5 at Some California Stations, Including in Los Angeles Area

This in the era of fracking where America is producing more gasoline than ever. California is strangling her own fuel supply. 

These are heading towards European prices. 

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February 23, 2020

Leila Arrested for Kiddie Porn

Timothy Birdnow

Here is an interesting story; a British citizen was arrested for possession of child pornography. A woman.

That is very rare; men usually are the filthy perverts in any society.

So what gives?

Well....

Julie Marshall, of Warbreck Drive, appeared at Blackpool Magistrates' Court last week charged with three counts of downloading images between June 2004 and April 2018.

At the time of Marshall's arrest, police found 677 category A photos - which is the most serious category, 465 category B photos and 79,958 category C photos.

Marshall, who also has the alias John Robert Marshall, will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court next month.

She has been granted unconditional bail.

To quote Austin Powers "That's a MAN baby!"

And unconditional bail?

Britain has lost whatever marbles they used to possess. I guess decades of Labor governments and membership in the E.U. will do that to you.

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Canned Spam

Timothy Birdnow

Due to a deluge of spam comments I have turned up the junk threshold. Hopefully it won't affect any real comments, but I have to take some action.  If I miss any regulars after a couple of days I'll jimmy the settings. Please check back if you can't get your comment posted.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tim

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Ukraine Investigation on the Way

Timothy Birdnow

It appears an investigation of Ukrainian influence is revving up at the DOJ.

 From the article:

The Justice Department wrote a letter responding to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler after he demanded answers last week regarding news that the President’s "personal lawyer,” Rudy Giuliani, was relaying information on the Biden’s to the department.

Jerry Nadler claimed the DOJ accepting information from Giuliani "would seem to be a significant departure from traditional channels,” and says it raises "conflicts of interest-both for the Department, generally, and for you [Barr], specifically.”


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In the response, the DOJ confirmed a new investigation into Ukraine, and revealed that Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen has picked U.S attorney Richard Donoghue to supervise all investigations into Ukraine by federal prosecutors.

According to the DOJ, Richard Donoghue will "assist in coordinating … several open matters being handled by different U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Department components that in some way potentially relate to Ukraine."

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DHS Whistleblower During Obama Era Found Dead on Roadside

Timothy Birdnow

Does this smell of Arkancide to you? 

Philip Haney, DHS whistleblower during Obama era, found dead, police say

Yeah I know; it may be the Obama Chicago Way instead of Bubba and the Dixie Chicks, but...

From El Zoro News:

"Upon their arrival, they located and identified 66-year-old Philip Haney, who was deceased and appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. A firearm was located next to Haney and his vehicle. This investigation is active and ongoing. No further details will be released at this time," the office added.

This was just outside of Sacramento, Ca. Police found the man dead on the ground at an intersection of two highways.

Haney was recently in contact with DHS officials about a possible return to the agency, the Washington Examiner reported, adding that he was also engaged to be married.

In June 2016, Haney testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he allegedthat the Obama-era DHS had ordered him to delete hundreds of files about reputed associates of Islamic terrorist groups. Haney made the case that several attacks in the U.S. could have been prevented if some of the files had not been deleted, the Examiner reported.

Writing in The Hill in February 2016, Haney claimed Obama had thrown the U.S. intelligence community "under the bus" for failing to "connect the dots" after a Nigerian Muslim terror suspect was linked to a failed terror plot on Christmas Day in 2009.

"Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused," Haney wrote, referring to Obama. "His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material — the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away."

Haney, who worked for DHS for about 15 years, was also the author of"See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government's Submission to Jihad."

And now he's dead.

Arkancide? Chicagocide?  Jihad? Who knows.

But I really doubt it was suicide. Most suicides don't kill themselves while walking along a highway.

No, I suspect foul play. And I really suspect someone killed him either to keep him quiet or to punish him for NOT keeping quiet.

It's sad that we have to suspect our own government of such things, but we know it happens.

Speaking of which, any word on Jeffrey Epstein?

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Trump Didn't Sign Off on Bringing Coronavirus to America

Timothy Birdnow

According to Fox News President Trump was furious that Americans infected or exposed to Coronavirus were brought back to the U.S. without his authorization.

From the article:

President Trump was furious that 14 Americans infected with the coronavirus returned to the United States without his permission rather than remain in quarantine overseas, according to a new report.

 
 

Trump hadbeen briefed that the healthy U.S.passengers who spent weeks quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan would be allowed to flyhome on two chartered planes -- while those who were sick or infected would stay in Japan to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The president became "furious" with senior advisers after learning the 14 Americans who tested positive had been put on aplane with healthy passengers,according to The Washington Post. One official told the paper that the failure to inform Trump of the decision in advance of the plane's departure was a "big operational mistake.”

Indeed it was - especially flying those exposed people home on a crowded flight! If any were infected the whole plane could have come down with the disease.

If the authorities are as worried about this disease as they seem to be, they should be isolating people who have been exposed to it.

This reminds me of the Ebola outbreak a few years ago. I had a nasty argument with a guy claiming to be a microbiologist who insisted it was perfectly acceptable to bring Ebola patients into the U.S. While this argument took place at Tea Party Nation's website, the guy was a liberal and he was eager to bring a bunch of Guinneans here. I looked up a number of papers by credible people on the subject - Peter Jahrling of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for example, and showed that Ebola could indeed become airborn. Also, I showed that Ebola mutated and that it could mutate here in the States and we could wind up with an epidemic. He was having none of it, and kept insisting it was safe.

Why?  Why not err on the side of caution?  It's the Liberal mindset; America has to take whatever everyone else gets. The idea is we deserve no special place and have no right to protect ourselves from the vicissitudes of the rest of the world. It's a kind of moral judgement they pass on America. What right have WE to keep our borders closed to people with a lethal illness when other countries can't! Eventually my inerlocutor lost patience (because he lost the argument) and insulted me and left the group. (Typical liberal.)

I rather suspect something similar was happening here. The State Department is full of Progressives from the Hillary Clinton school, and they believed they had no right to keep the Coronavirus out when China and other nations were stuck with it. No doubt a few of the more radical there actually would like to see America taken down a peg or two, and of course they would like to see Donald Trump embarassed by this. It would illustrate the folly of national borders, too.

At any rate, if Trump is furious he has every right to be. Hopefully heads will roll.
















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NY Times Gives Taliban a Platform

Timothy Birdnow

A senior correspondent for the New York Times in Afghanistan has criticized the rag paper for publishing an op-ed by the Taliban.

From the article:

The New York Times’ senior correspondent in Afghanistan criticized the paper’s editorial branch for publishing an opinion-editorial article Thursday written by Taliban deputy leader Sirajuddin Haqqani and claiming the group’s commitment to peace.

Mujib Mashal, the lead New York Times reporter in Afghanistan, drew distance between the paper’s news operations and its editorial branch in a Thursday tweet.

"Siraj is no Taliban peace-maker as he paints himself,” Mashal wrote. "He’s behind some of most ruthless attacks of this war with many civilian lives lost.”

The piece by Siraj Haqqani in @nytopinion– which’s independent of our news operations & judgment – omits the most fundamental fact: that Siraj is no Taliban peace-maker as he paints himself, that he’s behind some of most ruthless attacks of this war with many civilian lives lost

— Mujib Mashal (@MujMash) February 20, 2020

In his editorial, "What we, the Taliban want,” Haqqani claimed the Taliban was committed to a tentative peace process in the country and denied claims the Taliban would favor a return to harboring radical Islamic extremism.

Haqqani wrote that the Taliban favored a chance to build a government with all Afghan stakeholders and that the Taliban favored an "Islamic system in which all Afghans have equal rights, where the rights of women that are granted by Islam — from the right to education to the right to work — are protected, and where merit is the basis for equal opportunity.”

Haqqani also noted "concerns about the potential of Afghanistan being used by disruptive groups to threaten regional and world security.”

The Taliban’s deputy leader claimed the Taliban was weary of decades of fighting and that the group favors a return to stability. Haqqani’s claims towards peaceful resolution appear subject to doubt, as the pre 9/11 Taliban government had been regarded as a safe-haven for extremism, with the likes of Osama Bin-Laden’s Al-Qaeda terror group.

Really?

Notice the weasel words "Islamic" in front of just and the like. Also notice he says they won't harbor terrorists. Right. Taqqiya, anyone?

But that last is the kicker; if they truly are tired of fighting it means we could win this. Yes, WE are tired of fighting too, but that only means they must be exhausted. We are using a fraction of our resources while they are throwing everything they have into it every day. If what he says is true it means they could be persuaded to eventually surrender.

I'm not saying we should take  any of this at face value. I believe it is a lie from the paper's byline.

The big question is why is the New York Times publishing it?  What kind of treasonous snakes run the Times (well, we know.)

If anything this op-ed should make us more concerned about pulling out than ever, in my opinion.

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Obama at Heart of Blago Case

Timothy Birdnow

Report: How Obama Weaseled Out of a Damning Subpoena in Blagojevich Corruption Case
From the article:

Blagojevich was accused – and convicted – of trying to "sell” the vacated U.S. Senate seat in Illinois that was once held by then-President Barack Obama.

However, the governor’s defense team had an "ace in the hole.” They planned to subpoena Obama as a star witness.

According to the defense, Obama was far more involved in the scandal than people thought.

"First, Mr. Obama contradicts the testimony of an important government witness,” the lawyer’s motion read.

"Second, President Obama’s testimony is relevant to the necessary element of intent of the defendant.

"Intent of the defendant….” Yikes, sounds damning.

Lastly, the defense lawyers said, "President Obama is the only one who can say if emissaries were sent on his behalf, who those emissaries were, and what, if anything, those emissaries were instructed to do on his behalf.”

We know what that was. Obama wanted that seat for his Au Pair Valerie Jarrett and Blago didn't want to just give the seat away for Obama's gratitude. So the BHO saw to it that Rod the Clod wound up doing serious time.

The article continues:

But President Obama managed to weasel his way out of that mess and avoided being dragged into the scandal thanks to an "internal investigation” by his own people.

Give me a break.

After an internal report by Obama’s own lawyers cleared the president, a judge ultimatelyshot downthe motion.

For Obama, it was a perfect scenario. Blagojevich was convicted and sentenced to prison, taking the fall for the scandal. Any discussion about Obama’s involvement, which was seemingly so minimal that a court refused to subpoena him, could safely be declared a right-wing conspiracy.

That is, until President Donald Trumpcommuted Blagojevich’s sentenceTuesday.

Redactions in Blagojevich’s original motion seem to hint Obama was more involved than he let on.

Theclaimslink Obama to a convicted fraudster, a quid pro quo scheme and secret phone calls. If this subpoena had been granted 10 years ago, there’s a good chance we would know a great deal more than we do now.

It’s unclear what plans, if any, Blagojevich has to revisit the 2010 trial and subpoena request. [Western Journal]

 

This sounds like a massive scandal that could have Obama’s fingerprints all over it.

Indeed it does and I've never doubted the President got the Illinois Governor put away - and for so long.

In essence, Blagoyavitch was a lying, scheming, corrupt weasel, but no more so than any other political hack from Illinois. He's been largely a political prisoner, held in detention because His Highness was angry he wouldn't play ball.

I would LOVE to see Obama investigated; there are so many dirty undies in that pile of laundry. But nobody ever will because Obama was the first black President and nobody wants to admit he was corrupt or a failure.

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U.S. Health Care Outperforms Canada

Timothy Birdnow

If Canada has such a great healthcare system, why do they have to come to the U.S. to get treatment?

Here's  why:

Canadian Medicare, our northern neighbor’s universal health care system, generally receives rave reviews from proponents of nationalized or socialized health care, but the Fraser Institute found that more than 63,000 Canadians left their country to have surgery in 2016.

As Americans contemplate overturning our health system in favor of one similar to Canada’s, we must ask why so many leave.

The Canadian system consistently ranks low or lowest across numerous metrics in the Commonwealth Fund’s extensive survey on health care. With regards to specialists and surgeries, the United States ranked best or nearly best.

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After being advised that they need a procedure done, only about 35 percent of Canadians had their surgery within a month, whereas in the United States, 61 percent did. After four months, about 97 percent of Americans were able to have their surgery, whereas Canada struggled to achieve 80 percent.

America is significantly outperforming Canada in surgery wait times even as it’s likely that tens of thousands of Canadians come here to use the American system.

General surgery, procedures such as appendectomies, cholecystectomies, and hernia repairs, make up the largest portion of those who leave Canada for care. Based on the latest available date from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the total Canadian caseload for many of these procedures is about ten percent of America’s.

Question; where will these Canadians go when America adopts their system? And how will Canada's system survive?  Right now they can indulge their socialist whimsy because they have the U.S. as a safety valve. When that ends the Canadian system will no doubt collapse.

But by then the damage will have been done and the U.S. market will be gone.

Thanks Canada!

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