August 25, 2017
Debbie Wasserman Schultz now has a black Marine = and Democrat - saying the arrest of her IT guy was not racism. And he's the guy who found the smashed hard drives. Debbie, I hope you look good in orange jumpsuits.
From The Blaze:
Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public
Brandon Morse 2 hours
A Marine, considered a witness by the FBI into the criminal probe of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's former IT staffer Imran Awan, went public to denounce Wasserman Schultz's suggestion that the FBI probe is the result of bigotry. (Getty Images)
A Marine involved in the FBI investigation into Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-Fla.) arrested IT staffer Imran Awan stepped out of the shadows of anonymity to go public about his knowledge on the issue.
Andre Taggart, a black U.S. Marine who said he votes Democrat, told the Daily Caller on Wednesday that he was angered by Wasserman Schultz’s claims that the investigation into Awan by U.S. authorities is a result of bigotry.
Taggart is a key witness in the FBI investigation into the Awans. According to the Daily Caller, Taggart rented Awan’s Northern Virginia home. The Marine revealed he discovered the smashed hard drives Awan had left behind when he attempted to flee the U.S. for Pakistan.
Awan reportedly threatened to sue Taggart to get the hard drives back, but Taggert chose to alert the FBI instead of giving them up.
Taggart told the Daily Caller "it was amazing” that Wasserman Schultz suggested Awan was a victim of religious discrimination.
"It pisses me off,” Taggart said.
The Marine said he believed Wasserman Schultz is "crying wolf” and devaluing actual discrimination, while exposing herself and the nation to risks.
"I just want to get these [guys] locked up and exposed and now,” Taggart told the Daily Caller. "The people who facilitated them should also be locked up, as far as I’m concerned.”
Capitol Police first named Awan a central figure in a probe into House Democrat security breaches on Feb. 2. A federal grand jury indicted Awan and his wife Alvi on Aug. 17 for bank fraud, false statements, and unlawful monetary transactions. Alvi fled to Pakistan in March, and is reportedly under protection by the Pakistani government. Awan
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Here is more on the Awan leak. http://nypost.com/2017/08/19/it-staffers-may-have-compromised-sensitive-data-to-foreign-intelligence/
From Tammy Bruce's site:
A kindergartener in California went home shaken and crying the other day. The child’s teacher let another child stand up and, before the eyes of all the other children, "transitioned.” The teacher explained how normal it was. The shaken, crying child is now scared that at any moment she could turn into a boy.
Another elementary aged child in a different school got sent to the principal’s office for calling a girl a girl when the girl wanted to be referred to as a boy.
In a different state, a principal admitted that the law requires parents be notified if the school is going to teach sex education, but since gender transition is not sex education, but gender education, parents will get no notice of such instruction. And the school system intends to tell kids it is fine.
For those of you in private Christian schools, do not think you are safe from this. Accreditation agencies, including the ones that purport to oversee Christian private institutions, are being taken over by liberals insistent that Christian private schools embrace same sex marriage and transgenderism. It is only a matter of time before they come for homeschool curricula too.
Concurrent to all of this, leftwing activists and business leaders are leveraging money and threats to ensure men can use our daughters’ bathrooms. Anyone who points out this is a mental health issue is labeled a bigot. There is no more real science to support this than there is that vaccines cause autism, but pointing that out gets you labeled a bigot too.
While all of this is going on, the left is tearing down monuments it deems offensive. They are going beyond Confederate monuments. Christopher Columbus, various Revolutionary War leaders, etc. are all being defaced and destroyed. Even an Abraham Lincoln statue was attacked.
And Republican leaders? They are mostly silent on all of this. While leftwing leaders rally "The Resistance” in hopes of being eaten last, Republican politicians are ducking for cover. They fear big business might pull out of their states and they fear being labeled a bigot in the press for standing up for common sense.
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August 24, 2017
In a world of dirty political tricks we are treated to all manner of data manipulation to make things appear what they are not. One of these is the Healthcare Exchange, cenerpiece of the Affordable Care Act. The public was furious over the destruction of the private market when Barack Obama and the Congressional democrats rammed this abomination down our throats, and the Republicans rode the whirlwind to power on the promise that they would repeal it. But now that they are in power and this has been established for several years they have lost their nerve, believing claims that the public now loves this thing. Why do they think that?
Well, for starters, we have been told that there are record numbers of people signing up for Obamacare. Take this article from CNN from the end of last year, for example;
"Nearly 6.4 million Americans have selected Obamacare policies through the federal exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1, federal officials announced Wednesday. That's 400,000 more than had selected policies a year ago"
"Today's enrollment numbers confirm that some of the doomsday predictions about the marketplace are not bearing out," said Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell. "American people don't want to go backwards. They don't want to gamble with their healthcare during a repeal and delay."
The article did state that people will be re-enrolled automatically in addition. Now, the authors fail to mention that many people lost their employer provided plans and were forced onto the exchange - as was I when they first instituted it because the new mandates made premiums shoot through the roof for private insurance - but this is CNN after all. But there is a dirty little secret, one I just learned the hard way.
The Exchange is fudging the numbers.
My wife and I had to apply for a new plan when Coventry pulled out of the Marketplace. As a result they received two new applications which they then counted. In July my wife pulled out, and what happened? Instead of just taking her off the account I had to reapply for the exact same benefits (and kept the same insurer). There's three applications now. But wait! It gets better!
Because I was out of work for several months after eye surgery I was drawing on a retirement fund to help catch up the bills - bills which largely consisted of medical expenses which the poor quality Obamacare insurance didn't cover. I received a notification from the Marketplace that my documents didn't match and I had to provide proof of income. So I dutifully sent what I had including the temporary extra I was drawing. This led to an update, making it a fourth application. I then received a call from the Marketplace saying I was making more than I had applied under and that I had to write another explanation saying I wouldn't make any more money. I went onto Healthcare.gov and tried to update the account online. I followed the instructions on the letter they had sent me and was taken to a page where I had to answer a lot of questions. It never once asked about income, even though that was the header of the box I clicked on. When I submitted this (and you had to do it or you could not move on) I was sent to a page thanking me for my application! I tried several times to circumvent this but no dice. There was no way to update my income status - everything I did created a new application!
So now I've applied numerous times, and I am certain that this was intended to pad the numbers of Obamacare applicants. While I am only one person I have now applied multiple times - and that is what will be reported by the medcia nd will be the basis of any acts by Congress.
Republicans in Congress are afraid of their own shadows, and this is nothing but a shadow.
In point of fact, I suspect the number of applicants have declined despite the collapse of the private market as a result of Obamacare and the fact that people are being forced to purchase this product at gunpoint (well, at the risk of being harassed by the IRS at any rate, who ultimately could use guns on you if you told them to pound sand.) But like so many liberal things in our modern society, we are being treated to an illusion, a magic trick designed to frighten Republicans and justify something unpopular. It is a lie, a ruse, a con. It's the pidgeon drop with Congressional Republicans as the pidgeon.
Here is an article about the dangers of another Carrington Event. The Carrington Event was a Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that occured in 1859. Carrington blew out most of the planet's electronics at the time - which consisted of telegraph lines and whatnot. Now, in the age of microchips, conputers, and cell phones, our entire infrastructure would collapse in moments.
The author of the article spends an inordinate amount of time discussing the economic damage, and he even says that a "we would probably still be picking up the pieces" had the Earth been hit by a big CME back in 2012. I fear he doesn't understand the magnitude of this; there would be no pieces to pick up. A Carrington Event would be like a major Electromagnetic Pulse attack by a nuclear power on us, except it wouldn't just hit the U.S. The entire daylight side of the planet would be hit, and there would be considerable spillate into the night side as well as the plasma moved along the lines of magnetic force of the Earth's magnetic field. The Moon could offer some protection, but not very much. This would also take down all of the satellites, so international communications would be kaput.
Power would go down everywhere. Even if some was restored via generators and whatnot there would be nothing to use the power for since everything now has microelectronics and they would all be blown. A few old relics would still function; cars built before 1980 and whatnot, but there would be nothing to use them for that would be of any help except to a few individuals. Nobody would be getting a crop in because farm equipment wouuldn't run. No water would be punmped. No gasoline would be moving through the country. The great machine that is the United States would grind to a half, with no way to coordinate any sort of activity.
Civil society would break down almost immediately.
This is not some unhinged survivalist fantasy but rather a real danger. Read the novel One Second After to get a sense of it, only now forget the cavalry coming a year later. There won't be any cavalry.
Oh, there may be some surviving things; submarines at sea would do well, and a few naval ships may be hardened and can use nuclear power. Military bases will be able to maintain order on base as long as the food holds out, but there will be little food and the soldiers will soon figure out that they can get first dibs, leading to rebellions by the survivors. I fear the military would eventually mutiny. There would be no point in staying disciplined in a world that has completely collapsed. (Read Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle for more on that.)
What are the chances of another Carrington? Pretty good, but even better for a smaller event, which could still be catastrophic. It may not take the whole world down but it could take, say, the United States down. That alone would be a worldwide catastrophe. See here and here for more on this.
Any way you slice it, living the Roadwarrior life is not pleasant. We really should be making preparations. But humans have a tremendous capacity for self delusion, and we won't cross that bridge until we fall off of it. Too bad.
I wonder how future historians (and there will be some after such an event) will write this up? Our civilizational epitaph will probably be written with little regret.
Here is more on the removal of the Juniper Serra statue from Washington.
Father Serra was a Christian missionary to early California who baptized Native Americans. There is a statue of him in the U.S. Capitol's Hall of Statuary (or some such title). Each state gets two statues and his is one of California's two.
the representatives know how to count Hispanic votes as well as anyone else. And if they tried to take out Father Serra's statue, they'd be gone from office muy pronto.
FAY VOSHELL REPLLIES;
I am surprised the representatives from CA haven't asked to have the Father's statue removed...
JACK KEMP REPLIES
Why do think Bill and Hillary sent Elian Gonzales back to Cuba? They wanted to anger the Hispanic voters in Florida so that Gore would lose the 2000 election so Hillary could run against a one term GOP President. If Gore was President in 2001, then Hillary could not get the nomination in 2004. One professor estimated that sending Elian back to Cuba cost Gore 57,000 votes in Florida. He lost the election there by around 500 votes.
DANA MATHEWSON SAYS:
Good points, Jack. He'd have lost by more if some TV station hadn't fumbled the ball and called the state for Gore before the polls closed in the Panhandle -- more conservative than the rest of the state, and lots of voters stayed home as a result.
Ah! I suppose the Left's take is that he was abusing them by baptizing them. (Spit)
Saint Louis University took down the statue of Fr. DeSmet because the Indians were kneeling before him as he baptized them. The leftists were screaming because "people of color were kneeling before a white man". You can't make this stuff up.
vGreat take on the current situation
There have been recent reports the Trump administration is planning to use Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as a bargaining chip to get funding for the border wall in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR). If so, this would break one campaign promise while attempting to keep another. The President must realize he cannot trust the other side to keep any promise and appreciate that he holds all the cards, despite the media spin.
President Barack Obama issued many controversial edicts during his eight-year regime, but two of them drew the ire of Americans across the country. In 2012, Obama concocted the DACA program. He followed DACA with the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program in 2014.
DACA was a policy implemented to allow illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to receive a renewable two-year safety net that gave them a work permit and deferred any deportation. Don't let the word "children" fool you, 64 percent of eligible applicants are legal adults, with 24 percent being 24 or older. It is estimated this program could affect up to 1.7 million illegal immigrants.
DAPA was a policy that targeted the illegal immigrant parents of children that were a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. It would do the same thing DACA did and grant a work permit and deferred deportation. This program had a larger impact than DACA. It was expected to affect 3.6 million people.
Make no mistake, both of these programs had one goal, amnesty. The Democrat party realizes it made a mistake by passing Obamacare instead of amnesty in 2010. In 2005, a Bear Stearns study put the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. up near 20 million. Using two Pew Research studies putting the percentage of illegal immigrants from south of the border at 76 percent, and another study giving the Democrats 70 percent of that vote, the Democrats are fighting to add over 10.5 million new voters. If amnesty were to pass, Texas and Florida would be forever lost to the Republican party. This fight is literally the whole ball game.
On June 16, the Trump administration canceled the DAPA program after years of legal battles. Then on June 23, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling stating President Obama had overstepped his authority and ruled the program unconstitutional. Since the ruling, Homeland Security had been working out a way to take the program back to court until the cancellation.
Now, several states have threatened to sue the federal government if it does not end the DACA program.
This is where the President has the upper hand. Because the DAPA program was ruled unconstitutional and was founded on similar principles, the DACA program should be ruled the same, because it would be heard by the same court. DACA is off the table and does not matter.
The President can dare the Republicans in Congress to not fund a border wall, a border wall that he won the election on. He can do so because they want to fund an unconstitutional program. He can dare Republicans to shut down the government and break dozens of campaign promises. Republicans on the Hill are driving a clown car and playing chicken with a man driving a tank.
President Trump's base is unshakeable. For several months, the media has blasted the president with disproven story after disproven story. In the past two weeks reaching a new low and declaring the President racist, because he took the Martin Luther King, Jr. approach to violence. This did not shake his base. Even Democrat Super Pac MSNBC had to admit that President Trump's base was still with him earlier this week.
The same cannot be said for Congress. A new poll from Gallop shows that only 16 percent of Republicans approve of Congress. This is after Congress managed to accomplish nothing in 7 months. The numbers can only go down if more promises are broken with the CR.
The President can use the power of his Twitter account and challenge the Republicans that don't feel the need to keep America safe. Nothing scares a Member of Congress more than a primary challenger. The President has already done so with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and a new poll shows his challenger Kelli Ward leading him by 14 points.
The President has the bully pulpit and his world-famous media obsessed Twitter account which allows him to put pressure where it belongs, on Members of Congress. The President needs to be willing to travel to the districts and states of troublesome GOPers, and threaten to support a primary challenger. Primary season is coming up, and the last thing any member wants to see is the leader of their party shaking hands with their challenger.
"An ancient Greek inscription was found on a 1,500-year-old mosaic floor near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
"Byzantine emperor Justinian, who ruled in the 6thcentury A.D., is mentioned in the inscription, which was deciphered by Dr. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It reads: "In the time of our most pious emperor Flavius Justinian, also this entire building Constantine the most God-loving priest and abbot, established and raised, in the 14th indiction.”
So, Pelosi's Own Father Once Dedicated a Statue to Robert E. Lee
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi woke up from her 30-year slumber last week and suddenly decided to be outraged by the Confederate statues standing in the halls of Congress. She finds them "reprehensible" and is demanding House Speaker Paul Ryan have them removed.
Her family tree history makes her outrage a bit awkward. Red Alert Politics dug up a bit of history to find that Pelosi's own father, Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., dedicated a statue to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee when he was the mayor of Baltimore.
"Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions,” D’Alesandro, Jr. said at the dedication ceremony.
When Pelosi heard about this, her face went into a shocked expression. Wait. No, actually that facial expression is caused by her Botox injections.
August 23, 2017
Apologies for light blogging. I am having comuter problems and it will be hit and miss for a week or so.
By the way, the Eclipse was impressive. I saw it on the gravel banks of the Meramec River in Sullivan Mo. Great spot, great friends, and cold beer! A fine time was had.
Recent events are a reminder of the Medici phrase "omne nefas victis, victoribus omnia sancta” -- "all crimes to the losers, to the winners all things are pure.”
The Left in America considers itself a pure winner -- at least in its own mind. As it must always keep winning wars real or manufactured to progress to utopia, Leftists will not acknowledge the Civil War is over.
Of course, the moral purity the Left assumes in its quest to rid the nation of artifacts that would remind Americans of a period of history considered deserving of being erased completely is to be unquestioned. Continuing to fight the Civil War and crushing the American South is a holy battle for leftists, and victory will not be ensured until every vestige of even the memory of slavery and every historical microaggression triggering racism are eradicated forever.
An impossible task and a very dangerous one.
Dangerous because for one thing, erasure of historical memory vitiates the entire foundation of the civil rights movement and the fight against racism, as contemporary history reflects the lingering aftermath of the very conflict the Left seeks to erase from our collective memories. Accurate recollection of the Civil War in all its glorious and inglorious complexities is necessary in order we can evaluate and improve race relations. The old cliché that the person who forgets history is condemned to repeat it was seldom more applicable than today, as reckless voices call for destruction of history and monuments dedicated to memory of history.Monuments are testaments to the past, whether good or bad. They are signs to us to remember and to learn and to change.
But the cultural cleansing of even the memory of Southern history -- or any other history the Left does not like -- is the means by which the Left, like other religious/political cults past and present, is attempting to expurgate America’s past.By destroying or at least putting out of public view what are considered cultural idols such as the Confederate statue "Old Joe,” which was returned to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, true faith will prevail and a virtually sinless society can be established.
The idea is to cleanse the nation of what Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe considers unexpurgated evil: "We should not glorify a part of our history in front of our buildings that really is a testament to America's original sin.”
To put it another way, the thought is that the original sin of America can be atoned for by destroying the nation’s history, particularly the history of the South. Sin lies in the past and finds its locus in statues, monuments, buildings and other historical artifacts the public has worshipped; therefore, all the past must be annihilated in order that moral purity be victorious. Once the artifacts of America’s past are destroyed, from the ashes will arise a society free from even the memory of evil. Racism will at last be eliminated from the social fiber and we all will be clothed in the robes of righteous purity with minds become tabula rasas on which can be writ the new holy script of leftism.
To accomplish this impossible goal, a new version of total warfare is springing into place. A Sherman’s march through history will ensure hate will never rise again.
Destruction of the past and of offending material objects and thoughts as necessary for societal purity is not a new idea.
The current mania over destruction of Confederate themed monuments hearkens back to Savonarola's "Bonfire of the Vanities," during which pieces of art and books were burned due to the puritanical frenzy whipped up by the renegade priest. It is said the artist Botticelli threw at least one of his paintings into the fire. Similar attempts to expiate sin by burning things and sometimes people instead of efforts to cauterize hateful hearts eventually burn themselves out, but only after great cost to the afflicted society.
Savonarola, who is still lauded by some for his sincere attempts to improve the morals of the corrupt society in which he lived, became discouraged by verbal exhortations and eventually fastened his cauterizing gaze on objects rather than on souls, claiming that Florence could become the new Jerusalem if the citizens would repent and destroy their iniquitous luxuries, including their priceless objects of art.
He soon gathered groups of youths, who, robed in white and singing hymns, confiscated vanities to be fed to the flames in a giant bonfire. Wigs, combs, mirrors, pictures; whatever the youths, who were accompanied by armed guards, thought sinful were seized. Books of Greek philosophers, works by Cicero, secular and/or lewd paintings and sculptures as well as musical instruments were thrown into the gigantic pile. The artist Botticelli may well have seen his own paintings fed to the flames. Yet he may not have objected because, like much of the city, he too had come under the sway of Savonarola.
Bonfires of things and people are what happens when the single-minded rage of a cult effectively sways the crowds. Everything goes, as rage recognizes only the moment, only the mindless frenzy of destruction. When anger is the primary emotion, it can be assuaged only by greater and greater destruction. Anger acknowledges no end to the things to be angry about.
Savonarola’s template for temporal purity was to be imitated countless times, particularly during the periods of cultural cleansing that characterized countries such as China. Mao Tse-Tung’s young Red Guard revolutionaries, who were fairly exact copies of Savonarola’s youths in temperament and ideological frenzy, were put in charge of exterminating Western influence and destroying China’s past in order to assure the ideology of Mao’s Little Red Book became the supreme guide of the nation.
Pol Pot regime emptied universities and hospitals, driving into the
countryside those they considered corrupted by ideas incompatible with
the severe political views of their leader. Even eyeglasses were
considered vanities and the people who wore them put to hard labor,
becoming examples to the masses of the dangers of intellectuals swayed
by corrupting influences. As was the case in Savonarola’s Florence for
at least four years, a type of fanatical religious/political monasticism
was to be fastened on Russian, Chinese, and Cambodian society -- as it
is in North Korea to this day.
The fanaticism of Savonarola and his religious and political imitators past and present, are indicators of a cult mentality that is narrow, severe, and destructive. They are almost entirely characterized by anger and a sense of victimization cultivated by those favored classes deemed oppressed. Such cults, if successful, guarantee a society that is unfree and increasingly oppressive, for the suppression of history and speech inevitably turns to suppression of people whose views are different or who are just plain in the way of those who wish to control the levers of a given society.
It is not enough for such cults that statues representing America’s so-called "original sin” must be destroyed, including the ones representing the best the American South had to offer. Free speech is also to be suppressed. History and language itself must be reformed to show and tell only one story. That is why radical feminists sought to change the English language, and it is why the latest permutation of the cultic Left seeks to change language once again to reflect gender neutral terminology. The idea is to prevent anyone who disagrees from having the use of a language whereby they may express opposition. It is hard to write about the rights of men and women if the very pronouns indicating sex are eliminated and other pronouns which are essentially the equivalent of "it” are substituted for "he” and "she.” Destruction of the means to articulate one’s thought clearly is the very essence of brainwashing, for thought and language are inextricably intertwined.
It is increasingly clear the final goal of the Left involves far more than an attack against anything seen as racism; far more than virtue signaling by tearing down the statues erected in memory of the great Robert E. Lee. The ultimate goal is to disable rational thinking and to ensure the destruction of memory.
There are, in short, ways to silence voices other than to not allow the opposition to speak. There is a way to make speech meaningless by rendering language meaningless; to annihilate the ability to think altogether -- a sort of mental nihilism; a Sherman’s march through the brain.
America will not be cleansed of "original sin” and become purer if her collective memory is erased and she is made unable to speak intelligibly. She will not achieve salvation by targeting a race as inherently evil, be that race black, white, red or yellow skinned. She will not become good by erasing her history. Her purity will not be achieved until opposing voices are silenced and the opposition degraded to a social status of untouchables. She will not attain utopia by ensuring every institution and every person is saying and doing the same things. She will not become righteous by memorizing the new leftist commandments while seeing to it the Ten Commandments are destroyed. She will not be made better by making her people mute.
The truth of the matter is that original sin resides in the heart of every person ever born and must be repented of before the God who made us all.
The solution lies in changed hearts and minds, not in the destruction of monuments and language.
As God commanded Israelites of the ancient past, "Rend your hearts; not your garments.”
Or to put it another way, "Break your hearts; not your statues.”
Too bad we don't teach history anymore
POTUS Trump was proven right yet again. Just 24-hours after asking the media where the movement to destroy historical monuments would end – including tearing down those honoring figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, far left voices like Al Sharpton
Now, a Catholic saint has been vandalized in Mission Hills, California (via CBSLA):
A NOTE FROM JACK KEMP:
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storing the creepy audio files The Sun [UK], by Margi Murphy Original Article 8/22/2017 12:35:10 PM Did you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users´ smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren´t in the room. If you own an Android phone, it´s likely that you´ve used Google´s Assistant, which is similar to Apple´s Siri. Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words "OK Google". But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing. In some cases, just saying "OK" in conversation prompted it
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