November 24, 2018
The International Space Station nee Space Station Freedom (as it was originally called until we outsourced the project) is infected with bacteria.
a strain of "infectious organisms" have been found on the ISS. From the article:
A Nasa team found five different varieties of Enterobacter, which are similar to bugs found in hospitals down here on Earth.
The toilet of the orbiting space base was one of the main sites of infection along with the exercise area.
Researchers calculated that there is a ‘79% probability that they may potentially cause disease’, although analysis has only been carried out on dead samples at this stage so this risk could prove to be higher or lower following further research."
So, much like San Francisco, human excrement from foreigners is threatening the public health - at least on Man's only extra-planetary mobile home.
Scientists determined that the three strains are not virulent, at least not yet.
Might I suggest that a.everyone do a better job of screening the astro/cosmonauts who go to the station and b.somebody buy them a toiolet brush and maybe a bottle of Toilet Duck. There is no good reason to have an infectious organism living in the space crapper; this is a sterile environment with no good reason for bacteria to survive.
America is fast becoming a Third World country, with a return of diseases not seen here in a long time, as well as other fun things like bedbugs. Can't we at least have a First World space station?
It looks like President Trump is going to nominate Andrew Wheeler to succeed Scott Pruitt at the hyper-partisan Environmental Protection Agency.
Wheeler has been the man at the wheel of the EPA since the Left drove Scott Pruitt out. He's done a fairly good job, but not as well as Pruitt (which was why they had to create accusations of corruption against him.)
According to his bio at EPA.gov:
Mr. Wheeler has dedicated his career to advancing sound environmental policies. He began his career during the George H. W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant in EPA's Pollution Prevention and Toxics office.
He was a Principal and the team leader of the Energy and Environment Practice Group at FaegreBD Consulting, as well as Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels law firm, where he practiced since 2009. He also served as the Co-chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Industry team across the entire firm.
Prior to his work with the firm, Mr. Wheeler served for six years as the Majority Staff Director and Chief Counsel, as well as the Minority Staff Director, of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Before his time at the full Senate EPW Committee, Mr. Wheeler served in a similar capacity for six years for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety.
Mr. Wheeler is the past Chairman of the National Energy Resource Organization (NERO) and a Stennis Fellow. Mr. Wheeler is also an Eagle Scout.
The self-satisfied Gang Greenous DeSmug Blog (yes, I meant to say that) is quite unhappy with Wheels. See here.
Wheeler's not as aggressive as Pruitt, but he is a decent choice. Hopefully the Senate won't hold him up. I imagine the Democrats are planning to Kavanaugh him; be prepared for an onslaught of accusations and character assassinations.
Who needs the French?
From Victor Davis Hansen:
The Mad, Mad Meditations of Monsieur Macron
November 23, 2018
The Church of England has been descending into madness for some time now. The latest craziness comes from the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has declared God a eunuch.
Breitbart has the story:
"Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that God is "not male nor female,” after female bishops demanded the Church of England stop referring to God solely as "he.”
The head of the worldwide Anglican communion told attendees at a lecture at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square: "All human language about God is inadequate and to some degree metaphorical.
"God is not a father in exactly the same way as a human being is a father. God is not male or female. God is not definable."
This despite absolutely clear-cut language in the Bible making it incontrovertible that the First person in the Trinity is to be viewed as male (and the Second Person WAS male on this Earth).
Noemie Emery: One Anita Hill moment was enough, voters say
Did Dianne Feinstein lose the Senate for Democrats by trying to turn the battle of Justice Brett Kavanaugh into a second Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas fight? The answer is most likely yes.
Sen. Feinstein, D-Calif., didn't intend this when she made the calculated decision to create the fiasco.
But decide she did. She sat for more than two months on the letter that Christine Blasey Ford sent her. She released it only when Kavanaugh's hearings were over, so that a new, stand-alone hearing would have to take place. She refused Ford's request that she be allowed to testify in private and in California, as was her preference, making her instead come to Washington to participate in a day-long, nationally televised he-said-she-said extravaganza.
Was it because Feinstein wanted this to have the same look and feel as the Hill-Thomas hearing, which she saw as a win for her side and her party, and which also had made her a star?
If the Republicans won in the sense that Justice Clarence Thomas has served and still serves on the Supreme Court, a case can be made that the Democrats won even more. Liberal rage at the outcome made 1992 the Year of the Woman; empowered former President Bill Clinton and his lovely wife, Hillary; gave a rebirth and reboot to the feminist movement; gave the Democrats an issue to run on in perpetuity (or at least until 1998 and the Monica problem); and, last but not least, brought in four new female senators, Feinstein among them. Two of them are still in the Senate today, and three of them stayed a very long time.
No wonder Feinstein remembered the experience as something good for her party and worth reliving.
But although the script and the players both appeared similar, the conditions around them had become very different. Feinstein thought that the court fight would swell the blue wave and make it unstoppable. In fact, it was stopped in its tracks.
Read the rest
According to Yahoo Australia:
A heated bidding war for a child bride has caused outrage after details were shared on Facebook.
Five hundred cows, two luxury cars, $13,000 in cash, two bikes, a boat and a few cell phones made up the final price in a heated bidding war for a 17-year-old in South Sudan.
The highest bidder was a man three times the girl's age.
At least four other men in Eastern Lakes state competed, Philips Anyang Ngong, a human rights lawyer who tried to stop the bidding last month, said. Among the bidders was the state's deputy governor.
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NY Post financial writer John Crudele is a favorite of mine as he often points out the follies of Wall St. and U.S. government "creative accounting" self delusions. Today he takes on Facebook's lack of controls against pedophiliacs lurking on their website.
Here is his very short article:
Facebook needs to focus on becoming safer for children
The money quote:
"My questions are these: Can Facebook with or without an independent group actually keep the bad stuff off its site? And if all the bad and dangerous stuff is removed, what will be left on Facebook?"
In an article by Ben Shapiro at The Daily Wire, drawing on a Wall St. Journal piece, Shapiro recently stated:
"In one of the most shocking stories to get little media coverage this year, The Wall Street Journal reported ten days ago that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pressured a top executive at his company to apologize for his support of President Trump in the 2016 election, and issue a letter just before that election explaining that he had switched his support to libertarian Gary Johnson.
According to reporters Kirsten Grind and Keach Hagey, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey says that he was put on leave and then fired for his support for Trump. The Journal reported:
In the fall of 2016, as unhappiness over the donation simmered, Facebook executives including Mr. Zuckerberg pressured Mr. Luckey to publicly voice support for libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, despite Mr. Luckey's yearslong support of Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the conversations and internal emails viewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Luckey ended up negotiating a $100 million settlement, an acceleration of stock awards and bonuses that he would have received thanks to his sale of Oculus VR to Facebook in 2014. Facebook, for its part, denied that Luckey was fired for his political views. But Luckey was a supporter of President Trump's for years, going back to 2011, when he urged Trump to run for president by mail. In September 2016, The Daily Beast reported that Luckey had given a $10,000 donation to NimbleAmerica, an anti-Hillary ad group focused on trolling the Democratic candidate.""
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Read the rest here.
Ann Coulter rips Jared Kushner, son of a jailbird, on prison "reform".
Jared: The Birdbrain of Alcatraz
Here is a brief excerpt.
"In the systematic dismantling of common sense in America, Jared Kushner's "sentencing reform" bill is the coup de grace -- a Mack Truck hurtling down the highway about to take out thousands of Americans. The Idiot Army is already in place to fight and win this battle.
Jared and the hip-hop artists currently advising him have decided that too many people are in prison. If you think you've heard this before, you have: Genius insights of this sort have preceded nearly every major crime wave this country has experienced, from Philadelphia to California to a bloody period known as "the Warren Court."
As anyone with an amoeba's understanding of recent history knows, beginning in the early '60s, assorted heads-up-their-asses liberals jettisoned logic, common sense and a basic understanding of human nature by releasing criminals from the prisons where they belonged"
Read the whole column at Townhall. more...
November 22, 2018
Having undertaken for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together in a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.
(William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, ed. Samuel Morison, 75-6.) See the Mayflower Compact in William Bradford's hand.
John Carver Edward Tilly Digery Priest
William Bradford John Tilly Thomas Williams
Edward Winslow Francis Cooke Gilbert Winslow
William Brewster Thomas Rogers Edmund Margeson
Isaac Allerton Thomas Tinker Peter Brown
Miles Standish John Rigdale Richard Bitteridge
John Alden Edward Fuller George Soule
Samuel Fuller John Turner Richard Clark
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Why did the Pilgrims come to Plymouth? That is a question worth asking this Thanksgiving morn. It's not an idle question, either, for it speaks to the very bedrock of America, what it was intended to be as opposed to what it has become.
Let me explain why I ask this.
Writing in Conservative HQ, Jeffrey A. Rendall states:
"Honest conservatives see Trump as an effective vehicle to implement policy ideas that have been tucked away for decades. The Constitution limits government for a reason – mainly because freedom of thought and action produce the most desirable outcomes for everyone. Government can’t do it all – and shouldn’t try, either." more...
Conservative HQ gives us a rundown on who is behind the so-called "migrant caravan".
From the article:
"People Without Borders is a Chicago-based nonprofit that has organized multiple migrant caravans aimed at the U.S. border. The nonprofit notably organized a caravan of Central American migrants in April known as the Migrants’ Way of the Cross.
As we previously reported, the "caravan” is supported by the coalition CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, which includes Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLIN), the American Immigration Council (AIC), the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RICELS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – thus the acronym CARA.
It should be noted that there are deep ties between the Leftwing activists attacking the border and corporate and foundation sponsorship, as Pueblo Sin Fronteras has been recognized as a member of the National Day Laborer Network – a group affiliated with United for Justice and Peace, Caravan Against Fear and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Furthermore, as WND has reported, "At least three of the four groups are funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.”
The article links to this video that illustrates that 90 to 95% of the caravan is composed of younger males, contrary to the lie told by the American media.
The DOJ needs to launch an investigation into this project. This is a conspiracy to commit multiple crimes against the United States. It must be investigated and punished.
John Stossel tells an ungrateful nation why they should give thanks this day.
He tells us the sad tale of Plymouth, where the Pilgrim settlers nearly died from an experiment with socialism. He thanks God for property rights, the cornerstone of all other rights.
Americans aren't sitting around a dinner table with Uncle Sam carving the Turkey. Sadly, too many of our fellow citizens think that is the case.
Do read the Townhall article; Stossel nails it.
November 21, 2018
536 was the worst year ever (so give 2018 a break)
In A.D. 536, Europe had a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad year.
It started when a mysterious fog swept over the continent, veiling the sun in a blue haze and casting Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia into darkness 24 hours a day, for 18 months. Falling temperatures ushered in the coldest decade of the past 2,000 years, crops failed from Ireland to China, and famine ran rampant. Those who endured the long, cold night faced even harsher times in the years to come; in A.D. 541, an outbreak of bubonic plague known as Justinian's Plague scythed through the Mediterranean, killing up to 100 million people.
This series of events was, to put it in scientific terms, a total bummer. Michael McCormick, a medieval historian and archaeologist, recently told Science magazine that the year 536 was "the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year." But despite all that is known about the devastation that began then, scientists still aren't sure exactly what caused the mystery cloud of doom to descend over Europe in the first place. [End of the World? Top 10 Doomsday Threats]
Now, McCormick and his colleagues from the U.S., the U.K. and Germany believe they've finally uncovered the answer. In a new study published this week (Nov. 14) in the journal Antiquity, the team analyzed an ancient ice core pulled from the Swiss Alps containing more than 2,000 years' worth of microscopic history lessons. Particles of dust, metal and airborne elements frozen at various levels of the 235-foot-long (72 meters) core hint at how the atmosphere over Europe changed throughout the past two millennia — a Saharan dust storm here, a silver-mining boom there — and, according to the new study, reveal that a massive volcanic eruption in Iceland directly preceded the beginning of Europe's darkest days.
Truly great disasters come like a thief in the night. How many foresaw Rome’s sacking in 410 A.D., her collapse 66 years later, WWI or WWII? As for today, how many see that the United States is at what some call a tipping point, what others may call aFourth Turning? Whatever you call it, the American republic is in its last days. This is too scary for many to contemplate, but there’s something far scarier: playing ostrich and not being prepared for things to come.
The so-called Left, ever violent since its French Revolution birth and as power hungry as ever, wholly controls the culture: the media, mainstream and social; academia; and entertainment. This means it controls long-term politics, since the latter is downstream of culture. So is big business, mind you, which is why the Left controls most of it as well; this, of course, translates into funding.
Trump’s 2016 victory will not MAGA; it was merely a stay of execution, a prolonging of the inevitable.
But this isn’t your grandfather’s Democrat Party. Voters this time empowered socialistic to socialist to closet-communist, sexual devolutionary, rabble-rousing, low-I.Q., no virtue, ignorant freaks who often encourage political violence by their Antifa-Brownshirt useful idiots. So it’s not your great-grandfather’s America, either.
Digging into the electoral numbers also tells a tale. Ninety percent of blacks, 79 percent of Jews, 77 percent of Asians, 69 percent of Hispanics and 59 percent of women voted Democrat —same as usual. Can we stop now with talk about "Blexit,” the "Walkaway” movement, how "Hispanics are natural conservatives,” how Jews are waking up to the Left’s anti-Semitism and all the other connedservativeself-delusion? People vote in accordance with their emotional and philosophical foundations, and "You cannot reason a man out of a position he has not reasoned himself into,” as Jonathan Swift put it. Fooling oneself doesn’t help.
The voters are only getting worse, too, for three basic reasons: immigration, indoctrination and moral corruption. Let’s consider the first.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Monica Showalter wrote a piece at Amer.Thinker today about the problems of the NY City subway system, its overcrowding, lack of repairs and people fleeing for other transportation. Someone took her to task about her complaint of "manspreading" on the subways:
I did not look to see who wrote this but, as soon as I saw "manspreaders" I knew it had to be a woman. Men have to spread their legs a little to be comfortable, at least those of us with balls do. Only men who take up the space our anatomy demands are persecuted with $100 fines for taking up "too much space." Women put their purses and packages on the seats next to them and no one writes them a ticket or complains about that. I wonder how many of the people who abandoned the system are men who have finally had enough.
Not to be outdone in Showalter's New York bashing, Thomas Lifson added to Showalter's piece, saying that New York's subway finance problems are directly connected to rent control keeping rents down and distorting the housing picture in the city. In reply to Lifson, I posted this comment:
JackKemp â€¢ a few seconds ago
Thomas Lifson leaves out one significant factor involved in New York City's Rent Stabilization (a type of rent control). New York is full of foreign nationals who come to town literally with a suitcase full of money (Newsweek once reported this decades ago) to buy an apartment. Whole apartment houses that have gone condo are full of Chinese nationals where I live in the outer boroughs. And, as an anecdote, I can tell you I had a chance conversation with a real estate agent who works and lives in the Bronx this week who complained about the European nationals who contact her and demand all kinds of constant free service from her, expecting her to be available day and night to handle their phone calls - all while not closing any real estate purchases. She now tells them to only email her.
New Yorkers, who grew up paying taxes and going to both public and private schools in NY, now have to compete with much richer foreign nationals coming in who drive up both rents and apartment purchase prices. Without some form of rent control, half or more of NY City residents would have had to flee the only communities they have known their entire lives. Any solution to New York's woes needs to take into account that hordes of invaders with suitcases full of cash instead of guns and tanks are causing havoc with the locals.
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I woke up early and found this pretty good analysis of messed up the federal govt. guaranteed (taxpayer guaranteed) Reverse Mortgage business is.
(See more on the meltdown here.
Real estate trouble: reverse mortgages deplete FHA insurance reserves
From the article:
"Reverse mortgages were supposed to offer seniors the ability to generate retirement fixed monthly cash or line of credit by borrowing money against their home equity. Unlike standard loans, no repayments are required during the borrower's lifetime and homeowner heirs could repay the loan or turn the home over to the lender. Seniors could only default by not making property repairs or by failing to pay property tax and insurance.
But Reuters reported that the California Reinvestment Coalition found that foreclosures on reverse loans that averaged 490 a month from January 2009 to March 2016, spiked by 646 percent during the last nine months of the Obama Administration to 3,664 per month. CRC added that HUD data revealed that defaults expected to lead to involuntary foreclosures doubled in fiscal 2016 to 89,064, from 45,381 in the prior year.
President Trump's Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Brian Montgomery, who was confirmed by the Senate in May, is moving quickly to investigate the HECM high-risk taxpayer guaranteed portfolio, according to the Wall Street Journal.
After an FHA staff review of 134,000 reverse mortgages found that at least 37 percent of reverse mortgage appraisals were overvalued by 3 percent or more, Montgomery announced that HECM reverse mortgage lenders provide a second property appraisal on loans flagged by FHA as potentially having an inflated property valuation.
Read the whole article.
November 20, 2018
Oops they did it again!
An Obama-appointed judge issued a restraining order on Monday forcing the Trump Administration to process asylum claims for the Caravan invasion.
Fox News has the story:
"Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border would be ineligible for asylum.
U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar, who was nominated by President Obama in 2012 to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco.
The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Trump issued the ban this month in response to the caravans of migrants that have started to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border."
It doesn't matter what the law says, or how angry the public is over this. Judges simply overturn the will of the People to promote their radical agenda.
The law couldn't be any clearer; the President has overwhelming discretion on who gets into this country. Federal judges have no say in it. But since the President is hated by both parties he must step gingerly to avoid being impeached, so he has to obey these tiny tyrants.
America is being given away piece by piece by those entrusted with guaranteeing our rights. And too few are really angry about it.
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