February 24, 2018

The Israeli School Model

Dana Mathewson

From "Friend Eddie." Nothing awfully new here except that Israel's methods are explained more fully. Question: does Steve Cortes still work at CNN? Seems to me that he goes "off the reservation" here by agreeing that armed guards are the answer.


Yes, I remember walking by an elementary school in Tel Aviv and watching the kids play outside with an armed guard with an Uzi machine gun in his hands, supported by a shoulder strap.

And from Tim:

Oh, Jack, I'm sure those Israeli kids were scarred for life from that horrible thing they had to witness! (/snark). There was a time when police walked a beat in the cities, too, and nobody felt traumatized about a uniform wearing armed guard keeping watch. In fact, children were told to go to a policeman if they were lost or in trouble. Gee, if we only knew then what we know now we could have saved people in this country so much emotional damage! (I guess the snark wasn't really turned off after all.)

As a caller pointed out on Rush Limbaugh the other day, nobody thinks twice about armed guards at banks or in malls, but there are many who refuse to guard their most precious possessions, their children. Strange how the liberal mind works.

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February 23, 2018

Missouri Governor Indicted

Timothy Birdnow

Missour Governor Eric Greitens has been indicted on a felony charge of invasion of privacy by a St. Louis City Grand Jury.

The former Democrat Greitens (who changed his party affiliation when he decided to run for Governor of Missouri) had been having an affair with a woman and decided to "take out insurance" by taking unauthorized photographs of the woman in sexual bondage. The Governor denies the accusations, although does admit to the affair. He is not being charged with blackmail but with invasion of privacy.

Take the charges with a grain of salt. St. Louis  is a Democratic stronghold and it would not be difficult to find a grand jury willing to issue such charges. Remember, he has only been charged, which means the grand jury said there was enough evidence to bring charges, not to convict Greitens.

Democrats in the Missouri legislature are demanding impeachment. It will be an uphill battle if the GOP decides to circle the wagons, as they hold a supermajority in both houses of Congress.

Removing Greitens would actually be a bad thing for Democrats in some ways, as the Lieutenant Governor would take over as Governor, and he is much more conservative than the former Democrat Greitens. Missouri law provides for the Lieutenant Governor to assume the post until the next general election. It is unlikely the Democrats could mount a serious challenge by 2918, a midterm. But the Donkeys hope to create a sense of scandal around the GOP, suggest they are corrupt and more Democrats are needed. Never was irony more lost on anyone. This shows the desperation of the Democrats in that their only option is to smear the opposition; they can't win the argument and can't compete at the ballot box without some dirt.


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The DNC Hack that Wasn't

Timothy Birdnow

The DNC hack was nonesuch, but rather an inside job and Robert Mueller knows it.

The article states:

"Kim Dotcom has said, "Let me assure you, the DNC hack wasn’t even a hack. It was an insider with a memory stick. I know this because I know who did it and why. Special Counsel Mueller is not interested in my evidence. My lawyers wrote to him twice. He never replied.”

Dotcom’s assertion is backed up by an analysis done last year by a researcher who goes by the name Forensicator, who determined that the DNC files were copied at 22.6 MB/s- a speed virtually impossible to achieve from halfway around the world, much less over a local network - yet a speed typical of file transfers to a memory stick.

The local transfer theory of course blows the Russian hacking narrative out of the water, lending credibility to the theory that the DNC "hack” was in fact an inside job, potentially implicating late DNC IT staffer, Seth Rich."

End excerpt.

Remember, too, the Democrats used a private company to investigate the "hack" rather than the F.B.I. That company - Crowdstrike - is run by an expatriated Russian and has rewritten and altered important parts of its report on the issue. Crpwdstrike has ties to Ukrainian interests, Google, and the Hillary camp.

There is the real scandal that the sham investigation of Robert Mueller should be looking into

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Dick Durban Ex-Communicated

Timothy Birdnow

Well, a Catholic Bishop has finally done his job and denied Holy Communion to a radical pro-abortion Catholic Democrat.

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has denied Senator Richard "Dick" Durbin (the Turban, the Sheik of the Burning Bland) the sacrament of Holy Communion because of his radical pro-abortion stand. According to the article in Life News:

"In a statement on the Diocese of Springfield website, Bishop Paprocki said, "Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, including Sen. Richard Durbin, whose residence is in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.”

The full statement reads:

I agree completely with His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, who called the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act "appalling.”

Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, including Sen. Richard Durbin, whose residence is in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In April 2004, Sen. Durbin’s pastor, then Msgr. Kevin Vann (now Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, CA), said that he would be reticent to give Sen. Durbin Holy Communion because his pro-abortion position put him outside of communion or unity with the Church’s teachings on life. My predecessor, now Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, said that he would support that decision. I have continued that position."

End excerpt.

It's well past time the Catholic Bishops enforced Church doctrine. Many members of Congress vote in direct opposition to the teachings of the Church which they claim to be members of and which helps them be re-elected in no small measure. Ex-Communication is actually automatic in instances of grave sin - and voting to murder children is a grave sin - but the Church rarely issues a formal Ban of Ex-Communication, out of fear of being accused of entering pollitics and perhaps having their tax-exempt status revoked. But there is a higher authority the Bishops should be answsering to and their refusal to do what is right imperils the soul of the offender, the souls of bistanders who think there is no penalty for disobeying God's Will, and ultimately for the Shepherds themselves.

It is good to finally find a Bishop willing to take a stand. Better late than never.

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The RFS has bankrupted its first refinery, more to follow

This from Americans for Limited Government

Printus LeBlanc

Americans for Limited Government has been warning of the impending bankruptcies in the petroleum refining industry for some time now. Well, the first canary,Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), has died, and the only question left is howmany more will die before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress wake up


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Are Democrat Midterm Ambitions the Real Reason Parkland is Still in News?

Selwyn Duke

Unlike after other mass school shootings, the movement from Parkland to propaganda has had tremendous lasting power. The tragedy’s wake has seen sustained news coverage and energized anti-Second Amendment protests, ostensibly due to organic "student activism.” Yet post-shooting leftist anti-gun appeals and young students willing to facilitate them are nothing new. What is new is that the Democrats just recently suffered a devastating political one-two punch.

Not long ago Democrats were licking their chops at the prospect of a November midterm sweep. Since then, however, two momentous things have occurred: Both the Trump-Russia-collusion narrative and the Democrats’ generic congressional poll numbers have collapsed. To right this listing ship, leftists need a new issue, and fast, and they may think they’ve got it: gun control.

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Conditions for Surrendering Guns

Dana Mathewson

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Petition to Protect 2nd Amendment

Dana Mathewson

You folks may want to sign this petition. If you're like me, you won't have any money to fork over, but I assume the petition will help.

Only problem is, you have to put your e-mail address on it, which means you'll start getting stuff from the National Association for Gun Rights, but you WILL be able to Unsubscribe.

https://nagr.org/2018/893_NoGunControl-p.aspx?pid=9b more...

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Progressive Policing Policies Caused Florida Shooting

Dana Mathewson

From Urgent Agenda. Of particular interest is the next-to-last paragraph. Progressivism triumphs again -- or not. more...

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February 22, 2018

CNN Scripted Questions for Florida Townhall

Dana Mathewson

This was on the Fox News site this morning, AND our Yahoo Home Page. CNN denies it, of course.

From the article:

Colton Haab, 17, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and an ROTC member, reportedly used Kevlar vests to shield students during the massacre. He said he decided not to attend the town hall after CNN presented him with the prepared question.

CNN response to the claim of a "scripted question" for last night's town hall: pic.twitter.com/Mz1hMqqfkw
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 22, 2018

"CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted," Haab told Miami's WPLG-TV. "I don't think that it's going get anything accomplished. It's not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have

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Many Mass Murderers are DeMocrats

Jack Kemp forwards this:

GOP congresswoman: Many mass murderers ‘end up being Democrats’

Here is the money quote:

ALBANY, N.Y. — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many” people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney made the remarks on Talk 1300 Radio during a discussion about calls for stricter gun control since last week’s deadly Florida high school shooting.
"Yeah, well, obviously there is a lot of politics in it, and it’s interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but the media doesn’t talk about that either,” Tenney told talk show host Fred Dicker. more...

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The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Dana Mathewson

This sounds SO much like it could have come from people reading my stuff. Gratifying, I must say! From Urgent Agenda, quoting Breitbart: more...

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Justice Clarence Thomas speaks up about the Second Amendment

Dana Mathewson

I dearly wish this man had been tabbed as Chief Justice, instead of the squish holding the job right now. A demerit for G.W. Bush, certainly.

And this makes me wish that Justice Thomas would sound off more often!


A note from Tim:

You know, the Founding Fathers gave it it's own amendment, rather than just rolling it into the First. Why? It shows they thought it important enough to separate from the others, to single it out. Yet the courts act as though it was some sort of linguistic mistake, something that got in by accident.

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How to Cut Mass Shootings in Half

Dana Mathewson

I think she has a few "gotchas" in here, but this one's pretty much up to her usual standard.

Ann's working on the problem

Ann states:

There have been about 34 mass shootings since 2000. Forty-seven percent — 16 — were committed by first- and second-generation immigrants, i.e. people who never would have been here but for Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act.

And the immigrant mass shootings have been some of the most spectacular ones, such as Fort Hood and San Bernardino. Two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, at Virginia Tech in 2007 and at the Pulse Nightclub in 2016, were committed by first- and second-generation immigrants, i.e., people who were in this country because Teddy was pouting in his room and refused to come out until he got his own legacy"

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Preventing government data failures

Timothy Birdnow

Governments have access to vast amounts of data. Unfortunately, they sometimes fail to protect the data. Worse, they often fail to utilize data in a timely manner, due to simple inertia, or because the information would compel decisions that are contrary to established policies or would put agencies at odds with powerful interest groups, suggests data expert, data entrepreneur and author Justhy Prasad.

The results can be disastrous, especially as governments are involved in more aspects of our lives. Several examples underscore this untenable situation: the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear power plant failure, Superstorm Sandy, California wildfires and mudslides, and the Oroville Dam spillway collapse. These circumstances demand that governments do their jobs better, by gathering and utilizing data about potential risks, implementing informed policies, and making wise decisions – in time to safeguard property and lives.

The analyses and suggestions that Justhy presents in this article make eminent sense – and should be considered by lawmakers, regulators, judges and citizens alike. more...

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February 21, 2018

America Worst for Mass Shootings? Nope.

Timothy Birdnow

Investor's Business Daily shows that America is hardly the tops for mass gun shootings:

"Powerful remarks, and no doubt heartfelt. But a study of global mass-shooting incidents from 2009 to 2015 by the Crime Prevention Research Center, headed by economist John Lott, shows the U.S. doesn't lead the world in mass shootings. In fact, it doesn't even make the top 10, when measured by death rate per million population from mass public shootings.

So who's tops? Surprisingly, Norway is, with an outlier mass shooting death rate of 1.888 per million (high no doubt because of the rifle assault by political extremist Anders Brevik that claimed 77 lives in 2011). No. 2 is Serbia, at just 0.381, followed by France at 0.347, Macedonia at 0.337, and Albania at 0.206. Slovakia, Finland, Belgium, and Czech Republic all follow. Then comes the U.S., at No. 11, with a death rate of 0.089.

That's not all. There were also 27% more casualties from 2009 to 2015 per mass shooting incident in the European Union than in the U.S.

"There were16 caseswhere at least 15 people were killed," the study said. "Out of those cases, four were in the United States, two in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom."

"But the U.S. has a population four times greater than Germany's and five times the U.K.'s, so on a per-capita basis the U.S. ranks low in comparison — actually, those two countries would have had a frequency of attacks 1.96 (Germany) and 2.46 (UK) times higher."

Yes, the U.S. rate is still high, and nothing to be proud of. But it's not the highest in the developed world. Not by a long shot."

End excerpt.

Only in the fantasy world of liberals is America guilty.

Hat tip: Ace of Spades.

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No Arrest Policy Allowed School Shooter to Avoid Gun Background Checks

Timothy Birdnow

Conservative Treehouse reported on a serious problem in Miami Dade and Broward County, Florida, when Trayvon Martin was shot to death and it is at the core of what failed in the recent school shooting. Seems the school district pushed to keep police from filing criminal charges against bad seeds.

From the article:

"Broward County schools intentionally created polices from 2010 through 2016 that culminated in the 2018 mass school shooting in Parkland. We know this with great specificity because five years ago we warned Broward County Florida school board members this could happen.

In 2012 and 2013 while doing research into the Trayvon Martin shooting we discovered an alarming set of school policies being enacted in Miami-Dade and Broward County Florida. The policies were called "diversionary programs” and were essentially about stopping High School students from being arrested. Law enforcement was instructed to avoid arrests and defer criminal conduct to school administrators.

Students who engaged in violence, drug sales, robberies, burglaries, theft and other various crimes were intentionally kept out of the criminal justice system. County administrators and School Superintendents told local and county law enforcement officers to stop arresting students.

2013 […] Broward, the nation’s seventh largest district, had the highest number of school-related arrests in Florida in the 2011-2012 school year, according to state data. Seventy-one percent of the 1,062 arrests made were for misdemeanor offenses. (more)

Unfortunately, the school board mandated policies came into conflict with law and order. The problem of the conflicted policy -vs- legality worsened over time as the police excused much more than misdemeanor crimes. Over time this culminated in police officers falsifying documents, hiding criminal activity, lying on official police reports and even hiding stolen merchandise police retrieved from high school

End excerpt.

Very interesting...

These were the two counties where there was so much confusion in the election of 2000, where Al Gore almost stole the presidential election via endless recounting and "hanging chads". South Florida is furthermore a hotbed of Islamic extremism that culminated in the Pulse nightclub shooting. It seems Progressivism caused this as much as anything.

Now they want to blame guns.

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Active Shooter Device

Dana Mathewson

Interesting. Guess they do other things in the state next door in addition to making beer and cheese.


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February 20, 2018

Transgenderism and the death of the First Amendment

Timothy Birdnow

The Forst A,emd,emt rogjts pf parents of a self-styled "transgendered" child are being trampled by an Ohio prosecutor and social service worker who think they know how best to deal with the troubled youth. The busybodies demand the child be turned over to grandparents because she is being "abused" by the parents, who make the kid attend Catholic school and answer to her given female name!

Conservative HQ has the story:

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February 19, 2018

Missed Signs

Dana Mathewson

Wow! And liberals keep grumping about "missing the signs" and blaming those

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