August 31, 2018

Upbeat Polling Data - Mostly

Timothy Birdnow

I was surfing the Rassmussen Report and found a few interesting polls that I think Aviary readers may find interesting.

First, most people polled think illegal immigration is a serious issue. According to the poll,72% of likely voters think it is an important issue. 42% say it is Very Important, while just 27% think it is not that important and just 9% think it is not important at all. Also, a sizable majority suspect their elected officials are paying lip service to border enforcement only.

Ya think? If that weren't the case they would have allocated money for the wall by now.

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McVain... er, McCain again

Dana Mathewson

I know we're trying to say nice things about him -- and by extension, his people. But things like this don't exactly make it easy, do they?

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Gohmert Doubles Down on Clinton Server Claim

Dana Mathewson

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The Freezing Warming Earth

Dana Mathewson

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August 30, 2018

Brown Spikes Study out of Fear it would damage Transgenderism

Dana Mathewson

I found the following on Fox News this morning. If you don't like the truth, just ignore it and it will go away. If it doesn't go away, still ignore it. I guess. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/30/brown-u-pulls-gender-dysphoria-study-worried-that-fin dings-might-invalidate-perspectives-transgender-community.html

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Prosecutions for Illegal Alien Votes

Timothy Birdnow

Conservative HQ delineates a major arrest of foreigners voting in American elections.

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The misguided Affordable Clean Energy rule

Paul Driessen

Why is the EPA still determined to control plant food? Authors Tim Ball and Tom Harris thought the Trump EPA would not just terminate Obama’s job-killing Clean Power Plan (CPP) – but would finally end its ridiculous attempt to control Earth’s climate by controlling carbon dioxide emissions. Unfortunately, at least thus far, the authors freely admit, they were wrong.

EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule shows that the Trump Administration is still playing the same "CO2 is causing dangerous manmade climate change” tune, though somewhat less loudly than Obama did. Just like the CPP, the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule focuses on reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the nonsensical belief that this will somehow reduce global warming – a phenomenon that virtually ended 20 years ago and would benefit wildlife and humanity anyway.

All Americans must understand how unaccountable "Deep State” technocrats are still directing government policy behind the scenes, using a little known and highly undemocratic feature of the U.S. legal system called "Administrative Law.”

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The Madness of PC Journalism

Fay Voshell

A good article by Rod Dreher.

That Is Not A Woman

From the article:

"When language itself becomes corrupted, it becomes impossible to describe reality. Journalists are required now by their employers to write official lies, such as Kadin E. Moore is a woman, simply because Moore, a troubled, violent 19 year old, says he is.

I find it hard to encourage young people to consider professional journalism as a career. It used to be because jobs were scarce, but now, added to that, is the clear trend of having to use one’s words to lie. To flat-out lie about what is real, and to lie in a way that journalists working for Pravda and Izvestia had to do back in the day.

If one takes Solzhenitsyn’s counsel — "Live not by lies” — seriously, how could one work in mainstream American journalism in this era of gender ideology and political correctness? I’m not asking rhetorically. How could a person of integrity put his or her name on a story that requires having to refer to the Kadin E. Moores of the world as "women”? To be clear, I have no trouble with inserting a clause in stories like this saying Moore identifies as a woman. That is true. What I strongly object to is saying that Moore is a woman."


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Anonymousity

David Dickinson

Something happened this morning, an anonymous FBI official contacted Fox and a couple other outlets and said the other anonymous source was not correct, no evidence has ever been produced about China hacking of Felonia von Pantsuit's server. So we can call this the "Battle of the Anonymous Sources."

This from Tim:

CNN contradics your claim, David; they have an anonymous source telling them that Fox's anonymous source is ether incorrect or working for an anonymous source involved with Russia and the Trump Administration. They intend to prove it with an anonymous source in th coing days.


Dana Mathewson adds:

Well, according to MY anonymous FBI source (I actually have one but I don't ask him any questions, haven't talked to him since two years ago when he refused to say why they weren't going after Felonia), the anonymous source you're referring to is erroneous in addition to being anonymous. Don't you love those "ous" suffixes?

Tim replies:

Well, my anonumous source asked to remain anonymous, so I'm staying out of this particular discussion, Dana.


From David:

It got even better, just this afternoon the FBI refused to either confirm or deny the anonymous source's claim regarding Chinese hacking. I can't imagine how badly anonymous source #2 felt after that.

And Tim

If anonymous source #2 were in college he/she/zhe would have to go to a safe space and play with a teddy bear.

and lastly from Dana:

I'd really love to know just how many anonymous sources FIB has at their disposal. . .

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August 29, 2018

Another giant passes

Dana Mathewson

Thank goodness we have things other than politics to write about.

Recently a colossus of the theatre passed away. Neil Simon, one of the most prolific playwrights and a master of comedy, passed away at the age of 91.

William Katz, in his excellent blog Urgent Agenda, makes the following comments:
I've always felt that comedy writing is the highest form of writing. Any reasonably competent writer can make someone cry. To make someone laugh requires real talent.
Neil Simon was a true comedy writer. You laughed, and you never got a political lecture.

The story said that Simon was part of the comedy shop that wrote for Sid Caesar. Actually, they wrote for "Your Show of Shows," one of the best variety programs of the 1950s, which starred Caesar, but also starred Imogene Coca. It was that generation's "must see" TV.

We have good comedy writers today, but the politicization of the entertainment industry, and the almost required use of foul language have dimmed the lights.

The AP story is here: https://apnews.com/e8db781820aa410789d6630e5aa9df6d

The Urgent Agenda story is here: http://www.urgentagenda.com/PERMALINKS%20IX/AUGUST%202018/26.SIMON.HTML

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The Penn is mightier than the Sword

Dana Mathewson

When Cal Thomas writes, I listen.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/28/cal-thomas-mark-penn-was-right-about-trump-hilla ry-and-double-standards-trump-should-respond-by-doing-this.html

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John McCain, Aftermath

Dana Mathewson

Good analysis.

JOHN McCAIN, AFTERMATH â€" AT 12:31 P.M. ET: The nation mourns the passing of a giant of the Senate. Inevitably, though, amidst the mourning is talk of what happens to his senatorial seat. It's entirely appropriate to ask the question. From the Washington Times

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will make the appointment that will fill the seat of Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

Under state law the replacement must be of the same party as Mr. McCain, a Republican, according to election experts. That ensures the GOP will maintain control of the Senate — though given Mr. Ducey is a Republican as well, that was likely anyway.

Because the vacancy happened so late in the year, Mr. Ducey’s replacement will serve through the end of 2020, and the seat will next be on the ballot in November of that year. The winner would then serve out the final two years of the term Mr. McCain won in 2016 — his sixth.
Mr. Ducey’s decision could be tricky.


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Coming to a Target store near you

Jack Kemp

https://nypost.com/2018/08/27/man-in-womens-clothes-caught-taking-video-under-bathroom-stalls-cops/

Man in womens clothes caught taking video under bathroom stalls: cops


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Chinese Stir Fry Server

Dana Mathewson


This report from Fox News. It seems that some enterprising Chinese hacker inserted code onto Felonia von Pantsuit's home-brew e-mail server that resulted in a copy of every one of her e-mails being sent to a Chinese company -- which, of course, means the Chinese gummint eventually got a copy.

And that woman came within an ace of the top job in the White House? http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/those_bathroom_e-mail_serversll_get_hacked_every_time

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Dennis Prager explains leftists, pt. 3

Jack Kemp

Explaining the Left, Part III: Leftism as Secular Religion
Dennis Prager

Explaining the Left, Part III: Leftism as Secular Religion

One of the most important books of the 20th century -- it remains a best-seller 59 years after it was first published -- is "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.

Marx saw man's primary drive as economic, and Freud saw it as sex. But Frankl believed -- correctly, in my opinion -- that the greatest drive of man is meaning.

One can be poor and chaste and still be happy. But one cannot be bereft of meaning and be happy -- no matter how rich or how sexually fulfilled one may be.

The greatest provider of meaning for the vast majority of human beings has been religion. In the West, Christianity (and on a smaller scale, Judaism) provided nearly all

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Those bathroom e-mail servers'll get hacked every time

Dana Mathewson

This is the story that keeps on giving. So why won't the proper people investigate it?

Fox News tells us that

Chinese company reportedly hacked Clinton's server, got copy of every email in real-time

A Chinese state-ownedcompany reportedly hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server, then inserted code that forwarded them a copy of virtually every email she sent or received after that -- a revelation President Trump is demanding be investigated.

The Daily Callerreported that the firm operating in the D.C. area wrote code that was then embedded in the server and generated a "courtesy copy” for almost all her emails -- which was then forwarded to the Chinese company.

The code reportedly was discovered in 2015 by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), which then warned FBI officials of the intrusion.

A source briefed on the matter confirmed to Fox News the details of the Caller’s reporting, and said that the ICIG was so concerned by the revelation that officials drove over to the FBI to inform agents -- including anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok -- of the development after it was discovered via the emails' metadata.

The source told Fox News the hack was from a Chinese company, describing it as a front for Chinese intelligence.

A second source briefed on the matter told Fox News that officials outside of the FBI indicated code on the Clinton server suggested a foreign source was receiving copies of emails in real time.

The hacking report caught the attention late Tuesday of President Trump, who warned that the FBI and DOJ should act or "their credibility will be forever gone.”

Report just out: "China hacked Hillary Clinton’s private Email Server.” Are they sure it wasn’t Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!

My, MY! Meanwhile, the Left keeps obsessing on non-existent "collusion" between Russia and our duly-elected President. Sad!

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August 28, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Praised John McCain. Then Things Got REALLY Weird.

Dana Mathewson

As we have always known, the Left has a keen taste for its own and will eat one of them at the drop of a hat -- or a word. As its shiny new toy just learned.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did a very nice thing Saturday, tweeting out a heartfelt tribute to the late Senator John McCain, whom she called "an unparalleled example of human decency and American service."

John McCain’s legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service.

As an intern, I learned a lot about the power of humanity in government through his deep friendship with Sen. Kennedy.

He meant so much, to so many. My prayers are with his family. https://t.co/iu28V3snDm

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 26, 2018
 

Being (mostly) a political amateur in a severely partisan social media landscape, Ocasio-Cortez probably should have known that praise for a member of the opposing party wouldn't be received by her progressive colleagues as a collegial olive branch extended in the spirit of McCain's "Maverick" reputation, but rather as an open invitation to question her progressive bona fides.

Things got heated, as leftists roasted Ocasio-Cortez from straying from the party line and daring to suggest anyone right of Karl Marx might have had some good ideas.

What follows at this point is actually a small sample of the tiny-minded carping tweets of Leftists complaining. I will leave it to you to go to the article to read them (link provided below).

To Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's credit, she takes it in stride.
Ocasio-Cortez, to her credit, does not appear to have apologized for her social media eulogy, even when feminist rag Jezebel droned on at her for over a thousand words, excoriating Ocasio-Cortez for lending credence to McCain's "imperialism" and his opposition to high taxes and free abortions.

Maybe this gal's tougher than we think.

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Black businesses up 400 percent in last year with Trump Presidency

Jack Kemp

Andrew Klavan in his daily online show,
stated at the 44 min, 37 sec. mark that:


Minority owned busnesses are on the rise by 400 percent in the last year, according to the Mnority 2018 Small Business Trends survey.

And here is
the story
in its text format online...

Survey Finds Black Business Ownership
African American business owners are on the rise. According to the Minority 2018 Small Business Trends survey, the number of black-owned small businesses in the U.S. increased by a staggering 400% in a year-over-year time period from 2017 to 2018.
The new survey, which was conducted by Guidant Financial, interviewed more than 2,600 business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. It found that 45% of all small business in the country were owned by minority ethnic groups in 2018. This is a dramatic uptick from 2015 when the total percentage of minority business owners was 15%. The largest minority group of respondents were African American at 19%, followed by Hispanic at 14%, Asian at 8%, and Native American at 4%.
Of the African American small business owners surveyed, 63% identified as men and 38% as women. Most fell between the ages of 40 to 49 with 28%, while 25% were between 50 and 59 years old, and 22% are 30 to 39. The research also showed that the highest volume of African American entrepreneurs livesin Texas, followed by Georgia, California, Florida, and North Carolina.

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August 27, 2018

North Carolina mom in 'disbelief' after son, 10, punished for calling teacher 'ma'am'

Dana Mathewson

I, too, am in disbelief. We often read of instances where manners are called into question these days. Not often are good manners castigated -- are they?

The mother of a 10-year-old boy in North Carolina is outraged that her son was recently punished for calling his fifth grade teacher "ma’am.”

"I was in disbelief,” Teretha Wilson, the boy’s mother, told Fox News on Saturday.

Wilson noticed her son, Tamarion, was not himself when she picked him up from the bus stop earlier this week.

"I asked him what was wrong, and he told me he got in trouble for saying 'ma’am' to a teacher. I was confused,” she said.

Inquiring further, Wilson asked her son to give more detail about the incident. That’s when the fifth-grader at North East Carolina Preparatory School in Tarboro, North Carolina, pulled out a piece of lined paper with the word ma’am written dozens of times.

Wilson was shocked, especially when Tamarion told her that his teacher, who has not been formally identified, told him that he was required to return the piece of paper with a parent’s signature.

The young boy also claimed that the teacher threatened to throw something at him during the incident, his mother said.

"He was disappointed because he felt like he had done something wrong,” she said.

The next afternoon, Wilson went to the school to meet with Tamarion’s teacher and the school's principal. With her she brought a separate piece of paper on which her son had written the definition of ma’am. (According to the Oxford Dictionaries, ma’am is defined as "a term of respectful or polite address used for a woman”).

Wilson claims Tamarion’s teacher told her that her son "was getting on her nerve when he called her ma’am" but "couldn’t give me a reason of why that was bad.” The teacher also claimed Tamarion knew that she wasn’t serious when she allegedly threatened to throw something at him, Wilson said.

Tamarion has been placed in a different teacher’s class since the incident occured.

In a statement to ABC 11, an official with the school called the situation a "personnel matter,” which "has been handled appropriately by the K-7 principal.”

The link to this article is given below. Frankly, I'm left unsatisfied. I don't understand what the teacher's problem is with the kid. I don't understand why the K-7 principal feels the situation has "been handled appropriately (as stated above). If merely placing the kid in another classroom is enough, maybe it's just a matter of a surly teacher. I think there is much more than has been stated here. You notice there is no mention of race, though I've never heard of a white kid named Tamarion. And maybe he's not addressing the teacher in a respectful tone of voice. Who knows?


But a kid calling his teacher "Ma'am" normally would not be a problem. It would be nothing more than... good manners. So what's the beef?


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Trump Delende Est

Timothy Birdnow

Jeffrey Rendell writes an excellent analysis of Trump and the political scene at Conservative HQ. Read it here.

His ending paragraph is particularly penetrating:

"Democrats hate all Republican presidents, period. Donald Trump just happens to be one with a Democrat-like personal history so they despise him especially. To Democrats, Trump is akin to a traitor; they desperately want to hang him but can’t spare the impeachment noose."

End excerpt.

He's right; Trump isn't a rival but a renegade, formerly one of them and now using their own tactics and tricks against them. In war such a person would be hanged, no questions asked (well, in the olden days of war, before we started fighting wars like we're playing a game of Risk.) more...

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