September 19, 2018

The 5G boom coming

Jack Kemp forwards this:

Future Wealth: The Biggest Infrastructure Boom in History

We're on the verge of one of the biggest infrastructure buildouts in history.
But it's not bridges and tunnels being built¦

Instead, what's coming is a massive communications infrastructure project.
Its goal: to upgrade the current 4G (fourth generation) wireless network that connects your smartphones, laptops, and smart devices to the world wide web.
When it's done, the fifth generation (5G) wireless network will deliver internet connection speeds 100 times faster than 4G.

This will turn a suite of science fiction-like technologies into a reality.
In fact, the full rollout of new tech such as self-driving cars, virtual reality, and remote robotic surgery hinges on the completion of this massive buildout.
And it’s not just new gadgets and faster connection speeds on the line…
Matter of National Security

Read the rest here.


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Gluten Free Communion

Jack Kem

This story isn't as silly as it may first appear to be...


Some churches will now offer gluten-free Communion bread


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Betsy McCaughey: Dems Pre-Existing Conditons Lie

Jack Kemp


From the article:


claiming they're protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions and warning that Republicans will take that protection away. The ads would have you believe Obamacare is the only way to protect people with pre-existing conditions. That's false, and the outcome of the midterm elections could turn on this falsehood.

The Democratic super PAC allied with Senator Chuck Schumer is behind many ads, including one targeting Republican Josh Hawley, who is challenging Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, in a tight race. The ad says if Hawley is elected, millions of Missourians could lose their protections.

In another ad, McCaskill tells the camera "Two years ago, I beat breast cancer," and she says her opponent would do away with protections for pre-existing conditions like cancer. These ads are blatantly untrue. Hawley's on the record insisting health reform legislation must include these protections.
So is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has called on his state lawmakers to enact protections. But never mind the truth. The Democratic Governors Association is funding an ad with a breast cancer patient who says she won't be able to afford life-saving treatments if Walker is re-elected"

Read the rest at Townhall.

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What is a "Survivor"?

Jack Kemp

Dennis Prager nails it again...

Money quote:

Nearly every woman over puberty has experienced a man trying to grope her (the groping of a pre-pubescent is sexual molestation of a child and an act of evil). My mother was groped by a physician. She told my father about it. My father told the physician that if he were to do it again, he would break his hands. And it remained a family folk tale. If you had told my mother she was a "survivor," she would have wondered what you were talking about. The term was reserved for people who survived Nazi concentration camps, Japanese prisoner of war camps and cancer survivors, not women groped by a man.


The Charges Against Judge Kavanaugh Should Be Ignored

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Rabbi Dov Fischer excoriates the Democrats on Kavanaugh

Jack Kemp

In polite language at American Spectator, an Orthodox Rabbi artfully says it all about the Democrats.

Here are three of the salient quoted sections:


...but I also am congregational rav (Orthodox rabbi) of an Orthodox synagogue, Young Israel of Orange County, now in our eleventh year and in my twenty-seventh year as a rav. This is perhaps the busiest season of the year for a congregational rabbi. We teach more intensely. We prepare sermons that entail our deepest focus on the unique messages we will
sermons that entail our deepest focus on the unique messages we will deliver to our largest congregational assemblages of the year. more...

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September 18, 2018

President of Socialist Paradise May Skip UN Meeting

Dana Mathewson

Business Insider quotes an AP story to the effect that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro plans to skip a UN meeting he'd planned to go to. Why? He has fears that his opposition may kill him.

Gee, why would anybody want to do that?

He was going to the U.N. to combat what he called "a hate campaign against his socialist government." But I thought socialism produced paradise on earth for the people. Maybe it's just for the people running the governments? Could it be that the citizens are upset at the horrendous rate of inflation, and Maduro's crazy methods of attacking it?

He goes on about how "opponents backed by the U.S." are looking for ways to "remove him" and he's worried about security concerns. I thought it was President Obama who meddled in other countrys' politics, as in when he actively encouraged Israel's Prime Minister's opponent in recent elections. Guess I've been asleep at the switch.

Oh, well. Frankly, if I were he I wouldn't leave the Presidential Palace!

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Another Boring Baseless Attack on a GOP Nominee

Timothy Birdnow

Conservative HQ destroys the smear of Judge Kavanaugh:

"Prof. Blasey Ford is a registered Democrat who has donated to Leftwing causes and Democratic candidates, she attended the anti-Trump March for Science, and previously signed an open letter challenging Trump's border policy. According to OpenSecrets, she has made more than 60 donations to liberal causes, with almost four dozen to the pro-abortion group, Emily's List, alone. Ford also donated to the DNC, Hillary Clinton (more than 10 times), Bernie Sanders, and the progressive organizing group ActBlue.

According to reporting by, Prof. Blasey Ford has self-confessed problems with depression and alcohol, and, by her own admission, has a hazy recollection of the incident she alleges.


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Timothy Birdnow

Well now he's done it! Donald Trump has gone and declassified those redacted documents.

According to Fox News:

"White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump had ordered the documents released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Justice Department "[a]t the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency."

The documents to be declassified also include all FBI reports on interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all other applications to surveil Carter Page.

Trump also ordered the Justice Department to release text messages from a number of the key players in the Russia investigation "without redaction" -- including Ohr, Strzok, Lisa Page, former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe."

End excerpt.

Many have been puzzled by Trump's unwillingness to declassify these, despite the demands of Congress. But it need not be confusing; Trump has a keenly defined sense of timing, and he needed to wait on this to maximize the effects of this. And he had to wait so as to avoid accusations of obstruction of justice. He clearly waited to allow the wheels of justice aka the Mueller probe to wind down.

Why now? It would have been more effective to wait, but the Democrats forced his hand with their attack on Brett Kavanaugh. Trump needed to retake control of the media news cycle. He just did with this.

And whatever happened to the public's right to know? Seems the media always used to demand that, until it is their own oxen being gored.

Now we'll see how much attention this gets.

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Winners don't think themselves losers

Timothy Birdnow

Rick Moran, the American Thinker house RINO, is throwing water on the confidence of our side with predictions of doom culled from a Bloomberg article. According to Moran we should be very afraid!

He quotes the Bloomberg article: more...

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September 17, 2018

Climate Alarmism Fails the Test of Observation

Dana Mathewson

A subgroup of the Aviary Ospreys -- call us the Aviary Pine Siskins, perhaps? Water Ouzels? -- have still not lost our interest in the atmosphere and the research done regarding it. The Leftist "true believers" who insist that Anthropogenic Global Warming is "settled science" would have us drawn, quartered and all sorts of other nasty stuff for our refusal to bow to their superior understanding of... what still isn't true. We don't want to let them do it to us. Way back in the 1950's there was a country song called "I Ain't Gonna Take It Sittin' Down." How do I know that? I went to a lot of places I don't talk about.

And so it was that I was delighted once again to find an article -- on the Power Line website, where such articles are so often found -- yet again debunking the "true believers." And it includes a Richard Feynman quote, too, which is more value for your dollars.

The Science and Environmental Policy Project produces a weekly newsletter on climate-related subjects, The Week That Was. I highly recommend subscribing to TWTW as the easiest way to keep abreast of climate news.

This week’s edition begins, not for the first time, with a famous quotation from Richard Feynman, one of the greatest of 20th Century scientists:

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

The catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory is falsified by observation, and therefore is wrong. Ken Haapala, SEPP’s President, explains. There is far more at the link, but I will try to excerpt enough to make the point comprehensible:

Ross McKitrick, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Guelph, and John Christy, Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville, have undertaken to identify a core hypothesis common to the climate models used by the IPCC and to test the hypothesis against the longest data set available that describes what is actually occurring.

Haapala reminds us that it was McKitrick who demonstrated that Michael Mann’s hockey stick was a hoax, because any random numbers fed into Mann’s formulas would produce–voila!–a hockey stick.

I (Dana) have been going after Mann and his hockey stick as a bunch of horse hockey ever since I became aware of it, because, among other things, it totally ignores the Medieval Warm period, when temperatures were warmer than they are now and a colony of Vikings, led by Eric Thorvaldson (a.k.a. Eric The Red, named for the color of his hair and beard, not his politics), settled and farmed southern Greenland -- something impossible to do these days. The fact that Mann discounts the Medieval Warm period makes him a totally dishonest man in my eyes and unworthy to be called a scientist.

In weeding through the countless hypotheses to identify one common, major testable hypothesis, McKitrick and Christy used four criteria: measurability, specificity, independence and uniqueness.
They found: "Air temperature in the 200-300 hPa layer of the tropical troposphere meets all four test conditions, pretty much uniquely in the climate system as far as we are aware.” The 1979 Charney report and all five IPCC reports indicate that any CO2-caused warming will be amplified by an increase in water vapor, primarily over the tropics.

As you probably know, a doubling of atmospheric CO2 arguably may produce a one degree C warming, which pretty much everyone agrees would be a good thing, especially as the additional CO2 would help to green the planet. In order to get the "catastrophic” into CAGW, you have to assume something else: that this one degree warming would produce significantly more water vapor in the environment. It is this hypothetical (but unobserved) water vapor that accounts for the overwhelming majority of the warming claimed by the alarmists’ models.

There's a lot more. For those of us who like to see the Warmiacs get spanked. here it is:

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Our kids don't know much about America's founding – It's time we start teaching them

Dana Mathewson -- newly dubbed The Aviary's North-Central States Editor

I just encountered this article on Fox News and I have to say I am in 100% agreement. It was too many years ago that we let the liberals take over our education system, with predictable results. Now we are entering the second generation of Americans who know precious little about the founding of America.

Another school year, another year of protests, "no platforming,” and other affronts to free expression on campus. Should we be surprised? Probably not. A majority of students now believe that "hate speech” – which is not defined under U.S. law and, thus, is subjectively conceived – does not deserve First Amendment protection.

And should we be surprised by that? Almost certainly not. There’s no reason we should expect college students to be able to make sound constitutional arguments when they don’t even know the content of the First Amendment. For more than a third of Americans can’t name a single right guaranteed under it.

You’d have to be living under a rock not to see that our social fabric is unravelling and that even basic civil discourse is becoming increasingly rare. There are a lot of explanations for why. Higher education in particular has come under fire, with childish campus behavior ranging from therapy sessions with Play-Doh, puppies, and coloring books to safe spaces to vandalism as specific bugaboos. But while college campuses have their issues, they are not the primary source of this civic unravelling.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress found in their last polling that only 18 percent of eighth graders performed at or above the "proficient” level in U.S. history. To be a good citizen in a democracy, especially in one as diverse and complex as ours, is to understand the underpinnings of what makes democracy possible. The quantity and quality of civic education in America’s public schools has declined over the past century, but really started to nosedive around the start of the 21st century.

Whether that’s due to heightened cynicism about America’s role in the world, a general increase in moral relativism, or other factors is a different issue. But now that a problem of practice has been diagnosed, specifically the lack of training in the fundamentals of governance, we can do something about it.

Let’s begin as a nation by celebrating Constitution Day. Most Americans have no idea that September 17 is a federal observance, one founded in the early-20th century to mark the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the founding document in Philadelphia. And each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students.

This is an excellent article, written by a school teacher, and one who is NOT part of the problem.

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Prof Accusing Kavanaugh Condemned by Student Reviews

Selwyn Duke

It's true that Bill Clinton's liberal '90s apologists justified his sexual misconduct with the claim "character doesn't matter." It nonetheless does, and since Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hopes are being influenced by accusations that may speak to his character, it's only fair to examine the character of his accuser. This woman, Palo Alto University psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, is a radical social justice warrior with some damning student reviews – including one from a person who wrote, "I am honestly scared of her."


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Sure Moonbeam; CA Gov threatens to launch own satellite

Dana Mathewson

Where's the money coming from?

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Crack in the Box

Dana Mathewson

Now, this is funny -- of course, I don't have to live with these in my neighborhood. I always thought Suffolk County was classy. At least, the "kids" I knew from there pretty much were -- students I went to college with. Some of 'em thought their, er, fundament didn't stink, but you find those all over.

This is more what I'd expect in, well, Chicago and San Francisco.

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#Metoo in Missouri

Jack Kemp

The town appears to be about 130 miles southwest of St. Louis. Also see

Uranus residents aren’t thrilled with tiny town’s newspaper title

A tiny Missouri town launched a newspaper dubbed the "Uranus Examiner ” and locals say the name really stinks.

Uranus is the eastern town's official name but the mayor of a neighboring city has threatened to boycott the weekly paper over the crappy imagery, according to the local station

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Keep carbon taxes in the ground

Paul Driessen

Even though oil, natural gas and coal still provide over 80% of all the energy that powers the United States and world – activists, politicians and crony corporatists still want to tax that energy and the plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide it produces. Their ultimate goals are to "keep fossil fuels in the ground,” replace them with supposedly "clean, green, renewable” energy, control people’s lives and living standards – and get wealthier in the process.

As my article suggests, we need to bring more fossil fuels out of the ground – and bury these job-killing, economy-strangling "carbon tax” proposals deep in the ground, preferably with wooden stakes pounded through their hearts.


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How Ruth Bader Ginsburg hurt the Democrats

Jack Kemp

American Thinker just published a blog piece called "What happens when Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves the Supreme Court?" by Peter Skurkiss. It is a well written piece about what will happen when Ginsburg steps down from the bench (by illness or death). However, I added a comment concerning the "Elephant in the Room," namely that Ginsburg brought this problem on the Democrats by not resigning during the Obama administration.

I wrote this comment in reply and had a civil exchange with another reader:


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September 15, 2018

Why I don't qualify as a Supreme Court Justice

Jack Kemp

In the fourth grade - as best I recall the time - I sat behind a girl in my class and pulled on one of her pigtails. That - and the fact I am not a lawyer or a judge - makes me unqualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

Dana Mathewson comments:

As Associate Editor of The Aviary (as is Jack), I think the rest of the Editorial Staff agrees that since Jack, by his own admission, pulled said pigtails only once (I grilled Jack about the matter quite seriously the other day), although he may be thereby disqualified from a position on the Supreme Court, we probably can find him a place on another Federal Court, perhaps an Appellate Court.

Anybody care to ring in on the subject?

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Blacks Refused Service by Hispanics; Welcome to the Majority!

Timothy Birdnow

It's fun when liberal constituency groups clash, and here is one example, an exampe. A shift manager in a Florida Taco Bell refused to serve a black couple because, she told them, she didn't speak English.

According to the Breitbart article:

"According to the Miami Herald:

In the video, which was posted Thursday night, [Alexandria] Montgomery asked the annoyed [clerk] woman, "Do you have a manager here?”

"She is in her house sleeping,” the employee replied in Spanish in a dismissive tone. There was no one else to take the order, the employee claimed …

"This is Hialeah, I’m sorry,” she said in Spanish.

The conversation ended when Montgomery asked, "What’s your name?”

"Luisa,” the clerk answered.

"I’ll be here tomorrow Luisa,” Montgomery replied.

"Okay,” she answered.

End excerpt.

It is inevitable; Blacks and Hispanics are going to go at each-other, just as feminists ande trans people are now falling out. These grops are in competition for the same "market" - in this case to be top minority.

This is exactly what is wrong with identity politics and with the whole notion of "public accododationsp". Either a business owner has to serve everyone, a system enforced by law, or they can choose. If they choose not to serve a certain segment of the population that segment then can refuse to give them money. Most businessmen are not in it for their own prejudices.

So you can have your cake or eat it, but not both. The thing about this issue here is that the Hispanics want it both ways. And the African-Americans involved here are learning a lesson in affirmative action. Whites have endured this in a subtle way for decades, with discrimination in terms of government jobs or jobs at major corporations, with discrimination in university enrollment, with discrimination in work contracts, in government aid programs, etc.

I needn't mention that in the U.S. we speak English,, and this story clearly illustrates the fact that many of these immigrants have no intention of becoming Americans, but merely wish to suckle at the teat of Uncle Sam.

At any rate, I want to welcome these fine black people to Caucasia! You have now learned what it is like to be a non-minority!

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Heritage Foundation symposium on BloomEnergy fuel cell scandal

Paul Driessen

This promises to be an informative and thought-provoking program, featuring myself and several people who have been following this crony political-environmentalist-corporatist fuel cell scheme for years. All of us hope you can attend, watch the program on live video feed, read about it afterward – or at least read this recent article about it:

The Fuel Cell Corporate Scandal in Delaware:

Citizens forced to subsidize BloomEnergy Boondoggle

and pay more for "clean energy” that is not very clean


Dr. David R. Legates

Professor, University of Delaware and

Former Delaware State Climatologist

Commentary by

Lindsay Leveen

Chemical Engineer

John A. Nichols

Citizen Activist

State Senator David G. Lawson

15th State Senate District, Delaware

Paul K. Driessen

Author, Columnist and Energy Policy Advisor

The truth about the fuel cell "promise” of inexpensive, clean energy that is actually very expensive and not very clean. Who is reaping benefits if it’s not the citizens of Delaware whose taxes and electricity payments are subsidizing corporate moguls? Is it, in reality, clean energy if the fuel cells produce hazardous materials that are shipped to other states?

Hosted by Becky Norton Dunlop, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow

former Secretary of Natural Resources for Virginia.

Friday, September 21, 2018 – noon

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

RSVP online | or call (202) 675-1752

Terms and conditions of attendance

All events may be viewed live at

News media inquiries, call (202) 675-1761

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