March 31, 2019

Late Pres. Bush 41's service dog enlists at Walter Reed

Jack Kemp

From a U.S. Navy public affairs website...


WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Sully, late President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, embarked on a new job as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) welcomed him.

At the welcome aboard ceremony Feb. 27 at the United Service Organization (USO) Warrior and Family Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Sully had a personalized oath of enlistment.

"Sully H.W. Bush, do you affirm, or pant, as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy that you will support, comfort and cheer our warriors and their families, active duty and retired?"

He was asked to provide "unconditional love and solace, especially on busy days," and acknowledge that the responsibility came "without any promise of treats or tummy rubs."

U.S. Navy Capt. Dr. Mark Kobelja, director of WRNMMC shook Sully’s paw following the oath.

The yellow Labrador retriever, a service dog from America’s VetDogs, joined the Walter Reed Bethesda (WRB) Facility Dog Program, which provides interactive care for patients and staff using innovative Animal Assisted Interventions. Its mission is to help reduce stress and increase overall feelings of well-being among patients and staff. 

WRB facility dogs average 2,500 contacts and over 200 working hours per month, collectively, according to the medical center. Sully, will be one of seven dogs working at the facility in Bethesda, Maryland.

You can see more photos of Sully's start at Walter Reed here.

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What did he know and when did he know it?

David Dickinson

The latest from Andy McCarthy, asking one of the most important questions of all regarding the investigation, "When did Mueller know there was no collusion?"

Andrew McCarthy: How long has Mueller known there was no Trump-Russia collusion?

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Dime Novel News

Timothy Birdnow

Here is a model of how to do fake news. A bunch of anonymous sources claim Trump is a mad bomber, who wanted to nuke North Korea and who privately hates Puerto Rico while taking credit for rebuilding it.

Well, anonymous sources tell me that the editors of the Week and CNN like to dress as babies on the weekends and make boom boom in their diapers. Obviously anonymous sources are unimpeachable.

This isn't news, nor is it even fake news; it's a very badly written dime novel.

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Hate Crimes Hoaxes: Bearing False Witness

Timothy Birdnow

Move over, Jussie!

But even before the election, the discredited "anti-hate” group was sounding the alarm on any story that could be used against Trump before waiting for the actual details. On November 2, 2016, the SPLC’s "Hatewatch Staff” posted a story titled "Authorities Suspect Voter Intimidation in Burning, Vandalism of Mississippi Church.”

The article was about the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church being set on fire and the words "Vote Trump” spray-painted on the side of the building. SPLC also mentioned this incident in its massive list of alleged hate crimes following Trump’s election (the vast majority of which were allegations from people reaching out to SPLC without providing a shred of evidence for their claims).

Eventually, the SPLC had to append an Editor’s Note to its story, which reads in big bold letters: "In December 2016, a suspect, a member of the church, was arrested in connection with the crime, and authorities now believe the attack was not politically motivated.” The title and original article remain.

The man who actually set the fire, 47-year-old Andrew McClinton, is African-American and a member of the church. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to arson, according to the Associated Press. He will be sentenced in late April.

Why would someone committing a felony paint "vote Trump" on the side of a black church they were torching? You would have to be monstrously stupid to do that. This shows how the Left views those with whom they disagree; they are imbecilic, toothless Okies, with IQ's comparable to their belt sizes. They really do see conservatives that way.

If hate crimes are on the rise, why are so many faked? See here for a database of hate crimes hoaxes. See also this list from the Daily Caller for some highlights.

I ask all my minority brothers and sisters; is this any different from the bad old days where black men were accused of crimes to hide the sins and misbehavior of white people? How many lynching occurred because of false accusations? An innocent black man is passing through and a local lady, who has just given birth to a mixed-race baby, accuses him of raping her. The result? He gets taken by a bunch of enraged men and strung up on a tree. But, but, but this is different, you say. How, exactly? Maybe white people aren't getting lynched by blacks for it (although one wonders about "random" assaults), but how many lives of policemen have been taken by Black Lives Matter terrorists based on anger at stuff like this? Furthermore, how many real hate crimes are going to be ignored, or shrugged off,  because of this sort of phony bologna virtue signaling and calumny?

Granted, a number of black people are angry at Smollett for his little kabuki theater act, but I wonder if it is more because he got caught than because he did something wrong? I hope that's not the case. Honesty should be an universal virtue, and false witness a sin we should all despise, black, white, brown, red, or yellow. We have enough to do to settle our differences without making up grievances.

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Schiff-less Collusion Delusion

Timothy Birdnow

Trey Gowdy, former Republican Representative, said the CIA may stop giving Adam Schiff intelligence because "he leaks like a screen door ona submarine".

According to the Daily Caller:

(On the demand Schiff step down from his Chairmanship of the House Intel Committee:

"Never seen that before,” said Gowdy, who served on the intelligence panel before leaving Congress in January. "We never voted to remove or ask a chairperson to step down.”

"Adam is a deeply partisan person. He did everything he could to make sure Hillary Clinton became president. And he’s done everything he could to keep a cloud over the Trump presidency,” Gowdy said of Schiff.

Gowdy suggested House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could potentially remove Schiff as chairman of the committee. He also said the CIA and other intelligence community agencies could withhold intelligence from Schiff.

"The next thing that’s going to happen is the … different intelligence entities are going to say, ‘You know what, Chairman Schiff, if you don’t believe the information we provide to you … if you have the president of the United States, not just indicted but in jail and you continue to leak like a screen door on a submarine, we’re going to quit giving you information,'” said Gowdy.

"That’s when Pelosi will replace Adam Schiff with someone like [Connecticut Rep.] Jim Himes, who is someone who is a smarter and a lot more reasonable.”

Schiff is apoplectic that the Mueller Report did not find any evidence of Russian collusion by Donald Trump or any of his people. Schiff, as committee chairman, is privvy to classified information that is often appearing in the press.

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School must answer for Trans policy

Timothy Birdnow

An Illinois school district has to defend their transgendered bath/locker room policy in court, a judge has ruled.

From Net Right Daily:

An Illinois school district that, under Barack Obama’s transgender advocacy, allowed boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ facilities, now must defend its policy in a lawsuit by parents.

The lawsuit names the Township High School District No. 211 and its activism, which left girls being confronted by a nude male.

The district’s actions went far beyond accommodation into activism, explained a ruling Friday from U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso, who allowed the case against the district to move forward.

These school administrators forget who has the final say in such matters. They are not the parents of these kids.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the plaintiffs in the case, argued that this amounts to sexual harassment according to Title IX, the very same federal regulation Barack Obama used to force his gender-bender bathroom policy on America.

The article continues:

The judge pointed out that when the district created its rules, it "did not investigate the reliability of the science underlying gender-affirmation treatments. Nor did it make any effort to understand the impacts such a policy would have on students exposed to opposite-sex, same-gendered students in locker rooms and restrooms.”

Even worse, "District 211 has conveyed to students that when a person objects to the compelled affirmation policy, the person is intolerant and bigoted.”

The judge noted the district told those who disagreed that they should leave.

So, they were smug and abusive about it, too. Public educrats are the bane of modern America. Eager to create a "new Mankind" they experiment with children's lives and futures, and care nary a wit when they inevitably fail. They give no thought to the damage they do, the lives they ruin.

Lucky for everyone these high handed library fuhrers ran into a judge who isn't going to acquiesce to them.

I wonder; would the school allow the same policy in the faculty facilities?

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Timothy Birdnow

Archie Bunker was right; he really IS a meathead!

Reiner, who spent years telling his Twitter followers that the report by special counsel Robert Mueller would prove to be the noose that would hang president Trump, is now saying that the summary of Mueller’s 400-page report delivered by U.S. Attorney General William Barr is a false presentation of Mueller’s findings. Reiner also hinted to his followers that Barr’s summary meant to mislead America into believing that President Donald Trump is innocent of the charges the left has hurled at him for over two years.

"Autocracy 101: Continually lie and tell you not to believe what you see with your own eyes,” Reiner blathered. "Trump, with the protection of cult GOP, FOX, & AG Barr, is in full gas light mode. We’ve seen Collusion & Obstruction in plain sight. Reality is reality. Truth is truth. Trust Your Eyes.”

Funny; I don't recall any mention of Reiner being present at meetings in Moscow or Budapest or anywhere else...

P.S. Mueller and AG Barr are bff's and Mueller worked with Barr to write the report, dufus!

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Blacklash; Chris Rock flames Jessie (not Jussie)

Timothy Birdnow

Chris Rock ripped Jessie Smollett a new something or other at the NAACP Image Awards.

Red State gives us the dope (no, not Jussie)

Rock said he would no longer call him "Jussie" because the U was a sign of respect; he's now "Jessie".

Smollett, who was up for an awaard for "best supporting actor in a televsion drama" wisely chose to skip the event - and he lost anyway.

America was outraged when the black D.A., a Soros-funded bigot - dropped all charges against Smollett in his hate crime hoax. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called it a "whitewash". Shouldn't he have rather called it a "blackwash"? After all, communist political hack and former Obama aid Van Jones called Trump's election a "whitelash". If he gets to do it so do the white people!

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March 30, 2019

Hollywood to Georgia: The Babies Die or We Walk!

Dana Mathewson

Your North-Central Editor was ready to pack it in tonight, but then this blasted onto his radar screen.

Those of us who live in Flyover Country have a lot of ignorant preconceptions about our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in Hollywood. Such as: They're a bunch of self-important clowns who really hate unborn babies. Where in the world would we get a silly idea like that?

Rodney Ho, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

More than 40 Hollywood celebrities signed a letter sent to the Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Georgia governor Brian Kemp Thursday morning saying they will push TV and film production companies to abandon Georgia if the "heartbeat” abortion bill is signed into law.
Among those who signed the letter: Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Essence Atkins, Uzo Aduba, Christina Applegate, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Atlanta native David Cross, Don Cheadle, Mia Farrow, Colin Hanks, Bradley Whitford and Amber Tamblyn...
The letter opens by complimenting the state as being hospitable with "friendly and caring people” and hotels and restaurants that are "comfortable and of high quality.”

You know the one thing all those actors have in common? None of them were aborted. (emphasis added)

If you aren't already foaming at the mouth, as I am, go here to read the rest of it:

These Hollyweirds are all lumped together by one thing: their jobs call for them to be told what to do by a director. It's not in their contract to be able to THINK FOR THEMSELVES. Obvious, right?

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AG William Barr Ruins Dems' Talking Points in New Letter to House and Senate Leaders

Dana Mathewson

You can color me hopeful. It appears that the new Attorney General has the stones that the previous one didn't have, or at least didn't have the opportunity to show. This dude obviously doesn't back down.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr effectively destroyed all of the Democrats' talking points about the Mueller report in a letter to lawmakers Friday, and took a swipe at Democrat members of Congress and media who mischaracterized his summary of principal conclusions.

In his letter to the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate and House Judiciary committees, Barr announced that he will release a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page "confidential report" into Russian interference in the 2016 election by mid-April.

"We are preparing the report for release, making the redactions that are required," Barr wrote, noting that"the Special Counsel is assisting us in this process."

The redactions, Barr wrote, will include:

(1) material subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6 (e) that by law cannot be made public; (2) material the intelligence community identifies as potentially compromising sensitive sources and methods; (3) material that could affect other ongoing matters, including those that the Special Counsel has referred to other Department offices; and (4) information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.

Barr pointed out that while President Trump has the right to assert executive privilege over some of the material, "he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review."

The attorney general took strong exception to claims made by certain lawmakers and members of the media that his four-page statement on Mueller's report, released on Sunday, was a summary of the entire report.

"I am aware of some media reports and other public statements mischaracterizing my March 24, 2019 supplemental notification as a 'four-page summary of the Special Counsel's review,'" Barr wrote. He cited a letter by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) as an example of someone who mischaracterized his letter.

For example, Chairman Nadler's March 25 letter refers to my supplemental notification as a "four page summary of the Special Counsel's review. My March 24 letter was not, and did not purport to be, an exhaustive recounting of the Special Counsel's investigation or report. As my letter made clear, my notification to Congress and the public provided, pending release of the report, a summary of its 'principal conclusions' -- that is, its bottom line.

The Special Counsel's report is nearly 400 pages long (exclusive of tables and appendices) and sets forth the Special Counsel's findings, his analysis, and the reasons for his conclusions. Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own. I do not believe it would be in the public's interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion.

In his summary Sunday, Barr said that Mueller’s investigation did not conclude that members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russia in its election interference activities. While Mueller left open the question of whether Trump obstructed justice during the investigation, the attorney general determined that no charges of obstruction were warranted under DOJ rules because there was no underlying crime to obstruct.

Barr said in his letter that he would be available to appear before both committees to testify about Mueller’s report on May 1 and May 2.

The donkeys are braying about demanding the whole thing by the middle of next week or so -- two days after their own national holiday. Barr doesn't seem impressed. Good for him. There are legal reasons and he's sticking to them. You'd think that the Democrats -- a party made up of lawyers rather than people who actually DO things -- would understand that. However, we all know that in their case, sauce for the goose is different from the sauce used on the gander, and is used only when THEY want to.

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This is a step in the right direction!

Dana Mathewson

Let's hope this kind of thing catches on. Of course, in the Peoples' Republic of Californica, once the Ninth Circus Court gets its paws on this, down it will go. Dare we hope the Supremes will come to the rescue?

Breaking! Federal Court Finds California Magazine Ban Violates the Second Amendment

In one of the strongest judicial statements in favor of the Second Amendment to date, Judge Roger T. Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California determined on Friday that California’s ban on commonly possessed firearm magazines violates the Second Amendment.

The case is Duncan v. Becerra.

The NRA-supported case had already been up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on the question of whether the law’s enforcement should be suspended during proceedings on its constitutionality. Last July, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit upheld Judge Benitez’s suspension of enforcement and sent the case back to him for further proceedings on the merits of the law itself.

Judge Benitez rendered his opinion late Friday afternoon and handed Second Amendment supporters a sweeping victory by completely invalidating California’s 10-round limit on magazine capacity. "Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” he declared.

In a scholarly and comprehensive opinion, Judge Benitez subjected the ban both to the constitutional analysis he argued was required by the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller and a more complicated and flexible test the Ninth Circuit has applied in prior Second Amendment cases.

Either way, Judge Benitez ruled, the law would fail. Indeed, he characterized the California law as "turning the Constitution upside down.” He also systematically dismantled each of the state’s purported justifications for the law, demonstrating the factual and legal inconsistencies of their claims.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox hailed the decision as a "huge win for gun owners” and a "landmark recognition of what courts have too often treated as a disfavored right.”

"Judge Benitez took the Second Amendment seriously and came to the conclusion required by the Constitution,” Cox said. "The same should be true of any court analyzing a ban on a class of arms law-abiding Americans commonly possess for self-defense or other lawful purposes.”

Unfortunately, Friday’s opinion is not likely to be the last word on the case. The state will likely appeal to the Ninth Circuit, which has proven notably hostile to the Second Amendment in past decisions.

Nevertheless, the thoroughness of Judge Benitez’s analysis should give Second Amendment supporters the best possible chance for success in appellate proceedings, particularly if the case ultimately lands before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The last paragraph does indeed give hope.

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Magnetic Field, Solar Cycle Influences Climate

Timothy Birdnow

Yes, solar variability does indeed affect the Earth's climate.

From physorg:

An international team of researchers from United Kingdom, Denmark, and Germany has found robust evidence for signatures of the 11-year sunspot cycle in the tropical Pacific. They analyzed historical time series of pressure, surface winds and precipitation with specific focus on the Walker Circulation—a vast system of atmospheric flow in the tropical Pacific region that affects patterns of tropical rainfall. They have revealed that during periods of increased solar irradiance, the trade winds weaken and the Walker circulation shifts eastward.

Stergios Misios, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, said, "We deal with a very short record of observations in the tropical Pacific, and we must be very careful with how we filter out other interannual fluctuations. After a careful treatment of the data covering the last 60 years, we detected a robust slowdown of the Walker cell during years associated with solar-cycle maxima." The analysis shows that in tandem with changes in the wind anomalies, the dominant patterns of tropical precipitation shift to the central Pacific during solar-cycle maxima. As a result, rainfall decreases over Indonesia and in the western Pacific, and increases over the central Pacific Ocean.

And how does this work?

How could miniscule changes in incoming solar radiation produce significant climate signatures?

"Soon enough, we realized that the magnitude of the wind anomalies that we detected in observations simply could not be explained by radiative considerations alone. We thought that if it comes from the sun, there must be another mechanism that amplifies the weakening of the Walker circulation," said Prof. Lesley Gray of University of Oxford. With the aid of a global climate model, this mechanism was found in the dynamical coupling between the atmosphere and ocean circulation in the tropical Pacific.

Averaged over the globe, the surface temperature imprint of the solar cycle barely reaches 0.1 K in a solar maximum—almost eight times weaker than the global warming trends observed in the 20th century. Yet, even such a weak surface warming influences the Walker circulation through changes in global hydrology. As the surface warms, water vapor in the atmosphere increases at a higher rate than is lost by precipitation, necessitating a weakening of the Walker cell. This is a well-tested mechanism in model simulations of increased CO2 concentrations but it turns out that is operating under the 11-year solar cycle, too.

S. Misios said, "Our model showed westerly wind anomalies in the Pacific region even when we considered only changes in global hydrology, but the magnitude was far too weak. We hypothesized that atmosphere-ocean coupling, essentially the Bjerknes feedback, can amplify the solar signal."

Our understanding of water vapor and it's effect on climate is still in the horse-and-buggy stage. This clearly illustrates that fact.

Oh, and by the way, we just learned that the sun's magnetic field is ten times stronger than previously believed.

Taken separately these two stories may not seem to amount to much, but together they make a powerful statement about how much we don't know and how these things work together to influence the Earth's climate.

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The Sexless Babylon

Timothy Birdnow

Americans are indulging in less sex than ever before, especially the Millenials, who seem to have given up on it as a rather pointless exercise. According to the Medical Press:

The share of American adults having no sex in the past year reached an all-time high in 2018, an intimate survey revealed Friday, and many of those missing out are men in their 20s.

An analysis of new research data by The Washington Post reveals a battle of the sexes, with 18 percent of the women between the ages of 18 and 30 reporting no sex in the past year—but 28 percent of men.

So the young men just aren't turning their fancy toward l'amour anymore. Why, you ask? Well:


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Brain Chip

Timothy Birdnow

Scientists are about to implant microchips into human brains The primary goal is to help control epilepsy.

According to The Tribune:

After two decades of painstaking design, experiments, redesign and observations, a two-way, brain-chip is almost ready for human trials. At first, the bionic chip will be used to manage patients suffering from epilepsy – especially those who do not respond to any drugs present on our shelves.

Dr Naweed Syed, the pioneer of two-way, brain cell activity reading chips will conduct first-ever human experiments in the middle of this year. The ultra-sensitive, hybrid brain chip will be used first as a diagnostic device for epileptic patients through a variety of approaches that have never been employed before.

The abnormal firing of brain signals is the main cause of seizures among epileptic patients. If we stretched our brain at the size of a big hall and step inside, we will see the countless electrical sparks travelling from one place to another and to almost every part of the body. During any movement, the upper part of the brain lights up with activity, while the lower part of the brain fires signals when you are trying to recall any sweet memory. Electric signals that translate into chemical signals – are the prime means of communications that control all bodily functions – managed by 100 billion specialised cells called neurons.

Epilepsy is a terrible disease and hopefully this effort will bear fruit. But we must be careful; success in this instance could lead to other, less well-intended efforts. How long before usch devices are used to control people rather than help them?

We live in a Brave New World.


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Crazy Uncle Joe's at it again

Dana Mathewson

Well, actually he was "at it again" in 2014. (Who knows what he's done lately?) It's just now coming to light. Although not everyone in the Drive-By Media has had time to report it yet. Yeah, "had time." That must be the case.

CNN, MSNBC ignore explosive misconduct allegation against Biden

If the word "creepy" didn't already exist, we'd have to invent it just to describe Joe.

Two prominent cable news networks offered zero coverage to the breaking misconduct allegation made against former Vice President and potential 2020 candidate Joe Biden on Friday night.

A former Democratic candidate from Nevada alleged in an op-ed published in New York Magazine’s The Cut that Biden inappropriately touched her at a 2014 campaign event.

Lucy Flores, who was running for Nevada lieutenant governor, was aided by the vice president just days before the election and appeared alongside the candidate at a rally.

"As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. ‘Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?’” Flores recalled. "I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, "I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it… ‘Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?’ He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused.”

"Even if his behavior wasn’t violent or sexual, it was demeaning and disrespectful,” she later wrote. "I wasn’t attending the rally as his mentee or even his friend; I was there as the most qualified person for the job.”

Flores took to Twitter on Friday, saying it was "incredibly difficult” to come forward but "felt necessary.”

Biden spokesman Bill Russo issued a statement in response to the op-ed.

"Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes,” the statement read. "But Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so. He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.”

Biden is currently mulling a third run for the presidency and is topping the large 2020 field, leading the polls with 29.2% of Democratic support according to Real Clear Politics average of polls.

However, despite the potential fallout for the Democratic frontrunner, it wasn’t enough to earn coverage on CNN or MSNBC.

In the five hours of programming that aired since Flores’s op-ed was published, the liberal cable outlets failed to allot any time to report the Biden news. Dominating the coverage was Attorney General Bill Barr’s new letter to Congress, informing them that the release of the Mueller Report could come mid-April. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes hosted a town hall-styled special with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, to discuss the Green New Deal.

Both CNN and NBC News did publish articles on their website late Friday night.

Really? If it weren't for the fact that I'd be afraid my computer would contract a virus if I accessed either of those sites, I'd be interested in finding out how they spun it. Probably blame Ms. Flores for the whole thing.

Anyhow, I can't help but wonder if Bill Clinton is secretly hoping Biden will run, and defeat Trump in 2020, with the rationale that the country will stop thinking of him as the worst horndog to ever occupy the White House in modern times?

The Aviary's Eaglette Fay Voshell responded to this with a great YouTube clip of a number of Creepy Uncle Joe's... er, exploits. I'm hoping this doesn't get major distribution until after he throws his hat into the ring and (maybe) gets the nomination. THEN it'd be lovely for all this to come out. Meanwhile, take a look at this:

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Politico argues we change the Constitution with fifty percent in a Politico poll

Timothy Birdnow

Apparently irony is lost on the good folks at Politico.

With a completely straight face they posted a column by Steven Shepard arguing in favor of a national popular vote to replace the Electoral College based on...a Politico/Morning Consultant poll!

It's hard to make this stuff up.

From the article:

Half of voters, 50 percent, say the national popular vote should be used for presidential elections, the poll shows — more than the 34 percent who think presidential elections should be based on the Electoral College. Sixteen percent of voters have no opinion.

The debate over whether the Electoral College is a sound way to protect the power of states or a historical vestige of slavery-era America has careened through the 2020 presidential race, as Democratic candidates have almost unanimously called for its end in recent weeks. The Democratic nominee has won the most votes in six of the last seven presidential elections — but twice, in 2000 and 2016, lost the Electoral College count.

So Politico could only turn up a fifty percent plurality. But that's not what makes this so funny. What is funny about this is that illustrates how the media, completely ignorant of how and why we actually have restrictions on untethered democracy, are willing to use telephone polls to promote fundamentally restructuring our entire nation.

This is precisely why there IS an Electoral College and not a national popular vote; the public is fickle, and can be swayed by demagogues like Politico. The EC was an intentional effort to stabilize the electoral process, shield it from the wild mood swings of the general public. Yes, it was about empowering smaller states so as to avoid the tyranny of the larger, but it was also intended as a way to mute overzealousness on the part of the mob. In fact, that is what the Constitution is all about anyway; preventing passions from overthrowing the carefully planned, sober political and social system.

Hard cases make bad law. Just because the Democrats lost twice in twenty years in the College of Electors while winning the popular vote (something we don't even know is true, as once a precinct is called the vote tally stops, and we have no controlling legal authority guaranteeing that everyone who votes is eligible or legal) is hardly grounds to dismantle the system that has been in place for over two hundred and thirty years. That is an example of a hard case making bad law.

And, as Aristotle pointed out, democracy inevitably degenerates into a tyranny of special interest. I don't know if this Politico author actually understands that we don't live in a democracy, or if he just doesn't care, but the reality is we don't. There are no national referendums on issues, for instance. Would many of the things the Democrats hold dear to their hearts - the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act - have been passed had there been a public vote on those issues? Not likely. Liberals really should be careful what they wish for. If you want democracy, you had ought to accept actual democracy. The Left doesn't want that. They want veto power, in the form of the Courts, of Executive Orders, or Congress, only they want those things in their hands. Promoting democracy over republicanism is nothing but a trick to steal power.

What is doubly ridiculous is using a telephone poll conducted by a liberal media as justification. And especially one touting a fifty percent rate; how hard was that to come up with?

If there is such a clamor for this, why not seek a Constitutional Amendment? That is how you change things in America. But the Progressives know they won't get one, so instead will promote end-runs around the Constitution like the National Popular Vote compact.

If we are going to make end-runs around the Constitution, what stops us at the Electoral College? We can find ways around fundamental freedoms like freedom of the press. If we want democracy, why shouldn't we be able to vote the press out of existence? Hey, it's the Will of the People!

I guess the liberals forgot that Bill Clinton was never even elected with fifty percent of the vote. They didn't complain too much back then.

Frankly, I don't know if dopes like this Shepard actually believe this nonsense or if they are just liars. Either way, it would be funny if it weren't for the fact that there are people who will take this seriously.

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Why it has taken so long to address EMP

Timothy Birdnow

Writing in Powerline John Hinderaker discusses the EMP effect and the Trump Administration plan to deal with it.

He states:

Much of what we read in the news is trivial. This isn’t. I have been hearing about the threat posed by electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) for quite a few years. A high altitude EMP can occur if a nuclear device is detonated over the Earth’s surface. It potentially could wipe out all electrical systems, effectively disabling the United States. Some estimate that an EMP attack could kill 90 percent of Americans. A number of countries, including Russia, China and North Korea, are believed to have the ability to detonate weapons creating one or more EMPs over the U.S.

I have no idea why the federal government has apparently been slow to deal with the EMP threat. But President Trump has finally taken action

I can explain this to John (and all of you).

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March 29, 2019

"White People's Diet" Destroying the Planet!

Timothy Birdnow

A recent study claims "white peoples eating habits" are destroying the planet.

According to Breitbart:

A report published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology claims that white people’s eating habits are contributing more to climate change than their black and Latino counterparts.

Report authors concluded, using data on food production — use of water, land, production, and distribution — that white people’s diet causes more greenhouse gas emissions.

"Potatoes, beef, apples, and milk are some of the worst offenders,” the New York Post reported.

"The food pipeline — which includes its production, distribution, and waste — contributes significantly to climate change through the production of greenhouse gases and requires significant amounts of water and land, which also has environmental effects,” Joe Bozeman, a student at the University of Illinois who helped produce the report, said.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contributed to the report, providing data on more than 500 food groups and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) weighed in on individual diets.

Well, this dovetails with an article I wrote about this very thing all the way back in 2007. The Progressives want to control the American diet, to create a worldwide cuisine. Food equity! It's part of a larger strategy to internationalize civilization. You are what you eat, after all, and by manipulating our diets they can have great control over what we think.

That is the purpose of these ridiculous types of studies. It's an attempt to break our unique culture. And they can force us to reduce our overall caloric intake, thus reducing our standard of living. And ultimately they can create a "fair" system where we all eat gruel and pretend to like it.

And this to solve a problem - global warming - that exists entirely in computer models.

Bon appetite!

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Trump Administration Victory on Trans Soldiers

Timothy Birdnow

The Trump Administration has wonthelegal fight over transgendered soldiers.

On Tuesday, however, a D.C. Circuit panel sided with the Trump administration and dissolved the final injunction, The Hill reports. "At the moment, there is no legal barrier to the government’s intended plan to start enforcing the ban on April 12,” Perry Sacks, a spokesman for the plaintiffs’ attorneys, admitted according to the Military Times.

Thank God; had Hillary been in office our troops would have sported high heels and leather mini-skirts.

It would have been the attack of corporal Klinger!

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China Collecting American DNA

Timothy Birdnow

China is stockpiling DNA from Americans and others.

According to Life Site News:

As an example, the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) used a loan from China Development Bank to acquire 128 HiSeq 2000 sequencers, as well as U.S. sequencing company Complete Genomics. In the process, BGI obtained access to a DNA database that contains the private genetic information of a large number of Americans.

BGI isn’t the only Chinese company to process the genetic information of Americans. According to a USCC report, 23 companies associated with China are currently accredited in the U.S. to perform molecular diagnostics or other genetic testing, including whole genome sequencing. Each of these companies "has access to individual patients’ genetic data.” Hospitals, clinics, and even some commercial DNA testing companies in the U.S. now routinely send DNA samples to China for analysis.

Why are they doing this? Well, for starters:

"We know that the Asian genome is genetically distinct from the Caucasian and African in many ways,” says the president of the Population Research Institute, Steven Mosher.

"Would it be possible to bioengineer a very virulent version of, say, smallpox, that was easily transmitted, fatal to other races, but to which the Chinese enjoyed natural immunity? While no use of an advanced, genetically targeted bio-weapon has been reported, it wouldn’t be beyond the reach of China’s biotech industry,” Mosher continued.

China continues to prepare for war with teh United States.

Richard Nixon ended the American bio-weapons program back in 1969 because of the horrific nature of these weapons. But not everyone is as squeemish as we are. If the Chinese are going to do this we should find a way to threaten them in similar fashion. They have to be made to stop. And we should pass a law protecting genetic privacy, so we can stop corporations from selling America's genetic heritage to the highest bidder.

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