August 24, 2017

More on the Fr. Serra Statue Removal

Jack Kemp

Here is more on the removal of the Juniper Serra statue from Washington.

Father Serra was a Christian missionary to early California who baptized Native Americans. There is a statue of him in the U.S. Capitol's Hall of Statuary (or some such title). Each state gets two statues and his is one of California's two.

the representatives know how to count Hispanic votes as well as anyone else. And if they tried to take out Father Serra's statue, they'd be gone from office muy pronto.

FAY VOSHELL REPLLIES;

I am surprised the representatives from CA haven't asked to have the Father's statue removed...

JACK KEMP REPLIES

Why do think Bill and Hillary sent Elian Gonzales back to Cuba? They wanted to anger the Hispanic voters in Florida so that Gore would lose the 2000 election so Hillary could run against a one term GOP President. If Gore was President in 2001, then Hillary could not get the nomination in 2004. One professor estimated that sending Elian back to Cuba cost Gore 57,000 votes in Florida. He lost the election there by around 500 votes.

DANA MATHEWSON SAYS:

Good points, Jack. He'd have lost by more if some TV station hadn't fumbled the ball and called the state for Gore before the polls closed in the Panhandle -- more conservative than the rest of the state, and lots of voters stayed home as a result.

Ah! I suppose the Left's take is that he was abusing them by baptizing them. (Spit)


fROM TIM:

Saint Louis University took down the statue of Fr. DeSmet because the Indians were kneeling before him as he baptized them. The leftists were screaming because "people of color were kneeling before a white man". You can't make this stuff up.





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It Takes Two to Tango

Wil Wirtanen

vGreat take on the current situation

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/08/if_there_arent_two_sides_why_is_there_division.html

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GOP on the Hill are in a clown car playing chicken with a man driving a tank.

This from Americans for Limited Government

ALG Staff

There have been recent reports the Trump administration is planning to use Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as a bargaining chip to get funding for the border wall in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR). If so, this would break one campaign promise while attempting to keep another. The President must realize he cannot trust the other side to keep any promise and appreciate that he holds all the cards, despite the media spin.

President Barack Obama issued many controversial edicts during his eight-year regime, but two of them drew the ire of Americans across the country. In 2012, Obama concocted the DACA program. He followed DACA with the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program in 2014.

DACA was a policy implemented to allow illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to receive a renewable two-year safety net that gave them a work permit and deferred any deportation. Don't let the word "children" fool you, 64 percent of eligible applicants are legal adults, with 24 percent being 24 or older. It is estimated this program could affect up to 1.7 million illegal immigrants.

DAPA was a policy that targeted the illegal immigrant parents of children that were a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. It would do the same thing DACA did and grant a work permit and deferred deportation. This program had a larger impact than DACA. It was expected to affect 3.6 million people.

Make no mistake, both of these programs had one goal, amnesty. The Democrat party realizes it made a mistake by passing Obamacare instead of amnesty in 2010. In 2005, a Bear Stearns study put the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. up near 20 million. Using two Pew Research studies putting the percentage of illegal immigrants from south of the border at 76 percent, and another study giving the Democrats 70 percent of that vote, the Democrats are fighting to add over 10.5 million new voters. If amnesty were to pass, Texas and Florida would be forever lost to the Republican party. This fight is literally the whole ball game.

On June 16, the Trump administration canceled the DAPA program after years of legal battles. Then on June 23, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling stating President Obama had overstepped his authority and ruled the program unconstitutional. Since the ruling, Homeland Security had been working out a way to take the program back to court until the cancellation.

Now, several states have threatened to sue the federal government if it does not end the DACA program.

This is where the President has the upper hand. Because the DAPA program was ruled unconstitutional and was founded on similar principles, the DACA program should be ruled the same, because it would be heard by the same court. DACA is off the table and does not matter.

The President can dare the Republicans in Congress to not fund a border wall, a border wall that he won the election on. He can do so because they want to fund an unconstitutional program. He can dare Republicans to shut down the government and break dozens of campaign promises. Republicans on the Hill are driving a clown car and playing chicken with a man driving a tank.

President Trump's base is unshakeable. For several months, the media has blasted the president with disproven story after disproven story. In the past two weeks reaching a new low and declaring the President racist, because he took the Martin Luther King, Jr. approach to violence. This did not shake his base. Even Democrat Super Pac MSNBC had to admit that President Trump's base was still with him earlier this week.

The same cannot be said for Congress. A new poll from Gallop shows that only 16 percent of Republicans approve of Congress. This is after Congress managed to accomplish nothing in 7 months. The numbers can only go down if more promises are broken with the CR.

The President can use the power of his Twitter account and challenge the Republicans that don't feel the need to keep America safe. Nothing scares a Member of Congress more than a primary challenger. The President has already done so with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and a new poll shows his challenger Kelli Ward leading him by 14 points.

The President has the bully pulpit and his world-famous media obsessed Twitter account which allows him to put pressure where it belongs, on Members of Congress. The President needs to be willing to travel to the districts and states of troublesome GOPers, and threaten to support a primary challenger. Primary season is coming up, and the last thing any member wants to see is the leader of their party shaking hands with their challenger.

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Ancient Manuscript Found in Jerusalem

Dana Mathewson

"An ancient Greek inscription was found on a 1,500-year-old mosaic floor near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

"Byzantine emperor Justinian, who ruled in the 6thcentury A.D., is mentioned in the inscription, which was deciphered by Dr. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It reads: "In the time of our most pious emperor Flavius Justinian, also this entire building Constantine the most God-loving priest and abbot, established and raised, in the 14th indiction.”

This kind of thing is always exciting to me. Also, there are links on the article to other, similar finds.
 
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/23/ancient-inscription-unearthed-in-jerusalem-thrilling-archaeologists.html

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I keep liking this guy!

Dana Mathewson

We're into our second "copy" of his table-top grill, like it very much too. I understand from my older daughter -- who is not much of a conservative, though we don't discuss politics -- that he has continued to keep the price low in order to keep it affordable to people "of modest means." Good for him! As an aside, we just grilled some huge portabellas the other night -- Yum!

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/08/22/george-foreman-praises-trump-slams-sore-losers-colin-kaepernick-and-kevin-durant.html

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Pelosi's Confederate Honoring Father

Jack Kemp

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/08/23/kellyanne-calls-out-pelosis-hypocrisy-on-confederate-statues-n2372231?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=

So, Pelosi's Own Father Once Dedicated a Statue to Robert E. Lee



House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi woke up from her 30-year slumber last week and suddenly decided to be outraged by the Confederate statues standing in the halls of Congress. She finds them "reprehensible" and is demanding House Speaker Paul Ryan have them removed.

Her family tree history makes her outrage a bit awkward. Red Alert Politics dug up a bit of history to find that Pelosi's own father, Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., dedicated a statue to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee when he was the mayor of Baltimore.
"Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions,” D’Alesandro, Jr. said at the dedication ceremony.

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When Pelosi heard about this, her face went into a shocked expression. Wait. No, actually that facial expression is caused by her Botox injections.

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August 23, 2017

Apologies for Light Blogging

Dear readers,

Apologies for light blogging. I am having comuter problems and it will be hit and miss for a week or so.

By the way, the Eclipse was impressive. I saw it on the gravel banks of the Meramec River in Sullivan Mo.  Great spot, great friends, and cold beer!  A fine time was had.

Best,

Tim

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Bonfire of the Confederate Vanities

Fay Voshell

Recent events are a reminder of the Medici phrase "omne nefas victis, victoribus omnia sancta” -- "all crimes to the losers, to the winners all things are pure.”

The Left in America considers itself a pure winner -- at least in its own mind. As it must always keep winning wars real or manufactured to progress to utopia, Leftists will not acknowledge the Civil War is over.

Of course, the moral purity the Left assumes in its quest to rid the nation of artifacts that would remind Americans of a period of history considered deserving of being erased completely is to be unquestioned. Continuing to fight the Civil War and crushing the American South is a holy battle for leftists, and victory will not be ensured until every vestige of even the memory of slavery and every historical microaggression triggering racism are eradicated forever.

An impossible task and a very dangerous one.

Dangerous because for one thing, erasure of historical memory vitiates the entire foundation of the civil rights movement and the fight against racism, as contemporary history reflects the lingering aftermath of the very conflict the Left seeks to erase from our collective memories. Accurate recollection of the Civil War in all its glorious and inglorious complexities is necessary in order we can evaluate and improve race relations. The old cliché that the person who forgets history is condemned to repeat it was seldom more applicable than today, as reckless voices call for destruction of history and monuments dedicated to memory of history.Monuments are testaments to the past, whether good or bad. They are signs to us to remember and to learn and to change.

But the cultural cleansing of even the memory of Southern history -- or any other history the Left does not like -- is the means by which the Left, like other religious/political cults past and present, is attempting to expurgate America’s past.By destroying or at least putting out of public view what are considered cultural idols such as the Confederate statue "Old Joe,” which was returned to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, true faith will prevail and a virtually sinless society can be established.

The idea is to cleanse the nation of what Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe considers unexpurgated evil: "We should not glorify a part of our history in front of our buildings that really is a testament to America's original sin.”

To put it another way, the thought is that the original sin of America can be atoned for by destroying the nation’s history, particularly the history of the South. Sin lies in the past and finds its locus in statues, monuments, buildings and other historical artifacts the public has worshipped; therefore, all the past must be annihilated in order that moral purity be victorious. Once the artifacts of America’s past are destroyed, from the ashes will arise a society free from even the memory of evil. Racism will at last be eliminated from the social fiber and we all will be clothed in the robes of righteous purity with minds become tabula rasas on which can be writ the new holy script of leftism.

To accomplish this impossible goal, a new version of total warfare is springing into place. A Sherman’s march through history will ensure hate will never rise again.

Destruction of the past and of offending material objects and thoughts as necessary for societal purity is not a new idea.

The current mania over destruction of Confederate themed monuments hearkens back to Savonarola's "Bonfire of the Vanities," during which pieces of art and books were burned due to the puritanical frenzy whipped up by the renegade priest. It is said the artist Botticelli threw at least one of his paintings into the fire. Similar attempts to expiate sin by burning things and sometimes people instead of efforts to cauterize hateful hearts eventually burn themselves out, but only after great cost to the afflicted society.

Savonarola, who is still lauded by some for his sincere attempts to improve the morals of the corrupt society in which he lived, became discouraged by verbal exhortations and eventually fastened his cauterizing gaze on objects rather than on souls, claiming that Florence could become the new Jerusalem if the citizens would repent and destroy their iniquitous luxuries, including their priceless objects of art.

He soon gathered groups of youths, who, robed in white and singing hymns, confiscated vanities to be fed to the flames in a giant bonfire. Wigs, combs, mirrors, pictures; whatever the youths, who were accompanied by armed guards, thought sinful were seized. Books of Greek philosophers, works by Cicero, secular and/or lewd paintings and sculptures as well as musical instruments were thrown into the gigantic pile. The artist Botticelli may well have seen his own paintings fed to the flames. Yet he may not have objected because, like much of the city, he too had come under the sway of Savonarola.

Bonfires of things and people are what happens when the single-minded rage of a cult effectively sways the crowds. Everything goes, as rage recognizes only the moment, only the mindless frenzy of destruction. When anger is the primary emotion, it can be assuaged only by greater and greater destruction. Anger acknowledges no end to the things to be angry about.

Savonarola’s template for temporal purity was to be imitated countless times, particularly during the periods of cultural cleansing that characterized countries such as China. Mao Tse-Tung’s young Red Guard revolutionaries, who were fairly exact copies of Savonarola’s youths in temperament and ideological frenzy, were put in charge of exterminating Western influence and destroying China’s past in order to assure the ideology of Mao’s Little Red Book became the supreme guide of the nation.

The Pol Pot regime emptied universities and hospitals, driving into the countryside those they considered corrupted by ideas incompatible with the severe political views of their leader. Even eyeglasses were considered vanities and the people who wore them put to hard labor, becoming examples to the masses of the dangers of intellectuals swayed by corrupting influences. As was the case in Savonarola’s Florence for at least four years, a type of fanatical religious/political monasticism was to be fastened on Russian, Chinese, and Cambodian society -- as it is in North Korea to this day.

The fanaticism of Savonarola and his religious and political imitators past and present, are indicators of a cult mentality that is narrow, severe, and destructive. They are almost entirely characterized by anger and a sense of victimization cultivated by those favored classes deemed oppressed. Such cults, if successful, guarantee a society that is unfree and increasingly oppressive, for the suppression of history and speech inevitably turns to suppression of people whose views are different or who are just plain in the way of those who wish to control the levers of a given society.

It is not enough for such cults that statues representing America’s so-called "original sin” must be destroyed, including the ones representing the best the American South had to offer. Free speech is also to be suppressed. History and language itself must be reformed to show and tell only one story. That is why radical feminists sought to change the English language, and it is why the latest permutation of the cultic Left seeks to change language once again to reflect gender neutral terminology. The idea is to prevent anyone who disagrees from having the use of a language whereby they may express opposition. It is hard to write about the rights of men and women if the very pronouns indicating sex are eliminated and other pronouns which are essentially the equivalent of "it” are substituted for "he” and "she.” Destruction of the means to articulate one’s thought clearly is the very essence of brainwashing, for thought and language are inextricably intertwined.

It is increasingly clear the final goal of the Left involves far more than an attack against anything seen as racism; far more than virtue signaling by tearing down the statues erected in memory of the great Robert E. Lee. The ultimate goal is to disable rational thinking and to ensure the destruction of memory.

There are, in short, ways to silence voices other than to not allow the opposition to speak. There is a way to make speech meaningless by rendering language meaningless; to annihilate the ability to think altogether -- a sort of mental nihilism; a Sherman’s march through the brain.

America will not be cleansed of "original sin” and become purer if her collective memory is erased and she is made unable to speak intelligibly. She will not achieve salvation by targeting a race as inherently evil, be that race black, white, red or yellow skinned. She will not become good by erasing her history. Her purity will not be achieved until opposing voices are silenced and the opposition degraded to a social status of untouchables. She will not attain utopia by ensuring every institution and every person is saying and doing the same things. She will not become righteous by memorizing the new leftist commandments while seeing to it the Ten Commandments are destroyed. She will not be made better by making her people mute.

The truth of the matter is that original sin resides in the heart of every person ever born and must be repented of before the God who made us all.

The solution lies in changed hearts and minds, not in the destruction of monuments and language.

As God commanded Israelites of the ancient past, "Rend your hearts; not your garments.”

Or to put it another way, "Break your hearts; not your statues.”




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All of them Racists

Wil Wirtanen

Too bad we don't teach history anymore

http://dcwhispers.com/woodrow-wilson-fdr-lyndon-johnson-robert-byrd-democrats-racists/#gZKm2EpXwvBVSGdO.97



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Now, Left attacks Saint Junipero Serra

Jack Kemp forwards this:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/20/latest-victim-of-statue-hysteria-catholic-saints-n2370930?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

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Now, a Catholic saint has been vandalized in Mission Hills, California (via
CBSLA):


Several people stopped by a statue of Father Junipero Serra in a park across from Mission San Fernando on Thursday after a photo made the rounds on social media appearing to show the statue had been vandalized.
A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word "murder” written on Serra in white.
While city officials would not confirm the authenticity of the photo or the clean-up, CBS2 reporter Crystal Cruz saw red paint on Serra’s arm and a swastika on the statue of the child standing next to him.
"Everyone’s entitled to their own public opinions and thoughts,” said Cristian Mendoza. "But once it gets to this level I don’t think it’s right.”
The Daily Wire wrotewhy there was such animus towards Saint Junipero Serra:
Ever since Pope Francis canonized Father Junipero Serra for Sainthood in 2015, the Left and SJW snowflakes claim he had a violent history toward Native Americans. The LA Times said that "glossing over Junipero Serra's inhumanity was insult to Native Americans."
Archaeology professor Reuben Mendoza of Cal State Monterrey Bay debunked this garbage during the controversy.
"When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists believed that he would be made a saint because of the way he had lived his life, a self-effacing life of a martyr,” said Mendoza.
This is going to get worse, isn’t it?

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Why is the Mainstream Media Committing Fraud?

Jack Kemp

Mon 8/21, 8:47 AM
https://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2017/08/21/why-is-the-mainstream-media-committing-fraud-n2371135?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=
Why is the Mainstream Media Committing Fraud?

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Racist Eclipse


Dana Mathewson

Essayist professor says that the solar system has an "implicit bias" against African-Americans
 
Honest, guys, this is NOT from The Onion!

Return your solar eclipse glasses and cancel your sun-watching parties, America. According to The Atlantic, Monday's predicted total solar eclipse is, it turns out, racist.

At first glance, the headline, "American Blackout" appears to be an attempt to one-up the Boston Globe, who claimed that the sun, dastardly conservative that it is,was biased towards Trump supporters, since the swath of the country that will witness 100% coverage, is made up, mainly, of counties that went for Trump in the 2016 election.

But no, the essay, penned, unsurprisingly, by a university professor — Alice Ristroph of Brooklyn Law School — insists that the solar system, which itself exhibits signs of "implicit bias," has it out for minorities.

Read the rest, which is on Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire site, here: http://www.dailywire.com/news/19956/atlantic-claims-mondays-solar-eclipse-racist-emily-zanotti

Gee -- all my White Privilege didn't get me a look at the eclipse -- it was overcast, when it wasn't actually raining.

A NOTE FROM JACK KEMP:

Brooklyn Law School. There was a Spike Lee movie called Crooklyn. I think the Law School should change its name to that. It is most appropriate: Crooklyn Law School.


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Google secretly records Android talk

Jack Kemp forwards this:

How Google is secretly recording
You through your mobile, monitoring
millions of conversations every day and
storing the creepy audio files
The Sun [UK], by Margi Murphy Original Article 8/22/2017 12:35:10 PM Did you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users´ smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren´t in the room. If you own an Android phone, it´s likely that you´ve used Google´s Assistant, which is similar to Apple´s Siri. Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words "OK Google". But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing. In some cases, just saying "OK" in conversation prompted it

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Anderson Cooper's Family were Slave Masters to Michelle O's

Jack Kemp forwards this:


http://dcwhispers.com/cnns-anderson-coopers-family-slave-owners-owned-michelle-obamas-relatives/#uMtcMBMy6vOfcJub.97
CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s Family Were Slave Owners – Owned Michelle Obama’s Relatives!

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Valerie Plame Wilson (remember her?)

Dana Mathewson

Valerie Plame Wilson (remember her?)
Dana Mathewson
Today, 10:45 AMYou;Jack Kemp (sundialman2@aol.com);
Valerie rises out of the swamp again. Wants to buy a controlling interest in Twitter. Guess why? So she can ban our President from using it.

No surprise. Liberals want to stifle all discussion that they themselves don't initiate. (David, when Gina says nobody's trying to ban free speech, you might run this little gem past her.)

Luckily, the CEO of Twitter supports Trump's use of the platform.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/23/valerie-plame-wilson-reportedly-fundraising-to-buy-twitter-to-ban-trump-from-platform.html

Looks like Ol' Val's a few bucks short so far. .

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Once again the media lies.

Wil Wirtanen

 

https://amgreatness.com/2017/08/21/media-smeared-trump-charlottesville/


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Fair trade for thee, but not for me

Paul Driessen

It’s amazing how we are bombarded by accusations that our technologies and living standards offend basic principles of fair trade, human rights, sustainable development and social justice. Except, it seems, when the technologies are electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar cells, cell phones and other gadgets so beloved by progressives and environmentalists.

Where are the demands for justice, the student protests, sit-ins and boycotts against Nokia, Apple, Vestas and Tesla? Why are Fair Trade and Living Wage activists not speaking out on behalf of rare earth workers in Baotou, Inner Mongolia – or parents and children mining cobalt and lithium under even more horrendous conditions in Congo?

Why are caring, leftist agitators so silent when the human rights violations involve their favorite tech toys – which are cheap and affordable because of policies and practices that many would call imperialistic and even racist?


Imagine what a Tesla or wind turbine would cost if the Left followed its own "principles”

Paul Driessen

"Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting someone else,” Ben & Jerry’s and Fair Trade co-founder Jerry Greenfield likes to tell us. Let’s hope he doesn’t drive an electric vehicle, doesn’t use a laptop or cell phone, and doesn’t rely on wind or solar power.

We’re constantly confronted with slogans and lectures about fair trade, human rights, sustainability, environmental and social justice, little people versus Big Corporations. Most of these subjective terms reflect perspectives and agendas of the political left, and are intended to advance those worldviews and stifle any discussion about them. But most of their self-avowed adherents never look beneath the surface of their own purchases. Indeed, they would have no standards at all if they didn’t have double standards.

Just imagine what a $35,000 to $150,000 electric vehicle would cost if it were built using "fair trade” metals. How expensive already pricey wind and solar electricity would be if manufacturers had to follow fair trade standards, pay the full human and environmental costs associated with components, and pay workers the source-country equivalents of "Fight For $15” wages. Even more challenging:

What if wind, solar and EV systems had to adhere to the "precautionary principle” – which says products must be banned until promoters can prove their technologies will never harm people or the environment?

The fair trade, et cetera rules are already enforced with an iron fist against non-renewable products by regulators, politicians, the news media and angry college students. It’s mostly the Progressive Left’s favored, supposedly renewable and eco-friendly energy "alternatives” and toys that get exempted.

ExxonMobil was fined $600,000 in 2009 for the deaths of 85 migratory birds that landed in uncovered oilfield waste pits. Compare that $7,000 per bird assessment to the zero to minuscule fines imposed once or twice on Big Wind companies for 85,000 dead eagles and hawks, and 8.5 million sliced and diced other birds and bats, over recent years. (These are artistic license numbers, but very close to the mark.)

The Keep It In The Ground campaigns against oil, gas and coal, the fossil fuel divestment movement on campuses, the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) rabble, the incessant EarthJustice, Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund lawsuits and campaigns against mining ignore all this, and more.

Just beneath the surface of cell phone, EV, computer, wind, solar and other technologies are some shocking and inconvenient truths. These products are not made from pixie dust or raw materials beamed in from the Starship Enterprise. All require lithium, rare earth metals, iron, copper, silica, petroleum and many other materials that must be dug out of the Earth, using human labor or fossil fuels.

Petroleum alone is the foundation for some 6,000 products besides fuels: paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and much more. Lithium is essential in computer and EV batteries, neodymium in NdFeB wind turbine generator magnets, cadmium in PV solar panels, petroleum-based resins in turbine blades.

The vast majority of these minerals and metals could probably be found in economically recoverable or even world-class deposits in the United States. However, known deposits have been taxed, regulated and litigated into oblivion, while excellent prospects are mostly in western and Alaskan lands made inaccessible by Congress, courts, activists and Antiquities Act decrees. We’re not even allowed to look.

That has forced mining companies to go overseas. With few exceptions, American, Canadian, European and Australian companies pay good wages, abide by health and environmental rules, and invest heavily in local schools, libraries, hospitals, and water, sewage and electrical systems. But they are still pilloried, harassed and sued on a regular basis by radical groups in Peru, Guatemala and elsewhere.

The late Roy Innis, chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, nailed it perfectly when he blasted the WWF for its callous campaign against a proposed mine in Madagascar.

"These enemies of the poor say they are ‘stakeholders,’ who want to ‘preserve’ indigenous people and villages,” Mr. Innis observed. "They never consider what the real stakeholders want – the people who actually live in these impoverished communities and must live with the consequences of harmful campaigns that are being waged all over the world,” blocking their opportunities, hopes and dreams.

These well-financed, self-righteous anti-mining assaults too often leave villagers jobless and the world dependent on shoddy state-run operations like the rare earth mines and processing facilities in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, and locally operated, often illegal "artisanal” mines in Africa and Asia. The environmental degradation and human health effects associated with these operations are horrendous.

Areas north of Baotou hold 70% of global proven reserves of rare earth minerals (REMs). The region was once productive farmland. But as Australia news, Business Insider, ABC News, Britain’s Guardian, BBC and Daily Mail, and others have documented, it is now a vast wasteland, where nothing grows.

Ores are extracted by pumping acid into the ground, then processed using more acids and chemicals. One ton of REMs releases up to 420,000 cubic feet of gases, 2,600 cubic feet of wastewater and 1 ton of other wastes – all of them acidic, toxic and radioactive. The resulting black sludge – laden with acids, heavy metals, carcinogens and other materials – is pipelined to what has become a foul, stinking, lifeless, six-mile-diameter "lake.” Its toxic contents are seeping into groundwater and creeping toward the Yellow (Huang He) River, an important source of drinking and irrigation water for much of northern China.

Miners and other workers labor up to 16 hours a day for a few yuan or dollars, under health, safety and environmental conditions that would likely have been intolerable in the US, UK and Europe a century ago. Dirty processing plants have few or no maintenance crews, little or no regular cleaning or repairs. Workers and local residents suffer from lung, heart and intestinal diseases, osteoporosis and cancer, at rates much higher than pre-mining days and well above those in other parts of the Middle Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Africa’s Congo region produces 60% of the world’s cobalt-lithium ore. Over 70,000 tons a year pass through the Congo DongFang International Mining Company to manufacturers in China. Entire families – including children as young as five – toil from dawn to dusk, for a dollar or two a day, so that cell phone, computer, EV and other buyers can enjoy cheap high-tech gadgets.

Generally without permits, health and safety standards or environmental rules, the parents and kids use picks, shovels, pails and bags to excavate deep holes and vast pits, in search of valuable ores. Cave-ins and mud slides are an ever-present risk. Depending on the weather, they work in dust or muck, getting dangerous levels of cobalt, lead, uranium and other heavy metals in their tissues, blood and organs.

Gloves, face masks, protective clothing and showers to wash the toxic dirt off bodies at the end of the day are also nonexistent. Broken bones, suffocation, blood and respiratory diseases, birth defects, cancer and paralysis are commonplace, the Guardian, Washington Post, NPR and human rights groups report.

Maybe those evils are better than prostitution for mothers and daughters, drug dealing and criminal gangs for fathers and sons, or starvation and death for entire families. But it certainly smells like exploitation.

Where are the Ben & Jerry’s and Fair Trade demands for justice? The Berkeley and Brown student protests, sit-ins and boycotts against Nokia, Samsung, Apple, Lenovo, Tesla, Vestas and Trina Solar? The demands that college endowment and teacher pension funds divest from these companies? The outraged US and EU student marchers in Baotou and Beijing, to support workers, Joshua Wong and Liu Xiaobo?

Where are the calls to replace state-run and artisanal mining operations with socially and environmentally responsible Western mining companies? Where is the WWF compensation to poor villagers for the wages, electricity, clean water and improved living standards they could have had?

Environmentalist policies don’t merely represent double standards. No matter how Greenpeace or the Sierra Club might disguise or sugarcoat them, radical green policies and campaigns are unjust, unethical, inhuman, imperialistic and racist.

It’s time to apply fair trade, living wage and environmental justice principles to the anti-mining, anti-people campaigners. Their real goal is keeping the Third World impoverished, and that is intolerable.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org), and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death and other books on the environment. Aug 2017



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A pro-Confederate Soldiers Monument article - and my brief exchange

Jack Kemp

In reply to the hate-filled screeds of the left aimed against statues of Robert E. Lee and others,
Russell Nagelkirk wrote a detailed article at American Thinker called "Why Are There Monuments of Confederate Soldiers?" http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/08/why_are_there_monuments_of_confederate_soldiers.html In it, Mr. Nagelkirk spoke elequently of both Lincoln's and Lee's efforts to heal the Nation's wounds after the Civil War. As he put it, " In the Civil War, America suffered a fall from grace. But grace was used to turn enmity into comity." I urge you all to read that fine piece.

This brought a number of posted responses, including one from me and a rebuttal to my remariks. I include those and my earthy, plain spoken counter rebuttal to a reader with the screen name of "President Borat."

  • JackKempa day ago
    This article makes one recall a statement about those who attend churches (and, by logical extension, other houses of worship). The saying goes: A church is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners. The same can be said of those same congregation members operating outside their houses of worship, as well as those who do not attend religious services. This country is not a place where self-declared perfect people dictate to "Deplorables," particularly for thought crimes in a manner similar to past Chinese Communist "Right Thinking" enforcement by the Red Brigades. This country is a place where imperfect people work to overcome their imperfections, their shortcomings. And such people exist on both sides of the political spectrum. And we are helped in our individual and collective journies through life by helping one another to learn better practical ways to cope and function, not assume we, by virtue of our position papers, have all the answers. That is why Donald Trump won the primaries and the Presidential election. People were tired of pontificators from both sides of the aisle, people who never met a payroll (or managed a military company or a brigade), telling them how to deal with the challenges of life

    • President Borat (to) JackKemp5 hours ago
      if people are tired of pontificators then why did they elect Donald Trump? He never met a payroll he didn't bankrupt or stiff and he certainly never had a thing to do with a military company.


      JackKemp (to) President Borata minute ago
      President Borat, since you reference the movie world, I will reference a few lines from another film in reply.
      In the movie "Almost an Angel," Crocodile Dundee portrays a man just released from prison who risks his life saving a girl from a speeding car on the street. Knocked unconscious and briefly sent to heaven, he meets G-d, portrayed in the movie by Charton Heston. Dundee, a lifetime reprobate, asks G-d why he was chosen to be saved and to do G-d's work. To this G-d replies (words close to this), "In the old days, I had giants like Jesus and Moses to do my bidding. Now I have to rely on s***bags like you!"
      Pres. Trump isn't exactly as pure as even those of us who voted for him in November, myself included, would have preferred. But who else would have had the combination of qualities to take on the Republican-Democrat duopoly/Congressional Country Club? Mitt Romney? Jeb Bush? Hillary? Not a chance.

    UPDATE: "President Borat" went on to say some more nasty things to me and perhaps even others (I noticed his other comments without reading them). I wanted to have his remarks removed but there was no form to request it - and it was a few days old - so I let it slide.

  • In looking back at our exchange of comments a few days later, I saw that someone in authority had removed his remarks directed at me. Perhaps his other remarks on that thread were removed - I don't know.

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Is Someone Hacking our 7th Fleet?

Dana Mathewson

After two suspicious "accidents," it's just possible. Has our level of seamanship sunk so low after eight years of Obama's watering-down (no pun intended) of our military? Or are there other factors involved?

People are starting to ask questions after the latest incident involving the USS John S. McCain (named not for the Senator, but for his father and grandfather, who were decorated admirals). http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/22/is-someone-hacking-our-7th-fleet-navy-to-investigate-after-uss-john-s-mccain-collisi

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August 22, 2017

Close Down Mt. Vernon? The Ladies Association says No

Jack Kemp

Matt Vespa wrote an article at Townhall.com concerning Chelsea Clinton's objections to Confederate statues. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/21/chelsea-clinton-the-story-of-lucifer-is-a-part-of-christianity-and-there-are-no-statues-to-him-at-church-n2371151?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad= 

The following words from that article are NOT anything that Chelsea Clinton herself said. They are Matt Vespa's reasonable assumptions of what some Antifa and other leftists have said or strongly implied. Matt Vespa wrote:

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Yet, dig further and any person who is deemed unworthy in the eyes of progressives’ interpretation of history has to go. Yeah, that means George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, our first and third presidents respectively. They’re also some of our Founding Fathers, but they owned slaves. Everything must go: monument, statues, Monticello, and Mount Vernon."

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I happen to have visited Monticello and Mt. Vernon. Monticello was once owned and preserved by Uriah Levy and his family, a Jew and former Commodore in the U.S. Navy who personally got flogging of sailors outlawed in the Service. But the more complicated back story is that of Mt. Vernon.

Mt. Vernon was falling into a state of disrepair and a group of women would not stand for it. They formed the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and hectored to gather funds to restore the historic home and property. The Ladies Association still runs Mt. Vernon to this day. Decades ago, someone wanted to build either a shopping center or a sewage treatment plant on the Potomac River shore opposite Mt. Vernon. structures that would have spoiled the view from Mt. Vernon. The Ladies Association met with their friends in Congress and a stretch of land on the opposite shore in Maryland became the Piscataway National Park - with no sewage treatment plant.

Here is what the Mt. Vernon Ladies Society website says, in part:
http://www.mountvernon.org/preservation/mount-vernon-ladies-association/

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association was the first national historic preservation organization and is the oldest women's patriotic society in the United States. Its pioneering efforts in the field of preservation set an important precedent and have served as a model for many.

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"If the men of America have seen fit to allow the home of its most respected hero to go to ruin, why can't the women of America band together to save it?”

In 1853, Louisa Bird Cunningham wrote these words to her daughter, Ann Pamela Cunningham, after seeing the decrepit state of George Washington's home while traveling on the Potomac River.

Inspired by her mother's words, Cunningham took it upon herself to challenge the nation to save Mount Vernon. She founded the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in 1853 and by 1858 had raised $200,000 dollars to purchase the mansion and two hundred acres.


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So this is what those girls - yes, girls - with the pink wool hats want to obliterate? A significant piece of women's history and successful efforts in the U.S.? Speaking of hats, I once heard historian Newt Gingrich talk about George Washington having his hat shot off his head in battle (I believe it was the French and Indian War). A Native American participant in the battle later said they were trying to kill him but couldn't - and they thought Washington had protection from Divine Providence.


The Mount Vernon Ladies Association has also partnered with the Ford Motor Company to fund online education and classroom lesson plans about George Washington. The relationship goes back to Henry Ford I's funding of the Association. Student Education can be seen at this page of their website: http://www.mountvernon.org/education/for-students/


George Washington freed his slaves in his written will. I believe Mt. Vernon is a better historic lesson for young and old alike than a looking at a waste treatment plant on the opposite Potomac shore.


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