August 14, 2018
Don't mess with a Jersey girl!
"New York New York, a Helluva town..."
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/13/de-blasio-lets-security-haul-away-post-reporter -for-asking-question.html more...
August 13, 2018
Is the NFL fake news? Is there any real difference between the NFL and CNN?
Writing in American Thinker Tim Ziegler explains exactly why he has given up on the NFL.
Ziegler makes the obvious point first, then moves on to something a bit more, uh, well:
"It's not just the anthem controversy but that is the genesis of my disgust. I no longer trust the game. Let me explain. Following the Anthem protest in last season's Oakland vs. Washington game in September, 2017 it is alleged that the offensive line of the Raiders, upset at their quarterback's failure to support their protest, allowed him to be sacked and ultimately injured.
Now, it's not just the players’ political opinions that separate us, it is their potential lack of integrity that I question as well. Did this player drop the pass because of some other event? Did that player miss the tackle because he wants to send a message? What about that tide turning fumble? I no longer have to worry about it. But, you as a fan, player, coach, owner, sports-writer or announcer do. more...
August 11, 2018
Obama Ignores Possible Genocide In South Africa
August 10, 2018
Liberal dogma holds that there are too many. Mayor Emanuel either subscribes to that dogma or is a slave, politically, to it. Either way, his policies are to blame for the killing sprees.If the city is plagued with a cohort of dangerous young men, what’s to be done about them?. . .The short-term solution is well known but politically fraught: You encourage your police officers to identify and arrest the lawbreakers, and you encourage your prosecutors to bring appropriate charges and seek appropriate sentences.
To those who are troubled by the specter of "mass incarceration,” a question: Given the blood running in the gutters of Chicago’s streets last weekend (and most weekends, especially in summer), are there too many people in jail or too few?
Excellent article. If you are familiar with Jack Dunphy (the pseudonym of a retired policeman), you always look forward to his explanation of police matters -- and the politics surrounding them. He does not disappoint in this article, where he is quoted extensively.
Scores Of Registered Voters Over 116 Years Old Found In Ohio's 12thDistrict, Report Claims
From the Daily Wire:
A new report alleges that there are scores of registered voters who are over 116 years old in Ohioâ's 12th Congressional District, where Republican Troy Balderson is currently hanging onto a narrow lead over Democrat Danny Oâ€™Connor in TuesdayÂ´s special election. Eric Eggers, the research director at the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), reports that GAI accessed voter rolls in Ohioâ's 12th Congressional District last August and found "170 registered voters listed as being over 116 years old [that] still existed on the [voter] rolls." Eggers notes that leftist billionaire and Democratic mega-donor George Soros pledged millions of dollars to fight more...
And Groucho knew better.
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – the New York congressional candidate many in the media have fallen in love with – was handed rejection when many of the candidates she endorsed lost in Tuesday’s elections. But her radical and totally impractical ideas continue to pose a threat.
The 28-year-old candidate advocates for guaranteed federal jobs, free college for all, Medicare for all, and the abolishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. She’d like to turn Uncle Sam into Santa Claus, handing out freebies 365 days a year – all paid for by crushing taxes on all of us, a skyrocketing national debt or … hey, whatever.
The surprising primary victory that turned this grossly unqualified and woefully uninformed young woman into a candidate likely to be elected to Congress in a heavily Democratic district shows that the real battleground this election cycle is in the classroom.
If we continue to laugh off Ocasio-Cortez as an ignorant and delusional radical, we will be blindsided by the soon-to-be largest voting bloc in America – a generation of indoctrinated millennials.
As a fellow millennial, I know firsthand that Ocasio-Cortez’s college experience probably taught her that being a socialist absolves her of knowing much at all. All she needs to know is that anyone who opposes her is evil. And she needs to memorize a few bumper sticker slogans about the cruel and greedy 1 percent who aren't "paying their fair share.”
Ocasio-Cortez is among the majority of millennials who now say they would prefer to live in a socialist or communist country over a capitalist one. That’s a troubling revelation to older generations. But can young people be blamed for having no memory of the widespread failures of socialism and communism if we never learned about them?
Each year, more and more schools are doing away with basic economics and history courses andreplacing them with anti-American, progressive propaganda.
A survey by U.S. News & World Report found that 53 out of the 76 "best” colleges and universities in America no longer require history majors to take a single course on U.S. history.
Meanwhile, the Communist Manifesto is among the three most frequently assigned readings at American universities and Karl Marx is the most studied economist. Never mind that his economic ideas make about as much sense as the economic theories of Groucho Marx.
Crazy as it sounds, some people are even talking about Ocasio-Cortez running for president someday. Will America put her in the White House with the slogan "Make America Socialist?”
If the majority of millennials truly embrace socialism, candidates like Ocasio-Cortez are only one successful voter registration drive away from getting elected to our highest offices.
And if that happens, we and future generations will get to experience the nightmare of economic failure and lack of freedom that the citizens of Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, the Soviet Union, East Germany and other socialist and communist states have suffered through.
August 09, 2018
A women’s studies professor predicts President Trump’s supporters, whom she calls "overt racists,” will "provoke violence” when Trump leaves the Oval Office – even if it is after two terms.
Julie Novkov, chair of the political science department at the State University of New York at Albany, concludes in a recent article for New Political Science that Trump supporters having political power is "dangerous.”
She defines core Trump supporters as overt racists who view immigrants, blacks, Muslims, and Jews as "enemies of the American state” and are "particularly inclined to embrace propaganda."
Tell me, Professor, what "race" are Muslims?
Looks to me as if she does not consider the possibility of his serving two complete terms, and therefore, as per the Constitution, exiting the office peacefully; or doing a Calvin Coolidge and "not choosing to run" for a second term. But I think it's obvious this woman isn't playing with a full deck anyhow.
Whether it is impeachment, resignation, failure to win re-election, or death, Novkov believes Trump supporters will riot when he leaves office.
"I believe that Trumpers – the core supporters Trump has bound to himself through his consistent and persistent messaging – will not accept as legitimate any means through which he departs from the presidency,” Novkov wrote. "Can the Trumpers can be reincorporated into a democratic republic as engaged political actors who accept the fundamental premises of democratic governance?”
Courtesy of California Sen. Kamala Harris, we now have a bit of a hint of the new approach we can expect by the progressives who now control the Democratic Party — focus on identity politics but don’t call it that.
In other words, they will recycle the age-old leftist approach of lying to voters about who they are while vowing to punish those who dare to expose them.
All of this became clear at last week’s "Netroots Nation” political activism conference, which CNN described as "The three-day gathering of thousands of progressive activists amounted to a rejection of warnings from the Democratic establishment that their calls for single-payer health care, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and other progressive priorities would alienate moderate and Republican voters who are otherwise inclined to vote against Trump — both in November’s midterm elections and in the 2020 presidential primary.”
When you’ve lost CNN …
Ms. Harris, widely believed to be eyeing a presidential run, is doing what good progressives do — she engaged in promoting identity politics at the conference, and then told everyone that the phrase "identity politics” was a pejorative.
"Now, I am aware that some people would say that what I just said is plain ‘identity politics.’ But, I have a problem, guys, with that phrase, ‘identity politics.’ ‘Cause let’s be clear, when people say that, it’s a pejorative. That phrase is used to divide and it is used to distract …,” Breitbart reported.
As a friend of mine noted,Ms. Harris‘ new approach is to insist that identity politics doesn’t divide us, but calling it identity politics does.
August 08, 2018
In a complex recent article, Dennis Prager, a man with a Jewish religious school upbringing and someone who has studied aspects of Christianity as well, wrote at Townhall.com a critique of Pope Francis entitled "Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism ... and the Bible."
Here are some excerpts. Read the who thing here.
And God and the Bible? They're wrong, too.
Pope Francis, the product of Latin American liberation theology -- along with many other Catholic religious and lay leaders -- is remaking Catholicism in the image of leftism, just as mainstream Protestant leaders have been rendering much of mainstream Protestantism a branch of leftism, and non-Orthodox Jewish clergy and lay leaders have been rendering most non-Orthodox synagogues and lay institutions left-wing organizations.
But the Bible makes it clear capital punishment for murder is applicable to all of humanity. It is the first law God gives Noah after the flood, after commanding him to be fruitful and multiply. Putting murderers to death is therefore the first moral law God gives the world. Why this draconian penalty for murder? Because the penalty is a statement about the seriousness of a crime, and the God of the Bible deems the wrongful, deliberate taking of a human life the pinnacle of injustice. Allowing all murderers to keep their own lives diminishes the evil of murder and thereby cheapens the worth of the human being. In God's words, "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image" (Genesis 9:6).
In a 4-3 decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment violated the Connecticut Constitution, thereby preventing the execution of the murderers and assaulters of Dr. Petit's family.
This was Dr. Petit's reaction: "I think when people willfully, wantingly, without any remorse take someone else's life, they forfeit their right to be among us."
For those who believe in the Bible, Dr. William Petit of Cheshire, Connecticut, echoes God's view. Pope Francis of the Vatican does not.
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Tim Birdnow adds:
The Catholic Church has always had a rather dim view of the death penalty primarily because the purpose of life is (in Catholic teaching) to avoid souls going to Hell and by executing someone you have permanently taken away their chance at repentance (of course the coming execution might force them to repent, but the idea is we can''t know that.) Catholic teaching always accepted the old Testament as authoritative on the death penalty, but asked it be tempered with as much mercy as could be granted. This whole "dignity of the person" horse poo is vintage left wing nonsense from Francis; he couldn't even make his argument properly. But if he had he would have upset a lot of his other cherished ideals, like acceptance of homosexuality. If your primary goal is to keep people out of Hell you can't have a cafeteria approach, condemning executions while shrugging off other behaviors that will lead a soul to Hell.
I did a quick search and found this quote from the Perplexed Pontiff:
"it is freely decided to suppress a human life that is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator, and of which, in the final analysis, God alone is the true judge and guarantor.”
But it was THAT CREATOR who commanded the death penalty for certain crimes in the beginning, and it was THAT CREATOR who gave "the king the power of the sword" to "punish evildoers". To claim we have no right to follow the Lord's own instructions is, well, the spirit of anti-Christ, a rebellion against what we were commanded to do.
One of the problems here too is the absolute division of the individual from society. The death penalty is not just to "punish" but to act as a warning to others. Granted, it has been rarely used in that way, with years, sometimes decades of legal procedures before it is enforced, and then it is done privately rather than with a public display, so most of the latter day Popes have opposed it as not generally useful, but the fact is it does indeed serve as a deterrent. The left always argues it does not because they have made it so rare and private - and of course there is no way to determine if a person did NOT commit a crime out of fear of it.
There has been a lively (pardon the pun) debate about this topic in theological circles in the Church for a long time. This is typical Francis; he leeps in without nuance or acknowledging the other side. He is doing irreparable harm to the Church and the World he is supposed to shepherd.
I think Prager hit the nail on the head.
And here is what Dana Mathewson adds:
All I have to offer is that I believe Dennis has hit it out of the ballpark here. His understanding of the Bible is deep...
And if one wishes to extend the baseball analogy, Pope Francis has struck out, once again. He seems not to understand that his job is not to rewrite the theology of the Church. If he desires to make his mark upon the Church, what he should do -- if he has the wisdom, which clearly he does not -- is to extend the understanding of the message of Jesus. Not to distort it.
The state has no right to threaten financial institutions that do business with the NRA.
Imagine the following scenario. Imagine the media response.
By October, the governor of Texas was fed up. A well-funded ten-month campaign by Everytown for Gun Safety designed to stigmatize gun ownership was causing support for gun rights to measurably decline. Called "You afraid?” the campaign mocked men and women who carried weapons to grocery stores or restaurants. An associated "courage” campaign asked mothers to hand back their carry licenses, and while most didn’t, the dozens who did received international media attention.
Then, two weeks before Halloween, a gunman opened fire in a Houston Walmart, and no one responded for nine agonizing minutes until police arrived. This was Texas. The store wasn’t a gun-free zone — yet not a single armed citizen was available to intervene.
The governor was furious. In public comments, he blasted Everytown, declaring — in no uncertain terms — that "gun-controllers have no place in Texas. Because that’s not who we are.” But words mean nothing without action, and the state of Texas acted. The governor directed state regulators to "urge insurers and bankers statewide to determine whether any relationship they may have with Everytown or similar organizations sends the wrong message to their clients and their communities who often look to them for guidance and support.”
Regulators responded, issuing "guidance letters” directed at the chief executive officers, or equivalents, of all Texas licensed financial institutions and all insurers doing business in Texas. The letters urged recipients to sever ties with Everytown and other "gun controller organizations.” The letters went well beyond a mere political exhortation and invoked the private corporations’ "risk management” obligations and their obligations to consider "reputational risks.”
State regulators began investigating Everytown’s business transactions in the state and coerced key vendors into consent decrees that not only punished allegedly unlawful activity but banned those vendors from engaging in entirely lawful business relationships with the gun-control organization. As state regulators moved, other commercial entities backed away — ending longstanding business relationships with Everytown.
Let me ask a simple question. If Texas acted like this — if it used state financial regulators to issue warning letters to institutions doing business with an organization unquestionably engaged in constitutionally protected advocacy — do you think for one moment that America’s mainstream media would remain silent, or speak up mainly to chuckle at Everytown’s financial predicament? Do you think for one moment that America’s leading progressives wouldn’t sense an immediate threat to free speech?
Yet the scenario above is playing out today, in a different state, with a different target. New York’s Andrew Cuomo is engaging in a deliberate campaign to use state power to drive the NRA out of business. It’s using a combination of consent decrees and warning letters directed at financial institutions to coerce them into cutting of business relationships with the NRA.
Cuomo’s intentions aren’t hidden. He’s on a crusade. "If I could have put the NRA out of business, I would have done it 20 years ago,” he said earlier this week. He followed up with this pithy statement: "I’m tired of hearing the politicians say, we’ll remember them in our thoughts and prayers. If the NRA goes away, I’ll remember the NRA in my thoughts and prayers.”
Clever. But when statements like this are accompanied by state action, there’s another word that applies — unconstitutional.
[...]My money is on the NRA here -- literally, as I am a few months into a 3-year membership. But their pockets are not really all that deep, even though they are now up to unprecedentedly high membership numbers. New York City's left is also very well-funded.
Heckle all you want, Governor Cuomo. Display your malice. But the instant that malice translates into state action aimed at speech is the instant the Constitution holds you to account.
In 2012, the Obama EPA decreed that Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ standards must rise to 54.5 mpg by 2025 … claiming that CO2 and other vehicle greenhouse gas emissions required a near-total shift to electric cars to prevent manmade climate cataclysms. The fact that such standards would force car makers to build much smaller, lighter vehicles that would lead to numerous extra injuries and deaths was never considered. Last week, the Trump EPA and Transportation Department proposed that the standards be frozen at 37 mpg – or perhaps allowed to rise at a much slower rate. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until the end of September.
As my article points out, CAFÉ standards are a relic of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo and recurrent fears that we would soon run out of oil. Climate fears were a convenient add-on. None of these assertions is grounded in evidence or common sense – any more than are California Governor Jerry Brown’s assertions that the 37 mpg freeze is "an assault on the health” of all Americans, a "reckless scheme” that will force motorists to "pay more at the pump and breathe dirtier air.”more...
Labor unions in Missouri have won a huge victory in defeating prop A, also known as Right to Work, in a referendum held on the law, which was passed by the Missouri legislature and signed by former Governor Eric Greitens.
CNN has the story:
An alleged carjacking suspect almost got away from Florida police – only to be thwarted by a herd of pesky cows.
Police said the driver and a passenger in a stolen Subaru SUV fled on foot after the car crashed in a ditch in Sanford,WKMG-TV reported. Another passenger remained at the scene and was arrested.
The driver, identified as Jamie Michael Young, was apprehended with the help of a Sanford police dog, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
But the other passenger, Jennifer Kaufman, fled to a nearby field where she was corralled by cattle.
In a video released by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted in the incident, Kaufman can be seen running through a field with more than two dozen cows in pursuit. At least one cow got very close to the woman.
"If you see the large group of cows, they’re literally following her and chasing her,” an officer said in the video.
Eventually the cows herded her to the edge of a field where she climbed through what appears to be a fence, only to be immediately arrested.
Yep, that's no bull, folks. Apparently cows are pretty territorial when all is said and done. The farmer gives a good explanation in the article, found here http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/08/florida-cows-thwart-carjacking-suspect-herd-her-straight-toward-police.html
which contains the aforementioned video AND a photo of the woman, who looks to be one I wouldn't want to tangle with. No wonder the cows wanted her out of their field!
August 07, 2018
A Florida restaurant decided to cancel its DirecTV NFL package over the controversy about players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices.
Curtis West, who co-owns Beef O’Brady’s in Brooksville with his wife Janet, told FOX13 Tampa Bay on Monday there will be no NFL games shown because of the "disrespect” the players have shown.
"Last year, with the kneeling and the disrespect to our veterans and our flag and our country, I was very upset,” West told the station.I'm not a vet, neither is my wife, but I like the gesture. And I'd support it if my travel plans included Florida. Dare we hope this man's action inspires others around the country?
The restaurant will save more than $5,000 by canceling its package and instead will offer veterans 40 percent off on food Sundays during game days, the station reported.
There's lots more, as you'd expect, including a blast from former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who rightly refers to decades of "one party Democratic rule" for the violence in a series of tweets.
After a bloody Chicago weekend that left a dozen dead and another 62 wounded, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing a mounting political crisis -- with his rivals emboldened as they aim to unseat him in the looming mayoral election.
Several of Emanuel’s 10 challengers slammed the prominent Democrat for the city’s soaring crime and blamed him for everything from an understaffed police force to a lack of investment in Chicago’s economically downtrodden neighborhoods.
Emanuel has tried to fend off the attacks while calming an alarmed electorate, but the latest violence has only fueled the calls for political change in the February election.
"What happened over the weekend is absolutely horrific and unacceptable. It’s another tragic weekend in Chicago, and unfortunately, we’ve had too many of them,” former Chicago Public Schools CEO and mayoral candidate Paul Vallas said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "There is no substitution for providing the police resources we need to close this gap.”
Vallas blamed Emanuel for permitting the police department’s detective division to be "gutted through attrition”and accused him of shifting officers to various sections of the city for "political reasons.”
The Massachusetts senator who has made a career of unfairly maligning bankers and other alleged capitalist malefactors is now smearing the criminal justice system, too.
In a speech at a historically black college in New Orleans, she declared that "the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist . . . I mean front and back.”
Her riff is a sign that the Democrats are going to leaven their lurch toward socialism with a condemnation of America as fundamentally racist. After helping fuel Trump’s rise in 2016 with loose rhetoric about the bigotry of cops, Democrats hope to dislodge him in 2020 with even more sweeping accusations of systematic racism.
...But the contention that US law enforcement is a product of racial hatred is a paranoid lie, from top to bottom, from beginning to end, from front to back.SECTION OMITTED
The biggest reason for the overall disparity in incarceration is different rates of offending. Blacks account for a little more than 50 present of homicides.END OF QUOTE
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