May 29, 2017
This day one hundred years ago the first recorded cocktail party was held in a stately St. Louis mansion.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"According to Felton’s piece, the landmark liquor gathering in May 1917 was orchestrated by Mrs. Walsh (no first name was given), who was described by the St. Paul newspaper as "a leader in society activities” in St. Louis.
Apparently, the Walshes were no strangers to liquor-aided festivities, or odd parties. Felton reported that the couple had previously hosted a "baby party” at the St. Louis Country Club, at which guests dressed as toddlers and drank their libations out of baby bottles.
According to other information in the Pioneer Press article, the cocktail party began at noon, with some of the 50 attendees coming straight from church. It lasted for only one hour, after which dinner was served.
According to other information in the Pioneer Press article, the cocktail party began at noon, with some of the 50 attendees coming straight from church. It lasted for only one hour, after which dinner was served.
Mrs. Walsh took no chances with the event, hiring "a white-coated professional drink-mixer who presided behind a mahogany” bar in the home.
The menu of potables included many Highballs, "some with Scotch and some with rye or Bourbon whisky;” as well as "Bronx Cocktails,” described as gin, dry and sweet vermouth and orange juice; and Clover Leafs, which was a mix of gin, grenadine, lime juice and egg white. Manhattans, martinis and gin fizzes were also served, as well as one mint julep "for a former gentleman of Virginia.”
After that spring fling in 1917, the cocktail party became all the rage in St. Louis and other cities, the Wall Street Journal article said, adding that Prohibition a few years later put a crimp in the emerging trend.
In 1924, the Walsh family sold the property to the Catholic Church, and it became home to Archbishop John J. Glennon."
Why did no one ever host a cocktail party before this? I suspect it was the lack of ice; who wants a warm drink? Ice was hard to come by before refrigeration became common. You used to have to buy ice cut from the river and stored in an insulated ice house. Also, mixers were at a premium in the old days, making the cocktail a unique thing. Coca-Cola was not invented until 1866 after all, and many other chasers just weren't avalable.
So next time you receive an invite to a fancy lush hour event, do remember that this is barely older than your grandfather.
And this could have been the reason why the US Army Golden Knights parachute team did not jump at Republic Ariport in Farmingdale, Long Island yesterday.
This cancels my plans to see the Navy parachute team, the Leap Frogs, jump into Citi Field today at the NY Mets home game against the Brewers. I don't even know if they'll jump at Citi Field around 4 pm at all. No announcements are being made as to cancelations - or going ahead with plans to jump. May this unnamed Navy SEAL Rest in Peace. He is a reminder of how dangerous serving one's country can be, even in a peacetime activity.
Navy SEAL dies after parachute fails to open at Fleet Week demonstration
BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — A parachutist involved in a Fleet Week demonstration in New York Harbor died today following an apparent chute malfunction that sent him into the water near Liberty State Park.
In a press conference this afternoon, Navy Rear Adm. Jack Scorby described the parachutist as a SEAL and a member of the Navy’s elite Leap Frogs parachute team.
The team was conducting a demonstration around 12:10 p.m.as part of planned Fleet Week activities, Scorby said.
"The parachute malfunctioned and failed to open properly and he landed in the water adjacent to Liberty State Park," Scorby said. "He was retrieved immediately by U.S. Coast Guard personnel and the Jersey City Fire Department marine unit, who were specifically standing by in vessels to support the event."
The parachutist was taken to Jersey City Medical Center.
"We are sad to say, unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m.," Scorby said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, and I ask for all of your prayers for the Navy Seal community, who lost a true patriot today.."
The cause of the mishap is under investigation, Scorby said, and the SEAL's name is being withheld while next of kin are notified.
Initial reports that other people were injured during the demonstration proved to be false, a Navy spokesperson said.
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Why Democrats want you to forget the Confederacy
Have you noticed the movement to remove statues, memorials, flags and markers that commemorate the historical reality of the Confederacy in America?
Earlier this month, we saw another vivid example of this when New Orleans removed the last of three statues of Confederate heroes – Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.T. Beauregard.
It’s happening in dozens of states – not just Southern. Some of these monuments have been around for nearly 150 years.
What’s this new war on the Confederacy all about?
I have a theory. I don’t think it explains the phenomenon in its entirety. But I definitely think it’s part of the explanation for the scorched-earth policy against American history, the attempt to erase any historical vestige of the most costly war in our history.
First, you will notice that Democrats are nearly always at the forefront of this kind of activity.
Why would that be?
Could it be because they are embarrassed and ashamed of their party’s own history?
Read it all!
Exclusive: Joseph Farah spills dirty little secret behind left's assault on statues, flags, memorials
Some of 'em may be a bit over the top, but when it gets to the Clinton body bags and stuff like that, well. . . Lots of people who read these articles CAN connect dots.
Three of 'em, anyhow. And when Trump gets back home he can swing the axe again.
May 28, 2017
Here is what happens when hig government rolls over the public. Peabody Energy, the largest coal company on Earth, went into bankruptcy as Barack Hussein Obama fulfilled his pledge to bankrupt coal producers. No big deal, we were told; "green energy" would more than make up for the losses of jobs, and all would soon be better.
But there are consequences, often unforseen, for the do-gooderism that is liberalism.
From the Belleville News Democrat:
"When you play "Let’s Make a Deal,” you might get a car and a vacation or you might get the Zonk.
Marissa finds itself winning a goat instead of a valuable cash prize following its decade-old deal with Peabody Energy Co.
The 818 water and sewer customers in the village have a $1.06 million debt after Peabody’s bankruptcy. They are repaying the government loan that built water lines and a better water tower to service a Peabody fishing and hunting community that never happened."
So a small town in Illinois goes belly up and residents are stuck holding a massive debt because Obama wanted to appease the Gang green and their environmentalist cronies.
The good people of Marissa invested in a rock-solid energy company, a local company. But they didn't count on Barack Obama and his Martian tripod warriors at the EPA, who created such draconian regulations on coal fired plants that Peabody, the big dog in coal, and the second biggest coal company on Earth - Arch Coal - bot filed for bankruptcy before The ONe left office.
In 2008 then candidate Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle:
" Let me sort of describe my overall policy.
What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.
I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.
That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.
The only thing I've said with respect to coal, I haven't been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a (sic) ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.
It's just that it will bankrupt them."
Well, when you seek to choose winners and losers in society, you cause a lot of collateral damage. A number of states sued the Obama EPA but Obama simply ignored the courts in a power grab that makes anything Trump has done look like a kiddie game.
This article is the featured story on a site that pops up on my e-mail.
A NOTE FROM TIM:
The city of St. Louis recently passed an ordinance which criminalizes "discrimination" based on, among other things, abortion. The St. Louis Archbishop has blown the trumpet that shall never call defeat, asking Catholics to openly disobey the unconstitutional and abusive law.
"We will not comply!"" was the Archbishop's rejoinder to the new mayor Lydd Krewson and the eternal Democrats who use St. Louis as their personal handkerchief.
You go, Archbishop Carlson!
Not long ago, I predicted that endangered species designation for certain bumblebees would be used to delay or block pesticide use and construction projects across the USA. The abuses have already begun – and now a federal judge has ruled that EPA failed to consult with the Fish & Wildlife Service before approving dozens of products that contain neonicotinoid pesticides.
The silver lining is that her decision gives the Interior Department and EPA a golden opportunity to open the consultation process to all the experts and affected parties who should be involved and could help ensure that policies and regulations are more solidly based on sound science, common sense, and proper attention to everyone who is likely to be affected by their decisions. My article explains how and why this should be done.
Nipping a legal problem in the bud
Consult with all affected parties, to ensure informed endangered species and pesticide policies
One of my recent articles predicted that the Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee would lead to its being used to delay or block construction projects and pesticide use on hundreds of millions of acres of US farmland. https://www.cfact.org/2017/04/09/off-to-a-bumbling-start-at-interior/ The abuses have already begun.
Projects in Minnesota and elsewhere have been delayed, https://www.agra-net.com/agra/agrow/markets-regulatory/north-america/neonics-ensnared-by-us-endangered-species-dispute-551272.htm?CTR=DNART while people tried to ascertain that no bees were actually nesting in the areas. Now a federal district court judge has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consult with the FWS before approving 59 products containing neonicotinoid pesticides that are used primarily as seed coatings for corn, canola, cotton, potato, sugar beet and other crops.
As crops bud and grow, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt must nip this problem in the bud. Thankfully, Judge Maxine Chesney has given them the means to do so.
The Endangered Species Act requires that EPA determine whether a pesticide "may affect” a listed species, she noted, and consult with the FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS, which has no conceivable role in protecting domesticated or wild bees), before approving the 59 products, which contain the neonics clothianidin or thiamethoxam. So EPA must consult with the agencies and determine that the insecticides would have "no effect” on the species or establish stricter guidelines for using them.
The Center for Food Safety and a couple of beekeepers initiated their lawsuit to toughen restrictions on or ban use of the 59 pesticide products, because of alleged risks to bees and other pollinators. Pesticide manufacturers, their CropLife America trade association, and various farmers and beekeepers argued that these "neonic” insecticides are safe for bees, and no new measures or restrictions are needed.
Properly done, consultation would evaluate the conflicting claims and ensure more informed policies. During the Obama Administration, those consultations would likely have involved only the EPA, FWS and NMFS, where many analysts have anti-pesticide views, along with the anti-insecticide plaintiffs. The industry and other parties who intervened in the lawsuit would likely have been excluded or ignored.
But those interveners certainly bring essential expertise. So do farmers, other beekeepers, the Department of Agriculture, scientists who have been studying neonic and other threats to honeybees, and wild bee experts like Sam Droege in the Interior Department’s US Geological Survey.
Truly informed policies and regulations must involve all such experts, as well as parties who will be most affected by any EPA-DOI decisions: construction companies and unions, local government officials, conventional farmers who rely on neonics to protect their crops – and beekeepers who increasingly understand that honeybee colony losses in recent years were due to natural pests and pathogens, and that alternative pesticides are actually more harmful to bees than neonics.
Extensive studies have concluded that the actual cause of bee die-offs and "colony collapse disorders” has been a toxic mix of tiny pests (parasitic Varroa destructor mites, phorid flies, Nosema ceranae gut fungus, tobacco ringspot virus and deformed wing virus) – as well as chemicals used by beekeepers trying to control these beehive infestations. These diseases and pathogens can easily spread to wild bees.
Field studies https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/07/28/beepocalypse-myth-handbook-dissecting-claims-of-pollinator-collapse/ involving crops where bees forage for pollen have consistently found no observable adverse effects on honeybees resulting from exposures to properly applied neonic seed coatings. The studies assessed neonic residues from bees and hives under actual pollinating/pollen-gathering conditions; they found that pesticide residues were well below levels that can adversely affect bees – and that neonics "did not cause any detrimental effects on the development or reproduction” of honeybee and wild bee species.
That should not be surprising. Coating seeds ensures that neonic pesticides are absorbed into plant tissues – and thus target only pests that actually feed on the crops. This reduces or eliminates the need to spray crops with much larger quantities of neonicotinoid, pyrethroid or other pesticides that definitely can kill birds, bats and beneficial insects that inhabit or visit the fields or are impacted by accidental "over-sprays.” Even organic farming can harm bees, as it often employs powerful, toxic "natural” chemicals (like copper sulfate) and spraying with live Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) bacteria.
Laboratory studies consistently overdose bees with pesticides, under conditions that do not come close to approximating what bees encounter in forests, grasslands or croplands. That makes their findings highly questionable to useless for devising responsible, science-based regulations.
These realities help explain the sudden attention to wild bees. When the hullabaloo over honeybee deaths and "colony collapse disorder” supposedly caused by pesticides (especially neonics) collapsed like a house of cards, eco-activists began raising alarums over wild bees species. That’s because so little is known that their latest "no wild bees – no food or flowers” claims cannot yet be refuted as convincingly as were claims about domesticated honeybees that have been bred and studied for centuries. https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/04/25/neonicotinoid-insecticide-seed-treatments-endangering-wild-bees/
The FWS and Interior Department clearly opened a Pandora’s Box when they decided to list the rusty patched bumblebee as endangered (rather than merely threatened). That bee’s historic range covers nearly 4 million acres, scattered in unknown segments among 378 million acres across 13 Northeastern and Midwestern states. Other species that anti-pesticide activists want added to the endangered list (yellow-banded, western and Franklin’s bumblebees) were found historically in small areas scattered over more than a billion acres in 40 US states. Some nest in the ground; others in trees.
If environmentalists succeed in getting these endangered designations – especially coupled with a narrow consultation process – they could delay, block or bankrupt power lines, bridges, highways, pipelines, housing developments, wastewater treatment plants, plowing operations and other projects all over the USA. Non-organic farming, neonic-treated seeds, and other pesticide use could be particularly vulnerable.
The actual environmental benefits would be minimal – or profoundly negative, as farmers are forced to use other insecticides or switch to land-intensive organic methods. Additional ironies abound.
The constant environmentalist, court, news media and government agency attention to bees and pesticides is hard to understand in the context of policies that promote, mandate and subsidize large-scale wind turbine installations – while ignoring or exempting their impacts on raptors and other birds, bats, and even whales (NMFS should investigate that) and human health.
Meanwhile, extensive monoculture corn and canola plantations (to produce feed stocks for ethanol and biodiesel production) replace millions of acres of food crop and wildlife habitat lands, while using vast quantities of water, fertilizer and energy to replace the oil, coal and natural gas that rabid greens want kept in the ground. These biofuel operations reduce biodiversity and the numbers and varieties of flowering plants on which wild bee species depend. In addition, over their life cycles ethanol and biodiesel generate more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels per Btu of energy produced (see here, here and here).
Broad-based consultations are therefore essential, to ensure that all these topics are addressed by experts and affected parties who can help evaluate the science and policy implications for domesticated and wild bees, as well as for farming, construction, jobs, families and other species.
They must assess not just the alleged risks of using neonics, but also the risks of not using them, risks associated with having to use other classes of pesticides, and risks that could be reduced or eliminated by using modern neonic seed coatings. They should focus on replicable, evidence-based, field-tested science, not laboratory studies; balance agricultural, consumer and environmental needs; and consider bees in the context of how we protect (or don’t protect) other valuable wildlife species.
These steps would help restore science and common sense to policy and regulatory processes – and serve as a foundation for adjusting the Endangered Species Act to minimize regulatory and litigation excesses.
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.
Yesterday Amer. Thinker editor Thomas Lifson wrote a blog piece entitled "‘Intense backlash’ proves the truth of Ben Carson: poverty ‘a state of mind’ http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/intense_backlash_proves_the_truth_of_ben_carson_poverty_a_state_of_mind.html that obviously supported Dr. Carson's recent remarks.
I wrote a comment to this piece, my comment being an expansion on a comment that I've previously written in reply to other articles and blog pieces. I think it is worth noting here because in one day this comment has gotten a high number of upvotes, a total of 40 so far, which is way above average for my comments. This indicates that readers were strongly supporting my remarks.
JackKemp • a day ago
A few years ago, I got into a discussion with a young man in his 20s who believed the excuse that it was "racist" or too difficult to make Spanish speakers learn English and that was keeping them in poverty. I told him about the late Joey Vento, an immigrant from Italy who spoke no English when he came to America and later became a store owner and local political figure in Philadelphia. I also told him that I came from Europe (where, coincidently, many people speak three or four languages) and I did not speak a word of English until I reached kindergarten, where I picked it up without any special classes. He just stared at me. In fact, he didn't even ask me what language I orignally spoke before English (it was Yiddish). I don't recall if I told him that my parents spoke virtually no English when they came to the U.S. (they, like most Europeans, spoke three other languages already). But here was a young skull full of mush that was probably repeating the excuses he learned in high school and college for people that didn't want to make the effort to learn English and he was thus indirectly saying that they were forced to be poor all their lives. Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, worked at McDonald's as a young man. He didn't consider that a dead end job that defined his future. And the young Jimmy Hoffa worked on the loading dock at Krogers - he also didn't make excuses and consider that a dead end job that defined his future.
Dr. Ben Carson is right.
And I'll add one reply to my comment:
Galenical replies to JackKemp • 15 hours ago
THE three things*** needed for success in life (per Ben Shapiro and many others):
Graduate from high school.
Work very hard.
Don't make babies until you are married (assuming a monogamous life!).
You will then live the dream.
***I would add a fourth : Live within your means (Avoid the use of credit cards and don't buy new cars or any other thing you cannot afford)
A NOTE FROM TIM:
Thanks Jack; great points!
Tim Allan's "last Man Standing" may feature a conservative Allan but it so often promotes the liberal viewpoint. In one episode I just saw Allan was telling his Basque business partner (Hector Elizondo) that immigrants need to learn English and assimilate, to which Elizonda replied "it takes a while to assimilate>) Really? I know Bosnians who came here in the '90's who are more American than second or third generation Hispanics. You have to WANT to assimilate.
Just as you and your family did.
Academia created the notion of Multicullturalism, which was the idea that we could have multiple cultures living in the same space, a sort of Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was promoted as a salad rather than a soup. Well, it clearly doesn't work, but these fools keep promoting it nonetheless. If it worked the Hapsburgs would still rule central Europe.
No such empire works. History is full of them, and they all die because when push comes to shove the people don't hang together. Why did the Chinese Empire last until the 20th century while Rome, a contemporary, collapsed in 476? The Chinese absorbed everyone into their culture while the Romans did not. It really was that simple. The chinese had a cultural soup, the Romans a salad. Lettuce wilts, while the well cooked soup takes weeks to go bad.
My brother-in-law David alluded to Hillary's recent Commencement Address at Wellesley, wherein she continued her "sore loser" meme -- apparently the only thing she does well these days. According to Breitbart News,
History, evidently, is not Clinton’s best subject. She likened President Donald Trump to Richard Nixon, whom she said had been impeached. In fact, Nixon resigned. [Wonder why she left out the fact that Bill had been impeached? Obviously an oversight.]
After that glaring error — compounded by the fact that Clinton’s husband was only the second American president to be impeached — Clinton then went on to accuse the Trump administration of "defending themselves by talking about ‘alternative facts.'”
She then presented some more "alternative facts” of her own, calling Trump’s new budget "an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us” and "a trillion-dollar mathematical lie.”
She never explained what she meant — and she did not have to. Clinton was on friendly territory: her alma mater, a liberal arts college, a largely female audience.
But there was something more than politics in her remarks. There was a desire to settle scores.
It was a petty, petulant performance. Clinton dwelled on the past, on an occasion devoted to the future. In a bitterly divisive speech, she accused Trump of fomenting division. America had disappointed her, and so young Americans had to bear the burden.
She tried to conclude on an inspiring note: "t’s often during the darkest times when you can do the most good,” she said.
It was a reminder of how much darker these times would have been had she won.
The Urgent Agenda article, with William Katz's comments, is at http://www.urgentagenda.com/PERMALINKS%20IX/MAY%202017/27.HILLARY.HTML
May 26, 2017
As the media continues to hyperventilate over the "body slam" of a British journalist who himself appears to have come close to assaulting the Republican candidate for Congress in Montana, there is a strange silence over a Democrat who has done worse, driving drunk and assaulting a police officer. Gateway Pundit has the scoop:
"It is doubtful this candidate will receive the same attention for his crimes as Republican candidate Greg Giantorte received for body-slamming an aggressive reporter in Montana on Wednesday.
The Herald Review reported:
Mark Wicklund, a former Macon County Board member and Democratic candidate for the 13th District U.S. House seat, is facing charges after police said he crashed a vehicle while driving under the influence and subsequently struck an officer at the hospital.
Wicklund has been charged with DUI in the April 18 rollover vehicle crash and is free on $10,000 bond.
He also faces a preliminary charge of aggravated battery against a police officer, with a special prosecutor having 30 days to determine whether to file a formal charge. The Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office typically makes formal charging decisions, but State’s Attorney Jay Scott filed a motion Thursday seeking the special prosecutor due to Wicklund’s former position on the county board. Wicklund served on the board from 2010 to 2013."
Strange how the media holds such double standards.
It should be pointed out that the Montana story has been unraveling as the witnesses didn't actually see what happened. The Buzzfeed reporter was not actually in the room, and the Fox News infobabe admitted she didn't really see what happened. Laura Ingraham made it quite plain that the "chokehold" couldn't have happend the way she described (Laura has studied martial arts for decades). Greg Gianforte may have pushed the Guardian reporter, but hardly "body slammed" him in the way described. And,, anyone who listens to the audio must note that the "body slammed" reporter does not sound injured or winded or in any way in pain. He says matter-of-factly "you broke my glasses" but there is no shortness of breath.
This is increasingly looking like fake news, if you ask me.
No wonder 65% of voters think the mainstream media is fake news.
A FB friend posted this piece on the Comey mess. I thought it was really interesting.
I'd be interested in what you guys think.
JACK KEMP REPLIES:
Fay, I think this article's anaysis is spot on.
For openers, let me quote two sentences from the piece: "Begin by noticing how the President fired Comey when Comey was 3,000 miles away from his office, that Comey had no inkling he was being cut, that all his files, computers, and everything in his office were seized by his boss Sessions and the justice department. This was not a violation of protocol, it was tactical."
When I worked at Shearson American Express's data center, my manager one day came to the entrance turnstyle to swipe his entry card (similar to current NY City and perhaps other cities' subway systems) and it wouldn't accept him. After getting someone else to sign him in, he went upstairs and tried to log onto his computer account. That, too, didn't work. Then he knew for sure that a he would be informed that morning by an executive or personnel that his career at Shearson was over. Also, when Dana and I worked at a company called CT, one day a bunch of us came to work and could not log into the computer system. That happened to me that day and I believe (but am not sure) that it possibly happened to Dana as well (Dana did go to work for another company shortly after that and I used to meet him for lunch outside their building many times). Returning to the day of the CT firings, with various summonings to the Personnel Dept., everyone knew IN ADVANCE what the topic of discussion was going to be and, if they had worked there long enough, how much severance pay they would get.
Trump knows how people are professionally fired at jobs that have access to various sensitive computer files, particularly those maintained by the U.S. Justice Department.
I didn't know that Comey had no police or FBI agent experience before becoming the Director of the FBI. He does, however, look like a tall actor who would be chosen to play an FBI Director in a television Movie-of-the-Week.
The next quote: "Immediately after Trump is sworn in, the DOJ Hillary/Obama operatives and Comey start the direct attack. This is before Sessions has been appointed to the Department of Justice and the DOJ is still controlled by Obama operatives. DOJ Obama appointee Sally Yates approaches the Whitehouse with news that General Flynn had been in contact with Russia and alleges that he might be compromised. She reveals that there is an FBI "investigation” into the Russia ties (which they are constantly leaking to the media themselves)."
Although this isn't very analytical, reading these sentences made me recall the name of a 1960s motorcycle gang from Detroit that took part in the 1966 Sunset Strip Riots, namely "The Devil's Henchmen." That's exactly who Comey, Yates and Loretta Lynch resemble. Well, maybe "The Devil's Henchpersons." And I agree with the general tone of the conclusions, namely that Mr. Comey should not go jogging in Ft. Marcy Park or accept any invitations to a wine tasting organized by the Clintons or the Obamas at Skellenger Lane Vinyard in Napa Valley, California (owned by Nancy Pelosi). It is also questionable if Lloyd's of London will now sell Comey any life insurance as well.
Debbie is perhaps thinking, "Why let Anthony Weiner hog all the spotlight?" This involves, Comey, a Justice Dept. investigation and some programmers who fled to Pakistan. You'd think the Democrats would have hired American programmers for their computer projects instead of scab labor from overseas.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Threatens Capitol Police Top Cop
Florida is known for its colorful characters and even more colorful scandals. That’s why Dave Barry practically patented the phrase "I swear I’m not making this up” while writing columns for the Miami Herald. From former governor Lawton Chiles, who used to run around wearing a coonskin cap, to Anna Nicole Smith, who went on her last bender in a Hollywood hotel room, the Sunshine State has regurgitated its share of weird on the rest of the country–so much that Florida Man has become its own Twitter meme, and regularly produces such headlines as, "Murder suspect who used big-penis defense found not guilty.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she of the voice that would make fingernails on a chalkboard sound warm and seductive, seems determined to carry on that tradition. In 2016, while chairman of the Democrat National Committee, Wasserman Schultz got busted tipping the scales in the 2016 presidential primary, freezing out populist poster boy Bernie Sanders and sewing up the nomination for her pal Hillary Clinton. Voters–who thought that their votes actually counted–didn’t appreciate this display of grrrrl power, which compelled the DNC to show Wasserman Schultz the door. For some reason, though, this didn’t seem to matter much to the voters in her district, who sent her back to Congress where she sits on one of those subcommittees that decides how much money the House of Representatives spends on things like the Capitol Hill Police.
But that wasn’t enough scandal by Florida standards, so Wasserman Schultz has upped the ante by making veiled threats against the chief of that very same Capitol Hill Police. No, this wasn’t one of those Cynthia McKinney things where she tried to smack an officer with her cell phone. It was actually much more serious than that, and involved a laptop that the Capitol Cops seized as part of an investigation into the shady practices of an IT consultant may have improperly billed certain Democrats–Wasserman Schultz among them–millions of dollars for services not actually rendered. Strangely enough, these Democrats don’t seem terribly concerned about getting took, even though their fleecers have fled to Pakistan with all the money. In fact, they seem rather anxious to close the books on the investigation and move
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A NOTE FROM TIM:
The largely unspoken implication here is that these Muslim IlT people had access to many Congressional computers - and that it may be the "Russian hack" of the DNC system was accomplished through information stolen by these two Pakistanis. That could well be why Washerface Schultze is desperate to hide what's on those computers.
Here is more on this case from Americans for Limited Government:
By Printus LeBlanc
In early February, five employees of the House of Representatives employees were banned from the House IT network. The five former House employees are the subject of a criminal investigation by the Capitol Hill Police. They are accused of stealing equipment and accessing House IT systems without lawmakers' knowledge. The former employees were "shared" IT employees. "Shared" means they worked for several offices, performing IT functions.
The five employees worked for over 20 members, to include members from the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees and former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-Fla.). You may remember Wasserman-Shultz has had IT issues in the past when she was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016.
The salaries of the employees should have been the first clue something was not right. Anyone that has worked on Capitol Hill will tell you, the salaries are not great. Most staffers can expect to start in the $30-40,000 range, not a lot for one of the most expensive cities in America. However, at least three of the staffers in question were making over $160,000 per year, three times the average IT staffer salary. To put that number into perspective, Chiefs of Staff, with dozens of years on the Hill, rarely make that much.
The story gets worse from there. All five employees are related, three of them were brothers, Jamal, Imran, and Abid Awan, with Hina Alvi being married to Imran, and Natalia Sova being married to one of the other brothers. Hina has apparently fled the country with her children, to Pakistan, where her family reportedly has significant assets and VIP protection.
The strangeness of the case does not end there. The brothers also had a car dealership, Cars International A (CIA) they used for supplemental income. The dealership was not doing so well, and fell behind in payments to their vendors. One vendor, Rao Abbas, threatened to sue them, and suddenly he received a paycheck from U.S. Rep. Theodore Deutch (D-Fla.). That payment has yet to be explained.
The brothers then took out a $100,000 loan from Dr. Ali Al-Attar. The brothers were unable to repay that loan, but that doesn't seem to be a problem, because Dr. Attar is a fugitive from U.S. authorities. Attar was indicted on tax fraud charges after the IRS and FBI discovered he used multiple bank accounts to hide income, in March 2012. The doctor is also believed to have ties to Hezbollah, the terrorist group. Al-Attar has since fled to Iraq.
As the investigation continued, it kept getting worse. Several offices hired new IT staff, and found some of the computers were sending data to an offsite server. It is unknown what type of data or where the server is located yet, but several IT professionals on the Hill now believe members could be subject to blackmail because of the data theft. The violations were so bad, one staffer said, "There's no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they'd take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I'd never work again."
The case took another turn in a committee hearing on the Capitol Hill Police budget last week. Wasserman-Shultz took the opportunity to confront the Capitol Hill Police Chief about evidence in possession of the police. The Congresswoman wants a laptop computer back that is currently considered evidence by the Capitol Hill Police. The laptop allegedly was assigned to Imran Awan, the ringleader of the group. The laptop was found hidden in a different building from the one Wasserman-Shultz works in. The Congresswoman has an office in the Longworth building, but the laptop was found "hidden in an unused crevice of the Rayburn House Office Building." The Capitol Police seized it and are treating it as evidence in their ongoing criminal investigation.
While at the committee hearing, Wasserman-Shultz berated the Chief of Capitol Hill Police about procedures for getting the laptop back. The Chief explained what the procedures are, but the procedure changes if the laptop is evidence in a criminal investigation. The Congresswoman did not like that answer, and continued to ask the same question over and over. To his credit, the Chief answered the same way over and over. Finally, the Congresswoman threatened "consequences" for not returning her equipment. The video can be seen here, the exchange begins at 1:24:25.
This brings us to a question being asked a lot in Washington D.C. lately. What is obstruction of justice? The phrase seems to be the latest buzzword of the D.C. establishment since James Comey was fired earlier this month. Did Wasserman-Shultz attempt to "obstruct justice" by demanding the investigating authority hand over evidence in a criminal matter, or suffer "consequences"? Remember, the Congresswoman is on the committee that controls the budget of the very person she threatened "consequences".
The Congresswoman was singing a different tune earlier this month about "obstruction". Wasserman-Shultz commented about the Comey firing, saying "If President Trump pressured then-FBI Director Comey to close down an investigation into former National Security Advisor Flynn, it would represent an egregious corrosion of the rule of law." Does this mean the Congresswoman is representing an "egregious corrosion of the rule of law", her words not mine?
This latest incident with Wasserman-Shultz has created more questions than answers. Why would the Congresswoman risk "obstruction of justice" to get this computer back? What is Wasserman-Shultz trying to hide? If there was a potential breach of IT security on Capitol Hill, wouldn't the Congresswoman want that cleared up?
We have a legitimate security breach and a potential blackmail situation occurring on Capitol Hill, but the press is focused on a Russia story still with no evidence. We have an offsite server sucking up Congressional data, with criminal suspects fleeing to Pakistan for protection, but the press wants to focus on a special counsel with no apparent crime to investigate. We have a member of Congress pressuring the Capitol Hill Police on camera, but the press wants to talk about a memo no one has seen.
Where is the call for a special counsel on this scandal? Could it be Congress was breached by a foreign intelligence service, and no one wants to admit it, or did Congress get ripped off by a family of scammers? We need to find out the truth, no matter how unpleasant.
Printus LeBlanc is a contributing reporter at Americans for Limited Government.
ICE agents eat at restaurant— then detain the workers Fox News, by Staff
ICE agents apparently love a good breakfast, and it doesn’t matter who’s making it. United States Immigrations Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers detained three members of the kitchen staff at a restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor, Mich., on Wednesday morning–but only after sitting down to eat some waffles. Sava Lelcaj-Farah, the owner of Sava’s restaurant, told MLive that the incident was "really sad,” and "scares the whole community.” (Snip) When they were done, they "went into the kitchen to apprehend one of our employees who wasn’t on at the time,” as they suspected he did not have the proper documentation.
Within two days of Donald Trump declaring, during his speech to the Muslim world, that the fight against "Islamic terror” is not a war of civilizations, the non-warriors representing the non-enemy civilization have struck again, killing at least twenty-two and injuring many more at a concertin Manchester, England.
To be honest, I can’t quite get my head around what is so inflammatory about calling the abstractly-dubbed "war on terror” a war of civilizations. The aggressors are clearly claiming to represent an identifiable civilization in their attempts to annihilate another identifiable civilization. The only way to avoid the obvious conclusion is to deny that those aggressors are "really” representing their civilization. But what would that even mean in this context, once we wipe away the obfuscations of political correctness?
One civilization, the one in which we findnations governed (to varying degrees)under the tenets of Islamic law, has somehow managed to foster and perpetuate a subculture of murderous hatred for all resistance to the genuine Islamic ideal of a global caliphate. This civilization has coughed up generations of venomous phlegm in the form of ever more radical terrorist factions, alliances,and loose affiliations, which have wreaked havoc on almost every continent on the globe, killing, maiming, and raping untold thousands of victims, while severely disrupting life, liberty, and peace of mind for millions more. The general citizenry of this civilization, though not themselves participating in such violence, have shown remarkably high levels ofacceptance of, and sympathy with, the terrorists and their alleged cause — which, after all, is, as I said, a legitimate Islamic cause, the global caliphate.
The other civilization is the prime target of the violence and hatred spewed forth by the first, for the obvious reason that they are perceived as an obstacle, the primary obstacle, to the establishment of the global caliphate.
The first civilization has a well-documented past of violent fanaticism. That is to say, the fanaticism currently dubbed "Islamic terrorism,” "radical Islam,” or what have you, has a long and unbroken history. It is connected to the religion’s holy book, but perhaps even more so to the specific biography of its figurehead, and even to its traditional language, Arabic, which Jean-Jacques Rousseau identified as the tongue of murderous religious fanaticism two hundred and fifty years ago.
The second civilization has its own accusers and critics, its own history of fanatical behavior and violence. But therein lies a significant difference. The fanaticisms of the Judeo-Christian world, or at least the ones that might lead to widespread death cults equivalent to ISIS, are a thing of the distant past. Modernity moderated those urges, as men in this second civilization found the boons of peaceful coexistence to outweigh the compulsionto enforce God’s will with the earthly sword of righteousness. To put this in a way that some Christians may dislike, the modern West arrived at the point of realizing that as much as one may adhere to one’s faith, there are other goods to which one may also adhere, which require a softening of religious extremism in any area where such extremes might compel one to oppression and violence.
Two civilizations, one still partly living in that pre-modern fanatical time and hating all who refuse to do so, and the other seeking to get on with the life of earthly comfort and coexistence. That there are plenty of exceptions on both sides of the argument is beyond doubt. But so is it beyond doubt that this broad brush statement is fair enough as far as it goes. This is a war of civilizations. Not just "Muslim vs. Christian,” but medieval vs. modern, fanatical vs. moderate, dogmatic vs. rationalist.
There are Muslims who wish to modernize their lives and live in peace with the other civilization, even in many cases to embrace it. Likewise, there are Jews and Christians who refuse to accept the moderation of faith in the name of political pluralism and tolerance. But this would be true of any fundamental clash of civilizations. There will be many on both sides who sympathize with the sensibility of the other, or even side with the other. This does not contradict the claim that civilizations are in conflict. Rather, it helps to draw attention to the fact.
And why is this fact so hard to digest or to speak aloud? The "democracy project” fantasists will say it is harmful to the battle for "hearts and minds.” But is it? Since when is identifying a disagreement honestly harmful to the long-term chances of resolvingthat conflict? Furthermore, when one civilization is under attack by the most radical elements within another civilization, it would seem that the only thing that could come of not identifying the problem openly would be a further brewing of radicalism under the protective cover of the victim civilization’s "diplomatic language.” That has certainly been the case in this particular unacknowledged war of civilizations.
Of course, the real answer to the question as to why the West is so reticent to label this fight a civilizational war (the radical Muslims have no such reticence) has more to do with ourselves than with the war. If, as I believe, there is a human nature, then there is no civilization — no human possibility — that is not latent in the blood of every man, anywhere. Thus, the West as a civilizationhas transcended the religious fanaticism that stymies societal development and favors dogmatic purity enforced with the sword over the growth of practical knowledge, productivity, and peace. Nevertheless, the temptation to such fanatical devotion, with its tendencies toward intolerance of infidels and coercive dreams of world domination, remains within us, even in our so-called secular modern age.
The West’s own manifestation of this fanatical hatred of everything the modern West represents has risen to such prominence that we have given it a name: progressivism. Perhaps it is for this reason that we are so squeamish about calling the current global conflict a civilizational war. Progressives — both the overt and the indoctrinated — find something inherently agreeable and charming in an Islamic civilization that inclines toward hatred of the West with its moderating inclinations, tolerance, and individual liberty.
Hence, progressives are the ones who insist this is not a civilizational war, and that we must not call it one. In their hearts, they sympathize with the other side, and would hate to see it lose. They would simply like to incorporate the other side into their own paradigm of anti-West destructiveness and their own form of world domination.
Progressives are learning the hard way that fanaticism doesn’t work that way. No accommodation — from arming Islamic rebels against secular Arab leaders to burying police reports of mass sexual assault in Western cities — will ever be enough. The violence will not abate until the victim civilization has the courage to shuck off its progressive identification with the enemy and face the nature of the conflict openly.
This does not mean "hating Muslims.” Nor does it mean disrespecting the power of human belief that leads to fanatical devotion to one’s cause. (All great men, great leaders, and great societies have had a hint of the fanatical in them.) But it means refusing to accept fanaticism as a social norm. It means demanding the moderation of such passions from anyone who wishes to live in, or work alongside, a modern, rationalist, liberty-loving civilization. And if Islam is found somehow incapable of achieving this general "modernizing” effect, so be it — then the necessary and rational conclusion would be that devout Muslims as devout Muslimscannot be assimilated into modern civilization. (I am not saying this will end up being the case in the long run, but if it turns out to be so, then one must face facts as one finds them.)
Of course this is a civilizational war, whether our own neo-religious fanatics, the progressives, choose to acknowledge the fact or not.
(This article originally appeared at American Thinker.)
By Robert Romano
An unsealed April 26 court ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court found that the Obama administration had violated "the NSA's minimization procedures involving queries of data acquired under Section 702 using U.S. person identifiers. The full scope of non-compliant querying practices had not been previously disclosed to the Court."
Under FISA, the court is supposed to determine whether the minimization procedures — those that are supposed to seal the identities of U.S. persons swept up in foreign surveillance — comply with Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
An example of those rules falls under USSID 18, which govern the collection, retention and then dissemination of foreign intelligence gathered to and from U.S. persons.
Those rules are promulgated by the Attorney General under 50 USC 1801(h)(2), which provides that they include "procedures that require that nonpublicly available information, which is not foreign intelligence information, as defined in subsection (e)(1), shall not be disseminated in a manner that identifies any United States person, without such person's consent, unless such person's identity is necessary to understand foreign intelligence information or assess its importance."
Under USSID 18, to have kept the communications would have required either sign off from the Attorney General if he or she believes that the "contents indicate a threat of death or seriously bodily harm to any person," under Section 5.4.a. Or the Director of the National Security Agency, under 5.4.d., if he determines the communications contain "significant foreign intelligence" or "evidence of a crime or threat of death or seriously bodily harm to any person."
For these U.S. persons to have been included in a report for dissemination could have only occurred if, under Section 7.2.c., the "appropriate approval authority" determined "
May 25, 2017
So despite the uproar created by inviting a terrorist leader to the Puerto Rico Day Parade in New York, a terrorist that Obama pardoned in his last days in office, some leftists still want to march with him.
From the NY Post:
Three more companies pulled out of the Puerto Rican Day Parade Tuesday because of its plan to honor a leader of the bloody FALN terrorist group.
AT&T, Corona beer and Coca-Cola announced their withdrawals in separate statements, even as parade officials defended their decision to award convicted felon Oscar López Rivera with the march’s first National Freedom Award.
The Yankees, JetBlue airline and Goya Foods withdrew earlier.
The FDNY Hispanic Society and the fire officers union said they won’t be marching, either.
They join a boycott of the June 11 event by Police Commissioner James O’Neill and police unions.
The remaining sponsors include WNBC-TV; the New York Daily News; City University and the United Federation of Teachers.
So the hard leftist teachers union and the City University and the mainstream media still support this unrepentant terrorist who should still be in jail. I hope they have to cancel the parade.
Why the Superbugs Are Winning
The deadliest superbug yet -- Candida auris -- is invading hospitals and nursing homes, killing a staggering 60 percent of patients it infects. Some exposed patients don't succumb to infection but silently carry the germ and infect others. So far, the lethal germ has sickened patients in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts, with 122 cases reported so far this year, up from only six last year.
The germ -- a fungus -- lingers on bedrails and on the uniforms and hands of doctors and nurses, ready to attack the next patient. Once it gets inside a catheter orbreathing device and invades a patient's body, it kills.
Candida auris is already in 15 hospitals in New York, including prestigious medical centers. Acting Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Anne Schuchat calls it a "catastrophic threat." Strong words, but don't expect health authorities to do much. They're saying what they always say -- patients dying from these infectionswere already seriously ill. Well, duh. Who else goes to a hospital?
Health care infections -- from Candida auris and many other germs -- kill at least 75,000 hospital patients a year and five times that number in nursing homes. That's nearly half a million deaths a year. Politicians talk nonstop about insurance guaranteeing seriously ill people access to care. But the biggest risk to these patients isn'tlack of insurance. It's infection.Infections jeopardize vulnerable patients' access to organ transplants, cancer therapy and HIV/AIDS treatments, even if they have insurance.
READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE AT TOWNHALL.
A NOTE FROM TIM:
Another point about superbugs; the ridiculous legal code in America has promoted ambulance chasing to the point where nobody will take the risk of developing new antibiotics. Antibiotics are expensive to develop and have a limited return because germs eventually become immune - unlike, say, blood pressure medicine which works forever. Meanwhile, drug companies have to fear being sued over new medicines. Why bother? It's more profitable to simply dump antibiiotics. But SOMEBODY needs to do R and D on them; we are always in a fight to stay ahead of the mutating diseases. The problem is, America is down to just a couple of companies doing any such research. It takes years and costs millions to develop a drug that may get you sued. In the end it is government policy and blood sucking lawyers who are at fault.
Here is a brief explanation of the problems in developing antibiotics.
We need tort reform if we want to avoid the coming plagues.
A NOTE FROM JACK:
I have an anecdotal story from a New Age health fair I went to years ago. Obviously, it doesn't prove anything, I am not a doctor and the condition mentioned is just an ear infection.
So I was at the health fair in NY City. A friendly woman was selling colloidal silver drops in bottles (a low cost item I still have on my shelf) to fight infections. She told me how she got started. It seems she was, at the time, the mother of a small child who had an ear infection. She did the conventional "right thing" and went to the doctor who prescribed an antibiotic which seemed to work for three weeks when she stopped using it on the boy. But the earache came back and she started researching natural cures, as it seemed the infectious agents simply developed an immunity to her antiboitic. The colloidal silver permanently got rid of the earache of her boy.
Here is what WebMD's website has to say about colloidal silver. It starts with a legalistic warning but gets better...
Colloidal silver is a mineral. Despite promoters’ claims, silver has no known function in the body and is not an essential mineral supplement. Colloidal silver products were once available as over-the-counter drug products, but in 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that these colloidal silver products were not considered safe or effective. Colloidal silver products marketed for medical purposes or promoted for unproven uses are now considered "misbranded” under the law without appropriate FDA approval as a new drug. There are currently no FDA-approved over-the-counter orprescription drugscontaining silver that are taken by mouth. However, there are still colloidal silver products being sold as homeopathic remedies anddietary supplements.
There are many Internet ads for the parts of a generator that produces colloidal silver at home. People who produce colloidal silver at home will likely not be able to evaluate their product for purity or strength. There are many products that are far safer and more effective than colloidal silver.
Despite these concerns about safety and effectiveness, people still buy colloidal silver as adietary supplement and use it for a wide range of ailments. Colloidal silver is used to treat infections due to yeast; bacteria (tuberculosis,Lyme disease, bubonic plague, pneumonia, leprosy, gonorrhea, syphilis, scarlet fever, stomach ulcers, cholera); parasites (ringworm, malaria); and viruses (HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles, warts).
Colloidal silver is also used for lung conditions including emphysema and bronchitis; skin conditions including rosacea, cradle cap (atopic dermatitis), eczema, impetigo, andpsoriasis; and inflammation (sometimes due to infection) of the bladder (cystitis), prostate (prostatitis), colon (colitis), nose (rhinitis), stomach (gastritis), tonsils (tonsillitis), appendix (appendicitis), and sinuses (sinusitis).
Other uses include treatment of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, leukemia, hay fever and other allergies, trench foot, and gum disease.
Colloidal silver is also used to prevent flu, H1N1 (swine) flu, and the common cold.
Some women take colloidal silver during pregnancy to aid the baby's growth and health as well as the mother's delivery and recovery.
Colloidal silver is applied directly to the skin for acne, burns, eye infections, fungal infections, throat infections, skin infections, and Staphylococcus infections.
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