August 19, 2018

Comrad Hussein John Brennan

Timothy Birdnow

Andrew Boston pens a fine essay exploring John Brennan's intellectual roots in both Marxism and Islam.

From the essay at Gateway Pundit:

"the Marxist Social Labor Federation of Britain had adopted Karl Marx’s "Das Kapital” [Capital] as their infallible authority, "an article of faith from which they will permit no dissent, on pain of excommunication.” Vedder, a Professor of Church History at the Upland, Pennsylvania Crozer Theological Seminary, added that this British Marxist organization rejected the orthodoxy of its own votaries unless they professed as their creed, "There is no God, and Karl Marx is his prophet” — mirroring the Islamic declaration of faith, or "shahada”

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Mom throws $25K prom party now accused of welfare fraud

Jack Kemp

There is a video at the AP website linked to in this article that shows this woman's son. Her family appears to be black.

From Townhall:

Mom Who Threw 6-Figure 'Black Panther' Theme Prom Party Featuring a Real Panther Now Accused of Welfare Fraud

A Philadelphia mom known for throwing back-to-back years of extravagant prom parties which cost upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been charged with welfare fraud, according to the Associated Press.

In 2017, she threw a Dubai themed party for local high schoolers that cost $25,000. Then, in 2018, she spent 6 figures on a prom send-off party in honor of the movie 'Black Panther.' She even brought a live panther to the party. At the time, Shuler said she "had a contest this year that asked kids in her North Philadelphia neighborhood to send their report cards and essays explaining why they deserved to have an epic prom send-off" and ended up inviting 24 kids. Neighbors and parents supposedly pitched in for the audacious affair. Shuler dressed up as "as Queen Mother Ramonda" and party guests were entertained by African dancers and people wearing "custom costumes."

But, on Tuesday Agust 14th, "The U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia announced charges of wire fraud, theft of government funds and Social Security fraud." According to the government, "Shuler applied for benefits, describing herself as disabled and unable to work, but continued working — including operating a restaurant — costing the government more than $36,000."

Read the rest at Townhall.

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August 18, 2018

How the Left Is Outsourcing Censorship of the Internet

Dana Mathewson

John Hinderaker, whom I'm proud to say is a resident of my fair city in Minnesota, and a mover and shaker of Minnesota politics (I met him personally when he moderated our local GOP caucus in 2016), is the senior partner (I believe) of the trio of lawyers who run the Power Line blog. In this piece from yesterday, he explains how the Left is attempting to deny a voice to any who oppose them.

Liberals control every newspaper in America, as far as I know, except the Manchester Union Leader. They control CBS, ABC, NBC and every cable network except Fox News. They control what is left of the news magazines, and pretty much every other magazine, too. Only talk radio and the pesky internet lie outside their grasp, so that is where they seek to impose censorship.

But they have a problem: the First Amendment. The government can’t suppress conservative speech on the ground that it is "hate speech,” i.e., something that liberals don’t like. That was recently reaffirmed by a 9-0 decision of the Supreme Court.

So liberals have outsourced censorship of the internet to the tech titans of Silicon Valley.

Unfortunately, most political conversation these days occurs not on the "free” internet, where independent sites like Power Line reside, but rather on social media–Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and so on. Other players include Google (in its search capacity), Apple, Pinterest, Spotify, etc. Happily–if you are a leftist–all of these tech companies are run by liberals. And because they are private companies, they are not constrained by the First Amendment. They can restrict or ban conservative communications on the ground that they are "hate speech,” or on no grounds whatsoever, with impunity.

And that is exactly what they are doing. This is a big topic. I brought it up this morning while hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show, and it blew up, ultimately consuming half of the three-hour show. Many aspects of the left’s outsourcing of censorship to liberal-run corporations need to be explored, but for now, this is an astonishing example: "Silicon Valley Strikes Back: Facebook Censors PragerU After Google Lawsuit.”

Dennis Prager is probably the foremost public intellectual of our time. His Prager University has been wildly successful. It brings a much-needed conservative antidote to the liberal nonsense to which so many Americans, especially young people, are subjected. That has made Prager a key target of the Left.

This is very, very serious business, folks! The Left has a lot of money available to it (George Soros and Tom Steyer spring to mind, and there are others), in addition to the fact that Google and the outfit that Timothy and I like to call Facebunk, or Fakebook, and a few other names that don't come from childrens' books just automatically don't want to support any ideas they didn't dream up themselves.

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Who's Afraid of Michelle Wolf?

Jack Kemp

Michelle Wolf, the comedian best known for her acerbic and insulting jokes at the White House Correspondents Dinner, just had her Netflix show cancelled after only a few months.

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Democratic Racism in Michigan

Jack Kemp forwards this:

"Don't vote for the ching-chong": Things get very racist in Michigan state Senate election

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Tea for Two

Dana Mathewson

A good article addressing the current problems in the Catholic Church is here: This is from Fox News, so Tim should have no problem accessing it.

And Zachery Ty Bryan (Yep, that's how it's spelled), who played one of Tim Allen's kids on "Home Improvement" all those years ago, tells Hollywood to basically "shut up and act" and stay out of politics. Well, no, actually he tells them to "try and understand the other side," and he realizes who actually pays his salary when he's acting. Smart man -- he's no kid anymore. It's a good article, but he's setting himself up for slaughter. Well, at least James Woods will have company in the wilderness. I always liked Zachery's character on the show, for what it's worth. es-hollywood-elitists-to-try-and-understand-other-side.html

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Oil as a Women's Issue

Here's one from the archives.


Jack Kemp

One of the most little noted and insightful speakers at the recent Right Online conference in Minneapolis was the journalist and documentary filmmaker Ann McElhinney, Irish immigrant and co-creator of “Not Evil Just Wrong - a film about the harmful effects of extreme environmentalism on poor people of the undeveloped countries â€" as well as (arguably) the poor in America. This self-described "Recovering European" who is "doing a job Americans just won't do" combined women’s issues, feminist delusions and the history of technology to speak in the main ballroom, creating a great rant that can be seen on this page as the 23rd video on the webpage.

In noting (at the 4:53 mark in her speech video) that the feminists at the Netroots convention, located across the street from Right Online, McElhinney speculated they were talking (advocating) for solar and wind power. She then added, in rebuttal:

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San Francisco introduces 'Poop Patrol' to clean up after its own crappy liberal policies

Dana Mathewson

I have a post up from a few days ago about this, but this opinion piece on Fox News hits harder, I believe.

The city of San Francisco just can’t seem to do anything right.

The city’s liberal policies designed to welcome the homeless and encourage illegal drug use is turning the city from a high-tech haven of beauty and cleanliness, to what UC Berkeley professor Lee Riley described as unsanitary conditions "much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India.”

Congratulations lefties, the former crown jewel of the West Coast is now being compared to some of the dirtiest slums in the world.

Since the beginning of 2018, the city has received over 14,000 calls to the 311 service about feces on the sidewalks and in the streets. It has gotten so bad the city has lost conventions because of the filth.

It appears the city is tired of being the butt of national jokes and has decided to fight back. Local officials have announced yet another program to fix the problems the other programs caused in the first place. The "poop patrol” is expected to cost about $750,000 and employs six people with two trucks. No word if the trucks are hybrid.

Ouch! That last line stings!

It may seem like a joke, and making fun of San Francisco is all the rage, but there is a real health threat to the people of the city. Ask anyone that was deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq.

As a former contractor with the State Department in Kabul, Afghanistan, I can attest to the danger dried airborne fecal matter poses. The "Kabul Crud” hits just about every westerner that goes to the country usually within two weeks of arrival. The air in Kabul is not only filthy with dust, but it is also contaminated with dried fecal matter. This is what happens when you have an open sewer system, as San Francisco now appears to have.

Dr. Lee Riley has warned about the dangers the conditions in San Francisco are posing to the residents warning about rotavirus stating, "If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine.” The virus can be fatal.

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Silicon Valley should stop ostracizing the military

Dana Mathewson, with hat tip to Eddie Engebretson

This article came my way a bit late, due to some of us old retired folks being busy as [insert your favorite "busy as" saying here]. It's from Aug. 8, and from the WaPo, no less. It's an opinion piece by Palmer Luckey, who is the founder and chief technology officer of Anduril Industries and the founder of Oculus VR; and Trae Stephens, who is Anduril Industries’ chairman and a partner at Founders Fund. This piece brings up some important considerations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are right: A global leader in artificial intelligence will emerge, achieving enormous international clout and the power to dictate the rules governing AI. As Americans working in the technology industry, we disagree with those leaders only about which country that should be.

The world is safer and more peaceful with strong U.S. leadership. That requires the U.S. government to maintain its advantage in critical technologies such as AI. But doing so will be difficult if Silicon Valley’s rising hostility toward working with Washington continues. In June, Google — acceding to a protest letter signed by about 4,000 employees — announced that it would not renew a Pentagon contract for an AI program called Project Maven when it expires next year.

Other Silicon Valley companies, such as Microsoft and Amazon , have recently faced internal and external criticism for providing tools that aid U.S. law enforcement or border control.

Increasingly, Silicon Valley seems to think it runs the whole country. We've been hearing about their desire to control speech in this country. Not good, folks!

Please read the entire article. It isn't long.

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August 17, 2018

A Ferguson Retrospective

Timothy Birdnow

My recent article in American Thinker on the continuing saga of the Mike Brown affair in Ferguson considerable digital ink was spilled by many who wanted to comment on the matter and a lot of great comments were left - both at AT and elsewhere. I thank all of you who took the time to leave your thoughts. But there was a refrain I kept encountering that goes straight back to a media lie told often enough it is not accepted; Ferguson was an impoverished hellhole. No, it was not and is not.

I grew up near Ferguson.

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Dem Gun Control Advocate Shoots, Kills Campaign Treasurer

Jack Kemp sends this our way:


Kellie Collins ran as a pro-gun control Democrat in Georgia’s 10thcongressional district during the 2018 elections, but dropped out due to personal reasons. USA Todayreported that she had raised $5,000 in January of 2017 before exiting the race; her last FEC report was filed in July of that year. Besides gun control, she was running on health care, education, and increasing the minimum wage. Oh, and she bashed Donald Trump.


Now, she’s been arrested for murder and grand larceny. She allegedly shot and killed her former campaign manager, Curtis Cain, whose disappearance was noted when he failed to show up for work. When his body was discovered, it was determined he had been dead for days (via WSBTV):

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VDH on Overeducated Clods

Dana Mathewson

I've been encountering quite a bit of Victor Davis Hanson lately, courtesy of my friends on e-mail, including Eddie, who has doubtlessly seen this one. What a pleasure it is. Now here's some of it on Urgent Agenda.

DECLINE OF ACADEMIC PRESTIGE " QUOTE OF THE DAY " AT 12:31 P.M. ET: Victor Davis Hanson gives us something to think about in his article on the usefulness, or lack of it, of prestigious academic degrees...especially in politics. From National Review:

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Pressure on Keith Ellison

Dana Mathewson

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Taming the EPA Regulatory Hydra

Paul Driessen

In recent years, the US Environmental Protection Agency published over 25% of all pages of regulations issued by all federal government agencies, including 13 of the 28 most costly rules. In fact, EPA has been responsible for half of all costs imposed by federal regulations on American businesses and families – often for few or no actual environmental, health or welfare benefits.

The Trump Administration has taken important steps to rein in this Regulatory Hydra. However, another anti-business, hyper-regulatory administration could reverse those gains, especially because a single Administrator runs an agency that has shown a penchant for exaggerating risks and hiding or ignoring any scientific evidence that questions its claims and proposals.

In this 2-part series, environmental and regulatory expert Bill Kovacs presents insights into the problem and offers simple, practical steps that can be taken to ensure that EPA does not revert back to its old habits. Among the most important, the single administrator should be replaced by a five-member commission that will always have minority members with access to the same facts and science as what is used by those supporting regulatory overreach. That alone would help ensure the discussion, checks and balances that have long been missing in this process.


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August 16, 2018

Here are three big lessons from the primaries this week

Dana Mathewson

Newt Gingrich is one of the keenest observers of the political scene to be found anywhere. He offers these three lessons, with elaboration, in a Fox News article.

The first is that President Trump’s power in the Republican primaries continues to be extraordinary.

The second is that the continuing investment by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) in state legislators is giving the Republican Party a farm team that is providing strong candidates for many key races.

In the process, Matt Walter and his team at the RSLC have devastated the Democrats’ farm teams. Democrats lost more than 900 state legislative seats when President Obama was in office.

Third, the radical extremist wing may do well in Democratic primaries but could pose big problems for the entire Democratic ticket in the general election.

The best example of the Trump effect on Tuesday was the upset victory by former Minnesota state legislator and current Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who had won the state’s GOP convention endorsement in the race for governor in June, over former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Barry Casselman, one of the most insightful observers of Minnesota politics told me following Johnson’s win that the victory was a "big upset: The GOP-endorsed candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson, defeating former Governor Tim Pawlenty. Polls indicated that Pawlenty was ahead and better known, but Johnson ran social media ads asserting he was the only true supporter of President Trump in the race, citing a Pawlenty criticism of candidate Trump in 2016. Johnson apparently ran better-than-expected in outstate areas where Trump support is still strong.”

Casselman’s other observations about Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa can be found here.

Pawlenty had been a very able two-term governor of Minnesota, and this primary was a further wakeup call about the mood of Republican voters. Johnson had campaigned in a RV with the slogan "Overthrow the Status Quo” emblazoned on its side. It was a compelling example of the impact Trump conservatism and demands for real change are having on the GOP.

As a Minnesotan, I will add something Newt leaves out. Pawlenty sneaked in after the initial selection process and acted as if the job was his by birthright (remind you of anyone else?) simply because he'd already had it for two terms awhile back. Apparently this doesn't fall under the heading of "Minnesota Nice," and he got hammered, especially by the otherwise affable Jeff Johnson, who cast Pawlenty as Establishment, "go along to get along" and part of the existing problems.

Another big story coming from the Tuesday primaries is the potential general election disaster of radical extremist nominees on the Democrats’ general election campaigns.

In Minnesota, radical U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (someone who is comfortable wandering around in a T-shirt proclaiming "I don’t believe in borders” and advocating for a radical extremist Democratic Party) won the nomination for attorney general. Ellison is so far to the left of most Minnesotans that he may endanger the entire ticket for Democrats.

One Democrat from the iron range country of northern Minnesota commented to me that the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party was being replaced by a Twin Cities Socialist Democratic Party and driving the rest of the state into an unofficial Republican Farmer Labor Party.

Ellison’s radical views already created the easy target of asking each Democratic candidate if he or she agrees with him on open borders, a $15 minimum wage, government-run health care, and other left-wing issues.

This is going to be a special problem for the appointed replacement for Sen. Franken, former Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who is up for election this November. She co-sponsored an open borders bill with Sen. Diane Feinstein’s, D-Calif. Supporters of open borders are a distinct minority among ordinary Americans – even in traditionally liberal Minnesota.

Over the weekend a news story broke that Ellison was accused of physically abusing a former girlfriend. In a party that drove Al Franken out of the Senate and has become extraordinarily intense about men bullying or harassing women, Ellison is going to become a problem. There will likely be pressure for him to resign from the race. All Democratic nominees will be asked if they support him.

The fall campaign in Minnesota is going to be interesting. According to Casselman and other experienced observers, it has the potential to become similar to the kind of meltdown that cost the Democrats two senators and a governor in 1978 (although no one thinks U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is particularly vulnerable).

That's true. It's hard to find reasons to attack Amy; she's made a career of being Little Miss Nice, a teflon senator who merely smiles, nods, and then votes the party line. Indeed, one doubts whether she's had a single original idea since she first gained office -- or even before that.

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The music just got a whole lot better in Heaven

Dana Mathewson

Aretha Franklin, 'Queen of Soul,' dead at 76

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The Accidental Criminal

Dana Mathewson

"Bu... but Officer, I was just going to send it to Elizabeth Warren." 9827
Throw him into the slammer.

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The Agents of S.C.O.O.P.E.R.

Dana Mathewson

Hey, they could have La Pelosi kick it off by dumping in the first shovelful. eces-ridden-sidewalks.html

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So Long Social Security

Dana Mathewson

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Obama carbon colonialism and climate corruption continue

Paul Driessen

It’s horrible enough that the World Bank, multilateral development banks and radical environmentalist pressure groups actively deny the poorest families on Earth access to the energy, agricultural and disease control technologies that have made health and living standards so good and life spans so long for so many people. For the Obama U.S. Agency for International Development to use climate change, sustainability, AgroEcology and other Green fads to justify the same lethal policies is even more outrageous.

For the Trump USAID to perpetuate those carbon colonialist policies simply defies belief.

Our 3-part series demonstrates how these lethal actions violate common sense, common decency and human rights.

Part 1 explains how USAID uses taxpayer dollars to continue Obama era "low-emission development” ideologies, by refusing to fund programs that would actually lift people out of poverty and misery.

Part 2 examines how these USAID carbon colonialist policies fail on humanitarian and ecological grounds, and how the agency uses fabricated climate threats to justify imposing minimal energy and economic growth.

Part 3 shows how USAID policies perpetuate subsistence farming, malnutrition and disease in poor countries – and what Congress and the White House must do to end all these travesties


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