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Florida man's stolen pick-up truck containing urn of daughter's ashes found, officials say

Investigators last week found a stolen pick-up truck that contained precious cargo: an urn containing the ashes of the truck owner's beloved daughter, whose family was staying nearby to prepare for her funeral services.

9/11 cloud formation shows firefighter walking toward angel

A Florida teacher caught a spectacular moment in the sky on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: a cloud formation of what resembles a firefighter running toward an angel.

Former New York fire chief's dog howls along with department's beloved siren

A New York fire department says the town's "old school" fire siren is beloved by many — including a former fire chief's dog, who adorably mimics the sound when he hears it. 

After acrimony, Georgia city closes police dept...


After acrimony, Georgia city closes police dept...


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'Cosmic Noah's arks'...


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Boris Johnson likens himself to Incredible Hulk...


Boris Johnson likens himself to Incredible Hulk...


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Gas bombs, water cannons...


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Trump says Justice Brett Kavanaugh should 'start suing people' after new report of sexual misconduct

The comments came in response to an article in The New York Times that surfaced a previously unreported allegation of sexual misconduct from the justice's time as an undergraduate at Yale University.

Wall Street banks are upping bets on their potential fintech competitors

The biggest U.S. banks are ramping up investments in some of their potential competitors.

Bitcoin's heading to a new all-time high along with the S&P 500, says Fundstrat's Tom Lee

The "Fast Money" traders share their first moves for the market open.

Nigeria: Red Cross reports 22,000 missing Nigerian Boko Haram’s jihad, mostly children

Nigeria: Red Cross reports 22,000 missing Nigerian Boko Haram’s jihad, mostly children
While the persecution of Nigeria’s Christians by Fulani jihadists is approaching genocidal levels, Boko Haram is also waging jihad against Christian families, murdering them wantonly, separating families, and committing unspeakable abuses against innocent people; such news, however, is not regularly reported by the mainstream media and when it is, it is certainly not featured prominently. […]

Meet the lawyer who is pouring millions into an effort to get a $15 minimum wage on Florida's ballot

Supporters of a $15 minimum wage ballot initiative in Florida argue the state's inflation-tied pay hikes have not gone far enough.

'It's not a free market': These manufacturers say tariffs help level the playing field with China

Some U.S. manufacturers say tariffs, if targeted, will help address longstanding unfair trade practices like intellectual property theft.

Iran rejects US blame for Saudi Aramco attacks as 'pointless,' foreign minister suggests talks

"Blaming Iran won't end disaster. Accepting our April '15 proposal to end war & begin talks may," Zarif said on Twitter.

Alan Dershowitz: 'We Overuse the Criminal Law' Politically

Railing against the "criminalization of political differences," civil liberties legal expert Alan Dershowitz hopes fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe does not face charges for his potential lies to investigators."I don't like the criminalization of political...

Rise in Health Uninsured May Be Linked to Immigrants' Fears

When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law and its travails. But the new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump...

Rise in Health Uninsured May Be Linked to Immigrants' Fears

When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law and its travails. But the new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump...

Sen. Blackburn Demands Big Tech Be Held 'Accountable' For Data Collection

Big technology companies that hold "unfettered control over customer data" have shown they can't regulate themselves and must be held accountable, according to Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.In commentary posted by Fox News, ...

Booker: Stop “fearmongering” over what we clearly said would happen

Cory Booker is fed up with all this fearmongering from his fellow Democrats. Some of them are in a panic over Beto O’Rourke’s claim during the last debate that the government was going to “take your AR-15.” He decided to air this complaint during an interview on CNN Friday. (National Review)

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker on Friday criticized what he called “fear-mongering” about police showing up to confiscate legally owned assault-style weapons such as the AR-15 rifle.

“I hate when Democrats use the language that Republicans try to use to scare people away as opposed to the sort of pragmatism and practicality of this,” the New Jersey senator said during an interview with CNN. “We’ve seen around this world, countries that have said enough of these assault rifles. They dealt with the problem that got them off of their streets. These weapons should not be in this country.”

Booker said he supports the policy proposed by fellow presidential contender Beto O’Rouke, who made headlines during Thursday evening’s Democratic debate for pledging, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

This becomes even more humorous when you consider that Booker is already on record as supporting O’Rourke’s proposal of having a mandatory “buyback” program. Just as a reminder for the senator, you can’t “buy back” something you didn’t sell. Also, if it’s mandatory, then it’s not a buyback. It’s gun confiscation.

But since Beto tossed out the idea and Booker supports it, the definition of “fearmongering” is apparently repeating something that you yourself said. Let’s think for a moment about what such a program would look like and how it would work. You issue the mandate and anyone who feels inclined to obey goes and turns in their AR-15 and collects the money. But what about the “come and get it” crowd?

If they don’t show up, somebody will have to go collect the firearms from them. Who will be assigned to do that job? Will President Booker or President O’Rourke be personally going around the country and knocking on doors to seize the weapons? Doubtful. Each jurisdiction would have to send out the police or the sheriffs to do it. And do you honestly think they’re going to show up unarmed to attempt to seize weapons from an obstinate owner?

In other words, armed police officers will be showing up at people’s doors to take their guns. That’s not “fearmongering.” It’s a description of what would have to happen.

And if you don’t think the Democrats are serious about this, I would suggest you browse through an editorial from National Review. Yes, they are coming for your guns.

O’Rourke’s plan has been endorsed in full by Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and is now insinuating its way into the manifestos of gun-control groups nationwide. Presumably, this was O’Rourke’s intention. But he — and his party — would do well to remember that there is a vast gap between the one-upmanship and playacting that is de rigueur during primary season, and the harsh reality on the ground.

Prohibition has never been well received in America, and guns have proven no exception to that rule. In New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, attempts at the confiscation of “high capacity” magazines and the registration of “assault weapons” have both fallen embarrassingly flat — to the point that the police have simply refused to aid enforcement or to prosecute the dissenters.

Should the Democrats actually bring this fever swamp dream to fruition, they will face a harsh dose of reality. There is very little appetite for confiscating legally purchased firearms from law-abiding citizens, even among the police and sheriffs who would be charged with enforcing the law. And in certain parts of the country, owners would likely become more than just “reluctant” to comply. Do the Democratic hopefuls really want another Ruby Ridge on their hands? I doubt it.

The post Booker: Stop “fearmongering” over what we clearly said would happen appeared first on Hot Air.

Trump suggests 'innocent' Kavanaugh should sue, blasts media for 'lies'

President Trump said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh should sue or get backing from the Department of Justice, after a New York Times piece claimed that new accounts support one claim of alleged sexual misconduct from when Kavanaugh was in college.

USA Targets NKorean Hacking as Rising National-Security Threat...


USA Targets NKorean Hacking as Rising National-Security Threat...


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Holder cautions against prosecuting Trump post presidency...


Holder cautions against prosecuting Trump post presidency...


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Virgin Mary Statue Covered In Dog Feces By Vandal Outside NJ Church...


Virgin Mary Statue Covered In Dog Feces By Vandal Outside NJ Church...


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Antonio Brown set for PATRIOTS debut...


Antonio Brown set for PATRIOTS debut...


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Inside Border Patrol's Morale Crisis...


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BUST: 'GOLDFINCH' One of Worst Starts Ever...


BUST: 'GOLDFINCH' One of Worst Starts Ever...


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'People Actively Hate Us'...


'People Actively Hate Us'...


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Idle mines portend dark days for US coal...


Idle mines portend dark days for US coal...


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Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away...


Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away...


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China using 'exit bans' to bar Americans from leaving...


China using 'exit bans' to bar Americans from leaving...


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Violence flares after protest march in downtown Hong Kong...


Violence flares after protest march in downtown Hong Kong...


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NY Schools First to Have 'Red Flag' Petition Power on Guns

Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person's access to firearms.About a third of U.S. states have so-called "red flag" laws, which allow courts to...

NY Schools First to Have 'Red Flag' Petition Power on Guns

Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person's access to firearms.About a third of U.S. states have so-called "red flag" laws, which allow courts to...

My Draw Mohammad Manifesto

My Draw Mohammad Manifesto
This is for artists who’ve remained silent about the issue of drawing Mohammad, even after cartoonists were slaughtered over it, and who are afraid to draw Mohammad, though they’d never admit it, and who have never been challenged over it. The reason why the Charlie Hebdo massacre happened is because ten years earlier, when Danish […]

Mystery Surrounds Saudi Crown Prince's Enforcer in Year Since Khashoggi Death

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had a trusted enforcer inside the Royal Court until the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi nearly a year ago.In the wake of that killing, Saud al-Qahtani disappeared and quietly ended his role in the day-to-day management of the...

Nissan's working with leading esports teams on concept gaming chairs - Roadshow

They aren't planned for production but the sketches are based on the GT-R, the Armada and the Leaf.

Biden Suffers A Denture Malfunction During Debate; When Will Democrats End Biden’s Public Humiliation?

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with reporters after a campaign stop at Lindy’s Diner in Keene N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

 

During Thursday night’s Democratic debate, ABC’s John Muir questioned former Vice President Joe Biden about failed gun control legislation in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre in Newtown, CT. Muir asked, “If you couldn’t get it done after Sandy Hook, why should voters give you another chance?”

What followed was a series of peculiar mouth movements and several slurred words as he struggled to adjust his dentures which appeared to have come lose. Another public humiliation for the “only candidate who can beat Donald Trump.”

Biden’s latest cringeworthy moment quickly went viral on social media along with captions such as “Joe Biden’s teeth doing their best to jump right out of his mouth” and “Wait for it… Did Biden lose his teeth for a moment before trying to enforce his stance on #guncontrol?”

The fact that Biden’s dentures came loose, in and of itself, is meaningless. However, as episodes which remind of us Biden’s age and possible mental impairment continue to pile up, one wonders how long the Democrats will allow this to continue.

The former vice president has always been gaffe prone, but his recent blunders go well beyond gaffe territory and the sheer number of them have left some voters wondering if he has become “too old” to serve.

There are signs that Democrats are concerned about Biden’s obvious decline. The New York Times recently reported that, “Recent interviews with more than 50 Democratic voters and party officials across four states, as well as with political strategists and some of Mr. Biden’s own donors, showed significant unease about Mr. Biden’s ability to be a reliably crisp and effective messenger against Mr. Trump.”

DNC leadership, not to mention Biden’s family members, need to realize that the former Vice President’s best days are behind him now. Even if Biden should win the Democratic nomination, which has become more doubtful, his decline will be showcased in a general election. And Biden’s lifelong career of public service will end in humiliation.

The post Biden Suffers A Denture Malfunction During Debate; When Will Democrats End Biden’s Public Humiliation? appeared first on RedState.

Sunday morning talking heads

The Sunday shows offer us a smattering of Democratic 2020 also-rans this morning, with gun-grabber extraordinaire Beto O’Rourke the top guest. He’ll be on “Meet the Press” to discuss his master plan to confiscate the 16 million AR-15s in circulation in the United States and to answer uncomfortable questions about whether he didn’t just wreck the push for background checks in Congress. He’ll be followed by Cory Booker, who’s joined Beto’s call for a mandatory buyback program based on a 1980s gun control law that Booker seems not to understand. And Pete Buttigieg will drop by “This Week” and “State of the Union” amid a decline in the polls that’s at risk of pushing him into the second tier, particularly if O’Rourke regains a little of his early momentum from his confiscation push.

If Democratic bickering doesn’t grab you, how about Republican bickering? Superhawk Liz Cheney and superdove Rand Paul spent the better part of this week throwing roundhouses at each other on Twitter over foreign policy, with each eager to kiss Trump’s ass in hopes of influencing the president’s views going forward. Cheney has special reason to try to earn Trump’s favor since she may run for Senate in Wyoming to replace the retiring Mike Enzi and knows that an unkind word from the president would damage her chances in the primary. She’ll be on “Meet the Press” after O’Rourke and Booker while Paul will sit down with “State of the Union” to extend their feud from social media to television. How the hell will these two coexist in the Senate Republican caucus if Cheney runs for Enzi’s seat and wins? Stay tuned.

Also worth watching this morning — and this may be first and last time you’ll hear me say this — is Adam “Pencil Neck” Schiff, who’ll be on “Face the Nation.” Schiff’s TV segments can normally safely be skipped but something’s brewing in the House Intelligence Committee about a mysterious whistleblower complaint that was recently filed with the director of national intelligence. That complaint may or may not involve the president. The DNI is supposed to refer whistleblower complaints to Congress for investigation, but for the moment acting DNI Joseph Maguire hasn’t done so. Schiff is demanding to know why. He’ll fill in some of the blanks about the complaint in his interview this morning. And if you tune in for that, stick around for Ilhan Omar later in the show talking about God knows what. 9/11, probably. What could go wrong?

One more note: Ted Cruz will be on “This Week” to insist that any Republican compromise on gun rights will result in a Democrat being elected next fall and (maybe) to reiterate his interest in running for president again in 2024, which he confirmed at an event a few days ago. Can you imagine the anguish the poor guy’s going to experience when he ends up losing to Don Jr in the primaries this time? The full line-up is at the AP.

The post Sunday morning talking heads appeared first on Hot Air.

RAPTORS launch team-branded hijabs in fan outreach...


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Peloton, NordicTrack, Nautilus and more: The best treadmills in 2019 - CNET

I spent three months testing treadmills so you don't have to.

Best gaming keyboards under $100 for 2019 - CNET

And one you should definitely skip.

Steel, steam and sails: Exploring San Francisco's Maritime National Historical Park - CNET

Visit square-rigged traders, movie-star schooners, the largest wooden ferry and more at this amazing museum.

Vision Mercedes Simplex concept is a refreshing look at the past - Roadshow

The Simplex was one of the first cars to carry the Mercedes name.

News Briefs – 09/15/2019

I always see lots of r/K related stories I think might interest the readers here, but I only have time to blog about a few, so here are some additional news stories that might be of interest. For unknown reasons, in some browsers the tweets in these posts display best if you click on the post instead of viewing it on the main page. You can skim the titles and summaries, and click the links if they are of interest. Keep in mind, many of these reports are products of the Fake News, so although they will be what people are hearing and talking about, there is no guarantee any one of them is necessarily correct, and we have had cases of outright lies make it onto these pages, especially about President Trump.

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No Q. You can see Q’s posts aggregated live, and new ones which may have gone live after our print deadline at http://www.qanon.pub

I remember on 9/11 there being a lot of reports of numerous additional planes heading to all sorts of different targets. According to David Icke in this youtube, somebody scheduled a massive training exercise simulating hijackings of planes and flying of them into targets. Part of the exercise involved filling the defense radar systems with simulated hijackings, which made people both less concerned when real hijackings began, and less able to figure out which planes on their screens were hijacked planes, and which were simulated hijackings that did not actually exist.

Beto warns American gun owners – it’s ‘not voluntary,’ you WILL hand over your guns.

Italy’s new leftist government is pushing for an automatic system for distributing migrants rescued in the Mediterranean between European countries.

Most scientists ‘can’t replicate studies by their peers.’

“Conservative” NRO columnist David French says that Drag Queen Story Hour is “one of the blessings of liberty.” Again, NRO was never profitable, and never represented the movement. So why did somebody fund it, and who were they? And how is it people who had to go around with their hat in their hand asking others to fund their vanity not-conservative project would then take home millions of dollars which grew out of that project, while the funders never asked them to pitch that money back into the vanity project?

Cartels are using drones to document the aftermath of their adventures.

Houthi drone attacks knock out half of Saudi Arabian oil supply. An anon on 4CHan who posted about it before it hit the wires claims it was not drones, but rather a cruise missile launched from an Iranian base in Iraq. This would jibe with the US blaming Iran and rumors of a Saudi intent to hit Iran. Saudi officials say oil production to return to normal levels by Monday.

Chances of war between Venezuela and Columbia are growing.

EU plans energy tax to combat climate change. Cabal is running out of cash, and suddenly you have this.

Edward Snowden will join two U.S. news shows in the coming days to promotes the release of his memoir.

First sentence in a left-wing-rag article “In Cape Cod, right-wing demagogues are using the politics of fear to demand a mass cull of sharks and seals.” That urge is driven by amygdala-functionality. If your amygdala works, it sees threats and drives actions to eliminate them. If your amygdala doesn’t work, or works only weakly, it cannot grasp the thought process of a functional amygdala. As we go K, watch leftists get increasingly bitter and panicked as they see a world begin acting in ways they cannot understand.

Interestingly, the recent cache of aborted baby bodies found at the home of an abortion doctor is similar to an earlier case where a wealthy abortion doctor rented a shipping container and stored almost 17,000 fetuses in it. No idea the significance, but abortion holds some significance to them, and the fact they don’t dispose of the bodies, but rather invest in bottles and formaldehyde and devote space to keeping them is curious. In this timeline there is no telling how weird the reality may be.

Democrats frown on targeting gang databases with ‘red flag’ laws. I’ve said street gangs were protected under Obama. Why would Democrats ever, ever try to get in the way of disarming gangs, if they support disarming law abiding citizens? Those gangs are recruited, ground-level muscle for the conspiracy, and like everyone else in the Secret Society, the Political leaders know the secret and somehow keep it from everyone who is on the outside as they carry out their orders.

Trey Gowdy says not to get your hopes up on FISA Declass and the Horowitz report as being the boom we are all waiting for, because misrepresenting the facts on the FISA is not an easily indictable offense. Everything seems to be pointing to the whole picture having to be drawn, to show there are people knowingly trying to subvert lawful government function as part of a conspiracy to take over the government on behalf of outsiders. FISA is just one part.

Angel mom, whose Police Officer son was killed by a drunk illegal, has posts she writes on Facebook criticizing illegal immigration using facts removed as hate speech. It is a pretty impressive machine they assembled there for political manipulation.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is giving Clemency to some pretty cold blooded murderers, who killed people purposely to enrich themselves.

Trump grew weary of Bolton’s push for military force against Venezuela. At least that is the media story. I was suspicious when there was a critical period with North Korea, and Bolton began talking to the media about doing a “Khadafy model” with Kim Jong Un. Telling one dictator you want to repeat what ultimately got another dictator killed seemed suspicious.

Kamala Harris says her Executive Order to seize all assault weapons would be Constitutional because she says we can.

They are hitting Brett Kavanaugh with another sexual misconduct allegation. Makes you wonder if Ginsburg is having bad health news.

CPS worker defies gag order, exposes violent child sex ring in state foster system.

If you adjust the brightness and contrast, the projection on the whiteboard on this next tweet is a class lesson listing how Pedophilia is just a sexual orientation:

An actual topic we discussed in class today at a State University after watching an 8 minute Vice News video showcasing self identified pedophiles. This is going to be mainstreamed. pic.twitter.com/y4WJATXz08

— Alex (@alexjmazzara) September 13, 2019

We have a criminal justice system which is racist, broken, and must be fundamentally reformed. https://t.co/XvLHcDvc9A

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 14, 2019

.@Apple is apologizing and promises to discontinue the practice of storing and listening to audio recordings captured by its voice assistant '#SIRI'.

How you feel knowing your most private conversations r being listen to? https://t.co/GmPeMbVtfd

— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) September 14, 2019

Trump’s starting to win big on controlling the southern border.

As Trump changes asylum rules, many migrants in Mexico are realizing they will not be allowed in, and they are fleeing back to their countries to escape Mexico.

Iran’s nuclear facilities have been probed by strange UFO’s back during Obama’s years. From the article : “The UAVs could jam radars and disrupt interceptors’ navigation systems. They flew “outside the atmosphere” at speeds of up to Mach 10. They could hover. Flying at night, they emitted a telltale blue light that led to their nickname: “luminous objects.” “In several cases … F-14s faced them but were unable to operate their armament systems properly,” Taghvaee wrote. One Tomcat taking off to intercept a luminous object on Jan. 26, 2012 mysteriously exploded, killing both crewmen. Taghvaee implies the alleged UAV was somehow responsible, as the F-14 in question was “one of the fittest” of the 40 or so Tomcats then in service.” Our Military personnel have said our own Nuclear Missile silos have faced similar hijacking of electronic controls. If Obama was Cabal and Iran was Cabal, it would seem unlikely this was our government. So we have a third player, more technologically advanced than the US?

Australian federal police raid Canberra home of intelligence officer Cameron Gill, who was also listed as an adviser to then defense material minister, Mal Brough. From the article: “Wednesday’s raid in Canberra follows a series of controversial searches on media outlets, including the ABC head office in Ultimo and the home of News Corp political editor, Annika Smethurst in June.” The article implies this guy was a whistleblower revealing the Australian government was about to amp up electronic surveillance of Australians significantly, and the raid on the media led to him. But you have intel and media elements being raided, in a Five Eyes nation, which was part of the conspiracy by corrupt intel to take out Donald Trump, and it is happening just as FISA is about to be Declassed over here. Still interesting is we live in populations which maintain this idea that spying on us is fundamentally wrong, our governments claim they are not doing it, and they seem to face immense headwinds in advancing their programs. And yet, the truth is somebody is doing it, at a level beyond what you would think is technologically and economically possible. Then you have Iran facing a technologically sophisticated entity with aerospace capabilities beyond what we are told is possible. It is almost as if there is not just a Secret Society, but an entire secret world somewhere out there, running both intelligence operations and deploying military technology against humanity.

Both those who like Trump and those who dislike him think he’ll win again in 2020 according to a new poll.

Border Patrol has arrested more than 400 MS-13 gang members in 2019.

President Trump confirms, Osama Bin Laden’s son was killed in airstrike.

Boris Johnson set to defy ban on no-deal Brexit and fight on in court.

Trump to have dinner with Otto Warmbier’s parents at White House.

FBI Director Christopher Wray is determining what the agency believes should be classified and blacked out from the IG report on FISA abuses by the FBI, and then the report will be sent to Comey, Strzok, McCabe, Yates and other officials for their review for “accuracy” Technically, if they lie it will be a federal crime. So they either have to assent, or dig themselves deeper.

DEVELOPING: We’re monitoring several reports saying Saudi Arabia is planning retaliation against Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi Aramco oil facility. Sources also say that the U.S. is in full support of the Saudi’s. https://t.co/5BLfuiTLOq

— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) September 14, 2019

BREAKING: Energy Secretary Rick Perry “stands ready to deploy resources from the Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserves if necessary to offset any disruptions to oil markets as a result of this act of aggression." – U.S. Government statement

— News Breaking LIVE (@NewsBreaking) September 15, 2019

.@GOPChairwoman: While Democrat candidates remain oblivious & out of touch, Americans… are taking note of the positive impact that @realDonaldTrump & Republicans’ pro-growth, pro-business policies are having on American families & businesses.https://t.co/MSxdx9PiH1

— GOP (@GOP) September 13, 2019

Our data shows @realDonaldTrump’s approval among Hispanic Americans in Texas has increased by 20% since 2016.

That means he has nearly 1 million new Hispanic supporters!https://t.co/LTQ2akAFJD

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) September 13, 2019

President Trump reports that Hamza bin Ladin, al Qaeda leader and son of Osama bin Laden, “was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”

— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) September 14, 2019

The IG report on potential FISA abuse is complete. Now being reviewed. Huge.

Documents we’ve seen leave little to zero doubt the FBI and DOJ violated protocol with the effect of targeting Trump. We’ll see what the IG found.

Hopefully we’re weeks away from getting the truth.

— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) September 14, 2019

#FISA oversight falls squarely within the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction. We must address concerns outlined in the IG’s report. I'm calling on the chairman to schedule a hearing as soon as possible after Congress receives the report.https://t.co/FIyuI7nXDb

— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) September 13, 2019

Couldn’t agree more. The American people deserve the truth. https://t.co/rlQ4EGnJJb

— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) September 13, 2019

.@realDonaldTrump is fully committed to defending America and bringing terrorists to justice.https://t.co/xZf74sJE9b

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) September 14, 2019

Great OpEd by ⁦@kimguilfoylehttps://t.co/EilupSexJw

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 13, 2019

Who the hell is Joy-Ann Reid? Never met her, she knows ZERO about me, has NO talent, and truly doesn’t have the “it” factor needed for success in showbiz. Had a bad reputation, and now works for the Comcast/NBC losers making up phony stories about me. Low Ratings. Fake News!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

….between our two countries. I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections when we meet at the United Nations later this month!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

I’m OK with that! https://t.co/LEp2Rv28ge

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

The Taliban has never been hit harder than it is being hit right now. Killing 12 people, including one great American soldier, was not a good idea. There are much better ways to set up a negotiation. The Taliban knows they made a big mistake, and they have no idea how to recover!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

Amazing! https://t.co/Nkn0zHIUCo

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

My great honor! https://t.co/AhxG0SIUML

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

Great news about the work we are doing on illegal immigration! https://t.co/ihTYQAYWxu

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2019

The two big Congressional wins in North Carolina on Tuesday, Dan Bishop and Greg Murphy, have reverberated all over the World. They showed a lot of people how strong the Republican Party is, and how well it is doing. 2020 is a big, and very important, Election. We will WIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2019

“A Very Stable Genius!” Thank you.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party! Tuesday night in the Great State of North Carolina proved that high and very beautiful number correct.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

Thank you! https://t.co/Bgsrl9vDvp

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

That is true, and the USA is Winning Again! https://t.co/WHO5NpCTLv

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

KEEP AMERICA GREAT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019

Spread r/K Theory, because a Stable Genius is exactly what the nation needs right now.

Cleanup Resumes in Bahamas as Humberto Swirls Away

Jeffrey Roberts lifted a mustard-yellow curtain from the ground as he looked for passports and other documents at the site where his family's home once stood in Grand Bahama.He then moved the cloth aside, picked up a pair of old, rusty pliers, and continued his search."We...

UAW Contract with GM Expires, Increasing Risk of Strike

The four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers has expired as negotiations on a new deal continue.Union officials told GM they would let the contract lapse just before midnight Saturday, increasing the risk of a strike as early as Sunday night....

UAW Contract with GM Expires, Increasing Risk of Strike

The four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers has expired as negotiations on a new deal continue.Union officials told GM they would let the contract lapse just before midnight Saturday, increasing the risk of a strike as early as Sunday night....

Violence Flares After Protest March in Downtown Hong Kong

Police fired a water cannon and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban.A mixed crowd...

2020 Dems Showing Voters Why Trump Should Be Reelected

Thursday's Democratic debate was bizarre, boring and painful to sit through. If they keep it up, President Trump's 2020 victory is virtually assured.

2020 Dems Showing Voters Why Trump Should Be Reelected

The Suburban Vote Isn't as Blue as It Looks

My colleague, David Wasserman wrote a (typically) insightful analysis on GOP state Sen. Dan Bishop's narrow win in Thursday's special election in North Carolina's 9th district. His main conclusion was that the special election continued a trend we've seen since 2016 of suburbs voting more Democratic, while small town and rural areas are turning an even deeper shade of red.

Resist? Grow Up, Democrats

Perhaps we should back off from the Third Reich analogies and begin to take our duties as citizens seriously.

Resist? Grow Up, Democrats

America Needs Jobs, Not Chinese Imports

J.P. Morgan estimates that President Trump's tariffs will cost American families up to $1,000 next year. We have heard this before and we'll hear it again. But the fact is that tariffs ...

Criticisms Illustrate Need for State Dept. Human Rights Panel

In early July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched the Commission on Unalienable Rights. "The commission's mission," he explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, "isn't to discover new principles but to ground our discussion of human rights in America's founding principles." The announcement of the panel's existence and mandate immediately triggered a barrage of skepticism, indignation, and anger. The misunderstandings that the criticisms embody underscore the urgency of the commission's work.It's not as if the movement to protect human rights internationally is free from confusion and...

Criticisms Illustrate Need for State Dept. Human Rights Panel

Increasingly Irrational Trump Is Putting the World in Danger

It is almost too late for impeachment. The 25th amendment is untested. The ballot box offers our only remaining hope

Increasingly Irrational Trump Is Putting the World in Danger

Viewers Leave CNN, MSNBC as They Realize They've Been Lied To

Syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh talks about how Democrats and the left-leaning media outlets like MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times are now unable to deliver on promises that President Trump would be impeached or removed from office.

Opioid Crisis: A 20-Year Conspiracy Against Patients

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, may have been the prime mover in the Big Bang of opioids in the 1990s, when doctors were aggressively treating pain and OxyContin was pushed as a non-addictive medication. But Purdue didn't act alone.

Facebook Buckles to GOP Pressure

Ted Cruz and three other GOP senators convinced Facebook to take down a fact-check a€” written by actual doctors

Elizabeth Warren's Formidable Stride

Elizabeth Warren didn't have her best debate on Thursday night, nor was she the most poetic or passionate candidate on that overcrowded stage. Beto O'Rourke, describing the toll of gun violence, forged a moment more moving than any of hers. Cory Booker had better one-liners. Pete Buttigieg's beautifully shaped final answer put hers, delivered minutes earlier, almost immediately out of mind.

Elizabeth Warrens Formidable Stride

Maddow's Hot Story on Trump-Dealing Military 'Markups' Fell Apart

Rachel Maddow touted another Trump scandal on September 6, that the Air Force was putting "taxpayer money directly into the president's pocket" by using Glasgow Prestwick Airport near his Turnberry resort in Scotland, according to Politico. But Byron York reported "The only problem with the Politico story was that it was not the whole story. In fact, it omitted so much important information that it hardly qualified as a story at all." 

Why world is becoming more allergic to food...


Why world is becoming more allergic to food...


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Elton John's Recurring Role in Trump's Presidency...


Elton John's Recurring Role in Trump's Presidency...


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Decks collapse during firefighter event; 22 injured...


Decks collapse during firefighter event; 22 injured...


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New York Philharmonic Taps 'Influencers' to Lure Millennials...


New York Philharmonic Taps 'Influencers' to Lure Millennials...


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The iPhone 11 lacks 5G. Why it won't matter one bit - CNET

Commentary: Apple won't get 5G until 2020, but the next-generation data speeds are hardly ready for prime time as is.

Saudi stock market dives, crude futures to jump after drone attack on oil plants

Saturday's attack is the biggest on Saudi oil infrastructure since Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

Robotic surgeons set to spark 'revolution in healthcare'...


Robotic surgeons set to spark 'revolution in healthcare'...


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'Cosmic Noah's arks'...


'Cosmic Noah's arks'...


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Homelessness divided small Washington town. And then the fighting started...


Homelessness divided small Washington town. And then the fighting started...


(Third column, 18th story, link)


San Francisco’s least expensive home still costs $600G

If a one-bedroom, one-bath cottage with no garage or backyard for over half-a-million dollars sounds like your cup of tea, then get our your checkbook.

Americans spend this much money on dating, study claims

The average American spends $121,082.40 on dating in their lifetime, according to new research.

At least 22 people injured in deck collapse at New Jersey beach house

At least 22 people were injured Saturday evening after a deck collapsed at a home in Wildwood, New Jersey, according to representatives for area hospitals.

NY Times sparks furor with tweet describing alleged Kavanaugh behavior as 'harmless fun'

The New York Times, under its “New York Times Opinion” Twitter banner, issued an apology late Saturday, saying it had deleted an “offensive” Twitter message promoting a Times article that makes allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Witty Anti-Media Allegory and Joke from the Late T. Boone Pickens

Business tycoon T. Boone Pickens passed away this past week at age 91. In 2005, he took part in the Media Research Center’s “DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2004,” where he accepted, in jest on behalf of PBS’s Bill Moyers, the “Send Bush to Abu Ghraib Award.”
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Humberto dumps more rain on Dorian-battered Bahamas

Tropical Storm Humberto moved away from the Bahamas on Saturday after dumping rain on parts of the archipelago's northwest region that were already hammered by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago.

Michelle Obama Selling Tickets as High as $4,200 for Latest Event

Michelle Obama is charging as much as $4,200 for tickets to her upcoming event dubbed, "A Moderated Conversation with Michelle Obama," according to the New York Post.

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Michelle Obama is charging as much as $4,200 for tickets to her upcoming event dubbed, "A Moderated Conversation with Michelle Obama," according to the New York Post.

Bernie Sanders: 'We Are Going to Impose a Moratorium on Deportations'

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told a group that he backs a moratorium on all deportations from the U.S., a video surfaced on Saturday revealed.

Bermie- Moratorium on Deportations

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told a group that he backs a moratorium on all deportations from the U.S., a video surfaced on Saturday revealed.

Omar Compares Migrant Shelters to Dungeons Used in African Slave Trade

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) compared migrant shelters in the U.S. to dungeons used during the African slave trade, according to a video that surfaced Saturday evening.

Ghana Castle Slave Trade

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) compared migrant shelters in the U.S. to dungeons used during the African slave trade, according to a video that surfaced Saturday evening.

Google Doodle celebrates tenacious Mexican-American botanist Ynes Mexía - CNET

She often risked life and limb to collect thousands of specimens, some of which had never been seen before.

Learning to Stop Asking Female Candidates About Sexism

There's still no good way to talk about the experience of having had bias, prejudice, and discrimination work against you.

Inside Trump's Border Chaos

Thousands of asylum-seekers were released into towns and cities near the border, straining local resources. Was the resulting havoc a product of negligence, incompetence, or something more sinister?

Felicity Huffman's Slap on the Wrist Is a Disgrace

There is no justice. Not when the rich and the powerful, the amoral and the sleazy - liars, cheats and unspeakably entitled thieves of anything and everything they can snatch with their paws from h...

Inside the Wide Open Race to Succeed Bolton

Will he go hawk, safe bet, or for a foreign policy realist like Doug Macgregor, who would thrill Trump's closest supporters?

Trump's Starting to Win Big on Controlling Southern Border

To listen to most Democrats, they've got President Trump on the run when it comes to immigration. The big beautiful wall he promised to build along the border with Mexico hasn't gone up, and Hous...

Republicans' Ocasio-Cortez Attack Ad Was a Complete Failure

The content of the ad drew attention to serious shortcomings in today's Republican Party, and the context in which it was aired only highlighted it as a perverse lie, writes Frida Ghitis.

Obama Bro Ben Rhodes Bursts In Like the Kool-Aid Man to Shill for Iran After Deadly Attacks

By: Bonchie

Tommy Vietor, left, former National Security Council spokesman, and Ben Rhodes, deputy National Security Adviser. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Yesterday, massive explosions rocked a Saudi Arabian oil field, shutting down 5% of the world’s production. As my colleague streiff shared earlier today, we didn’t have to wait long to find out who did it. If you had Iran as the aggressor, congrats, although that’s not a difficult guess these days. It appears cruise missiles, possibly fired by Iranian backed militias in Iraq, were used in the attack.

Well well well… pic.twitter.com/bPgY6J67JE

— محمد بن خالد (@MbKS15) September 14, 2019

Mike Pompeo confirmed that Iran was the backing for the operation, as the cruise missiles are theirs and only their proxies use them.

We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2019

Never fear though. Obama bro Ben Rhodes is on the case and he’s here to let us know that Iran wasn’t actually responsible.

The Houthis are not the same as Iran and the Saudis are fighting a war against them in Yemen. This is an incredibly dumb, dishonest and dangerous thing to say. https://t.co/Ij5haLdzQr

— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) September 14, 2019

Rhodes has never met a situation where he doesn’t run to side with the Mullahs. The relationship he has with them and the sheer amount of shilling he does in their favor leaves a lot of open questions. Just why is he so invested in propping up a brutal Islamic dictatorship? What’s in it for Rhodes?

Of course, what Rhodes says there is nonsensical garbage. The Houthis are being controlled by Iran and they are also financing and supplying their war effort.

Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah trains the Houthis. Iran backs the Houthis including by supplying them with advanced weaponry. You can keep pretending the Islamic Republic in Iran is not behind these destructive proxies. But facts are stubborn things. https://t.co/7XnUMtYmjU

— Mark Dubowitz (@mdubowitz) September 14, 2019

Every time Ben Rhodes opens his mouth, I have to remind myself that yes, this man actually served as a Deputy NSA in the Obama White House. https://t.co/5Umi2BPHio

— capitalist ghoul 🦅 (@m0ve_im_gay) September 14, 2019

Want a clear example of media bias? Notice how during the Obama administration, not once did a major outlet question the qualifications of Ben Rhodes. This despite the fact that he had zero foreign policy experience and was a failed writer until Obama inexplicably put him at his right hand. Meanwhile, they lost their minds over Nikki Haley going to the UN and Trump bringing on numerous generals.

Rhodes oversaw one of the most disastrous foreign policy regimes in modern history. His delusional Arab Spring push set the entire Middle East on fire and over half a million people died in Syria because of his pacifism of Iran and inaction on the battlefield. The only thing he managed to get done was a useless nuclear deal with Iran, which they never had intentions of following anyway.

While the current media complex won’t call this clown out, hopefully history won’t be as kind.

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RNC sees Trump gaining Hispanic support

(Paul Mirengoff)

Ronna McDaniel, president of the Republican National Committee, says that RNC research shows President Trump’s approval among Hispanic Americans in Texas to have increased by 20 percent since 2016. That would mean Trump has nearly 1 million new Hispanic supporters.

Has Trump’s support among Hispanics in Texas really increased that much? I don’t know, but it’s plausible to think it has increased significantly, both in Texas and elsewhere.

McDaniel points to “historic gains” made by the Hispanic community under the Trump administration. Hispanic unemployment has reached new lows and Hispanic-owned businesses are growing rapidly — more than twice the rate of all businesses since 2012. Hispanic women-owned businesses are the fastest growing business segment in the country, says McDaniel.

None of this is likely to be lost on a goodly number of Hispanic voters.

Democrats pander to Hispanics, but are they correctly assessing the true concerns of Hispanic communities? McDaniel thinks not:

Democrats. . .ignore the issues Hispanic Americans care about – like President Trump’s defense of religious freedom and the sanctity of life. Democrats don’t want to admit the fact that Hispanic communities appreciate President Trump’s commitment to keeping every American safe through border security and strengthening the rule of law. They don’t want voters to notice that while they preach dependence, this administration empowers and supports individuals, workers, and families to achieve their American dreams.

I expect that Trump will make inroads among Hispanic voters in 2020, though their magnitude is unlikely to be as great as the RNC’s data for Texas suggests. But even less substantial inroads would give Trump’s reelection prospects a nice boost.

Minneapolis Slides Downhill [Updated]

(John Hinderaker)

Minneapolis once had the reputation of being a nice city. That seems, now, like a long time ago in a galaxy far away. These days, the reality is different. This sickening video of a gang of youths viciously brutalizing a man just outside Target Field, where the Twins play baseball, has gone national. It is visual proof of how feral downtown Minneapolis has become:

More and more, violence intrudes on the precincts of normal Minnesotans. Thus, for example, my wife and I attended a Twins game a week ago today. When the game was over, it took forever to get out of the ramp. When we finally got to the street, there was yellow tape everywhere and a police officer directing traffic away from the street and back into the ramp. I rolled down my window and asked the officer what was going on. He gestured behind him and said, “Shooting.”

Or, to take another example, on the last night of the Minnesota State Fair, generally thought of as one of the more wholesome events a family can attend, there was a gang rumble just outside the fair gates at closing time:

As the Minnesota State Fair wound to a close late Monday, chaos unfolded just outside its main gate.

Fights broke out. A 19-year-old woman was gravely injured when she was hit by a vehicle. Then the sound of gunfire sent hundreds of panicked fairgoers fleeing down Midway Parkway into the Como neighborhood. One resident peeked out her window to find three people taking cover behind her lawn furniture.

Police sources have attributed the worst of the violence, including the barrage of bullets that sent three men to the hospital, to rival gangs.

The wounded people were all taken to the same hospital, where fighting again broke out between the gangs. This isn’t your grandfather’s Minnesota.

Authorities admit that violent crime is up in Minneapolis, although they surround that admission with happy talk, which won’t be believed by anyone who actually ventures into the city at night. (The story is the same in urban St. Paul. One night last week, the St. Paul police lacked the manpower to respond to three shootings that happened more or less simultaneously in different parts of the city.)

Minneapolis’s mayor is a young man who worked briefly in my law firm and is obviously not up to the task. Members of the City Council are ridiculously left-wing and totally ineffective. In both Minneapolis and St. Paul, civic authorities are convinced that policemen are the gravest threat to “communities of color,” and therefore law enforcement should be scaled back, or only grudgingly reinforced in response to events like the one you see in the video above.

And so, as liberal values dominate in another urban enclave, the city becomes ever more inhospitable, even unlivable, for law-abiding citizens.

UPDATE: A reader reminds me that I should have mentioned this: “Some Minneapolis candidates say they can envision a city without police.”

Seven City Council hopefuls and two mayoral candidates say in a local voter guide that they can envision a future Minneapolis with no police.

Asked, “Do you believe that we could ever have a city without police?” two mayoral candidates and two incumbents and five serious challengers running for City Council answered “yes.”

Hey, that’s what we need: a city with no law enforcement! Just ask the guy who got the daylights beaten out of him in the video above. The problem with Minneapolis, I’m sure he would tell you, is that we have too many police officers.

Unfortunately, liberal fantasies have real-world consequences.

At least 22 people injured after three-story deck collapse in New Jersey

Multiple people in Wildwood, New Jersey have been injured after decks collapsed on top of each other at a three-story residence on the Jersey shore. 

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sues his ex-lawyers, military nonprofit

Decorated Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was acquitted of murder in a war crimes trial this past July, has sued two of his former lawyers and a military legal defense nonprofit, according to court documents filed in Texas Friday.

REPORT: Over A Million Households Have Risen To Middle Class Under Trump, According To Census Data

In the lead up to the 2016 election, Trump repeatedly promised he would be a great president for the economy and boy has he delivered.

The Democrats spent eight years under Obama paying lip service to the middle class while doing next to nothing.

Trump is getting the job done.

The Epoch Times reports:

Over a Million Households Climbed to Middle Class Under Trump, Census Data Shows

More than 1.2 million American households moved to above $50,000 in annual income between 2016 and 2018, according to Census Bureau data released on Sept. 10, a sign of a growing middle class.

The data is a boon to President Donald Trump, whose platform is centered on a strong economy and promises of increased prosperity.

While in 2016, some 58.5 percent of households enjoyed more than $50,000 in total money income, the share rose to more than 60 percent in 2018. The median household income, meanwhile, rose by nearly 2.3 percent—with all figures adjusted for inflation.

The comparison isn’t quite apples-to-apples since the bureau implemented a new methodology in its latest report that somewhat influenced the results for both 2018 and 2017.

Still, the data bears out a middle-class expansion unseen since the 1960s. Nearly 30 percent of households pulled in between $50,000 and $99,999 in 2018. That’s up from less than 29 percent the year before—the fastest increase since 1968.

This is precisely why Democrats didn’t talk about the economy once during their three hour debate on Thursday night. They can’t touch Trump on this, and they know it.

When the media covers the economy, all they do is fear monger over the possibility of a recession they’re all secretly hoping for.

Stuart Varney recently made this same point. From FOX News:

Varney on media coverage of Trump’s economy ‘Ignore them all, they’ll never get over Hillary’s loss’

Fox Business host Stuart Varney accused the mainstream media of “ignoring” economic news that reflects positively on President Trump in an apparent attempt to undermine his reelection prospects.

“The media ignores any item of news that could be considered good news for America. They really are the opposition party, opposition that is, to President Trump,” said Varney on his Fox Nation show “My Take.”

Varney said the mainstream media’s failure to report positively on Trump, specifically the progress the stock market has made under his administration, is driven by a clear motive…

Varney also accused the media of “eagerly and gleefully” reporting on a possible economic downturn last month, which lead to speculation that a recession was close.

That is spot on.

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Ted Cruz: If Republicans Want to ‘Demoralize’ Their Base, They’ll Placate the Undecided with Gun Control

 

 

On Thursday, Ted Cruz told gatherers at a Christian Science Monitor event that GOP legislators must stand firm against the Dems’ new far-Left turn toward gun confiscation (here).

Ted was asked by The Hill’s Alexander Bolton about Republican politicians placating swing voters with modified gun control.

This was his reply:

“If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights, that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren. We’re going to see record-shattering Democratic turnout. The only element missing to ensure Democratic victory is demoralizing conservatives so they stay home. I hope we don’t do that. I think that would be a serious mistake.”

“But it would also be a serious mistake as a policy matter,” he added.

His comment on demoralization shouldn’t go unnoticed. He makes an interesting point.

As for policy efficacy, he noted that the Manchin-Toomey bill (expanding background checks to gun shows and internet sales but not transactions among friends and family) wouldn’t have made a difference in recent mass shootings:

“The Democrats’ proposal would not have prevented any of these mass murders. We ought to be focusing seriously, substantively on how you stop these horrific crimes – and what they’re proposing wouldn’t do it.”

And concerning the gratuitous gun grab, Ted believes the confiscators comin’ for ya won’t be satisfied with Wave 1:

“Democratic gun confiscation proposals, which are getting more and more common – and by the way, when it comes to gun confiscation on the Left, it starts with so-called ‘assault rifles,’ but the next step is handguns. Now, at this point, I expect people around the room to snicker and say, ‘Come on! That’s ridiculous. They’ll never go to handguns.’ Just remember that in about 24 months when we see them pushing for handgun confiscation – they have not yet proposed it, but that is, I believe, their ultimate goal…full confiscation – that would cost lives.”

Ted also explained that Americans defend themselves with firearms between 500,000 and 3,000,000 times per year, and that the ol’ 2A is “a powerful tool of women’s empowerment.”

Furthermore, Cruz assured he wants to “do more about gun violence,” but that the Democrats’ maneuvering is about politics rather than the actual issue.

Not very long ago at all, those across the aisle sometimes literally laughed on television when a conservative brought up the notion that the Left was moving toward confiscation.

My, how quickly the world has turned.

-ALEX

 

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Cuomo Fights with Anti-AOC Ad Star, Downplays Socialism in Cambodian Slaughter

CNN host Chris Cuomo interviewed former congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng, who narrated a controversial ad targeting socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and highlighting the dangers of socialism that aired during Thursday night’s Democratic debate. Throughout the interview, Cuomo tried to convince Heng, that socialism had nothing to do with the Cambodian genocide and argued that her real beef should be with President Trump, not socialists like AOC.

'Beto' O'Rourke Confirms: ‘Yes’ I Want to Tear Down Border Walls

Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D) confirmed in an interview with Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa Friday that he is in favor of physically tearing down existing sections of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Beto- Tear Down Border Walls

Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D) confirmed in an interview with Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa Friday that he is in favor of physically tearing down existing sections of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Multiple injuries reported after three-story deck collapse in New Jersey

Multiple people in Wildwood, New Jersey have been injured after decks collapsed on top of each other at a three-story residence on the Jersey shore. 

Eric Holder: Trump could be prosecuted after leaving office, but at a 'potential cost to the nation'

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview broadcast Saturday that President Trump could easily be prosecuted for allegedly breaking campaign finance laws after he leaves office, but warned that such a case would come at a "potential cost to the nation."

Sanders Addresses Emotional Veteran Who Threatened Suicide over Crippling Medical Debt

A veteran battling Huntington's disease told Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – who held a town hall in Carson City, Nevada, on Friday – that he is considering suicide due to the crippling amount of medical debt he has accumulated.

Bernie Sanders Town Hall

A veteran battling Huntington's disease told Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – who held a town hall in Carson City, Nevada, on Friday – that he is considering suicide due to the crippling amount of medical debt he has accumulated.

Pennsylvania Democrat Under House Arrest After Driving Drunk

A Pennsylvania Democrat is serving a month of house arrest after pleading guilty to driving drunk, reports said. 

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Pennsylvania Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, rubs his eyes as he sits in front of his laptop during debate of final passage of the table games bill on the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Michio Kaku: We’ve reached a turning point on UFOs

As we’ve been covering the various stories relating to the recent release of videos by our military, showing strange aircraft (spacecraft?) in our military airspace, there’s been one repeating theme. Most of the people speculating on the origin of these craft seemed to generally be from the military or the “ufo community.” Where have the more mainstream scientists been in this debate? At least one of them stepped up to the plate recently to weigh in with a surprising take.

Professor Michio Kaku of CUNY, the theoretical physicist who shows up on virtually every show about outer space on the Science Channel, Discovery and others, spoke at the Ufology World Congress in Spain recently. He addressed the question of the recent videos and what implications they might have for us. After previously treating the UFO topic as something more fanciful, Kaku seems to have really had a change of heart and declared that we’ve reached “a turning point.” (Yahoo News)

Even if not smoking-gun proof, the declassified videos — bolstered by confirmation of multiple sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles during 2014 and 2015, including at least one near-collision — are giving ufology new weight. “We’ve reached a turning point,” Kaku said. “It used to be that believers had to prove that these objects were from an intelligent race in outer space. Now the burden of proof is on the government to prove they’re not from intelligent beings in outer space.”

The possibility that they are vehicles from other planetary civilizations, Kaku told Yahoo, “now has to be put on the table.”

That’s a pretty hot take right there. “The burden of proof is on the government” to prove that these vehicles didn’t come from outer space.

By the way, that linked article at Yahoo is quite lengthy and has a ton of background information on the various players in this topic right now. If you’re interested, but not really up to speed on the government material, the To The Stars Academy and all the rest, it’s definitely worth a read.

But is Professor Kaku right? Have we really reached “a turning point” in the discussion of possible extraterrestrial intelligence and anomalous craft visiting our planet? I’m not quite there yet, but the discussion has certainly been expanding into the mainstream media a lot more, rather than just the dark halls of ufology websites and dens of conspiracy theories. (Confession time. Those are places I hang out anyway.)

I have a couple of issues with the stance that Kaku is taking, though I’m still very excited about the information that’s been coming out. First of all, stating that the burden of proof is now on the government to prove something relies on the rather dubious assumption that the government actually knows the answer. After all, one of the reasons they came clean with the Navy videos was that the pilots and their commanders were concerned and wanted a more thorough investigation done. Congress even demanded (and received) a briefing on the subject, so it doesn’t sound like they knew about it either. It’s entirely possible that the government doesn’t have a clue who built those things. Of course, if that’s the case, then who did?

I suppose it’s still conceivable (barely) that some super-secret group in the Defense Department cooked this up and just didn’t tell anyone else… even our own military. Or perhaps the Russians or the Chinese. But if you go back and watch my interview with Quantum Physicist Deep Prasad you’ll see there’s a problem with that theory. The amount of energy required to essentially defy gravity as at least one type of these UAPs have been observed doing, would probably require smashing two black holes together. If anyone was producing that kind of energy anywhere on the planet, somebody should have noticed.

Still, I’m heartened to see more people, including mainstream scientists, looking into these questions and expanding the discussion. It just feels as if we might finally be on the verge of learning something new and truly remarkable. And it’s something that could change the entire course of history and the future of humanity. Well… unless it turns out that the aliens are here to eat us and steal our planet. That would kind of suck.

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Are Comedians Finally Fighting Back Against the Far Left’s Cultural Clampdown?

 

 

Are comedians fighting back against the cultural Marxism of the critics?

So-called political correctness — which, oddly enough, is a line of ideological adherence which is neither political nor correct — has appeared to be clamping down on the comic stage for quite a while.

But there’s recent evidence to suggest those at the mic are trying to break free.

Buzzfeed recently scolded Dave Chappelle for “truly vile” jokes about transgender people, Michael Jackson, and the #MeToo movement in his Netflix special Sticks and Stones. Vice told folks to “skip” the performance, and Vanity Fair called the act “stale.”

Surely some on the far Left were also none too fond of Dave’s bit on the pro-choice position’s natural conclusion.

These days, as noted by The Daily caller, “One wrong word can get you canceled.”

Just ask Norm Macdonald: His Tonight Show appearance got shut down over his expressed empathy for Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K.

Comedian Nick Di Paolo — who’s politically conservative — told TDC the Left have come all the way ’round:

“It’s come full circle, now they’re eating each other. I’m the counter-culture now, guys like me that lean right. Those people, the woke ones, they are the culture. That’s how bad it is, that Chappelle and Bill Burr are labeled like the Anti-PC guys.”

Nick believes initial intentions were good:

“It started off with the right instincts. Nobody is for sexual harassment. Now they’ve taken it too…far. They’re lumping [Louis C.K.] in with Harvey Weinstein. And they’re not making any distinction. They got way ahead of their skiis on that one. It just got crazy.”

Joe Rogan pointed out some of the madness — specifically, the Left’s new notion that men and women are athletically the same — in his new video Triggered:

“It’s not sexist to say that women can’t do big physical labor things as good as giant men can. But people will tell you it is. Well, I’m not sexist. As a matter of fact, my favorite people are all female. I have a wife, and I have three daughters. They’re my favorite people in the world. But I could beat the **** out of all of them.”

In one of Chappelle’s segments, he did an impression of the audience telling a performer if they make a mistake, they’re done:

“If you do anything wrong in your life, and I find out about it, I’m gonna try and take everything away from you. … If I find out, you’re ****ing finished.”

“That’s what the audience sounds like to me,” he explained. “That’s why I don’t be coming out doing comedy all the time, ‘cause y’all…[are] the worst [people] I’ve ever tried to entertain in my…life.”

Other entertainers are echoing the sentiment:

Comedians are not saints. We advertise our flaws and often polarizing opinions as a thought experiment for entertainment. Nobody judges us harder than us. If you can't handle disagreeing with someone, great news! There are millions of other things to watch.

— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) August 28, 2019

How come if you’re offended by someone’s comedy it can’t just be your cup of tea and then that’s it? Why do you have to write 40 blogs about it? The comedy isn’t the problem. You are.

— Chris D'Elia (@chrisdelia) August 28, 2019

Welcome to the "conform or be labeled a Nazi" club, @billburr.

Our membership numbers are really growing. pic.twitter.com/DI4OgvBpIX

— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) September 10, 2019

To me personally, it seems that the whole idea of a joke has kind of gone out the window. It’s supposed to be a light comment not meant to be taken seriously.

But boy are there some serious people listening.

“This is the worst time ever to be a celebrity,” Dave lamented. “Everyone’s doomed.”

da doomp tshhh.

-ALEX

 

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Beto Channels Booker’s T-Bone When He Claims Lots Of Texans Are Giving Up Their AR-15s Because They Don’t Feel Safe

By: streiff

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Robert Francis Beta Beto O’Rourke may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but he can learn. You know how NJ Senator and presidential aspirant Cory Booker has at various times claimed to have a drug dealer friend named T-bone and girlfriend (though I’m sure anyone as relentlessly and remorselessly heterosexual as Booker has dozens of girlfriends)? Now Beto has one-upped his mentor an invented dozens of Texans who are supportive of his promise to sent SWAT to your door to “buy back” your AR-15 or equivalent.

Using guns to hunt or for self-defense makes a lot of sense to us here in Texas. But even from those Texans who own AR-15s, they’ve told me this themselves: ‘I don’t need this. I don’t need it to hunt. I don’t need it to protect myself. It was fun to use. I like taking it out to the range, but if giving this back or cutting it to pieces or selling it to the government helps to keep us safer, then by all means let’s do it.’

First off, this is a lie on its face. If you are only using your modern sporting rifle for hunting, target practice, or self-defense then you really aren’t much of a danger to anyone. If you are a big enough p***y to say what Beto says is being said to him, you are manifestly not only not a danger but fairly useless. No sane person believes this is the case.

The real reason that Beto is doing this is because his bald statement, aimed at the cheap seats at the Houston debate, about “Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” gave the entire gun rights movement the clarity they need to see what the final objective is (assuming they were too dense to figure that out earlier). In fact, Beto was so clear that Democrats are whining about the danger he’s done (see Brandon Morse’s Even Democrat Lawmakers Wish O’Rourke Hadn’t Said He’d Take Our Guns).

All Beto is doing here is damage control. He’s telling a bald-faced lie knowing that a compliant and sympathetic media will go along and support him.

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Sports Media Line Up To Whack Tebow For Opposing Pay For College Athletes

Sports writers and sports casters are lining up to take a whack at Tim Tebow for his opposition to payola for college athletes. Several from ESPN alone took shots at him Friday. The topic flared up this week after California lawmakers unanimously passed the so-called Fair Pay to Play Act, which if signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, will enable athletes to make money off their own name, image and likeness, beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

Pete Buttigieg’s Association With the Abortionist Who Stockpiled Baby Corpses in His Home Is Hardly Surprising

By: streiff

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Pete Buttigieg, in addition to being a deeply dishonest man who constantly lies to rationalize and defend his lifestyle and beliefs, is an abortion fanatic. How much of that is due to some personal animus he has towards heterosexual couples and how much is simply founded on his politics, but his views on abortion are extreme even by the standard of the Democrat party. For instance, Buttigieg has claimed that a baby can be killed up until the moment it draws its first breath. And obscenely claims there is Scriptural support for this view.

Buttigieg suggests we determine life when the baby draws its first breath.

A 2020 presidential candidate is suggesting babies can be killed up UNTIL a baby draws its first breath.

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— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) September 6, 2019

[Pro-life people] hold everybody in line with this one piece of doctrine about abortion, which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally. Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath. Even that is something that we can interpret differently. . . . No matter what you think about the cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, ‘I might draw the here. You might draw the line there.’ The most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.

That view is not only anti-science it is sacrilegious and utterly heretical:

A theological question for Buttigieg: when did the Incarnation begin? The Bible says Christ was conceived miraculously in Mary's womb. Was Christ not a human in utero? Was there a time during Christ's Earthly existence when He was subhuman? Explain that one, Mayor.

— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 9, 2019

Today, as my colleague Brandon Morse reports, a home belonging to a deceased abortionist was found to contain some 2,246 sets of remains of dead babies. The abortionist was Ulrich Klopfer. He was forcibly retired in 2015, and his clinic closed, after it was found he’d performed abortions on at least two girls under 13 years of age and violated state law by not reporting it. This is the worst case:

In particular, according to Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, many of the board members were particularly struck by Klopfer’s nonchalant attitude regarding the case of a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by her uncle. The doctor failed to notify the police even after learning that the parents were going to keep the matter secret. One board member stated that what bothered her most was Klopfer’s striking lack of medical judgment and competence.

What makes this case more interesting is that Klopfer’s clinic was located in South Bend, Indiana. And while he was there, good ol’ Godly Mayor Pete (or Alcalde Pete, if you were watching the Spanish portion of the Democrat debate) intervened to help him out.

In Buttigieg’s first year in office, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center attempted to open right next door to the abortuary run by Klopfer at the time, it was called the Women’s Pavilion. The pro-life group, headed by a guy named Shawn Sullivan, promised to not allow pro-life demonstrators to use their property but Buttigieg intervened to prevent it getting permission to open. Undeterred, Sullivan opened a Catholic chapel next door and in a short period of time the complaints against Klopfer and the impact of the chapel forced the Womens’ Pavilion to close.

Given Buttigieg fetishization of abortion and Klopfer’s status as South Bend’s only abortionist, it is difficult to imagine that there was not a more extensive and substantive relationship waiting to be uncovered.

This is the kind of man Buttigieg is. He defended Klopfer when his license was under attack. He provided the administrative firepower necessary to overturn a zoning decision that would have put a pro-life pregnancy center next door to Klopfer. And he thinks a child still attached to the umbilical cord can be legally killed because it isn’t yet breathing.

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Damascus: Movie Premier Guests Sing ‘Happy Birthday' to Bashar al-Assad on 9/11

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Poll: Majority of Hispanics Support Ending Welfare-Dependent Immigration

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Greenpeace protesters arrested while hanging from Houston bridge

The Democrat circus came to Houston Thursday and it produced several stories. Locals were subjected to road closures, environmental extremists protesting the fossil fuel industry by hanging from a major bridge and shutting down the Houston Ship Channel, and there was a Trump re-election campaign event that was an outreach exercise to Latino voters. Oh yeah, there was a plane in the sky dragging an anti-socialism banner behind it, too.

The Democrat debate was mostly a snoozefest so these other stories made some headlines, too. Remember the story that the Trump re-election campaign was paying small planes to fly over swing state beaches during Labor Day weekend carrying Trump-Pence 2020 banners? A plane carried the message that “Socialism will kill Houston’s economy!” along with a number to text. The campaign paid about $7500 to fly the banner between the hours of 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., ending an hour before the debate began. It’s a clever, inexpensive way to get attention for the Trump campaign and it should be used often in all parts of the country, in my opinion.

The most daunting action was taken by Greenpeace U.S.A. as members hung from the Fred Hartman Bridge in order to create chaos on the Houston Ship Channel. The bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the Houston Ship Channel, a part of the Port of Houston, one of the busiest seaports in the world. They shut down commuter and commercial traffic crossing the bridge – including a vehicular accident that sent people to the hospital during morning rush traffic at 6:30 a.m. when the protesters’ van came to a sudden stop in the middle of a lane. Twelve “spotters” rappelled over the side and hung from the bridge. Hours later they were arrested.

Deputies have begun placing protestors on the Fred Hartman Bridge into custody and placing them under arrest. The operation is ongoing. #hounews pic.twitter.com/vUYxySDB9C

— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) September 12, 2019

It took a while for the arrests to be made. The protesters chose their spot to send a message to the fossil fuel industry while all eyes were on Houston, the energy capitol of the world. Instead, the protesters were cooling their heals in jail while Big Oil got back to business. Most of the protesters were from out of state, by the way, and ill-equipped to deal with the heat and humidity. They were arrested one by one peacefully and Sheriff Gonzalez said some even acted relieved to be brought down. You have to stay hydrated in Houston’s heat, kids. It took a while to bring them down because law enforcement had to determine exactly what the protesters had in their backpacks and the logistics of the situation.

The @Greenpeace protesters were not from Houston. Here is the list of the protesters, where they were from-all charged with felonies, some with federal charges. You’ll come back now. @HarrisCountyRP #hounews #Txlege @keribla @stjbs @ChronFalkenberg @SheriffEd_HCSO @PubliusTX pic.twitter.com/oPW0Z0OJDl

— Houston Conservative Forum (@houston_cf) September 14, 2019

He said most of the protesters were cooperative while they were being taken into custody. Gonzalez said the ones who were not cooperative were not combative, they just didn’t comply with commands. All 12 spotters were arrested peacefully, the sheriff said.

Authorities said the major concern was the safety of the citizens and protesters.

The bridge was closed for hours as the protesters were arrested. Gonzalez said it took a while to assess the situation because they had to evaluate the safety of the group’s rope system and determine if they had anything dangerous in their bags, and also had to figure out how to get them down safely since they were tethered to each other horizontally.

Protesters hanging from that bridge is very unusual. Local law enforcement said they didn’t have advance warning of the protest. My husband, an engineer in the oil and gas industry for well over 30 years, was interested in checking out their rope work as he was a spelunker, back in the day. Mission accomplished, though. Greenpeace extemists made a splash Thursday and disrupted the ship channel. Wait until the young activists find out how ropes, sunglass frames, and lots of their other supplies are made. Thanks, fossil fuels!

Thursday afternoon the Trump re-election campaign held an event in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. “Vamos to Victory” was organized as an outreach event on behalf of the campaign and these events will be held in other cities in the lead-up to the election. While the majority of Latino voters voted for Hillary in 2016, Trump does have some solid support from them in Texas. Older voters favor conservative views on social issues and are happy with the economy. Younger voters vote with the Democrats. With Texas’ changing demographics, this block of voters is important in elections.

The event included a panel discussion featuring Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel and National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany from the Trump campaign. A training session focused on training Latino activists to register others to vote.

The political differences among Hispanics here are often generational and ideological, a contrast between longtime Mexican American citizens who tend to embrace a traditional Republican message of self-reliance and a younger group dismayed by the president’s broad disparagement of Latinos.

Republicans in Texas have talked about Latino outreach in past election cycles but nothing like the energy coming from Team Trump. The Trump team seems to be more pro-active and that’s a good thing. Keeping Texas red is crucial if Republicans want to win the White House. There is no path to victory in the national election without Texas.

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Mike Pompeo Blames Iran For Massive Attack On Saudi Arabian Oil Facilities

By: streiff

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/

Earlier today a major Saudi Arabian crude oil field was hit by an attack. The first reports said that the attack had been carried out by 10 drones (I don’t know how they convinced Jim Swift and the rest of the Bulwark gang to strap on explosive jet packs and yet… okay, that’s a joke, there is no known jetpack that could lift Swift) and the Iranian allied and supported Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this oil field produces about 5% of the world’s crude oil and is now off line. The Saudis claim they will have it back in operation by Monday. The operative word is “claim.”

Some things in the story, however, never made sense. For instance, the range was well over 500 miles from Houthi territory (here I’m just measuring from the Yemeni border) which is extreme for the drones they have, particularly if they are carrying enough ordnance to cause the damage we see in the video. The Houthi use the Iranian Qasef-1 drone which has a range of about less than 300 miles on a suicide mission and can carry a payload of about 60-lbs. Blame me for the bad graphic:

It didn’t take long, however, for imagery to be produced that indicated something different:

Well well well… pic.twitter.com/bPgY6J67JE

— محمد بن خالد (@MbKS15) September 14, 2019

This is the part seen on your pics I think.. pic.twitter.com/0VyDlVJ8bq

— Mimbari04 (@mimbari04) September 14, 2019

What you’re looking at there appears to be a cruise missile that pancaked enroute. This makes much more sense than an drone because the we know the Houthi have deployed cruise missiles before and the range and payload make the attack and the damage from the attack plausible.

Operative word: plausible.

Just a couple of hours ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo killed off a perfectly good narrative.

We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2019

What does he mean that there is no evidence the attack came from Yemen?

Saudi and American officials are investigating the possibility that attacks on Saudi oil facilities Saturday involved cruise missiles launched from Iraq, questioning Yemeni rebel claims of responsibility, people familiar with the matter said.

But officials around the globe investigating the attack questioned the Houthi claims and suggested the strike may have come from Iraq, to the north, rather than Yemen, to the south. Iran supports a host of Shiite militias in Iraq.

A direct attack of this scale on Saudi Arabia by Iranian proxy forces in Iraq definitely is a different situation than Yemeni rebels shooting cruise missiles. Rather than the low grade war that Saudi Arabia is involved in with the Houthi, this now threatens to be come a much more significant and broader conflict that could suck in the United States and Israel.

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Schiff Subpoenas Acting DNI Chief – Accuses Him of Illegally Withholding ‘Urgent’ Whistleblower Complaint


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House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Friday subpoenaed Acting DNI Chief Joseph Maguire and accused him of illegally withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress that could potentially be covering up the president’s misconduct.

Politico reported:

Schiff issued a subpoena for the complaint, accusing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire of taking extraordinary steps to withhold the complaint from Congress, even after the intel community’s inspector general characterized the complaint as credible and of “urgent concern.”

“A Director of National Intelligence has never prevented a properly submitted whistleblower complaint that the [inspector general] determined to be credible and urgent from being provided to the congressional intelligence committees. Never,” Schiff said in a statement. “This raises serious concerns about whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct.”

“The Committee can only conclude, based on this remarkable confluence of factors, that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or Administration officials,” Schiff said in a letter to Maquire on Friday.

The whistleblower complaint was filed last month shortly after Maquire was chosen to be acting DNI Chief.

According to the subpoena, Maquire must turn over the requested information by September 17 otherwise he will be compelled to appear before lawmakers on Capitol Hill on September 19.

Last month Dan Coats resigned as DNI and President Trump appointed Joseph Maguire as the Acting DNI as he made his decision on who would permanently replace Coats.

Joseph Maguire, who was the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center was named Acting Director of National Intelligence on August 15th.

Maguire’s office responded to Schiff’s subpoena.

“We received the HPSCI’s subpoena this evening. We are reviewing the request and will respond appropriately,” said a senior intel official. “The ODNI and Acting DNI Maguire are committed to fully complying with the law and upholding whistleblower protections and have done so here.”

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Biden and Yang display ignorance about immigration

(Paul Mirengoff)

Immigration was always going to be a topic of discussion during Thursday’s Democratic debate. Thus, the candidates should have been prepared to speak about immigration, if not intelligently than at least without getting basic facts wrong. As Mark Krikorian documents, Joe Biden and Andrew Yang were unable to pass this modest test.

Biden claimed that during the Obama administration, “we didn’t lock people up in cages; we didn’t separate families.” That claim is false, as even CNN acknowledges.

Yang displayed his ignorance by declaring, “I would return the level of legal immigration to the point it was under the Obama-Biden administration.” But that’s where the current level is. According to Krikorian, an expert in this area whether or not one agrees with him about immigration policy:

The number of people granted lawful permanent residence (green cards), which is what we mean by “legal immigration,” averaged 1.06 million from Fiscal Year 2009 to 2016. The total for FY 2017 was 1.13 million, for 2018 was 1.1 million, and annualizing from the first quarter of FY 2019 yields a projected total of 1.03 million. Fluctuation within 100,000 is common (in 2013, the total was only 990,000), so the level is essentially unchanged.

Krikorian concludes:

You expect Democrats not to know an AK-15 from an AR-47, because they consider guns to be an icky Republican thing. But immigration is supposed to be a Democratic thing, and yet these guys literally don’t know the most elementary facts.

We may be giving Biden the benefit of the doubt, though. He might simply have been lying.

Anchor or Lobbyist? MSNBC's Katy Tur Pushes for Congress to Pass Paid Parental Leave

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Watch--Michelle Malkin Confronts Sanctuary County Official: 'Don't You Care About Women?'

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Pinkerton: Democrat Strategist Visits Trump Country to Find the Way to Beat Trump

The headline in The New York Times is nothing if not declarative: “The Republican Party Is Doomed.”  And the first lines of the opinion piece read, “The 2020 election will be transformative like few in our history.  It will end with the death of the Republican Party as we know it.” 

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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wait for the start of a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Trump is wildly unpopular among young adults, in particular young people of color, and nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 believe the presumptive Republican nominee is racist. That’s the finding of a new GenForward poll that also found just 19 percent of young people have a favorable opinion of Trump compared to the three-quarters of young adults who hold a dim view of the New York billionaire. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Trump Celebrates ‘Historic Milestone’ of 150th Judge Confirmed: 'Amazing!'

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Biden Promises to Release Medical Records amid Mounting Health Concerns

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) vowed to release his medical records during a conversation with reporters Friday amid mounting concerns over his general state of health.

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Felicity Huffman 14 Day Jail Sentence Sparks Outrage: 'A Man Spent 36 Years in Prison for Stealing $50 from a Bakery'

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TOPSHOT - Actress Felicity Huffman is seen inside the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles, on March 12, 2019. - Two Hollywood actresses including Oscar-nominated 'Desperate Housewives' star Felicity Huffman are among 50 people indicted in a nationwide university admissions scam, court records unsealed in Boston on March 12, 2019 showed. The accused, who also include chief executives, allegedly cheated to get their children into elite schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.Huffman, 56, and Lori Loughlin, 54, who starred in 'Full House,' are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. A federal judge set bond at $250,000 for Felicity Huffman after she was charged in a massive college admissions cheating scandal. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

Jackson Lee: We're Investigating to 'Educate the Public,' and Find Facts

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Biden: It's Fair to Play the Age Card

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Woman, child wounded in shooting after dispute at Texas pee-wee football game

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Andrew Yang: New 'SNL' cast member Shane Gillis shouldn't lose job over racist remarks

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Saturday that he does not believe that controversial new "Saturday Night Live" cast member Shane Gillis should lose his job over his use of an anti-Chinese slur, adding that he was "happy to sit down and talk" with the comedian.

Obama Netflix Movie Doesn't Mention His Role in Job Loss

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Border Patrol agent wounded, suspect killed in Texas traffic stop shooting

A Border Patrol agent was shot and injured Friday night while conducting a traffic stop near the Texas-Mexico border and another agent shot and killed the gunman, authorities said Saturday.

Dana Loesch Drops the Bomb on Beto for Threatening to ‘Forcibly Steal’ Americans’ Property

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Beto O’Rourke — who it would appear is trying to see just how badly he can lose the Democratic nomination — keeps telling people about their guns. Your hunting rifle — the most popular hunting rifle in the country, that is, and the type that’s rarely used in the commission of a crime — is a “weapon of war.” Furthermore, during Thursday’s debate, he suggested that he and others have previously allowed those of you who own the gun to shoot one another, but he’s decided to stop you now:

“Hell, yes — we’re going to take your AR-15…we’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

So that’s you — the murderin’ type with your military madness.

Beto’s a whole different type: the kind who inherits millions, marries into a half-billion-dollar fortune, and then promises to fight against privileged wealth.

And if you don’t believe him, he’s not afraid to change a tire and prove it (here).

And if you still aren’t convinced he’s down, he can flip a burger and then say the F word (here).

As for the “weapon of war” thing, as I wrote previously, “That’s a nonsense term used to fill incendiary syllables like a similar substance invading a diaper” (For much more, please see my article here).

But is O’Rourke’s turd of a candidacy even real, or a very well-done prank?

Former NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch is erring on the side of caution, so she appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight Friday to address the El Paso native’s new T-shirts:

During Thursday's Democratic Debate in Houston, Presidential Candidate Beto O'Rourke said he's coming for AR-15s and AK-47s, then put a t-shirt up for sale.

SEE MORE HERE: https://t.co/7jakj5IrAb pic.twitter.com/CaP7GAvFVv

— PersonalDefenseWorld (@PersonalHomeDef) September 13, 2019

Speaking to guest host Brian Kilmeade, Dana called Beto’s message a threat to “forcibly steal” Americans’ “lawfully-owned and responsibly-used property.”


“I am absolutely amazed,” she said, “that a lawmaker — that someone running for the highest office in the land — would actually try to raise money off of a threat to the public.”

She’s right — it is absolutely stunning.

Furthermore, Dana asserted that, while Beto is certainly threatening the citizenry, it isn’t a threat for people to say they won’t allow him to take what is theirs:

“And I want to be really clear about this. When you tell law abiding Americans that you are going to forcibly steal their lawfully-owned and responsibly-used property, that’s a threat. And saying that, ‘No you are not, I want to be able to defend myself in return,’ that is not a threat.”

Such an issue did indeed arise on Twitter Thursday, as Texas state representative Briscoe Cain posted this:

Please RETWEET. Representative Briscoe Cain from Texas, tweeted to Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, “ my AR is ready for you Robert Francis.”. Tweet deleted. This should be investigated and Cain should be removed from office. Unbelievable in this climate. #BanAssaultWeapons https://t.co/5wSraDJydA

— cj (@CurrentGOPSucks) September 13, 2019

Loesch also made reference to the infamous Wounded Knee massacre, in which hundreds of men, women, and children of the Lakota Indian tribe were killed by U.S. soldiers:

“[I ]don’t know if that’s what Democrats and Beto O’Rourke are trying to move us towards. I sincerely hope not. I hope they respect the law of the land. I hope they respect the Constitution. But I just find this talk reprehensible, and I think that the party needs to show where they are with Americans and condemn it.”

It also sheds more light, in her view, on red flag laws:

“Beto O’Rourke just tried red-flagging Americans, so I hope all of those Republicans [learn] this is where red flag laws get you.”

As for the T-shirt, people are posting their own in response:

https://t.co/Mvk8e5ugst
Had to add Freedom to the shirt because that is what they are attacking. #HELLNO #BETO

— suesue shinynew (@SShinynew) September 13, 2019

Best response to Beto’s gun grabbing T-Shirt I have seen yet.
“Beto Not” take our guns https://t.co/5CyrjPSOwo pic.twitter.com/tto4ticWz2

— Melissa A. (@TheRightMelissa) September 14, 2019

As Beto's dream of the White House starts burn out like a smelly cigarette, he just helped set record sales for the t-shirt below…. pic.twitter.com/jL8P9xfUiX

— Team WEJ (@TeamWej) September 14, 2019

When I heard Beto say he would take away my AR-15 , I ordered this t-shirt. pic.twitter.com/esB5Dc5kUG

— Fly Fishing Patriot (@ConservativeTEJ) September 14, 2019

A little Doc Holiday for ya there.

It looks as if there’s even a libertarian shirt:

Beto has his shirt.
We have ours.

Get off My Lawn – Premium T-Shirt – Being Libertarian https://t.co/K2XSJvuMSW

— Being Libertarian (@beinlibertarian) September 13, 2019

Beto’s done a bang-up job making himself quickly irrelevant in the race for 2020 White House euphoria. But will his far, far Left antics benefit him in the long run? Let us all know in the Comments section. If y’all can stop shootin’ each other long enough to type.

-ALEX

 

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Does calling Trump a racist make him more likely to win?

Here we find an unusual instance of someone calling for everyone to stop calling President Trump a racist. Well, that’s not unusual in and of itself. Trump’s supporters do that on a daily basis. But what makes this particular incident fall well off the top of the bell curve is that the person saying it is the very liberal WaPo columnist Dana Milbank. Has he suddenly become a Trump supporter? Is he simply trying to be charitable and defend the honor of the Oval Office? Has anyone checked to see if he’s recently fallen and struck his head on something?

No, it’s nothing like that. Milbank is making the argument that the more Democrats call Trump a racist, the more likely a bunch of marginal voters will show up and vote for him next November. And we can’t have that, can we?

President Trump is a horrendous racist. And it’s time for Democrats to stop calling him one.

Counterintuitive? Yes. But substantial evidence shows that labeling Trump “racist” backfires against Democrats. It energizes his supporters without providing any additional motivation to Democrats, and it drives soft partisans — voters who could be up for grabs in 2020 — into Trump’s arms.

This doesn’t mean letting Trump off the hook for being the racist he obviously is; I’ve been using the term for four years because it objectively describes him. But this means talking about his racism in a different way:

Milbank doesn’t simply disagree with Donald Trump’s policies. He hates the man with the burning heat of a blazing star. It shows in virtually everything he writes, so don’t mistake this column for the author trying to cut the President a break. He repeatedly calls Trump a racist himself, while offering no proof beyond the idea that some of the President’s policies designed to enforce existing laws may disproportionately impact minorities.

But what about this idea of his that Trump gathers more support when his political opponents call him a racist? It may not be as crazy as it sounds. He cites one study showing that identifying Trump as racist affected soft voters and those with “high levels of racial resentment” (including moderate and independent whites), driving support for Trump upward. Milbank offers up another recent poll showing very similar results.

It’s actually not all that crazy and falls in line with something I’ve been saying for years. Democrats and liberals constantly overplay the race card to ridiculous levels. When everything is racist, nothing is racist. And when you call everyone you disagree with a racist, nobody is going to listen when the actual racists, Klan members, and neo-nazis show up.

But hey, don’t let that stop you. People were calling him an antisemite all last year, despite a complete lack of examples to support that idea. And if you drive a few more wavering voter’s to hold their noses and vote for Trump, I’m sure he’ll send you a thank you card after his next inauguration.

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“It’s flat-out stereotyping of Muslims and Arabs”: NJ mayor enraged at being questioned on return from Turkey

“It’s flat-out stereotyping of Muslims and Arabs”: NJ mayor enraged at being questioned on return from Turkey
“It’s flat-out insulting,” he said. “It’s flat-out stereotyping of Muslims and Arabs.” Yet Islamic jihadis have committed over 35,000 jihad attacks worldwide since 9/11. Should Muslims be entirely exempt from this questioning? Or should only Muslim mayors be presumed to be stalwart patriots and never questioned? I myself have been detained and questioned more than […]

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Campaign Collapse Coming? Key Donors Reportedly Unimpressed By Performance Of Kamala Harris In Last Debate

Kamala Harris got a slight bump in the polls after the first Democratic debate, but that faded within a matter of weeks.

Her poll numbers are sagging and she has been struggling to regain ground ever since.

She didn’t do herself any favors in the last debate this week either, and some of the donors she will need going forward may not give her financial support.

CNBC reports:

Kamala Harris’ debate performance fails to sway big-money donors

Sen. Kamala Harris’ debate performance on Thursday failed to impress many of her party’s big-money donors who were on the fence about her candidacy.

Going into the Democratic primary debate in Houston, Harris’ closest supporters privately acknowledged that if the senator from California did not come out swinging against her opponents and clearly define her policies, wealthy donors could shy away from her campaign.

Many of them were hoping for a repeat of the aggressive tactics she used in the first debate, when she took on former Vice President Joe Biden for his willingness to work with segregationists as a senator in the 1970s.

Now these sources say that those uncommitted contributors are still not convinced they can dedicate their expansive networks to her cause alone.

Harris has relied on contributors willing to give up to $2,800 — the maximum amount allowable by law — in order to finance her presidential run…

One source close to a political fundraising powerhouse in California, Harris’ home state and a region where she’s dominated in the fundraising game, said Friday that they had been having trouble persuading their donors to back her candidacy before the debate. The negative opinion didn’t change after the debate.

These folks are not alone in their estimation.

Professor William Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection blog said she should have dropped out after the debate:

Kamala Harris’ campaign should have ended tonight at #DemDebate

The Democrat debates are the best thing that ever happened to Donald Trump.

Tonight’s debate in Houston was another example, a mostly sleepy affair in which the two leftist party leaders — Bernie and Warren — further cemented their primary policy of taking private insurance away from almost 150 million people. Some of the lesser contenders called them out on that, as did Biden.

Warren was not much of a presence. She and Bernie are mostly interchangeable at this point. That’s not good for her. Her answer to almost every question is big, evil corporations…

But my big takeaway is that someone’s campaign should have ended tonight. Kamala Harris. Her performance tonight was an embarrassment of canned one- and two-liners bashing Trump, and anecdotal stories about people she’s met.

If it’s true that important donors are backing away from Harris, she could end up dropping out sooner than later.

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A Hit-Making Music Star Announces That He is No Longer a Man

 

 

Every generation has its revelations.

For some among the most recent batch, profundity seems directly linked to single syllable words.

On Friday, music star Sam Smith released something brand new.

His latest project isn’t an album, video, or tour; it’s a request to be referred to by certain pronouns.

That would be, the gender-neutral kind.

He’s finally come to terms with it.

Sam described the new acceptance on Instagram:

“I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f*** it! I understand there will be many mistakes and misgendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now.”

The “Stay with Me” singer said he can’t wait to find out what it’s like to be neither boy nor girl:

“P.S. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am.”

As for that radio hit — which Sam wrote — he’ll presumably have to change the first two lines:

Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand

But I still need love ’cause I’m just a man.

It appears that, for some, a wholly new defining moment of life has entered the zeitgeist: When you’re ready, you make the announcement — are you an “h” subjective pronoun person or an “sh”? Or do you like “they” best of all?

Sam’s gone with option C, and he’s flyin’ high due to the newfound freedom:

“Love you all. I’m scared sh**less, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x”

He also included a list of “activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community” that have helped him find his way to clarity.

Those included television actor Laverne Cox (here), the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Mermaids UK (which “[supports#transgender & #gender variant children & their families”), and @transnormativity.

That last one appears to be the account of an individual serving as an exemplar on the web for the gender neutral and fat-shamed:

View this post on Instagram

there is no singular way to be

A post shared by being queer is not a sin (@transnormativity) on

It’s a new road ahead for Sam Smith. Is this just about pronouns, or something more? We’ll see how the change manifests itself in the future.

-ALEX

 

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