Dead Cats: Turmoil, 08/16/17, (27)25: James Brody

Hanson – A “conservative” foreign policy?;

NORTH KOREA: Cheng – RNOK backs down; Durden – Ukrainian missiles to Korea.

CHARLOTTESVILLE: White – Cruz/Left uses Charlottesville; McAdoo – Soros; Bluestein – Scrub Stone Mountain?; Phillips – Totalitarianism takes the West; Cartillier – Trump defiant; McCarthy – Let Virginia manage things; Bridges – NC topples a statue.

HEALTH CARE – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Pollock – Obama had his list of Russian hacks; Hodges – TX stops abortion funds; Zumbrun – Record household debt.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (08-15-17); D’Souza – The Big Li; Brody – Truths.

 

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Is There Still a Conservative Foreign Policy?”

“Trump did not create the divide in the GOP policy world — he exposed it.

“The Trump victory and the Republican establishment’s mostly negative reaction to it have in matters of foreign policy called into question who is conservative, who not — and whether the old ideological rubrics even matter anymore.
“For all practical purposes, there are no real isolationists today, at least of the 1930s mode. “Isolationism” is more a slur than a description of a common conservative ideology.
“Even a Senator Rand Paul does not wish to unilaterally bow out of NATO — despite what he may say or write to paleo-conservative audiences. Readers of the American Conservative probably do not wish to bring all U.S. troops home from strategic U.S. bases in the spirit of the 1930s (when we actually had lots of bases abroad).
“Rather, neo-isolationism today is akin to something like neo-interventionism of the late 1930s — a guarded willingness, mostly in reactive and defensive fashion, to use force only for perceived American interests abroad, without committing U.S. military resources in service to other nations or causes other than narrow American interests, however defined.
“Note the paradox in the present controversies over H. R. McMaster: His nominally neo-isolationist and “America first” critics thought McMaster was too soft on Iran (he purportedly favored a reactive “let Iran break the deal and then pounce” approach). Instead, they advocated preemptively nullifying the Iran Deal — a move that could bring matters to an interventionist head and more quickly square Iran off against the U.S. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450461/conservative-foreign-policy-trump-exposed-divide

Michael Brendan Dougherty, NRO: “Let Ukraine Defend Itself”
“Say an expert tells you that if you don’t follow his advice, the world or a substantial part of it might go up in flames. You do nothing, and two years later no fire is apparent — but the same expert returns, offering the same advice. Would you take his suggestion the second time around?
“That is roughly the position of those who argue that we must arm Ukraine. Two years ago the Brookings Institution put out a proposal for arming Ukraine and warned that failing to do so could bring about “worldwide conflagration.” If you haven’t noticed, most of us are still walking about.
“Yet in the last month, calls have come again for arming Ukraine. These were cheered, predictably, by Russia hawks such as Senator John McCain — and seconded by critics of my recent piece urging a different course of action. It seems appropriate to answer them.
“Casey Michel, writing here at National Review, disputes my characterization of Ukraine as “not a particularly admirable state.” His rebuttal amounts to an assertion that the Ukrainian government’s fight against Russian-backed secessionists is evidence enough that it’s worthy of support.

“I don’t think so. Ukraine’s post-independence history has been marked by political instability, corrupt leadership, disputed elections, and dissolved parliaments. Some of this was due to Russian interference. Much of it reflected a native capacity for disorder. Ukraine’s recent treatment of crimes committed during the Maidan strikes even sympathetic observers as having the quality of partisan “revolutionary justice.”
“Why should we assume that pro-Western forces will remain in power in Kiev when they’ve been undone by their own corruption before? Do we know that any successor to the pro-Moscow Party of the Regions will be excluded from power? And if it is, will this be accomplished using means consistent with democratic norms?
“As for fighting Russians, I’m not sure that alone qualifies a country for American respect and support. If America supplies arms, will the Ukrainian government pass them on to militias such as the Azov Battalion, which is made up of fascists who fight Russians while wearing symbols such as the wolfsangel and the “Black Sun,” last sported in Europe by the Nazis and their SS. . . “
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450491/arming-ukraine-still-bad-idea

NORTH KOREA

Jonathan Cheng, WSJ: “North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat”

“Kim Jong Un warns he could change his mind if the U.S. persists in ‘extremely dangerous reckless actions’

“(For a deeper analysis of the issues in this story, please see “North Korea Backs Off Threat to Hit Guam”)

“The report, published early Tuesday, could help dial back tensions that had spiraled last week following an exchange of threats between North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Mr. Trump warned Pyongyang last week that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” and could engulf the North in “fire and fury,” while North Korea, through its state media, had threatened to fire four missiles in a bid to surround the U.S. territory of Guam in “enveloping fire.”

“North Korean state media said in its report Tuesday that Mr. Kim had made his decision not to fire on Guam after visiting a military command post and examining a military plan presented to him by his senior officers.

“While Mr. Kim said he had decided not to launch the attack on Guam yet, he advised the U.S. “to take into full account” whether the current standoff was to its benefit. He also said it was incumbent on the U.S. to “stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer” . . .

https://www.wsj.com/articles/north-korea-backs-off-guam-missile-attack-threat-1502751054

Replay from 8/14/17: Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “NYT Shocking Report: US ‘Ally’ Ukraine Is Source of North Korean Missile Engines”

“When the US State Department supported Ukraine domestic forces and nationalist elements to stage a successful and deadly coup against then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, the outcome was supposed to be a nation that is a undisputed US ally and persistent threat, distraction and non-NATO opponent to bordering Russia. Instead, it now appears that it has been Ukraine which was, as the NYT writes, the secret behind the success of North Korea’s ballistic missile program.

Specifically, in a blockbuster report this morning, the NYT alleges that North Korea has been making black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory citing “expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies.”

“‘The studies may solve the mystery of how North Korea began succeeding so suddenly after a string of fiery missile failures, some of which may have been caused by American sabotage of its supply chains and cyberattacks on its launches. After those failures, the North changed designs and suppliers in the past two years, according to a new study by Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.’

“According to the report, analysts who studied photographs of Kim Jong-un, inspecting the new rocket motors concluded that they derive from designs that once powered the Soviet Union’s missile fleet. ‘The engines were so powerful that a single missile could hurl 10 thermonuclear warheads between continents.’

“Since the alleged engines have been linked to only a few former Soviet sites, government investigators and experts have focused their inquiries on a missile factory in Dnipro, Ukraine, on the edge of the territory where Russia is fighting a low-level war to break off part of Ukraine. During the Cold War, the factory made the deadliest missiles in the Soviet arsenal, including the giant SS-18. It remained one of Russia’s primary producers of missiles even after Ukraine gained independence. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-14/nyt-shocking-report-us-ally-ukraine-source-north-korean-missile-engines

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Jamie White, NewsWars: “Cruz: Left Using Charlottesville to Label GOP as ‘Crazy, Racist Nutbags’”

HT InfoWars

The Democrats and the mainstream media are seizing the issues surrounding the violence in Charlottesville to depict Republicans and conservatives as “crazy, racist nutbags,” says Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

“The media and the Democrats, to the surprise of no one, [are] demagoguing this issue and using it for political advantage,” Cruz said in a radio interview Tuesday on the Mark Davis Show.

“In the media’s telling, they want to tar and feather any Republican, any conservative, and paint us as these crazy, racist nutbags.”

“Violence erupted Saturday between white nationalists and Antifa in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the former group was protesting the removal of a statue of Civil War general Robert E. Lee.

“One woman died and 19 others were injured after 20-year old James Alex Fields plowed a car into a group of Antifa counter-protesters amid the chaos. . .”

https://newswars.com/cruz-left-using-charlottesville-to-label-gop-as-crazy-racist-nutbags

Lee Ann McAdoo, InfoWars: “BOMBSHELL CONNECTION BETWEEN CHARLOTTESVILLE, SOROS, CIA”

“Nazi collaborator Soros funding division in America just like Ukraine

“As demonstrated this weekend, a civil war is brewing in this country, laying the foundation for a violent coup to take out Trump.

“Soros-funded NGO’s have been able to achieve regime change in other countries by quite literally teaming up with Neo-nazis and “moderate” terrorists.

Now, investigative reporter Lee Stranahan reveals the same players involved in the Ukraine overthrow are working behind the scenes to oust President Trump.”

https://www.infowars.com/bombshell-connection-between-charlottesville-soros-cia/

Greg Bluestein, AJC: “Abrams calls for removal of Confederate faces off Stone Mountain”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called for the removal of the giant carving that depicts three Confederate war leaders on the face of state-owned Stone Mountain, saying it “remains a blight on our state and should be removed.”

“We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the union,” Abrams said in a series of tweets posted early Tuesday, a response to the deadly violence sparked by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Va.

“Removing the faces of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson would take a monster of a sandblaster and require a change in state law. The Georgia code has a clear mandate for the memorial, saying it should be ‘preserved and protected for all time as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the citizens of this state who suffered and died in their cause.’ . . .”

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/08/15/abrams-calls-for-removal-of-confederate-faces-off-stone-mountain/

Melanie Phillips, “HOW TOTALITARIANISM IS WINNING IN THE WEST”

“Credit to the left-leaning Atlantic magazine for running a piece by Peter Beinart, who has actually looked at what is happening in American society and reached an uncomfortable conclusion which would be hard to find elsewhere in the media – and which is all-too pertinent in the wake of Charlottesville.

“For Beinart warns that the left is lurching into totalitarianism and violence. ‘Antifa’ purport to be anti-fascist. But they define as fascist anyone they disagree with including mainstream conservatives. Hence their violent suppression of commentators and scholars such as the conservative columnist Ann Coulter, the Breitbart controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos and the political scientist Charles Murray.

“What Antifa most certainly do not do is defend democracy, freedom and liberal values. As Beinart observes:

‘Since antifa is heavily composed of anarchists, its activists place little faith in the state, which they consider complicit in fascism and racism. They prefer direct action: They pressure venues to deny white supremacists space to meet. They pressure employers to fire them and landlords to evict them. And when people they deem racists and fascists manage to assemble, antifa’s partisans try to break up their gatherings, including by force.’

“If this was just a bunch of anarchists, the problem wouldn’t be so bad. What takes this onto a different level altogether is the fact that the mainstream left does not disavow Antifa but tolerates, sanitises and condones it. . .”

http://www.melaniephillips.com/totalitarianism-winning-west/

Jerome Cartillier, YAHOO!: Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: ‘Blame on both sides’”

“. . . In a rowdy exchange with journalists at Trump Tower in New York, Trump made clear on Tuesday that he was fed up with continued questioning about the issue.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said.

His new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former Marine general, appeared displeased during the president’s long tirade, standing rigidly.

“You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now,” Trump continued.

“What about the alt-left that came charging… at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? (…) There are two sides to a story.”

“What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day,” Trump said. . .”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-defiant-charlottesville-unrest-blame-both-sides-224328958.html

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Let Virginia Prosecute the Charlottesville Terrorism”

“Domestic acts of violent crime are typically the purview of the states, not the feds.
“One of the odder sidelines of this weekend’s murderous vehicular attack in Charlottesville, which killed a young woman and injured at least 19 others, has been pointed media questioning of Trump-administration officials about terrorism. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked about it on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday morning. Sunday, in appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press and ABC’s This Week, General H. R. McMaster, the White House national-security adviser, was pressed on the matter.
“Let’s be clear: This line of inquiry is political, not legal.
“As a legal matter, to question whether the attack qualifies as terrorism is akin to asking whether the sky is blue. A 20-year-old neo-Nazi, James Alex Field Jr., plowed a car into a crowd of opposition protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The act easily meets federal law’s definition of domestic terrorism. Codified in Section 2331(5) of the penal code, the concept includes:

‘activities that (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are in violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; . . . and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.’

“You probably noticed that I used the word concept in explaining the federal criminal law’s take on domestic terrorism. I did not say crime. Domestic terrorism is not a federal criminal offense. Federal law reserves criminalization mainly for international terrorism — which involves the same kind of violent intimidation, but only when it transcends national borders or occurs outside our country.
“Given the plethora of activity regulated and criminalized by federal law, the omission of domestic terrorism seems strange at first blush. But there are sound policy reasons for it.
“Terrorism is often bound up with dissent against our country and our government’s policies. When this activity is driven by foreign forces, it often implicates the first responsibility of the federal government: to protect against alien threats to our national security.
“Yet, when protest is internal, when it is engaged in by Americans against the government and other groups of Americans, it often involves constitutionally protected political speech and assembly. Moreover, our regard for the privacy interests of our fellow Americans — even those who have come to hold their own country in contempt — is considerably higher than it is for foreign actors, and that limits the degree of surveillance and other police intrusion we are willing to abide. After all, the Constitution is a guarantee of the inherent rights of Americans; it does not grant those rights, and therefore the government, in upholding the Constitution, does not get to pick and choose which Americans are protected. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450467/charlottesville-terrorist-attack-virginia-should-prosecute-not-feds

Virginia Bridges, Herald Sun: “Protesters topple Confederate soldier statue in downtown Durham”

“DURHAM: “A protest in downtown Durham on Monday night left a statue of a Confederate soldier erected nearly a century ago crumpled on the ground.

“Sheriff’s deputies recorded the event but did not intervene as a protester climbed a ladder and slipped a yellow, bungie-like cord around the soldier’s head and arm and a group pulled the cord.

“The statue did a somersault, collapsing against the stone pedestal in front of the old county courthouse on East Main Street.

“Protesters cheered and started to kick the crumpled mass. . .”

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article167201667.html

Also – Casey Toth & Virginia Bridges, Herald Sun: “Raw Video: Confederate statue toppled by protesters in Durhamhttp://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article167201667.html

Also – Jeff Paul, DFW CBS Local: “Dallas Group Forms To Protect Confederate Monuments”

“. . . Several cities across America have now begun to remove or talk about removing Confederate markers shortly after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly.

“Former city council member Sandra Crenshaw thinks removing the statues won’t help.

“‘I’m not intimidated by Robert E. Lee’s statue. I’m not intimidated by it. It doesn’t scare me,’ said Crenshaw. ‘We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this.’

“Crenshaw, along with some Buffalo Solider historians and Sons of Confederate Veterans are coming together to help protect the Confederate markers from toppling over in Dallas. . .”

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/08/14/dallas-group-forms-to-protect-confederate-monuments/

HEALTH CARE

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Richard Pollock, Daily Caller: “EXCLUSIVE: Obama Never Told 21 States Russians Were Hacking Their Voting Systems”

HT Infowars!

“. . . The testimony of Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence stunned NAAS.

“We have evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted,” she said. (RELATED: Obama Knew In 2014 Of Russian Attempts To Disrupt Elections)

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican from Vice President Mike Pence’s home state, said she was shocked to learn of the hacking during the hearing and incredulous that federal officials have provided no further information.

“Well it is extraordinary and is somewhat ridiculous,” Lawson said. “It’s frustration beyond belief. I have never heard from any secretaries of state and I believe that NASS has not heard either from any secretary that they have been told that their state was one the states that was targeted during the 2016 election,” she said.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/15/exclusive-obama-never-told-21-states-russians-were-hacking-their-voting-systems/

Fr. Mark Hodges, Lifesite: “BREAKING: Texas permanently bans taxpayer funding of abortion”

“. . . ‘As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” Gov. Abbott said. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.’ . . .”

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-texas-permanently-bans-taxpayer-funding-of-abortion

Josh Zumbrun, WSJ: “Household Debt Hits Record as Auto Loans and Credit Cards Climb”

“Total debt figure is 67% of the second quarter’s nominal gross domestic product

U.S. household debt reached a new record of $12.8 trillion in the second quarter, driven by rising mortgage debt, a strong quarter for auto loan originations, and an uptick in credit-card balances, which reached their highest level since 2009.

Today’s report marked the 12th consecutive quarterly increase in household debt, as Americans continue to re-embrace credit as the financial crisis recedes into memory. The total volume of debt is now $1.7 trillion higher than it was in 2013, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s quarterly report on household debt and credit.

“While overall debt has increased, the figures aren’t adjusted for the growth of the population or the economy. Total debt was 67% of the nominal gross domestic product in the second quarter, down from as high as 87% in 2009.

“The increase partly reflects renewed confidence in the economy, as Americans are more willing to purchase homes and borrow to fuel consumer spending. But there are signs that some households are becoming overstretched, with a rising share of credit cards going delinquent each quarter. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/household-debt-hits-record-as-auto-loans-and-credit-cards-climb-1502809205

 

RECOMMENDED:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

MARK LEVIN (08-15-17)

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.

“Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

Truths? James Brody

Chris Stigall this morning described the Union League as a guardian for Lincoln and his troops. Another story: the “War Between the States” was not a “civil war” nor one about slavery. Lincoln was elected and New York immediately announced its intentions to withdraw from the Union if the South did not have to pay tariffs. Lincoln chose war. Blacks were recruited by Lincoln when he ran out of white recruits. And after the War, Union League members invaded southern states and drove farmers off their property. The Klan was born to defend southerners from the Union League. And slaves were rarely a good investment: farmers bought them because the next farmer up the road had them.

See Adams, Charles (2000) When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession. Lanham, Maryland: Roman & Littlefield; DiLorenzo, Thomas (2003) The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War. NY: Three Rivers Press. (8/28/10).

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Dead Cats: Proxies, 08/14/17, (27)24: James Brody

Kelly-Detwiler- EMP; McCarthy – McMaster; Williamson – Mitch?”

NORTH KOREA: Durden – Ukraine builds rockets for NKor; Drudge Links 08-14-17.

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Richmond Times Herald – Malevolence; Ledeen – We shall have more; Reeves – “Secede!” Drudge Links 08-14-17.

HEALTH CARE – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Washington Times – Deeper swamp; Crudele – Comey blew it; WSJ – Unmasking Samantha; Phillips – Dome of the Rock;  Spencer – Tillerson pro-Islam.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (08-11-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie; Science Daily – Stone-Paper-Scissors by chimps.

 

Iran in place of Russia, North Korea in place of China?

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Forbes, “Failure to Protect U.S. against Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Could Make 9/11 Look Trivial Someday”

HT Bill Cunningham

“. . . Since then, there have been an enormous increase in our dependency on electronics, computers, and microelectronics.  An attack may never happen.  But the more vulnerable the U.S. is to such an attack, the more likely it is to be used against us.  In the former days, we worried about Russia.  Now we have to be concerned about North Korea and Iran. These could be launched from a not-so-elaborate container ship.  The rocket doesn’t have to be accurate.  It just has to go up.  It’s well within the capability of even an earlier Scud missile, of which thousands have been produced – it just has to have nuclear weapon on top (Author’s note – just this month, the ISIS paraded what they claimed was a captured Scud missile in Syria. U.S. intelligence officials indicate it is likely not operational. Meanwhile, North Korea launched more missiles in July, among numerous launches this year).

“Graham expressed concern that Iran also has this offensive capability within their arsenal, and perhaps within their current military doctrine as well.

“We have data indicating that the Iranians have launched their versions of Scuds off of the Caspian Sea – not from land, but from the sea – and launched them over land.  And we’ve also seen them launch missiles that have gone up and apparently exploded near their highest altitude – when you put those two ideas together – that is an EMP attack. . .”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2014/07/31/protecting-the-u-s-against-the-electromagnetic-pulse-threat-a-continued-failure-of-leadership-could-make-911-look-trivial-someday/#6ad49cc17a14

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “McMaster and the Challenge of Sharia Supremacism”

“Like his familiar bipartisan Beltway camp, he underestimates the threat.

“. . .General McMaster is the main man at the National Security Council. That is a White House staff position. More than any place else in the executive branch, a president should have the people with whom he is most comfortable on his staff. In this administration, though, we reasonably expect that the national-security adviser is at least as much policy maker as policy implementer. We must consequently care what he thinks more than we ordinarily might.

“I confess I cannot work up much angst over two of the strikes counted against McMaster by Trump’s most ardent fans — who, feeling betrayed, direct their wrath at the national-security adviser rather than the guy elected to call the shots.
“McMaster advocates upholding Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. I was as energetic a naysayer on the pact as anyone. That, however, was because I understood that Obama’s objective was to change the facts on the ground so dramatically that no successor could undo the deal. Personally, I would renounce it. I don’t get how the administration can bring itself to reaffirm the deal every 90 days (as the law mandates), since doing so requires saying two things that are not true: Tehran is in compliance, and continuation of the self-defeating arrangement is in our national-security interests. But candidate Trump was never consistently clear on how he would handle this; and McMaster does not really support the deal — he thinks it’s a lousy commitment we need to hold our nose and honor until we find an advantageous off-ramp. Obama so front-loaded the deal that Iran has already gotten much of the benefit; my misgivings aside, I can’t find too much fault in people who, for the time being, want to hold the mullahs to their paltry obligations.
“I also can’t get whipped up about McMaster’s sign-off on a security clearance for Susan Rice. That wasn’t a one-off, as it’s been portrayed. Rice’s was among a stack of pro forma clearance extensions for former national-security officials so they can be consulted by their successors. It’s not like McMaster is in regular mind-melds with Rice — he’s not. Again, no one has been more vocal than I in seeking disclosure of Rice’s role in the unmasking of Americans in intel reporting, and the possible connection of the unmasking to political spying. But as I’ve also contended, what Rice did was not a crime, and whether it amounted to an abuse of power depends on the circumstances — which the Trump administration is in a position to tell us but has chosen not to. You don’t strip people of security clearances because you disagree with them politically; you do it if you have evidence that they abused their privileged access. So, let’s see it . . . or stop complaining about it.
“The policy problem I have with McMaster involves Islam. It’s the same problem I’ve had with Washington for 25 years. I should be less concerned about McMaster’s views on Islam because it is one of the few subjects on which candidate Trump purported to have real convictions. He was going to force us to come to grips with “radical Islamic terrorism.” Alas, as I pointed out during and after the campaign, this might be a sign of real resolve; or, in the alternative, Trump might have no idea what he was talking about — it might be another exhibition of his talent to sense the divide between irate Americans and their smug government, and to tell the former what they want to hear.
“Islam is not going away, we have to deal with it. In figuring out how, desirous of not giving gratuitous offense to Muslims, we’ve overcomplicated something that is actually pretty simple: Islam must be seen either as (1) a big problem that we have to work around, or (2) a part of the solution to our security challenge. I am in the first camp. McMaster seems solidly in the second, and the ‘principled realism’ speech in Saudi Arabia shows the president leaning his way. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450426/h-r-mcmaster-islam-he-minimizes-threat-sharia-supremacism

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “What about It, Mitch?”
“The congressional GOP is AWOL.

“Donald Trump is on the hunt for a scapegoat, and he has settled on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. He isn’t entirely wrong to do so.

“As a candidate, Trump promised big doings: repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with — well, he was never very clear on that point. He promised big tax reform and sweeping regulatory reform, improved trade terms, and a big, beautiful wall paid for by a magical surcharge on Mexicans. None of that has come to pass, and Trump, who is constitutionally incapable of acknowledging his own surfeit of personal and professional failures, blames Congress.
Trump presented himself to the voters as a master negotiator and dealmaker, but that of course was the character he played on television, not the actual man. Trump cannot sit down with congressional Republicans — much less a bipartisan coalition — and negotiate a deal on health-care reform. The reasons for this are straightforward: There is disagreement among Republicans about what policies should be forwarded, and President Trump does not know what he himself thinks about any of them, because he does not think anything about any of them, because he doesn’t know about them. Trump does not do details — he does adjectives. He wants a “terrific” health-care system. So does Bernie Sanders, but the two of them don’t agree on what that means in practice. At least, they don’t agree anymore: Trump has in the past endorsed the same single-payer system that the grumpy little socialist Muppet from Vermont prefers, which he, or whoever writes the books published under his name, described at some length in his 2000 offering The America We Deserve. He pointed to Canada as an example of how health care in the United States should be organized. He might even have believed that for a week or two, but Trump is simply too lazy to do the intellectual work necessary to develop a coherent position beyond his facile superlatives. Trump’s lazy ignorance encompasses much more than health care. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450391/mitch-mcconnell-senate-majority-leader-congressional-republicans-opposition-party-donald-trump-speaker-house-paul-ryan

NORTH KOREA

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “NYT Shocking Report: US ‘Ally’ Ukraine Is Source of North Korean Missile Engines”

“When the US State Department supported Ukraine domestic forces and nationalist elements to stage a successful and deadly coup against then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, the outcome was supposed to be a nation that is a undisputed US ally and persistent threat, distraction and non-NATO opponent to bordering Russia. Instead, it now appears that it has been Ukraine which was, as the NYT writes, the secret behind the success of North Korea’s ballistic missile program.

Specifically, in a blockbuster report this morning, the NYT alleges that North Korea has been making black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory citing “expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies.”

“‘The studies may solve the mystery of how North Korea began succeeding so suddenly after a string of fiery missile failures, some of which may have been caused by American sabotage of its supply chains and cyberattacks on its launches. After those failures, the North changed designs and suppliers in the past two years, according to a new study by Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.’

“According to the report, analysts who studied photographs of Kim Jong-un, inspecting the new rocket motors concluded that they derive from designs that once powered the Soviet Union’s missile fleet. ‘The engines were so powerful that a single missile could hurl 10 thermonuclear warheads between continents.’

“Since the alleged engines have been linked to only a few former Soviet sites, government investigators and experts have focused their inquiries on a missile factory in Dnipro, Ukraine, on the edge of the territory where Russia is fighting a low-level war to break off part of Ukraine. During the Cold War, the factory made the deadliest missiles in the Soviet arsenal, including the giant SS-18. It remained one of Russia’s primary producers of missiles even after Ukraine gained independence. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-14/nyt-shocking-report-us-ally-ukraine-source-north-korean-missile-engines

Drudge Links 08-14-17

KIM ‘ON STANDBY TO LAUNCH’…
From submarines?
Guam leader backs ‘punch in the nose’ for Pyongyang…
Top US military officer warns…
Xi Grapples With Kim Support…
China bans imports…
Gorka compares Holocaust to NKorea threats…

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Richmond Times Dispatch: “Editorial: Malevolence and Mayhem in Charlottesville”

“It should not have been too much to hope that Charlottesville’s atmosphere of cerebral gentility could withstand the temporary invasion of a backward mob, however cretinous. But even among those who doubted that the demonstration by white supremacists could unfold peacefully, few likely anticipated the horrific scope of the violence that erupted. The blackhearted spirit of the alt-right movement mars whatever it touches — and in Charlottesville it did much worse than that.

Even before Friday night was over, fights were breaking out around the University of Virginia, which white-power marchers defiled with a torchlit rally that would not have looked out of place in Nuremburg. On Saturday morning more white nationalists rolled into town, some dressed up as soldiers, some heavily armed, and at least one wearing a quote from Aldolf Hitler. They were met by masses of counterprotesters, including those from the so-called Antifa movement. (The name is short for anti-fascist, although the group’s behavior is sometimes anything but.)

“The ostensible reason for the rally — Charlottesville’s recent controversy over what to do with its Confederate monuments — merely provided a pretext, a convenient catalyst for neo-segregationist hell-raising. Soon the racists and some counter-protesters were brawling, chucking water bottles at one another, and gassing one another with pepper spray. That was rightly too much for local officials, who pronounced the mobs unlawful assemblies, and for Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who declared a state of emergency.

“Law enforcement moved in. But despite the best efforts of the police, a car careened into a crowd of counterprotesters marching downtown, killing at least one person and injuring at least 19 more. From the video, it looked like a premeditated, cold-blooded act of mayhem. Of, indeed, terrorism — no different from the Bastille Day truck attackin Nice, France. Had been carried out by, say, a Muslim immigrant, nobody would call it anything else.

Donald Trump condemned the hate and the violence, though he undermined his own words by falsely treating all sides as equally culpable. . .”

http://www.richmond.com/opinion/our-opinion/editorial-malevolence-and-mayhem-in-charlottesville/article_b7bc2151-8147-55f4-8946-c026146d09c0.html

Michael Ledeen, PJM: “We’ll Have More Charlottesvilles”

“. . . It’s a beautiful campus and a charming town. Just the sort of place you’d expect to be the locus of Mr. Jefferson’s university. And the tumult there puts me in mind of Jefferson’s unhappy experience as university president. I once spent a productive day in the UV archives, which tell the story.

“Jefferson was a passionate believer in democracy at all levels of public life, and it made perfect ideological sense to him that the students should run the university. His university. They should make the basic decisions, from choosing their professors to deciding what they should study. After all, if the people were really going to rule, they were best qualified to judge how the place should be run, weren’t they? Jefferson institutionalized it. With the same predictably bad results as we get nowadays when the kids get their hands on their own schools.

“It went bad quite quickly, as you’d expect. Just as now, the students took to the lawns when they didn’t get what they wanted, and order had to be imposed. All of which forced Jefferson to reconsider, and he redid the governance system at UV. No more student rule. Their elders and betters would make the academic decisions. Including Jefferson himself. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/2017/08/13/well-have-more-charlottesvilles/

Jay Reeves, WBRC: “Rebel yell: Southern nationalists again crying ‘secede’”

“BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – As 21st century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th century Confederate rebellion, some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederates tried and failed to do: secede from the Union.

It’s not an easy argument to win, and it’s not clear how much support the idea has: The leading Southern nationalist group, the Alabama-based League of the South, has been making the same claim for more than two decades and still has an address in the U.S.A., not the C.S.A.

“But the idea of a break-away Southern nation persists.

“The League of the South’s longtime president, retired university professor Michael Hill of Killen, Alabama, posted a message in July that began, ‘Fight or die white man’ and went on to say Southern nationalists seek ‘nothing less than the complete reconquest and restoration of our patrimony – the whole, entire South.’

“‘And that means the South will once again be in name and in actuality White Man’s Land. A place where we and our progeny can enjoy Christian liberty and the fruits of our own labor, unhindered by parasitical ‘out groups,’’ said Hill’s message, posted on the group’s Facebook page a day after a rally in support of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. . .”

http://www.wbrc.com/story/36117377/rebel-yell-southern-nationalists-again-crying-secede

Drudge Links 08-14-17

Rally organizer chased away by protesters during press conference…
Fear of ‘violent left’ preceded events in Charlottesville…
GODADDY bans neo-Nazi site…
Now Seattle heats up…
NEXT: Kentucky mayor wants to remove Confederate statues…
Councilman calls for Baltimore monuments to be destroyed…
Richmond protesters scream ‘take down’…
Sides Clash In Dallas… 

HEALTH CARE

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Notice the abundant ads on radio and television for products that enhance your looks, stamina, or sexual abilities . . . somebody tell McConnell . . .and Trump!

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Washington Times: “Deeper into the Swamp”

“Fair’s fair, Hillary and her campaign deserve their own investigation

“Democrats are big fans of special prosecutors, especially this year, so maybe Hillary Clinton deserves the scrutiny Robert Mueller and his lawyers are giving Donald Trump & Co. Since nearly all of Mr. Mueller’s lawyers contributed to Hillary’s campaign, they might leap at the opportunity to see how their money was spent. Or maybe Hillary deserves a special prosecutor of her own.

“The only candidate found to have committed “extremely careless” breaches of national security protocols, after all, was Hillary herself, James Comey’s decision not to seek prosecution notwithstanding. There’s lots of colluding (along with the canoodling) in a swamp.

“Tossing an accusation into an accuser’s face without batting an eye is an exceptional skill. Regular folks caught in wrongdoing quail with self-mortification triggered by a guilty conscience. Not everyone has a conscience, nor have the Democrats and Republicans who inhabit our swamp.

“Collusion can be a sign of corruption, but so far the only whiff of corruption anyone is known to have sniffed in Trumpworld is from Donald Jr.’s taking delight in the prospect of finding proof that Hillary benefited from dirty dealing.

“Authentic collusion was more likely in that secret meeting between Loretta Lynch, then the attorney general, and Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport just when the Justice Department was wrapping up its investigation of Hillary’s slipshod handling of classified information on her private email server. The Obama administration brushed off suggestions that the meeting was anything more nefarious than that Bubba and the lady bumped into each other and were overwhelmed by an urge to talk about Bubba’s new grandchild and his golf game.

“But there’s always someone to smell something on the bottom of someone’s shoe. Freedom of Information Act requests from Judicial Watch and the American Center for Law and Justice have just scored the release of 413 pages of relevant material that Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department first denied even existed.

“The new material reveals that Ms. Lynch hid behind an email alias called ‘Elizabeth Carlisle’ when communicating with others about that tarmac meeting, but not much more. That’s because it was mostly blacked out — evidence that Democrats’ control of the deep state is so complete that the facts about the runway run-in are as cleverly hidden as if Hillary were in the Oval Office after all. . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/9/editorial-deeper-into-the-swamp/

John Crudele, NY Post: “Comey botched the Hillary Clinton email investigation

“. . . I am a retired FBI agent and extremely proud of my career and service. I feel compelled to write. Former FBI Director James Comey’s statements, testimony and behavior are truly abhorrent.

“Comey admitted under oath before Congress that the bureau did not utilize a federal grand jury in the Hillary e-mail investigation.

“Furthermore, he testified that in his experience, when dealing with attorneys, you can obtain information easier and faster than via a federal grand jury.

“Never, I repeat never, in my 25-year career have I or any FBI agent known to me investigated a criminal case without the use of a federal grand jury, federal grand jury subpoenas, search warrants, etc.

“Search warrants and/or subpoenas should have been executed at Clinton’s residences in Chappaqua and Washington and at Platte River

“In fact, Comey frequently cites his vast experience. Well, I am certain that in every case with which he was involved (except this one, conveniently) he employed the use of a federal grand jury and all of the authority that encompasses.

“Comey’s parsing of words to justify his cowardly decision was awkward and juvenile. . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/08/12/comey-botched-the-hillary-clinton-email-investigation/

WSJ: “Unmasking Samantha Power”

“We still don’t know why Obama officials needed to know the names of so many Trump officials.

“Of all the Russia storms raging around Donald Trump —the Christopher Steele dossier, the email to Don Jr. promising dirt on Hillary Clinton —there is still only one clear felony we know about: the leaking of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s name after someone had identified him from a classified intelligence report. Funny how this is a scandal no one seems interested in.

“Well, almost no one. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, recently sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence with some startling information. The committee has learned that ‘one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration.’

“Unmasking is simply an official requesting the identity of an American whose name has been redacted from an intelligence report. There is nothing inherently wrong with unmasking, and law enforcement, intelligence operatives and policy makers can have a legitimate need to know who these Americans are.

“But protecting the privacy rights of American citizens as well as not revealing which foreigners U.S. intelligence is targeting is also crucial, which is why U.S. government officials are supposed to give good and specific reason for seeking the identity of a redacted American. Yet in all but one of the requests for names from top-level Obama officials, Mr. Nunes writes, the language was ‘boilerplate’ and did not specify why the official needed to know the names.

“The House committee has not identified the Trump people who were unmasked. Nor has it identified the ‘one official’ who made those hundreds of requests. But it’s pretty obvious this was Samantha Power, Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations. (Emph added, jb) . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/unmasking-samantha-power-1502492067

Melanie Phillips: INCITEMENT, LIES AND THE STRANGE ECLIPSE OF THE DOME OF THE ROCK”

“In the wake of the recent violence over Temple Mount, a reader wrote to tell me something I hadn’t realised.

“I had wrongly assumed that the al Aqsa mosque as well as the Dome of the Rock were built on top of the actual site of the Jewish Temple. In fact, only the Dome of the Rock is situated on top of where the Temple itself stood. Al Aqsa, which was built later, squats on the southern end of Temple Mount which was extended by Herod.

“This raised a question in my mind. As we all know, the Arab and Muslim world incites murderous violence against Israel by claiming (entirely falsely) that al Aqsa is “in danger” from the Israelis. They use the term al Aqsa as a synonym for the whole area of Temple Mount and not just the mosque of that name.

“But since the Dome of the Rock is a religious shrine, a site of private prayer and pilgrimage; and since it was deliberately built on top of the Jewish Temple in order to bury it both literally and figuratively; and since the Dome of the Rock is a more magnificent edifice and older than al Aqsa, why is it barely mentioned other than in passing? Why is al Aqsa classified as the third holiest Islamic place after Mecca and Medina? Why is it only al Aqsa for which the Arab and Muslim world goes to war against the Jews?. . .”

http://www.melaniephillips.com/incitement-lies-strange-eclipse-dome-rock/

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: Tillerson’s State Department hosts Hamas-linked CAIR, radical Islamic groups

Posted August 10, 2017 08:38 PM by Jordan Schachtel

“This is the kind of thing that should have ended with the inception of the ‘Drain the Swamp’ administration. Unfortunately, Trump appointed too many people who did not share his vision, and so that vision is not being implemented, and Obama holdovers are still in charge.

“OPEN SUPPORTERS OF HAMAS TERROR GROUP MEET WITH STATE OFFICIALS.

“The Council on American Islamic Relations, a Hamas-tied Muslim Brotherhood front group, met with officials from the State Department Thursday to discuss the ongoing situation in Jerusalem, the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) posted online.

“The delegation was brought together by an umbrella conglomerate of Islamist outfits known as the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). They went to the State Dept. to discuss the ‘ongoing Al-Aqsa Mosque crisis and Israel’s denial of religious freedom in Jerusalem, which is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths,’ the AMP website said. . .”

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/tillersons-state-department-hosts-cair-radical-islamic-groups

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/08/tillersons-state-department-hosts-hamas-linked-cair-radical-islamic-groups

 

RECOMMENDED:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

MARK LEVIN (08-11-17)

On Friday’s Mark Levin show, The situation with North Korea is very dangerous. Past presidents dropped the ball on this and President Trump has every right to be frustrated with how they handled North Korea. People like Bill Cohen, Susan Rice, John Brennan and James Clapper are complaining how Trump is handling the situation when they did nothing about this crisis before Trump was in office. They should be questioned by the media like CNN and MSNBC as to why.

“Also, everyone thinks China is going to assist us in dealing with North Korea. This is the same China saying India better prepare for war and threatening Japan. Where is Congress? Congress has a role to play and should pass a spending bill funding the Department of Defense.

“After that, Jeffery Lord, calls in to talk about his firing from CNN. CNN has done Media Matters’ dirty work. Their purpose is to destroy anybody that disagrees with the Democrats. Lord has tried to stand up to Media Matters and of course they tried to destroy them. Angelo Carusone of Media Matters is the person behind Lord’s firing and has attacked Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh in the past. He is the one who is behaving as a fascist and has done enormous damage to those who embrace Americanism.

“In addition, we cannot make progress in restoring the country as long as Mitch McConnell is leading in the Senate. McConnell he is a power hungry obstructer, and failed to stop Barack Obama in any respect. When it came to Obama’s agenda such as massive cuts to the military budget and the Iran Deal, he paved the way. He can’t get things done because he doesn’t want to get things done.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/08/11/august-11-2017/

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.

“Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

Science Daily: “Chimpanzees learn rock-paper-scissors”

“New study shows that chimps’ ability to learn simple circular relationships is on a par with that of 4-year-old children.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104846.htm

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Dead Cats: DeepStates, 08/11/17, (27)23: James Brody

Kevin Williamson, “Mitch?”; Victor Davis Hanson – California crack up.

NORTH KOREA: Tyler Durden – China referees; Drudge Links 8-10/11-17; Tyler Durden – Pentagon plans.

GOOGLE – Rushbo, Group Think; Miltimore – Reactions within Google.

HEALTH CARE – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Strassel – IRS Swamp; Ali –US destroyer in S. China Sea.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (08-08-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie.

 

The five counties surrounding Washington are filled with job protectors who have a “deep state” arrangement. So do most local communities. The Valley Forge Patriots were strangled by self-interests, Ryan Costello is now advertised as a “fighter” for tax reform, Folmer has his pot supporters (new research: pot causes blood pressure surges), the township builds parks and parking lots because they “need the room,” the School District destroyed one building but makes another, and every member of the PA legislature has his/her root and branch system to nourish. Who pays? Collectivism depends on lowered sperm counts?”

“The wily McConnell and the steadfast Ryan were fine and effective opposition leaders. But they are not in the opposition any more. . .” Kevin Williamson
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450391/mitch-mcconnell-senate-majority-leader-congressional-republicans-opposition-party-donald-trump-speaker-house-paul-ryan

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “What about It, Mitch?”
“The congressional GOP is AWOL.

“Donald Trump is on the hunt for a scapegoat, and he has settled on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. He isn’t entirely wrong to do so.
“As a candidate, Trump promised big doings: repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with — well, he was never very clear on that point. He promised big tax reform and sweeping regulatory reform, improved trade terms, and a big, beautiful wall paid for by a magical surcharge on Mexicans. None of that has come to pass, and Trump, who is constitutionally incapable of acknowledging his own surfeit of personal and professional failures, blames Congress.
“Trump presented himself to the voters as a master negotiator and dealmaker, but that of course was the character he played on television, not the actual man. Trump cannot sit down with congressional Republicans — much less a bipartisan coalition — and negotiate a deal on health-care reform. The reasons for this are straightforward: There is disagreement among Republicans about what policies should be forwarded, and President Trump does not know what he himself thinks about any of them, because he does not think anything about any of them, because he doesn’t know about them. Trump does not do details — he does adjectives. He wants a ‘terrific’ health-care system. So does Bernie Sanders, but the two of them don’t agree on what that means in practice. At least, they don’t agree anymore: Trump has in the past endorsed the same single-payer system that the grumpy little socialist Muppet from Vermont prefers, which he, or whoever writes the books published under his name, described at some length in his 2000 offering The America We Deserve. He pointed to Canada as an example of how health care in the United States should be organized. He might even have believed that for a week or two, but Trump is simply too lazy to do the intellectual work necessary to develop a coherent position beyond his facile superlatives. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450391/mitch-mcconnell-senate-majority-leader-congressional-republicans-opposition-party-donald-trump-speaker-house-paul-ryan

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Is California Cracking Up?”

“Corporate profits at California-based transnational corporations such as Apple, Facebook and Google are hitting record highs.

California housing prices from La Jolla to Berkeley along the Pacific Coast can top $1,000 a square foot.
“It seems as if all of China is willing to pay premium prices to get their children degreed at Caltech, Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA or USC.

“Yet California — after raising its top income tax rate to 13.3 percent and receiving record revenues — is still facing a budget deficit of more than $1 billion. There is a much more foreboding state crisis of unfunded liabilities and pension obligations of nearly $1 trillion.

Soon, new gas tax hikes, on top of green mandates, might make California gas the most expensive in the nation, despite the state’s huge reserves of untapped oil.

“Where does the money go, given that the state’s schools and infrastructure rank among America’s worst in national surveys?

“Illegal immigration over the last 30 years, the exodus of millions of middle-class Californians, and huge wealth concentrated in the L.A. basin and Silicon Valley have turned the state into a medieval manor of knights and peasants, with ever fewer in between.

“The strapped middle class continues to flee bad schools, high taxes, rampant crime and poor state services. About one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients reside in California. Approximately one-fifth of the state lives below the poverty line. More than a quarter of Californians were not born in the United States.

“Many of the state’s wealthiest residents support high taxes, no-growth green policies and subsidies for the poor. They do so because they reside in apartheid neighborhoods and have the material and political wherewithal to become exempt from the consequences of their own utopian bromides.

“Blue California has no two-party politics anymore. Its campuses, from Berkeley to Claremont, have proven among the most hostile to free speech in the nation. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450320/california-secession-campaign-proponents-ignore-other-problems

NORTH KOREA

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “China Warns Trump: “We Will Prevent a North Korea Regime Change”

“In a troubling repudiation of President Donald Trump’s demands that Beijing do more to rein in its bellicose neighbor, Beijing, through the state-owned media, cautioned the US president on Friday that it would intervene (militarily) on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to “overthrow the North Korean regime,” according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.

“If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” it said.

At the same time, the Chinese regime  made it clear that its preferred outcome would be a continuation of the status quo, warning Kim Jong Un that it would “remain neutral if North Korea were to strike first.” The article, cited by Reuters,  reiterated calls for a diplomatic solution. However, the possibility of talks between the two sides was looking increasingly remote as both Trump and Kim continued to exchange threats of nuclear annihilation, with Trump clarifying Thursday that his earlier promise to respond with “fire and fury” should the North continue to threaten the US may not have gone far enough.

“”China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral,” the Global Times, which is widely read but does not represent government policy, said in an editorial . . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-11/china-promises-protect-north-korea-regime-change

Drudge Links 8-10-17

NKOREANS RAISE FISTS IN SHOW OF STRENGTH AT RALLY… 
TRUMP: ‘FIRE AND FURY’ NOT TOUGH ENOUGH…
MATTIS: MILITARY READY…
GUAM BEFORE THE STORM…
MISSILES REACH IN 14 MINS…
CA BUNKER BUSINESS SPIKES… 
BEIJING BOXED IN…

Drudge Links 8/11/17

TRUMP: MILITARY READY…
NK WARNS COULD REDUCE USA TO ASHES — AT ANY MOMENT…
GUAM TO RESIDENTS: ‘Don’t look at flash or fireball’…
Japanese troops begin joint exercise…
Crisis pushing South to gun up…
CHINA LECTURES AMERICA: DON’T GO FIRST… 

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Pentagon Unveils Plan for “Pre-Emptive Strike” on North Korea”

“Just hours after Trump made his famously heated vow to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if provocations by the Kim regime continued, the US Air Force issued a very clear statement in which it explicitly said that it was “ready to fight tonight”, launching an attack of B-1 bombers if so ordered:

“‘How we train is how we fight and the more we interface with our allies, the better prepared we are to fight tonight,’ said a 37th EBS B-1 pilot. ‘The B-1 is a long-range bomber that is well-suited for the maritime domain and can meet the unique challenges of the Pacific.’

“Now, according to an NBC report, it appears that the B-1 pilot was dead serious, as the Pentagon has unveiled a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, once Donald Trump gives the order to strike. Echoing what we said yesterday that war ‘under any analysis, is insanity’, the preemptive strike plan is viewed as the ‘best option available’ out of all the bad ones:

“‘There is no good option,’ a senior intelligence official involved in North Korean planning told NBC News, but a unilateral American bomber strike not supported by any assets in the South constitutes ‘the best of a lot of bad options.’

“The attack would consist of B-1 Lancer heavy bombers located on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, a senior acting and retired military officials told NBC news. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-10/pentagon-unveils-plan-pre-emptive-strike-north-korea-b-1-bombers

GOOGLE

Rushbo: “Google Groupthink Is the Gateway to Totalitarianism”

“RUSH ARCHIVE: Google is reeling right now. This is the kind of thing, this is the kind of charge that just sends leftists up the tree, that they’re unfair, that they’re discriminating on the basis of gender. Ladies, tell Google to prove it to you that the guy who wrote the memo is wrong. What you say to Google is, ‘Show me the money.’ Go for the money. Tell ’em you want money. Tell ’em you want raises. Tell Google to prove it. Don’t join the protest march and start throwing underwear and bras. Just demand the money. They’re reeling right now. Hit ’em!

“RUSH: And lo and behold, on the Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co., Stuart Varney, talking to Judge Andrew Napolitano (the human Eddie Munster) about a possible lawsuit against Google. Stuart Varney said, ‘More than 60 women are considering a lawsuit against Google. Silicon Valley will be taken on in a class-action lawsuit claiming gender discrimination.’ Who was it? Who was it that first suggested they do this? It was I. And here is Eddie Munster with the reply…

“NAPOLITANO: It seems to have been triggered by that bizarre, psychobabble-filled email that the engineer sent to ten people. Two of them sent it to 40,000 people. And, of course, it ginned up all this dispute. We all know what sexism is, and the law doesn’t define it and the law doesn’t condemn it. The law is a lot more precise. If you pay male and female different salaries for substantially the same work, you may be in violation of a California state law. That’s simple as that. What may happen here is there will be a huge settlement. You’re in California. You’re in the most pro-plaintiffs state in the union. You’re in a state of the union where the legal machinery is virtually controlled by the plaintiff’s trial bar.

”RUSH: That would be the Democrat Party. So you see, many people have the same instincts as did I. Don’t waste time on the protest march. Don’t do all the traditional things that feminazis would have you do. Just go for the money! Google will be reeling. Just to give you a taste here, the Google employee that wrote the manifesto ended up getting fired, his name is James Damore. And he spoke with the psychology professor, University of Toronto. Jordan Peterson is his name, and the professor here has a YouTube channel. So James Damore agreed to be interviewed by Jordan Peterson, and during the interview Damore, the engineer fired, talked about the reason he wrote the manifesto.

“DAMORE: I’m not just attacking diversity. I’m just attacking the fact that we can’t honestly discuss any of these issues, and that that is actually hurting the problem.

RUSH: You see, they can’t discuss. They can’t be open about what they think. They have to follow the Google groupthink or they’re going to be canned. They’re not allowed to dissent. And yet these are people claiming to be the greatest defenders of First Amendment free speech. These are people claiming to be the bulwark and the saviors, and yet if you don’t say what they want to hear or what they agree with, you will be shut down, you’ll be shamed, and you’ll be fired. This is how it begins, folks, and it’s already begun on several college campuses and at many institutions of the left.. .”

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/08/10/google-groupthink-is-the-gateway-to-totalitarianism/

Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout: “Google Engineer Fired for Questioning Diversity in Memo—But Four Scientists Say He Was Right”

“Four scientists writing for Quillette magazine said the memo was scientifically accurate.

“Google engineer James Damore had a Jerry Maguire moment. And he ended up exactly like Jerry Maguire.

Damore was fired by Google this week after his 10-page memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” ignited a storm of criticism.

The memo, the text of which can be read here, suggested that biological differences could help explain the gender gap in tech employment in Silicon Valley, and criticized Google’s policy of silencing discussion on the issue.

““We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” he wrote. “Google has several biases and honest discussion about these biases is being silenced by the dominant ideology.”

Damore cited a few examples explaining how men and women are different:

‘Women on average show a higher interest in people and men in things…’

‘Women on average are more cooperative…’

‘Women on average are more prone to anxiety….’

‘Women on average look for more work-life balance while men have a higher drive for status on average…’

“Bloomberg reported on Monday that Google had confirmed that the author of the ‘divisive’ memo had been fired. . .”

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/google-engineer-fired-questioning-diversity-memo-four-scientists-say-he-was-right

HEALTH CARE

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Notice the abundant ads on radio and television for products that enhance your looks, stamina, or sexual abilities . . . somebody tell McConnell . . .and Trump!

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “Trump’s IRS Swamp”

“Obama-era lawyers are still obstructing lawsuits to hold the agency accountable.

“Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp, and here’s a seven-month progress report: “The Washington bog is still as wide and fetid as ever. Consider that Mr. Trump’s Justice Department has inexplicably continued to defend the IRS’s misdeeds under President Obama.

“Voters put a Republican in the White House in part to impose some belated accountability on the scandal-laden Obama administration. And the supreme scandal was the IRS’s assault on tea-party groups—a campaign inspired by congressional Democrats, perpetrated by partisan bureaucrats like Lois Lerner, and covered up by Mr. Obama’s political appointees. This abuse stripped the right to political speech from thousands of Americans over two election cycles. To this day, no one has answered for it.

“The groups targeted are still doggedly trying to obtain justice through lawsuits that have dragged on for years. They believed Mr. Trump’s election would bring an end to the government obstruction. It hasn’t. “The posture of the DOJ and the IRS under the Trump administration is identical to the posture under the Obama administration,” Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Sound Governance, tells me. ‘Nothing has changed.’”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-irs-swamp-1502405528

Idrees Ali, Reuters: “U.S. destroyer challenges China’s claims in South China Sea”

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

“The operation came as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance.

“The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals. China has territorial disputes with its neighbors over the area.

“It was the third ‘freedom of navigation operation’ during Trump’s presidency. . .”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-southchinasea-exclusive-idUSKBN1AQ0YK

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MARK LEVIN (08-10-17)

On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, Ben Shapiro, Editor in Chief of the Daily Wire, fills in for Mark. The media are making it out like President Trump is out of control with his words towards North Korea, which isn’t true. The media is attached to a vision that Trump is a nutcase who is going to start a nuclear war. But they have said this about every Republican President since Ronald Reagan. When it comes to using language like ‘fire and fury’, Trump uses these types of words all the time. The history of North Korea shows us why kicking the can down the road never works. All of the hard choices that Trump has dealt with now are based on a past of bad decisions by American Presidents on North Korea. These problems have been going on for over six decades since Harry Truman.

“After that, CNN fired Jeffrey Lord because of a tweet that included a Nazi salute. But Lord was just mocking the fascism of Media Matters who he was in an argument with. CNN was looking for an excuse to fire Lord and they got it.

“In addition, Republicans have been promising for years they would pass legislation such as tax reform and repealing Obamacare and they haven’t done it. Trump has said it is time for Mitch McConnell to get things moving or get out. This kind of fighting that Trump is engaging McConnell in is more personal than it is about policy. This kind of fighting will not achieve any wins. As conservatives we have to warn Trump from supporting leftists because he is angry at McConnell. Finally, Trump wants to help battle the opioid addiction crisis. However, throwing federal funding at it is not the answer, but support from the family and community is.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/08/10/august-10-2017/

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.

“Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

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Dead Cats: Korea=Google, 08/09/17, (27)22: James Brody

Hanson – Why the left suddenly hates Russia; Durden – After the coup, what next?

NORTH KOREA: Brody – Let’s make a deal; Drudge Links 08-09-17; Spiering – The Donald warns.

GOOGLE: Durden – Co-worker support; French – Free speech evaporates; Desantis – Media misrepresents; Conger – the 10 pages; Boyle – Deep State/Fake News.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Lattanzio et al. – Brooks Jennings shot; Kelland – Pot lethal.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (08-08-17);

 

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Why Does the Left Suddenly Hate Russia?

The Russians also had problems with French and Germany troops . . .

“After 70 years of accommodating and appeasing Russia, Democrats suddenly foment a red scare.

“. . . The fact that Russia is the sole country in the world that always could destroy the United States has, since 1949, proved an incentive to U.S. administrations, particularly Democratic ones, to find some sort of wary realist accommodation with the Russians.
“Russia’s semi-Western heritage, its Christian Orthodoxy, and its fears over unassimilated Muslim populations in theory might have offered shared incentives to check radical Islam.
“Its worries that its border regions were being populated with nuclear powers — China, India, North Korea, Pakistan — might have made it interested in triangulating against nearby Iran, a would-be nuclear nation.
“Russia distrusts China as much as we do—as China and the U.S. in turn distrust Russia, as Russia and China distrust us. The idea that a nuclear North Korea could prompt nearby Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan to become nuclear should be worrisome to the Russians.

“Russia’s weakening economy, its slipping natural-gas grip on Western and Eastern Europe, its oil income halved — all that might have made a vulnerable Putin somewhat receptive to being of some help, now and again, with a few common concerns.
“Privately, the United States might have recognized that Russia saw post–Cold War NATO expansion as a threat, because a few of its former Soviet republics were being realigned with old rivals. Iconic World War II battles, such as the horrific Kiev Pocket or the siege of Sebastopol, might have provided some context as to why Russia felt that Crimea and Ukraine resonated with the Russian people in way not fully understood in the United States.
“The point is not advocacy of friendship or alliance with Putin’s Russia, and certainly not a renewal of the failed Obama-Clinton reset. Instead, we should be open to a realist understanding that on occasion we might cooperate with Russia both to avoid a nightmarish Armageddon and to solve rare common problems. . . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450235/left-red-scare-democrats-suddenly-hate-russia

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “After the Coup, What Then?”

“. . . Do the people not have a right know who are the snakes collaborating with the Never-Trump press to bring down their head of state? Is not discovering the identities of deep-state felons a story that investigative reporters should be all over?

“If Greg Miller is obligated to protect his source, fine. But why are other journalists not exposing his identity?

“The answer suggests itself. This is a collaborative enterprise, where everyone protects everyone else’s sources, because all have the same goal: the dumping of Trump. If that requires collusion with criminals, so be it.

“The Justice Department is now running down the leaks, and the ACLU’s Ben Wizner is apoplectic:

“Every American should be concerned about the Trump administration’s threat to step up its efforts against whistleblowers and journalists. A crackdown on leaks is a crackdown on the free press and on democracy.”

“That’s one way to put it. Another is that some of these “whistleblowers” are political criminals who reject the verdict of the American electorate in 2016 and are out to overturn it. And the aforementioned “journalists” are their enablers and collaborators.

And if, as Wizner’s asserts, protecting secrets is tantamount to a ‘crackdown on the free press and democracy,’ no wonder the free press and democracy are falling into disrepute all over the world.

“By colluding, the mainstream media, deep state, and the special prosecutor’s button men, with a license to roam, may bring down yet another president. So doing, they will validate John Adams’s insight:

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-08/after-coup-what-then

 

NORTH KOREA

Brody: LET’S MAKE a DEAL: Spratleys for North Korea?

China wants unchallenged use of the islands – self-manufactured-off its shore. North Korea can be swapped for a chain of sub bases and airfields . . .push one domino and the rest will follow.

Drudge Links (8-09-17)

PRESIDENT VOWS FIRE AND FURY…
BOMBERS READY…
NKOREA: NO JOKE…
WORLD WORRY… TILLERSON DOWNPLAYS…
ALASKA NERVOUS…
HAWAII WOULD HAVE 8-12 MINUTE NOTICE…
CHINA: TONE IT DOWN… RUSSIA: CHILL! 

Charlie Spiering, BigGovt: “Donald Trump Warns North Korea: Threats to United States Will Be Met with ‘Fire and Fury’”

“President Donald Trump warned North Korea to stop threatening the United States with its ongoing achievements in nuclear weaponry.

“‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,’ Trump said.

“Trump said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un had been ‘very threatening’ which was behavior beyond that of a normal country.

“‘As I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,’ he repeated.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/08/donald-trump-warns-north-korea-threats-to-united-states-will-be-met-with-fire-and-fury/

GOOGLE

“. . .just because something is legal does not mean it’s right, and the result is a crisis in the culture of free speech in the United States. As the politicization of everything proceeds apace, the “company line” has increasingly moved well beyond promoting its own products to promoting a particular kind of politics. . .” David French
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450240/lena-dunham-google-demonstrate-eroding-free-speech-culture

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Leaked Internal Messages Reveal Co-Worker Support for Fired Google Engineer’s Controversial Memo”

“James Damore, now a former Google employee, caused outrage when he circulated a manifesto on Friday, complaining about Google’s “ideological echo chamber” alleging women have lower tolerance for stress and that conservatives are more conscientious. The chess master, who studied at Harvard, Princeton and MIT and worked at Google’s Mountain View HQ, was fired on Monday after the search giant’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said portions of Damore’s 10-page memo “violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes” despite saying in the same memo that Google employees shouldn’t be afraid of speaking their minds.

But, according to screenshots obtained by Wired, internal discussions that followed Damore’s memo and its fallout show Google employees both embracing and advancing its views. Damore himself indicated in the following message that his former coworkers had reached out privately to express “their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues.”Others chimed in publicly as well.. .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-09/internal-messages-reveal-co-worker-support-fired-engineers-controversial-memo

David French, NRO: “Lena Dunham and Google Demonstrate Why Our Free Speech Culture Is Slipping Away”

Unrelated? Sperm count continues to erode.

Progressive corporations enforce an ideological monoculture. Dissent and get fired.
“When I talk about free speech, I often ask the audience two questions. First, did you know that the Supreme Court has been steadily expanding free-speech rights? Second, do you feel freer to speak now than you did five years ago? The answers are always the same — some variation of “no” and “heck, no.”
The first assertion is undoubtedly true. Federal courts have consistently protected free speech from government interference and have been relentless in shutting down viewpoint discrimination. When government officials target speech because of a speaker’s views, they lose time and again.
“At the same time, millions of Americans are extraordinarily reluctant to express even the most mainstream of (particularly) social conservative views. They’re convinced that if they do that, they’ll be publicly humiliated, investigated, and perhaps even lose their jobs. They’re convinced that outspoken liberals enjoy greater opportunity in key sectors of the economy, and if conservatives want to thrive, they best keep their opinions to themselves.
“Two recent incidents highlight this concern. The first comes courtesy of actress Lena Dunham, the paradigm of the celebrity social-justice warrior. Early last Thursday morning, she tweeted at American Airlines that she’d heard two of its employees engaged in ‘transphobic’ talk. Specifically, she said she heard two flight attendants talk about how they thought transgenderism was ‘gross,’ and they’d ‘never accept a trans kid.’ She did not see them harassing anyone. She was simply eavesdropping on a conversation.
“How did American Airlines respond? By launching an investigation into the offending employees (they couldn’t substantiate Dunham’s claims). Is that now the standard? Will American Airlines investigate employees without any allegation that they’ve actually mistreated a single customer merely on the grounds that their employees’ private conversation offended a leftist?
“The second incident comes courtesy of Google, one of the most powerful corporations on the planet. An anonymous employee penned a multi-page memo addressing why there are fewer women than men in key fields in the tech industry. In the memo, he noted that Google values gender and racial diversity but has created an ‘ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed.’ This means that Google responds to gender imbalances with ‘extreme and authoritarian’ measures. At the extreme, it views all gender disparities as ‘due to oppression.’ Its authoritarian response is to ‘discriminate to correct this oppression.’”
“The writer than explores at length cultural and biological differences between men and women and then proposes some measures to increase female representation in the field without resorting to discrimination.
“And how did his colleagues respond? How did Google respond? Employees demanded that he be fired. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450240/lena-dunham-google-demonstrate-eroding-free-speech-culture

Alexandra Desanctis, NRO: “The Mainstream Media Misrepresents a Google Engineer’s Memo”

Robert Spencer has a similar problem when he argues that Mohammed never existed . . . Spencer, Robert (2012) Did Muhammad Exist? An Enquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books. We may someday accept the notion that an impulsive people (Low IQ) needed rules and consequences to attend to the boring demands of marriage, rearing children, and growing food. . .It could be that the followers trained the mullahs! (See also Lynn, Richard & Vanhanen, Tatu (2006) IQ and Global Inequality. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit.)
“The controversial memo is not ‘anti-diversity,’ but you wouldn’t know that from reading mainstream outlets’ coverage of it.

“It is getting more difficult by the day to have a rational public conversation about anything. The latest panicked hubbub is over a memo about diversity in the tech industry, written by a Google engineer. Last night, that Google engineer — James Damore — was fired for supposedly “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”
“As the memo circulated over the weekend, and after news of Damore’s firing emerged late last night, the media yet again displayed their remarkable inability to report accurately on anything that contradicts progressive dogma.
“Instead of describing the actual substance of the memo — which was remarkably measured and data-driven — news outlets have routinely chosen to slander Damore as “anti-diversity” and to claim repeatedly that Damore argued women shouldn’t be allowed to work at tech companies.
“Neither of these claims is true. In fact, Damore’s memo was premised on the fact that he values diversity and believes it isn’t being properly cultivated. “I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity, and I think we should strive for more,” he stated explicitly in the memo. Regardless of whether one agrees with his solutions to the problems he identifies, it is ridiculous to assert that he is “anti-diversity.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450278/google-engineer-diversity-memo-misrepresented-mainstream-media

Kate Conger, Gizmodo: “Exclusive: Here’s the Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google [Updated]

James Damore – I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem. Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber. Despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired. This needs to change.

“- Google’s political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety.

“ – This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed.

“ – The lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology.

“ – Extreme: all disparities in representation are due to oppression

“ – Authoritarian: we should discriminate to correct for this oppression

‘- Differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don’t have 50% representation of women in tech and leadership. Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business. . .”

http://gizmodo.com/exclusive-heres-the-full-10-page-anti-diversity-screed-1797564320

Matthew Boyle, Big Journalism: “Exclusive — Deep State Teams with Fake News: Email Evidence Proves New York Times Soliciting Anti-Trump Bureaucracy Leakers”

“Emails from a reporter for the New York Times to government employees obtained exclusively by Breitbart News demonstrate that the newspaper’s employees are not just on the receiving end of leaks, but are actually soliciting government employees to become leakers. What’s more, the emails demonstrate the Times colluded with the president of government union to encourage and solicit these leaks—something that may become highly problematic for both institutions. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/08/08/exclusive-deep-state-teams-fake-news-email-evidence-proves-new-york-times-soliciting-anti-trump-bureaucracy-leakers/

HEALTH CARE

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Vince Lattanzio et al., NBC: Brooks Jennings shot

(Jennings was a GOP Committeeman . . . According to Chris Stigall (WPHT), Carter had a yard full of signs complaining about the GOP & Trump)

“Jennings, a husband and father to a young boy, was a member of the Republican Committee of Chester County. He joined the group in 2014.

“Pennsylvania GOP Chair Val DiGiorgio said he was ‘very well respected’ and ‘one of the most personable, nicest gentlemen.’

“Court documents show Carter pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge stemming from a 2012 incident.

“Neighbors said others had run-ins with Carter related to parking and other issues.

“Carter was arraigned on the murder charges Tuesday afternoon at a district court in West Chester. He is being held without bail. It’s not immediately clear if Carter has retained an attorney. . .”

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Neighbor-Dispute-Ends-in-Fatal-West-Chester-Shooting-Police-439221193.html

Kate Kelland, Reuters: “Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study”

Folmer’s favorite weed! Incidentally, patients have always felt cheated if they saw a physician and left without a prescription. . .

“LONDON (Reuters) – People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.

“The risk grows with every year of use, they said.

“The findings, from a study of some 1,200 people, could have implications in the United States among other countries. Several states have legalized marijuana and others are moving toward it. It is decriminalized in a number of other countries.

“‘Support for liberal marijuana use is partly due to claims that it is beneficial and possibly not harmful to health,’ said Barbara Yankey, who co-led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State University in the United States.

“‘It is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the potential health, social and economic risks. If marijuana use is implicated in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, then it rests on the health community and policy makers to protect the public.’”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-marijuana-hypertension-idUSKBN1AP0JS

RECOMMENDED:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

MARK LEVIN (08-08-17)

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, We may be on the brink of war with North Korea and it’s not because of the Trump administration. The Obama administration stood by while North Korea developed its nukes. The current threat from North Korea is the culmination of years of failure from Obama and the foreign policy establishment in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump has said that North Korea will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. Immediately Democrats and the media are trashing the President for his statement and saying that he is reckless and that it encourages North Korea. This is not a question of whether we thought what Trump said was wise or unwise, but is about the fact that we are at the brink of war.

“After that, Deputy Assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka calls in to talk about Trump’s statement on North Korea. Either China puts a stop to this or Trump or the next president will have to make a devastating decision.

“Later, Mitch McConnell thinks everything is fine and is full of excuses. The guy needs to be thrown out. He and the Senate are under-performing, we cannot make progress as long as McConnell is in the Senate.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/08/08/august-8-2017/

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Dead Cats: Tweets, 08/07/17, (27)21: James Brody

McCarthy – Mueller Step One?; Guelzo – College a trade school; Guelzo – The South won?; Davidson – Progressivism; Levin – Liberal elite.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

TRUMP: Drudge Links 8-7-17.

LEADS: Ledeen – McMaster; Edelman – Sanctuaries; Phillips – Crocodiles; Devlin – Revenge & NKor; Heller- Bibi charged; DailyMail – Trump to drop Paris climate agreement; Durden – Lynch use of alias; Durden – McMaster’s “preventive war”; Kredo – Sam Power revelations.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (08-04-17);

 

 

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Is Mueller’s Grand Jury Impeachment Step One?
“It’s a long way from here to there, but don’t be surprised if that’s where we’re headed.
“The principal function of a federal grand jury is to investigate a suspected crime with an eye toward returning an indictment — a formal accusation of felony misconduct. In the alternative, a grand jury may file a “no true bill,” a formal finding that the prosecutor failed to show probable cause that the subject of the investigation committed a crime.
“Sometimes, however, to vote yea or nay on a proposed indictment is not the grand jury’s only option. In certain situations, federal law authorizes a grand jury to file a report detailing its findings, even if criminal charges are not forthcoming. One such situation involves investigations of public officials. Instead of returning an indictment, a grand jury may issue a report that recommends an official’s removal from office.
“These columns have lamented the Justice Department’s assignment of a prosecutor to investigate the president without specifying a crime or the factual basis for a criminal investigation. We’ve also observed that no indictable crime is required to trigger impeachment proceedings. Neither, we now note, is a provable crime a prerequisite for the issuance of a grand-jury report.
“Thus, the question arises: Is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s impaneling of a new grand jury in Washington step one in the impeachment of President Donald Trump?
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450183/robert-mueller-grand-jury-report-law-crime-military-justice-conduct-unbecoming-impeachment

Allen Guelzo, WSJ: “College Is Trade School for the Elite”

“Even education in the humanities has become vocationalized, though the transformation is subtle

“Donald J. Trump has a degree from an Ivy League university—my alma mater, in fact—but he is not one of the Ivies’ admirers. “We must embrace new and effective job-training approaches, including online courses, high school curricula, and private-sector investment that prepare people for trade, manufacturing, technology and other really well-paying jobs and careers,” the president declared in March. “These kinds of options can be a positive alternative to a four-year degree.”

“If ever an issue seemed assured of bipartisan support, you’d think it would be an initiative that helps connect workers with work. But up went the howls of injury anyway. ‘I’m worried that the idea of vocational education has become so popular,’ wrote David Leonhardt of the New York Times . ‘We shouldn’t be promoting vocational education at the expense of general education.’ Instead, ‘expanding the number of four-year college graduates also deserves to be a national priority.’

“Maybe. . . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/college-is-trade-school-for-the-elite-1502051874

Allen Guelzo, USA Today: “What if the South had won the Civil War? Four sci-fi scenarios for HBO’s ‘Confederate’”

“. . . The general image of the Confederacy in most textbooks is a backwards, agricultural South that really didn’t stand a chance against the industrialized North. But it simply isn’t true that the Confederate South was merely a carpet of cotton plantations, and the North a smoke-blackened vista of factories. Both North and South in 1861 were largely agricultural regions (72% of the congressional districts in the Northern states on the eve of the Civil War were farm-dominated); the real difference was between the Southern plantation and the Northern family farm. Nor did the South lag all that seriously behind the North in industrial capacity. And far from being a Lost Cause, the Confederacy frequently came within an ace of winning its war.

“So, if Benioff and Weiss want to steer their fantasy as close as they can to probable realities, they should consider a few of these scenarios as the possible worlds of Confederate:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/31/confederate-civil-war-fantasy-4-scenarios-allen-guelzo-columns/516485001/

Also John Davidson, “The Confederacy Still Lingers Within the Progressivism That Birthed It

http://thefederalist.com/2017/08/03/confederacy-still-lingers-within-progressivism-birthed/

Mark Levin, Daily Signal: “The Liberal Elite Wants to Manage Our Lives. They Must Be Stopped.”

“The civil society predates the constitutional order.

“Its subjugation and transformation by a voracious and an unappeasable administrative state is the true object of the progressive ideologue.

But the purpose of a constitution, or at least the American Constitution, is to secure politically the human harmony within the civil society so that individual liberty, equal justice, and the civil order may be nurtured and maintained.

But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.’

In the Declaration of Independence, the Founders proclaimed “[t]hat to secure these [unalienable] rights [to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness], Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

They went on to say what was intolerable.

‘That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.. .”

http://dailysignal.com/2017/07/31/liberal-elite-wants-manage-lives-must-stopped/

HEALTH CARE

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

TRUMP

Drudge Links 8/7/17

ORDER COMES TO WEST WING…
Kelly tells staff: Country first!
‘Enemies List’ Drives McMaster-Bannon Feud…
Trump reunites with Sessions…
Justice Dept not looking to charge journalists for leaks…
Pence calls rumors he will run in 2020 ‘absurd’…

LEADS

Michael Ledeen, PJM: “The McMaster Turmoil”

“H.R. McMaster, currently under attack from conservative critics, is best known for writing a book about the Vietnam War in which he put the blame primarily on the Johnson administration officials, but also excoriated military leaders for failing to challenge policies they knew, or should have known, were misguided. So no one should be surprised that the national security adviser is not inclined to salute and carry out instructions from the Oval Office, but challenges President Trump on matters ranging from personnel decisions to Iran policy.

“The two categories are closely linked, since personnel IS policy, and the ongoing purge of NSC officials clearly contains a political dimension, which has been extensively documented. McMaster has recently fired several senior NSC officials—Rich Higgins, Ezra Cohen and Derek Harvey—who reportedly favored a tougher line on Iran than McMaster does. Their replacements come from the CIA, which traditionally has taken a pessimistic view of chances for changing the nature of the Tehran regime.

“The political conflict extends well beyond the narrow issue of Iran policy. McMaster has instructed his staff to avoid using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” and tried to remove it from the president’s recent speech in Warsaw, Poland (Trump put it back in). According to a recent rumor, the NSC declined to schedule a talk on radical Islamic terrorism by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of the country’s most respected authorities, reportedly because one of McMaster’s appointees, Mustafa Javed Ali, accused her of “Islamophobia.” McMaster’s predecessor, General Mike Flynn, advocated waging ideological war against “radical Islamists,” supporting moderate Muslims, and putting the United States firmly behind Muslim governments, such as Indonesia and Egypt, that fought the jihadis. McMaster does not agree. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/2017/08/06/the-mcmaster-turmoil/

Adam Edelman, NBC: “Spurred by Trump, States Battle Sanctuary Cities”

HT InfoWars

“At least 31 states are considering legislation this year that would ban sanctuary policies, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many of those bills face fervent opposition from mayors and other officials of progressive cities.

“The battle unfolding between state and city lawmakers is largely the result of a broader national question that President Donald Trump has made front and center: How should the government deal with legal and illegal immigration?

“‘Our current immigration laws are outdated and dysfunctional’ and that has resulted in states and cities trying to address immigration issues in competing ways, said Avideh Moussavian, a senior policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.

“‘Localities know these populations benefit them economically and want to protect them,’ she said, adding that ‘many states tend to think there is some clean and orderly fix, like a ‘ban,’ which is ridiculous.’ . . .”

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/spurred-trump-states-battle-sanctuary-cities-n787651

Melanie Phillips: “THE MOST LETHAL CROCODILE IN THE SWAMP”

Most of them living in the five counties around DC . . . and none of them wanting to give up their kids’ soccer teams by moving back home . . .

It is blindingly obvious that, ever since Donald J Trump was elected President of the United States, a sustained attempt has been made to delegitimise him and force him out of office. We have now witnessed six months of unremitting attack upon the President, principally centred around the claim that he formed improper relations with Russia in order to skew the election in his favour.

“Not only has no evidence whatsoever been produced of any such collusion, but there has been instead evidence of serial wrongdoing by unnamed actors in the so-called “dark state”, the anonymised infrastructure of officials from the intelligence and security world and permanent staffers in other government departments. These have been unlawfully leaking damaging rumour, innuendo and partial or misleading information into the all-too receptive ears of the mainstream media which, in concert with the Democratic party, are working flat out to get Trump removed from office.

“What we have been witnessing is, in other words, nothing less than a six month-long rolling coup. . .”

http://www.melaniephillips.com/lethal-crocodile-swamp/

Amanda Devlin, UK Sun: “REVENGE WILL BE THOUSAND FOLD’”

“. . . Crackpot leader Kim Jong-un is demanding “justice” over Donald Trump’s attempts to “isolate and stifle” his country with ban on exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood.

“The tough new U.N. sanctions could slash North Korea’s $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.

State-controlled media carried a statement from the North that promised the move would never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear program – or to give up its nuclear drive.

It says it will take “action of justice” but didn’t elaborate.

It’s after US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in a telephone call on Monday.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4186461/north-korea-kim-jong-un-vows-attack-america-donald-trump/

Aron Heller, AP: “ISRAEL’S NETANYAHU LOOKS TO EXUDE CALM IN FACE OF CHARGES”

“JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s circle attempted to convey calm Sunday amid reports of a slew of corruptions charges against him that threatened to force him from office.

Netanyahu himself did not address the latest developments at his weekly Cabinet meeting, but a close ally said he was relaxed and confident despite reports that police were preparing to recommend he be indicted.

“I am not worried at all. The prime minister is not worried either,” said Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev, one of the few ministers to rush to Netanyahu’s defense. “As he has said repeatedly: ‘there will be nothing, since there is nothing.’ Part of the media and the opposition are doing everything they can to topple the right and topple Netanyahu

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_NETANYAHU?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-06-05-50-03

Daily Mail: “Trump administration officially notifies UN that the US intends to pull out of the Paris climate pact – but the earliest America can withdraw is 2019”

HT InfoWars.  It can be rough dropping out of a church . . .
–   UN received notification US intends to withdraw from Paris Agreement Friday

–  But countries can’t withdraw from new international agreements until three years after they go into effect & Paris pact went into effect on November 4, 2016

–  State Department said US can officially start withdrawing in November 2019

–  But earliest US can be out is Nov 4, 2020 – day after next presidential election

–  German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at G20 that US position is ‘regrettable’

–  Paris pact aims to prevent Earth from heating up by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4762396/US-officially-tells-UN-wants-Paris-climate-deal.html#ixzz4otkCpHI1

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Loretta Lynch Communicated With DOJ Officials Using Grandmother’s Name as Alias”

“Loretta Lynch has been busted using an alias to communicate with DOJ officials, per a tweet by Kim Dotcom last night. The revelation comes after internet sleuths sifted through a new release of emails obtained via FOIA request by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) last week (link here to PDF) and found an email from “Elizabeth Carlisle” to colleagues, thanking ‘to all who worked on this.’
“This isn’t the first case of a high level Democrat using an alias. Contained within leaked emails released by Wikileaks during the 2016 election is an email from then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “Dianne Reynolds” – later identified as daughter Chelsea Clinton, from the night of the Benghazi attack. Of note, Hillary tells Chelsea that the attack was conducted by an ‘Al Queda-Like’ group, and not an ‘angry mob’ protesting over an anti-Islam YouTube video, as the Obama administration told the American Public.

“Not only was this top-secret information that Chelsea wasn’t cleared to know, it suggests that high level Democrats and/or their families employed aliases in order to covertly communicate. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-05/loretta-lynch-communicated-doj-officials-using-grandmothers-name-alias-0

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “McMaster: U.S. Preparing for “Preventive War” with North Korea”

“The United States is preparing for all options to counter the growing threat from North Korea, including launching a “preventive war,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview that aired Saturday on MSNBC. The comments come after North Korea carried out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the past month and after the president said he has been clear he will not tolerate North Korea’s threats to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons.

“The key excerpts (full transcript) . . .

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-05/mcmaster-us-preparing-preventive-war-north-korea

Washington Free Beacon: “Kredo to Hannity: With Power Revelations, Unmasking ‘Really Becomes a Flashpoint’”

HT InfoWars!

Washington Free Beacon Senior Writer Adam Kredo made an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday, where he discussed his recent reporting on Samantha Power’s unmasking, as well as firings by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

“On Wednesday, Kredo reported that former Obama Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power “unmasked” — i.e. revealed the names of otherwise anonymous individuals in intelligence transcripts — hundreds of people in the final year of the Obama administration.

Power is not the only Obama administration official to come under scrutiny for unmasking: Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice reportedly also unmasked a number of affiliates of the Trump campaign. . .”

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/kredo-hannity-power-flashpoint/

RECOMMENDED:

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Mark Levin (08-04-17)

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, As special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the Russia investigation, there is an ongoing coup against President Trump. CNN commentators were dismissive of this argument and labeled Mark a thought leader of the Trump wing of the Republican Party. That is exactly wrong. What’s taking place is coup activity, it’s not about arguing to or for the Trump base. It is the use of the law to destroy the law. It is the use of the law to destroy the constitutional system. This isn’t about Team Red and Team Blue. It’s about Team America. After that, Lindsey Graham doesn’t understand the basics of the Constitution. He has joined with leftists in the Senate to prevent the President from firing Robert Mueller. The President has plenary power over the executive branch and Congress can’t prevent him from firing a subordinate.

“In addition, the ACLU asked the FBI for any documents related to the Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton tarmac meeting in 2016. The FBI under James Comey said they didn’t have any documents at the time, but the current FBI has released some documents. Though they are heavily redacted, they show enough information to display that there is collusion between the media and the left.

“Also, in the first 6 months there have been more leaks than the last 3 years combined. The vast majority of them are obviously people who have a different agenda than Trump. They violate their oaths and federal law to leak national security information and conversations between Trump and foreign leaders. The leakers are at work against the Constitution and the voters. Is this what the framers meant by the first amendment?

Finally, Mike Lee calls in to talk about how the Constitution is being turned inside out. If the Senate was to continue at its current pace of filling Trump’s appointments, they would be completely filled in 11 years.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/08/04/august-4-2017/

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Dead Cats:DeepState, 08/04/17, (27)21: James Brody

McCarthy – Mueller’s grand jury; Carter – Consent for Rice; Huma’s emails.

HEALTH CARE: Watson – Rand Paul solution; Hannity Free Market option.

LEADS: Yurchak – teacher salaries; Durden – Trade war with China; Spencer – Google silences Islam criticisms; Washington Times – Immigration reform; Durden – Electric car scam.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; (DeMint); Mark Levin 08-03-17); Diana Crandall – Travel in Missouri; Clark – Facebook droids invent own language.

 

 

The five counties surrounding Washington DC are packed with government workers who want to keep their house, salary, their kids’ school . . . and they send us lots of “Ad Council” notices. . .

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Mueller’s Grand Jury: What it means
and what it doesn’t mean”

“The most significant conclusion we can draw from news that a grand jury has been impaneled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is that the so-called Russia investigation, officially, is a criminal investigation.

“The purpose of a grand jury is to investigate a factual transaction or series of transactions to determine whether criminal charges should be filed. That makes it categorically different from a counterintelligence investigation. The latter, we have noted many times, is an information-gathering exercise geared toward understanding and thwarting the intentions and actions of foreign powers.

“There is no need for a grand jury in a counterintelligence probe.
“All that said, the fact that there is a criminal investigation does not mean charges are imminent, or indeed that they will ever be filed. There are virtually no limits on the investigative powers of the grand jury. Under our law, a grand jury may conduct a probe simply to satisfy itself that no crimes have been committed. That is to say, there is no evidentiary threshold that must be crossed before a grand jury can begin investigating. Contrast that with, for example, a search warrant or an eavesdropping warrant; those investigative techniques may not be used unless a court has first been satisfied that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.
“It is frequently observed that grand-jury proceedings are secret. That is not quite accurate. The obligation of secrecy applies to the grand jurors and government personnel who examine witnesses and collect evidence through subpoenas. But subjects of the investigation, witnesses, and their lawyers are under no duty to remain silent — even though it is usually a good idea to do so, since statements can be used as evidence. Of course, there are often government leaks. Putting that inevitability aside, though, it is worth noting who is permitted to speak and who is not. Media coverage of an investigation tends to rely on the people most at liberty to discuss it. That means coverage skews in favor of lawyers for the subjects, who obviously have a motive to minimize the prosecution’s proof.
“The principal advantage of the grand jury for prosecutors is the ability to issue subpoenas to compel testimony and the production of documentary or other physical evidence. No investigation of any complexity can be advanced without this capacity. When I say “advanced,” I do not mean a progression toward the filing of criminal charges — at least not necessarily. An investigation should be a search for the truth, which means getting to the bottom of what happened, regardless of whether crimes can be proven.
“Thus, the fact that we now have a grand jury does not mean a crime has been committed, much less that the filing of charges must be imminent. Still, the impaneling of a grand jury is a highly significant development. Prosecutors do not seek the assistance of the grand jury’s subpoena power, and do not contemplate presenting evidence to a grand jury, unless they see a realistic possibility of filing criminal charges.
“On that score, we should be mindful, and certainly Special Counsel Mueller should be mindful, that this is no ordinary criminal investigation. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450149/robert-mueller-grand-jury-appointment

Sara Carter, Circa: “A letter from H.R. McMaster said Susan Rice will keep her top-secret security clearance”

“Almost one month after it was disclosed that former President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice was unmasking members of President Trump’s team and other Americans, Trump’s own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, sent an official letter giving her unfettered and continuing access to classified information and waiving her “need-to-know” requirement on anything she viewed or received during her tenure, Circa has confirmed.

“The undated and unclassified letter from McMaster was sent in the mail to Rice’s home during the last week of April. Trump was not aware of the letter or McMaster’s decision, according to two senior West Wing officials and an intelligence official, who spoke to Circa on condition that they not be named.

“‘I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving,’ as National Security Adviser,’ the letter said. The letter also states that the ‘NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information.’. . .”

https://www.circa.com/story/2017/08/03/politics/susan-rice-keeps-top-secret-security-clearance-hr-mcmaster-letter-says

Also Caroline Glick, http://carolineglick.com/mcmaster-purges-pro-israel-anti-iran-deal-trump-loyalists-from-the-nsc/

Also Judicial Watch, “Judicial Watch: Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Transmission of Classified Information and Clinton Foundation Donors Receiving Special Treatment from Clinton State Department

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-huma-abedin-emails-reveal-transmission-classified-information-clinton-foundation-donors-receiving-special-treatment-clinton-state-department/

Also, Adam Kredo, “Former U.N. Amb. Power Unmasked ‘Hundreds’ in Final Year of Obama Admin”

“Congress moves closer to detailing potentially illicit national security leaks

“Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is believed to have made ‘hundreds’ of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position.”

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-u-n-amb-power-unmasked-hundreds-last-year-obama-admin/

HEALTH CARE

Steve Watson, InfoWars: “RAND PAUL: TRUMP MAY TAKE EXECUTIVE ACTION TO REPEAL OBAMACARE”

“Senator meeting with POTUS this week.

Senator Rand Paul is advising President Trump on a potential executive order to repeal and replace Obamacare, a move that he says could help millions of Americans who cannot afford skyrocketing premiums.

“In interviews with earlier this week, Paul noted that Trump is considering penning an executive order to get the job done, following the failure of Republicans in Congress to pass legislation.

“‘I just got off the phone with the president, and I think he and I both want to get something done,’ Paul said.

“What I’m talking to him about is that I think through executive action, I think he can legalize the health associations that I’ve been talking about.”

“Paul says he is planning to have further talks with Trump this week, noting that there is a precedent for the president to take action, given that under the the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Executive can decide how private companies provide benefits.

“Paul is pushing for so called ‘association health plans,’ which would provide an avenue for Americans to get health more affordable insurance in large groups across state lines.

“It’s the same principle as Wal-Mart,” Paul said. “Wal-Mart can buy in such large bulk that you can get milk for a very reasonable price often just barely above their cost, and they do it because they have such large buying power.’ . . .”

https://www.infowars.com/rand-paul-trump-may-take-executive-action-to-repeal-obamacare/

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Joanne: Teacher Salaries

I obtained these compilations (below)  from the Keystone State Education Coalition which sends out periodic E-mails on the educational system in PA.  I find them to be extremely valuable and informative even though the focus sometimestends towards liberal political viewpoints.  They can be obtained on the web at: http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.org.

I think that by E-Mailing keystonestateedcoalition@gmail.com you can request that these educational updates be sent to your inbox.

Joanne

Pa. schools with highest average teacher salary

Penn Live Posted August 02, 2017 Updated August 02, 2017
It probably comes as no surprise that the bulk of public school teachers with the highest average salary in 2016-17 live in the counties surrounding Philadelphia, where the cost of living is generally higher than in other parts of the state.  But teachers in some southcentral Pennsylvania school districts have average salaries that aren’t too shabby either.  According to data from the state Department of Education, York County’s Dallastown Area School District comes in with the highest average full-time teacher salary in this region at $84,701.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/08/where_it_pays_to_teach_school.html

“Teacher pay: Search the database to find out the average teacher salary in any Pa. public schools

Penn Live August 02, 2017

“The following searchable database allows you to see what the average teacher salary and average years of teaching experience is in Pennsylvania’s public schools. The data from the 2016-17 school year also includes the number of full-time teachers in a school district, vo-tech, charter school or intermediate unit. The department doesn’t factor in salaries of less than $18,500 in calculating averages.  To use this database, you can search by selecting an individual school district or charter or career and technical school or by selecting a county to see a listing of school districts in that county.”

http://www.pennlive.com/news/page/teacher_pay_search_the_databas.html?appSession=08514711739646585344515821134152486542911702169868909030447798433649598550388374935453163700513207034367328008418716759007902298

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Trump to Launch Trade War with China on Friday, Beijing Vows Retaliation”

“Yesterday, the WSJ reported that the Trump administration is planning to begin a probe of what the U.S. sees as violations of intellectual property by China. Against a backdrop of Trump’s frustrations with domestic policy, sliding approval ratings and disagreement with China over North Korea, the chances of protectionist action are rising, as is the probability of a “hot”, retaliatory trade war. This morning ow learn when Trump is set to fire the first shot. Reuters reports, citing White House officials, that President Trump is expected to make a speech and sign a memorandum at the White House on tomorrow, Friday, that will target China’s intellectual property and trade practices, effectively firing the first shot in what could escalate into a major US-China trade war.

“This will be the opening salvo to several months of trade actions, and is expected to be followed by actions on steel and aluminum dumping — which could include tariffs and quotas — and subsequent measures to protect services, and comes at a time when Trump has become increasingly frustrated with the level of support from Beijing to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile program.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-03/trump-launch-trade-war-china-friday-beijing-vows-retaliation

Robert Spencer, PJM: “Google Manipulates Search Results to Conceal Criticism of Islam and Jihad”

“The jihad against the freedom of speech is advancing rapidly, and most people don’t even know it’s happening.

“Turkey’s state-run news outlet Anadolu Agency reports:

‘Google’s first page results for searches of terms such as ‘jihad’, ‘shariah’ and ‘taqiyya’ now return mostly reputable explanations of the Islamic concepts. Taqiyya, which describes the circumstances under which a Muslim can conceal their belief in the face of persecution, is the sole term to feature a questionable website on the first page of results. (emphasis added)

“‘Reputable’ according to whom? ‘Questionable’ according to whom?

“Google has bowed to pressure from Muslims such as Texas imam Omar Suleiman, who led an initiative to compel Google to skew its results. Apparently Google hasn’t considered whether those who are demanding that search results be manipulated in a particular direction might have an ulterior motive. Could it be that those who are pressuring Google wish to conceal certain truths about Islam that they would prefer non-Muslims not know?

I discuss the Islamic supremacist initiative to compel the West to accept Sharia blasphemy laws under the guise of stamping out “hate speech” — an initiative that is now galloping forward and achieving immense success — in my new book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Google executives should read it, and should study Islam themselves in order to determine whether or not they have been misled by the Muslims who are pressuring them. But that’s not going to happen. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/08/02/google-manipulates-search-results-to-conceal-criticism-of-islam-and-jihad/

Washington Times: “A good start on immigration reform”

“The president endorses the common-sense Cotton-Perdue Act

“Why enact a law or write an executive order to reform a broken immigration system when a poem will do? President Trump endorsed new immigration legislation Wednesday, moving to a merit-based system, and it was greeted with predictable cries and squeals from advocates of open borders.

“Two Republican senators, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, joined the president at the White House to announce that they have been working with the administration to revise and expand legislation introduced earlier this year that would reduce by half the number of immigrants who would receive legal permanent residence over the next decade.

“The two senators said their legislation would move the United States to a merit-based immigration system and away from the current model, which is geared to approving applicants with family members already in the United States. It’s a model rife with fraud, deceit, swindle and chaos.

“The president said the legislation would be the most significant reform to the broken U.S. immigration system in a half-century. “As a candidate,” he said, “I campaigned on creating a merit-based system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers and that’s why we’re here today.” He said the changes would ‘reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars.’. . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/2/editorial-a-good-start-on-immigration-reform/

Also . . . Neil Munro, BigGovt: “Donald Trump Unveils Merit Based Immigration Reform”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/02/donad-trump-unveils-merit-based-immigration-reform/

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Electric Car Fever”

“Mid-70s, United States. For no apparent reason, suddenly everyone seemed to be singing in a high-pitched falsetto voice and wearing skin-tight lycra with open collared shirts displaying chest hair and gold medallions.

“It was fun for a while but got old fast.

Electric Car Fever is now upon us. Laws are being passed – the Brits being the latest – mandating the production of electric cars by outlawing the production of cars powered by internal combustion.

“This will get old fast, too.

“King Canute could decree that the tide not come back – and politicians can decree that we’ll all be driving electric cars by “x” year, not too far from now. But wishing – and decreeing – can’t overcome reality. It can just make things really expensive and difficult for us.

“One reality almost no one seems willing to talk plainly about is the fact that hundreds of thousands of electric cars queuing up to spend 30-45 minutes each at a recharging port is as ludicrous in concept as waiting that long at McDonald’s to get a burger. Especially when there is a Wendy’s across the street that’ll get a burger in your hands and you back on the road in less than 5 minutes.

“Most people will never accept this. Would you accept waiting 30-45 minutes (absolute best-case scenario, if a “fast” charger is available) to put a partial charge back into your EV? Were you aware that at the high-voltage “fast” chargers, due to the nature of the thing (and for the sake of battery life) you cannot put more than 80 percent charge back into the thing?

“So, whatever the advertised best-case range of the car is, subtract 20 percent.

“That puts even the longest-ranged of them in the same class as the fiercest-guzzling IC-engined SUV. Maybe 200 miles or so. But the fierce-guzzling SUV can be refueled to 100 percent in 5 minutes.

“Which would you prefer to take on a road trip? One where there might not be a ‘fast’ charger available when you run out of juice. What then?

“Then, you spend overnight wherever you happen to be.

“Electric car freaks peddle a Disney-esque fantasy to counter this objection. They envision everyone plugging in at home, overnight – or at work, while they work. The problem with this idea is the ant-like uniformity of use it assumes. Everyone going to work – and back home – at pretty much the same time.

“A middling-bright eight-year-old would be raising his hand about now. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-02/electric-car-fever

RECOMMENDED:

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Mark Levin (08-03-17)

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The media are thrilled today because special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in D.C., affording him the power to subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath, and seek an indictment should there be any evidence of criminal activity. They are going to drag Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, in front of that jury and see if they can find any contradictions in their testimony. Then they will see if they can get somebody on perjury. This process is un-American when it’s abused the way this one has been. This is a coup that should upset every American — Trump supporter or not. You can bet the entire purpose of the special counsel appointment is to destroy Trump’s presidency. However, in destroying his presidency, the Democrats are undermining Trump’s ability to protect this nation from Iran, North Korea, China and Russia.

“After that, Benjamin Netanyahu is being accused of bribery. The same left attacking Trump in America are going after Netanyahu in Israel. Allegation after allegation is coming against him, but Netanyahu has strenuously denied any wrong doing. You have Hezbollah building bases on the border with Israel and Syria and these guys are chasing Netanyahu with no evidence. The left is unbelievable.

Later, John Bolton former Ambassador to the UN calls in to talk about North Korea. The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, thinks he has a great idea, let’s talk to the North Koreans. How are we going to talk to the North Koreans when they are building ICBMS to aim at us? We have tried negotiations with them for 25 years and they have used that time to make ballistic missiles. Pyongyang should not be able to terrorize innocent American citizens or threaten its neighbor South Korea.

“Finally, Mo Brooks calls in to talk about his run for one of Alabama’s Senate seats. Mitch McConnell is using $8 million dollars from special interest groups to subvert the will of the American people to elect Luther Strange. McConnell is trying to make Brooks out to be the same as Nancy Pelosi which is a lie. Also, McConnell hasn’t raised money from the people of Alabama but from millionaire and billionaire special interests who are happy with what is going on Washington. Strange’s loyalty will lie with these groups trying to put him in office. These Senate seats should be based on who is the best candidate and who promotes conservative principles that are the foundation of our nation.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/08/03/august-3-2017/

Diana Crandall, RealClearLife: “NAACP Issues First Travel Advisory to U.S. State Over Racist Attacks”

“The alert was reportedly issued in response to incidents and legislation affecting local minorities.

“The NAACP has issued a national travel advisory to people of color planning to visit Missouri because of discrimination and racist attacks, the Kansas City Star is reporting. It’s the first time the civil rights organization has ever issued a warning of this type, the Star notes.

Missouri was reportedly chosen as the first state due to new legislation that makes discrimination lawsuits more difficult to win, as well as a significant history of racial disparities in traffic enforcement; a recent attorney general’s report shows that, since the year 2000, black drivers continue to be 75 percent more likely to be pulled over while driving in Missouri than white people are. . .”

http://www.realclearlife.com/travel/naacp-issues-first-travel-advisory-u-s-state-racist-attacks/

Bryan Clark, The Next Web: “Facebook’s AI accidentally created its own language”

“Researchers from the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab (FAIR) recently made an unexpected discovery while trying to improve chatbots.

“The bots — known as ‘dialog agents’ — were creating their own language — well, kind of.

“Using machine learning algorithms, dialog agents were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills.

“Over time, the bots began to deviate from the scripted norms and in doing so, started communicating in an entirely new language — one they created without human input. . .

“In an attempt to better converse with humans, chatbots took it a step further and got better at communicating without them — in their own sort of way.

“And it’s not the only interesting discovery.

“Researchers also found these bots to be incredibly crafty negotiators. After learning to negotiate, the bots relied on machine learning and advanced strategies in an attempt to improve the outcome of these negotiations. Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to “sacrifice” it at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise. . .”

http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-chat-bots-created-their-own-language-2017-6

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Dead Cats: You’reFired; 07/31/17, (27)19: James Brody

James Brody – The Apprentice,  McCarthy – Deb’s Pakistanis,

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Free Market option.

LEADS: Wong – 5 facts about Kelly; Simon – Mueller ridiculous; Rocheleau – Mice in Philly; Lyman – Limbaugh on military coup; Corsi – Selling uranium to Russia; Chang – NKor & China.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; (DeMint); Mark Levin 07-27-17)

 

The Apprentice: You’re Fired

There was once a TV series where Trump gave assignments, judged winners and losers, and shouted “You’re fired!”

No appeals, no arguments and plenty of beautiful women.

Now he’s 80,  acting 55 . . .

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers”

“In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud.
“Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.
“By then, the proceeds of the fraudulent $165,000 loan they’d gotten from the Congressional Federal Credit Union had been sent ahead. It was part of a $283,000 transfer that Awan managed to wire from Capitol Hill. He pulled it off — hilariously, if infuriatingly — by pretending to be his wife in a phone call with the credit union. Told that his proffered reason for the transfer (“funeral arrangements”) wouldn’t fly, “Mrs.” Awan promptly repurposed: Now “she” was “buying property.” Asking no more questions, the credit union wired the money . . . to Pakistan.
“As you let all that sink in, consider this: Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.
“They were fired in February. All except Awan, that is. He continued in the employ of Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat, former DNC chairwoman, and Clinton crony. She kept him in place at the United States Congress right up until he was nabbed at the airport on Monday.
“This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449983/debbie-wasserman-schultz-pakistani-computer-guys-bank-fraud

HEALTH CARE

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Kristina Wong, BigGovt: “Five Facts about New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly”

“President Donald Trump announced on Friday he was naming his Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to be the next White House Chief of Staff, replacing Reince Priebus.

Here are five facts you should know about Kelly:

#1: John Kelly is a retired four-star Marine general who last served as the commander of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees U.S. operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean. He became President Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security on January 20.

#2: Kelly served three tours in Iraq, commanding as a two-star general from 2008 to 2009. He commanded a Marine task force as a one-star general during the initial assault into Iraq. Asked then by a Los Angeles Times reporter if he was concerned about Saddam Hussein’s forces, he reportedly said, ‘Hell these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima. Baghdad ain’t sh-t.’

#3: Kelly’s eldest son, Marine First Lieutenant Robert Kelly, was killed in action in Sangin, Afghanistan, while leading a platoon of Marines on a patrol. Kelly is the highest ranking military officer to lose a child in Iraq or Afghanistan. He has another son serving in the Marine Corps.

#4: As a Marine general during the Obama administration, he opposed opening combat jobs to women in the Marine Corps, and closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He rejected the argument that the prison served as terrorist recruitment propaganda as nonsense. He told Defense One: “Bombing the living sh-t out of ISIS in Iraq and Afghanistan, Syria, that would maybe irritate them more than the fact we have Guantanamo open.”

#5: He is 67-years-old, and was born in Boston. Kelly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970, and became an officer in 1975. He retired in 2016, after serving 40 years in the Marine Corps. He’s a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and received a Master’s degree from Georgetown. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/28/five-facts-about-new-white-house-chief-of-staff-john-kelly/

Roger Simon, PJM: “Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous”

“How many scandals can you fit on the head of a pin — or, in Maoist parlance, let a Hundred Scandals Bloom!  And given the way they are blooming,  Robert Mueller’s “Russia” investigation looks increasingly ludicrous.

“Even if Mueller were even-handed and the exact right person for the job — an open question at the moment — no single special counsel could handle all this.  It’s a game of whack-a-mole to beat all games of whack-a-mole.

“Let’s enumerate the scandals as of this moment, several or all of which are or could be connected. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/07/29/proliferating-scandals-make-mueller-investigation-ludicrous/

Matt Rocheleau, Boston Globe: “Boston ranks high for mice, rats in homes — not so much for cockroaches”

“. . . In 2015, about 17 percent of households in the Boston metro area said they had seen signs of either mice or rats inside their home within the past year, according to surveys conducted by the Census Bureau.

“That was the second-highest percentage of the 25 metro areas surveyed nationwide.

Philadelphia ranked first (emph added, jb), with about 18 percent of households saying they’d seen signs of the small rodents, data from the federal agency show. After Boston came New York City at 15 percent, Washington at 13 percent, and Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Cincinnati. The national average was about 11 percent.”

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/07/28/boston-ranks-high-for-mice-rats-homes-not-much-for-cockroaches/RWpoWvX4FZ0Lo3ReRctq5M/story.html

Dan Lyman, InfoWars: “LIMBAUGH: DEEP STATE COULD BE RECRUITING RETIRED GENERALS TO LEAD MILITARY COUP”

“Desperate establishment prepared to overthrow Trump at all costs

Radio host Rush Limbaugh issued a speculative warning to his listeners that he believes the deep state and D.C. swamp dwellers could potentially be recruiting ex-military leaders to spearhead a revolution to depose President Trump, if all else fails.

“During a segment covering ex-CIA head John Brennan’s statements at the Aspen Security Forum in which Brennan called upon members of the Executive Branch to effectively execute a coup if Trump fires compromised special investigator, Robert Mueller, Limbaugh offered the opinion that the D.C. establishment has abandoned virtually all rationality and respect for the democratic process due to an overwhelming hatred of the outsider President and could be prepared to take extreme measures to ensure he is removed from office.

“‘A ‘coup’ is moving in there and ridding the government of the guy; a coup is moving in there and taking the guy out – that’s why many coups occur with the military, you need force behind it,’ prefaced Limbaugh. “I will openly state – I am just speculating using intelligence guided by experience – these people are so far gone over what’s happened here to their precious town, to their precious power base, to their precious control of things, that I wouldn’t doubt if a couple of them are making phone calls to retired generals who still get up and put the uniform on every day… and soliciting their assistance, should it even become necessary, to lead a rebellion.’

“‘I have no evidence of it… but clearly there is an uncontrolled rage and irrationality in the anti-Trump forces on the left.’

https://www.infowars.com/limbaugh-deep-state-could-be-recruiting-retired-generals-to-lead-military-coup/

Jerome Corsi, InfoWars: “ROBERT MUELLER’S ROLE IN CLINTON SCHEME TO SELL 20 PERCENT OF US URANIUM TO RUSSIA

“Special Counselor Mueller a Clinton Foundation “criminal fixer” in Uranium One scam?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 17, the day Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel charged with investigating possible “Russian collusion” with President Trump’s campaign, Julian Assange at WikiLeaks tweeted a WikiLeaks released State Department cable documenting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered Mueller to deliver a sample of stolen Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) to Russia in 2009.

“Assange’s email signaled an investigation is needed into Mueller and his complex involvement with Russia and Uranium One, the company Bill Clinton promoted with Canadian entrepreneur Frank Giustra while Hillary Clinton served as Obama secretary of state in a criminal saga that ended up with Secretary Clinton voting to give the Russian State Atomic Nuclear Energy Agency, Rosatom, control of approximately 20 percent of all uranium holdings in the United States.

“Mueller’s involvement in the Clintons’ drive to profit from selling 20 percent of U.S. uranium to Vladimir Putin’s Russian government should properly make him the target of a Department of Justice grand jury convened to examine the Clintons’ involvement with Uranium One, thereby disqualifying him from serving as Special Counsel appointed to examine the ‘no evidence’ Democratic meme that the Trump campaign ‘colluded’ with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/robert-muellers-role-in-clinton-scheme-to-sell-20-percent-of-us-uranium-to-russia/

Gordon  Chang, National Interest: “Why China Should Fear Donald Trump’s Tweets”

“. . . And so it looks as if North Korea is driving American foreign policy in directions not seen before.

“Saturday evening the American leader ripped Beijing with this: “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet .  .  . they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”

“Trump’s tweet will be long remembered. Since Nixon’s groundbreaking trip to Beijing, the integration of China into the international system has been one of the highest priorities of American foreign policy. Washington policymakers accepted unfriendly and even dangerous behavior from Beijing for fear of angering the Chinese. The rationale was that eventually China’s policymakers would see it in their interest to work with the U.S. in supporting the international system.

“The American strategy, unfortunately, only fed the sense of self-importance of the Chinese, who then took advantage of their U.S. counterparts. They used American patience to, among other things, support the North’s ballistic missile program with equipment and almost certainly technology.

“Trump, after the early-April meeting at Mar-a-Lago with Chinese ruler Xi Jinping, looked like he was going to continue Washington’s four-decades-old approach, trying to buy China’s cooperation with concessions—and placing friendly China relations above disarming the Kim regime.

“Xi, post-Mar-a-Lago, began to help on North Korea, for instance leaning on Pyongyang to not detonate the nuclear device that had already been buried at its Punggye-ri test site.

The Chinese, however, did not curtail other support, especially assistance to the North’s economy. China’s two-way trade with its North Korean neighbor was up 10.5 percent in the first half of this year. . .”

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-china-should-fear-donald-trumps-tweets-21725

RECOMMENDED:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

Jim DeMint: Convention of States

“During my time in Washington, I was always known as an “outsider.” Many of my Senate colleagues described me as “anti-establishment.”

And I wore those mantles with pride.

In fact, I was so driven to shake things up in Washington that I founded and led the Senate Conservatives Fund, and then served as the President of the Heritage Foundation.

But after all the time and work that I put in, the federal government continued to grow. The bureaucracy continued to insert itself into our everyday lives at an alarming rate. Our national debt continued to skyrocket.

I finally realized that I had to look OUTSIDE of Washington for a solution.

And then, I found it.

It’s called an Article V Convention of States, and we can make it a reality with your signature on this national petition today.

You see, our Founding Fathers were brilliant men. They left an emergency clause in the Constitution in case the federal government got too big and out-of-control.

It’s called Article V, and it allows the states to bypass Congress and call a Convention of States to propose amendments to our Constitution and rein in the federal government.

Mark Levin (07-28-17)

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Dan Bongino, Contributing Editor for Conservative Review fills in for Mark. Reince Priebus is out as Chief of Staff for President Trump. Priebus resigned and is being replaced by head of the DHS, John Kelly. We are going to have more order in the West Wing now.

“After that, Susan Collins does nothing that is Republican. She voted against a straight Obamacare repeal and is consistently against Republican values. She needs to be primaried by a serious conservative. The label Republican is supposed to mean something. In addition, we don’t need the Republican Party which is a shell of a party. What good are they? They failed to pass a simple Obamacare repeal bill and are already folding on tax cuts. There are people who are happy with the status quo in the Republican and Democrat Party and then there are people who want to change it. This is why it is a good time to think about threatening a third party. What we are doing right now is not working. This is not a question of, if we split the vote or not. Who are we splitting the vote with, but between actual conservatives and establishment? The Founding Fathers were involved in real tangible decisions that had life or death ramifications. Those like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and George Washington had real courage. They didn’t live in the past but in the present. If they knew what was going on in our nation today they would be very upset. Unlike the Founding Fathers, Republicans can’t get out of their own way.

“Finally, not one Democrat signed to have Fusion GPS come testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fusion GPS is the firm that put out the discredited dossier on Trump and Democrats are scared because they may have helped fund them.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/07/28/july-28-2017/

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