RT: Putin/Trump to meet; BREITBART – Poland’s reassurance.
NKOREA – Drudge links 07-05-17; CHANG – Confronting China; DENYER & NEFF – Chinese patrols.
HEALTH CARE: ROUBEIN – Cruz plan; KOLB – Read the bill; Hannity Free Market option.
LEADS: McWHORTER – Race & IQ; LYMAN – Austria/Italy border.
RECOMMENDED: COOKE – My American Dream; DURDEN – 3 things to remember; MARK LEVIN 7-04-17.
“The sad truth is that, at one level or another, a majority of Europeans still believe in the inherent inferiority of the United States and its people, and they reject all evidence to the contrary. In the public imagination, America is the brash young houseguest: violent, forthright with opinion, unimpressed by pretentious tradition, and permanently unable to shake off an unfortunate background in trade. Europeans sigh patronizingly at the United States as a knowing parent would at an unruly child. They are envious of America’s success, yes. But envious in that peculiarly hateful sort of way in which a man might resent his ex-wife’s newfound riches.” Charles Cooke
RT: “Putin, Trump to hold first ‘full-fledged’ meeting on July 7”
“Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will hold their first full-fledged meeting at the G20 summit on July 7, the Kremlin spokesman said. Dmitry Peskov specified it will not merely be a brief contact on the sidelines.
“The meeting is ‘planned as a full-fledged ‘sit down’ meeting,’ Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
“The G20 summit will take place July 7-8 in Hamburg, Germany. During the summit, Trump is to meet Putin face-to-face for the first time. Previously the leaders have spoken only by phone.
“The White House has also confirmed that a “normal bilateral meeting” between the leaders is to take place on Friday afternoon, according to Reuters. . .”
BreitbartLondon: “Poland Wants Trump’s Vow of Protection from Russian Activity”
“. . . Trump is to deliver a speech in Warsaw during a brief visit Thursday. The visit comes before Trump attends a G-20 summit in Germany, where he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Poland and other nations in the region that were under Moscow’s dominance in the communist era are concerned for their security because of Russia’s increased military activity, some of it close to their borders.
“Minister Witold Waszczykowski told reporters that Poland would like to hear Trump’s assurances that the recently installed rotational presence of thousands of U.S. and NATO troops in Poland will continue. The deployments were decided by NATO and by the U.S. administration under former president, Barack Obama.
“‘We would like to hear that as long as the threat continues we will be supported by the U.S. and NATO troops,’ Waszczykowski said.
“Waszczykowski said he was less concerned about Trump’s apparent reluctance to confirm NATO’s Article 5, which says that an attack on one member is considered an attack on all, and pledges mutual defense. The president eventually did confirm his commitment to the article in a news conference on June 9. . .”
NKOREA – Drudge Links 7-5-17
Kim Aims to Develop ICBM Capable of Hitting USA in ’17…
NKorea claims major breakthrough with first ICBM test…
Can carry large nuclear warhead…
VOWS MORE ‘GIFT PACKAGES’ OF MISSILES…
Direct challenge to Trump administration…
Tillerson urges global action…
SKorea runs missile exercise…
Gordon Chang, Daily Beast: “Trump Needs to Confront China on Korea’s Nukes”
“The administration needs to ask hard questions about how North Korea was able to develop an ICBM so quickly, and why it was riding on a Chinese-built vehicle.
“On Tuesday, North Korea launched what it called a Hwasong-14.
“The missile flew only a little more than 550 miles downrange but reached an altitude of 1,740 miles. Fired on a normal trajectory, the Hwasong-14 would have traveled at least 4,100 miles.
“The missile was not, as Pyongyang claimed, “capable of hitting any part of the world,” but it was an intercontinental ballistic missile and able to reach the fringes of the American homeland, all of Alaska and the approaches to the main islands of Hawaii.
“The ICBM test sets up a confrontation, not just between the U.S. and North Korea but also between the U.S. and China.
“In his televised New Year’s Day message this year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suggested his regime would soon conduct an “intercontinental ballistic rocket launch,” in other words, a missile test.
“One day later, President-elect Trump tweeted this: “It won’t happen!”
“It just did. And to add insult to injury, it happened on July 4.
“So now that the Norks have unmistakably defied Trump, there are two things in particular to watch in the coming days. First, analysts will be seeing how the White House handles the Chinese.
“The U.S. is trying to rally the international community and, as part of this effort, has called for a closed-door UN Security Council session, now scheduled for Wednesday.
“If the past is any guide, China, along with junior partner Russia, will try to stall and water down measures proposed by the U.S. In the past, Chinese rearguard actions helped North Korea because Washington, although insisting it had the right to act beyond UN measures, rarely did so.
“Trump, however, has made it clear that the U.S. will act alone to defend itself. And this missile test, much more than the others this year, is perceived as putting Americans at risk. . .”
Simon Denyer & Thomas Gibbons-Neff, WaPo: “China vows to step up air, sea patrols after U.S. warship sails near disputed island”
“. . . The spat is the latest in a series of disputes that have roiled the U.S.-China relationship in just the past few days. Experts said Washington appeared to be signaling its growing frustration with Beijing by rolling out measures including arms sales to Taiwan and sanctions against a Chinese bank doing business with North Korea.
“On Sunday, the USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, a U.S. defense official said. The small isle in the Paracel Islands chain is claimed and controlled by China. It was the second such U.S. operation near Chinese-controlled islands in six weeks.
“U.S. officials tried to portray the latest patrol as a routine, planned maneuver, but whatever their intentions, it has created more friction between the two countries. China’s Defense Ministry said its armed forces had dispatched two frigates, a minesweeper and two fighter jets to warn the Stethem away. . .”
Rachel Roubein, TheHill: “Cruz plan could be key to unlocking healthcare votes”
“The fate of ObamaCare repeal-and-replace could hinge on an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz.
“The Texas senator is pushing for a provision that would allow insurers to sell plans that do not comply with ObamaCare insurance regulations, so long as they also sell plans that comply with those rules. Cruz says giving insurers a path around the regulations should allow them to offer some plans at a lower cost.
“It’s unclear whether the amendment will be added to the Senate bill, or even whether it will pass muster under budgetary rules.
“But the amendment could be the key to ensuring that the legislation passes both the House and the Senate. . .”
Charles Kolb, Fox: “Sen. Rand Paul’s ‘Read the Bills Act’ – Is it really too much to ask members of Congress to read legislation before they vote on it?”
“The median family income for a family of four in the United States these days is approximately $56,500. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate earn $179,000 annually. Each chamber’s leadership makes even more: $193,400. For this kind of money, taxpayers — who pay these salaries — might expect their elected representative to do their jobs.
“Legislators are paid to … well, legislate. Legislating means crafting policy proposals, meeting with constituents, holding legislative hearings, and, ultimately, voting. High school students who come to Washington, D.C., still get copies of that perennial civics favorite, “How A Bill Becomes A Law.” But that brochure never discloses the reality of the American legislative process and how it differs significantly from that cheerful civics description.
“That situation is what prompted Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to again propose legislation, timed just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a new GOP-sponsored health-care-reform bill, mandating that Senators first read legislation before they vote on it. . .”
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
Standard fee: $55/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 discount.
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John McWhorter, NRO: “Stop Obsessing Over Race and IQ”
“Suppose it’s true.
“Suppose that, at the end of the day, people of African descent have lower IQs on average than do other groups of humans, and that this gap is caused, at least in part, by genetic differences.
“Of late, since Charles Murray was all but physically assaulted when he tried to speak at Middlebury, the issue as to whether his claim (with Richard J. Herrnstein) in The Bell Curve that blacks on average have lower IQs, and that it’s “highly likely” that genes play a role, has entered the public discourse once again, in part through a podcast interview Murray did with Sam Harris. Meanwhile, there has long been discussion of the issue in forums that are rarely sampled by the mainstream media and feature frequent complaints that “enlightened” people refuse to talk about race and IQ.
“There is, however, a question that those claiming black people are genetically predisposed to have lower IQs than others fail to answer: “What, precisely, would we gain from discussing this particular issue?. . .”
IQ holds the cards behind nearly every international tension. It is also a major player in the affluence or poverty of most cultures. See:
Hernnstein, Richard & Charles Murray (1994) The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. NY: Free Press.
Lynn, Richard & Vanhanen, Tatu (2006) IQ and Global Inequality. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit. Their first publication surveyed data for 81 countries, their second added another 30. IQ is a major predictor internationally of economic prosperity (and popular endorsement of socialist programs!) . . .
Murray, Charles (2003) Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts & Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 NY: Harper Collins.
Murray Charles (2007) “Intelligence in the Classroom.” WSJ Opinion Journal. January 16. http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=11000953
Murray, Charles (2008) Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality. NY: Crown.
Murray Charles (2007) “Jewish genius.” Commentary. April. Http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/Jewish-Genius-10855
Murray, Charles (2012) Coming Apart: The State of White America. NY: Random House.
Rushton, J Philippe (1997) Race, Evolution, & Human Behavior. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.
Dan Lyman, InfoWars: “AUSTRIA DEPLOYS MILITARY TO ITALIAN BORDER AS MIGRANT CRISIS EXPLODES”
“. . . The Austrian government has moved 750 troops and four Pandur armored vehicles into the Tyrol region, where they can quickly deploy to the Brenner Pass, the primary connector between Austria and Italy through the Alps, if necessary.
“‘We need to prepare for the migration development in Italy, and I expect very promptly that border controls will be activated and assistance requested,’ said Austrian Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil in comments to local press.
“His spokesman said the flood of migrants into Italy is unsustainable, and that riot tanks would have to be deployed.
“‘These are not battle tanks,’ he said. ‘These are armoured vehicles without weapons which could block roads. These were already used during the refugee crisis of 2015/16 at the Spielfeld border crossing (with Slovenia).’
“Italy’s foreign ministry has summoned the Austrian ambassador to discuss Vienna’s statements and movements. . .”
Charles C.W. Cooke, NRO: “My American Dream”
“If you hang around a British person long enough, you are practically guaranteed to hear him make a derisive quip about Americans.
“In all likelihood, he won’t even notice that he’s done it. I have been at many dinner parties at which it has been baldly stated, without embarrassment or regret, that Americans are “all fat” or “all stupid,” or . . . well, you can pretty much choose your epithet at random, and I have watched with irritation as the line was met with general agreement. It is a peculiar thing that reflexive anti-Americanism is tolerated in Britain and beyond to a degree that no other rudeness is. On occasion, I have tried to point this out, puckishly inquiring as to whether the speaker would make the same charge with a different nationality. “Nigerians are all stupid,” perhaps? I think not.
“Ugly as it is, this tic is unlikely to change anytime soon. Making jokes about Americans has been endorsed and indulged by the British literary and political classes for over 200 years now. Here is a fairly typical crack, from Oscar Wilde: ‘America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.’
“Ha ha! Europeans knew it was there, you see, but they kept it quiet. Why? Because the inhabitants are so frightfully uncouth, daaahling.
“Here’s another one: ‘America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.’
“That’s from Oscar Wilde, too. And it’s funny because somebody witty and sophisticated said it, and because everybody just knows that Americans aren’t witty or sophisticated. Indeed, even witty and sophisticated Americans are happy to confirm this . . .
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “3 Things to Remember on Independence Day”
It’s difficult to say what most Americans commemorate or celebrate on Independence Day nowadays. Many appear to focus on some vague notion of “America.” Others even take to jingoism equating the United States government with the very notion of “freedom.”
Lost in all of this is the fact that the Declaration of Independence – the document we’re supposed to remember today – is a document that promotes secession, rebellion, and what the British at the time regarded as treason.
“On the other hand, those who do recall the radical nature of the Declaration often tend to romanticize the American Revolution in a way that is neither instructive nor helpful today.
“So, what should we remember about Independence Day, and what can it teach us? For starters, here are three things about the history and context of this holiday that should continue to inform us today and into the future.
“One: If You Can’t Secede, You’re Not Really Free
“The very first sentence of the Declaration of Independence lays it out. Sometimes, “it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another…”
“The document then goes on to list in detail why 1776’s specific act of secession was justified and necessary for preserving the rights of the colonists.
“By the 19th century, this philosophy of self-determination would become a foundational element of the ideology now known internationally as liberalism — or “classical liberalism” in the United States. . .”
“Two: Independence Day Is Not a Military Holiday
“For obvious reasons, government institutions have little motivation to emphasize the Declaration of Independence or the philosophy it represents. This would amount to the government undermining itself. Consequently, many have attempted to turn the Fourth of July into a holiday that embraces vague notions of celebrating “America.”
“These ahistorical interpretations notwithstanding, Independence Day recalls resistance and a withdrawal of fealty to a hostile political power. We should not twist it into a celebration of our current rulers in Washington, the federal government, or the troops that work for and represent the federal government.
“It should be a celebration against government and a reminder that Americans can once again walk away from tyranny, even if force of arms is required. (emph added, jb)
“This does not defame or insult the American troops, but rather reminds us that we are a civilian nation and the government (and its troops) is supposed to be our servant rather than our master. Slavish displays of patriotism and loyalty to the state are inimical to the real meaning of the holiday.
“Three: Armed Revolt Is a Serious and Rare Event
“Among those who do wish to commemorate the true resistance offered by the revolutionaries, there is a different error: thinking that armed resistance is always right around the corner.
“In some corners of America, it’s become almost commonplace to hear claims that surely the Second American Revolution will come with just a few more outrages committed against life, liberty, or property. All it will take is a few more no-knock raids committed against peaceful families sleeping in their beds. Or perhaps the government need only seize a few more guns before the American people ‘wake up.’ Or perhaps once someone reveals the extent to which the US government spies on us all — as Edward Snowden has already done — then Americans will simply refuse to tolerate it any more. . .”
Mark Levin 7-4-17
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, We bring you the best of Mark Levin on this Independence day!
“The long-held official policy of the Department of Justice is that a sitting president of the United States cannot be indicted, according to an official 1973/2000 DOJ memoranda. All this talk about whether President Trump personally is under investigation for obstruction of justice, or whether Trump violated the law, will never go to court. If Robert Mueller should seek to indict Trump in the end the Supreme Court would throw it out.
“So why does the endless cloud of investigation around the Trump administration exist? It exists generally to distract and derail Trump’s presidency, and specifically for the purposes of impeachment.
“Also, leftist politicians pushing single-payer healthcare are trying to institute hell on earth. Senate Democrats have gone past criticizing the GOP’s current health care proposal to espouse their support for government-run health care. They paint these things as paradise. Senators like Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal believe that freedom attains its highest possibility through the state. This is the ideology off the progressive today. The progressives are always marching in support of their agenda.
“Also, now some want the Republicans to move on from healthcare to tax cuts. That is how you lose a country. Republicans need to push a conservative healthcare agenda and take their case to the American people. As long as you have guys like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, single payer will be our fate.
“In addition, the scholars and intellectuals like Walter White that gave birth to Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama and the rest of them. You ignore the academics and intellectuals at their own peril, but they have the last laugh. Ultimately academicians want to control your lives. They think they are smarter than everybody else.
“Finally, Jeh Johnson testified at a House hearing on Russian hacking. Didn’t this hacking happen under Barack Obama, Johnson and Loretta Lynch’s watch? Well for a while they covered it up and didn’t tell the American people; they sat on this information until October. Johnson pats himself on the back for getting the information out about the Russian hacking weeks before the election. Why not months? They thought Hillary was going to win and that is why they didn’t want to upset this outcome. The hiding of this crucial information about Russian interference was purely partisan. It’s not Trump colluding with the Russians, it is the Obama Administration concealing what the Russians did in order to help Hillary so her election would not appear tainted. In addition, there was no collusion between Trump and the Russians. There is no witness anywhere that has said otherwise.”