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
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. . .”
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. . .”
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 . . .”
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. . .”
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.. .”
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. . .”
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!
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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.
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.’”
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. . .”
Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com”
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.”
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