NRO – Moral Panic; Bissonett – Oracle Hogg.
BUDGET: Goldberg – Trump not blameless; Hanson – Muckrakers gone.
LEADS: Kheel – Russia/China hypersonic; Binder – Citizenship; Carmanco – Anti-sanctuary in Orange County; Lame – Russia/poisoning; Robinson – Pres. Kim to China.
HEALTH CARE: Howell – States & sticker shock; Hannity – Josh Umber Site.
RECOMMENDED: Schweizer – Secret Empires; EllworthforGovernor – Ellsworth2018.com; Judicial Watch – 3 petitions – 1)Prosecute Hillary; 2) End illegal immigration; 3) Expose Soros; Mark Levin 03-26-18; Best Actor – Churchill show times.
NRO: “The ‘March for Our Lives’ Moral Panic”
“Saturday’s ‘March for Our Lives’ carried the acrid whiff of moral panic. That the driving force behind the display was genuine — the event was planned and led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are passionate advocates of gun control — is beyond doubt. But not all that is earnest is sensible, and this was a not a sensible display. Although it was invoked incessantly, as if part of a catechism, “common sense” was notably lacking from the streets and from the stage.
“It is universally acknowledged in America that the death of an innocent person is a tragedy worth our attention. Where we differ is on what can — and should — be done to prevent the next one. That there exists in this country a range of considered and heartfelt opinion as to how a free society should respond to savage mass shootings apparently hasn’t occurred to the march’s participants. Repeatedly, those who disagreed with the ill-considered prescriptions of the speakers were cast as shills or monsters, or as traitors to their country, their faith, and their posterity. The worst of the vitriol was cast at Senator Marco Rubio, a man who has been more open and accommodating than most in the wake of the Parkland shooting, but who has been repaid for his efforts with attacks on his character, his sincerity, and his religious beliefs. He was far from the only target. To listen to the parade of hostility was to be told that to support the Second Amendment is to be a revanchist, an outcast, or a vassal. An exercise in persuasion this was not. . .”
Joe Bissonette, NRO: “David Hogg: Oracle, or Useful Idiot?”
“. . . A little perspective is in order. Time reports that since 2013, six adults and 35 children have been killed in school shootings in the U.S. While this is a tragedy, there are an average of 51 deaths by lightning strikes each year in the U.S. The likelihood that you will be killed by a lightning strike is six times greater than the likelihood that you will be killed in a school shooting. The shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida was a tragedy, but it is not part of an epidemic, and it is mendacious to present it as such. There are, however, a number of reasons why it is being given this spin: 1) Any attack on children is particularly horrific, and if it bleeds it leads; 2) any grave crime committed by a minor is deeply disturbing; 3) any story involving guns makes blue-state America see red; 4) the mainstream media is so desperate for under-30 viewers that they will give triple coverage to any story from them and for them; and 5) everybody knows that schools are sociopathic, outdated, Industrial Revolution–era warehouses, but the media Left hasn’t figured out how to say this out of fear of the powerful teachers’ unions, so this provides a back door into a great untold story. This last point is worth a moment’s attention.
“A psych study a few years ago had a large random sample describe a facial expression in a picture. The vast majority of children and adults identified the facial expression as neutral or positive, while more that 70 percent of teens identified the facial expression as negative, hostile, and judgmental. Teenagers are constitutionally insecure. We all know that. Now everyone intuitively knows the danger of cascading negative social reinforcement; that is, when you put together a bunch of people with the same phobia, the likelihood of the phobia emerging and eclipsing everything else is very high. And unless you are in complete denial, you probably remember that this was a huge part of the high-school experience. Most of high school is terrible. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Trump Is Not Blameless in the Spending-Bill Disaster”
“It’s not true that Trump was tricked or betrayed into signing the omnibus.
“President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending deal on Friday, averting another government shutdown. Written largely in secret and passed without any time to read its 2,232 pages, the bill violated pretty much everything the GOP had promised about reforming the process of legislating.
“But the sausage was even uglier than the sausage-making. For conservatives, with the exception of a large increase in defense spending, the bill is a hot mess. It raises discretionary spending 13 percent, advances almost no GOP domestic priorities while fulfilling many Democratic ones. There’s a pittance for border security and some new fencing, but nothing for the president’s coveted “big, beautiful wall.”
“It was reportedly this fact that prompted Trump to tweet a veto threat on Friday morning, sending White House and Hill staffers scrambling.
“Then, in a shambolic press conference cum signing ceremony later that day, he grudgingly said he’d sign what he called “crazy” legislation. But, he added, he would “never” sign another bill like this again. The key message of the day: It’s not my fault!
“So whose fault was it? Those backstabbing blackguards of the Beltway.
“‘Total betrayal by the Senate and House leadership,’ said Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, one of Trump’s most reliable unofficial spokeswomen. ‘The president and the people who voted for him have been betrayed by Speaker Paul Ryan and Leader Mitch McConnell. And the people in Kentucky and Wisconsin need to make sure that these guys are defeated in the next election so this president can carry on the agenda that we elected him to do.’
“Pirro went on: ‘Folks, I want to be real clear. This is not on Donald Trump. This is on the leadership of the Republican party, the very people this president should be able to count on. In truth, the president is surrounded by inept, incompetent warriors. And this bill is a reflection of just that.’
“It’s interesting when people who insist that Trump is the greatest negotiator in history and the most farsighted three-dimensional chess player since Commander Spock also insist that he got rolled. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Where Are the Left’s Modern Muckrakers?”
“High-tech corporations have acquired massive power and wealth, dwarfing the might of the robber barons of the past.
“In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there was an epic fight of so-called muckrakers — journalists and novelists such as Frank Norris, Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, and Ida Tarbell, along with trust-busting politicians like Teddy Roosevelt — against rail, steel, and oil monopolies. Whatever one thought of their sensationalism and often hard-left socialist agendas, they at least brought public attention to price fixing, product liabilities, monopolies, and the buying of politicians.
“No such progressive zealotry exists today in Silicon Valley and its affiliated tech spin-offs. And the result is a Roman gladiatorial spectacle with no laws in the arena.
“In the last two elections, Facebook has sold its user data to Democratic and, apparently more controversially, Republican campaign affiliates. Google, Twitter, and Facebook have often been accused of censoring users’ expression according to their own political tastes. Civil libertarians have accused social-media and Internet giants of violating rights of privacy, by monitoring the shopping, travel, eating, and entertainment habits of their customers to the extent that they know where and when Americans travel or communicate with one another.
“Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook are the world’s five largest companies in terms of stock value. Together they have market capitalization of about 3 trillion dollars, about the net worth of the entire country of Switzerland. . .”
“Yet today’s Silicon Valley and related high-tech companies are largely exempt from such traditional regulations. Facebook and Google run veritable monopolies. Facebook alone controls an estimated 40 percent of the world’s social-media market. It has more than 2 billion monthly users. Google controls about 90 percent of the world’s search-engine market. Apple earns $230 billion in annual revenue and is nearing a market value of $900 billion. Microsoft controls about 85 percent of the word-processing personal and business markets. Amazon alone was responsible for about 45 percent of all online sales of any sort last year. It has huge contracts with the Pentagon and owns the Washington Post. When competitors to Big Tech arise, they are offered billions of dollars, cashed out, and absorbed. Facebook has bought more than 50 rival companies. It acquired former competitor WhatsApp, the world’s leader in messaging platforms, for a staggering $19 billion. Alphabet/Google has bought more than 200 companies, YouTube among them.
“The point of these surreal statistics about wealth, influence, and power is not to suggest that they prove abuse. Rather, they point to temptation. . .”
Rebecca Kheel, The Hill: “Russia, China eclipse US in hypersonic missiles, prompting fears”
“Russia and China are outpacing the United States in the development of super-fast missile technology, Pentagon officials and key lawmakers are warning.
“Russia says it successfully tested a so-called hypersonic missile this month, while China tested a similar system last year expected to enter service soon.
‘Right now, we’re helpless,’ Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in advocating for more investment in hypersonics, along with missile defense.
“Hypersonics are generally defined as missiles that can fly more than five times the speed of sound.
“Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, last week described a hypersonic as a missile that starts out ‘like a ballistic missile, but then it depresses the trajectory and then flies more like a cruise missile or an airplane. So it goes up into the low reaches of space, and then turns immediately back down and then levels out and flies at a very high level of speed.’. . . ”
John Binder, Breitbart: “‘Big Victory for President Trump:’ Commerce Department Puts U.S. Citizenship Question Back on Census”
Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .
In a historic moment for President Trump’s administration, Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced that a question asking United States residents if they are American citizens will be placed on the 2020 Census.
“Ross made the announcement late on Monday evening, writing in a statement:
‘After a thorough review of the legal, program, and policy considerations, as well as numerous discussions with Census Bureau leadership, Members of Congress, and interested stakeholders, Secretary Ross has determined that reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire is necessary to provide complete and accurate census block level data.’
“Since 1950, the citizenship question has not been asked on the full Census, leaving the nation without an exact estimate of how many citizens are in the country and how many noncitizens and illegal aliens are in the country. . .”
Cindy Carmanco, LA Times: “Anti-‘sanctuary state’ movement picks up steam in Orange County”
“…On Tuesday, Orange County supervisors may consider whether to take up a resolution to condemn and possibly take legal action against the state’s “sanctuary” laws.
“‘These state laws are preempted by federal law,’ Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson said. ‘Our officers actually face penalties under state law if they so much as talk to federal agents for the wrong thing. That’s just unacceptable and it’s contrary to federal law.’
Nelson said he’ll broach in closed session whether to join a federal lawsuit against the state or launch its own litigation. . .”
Oliver JJ Lame, Breitbart: “Russia’s Pravda: ‘We Are in a State of Real and Full-Scale Cold War’ over Salisbury Poisoning”
“. . . Published within 15 minutes of the English edition, Pravda’s Russian headline stated the expulsions were seen as a prelude to all-out war, and quoted at length the editor of Russian current affairs journal Russia in Global Politics Fedor Lukyanov.
His claim that “a multilateral diplomatic war has begun between Russia and the West”, that the states involved are now in a real state of Cold War comes as a serious escalation in rhetoric from a news organisation traditionally thought of as a Kremlin mouthpiece.
In the journal editorial quoted by Pravda, Lukyanow wrote of the fact that the United States expelled significantly more embassy staff than the United Kingdom, the nation that played host to the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal: “It turns out that Washington is the flagship of the new Cold War.
“In the foreseeable future, there is no hope for improving relations or progress in any areas, we are in a state of real and full-scale Cold War with all the ensuing consequences. The main and only task is to minimize risks, prevent the conflict from turning into an even more militarised phase.”
Julian Robinson, et al., UK Daily Mail: “Kim Jong-un DID go to Beijing to meet China’s President Xi in his first-ever overseas trip as leader and says he’s now willing to meet Trump after the ‘successful’ talks
- Beijing confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a visit to China
- Kim travelled with his wife and held ‘successful talks’ and a banquet with Xi
- The North Korean leader said he was willing to hold talks with the United States
- He also said he was committed to ‘denuclearisation’ on the Korean peninsula
- A train from North Korea arrived in Beijing amid heavy security on Monday
- White House said Trump received a ‘private’ message from Xi about meeting
Tom Howell, Jr., Washington Times: “States scrambling to avert Obamacare sticker shock after Dems balk at stabilization effort”
“Congress failed to tamp down Obamacare premiums in last week’s spending bill, shifting the burden onto states, where governors and legislatures are facing growing pressure — but few good options — to bring down rates before companies finalize their 2019 prices.
Politicians at all levels of government are fearing another round of sticker shock for consumers this fall as insurers jack up prices, blaming both the original 2010 health law and the moves Congress and the Trump administration have made to undercut it in the years since.
“Capitol Hill had a chance to lower rates with a stabilization bill Republicans had hoped to attach to last week’s spending package. But Democrats balked, and Congress likely missed its last chance to act before the new rates are set.
“With federal policymakers sputtering, states are plotting their own steps, seeking federal permission for ‘reinsurance’ program that subsidize pricey customers or waiting for final instructions from the Trump administration on short-term plans that don’t fully comply with Obamacare’s strict coverage requirements. . .”
Hannity: – Josh Umber Site
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Peter Schweizer, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends
“. . . The deeply researched book (it contains 859 endnotes) includes revelations involving George Soros, Barack Obama, Tom Steyer, Penny Pritzker, Jared Kushner, John Kerry, and myriad others. Four of the book’s central characters are Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Mitch McConnell, and Elaine Chao. In particular, Schweizer traces the intersection between these four individuals and deals involving China.
Here, then, are five China-related revelations Schweizer exposes in his new book:
- Biden’s Son’s Firm Scored a $1.5 Billion Deal with the Bank of China 10 Days After Joe Biden and His Son Flew to China Aboard Air Force Two
- The China-Backed Investment Fund Invested in Dual-Use Military Technology
- The Obama Justice Department Charged One of the Companies with Stealing U.S. Nuclear Secrets
- Mitch McConnell and His Wife Elaine Chao Received a $5 Million to $25 Million Gift from a Family Member Who Sat on the Board of a Top Chinese Government Military Contractor
- Mitch McConnell’s Sister-in-Law Sits on the Board of the Chinese Government’s Bank of China
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“She abused her public office to funnel money to personal accounts – much of which is now sloshing around her vanity “charity” that could be renamed “The Clinton Corruption Foundation.”
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Mark Levin, 03-26-18
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, Everything related to our nation’s founding is considered a relic by progressives, especially the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. The left is a very dangerous place to be because there is a very thin line between claims of populism and autocracy, tyranny, and totalitarianism. We don’t have to defend the history of the 2nd Amendment, we only have to defend the 2nd amendment. The debate was had and it’s a part of the Constitution, and if people want to change it they have to come up with a Constitutional amendment, but that’s not how the left works. Instead they pack the courts with progressives and claim they have to power to alter the 2nd Amendment.
“Also, when Bill Clinton included a question about citizenship in the 2000 census, there was no howling about it being racist or unfair. Now, Tom Perez says it’s a craven attack on our democracy and a way to intimidate immigrant communities. The question about citizenship was recurrent in every census until it was removed in 2008 by Barack Obama. The progressive left doesn’t want the question asked because they know there are people here illegally using government programs and stealing from the American people. The democrat party and its leadership is about party first because it drives their progressive ideology, and if they succeed this country will end.
“Later, Russia interfered with the 2016 election and Obama purposefully and knowingly did nothing. People like Mark Warner, Adam Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi go on and on about how dangerous Russian interference in our election is; they were right, so where are they now? Instead of addressing the Obama inaction to prevent Russian hacking, they’re attacking John Bolton, a man who Russia truly fears.”
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