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Surging economy also improving Trump's numbers

CNBC: 
American optimism on the economy is reaching new heights and President Donald Trump's approval ratings look to be benefiting, at least somewhat.

The CNBC All-American Economic Survey found that for the first time in at least 11 years, more than half of respondents to the survey rated the economy as good or excellent, while a near record 41 percent expected the economy to improve in the next year.

"We're not measuring a marginal change in the economy, we're measuring a different economy,'' said Public Opinion Strategies' Micah Roberts, the Republican pollster for the survey. The poll of 800 adults across the nation, with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points, was conducted Dec. 10-13 by that firm and Democratic pollster Hart Research.

The survey found that 42 percent of Americans expect their wages to rise in the next year, and 41 percent of homeowners see their home values going up, the highest level recorded since 2007. In 2011, while the coun…

Criticism of Mueller tied to the conflicts of interest of his staff

NY Times:
Image of Cooperation Between White House and Mueller Starts to Fracture President Trump’s lawyers and supporters have significantly increased their attacks on the special counsel as the investigation has reached deeper into the president’s inner circle. The investigation so far has found no evidence to support the central theory of why it was set up to begin with.  None of its prosecutins have supported the "Russian collusion" theory of the Democrats who saught to use the investigation to stymie the Trump presidency.  Virtually all of the complaints about Mueller revolve around the conflicts of interestrs of the people he hired and the people inside the FBI and DOJ with a political axe to grind.

This story looks like another attempt to hide the coup attempt by some in the FBI and the DOJ who did not want Trump to become president.  They are the people who should be the subject of an investigation.  Mueller needs to distance himself from the plotters if he wants to k…

Politicizing law enforcement to attack Trump

Lawrence Sellin:
Any government agency with law enforcement and surveillance authority that uses those powers for political purposes is the definition of a secret police, no better than the Nazi Gestapo or the Soviet KGB.

There is indeed probable cause to conclude, meaning indictable offenses, that employees of the Department of Justice and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sympathetic to the Democrat Party, used the power of their offices and with the assistance of foreign nationals to influence the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, first to exonerate her and then obtain information to prevent the election of Donald Trump or to provide a basis for his impeachment should he win.

It is also abundantly clear from the Congressional investigations involving the Department of Justice and the FBI that those institutions of government are protecting themselves at the expense of transparency and accountability to the American people.

In other words, the government employe…

Trump is winning on immigration and the media hates it

Washington Examiner:
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There’s one major difference between the immigrant terrorist story and the other two about Moore and Gillibrand: The media can’t make the immigrant terrorist story bad for the White House.

On Monday, Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national, secured a pipe bomb to his body and then detonated it in a busy Times Square subway station. The bomb mostly fizzled, injuring only Ullah, who told authorities after that he had been inspired by the Islamic State.

Ullah’s ticket to the U.S. came in the form of a green card, which he received not because he had something substantial to offer — he drove for a car service, which anyone with legs and arms can do — but because his mother is the sister of a U.S. citizen.

That’s the way the vast majority of immigrants come to the U.S., while other foreigners, including high-skilled workers who want a better life, too, wait their turn and hope for the best.

In English, getting an advantage because of (loose) family connections is…

San Francisco values haunt Democrat leader

Washington Times:
Pelosi’s super PAC refuses to give back donations from owners of prostitution website Do you think the Democrats would be as forgiving if Trump recived such a donation and kept it?

When you cut through the noise, Trump has had a successful first year

Byron York:
Something is happening in the final days of 2017. People are noticing that Donald Trump has gotten a lot done in his tumultuous first year in the White House.

Assume that tax reform passes and is signed into law. If in, say, 2014, a Republican, of either the conservative or moderate variety, predicted that in 2017 a newly-elected GOP president and Congress would —


Cut corporate and individual taxes.Repeal the Obamacare individual mandate.Appoint a highly-respected conservative to the Supreme Court.Appoint a one-year record number of judges to the circuit courts.Get rid of reams of unnecessary regulations.Destroy ISIS.Approve pipeline projects and new oil drilling.-- then a lot of Republicans would probably have cheered. Loudly.

No need to go through the litany of complaints against the president or the succession of hair-on-fire, Twitter-fueled controversies that have marked the wildest first year ever in presidential politics. Or the special counsel investigation into the …

Democrats frustrated by not being able to say the new tax bill helps the rich.

streif:
Top One-Percenter Complains That GOP Tax Bill HURTS The Wealthy

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I really want to see Democrats running, nationwide, on the theme that the GOP tax bill is unfair to people who are paying on a mortgage in excess of $750,000. To paraphrase a famous economist, ““I do think at a certain point you’ve enough of a mortgage deduction.” I repeat a question.  Why are liberals complaing about paying higher taxes?  If Bernie Sanders wants to raise taxes as he says he does, why are Democrats complaing about weathy people having fewer deductions for their mansions?

Trump national security policy aimed at restoring US strength

David Goldman:
In a speech later today, US President Donald Trump will propose a shift in US national security strategy more profound than any proposed by his predecessors since Ronald Reagan. According to a preliminary copy of the president’s 2017 National Security Strategy obtained by the Asia Times, Trump envisions a radical upgrade in the US industrial base, large-scale support for scientific and technical education, and rebuilding of infrastructure, in response to China’s economic and strategic challenge.

In so many words, Trump’s 67-page summary of national security policy declares that America is a frog that will not be boiled. No doubt the report will be portrayed as war-like, although that is not its intention. “Competition does not always mean hostility, nor does it inevitably lead to conflict – although none should doubt our commitment to defend our interests. An America that successfully competes is the best way to prevent conflict. Just as American weakness invites challe…

The left's dishonest attacks on President Trump

Dov Fischer:
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Next they said that Donald Trump is a racist. Somehow, while he had been in public life for half a century before, quite notorious in the public eye, ever the media darling and spectacle, no one ever before had associated him with racism. As he built hotels and casinos, as he hosted a crazy but adorably popular and kitschy reality television show, no one ever whispered “racist.” Somehow, no one — no Black leader, no White Democrat liberal, no one in half a century ever saw a racist bone in the loud, brash New Yorker. And it is not because he was admired like Mother Teresa or Father Damien. Everyone always knew about “The Donald” and his hubris, his screwy side. But no one, not even Jesse Jackson — who made his “Rainbow Coalition” fame and fortune by huckstering for payoffs and shaking down corporate executives with threats that he would boycott them as “racist” if they did not cough up moolah — ever called Donald Trump a racist. And then he got elected 45th President …

Obama thwarted law enforcement bust of Hezballah cocaine trafficking in US to get his bad Iran deal

Politico:
In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.

Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies.

They followed cocaine shipments, som…

Muslim hate preacher chaffs under Super-max prison conditions

Telegraph:
Former Finsbury Park Mosque hate preacher Abu Hamza has demanded that he be returned to the UK as his US prison is too tough.

Lawyers representing the hook-handed Hamza, who is currently serving a life sentence in a high-security prison, have said that he would return to a British jail "in a second" if he could.

He has complained that the "inhuman and degrading" conditions in the "supermax" prison in Florence, Colorado "breach his human rights". Hamza's lawyers have said he is “hopeful” about his appeal.

The former imam was given a life sentence for terrorism and kidnapping offences in New York in January 2015 and has since been mostly kept in solitary confinement in a special unit, preventing him from contacting most of the outside world.
... This is a guy who would subject non-Muslims to inhumane conditions and even death complaining about being in prison.  His chances of prevailing in a US court are remote.  It appears he misse…

US helped Russia thwart ISIS attack in St. Petersburg

NY Times:
Putin Credits C.I.A. With Helping Thwart Terror Attack
President Vladimir V. Putin called President Trump on Sunday to thank him for the help disrupting an ISIS attack in St. Petersburg. Seven people were arrested as a result of the tip from the US.  I wonder if the Democrats will call this collusion.

CNN is trying to destroy Trump and his supporters

CNN:
Trump & Allies Are Trying to Destroy Mueller I think Trump and his allies are making the case that some of the things the Mueller team is doing are unfair and biased.  It is also pretty clear that CNN is unfair and biased toward Trump and his supporters.  They routinely go out of their way to try to destroy Trump.

Bernie Sanders give GOP an issue to run against Democrats in 2018

Washington Times:
Sen. Bernard Sanders said Sunday that corporate taxes would “absolutely” go back up if Democrats retake the Senatein 2018.

“I think we’re going to take a very hard look at this entire tax bill and make it a tax bill that works for the middle class and working families, not for the top 1 percent and large multi-national corporations,” the Vermont independent said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Asked if that would mean raising the federal corporate tax rate, which would drop from 35 to 21 percent under the Republican tax-reform plan expected to pass Congress this week, Mr. Sanders said, “In my view, absolutely.”

Republicans have touted the reduction as a way to stimulate the economy and repatriate companies that have moved overseas in order to avoid the U.S. corporate tax, the highest among the world’s major economies.

Including average state and local taxes, the corporate tax rate can reach 38.9 percent.
... Sanders does not understand economics and how the corporate tax r…

A move against liberal language cops

Washington Post:
Multiple HHS divisions instructed to avoid words including ‘diversity’ and ‘vulnerable’

It’s not clear whether other federal departments have been instructed by the Trump administration to avoid certain words in preparing their budget documents for next year. Here is how liberals abuse language.  Diversity is more about skin color and sexual orientation than intellectual and political diversity.  At liberal-dominated institutions, conservatives are shunned and discriminated against and subjected to abuse.  This is true regardless of their ethnicity. 

In fact, black conservatives are viciously attacked.  At places like Berkley or in liberal meccas like New York conservatives would, by most definitions, be considered vulnerable to attacks by liberal fascists like Antifa.  But to liberals, vulnerable groups can only be liberal oriented special interests.

It should not be surprising that many conservatives see how these words are used to push the evils of liberalism and ab…

Mass murder of Christians in Pakistan is a show of Muslim religious bigotry

NY Times:
Suicide Bombers Kill Worshipers at Church in Pakistan
ISIS claimed responsibility for the assault in Quetta that left at least eight dead and 30 injured, raising concerns about the security of Christians in the country. For some Muslims, Islam is not the religion of peace unless it is the peace of the dead.  While the Islamic religious bigots are a minority of Muslim they are a significant one with Imams teaching hate to their flock.  It is a reminder to those who want to encourage Muslim migration to the West that ere are some who demand that the West assimilate into Islam or die.

A search for deeps state insubordination?

NY Times:
E.P.A. Contractor Scoured Agency for Anti-Trump Officials
A top executive has submitted at least 40 Freedom of Information Act requests targeting employees known to be questioning management at the E.P.A. The EPA is infested with true believers in climate change who think they are on a "mission from God' in the words of the Blues Brothers.  They have been acting as if they are above the laws for longer than the Trump administration has been in power.  Finding them and sending them to more suitable occupations is a way to avoid the insubordination by deep state operatives.

The leftist who rejects the false narrative of the left on 'Russian collusion' story

Lee Smith:
There’s only one American journalist who truly merits a Pulitzer Prize this year: Glenn Greenwald. He’s been on the biggest story of the year from day one. No, I don’t mean Russiagate, the main stage for the media’s preening self-advertisements of its heroic “resistance,” like “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” In fact, the narrative holding that Donald Trump colluded with Russia is the chief piece of evidence that Greenwald has used to nail the year’s real top story—how the American press became a woozy facsimile of Pravda.

Last week, Greenwald called out the press for its latest blunder: “Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time,” wroteGreenwald. “The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an expl…

Trump administration tells Israel and Palestinians that they expect the Western Wall to be a part of Israel

streif:
Trump Administration Takes One More Toy Away From The Palestinian Terrorist Regime This is another way of telling the Palestinian leadership to be realistic in its negotiations with Israel.  The Palestinians leaders are upset, but they generally stay in a state of rage over the very existence of Israel as a Jewish state despite having no valid claim to the territory claimed by Israel.

Trump lawyers accuse Mueller of unconstitutional search and seizure of transition records

Fox News:
A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications, privileged communications and thousands of emails without their knowledge.

In a letter obtained by Fox News and sent to House and Senate committees on Saturday, the transition team’s attorney alleges “unlawful conduct” by the career staff at the General Services Administration in handing over transition documents to the special counsel’s office.

The transition legal team argues the GSA “did not own or control the records in question” and the release of documents could be a violation of the 4th Amendment – which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America, wrote in Saturday's letter that the GSA handed over “tens of thousands of emails” to Mueller's probe without "any notice&…

The US northern border feeling the inconvenience of illegal immigration too

Washington Post:
As migrants flee for Canada, fears rise over the perils of frigid illegal crossings

With tightening U.S. immigration policy sending people for the border, local officials in Minnesota and Canada are angry about being shoved onto the front lines of the debate. Some of those immigrants also made dangerous crossings into the US across its border with Mexico.  They were a problem for people in the Southwest too.   Getting control of our borders will create a safer environment for people in both areas.  Perhaps people in Minnesota and Canada will have more empathy for border states to the south having to deal with the migrants.

Don't blame me for women wearing high heels

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NY Times:
Are High Heels Headed for a Tumble?
With sexual harassment revelations rife and public spaces threatened, some women are wondering just why they wear these things. I have asked a few women why they wear them since they do not look that comfortable and they usually tell me because it makes their legs look better.  I thought their legs looked fine with or without them. 

Some shorter women wear them for the elevation I think. 

It is hard for me to comprehend why this has anything to do with sexual harassment.  I think most women who wear them do it because they want to.  No one could force them to buy a closet full of them or build extra storage for their collection of high heels.

I am not someone who focuses on a woman's shoes.  I do recall a woman on an arbitration panel with me one time pointing out her shoes and the fact that you could see the tops of her toes in much the same way some women wear low cut blouses to expose a hint of their breasts.  It became clear to me th…

Proponents of 'net neutrality' censure opposing views

Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller released a funny video Tuesday of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defending the commission’s upcoming net neutrality rollback. Through Wednesday and Thursday, liberals and others who dislike Pai’s political position lost their minds. And by Friday morning, Google, one of the most powerful companies on the planet, had censored the video based on a bogus claim from a politically motivated man.

It took seven crucial hours and the full force of our news site to push Google and YouTube to reverse this political censorship. We were able to prevail because of the sizable contacts and resources of TheDC. An average citizen showcasing a political viewpoint Google and the left disagreed with would almost certainly have had a far more difficult — and fruitless — time fighting back.

At TheDC, we knew that releasing a video of Pai fidget-spinning in a Santa suit, swinging lightsabers and playing with a puppy a day before the FCC’s net neutrality vote would ruffle some feathers…

How the Washington Post and other media aided and abetted Russia's objective of discrediting US election

Power Line:
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The Post cites intelligence reports that the Russians consider their efforts to interfere in our presidential election as “a resounding, if incomplete, success.” “U.S. officials” tell the Post that the Kremlin believes it got “a staggering return” on an operative thought to have cost less than $500,000 to execute.

Of course they believe this, and they are right. The “staggering return” consists of (1) the discrediting of our democracy caused by widespread claims that Trump and Putin stole the election from Hillary Clinton and (2) the enormous disruption caused by investigation of alleged collusion between Trump and Russia. The Washington Post has played a substantial role in both victories for Russia
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Once the “Russia reset” exploded in his face, President Obama made dealing with Iran the centerpiece of his foreign policy. He received applause from the Washington Post and other stalwarts of the present anti-Trump resistance for doing so. At the time, no state was mo…

The collusion of the deep state coup plotters

George Neumeyer:
he only picture of collusion emerging from the Russian probes is one that implicates Hillary’s. Across the U.S. government, political appointees and deep state hacks were helping Hillary and gunning for Trump. One of her partisans over at the FBI, Peter Strzok, performed a virtual hat trick of political espionage: he went from inoculating Hillary against criminal prosecution (by convincing Comey to soften his description of her mishandling of classified information) to joining the quest to nail Trump, all while writing to his mistress, also at the FBI, that they had a mutual duty to prevent Trump from winning the White House. The cooings of the two turned into plotting. “Maybe you are meant to stay where you are because you are meant to protect the country from that menance,” she wrote to him, to which he replied: “Of course I’ll try and approach it that way.”

As an appropriately exasperated Jim Jordan, among others, reviewed all of this damning material at a Congress…

Media ignoring alleged sexual harassment case against Florida Democrat

Daily Caller:
CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times have ignored sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings, whose alleged sexual harassment of a staffer resulted in a $220,000 taxpayer-funded settlement in 2014.

The three outlets have yet to report on the massive settlement to Hastings’ accuser, former committee staffer Winsome Packer, which Roll Call first revealed a week ago on December 8. Packer accused Hastings of making sexual advances, touching her legs and threatening her job. The former staffer said she was “blackballed” for speaking out.

Hastings claimed that he was unaware of the settlement and called the sexual harassment allegations “ludicrous” on Friday.

Two Florida Democrats, Rep. Frederica Wilson and Rep. Lois Frankel, have said they are standing by Hastings, who was cleared by an ethics committee investigation in 2014. Democratic New York Rep. Kathleen Rice previously saidthat ethics committee investigations are not “real” acc…

ISIS financing operations with Libyan slave trade?

PJ Media:
Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told Congress last week that he believes there is a tie between terror groups' financing and the slave trade that's popped up in parts of Libya in which smugglers end up selling African migrants trying to make it to Europe.

"The reports of what's happening in those camps where migrants, refugees are being abused, exploited and slave trade -- shocking," Sullivan told the House Foreign Affairs Committee during a hearing on counterterrorism efforts in Africa. "It's happening in areas of Libya that are largely ungoverned, which is why we need -- we're working hard, along with the UN, for a political solution to the situation to get more control over those areas."

"But in those ungoverned areas where ISIS and other terrorist organizations are able to operate, they make money by engaging in activities like that," he added.

Pressed on which terrorist groups are involved in the slave trade, Sulliv…

Texas adds electric transmission lines to Freeport to service largest ethylene plant in the world

Fuel Fix:
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the overseer of the state's electric grid, has approved expansion of a transmission line in Freeport, an industrial area with booming power demands and large chemical plants.

By 2019, Freeport's power demand is expected to be 92 percent higher than it was in 2016, according to ERCOT. The $246.7 million project will include a new 48 mile transmission line and upgrades to shorter line in the area, according to ERCOT.

Michigan and Delware-based DowDuPont announced earlier this year that it would spend $4 billion expanding its industrial campus in Freeport. The expansion will give Freeport the largest ethylene plant in the world. Houston-based Freeport LNG is also building an LNG export terminal in the area.
... The plant will take advantage of the natural gas production available in Texas and service both the domestic and export market for ethylene which is used in plastic manufacturing.

Houston Muslim born in the US arrested for alleged ISIS inspired terror plot

Houston Chronicle:
An 18-year-old Houston man who told a federal informant he wanted to die in "martyrdom" has been charged with supporting ISIS in a plot authorities said also included planning for a firearms attack in the United States.

Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, a native-born U.S. citizen, is accused in a criminal complaint of unlawfully distributing instructions for making explosives and trying to provide material support to the terrorist organization, according to court documents unsealed Monday in federal court in Houston.

He is the third Houston-area resident arrested for supporting ISIS in recent years. Last week, Asher Abid Khan, 23, of Spring, pleaded guilty to supporting the group. Another man, Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 25, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18 after pleading guilty last year to an ISIS bomb plot in the Houston area.

Damlarkaya had already tried twice to reach ISIS in Syria, in 2014 and 2015, and had purchased parts to make a homemade AK-47, FBI Spe…

Under 'net neutrality' companies run by liberals discriminated against conservative content

NY Times:
Net Neutrality Rules Are Repealed, Giving Providers Free Rein
The Federal Communications Commission scrapped Obama-era rules meant to protect an open internet in a 3-to-2 vote along party lines. While liberals were obsessing over providers degrading their own service, Google, Facebook, and other organizations were blatantly discriminating against conservative content. 

Google changed their search pattern reducing hits on some conservative sites by half.  It also demonitized YouTube videos by some conservatives.  Facebook and Twitter actually block some conservative viewpoints. 

So net neutrality was more about keeping Netflix feeding at watchable speeds than being actually neutral.

I think the free market can do a good job of forcing service providers to deliver the best speed they can for all their content.  But right now dominant search engines and social media also feel free to discriminate against conservatives.

Normalizing the Muslim rape culture in Sweden?

NY Times Op-ed:
Yes, It Happens in Sweden, #TooBy JENNY NORDBERG The reckoning with a wave of sexual assault revelations has been particularly painful for a country that prides itself on gender equality. What is happening in Sweden is a culture clash.  In Muslim societies, they force women to wear concealing clothes to the extent of hiding not only their figure but their face in some cases.  They do this because their culture does not require male impulse control.  When people from that culture see women who are not wearing a sack over their head they see them as fair game.

The reaction is Sweden has been to downplay the sexual assaults by Muslims.  The left-wing disease of political correctness puts women at risk and rarely prosecutes the Muslim rapists.  In fact, they try to deny it when someone outside of Sweden notices the problem.

The Swedes have too often become such pacificist that they won't even defend their own culture, which is certainly worth defending.  If it were not …

When the facts run counter to the media narrative on Russian collusion in 2016 election

Mollie Hemingway:
In investigating Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election, the media have found no story too small, no detail too minor to cover. Each leak that can be even remotely tied to the narrative of Russia harming America with the Trump campaign’s help is exploited and hyped for round-the-clock attention. To give just one example, CNN ran a report in May dramatically headlined “First on CNN: AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, DOJ says.

The story said Sessions failed to note at least two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on his security clearance form. CNN alleged the form requires him to list “any contact” he had with any foreign government or its representatives. “The new information from the Justice Department is the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials,” the story alleged, driving the Russia-Trump collusion narrative.

Many other media outlets …

Lawyer sought money for Trump accusers

The Hill:
A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 election, according to documents and interviews.

California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.

Bloom, who has assisted dozens of women in promin…

Woman candidate for congress accused of sexual harassment

Kansas City Star:
Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, accused of sexual harassment, will drop out of US House race I suspect that this is not an isolated incident.   My suspicion is that women sometimes act on their urges as do men.  The reason there are fewer cases reported is probably for several reasons including that some men may feel flattered by the attention, or they like women MeToers are embarrassed by the encounters.

Liberals can't hear Obama lies?

Red States:
Why Conservatives Distrust The Media; New York Times Under-Counts Obama’s Lies The Times found only two lies a year for Obama but fact checkers found 71 one that were totally false and that is without counting their lesser degrees of falseness, i.e. misleading.

Given that most fact checkers are liberals who will jump through hoops to avoid calling liberals on lies and then jump through more hoops to call conservatives liars and think it is pretty clear that people in political office have a tendency to say things that sound good to target audiences whether it is true or not.

Texas dominates US oil export market

Argus Media:
Led by the port of Corpus Christi, Texan ports continue to expand their dominant role in loading US crude oil export cargoes, shipping out 79pc of total crude export volumes in the first 10 months of this year, up from 69pc last year, according to a research note from shipping association BIMCO this week.

"Corpus Christi has since 2016, when it exported 24pc of US seaborne crude oil, extended its lead and has developed into the largest crude oil export port in the US by far", said BIMCO.

In the first 10 months of this year Corpus Christi raised its market share year-on-year from 24pc to 33pc, said BIMCO. Rounding out the top three US ports by crude exports so far this year are the Texan ports of Beaumont and Houston, which respectively exported 21pc and 15pc, said BIMCO.

The port of Gramercy, located in neighboring Louisiana, came in fourth and exported 14pc of total volumes in the 10-month period, said the shipping group.

While total US crude export volumes hav…

Democrats won Alabama Senate race through voter suppression and not on the issues

NY Times:
Alabama Win Offers Vivid Lesson for Democrats
Doug Jones’s victory on Tuesday was a measure of the big benefits Democrats enjoy when they put more resources into reaching black and other minority voters. Doug Jones won despite his stand on abortion and immigration enforcement.  He won because Democrats and the media successfully demonized his Republican opponent as an "alleged pedophile" and other slurs about his alleged dating of teen girls 40 years ago.   It had the effect of suppressing the conservative white turnout.  It is certainly not a model for future success.  I suspect that Republicans will be wiser in the selection of candidates in the future.

Democrats are still wrong on abortion and border enforcement.  They have been campaigning in recent months on their hate for Trump and his agenda.  A message of hate should not be a winning issue for them.  While Trump can be abrasive, he has done some things very well that the media will not be able to hide foreve…

US provides physical evidence of Iranian complicity in terror attacks

Washington Times:
The Trump administration offered what it called “concrete evidence” Thursday of Iranian complicity in terrorist attacks, including a missile said to have been sent from the Islamic republic to rebels in Yemen, then used in last month’s attack on the main civilian airport in Saudi Arabia.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the missile was just one piece of an array of evidence of illegal Iranian behavior that the American government is making public while the administration seeks to further isolate the government in Tehran.

The missile and other weapons were being put on display at a warehouse in Washington so members of Congress, the press and representatives of foreign governments could inspect them and hopefully reach the same conclusion as President Trump that Iran is violating U.N. resolutions.

“Now they actually see that the president was right. Now they see that, yes, there are problems,” said Mrs. Haley, standing in front of the missile …

The net neutrality panic of 2017 is based on ignorance of the laws that already prevent what they fear

Daily Caller:
MSNBC Anchor Loses Net Neutrality Debate With Former FCC Chairman [VIDEO]

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He responded to Velshi’s argument that repealing net neutrality might freeze out startups, reminding him that new tech companies like Facebook were created well before 2015.

“So, you have the Federal Trade Commission Act, for instance, you have the Clayton Act and the Sherman Act,” McDowell said. “Those are three very powerful federal statutes that kept the internet open and free prior to February of 2015.”

“What Title II [net neutrality] has done, in the wireless space anyway, is reduce investment in the past two years by 18 percent,” he continued. “We need about $300 billion over the next decade to build out [5G] networks and every independent Wall Street analyst I’ve spoken with says…the 1,000 requirements of Title II has created tremendous uncertainty.”

Velshi, watching his narrative slipping away right in front of his eyes, came up with a scenario where Facebook could subsidize faster inter…

European leaders may not like Trump but he is infinitely better than Obama on things that matter

Edward Lucus:
Donald Trump’s visit next year is already prompting a frenzy of self-righteous indignation. Politicians are competing to explain how much they dislike the American president and how firmly they will boycott him. Mr Trump epitomises everything the British chatterati dislike. He is foul-mouthed, incompetent, lecherous, reckless, thin-skinned and doltishly ignorant to boot. In every imaginable respect, in fact, he compares deplorably with his articulate, cosmopolitan and scrupulous predecessor.

That approach is based on abundant evidence. It echoes in Paris, Brussels, Berlin and many other capitals of liberal-minded conventional wisdom. But as you head further east, another picture emerges. Startlingly for those who believe that Mr Trump is a Russian puppet, his administration is actually rather popular in the countries that live in the Kremlin’s shadow. Barack Obama’s administration is remembered there as aloof, preachy and inconsistent.

For the authorities in places such …

FBI use of NSA surveillance on foreigners to investigate US citizens misused says whistle blower

Sara Carter:
A controversial NSA surveillance program used to monitor foreigners was also being used by the FBI as ‘backdoor’ to gain warrantless access to American communications, according to numerous former U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials with knowledge of the program.

The whistleblowers, who recently disclosed the program’s process to Congressional oversight committees, say concern over the warrantless surveillance mounted when it was disclosed earlier this year that Obama officials had accessed and unmasked communications of members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, allegedly without clear justification.

The process, known as ‘reverse targeting,’ occurs when intelligence and law enforcement officials use a foreign person as a legal pretense for their intended target, an American citizen, the officials stated. The program, as it exists, failed to prevent terror attacks and in many cases made incorrect connections between a foreign target and an innocent American, t…

FBI, Mueller taking a hit in public opinion

The Hill:
Sixty-three percent of polled voters believe that the FBI has been resisting providing information to Congress on the Clinton and Trump investigations. This is a remarkable finding for an agency whose new head said a few days ago that the agency was in fine shape. No, it isn’t.

Fifty-four percent say special counsel Robert Mueller has conflicts of interest that prevent him from doing an unbiased job, also according to this month’s Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll. So, given this finding, the silence from the special counsel on the subject has become downright deafening.

These are significant findings about an operation that was supposed to bring more objectivity and less partisanship to the Trump-Russia investigation. Clearly these numbers indicate that there is a crisis in public confidence in both the FBI and Mueller. What makes these findings important is that, with Trump’s approval rating at 41 percent, these results include large numbers of voters who don’t like Trump yet who now…

California is a deadbeat for those damaged by its failure to maintain dam

Daily Mail:



California has not paid any of the $1.2 billion claims made by those affected by the Oroville Dam crisis, which they say was caused by the state ignoring warnings about its condition. This is part of the high price California residents are paying for the state's failure to maintain infrastructure.

Army to take cyber attacks to the battle space

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Daily Mail:


US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks.  yer war is no longer a desk job in the rear.  The Marines have also incorporated technological warfare expertise into line units to deal with threats from enemy cyber warriors.

About the FBI text critical of Trump supporters ...

Breath of the Beast:
Let’s not miss the most damning dimension of the texts between Strzok and Page. If you read all of their texts it becomes clear that their complaints about candidate Trump and his supporters are nothing more than ad hominem slurs - no different, really, than Hillary’s “deplorables” remark or Obama’s dismissal of Americans who "cling to their guns and religion" in bitterness. They are an attempt to dismiss a legitimate political movement and the, human aspirations behind, it with irrelevant but pungent slander. They are not texting about policy differences, social problems or even constitutional issues. In fact, these are law officers at the highest levels, who took an oath to protect The Constitution of the United States and they are actively engaged in discussing ways of denying a legitimate political movement its constitutional right to a free and fair election. This is dangerous and disturbing....
... This comes from fear and loathing and not from a r…

Midwest politicians still cling to biofuels program despite its drawbacks

Reuters:
U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s biofuels regulation, but would never agree on anything that diminishes the program.

The price of U.S. renewable fuel credits sunk to their lowest levels in two months amid ongoing efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to mediate talks between the rival oil and corn industries over the Renewable Fuels Program.

Representatives of both sides gathered on Wednesday at the White House and it was agreed that Cruz would circulate proposals to corn-state lawmakers in the weeks ahead that could help oil refining companies meet the RFS, according to the offices of Iowa Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.

The RFS requires refiners to blend increasing amounts of biofuels like corn-based ethanol into the fuel supply every year, a burden the refining industry says no…

Media still pretends that Russian collusion with Clinton campaign did not happen

Washington Post:
Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia waged an unprecedented assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House. Interviews with more than 50 U.S. officials show that the personal insecurities of the president have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat, with Trump resisting or attempting to roll back efforts to hold Moscow to account as he tries to forge a partnership with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The intelligence community lost the President's trust on this issue when they directly, and indirectly, accused him of colluding with the Russians.  He knew that not to be the case and so became less likely to believe them on other aspects of Russian interference in the election. 

But perhaps the intelligence communities biggest mistake is not realizing that the dirty dossie…