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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…

Many Muslims in Sweden are ethnic and religious bigots

NY Times:
The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism By PAULINA NEUDING Protesters call for an intifada and promise to “shoot the Jews.” This comes from many of the same people who have also imported a Muslim rape culture into Sweden.  The Swedes, in turn, have bent over backward to be tolerant of this intolerance.

The country now has no-go zones that many on the left deny exist.   It is clearly not a safe country for Jews and has become unsafe for Swedes too.  Yet they continue to pretend everything is OK.

In fact, they get angry if anyone points out their problems.

William Jacobson has more on the problems in Sweden.

Irony alert--Fusion GPS complains about leaks

Washington Times:
Fusion GPS, the master of anonymous leaks to Washington’s media establishment, now is complaining about news leaks against it.

In a running court battle with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Fusion lawyer and a company partner complained to U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon that issues discussed in private have reached the press.

Mr. Nunes, California Republican, is investigating the opposition research firm’s role in trying to prove Trump-Russia collusion. He has signed subpoenas for Fusion’s bank records and wants more. One press leak was the identity of TD Bank.

“Now, I don’t have proof,” attorney Steven M. Salky of Zuckerman Spaeder told Judge Leon at a recent hearing. “I’m never going to be able to have proof, your honor, as to how Fox News got that information or how the WashingtonExaminer got the information from the bank, but I’m pretty confident that it wasn’t from Fusion or the bank.”

Glenn Simpson, a Fusion founder and former Wall Street J…

Why would anyone want to date an intersectional feminist?

Kurt Schlichter:
Recently, a young being – I don’t want to presume its gender identity, but it’ll probably throw a hissy fit about my blatant chrono-shaming anyway – scribbled an article titled 10 Things Every Intersectional Feminist Should Ask On a First Date for his/her/xir fellow liberal freaks. It’s an illuminating view into the twisted minds of the SJWs, but the article never answers the first question we all asked ourselves reading the title: “Why the hell would anyone ever date an intersectional feminist?”

Masochism? Threats? Lost a bet?

Anyway, her/his/xir article is meant to help her/his/xir readers determine whether their prospective mates will be adequate “accomplices in the fight against white supremacy, queerphobia, and misogyny” because “[i]f you’re not going to support marginalized folks, then we can’t be friends, let alone date. The personal is political.” Wow, he/she/xe seems super fun, huh?

We Normals seek accomplices in reproduction, while SJWs seek accomplices in ideo…

Boost phase missile defense attacks before decoys can be deployed

USNI Proceedings:
Taking out incoming missiles during the boost phase – the period just after launch – is something the military’s missile defense leadership is confident will occur in the not too distant future. Speaking Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Rear Adm. Jon Hill, deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency, said the continental U.S. is safe for the moment, but his team is focusing on how to defend against an ever-evolving threat. Hill’s talk, part of the Maritime Security Dialogue series, was co-hosted by CSIS and the U.S. Naval Institute.

“The defense system we have in place today will defend against the threat as we understand it today,” Hill said. “What we’re concerned about is tomorrow’s threat as it continues to increase.”

With countries such as North Korea and Iran continuing to enhance their missile technology, Hill said the Missile Defense Agency’s goal is building and maintaining a robust layered defense system as ship-based and land-…

Christian concern about moving US embassy to Jerusalem makes no sense

Washington Post:
In the Middle East, Christians stew over Trump’s Jerusalem move

As Vice President Pence prepares to visit the region, the White House is facing an awkward backlash from the Christians it pledged to protect after its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the U.S. Embassy there. Is there any place in the Middle East where Christians have more freedom of worship than they do in Israel?  How many Christian churches are in Gaza?  How about most Arab countries.  In Turkey historic church builds were converted to mosques or torn down, yet for some reason, these people think moving the embassy to what is already Israel's capital is a problem?

In the US most Christians seem pleased with the move of the embassy. 

I have always thought the Palestinian claim to Jerusalem was specious.  It appears to be more out of spite than based on in viable claim of ownership.  In all of recorded history, Jerusalem has only been teh capital of the Jews.  There is z…

In a competitive environment why would internet service providers degrade their service to customers

Washington Post:
FCC poised to repeal net neutrality rules in a sweeping act of deregulation

Internet providers would be able to speed up service for some apps and websites — and block or slow down others — in the expected repeal of Obama-era rules for broadband companies such as AT&T and Verizon. I think customers will want to go with the provider that offers them the best service.  That is what I do now.  I tried satellite service and it sucked because they limited the time spent online and when it was exceeded slowed the service to a point that is was worse than dial-up.  The phone company offered DSL which was better and cheaper.  Big cities have more competition and faster speeds and judging by their ads no one is touting slower service.

So why do they keep electing people like John Conyers?

NY Times:
Why Black Voters Backed Jones: ‘It’s a Matter of Character’
Turned off by Roy S. Moore and the Trump administration, African-Americans turned out at levels that ensured victory for the Democratic candidate. While it is pretty clear that Roy Moore had a perceived character problem so do a lot of people blacks have supported not only from their own community but also people like Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.   But if they are going to start voting on character I think that is bad news for a lot of Democrats.

Rationed healthcare in Canada has ever longer wait times for treatment

Washington Free Beacon:
Waiting times for medically necessary health care services under Canada's single-payer system have hit a record high, according to a report from the Fraser Institute.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has touted Canada's single-payer system, saying it is a model the United States should follow. He introduced a "Medicare for All" plan this past September.

"The issue that has got to be studied is how does it happen that here in Canada they provide quality care to all people, and I don't think there is any debate that the quality of care here is as good or better than the United States, and they do it for half the cost," Sanders said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) cosponsored Sanders's bill, saying she believes the measure will bring high-quality and low-cost care to Americans. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) wrote a provisionin Sanders's bill allowing Americans to buy into a public plan during the transition to single-payer…

The conflict of interest within the Mueller investigation

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Trey Gowdy makes the case that most of the members of teh Mueller team have conflicts of interest that should disqualify them from the job.  It is a powerful argument that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein tries unsuccessfully to avoid.

Corruption in South America contracting ensnares Ecuador VP

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BBC:
The vice-president of Ecuador has been sentenced to six years in jail in connection with corruption at the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Jorge Glas is the highest-ranking politician to be convicted in the scandal that has spread across Latin America and further afield.

Prosecutors said he took $13.5m (£10.2m) in bribes.

The president had removed his duties from him, and he had been in preventative custody since October.

He is the highest-ranking politician to be convicted in the Odebrecht scandal.

The company routinely gave bribes to win business, particularly in government contracts. It has admitted to paying $788m in bribes across 12 countries.
Odebrecht's massive web of corruption

Glas was arrested on 2 October.

Vice-president since 2013, he was re-elected to the post in February. But with corruption allegations mounting against him, he was relieved of his duties by President Lenín Moreno in August.

As part of a plea deal, former top Odebrecht executive in Ecuador Jose Con…

Putin says allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump campaign were invented by Dems

AP/Washington Times:
Allegations of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia have been “invented” by his political foes to undermine his legitimacy, Russian President Vladmir Putin said Thursday, adding that the reports have undermined the U.S. political system.

Speaking at his annual marathon news conference, Putin reaffirmed his firm denial of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“All of it was invented by people who oppose President Trump to undermine his legitimacy,” he said. “I’m puzzled by that. People who do it are inflicting damage to the domestic political situation, incapacitating the president and showing a lack of respect for voters who cast their ballots for him.”

He argued that Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, whose contacts with Trump’s entourage are part of the FBI and Congressional probes into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, was simply performing his routine duties like any other ambassador.

Putin also insisted Russia’s state-fund…

Democrats' hopes for taking senate tied to getting more Roy Moores to run against

Washington Examiner:
Democrats see chances of taking Senate in 2018 rise after Alabama The Democrats did not win on the issues in Alabama.  They won on the effective character assassination of the Republican nominee.  That sometimes happens, but it is certainly no indication of a trend. 

A lot can happen in the next year, but despite the noise that hovers around President Trump and his antagonist in the media and on the left, his policies are working.  The economy is growing and more people are working.  ISIS's caliphate has been destroyed and the US now has a more effective strategy in Afghanistan.

Trump has improved the US trade relationship with China and has so far flustered the kooks who rule North Korea. 

The Democrats Russian collusion case is blowing up in their face and so far Mueller has not been able to find any evidence of collusion.  The bigger scandal is how the Clinton administration spent money on their own collusion with Russians to attack Trump and then used the D…

The DOJ-FBI coup attempt against Trump

Daily Wire:
On Wednesday, CNN published text messages between the former second-in-command in FBI counterintelligence, Peter Strzok, and his mistress and co-worker Lisa Page. Strzok was involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, instrumental in helping to launch the investigation into supposed collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, and staffed on the Trump-Russia investigation itself. He was fired by special investigator Robert Mueller after these texts were uncovered.

Now, one of those texts may wound the special investigation beyond repair.

That text is dated August 15, 2016. Strzok texted Page, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe’s] office that there's no way he gets elected -- but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40…”

This looks an awful lot like motivation for launching an investigation into Trump in order …

After ISIS defeat the A-10 maybe returning to Afghanistan

Military Times:
America’s beloved A-10 Thunderbolt II ―the “Warthog” ― may be headed back to Afghanistan, Military Times has learned.

A senior Afghan defense official told Military Times that the Afghan government wants the aircraft to return. However, discussions to bring the A-10 to Afghanistan are in early stages, and no decision to bring the aircraft back into theater has been made.

“The discussions of what forces we move to Afghanistan or drawdown from Iraq and Syria are all ongoing,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance Bunch, director of U.S. air operations in Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon. “We have not made any decisions at this time to move A-10s, that I know of.”

As operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria wind down, other air assets may be flexed to Afghanistan. In recent months, six additional F-16s and a KC-135 Stratotanker have bolstered U.S. air assets in the country. There are currently 18 F-16s in country, according to a Pentagon official.

A-10s have been vital t…

Dirty dossier firm hired DOJ official's wife to investigate Trump

Fox News:
A co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS acknowledged in a new court document that his company hired the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year.

The confirmation from Glenn Simpson came in a signed declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and provided a fuller picture of the nature of Nellie Ohr’s work – after Fox News first reported on her connection to Fusion GPS.

Her husband, Bruce Ohr, was demoted at the DOJ last week for concealing his meetings with the same company, which commissioned the anti-Trump “dossier” containing salacious allegations about the now-president. Together, the Fusion connections for Mr. and Mrs. Ohr have raised Republican concerns about objectivity at the Justice Department, and even spurred a call from Trump’s outside counsel for a separate special prosecutor.

Simpson’s statement shows Mrs. Ohr was indeed involved in the Trump research. He said bank …

Keeping talking Kirsten Gillibrand, you are reminding us who you really are

Sarah Rumpf:
Kirsten Gillibrand Won’t Shut Up About Being ‘Silenced’ You remind us that you are an intellectual lightweight liberal who is out of her league.  You are trying to overthrow the will of the votes with unsubstantiated charges.  The President is right to ignore your demands.

You are using the same response as Sen. Warren and the last things Trump are the Republicans would want to do is silence her.  They would prefer to make her the face of the Democrat party so they can run against her.

Does this explain why FBI did not prosecute Clinton's mishandling of classified materials?

NY Times:
Clinton ‘Just Has to Win,’ F.B.I. Officials Texted in 2016
An agent who was removed this summer from the special counsel investigation of the Trump campaign was found to have exchanged text messages in 2016 that described a potential Trump victory as “terrifying.” Other messages criticized the Clinton team and the Obama administration. I think it does.

It also probably partially explains this:

Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias
A chorus of Republicans is questioning the impartiality of the Justice Department and its special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, in an attempt to counter the drumbeat of news about Russian interference in the election. At this point, the FBI and the DOJ have also lost a good bit of the trust of Republicans who see both the Clinton investigation and the Russian interference probe as being unfair.  The idea that the Clinton campaign could indirectly pay Russian intelligence operatives for the dirty dossier that would then be used as a …

Threats aimed at Israel because of Jerusalem not likely to result in action

Tom Rogan:
In recent days, the leaders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard external action force, Hezbollah, and Hamas have all pledged to retake Jerusalem from Israel.

It's not going to happen.

Amidst the growing likelihood of regional war, these threats cannot be considered idle. Working together, Israel's enemies could create havoc in its southern and northern border areas proximate to Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon. In addition, Iran has the missile capabilities to strike deep inside Israeli territory.

Fortunately, however, Israel's capabilities far exceed those of its adversaries.

For a start, it would be nearly impossible for an Iranian-led alliance to invade Israeli territory and reach Jerusalem. The Israeli Defense Forces retain a dominant position in being able to block all lines of approach to Jerusalem. At the same time, because of dramatically improved relations between Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, any attack on Jerusalem would have to come from Lebanese or Syrian territ…

Democrat run Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused of falsifying data to make a case against Texas company

Washington Free Beacon:
A former employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is calling for an investigation after accusing managers of falsifying documents to impose fines on a payday lender.

Cassandra Jackson, a former CFPB examiner in the southeast division, sent a letter last week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions also accusing managers of "widespread racism and gender discrimination."

Jackson said her superiors at the CFPB asked her to falsify documents during her investigation into a Texas-based payday lending company, Ace Cash Express.

"During the course of this examination, I was asked to change, remove, and otherwise falsify documents connected with this examination," Jackson said.

Jackson said she was asked to remove document evidence proving Ace Cash Express was complying with CFPB rules and to write a report including findings she knew to be "false and fabricated."

"I was specifically told to cite Ace Cash Express for a violation…