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Mexican residents of Tijuana fed up with Central American migrants trying to enter the US

AP/Washington Times:
Members of a migrant caravan started to meet some local resistance as they continued to arrive by the hundreds in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where a group of residents clashed with migrants camped out by the U.S. border fence.

About 100 migrants declined offers of rides to shelters and had camped out late Wednesday by the steel border fence at Tijuana’s beach area, when a similar number of local residents marched up to the group shouting, “You’re not welcome,” and, “Get out!”

Police kept the two sides apart.

Vladimir Cruz, a migrant from El Salvador, said Thursday, “These people are the racists, because 95 percent of people here support us.”
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Playas de Tijuana, as the area is known, is an upper-middle-class enclave, and residents appeared worried about crime and sanitation. One protester shouted, “This isn’t about discrimination, it is about safety!”
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“No city in the world is prepared to receive this number of migrants,” said Mario Osuna, the Tijuan…

Texas unemployment is at record low

Houston Chronicle:
The unemployment rate in Texas hit a historic low in October, plunging to 3.7 percent, as the state's employers boosted payrolls for a 28th consecutive month, according to government data.

The state's seasonally adjusted employment rate is the lowest level since the data began to be measured in January 1976. The Texas economy added 32,300 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in October, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The low unemployment rate has economists watching whether the tightening labor market increases workers' earnings as employers boost salaries to attract potential employees. Workers' earnings have stagnated in recent years, here and across the country.
... There is a labor shortage in the Permian Basin of West Texas where energy business is booming.  Even for from West Texas there appears to be a shortage of workers in Texas cities large and small.

Refiners are blending in Texas light crude with imported heavy crude

Reuters:
U.S. Gulf Coast crude oil imports in October fell to the lowest level in more than a year as the nation’s production and exports soared, data from Refinitiv Eikon and market intelligence firm Kpler show.

Crude imports in the Gulf Coast, or PADD 3 region, averaged 2.35 million barrels per day (bpd) in October, down from 2.71 million bpd the month before and the lowest since September 2017, Refinitiv data show.

Booming U.S. shale oil production has triggered pipeline bottlenecks in the Permian Basin and Bakken fields, pushing domestic light, sweet crude prices $10 per barrel cheaper than the global benchmark Brent WTCLc1-LCOc1. U.S. refiners have boosted their purchases in response.

“They can’t process that much of the lighter crude, but if it’s cheap enough, they’ll figure out how to blend it in and use more of it,” said Sandy Fielden, an energy analyst at research firm Morningstar.

U.S. crude production last week reached a record 11.7 million bpd, and nationwide refinery util…

Liberal anti-Semitism returns with the return of socialism

Roger Kimball:
As people scramble to explain the sudden resurgence of socialism not only on America’s college campuses but also in the corridors of political power, it is worth noting the concomitant resurgence of anti-Semitism in those redoubts. The coincidence is not, as the Marxists like to say, an accident. The truth is that unfettered socialism, though based primarily on a demand for the abolition of private property, always comes riding on a current of anti-Semitism. Picking apart the conceptual reasons for this link is a complex business that I will leave aside here. But it is worth noting how impeccable a provenance the union enjoys. Consider this observation:

What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money. . . . Emancipation from huckstering and money, consequently from practical, real Judaism, would be the self-emancipation of our time [and would] make the Jew impossible. . . . In the final analysis, the emancipation of the Jews is the em…

Democrats think the law doesn't matter when it comes to elections

Ned Ryun:
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The most basic principles of our constitutional republic would mean nothing without free and fair elections, along with the rule of law, to support them. Yet what we’re seeing with the Democrats in Broward and Palm Beach Counties is the Clinton approach to the law: the law is more a series of suggestions that can they choose to follow, or not, as suits their convenience. And they do find laws so terribly inconvenient. In their minds, the idea of free and fair elections is a quaint idea that’s for suckers. Keep the votes flowing like manna from heaven until they win is the Democrats’ mantra.

All of this reminds me of a conversation I had once with a friend who, among other things, is an excellent golfer. He told me once while we were playing, “The beauty of golf is that it’s a game of rules. If you cease to play by the rules, golf ceases to be a game.” If one does not abide by the rules, well then it becomes something that appears to be golf, when in fact it has nothing t…

Polls shows voters see a strong media bias and disrespectful attitude by the media

Paul Bedard:
A “forceful plurality” of voters believe that the media is unfair, biased and disrespectful to President Trump, according to a new poll that parallels others that show wide support for the White House’s suspension of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass.

In the latest McLaughlin & Associates media survey provided to Secrets, five times as many voters saw anti-Trump bias to those who saw a pro-Trump tilt.

The analysis said:

The data reveal a number of compelling conclusions relating to the media bias in the United States. Most notably: A forceful plurality (48 percent) of respondents believe that media coverage is UNFAIR and BIASED AGAINST President Trump and that the media coverage and commentary following the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting were DISRESPECTFUL of the president (44 percent). ...
Pollster John McLaughlin told Secrets, “Our recent post election poll found that among all voters the plurality 48 percent thought that the media was unfair and biase…

Strike hits Iranian steel factory as discontent spreads

Hassan Mahmoudi:
Strikes are breaking out all over Iran now. It's not just the teachers, the elderly pensioners and the truckers now, the strikes are moving to big cornerstones of the Iranian economy, such as the steel industry.

Chanting “I don’t leave until I get my rights,” “Dying workers don’t accept submission,” “No nation has seen this much injustice,” “One less embezzlement, our problem is solved,” the workers of the Ahvaz Steel Factory hit the sixth day of their strike on Nov. 14. It was a raucous demonstration full of slogans in front of the Iranian governorate. Then they marched and blocked the street.

Chants continued: “Today is the day of mourning, the poor nationals are the victims,” “They chant for Imam Hossein, but pride themselves in thieving,” (meaning that the Iranian government is taking advantage of the third Shia Imam, which is a tenet of the Shia faith, cynically for its own profit).
... Video of the strike is available at the link above.  Strikes have become a r…

In Ohio a political realignment that favors Republicans

Salena Zito:
In no state was the realignment in American politics more apparent in last week’s midterm elections than in the Buckeye State.

It's not just that Republicans swept the statewide executive offices, most illustrative was where and how they did it.

Here in Mahoning County, where Democrats have held the political upper-hand for nearly a century, Republican candidates are now much more competitive. And some of those Republicans win.

Michael Rulli eked out a win in the state senate race in the 33rd District. Don Manning won a race in the 59th District. Two Republicans are going to Columbus representing the Mahoning Valley.

Meanwhile, in Franklin County, where Republicans have held the political upper-hand in the sprawling suburban county for decades, GOP candidates went down hard. Voters flipped three open state legislative seats from Republicans to Democrats. Mary Lightbody won the19th District, Dr. Beth Liston won the 21st District and Allison Russo won the 24th District.

Leftist billionaires funding Never Trump 'conservatives'?

Julie Kelly:
Just hours after Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general last Wednesday at the president’s behest, #TheResistance found its newest target for destruction: Sessions’ interim replacement,

Matthew Whitaker.

Negative coverage about the acting attorney general has dominated national publications and cable news outlets. Reporters have portrayed Whitaker as a Trump lackey, a crackpot, and an “attack dog”; Democratic leaders are demanding that he recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation; on Tuesday, incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) warned that if Whitaker fails to step aside from the probe, “his actions will be exposed.” (Of course, this is pure propaganda. As Andrew McCarthy explains, Whitaker is well-qualified and meets the legal requirements for an interim presidential cabinet appointment.)

NeverTrump “conservatives” are aiding Schiff and the media in their campaign to paralyze if not remove Whitaker…

Democrat efforts to steal Georgia governors race should come to a conclusion today, unless an Obama appointed judge tries to rewrite the law

Erick Erickson:
Barring unforeseen court orders, the Secretary of State in Georgia will certify the race for Governor at 5:00pm today. Brian Kemp will officially be Governor-elect.

There are between 800 and 2500 absentee ballots that will be reviewed against by various counties today. Most of them have actually already been reviewed and either processed or rejected for failure to comply with identity and signature requirements. Stacey Abrams needs 17,594 more votes to get into a runoff. The votes are not there.

A federal judge has ordered Georgia to review its 27,000 rejected provisional ballots to see if any more of those could be counted, but that review is done now as well. A separate federal judge has already ordered that provisional ballots cannot be counted if they are cast in the wrong county or the voter failed to return within three days of the election to show identification.
... Abrams has been running a bad faith effort to overturn the results of the election with the aid …

Anti-Semitic blacks behind most attacks on Jews in New York

Daniel Greenfield:
Last November, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) released Understanding Antisemitism. The bizarre tract had as much in common with the reality of anti-Semitism as Marxism does with economics.

JFREJ, a radical leftist group, claimed that “white Christians” in Europe had “invented anti-Semitism”. That would have come as news to Pharaoh, Haman and Mohammed: in JFREJ’s parlance, “people of color” who had innovated and spread anti-Semitic ideas, while seeking to exterminate the Jews.

“Antisemitism was something European Christians created and brought to the Middle East within the last 150 years,” JFREJ insisted. There was no such thing as Muslim anti-Semitism, the leftist group, which collaborates with Linda Sarsour, a Farrakhan supporter who had urged dehumanizing Jews, insisted.

Black and Muslim anti-Semitism are occasionally justified as a response to white Jewish oppression. But mostly their existence is denied. Racial anti-Semitism, JFREJ insisted, only…

Over 650 illegals captured in Arizona in two days

Fox News:
As thousands of troops deployed to the southern border await the arrival of a caravan of migrants heading towards the U.S., border patrol agents in Arizona have already been busy, detaining more than 650 illegal immigrants in just two days this week.

Agents in the Yuma Sector said they detained 654 people – most reportedly being family units or unaccompanied minors from Guatemala - on Monday and Tuesday.

Officials said the groups of illegal immigrants are not believed to be associated with the large caravan of mostly Central American migrants that have prompted the military deployment.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday a group of 55 Central Americans waded across the Colorado River near Yuma and surrendered to agents after walking around vehicle barriers in the area.

“Larger numbers [of illegal immigrants] have started to illegally cross shallow portions of the Colorado River near Yuma,” a press release said.

Vinny Dulesky, the special operations supervisor f…

Federal judge refuses to give Florida more time to count votes saying they are the laughing stock of the world

Washington Times:
A federal judge in Florida handling election-related lawsuits blasted the state Thursday for botching another vote.

“We have been the laughing stock of the world, election after election, and we chose not to fix this,” U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said in court, where he is at the center of the legal battle over the election recount.

He later refused to extend a looming 3 p.m. deadline to finish the recount, rejecting a request from incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson to give counties more time.

Judge Walker slammed state legislators and Palm Beach County officials for not being ready for a recount, with election officials expected to miss a Thursday deadline for completion.

Florida has had plenty of time to fix its elections since the mess of the 2000 presidential showdown between George Bush and Al Gore, said Judge Walker.

Races for Senate and governor are potentially on the line in the recount.
... The judge did give some additional time to a few voters to cure…

In election Democrats ran away from attempts to shut down ICE, Now they are back at it

NY Times:
ICE Nominee Seeks Approval Against Democrats’ Demands to Abolish Agency Ronald D. Vitiello will probably face opposition from Democrats who want to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its role under the Trump administration. After running a fraudulent election campaign the Democrats are back at their attempt to shut down ICE with bogus comparisons to the KKK.  That takes some nerve considering that the KKK was the militant wing of the Democrat party and has been replaced by Antifa as the militant wing meant to intimidate political opponents.

Kamila Harris disgraced herself again with the comparison omitting the fact that the KKK was breaking the law and ICE is enforcing the law as written by Congress pursuant to the Constitution.  Also, the KKK attempted to intimidate innocent people and ICE attempts to apprehend those who have broken US law.

That they may be afraid of getting caught is still an invalid comparison.  Most people who break the laws of the US and i…

Handing Yemen to Iran would be a strategic blunder

Benny Avni:
US must be careful not to hand Yemen to Iran
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The war is obviously a nightmare for Yemenis. But so are the Houthis’ tactics. And handing them — and Iran — victory now will likely lead to future unrest that no one can guarantee will be less cruel or deadly.

Instead, America should deepen its support for the Saudi-led coalition and help — heck, force — it to pursue a smarter, more effective and less cruel war strategy.
... The Saudi's current strategy is to rely on air power and naval operations to deny supplies to the Houthis.   To end the war it will take a combined arms operation including boots on the ground.  The Saudis do not seem prepared for such a battle but without it, the war is likely to not be resolved anytime soon.  Perhaps, the best way to end it is to do more against Iran which is sustaining the Houthis efforts.

Trump critical of Mueller team

Washington Post:
Trump blasts Mueller probe a week after installing new acting attorney general

The president called the team of lawyers working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III “a disgrace to our Nation.” The team of lawyers looks like a Hillary Clinton hit squad. 

Their indictments of Gen. Flynn and George Papadopoulos were an attempt to extort testimony against the President when in fact they had no knowledge of any wrongdoing because there was never any collusion with the Russians, to begin with.  Their case against Manafort was another attempt at judicial extortion and they were able to use some misdeeds by him that were wholly unrelated to the campaign to financially ruin him. 

In fact, their MO was one where they put pressure on people associated with the campaign to threaten them with financial ruin if they did not support the Russian collusion hoax of the Democrats.  Mueller's legal team has been a disgrace to the nation and to law enforcement.

Mueller should shut…

With election behind them Democrats return to their unpopular plan to eliminate ICE

NY Times:
ICE Nominee Seeks Approval Against Democrats’ Demands to Abolish Agency Ronald D. Vitiello will probably face opposition from Democrats who want to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its role under the Trump administration. This is an example of how out of touch Democrats are when it comes to the immigration issue on which they tried to mute their campaigns because they knew voters rejected their open borders agenda.  It is another example of why Americans cannot trust Democrats to do what is right on immigration issues.  For the Democrats, they believe they benefit from inviting illegals into the country because they want them to be counted in the census to create more Democrat controlled districts and in some cases illegally vote in US elections for Democrats.

The mainstream media is complicit in the lies about the Caravan which is 95 percent made up of men looking for jobs

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The video shows a well organized and well-financed effort to get the migrants to the US to challenge US sovereignty.  It is impossible that it happened organically as the mainstream media attempts to suggest.

Media that looked to explain Democrat defeat with Russian hoax ignores Democrat vote fraud charges in Florida

John Fund:
Where's the liberal media on the Florida vote meltdown? Too busy investigating Russia

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The liberal media’s reporting on this situation has not been good. CNN election forecaster Harry Enten recently tweeted “‘Voter fraud’ is quickly becoming a synonym for ‘result I don’t like.’” But the problems in both counties are very real and could indeed be facilitating fraud.
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Both Broward and Palm Beach counties have a long history of election problems that make suspicion understandable. As I wrote in “Who’s Counting?,” the book I co-authored with Hans von Spakovsky, “What we really have to worry about is an election where the bureaucratic bungling is so pervasive you can’t tell where the incompetence ends and the fraud begins.”

Let’s take Broward County first. Under Snipes, elections in that county of 1.9 million people have been plagued with irregularities for years, as a report compiled by the Republican National Committee makes clear.

Politico reported that, in just the …

US shale production to set new record in December of nearly 8 million barrels a day

Reuters:
U.S. crude oil output from seven major shale basins was expected to hit a record of 7.94 million barrels per day (bpd) in December, according to a monthly government forecast released on Tuesday.

The total oil output from the basins was expected to rise 113,000 bpd, driven largely by increases in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, where output was forecast to climb by 63,000 bpd to about 3.7 million bpd in December, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

Output was also expected to rise in each of the other basins, except for the Haynesville, where it would remain unchanged at 43,000 bpd.

U.S. natural gas production, meanwhile, was projected to increase to a record 75.1 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in December. That would be up more than 1.0 bcfd over the November forecast and would be the 11th monthly increase in a row.
... There are also a total of 8,545 wells that have been drilled but are awaiting completion.  This is li…

Trump nominates General for ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Washington Examiner:
President Trump is moving to shore up the fragile U.S.-Saudi alliance by nominating an Arabic-speaking former four-star Army general who ran the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to be U.S. ambassador to the kingdom.

Retired Army Gen. John Abizaid is being tasked with representing the United States in Riyadh after nearly two years without an ambassador in the capital of one of the two major American allies in the Middle East.

The relationship descended into crisis last month when a Saudi kill team brutally executed and dismembered an expatriate dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at a diplomatic facility in Turkey. Khashoggi's murder outraged American allies and lawmakers, some of whom proposed severing military ties with Saudi Arabia.

But Abizaid’s nomination indicates the Trump administration wants to restore Saudi-U.S. relations to an even keel.

Abizaid served for four years as the top general in the Middle East, leading U.S. Central Command fro…

Bikers find evidence suggesting vote fraud in Florida

Washington Times:
This is what democracy looks like.

Bikers for Trump leader Chris Cox bustled through the throng of protesters at the Broward County elections office at the heart of the Florida recount fandango, drawing attention to colored zip-tie tags found on the ground near the building’s loading dock.

Mr. Cox and a crowd of Republican activists are convinced that the 15 red and orange tags were cut off ballot boxes before the votes reached the election office, which could be a violation of state law, evidence of vote tampering or nothing at all.

“This election is a fraud,” Mr. Cox said in a video of the scene posted on Facebook. “It’s pretty disgusting here. I’m glad that you’re not here because this isn’t anything you want to see.”

In Palm Beach, state Democratic Party officials on Wednesday called another in a series of conferences to accuse Republicans of sabotaging the vote count with phony fraud allegations.
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“When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida? The characters runn…

Mail in ballots makes it easier for Democrats to cheat

Betsy McCaughey:
If Americans are losing confidence in elections, don’t blame Russian hackers. The damage is self-inflicted.

A week after polls closed, Americans still don’t know who won major races: gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia, a Florida Senate seat and several House contests. Candidates who conceded on election night are backtracking and demanding “every vote be counted,” as late-arriving ballots change the tallies.

Blame the uncertainty on overuse of mail-in ballots and of provisional balloting by people who lacked ID, didn’t appear on registration rolls or voted outside the county where they live. These accommodations create opportunities for incompetence and trickery by election officials and turn Election Day into a teaser for the ultimate outcome, decided by lawyers and judges.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) appeared to win the hotly contested Senate race on election night. But his lead shrank from some 56,000 votes to a mere 12,600, and he’s filing lawsuits allegin…

72 percent say media is dividing America

Warner Todd Huston:
A majority of Americans are now sick and tired of the media’s hate, and an astonishing 72 percent now blame the mainstream media for “dividing Americans” and “spreading hate.”

The perhaps unsurprising poll was released this week by the very liberal Zogby Analytics showing that the media is failing miserably to fulfill its constitutional duty of informing We The People about current events.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Those surveyed, said Zogby Analytics, “felt the mainstream media spreads hate and misunderstanding, also felt that President Trump is responsible for the spread of hate and misunderstanding, but more voters overall, and in most sub-groups, blame the media slightly more!”

Overall, 72 percent said “the mainstream media has played a major role in dividing Americans along racial, gender and political lines. This has led to a spread of hate and misunderstanding among some people.” ... Republicans were overwhelming in agreeing that the media was re…

Corpus Christi LNG export facility to ship its first load

Fuel Fix:
Houston-based Cheniere Energy is expected to export its first shipment of liquefied natural gas from its complex near Corpus Christi Thursday afternoon.

Crews wrapped up construction for Train 1 at the company's Corpus Christi LNG export terminal this summer and spent the past five months commissioning the equipment.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and Cheniere CEO Jack Fusco will be on hand to watch an LNG tanker named Golar Tundra to leave with the first shipment from the Port of Corpus Christi facility.

Under the company's business model, the South Texas facility will receive natural gas from the Eagle Ford Shale, Permian Basin and other sources via pipeline, liquefy the gas and use tankers to export it to customers in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
... This is another example of the US "energy dominance" policy under the Trump administration.  The anti-energy left with its "keep it in the ground" policies appears…

Concertina added to top of border wall near San Diego where migrants had threatened to enter US

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Washington Times:



Hours after images of migrants climbing a border wall in San Diego went viral, the Homeland Security Department deployed razor wire Wednesday to prevent a repeat.

The immigrants, who said they were the vanguard of the caravans streaming north through Mexico, ascended the fence Tuesday in a display of defiance. Video and photos showed them cheering and jeering atop the slat-style fence.

Although no arrests or confrontations were reported, Homeland Security took immediate steps to try to keep others from climbing by deploying concertina wire, which coils over itself, creating a thorough barrier.

“As we have said repeatedly, being a member of a caravan doesn’t give you any special rights to enter the country,” said Katie Waldman, Homeland Security spokeswoman.

Homeland Security released photos that show the concertina wire at the top and base of the fence on the U.S. side, as well as a second layer on the sandy beach further inside the U.S.

October set all-time records …

Fed looking at altered ballots in Florida tied to Democrats

Politico:
The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting “irregularities” it has flagged in the wake of the 2018 elections.

The concerns, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information. Known as “cure affidavits,” those documents used to fix mail ballots were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 — the day before the election. But affidavits released on Tuesday by the DOS show that documents from four different counties said the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is not accurate.

Among those counties is Broward, which emerged as the epicenter of controversy as three statewide races and three local legislative races went into recounts following the Nov. 6 elections. Republicans have pointed to embattled Broward Elections c…

'Trust me, I'm a climate scientist'--Whoops

Washington Post:
Scientists acknowledge key errors in study of how fast the oceans are warming

A major study claimed the oceans were warming much faster than previously thought. But researchers say they can't make that claim. Like most of the projections of increased warming, this one has also proved to be wrong.  When projections are not met it is usually because they relied on invalid assumptions.  The problem with climate scientists is they still can't tell you which of their assumptions were wrong.  I suspect it is because they are putting too much weight on increased CO2.

US facing perilous times because of Obama's military cuts

Washington Post:
U.S. military could lose a war to China or Russia, commission warns

A bipartisan commission created to evaluate the Trump administration’s defense strategy found that the United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree. Republicans in Congress went along with these cuts to try to restrain Obama's ridiculous domestic spending binges.  The result is that the US weakened itself at a time when adversaries were growing their military might.  Trump is at least trying to deal with the problem.  Democrats in the House may not.

Republicans should counterattack Democrats by pursuing criminal cases

Elizabeth Vaughn:
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Where they see fraud, whether it’s election fraud or the fraud the Democratic Party collectively engaged in to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, they must expose it, they must enforce the laws and see that Democrats are brought to justice. Sen. Charles Grassley’s recent criminal referrals of Kavanaugh’s accusers was a start. But they need to take it further. Think Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Christine Blasey Ford and her friend, co-conspirator Monica McLean. It’s not hyperbole to say that the long-term survival of the Republican Party depends upon it.

Democrats have made a mockery of US laws forever, but never moreso than they have since Trump walked onto the political stage. I don’t need to recite the desperate lengths they’ve gone to in their efforts to destroy Trump.

Since the midterms, the subject of election fraud has been front and center. The Democrats have a long and proud history of stealing elections. In addition to the high profile case…

The weakness of the CNN suit against the Trump administration

Brian Darling:
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CNN’s claim is that the federal courts have the power to compel inclusion of a reporter in journalism at the White House who has had his credentials revoked. CNN’s complaint argues that “the Framers of our Constitution embraced a ‘profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials. N.Y. Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 270 (1964).” That may be true, but not applicable in this case, because the White House is not a public forum and Mr. Acosta has no right to be there. He can report from public spaces and he, nor any other reporter, has a First Amendment right to a credential. Nothing is stopping Mr. Acosta from reporting and the White House has not jailed him nor used the power of government to prevent him from being on CNN whenever CNN wants to have him on the air.

CNN cla…

Latest flareup between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is a lot of flash bang and a few deaths.

BBC:
More than 460 rockets have been fired into Israel by militants since Monday night, while Israeli aircraft have hit 160 militant targets in response.

Seven Palestinians, several of them militants, died in the strikes on Gaza, while a Palestinian civilian was killed in a rocket attack in southern Israel.

Later, Palestinian militant groups said Egypt had brokered a ceasefire.

The military wing of Hamas, the Islamist movement that dominates Gaza, said it would "abide by this declaration as long as the Zionist enemy commits to it".

A senior Israeli official appeared to confirm the report. Israeli media quoted the official as saying: "Israel maintains its right to act. Requests from Hamas for a ceasefire came through four different mediators.

"Israel responded that the events on the ground will decide [how it proceeds]."

The escalation began when an undercover Israeli special forces operation inside Gaza was exposed on Sunday. A Hamas commander was among seven militan…

Migrant wave makes it to Tijuana to attempt entry into California sanctuary state.

Desert Sun:
The first large wave of the migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana early Tuesday morning. About 400 migrants, mostly from Central America, rolled into the border city on nine buses. Some hung out of bus windows and cheered; at least one Honduran flag fluttered outside a window.

The migrants are reaching their final destination in Mexico amid inflamed tensions on both sides of the California-Mexico border. At the El Chaparral port of entry earlier Tuesday morning, people who have been waiting weeks to claim asylum said many migrant shelters along the border are nearing capacity. They expressed concern that the caravan would jeopardize their chances of entering the United States.

Meanwhile, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it was closing some northbound vehicle lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings to prepare for the arrival of "thousands of people migrating in a caravan" toward the border. The agency said Department of Defense personnel we…

Not-citizens tipping some elections for Democrats

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Power Line:


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Based on survey samples of 32,000 voters in 2008 and 55,000 voters in 2010, the authors among other things find:  It is likely though by no means certain that John McCain would have won North Carolina were it not for the votes for Obama cast by non-citizens.  A similar analysis reveals that there was one House race and one Senate race during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles which were close enough for votes by non-citizens to potentially account for the entirety of the Democratic victor’s margin. As before this analysis merges Census estimates of the number of adult non-citizens by House district and State with FEC tabulations of final election results. In 2008 there were 22 House races and two Senate races in which the Democratic candidate’s winning margin was small enough that less than 100 percent turnout among non-citizens could account for Democratic victory, and in 2010 there were 24 such House districts and three Senate races.  The MN 2008 Senate race is also th…

US military looking to buy Israeli bots for infantry operations

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Breaking Defense:
The US Army is looking into robots designed by Israel Aerospace Industries, with the first contracts likely to be signed in early 2019, after which production will shift to IAI’s US subsidiaries.

In recent months top officials of the US Tank-Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) have been visiting IAI facilities almost on a weekly basis, Breaking Defense has learned.

TARDEC, soon to be part of the new Army Futures Command, is exploring a wide range of IAI robotic systems, Shamni said: counter-IED bots to handle roadside bombs; robotic mules to follow infantry soldiers with extra supplies; “leader-follower” systems where manned vehicles lead unmanned ones in convoy; engineering robots to bulldoze obstacles under fire; optionally manned vehicles that can switch to unmanned operation “in seconds”; and even armed robots. All these systems, he said, can either be remotely controlled by human operators or switch into a fully autonomous mode where …

The NY Times misses the mark on wage growth since the tax cuts

NY Times:
Trump’s Tax Cut Was Supposed to Change Corporate Behavior. Here’s What Happened. Nearly a year after the tax cut, economic growth has accelerated. Wage growth has not. Companies are buying back stock and business investment is a mixed bag. (Emphasis added.) Here is the reality:

Wages and salaries jump by 3.1%, highest level in a decade

Wages and salaries rose 3.1 percent in the third quarter, the biggest increase in a decade, according to the Labor Department.Overall compensation costs were up 2.8 percent, ahead of Wall Street expectations.Wages have been the missing piece in the economic recovery, though the Fed has been raising rates to guard against future inflationary pressures.

Democrats have made election fraud easy and it appears to be happening more often

Daniel Sobieski:
Enough is enough. Election after election, boxes of Democrat ballots show up in counties run by Democratic election supervisors to benefit Democratic candidates who, once they steal their opponent’s election night victory, will join the chorus warning of Russian interference in our elections. Last time I checked, there were no Russian election officials in Palm Beach or Broward counties in Florida.

Democrats have long pushed for voting ease at the expense of voting integrity, pushing measures from voting by mail, to Motor Voter laws, to same-day registration while opposing voter ID laws which requires people to show up on election day with proof they are who they say they are. They claim Voter ID laws are designed to disenfranchise voters. So does the sudden appearance of mystery ballots days, even weeks, after elections without a documented chain of custody or certainty that other ballots weren’t destroyed or that the ballots found were cast by real, live American ci…

CNN tries to get reporter who acts like an unprofessional jerk reinstated in White House

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Washington Post:
CNN sues White House to regain access for reporter Jim Acosta

The unusual lawsuit comes after the president banished Acosta from the White House grounds after a testy exchange last week. I have always found Acosta's style disrespectful and off-putting.   That may be what CNN is going for, but I find it a real turn off.  It is possible to ask tough questions without being a jerk.  It is not the reporter's job to get into a debate with the President.  Acosta comes across as someone who has contempt not only for the President but also for those who work for the President.  That is not a good look for a reporter's credibility.  CNN would be wise to put someone in that position who does not try to become the story.

Left still does not get how regressive their tax and regulation policies are

William Sullivan:
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... Due to a persistent logical fallacy, maintained by blind faith alone, leading figures among the left are screaming from the ramparts that the Republican-led Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 should be a reason for Americans’ outrage. As Paul Krugman argues in a recent article at the New York Times:

Republicans lie about their agenda, pretending that their policies would help the middle and working classes when they would, in fact, do the opposite….

What Republicans stand for is cutting taxes on the rich and slashing social programs. Sure enough, last year they succeeded in ramming through huge tax cuts aimed mainly at corporations and the wealthy.
No data are introduced to support that claim. The reader is meant to blindly presume that the phantom downside of Americans enjoying an unemployment rate lower than at any time since 1969, having more money in their pockets due to smaller liability in federal taxation, and reaping the benefits of a booming economy (…

The 'Constitutional crisis' scam is a carryover from the Russian collusion hoax

John Dempsey:
All of a sudden, liberals in government care about the Constitution. Just last week they hated your free speech, freedom of religion, gun rights, and the Constitution in general. Now, the left is up in arms. In their eyes, President Trump created a Constitutional crisis after Attorney General Jeff Sessions left. Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker to act temporarily as attorney general and oversee the alleged Trump-Russia collusion investigation instead of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein staying in control. Now, Democrats are crying Constitutional crisis because of Whitaker’s public comments against Mueller’s inquiry.

The day after the midterm elections, Jeff Sessions vacated the attorney general seat at the Justice Department. Many believed that he would leave after the first of the year. His sooner-than-expected departure caused the left to panic. Immediately, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), Senate Minority Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelos…