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The despicable political war being waged against President Trump

Brian Kennedy:
The political war being waged against President Trump is both despicable and effective. Despicable because the basis of the animus — alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 election — has no basis in fact, and effective because it is perpetrated by the U.S. legal and intelligence community who, in the minds of most Americans, are seen as defenders of the United States.

The indictments by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of Russian intelligence officers allegedly involved in the 2016 presidential election was rather transparently meant to undercut Trump and his summit with Vladimir Putin. Instead it looks like payback to the administration for having the temerity to question the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election.

The indictments gave lie to the assertion that the Justice Department and the intelligence community are not political. These indictments were meant for domestic political consumption. Their purpose was to arm t…

GOP candidate for governor in New York takes on the fracking phobes

NY Post Editorial:
Marc Molinaro dropped the f-word Wednesday: “fracking.” The GOP gubernatorial hopeful said he’d back a “closely monitored” test of the practice.

Good for him. It’s past time someone revived the idea as a possible way to help upstaters left struggling by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In 2014, Cuomo banned fracking — the use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing to extract gas and oil from shale rock — in a sop to enviro-radicals. Yet it’s permitted nearly everywhere else in America and, indeed, is booming.

Over the past decade, the nation has seen a 60 percent spike in oil and natural-gas production.

And that has turned the world energy market on its head: Last year, the United States became a net exporter of gas for the first time in 60 years.

By 2022, the Energy Department predicts, America will be a net exporter of energy for the first time since 1953.

Fracking’s economic benefits are huge. Regions where it’s allowed have seen dramatic economic turnarounds.

And by reducing reliance on…

A socialist visit's Kansas--Will she click her heels

NY Times:
Yes, She Is in Kansas: Ocasio-Cortez Makes Her National Campaign Debut Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who has quickly become the face of a left-wing populist wave, visited Kansas with Senator Bernie Sanders to campaign for progressive candidates. When Ocasio-Cortez won the Democrat nomination for a congressional seat and explained she was a socialist It was clear she had to be ignorant of both history and economics to embrace such a position.  Bernie Sanders has the same disability.  I think people in Kansas are smarter than that.  Meanwhile the more interviews the young candidate gives the more her ignorance is exposed.

What Brennan, Comey and others in intelligence got wrong about Russia

NY Times:
Trump Doubles Down on Russia. The Spies Shake Their Heads.
The policy gap on Russia between the president and his administration’s intelligence and national security agencies appears to be growing wider. Guided by their political animus, people like Brennan and Comey claimed not only that Russians were engaged in cyber pranks, but that Trump and his campaign were colluding with them.  Mueller has found no evidence to support this proposition and Trump knows he did not collude with the Russians. 

When Brennan and the media engage in hysteria over a meeting between Trump and Putin it further discredits their "intelligence" about Trump.  If someone knows they have not engaged in an activity and the intelligence agencies leaders keep saying they did, it is unlikely that person will give much credence to their opinions writ large.

This is a dangerous position for the country and the intelligence community needs to take steps to rebuild trust.  Whining about Trump is a po…

Strzok moved to get McCabe to open Russian investigation immediately after Comey was fired

Breitbart:
FBI agent Peter Strzok’s text to FBI lawyer Lisa Page hours after FBI Director James Comey was fired that said they needed to “open the case we’ve been waiting on” now that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was in charge was related to the Trump-Russia investigation, according to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
“That text message was not unrelated to Russia,” Gaetz said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday.

The evening right after Comey was fired on May 9, 2017, Strzok had texted Page, his then-paramour, at 8:14 p.m. with: “We need to open the case we’ve been waiting on now while Andy is acting.”

Page responded the next morning at 4:57 a.m., with: “We need to lock in [redacted]. In a formal, chargeable way. Soon.”

Strzok confirmed during his testimony on Thursday that “Andy” meant McCabe, but refused to confirm what “case” he was referring to, or who Page was talking about.

But Page, who testified behind closed doors on Friday and Monday was much more forthcomin…

Californians spending money to promote the evils of liberalism in Texas

Legal Insurrection:
Progress Texas bills itself as a “Rapid response media and digital strategy promoting progressive ideals in Texas. We stand up for the left and fight the right.”
They’re so Texan, they’re running ads, asking for a cash to defeat Ted Cruz by geographically targeting…California.

See for yourself.
... You can check out their ads at the link above.  They appear to be 100 percent paid for with contributions from California.  Apparently, Beto O'Rourke can't find enough support in Texas.

Venezuelan oil company CEO ordered to surrender US visa

Fuel Fix:
The U.S. Department of State has ordered Asdrúbal Chávez, the president and CEO of Houston-based Citgo Petroleum, to surrender his U.S. visa amid an ongoing probe into Venezuela's state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA.

Chávez has headed Citgo, PDVSA's U.S. refining subsidiary, since November. He has reportedly been given 30 days to leave the country.

Citgo said in a statement Wednesday that Chávez will continue in his role and that its senior leadership remains unchanged. The company declined further comment.

The State Department also declined comment, noting that visa revocation decisions are generally kept confidential for privacy reasons.
... The Venezuelan company has been troubled for some time because of the failure of the state-owned operation in Venezuela to maintain their equipment and allegations of corruption of some senior executives.  Recently the company had to surrender assets to Conoco-Phillips because of the seizure of that compa…

The case against John Brennan

Kimberley Strassel:
The Trump-Russia sleuthers have been back in the news, again giving Americans cause to doubt their claims of nonpartisanship. Last week it was Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok testifying to Congress that he harbored no bias against a president he still describes as “horrible” and “disgusting.” This week it was former FBI Director Jim Comey tweet-lecturing Americans on their duty to vote Democratic in November.

But the man who deserves a belated bit of scrutiny is former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan. He’s accused President Trump of “venality, moral turpitude and political corruption,” and berated GOP investigations of the FBI. This week he claimed on Twitter that Mr. Trump’s press conference in Helsinki was “nothing short of treasonous.” This is rough stuff, even for an Obama partisan.

That’s what Mr. Brennan is—a partisan—and it is why his role in the 2016 scandal is in some ways more concerning than the FBI’s. Mr. Comey stand…

The Comey-Mueller scheme to justify an investigation with no predicate

Paul Sperry:
Mueller's unspoken mandate is to justify the Comey FBI opening a CI investigation on Trump during the election without any credible intelligence. Comey lacked predicate,and Mueller is hellbent on finding it for him--after the fact--to help protect the INSTITUTION he formerly led At the time the FBI agent in charge of the investigation was saying "There is no there, there."  This is probably why the DOJ cannot produce a statement on why the investigation of Trump was even started.  This has been a bad faith investigation from the beginning.

Another sign of weakness in the Russian economy?--Retirement age raised for men and women

Washington Times:
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings have survived reports of high-level corruption and falling living standards in recent years, but they are now falling quickly because of a government plan to raise the national retirement age.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced last month that the state pension age would rise gradually beginning next year — from 55 to 63 for women and from 60 to 65 for men. The increase marks the first change to retirement age norms, which Soviet authorities established in the 1930s.

The announcement triggered anger and nationwide protests that appear likely to grow.

Nearly 60 percent of Russian men die before age 65, according to statistics. Although average Russian women can expect to live to 73, many say their employment opportunities are limited once they reach middle age.

“A significant portion of Russian citizens will not survive to retirement,” said a statement by the Confederation of Labor of Russia, a national trade u…

The FBI has known there was no Russian collusion since before Mueller was hired

John Solomon:
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It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using the powers of their office to “stop” Trump from becoming president. The only question is whether any official acts they took in the Russia collusion probe were driven by those sentiments.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is endeavoring to answer that question.

For any American who wants an answer sooner, there are just five words, among the thousands of suggestive texts Page and Strzok exchanged, that you should read.

That passage was transmitted on May 19, 2017. “There’s no big there there,” Strzok texted.

The date of the text long has intrigued investigators: It is two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and the Russia campaign.

Since the text was turned over to Congress, investigators wondered wheth…

Who is 'betraying America'?

Carolyn Glick:
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As Daniel Greenfield noted at Frontpage magazine Tuesday, in succeeding years, Obama capitulated to Putin on anti-missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, on Ukraine, Georgia and Crimea. Obama gave Putin free rein in Syria and supported Russia’s alliance with Iran on its nuclear program and its efforts to save the Assad regime. He permitted Russian entities linked to the Kremlin to purchase a quarter of American uranium. And of course, Obama made no effort to end Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

TRUMP IN contrast has stiffened US sanctions against Russian entities. He has withdrawn from Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. He has agreed to sell Patriot missiles to Poland. And he has placed tariffs on Russian exports to the US.

So if Trump is Putin’s agent, what was Obama?

Given the nature of Trump’s record, and the context in which he made his comments about Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, the question isn’t whether he did anything wrong.…

Opposition to abortion has not abated with time

NY Times:
‘I’m Doing It for the Babies’: Inside the Ground Game to Reverse Roe v. Wade
With new Supreme Court Justice on the way, anti-abortion groups sense a unique moment to achieve their goal, and they’re mobilizing forces at the local level. Opponents of abortion to see the procedure as the taking of a life of a baby.  That is a very emotional response for the millions who oppose abortion.  They are not buying the suggestion that life within the womb is not something to be protected.   With the possibility that Roe v. Wade is overturned, the issue of abortion will largely be decided at the state level. 

It is not clear to me why some women use abortion instead of contraception.  Is it because these women are too low functioning to handle contraception?  Is it because the men they are with are also too irresponsible to take precautions?  I think the vast majority of Americans are high functioning enough to deal with real family planning and not after the fact abortions.

People need …

Democrats have decided to try to fool voters by saying they are 'For the People'

Sarah Rumph:
Less than four months before the 2018 midterm elections, House Democrats have come up with a surefire strategy to win over all those working-class voters who were uninspired by Hillary Clinton: a new slogan!

This is a new and exciting change from their last big idea a year ago, which was…[checks notes]…oh yes, also a new slogan.

The 2017 attempt at this sloganeering magic promoted the idea that Democrats were offering voters a “Better Deal,” touting a series of economic reforms that were announced during a press conference with Democratic congressional leadership.

This time around, Democrats seem to have learned from the mockingthey received from their last slogan, and eschewed the press conference in favor of a private meeting with their members — after which they apparently headed straight to chat with a Politico reporter.

The outcome of that meeting, as Politico notes, was to discuss their shiny new slogan: “For the People.”

According to Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), who co-cha…

Two Russians research firms accused of passing secrets of hypersonic missile program to 'western spies'

Times:
Employees at two Russian rocket research institutes are suspected of committing treason by passing top-secret information on hypersonic technology to western spies.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) seized documents during raids this morning at TsNIIMash, the main research institute of Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, and the United Rocket and Space Corporation.

Dozens of people are being investigated on suspicion of passing secrets on the development of classified hypersonic technologies — able to reach speeds more than five times the speed of sound — to western intelligence agencies, the Kommersant newspaper reported. It was not clear exactly what technology may have been leaked.

President Putin lauded Russia’s new arsenal of nuclear weapons in March, including the Kinzhal aircraft-launched hypersonic missile and the Avangard missile system, which he said had a hypersonic glide vehicle that could strike “like a meteorite, like a fireball”.
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A source also predicted t…

California city embraces foreign influence in its election

Lid Blog:
The Department of Elections in San Francisco has begun circulating voter registration forms for non-citizens to participate in a Board of Education vote in the 2018 election.

The city becomes the first in the Golden State to allow non-citizens a say in local elections.

The measure passed in 2016 by a vote of 54% to 46%, after failing two previous times.
... If you thought liberals in San Francisco were crazy, you were not wrong.  ICE should take a look at the San Francisco voting roles in its hunt for illegal aliens.

US energy production more than matching most OPEC countries

Business Insider:
The US is pumping out more oil than 12 of 14 OPEC members. The US is now exporting three million barrels of oil a day.  Unfortunately, it is also importing that much or more of heavy crude because US refining capacity has not switched over to handling the light crude coming from the shale wells.   Only OPEC countries Saudi Arabia and Iraq export more than the US at this point.  Texas production alone could surpass that of Iraq this year.

Jobless claims at lowest point since 1969

Washington Examiner Editorial:
Jobless claims haven’t been this low since 1969. President Trump is taking the credit, and he isn’t all wrong. Bills he has signed and regulatory actions he has taken have helped unleash businesses to hire more, pay more, and in the end make life better for workers.

Where Trump errs is in taking direct credit. Trump’s interventions in the economy, his tariffs to protect favored manufacturers, and the subsidies he has advocated for some industries or employers have boosted fortunes in the short term for a few jobs. But they haven’t on the aggregate improved the jobs picture. That’s because government intervention generally can only reshuffle resources and jobs, while only economic growth can enrich and empower the working man.

Tariffs can protect certain employers from competition, thus giving them more room to raise prices and thus possibly hire more and increase wages. If we look narrowly at aluminum jobs, then tariffs can be considered a success. But tha…

Mueller's immunity offer to Tony Podesta is seen as proof of his double standard in case against Manafort

Washington Times:
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly given a key Democratic operative immunity to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

According to Tucker Carlson, speaking Thursday evening on his Fox News program, Mr. Mueller has offered immunity to Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group and brother of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Mr. Carlson cited “two sources” whom he did not name.

Both Mr. Manafort and the Podesta Group worked on a campaign named the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, and most of the charges against Mr. Manafort relate to his work there and whether he laundered money for Russian oligarchs, worked as a foreign agent, disclosed his income and status, and related issues.

Mr. Carlson also complained of a political double standard, repeating a claim he had made last October that Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group had committed at least some of those same offenses, such as not registering as foreign age…

Media hysteria has little impact on Trump voters

Fox News:
Trump Voters in WI Tell MSNBC They Were Not Swayed by Putin Summit Backlash I think part of the media's problem is that they have cried wolf so often and been wrong that people are starting to look at them like they are screaming irrational toddlers.  Hysteria is a poor sales tool.  But the media just seems to go from one "outrage" to the next barely catching a breath.

US oil production hits new record

Reuters:
U.S. crude oil output hits 11 million barrels per day for first time ever

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The gains represent a rapid increase in output, as the data, if confirmed by monthly figures, puts the United States as the second largest producer of crude oil, just behind Russia, which was producing 11.2 million bpd in early July, according to sources.
... Russia had just increased its production to replace oil from Iran and Venezuela.

It looks like Putin did not want to hide the hacks

Power Line:
In this Wall Street Journal op-ed, Michael Mukasey questioned the timing of Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russians on the eve of the Helsinki summit. I discussed the matterhere. In the same op-ed, Mukasey made another important point, one that has influenced my thinking on Russian interference since January 2017, when an experienced intelligence hand articulated it to me: If we know the Russians hacked the Democrats, it’s probably because the Russians want us to know. ...
The veteran intelligence hand I spoke with in January 2017 said that Putin’s goal in leaving fingerprints was to create chaos in our political system. But the two explanations — Mukasey’s and my friend’s — are not mutually exclusive. Putin might well have wanted to embarrass, damage, and warn Clinton in the likely event she won the presidential race, and to create chaos regardless of who won. ... If that was Russia's objective, the Democrats have made it a screaming success.  It is intriguing that th…

Brennan's trip to Moscow in March 2016

Daniel John Sobieski:
The Russians say he did, and while some might say, well, these are the same Russians who helped put together the Steele dossier filled with "salacious and unverified" material, and may once again be playing with us, there is evidence that Brennan, the man who voted for communist Gus Hall for president, did make the trip in March 2016 for purposes unknown:

"It's no secret that Brennan was here," claimed Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov. "But he didn't visit the Foreign Ministry. I know for sure that he met with the Federal Security Service (the successor agency to the Soviet KGB), and someone else."

No further remarks clarify what Brennan was allegedly doing in Moscow or what he discussed with the FSB. Syromolotov insists it had nothing to do with Russia's withdrawal from Syria....
Now, there are plenty of legitimate reasons for a CIA director to make a trip to Moscow, but when a Russian deputy foreign m…

Mueller Russian indictment does not support Steele dossier charges of how hacking was paid for

Rowan Scarborough:
Dossier writer Christopher Steele’s assertion that Moscow bankrolled its election hacking through laundered pension funds via Russian diplomats in Washington isn’t supported by two official U.S. reports.

Mr. Steele, whose anti-Trump work was financed with money from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, wrote of an elaborate money-skimming operation by the embassy and other consulates. A diplomat/spy in Washington, he said, was involved in laundering Russian veterans’ pensions to pay for hacking Democratic Party computers and stealing documents.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday offers what appears to be the first official report on how Moscow paid for the hacking. The indictment makes no mention of diplomats or pension funds. The indictment says the Russians used crypto, or digital, currencies to pay vendors for the use of servers and internet domains.

The indictment does not stat…

American jobs at risk because of tariffs?

Washington Post:
‘We’re fighting against our own country’: Trump’s tariffs on Mexico are causing layoffs in the U.S.

Trade restrictions aimed at preventing U.S. jobs from heading elsewhere have instead hampered one Missouri company’s effort to create jobs in the United States. Officials at Mid Continent say that without relief, the nail plant could be out of business by Labor Day — or that remaining production could move to Mexico or another country. I think the strategy was to bring jobs back to the US by getting fairer trading practices.  It was a high-risk strategy that is likely to inflict pain on both sides of the border until the situation is resolved.  I suspect both sides are playing for time in hopes that the other will blink.

Countries move to keep the status quo on trade that favors them over US

NY Times:
Europe and Asia Move to Bolster Global Systems That Trump Has Attacked Sometimes working with unlikely partners, they have undertaken a flurry of efforts to preserve a rules-based order on trade and security that the United States once championed. The Trump administration has been seeking a fairer trade picture that would break down the artificial barriers of countries in Asia and Europe.

Mueller indictment of alleged Russian spies puts Americans in Russia at risk

Thomas Lifson:
Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 officers of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, was purely for domestic propaganda purposes. The case was never intended to come to trial because it was presumed by Mueller that Russia would never extradite its own intelligence officers, and thus no holes would be poked in the purported evidence by defense counsel. Thus, the accusations in the indictment would be taken as dispositive by the mainstream media, and the theory that Russia was behind Donald Trump’s victory would gain support with an official imprimatur.
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In his second round of indictments purely for show, Mueller tried to avoid the danger of a defense being mounted by making the indictments criminal and naming defendants that are real individuals who would face prison if convicted.

Of course, anybody with half a brain would see that once the United States legitimizes criminal indictments of foreign intelligence officers in this way, other nations would apply t…

Media hysteria after Trump-Putin press conference unwarranted

Eddie Scarry:
You can acknowledge that President Trump gave an embarrassingly weak performance at the press conference following his face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, while rejecting the media’s weird preoccupation that Trump didn’t publicly insult Putin to his face.

In 2018, every day goes down as a bad day if Trump didn’t use it to condemn Russia for interfering with the 2016 election.

If you didn’t watch the conference live on Monday and instead only saw the media’s coverage of it, you’re forgiven for maybe falling under the impression that Trump disowned the U.S. intelligence community and pledged allegiance to Putin.

“Trump sides with Putin over US intelligence,” said a headline at CNN’s website.

Politico declared that Trump “publicly sides with Putin on election interference.”

What Trump actually did was give a typical noncommittal response to an issue he hates talking about: His win, and whether an outside influence had anything to do with it.
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CNN sees Russian bots behind the rejection of the evils of liberalism

The Lid Blog:
When you’re CNN, which used to advertise itself as “the most trusted name in news,” you see Russian bots in your sleep. On Tuesday, the network published an article asserting that the viral movement to #WalkAway from the Democratic Party is, in reality, a Russian bot campaign designed to help Republicans hurt their ideological rival.

“Now, in this 2018-midterm election season, as some predict a blue wave of resistance to Trump, his policies, and alarming authoritarianism, Republicans want to split up the Democratic political opposition and divide black and Latino voters. And Russia looks like it wants to help here, too. But this time it won’t work,” David A. Love wrote, adding:
The most recent example of this strategy is the #WalkAway hashtag, which is presented as a grassroots effort by former Democrats who are critical of the party’s alleged intimidation, confrontation and lack of civility and want people to walk away from the party.

However, #WalkAway has also now bee…

Comey manages to anger both Democrats and Republicans

Resurgent:
Federal Bureau of Desperation

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In case it didn’t occur to him, Comey just published a book called A Higher Loyalty in which he portrays himself above the partisan fray—the only guy in Washington who was able to navigate the tempest waters of both the Clinton email server follies and the Trump collusion saga, without allowing the pressures of politics to compromise his integrity nor that of the investigations. But now, he makes a statement so nakedly partisan that it blows his little toy boat right out of those waters—and calls into question where his higher loyalty really lies.

It also makes me wonder if Comey is afraid of where the House investigation into the irregularities surrounding the probe into Hillary’s email server might lead. A Democrat takeover of the House in November would effectively kill that investigation, thus ensuring that any questionable role Comey might have played would most likely remain buried—just as he assumed it would be, had Hillary won the el…

Congress looks to boost LNG shipments to Europe

Fuel Fix:
Two days after President Donald Trump's controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, some Senate Republicans are looking to hit Russia where it hurts - it's energy sector.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced legislation Wednesday calling for the Department of Energy to speed up approval of LNG exports to Europe, where Russia has long had a strangle hold on natural gas supplies. Likewise, the bill would authorize U.S. sanctions on Russian energy projects, including the planned Nordstream 2 pipeline, which would run across the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany.

"It is in the national security interests of our country to help our allies reduce their dependence on Russian energy," Barrasso said on the senate floor. ""Where those countries don't see it for themselves, we need to show them how important it is for their own security."
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Under the legislation, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson, the fo…

Boss appreciates a dedication to job on employees first day

BBC:
Alabama employee gets new car from boss after 20-mile walk The young man in this story showed remarkable perseverance in getting to work and the boss was so impressed he drove down to thank him personally and give him his car.  It is worth reading in full.  The guy had been looking for work for some time and was not going to allow car trouble to keep him from showing up so he walked all night to get there on time.  Cops stopped him and were so impressed they bought him breakfast and then took him to a house where he was to help a family pack for a move.

Democrat move to the extreme left likely to lead to problems for the party

IBD:
Long-time political watchers have been shocked in recent months to see formerly powerful Democratic Party leaders ousted by far-left challenges within their own party. The once-proud centrist party of the working class, the Democrats are now a party of the hard left.
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These may all seem sudden. But in reality, these shifts have been in the making for years. The Democratic Party of old — mildly liberal but mostly solidly centrist — is a thing of the past.

Sure, today's Democrats and their allies in the big media talk about the "extreme right" and "ultra right" Republican Party. They call rank and file Republicans racists and nazis.

But, as numerous studies and polls confirm, it's the Democratic Party that has moved far left — while the Republican Party has more or less remained where it was.

Last year, a Pew report, "The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider," showed that the split between Democrats and Republicans on key pol…

Greedy EU fines Google because its phone operating system is too popular

NY Times:
Google Fined $5.1 Billion by E.U. in Android Antitrust Ruling
European officials hit the internet giant with a record penalty for abusing its power in the smartphone market.The decision on Wednesday underlined how European authorities are aggressively pushing for stronger regulation of the digital economy. The EU seems determined to be the world's biggest control freaks.  They are unfair to successful American companies routinely.   Will the liberal haters who run Google now consider that Trump may be right about the EU and its anti-US policies?  Will they rebel against the European shakedown consortium?

Police union says liberals have turned Portland into a literal cesspool

Washington Times:
The president of the Portland Police Association in Oregon issued a scathing rebuke of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response to the city’s homelessness crisis, saying the city has become a feces-covered “cesspool” under the Democrat’s watch.

“Our City has become a cesspool,” PPA President Daryl Turner wrote in a statement posted on Facebook Monday. “Livability that once made Portland a unique and vibrant city is now replaced with human feces in businesses doorways, in our parks, and on our streets.

“Aggressive panhandlers block the sidewalks, storefronts, and landmarks like Pioneer Square, discouraging people from enjoying our City,” he said. “Garbage-filled RVs and vehicles are strewn throughout our neighborhoods. Used needles, drug paraphernalia, and trash are common sights lining the streets and sidewalks of the downtown core area, under our bridges, and freeway overpasses. That’s not what our families, business owners, and tourists deserve.”

His comments came after the ma…

Inside the coup attempt and the paranoia of the plotters?

Conservative Tree House:
Paranoia May Destroy Ya’ – The Collective Response From the Co-Conspirators…

At first glance saying: yesterday was a very good day, might sound like spin. However, for those who have been frustrated about the lack of righteous push-back from the executive office; the attacks from the former “spygate” co-conspirators might be just what is needed to trigger President Trump to declassify the underlying material.

Consider the tweets from James Comey (former FBI), John Brennan (former CIA), Sally Yates (former DOJ), and statement from Ash Carter (former DoD).
... This is a long piece with many exhibits but it weaves a credible story about those behind teh deep state coup attempt.

Mueller's failure to charge the Russians with their attempts to attack GOP servers appears to distort story to show favoritism

Real Clear Investigations:
Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election wasn’t as one-sided as Special Counsel Robert Mueller charges in his latest indictment.

The Russian military spy agency that Mueller says hacked the Democratic National Committee also penetrated the computer systems of the Republican National Committee using fake emails in a phishing scheme, U.S. officials say.

This evidence challenges the narrative, now reinforced by Mueller’s indictments, that Russia’s scheme was solely aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.

“RNC emails were stolen through the same spearphishing scams used against Democrats,” a senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the investigation told RealClearInvestigations. “In fact, prominent Republicans were targeted and similarly victimized by the disclosure of sensitive emails during the campaign.”

The indictment acknowledges this on page 13: “The Conspirators also released documents they had stolen in other spearphishing operations, in…

FBI, DOJ accused of obstructing Congressional investigation in hopes that Democrats will win and allow cover up to continue

Washington Free Beacon:
The chair of the House Intelligence Committee accused the FBI and Department of Justice of stonewalling a sprawling investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia with the hope of running out the clock until the November elections, when they anticipate Democrats will regain control of the House and dissolve an ongoing probe that has uncovered evidence U.S. officials sought to cripple Trump's campaign.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), in a wide-ranging audio interview with his House colleague Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of "putting all their chips on the Republicans losing the House" so that their Democratic allies can "shut down" the longstanding Intelligence Committee probe, which has unearthed information disputing claims of collusion in recent months.

Rep. Duffy interviewed Rep. Nunes for an upcoming episode of Duffy's podcast, "Plaidcast."

Nunes also lashed out a…

Media gets global warming wrong when it tries to tie it to Central American migration

Washington Examiner:
The New York Times has published a misleading article claiming global warming is largely responsible for unauthorized immigrants entering the U.S. from Central America. The article, titled “A Warming World Creates Desperate People,” alleges global warming is causing crop failures in Central America, which in turn has forced people to flee north to the U.S. In reality, global and Central American crop production is at record levels. The true lesson from The New York Times’ article is a beneficial climate creates desperate media lies.

According to the Times, “Drought and rising temperatures in Guatemala are making it harder for people to make a living or even survive, thus compounding the already tenuous political situation for the 16.6 million people who live there.” The article focuses specifically on coffee production, quoting “one young farmer” who said, “We can’t make a living purely off coffee anymore.” The article then asserts global warming is causing coffee…

Trump questions Europe's immigration policy

Washington Examiner:
President Trump doubled down on previous comments he made regarding mass migration to Europe, saying “not one” European country has been improved by a massive influx of immigrants and refugees.

In an interview aired Tuesday, Trump told Fox that Europe’s culture was being destroyed by their loose border laws.

“The immigration policies in Europe are a disaster. You’re destroying Europe. You’re destroying the culture of Europe. The crime is up in those areas, and you better do something,” Trump told Fox News' Tucker Carlson in an interview that aired Tuesday night.

The president added that he views the situation in Europe as a warning to the U.S. that it needs to be stronger on border security, which he says still includes a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
... I think the main reason why current immigration policies have been so troubled is because of the advent of multiculturalism.  Back when immigration was more acceptable, the immigrants were eager to embrace …

Company plans offshore crude terminal for large export ships 80 miles off Texas coast

Fuel Fix:
Houston's Enterprise Products Partners said it's planning to build a new oil export terminal offshore of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Enterprise wants to load oil for global export much faster now that it's begun servicing major vessels called Very Large Crude Carriers that can hold about 2 million barrels per shipment, roughly twice the volume of typical crude vessels. These vessels are headed to Asia and other global markets.

Enterprise loaded the first VLCC to ever dock at a Texas port in June when it took on an oil shipment in Texas City near Galveston. Enterprise said it's loading a second VLCC, the Eagle Victoria vessel, this week. Because of water depths, Enterprise can only fill the VLCC up with about 1.1 million barrels and the rest of the crude is transferred a little offshore in deeper waters from another vessel.

Enterprise wants to build a new export terminal complex about 80 miles offshore of the Houston Ship Channel entryway that's capable of loadi…