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Britain debating whether to allow ISIS fighters to return or kill them in Syria

Telegraph:
British Isil fighters should be killed in Syria rather than be allowed to return to UK, a Government minister has said. Rory Stewart said converts who leave Britain to fight for the terror group are guilty of horrific acts and the only way of dealing with them is to kill them "in almost every case".

His remarks come just days after the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation Max Hill QC said young people who travelled to Syria after being "brainwashed" should be allowed to come home and rejoin society.

Mr Hill told the BBC that it was not worth losing a generation of young people who "naively" went to join Isil before attempting to come back to the UK.

Asked by BBC Radio 5 Live's John Pienaar if they had "brought on themselves what they are about to get?", he said: "These are people who have essentially moved away from any kind of allegiance towards the British Government.

"They are absolutely dedicated, as membe…

A weird world view about dealing with violence in Niger and Mali

Washington Post:
Parts of Niger and Mali are already lawless. U.S. strategy might make it worse.

As the United States considers a more aggressive counterterrorism mission in Africa, some caution that a heavy-handed approach could trigger a spiral of violence similar to those the U.S. military has helped to create in the Middle East. One of the things that created extreme violence in the Missle East was Obama's retreat from Iraq which gave ISIS room to expand its reign of genocide and terror.   ISIS was eventually defeated by partnering with local forces who were trained and supported by the US.  That is what the Green Berets were doing when they were ambushed. 

It appears there was a failure of intelligence that made a routine patrol vulnerable.  That is something that can be fixed, but they are dealing with a violent group if Islamic religious bigots who cannot be negotiated with and will not respond to soft power.  The local governments will have to build up their force to space …

US lost credibility with Obama's appeasement of Iran

Richard Goldberg:
Trump’s Iran-deal move is all about restoring US credibility Goldberg tells how Obama abrogated signed US agreements with Eastern European countries for a missile defense shield against Iran and Russian missile threats so he could appease both of the powers hostile to US interests.   Trump's move is the exact opposite of what thee critics imply about the credibility of the US word.

Media did it to itself when it comes to lack of support, has failed to challenge attacks on speech on campus

Washington Post:
The corrosion of support for the First Amendment started before Trump. He supercharged it.

Polls show the president’s daily drumbeat against journalism he doesn’t like has clearly taken a toll on the Fourth Estate. The media has always had a double standard defending liberals and attacking conservatives.  What has happened with Trump is that they have cast aside the pretensions of objectivity and made many unfair attacks on the President.  Unlike his predecessors, Trump does not stoically absorb the blows.  He fights back, and the media is not used to that so they double down on hostility rather than return to objectivity. 

The Washington Post has been much worse than the NY Times in this regard.  It has become hard to find any objective coverage of President Trump on its front page.  I am sure that the Times writers are for the most part just as hostile to the President's agenda, but they do appear more professional in their approach.

The real threat to the First…

How you can tell the collusion delusion is fading in Washington

NY Times:
Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash Three congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election have run into serious obstacles, and definitive conclusions are now unlikely. Their main obstacle is a lack of evidence to support the Democrats' claim of collusion.  All they have is a meeting by the President's son that resulted in nothing other than wasted time.  What seems clear to me is that the Russians were attempting to create chaos for both candidates. 

They colluded with a Brit former spy to create a dirty dossier about Trump and then using some of the same people who disseminated the dirty dossier tried to set up a meeting that was supposed to dish dirt about Hillary Clinton but did not live up their sales pitch. 

In both cases, they were trying to sell each side on things that were not true about their opponents.  The main difference is that the Democrats were more successful at using the levers of government to ke…

Annihilation strategy limited ability of ISIS to spread its poison

NY Times:
ISIS Fighters Are Not Flooding Back Home to Wreak Havoc as Feared Several factors contributed: The American-led campaign in Iraq and Syria focused on preventing militants from leaving, and many fought to the death. The US backed forces cut the avenues of retreat and forced the ISIS fighters to die in place or surrender.  Trump also stopped Obama's policy of micromanaging military operations by amateurs in the White House.  This led to an increased operation tempo that made it difficult for the enemy to recover and maneuver.

Union membership declines when workers are given a choice

MacIver Institute:
There have been many lessons learned in Wisconsin's collective-bargaining reform era. Perhaps the most important takeaway is what has ever been true: When people are allowed the power to choose, they exercise that power.

The laws that have lifted the yoke of compulsory union membership off the backs of Wisconsin workers have empowered employees in the public and private sectors to walk away from big labor.

And they have done so in droves - even in the metropolitan area of the People's Republic of Madison, where the union membership rate has sunk to 5.4 percent.
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The legislation has saved the state over $5 billion since its implementation. More than $3 billion was saved thanks to modest contributions to benefits from public employees, and the reform saved the struggling Milwaukee Public Schools over $1 billion.

The right-to-work law followed four years later, giving private sector unionized workers the ability to opt-out of union membership. Wisconsin was …

NFL is still losing customers because of disrespect for anthem and flag

PJ Media:
Several NFL Stadiums Half Full or Worse The team owners made a serious mistake by pandering to the players protest over alleged "systematic oppression."  The protest was based on the "hands up, don't shoot" lie.

Tone of investigations about the 2016 election appears to be dropping 'collusion' argument

Byron York:
Have you noticed? In recent public comments, the lawmakers investigating the Trump-Russia affair, along with some of the commentators who dissect its every development, seem to be focusing more on the facts of Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 election and less on allegations that Donald Trump or his associates colluded with those efforts.

Some of that could be just an impression. But the fact is, the subjects that have dominated discussion of the Trump-Russia matter lately -- Facebook and other social media ads and the most recent update from Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Mark Warner -- do not necessarily point toward collusion. Rather, more often than not, the latest talk points toward Russian "active measures," that is, the effort to disrupt the 2016 campaign.

Why the change?

"Because that's where the evidence is going," one lawmaker who follows the matter closely told me in a text exchange. "I mean, t…

Canada wary about illegal immigrants coming through US

CBC:
Keep a 'wary eye' on U.S. travel visas, Goodale tells American counterpart

Ralph Goodale says some migrants are obtaining U.S. travel visas for the sole purpose of coming to Canada Apparently, some people in places like Nigeria get a US travel visa so they can illegal cross into Canada and ask for asylum.  It looks like the US neighbor to the north is catching on to the problem of illegal immigration that some in the US have been complaining about.

Biofuels are less efficient and not cheaper in long run

Washington Examiner:
Parts of the transportation industry are worried that a Trump administration proposal to reduce the amount of biofuels blended into the nation's fuel supply will drive up prices.

Convenience store owners and truck stop operators, who interact directly with the users of fuel, say they have plenty at stake if the Renewable Fuel Standard were weakened.

"At a high level, truck stops play an integral role in the functioning of the Renewable Fuel Standard, because biodiesel is the most critical renewable fuel source under the program and most biodiesel is sold at truck stops," said David Fialkov, vice president of government relations at the National Association of Truck Stop Owners. "The Renewable Fuel Standard should allow us to incorporate renewable fuel into supply in a manner that allows us to lower the price charged to customers for fuel."

The Renewable Fuel Standard, a law passed in 2005 under President George W. Bush to promote renewable …

I doubt Iran will take Tillerson's advice

Washington Post:
Tillerson to Iranian militias in Iraq: ‘ISIS is coming to a close. ... Go home.’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned European companies doing business with the Revolutionary Guard in Iran that they could face “great risk” from sanctions. Speaking from the Saudi capital, Tillerson praised the budding relationship between Riyadh and Baghdad, and he expressed hope that their governments could work together to counter Iranian influence. It is just not in the character of the Iranian leadership to do anything other than try to expand the reach of their agenda.  The will attempt hegemony over Iraq and Syria and try to expand their reach from Yemen to Saudia Arabia.  They ultimate will not be satisfied with just dominating the Middle East.

Liberals make more enemies this week with their reprehensible conduct

Derek Hunter:
Just when you thought liberals had sunk as low as they could, they break out the shovel and start digging.

Nothing is sacred anymore. Nothing is off limits, and everything is political. This week showed us once again there is nothing Democrats won’t exploit, no grave they won’t dance on, if they think they can score political points. And there’s nothing “journalists” won’t spin, won’t lie about, and no hypocrisy too great to prevent them from smearing their political opponents.

The sad deaths of four soldiers in an ambush in Niger normally would not be a political football, but these times are anything but normal.

In the past week, a media narrative developed about how President Trump hadn’t spoken publicly about the deaths of the men at the hands of an ISIS affiliate group. This didn’t happen by accident, it happened suddenly and from multiple media outlets and “journalists,” as if it were coordinated.

“Why hasn’t Trump said anything about this?” they asked.

Of course, …

Former NPR head studies red America and finds it is nothing like the liberal characterizations

Ken Stern:
Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.

This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience. Spurred by a fear that red and blue America were drifting irrevocably apart, I decided to venture out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood and engage Republicans where they live, work and pray. For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and…

Economic growth benefits the poor in Texas

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Washington Post:

In coastal Texas, a community of black and Hispanic residents vs. oil refineries


As industry ensnares Corpus Christi’s minority Hillcrest neighborhood, homeowners are being offered several times the depressed value of their homes to move out. Can that offer serve as a model for a president who has vowed to slash the red tape of projects to prod development? Or will it stand as an uncommon example of progress on civil rights, housing and the environment?
This expansion affords the current homeowners the opportunity to obtain better homes further from the industrial area of their current neighborhood. I would say it is a win-win deal. I have seen other such tender offers used in the Houston area to allow the growth of commercial buildings.  This is one reason the Texas economy is so dynamic and lifts all boats.

Bogus claims of racism have cheapened the term

NY Times:

Fighting Racism Is Not Just a War of Words

Ceaseless statement-writing is sucking us dry. We need daring action. Congresswoman Wilson made the ludicrous claim that being called an "empty barrel" was racist.  While it was certainly not a term of endearment it had zero to do with race.  The term is traced back to Plato who used it to describe loud mouth critics.  Wilson would certainly fit that definition whatever her race. 

It is silly claims like these that lead to people to think that Democrats are crying wolf on racism while attacking critics of their agenda as "white nationalist" which is a form of racism in and of itself.  It is meant to demean and discredit those who oppose their liberal agenda.  Some defenders of Wilson also made bogus claims that because Gen. Kelly was a white man from a white neighborhood in Boston that he was racist.  This is another example of anti-white racism by liberals.

I think Gen Kelly would have said the same thing about a…

A wicked curve ball eliminates Yankees as Astros move on to World Series

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NY Times:
Behind Astros Win, a Killer Instinct and a Father’s Advice
Lance McCullers Jr. spun curve after curve — 24 in a row to end Game 7 of the American League Championship Series — and the Yankees never solved him. When McCullers is own, his curveball looks like a strike and then drops out of the strike zone as batters swing at it.  Sometimes it literally skids on the dirt at home plate.  If a batter begins to take the pitch in hopes of it being called a ball, McCullers fastball looks just like and they wind up taking a strike call in the zone.

McCullers appears to be recovered from back problems that slowed him during the second half of the season after making the all-star team for his production in the first half of the season.

BTW, Lance McCullers Sr. was a pitcher for the Yankees.

The Astros have come a long way from when they were called the Lastros and the Disastros.  They are a mostly young team with a few veterans scattered in.  The players are very athletic.  Gorge Springe…

Turkish despot thinks US is being too tough on his thuggish security detail

Reuters:
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan showed no retreat from a diplomatic row with the United States on Saturday, castigating Washington for what he said an "undemocratic" indictment against his security detail.

His comments may further dash hopes of a quick resolution to an on-going diplomatic crisis between the NATO allies. Both Ankara and Washington have cut back issuing visas to each other's citizens as ties have worsened.

"They say the United States is the cradle of democracy. This can't be true. This can't be democracy," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

"If arrest warrants are issued against my bodyguards in absentia ... in the United States, where I went upon invitation, excuse me but I will not say this is a civilized country."

A U.S. grand jury in August indicted 15 Turkish security officials over a brawl between protesters and Erdogan's security personnel during the Turkish president's visit to Washington in May. Erd…

California creating more expats--Adios California

Steve Baldwin:
It’s not easy watching California self-destruct. After all, my four sons are 6th generation Californians. One relative of ours journeyed here prior to the Gold Rush when the state population was just a handful of people. Family lore has it he was a gunslinger who, victorious in a gun duel, headed to California to avoid the law. He ended up ranching on what is now known as Mammoth Mountain. Other family members took part in the gold rush and one ended up discovering gold in 1895 in the Mojave Desert. My grandparents arrived in Kern County in the 1930s and worked as teachers educating the children of oil workers shortly after the discovery of oil in that region.

Proud of my heritage, I had this urge to run for the state legislature, so I did and I won. I was hoping I could do something in Sacramento to slow the decline of the Golden State. But it was not to be. I quickly discovered that the legislature was so dominated by far left ideologues, there was nothing that could …

Joy at having the yoke of ISIS removed in Raqqa

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These women are excited not to have to wear the garb required by the radical Islamists.  I wish Muslim everywhere would enjoy the same sense of relief and freedom and cast off the garb of oppression.

Trump triumphs over self discrediting media

Jeffrey Lord:
Interesting.

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump (full disclosure my former CNN colleague) is one of the first -- or maybe so far the only -- journalist at a mainstream media outlet to get what is seriously disquieting news for the mainstreamers. Here’s Phil’s headline:
Trump’s already largely won his war against the media
Phil begins his story this way:
The choice that President Trump asks America to make is a simple one and one that he’s demanded since he jumped into the presidential race. Who are you going to believe, he asks: An industry of people whose jobs depend on presenting factually accurate information about what’s happening in the world — or me?

And from the outset, we’ve seen how his supporters answer that question. They believe him.
Well, okay. Phil has something here but right off the bat he illustrates exactly -- and I do mean exactly -- the media’s problem.

Notice the way he describes the media? Like this: “An industry of people whose jobs depend on prese…

Media is now denying its own narrative on dirty dossier

Mollie Hemingway:

Russia-Obsessed Media Shocked To Discover Facts About Russia Stories That Discredit Their Narrative
Journalists can't push a Russia collusion narrative for a year then go silent because it turns out Russians paid a shady opposition research firm that happens to employ a bunch of their close friends. Hemingway traces the contradictory narrative of the media on the dossier.  The main consistency seems to be attacks on Trump regardless of what really happened.  It is looking more and more like the Trump campaign was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign by Democrats, the Russians, and an opposition research firm.

What seems clear is that Fusion is desperate to avoid disclosing who was paying for the dossier and the FBI is also desperate not to disclose its own role in using the discredited dossier.  That suggests they both have something to hide.  Trump is right to ask who paid for the hit job.

Egyptian police failed to cover their flank in raid that saw 30 of them killed

Daily Mail:
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The security sources said authorities were following a lead to a hideout deep in the desert thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and police since last year.

A convoy of four SUVs and one interior ministry vehicle was ambushed from higher ground by militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and detonating explosive devices, a senior source in the Giza Security Office said.

The number of dead was expected to rise, two security sources said.
... This also could have been a setup where the tipster led the police into a trap.  Normally when you conduct a raid on an enemy you have people on the flanks to check for potential ambushes.

Media is largely ignoring the defeat of ISIS

Joe Concha:
ISIS — and particularly its expanding caliphate — used to be a major news story in this country. Defeating the terror army that largely stretched across Syria and Iraq was a major campaign topic in 2016.

So one would think, after the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa was liberated from the terror group by U.S-backed Syrian and Kurdish forces on Tuesday, that the story would dominate news coverage.

But it didn't. Not even close.

Need proof? Check out the breakdown of 48 questions asked during Wednesday's White House press briefing, the first to be held since Raqqa fell less than 24 hours prior.


But before doing so, please note that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the liberation of Raqqa the focus of her statement to the press before the Q&A session began.

"As many of you will recall, one of President Trump's core campaign promises was to defeat ISIS. With the stunning fall of Mosul in June, and now with ISIS nearly eradicated …

Maybe he can do for them what he did for the NFL

Washington Examiner:
Poll: Blacks want Colin Kaepernick to lead Black Lives Matter they can probably use a guy like him who has bought into their "hands up, don't shoot" lie.

Adapting Israel's Iron dome system to protect Seoul, South Korea from Nork artillery attacks

Forbes:
Raytheon May Have A Quick Fix For Seoul's Vulnerability To North Korean Attack I have been curious about why this has not been in place in South Korea.  I think South Korea can also launch missile attacks that can burrow in and take out the North Korean artillery hidden in cave complexes.

'Fact checkers' have a credibility problem?

Washington Post:
PolitiFact ventures into Red America on an unusual outreach mission

In West Virginia, the Pulitzer Prize-winning organization's arbiters of what’s accurate meet with those who question their methods of vetting statements uttered by politicians, political organizations and pundits. I have a low regard for most "fact checkers."  They appear to be an excuse to write a brief for the liberal point of view on a matter in dispute.  They tend to be tendentious arguments to excuse invalid liberal arguments.  It took them forever to attack President Obama's outright lies about Obamacare and this happened after in many cases they had written pieces defending them.  I still do not think I have seen one calling him and Hillary Clinton on their lies about the cause of the Benghazi attacks.  They were willing to go along with a lie that was used to win an election.

It is not unusual for politicians of all parties to say things that turn out not to be true.  Sometime…

Voter ID law did not cost Clinton the election

Washington Post:
The case that voter ID laws won Wisconsin for Trump is weaker than it looks

There’s a valid debate over whether voter ID laws are a vehicle to suppress Democratic votes. But it’s very hard to say, given the data at hand, that Clinton would have won Wisconsin without such a law, much less the presidency. I have a low regard for those who claim Voter ID laws suppress the minority vote. In fact, such an argument is racist on its face because it assumes that blacks and Hispanics lack the mental ability and motivation to get a free ID card if they do not already have one. 

I live in a very diverse community and I would say that it would be rare to find adult blacks and Hispanics who do not already have a driver's license.  I don't think I have ever seen one who didn't.  They vote in the same precinct I do and many of them work the elections.

Now, voter ID laws do and should suppress the votes of dead people.  They should also suppress the votes of imaginary peop…

If you do not think someone willing to die to protect you is special, you are an ingrate

NY Times:
Kelly, in Defending Trump Call, Holds Up Military as an Elite Class To some, John F. Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, expanded an ever-growing gulf between the all-volunteer military and the public it serves. Are liberals now not even willing to thank someone in the military for their service?  If so it is not the military that is the problem.  They are in fact, selfless servants of the country. 

They are however deserving of respect for that service.  Has the antiwar left become so unpatriotic that they don't respect those who are keeping them safe?  What Kelly was talking about is when one of the troops pays the ultimate price for his service, Congresswoman Wilson should not sully that service by criticizing the President who is trying to console the family.  When people volunteer to go in harm's way to protect the country those people are special.  They are doing something that most citizens are not going to do.  Respect that.

Body cameras failed to resolve disputes about police actions

NY Times:
Body Cameras Have No Effect on Police Actions, Study Says
The 18-month study of more than 2,000 officers in Washington found that officers with cameras used force and prompted civilian complaints at about the same rate as those who did not have them. Police believe in the tactics they have been taught in dealing with citizens who they see as breaking the law.   I suspect that police who use the cameras see them as a device to prove their side of the story coming out of a confrontation.  They would tend to make it more difficult for suspects to allege abuse against the police.

In a recent incident in Dennison, Texas a Whataburger employee refused to serve cops claiming that cops had beat up her boyfriend.
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The employee alleged “cops beat up my boyfriend and are racists,” Burch said. He added that the woman told the supervisor her boyfriend was “beat up” when Denison officers arrested him a few weeks ago.

Burch said the supervisor went to the station and found the documentat…

A new weapon system designed to defeat Russian tanks in Europe

National Interests:
The technology sounds like a lethal Rube Goldberg machine: an electrical circuit generates high voltage pulses, that ignites a plasma cartridge that then triggers explosives to propel projectiles at extreme velocity. But this technology, referred to as an Electro-Thermal Chemical (ETC) gun, might be NATO’s silver bullet when it comes to penetrating the next generation of advanced Russian tanks. ETC guns could also be employed in a naval role to allow more accurate and longer ranged naval fires than possible with conventional munitions, at far lower costs than the railgun. The roots of ETC guns are based in Cold War studies for methods to counter the ever-increasing levels of protection that were expected to be found on future Soviet tanks. According to threat reports at the time, the protection levels of Soviet tanks that were expected to be fielded in the mid 1990s would outclass all fielded anti-tank projectiles.

To counter this, research began in the 1980s into p…

Does Amazon's wind farm hint it might build its 2nd headquarters in Texas?

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Fuel Fix:


Standing on top of a massive wind turbine, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos christened the online juggernaut's new Texas wind farm.

Bezos broke a bottle of sparkling wine over a turbine at the 253-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm Texas west of Abilene in Scurry County and Seattle-based Amazon posted videos on Twitter and Instagram.

The Texas wind farm is Amazon's largest renewable energy project to date, and it's built and operated by Chicago's Lincoln Clean Energy. One megawatt typically powers 200 homes on a hot Texas day.

The wind farm, which is announced last year, features more than 100 wind turbines designed to help power Amazon's Texas' facilities and much more. The electricity will feed into the overall state grid.

Texas is by far the nation's leader in wind power. In fact, wind provides well more than 15 percent of the state's electricity.

As for the wind farm, the project costs were not released, but Lincoln has described the cost of a 200…

If you disagree with Congresswoman Wilson she calls you a 'white supremacist'

NY Times:
Lawmaker Raises Issues of Racism; Says Kelly Lied
John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, misrepresented Representative Frederica S. Wilson’s remarks when he said she bragged about securing $20 million for a South Florida F.B.I. building, a video shows.Ms. Wilson suggested the accusation was racially charged and said the White House “is full of white supremacists.” Accusations like this are the product of a weak mind.  The first defense of someone who is low functioning like Congresswoman Wilson is not to respond to the argument made, but to accuse the other person of being a "white supremacist" based on his rejection of her bad conduct. 

It is typical of many liberals these days who are desperately afraid that the robust economy that is putting more blacks back to work will lift them out of the dependency class Democrats depend on for votes.  That is why Democrats have been using the "white supremacist" pejorative regularly of late.

The accusation a…

Crazy things liberals say when their narrative is destroyed

New Yorker:John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup
The only coup attempt that is being worked at this point is by liberals who are trying to overthrow a duly elected President with a bogus claim of collusion with Russia to win the election.   They are going through machinations trying to drum up an impeachment or if that is not available the 25th amendment which to them means anybody who disagrees with them is too crazy to be President.

John Kelly is the furthest thing from someone who would participate in a coup and I think that must trouble them.  They have been talking about him "controlling" the president and they seem distraught that he contradicted their ridiculous narrative on the President's call to the wife of a slain Green Beret.

When it comes to Trump, the left not only hates him beyond all reason but hates anyone who thinks the President is sane and might have a point. They hate everyone who voted for Trump.

Company behind dirty dossier desperate to avoid Congress finding out who paid for it

Washington Times:
The company behind the anti-Trump intelligence dossier that rocked last year’s U.S. election went to federal court Friday to try and block the House Intelligence Committee from getting access to its banking records.

The firm, Fusion GPS, filed a petition in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, according to a source knowledgeable about the situation.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Washington Times, said the House Intelligence Committeehad subpoenaed Fusion’s banking records in an effort to determine who financed former British spy Christopher Steele’s work to write the dossier during the summer and fall of 2016.
... They give one the feeling they have something to hide.  Transparency appears to be foreign to them.

Defending Rep. Wilson's reprehensible conduct because she was friend of the family?

Washington Post:
What John Kelly got wrong about Rep. Wilson and the family of a slain soldier

The White House chief of staff said he was stunned that the Democratic lawmaker was on the “sacred” call between President Trump and the widow of a soldier killed in Niger. But his critique overlooks the family’s long ties with the congresswoman. The fact that she may have been a long time friend of the family does not excuse her twisting the words of the President to make a bogus political argument.  That the Post would defend her despicable conduct is also reprehensible.  There was nothing rude or lacking empathy in what Kelly and the President said to the family.  It shows ignorance on the part of the congresswoman and the media to try to twist a statement of fact into some heartless statement.

It is probably because most of the reporters and the congresswoman have no concept of why people join the military and put their lives on the line for this country. 

I was an executive officer of a …

Bush and Obama don't focus on the hate emanating from the left in US

NY Times:
Bush and Obama Rebuke Trump by Implication Alone
In unrelated appearances, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama warned of hatreds tearing the nation apart. Neither named President Trump, but they left little doubt of their target. Most of the violence and hate in the US emanates from the left.  From the campuses to the streets liberal fascism is seeking to use violence to suppress the first amendment rights of Americans who do not agree with them. 

There is no such organized violence on the right.   The suggestion that white nationalism is a growing threat is absurd.  There are not enough white nationalist to fill a hotel ballroom much less a football stadium.  It is just another meme the left is using to suppress and denigrate those who disagree with them. 

The statue protestors in Charlottesville got a little over a dozen people to show at their latest protest.  There was no violence this time because there was no Antifa attacking them.  At any rate, they do no…

Democrats unable to block Senate move to allow drilling in ANWR

Washington Examiner:
Senate Republicans are one step closer to fulfilling a long-time goal of allowing oil and gas drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge after Democrats failed Thursday night to stop it.

The Senate rejected a Democrat-authored amendment to its 2018 budget resolution that would have removed language allowing oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Democratic amendment, part of a marathon series of votes known as "vote-rama," failed by a 52-48 vote.

That means the budget resolution, which passed soon after, contains instructions for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to recommend policies to save $1 billion over the next decade, to be served by drilling in the refuge.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who in 2005 voted against allowing drilling in the refuge, provided a decisive vote this time, refusing to vote with Democrats who tried to block it. Senate Susan Collins, R-Maine, who also voted against drilling in the refuge…

Haley lists Iranian bad conduct at UN meeting targeting Israel

Voice of America:

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley lashed out Wednesday at Iran for what she called a “laundry list” of bad behavior, and she criticized the U.N. Security Council for not holding Tehran accountable.

“Every six months the Security Council is presented with a laundry list of bad news but only somehow manages to only hear the good news,” Haley said, referring to the twice-annual report the U.N. secretary-general sends to the council on implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Haley spoke at a monthly council meeting that primarily reviews the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
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“Judging Iran by the narrow confines of the nuclear deal misses the true nature of the threat,” Haley said. “Iran must be judged in totality of its aggressive, destabilizing and unlawful behavior — to do otherwise would be foolish,” she said.

She called Iran out for its support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and its supply of weapons to Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah militants in Lebano…

Bill Clinton tried to meet with Russians involved in Uranium One deal as he prepared his $500,000 speech

The Hill:
Bill Clinton sought State’s permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision I wonder if he was trying to get more speaking gigs at that rate.

Alleged arsonist in wine country fires is twice deported illegal alien, Sonoma county failed to honor ICE detainers

Breitbart:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.”

Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan.

Sonoma County is considered a sanctuary jurisdiction and does not fully cooperate with federal immigration officials. That includes not honoring ICE detainer requests. “ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases,” Homan wrote in the statement regarding Gonzalez.

There were several fires in the region, and it is not clear what role the fires Gonzales allegedly set played in t…

More evidence that high taxes hamper economic growth

Washington Examiner:
As Congress debates reforming the federal tax code for the first time in more than 30 years, the states continue to confirm what too many in Washington are denying: Taxes matter for economic growth.

A new report released this week by the Tax Foundation – along with assessment of states' fiscal health, economic performance, and population changes – confirm that states with lower taxes and reasonable levels of government spending have stronger economies and are more attractive for businesses and individuals.

The State Business Tax Climate Index is an annual ranking of state tax systems and how well they are structured to promote economic growth. The usual suspects found themselves at the top as Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, Florida, and Nevada took the top five spots. None of these states levies a tax on individual income (essentially, a tax on work). Wyoming and South Dakota also do not levy a corporate income tax, which unsurprisingly makes them attractive pl…

Drone strikes kill 30 in Taliban leadership in two strikes

Radio Free Europe:
A second round of missile strikes by suspected U.S. drones has killed at least 11 more Taliban, including senior commanders, a day after strikes killed 20 militants in the southeastern border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, officials said.

Baseer Khan Wazir, the top administrative official in the Kurram Agency, part of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, told Reuters on October 17 that the drones fired on Taliban hideouts and killed at least 31 people over two days.

Taliban sources told Reuters that 24 members of the extremist Haqqani network, which is based in Pakistan and allied with the Taliban, were killed in drone strikes over two days, including some commanders.

An Afghan official told the Associated Press that the latest drone strikes on October 17 killed 35 Taliban fighters, including a commander of the Pakistani Taliban, Abu Bakr, and other senior insurgents.

Abdullah Asrat, spokesman for the governor of Paktia Province, told AP tha…

Russians paid lobbying firm tied to Clintons $3 million

Circa:
A Russian nuclear executive, whose company was the target of an FBI investigation and who admitted to corrupt payments to influence the awarding of contracts with the Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation, paid millions of dollars in consulting fees to an American firm in 2010 and 2011 to lobby the U.S. regulatory agencies and assist the Russian's who were then attempting to acquire twenty percent of American uranium, according to court documents, a former FBI informant and extensive interviews with law enforcement sources.

Roughly $3 million in payments from 2010 to 2011 were made to APCO Worldwide Inc., which is described on their website as the second largest lobbying firm in the United States. The firm also provided in kind pro-bono services to Bill Clinton's foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, services they begin 2007, according to APCO officials who spoke with Circa and press releases from the company. It was during the same time that then-Secretary…

Gen. Kelly schools the media on how casualty notifications are supposed to be handled, hopefully silencing the jackals

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Gen. Kelly eloquently makes the point about how casualty notifications occur and is appropriately critical of the congresswoman who gave a misleading characterization of Trump's phone call.

If you saw my two posts on this yesterday, you could probably tell how much the congresswoman's actions bothered me as unfair and wrong.  I think you will be able to see how his remarks changed teh demeanor of the media in the room.

Spam thieves in Hawaii lead to security measures for the canned meat

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Daily Mail:

Spam heists are on the rise in Hawaii, so much so that stores are putting the fatty canned meat treat in plastic locked cases. The black market for Spam is real in Hawaii as the price of Spam has been on the rise.  I had no idea it was in such demand.  I can remember my mom preparing it with meals when I was a kid.  I suspect it would be too salty for my taste these days.  Spam was used in World War II to feed the troops.  Russians soldiers have said they would have starved without it.

Judiciary Committee to look at Uranium One cover-up issue

Circa:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley asked the attorney of a former FBI informant Wednesday to allow her client to testify before his committee regarding the FBI's investigation regarding kickbacks and bribery by the Russian state controlled nuclear company that was approved to purchase twenty percent of United States uranium supply in 2010, Circa has learned.

In a formal letter, Grassley, an Iowa Republican, asked Victoria Toensing, the lawyer representing the former FBI informant, to allow her client, who says he worked as a voluntary informant for the FBI, to be allowed to testify about the "crucial" eyewitness testimony he provided to the FBI regarding members of the Russian subsidiary and other connected players from 2009 until the FBI's prosecution of the defendants in 2014.

Toensing's client was an American businessman who says he worked for four years undercover as an FBI confidential witness. Toensing said he was blocked by the Obama Justice D…

Jobless claims continue to lowest level in 44 years

Bloomberg:
Filings for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level since 1973 as workers affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma continued to return to their jobs, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.
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The latest period also encompasses the reporting week that the Labor Department surveys for its October employment figures. Claims are at the lowest level in more than four decades, indicating employers have little desire to cut staffing levels amid a shortage of qualified workers.
... The effect of Trump's deregulation efforts appears to have increased job opportunities to a point not seen in decades.  It appears the unemployment problem was not structural but the result of over-regulation.

The rubble left after the defeat of ISIS

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NY Times:
This Is What Victory Over ISIS Looks Like in Syria and Iraq
Hard-won battles to retake city after city from the Islamic State have come to an end. But the campaigns have left vast destruction in their wake, and the cities are ghosts of their former glory. The alternative to the creation of the rubble would have been to allow the genocide to continue and the mass murder attacks in Europe and the US to continue.

If the Iraqis were smart they would be focusing on rebuilding these cities.  But they seem to be influenced by the genocidal Islamic religious bigots that rule Iran so they are now attacking the Kurds with the weapons the US provided them to defeat ISIS.