Showing posts from 2018

Democrat open border policy is working after killing 'zero tolerance' approach

Washington Post:
Record number of families crossing U.S. border as Trump threatens new crackdown

Officials have seen an 80 percent increase from July, after the administration ended its “zero tolerance” policy of separating parents and children at the border.
They got their wish for open borders and the US is being flooded with immigrants who are costing a fortune and they hope to move to sanctuary cities and get them counted in the census to increase Democrat representation in Congress.  It one of the more cynical operations by a political party in history and the media seems to be all for it.  They still make the bogus claim that a border wall is not needed.  At the same time, Democrat candidates for office are downplaying their immigration position because they know a majority of voters oppose their scheme.

The GOP should be flooding the airways with pictures of immigrants flooding the border and blame Democrats.

Treasury employee indicted for leaking information to media about Manafort, Gates and alleged Russian spy

Washington Times:
A senior U.S. Treasury employee has been arrested and charged with leaking to news outlets about financial suspicious transactions on former Trump campaign figures Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina and the Russian Embassy, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40, of Quinton, Virginia, and a senior adviser in the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network or FinCEN, was arrested Tuesday. She faces one count of unlawfully disclosing suspicious activity reports, or SARs, and one count of conspiracy to disclose those reports.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Ms. Edwards is scheduled to appear before a judge late Wednesday.

Prosecutors with the Southern District of New York say Ms. Edwards leaked “numerous” SARs to a BuzzFeed News reporter starting in October 2017 and continuing through this month.
Ms. Edwards transmitted the reports by taking photographs of them and text…

Texas schools teens in how to respond to a traffic stop by law enforcement

Washington Post:
Texas teens can’t graduate until they watch this video about police

State law now requires high schools to show a newly released video meant to explain what's expected of civilians during a traffic stop. Some critics have voiced concern over the video, calling it a one-sided practice. It is a practice that should save teens from making mistakes in a situation that could escalate if not handled properly.  I think it is an excellent idea.

Democrats hiding their true agenda to win elections?

Rick Moran:
Incumbent Democratic senator Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight re-election battle with Republican challenger Josh Hawley, with both candidates slugging it out in a race becoming more and more personal the closer we get to election day.

McCaskill has tried to portray herself as a "moderate" Democrat, in tune with Missouri voters on most issues, while trying to hide some of her more radical views. This became clear when Project Vertias's James O'Keefe unleashed his hidden cameras on staffers for McCaskill who let slip that the senator is concealing an anti-gun agenda.
Despite her strong views on gun control, Senator McCaskill does not tend to promote them on the campaign trail or on her website. Rob Mills, who works on Senator McCaskill's campaign, says that is "...because she has a bunch of Republican voters."

Another individual who works on Senator McCaskill campaign, Carson Pope, adds that "...a semi-automatic rifle ban is mor…

Julian Castro looking to run against Trump in 2016?

Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama administration official Julián Castro said he is "likely" to make a 2020 White House run, potentially adding another name to what will be a crowded field of Democratic candidates.

Castro, the former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017 and was frequently mentioned as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

He told Rolling Stone he would take a closer look at the idea of running after the midterms but called himself "inclined" to do it.

"We’re going to take a long, hard look at what that kind of commitment would mean. And as I travel between now and Election Day, I’m getting a better and better sense of where the country is at. I don’t feel compelled to make a rushed decision," he said."

"However, I’m likely to do it," he added. "I have a strong vision for the country. I believe that our country’s going in the wrong directio…

Marines practice amphibious assault on Iceland

Marine Corps Times:
In the popular 1986 Tom Clancy Cold War thriller “Red Storm Rising” Soviet forces carry out a daring assault on Iceland, landing Soviet troops and destroying the NATO U.S. sub-hunting airbase at Keflavík.

The island eventually is wrestled back by United States Marines who carry out an amphibious assault on the Nordic island nation.

But the description of Tom Clancy’s breakout of World War III is not a far-fetched scenario, and the Corps may even be rehearsing such a possibility.

With the lead up to NATO’s largest exercise in more than a decade, Trident Juncture, the Corps is planning a rehearsal amphibious landing on Iceland before it carries out the real thing in Norway for the NATO-led training evolution.

Nearly 2,000 Marines and sailors embarked with the 24th Marine Expeditionary on board the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima are steaming their way toward NATO’s high north in preparation for the amphibious assault.

While the Iceland landing is a rehear…

A reminder from 2016 of Democrats caught on tape admitting to vote fraud

The New American:
“It’s a very easy thing for Republicans to say, ‘Well, they’re bussing people in.’ Well, you know what? We’ve been bussing people in to deal with you f*****g a******s for 50 years and we’re not going to stop now." So said Scott Foval, until recently the national field director for left-wing group Americans United for Change. The people he described so vulgarly are Republicans, and by “deal with” he was referring to committing vote fraud.

You know, that crime Democrats claim doesn’t exist.

Captured on video by a Project Veritas undercover reporter posing as a Democrat donor aiming to perpetrate a vote-fraud plot, Foval’s startling admissions come on the heels of an undercover video showing New York City’s Democrat election commissioner, Alan Schulkin, admitting that “there is a lot of voter fraud.” But while Schulkin actually lamented that political operatives “bus people in,” Foval is one of the election thieves orchestrating the bussing — proudly (video below).

Trump warns Central American Countries will lose US aid if they do not stop migrant caravans

Washington Examiner:
President Trump has warned three Central American countries that if they allow anyone to pass through their country to enter the U.S. illegally that America will cease all foreign aid payments to them.

In two tweets late Tuesday, Trump said that Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have been put on alert that "all payments made to them will STOP (END)!" if the countries allow people passage on their way to the U.S.-Mexico border with the intention to enter the country illegally.
Mexico mobilized hundreds of their federal officers to their southern border to prevent the passage of a 2,000-person caravan from Honduras that had plans to travel through Mexico to the U.S.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump said that "anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained" before being deported to their country of origin.
... Honduras has begged the migrants to turn back and has said they are being manipulated by people trying to ma…

O'Rourke's 'life-long Republican' mother voted in 15 of last 17 Democrat primaries

Washington Times:
Rep. Beto O’Rourke often touts his mother in speeches and interviews as a lifelong Republican, who now supports his effort to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Not really.

According to a CNN report Tuesday, Melissa O’Rourke is a frequent voter in Democratic primaries who donated to Barack Obama before he became president.

“Melissa O’Rourke has largely voted in Democratic primaries in Texas since 2000, and she has donated money to candidates from both parties. She donated to Cruz and Republican Mitt Romney in 2012, but she also previously donated to the presidential campaign of then-Democratic Sen. Barack Obama in 2007,” CNN reported.

Mrs. O’Rourke told CNN that “for the most part I have voted Republican probably nationally and then more regionally, more Democrats.”

She attributed her turn to Democratic voting and donation in recent years to President Trump and his rhetoric on the border wall and immigration, which she said are “so far right. It’s just — there…

Democrats are at war with the Constitution

Mackubin Thomas Owens:
The sturm und drang accompanying the recent Brett Kavanaugh confirmation obscures an important point. It had less to do with Kavanaugh than with the Constitution itself. Progressives, who have long dominated the Democratic Party, have never been fond of the Constitution as drafted by the Founders. The latter saw it as a framework for sharing power within a republican government, the only form of government capable of protecting the liberty and natural rights of citizens.

Founding Progressives such as Woodrow Wilson, on the other hand, saw the Constitution, with its separation of powers and federalism, as an obstacle to their enterprise of using government to solve the country’s social problems. Its checks and balances could not accommodate the necessary new programs and agencies. But the Progressives nonetheless paid obeisance to the document, arguing only that its interpretation must change with the times. It was to be a “living” constitution.

The sort of juris…

Cruz solidifies lead in Texas Senate race

Red States:
With just three weeks to go, Sen. Ted Cruz has an insurmountable lead on challenger Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke in the latest poll commissioned by CNN.

In the poll taken from October 9 thru 13, Cruz has a comfortable 7-point lead over O’Rourke.

The poll also includes Texas Governor Gregg Abbott with a double-digit lead of 18 points over Democratic challenger, Lupe Valdez. With Cruz gaining in recent weeks, along with Abbott’s popularity and voter’s habit of not splitting their ticket, it’s looking fairly certain Texas won’t be electing a Democrat in a statewide race in 2018.
... Cruz and O'Rourke debated each other last night.  Cruz has always been a strong debater and reports indicate he was in this debate.  O'Rourke can't blame his loss on a lack of funding.  He has raised more money than any other Senate candidate this year and is determined to spend it all on this race.

During the debate, O'Rourke dodged the question on border security.

Texas Permian Basin is producing over twice as many barrels of oil a day than Iran is exporting

Fuel Fix:
Texas' crude oil production is projected to grow next month by 68,000 barrels a day, led by the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Energy Department said Monday.

The Permian increased production faster than expected in October and is projected to grow by nearly 40,000 barrels more than previously estimated, the Energy Department said. By the end of the month, output from the prolific shale play is expected to be just shy of 3.5 million barrels a day.

In November, the Energy Department expects Permian production to grow by another 53,000 barrels a day, putting oil production at 3.55 million barrels a day.
...Iranian exports have fallen to 1.5 million barrels a day.   As the infrastructure bottleneck is reduced the Permian Basin production will increase dramatically as shut-in wells are completed and brought into production.

US airstrike kills 60 al Qaeda affiliated terrorist in Somalia

A US airstrike has killed 60 Islamist extremist fighters in Somalia, in one of the deadliest ever such operations against the al-Shabaab organisation in the unstable eastern African country.

The US military said Friday’s airstrike occurred near the al-Shabaab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province in the central part of the country. According to its assessment no civilians were injured or killed.

It was the most lethal US airstrike the November 2017 attack which killed about 100 al-Shabab fighters. The statement gave no further details about what was targeted, and a US military spokesman said it was not a camp.
Trump relaxed guidelines intended to prevent civilian casualties and gave local military commanders greater authority in ordering attacks.
Last year there were 31 such attacks and 15 in 2016, according to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based research institute.

The US Africa Command spokesman said the airstrike had no link …

Democrats are losing some of their base

Roger L. Simon:
Kanye's Not Alone: Blacks Are Deserting the Dems I suspect that is why they reacted so harshly to his meeting with Trump in the White House.  West is not without influence in the black community.  There has been a noticeable movement of black men toward Trump in recent months and the Kavanaugh treatment by Democrats struck a chord with several of them who have been falsely accused.

Carter Page sues DNC and Perkins, Coie for defamation

Washington Examiner:
Onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the Democratic National Committee and a law firm that represented them.

The lawsuit, which was filed in a federal Oklahoma court against the DNC, Perkins Coie, and Perkins Coie partners Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann, is about obtaining “justice,” Page said.

“It goes beyond any damages or any financial aspects,” Page told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night. “There have been so many lies as you are alluding to, and you look at the damage it did to our democratic systems and institutions of government back in 2016. I'm just trying to get some justice in terms of getting some disclosure.”
... The story does not indicate whether Page has attorneys working on the case.  He has attempted to sue in the past representing himself and in my opinion, has been overmatched.  He needs quality attorneys who can force discovery on the defendants and take meaningful depositions.

Since it is cold it is just weather. If it were hot it would be 'the new normal'

Washington Post:

Record early season cold and snow have taken over the central United States

Some spots have seen their earliest cold and/or snow on record. And some of this cold is headed east. This post is just to remind the media why they have lost credibility on their "climate change" agenda.  Remember when hurricanes were also just weather?  I do.

Economic optimism working in Republican's favor

With economic optimism soaring in the country, will Democrats be able to sweep to power in either house of Congress or will buoyant sentiment help Republicans keep hold of their Congressional majorities?

The latest CNBC All-America Economic Survey offers mixed signals, but leans against a wave Democratic election like that those that swept Republicans to power in 2010 and 2014.
Indeed, the poll found that 48 percent of the public is optimistic about the current economy and optimistic it will get better, the highest level in the poll's 11-year history and more than double the 20 percent registered in the December 2016 survey. The poll, conducted Oct. 4th through the 7th, shows 83 percent of Republicans are optimistic but also 22 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Independent voters.

To be sure, control of Congress is often decided by the sum of local issues and candidates rather than national sentiment. And this time, several special factors could have a big effect: i…

How the GOP can hold the House

Ed Morrissey:
ABC: Generic Ballot In Battleground Districts Is … R+1?

The key to voter enthusiasm in this midterm cycle may be the same as it is in real estate: Location, location, location. ABC News’ Rick Klein takes a look at the current generic-ballot polling from the latest Washington Post/ABC partnership and notes that the double-digit Democratic lead would normally spell curtains for the GOP. However, Klein points out that almost all of it comes in districts well in hand for Democrats — and that the battleground looks far different: If this was a national referendum on President Donald Trump, he’d be set for a thumping, or a shellacking, or whatever word a president not named Trump might select in conceding defeat.

But it isn’t. Therein lies the core of Democrats’ concerns with 22 days to go, as they worry that a whole lot of their midterm enthusiasm will wind up wasted in places they don’t need the extra votes. …

Nationwide, Trump has a 41 percent approval rating, and Democrats …

One way you can tell Democrats are wrong on immigration

Thomas Lifson:
One of the most prestigious and richest progressive think-tanks is urging Democrats in competitive races to hide their real intentions from voters. In a remarkable move, the Center for American Progress is telling Democrats running for office to avoid ("spend as little time as possible" on) discussing immigration – because the issue works for Republicans, not Democrats. Let me translate: deceive voters about what you plan to accomplish if they hand you power.

The Center for American Progress is the think-tank founded by John Podesta and lavishly funded by the radical billionaires who pose as saviors of the poor while pushing policies that enrich themselves and close the doors of opportunity to the underclass. CAP carries a lot of clout among Dems.

I credit the New York Times for obtaining a copy of the four-page memo that CAP circulated among Dems running for office and explaining what's in it. Julie Hirschfeld Davis writes:
Democrats, the strategists …

How many dead Democrats are still voting?

U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults — A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud Why do democrats oppose taking dead people off the voter rolls as well as those who have moved out of the area?  Doing so would make it hard to cheat and there is nothing wrong with suppressing the vote of the dead.  Voter ID would also make it harder for people to vote on behalf of people long past a normal life span.

Hamas engaged in border intifata

Washington Free Beacon:
Hamas has intensified its violent demonstrations against Israel, turning the border between the Jewish state and the Gaza Strip into a "24/7" war zone as the terrorist group amps up its efforts to kidnap Israeli soldiers, according to Israeli security sources and regional reports.

Hamas ramped up this past week its months-long violent demonstrations along the Gaza border as part of new plans to "kidnap soldiers so that it will have a bargaining chip to use against Israel for speeding up the removal of the blockade," according to an investigation into new ways Hamas is probing Israel's defenses provided by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, or JCPA, a security research institute.

Violence raged throughout the weekend and into late Monday, with some 20,000 Palestinians participating in the demonstration, which have grown increasingly violent as Hamas operatives begin to deploy explosive devices, grenades, incendiary balloons, and other…

O'Rourke won't help other Democrats with his large haul of donations

Washington Examiner:
Rep. Beto O'Rourke announced Monday that he will not share any of his $38.1 million war chest, even though Democratic bosses want the cash for more competitive states.

The Texas Democrat told reporters after a campaign rally that he will not spare any expense in his own race and plans to leave all the money he has raised out on the field ahead of Election Day. He said if people who contributed to him want to do so for another campaign, they should do that. O'Rourke raised an eye-watering $38.1 million from July to September.

"No," O'Rourke told a reporter when asked if he would commit to sharing funds with Senate Democratic candidates who are in closer races. "I'm focused on Texas. Most of our contributions have come from Texas. All of them have come from people. Not a dime from PACs."
... O'Rourke seems bent on proving the Beatle song was right.  Texas votes can't be bought by out of state liberals.

Were F-22's left in harms way of hurricane because they were not able to fly?

Washington Times:
10 percent of Air Force's $339 million F-22 fighter jets damaged in Hurricane Michael Keeping the high tech planes airborne has become a challenge and in this case, has made the planes more vulnerable to mother nature than to the enemy.
The decision to leave roughly $7.5 billion in aircraft in the path of a hurricane raised eyebrows, including among defense analysts who say the Pentagon’s entire high-tech strategy continues to make its fighter jets vulnerable to weather and other mishaps when they are grounded for repairs.

“This becomes sort of a self-defeating cycle where we have $400 million aircraft that can’t fly precisely because they are $400 million aircraft,” said Dan Grazier, a defense fellow at Project on Government Oversight. “If we were buying simpler aircraft then it would be a whole lot easier for the base commander to get these aircraft up and in working order, at least more of them.”

Beto O'Rourke's problem is not name ID in Hispanic community, the more they know about him the less they like him

Erick Erickson:
Vanity Fair wants you to know that Robert Francis "Beto Male" O'Rourke has poor name identification with the Hispanic voters he will need to beat Ted Cruz. That's part of his problem, they allege.
O’Rourke’s lag makes sense within the context of the Texas electorate itself: he has low name recognition in the rapidly growing Hispanic demographic, who he will need to turn out in order to secure victory. (Despite their strong animus against Donald Trump, whose child-separation policy is still reverberating along Texas’s southern border, Hispanics accounted for less than one in five voters in the 2016 election.) Cruz, on the other hand, has an enthusiastic base of white conservative evangelicals who regularly vote in midterm elections, and who gobble up Cruz’s message that O’Rourke is a Texas version of a coastal liberal elite, citing his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, his sordid punk-rock days, and the fact that both Hollywood and the Democratic…

Some interested people not impressed with Elizabeth Warren's latest claim

Red States:
Cherokee Nation To Elizabeth Warren…CUT IT OUT Paleface. The test suggests she might be less than one percent related to early migrants to America from Asia.  As I have stated before, I have a problem with the term "native Americans."  There were actually no native Americans that we know of.  All of the humans who are in the Americas are descendants of migrants.  Some came earlier than others.  The migrants from Asia came several thousand years before most of the migrants from Europe.

Arizona Democrat Senate candidate accused of treason in debate

Republican Martha McSally accused Democrat Kyrsten Sinema of “treason” Monday night, latching onto recent reports about Sinema’s comments as an anti-war activist at the end of a contentious, fiery Arizona Senate debate.

Near the end of the hour-long debate, McSally attacked Sinema over the comments from a radio show in 2003, reported earlier this week by CNN. The host made a hypothetical comment about joining the Taliban, to which Sinema responded: "I don't care if you want to do that, go ahead."

McSally demanded an apology, accusing her fellow congresswoman of saying “it’s okay to commit treason.” Sinema didn’t respond to the attack or explain her past comments, instead accusing McSally of running a negative campaign by using “ridiculous attacks, and trying to smear my campaign.”

The exchange in Monday’s debate, the only one scheduled in Arizona, epitomized the campaign to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. McSally repeatedly accused Sinema and Democrats of…

Saudis threaten use of oil weapon if sanctions are imposed

Bloomberg/Fuel Fix:
For 45 years, it’s been considered out of bounds for Saudi Arabia. But all of a sudden, Riyadh made what many read as a veiled threat to use the kingdom’s oil wealth as a political weapon -- something unheard of since the 1973 Arab embargo that triggered the first oil crisis.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, said on Sunday it would retaliate against any punitive measures linked to the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi with even “stronger ones." In an implicit reference to the kingdom’s petroleum wealth, the statement noted the Saudi economy “has an influential and vital role in the global economy.”

Roger Diwan, a longstanding OPEC watcher at consultant IHS Markit Ltd., said the Saudi comments broke “an essential oil market taboo.”

While few think that Saudi Arabia is prepared to follow through, even the suggestion of using oil as a weapon undermines Riyadh’s long-standing effort to project itself as a force for economic …

Fascism in America is a product of the left like it was in Germany

NY Times Editorial:
If You’re Not Scared About Fascism in the U.S., You Should Be

When fascism starts to feel normal, we’re all in trouble. Antifa is a fascist organization that claims to be anti-fascist.  Many of the Democrat mob actions during and after teh Kavanaugh conformation battle involved intimidation tactic like the fascist use.  And Democrats are definitely trying to normalize these tactics.

Antifa acts as the militant Brownshirts of liberal fascism.  They have replaced the KKK as the Democrat tool of violence and intimidation.  Since Trump won the election in 2016 virtually all the political violence in the US has been done by the left.

Democrats worried about Hispanic vote in Texas

San Antonio Express-News/Washington Post:
In Texas, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is trying to fend off Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a liberal star who raised an eye-popping $38.1 million in the past three months, making him one of the most successful fundraisers in history.

O'Rourke, who is white, speaks Spanish and has often switched languages during town halls. He has used the traditionally Hispanic nickname Beto for decades, rather than his birth name, Robert.

But Texas has proved to be a challenging place for Democrats to mobilize Hispanic voters. "That is a very hard thing to change in one campaign cycle," said Matt Barreto, a co-founder of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions.

Cruz has long been one of his party's most vocal advocates of a strict immigration policy. Still, a Quinnipiac University poll showed him winning 37 percent of Hispanic voters, a slightly higher share than Trump won in the state in 2016, according to exit polls. Overall, C…

At the Chosin Reservoir 12 to 13 thousand Marines attacked in a "different direction' the over 100,000 Chinese troops that surrounded them

CBS News:
You may have seen the pictures before: American fighting men pushed to their limits and beyond. But unless you were at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in the brutal winter of 1950, you have no idea.

"Survival is probably the strongest of our instincts, and we all just did what we had to do to survive," said Warren Weidhahn, now 90, who was a young Marine at Chosin Reservoir. "People can't imagine 40, 50 below zero. Everything froze. Vehicles froze, rifles froze, people froze. If you got wounded, you couldn't walk, you froze to death."
The Marines were moving north along a single road that twisted higher into the mountains up to the Chosin Reservoir, which was supposed to be just a way station on their way to the Yalu.

Sides said, "This was kind of a perfect trap because they had to go singe file up this very narrow road. Any commander knows this is a terrible way to move because you get strung out."

The Chinese sprang the trap o…

Trump keeps promise on jobs that Obama denigrated

Chuck Devore:
Trump's Economy Is Creating Factory Jobs 10 Times Faster Than Obama's

... "I've been trying to negotiate trade deals ..." so overseas competitors "aren't undercutting us." Notably, Obama said that some jobs "are just not going to come back" while criticizing then-candidate Donald Trump for promising to "negotiate a better deal" and mocking him by claiming Trump would need a "magic wand" to fulfill his job promises.
Of note, in the 21 months since his inauguration, President Trump's deregulatory policies and historic tax cuts have led to a manufacturing resurgence, with 396,000 jobs added. In fact, the pace of manufacturing job growth over the past 21 months of President Trump's leadership is more than 10 times that of President Obama's last 21 months in office.
... It wasn't magic that created these jobs it was economic policies that Democrats opposed.

Steel construction of beach homes looks like the key to surviving hurricanes

NY Times:

Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’ Hurricane Michael wrecked every other beachfront house on the block, but one came through the storm nearly pristine, as if protected by grace. How did it survive? I recall a similar scene after Hurricane Ike decimated the Texas coast and one house was left standing.  This house looks like it has steel support beams and a steel roof.  The support beams are probably welded tieing the structure together.  If you look at the rubble and ruins of the homes around it they appear to be piles of wood that were probably nailed or bolted in place.   I doubt the beach chairs on the porch were there during the storm.

The Russian-Trump bank connection is one of the bogus stories in the Russian collusion hoax

John Solomon:
If Democrats and their media accomplices keep recycling it, the unproven Donald Trump-Alfa Bank conspiracy may one day live right up there with the extra JFK gunman at Dallas’ grassy knoll, the missing Oak Island treasure, or the Lost City of Atlantis.

After all, the best unsolved mysteries — especially in politics — are those that can be neither proven nor disproven.

And therein lies the travesty of the unrelenting, yet uncorroborated, allegation that Trump’s campaign set up a covert communication system with Russia during the 2016 election, using a computer server in the United States and another owned by a Russian bank.

This allegation first surfaced with a Hillary Clinton-loving computer nerd in the fall of 2016, who claimed her group obtained domain name server (DNS) logs showing frequent “pings,” or contacts, between a server owned by Russia’s Alfa Bank and one in the name of the Trump Organization.

It turns out, though, that the server wasn’t actually in the Trump…

Top 3 % pay the majority of income taxes

Individual income taxes are the federal government’s single biggest revenue source. In fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30, the individual income tax is expected to bring in roughly $1.7 trillion, or about half of all federal revenues, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

If past statistics can offer any guidance, in 2016, $1.44 trillion income taxes were paid by 140.9 million taxpayers reporting a total of $10.2 trillion in adjusted gross income, according to data recently released by the Internal Revenue Services.

Bloomberg looked into the 2016 individual returns data in detail for some additional insights illustrated in the charts below:

The top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes (37.3 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (30.5 percent).The top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97 percent of total individual income taxes.
In other words, the bottom 50 percent paid 3 percent. Which small percentile of tax payers also paid 3 percent …

Vote fraud is real

John Gibbs:
This week, liberals have been repeating their frequent claim that voter fraud doesn’t exist. A recent Salon article argues that “voter fraud just isn’t a problem in Pennsylvania,” despite evidence to the contrary. Another article argues that voter fraud is entirely in the imagination of those who use voter ID laws to deny minorities the right to vote.

Yet as the election approaches, more and more cases of voter fraud are beginning to surface. In Colorado, multiple instances were found of dead people attempting to vote. Stunningly, “a woman named Sara Sosa who died in 2009 cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.” In Virginia, it was found that nearly 20 voter applications were turned in under the names of dead people.

In Texas, authorities are investigating criminals who are using the technique of “vote harvesting” to illegally procure votes for their candidates. “Harvesting” is the practice of illegally obtaining the signatures of valid voters in order to vote in their na…

The media's Civil War against Don from Queens

Charles Hurt:
And there is no one more racist to these sheltered snowflakes than Don from Queens.

To these elite, the “otherness” of President Trump makes them feel so uncomfortable it drives them utterly mad. The fact Mr. Trump beat the whole political system and sits across the Resolute Desk from Kanye West is simply more than they can bear.

So he must be racist. And, somehow, so is Kanye.

Then Mr. Trump wanders into one of the most epic moments of Civil War history during a speech last week in Ohio, birthplace of legendary Civil War Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

“So Robert E. Lee was a great general,” Mr. Trump said. “And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia. He couldn’t beat Robert E. Lee.”

Cue the media, who somehow went wild over Mr. Trump complimenting Gen. Lee as a “great general.”

As anyone who has ever studied four minutes of Civil War history knows, of course, Mr. Trump’s comments are totally and completely factual and accurate. Lee was a brilliant tactician whose battlefield ge…

House GOP closing in on anti-Trump Russian collusion hoax conspiracy?

Rowan Scarborough:
Congressional Republicans are collecting evidence to show an extensive, election year, anti-Trump conspiracy between Hillary Clinton operatives such as Fusion GPS and Barack Obama appointees at the Justice Department and the FBI.

The investigation took a new turn last week. Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson decided to invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than testify under subpoena before a special House Republican task force.

The Republicans see Mr. Simpson as the key middleman between Justice and the Clinton campaign. He orchestrated the Democrat-financed dossier on which the FBI built its early investigation of candidate Donald Trump. Republicans believe the unproven dossier, with its charge of extensive Trump-Russia collusion, is a sham perpetrated by Democrats and the press.

“Glenn Simpson was an absolutely essential figure in launching the entire Russia collusion hoax,” a Republican congressional staffer told The Washington Times.

Mr. Simpson decided to invoke his …

Behind the Democrat hate for Kanye West

John Kass:
Since the Oval Office meeting, we’ve heard a lot of irrational screaming about West and how he’s insane for speaking his mind.

One thing is certain. Americans make too much of celebrities. Hollywood stars endorse Democrats for president and it is considered normal behavior.

But Kanye embraces Trump — and gives him a hug — and Democrats hate him.


Because there is nothing so threatening to the Democratic Party than a prominent African-American like Kanye straying from the Democratic plantation and embracing a Republican.

This they cannot abide. Democrats use racial identity politics to herd voters and keep blacks voting Democratic. Without black votes, there is no Democratic Party.

The shaming of Kanye West is very much like the shaming of white suburban women who won’t put gender first, as Democrats demand.

Similar shaming techniques have been tried on other African-Americans, from brilliant writers like Shelby Steele; from famous economists Walter Williams and Thom…

Missing Saudi 'reporter' not what he seemed

David Goldman:
Germany's leading right-of-center daily Die Welt this morning reveals that Jamal Khashoggi was not a journalist, but a high-level operative for the Saudi intelligence service, an intimate of Osama bin Laden, and the nephew of the shadiest of all Arab arms dealers, the infamous Adnan Khashoggi. John Bradley reported last week in the Spectator that Khashoggi, who allegedly met a grisly end in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that among other things wants to replace the Saudi monarchy with a modern Islamist totalitarian state.

So much for the whining in the Establishment media about freedom of the press and protection of the rights of journalists. The presumed-dead Khashoggi was a top-level spook who swore fealty to some of the Arab world's nastiest elements, and who played a high-stakes game in Saudi spookdom. We don't know why he disappeared, but we know what we don't know.

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Voters watching the Democrat mobs react negatively to them

Salena Zito:
Jason Vogel is fired up to vote. He says his passion crystallized two weeks ago when he saw just how chaotic Washington would be if the Democrats seized power in Congress. When Democratic senators smeared Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as an attempted rapist without proof, and angry protestors stormed the Capitol, he says he grew increasingly concerned.

“Hard to imagine that occurring every day, but you begin to realize that is exactly what would happen if I didn’t turn out to vote,” he said.

Vogel is with his family at the Erie Insurance Arena to rally for Trump and local GOP Congressman Mike Kelly, who is running for re-election. The Vogels are seated far away from the stage, but that doesn’t seem to dampen their enthusiasm.

The 40-year-old union steward for the local Teamsters 397 says he became motivated to vote for Kelly when he realized everything important to him is being championed by President Trump and is on Kelly’s ballot: “The Second Amendment, trade, job …

The left's fear of Kanye West

Michael Goodwin:
In the beginning, it was safe to ignore Kanye West and his growing bromance with President Trump. After all, West is a performer, which makes it easy to discount his political talk, and he is married to a Kardashian, which, well, enough said.

But recent events demand attention. First came West’s Sept. 29 appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” where he rapped in his red Make America Great Again hat and praised Trump in a speech, most of which NBC cut from its telecast.

Then there was Thursday’s spectacle in the Oval Office. Once again, his stream-of-consciousness commentary veered from nonsense to common sense and included references to the 13th Amendment, which forbids slavery, and his feeling of being “programmed” as a black man to support only liberal politicians.

There was no denying those events were intriguing and entertaining, but I still didn’t regard any of it as politically significant — until the left-wing media went absolutely bonkers on him.

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US should wait for the evidence on the missing Saudi reporter and not believe those who want to rush to judgment

Clarice Feldman:
It seems to me the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, last seen in Istanbul, is Erdogan-brand Turkish taffy, a confection of sugary lies made to inflame Americans against the Saudis and aid the far more dangerous to our well-being mullahs of Iran.

I confess to prejudice in this matter. I think Iran is a grave threat to the world, and the Saudis are aiding us in constraining the mullahs. Like Matthew Continetti, I believe the Saudis are now an important counterterrorism ally and roiling the waters there would disrupt “energy markets, create pockets of instability in which jihadists and Iranian-backed militias thrive, and cause headaches for Israel.”

If we disrupt our present relationship, why wouldn’t the Saudis turn elsewhere -- China and Russia -- and any influence we have in the Middle East would be lost.

In fact, if those in Congress who believe this nonsense get their way and cut arms sales to the Saudis, the beneficiaries will be arms producers in China and Russia …

The Democrats' weak candidates in Texas

Silvio Cantu:
The latest polls are showing two obvious things:

First, Governor Greg Abbott is on his way to a huge re-election. It may come close to then-governor Bush, who won big in 1998.

Second, Senator Ted Cruz is starting to consolidate his majority. He is currently up 9 and will probably exceed that on election day.

In both cases, the Democrats are their own worst enemies.

Why would you nominate a weak candidate like Lupe Valdez to challenge the super-popular Governor Abbott? Or the same question for Beto O'Rourke?

In February of 2018, Representative O'Rourke joined Minority Leader Pelosi in supporting abortion after 20 weeks. This is how Mr. O'Rourke defended that vote:

Today the House passed H.R. 36. The bill would impose a nationwide ban on abortion at 20 weeks even in the event that a pregnancy could pose serious harm to a woman's health. I voted against this bill because I believe it would endanger the lives and health of women in Texas  – a state that alre…