The Nellie Ohr connection to Steele dossier

Nellie Ohr: Woman in the Middle

Is it a surprise to find a Stalin apologist at the center of the Steele dossier scandal?
These campus Marxists — sorry, “revisionists” — would soon dominate history departments of American universities, where, naturally, they taught various aspects of the “revisionist” line: that the original “Soviet experiment” remains viable; that Stalin’s crimes and his responsibility for them have been exaggerated (especially by that awful anti-communist historian Robert Conquest); that maybe they were even worth it all in the end. “Revisionists” were known for rejecting the “totalitarian model” of Soviet Russia as a politicized figment of Cold Warrior imaginations; however, when the Soviet Union fell apart and changed form in 1991, the “revisionists” seemed to have, too.

As analyzed in 1994 by anti-communist historian Walter Laqueur, these “revisionists” included American academics who “downplayed the human cost of forcible collectivization of agricu…

NRA voter intensity is key to its clout and attacks like the current one enhance that intensity

NY Times:
Source of N.R.A.’s Clout: Mobilization, Not Donations
The group is often perceived by opponents as bankrolling its preferred candidates. But its influence is derived from a muscular electioneering machine. That is a mistake NRA opponents continue to make.  Much of the criticism of the NRA initially was aimed at donors.  Also as the facts come in it is becoming more clear that the problem was not the law but the failure at every level of law enforcement to enforce the law. 

Obama moved to make local law enforcement less likely to file charges which if were on the record would have made it impossible for the shooter to acquire a gun.  The local Sheriff failed to file any charges despite 29 complaint calls against teh shooter some of which were serious enough to merit charges.  The FBI failed to react to a very specific warning that the shooter was planning a school shooting.  None of that was the NRA's fault.

Much of the media has made unfair attacks on the NRA attempting t…

Texas is model for arming schools personnel to defend students

President Donald Trump’s vision of a force of armed teachers, “highly trained” and ready to stop school shooters, already exists — in Texas.

State lawmakers have created a program to train and arm “school marshals” — teachers, principals, coaches, custodians and others ready to defend a school. And the program’s creator thinks it could well be the inspiration for Trump’s endorsement of armed teachers, following the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

“I was watching the press conference ... and realized quickly he was talking about our bill, and had described in exquisite detail what the bill does, even going so far as to use our talking points,” state Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican, told POLITICO. “It looks like the president of the United States is looking to Texas as a model for the nation.”

Villalba said that he texted Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who, as Texas governor, signed the bill that created the school marshal p…

Assad's deal with Russian mercenaries probably led to attack directed at US backed forces

Washington Post:
What we know about the shadowy Russian mercenary firm behind an attack on U.S. troops in Syria

U.S. intelligence reports suggest that Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who is known as “Putin’s chef” and is linked to the firm, was in touch with the Kremlin and Syrian officials shortly before and after the attack. The situation raises big questions about the firm’s role in the Syrian war. The Russians and their Syrian allies attack was aimed at capturing Syrian oil fields held by the US backed group.  Assad had promised the Russian mercenaries approximately 30 percent of the profits from the captured wells.  They saw it as a for-profit attack and did not expect the US to be able to react so quickly to their operation.  Mercenaries are a for-profit fighting force and the oil revenues were probably the only resource Assad could offer them for making the attack.

Of Mueller's 100 charges not one of them is for collusion with Russia

NY Times:
More than 100 charges. 19 people. 3 companies: The Mueller Inquiry, Explained. Since Robert S. Mueller III was appointed as special counsel, he has issued more than 100 criminal counts against 19 people and three companies. These cases demonstrate what is wrong with naming a special counsel.  Even when they can find no evidence to support a charge for which they were appointed the find something else to charge and tag people with process crimes who get caught in their web. 

The only explanation I can think of for these kinds of charges is an attempt to extort testimony from people the prosecutors don't like.  What Mueller appears to be doing with Gates and Manafort is using the power of his office to financially ruin them in hopes that they will give up.  Gates has apparently done so.  It is a form of prosecutorial blackmail.  It sounds like something that some of the people Mueller hired have done in that past to unfairly attack targets.

The media might oppose this kind …

Politicians in Florida respond to school shooting with futile gesture?

NY Times:
Lawmakers in Florida Back Raising Age Limits for Guns
Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, and top lawmakers in the state have proposed raising the age limit for gun purchases to 21, in what would be the most significant move toward gun control in Florida in decades. With the average age of most mass murderers at around 33, this looks like a something that will not be particularly effective.  The same 18 year-old who would be banned from buying a rifle will be handed one by the military to defend our country.  Wouldn't he be better if he joined the military with some experience with the weapon? 

It seems like the typical response of the anti-gun left when there is a gun crime to disarm the innocent.

The problem with the school shooter was not his age.  He was known by law enforcement at all levels to be mentally unstable.  From the FBI to the local sheriff there was a catastrophic failure to deal with his psychosis.

If the Sheriff had brought charges against him for his actions…

Liberals have lost their composure and ability to make cogent arguments for their policies in the Trump era

The reaction to the school shooting is just the latest example of liberals resorting to invective and hysteria at events. 

Remember when they said that "net neutrality" repeal would lead to the death of the internet?

Also, recall their saying that the tax cuts would lead to catastrophic ruin of the country?

There have been other such attacks since Trump took office.  Eventually, this should lead to a credibility problem for Democrats.

What the Republicans should do is get video of these statements for ads that show the actual outcome.  That should be effect in the 2018 election at shooting down the Democrats' ad efforts.

California becomes a model for what is wrong with illegal immigration

Spencer Morrison:
If Immigration Creates Wealth, Why Is California America's Poverty Capital?

California used to be home to America's largest and most affluent middle class. Today, it is America's poverty capital. What went wrong? In a word: immigration.
... The state is chasing off its middle class leaving it with the second highest inequality total in the country trailing only New York another failed blue state.   It has the highest taxes and the greatest poverty in the country. 

It has a homeless problem because its regulations prevent the building of affordable housing.  Some formerly middle-class workers are literally living and sleeping in their cars.  Tents line some of the once scenic roads in Southern California.  San Francisco streets are covered in drug needles and feces.  It has become an example of the failure of the evils of liberalism.

'Fact checkers' attempt to defend Obama's 'toughness' in dealing with Russia and fail

Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump clearly enjoys using his Twitter account to prime our already impish elites for a day of flailing, a week of wailing. This time, we were treated to career diplomats, professional babblers and esteemed fact-checkers, all in a hurry to show their man Barack Obama was, despite all objective evidence, a real tough guy.

Like a skinny-armed “Guernica,” the blob howled out its independent, completely individual rulings.

“President Trump Tweeted He’s Been Tougher on Russia Than Obama. That’s Not True,” Time magazine decreed. “Trump tweets that he’s been tougher on Russia than Obama — but he hasn’t been,” CNBC declared. “Mostly False,” Politifact chimed in. “No, Trump Hasn’t Been Harder on Russia Than Obama,” Mother Jones echoed a day later.

Nicholas Burns, a former Hillary Clinton adviser, tweeted that Trump hasn’t “defended us” from Russia, citing Obama’s expulsion of 35 diplomats, closing of two compounds and economic sanctions. The Hill, in its write-up, c…

While Broward sheriff deputies hid behind their cars off duty cop ran toward the gunfire

Red States:
On Feb. 14 Coral Springs Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich was off duty and working on the athletic field at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where his wife is the assistant athletic director and his son is on the football team. When he heard shots, he “obviously…dropped the hose that I was using to water the field and ran towards the parking lot, which is where the kids were.”

Unlike the school resource officer and three other Broward County deputies, Heinrich, who was unarmed and wearing shorts and a T-shirt, ran toward the gunfire to attempt to save lives.

Heinrich said:
Obviously I dropped the hose that I was using to water the field and ran towards the parking lot, which is where the kids were. Immediately when I ran into the parking lot I encountered a young student that had a massive gunshot wound to his…lower ankle area. I was able to grab him and take him where I was, where I previously was, which was the baseball area.

Capt. McKeon was outside the locker room…he…

Supertankers carrying US oil to China

Fuel Fix:
The flood of U.S. oil exports stepped up a gear after the first fully laden supertanker recently sailed from an American port, alleviating a bottleneck that has limited overseas shipments.

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, or LOOP, the only deep-water port in the U.S. able to handle the industry's biggest tankers, said it had successfully completed the first loading of a very large crude carrier. Shipping data compiled by Bloomberg show the tanker is the Saudi Arabian-owned Shaden, now heading to the Chinese port of Rizhao.

LOOP has been a vital piece of U.S. energy infrastructure for more than 30 years, handling oil imports from across the world as well as gathering crude pumped from deep-water deposits in the Gulf of Mexico. Since it started receiving oil in 1981, it has offloaded 10,200 tankers.

The Shaden, which is owned by the National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia and carries the flag of the kingdom, was the first VLCC to load oil at the port rather than discharge it…

More than one Broward deputy sheriff failed to help the students under fire

When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

With direction from the Broward deputies who were outside, Coral Springs police soon entered the building where the shooter was. New Broward County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene, and two of those deputies and an officer from Sunrise, Florida, joined the Coral Springs police as they went into the building.

Some Coral Springs police were stunned and upset that the four origi…

Liberal hysteria over Russian 'bots' becomes hysterical

Thomas Frank:
Now that Robert Mueller’s office has indicted the Russian actors who are allegedly behind the ads, however, all that has changed. American pundits have gone from zero to 60 on this matter in no time at all – from ignoring the Facebook posts to outright hysteria over them.

What the Russian trolls allegedly did was “an act of war ... a sneak attack using 21st-century methods”, wrote the columnist Karen Tumulty. “Our democracy is in serious danger,” declared America’s star thought-leader Thomas Friedman on Sunday, raging against the weakling Trump for not getting tough with these trolls and their sponsors. “Protecting our democracy obviously concerns Trump not at all,” agreed columnist Eugene Robinson on Tuesday.

The ads themselves are now thought to have been the product of highly advanced political intelligence. So effective were the troll-works, wrote Robert Kuttner on Monday, that we can say Trump “literally became president in a Russia-sponsored coup d’etat”.


Exxon refinery expansion in Texas could lead to more capacity for light crude from shale wells

Exxon Mobil Corp is nearing final approval of a major expansion to its Beaumont, Texas, refinery that could make it the largest crude processing plant in the United States, according to three sources familiar with the company’s deliberations.

An expansion has been under consideration since at least 2014. A go-ahead would signal Exxon’s confidence in U.S. shale production and in global demand for gasoline and other fuels.

Exxon continues to evaluate increasing its North American light crude refining, but has not made any decisions, spokeswoman Sarah Nordin said on Wednesday. “The Beaumont refinery is being considered as part of that evaluation,” she said.
A new expansion will take advantage of the growth in U.S. shale production, which is expected to about double the nation’s oil output to more than 11 million bpd later this year, from 5.6 million bpd in 2011, according to the EIA.
The project, if approved, would create up to 1,850 construction jobs and between 40 and …

Red States continue to out perform blue states

Washington Post:

Red states have averaged twice as big an unemployment drop under Trump as blue states What this demonstrates is that the Red state model is superior to the high tax, high regulation model of the Blue states.  The Blue states are like a poor person who continues to do the things that have made them poor.  Even as the country continues to expand the economy New York, Illinois and California and some east coast states have failed to make the changes needed to take advantage of that growth and live up to their potential.

New indictments don't suggest Russian interference

NY Times:
Rick Gates, Indicted in Mueller Inquiry, May Be Cooperating
Mr. Gates, a former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, was first indicted by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, in October.His expected guilty plea suggests he is cooperating with the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. It could be a significant development in the inquiry. The indictments appear to be based on business deals that took place years before the 2016 election and that had nothing to do with teh campaign.  It could be that Mueller is using the cases in hopes of extorting testimony about the campaign,  but these guys were with the campaign only a short while.  It also seems clear that the spying on Carter Page did not produce any evidence that has led to an indictment.

I see nothing in this new indictment that suggests that Gates has any information on the Russian "collusion" narrative the Democrats and the media have been pushing.

Why the gun control crowd continues to lose the argument

John Podhoretz:
Some facts.

There are 126 million households in the United States. In 35 percent of those households — some 44 million — there is a gun. There is an average of 2.8 people per household, according to the Census Bureau. This means that something like 120 million people in this country live with at least one gun in their homes.

In 2013, 107,000 crimes in the United States were committed with a gun. There are 330 million people in the United States. If we assume every one of those crimes was the work of a different individual, then .03 percent of all those who live with a gun in the United States used that gun in the commission of a crime.

That’s not 3 percent. That’s not one-third of a percent. That’s three-hundredths of a percent.

There are approximately 120,000 schools in the United States. If we use the term “school shooting” in the most capacious way, there have been 145 incidents since 2010. That means .12 percent of all schools in the United States have suffered the…

Trump approval 5 points higher than Obama at same point

Rasmussen Reports:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

This is the president’s highest job approval rating since mid-June of last year. President Obama earned 45% approval on this date in the second year of his presidency.
... This has to be disappointing tot he Democrats and the media, especially at a time when they are in high dudgeon over their desire for gun control.  Mad dogging the issue does not appear to have helped them.

Soros backed DA tries to take down Missouri governor

Washington Post:
Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge after blackmail allegation

Republican Eric Greitens was taken into custody on charges stemming from a 2015 affair. Greitens previously said he won’t resign, despite calls from numerous Republican and Democratic state lawmakers to do so. There appears to be minimal evidence to support the charge.  The governor had admitted to having an affair.  I have grave doubts about any charges brought against a Republican politician by a DA that won their office with Soros's money.  That man does not have the US best interests at heart.

Unions should not be able to coerce dues from non-members

NY Times:
A Supreme Court Showdown Could Shrink Unions’ Power
Workers in a small Illinois town are worried that a Supreme Court decision curbing union power would hurt their community. Coerced dues payments mainly benefit Democrat politicians that receive donations.  Workers should not be coerced into funding the evils of liberalism.

Transgender movement activist are anti-science

Washington Times:
He took pains to direct his critiques not at transgender people themselves, but at the activists who promote the ideology.

People with gender dysphoria are suffering, Mr. Anderson said, and as many as 41 percent of those who identify as transgender will try to commit suicide at some point in their lives.

“It’s important that our response to them be one of compassion and respect for their struggle,” he said. “But we also need to beware of the harm that activists are doing by promoting their ideology.”

The greatest harm perpetrated by the transgender movement is on children, Mr. Anderson said.
... It looks like a mental health problem.  I think identity politics is pandering to the movement.

Democrat Texas State Senator found guilty of fraud

Daily Wire:
Jury Finds Texas Democrat GUILTY Of Multiple Felonies Including Fraud

Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti is guilty of eleven felonies, a jury determined Thursday. The case involved a Ponzi scheme tied to a fracking sand scam.

Most young Americans could not pass the physical to serve in military

Washington Free Beacon:
Three-Quarters of Young Americans Don’t Qualify for Military Service

More than half don't qualify due to obesity, asthma, joint problems I suspect that obesity and joint problems are connected.  Much of this is caused by changes to the diet that began in the 1970's which saw more people eating high carbohydrate foods and less fat.  That turned out to be a disaster.  There have also been more restrictions on ply and exercise.

In Venezuela the people with jobs skip work to try to find food

Bloomberg/Fuel Fix:
At 6:40 a.m., Pablo Ruiz squats at the gate of a decaying refinery in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, steeling himself for eight Sisyphean hours of brushing anti-rust paint onto pipes under a burning sun. For breakfast, the 55-year-old drank corn-flour water.

Ruiz's weekly salary of 110,000 bolivares — about 50 cents at the black-market exchange rate — buys him less than a kilo of corn meal or rice. His only protein comes from 170 grams of canned tuna included in a food box the government provides to low-income families. It shows up every 45 days or so.

"I haven't eaten meat for two months," he said. "The last time I did, I spent my whole week's salary on a chicken meal."

Hunger is hastening the ruin of Venezuelan's oil industry as workers grow too weak and hungry for heavy labor. With children dying of malnutrition and adults sifting garbage for table scraps, food has become more important than employment, and thousands are walking o…

I was on campus when the first mass murder school shooting happened

So What Changed in the Last 60 Years?

Contrary to the usual gun control talking points, the basic killing potential of firearms hasn’t changed over the years. For example, in 1966, Charles Whitman, the so-called “Texas Tower Sniper,” used a low-capacity bolt-action rifle to kill 14 people and wound 31 others before he was killed by the police. This was the first widely publicized mass civilian casualty event, and it sent shockwaves throughout the country.

Despite the tremendous publicity, Whitman’s insane act spawned no copycats. It wasn’t until 1999 that the Columbine High School shooting started the series of regular albeit infrequent school killings. But why now are children slaughtering other children in our schools?

Could it be the widespread breakdown of the family? A number of the school shooters came from broken homes with no stability or meaningful parenting. Are such children particularly susceptible to being desensitized to death and carnage by the violence-…

Pelosi's wealth grew during the economic downturn

Doug Ross:
MYSTERIOUS: During the financial crisis, Nancy Pelosi somehow tripled her net worth to $100 million No wonder she sees bonuses for the working class as "crumbs."

Inside Iran discontent continues to bubble up

Asharq al-Aawsat:
Hundreds of the Sufi Gonabadi protestors were detained overnight in northern Tehran a day after fierce confrontations erupted between Iranian security officials and members of the order,

The developments took place after Iranian authorities cracked down on anti-government and regime protests that swept the country in late 2017.

Police spokesman Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi announced Tuesday that five security officers were killed during the unrest over the past two days.

The Sufis had organized several sporadic sit-ins near the home of Nurali Tabandeh, 90, because they are worried that he could be detained by police.

Tabandeh served for a brief period as a deputy at both the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance before deciding to head the Gonabadi order.

According to Reuters, some Sufis were shouting they would not tolerate his possible arrest.

The Iranian religious leadership is wary of the Sufi order because it opposes the country’s Wila…

Sheriff deputy at scene of school shooting failed to act

So. last night on CNN’s anti-gun propaganda theater one of the stars was Broward County Sheriff and Hillary Clinton booster Scott Israel.

Israel had started burnishing his gun-grabbing credentials on Wednesday even as word was leaking out that his department had an extensive history of contacts with the shooter.
On Wednesday evening, as the country picked through the wreckage of another mass shooting, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, flanked by a Republican governor with an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, made a pitch for gun control.

“I’ve said this time and time again,” Israel began. “While the people who are victims of mental health illnesses in this country are being treated, in the opinion of this sheriff, they should not be able to buy, surround themselves with, purchase or carry a handgun. Those two things don’t mix.”

As mild as the proposal sounded, coming from a top law enforcement figure in one of the country’s most gun-friendly states, the comme…

Mueller still relying on discredited dossier

Paul Sperry:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to use a controversial 35-page dossier financed by the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign as a "road map” for investigative leads, sources familiar with his investigation say.

Mueller’s team has also used information gleaned from surveillance court-approved wiretaps on former Trump adviser Carter Page that were secured by citing material in the dossier, the sources say.

And a detail previously reported last fall – that Mueller’s investigators traveled overseas last year to debrief the dossier’s London-based author, Christopher Steele, a former British spy – takes on a new cast with the disclosure this month that FBI agents abruptly stopped using Steele as an informant in late 2016 after concluding that he had lied to them.

“The FBI’s reliance on Steele’s past credibility was misplaced, since he concealed from the FBI unauthorized media contacts with numerous outlets and his anti-Trump bias,…

Higher oil prices no longer a drag on economy because of US production

Wall Street Journal:
The effect of oil prices on the U.S. economy used to be straightforward: Higher was bad. Yet between 2014 and early 2016, as oil collapsed, growth slowed sharply. Since then oil has doubled, yet the economy has accelerated.

Credit this to the emergence of the U.S. as a leading oil producer and, soon, net energy exporter. More expensive oil is still a tax on consumers. But that tax is increasingly offset by the boost to energy investment, production and jobs. The U.S. business cycle is thus now tied in complex and surprising...
... It is also good news for states like Texas that are producing much of this oil and also benefiting from the jobs created to extract it.   The export business is also creating jobs for pipelines and at port facilities.

Jobless claims continue to decline

U.S. jobless claims near 45-year low as economic outlook brightens This is good news for current workers and those seeking work.

Texas suburb builds police substation on school campus

Dallas Morning News:
Keller police are collaborating with the town of Westlake to build a police substation on the Westlake Academy campus northeast of Fort Worth.

The academy’s board of trustees approved the plan in early February, before last week's school shooting killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla.

Keller Police Chief Michael Wilson said the plan for a substation addresses policing complexities created by the charter school’s corporate-style layout.

The layout "offers a ton of advantages for students and staff but poses challenges to safety,” Wilson said. The substation "is a nontraditional approach to a nontraditional learning environment.”
The town of Westlake and Keller police have been regional partners since 2002. Wilson said the plan for a substation emerged as a result of ongoing analysis and security audits and was not in response to any specific event.
... I think it is a good idea.  It is a much better alternative to futile gestures like banning weapons …

Trump threatens to give California what it wants?

Washington Post:
Trump casually threatens to pull immigration officers out of California to teach the state a lesson

California lawmakers angered the president by designating the state a sanctuary for some undocumented immigrants. Liberals have mad much of California uninhabitable to anyone other than the very rich and the homeless.  San Francisco has streets and sidewalks covered in feces and drug needles.  The LA area has replaced housing developments with literal tent cities lining once attractive roadsides.  Illegal immigration has not enhanced the economy other than providing cheap labor to the rich to manicure that portion of their yards that they can water.

Many are leaving the state if the local U-Haul can find a truck or trailer to rent them.  Most of them have gone on one-way trips outside of California.  The going rate can be over 10 times what it cost to rent a trailer to get to California.

Those in California who see these people as undocumented Democrats seem determined t…

The Marine Corps changes its requirements for passing officer course by reducing graded hikes

Marine Corps Times:
Faced with towering attrition rates, the Marine Corps has steadily modified its grueling Infantry Officer Course ― changes that top Marines say are not attempts to water down standards, but to more accurately replicate today’s real-world requirements.

Recent changes include the number of evaluated hikes required to pass the course, and the removal of the physically demanding Combat Endurance Test as a strict requirement to graduate.

Under the new requirements, only three of those nine hikes will be evaluated, and Marines will have to pass all three evaluated hikes in order to graduate.

The condition that Marines at IOC participate in nine hikes remains unchanged.

Under the previous rules six of those hikes were evaluated, and Marines had to pass five of those six evaluated hikes.

The Corps in recent years has struggled to meet its goals in graduating an adequate number of new infantry officers. Attrition rates reached as high as 25 percent in 2014. But since implem…

Small business adding jobs and seeing new growth because of tax cuts

Gary Rabine:
But don’t forget about small businesses, which under the new law receive a 20% tax deduction and the ability to immediately expense their business investments. Our actions may not generate headlines, but they are also giving pay increases to their employees and expanding their businesses as a result of the new tax law.

Take my company, the Rabine Group, a group of nine small Illinois-based companies providing paving, roofing, property assessment technology, dump trucking and exterior facility maintenance and construction. Because of tax cuts, our companies are able to do additional things that will spark economic growth. These include raises and bonuses for our teammates, larger donations to nonprofits, more hiring and jobs, larger research and development (R&D) spending, and expansion.

We will be giving raises that are roughly 50% larger than the past eight years and also larger bonus incentives. Our donations to the nonprofit foundations we support will in many…

Some people would not be effective in defending their students with a gun

Washington Post Op-ed:
Why I will never carry a gun in my classroom By Victoria Barrett Anyone who carries a gun in school needs to be someone who is qualified to do so and is trained to do so.   People who are uncomfortable handling guns should not be required to do so. 

I think in this country we can find people who are qualified and willing to defend the students.  There are some Texas schools who have already taken these steps and they post signs at the school that the students will be defended by armed teachers and administrators.  None of those schools have experienced an attack.

Gun control advocates use hecklers' veto rather than engage in discussion of the issues

NY Times:
Marco Rubio Is Jeered and Lectured on Gun Control Senator Rubio and a spokeswoman for the N.R.A. were repeatedly heckled at a nationally televised forum after they refused to back new measures. The anti-gun left is playing on emotions rather than logic in talks about how to deal with the problem.  Dana Louch not only showed courage in dealing with a hostile audience but made several good points.

Australia pension plan looks to invest in Trump's infrastructure projects

President Donald Trump’s pledge to fix America’s ailing roads, bridges and airports may get an unlikely boost from retirement savers some 10,000 miles away in Australia.

In face-to-face talks at the White House this week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will propose using a chunk of Australia’s A$2.53 trillion ($1.99 trillion) pension savings pool to help unlock funding for Trump’s infrastructure push. He’s being joined on the trip by local money managers who help control the world’s fourth-largest pot of retirement savings.

“There’s a very bold ambition to drive U.S. infrastructure and Australia should be front and center in terms of project design, build, financing and management,” Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said in an interview ahead of the visit.

Trump’s $1.5 trillion public-works plan has hit potholes amid a lack of bipartisan support in Congress and questions over who would pay for the initiative despite his pledge of $200 billion in federal funding over 10 years. Au…

CNN exploiting traumatized students and not allowing them to state their own opinions

Shooting Survivor Quit CNN Town Hall After Refusing to Ask ‘Scripted’ Question CNN has ceased being a legitimate news organization and has become a propaganda organ for the left.

Dana Loech a voice a reason among the post school shooting hysteria

She is fearless despite being in a hostile environment.  The sheriff does not fair well.

A Trump supporting father of a victim of the school shooting also makes some sense.
She was murdered last week, and she was taken from us, shot nine times on the third floor. We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen. We go to the airport, I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school and shoot our children. It is just not right.

And we need come together as a country and work on what’s important.

And that is protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now. Everyone has to come together and not think about different laws. We need to come together as a country, not different parties, and figure out how we protect the schools. It is simple.

It is not difficult. We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies. The Department of Education that I walked in today that has a securit…

Republicans continue to beat Democrats in fund raising?

Washington Examiner:
The Republican National Committee revealed Tuesday that it raised $12.4 million in January 2018 — up from $11.1 million in December 2017.

"As we head into the 2018 midterm elections, the Republican Party continues to break fundraising records," RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement. "We are working hand-in-hand with Republicans in Congress and President Trump to enact a pro-growth agenda on behalf of the American people. In doing so, we will continue to invest in our ground game, data operations, technology, and Party infrastructure to win elections in 2018 and beyond."

The RNC also said it raised $144.9 million overall in the 2017-2018 cycle and has a total of $40.7 million cash on hand. The group is saddled with zero debt.

Last month, the RNC reported raising $132.5 million in 2017 — a record amount for a non-election year.

In contrast, the Democratic National Committee had struggled in recent fundraising efforts.

The DNC&#…

Biofuel mandates are just government picking winners and losers rather than the marketplace

Fuel Fix:
Sen. Ted Cruz, in a speech to refinery workers here Wednesday, said federal ethanol rules were making "Wall Street speculators and giant integrated companies" a "windfall" while small refineries struggle.

"The speculators can go speculate somewhere else," Cruz said. "This is about jobs, good jobs that provide for your families. They are at risk from a broken regulatory system that needs to be fixed."

The Texas senator's visit to Philadelphia comes as Washington remains divided on whether to reform an ethanol mandate that analysts say has benefited some large oil companies and biofuel producers but has hurt smaller refineries.

The refinery Cruz visited Wednesday is owned by Philadelphia Energy Solutions, which has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming the federal mandate that requires ethanol be blended into the nation's fuel supply for driving up their costs.

Many refiners, such as the one in Philadelphia, don…

Americans see world as looking up to US again

U.S. Satisfaction With World Standing Hits 13-Year High

A majority of Americans in 2016 (54%) believed the world rated the U.S. favorably. The percentage with that view fell to a near-record low of 42% last year, then bounced back to 55% this year.

The double-digit declines recorded when Trump took office last year might seem to have been linked -- resulting from a general sense that a Trump presidency would be poorly received abroad. But if there was a link in the public's minds, it has been broken this year, as Trump's "respect" numbers have failed to improve, while the percentage who think the rest of the world views the United States favorably has rebounded to pre-Trump levels.
... This is the highest it has been since George W. Bush was in office.  I suspect it has something to do with successful trips abroad by Trump and the defeat if ISIS by US backed forces.

Is the FBI covering up for Comey?

Tom Fitton:
As the James Comey saga continues to unfold, the James Comey legend continues to unravel. The more we learn about his involvement in the deep state’s illicit targeting of President Trump, the more reason the American people have to question both his motives and his management as director of the FBI, the now-disgraced agency he headed before Trump fired him on May 9, 2017. Comey has left a trail of suspicious activities in his wake.

Comey now looms large over a burgeoning constitutional crisis that could soon overshadow Watergate at its worst. To deepen the crisis even further, it now appears some of Comey’s former FBI and Justice Department colleagues continue to protect him from accountability.

Three suspicious activities stand out, all intertwined: the so-called Comey Memos, Comey’s controversial testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and Comey’s book deal.

After Comey was fired by President Trump on May 9, 2017, he arranged to give The New York Times a Feb. …

Turkey appears to be at war with everyone else in Syria

Washington Post:
Turkey and Iran face off in a new battle in Syria

There's yet another geopolitical twist in a war that's growing ever more complicated. Turkey has also managed to anger the Europeans by overwhelming them with Muslim refugees.  Erdogan seems upset with the US, the Kurds, Syria, Russia Iran, Hezballah etc.  It is not clear that Turkey has the wherewithal to take on any of them, much less all of them. 

Erdogan seems to be an unstable Islamist despot.

The not so 'never Trumpers' in the GOP reach out to President

NY Times:
Trump’s G.O.P. Critics Find Sudden Need for His Support
The hopes of Mitt Romney and others for a détente with President Trump reflect the realization that rank-and-file Republicans have come to embrace him. It is a realization that if you look beyond the occasional drama, Trump has been effective at getting long-sought GOP goals accomplished on things like taxes and deregulation.  He has been excellent on allowing teh military to do their job to defeat enemies like ISIS.  If Democrats could ever get past their anger they would see that Trump's policies are helping create jobs and grow the economy.

Democrats and Fusion GPS still trying to verify the dirty dossier despite the failure of FBI to do so

Sean Davis:
New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Congressional documents and recently leaked texts between Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and a registered foreign agent for a Russian aluminum oligarch indicate that Daniel J. Jones is intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate a series of salacious and unverified memos produced by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, and Fusion GPS. The dossier, which declassified documents show was used as a basis for securing secret wiretaps on Trump campaign affiliates, was reportedly jointly funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Jones, a former Feinstein staffer who wrote a controversial top…