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Liberal comedians expose their ignorance on national anthem issue

Washington Post:
Late-night hosts mock Trump’s NFL feud: ‘How can one person be on the wrong side of everything?’ How does this "late-night host" remain so ignorant of the public reaction to the disrespect for teh national anthem and the flag?   Polling shows that a large majority in this country agree with Trump on the national anthem.

The Washington Post and Hollywood need to get out of their Trump hatred bubble.  By pandering to those athletes who were taken in by the "hands up, don't shoot" lie the NFL is doing grave damage to its business.  The boos are real and the shrinking audience is too big to be ignored or to suggest that the President is wrong in demanding that people respect the national anthem and the flag.

What do opponents of replacing Obamacare propose to help those harmed by the existing law?

NY Times:
Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal G.O.P. Senator Declares Opposition Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced her opposition to the latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving party leaders short of the votes they need. I have yet to see a proposal from Collins that will fix the abuses Obamacare has piled on those in the individual market.

When a truck drivers insurance goes from 500 a month to over $2000 a month with a deductible that makes it virtually worthless for most purposes that is a problem that opponents of change do not address.  The same goes for the single mothers whose policies now cost a $1000 a month or more with a huge deductible.

When you have people like Jimmy Kimmel who pays roughly $40 a month for his health coverage through a union supporting this deeply flawed law it shows how out of touch the supporters of the mess are.

So why are liberals celebrating keeping this mess in place?  What is Collins solution to this problem other than opposi…

North Korea will be out gunned at every turn in a war with the US

National Interests:
The United States has substantial air, land, and sea forces stationed in South Korea, as well as several units based in Japan and the western Pacific earmarked for a Korean contingency. Together, these forces far exceed the firepower of North Korea’s armed forces and represent a powerful deterrent not just against Pyongyang but any potential adversary in the region.

The first U.S. forces that would be involved in a North-South Korean conflict are those currently based in South Korea. On the ground, the U.S. Army rotates a new armored brigade into South Korea every nine months—currently the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Each brigade is manned by 3,500 soldiers and consists of three combined arms battalions, one cavalry (reconnaissance) battalion, one artillery battalion, one engineer and one brigade support battalion. Armored brigade combat teams typically consist of approximately 100 M1A2 Abrams tanks, 100 M2A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles an…

Electric cars can't compete with fracking

IBD:
If you were among the brave few who bought a Tesla Roadster in 2008, you purchased your government-subsidized $100,000-plus electric car when a barrel of oil cost as much as $162 in today's dollars. "Peak oil" was an article of faith — as crude supplies ran out, ever-higher oil prices would destroy demand for the internal combustion engine and other fossil-fuel monstrosities.

But now, if you're one of the 500,000 wannabe Tesla owners who, according to CEO Elon Musk, has put down a $1,000 deposit on a $35,000 Model 3, the company's new mass-market electric sedan, you're probably just as familiar with a fashionable new green conceit. Now the article of faith is "peak demand" for oil, the idea that electric cars will soon make oil obsolete.

Funny how green logic seems to work. It doesn't matter whether there's too much demand for oil or too little — either way, oil is doomed.

Sadly, for Mr. Musk and all the true believers, peak demand for …

How Chicago screwed grocers in the city

Hot Air:
Chicago’s Awesome New Soda Tax Produces Predicted Results ...

Long before it went to effect we were warning the county that this experiment has been tried in cities around the nation and it’s almost uniformly failed in spectacular fashion. So it would be a real shocker to see it be a big success in the Windy City, right? Fear not. Local retailers are already screaming because their sales are down by nearly fifty percent and they’re predicting that they’ll need to cut back on workers. (CBS Chicago)
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The local retailers report that more than 4 in 10 local stores have seen a drop in beverage sales of at least 30%. And it’s affecting overall sales traffic as well. The common sense explanation as expressed by some of the owners is that nobody is going to go all the way out of the county just for soda and then return to buy the rest of their groceries from them. If you’re making the trip anyway you’ll buy almost all your groceries in a place where the taxes on everything are lowe…

Russians in Crimea are accused of human rights violations

BBC:
Russia is committing "grave human rights violations" in Crimea, according to a report by the United Nations.

The UN human rights agency says it has documented arbitrary arrests, torture and at least one extra-judicial execution in the region.

"There is an urgent need for accountability," UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine after the country's pro-Russian leader was overthrown in 2014.

According to the Interfax news agency, Russia's human rights ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova dismissed the report as "an unjust and biased assessment of the human rights situation in Crimea".

A Crimean official also complained that the account was not objective and did not reflect reality.

The report cites "grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture, and at least one extra-judicial execution".

It adds that there have been &q…

A large majority agree with Trump on national anthem

Remington Research:
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Most Americans, 51%, say they have watched less football this year compared to the past. Of respondents who said they have watched less football this year, 69% cite their reason as players using the NFL as a stage for their political views.

Republicans and Non-Partisans have been cutting back on watching football at a higher rate than Democrats, as 66% of Republicans say they have watched less football this year compared to 33% of Democrats. Among Non-Partisans, 55% reported they have watched less football this year compared to the past.

Almost two-thirds of Americans, 64%, state that NFL players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem while 24% of Americans do not believe players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem.

By party affiliation, 91% of Republicans, 60% of Non-Partisans and 43% of Democrats believe players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem. Among Democrats, 41% do not believe players shoul…

Only a fraction of the oil in Permian Basin is still a high yield

Fuel Fix:
Permian Basin could yield 70 billion oil barrels in coming decades, IHS says

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... those 75,000 square miles in Texas and New Mexico could hold more crude in so-called recoverable resources – the amount that can be extracted with modern technology – than Kuwait and Argentina combined. And that's if U.S. shale drillers can only extract between 4 percent and 6 percent of the crude stuck in 52 different rock formations – a typical figure for such plays.
... The yields could go much higher if the price of oil gets back to $70 a barrel.

Anti-energy left opposing upgrades to pipelines and other infrastructure

Fuel Fix:
Energy Secretary Rick Perry delighted in poaching companies from California while governor of Texas.

Now he is going after the west coast state once again, saying he is "frustrated" with their opposition to oil and gas development.

"They are anti-fossil fuel," he said at a meeting of the National Petroleum Council in Washington Monday. "At some point in time California is going to come to its senses.

Perry is making a push to modernize and expand the pipelines and other infrastructure that move oil and natural gas around the country, fighting back against a swelling anti-fossil fuel movement that has grown up in response to climate change.

Adding to a list of pipeline projects facing state opposition, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday he would not grant a permit for an eight-mile long gas pipeline over concerns about greenhouse gas emissions.

President Donald Trump has said expanding U.S. energy production is a priority for his administrati…

Travel ban opponents lose another argument

Eli Lake:
Can We Stop Calling It a 'Muslim Ban' Now?

The list of restricted nations never included some of the largest Muslim countries. Now it includes North Korea and Venezuela. The arguments of the left had already lost in the Supreme Court and now they have even less chance.

NFL take note of what happened to the University of Missouri after it embraced racial grievance movement

Washington Times:
Enrollment at the University of Missouri continues to crater in the wake of the November 2015 race protests, with this year’s incoming class down 33 percent from the one two years ago.
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Total enrollment is down nearly 13 percent since 2015.
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Students at the University of Missouri protested the school’s handling of racial incidents on campus beginning in September of 2015.

The movement gained considerable traction when several members of the football team said they would not play or practice until then-University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned. Forfeiting football games would have cost the university an estimated $1 million per contest.

In an email leaked in January of 2016, Mr. Wolfe said ceding to the demands of students would end up costing the university more in the long run.

“In hindsight the $1 million penalty associated with forfeiting the game against BYU would have paled in comparison to the more than $25 million in lost tuition fees MU…

5th Circuit reinstates Texas sanctuary cities law

Washington Times:
A federal appeals court revived Texas’s anti-sanctuary city law Monday, allowing key parts to take effect — including a prohibition on cities and states trying to thwart cooperation with deportation officers.

Police and sheriff’s departments also are required to comply with detainer requests when the federal government asks that illegal immigrants be held for pickup, under the 3-0 ruling by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The decision overturns an injunction by a district court judge — though the appeals court said the big arguments remain to be heard later.

Still, the decision is a watershed moment, marking the highest court to allow states to force their localities to comply with detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
... This is a good ruling the opponents' case makes no sense.  How can you argue that the state is interfering with federal immigration law when it is facilitating its enforcement and stopping those trying t…

North Korea appears determined to provoke an attack from US

NY Times:
North Korea Says It Has the Right to Shoot Down U.S. Jets
North Korea’s foreign minister escalated the tensions with the U.S., saying the country had the right to shoot down American warplanes, even if they are not in North Korean air space.He also called President Trump’s derogatory comments about the country and its leadership “a declaration of war.” It is interesting how he ignores his own derogatory comments and threats to the US.  By his logic, he is already at war with the US.  

Does North Korea have an air defense that could threaten US jets?  Probably not.  If the US planes approach at an altitude above the range of their ancient air defense system, North Korea would probably just be wasting ammo and poking holes in the sky.

If North Korea did launch such an attack it would not be the first time they have attacked the US military in international waters.  During the Vietnam Tet offensive, they captured a US spy ship in international waters and held the crew captive for…

Kurds ignore those who say their independence is inconvenient

NY Times:
Iraqi Kurds Vote on Independence, Despite Opposition
Many have long yearned for nationhood. But Iraq considers the vote illegal, and the United States, Iran and Turkey are also opposed. World War I was a disaster for the Turkish empire.  The Europeans who divvied up the spoils of the Turkish empire made the mistake of putting the Kurds' ancestral home gound in what remained of Turkey, as well as in Iran and Iraq.  It has not worked out well for anyone especially the Kurds who have been abused by all three at one time or another.

The treatment has not quelled the Kurds' desire for independence.  It has enhanced it.  If I were a Kurd, I would vote for independence from despotic regimes like that in Turkey and Iran.  I suspect the US opposes the vote because it is inconvenient to their objectives in Iraq and Syria.  On the other hand, it could be a benefit to US objectives in Iran.  In the long term, it could also help in dealing with the emerging despotic regime in Turk…

A Lone Pittsburgh Steeler hero when the anthem was played

Cheryl Chumley:
When the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stay their sorry selves in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem at Sunday’s game, the entire NFL fanbase, minus the Friends of Colin Kaepernick crowd, gave a collective sigh — a heavy, frustrated, “here we go again” sigh.

Then came Alejandro Villaneuva, jogging onto the football field to stand and place hand over heart as the anthem played. Alone.

And now Villaneuva’s the hero; his teammates, the dark-hearted.

Villaneuva is a U.S. Army veteran who served three tours in Afghanistan. It’s sad that his fellow teammates couldn’t put aside their partisan politicking for messages that aren’t based entirely on truths for the playing of the one song that’s supposed to unite all of America — for the one song that recognizes the great sacrifices of those who went before, those who gave so much, those who served as Villanueva did.

The Steelers were reportedly surprised that Villaneuva didn’t stay in the locker room with …

Obama's responsibility for the problems of his own healthcare law

Washington Examiner:
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The law struggled for years when Obama was in office, even though his administration created it. Many of the problems were the result of short-term fixes by the Obama administration through the use of executive decisions, waivers, and deadline extensions. These inflicted losses for insurers in the exchanges. Those decisions by Obama slashed choices for customers and hiked prices, especially for those who were not receiving federal subsidies.

The Obamacare law gives the secretary of Health and Human Services latitude to decide questions about open enrollment, customer outreach, and special enrollment periods. Leaving such issues up to a government healthcare agency meant experts could weigh in and provided flexibility and adjustment during the early years. This was arguably necessary, to a degree, experts say, given that the law overhauled the healthcare system and caused disruption for millions of people.

But some of the decisions that were made also injected …

What is the crime that has prompted the prosecutorial abuses of Manafort?

Melanie Phillips:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s squad inquiring into allegations of collusion between Team Trump and President Putin’s Russia broke into the home of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort in the middle of the night, drew their guns on Manafort and his wife, carted out boxes of stuff and took out Manafort himself in handcuffs and pyjamas, telling him to expect an indictment.

For what, precisely?

If prosecuting authorities uncover evidence to support a prosecution, they charge someone. They don’t tell that individual to expect a charge about some unspecified offence at some unspecified future date unless they are putting the metaphorical screws on him. Nor do they physically strong-arm him as though he were a dangerous mobster especially if – as in the case of Manafort – he was already cooperating with Congressional investigators and had made 300 pages of documents available to them.

Manafort may have unsavoury business associations – as former prosecutor Andre…

Players and media politicized sports and many besides the President are fed up with them

Erick Erickson:
If you listened to the media over the weekend, or the Patriots’ owner, you’d think Donald Trump had just politicized sports. Actually, Trump is responding to the politicization of sports. The players, ESPN pundits and analysts, and the national press corps has politicized sports. They are the ones who started taking knees, covering the taking of knees heroically, and trying to examine the politics of it all.

The NFL, ESPN, and other media outlets already have internal data showing the protests are not popular. ESPN has internal data showing its politicization of sports is not popular.

So along comes President Trump to express a widely held sentiment and he amps up the rhetoric. The press and player reaction is to not only double down on the protests, but to accuse Trump of inserting politics into the situation — something everyone already knows the players and pundits did first.

And now what happens? Because of the way the argument has unfolded, you are either on the s…

Jones Act is an impediment to interstate commerce

Washington Examiner:
The recent hurricanes affecting coastal states have renewed calls to reform or repeal the Jones Act, an obscure, century-old shipping law designed to protect American maritime interests and shipbuilders.

Enacted in 1920, the federal law prohibits tankers from hauling oil between U.S. ports unless those vessels are American-made, flagged and manned by a crew that is 75 percent U.S. citizens.

The Trump administration this month extended a temporary waiver to the Jones Act in response to fuel shortages caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to allow foreign-flagged vessels to meet demand.

But some lawmakers and experts say the waivers prompted by the hurricanes showcase the need to repeal a law they view as protectionist and anti-competitive, making it harder to move goods to market, and raising prices for consumers.

Because of the high cost of using vessels that qualify under the Jones Act, critics say coastal shipping has declined, even though infrastructure experts…

Single-payer healthcare in UK bans US made Parkinson drug

Times:
Tens of thousands of Parkinson’s disease patients with a mixture of dementia and psychosis are being denied an effective drug that is available in the United States.

About 130,000 people in Britain have Parkinson’s, which erodes the brain’s control over body movements, leading to shaking and poor co-ordination.

In the long term, four out of five of these patients will also face mental decline when the disease spreads from the base of the brain to the areas that handle memory and planning.

As the condition worsens, three quarters of this group will also develop aspects of psychosis, such as paranoia, delusions or seeing, smelling or hearing things that are not really there.

Scientists in Britain have carried out a fresh analysis of the findings from their trial of a Parkinson’s medication and found that it is particularly potent in patients who have both dementia and psychosis.

The anti-psychotic pill, which is called pimavanserin but marketed in the US as Nuplazid, turned out t…

North Korea earns a spot on US travel ban

BBC:
The United States has expanded its controversial travel ban to include people from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad.

The White House said the restrictions follow a review of information sharing by foreign governments.

Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation late on Sunday.

"Making America safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," Mr Trump said.

The restrictions on Venezuelans apply only to government officials and their family members.

The three new countries join five others from Mr Trump's original travel ban: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. But the new proclamation removed restrictions that were placed on Sudan.
... Lifting the travel ban on Sudan may raise some questions.  It has a despotic Islamist leader and yesterday a legal Sudanese immigrant was accused of opening fire on worshippers at a Chruch of Christ in Tennessee killing one and wounding several others.  Authorities have not given the relig…

Another doomsday prediction bites the dust

Daily Mail:

David Meade is a conspiracy theorist who alleged that the world would end on September 23, though he has now clarified that the apocalypse has in fact been delayed. The climate change cult has made its own predictions but it appears to be a moving target, as they tend to overreach in their predictions.  But some of the members of the cult are not that far from Meade when it comes to making predictions that do not come true.

Spy satellite could be used to track Nork launches

CBS Los Angeles:
It was actually a rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base Saturday evening carrying a top secret payload. The spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched just before 11 p.m. Seconds after the scheduled launch — the ship’s main engine and four rocket boosters — were off with a roar.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is carrying a classified NROL-42 satellite.

Rocket scientist Olympia LePoint said the ship reached the speed of sound in 35 seconds.
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Though classified, LePoint said we can still tell a lot about the mission because they are using the Atlas Five. The Atlas 5 rocket is one of the strongest, capable of carrying 18,000 pounds.

“It is a spy satellite that’s being delivered up into our upper atmosphere” LePoint said. “It’s our eyes and ears towards space.”

It’s rumored the ship’s cargo is a highly-specialized orbital camera that can give us larger-than-ever views of the Northern hemisphere. That could come in more than…

Who is being divisive?

Washington Post:
Two-thirds of Americans think Trump is dividing the U.S.

Even before the president jumped into the fraught NFL debate, Americans saw him doing more to fracture the country than to unite it, according to a Post-ABC News poll. It depends on which poll you are looking at.  Town Hall reports:
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Needless to say, this whole blowup is exactly what Trump wanted. The media is in meltdown mode. The NFL is going apoplectic. And some on the Left are saying that Trump has engaged in a culture war that he can’t win. I’m not so sure about that. In fact, they could be dead wrong (again). CBS Sports reported on a poll, where 72 percent found Kaepernick’s antics to be unpatriotic (via CBS Sports)... They both could be right, but the media is ignoring the fact that the Kaepernick caper is hurting the NFL and the owners have to know it regardless of what they say in response to Trump.

Kaepernick was reacting to the "Hands up, don't shoot" chant coming out of Ferguson which…

ISIS in Libya training camp takes a direct hit from precision strikes

NY Times:
U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS Camp in Libya; 17 Reported Killed
A half-dozen “precision strikes” hit a training camp about 150 miles southeast of Surt, from which militants were plotting and conducting attacks, the military said. The US continues to work on its annihilation strategy against ISIS with this hit in Libya.  They are under pressure in the Middle East, but they are still causing trouble in the Philippines

Wall Street is being played by Obama to fund attacks on their own objectives

Paul Sperry:
Wall Street might be shocked to learn it is helping bankroll the anti-Trump “resistance” movement that’s aggressively fighting policies it favors — including corporate tax cuts and the repeal of Obama-era banking and health-care regulations.

The Obama administration’s massive shakedown of Big Banks over the mortgage crisis included unprecedented back-door funding for dozens of Democratic activist groups who were not even victims of the crisis.

At least three liberal nonprofit organizations the Justice Department approved to receive funds from multibillion-dollar mortgage settlements were instrumental in killing the ObamaCare repeal bill and are now lobbying against GOP tax reform, as well as efforts to rein in illegal immigration.

An estimated $640 million has been diverted into what critics say is an improper, if not unconstitutional, “slush fund” fed from government settlements with JPMorgan Chase and Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp., according to congressi…

The Obama unmasking scandal grows

Michael Goodwin:
The number is so large that it explodes everything we were led to believe about how tightly-controlled our government’s surveillance programs are.

The number is 260, and that’s how many times Samantha Power, the ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama, reportedly requested the names of American citizens who were included in intelligence reports covering foreign officials.

The story, by respected Fox News’ journalists Bret Baier and Catherine Herridge, said Power made the requests to “unmask” the 260 names in one year alone, including the period between the presidential election and the inauguration.

The first obvious question is this: Why would she need those names? Power had no operational duties for either intelligence-gathering or counterintelligence investigations, yet her requests apparently were approved.

The second obvious question: what did Power do with those names? Having no clear official reason to get them, any use she made of them would be susp…

The difference between Tebow and Kaepernick

Washington Post:
Perspective: Why is Kaepernick taking a knee different from when Tebow does it? One of the big differences is the media reaction.  Tebow was ridiculed for praying and Kaepernick was praised for pushing the racial grievance project of the left.

Kaepernick was buying into the "hands up don't shoot" lie that fed the Black Lives Matter movement.  Fans did not react negatively to Tebow's prayer like many in the sports media did, but they did turn off their TV's because Kaepernick and others were seen as disrespecting the country and its flag.

Without fans, the league will have fewer billionaire owners and fewer millionaire players.  Trump seems to have a better understanding of this than NFL management and many of the owners.  He has also exposed again the political bias of the sports media.

Kaepernick and his imitators are the ones being divisive and the NFL seems clueless as to why this is a problem.

NFL is allowing the racial grievance industry to ruin the market for their game

NY Times:
Trump Calls for Boycott if N.F.L. Doesn’t Crack Down on Anthem Protests “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our country, you will see change take place fast,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. In San Francisco where this movement started with Kolin Kaepernick, they played Thursday night to a half-full stadium.  The team they were playing was the Los Angelos Rams who notoriously fell for the "hands up don't shoot" lie that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.  The TV ratings continue to drop for this once dominant sport.

It has become a toxic mix that the owners and the NFL do not seem to have an answer for except one does.  Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys told his players that if they did not show respect for the national anthem and the flag they would be cut.  His team still sells out every game and has a large fan base.

I feel sorry for players who have bought into the Ferguson lie.  It is sad to see millionaires act…

Small Houston oil company awarded $100 million for allegedly fraudulent book keeping by Spanish owned company

Energy Fix:
A small Houston energy company was awarded nearly $100 million in damages by a Texas jury that found Canada's Talisman Energy violated their partnership agreement and committed accounting fraud.

The district court jury in La Salle County sided with Matrix over the multibillion-dollar company in the Eagle Ford Shale dispute that dated back to 2011. Talisman was later acquired by Spanish energy giant Repsol in 2015 in an $8.3 billion deal. Talisman, now known as Repsol Oil & Gas Canada, can still appeal the jury decision.

Matrix is a very small, privately owned energy company in Houston that's represented by The Kim Law Firm, of Houston. The argument centered on Talisman allegedly violating their joint operating agreement.

Matrix alleged Talisman signed on with them to drill wells on Cooke Ranch fields in 2011, but Talisman instead drilled wells on a competing, adjacent lease and later lied about production volumes and revenues for more than five years. Matrix was a…

Trump is getting under the thin skin of Nork leader

streiff:
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Today’s speech is the direct result of US presidents allowing three generations of imbeciles North Korean despots think that they can a) do whatever they wish and b) they will be rewarded for bad behavior and c) the more outlandish their behavior the greater the reward.

What Kim Jong Un is experiencing is something very new to him and to his regime. Bad behavior is getting punitive action. He is not being treated as a player on the world stage, rather he’s being treated like a spoiled brat with a can of gas and a Zippo.

The key mistake he made was letting Trump know that the “rocket man” label is getting under his skin. All this ensures is that we will see more of it and we will see more inventive insults yet to come. Where will the goading lead? We don’t know but if we’re going to have to fight this guy, we need to do it now before he has a creditable nuclear force. Because then we will have to fight him and the carnage will be appalling. Some recent polling is troubling…

Iran continues to embarrass those who back Obama's bad nuclear deal

The Drive:
Shortly after revealing the new Khorramshahr medium range ballistic missile to the public for the first time, Iran released a never before seen video showing a successful test of the weapon, but did not give a date or place for the footage. The new development will undoubtedly have an impact on whether U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration decide to scrap a deal with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, but it also underscores long-standing concerns that the Iranian authorities have been working with the North Koreans and other allies to skirt their international obligations.

Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), a military-political organization that commands immense influence on the country’s domestic and foreign policy, unveiled the Khorramshahr during a military parade on Sept. 22, 2017 as part of the country’s annual Sacred Defense Week. The events commemorate the country’s bloody war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988.
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Brigadier…

US backed forces take Syrian oil field from ISIS near area where leaders are thought to be

Reuters:
U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river.

Commander Ahmed Abu Khawla told Reuters that the Conoco gas field was the first of its kind taken by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, since it began an offensive earlier this month to capture the eastern province.

“This is the first gas or oil field in the campaign which we have liberated,” said the commander of the group whose campaign is in parallel with an ongoing battle for the nearby Raqqa city.

The Conoco field is named for the American company which discovered the gas reserves and built a processing plant there. It has been the target of U.S. strikes and was used to supply cooking gas canisters for household use. Before the conflict it supplied gas to power stations.

In Deir …

US B-1 bombers expose new avenue of approach to North Korea

BBC:
US bombers have flown close to North Korea's east coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat, the Pentagon has said.

It said the flight was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone between the Koreas that any US fighter jet or bomber had flown in the 21st Century.

Tensions have risen recently over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

At the UN, North Korea's foreign minister said US President Donald Trump was on a "suicide mission".

Ri Yong-ho's comments to the General Assembly mimicked Mr Trump's remarks at the UN on Tuesday, when he called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a "rocket man on a suicide mission".

Mr Ri added that "insults" by Mr Trump - who was, he said, "mentally deranged and full of megalomania" - were an "irreversible mistake making it inevitable" that North Korean rockets would hit the US mainland.

Mr Trump, the foreign minister said, would "pay dearly" for his sp…

NFL's response to Trump's criticism of anthem protests shows they are out of touch with fans

ESPN:
President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who lodge protests during the pregame national anthem, saying Friday night that he wished those players would be released and encouraging fans who are offended to walk out of stadiums.
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The NFL responded Saturday with a brief statement.

"The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities," the statement said.
... There is much irony in this response to Trump's criticism.  The anthem protests are intended to be a disrespectful act to those who sacrifice to keep them safe.  Usu…

China restricting North Korea oil shipments

LA Times:
China will soon begin restricting oil exports to North Korea, the country’s Commerce Ministry announced on Saturday, marking a major step by Pyongyang’s top ally and trading partner to further isolate the country from the global economy.

China said the new restrictions are in accordance with United Nations sanctions leveled against the North to stymie its nuclear and missile ambitions. They include a total and immediate ban on natural gas and textile exports, and will limit annual petroleum exports to 2 million barrels beginning on Jan. 1.

“When approaching the upper limit, Chinese government authorities will issue a notice based on the export situation,” said a statement on the Commerce Ministry’s website. “Once it reaches the limit, from the date of implementation, no refined oil products will be exported to North Korea.”

China has been North Korea’s top ally for decades, and now accounts for an estimated 90% of the country’s trade. Yet Beijing has been increasingly uneasy…

Media and Trump on two different wave lengths on Russia and the election

NY Times:
Trump Dismisses ‘Russia Hoax’ as Facebook Turns Over Ads Tied to Campaign The president asserts that the “Fake News Media” had the most sway in the 2016 election, and he again denies any Russian role in the campaign. They are arguing about two very different things.  Uppermost in Trump's mind is the bogus charge that he collaborated with Russia to steal an election.  That has been the Democrat narrative and the media has embraced it without finding any real evidence to corroborate it.  Mueller is looking increasingly desperate to try to find something he can hang his hat on or extort testimony out of targets like Manafort.

So, the media has been more focused of late on Russian attempts to peak at State voting.  As the post below indicated there were apparently 20 attempts by Russia to "hack" elections in the states.  However, none of them changed any votes or effected the results.  To Trump that goes to his fervent belief that he won the electoral college fair a…

California's 'sanctuary law' will make the state less safe, sheriff say

Washington Free Beacon:
California Law Enforcement Groups Say Sanctuary Law Makes Communities Less Safe

Top sheriff: We can't call ICE on three-time drunk-drivers or MS-13 gang members California has become totally irrational when it comes to illegal immigration.

Putin's unproductive election hacking?

Daily Mail:

BREAKING NEWS: Putin's hackers targeted TWENTY ONE states before the 2016 election - including key state Wisconsin which Hillary lost to Trump but no votes were changed
Department of Homeland Security tells 21 states that Russian government hackers targeted them in 2016No votes were changed by the electronic attempt at interference, says DHS States include Wisconsin, where Hillary Clinton narrowly lost to Donald Trump in one of his key moves towards victoryOther include the less closely contested Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington In other words, the Russian hacking had nothing to do with Trump's victory or Clinton's loss.  I think the same can be said of Russian attempts to influence the election with "fake news."   I voted against Hillary Clinton for numerous reasons none of which had anything to do with something some Russian or Macedonian might have said.  I tuned out Twitter during the election.

Clinton was the propone…

'Climate change' in California?

BBC:
Snow comes early to California

Snow has come early - very early - to Northern California, on the last day of summer. Drivers have been advised to be careful in icy conditions. There is a video of the snowfall that will continue the recent trend of ending what the global warming crowd called the "permanent drought."  Maybe the California government will allow the farmers to have some of the resulting water.

The left's nutty embrace of a man who wants to kill them with nuclear weapons

Red States:
It only takes one small word to set progressives off. In this case, it was the word “dotard,” and it was used by Kim “Rocket Man” Jong-un to describe his arch nemesis, Donald Trump. Rocket Man was responding to Trump’s speech at the United Nations, in which the president said the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if it came to that.
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Rocket Man isn’t used to such strong talk from other world leaders, and, thus, the boy leader lashed out at Trump:
Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say. “Dotard” quickly started trending on Twitter, mainly because American leftists were cheering on Kim for insulting their president. (For record, “dotard” means an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.)
... If the left looked at the map North Korea has provided of its targets in the US, every one of them is a large liberal enclave.  He is saying he wants to reduce these liberal enclaves to ashes…

Predatory pricing claim may lead to tariffs on foreign solar panels

Fuel Fix:
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday to that a flood of foreign made solar panels was damaging the domestic solar manufacturing industry, setting the foundation for new tariffs that developers here fear will dramatically raise costs on solar projects.

Two U.S. solar manufacturers, Georgia-based Suniva and Oregon-based SolarWorld, filed a petitions with the ITC earlier this year, arguing that large manufacturers abroad are dumping their products onto the global market below cost, driving American competitors into bankruptcy.

The ITC is scheduled to make a decision on what if any tariffs to impose by Nov. 13. A final decision would then be made by President Donald J. Trump, who campaigned on protecting U.S. manufacturing jobs by taking a tougher line on trade policy.

"We brought this action because the U.S. solar manufacturing finds itself at the precipice of extinction," Suniva said in a statement Friday. "President Trump can remedy this injury wit…

Mueller using an attorney who has been accused of prosecutorial misconduct

Fox News:
When a report surfaced that federal agents picked the lock on Paul Manafort’s front door for a surprise raid over the summer while the former Trump campaign chairman was in bed, it was also a wake-up call for prominent Houston attorney Tom Kirkendall.

“Here is a United States citizen where the FBI is coming in, picking his lock, and raiding his home in the early morning, over what? It doesn’t matter which side you’re on. It’s just crazy. We’re not the Soviet Union. It’s appalling,” said Kirkendall, who has worked on cases involving one of the special counsel’s key investigators, Andrew Weissmann.

The intensity of the focus on Manafort is widely seen as a potential effort by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to pressure him into providing information on others, possibly President Trump himself, in the Russia probe.

But the “brass-knuckle” tactics have raised eyebrows in the legal community.

The Manafort investigation has been the subject of numerous leaks, including new d…

This is the mess that McCain and the Democrats are 'saving'

Red States:
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Recently, I was laid off from my job. I am now among the millions of Americans trying to figure out which health insurance plan to buy, all the while becoming more and more frustrated by the actual “coverage” included in them.

Because I no longer have an employer-sponsored plan, I’m left with plans on the individual market, where the cheapest premium I’ve been able to find thus far would cost me less than $100 per month.

Sounds great, right? Wrong.

That’s because with any plan with a monthly premium I can actually afford, the ridiculously high deductibles (ranging from $5,000 to nearly $10,000) basically ensures I’ll never even be able to use the coverage I buy.

The alternative isn’t much better. I could choose not to purchase health insurance and pay out of pocket for any medical expenses. However, I would then be stuck with a $1,000 penalty come tax time, and God help me if I’m forking over to the federal government one more penny than I have absolutely have to.

Now,…

Nork leader channels left wing zealots in the US in response to Trump

Washington Post:
Kim reacts to Trump, says he will ‘tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacted angrily to President Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly, calling it “unprecedented rude nonsense.”

Trump lashed back this morning, calling Kim a “madman” whose regime will be “tested like never before” amid new U.S.-imposed sanctions aimed at forcing nations, foreign companies and individuals to choose whether to do business with the United States or Pyongyang. I wonder whether liberals and those in teh media realize how close their own rhetoric is to that of North Korea's leader in their reaction to President Trump.  Hopefully, they are not flattered by the comparison.

The North Koreans are something of an expert when it comes to "rude nonsense."

Mueller's move against executive privilege

NY Times:
Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, is interested in Mr. Trump’s firing of his F.B.I. director and national security adviser and other events. I question whether he has a right to documents that are part of the deliberation process by a President in the exercise of his constitutional duties.  That would include his right to fire the FBI director and national security advisor for any reason or no reason.

Chinese banks no longer allowed to do business with North Korea

Fox News:
North Korea learned this week Chinese banks will no longer do business with the Hermit Kingdom, in the strongest sign yet pressure from the Trump administration to choke off funding to the rogue nation is working.

Chinese banks received a document Monday stating they should halt financial services and loans to new and existing North Korean customers as a result of strict U.N. sanctions passed earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

“Our bank is fulfilling our international obligations and implementing United Nations sanctions against North Korea. As such, we refuse to handle any individual loans connected to North Korea,” the document reportedly said.
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China's surprising instructions to banks this week, however, were at least partially undermined when South Korea on Thursday approved $8 million in supposed humanitarian aid to North Korea.

Some South Korean officials fear the new aid will send a mixed signal to international leaders. Son Kim-ju, a lawmak…

Iran is probably collaborating with North Korea on ICBMs

CNBC:
A former CIA analyst said Monday the Iranians are continuing to help North Korea with weapons technology as Pyongyang's new missile test over the weekend was described as "a significant advance."

North Korea's launch of an intermediate ballistic missile test on Sunday appears to be a new model and shows an improved capability to reach U.S. military bases on Guam. Also, experts said the new missile is a mid-range ballistic missile and suggests Pyongyang maybe getting more proficiency with reentry technology that could be used for longer-range missiles.

Such reentry mastery would be required for a nuclear warhead to withstand extreme temperatures and other stresses of atmospheric reentry of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

"It was a significant advance in terms of missiles that seem to be able to carry a fairly heavy warhead and carry it a fairly significant distance," said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and now senior vice president for…

London terror suspect was in a 'deradicalization' program

BBC:
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The 18-year-old arrested man is thought to have lived in a foster home owned by Ronald and Penelope Jones in Sunbury-on-Thames.

He is thought to have moved to the UK from Iraq aged 15 when his parents died.

The BBC has learnt that he had been referred to an anti-extremist programme before his arrest.

It is not known who made the referral and when - or how serious the concerns were.

Sources did not name the flagship Prevent programme, but it is thought that this is the mostly likely case as the referral for help was at local authority level.

Prevent is managed and delivered locally by multi-agency teams of social workers, police officers and other specialists.

He was already in contact with social services because of his foster care placement.
... These attempts to "deprogram" radical Islam from these terrorists have been largely a failure.  They have been tried from Saudia Arabia to Western Europe.  They are an outgrowth of an attempt to cure cancer by thought contr…