Showing posts from 2017

Democrats claim new healthcare bill helps insurance companies, but insurers don't agree

NY Times:
Insurers Come Out Swinging Against New Health Bill
The health insurance industry said that state-by-state block grants could create chaos in the short term and an uncertain market. It would create a return to state control of the process.  That probably will be scarier for people in large blue states like New York and California, which became more dependent on Obamacare to expand coverage.

ISIS to switch to insurgency operations

Washington Times:
The Islamic State command is calling for a big shift in battlefield tactics to guerrilla warfare, acknowledging that the U.S.-led coalition’s precise air campaign is methodically picking apart its clustered forces.

A retired U.S. Army infantryman told The Washington Times that the new tactics may well be preparation for a metamorphosis. Islamic State will transform itself from an occupation force defending territory to an insurgency trying to undermine the authority of the governments of Iraq and Syria.

The marching orders are contained in the Islamic State’s authoritative Al-Naba publication, which regularly releases guidance to fighters trying to retain the terrorist army’s weakening hold on land and people.

Islamic State terrorists have been in retreat for months. The predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces — advised by American special operations forces and guided by blanket aerial surveillance — have taken large swaths of territory and liberated almost all o…

California seeks to thwart US immigration law

Washington Examiner:
California sues Trump administration to block border wall I think California and its Attorney General should be sanctioned for bringing such a frivolous lawsuit.

Will Mueller investigate the wire tapping of the Trump campaign?

Joseph Curl:
WSJ Openly Calls Mueller Probe A Sham Unless Wiretapping Investigated I think it is going to take another special counsel to investigate this since Mueller appears to be compromised by his use of the illicit snooping.   The use of intelligence agencies to snoop on a political opponent is a huge scandal that needs special attention.

Obama's political espionage campaign against Trump was to help Hillary Clinton

George Neumeyer:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir rests on an astonishingly audacious lie: that the very FBI director who made her campaign possible by improperly sparing her from an indictment doomed it. A normal pol who had mishandled classified information as egregiously as Hillary would have felt eternal gratitude to Comey. Only an entitled ingrate like Hillary would have the gall to cast her savior as the chief thorn in her side.

Nor does Hillary acknowledge another in-kind contribution to her campaign from Comey: his willingness to serve as a cog in Obama’s campaign of political espionage against Trump. Obama’s team of Hillary partisans, which included among others John Brennan, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch, wanted Comey to snoop on Trumpworld and he duly did.

It was reported this week that the FBI had until as recently as earlier this year been intercepting the communications of Paul Manafort, one of Trump’s campaign chairmen. This means that Comey, contrary to his lawyerly d…

Causes of income inequality revealed and Democrats will not like it

Terry Jeffrey:
Liberals talk about "income inequality" as if it is caused by insufficient government action -- including insufficient taxation of those they call the "rich."

The Census Bureau's annual report on American incomes, as this column has previously noted, presents data that answers these questions.

The new report is accompanied by Table HINC-01: "Selected Characteristics of Households, by Total Money Income in 2016."

It lists three types of "family households" and four of "nonfamily households."

A family household, by the Census Bureau's definition, "includes a householder and one or more people living in the same household who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption."

"A nonfamily household," it says, "consists of a householder living alone (a one-person household) or where the householder shares the home only with people to whom he/she is not related (e.g., a roomm…

Single payer healthcare in UK puts seven million patients at risk

Seven million patients are treated at GP surgeries with serious safety problems, according to the first comprehensive review.

Inspectors urged patients to switch to better performing surgeries after finding that one in seven had issues with safety and one in ten was not good enough overall.

They uncovered “pockets of persistent poor care” including out-of-date medicines, a failure to follow up on test results, delayed cancer diagnoses and a lack of checks on the medical qualifications of staff.
... Bernie Sanders and the Democrats who support his single payer scheme need to pay them a visit before he tries to impose the same system in the US.   It appears the UK is having teh same problem with their single payer plan that the US has with the VA.

Harvey took so many cars off roads that it reduced demand for gas while Irma increased it

Energy Fix:
The Gulf Coast's vast energy network is making a comeback three weeks after Hurricane Harvey.

Fifteen of the 20 refineries that went down or slowed production have almost fully recovered, with about 1 million barrels a day of refining capacity still offline, IHS Markit said in an update on Wednesday.

"Steady progress appears to have been made and the four refineries in active restart may very well be operating normally by this weekend," IHS said.

Average U.S. gasoline prices have edged down by about 5 cents to $2.62per gallon of regular.

Demand for gasoline, particularly in the southwestern United States, has dropped this month as two major hurricanes destroyed cars and left roads impassable.

In Florida, motorists fleeing Hurricane Irma had boosted southeastern gas demand by 19 percent.
... As many as 500 auto dealers in the Houston area were impacted by the flooding.  Some estimates suggest as many as 500,000 cars are going to have to be replaced by consumers and …

Laser weapon shoots down five drones in succession in test

It appears the laser weapon is designed to handle swarm attacks by drones.  There is more on the weapon as well as other photos and video here.

Another 'so what' story about 'Russian collusion'

Washington Post:
Manafort offered ‘private briefings’ on 2016 race to Putin ally

Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination, his campaign chairman made the offer in an email, according to people familiar with the discussions. The emails are among tens of thousands of documents given to officials probing whether Trump associates worked with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. A private briefing on Trump's policies is a long way from being collusion.  In fact, it probably would only confirm what the Russians had already learned from the US media.  The Post and its leakers seem desperate to try to keep this story alive and if this is the best they got, then it will be another so what story lime the many that have preceded it.

Keeping the Iran deal could lead to another deal as bad or worse with North Korea

NY Times:
If Trump Kills Iran Deal, Can He Make a North Korea Deal?
If President Trump ends the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea would have less incentive to negotiate over its weapons programs. Obama's terrible Iran deal is not good enough to save regardless of what the US does with North Korea.  The logic of this piece only makes sense if you are willing to give a murderous despot nuclear weapons and a delivery system.  That is a deal I would pass on without pause.

All the Iran deal does is postpone the same situation for a few years if that.  There is nothing in it I have seen that would stop Iran from using the windfall it got from Obama to buy a nuclear weapon from North Korea which is desperate for money to finance its nuclear arsenal.

What really makes a deal with North Korea almost impossible is what Obama did to Lybia once they gave up their nuclear program.  Obama and Hillary Clinton's Lybia fiasco was a strategic disaster for non-proliferation as well as destabilizing …

Trump strategy against ISIS is working and media is trying hard to ignore it

Paul Mulshine:
Did you see all those front-page stories last week about how ISIS is getting trounced in Syria?

Neither did I.

In recent weeks I read more about the high heels that Melania Trump wore on a trip to Texas than I did about the positive developments in a war that was at the center of the foreign-policy debate in last year's presidential election.

That may be the reason that you need to go to military-oriented blogs like Lang's Sic Semper Tyrannis site to read how ISIS is being squeezed in Syria. There, you can read in infinite detail about the efforts to clean up what an Army spokesman termed "holdouts" in provinces such as Idlib and Deir al-Zor.

The work is proceeding apace, and the real story now is how the endgame will play out.

Not good for the Beltway crowd, said Lang. The establishment types wanted to remove Assad because he was too close to the Iranians and the Shiite militias such as Hezbollah. Now he's a lot closer to them - and they'…

Obama's wire tapping legacy

James Freeman:
Did Obama Know about Comey’s Surveillance?

The media is less interested in Obama Administration wiretapping than in how Trump described it. What we are most likely to get from the media are more tendentious "fact checking" quibbling over Trump's wording than the substance of what really happened.

As Sharyl Attkisson points out:
Many in the media are diving deeply into minutiae in order to discredit any notion that President Trump might have been onto something in March when he fired off a series of tweets claiming President Obama had “tapped” “wires” in Trump Tower just before the election.

According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected. If Trump officials — or Trump himself — communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too.

But we’re missing the bigger story.

If these reports are accurate, it means U.S. intellig…

Motor voter law leads to illegal voting

Washington Times:
Hundreds of non-citizens were registered to vote in Philadelphia over the last decade, and at least 90 of them actually ended up casting ballots that should never have been allowed, City Commissioner Al Schmidt said Wednesday, adding more fuel to complaints of bogus voting in U.S. elections.

The voters are all self-admitted non-citizens who went back and canceled their registrations later — but not before casting illegal ballots a total of 227 times in elections spanning 2006 to 2007, Mr. Schmidt said.

He said most of those non-citizens signed up to vote at PennDOT, the state motor vehicles bureau, when they went to get a driver’s license. While legal residents and long-term visitors are allowed to hold licenses, they are not allowed to vote in federal elections — yet thanks to a federal law, the sign-up for both licenses and voter registration is often tied together.

“The current voter registration process at PennDOT is both harmful to election integrity and to members…

What the PBS series on Vietnam leaves out

Bing West:
To understand Ken Burns’ 18-hour Vietnam documentary, listen to the music. The haunting score tells you: This will be a tale of misery. And indeed, Burns and his co-author Geoffrey C. Ward conclude their script by writing, “The Vietnam War was a tragedy, immeasurable and irredeemable. But meaning can be found in the individual stories . . .”

The film is meticulous in the veracity of the hundreds of factoids that were selected. Everything depicted on the American side actually happened. But that the chosen facts are accurate doesn’t mean the film gets everything right. Indeed, the brave American veterans are portrayed with a keen sense of regret and embarrassment about the war, a distortion that must not go unanswered. And the film implies an unearned moral equivalence between antiwar protesters and those who fought.

Burns’ theme is clear: A resolute North Vietnam was predestined to defeat a delusional America that heedlessly sacrificed its soldiers. The film follows a chron…

Healthcare reform would reverse Obama's favoritism toward blue states?

Washington Post:
Under latest health-care bill, red states would benefit disproportionately

Democratic mega-states including California, New York and Massachusetts would lose billions of dollars, a feature the bill’s two main sponsors have talked up to conservatives. Almost allof Obama's spending programs showed favoritism for states with large Democrat populations.  It was part of his Chicago political MO.  Reversing that to a more fair distribution is a good way to incenivise more efficient use of resources.  As one of the posts below shows Democrats have been irresponsible in the mangement of state resources and have piled up unfunded debt in the process.

Some governors do not want the responsibility for managing government healthcare

NY Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Defy Bipartisan Calls to Reject Health Bill
Eleven governors, including five Republicans, urged the Senate to reject a new push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. But G.O.P. leaders want a showdown vote. Texas has always been a state that has pushed for block grants that would allow it flexibility in deciding the best way to proved healthcare for those on Medicaid.  Apparently some states would still like the excuse of being able to say to voters that the feds are making us do this dumb stuff.  

I am of the opinion that almost anything is better than Obamacare, so I am open to this proposal.  Obamacare has made healthcare unaffordable for those in the indiviual market.  From truck drivers to single moms it has been a disaster.  The only people who have benefited from it are those who were added to Medicaid, and they are faced with a shrinking pool of providers.

Another reason why people are fleeing blue states

Study: Unfunded Debt 12 Times Higher in Democratic-Run States

States with liberal one-party control have average liability of $22,214 per taxpayer vs. $1,814 in red states Liberal financial thinking appears to be based on mogical thinking and not math.

Cooking the books on the earth's temperature in order to achieve power?

Power Line:
Liberals want us to turn control of our economy over to them, not because their stewardship has been successful in the past–heh–but because if we don’t, the Earth faces imminent climate catastrophe in the form of global warming. Some (e.g., liberal reporters) accept such claims uncritically, while the rest of us want to see evidence.

In this debate, there are two types of evidence. The first is the raw material of science, observation. The second is climate models created by alarmists for the purpose of generating scary scenarios. Anyone with the slightest acquaintance with science understands that observation (type 1) trumps theory (type2). Which is a serious problem for the left-wing warmists, since temperature records show that their models are wrong.

How have liberals chosen to deal with this conundrum? By admitting that their theory, as embodied in their models, was wrong? Don’t be silly. They control pretty much all of the Earth’s historic temperature records, so the…

Why Obama spied on the Trump campaign

Daniel Greenfield:
Desperate Obama cronies had figured out that they could bypass many of the limitations on the conventional investigations of their political opponents by ‘laundering’ them through national security.

If any of Trump’s people were talking to non-Americans, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) could be used to spy on them. And then the redacted names of the Americans could be unmasked by Susan Rice, Samantha Power and other Obama allies. It was a technically legal Watergate.

If both CNN stories hold up, then Obama Inc. had spied on two Trump campaign leaders.

Furthermore the Obama espionage operation closely tracked Trump’s political progress. The first FISA request targeting Trump happened the month after he received the GOP nomination. The second one came through in October: the traditional month of political surprises meant to upend an election.

The spying ramped up after Trump’s win when the results could no longer be used to engineer a Hillary vi…

Making the grid less reliable?

Fuel Fix:
When future policy makers go back and study the U.S. energy industry in the 2010s, one of the defining trends will be the sudden decline of coal and nuclear plants.

Whether this is the beginning of a great new era of American energy or a disaster in the making is the subject of much debate.

And now add another voice to the mix, as the research firm IHS Markit warned in a report released Tuesday that the shift away from coal and nuclear is likely to leave the U.S. grid overly reliant on natural gas and renewable forms of energy and prone to more expensive and volatile electricity prices than we currently enjoy.

"Over the last three years, the problem only seems to have gotten worse," said Lawrence Makovich, chief power strategist at IHS and the study's lead author.

What Makovich sees is a confused energy market with criss-crossing and contradictory incentives for carbon-free energy that favors wind and solar energy through tax incentives but does not do enough …

Manafort asks DOJ to release any transcripts of his conversations that were recorded

In a statement released by his spokesman Manafort said:

This looks like a major embarrassment for the Obama administration.

Trump's terrific UN speech gets reaction you would expect from media

Washington Post:
Trump threatens to ‘destroy North Korea,’ calls Kim ‘Rocket Man’

President Trump warned that the world faces “great peril” from gathering threats posed by rogue regimes with powerful weapons.

The president's address was highly anticipated around the world after he had criticized the organization during his campaign as being bloated and ineffective. The part of the speech where he responded to provocations from the Nork regime was not that different from what the administration spokesmen have been saying for several days.  I guess the media was surprised that he would be so straightforward at the UN.

Trump also called out Iran for its phony "democracy" and for its threats against its Arab and Israeli neighbors.  It was a far cry from the appeasement of Obama and his terrible deal he struck with Iran.

Trump properly ridiculed socialism saying that Venezuela had followed it to a perfection to become a failed state.

He also attacked the UN phony human rights …

The pollution of the minds of students

Washington Post:
A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech Liberals have changed their mind about free speech because it has become harder for them to win the debate.  Now they try to shut down speech they do not agree with rather than engage on the issues.  Their position on speech is not that different from totalitarians everywhere, be they, fascists or communists.   The lack of intellectual diversity in the education process is one of the causes of this problem.

Deep State support for more refugees bumps up against administration policy

NY Times:
Administration Shuns Study Showing Benefits of Refugees
A draft report by the Department of Health and Human Services contradicts a central argument made by advocates of deep cuts in refugees. The problem with teh more traditional thinking on refugees is that the US and its allies are dealing with an enemy whose policy is to use refugees as a Trojan Horse for gain entry inside the gates, and the vetting process has had difficulty screening out the terrorists.  Even if only a small fraction of the refugees are Islamic terrorists the risk of mass murder is high.  Even refugees from Central America can be troublesome as the MS-13 gang has demonstrated.

Mueller's message of Gestapo tactics in Russian witch hunt

NY Times:
Mueller Inquiry Sets Tone With Shock-and-Awe Approach
Federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on Paul J. Manafort’s front door, and raided his Virginia home.The moves against President Trump’s former campaign chairman are just a glimpse of the aggressive tactics used by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel for the Russia investigation, to send a message to Washington. Sometimes I like to take a page from how the liberal media describes enforcement actions by a conservative US Attorney or law enforcement.  What Mueller is doing would be lambasted if Attorney General Sessions was doing it to a liberal Democrat political opponent.  We now learn that despite denials in the media the FBI was wiretapping Manfort while he was working for the Trump campaign and could have been listening to his conversations with Trump.

Liberals do not seem to be troubled by this because they want to use any means necessary for their coup attempt against the President.  No wonder …

Pipelines to reuse water for shale oil extraction build efficiency in West Texas

The torrent of dirty water coming out of almost every American oil well is the next big bet for a former fund manager for billionaire Paul Allen.

Getting rid of wastewater from onshore wells has become an increasingly costly problem for oil producers as U.S. crude output surged in recent years, especially in the new shale fields from Texas to North Dakota. Drillers typically get about seven barrels of water for every one of oil, and some struggle to deal with the overflow that is mostly sent by truck to disposal sites miles away.

David Capobianco, a former managing director for Allen’s Vulcan Capital, is trying to change that by building pipelines to get wastewater out. His newly formed WaterBridge Resources LLC aims to be a water-management company for oilfields. The firm is considering a public share listing within a year to 18 months, taking advantage of a U.S. shale boom that the government expects will boost crude production close to 10 million barrels a day next year.

Woman finds her attitude toward red states change after a move

Leah Singer:
I used to say I’d never move to a red state. And then I did. And it’s changed my life for the better.

In July 2016, I moved from San Diego to Terre Haute when my husband received a job opportunity at a local university. At 41 years old — at midlife — I moved from the blue, liberal left coast bubble to a rural, Midwest, Rust Belt red state.

I was raised in California, where we like to believe diversity is applauded and opportunities abound. In many ways, California’s blue state bubble can be a very safe place to live if you subscribe to the popular liberal politics.

Over and over, I was questioned about why I would ever leave the Golden State for a “flyover” red state. This phrase alone troubled me, and the implied perception that one flies over the Midwest just to get to their East or West coast home.

As I settled into life in the Midwest, I heard the same assumptive questions: “Did everyone you know vote for Donald Trump?" "Are there African-American, Jewish, A…

Majority of Americans back military strikes against North Korea if diplomacy fails

Washington Times:
The American attitude toward North Korea appears to be evolving ­— and not necessarily in a docile direction. The number of Americans who would support a U.S. military response to the rogue nation’s aggression is “significantly higher” these days, according to a new Gallup poll.

“As North Korea continues to launch test missiles and issue provocative threats against the U.S. and its allies in the region, a majority of Americans appear ready to support military action against that country, at least as a last resort. More specifically, 58 percent say they would favor taking military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail to achieve the United States’ goals. This is significantly higher than the 47 percent in favor the last time Gallup asked this, in 2003,” reports Lydia Saad, a Gallup analyst.

“U.S. attitudes about striking North Korea are partisan, as they were in 2003,” she said, noting that the new pollconducted found that 82 percent of Repu…

Democrat base see compromise with Trump as doing deals with the devil

Steve Berman:
The Left Can’t Stomach ‘Normalizing’ Trump

But they’re scared because they’ve built their whole case on hating Donald Trump because he’s Donald Trump. What do they do when he agrees with their legislative agenda? What do Democrats do when the Great Satan of their political life is no longer devilish?
... It is scary when he agrees to some of their issues.   I suspect there are some in both parties who are troubled by compromise.

Scientist admit that 'climate change' has been over hyped

We were wrong — worst effects of climate change can be avoided, say experts

Scientists admit that world is warming more slowly than predicted Having overhyped "climate change" it has become hard to sell the controls they want to impose on the economy of the world.  With all of their dire warnings not coming true the whole movement has become suspect.

Stems of cotton make people crazy

Red States:

“Offensive” Hobby Lobby Decoration Goes Viral For Being Problematic
When I was in grade school I had a friend whose father grew cotton and he allowed both of us to pick it to earn some spending money.   We were not the only white people who picked cotton either.  His aunt and her husband also picked it.

This reminds me of how stupid identity politics has become.  People are going crazy over the fact that fried chicken is supposedly a black thing when we used to have it almost every Sunday as a special treat.  It was just a typical southern dish along with other things that came to be associated with "soul food."

Only days after accusing the President of lying about his campaign being wired tapped CNN say it was

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is leading the investigation into Russia's involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.

A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Ma…

Clinton deciding to go the sore loser route and challenge democracy?

Clinton opens door to questioning 2016 vote Candidate says she would not rule out questioning the election's legitimacy if more is learned on Russia's role This is the phony who made a big deal about how undemocratic it was not to accept the results of the election.  So far there has been zero evidence produced suggesting there was collusion between Trump and the Russians or that any of the messing around the Russians were doing had any effect on voters.

It was certainly not the reason I voted against her.   I wanted a change from Obama's liberalism and I was appalled at her mishandling of classified material.

As for Russian collusion, her and Obama's energy policy were a gift to the Russians.  By joining the anti-energy left in trying to thwart domestic energy production she was helping Russian oligarchs and teh Russian economy along with OPEC.  She was also involved in selling a significant portion of US uranium to the Russians and her husband did get a hefty che…

Another live fire bombing run a few miles from North Korea

Washington Post:
U.S. jets drop live bombs in a massive show of force aimed at North Korea

Responding to Pyongyang’s aggressions, the aircraft carried out a simulated attack on the Pilsung training range in South Korea, a few dozen miles from the demilitarized zone. It is a reminder for Rocket Man Kim that he is playing fire.  If he thought the war games in the South were provocative, he has not seen anything yet.  A couple of nuclear-capable B-1 bombers escorted by South Korean fighters make their point.

It probably depends on whether one thinks it is a good faith inquiry

NY Times:
Trump Lawyers Clash Over How Much to Cooperate With Russia Inquiry The debate, which led to an angry confrontation between two members of the legal team, could shape the course of the special counsel’s investigation. It really depends on the scope of the investigation.  If it is limited to collusion with Russians during the campaign, then have at it.  If it is a broad get Trump at any cost, my inclination would be to tell them they will not get voluntary cooperation in that endeavor.

They are dealing with someone with the resources and the will to fight them at every turn.  It could take a prosecutor with a "get Trump at any cost" until the end of his second term to get what he is looking for.

US failed to cut off North Korea's supply of rocket fuel

NY Times:
When North Korea launched long-range missiles this summer, and again on Friday, demonstrating its ability to strike Guam and perhaps the United States mainland, it powered the weapons with a rare, potent rocket fuel that American intelligence agencies believe initially came from China and Russia.

The United States government is scrambling to determine whether those two countries are still providing the ingredients for the highly volatile fuel and, if so, whether North Korea’s supply can be interrupted, either through sanctions or sabotage. Among those who study the issue, there is a growing belief that the United States should focus on the fuel, either to halt it, if possible, or to take advantage of its volatile properties to slow the North’s program.

But it may well be too late. Intelligence officials believe that the North’s program has advanced to the point where it is no longer as reliant on outside suppliers, and that it may itself be making the potent fuel, known as U…

Those responsible for placing terror suspect with foster family never disclosed his connection with ISIS

Mr Jones, 88, and his wife, 71, who were appointed MBEs in 2010 for having fostered hundreds of children, had been caring for a young man who had arrived in Britain from the conflict zone in Iraq and Syria.

A family friend claimed that they had learnt more detail about the young man’s background from police in the past three days than they had from Surrey county council, which had asked them to take him in.

“They were aware he had been in an Isis-controlled area but there was a lack of information about what appears now to have been a very troubled past,” the friend said. “Penny and Ron are very good people. They’ve been doing what decent English people have been doing for decades and that is offering a helping hand. They’re not to blame for this situation.”
... While not refugees are terrorist, it appears to be too hard to distinguish the good from the bad to take a chance on them.  The UK vetting process seems lacking as is their support for those who take in the refugees…

Democrats and the media wanted Trump to be GOP nominee

David Harsanyi:
While all this is true, the problem is that Clinton and her advisers were part of the same effort. “The variety of candidates is a positive here, and many of the lesser known can serve as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right,” read one Clinton-campaign agenda item, according to WikiLeaks. “In this scenario, we don’t want to marginalize the more extreme candidates, but make them more ‘Pied Piper’ candidates who actually represent the mainstream of the Republican Party.” Those candidates included Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, and Trump.

In fairness, it should be noted that some were worried that the strategy would backfire. “Right now I am petrified that Hillary is almost totally dependent on Republicans nominating Trump,” Brent Budowsky emailed John Podesta. Most, however, liked the plan. Another agenda item involved how to prevent candidate Jeb Bush “from bettering himself/how do we maximize Trump and others?” Neera Tanden emai…

The Russian art of killing dissidents

At 6:08 p.m. on Sept. 8, the cacophony of Kiev's Friday evening rush hour was pierced by an explosion under a black Toyota Camry in the middle of heavy traffic near Bessarabska Square in the heart of the capital. The car's driver, Timur Mahauri, a Chechen with Georgian citizenship, was killed instantly. His wife and their 10-year-old child who were riding with him were hurt, but they survived.

Mahauri was reportedly a member of a Chechen militant group fighting with Ukrainian troops against separatist and Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. Media reports suggested that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov considered him an enemy. In addition to these two possible motives for his assassination, Kiev has recently become a hot spot for the assassination of Moscow's enemies, and opponents of the Chechen government are being killed in a worldwide campaign. Indeed, given Mahauri's enemies and location, it is surprising that he didn't check his car for bombs before h…

Sniper turns ISIS executioner into a fireball from a mile away

NY Post:
A sharpshooter killed a top ISIS executioner and three other jihadists with a single bullet from nearly a mile away — just seconds before the fiend was set to burn 12 hostages alive with a flamethrower, according to a new report.

The British Special Air Service marksman turned one of the most hated terrorists in Syria into a fireball by using a Barrett .50-caliber rifle to strike a fuel tank affixed to the jihadi’s back, the UK’s Daily Star reported Sunday.

The pack exploded, killing the sadistic terrorist and three of his flunkies, who were supposed to film the execution, last month, the paper said.

The ISIS butcher — who reportedly delighted in burning hostages alive — had been on a US “kill list” for several months, sources told the paper, which did not identify the sniper or the executioner.

He and his band of wicked men had been traveling around ISIS-held compounds in Syria slaughtering civilians labeled as spies.

Their prisoners were tied to stakes or thrown in cages be…

Enemy is using the media to mislead on civilian casualties in war against ISIS

Stephen Townsend:
Reports of Civilian Casualties in the War Against ISIS Are Vastly Inflated

Out of the 270 allegations obtained from Airwars that have been assessed thus far, 258 have been assessed as non-credible. Of those, 119 were assessed as non-credible because the Coalition did not conduct a strike near the area of the allegation. Another 60 of those allegations were so vague in regard to the date and location of the alleged casualties that they were impossible to assess. The remaining 79 allegations were found to be non-credible due to lack of sufficient evidence or are still being assessed.

To date, based on data collected between August 2014 and July 2017, the Coalition conducted a total of 24,160 strikes that included 51,038 separate engagements.

The percentage of all Coalition engagements that resulted in a report of possible civilian casualties is 2.29 percent. The percentage of engagements that resulted in a credible report of civilian casualties was 0.32 percent.

Democrats' dirty dossier draws another law suit

Washington Times:
A third figure in the Russia probe has filed a slander lawsuit as a direct result of the infamous Democrat-financed dossier that helped prompt the FBI to investigate purported collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Moscow.

Carter Page, a former low-level Trump volunteer acting as his own attorney, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against Yahoo News and HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post) through owner Oath Inc.

Mr. Page, an energy investor who does business in Russia and lived in Moscow for a time, charges that the two news outlets libeled him by repeating dossier accusations that he met two Kremlin figures in July 2016 and tried to negotiate an end to U.S. sanctions.

The false charges, he says, brought him “irreparable damage” and subjected him to voicemail death threats. He seeks $75,000 in damages.

Previously, a Russian tech entrepreneur and Russian bank owners filed defamation lawsuits against news outlets that posted the dossi…

Nork 'Rocket Man' may face military action if UN sanctions do not stop his program

Trump mocks ‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong-un as advisers issue warnings

President appears to ridicule North Korean leader and shortages after sanctions, as UN ambassador says Pentagon has ‘plenty of military options’

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, said North Korea was starting to “feel the pinch” of being “economically strangled” as recent sanctions have caused the country to be “cut off from the world”. But, she said, diplomatic and other non-military options were running out.

“If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed,” the former South Carolina governor told CNN’s State of the Union. “We all know that and none of us want that. None of us want war. But … something is going to have to be done.”
... It is a pretty clear signal that diplomatic means have about run their course and the matter will be turned over to the US military to deal with the t…

Has the media already forgotten about ISIS?

Washington Post Editorial:
This ethnic cleansing in Asia is the most brutal the world has seen in years I am not defending what is happening in Asia.  But it is more of a forced migration than the mass murders of ethnic groups and religions other than Islam that was used by ISIS.  It could be based on the fact that Islam does not play well with others because it is an intolerant sect.

White supremacists get little support in poll

Huffington Post:
A new poll in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, finds that while Americans widely say they oppose racism and white nationalism, many still appear to hold far-right, white supremacist views.

The Ipsos poll, for Thomson Reuters and the University of Virginia Center for Politics, was conducted online from Aug. 21 to Sept. 5 ― in the weeks following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. It sampled around 5,360 American adults, asking questions about race that respondents could agree or disagree with to varying degrees.

“While there is relatively little national endorsement of neo-Nazis and white supremacists,” according to the release describing the poll’s findings, “there are troubling levels of support for certain racially-charged ideas and attitudes frequently expressed by extremist groups.”

While the vast majority of Americans polled expressed support for racial equality when asked in so many words ― 70 percent strongly agreed t…

Brits find another barbarian inside the gates? Terrorism in the UK

Washington Post:
British police arrest second man in connection with London subway attack

A 21-year-old arrested Saturday night in London and an 18-year-old detained earlier in southeastern England are being held for questioning under the Terrorism Act. Accepting large-scale refugee influxes brings with it mass murder attacks and attempts which the politicians seem reluctant to deal with until after the attacks.  To accept all want to get in means accepting a certain level of murders and sexual assaults from those who bring their dysfunctional culture with them.  Extreme vetting seems to make more sense than enduring senseless killings and attempted killings.

It looks like radical Islamists are using their own version of the Trojan Horse, hiding their mass murders in a wave of migration that they caused.  The European approach has made it less safe.

Mexico becomes a dangerous vacation option

NY Times:
Where Tourism Thrives in Mexico, Bloodshed and Poverty Are Blocks Away A surge of violence has shaken the once-peaceful tourist destination of Los Cabos, exposing stark inequality and longstanding government indifference. I grew up on the border with Mexico.  It has always had poverty, but it was never this dangerous before the cartels began their criminal insurgency.  I recall vacationing there in the 1980's at a beach resort on the West Coast and being surprised by the military with M-16's patrolling the beaches.

Now the cartels are trying to move in on the tourist trade and there is more violence in the resorts as turf battles erupt.  Even without the violence, it has become unsafe with some tourist getting sick from drinking tainted cocktails.  Now you have to worry about more than the water and the ice.

Edy Raven's song about curing a heartache in Mexico looks a little scarier these days.  

European border wall cuts illegal immigration by 99 percent

Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by over 99 percent after rolling out a series of powerful border fences in response to the European migrant crisis, possibly providing a lesson as to the potential impact of constructing President Trump’s much-discussed southern wall in the U.S.

Speaking on the second anniversary of the government’s move to seal Hungary’s border with Serbia — which is also an external border for the European Union — Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Chief Security Advisor, György Bakondi, announced that the fences have caused illegal immigration to collapse from 391,000 in 2015, to 18,236 in 2016, to just 1,184 in 2017.

“The system of technical barriers is the key to the success of border security, and without it, it would be impossible to stop the mass arrival of immigrants”, the security chief explained.
Hungary had to respond rapidly to the migrant influx which burst upon Europe after Germany’s Angela Merkel announced there was “no limit” on the nu…

Teen Syrian refugee repays UK with a terror attack?

Daily Mail:
The suspect is one of several refugees taken in by the elderly couple in the UK.   He was arrested at a port to Europe in what authorities think was an attempt to escape after he was identified by facial recognition software.  It is another demonstration of the problem of vetting refugees from Syria.

Americans continue to be moved by the troops in the long war with radical Islam

Daily Mail:
'Everyone on the plane was crying': Delta passenger captures the heart-wrenching moment a sailor's body is met by her weeping family after she died on duty
The scene of a fallen soldier coming back home to her family in Oklahoma was so overwhelming for passengers on a commercial flight it brought nearly everyone to tears. 'When we stopped at the terminal, the pilot announced that he would like to inform us that we were flying one of our fallen soldiers home to her family,' Mike Helms wrote to Facebook. Despite the identity politics of some the reaction of those on the plane was a shared sorrow for this sailor and her family.  In a way, it is similar to the response to flooding in Houston where a community came together.  We are all grateful for her service and the sacrifices made by her family.

Deductions that favor blue state high tax policies under threat in tax reform

Washington Post:
Republicans take aim at state-and-local-tax deductions — and raise ire of GOP legislators in blue states

Republican leaders have made clear the SALT deduction is on the table as they rewrite the tax code — but internal dissent threatens the effort. “I intend to fight it with everything I know how,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), in whose district 43 percent of tax filers claim SALT deductions. Here is the compromise I would offer them.  They can have the same deduction that similarly situated taxpayers in Texas get.   That would be a fair way to handle it and it would ensure that blue state taxpayers pay their fair share of the taxes.  It would also give those states an incentive to stop their destructive tax and spend policies that have dragged down their economy and chased away taxpayers.