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The View of the Blinkered
American Greatness, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/3/2018 9:14:30 AM     Post Reply
Sites like Vox, the Daily Beast, and the Weekly Standard have long praised the dossiers of Robert Mueller’s legal investigative team. The essays prove mostly the same. They often employ the same superlative nomenclature: “all-stars,” “dream-team,” “army,” and “professionals.” The hagiographies list the legal CVs of various lawyers and investigators now employed (usually on loan either from the FBI, Obama or Trump Justice Departments, or prestigious East Coast firms). The reviews often hint that such “firepower” may mean a one-sided legal bloodbath ahead. The mere names spell “very, very bad news” for the White House. Yet the Mueller legal team’s dossiers also

The Left´s 1942
American Thinker, by J.R. Dunn    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/3/2018 9:09:48 AM     Post Reply
Nineteen forty-two was the critical year of WWII. During that year, four battles were fought that turned the fortunes of war in favor of the Allies. (snip) While certainly not as dramatic as the events of WWII, the political defeat of leftism may well be just as decisive. It is, after all, the last surviving remnant of what historian John Lukacs called the "social-nationalist" ideologies, which include fascism, Nazism, Communism, and state Shinto. Leftism is a survival of the politically diseased 20th century, remaining only due to social inertia and rabid indoctrination through education and the media. It may finally be

The Iranian Regime´s Days
May Be Numbered
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/3/2018 9:01:39 AM     Post Reply
Is it a revolution? Can it succeed? Should we support it, and if so, how? Surely this tumult is very different from the protests of 2009. It’s different in at least two ways, geographical and demographical. Geographically, whereas the 2009 protests were mainly limited to Tehran, today’s phenomenon covers the whole country, from major cities to smaller towns and even rural villages. That’s significant, because those who do not believe in the prospects of an Iranian revolution invariably argue that opposition to the regime is restricted to the elites of the big cities, and that rural populations are pro-regime. It’s difficult to



5 Reasons Men Cheat
PJ Media, by John Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/3/2018 8:49:02 AM     Post Reply
Cheating always seems like such a black-and-white issue, doesn´t it? Of course, in one sense, it is. You cheated? Then you´re the bad guy (or girl) and your partner has every right to be upset, angry, hurt, and to never forgive you. All true. However, if you know a few people who cheat, you start to find out it´s not always so simple. That doesn´t mean the cheater´s justified, but it does mean he may have reasons for what he´s doing that go beyond not being able to keep it in his pants for more than five minutes at a time. The

New Year´s Shocker: The New York Times
Admits Trump Is Doing Something Right
Investor’s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RockyTCB- 1/3/2018 7:42:32 AM     Post Reply
Journalism: The "newspaper of record" ran a highly unusual story this week. It reported how President Trump´s deregulatory push was encouraging business to spend and invest again. You don´t say. The Times´ story — which carried the web headline, "The Trump Effect: Business, Anticipating Less Regulation, Loosens Purse Strings" — started this way: "A wave of optimism has swept over American business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into the sort of investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation — and may finally raise wages significantly. "While business leaders are eager for the tax

Trump Is The Anti-Obama When
It Comes To Standing Up To
Terrorist-Supporting Iran
Investor’s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RockyTCB- 1/3/2018 7:41:00 AM     Post Reply
Green Revolution: Average Iranians have once again taken to the streets to protest the brutal, incompetent dictatorship of the fundamentalist mullahs that rule the country. We can only hope these demonstrations turn out better than they did in 2009. The so-called "Green Movement," also known as the "Persian Spring," brought people into the streets of Tehran, Qom and other major Iranian cities in the summer of 2009, protesting at first the regime´s fraudulent election and corrupt management of the economy, which had brought inflation, unemployment and shortages to a country that should be one of the world´s wealthiest. The U.S. government

CBS Tries to Use Berlin Wall
To Discredit Trump Wall,
Israeli Anti-Terror Barriers
Newsbusters, by Brad Wilmouth    Original Article
Posted By: Tianne- 1/3/2018 7:03:12 AM     Post Reply
It seems someone at CBS thought it was a good idea to send correspondent Mark Phillips all the way to Germany and do a full report about the Berlin Wall just to suggest that all walls are bad, and therefore undermine President Donald Trump´s push for a border wall, as well as Israel´s security barrier which has likely saved thousands from being murdered by suicide bombers. On Monday´s CBS Evening News, substitute anchor Jericka Duncan alluded to Trump´s wall proposal, and then set up the piece by hinting that the report might prove walls between countries to be ineffective:



An Unfond Farewell to
Un-statesman Orrin Hatch
Townhall, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Tianne- 1/3/2018 6:04:32 AM     Post Reply
The longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history announced this week that he will finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally retire. That´s seven "finallys" -- one for each of the consecutive six-year terms Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, served. He begin his occupancy in 1976, when all phones were dumb, the 5.25-inch floppy disk was cutting-edge, the very first Apple computer went on sale for $666.66, the Concorde was flying high, O.J. Simpson was a hero, Blake Shelton was a newborn, the first MRI was still a blueprint, and I was a gap-toothed first-grader wearing corduroy bell-bottoms crushing on Davy Jones.

Illegal Immigration And Crime
FrontPage Magazine, by Michael Cutler    Original Article
Posted By: Tianne- 1/3/2018 5:55:10 AM     Post Reply
On December 21, 2017 the Department of Justice issued a press release, “Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data on Incarcerated Aliens—94 Percent of All Confirmed Aliens in DOJ Custody Are Unlawfully Present.” The initial statistic cited in the title of that DOJ press release shows that there is a truly significant distinction to be drawn between aliens who are lawfully present in the United States and aliens who are illegally present in the United States, either because they have entered the United States illegally or they have violated the terms of admission after entering the United States via the

If Mitt Romney runs in Utah, he’ll win —
but don’t expect an anti-Trump hero
Salon, by Matthew Sheffield    Original Article
Posted By: Tishimself- 1/3/2018 5:51:18 AM     Post Reply
Republican politics are in disarray again. This time, President Donald Trump is for once not responsible. Instead, it’s Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election this year, setting off widespread speculation about what will happen next. Hatch’s announcement came as a surprise even though he had told Utah voters six years ago that he would not run again in 2018. Trump had been urging him to reconsider, largely because Hatch had become a reliable ally for the president in the Senate, particularly in his position as chair of the Finance Committee, one of

How Trump Really Beat the Media
FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Tianne- 1/3/2018 5:47:13 AM     Post Reply
President Trump’s end year remarks to the New York Times acerbically summed up his relationship with the media. “I’m going to win another four years… because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there.” The answering outburst of rage and contempt from the media burned all the hotter because the statement was not only intentionally provocative; it was also true. The media has never been able to quit Trump. Its conviction that it can destroy him through coverage has repeatedly proven false. But that hasn’t stopped the media from throwing more coverage at him. And its motive



Storm Eleanor: Travel chaos and tens
of thousands left without power as
winds of up to 100mph batter UK
ITV [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2018 5:29:49 AM     Post Reply
Thousands of households have been stripped of power and major transport links have been disrupted after Storm Eleanor lashed the British Isles with winds of up to 100mph. The Met Office warned gusts from the fifth storm to hit the UK this season could pose danger to life from flying debris. Widespread disruption is expected on Wednesday after the storm brought heavy rain, rail and thunder and lightning as it swept across the country. A number of major bridges and roads were closed due to falling trees or as precautions overnight on Tuesday as Eleanor caused travel disruption in the

Fractured West
City Journal, by Michael J. Totten    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2018 5:25:41 AM     Post Reply
My hometown, Portland, Oregon, voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but the Democratic Party lost almost everywhere else in the state, including in every county east of the Cascade Mountains. Except for in Vermont and Massachusetts, the same urban/rural divide in American politics exists around the country. A county-by-county map of the election looks like a Clinton archipelago in a vast Trump ocean. Lots of journalists have ventured into the rust belt to find out why so many working-class voters abandoned the Democrats for Donald Trump, but hardly anyone is asking why blue-collar voters in the rural West have

5 questions for Trump´s new year
McClatchy Newspapers, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/3/2018 5:22:26 AM     Post Reply
A brand new year suggests a fresh slate with a new set of resolutions and unlimited opportunities for advances and accomplishments. But control your optimism. We’re talking Washington here. Realism rules. To outline some opportunities – and dangers — for the Year of the Dog, here are some questions to keep in mind, whose answers are likely to dominate the news in 2018: WHAT LESSONS has President Trump learned from his first tumultuous year? [Snip] NOW ABOUT MEDIA: Will Trump continue assaults on so-called dishonest media and fake news? You

The Iran that Obama helped keep in place
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/3/2018 5:12:37 AM     Post Reply
Protests against Iran’s theocratic regime enter their seventh day today. The country´s chief cleric, who dominates the violent and oppressive regime, has tried to blame foreign agents for the courageous public display of dissent. But the truth, as the old tyrant well knows, is that the government that he and his fellow mullahs oversee has created woeful economic conditions, fostered corruption, and unintentionally nurtured a desire among young people (who account for the majority of the Iranian population) for freedom. Iranians have seen more than enough of their nation’s wealth poured into terrorism abroad while their own needs are neglected. The incompetent,



Veterans Call on Anti-Issa Group
to Return $100k From Jane Fonda
Washington Free Beacon, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/3/2018 5:10:05 AM     Post Reply
The Vietnam War ended nearly a half century ago, but the bitter political divisions it spawned are reverberating once again this week in one of the most hotly contested congressional districts in the country. Military veterans who support Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) on Tuesday demanded that a Democratic group aimed at defeating him return a $100,000 donation it recently received from Jane Fonda, who turned 80 in December. Around 15 veterans outside Issa´s office holding flags and sporting their combat ribbons recalled Fonda´s controversial 1972 photo shoot in North Vietnam, where she was photographed sitting behind an enemy anti-aircraft gun. The

All of Hillary’s Foreigners
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2018 4:58:51 AM     Post Reply
The media’s cheerleaders for the investigation into the Trump-Russia fable claim that its importance lies in keeping American elections pure of foreign interference. They have been posturing as great defenders of American sovereignty, a stance that normally makes them uneasy. But even as they pretend to worry about foreign interference, they seek to sanitize an investigation that is the product of foreign interference: the Obama administration, according to increasingly desperate reports, relied on the “intelligence” of a shifting array of foreign spies and diplomats to launch its probe into Trumpworld. Such reliance is supposed to make the investigation sound more

Fear and Loathing at the DOJ
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2018 4:56:08 AM     Post Reply
In the memoir Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit List (written with Stephen Saltarelli), Howard Root tells the story of his experience as chief executive officer of Vascular Solutions caught in the crosshairs of the federal government when prosecutors sought to put his company out of business and to send him to the big house. Howard touched on one aspect of his story in the Wall Street Journal column “Sally Yates’s legacy of injustice at the Department of Justice.” Howard is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Among other things,

Ex-hostage Boyle charged with
sex assault, confinement
Associated Press, by Tracey Lindeman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2018 4:51:18 AM     Post Reply
OTTAWA, Ontario — A Canadian man recently freed with his American wife and children after years being held hostage in Afghanistan has been arrested and faces 15 charges including sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug, court documents indicated Tuesday. Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan, and their three children were rescued last October in Pakistan, five years after the couple was abducted by a Taliban-linked militant group while on a backpacking trip in neighboring Afghanistan. The children were born in captivity. The charges include eight counts of assault, two accounts of sexual assault, two counts of unlawful confinement

New York and co. are paying
the price for being Deep Blue
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2018 4:45:33 AM     Post Reply
The cold wasn’t the only thing that hammered the Northeast in the final fortnight of 2017 — and we can thank our extreme political polarization for the traumas we New Yorkers and New Jerseyans are about to suffer. On the last night of the year, the Trump administration informed New York and New Jersey that there was no longer a deal with the federal government to help fund the desperately needed new rail tunnel between the two states — a $13 billion hit. Before that came the signing of the tax bill, whose limitations on the mortgage-interest and state- and local-tax deductions


´Mapping the Swamp´ report finds 30,000
feds earn more than any governor
Fox News, by Brooke Singman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2018 4:27:03 AM     Post Reply
Tens of thousands of federal employees earn more money than any U.S. governor, according to a new report that reveals some eye-popping stats on government spending for the federal workforce. The 40-page report, titled “Mapping the Swamp” and released by government watchdog group OpenTheBooks, focused on the “size, scope and power” of the federal government -- and found salary spending for high-paid employees on the rise. “The number of highly compensated federal employees is growing,” the report said, describing six-figure salaries as increasingly common. According to the report, the number of federal employees making $200,000 or more increased by 165 percent between fiscal

Stay tuned! Trump to announce the ´winners´
of his Fake News awards for ´dishonesty
and bad reporting´ on Monday
Daily Mail (UK), by Jessica Finn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2018 3:47:43 AM     Post Reply
Amid a flurry of bizarre, early 2018 tweets from President Trump, he lobbed possibly the strangest yet Tuesday night, saying he will announce ´THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR´ Monday at ´5:00 o´clock.´ Trump says the subjects that will be covered are ´Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media,´ and added the television-style tease ´Stay tuned!´The announcement from the president is not fake news. On December 28, an email from the ´Trump Make America Great Again Committee,´ a project between the RNC and the Trump campaign, read: ´At President Trump´s request,

K-12: Killing Democracy
American Thinker, by Bruce Deitrick Price    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2018 3:35:26 AM     Post Reply
Rudolf Flesch, in his 1955 book, noted that "things have changed in the last 10, 20 years. For the first time in history, American parents see their children getting less education than they got themselves. Their sons and daughters come home from school and they can´t read the newspaper; they can´t spell simple words like February or Wednesday; they don´t know the difference between Austria and Australia. The fathers and mothers don´t know the reason for this, but they know that something terrible has happened to their most precious dreams and aspirations[.]" Isn´t it beautiful – the way Flesch perceives

NY’s futile fight against
illegal cigarettes
New York Post, by Editorial Board    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/3/2018 12:16:09 AM     Post Reply
State authorities set a record in 2017 by seizing $6.6 million worth of illegal tobacco products, a $1 million jump over 2016. The 2016 seizures, in turn, marked a increase from the year before. Indeed, for each of the past three years, the state has steadily boosted inspections — and wound up grabbing more illegal products. (Snip) Illegal cigs today actually outnumber legal ones, making up 57 percent of the market. Why? Rising tobacco taxes, which have soared 190 percent since then. State and local cig taxes ($5.85 a pack, in total) are a powerful incentive for crooks: If they can get

Winter crisis cripples the NHS: Up to
55,000 operations are postponed,
patients are to be put on mixed wards
and senior doctors will man doors at A&E
to turn away non-urgent cases
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Borland, Claire Duffin *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/3/2018 12:11:34 AM     Post Reply
Hospitals were last night ordered to cancel thousands of operations to try to tackle a winter health crisis. In an unprecedented move, NHS chiefs demanded radical action to free up beds and medical staff. Casualty units are under ´extreme and sustained´ pressure with flu cases on the rise. Up to 55,000 non-urgent operations will be postponed until February, along with thousands of outpatient appointments and scans. (Snip) Two NHS bosses said the pressures were the worst in 30 years with one doctor apologising for ´Third World´ conditions. The first week of January is always busy with patients coming in with flu

Republicans claim to have found written
evidence that proves the FBI found
´criminality´ during the probe of
Hillary Clinton´s email server
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2018 12:08:50 AM     Post Reply
Republicans have reportedly found written evidence that proves the FBI found ´criminality´ during the agency´s 2016 probe of Hillary Clinton´s email server. A new report by The Hill claims Republicans on key congressional committees have secured written documentation that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when Clinton and her top aides sent classified information through her private email server. The evidence reportedly includes FBI documents stating the ´sheer volume´ of classified information that was transmitted through Clinton´s insecure server was proof of criminality. Then FBI Director James Comey sent a message to three top officials in the

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