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Saturday, February 23. 2019
Life is Too Short for Envy
Bear Grylls in hot water after boiling frog
What actually killed the dinosaurs? Volcanic clues heat up debate.
Climate change causes Moose ticks?
Interesting about Moose, but so tendentious. Moose moving south? So Moose ticks accompany Moose. No Moose, no Moose ticks. Reindeer have ticks too.
Time Magazine: Illegal Immigrants are Climate Refugees
Really? Then why do so many Americans, Canadians, and Europeans love to visit Belize, Costa Rica, and Mexico? For the pleasant weather of course.
INSIDE ELIZABETH HOLMES’S CHILLING FINAL MONTHS AT THERANOS
A skilled con artist
War on Conservatives Week in Higher Education
What My Days as a Marxist Taught Me About Modern Political Cults
Public Policy In Action In Progressive New York
IT WAS A DEEP STATE SET-UP: Trump Campaign Volunteer Papadopoulos Introduced to ‘Russian’ Mifsud by FBI in London!
Donald Trump, Gay-Rights Hero
SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER BLAMES TRUMP FOR INCREASE IN BLACK NATIONALIST HATE GROUPS
Man who shot at California cop previously deported, arrested but cops wouldn't honor ICE detainer, feds say
Virginia scandals evaporate
Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren Joins Kamala Harris – Backs Reparations for African Americans
Vote-buying is a time-honored American tradition
Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think
Smollett’s Lawyers Trash Chicago PD, Tout Actor’s ‘Impeccable Character’
Mass grave containing 3,500 victims of ISIS - which could 'hold the answers' to the fate of executed US hostages - discovered in the 'caliphate capital' Raqqa in Syria
IDF: Gaza children being promised NIS 300 ($83) if injured at border protests. Israeli army says troops see Hamas sending kids as young as 8 to front lines of violent demonstrations
Typical. Golda Meir said there will be peace when these people love their kids more than they hate Jews
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By the time it’s all over, Smollett walks, fifty dollar fine. He is simply the victim of Trump’s racist America.
I see two possibilities:
1. He goes to trial and hopes for jury nullification. After all he will get at least half the jury being black.
2. He pleads and agrees to a public apology, but he will apologize in a way that exonerates him and blames Trump AND the judge and prosecutor allows him to do that.
I don't know about Smollett getting off easily. The Chicago PD are really ticked off as is the present mayor, Rahm Emanuel, for giving the city a bad name. Smollett's crime is overlapping wit R. Kelly's arrest for sexual assaults on minors, which has been ignored for decades, but apparently the prosecutors have solid evidence.
Unlike Kelly, Jussie may not serve jail time for the false attack, but his reputation will be ruined as well as his bank account.
Then there's the FBI investigation into the letter Smollett mailed via USPS. Now that's a different subject and a felony.
Police Impound Tractor Used For Drag Racing Motorbikes
Unfortunately there is no video.
In the end, Stafford suggested that even if Smollett were guilty of staging a hoax "hate crime," he still highlighted a greater truth. "Jussie may have created this whole situation to highlight a reality that is happening every day," he said. "Our current administration doesn’t support people like him — that are black and queer.
It's such an important issue that it is necessary to lie about it.
Lying to highlight a greater truth really is getting popular, isn't it?
It's kind of surprising to me that it no longer seems possible to highlight a greater truth without lying. Are legitimate facts really that scarce? Do people really care that little about their credibility now? OK, that's a rhetorical question.
You seem to forget that they are profound believers in "the end justifies the means". They don't even know (because they have not been taught) that there is an alternative opinion to this strategy.
Stafford sounds just like Dan Rather when the Bush "evil" evidence blew up in his face. It "could'a/should'a been real".
Which brings us back to Rather's gambit of "Fake but accurate".
Venezuela is blowing up. It has been at war with it's citizens for years and now they are starving and desperate. Cuba has inserted themselves into this and radical Islam is there as well. How did Venezuela get to this Marxist utopia???
First they took their guns... legally. Their lawmakers voted for gun control/confiscation and their citizens obeyed the laws. Then the government begin their oppressive rule stealing all the wealth and starving the citizens/serfs. This is the Marxist socialist utopia the Democrats want for us. They won't say that of course but watch what they do not what they say. What would be the number one "tell"? It would be a coordinated effort to negate our 2nd amendment rights. What do we say today from Democrats all over the country? A coordinated effort to negate or 2nd amendment rights.
I understand that many people have no interest in guns and probably believe they should only be used for hunting. I understand that the media inflames our society with a constant drum beat about gun related atrocities. But everyone should understand that our 2nd amendment rights are essential to our remaining free. What you see happening in Venezuela today could never have gotten to this point if the citizens had guns. That is exactly why the Democrats want to convince you that we should not have guns. I know many won't believe that, neither did many in Venezuela years ago when their guns were confiscated.
Remember you can vote yourself into socialism but you must shoot your way out of it.
In lawless Venezuela, the Chavista government doesn't bother following the Constitution that Chavismo wrote. Laws in Chavista Venezuela are inked impressions on paper, nothing more- or pixels on computer screens. Why should the law on gun confiscation be any different?
Consider one report on the gun confiscation law.In the wake of a gun ban, Venezuela sees rising homicide rate.
There are an estimated six million firearms (registered and unregistered) in Venezuela. However, voluntary surrenders were close to nil. For example, in 2013, only 37 firearms surrendered, while 12,603 were confiscated. More importantly, the national homicide rate rose from 73 per 100,000 in 2012 to 90 per 100,000 in 2015. The real figures are likely higher as the Maduro regime is well known for purposely undercounting crime.Six million arms in Venezuela, with only 12,100 firearms confiscated in 2013.
One effect of gun prohibition has been the increase of lethal violence against law enforcement. Venezuelan law enforcement are targeted specifically for their firearms with 252 officers being killed in 2015.
Nevertheless, the Maduro government has intensified efforts to disarm Venezuelans, investing $47 million in 2014 to establish 60 centers for voluntary firearm trade-ins and publicly destroying 1,939 confiscated firearms in 2016 as a show of political might.
Chavista words and Chavista reality very rarely intersect. One could laugh- or cry- about the fate of all the infrastructure projects that Chavez and Maduro announced. Very few, if any, got completed. Rest assured, however, that money earmarked for all those uncompleted infrastructure projects got into the hands of the enchufados- the connected ones.
re Virginia scandals evaporate
The Democratic Governors Association won't ask embattled Democrats Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax or Attorney General Mark Herring to resign their posts in Virginia, even after maintaining that Gov. Ralph Northam should step down following a blackface scandal that has roiled the commonwealth.
I would speculate that they are wishing they had held their fire on Northam at this point. With the help of a friendly media, this may all disappear down the memory hole in short order.
re Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren Joins Kamala Harris – Backs Reparations for African Americans
Vote-buying is a time-honored American tradition
Perhaps they are trying to buy turnout, otherwise why buy the votes of a demographic that is already giving you 90% of their vote?
I think 110,000 Yankee combat deaths in that war are reparations enough.
Warren wants reparations for Indians, tool, I read. Closing the reservations would be a good start. Give full title & mineral rights to the appropriate tribe, and then wean them off the Federal government.
OldFert: Closing the reservations would be a good start.
So take away what land they have left, and force them to disperse.
Gateway Pundit: IT WAS A DEEP STATE SET-UP: Trump Campaign Volunteer Papadopoulos Introduced to ‘Russian’ Mifsud by FBI in London!
Candidate Trump’s unpaid volunteer George Papadopoulos was indicted by the Mueller team for lying. We still don’t know what he lied about ...
Actually, we do know. It's a matter of public record, as sworn by Papadopoulos.
defendant PAPADOPOULOS understood that the professor had substantial connections to Russian government officials (and had met with some of those officials in Moscow immediately prior to telling defendant PAPADOPOULOS about the "thousands of emails") and, over a period of months, defendant PAPADOPOULOS repeatedly sought to use the professor's Russian connections in an effort to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and Russian government officials.
The Professor doesn't exist. Fake. He is a scammer with a long history of running fake academic institutions which is an industry in Europe especially attracting gullible Eastern European students. He scammed Papadapoulos by claiming he had all this Russian stuff. You can read his fake entry in Wikipedia and read about the various scams and escapades he has been involved in over the years just by Googling him. Even his lawyers call him a "ghost." He's now operating under a new identity. Of course, you won't get any of this out of the American media. Or the Mueller investigation.
Jim: The Professor doesn't exist.
Papadopoulos was told that the Russians had thousands of emails damaging to Clinton. Then he lied to investigators about the source of that information, and about his contacts with people associated with Russia. The lies told by Papadopoulos allowed the professor, Joseph Mifsud, to disappear.
It's ironic that even though we can all see that the quality of architects graduating from our schools of architecture is abysmal. The deans of architecture schools are still going
blame Trump for this horror!
"It's ironic that even though we can all see that the quality of architects graduating from our schools of architecture is abysmal. The deans of architecture schools are still going
blame Trump for this horror!"
Shouldn't they be blaming climate change?
I highly recommend Carreyrou's book bad blood about Elizabeth holmes. She may be the greatest con man ever. She appears to be completely amoral and ran that place like a cult. What I find so shocking is she doesn't learn how to do that apparently it was just instinctive
She is just the extreme and clearly visible example of something far deeper in our culture. The idea that any woman, any time, can do anything she damn well pleases! It's an unexpected consequence of the feminist revolution. No female is required to study, to learn, to master her field--all she has to do is take charge of the budget and the calendar and she is a "leader" ! Doesn't need to understand the science she oversees, nor even the . . .
Remember the Alamo, February 23 – March 6, 1836.
Build the wall, MAGA
If anyone wants to read about it, there is a very good work of historical fiction that tackles it very well. https://www.amazon.com/Gates-Alamo-Stephen-Harrigan/dp/0679447172