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Friday, November 1. 2019
Vladimir Bukovsky, hero of freedom
In-law issues are normal: Prince Harry, Meghan reportedly have confrontation with Queen
It’s Not Climate Change To Blame For California’s Fires And Blackouts. It’s Democrats - Thanks to Democrats, California’s large and heavily regulated public utilities prioritize wind and solar power, leaving little for powerline maintenance and upgrades.
End the Failed Renewable Fuel Standard Experiment - Why Congress should abolish the ethanol mandate.
CITIZENS OF NOWHERE
Results Are In: Common Core Is Making American Kids Dumber
The Chicago Teacher Union vs. Charter Schools
Trump Judicial Pick Breaks Down in Tears Over Horrible Far Left Smears During Hearing
Former Time Editor Wants Hate-Speech Laws, Thinks Trump ‘Might’ Violate Them, and Misses the Irony
Trump Tweets Meme About Hero Dog, Journos Lose Minds.
Trump is a master troller. Funny, too
UPDATES ON THE IMPEACHMENT FARCE
House Impeachment Resolution Authorizes Fishing Expedition Probes that Go Far Beyond Ukraine
Impeachment Has Been Their Plan All Along
Anti-Trump Media Is Waging Psychological Warfare Against the American People
The Deep State Isn’t a Conspiracy, It’s a Revolution
NSC Official Tim Morrison To Schiff: ‘I Was Not Concerned That Anything Illegal Was Discussed’ In Trump-Ukraine Phone Call
Who could be in Durham’s investigative crosshairs? Obama-era figures have reason to sweat
Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella: Is this the best they've got?
Marxism Never Dies in Chile - Ongoing demonstrations have good cause, but the South American country needs more “neoliberalism”—not less.
God's American Israel - As two new books show, the influence of the Hebrew Bible (and of biblical models) on the founding generations of Americans was as vast as the new country they were trying to create.
A TOUGH TRUMP POLICY ON RUSSIA THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT
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Anyone else laugh over the optics of a Halloween passage of "rules in case we impeach which are tailored for a Witch Hunt"? They just can't help themselves can they?
Re: Hero Dog photo shop - how on earth did such a simple thing cause such rabid foaming at the mouth? Trump: the sky is blue. Media: OMG! OMG! did you see that! What an LGBTQ bigot! There's the proof! What about sunsets!?! Sunset hater!
Sulkowicz - I don't trust her to be "conservative." Not yet anyway. Right now it just seems this is another opportunity for her to get the spotlight to soothe her solipsistic tendencies.
Her quote: “As I became more and more feminist,” she said, “I think I got to a point where I was literally just straight up hating men. I just hated men, I wished all men would die.”
Here is another article on her. Did Emma Sulkowicz Get Redpilled? At the very least, she’s found a new social set.
It will be interesting to find out Emma's state of mind in 2*3 years. Not that I would care to directly investigate, mind you.
I'm reading Bukovsky's "To Build a Castle" right now on Kindle.
"California is nearing the logical limits of progressive adventurism in policy and politics."
People used to tell me that about Venezuela over 20 years ago, when I was working in that region, and I used to tell them, 'You ain't seen nothin' yet.' And even though Venezuela is getting desperate, their trajectory remains unchanged because its people are still passively accepting, more or less. Why? Because the able and smart ones are already gone. California is worse than most states on many metrics now, but they have not yet begun to plumb the depths. There's a lot of misery still to come. The good news is, the government doesn't shoot or starve people there - yet. It boggles the mind that people could choose to have that kind of governance and accept being unable to react to such a long run of failed results.
Someone recently - I Think I read it on the Declination blog was commenting on the sheepish quality of Zimbabwe. How they are all going to starve -- Again, becuase their rulers killed off the white farmers and/or confiscated their farms which now lay idle.
and they just line up to vote as if that's going to make a difference.
Basically, thats why they break your spirit first. Because apathy and destroying the customs, traditions and ties that bind each other together to work together is necessary for the road to the 'ism' to succeed; totalitarianism, communism, fascism, whichever brand of 'ism' the country is headed towards.
All share equal sharing of misery for the masses who refuse to fight back.
"their trajectory remains unchanged because its people are still passively accepting, more or less"
Because the government took their guns years before they took their freedom and means of surviving. Chisel that in stone. Every despotic regime first took the guns. Lucky for us our politicians don't want to take our guns...
I agree with you about the guns, but there's more to dangerous passivity than being unarmed. I'm finding Vladimir Bukovsky's book a revelation. He dwells on the passivity that leads a socialist population to stay in harness. His whole life was about refusal to submit, even under the most appalling conditions, in Soviet prisons. It's always so tempting to think it's useless, but every single individual act of rebellion is a threat to the rulers.
"On his inauguration day, California Gov. Navin Gruesome, in an interview with one of the Sacramento TV stations, twice in 30 seconds referred to the "nation-state of California" - and nobody blinked an eye."
Trump is the master of calling the bluff. These Democrat demands for documents and transcripts are a fishing expedition. Trump will probably resist this as he should. But he should turn the tables on them. All of Obama's transcripts and phone calls and deals are still locked in a vault. He should do a massive release of everything Obama did in his 8 years in office. Let the fishing tournament begin!
Reading Powerline and Andrew McCarthy, who have been the most reliable sources over the last three years, it is sad to reflect that most of impeachment is going to revolve around appearances and PR, not facts. We always knew this would be somewhat true, but it is discouraging that it will be so much. Democrats are very good at appearances and PR, and despite the losses of influence that traditional media has experienced, their reach is still great.
My asthma medication was banned by Obama in 2009 because of then global warming. I’ve never found a good replacement and my lung function has reduced by about 30%. Some people have died because of the lack of meds. This illustrates the cruelty of the climate warriors - ideology over people’s lives.
Reminds me of the effort to stop the distribution of golden rice (addresses vitamin A deficiency) and DDT.
Truly disgusting how lies are promoted and the truth is covered up by our 'media'. Probably how Venezuela was destroyed too.
I'm infuriated on your behalf. I'm so sorry that happened to you.
Citizen of NoWhere:
Some degree of increasing globalization is inevitable and some of it will be beneficial to all, sometimes directly, like cheap consumer goods and sometimes indirectly, such as an emerging world wide middle class. Obviously the benefits for the skimming class are greater than for the rest of us. Like all trends, globalization is a bundle of plus and minus tradeoffs. But, by no means, is it a win,win for everyone everywhere, especially for the mid level managers and workers. It is surprising that the Globalists have not bothered to make their case or have been so ineffectual in doing so.
Schiff parody video:
Journos loose their minds over Trump dog meme...Anyone paying attention to the immediate aftermath of Trumps win of the presidency would know their minds were "lost" long ago. The former Time editor confirms that their minds are no longer functioning.
Impeachment Farce. I know I am not their target audience so maybe that is why I don't get what they hope to gain. I can't tell if they painted themselves into a corner or if it all is going to plan. I realize that this drama underwrites their fund raising but so what, it helps Trump and Republicans every bit as much. It appears that they put all their chips on the smarmy lawfare goons. Ergo, it is about deception, bullying, and... perverting due process...; the goal is to exhaust the target mentally, emotionally, and financially. I suppose in that respect, it is a wonder that they haven't succeeded.
Since this isn't a judicial proceeding, the House Majority calls the shots and can derail standard American jurisprudence, which they chose to do. It's obvious they can't run this impeachment effort, on the level, or you wind up with the Kavanaugh debacle. It sure does illustrate the value and importance of juries, to sort out the truth from contradictory witnesses, and why we have rules of evidence. It's puzzling though. Liars are a dime a dozen, especially if there is a payday involved. How come they can't find any credible liars?
The Dems can't deal with Trump; he's the smart one and they're the rubes.
I really think they never expected it to play out like this.
Rosenstein was supposed to nod gravely as he accepted the Mueller report with Weismann's novel theory that the DOJ couldn't indict a sitting President but one could be guilty of obstruction from exercising his Article II powers even if no criminal activity was identified. Thus the baton would be handed to the House for impeachment with full access to all of Mueller's notes and grand jury material, courtesy of a compliant DC Circuit judge, without all the unnecessary fuss (and messy recorded votes) of actually authorizing an Impeachment proceeding.
Barr totally blew that out of the water by not only stating the DOJ could make an indictment decision against a sitting President but that in this case they were going to decline to do it due to lack of evidence, and Rosenstein could only stand by and nod in agreement. This left the House Dems high and dry trying to conjure an impeachment out of basically nothing, as well as getting stuck having to put their fingerprints all over every party line vote.
They might yet get access to Mueller's info but it's going to make the impeachment even more of a partisan affair since they no longer have the cover of an 'impartial', i.e. headed by Deep State apparatchik like Rosenstein, DOJ and Special Counsel.
Hate speech is anything the Dems hate.
Anti-Trump Media Is Waging Psychological Warfare Against the American People: Yep! All LIES, ALL THE TIME. I ignore them.
Who could be in Durham’s investigative crosshairs? Obama-era figures have reason to sweat: ENCOURAGING!!
Thought someone would have commented on The Queen (of England) calling her grandchildren's bluff about huffing and puffing and getting their way. She is upset with them about displaying their dirty laundry. Wonder how much Meagan wants to be married to a commoner? I took this as political correctness being pushed back, unfortunately they may move to the US.
I wonder if she has a personality disorder similar to her deceased MIL.
Well, if all this is true, I guess it follows that Meagan will no longer be a [i] Royal [/] Pain in the Arse.