Monday, January 15, 2018

Mad Manning

So Chelsea Manning is running for Senate, and, um:

Blogging In The Years: 1998

There's a new player in town:
The Drudge Report, a mix of gossip, politics, rumor and news, has been attracting attention in cyberspace for a couple of years now. Some 60,000 subscribers receive Drudge's daily bulletins and "flash" reports; tens of thousands more read them on his Web site. Using a network of tipsters and "borrowed" passwords to the internal computer systems of media powerhouses, Drudge has managed to scoop the media establishment on a number of stories, including the selection of Jack Kemp as Bob Dole's vice presidential running mate and Connie Chung's dismissal by CBS.

But it was Drudge's White House sex scandal scoop that caused the mainstream media to take notice. And even as these "respectable" news outlets pursue the scandal with almost tabloid intensity, many professional journalists are expressing concern about Drudge's role in breaking the Lewinsky story and the effect the Internet is having on their profession.

"The technology of nonstop news and the Internet means that allegations that would have been carefully checked out a generation ago no longer are," said James Fallows, editor of U.S. News and World Report. "We now have a 24-hour-a-day news cycle. News gets used up very quickly and there's a constant hunger for new tidbits."

Even some online journalists fear their new medium is upping the ante. "Every part of the media now feels the pressure of the Internet," said Jodie Allen, Washington editor of Slate online magazine. "If Matt Drudge is going to get it up there, maybe we better put (it) out there first."
Too late for that, now...

No Questions, Please

Thou shall not question thy officials?
It’s established law that the First Amendment protects citizens from “adverse actions” by government, if the “adverse actions” are “retaliation” for their exercise of First Amendment rights. So a public employee who speaks to the press about a general issue of public concern can’t be fired as punishment; thus, too, officials can’t blackball government contractors for their political or partisan activities. To prove a retaliation claim, a plaintiff has to show that she engaged in protected speech and that the government retaliated because of the speech. There’s a complication, though: the government can then try to show that “the same decision would have been reached had the incident not occurred”; if it makes that showing, the plaintiff will lose.

The Supreme Court has considered a number of retaliation cases, but it has not yet explained how the “same decision” rule applies in this particular situation—when a police officer arrests someone who is speaking against government. The closest it has come is a 2006 case called Hartman v. Moore, which has actually deepened the confusion surrounding the issue.
In the meantime, be careful what-and whom-you ask...

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Heretic

The left just can't stand Mike Rowe:
It's simple. Rowe doesn't play by the left's rules. He questions things that don't make sense to him. The high cost of college, often for degrees that will never result in jobs that can pay down the debt, is an example. He questions things and he wants answers, and that apparently scares people.

It scares them because they don't want people asking questions. They want people to accept matters on faith, which is funny because these same people tend to be very down on any religion not called Islam.

But is that a reason to call for Rowe to be fired from a voiceover gig he's held for years? After all, Rowe's got a pretty good voice for that kind of work. Why should he be fired so some scientist who may not be cut out for the job can do it?

That answer is simple. Rowe fails to bow and scrape at the Church of Holy Leftism. He's a heretic, an apostate -- because he dares to ask questions of his betters when he should know his place as an entertainer is to adhere to the orthodoxy.
Rowe's a rebel; they'll just have to deal with it...

The Diagnosis Is In

He's apparently fit as a fiddle:
"The president’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well," Dr. Ronnie Jackson, the president's physician, said in a statement.

Jackson added that "the president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday."

The president's physical examination came amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he's mentally unfit.

Trump himself has pushed back hard against any suggestion that he's mentally unfit, this week declaring himself "a very stable genius."

The examination lasted several hours and considered such things as Trump's blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate and weight.

While the exams are not mandatory, modern presidents typically undergo them regularly and release a doctor's report declaring they are "fit for duty."
Of sound body and mind?

Looking Good, Feeling Poor

There is at leat one part of Venezuela's economy that's thriving:
Many patients go to the Venezuelan border town of Puerto Ordaz to save money on operations such as liposuction, breast augmentation, and the corresponding buttock surgery, which cost around 10,000 Brazilian real – equivalent to $3,000 – in Venezuela. In Brazil, these procedures can cost up to three times as much.

Operations are cheaper as a result of high demand and the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolívar, which has driven down the cost to the cheapest in the world.

“Most of my patients are Brazilians,” nurse Maia, who runs a retreat named the Powerful Women of Dr. Jorge Balekji, said in an interview with the BBC. “They come here to realize their dream of plastic surgery. In our country, it is very expensive.”

Venezuela has one of the highest plastic surgery rates in the world, with thousands of women undergoing operations year after year.
It's also a good way to hide your identity from the angry masses...

Dumping All Over The World

Donald Trump isn't the first President to say something in private that he wouldn't in public. But with Trump, it's kind of hard to tell:
CNN reported that the outburst came at the private Oval Office meeting as Democratic senator Dick Durbin outlined a bipartisan immigration deal put together by six senators which they took to Trump for backing.

Dick Durbin, the Democratic senator who is minority whip, was outlining his proposal in which the visa lottery system, of which Trump has been a fierce critic, would be ended in return for 'temporary protected status', known as TPS, resuming for El Salvador and Haiti.

Trump has moved to end it for immigrants from those countries but as Durbin went through a list of countries which would gain TPS under the deal, he reached Haiti and 'Trump asked why the US wants more people from Haiti and African countries', CNN reported.

Haiti's government came out late Thursday and said they 'vehemently condemn' Trump's comments in relation to their country.

The country's ambassador to the US told NBC that Trump's remarks were 'based on stereotypes' and the president was either 'misinformed' or 'miseducated.'

The White House issued a needle-threading statement on immigration policy Thursday afternoon, while not denying the story's accuracy.
Much of the reaction has been overblown. Maybe some countries' leaders don't like being called out for what they are?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Shadows Know

Twitter gets caught:
Abhinav Vadrevu, a former Twitter software engineer, explained how “shadow banning” works at a San Francisco restaurant on January 3, 2018.

“One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control," he explained. "The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned, because they keep posting and no one sees their content. So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it.”

According to a current Twitter employee, software engineer Steven Pierre, the social media giant is in the process of weaponizing the practice of censorship through automation.

“Every single conversation is going to be rated by a machine and the machine is going to say whether or not it’s a positive thing or a negative thing," Pierre told a Project Veritas undercover journalist on December 8, 2017. "And whether it’s positive or negative doesn’t (inaudible), it’s more like if somebody’s being aggressive or not. Right? Somebody’s just cursing at somebody, whatever, whatever. They may have point, but it will just vanish…. It’s not going to ban the mindset, it’s going to ban, like, a way of talking.”
A conservative way?

The Weather Underground

Iran's warm revolution?
Protesters have cited inflation, the regime’s egregious human rights record, and its decision to allocate valuable resources to exporting terrorism and fighting unnecessary wars in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, instead of focusing on their population at home as the reasons for their uprising.

The Scientific American argues instead that the protesters are reacting to “a severe drought, mismanaged water resources and dust storms.”

“While the protests are largely driven by resistance to the country’s hardline conservative government, such environmental factors might have contributed to the largest protests inside Iran in years,” the publication argues.

Islamist Iranian clerics have made similar arguments of a correlation between Iran’s political climate and the earth’s. In 2016, one such cleric claimed that “immorality” among young Iranian women, stemming from dressing “improperly,” was resulting in climate change and causing Iran’s rivers and dams to run dry.
So Gaia doesn't like them, either?

The Trump Economy, Explained

Thank you, President Trump?
Asked to rate Mr. Trump’s policies and actions to date, a majority of economists said he had been somewhat or strongly positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the stock market. Most also said he had been either neutral or positive for the country’s long-term growth trajectory, while his influence on financial stability was seen as largely neutral.

“There is definitely a sense in the business community that the president’s actions on taxes and regulations have led to a more pro-growth environment for them to operate,” said Chad Moutray, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers.

Still, it is early yet to evaluate Mr. Trump’s performance. He inherited an economy that had already experienced years of falling unemployment and durable if slow growth.

“We have to be cautious about giving Trump too much credit for the economy’s strength,” said Bernard Baumohl of the Economic Outlook Group. “Job creation and business capital spending were on the rise prior to his presidency. The jury is still out how much more his actions moved the economy forward.”
The jury may be out, but they seem to be close to a unanimous verdict...

Basic Income Inanity

Welfare for everyone?
Historically, the idea of basic income crops up when people want to right an economic wrong. It’s there in Thomas More’s 1516 book Utopia, which describes a society that has no crime because it can “provide everyone with some means of livelihood so that nobody is under the frightful necessity of becoming … a thief.” There it is again, in a 1796 pamphlet by American political theorist Thomas Paine, who argued for the creation of a “national fund” out of which “every person, rich or poor” would receive £15 once he or she turned 21 and £10 every year thereafter. Earth’s resources were supposed to be available to everyone, Paine argued, so people deserved “compensation in part for … the system of landed property.”

“The welfare state was never perfect, but it used to work,” Wahlroos says. “Now we’re looking at a future labor force with a lot of irregular and low-paid jobs. Given that, I think it’s intellectually dishonest to maintain that our present system of social security can be fixed.”

Previously, Finns’ complaints about the system related mainly to its sluggish bureaucracy. Think waiting in line at the DMV is bad? Try working with a federal agency running 40 programs, each with its own recipient database and payment system. “The administrative burden, it’s too much,” Turunen says. “Somehow this has to be gotten rid of.”
And if you thought it was bad now...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Other Good Fight

Has President Trump ended the war on the Swamp?
The president wants to play it safe. Every Republican senator is one potential ally he desperately needs, even if that senator is with him only half of the time.

Politically it's smart -- and yet another sign that Trump is quickly developing into a more or less generic Republican president with regards to the policies he pursues. It also means that his e has officially ended.

He has learned what many other outsiders who come to Washington learn really fast: you can't be successful and fight The Swamp at the same time. It just doesn't happen. The best you can hope for is that you replace the establishment's leadership one by one.

So yes, Trump's war on The Swamp has ended, but the end of this war may very well enable him to actually get stuff done.
Along with his highly touted immigration discussion, this may not make him popular with some in his base, but it could help him elsewhere...

Out Of Gas

He was only following the Obama success model:
Murad A. Alhanik, 39, the owner of the Obama Store and gas station in Columbia, S.C., was charged with “four counts of sales tax evasion,” WISTV reported.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue said Alhanik filed $971,935 in sales tax returns in the period between 2013 and 2016, but after an investigation the agency found the store’s sales was $2.6 million, according to a press release.

Alhanik dodged paying more than $136,000 in sales taxes during that four-year period, the department said.

Alhanik was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, arrest records show. He could face up to five years in prison and fines nearing $10,000.
I'm sure he blames Trump...

Big Tech Is Watching You

Most of us use it these days. But what about when it uses you?
It’s not just Google, either: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (which is owned by Google) have all exhibited the same pattern of discrimination and censorship against conservatives.

Facebook regularly buried conservative viewpoints from its trending topics section, several former employees told Gizmodo. YouTube and Google have targeted conservative and independent video channels for censorship and demonitization. Both Facebook and Google empowered left-wing fact-checkers to discredit conservative voices on behalf of the companies, with little oversight. Twitter buried tweets damaging to the Clinton campaign and censors conservatives but allowed racist death threats against Trump FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

Conservatives face discrimination, censorship and even violence when left-wing authoritarians run a college campus. But what happens when left-wing authoritarians run the most powerful companies in the world?
An online dictatorship is no better than the other kind...

The Non Green Revolution

Who cleans up after the socialists?
El Nacional reports that, since the imprisonment of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and the installation of an illegal lawmaking body known as the “national constituent assembly,” the city’s environmental planning has been left in “legal, labor, and administrative limbo.” As a result, tons of garbage and landfill are left strewn across the city, with no current plans to clean them up.

“The greatest damage that has been done with the elimination of the Metropolitan City Hall is the environmental aspects. Without this body, the problem remains unattended to. There is no one to take care of the environment in the city and this is crucial because it represents the future,” said Saskia Chapellín, a landscape architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Central Venezuela (UCV).

“We have now been set back to the 1960’s, before the creation of environmental agencies,” added Antonio De Lisio, an expert in urban development at UCV. “Caracas must be managed as a metropolis because of dimensions it has acquired over time, including its population density and flow and the needs that have arisen from this.”
Aren't they only fulfilling the socialist promise of a trashy environment for everyone?

Time To Go?

Free at last?
The Wikileaks founder has been in the building for five and a half years, fearful that he will be arrested and extradited to the U.S. if he steps outside.

Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa said Ecuador was looking for a “third country or a personality” to arbitrate the situation with the UK and was “considering and exploring the possibility of mediation”.

“No solution will be achieved without international cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out,” she told reporters in the capital Quito, according to AFP.

“A person cannot live in those conditions forever,” Ms. Espinosa added.
No more room and board?

Let's Talk

Peace through Trump?
“It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure,” President Moon Jae-in told reporters. “I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks.”

Mr. Trump told Mr. Moon in a phone call that he is open to talking with North Korea, the South’s presidential office said. Mr. Trump also said there would be no military action while talks are ongoing, the statement said.

The White House said that Mr. Moon thanked the president “for his influential leadership in making the talks possible.”

The North-South talks, held on Tuesday, were the first in two years, and North Korea announced that it would send a delegation to the Olympics in Pyeongchang next month. Mr. Trump said Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the games.
Game on for everyone?

Red Rappers

Chinese rappers discover their country's limits:
PG One, who became nationally famous after appearing on the program The Rap of China, was forced to apologize for a 2015 song after government media highlighted its lyrics, which refer to cocaine use and non-consensual sexual interactions with a woman. The rapper blamed “black music” for his lyrics and promised to better adhere to the “core values” of communist China in the future.

The incident appears to have triggered a debate within the state-run newspaper Global Times, which published an article promoting “patriotic” rap music on Monday, but followed it up with an opinion piece concluding that hip-hop cannot flourish in China because it is a music born of oppression, and Chinese communists are not oppressed. The “patriotic” rap group featured in the positive article, CD Rev, became famous for a propaganda song called “This Is China” and have also published songs that include profanity and racist, misogynistic lyrics. Unlike PG One, however, CD Rev’s racism is reserved for white people, and their misogyny for Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen.

“China hopes to transform local hip-hop into a positive influence but will punish those who cross the line,” the Global Times reported Monday. The article claims that most Chinese “applauded” the Communist Party banning dozens of rap songs it considered detrimental to the communist agenda in 2015 because Chinese people see “hip-hop culture” as “foreign and even inferior to them.” All is not lost, however, according to the newspaper, because of the rapping communists in CD Rev, who themselves took to social media to criticize PG One.
Some rappers are more equal than others, yo...

Winning Them Over

Oh, my. Wolf Blitzer now approves?

The Russian Exam

In Russia, psychiatry is for sane people:
Some of Russia's leading cultural figures say Dmitriev was framed because his focus on Stalin's crimes - he found a mass grave with up to 9,000 bodies dating from the Soviet dictator's Great Terror in the 1930s - jars with the latter-day Kremlin narrative that Russia must not be ashamed of its past.

The narrative has taken on added importance ahead of a March presidential election which polls show incumbent Vladimir Putin, who uses his country's World War Two victory when Stalin was in charge to bolster national pride, is on track to win.

Putin asserted last year that what he called an "excessive demonization of Stalin" was being used to undermine Russia.

Dmitriev faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges, which he denies.
Of course he'd have to be crazy to deny that he was crazy...

Fake Facts

Google continues to have a problem with conservative websites:
When searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller (TheDC), Google gives users details on the sidebar, including what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled “Reviewed Claims.”

Vox, and other left-wing outlets and blogs like Gizmodo, are not given the same fact-check treatment. When searching their names, a “Topics they write about” section appears, but there are no “Reviewed Claims.”

In fact, a review of mainstream outlets, as well as other outlets associated with liberal and conservative audiences, shows that only conservative sites feature the highly misleading, subjective analysis. Several conservative-leaning outlets like TheDC are “vetted,” while equally partisan sites like Vox, ThinkProgress, Slate, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Salon, Vice and Mother Jones are spared.

Occupy Democrats is apparently the only popular content provider from that end of the political spectrum with a fact-checking section.
Time to Occupy Google?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Oppressive Anger

President Trump is oppressive because he doesn't like fake news, or something:
The organization on Monday named Trump as the leader who most undermined press freedoms in 2017, despite numerous other world leaders who actually work to block the free press in their countries.

The organization explained the reason they gave Trump the award:

While previous U.S. presidents have each criticized the press to some degree, they have also made public commitments to uphold its essential role in democracy, at home and abroad. Trump, by contrast, has consistently undermined domestic news outlets and declined to publicly raise freedom of the press with repressive leaders such as [Chinese President] Xi, [Turkish President] Erdoğan, and [Egyptian President] Sisi.

The organization further explained Trump deserved the award because he has “failed to commit to guidelines intended to protect journalists’ sources” and because other countries have adopted his “‘fake news’ epithet.”

CPJ also blamed Trump’s failure to discuss press freedom with other world leaders as a reason why “the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high.”

Meanwhile, journalists in countries hostile to a free press are facing persecution every day around the world.

According to Reporters Without Borders, reporters in all Middle Eastern, Asian, eastern European and most South American, Central American, African and Caribbean countries have a less free press than in America.

Leaders in Turkey, Venezuela Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt and Saudi Arabia allow for very little press freedom, yet their leaders aren’t as oppressive to journalists as Trump, the CJP alleges.
It's always easier for liberal journalists to claim fake oppression than deal with the real thing...

Real Fake Fury

I knew he forgot something:

Monday, January 08, 2018

The Bounded Main

What did pirates read?
Conservators from the NCDNCR’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Lab worked with specialist paper conservators and scientists from the department’s Division of Archives and Records, as well as the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, to conserve the fragile paper fragments. “As the work progressed another discovery was made — that there was still legible printed text on some of the fragments, although only a few words were visible,” explained NCDNCR, in its statement. “The challenge then became not just to conserve the paper fragments, but also to identify where they were from.”

Months of research revealed that the fragments were from a 1712 first edition of the book “A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform’d in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711,” by Captain Edward Cooke.

The book is a “voyage narrative,” a genre popular in late 17th and early 18th century literature. Cooke’s work describes his adventures on an expedition made by two ships, Duke and Dutchess, which sailed from Bristol, England, in 1708. The expedition’s leader, Captain Woodes Rogers, also published an account of the journey.

Both Cooke and Rogers describe the rescue of Alexander Selkirk from an island where he had been marooned for four years, which inspired Daniel Defoe’s famous 1719 novel “Robinson Crusoe.”

“Although books like these voyage narratives would have been relatively common on ships of the early 18th century, archaeological evidence for them is exceedingly rare, and this find represents a glimpse into the reading habits of a pirate crew,” explained NCDNCR in its statement. “The historical record has several references to books aboard vessels in Blackbeard’s fleet, but provides no specific titles; this find is the first archaeological evidence for their presence on QAR [Queen Anne's Revenge].”
There be books here...

Danger Man

President Trump is a threat to the human race, or something:
Lee, who has briefed members of congress on the president’s psychological state, insisted that her extreme prediction was “not hyperbole” but “reality.”

Dr. Lee said told Newsweek that the situation is so grave that “a public health emergency” should be declared that would need to be “responded to as quickly as possible.”

“As more time passes, we come closer to the greatest risk of danger, one that could even mean the extinction of the human species,” she said. “This is not hyperbole. This is the reality.”

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater Rule, members may not comment on the psychological health of someone they haven’t actually examined, but Lee said she doesn’t believe that her evaluation of the President’s mental health violates the rule.

Trump has shown “an attraction to violence and powerful weapons,” Lee said. “He has also repeatedly taunted a hostile nation.”

Lee said that Trump’s speech patterns also say something about the state of the President’s mental health.

“He cannot seem to finish sentences, he derails from his line of thinking, he has loose associations and he jumps from one topic or another,” she said, which could indicate a psychiatric or medical condition.
Nevertheless, he seems to get his message across. Maybe there are just parts of it that people like Lee don't want to hear?

The Revolutionary Tongue

No English for them:
“Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, announced on state television. “The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid.”

The announcement comes as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the last of the anti-government protests that have roiled the country for the past week have finally been “put down.”

Those riots have been variously attributed to a host of foreign factors, although Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have been pinpointed as the main architects of the unrest, as Breitbart Jerusalem reported.

The teaching of English usually starts in middle school in Iran, at the ages of 12 to 14, but some primary schools below that age also have English classes. Private language institutes are also popular with students after their school day, while children from privileged backgrounds attending non-government schools receive English tuition.
Ironically, some Iranian students could still speak better English than some Americans...

Bernie Gets Burned

Bernie's case moves forward:
The Vermont U.S. Attorney’s office has interviewed at least one witness before the grand jury to determine whether indictments should be handed down.

Former Burlington College board member Robin Lloyd says she testified for about an hour on Oct. 26 before a grand jury at the federal courthouse in Burlington.

Paul Van de Graaf, chief of the criminal division for the U.S. attorney’s office in Vermont, questioned Lloyd about her role as the development chair of the college’s board of trustees during a period when Sanders was collecting donations and pledges for the purchase of a $10 million city lakefront property.

Lloyd, who is publisher of the progressive website Toward Freedom, kept copious board meeting minutes as the development chair for the college. In the interview with Van de Graaf, Lloyd said he “was focused on what I knew about who had been approached for contributions.”

“I helped provide a timeline of what happened — and when — in terms of development,” Lloyd said. “It was general questions about donors, and money coming in.”

Jane and Bernie Sanders have vehemently denied any impropriety surrounding the land deal.
It was strictly business...

Madam O?

Is it her turn?
After the 75th Golden Globes ceremony, Graham — in attendance with Winfrey, who earlier in the evening accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement — spoke to reporters backstage about a possible Winfrey run in 2020.

Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the award kicked off a call for her candidacy on social media almost immediately after she delivered it, and the cry for “Oprah 2020” only gathered momentum as the evening progressed.

“It’s up to the people,” Graham told the Los Angeles Times about a Winfrey run. “She would absolutely do it.”
At least she could promise every American a free car...

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Radical Review

An Antifa propagandist gets her day in court:
Yvette Felarca, a teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. middle school, must pay $11,000 in damages to Troy Worden, the former president of UC Berkeley College Republicans, reported Campus Reform.

The Superior Court of Alameda County issued the ruling after the dismissal of a restraining order filed by Felarca against Worden. Worden and lawyer Mark Meuser subsequently sued the teacher for attorney expenses and damages.

“Felarca and her fellow travelers in BAMN [By Any Means Necessary]/Antifa need to learn that the California courts are not their personal plaything to use and abuse at will by filing baseless and vexatious lawsuits,” said Harmeet Dhillon of Dhillon Law, the firm responsible for representing Worden, according to Campus Reform.

“This marks the second time in two months that Felarca and her lawyers have been ordered by an area court to pay the attorney fees of their opponents for filing legally and factually unsupported claims in court,” continued Dhillon. “True victims of harassment/stalking/assault need the courts to be available to them as a priority, not clogged with fabricated claims pursued in bad faith.”
Sorry, lefties, you're still accountable for your actions no matter how many lawyers you have...

The Devil They Say

Trump is the Devil-oh, wait:
Satanists Zachary and Alexandra James led the ritual in a candlelit basement in Los Angeles, according to the article. Accompanied by spooky organ music, they preside over an altar topped with “a bleached human skull, teeth locked in eternal rictus.” Alexandra lifts a sword from the altar and draws points across her husband’s chest.

At one point, she turns and faces the group:

“On this altar we consecrate swords to direct the fire of our unholy will,” she said. “A human skull, symbol of death. The great mother Lilith created us all, and will destroy us all.”

“Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hail Satan!” The group chanted back.

The L.A. Times story suggests all of this is merely an edgy display of “doctrinal disputes, favoring inclusivity, especially for women, often the losers in both traditional religion and radical politics.”

In the end, the article comes off as a recruitment tool to draw people into the occult if they don’t like Trump. According to news reports, thousands of witches around the globe are casting spells on the president every month. The spells reportedly use objects such as Tarot cards and a photo of Trump, along with other objects, according to “Hollywood witch” Vicky Adams.
But what if the Devil turns out to be a left-wing Democrat?

Wolff Howl

Trump is really, really finished this time:
Wolff’s self-glorification was brought on when Robinson questioned the effectiveness of the book alone and wondered if it would help the Russia investigation in any way since that had a greater chance of getting rid of Trump.

“Now, all of this is fascinating, it’s an insight, it’s gossip some of it, it may not be enough to stop him from being president. Whereas, the allegations about Russia may be,” Robinson prefaced. “Do you believe that anything in the book will actually change the chances of the allegations of collusion with Russia being found to be true and therefore leading to the impeachment of the President?”

According to Wolff, his book was lifting the veil from people’s eyes and exposing the President for being a mentally unstable person unfit for office:

You know, I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect. That, the story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job. The emperor has no clothes. Suddenly everywhere people are going: ‘Oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes.’ That’s the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end this – that will end this presidency.
Well, nothing else has worked so far...


She never met a Communist she didn't like:
High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini used the trip to boast that the EU is now Cuba’s most important trading partner, and also met with dictator Raúl Castro.

She also made a subtle dig at President Donald J. Trump, saying the EU would continue the approach to Cuba championed by predecessor Barack Obama “regardless of the changes in policy in Washington.”

“Nearly 900 arbitrary detentions of government critics take place in Cuba every month,” blasted Guy Verhofstadt, a federalist, anti-Brexit MEP who was formerly Prime Minister of Belgium and currently leads the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament.

“Federica Mogherini just visited the island but didn’t meet civil society representatives or political opposition. What a missed opportunity and weak, regrettable strategy!”
But one that a dead dictator would have approved of...

Prince Payments Due

Saudi princes are mortified that they have to pay their own bills:
Saudi media on Saturday had reported the princes arrested after gathering outside Qasr al-Hokm, a historical palace in Riyadh, in protest against a government decision to stop paying the water and electricity bills of royals.

They were also demanding compensation for a death sentence issued against one of their cousins, convicted of murder and executed in 2016, attorney general Saud al-Mojeb said.

“Despite being informed that their demands are not lawful, the 11 princes refused to leave the area, disrupting public peace and order,” Mojeb said in a statement issued by the information ministry.

“Following their arrest, they have been charged on a number of counts in relation to these offences”.

The 11 are being held at the maximum security Al-Hayer prison, south of Riyadh.
How can they keep their harems if somebody else won't subsidize their lifestyles?

Mad Manning

So Chelsea Manning is running for Senate, and, um: