Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Real Resistance

In Venezuela, socialism marches you:
Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper reported Tuesday that protests sprung in at least four states: Carabobo, Táchira, Mérida and Bolívar. El Universal reported that a large protest occurred Monday afternoon in Nueva Esparta; opposition leaders posted images of themselves leading a protest on the main highway cutting through Caracas.

“Venezuela awoke GROWN, on its FEET,” wrote opposition leader and anti-socialist María Corina Machado on Twitter. “Our people defied the tyranny and DISOBEYED. Today the people are UNITED. The PATH is to advance until we achieve the ouster of the dictator.”

Machado’s reference to disobedience is a note on the woeful turnout of Sunday’s election, which opposition groups urged voters to boycott to prevent lending it legitimacy. While the government’s official National Electoral Commission (CNE) claimed a 46 percent turnout rate, multiple independent outside observers found that over 80 percent of Venezuelan voters failed to show up at the polls. The CNE estimate is still record low turnout for a presidential election, even if that were the legitimate number.
Starvation can keep people home on election day...

Who Killed The News?

News media, heal thyself:
The nation yearns for a news industry that realizes its First Amendment promise to serve as a public surrogate and fuel the information needs of a democracy. Surveys of media credibility from Gallup and Pew Research show dismal results, and that decline in trust was well underway before Trump began his constant bashing of journalism. Surveys show confidence in news sources is quite low across all political groupings, with right-leaning and independents particularly distrustful of news outlets.

It will take courageous leadership to turn the news industry around. It will take corporate leaders who have read the history of why a First Amendment was created in the first place. It will take leaders who have read the ethics codes of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Unfortunately, that seems to be in short supply...

The Eternal Guest

Some people just won't take the hint:
Michael moved in with his parents eight years ago. He also has a young son whom he lost custody of in September.

After pleading with him to get a job and to move out, Michael’s parents started sending him eviction notices in February.

“Michael, After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately,” the first letter dated Feb. 2 read.

“You have 14 days to vacate . . . We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision,” the letter closed.

Later, the couple offered the millennial $1,100 to “find a place to stay.” He took the money to pay some bills, but he didn’t leave.

“There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one — you have to work!” the Rotondos wrote in another letter.

Another letter dated Feb. 13 addressed to “Michael Joseph Rotondo” said he’s “hereby evicted … effective immediately.”

“You have heretofore been our guest and there is no lease or agreement that gives you any right to stay here without our consent,” the letter said.
Remember when kids wanted to leave home?

Let Them Eat Refunds

It's for their own good, he said:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Far Left Turn

Democrats go left at their own risk:
Fletcher and many other liberals running in November have learned the language of moderation while believing in a far-left ideology. They mask their radicalism by talking about "family" and "community." If they talk issues, they make sure to speak vaguely and frame their positions as a question of "fairness."

Moser, on the other hand, brashly proclaims her support for redistributive policies, national health care, and undying hatred of Donald Trump. So the question for national Democrats is: can a candidate like Moser actually attract enough support from local activists to beat an entrenched GOP incumbent, John Culberson, in November?

Culberson is an eight-term congressman who won with 76 percent of the vote in 2016. Houston is not Austin. The 7th District is not a friendly place for a liberal Democrat. And yet, Democrats may commit hara-kiri and nominate a completely unwinnable candidate like Moser.

This choice is confronting Democrats nationwide as activists have stepped forward at every level to challenge establishment Democrats. They will probably not break through in large numbers in 2018. But their value to Republicans is that they are yanking the Democrats further and further to the left, making Democratic victories in swing districts problematic.
However unpopular an incumbent may be, trying to be even more unpopular isn't a winning move...

Swamp Hole

The Swamp is real?
“It was noticeably bigger between Sunday and Monday,” Herman said. “It’s more than a foot long right now,” he said. A second sinkhole has opened up right next to it, he said.

Often described as a “swamp” of corruption, the city of Washington, DC, is also literally built on a swamp. The city’s geological issues also include “forebulge collapse,” a post-Ice Age condition that means the city could sink as much as six inches this century.

Sinkholes have opened up across the city in recent years. They forced two residents to abandon their homes in March, and swallowed up a school bus last year. This is the first report of one on the White House lawn.
At the very least Congress will have a new place to dump money...

Prize Patrol

He'd deserve it, says...history's worst monster?
“If President Trump is successful in getting a peace treaty that’s acceptable to both sides with North Korea, I think he certainly ought to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Carter, the U.S.’s 39th president.

“I think it would be a worthy and a momentous accomplishment that no previous president has been able to realize,” he added.

Carter, a Nobel laureate himself, won the coveted prize in 2002 after founding the Carter Center.

Carter received the Nobel Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
All of which might happen in North Korea, if Trump is successful...

Green Scream

At least he's honest about it:
ECHEVARRIA: “If Democrats take back the House in November, what is the likelihood that Speaker Nancy Pelosi bring up an impeachment charge?”
GREEN: “I’ll let Speaker Pelosi address her actions. But here is a point that I think is salient and one that ought to be referenced. Every member of the House is accorded the opportunity to bring up impeachment. This is not something that the Constitution has bestowed upon leadership. It is something that every member has the right and privilege of doing. I am not sure that there will be members who are going to wait for someone else if that someone else, doesn’t matter who it is, is declining to do it. We can all do it. And I think there is a good likelihood there will be Articles of Impeachment.”
ECHEVARRIA: “Have you heard directly from the Minority Leader about these efforts of yours, specifically asking you to stop or hold back? Anything along that line?”
GREEN: “Well, I don’t think you have to ask me what I’ve heard. If you have read publications, it is intuitively obvious to perhaps even the most casual observer that she and I are in different places on this. I respect her position.”
Even if they're both equally insane?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Atomic Ocean

What could go wrong?
Constructed by the state nuclear power firm Rosatom, the 144 by 30 metre (472 by 98 foot) ship holds two reactors with two 35 megawatt nuclear reactors that are similar to those used to power icebreaker ships.

The 21,000-tonne barge will be towed in the summer of 2019 to the port of Pevek in the autonomous Chukotka region in Russia's extreme northeast, 350 kilometres (217 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.

The barge can produce enough electricity to power a town of 200,000 residents, far more than the 5,000 live in Pevek, Russia's northernmost town.

It will be primarily used to power oil rigs as Russia pushes further north into the Arctic to drill for oil and gas and needs electricity in far-flung locations.
I'm sure the glowing fish won't mind...

In Search Of Hitler's Teeth

Adolf Hitler is still dead:
The researchers reached their conclusion after they were given rare access to fragments of Hitler’s teeth which have been held in Moscow since the end of World War II.

"The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt. Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945," said professor Philippe Charlier.

"We can stop all the conspiracy theories about Hitler. He did not flee to Argentina in a submarine, he is not in a hidden base in Antarctica or on the dark side of the moon," he told AFP news agency.

The teeth were put on display in 2000 in Moscow as part of an exhibition to mark the 55th anniversary of the end of the war.
By his teeth you shall know this was him...

The Last Liberal

Andrew Sullivan versus the current far left crowd:
The animating goal of progressive politics is unvarnished race and gender warfare. What matters before anything else is what race and gender you are, and therefore what side you are on. And in this neo-Marxist worldview, fully embraced by a hefty majority of the next generation, the very idea of America as a liberating experiment, dissolving tribal loyalties in a common journey toward individual opportunity, is anathema.

There is no arc of history here, just an eternal grinding of the racist and sexist wheel. What matters is that nonwhites fight and defeat white supremacy, that women unite and defeat oppressive masculinity, and that the trans supplant and redefine the cis. What matters is equality of outcome, and it cannot be delayed. All the ideas that might complicate this — meritocracy, for example, or a color-blind vision of justice, or equality of opportunity rather than outcome — are to be mocked until they are dismantled. And the political goal is not a post-racial fusion, a unity of the red and the blue, but the rallying of the victims against the victimizers, animated by the core belief that a non-“white” and non-male majority will at some point come, after which the new hierarchies can be imposed by fiat. When you read the Jeremiah Wright speech today, it seems as if it is coming from a different era altogether.

If Trump has destroyed Obama’s substantive legacy at home and abroad, the left has gutted Obama’s post-racial cultural vision. And those of us who saw him as an integrative bridge to the future, who still cling to the bare bones of a gradually more inclusive liberal order, find ourselves on a fast-eroding peninsula, as cultural and political climate change erases the very environment we once called hope.
Who killed hope and change? Ask a social justice warrior...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Haters Never Prosper

Remember the words of history:
The last time the press destroyed a president they despised — when they managed to depose Richard Nixon for far more trivial abuses of power than Obama's — Nixon left office with this sage advice: "Others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself."

American journalists should have listened to him. Because, sure enough, their hatred of Trump is destroying whatever integrity, honesty and decency they may have once had.
It's literally all they have left...

Resort Derangement Syndrome

So will this be blamed on violent resort culture?
Before the shooting began, Oddi removed an American flag from a pole at the rear of the complex, brought it into the hotel lobby and draped it over a counter, Perez said. Oddi then began to yell out “anti-Trump, President Trump rhetoric.”

What Oddi said was not yet known.

“As he did that, he waited for our police officers,” Perez said. “He did begin to shoot inside the lobby which prompted calls and curiosity from some of the people in the lobby. They were met with an individual with a handgun, who pointed it at them and proceeded to fire it into the roof and chandeliers of the hotel.
Obviously we need to ban chandeliers...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Name Game

The great debate, White House version:


So the media and Hollywood went into another outraged meltdown because Trump was right:
MS-13's motto is "mata, viola, controla," which means "kill, rape, control." And it's not just hyperbole. That's what they do, and they've been doing a lot of it. They're drug traffickers. They're rapists. They run prostitution rings, often involving children. They behead people. They prey on anyone weaker than them. And they're a growing problem in the U.S.

Calling MS-13 "animals" is an insult. To animals.

But reality isn't sufficient for our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media. If Trump said something, then it must be wrong. If Trump insulted some people, then those people must be worth defending.
MS-13 are NOT nice people. They are not the same as the people who pick up the wealthy white liberals' trash, do their landscaping or take care of their kids-not that they have any interaction with them, either...

Wahoo Yahoo

Red man cheat other Indians:
Robert Roche, 71, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from programs receiving federal funds.

According to prosecutors, Roche and consultant Craig McGuire conspired to divert money from the American Indian Education Center (AIEC) in suburban Parma, where Roche served as executive director.

Investigators say McGuire submitted false applications to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). According to prosecutors, McGuire falsely claimed that the center offered an afterschool program for 500 children and had a "wellness department."
It must have been expensive to be "well..."

The Mayor Was Indiscreet

He just wanted some donor time:
Bloomsburg Mayor Eric Bower, 36, initially claimed the accusations were made up because of his “political position.”

He was arrested on April 20 after investigators said he showed up at a Hampton Inn with condoms and $200 in cash. According to the attorney general’s office, the woman, whom Bower solicited for sex that day, was “a Pennsylvania State Police confidential informant.”

Police said Bower met with the informant on several different occasions, with the most recent meetup resulting in his arrest.

“Bower negotiated a fee for sex with the informant and arrived at the location with cash and condoms, where he was taken into custody by police,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
You don't always get what you pay for, but sometimes you get what you deserve...

How Not To Help

Why do liberals hate poor people?
Helping the homeless is a noble goal, but if expansive government social programs were an effective way to end poverty, cities such as Chicago, Detroit, and other left-wing bastions wouldn’t be crumbling urban war zones after a half-century of continuously implementing multibillion-dollar government poverty initiatives. What the left refuses to admit, no matter how much evidence is presented, is that government is completely incapable of fixing poverty, and in many cases, it only makes the problem much worse.

Seattle’s newest tax is a perfect example of how liberals’ good intentions end up hurting the poor and working class. Once a business in Seattle is required to pay $275 per employee, who do you think that business will lay off first: the highly paid and educated executives or the lowest-earning employees whose jobs can easily be replaced? The tax is applied the same, regardless of how much money an employee earns, putting employees in less-important positions at greater risk.
when the cure is worse than the disease, the disease only gets stronger...

The Light Fantastic

The history of humans and light:

The Swarm

The problem of small satellites:
As of April, there are 589 nanosatellites in orbit—satellites with masses between one kilogram and 10 kilograms (2.2 pounds to 22 pounds), according to a comprehensive database run by Erik Kulu, a spacecraft systems engineer in Glasgow. And many more are coming. Commercial companies like SpaceX want to launch fleets of hundreds, even thousands, of nanosatellites that would create constellations capable of supporting vast networks and bringing internet access to underserved places—just like Swarm wanted to do.

If Swarm had waited a little longer to launch, its size may not have been an issue, Rand says. Lockheed Martin is currently building a radar system that would allow the Space Surveillance Network to track smaller objects than is possible now. The program is expected to be finished by the end of this year. “With a little patience, perhaps Swarm would have been able to safely move forward with their original small design in a responsible, approved, safe manner,” Rand says.

There’s no way to remove rogue satellites from orbit. Start-ups aiming to develop space-debris-clearing technology are only a few years old and still raising money. According to information Swarm provided to the FCC, the SpaceBees have enough battery power to remain operational for up to 10 years. They will likely fall back down to Earth before that; the satellites are not equipped with propulsion systems, which means they don’t have engines to escape the pull of Earth’s gravity and maintain a stable orbit. Swarm’s application said the satellites will reenter the planet’s atmosphere and disintegrate in a little under eight years.
In the meantime, the bees keep buzzing...

The Dolphin Brigade

Dolphins die for their country?
Boris Babin said that the dolphins died “patriotically”, refusing to follow orders or eat food provided by the “Russian invaders”, with the hunger strike leading to their eventual deaths.

“The trained animals refused not only to interact with the new Russian coaches, but refused food and died some time later. Many Ukrainian soldiers took their oath and loyalty much less seriously than these dolphins,” Babin told Ukranian media.

Babin’s account of the dolphins’ fate sparked heated discussions online, both in Ukraine and Russia. “Some hailed the dolphins as heroes, while others disparaged Babin’s account,” reports Newsweek.
Raise your fins in their memory...

Der Fuher's Wine

What would Hitler drink?
Austrian investigators found multiple bottles at the home of the man, whose name was not made public due to strict local privacy laws.

The items featured the image of Adolf Hitler on the side, a court heard.

The bottles were labelled with messages such as: "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer" ("One People, One Empire, One Leader"), "Hitlerwein" ("Hitler Wine") and "Die Anhangerschaft von Hitler" ("The Fanbase of Hitler"), according to the prosecutor.

The man admitted he had found the wine amusing upon purchasing it. But he said he had lost interest and described himself now as "rather left-wing orientated".
Well, so was Hitler...

The Valley Man

The case of the hit man they couldn't catch:
With a lethal professionalism, Martinez set up a fake traffic stop or a false business front or hired honeypots who lured men to lonely places. Then he killed, often with a bullet to the head. Afterward, he collected his money and slipped back into his quiet, unassuming life, taking his children to Disneyland and on other adventures. “Good parents take their kids camping,” he told police officers.

It was for his family, Martinez said, that he had chosen just days before to leave the safety of a glorious beach on the Sea of Cortez, where he had been enjoying himself with a cold Corona and a beautiful young woman. He had heard that police intended to question one of his beloved granddaughters about the dead body in the hayfield, and he couldn’t bear the thought of it. “My family don’t have to pay for any of the stupid things I done in my life,” he insisted.

His story seemed fantastical, but he urged McWhorter to call around. It turned out that Martinez had been suspected of involvement in plenty of murders, though he had never been charged. After months of investigating on the part of police officers from at least three states; after consulting Martinez’s hand-drawn maps of where he dumped bodies; after marveling that he remembered the number and caliber of each bullet he fired, the angle and repose of each fallen victim — detectives from departments across the country decided it was true.

“Holy crap,” was how McWhorter put it. “We have caught an evil man.”
Evil, but still a professional about it...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Last Refuge Of A Desperate Campaign

Come out, she cried:
Todd’s tweet was a reaction to an Alabama Media Group story about Birmingham evangelist Scott Dawson, one of Ivey’s opponents in next month’s GOP gubernatorial primary. Earlier in the day, Dawson hosted two press conferences and expressed his concerns over federal government grant money allocated through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to Free2Be, a group that claims to have the aims of ending “violence while advocating for the Human & Civil Rights of Sexual & Gender Minorities.”

Will someone out her for God's sake….I have heard for years that she is gay and moved her girlfriend out of her house when she became Gov. I am sick of closeted elected officials.

— Patricia Todd (@reptodd) May 16, 2018

A spokesman from Ivey’s office responded to Todd’s allegation as “a disgusting lie.”

“This is a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid liberal political hack,” said a statement provided to Birmingham NBC affiliate WVTM 13. “There is absolutely no truth to it.”
Even if there were, why would it be any of her opponent's business?

The Other "I" Word

The impeachment dream takes a hit:
"All they get to do is write a report," Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN. "They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us."
That conclusion is likely based on longstanding Justice Department guidelines. It is not about any assessment of the evidence Mueller's team has compiled.
A lack of an indictment would not necessarily mean the President is in the clear. Mueller could issue a report making referrals or recommendations to the House of Representatives.
The inability to indict a sitting president has been the position of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department since the Nixon administration and reaffirmed in the Clinton administration, but it has never been tested in court.
It looks like it might not be now, either...

Rent Control

When in doubt, donate to yourself:
The Clinton campaign has paid $149,457 to ZFS Holdings LLC, since May 2017 for the purpose of “rent,” FEC filings show, but the campaign has left it unclear if it’s paying at, above or below fair market value for the office space it’s renting.

Also, the rent payments to ZFS were sent to the same address as Rorrie Gregorio, Clinton’s personal financial manager.

“Obviously, it has a certain fishiness to it,” former FEC chairman and founder of the Institute for Free Speech Brad Smith told The Daily Caller News Foundation about the rent payments.

If ZFS is undercharging the Clinton campaign for rent, it could “constitute something of value to the committee and would thus be an in-kind contribution,” according to a 1995 FEC ruling. But if ZFS is overcharging the campaign, it could mean campaign funds are going to the company Clinton solely owns.

Using campaign funds for personal use is a violation of federal campaign law. According to Campaigns and Elections, “knowing and willful” violations of the personal use rule can result in prosecution and jail time.
At least jail is rent-free...

The Anti-Revolution End Game

The American Revolution was pointless because, Donald Trump, or something:
Painter suggested that the revolution was pointless because the United States does not have socialized medicine or cheap college tuition and because Trump is president.

“What was the point of the Revolution if subjects of the British Crown get single payer health care and university education at a fraction of what it costs us and we are stuck with a President guilty of treason, bribery, and other crimes, and a Congress unwilling to get rid of him?” Painter asked.
Maybe the point was that people could vote against guys like Painter?

The Privilege Of A Hypocrite

A professor claims free speech is racist-while speaking at "racist" universities:
Rinaldo Walcott, the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, has long argued that free speech is an ideal designed to uphold “white supremacy.” Walcott’s attitudes towards academic freedom and free speech were highlighted by the activist organization Far Left Watch. In a blog post published this week, the group reported that Walcott would be speaking at a “white privilege” conference at the public Ryerson University in Canada.

In a series of tweets, Walcott argued that free speech and academic freedom are rooted in white supremacy. “Let’s be clear: free speech and academic freedom, both of them, are presently constituted and defended are white supremacist speech. It is clear as day. (And I ain’t down with either of them).”

The Far Left Watch blog post pointed out the irony of Walcott’s position. Even though Walcott believes that universities are hotbeds of white supremacy, he is invited to speak at publicly-funded universities at conferences centered on leftist sociological concepts like “white privilege.”
He apparently ain't down with irony, either...

Network Family Values

ABC seems to be in a new push to ruin its most successful show:
Despite delivering record-breaking ratings — 25 million people watched the season premiere — and tons of positive media coverage for ABC, the pro-Trump slant of the “Roseanne” re-boot has proved too much for network executives, who have requested the show tone down its politics for season two.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told reporters this week they are pushing the show away from politics and toward a family-centered program.

“I think that they’re going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family,” she said, according to TheWrap.

“I think that one of the things that was fresh for us with ‘Roseanne’ on the air is that it is focusing a family that is in a different economic status than some of the other family comedies that are on the air,” she added.
And different politics?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Center Of Discontent

More community opposition to the community organizer:
The Obama Foundation announced several months ago that the proposed site on designated historic parkland would not be administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and would not function as a presidential library to house records, manuscripts, and papers from the Obama White House.

The suit claims that it is against the law and park district code for a “non-governmental private entity” to use public parkland for a private facility and accuses the city of transferring public land to a private entity for “virtually no compensatory return.”

The lawsuit comes before the Chicago Plan Commission’s meeting on Thursday to consider zoning applications and other materials submitted by the Obama Foundation for the project’s approval, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Former President Barack Obama’s presidential center has had its fair share of opposition from critics who say the proposed center—which would include a 450-space parking lot, a recording studio, basketball courts, and a children’s play garden—would not provide benefits to the local community.
Monuments to yourself are rarely for the benefit of others...

A Light Goes Out

RIP Tom Wolfe:
Wolfe had an unsuccessful pitching tryout with the New York Giants before heading to Yale University, from which he earned a Ph.D. in American studies. His career didn’t immediately take off; Wolfe once took The Associated Press writing test and “dismally failed,” he later recounted, noting that he was faulted for embellishing the test material, a primal sin at the AP.

But in 1957, he joined the Springfield paper and instantly fell in love with journalism. Two years later he jumped to The Washington Post, where he won Washington Newspaper Guild awards in 1960 for his coverage of U.S.-Cuban affairs and a satiric account of that year’s Senate civil rights filibuster.

New York was his dream and by 1962 he was working at the now defunct New York Herald-Tribune, with colleagues including Jimmy Breslin and Charles Portis, who later wrote the novel “True Grit.” The next year, Wolfe was assigned to cover a “Hot Rod & Custom Car” show. He completed a story, the kind “any of the somnambulistic totem newspapers in America would have come up with.”

But he knew there was a much richer, and longer story to tell, one about a thriving subculture that captured the post-World War II economic boom and the new freedom to “build monuments” to one’s own style. No newspaper could contain what Wolfe had in mind, so he turned to Esquire magazine, wrote up 49 pages and helped give birth to a new kind of reporter.
Literature is his legacy...

Swedish Meatballs

Who pays for the welfare state?
Local authorities recruiting 208,000 workers is “not a credible scenario,” said Annika Wallenskog, chief economist at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The real risk is that the public and private sectors end up competing for the same workers, she said.

The government is going to have to come up with some seriously big ideas on how to make up for future labor shortages. Immigration has also become an especially sensitive topic since the country re-imposed border controls in the wake of the 2015 refugee crisis.

Sweden needs to accelerate the speed of automation, increase employment and reform its welfare state, Wallenskog said. Otherwise “we won’t have enough people to continue working the way we do.”
Wasn't the point of the welfare state to keep people from working?

The Real Resistance

In Venezuela, socialism marches you: Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper reported Tuesday that protests sprung in at least four states: Carabo...