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  • Nuts and Bolton

    03/23/2018 5:02:47 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 23, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    John Bolton turned up on Fox about an hour before I did last night, and professed to be surprised by the sudden Tweeting of his appointment as US National Security Advisor. The Beltway insiders allege that it was rushed out to distract from Trump's cave-in on the 2,232-page Schumer-Pelosi Early-Christmas-For-Big-Bloated-Budget-Busting-Bureaucracy Bill that not a single person on this planet has actually read. Oh, and don't give me that "increased funding for our troops" straw-clutching: every sentient creature from the earthworm up knows that the extra dough's just going to go to diversity programs and gender reassignment surgery as opposed to...
  • Elon Musk deletes SpaceX, Tesla Facebook pages

    03/23/2018 4:55:22 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 9 replies
    CNET ^ | March 23, 2018 | Erin Carson
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is the latest to jump on the #DeleteFacebook bandwagon. In response to a question from a Twitter user about deleting SpaceX's Facebook page, Musk replied on Friday: "I didn't realize there was one. Will do." He then deleted the SpaceX page, as well as the Tesla page.
  • Omnibus bill: not an official ‘Federal Budget’.

    03/23/2018 4:47:46 PM PDT · by · 34 replies
    Closed Grp: Donald J Trump, e pluribus unum ^ | March 23, 2018 | Ching Yan Wong, Adm
    Ching Yan Wong, Adm wrote: "I just picked this up on another post Wheatietoo and I spent hours yesterday providing links, researching the laws, the 1974 law and statutes…. Do you know why the Omnibus is not going to get any notice…Here it is.. It's not an official 'Federal Budget'. It's an Omnibus bill…not a Budget…He outsmarted them again…Congress basically screwed themselves by not passing a Budget… Per the Constitution…the President must adhere to a Budget set forth by Congress and direct the expenditures as provided therein. This is another one of those big Porkulus Bills, like they gave Obama...
  • Chuck Gets His Tunnel: ‘We’re Able to Accomplish More in the Minority’

    03/23/2018 4:46:56 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Mar 2018 | SEAN MORAN
    Schumer said, “It’s a funny thing. In a certain sense, we’re able to accomplish more in the minority than we were when we had the presidency or even were in the majority.” The Senate Minority Leader continued, “At the end of the day, as the minority party, we feel good about being able to succeed in so many ways. We don’t have the House, we don’t have the Senate, we don’t have the presidency, but we produced a darn good bill for the priorities we have believed in.” Sen. Schumer also touted the inclusion of the Gateway bridge project in...
  • Growing questions about CNN's airport monopoly as network veers left

    03/23/2018 4:45:43 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/23/18 ? | Brian Flood
    CNN’s ubiquitous presence in airports -- where it broadcasts from thousands of screens to a captive audience of millions -- is facing new scrutiny after the cable network's hard left turn. *** “How are airports justifying the idea of bombarding captive viewers with content many of them oppose? Sadly, almost any outlet is fairer now than CNN,” Gainor said. *** CNN pays airports to leave the network on ***. *** The airport version of CNN, which launched back in 1992, airs in roughly 60 of America’s most bustling travel hubs. Trip Savvy recently listed the 25 busiest airports in America...
  • Sessions moves to criminalize possession of bump stocks

    03/23/2018 4:29:05 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 67 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/23/18 | Pete Williams
    WASHINGTON — Firearm bump stocks would have to be surrendered, destroyed or made inoperable under a ban proposed Friday by the Justice Department. The devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire as fast as a machine gun, became the focus of concern following the discovery that Stephen Paddock attached them to 14 of the 22 rifles he used in the October 2017 shooting rampage in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 700. "After the senseless shooting in Las Vegas, this proposed rule is a critical step in our effort to reduce the threat of gun violence that...
  • How Successful Climate Pressure Tactics Paved The Way For Gun Control Bullying

    03/23/2018 4:14:14 PM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 23, 2018 | Julie Kelly
    The gun control lobby is borrowing the playbook from one of the most effective propaganda campaigns in history: anthropogenic global warming. From engaging celebrity activists to bullying private industry to portraying opponents as murderers, the well-funded and highly-orchestrated gun control lobby is copying the same approach that has been successfully deployed by the international climate change movement to sell the dubious claim that humans are causing global warming.
  • Hungary Warns of 'Global Government' That Will 'Strip People' of Identities

    03/23/2018 4:03:13 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/22/18 | Victoria Friedman
    In his address at a conference Monday, the founding member of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s conservative Fidesz party stated that “the new technique and ideology of government is aimed at creating (societies) without an identity”. Referring to proponents of global governance as “potential colonists”, Mr. Kövér said: “They want to strip people of their religious, national, family, and even sexual identities so that they are no longer able to recognise, express or enforce their own interests.” Hungary has been at the forefront of the battle against the erosion of the nation-state and conservative values with Prime Minister Orbán, vowing last...
  • Students take the lead, but politicians will be out in force at March for Our Lives (anti-gun march)

    03/23/2018 4:00:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2018 | Jenna Portnoy
    The high-school-student-organized March for Our Lives this weekend has put politicians in an unusual spot: the back seat. Although students are the driving force behind the D.C. march and sister marches around the country, elected officials and candidates from the District, Maryland and Virginia are finding ways to participate — chartering bus loads of constituents, speaking at pre-march rallies and simply planing to be in the crowd. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) is leading a contingent of D.C. students, joined by most members of the D.C. Council and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D). They will meet at Folger Park...
  • Former Obama State Dept. Spox: Gee, I'm Offended That People Think The Left Hates Christians

    03/23/2018 3:52:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | March 24, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    So, does the Left hate Christianity?  There have been a more than a few disconcerting moments from the news media and others, where they’ve attacked people’s faiths. You had The View’s Joy Behar mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s faith, saying he was mentally ill in February. Behar apologized to Pence personally, which we only found out through an ABC shareholders meeting earlier this month. Pence accepted the apology, but wanted a public one as well. On March 13, Behar publicly apologized (via WaPo): “I think Vice President Pence is right; I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith, and I...
  • Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after ‘reality show’ drama

    03/23/2018 3:44:07 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 81 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard. Trump said he was “very disappointed” in the package, in part because it did not fully pay for his planned border wall with Mexico and did not extend protection from deportation to some 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants...
  • President Donald J. Trump is Unveiling an America First National Space Strategy

    03/23/2018 3:41:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    White House ^ | March 23, 2018 | Pres. D.J. Trump
    Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here, right here, at home: powering vast new industry, spurring incredible new technology, and providing the space security we need to protect the American people. -- President Donald J. Trump AMERICA FIRST AMONG THE STARS: President Trump’s National Space Strategy works within his broader national security policy by putting America’s interests first. The Trump administration’s National Space Strategy prioritizes American interests first and foremost, ensuring a strategy that will make America strong, competitive, and great. The new strategy emphasizes dynamic and cooperative interplay between the...
  • Judge to determine if explicit personal videos should be recalled in Twin Peaks case (Waco)

    03/23/2018 3:29:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    Wacotrib ^ | 3/23/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for former Twin Peaks shootout defendant Cody Ledbetter asked a judge on Friday to order the McLennan County District Attorney's Office to recall sexually explicit photos and videos of Ledbetter and his wife that the DA's office distributed to 177 Twin Peaks defendants as part of the discovery process. The DA's office dismissed the criminal case against Ledbetter, a 28-year-old diesel mechanic from Waco with no criminal record, last week, four days before a jury panel was to report to fill out questionnaires and ahead of his April 2 trial date. While Ledbetter said he was relieved to...
  • Under Trump, Elizabeth Warren Suddenly Discovers the Downside of Unaccountable.....

    03/23/2018 3:29:56 PM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    Reason ^ | March 21, 2018 | A. Barton Hinkle
    ... Federal AgenciesIf Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had taken a page out of Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas' book, she might not be in the pickle she is today. Warren (is spitting mad) at Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director who does double duty heading up an agency whose creation Warren championed: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB's previous director was an ideological ally of Warren. Since Mulvaney took over, Warren has ripped the agency's decisions. Warren (said) Mulvaney is giving "the middle finger" to consumers, and she (railed at) Mulvaney's indifferent response to the 10...
  • Pennsylvania school wants to arm students with rocks to protect them against active shooters

    03/23/2018 3:27:31 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 37 replies ^ | March 23, 2018 | Caleb Parke
    Schools nationwide are debating President Trump’s call to arm teachers and security guards with guns – while one Pennsylvania school is getting attention for its last line of defense. Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel made headlines recently after testifying to lawmakers at the state capitol that his students could be armed with rocks in case of an active shooter lockdown.
  • A smoking gun? Senator Weinberg denies confiscation quote

    03/23/2018 3:26:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger blog ^ | May 10, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    I received a link to the above video from several gun-rights advocates, including Scott Bach of the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistolc Clubs (see press release here). It's a recording of the end of a Thursday meeting of the state Senate Budget Committee at which several gun-control bills were considered. The first voice is that of Chairman Paul Sarlo. After he wraps up the meeting, it sounds like someone says "We needed a bill to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate." As to just who that someone is, it's difficult to tell. It could be anyone who was near the head...
  • Does the Universe Care About Stephen Hawking?

    Famed scientist Stephen Hawking died earlier this week at the age of 76. He is largely regarded as one of the most important physicists in history. Of course, the tributes came pouring in. While most commemorated his genius and determination to transcend the debilitating effects of ALS, others attempted more nuanced commentary. Like USA Today which took Hawking’s death as opportunity to remind us of the physicist’s view that “Heaven is a fairy story.” Hawking, who died at 76, spoke candidly in a 2011 Guardian interview about what he believes happens when people die. He told the Guardian that while...
  • The biggest spending bill loser: President Trump

    03/23/2018 3:10:04 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 192 replies
    NBC ^ | March 23 2018 | Jonathan Allen
    President Donald Trump lost — bigly — when Congress voted for a $1.3 trillion spending bill that repudiates many of his top policy goals and much of his rhetoric. He didn't get the money he wanted for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico or a provision cutting off federal funds for "sanctuary cities." Lawmakers not only ignored his fiscal 2018 budget's elimination of scores of federal programs, they increased spending for many of those on his target list. And Congress provided seed cash for a New York-New Jersey tunnel project that Trump tried to kill.
  • FedGov Shutdown. So What? (Vanity)

    03/23/2018 3:08:32 PM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 19 replies
    Self ^ | March 23, 2018 | A Navy Vet
    Now that President Trump didn't veto this monster spending bill, I believe it was more about the threat of Fedgov shutdown than the immediacy to re-build our military. He would be the target because of the MSM hating Trump, while those media outlets being a blatant supporter of all things Democrat/Liberal and even Socialism.
  • Lessons for Today from Reagan’s 1982 Deficit Reduction Compromise

    03/23/2018 3:05:07 PM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 25, 2011 | Mike Brownfield
    Want some perspective on the debt ceiling negotiations and calls for tax increases in exchange for spending cuts? You might want to consider a cautionary tale dating back to 1982 when President Ronald Reagan agreed to a deficit-reduction compromise—and a result he didn’t bargain for. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, who served under President Reagan, and Heritage Action for America’s Michael Needham write in today’s USA Today of the agreement Reagan struck in 1982 in hopes of tackling high deficits. He agreed to a modest increase in business taxes (which he didn’t like) in exchange for spending cuts (which...