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  • Iran’s Theocracy Is on the Brink

    01/01/2018 11:24:32 PM PST · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan 1, 2018 | Mark Dubowitz and Ray Takeyh
    Every decade the Islamist regime has been in power, an uprising has cost it an element of its legitimacy. A protester at the University of Tehran, Dec. 30. The slogans must have unsettled the mullahs: “Death to Khamenei!” “Death to Rouhani!” “We will die to get our Iran back!” Imperialism has not revived the regime’s legitimacy, as the protesting Persians pointedly reject expending their meager resources on Arab wars: “Death to Hezbollah!” “No to Gaza, not Lebanon! Our life only for Iran!” However the events on the streets unfold, their most immediate casualty will be the presidency of Hassan Rouhani...
  • No matter your take on Trump, the fight is real (Freedom of the press is at stake!!!)

    01/01/2018 7:51:38 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    Clinton News Network ^ | Updated 4:09 PM ET, Mon January 1, 2018 | Kurt Bardella
    (CNN) - After almost a full year of Donald Trump's presidency, and with a new year freshly started, I think it's safe to say that we're all exhausted. I remember thinking after the first few months of 2017 went by, "He can't possibly keep this pace up -- governing by tweet -- it's unsustainable." Clearly, I was wrong. Just three days before 2018 began, in an impromptu interview with The New York Times, President Donald Trump declared that one of the reasons "I'm going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if...
  • NYT’s Fandos Spins Desperately to Protect Mueller, Cast Dems as New Law & Order Party

    01/01/2018 7:32:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 1, 2017 | Clay Waters
    Sunday’s New York Times featured the latest attack by reporter Nicholas Fandos on the GOP for daring to criticize special counsel Robert Mueller and his increasingly partisan-looking investigation fo Donald Trump: “Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open a Rift in the Party of Law and Order.” The text box: “Worry that a drive by Trump loyalists could stain the G.O.P.” Fandos has proven himself a frantic spinner for the Democrats and Mueller while disdaining Republicans in Congress, and again does yeoman’s work trying to position the party of the Clintons and Obama as the new “law and order” party. A growing...
  • Rocket Man’s New Year’s resolution

    01/01/2018 6:47:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot ^ | January 1, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    New Years is a time for fresh starts, optimistic attitudes and positive thinking, so what say we kick off the year with some good news out of North Korea? Naw… I’m just kidding. Things are still a mess over there. But during his annual address to welcome in 2018 (given from some undisclosed, bunker location), Kim Jong-un began striking a new tone. And while it’s not precisely conciliatory in nature, he at least sounds like he’s pretending to be interested in normalizing relations with the international community. In fact, he’s even talking about sending a delegation to the Olympic Games,...
  • As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale

    01/01/2018 4:37:34 PM PST · by mojito · 43 replies
    NRO ^ | 1/1/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    ...Seven months after throwing Carter Page as fuel on the collusion fire lit by then-FBI director James Comey’s stunning public disclosure that the Bureau was investigating possible Trump campaign “coordination” in Russia’s election meddling, the Gray Lady now says: Never mind. We’re onto Collusion 2.0, in which it is Papadopoulos — then a 28-year-old whose idea of résumé enhancement was to feign participation in the Model U.N. — who triggered the FBI’s massive probe by . . . wait for it . . . a night of boozy blather in London. What’s going on here? Well, it turns out the...
  • 11 Striking Stories from 2017

    01/01/2018 1:45:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 1, 2017 | Michael Brown
    Looking back a tumultuous year, here are 11 stories that especially caught my attention.1) Donald Trump is still standing, and standing strong at that. Despite calls for his impeachment (and even death), despite claims that he was losing his health, his mind, and his grip, despite an unprecedented media bombardment, and despite his own gaffes and missteps, the president seems stronger than ever, with a sense of momentum entering the new year. Not only did he get his tax bill passed, but he has fulfilled a number of key promises to his conservative base, including the appointing of a...
  • Trump makes characteristic start to 2018 with lavish party at Mar-a-Lago

    01/01/2018 9:28:20 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Mon 1 Jan ‘18 10.55 EST | Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, arrive for a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago
    Donald Trump gathered his social and political clan around him at his opulent Mar-a-Lago club in Florida to welcome in the New Year in classic Trumpian style. “It will be a fantastic 2018,” a tuxedoed Trump said, as he entered the gilded ballroom at Mar-a-Lago, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and son Barron, and predicted the stock market would continue to rise and businesses would come to the US at “a rapid clip”. The US president cited what he considered to be signal accomplishments, including opening the Arctic national wildlife refuge to oil drilling, tax reform and scrapping individual...
  • NASA's Rubber Ruler: An Update

    01/01/2018 6:38:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    American ^ | January 1, 2018 | Randall Hoven
    The NASA/GISS temperature record is not actually a record of recorded temperatures. It is simply the most recent version of NASA's adjustments to older adjustments. It is not thermometer readings. It is models all the way down. In 2012, I wrote an American Thinker article on the status of global warming at the time. I used the latest available NASA/GISS data to do that analysis, which was the version NASA had on its website on April 30, 2012 (Land-Ocean Temperature Index [LOTI]). At that time, the data from 1880 through 2011 showed a warming trend of 0.59 degrees Celsius per...
  • President Trump: Here’s How to Assure a Happy 2018

    01/01/2018 6:29:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 1, 2018 | Arthur Schaper
    The reports are trickling onto the blogosphere. We should expect “full Trump” in 2018. Great to hear it. I have contended with left-leaning elements in Southern California who have routinely taunted me about one or two slip-ups throughout the year. “You guys are losing! You guys are losing.” Really? Republicans have 26 trifectas, including West Virginia, when the governor Jim Justice ran as a Democrat, then switched parties. On top of that, Republicans have 7 more governorships. In spite of the epic loss in Alabama, Republicans are facing a mixed bag of action and activism across the country in...
  • I Predict That 2018 Will Either Be a Disaster or It Won’t Be

    01/01/2018 6:11:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 1, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    As Senator Roy Moore is sworn in among the smoking ruins of the failed GOP tax reform bill … wait, neither of those is a thing. But I predicted them both just over a month ago though, pretty much making me Dick Morris – except with a pundit gig and without any weird foot issues.Don’t google that. Trust me.The fact is that no one knows what’s going to happen next year, but we can make educated guesses based on trends, probabilities, and past performance, or lack thereof. Sometimes that prognostication goes really poorly, as President Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit...
  • ANALYSIS: How these protests in Iran differ from 2009

    01/01/2018 2:41:18 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Al Arabiya English ^ | Special to Al Arabiya English Monday, 1 January 2018 | Heshmat Alavi
    Starting Thursday, anti-government rallies beginning in Mashhad, northeast Iran, are mushrooming in several major cities of Tehran, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz, and dozens of towns across the country. These rallies are in sharp contrast to the 2009 episode where former US president Barack Obama refused to support the massive demands for sweeping change. At the time, the controversial reelection of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked nationwide rallies with protesters demanding their votes back. Today, however, beginning with economic demands as people are reaching the very limits of their tolerance, demonstrators are seeking economic necessities and escalating their expectations to...
  • [MEP Tunne Kelam] Subject: Demonstrations in Iran Date: 30 December 2017

    01/01/2018 2:22:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies ^ | 31.12.2017 - 00:45 | Tunne Kelam
    Tens of thousands of Iranians are demonstrating in different cities all over Iran against dismal living conditions, against lack of hope for any real improvement, be it economical, social or political. This is a clear indication that people cannot be endlessly misled and intimidated. Iranian youth and women, who are suffering most from absence of perspective for dignifed life and work, are among the first to challenge the clerical dictatorship. The current demonstrations show also a different quality in putting the blame directly on the highest leaders, on the president Rouhani and supreme religius leader Khamenei. It is remarkable that...
  • Iran Starts Killing Protesters, ABC Ignores While CBS and NBC Downplay

    12/31/2017 5:54:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | December 31, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    The anti-government protests targeting government and religious leaders sweeping across Iran took a bloody turn Sunday as overnight reports surfaces of two protestors being killed at the hands of the corrupt government. Disgustingly, the deaths didn’t trigger much air on the three major American networks. ABC’s Good Morning America had a blackout of the deaths and protests all together while NBC only found 24 seconds for them. CBS finally discovered the protests, as they continued into their fourth day, dedicating a meager 16 seconds. Instead of allowing serious time for the brutal murders of Iranian civilians and the protests, whose...
  • NBC's Year-End Fake News Tweets Target Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

    12/31/2017 5:26:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 31 | Tom Blumer
    NBC News has produced yet another establishmetn press story to cap off a year of media sloppiness unlike any other. On Friday, the network breathlessly tweeted out a copy of a search warrant "made public today," directed at "an e-mail address associated with Trump surrogate and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr." That the warrant itself was dated March 7 apparently didn't curb NBC's enthusiasm. Here's NBC's opening tweet (full search warrant is at the link): Clarke, who resigned from his position four months ago, is a major African-American supporter of President Donald Trump and a vocal opponent...
  • CBS Questions if Trump Supporting Iranian People ‘The Wrong Thing to Do’

    12/31/2017 3:12:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | December 31, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    After CBS initially ignored the Iranian people’s uprising against their oppressors from Thursday to Saturday, and then downplayed the murder of two protesters and shootings of others earlier on Sunday, White House Correspondent Major Garrett finally dedicated some sort of significant time to the subject (two minutes 31 seconds) for the network when he was filling in on Face The Nation. Unfortunately, he only brushed over the details and questioned if President Trump should be speaking out in support of the people fighting for freedom. Garrett began the show with an interview with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and before getting...
  • Trump and the GOP take a crucial bite out of the death tax

    12/31/2017 2:52:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2017 | Palmer Schoening
    Family-owned business across the country have extra reason to celebrate this Christmas season. President Trump will soon sign the GOP tax bill, which doubles the estate, gift, generation-skipping tax exemptions, effective Jan. 1, 2018. This change marks significant progress in the fight to eliminate the unfair and hated "death tax" from the code entirely. The death tax has been a killer for family businesses, destroying roughly $1.1 trillion in capital stock in the economy since its inception, according to a report by the Joint Economic Committee. Less capital stock means fewer jobs, lower wages for workers, and slower economic growth...
  • Media Sides with Iran! “Has the Left Ever Been More Morally Bankrupt?”

    12/31/2017 1:44:40 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    independentsentinel ^ | December 31, 2017 | S. Noble
    Some in the media are actually suggesting the Iranian protesters are the terrorists. The mainstream media is siding with Iran. The MSM is protecting the terror nation of Iran as best they can. Toby Young Extraordinarily one-sided report on the Iranian protests in the @guardian, essentially siding with the regime. Has the left ever been more morally bankrupt? … The guardian posted Iranian propaganda in their one-sided article. Then there is this lie: Many senior figures within the reformist camp and the opposition Green movement remain perplexed as to how to respond to the current wave of unrest. The...
  • Twilight’s Last Gleaming for America: Obama’s Doomsday Project

    12/31/2017 1:07:41 PM PST · by Baynative · 55 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | 12/30/17 | Bob Bennett
    If all this were true, Obama would do precisely what he did for eight years. He worked hard to turn Americans against their own country, and against each other. He worked in every way to weaken America—militarily, economically and spiritually. When he spoke of American exceptionalism in other countries, it was clear that he had an ardent dislike for his own country. Of course, he defied the Constitution with an amnesty for millions; that was certain to further weaken the nation. This act was particularly menacing: it signifies that he intended to devastate America beyond repair. Hillary Clinton would have...
  • The Trouble with Conservatism

    12/31/2017 12:48:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    American ^ | December 31, 2017 | Robert Curry
    When FDR stole the name of "liberalism" to disguise the fact that he was a Progressive, he succeeded in doing more than simply confusing America's voters in his day, many of whom had been made suspicious of Progressivism by Woodrow Wilson's policies. Taking for the Progressives the name that once belonged to the American founders was more than a brilliant election-winning tactical masterstroke. FDR's plan to sow confusion in the minds of the political opposition to Progressivism has become a war-winning strategy. We see the results all around us. While flying the flag of liberalism, the Progressives laid waste to...
  • Keep Your Family Close: A New Year's Tale on What Might Have Been

    12/31/2017 12:42:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | December 31, 2017 | Susan D. Harris
    Every year at this time, traders at the New York Stock Exchange rededicate themselves to carrying on the 100-plus-year tradition of singing "Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie." Sung on both Christmas and New Year's Eve, it's a yearly reminder of another story that originated over 100 years ago. The story I have to tell begins with a little wagon – handcrafted in 1913 as a gift by John Henry for his young son Lynn, though his son would never see it. For years it was stowed away, almost hidden, in John Henry's barn. When John Henry was much older,...