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  • Why the Christian Right has embraced Putin

    07/21/2018 7:42:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/21/18 | Jeff Sharlet
    Last week’s arrest of Marina Butina, the 29-year-old operative who allegedly wielded sex as a weapon to spy for Russia, revealed not one but two channels into American power pursued by Russian intelligence. We’ve known for a while now that the Russians have attempted to use the NRA, and America’s love affair with guns, to shape the nation’s politics. But Butina’s other “backdoor” was more surprising: the faith community, which she infiltrated through the National Prayer Breakfast. The annual National Prayer Breakfast dates back to 1953, and every US president since Eisenhower has regularly attended, along with much of Congress,...
  • There Is a Revolution on the Left. Democrats Are Bracing. [Barf.]

    07/21/2018 5:06:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | July 21, 2018 | Alexander Burns
    For Rachel Conner, the 2018 election season has been a moment of revelation. A 27-year-old social worker, Ms. Conner voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries, spurning the more liberal Bernie Sanders, whom many of her peers backed. But Ms. Conner changed course in this year’s campaign for governor, after concluding that Democrats could only win with more daring messages on issues like public health and immigration. And so on a recent Wednesday, she enlisted two other young women to volunteer for Abdul El-Sayed, a 33-year-old advocate of single-payer health care running an uphill race in Michigan to become...
  • Calexit and the American Civil War

    07/21/2018 4:29:34 PM PDT · by vannrox · 17 replies
    metallicman ^ | June 2018 | editorial staff
    The American Civil War was a tumultuous time. A number of states were very unhappy with the federal government and wanted to leave the union. The federal government would have none of that. Instead, they wanted the states to obey the dictates from Washington. Is that any different from today? Let’s look at Calexit from a historical perspective. When I was in school I was quite the history buff. Indeed, one of my most favorite classes was history. I would read my textbooks for fun, and I completely absorbed the information there like a sponge. It didn’t matter what I...
  • LaVar Ball: 'If you want to be a pro athlete, you don't need to spend 50% of your time in class'

    07/21/2018 3:09:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | July 20, 2018 | Ryan Young
    Full title: LaVar Ball: 'If you want to be a professional athlete, you don't need to spend 50 percent of your time in class' LaVar Ball’s Junior Basketball Association has officially kicked off, and he’s out promoting it constantly. Now, the idea behind his league is solid. It provides his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo — and countless others — an opportunity to play competitive basketball outside of the NCAA while they make a push to play professionally. It also offers athletes a chance to make money while doing it. Except in a recent interview with SBNation’s Ricky O’Donnell, LaVar gave...
  • Where Do ‘Centrist’ Democrats Turn in 2020?

    07/21/2018 2:21:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    NY Mag ^ | 7/21/18 | Ed Kilgore
    There’s no question that the story of the Democratic party right now is about the ascending left. There’s a bumper crop of self-consciously progressive candidates running for office this year, while many relatively non-ideological “Establishment Democrats” are embracing policy positions and political messages long associated with party insurgents. The relative strength of various Democratic factions in Congress won’t be possible to reliably measure until after the midterms. But with the 2020 presidential election cycle soon to begin (the first candidate debates will probably be held about this time next year), it’s looking like progressives may have many more viable options...
  • Obama Denounces Trump’s 'Strongman Politics'—While Eulogizing

    07/21/2018 7:12:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 21, 2018 | Humberto Fontova
    “Speaking at an event honoring the late Nelson Mandela ahead of the 100th anniversary of his birth… former president Barack Obama lamented the rise of “strongman politics” and “the utter loss of shame” among political leaders who repeatedly lie… during a speech Tuesday in South Africa that was widely seen as aimed in part at his successor (Trump) (WaPo).And speaking of “strongmen”-- let’s survey some of Nelson Mandela’s most heartfelt proclamations:  “Che Guevara is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom.”“The cause of communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind!”“There’s one place where Fidel Castro...
  • Cruz Is Right on Space Station

    07/21/2018 6:52:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | July 21, 2018 | Brian McNicoll
    It’s not often you hear Ted Cruz support keeping a government research program alive when the administration wants to defund it and turn it over to the private sector, but that is what is happening with the International Space Station. And Cruz has a solid case.The administration announced earlier this year it wants to end direct funding to the space station by 2025 – three years ahead of schedule. Jim Bridenstine, the former congressman from Oklahoma who is now NASA administrator, said he is talking to companies about forming a consortium to operate the space station after the government funding...
  • Showtime 'Fakes News' for the Left

    07/21/2018 6:03:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | July 21, 2018 | Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
    CBS's pay-cable Showtime channel is the latest backer of con artist/"comedian" Sacha Baron Cohen's performance art, as in the movies "Borat" and "Bruno." It's a new TV show called "Who Is America?" that is designed, as usual, to mock Americans -- mostly conservatives -- as gullible and stupid. The most prominent victim this time around is former Gov. Sarah Palin, who said she was asked to appear in a "legit Showtime historical documentary" but instead was pranked by Cohen and asked questions she said were "full of Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm." Cohen also apparently asked former Vice President Dick Cheney...
  • What Now For The Two Koreas? – Analysis

    07/20/2018 9:44:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | July 21, 2018 | Matthew Parish
    On 12 June 2018, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un signed a memorandum of understanding on the future of the Korean peninsula. The document was short and expressed in ambiguous diplomatic language. It conveyed a framework for working over a period of time to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in exchange for normalisation of North Korea’s standing within the international community. It was palpable that the memorandum the leaders signed had been prepared in advance of their meeting in Singapore, that in most part was a photo opportunity. It is also almost certain that more detailed...
  • Family Saw Photos of Their Missing Cat on Shelter Page, Tearful Reunion After 2 Years...

    07/20/2018 9:33:43 PM PDT · by vannrox · 33 replies
    Lovemeow ^ | 11APR17 | Amy Bojo
    A senior cat that had been missing for 2 1/2 years was reunited with his family after they found his pictures on a shelter's Facebook page. Meet Jimmy!Sue ZelitskyThe 15-year-old tabby cat was rescued and brought to West Milford Animal Shelter (in West Milford, New Jersey) on March 17. One of the volunteers saw him that night and wanted to help get him to a good home soon."Jimmy was picked up not far from West Milford Animal Shelter and brought in as a stray after the blizzard," RC of The Real Cats at West Milford Animal Shelter told Love...
  • Trump Outfoxed Them Again

    07/20/2018 5:02:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    American ^ | July 20, 2017 | Lloyd Marcus
    Trump is wise for not falling into the Democrats' fake news media and the Deep State's trap of saying Russia tampered with our election.  Russia has tried to impact our elections forever.  While 12 Russians were indicted in the Russia collusion investigation, no Americans were indicted.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated that Russian tampering had no impact on the outcome of our presidential election.  In other words, Trump won fair and square.  All they are interested in is Trump gifting them with a sound bite they can distort and lie about to harm him. If Trump said Russia tampered but it did not impact...
  • Trump Stands His Ground on Putin

    07/20/2018 2:18:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | July 20, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached. And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all. Trump's refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin's claim at Helsinki -- that his GRU boys did not hack Hillary Clinton's campaign -- has been called treason, a refusal to do his sworn duty to protect and defend the United States, by a former director of the CIA. Famed journalists and former high officials of the U.S. government have called Russia's hacking of the DNC "an act of war"...
  • Liberals Finally Come Around on ‘Evil Empire’

    07/20/2018 10:17:23 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Spectator ^ | July 20, 2018, 12:05 am | Daniel J. Flynn
    Russia wielded an overwhelmingly negative influence on the United States during the 20th century. Given the nuclear arsenal the Russians continue to maintain, forging a better relationship with them seems wise. But for this to succeed the Russians need to drop old habits. That an agent of the same KGB that engaged in dirty deeds during the Cold War now leads the Russian nation and employed over-the-top tactics to intrude on the 2016 U.S. presidential election flows from the history that preceded. While hints at collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians without any substantiation discredits the Mueller investigation,...
  • 'Russian Collusion' by Saul Alinsky

    07/20/2018 10:06:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | July 20, 2018 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Do you know Saul Alinsky? He was the mentor of most of the leading liberal politicians of our time- including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Alinsky was a radical Marxist strategist and community organizer. His leading "weapons" were weapons of mass distraction: misinformation, radical protest and blaming the other guy for whatever you (the liberal politician or activist) are guilty of. Alinsky actually counseled radical leftists to look in the mirror and whatever you see, blame the other guy for doing or being that exact same thing. So, if you’re a crook, blame the other guy for being a crook. If you’re...
  • The Unpredictable Madness of Chicago

    07/20/2018 5:46:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 20, 2018 | Ron Hosko
    Last Saturday, Chicago police approached a man on the city’s south side with body cameras recording.   For police in any city, the encounter was perhaps a classic attempt at a Terry street stop – one where police have reasonable suspicion of a weapon, one where police want to conduct a brief stop and defensively “pat down” a suspect.  But as police well know, Supreme Court decisions tend to guide only one side during police encounters; they have little to no control over the irresponsible, reckless, or criminal actions of the people police are approaching.And, from the police body camera...
  • Opinion: One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American

    07/20/2018 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Dustoff45 · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | John Solomon
    Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don’t Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you. Their extraordinary texting affair on their government phones has given the FBI a black eye, laying bare a raw political bias brought into the workplace that agents are supposed to check at the door when they strap on their guns and badges. It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using...
  • Trump's aluminum tariffs restore a crucial industry and protect American jobs

    07/20/2018 5:13:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2018 | Jesse Gary & Bob Prusak
    As President Trump made clear at the NATO summit with European leaders, “other countries trade barriers” have for years harmed U.S. businesses and hurt American workers while U.S troops have defended their borders. These same countries are now attacking criticizing the U.S. for levying its own tariffs to protect our own national defense. As some of America’s largest aluminum producers, we strongly support Trump’s leadership on the steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our own national security. Since Trump announced the historic tariffs in March, the American public has been inundated with “sky is falling” rhetoric from entrenched special interests...
  • Oh? So everyone is smarter than Trump, Eh?

    07/20/2018 12:24:37 AM PDT · by vannrox · 15 replies
    Maggies Farm ^ | 20JUL18 | Editorial staff
    Long sample: "Trump’s voters get him because not only is he we, but we are he. We were not snowflaked-for-life by effete professors who themselves never had negotiated tough life-or-death serious deals. Instead we live in the real world, and we know how that works. Not based on social science theories, not based on “conceptual negotiating models.” But based on the people we have met over life and always will hate. That worst boss we ever had. The coworker who tried to sabotage us. We know the sons of bums whom we survived, the dastardly types who are out there,...
  • Everyone Is Smart Except Trump (Great Article)

    07/19/2018 9:19:11 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 27 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 18, 2018 | DOV FISCHER
    It really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd at MSNBC does. All the journalists do. They could not stand up to Matt Lauer at NBC. They could not stand up to Charlie Rose at CBS. They could not stand up to Mark Halperin at NBC. Nor up to Leon Wieseltier at the New...
  • Walk a Mile in Trump's Shoes

    07/19/2018 6:37:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 19, 2018 | Brian C. Joondeph
    President Donald Trump is not a figure many feel empathetic toward. Nearly half the country hates him. Hate may be too mild a word. They despise him and equate him with the worst of human history, Hitler and the Nazis. They want him destroyed, literally and politically, along with his family. This includes Democrats, the media, and many Republicans. His resignation or impeachment wouldn't be enough. He needs to face treason charges and punishment at the end of a rope or in front of a firing squad, along with his family. His supporters are guilty by association and must face...