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  • Media Hysteria and Historical Context in the NAFTA Discussions

    07/20/2018 11:07:11 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 20, 2018 | John F. Di Leo
    Every time the President talks about trade negotiations, it makes the news. On July 18, he mentioned – for the umpteenth time – that he might prefer to break NAFTA up into two agreements, and the press went ballistic again. We have hundreds of major issues in United States politics – taxes, unemployment, crime, foreign policy – and people can talk comfortably about them because they are always on the collective mind. But trade is different; it’s only an issue once every generation or so. So this is an issue with tons of misconceptions, not only in the electorate, but...
  • The fact that Maxine Waters supporters stole an American flag is far more significant...

    07/20/2018 12:01:49 AM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 20, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    In my opinion, the fact that Maxine Waters supporters stole an American flag is far more significant than the fact that they burned it This article from the Washington Times includes the following photograph of Maxine Waters supporters burning an American flag: As a libertarian who believes in free speech and property rights, I think it should be legal to burn the American flag as long as both of the following conditions are met:1) The flag being burned is the property of the person (or people) who is (or are) burning it, i.e., the flag is not stolen.and2) The flag is...
  • Diplomacy 101 Versus Politics Writ Small

    07/19/2018 6:24:48 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies
    American Greatness ^ | July 17, 2018 | Angelo Codevilla
    The high professional quality of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s performance at their Monday press conference in Helsinki contrasts sharply with the obloquy by which the bipartisan U.S. ruling class showcases its willful incompetence. Though I voted for Trump, I’ve never been a fan of his and I am not one now. But, having taught diplomacy for many years, I would choose the Trump-Putin press conference as an exemplar of how these things should be done. Both spoke with the frankness and specificity of serious business. This performance rates an A+. Both presidents started with the basic truth. Putin: The...
  • Right On Cue, Kavanaugh Accused Of Hiding Sexual Harassment

    07/19/2018 11:27:40 AM PDT · by blueyon · 51 replies
    TruePundit ^ | 7/18/18 | True Pundit Staff
    Fresh off the seeming success of the smear campaign against Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), a liberal feminist group is attempting to connect Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the sexual harassment of his former boss.
  • Another Day, Another Case Study on Media Bias

    07/19/2018 3:01:13 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 3 replies ^ | July 18, 2018 | Alex Griswold
    Some nonprofit groups will no longer have to give the IRS the names of donors who give them $5,000 or more. Among the groups that will no longer have to report donors are the National Rifle Association, various chambers of commerce, and groups focused on particular issues, such as Americans for Prosperity, which has been closely associated with the Koch brothers. But the ruling also applies to groups like the NAACP, labor unions and volunteer fire departments. Huh? Why the headline focus on the NRA, then? The headline could have just as easily read "NAACP and some other nonprofits" or...
  • Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton Honored at 25th Anniversary Dinner(Barffage!)[guns]

    07/18/2018 4:03:54 PM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 6/21/2018 | Unknown
    Last week, over 800 of our supporters gathered in San Francisco for Giffords Law Center’s 25th Anniversary Dinner. It was simply an incredible evening—one that renewed our spirit and resolve and reminded us why we fight each day for a safer America, no matter what we’re up against. We looked back at our organization’s history, paid tribute to the lives lost in the 101 California shooting, and looked forward to the promise of the next generation.
  • A happily married woman explains how a welfare caseworker encouraged her to get divorced...

    07/17/2018 5:21:58 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 17, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    A happily married woman explains how a welfare caseworker encouraged her to get divorced so she could receive more government benefits In this video, a happily married woman explains how a welfare caseworker encouraged her to get divorced so she could receive more government benefits:
  • Did Clinton & Obama's use of private email, open a door to Chinese intelligence?

    07/17/2018 11:08:14 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 48 replies
    Twitter via Thread Reader App ^ | 7/15/2018 | REX @_ImperatorRex_
    Full Title - Did Clinton & Obama's use of private email, and her routing of govt comms illegally through an unsecured server in her home, open a door to Chinese intelligence? 1. IMPORTANT. Did Clinton & Obama's use of private email, and her routing of govt comms illegally through an unsecured server in her home, open a door to Chinese intelligence? I think the probability is HIGH. If so, we are in uncharted territory.
  • Of Pipelines and Alliances: President Trump at NATO

    07/16/2018 6:21:06 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 16, 2018 AD | John F. Di Leo
    During the July 2018 NATO summit, elements of the USA newsmedia focused on President Trump’s accurate attacks on Western Europe’s contradictory actions and positions in the arenas of defense and commerce. What the USA newsmedia covered much less was how welcome those points were to NATO members from Eastern Europe, whose memories of Russian aggression are much more recent, perhaps, than those of Western Europe, making them as wary of these issues as Mr. Trump is. Delegates from Poland, Lithuania, and Romania, for example, appeared just as happy about Mr. Trump’s comments as delegates from England, France and especially Germany...
  • A SON SPEAKS OUT By Moses Farrow

    07/16/2018 2:02:24 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 28 replies ^ | May 23, 2018 | Moses Farrow
    I’m a very private person and not at all interested in public attention. But, given the incredibly inaccurate and misleading attacks on my father, Woody Allen, I feel that I can no longer stay silent as he continues to be condemned for a crime he did not commit. I was present for everything that transpired in our house before, during, and after the alleged event. Now that the public hysteria of earlier this year has died down a little and I have some hope that the truth can get a fair hearing, I want to share my story.
  • San Francisco spends $37,000 on each homeless person per year. So why are they still homeless?

    07/16/2018 4:05:17 AM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 16, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    San Francisco spends $37,000 on each homeless person per year. So why are they still homeless? I just came across this news article from the San Francisco affiliate of NBC News:San Francisco is slated to spend nearly $280 million this year on housing and services for the homeless — a roughly 40 percent increase compared to just five years ago. Over that same span, however, the number of homeless in the city has largely remained the same at about 7,500 people, according to city counts.In other words, San Francisco spends $37,000 on each homeless person per year.So why are they still...
  • Good charities? (vanity)

    07/15/2018 6:52:17 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 42 replies
    <p>So I'm doing a little research on worthwhile charities. And I came across Samaritan's Purse. I read their write-up on Charity Navigator. It all sounded good, until I came across the compensation paid to its CEO. W. Franklin Graham III makes over $600,00 per year!</p>
  • Why isn’t the media as interested in Elizabeth Heng as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

    07/14/2018 5:46:31 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    Glenn ^ | July 13, 2018 | Glenn Beck
    If all you knew about American politics came from The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, or MSNBC, you'd think that a "Blue wave" is about to swamp the country, with hip, millennial geniuses like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surfing the crest of the wave. In fact, you would already think Ocasio-Cortez is the greatest hope for America since Barack Obama. America is a very large country, and reality is usually more complex than the media lets on. But, since the media already has their narrative and superstar Ocasio-Cortez set for this November, there's no room for another young, minority, female,...
  • You Know, It's Psycho; Rosenstein = Norman Bates, Sessions = "Mother"

    07/13/2018 2:55:43 PM PDT · by mononymous · 17 replies
    none ^ | 7/13/2018 | mononymous
    For all of us wondering what has happened to Jeff Sessions, perhaps he’s being kept in the DOJ’s figurative attic and whenever “he” needs to appear in public, Rosenstein appears in his disguise. The shower scene is a metaphor for the DOJ/FBI attack on the constitutional republic as a newly minted fourth, independent branch of government and the bodies to be hauled out of the “swamp” are the Deep State skeletons they’ve been concealing.
  • 15 Yr Old Weapon Master Girl

    07/13/2018 5:07:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 7/13/2018 | C Raleigh
    Meet Danyela D’Angelo a 93 pound 15-year-old girl who’s become a master shooter of all firearms. Seriously, she's shot everything from the massive 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum revolver to all sorts of submachine guns. You can catch her firing up the .50 cal Desert Eagle like a boss. Ingram Mac-10 you say, yes, she shoots one suppressed. The AR, yeh looks like she was toting the old CAR-15 (short barrel with thick hand guard) is what I call it. She also competes shooting with AR’s and race guns. You don't believe us take a look at this 15 yr...
  • China trade surplus with US widens unexpectedly (again)

    07/13/2018 12:34:43 AM PDT · by cba123 · 14 replies
    DW Deutsche Welle ^ | Today, one hour ago
    China's surplus with the United States has hit a fresh record, adding to the current trade conflict between the world's two largest economies. Beijing blamed the imbalance on structural problems in the US. Beijing announced Friday that China's surplus with the US hit an all-time high of $28.97 billion (€24.85 billion) in June, with exports reaching a record $42.62 billion in June. The news came as the two economic superpowers stand on the brink of an all-out trade war that would have a huge negative impact globally. Please see link for full article...
  • 6 things the new justice SHOULD say, but likely won't

    07/12/2018 6:08:23 PM PDT · by TBP · 7 replies
    Glenn ^ | July 12, 2018 | Jonathon Dunne
    Last Monday night, President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Over the coming weeks, we will get to witness a circus with politicians and the media competing with each other to see who can say the most outrageous thing about the candidate nominated and highlight who they would have nominated. We will then witness the main event – the hearings in the Senate where Kavanaugh will be asked questions with an agenda and a bias. Below are 6 things he (or any future nominee) should say, but will he? Ideology The folks...
  • One Handsome Pic

    07/12/2018 2:34:09 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 31 replies
    Duke C.
    I believe Diamond & Silk are from SC?
  • Kimberley Johnson’s recent racist comment is more offensive than Roseanne's

    07/12/2018 12:53:04 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 12, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Kimberley Johnson’s recent racist comment is more offensive than Roseanne Barr’s. Colion Noir’s response is awesome. Huffington Post writer Kimberley Johnson recently made the following tweet:“Out on the road the other day I saw an affluent black man driving a BMW with two bumper-stickers. One was pro-NRA and the other one was a Tea Party sticker that read, ‘Don’t tread on me.’ This left me very confused.” In my opinion, that’s a lot worse than what Roseanne Barr said six weeks ago. Barr was commenting on what she perceived to be a certain physical resemblance. Johnson’s comment is about what she...
  • Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just buy new crayons?

    07/12/2018 11:26:43 AM PDT · by grundle · 42 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 12, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just buy new crayons? A woman named Emily Skopov started a non-profit organization called No Crayon Left Behind.The charity collects used crayons from restaurants and other organizations and gives them to people who can’t afford them.When the collected crayons are misshapen, Skopov melts them down on her own stove and molds them into new crayons.Skopov said she spends spends approximately 45 hours a week volunteering for No Crayon Left Behind.In addition, she hired a consultant and has a paid staff as well.She also rents an office.Skopov said of her endeavor:“I purposely haven’t kept track of how...