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  2. Too little, too late. I don't care if they all stand now and sing every word of the national anthem. They have already displayed their true feelings. I'll never watch another NFL game.
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  4. Washington Times Federal taxpayer funding generally isn’t allowed to be spent on abortions, but Republicans say they have spotted a loophole in which tax-free municipal bonds have been used to put federal cash on the line in order to help build abortion clinics — including Planned Parenthood’s headquarters in New York. Rep. Robert Pittenger, North Carolina Republican, will introduce legislation this week aimed at stopping what he called “abortion bonds.” He said it’s time to make the law agree with the principle that taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook in any way for the procedure. “We’re utilizing the federal government to facilitate the development of these abortion clinics through the involvement of the American taxpayer, and they don’t want that,” Mr. Pittenger said. Under current law, known as the Hyde Amendment policy, taxpayer funding is supposed to be limited to abortions in extreme cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother’s life. That prohibition generally covers Medicaid and other government-funded health care programs, but Mr. Pittenger said it also should cover areas where taxpayer money goes to subsidize abortion providers. He said construction of abortion clinics with publicly backed financing is one of those areas.
  5. Free Beacon An al Qaeda operative who was convicted of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane with a bomb sewed into his underwear has filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others, alleging his constitutional rights are being violated at a supermax federal prison in Colorado. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, better known as the Underwear Bomber, claims he is being held in long-term solitary confinement, forced to eat foods against his religion, prohibited from communicating with relatives, and subjected to anti-Muslim harassment from white supremacist inmates, the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday. On Christmas Day 2009, Abdulmutallab attempted to use an explosive device on a commercial airliner. He received burns to his genitals and legs as passengers and crew members overcame him as he tried to detonate a bomb on a flight with more than 300 people on it. Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian native, has described himself as a member of al Qaeda and pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes, including conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, in 2011. The following year he was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences in Florence, Colo., the highest-security prison in the country. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a video in 2014 claiming the group's senior leaders were closely involved in the plot to blow up the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
  6. You're welcome, as always & the same to you, mass55th!
  7. Thanks Pookie!! Have a great week!!
  8. I once had a long running thread on Wide Awakes about Tony Podesta, His Wife(now ex), his brother and his Company. They are not just regular dirt bags - they are SUPER dirt bags. When he and his wife divorced a couple of years back not enough attention was paid to what came out in the vitriol that came out - it was not an amicable thing. As the usual worn out phrase goes, it would have been front page news daily if it were a Republican.
  9. Elliott Hamilton‏Verified account @ElliottRHams Where does one find this cartoon of @AlanDersh? If you guessed Daily Stormer, then you’re wrong! This is @dailycal’s editorial cartoon.
  10. While The Media May Not Have Listened To John Kelly’s Fallen Soldier Explanation, Americans Did OCTOBER 23, 2017 By Nicole Russell White House Chief of Staff John Kelly instructed a haughty mainstream media with wisdom from an experienced Marine and a fierce, swift butt-kicking.
  11. Chronicle Magazine Checkmating Middle America By Justin Raimondo - OCTOBER 05, 2017 America’s descent into banana republicanism continues apace, and on two fronts. To begin with, we learn that President Trump’s much-disdained assertion that Trump Tower was being wiretapped during the election campaign turns out to be absolutely true. On September 19, CNN reported that Paul Manafort, who lived in Trump Tower and was Trump’s campaign manager in the early stages of the campaign, was wiretapped—that’s the word CNN uses—a full two years before the election, and also after Trump’s victory. Trump’s tweet of March 4, 2017, reads: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Oh, how the media laughed at that Trump tweet: He’s paranoid! He’s deluded! Is he crazy? They aren’t laughing anymore. Instead, they’re spinning wildly, trying to justify and minimize what “sources told CNN” in mid-September . These types of things are supposed to happen only in, say, Bolivia, or even Russia.
  12. Several NFL Stadiums Half Full or Worse The NFL entered Week 7 today and it's obvious the backlash against players kneeling for the national anthem continues. Here are a few tweets from around the league showing fans voting with their pocketbooks by not purchasing game tickets, leading to half-full -- or worse -- stadiums. Courtesy of Gateway Pundit. All tweets show stadiums after kickoff. (Snip) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  13. The Dreyfuss Initiative
  14. A Vision of Civil War There are many reasons why the United States of America will become un-united and the facts can be viewed through many different lenses. One lens is through the NFL issue. Where sycophants of Colin Kaepernick say they kneel during the national anthem to draw attention to the inequality of minorities in America, specifically blacks, that rings hollow to the veterans, police officers and patriots of America (many of whom are blacks themselves) who recognize the flag and the national anthem as symbols of freedom and justice. The protests, therefore, must be against America and a criticism of the values America espouses, whether it is always faithful to those values or not. It is, like it or not, a question of American allegiance or rebellion. Another lens is through the freedom of religion issue. Christians recognize that except in some Western nations, Christians are often the most persecuted individuals in the world, especially in Muslim nations, but also in China and other communist nations. This is a documented fact, not an opinion. However, in America, a largely Christian nation, symbols of Christianity are attacked, defaced and even removed through the force of erroneous law. The First Amendment to the Constitution that protects the freedom of religion states: http://christianmerc.blogspot.com/2017/10/a-vision-of-civil-war.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChristianMercenary+(Christian+Mercenary)
  15. National Review Without knowledge of the past, we can’t hold our government to account. Plus, history is entertaining. Jay Cost Oct 23 2017 By and large, the two parties have very different performance routines they employ to build and sustain their voting coalitions. The GOP will tell you that the Democrats are a bunch of godless socialists who want to quash all individual initiative. Democrats will assure you that the GOP is a party of oligarchic theocrats who want to give all your money to the rich and make you go to church. Sometimes, though, the two parties sing a similar tune — inadvertently, of course. You may have to listen closely to notice, but when you do, it can be revealing. Consider, for instance, the recent grumblings from DNC chairman Tom Perez and former White House adviser Steve Bannon. Last Saturday, Bannon went after Tennessee senator Bob Corker for having * “mocked and ridiculed a commander in chief” when we have “kids in the field.” This had never happened, he said, “in the history of our republic.” Then late last week, Perez said that Trump was an “existential threat” to American democracy, and the “most dangerous president in American history.” Though these are opposite statements in terms of substance, they’re thematically similar. The upshot is that Trump represents something unprecedented in American history. The specifics of the arguments are totally wrong, by the way. Sitting senators criticize presidents all the time. And, as for dangerous, reckless, and existential threats, James Buchanan, the president immediately before the Civil War and usually ranked one of the worst presidents by historians, remains in a league all of his own — thank goodness! (Snip) Obviously, the problem of public ignorance is not limited to history. If voters do not know the basic contours of current public policy, they will struggle to hold politicians to account. But knowledge of our history is at least as important as policy. And, unlike public policy, it is pretty easy to learn history, at least the basics of. Plus, it is actually a lot of fun to discover the heroes and villains of America’s past. If we want to do a better job as citizens of this great republic, we should recommit ourselves to learning our own past. It will really make a difference. ________________________________________________________________________________________ * My Opinion of Bannon (never very high) just dropped 68 points.
  16. My pleasure, Rcat!
  17. Inflation and the Fall of the Roman Empire 10/19/2017 / Joseph R. Peden [This is a transcript of Professor Joseph Peden's 50-minute lecture "Inflation and the Fall of the Roman Empire," given at the Seminar on Money and Government in Houston, Texas, on October 27, 1984. The original audio recording is available as a free MP3 download.] Two centuries ago, in 1776, there were two books published in England, both of which are read avidly today. One of them was Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and the other was Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Gibbon's multivolume work is the tale of a state that survived for twelve centuries in the West and for another thousand years in the East, at Constantinople. Gibbon, in looking at this phenomenon, commented that the wonder was not that the Roman Empire had fallen, but rather that it had lasted so long. And scholars since Gibbon have devoted a great deal of energy to examining that problem: How was it that the Roman Empire lasted so long? And did it decline, or was it simply transformed into something else (that something else being the European civilization of which we are the heirs)? https://mises.org/library/inflation-and-fall-roman-empire
  18. That sounds Vaguely unamerican to me. Anyone who doesn't listen/love both Country & Western (H/T Blue Brothers) is probably at least a secret socialist
  19. That's all well and good, but I don't like being described as part of country music America. Flyover country is so much more than that, and it's exactly how the left sees it.
  20. Mueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta Tom Winter and Julia Ainsley Oct 23 2017 WASHINGTON — Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group are now the subjects of a federal investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, three sources with knowledge of the matter told NBC News. The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources. As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Manafort had organized a public relations campaign for a non-profit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU). Podesta's company was one of many firms that worked on the campaign, which promoted Ukraine's image in the West. The sources said the investigation into Podesta and his company began as more of a fact-finding mission about the ECMU and Manafort's role in the campaign, but has now morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA. (Snip) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hugh Hewitt was asking a small question (and we know how dangerous they can be) about The Clinton Foundation & Foreign Agents Registration Act. One also wonders just how...enthused our friends in the Democratic Party are about Robert Mueller today?
  21. National Review Another European country embraces populism. John Fund Oct 22 2017 The Czech Republic has joined a growing list of countries — from Germany to Austria – where the traditional Left is losing to conservative populism. This weekend’s election gave anti–European Union billionaire Andrej Babis’s ANO (“Yes” in Czech) party 30 percent of the vote, a 19-point lead over the next largest party, the conservative Civic Democrats. Babis will almost certainly become prime minister in coalition with smaller parties. Babis has been called “the Czech Donald Trump,” and there are superficial similarities. A tycoon, he used his campaign to rail against corrupt elites and political correctness. Two weeks before the vote, it looked as if his campaign would go off track after he was formally charged with fraud over a $2.4 million European Union subsidy to one of his companies. Babis said that the charges were politically motivated, and voters largely ignored them. The Czech elections also brought two other anti-establishment parties into parliament. Tomio Okamura, who is of Czech-Japanese origin, campaigned against migrants and Muslim influences and won 11 percent of the vote. The Pirate party, a group that backs government transparency and Internet freedom, won over 10 percent. All of this ferment in the nation of 10.6 million is remarkable because the Czech Republic is outwardly better off than its neighbors: It has the lowest unemployment rate in the EU, growing wages, and relatively little immigration. The biggest losers in the election were the Communist party, which fell to just 7 percent of the vote, and the ruling Social Democrats, who finished in sixth place with only 7 percent. In the last election, in 2013, it had won 21 percent. (Snip)
  22. From the Comments....... Historian212 1 year ago (edited) I completely agree with Mr. Dreyfus as to the need for civics education, and I applaud this effort. His sense of history, however, is slightly off. We are not the first in the history of humankind to call for equal justice under the law: "'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly." "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits." "Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike." "Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent." "It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice." "Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Source? The Bible -- not the New Testament; rather, the much-maligned Old Testament/Hebrew Bible ("Tanakh"). In those legal books -- Leviticus and Deuteronomy, plus some wise words from Proverbs -- most people wave off because they're so "boring," and "judgmental." * Mr. Dreyfus also ignores the Magna Carta (1215), which was the ancestor -- via English law -- and formed some of the basis of our Constitution, which was written by men (Jefferson and Adams, for example) who had been educated in the English legal system. While the leaders of the new country made important changes, some of the language was taken directly from the Magna Carta (particularly the Fifth Amendment). Of course, the rejection of monarchical rule (which had already weakened significantly in England by that time) was an important feature of the new government. But back then, there was still a strong class system, and few people rose above their "station" -- certainly very few enslaved people -- until the 19th century. And even then, the upper classes and rich industrialists were very much powers behind the scenes. Dreyfus describes an important ideal, but let's not play fast and loose with history. _________________________________________________________________________ * I would point out that at the time John signed it (with a sharp pointy thing at his back) it really only covered The Barons.
  23. Republican Like Him Scott Johnson Oct. 23 2017 Ken Stern is the former CEO of National Public Radio. His 2008 ouster from NPR was reported here. Having moved on from NPR, Stern took time out to spend a year among nonlisteners in flyover country. Let’s call it country music America. He explains: (Snip) Stern’s column provides a preview of his new book about his exploration of country music America. The new book is to be published tomorrow with the title Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right. I love the title. It is witty and audacious. It alludes of course to John Howard Griffin’s classic Black Like Me, originally published in 1960. An enterprising southern journalist in the era of Jim Crow, Griffin worked with a dermatologist to darken his skin so that he might answer the question that possessed him: “What is it like to experience discrimination based on skin color, something over which one has no control?” Griffin answered with a rhetorical question: “How else except by becoming a Negro could a white man hope to learn the truth?” To “bridge the gap,” Griffin decided he would “become a Negro.” It’s an unforgettable book. It remains imprinted on my mind more than 50 years after reading it and it seems still actually to be in print. In a look back at the book for Smithsonian in 2010, Bruce Watson reported that it is assigned in many high schools. More recently, Tim Stanley recalled Griffin’s book in the Telegraph column “The white man who pretended to be black.” (Snip)
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