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  2. Power Line Scott Joyhnson May 27 2018 It was sixteen years ago this weekend — sixteen years ago today, I think, but maybe tomorrow — that John Hinderaker went to Blogger and set up Power Line. On Memorial Day that weekend he gave me a call and invited me to contribute. We’ve moved on from Blogger, but we’re still here. Survival has its charms; many sites have come and gone or gone off the deep end over the years. Looking back and borrowing from my tenth and fifteenth anniversary reflections, I thought I might take the occasion to offer a few thoughts on the occasion, several of which incorporate current themes. 1. John and I had already been writing columns and essays together for ten years. Mitch Pearlstein of Center of the American Experiment — of which John is now president — stands in a category by himself as a supporter and promoter of our work together before we found a home on the Internet. Although we wrote for those ten years under a joint byline, John was the brains of the operation. I was the one who worked to place our pieces for publication. The highlight of our pre-Power Line work was “George Bush’s tax return,” published by National Review in May 1994. It was an attack on the incredibly shoddy (and influential) work of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele. Rich Lowry edited the piece as managing editor of NR. Rich and his crew at NR placed the article online to help us celebrate the occasion last year. Please click on the link and check it out. It provides a case study in the mainstream media’s modus operandi. 2. It is an understatement to say that we were excited when NR accepted the article for publication. We faxed a copy of the article to President Bush. President Bush sent us one of his handwritten notes by US mail: (Snip) 15. I am grateful to my family. They had faith that the time I was spending in my pajamas in the basement would prove worthwhile. 16. I am most grateful to our readers — literate, knowledgeable, encouraging, large-hearted, responsive to every good cause we have supported. You have kept me going for the past 16 years.
  3. OFFENDING NFL FANS ISN'T JUST BAD FOR OWNERS, BUT PLAYERS TOO 05/24/2018Tho Bishop One of the most obnoxious stories in America the past year has been the controversy over players protesting during the national anthem. While I personally sympathize with both concerns from athletes about police brutality in minority communities, as well as the desire of most football fans to simply not have any sort of political advocacy mixed into their sports, the resulting media coverage - from both political and sports outlets - has been largely nauseating. While the NFL offseason obviously brought discussion of the topic down to a simmer (with the exception being the occasional update on Colin Kaepernick - and now Eric Reid's - lawsuit against the league), the NFL's decision this week to change its anthem-policy has it once again at a raging boil. Unfortunately most of these articles try to make this issue more complicated than it really is: it's all about money.
  4. Washington Free Beacon Charles Fain Lehman May 27, 2018 At the heart of Jonah Goldberg's excellent new book is one simple, startling fact. It looks something like this: For most of our history, humanity has been impossibly poor. But in the last several hundred years, total human wealth exploded, raising the living standards of the modern average American to levels unthinkable by eleventh-century royalty. The collective rise out of poverty by so many quickly is so astonishing that Goldberg calls it "the Miracle." This is apt inasmuch as to Goldberg the Miracle represents not merely a change in degree, but a change in kind. It is "humanity's quantum leap out of its natural environment of poverty." Importantly, Goldberg says, the Miracle is "unnatural." It relies upon forms and concepts alien to basic human tendencies. The dichotomy between natural and unnatural does a lot of work in Suicide of the West, and Goldberg spends a whole chapter reviewing both popular and more scholarly works in his account of what human nature exactly is. (Snip) Perhaps the reason so many are ungrateful for the Miracle is because of the hidden costs it has imposed. Discussion of the individual as the fundamental unit of society is inexorably tied up with social atomism. An extreme rationalism erodes the affection that ties together communities. The elevation of wealth as good in itself, unmediated by virtue, cannot help undermine institutions that require self-sacrifice and going without. This is not to say that the Miracle is bad or must be turned against—only that those who are discontented may have at least the beginnings of a point. After all, miracles are when we get something for nothing, and as all conservatives know, such trades should be faced with suspicion. Is it possible that the cost of all our growth has been the strength of the very institutions needed to sustain it? To his credit, Goldberg is a far more charitable analyst of current trends than most. Suicide of the West is primarily an apologetic for liberal democratic capitalism, but it is also an astute explanation of how we got to where we are as a nation. It is in this form most valuable, and recommendable on its insight alone.
  5. Faith Goldy May 21, 2018 Prime Minister Trudeau’s reckless border policy has led to more than a fake refugee crisis, now civil war is breaking out between citizens on both sides of the debate. Here’s the truth about what happened at Lacolle, Quebec and the attack against me at the hands of Antifa.
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  7. Fox News Congressional Republicans appear poised to take another shot at repealing and replacing ObamaCare -- this, during a critical, election year in which Democrats are blaming the GOP for escalating health insurance costs. A coalition of conservative groups have for months purportedly been working behind the scenes to draft a measure that would pass in Congress, and more specifically one that would garner some bipartisan support and get through the Senate, where the repeal-replace effort led by President Trump and practically every elected Republican in Washington failed in July 2017. Several people familiar with the new effort said this week that they have senators ready to sponsor the legislation and expressed confidence that their state-based plan will pass where others have failed. ________ Time for Round Two?
  8. The Blaze President Barack Obama claimed this week that his eight-year administration was free of political scandals. His comments came during a technology conference in Las Vegas. “I didn’t have scandals, which seems like it shouldn’t be something you brag about. But actually, if you look at the history of the modern presidency, coming out of the modern presidency without anybody going to jail is really good. It’s a big deal,” Obama said, according to Newsweek. Unfortunately for Obama, his comments don’t stand up to the facts. ________ He did have scandals, which seems like something he doesn't want to talk about.
  9. Fox News A Utah man who has been incarcerated in a Venezuelan jail since 2016 was on a flight home to the U.S., Venezuelan officials said Saturday. Joshua Holt, 26, has been jailed in Venezuela after he traveled to the South American country in the summer of 2016 to marry Thamara Candelo, whom he met on a website for Mormon singles. The two planned to return to the U.S. after getting married, but were jailed in El Hilcolde on what human rights groups said were largely trumped-up charges. “Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 p.m. The great people of Utah will be very happy!” President Donald Trump said in an early morning tweet. ________ Another hostage comes home.
  10. Life Site Claire Chretien May 26 2018 IRELAND, May 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Irish citizens voted to legalize abortion on Friday, ending Ireland’s legacy as one of the world’s most pro-life nations. The votes are still being officially counted, but the pro-abortion campaign is declaring victory and pro-lifers are calling this a “tragedy of historic proportions.” “The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child – it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist,” the pro-life Save the 8th campaign said in a statement. “What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.” Ireland has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world. The Eighth Amendment of its Constitution guaranteed equal rights for pre-born babies and their mothers. Repealing the Eighth Amendment was a decades-long goal of the abortion movement. The Irish voted by 67 percent to add the Eighth Amendment to their constitution in 1983, making the Emerald Isle a uniquely safe place for pre-born babies in contrast to the rest of the West’s liberal abortion regimes. (Snip) __________________________________________________________________________ A Truly Historic Day...Irish Women can now kill babies just like everyone really progressive of them.
  11. Fox News May 26 2018 If you plan to visit Berkeley, Calif., anytime soon, take heed: The city saw a record number of sexually transmitted infections last year. In fact, provisional data from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) shows the entire state of California saw an all-time high number of STIs in 2017, and recorded a 45 percent increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis over the past five years, the Daily Californian reported. In Berkeley, the rise mostly affected college-aged people, with 898 cases of chlamydia, 367 cases of gonorrhea and 33 cases of syphilis being the most of those three types of STIs in the city since 2013, according to the CDPH. (Snip) _______________________________________________________________ Gee Maybe there are traditional (ie boring bourgeois no fun oppressive) values for a reason. For those who insist on having sex with everyone you might...............
  12. Washington Examiner Paul Bedard May 26, 2018 More and more voices are raising concerns that the 2018 elections will ignite a terrible clash between supporters of President Trump and his increasingly agitated critics in a partisan battle that has been brewing for years. Stanley Greenberg, former President Bill Clinton’s pollster, is warning of a “civil war.” Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, former President Ronald Reagan’s political director and a two-term Indiana Republican governor, sees the nation dividing into feuding “tribes” that gravitate to tyrants who “bludgeon” opponents. (Snip) In warning of a “civil war,” Greenberg said Trump has become central to how people identify themselves. “Families dividing over the 2016 election reflects just how central feelings about Trump have become to people’s identities,” he wrote in his latest report on the unusual Michigan county. Despite the concerns, Daniels expressed optimism that America’s youth will be able to change the tone. Or maybe it was wishful thinking. “It’s possible this all goes out of fashion,” he said in the interview. If not, his goal is getting new generations to take charge. “You all,” he told his Boilermakers, “may have to be the ones to fix this.” ___________________________________________________________________________________
  13. The Week in Pictures: Trump Derangement Overdrive Edition Steven Hayward May 26 2018 Apparently the only thing worse than Trump meeting with Little Rocket Man is Trump not meeting with Little Rocket Man. Reminds me of how Democrats howled about how FBI director James Comey was a disgrace because he tanked Hillary 10 days before the election, and then howled when Trump fired Comey for having done such a crappy job of things. This is Trump’s greatest real estate deal ever: he lives rent-free in the heads of millions of liberals. (Snip) (Snip) (Snip) (Snip) Scenes from the royal wedding: (Snip) (Snip) Headlines of the week (you may see a unifying theme in the first few): (Snip) (Snip) (Snip) (snip) Thomas the Tank Engine in his Goth phase. (Snip) Dog of the week: And Finally....
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  15. First he was Hitler, now he's DEATH: “THIS MAY LEAD TO DEATH” – Instagram-Facebook Posts Ominous Warning to Users Searching for ‘Donald Trump Jr.’ Well, it's their money: Portland’s White Citizens Begin handing Money Over to Blacks as “Reparations”
  16. Fox News President Trump on Friday signed three executive orders overhauling the federal bureaucracy, including an order that makes it easier to fire federal workers for misconduct. “To empower our civil servants to best help others, the government must always operate more efficiently and more securely,” the president said in a statement. The White House said Trump, who famously promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington while running for president, signed the three orders Friday afternoon. The first executive order aims to strengthen accountability for federal employees and makes it easier to fire poor performers in the federal government. The second executive order creates a federal labor relations working group to analyze union contracts with the federal government. It also makes it harder to pay federal unions to appeal firings and to lobby Congress. The third executive order, focused on federal unions, is aimed at reducing waste and expenditures and requires federal employees to spend at least 75 percent of their time working on the job they were hired to do, as opposed to working on federal union work. It will also allow the federal government to start charging unions for office space in federal buildings. ________ "You're all fired!"
  17. Fox News Hillary Clinton declared that there was a “crisis in our democracy” in a speech on Friday as she received a medal from Harvard University for her service to the country. Clinton, who has frequently given a dour appraisal of America’s current political and social reality, was given the Radcliffe Medal, which honors those who have had a “transformative impact on society.” Organizers said they chose Clinton because the former secretary of state was a human rights champion, as well as a “skilled legislator” and an “advocate of American leadership” on the world stage. In her remarks, she did not mention President Trump by name, but took some not-so-veiled swipes at the White House -- talking about leaders who seek to polarize the nation, delegitimize news outlets and also spread fake news. “Attempting to erase the line between fact and fiction, truth and reality is a core feature of authoritarianism,” she said. As in previous speeches, Clinton painted a grim outlook for America's current state and she has made no secret of her opposition to what her 2016 opponent is doing. “Right now we are living through a crisis in our democracy,” she said. “There are certainly not tanks in the street but what is happening today goes to the heart of who we are as a nation.” “I say this not as a Democrat who lost an election, but an American afraid of losing a country,” she said. ________ And now having lost her mind...
  18. Project Veritas May 25, 2018 James O'Keefe comments on the recent developments in the media coverage of the criminal trials of DJ20 individuals.
  19. Daily Caller Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is blaming sitting Gov. Greg Abbott for the fact that she owes some $12,000 in overdue property taxes. Valdez, in a statement delivered by campaign spokesman Juan Bautista Dominguez, claimed that Abbott is responsible for the high property taxes in Texas. According to online property tax records reviewed by, Valdez owns or has an interest in some 15 properties, and has taxes that are considered delinquent on seven of them. County records show that Valdez has been making payments, but if they are not paid in full by July, the state will send them to a collection agency. In addition, the Houston Chronicle noted that Valdez failed to provide several details on her official financial disclosure form going into her campaign. Texas is one of seven states (the others are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming) that do not have a personal income tax, but instead levy sales taxes and taxes on personal property. ________ Tax fraud is always the other guy's fault...
  20. Breitbart NEW YORK — Email transcripts and other information disclosed in testimony released by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveals a significant relationship between Russian-born Washington lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshi and the controversial Fusion GPS firm that produced the infamous, largely discredited anti-Trump dossier. Akhmetshi was one of the participants at the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign officials. The meeting has been the subject of much news media coverage related to unsubstantiated and collapsing claims of collusion with Russia. All meeting participants generally agree the confab focused largely on the Magnitsky Act, which sanctions Russian officials accused of involvement in the death of a Russian tax accountant, as well as talk about a Russian tax evasion scheme and alleged connections to the Democratic National Committee. Trump Jr. previously explained that he took the meeting thinking it was about “opposition research” on Hillary Clinton and was disappointed that it wasn’t. The Russia collusion conspiracy was sparked by the dossier produced by Fusion GPS, which was paid for its anti-Trump work by Trump’s primary political opponents, namely Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) via the Perkins Coie law firm. ________ Fusion collusion.
  21. Breitbart Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and six of their Senate colleagues introduced President Donald Trump’s rescission package on Thursday to slash $15 billion in wasteful government funding. The eight Republican senators introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act on Thursday, which would rescind $15 billion in government spending. The list of GOP senators includes Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Ben Sasse (R-NE). Sen. Paul said on Thursday, “Unfortunately, the Senate was unable to cut one penny from every dollar through a budget bill I proposed last week. I am hopeful they will support cutting half a penny from every dollar through this rescissions package.” Perdue explained: Sen. Lee said: In May, President Trump sent Congress the largest rescission package in American history, which would strip $15 billion in spending. A rescission package can pass through the Senate with only a simple majority, allowing Republicans to bypass the daunting 60-vote threshold in Congress’s upper chamber. ________ Rescission time.
  22. Breitbart Friday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the RNC and the Trump 2020 campaign sent letters to Facebook and Twitter requesting answers about concerns that conservative content is being blocked. McDaniel said, “We’ve seen in the history of Facebook there have been instances where they have changed the trending topics. They’ve suppressed conservative viewpoints, we’ve recently seen with Diamond and Silk that they suspended their account.” She continued, “We just preemptively wanted to go to Facebook and say we want assurances that you won’t suppress conservative voices, that the Silicon Valley thought police is not going to determine what voices filter through on their social media platform.’ We sent a letter to Facebook and Twitter. We’ve asked them to respond by June 18th and we’re hoping we can get that to our audience, our GOP membership who cares very deeply about this country, who want to see a fair treatment on these social media platforms. They use them heavily and we have a very important mid-term coming up and I think it’s an important time to have this conversation.” ________ I wouldn't hold my breath...
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