Tuesday News Roundup

August 23, 2016

Here’s your “Throw up your hands and just give up on society” post of the day. It’s West Virginia’ University’s chart for students, to try to explain the pointless, babbling word salad that is “gender-neutral pronouns.” It looks more like an eye chart. This is why the courts need to step in right away and slap down the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional rewriting of Title IX to redefine “sex” as “whatever gender identity someone wants to claim he/she/they/it/ae/ey/per/ve/xe/zie feel like.”

http://www.weaselzippers.us/290847-west-virginia-university-offers-students-guide-on-using-gender-neutral-pronouns-such-as-ve-ver-and-vis/

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HUCKABEE EXCLUSIVE! I’ve just discovered must-see secret video of a college class teaching students how to use gender neutral pronouns! It’s easier when you set it to music.

https://youtu.be/usQem53fDH8

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Want a perfect illustration of just how far to the left and over the edge of sanity the Democratic Party has moved? Watch this clip of a major national leader declaring that America is a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. We cannot tolerate illegal immigrants taking jobs away from Americans, imposing burdens on social services and committing crimes against Americans. That is why this leader talks proudly of doubling deportations of criminal illegal immigrants, beefing up border security, and cracking down on hiring of illegals and banning welfare benefits to them, before he promises to do even more to stop illegal immigration.

Was this another speech by that bigoted, racist, xenophobic, immigrant-hating Donald Trump? Nope. It’s a clip from Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union Address.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/08/in_1995_bill_clinton_channeled_donald_trump.html

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The group Citizens United used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain State Department call logs that show that while working as Hillary’s State Department chief of staff, Cheryl Mills had frequent contact with top Clinton Foundation executives, who would call Mills to discuss State Department business. The logs confirm that donors and insiders enjoyed unique access to the highest levels of government. But once again, Hillary’s defenders are trying to spin away suspicions. They say it’s perfectly understandable and innocent that Mills would be taking calls from VIPs. USA Today even ran an article quoting “experts” as saying that these new revelations show donors had “access,” but they don’t prove that they received any favors in exchange for money.

Um, excuse me, but…isn’t granting big donors access to top State Department contacts a perfect example of a favor in exchange for money?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/call-logs-show-frequent-contact-between-clinton-foundation-state-department/article/2599929

Saturday News Roundup

August 19, 2016

It’s obvious the media have settled on a narrative to get Hillary Clinton elected, and they can’t deviate from it, no matter how much it is at variance with the truth. Two cherished pillars of that narrative are that the Trump campaign is in disarray and that Trump is a sexist. So when Trump announced a shakeup in his campaign staff (typical for all campaigns, by the way) that included appointing the first female general election campaign manager for a GOP nominee in history, guess what was played up as the big story and what was totally ignored?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/scott-whitlock/2016/08/17/conway-becomes-first-woman-run-gop-presidential-campaign-nets

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The notes of Hillary’s FBI interview provided to Congress were heavily redacted with heavy, black bars –-- ironically, because of the highly classified nature of the information they contained --- but there’s still a lot to be gleaned from them. One thing we learn is that, when pressed, she apparently told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had advised her to use private email.

According to a story in The New York Times, an account of this conversation appears in an upcoming book by journalist and longtime Clinton defender (but I repeat myself) Joe Conason. It supposedly happened when Hillary was a few months into her tenure at State, during a small dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright and attended by Powell, Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice. According to the book, Powell advised her to use private email for personal communications and State Department email for the classified stuff. The book also says she had made the decision to use private email “months earlier.”

But Powell has released a statement saying he has no recollection of this conversation ever taking place. He did write a memo encouraging the use of a private email account for unclassified material, and he did use one for some official State Department business. But he had done so before the rules were updated and clarified. By the time Hillary took office, it was definitely against the rules to use a private server for State Department business because of “significant security risks.” And Colin Powell never did it.

We learn from this that, certainly, Hillary was looking closely, early on, at how to handle her emails. She was no neophyte when it came to dealing with classified materials, and she was (at least in theory) expected to know and follow the rules. But even now, she points fingers at other people instead of accepting responsibility. It appears that she misrepresented Colin Powell’s advice in an attempt to make it her own little “escape hatch” when testifying before the FBI. If that’s what she did, well, she’s already lied so much that she can easily throw up her hands and say, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/19/us/politics/hillary-clinton-told-fbi-colin-powell-advised-her-to-use-private-email.html?_r=0

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This is some very interesting analysis of the Iran nuclear deal. The author is an award-winning associate professor of political science, specializing in foreign policy and Islamic fundamentalism. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, at least read the last few paragraphs. It lays out a clear explanation for why President Obama has left himself no other choice than to keep wishing and hoping that if he turns a blind eye to Iran’s cheating, they won’t build nuclear weapons.

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/explaining-the-obama-administration-overlooking-iran%E2%80%99s-cheating-on-the-nuke-deal

It is only Thursday...

August 19, 2016

It’s only Thursday, and already, Donald Trump has done a televised town hall and given two landmark speeches, one on foreign policy and the other on law and order, that could reshape this election if the public actually hears what he had to say.  That, of course, is why the media are desperately trying to keep anyone from hearing him, other than to wrench a line or two out of context (“extreme vetting!”) and run around waving them in alarm like an orangutan with its hair on fire. 

That’s why I urge you either to watch the videos of the speeches online or read the full transcripts.  You’ll discover that in both cases, Trump did a masterful job of detailing the horrific failures of the Obama/Clinton policies, and how they not only have had terrible consequences for America in general, but have been especially devastating for gays, women, African-Americans and other groups that the Democrats claim to care so much about.  

This is a key point because liberals love to ask why Americans would “vote against their own interests” by electing Republicans, taking it for granted that their own high-tax, low-freedom, top-down, zero growth, no-security policies are somehow in everyone’s interests.  For the first time in a long time, the Republican nominee is forcefully making the case against liberalism, and taking to their own voters.  For instance, Trump is asking African-Americans in Milwaukee who are fed up with high crime, bad schools and no jobs to consider whether voting for nothing but Democrats and Socialists for over a century (Milwaukee hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1908) might have something to do with that. 

If you don’t have time to read or watch the full speeches, check out this link to Hillary Clinton’s favorite website, Brietbart.com, where former Reagan and Bush I staffer (and adviser to my 2008 campaign) James Pinkerton picks out some highlights and finds Trump’s speeches to be stunningly Reaganesque.  Liberals like Hillary Clinton point to Reagan as the kind of sunny, positive, “good Republican” they just don’t make anymore.  But when he was around, they attacked him just as vociferously and unfairly as they do Trump, whom they accuse of being dark and negative when he’s just telling the plain truth about them.  For instance, Pinkerton cites this quote:

“Our problems are both acute and chronic, yet all we hear from those in positions of leadership are the same tired proposals for more government tinkering, more meddling and more control–all of which led us to this state in the first place…Can anyone look at the record of this administration and say, ‘Well done?’ Can anyone compare the state of our economy when the…Administration took office with where we are today and say, ‘Keep up the good work?’ Can anyone look at our reduced standing in the world today and say, ‘Let’s have four more years of this?’”

Oh wait, sorry.  That wasn’t Trump.  It was candidate Reagan talking about the Carter Administration at around this same point in the election of 1980, which he went on to win in a 10-point landslide after asking Americans, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” How many Americans could honestly give a different answer to that question today?  

 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/17/donald-trump-move-two-strongest-speeches-campaign/

And the great Obamacare “sucking sound” continues: Health insurance giant Aetna, which already halted its 2017 Obamacare expansion plans, just announced that it is pulling out of insurance exchanges in 11 of the 15 states where it currently offers policies. Aetna has lost $430 million since the Obamacare exchanges opened. After the law did away with pre-existing condition limits, their customers turned out to be sicker and costlier than expected (wait, who didn’t expect that?) Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said, "Providing affordable, high-quality health care options to consumers is not possible without a balanced risk pool," eerily channeling what many of us have been warning about since even before the Obamacare boondoggle was finagled through Congress. UnitedHealthCare and Humana already announced their exits, and other major insurers are cutting back, adding reduced consumer choice to the skyrocketing costs, loss of your family doctor or preferred policy, ruinous deductibles and co-pays, and other broken promises of Obamacare.

Reminder: Hillary Clinton thinks the only thing wrong with Obamacare is that it’s just not big enough, and if elected, she’s promised to expand it. If she’s elected, let’s hope whatever few insurers remain in the Obamacare exchanges will cover nausea and depression.

For more on this story read this CNN piece here.

My News Roundup

August 17, 2016

Pennsylvania isn’t the only place where Democratic politicians are having legal problems. Just last week, we saw a lot of fawning media coverage of Somali activist Ihlan Omar, who scored a huge upset victory over 22-term Minnesota state legislator Phyllis Khan in the Democratic primary. In that heavily-Democratic district, the win set Omar up as a shoo-in to become the first Somali-American Muslim women elected to office. But now, she’s facing serious fraud allegations that she’s had three marriages with no divorces on record. One marriage was allegedly to her brother, to help him skirt immigration laws and enter the US.

Both the candidate and the party have responded to the story by denying the allegations and attacking the media and threatening to block their access for reporting them. You’d think the media would have learned by now that it takes a whole lot more than allegations of fraud to stop a Democrat from running for office.

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2016/08/15/americas-first-would-be-somali-state-legislator-embroiled-in-potential-marriage-immigration-fraud-scandal/

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In liberals’ never-ending quest to think up new things for the government to stick its nose into, the Obama USDA has proposed new rules that would require stores that accept food stamps to carry a certain number of “healthy” items. That sounds like a good thing (especially to bureaucrats with so little private sector experience, they've never even worked in a convenience store), but here are the unintended consequences: convenience stores and other small neighborhood groceries say they can’t afford to stock a lot of items like kale and lamb that nobody wants and that will just go bad on the shelves (you can lead a horse to water, but you can't even make a horse eat kale). That will leave the stores no choice but to stop accepting food stamps, which will not only put many small grocers out of business, it will make it difficult for people who live in those neighborhoods to access any type of food at all.

On the bright side, if the government’s intention is to prevent obesity, driving thousands of grocery stores out of business with their idiotic micromanagement would certainly help further their goal.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article95794472.html

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New research is proving more and more that the idea that kids don’t need fathers is bunk. Having a father in the home makes a great deal of difference in a child’s life. But it takes more than just being present. A new study of 730 families by a Michigan State University researcher found that in families where the dad has high levels of “parenting stress,” their sons tend to have poor levels of language skills at age three, and both sons and daughters score lower on cognition tests.

So it’s great that today’s fathers are taking a more active role in helping to raise the kids. But if dads let that responsibility get under their skin, it can have a ripple effect. Click the link for more info, and, if you’re one of those dads, some advice on how to cope with stress, for your own sake and that of your kids.

http://po.st/1U0noM