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How to Win the Brexit Endgame: Further Advice to the Government

Sean Gabb @ Sean Gabb  (Published in The Commentator on the 29th September 2019)

Earlier this month, I advised the Government to cut through our political deadlock by using the Civil Contingencies Act to declare a state of emergency, and then to use the powers available to call an election. The Government ignored my advice, choosing instead to press forward with a prorogation. Its enemies, however, have noticed my advice – or realised this for themselves – and are now worried in public about what the Government will do next. Keir Starmer, for example, fears the Civil Contingencies Act will be used to avoid the terms of the Surrender Act that forces the Prime Minister to ask for yet another extension to our membership of the European Union. Though I said a few days ago that I had no more to give, the Labour Party has inspired me to think of more advice. Here it goes.
  1. The Government should ask Parliament one last time for an early general election. It should promise in exchange to get an extension of our membership to the end of January 2020. I know the Prime Minister said he would rather be dead in a ditch before asking for this. But he can argue that the opposition parties have collaborated with the French Government to make his promise impossible to deliver. His formal offer of a trade would not be unreasonable. If the Conservatives win, they can get on with negotiating our exit without a knife at their backs. If the opposition parties win well enough to throw a coalition together, they will have time to revoke our notice of leaving, and keep us in the great happy family that is the European Union. An election now, in exchange for a revised leaving date in January, would not be unreasonable for breaking the deadlock.
  2. If the opposition parties find some excuse for not allowing an election, then, and only then, should the Government invoke the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. It should not waste this on getting round the Surrender Act. It should instead call a general election. I said a few days ago that any use of emergency powers would be struck down at once by our politicised Supreme Court. I am no longer so sure. The Court may have been scared by the outrage that greeted its last judgment. In any event, there are grounds for believing that we are drifting into civil disorder, and that only an election with some chance of a clear outcome will stop this. Needless to say, the Government should get its lawyers to put up a better argument in court than they did last week, and it should clearly explain its actions to the people.
  3. In any election before we have left, the parties will need to explain where they stand on leaving the European Union. The Liberal Democrats have said they would cancel our departure. Labour has said it would negotiate its own deal, and then campaign against it in another fixed referendum. These may be absurd or disreputable positions. But we at least know what they are. The Conservatives will need to explain where they stand. They have been rather shy about this. But they need something that will stand up to hostile questioning in a television studio. My own preferred leaving deal would involve rejoining EFTA and staying in the Single Market. The Government’s most likely aim is to try pushing through Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement with a neutered backstop. Neither of these is ideal. The first strikes me at the best among imperfect outcomes. The second would probably do, so long as we were able to walk away after a year or so. But the Government needs to have a policy it can sell to the electors. It should still insist on No-Deal if nothing else can be negotiated – though this is not a favoured outcome with the electors, and should be kept open as a bargaining counter.
  4. The Brexit Party needs to be neutered. I suspect that any election this year would be a binary choice between some Brexit and none, and that the Conservatives would pick up virtually the whole of the Brexit Party vote. It would still be useful if Nigel Farage could be persuaded not to run candidates – or not too many candidates in seats targeted by the Conservatives. How to do this is beyond me. I might, however, suggest offering him a peerage. That would turn my head. It might turn his.
The Government and Brexit are now approaching a final crisis. It has almost the entire Establishment lined up against, and only the people on its side. To win though, it needs to use every legal and political device available to it. The Civil Contingencies Act is a bad law, and the Conservatives should promise in their manifesto to replace it with something less frightening. But it exists at the moment. It must be used to serve one necessary purpose, and then cast aside so no future government can use it for less noble purposes.
 
Above all, if the Government is to use it, the Act should be used as a knock-out blow to the Remainer Parliament. Prorogation had the same effect as pushing a stick into a wasps’ nest. Suspending the Surrender Act would be the same. If the Government must now gamble, let the stakes be the highest available. Let me quote from Moloch’s Speech in Book II of Paradise Lost:
My sentence is for open Warr: Of Wiles,
More unexpert, I boast not: them let those
Contrive who need, or when they need, not now.
For while they sit contriving, shall the rest,
Millions that stand in Arms, and longing wait
The Signal to ascend, sit lingring here
Heav’ns fugitives, and for thir dwelling place
Accept this dark opprobrious Den of shame,
The Prison of his Tyranny who Reigns
By our delay? no, let us rather choose
Arm’d with Hell flames and fury all at once
O’re Heav’ns high Towrs to force resistless way,
Turning our Tortures into horrid Arms
Against the Torturer…
Just get it over and done with.

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Higher education is failing America

By | September 29th, 2019|  Civil Rights, Economy | 6 Comments

Richard Vedder is such a giant in education and economics that he was able to persuade 28 colleagues to write detailed pre-published comments about his new book RESTORING THE PROMISE which catalogues the failure of higher education in America. The Carnegie Commission on Education (year) and the books written by former Princeton President William Bowen and former Yale President Drew Bok, all addressed higher education but not with Vedder’s rapier honesty. Having myself read widely on the topic I will proceed to make the case briefly while strongly recommending his book to fully understand the ongoing failures of today’s colleges and the prescription to begin righting the wrongs.

American higher education has lost its way. Their costs continue to escalate while being unaccountable. There has been a documented decline in both the quality and quantity of the education transmitted. There is a growing disconnect between educational experience and life prospects. Obvious political agendas are compromising the pursuit of truth and intellectual freedom. Students are emerging from college with little knowledge of our history and the achievements of western society , which appears to be by design of the 90% liberal professors who control our campuses.

Growing incomes have made most products more affordable, but it now takes a larger portion of income for most Americans to pay for college than it did a generation ago. Little of college endowment money is used to reduce tuition costs The main fault seems to lie, with government policies that fund financial assistance, becoming a money trap for graduates outside of focused fields such as engineering, technology, accounting or nursing which teach vocationally useful material.

These easy loan programs artificially boost demand and exploit students. Although colleges are supposed to be in the information and knowledge business, they know little about the educational value added to students during their college years. That 40% of recent college graduates are underemployed, filling jobs traditionally done by high school graduates, certainly undermines the value of what we call a liberal education in humanities and literature.

Based on the growing ratio of administrative employees to faculty at most schools, where buildings are empty much of the year, while teaching loads are shrinking, and costs increasing, it is clear that colleges are run inefficiently with apparently little incentive to improve.

Political correctness has limited academic debate and increased conformity on campuses across the nation. Reasoned debate over alternative viewpoints is disappearing. At most universities between 25 and 40% of expenditures goes toward things not directly related to the academic mission, such as food service, medical clinics and collegiate athletics. Richard Vedder documents these details in his book.

As administrative staffs have soared in size and importance, the faculty has lost its influence in the management of the school and appear to be being bribed by lower course loads.

It would appear to be time for parents to ask why their children should go to college. For most parents today it really is too costly. Will students learn the critical knowledge for a successful future?

At all the most elite schools, endowments are growing, but so is tuition. That makes no sense. Nor does the ongoing scandal of parents bribing con men to get their kids into what they see as the better schools whose degrees can still be useless. This undoubtedly makes the bribes and now the prison sentences comically absurd.

Why do so many colleges have edifice complexes? Why do they need more buildings while existing ones remain underused. I will tell you why. to attract richer students whose parents may become major donors. The same reason big time college sports, which do nothing for the education of the average student, are their entirely to bring in big bucks to programs bearing no relationship to the education of the student body. The players are commonly unqualified and most do not graduate. Now the players want to be paid, fully ending any idea that they think an education is their reward

Everyone reading this article has by now read about the problems with our college education system which too often ill prepares our youth for life while burying them in debt for years to come. In Richard Vedder’s outstanding book RESTORING THE PROMISE, he details many complex programs necessary to get us back on track. However, he also lists a number of simple and logical changes that are easily understood and accomplished.

They include, reducing university bureaucracies, increasing faculty teaching loads, incentivizing better utilization of space, instituting three year degrees and year round instruction, ending discrimination against for-profit schools, reevaluating academic tenure, ending grade inflation, eliminating colleges of education, ending speech codes and other barriers to academic freedom, requiring a coherent core curriculum that incorporates civic and cultural literacy and ending affirmative actions and related diversity programs as they currently exist. It would be hard for most of us to argue against these common sense changes which would make our college systems more relevant, more productive and less expensive.

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 is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition. He has authored more than 1,000 magazine and journal articles and 36 books. 

For Many Blacks: ‘Keeping It Real’ Is Euphemism For ‘Keeping It Stupid’

By Mychal Massie September 23, 2019 @ The Daily Rant

Sadly, many blacks have yet to differentiate between keeping it real and keeping it "real stupid." The fumarole through which the asphyxiating stupidity flows most freely is any discussion and/or point of view regarding slavery that doesn't encourage the "Kunta Kinte" version born out of a plagiarized fictional book and television series called "Roots." It can be argued that this mythical drama did as much to harm blacks as crack cocaine has done – because it celebrated the ingesting of a lie and validated the ignorance associated with same.

Anyone with a scintilla of integrity regarding historical accuracy will acknowledge slavery an immoral, painful period of time to both the persons sold on auction blocks and those who purchased them. Well, maybe not the Muslims, because slave trading was a key means of industry for them, but then again, I did draw the distinction of historical accuracy, but I digress.

Most blacks cleave to the idea of slavery as if it just ended a few weeks ago. The outright falsehoods and distortions that are used to keep people ignorant and angry are legion and with good purpose.

The purpose is draconian and Erebusic, and yet it is simplistic in the genius of its application. But, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself.

The most strategic element to keeping it "real stupid" is to blind people to how fortunate they are that Muslims supplied slaves to America.

In his autobiography, Booker T. Washington wrote: "… When we rid ourselves of prejudice, or racial feeling, and look facts in the face, we must acknowledge that, notwithstanding the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery, the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, morally, and religiously, than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe. This is so to such an extent that Negroes in this country, who themselves or whose forefathers went through the school of slavery, are constantly returning to Africa as missionaries to enlighten those who remained in the fatherland. This I say, not to justify slavery … but to call attention to a fact, and to show how Providence so often uses men and institutions to accomplish a purpose." ("Up From Slavery")

Forget the reality of developing a mercantile of blaming whites for the ills of the world – would there even have been a Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, "Calypso" Louie Farrakhan, Maxine Waters, Obama, ad nauseam if Africans had not been brought to America as slaves?

What are the chances that every one of the individuals referenced in the preceding paragraph would be multimillionaires if their ancestors had stayed in Africa? That, of course, presumes that their ancestors are from Africa, but we won't sweat that detail.

The ungodly alliance between Lenin and W.E.B. Du Bois has been more successful than even they could have imagined. There is no place for discussion based upon facts, because "keeping it real stupid" doesn't allow for it.

A perfect example is blacks rejecting proven, unimpeachable documented facts in favor of "keeping it real stupid." And as if a more duplicitous encouragement were needed, there are the white liberals slithering through the sewers of lies and inculcated division ready at a moment's notice to fan the flames of how bad their "African Americans" have it. Blacks to them are still nothing more than puppets worthy only of exploitation, but I digress.

Specific to what I've been saying, writer Anthony O'Brien has found himself on the receiving end of "how dare you tell the truth." O'Brien wrote: "In the four centuries of the Atlantic slave trade, about 12.5 million Africans were brought against their will to the New World. What percentage of that number landed in the colonies that became the United States?

"When I spring this question on people, the usual response is in the range of 90 percent. Occasionally someone who realizes that slavery was widespread in the New World will guess 50 percent. According to the best available data, the correct answer is less than 4 percent." (See: "How Indispensable Was Slavery To U.S. Economic Growth?" Sept. 14, 2019)

O'Brien's excellent treatise makes the point that there is a historical footprint proving economic growth in the wealthiest of countries today took place without slavery not because of it, which undermines the argument that American wealth is based upon slavery. Yet one of the lines guaranteed to bring the loudest applause of any debate and the line the "keeping it real" folks love to hear is: "We built this country."

The problem is that simply isn't true. The truth is that blacks contributed massively to the betterment of America, but they neither built America nor was America built on their backs. There is a major difference in definition. Indians from British Columbia and other parts of Canada built New York's skyline. The Japanese are responsible for the far-reaching rail lines. Irish and Italians built much of the infrastructure of New York. How much of Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, North and South Dakota, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont and New Mexico did blacks actually build?

Specific to that question, just how much of the South did blacks really build juxtaposed to contributing to the constructing of buildings?

What should be glaringly transpicuous is that "keeping it real stupid" blacks and white liberal Trotskyites do not want blacks or America to recognize the contributions made by blacks that helped make America the greatest nation and economy in the world.

Blacks contributed massively in the shipping industry. Black doctors are responsible for medical discoveries that have saved tens of millions of lives in America. Blacks are responsible for traffic safety devices, including the traffic light. Blacks have accomplished advancements in the automobile industry and safety engineering industry. Black-owned banks in America have been amongst the most successful and actively involved in financing the growth of housing, business and industry in the nation if not the world. Black scientists are responsible for a variety of things we take for granted today including the stellar work of George Washington Carver.

I could go on; in fact I have done just that in countless speeches, lectures, articles and interviews over my public career.

Neo-Leninists and Trotskyite white liberals want blacks to think and envision small. They do not want blacks to think big. They do not want black youth to dream about careers in medicine, science, global finance and world markets, space exploration and the likes. They want blacks to think about being community organizers and protesters. They want blacks to blame America and burn their own neighborhoods down to show how upset they are when some two-bit gangbanger is apprehended or shot by police.

Instead of going to universities and demanding segregated dorms and dances, blacks need to go to universities and learn about algorithms and computers so they can be like the late Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. As much as I despise Facebook and Twitter, those who created same did not create them for select group of people. They invented looking to capture the global market.

That should inspire black students to stop being myopic based upon doing something that is exclusively geared to the projects or hood.

This is America. Blacks must stop focusing upon anger and slavery myths; it's time to focus upon space exploration, cures for cancer and diabetes, global markets and becoming global real estate magnates.

House Dems Plot to Use IRS to Suppress Conservatives

Sunday, September 29, 2019 by Daniel Greenfield 0 Comments @ Sultan Knish Blog

"It is important for us to consider how our policies can help reduce hate and violence through any vehicle," Rep. Danny K. Davis insisted. "Any mechanism, any apparatus, any way that we possibly can."

The mechanism and apparatus being considered was unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.

The Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee was holding a hearing on How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate. Its theme was removing tax-exempt status from groups it didn’t like.

The Democrats running it didn’t issue a full list of allegedly discriminatory groups they wanted the government to discriminate against, but the Committee’s Twitter list of ‘hate groups’ seem to overlap with a list assembled by the Southern Poverty Law Center and curated by Philanthropy Magazine.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s leadership was recently forced to resign over racism and sexual harassment. Its hate map had inspired a terrorist attack against the Family Research Council in D.C. In the same city where the hearing was taking place, Floyd Corkins had shot Leo Johnson, the African-American building manager, while trying to murder members of the conservative civil rights group.

“Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups. I found them online,” Corkins had told the FBI.

But instead of removing the SPLC’s tax-exempt status, the Democrats on Oversight appeared to be proposing to put the SPLC and its spurious hate lists and maps in charge of tax-exempt status.

The Southern Poverty Law Center had once added a Pennsylvania bar sign to its list of hate groups. It had put an entire Iowa town on its hate map because an online troll had once proposed holding a Neo-Nazi book club there. The SPLC is as qualified to assemble lists of hate groups as Rep. Danny Davis is.

Rep. Davis was an inside expert on hate groups. He had boasted of going to Farrakhan’s home, and participating in meetings and events with him. “I don’t regard Louis Farrakhan as an aberration or anything, I regard him as an outstanding human being who commands a following of individuals who are learned and articulate and he plays a big role in the lives of thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of people,” he had said of the racist leader of the Nation of Islam hate group.

Now, Rep. Davis and his fellow Democrat committee members were sanctimoniously lecturing on hate.

“Racism, in and of itself, is a public health crisis,” claimed Rep. Davis, who has collaborated with a racist.

“I disagree with Minister Farrakhan in terms of white people being devils and Jewish people being satanic,” Rep. Davis had once said. “But other than that, I think he does outstanding things for, especially for blacks who are unsure about themselves.”

Rep. John Lewis had called the hearing as chair of the Oversight Subcommittee.

"The (tax) code exempts some charitable and educational organizations from paying taxes. Some of these organizations promote hate based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity," Rep. Lewis said in his opening statement. "I believe that the federal government should not sponsor or support groups whose hatred seeks to divide us."

This was the same man who had been part of a meeting with Farrakhan and commented that, “Minister Farrakhan made a great presentation to us, and the Caucus is going to be very supportive.”

Also participating in the hearing was Rep. Gwen Moore who had failed to denounce Farrakhan.

The Oversight Subcommittee campaigning to fight hate had its own serious hate problem to deal with.

If Farrakhan’s racism and anti-Semitism wasn’t its idea of hate, what sort of hate did it want to fight?

On its Twitter account, the Ways and Means Committee denounced the American Family Association as one of the “over 60 hate groups” while contending that it’s “unacceptable” to allow them to maintain their tax-exempt status. What did the conservative Christian group say to infuriate the House Dems?

In the Committee’s pull quote, the AFA is accused of saying that, "homosexuality is a poor and dangerous choice." If that’s enough to be labeled a hate group and lose your tax-exempt status, the House Dems have just made a case for stripping away the tax-exempt statuses of the Catholic Church, most traditional Christian and Jewish denominations, and the Mormon Church. Not to mention Islam.

The Catholic Church teaches that, "the homosexual inclination is objectively disordered". Are the House Democrats proposing that it be deemed a hate group and lose its tax-exempt status?

Do they want to explain that to their voters?

The star witness of the How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate hearing was Brandon Wolf, a gay gun control activist who had survived the Islamic terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub. Wolf repeatedly spoke about “hate”. And Omar Mateen, the ISIS shooter who shot up Pulse, was certainly hateful.

His hatred however didn’t come from conservative Christian groups, but from the teachings of Islam.

Mateen had pledged allegiance to ISIS. The Islamic State is not a 501(c) (3) charity registered as a tax-exempt non-profit with the IRS. Bringing Wolf to a hearing about stripping the tax-exempt status of groups the Southern Poverty Law Center doesn’t like without mentioning ISIS is ridiculously dishonest.

The Pulse massacre could have been prevented if the warnings of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch, the Center for Security Policy, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, and other groups targeted by the SPLC had been listened to, instead of attacked as ‘Islamophobia’.

But it just got worse from there.

Rep. Suzan Delbene had tweeted, “Over five dozen hate groups in the U.S. are paying zero taxes”. But once the hearing began, her idea of a hate group that she wanted the IRS to go after was the NRA.

Delbene was one of several House Dems who were interested in using the IRS to target the NRA.

By that point there wasn’t even a pretext that the How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate hearing was about hate, instead of using the IRS to suppress the political opposition. The NRA is closely involved in congressional elections. Proposals by members of Congress to use a government agency to go after the NRA is a blatant case of officials suppressing funding and organizations tied to their political opponents.

It’s the stuff of North Korea, Venezuela and the Kennedy administration which was infamous for it.

The Kennedy administration’s abuse of the IRS to target political opponents on the Right and the Left had been headed up by IRS boss Mortimer Caplin. Marcus Owens, the legal expert brought in to argue the Dem case, had formerly worked for Caplin & Drysdale. That would be Mort’s old firm.

JFK’s Ideological Organizations Project had resulted in the mass targeting of conservative groups. Owens has been a reliable attack dog against conservative non-profits and for leftist non-profits.

Owens has attacked the David Horowitz Freedom Center. And it is highly likely that the Freedom Center, which has also been smeared as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, would be one of the targets of House Dems if they continue plotting to use the IRS to suppress the opposition.

The Oversight Committee had invited three witnesses who had been victimized by shootings in some way. The first witness was traumatized after an attack by an ISIS terrorist. The second witness’ daughter had been killed by an unstable man with a history of harassing women. The third dealt with the El Paso shooter. None of the killers were known members of any hate group. Let alone a tax-exempt one.

ISIS is not a tax-exempt group. Neither is 8chan. Membership in a terrorist group is already illegal.

The How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate hearing was a blatant attempt to build a case for suppressing opposition groups like the NRA that there is no possible way to label a hate group. It echoes the usual SPLC tactic of mixing together Neo-Nazi groups with conservative organizations and calling for a purge.

The same arguments used to attack the Second Amendment were not being used to undermine the First Amendment. It’s bad enough when the SPLC does this, but it’s truly dangerous when elected officials do.

Professor Eugene Volokh repeatedly reminded House members of the First Amendment. As did GOP Subcommittee members.

Rep. Wenstrup, an Iraq War vet, recalled facing fire when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up a congressional charity baseball game. That, as he said, was "hate".

But not the kind of hate that the SPLC has a problem with.

Hate groups are organizations that refuse to accept coexistence with another group. The hateful rejection of coexistence by leftist has manifested itself in violence and in growing efforts to censor, sanction and destroy political opponents using governments, corporations and any means available.

"Any mechanism, any apparatus, any way that we possibly can,” Rep. Danny K. Davis had said.

How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate was not about fighting hate. It was hate. This radical hatred is tearing apart the country and destroying the rule of law.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Impeachment Heist

The latest effort to undo the 2016 election through crookedness and deceit.

Joseph Klein  4

Mass hysteria is gripping the Democrats, their allies in the media, and the other Trump-haters who yearn to use the manufactured Ukrainegate “scandal” to overturn the election of 2016 through impeachment. They don't dare trust the American people to choose their next president a year from now, lest Donald Trump is elected for a second term.

Speaker-in-name only Nancy Pelosi herself has gone off the deep end, claiming without a shred of evidence that “Russia has a hand” in Ukrainegate. Somehow in Nancy Pelosi’s fevered imagination,
Ukraine and Russia – two countries literally at each other’s throats – have conspired together in an unholy alliance to help President Trump win the 2020 election. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who went off the deep end long ago with his Russia collusion obsession, made up his own fictional version of the July 25, 2019 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to fit his “mafia shakedown” narrative.

In his opening statement at the televised committee hearing Thursday with the U.S. top intelligence officer, acting Department of National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire, Schiff claimed that President Trump asked President Zelensky to “make up dirt” on Mr. Biden. “I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good,” according to the words that Schiff falsely put into President Trump’s mouth. “I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of dirt, on this and on that.”

Nothing of the kind actually transpired, of course, according to the most authoritative detailed account of the call that was released last week. Schiff himself was guilty of making up dirt on President Trump, which he later lamely referred to as a parody. That’s the way Schiff rolls.............To Read More......

At least 130 State Dept. officials notified of possible ‘culpability’ in ‘security incidents’ related to Hillary’s private email server

September 29, 2019

The wheels of federal bureaucratic responsibility, like the wheels of justice, grind very slowly, so only now are we learning that the scandal of Hillary Clinton’s private email server used for official business is still being scrutinized. And while the Big Fish, Hillary Clinton, is out there shooting off her mouth accusing President Trump of the corrupt practices she undertook, the smaller fish in the State Department are learning of their own culpability in corresponding with her on a private server.

Just the kind of leverage a determined prosecutor could use to obtain plea deals implicating higher ups. Ask General Flynn or Paul Manafort what that sort of pressure could mean. The Washington Post reports:...................

My own suspicion is that we are headed for an orgy of scandals between now and Election Day next year. The rush of House Democrats toward impeachment reflects their own understanding and fear of what is going to be made public. In the meantime, about 130 State Department officials -- "including some of the Democratic Party’s top foreign policy experts" -- are going to need the services of some very expensive DC lawyers, the kind of help that can force a person to sell his house. Or else, tell all to prosecutors and make a deal............ To Read More

My Take - So why were these people so sloppy in their duties?  Because Hillary was a vicious monster, and anyone who didn't play along with her corrupt practices would have been punished, so they accepted these criminal practices and played along. 

They also thought Hillary was going to be President of the United States and never dreamed they would be held accountable.  They didn't just "want" Hillary to win, they "needed" Hillary to win.  The day of reckoning for many in the Obama administration is coming due, and it's going to get ugly for the top people in his administration, and I believe it will all lead to Obama. 

"Let's Make A Deal"!  That's going to be the clarion call now. 

Adam Schiff's Impeachment Fun Playhouse

September 29, 2019 By Clarice Feldman

In tacit recognition that his party will never beat the President in 2020 with the gang of whackos vying to head their ticket and that no real impeachment will ever occur, Congressman Adam Schiff, with the acquiescence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, called to order what they are calling an “impeachment inquiry.”

It’s presumably designed to see whether formal impeachment proceedings should begin.

(Impeachment proceedings cannot take place without a vote to do so in the House. Vulnerable Democrats would never vote for it any more than would almost all Republican Congressmen. And conviction and removal from office for impeachment would have to occur after a full hearing and two-thirds vote in the Senate. Which also will not happen. The Democrats, again, are counting on the civics and Constitutional ignorance of their base.)

It flopped, in any event. The hearings, in fact, show that this is simply the rerun of the Russian Collusion scam. Only the name of the country has changed -- this time, it’s Ukraine; a country you may know is a major enemy of the Russians.

As Daniel Greenfield persuasively argues,, these investigations are attempts to delegitimize the President and his Administration, and I predict people are sick of this nonsense. I urge you to read this article in its entirety................ the transcript was so devastating to the Democrats’ claims that Schiff, instead of reading it, read what he called a “parody” of it -- but conceded it was faked only after he was called out for manufacturing what it actually said............To Read More....

Impeachment Madness and the Twisted World of NeverTrump

Rage against a president who was just doing his job.

Bruce Thornton Sep 30, 2019

The latest in a series of “scandals” that supposedly will finally banish President Trump from the White House has provoked the latest in a series of outbursts from NeverTrump obsessives.

Allegations that the president, during a phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, abused his power, violated campaign finance laws, or sullied an upcoming American election by inviting foreign interference, precipitated the latest dudgeon-fest. No one seemed to care that the release of the conversation’s transcript, and the exculpatory protestations of Ukraine’s president have already deflated the “scandal” like a stomped soufflé.

We still have to hear homilies from the Church of NeverTrump, once again trying to turn the president’s blunt, take-no-prisoners, what-you-see-is-what-you-get style into a Constitutional crisis. In fact, Trump was elected because enough voters rejected the vision of politics as the purview of technocratic elites who define “democratic norms,” “presidential decorum,” and “political normality” in terms that happen to suit their tastes, interests, and prejudices.

For them, Trump’s discussion with Zelensky with its alleged implied quid-pro-quo was outrageously out of bounds and unprecedented. So let’s see, the Constitution gives the president wide authority to conduct foreign policy, including interactions with other heads of state. It does not specify by what rules of manners and diplomacy he do so. His only job is to see to the national interests and security of the United States, using whatever tools––except for undeclared war––he finds will achieve those aims............To Read More.....

Krugman: Either Trump Goes to Jail, or 'Thousands of Journalists' in 'Prison Camps'

By Tim Graham | September 29, 2019

Shelby Talcott at the Daily Caller reports New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman was making wild and silly prdictions again, this time about the Trump impeachment attempt: "Starting to look like two possible outcomes: Trump and a number of others end up in jail, or thousands of journalists end up in prison camps."..............This is the kind of crud that leftists throw non-stop, even now, when there isn't a single example of a journalist in jail, despite their wild predictions before the inauguration..............Even Brian Stelter admitted nothing has happened to prove predictions that Trump would imprison reporters or crush the freedom to report......... To Read More...

If You Liked the Mueller Investigation, You’ll Love Impeachment

A day after the Mueller hearings, they pulled the same scam again.

Daniel Greenfield Sep 27, 2019

Stop me if this sounds familiar. An intelligence operative backed by a Clinton lawyer accuses Trump of an inappropriate relationship with a former Soviet bloc country leading to an investigation and calls for everything from imprisonment to impeachment. The political half of Washington D.C. is muttering quietly, “Didn’t we do this already?” ..............The Democrats could barely be bothered to shake up the scam they’re once again pulling on America.

This time it’s a CIA officer instead of the MI6 guy who put together the Steele Report. And instead of a report authored secretly at the behest of Clinton lawyers, it’s a ‘whistleblower’ complaint defended by a lawyer who had worked for Hillary Clinton and donated to Biden, and comes by way of a whistleblower outfit co-founded by a Hillary Clinton donor who worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Yes, we did this already. Stop me if this sounds familiar. An intelligence operative backed by a Clinton lawyer accuses Trump of an inappropriate relationship with a former Soviet bloc country leading to an investigation and calls for everything from imprisonment to impeachment. The political half of Washington D.C. is muttering quietly, “Didn’t we do this already?”............To Read More.....

Sweden Spinning Out of Control

Murder, rape, and robbery are all on the rise.

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From the beginning of 2019 to the end of July, there were 120 bombings in Sweden, according to police statistics.

In Uppsala alone, a picturesque Swedish university town, where 80% of girls do not feel safe in the city center, four rapes or attempted rapes took place in early August within four days.

"Stop the rapes – you are letting the women down.... That women do not have the same opportunity to move freely in the streets and squares without having to worry about being exposed to crime, is a serious restriction on women's freedom and self-determination". — Josefin Malmqvist, member of parliament for the Moderate Party; Aftonbladet, August 24, 2019.

"Löfven, you have lost control of Sweden," the leader of the largest opposition party, the center-right Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson, recently wrote in an article in the daily newspaper Aftonbladet, in which he criticized Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for failing to solve some of Sweden's biggest problems. According to Kristersson:...........To Read  More.....

My Take - This was a predictable as day follows night.  This has been going on for years, and njust ow they're realizing Sweden is out of control? 

Please view my file. 

You may wish to view my articles regarding this, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 What is it With the Swedes?  and Saturday, November 25, 2017 What is it With the Swedes? Part II.


KC Man Who Raped, Killed Daughter Receives Consecutive Life Sentences

Jerry Bausby, KSHB-TV, September 24, 2019

A man who blamed slavery and racism for his plight in life will die in prison after being sentenced to consecutive life sentences for raping and killing his teenage daughter.  A Jackson County judge sentenced Jerry Bausby, 43, to consecutive life sentences for the March 21, 2016, murder of his daughter, Daizsa.

Jerry spoke for 45 minutes, mentioning his daughter only once and blaming “racism and what he viewed as slavery in modern America as forming him into what he was,” according to a release from the Jackson County prosecutor.............To Read More...

 

Renewable Portfolio Standard Scam (Part 1)



By | September 28th, 2019 | Energy

Does your state have a Renewable Portfolio Standard? Not sure? That’s not surprising. It’s one of those government programs that sucks money out of your wallet while you’re not looking. Twenty nine states have one, and if your state does, you should get familiar with your RPS, because it’s costing you a lot of money every year.

Oops! Nature magazine yanks global-warming study for 'systematic errors'

Just the latest example of climate scientists using incorrect statistics'

By WND Staff  September 29, 2019

Nature magazine has retracted a study on so-called "global warming" that claimed humans were creating warming in the oceans.  "We realized that our reported uncertainties were underestimated owing to our treatment of certain systematic errors as random errors," the magazine said of the Princeton-authored piece.

Scientist Nic Lewis, who pointed out the errors shortly after the study was published, said it was "just the latest example of climate scientists letting themselves down by using incorrect statistics."

"The climate field needs to get professional statisticians involved up front if it is going to avoid this kind of embarrassment in future," he said.

Nature credited Lewis with helping it "realize" the errors.  The Global Warming Policy Forum noted the study "claimed to have found rapid warming in the oceans as a result of manmade global warming."  The fault was in the scientists' "statistical methodology."........To Read More....

Is climate alarmism tearing itself apart?

Between the moderates in power and the new radicals, climate alarmism has split wide open
 
By | September 28th, 2019 | Climate | 47 Comments

First it was AOC and the Sunrise Movement versus Pelosi and the moderate Democrats in Congress. Now it is Greta Thunberg and the so-called youth movement versus the UN and the world’s major governments. Between the moderates in power and the new radicals, climate alarmism has split wide open. This has to hurt the cause, which is a good thing indeed.

The global split happened with elegant quickness. On Friday a million or more climate extremists marched around the world. On Monday, at UN headquarters, Greta Thunberg denounced the major world governments to their faces, while they dutifully explained that they had no new ambitions. The contrast between radicals and moderates was hilarious, and telling.

The problem for the alarmists is enormous. The new radicals are making demands that are impossible, not just politically but technologically. Complete decarbonization of the global economic system by 2030, for example..........To Read More.....

Greta Thunberg: Human Shield for Climate Profiteers

By Civis Americanus

I must disagree up front with the overt criticism and vilification of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old actress (and daughter and granddaughter of actors) who looks as though she being manipulated — and fed her lines — by adult climate profiteers and alarmists who know full well what they are doing.

I watched her speech to the United Nations; her facial expressions and emotions come across as rehearsed and fabricated, much like those of an inexperienced thespian trying to play a difficult role. Even experienced actors who lack special training cannot, for example, portray convincing villains because it is clear that their gestures and emotions are rehearsed as opposed to genuine.

A skilled actor who knows the story can often improvise a performance for a specific scene even if he has not been given a script for it. "Greta Thunberg without a script to read from" suggests, on the other hand, that she does not really know the story and cannot play her role without a script. She punts at the end by saying, "I think you should give some questions to the others as well."

Cui Bono: Who Benefits? .................. To Read More

The Cynical Plot Behind Global Warming Hysteria


How do you take over the world? You find a way to terrify the world’s children to believe they will die if they don’t listen to you.

In what amounts to nothing less than intentional child abuse, the Left has sought since the 1980s to terrify the world’s children about global warming. This cabal of socialist elites have preyed, like hyenas, upon the fragile emotions of easily-frightened -- and easily-indoctrinated -- young people, the most famous being Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was severely traumatized when she was a little girl by climate hysteria. And she is still deeply traumatized, as evidenced by the pained look on her face at her emotional speech at the UN...............To Read More

My Take - Let's stop playing this game about climate temperatures and the health and welfare of humanity.  Global Warming is nothing more than a power grab by the world's leftists to set up a system of world governance under the auspices of the United Nations. But first they must destroy the American identity, the American culture, the American economy and overturn the U.S. Constitution.  Exactly what the Democrats and RINO's are working towards.  

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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"Truth is the sublime convergence of history and reality. Everything we're told has an historical foundation and context. Everything we're told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality. If what's presented to us fails in either category, it's wrong."  - Rich Kozlovich

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Today's Headlines

Nancy Pelosi: Abortion Bans ‘Ignore Basic Morality’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 27, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said in an address delivered Thursday night at the 50th anniversary dinner of NARAL Pro-Choice America that abortion bans being sought by Republicans around the country “ignore basic morality.”

“These bans violate the Constitution. They ignore basic morality,” Pelosi said.

NARAL Pro-Choice America was formerly known as the National Abortion Rights Action League. “The 2.3 million members of NARAL Pro-Choice America fight for reproductive freedom for every person in every state,” the organization says on its website. “We are the foot soldiers who work to ensure that abortion access is not only protected, but expanded for every American.”........To Read More.....

My Take - This woman sold her soul to the Devil long ago, and like the Devil, she constantly turns herself into an "angel of light".  But the fact is, she's an apostate heretic and a supporter of the mass murder of the innocent.  She claims to be an ardent Catholic, which supposedly means she believes in God.  Well Nancy, he's watching, and the "innocent blood cries out to him from the ground".

During the trial scene in the Movie "A Man For All Seasons", Sir Thomas More notes regarding Sir Richard Rich's perjury that will condemn Sir Thomas More to death.  He finds Rich has been apponted to be Attorney General of Wales.  Sir Thomas says, "For Wales? Richard it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whold world.  But for Wales?" 

But Nancy; for leadership in the Democrat party? 


Breaking: New Documents Prove Joe Biden Extorted Ukraine to Protect His Son [DETAILS]

Gateway Pundit

Investigative journalist John Solomon told Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that he has over 400 pages of documents that he will reveal tomorrow that show Hunter Biden’s legal team worked with the Ukrainian prosecutors to end the investigation on the vice president’s son.

Joe Biden famously bragged on video how he had the investigator looking at his son’s Ukrainian gas deals to be fired.  Solomon says his news story is hitting tomorrow afternoon and it’s going to strongly dispute Joe Biden’s claim of why he got the Ukrainian top prosecutor fired.   Solomon will release the documents on Thursday that implicate Joe Biden in the Ukrainian scandal........To Read More.....

My Take - Again, the Democrats are going to shoot themselves in the foot.....wellll....maybe in the mouth, since all this talk about Trump undermining American Democracy is coming right back at them.  This is just another justification for the nation to exercise the only way they have to "impeach" Congress.  The 2020 election. 

Right now this is, like all the other issues that were going to "Doom" the President, is being driving by an emotion stirring corrupt media.  But once the facts emerge, this will go the way all the other "we got him now" scenarios. The ash heap of history.  I believe these escapades by the House Democrats are going to hasten two things.  The end of their control of Congress for years to come, and the continued slow destruction of the leftist media. 

Federalist Co-Founder Notes The Real Reason Behind The Media's Trump-Ukraine Obsession

Matt Vespa Sep 27, 2019
 
If there is someone who just brutally rips the liberal media and their bad behavior, it has to be The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis. In fact, most of the staff there does an excellent job torching left-wing narratives and exposing the Democrat-media complex for their idiocy.

Since the 2016 election, the media has just been engulfed with Trump Derangement Syndrome. They hate Trump. They hate Republicans. And this has blinded them to being hit with buckshot on a near-daily basis. For two years, they peddled the Trump-Russia collusion myth that was a manufactured lie based on the infamous Steele Dossier, aka Trump dossier, that was compiled by ex-MI6 spook Christopher Steele.

It was never fully verified, most of the allegations in it were trash, and even members of British intelligence were skeptical. The FBI was not, as evidenced by their lack of due diligence in verifying this biased piece of political propaganda.

A Google search could have pointed out the glaring errors within the dossier. This was a political opposition research project funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democrats. It was based on second-hand sources, some of which were still active in the Kremlin. If anything, this proves Clinton-Russia collusion and interference in the 2016 election. The report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller debunked this entire project. So, the Democrats had to suffer humiliation, as did their media allies—but impeachment was still the end goal. It was why they retook the House in 2018.............

Davis goes into detail about how this is the same show, produced by the same idiots. The reporting is trash, the sources are anonymous, it’s all second or third-hand which explains the deluge of errors.   ...........Davis added that the FBI weaponized Steele’s document, securing a FISA spy warrant against Carter Page, a former Trump official, without verifying the document because ‘get Trump’ was the battle hymn. With this complaint, he got Democrats and the House Intelligence Committee to run this circus. And it’s once again blowing up in their faces. .............To Read More..... 

The 800-pound gorilla in the impeachment room

September 28, 2019 By Tim Jones

The timing of the whole fake impeachment scandal that's been manufactured once again by Deep State actors is incredibly suspect.  As soon as the Russia Collusion Hoax was put to bed, this whistleblower complaint comes, alleging that President Trump initiated a quid pro quo on the Ukrainian president using mob-like tactics in order to take down a possible presidential rival in Joe Biden for the upcoming 2020 campaign.

Intel Community Secretly Gutted Requirement of First-Hand Whistleblower Knowledge," to see that the whistleblower complaint was purposely concocted by certain Deep State actors since it became public shortly after the disclosure form had been changed from a person needing to have direct knowledge of wrongdoing to include only hearing about wrongdoing from another person or persons..........

The Inspector General's report will be coming out sometime this fall on the FISA abuses that took place during the Obama administration, which essentially weaponized the Department of Justice and FBI by foisting a fake dossier on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in order to spy on the Trump campaign.  What the impeachment process now initiated by the Democrats does is to pre-empt the findings of that report by creating a distraction and misdirection of epic proportions..........

Democrats think they are being extremely clever in impeaching Trump because it will dominate the headlines from now until the election and essentially push any FISA abuse revelations by the Inspector General's report to the back pages of the news media, where a large part of the electorate either won't see it or, if they do, will think it's a politically motivated reaction and retaliation for impeachment. A draft of the I.G. report has already been submitted to both the Department of Justice and the FBI for review...........To Read More....

Looks as if Deep State planned that 'whistleblower' stink bomb all along

September 28, 2019 By Monica Showalter

Well, what a coincidence:

Just before the filing of the "whistleblower" report against President Trump, it turns out the Intelligence Community changed its own rules for filing to Congress to end any need for firsthand knowledge.

Boom. The report they wanted, claiming that President Trump had done something wrong in attempting to get to the bottom of Joe Biden's pocket-lining via his son, suddenly came out of the blue. The flypaper was laid out, and the first fly came.

According to Sean Davis at the Federalist:

Between May 2018 and August 2019, the intelligence community secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings. This raises questions about the intelligence community's behavior regarding the August submission of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting...........The system as it stands is a rigged system, a Petri dish for corruption as Deep-Staters plot ever new means of getting rid of Trump. With this Federalist report, it looks as though they planned it that way. ..........To Read More....



Obama, The Bidens, The Clintons, The IMF And Others Pillaged Ukraine Then Forced Its Citizens To Pay Excessive Natural Gas Prices At 50% Above Market

Gateway Pundit

 President Obama, his Vice President Biden and his son, Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, Mueller, the Podestas, the IMF and others all pillaged the Ukraine and then delayed loans to the country before forcing Ukrainians to pay grossly inflated natural gas prices. Now these vultures claim they are innocent.

More than a year ago we reported that Robert Mueller was charging Paul Manafort for actions that Mueller committed himself.

The Gateway Pundit reported in August last year that Paul Manafort sits in solitary confinement for crimes he allegedly committed stemming from his work as a lobbyist in Ukraine years ago before Donald Trump ran for president...........To Read More....

Even the illegals are fleeing California — and half the state's voters want out, too

September 28, 2019 By Monica Showalter

California, whose new leftist governor, Gavin Newsom, has big ambitions to be the counter-president for now, and eventually replace President Trump, has this one little problem that always comes of socialist rule: the locals are fleeing. Now it turns out half the ones who haven't fled are thinking about it.
Just over half of California's registered vote[rs] have considered leaving the state, with soaring housing costs cited as the most common reason for wanting to move, according to a new poll.
Young voters were especially likely to cite unaffordable housing as a reason for leaving, according to the latest latest [sic] UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. But a different group, conservatives, also frequently suggested they wanted to leave — and for a very different reason: They feel alienated from the state's political culture.

That just-over-half figure cited by the Los Angeles Times is actually 54%, broken down by 40% Republican and 14% Democrat voters.  They want out and are dreaming of new lives in states where jobs are forming and housing isn't just for billionaires.  Walk around any place in California and recognize that half the people you meet are people who want the hell out.

But it's not just registered voters.  Despite that vast banquet of goodies California has offered to migrants with zero regard to immigration status — sanctuary protection; driver's licenses; automatic voter registration; ballot-harvesting privilegesfree education well beyond K–12; a vast NGO/church network set up with state funds to "serve" illegals; free housing; free health care for the pregnant; no need to learn English; and, coming soon, free health care for illegals up to the age of 26 — even the migrants, both legal and illegal...are fleeing...........To Read More....
 

The truth is what we (Democrats and the Media) say it is –

By |September 28th, 2019
America is anything but stable and transparent, that went out the window with Obama’s Deep State. Compared to the Trump administration Obama re-invented the dark ages where lies are the truth and the truth doesn’t matter because they are lies, and the truth is what we (Democrats and the media) say it is.
 
Who is responsible for the instability in American politics? It’s the media of course, totally and completely!
  • If they don’t have a story they’ll make one up.
  • If they have a story they don’t like, they’ll change the facts to fit the theory.
  • If they don’t like someone, they’ll set about ruining them.
  • They flood the airways with “stuff and nonsense” and expect, nay, demand that America should believe them because they are journalists of the “fourth estate” working in the best interests of all Americans.
Presently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been conned by the recently elected Marxist cabal of AOC’s admirers, to agree Trump must be impeached. Nancy did say “we can’t let him (Trump) win again.
 
When Nancy made her remarks on the subject public, she looked as nervous as a Clinton witness. Nancy knows that Trump has “Trumped” everything the Democrat party wants to do, including impeaching him.
 
Even after Mueller’s total failure as the Left’s shining knight for the Deep State’s treasonous coup plotters, including Hillary Clinton, Trump has never stopped doing what he campaigned he would do, making America great again. Ever since his first successes in rolling back Obama’s marxist policies, the Left’s derangement syndrome has grown more deranged and violent. They should all be “Red Flagged.”............To Read More....

My Take - My Take - Many years ago I was criticized by the President of our state pest control association for my views on the where the industry was going, which was "green" at the time. Since then we don't hear that much about "green" pest control, and I hope my articles had something to do with that.

At any rate, I said I publish the truth, and he said, "what's truth"?  I had a reasonable answer, but it wasn't definitive enough to avoid rebuttal. Since then I've developed what I consider the unrebuttably definitive answer to that question.

"Truth is the sublime convergence of history and reality. Everything we're told has an historical foundation and context. Everything we're told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality. If what's presented to us fails in either category, it's wrong."

With the left, truth is whatever fits the lasts philosophical flavor of the day. If facts don't support their narrative, they ignore the facts and make up their own. In short, leftist "truth" is always lies of commission, or lies of omission.

Why Is The Economist Misleading Readers About Poverty?

September 28, 2019 by Dan Mitchell  @ International Liberty
 
I’ve created a new page to showcase various “Poverty Hucksters.”

These are people and institutions that use data about income distribution to mislead and lie about the prevalence of poverty in the United States.

This rogue’s gallery includes:
What is their dodgy tactic? Here’s how I described the methodology in 2018.
…the bureaucrats…have put together a measure of income distribution and decided that “relative poverty” exists for anyone who has less than 50 percent of the median level of disposable income.
More recently, I explained why this approach is senseless, at least if one wants to measure actual poverty
…an artificial and misleading definition of poverty. One that depends on the distribution of income rather than any specific measure of poverty. Which is insanely dishonest. It means that everyone’s income could double and the supposed rate of poverty would stay the same. Or a country could execute all the rich people and the alleged rate of poverty would decline.
Now we have a new member of this ill-begotten group of hucksters.

Here’s an excerpt from an article in the latest issue of the Economist.
…international comparisons…make…America a true outlier. When assessed on poverty relative to other countries (the share of families making less than 50% of the national median income after taxes and transfers), America is among the worst-performing in the OECD club of mostly rich countries (see chart). Despite its higher level of income, that is not because it starts with a very large share of poor people before supports kick in—it is just that the safety net does not do as much work as elsewhere. On this relative-poverty scale, more than a fifth of American children remain poor after government benefits, compared with 3.6% of Finnish children.
And here’s the accompanying chart.


Needless to say, any chart that purports to show less poverty in Mexico than the United States is laughably inaccurate.

But that’s the kind of perverse outcome that is generated when using a ridiculously dishonest approach.

I suppose the Economist deserves a bit of credit. In both the article and in the chart, they acknowledge (at least for careful readers) that they’re measuring the share of the population with less than 50 percent of a society’s median income, not the share of people living in poverty.
So why, then, do they refer to the “poverty rate”?

I have no idea if the reporter is dishonest or incompetent, but I can say with certainty that the Economist has done a disservice to readers.

P.S. The Economist relied on dodgy data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. And if you read the columns about the other Poverty Hucksters, you’ll find that most of them also relied on numbers from that left-leaning, Paris-based bureaucracy. Yet another example of why the OECD is the worst international bureaucracy, at least on a per-dollar-spent basis.


Sam Francis, the Prophet

Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, September 27, 2019

A Russian friend once told me that just before the Soviet Union’s collapse, news articles would mostly maintain the party line but slip real information into the middle. To get the truth, you just ignored the conclusion.

This method works well with Matthew Rose’s recent piece on Sam Francis, “The Outsider.” Mr. Rose does not like Francis, who died in 2005. Yet he also describes Francis’s thought without major distortions. He admits Francis’s prescience. But he concludes by dramatically excommunicating Francis from Western Civilization. Mr. Rose’s reasons for doing so are so weak they prove Francis’s worldview.

Mr. Rose’s piece is occasionally self-refuting. “Francis’s writing earned him many critics, few sympathizers, and no influence,” he says. He was “purged and marginalized in life.” Yet Mr. Rose credits Francis with inspiring Pat Buchanan’s powerful and prophetic 1992 Culture War speech, and he quotes Jared Taylor’s salute to the “premier philosopher of white racial consciousness.” Once again, a critic can’t decide whether white advocates are losers or powerful...........To Read More....

500 Scientists Write U.N.: ‘There Is No Climate Emergency’

Breitbart 

More than 500 scientists and professionals in climate and related fields have sent a “European Climate Declaration” to the Secretary-General of the United Nations asking for a long-overdue, high-level, open debate on climate change.

Just as 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York accusing world leaders of robbing her of her future, scientists were begging the United Nations to keep hysteria from obscuring facts.

“Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific,” the declaration states. “Scientists should openly address the uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real benefits as well as the imagined costs of adaptation to global warming, and the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of mitigation.”..........To Read More.....

It Was All A Hoax: Little Girl Seen Crying In Viral Video At Global Warming Rally Is A Child Actress – She Was Just A Child Prop For The Left

Gateway Pundit

The international left used innocent children last weekend to push their climate change extremism.
Tens of thousands of children were let out of school so they could go protest against capitalism and global warming.  As we reported on Monday — One terrified little girl in Australia couldn’t even talk to reporters about climate change without crying.  She broke down in tears while talking to reporters about climate change junk science................But that was not your typical emotional teen. The girl in the video is an Aussie child actress.  Via Michael Smith News — the girl even has her own profile at an online talent agency..........To Read More....With Videos