Musings/Jottings/Quick Hits: Page 2

*The U.S. Treasury took in $361,038,000,000 in January of 2018, the first month under the new tax law that President Trump signed in December. That is the most money ever collected in any January in the history of the United States.

*President Trump donated his $100,000 fourth quarter salary to the Department of Transportation to help fund a program to build and repair the country's infrastructure. He has donated his entire presidential salary on a quarterly basis, to various federal agencies. How much of their salaries did President's Obama and Clinton donate?

*”A Brief History of...History,” as outlined by progressives: 1) The Big Bang. 2) Lightning hits primordial soup. 3) Dinosaurs roam the earth. 4) Asteroid hits planet. 5) Homo Sapiens arrives. 6) Crusades. 7) Columbus discovers America. 8) Dark Ages.

*Democrats, the mainstream media and North Korea all blasted President Trump's eloquent and uplifting State of the Union address. That tells you all you need to know. Sometimes it reaffirms your own beliefs when you see who's on the other side. 

*The Washington Post's advertising slogan is "Democracy Dies in Darkness." It's owners/journalists have movies made about them and are famously willing to go to jail if need be to expose corruption and encourage openness and transparency. Speaking truth to power, don't you know! Except now. They were dead set against the release of the FISA memo. Hypocrites. 

*According to the Heritage Foundation, President Trump has been more conservative in his first year in office than Ronald Reagan was, positively acting on 62% of the conservative organization's  recommendations as opposed to just 49% for President Reagan. 

*60 million people were killed in World War II, or about 27,000 every single day. It was the first major war in which more civilians than soldiers perished. Stupefying. 

*According to the latest YouGov polls, nearly one-third of Americans aged 18-30 think compliments on personal appearance equal sexual harassment. How sad. 

*The net taxpayer cost of caring for illegal immigrants to the United States was $116 billion in 2017, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). State and federal spending on illegals totaled $135 billion, an increase of $35 billion just since 2010. 

*The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) recently said that legalizing the over 2 million "Dreamers" currently in the United States would cost its taxpayers about $26 billion over the next 10 years. Nightmare.

*A few months ago a report came out listing the 10 wealthiest people in the United States Congress. 7 of them are Democrats. If this surprises you, you haven't been paying attention. Or reading this blog. 

*The mainstream media is going to go even further insane when they hear that President Trump is in excellent physical- and mental- health. (Postscript: they did).

*Denver University is under pressure by some to get rid of the nickname "Pioneers." Racist and exclusionary you see. Ironic, is it not, that it is most often heard today in phrases like, "She's a pioneer in gender studies" and "He's been a pioneer in the study of race relations." 

*Men's fashion designers are rolling out this gender-bending era's next big thing: skirts for males. Wraps, plaids, you-name-it. One designer had a parade of topless men go down the runway in white maxi-skirts. It won't be long until men start bleeding on their own. Time to start buying Kotex stock. 

*If CNN was so repulsed by President Trump's alleged one-time use of the indelicate adjective "Shit-hole" to (arguably) accurately describe dis-functional nations/societies, why did the network use the same vulgarity no less than 36 times on air on Thursday, January 11th, alone, in reporting that "story"??!

*Virtually every nation has had slavery at different points in history. The United States is the only one that went through a Civil War, one that killed over 600,000 of its own citizens, to end it. That is American exceptionalism. 

*The Obama administrations "response" to Islamic terror, Iran's aggression, and ...North Korean saber-rattling was a complete abdication of responsibility. It was a comedy of terrors. 

* If the President’s job approval rating is the same as the previous president’s at the end of his first year, why does the media say Trump is so unpopular? Did they say that about Obama?
*SB 54, a new California law, sharply limits sheriffs' ability to cooperate with federal authorities, even if convinced a suspect is a threat to public safety. The law bans officers from inquiring about immigration status and prevents them from holding suspects based on immigration violations. Even many serious crimes are not among those listed that would enable police to share information with federal authorities such as ICE. The National Sheriffs' Association is distraught. Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown obviously cares more about the safety of illegal immigrants than he does about the safety of American citizens.

*U.S. retail sales rose 4.9% during the holiday sales period from November 1st to December 24th, the biggest gain since 2011. Consumer confidence is at a 17-year high.

*Antifa? Anti-fascist? Its members act like perfect little fascist thugs. And, where are the anti-communist and anti-socialist groups? Where is Antico or Antiso?

*There is at least one thing radical Islam, Antifa, and secular leftist progressives share: the desire to exterminate differing viewpoints.

*National Geographic surveyed Americans to find out if and when they believe a civilization-shattering catastrophe might occur. 61% of respondents answered that the world will experience a massive catastrophe within 20 years. The wealthiest citizens are buying land in places such as North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana in preparation for just such an event.

*I have half a million words on one 2 & 1/2" x 7/8" compact flash drive. What would Shakespeare think?

*Many wonder why I keep "howling at the moon," though the proverbial writing is clearly on the wall. Well, too many folks pass away long before they die.

*The overwhelmingly vast majority of transgenders are males self-identifying as women. That may tell us something about the perceived value of the sexes- and how hospitable the current climate is to each of them.

*"Well, it's been an eventful week here in Lake Wobegone, Minnesota, my hometown, out there on the edge of the prairie. I've been fired by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) over allegations of sexual harassment. Well, that's the news from Lake Wobegone, where all the women are worthy of being felt up. Good-bye forever. Garrison Keillor, signing off."

*A 47-year-old Minnesota woman has been charged with killing the guest she invited over for Thanksgiving dinner. Apparently, she was upset that he pulled out a crack pipe, unbidden, and then did not offer to share. Where were his manners? The times, they are a changing. Call me a skeptic, but I'm guessing they probably didn't pray before the meal.

*Tesla's Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence is a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization." He has also recently stated that he thinks efforts to make AI safe have only about a 5%-10% chance of success. Oh, well.

*Budweiser wants to become the first company to someday brew beer on Mars. As a first step, the company is planning to send barley to the International Space Station in the near future. It intends to leave the grain there for a month or so, bring it back down to Earth, and ascertain the effects of micro-gravity on the brewing staple. Martian, this Bud's for you!

*Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic fencer, is going to be honored with a Barbie doll in her likeness. This will be the first hijab-sporting Barbie, a fact she says she is especially proud of, saying it "is a childhood dream come true." The doll is part of Mattel's new "She-ro" line. The company released a statement saying: "We are so excited to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll. Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries." Maybe some day, back home, they'll even let her drive. (See my post: "Mattel Introducing Fifteen New Ken Dolls!" of June 28th, 2017).

*During the recent off-year elections in the United States, eight openly transgendered candidates were somehow swept into office, despite the best efforts of the throngs of openly transphobic bigots attempting to thwart them.

*There oughta be a legitimate source for debunking fake news from the mainstream media. When the New York Times or the Washington Post, for example, puts out a cock-and-bull story, we should be able to call them on it. The service could be called Post-busters. To paraphrase a line from a famous movie song, "Who ya' gonna' call? Post-busters!"

*"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right...here I am stuck in the middle (riddle?) with you."

*Pope Francis is urging people to put down their phones and pick up a Bible. He is imploring folks to treat the Bible as reverently as they do their smart phones. Sad that this even needs to be stated. I wholeheartedly agree with the Pope on this issue.

*According to the London Times, the civic leaders of three disparate towns have decided that linking their communities would make them more exciting to tourists. Ergo, the villages of Dull, in Scotland, Bland, in Australia, and Boring, in Oregon, have named themselves "The League of Extraordinary Communities." Ordinary, Virginia wants to join, too, the report says. If these burgs really wanted to spice things up, they'd admit Climax, Minnesota into their League. (Which is very close to Fertile. Look it up).

*Hillary Clinton has been going around the world whining about how the Russians stole the election from her by colluding with the Trump administration. Turns out, she's been colluding with the Russkies, along with almost every other Swamp-dweller and enabler, in an effort to get rid of Trump.

*The FBI has nearly unlimited resources and tens of thousands of employees. Why does it need to outsource its unethical investigations of Republican presidential contenders to law firms and former MI-6 Russian Desk chairs?

*The U.S. military designed, made- and paid for- uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers, spending $28 million on them between 2008 and 2017, according to a Newsmax magazine report. They were made in woodland/forest camouflage patterns. Approximately 2 percent of Afghanistan is graced by trees. Oops. New Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is not amused.

*Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz  despises President Trump. Yet the company has a store in Trump Tower. A very busy one. I guess the emphasis is on the bucks.

*There are a lot of fake news stories about fake news. I guess that shouldn't be surprising.

*Here's hoping Japan changes its constitution to allow it to quickly assemble a nuclear arsenal. This would sober-up China and put Little Rocket Man in a box.

*The University of California-Berkeley has spent roughly $2.1 million already this year on damage repair and security fees due to actual and threatened violent protests by Antifa. This should be intolerable.

*"Ironically" and "hypocritical" are two of my most oft-used words nowadays. Would that weren't so.

*Ironically, states like California and politicians like Hillary and Bernie- and their leftist friends in entertainment, media, and academia- want to make sure the rules are stacked against those who play by them. (Whether it be gun-control or anything else. This effectively subsidizes sloth and evil, while it discourages industry and good).

*Hey, Black Lives Matter morons and NFL anthem-protester pinheads...perhaps you're unaware that Rosa Parks, Muhammed Ali, and, drum-roll please...Donald Trump (among others) all won Ellis Island Medals of Honor back in 1986 for people who are dedicated to community service and who exhibit integrity, humanitarianism, and ethnic awareness? No? Trump can be seen smiling in a photo with all the winners...standing just to the left of Parks and Ali.

*Students and teachers at a Baltimore area school recently became alarmed when they noticed an unusual smell that they thought seemed to be getting stronger. The principle ordered the school evacuated. The fire department responded and a hazmat team was summoned. The looming crisis was averted when the source of the odor was finally discovered: an air freshener scented with pumpkin spice. The horror.

*Speaking of First Amendment rights, do you think, say, McDonald’s would be okay with its clerks wearing a MAGA hat? Who could possibly be against making America great again? How about Second Amendment rights? Would Burger King be “down with” their employees carrying side-arms? For many years I worked under an employment-at-will contract that stated I could be fired at any time for any- or no- reason. I once was scheduled to work 30 consecutive 12-plus hour days. NFL players, deal with it… you wussies.    

*In August of 2016, a Ms. Bookman was playing a slot machine at Resorts World Casino in Queens, N.Y. when the machine lit up and displayed the message: "printing cash ticket $42,949,672.76." Not so fast, Ms. Bookman! The casino said the machine had malfunctioned and "awarded" her the $2.25 balance she had left on the slot...plus a steak dinner. :)

*In her cleverly titled new book, "What Happened," Hillary Clinton implicitly calls for the elimination of the "godforsaken" Electoral College. She explicitly called for its elimination during a recent CNN interview. Someone needs a history lesson.

*Speaking of Hillary, she may be contesting the results of the 2016 election after the 2020 election.

*Seven Democratic members of the president's (formerly) 27-person National Infrastructure Advisory Council have resigned, because, they wrote, his actions "undermine" America's "moral infrastructure." Unlike, say, court-packing, Chappaquiddick, email scandals, the Monica Lewinsky affair, Anthony Weiner, the IRS targeting non-leftist groups...??

*Barack Obama announced that he plans to invite civic leaders from around the world to Chicago for an October meeting to discuss ways to solve some of the world's pressing problems. It would be far better for him- and Chicago's own "civic leaders"- to try to figure out how to solve Chicago's problems. In 2016, 762 people were murdered in the city, and 4,331 were shot. Moreover, attacks on police nearly doubled from 2015.

*The city of Berkeley, California erected concrete barrier walls to prevent leftist protesters and other riff-raff from running amok during the lead-up to mildly conservative Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro's recent speech at the University of California-Berkeley. If it works for them...

*The share of Americans who are white and Christian has fallen below 50% for the first time according to a new survey. This is due to changing patterns of immigration and the outright rejection of religion on the part of many younger people.

*The journal Environmental Research just laid it on the line: for every child who is never born, our Mother, the Earth, is spared almost 60 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. If we could just eliminate ourselves, life would be so much better. Does the government get to decide whose kids should never be born?

*Researchers have now successfully grown fetal lambs in an external artificial womb. This ability may soon be adapted to help human infants born prematurely avoid diseases to which they are prone. Some abortion-rights advocates worry that this may set back their cause. (Since Roe v. Wade allows states to restrict abortion after the age at which a fetus would be viable outside the womb). Predictable. And pathetic.

*The E.U. has declared robots to be "electronic persons." Really? Coincidentally, many on the far-left appear to be robotic, as they are only able to spout that which they have been programmed to say. Humanity is on the ropes.

*French President Emmanuel Macron's office has spent $31,000 (26,000 euros) on a make up artist for his public appearances... since he took office on May 14th. That's a span of 10 weeks, folks, which would work out to be over $161,000 a year...on make up. He should try to "make up" with the French people. Macron might look good, but this spending doesn't.

*Tragically, there are some people who leave their kid(s) in a hot car to suffer or die while they go about their business, but who would never even consider leaving their "smart-phone" behind.

*According to the league itself- and the Associated Press- the NBA is "heading to the Holy Land" to "promote values." (!) This is akin to Chipotle or McDonalds heading to the Mediterranean to promote healthy eating habits.

*At least 174 of the 184 lawmakers who support legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour do not pay their own interns at all, according to a recent Employment Policies Institute analysis. This includes Chuck Schumer, Keith Ellison, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters. Yet another example of "public servants" telling their constituencies to "Do as I say, not as I do," a grave danger to a democratic republic.

*The Pentagon let a Chinese firm with ties to the Beijing government sell telecommunications equipment to U.S. security agencies, according to a Newsmax magazine report. It also stated that in November, "a private security firm revealed that the Chinese phones 'contain software that uses a backdoor feature to send all data on handheld and other devices to Beijing every 72 hours.'" Who approved that deal?!

*The U.S. has led the world in oil production for five straight years. It is also the number 1 producer of natural gas. Horizontal drilling and fracking have led the way. This year's U.S. domestic oil production is expected to exceed Iraq and Iran's combined. The Energy Department predicts production will rise to 10 million barrels a day in 2018, a new all-time record for U.S. oil production.

*Truth doesn't change; only beliefs do.

*If one's genitalia (parts) have nothing to do with one's being male or female, then they have nothing to do with one's species, either. Currently, I am a rabbit.

*The Republican health-care bill wouldn't "throw" anyone off insurance, let alone the 22 million that opponents of the bill cite. The vast majority of these people would leave the insurance rolls voluntarily...and didn't want to be on them in the first place.

*Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) typically aren't social, usually do not seek true justice, and are normally just cowardly hit-and-run insurgents who wilt when encountering any serious push-back. That makes the fact that conservatives so rarely do so all the more puzzling, pathetic, and bizarre.

*Headlines I'd like to see: "Republican Congress Tries, Fails To Pass Gas;" "Republican Congressional Leaders Can't Agree To Disagree;" "Every Trump Administration Member Bashes Every Other Trump Administration Member In Profanity-Laced Tirades"

*"What Happened" is the title of Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be released memoir chronicling the 2016 presidential election contest. "What the F--k?"  Better titles for the book would've been, "Clueless in Hell's Kitchen," "Was I Running For Something?" or "Where Is Wisconsin?"

*The White House recently announced that President Trump will donate his second-quarter salary back to the taxpayers. The money will go to pay for a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for kids at the Education Department in Washington, D.C. I'm guessing you've seen this story plastered all over mainstream media sites? Me neither.

*By 1950, American industrial production outstripped all other nations of the world combined. The U.S. accounted for half of the world's wealth, over half of its productivity, and possessed almost two-thirds of the world's machines. This was not a fluke. Free market capitalism, limited government, and  the rule of law based on Natural Law made this possible...if not inevitable.

*Critics of the excellent new movie "Dunkirk" want to rewrite history in the most ridiculous ways. They wouldn't be happy unless the movie depicted the heroics of thousands of transgenders in rainbow-colored boats selflessly risking all to rescue 338,000 black lesbians from the French shores.

*Leaks? Why are there all these leaks? A ridiculous- insane actually- 5 million people have been granted security clearances by the U.S. government, including access to many of the country's defense secrets.

*It should've been abundantly clear to all sentient beings that the economic effects of Barack Hussein Obama's Cuban policy would only enrich the Cuban regime, not the Cuban people. That is what's happening.

*Joe Howlett, a fisherman who had for years volunteered to help untangle endangered whales from fishing ropes and lines, was struck and killed by a whale off of New Brunswick, Canada, immediately after seeing to its rescue. A tragic irony.

*Actor Jim Caviezel told CatholicNewsAgency.com that his career has been derailed ever since his lead role in the 2004 Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ. Who are the victims of discrimination and marginalization?

*Democrats aggressively waged their "Fight For Fifteen" campaign to enact a $15 minimum wage. They even installed it as a plank in their party platform. Now they are facing a class-action lawsuit over their failure to pay overtime. Turns out their own field operatives were making about half of that amount. Can't make it up.

*I don't think babies should be "assigned" names at birth, either. Too presumptuous and confining. Perhaps we should just label them Baby A, Baby B, etc., or Viable Tissue Mass 1, Viable Tissue Mass 2, et. al., until they can decide what names they wish to be called at any given time. Get on your social media and help me push this idea, progressive readers!

*Can you imagine 6'7" former NBA thug Dennis Rodman signing Karaoke with the 5'7" (if that) brutal dictator Kim Jong Un? What would they be singing, Bette Midler's Wind Beneath My Wings?

* Organizers of a march of Muslims against terrorism in Cologne, Germany, were hoping to see as many as 10,000 show up recently to prove that the “religion of peace” did not condone terrorism. They were disappointed in that expectation. Euronews reported that only “several hundred” Germans, not all of them Muslims, showed up to the march. Same as it ever was.
*In July of 1986, 57% of American youth between the ages of 16 and 19 were gainfully employed. By July of 2016, only 36% were.

*House Democrats are continuing to block testimony from nearly a dozen witnesses who sought to appear before the intelligence oversight panel investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

*A full 30% of all detainees released from Guantanamo Bay are known to have returned to the Jihad- or are suspected of doing so.

*James Devine, the New Jersey Democratic strategist who recently added #HuntRepublicanCongressmen to some of his Twitter tweets, is apparently a thief as well as an assassin abettor. According to a report on MyCentralJersey.com, he once shoplifted two bags of lettuce, a bottle of hair conditioner and a container of protein powder from a store in Linden, N.J.

*If it wasn't for the (armed) Capitol police, crazed Trump-Hater James T. Hodgkinson would almost certainly have been able to carry out a massacre on an epic scale today, June 14th, 2017. Democrats, of course, used the purely political violence in a purely political attempt to advance their agenda, calling for more gun control. Pathetic.

*The man who attacked a policeman with a hammer in front of Notre Dame Cathedral while shouting, "This is for Syria," is a former journalist who is working on a doctoral thesis said university and government officials. He had not been suspected of radicalization. Shocking, and shocking, right?

*Two federal agencies teamed up with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in spending almost half a million dollars on a- temporary- art exhibit that revealed what it smelled like in medieval times. Really.

*The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found $519,8 billion in errors in its 2015 and 2016 records, marking the third straight year it's had major bookkeeping problems.It's so bad, the agency's inspector general has actually given up trying to complete an audit this year. Good luck, Dr. Carson!

*A Georgia couple wanted to officially name their toddler daughter "Zalykha Graceful Lorraina Allah." The state originally refused, explaining that state law requires a baby's surname to be that of the father or the mother for the birth record, or a combination of the two. The couple is comprised of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk. Handy-Walk successfully sought the ACLU's help to force the state to recognize "Allah" as their offspring's last name. The group filed a lawsuit, which it has since withdrawn, as the Georgia Department of Health has now capitulated and has issued a birth certificate in compliance with the ACLU's, and Handy-Walk's wishes.

*Reports claim North Koreans are ever more frequently turning to amidon as their drug of choice. So much so that some think it may soon replace crystal meth as the most often used illicit drug in the Hermit Kingdom. Amidon, an opioid painkiller, and crystal meth may help ease the mental and physical pain of forced labor, hunger, lack of health care, and other indignities ubiquitous in Kim Jong un's realm.

*The number of abortions performed more than five months into pregnancy in the U.S. is estimated to be about 16,000 annually. That is more than the annual number of  U.S. gun homicides.

*As John Adams famously stated, his reading of history taught him that "there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." This, the Founders knew, was because over time people become more loyal to factions than the well-being of the nation as a whole. In the case of the modern Western democracies, the left is actively assisting the suicides, if it's not the actual assassin.

*President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey? President Bill Clinton fired then FBI Director William S. Sessions, a Republican, on July 19th, 1993. Vince Foster was found dead on July 20th, 1993. Coincidence? Or did the Great Prevaricator need an FBI Director who would be willing to look the other way when it came to the (alleged) Clinton crimes?

*A group of students at Pomona College, part of California's hallowed Claremont Colleges, has declared "truth" to be a "white-supremacist myth."

*The Chinese government still murders men and women for their political- and religious- beliefs. Then it harvests their organs for profit. Yet President Trump had cordial words for Xi Jinping during their recent White House meeting. They even shared a piece of cake.

*The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation released its inaugural "Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Towards Socialism." According to this survey, fully 32% of Millennials believe that George W. Bush killed more people than Stalin. W killed no one, Stalin tens of millions. Perhaps they also believe that the dinosaurs built Stonehenge?

*The North Korean military fired hundreds of rockets, torpedoes and other projectiles at mock warships during its largest ever live-fire exercise recently. Hundreds of tanks lined the coast near Wonsan, turrets pointing out to sea. If the Hermit Kingdom has any missiles/projectiles left after this demonstration, it is well prepared to defend itself should the Pacific Ocean decide to attack.

*According to a new Pew Survey, 48% of Americans would rather have a bigger government providing more services than a smaller one providing less services. If so, 48% of Americans no longer wish to be...Americans. Limited government and Natural Law are the defining features of America. Pathetic and sad.

* Rod Dreher, in his new book, "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation," makes the assertion that the modern Christian Church "no longer forms souls but caters to selves." Sadly, he is correct.

*As robots, sex-bots, and A.I. 'humanoids' become ever more commonplace...you can be sure Democrats will want to give them the vote.

*Pope Francis lamented how- he claims- migrants, among others, see their "human dignity crucified" every day through injustice and corruption. Meanwhile, the world-wide spate of Islamic extremist terror attacks committed by "migrants" continues unabated. Human dignity is undoubtedly "crucified" when innocent people have their throats slashed or are run over by trucks, Holy Father.

*Some International Studies students at Iowa State University received an assignment directing them to "Write a paper that gives a historical account of 9/11 from the perspective of the terrorist network. In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened." In other words, we're toast.

*A few days after a Pakistan International Airline plane crashed last December while en route to Islamabad, tragically killing all 47 passengers, the airline attempted to fend off any additional bad luck by sacrificing a goat...on the Islamabad airport's tarmac...just before a flight destined for Multan took off. That sight would inspire confidence in anyone.

*The son of Hillary Clinton's former running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, was arrested on Saturday, March 4th, at the Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul, while protesting a rally in support of President Trump. Kaine was with a group that lit off fireworks and then attempted to flee the scene. Arresting officers had to use "some force" to take him into custody.

*As Michael Medved points out in his excellent new book, "The American Miracle," the final documents that ended the Mexican-American War and gave California to the United States were signed within the same week...and possibly on the very day...that gold was discovered in...California. Quite the coincidence?!

*Three of the first five American presidents- Founders all- died on July 4th. Those odds are almost incalculable. Well, actually, one expert calculates that they are 50 million to one.

*The same people who are afraid President Trump secretly wants to put all women back in corsets are livid with him for not being welcoming enough to Muslim men from country’s where women are forced to wear burkas and hijabs. Ours is not a sane world.

*General Michael Flynn was a Democrat, so at first blush it seems odd that he was likely the target of a political hit by former Obama administration officials. There were two reasons for this, though: 1) They'll do anything to discredit and disturb President Trump, of course. 2) Flynn was one of the most vocal opponents of Obama's Iran Deal, and may have been planning to expose details of the plan that the former president and his minions would rather stay hidden.

*A Moscow-based technology initiative funded in part by the Russian government funneled tens of millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. "Journalists" didn't care.

*The Obama State Department gave roughly $350,000 in grants to an Israeli political group that utilized the money to try to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's March 2015 election. Meddling in foreign elections is not part of the State Department's- or America's- purview.

*The French National Assembly recently passed a bill criminalizing internet posts that counsel women not to have abortions. Anyone found 'guilty' of "exerting psychological or moral pressure" on a woman considering having an abortion would be subject to a fine of up to $30,000 and two years in prison. To the extent that progressives believe in God, they had better hope He is rather more tolerant than just.

*The 2017 Westminster Dog Show included...cats...for the first time in its 140-year history. That's inclusiveness! Oh well, maybe the cats identified as dogs.

*Those of us of a conservative bent are limited in our ability to honestly discuss the issues, because of political correctness and laws against "hate speech." The leftist coastal elites accuse us of "clinging to our God and guns," and then these progressives do their best to make certain that Christianity and the Second Amendment are mocked in the media and invalidated on campus. We are left with only two choices. One of them is surrender.

*The Women's March For Life was a breath of fresh air after the Women's March On Washington: Tens of thousands marched with no violence or assaults, and no trashing of people or property. It was almost as if the marchers had respect for life.

*And now we find out that there was a threatened attempt on the President-elect’s life. Apparently by a close friend of…the Clintons.  Can't be! The man allegedly gave $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 1996. Hillary gave the eulogy at his mom’s funeral. Radical left-wing extremist.

*At 6 a.m. January 7, 2017, the spatial average temperature over the Lower 48 United States was 11 degrees (Fahrenheit), which is fully 9 degrees(!) colder than at any time last winter.

*During President Obama's time in office, the number of temporary visas granted nearly doubled, from 5.8 million a year in 2009 to 10.9 million in 2015. And this in a time of terror.

*The Department of Homeland Security says that over 500,000 people who entered the U.S. on short-term visas did not leave when they expired...not including students and workers who overstayed their visas!

*Planned Parenthood gave $38 million to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Taxpayers contribute $500 million annually to Planned Parenthood, whether they like it or not. As in the case of union dues, taxpayers are forced to pay for things they may not believe in. In this case, possibly twice. This is the worst kind of extortion, and must be stopped.

*Terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, writes James E. Mitchell in his new memoir, told him he expected jihad to prevail because "we do not need to defeat you militarily; we only need to fight long enough for you to defeat yourself by quitting." We, apparently, will never learn this lesson.

*The federal government under both George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama rapidly usurped more and more control over education. Donald Trump's choice for education secretary, Betsy Devos, will help roll back federal regulations that have stymied teachers and kept students in failing schools. She will  help restore state's power over their own education systems.

*Jeff Sessions, President-elect Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general, is a brilliant choice. He will restore integrity to a department gone wildly- and partisanly- astray. He is determined to get a handle on illegal immigration. But he also helped desegregate Alabama's schools, and oversaw the prosecution of the head of that state's branch of the Klu Klux Klan, for the murder of a black teenager. He is sober, logical, reasoned, hard working, mild-mannered, but determined. In short, a consummate conservative adult.

*Hillary Clinton blames Vladimir Putin for meddling in the election. She said, "We are well beyond normal political concerns here. This is about the integrity of our democracy and the security of our nation." That's our Hillary, brimming with integrity and ever-concerned with the country's security. You can't make it up.

*Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Hillary Clinton won Detroit by a huge margin, of course. But, apparently, you can never be too sure. Or was it the Russian's fault?

*After the election, Democrats have turned into basket (of deplorables) cases.

*Jill Stein paid $3.5 million to see her wish of a Wisconsin presidential election recount come true. She suspected fraud. A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Elections Commission is on record as stating: "We're not finding any problems with the machines." Since the beginning of the recount, Trump has gained 146 votes. Karma?

*President Obama is going to use his last days in office to attempt to f--k up his country  in ways that no one deemed possible only a few years ago. 

*Get ready for the largest and most concerted attack on the electoral college in American history. 

*Barack and Michelle are disgusted by Trump's behavior...but consider Beyonce a "perfect role model for their daughters?" Have a listen to some of Beyonce's lyrics in songs such as "Blow," and decide for yourselves.

*So the Donald groped women? So did the Kennedys.  Bill Clinton raped them. Hillary covered for him...and likely groped her fair share of women in her own right!

*For each education dollar taxpayers send to Washington, it returns roughly ten cents.

*Hillary's team was feverishly deleting emails even as she herself was publicly calling for transparency. That is the very definition of "Clintonesque."

*Incredibly, Hillary's former Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, was allowed to act as her lawyer by the Obama Justice Department during FBI questioning. Incidentally, Mills simultaneously served as Clinton's Chief of Staff at the State Department and as a paid consultant to the Clinton Foundation. What?

*Progressives believe it is bad for the U.S. to act unilaterally, but that it is good for the President- and the U.N.- to do so.

*Millennials literally think differently, surveys and studies show. They actually believe "diversity" is a hallmark of "character." That is simply a non sequitur. 

*The FBI released the results of its investigation into Hillary Rodham Clinton's e-mail practices on the Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend, the precise timing of which led to these findings getting the least possible attention. The files proved that Hillary's team was frantically deleting e-mails as she publicly called for transparency.

*President Obama insists that the Paris Accord/Agreement on climate change is nothing more than an "executive agreement," and as such does not have to be sent to the Senate for advice and consent. Executive fiat, again, worthy of a "Banana Republic."

*70 flags were recently stolen from the graves of Confederate veterans at Oak Grove Cemetery near Brunswick, Georgia. This is not an isolated incident, but part of a disturbing pattern developing. Whatever one’s political views, there are few acts more loathsome than the desecration of a cemetery. Note to “point-makers:” They served their country… and they are already dead.

*”M” battalions fighting ISIS in Mosul report that talking on a phone used to be a crime punishable by chopping the offender's hand off. Now it typically means death. That’s what happens when ISIS runs your neighborhood.
*U.S. government spending per household reached an incredible $29,867 in 2015 and is projected to skyrocket to $48,088 in 2025!

*To set aside enough money today to pay the current debt and future unfunded costs just from Social Security and Medicare alone, every single person in America today, children included, would owe more than $211,000. (Source: The Heritage Foundation)

*How can you tell that reporters aren't entirely unbiased? Hillary Clinton broke her 8-month streak of evading the press to take questions from the National Associations of Black Journalists and Hispanic Journalists recently, and basked in their numerous rounds of warm and enthusiastic applause.

*At least 472 people were shot in Chicago during the month of August, 16 on August 31st alone. How's that strict gun-control working for you, Chicagoans? 

*Jesse Morton, a 'former' Islamic extremist who supported Al-Qaida and urged others to follow Osama bin Laden, is now a research fellow at George Washington University.

*According to the National Review, an appeals court has ruled that U.S. navy submarines may not use a sonar-based surveillance system whose low frequencies are also used by whales. The magazine notes that, "On the other hand, every year millions of birds and bats are chopped to bits by wind turbines or fried by solar-power plants, and the carnage is taken in stride. What is written off as collateral damage when incurred in pursuit of expensive, erratic 'green' energy becomes unacceptable, it seems, when it helps our armed forces defend America." Well said. And I don't take that lightly.

*Perception: can you see it?

*0.002 percent of college sociologists are conservative according to a recent  survey (12 out of 6,000). Love that diversity and inclusion!

*The Tax Foundation reports that it will take Americans 8.9 billion hours to comply with the tax code- now 2.4 million words in length- in 2016.

*New York, California, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., have all raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour in response to congressional Democrats pleas. The fallout? Many fast food CEOs are seriously considering replacing their employees with robots.

*Bill Clinton fell asleep during his wife's acceptance speech. Timeless love story indeed. It's okay, Bill, many of us did the same thing. 

*Turkey detains everyone in the country. China bans news. U.S. Rep. compares Israelis to termites. Islamic extremists beheading priests and performing Arabic sermons in Catholic churches. The world is certainly heading in the right direction, no? Thanks Obama. Thanks liberal, "progressive" leaders!

*Now that the last two Islamic terror attacks have been carried out using a truck and an ax, respectively, I'm sure we'll see impassioned calls to ban trucks and axes, right? Maybe just assault trucks and assault axes?

*So, you don't want to vote for just "the lesser of two evils?" Really? So you want the worst of two evils to prevail? Wow.

*Black on blue...and dead all over.

*The Billy Joel song goes, "You can't dress trashy 'til you spend alot of money." In a similar vein, you can't truly be an idiot until you attend an institute of higher learning. Which requires spending alot of money.

*Understandably, and even laudably, homosexuals have been buying up AR-15's and other firearms at a breathtaking pace since the Orlando terrorist attacks. What- if anything- will the liberal media have to say about this?

 *The Women for Trump Facebook Group was set up as a voice for women who “are fed up with loser politicians who won’t stand up for our freedom or for the USA.”  The W.F.T. Facebook page currently has 27,000 followers and is one of the most popular Trump fan pages. Recently, the Women for Trump Facebook page organizer received this warning from Facebook: Facebook “has received many reports from your page” and to, “Please review your posts for reasons that you have violated our terms.” Scary.
*Whenever most liberals speak, it becomes clear they should be committed to an inane asylum.

*Hillary Clinton promised last March "to put a lot of coal miners...out of business." For some reason, this didn't go over well in Kentucky. And she's the smartest woman to ever trod the planet?

*As National Review reports, IMF figures show that the EU today is the only region of the world to be consistently experiencing zero economic growth. How is that socialist, illegal-immigrant-welcoming welfare state working out for you, Brussels?

*According to a new poll by the Washington Post, 90% of American Indians are not offended by the name of the Washington Redskins.

*About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says. Talk about Olympian-sized appetites! That is quite the rate of “inflation!” How many Olympic athletes are there?

*North Korea continually touts its rapidly-advancing missile technology. I can see why. It can now consistently hit...the Pacific Ocean.

*From the time of the Founders until at least the end of the John Quincy Adams presidency, it was considered a character flaw to aggressively lobby for the highest office in the land. One "stood for" rather than "ran for" office. In fact, to actively seek any elective office was to demonstrate your unfitness for it. And now we have Hillary and the Donald.

*John Quincy Adams on free trade, circa 1823: "It is the nature of commerce, when unobstructed by the interference of authority, to find its own channels and to make its own way. Let us not undertake to regulate that which will best regulate itself." Perfectly said.

*If Thomas Jefferson was the founder of the modern-day Democratic Party, Adolf Hitler founded Israel’s Likud Party.

*The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg recently quoted the king of Jordan, who said, "I think I believe in American power more than Obama does." That says it all.

*On the cusp of Obama's trip to "Cuber," the regime arrested more than 300 people, and an American hotel company struck a deal with the Cuban military, which controls tourism on the island nation. While in the dictatorship, the president invited the Colombian terror group FARC to a U.S.-Cuba baseball game. JFK is rolling in his grave.

*President Obama once again showed his priorities: shortly after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, he was happily doing "the wave" with a Communist dictator at a baseball game in Cuba. Always ready to cavort with unsavory types, he also posed respectfully for a picture with a giant mural of the murderous thug Che' Guevara in the background. Oddly enough, he doesn't seem to have much time for leaders of historically allied nations.

*Easter Eggs used to be a rite of spring. Chocolate and nougat, cream or marshmallow, the springtime treats abounded. Now, however, some candy companies are removing the word "Easter" from their packaging, especially in Europe. Eggs- or candy eggs- or springtime eggs are what they're labeled as now. In this case it's clear, first came Easter, then came the egg, then came chickens.

*Judicial Watch found (in 2015) that IRS official Lois Lerner directly communicated with "Justice Department" officials regarding criminal prosecution of the Tea Party and other conservative organizations. Shortly thereafter they went to court over the fact that the Obama IRS targeted conservative organizations 15 times more often than liberal ones. What's the motive for this extreme profiling and prejudice? Why the figurative waterboarding of those who believe in liberty? Power.

*Paul Ryan says “trust us” on the same day that Feds admit several prisoners released from Gitmo have subsequently killed Americans.

*Ted Cruz told reporters that he would back Donald Trump if Trump wins the nomination. "I committed at the outset, I will support the Republican nominee, whoever it is." Class...and sanity.

*Donald Trump has waffled on his earlier "pledge" to support the eventual Republican nominee, and on his promise not to run as a third party candidate if he is not granted the Republican nomination. Marco Rubio has also recanted his pledge to unequivocally support the eventual Republican nominee, if that person happens to be "the Donald." Only Ted Cruz has reaffirmed his steadfast commitment to support the Republican nominee no matter who that may be. It is easy for Trump to make his threats as he is the front-runner. It is easy for Marco Rubio as there is no possible way he can win election. Cruz has the most to lose...and yet is the most principled in his statements.

*Ronald Reagan said, "the United States is the last best hope on earth." Ted Cruz is the last best hope for the United States.

*North Korea recently threatened to launch an indiscriminate "pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice" on Seoul, South Korea and Washington, D.C., in reaction to the start of annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Only a totalitarian state can make up a phrase like "pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice."

*Bernie Sanders said in the most recent Democratic debate that, if you are white, "you don't know what it's like to be poor." Has he ever been to Appalachia or visited with the coal miners Obama put out of work? Has he heard of Albania, the Irish potato famine, or walked through a Wal-Mart lingerie department?

*Deceased folks, non-citizens, convicted felons, and fictitious "people" helped re-elect Barack Obama in 2012. There are more than 4 million illegitimate voters, including 1.8 million deceased persons, registered to vote in America today. Over 200 U.S. counties claim more people registered to vote than they have adult residents. Tragically, Obama's Injustice Department is fighting all efforts at ensuring honest elections, including voter i.d. requirements.

*Karl Marx believed that Socialism was to be the logical outcome of Capitalism in a highly industrialized country with a highly class-conscious citizenry. This has certainly been the case in Western Europe. Now, with the election of Trudeau in Canada and the popularity of Bernie Sanders in the U.S. (even after two Obama terms), we can say, unequivocally, that Karl Marx was right.
*Mammals with large brains tend to be smarter but they also face a greater chance today of going extinct, according to a study published recently. A professor at Stanford University, Eric Abelson, suspected there might be a link between larger brains and the risk of extinction. To test his hypothesis he conducted a study involving more than 600 species of animals from across the globe. To his surprise, the data he examined revealed a clear pattern: animals with larger brains were more at risk of extinction than those with smaller ones. Based on current global events, it appears humans may soon be among them.
*Former Sen. Tom Coburn is irate about being quoted in a recent Donald Trump attack on Ted Cruz. Coburn called the quote an "absolute fabrication.” As part of his never-ending criticism of Cruz, Trump's Twitter feed re-tweeted and pushed a quote ostensibly from Coburn criticizing Cruz as "one of the most dishonest people" in Washington. During a phone interview with the Washington Examiner, the former Oklahoma senator fired back at Trump. "It's an absolute fabrication. I've never said that, period," Coburn said. "It's unfortunate he would use my name to say something dishonest. It's a total fabrication.” 
*Iran has, against the Geneva Convention, posted a picture on Twitter of an American sailor crying after he and other sailors were captured and detained by the Muslim nation a couple weeks ago. It has recently come to light that the sailor was just reflecting on the 2016 Democratic presidential nominees.
*StarTribune headline: Student condom use falls at U. Question: How do they know?

*President Obama recently condescendingly opined on many Americans' dislike for global treaties and organization's (such as the U.N.) attempts to impose their edicts and laws on them by stating: "Now, there's a long history of that, that's in our DNA, you know? The United States was born suspicious of some distant authority..." No, O, it was born because it defeated a tyrannical government that housed its soldiers in their homes and taxed them without representation. History was never this president's strong suit.

*Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is urging Americans to choose their next president carefully because 2016 "is the last chance for the American people to take back control of their government."In an interview with Secrets, the Republican warned that liberal special interests, Wall Street moguls, and international media conglomerates are fast turning the United States into just another member of the European Union, while President Obama lauds those efforts and contributes to them with his shameless use of executive orders.

*Approximately half of the 23 state-run co-ops that were given massive federal subsidies under Obamacare have declared bankruptcy.

*The federal government "confiscated" over $5 billion in property from U.S. citizens last year.

*American taxpayers subsidize 24 percent of all abortion costs in the United States, or the equivalent of 250,000 abortions per year. Federal revenues represent 35 percent of Planned Parenthood's $1.4 billion in total revenues. (Fiscal year 2014 numbers). Let us hope God is exceptionally merciful, indeed.

*It has been recently revealed that the NSA has been spying on Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu...intimately and aggressively so to quote the National Review.  As NR opined, if the NSA were intercepting  and disseminating a leftist leader's  communications with members of Congress, Democrats would be screaming and holding outraged hearings.

*U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated that her "greatest fear" is the alleged rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the country and promised that the Justice Department would "take action." In 2014, the U.S. experienced one "anti-Muslim" crime per 29,000 American Muslims. There was one "anti-Jewish" crime per 11,000 American Jews. There is no "epidemic of violence" in either case, but one troubles the A.G. and one doesn't, even though it is by far the most common.

*Since the ISIS attacks on Paris, the New York Daily News has run at least four covers pertaining to the topic of terrorism and mass killings. The terrorists weren't blamed in any of these stories, of course. Instead, the right to bear arms was attacked as the culprit. In fact, two of the offerings depicted Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA, as a jihadi terrorist. Another one simply blamed Second Amendment advocates for the actions of international terrorists. And one cleverly targeted... the virtue of prayer.

*The U.S. spends more per student on education than any other nation in the world...over $15,000 per student annually. Yet, U.S. students rank 24th in literacy and 31st in math proficiency.

*When Obama travels on official business and spends his time and speeches savaging  Republicans- as he usually does- it is the taxpayers who foot the bill. Is this not taxation without representation? At the very least, we can all agree, it is unpresidential and divisive.

*Lecturing this week (1/13/2016) at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, president Obama said the U.S. was "250 years old." He was a community organizer for longer than he's been president, so we'll cut him some slack for being off by roughly 10 and 1/2 years.

*American Secretary of State John Kerry said that the January 12th capture and release of the 10 American sailors by Iran could be a "good story" for both countries. Huh??! Like "Hansel & Gretel?" "Anna Karenina?" "Rambo" would be appropriate, perhaps. Or the history of the U.S. Marine Corp. 

*Are the little stickers (on the back of many products) that say "Made in China" made in China?

*Most of us make New Year's resolutions and some of us even carry them out. They usually involve a desire to lose weight or quit smoking, etc. ISIS, however, has resolved to kill and maim more people via more attacks than ever in 2016. Here's hoping our resolve proves stronger than theirs.

*There was a Second Emancipation Proclamation: It read, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

*It's amazing how Clarence Thomas and Ben Carson- both of whom are black- aren't considered by many progressives to be 'authentically' black, even as they claim Bill Clinton was the 'first black president.'

*At the G-20 summit in Turkey, President Obama said he was "not interested in...pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning." Yes, you have made that remarkably clear, Mr. President.

*For many decades, Georgia had given state employees the day after Thanksgiving off in honor of Robert E. Lee's birthday. The great man and brilliant Confederate general will no longer be so honored. Starting in 2016, Lee's birthday (and Confederate Memorial Day) will be known simply as  "state holiday," by order of the state's Republican governor, Nathan (Raw) Deal.

*Obama has done more to truly, deeply- and likely irrevocably- damage and weaken the United States than all of its historical enemies combined throughout its existence.

*After 7 years of Obama, the U.S. military is no longer 'too big to fail.'

*Obama is the twenty trillion dollar man. The U.S. debt was 10.6 trillion when he assumed the presidency. It is currently 18.15 trillion. The newly enacted spending bill allows the treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion by March of 2017 (from who?). The 19.65 trillion dollar debt at the end of his presidency will be nearly double that of when he took office. Incredible.

*The five Democrats Nancy Pelosi picked to 'investigate' Planned Parenthood took $81,000 in campaign contributions from PAC's closely associated to the organization.

*Several U.S. colleges have designated 'official' Halloween 'costume sensitivity consultants,' and have put up posters around campus with the phone numbers of these exalted officials, that anyone unsure of their outfit might get good politically-correct counsel before actually donning them and chancing a public outcry. The State University of New York has five of these Halloween costume arbiters. Wesleyan has six.

*Al Gore has warmed to a study by the 'Harvard School of Public Health' purporting to show that global warming is making people dumber. The study claims that 'carbon dioxide has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making.' Talking about global warming has undoubtedly made Al Gore dumber.

*A new study shows that 93% of Detroit's public school students are not proficient in reading and 96% are not proficient in math. We spend more money per student than we ever have and more than any other country on earth. To anyone proficient in reading or math, this might suggest that the problem lies elsewhere.

*A special intelligence review of Hillary Clinton's e-mails found two that were "top secret." One concerned North Korea's nuclear program. "Top secret" is defined as that which could "reasonably" be expected to cause "exceptionally grave damage to the national security" if it were leaked or hacked. That normally equates to charges of treason. Don't hold your breath.

*About ten years ago, at my son's Little League baseball game, I happened to look up into the sky and saw a small airplane trailing a long banner that (helpfully) read, "Stop the War. End Violence." Well, that was the top part of the banner. The bottom part read, "10 week abortions, call 555-555-1212." (That wasn't the actual phone number, but you get the idea). One of the all-time great examples of liberal hypocrisy and insanity.

*In 1998, the top 5% of income earners in the U.S. paid 53.8% of all income taxes. The bottom 50% of income earners paid 4.2%. The rich get (arbitrarily and unfairly) soaked.

*"Era of Errors: the Obama Years"

*"No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits...Climate change {provides} the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world."- Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment, as quoted by the Calgary Herald newspaper, December 14, 1998.

*Many nineteenth century  suffragettes and women's rights activists vehemently opposed abortion and birth control because they knew they would remove responsibility from men, encourage them to use and discard women, undermine marriage, and lead to widespread family- and societal- breakdown. You reap what you sow.

*An offshoot of affirmative action, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977 forced banks to make loans to unqualified minorities. The law directly led to the devastation of many banks and sparked the subprime mortgage crisis and the "Great Recession."

*In the Roe v. Wade decision, the Court found that women have the "absolute right" to abort an unborn baby during the first trimester, the right to abort during the second trimester, and a right to abort in the third trimester in order to preserve the mother's life or health. They based the ruling on a constitutional "right to privacy." Say again?

*Today, the average Cuban eats about one-fourth as much meat and substantially less rice, bread and beans than slaves on the island did in the 1840's. Nice job, Fidel.

*Tragically, a teenage boy was shot to death by thugs in Compton, California, while painting over a graffiti ravaged area. Too bad he couldn't previously have gotten 'straight out of Compton.' Crime is sharply up in the big cities and urban areas of late, because our leaders are fomenting discord, jealousy and hatred...and we are tolerating it.

*Who would ever have believed that an admitted socialist presidential candidate would be leading his field  in any state in our Union? Iowa? Bernie Sanders? Talk about change.

*Hillary Clinton was not sorry for the longest time. Now she is.

*There is a vast left-wing conspiracy. It's called the mainstream media.

*The Obama election (and re-election) was an actual "man-caused disaster."

*Global hurricane activity is at a 45-year low.

*The current European refugee crisis is a de facto Islamic invasion. History will record this so.

*On his MSNBC show, Chris Matthews actually asked a good question recently. He queried of Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, "What's the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? What's the difference between you and a socialist?" Ms. Wasserman Schultz would not answer. Instead she laughed off the question and said she wanted to talk about the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. Her answer? Democrats are good people while Republicans are "extremists."

*This is the third straight year that the U.S. has experienced a cooler than normal July.

*Americans recently interviewed coming out of the National Archive Building in Washington, D.C., with its attendant Bill of Rights Exhibit, could not correctly identify a single First Amendment right.

*Hillary Clinton "certified" that she has turned over all her work related e-mails to the proper authorities, after months of obstruction. She also claimed that she and hubby Bill have been completely transparent as regards their Foundation, its donors, and the Benghazi attack. Additionally, she claims that she was pinned down by sniper fire, or she wouldn't have been late. "Ms. Clinton, at this point, really, what difference does it make?"

*Only 41% of Democrats approve of the Iran Nuclear Accord. Wow.

*Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwean government, guilty of heinous crimes against man, has now presided over economic devastation, brought about by its seizing the commercial farms of white minorities. As a result, the country has experienced inflation the likes of which is incomprehensible to modern man. The unemployment rate approaches 80%. There is little or no electricity- or water. Yet Mugabe has addressed the shooting of "Cecil" the lion, telling his own people that, "you allowed it to happen." They "allowed" Mugabe to happen, I guess.

*Artificial intelligence is looming, but amorality is already here.

*Arctic ice volume increased by roughly one-third after the cool summer of 2013 and continued to increase in 2014, more than reversing the losses of the three previous years.

*More than 58,000 American soldiers died in the Vietnam War. More than 1.1 million North Vietnamese did. We lost? How? Only politicians and a bureaucracy could've prevented our military from winning a decisive victory.

*The 'Onion,' the redoubtable humor/parody newspaper has announced plans to fold immediately. A spokesperson for the popular, irreverent campus tribune stated that, "we can no longer differentiate ourselves from actual news and current event absurdity, as people and events are, apparently,  accidentally lampooning themselves to a degree that we just can't top or augment in a meaningful way. (Just kidding!).

*If a woman is to be placed on  U.S. paper currency, whether it be the Ten dollar bill, or the Twenty, or whatever...it should be Ayn Rand.

*Who would be on a Great Dictators Mount Rushmore? Perhaps Julius Caesar, King Henry the VIII, Ivan the Terrible and...Anthony Kennedy?

*Oregon is now charging driver's a per mile usage fee. Advanced GPS units are utilized in two of the three systems in use and track a cars every move. Enough like 1984 for you?

*Germany now has the lowest birthrate in the world. It is not even at replacement level, therefore they have to rely on immigrants to replace part of their population and perform certain jobs, etc. Incredibly, only a few decades after they nearly ruled the world, the "Aryan' race is voluntarily going away. A country's birth rate is necessarily indicative of its confidence in its future. They once were on the road to Moscow. They now are on the road to ruin. 

*The policies that the global warming alarmists desperately want to put in place would cost the average American family $3,900 every year and increase the risk of catastrophic power outages. Yet, even the Obama administration admits that the reductions in energy use caused by these policies would have no effect on the global climate, as any reductions in carbon dioxide emissions the U.S. might make would be more than offset by increases in these emissions from China, India and other nations. Why, then, the urgent pleas that we have to go down this road? These policies would necessarily result in higher taxes and new regulations, and allow those in power to grant massive subsidies to important donors to their political campaigns, thereby making those in control even more powerful. That's why.

*Residents of Washington, D.C., who want to own a firearm are subjected to a brutal and demanding permitting process and after that to a set of harsh restrictions that govern which models they may own in their homes. These rules, however, do not apply to members of Congress, of course, as they exempted themselves. Just another instance of only the criminals being allowed to have guns. 

*The courts keep trying to remind Democrats that the First Amendment exists explicitly to protect political speech, but many Democrats believe it just protects pornography, and keep on trying to criminalize the act of criticizing certain politicians (Democrats) in unapproved ways. In 2014, Harry Reid actually attempted to pass a Constitutional amendment to exempt political speech from...First Amendment protections! In essence he wanted to repeal the First Amendment to the Constitution via a Constitutional Amendment! This effort received the support of every Democrat in the Senate. The modern day Democratic Party is largely against the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. Incredible. The very enumerated rights/protections that differentiated us and made us great- and unique and noble in the eyes of the world- they now despise. The Bill of Rights? They  say it's a bill of goods, and only they have the right to  determine who speaks.

*"There is no cure for Israel, only annihilation."- So stated the supreme leader of Iran, just a few short weeks ago...during the Vienna negotiations. And the press is somehow portraying Prime Minister Netanyahu as an inflexible war monger?

*"Why You Should Stop Eating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Dogmatic adherence to mealtimes is anti-science, racist, and might actually be making you sick." So stated Kiera Butler in Mother Jones, March 4th, 2015. Racist?! She was comparing American meal habits (imported from Europe don't you know) to those of Native Americans. I really wasn't trying to offend anyone by eating three meals a day... at roughly the same times!
     Dogmatic adherence to politically-correct liberal bullshit is anti-science, racist and is actually making me sick.

*To borrow a bit from Sports' Illustrated, here's today's sign of the apocalypse: "A lot of families are saving a lot of money at the gas pump, which is putting smiles on folks' faces. You're welcome."  Barack Hussein Obama actually uttered that quote in a speech in Indianapolis a number of weeks ago. Chutzpa doesn't come close to describing this.

*The Founders/Framers gave special emphasis to what government could not do to limit the freedoms of its citizens. The Bill of Rights was one off-shoot of that emphasis. They so revered the concept of a citizenry able to determine its own destiny, that the concept of "citizen" itself  was seen as an office, replete with its own responsibilities.

*The United Church of Christ, Jeremiah Wright's and President Obama's church, is far removed from traditional Christian teachings. The UCC, like many Mainline Protestant- and other- denominations, sadly, has become a purveyor of general spirituality and a promoter of progressive social causes and activism. The church's statement of its own beliefs declares, "The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love." Except for America and traditional values.

*Britain announced earlier this year that it will be including the import, manufacture, and consumption of illegal drugs (such as heroin and crack cocaine) in the official estimates of the country's economy going forward. The national statistics agency also stated that prostitution will be included in the GDP figures, as well. Currently, the only illegal activities reflected in Britain's GDP are estimates of alcohol and tobacco smuggling. A few of the activities, such as prostitution, are legal in certain European Union countries, and therefore comparable figures are needed. Officials say that all member states need the same standard as they are used to assess each state's contribution to the E.U. budget. That's one quick and easy way to grow the economy!

*Rajendra Pachauri had been the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2002. The IPCC, a U.N. body, shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007. Pachauri accepted on behalf of the IPCC. He has now been ousted as IPCC chairman because of sexual-harassment charges. He stated in his resignation letter, "For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma."  Conservatives have claimed for years that environmentalism has become a substitute religion for leftists, and have been mocked for it. Pachauri's admission is unbidden and straight from the horse's mouth.

The harassment charges? They aren't dharma. They are karma.

*Four of the previous seven Illinois governors were sent to prison! More than half! That is a truly remarkable feat. Can any state beat that? Illinois also boasted, as of last summer, the worst credit rating in the nation and one of the highest unemployment rates. Moreover, an incredible 82 people were shot- and 14 killed- in Chicago over the July 4th, 2014 holiday weekend alone! No wonder a Gallup poll shortly after revealed that virtually half of Illinois residents would leave if they could, more than any other state in the nation. And no wonder that they finally voted for a Republican governor this past November.

*After Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that she was "near tears," "saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation." That's what we  need in our leaders. ..toughness and an unflinching look at reality! And she couldn't help but belie her own claim by using the phrase "our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation!" Yeah, there is the immediate Iran threat, but God help us if New Zealand gets the bomb. The inability to distinguish friend from foe, or acknowledge good from evil on the part of many on the left is stunning. Pathetic.

*Example 34A of the fact that the "wealthy"  the Democrats routinely savage are now aligned more with Democrats than Republicans: Wayzata, Minnesota, with an average household income of well over $100,000 a year- twice the state average- ponied up more money for the Democrat than the Republican in the most recent election for governor. Mark Dayton, the Democratic governor, received virtually double the money from donors giving more than $200 than did  his Republican challenger! Edina, the states other famously well off suburb, actually saw more of its citizens votes go to Obama than to the wealthy Romney in the 2012 Presidential election.

*President Obama recently outlined a new national security blueprint for his last two years in office. In it he warned against American "overreach" based on fear. Yet, his same blueprint called the U.S. an indispensable force in combating global challenges including climate change and cyber threats. He stated that "we have to make hard choices among many competing priorities." Essentially paying for most of the world's "efforts" to reduce carbon emissions- with no tangible benefit to the U.S.- is an overreach. And is being done, ostensibly, out of fear of global warming. What Putin is attempting to do to his neighbors is actual "overreach." And in that  matter we are certainly guilty of "underreach."

* Feb. 22, 2015--Kim Jong-un has indicated that he will likely further purge top officials. He has ordered Workers' Party members to carry out a "campaign against abuse of power, bureaucratism, irregularities and corruption." His statement urged party  members to fully implement the behests of his late father Kim Jong-il, by "unconditionally carrying out them to the last without an inch of deflection and a single step of concession." The "Supreme Leader," who apparently needs better speechwriters, translators, or proofreaders, executed a general last month because he disagreed with him. He also ordered the killing of his uncle (and one-time deputy) in 2013.

 *"The Americans have very clearly surrendered to Iran's might, and this is obvious in their behavior in the region and in the negotiations." So stated the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards after the U.S. agreed to a seven-month extension of nuclear talks with his nation's government. Vomit.

*Things you'll never hear: "Hello, Honey-Baked Hams, Riyadh...how may I help you?"  

 *A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll showed that Russians who rely on state TV for their news think more highly of President Vladimir Putin than those who utilize other news sources. Duh. It's the same here in the U.S. Those that rely on the mainstream media alone will never get the full- or sometimes even the real- story.

*Putin's first prime minister is now a firm opponent. He is on record recently as saying, "The end is near, the country is at the brink of going down."


*Opponents of the Houston Equal Rights (H.E.R.) Amendment, known as the “bathroom bill” object that it would allow men who “identify” as women to use women’s public restrooms. What could possibly go wrong?
                I didn’t know “equal rights” meant “same bathrooms.”

*In 1998 Charlie Crist was a Republican running for a Senate seat in Florida, when he called on President Bill Clinton to resign, stating that “The president has shattered the confidence and trust of the American people. And I think he needs to be accountable for that.”
In 2014, the same Crist, now a Democrat hoping to become governor again, called Clinton, who was campaigning for him, “one of the greatest Americans in the history of our country, one of the greatest presidents ever.”
Typical two-faced politician. I guess when you can change parties like underwear, it’s easy enough to change your morals and values as well. Assuming he had any in the first place. Whatever will get you elected.

*More from the ever-tolerant, inclusive, caring, “be safe”-commanding liberals. Bristol Palin was recorded claiming that she was knocked down and dragged across the ground during a drunken brawl in Alaska. Did she get the usual “can you tell us how hard this was for you? Were you scared? Did you think you would be raped? Did you think about dying?, etc. etc.” line of concerned questioning most famous folks would get from the cloying mainstream media? Not quite. Instead, vast outbreaks of mirth and amusement broke out.
CNN’s Carol Costello introduced the tape on her show as “possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across” and instructed her viewers to “sit back and enjoy” it.  Would those in the media treat any other young woman reporting that she was assaulted as an opportunity to revel in mirth? Even those who it turns out made completely false or made up charges are treated with grave respect. Remember the Duke rugby case among myriads of others?          

*According to "News of the Weird", Jim Howe, father of two children at South Cumberland Elementary School in Crossville, Tennessee, was handcuffed and briefly detained by a sheriff's deputy in November after mistakenly believing that he could walk his kids home when class let out at 2 p.m. The school only allows 2 p.m. departure for kids being picked up in cars; pupils who leave on foot must wait until 2:35. The deputy said "a rule is a rule" and that if Howe failed to cooperate, he would be jailed.

*CBS News reported from a Pentagon interview back in January that America has "practically zero capability" either to detect enemy cruise missiles aimed at Washington, D.C.,  from offshore, or to "defend against them." They did have a solution for defending the capital, though, said an official. They would launch two blimps, soon, to float two miles up over a base in Maryland to try to spot any such incoming missiles. That was the preferred tactic for scouting out the enemy's whereabouts...in the Civil War.

*Katja Kipping, the leader of Germany's largest opposition party (the liberal Die Linke), proposed giving all welfare families an extra cash voucher the equivalent of about $640 in order to allow each a summer "vacation."

*Studies have found that the longer immigrants live in the United States, the more likely they are to be obese, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, among others. I'm guessing it's because they have food here, but I'm not a medical health specialist.

*Well, the gay marriage thing is done, so what can possibly be next? Progressive's always...progress. They never, ever stop pushing the envelope...ever. Did I say ever? What is almost unthinkable now as was gay marriage just a few short years ago? Well, let's look to Germany. The German Ethics Council actually called for the decriminalization of incest a few weeks ago. Incestuous pairs, said the council, "feel their fundamental freedoms have been violated" and that they "are forced into secrecy or to deny their love."

*In ISIS-captured territory, lines of women, covered from head to toe,  and tied together with rope, are being led to slave markets. There, even little girls, who were recently going to school and playing with dolls before ISIS arrived, were married off to men many times their age. "War on Women?"

*Hundreds of cases of rape and the selling of women as slaves at market in Mosul (for the equivalent of $80 American) have been witnessed lately. "War on Women?"

*According to the Tax Foundation, the total taxpayer cost for IRS administration, enforcement, record keeping, tax filing, advice and collection was $194 billion last year. This sum is about equal to the size of the total U.S. federal budget in 1970!!

*Notice that Republicans have mostly shut-up about Obamacare? And, incredibly, yet again they have completely bought into the perfect strategy for losing the upcoming elections. Instead of touting their own ideas and agenda, they are hoping to say nothing substantive and not make any glaring mistakes, believing that Obama's unpopularity alone will hand them victories. This isn't much of a 'strategy', and to the extent that it is, it has backfired nearly every time, including in several recent elections you may remember. This is exactly the opposite of Reagan's philosophy of confidently telling the people clearly what you believe and what your agenda will be, and explaining to them why it is in their- and the country's- best interest.

                                                                                                                                                                   *1960 Headline- Democrats Rallying Whites in the South After Unrest
  2014 Headline- Democrats Rallying Blacks After Ferguson, MO., Shooting


 *Headline I'd like to see: "Obama, Democrats Propose Amnesty For Invasive Species"

*Al Franken voted with Obama 100% of the time in 2013. "You're not good enough, you're not smart enough, and...gosh darn it...people don't like you that much anymore". Would that were true, but it's Minnesota we're talking about, here.

*Developing nations now account for more than half of greenhouse gas emmisions. This helps put in proper perspective how ludicrous our policies are. Maybe leftists want to abort these nations? That might help solve the problem. I mean they're just developing anyway, not fully formed.

  * Paraphrasing Benjamin Netanyahu on the difference between Israel and Hamas/Hezbollah, etc.:
"We use our missiles to protect our citizens; they use their citizens to protect their missiles."

     *More and more people- and groups- are demanding to be victims...because of the power it gives them. Ironic?

     *Bill Clinton has to be excited by the prospect of possibly becoming the only man to ever cheat on his wife in the White House while he was president and cheat on his wife in the White House while she's president. He will make a lovely first gentleman.

*The new film (released this past June), "Obvious Child" is a paean to unfettered abortion.It got rave reviews by many critics and internet platforms, including Slate. Leftists love it. It may be the first film to never even consider  that the 'fetus' could be a human life or could have rights. The main character's best friend touts abortion as "getting that f---ing thing" out of one's body. How did the main character get that "f---ing thing" into her body? Just the normal drunken one night stand. Hey, it's her choice.
     We are done as a society.

*A senior at a Dyer County high school was given in-school suspension for the rest of her class time for saying, "bless you" to a classmate who sneezed on the other side of the room. "Bless you" is one of several banned phrases that were helpfully listed on her blackboard. "We are not going to have Godly speaking in my class" the teacher stated.

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