Robots are replacing longshoremen

The longshoremen aren’t happy.

The push over the last decade by international maritime ports to fully automate operations has sparked the ire of many U.S. longshoremen whose high-paying jobs and way of life are at stake. The trend also sets up a battle between their unions and companies and governments who see automation as a cleaner, more efficient and more cost-friendly alternative to the current system.

“Those robots represent hundreds of (lost) jobs,” Bobby Olvera Jr., president of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13, told the Press-Telegram. “It means hundreds of people that aren’t shopping. They aren’t paying taxes and they aren’t buying homes.”

Questions to ponder….

1) What is the purpose of ports and shipping? To deliver goods or to create jobs?

2) If the purpose is to deliver goods, doesn’t it make sense to do it as efficiently and cost effectively as possible?

3) If the purpose is to create jobs, shouldn’t all forklifts, cranes, carts and so forth be eliminated? After all, the elimination of these labor saving devices would necessitate the creation of thousands of jobs. Limiting the amount one man is allowed to carry would create more.

Job Creation

Job Destruction

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No funds for the beautiful wall?

Funding Trump’s wall is getting complicated.

Congressional Republicans might deliver some more bad news for President Donald Trump, fresh off their embarrassing failure to scrap Obamacare: No new money is coming to build his wall.

Trump hoped to jump-start construction of a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with money in a must-pass government funding bill. But Democratic leaders are vowing to block any legislation that includes a single penny for the wall.

With the GOP consumed by its own divisions, the White House and Hill Republicans will have to rely on Democratic votes to avoid a government shutdown next month in what would be another disaster for Trump’s fledgling presidency.

Republican leaders, wary of this, are considering a plan that would not directly tie the border wall money to the April 28 government funding deadline. Some Republican insiders worry that the president cannot afford another major legislative setback — and they believe a shutdown showdown would result in just that.

Wasn’t Mexico supposed to pay for the wall?

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GOP Going After California Voters By Splitting The State

According to Salon they have hired Nigel Farage to help make it happen. Farage was one of the masterminds behind Britain’s move away from the European Union, called ‘Brexit’. They are calling this effort ‘Calexit’.

“Brexit engineer Nigel Farage hired to promote effort to break California in two”

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage, the British politician known for his successful campaign to get the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, has teamed up with the backers of a campaign to split California into two separate states: a coastal state that would be dominated by liberal-dominated portion and an inland state that would be far more conservative.”

From Salon

More at the UK Daily Mail

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Windows 10 Has A Keylogger. Why would Microsoft Put It In There?

“Windows 10 keylogger: How to stop Microsoft from tracking everything you type”

Windows 10 has a keylogger enabled by default. If you value your privacy, disable it now.”

Learn how here

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Obama’s Legacy Continues To Circle The Drain

We knew there was collusion between Obama and the Kremlin.

If they do release this information it will be interesting – and potentially devastating for Obama.

“Russia Threatens To Leak Things Obama Asked Moscow To “Keep Secret””

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

Asked about the current state of U.S.-Russia relations, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova gave a long winded answer that can be read below. In her answer, Zakharova suggested Russia may “publish leaks” about “secrets” the Obama administration asked the Russian government to keep private. The shocking statement can be found in the second to last paragraph of Zakharova’s answer highlighted in both bold and italic.”

More at Gateway Pundit

And in this English Language Russian source

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The Question Is, Did He Need To Kill Them?

It sounds like it was justified. He has not been arrested nor charged and it is being called self defense. I don’t know Oklahoma law but in most places you are not justified in killing thieves. If they threatened him with deadly force that is an entirely different thing.

“Homeowner’s son kills three would-be burglars with AR-15”

Three would-be robbers were shot and killed Monday when an Oklahoma homeowner’s son opened fire on them with an AR-15, authorities said.

Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa, around 12:30 p.m. local time. When they arrived, they found the three dead suspects and two uninjured residents.

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It was not immediately clear whether the suspects were armed, but Mahoney said the preliminary investigation indicated the shootings were in self-defense. The homeowner’s son volunteered to give a statement at the sheriff’s office.”

More at the New York Post

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Trump dismantles Obama’s climate change agenda

Policies born in executive order, die in executive order.

President Trump will take the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record Tuesday, instructing federal regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions.

The sweeping executive order also seeks to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing and remove the requirement that federal officials consider the impact of climate change when making decisions.

The order sends an unmistakable signal that just as President Barack Obama sought to weave climate considerations into every aspect of the federal government, Trump is hoping to rip that approach out by its roots.

“This policy is in keeping with President Trump’s desire to make the United States energy independent,” said a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the directive Monday evening and asked for anonymity to speak in advance of the announcement. “When it comes to climate change, we want to take our course and do it in our own form and fashion.”

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At minimum, the optics of Nunes at the White House is very bad…

Meeting at the White House the day before Nunes made comments to somewhat vindicate Trump’s monitoring claim is pretty poor judgement. All that accomplished was to create a suspicion that collusion took place.

The day before he announced to reporters that Donald Trump may have been incidentally monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies during the transition, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes met with the source of that information at the White House, a Nunes spokesman told NBC News.

“Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source,” said his spokesman, Jack Langer. “The Chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped.”

White House spokesman Sean Spicer refused to comment when asked why Nunes was on White House grounds, saying he only knew what Nunes had done based on public statements made to various media outlets.

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Simple and to the point

Proposed legislation that everyone will have time to actually read before they vote on it.

An excellent way to keep a campaign promise is to keep a campaign promise.

Simple and to the point.

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This Doesn’t Look Good

“Gun-Totin’ Left-Wingers Demonstrate at the Arizona Capitol: Is Bloodshed on the Horizon?”

Hey, lefties with guns, that’s cool.

At least, that was my first impression upon seeing about 40 or so assorted anarchists, Brown Berets, and members of a group calling itself the Phoenix John Brown Gun Club across the street from the state Capitol, openly armed to the proverbial teeth.”

Counter-demonstrators at the MAGA march included heavily-armed Brown Berets, anarchists, and assorted left-wingers.

The Phoenix John Brown Gun Club’s Motto: “Putting The Red Back In Redneck”.

More at the Phoenix New Times

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Remember The Islamists Who Attacked The ‘Draw Muhammad’ Competition In Garland, Texas In 2015?

Two men traveled from Phoenix, AZ to shoot the place up.

CBS has learned that the FBI knew they were planning the attack and did nothing to stop it. They had an undercover agent in contact with the men. He was in a car right behind them when they started shooting.

What has been going on with the FBI under President Obama?

“60 Minutes investigates first ISIS-claimed attack in U.S. and what the FBI knew”

Anderson Cooper: After the trial, you discovered that the government knew a lot more about the Garland attack than they had let on?

Dan Maynard: That’s right. Yeah. After the trial we found out that they had had an undercover agent who had been texting with Simpson, less than three weeks before the attack, to him “Tear up Texas.” Which to me was an encouragement to Simpson.

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And this past November, Maynard was given another batch of documents by the government, revealing the biggest surprise of all. The undercover FBI agent was in a car directly behind Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi when they started shooting. This cell-phone photo of school security guard Bruce Joiner and police officer Greg Stevens was taken by the undercover agent seconds before the attack.

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Dan Maynard: I can’t tell you whether the FBI knew the attack was gonna occur. I don’t like to think that they let it occur. But it is shocking to me that an undercover agent sees fellas jumping out of a car and he drives on. I find that shocking.

Anderson Cooper: That he didn’t try to stop–

Dan Maynard: He didn’t try to stop ‘em. Or he didn’t do something. I mean, he’s an agent, for gosh sakes.”

More here at CBS News

Also here

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Not The Brightest Bulb In The Chandelier

A few replies to her are here

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John Harwood Gets It But Thinks Its Bad

He calls the idea of limiting government radical. That proves he is a leftist – a progressive. At least half of Americans think American government – at all levels – is too intrusive and too powerful. Harwood calls that notion radical.

This term, ‘Radical’ is a new way for progressives to hurl bad names at us. It’s just another word with a bad connotation. It is a tactic they use. They embrace terms like ‘Racist’, ‘Mysogynist’, ‘Homophobe’, and others to bludgeon others into shutting up.

“Clinton collaborator John Harwood: Republicans “radically opposed to government itself””

On this question of opposition party versus governing party, the modern Republican party is radically opposed to government itself. They’re radically opposed to taxation. What is governing? Governing is about taking action to solve people’s problems. They want government to do less rather than more. And so what they’re trying to do on health care is an act of negation, it’s an act of taking things away that President Obama did.”

From here

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Trump opens the door to working with Democrats

If he can’t get what he wants from conservatives in the GOP, he will look elsewhere. Here is the WSJ…

Days after the House GOP health bill collapsed due to a lack of support from Republicans, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus brought up the idea of working with Democrats multiple times, leaving little doubt that the White House intended to send a message to the hard-line Republican flank.

“This president is not going to be a partisan president,” Mr. Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.” He said that while “I think it’s time for our folks to come together, I also think it’s time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well.”

President Donald Trump could face hurdles in enacting his agenda if he can’t broaden his coalition, even though Republicans control both chambers of Congress. Markets have rallied since his election on the prospects that he would drive through tax cuts, boost infrastructure spending and cut regulations, giving a jolt to the economy.

On Friday, Mr. Trump repeatedly said he was willing to work with Democrats on a new health bill. Earlier this month, he met with House Democrats and told them he wanted to work with them on legislation to allow the government to negotiate for lower drug prices. Mr. Trump has also repeatedly talked about a large infrastructure project to rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges—a measure that also could bring both sides to the table.

The Democrats want single payer but would probably settle for a public option that opens the door to socialized medicine. Is this their chance to get it?

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Who is to blame for the health care bill failure?

President Trump is blaming conservatives and those who called for a straight repeal of Obamacare.

The president said then he didn’t feel betrayed by the conservative lawmakers who opposed the bill.

“They’re friends of mine,” the president said of the Freedom Caucus. “I’m disappointed because we could have had [the bill pass].”

More.

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Twenty Or Thirty Anti-Trump Protesters Attack 2,000 Pro-Trump Marchers, Get Their Asses Kicked

The video below shows an anti-Trump divot, dressed in black, attacking peaceful pro-Trump marchers. The attacked fight back. Somehow that’s not fair, I guess. It looks like there were a lot more news people there than counter-protesters.

“Violence breaks out at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach”

Pearsall said about 2,000 marchers and 30 counterprotesters showed up to the noontime march, held at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

The counterprotesters lined up on the beach trail and were hoping to stop the marchers from progressing, said Byron Lopez, 20, of Santa Ana.

But when marchers approached the area, the counterprotesters parted and people were able to pass through until the violence erupted.

Lopez said he was there as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and did not participate in the violence. He said the masked men were part of Antifa, an anti-fascist movement.”

More at the LA Times

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Transgender ‘Girl’ Saddened That Boys Don’t Like That She Has A Penis

Somehow this is news.

“Transgender ‘Girl’ Saddened and Shocked That Straight Boys Aren’t Interested in Her”

She says: “In a lot of ways, I don’t like telling a guy. Once I tell him all respect goes out of the window.”

“Straight guys just can’t get over you having the male parts.”

PJ Media

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Tulsa Police Officer Runs Over Woman Shooting At Him

I’d call it a good decision. They were right in front of an elementary school. Had he shot at her he would have endangered the people in the school.

Warning – graphic video.

The incident unfolded Saturday at around 2:24 p.m. at 89th Street and Harvard Avenue, near Jenks East Elementary School, Tulsa World reported.

About 20 seconds into the video, police can be heard saying, “She’s running!” and then, “Shots fired!”

Five seconds later, 21-year-old Madison Sueann Dickson is seen running down a sidewalk. She appears to be holding a black object in her hand, which police identified as a gun, the paper reported.

Moments later, the police car drove up on the sidewalk and rammed into her, causing her to fall, and go beneath the hood. Only then does the officer, Jonathan Grafton, bring the car to a halt.”

More at the NY Post

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A Sunday Sermon

Happy Sunday Morning Real Revo. It’s a beautiful day. Spring is here in all its glory and the world is once again coming alive from the Winter slumber.

I was highly blessed this week and look forward to the blessings that will be poured out on me through God’s Word today. Pastor Herb is preaching a series called “God isn’t finished with me yet”. It’s a perfect series of messages leading up to Resurrection Sunday.

At the link below you will find the streaming webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church. The webcast will stream content all day, along with the live webcast of our Sunday Morning Worship Service that starts at 10:45am East Coast time. Please feel welcome to join us.

The streaming television webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church is found HERE

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Don’t Keep All Your Ammo In One Place

The Ukrainians did and it looks like the Russians found out.

This video is something.

Ukraine Balakleya is burning and an ammunition depot is exploding. The base burns.”

More at the BBC

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More Evidence That Progressivism Is A Mental Disorder

Harris is a US Senator. She has Barbara Boxer’s seat. She was California’s Attorney General which explains a lot about that state.

“KAMALA HARRIS WON’T VOTE FOR GORSUCH BECAUSE HE RULES WITH THE LAW NOT FEELINGS”

Harris

The stakes don’t get any higher. Some argue that if a nominee has a stellar legal resume, he or she is qualified to sit on the bench and our job is done. I disagree. As U.S. senators, we have an obligation to also examine a nominee’s legal approach and ask whether he or she considers the impact of those decisions on our society and the daily lives of our people.”

More on Harris’ foolishness here

And at the San Francisco Chronicle

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An Argument For Increasing The Voting Age To 30

Democrats have succeeded in reducing the voting age. Now we have children deciding who will be elected and how much you will pay in taxes. I have contended for a long time that young people do not have the maturity nor have their brains completely developed until about age 30. It is refreshing to see that they, themselves, also see their immaturity.

“At What Age Do Millennials Consider Themselves Adults? The Answer Will Stun You.”

A new report has found that millennials don’t consider themselves adults until they reach the age of 30.

Yes, you read that correctly.

According to The Wrap, research compiled by David Poltrack, CBS’ chief research officer and their ratings expert, as well as Nielsen Catalina Solutions, found that millennials consider themselves adults at age 30 because that’s when they typically are completely responsible for themselves – they no longer reside with their parents and pay entirely for their own bills.”

From the Daily Wire

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Washington Pos Sympathizes With London Terrorist

This kind of thing indicates an illness that infects western journalists. Khalid Masood was an evil man who sought to further the world-wide control that is called Shariah. He killed people and injured many more in his effort to do so. His acts should be remembered for what they were: Hateful and violent. Instead, the Pos writers are treating him with sympathy.

They also call him a loner. If he was alone in his act why have other people been arrested as accomplices? The ‘Loner’ title is designed to elicit even more sympathy because it indicates he suffered from mental problems. It is a false narrative.

“After privileged childhood, London attacker became a troubled loner”

A handout photo made available by the Metropolitan Police shows Khalid Masood, the man behind the terror attack in London. (Metropolitan Police Handout/EPA)

LONDON — On the final night of a troubled, disjointed life that began in the affluent English countryside and ended in a deadly rampage on the streets of London, Khalid Masood returned to his roots.

He had lived for years in the British Midlands, known to neighbors as a devoted gardener but otherwise all but invisible, an urban ghost who left few traces after a series of criminal convictions and a mysterious trip to Saudi Arabia.

Yet on Tuesday night, at age of 52, Masood rented a car and drove to southeast England, where he was raised. At a hotel in the seaside town of Brighton — not far from the gentle and well-to-do towns where classmates from his prep school days remembered him as a happy, soccer-loving teenager — he exchanged jokes with the manager and went to sleep.

He was “friendly and smiley” and said he was visiting friends, the manager, Sabeur Toumi, told British broadcasters on Friday.

The next morning, Masood checked out and drove to London to commit the worst act of terrorism on British soil in more than a decade. By the time he was shot dead by security forces inside the gates of Parliament, more than 50 people lay wounded in the shadow of Big Ben, four of them mortally.”

More at the Washington Pos

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“Oh, If Only We Were Nicer To Them They Wouldn’t Kill Us” Is Playing Into The Hands Of The Islamists

This woman understands Islam and its goals. She has spent a lifetime trying to warn the west but many western leaders still think that we simply are not nice enough to the radicals.

“Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Liberals: Terrorists “don’t say thank you for being PC”

Islamists only seek a Sharia-compliant world, Ali said, in the wake of Wednesday’s attack in London, a city with progressive leadership, “and whoever is in their way is their enemy.”

She said anyone who does not understand that should not be legislating policy.

Ali also expressed support for Trump’s travel ban saying that although it was rolled out clumsily, she believes Trump takes the threat of terror seriously.”

From here

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The collapse of the Republican Party’s foundational goal

Over the last few weeks you you saw the collapse of the foundational goal of the Republican Party over the last eight years and an ugly spectacle it was. Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner compares and contrasts for you.

One has to admire the commitment that Democrats and Obama had to delivering something they campaigned on and truly believed in. They spent 13 months getting the bill from an initial concept to final passage, and pressed on during many points when everybody was predicting doom. They had public hearings, multiple drafts of different bills, they kept negotiating, even worked into Christmas. They made significant changes at times, but also never lost sight of their key goals. They didn’t back down in the face of angry town halls and after losing their filibuster-proof majority, and many members cast votes that they knew risked their political careers. Obama himself was a leader, who consistently made it clear that he was not going to walk away. He did countless rallies, meetings, speeches — even a “summit” at the Blair House — to try to sell the bill, talking about details, responding to criticisms of the bill to the point that he was mocked by conservatives for talking so much about healthcare.

The contrast between Obama and Democrats on healthcare and what just happened is stunning. House Republicans slapped together a bill in a few weeks (months if we’re being generous) behind closed doors with barely any debate. They moved the bill through committees at blazing speed, conducted closed-door negotiations that resulted in relatively minor tweaks to the bill, and within 17 days, Trump decided that he’d had enough, and was ready to walk away if members didn’t accept the bill as is.

And, bada-bing, bada-boom, it was over. Well, no coffee for Trump and the GOP.

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