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Do these look like US troops to you?

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Just exactly how out of touch with the US military and its traditions must one be to mistake Polish veterans for Americans?

Democrats’ election outreach efforts to veterans may need to start with a refresher course on what U.S. troops look like.

For starters, they don’t wear Polish military uniforms.

Until Thursday, the Democratic National Committee’s “Veterans and Military Families” website had as its only picture a shot from White House photographers during President Obama’s visit to Warsaw in 2011.

The president had been cropped out, but faces of four elderly veterans wearing European-style military uniforms were visible above several paragraphs asserting the party’s “commitment to America’s veterans.” The Polish military’s White Eagle insignia was clear on the headgear of two of the veterans.

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Regarding the current GOP front runner…

A campaign largely built around scapegoating a minority group? Check.

Calls for the destruction of the elite establishment? Check.

Powerful oratory that appeals to the most populist base? Check.

Belief in the need for a strong leader? Check.

Campaign built around relentless attacks against all opposition no matter how trivial? Check.

Belief that the only problem with the massive state apparatus is inefficient management? Check.

Calls for a powerful military and projection of national power? Check.

Is anybody else seeing this?

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What we know about the killer of the journalist and cameraman…

This from ABC News.

He was an on-air personality at the same station as his victim. His on air-name was Bryce Williams but his real name was Vester Lee Flanagan II.

He hadn’t worked at the television station for two years.

He put a down payment on his gun two days after, and as a result of, the Charleston Church Shooting. That suggests he bought it in a store and, therefore, passed the background check.

He was angry because the world is racist and he wanted revenge.

He was inspired by, and an admirer of, mass killers.

He was black.

He was gay.

He said he has been attacked by black men and white females.

He claimed he had bullets with his intended victims’ initials on them.

He wanted to start a race war. “You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!”

He is dead.

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BREAKING: Cameraman and Reporter killed on air…

He must have targeted them at 6:45 AM.

A man with a gun has shot and killed two media members and wounded a third person on live television while they were filming in central Virginia and police are still searching for the assailant.

The two killed were identified by WDBJ colleagues as reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27.

A third person, who was being interviewed at the time of the shooting, was shot in the back and is in surgery, according to CNN. That person was identified as Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, by the Roanoke Times.

The incident occurred at 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., according to Franklin County Sheriff Department spokesperson Phillip Young.


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NoDak: The Armed Drone State

North Dakota ups the ante and authorized non-lethal but armed drones.

It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist.

With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with “less than lethal” weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry—got his hands on it.

Well, now it’s only a matter of time until SkyNet assumes control of the Peace Garden State.

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Clinton Fatigue

At the end, there is a text message that says “Paid for by Keep the Promise 1 and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.” When that pops up, listen to the P.A. page in the video. :-)

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Rally Tuesday!

The market is up sharply after three days of sell-offs. Evidently the market likes China’s plan to reduce interest rates to improve liquidity.

Of course the Chinese bubble is still there. Pouring easy money into a boom is pretty much like waking up with a hangover and curing it with six fingers of rum.

But hey, don’t worry about a decade of absurd Chinese malinvestment. Easy money will keep the good times rolling. Everybody drink!

I am sure there is nothing to worry about.

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The Obamas are back from vacation…

Evidently it was a holiday in Hell.

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Got a caption? Have at it.

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Why Jeb? Why are you turning black in Cedar Rapids?

This flier went out to 86,000 Iowans. What’s up with Jeb’s left hand?

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Yeah, that’s Cedar Rapids behind him.

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Obama Propaganda 101

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He didn’t triple the stock market. The market grew because it always grows following a recession. Every single time… It grew as much as it has because of the Fed’s quantitative easing and low interest rates. It is a classic bubble and it will burst. It may already be in the process for doing so. They will continue to credit him for the boom and absolve him of all guilt for the bust. Laughable.

He didn’t end any wars. The war in Iraq was over when he took office. Under Obama, we have seen the war in Iraq reignited and now rages on nightmarishly. He didn’t end it. He restated it. In Afghanistan, the war goes on and US soldiers continue to die. He also started an optional war in Libya that resulted in a vacuum of power and the ongoing refugee disaster Europe is now facing.

Unemployment is low because it measures only those actively looking for work. It does not measure those who have given up looking for work or who are underemployed doing part-time work. The labor force participation rate – the measure of the percentage of Americans actually working – has plummeted since Obama took office. As a percentage of the population, fewer Americans are working now than since the 1970s. As a percentage of all men, fewer working age men are working since the Great Depression. Obama is an employment disaster.

The price of gasoline has dropped despite Obama’s policies, not because of them. If he actually promoted low gas prices, it would probably be a dollar a gallon. The price of gasoline dropped even as Obama has refused to issue new drilling permits on public land, refused to authorize new offshore drilling, refused to allow new pipeline construction and blocked new refinery construction. Gasoline prices are down due to tar sand extraction, new reserves, fracking and other new extraction technologies on private land… which Obama also opposes but – so far – hasn’t been able to stop. That China is flirting with recession driving down demand there doesn’t hurt either.

The annual budget deficit has decreased a bit primarily due to quantitative easing. This is virtually meaningless, however, when you realize that the national debt has skyrocketed to the highest level in US history under Obama. By the time he leaves office, it will exceed World War II levels in terms of percentage of GDP.

In July 1969, Apollo 11 landed men on the moon for the first time. This followed a decade of work and billions of dollars spent. It happened less than six months after Nixon took office. Saying that Obama killed bin Laden is exactly the same as saying Nixon put a man on the moon.

If Fox News says Obama is a failure, they are understating things.

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Why is Sandra Bland dead?

It looks to me like Ms. Bland had a lot of opportunities to deescalate and chose not to take them. That said, why in the world should the onus to deescalate be hers?

Discuss.

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Is Obama taking down Hillary Clinton?

That’s one theory. Why hasn’t he put the kabash on the email investigation like he did investigations of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS/Lois Lerner, the Veterans Administration malfeasance, etc? If he wanted to kill the investigation of Clinton’s emails it would be dead. It isn’t, however.

Monica Crowley says it is because Obama wants a third term. Not a literal third term but he wants to control the White House after he leaves. He can’t do that with Hillary so he needs a different team. That ticket would be Joe Biden/Elizabeth Warren. She says that will be the Democrat Ticket in 2016.

What say you?

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Ashley Madison Data Leaked

My two favorite parts, so far….

1) About 15,000 gubmint email addresses in the database. I doubt, however, this is why Hillary refused to use a government email account.

It is not clear how much of the data belongs to real customers or are from fake, so-called “burner” accounts. However, WIRED reported that approximately 15,000 leaked e-mail addresses use .gov and .mil domains, meaning that they are hosted by U.S. government and military servers.

2) About 90% to 95% of the users are men. Anyone with a modicum of sense would have known that going in.

The statement continued: “Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit [sic]; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.

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“That’s for the investigators to try to figure out.”

That was the only answer Hillary would give when asked if she wiped the server. Un-frinkin-believable.

You gotta watch this pathetic tap dance.

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Obama to attend Ranger School graduation

Why? He has never shown the slightest interest in the past. Because two women are going to graduate. These will be the first women to ever graduate Ranger School.

Quiz me this: How did they know that they would graduate at the time Obama announced his intention to attend? The class they were in had not yet started Florida Phase. A hell of a lot of troops fail Florida Phase. To plan to attend the first graduation of women Rangers when Florida Phase had not yet started proves one thing: The fix is in.

Call it what you will, but when the President says he’s attending graduation for Ranger School, something he’s never shown interest in prior to this class, there’s obviously a reason, and I’m sure there’s at least one or two Ranger candidates that will make the cut. Unfortunately, the premier leadership school in the Army is falling victim to an agenda and will soon find itself in a swelter of media madness like its never experienced, even up to this point.

This is unfortunate for both sides of the argument. For a long time, “Old Scrolls” have been lamenting about even allowing women into Ranger School, citing that the “fairer sex” have no business leading Soldiers in direct combat units. On the other side, women in the military have routinely struggled with “glass ceilings” that hold them back from leading on an even plane as men in similar leadership positions. I’m sure the women currently toting a rifle and wearing a ruck never asked for any of this. Unfortunately, neither did many others in the Army.

For the record, my Ranger son would tell you emphatically that graduating Ranger School is a necessary but insufficient qualification for being an actual Ranger. To be a Ranger, you must graduate Ranger School and serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment. For now, the Regiment remains closed to women.

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So what’s wrong with surge pricing?

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Let me just start by pointing out that progressives aren’t. Today’s progressive hate progress and nowhere is that more evident than their hate of Uber.

Uber is a ride sharing business in which you use an app on your phone to summon a driver in a private car to pick you up and take you to your destination. No cash changes hands as the app charges your credit card. You know the fare up front. You also know immediately that when you driver will arrive. The best part, of course, is that you don’t have to take a nasty taxi.

Progressives hate it primarily since, unlike the taxicab industry, there are insufficient opportunities for union and political graft. Union payola for the local alderman, after all, makes the progressive world go round.

There is a list of about a dozen reasons why progressives hate the progress that is Uber but I want to focus on surge pricing.

Have you ever tried to catch a cab at closing time on Halloween or St. Patrick ’s Day in the rain? Yeah, it ain’t gonna happen. Not true with Uber. If you want a ride, you will get one. You will, however, pay extra during times of high demand.

Surge pricing is supply and demand pricing. When demand surges and prices cannot be increased, there will necessarily be more buyers than willing sellers. This is the case with the taxicab industry and it explains why you are walking home drunk dressed as Boba Fett before dawn on November 1.

If, on the other hand, prices can move to reflect increases in demand, there will be more willing sellers and fewer willing buyers. You will have no problem getting a ride. You will just have to pay extra.

Progressives despise supply and demand like poison. They hate that people willing to pay more will get services. They prefer the poverty of shortages. Progressives want both those willing to pay and those not willing to pay to just do without.

Progressives call demand pricing “gouging”. Economically literate people call it the “iron clad laws of economics”. Economically literate people are correct. During periods of high demand you will pay one way or the other. With Uber, you will pay extra dollars. With taxicabs, you will pay extra by hoofing it home in the dark rain. Either way, you will pay.

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Uh oh, the social justice warriors are upset at this sorority

Their recruitment video is just too darned Caucasian, darn it.

I dunno. It looks to me what what I imagine heaven looks like.

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“And you think the American people are that stupid?”

A lot of them are Mika, a lot of them are.

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You hated it from Obama but love it from Tump

Yep, that about sizes it up.

You hated how Obama rode the wave of constant attention from the mainstream media into office, and how they played along with his game, draining the life out of every other candidate by describing him as an inevitable juggernaut, an unstoppable political force, and a game-changer who was tapping into something deep and powerful in American political life.

But you love it from Trump.

You hated how Obama’s naive ignorance of the real and brutal world of international affairs was papered over by his hollow promises to make the world respect the United States again.

But you love it from Trump.

You hated Obama’s casual disdain for people who weren’t from a major city where, you know, all the rich, smart, educated, liberal people like him live.

But you love it from Trump.

There is much more. Read it all.

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Who is America’s worst polluter of 2015?

The EPA.

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is expected to navigate the site of a toxic river spill in Colorado Wednesday amid mounting anger and possible legal action over the spill caused by EPA workers that turned the Animas River a deep mustard color by contaminating it with sludge laden with lead, arsenic and other heavy metals.

McCarthy traveled Wednesday to the southwestern city of Durango, where she was accompanied by attorneys general from Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The attorneys general were to discuss options available to them and could announce legal action against the EPA.

EPA officials have revealed that waste continues to surge from the abandoned Gold King Mine in Durango, Colo., into the river at a rate of up to 700 gallons per minute since the spill, which occurred while an EPA crew was inspecting an abandoned mine near Silverton, Colo., using heavy equipment.

The crew was supposed to pump out and decontaminate the sludge, but instead released it into tiny Cement Creek. From there, it flowed into the Animas River and made its way into larger tributaries, including the San Juan and Colorado rivers.

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Klintonerdämmerung

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New Planned Parenthood horror video dropped

The nightmare continues.

The series follows the personal narrative of Holly O’Donnell, a former Blood and Tissue Procurement Technician for StemExpress, a start-up biotech company from northern California that partners with Planned Parenthood clinics to purchase their aborted fetus parts and resell them for scientific experimentation. As a procurement tech, O’Donnell’s job was to identify pregnant patients matching the specifications of StemExpress customers and to harvest the fetal body parts from their abortions.

“It’s not an option, it’s a demand,” StemExpress supervisors instructed O’Donnell about approaching pregnant women at Planned Parenthood for fetal tissue “donations.” O’Donnell says the StemExpress techs working in Planned Parenthood clinics sometimes harvested fetal parts without obtaining consent from the patients: “If there was a higher gestation, and the technicians needed it, there were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”

Federal laws on the procurement and use of human fetal tissue require that patients consent to the tissue donation subsequent to consenting to the abortion procedure (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).

According to O’Donnell, Planned Parenthood gave StemExpress workers access to patient records and schedules so that the harvesting company could plan for the days when patient “supply” would be greatest. “They give you a sheet, and it’s everybody for that day, who’s coming in for an ultrasound, who’s coming in for an abortion, medical or a late-term abortion,” O’Donnell explains. Even patients just seeking a pregnancy test at Planned Parenthood were considered part of the supply: “Pregnancy tests are potential pregnancies, therefore potential specimens. So it’s just taking advantage of the opportunities.”

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Calvin Coolidge is my favorite president…

…and Scott Walker is my candidate; for pretty much the same reasons.

Let’s face it: Scott Walker is B-O-R-I-N-G.

He brags about the bargain rack at Kohl’s. He spends his Sunday mornings at church and his Sunday afternoons watching the Packers. He live-tweets his haircuts and getting the oil changed in his Saturn. His only unhealthy obsession seems to be an addiction to hot ham and rolls after church. (He really loves hot ham.)

In a news cycle filled with burning cities, beheaded Christians, and transgendered Kardashians, how does a dull Midwesterner stand out? He showed how Thursday night. To paraphrase a reporter talking about Barry Goldwater’s presidential strategy, “my God, Walker is running as Walker!”

Walker can afford to speak softly because he carries a big stick. His resume speaks for itself. In any case, boring is good. No, boring is awesome. It is a curse to live in interesting times. The greatest blessing that could be granted us is to live in boring times.

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Hillary’s server had top secret email on it…

You know, the server she had in her house? The server she bought used? The one connected via a commercial Internet account? The one with no encryption? Yeah, that one.

We can now safely assume that every half assed intelligence organization from that of Kazakhstan to Martinique now has copies of these top secret emails.


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The divide at the heart of conservatism

Populist conservatism is largely a social conservative movement. Populist conservative want to conserve the America they knew. They want to preserve the community, the churches and the traditions. They definitely stand athwart history demanding it stop.

They tend to believe that unfettered immigration is changing America and not for the better. They believe that the Christian faith is under attack. They believe that the culture is deteriorating. They believe that they are being forced into associations that they would otherwise reject. These people tend to be blue collar workers and small business owners. They support the right to gun ownership. They demand the right to run their lives and their businesses as they see best. They reject interference in their lives by Washington. Populist conservatives tend to support the military without regard to their mission. The merits of the mission is subordinate to the need to support the troops.

Establishment conservatism is mainly an economic based conservatism. Like populist conservatives, establishment conservatives oppose meddling by Washington but their concern is largely based on economic principles. Establishment conservatives believe that the business of America is business. They tend to believe that the nation exists to create an environment where trade and commerce can flourish.

Establishment conservatives believe government governs best when it governs least. They believe that capitalism is self organizing and that the best system of government promotes this organization. They share many of the concerns with populist conservatives but they subordinate those concerns to fiscal policy questions. Establishment conservatives are commonly members of corporate America, bankers and business leaders. They tend to have a post high school education. Since establishment conservatives focus on creating a healthy environment for business, they are far less likely to take a “let it burn” attitude than populist conservatives. Establishment conservatives believe that US foreign policy should promote unfettered international trade.

Both populist conservatives and establishment conservatives share much in common. The Venn Diagram would show more intersection than differences. Still, there is tension between the two groups that is evident in the Trump debate. Trump’s support is largely among populist conservatives and his opposition from conservatives is mostly from among the establishment types.

It is important to remember, however, that both groups are equally conservative but with different perspectives on what is most important. The worst fighting seems to often be in the family and primary season tends to bring out the slings and arrows. The battle will continue and that is okay. Debate leads to a better consensus.

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