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So Far They’re Just Talking – Most Of Them

I would steer clear of any pro-Trump rally for several reasons. Some people, though, want a fight. Now it seems there are folks like that on both sides. All that can come of it is for the violence to become greater.

From Reddit’s Anarchism page.

The headline:

“The troubling implications of the conflict in Berkley today.”

Some of the comments:

In the aftermath of this event, It is time for some serious reflection. Now is not the time to sugar coat the truth, to revel in the feeling of success of a clean punch to a Nazi’s face, but rather to take a step back and ask what organizational steps can take place to stop this from happening again.

[…]

Yes, we seemed to have lost today. The alt-right held their ground. If we wanna take action against them, we need to be better organized and better trained. It doesn’t help that it’s only the far left opposing them, any trump supporter can be radicalized far easier than any liberal.
I hope we learn from today

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“Better trained”
THIS!!!!
A shocking number of our comrades went in there with absolute no combat training. We need to set up seminars or something of the sort.

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I honestly think we need a campaign to get more antifa armed. It seems that seems to be the biggest problem with our resistance. They’re mostly armed, why aren’t we?”

links found here

The Reddit archive is interesting

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It’s Not The First Time Democrats Have Embraced Terrorism.

The Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democrats. Their function originally was to prevent newly franchised black people from voting or otherwise taking part in political functions.

Now they are aligning themselves with communists, socialists, and Islamists.

“THE “RESISTANCE” DEMOCRATS ARE A TERRORIST PARTY”

The Democrats have committed to overthrowing our government.

What does #Resistance really mean? It means the overthrow of our government.

In this century, Democrats rejected the outcomes of two presidential elections won by Republicans. After Bush won, they settled for accusing him of being a thief, an idiot, a liar, a draft dodger and a mass murderer. They fantasized about his assassination and there was talk of impeachment. But elected officials gritted their teeth and tried to get things done.

This time around it’s “radically” different.

The official position, from the Senate to the streets, is “Resistance.” Leftist media outlets are feeding the faithful a fantasy that President Trump will be brought down. There is fevered speculation about the 25th Amendment, a coup or impeachment due to whatever scandal has been manufactured last.”

More at Front Page Mag

Here are some #resist links:

http://mashable.com/2017/02/02/resist-hashtag-trump-america/#yHsq9m3H2qqa

https://twitter.com/hashtag/resistance

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Betsy DeVos Gets Right To Work

Better would be to get government out of student loans entirely. Maybe that’s step 2 or something.

“Betsy DeVos Opens A Can On Student Debt Collecting- Erasing Obama Era Guidelines..”

In August of 2016, Obama’s administration proposed that the companies handling this debt load should shift focus from collecting the debt to helping the students manage their debt payments. This meant that real live customer service agents would take the place of the robocalls that start whenever you get behind on your debt.

[…]

Since the memorandums left by the previous administration was unclear, DeVos has now withdrawn them, presumably with the intent for students loans debt collection to get back into the business of collecting outstanding student loan debt.

She explained:

We have a duty to do right by both borrowers and taxpayers,” DeVos wrote.

“The student loan servicing procurement affords us a significant opportunity to improve outcomes and experiences for federal student loan borrowers, as well as demonstrate sound fiscal stewardship of public dollars,” she explained.

“We must create a student loan servicing environment that provides the highest quality customer service and increases accountability and transparency for all borrowers, while also limiting the cost to taxpayers.”

From here

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About Time Someone Told The Snowflakes ‘No’

What does a bunch of kids do when the communist indoctrination they have received fails to work? Other far left college groups have created lists of demands and presented them to university heads. Some have gotten their way. This time, though, they encountered a leader who takes his job seriously. It’s his job to run the college and he’s not going to have a bunch of twenty-year-olds tell him how do it.

It’s apparent that they are at a loss for a while. Their trainers, though, have other plans. “This calls for a demonstration – a violent demonstration.” Watch for it.

“College president infuriates BLM, rejects their demands”

“What do we do now?”

The College of William and Mary’s BLM movement, named “Built on Our Backs,” issued demands to President W. Taylor Reveley III in a live-stream of the meeting to their Facebook page. The demands included a tenured diversity position, a required social justice course, an Africana Studies department, a zero-tolerance policy for racism, the hiring of more staff for W&M’s Center for Student Diversity, an emphasis on recruiting black students, and more employment and retention of black faculty.

President Reveley took issue with the nature of the group’s speech, suggesting that they try requests or suggestions instead of demands.

“I don’t deal in demands,” he said. “I don’t make demands of other people. I don’t expect to receive demands from people. I love to get suggestions, recommendations, strong arguments.”

The student activists weren’t pleased.”

More at Biz Pac Review

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Corruption In California

Democrats in California have decided to charge the Center for Medial Progress with 15 felony charges for videotaping employees of Planned Parenthood offering to sell body parts from aborted babies. The people who made the decision to file these charges received tens of thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood coffers.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

“Dems Behind CMP Charges Received $47,000 From Planned Parenthood Supporters”

The Democratic attorneys general who investigated and charged the two videographers behind the 2015 tapes revealing Planned Parenthood’s efforts to sell fetal tissue have received tens of thousands of dollars from abortion supporters.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed 15 charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress for violating the privacy of Planned Parenthood employees and abortion doctors by publicizing candid comments about their operations.

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A review of federal campaign records reveals that Becerra and his predecessor, now-Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), have received tens of thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists over the years.”

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From the Washington Examiner:

“Media silent on Planned Parenthood’s ties to lawmakers behind pro-life activist charges”

Planned Parenthood donated to the two California attorney generals responsible for bringing charges against the anti-abortion activists behind the fetal tissue scandal. The group also appears to have colluded with one of the State Attorneys in crafting legislation that would punish the undercover activists.

Though these ties are certainly worth mentioning in coverage of the charges, newsrooms have been conspicuously silent this week on both points. There’s nothing to be found in reports published by the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, USA Today and so on.”

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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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San Francisco Moonbats Seek To Punish Businesses That Bid On Border Wall

There is no freedom in the City By The Bay. It’s run by power-mad leftists who seek to control others through the use of force. We, here at the Real Revo, have often observed that socialism is such a bad idea that it has always required force to bring people and companies into line with its tenets. Here we see another case of the truth behind that observation.

It is fair to ask if any business that is run by people who want their company to succeed should even consider doing business in San Francisco. The people who run the city are entirely willing to change the rules after agreeing to a contract. If your business finds one city official who is somehow offended by something you did, said, or allegedly said, he or she have the power – and the inclination – to destroy both you and your company.

“2 SF supes seek to punish companies for bidding on border wall”

Any company looking at President Trump’s proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States as a business opportunity may soon want to reconsider if it wants to do business with San Francisco.

Two supervisors will introduce legislation Tuesday that would bar San Francisco from contracting with companies that seek a deal to work on the wall during the bidding period, regardless of whether the companies win a contract.

“It is time to move beyond symbolism and use the power we have as a city to fight for the values we hold most dear,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who is introducing the legislation with Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

“What we are saying is that we are not going to spend billions of dollars and line the pockets of businesses that engage in work that goes against the values that we hold most dear,” she said.”

More at the San Francisco Chronicle

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Two Views Of Socialism

Ami Horowitz compares the images many Americans have of socialism with the reality that is Venezuela. The reality is far, far different than the concept that has been sold to the west. The people in power have what they want and take whatever they don’t have. The poor people are robbed, beaten, and killed. Often by agents of the government.

“I would advise Americans to not commit to that madness.”

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The ‘Get To Cuba Before It’s Ruined’ Crowd Isn’t Going To Cuba

When President Obama removed the US travel ban to Socialist ‘Paradise’ Cuba a group of neo-socialsts all got together and declared thet wanted to see the ‘Paradise’ before it was westernized with clean hotels, fast food joints, and jobs.

It appears they are staying home instead. Home is where there are clean hotels, decent restaurants, and jobs.

“U.S. airlines flee Castro’s island hellhole”

Today, JetBlue has cut back its flights “to better match demand.” And in the last few days, it has been joined by two other airliners, Silver and Frontier, fleeing for their lives like Marielitos. They all said demand isn’t what they expected.

This is a fancy way of saying what’s really going on: Cuba is a tourist hellhole. The service stinks, the amenities are gross, the place is thick with thieves and woman-gropers, the cost is high, and the alternatives are out there. In fact, the Caribbean is loaded with pleasant, accommodating destinations well worth a tourist’s dollar for a vacation. Taking a vacation at a communist military-run resort really falls more into the Gulag category.

How is this for tourist hell? Observers noticed Cuban customs officials rummaging through tourist luggage and taking what they wanted. When the tourists complained, they were thrown in jail.”

More at American Thinker

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Obamacare Was Sold With Lies. Now Democrats Are Fighting Its Replacement With Lies.

Remember, “If you like your policy you can keep your policy”? How about, Every family will save 2,400 in healthcare premiums”?

“The CBO Didn’t Say Anything About 24 Million ‘Losing’ Insurance”

But that’s the Democrat talking point. You hear it everywhere.

Nowhere in the Congressional Budget Office’s projections about the American Health Care Act did the agency say the bill would cause 24 million to “lose” coverage—cancel it or take it from them. The report, rather, estimated that the total number of individuals insured under the Republican plan would eventually be 24 million fewer than the total insured under Obamacare. Why is that?

At the outset, it’s because some consumers would choose not to buy insurance if they’re not penalized for lacking it. “CBO and [the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. Most of that increase would stem from repealing the penalties associated with the individual mandate,” the report reads. “Some of those people would choose not to have insurance because they chose to be covered by insurance under current law only to avoid paying the penalties, and some people would forgo insurance in response to higher premiums.”

It’s all screeching lies. The plan is set to remove the mandate that Americans Must buy health insurance. When that happens it is expected that many, especially younger, healthy people, will decide to not buy it. Claiming that they will Lose insurance is a lie and nothing less.

More from the Weekly Standard

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ACLU Has Gone Full Retard

Or, perhaps, Full Temper Tantrum. There are two stories this morning. Yahoo has this:

“How the ACLU is gearing up to take on Trump, one city at a time”

They have their panties in a wad because Hillary Clinton was beaten fairly by Donald J. Trump and his flyover supporters. Imagine: He wants to actually enforce existing laws.

An ACLU legal observer with Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., during the protest against the administration’s travel ban at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Jan. 29. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Trump’s administration is currently asking for cooperation from local law enforcement for the president’s crackdown on illegal immigration and on immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries. The ACLU’s new strategy is designed to pressure city officials to reject that request. According to an ACLU strategy memo, the group is pushing local authorities to force the federal agencies focused on immigration enforcement to jump through a set of legal hoops that will “impede objectionable policies the president is pursuing.”

The ACLU has always leaned left. Now it seems that the frustrated progressives among them have taken over the group.

Then there is this story from the Washington Pos:

“ACLU is leading a million-dollar resistance effort against Trump’s policies”

A million bucks. Imagine that. In American politics it takes hundreds of millions to affect changes but ACLU has dedicated one million.

ACLU resistance training in Florida

People Power debuted this weekend in south Florida and, by the organization’s estimate, at thousands of weekend house parties nationwide. Everyone who showed up received a nine-point plan to turn blue America into a network of “freedom cities” by defying the president’s executive orders, his health-care agenda and his Justice Department. Anyone who missed it could click on PeoplePower.org, the latest catchall website to find actions that would get results.”

The People Power logo is three different colored communist clenched fists.

Crybabies.

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Violence But Not In Cedar Rapids Yet

A few images of the riot in Berkeley, California. Supporters of President Trump rallied at a park in Berkeley. Anti-Trump protesters showed up, many wearing black and covering their faces. Here are a few images of the resulting fracas. Protesters showed up with metal pipes, sticks, and baseball bats. One was found to have a dagger. Images are from the San Francisco Chronicle where there are even more.

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Did Obama Care More About Politics Than The Country?

Donald Trumps says Obama had federal agencies tap the phones in Trump Tower.

From the UK Sun:

“Donald Trump claims Barack Obama ‘had his wires tapped in Trump Tower before US election win’”

Joel Pollack at Breitbart has the story – including a timeline as put together by radio host Mark Levin:

Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.
Levin called Obama’s effort “police state” tactics, and suggested that Obama’s actions, rather than conspiracy theories about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election to help Trump, should be the target of congressional investigation.

Drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known. The following is an expanded version of that case, including events that Levin did not mention specifically but are important to the overall timeline.”


National Review takes a bit more careful approach to the story:

“The idea that FISA could be used against political enemies always seemed far-fetched. Now it might not be.”

The grounds for the wiretap were Trump’s alleged connection to Russian banks. Those allegations were found to be meaningless but the wiretaps continued:

What we have, however, suggests that someone at the FBI initially had concerns that banking laws were being violated, but when the Bureau looked into it, investigators found no crimes were being committed. Rather than drop the matter for lack of evidence of criminal offenses, the Justice Department and FBI pursued it as a national-security investigation.”

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When Is It OK To Punch Anyone?

Seriously, when is it acceptable? I’d say it’s OK to punch back if attacked. But that’s not what’s happening. Leftist organizers are telling rioters to hurt anyone they don’t agree with. Some have been punched in the face, there is an instance where someone set afire the hair of a woman. Others have been knocked down and beaten by a crowd of demonstrators.

“About That “Punching Nazis” Thing”

Encouraging people to punch Nazis

Alleged Nazi Richard Spencer got punched last month. Then rioters at UC Berkeley beat people for going to see conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopolous, who is apparently also a Nazi. Since Milo’s a Nazi, the people who wanted to see Milo must also have been Nazis. One of the Nazis who wanted to see Milo was beaten unconscious, others were bloodied. For the last month, there’s been tons of Nazi-punching going on.

Who likes to see Nazis gets punched? Everyone, right? Well, not exactly. It turns out, punching Nazis isn’t as good an idea as one might think.”

Richard Spencer is in fact a white nationalist, but he doesn’t actually do anything except talk. Milo Yiannapolous is a gay Jew with an affinity for black men, which would have gotten him killed three times over in Nazi Germany. The people who went to his event at Berkeley weren’t Nazis at all, they were just regular people who wanted to hear a dissenting opinion. One was just a young girl who didn’t agree with the mob. She wasn’t punched, she got pepper sprayed for it.”

When we cheer a violent rioter because “he punched a Nazi!”, without having any actual evidence the victim was a Nazi, what we’re really saying is, “It’s okay to use violence on people because I think I know their opinions, and I’ve decided some opinions aren’t allowed.”

But hey, Nazi opinions shouldn’t be allowed. Right?

Yes, they should. Nazis suck, and Nazi opinions suck, but we live in America. ANY opinion is allowed; not every opinion is valid, not every opinion is respectable, not every opinion is or should be safe from well-deserved ridicule. But an opinion – ANY opinion – is harmless. In America, we don’t beat people up for their opinions.”

Chris Hernandez is a 22 year police officer, former Marine and retired National Guard soldier with over 25 years of military service. He is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and also served 18 months as a United Nations police officer in Kosovo. He writes for BreachBangClear.com and Iron Mike magazine and has published three military fiction novels”

And leftists continue to try to say that Conservatives cause violent campus riots, too. Have any of you seen evidence of it?

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Chuck Schumer Warned About Intelligence Community

At the time this exchange was considered by many to be a direct threat to Trump. But Schumer has been on the hill for a long time and what he is actually doing is warning Mr. Trump about the community’s devious ways. ‘Threaten them and they will get you’, in essence is what he says.

It appears he was right. The stories about the Trump campaign having contacts with Russian leaders came from them. Now they have set up a false email account for General Flynn and used it to show that he, too was in contact with Russians.

“CIA broke the law to take out its critic General Flynn”

From American Thinker

Make no mistake: we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government. An agency widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics.”

Also, someone who would know tells us that the attack came from the Obama White House:

More here

Even some on the left are worried that our spy agencies are able to take out high-level cabinet officers.

“America’s spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.”

The United States is much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was brought down.

The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn’s ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. The results might be salutary, but this isn’t the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function.”

Trump’s response is telling: “The Real Story” Here Are The Illegal Leaks” Flynn says he did nothing wrong and points at the leakers

And even, for what it’s worth, the Russians say the reports are false.

So, have we just witnessed a ‘Soft Coup’ that took out Flynn? Even worse, how many other Trump advisors have they targeted?

Why would they do it? Simply to de-legitimize Trump and his team is plenty of reason. Democrat politicians are jumping on the allegations and calling them true. It looks like an organized campaign from where I sit.

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I’m Certainly Glad He’s Not President

Bernie Sanders is afflicted with the ideology of the left. He believes in taking away your rights and mine in a misguided effort to create a ‘Better World’ that is run by dopes like him and whose rules are enforced with acts of death. In this case he has brought up racism,sexism, and homophobia. Like most leaders on the left he believes that the Allegation of these things is enough to prove that you should be punished. They throw these words about in abandon in order to silence opposition and prevent discussion.

“Sanders: Government Should Destroy Religious Freedom In Order To Fight ‘Racism, Sexism, Homophobia'”

It is not up to the government to “sanction” racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination. What Bernie Sanders considers racism, sexism, and homophobia may not actually be racism, sexism or homophobia; furthermore, the government has no role in restricting freedom of speech, religion and association based on Bernie Sanders’ disapproval of how people utilize those rights. The government has no right to infringe on somebody’s activity so long as that activity does not violate the rights of others. I do not have a right to your services or your respect. I do have a right not to be harmed by you.”

More at the Daily Wire

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An Open Letter From Iron Mike To Snowflakes

“a message to the angry leftists from an american infantryman”

You all have your reasons for hating America and whether or not I agree isn’t even relevant. I took an oath as did all of my brothers and sisters in uniform to defend this country against all enemies foreign AND domestic. I will always protect your rights to free speech and expression through lawful and civil protest whether or not your cause is something I believe in. However, you seem to believe revolution and violence are the answer now, and that makes you a domestic enemy of the United States I protect and serve. Do it and I’ll teach you how we make the fuckin’ green grass grow. You keep saying you want a revolution, secession, a new Civil War and the election of “Racist/sexist/homophobic/Republican/Nazi/xenophobic/dictator/Islamophobic/rich guy asshole” Donald Trump is the catalyst for you to take action and destroy every evil you perceive this country to stand for…

Well… We’re waiting. Shit or get off the pot.

Read it all at Gruntworks

Iron Mike”

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There Is Support In Congress For Leaving The UN

“A bill has already been introduced in Congress to remove the US from the United Nations”

This statue is at the UN Building in New York. It indicates the view the body has of American gun rights

A bill introduced by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers earlier this month calls on the US to “terminate” its membership in the United Nations and effectively sever all ties with the organization.

The bill, titled the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017, was proposed on January 3. It is cosponsored by a handful of Republican lawmakers, including North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, Missouri Rep. Jason Smith, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, Tennessee Rep. John Duncan Jr., and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.”

Read the rest at Business Insider

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Illinois’ Finances Are In The News Again Today

“MOODY’S IS WARNING OF AN ILLINOIS DEATH SPIRAL”

Without real reform, Illinois will end up like a failing cable company that is losing customers and responds by raising service rates on remaining customers, causing even more to leave. It’s a losing strategy and will simply quicken the stampede of Illinoisans fleeing to surrounding states.”

From Illinois Policy

Downtrend has a graphic that also indicates what’s wrong there but it also includes other cities with a common denominator. They’re all in trouble and are all run by Democrats.

Tha Chicago Tribune has an editorial about how President-elect Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is being received by Chicago’s very unionized education establishment.

“Betsy DeVos vs. the education status quo”

Betsy DeVos speaks during her confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill on Jan. 17, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images)

The senators’ attempts to paint DeVos as a rich capitalist bent on turning schools into private profit centers rehashed the limp, decades-old arguments against charter schools and voucher programs. The committee chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was right when he described DeVos’ positions as mainstream. In her home state of Michigan, she spent more than a decade fighting for school choice programs that benefited mostly minority school children.

She’s not alone. Supporters of school choice have included many Democrats and Republicans — presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, a half-dozen education secretaries, and more than 30 states.

But not here. Chicago and Illinois are case studies in resisting this type of education reform.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis last fall called DeVos a “nightmare.”

Here is a snip from that hearing. Devos seems to be able to handle the socialists.

Illinois, and especially Cook County, has been in failure mode for decades. Taxes are repeatedly raised yet services are poor. The local government has refused to address the crime and economic problems there. The natural result is that people are moving away – productive, tax-paying people. Moody’s can see it and is issuing another warning. It won’t be long now.

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“… Eventually You Run Out Of Other People’s Money”

The only fix is more money. But where will it come from?

“Britain’s health service in a ‘humanitarian crisis’: Red Cross”

Founded in 1948, the National Health Service (NHS) is a source of huge pride for many Britons who are able to access free care from the cradle to the grave.

But tight budgets, an ageing population and increasingly complex medical needs have left many hospitals struggling during the winter season in recent years, prompting headlines about patients being left to wait on trolleys for hours or even days.

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“Winter is always a very busy time for the NHS,” the Department of Health said. “To support staff working hard on the frontline we have put in place comprehensive plans earlier than ever.”

From here

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Tucker Carlson: “Why Should I Send My 19y Old Son To Defend the Baltics?”

Watched Tucker Carlson tonight. This happened:

Ronald Reagan is rolling in his grave while Garry Kasparov is rolling his eyes.

Please note, the argument Tucker is making here is not merely against frivolous military adventurism. We all understand not sending our sons and daughters into harms way without a good cause. He is, in fact, arguing against sending military assistance to countries that we are obligated to protect against Soviet/Communist/totalitarian aggression, to defend the cause of freedom.

Which is an argument, I guess, but I’m sure it’s a bad one.

What Trump and Carlson are doing now is playing the part of Neville Chamberlain. Nothing more. Take the Sudetenland. Take the Baltics. Whatever. None of our business.

It may be worth questioning if it’s appropriate to call Trump the “Leader of the Free World” if he truly does continue signaling that we should pull out of our military commitments to our allies.

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Time For A Federal Program

“ILLINOIS ENDS 2016 WITH AN $11 BILLION IN UNPAID BILLS”

Though spending on government-worker salaries and pensions has grown at a rapid rate, many service providers and grant recipients are still awaiting payment.

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Illinois state government has left the people of the Prairie State quite the stocking stuffer this holiday season: an $11 billion bill backlog that is expected to hit $14 billion by summer 2017.”

More at Illinois Policy.org

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“Fighting doesn’t guarantee either victory or survival.”

“But inability to fight pretty much guarantees extinction or subjugation.”

Borrowed with permission from Oleg Volk

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We Have Seen This Map Before…

But today Zero Hedge has a more thoughtful take on it.

“Here’s Where You Absolutely Don’t Want To Be “When It All Turns Ugly”

Map Shows Us Where We Don’t Want To Be When It All Turns Ugly h/t All News Pipeline

OK, this is actually pretty obvious – but it is worth pointing out that the “archipelago” of islands across the vast expanse of the United States that carried the vote for Hillary Clinton during the election – also happens to be a ring of the liberal cities that:

a) have exploded with crime, riots and unrest

b) have provided sanctuary for millions of illegal immigrants that have destabilized the country

c) are going bankrupt and will be unable to fulfill pension obligations, or pay their share of social security, welfare, etc.

d) have been foremost in advocating gun control, and ensuring that only criminals and police have guns, while 2nd Amendment arm-bearing citizen have flocked to the rural areas where their rights are not generally restricted

e) will be the first places to be become unstable during any major crisis – as soon as grocery store shelves go empty. Martial law will be the only way to maintain stability, and that will come at a further price to liberty.

f) will be the first place to line up for FEMA camps and beg for food, shelter and rations, again, at a further price to liberty

Of course, there are many more items that could be added to the list, but it gets tedious, and I think everyone gets the point.”

If you live in one of those progressive islands you might make a New Year’s resolution…

Happy New Year everyone.

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Ah, Socialism…

There is a lesson in this for Bernie Sanders supporters.

I know, I know. Bernie is different. He’s a ‘Democratic Socialist’. But here’s the thing. That’s what they all say. “I am the exception. This time it will work. Give me all power and I will create Utopia.”

It never works. It never has worked and never will. You can try to fool yourself. It may work. You may try to fool me. It will not work.

“Venezuela’s highest denomination banknote has ceased to be legal tender, in a move that has caused cash chaos and long queues at banks.”

The 100-bolivar note is worth just two US cents on the black market

President Nicolas Maduro said new higher-denomination bills would be fully distributed in January.

He has closed the borders with Brazil and Colombia until Sunday to stop “mafias” hoarding the currency abroad.”

Read the rest at BBC

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