As featured at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University, what some think the world will be like 13 years from now…
As featured at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University, what some think the world will be like 13 years from now…
Enough with the ‘Gotcha’ questions and insinuations. Often they don’t even ask a question. The make statements and expect Republicans to respond.
“Trump is “shutting down part of the First Amendment””
The liberal media’s inflated sense of importance is on full display. During a press conference yesterday with Benjamin Netanyahu, liberal journalists wanted to shift the narrative to the resignation of Michael Flynn.
They were unable to do so because Trump took questions from reporters at Townhall and the Christian Broadcasting Network, both of whom asked about Israel and Palestine in keeping with the point of the event.
The liberal media, which just came back from an eight year vacation during which they peppered Obama with questions about how awesome he is, now wants us to believe we can’t live without their tough questions for Trump.
After the press conference, ABC News went into full freak out mode.”
More at Legal Insurrection
Related: Now NBC’s Chuck Todd is whining as well.
Where was the media outrage? Oh, that’s right. It was the light bringer Obama. He could do no wrong. Now it’s the Devil Trump. He can do no right.
Evidently US intelligence agencies are leaking information to everyone in America except the president.
U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.
The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.
In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.
Via PJ Media and seemingly, Straight our of a Clancy novel…
In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections[…]
One of the central questions behind the Mike Flynn flap that should have been asked but largely wasn’t is: who was wiretapping the general? The answer, we know now, was the National Security Agency, formerly known as No Such Agency, the nation’s foremost signals-intelligence (SIGINT) collection department[…]
Let’s call the roster of the bad guys:
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch signed the new rules, permitting the N.S.A. to disseminate “raw signals intelligence information,” on Jan. 3, after the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., signed them on Dec. 15, according to a 23-page, largely declassified copy of the procedures.
This is beginning to look like an active sabotage campaign from Obama, who is still very much involved at his 30,000 strong OFA.
This should go without saying. I did my best to run her off immediately after she took up stalking me. I told her about all the bad things in my life. I told her about all the crazy things in my life. I did everything I could do to make her understand that she doesn’t want any of this. This did nothing to dissuade her, in fact I think it was more akin to throwing gasoline on a bonfire. Navy Chicks. They seem to like adventure.
She learned early on that I am a man of very odd procedures. One of them is the washing of the tops of canned beverages before they go into the refrigerator or are consumed. I don’t feel compelled to do so with canned beverages that come from a container that was sealed on the assembly line but any canned beverage that was shipped or stored in such a manner that the tops of the cans have been exposed to an open environment, they get washed. The same goes for all canned food.
All of that seems to be a good practice but starting about 10 years ago a fatal event took place here in Florida and the cause of Death was as a result of not washing the tops of Coca Colas before consuming them.
After I shared this news with my girlfriend she let me know that I have probably saved her life. Navy Chicks. They sure do like their canned beverages.
I love art. I’m not a fancy person by any means, but I love the ability to capture and inspire emotion. As a weird side note, I’m also fascinated with all things miniature. The New York Metropolitan Art Museum just digitized their collection and released it under the Digital Commons.
On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as Open Access, which makes images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of this website.
It also makes available data from the entire online collection―both works it believes to be in the public domain and those under copyright or other restrictions―including basic information such as title, artist, date, medium, and dimensions. This data is available to all in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.
Enjoy. Or don’t. I don’t give a shit. I’m getting the above image made into a print on canvas.
Not only does the analysis fall for the global warming climate hoax based on fraudulently manipulated temperature data and severe scientific fraud committed by the NOAA, it also seeks to dissociate violent left-wing rioters from any responsibility for their own behavior. In effect, the analysis asserts that “victims of global warming” are not responsible for their own hateful, destructive actions because, essentially, “the planet made them do it.”
This fits perfectly with the victimology of the hate-filled Left, which now openly justifies murdering individuals they don’t like in order to halt their free speech. It also reinforces the “victimology” philosophy of the failing Left by providing a convenient excuse for rioters who destroy property, commit arson and physically attack innocents. Their excuse is now, “global warming made me do it.”
Let’s examine the assertions in the analysis published by Courtney Plante, postdoctoral “fellow” at Iowa State University and Craig A. Anderson, billed as “a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.”
Rioters aren’t responsible for their actions… it’s global warming!
“When people get uncomfortably hot, their tempers, irritability, and likelihood of physical aggression and violence increase,” says the analysis, implying that global warming somehow turns all of society into a kind of “Hell’s Kitchen” sweltering oven that relieves people of responsibility for their actions.
To state what should be obvious by now, even the most ardent supporters of global warming assert that global temperatures have risen very slightly, from an average of about 57 degrees (F) to just barely over one degree higher (58.7 degrees). Are we now to believe that people calmly sitting in a root at 57 degrees will become enraged, violent rioters at 58.7 degrees? That’s the absurdity put forward by these scientists.
Daniel Ramirez Medina was allowed to stay in the United States, under Obama, as an illegal immigrant, brought here as a 7 year old child (DACA – “dreamers”). ICE Agents had a warrant for the arrest of his father, a previously deported, convicted felon, but here are 3 different major publications who paint a sympathetic picture of the subject in custody:
The man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, has twice been granted deferred action and employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, his lawyers said. The program, announced in 2012, is meant to temporarily shield qualified individuals from deportation.
The case raises questions about what it could mean for Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Ramirez came to the US from Mexico when he was 7 years old and became a DACA recipient in 2014 and renewed in 2016, according to court papers filed by his attorneys.
Immigration rights groups say they believe this may be the first time a Dreamer has been arrested without cause.
Immigration agents have detained and threatened to deport a 23-year-old immigrant in Washington state who came to the U.S. illegally as a 7-year-old and later received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a new lawsuit says.
Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested at his father’s home south of Seattle on Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, according to a lawsuit filed by civil rights lawyers in federal court in Seattle this week. Ramirez is being held at a federal immigration detention facility in Tacoma, Wash.
U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.
The man’s lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. The program was established in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama to allow those brought to the country while young to attend school and work.
Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and one of the lawyers representing the man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, said he is not aware of any other DACA recipient who has been arrested.
Alright, now don’t you feel sufficient disgust for mean old Donald Trump? I mean, the nerve, going after this helpless kid who was just minding his own business, at the home of his previously deported, convicted felon, father. What none of these source bother to mention is that when being question by ICE agents, who asked if this DREAMer was in the country legally, he became belligerent and identified himself as a gang member. ICE promptly placed him under arrest as a danger to public safety and transferred him to Tacoma pending deportation proceedings.
They didn’t arrest his younger brother, because the younger – brother who was also here illegally and likewise protected under DACA – is not a belligerent,gang-banging criminal. This story has nothing to do with DACA or his DACA status. ICE agents are not arresting people who are covered by DACA.
They are arresting persons illegally in the US, who are threats to public order and safety – without regard to their DACA status. This is how the press white-washes the stories they tell.
Any slave caught leaving the plantation, will be beaten and pilloried, by the other slaves.
Chadwick Moore, a 33-year-old journalist who lives in Williamsburg, had been a lifelong liberal. Then, last September, he penned a profile for Out magazine of Milo Yiannopoulos — a controversial and outspoken critic of feminism, Muslims and gay rights (despite being openly gay himself). Although the Out story didn’t take a positive stance — or any stance — on Yiannopoulos, Moore found himself pilloried by fellow Democrats and ostracized by longtime friends.
Here, he tells Michael Kaplan his story — including why the backlash drove him to the right.
When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the Breitbart.com rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos, I knew it would be controversial. In the gay and liberal communities in particular, he is a provocative and loathed figure, and I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention. He has been repeatedly kicked off Twitter for, among other things, reportedly inciting racist, sexist bullying of “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones. Before interviewing Yiannopoulos, I thought he was a nasty attention-whore, but I wanted to do a neutral piece on him that simply put the facts out there.
After the story posted online in the early hours of Sept. 21, I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone. Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as “proof” that I am an Islamophobe.
Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent. Personal friends of mine — men in their 60s who had been my longtime mentors — were coming at me. They wrote on Facebook that the story was “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” A dozen or so people unfriended me. A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I felt alienated and frightened.
This really is a feel good story. This man set out to do an honest story and was threatened with death, for daring to think for himself. This shit that left does, in ostracizing those who think for themselves? Yeah, the alt-right does it, too. That’s why I’ll never join the alt-right. I will never demand that others believe as I do! Not. Ever.
“The left has become completely puritanical and it’s very off-putting. I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.~Chadwick Moore [This applies to the new right, also.]
This past weekend I participated in the 24th Annual Forest River (North Dakota) Bonspiel. Good times. A Bonspiel is a curing tournament, in which this particular one had 48 teams from all over the region. There were teams from Cana-duh, Minnesota, and of course North Dakota. There was a camper in the parking lot with California license plates who made the drive all the way from the west coast. Guess it’s hard to find a bonspiel there, which doesn’t surprise me. Libtards don’t like curling anyway. That reminds me, I should probably explain the sport of curling to our occasional libtard passerby; Curling is part sport, part party and a cross between shuffleboard, bowling, and New Year’s Eve. It is self regulated, meaning there are no referees or judges. It requires honesty, integrity, and good sportsmanship. Huh, no wonder libtards don’t care for the sport…and I have to tell you, there wasn’t a single libtard within 50 miles of Forest River that weekend I can tell you. As a matter of fact, there never is. It’s a nice place to be.
Bonspiels demand that everyone has a good time. It is impossible not to. With lite hearts, high spirits, and loads of beer, it’s something you don’t ever want to end. The only way I can describe the joy one feels during the tournament, is to picture yourself standing at the pearly gates of the Pabst Blue Ribbon factory, and watching those gates slowly open…just for you.
Mike Flynn, a good man who saw the enemy clearly, and had the courage to name it, saw Russia not as an enemy but a geopolitical adversary with whom we could make common cause against Islam — and who also vowed to shake up a complacent and malfeasant IC — was its first scalp, and an object lesson to new CIA Director Mike Pompeo should he have any reformist notions. As for the media, having previously failed to take down Trump aides Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, Flynn was the next best thing; their joy today is unbounded.
Is this what you thought you voted for in November? Is this how you thought American democracy worked? Is this the country you want to live in?
Welcome to the Deep State, the democracy-sapping embeds at the heart of our democracy who have not taken the expulsion of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party lightly. They realize that the Trump administration poses a mortal threat to their hegemony, and so have enlisted an army of Democrats, some Republicans, the “neverTrumpumpkin” conservative die-hards, leftist thugs, Black Lives Matter and anybody else they can blackmail, browbeat or enlist. They mean business.
Strong words. A political assassination of a good man by the deep state. There is something I don’t get, however, if Michael Flynn is a blameless target of a partisan attack from a hostile federal bureaucracy, why did Mr. Trump let him go? After all, it was Trump’s decision that he leave.
How does the deep state force the POTUS, against his will, to relieve a national security advisor? How can the media take down a member of Trump’s team without the cooperation of Mr. Trump? It seems to me that, if the president wanted Flynn in the White House, he would still be in the White House.
The missives comes as multiple news outlets, including CNN and the New York Times, reported Tuesday that Russian officials were in touch with members of Mr. Trump’s team during the presidential campaign last year.
Advisers close to Mr. Trump were in “constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence,” CNN reported.
Among those supposedly communicating with Russian nationals was former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the report said. Mr. Manafort denied that he ever knowingly talked to any intelligence official “or anyone in Russia regarding anything of what’s under investigation.”
“I have never had any connection to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin or the Russian government before, during or after the campaign,” he told CNN.
Mr. Trump and his team have consistently denied any contacts between the campaign and Russian officials ahead of November’s election.
The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.
The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.
So no evidence of, well, anything.
Several members of Team Trump have ties to Russia, this isn’t in dispute and never was. It is entirely plausible that they may have inadvertently spoken with Russian intelligence agents. It’s not like the agents wear uniforms. That isn’t in itself evidence of wrongdoing.
The optics are bad, however. Mr. Trump has flip flopped a time or two on just about every issue but he has stayed remarkably consistent in his positive assessment of Mr. Putin. He has demonstrated a willingness to harshly criticize China, Mexico, Germany, Australia… but not Russia.
For his part, Mr. Trump has engaged in angry Tweeting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
The health law’s individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a “shared responsibility payment.” The IRS was set to require filers to indicate whether they had maintained coverage in 2016 or paid the penalty by filling out line 61 on their form 1040s. Alternatively, they could claim exemption from the mandate by filing a form 8965.
For most filers, filling out line 61 would be mandatory. The IRS would not accept 1040s unless the coverage box was checked, or the shared responsibility payment noted, or the exemption form included. Otherwise they would be labeled “silent returns” and rejected.
Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional.
Officially, the law is still in effect. The Trump Administration simply refuses to enforce it.
The move has already raised questions about its legality. Federal law gives the administration broad authority to provide exemptions from the mandate. But “it does not allow the administration not to enforce the mandate, which it appears they may be doing here,” says Michael Cannon, health policy director at the libertarian Cato Institute. “Unless the Trump administration maintains the mandate is unconstitutional, the Constitution requires them to enforce it.”
“The mandate can only be weakened by Congress,” says Ellis. “This is a change to how the IRS is choosing to enforce it. They will count on voluntary disclosure of non-coverage rather than asking themselves.”
In any case, the enforcement of the individual mandate is the keystone that holds up the entire Obamacare edifice. Without the mandate, an actuarial death spiral is all but certain.
Obamacare has been in trouble for years but its collapse will now be attributed to sabotage rather than poor design.
Health insurer Humana is leaving the Affordable Care Act’s public insurance exchanges for next year as it regroups after ending its proposed combination with rival insurer Aetna.
Humana Inc. covers about 150,000 people on exchanges in 11 states.
The insurer said Tuesday it had taken several actions to improve that business, but it was still seeing signs of unbalanced risk in that customer population. Health insurers have struggled to attract enough healthy people to their risk pools to balance the claims they incur from people with expensive medical conditions.
I should have had a whole string of music videos laid on for today but as you can imagine, this is a pretty busy week for Sweet Daddy. I just got home from taking a large group of ladies out to eat. The music system on the Bradillac was pre-programmed to render Barry White richly into the cabin. We ate at the finest Cuban restaurant in town. It’s been a good night and it isn’t even over.
No man has worked this forum harder over the years in order to advance his romantic interests than me. The forum is littered with commentary from the lovelies. Let me give a little back with some Barry White tonight. I should have put my efforts into story telling but this year that would have worked terribly hard to my disadvantage.
I give to you now Barry White and Luciano Pavarotti…
Also… Please be sure to pick up a Valentine’s Day card for your special sweetie on the way home from work today. You may have a great evening planned but if you don’t have that card it means nothing. Thankfully Walgreens is always available to save the day.
The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been murdered in Malaysia, a South Korean government source said on Tuesday.
Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader, was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state.
In a statement, Malaysian police said the dead man, aged 46, held a passport under the name Kim Chol.
Kim Jong Nam has been caught in the past using forged travel documents.
Police official Fadzil Ahmat said the cause of Kim’s death was not yet known, and a post mortem would be carried out on the body.
“So far there are no suspects, but we have started investigations and are looking at a few possibilities to get leads,” Fadzil told Reuters.