Interesting Bits

07/30/2017 7:01

Corruption Scandals Are Piling Up for Democrats

Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was pulled into yet another scandal when on July 25 former IT aide Imran Awan was detained while attempting to flee the country and charged with bank fraud for wiring nearly $300,000 to Pakistan ahead of his planned escape. Imran Awan, who was employed by Wasserman Schultz until his arrest, is under criminal investigation for “wide-range equipment and data theft.” He reportedly tried to destroy hard drives confiscated by the FBI. Though the investigation began in February, Wasserman Schultz only recently granted U.S. Capitol Police access to a laptop Awan hid in a crevice of a congressional office building. The case is one of many scandals that have engulfed the Democratic Party.

(And there's many more)

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07/29/2017 6:10

Trump Delivers to the Rust Belt

THE WAY FORWARD

Trump Delivers in Rust Belt

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07/29/2017 3:52

The Islamic Night Is Fast Descending

I’m currently reporting from the Secular Conference in London. It is filled with the types of people I have just mentioned. Brave apostates, atheists and secular Muslims who are speaking up for liberal values in the face of threats and hostility from all fronts.

Guests and speakers are prohibited from sharing the location of the event to non attendees due to security concerns.

Think about that. A group of people who may speak negatively about Islam cannot meet in England’s capital in 2017 without justified concerns for their safety. I’m at a loss to think of any other topic or ideology that reliably produces these sort of conditions. This fact alone should have self-professed liberals screaming from the rooftops.

Happily, Richard Dawkins is in attendance at the Secular Conference too. Whilst KPFA worry about ‘hurt feelings’, the tireless Professor is out showing solidarity, shoulder to shoulder with those who put their lives in danger every time they open their mouths. These people dream of a day where just their ‘feelings’ hung in the balance.

(Think about that line for a minute. People who speak negatively about Islam cannot meetin England's capital in 2017 with justified concerns for their safety.)

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07/29/2017 11:28

SJWs In Full Wacko

Engineers baffled by 'microaggression' workshop at conference

The researchers and professors were asked to write examples of microaggressions on sticky notes and then post them to a bulletin board, prompting one participant to complain about "dealing with snowflakes and trigger warnings all morning."

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07/29/2017 11:23

Barbarians At the Door

Voxx Day put it very well: In a day when young girls are raped, not once, but twice, by the non-Western immigrants that are culturally enriching our societies, it is absolutely astonishing that the men of the West continue to meekly endure these daily atrocities.

(Dunkirk helped save Western Europe. It's a pity Europe died at Rotherham. It had such a rich, courageous heritage.)

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07/29/2017 9:42

Were The Russians Playing Both Sides?

It is now widely known that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election to weaken Hillary Clinton, both by hacking and releasing emails and by spreading disinformation on social media and state-funded news outlets.

But yesterday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearings suggest that this may not be the whole story.

In the clip below, Senator Lindsay Graham asks Bill Browder—American businessman who has successfully lobbied for sanctions against Russia after his attorney was abused and likely murdered in a Moscow jail—about Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Browder notes that Fusion GPS—the opposition research behind the infamous “pee tape” dossier about Donald Trump—was at the time being paid by Russians to produce opposition research about him and undermine support for the Magnitsky Act, the bill Browder backed that froze the assets of a few dozen Russian oligarchs.

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As Damir Marusic and Karina Orlova showed in their report on Trump and Kushner’s Russian business networks, it is too simplistic to think about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election as the product of a single, streamlined campaign with a clear objective devised by the Kremlin. Competing Russian oligarchs, government officials, and intelligence agencies have different interests and are prone to freelancing.

As Graham says, it’s quite possible that the Russians were collecting dirt on both sides in a bid to sow chaos above all else. We are likely to learn more as the Congressional investigations proceed.

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07/29/2017 9:28

So, Nation Really Is a Wasteland

Sewage breakdowns in Mexico City's "floating gardens" of Xochimilco and in the country's Yucatan peninsula resort of Isla Holbox have officials warning of threats to residents and tourism.

Holbox's sewage problem hit the pages of major Mexican newspapers this week just as a report was released on the capital's own waste issues, making it clear neither is a an isolated event.

Mexico has a poor track record of sewage treatment nationwide, but Holbox's mayor told The Associated Press on Friday that the situation is critical on the island, whose emerald waters are home to flamingos and whale sharks.

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07/29/2017 9:23

Showing How Corrupt the Academia is Nowadays

Professor Suspended for Making Un-PC Joke, Accused of Creating ‘Hostile Learning Environment’  at John Hokins University.  (This is, of course, appalling and it shows just what a Stalinist atmosphere there is at even the finest universities today)

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07/29/2017 7:19

I Got A Chuckle From Both

Donald Trump Just Stole Jerry Seinfeld’s Old Bit About Police Brutality  (And was everybody touched by the progressives' sympathy for theMS-13 rapists and killers.)

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07/28/2017 8:51

Wny People Are Leaving the Northeast

Winter is coming for the North.

Last year, three states in the Northeast — New Jersey, New York and Connecticut — landed in the top five places people were moving out of fastest, according to 2017 data from United Van Lines. (The other two states on the list were Illinois and Kansas.) And data from Pew Charitable Trusts found that while people are all about moving to the South (their population grew by nearly 1.4 million people from 2014 to 2015) and the West (866,000 more people), the population growth in the Northeast is “sluggish.”

The Northeastern exodus is particularly acute in many big cities like New York City. Since 2010, more than 1 million people have moved from the New York area — which includes parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island — to other parts of the country.

(Plus there's high taxes, lousy weather and not many good jobs)

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07/28/2017 2:28

Creeping Barbarism

Canada’s Liberal government has removed condemnation of “barbaric cultural practices” like Muslim honor killings and female genital mutilation from the study guide used to complete the Canadian citizenship exam.

The Canadian Press has obtained a copy of the soon-to-be-released guide and noted extensive revisions.

There’s also a new chapter on the evolution of LGBTQ rights in Canada and a section on how the country has historically discriminated against everyone from Japanese-Canadians to disabled Canadians.

The reference to “getting a job” as an obligation of Canadian citizenship has also been excised. The previous Conservative government reworked the document in 2011 when Jason Kenney was immigration minister

Kenney, who has since left the federal scene to lead the Alberta Conservative party,  included large portions of Canadian military history that emphasized the country’s contributions to major wars and not just to peacekeeping — as Liberal governments have tended to focus on. The passage that reminded potential citizens that female mutilation and honor killings are a crime in Canada was criticized by some because they felt it was “anti-Muslim.”

(So I assume this means the Trudeau government approves of "barbaric cultural practices." The nation is going to have some after this)

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07/28/2017 10:39

Atrocities Are Becoming Routine

Machete-wielding man 'screaming Allahu Akbar' kills one person and injures several others during rampage in Hamburg supermarket. (I"m guessing the police, media will say we'll never know the motive)


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07/28/2017 8:50

Yes, the Yoong Will Get the Bills

The way Social Security taxes work is that you pay 12.4% of your salary, and another 2.9% for Medicare. That’s 15.3%, before any federal, state and local taxes. So, what are you getting for this 12.4% contribution to the Social Security welfare program? You’re supposed to be able to withdraw that money when you retire, but that money isn’t being stored in an account with your name on it. It’s being spent right now on people who are already retired. Will there be money available for you to withdraw when you retire?

If you’re a young person who retires in 2035 or later, the answer is absolutely not.

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07/28/2017 7:32

News From My Home State

 A 20-year-old man was arrested after police say he tried to steal a car.

It wasn't just any old car: It was a Fort Pierce, Fla., police patrol vehicle at the Fort Pierce Police Department with a police officer in it.

It happened about 5 a.m. on July 17 as Officer Robie Troutman was in his patrol vehicle at the main police station writing a report, according to his report.

“While in my vehicle, I heard the rear passenger side door handle make noise and then the front passenger side door handle make noise, where I was positioned seated in the driver seat of my clearly marked Fort Pierce Police Department Patrol vehicle,” the report said.

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07/28/2017 7:00

A Trump Bump

The U.S. economy accelerated in the second quarter as consumers ramped up spending and businesses invested more on equipment, confirming that the sluggish performance early in the year was temporary.

Gross domestic product increased at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the April-June period, which included a boost from trade, the Commerce Department said in its advance estimate on Friday.

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07/28/2017 6:48

MSM Buries Stories It Doesn't Like

Imran Awan Scandal Shows Just How Much Dirt Dems Wanted to Hide By Focusing on Trump-Russia


PJ Media's Debra Heine has been on the story since it broke in February of this year. Imran Awan and his Pakistani-born brothers, Abid and Jamal Awan, are under criminal investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission and stole equipment.

The Awan brothers worked for more than 30 House and Senate Democrats, as well as former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who only fired Imran Awan on Tuesday after his arrest. News of the investigation broke in February, but Schultz kept Awan on staff for five months before firing him. Schultz even threatened Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosaabout the investigation in May.

The family had repeated long-term financial struggles, despite extraordinarily high salaries for congressional IT aides. Jamal, who public records suggest is only 22 years old, was paid nearly $160,000 annually, three times the average House IT staff salary. Abid was paid $161,000 and Amran $165,000. Even so, the family has a history of massive debts and bankruptcy.


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07/28/2017 6:30

In New York, Trump to use gang violence to press for deportations

President Donald Trump will travel on Friday to a New York community shocked by a recent spate of graphic gang murders to highlight his efforts to stop illegal immigration and boost deportations.

Trump's trip to Long Island gives the president an opportunity to showcase some progress on his agenda even as other legislative efforts flounder - and some respite from the chaos of a nasty power struggle among his senior staff that blew up on Thursday.

On Friday, Trump will highlight his administration's push to deport members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, better known as MS-13, the existence of which his White House blames on lax enforcement of illegal immigration from Central America.

(Note to progressives. Arresting and deporting gang murderers is a good thing)

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07/28/2017 6:28

Should be Interesting

House Panel Turns Search for Trump Documents Into Clinton Probe. (Well, there is so much to probe there)

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07/27/2017 2:25

Joys of Diversity

Muslim gang rampaged through Liverpool attacking strangers because they were white “non-Muslims”

Guess they're suffering from Whitephobia.

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07/27/2017 2:17

SJW Are Stupid

Here in North America, because 2016 just had to become the most infuriatingly stupid and polarizing year in the history of the multiverse, far too much oxygen was spent on debates over both how much racism was okay on one side and exactly what qualified as racist on the other. It's one of those frustrating contests with nobody to root for, as half of the population proclaimed that racism was dead and everyone was too stuck up about it while the other side managed to find racism everywhere, introducing into the popular lexicon terms like "privilege" that mostly make me want to put my head in a vice and get to rotating that lever.

Still, this isn't a debate that should be totally ignored. After all, at its heart is the matter of free speech, not just as a legal framework but also as an ideal that the West tends to claim to hold in high regard. Strangely, one of the beacons of this debate shall now be on the subject of vanity license plates, with a heavy dash of nerd culture thrown in just to make it extra fun. For this story, we go to Winnipeg, where a Star Trek fan received the following vanity plate for his car.


The plate, owned by the unfortunately named Nick Troller, will be instantly recognizable to Star Trek fans, particularly those of us that go back to The Next Generation. The Borg was an alien race that assimilated other races into its hive-mind whatsit and traveled around in big grey cubes, because, you know, aliens. They often communicated such witticisms as "Resistance is futile" and "You will be assimilated." I imagine to those that are not fans of the series, the vanity plate would probably register as a curiosity. For some in Canada, apparently, it was a racist mantra.

But it's also worth noting that something like a vanity plate is plainly a form of speech and having a government strip a citizen of that speech simply because other people are wrong about that speech is flatly insane. Particularly when you have to work really, really hard to convince yourself that the license plate above is racist, and when the acceptable alternative -- "COLECTV" -- I could easily argue is racist as well were I so inclined. Collecting? Collecting whom, you racist! See?

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