Showing posts from 2017

Can kids carry nuclear bombs?

Daily Mail:

The chilling message from the Central Committee of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League warns that 'the Earth will break' if it launches an attack. It promised to destroy the US and its South Korean neighbours if either shows 'a slight provocation,' as international tension reaches breaking point. The warning came as South Korea announced on a high-altitude rocket system to be built on its own soil, giving allies the US powerful weaponry on the peninsula. North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported a spokesman saying the youths were 'keeping themselves fully combat ready to mercilessly wipe out with five million nuclear bombs the group of devils who are trying to bring a nuclear disaster to the inviolable country.' Somehow these bomb carrying kids did not show up in the recent military pa…

Will liberals gripe because those who do not pay taxes do not get a cut?

Daily Mail:
Yes, I am sure the liberals will start griping about "tax cuts for the rich."  Hopefully, there will be some incentive for corporations who have been hoarding profits overseas to avoid the US confiscatory tax rates to bring that money home and invest it in growing their business in the US.

If Democrats oppose these cuts, they will deserve to be defeated.

Trying to bring North Korea to its senses?


The top US commander in the Pacific has said an advanced missile defence system in South Korea aims to bring the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "to his senses, not to his knees".

Adm Harry Harris said the US would be ready "with the best technology" to defeat any missile threat.

The White House has taken the rare step of calling senators to a classified briefing on North Korea.

Democrat Chris Coons said afterwards that it had been "sobering".

While unusual, the step to hold the meeting does not necessarily mean a crisis is imminent.

The US has deployed warships and a submarine to the Korean peninsula as well as its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defence system.

China argues the deployment of Thaad will destabilise security and there have been protests in South Korea itself, where three people were injured in clashes with police as the system was being delivered to a former golf course on Wednesday.
... The North Korea photo of a …

Nork artillery attack on Seoul would not be that easy

Kyle Mizokami:
While the sheer number of artillery tubes could theoretically kill a large number of civilians, operational issues complicate matters and push the number of civilian casualties greatly downward. Despite the thousands of artillery pieces, only 700 heavier guns and rocket launchers, plus the newer 300-millimeter MRLs, have the range to strike Seoul. Only a third would normally be fired at once, and notional rates of fire would be slowed tremendously by the need to withdraw guns into their hardened artillery sites (HARTS) to shelter them from counter battery fire.

Other factors reduce the projected loss of life in the greater Seoul metropolitan area. The city has extensive air raid shelters for civilians that will quickly reduce the exposed population density. The North will struggle to keep these heavy artillery units supplied with shells, particularly with its aging supply system. Finally, U.S. and ROK forces will quickly begin hunting down units participating in the…

Driving while high surpasses drunk driving?

Washington Post:
Drugged driving eclipses drunken driving in tests of motorists killed in crashes

Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, eclipsing the 37 percent who tested above the legal limit for alcohol, according to a new report. I assume that "legal" drugs refers to prescription medication.  If that is the case, most of those drugs come with warnings against using them while driving.  I think they tend to make people drowsy and less alert.  It is not clear whether using legally available marijuana was also a part of this group.

There have been numerous pictures in news stories of people using opioids and passing out but most of those involve doing so while the car is not moving and the pictures also tend to feature it happening with kids in the car.

Trump drops support for a border tax

NY Times:
Trump Is Said to Abandon Contentious Border Tax on Imports
The proposal was to be part of changes in tax law, but was scuttled, people briefed on the matter said, after complaints by big businesses like Walmart and Toyota. I have been saying this was a bad idea since it was first raised and I am no Walmart of Toyota.  In fact, neither of these companies would actually be paying the taxes, they would only be collecting them from customers like me. It is a tax that would lower most people's standard of living by something close to 20 percent.  Where these companies would be hurt by the tax is that they would have fewer customers for their goods because of the tax.

Trump to make more federal controlled sites available for energy production

NY Times:
President Plans to Unleash a Wave of Oil and Gas Drilling
President Trump is expected to sign two orders to expand offshore drilling and roll back conservation on public lands. As a candidate, he promised to create jobs in energy. This is another example of Trump overturning Obama policies that favored Russia and OPEC.  By making the sites available for energy exploration trump is living up to his commitment to make the US energy independent.

However, the success of the US in exploring for shale oil and gas has reduced the price of oil to a point that producers will have to analyze whether production in the areas opened by Trump will be economically viable.  At least the market will be driving the decision and not the arbitrary machinations of control freak Democrats.

What is clear is that Obama and the Democrats were dead wrong when they said the US could not drill its way to cheaper oil.  I think he used this misleading statement as an excuse to push for less efficient alte…

New York city is still not underwater

NY Times:
Rising Seas Are Putting Historic Sites at Risk
Eroding shorelines have damaged Port Arthur, the famous prison in Tasmania that housed the British Empire’s toughest convicts in the 19th century. It is but one example of a global problem. The ocean has ebbed and flowed throughout history and it is not an indicator of climate change.  Recall that Al Gore claimed the ocean would rise and flood lower Manhattan, and then tried to claim that Hurricane Sandy proved his prediction correct, even though he said it would happen because of a sea level rise from melting ice, which has clearly not happened.  He also predicted that the Arctic would be ice free.

Other failed predictions of doom:
New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special tha…

DOJ still pushing Obama contraception mandate

Tim Carney:
Nearly 100 days into the Trump administration, the official position of the federal government is still that Uncle Sam can force private employers, against their conscience and their religious beliefs, to provide insurance coverage for all forms of contraception, including sterilization and morning-after drugs that can act as abortifacients.

On Monday, the Department of Justice — under the control of Attorney General Jeff Sessions — effectively asked federal courts to keep alive its defense of the Obama position that Christian colleges must provide such coverage. This is irreconcilable with President Trump's professed opposition to the mandate and its trampling of religious liberty.

Conservative lawyers disagree on how quickly or easily the new administration can undo Obama's assault on religious liberty. But this is clear: the Trump administration is not where it should be in rolling back its predecessor's contraceptive offensive.
... I suspect that some of th…

Insider says Obama administration cooked the books on global warming data

Daily Caller:
A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington D.C. often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion.

Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion.

“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data.

He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has increased from 1980 as an illustration of how federal agencies fudged climate data. Koonin said the NCA’s assessment was technically incorrect.

“What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print is that it actually decreased in the de…

Author of dirty dossier admits it was unverified

Washington Times:
Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the infamous anti-Donald Trump dossier, acknowledges that a sensational charge his sources made about a tech company CEO and Democratic Party hacking is unverified.

In a court filing, Mr. Steele also says his accusations against the president and his aides about a supposed Russian hacking conspiracy were never supposed to be made public, much less posted in full on a website for the world to see on Jan. 10.

He defends himself by saying he was betrayed by his client and that he followed proper internal channels by giving the dossier to Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, to alert the U.S. government.

Barristers for Mr. Steele and his Orbis Business Intelligence firm filed their first defense against a defamation lawsuit brought by Aleksej Gubarev, chief executive of the network solutions firm XBT Holdings.

Mr. Steele acknowledges that the part of the 35-page dossier that identified Mr. Gubarev as a rogue hacker cam…

Houston buys into solar power feel goodism

Fuel Fix:
A West Texas solar farm financed in part by the city of Houston started generating power last week and has secured Houston’s position as the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the country.

French energy company Engie developed and runs the SolaireHolman solar farm in Alpine. The farm has more than 200,000 solar panels that stretch across 360 acres, according to a news release from Engie.

The city will pay 4.486 cents per kilowatt hour for solar energy through a power purchase agreement, which requires monthly payments over 20 years for the value of the solar power and does not require the city to own the solar equipment.
While the electric grid cannot deliver pure solar power to Houston, the city is effectively investing in renewable energy by helping finance the project. Reliant is the city’s retail electric provider, and brings electricity to city-run enterprises, like the Hermann Park Zoo, a public works building, wastewater treatment plants and some of…

Ted Cruz proposes bill to have money seized from cartels used to pay for border wall

Daily Wire:
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has put forth a clever new plan for funding President Donald Trump’s expensive wall stretching across America’s southern border with Mexico.

Aptly named "Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order," Cruz’s bill would take seized assets from billionaire drug lords, like the notorious Mexican kingpin El Chapo, and use them to fund the wall project.

Currently, "U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits and other assets from El Chapo," according to Axios. "They also routinely seize the assets of other drug dealers and traffickers."
... I am glad to see Sen. Cruz embrace the idea I proposed in this post.  I have also proposed using the money withheld from sanctuary cities to fund the payment of the wall.  Once built the wall will provide further dividends in reduced benefit payments to illegal aliens.

Here is what Cruz had to say about his proposal:

East Coast refiners in US using more Texas crude

U.S. East Coast refiners are looking to buy increasing volumes of domestic crude oil from the Gulf Coast, two sources said, the latest twist in a trade flow upheaval in the wake of the opening of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Major U.S. East Coast refiners profited from railing hundreds of thousands of barrels of discounted Bakken crude to their plants daily from 2013 until 2015. But as more and more pipelines were built in North Dakota, the discount began to disappear, and so did the rail cars.

Now, at least two East Coast refiners, Phillips 66 and Delta Air Lines Inc's subsidiary Monroe Energy, are looking to move more crude by ship from Texas into the Philadelphia area. The Dakota Access pipeline starts up in May, giving the Gulf access to the Bakken shale play, and will likely sap any lingering economic incentive for Bakken-by-rail, which is more expensive.
Brokers interviewed said bringing U.S. oil via tanker to the East Coast gives refiners access to a variety of …

Turks would rather fight Kurds than genocidal ISIS

Washington Post:
Turkey expands strikes against Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq, threatening to complicate ISIS fight

The strikes, which killed as many as 20 fighters, targeted a group that has played a key role in turning back Islamic State militants and is a component of U.S.-backed forces preparing for an assault on Raqqa. The Turks under Erdogan appear to be cementing their role as NATO's worst ally.  They would rather fight the people who are fighting ISIS than fight the monstrosity that is ISIS.  I think Erdogan is making the case for Kurdish independence from his Islamist regime.

Ranchers in Texas think border wall will block access to water for livestock

Washington Post:
Meet one of the critics of Trump’s wall. He’s a Republican. In Texas.

As Democrats try for an anti-Trump wave in next year’s midterm elections, break-the-mold Republican Will Hurd is fighting to hold a vast, politically volatile district along the U.S.-Mexico border with a battle plan that includes being one of the harshest GOP critics of the president’s push to build a wall along that border. I think Will Hurd is a good guy.  If the concern is about access to water for cattle, he needs to work on an accommodation for that problem if a wall is constructed.  I do not think their opposition and that of Hurd is because they want more illegal aliens coming in.  No one really wants illegals trespassing on their property or using it as an invasion route into the US.

North Korea could begin mass producing nuclear bombs

NY Times:
Dwindling Time for U.S. Action as North Korea Hoards Bombs
Behind the Trump administration’s sudden urgency on North Korea lies a stark calculus: that the country is capable of making a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks. This could explain one of the reasons for the invitation to all the Senators to come to the White House for a briefing.  It also explains the anxiety in the region including in China.

Sanctions against North Korea have not been effective

Bill Gertz:
As the US ratchets up pressure on China to do more to help rein in North Korea, a UN report shows how Pyongyang uses technology smugglers and financial institutions to develop missiles and nuclear weapons. China figures prominently in the report.

UN members have imposed an array of trade sanctions on North Korea after it violated UN Security Council rulings to halt its testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

However, an eight-member UN panel said North Korea is intensifying such tests and that UN member states are not doing enough to enforce the sanctions.

North Korea “is flouting sanctions through trade in prohibited goods, with evasion techniques that are increasing in scale, scope and sophistication,” the panel’s report dated Feb. 28 says.

The report cites Chinese components and European parts acquired through China that were recovered from the debris of a North Korean missile launch. They included what the report described as an electromagnetic interference…

Port of Corpus Christi in a growth spurt as Houston becomes crowded

Fuel Fix:
New pipeline investments in Corpus Christi are surging and could make it a popular export alternative to Houston, where congestion is crowding out midstream companies, according to a report released last week by Morningstar, a Chicago-based research firm.

Corpus Christi already has three refineries, 10 pipelines that deliver crude from the Eagle Ford and one pipeline from the Permian. But as production rises in the both basins, Corpus Christi is becoming a crude export hub, where there is more real estate for marine docks and storage infrastructure and space for larger crude tankers, according to the Morningstar report.

Corpus Christi’s role in the midstream market depends on high oil production in the Permian. Two new pipeline projects have been proposed to bring crude from the Permian to Corpus, and if approved and completed on schedule, they would add a capacity of one million barrels a day by the end of 2019.
... Corpus Christ is an attractive city sitting on the shores …

Democrats are anti-science on the issue of sex

Ashley McGuire:
Feminists in the 1960s and 70s argued that men and women are not inherently different. The many apparent differences between the sexes — beyond the undeniable anatomical ones — are simply the result of gender roles people are taught to fulfill, not of their natures as men or women. This was the era when parents were told that their daughters would be just as happy playing with toy trucks as with dolls and that making the switch would help end sexism and liberate girls for a better future. Women sought to detach themselves from the aspects of womanhood they found limiting, especially their fertility.

For decades, gender theory gained steam, seeking the complete abolition of gender distinctions in any way tied to the two biological sexes.

In 1992, family therapist John Gray published Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. The book's premise was simple: men and women are different, and understanding those differences, not living in denial of them, is the key to rela…

The Democrat narrative about Trump is failing

Eli Lake:
Before Donald Trump won the election in November we were warned: He is a Russian stooge. He is a fascist. He will upend the protocols and traditions that make governing possible. This is not normal.

Now that we are approaching the 100-day mark, it's worth noting that the president is defying the expectations of his resistance. And while there is plenty to oppose in Trump's young presidency, he is neither the Siberian Candidate nor the second coming of Mussolini.

Let's start with Russia. The FBI is still investigating whether and how his campaign may have colluded with Moscow's efforts to influence the presidential election. And yet in terms of actual policy, Trump has settled on a much tougher line with Russia than how he campaigned or in his first few weeks.
Now, U.S.-Russian relations are cratering. Both sides say they are at a historic low point. Russian bombers in the last week have been flying into Alaskan airspace, testing Trump's resolve. Mean…

Trump talks to UN Security Counsel and sets meeting with US Senate over Korea options

Back when you were in junior high, it was never a good thing when your parents, and your teachers, and your principal, and the guidance counselor, and maybe a social worker, and your priest and couple of cops all got together to discuss you. Rarely did anything good come of those sessions.

Via Reuters:

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.

While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White …

The North Korean attack plan

Modern War Institute:
So what would the initial North Korean attack look like? Unlike in 1950, when Soviet, Chinese and North Korean planners had a realistic prospect of conquering South Korea in a war, an attack today has only a small chance of victory within a narrow time window. In 1950, DPRK forces enjoyed large initial advantages in numbers, troop quality, and all classes of equipment including tanks and aircraft. Today all of those initial advantages except artillery and numbers are on our side, and even the numbers are more balanced. DPRK planners recognize their inferiority in technology and, after ROK mobilization, even in numbers. They understand that ROK/US forces will have air superiority initially, and (unless China intervenes) air supremacy within days. They therefore plan to win by striking quickly, by surprise, while ROK forces are still mobilizing, US reinforcements are not yet in theatre, and while our airpower is largely committed to overcoming the DPRK integrat…

Texas county near the Eagle Ford formation is now richest in the nation

Jazz Shaw:

Where is the richest county in the nation in terms of average gross income? For a long time now if you’d have guessed one of the collar counties around the nation’s capitol you’d have been correct. You’d also likely be forgiven for suggesting one of the bedroom communities around the Big Apple in Connecticut and New York. They’re traditional magnets for money. But according to Time Magazine, the latest figures show that wealth has begun to aggregate somewhere new and it’s far, far to the west. One county in Texas is now at the top of the heap and it’s all thanks to a boom in domestic energy exploration.

According to TRAC, McMullen County, Texas, which lies in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale patch south of San Antonio, now has the highest average adjusted gross income in the U.S.: $303,717. At #4 is Texas’s Glasscock County ($181,375), which sits in the equally productive Barnett shale patch in West Texas.
That’s pretty remarkable. Two other Texas counties rich in shal…

US nuclear sub arrives in South Korea with 150 Tomahawk missles

A nuclear-powered U.S. submarine is to arrive at the South Korean port city of Busan on Tuesday, the same day North Korea is expected to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army.

The USS Michigan, the second Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine in the U.S. Navy, is to make a visit to South Korea to send a strong message of warning to Pyongyang, South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reported Monday.

A South Korean military official who spoke anonymously said the Michigan will receive a hull inspection upon arrival at Busan port, then leave for training exercises in waters near the Korean peninsula.

According to a second source who spoke to the Donga, the submarine will join the Carl Vinson strike group and carry out surveillance missions.

It is also likely the submarine will conduct exercises with the South Korean navy, the source said.

The Michigan has a displacement of more than 18,000 tons when submerged and is one of the l…

What is really scary for Democrats is that immigration enforcement efforts are working

NY Times:
Anti-Immigration Activists Gain Power to Enact Agenda
Proponents of a tough stance on illegal entry have taken top jobs in the Trump administration, and they are seeing their ideas become policy. I find that headline somewhat misleading since the main thrust of the current program is to stop illegal immigration.  Democrats like illegal immigration because it creates another dependency class for people they see as future Democrats.

Those who benefit the most from stopping illegal immigration are poorer Americans who must compete with the illegals for jobs.  These are people who used to be part of the Democrats base, but many of them backed Trump this time because of his policies on illegals.

Obama's secret giveaway that makes bad Iran deal worse

... Obama, the senior official and other administration representatives weren’t telling the whole story on Jan. 17, 2016, in their highly choreographed rollout of the prisoner swap and simultaneous implementation of the six-party nuclear deal, according to a POLITICO investigation.

In his Sunday morning address to the American people, Obama portrayed the seven men he freed as “civilians.” The senior official described them as businessmen convicted of or awaiting trial for mere “sanctions-related offenses, violations of the trade embargo.”

In reality, some of them were accused by Obama’s own Justice Department of posing threats to national security. Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with applications in surface-to-air and cruise missiles like the kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with the Trump administration. Another was serving an eight-year sentence …

Sexual harassment policies

CNN anchor: Roger Ailes sexually harassed me What she alleges would likely constitute sexual harassment in the workplace if true.  That she remained employed there after the alleged event for 16 years would also make it hard for her to claim that Ailes acted on the alleged threat.

What Fox apparently lacked was corporate supervision that gave someone experiencing sexual harassment an outlet for their complaint.

As a former general counsel of two different companies, my recollection is that we had policy statements on this kind of conduct that made it clear it would not be tolerated and gave alleged victims access to a responsible person to deal with the situation.  I do not recall anything like the alleged conduct at Fox.

The policy did make it less likely that male employees would tell raunchy jokes.

The federal workplace is also not immune from conduct of a sexual nature.  I have read reports of federal employees spending hours of "work time" looking at porn on their g…

Shut up, liberals argue

Kurt Schlichter:
Understand that if America is stupid enough to let liberals take power again, they will persecute and prosecute normal Americans like us who dare to dissent. That’s not a guess or a prediction – that’s a commitment they have made to their fascist followers. They’ve seen what the truth can do to their schemes. After 2016, there’s no way they are going to take a chance on another electoral rejection by us normals, so they don’t even pretend to support free speech anymore. It will be one gender neutral being-one vote, one more time, and then never again.

Hold on. That’s clearly nuts, right? This is obviously crazy talk that’s talking crazy, isn’t it? Don’t liberals love free speech?


We know they don’t love free speech because they tell us they don’t, in both words and deeds. The whole free speech thing lost a lot of its luster for the libs when people like us decided to try it out. The liberals didn’t count on that – free speech was supposed to be their jam, a way to…

Colleges making war on young men

Carol Markowicz:
The largely hallucinatory “war on women” has nothing on the very real war on college boys.

A few recent stories highlight just how unfair and unjust an environment US campuses have become for young men — and the necessity of federal intervention to fix the damage previous federal intervention has done.

Take Thomas Klocke, a University of Texas at Arlington student accused of making anti-gay comments to a classmate. Klocke vehemently denied the charges and said his classmate had hit on him and Klocke angered him by rebuffing his advances.

According to Reason magazine, “Klocke received no hearing, even though the university’s Title IX policy explicitly mandates hearings for students in danger of being expelled. He was simply charged with making physical threats against a student and engaging in harassment, in violation of Title IX.”

A school “academic integrity” official “conceded that there wasn’t enough evidence against Klocke.” No problem: “Administrators found him r…

O'Reilly absence unlikely to mean Fox viewers will tune in to MSNBC or CNN

NY Times:
With Bill O’Reilly Out, Fox Rivals See a Chance to Move In
For the first time in nearly two decades, Bill O’Reilly will not be kicking off Fox News’s prime-time lineup. The other cable networks have noticed. I think the chances of the competition picking up Fox viewers is remote.  I have found Tucker Carlson to be more interesting anyway.   But if Fox tries to go liberal, they will be tuned out like MSNBC and CNN.

If that happens conservatives are likely to tune into alternative internet programming such a Mark Levin who used reports from liberal media sources to demonstrate Obama's surveillance efforts against the Trump campaign.

Poll discovers reason Democrats are losing election

Daily Caller:
Sixty-seven percent of Americans say the Democratic Party is out of touch with their concerns — that’s more than those who think the Republican Party or President Trump are out of touch with most Americans’ concerns, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

ABC News notes that in March 2014, 48 percent said the Democrats were out of touch with most Americans’ concerns. Three years later, 67 percent of Americans feel that way about the Democratic Party — a 19 percent increase.

“The biggest change has occurred chiefly among the party’s own typical loyalists, with ‘out of touch’ ratings up 33 points among liberals, 30 points among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents and 26 points among moderates and nonwhites alike,” ABC News reports.
... The poll also found that majority thought the GOP was out of touch, and a somewhat smaller majority thought Trump was out of touch.  What is not clear is whether the Democrats feel the party is out of touch because it is…

Recent redistricting case against Texas was based on a map that was no longer being used

Taylor Millard:
There’s an extremely odd lawsuit going on in Texas over redistricting, specifically focusing on the maps written in 2011. A federal court ruled last week the 2011 maps were invalid because they violated part of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. It’s an extremely long decision involving three federal judges, but two of the judges asserted Texas legislators did everything they could to make sure white candidates were elected, over Hispanic candidates. Similar assertions were made over white vs. black candidates. Democrats were obviously happy with the decision....
A little bit of a history lesson for the fine Arlington rep: the new maps have already happened. The Texas Legislature passed new districts in 2013. What’s even more interesting is these were maps drawn up by a three judge panel in San Antonio. Here how The Texas Tribune described the ongoing saga in 2013.
It should be pointed out Turner gave a comment to The Texas Tribune in the 2013 pie…

Facts do not support dirty dossier Democrats pushed about Trump campaign

Rowan Scarborough:
An anti-Donald Trump “dossier” created by a former British spy and financed by Democratic-linked money has significant detractors: the people accused of crimes in a supposed Trump-Russia conspiracy.

Three men — Mr. Trump’s attorney, a campaign volunteer and a tech company CEO — have publicly said that the parts about them in the dossier are fiction.

A fourth figure — a Russian diplomat whom Londoner Christopher Steele accused of lawbreaking — said via Russia’s Foreign Ministry that the dossier is fantasy. And there is evidence to back him up.

The 35-page dossier by Mr. Steele has taken on critical importance in recent weeks for Democrats in Washington. They cite its accusations without corroboration as the reason for a special commission to investigate Mr. Trump and his aides for a supposed role in Russia’s hacking of Democratic Party email servers.

Lost in the Democrats’ endorsements are the people who say Mr. Steele’s supposed chronicle of meetings and misdeeds is unt…

Drone strike in Yemen kills three al Qaeda fighters out for Sunday Drive

Yemeni tribal and security officials say a suspected US airstrike has killed three al-Qaida operatives on Yemen's southern coast.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, say the operatives killed in Shabwa province on Sunday were driving a car when an unmanned aircraft targeted their vehicle.
... The war against the Islamic terrorist group continues in Yemen.  It has become a much more dangerous place for al Qaeda since Trump took office.

Science guys become prop for left wing junk science

Washington Post:
The March for Science was the moment ‘the Science Guy’ has been waiting for

Educator-entertainer Bill Nye, beloved by millennials for his PBS series that made him an icon, is now taking on the mantle of activist for science — leading the people who grew up with his show into political battle. By politicizing science he and the Democrats actually hurt real science, and reduce trust in the efforts of real scientists.  By refusing to engage in a rigorous debate on global warming these guys are losing the argument.

Liberals and socialist the big losers in French election

Washington Post:
French political parties upended as right-wing Le Pen, centrist Macron head to runoff for president

With opponents conceding, far-right anti-immigrant firebrand Marine Le Pen and unconventional centrist Emmanuel Macron advance to a May 7 vote that could further the worldwide march of anti-globalization populists. This appears to be a rejection of current policies on the economy and immigration.  It is also a vote against the terrorists who have plagued France.  I expect that Macron will be the favorite in this runoff, as the left tries to find a way to vote against Le Pen.

If Murdoch family turns Fox into another liberal network they will lose everything

NY Times:
Murdoch Sons Plan Elaborate Overhaul of a Media Empire
Since taking over two years ago, James and Lachlan Murdoch seem determined to rid the company of the old-guard culture on which their father built his empire. If the younger Murdoch's try to please the liberals at New York cocktail parties they will destroy the brand.   It will become just another media outlet that conservatives will turn off and they will find other outlets they can trust for news.

There appears to be a serious movement by liberal groups like Media Matters to suppress conservative media any way they can.  Recently we have seen efforts to attack advertisers in a new blacklisting effort similar to that used by the John Birch society in the 50's and early 60's.

This is not just bad for the media, it is also bad for commerce.

Norks take another American hostage

Washington Post:
U.S. citizen becomes 3rd American held in North Korea

South Korea’s news agency reported that the man, who was arrested trying to leave the airport in Pyongyang, has been a professor at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology and had been involved in aid work. This is what the thug government of North Korea does when it is under pressure.  It did something similar when Malaysia was dealing with the murder of Kim's half-brother.  It a previous hostage-taking they viewed getting former Presiden Clinton;s coming to get him released as a diplomatic triumph.

Trump's base remains with him despite the most hostile media in US history

Washington Post:
Trump’s approval ratings sit at record lows but base stays steady, poll shows

President Trump is nearing the 100-day mark of his administration as the least popular chief executive in modern times. His voters are largely satisfied with his performance, but his base of support hasn’t grown since he took office, according to a Post-ABC News poll. The media has to be frustrated by their inability to separate Trump from his base.  Despite a myriad array of stories alleging his policies will hurt his base, those people are sticking with him.  What the media and other leftist do not seem to get is that people were actually voting against them more than they were voting for Trump.  All their attacks since his election have only reinforced the resolve of his base to oppose the evils of liberalism.

By focusing all their anger and resentment on Trump the left is ignoring their real problem.  People do not like them or their policies.  There is a reason why Democrats have lost ov…

Venezuela now has its own version of the Iranian Baiji

NY Times:
Armed Civilian Bands in Venezuela Prop Up President
Members of the so-called collectives, or colectivos in Spanish, operate with impunity and will defend their besieged president at all costs, experts say. I suspect that Maduro probably got the idea from the Iranians who he helps with Venezuelan passports.  Other close ties have also been alleged between the two governments.

The Baiji were the Iranian thugs who were used to suppress the actual reformers in Iran who were protesting the theft of the election by the religious bigots who rule Iran.

The 'Trump is a Russian tool' narrative is incoherent

Power Line:
When the Trump campaign (allegedly) conspired with Putin to engineer the unlikely defeat of Hillary Clinton, did Putin get anything in return? Apparently not. The story line refuses to cohere. In the world according to the Democrats, however, if the facts don’t fit you must not acquit. You must recommit.

Two months ago the sober Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow and foreign policy historian Walter Russell Mead impolitely noted that “Trump isn’t sounding like a Russian mole.”Trump had remarked “effusively” to Reuters on the importance of expanding the American nuclear arsenal. Mead commented: “What the press has largely ignored about Trump’s latest pronouncement is an obvious truth that undermines its own narrative: someone who was safely in Vladimir Putin’s pocket wouldn’t run around saying things like this.”

Mead must have wanted to provoke the Democrats’ idiotic media adjunct. He enlarged to telling effect on this point. Like the little boy who declined to praise the…

Democrats' case against the Senate for not approving Garland rejected by Supreme Court

Daily Signal:
On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case of Michel v. McConnell, where the courts below rejected a citizen’s effort to sue senators for inaction on D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The lower courts’ opinions explain why another controversial dispute, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) v. Donald J. Trump, will also fail—with only days left until the government’s response is due in that case.

Disappointed with the process of the Senate’s refusal to hold a vote on Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Steven S. Michel sued Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for allegedly violating his constitutional right “to elect his senators by depriving his home-state senators of a voice” in the nomination process.

The U.S. Court of Appeals found, as did the district court below, that Michel “lacked standing to bring this action because he failed to demonstrate an…

The Democrat's misleading new motto

Jason Russell:
If you've ever wanted to get a high-five from Pajama Boy or a compliment from your neighbor that still hasn't removed their "I'm With Her" bumper sticker, the Democratic National Committee has a shirt for you. For $30, you can wear a shirt that says "Democrats give a sh*t about people." The unspoken implication is obvious: Republicans don't care about people. Don't vote for them.

A more truthful motto might be "Democrats give a sh*t about some people," because there are plenty of people about whom the Democrats lack any sh*ts to give.

Consider millions of children in low-income families, trapped in terrible schools because Democrats and teachers unions wouldn't let them have a choice to go somewhere else.

What about the coal miners that Hillary Clinton wanted to put out of work?

What about fetuses with a beating heart several weeks after fertilization?

The shirt should have an asterisk that says "*except coal mi…

Predictions of the end of the world are greatly exaggerated

Mark Perry:
18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year With that track record, you would think the left would pause for consideration, but they are still in denial about the pause in "global warming."

French women rebel against Muslim cultural dictates

NBC News:
Muslims preoccupy Jennifer Troin.

"I'm worried about my nieces having to wear the veil," said the soft-spoken 29-year-old.

This fear has helped propel the young mother to the far-right of the political spectrum ahead of key presidential elections Sunday — and into the arms of the hard-line National Front party.

Troin sells children's clothes at a store in Cogolin, a town of 11,000 a few miles from the jet-set resorts of the French Riviera. In 2014, Cogolin became one of a handful of communities nationwide to elect mayors from the National Front, which is also known by the acronym FN.Jennifer Troin, 29, is a sales assistant in a children's clothes store in Cogolin, France on April 13, 2017.Saphora Smith / for NBC News

Troin told NBC News that it wasn't just the FN's stance on Islam and immigration that attracted her, but also the party's populist take on the economy.

But most of all, it was the party's charismatic leader, Marine Le Pen, who ca…

Are these the same people who said New York city would be underwater by now?

Washington Post:
At March for Science in D.C.: ‘The oceans are rising, and so are we’

Historians say today’s demonstrations in Washington and hundreds of other cities around the world are “pretty unprecedented.” Thousands of people are rallying in support of research and evidence-based policy. These people are allowing themselves to be used by Democrats who want excuses for instituting control freak government.

There is a difference between being challenged and being 'under siege'

NY Times:
Scientists, Feeling Besieged, March Against Trump
Thousands of scientists and enthusiasts took to the streets in Washington and around the world on Saturday to protest the administration’s policies. One of their problems is that the Democrats have politicized science instead of embracing scientific inquiry.  Those with an inquiring mind who challenge the political orthodoxy are called "deniers."  Skeptics is probably a more descriptive term.  There is a reason for skepticism.

The models used to project "climate change" are clearly flawed, yet the proponents of the CO2 hysteria cannot explain which of their assumptions is invalid.  Like Einstein's description of insanity, they keep on pumping in the same data expecting to get a different result.  They stubbornly refuse to consider other alternatives.

Resorting to insults of those who disagree with them is causing them to lose the argument.  They really need to engage with the skeptics and try to find …

Leaders of Gulf Cartel and Zetas killed in shoot out in Mexico

AP/Houston Chronicle:
Two top drug traffickers have been killed in pre-dawn shootouts Saturday with federal force in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas, authorities reported.

The Tamaulipas security spokesman's office says the men were killed in separate confrontations, which left highways littered with burned-out vehicles.

Julian Loisa Salinas, better known as "Comandante Toro," was killed in the border city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas.


On Saturday, photos showed burned-out cars, trucks and buses littering the streets, and state authorities said his supporters had set fires and tried to block roads in Reynosa in an unsuccessful effort to help him escape.

Also Saturday, the leader of the rival "Zetas" cartel in the Tamaulipas state capital of Ciudad Victoria was killed in a similar shootout further south. He was tentatively identified as Francisco "Pancho" Carreon.
... In previous encounters where there was an attem…

Any attack on the Norks would include taking out the artillery threatening Seoul

Washington Post:
The U.S. has 25 million reasons to refrain from a military strike on North Korea

Kim Jong Un’s regime could retaliate by unleashing its conventional weaponry lined up on the demilitarized zone that has separated the two Koreas for about seven decades. That weaponry is reliable and could devastate South Korea’s populous capital. The US and South Korea would include strikes against the artillery units threatening Seoul in an opening salvo.  The attacks would probably include attacks by MOAB's or MOP ordinance that would destroy the weapons and those who were manning it.

Democrat disarray-Most popular guy is an economic illiterate who is not a Democrat

NY Times:
At a ‘Unity’ Stop in Nebraska, Democrats Find Anything But
At the center of the debate over the party’s future is Senator Bernie Sanders, who has emerged as the most popular active politician in America, but he isn’t even a Democrat. Sanders is a likable curmudgeon, but anyone who actually thinks socialism is a good idea is ignorant of history and economics.

If socialism were sound economics, Cuba and Venezuela would be wealthy countries instead of impoverished countries run by despots.  Socialism is where people stand in line for food instead of a new iPhone.  It is where healthcare is rationed and countries free ride on pharmaceuticals developed in the US by capitalists.

What is really sad is that the education establishment perpetuates this ignorance about socialism creating uninformed voters to support policies proposed by Sanders.  That tells you something about what a lousy job the schools are doing.

Hillary Clinton's search for scapegoats for her stunning loss to Trump focused on Russia and FBI

The new Clinton campaign tell-all, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, reveals how Hillary Clinton personally placed blame for her bruising defeat on Russian meddling “within twenty-four hours of her concession speech.”

The blistering behind-the-scenes book, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, illustrates how Hillary Clinton furiously blamed her defeat on the FBI investigation into her private emails, Russian interference, and Trump’s supposed support from “white nationalists.”

From Shattered:

On a phone call with a longtime friend a couple of days after the election, Hillary was much less accepting of her defeat. She put a fine point on the factors she believed cost her the presidency: the FBI (Comey), the KGB (the old name for Russia’s intelligence service), and the KKK (the support Trump got from white nationalists).

“I’m angry,” Hillary told her friend. And exhausted. After two brutal campaigns against Sanders and Trump, Hillary now had to explain the fa…