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JAW-DROPPING: Coal's Colossal Comeback

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 01:18
By Stephen Moore

Buried in an otherwise-humdrum jobs report was the jaw-dropping pronouncement by the Department of Labor that mining jobs in America were up by 11,000 in March. Since the low point in October 2016, and following years of painful layoffs in the mining industry, the mining sector has added 35,000 jobs.

What a turnaround. Liberals have been saying that Donald Trump was lying to the American people when he said that he could bring coal jobs back. Well, so far, he has delivered on his promise.

There's more good news for the coal industry.

Earlier this month, Peabody Energy — America's largest coal producer — moved out of bankruptcy, and its stock is actively trading again. Its market cap had sunk by almost 90% during Barack Obama's years in office. Arch Coal is also out of bankruptcy.

It turns out that, after all, elections do have consequences. The Obama administration and its allies, such as the Sierra Club, tried to kill coal because of their obsession with global warming. Regime change in Washington has brought King Coal back to life.

Donald Trump pledged to coal miners in small towns across America that he would be a friend to American coal and fossil fuels. As promised, Trump has lifted the so-called Clean Power Plan regulations and several other EPA rules that were intentionally designed to shutter coal plants, which it accomplished with ruthless precision. Hillary Clinton had promised her green allies that she would finish off every last coal-mining job in America.

The coal miners weren't too happy about this, and her arrogant disregard for a leading American industry that hires tens of thousands of union workers contributed to her losing almost all the coal states — many of which were once reliably Democratic.

America was built on cheap and abundant coal. Fossil fuels powered the U.S. into the industrial age and replaced windmills and wood burning, which were inefficient, as the primary sources of electricity. America currently has access to 500 years' worth of coal — far more than any other nation. Despite the last decade's war on coal, the U.S. still derives about one-third of our power from coal, making it second only to natural gas.

Liberals have argued that coal could never make a comeback, because of cheap natural gas. Clearly, the shale gas revolution — with prices falling from $10 to $3 per million cubic feet — has hurt coal producers.

But economic necessity is the mother of invention, and coal companies, including Peabody, have figured out how to become far more efficient in production. What's more, clean coal is here. Emissions of lead, sulfur, carbon monoxide and other air pollutants from coal plants have fallen by more than half, and in some cases 90%, in recent decades.

The climate-change industrial complex pontificates that the U.S. has to stop using coal to save the planet. But even if the U.S. cut our own coal production to zero, China and India are building hundreds of coal plants. By suspending American coal production we are merely transferring jobs out of the U.S.

Renewable energy is decades away from being a major energy source for the world. Until that happens, coal and natural gas will compete as low-priced, super-abundant, domestically produced energy sources for 21st-century America. Nuclear power will, I hope, continue to play an important role, too. Meanwhile, for all the talk of the growth in wind and solar industries, they still account for less than 10% of our energy. Almost 70% comes from natural gas and coal.

Coal isn't dead in America. It is unleashed. As a Washington Times editorial put it very well recently, "The left gave up on the 100,000 coal workers in America more than a decade ago. Donald Trump has not." Remember this the next time Elizabeth Warren or Nancy Pelosi lectures us about how much they care about the working class in America.


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GRIM MILESTONE: New York Attorney General Orders Cities to... Break Federal Law

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 00:04
By Judicial Watch

Weeks after the chief law enforcement official in New York State issued “legal guidance” to help municipalities provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants, nearly a dozen have followed through with the attorney general’s order to skirt federal law. The goal, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is to provide local governments with a tool to “protect their immigrant communities, regardless of new federal enforcement practices.” Those that have followed Schneiderman’s directive range from sleepy towns like Newburgh to larger cities such as Rochester as well as Albany, the state capital.

Schneiderman issued the decree in response to the Trump administration’s proposed immigration enforcement policies. The document states that its purpose it to describe the legal landscape governing the participation of local authorities in immigration enforcement and to “assist local authorities that wish to become sanctuary jurisdictions by offering model language that can be used to enact local laws or policies that limit participation in immigration enforcement activities.” Utilizing so-called “model language” has become a key tool for sanctuary cities, counties and states that want to avoid losing federal funds under new Trump administration measures that punish local governments for not cooperating with federal authorities. Just last month Judicial Watch reported on a California town that found a creative way to implement a stealth sanctuary policy with “model language” that avoids using certain trigger words.

New York stands out because it’s the only state in which the top law enforcement authority, a veteran elected official, is actively encouraging and assisting local governments to violate the law. Some have faced resistance from citizens, though the majority have passed stealth sanctuary measures with little opposition since Schneiderman launched his campaign to protect illegal aliens in the Empire State. In the upscale town of Irvington, situated about 20 miles from Manhattan, the Board of Trustees issued a Statement of Tolerance days after the 2016 presidential election to guarantee that people of all races, religions, orientations and countries of origin are safe within its boundaries. “It seems there are many in our nation who are not currently feeling welcome nor safe,” the statement reads. “We want everyone to know that the Irvington Board of Trustees will never tolerate discrimination of any kind in our Village.” The city lists a phone number of the local police and encourage anyone who witnesses “any form of discrimination or intimidation” to call immediately.

Last month Irvington unanimously passed a resolution making it a sanctuary city and lawmakers credit the attorney general’s legal guidance. Now the mayor and several trustees are used as propaganda by the attorney general’s office to promote more illegal alien sanctuaries in the state. In a statement issued by the attorney general, Irvington Mayor Brian Smith says this: “We relied on the guidance of the AG’s office in crafting the wording of the resolution, which has the complete support of our police department. Irvington proudly stands as the first Westchester municipality to pass such a resolution and looks forward to having others step forward.” Under the new measure, which reportedly will soon be adapted by other communities in the county, Irvington will not honor detainer requests from federal immigration enforcement agencies.

One Irvington resident who continues challenging the sanctuary measure is an attorney who argues that the village is protecting criminals and endangering the lives of citizens. Her name is Lauri Regan and she reminds Irvington lawmakers in writing about a recent Maryland case in which two illegal immigrants raped a 14-year-old girl in a high school bathroom. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had issued a detainer for one of the rapists but, because Montgomery County offers illegal immigrants sanctuary, it was ignored. Regan fears the same will occur in her hometown of Irvington. In one electronic mail Irvington Mayor Brian Smith tells Regan that he fails to see a link between the Maryland case and the new Irvington policy and in another he writes that “we do not want undocumented immigrants to fear interacting with our police department.”


Read more at Judicial Watch.
 

Larwyn's Linx: Political Violence is Here — Now the Question is, Who Can Do it Better?

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:24
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Nation

Political Violence is Here — Now the Question is, Who Can Do it Better?: Mike Cernovich
The Seductive Appeal of the "Nazi Exception": Ken White
Democrats Pour Millions Into Special Election In Georgia and Still Fail: Lookout

President Trump Directs AG Sessions To Target MS13 Criminal Gangs: Treehouse
Inside the Hillary Hindenburg: Mike Allen
Glamorization of Transsexual Derangement Ruins Young Lives: RWN

Suspect in Fresno shooting spree killing 3 shouts 'Allahu Akbar' when arrested: Troy Pope
FBI Investigating Radical Terrorists in All 50 States as Threats Hit Peak: Adam Kredo
Washington: Muslim who killed 5 in deadly mall shooting hangs himself in jail: Creeping

DOJ Gives Lois Lerner Some Very Bad News: RWN
Texas: Iraqi jihadist Obama DOJ refused to prosecute now missing: Creeping
Bummer:#CalExit backers end current secession plans: LI

Economy

Trump will sign executive order reviewing H-1B immigration visas: Tony Romm

Scandal Central

Book: Hillary’s Sneaky Email Server Practices Began Earlier Than Initially Thought: Chuck Ross
Schedule Your Photo Op Arrest With Otherwise Useless Berkeley Police: MB
Nevada DMV Told Employees To Register Non-Citizens To Vote: DC

Media

The Associated Press Won’t Report What a Killer Actually Said: Erick Erickson
Tip From Alert McDonald's Worker Led Officers to Facebook Killing Suspect: NBC-4
United Blew It, but End the Passenger’s Pity Party: Michael Fumento

Media Research Center Scalps Elizabeth Warren: TruePundit
Fox News host has advice for Muslims: Samantha Chang
The People's President: DailyMail

World

Who Lost Turkey? (Revisited): Mark Steyn
A Deep and Abiding Hate: Raymond Ibrahim
If 'Terror Knows No Religion' Where Is All The Christian/Jewish Terrorism?: Benny Huang

Germany: Culture-Enricher Sedates and Then Rapes Hospital Patient: GoV
Rotterdam Allows Pro-Hamas Conference, Blocks Anti-Hamas Protest: IPT
European Department for Security and Information: "ISIS Leader Baghdadi Allegedly arrested".: MFS-TON

Statists Always Turn To The Disarmament Of The Innocent And The Arming Of Their Allies: Herschel Smith
'IS' in talks with al Qaeda on 'possible alliance' - report: DW
Russia unveils its new Arctic military base housing nuclear-ready warplanes: DailyMail

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Mike Huckabee Just Unleashed on Comcast in a Twitter Storm We All Can Relate To: Jenni Fink
Hole accidentally cut in U.K. museum floor reveals stairs to hidden tomb of five archbishops: Harry Mount
The Caribbean treasure map made from space: DailyMail

Cornucopia

Kevin O'Brien: WeaponsMan
Communism for Kids with Armpit Hair: new book from MIT: Cube
Aaron Hernandez Kills Himself In Prison, Officials Say: CBS Boston

Image: Trump’s missing ‘armada’ finally heading to Korea — and may stay a while
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QOTD: "The fundamental problem is not Turkish democracy, but Turkish demography. Whether or not demography is always destiny, it certainly is in a democratic age. You can have a functioning democracy in a relatively homogeneous society in which parties compete over tax policy and health care. But, when a nation is divided into two groups with fundamentally opposing views of what that society is or should be, then democracy becomes tribal, and the size of the tribe determines the outcome." --Mark Steyn

ANALYSIS: What Would Actually Happen If North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Launched A Nuclear Attack

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 01:36
By Ryan Pickrell

For years, the world had heard warnings, but most doubted the day would ever come. Most fall before allied defenses, but one missile finds its mark — it’s the one that matters most. In a flash, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people perish.

Would North Korea fire off a nuclear weapon? No one knows for certain, but what we do know is that the above scenario is exactly what an aggressive and increasingly-powerful North Korea has been threatening for decades. While the reclusive regime may have previously lacked the necessary weaponry, the North now has the kind of capabilities to turn at least some of its threats into promises.

The U.S. and its East Asian allies have strategic defense assets in position, but war is full of uncertainties. “People think missile defenses are a magic wand. They aren’t,” Jeffrey Lewis, a renowned arms expert, told The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).

Here’s what happens if the North pulls the trigger.

What Would Happen If A Launch Appeared Imminent?

The U.S. and its allies in the region are by no means unprepared for a North Korean nuclear attack.

The U.S. and South Korea both have preemptive strike plans for a situation in which a North Korean nuclear attack appears imminent, and while Japan is considering new options, it still relies heavily on U.S. defense.

South Korea has a three-stage defense system, the first stage of which is a preemptive strike option designed to eliminate the North’s offensive capabilities. The “Kill Chain” preemptive strike system detects signs of an impending nuclear missile launch and strikes the North’s nuclear weapons sites and missile bases with cruise missiles and other weaponry.

The U.S. and South Korea also have a joint response plan, Operations Plan (OPLAN) 5015.

While the specifics for OPLAN 5015 are classified, the plan is believed to consolidate previous contingency plans, specifically OPLAN 5029 (internal instability in North Korea), OPLAN 5027 (preparations for an all-out war), and a peacetime plan involving localized provocations from North Korea. OPLAN 5015 is suspected to call for preemptive strikes on the North’s essential military facilities and weapons, and possibly North Korean leadership.

In the event that a nuclear missile strike appeared imminent, allied forces might attempt to eliminate the North’s missiles at launch. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last year that the U.S. could move to “take out launch capabilities on the launchpad” if North Korea appeared poised to launch a nuclear armed-missile.

The U.S. and South Korea regularly train for such contingencies. For example, during the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, U.S. and South Korean troops practice a “4D” operational plan which involves preemptive military options to detect, disrupt, destroy, and defend against North Korean strikes. The focus is precision strikes on the enemy’s core military facilities and weapons systems.

The challenge is that more and more of North Korea’s missiles are on mobile launchers and scattered about the country. Furthermore, the Korean People’s Army (KPA) has started using solid-fueled missiles, which require significantly less preparation time as they can be fueled in advance and need only a limited crew. Solid-fueled missiles can be fired with less warning and are much harder to track, making them less vulnerable to preemptive strikes.

Another issue is that preemptive strikes on North Korea would be much harder to justify diplomatically, especially if war breaks out in the aftermath, which is practically guaranteed.

What If The Nukes Are Already In The Air?

If a North Korean missile makes it into the air, there are plans for that situation as well.

South Korea and Japan rely on tiered missile defense.

Stage two of South Korea’s three-stage defense system is the Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) system, which is designed to intercept incoming missiles. The U.S. is bolstering South Korean defense through the deployment of a THAAD battery to South Korea, a process that began after North Korea fired four missiles into the Sea of Japan a few weeks ago.

THAAD’s Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TYP-2) X-band radar can be configured to one of two settings: forward-base mode and terminal mode. In the latter, the radar has a range of several hundred miles and can facilitate the elimination of missiles in the terminal phase of flight. In the former, the radar’s range is extended, making it possible for THAAD to target projectiles in the initial or launch phase.

To ease China’s concerns about the radar’s ability to peer into its territory, the U.S. has agreed to configure THAAD in terminal mode. China continues to express opposition to the deployment.

THAAD is an important step for South Korean missile defense.

“THAAD is better than anything South Korea has or will have for decades,” Bruce Klingner, who specializes in Korean and Japanese affairs as the senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, told TheDCNF, “It is imperative that we deploy it to augment the defense of Korea and the U.S. forces deployed there.”

There are also a number of Aegis destroyers operating in the waters off of South Korea. The U.S. has several in the region; Japan has six, and South Korea has three. The Aegis ballistic missile system can track multiple missiles simultaneously and intercept enemy projectiles as needed.

There are certain gaps in South Korea’s defense though. For starters, South Korea’s KAMD is not incorporated into the broader allied defense system, thus weakening its overall effectiveness. Also, the South is particularly vulnerable to submarine-launched ballistic missiles, which the North successfully tested last year.

Japan is much more “forward leaning” in its defense, Klingner notes. Japan has Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-2 and 3 systems, Aegis destroyers and SM-3 interceptors, and Japan is considering deploying THAAD and Aegis Ashore units on Japanese soil to boost national defense.

The U.S. has ground-based midcourse defense systems in Fort Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Anti-missile systems have their limitations though.

Klingner remarked that “certainly, there is that possibility” that a nuclear-armed ballistic missile could slip through allied defenses, especially given that most regional missile defense systems have never been tested in actual battle conditions.

“Missile defenses help reduce the threat, but they can’t eliminate it,” Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program in the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, commented.

In the simplest of terms, missile defense involves hitting a bullet with another bullet, which is no easy task.

“Missile defense systems will never provide 100 percent effectiveness … The addition of THAAD does not guarantee the protection of Seoul, but it does add another piece to the constantly changing puzzle of defense,” Rodger Baker, Vice President of Strategic Analysis at Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence platform, told TheDCNF.

North Korea is rapidly developing the capabilities necessary to skirt allied ballistic missile defense systems.

“North Korea can probably build missiles (especially ER Scuds) faster and more cheaply than we can build and deploy defenses,” Lewis noted. In recent weapons tests and military drills, North Korea has practiced firing off multiple missiles in rapid succession or simultaneously to overwhelm enemy missile defense systems.

“This is a tactic called ‘salvo fire,’ which is designed to place greater stress on all types of ballistic missile defenses. I don’t know how many simultaneous attacks it would take to ‘saturate’ the battle-management systems in use today by the U.S., South Korean, or Japanese militaries, but the North Koreans seem determined to refine their salvo capabilities,” Joshua Pollack, editor of The Nonproliferation Review and senior research associate in the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, told TheDCNF. “Even if it didn’t succeed in saturating the defenses, it would at least more rapidly deplete the defense, which has a limited number of shots.”

“Enough simultaneous launches could overwhelm the THAAD system and increase the risk of a nuclear-armed ballistic missile reaching its target in South Korea,” Kelsey Davenport, director of Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Institute, told TheDCNF after North Korea launched three missiles at the same time last September.

The simultaneous launch of multiple missiles is “basic missile defense countermeasure,” Lewis told CNN. “One THAAD battery is not enough. We need at least two, if not many more,” he told TheDCNF.

“The good news is that if defenses hold up against the first salvo, it’s much easier to locate mobile missiles after they fire than before,” Pollack explained, adding, “Ballistic missiles are very hot and bright upon launch, so the point of origin can be detected by satellites very rapidly. Perhaps the empty North Korean missile launch vehicles could be hunted down before they have the chance to reload,” but there is no guarantee.

What Would Be The Post-Launch Reaction?

Many people assume that in the event that North Korea carried out a nuclear strike, successful or not, the U.S. would use nuclear weapons to turn the North into a crater.

If they use a nuclear weapon, do we want to pave Pyongyang and kill a million citizens? If the intent is to take out the leadership and that can be done with precision guided munitions, is it in global interests to use nuclear weapons? The answer is unclear.

“U.S. nuclear strategy is evolving away from an automatic ‘they use nukes, we use nukes, we take out every city they have’ response,” Klingner told TheDCNF, adding that if North Korea launches a nuclear strike, “it may not be an automatic nuclear response if we can accomplish our objectives through other means.”

The decision to use nuclear weapons to retaliate against North Korea would be a political decision, one likely based on the resulting public outcry, as well as the target and whether the attack was successful or not.

“The United States maintains and updates numerous scenarios for potential military contingencies, and ones regarding North Korea are frequently reviewed,” Baker told TheDCNF, “A limited North Korean action may initially engender a large U.S. military buildup and emergency action in the United Nations, but full military intervention would not likely be far behind.”

Once war breaks out, the situation quickly becomes much more complicated. The U.S. and its allies have the advantage, but any war on the peninsula would almost certainly be a high-casualty conflict.

While South Korea and Japan have their own armed forces, they would still be largely reliant on the U.S. for defense in the event of a serious crisis. South Korea does, however, have an independent strategy known as the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) plan, the third phase of the country’s three-stage defense.

The KMPR plan involves using special forces to cripple North Korean assets and eliminate the leadership. The South would also mobilize its missile and artillery forces.

South Korea’s KMPR plan focuses on the complete annihilation of certain essential pockets of Pyongyang.

“The North’s capital city will be reduced to ashes and removed from the map,” an unnamed defense official revealed to The Korea Times, “Every Pyongyang district, particularly where the North Korean leadership is possibly hidden, will be completely destroyed by ballistic missiles and high-explosive shells.”

Japan is considering developing defensive, counter-attack capabilities, but those discussions are still in the early phases.

Relying on conventional weapons alone, North Korea is unlikely to survive a protracted military conflict, but this is where multiple weapons of mass destruction come into play.

“North Korea could potentially cause massive damage to Seoul and its surrounding areas” in a conflict, Dr. Bruce Bennett, a senior defense researcher at the RAND Corporation, previously told TheDCNF. “If North Korea restrains itself and only employs conventional weapons in an assault on South Korea, it is unlikely to overwhelm South Korea’s defenses. But if it uses weapons of mass destruction and other asymmetric approaches, the North may be able to overcome South Korean defenses — there are always large uncertainties in any war.”

“I’m confident of the outcome of that war, which would be the defeat of North Korea,” former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told ABC reporters, “I need to caution you … This is a war that would have an intensity of violence associated with it that we haven’t seen since the last Korean War. Seoul is right there on the borders of the DMZ, so even though the outcome is certain, it is a very destructive war.”

Who Would North Korea Bomb?

The North regularly threatens nuclear war against the U.S., which is perceived in Pyongyang as the greatest threat to the country’s long-term survival. It is unlikely, however, that North Korea has developed the long-range missile technology required to strike the continental U.S.

Still, the North is working tirelessly to develop a reliable, nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile and may be there in a matter of years.

“There is a real possibility that North Korea will be able to hit the U.S. with a nuclear-armed missile by the end of the first Trump term,” K.T. McFarland, the deputy White House national security adviser, previously remarked.

“We don’t know where they are on the path, but we know what path they are on,” Klingner told TheDCNF.

North Korea has launched satellites using Taepodong-style rockets, which could potentially serve as the technological foundation for an ICBM. The country has developed improved rocket engines that are better than most experts previously suspected. Also, the North appears to be working on two road-mobile ICBMs, the KN-08 and KN-14.

But, while the North has made clear progress, they have not yet demonstrated re-entry vehicle capability, and they are still developing a suitable nuclear warhead.

Were North Korea to launch a nuclear-armed missile at a foreign enemy, the two countries most likely to find themselves in the cross hairs are South Korea and Japan, collectively home to roughly 180 million people and around 75,000 U.S. troops. In the event that North Korea decided to fire on either of these two countries, a decision which the North would not take lightly, the Korean People’s Army could strike military bases and strategic assets, densely-populated civilian targets, or both.

Particularly disconcerting is that “the North Koreans say both,” Lewis explained to TheDCNF. “They hope the shock will cause us to recoil, and if it does not, they hope the damage slows us down.”

Several years ago, Pyongyang vowed that Tokyo would be “consumed in nuclear flames,” and early last year, the North threatened to turn Seoul into a “sea of flames.” Such threats are extremely common.

At the same time, North Korea has threatened, and even trained, to strike strategic assets, major ports, and critical military bases.

Days after the U.S. and South Korea announced plans to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile shield on South Korean soil, the North said it would turn Seongju, the deployment site, into a “sea of fire and a pile of ashes.”

When U.S. troops conduct joint military drills with allies for a possible conflict on the Korean peninsula, North Korea often drills as well, typically for a conventional or nuclear strike on allied troops, weapons, and defense systems.

During last year’s Foal Eagle drills, annual joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea for a contingency on the peninsula, North Korea launched two short-range missiles into waters off its east coast. “If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes,” the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported at the time. Images of the maps from the launch and open source analysis indicate that the Korean People’s Army was rehearsing an attack on the port of Busan, where the USS Ohio, a nuclear-powered submarine, had just arrived for a port call.

North Korea fired four extended-range scuds into the Sea of Japan during this year’s drills. KCNA reported that the artillerymen of the KPA were “tasked to strike the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan.”

Open-source analysis of the maps shown in the North Korean propaganda videos following the launch suggested that North Korea was simulating a nuclear attack on U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, where the only forward-deployed squadron of Marine Corps F-35s is stationed.

“The U.S. and South Korea are practicing invading North Korea. North Korea is practicing nuking those forces,” Lewis previously told TheDCNF, noting a distinct change in North Korean missile launches.

Weapons reliability, as well as possible reunification goals, could impact North Korea’s choice of target.

“North Korean missiles, while improved, are still not all that accurate. Thus, while Pyongyang may prefer to target U.S. military facilities in Japan with its limited nuclear arsenal, it may also choose to fire some missiles toward large population centers in an attempt to rapidly shift the political cost of conflict,” Baker told TheDCNF. “Pyongyang is less likely to use its nuclear arsenal in strikes on South Korea, but may use chemical weapons to disrupt and slow any U.S. advance,” he further commented.

Why Would North Korea Launch A Nuclear Missile?

North Korea believes that nuclear bombs are the only things that can guarantee the country’s survival.

North Korea asserts that it fears nothing and will obliterate the U.S. and its allies with its “treasured nuclear sword,” yet the reality is that Pyongyang is deeply concerned that it may one day cease to exist, that it will be destroyed by the U.S. and its strategic partners. As its future is perpetually uncertain, the North believes that the only viable long-term security option is the development of nuclear weaponry.

Kim Jong-un’s fears are major factors in whether or not North Korea decides to launch a nuclear strike against another country. “I think that Kim Jong-un will press the button if his rule and his dynasty are threatened,” Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean official who defected last year, explained. “He may do anything.”

“Putting this in a North Korean perspective, they see themselves as facing the world’s largest single military and nuclear power in a potential conflict. The pursuit of nuclear weapons, then, is intended as a deterrent, to counter their weaker military position,” Baker explained.

North Korea’s primary aspiration is “to stop a buildup of U.S. forces around them and protect North Korea from the fate of Iraq,” Pollack told TheDCNF. The aim is primarily nuclear deterrence.

Were North Korea to use a nuclear weapon, it would most likely be in the event of a conflict, if a conflict appeared imminent, or if some external factor posed an immediate threat to the country’s survival. How each side perceives these conditions varies, making it difficult to determine which actions might push the Pyongyang over the edge.

“It is not clear, for example, if they consider a limited strike against their nuclear or missile facilities as an imminent threat, or if they would initially respond with conventional systems,” Baker explained, “Though given the military disparity, even a limited strike could be seen as the beginning of a more concerned military effort, leaving the North needing to use its WMDs quickly or risk having its capability knocked out.”

Despite North Korean threats, the probability that North Korea would choose to launch a nuclear strike is relatively low, but at the end of the day, Kim Jong-un, while not irrational or crazy as some suspect, is very much a two-dimensional thinker who might decide to do the unthinkable if push came to shove.

The North Korean nuclear threat is one that has puzzled world leaders for decades, and the North’s arsenal of ballistic missiles and nuclear weaponry is growing with each passing day. “There are, at the moment, no constraints that would prevent North Korea from expanding its arsenal,” Lewis explained, “We might not like the North Koreans, but they’ve pretty much found a way to make sure we have to deal with them.”


Related: 15 Funniest Staged Kim Jong-un Military Photos. Read more at Daily Caller.
 

HANDY COMPARISON CHART: The Income Tax Then... and Now

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 00:19
By ATR

As Americans finish yet another tax filing season, let’s take a look at the 104-year history of the income tax:

  • In 1913 the top marginal income tax bracket was 7% -- today it is 39.6%. 
  • In 1913 the marginal income tax bracket range was 1% - 7%. Today the range is 10% - 39.6%.
  • In 1913 there were 400 pages in the tax code. Today there are 74,608 pages in the code.
  • In 1913 the family standard deduction was $98,425.45 in today’s dollars. The family standard deduction now is just $12,600.
  • When the income tax started in 1913, only 358,000 Americans had to file a 1040. Today 148,606,578 Americans file 1040s.

"The American income tax is perhaps the most dramatic example of how government grows at the expense of liberty,"


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Larwyn's Linx: Backlash: Alleged "Antifascist" Rioters Are Finally Met By Counter-Rioters

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:05
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Nation

Backlash: Alleged "Antifascist" Rioters Are Finally Met By Counter-Rioters: Ace
Free Speech Dies in Berkeley: Daniel Greenfield
Constitution Series: The Electoral College and the Selection of the President: Tennessee Star

Pence Went To The DMZ Just To Stare Down N. Korean Soldiers: DC
Trump juggles the foreign policy balls Obama dropped: Claudia Rosett
“Good Leak”: Chris Matthews Invites IRS to Reveal Trump Audit Status: LI

Levin: The GOP doesn't fight! They never charge the hill! : Phil Shiver
The Republican Congress Must Get Its Act Together Now!: Roger L. Simon
Elizabeth Warren is Tailoring her College Experience to Appease the Far Left: NTK

Lawyer: FGM on girls was part of Muslim doctor’s Islamic ‘religious practice’: Creeping
Nashville area one of top 20 places in US where girls are at risk for FGM: Robert Spencer
Jihad in South Dakota – Muslims Threaten, Officials Do Nothing: UTT

Scandal Central

George Soros Funds Over 200 US Organizations - Here's the List: Washington Standard
How Federal Agencies Keep Americans in the Dark About Crime Statistics: Breitbart
Terror Experts ‘Very Concerned’ About Sen. Warren Aide and His Radical Mosque: Paul Sperry (12/16)

Climate, Energy & Regulations

China Ready To Cut Oil Supplies To North Korea: OilPrice.com

Media

Liberal Pollster Does What Liberal Pollsters Do: He Lies: Ace
Former Obama Aides Blast Barack for Leaving a ‘More Dangerous World’: Hannity
Media Is Desperate for a Scalp, and Bannon’s Will Do: EIB

World

Exclusive: £6.6m linked to death of lawyer 'traced to Russian firm's UK account': Telegraph
Syrian defector: Of course Assad kept hundreds of tons of chemical weapons: Hot Air
Syria: Sunnis murder 126 people, wound 55 in bomb attack targeting Shi’ite evacuees: Robert Spencer

7,000 Africans made it to Europe over the Easter weekend: RRW
The ‘manufactured refugee crisis’ revealed: WND
North Korea Snubbed Chinese Diplomats: Bloomberg

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

A Robot Took My Job – Was It a Robot or AI?: William Vorhies
Starship Enterprise: The Extended Mission: Air & Space
A Real Hacker's IDE: Hackaday

Cornucopia

A New WMD: Ace
There’s nothing worse than a chick that won’t let go: Retort
Flags and Swags and Weaponized Eggs: MOTUS

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George Soros and the Left funding Ossoff, not the voters of Georgia's 6th District #MAGA #POTUS #TrumpTrain #AmericaFirst #Dobbs https://t.co/ALhWAbnYj7

— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) April 18, 2017

3 Articles About Trump Legacy Media are Censoring

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 01:36
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3. Why Trump Makes This Factory Owner Giddy
Drew Greenblatt is a small business owner: his company, Marlin Steel Wire Products, employs 30 people to make precision baskets used on factory floors, and generates $6 million in annual revenue. David Greenblatt is happy, which is why you won't see this story reported by vintage media.

2. Pence Visits North Korea Border, `Heartened' by China Moves
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence encouraged China to take action against North Korea while he met with troops a day after Kim Jong Un’s regime defied the Trump administration with a ballistic missile test. China's bold financial actions against North Korea are a promising start.

1. Melania Trump visits girls at HomeSafe in Lake Worth
First lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit this morning to seven girls at a group home for victims of abuse and domestic violence in Lake Worth. “This is a day that the girls will never forget,” said Matthew Ladika, the chief executive officer of HomeSafe. Yes, it's true: the First Lady isn't putting schoolchildren on starvation rations and is instead trying to make a real difference for the most vulnerable.

Hat tips: BadBlue Uncensored News and Lee.
 

THE END: Erdogan’s Victory May Mean Europe’s Demise

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 00:46
By Abigail R. Esman

Over lunch in Istanbul last week, a friend and I spoke about the upcoming Turkish referendum. "Many European Turks are likely to vote 'yes,'" I cautioned my friend, whom I knew was planning to vote 'no,' or against the measure to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unlimited powers. A "yes" vote, by contrast, would end the democratic parliamentary government established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the republic, and in the eyes of most Western leaders, establish Erdogan as the Muslim world's newest dictator.

My friend was visibly angered. "Then let them, with all their rights and freedoms, come here to live," she retorted. "How dare they think that they can take these rights from us when we are the ones who have to live with the result?"

The outcome of Sunday's referendum showed a Turkey split almost exactly in half, with 51 percent "yes" and just under 49 percent voting "no."

Or did it?

It is too soon to make a full analysis of the vote results – which some rights groups have already contested – but one thing was immediately made clear: the vast majority of Turks living throughout Europe voted in support of Erdogan's rule, even as the majority of those living in major Turkish cities – Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul – voted against it. If only the votes of Turks living in the country had been counted, would the results have been the same? Or would they show that Turkey's residents support a secular, Western democracy while Europe's Turks do not?

If my friends in Istanbul who voted "no" woke this morning afraid for their country's future, so, too, should my friends in much of Europe. In the Netherlands, for instance, a whopping 71 percent of Dutch-Turks who participated in the vote chose "yes." As the results of the referendum became known, thousands descended on the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam, waving Turkish flags and celebrating the victory of an Islamist leader who had pledged to "raise a new, religious generation," end secular education, and who has imprisoned countless journalists, writers, artists, and others who have dared to criticize him.

It was not only in Holland. According to the Daily Sabah, 75 percent of Belgian Turks who voted opted for "yes," as did 73 percent in Austria, 65 percent in France, and 63 percent in Germany. Only Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom showed majorities with "no" votes. And of these three, Sweden is effectively the only member of the EU.

American-Turks, however, showed the greatest resistance, with 83 percent voting "no." Still, some prominent Islamist voices spoke out in support of Erdogan, including former Muslim American Society president and political activist Esam Omeish, who celebrated the referendum results on his Facebook page with a photo of himself holding a Turkish flag that reads "evet," or "yes."

In Europe, some have argued, as did "Volkan," a pseudonym for the owner of the popular DutchTurks.nl blog, that the results were self-inflicted, the result of having antagonized Turkey and Erdogan in recent months. Holland, for instance, refused entry to pro-Erdogan officials seeking to campaign on his behalf. Germany, where rallies were similarly blocked, has also been outspoken in its criticism of Erdogan's imprisonment of a German-Turkish journalist.

But such explanations do not account for the results in Austria and France, or for the similar outcome of the November 2015 election, in which majorities in Germany, the Netherlands, and France all voted for Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP).

What I did not tell my friend, as we sat watching the sunlight dance over the Bosphorus, was that the European Turks who were voting to change the Turkish Constitution, who were effectively choosing to establish a more fundamentalist, Islamist Turkey in place of the secular, Western democracy that has been in place since 1923, have no interest in the "freedoms" that she spoke of. That they have them in Europe is meaningless: they don't want them. They don't want them in Turkey, where they come from; and they don't want them in Europe, where they now live. Not for themselves. And not for anybody else.

Indeed, as the IPT noted after the November 2015 elections, of the 4.6 million Turks living in Europe, a majority seems to prefer to live in an Islamic state, and not a secular one.

This is the frightening lesson that Europe must learn from the results of the April 16 referendum. While its leaders now confer about the "proper" response to Erdogan in his new role and what they expect of him as the leader of a clearly-divided country, they might also consider their response to his supporters who are not just Turkish citizens, but Europe's own. How to reckon with Europeans who choose against European norms and values, who actively vote against the separation of church and state, who seek a more Islamized society? What does this say about the failure of integration? More, what does it say – or threaten – about Europe's potential future? And what can be done to save it?


Read more at Investigative Project.
 

Larwyn's Linx: The thin line separating Wellesley Editorial And Berkeley Street Fighting

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:15
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Nation

The thin line separating Wellesley Editorial And Berkeley Street Fighting: LI
Obama-era Surveillance Timeline: Sharyl Attkisson
"Grassroots" Protests Organized with Help From Podesta’s Center for American Progress: LI

Cleveland cops hunt for man who broadcast fatal shooting on Facebook Live: NYDN
Anonymous Vandal Calls for Beheading, Lynching of Berkeley College Republicans: HeatSt
Relax: Muslim Trucker Who Posted Jihad Material to be “Deradicalized”: Robert Spencer

Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren Very Sad Mitch McConnell Won’t Say Hello: Jeff Dunetz
The sordid case behind Jared Kushner's grudge against Chris Christie: Byron York
McCain: ‘I Hope’ Trump Succumbs to D.C. Establishment: Kathryn Blackhurst

Economy

Does America need a border wall with Mexico?: Dan Stein
March Jobs: Households and Companies Diverge: Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Experts Warn as Vermont Health Connect moves to shut down: Emma Lamberton

Scandal Central

British Role Confirmed in Trump Spying Scandal: Cliff Kincaid
Cops accused of hanging back from Berkeley Trump protests: DailyMail
While VA Boasted Of 20-Person Transgender Program, 100,000 Vets Lacked ‘Safe’ Care: DC

Media

Stephanopoulos: Media Shouldn’t Give Air Time to Politicians Who Won’t 'Accept Reality’: Kristine Marsh
Putin and the MSM just learned a painful lesson ... Trump played them like a fiddle: Jordan Schachtel
NBC Announcer Calls US Flag and Air Force Flyover "Political" Stunt to be "Kept Out of Sports": GWP

NY Times Really Wants President Trump To Stop Being Mean To North Korea: RWN
Recall Hillary's Seance: Paul Mirengoff
2014: Thomas Friedman’s New York Times Colleagues Call Him an ‘Embarrassment': Algemeiner

World

Israel’s Amazing World Rankings : Israpundit
Turkey's Dictator President Wins Sweeping Powers in Cliffhanger Vote: Stratfor
Hundreds mourn bombing victims at Egypt church: Michael Edison Hayden

Obama and Hillary "Liberated" Libya from an "Evil" Dictator. Now It's Openly Trading Slaves: Carey Wedler
Who Will Talk About Iran’s War Crimes in Syria?: Benjamin T. Decker
Kim's plan to kidnap Western tourists from South Korea to hold as hostages: DailyMail

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Facebook's Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing: Casey Newton
Massive spider with 'red fangs' discovered in Mexican cave : Mark Molloy
Why AI will both increase efficiency and create jobs: Sarah K. White

Cornucopia

Robert Goodwin Sr. Gofundme page set up: FAM
Meet Billions' Asia Kate Dillon, TV's First Non-Binary Star: Carolyn L. Todd
Adidas’s Secret Weapon In The Sneaker Wars: Fastcodesign

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QOTD: "The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment." --Gen. James R. Mattis

YES, THAT JUST HAPPENED: When it comes to our borders, there’s definitely a new sheriff in town

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 00:04
By Matthew Vadum

The Obama administration’s hands-off approach to border security is a thing of the past, Attorney General Jeff Sessions dramatically declared at a border crossing as he vowed to bring felony charges against those who unlawfully enter the U.S. multiple times.

Enforcement action against criminal aliens will now be given the highest priority. President Obama said much the same thing over his years in office, promising to deport the worst members of the illegal alien community. He did little to carry out his pledge.

The announcement by Sessions comes two weeks after he said the Trump administration was moving forward with cutting off federal law enforcement grants to local governments that shield illegal aliens, especially violent felons, from federal immigration authorities. 

Sessions is hoping that with more than $4.1 billion in U.S. Department of Justice grants at stake in the current federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, sanctuary jurisdictions won’t be able to afford to continue flaunting federal immigration law. The U.S. government is also threatening to rescind monies already granted from such governmental units.

The so-called sanctuary city movement is a key component of today’s left-wing activist repertoire. Its supporters are the soft-headed souls who carry protest signs emblazoned with the red-herring of a slogan “no human being is illegal” and who apply all the usual smear-adjectives – including racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic – to anyone who supports having secure borders.

Sessions is pressing ahead with plans to make it easier to hire new immigration judges to hear cases at the border and to keep those individuals accused of violating immigration laws detained in facilities at the border, presumably for the sake of efficiency.

Sessions said 25 judges have already been deployed to detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Politico. Another 50 judges will be “on the bench” later this year. A separate 75 judges will be added in fiscal 2018 at a cost of $80 million.

The need is obvious. About half of all federal arrests in 2014 were for immigration crimes, and 93 percent of that figure took place at or near the border, the Bureau of Justice Statistics recently reported.

Sessions’s determination and law-and-order zeal are turning off some among the Washington establishment who, quite properly, view him as a threat to the status quo.

They see him as a frightening new sheriff in town standing in the way of the endless immigration amnesties that have fattened generations of lobbyists. 

But this isn’t really a useful way of looking at the situation.

It’s not that there’s a new sheriff in town – it’s the fact that after eight years of Obama’s open-borders lawlessness there finally is a sheriff in town.

Order is coming to the border, Sessions vowed.

“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned,” Sessions said in his prepared remarks Tuesday at a port-of-entry in Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, opposite its namesake city in the Mexican state of Sonora.

But it is also here, along this border, that transnational gangs like MS-13 and international cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake. And it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration.

Let’s stop here for a minute. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.

Going forward, federal prosecutors will now be required to consider for prosecution a panoply of immigration offenses that the previous administration didn’t take seriously. This includes assaults on federal law enforcement officers and fraudulent marriages entered into for immigration purposes.

U.S. attorneys will now be directed to consider prosecutions in the “transportation or harboring of aliens,” which is “a booming business” for lawbreakers, Sessions said.

We are going to shut down and jail those who have been profiting off this lawlessness — people smuggling gang members across the border, helping convicted criminals re-enter this country and preying on those who don’t know how dangerous the journey can be.

When an alien who has previously entered the country illegally, which is a misdemeanor, tries again to sneak into the U.S., that individual will be charged with a felony if “certain aggravating circumstances are present.” Prosecutions of aliens illegally coming back to America after being previously removed will be prioritized “especially where indicators of gang affiliation, a risk to public safety, or criminal history are present.”

And where possible, “prosecutors are directed to charge criminal aliens with document fraud and aggravated identity theft — the latter carrying a two-year mandatory minimum sentence,” Sessions said.

Radical-libertarian analyst Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute thinks prosecuting recidivist illegal aliens is wasteful and harmful to the economy.

“Every dollar spent on prosecuting an illegal immigrant for illegal reentry is a dollar that could have been spent on prosecuting or investigating a real crime,” he said. “It’s a shame the government is prioritizing the enforcement of, essentially, labor market regulations over violent and property crimes.”

Leon Fresco, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department under President Obama, whined about Sessions getting serious about securing the border.

“We’ve never had this sort of zero tolerance for illegal immigration prosecutions,” Fresco said. The approach could help tame the border but in the process some valid asylum seeks might get arrested, he moaned.

“That concerns me,” Fresco said. The new enforcement directive from Sessions "could easily be interpreted to mean: 'Prosecute as many people as you can for these things.'”

Well, actually, that’s exactly what Sessions said he wants to do. Evidently, Fresco thinks enforcing the law is a scary thing.

The promise by the attorney general to get tough on illegals comes as the reliably squishy Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), whose calculations recently helped to prevent Obamacare from being repealed, continued to undermine President Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful” wall on the border with Mexico.

Last month the White House asked Congress to appropriate $1.4 billion for wall construction by April 28 in a must-pass spending measure needed to keep the government fully open for business. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has promised to keep the borders wide open for Muslim terrorists and illegal aliens by refusing to approve such funding. Democrats have even promised to shut down the government over the issue, if necessary.

An insouciant Ryan spewed bureaucratic falderal to justify his inaction, declaring he can’t be bothered to push for new border spending until next year. 

“The big chunk of money for the wall, really, is ... next fiscal year’s appropriations because they literally can’t start construction even this quickly,” Ryan told CBS.

Border Patrol Union President Brandon Judd attacked Ryan’s position in an interview with Stuart Varney on Fox Business.

President Trump promised the American public that he was going to secure the border, and part of securing the border is putting in place the proper technology and resources that allows us to be successful and a border wall in strategic locations is one of those things we must get done.

A border patrol agent for 20 years, Judd said that with Trump’s policy changes “the handcuffs are being taken off of the law enforcement agents and we’re putting the handcuffs back on the criminals.”

He continued:

Whether you lean left, right, or you’re in the middle you have to be a fan of what he’s done for the border patrol, for the border security. He’s done more in the first 100 days than the last two administrations have done in 16 years.

Judd said he has “never seen such a quick drop” in illegal immigration, and attributes the decline “strictly to President Trump’s policies.

Meanwhile, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it is dropping its regular Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR) until concerns about the report’s accuracy can be resolved. Some affected localities had complained about the reports which were designed to name and shame governments that refuse to hand over illegal aliens to ICE.

ICE describes the innovative, much-heralded DDOR as “a weekly report that shows those jurisdictions with the highest volume of declined detainers, and includes a list of sample crimes associated with those released individuals.”’

Despite that setback, ICE has been stepping up enforcement efforts. 

Days ago the agency reported taking 368 illegal aliens into custody in seven states and the District of Columbia, which is almost a 250 percent increase over the 106 detained the week before. At least two of the detainees were linked to the transnational MS-13 street gang.

On the westernmost portion of the nation’s Southern border, detentions are way down, apparently because fewer illegals are making the crossing with Donald Trump in the White House. Fewer than 12,200 people were caught in March, a 64 percent drop from the same period last year, and the lowest monthly figure in at least the past 17 years, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Back in Nogales, Sessions took credit for the administration’s progress on immigration enforcement.

“This is a new era,” he said. “This is the Trump era.” 

Sessions went on: “The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.”


Read more at FrontpageMag.com.
 

HAPPY EASTER: Only 34 Shot in Gun-Free Chicago!

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 22:42
By Amber Randall

Twenty-three were shot during just a seven hour period between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

The lone death over the weekend happened early Sunday morning. One man shot at two other men, one of whom succumbed to wounds on the head and neck later at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to authorities.

A 14 year-old boy was shot after two males came up to him midnight Sunday. They fired at him and a bullet hit the boy in the arm. He was taken to a hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

Homicides have dropped almost 10 percent in 2017 when compared to 2016 and shootings have also gone down about 13 percent.

“There’s not room for celebration yet, but I am encouraged by the numbers that we saw,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said about the statistics. (RELATED: How We Lost the "War on Poverty")

This year still remains one of the most violent in the past 17 years. Chicago started the new year with 46 shootings, with five people dying from their injuries. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend was also violent– 39 people were shot with 10 dying from their gunshot wounds.


Read more at Daily Caller.
 

Larwyn's Linx: Lois Lerner demands secrecy in Tea Party targeting lawsuit testimony

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 14:26
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Nation

Lois Lerner demands secrecy in tea party targeting lawsuit testimony: Rick Moran
Four Teens Murdered and Dismembered by Illegal Alien MS-13 Crime Gang: RWN
Draining The Swamp – A Small Beginning: Shorty Dawkins

Large Group Of Masked Antifa Cowards Take On Trump Supporters In Berkeley: Fed Up
Trump supporter beaten with skateboard by agitators at Berkeley rally: Olaf Ekberg
16 arrested as hundreds clash at Berkeley rally: Paige St. John

Turkey Is Investigating Chuck Schumer, Ex-CIA Director John Brennan: Chuck Ross
Here’s Why You Never Saw the Dead Photos of bin Laden: Tiffiny Ruegner
Can Maxine Waters Even Spell Impeachment?: Daniel Greenfield

The CIA’s Hacking Ability: C. Mitchell Shaw
American Resurrection: David Prentice
A landmark guns bill: Carter Sherman

Scandal Central

Obama’s Chaos Strategy: The Case of the IRS IED: AG
An Island of Child Sex Traffickers After Years of Clinton’s Rescue Operation: Sara Noble
Maxine Waters’ Latest Scandal to the Tune of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars: Sara Noble

Media

Chatting With Fish About Water: JOM
Tucker Carlson: MS-13 is ‘greater threat’ to Americans than ISIS … and it’s Obama’s fault: Tom Tillison
Gutfeld delivers the Mother of All Segments: Retort

First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Home for Abused Girls Goes Unreported: GWP
Happy Easter: Say, Were Trump Voters Tricked By Satan Or Something?: RWN
Omnivores on the right: Epigone

World

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Plan Globalist Reunion at Brandenburg Gate: Charlie Spiering
North Korea’s embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack: The Sun
Seville Good Friday stampede caused by thugs shouting 'Allah is great': DailyMail

Ghor province, Afghanistan: Three honor killings in the last three weeks: Christine Williams
Syria: Watching the Jordanian Border. America’s Military Buildup: Tony Cartalucci
Trump did not flip-flop on NATO: He just wants deadbeat members to pay fair share: Samantha Chang

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

New global map of Earth at night: EarthSky
How to Not Waste Data When Using Your Phone as a Hotspot: David Nield
US Air Force Successfully Trials Autonomous F-16s in Combat Situations: Merkle

Cornucopia

Easter 2017: MOTUS
The Week That Perished: Takimag
Firstfruits: He is Risen!: C Liberty C

Image: Trump fans and foes clash in Berkeley, sparking violence, multiple arrests
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QOTD: "This president understands that diplomacy without force behind it is nothing" --Dr. Sebastian Gorka

MOABS ARE JUST THE APPETIZER: US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Thermonuclear Weapon

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 23:47
By Tyler Durden

With the world still abuzz over the first ever deployment of the GBU-43/B "Mother Of All Bombs" in Afghanistan, where it reportedly killed some 36 ISIS fighters, in a less noticed statement the US National Nuclear Security Administration quietly announced overnight the first successful field test of the modernized, "steerable" B61-12 gravity thermonuclear bomb in Nevada.

In a well-timed statement, just as tensions over North Korea's nuclear program and potential US airstrikes run wild, the NNSA said that in conjunction with the US Air Force, it had completed the first qualification flight test of B61-12 gravity nuclear bomb on March 14 at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

#NNSA & @usairforce complete first B61-12 #LEP qualification flight test. @NellisAFB @NNSANevada https://t.co/cmhlhJsPnC pic.twitter.com/JbTpHn2cCB

— Frank Klotz (@FrankKlotzNNSA) April 14, 2017

In the press release, the NNSA said that the "non-nuclear assembly test" was dropped from an F-16 based at Nellis Air Force Base and was intended to evaluate "both the weapon’s non-nuclear functions as well as the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon."

This test was the first of a series that will be conducted over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service. Three successful development flight tests were conducted in 2015.

"This demonstration of effective end-to-end system performance in a realistic ballistic flight environment marks another on-time achievement for the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application. “The successful test provides critical qualification data to validate that the baseline design meets military requirements. It reflects the nation's continued commitment to our national security and that of our allies and partners."

The flight test included hardware designed by Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, manufactured by the Nuclear Security Enterprise plants, and mated to the tail-kit assembly section, designed by the Boeing Company under contract with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. 

The B61-12 consolidates and replaces four B61 bomb variants in the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The first production unit is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

The original B61 gravity bomb is the mainstay of the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal and one of the legs of the so-called nuclear triad, along with the intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed from either ground-based silos or oceangoing submarines. The B61 nuclear gravity bomb, deployed from U.S. Air Force and NATO bases, has almost 50 years of service, "making it the oldest and most versatile weapon in the enduring U.S. stockpile." Numerous modifications have been made to improve the B61’s safety, security, and reliability since the first B61 entered service in 1968, and four B61 variants remain in the stockpile: the 3, 4, 7, and 11. However, the aging weapon system requires a life extension to continue deterring potential adversaries and reassuring our allies and partners of our security commitments to them.

The B61-12 LEP will refurbish, reuse, or replace all of the bomb’s nuclear and non?nuclear components to extend the service life of the B61 by at least 20 years, "and to improve the bomb’s safety,  effectiveness, and security" according to the NNSA. The B61-12 first production unit will occur in FY 2020. The bomb will be approximately 12 feet long and weigh approximately 825 pounds. The bomb will be air-delivered in either ballistic gravity or guided drop modes, and is being certified for delivery on current strategic (B-2A) and dual capable aircraft (F-15E, F-16C/D & MLU, PA-200) as well as future aircraft platforms (F-35, B-21).

President Trump has endorsed the ambitious and expensive plan to modernize the US nuclear triad, begun under his predecessor.

The March test of the B61-12 was the first in a series to take place over the next three years, with the final design review due in September 2018 and the first production unit scheduled for completion by March 2020.

Once the bomb is authorized for use in 2020, the US plans to deploy some 180 of the B61-12 precision-guided thermonuclear bombs to five European countries as follows:

  • Belgium - 20;
  • Germany -20;
  • Italy - 70;
  • Netherlands - 20;
  • Turkey -50;

... although in light of recent developments, and this weekend's Turkish referendum which may grant Erdogan what are effectively dictatorial powers, it may consider reassessing the Turkish deployment.


Read more at Zero Hedge.
 

Same Leftists Who Spent a Century Eroding the Constitution Suddenly Worried About Preserving the Constitution

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 19:54
By Chris Pandolfo

Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin wants you to be aware that the Left is starting to notice the headway conservatives are making toward an Article V Convention of States to amend the Constitution. And liberals are fighting back with lies to block any chance of it.

Earlier this week, Levin addressed a Huffington Post article by Fred Wertheimer, titled “The Battle to Preserve the Constitution,” that demagogues an Article V Convention of States as a “constitutional convention” where the Bill of Rights could be repealed … or some other such nonsense. The reality is the Left fears any changes to the Constitution that would rein in the massive federal government, and obstruct its agenda.

“We know the Left wants to leave things as they are because the Left wins,” Levin said. “The federal government represents their ideology.” But, as Levin discusses, there are some on the Right who are spreading misinformation about an Article V convention as well. 

Listen:


Levin notes the irony of leftists arguing to “preserve the Constitution.”

“The very forces that have undermined the Constitution, particularly on the Left. The very forces laugh at the Constitution, the very forces that call our founders and framers ‘slave owners’ and leave it at that. The very forces you saw represented on the Senate Judiciary Committee where one Democrat after another trashed our history, and trashed our founding, and trashed our heritage, and trashed our Constitution. Now the groups that are in alliance with them, they claim to be battling to preserve the Constitution!” Levin said.  

“[Liberals] have no intention of preserving the Constitution. They don’t even believe in the Constitution. They believe in a centralized, iron-fisted government with a massive bureaucracy to endlessly torment us!” he added.

The leftist assault on an Article V Convention of States will only grow from here. As always, it’s imperative for the Right to fight lies with facts.

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Larwyn's Linx: President Trump Realigning Geo-Political Alliances, and Few Paying Attention

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 13:36
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Nation

President Trump Realigning Geo-Political Alliances, and Few Paying Attention: Treehouse
The Authoritarian Impulse: Getting What We Really Don’t Want: Fred
Political Islam, a Totalitarian Doctrine: Bill Warner

Notes for a White Kid in University: An Introduction to the Blindingly Obvious: Fred
Trump Delights In Watching America’s Military Power Or Something: RWN
How Do You Like That Bomb You Mothers?: Brent Smith

Entitlement Mentality: Liberty Zone
The End Of The Beginning – The New Crackdown On Illegal Migration: Wow!
Maine Dems Laugh About High Suicide Rates Among White Males: DC

Be grateful that our political enemies are so dumb: Ace
Podesta’s CAP Action Partners With Town Hall Project for Anti-Trump Events: WFB
Clinton Campaign Fraught with Bickering, Bullying, and Blaming: Jeff Dunetz

Economy

Feds Collect Record Income and Payroll Taxes Through March--Still Run $500B Deficit: CNS

Scandal Central

Graham compares Rice's surveillance scandal to Benghazi lies: Paul Bedard
If your phone line gets hacked, guess who your service provider thinks should pay the bill: LAT

Media

Mark Levin calls BS on the Left’s call to ‘preserve the Constitution’ from an Article V Convention: CR
Napolitano vindicated. Britain meddled in our election.: Don Surber
Justice Department Quits Pro-Transgender Lawsuit: Neil Munro

World

Expert: North Korea's H-bomb is 'Super-EMP' weapon: Paul Bedard
US deploys F-35s to Putin's doorstep amid Russia tension: Travis J. Tritten
The Day of the Dhimmi is Done: Elder

North Korea: A Red Line at the 38th Parallel: Stratfor
North Korea's 2017 Military Parade Was a Big Deal. Here Are the Major Takeaways: Ankit Panda
History Repeating – Ahead of French Election Facebook Blocks 30,000 Accounts: Treehouse

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Army Has a New Supergun That Can Blow Apart a Tank: Ciro Scotti
The radical 'swimming bullets' you can fire through water: DailyMail
How Big Is Space? Check Back In A Few Billion Years: Maggie Koerth-Baker

Cornucopia

Reactions to MOAB that might make you want to go off the grid and start an Alapaca farm: Doug Powers
Truth Will Out: Proof There Is a God: MOTUS
The Creator Of Breaking Bad's 'Blue Sky' Is Cooking Faux Meth For Fans: Alexandra Phanor-Faury

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QOTD: "The Obama Administration was very lenient with the crimes that Lois Lerner committed. And those are strong words that I’m using but the House Ways and Means Committee voted out a criminal referral to the Department of Justice which was completely dismissed by the Department of Justice… We think that Lois Lerner did two things wrong. Number one, she denied people due process and equal protection of the law based on their political philosophy. We’re convinced that there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that that’s true. And that’s a felony. Secondly, we suspect that she lied to the Inspecter General of the Treasury Department." --Rep Peter Roskam (R-IL)

PASS ME A TISSUE: New York Times Extremely Butthurt About Laws Suddenly Being Enforced

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 01:45
By William Teach

When it was Attorney General Eric Holder running guns to Mexican crime syndicates, the Times was silent.

When Holder was using the power of the state to investigate reporters, the Times was silent. When he tried to cover up the Fort Hood Islamist shooting, the Times was silent.

When he started a war on legal gun ownership, which is firmly embedded in the Constitution, the Times cheered. When Holder attempted to crack down on states that dared require identification to safeguard voting, the Times cheered.

When he was protecting rogue IRS agents and going after whistleblowers, the Times was silent.

And when he went after Arizona for getting tough on illegal aliens, the Times cheered. So that little history lesson makes the Editorial Board's issues with AG Jeff Sessions understandable.

Jeff Session, Unleashed At The Border

Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to the border in Arizona on Tuesday and declared it a hellscape, a “ground zero” of death and violence where Americans must “take our stand” against a tide of evil flooding up from Mexico.

It was familiar Sessions-speak, about drug cartels and “transnational gangs” poisoning and raping and chopping off heads, things he said for years on the Senate floor as the gentleman from Alabama. But with a big difference: Now he controls the machinery of federal law enforcement, and his gonzo-apocalypto vision of immigration suddenly has force and weight behind it, from the officers and prosecutors and judges who answer to him.

When Mr. Sessions got to the part about the “criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document forgers” overthrowing our immigration system, the American flag behind him had clearly heard enough — it leaned back and fell over as if in a stupor. An agent rushed to rescue it, and stood there for the rest of the speech: a human flag stand and metaphor. A guy with a uniform and gun, wrapped in Old Glory, helping to give the Trump administration’s nativist policies a patriotic sheen.

Some might call “nativist” something different, namely, wanting to uphold existing law and protect the nation from unlawful foreign invasion, as is specifically mentioned in that pesky Constitution.

It was in the details of Mr. Sessions’s oratory that his game was exposed. He talked of cities and suburbs as immigrant-afflicted “war zones,” but the crackdown he seeks focuses overwhelmingly on nonviolent offenses, the document fraud and unauthorized entry and other misdeeds that implicate many people who fit no sane definition of brutal criminal or threat to the homeland.

OK, if I go and hack into the NY Times and take all their sources and see their emails, would the NY Times be cool with that? It’s not a violent crime, right? How about if I steal all the identities of the Editorial Board and end up destroying their lives? Hey, it’s non-violent? Or, if I get drunk and drive through their yards? Non-violent. You can bet they’d want to prosecute me to the fullest extent of the law.

What we are seeing here is the Times’ definition of who should be stopped and deported: only the most dangerous of dangerous. Anything less is a travesty in their minds, and those people should be given amnesty. Of course, we’ve seen time and time again that illegal aliens who had previously just committed minor crimes and been deported come back across the border and commit bigger crimes, like this one, who raped a 12 year old girl.

The problem with Mr. Sessions’s turbocharging of the Justice Department’s efforts against what he paints as machete-wielding “depravity” is how grossly it distorts the bigger picture. It reflects his long fixation — shared by his boss, President Trump — on immigration not as an often unruly, essentially salutary force in American history, but as a dire threat. It denies the existence of millions of people who are a force for good, economic mainstays and community assets, less prone to crime than the native-born — workers, parents, children, neighbors and, above all, human beings deserving of dignity and fair treatment under the law.

And each every one of them is unlawfully present in the United States. Unruly? If you are driving under the influence, you are putting other people in danger. If you steal and use identity information, you’re creating major problems of legal citizens.

Mr. Sessions is ordering his prosecutors to make immigration a priority, to consider prosecution in any case involving “transportation and harboring of aliens” and to consider felony charges for an extended menu of offenses, like trying to re-enter after deportation, “aggravated identity theft” and fraudulent marriage.

Goodness, AG Sessions is tasking people involved in upholding The Law with upholding The Law? How rude! The guy who murdered Kate Steinle? He had been deported 6 times.

He said the government was now detaining every adult stopped at the border, and vowed to “surge” the supply of immigration judges, to increase the flow of unauthorized immigrants through the courts and out of the country. He has ordered all 94 United States attorney’s offices to designate “border security coordinators,” no matter how far from “ground zero” they are.

Darnitall, following federal law is mean!

Mr. Kelly recently told a Senate committee that all unauthorized immigrants are now potential targets for arrest and deportation. And so an administration that talks about machete-waving narco killers is also busily trying to deport people like Maribel Trujillo-Diaz, of Fairfield, Ohio, the mother of four citizen children, who has no criminal record.

Interestingly, the final deportation order for Ms. Diaz was issued in 2014, when some other guy who the Times won’t mention was in office. That link includes this quote from an ICE spokesperson: “The courts have uniformly held that she has no legal basis to remain in the United States.” Imagine that.

Anyhow, I’d like to invite anyone unlawfully present in the United States to steal the identities of the members of the NY Times Editorial Board, camp on their lawns, and use their pools. According to the august body, these are not real crimes, so, there should be no problems.


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IT’S OFFICIAL: Democrats Now the Party of Radical Revolution

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 00:04
By Daniel Greenfield

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.

This fantasy is part clickbait. Leftist media outlets are feeding the worst impulses of their readers. But there is a bigger and more disturbing radical endgame.

The left can be roughly divided into moderates and radicals. The distinction doesn’t refer to outcome; both want very similar totalitarian societies with very little personal freedom and a great deal of government control. Instead it’s about the tactics that they use to get to that totalitarian system.

 The “moderates” believe in working from within the system to transform the country into a leftist tyranny. The “radicals” believe that the system is so bad that it cannot even be employed for progressive ends. Instead it needs to be discredited and overthrown by radicalizing a revolutionary base.

Radicals radicalize moderates by discrediting the system they want to be a part of. Where moderates seek to impose a false consensus from within the system, radicals attack the system through violent protests and terrorism. Their goal is to set off a chain of confrontations that make it impossible to maintain civil society and polarize the backlash and chaos into consolidating the left for total war.

That is what “Resistance” actually means.

A similar program implemented in Europe, with a covert alliance between Communists and Nazis, led to the deaths of millions, the destruction of much of Europe and the temporary triumph of the left.

The radical left’s efforts in America caused death and destruction but, despite the sympathy of many liberals for terrorist groups such as the Weathermen and the Black Panthers, failed to escalate because the majority of Democrats and even liberals did not accept the premise that our system was illegitimate.

That began to change this century.

64% of Democrats insisted that President Bush had not been legitimately elected. 49% declared that he was not a legitimate president. 22% vowed never to accept him no matter what he might do.

After 9/11, over half of Democrats believed that Bush had known about or been involved in the attacks.

Anywhere from two-thirds to a quarter of the Democrats rejected the results of a presidential election, rejected the president and suspected him of conspiring to murder thousands of Americans.

The left was winning. Much of its natural “moderate” base viewed our government as illegitimate.

The left has declared that President Trump’s victory is illegitimate. The response is “Resistance.” That covers violent anti-government protesters, states declaring that they are no longer bound to follow Federal immigration law and Senators obstructing for the sake of obstruction.

It’s easy to get lost in the partisan turmoil of the moment, but it’s important to understand the implications. If two presidential elections were illegitimate, then our entire system of elections might be illegitimate. And indeed the left made exactly that case with its attack on the Electoral College.

The left pressed Dems to oppose President Trump for the sake of opposition. The goal wasn’t just spite. It was to break the government. When the left forced Senate Dems to filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the filibuster became the first casualty of the fight. The goal of the radicals was to make bipartisan legislative activity impossible. Senate Democrats adopted the position of the radical left that their mission was wrecking institutions to deny them to Republicans rather than governing.

Once that was done, the radical left could unveil arguments such as, “The United States Senate is a Failed Institution”. Much like our system of elections and every other part of our government.

The radical left’s goal is to convince its natural base that our system of government is illegitimate. It knows that this can’t be limited to the theoretical level of ideology. Instead it must radicalize by demonstrating it. It does not seriously believe that President Trump will be removed from office by the 25th Amendment or any other aspect of the system. Instead it is feeding these fantasies so that when they fall through those on the left who believed in them will be further radicalized by their failure.

And Democrats have become complicit in the radical left’s program to bring down the government.

They have normalized the radical leftist position that our system is illegitimate. They have moved into the second phase of the left’s program of demonstrating that illegitimacy through confrontation. The final phase is to overthrow the system through actions ranging from protests to terrorism.

This is Cloward-Piven institutional sabotage on a whole other scale. The goal is to collapse our entire system of government. And the Democrats have climbed on board with it using President Trump as a pretext. But regardless of which Republican had won, the end result would have been the same.

The left makes its opposition to the Constitution, the election process and the rule of law into a crisis. And then it uses that crisis to demand a new system. It has pursued this approach successfully in local areas and in narrower causes. This is not the first time that it has embarked on such a project on the national level. But this is the first time that it has the full support of a major national political party.

And that is the true crisis that we face.

The left’s endgame is a totalitarian state. Its “moderates” pursue one by peaceful means only so long as they are allowed to hijack the system. When an election fails to go their way, the radicals brandish it as proof that the system has failed and that violent revolution is the only answer.

But what was once the obscure behavior of a deranged political fringe has become the mainstream politics of the Democrats. The Resistance theme shows that the radicals have won. The Democrats haven’t just fallen to the left. They have fallen to the radical left which believes in overthrowing our system of government through conflict and confrontation rather than covertly engineering change.

The Democrats have become a terrorist party. And their commitment to a radical revolution has plunged our political system into chaos. The left is now exactly where it wanted to be.

And a civil war has begun.


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Larwyn's Linx: Turns out Obama was the real Russian stooge

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:06
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Nation

Turns out Obama was the real Russian stooge: Post
Clinton Corruption Updae: BattleSwarm
Why Sanctuary Cities Encourage Illegal Immigration: AT

NY Times Is Rather Apoplectic Over The Attorney General Enforcing The Law: RWN
Mexican Leaders Caught Lying Again in Cartel Extradition Fight with U.S.: Breitbart
Native American Warren: Why She Didn’t Run for White House in New Book: WSJ

The “Resistance” Democrats are a Terrorist Party: Daniel Greenfield
British Intelligence Used By Obama to Obtain FISA Warrants On Trump Team?: Treehouse
New Front in White House Civil War as Kushner Asserts Authority at NSC: WFB

Detroit emergency room doctor charged with child genital mutilation: WXYZ
Minneapolis Muslims protest 'sharia' vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area: Star Tribune
Feds net guilty plea from Middle East alien smuggling mastermind: Times

Conservatives vs. the Swamp: RWN
Trump Is Resettling Syrian Refugees At A Much Quicker Pace Than Obama: Alex Pfeiffer
Korans Found In Toilet At U Of Texas Dallas, Police Are On The Case!: RWN

Economy

The Macroeconomic Impact of Dodd Frank—and of Its Repeal: Heritage
Fearing Deportation, Immigrant Families in Tri-State Are Forgoing Welfare: NBC-NY
Next Human Right: Equalized Housing Paid for by Others: Dave Blount

Scandal Central

Email to Hillary From Foreign Policy Advisor: ‘Al Qaeda is on Our Side in Syria’: Cristina Laila
‘Scandal-free’ Obama and his Henchman Holder on the Firing Line Again: Kevin Jackson
AP Exclusive: UN child sex ring left victims but no arrests : ABC News

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Tesla's success comes from 'welfare for the rich': Martin Barillas
EPA’s Pruitt to coal miners: ‘Regulatory assault is over’: Timothy Cama
What “permanent drought”? New all-time rainfall record set for California: WUWT

Media

Unleashing Arrogance, Complacency, and Mediocrity: Theodore Dalrymple
Prof reported to FBI for tweeting that Trump 'must hang': Anthony Gockowski
Google shuts down Burger King's cunning TV ad: Natt Garun

Guess who else said Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during WWII?: Twitchy
‘Delta paid me $11,000 not to fly to Florida’: Post
Border Wall Should Be A Tourist Attraction With Hot Tubs And Suites: EIB

World

The Incoming Roar: Mark Steyn
Walk It Off: US Just Dropped Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever For First Time on ISIS: Tribunist
Expert: Iran’s Defense of Assad Raises Questions About Its Own Chemical Weapons Program: The Tower

Chinese Are 'Acting Rather Well' on North Korea Because They're Worried About Trump: Leah Barkoukis
How The U.S. Might Use Air Power To Take Down North Korea: Forbes
What Was The Point In Dropping The MOAB? : Deann Fisher

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Eminent Astrophysicist Issues a Dire Warning on AI and Alien Life: Futurism
What has NASA found? Mysterious briefing to reveal ocean world discovery: DailyMail
What is the MOAB?: Fox

Cornucopia

Seriously, Some Times It’s You: MOTUS
United staff forced grandma 94 with a degenerative bone disease out of her $3,600 business seat...: DailyMail
“Chick-fil-A” – That Sounds Rather Misogynist: MOTUS

Image: The “Resistance” Democrats are a Terrorist Party
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QOTD: "A Henry Ford Hospital emergency room doctor has been arrested and charged in connection to performing female genital mutilation on young girls.

Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville Michigan is accused of performing female genital mutilation on underage girls... ages six to eight years old at a medical clinic in Livonia.

...FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of women and girls... Some consider FGM as a religious and cultural practice. The purpose of this illegal practice is to suppress female sexuality in order to reduce sexual pleasure." --WXYZ

SEMI-BREAKING: United Airlines Unveils New Slogan as Part of Re-branding Campaign

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 01:27
Spotted on Insty
Seems appropos. Shockingly, the United passenger captured on video getting smacked around has lawyered up and will likely "re-accommodate" the airline in court.
 

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