Ahead of 2018, Charlottesville a wakeup call for mayors

The latest clashes between extremist groups and other activists in Charlottesville should be a wakeup call for US mayors. Once campaigns for the nation’s 2018 midterms power up, protests are even more likely.

What happened in Charlottesville might have been prevented instead of resulting in the death of Heather Heyer. What went wrong?  Continue reading

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Bloomberg columnist suggests second look at Russia ‘hacking’ claims

Schultz trending

Schultz was trending on Twitter News Aug. 11. (Snip/Twitter)

A Bloomberg columnist is raising questions about ‘hacking’ claims, sourcing his information to a group named Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

The group has been right before and wrong before, but on the Russia ‘matter’ (to borrow a term from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch), they make sense.

Here’s why.  Continue reading

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Ten things: Media miss large boat when it comes to North Korea

N. Korea map

Map of N. Korea from CIA World Fact Book.

Despite hysterics on social media from select reporters at select outlets, many are missing the boat when it comes to North Korea.

Here are 10 things media and most of the public are missing. Continue reading

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Newspaper defense of Wasserman-Schultz falls flat, veers to death of Seth Rich

Imran Awan

Imran Awan is at the heart of a scandal involving the House IT sector. He was arrested July 24 and is facing federal charges. (Snip: Fox Business)

It didn’t surprise me to see the Florida newspaper Sun-Sentinel attempt to defend former DNC chair and current congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. Nothing surprises me when it come to politics.

Readers, however, deserve a complete account of Schultz’s decision to continue to keep a controversial staffer employed. The paper deserves a double thump on the head for attempting to tie questions about conspiracy theories about the death of young DNC staffer Seth Rich into the case of Imran Awan who is, the paper said, “a naturalized citizen from Pakistan.”  Continue reading

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WaPo implies smart phones foreign to rural areas, as media make enemy of themselves

WaPo article eclipse

It’s likely most Tweeters taking issue with this header didn’t read the WaPo article about the eclipse and smart phone capacity. (Snip/Twitter)

Often I’ve heard people say President Donald Trump can be his own worst enemy when it comes to Twitter. I agree with that. The same can be said of media. And it is getting completely out of hand. When you condescend to people because of an eclipse, it’s obvious you have a serious case of ruling class delusion.

The latest example came in the form of a Tweet from The Washington Post (colloquially called WaPo or WaPoo depending on your bent).  Continue reading

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Presidential lapse: Feds spread $815 million in land grants without tracking results

Dept. of Interior IG report snip

Snip from IG report, Dept. of Interior, on federal land grants.

Budget hawks target forced entitlements like Medicare for cuts, and budget gluttons just want to print more money despite record debt levels for the US government. However, both sides of the congressional aisle, and also the executive branch headed by the president, have something in common—they lapse when it comes to tracking taxpayer dollars conferred on savvy profiteers.

Dept. Interior IG report cover

The Dept. of Interior IG report is posted online. Most Americans won’t bother to read it. Nor will media.

A new report from the Inspector General for the Dept. of the Interior is another in a long line of lapses. This particular executive branch lapse belongs to former president Barack Obama. I’m not surprised. He made it clear in his books graft and corruption were to be expected and that was fine by him as long as some of the money trickled down to the little people.

Americans are now being told the federal government in only two fiscal years doled out $815 million for land grants. Those grants presumably cover conservation projects or rights-of-way.

Once the money was handed over—likely, in a number of cases to political cronies—the government simply stopped tracking it.  Continue reading

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Trump reforms border screening of cargo trucks; cartels reportedly unhappy

MS-13 gang arrest/FBI

Featured Photo: An MS-13 suspect bearing gang tattoos is handcuffed. In 2004, the FBI created the MS-13 National Gang Task Force. A year later, the FBI helped create the National Gang Intelligence Center. (FBI photo)

President Donald Trump has reformed screening policies for cargo trucks entering the United States from Mexico. Prior to Trump, procedures were relaxed, just as they were relaxed when it came to permitting thousands of people to openly defy US law to cross the border illegally.

While not every person who crosses illegally is involved in crime, it stands to reason that many who come to the US without obeying federal law do have criminal intent.

Who benefits from the millions of dollars involved in cross border smuggling of people and drugs?  Continue reading

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