Who really inherited a mess? Dr. Ben Carson at HUD

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson shown here with his wife and grandchild as VP Mike Pence swears him in as HUD secretary. (Federal photo)

When Dr. Ben Carson was appointed Secretary of US Housing and Urban Development, criticism erupted from the Left. Fact is HUD has been a very troubled agency as long as it’s been in existence. Now we’re seeing exactly how big a mess Dr. Carson inherited from his predecessor Julian Castro (D-Texas).

Recently Judicial Watch broke news about a HUD director in Michigan who is facing federal charges over fraud with taxpayer money to the tune of $336,000.  Continue reading

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Hospitality workers will bear burden of cancellations at Mar a Lago

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Florida Beach Scene/Day on the Day

Some charities and other groups have canceled annual events scheduled for Mar a Lago, a Florida resort owned by President Donald Trump.

Among those groups are the American Cancer Society and The Cleveland Clinic.

I’m not surprised because for the last three presidential cycles, leftist groups have placed pressure on both for-profit and not-for-profit entities to conform to a political ideology or suffer the consequences of a boycott.

Sometimes the right does the same, as was the case with Target when former president Barack Obama and his political allies created a furor over bathroom policy for transgendersContinue reading

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Mini-mystery on what amounts to demotion for investigator on Mueller team

Cruz questions Mueller

In 2013 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned then-FBI chief Robert Mueller about the IRS investigation and other investigations. No bureaucrats were prosecuted for depriving Americans of their civil rights.
(via Sen. Ted Cruz on YouTube/snip)

Media have noted the departure of Peter Strzok from Robert Mueller’s well-staffed team investigating allegations about Russia interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The team was formed after President Donald Trump’s victory upended months of media projecting Democrats’ selectee Hillary Clinton would win.

This is a mini-mystery.

Strzok was also one of the investigators in the Hillary Clinton email scandal. He headed up the FBI’s counter-espionage section according to ABC News.  Continue reading

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No, we still don’t have the whole truth about Charlottesville

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Photo of US flag from Library of Congress

In the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, all figurative guns turned on President Donald Trump when he made remarks about the violence shortly after it happened. So much is missing from reportage, it’s hard to know where to start.

For one thing, media have misled the public on Trump’s remarks.

For another, a leftist group and a newspaper catering to a leftist readership have published information that put Trump’s remarks in context. Continue reading

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While you were tweeting: N. Korea, tax hike, GOT, and more news buried

White House Highsmith

Photo of White House from Carol M. Highsmith’s America; US Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Div.

At present, public dialog is being controlled by extremist factions of different political persuasions, but real news actually broke this week.

Stories about the debt, North Korea, unemployment, and crime broke. And there was a big get for some Game of Thrones fans.

One good news story involves US debt not to be confused with our deficitContinue reading

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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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