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Martin Luther King’s daughter supports Trump policy!

Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter this week in support of a criminal justice reform bill that has bipartisan support and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

In a letter obtained by The Daily Wire from the National Diversity Coalition For Trump, King wrote in a “plea to Congress” that the “First Step Act” is an opportunity to take a “monumental” step “towards assisting and empowering the least of these in America.”

“The bill would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes and grant judges greater discretion in sentencing nonviolent drug offenders,” a Bloomberg editorial said about the bill. “It would also fund recidivism-reduction programs for low-risk inmates and allow some 2,600 drug offenders to petition for reduced sentences. Perhaps most important, the bill would require more research on criminal justice — a predicate to reducing guesswork in setting future policy on sentencing.”

In endorsing the bill, Trump said in November that the U.S. “benefits if former inmates are able to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens.”

“For too long, disenfranchised populations have suffered in a punitive prison system that offers no viable pathways to reentering society,” King continued in her letter. “Today, over two million Americans are incarcerated in a system that does not offer the resources to bring out their intellectual and creative genius.”

King said that while she does not believe the bill is “comprehensive enough,” she thinks that it’s a good step forward.

Although the bill has increasing bipartisan support, not everyone is sold on it.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said in a recent op-ed: “Let there be no doubt: If the bill is passed, thousands of federal offenders, including violent felons and sex offenders, will be released earlier than they would be under current law. Whatever word games the bill’s proponents use will make no difference to the future victims of these felons.”

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Weak men more likely to be socialists!

A new study from Brunel University London found that physically weaker men are more apt to believe in socialist policies, such as redistribution of wealth. Meanwhile, stronger men are more geared to believe in the capitalist concepts, such as the idea that people should keep what you earn.

Brunel University academics studied 171 men aged 18 – 40, examining their overall physical strength, bicep circumference, weight, and height. They also noted the amount of time each individual spent at a gym, and examined these variables in light of whether they subscribed more to capitalist or socialist ideologies. They found that the more physically strong the men were, the less they believed in socialist policies, and the more they believed certain social groups should be dominant.

According to The Times, Brunel University’s senior lecturer in Psychology in the College of Health and Life Sciences Michael Price said the study raises questions about the correlation between physical strength and egalitarianism — and also poses something of a “chicken or the egg” philosophical question.

“We believe that this link between perceived formidability and egalitarianism could be explained in a number of ways,” Price said in the report on Brunel University’s website. “It could be the result of men calibrating their egalitarianism to their own formidability. It could be the case that less egalitarian men strive harder to become muscular. Or there could be a third variable at play affecting both egalitarianism and muscularity.”

Additionally, Price found that stronger men tend to reject the redistribution of wealth, whether they are financially rich or poor.

“Our results suggest that wealthier men who are more formidable physically are more likely to oppose redistribution of wealth. Essentially, they seem more motivated to defend their resources. But less wealthy men who are still physically formidable don’t seem more inclined to support redistribution either,” Price said. “They’re not demanding a share of the wealth.”

Price believes, however, that the correlation of strength and capitalist tendencies stems from our primitive brains that still apply value to strength that would help us acquire and defend resources.

“This is about our Stone Age brains, in a modern society,” Price said in an interview with The Times. “Our minds evolved in environments where strength was a big determinant of success. If you find yourself in a body not threatened by other males, if you feel you can win competitions for status, then maybe you start thinking inequality is pretty good.”

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More screen time equals brain damage.

Children who spend more time time glued to screens have different physical brain structures due to thinning of the cortex than children who spend less time using smart devices and video games, according to data from an ongoing study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH researchers found that nine- and 10-year-old children who spent more than seven hours a day using such devices exhibited premature thinning of the cortex, the brain’s outermost layer, which affects memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language and consciousness.

A 2014 study by researchers at McGill University of 188 children and adolescents was the first to reveal an association with cortical thickness and IQ increases. In general, the cortex begins to thin at the age of five or six. MRI scans of the participants’ brains revealed that over two years people with significant increases in IQ did not undergo the expected cortical thinning while people with significant decreases in IQ had significant cortical thinning. People who did not exhibit IQ changes underwent the expected cortical thinning.

“We don’t know if it’s being caused by the screen time. We don’t know yet if it’s a bad thing,” Gaya Dowling, an NIH doctor working on the project, said in a recent interview regarding the preliminary findings with the CBS news program “60 Minutes.”

“It won’t be until we follow them over time that we will see if there are outcomes that are associated with the differences that we’re seeing in this single snapshot.”

“What we can say is that this is what the brains look like of kids who spend a lot of time on screens. And it’s not just one pattern,” Dowling said.

The study, which scanned the brains of 4,500 children, also found that kids who spent more than two hours a day on screens scored worse on language and reasoning tests. The end goal of the study is to determine whether screen time is addictive by studying 11,000 children during the $300 million study. Data from the study will be released in 2019.

“In many ways, the concern that investigators like I have is, that we’re sort of in the midst of a natural kind of uncontrolled experiment on the next generation of children,” Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, told “60 Minutes.” Christakis also helped develop the current American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines on screen time.

According to those guidelines, children 24 months or younger should mostly stay away from screens, while children between the ages of two and five should limit screen time to one hour per day.

Christakis did not immediately respond Monday afternoon to Sputnik’s request for comment.

Read the rest at: Screen Time

Netflix series linked to higher suicide rate!

No stranger to controversy, Netflix’s original series “13 Reasons Why” is yet again causing buzz, but this time it’s due to a recent study from the University of Michigan which found that it may be increasing the risk of teen suicide.

The research surveyed a total of 87 teenagers who were receiving treatment in psychiatric emergency departments for suicide-related concerns between 2017 and 2018. Of those asked to complete a questionnaire during their visit, the majority identified as female, with smaller portions of the group being male and gender nonconforming.

Published in the Psychiatric Services journal on Tuesday, the study concluded that 49 percent of teenagers surveyed had watched at least one episode of the first season of the show, and that 84 percent of those had watched it alone.

Furthermore, the study stated that over half of the viewers believed that watching the series increased their suicide risk because they were able to identify with the lead character of the show, Hannah Baker, who kills herself in the drama after recording all her reasons why and calling out the individuals she blames on several cassette tapes.

“To date, this is the first published study examining viewing patterns and reactions to ‘13 Reasons Why’ in a high-risk sample,” the study states. “Although further research is needed, the findings suggest a particular vulnerability to the show’s themes among youths at risk of suicide and the importance of prevention strategies to ameliorate risk among these viewers.”

Victor Hong, the lead study author, told BuzzFeed News that he hopes the research will encourage the entertainment industry to take note of the advice that’s being given by medical consultants.

“I believe that a lot of these producers are consulting mental health experts; what I am not sure of is if they are actually heeding their recommendations,” Hong told the outlet. The researcher also indicated that he decided to look deeper into the show after he noticed a spike in suicidal teens mentioning it as an influential factor.

The study comes months after Northwestern University published research, commissioned by Netflix, to look into the show’s impact on viewers. That study found that many viewers could relate to the material and that it helped facilitate conversations about depression, suicide, bullying and sexual assault.

Read the rest at: Netflix 13 reasons

Millennial say Obama is a God? Well kinda!

Younger Americans are turning on the country and forgetting its ideals, with nearly half believing that it isn’t “great” and many eyeing the U.S. flag as “a sign of intolerance and hatred,” according to a new and disturbing survey.

Those who came of age under former President Barack Obama also have a larger-than-life view of the 44th president and feel that he had a “bigger impact” on the United States than the father of the country and leader of the Revolutionary War, former President George Washington.

The YouGov.com poll was the first “State of American Patriotism” survey conducted for the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness. The group educates Americans, especially grades K-12, about the country’s “values and principles that make our nation exceptional.”

But what the poll found is that they have a lot of work to do when it comes to those 38 and younger. Just one example: Four in 10 say it is OK to burn the flag.

“Younger Americans (under 38 – Gen Z and Millennials) are becoming unmoored from the institutions, knowledge, and spirit traditionally associated with American patriotism,” the survey analysis said.

The highlights provided to Secrets:

  • Half of those surveyed believe the United States is sexist (50 percent) and racist (49 percent).
  • American exceptionalism is on the decline — 46 percent of younger Americans do not agree that “America is the greatest country in the world.”
  • 38 percent of younger Americans do not agree that “America has a history that we should be proud of.”
  • One in eight (14 percent) of millennials agree that “America was never a great country and it never will be.”
  • 46 percent of younger Americans agree that “America is more racist than other countries.”
  • 84 percent of Americans do not know the specific rights enumerated in the First Amendment.
  • 19 percent of millennials believe that the American flag is “a sign of intolerance and hatred.”
  • 44 percent of younger Americans believe Obama had a “bigger impact” on America than Washington, the nation’s first president.

On the release of the report, Nick Adams, founder of FLAG, said, “We suspected that we would find decreasing numbers of Americans well-versed in our nation’s most important principles and young people less patriotic than the generations that came before, but we were totally unprepared for what our national survey reveals: an epidemic of anti-Americanism.”

Read the rest at: Millennial Stuff

Dems have selective recall on border security!

The same tear-gas agent that the Trump administration is taking heat for deploying against a border mob this weekend is actually used fairly frequently — including more than once a month during the later years of President Barack Obama’s administration, according to Homeland Security data.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has used 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, or CS, since 2010, and deployed it 26 times in fiscal 2012 and 27 times in 2013. The use dropped after that, but was still deployed three times in 2016, Mr. Obama’s final full year in office.

Use of CS rose again in fiscal 2017, which was split between Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump, and reached 29 deployments in fiscal 2018, which ended two months ago, according to CBP data seen by The Washington Times.

Border authorities also use another agent, pepper spray, frequently — including a decade-high record of 151 instances in 2013, also under Mr. Obama. Pepper spray, officially known as Pava Capsaicin, was used 43 times in fiscal year 2018, according to the CBP numbers.

The data poses a challenge to the current anger over the Border Patrol’s use of tear gas Sunday to prevent a mob from busting through sections of old border fence in California.

Critics, including Latin American leaders, immigrant-rights advocates and congressional Democrats, have said use of tear gas is “un-American.”

“It’s horrifying to see tear gas used on mothers and young children as they seek refuge in the United States. That’s not what America should be,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat.

Other Democrats complained about threats of “deadly force” against the border incursions, which saw migrants punch through fencing, and launch rocks and bottles at agents who responded to stem the intrusion.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, took umbrage at the outrage, questioning where the critics were when tear gas was deployed under Mr. Obama.

“This policy that we use was an Obama-written policy and it was used in 2013 at the same port of entry,” he told CNN, wondering in particular about the intense media interest now versus then.

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Ex-Shell president says Obama did nothing to increase fuel production!

Former president of Shell Oil Company John Hofmeister said former President Barack Obama had nothing to do with America’s increased oil production and actually frustrated many areas of the energy sector.

Obama claimed he was responsible for America’s recent oil boom during an event hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute on Tuesday night and Hofmeister challenged his assessment.

“American energy production — you wouldn’t always know it, but it went up every year I was president,” Obama said. “That whole, suddenly America’s, like, the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas — that was me, people.”

“The facts are the facts. And, yes, the production did increase throughout his term,” Hofmeister said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday. “But, frankly, he had nothing to do with it.”

“This was production in states like Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado — North Dakota in particular. And these were all state decisions made with industry applications for permits. The federal government had no role.”

Hofmeister said Obama opposed the energy industry at every turn with his actions against offshore drilling and his handling of the Keystone Pipeline.

“If anything, he was trying to frustrate the efforts by taking federal lands off of the availability list — putting them just, no more drilling [sic]. He shut down the Gulf of Mexico for a period of six months,” he said. “[He] changed the regulations from an average of 60 to 80 pages per permit to 600 to 800 pages per permit. He also never approved the Keystone XL pipeline after dangling all the potential customers for eight years. And it was in the eighth year when he said no Keystone Pipeline.”

“I would say that he was not a leader when it comes to energy,” Hofmeister said.

Read the rest at: Obama Fail #345

 

If Cohen faces jail time for lying then why not…..

Tucker Carlson believes that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea of lying to Congress shows what a poor job Washington has done in equally applying the law.

The Fox News host acknowledged that it was “good news” that lying to the U.S. Congress is an enforceable felony as reports broke Thursday that Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, had pleaded guilty to making false statements about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

“We should take our own law seriously,” Carlson said Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

But a double standard in enforcing the law can create another problem, one that has continually played out in Washington, D.C. recently, as he pointed out.

“Three cheers for law and order. The problem is, if you are going to enforce statutes, you have to enforce them fairly and evenly,” Carlson said. “The law has to apply to everyone. Otherwise it’s not really the law – it’s a political weapon.’

“Michael Cohen is facing five years in prison for telling Congress something that he knew was false. How often does that happen in Washington?” Carlson asked.

“If you watch C-SPAN you know the answer: constantly. All the time. There are almost never any consequences,” he added, citing a study that revealed only six people in 60 years were convicted of lying to Congress.

“In other words, the law is not enforced and that’s why people break it so often,” he noted.

Carlson then expounded on his point, explaining how top government officials have gone unpunished – and actually been rewarded – after blatantly lying to Congress. Video clips were shown of sworn testimony from former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, telling Congress in 2013 that the NSA does not spy on American citizens. Clapper was not charged with lying but “got richer” after retiring when he was hired by CNN as an analyst.

He also noted how former FBI chief James Comey also got rich promoting his tell-all book after he lied under oath in 2017 “that he had never been an anonymous source for new stories while he worked at the FBI.”

Read the rest at: Jail Time

Orange County turns Blue AFTER thousands of votes are FOUND! Part 2

Democrat blue wave? More like Democrat election fraud.

The 39th district was officially called for Democrat Gil Cisneros over Republican Young Kim who was up by 3 points on election night and was set to be the first Korean-American Congresswoman. The Democrats stole this race with ‘late votes.’

Young Kim was up by 3,900 votes on election night with 100% of the precincts reporting according to AP and she ended up losing by 3,000 votes 11 days after the election.

Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters in California’s 45th district was also ahead on election night then was magically defeated by Democrat Katie Porter several days after the election.

Democrat Katie Porter was trailing Mimi Walters on election night then jumped ahead by hundreds of votes after the Democrats produced thousands of ballots after the election.

There may be something more sinister happening in Orange County, California.

The Gateway Pundit spoke to two concerned voters in California’s 45th district who said when they went to vote, they were told they weren’t on the roster so they were given provisional ballots.

Two registered Republicans in California’s 45th district told this reporter that they have been voting for over 20 years in Orange County and what happened this midterm has never happened to them–EVER.

“I’ve been a registered Republican and an active voter for over 20 years and when I went to vote on election day, I was told that I wasn’t on the roster so I was given a provisional ballot,” a Republican voter told The Gateway Pundit.

Was this an isolated incident or is this more widespread?

One America News reporter Jack Posobiec spoke to a pollworker in California on election day.

The pollworker told Jack Posobiec, “I have received a very large amount of voters whose registration was changed to vote by mail without their consent and then not mailed their ballots. I’m allowing provisional voting. My registrar is giving me the runaround about this and just saying don’t worry. This is not my first election. I have not seen this problem before.”

The Drudge Report featured the story about the stunning losses in Orange County and the responses by concerned voters in Southern California raised eyebrows as well.

One woman who lives in Newport Beach in California’s 48th district said she hasn’t missed a vote in 43 years and was forced to fill out a provisional ballot on election day; her vote still hasn’t been counted.

“I was made to fill out provisional ballot after voting in the same precinct in OC consistently 20 years said I was mail in never have been My vote still has not been counted I check daily. Same with red friends. I’m ind. never missed a vote n 43 yrs,” tweeted a Newport Beach resident named Vanessa Butler.

Read the rest at: Pollworker Worried

California Dems flip 7 seats – Overnight? Part-1

Orange County, a traditionally conservative enclave in Southern California turned all blue after Democrats found tens of thousands of votes post election day.

Just two years ago in 2016, only 2 Congressional districts in Orange County voted blue–now just two years later every single district voted blue.

Democrat blue wave? More like Democrat election fraud.

There were (530,427) Democrat votes in Orange County for Congress and only (487,704) for the Democrat governor. Democrats picked up more than 42,000 votes in Congress over the governor’s race.

The Republican candidate won the governor’s race in Orange County but every single House seat picked up enough votes AFTER ELECTION DAY to sweep Orange County.

On Thursday even Speaker Paul Ryan questioned the curious results in California.

The Hill reported:

Weeks after House Republicans lost their majority, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday cast serious doubts about the “bizarre” election system in California, where it appears that seven GOP-held seats will flip to Democratic control.

The California election system “just defies logic to me,” Ryan said during a Washington Post event.

“We were only down 26 seats the night of the election and three weeks later, we lost basically every California race. This election system they have — I can’t begin to understand what ‘ballot harvesting’ is.”

It was a remarkable comment from the retiring Speaker of the House, who until now had not joined President Trump and other Republicans who have complained about what they believed were election irregularities in places like Florida and California.

After this story was published, Ryan campaign spokesman Jeremy Adler said in a statement: “The Speaker did not and does not dispute the results” of the election.

Read the rest at: The impossible flip

Gov Scott FINALLY suspends Snipes!

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday suspended Brenda Snipes from her duties as the supervisor of elections in Broward County, and chose her temporary successor following the contentious recount in the state’s governor and U.S. Senate races during the midterm elections earlier this month.

Scott, who is headed to the Senate after defeating Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, faulted Snipes for “misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty” in a news release announcing his decision made via executive order.

The announcement comes after Snipes, who faced heat regarding her handling of votes during this year’s elections, reportedly submitted her resignation earlier this month to the governor, which was to go into effect in January.

Citing numerous media reports, the governor accused Broward election officials of committing “multiple violations of Florida law” during the midterm elections, the news release said.

Scott selected Peter Antonacci to fill her position for what’s left of her term, until a new supervisor of elections can be voted on in the November 2020 elections, the news release said.

“Every eligible voter in Florida deserves their vote to be counted and should have confidence in Florida’s elections process,” Scott said. “After a series of inexcusable actions, it’s clear that there needs to be an immediate change in Broward County and taxpayers should no longer be burdened by paying a salary for a Supervisor of Elections who has already announced resignation.”

“I know that Pete will be solely focused on running free and fair elections, will not be running for election and will bring order and integrity back to this office,” he continued.

Snipes was appointed as the top elections official in Broward County in 2003 by then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican. Snipes, a Democrat, has been elected to the role four times since.

Read the rest of the story at: Snipes is Gone!

Clinton Foundation is good with Saudi Donations!

The Clinton Foundation has refused to say if it will follow the case of other non-profits and stop accepting money from Saudi Arabia, despite Hillary Clinton attacking President Trump over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

The former Democratic candidate for president kicked off her speaking tour together with husband Bill on Tuesday, saying Trump is covering up Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and is reluctant to punish the kingdom due to his “personal commercial interests.

“We have a president who is part of the cover-up as to what happened in that consulate or embassy when Mr. Khashoggi was murdered,” Clinton said. “And we have a president and those closest to him who have their own personal commercial interests.”

The Clinton Foundation has refused to say if it will follow the case of other non-profits and stop accepting money from Saudi Arabia, despite Hillary Clinton attacking President Trump over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

The former Democratic candidate for president kicked off her speaking tour together with husband Bill on Tuesday, saying Trump is covering up Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and is reluctant to punish the kingdom due to his “personal commercial interests.

“We have a president who is part of the cover-up as to what happened in that consulate or embassy when Mr. Khashoggi was murdered,” Clinton said. “And we have a president and those closest to him who have their own personal commercial interests.”

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for non-profit groups to justify their partnership with the Saudi government following reports that the Saudi Crown Prince was aware of the Khashoggi murder plans.

Multiple prominent think tanks and other non-profits in Washington, D.C. announced the end of their relationship with the Saudis, promising not to accept any donations anymore. The Middle East Institute, a prominent think tank, announced last month that it will stop accepting donations from Saudi Arabia.

Read the rest at: Clinton Foundation

If Cohen goes to jail for lying shouldn’t Clinton?

Tucker Carlson believes that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea of lying to Congress shows what a poor job Washington has done in equally applying the law.

The Fox News host acknowledged that it was “good news” that lying to the U.S. Congress is an enforceable felony as reports broke Thursday that Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, had pleaded guilty to making false statements about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“We should take our own law seriously,” Carlson said Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

But a double standard in enforcing the law can create another problem, one that has continually played out in Washington, D.C. recently, as he pointed out.

“Three cheers for law and order. The problem is, if you are going to enforce statutes, you have to enforce them fairly and evenly,” Carlson said. “The law has to apply to everyone. Otherwise it’s not really the law – it’s a political weapon.’

“Michael Cohen is facing five years in prison for telling Congress something that he knew was false. How often does that happen in Washington?” Carlson asked.

“If you watch C-SPAN you know the answer: constantly. All the time. There are almost never any consequences,” he added, citing a study that revealed only six people in 60 years were convicted of lying to Congress.

“In other words, the law is not enforced and that’s why people break it so often,” he noted.

Carlson then expounded on his point, explaining how top government officials have gone unpunished – and actually been rewarded – after blatantly lying to Congress. Video clips were shown of sworn testimony from former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, telling Congress in 2013 that the NSA does not spy on American citizens. Clapper was not charged with lying but “got richer” after retiring when he was hired by CNN as an analyst.

Read the rest at: Lying  

SHOCK – NEWS – NOT – Clinton Foundation has history of issues!

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Hillary Clinton, corruption, press, media bias, DOJ, Washington DC

THE CLINTON FOUNDATION’S HISTORY OF CONTROVERSY
The FBI’s latest probe into the foundation may seem like a political witch hunt, but there are reasons to wonder what’s going on with the organization.

With few exceptions, most presidents fade from public life once they step down.

Bill Clinton, however, has shunned leisure time since his administration ended in January of 2001. Instead, he has whiled away the hours toiling for an eponymous foundation he established with his wife Hillary Clinton. At least initially, the foundation seemed well-suited for cleaning up his legacy, after the ugliness of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the subsequent impeachment and Senate trial tarnished it.

But now the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly re-opened an investigation of the foundation’s alleged “pay-to-play” politics while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.

At first blush, this might appear to be a purely partisan witch hunt launched by the Clintons’ conservative political enemies. Based on my scholarship regarding relationships between the government and non-profits as well as philanthropists, I believe it’s fair to say that large foundations tend to be scandal-free.

That is not the case for the Clinton Foundation, however, which has repeatedly stirred controversy over its unusual fundraising practices.

INFLUENCE PEDDLING

The Clintons launched their primary public charity in 1997. It has since grown from an organization to raise funds for the Clinton Presidential Library into one of the nation’s most visible foundations. It runs ambitious programs in such areas as HIV/AIDS, climate change, healthy children, economic development, and Haiti earthquake relief, along with a variety of other initiatives.

If reports that the FBI re-opened its investigation are accurate, it would be the first time the foundation has been investigated since 2016—and the first time since Donald Trump, whose campaign demonized his opponent Hillary Clinton with “lock her up” chants at his rallies, took office.

While it is highly inappropriate for a sitting president to call on his own Department of Justice to investigate his political opponents, Trump has nevertheless openly pushed for investigations of the Clintons while in office. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on the outs with his boss because of his recusal in the Russia investigation has, according to the Washington Post, begun to look “into matters that Trump has publicly complained are not being pursued.”

Read the rest at: Clinton Issues

Mexico has 1 gun store AND one of the highest Murder rates!

guns, weapons
guns, weapons

Mexico, we are oft reminded, is a cesspool of violence. Drug cartel-related violence has led to a murder rate five times higher than the United States — and guns, it seems unnecessary to add, play a huge role in this.

So, where do these criminals get their firearms? Well, as one of the top firearms scholars in America likes to point out, it’s certainly not through a legal process.

John R. Lott Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Resource Center. He’s been busy throwing cold water on the Michael Bloomberg crowd since before Michael Bloomberg was the face of it. His most well-known book, 1998’s “More Guns, Less Crime,” gave compelling statistical evidence for that old conservative maxim. He’s been doing so in various forms ever since.

Lott stumbled upon a Wall Street Journal article from last week referencing the deaths from Mexico’s ongoing problem with gang violence.

John R Lott Jr.  @JohnRLottJr

Mexico’s officially had 31,174 murders in 2017, a rate 5 times the US rate, but was the true rate a little higher. ‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.

Those are some pretty galling facts buttressed by equally galling stories. You may get the point, but Lott drove home just how much of a point it is:

The Los Angeles Times ran a story about this gun store in back in May.

“The only gun shop in all of Mexico is behind a fortress-like wall on a heavily guarded military base,” reporter Kate Linthicum wrote.

“To enter the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, customers must undergo months of background checks — six documents are required — and then be frisked by uniformed soldiers.

Read the rest at: Mexican Guns

Schumer out of touch with HIMSELF!

Senator Chuck Schumer
Senator Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to criticize President Donald Trump for his attacks on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and his claim that judges are partisan — while appearing to do the exact same thing.

Trump has been in a public back-and-forth with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who disagreed with Trump’s characterization of a judge as an “Obama judge.”

Schumer took to Twitter on Friday attempting to take Roberts side — but strangely in the same tweet accused Roberts of being a partisan judge.

“I don’t agree very often with Chief Justice Roberts, especially his partisan decisions which seem highly political on Citizens United, Janus, and Shelby,” Schumer wrote. “But I am thankful today that he—almost alone among Republicans—stood up to President Trump and for an independent judiciary.”

Chuck Schumer  @SenSchumer

But I am thankful today that he—almost alone among Republicans—stood up to President Trump and for an independent judiciary.

Confused Twitter users replied in large numbers to point out what Schumer apparently couldn’t see — that the tweet was immensely hypocritical.

Schumer started the tweet by calling out Roberts for three specific partisan decisions, and in the next sentence credited Roberts for pushing back against Trump’s accusation that judges are partisan.

Trump was frustrated earlier this week that a federal judge blocked the administration’s attempt to deny asylum to anyone who enters the U.S. illegally. Trump called the judge, Jon S. Tigar of the Ninth Circuit, an “Obama judge.”

Roberts maintained that the judiciary remains independent of politics.

“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts said Wednesday. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”

Read the rest at: Schumer

House loss or RINO pruning?

Looking at the 2018 election results in detail, you will find some surprises including an important and subtle surprise Trump House victory. Contrary to some analyst opinions, Trump did not lose the House. In fact, Trump was not the cause of the loss of the House from Republican control to Democratic control.

Similarly, there’s no reason for the Democrats to celebrate for too long because it is highly likely they will lose control of the House in 2020.

If the Democrats didn’t really win the House and the House wasn’t lost by Trump, what did happen and why?

The Establishment Republicans, also known as the moderate Republicans or the RINOs (Republicans in name only) lost the House. The numbers seem to back up that dramatic claim.

The President’s supporters in the House, the pro-Trumpers, those who supported President Trump’s major policy initiatives enthusiastically, did great. That was a surprise Trump House victory.

How Did the 42 Republican Seats in which the Incumbent Retired or Resigned Do in the Election?

All together 28 House Republicans chose to retire at the end of the current Congress. Another 14 House Republicans chose to resign.

The 42 House Republicans who either retired or resigned can be divided up according to their apparent reasons for their respective decisions:

  • There were 6 House Republicans that were going to lose their House Chairperson positions. It’s not fun losing the power and being less influential in the House.
  • Another 14 House Republicans in my view appeared to be like Sen. Flake and Sen. Corker in the Senate. They didn’t think they were conservative enough to survive in the long term (not just in the next Congress).
  • Another 6 House Republicans were facing potential attacks over so-called scandals.
  • Plus, two more House Republicans were dealing with health issues.
  • Finally, 14 other House Republicans resigned to seek higher office (for example, Governor or Senator)Read the rest at: House Loss

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How did Black Friday get it’s name? It’s not what you think. Racist?

Black Friday
Black Friday

Black Friday – it’s a day when millions of Americans hit the stores in search of the best post-Thanksgiving bargains.

If you ask one of those frenzied shoppers how Black Friday got its name, they will likely tell you it has to do with the day after Thanksgiving sales moving retailers from the red (or a profit loss) to the black (or a profit gain.)

That’s not exactly right, though…

Read the history of Black Friday at AL.com

Poetry-Inspired Thanksgiving message!

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving we remember

In the middle of November

The blessings of our loving Lord

Upon us are abundantly poured.

That’s all I remember from a Thanksgiving poem I wrote in junior high or high school. I loved writing poetry, especially free verse. However, I knew it was a hobby not a business. I still miss those days when poetry helped me focus on a particular event.

It is important to remember our Thanksgiving history. It didn’t just start with George Washington issuing a Thanksgiving proclamation, but with the Pilgrims, who sailed to America for the freedoms they so desired, and most importantly to worship as they saw fit, not pressured by the government. After one of the harshest winters where they lost over half their group to scurvy, they invited their Indian neighbors and had a three-day feast to remember all God had done in bringing them through that winter.

Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving a month earlier than we do, but North America is about the only continent that celebrates this holiday. That doesn’t mean that we can’t take any day to be thankful for our blessings.

Some Fun Facts:

New York became first state to adopt a Thanksgiving celebration in 1817.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. Oh and btw, they didn’t have turkey. They had lobster, seal, and swan for dinner! Gross, right? Such were the times… Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought.

During the Civil War, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday every November on the last Thursday.

It remained that way until FDR moved it to the third Thursday in November to “beef up” sales during the Great Depression. Hmm, maybe that’s where we got the idea for Black Friday! However, in 1941, he relented and made it officially the fourth Thursday in November. And so it stands.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone! Don’t forget the true meaning of the holiday and enjoy time with your loved ones and friends.

Thanks for being a faithful reader and listener…

Read more on history.com

Photo Credit David Goehring

Do Armed police endanger many lives?

Apparently students at several universities are protesting armed guards or police on campus. They believe the their presence not only endangers students but males sanctuary campuses of no effect.  What are we teaching these kids?

The Evergreen State College and University of Rochester both recently experienced backlash in the form of protests to proposals for adding armed security guards to campus.

University of Rochester Public Safety Chief Mark Fischer submitted a proposal to the student senate Oct. 22 that would place armed officers on the school’s River and Eastman campuses, granting them unrestricted access to the areas.

“DPS officers are better trained than any area law enforcement agency and understand our university community and culture,” Fischer wrote in a proposal to the school’s Public Safety Review Board, obtained by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “These officers should be the first responders to every call for service, and especially those involving deadly weapons where a rapid armed response is needed for life preservation.”

“We have seen no appreciable difference in criminal activity in either the River or Eastman Campuses,” Fischer added. “However, the average DPS response time from the [nearest police station] to River Campus is six minutes, which is more than triple the time when compared to an armed officer already assigned to the campus. For the Eastman Campus, there is a complete reliance on the Rochester Police Department for incidents involving a weapon.”

In a statement to Campus Reform, the school’s admissions and financial aid dean, Jonathan Burdick, addressed the call for armed officers on the two campuses.

“Students are raising concerns, as are faculty, and the University president, Richard Feldman, has responded by appointing a broad study group involving representatives of all stakeholders on behalf of our many students of color, whose fears I understand and find credible, and because I have a responsibility for advising the campus about potential risks to our future enrollment,” Burdick said.” The aftermath of an unjustifiable shooting (even if it’s a lawful shooting, and especially if it could be argued as a racially motivated) is a risk.”

Read the rest at: Disarm Police

Just how much of the national debate does social media control? See “The Creepy Line” movie…

ICYMI from the GreatAmericanRepublic:

’The Creepy Line’ is a quote from a former CEO of Google who was describing just how far Google would go in their code of conduct. This documentary takes a deep look into the ways that Google and Facebook can control information and the national debate. For some time now you have been hearing conservatives complain about losing freedom of expression in the new social network town hall. Are you curious as to just how much these social media giants can control the national debate? As you read this you find yourself becoming very scared.

Read more at the GreatAmericanRepublic.

Addicted: You can’t hide it anymore!

We’re in the next public health epidemic right now, so says Cary Quashen, founder of Action Family Rehab and Counseling, says … it’s teenagers and THC (marijuana). “Kids are smoking and eating this drug that is exponentially stronger than what it was 40 years ago. Kids getting tested are registering levels of THC that cause severe psychosis!”

But now that marijuana is legal, parents aren’t interested in putting their teens into treatment for excessive pot use because they still believe “it’s just pot.” That doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous or addictive. What this means is, many people aren’t receiving treatment until they are adults.

Parents should still be on the lookout for the signs of addiction trouble. When kids start smoking pot, they lose motivation and start dropping out of life saying they’re no longer interested. The emotional addiction is the hardest part to break. And recent studies confirm that marijuana significantly affects brain development in teens. We have to protect our kids.

Be sure to check out Cary’s microdocumentary series and SHARE SHARE SHARE!

And listen to Cary’s interview with Joe by clicking this link.

Do Christians still have free speech on college campuses?

How bad is the bias against Christians and conservatives on American campuses? Student sues Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for free speech violations after restricting her from passing out Valentine’s cards with a Christian message on them.

Lionel debates the issue with David Lindorff who claims that the bias is really against Liberal-leaning professors who are being dismissed in greater numbers than Conservatives. No kidding David. Maybe that’s because the majority of professors are Liberal. But what do I know?

Remember when colleges and universities were safe spaces for diversity of thought and speech? Those days are gone. Especially if you’re a Christian or Jew.