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Mueller using an attorney who has been accused of prosecutorial misconduct

Fox News:
When a report surfaced that federal agents picked the lock on Paul Manafort’s front door for a surprise raid over the summer while the former Trump campaign chairman was in bed, it was also a wake-up call for prominent Houston attorney Tom Kirkendall.

“Here is a United States citizen where the FBI is coming in, picking his lock, and raiding his home in the early morning, over what? It doesn’t matter which side you’re on. It’s just crazy. We’re not the Soviet Union. It’s appalling,” said Kirkendall, who has worked on cases involving one of the special counsel’s key investigators, Andrew Weissmann.

The intensity of the focus on Manafort is widely seen as a potential effort by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to pressure him into providing information on others, possibly President Trump himself, in the Russia probe.

But the “brass-knuckle” tactics have raised eyebrows in the legal community.

The Manafort investigation has been the subject of numerous leaks, including new d…

This is the mess that McCain and the Democrats are 'saving'

Red States:
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Recently, I was laid off from my job. I am now among the millions of Americans trying to figure out which health insurance plan to buy, all the while becoming more and more frustrated by the actual “coverage” included in them.

Because I no longer have an employer-sponsored plan, I’m left with plans on the individual market, where the cheapest premium I’ve been able to find thus far would cost me less than $100 per month.

Sounds great, right? Wrong.

That’s because with any plan with a monthly premium I can actually afford, the ridiculously high deductibles (ranging from $5,000 to nearly $10,000) basically ensures I’ll never even be able to use the coverage I buy.

The alternative isn’t much better. I could choose not to purchase health insurance and pay out of pocket for any medical expenses. However, I would then be stuck with a $1,000 penalty come tax time, and God help me if I’m forking over to the federal government one more penny than I have absolutely have to.

Now,…

Nork leader channels left wing zealots in the US in response to Trump

Washington Post:
Kim reacts to Trump, says he will ‘tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacted angrily to President Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly, calling it “unprecedented rude nonsense.”

Trump lashed back this morning, calling Kim a “madman” whose regime will be “tested like never before” amid new U.S.-imposed sanctions aimed at forcing nations, foreign companies and individuals to choose whether to do business with the United States or Pyongyang. I wonder whether liberals and those in teh media realize how close their own rhetoric is to that of North Korea's leader in their reaction to President Trump.  Hopefully, they are not flattered by the comparison.

The North Koreans are something of an expert when it comes to "rude nonsense."

Mueller's move against executive privilege

NY Times:
Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, is interested in Mr. Trump’s firing of his F.B.I. director and national security adviser and other events. I question whether he has a right to documents that are part of the deliberation process by a President in the exercise of his constitutional duties.  That would include his right to fire the FBI director and national security advisor for any reason or no reason.

Chinese banks no longer allowed to do business with North Korea

Fox News:
North Korea learned this week Chinese banks will no longer do business with the Hermit Kingdom, in the strongest sign yet pressure from the Trump administration to choke off funding to the rogue nation is working.

Chinese banks received a document Monday stating they should halt financial services and loans to new and existing North Korean customers as a result of strict U.N. sanctions passed earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

“Our bank is fulfilling our international obligations and implementing United Nations sanctions against North Korea. As such, we refuse to handle any individual loans connected to North Korea,” the document reportedly said.
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China's surprising instructions to banks this week, however, were at least partially undermined when South Korea on Thursday approved $8 million in supposed humanitarian aid to North Korea.

Some South Korean officials fear the new aid will send a mixed signal to international leaders. Son Kim-ju, a lawmak…

Iran is probably collaborating with North Korea on ICBMs

CNBC:
A former CIA analyst said Monday the Iranians are continuing to help North Korea with weapons technology as Pyongyang's new missile test over the weekend was described as "a significant advance."

North Korea's launch of an intermediate ballistic missile test on Sunday appears to be a new model and shows an improved capability to reach U.S. military bases on Guam. Also, experts said the new missile is a mid-range ballistic missile and suggests Pyongyang maybe getting more proficiency with reentry technology that could be used for longer-range missiles.

Such reentry mastery would be required for a nuclear warhead to withstand extreme temperatures and other stresses of atmospheric reentry of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

"It was a significant advance in terms of missiles that seem to be able to carry a fairly heavy warhead and carry it a fairly significant distance," said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and now senior vice president for…

London terror suspect was in a 'deradicalization' program

BBC:
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The 18-year-old arrested man is thought to have lived in a foster home owned by Ronald and Penelope Jones in Sunbury-on-Thames.

He is thought to have moved to the UK from Iraq aged 15 when his parents died.

The BBC has learnt that he had been referred to an anti-extremist programme before his arrest.

It is not known who made the referral and when - or how serious the concerns were.

Sources did not name the flagship Prevent programme, but it is thought that this is the mostly likely case as the referral for help was at local authority level.

Prevent is managed and delivered locally by multi-agency teams of social workers, police officers and other specialists.

He was already in contact with social services because of his foster care placement.
... These attempts to "deprogram" radical Islam from these terrorists have been largely a failure.  They have been tried from Saudia Arabia to Western Europe.  They are an outgrowth of an attempt to cure cancer by thought contr…

Afghan leader says Trump's war plan has a better chance of success than Obama's

Reuters:
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessor’s failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan.

Ghani also said that former President Barack Obama “did not have a partner in Afghanistan,” implicitly criticizing former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who frequently disdained U.S. policy and the U.S.-led international military force.

“President Trump is not just an individual (but) a team of partners in Afghanistan,” Ghani told the Asia Society in New York, where he is attending the U.N. General Assembly. “The Trump administration’s strategy has the uniqueness of immense consultations with us.”

At the same time, Ghani said, Obama’s decision to maintain some U.S. forces in Afghanistan “ensured our survival” despite advances by Taliban insurgents.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that more than 3…

$6 billion petrochemical plant opens in Freeport, Texas, $4 billion addition now planned

Fuel Fix:
The newly merged DowDuPont said Thursday it's opening its new ethylene and plastics plants in Freeport, making the nation's largest chemical giant the first to start up a major ethylene complex along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The complex is the crown jewel of the old Dow Chemical's recent $6 billion expansion along the Gulf Coast. The chemical company will go back to being just Dow once DowDuPont splinters out into three separate companies in a year or so.

The project includes a massive ethane cracker that separates a component of natural gas liquids called ethane, which in turn will provide the feedstock for some 1.5 million metric tons a year of ethylene, the most common building block of plastics. A large portion of an upcoming $4 billion expansion will go toward expanding the plant to 2 million metric tons a year, eventually making it the world's largest ethylene production plant.

DowDuPont Executive Chairman Andrew Liveris, who's also chairman and CEO of Do…

Obama's secret wiretap of Trump campaign not known to Director of National Intelligence

Mediaite: Earlier this week CNN reported what radio talk show host (and former Justice Department official) Mark Levin revealed in March, that secret FISA court orders had been implemented during the Obama Administration to wire tap Paul Manafort. Mediaite then pointed out that the former Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, James Clapper, had unequivocally denied the existence of any such FISA wiretap during an interview on Meet the Press....
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Obviously, Mr. Clapper had some explaining to do. Last night on CNN, he had the opportunity to do just that in an exchange with Don Lemon....
... Clapper said he was unaware of the wire tap.  So, who besides the FBI was aware of it.  Did Obama ask the FBI to get the warrant?  Will the media be asking Obama that question anytime soon?

The Federalists has 13 questions about the wire taps.  Eli Lake discusses the unmasking operation that appears to have coincided with the wire taps.  True Pundit takes a look at the agencies

Housing cost drives up California poverty rate

Chuck DeVore:
Liberal California and conservative Texas are different in many ways – including their poverty rates.

California’s poverty rate is 20.4 percent and the Texas rate is only 14.7 percent, based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for the regional cost of living, out-of-pocket medical expenses and other items.

Why the dramatic difference in poverty between California and Texas – proportionately 38.8 percent higher in the Golden State, and affecting the lives of millions of people? And what can we as a nation learn from the success of Texas and the failure of California to hold down their poverty rates?

Three big factors are responsible for California having more poor people and Texas having fewer as a portion of their state populations:


California has high state and local tax rates, while the rates in Texas are low.California has a generous welfare system that acts as a disincentive to work, while Texas incentivizes people to get jobs.And California’s many bu…

Liberal attack on DeVos backfires

Washington Post:
Betsy DeVos uses her own plane when she travels — and never bills the government, spokesperson says

The travel of President Trump’s Cabinet members has come under scrutiny after reports about their use of noncommercial flights for travel at immense cost to taxpayers. Some in the media were looking for another way to attack the Trump administration and seized on air travel by appointees.  DeVos  does not fit the profile they were trying to establish.  It is interesting that they are trying to make a story out of this when they were making excuses for Nancy Pelosi's expensive flights on government aircraft when she was Speaker of the House.

New sanctions on North Korea focus on businesses that do trade with it and those that facilitate the trade

NY Times:
Trump Moves to Widen Sanctions Against North Korea
With a new executive order, President Trump is expanding efforts to constrict North Korea’s trade with the world. It is similar to some of the sanctions the US urged on the UN, but it avoids cutting off all trade with China and Russia.  It is much more focused on the people doing the actual trading.

Trump's "Rocket Man" label on the North Korean leader appears to have been embraced by many at the UN.

Dr. Roy Spencer refutes the climate change celebrities

Washington Times:
Sparring with celebrities and Al Gore over global warming may not be what Roy Spencer had in mind when he earned his Ph.D., but it’s certainly become a bustling sideline for the University of Alabama in Huntsville climatologist.

A month after rebutting Mr. Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel,” Mr. Spencer has published another short e-book, this one challengingstatementsby Jennifer Lawrence, Bill Nye, Stevie Wonder and others linking global warming to this year’s active hurricane season.

Called “Inevitable Disaster: Why Hurricanes Can’t Be Blamed on Global Warming,” the 50-page book was released Monday, and like his August e-book, “An Inconvenient Deception,” it’s already made landfall on the Amazon bestseller list.


As of midday Thursday, “An Inconvenient Deception” and “Inevitable Disaster” ranked number one and two on Amazon’s list of bestsellers in the category of Environment & Nature, while Mr. Gore’s companion book to “An Inconvenient Sequel” ranked 100t…

Did they tell her she would be put on trial for corruption?

Houston Chronicle:
Prosecutors say Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic The Austin Democrat is facing misdemeanor corruption charges according to the story.  Besides the psychic matter, she was also accused of showing appearing for work at the Capitol impaired and hid a cellphone from investigators. "The Austin Democrat is accused of giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for shuttling Dukes' daughter back and forth from school."

The prosecutors may still charge her with a felony count for presenting false reimbursement vouchers.

It does look like she is doing her part to "keep Austin weird."

Democrats claim new healthcare bill helps insurance companies, but insurers don't agree

NY Times:
Insurers Come Out Swinging Against New Health Bill
The health insurance industry said that state-by-state block grants could create chaos in the short term and an uncertain market. It would create a return to state control of the process.  That probably will be scarier for people in large blue states like New York and California, which became more dependent on Obamacare to expand coverage.

ISIS to switch to insurgency operations

Washington Times:
The Islamic State command is calling for a big shift in battlefield tactics to guerrilla warfare, acknowledging that the U.S.-led coalition’s precise air campaign is methodically picking apart its clustered forces.

A retired U.S. Army infantryman told The Washington Times that the new tactics may well be preparation for a metamorphosis. Islamic State will transform itself from an occupation force defending territory to an insurgency trying to undermine the authority of the governments of Iraq and Syria.

The marching orders are contained in the Islamic State’s authoritative Al-Naba publication, which regularly releases guidance to fighters trying to retain the terrorist army’s weakening hold on land and people.

Islamic State terrorists have been in retreat for months. The predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces — advised by American special operations forces and guided by blanket aerial surveillance — have taken large swaths of territory and liberated almost all o…

California seeks to thwart US immigration law

Washington Examiner:
California sues Trump administration to block border wall I think California and its Attorney General should be sanctioned for bringing such a frivolous lawsuit.

Will Mueller investigate the wire tapping of the Trump campaign?

Joseph Curl:
WSJ Openly Calls Mueller Probe A Sham Unless Wiretapping Investigated I think it is going to take another special counsel to investigate this since Mueller appears to be compromised by his use of the illicit snooping.   The use of intelligence agencies to snoop on a political opponent is a huge scandal that needs special attention.

Obama's political espionage campaign against Trump was to help Hillary Clinton

George Neumeyer:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir rests on an astonishingly audacious lie: that the very FBI director who made her campaign possible by improperly sparing her from an indictment doomed it. A normal pol who had mishandled classified information as egregiously as Hillary would have felt eternal gratitude to Comey. Only an entitled ingrate like Hillary would have the gall to cast her savior as the chief thorn in her side.

Nor does Hillary acknowledge another in-kind contribution to her campaign from Comey: his willingness to serve as a cog in Obama’s campaign of political espionage against Trump. Obama’s team of Hillary partisans, which included among others John Brennan, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch, wanted Comey to snoop on Trumpworld and he duly did.

It was reported this week that the FBI had until as recently as earlier this year been intercepting the communications of Paul Manafort, one of Trump’s campaign chairmen. This means that Comey, contrary to his lawyerly d…

Causes of income inequality revealed and Democrats will not like it

Terry Jeffrey:
Liberals talk about "income inequality" as if it is caused by insufficient government action -- including insufficient taxation of those they call the "rich."
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The Census Bureau's annual report on American incomes, as this column has previously noted, presents data that answers these questions.

The new report is accompanied by Table HINC-01: "Selected Characteristics of Households, by Total Money Income in 2016."

It lists three types of "family households" and four of "nonfamily households."

A family household, by the Census Bureau's definition, "includes a householder and one or more people living in the same household who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption."

"A nonfamily household," it says, "consists of a householder living alone (a one-person household) or where the householder shares the home only with people to whom he/she is not related (e.g., a roomm…

Single payer healthcare in UK puts seven million patients at risk

Times:
Seven million patients are treated at GP surgeries with serious safety problems, according to the first comprehensive review.

Inspectors urged patients to switch to better performing surgeries after finding that one in seven had issues with safety and one in ten was not good enough overall.

They uncovered “pockets of persistent poor care” including out-of-date medicines, a failure to follow up on test results, delayed cancer diagnoses and a lack of checks on the medical qualifications of staff.
... Bernie Sanders and the Democrats who support his single payer scheme need to pay them a visit before he tries to impose the same system in the US.   It appears the UK is having teh same problem with their single payer plan that the US has with the VA.

Harvey took so many cars off roads that it reduced demand for gas while Irma increased it

Energy Fix:
The Gulf Coast's vast energy network is making a comeback three weeks after Hurricane Harvey.

Fifteen of the 20 refineries that went down or slowed production have almost fully recovered, with about 1 million barrels a day of refining capacity still offline, IHS Markit said in an update on Wednesday.

"Steady progress appears to have been made and the four refineries in active restart may very well be operating normally by this weekend," IHS said.

Average U.S. gasoline prices have edged down by about 5 cents to $2.62per gallon of regular.

Demand for gasoline, particularly in the southwestern United States, has dropped this month as two major hurricanes destroyed cars and left roads impassable.

In Florida, motorists fleeing Hurricane Irma had boosted southeastern gas demand by 19 percent.
... As many as 500 auto dealers in the Houston area were impacted by the flooding.  Some estimates suggest as many as 500,000 cars are going to have to be replaced by consumers and …

Laser weapon shoots down five drones in succession in test

It appears the laser weapon is designed to handle swarm attacks by drones.  There is more on the weapon as well as other photos and video here.

Another 'so what' story about 'Russian collusion'

Washington Post:
Manafort offered ‘private briefings’ on 2016 race to Putin ally

Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination, his campaign chairman made the offer in an email, according to people familiar with the discussions. The emails are among tens of thousands of documents given to officials probing whether Trump associates worked with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. A private briefing on Trump's policies is a long way from being collusion.  In fact, it probably would only confirm what the Russians had already learned from the US media.  The Post and its leakers seem desperate to try to keep this story alive and if this is the best they got, then it will be another so what story lime the many that have preceded it.

Keeping the Iran deal could lead to another deal as bad or worse with North Korea

NY Times:
If Trump Kills Iran Deal, Can He Make a North Korea Deal?
If President Trump ends the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea would have less incentive to negotiate over its weapons programs. Obama's terrible Iran deal is not good enough to save regardless of what the US does with North Korea.  The logic of this piece only makes sense if you are willing to give a murderous despot nuclear weapons and a delivery system.  That is a deal I would pass on without pause.

All the Iran deal does is postpone the same situation for a few years if that.  There is nothing in it I have seen that would stop Iran from using the windfall it got from Obama to buy a nuclear weapon from North Korea which is desperate for money to finance its nuclear arsenal.

What really makes a deal with North Korea almost impossible is what Obama did to Lybia once they gave up their nuclear program.  Obama and Hillary Clinton's Lybia fiasco was a strategic disaster for non-proliferation as well as destabilizing …

Trump strategy against ISIS is working and media is trying hard to ignore it

Paul Mulshine:
Did you see all those front-page stories last week about how ISIS is getting trounced in Syria?

Neither did I.

In recent weeks I read more about the high heels that Melania Trump wore on a trip to Texas than I did about the positive developments in a war that was at the center of the foreign-policy debate in last year's presidential election.
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That may be the reason that you need to go to military-oriented blogs like Lang's Sic Semper Tyrannis site to read how ISIS is being squeezed in Syria. There, you can read in infinite detail about the efforts to clean up what an Army spokesman termed "holdouts" in provinces such as Idlib and Deir al-Zor.

The work is proceeding apace, and the real story now is how the endgame will play out.

Not good for the Beltway crowd, said Lang. The establishment types wanted to remove Assad because he was too close to the Iranians and the Shiite militias such as Hezbollah. Now he's a lot closer to them - and they'…

Obama's wire tapping legacy

James Freeman:
Did Obama Know about Comey’s Surveillance?

The media is less interested in Obama Administration wiretapping than in how Trump described it. What we are most likely to get from the media are more tendentious "fact checking" quibbling over Trump's wording than the substance of what really happened.

As Sharyl Attkisson points out:
Many in the media are diving deeply into minutiae in order to discredit any notion that President Trump might have been onto something in March when he fired off a series of tweets claiming President Obama had “tapped” “wires” in Trump Tower just before the election.

According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected. If Trump officials — or Trump himself — communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too.

But we’re missing the bigger story.

If these reports are accurate, it means U.S. intellig…

Motor voter law leads to illegal voting

Washington Times:
Hundreds of non-citizens were registered to vote in Philadelphia over the last decade, and at least 90 of them actually ended up casting ballots that should never have been allowed, City Commissioner Al Schmidt said Wednesday, adding more fuel to complaints of bogus voting in U.S. elections.

The voters are all self-admitted non-citizens who went back and canceled their registrations later — but not before casting illegal ballots a total of 227 times in elections spanning 2006 to 2007, Mr. Schmidt said.

He said most of those non-citizens signed up to vote at PennDOT, the state motor vehicles bureau, when they went to get a driver’s license. While legal residents and long-term visitors are allowed to hold licenses, they are not allowed to vote in federal elections — yet thanks to a federal law, the sign-up for both licenses and voter registration is often tied together.

“The current voter registration process at PennDOT is both harmful to election integrity and to members…

What the PBS series on Vietnam leaves out

Bing West:
To understand Ken Burns’ 18-hour Vietnam documentary, listen to the music. The haunting score tells you: This will be a tale of misery. And indeed, Burns and his co-author Geoffrey C. Ward conclude their script by writing, “The Vietnam War was a tragedy, immeasurable and irredeemable. But meaning can be found in the individual stories . . .”

The film is meticulous in the veracity of the hundreds of factoids that were selected. Everything depicted on the American side actually happened. But that the chosen facts are accurate doesn’t mean the film gets everything right. Indeed, the brave American veterans are portrayed with a keen sense of regret and embarrassment about the war, a distortion that must not go unanswered. And the film implies an unearned moral equivalence between antiwar protesters and those who fought.

Burns’ theme is clear: A resolute North Vietnam was predestined to defeat a delusional America that heedlessly sacrificed its soldiers. The film follows a chron…

Healthcare reform would reverse Obama's favoritism toward blue states?

Washington Post:
Under latest health-care bill, red states would benefit disproportionately

Democratic mega-states including California, New York and Massachusetts would lose billions of dollars, a feature the bill’s two main sponsors have talked up to conservatives. Almost allof Obama's spending programs showed favoritism for states with large Democrat populations.  It was part of his Chicago political MO.  Reversing that to a more fair distribution is a good way to incenivise more efficient use of resources.  As one of the posts below shows Democrats have been irresponsible in the mangement of state resources and have piled up unfunded debt in the process.

Some governors do not want the responsibility for managing government healthcare

NY Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Defy Bipartisan Calls to Reject Health Bill
Eleven governors, including five Republicans, urged the Senate to reject a new push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. But G.O.P. leaders want a showdown vote. Texas has always been a state that has pushed for block grants that would allow it flexibility in deciding the best way to proved healthcare for those on Medicaid.  Apparently some states would still like the excuse of being able to say to voters that the feds are making us do this dumb stuff.  

I am of the opinion that almost anything is better than Obamacare, so I am open to this proposal.  Obamacare has made healthcare unaffordable for those in the indiviual market.  From truck drivers to single moms it has been a disaster.  The only people who have benefited from it are those who were added to Medicaid, and they are faced with a shrinking pool of providers.

Another reason why people are fleeing blue states

Lifezette:
Study: Unfunded Debt 12 Times Higher in Democratic-Run States

States with liberal one-party control have average liability of $22,214 per taxpayer vs. $1,814 in red states Liberal financial thinking appears to be based on mogical thinking and not math.

Cooking the books on the earth's temperature in order to achieve power?

Power Line:
Liberals want us to turn control of our economy over to them, not because their stewardship has been successful in the past–heh–but because if we don’t, the Earth faces imminent climate catastrophe in the form of global warming. Some (e.g., liberal reporters) accept such claims uncritically, while the rest of us want to see evidence.

In this debate, there are two types of evidence. The first is the raw material of science, observation. The second is climate models created by alarmists for the purpose of generating scary scenarios. Anyone with the slightest acquaintance with science understands that observation (type 1) trumps theory (type2). Which is a serious problem for the left-wing warmists, since temperature records show that their models are wrong.

How have liberals chosen to deal with this conundrum? By admitting that their theory, as embodied in their models, was wrong? Don’t be silly. They control pretty much all of the Earth’s historic temperature records, so the…

Why Obama spied on the Trump campaign

Daniel Greenfield:
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Desperate Obama cronies had figured out that they could bypass many of the limitations on the conventional investigations of their political opponents by ‘laundering’ them through national security.

If any of Trump’s people were talking to non-Americans, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) could be used to spy on them. And then the redacted names of the Americans could be unmasked by Susan Rice, Samantha Power and other Obama allies. It was a technically legal Watergate.

If both CNN stories hold up, then Obama Inc. had spied on two Trump campaign leaders.

Furthermore the Obama espionage operation closely tracked Trump’s political progress. The first FISA request targeting Trump happened the month after he received the GOP nomination. The second one came through in October: the traditional month of political surprises meant to upend an election.

The spying ramped up after Trump’s win when the results could no longer be used to engineer a Hillary vi…

Making the grid less reliable?

Fuel Fix:
When future policy makers go back and study the U.S. energy industry in the 2010s, one of the defining trends will be the sudden decline of coal and nuclear plants.

Whether this is the beginning of a great new era of American energy or a disaster in the making is the subject of much debate.

And now add another voice to the mix, as the research firm IHS Markit warned in a report released Tuesday that the shift away from coal and nuclear is likely to leave the U.S. grid overly reliant on natural gas and renewable forms of energy and prone to more expensive and volatile electricity prices than we currently enjoy.

"Over the last three years, the problem only seems to have gotten worse," said Lawrence Makovich, chief power strategist at IHS and the study's lead author.
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What Makovich sees is a confused energy market with criss-crossing and contradictory incentives for carbon-free energy that favors wind and solar energy through tax incentives but does not do enough …

Manafort asks DOJ to release any transcripts of his conversations that were recorded

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In a statement released by his spokesman Manafort said:

This looks like a major embarrassment for the Obama administration.

Trump's terrific UN speech gets reaction you would expect from media

Washington Post:
Trump threatens to ‘destroy North Korea,’ calls Kim ‘Rocket Man’

President Trump warned that the world faces “great peril” from gathering threats posed by rogue regimes with powerful weapons.

The president's address was highly anticipated around the world after he had criticized the organization during his campaign as being bloated and ineffective. The part of the speech where he responded to provocations from the Nork regime was not that different from what the administration spokesmen have been saying for several days.  I guess the media was surprised that he would be so straightforward at the UN.

Trump also called out Iran for its phony "democracy" and for its threats against its Arab and Israeli neighbors.  It was a far cry from the appeasement of Obama and his terrible deal he struck with Iran.

Trump properly ridiculed socialism saying that Venezuela had followed it to a perfection to become a failed state.

He also attacked the UN phony human rights …

The pollution of the minds of students

Washington Post:
A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech Liberals have changed their mind about free speech because it has become harder for them to win the debate.  Now they try to shut down speech they do not agree with rather than engage on the issues.  Their position on speech is not that different from totalitarians everywhere, be they, fascists or communists.   The lack of intellectual diversity in the education process is one of the causes of this problem.

Deep State support for more refugees bumps up against administration policy

NY Times:
Administration Shuns Study Showing Benefits of Refugees
A draft report by the Department of Health and Human Services contradicts a central argument made by advocates of deep cuts in refugees. The problem with teh more traditional thinking on refugees is that the US and its allies are dealing with an enemy whose policy is to use refugees as a Trojan Horse for gain entry inside the gates, and the vetting process has had difficulty screening out the terrorists.  Even if only a small fraction of the refugees are Islamic terrorists the risk of mass murder is high.  Even refugees from Central America can be troublesome as the MS-13 gang has demonstrated.

Mueller's message of Gestapo tactics in Russian witch hunt

NY Times:
Mueller Inquiry Sets Tone With Shock-and-Awe Approach
Federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on Paul J. Manafort’s front door, and raided his Virginia home.The moves against President Trump’s former campaign chairman are just a glimpse of the aggressive tactics used by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel for the Russia investigation, to send a message to Washington. Sometimes I like to take a page from how the liberal media describes enforcement actions by a conservative US Attorney or law enforcement.  What Mueller is doing would be lambasted if Attorney General Sessions was doing it to a liberal Democrat political opponent.  We now learn that despite denials in the media the FBI was wiretapping Manfort while he was working for the Trump campaign and could have been listening to his conversations with Trump.

Liberals do not seem to be troubled by this because they want to use any means necessary for their coup attempt against the President.  No wonder …

Pipelines to reuse water for shale oil extraction build efficiency in West Texas

Bloomberg:
The torrent of dirty water coming out of almost every American oil well is the next big bet for a former fund manager for billionaire Paul Allen.

Getting rid of wastewater from onshore wells has become an increasingly costly problem for oil producers as U.S. crude output surged in recent years, especially in the new shale fields from Texas to North Dakota. Drillers typically get about seven barrels of water for every one of oil, and some struggle to deal with the overflow that is mostly sent by truck to disposal sites miles away.

David Capobianco, a former managing director for Allen’s Vulcan Capital, is trying to change that by building pipelines to get wastewater out. His newly formed WaterBridge Resources LLC aims to be a water-management company for oilfields. The firm is considering a public share listing within a year to 18 months, taking advantage of a U.S. shale boom that the government expects will boost crude production close to 10 million barrels a day next year.

Woman finds her attitude toward red states change after a move

Leah Singer:
I used to say I’d never move to a red state. And then I did. And it’s changed my life for the better.

In July 2016, I moved from San Diego to Terre Haute when my husband received a job opportunity at a local university. At 41 years old — at midlife — I moved from the blue, liberal left coast bubble to a rural, Midwest, Rust Belt red state.

I was raised in California, where we like to believe diversity is applauded and opportunities abound. In many ways, California’s blue state bubble can be a very safe place to live if you subscribe to the popular liberal politics.

Over and over, I was questioned about why I would ever leave the Golden State for a “flyover” red state. This phrase alone troubled me, and the implied perception that one flies over the Midwest just to get to their East or West coast home.

As I settled into life in the Midwest, I heard the same assumptive questions: “Did everyone you know vote for Donald Trump?" "Are there African-American, Jewish, A…

Majority of Americans back military strikes against North Korea if diplomacy fails

Washington Times:
The American attitude toward North Korea appears to be evolving ­— and not necessarily in a docile direction. The number of Americans who would support a U.S. military response to the rogue nation’s aggression is “significantly higher” these days, according to a new Gallup poll.

“As North Korea continues to launch test missiles and issue provocative threats against the U.S. and its allies in the region, a majority of Americans appear ready to support military action against that country, at least as a last resort. More specifically, 58 percent say they would favor taking military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail to achieve the United States’ goals. This is significantly higher than the 47 percent in favor the last time Gallup asked this, in 2003,” reports Lydia Saad, a Gallup analyst.

“U.S. attitudes about striking North Korea are partisan, as they were in 2003,” she said, noting that the new pollconducted found that 82 percent of Repu…

Democrat base see compromise with Trump as doing deals with the devil

Steve Berman:
The Left Can’t Stomach ‘Normalizing’ Trump

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But they’re scared because they’ve built their whole case on hating Donald Trump because he’s Donald Trump. What do they do when he agrees with their legislative agenda? What do Democrats do when the Great Satan of their political life is no longer devilish?
... It is scary when he agrees to some of their issues.   I suspect there are some in both parties who are troubled by compromise.

Scientist admit that 'climate change' has been over hyped

Times:
We were wrong — worst effects of climate change can be avoided, say experts

Scientists admit that world is warming more slowly than predicted Having overhyped "climate change" it has become hard to sell the controls they want to impose on the economy of the world.  With all of their dire warnings not coming true the whole movement has become suspect.

Stems of cotton make people crazy

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Red States:

“Offensive” Hobby Lobby Decoration Goes Viral For Being Problematic
When I was in grade school I had a friend whose father grew cotton and he allowed both of us to pick it to earn some spending money.   We were not the only white people who picked cotton either.  His aunt and her husband also picked it.

This reminds me of how stupid identity politics has become.  People are going crazy over the fact that fried chicken is supposedly a black thing when we used to have it almost every Sunday as a special treat.  It was just a typical southern dish along with other things that came to be associated with "soul food."

Only days after accusing the President of lying about his campaign being wired tapped CNN say it was

CNN:
US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is leading the investigation into Russia's involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.

A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Ma…

Clinton deciding to go the sore loser route and challenge democracy?

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CNN:
Clinton opens door to questioning 2016 vote Candidate says she would not rule out questioning the election's legitimacy if more is learned on Russia's role This is the phony who made a big deal about how undemocratic it was not to accept the results of the election.  So far there has been zero evidence produced suggesting there was collusion between Trump and the Russians or that any of the messing around the Russians were doing had any effect on voters.

It was certainly not the reason I voted against her.   I wanted a change from Obama's liberalism and I was appalled at her mishandling of classified material.

As for Russian collusion, her and Obama's energy policy were a gift to the Russians.  By joining the anti-energy left in trying to thwart domestic energy production she was helping Russian oligarchs and teh Russian economy along with OPEC.  She was also involved in selling a significant portion of US uranium to the Russians and her husband did get a hefty che…

Another live fire bombing run a few miles from North Korea

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Washington Post:
U.S. jets drop live bombs in a massive show of force aimed at North Korea

Responding to Pyongyang’s aggressions, the aircraft carried out a simulated attack on the Pilsung training range in South Korea, a few dozen miles from the demilitarized zone. It is a reminder for Rocket Man Kim that he is playing fire.  If he thought the war games in the South were provocative, he has not seen anything yet.  A couple of nuclear-capable B-1 bombers escorted by South Korean fighters make their point.