Journalists handcuffed, barred from college campuses

Journalists who attempt to interview students on a college campus are now at risk of getting arrested and detained for trespassing.

According to a recent analysis by the Columbia Journalism Review, multiple journalists have been detained this year simply for asking students questions on campus.

One such confrontation took place in August of this year, when freelance journalist Jeff Bachner was handcuffed by a security officer at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, before being released with no charge.—More…..

By Campus Reform - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Charles Cooke cremates Jennifer Rubin, RINO and Romney-bot

Charles Cooke cremates Jennifer Rubin, RINO and Romney-bot
I wish to associate myself with Charles C.W. Cooke’s masterful evisceration of Stage-4 Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer Jennifer Rubin, the token alleged conservative opinion writer at the Washington Post.

In a delightfully nasty (but scrupulously fair) piece at NRO he writes:

Rubin is not the only example of this president’s remarkable talent for corrupting his detractors as well as his devotees, but she is perhaps the best one. Since Donald Trump burst onto the political scene, Rubin has become precisely what she dislikes in others: a monomaniac and a bore, whose visceral dislike of her opponents has prompted her to drop the keys to her conscience into a well. Since the summer of 2015, the many acolytes of “MAGA!” have agreed to subordinate their true views to whatever expediency is required to sustain Donald Trump’s ego. Out has gone their judgement, and in has come their fealty; where once there were thriving minds, now there are just frayed red hats. During the same period, Jennifer Rubin has done much the same thing. If Trump likes something, Rubin doesn’t. If he does something, she opposes it. If his agenda flits into alignment with hers—as anyone’s is wont to do from time to time—she either ignores it, or finds a way to downplay it. The result is farcical and sad; a comprehensive and self-inflicted airbrushing of the mind. How, I have long wondered, could Trump’s unprincipled acolytes do what they do and still sleep at night? How can Jen Rubin?

Cooke’s essay is truly something to behold. It is ridiculously dense with evidence making the case that Rubin is a buffoonish whackjob.

Read it here.


Ten Thousand Times Brighter than the Star of Bethlehem

Ten Thousand Times Brighter than the Star of Bethlehem
Having been to the moon once, we are now confident that the rest of the universe is only a quantum leap ahead – if there were any quantum leaps to be had.

But history has proven that men are traveling through the medium of time not the vast expanse of space – all men, throughout all time. It is an equation that a child can deduce. There is no argument.

Haphazardly and mostly blind, we hope to see a bright portent, a perfect sign, and a light to guide us to the endless tomorrows we all suspect that await us.

By Rev. Michael Bresciani - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Immigrant lied about age in major case over illegals’ right to abortion

An illegal immigrant girl who sued demanding a right to an abortion in the U.S. is 19, not 17 as she originally claimed, the government said Tuesday — upending her bid to try to force the government to facilitate termination of her pregnancy.

It was the latest twist in a groundbreaking case playing out in federal courts in Washington, where immigrant rights advocates are pushing the boundaries of abortion rights, and the Trump administration and some Republican-led states are pushing back.—More…

By Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Trump’s tax tsunami is about to wallop Canadian jobs and investment

A tax tsunami is set to wallop the global economy this week as the U.S. proceeds with its most extensive tax package since 1986. U.S. tax reform will have an immense impact on the global economy, not just in terms of investment but also corporate bond flows and the distribution of government tax revenues. As America’s largest trading partner, Canada’s economy is about to get heavily side-swiped.

Late last Friday, a congressional conference committee released its final report outlining the version of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that compromises between the Senate’s plan and the House of Representatives’ proposals. Both houses will likely pass the compromise this week. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it, given the importance of this tax reform to his overall economic agenda. The rest of the world is going to feel the impact. As of Jan. 1, 2018, the U.S. is set to move from having one of the highest tax burdens on corporate investment all the way down to the middle of pack.—More…

By News on the Net -- Financial Post- Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Trump announces national security strategy: We’ll fight jihadists, not warm weather

Trump announces national security strategy: We'll fight jihadists, not warm weather
There’s really nothing all that remarkable or brilliant here. It’s being treated as a massive shift in U.S. national security policy - and it is - but all that shows you is how far off the path things had gotten under Obama. No more “leading from behind.” No more “strategic patience.” No more treating “climate change” as a security threat, because that’s absurd.

Presumably no more letting jihadists traffic cocaine so they’ll sign worthless deals with us, but hey, you’ve got to be open-mined, right?

In other words, U.S. national security policy returns to normal, and this from the president the left is always shrieking is “not normal”:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Pelosi makes her last comments before tax vote - has Chernobyl-level meltdown

Pelosi makes her last comments before tax vote - has Chernobyl-level meltdown
According to the left-leaning “Tax Policy Center,” a whopping 80% of Americans will see some sort of tax relief as a result of the Republican tax bill. If you’re in the bill’s sweet spot, you’ll get to keep a few hundred more of the dollars you work to earn each month. No one is getting everything they want. We deserve a much more robust combination of tax and budget cuts, and we should be sending the antiquated progressive tax scheme to history’s scrap heap.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

With count complete, feds can start eliminating billions of dollars in wasted property

The federal government owns or leases 5,066 bathrooms, occupying nearly 1.7 million square feet of the government’s 1.9 billion feet of total office space.

Uncle Sam also controls 16,570 parking lots and garages, more than 1,500 prisons, nearly 17,000 warehouses, 766 hospitals and 2,427 schools, the General Services Administration said Monday, releasing the most complete report ever on the breadth of the federal government’s footprint.—More….

By News on the Net - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Solar’s Dirt and Toxic Issues

Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) is a key chemical agent used to manufacture photovoltaic cells for solar panelsGlobal solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind showed airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations—China, India and the Arabian Peninsula. Data showed a noticeable jump in efficiency each time the panels were cleaned after being left alone for several weeks.1

China is already looking at tens of billions of dollars being lost each year, with more than 80 percent of that coming from losses due to pollution. Lead researcher Mike Bergin said, “With the explosions of renewables taking place in China and their recent commitment to expanding their solar power capacity, that number is only going to go up.” 2

Joanne Nova observes, “Either way, real pollution and natural dust will slow the clean energy future in India and China until we get auto cleaning panels. Unfortunately, cleaning panels also risks damaging them, so the price of solar power really needs to include the cost of windscreen-wipers, electricity losses, damage to panels, and damage to panel cleaners too.” 3

By Jack Dini - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Ivanka Trump’s visit to Connecticut high school upsets parents

Parents angry with President Trump’s policies reportedly yanked their kids out of classes at a Connecticut high school on Monday when senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump made a surprise visit.

The first daughter took a trip to the Norwalk Early College Academy at Norwalk High School to tour a program that allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and associate of applied science degree. While Secret Service and local police provided security, the trip was kept secret and most in the school community were unaware until after it was over, the Connecticut Post reported.—More…

By Washington Times - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

DO OVER! House Will Have to Vote Again on Tax Cut Bill

Update: The tax cut bill has hit a procedural snag that will require changes to the legislation. As a result, the House will have to vote to approve the bill again.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Tuesday after that three provisions included in the bill passed by the House did not comply with Senate budget rules. Republican lawmakers will strip the provisions from the bill prior to the Senate’s vote Tuesday night. The House would then have to take up the measure once again.—More…

By Breitbart News - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

D’oh! House screwed up its tax cut vote, has to vote again

D'oh! House screwed up its tax cut vote, has to vote again
The tally will be the same. It will still pass. But this is embarrassing:

House Republicans will need a do-over on Wednesday to pass their tax reform plan after Democrats discovered that several provisions in the bill GOP lawmakers had passed earlier Tuesday would violate Senate rules.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Watch Live: Final Tax Bill debate and vote in the Senate

Watch Live: Final Tax Bill debate and vote in the Senate
Alright, this is the big one.  Passage in the House was virtually assured but, while it seems like things are heading in the right direction, the Senate is nowhere near the same kind of slam dunk. Mitch McConnell is confident that he has his ducks in a row, but the usual senatorial suspects are still in play.

So, this could end up being a bit of a nail-biter.

You can watch it all unfold live thanks to the PBS feed….

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Nancy Pelosi skips planned tax cut protest - because no one showed up

Nancy Pelosi skips planned tax cut protest - because no one showed up
Yesterday, during the run up to today’s impending tax vote, Nancy Pelosi planned a major protest.  Hundreds of people were supposed to show up, Pelosi was supposed to speak, and the media was supposed to be there to put all the outraged faces on TV.

....Care to guess how that went?

If you like your schadenfreude, you can keep your schadenfreude.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

More threats of violent unrest by Eric Holder if Mueller fired

More threats of violent unrest by Eric Holder if Mueller fired

Barack Hussein Obama’s shadow government continues trying to oust the duly elected 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, from the White House. Democrats refuse to accept that the irretrievably corrupt Democrat Hillary Clinton was flattened by Republican Trump in the election 13 months ago.

In this instance, I am referring to radical thug Eric Holder’s continuing threats to lead large-scale protests if President Trump fires out-of-control Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Trump has steadfastly denied intending to terminate Mueller’s appointment — even though he has every reason and every right to give the swamp-dweller the boot.

By Matthew Vadum - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Watch Live: House debates GOP tax bill ahead of vote

Watch Live: House debates GOP tax bill ahead of vote
We’re keeping an eye on things in the House of Representatives, where debate is underway regarding the GOP tax bill.  A vote is expected this afternoon, and then the whole thing moves over to the Senate.  Allegedly all the votes are in place, and Mitch McConnell promises a vote today, following passage in the House.

We get it, watching Democrats carp about the “GOP tax scam” gets old fast, so feel free to view this as a drinking game, and insomnia cure, or an endurance test.  Catholics, time spent watching this will be credited against your time in purgatory, so it’s probably worth the effort.

Here’s the feed, via PBS:

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Former Pentagon UFO investigator: ‘We may not be alone’

Former Pentagon UFO investigator: 'We may not be alone'
Yesterday, we discussed the Pentagon’s top secret UFO research program which was revealed over the weekend. Last night, Luis Elizondo - one of the men who ran the initiative - was interviewed by CNN. If you have any curiosity about the nature of the universe, it’s an interesting watch. Elizondo handles himself well and, while he doesn’t explicitly state that he knows we’ve got aliens flying around, her certainly seems to suggest that’s the case.

Asked point blank, “Do you believe that life from somewhere else - while you were in this program - came her, visited, observed?” Elizondo responded:

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Eastern Ontario hospitals see climbing electricity costs

Eastern Ontario hospitals see climbing electricity costs

Hospitals in eastern Ontario (including Ottawa, Napanee, Cornwall and Kingston) that have reported data show an average 28 per cent increase in electricity bills
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for hospitals in eastern Ontario have been increasing dramatically over the last five to six years.

Today, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is releasing data for the Royal Mental Health centre in Ottawa, the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital in Napanee, Kingston Health Sciences, Providence Care in Kingston, and Cornwall Community Hospital.

The newly released documents show that the hospitals faced the following changes to their electricity costs:

HospitalTime Frame% ChangeTotal Increase
Royal Mental HealthCentre5 years39% increase$311,611
Lennox & Addington County General Hospital5 years33% increase$141,947
Kingston Health Sciences5 years4% decrease($154, 686)
Cornwall Community Hospital5 years4% increase$41,831
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

So Mr. Comey, tell us why Mueller’s council is running out of stream?

So Mr. Comey, tell us why Mueller's council is running out of stream?

By Dag Barkley - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

What a bunch of sabre rattling, amounting to nothing

What a bunch of sabre rattling, amounting to nothing.

The United Nations passed a resolution to nullify Pres. Trump’s decision on Jerusalem. Say what? Fortunately, Nikki Haley has no lack of backbone. She said, (I paraphrase) Israel can put its capital wherever it choses. And the United States can locate its embassies wherever IT choses. That should not need to be stated. We are both sovereign countries. The United Nations once again has over stepped its authority. Finally, we are putting them in their place.

By Guest Column --Jean Arcamone- Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story