Resurrecting an Essential Right

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of the Colorado baker who was forced, in violation of his Christian beliefs, to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. The baker will argue that the state’s public accommodations law violates his freedom of religion and his right to “free expression.” The State of Colorado will argue that the baker’s refusal to accommodate the couple because of their homosexuality constitutes a violation of the couples’ rights.

If someone went about hitting people over the head for religious reasons, he would certainly be violating their rights. But anything less than the use of physical force infringes no one’s rights. A baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a couple, whatever his reason, is no more a violation of their rights than if he refused to attend their wedding.

By Tom McCaffrey - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Senator Kid Rock—For Real

You can knock me down and watch me bleed
But you can’t keep no chains on me

—Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie) “Born Free

“I concede she [Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)] is better at playing politics than I am so I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bullshit!”—Kid Rock quoted by Phillip Stucky “Kid Rock Leads Democrat In New Poll

A brash, rough talking, sometimes crude political outsider with a large media following, taking on the political establishment’s elite. Where have I seen this before?

By Jim ONeill - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Dems Try The Islamophobe Card In Defense of Wasserman Schultz’s Arrested IT Guy

Crafty Democrats blame “massive Federal Islamophobia”  for Rep. Debbie (aka ‘Blabbermouth”)  Wasserman Schultz’s , top IT Guy Imran Awan, who spread like a plague among her Democrat colleagues in the House,  being outed by the FBI.

Massive Federal Islamophobia”?

Try massive ‘Liarophobia’, Ms. Blabbermouth because that’s what millions of deplorables really deplore most; elected politicians who lie like the proverbial rug to the masses they are so handsomely paid to represent.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Gowdy: Trump/Sessions fight ‘heartbreaking’ - ‘If I was the Attorney General I would not stay’

Yesterday, I argued that President Trump had botched the Jeff Sessions situation. One of the main things behind that opinion is the fact that attacking Sessions - rather than simply firing him - would make important congressional allies wonder just what the heck was going on inside the administration. Dan Calabrese made a similar point this morning. If you fire someone for a solid reason, people will accept it.  If you decide to torture them in the media, your ‘friends’ will always be wondering when their turn is coming.

Most of you agreed.  Some of you, though, said Trump was going to war with…well…everyone.

While I share your desire to see the swamp drained, I’m also aware that it’s incredibly difficult to run a presidency sans political partners.  There are people in Congress that Trump needs to keep on his side. ...And it sounds like the Sessions kerfuffle is making them question the President’s leadership.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Debbie Wasserman Schultz IT staffer arrested while trying to flee the country

It’s like something out of a movie.  The conspiratorial IT guy, a staffer for a crooked - and disgraced - former DNC chair, has put his escape plan into motion.  His affairs are in order, money has been wired overseas, his wife has already escaped to a third-world hellhole. Now, all he has to do is get through the airport.  Once he’s on the plane and the seatbelt light goes “ding,” he’s home free.

Then the feds show up and haul him away.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump rips Sessions again in WSJ interview, citing recusal and weakness on leak investigations

Maybe this has always been Donald Trump’s management style, but before he was president we had no reason to be all that aware of it. Maybe in his business empire, when he was unhappy with an underling, he made it known by telling anyone and everyone else who would listen until the humiliated underling got the message and got in line.

I don’t know. Trump figures that what worked for him in business will work for him as president, and the insistence of the political class to the contrary did not prove correct during the election campaign.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Coming or Going?

Ever since his confirmation as United States Attorney General, I have taunted wayward politicians and sanctuary cities in California: “Jeff Sessions is coming!” Some of my opponents have retorted that Sessions is about to be fired. I say “He’s on fire.”

But with the latest twitter and interview storm from President Trump, I am not sure what to think.

Is it time for Sessions to go?

By Arthur Christopher Schaper - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump Says No “Transgenders” in the Military

WASHINGTON, D.C —President Donald J. Trump announced today that the U.S. government will not allow so-called transgender people “to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” President Trump’s announcement came just weeks after Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that he will defer implementation of the transgender policy until January 1, 2018. The Obama-era policy would have allowed incoming service members identifying as “transgender” to enlist if they have been “stable” in their gender identity for 18 months.

“Transgender” service members have been able to serve openly in the military since last year, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban. Since Oct. 1, transgender troops have been able to receive medical care and receive taxpayer-fund medical treatment that includes hormone therapy, counseling, and body mutilating plastic surgery.

By Liberty Counsel - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump needs a James Carville, not a Saturday Night Massacre

I can’t blame President Trump for being angry about the Russia investigation. Aside from the revelations from Trump’s less-than-brilliant son, it has turned into a big nothing burger. Yet the special counsel will no doubt drag the investigation on for years, as such independent prosecutors are wont to do.

But almost all presidents since Jimmy Carter have faced special or independent counsel investigations. (President Obama was the exception, although not because he didn’t deserve to have one.) Yes, it stinks, but it is a feature of present-day Washington. Both parties encourage such investigations when their side does not hold the White House. It is a relatively low-cost method of harassing the president, and it allows the opposition to score cheap political points.

By BombThrowers -- David Hogberg- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Microsoft: OK fine, we won’t kill MS Paint!

Come on. You know you use it. I use it all the time. It’s obviously not the most sophisticated graphic program by a long shot. It’s dated and it’s extremely limited in its capabilities.

But Microsoft Paint is line an old shoe (I wear those too, by the way), and while no one will ever mistake it for Photoshop, Microsoft found out this week that it had vastly underestimated the program’s fan base before making the announcement that Paint was being put out to pasture.

Vastly underestimated it, that is:

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Lead IT Guy Arrested Trying To Leave Country

Arkancide Alert?

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’d IT guy, Pakistan-born Imran Awan was arrested on bank fraud charges at Dulles International Airport Tuesday while trying to make his way out of the country.

Still on Wasserman Schultz’s payroll, despite being barred from accessing the House’s computer system since February, Awan had worked IT for some 31 other Democrat politicians.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Lefty media freak out because Trump tells Boy Scouts loyalty is a good thing

What’s behind this, I think, is more than just anti-Trumpism – although there’s clearly a fair amount of that. The deeper root, though, is the fundamental shift we’re making as a country away from identification as Americans and toward identification with our various political or societal tribes.

As we’ve discussed in this space before, loyalty is an admirable trait in an abstract sense. We all like the idea that someone would be loyal to us, or to something we identify with – whether that’s your country, your school, your team, your church or what-have-you. You don’t perceive loyalty as a bad thing unless you’re afraid that the object of the loyalty is unworthy of it, or untrustworthy with it.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

THE NEW YORK TIMES’ WAR AGAINST ISRAEL AND HUNGARY

Typically, when the Times runs an exposé, it’ll take an illogical (false) premise logically to its illogical conclusion. It will regularly provide a counterfactual impression—a libel—against its enemies. In this case both nation’s leaders and their nations. Too, it will conclude, for anyone seeing through its agenda, in a psychological projection of its own depraved characteristics projected onto others that they do not possess.

While the Times and it’s editors are among the most hostile to this administration and the party in power, both leaders of Hungary and Israel happen to be friendly to the American president, the party in power, and the American People, and are aware of the depravity of the Times and the party of losers. The real leader of the Party of Losers, the man who pulls the strings, financier anti-semite George Soros, is the man the Times promotes.

He happens to be hostile to the American president and has repeatedly threatened and violated the democracy and independence of both nations, as well as that of others. George Soros has tried to impose his will, his personal agenda, and his view of how things ought to be, by using his billions and his well-financed NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and other political means, to subvert democracy, threaten the leaders of autonomous states, and nullify the will of the people.

By Andrew G. Benjamin - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump to Announce Apple Supplier Foxconn Opening Wisconsin Plant

President Donald Trump will announce Wednesday that Foxconn Technology Group plans a new factory in Wisconsin, fulfilling the Taiwanese manufacturing giant’s promise to invest in the U.S.

The factory will open in the home district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, who personally lobbied Trump and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to help secure the plant. It’s expected to employ about 3,000 people at first and, after an initial $10 billion investment, the facility is scheduled to expand over a 2 1/2-year period, according to a person familiar with the plans who requested anonymity to discuss the announcement before it was made.—More…

By News on the Net -- Bloomberg- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

In a Robot Economy, All Humans Will Be Marketers

The fear that robots, or more generally smart software, will put us all out of work is one of dominant economic memes of our time. But that fear is misplaced. We’re unlikely to see mass unemployment; rather, workers will shift into new economic sectors—albeit with transition pains—as has always been the case. The real risk is that the robots will push too many of us into less socially productive jobs—especially those in marketing.

Let’s consider the ATM. Contrary to what many people think, the widespread adoption of automated teller machines in the 1990s didn’t significantly diminish the demand for bank tellers. ATMs made bank branches easier and cheaper to operate, and that led banks to hire more staff, including tellers.—More..

By News on the Net -- Bloomberg- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Navy SEAL embraces wife for first time since tragic accident

Too special not to share… #staystrongjonnygrant

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A touching video of a Navy SEAL standing and embracing his wife four months after a traumatic car accident left him with a severe brain injury has been viewed by more than 3 million people. Jonathan Grant, 36, was serving as a combat medic instructor at Fort Bragg at the time of the accident, according to the couple’s GoFundMe page.

He suffered a diffuse axonal injury (DAI), and was in a coma for nearly two months as doctors gave him just a 10 percent chance of survival. His Pilates instructor wife, Laura, has stood by his side throughout his recovery, which included moving to a Richmond, Virginia, rehabilitation facility where Grant could receive intensive therapy.—More…

By News on the Net -- Fox News- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Personalized ‘earable’ sensor monitors body temperature in real time

Wireless, wearable sensors are all the rage with millions of people now sporting fitness trackers on their wrists. These devices can count footsteps, monitor heart rate and other vital signs. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Sensors that they have developed a 3-D printed sensor worn on the ear that measures one of the most basic medical indicators of health in real time: core body temperature.

The ups and downs of core body temperature can signal a range of health conditions. The most obvious is an infection, which causes a fever. But temperature fluctuations can also indicate insomnia, fatigue, metabolic function and depression. Current wearable sensors can detect skin temperature, but this can change depending on how hot or cold an environment is. And oral and other thermometers that measure core body temperature are designed only for periodic use and aren’t meant to be strapped on for constant detection. So Ali Javey and colleagues set out to develop a convenient device to monitor core body temperature in real time on a continuous basis.

The researchers integrated data processing circuits, a wireless module and an infrared sensor, which detects ear (and thus core body) temperature, in a 3-D printed device. The disk-like structure covers the ear and can be customized to fit the contours of a person’s ear for a comfortable fit. To ensure that users can still hear clearly while wearing the device, the researchers embedded a microphone to capture and transmit outside sounds to the inner ear. And the Bluetooth module transmits temperature measurements to a custom smartphone app. Testing showed that the “earable” sensor measurements closely matched those of a commercial ear thermometer.—“3D Printed ‘Earable’ Smart Devices for Real-Time Detection of Core Body Temperature

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Walmart unveils manufacturing plan to create 1.5 million new jobs

Walmart Inc. (WMT) met with government and business leaders in Washington on Wednesday to unveil a plan to spur growth in domestic manufacturing efforts that company executives say will create an estimated 1.5 million new jobs in the United States.

The meeting included a discussion with key individuals on both sides of the aisle about the biggest challenges the U.S. manufacturing sector currently faces. Using an analysis by the Boston Consulting Group and Walmart sourcing data, the company crafted a 10-point plan to “recapture” an estimated $300 billion in imported consumer goods, stoking job growth in the process.—More..

By News on the Net -- Fox News- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

OSLO, July 26 (Reuters) - Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun’s rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.

Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are urgently needed to find ways of meeting the goals of the Paris climate deal to curb global warming that researchers blame for causing more heatwaves, downpours and rising sea levels.—More…

By News on the Net -- Reuters- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story