Nancy Pelosi’s border wall alternative includes ‘mowing the grass’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested this week that “mowing the grass” near the U.S.-Mexico border so that illegal immigrants can’t be smuggled through thick vegetation would be a more effective measure to secure the country than President Trump’s proposed border wall.

“I’m not the wall’s biggest advocate in Congress,” Mrs. Pelosi said in an interview with The Arizona Republic. “But I do know that representatives in the House and senators in that body from the border areas have some serious objection to a wall, because they know how detrimental it can be to the community trade, to all the other aspects of a border.”—More…

By Washington Times - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Watch Vice President Mike Pence’s CPAC 2018 speech here

Watch Vice President Mike Pence's CPAC 2018 speech here

Mike Pence just delivered his address to CPAC 2018 and, by all accounts, he knocked it out of the park.

The speech is one part outline of the administration’s successful first year, one part attack on the media, one part desire to unite populists and party-loyalists, and about ten parts warm-up for President Trump’s speech tomorrow.

All in all, it’s a solid, entertaining, twenty minutes.

You can watch it below.



By Robert Laurie - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Trump wants to raise the age at which you can buy a gun? Great. ...But raise the voting age with it.

Trump wants to raise the age at which you can buy a gun? Great. ...But raise the voting age with it.
This morning, President Trump took to Twitter and posted the following:

I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
By Robert Laurie - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Left: Trump move to ban bump stocks, expand background checks is terrible because NRA supports it

Left: Trump move to ban bump stocks, expand background checks is terrible because the NRA supports it
Nikolas Cruz did not use a bump stock at Parkland, but Stephen Paddock did in Vegas, and even most Second Amendment stalwarts seemed to agree at the time that you don’t need a bump stock - which is basically an add-on making a non-automatic rifle function like an automatic - in order to exercise your right to keep and bear arms.

So when President Trump announced on Tuesday that he wants the Justice Department to issue regualtions effectively banning them, that would seem if nothing else to be a minimal move everyone could get behind. But remember, gun control is about politics, not about preventing mass murder. Nothing can be a good idea if the NRA doesn’t object to it:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

600-page White House report: Why yes, Obama’s policies did cause all that puny economic growth

600-page White House report: Why yes, Obama's policies did cause all that puny economic growth
I’m not sure we needed a 600-page report to tell us that. We’ve dealt with it often here, simply because we’re paying attention. But if you want the data and the policy correlations to back it up, the White House economic team has done the work for you.

The Wall Street Journal’s news pages seem to think it’s untoward that Trump’s team is blaming Obama:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Budget Will Show If Federal Government Can Buck Historical Trends and Cut Spending Growth

Budget Will Show If Federal Government Can Buck Historical Trends and Cut Spending Growth
OTTAWA, ON—Tuesday’s federal budget will reveal whether the federal government’s plans to dramatically reduce the rate of spending growth over the last two years of its mandate are as unrealistic as they seem. If not, the result could be a worsening fiscal picture with high deficits and debt, writes Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer.

The government was elected on a commitment to run annual budgetary deficits of $10 billion for three years before reaching a balanced budget in 2019. Five months later the 2016 Budget showed Ottawa’s deficit would be larger and longer. MLI’s latest report, A Tale of Two Governments: How Historical Trends Cast Doubt on Federal Promises of Fiscal Restraint, analyses the government’s medium-term fiscal projections and the potential challenges to achieving its fiscal targets as we approach next week’s federal budget.

By Macdonald Laurier Institute - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Is anyone willing to consider that public schools are inherently unsafe places?

Is anyone willing to consider that public schools are inherently unsafe places?
One of the tropes you often hear in the aftermath of a school shooting is that the incident is particularly egregious because a school should be an especially safe place. Most would nod their heads at the sentiment. Yes, we should all feel confident that when we send our children to school, they’re in about as safe a place as they could ever be.

But when you think about what it’s like in a school, there is every reason to realize that makes no sense whatsoever. Schools are tinder boxes for violent explosions and disastrous tragedies, especially high schools.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

CNN, HLN Enjoy Teen Activists Smearing ‘Blood Money’ NRA as ‘Child Murderers’

The liberal media’s current infatuation with teenage activists ripping into the National Rifle Association extends to letting them smear gun-rights activists with no correction. This presents a serious issue for tonight’s CNN “Students Demand Action” town hall meeting. Are the teenagers going to be able to say anything without a check on their facts or their civility?

There is nothing wrong with teenaged activists speaking out. But if we’re teaching these students how to engage in politics, then we should teach them they will be held accountable for their words, and they should expect to be criticized from an opposing point of view. Instead, the networks are putting these kids in a bubble where they can accuse their opponents of murder. That’s not a debate, and it’s certainly not civil. —More…

By News on the Net -- NewsBusters- Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

TransMountain troubles: Alberta-B.C. pipeline battle splits Canadians down the middle

TransMountain troubles: Alberta-B.C. pipeline battle splits Canadians down the middle
While a war of words, political will, and even wine continues to rage between the governments of British Columbia and Alberta over Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline, Canadians from coast to coast are split evenly when it comes to picking sides.

By Angus Reid Institute - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Nolte: 13 Things the Media Don’t Want You to Know About Mueller’s 13 Indictments

Last week, the leak machine that is special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian citizens, and our disgraced media disgraced themselves even further by comparing these alleged crimes to Pearl Harbor. The truth, of course, is the exact opposite. Basically, these indictments reveal to us all kinds of inconvenient truths the corrupt media are hiding from the public, and below are 13 of them.

Before we get started, I must credit Byron York for doing most of the work in breaking down the Mueller indictment. You will definitely want to read his full piece here.— More…

By Breitbart News - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

FBI’s stonewalling on Nunes memo underscores bureau’s commitment to protecting image

At the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, a guidance drummed into the heads of new agents is, “Don’t do anything to embarrass the bureau.”

Former agents say it is an appropriate lesson to maintain the G-men’s straight-arrow standards. It also is an indication of how the FBI hierarchy is committed to guarding its reputation as the world’s greatest law enforcement body.—More…

By Washington Times - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Planned Power Chaos

High-priced electricity from an unreliable grid
Seven Australian governments have made a mis-planned mess of Australia’s electricity industry. The federal government now plans to add more toxins to the mess – “five-year targets to cut emissions.”

There was one big lesson from the 20th Century – coercive central planning always fails - it constantly destroys economic assets and human freedom. Just look at the human and economic costs of the grand plans of Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany, Mao’s China, Castro’s Cuba and Pol Pot’s Cambodia. Or compare East and West Germany when the Berlin Wall came down or North and South Korea now.

By Viv Forbes - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Woman who had affair with GOP Rep. Tim Murphy is running for Congress

PITTSBURGH — Shannon Edwards, whose affair with Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., ended his congressional career, announced Wednesday in Pittsburgh she’s running for Congress.

Murphy, a staunch pro-life Republican, resigned in the face of a scandal last October when it was revealed the married lawmaker had an affair with Edwards and then urged her to have an abortion during a pregnancy scare.—More…

By News on the Net -- Washington Examiner- Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Palestinian President Abbas Addresses the UN Security Council with More Bombast

Palestinian President Abbas Addresses the UN Security Council with More Bombast
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, February 20th. He delivered many of the same old Palestinian talking points. He claimed that the Palestinians remain open to negotiations based on the pre-June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. “We are ready to take the longest journey,” Abbas declared. “We are ready to begin negotiations immediately.” After appealing to the Security Council for “help,” however, Abbas showed his true colors by walking out of the chamber immediately upon the conclusion of his speech. He apparently thought it was beneath his “dignity” to hear what the Israeli UN ambassador and the members of the Security Council had to say.

Abbas used his Security Council speech to blame the Israeli “occupation” and its continued settlements in violation of “international law” as the real obstacles to peace. He said that the Palestinians have engaged in dialogue with Israeli leaders on several occasions, and that Israel was responsible for shutting the door on a two-state solution. Abbas seemed to have forgotten that it was he who rejected several Israeli peace offers, including one that would have resulted in Israel’s virtual withdrawal from the West Bank, a connection between the West Bank and Gaza, and even placing the Old City under some form of international control.

By Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Climate Math: Adaptation, Not Mitigation

Climate Math: Adaptation, Not Mitigation

“[The Paris climate accord] is a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bull— for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target’ … is just worthless words…. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.” (James Hansen: 2015)

“We need to stop trying to balance the increasingly parsimonious carbon emissions budgets entailed by a two-degree target on the backs of the global poor. There is no moral justification for denying those populations the benefits of fossil-fuel-driven development.” (Ted Nordhaus: Foreign Affairs, 2018)

 

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

Shooting Survivor Quit CNN Town Hall After Refusing to Ask ‘Scripted’ Question

Colton Haab, a student who survived last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, refused to participate in a CNN Town Hall on Wednesday night after he was told to ask a “scripted” question.

Haab, a junior at the high school, told Fort Lauderdale ABC affiliate WPLG that CNN invited him to speak at the televised town hall in nearby Sunrise, Florida, and that he and his parents had dressed up for the occasion.- More….

By Breitbart News - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Full Story

My Genuine Bipartisan Compromise Offer

My Genuine Bipartisan Compromise Offer
The nation just witnessed what the OpMedia and the Commentariat like to call “bipartisan legislation.” The occasion was the two–year spending–palooza that Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell and The Boy Ryan passed.

It was bipartisan in the sense that country club conservatives let Democrats waste $150 million on social programs, so they could waste an equal amount at the Pentagon Mall. It wasn’t a genuine compromise any more than two addicts agreeing to split stolen money between heroin and crack is a compromise.

By Michael R. Shannon - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Full Story

The “New” Conservatives: Pro-Gay, Pro-Pot, Pro-Russia

The New Conservatives: Pro-Gay, Pro-Pot, Pro-Russia
Ronald Reagan would be rolling over in his grave if he knew what the leadership of the American Conservative Union (ACU) was doing to the conservative movement. The ACU, which sponsors the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), has destroyed one leg of Reagan’s “three-legged stool” approach to conservatism, and has greatly undermined another.

Reagan’s approach emphasized the fiscal/economic, social/moral, and national security aspects of conservatism. Under this approach, the secret of success is maintaining all three legs of the stool. But the stool is broken at CPAC 2018.  The Swamp has taken over.

By Cliff Kincaid - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Full Story

Amoral Soros denounces coal, buys coal stock: Yours truly is quoted in the Daily Caller

Amoral Soros denounces coal, buys coal stock
I’m quoted in the Daily Caller today in a piece by fellow investigative reporter Richard Pollock titled, “George Soros Makes Massive Financial Investments On Fossil Fuels.”

Soros is an amoral pig* so of course he howls about global warming but at the same time invests in the very industries that his co-religionists blame for global warming.

George Soros Makes Massive Financial Investments On Fossil Fuels




California Sh*thole: Sacto City Council Announces Taxpayer Funded Appeal Against Infill Project

California Sh*thole: Sacto City Council Announces Taxpayer Funded Appeal Against Infill Project

Part ll of California Sh*thole: Leftist Politicians Playing Politics With CA Businesses

Sacramento Developer Paul Petrovich won his lawsuit against the City of Sacramento. The City’s answer?... Appeal using taxpayer-funded lawyers.

On a drive throughout the City of Sacramento you’ll see everything from beautiful high-end neighborhoods, to impoverished neighborhoods, and everything in between—all now mixed with great poverty, as well as the lawless homeless population.

By Katy Grimes - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Full Story