Old Letters to the editor

Old Letters to the editor
Letters from before 2008.

By News on the Net - Sunday, July 17, 2016 - Full Story

CNN Reports FBI Wiretapped Trump Campaign Manager Manafort, NYT Reports Manafort Could Be Indicted

Whoa.

In an obvious Divine attempt to inject maximum chaos into the American political system just days before the supposed end of the world on September 23, CNN reported on Monday that investigators “wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret orders before and after the election.” Furthermore, CNN says, Manafort was tapped when he was having conversations with Trump — and Manafort had a residence at Trump Tower, so it’s utterly unclear whether the FBI tapped him at that location.


Recall that President Trump accused the Obama administration of tapping Trump Tower in January 2017.—More…

By News on the Net -- Daily Wire- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

St. Louis Police Reportedly Chanted, ‘Whose Streets, Our Streets,’ After Arresting Prote

Police officers in St. Louis reportedly chanted, “Whose streets, our streets,” after arresting protesters early Monday morning, according to a video and several accounts from journalists on the ground.

The video shows a large group of what appears to be police officers clad in navy blue uniforms chanting, “Whose streets, our streets,” surrounded by police cruisers.—More…

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

The Federal Reserve is setting America up for economic disaster

I recently had the opportunity to read the ‘Creature from Jekyll’ Island by G. Edward Griffin, a prodigious tome dealing with the circumstances surrounding the creation of the U.S. Federal Reserve system. I was taken aback by some of its provocative assertions.

• America joined World War I largely to help a few bankers profit off the war (despite a long-standing Monroe doctrine that prohibited our involvement in European affairs)
• The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was supported by international financial interests in order to destabilize Russia and steal the wealth of the Russian people; and
• So-called ‘foreign aid’ is merely a clever means of shifting the bad debt incurred by banks and wealthy financiers to American taxpayers. —More..

By News on the Net -- The Hill- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario’s $15 minimum wage threatens jobs for young people and low-skilled workers province-wi

TORONTO—Raising Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour—a staggering 32 per cent increase over the current minimum wage—will lead to job losses across the province for Ontario’s young and low-skilled workers, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Economic conditions are not the same across Ontario, so the negative effects of a $15 minimum wage—namely job losses for young and low-skilled workers—will be more severe in some areas of the province,” explained Ben Eisen, director of the Fraser Institute’s Ontario Prosperity Initiative and co-author of Ontario Enters Uncharted Waters with a $15 Minimum Wage.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger to Address U.N. Rights Council With Saudi Ambassador Present

GENEVA — The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi—the world’s most famous political prisoner—will address the United Nations for the first time in a Human Rights Council speech on Tuesday that will take place in the presence of Ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, the representative of Saudi Arabia, whose government controversially sits on the 47-nation body.

Raif Badawi is currently four years into a 10-year prison sentence, convicted for “insulting Islam” after he published a blog calling for a free society in Saudi Arabia.

By UN Watch - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Toys ‘R’ Us Plans Bankruptcy Filing Amid Debt Struggle

Toys “R” Us Inc., which has struggled to lift its fortunes since a buyout loaded the retailer with debt more than a decade ago, is preparing a bankruptcy filing as soon as today, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Chapter 11 reorganization of America’s largest toy chain would deal another blow to a brick-and-mortar industry that’s already reeling from store closures, sluggish mall traffic and the threat of Amazon.com Inc.—More…

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

Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman

Washington (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.—More..

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

Varcoe: Don’t count out oilsands to power future global demand

Increasingly, that appears to be more myth than reality.

Two new reports this week illustrate the world needs more oil and Canada is expected to crank up production in the years to come.—More..

By News on the Net -- Calgary Herald- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

World first: Microchip stores light as sound

Australian researchers have created a microchip that converts light into sound waves and then back again for the first time ever.

The achievement, published in Nature Communications journal Monday, is touted as a huge step towards creating better, faster and more efficient computers.—More…

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

Hurricane Heroes

On Friday September 8, 2017 Governor Rick Scott issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents of the barrier islands on the west coast of Florida where my husband and I live. We anxiously monitored the trajectory of Hurricane Irma and watched with horror as the colossal storm gathered strength and unexpectedly veered west. On Saturday morning we left everything behind and drove north toward safety. 

The drive north on I-75 was a most extraordinary experience. The northbound lanes inched forward packed bumper-to-bumper with evacuees in passenger cars seeking safety away from the storm. In stark contrast the southbound lanes had convoys of trucks - power companies, EMS vehicles, tree companies, huge semis filled with supplies - all driving toward the deadly hurricane. It was a stunning polarity.

By Linda Goudsmit - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Trump-bashing Emmy Awards pull worst ratings ever

The Dodgers were on. I like the Dodgers. I don’t much care one way or the other about the Atlanta Falcons (sorry, boss), but I love to see the Pukers getting their heads handed to them, and that’s what the Falcons were doing.

So even if you’ve got two TVs on the same wall, it’s hard to think of a reason you’d want to take up space on one of them to watch a bunch of self-admiring actors giving themselves made-up awards. Add to this the fact that almost everyone who gets up on stage starts bashing Donald Trump, and you have to think people will be tuning out left and right.

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

CNN’s Collins: Spicer’s Emmy Crowd Size Joke ‘Did Not Sit Well With Me’

On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf,” CNN White House Reporter Kaitlan Collins stated she didn’t find former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s joke about the crowd size at the Emmys funny and said that the joke didn’t sit well with her.

After seeing a clip of Spicer joking that the Emmys had the largest audience ever, Collins said, “I did not find it humorous at all. As someone who sat in that press briefing room every day that Sean Spicer was the press secretary, I just don’t think it’s humorous when the former White House spokesman comes out, at this awards show, with all these Hollywood celebrities that they often rail against, to make fun of the fact — and you know, pretty much admit that he lied to the American people, while he was being paid by the American people to be a spokesman for the White House.”—More…

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

FORE!!

By Dag Barkley - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

Atheist Group Objects to the National Motto

BENTONVILLE, AK -  An atheist group has threatened the Bentonville Public School District to not comply with Arkansas Act 911, a new law enacted which provides for the display of the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” in public schools as a patriotic and historic display.  Liberty Counsel has offered pro bono counsel and defense for the school district.

The American Atheists, founded by the late Madalyn Murray O’Hair, has issued a letter to over 260 superintendents across the state, claiming that the display is unconstitutional and threatening to file suit in federal court if the school district complies with the new law.

By Liberty Counsel - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

CTF to Morneau: back off your small business tax hikes

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s (CTF) took to the sky over Ottawa today to express its opposition to the contentious small business tax changes being proposed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The banner towed behind a small plane read: “No Small Biz Tax Hike”

Supporters of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) from coast-to-coast sent in donations over the past two weeks to hire a plane to fly the banner, underscoring taxpayers’ outrage with the proposed tax changes impacting Canadian farms, professionals and small businesses.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

Traffic stop in Georgia leads to seizure of $3.2M of meth

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a traffic stop in Georgia has disrupted a methamphetamine trafficking ring and prompted the seizure of more than $3 million of meth.

Local news outlets report the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office said in a statement that officers confiscated 30 kilograms of crystal meth worth $3.2 million, several grams of cocaine and $166,000 in cash and broke up a drug lab. Authorities said 15 kilograms of meth were seized as a result of the traffic stop, leading them to a Dahlonega home and a conversion lab in Suches.— More…

By News on the Net -- AM920- Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

Will Trump seek UN or American applause at his UN debut?

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Fox News.

As Trump mounts the U.N. General Assembly stage this week for the first time, one measuring stick cuts to the chase: will ‘make America great again’ shrivel into a futile search for applause lines?

The unvarnished truth is that the General Assembly is a hostile audience for an American president. Less than half of the 193 U.N. member states are fully-free democracies. And with precious few exceptions, they share a common goal. Tying the American giant down in order to raise themselves up.

By Anne Bayefsky - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

Will Rickshaw Roshini Ride to the Rescue of Hillary’s Tattered Image?

How could Hillary’s husband former President Bill Clinton say with a straight face at a United Nations ceremony on Saturday, that he was awarding $1 million in seed funding to four Pakistani-American students who created a ridesharing rickshaw startup service to help refugees—especially women— in Pakistan?

Because he’s been a lifelong “Slick Willy” able to weasel out of every political tight spot he’s ever been in.  That’s how!

By Judi McLeod - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

Democracy dies in darkness and hangs in the balance

The comical publication the Onion ran a special volume, Homeland Insecurity, with the headline, “Run for Your Lives.” I thought of that in the wake of the decision by hard-liners Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka to voluntarily leave the White House rather than continue to fight for rational pro-American policies in the Trump Administration against what has been called the Deep State.

In their cases, Trump didn’t have to say “you’re fired.” They quit.

Sadly, Trump, the elected president, may be the next to go.

By Cliff Kincaid - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story