August, 2018

Trump outpacing the last 6 Presidents in terms of judicial appointments – by a wide margin

Trump outpacing the last 6 Presidents in terms of judicial appointments – by a wide margin
Obviously, conservatives are fond of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. So far, they also like Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation hearings start next week. Voters like myself, who may not be particularly fond of President Trump on a style-level, have long argued that the real prize of the 2016 election was the Supreme Court.  Had Hillary been elected, she would have radically shifted the court to the left, designer cases would have been brought forth immediately, and the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 10th Amendments would have been gutted in short order.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

Judicial Watch: Justice Department Discloses No FISA Court Hearings Held on Carter Page Warrants

Judicial Watch: Justice Department Discloses No FISA Court Hearings Held on Carter Page Warrants
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Justice Department (DOJ) admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.

By Judicial Watch - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

The UN Must Have No Say On U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

The UN Must Have No Say On U.S. Sanctions Against Iran
United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy sharply criticized the Trump administration’s decision to reimpose sanctions against Iran after the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). “The reimposition of sanctions against Iran after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, which had been unanimously adopted by the Security Council with the support of the US itself, lays bare the illegitimacy of this action,” Mr. Jazairy charged. “This illegitimacy was confirmed by the opposition of all other permanent members of the Security Council and indeed of all international partners. The UN Charter calls for sanctions to be applied only by the UN Security Council precisely to ensure such wanton attacks on nations are avoided.”

By Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

Conservative Revolt at—Facebook?

CONSERVATIVE REVOLT AT – FACEBOOK?
Conservative Facebook employees fed up at the social media behemoth’s oppressive, intolerant corporate culture have created an internal group to fight back.

It’s no secret that social media platforms have been suppressing and marginalizing ideas they don’t like—and the ideas they don’t like are overwhelmingly of the conservative and patriotic variety.

But this new revolt is significant because internal dissent is almost unheard of at Facebook. When Google engineer James Damore wrote an internal memo arguing that forced diversity at the company wasn’t a positive thing and that so-called underrepresentation of women in the technology field probably wasn’t related to sexism, Google fired him.

ABC/WaPo poll: Americans want Congress to impeach Trump by 49-46 margin

ABC/WaPo poll: Americans want Congress to impeach Trump by 49-46 margin
No, I don’t think this is an entirely accurate reflection of where the public is. But I also don’t think it should be lightly dismissed.

The media have been beating into people’s heads the idea that Trump has done something deserving of impeachment. The coverage is dominated by innuendos about “collusion” and “Russia” and “obstruction of justice.” When you start with the fact that 40 percent of the electorate hates Trump no matter what he does, and you pound away at those themes day after day, sure, I can see how at a moment in time 49 percent of the public would think impeachment proceedings are at least worth exploring.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

LOL! Social Media Suppression Here to Save Your Body Image,  Not the Nation

DIGITAL DETOXIFY
Message from Social Media to the masses they insist on holding hostage: ‘Every conservative news site sending out pro-Trump messaging has been effectively SUPPRESSED between now and Midterms.’

Mega messages from one Hillary Clinton-branded “deplorable” to another:  ‘Come out!’ ‘Come Out!’ wherever you are, we’ve got a red wave to deliver to Democrats in Midterms!’

Of most important significance for the Conservative voice-deprived masses:  They already knew the score before being deprived and will be out by the millions to vote Republican.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

Massachusetts Offshore Wind Farm Forecasts Incredibly Low Rates

Massachusetts Offshore Wind Farm Forecasts Incredibly Low Rates
A proposed wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts has indicated that it can produce electricity starting at 7.4 cents per kilowatt hour. This will purportedly save Massachusetts customers $1.4 billion dollars over 20 years and reduce monthly bills by between 0.1 percent and 1.5 percent. Whether they can fulfill that pledge is questionable, but to even attempt to do so requires huge subsidies from the government paid for by the American taxpayer. Federal tax credits and a long-term power-purchase agreement are what make the project feasible. The costs of installing turbines in the ocean are very high, but the investment tax credit can significantly cut the capital costs for developers—by 30 percent. Thus, a $2 billion project would receive $600 million from the federal government in the form of tax credits.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

Questions Asked: US Measurements, Metric, a Botanist


From Australia to Afghanistan, Zambia to New Zealand the world measures in metric. Except that is, for Liberia, Burma and, of course, the world’s scientific leader, the United States of America. Why, we are often asked?

Since this involves a famous botanist, we are happy to explain. And for those of you who have no interest in botanists, also involved are pirates, politicians and republicans (French this time). But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

By Wes Porter - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

Trump cancels pay raise for federal workforce, saving taxpayers $25 billion

Trump cancels pay raise federal workers
Most organizations that are $20 trillion in the red – OK, there are no other organizations that are $20 trillion in the red – but most who are bleeding cash wouldn’t even consider giving across-the-board raises to employees.

But to not do so is controversial in Washington because the Beltway always spends and spends and spends some more, regardless of whether it actually has the money or of how much it owes.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

Hey Trudeau- Make the NAFTA deal now!

Hey Trudeau- Make the NAFTA deal now!
Trump is not the bully here. Stop blaming Trump for being Trump and standing up for America’s interests. That is what American presidents do. The problem lies once again with Trudeau’s arrogance and incompetence. The delay in Canada reaching a NAFTA deal with the U.S. and the foreseeable imposition of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada is all Trudeau’s fault. Trudeau could have avoided this situation months ago

Our best loss (and smallest loss) on the NAFTA negotiations was our first loss. Months ago Trudeau should have taken a hit on NAFTA but agreed to a NAFTA skinny deal giving Trump the victory over some minor matters. But Trudeau wasted valuable months talking about and promoting gender, climate change and aboriginal matters.  These matters were quite irrelevant issues to the core issues at play.

By Mitch Wolfe - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story

Shapiro’s cheap shot at the President

Shapiro's cheap shot at the President
When someone dies, we expect people to remain silent if they can’t say anything good about the departed. That’s why I was surprised to see Ben Shapiro take a cheap shot at the President for refusing to comment on McCain’s death. What is there to comment on? Does Shapiro want the President to confirm what the coroner said, or is he trying to keep the President’s feud with McCain in the news by criticizing the President for acting as he should have? Most of us thought the feud was over, but people like Shapiro just refuse to let it die.

By Charles Wills - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story

UN: Hey, don’t worry, Iran is complying with the nuclear deal!

UN: Hey, don’t worry, Iran is complying with the nuclear deal!
It would be almost impossible for Iran not to be in compliance with it, because there’s almost nothing the agreement actually requires of them. They don’t have to submit to unannounced inspections. And even if they’re accused of violating the deal they have almost a month to hide the evidence before anyone is allowed to go and verify it.

Barring a live YouTube broadcast in which they pull a nuclear-tipped missile off the assembly line and write on it, “DIE, ISRAEL,” I don’t know how they could possibly violate the deal.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story

Paris Accord Not Meeting Targets

Paris Accord Not Meeting Targets
Climate scientist James Hansen called it ’ a fraud really, a fake,’ and President Donald Trump called it a ‘massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries.’ And this odd couple of alarmist scientist and skeptical politician agreed: the Obama led Paris climate accord was all about lobbyists and imaging, not climate change reports Robert Bradley. 1

He adds. “Trump’s decision remains bold, brilliant, and correct. And it will only get better as the rest of the world confronts the disconnect between what economic coordination and progress require and what starry-eyed bureaucrats want.”

By Jack Dini - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV puts in a plug for green driving

Outlander PHEV leads the plug-in hybrid segment with more plug-in hybrids
Mitsubishi has unleashed its plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander and I have to admit it’s the nicest Mitsubishi SUV I’ve driven to date.

Not that a plug-in hybrid is near the top of my list of things to look for in a new vehicle, but judging by the number of plug-in hybrids available these days it seems clear that a) people either want such a vehicle or b) car makers are being pressured to add such vehicles to their offerings whether they sell or not (otherwise, why would we need government incentives that force your neighbours to help you pay for your purchase through their taxes?).

By Jim Bray - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story