Report: Trump will remove H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser, John Bolton could be successor

Report: Trump will remove H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser, John Bolton could be successor
Anything that puts John Bolton back in the White House is a good move as far as I’m concerned, and if the Washington Post is to be believed - a dicey proposition to be sure - that may be in the offing. According to a WaPo report, President Trump has decided to part ways with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. Bolton, the one-time U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush, is said to be on the short list to succeed him:

Citing five people with knowledge of the plans, the Post said Trump was considering several possible replacements, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff of the National Security Council.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Minneapolis class-skippers being investigated for assaulting student who displayed a Trump flag

Minneapolis class-skippers being investigated for assaulting student who displayed a Trump flag
You’d think kids in Minneapolis would be in a better mood at the moment, but when the adults are telling you it’s heroic to cut class, why stop there?

Remember the last time your school administrators pretended to have a problem with “bullying”? Ha. You can display any protest sign you want at the anti-gun, class-skipping fiasco - as long as it’s not a pro-Trump sign. Try that, and you’re going to get hurt:

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Companies behind Florida bridge collapse have history of fines, failures, lawsuits

The two firms responsible for building Florida International University’s “instant bridge,” which suddenly collapsed Thursday and left six people dead, are coming under increased scrutiny as details emerge of past engineering failures and inspection fines—including a recent accusation that one hired “unskilled” and “careless” workers.

The $14.2-million pedestrian bridge was supposed to open next year to help students cross a busy road adjacent to the campus. It was an accelerated, joint construction effort by two Florida companies: MCM Construction, a Miami-based contractor, and Figg Bridge Design, based in Tallahassee, who both have worked on dozens of projects nationwide, ranging from military facilities to schools.—More…

Father of Collapsed Florida Bridge was Obama ‘Champion of Change’ in 2015

Father of Collapsed Florida Bridge was Obama 'Champion of Change' in 2015

Celebrated leading visionary bridge engineer Atorod Azizinamini, whose ABC (Accelerated Bridge Construction) technology was used to build the bridge that collapsed yesterday on Florida International University’s campus, was named an Obama era Department of Transportation ‘Champion of Change’ in 2015.

The event in which Azizinamini was awarded ‘Champion of Change’ status was webcast live at whitehouse.gov/live, no longer online.

Much will be made in coming days that FIGG Bridge Group designed the bridge and that it was constructed by MCM Construction, in the aftermath of the bridge’s collapse.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

The GOP’s Internet Tax

Republicans have spent the last year cutting taxes and regulations, which hasn’t been easy. But now some Members of Congress want to blunt their handiwork by passing an online sales tax. Yes, they actually believe this would be good policy and politics.

A large faction of House Republicans are pressing GOP leaders to attach legislation to the omnibus spending bill that would let states collect sales tax from remote online retailers.—More…

By News on the Net -- WSJ- Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Kevin Libin: Trudeau’s carbon tax plan is close to blowing up in his face

Things have turned very much Jim Karahalios’s way lately, and they might not be done yet. If you haven’t heard of Karahalios, he was the noisy member of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives persecuted by his own party for refusing to let former leader Patrick Brown get away with making carbon taxes an official policy. Although Karahalios clearly spoke for most members, Brown was determined to stick with his carbon tax — and to muzzle Karahalios and his “Axe the Tax” campaign, which has since expanded to every province. Karahalios was even tossed out of PC events and stripped of his PC membership.

With Doug Ford now leading the party into a spring election, the Ontario PC party looks less like Brown’s than it does Karahalios’s, who got his official apology (and the lawsuit appeal dropped) earlier this month from the party. And with Canada’s largest province looking like it might soon be on the same warpath as other provinces against the federal Liberals over the carbon tax, the whole country could soon look more like Karahalios’s sort of place than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s.—More…

By News on the Net -- Financial Post- Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Firing Tillerson removed an obstacle to peace

Firing Tillerson removed an obstacle to peace
As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being fired on Tuesday, his central assumptions about the Palestinian conflict with Israel, which are shared by the entire Washington foreign policy establishment, literally blew up in Gaza.

On Tuesday morning, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy was attacked by a roadside bomb during an official visit in Hamas-controlled Gaza.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Illegal immigrant charged in Kate Steinle death accuses government of ‘vindictive’ prose

The illegal immigrant accused in the shooting death of Kate Steinle is charging the federal government with “vindictive prosecution” and collusion with city and state authorities, and using President Trump’s tweets and public statements by him and his attorney general to make his case.

In a filing this week in federal court in San Francisco, lawyers for Jose Garcia-Zarate demanded that that the federal government hand over its communications with local law enforcement agencies — the San Francisco police, district attorney’s office and sheriff’s office — to let him prove collusion and double jeopardy.—More…

By Washington Times - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Einstein’s long career filled with the pithy quotes of a skeptic!

Einstein’s long career filled with the pithy quotes of a skeptic!
PRINCETON, New Jersey — Albert Einstein would almost certainly have been a global warming skeptic if he were alive today.   Many distinguished, contemporary scientists are skeptics too.

We are lucky that Einstein left a rich legacy of pithy quotes that reveal how he would probably relate to today’s cult of global warming alarmists.

By Guest Column -- Will Happer- Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

We’re at our wit’s end’: Churchill endures winter of discontent as dispute over broken rail line dra

Repairs to Churchill rail line will cost $43.5M: Consultant report
Omnitrax says it can’t pay up to $60 million to repair rail line to Churchill
Churchill residents face rising cost of food after rail line suspended

Even on the edge of the Arctic, in a windchill of –52 C, things slow down.

Along the western coast of Hudson Bay, a few American tourists have come to Churchill, Man., to watch the northern aurora. They’re impressed by nature’s light show, blown away by the cold. —More…

By News on the Net -- CBC- Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Letting Andrew McCabe keep his FBI pension is not the Attorney General’s priority

Letting Andrew McCabe keep his FBI pension is not the Attorney General's priority
Andrew McCabe is going to be fired by the FBI, and he should. He violated ethical standards by leaking sensitive information that created the false impression he was taking the investigation into the Clinton Foundation seriously. He wasn’t. He was spiking it just like the Hillary e-mail investigation was being spiked.

The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility has recommended that McCabe be fired for this, and there’s no question Attorney General Jeff Sessions will follow that recommendattion. The question is whether he’ll do so by Sunday, which would save the government a boatload of money, but also prompted much of the Beltway crowd and the chattering classes to scream that Sessions and Donald Trump are being mean and vindictive:

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Releasing Kiwi Chick into the Wild

Releasing Kiwi Chick into the Wild
An only-in-New-Zealand experience has left one international sailing crew much wiser about a unique conservation challenge – saving the emblematic flightless kiwi. After a day out in the Hauraki Gulf during their Auckland stop-over, the Volvo Ocean Race sailing team “Turn the Tide on Plastic” will leave a living legacy in New Zealand – a young kiwi chick that they named Mohio (meaning wisdom, in Maori) before releasing it into the wild.

The United Nations team is carrying the sustainability message on their year-long round-the-world voyage. Along with the competition to win the race, this team is on a mission to promote ocean health by highlighting the global issue of single use plastic.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Pompeo Stands for Life and Family

Pompeo Stands for Life and Family,
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump announced this week that he nominated Mike Pompeo, former Kansas Congressman and Director of the CIA, to become the next Secretary of State. Pompeo is pro-life and a strong pro-family advocate.

When he served in Congress, Pompeo co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which says “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time every human has all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood…” He co-sponsored the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act that called for the prohibition of federal funding to any group that performs abortions. Pompeo also co-sponsored a bill that would have included the unborn child in 14th amendment protections. He voted to prohibit abortion information at school health centers, to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and to defund the UN Population Fund.

By Liberty Counsel - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

The Gas Tax Has Little to Do With Road Costs

The Gas Tax Has Little to Do With Road Costs
In a previous article, I explained that the federal gasoline tax was a very crude way to fund highways, because there is only a tenuous link between gasoline consumption and highway usage. I followed up with an article explaining that once you add in state and local taxes on gasoline, you’re already talking over 20 percent of the price of a gallon at the pump, and furthermore the proposed hike of 25 cents per gallon would push the tax on gasoline above the limit appropriate for the “social cost of carbon” as estimated by the EPA.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

White House Looks Into Permanent Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico

White House Looks Into Permanent Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico
According to several reports, the Trump White House is pursuing a permanent waiver to the Jones Act for Puerto Rico. This decision comes after the law received heavy criticism during last year’s hurricane season when it was blamed for impeding emergency efforts in Puerto Rico during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In response to this criticism, on September 28, the Trump administration issued a 10-day Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico to help support the emergency relief effort.

The Jones Act is a 1920 law mandating that only vessels that are built, crewed, owned, and flagged in the United States are allowed to participate in maritime shipping between domestic ports. By limiting the supply of domestic ships that are available to transport goods between American ports, the Jones Act raises shipping costs on those products; that cost is then passed on to American consumers.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Transparency strengthened at Thunderchild First Nation

Thunderchild First Nation
SASKATOON, SK: Activists from Thunderchild First Nation achieved a significant step to restore accountability and transparency after band leaders agreed to release the community’s basic financial documents. Bandmember Harrison Thunderchild partnered with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) to launch a court application seeking release of the documents—that application is now being withdrawn.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Dubai Princess Sheikha Latifa and Friend Go Missing in India After Posting Chilling Video

The Emirati princess Sheikha Latifa has disappeared off the coast of Goa hours after posting a chilling video in which she told viewers that she might not return.

Latifa, 33, went missing alongside American Herve Jaubert hours after posting a video describing life under Dubai’s royal family.—More…

By Breitbart News - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Why this retired archeologist is convinced New Brunswick is home to a lost Viking settlement

In the Saga of Erik the Red, a 13th century Icelandic story, intrepid explorer Thorfinn Karlsefn travels to a land called Hóp. There he finds grapes, plentiful supplies of salmon, barrier sandbars and natives who use animal-hide canoes.

The Viking colony of Hop has long been lost to history, but Birgitta Wallace, a retired Parks Canada archaeologist, is convinced it was located in modern day New Brunswick.—More…

By News on the Net -- National Post- Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

John Ivison: Canada Summer Jobs controversy is not dead — it was merely resting

Andrew Scheer’s tenure as Conservative Party leader has been covered in a thick mildew of caution.

In January, the Liberals announced they would require all applicants for the Canada Summer Jobs program to check a box on the application form attesting they agree with the party’s position on abortion.—More…

By News on the Net -- National Post- Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?
Have adults relinquished their authority in making rules and regulations and enforcing them?

In other words, is the tail wagging the dog?

A good example of why the headline has some relevance is the recent horrendous event in Parkland, Florida at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas H.S., when a crazed former student, Nikolas Cruz, killed 17 innocent students and teachers, and in the aftermath of that terrible event, some outspoken students, ranging in age from 14 to 17, have become media darlings as they ranted against guns, in general, and the NRA, in particular.  Of course, anyone, including students, have a right to express themselves, but should their emotional appeals be the driving force behind a change of public policy?  Do they have the knowledge and experience, at that young age, to have that authority to be the final arbiter in making those changes in policy?

By Chuck Lehmann - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story