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Firefighter Who Flew Battle Flag in Parade Suspended

A southern Minnesota volunteer firefighter flew a Confederate battle flag off the back of the fire truck he was driving in a 4th of July parade and has been suspended.

Brian Nielson said he had been with the department for about 10 years and flew the flag because he was fed up with political correctness that was “taking things out of history.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune:

My view is that PC is going too far taking things out of history,” Nielsen said. “It has nothing to do with slavery. I don’t see color, black or white. We’re all equal.”

Randy Kehr, the chamber’s executive director said, “My personal view is that it was unfortunate” that the Confederate flag was flown in the parade. “Certainly, it’s within their right. It’s a difficult situation. … It’s a part of history. It truly is.”

Kehr said he didn’t know ahead of time that the Southern flag would be flown, and if he had, “I would probably have asked [Nielsen] respectfully not to fly it.”

Nielsen said the Confederate flag’s display was his decision alone and he did not think he needed his department’s approval.

“I didn’t think it would bring this much attention,” he said. “I just wanted to stand up and say that PC is not right all the time. They’re actually not right most of the time.”

Before the parade, Nielsen said, a woman wearing a DFL patch on her shirt came up to him and criticized him for having the Confederate flag on the truck. Otherwise, he added, “there were some people who stood up and clapped” as the truck went by with the two flags side by side.

Parade rules distributed to entrants say “all vehicles … must be decorated in either a patriotic theme or according to the parade theme.” This year’s theme: “Teaming Up for America.”

Kehr chuckled a bit and acknowledged that the Hartland fire truck was “probably not” in compliance.

During the community’s fireworks Saturday night, Kehr said, he heard nothing about the Confederate flag flying in the parade.

“I think in about two days it will essentially be forgotten,” he said.

The department is overreacting to what amounts to a free speech issue. Simply put, there is more than one interpretation of what the battle flag represents and to embrace the notion that anyone who disagrees with the minority viewpoint that the battle flag represents racism should be fired is tantamount to violating free speech.

Posted at 3:15 pm on July 5th, 2015 by

Farewell and Adieu to You, My Greek Ladies

About 20% of the referendum vote in Greece has been counted and early official projections show that “at least” 61% of Greeks voted “no” to the bailout terms offered by the EU.

Wall Street Journal:

A first official projection of Greece’s referendum outcome, based on early counting, said that at least 61% of Greeks voted “no” to creditors’ demands on Sunday, an outcome that—if confirmed—would set the country on a collision course with the rest of the eurozone.

The projection, announced by the company Singular Logic, the official partner of Greece’s interior ministry in carrying out the referendum, was announced after some 20% of the vote had been counted.

“The estimate from Singular Logic is that the result in favor of ‘no’ will exceed 61%,” a spokesman for the organizing company said.

The official projection, if confirmed when all votes are counted, points to a heavier-than-expected victory for the “no” campaign against the austerity policies demanded by Greece’s creditors: the rest of the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund.

Four opinion polls conducted during Sunday by private broadcasters had pointed to a narrow majority for the “no” camp.

The projected outcome would strengthen the domestic standing of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who campaigned vehemently for Greeks to reject lenders’ terms for further bailout funding.

But Mr. Tsipras might soon find it difficult to deliver on his promise to secure a more lenient bailout deal from Europe, where other governments, led by Germany, are in no mood to offer Greece more generous terms.

Greece faces a race to secure financing before a major bond held by the European Central Bank falls due on July 20. Default could precipitate an escalation of Greece’s already severe financial and economic paralysis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will fly to Paris Monday for talks on Greece with French President François Hollande, her spokesman said after polls closed in Greece.

Greece has already defaulted on a payment to the IMF and closed its banks for a week. Unless we’ve been reading the French, German, and most of the EU leaders wrong who have been saying for a couple of weeks that a “no” vote would be tantamount to an exit from the common currency, it appears that, at least temporarily, Greece will have to step out of the eurozone.

Whether that becomes permanent or not is entirely up to Prime Minister Tsipras, whose delusions contaminated the Greek electorate. Those most desperate — the young (50% unemployment), pensioners, the poor, and, of course, the far left — share Tsipras’s fantasies about going back to the negotiating table in a stronger position because of a “no” vote. They will be disabused of that notion very quickly by the rest of Europe.

Germany is in no mood — and Chancellor Merkel is in no political position — to offer any compromises to Tsipras. French President Hollande might be more accommodating, but even the socialist government of France cannot give the Greek prime minister anywhere near the concessions he wants.

The banks are set to re-open on Tuesday, to an uncertain populace. Unless the European Central Bank sees fit to open the spigot of emergency funding, there simply will be no cash available.

There will probably be talks this week but the only “give” is going to come from Greece. The rest of the EU is sick of Tsipras’s juvenile antics and appears prepared to give the Greek prime minister a hefty dose of reality.

 

Posted at 12:04 pm on July 5th, 2015 by

Thank You, John Roberts

The undead Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act is really starting to live up to its name:

Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government and state insurance commissioners and interviews with insurance executives.

The Oregon insurance commissioner, Laura N. Cali, has just approved 2016 rate increases for companies that cover more than 220,000 people. Moda Health Plan, which has the largest enrollment in the state, received a 25 percent increase, and the second-largest plan, LifeWise, received a 33 percent increase.

Jesse Ellis O’Brien, a health advocate at the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, said: “Rate increases will be bigger in 2016 than they have been for years and years and will have a profound effect on consumers here. Some may start wondering if insurance is affordable or if it’s worth the money.”

The rate requests, from some of the more popular health plans, suggest that insurance markets are still adjusting to shock waves set off by the Affordable Care Act. It is far from certain how many of the rate increases will hold up on review, or how much they might change. But already the proposals, buttressed with reams of actuarial data, are fueling fierce debate about the effectiveness of the health law.

Thanks, Obama. Thanks, Nancy Pelosi. Thanks, Democrats. And thank you, John Roberts.

Posted at 10:50 am on July 5th, 2015 by

‘Sanctuary’ from What?

June 16:

When announcing his plans on June 16 to seek the Republican nomination for president, Trump described immigrants from Mexico to the United States as drug-runners and rapists. His comments prompted a widespread outpouring of criticism. Comcast Corp’s NBC network cut ties with Trump and the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants, and Spanish-language network Univision pulled the July 12 “Miss USA” pageant.

Department store chain Macy’s Inc said it would phase out Trump’s menswear collection and New York City said it was reviewing its contracts with the developer. ”Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form,” Macy’s said. Trump fired back, saying it was his decision to end ties with Macy’s. He also filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision for dropping the event.

July 2:

Donald Trump has renewed his calls for tougher immigration controls in the wake of an illegal Mexican migrant allegedly murdering a woman in San Francisco. The presidential hopeful branded U.S. border controls an ‘absolute disgrace’ in light of the revelation that Francisco Sanchez, 45, had already been deported five times – and was recently released from jail by officials who routinely refuse requests to hand over illegal immigrants. Sanchez is accused of gunning down Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked along Pier 14 with her father on Thursday evening. According to the victim’s family, the attack was entirely at random.

It came as immigration officials revealed that Sanchez should have been sent to them when he was arrested four months ago, but was let go in accordance with San Francisco’s ‘sanctuary city’ policy. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had marked him as an ‘enforcement priority’ who should have been handed over immediately. But San Francisco officials admitted that due to a soft policy on undocumented immigrants, they do not always comply with the requests – which in Sanchez’s case left him out on the streets on the night of the murder.

So let me get this straight: states, such as Arizona, can’t protect themselves from illegal aliens because it’s a federal matter — but Democrat-run “sanctuary cities” are perfectly free to thumb their noses at (wink, wink) Washington. And now it has cost a young, real American woman her life.

By the way, “sanctuary” from what? A government that refuses to take the nation’s borders seriously and refuses to protect American citizens is evil.

 

Posted at 10:38 am on July 5th, 2015 by

Clinton Campaign Ropes Off Reporters at New Hampshire Parade

Any doubts about how Hillary Clinton feels about the press were dispatched yesterday in New Hampshire where Clinton aides created a “moving rope line” that trapped reporters trying to cover the candidate as she marched in a parade, and dragged them along — willing or not.

ABC News:

At the Fourth of July parade Hillary Clinton marched in Saturday in Gorham, New Hampshire, reporters following the candidate were kept — and at moments, dragged — behind an actual moving rope line.

The rope, which two Clinton staffers held on to on either side, was meant to give Clinton space as she walked down the parade route, but photos of reporters being dragged behind the rope as she marched have gone viral on Twitter.

The New Hampshire GOP released a statement critiquing Clinton, saying her use of the rope “insults the traditions of our First-in-the-Nation primary” and touted the Republican presidential candidates for marching in parades without “obstruction from their staff.”

Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement: “While the GOP may want to spin a good yarn on this, let’s not get tied up in knots. We wanted to accommodate the press, allow her to greet voters, and allow the press to be right there in the parade with her as opposed to preset locations. And that’s what we did.”

Clinton, meanwhile, seemed to enjoy the parade herself, as she waved to and greeted voters — ignoring a group of loud protesters that trailed right behind her.

“Where were you at 3am when the phone rang? Name one accomplishment! Tell us about when you were poor!” shouted one man, holding up a sign that read “BENGHAZI.”

But Clinton didn’t let that rattle her.

“I’m just having a good time meeting everybody,” Clinton said when asked whether she had anything to say to them.

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WaPo’s Philip Rucker reported that at first, reporters could get close enough to Hillary to hear what she was saying to voters. But then aides stretched the rope across the street and kept the press at least 15 feet from the candidate.

Clinton’s manic desire to manage the press and her message has gotten her into trouble this time. Jay Caruso, writing at Legal Insurrection, points out how truly bad the optics of these photos are. Indeed, they infantilize reporters, while giving off a whiff of Clinton authoritarianism.

I doubt very much if there will be any more “moving rope lines” during a Clinton campaign event.

Posted at 10:25 am on July 5th, 2015 by

The Walking Dead Get Their Sea Legs

Think of it as cosplay on the high seas:

For a zombie apocalypse experience at sea, look no further than this one-of-a-kind cruise. Setting sail in January 2016, Walking Dead fans will have the chance to take part in what sounds like a premise of a horror film itself: a zombie-themed voyage aboard the Norwegian Pearl. The three-day escape will leave from Miami on January 15 and dock in Nassau, Bahamas on January 18.

The entire thing is the brainchild of, and will be hosted by, The Walker Stalkers, who organise sci-fi and horror fan conventions around the world each year. Fans will have the chance to vacation with some stars of the show, like Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, and Emily Kinney.

Makeup artists will also be on hand to help holidaymakers transform into a member of the undead and costume contests, question and answer panels and theme nights have also been scheduled. The ship’s standard luxury amenities will also be available to all travellers, including several pools, hot tubs, a rock-climbing wall and even a bowling alley.

Could be a little freaky, but what the heck. As one of the comments notes, the trick will be telling the TWD from the rest of the passengers: “A cold vacant stare,walking very slowly and drooling from the mouth-sounds like a normal cruise ful of pensioners!”

Posted at 10:23 am on July 5th, 2015 by

Netanyahu Warns of Western ‘Collapse’ in Iran Negotiations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning that western negotiators have completely caved in to Iranian demands about its nuclear program, setting the stage for the construction of a nuclear weapon.

He may be on to something. A week ago, most observers believed that there was little chance that an agreement could be achieved any time soon. But in the last 3 days, the U.S. has made massive concessions to the Iranians on inspections, sanctions relief, and Iran’s past nuclear activities. These were all Iranian “red lines” that Tehran was refusing to back down on.

No worries. It was the west doing the backing down.

Jerusalem Post:

Three major sticking points obstructing world powers and Iran from making an historic nuclear deal appear to have been resolved by their technical experts over the weekend.

The US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany reportedly have agreed with Iran on a mechanism that would allow sanctions to snap back into place should Tehran violate any final nuclear agreement. The six world powers are negotiating with Iran to cap, restrict, monitor and partially roll back its nuclear program for a finite period in exchange for sanctions relief.

Instead of restarting automatically, a committee made up of representatives from each nation would vote on whether sanctions should be reimposed in the event of “significant noncompliance.”

Good luck with that. In a few months, no one is going to want sanctions to “snap back” — especially Russia and China, who would veto any UN attempt to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

A majority would decide the vote.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his delegation remained largely silent at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna through another tense day of negotiations on Saturday, just blocks away from the Palais Coburg where the main negotiations are taking place. Kerry and US Secretary of Energy Earnest Moniz met with their Iranian counterparts over the weekend.

A second hurdle challenging world powers has been Iran’s reluctance to cooperate with the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, on its investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMD) of its nuclear program. Negotiations first began in 2013, in no small part to resolve these concerns, and the IAEA’s reports provided a basis for sanctions resolutions out of the United Nations Security Council.

IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano visited Tehran last week for talks on the matter, as well as to negotiate the access it needs to verify Iran’s compliance to any future deal.

His initial statement out of that meeting suggested substantial gaps remain between his understanding of the IAEA’s needs and that of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

However, Amano said on Saturday that his agency’s full PMD report may be ready by the end of the year.

“With cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year on the assessment of the clarification of the issues related to the possible military dimensions,” Amano said.

Iran has refused to answer virtually all of the IAEA’s questions since 2006 when it suspended its participation with the organization’s protocols.

As for sanctions relief, here’s what Iran is saying about it in their semi-official news organ:

“On the day of the agreement, all economic and financial sanctions by the EU, the US, and the Security Council will be removed and we will take measures to meet commitments,” the top Iranian negotiator said during a live program from Vienna broadcast by IRIB on Saturday.

Both sides are trying to meet the July 7 deadline, but Iran is not bound by the date, Araqchi said, adding that Tehran will not accept a bad deal and is looking for an agreement that respects its red lines and the Iranian nation’s rights.

“We had never advanced this far during the past talks,” he added.

It appears that the reason we’re so close to a deal is because John Kerry has caved on every major issue. Charles Krauthammer is calling the deal the worst in U.S. diplomatic history.

From what we know, it’s hard to argue with him.

Posted at 7:33 am on July 5th, 2015 by

Caption This: Pic of the Romney-Christie-Rubio Sleepover in New Hampshire

Mitt and Ann Romney invited presidential candidates Chris Christie and Marco Rubio to their lake house in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, ahead of the Wolfeboro Fourth of July Parade in the key primary state on Saturday. Christie posted this picture of the disheveled-looking Republicans on his Facebook page after Friday night’s sleepover — and it’s begging for a new caption. Leave your ideas in the comments section below.

 

Posted at 2:25 pm on July 4th, 2015 by

Iran to America on the Fourth of July: ‘Trust Us.’ No, Seriously

Just kidding! (Maybe)

Just kidding! (Maybe)

On the verge of a fatal “deal” that literally means death for Israel unless the Israelis get to Tehran first, the Iranian “foreign minister” wants to assure Obama that we’ll be besties if you would just give in totally to our demands:

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif urged world powers in a video message Friday to stop the “coercion and pressure” at the nuclear talks, suggesting a favorable agreement could open the door to cooperation on fighting extremism in the Middle East. Though Zarif didn’t mention the U.S. by name, the seemingly bilateral talks between the two sides make his words clearly directed at the Americans, who have been the primary drivers of the crippling economic sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. Any deal would result in an end to the sanctions, but with the July 7 deadline approaching, talks remain bogged down.

Where did this deadline come from, anyway? And who cares?

The West fears Iran could develop its nuclear program to make weapons, while Iran has maintained the notion that it is only meant for peaceful purposes. Zarif called for an end to “unjust economic sanctions” and for the West to join in one common cause against “the growing menace of violent extremism and outright barbarism.” A senior U.S. official declined to comment on anything further than the nuclear talks, the Wall Street Journal reported.

But you just know that Obama is thinking about it…

Posted at 10:15 am on July 4th, 2015 by

Fading Dowager Empress of Chappaqua Refuses to ‘Take Back Seat’ to Other Socialists

Hey– even though she’s old and white and white and old, she is too relevant!

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she takes a “backseat to no one” on championing liberal causes, presenting herself as a standard-bearer for Democrats as primary challenger Bernie Sanders generates large, energetic crowds.

Clinton addressed 850 people at an outdoor amphitheater at Dartmouth College, a last-minute venue change made to accommodate a larger audience. Days earlier, Sanders spoke before about 10,000 people in Madison, Wisconsin. The former secretary of state made no mention of Sanders but warned that Republicans would unravel President Barack Obama’s policies if they recaptured the White House, including the repeal of his signature health care overhaul.

“I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record of standing up and fighting for progressive values,” Clinton said on a sun-dappled kickoff to the Fourth of July weekend in Hanover, New Hampshire, across the Connecticut River from Sanders’ home state of Vermont.

The Democratic presidential front-runner portrayed herself as a candidate of continuity to Obama and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, praising the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding health care subsidies under the overhaul. She said if the nation elected a Republican president, “they will repeal the Affordable Care Act. That is as certain as I can say.”

God, let’s hope so. Otherwise, the “front-runner” seems completely delusional. Fearless prediction: she’s gone either just before or just after the New Hampshire primary.

 

 

Posted at 10:06 am on July 4th, 2015 by

Canadian Court: Gay Sex Trumps Religious Rights

The de-normalization of the western world continues apace:

A court in Canada has upheld the denial of accreditation to a Christian law school, holding the private school’s prohibition of homosexual behavior is sufficiently discriminatory that its degrees can be invalidated for that reason alone.

Trinity Western University is a 4,000-student, evangelical Protestant college in the Vancouver suburb of Langley. It has been seeking to open a law school, but has struggled to obtain accreditation in several provinces. This difficulty is not based on the school’s academics, but rather is based on outside objections to the covenant the school makes all students and professors sign. The covenant, among other things, forbids all sex other than that within heterosexual marriage, a rule opponents say discriminates against both gays and those who do not believe in marriage.

Based on the rule, the Law Society of Upper Canada, which governs bar admission in Ontario, refused to accredit the school, meaning graduates would not be allowed to practice law in the province. Trinity sued, leading to Thursday’s decision. In its ruling, the Ontario Superior Court found that the denial of accreditation did violate Trinity’s freedom of religion, but that this violation was acceptable because of the greater good of protecting equality.

As the modern Irishman says to his blushing new bridge on their wedding night: Brace yourself, Bernie.”

Posted at 9:48 am on July 4th, 2015 by

Hillary Clinton Finally Takes Some Questions from the Press!

Paging Philip Bump at the Washington Post: It’s time to update the Clinton clock.

It appears that Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has deigned to answer some questions from the press. I repeat: Hillary Clinton has answered questions. Reporters traveling with Mrs. Clinton were given the opportunity to ask her some questions at an ice cream parlor in New Hampshire on Friday, and Hillary answered them.

It had been  over 20,000 minutes since the last question had been put to her by Nevada reporter John Ralston on June 18.

Given this rare opportunity, what do you suppose the reporters asked? There certainly are a plethora of interesting scandals topics to choose from: her latest emails, Clinton Foundation irregularities, her outrageous speaker fees, airbrushing of IG reports, Blumenthal, Huma, Boko Haram, ambassadors investigated, security struggles, Benghazi, hidden Iran waivers, Congo cash, etc…etc…

Oh boy, I’m on pins and needles…

Here’s a transcript of the question and answer session from the pool report:

Q: Bernie got almost 10,000 people at his recent rally. What does that say about him as a candidate and why aren’t you drawing those crowds.

A: “well, we each run or own campaigns and I always knew this was gonna be competitive, and i want to have a great debate in the primary and caucuses around the country and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Q: (exact phrasing inaudible) question about the Clintons’ connection to the state.

A: “You know, that’s really true. We are so fond of and grateful to New Hampshire. We have friends hat we’ve made over the years that we’ve stayed in close touch with. I obviously care deeply about the state and admire so many of the public officials, Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan is a good friend, so I love coming to New Hampshire, and I love going to every part of the state, and I’m happy to be here in the upper valley.” 

[at this point, the attendant served Clinton her ice cream. "Is that for me?" she said. "Holy shamoley."]

Q: you’ve been making a point of thanking your organizers and having them speak at your speeches, how central is that component of your campaign and how is it different from what you did in 2008?

A: “it’s so central. Because one of the things that I certainly learned from the last campaign is how important it is not just to have events, but to organize every single day, including around the events — and that’s why I’m doing a lot of meetings and discussions about specific issues, because I want to hear from people and I also want to connect them to the campaign. And I feel like it’s really working. It is building a campaign here in NH, using the grassroots, and coming up from that, because at the end of the day, I think that wins elections and wins caucuses.”

Q: one of the things Obama did was form his own relationships w volunteers and recruit his own precinct captains. Are you going to be doing that?

A: “Sure, absolutely, absolutely. I mean, I’m already doing that. I’m doing calls and meetings and campaign videos. We’re all just working to pull people into the campaign, get them involved in doing that work of signing people up and the hard work of getting ready for an election or a caucus.”

Apparently, Clinton had asked reporters earlier if they wanted some ice cream and a CNN reporter snarked, “How about instead of some ice cream, a question?” Which prompted Clinton to say, “Awwwww.”

Posted at 11:14 pm on July 3rd, 2015 by

Missing UK Family of 12 Surfaces in Islamic State, Urges Others to Rebel Against Democracy ‘Forced Down Our Throat’

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A missing family of 12 has turned up in the Islamic State — and confirmed their move with a statement urging others to pack up and make the same family vacation.

The family ranges in ages from a 1-year-old baby to a 75-year-old patriarch.

The Mannan family were reported missing to British authorities after they failed to return to their home in Luton following a May trip to their native country, Bangladesh. Their flight stopped over in Turkey.

Bedfordshire Police released photos of the missing family members and has been investigating the disappearance. Remaining family members in the UK released a statement calling the move “completely out of character” for the family. “We can only think they have been tricked into going there, it is no place for elderly or young people.”

But on Friday, the Mannan family released a statement online confirming they were in the Islamic State, “a land that is free from the corruption and oppression of man made law and is governed by the shariah, the perfect and just laws of Allah.”

“Yes, all 12 of us and why should this number be shocking, when there are thousands and thousands of Muslims from all corners of the world that are crossing over land and sea everyday to come to the Islamic State? That are willingly leaving the so called freedom and democracy that was forced down our throat in the attempt to brainwash Muslims to forget about their powerful and glorious past and now present,” the statement said.

“Or is it shocking that those attempts have clearly failed? That regardless of being born and bred in the west, the epitome of democracy, our Islam was not washed away? And despite the totalitarian rules that are in place, Muslims are still awaking to their obligations?”

Posted at 7:51 pm on July 3rd, 2015 by

As Sanders Gains in NH, Hillary Touts Progressive Cred

Leftward Ho!

Hillary Clinton arrived in this liberal New England enclave with a message for anyone thinking about voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders of next-door Vermont: “I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values.”

Sanders, according to the latest New Hampshire polls, is trailing Clinton by just eight points. And at the first stop of her two-day swing through the early-voting state, Clinton highlighted contrasts with her main Democratic rival without mentioning him by name.

Politico changed her line about “progressive values” to “liberal record” for the headline. It’s important that the MSM keeps up the illusion that Democrats aren’t all extreme leftists. Bernie Sanders is refreshing in that he at least admits he’s running around on the socialist fringe, the rest of the Democrats have to at least pretend they don’t hate the Constitution.

For the moment anyway.

What makes this interesting is that the imperious presumptive runaway nominee is being forced to react to another candidate. This probably isn’t something that her team has workshopped a lot. If they have in the past, you can bet they weren’t thinking it would be Bernie Sanders forcing their hand.

The openly progressive constituency in the Democratic Party is restless, feeling that they’ve been shortchanged by the current occupant of the White House who, as many of us tried to tell them, is just in it for himself. The wing of the party that’s voting for Hillary is doing it because they feel they have to-she really doesn’t get anyone fired up. If Sanders keeps gaining momentum, it could create an opportunity for the progressive that everyone on the Left really wants to see get in the race. The Warren money may have shifted to Sanders recently but they’ll ditch him in a heartbeat if Fauxcahontas jumps in.

And then we will have something entertaining to watch.

Posted at 5:56 pm on July 3rd, 2015 by

George Takei Apologizes for Calling Justice Thomas ‘a Clown in Blackface’

After a week of defending his remarks, George Takei finally apologized today for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface. ”

Takei went on the racist rant Monday during an interview in Phoenix, in response to Thomas’ comments regarding the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage:

“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there,” Takei said, later adding, “This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America. I’ll say it on camera.”

Clarence Thomas,  the grandson of a sharecropper who grew up in the racist Democrat Jim Crow South, managed to work his way to the nation’s highest court — but only after the appalling food-fight that masqueraded as his confirmation hearings. In 1991 his left-wing critics created a public image of Thomas as a clown — calling him an Uncle Tom and a sexual harasser. His actual crime, however, was that he was a conservative black and a potential vote on the Supreme Court that would limit or end legal abortion in America. In 2015, his gauche opposition to same sex marriage makes him equally infuriating to leftists.

Takei, who is most known for playing the character “Sulu” on Star Trek,  spent the week trying to justify his racist remarks — with plenty of encouragement from his fans on social media who didn’t think he needed to apologize.

Thursday night, Takei took to Facebook to bloviate about how Thomas had “abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage.”

A few fans have written wondering whether I intended to utter a racist remark by referring to Justice Thomas as a “clown in blackface.”

“Blackface” is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon. In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist. It is instead part of a racist history in this country.

I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage by claiming slavery did not strip dignity from human beings. He made a similar remark about the Japanese American internment, of which I am a survivor. A sitting Justice of the Supreme Court ought to know better.

That statement, not surprisingly, failed to quell his critics.

Posted at 4:52 pm on July 3rd, 2015 by

Illegal Alien, Deported 5 Times, Murders San Francisco Woman

The left will never accept the real point that Donald Trump was trying to make about illegal immigration. They and almost everyone else are having too much fun lining up to take pot shots at The Donald, erasing his name and likeness from pop culture — disappearing him for his “transgression.”

True, Trump stumbled over his statement like the rank amatuer he is. He was inartful, tongue tied, and almost incoherent in making a very valid point. But he did not smear all Mexicans, nor even all illegal aliens as his enemies are gleefully claiming.

Trump’s point: because we don’t have control of our borders, tens of thousands of dangerous criminals sneak into this country where they rape and murder American citizens. These are crimes that don’t have to happen and wouldn’t happen if more attention was paid to border security.

Worse yet, we release these felons back into the population where they are free to rape or kill again.

Almost on cue to prove Trump’s point, an illegal alien, deported 5 times and convicted of 7 felonies, murdered a young, beautiful San Francisco woman yesterday while she was walking on a pier with her father.

The amazing saga of Francisco Sanchez and how he easily slipped through the cracks to wind up on Pier 14 and inexplicably shot and killed 32 year old Kathryn Steinle should make your blood boil.

Fox News:

The man arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant who previously had been deported five times, federal immigration officials say.

Further, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says San Francisco had him in their custody earlier this year but failed to notify ICE when he was released.

“DHS records indicate ICE lodged an immigration detainer on the subject at that time, requesting notification prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody. The detainer was not honored,” ICE said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Kathryn Steinle was killed Wednesday evening at Pier 14 — one of the busiest tourist destinations in the city.

Police said Thursday they arrested Francisco Sanchez in the shooting an hour after it occurred.

On Friday, ICE revealed their records indicate the individual has been previously deported five times, most recently in 2009, and is from Mexico.

“His criminal history includes seven prior felony convictions, four involving narcotics charges,” ICE said in a statement.

ICE briefly had him in their custody in March after he had served his latest sentence for “felony re-entry,” but turned him over to San Francisco police on an outstanding drug warrant. At this time, ICE issued the detainer — effectively asking that he be turned back over to ICE when San Francisco was finished with him.

But ICE was not notified. The incident is sure to renew criticism of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies.

“Here’s a jurisdiction that’s not even honoring our detainer for someone who clearly is an egregious offender,” an ICE official told FoxNews.com.

ICE has since lodged another immigration detainer against the individual, though it’s unclear whether San Francisco will cooperate.

A representative with the police department has not yet responded to a request for comment from FoxNews.com.

Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak earlier said witnesses snapped photos of Sanchez immediately after the shooting and the images helped police make the arrest.

And what’s San Francisco’s excuse?

Posted at 4:26 pm on July 3rd, 2015 by

Church of Climate Change Doctrine: Because It’s Summer, Weather Can Be ‘Climate’ Again

The science of no science.

As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe.

In real-time data analysis released on Friday, a team of international climate scientists from universities, meteorological services and research organizations said the kind of heat waves hitting Europe this week – defined as three-day periods of excessive heat – are becoming much more frequent in the region.

In De Bilt in the Netherlands, for example, a heat wave like the one forecast for the next few days would have been a roughly one-in-30-years event in the 1900s, according to the scientists. It is now likely to happen every three-and-a-half years, they said.

Whenever I read any of these articles sounding the climate change warning alarms, I pay close attention to the number of less-than-definite qualifying words.

There are always a lot.

In this piece, scientists are “virtually certain” about what something that is “likely to happen” means.

So they are almost sure that the proof they’re right might show up in the next several years.

I can get science like that from the palm reader three blocks away.

This “science” that the Climate Church is trying to use to facilitate the globalization of socialist wealth redistribution is largely based on prognostication that is so faulty its adherents are constantly moving goalposts at a rate rapid enough to induce seizures just to save face.

This science is also seasonal. While “virtually” all hot weather can be used as an “Endtimes!” cry by the Climate Church, in the winter “weather doesn’t say anything about climate change”.

Are we clear on the rules now? Of course not, because there aren’t any.

That’s not science.

Posted at 12:24 pm on July 3rd, 2015 by

[VIDEO] Americans Don’t Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July

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We celebrate the 4th of July as the day we overtook the South. And the Declaration of Independence was signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1964. Or was it 1984? Those were some of the things media analyst Mark Dice learned when he asked San Diego beachgoers about the holiday.

One woman didn’t bat an eye when she was asked what year founding fathers Jesse Ventura and John Wilkes Booth wrote the Declaration of Independence. She said she thought it was sometime in the 1700s.

Fortunately, there was an Italian vacationer who was able to answer some basic questions about American history. At least we know they’re teaching our history somewhere.

I wish Mark had asked the beachgoers if they were the products of government schools. I’m guessing it would be somewhere in the 100% range.

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If you’re a parent or grandparent, Maggie Hamilton has some great resources for teaching kids about the meaning of Independence Day on PJ Parenting’s Real Life Parenting Weekly Link Roundup.

She also make a great case for Why It Is Still Important for Your Family to Watch Fireworks.

Posted at 11:37 am on July 3rd, 2015 by

Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Something Useful Made by Government

Former PJ Media Tatler editor Bryan Preston has settled in to his new digs, working for George P. Bush at the Texas General Land Office. He sends along his greetings to all, plus information on a new app created by the GLO that appears to be very useful.

TexasCoasts.com is a guide to 600 beaches, piers, boat ramps, camp grounds — all along the state’s Gulf Coast.

Welcome! From fishing and boat ramps to camping and BBQ – the Texas Coast provides a wealth of resources to all visitors. The GLO is proud to offer this free resource to help you explore all that our shores have to offer.

The genesis of the project comes out of Mr. Bush’s empowering his staff to come up with their own solutions:

The fact is, Commissioner Bush empowered me and everyone at the agency to pursue projects like this when he brought me into the General Land Office. He’s a former business man, I’ve been an entrepreneur, this project was one that I jumped on back in December when I saw its potential to help boost the coastal economy. We also created it in about six months with in-house talent, data and software, and it works on launch day – making it the opposite of Obamacare’s website and other similar government projects.

Bryan adds:

We built it at GLO because we’re the agency that’s charged with keeping the state’s beaches open for everyone, and because we thought it might help spur economic activity. The Texas coast generates about $7 billion per year. Maybe this app can add a little bit to that.

If you’re planning a trip to Texas this summer, no doubt this app will prove to be extremely useful.

Posted at 11:31 am on July 3rd, 2015 by

Fewer of Us Are ‘Extremely Proud’ to Be an American

What do you think the consequences might be if you’re constantly told you live in a racist, sexist, homophobic, war-mongering, greedy, heartless, no-good country?

Gallup has an interesting answer:

As Independence Day approaches, most in the U.S. say they are proud to be an American, including a slight majority, 54%, who are “extremely proud.” The percentage saying they are “extremely proud” is slightly lower than in recent years and down from peaks at and around 70% between 2002 and 2004, after 9/11.

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In addition to the 54% who are extremely proud to be an American, 27% say they are “very proud,” 14% say they are “moderately proud,” 4% are “only a little proud” and 1% state that they are “not at all proud.”

These data are from a June 2-7 poll. Gallup has asked this question regularly since 2001. The highest percentage saying they were “extremely proud” to be an American came in 2003, in the months after the Iraq war began and not long after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when Americans’ patriotism surged. It is likely that the aftermath of 9/11 may have produced an anomaly in the levels of “extreme pride” in patriotism.

Older Americans, Southerners and Republicans Lead in “Extreme Pride”

While most Americans are proud to be an American, certain groups are especially likely to say they are extremely proud. “Extreme pride” rises for each succeeding age group, from a low of 43% among those under 30 to a high of 64% among senior citizens.

Extreme pride also varies regionally, from a high of 61% in the South to a low of 46% in the West.

Sixty-eight percent of Republicans say they are extremely proud to be an American, much higher than the 47% of Democrats who say the same. As usual, independents are in the middle, at 53%.

What does it portend for the future that only 43% of those under 30 are “extremely proud” to be an American? Will they become more patriotic with age? Let’s hope so.

This is a highly subjective poll because you can’t quantify the difference between “extreme” pride and “very” proud. “Extreme” is a word that most Americans are wary of — especially when it comes to describing themselves. Regardless, 81% of Americans are either extremely or very proud of the U.S. Considering all the vicious, anti-American screaming that’s been going on for the last couple of months, it’s amazing the number is that high.

Posted at 9:27 am on July 3rd, 2015 by

Happy Independence Day — U.S. Military Cowers, Cancels ‘Fourth’ Celebrations at British Air Base

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The entire country is run by fools, knaves, and cowards:

Annual July 4 celebrations for personnel at Britain’s largest U.S. Air Force base have been canceled amid heightened fears of a terrorist attack, military officials said. Traditionally attended by thousands of service members and their families, the two-day event was organized by RAF Lakenheath — home to the 48th Fighter Wing — and nearby RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England.

However, it was canceled “due to the most current, local threat assessments,” the base announced Thursday.

It comes amid worldwide fears of lone-wolf terrorist attacks inspired by an ISIS spokesman who urged supporters to unleash “a month of disaster” during the current Muslim holy period of Ramadan.

Love that “holy month” of Ramadan, and great to the U.S. observing it as well by canceling a longstanding event.

“We sincerely apologize,” RAF Lakenheath said, saying the cancelation decision had been taken “with heavy hearts.” ”The decision was made due to the most current, local threat assessments. We make every effort to ensure the safety of our airmen, their families and our U.K. partners and must make difficult decisions like this when lives are on the line,” it said.

Disgraceful. Everywhere in the world, the United States is sheltering in place, afraid of its shadow.

Posted at 5:35 am on July 3rd, 2015 by

Happy Independence Day — Obama Administration ‘Scaling Back’ Deportations of Illegal Aliens

Well, America, you voted for “fundamental change.” Of course, you foolishly thought that basically mean “no more George Bush,” but in retrospect it’s going a little further than that:

The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials.

In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of the United States’ 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.

While public attention has been focused on the court fight over President Obama’s highly publicized executive action on immigration, DHS has with little fanfare been training thousands of immigration agents nationwide to carry out new policies on everyday enforcement.

They’re taking your country away from you, and you’re arguing about re-runs of The Dukes of Hazzard.

The legal battle centers on the constitutionality of a program that would officially shield as many as 5 million eligible illegal immigrants from deportation, mainly parents of children who are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. A federal judge put the program, known by the acronym DAPA, on hold in February after 26 states sued. But the shift in DHS’s enforcement priorities, which are separate from the DAPA program and have not been challenged in court, could prove even more far-reaching.

Because the law is whatever the administration says it is. Just ask the Supreme Court.

Posted at 5:10 am on July 3rd, 2015 by

Happy Independence Day — Now Fork Over $135,000

Remember, America — in the end, one 78-year-old man, unelected and confirmed in office by a long-past Congress, decreed this:

The owners of a Gresham bakery must pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago, the Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled Thursday.  In January, a judge ruled that Sweet Cakes by Melissa unlawfully discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to bake a cake for their wedding. The final order awards a combined $135,000 for emotional damages to the victims, Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her wife, Laurel.

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal,” the bureau’s final order states. ”Within Oregon’s public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation, has the freedom to fully participate in society. The ability to enter public places, to shop, to dine, to move about unfettered by bigotry.” The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 says businesses cannot discriminate or refuse service based on sexual orientation – just as they cannot turn away customers because of their race, sex, diability, age, or religion. It provides an exemption for religious organizations, schools, and serving alcohol to minors, but does not allow private businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

So, in Oregon, “the basic principle of human decency” now trumps the First Amendment, which used to allow for freedom of association. That part of the amendment was effectively nullified half a century ago and now reposes on the same ash heap of history that is the future home of the “free exercise of religion” clause.

The defendants, bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein, can now file with the Oregon Court of Appeal. The Kleins closed their Gresham store in 2013 and operate their business from home. One of their attorneys, Anna Harmon, criticized the order, noting that same-sex marriage was not legal in Oregon at the time of the cake request. ”This is a shocking result which shows the state’s relentless campaign to punish Oregonians who live and work according to their faith,” Harmon said.

That was then, this is now. Welcome to Anthony Kennedy’s America.

Posted at 4:58 am on July 3rd, 2015 by

Dempsey: Threats ‘Will Have Increasing Implications to the U.S. Homeland’

Warning of a “difficult future” ahead, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey began the National Military Strategy, released this week, on an ominous note.

“Today’s global security environment is the most unpredictable I have seen in 40 years of service. Since the last National Military Strategy was published in 2011, global disorder has significantly increased while some of our comparative military advantage has begun to erode. We now face multiple, simultaneous security challenges from traditional state actors and transregional networks of substate groups – all taking advantage of rapid technological change,” Dempsey wrote.

“Future conflicts will come more rapidly, last longer, and take place on a much more technically challenging battlefield. They will have increasing implications to the U.S. homeland.”

The ability to “rapidly adapt to threats while maintaining comparative advantage over traditional ones,” Dempsey wrote, will “increasingly depend on how well our military instrument can support the other instruments of power and enable our network of allies and partners.”

“The application of the military instrument of power against state threats is very different than the application of military power against non-state threats.” The report “asserts that we are more likely to face prolonged campaigns than conflicts that are resolved quickly…that control of escalation is becoming more difficult and more important…and that as a hedge against unpredictability with reduced resources, we may have to adjust our global posture.”

In the military strategy’s text about countries that pose “strategic challenges to the international community,” it notes Iran “is pursuing nuclear and missile delivery technologies despite repeated United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding that it cease such efforts.”

“It is a state-sponsor of terrorism that has undermined stability in many nations, including Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Iran’s actions have destabilized the region and brought misery to countless people while denying the Iranian people the prospect of a prosperous future.”

In May, President Obama nominated his fifth Afghanistan commander, commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, to take over for Dempsey, who has been chairman since October 2011 and is retiring.

Posted at 7:16 pm on July 2nd, 2015 by

Emails Reveal CDC Officials Slamming ‘Marxist’ Obama During Illegal Immigrant Influx

Emails recently obtained by Judicial Watch reveal disgusted CDC officials griping about the president of the United States, describing him as  ”the worst pres we have ever had,” an “amateur” and a “Marxist.”

The two officials traded the emails on June 9, 2014, when the Texas border was being overwhelmed with a massive influx of illegal immigrant minors. Another email dated June 18, 2014, shows a CDC intelligence analyst describing the situation as a “Leave No Child on the other Side of the Border Policy,” referring to the Bush-era education law known as “No Child Left Behind.”

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JW got the records as part of an investigation into the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) activation of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to deal with the barrage of illegal alien minors last summer. Tens of thousands of Central Americans came into the United States through the Mexican border and contagious diseases—many considered to be eradicated in the U.S.—became a tremendous concern. The CDC, which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), responded by opening an emergency facility designed to monitor and coordinate response activities to eminent public health threats.

This special emergency division was created after the 2001 terrorist attacks and has responded to more than 50 public health threats, including hurricanes, food borne disease outbreaks, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and the Haiti cholera outbreak. Scientists from across the CDC are brought together to analyze, validate, and efficiently exchange information during a public health emergency and connect with response partners. The EOC also coordinates the deployment of CDC staff and the procurement and management of all equipment and supplies that agency responders may need during their deployment.

It’s a major and costly operation that can stick American taxpayers with a huge tab. That’s why JW launched a probe when the Obama administration took in the illegal immigrants, initially coined Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), with open arms last summer. JW has sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for planning records involving the border crisis as well as information relating to the solicitation of “on-demand escort services” for the 65,000 UACs that remain in the U.S. Last year JW also reported that the illegal immigrant minors have brought in serious diseases, including swine flu, dengue fever, possibly Ebola virus and tuberculosis.

The CDC records include email exchanges between agency officials who were directly involved in the activation of the EOC to handle the health threats created by the influx of illegal alien minors.

In an email dated June 9, 2014, CDC Logistics Management Specialist George Roark wrote to CDC Public Health Advisor William Adams that “no country in the world would allow” the influx. Adams replies that “in ten years or less, they’ll all be voting…Commander’s intent…” Roark fires back by describing Obama as “the worst pres we have ever had…he truly is ‘the amateur’ but a Marxist too.”

It’s instructive that these public health professionals who were dealing with Obama’s manufactured crisis on the ground were saying privately the very same things many of us were saying publicly.

Posted at 7:09 pm on July 2nd, 2015 by