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File under "not well thought out." Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted out the exact number of illegal aliens—or "Dreamers" as he calls them—who are working for him. Don't worry, I've alerted ICE.

I wonder how many of them actually have work permits? The permits are only available to people who meet certain requirements and they must be applied for. Considering "Dreamers" don't seem to have bothered to apply for citizenship, how many of them applied for DACA? Someone ought to go review Apple's hiring records. We still have laws in this country. All anyone wants is enforcement.

This is a headline on Mediaite right now:

Executive at TheBlaze: If the Truth Can’t Be Profitable ‘We Will Shut Down’

Here's more from the article:

The two went on to discuss the synchronicity between Beck and TheBlaze, and how it factored into their mutual business interests over the years. The conversation eventually arrived at an essay Schreiber recently wrote where he discussed how success for news sources is traditionally defined by their ability to identify the truth.

As Ziegler and Schreiber continued to talk about how objective newscasting has taken a backseat to opinion programming, the latter said TheBlaze will shut down before the outlet goes down that road.

“If we find ourselves in the position that the only way we can be successful financially is to manipulate the audience, we will shut down TheBlaze,” Schreiber said.

Ziegler snarked that that inevitability might not be far away, and Schreiber responded by saying too much of the media focuses on sensationalism and keeping their audiences happy. Schreiber also argued that TheBlaze tries to focus on educating viewers and presenting useful information instead.

I would posit that once you take on the posture that you are "educating" your audience, you are attempting to manipulate it, however subtly.

Honestly, objective, truthful news reporting hasn't been the focus of the MSM for so long that it may be almost unrecognizable to the general public. Conservative opinion sites find audiences in people who long ago grew weary of the feigned objectivity of America's major news organizations. They like knowing that a writer or on-air personality leans in a definite political direction. That's not to say they don't want news, but news can be presented by someone with a definite bias. For example, when I write about the problems with government health care from a conservative perspective, my opinion doesn't change the objective facts. The numbers are real, and anyone is free to agree or disagree with my assessment of what they need.

As a professional entertainer, I learned early on that it's about what the audience wants, and not what I want. I don't write jokes or columns for myself. Any individual or business that depends upon an audience ultimately does have to understand this if they want to continue what they are doing.

There is definitely a market for "useful information," but there is also a lot of competition out there. It has to be presented in a way that will stand out and keep an audience coming back for more.

Here's some video of the fire up in the Valley that is wreaking so much havoc.

As we like to say here, the four seasons in Southern California are winter, spring, summer, and fire. Fire came early this year and was compounded by the arrival of our annual end of summer heat wave. I am probably at least twenty-five miles from the worst part of this and we were smelling the smoke all day yesterday. Thankfully, we got some unseasonably early rain early this morning which seems to have helped the firefighters. After the horror of hurricane Harvey and seeing firefighters battling this in scorching heat, the opportunity to acknowledge and thank first responders and emergency workers should not be passed up.


Hey, it's a holiday. Beer news is real news.

Also, I have a new goal.

The Lightbringer Loosens Up His Jaw

Politico has more:

Former President Barack Obama plans to speak out if President Donald Trump declares his intention to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to a person close to Obama.

Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that in six months, he will terminate the Obama-era DACA initiative, which grants two-year work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and stayed out of trouble. POLITICO first reported the news.

OK, it's not really his jaw, as he plans to do this via social media. There probably isn't a person alive who thought Obama could really follow the unwritten former POTUS law about not criticizing one's successor. He's probably got the shakes every night from spotlight withdrawal.

Although Obama has said this is one of the only issues on which the former president felt he'd need to speak out, it is probably a safe bet that some floodgates might open if he does it just once.

Naturally, Politico plays the good lapdog, making sure to sneak in some PR work for their messiah:

In fact, Obama has largely avoided direct criticism of his successor, even though some of his supporters have clamored for him to lead the resistance to Trump, even as Trump has repeatedly attacked him by name and tried to roll back his legacy.

Raise your hands if you remember the MSM ever mentioning that Obama repeatedly blamed and criticized George W. Bush.

No one?

Today seems like a good day to remind everyone of John Moore's article last April:

North Korea can launch an EMP attack before it has developed nuclear missile technology, and EMP may be far more deadly.

An EMP disaster from a high-altitude blast seems like science fiction: There is a silent flash high in the sky, and everything using electricity just … stops. Cars stop, power goes out, the Internet dies, satellites quit working, landline and mobile phone systems go out, and computers are destroyed. In a moment, we are back to 1850, as was dramatized in William Forstchen's 2009 novel One Second After.

Liz, I agree it's good news that the royals are going to have another child. They seem like nice enough people -- for a couple who would be blessedly anonymous save for who his mother is.

I can understand the fascination with the royal family. I get it. But to my mind, it is unseemly for citizens of a republic to pay them much attention. Many thousands of Americans died to ensure that their descendants didn't have to pay them any attention. I wouldn't go so far as to say we dishonor their memory by putting the royal family above any other family, but their ghosts are surely disapproving.

I realize they serve more as celebrities than anything else, so perhaps if we view them the same way we look at Hollywood actors, that would be acceptable. But the cult of Diana is alive and well. Witness the numerous programs last week on her life and death. I just don't understand it.

She was a rich girl born into another family whose only claim to fame was an aristocratic bloodline and she married a miserable excuse for a man. She did good works rather than jet around the world to the playgrounds of the rich, but how much of that was to keep the British people from stripping the Windsors of their privileged position?

Royalty is an anachronism in the 21st century (it was an anachronism in the 20th), and an anathema to free peoples.

If you're still letting your kids go to indoctrination centers called public schools, I really would like to know why. How is this tolerable? Not only are teachers the main instigators behind violent Antifa, but they're out and proud bigots in the classroom! This teacher equated Trump shirts to swastikas! That's just ignorance. How are people this ignorant getting jobs as teachers?

Luckily, the superintendant came out on the side of the students. But forcing kids to face this kind of political oppression and violation of civil rights in schools is unconscionable and should never have happened in the first place.

Then there's #VeryFakeNews CNN pushing a story about the president's USA hat being "unethical." No, really.

They claim it is "campaign gear," but anyone paying attention knows that his campaign hat said "Make America Great Again" (another hat you can't wear in public without the unhinged freaking out). You can read about my experience wearing one here:

I think we can safely say that when we've reached a point where the president of the USA can't wear a hat that says "USA" without facing the raving lunatics claiming offense, we are doomed.


Is it just me or is "Funny or Die" the most unfunny thing on the Internet?


Democrats are in search of new leaders to take on Donald Trump, and Rep. Joe Kennedy [grandson of RFK] could fit the bill. But it's not clear he wants the job.

In short order, Kennedy has garnered a loyal grass-roots following with a series of viral speeches challenging the president on everything from health care to hate speech, leading some Democrats to believe he could help fill the party’s leadership vacuum.


“Somewhere down the road, if a Senate seat were to open, yeah, it’s something I’d certainly take a look at,” Kennedy said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office. “But that’s got to be right in time for me and my family.”

In interviews with more than two dozen lawmakers, staffers, consultants, advocates and others who know Kennedy, all said they see him one day as the state’s next senator and maybe even president. And those who have tracked the Kennedys for years say he is this generation’s best chance of returning the family to its glory days as a political dynasty.