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Good Tuesday Morning.

Here's what is on the President's agenda today:

  • In the afternoon, President Donald J. Trump will participate in a briefing on the opioid crisis with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

Sessions punches back at failed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sanctuary Cities

Over the weekend, Mayor of America's murder capital Rahm Emanuel threatened a lawsuit against the federal government. The federal government doesn't want to dish out federal funds to cities that do not cooperate with federal agencies or enforce federal laws.

"Chicago is a welcoming city and always will be, and we will not be blackmailed by President Trump's Justice Department," Emanuel said in announcing the suit. "Forcing us to choose between our values and our police department’s philosophy of community policing is a false choice, and it is a choice that would ultimately undermine our public safety agenda."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions would have none of it.

"To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country’s lawful immigration system," Sessions said. "They have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement — federal, state, and local — and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents."

"The Mayor complains that the federal government’s focus on enforcing the law would require a ‘reordering of law enforcement practice in Chicago.' But that’s just what Chicago needs: a recommitment to the rule of law and to policies that roll back the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city," he said.

See you in court, gentlemen.


The Daily Caller has an exclusive story: Researcher Claims To Have Evidence One Of EPA’s Most Successful Clean Air Rules Is Based On Fabricated Data

Toxicologist Albert Donnay says he’s found evidence a 1989 study commissioned by EPA on the health effects of carbon monoxide, which, if true, could call into question 25 years of regulations and billions of dollars on catalytic converters for automobiles.

“They claimed to find an effect when there wasn’t one,” Donnay told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “They even fabricated the methods they used to get their results.”

“They were spinning this to give EPA what they wanted and commissioned,” Donnay said. “They reported results that could not have come from human beings.”

NOT A CULT: Google fires engineer who wrote memo

Mere days after a memo about the company's diversity policies was leaked, Google has fired its author. If you missed the story, here it is in a nutshell: a Google engineer wrote a memo expressing his ideas about company policies, and because it didn't parrot the accepted progressive dogma that saturates Google's social engineering project, he was fired.

These progressive companies pay big lip service to tolerance and openness but in reality, those words have been redefined to signify that one adheres to an intractable "proper" set of cultural beliefs. There is no actual tolerance and openness in the way most people understand these words.

Following the social media outrage with calls for his termination and the creation of industry blacklists, Google CEO Sundar Pichai released a company-wide notice stating that the senior engineer violated the company’s Code of Conduct. Damore has since confirmed his dismissal.

The memo referred to Google as an ideological echo chamber, which it most certainly is -- evidenced by the act of firing the man who dared to deviate from their fanatical progressive doctrine.

“However, portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” continued Pichai. “Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in their lives. To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects ‘each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination.'”

The Daily Caller viewed evidence of multiple internal emails showing conversations between various senior engineers demanding retribution for the memo’s contents and circulation.

Retribution. We should just KILL him. KILL THE HERETIC.

Son of Sinaloa Cartel leader turns himself in

The son of Sinaloa cartel leader surrendered to the U.S. feds last month and appeared in court yesterday for arraignment.

Damaso Lopez-Serrano, 29, is the son of Damaso Lopez-Nunez, who was arrested in May by Mexican authorities and was believed to have been fighting for control of the Sinaloa Cartel against the sons of its captured leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Also known as "Mini Lic," Damaso Lopez-Serrano is a suspected senior official in the Sinaloa cartel and believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader to surrender to authorities in the United States, the department said in a statement. He pleaded not guilty, local media reported.

The indictment charged that the suspect "knowingly conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin."

Picture of the day:

The August full moon rises above the 5th Century BC Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio, south of Athens, on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. More than a hundred of Greece's ancient sites _ but not the Acropolis in Athens _ and museums were kept open until late Monday and concerts organized to allow visitors to enjoy the full moon, which is accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Other morsels:

Tillerson: U.S. will respond to Russia's move to expel diplomats by Sept. 1

Company tries to re-brand swastika as ‘symbol of peace,’

Haruo Nakajima, original Godzilla actor, dead at 88

United Airlines blamed for 5-year-old dog's death

Court: Cops can kill your dogs if you don’t have a license for them

Ohio foster care system flooded with children amid opioid epidemic

Rapper who once declared "God made me bulletproof" shot and killed

I invested early in Google and Facebook. I made a fortune. But I helped create a monster.

Hackers demand millions for stolen HBO data

Science says even if someone paid you to go to the gym, you probably still wouldn't go

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be this guy...

DCist has today's "Well, This Is Awkward" award winner:

Meet Lissette Pylant, the architect of a truly epic Twitter thread and a hero for daters everywhere.

On her 26th birthday, Pylant's friends set her up with a random guy they met at a bar. She agreed to go out with Justin the following Monday at Truxton Inn, Pylant told NYMag. So far, so good.

The date itself wasn't stellar—Justin had himself a sparkly blue cane ("'you know $23 at CVS and you can call yourself a pimp,’” he told Pylant)—but she had friends at the bar and Justin had said he was meeting friends at 6:15, so she stuck it out.

6:15 rolls around and "friends" turns out to be date #2

It ends up that the guy has scheduled six dates for the evening, and all in one place. He did have an excuse ready for when things began to go awry:

The "pre-date conversations" decided to turn lemons into lemonade:

Some may admire his initiative.

Some may say that he ended up paying a bar tab.

Michael,WaPo is playing moral equivalence footsie about Trump's NoKo comments:

As talk spread of North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities on Tuesday, President Trump responded with a warning.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said at an event at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The president then repeated that North Korea “will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before” if it continued with this behavior.

Given the high stakes, it was unusually aggressive language from a U.S. president. Stranger still, this language has clear echoes to threats made by North Korea to the United States and its allies.

They're totally alike!

Remember when a liberal Democrat scornfully referred to Senator Charles Grassley as "a farmer with no law degree"?  Back in 2014, before the midterm election, libs were warning voters that an unsophisticated hayseed from Iowa could become the next chairman of the Judiciary Committee should the GOP win the majority in the Senate. And we couldn't have that.

Well, the GOP won, and Grassley became the chairman. Thank God.

Grassley has been all over the Susan Rice unmasking scandal (which his useless colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee want to sweep under the rug for some reason).

He's also been on top of Fusion GPS, and the Clinton Foundation/Russia One uranium deal. 

And now he's snooping around the Awan brothers Democrat IT scandal.

For a farmer with no law degree, I'd say he's doing just fine.


Happening now in Brusselstan: Just your average "mentally unstable" Rwandan cruising around town in a car packed with explosives: 

Via the Daily Mail:

Brussels police opened fire on a car packed with explosives after a high-speed chase through the suburb of Molenbeek.

Shots were fired at the vehicle after it became stuck in traffic and the driver reversed into a police car.

Police cordoned off the area and told residents to remain indoors while military units checked for explosives.

Brussels police spokeswoman Dorothee Cattrysse said 400 to 500 people were being kept in the stores.

Police spokeswoman Ine van Wymersch told Reuters: 'The man was driving suspiciously and failed to stop at a traffic light.

'When the police arrested him, he claimed to have explosives so not to take any risk, the army has been called in to check.'

She said 'mentally unstable' suspect was from Rwanda and was not known to have a police record.



Meanwhile, things are heating up in Norkland:

My USMC dad, now 91, landed at Inchon in September of 1950 and spent the last two months of that year up at the Chosin Reservoir, where he won his Bronze Star. I would love for him to see the Korean War finally ended the only way it can be.

Paula, I think we're on the same side here. The collapse of the family wage, as you note, made two incomes increasingly imperative. but another way to look at what happened in the Seventies (I know, because I got my first real job in 1972) was that the entry of women into the workforce not surprisingly halved familial income.  It was one of the first "victories" of feminists, who argue that women could do anything a man could do. That that was manifestly untrue (and vice versa) of course didn't matter: the point had to be made, at whatever reality-distorting price had to be paid. And that was just the economic effect; we can talk about what it did to relations between the sexes at another time, when we really want to start trouble.

In the meantime, suffice it to say that the feminist argument of the 1970s was that a woman could only fully succeed by becoming exactly like a man.




What's a bigger deal? That North Korea appears to have developed the capability to marry a nuclear warhead to one of their missiles? Or that the intelligence assessment reporting it leaked to the Washington Post?


The Washington Post first reported details of the assessment on Tuesday just hours after North Korea threatened 'physical action' in response to punitive sanctions unanimously passed by the United Nations Security Council over the weekend.

"The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles," the assessment states, in an excerpt read to The Washington Post.

CNN has not independently verified the report.

The Washington Post story says that it is not known if North Korea has successfully tested the smaller design. The analysis is from the Defense Intelligence Agency and it is not clear that the assessment is shared across the intelligence community.

CNN has previously reported that US intelligence estimates Pyongyang may have the capacity to deliver a nuclear weapon to the US mainland by early next year and its missile program showed significant progress during two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

"Assuming everything is true, including that intelligence assessment both existing and everything being accurate, there are still important unknowns," Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, noting that questions still linger about whether a possible North Korean warhead could survive re-entry from the earth's upper atmosphere.

However, Zeldin also said that reporting of the development "increases the urgency of the time sensitivity" of efforts being taken by the US and its international partners to address North Korea's missile and nuclear programs diplomatically.

I don't doubt that the assessment exists, but I'd love to know how the DIA went from saying that the NoKos were a year away from being able to miniaturize a nuke to fit on one of their missiles to now claiming they've accomplished that goal.

No matter. The only way to stop North Korea from arming themselves with nuclear ICBMs that can hit America is by going to war. Kim is fully aware of this and knows the reluctance of the U.S. and South Korea to initiate a ruinous conflict on the Korean peninsula.

It wouldn't only be a few bombing sorties to take out the nuclear and missile infrastructure. The attack will have to be sustained over several days and necessarily risk retaliation by the North against the South.

Trump is reluctant to start a war, but in the end he may have no choice.

Oopsie. Somebody's mommy needs to take his Facebook posting privileges away:

No doubt the NYPD will have this miscreant in custody by the end of the day.