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“It's Everybody's Business (1954)”

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The inevitable progression of progressive politics

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
— George Orwell, Animal Farm

LGBT Splinter Group From Migrant Caravan Is The 1st To Arrive In Tijuana


This is how the hierarchy of victimhood works.

Once victimhood is established, there's a rush to determine who is most deserving of all the victims.

We move from a caravan of the oppressed to a splinter group who, no fault of their own, were oppressed by the caravan.

Now I am not saying that the claims aren't true.

I am saying that once the game starts playing on compassion and shame, there is always a push to establish some as more victimized so they can get greater benefits and special consideration. It is an inevitable progression.

And it's the very heart of progressive politics.

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Thursday - November 15, 2018

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Gallup: Five Million Central Americans Want to Move to U.S.



Republican Who Lost US House Race Seeks to Impound Ballots



Gab cries foul as Pennsylvania attorney general subpoenas DNS provider



Women’s March Movement Under Fire Again for Anti-Semitism



WATCH: DNC CEO Is Asked How Democrats Will Pay For Health Care. She Has No Idea.



New Report Shows How Incredibly Wrong Obama Was About Energy Independence



Facebook Promoted Anti-Soros Conspiracy Theory to Counter Critics of Its Garbage Platform: Report [Updated]



Trump Endorses Criminal Justice Bill, Giving Momentum to Long-Delayed Reforms

We're all better off when former inmates can reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens.

Pelosi unfazed as unhappy Dems claim votes to block her rise



Powell credits Fed policy for the US economy being 'in a good place'

Only one part of a complicated picture. Too complicated.

Amazon HQ2 deal brings conservatives and Ocasio-Cortez together

Some conservatives have grudgingly agreed with incoming socialist New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that the $2.5 billion sweetheart tax break that New York gave to Amazon to locate in Queens was a lousy deal for taxpayers.

The Free Speech Crisis on Campus Is Worse than People Think



Scientists forced to go full ‘science denier’ on their own alarmist report about ocean warming


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Must not be questioned

The problem isn't the opinion or the what the SPLC says.

It's when what the SPLC says must not be questioned.

There are many people in the country I disagree with. It's when they think I am not allowed to argue that it infringes on my rights.
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Unconstitutional

Maryland files federal court challenge asking judge to block Whitaker, install Rosenstein


The courts have absolutely no power to appoint Federal government officials.

That power belongs exclusively to the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The President (and only the President) chooses who can serve as Attorney General and the Senate confirms them. The AG can be fired by the President or impeached by Congress, but the courts have no jurisdiction.

The courts can rule on the actions of the AG, but that's it.

It's called separation of powers and it's worked pretty well so far.

What's more, no Democrat president would stand for it. So why should Trump?

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Freedom of the press

CNN sues President Trump and White House for banning reporter Jim Acosta


Freedom of the press does not mean access.

It means that government can not prevent something from being published.

Acosta can still report what he wants. CNN can still put it on their network.

This is a stupidly idiotic lawsuit and the only ones who will benefit are the lawyers.

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Oversized Wednesday roundup

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Amazon Snags $2 Billion in Bribes and Tax Credits From New York and Virginia

“But Amazon's decision to put it's new headquarters in Arlington and Queens also shows it wasn't all about the money.”

Amazon Scammed America’s Hurting Cities



USC Education Student Filed a Title IX Complaint Because Another Student’s Answer Offended Her

“Rossier School of Education student also created a petition to require racial sensitivity training.”

The Sorry State of FOIA



Libertarian Critiques of Democracy Can't be Refuted by Showing that it's Better than Dictatorship

“Democracy is clearly superior to despotism. But libertarians are still right to worry about voter ignorance and advocate tighter constraints on government power.”

The FBI Says Hate Crimes Rose 17% in 2017, But That Doesn’t Mean Things Are Actually Getting Worse



Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist

You mean that there's something besides CO2 that influences climate and weather? Imagine that!

Motel 6 Agrees to $7.6 Million Settlement After Giving Guest Information to ICE



Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Shooting Suspect



All adults should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use, new guidelines say

This seems illegal.

Farm Bills: When 'Free Market' Types Are Revealed As Hypocrites



5 Reasons Why Sinema Won Arizona



Be Especially Careful When Media and Pundits "Teach" You the History of Nazi Germany



Because I Say So

“More and more people regard human identity as infinitely flexible—and woe to those who disagree.”

Schadenfreude-a-Palooza: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives early for congressional duties, leads sit-in at office of… Nancy Pelosi



U.S. farmers scramble to contain trade-war damage, find new markets



1 million Americans live in RVs. Meet the 'modern nomads.'


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❝Stossel: Why Some Capitalists Are the Worst Enemies of Capitalism❞


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Tuesday roundup

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UW Institutes 'Diversity' Training After Professor’s Op-Ed on Sex Differences

University of Washington-Seattle caves to student demands

Jerry Brown: Climate-Change Deniers 'Definitely Contributing' to the 'New Abnormal' of Wildfires

It's not abnormal, but that means he can duck responsibility

Mad Maxine tells Trump to ‘keep his mouth shut’ over California fires

That's one way to control the debate, insisting that the a critic has no right to speak. I don't expect Trump to comply, that will just make Waters angrier.

Chicago Expelled a Male Student 4 Days Before Graduation Because His Ex Made a Dubious Sexual Violence Claim

“He's suing the university—and the accuser.”

Stan Lee, Creator of Marvel Universe, Dead at 95



Massachusetts Cop Charged With Kicking Latino Teen, Spitting on Him, Saying: 'Welcome to the White Man's World'

“The officer was caught on video threatening to plant a "kilo of coke" in another teen's pocket.”

Marijuana Got More Votes Than These Politicians On Nov. 6



How to Stop the Corporate Virtue-Signaling Before It’s Too Late



The Air Force's $1,200 Air Coffee Cups Demonstrate Big Government at Its Best



Is the race between Mia Love and Ben McAdams headed for a recount? Utah law sets a high bar for contested elections.



Campaigning for minority leader, Rep. Jordan tells colleagues they blew it



Vatican tells U.S. bishops not to vote on proposals to tackle sexual abuse, spurns lay investigations



To Fight Money Laundering, Bank of England Refuses to Repatriate Venezuelan Gold


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I miscalled it

Well, it's official. Kyrsten Sinema beat Martha McSally by a hair. I miscalled it. The election was tight, much tighter than anyone thought it could be.

Looking back on it, I think the Arizona GOP leadership was so used to dictating to people, they forgot to listen to voters of all ages and groups. The leadership were so used to taking marching orders from the late unlamented senior Senator from Arizona that they didn't know how to make it work without him calling the shots.

It boiled down to "what have you done for us lately?" The GOP leadership assumed that people saw them as the party of change, so they didn't offer a place at the table to the people and groups that could make it happen.

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❝ The Fallacy of Single-Payer Health Care ❞

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Monday roundup

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Pelosi On Broward County: ‘There Is No Election Fraud,’ Just ‘An Honest Count Of The Vote’



Arizona Democrat's Lead Now 'Insurmountable'



Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe

How Florida elections work—or don’t

This is What Retail Investors Did with GE This Year as it Plunged



Google’s Highly Cited Scholar Wants a ‘Farewell to Free Speech’



Lhamon’s Confession: She Gamed The Narrative



God and Guns in the Synagogue



Understanding the Global Recession of 2019



Former Hillary Adviser: “Hillary will run again”



‘None of the above’ tops list of potential 2020 Dems, poll shows



Alabama Voters Pass Amendment to Display Ten Commandments at Public Schools

This won't end well. Why is it that certain monotheists define religious freedom as their religion above all others?

Should We Abolish the Electoral College?



Judicial Watch sues for records on overlooked House IT scandal


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Bonus Sunday mini-roundup

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Poll – Dem Choice For 2020 POTUS Race: None Of The Above



Newly Unsealed Documents Show Top FDIC Officials Running Operation Choke Point

“Last week brought new revelations regarding Operation Choke Point, the Obama administration’s effort to freeze politically disfavored businesses out of the financial system.”

U.S. Secret Service Warns ID Thieves are Abusing USPS’s Mail Scanning Service



The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights



Florida Sec. of State Orders Recount for Both Senate and Governor’s Races

“The mandatory recount occurs if the winning candidate’s margin is less than 0.5 percent”

Are We Becoming a Victimocracy?



Proof positive that these Dems were against Jeff Sessions before they were for him



Feinstein Urged Obama To Use Presidential Power To Limit Immigration: ‘No Legislation Necessary’


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Creating protected classes

…it represents yet another example of the government creating protected classes in order to advance political agendas, and gifting them special rights and privileges which result in ludicrous yet predictable outcomes bringing misery to ordinary people.
— Tim Newman, Playing with fire

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“Platform Or Publisher?”

Platform Or Publisher? How Big Tech Can Be Brought To Its Knees

Either way — platform or publisher — Big Tech loses, as long as the government forces it to one side or the other. If platform, then the FAAGs have to tolerate thought criminals using their services, just as if they were a common carrier, like a telephone utility. If publisher, then Big Tech can be sued to kingdom come and charged with innumerable violations of federal law.
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NeoNote — Making the free market work

A company has to compete for employees, just as employees have to compete for jobs.

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Friday roundup

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NeoNote — Using the law to compel belief

Anytime you see "thou shalt not dissent," it should be a flashing red strobe and a triple siren.

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Some monotheists

Some monotheists think that their religion belongs on top and take offense when you disagree.
 — NeoWayland
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Thusday roundup

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If you can't trust your worst enemy…

If you can't trust your worst enemy with government power, why in the name of all the gods do you think you can trust your best friend?
     — NeoWayland
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The more control they have…

For any serious student of history, one of the great realisations that occurs at some point is that governments are inherently controlling by nature. The more control they have, the more they desire and the more they pursue. After all, governments actually produce nothing. They exist solely upon what they can extract from the people they rule over. Therefore, their personal success is not measured by how well they serve their people, it’s measured by how much they can extract from the people.

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Wednesday roundup

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Election results.

I called the U.S. House election wrong.

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NeoNote — Does that make me a Trump supporter?

But none of that is a reason to impeach him.

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NeoNote — 4:51 AM on election day.

It's going to be tight.

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Tuesday roundup - election day

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Oversize Monday roundup

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The Gods Do Not Vote

The Gods Do Not Vote, So Why Are You Asking Them?

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NeoNote — Campaign finance reform redux

If money was really speech, there would be no legal limit to campaign donations.

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NeoNote - No news source is going to be unbiased

Everybody has a narrative they believe in and everybody is the hero of their own story.

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Friday roundup

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Vitally important note to any and all politicians

If you can't be bothered to have an actual person call me, I can't be bothered to take your call.

And I won't think fondly of you when I am in the voting booth.

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You misunderstand what law is supposed to be

You can't prove hate. You can't disprove it either.

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Libertarians believe

Libertarians believe that you should be as conservative or as liberal as you want to be as long as you don't want to force yourself on others.
     — Larry Sharpe, 2018 Libertarian candidate for governor of New York

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Thursday roundup

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“Who Owns The Statue of Liberty? (New Jersey vs New York)”

The FedGovs.

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“Illegal Immigration: It's About Power”

“Historically, Democrats supported strong borders because they knew American workers could never compete with illegal immigrants. Now, they regularly support “open borders.” So why the drastic change? Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, explains.”

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Wednesday roundup

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