Monday, November 21, 2016

College kids are proving Trump’s point

 Via Billy

Many undergraduates, their fawn-like eyes wide with astonishment, are wondering: Why didn’t the dean of students prevent the election from disrupting the serenity to which my school has taught me that I am entitled?

Campuses create “safe spaces” where students can shelter from discombobulating thoughts and receive spiritual balm for the trauma of microaggressions. Yet the presidential election came without trigger warnings?

The morning after the election, normal people rose — some elated, some despondent — and went off to actual work. But at Yale, that incubator of late-adolescent infants, a professor responded to “heartfelt notes” from students “in shock” by making that day’s exam optional.

Academia should consider how it contributed to, and reflects Americans’ judgments pertinent to, Donald Trump’s election. The compound of childishness and condescension radiating from campuses is a constant reminder to normal Americans of the decay of protected classes — in this case, tenured faculty and cosseted students.

As “bias-response teams” fanned out across campuses, an incident report was filed about a University of Northern Colorado student who wrote “free speech matters” on one of 680 “#languagematters” posters that cautioned against politically incorrect speech. Catholic DePaul University denounced as “bigotry” a poster proclaiming “Unborn Lives Matter.”

Bowdoin College provided counseling to students traumatized by the cultural appropriation committed by a sombrero-and-tequila party. Oberlin College students said they were suffering breakdowns because schoolwork was interfering with their political activism.

Cal State University, Los Angeles, established “healing” spaces for students to cope with the pain caused by a political speech delivered three months earlier. Indiana University experienced social-media panic because a priest in a white robe, with a rope-like belt and rosary beads, was identified as someone “in a KKK outfit holding a whip.”

A doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Santa Barbara, uses “feminist methodologies” to understand how Girl Scout cookie sales “reproduce hegemonic gender roles.” The journal GeoHumanities explores how pumpkins reveal “racial and class coding of rural versus urban places.”

Another journal’s article analyzes “the relationships among gender, science and glaciers.” A Vassar lecture “theorizes oscillating relations between disciplinary, pre-emptive and increasingly prehensive forms of power that shape human and non-human materialities in Palestine.”

An American Council of Trustees and Alumni study — “No US History? How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major,” based on requirements and course offerings at 75 leading colleges and universities — found that “the overwhelming majority of America’s most prestigious institutions do not require even the students who major in history to take a single course on United States history or government.”

At some schools that require history majors to take at least one US history course, the requirement can be fulfilled with courses like “Mad Men and Mad Women” (Middlebury College), “Hip-Hop, Politics and Youth Culture in America” (University of Connecticut) and “Jews in American Entertainment” (University of Texas). Constitutional history is an afterthought.

Small wonder, then, that a recent ACTA-commissioned survey found that less than half of college graduates knew that George Washington was the commanding general at Yorktown; that nearly half didn’t know that Theodore Roosevelt was important to the construction of the Panama Canal; that more than one-third couldn’t place the Civil War in a correct 20-year span or identify Franklin Roosevelt as the architect of the New Deal; that 58 percent didn’t know that the Battle of the Bulge occurred in World War II; and that nearly half didn’t know the lengths of the terms of US senators and representatives.

Institutions of supposedly higher education are awash with hysteria, authoritarianism, obscurantism, philistinism and charlatanry. Which must have something to do with the tone and substance of the presidential election, which took the nation’s temperature.

Donald Trump’s media summit was a ‘f—ing firing squad’

Via Billy

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Second Setup! :)

Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.

“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.

“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,” the source added.

A second source confirmed the fireworks.

Trump to toss TPP on Day 1

Via Billy

"Everything Is Not Awesome" - Don't Be The Turkey

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Let’s start with where we left off last week for some context.
“The post ‘Trexit’ rally that started on Wednesday took out the first two levels of resistance with some ease. However, the “sell signal” remains intact with the market now back to extreme overbought levels as shown by the red circles at the top of the chart.

The good news is the market is holding above the downtrend resistance line currently which puts all-time highs as the next logical point of attack if this bull market is to continue.

However, is we step back to a longer-term (weekly) picture we get a little clear picture about the overall directional trend of the market.”
More @ Zero Hedge

The New York Times, other outlets crying 'wolf' over Trump

Via Billy

It’s now Day 13 since the media declared it needed to do some serious soul-searching and rethink the way it covers Donald Trump

Here are your headlines in today’s New York Times:

Reince Priebus, Normalizer in Chief: As Mr. Trump’s new chief of staff, the lifelong G.O.P. loyalist will have to guide an outsider president and his band of radicals through a city they’ve pledged to upend.

And these New York Times editorials:

All told, all but one of these stories and editorials can safely be deemed anti-Trump. Only one analysis can be considered to be down-the-middle: "Let’s Say Obamacare Is Repealed. What Then?" And of course, the editorials especially are so far off the rails in terms of negativity that it's almost comical in its hysteria. 

More @ The Hill

Kobach took plan for Department of Homeland Security into Trump meeting

Via Billy
Secretary of state photographed holding written plan for federal agency 

A written plan for the Department of Homeland Security brought by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach into his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump spells out a desire to question “high-risk” immigrants over support for Sharia law and the U.S. Constitution.

Kobach, an early Trump supporter, met with the president-elect on Sunday and has been mentioned as a potential pick for a position within the administration. Some speculation has centered on the secretary of Homeland Security, and Kobach’s plan appears to lend credence to that possibility.

An Associated Press photographer shot an image of Kobach going into the meeting and clutching a binder along with a stack of papers. One page is visible and readable, though partly obscured by Kobach’s hand.

A Few Basics About the Electoral College

Via comment by genericviews on Counties Won

 I saw this video over at Free North Carolina.  I hated it.  Now, I have to tell you why.

The video is well produced and the speaker has good tone, modulation, and pace.  But what she is saying is wrong, misdirecting, and often irrelevant.  The claims she makes for the Electoral College are simply unsupported by the facts and counter to history.  One would expect a university professor to be more on the ball when it comes to stuff like academic accuracy than this.  The logic errors themselves are astonishing for just a 5 minute clip.

Claim 1. The Electoral College (EC) protects us from the Tyranny of the Mob.   FALSE.

Black man who worked for Sen. Jeff Sessions dispels notion that his former boss is racist

Via Billy

Black man who worked for Sen. Jeff Sessions dispels notion that his former boss is racist

The mainstream media decried President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement Friday that he would be nominating Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, alleging that Sessions has a racist past. According to many liberals, Sessions’ questionable past was the reason his federal judgeship nomination was blocked by the Senate in 1986.

However, many have come to the aid of Sessions over the weekend — both Republicans and Democrats — to vouch for his character, integrity and ability to uphold the law equally for all Americans.

One of those people, William Smith, was hired by and worked with Sessions for nearly a decade as the first black chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to Smith, the people making the accusations against Sessions are simply trying to spread “false rumors” because they disagree with the senator politically.

More with video @ The Blaze

After meeting, Gabbard vows to work with Trump

Via Billy

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) vowed to work with Donald Trump on the issues that matter to the American people, following a meeting between the two Monday at Trump Tower.

She did not, however, comment on whether she would join his administration.

Gabbard and Trump met in New York City to discuss U.S. policy in Syria, she said in a statement, though some have speculated she is under consideration to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"President-elect Trump asked me to meet with him about our current policies regarding Syria, our fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria], as well as other foreign policy challenges we face," Gabbard said.

More with video @ The Hill


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Washington Republican proposes charging protestors with 'economic terrorism'

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A Republican state lawmaker who was an outspoken supporter of President-elect Donald Trump is proposing a bill that would allow authorities to charge protesters with committing "economic terrorism."

“I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people’s lives and property, it goes too far,” Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen said in a statement. “Fear, intimidation and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account.

“We are not just going after the people who commit these acts of terrorism,” he added. “We are going after the people who fund them. Wealthy donors should not feel safe in disrupting middle-class jobs.”

More @ The Hill

A Bolt-Action Remington Rifle & Scope Starting at only $399! Full Review.

 The rifle comes equipped out of the box with a 3-9X scope that is mounted and boresighted.

This looks like the NC PATCON raffle item in .308 for the Spring.

 For years Remington has made a name for itself as one of the premier manufacturers of high-quality bolt-action rifles. Their flagship rifle, the Remington 700, has withstood decades of use by hunters and shooters alike, and is well-known for its outstanding accuracy and reasonable price point.

But “reasonable” doesn’t always mean “affordable” in today’s economic climate. Depending on the model and features, shooters often pay between $800 and $1,500 for a Remington 700, and that’s not even counting a rail, a mount, and a scope. Not everyone (or, at least, not everyone’s spouse) can justify dropping half a month’s pay on a new rifle, no matter how legendary it may be.

The Remington 783 Scoped might provide an answer to that dilemma. For less than $400, shooters get a quality rifle along with scope rings and a scope—everything they need to get deer season off to a good start. And, it comes with the scope and rings installed and boresighted.

Trump Secures Biggest Ally Yet In Mission To Close Better Trade Deals & Could Push U.S. Economy and Stock Markets to New Records

Via Billy

 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks off his plane at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado. REUTERS/Mike Segar

President-elect Donald Trump made closing better trade deals a highlight of his candidacy, and he might have just won his biggest ally yet in that arena.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, a crusader for free-trade agreements, said he’s ready to work with the incoming administration on its plans to assure America is getting the most economically profitable deals as possible. During the campaign, Trump’s proposals set off alarm bells for many Republicans, who believed his approach could be detrimental to the economy.

Nevertheless, Brady said the GOP is putting together an ambitious agenda to put pro-growth policies in place in 2017 — including strides to make sure American goods are successfully bought and sold abroad.


Deutsche Bank: Trump Could Push the U.S. Economy and Stock Markets to New Records

It's looking more likely that President-elect Donald Trump will preside over a continuing U.S. expansion that could take its place as the longest among American business cycles, according to Deutsche Bank AG. And Chief U.S. Equity Strategist David Bianco predicts that by the time the real estate mogul takes office in January, the S&P 500 Index will eclipse 2,250.

Investors are under-appreciating the "much higher chance now of a long lasting economic expansion that rivals the 10 year U.S. record," the strategist writes "We're more confident now that the S&P will reach 2,500 in 2018 before suffering its next bear market."

More @ Bloomberg

French Thatcherite Upends 2017 Race Pledging to Shrink the State & Merkel's Fourth Election Will Be Her Toughest

Via Billy
Fillon says he’s ready to work with Donald Trump and the two men share an admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Polls, albeit six months before the vote, suggest that whoever the Republicans nominate is likely to face National Front leader Marine Le Pen and her anti-European platform in the two-way presidential run-off in May, since Socialist incumbent Francois Hollande is posting the worst approval ratings in French history.
Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, the new front-runner in France’s 2017 presidential election, is offering voters an economic-policy revolution inspired by Margaret Thatcher.

Fillon, 62, vaulted from third position in most polls to win the first round of the Republican primary by 15 percentage points from the veteran Alain Juppe on Sunday with the most free-market platform among the seven candidates. They’ll face each other again in  next Sunday’s runoff and the winner will be favorite to become president in May 2017.

More @ Bloomberg



 Merkel's Fourth Election Will Be Her Toughest

Angela Merkel's announcement on Sunday that she will run for a fourth term as chancellor was hardly unexpected, given her role as the world's foremost centrist, one of Europe's last bulwarks against the hard right and a leader who doesn't really have a credible rival in Germany. Yet she will probably face the toughest election of her career; victory is far from assured.

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McDonald’s Reacts To $15 Minimum Wage, Announce All U.S. Stores To Be Automated

Via Billy

McDonald’s Reacts To $15 Minimum Wage, Announce All U.S. Stores To Be Automated

Why who would have thunk'...........................? :)

This post comes from the “Department Of I Told You So.”  Back in August we reported that a Heritage Foundation study looked at the effect of the $15.00 minimum wage on a state by state basis the progressive program would put between 7 and 9,000,000 Americans out of work. The first indication that the unemployment wave may be happening is the latest news that McDonald’s is planning to expand its digital self-serve ordering stations and table service to all of its 14,000 stores in the U.S.

According to CNN

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The Truth About Fake News

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Jeff Sessions may prosecute ‘sanctuary cities’ if confirmed as attorney general

Via Billy

If he becomes attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions plans to steer immigration policy away from the Obama administration's policies. (Associated Press)

Sen. Jeff Sessions is on record saying so-called “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants should be prosecuted. He himself may get that chance next year.

Mr. Sessions is president-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next attorney general, and if he’s confirmed, he will mark a 180-degree turn from the Obama administration on a host of issues, but nowhere more so than on immigration, where he’s been the Senate’s leading crackdown proponent.

Clinton Foundation Donations Down 37%

Via Billy

Clinton Foundation Receives Devastating News They've Been Fearing, Donations Down 37%

Donations to the Clinton Foundation tanked in 2015 amid allegations that Hillary Clinton used the billion-dollar charity to siphon seven-figure donations from foreign governments and corporations, who received favorable government actions while Clinton was Secretary of State.

The Clinton’s troubled charity received $108 million in donations in 2015, down from a $172 million haul in 2014, according to the organization’s tax records.

The Clinton’s seven-figure speech income collapsed, too, from $3.6 million in 2014 to $357,500 in 2015, the New York Post reports.
Allegations of corruption at the Clinton Foundation—first reported by Breitbart News Editor-at-Large, Clinton Cash author, and Government Accountability Institute president Peter Schweizer—spurred more than a year of headlines and hard questions for Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign.