Thursday, June 21, 2018

Why Confederate Monuments Matter


First of all, I wish to state that I teach history. I do not try to erase it, and I do not desecrate graves, like the “politically correct” did in Memphis and elsewhere.

I understand why corrupt political nonentities like the mayors of Memphis and New Orleans would want Confederate statues removed. They want to divert the voters’ attention from their demonstrated incompetency and the abject failure of their administrations, especially in the area of crime control, and who better to attack than men long since dead? In Memphis, it also provided a fine smoke-screen.

The mayor transferred a whole city block worth millions to one of his political cronies for $1,000. The fact that they probably broke every Sunshine law and public bidding law ever written is, to them, incidental.

Boston and Newport Slave Merchants

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By the year 1750, Rhode Island had become the center of the transatlantic slave trade as it surpassed Liverpool — while also angering British shipbuilders as their workmen left for New England and better pay. Boston’s Peter Fanueil made his wealth through slaving, and the famous Redwood Library in Newport was built with land and money from Abraham Redwood, who grew rich in the slave trade. The Brown family of Newport, Nicholas, John, Joseph and Moses, who established Brown University, made their fortune in the slave trade.
Bernhard Thuersam,   The Great American Political Divide

Boston and Newport Slave Merchants

“British commercial relations with the northern colonies, though important, were less close than with the South and the West Indies. New England had no staple exports to England at all comparable with West Indian sugar or Virginia tobacco. Her fish and lumber were marketed largely elsewhere, chiefly in the West Indies but also in other colonies, in the Azores, and in southern Europe.

From the American point of view the British government ought to have encouraged the trade with the foreign West Indies instead of trying to check it with the Molasses Act. The English authorities were, however, less impressed by [New England arguments] than by the smuggled European goods which came in through this “back door.”

Before, as well as after, the passage of the Molasses Act, sugar and molasses from the foreign West Indies continued to supply the distilleries of New England, whence rum was sent out for use in the Indian trade and in the purchase of African slaves. In this latter trade, Boston and especially Newport merchants competed with those of the mother country.

In the first half of the eighteenth century, Newport became the chief base in North America for the African slave trade. The round of this trade began with the rum manufactured from West Indies molasses. What followed may be illustrated from the correspondence of some of these Newport merchants.

In 1755, for instance, the firm of Wilkinson and Ayrault sent Captain David Lindsay to the African coast, where he was to exchange his cargo for gold and slaves. With his human freight he was to sail to Barbados or St. Christopher, where the slaves were to be sold, provided he could get an average price of twenty-seven pounds for them all, “great and small.” The captain did this business on commission, getting among other things five slaves for his own share.

The profits of this trade, legal and illegal, were building up at Boston, Newport, Salem, and elsewhere a rich merchant class of decidedly cosmopolitan interests.”

(The Foundations of American Nationality, Evarts Boutell Greene, American Book Company, 1922, excerpts pp. 246-247; 262-263)

The Un-Civil War in Missouri

Following the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854—which permitted Kansas to allow or reject the institution of slavery by popular sovereignty—a destructive and sometimes bloody border war between Kansas and Missouri partisans raged for six years.

In 1860, about 80 percent of Missouri’s population was made up of first or second generation immigrants from other Southern and Border States, but only 13 percent of Missouri households owned slaves. Except for St. Louis, a city of 160,000, where new German immigrants made up a considerable portion of the population, Missouri was solidly Conservative and Democrat in its political leanings. Lincoln ran fourth in the 1860 presidential election, capturing only 10 percent of the vote.

More @ The Tribune

Canada, EU and Germany Signal Compliance With President Trump Trade Demands…

Via The Daily Timewaster



This win needs to be sipped slowly for maximum enjoyment.    

First, we would draw your attention to May 23rd, when President Trump announced an instruction to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin a Section 301 review of the auto industry a week prior to the implementation of the Steel and Aluminum tariffs.


At the time when all media were discussing other ‘matters’ CTH pointed out the strategy that was visible in the Auto-Sector.  China, the EU (specifically Germany), and Canada were the strategic trade targets in the approach.  About a week later, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland snarkily announced her “sisterhood in trade” with EU Trade Minister Cecilia Malström, and how together they formed a strategy and were going to block President Trump.  They were very pleased with themselves (please watch).

Freeland and Prime Minister Justin from Canada, then strategized with Emmanuel from France and Angela from Germany on how they were going to use the G7 to embarrass President Trump on trade conflict issues via the summit; and subsequent use of media press conferences.  The entire thing back-fired, bigly.  President Trump announced the tariffs would continue until trade reciprocity improved.

Comparing separations

Via Billy

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All of us, including the Trump administration and Congress, are properly concerned about the well-being of illegal alien children at the southern border.  Apparently, for a number of years, our government, through the Office of Refugee Resettlement has been providing their shelter, food, clothing, and bathroom and shower facilities.  Their stays at the ORR facilities are temporary until they are reconnected with their parents.  So we need not exaggerate our shame and sympathy for the separation of immigrant children from their parents when there is a far more heinous separation ongoing: abortion.

Abortion is the real human separation.  Some may deny that abortion is killing or murder, but no one can deny that it is the unnatural and irreversible separation of two living human entities, offspring ("fetus") and mother.

Put the two separations in perspective.

                                                               More @ American Thinker

Poll: 3:1 Public Support for Trump’s Push to End Catch-and-Release

 Looks like it's backfiring.

Democrats are converting their emotional protests against “family separation” into unpopular calls  for the catch-and-release of many Central American migrants into ordinary Americans’ jobsites and schools.

The pre-election, pro-migration push is a huge risk, according to a poll by The Economist and YouGov which shows 3:1 public opposition to the Democrats’s catch-and-release policy. That opposition to catch-and-release was reinforced by President Donald Trump’s June 20 Executive Order to keep families together in detention until their appeal is decided by a judge.

The Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 adults was taken in mid-June. It shows that only 19 percent of Americans prefer the Democrats’s call to “release the [migrant] families and have them report back for an immigration hearing at a later date.”

The low score included only 17 percent of swing-voters and 7 percent of Republicans, 16 percent of blacks and 20 percent of Hispanics.

In contrast, 39 percent of swing-voters preferred the option of “Hold families together in family detention centers until an immigration hearing at a later date.” Another 18 percent favored separating the families and placing the children in shelters run by a government agency or in “juvenile detention centers.”
More  @ Breitbart

Voters Blame Parents, Not Feds, For Border Children Crisis

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Most voters blame the parents of the separated children at the border for the latest illegal immigration crisis, not the federal government.

When families are arrested and separated after attempting to enter the United States illegally, 54% of Likely U.S. Voters say the parents are more to blame for breaking the law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 35% believe the federal government is more to blame for enforcing the law. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

To help understand the current political debate over the children issue, a closer look shows that 82% of Republicans and 56% of voters not affiliated with either major political party feel the parents are more to blame for breaking the law. But 60% of Democrats say the government is more to blame for enforcing the law.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Democrats think the Trump administration is too aggressive in trying to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States, a view shared by only 23% of Republicans and a plurality (46%) of unaffiliated voters.

Among all voters, 49% say the administration is too aggressive trying to stop illegal immigration. Twenty-five percent (25%) say it’s not aggressive enough, while 21% view the administration’s policies as about right.

Fifty-four percent (54%) agree with President Trump when he says, “The United States will not be a migrant camp. And it will not be a refugee-holding facility – it won’t be.” Thirty percent (30%) disagree, while 16% are undecided.

Ben Shapiro: 'The Left Wants to Have It Both Ways' on Immigration, Border Security

Ben Shapiro said the left "wants to have it both ways" when it comes to border security and reforming the immigration laws.

The conservative radio host and Daily Wire editor-in-chief said Democrats are only interested in one solution when it comes to families detained at the border: releasing them into the U.S.

"The right is actually attempting to solve this. The Democrats want to say the policy is awful, it's evil, it's Nazi-esque, it's Japanese internment in 1942. It's all of those things, but we're not gonna work to solve it because it's all on Trump," he said on his radio program.

More @ Fox

White House plans merging of education and labor departments: OMB report

Via Billy

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks during a meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

How about getting rid of both?

The White House on Thursday released its plan to merge the Departments of Education and Labor into a single Cabinet agency, moving ahead on President Trump’s “drain the swamp agenda” as his administration looks to do away with a long list of overlapping regulations and department functions.

The wide-ranging reorganization plan  was formally unveiled during the president’s cabinet meeting on Thursday by Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney. It also includes moving the federal food stamp program to the Department of Health and Human Services and restructuring the Postal Service, among other changes.

More @ Fox

NC Meadows vs Paul Ryan

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Ryan ruptures with Freedom Caucus - WaPo: 
“A House immigration bill meticulously negotiated by Republicans appeared to be on the brink of failure ahead of a planned Thursday vote after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and a top conservative leader engaged in an unusually heated floor confrontation Wednesday. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) argued with Ryan in plain view of lawmakers, aides and reporters during a Wednesday afternoon vote — a dispute that Meadows later confirmed surrounded the immigration votes scheduled for Thursday. The typically mild-mannered Meadows could be seen repeating ‘it doesn’t matter’ as Ryan spoke to him, and he walked away from Ryan at one point only to return and continue arguing. Speaking to reporters afterward, Meadows accused Ryan and other House leaders of a bait-and-switch — agreeing to a deal on what would be contained in the compromise legislation only to leave key provisions out of the final text.

Amnesties always result in more illegal immigration and more amnesties. They move the country to the left by flooding the electorate with massive increases in low-information voters. Amnesties and illegal immigration are costly beyond the worst nightmares of taxpayers, and they do severe economic damage to American workers and wage earners. They are near impossible to control. They bring higher crime rates.

By the way, a wall will do little good without an E-Verify system to keep out illegal immigrant workers that drive American wages down. All amnesties bring negative consequences, but any amnesty bill  without a strong E-Verify system hurts American workers and taxpayers and is essentially a surrender to open-border social and political chaos. Such  irresponsibility is nation-destroying in its potential. Voters should throw the proponents and supporters of such legislation out of office in both primaries and general elections. Time is running out to save our county.

Karl Rove was just on Fox pitching for the Ryan bill.

I think Trump would sign the bill if it passes, which would be a major breach in his campaign promises. The consequences would eventually be visible enough to undermine his base and GOP credibility as well.

I continue to be a strong supporter of Meadows and others who fight against the Democrats and against the spineless minority of Republicans who are assisting the Democrats in handing our country over to leftists and big-donor special interests.

--Mike Scruggs

Cultural Ion Thrusters

I work in a STEM field and for a while I wanted to be an astronaut, so one of the things that has always fascinated me is the different propulsion systems available and being developed.  One such system is an ion thruster.  A propulsion system with no moving parts, it has a high reliability and incredible efficiency. 

 Counterbalancing those benefits is a very low actual thrust – I once read, at least as of years ago, that ion thruster force was comparable to a holding an 8 ½ X 11 piece of paper in your hand. But placed on a spacecraft and run continuously, over years it will affect significant changes in that spacecraft’s velocity (speed and/or direction).  In fact, this is one of the kinds of propulsion systems proposed to deflect an asteroid from a possible collision path with Earth, if detected far enough out to get one to that rock and let it run for years.  Force applied over time…


Is The United States On A Road To Becoming Ungovernable?


For a long time I have observed the rancor in modern American political discourse, and I have become concerned about where all of this anger and frustration is taking us.  In order for any society to function, there must be some form of government.  And in order for government to function, a certain percentage of the population has to be willing to submit to the authority of that government.

For example, there will always be a few tax protesters out there that refuse to pay their taxes, but if every single American suddenly decided to stop paying taxes our system of taxation would collapse overnight.  Sure, the government could prosecute thousands of us, but if that crackdown still didn’t motivate people to start paying their taxes there is not much that could be done.  The only reason any form of government works is because enough people buy into the narrative that the government is legitimate and should be respected.  Here in the United States, fewer and fewer people are buying into that narrative.

Kim Kardashian: I Want Trump ‘To Succeed,’ It’s Crazy That ‘Everyone Doesn’t Want That’

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Kim Kardashian said she wants to see President Donald Trump “succeed” and called out “everyone who doesn’t want that.”

“I try to see all sides, especially after this experience,” the 37-year-old reality star shared, referencing her decision to meet with Trump to ask for a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, on Wednesday with the Hollywood Reporter.

Border patrol agent: Kids are treated humanely