Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Pennel Bird On The Left's Childish Rage

Trump is in favor of redefining marriage, has a ten-point plan for renewal of the inner city, employs more women than men as executives in his businesses, has been married to two immigrants, and has a Jewish daughter and three Jewish grandchildren.  These would seem to put the lie to claims Trump is racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ.  So why, given these many things on which his opponents might agree with the president, are they unmoved to acknowledge common ground?

Intellectual dishonesty is possible.  Sheer hatred is more likely.  Democratic representative Brad Sherman admitted that the animus against the president is so strong in the California legislature, for example, that he would be forced to oppose Mother's Day if Trump supported it.  Trump's win was not only a repudiation of globalism, elitism, and Obamism, but also a devastating rebuke to the core identity of the left.  The rage and denial are, in some ways, easy to understand.

In spite of or because of their outsized antipathy for Trump, this might have been an important moment for the Democratic left to undertake a clear-eyed accounting of why they lost an un-losable election.  Instead of honest forensics on their efforts, the left became a verb and began flame-throwing the administration early and often with an impressively hateful and single-minded campaign.  But a funny thing happened on the way to impeachment: Democrats stopped standing for anything at all, other than pitched loathing and hysteria. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

An Immodest Proposal: Let Us Establish A National Holiday To Honor Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi is perhaps the most influential economist in history. His financial innovations would shape the policies of everyone from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama and every big city mayor of the past fifty years. The loyal Democrat donor, Bernie Madoff, would devote his life to honing the skills Ponzi contributed to the world. Our Social Security system, as well as our public pensions, owe their existence to Ponzi's unending wisdom.

To be fair, the Republicans have been every bit as loyal to Ponzi's principles even though they sometimes badmouth them in public. Ponzi's broad public appeal would insure that monuments honoring this innovator would never be desecrated. Let it be noted that Carlo The Great's humanitarian accomplishments were limited to the financial realm.


When he was released from jail, Ponzi got involved in yet another criminal venture, smuggling Italian immigrants across the border into the United States. This too landed him in jail—he spent two years behind bars in Atlanta.

Charles Ponzi was Democrat's Democrat whose life would shape public thinking to this very day. Want to see the soul of the Democratic Party? Google Charles Ponzi.  From Mauldin Economics:

The website Pension Tsunami posts scores of articles, written all across America, about pension problems. We find out today that in places like New York and Chicago and Cook County, pension funds have more retirees collecting than workers paying into the fund. There are more retired cops in New York and Chicago than there are working cops. And the numbers of retirees just keep growing. On an individual basis, it is smart for the Chicago police officer to retire as early possible, locking in benefits, go on to another job that offers more retirement benefits, and round out a career by working at least three years at a private job that qualifies the officer for Social Security. Many police and fire pensions are based on the last three years of income; so in the last three years before they retire, these diligent public servants work enormous amounts of overtime, increasing their annual pay and thus their final pension payouts.

This article is worth reading in its entirety:

We all know that there is a pension crisis, yes, a pension tsunami brewing in places like Puerto Rico and Chicago. We know it's bad but we probably do not grasp just how bad the situation really is. We know the crash is looming but we probably think it is later rather than sooner. We might not be able or willing to grasp the complexities of the situation but we can all understand that when pension recipients exceed contributors, when ex-cops exceed working cops, the time has come...Time to pay tribute to Charles Ponzi.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Alpha Male, Beta Male, Flimsy Science, Hierarchy Analysis And Further Abuses Of The English Language

The term, "beta male" is perhaps the most frequently misused term of this era. A beta is not a wimp, a pansy, a loser, an endomorph, an ectomorph, a coward, or a man of low testosterone. Ironically, beta males tend to be the men we most respect for their displays of manhood. They tend to be the picture, the example, the prototype of those things we associate with manliness.

In a hierarchy, and humans are hierarchical animals, there three types: alphas, betas and omegas. The alphas are the leaders who pursue upward mobility. The betas are those who accept and are comfortable in a subordinate position. Omegas are more complicated.

Omegas tend to avoid hierarchy as much as possible but often find themselves in yet another org chart. Things being equal they would probably rather be an alpha than a beta but their lives are an ongoing struggle to escape the herd altogether. Bruce Lee was not a pansy. Nor was Muhammad Ali. They were not prototypical omegas but they were omegas nonetheless.

Alpha males are easy to understand. They have to be the top dog. They would prefer to command a struggling Brand X than to be comfortably fifth in line at Goldman Sachs. The Ivy League was once a haven for alpha males. Recognizing this, the Navy would route a JFK to a PT boat and a John Kerry to a swift boat. Too many alpha males might be trouble on a larger vessel.

Chris Kyle was a prototypical beta male. Had he been an alpha he would probably have attended Annapolis or possibly joined ROTC. He did not feel the need to climb the ladder and he left the Navy as a chief petty officer. Most enlisted personnel are betas. Most Marines and most. if not all, Rangers and SEALS. Beta males.

Most members of street gangs, motorcycle clubs and police departments are betas. Football players and most athletes who play team sports are beta. There are budding alphas or potential alphas or future alphas in all of these organizations but most are betas who are proud and satisfied to be betas. Anyone who works for wages is a frustrated alpha, a frustrated omega or a fairly contented beta.

Hierarchical theory is a fascinating topic well worth further analysis. In the meantime, can we at least try to get our terminology right?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ballsy Jeff Sessions Announces Even More Inaction On Friday Afternoon On Eve Of Hurricane's Arrival

Time has confirmed what we already knew about James Comey: He is a crook.

We do not yet have red hand smoking gun evidence on Jeff Sessions but he seems to be on a Comey trajectory. If it walks like a crook and talks like a crook, we might not have probable cause to prosecute him, but we can send him back to Alabama. What is Trump waiting for to get rid of this slug?

If I have one legal lifeboat and MS-13 is on one side of the deck and The Lerner Gang on the other side of the deck, MS-13 sails away. This would not be as logically lopsided as freeing the Clinton Mob while crushing Martha Stewart but Lerner, et al, pose a greater threat to the rule of law than do hundreds of outlaw Salvadorans. Civilizations survive outlaws. Surviving the politicization and weaponization of law enforcement, intelligence, bureaucracy and perhaps worst of all, the treasury might prove impossible.

I am glad I not the only one who sees the obvious duplicity of Jeff Sessions. This from Christian Mercenary:

My business was investigated and when they found nothing in 2009, they moved on to 2010 and when they found nothing in 2010 and I was shutting down my business for lack of economic activity in 2011, they found something, or created something. I still maintain that I made every payment, filed every return, but mysteriously, they lost the last return I filed. I guess they waited to try and find something legitimate before they "created" a violation, but I could produce no evidence that I paid it, no canceled check, nothing. Maybe I did miss it, I just don't think so, but since I couldn't prove I paid it, eventually I did pay the required amount. Though they had threatened me with owing them several hundred thousand dollars, they settled for the $3,400 that I actually may have not paid.

Mr. Sessions, you have no idea the thousands of conservatives who were put through hell by the agents of Ms. Lerner. To give her a pass when there was no forgiveness on her side, when the most ruthless of tactics were used as a bludgeon by her and her agents, I cannot fathom your leniency other than corruption. This, sir, is what makes radicals out of the common man. This obvious double-standard for the rich and powerful against the common laborer, who struggles to pay taxes, who has their profits sacrificed to pay for the excesses of others can drive one mad. 

From Ace of Spades:

Trump DOJ: No Plans to Prosecute Lois Lerner

I don't know if this is Trump's call or Sessions' call or if it was made by subordinates and there's some doctrine of non-interference from political appointees that prevents them from doing anything about it -- but I'm getting very tired of the One Party Government.
Not even a special counsel to look into this independently? Nothing?
Was it all a lie? And if it was all a lie -- then what else can I trust?
If the Swamp turns out to have acted properly here, then maybe the Swamp shouldn't be drained, huh?
And hey -- good call on keeping John Koskinen in the IRS chief spot.
I mean, if this was all a lie from the start, then I guess this faithful civil servant should keep his job, right?

Frustratingly, a lot of Tucker Carlson types have befriended Sessions and simply cannot fathom that he might possess a flaw or two.  From Hot Air:

Something tells me that if Sessions had the goods on Lerner in any way, shape or form we’d already know it because she’d be under arrest. So at least for the time being, Ms. Lerner gets to keep on enjoying her taxpayer funded retirement benefits, even if we’ll never know precisely what benefits she’s receiving. Well done!

I think that is a sarcastic "well done" but I could be wrong. If Sessions had the goods on Lerner, she;d be under arrest? Really? Sessions has the good on several Obama Administration crooks perujring themselves and Jeffie Out Of Sessions has done nothing about them. Right Mr. Clapper? How about Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes and Samantha Power and their fellow thugs? Cue "Sounds of Silence". 

Did the AG convene a grand jury in the Lerner case? I remind the reader that this scandal was exposed by Lois Lerner's public admission that she and others treated non-profit applications differently depending on their political perspective. I am no lawyer but it seems that a recorded confession is a good launching pad for a criminal probe. 

Oh, and another crime that is easy to prove: data tampering. Hard drives just rotted live fallen apples under the tree. Got time to look into that one, Attorney Sessions? Didn't think so. 

I shall now belabor a point and I will do so in the future. Remember when all the idiot conservative pundits praised James Comey for (this punchline is a doozy) his unending integrity. Insert laugh track here. 

Now that stale routine is being reprised by the many fans of Jeff Sessions (Did you know that he is a man of unending integrity?) Hey Tucker! Get a grip! Your prom date is a crook!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

RIP: Jerry Pournelle

I miss a lot of deserved RIP's but then again, this blog is not supposed to be an in memorium kinda place. My heart goes out to those who are great but are probably unnoticed by popular media.

Jerry Pournelle was a great science fiction writer and futurist.

I have posted this trio of gems before in which Pournelle (with the help of Durk Pearson and Tom Snyder) gives us a glimpse of the eventual future. Two things jump off the page. One, in 1979 we did not have a word for a printer. Pournelle describes is as an automatic typewriter.

Second, and this is a smaller matter, is Pournelle telling us we will read newspapers from a glass screen. Of course, he would be right but it still amazes me how fast glass disappeared from our desktops,.

Restating The Case That Jeff Sessions Is Either A Judas Or A Fredo Or A Charlie Brown Or A Forrest Gump Or Perhaps A Horse's Ass At Large

Whatever he might be, I have zero respect for Jeff Sessions. He is the biggest mistake Donald Trump made as a president and possibly the worst mistake of Trump's entire life.

From Judicial Watch:

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the  Department of Justice’s decision not to bring charges against Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, whose own emails place her at the heart of the politicization of the IRS for the targeting of conservative groups:
I have zero confidence that the Justice Department did an adequate review of the IRS scandal. In fact, we’re still fighting the Justice Department and the IRS for records about this very scandal. Today’s decision comes as no surprise considering that the FBI collaborated with the IRS and is unlikely to investigate or prosecute itself. President Trump should order a complete review of the whole issue. Meanwhile, we await accountability for IRS Commissioner Koskinen, who still serves and should be drummed out of office.
Judicial Watch released 294 pages of FBI “302” documents revealing top Washington IRS officials, including Lois Lerner and Holly Paz, knew the agency was specifically targeting “Tea Party” and other conservative organizations two full years before disclosing it to Congress and the public.  An FBI 302 document contains detailed narratives of FBI agent investigations.  The Obama Justice Department and FBI investigations into the Obama IRS scandal resulted in no criminal charges.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Owner Saves His Home From Flood With Aqua Dam

No Kidding? Looks Like The Dems Stole New Hampshire's Senate Seat. Possibly Stole Electoral Votes From Hillary.

For years, the mainstream media has ignored the problem of voter fraud and belittled those of us who are trying to do something about it. And when secretaries of state like me identify cases of fraud, we are told that the number of incidents of voter fraud is too insignificant to matter.

Now, however, facts have come to light that indicate that a pivotal, close election was likely changed through voter fraud on November 8, 2016: New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate Seat, and perhaps also New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes in the presidential election.

New Hampshire is one of fifteen states that allow same-day voter registration. The benefit of same-day registration is that it allows a person who has procrastinated or has forgotten to register to nonetheless cast a ballot on election day. The downside of same-day registration is that it does not allow the state time to assess the eligibility of the voter. A volunteer poll worker simply accepts a modicum of identification and takes the voter at his word that he’s a U.S. citizen resident of the state who is eligible to vote.

Complete article at Breitbart:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Glimpse Of The Near Future: New Criteria For Cryptocoin Creation

Long-term, I do not know if cryptocoins will be tsunami or a mud puddle. It might turn out to be seen as one more scheme. In the short-term though, cryptocurrencies will be the most earth-changing event since the Internet migration.

To earn a Bitcoin, the original successful cc, one has to solve a mathematical puzzle. Many of us asked, why don't the cc generators ask their recipients to do something else, maybe something noble, altruistic or productive. Latium is providing a forum for this sort of activity.

In fairness, I don't know if the cc gods are rewarding that which is noble, altruistic or productive but they are handing out coins for things like signing petitions. This is a big step.

Monday, September 4, 2017

POS Boldly Promoting A Hate Group

Seriously, these nuns got tagged as a hate group by SPLC. Book em, Danno.

Antifa beats conservatives, Trump supporters and anyone they disagree with with bats, bars, bike locks and bricks.
The far left SPLC does not see hate in these actions. And that it why you can never trust this toxic group.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is currently being sued for classifying a Christian Church as a hate group.
The Southern Poverty Law Center also put the Spokane Singing Nuns on their hate list.
But not Antifa terrorists.
Blunt Force Truth via Gateway Pundit via Washington Free Beacon

Portrait Of A HATE Group In Action

Oh BTW, Obama's Stimulus Was A Failure...QE Is Also A Disaster

President Obama’s great stimulus spending and QE programs saw disposable income of average Americans reverse historic trends and stagnate or  actually decline.  There has been a huge increase in the taxes they have to pay for everything from gasoline to cell phones and property taxes. And since government is responsible for these taxes and the big states are all run by Democrats with liberal news media, these facts are seldom reported.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Reflections On William Kristol's Suggestion That White Workers Should Be Replaced By Immigrants

I am not big on apologies and I believe we need more, not less, offensive speech. I don't want to portray the American worker as one more snowflake jumping at the opportunity to elevate his victim cred. To rehash, a vid emerged of renowned Never-Trumper, William Kristol, speaking at an American Enterprise Institute function. Surprisingly, Kristol drops his neocon veil and treats the audience to a Gruberesque epiphany touting the merits of replacing America's white working class

Kristol's argument goes something like this: Ethnic groups get lazy over time. Each new generation is a  photocopy not as good as the original or even as well-defined as the last version. Perhaps Kristol is projecting his own life onto the nation. He is after all, the son of a genuine intellectual who carried palpable public influence. The Krisols might not have fallen with the enhanced gravity of say, the Kennedys, but they have jumped the shark and William happens to be the Fonz.

First, if ethnic groups do grow lazy over time, and that is a big assumption, what would hold true for white Americans would also hold truer for African-Americans. African-American's ancestors preceded the immigration of Irish, Italians and Russian Jews to name but a few newbies. Should the African-American worker also be replaced? And what about native Americans? Would their longevity move them to the top of Kristol's lethargy list?

I realize that it is considered impolite to compare a pundit's viewpoint to those held by certain leaders in certain countries at certain times but when one talks about replacing ethnic groups, it does have an ominous ring to it. Perhaps Kristol should elaborate on his preferred method of replacement. We'll skip historical parallels for now.

What is frustrating is not the snide, callous tone of a man who started life on third base, who was granted a plum job of writing speeches for a vice president (Dan Quayle. An epic Kristol failure) and who would eventually inherit a national news magazine. No, what is frustrating is that once more, the intelligentsia gets it wrong. Kristol misses by a measure unfathomable.

In 2016, a failed candidate ran on a campaign of free stuff free stuff free stuff, Donald Trump, on the other hand, ran a successful campaign promising his people that dreaded four letter word: WORK! Trump could get an automatic applause reminding his audience how much work work work awaited them in the future.

Work and more work were the unifying themes of the Trump campaign. What were MAGA Nation's grievances? Work had been sent overseas and domestically, work was taken from them via cheap, imported labor. Kristol's labeling the white American working class lazy is not so much insulting as it is inaccurate. Kristol is, to be polite, stupid.

Perhaps on this Labor Day the William Kritols of the world will honor the hardest-working, highest-skilled, most-reliable work force on Planet Earth. We can dream, can't we?

If You Don't Already Find Jeff Flake Repulsive...

“Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course,”  Jeff Flake on Twitter.  
Well, this very judicial process also convicted a Cuban terrorist/spy named Gerardo Hernandez for –among other crimes--conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens. The judicial process so revered by Jeff Flake then sentenced the Cuban terrorist to two consecutive life terms. In fact, these convictions were upheld all the way to the Supreme Court.
Yet Sen. Jeff Flake was a gleeful accessory to Obama’s pardon (by any other name) of this communist spy/murderer/terrorist and his release back to Cuba as a conquering hero.

Anonymous Posts Long List Of Antifa Members

Thankfully, I don't know any of these creeps.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Voter Fraud In Florida

A veteran Democrat chief election official in Florida has conceded in court that noncitizens and felons possibly voted, in a case that could have national implications for how localities clean up voter rolls.
Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is defending her office against a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Rights Union, a conservative legal group that contends there are more voters registered on Broward’s rolls than there are eligible voters in the county.

SPLC Offshores Its Assets

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its "hate group" designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.
Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of "fighting hate and bigotry" using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

Corrupt FBI Still Being Commandeered By Corrupt Obama Administration

FBI officials are claiming a lack of public interest justifies their decision to keep Hilary Clinton’s very controversial archived records from being released to the public.

“We have determined you have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” says the August 28 letter from David Hardy, the FBI’s record manager.

“I’m just stunned. This is exactly what I would have expected had Mrs. Clinton won the election,” Clevenger told the Washington Times. “It looks like the [Barack] Obama Administration is still running the FBI,” Clevenger added.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bill Kristol: White Working Class Should Be Replaced by Immigrants

Politicizing The Arpaio Pardon: Yawn

If they ever build that hall of fame for political movements that get zero traction, the Arpaio pardon will be inducted on the first ballot.

I am not an Arpaio fan. In my view he was abusive to inmates. He was also a skilled attention-seeker, a narcissist's narcissist. He made the news media his personal orchestra and they were all too happy to shower praise on the publicity whore. If we had a nickel for every chant of "The nation's toughest sheriff," we would have paid off the national debt a long time ago.

Despite our philosophical differences and my personal aversion to this inflated public figure, the fact remains that Arpaio was a dedicated public servant for over fifty years. The people of Maricopa County respected this man and elected him again and again. To his credit, Phoenix never became the next Detroit or Chicago. Given its location, Phoenix could have become the organized crime capital of Planet Earth. It could have become a colony of any or all of the Mexican cartels. Under Arpaio's reign--some would say a reign of terror--Phoenix maintained one of the lowest crime rates of any major US city.

Once more, the star of the show is the media establishment. They made Joe Arpaio. They destroyed Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Joe dared to challenge their precious Barack Obama and his merry men on issues ranging from THE ONE's documented birth to his absurd immigration policies. However you want to spin this story, it boils down to Arpaio refusing to kiss Obama's ring.

Once more, the fourth estate is aggrieved. How dare Trump pardon an 85 year old man who was prosecuted on ridiculous charges in an act of naked political partisanship. Arpaio's alleged crimes were bogus from day one. A mountain of horseshit.

Once more, the chronic malcontents remain chronic malcontents. The Paul Ryans remain spineless, craven eunuchs. Trump's base will solidify even more. Most of us get back to life and await Morning Joe and Nancy Pelosi and Wolf Cooper to take umbrage once more. We can hardly wait.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Evan Sayet On Why People Love Trump

He fights (and fights under their rules too.)

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.  There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.  We tried statesmanship.  Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?  We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?  And the results were always the same.
This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.
I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.  I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.  I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.  Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”
Great Column at Townhall:

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ministry files lawsuit against Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it a hate group (And I hope they sue CNN too)

We previously reported that Freedom Center threatened a lawsuit against SPLC and CNN. Well a ministry labeled a hate group by SPLC has gone one step further and filed suit against the con artists at SPLC.

D. James Kennedy Ministries, based at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, has filed a federal lawsuit in Alabama against the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center for calling the ministry a hate group.
The lawsuit was filed Aug. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in Montgomery.  The lawsuit alleges that the SPLC "illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by DJKM and committed defamation against DJKM arising from the publication and distribution of false information that libels the ministry's reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public," according to a statement by the ministry.

Speaker Pelosi Warns Of The Hazards Of Yelling "Wolf" In A Crowded Theater


Horowitz And Company Take On CNN And SPLC

Southern Poverty Law Center (What a name! These con artists are swimming in cash.) has compiled a list of over 900 "hate groups." There is an obvious financial incentive to inflate the number of organization who advocate genocide, or apartheid at the very least. The roundup comes at a price, however, and SPLC--and CNN--are about to find out in an expensive way.

SPLC has endangered innocent lives with their indiscriminate branding. CNN has recklessly parroted SPLC's index. The liability should be obvious but fake news proponents sometimes miss the obvious. Now, Freedom Center is threatening legal action.

From Front Page:

Editor's Note: Below is a letter that the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s legal team sent to CNN on August 21, 2017, regarding their publishing of an article, The Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups, on August 17, 2017 (updated on August 18) listing the Freedom Center as an SPLC designated hate group. The SLPC’s “hate map” is a malicious and defamatory attack that deliberately crowds together neo-Nazis with the conservative political organizations it opposes. CNN has attacked freedom of speech and exposed itself to legal consequences by running the SPLC’s smear. And the Freedom Center won’t take it lying down.

From Greenwald & Hoffman, LLP, Attorneys at Law, August 21, 2017.
Re: Defamatory statements regarding David Horowitz.
Dear Mr. Zucker, Mr. Vigilante, Mr. Davis, Mr. Andone, and Mr. Mullery:
This firm represents David Horowitz and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation (“Freedom Center”) regarding the defamatory claim that CNN has published about David Horowitz and the Freedom Center in the website article by Dakin Andone and map by Will Mullery describing alleged hate groups throughout the United States.  Without critical examination, Mr. Andone’s article refers to and blindly adopts as “widely accepted” the entire list of 917 alleged “hate groups” labeled as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (“SPLC”) website, which maliciously promotes the false accusation that the Freedom Center is a “hate group” and that David Horowitz is “anti-Muslim” and “anti-black”.     
There is not a shred of truth to these false accusations.  Although Mr. Andone and Mr. Mullery define a “hate group” as an organization with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics,” David Horowitz personally challenges CNN to produce one statement of his or of the Freedom Center that denigrates a group of people based on their identity or immutable characteristics.  Mr. Horowitz has written and published over a million words. There is not a single sentence of his that could qualify as racist or denigrating a group of people based on their identity.  Nor are Mr. Andone, CNN, or the SPLC able to quote any.  Mr. Andone and CNN should have fact-checked SPLC’s false designation of the Freedom Center before publishing it.
CNN and Mr. Andone cite the SPLC website as the source of their defamatory claim, but they have failed to critically examine that source before publishing this defamation. CNN has adopted, without adequate investigation, specious third party claims by the SPLC that Mr. Horowitz and the Freedom Center are “anti-Muslim” and “anti-black.”  If CNN had thoroughly investigated these claims, it would have discovered a variety of articles that seriously undermine the credibility of SPLC’s hate list. For example, on October 30, 2016, Tablet Magazine published on the Internet an article exposing the SPLC’s recent blacklisting of David Horowitz and other writers and intellectuals.  The article, entitled “A New Blacklist From the Southern Poverty Law Center Marks the Demise of a Once-Vital Organization,” is written by Lee Smith, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.  (See attached article.)  
Smith’s article outlines in detail how the SPLC, which once valiantly fought against violent supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and defended those advocating non-violence, has turned on advocates of non-violence, like Maajid Nawaz, a practicing Muslim who is working within his Muslim community to push back against extremism. Nawaz frequently insists that “Islam is a religion of peace,” but because he is critical of those within his own faith who preach violent resolution of conflicts, the SPLC accuses Nawaz of “blasphemy” (a surprising term for an alleged civil rights organization) and targets him and others on SPLC’s blacklist as being anti-Muslim extremists.  Really?  Who is really the hate group here?  And why is CNN supporting a hate group’s defamation of other groups?  
Instead of defending Nawaz’s advocacy of non-violence and diversity of thought, the SPLC is “now aggressively defending the kind of violent supremacists it had once sought to prosecute, and attacking types like Nawaz it had once defended against violence.” The article explores several reasons for the SPLC’s betrayal of its prior mission, suggesting that the blacklist has nothing to do with real anti-Muslim extremism and is simply being used to smear the SPLC’s political enemies.
Attached is a recent article entitled, “D.C. Shooter A Fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center.” Not only has the SPLC’s hate list been connected to at least two incidents of attempted mass murder, the article quotes Mark Potock, of the SPLC, who admitted in an interview: "Our criteria for a 'hate group,' first of all, have nothing to do with criminality, or violence, or any kind of guess we're making about 'this group could be dangerous.' It's strictly ideological." (Emphasis added.)
In the attached recent article, “A Demagogic Bully: The Southern Poverty Law Center Demonizes Respectable Political Opponents as ‘Hate Groups’—And Keeps its Coffers Bulging,” Mark Pulliam catalogues the SPLC’s biased listings and describes how the SPLC unfairly uses a loose definition to smear ideological opponents having no connection to actual hate groups: 
“The SPLC claims that ‘917 Hate Groups are currently operating in the U.S.,’ but offers only vague guidelines for what qualifies: ‘groups hav[ing] beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.’ Despite its insinuations that hate groups are inherently violent, the SPLC casts a much broader net: ‘Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafletting or publishing’ (emphasis added). Indeed, some of the SPLC’s hate ‘groups’ are merely websites or publications—even record labels and religious sects.
“This fluid and subjective definition allows the SPLC to lump together—along with the KKK, neo-Nazis, and racist skinheads—such varied groups as religious-liberty advocates Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel; pro-family groups such as the World Congress of Families; Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy; the David Horowitz Freedom Center and, separately, its Jihad Watch program; Ann Corcoran’s Refugee Resettlement Watch; and many immigration-reform groups, including CIS and FAIR.” (See Here.)
Pulliam cites left-leaning lawyers and journalists who are openly critical of the SPLC’s motives and methods: “Atlanta-based civil rights lawyer Stephen B. Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights and longtime lecturer at Yale Law School, declined to accept the [Morris Dees] award in 2007 because he saw Dees as a ‘con man and fraud.’” . . . “’I’ve long regarded Morris Dees and his Southern Poverty Law Center as collectively one of the greatest frauds in American life,’ wrote the late progressive journalist Alexander Cockburn in 2007.” . . . “Even left-leaning Politico has become skeptical; Ben Schreckinger’s recent article “Has a Civil Rights Stalwart Lost Its Way?” notes longstanding charges “that the SPLC is overplaying its hand, becoming more of a partisan progressive hit operation than a civil rights watchdog.” (Ibid.) (Emphasis added.)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Old News: Obama's Ancestors Owned Slaves (And Anderson Cooper's Peeps Owned Michelle's Folks)

Once more, we look to British tabs for the teal story.

The following correction was printed in the Observer's For the record column, Sunday March 11 2007 

The article below was incorrect to claim that the Rev Al Sharpton's slave ancestors 'were owned by the late politician Strom Thurmond, who once stood for President on a staunchly racist, segregationalist platform'. Al Sharpton's great-grandfather, Coleman Sharpton, was a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was Strom Thurmond's great-great-grandfather. 

It is a question that few thought a man aiming to be America's first black President would ever have to answer: did your family once own slaves?

Another forgotten revelation:
Amazingly, one of Anderson Cooper’s ancestors owned “Friendfield Plantation,” where one of Michelle Obama’s ancestors was a slave.
“Whitney Tower says Michelle Obama is welcome to visit the grave of a slave ancestor on his family’s South Carolina plantation.
One of Tower’s great-great-grandfathers was ferry and railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt, and one of Michelle Robinson Obama’s great-great-grandfathers was Jim Robinson, who was born a slave in 1850 at Friendfield in Georgetown, S.C.
Tower, who’s also a cousin of Anderson Cooper and is writing a memoir of addiction, ‘The Gilded Needle,’ told us: ‘After Lincoln freed the slaves, Jim Robinson stayed on and worked there. We believe he was buried there in 1888, in the African-American cemetery. Ms. Obama is welcome to visit anytime.’”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

DNC Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Mega-Scandal Exposed on Crosstalk

Isn't Mueller Overdue For A Leak?

Did Trump hire a Russian maid? A Russian driver? Did Ivanka hire an Eastern bloc nanny? you can smell the lingering stench of vodka.

Every time Trump has delivered a knockout speech or succeeded in any manner, NYT or WAPO is quick with a leak to change the narrative. Usually the leak happens late in the week when it is tougher to refute. Trump gave an Afghanistan speech on Monday that got rave reviews. He has rallies planned in Arizona and Nevada for Tuesday and Wednesday, I believe. If history is any indication, he will be received in each venue.

Thursday or Friday we will be served up a rumor that someone, somewhere, with ties to Donald Trump might have done something suspicious. Meantime, we are perched on the edge of our seats, biting our nails. Will the noose tighten?

Shocking! Honest Jon Gruber Settles Fraud Charge!

Surely there is some kind of mistake! Honest Jon less than perfectly truthful? I am shocked I tell you. Shocked. Shocked. Shocked. That vast right wing conspiracy working overtime once more.

Vermont’s Attorney General has settled the state’s claims of fraud against Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who served as a technical consultant for President Barack Obama and as one of the chief architects of Obamacare.
Under the terms of the settlement, Gruber will no longer work as a taxpayer-funded economic consultant for the state’s health care system and he won’t seek to be paid any money he might be owed, reports the Rutland Herald, a Vermont newspaper.
For its part under the agreement, the Vermont’s attorney general will not pursue legal action under the Vermont Civil False Claims Act.

Monday, August 21, 2017


I Am Suspicious Of This Tweet

Well I knew they would go after the US Constitution... bunch of worthless maggots. is it time to call them out now?