Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Busting the Immigration Environment Deniers: Suing Under the National Environmental Protection Act

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Drag queen with demon-like horns reads to children at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

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Drag queen with demon-like horns reads to children at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

A drag queen, wearing five red-tipped, demon-like horns, read to children at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library in Long Beach, California, on Saturday as part of LGBTQ History Month.

Following his Drag Queen Story Hour gig, Xochi Mochi posted an Instagram photo of him reading to kids at the public library, calling it “one of the best experiences I’ve been given as a drag queen.”

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“A Real Personage-And Not an Odd Name Merely…”

 

A Review of States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War, by Walter Brian Cisco, Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing, 1991.

“So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”-Psalm 90:12 (KJV)
Of all types of literature, I enjoy reading biographies.  As a man, I profit from biographies of men whose lives contain lessons and wisdom that I can apply to my own life.

I have greatly benefited from reading Walter Brian Cisco’s States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War. It has not only taught me more about my beloved South Carolina and those remarkable times that we who follow the Abbeville Institute are seeking to better understand, but it has introduced to a man in his forties a hero who lived to only thirty-three.

The battlefield is dead

Via Ol' Remus

Requiem Aeternam - Eternal Rest Grant unto Them 

The image of the battlefield is one that exerts a powerful hold on our collective imagination. It immediately evokes in our minds the sight of massed troops clashing furiously with each other, culminating in a decisive outcome that determines the fate of a wider conflict. However, such military confrontations have largely vanished from the contemporary landscape of war. Infantry troops typically engage each other today at ranges of several hundred metres. Sporadic skirmishes far outweigh large-scale engagements. The projection of uncontested air power is much the favoured use of force for risk-averse Western militaries. Conflicts simmer on or peter out without any grand clash of arms deciding their outcome.

But the decline of the traditional conception of the battlefield is hardly a novel phenomenon.

Although the Napoleonic Wars were still marked by pivotal one-day battles fought with tight formations of troops in close combat, by the late 19th century the classical battlefield was already in crisis.

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Legal Insurrection: "I don’t know if there are any uncorrupted institutions left that matter."

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Nine years ago today Legal Insurrection published its first post, Obama is Door No. 2.

For background on how we got started and have grown over the years, see our 7th Anniversary post, or scroll through our  tag.

Last year I noted that while it was a difficult year personally, I was optimistic. That’s been one of my roles over the years, keeping hope alive. But there’s no pep talk this year. Just dread.


The attempts to unwind the 2016 presidential election have changed everything.

I’ve written before how the attempts to intimidate the Electoral College electors into changing their votes was a game changer for me. That went beyond politics into attempted coup territory. It wasn’t just a matter of opposing Trump or Trump policies, which is legitimate, but an attempt to nullify an election. Criticize Trump all you want, I certainly did during the primaries, but respect the vote. If you don’t respect the vote, then you are not just political opposition, you are a danger to our system.

If the assault on the Electoral College was the game changer for me, a runner up was waking up to implications of the concentration of power in a small number of social media and internet companies who have been weaponized to shut down speech and expression. Google, Facebook, Twitter and two handfuls of other companies now completely control our ability to communicate with each other, while internet backbone companies are poised to block internet access altogether.

How to Choose the Perfect Survival Knife

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.

I don’t remember my first kiss or even who it was with. I can barely recollect getting my license to drive. I vaguely remember my high school graduation and my entire time spent at college is a blur.

However, I remember exactly where I was, what I was wearing, and how I felt when I got my first survival knife over 20 years ago. Just thinking about it brings back some of my fondest childhood memories. It was the RAMBO knife with the hollow handle that housed a little fishing kit along with a few other miscellaneous items. My love affair with knives began at a young age, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Movies seem to always have the coolest survival knives, but does the survival knife really have a place in the “real world?”

That was a rhetorical question. Yes, it most certainly does.

Jaguars apologize to local military for anthem demonstration

Via Billy

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football players are shown, some standing an some kneeling, during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in London. The Jaguars have apologized to military leaders for demonstrating during the national anthem in London last month. Jaguars President Mark Lamping sent a letter to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville saying the team was “remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve out country.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apologized to local military leaders for demonstrating during the national anthem in London last month.

Jaguars President Mark Lamping sent a letter to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville saying the team was "remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country." The letter was forwarded to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Monday and available via his public email.

Most of the Jaguars, including owner Shad Khan, locked arms during the anthem on Sept. 24. About a dozen players took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Wembley Stadium. Similar demonstrations happened across the NFL as players, coaches and executives responded to President Donald Trump's suggestion that teams should punish players making any sort of statements of protests during the national anthem.

The Jaguars demonstrated in unity as a team and then stood for "God Save The Queen."

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NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch forced to move after getting death threats from deranged leftists

Via John

 

her family from their home after “repeated” death threats against her.

The syndicated talk radio host announced the unanticipated move on Sunday following threats including one to “shoot me in my front yard.”

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Loesch spoke out about the harassment by gun control advocates, using the hashtag, #MeToo which has been utilized by other women sharing their own assault experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.

Economist Says Eliminating State and Local Tax Deduction Helps Lower Taxes by $1 Trillion

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Eliminating the state and local tax deduction through President Trump's tax reform framework could help lower taxes by $1 trillion, according to economist Stephen Moore, who helped put the original tax plan together.

Moore says eliminating the state and local tax deduction will increase revenues for the government over the next decade by $1 trillion, which can be used to cut tax rates even lower.

"We do need the trillion dollars of revenue you get from eliminating the state and local tax deduction to pay for the lower tax rates on businesses and families because we want to get this to about a $2.5 trillion tax cut, and a trillion of that will come from eliminating the state and local tax deduction," Moore explained in a conference call. "This is a provision of tax code that is quite unfair to the low-tax states and I would make the case also that if you are for limited government and more private sector growth then there is absolutely no question that the fact of state and local tax deduction is to encourage more public provision of goods and services and fewer private provisions of services."

Empty Seats

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FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

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Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

More @ The Hill

Bannon: It's a season of war against the GOP establishment


Fusion GPS to House: We'll take Fifth rather than testify on Trump dossier

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On Oct. 4, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm at the center of the Trump dossier affair. On Monday, the company told the House what it can do with its subpoena. Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson and two others will "invoke their constitutional privileges not to testify," Simpson's lawyers told the committee in a letter. The panel shouldn't even bother to call Simpson to the hearing room, the lawyers said, because he won't answer their questions under any circumstances.

It seems unlikely the House will grant that request. If Simpson and two other GPS officials are going to assert their right against self-incrimination, lawmakers, or at least the majority Republican lawmakers on the committee, will want to hear it first-hand.

What is striking about Fusion's refusal is the form it took. Notifying the House that Simpson and the others will not testify took one paragraph. Yet Fusion sent a 17-page letter to the intelligence committee, going to great lengths to argue that Chairman Devin Nunes is not qualified to issue the subpoena.

Alan Dershowitz: Trump was right to walk away from UNESCO -- for now

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The State Department announced on Thursday that the United States would be withdrawing from the U.N. agency UNESCO.

The U.S. agency cited financial reasons, the need for reform and the body's "continuing anti-Israel bias." President Trump's decision to leave UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – as of December 31, 2018, was an appropriate foreign policy decision that will hopefully prompt a much-needed rethink of the United Nations, its purpose and practices. It will also send a strong message to the Palestinians that statehood cannot be achieved on the basis of U.N. resolutions alone, and that the only way forward is to engage in direct negotiations with Israel, during which mutual sacrifices will be required.

Air Force punishes colonel who refused to affirm gay marriage, attorney says

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The Air Force has punished a highly-decorated and respected colonel after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate.

Col. Leland Bohannon, who was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general, was suspended from command and orders were handed down recommending he not be promoted.

“His career is likely over and he will likely have to retire as a colonel instead of as a general,” First Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry told the Todd Starnes Show.

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Orrin Hatch tears into Washington Post opioids report: It's meant to derail Trump's drug czar nominee

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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Monday a news investigation about whether a bill he sponsored disarmed the Drug Enforcement Agency from going after drug companies was meant to smear President Trump's nominee for drug czar, who sponsored the bill on the House side.

"I think we need to be candid about what's going on here," Hatch said in floor remarks. "Opponents of the current administration are trying to derail the president's nominee to be head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Rep. Tom Marino, by mischaracterizing and trying to rewrite the history of a bill that he championed."

Las Vegas guard Jesus Campos vanished after visiting urgent-care clinic, union leader says

Via Billy

The Mandalay Bay security guard who disappeared last week moments before he was scheduled to break his silence in television interviews went to a walk-in health clinic but has not been heard from since, his union president said.

The Mandalay Bay security guard who disappeared last week moments before he was scheduled to break his silence in television interviews has not been heard from since he went to a walk-in health clinic, his union president said.

David Hickey of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) told reporters Friday that he got a text the night before saying Jesus Campos was taken to a UMC Quick Care facility, though he did not specify where or whom the text came from.

A spokesperson at the UMC Quick Care, which has eight locations throughout the Las Vegas area, told Fox News on Monday that they had "heard nothing" about Campos visiting them.

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Trump warns McCain: 'At some point I fight back, and it won't be pretty'

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President Trump warned on Tuesday that he would "fight back" after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered a blunt denunciation of nationalist forces that was seen by many as a thinly-veiled attack on the president.

"People have to careful, because at some point I fight back," Trump told WMAL radio host Chris Plante. "I'm being very nice. I'm being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won't be pretty."

More @ The Hill

Russia vs. the Confederacy

 

Russian-American relations over the past two and a half centuries, like the weather in Alaska, the land Russia sold to the United States in 1867 for ten dollars a square mile, have blown from very warm to extremely frigid; but its balmiest period by far was during the War Between the States. In stark contrast to America’s sixteen-year hiatus in diplomatic relations with Russia following the 1917 Revolution, the forty-four year Cold War with the Soviet Union after World War Two and the present discordant dialogues with the Russian Federation, Imperial Russia had maintained a close and cordial relationship with the United States from the moment the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776. This, unfortunately, was not to be the case nearly a century later when the eleven Southern States declared their independence from the Union.

Monday, October 16, 2017

President Trump Considering Sen. Tom Cotton For CIA Director

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According to reports, President Donald Trump is considering replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. This means, of course, that Trump would need to find a new CIA head – and Sen. Tom Cotton is in the running.

According to a report from Axios, Cotton is being considered because he is “one of the few senators with an easy relationship with Trump.” Cotton talks to Trump a few times a week, and he even planted the seed for Trump’s new Iran policy. And like Trump, Cotton is not a career politician: a double Harvard graduate, he served in the Army’s 101st Airborne, with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, for which he earned a Bronze Star. He then worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Co. before embarking on a political career in 2012.

Y.A. Tittle, Cassius Clay and Ben Hogan

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Y.A. Tittle died last week.  A Hall of Fame quarterback for the New York Giants, he is best known for the taking a knee on a football field. Actually, it was two knees.

In September 1964, the Giants were facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at old Pitt Stadium.  Tittle was 38 years old and at the tail end of a 17-year professional career.  He had led his team to three straight NFL Championship Games, in ’61, ’62, and ’63, but did not win.

In the game against the Steelers, he dropped back into his own end zone to throw a pass.  He was viciously knocked to the ground and his helmet flew off.  The pass was intercepted for a touchdown.
He struggled to his knees and stared blankly into the open field, bleeding from his head.  The other players backed off and left him to himself. 

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Florida state of emergency declared for Richard Spencer's speech

Via Greg

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016, file photo, Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech by Spencer, which is scheduled to give at the University of Florida on Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida.

The state's Republican governor warned in an executive order Monday that a "threat of a potential emergency is imminent" in Alachua County, in north Florida. Spencer is slated to speak at the campus on Thursday and his pending appearance has already sparked protests in the university town.

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Final Update: MISTRIAL Verdict Reached in Jessica Chambers Murder Trial – *Update1* Maybe – *Update2* “NOT GUILTY” – *Update3* “Note Quite” – *Update4* Mistrial…

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'' Unbloodybelievable! What country is this where the criminal is innocent and the innocent is the criminal''

 
  I believe you'll get yours, one way or another.

 According to Tish Clark the jury in the trial of Quinton Tellis  for the murder of Jessica Chambers, has reached a verdict:

MISTRIAL!

After an afternoon of absolute chaos in the jury deliberation process the jury states they are deadlocked. The judge in the trial of Quinton Tellis declares a mistrial.

Car bomb kills journalist behind Panama Papers offshore tax evasion investigation 'days after she received threats to her safety'

Via Tom


A journalist who led the Panama Papers offshore tax evasion expose was killed today when a bomb blew up her car.

Investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia - dubbed a "one-woman WikiLeaks" - was killed as she was driving near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta.

She had filed a complaint to police a fortnight ago after receiving personal threats to her safety, local media said.

Caruana Galizia ran a hugely popular blog relentlessly highlighting cases of alleged corruption, often involving politicians from the Mediterranean island nation.

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Air Force Service Members Accused of Painting Satanic Graffiti on South Carolina Church

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Four Air Force service members have been arrested after surveillance footage connected them to a recent act of vandalism at a historic South Carolina church.

Kayla Eilerman, 18, Clayre Savage, 18, Daveion Green, 19, and Brandon Munoz, 20, are facing charges of malicious injury to a house of worship, conspiracy and trespassing surrounding the incident, which occurred late last month. They all are stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, approximately 25 miles away.

According to reports, on Sept. 29, a member of Salem Black River Presbyterian Church in Mayesville called police after discovering that the church had been defaced with pentagrams, an upside-down cross and the word “Satan.” 20 spray-painted markings were found around the exterior of the church and two other buildings on the property. A door had also been kicked in.

Two Obama holdovers are sowing the seeds for another subprime collapse

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A pair of top Obama-appointed bank regulators still serving in the Trump administration could spark another mortgage meltdown by lowering credit standards and encouraging risky lending practices.

Democrat Mel Watt, who is serving a special five-year term as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is pushing the mortgage-lending giants he regulates — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — to offer home loans to deadbeat borrowers with shaky credit, setting up conditions for another housing-market crash, industry officials warn.

"You might still love your country but your country no longer loves you."

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 For me the straw that broke the camel's back was the comment by Cam Newton of the Charlotte Panthers that Colin Kapernick had made "the ultimate sacrifice". This was not just stupid and insensitive but deliberately insulting to the families and friends of those who have died defending the flag and the nation that has given him the opportunity to be a very rich and self indulgent asshole. 

 I have been deliberately silent of late. Not for lack of opinion but out of pure disgust. As my son told me white some time ago "You might still love your country but your country no longer loves you.

That said this whole NFL business has driven me out of my self imposed exile, at least for a brief moment. It's not just disgusting, it's revolting. What we are being forced to deal with is a group of people, 99.9% of whom have been spoiled and pampered and catered to since they were in high school if not sooner, simply because they had a talent of throwing or catching a football or running around hitting people. Ask yourself what do they really contribute to society as a whole? Watching them celebrate making a touchdown or a tackle like they had just singlehandedly cured a disease or saved the world from some impending disaster makes me want to puke.


Add in the fact that the great many of them can't speak proper English even after 16 or more years of school and you have a picture of what is wrong with American culture.

Now they're after Civil War re-enactors

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Civil War re-enactors replaying the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia on Saturday went ahead with their demonstration despite the group organizing the event receiving a letter threatening "bodily harm" to anyone who participated.

The battlefield was temporarily cleared on Saturday when a "suspicious device" – possibly a pipe bomb – was discovered.  The FBI is investigating.

Washington Post:

"We wanted to send a message," said Keith MacGregor, 56, from Lebanon, Pa., who was playing the role of a Union infantry captain for the reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek, held not far from here. "We wanted to show the U.S. that we aren't going to let some terrorist, or some nut, stop the event. I was never prouder of people in our hobby."
Before and after the minute-long "U.S.A." chant, the two sides who acted out the battle came together and thanked each other for coming – and for staying. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played and sung. So was "Dixie."

Ken Burn's Propaganda Compilation on the 'Vietnam War'

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AVVBA on Kens Burn's Commie Piece

Documentary on the Vietnam War: a great lie + 2

Review Of Ken Burn's Vietnam PBS Series by Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang: " An one-sided, half-truth documentary unworthy of watching."

Lessons from the Vietnam War: The Establishment Media Misinformation Campaign Continues

“Everything is a big lie, To our people, Ho Chi Minh was a big liar and immoral.”

The Tragedy of the PBS-Ken Burns Version of the Vietnam War

Justifying Betrayal of Vietnam Emerges as the Raison d’être Of Ken Burns’ Film on the War

The Documentary “The Vietnam War”: Artistic License as History

California’s Vietnam War: For Golden State Democrats, some Asians are more equal than others.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

HS Marching Band Walks Off Field During National Anthem

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Ames High School has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the most un-American marching bands in the nation.

More than a dozen members of the band linked arms and walked off the football field Friday night during a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” An untold number of other band members refused to play their instruments.

It was absolutely disgraceful. Sickening.

The children who staged the musical insurrection told local reporters they did so to protest all sorts of social maladies.

More @ Todd Starnes

Rand Paul: Congress needs to be 'the boldest we can' with tax reform to compete with other countries

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Sen. Rand Paul called on Congress Sunday to be bold when it comes to drafting and passing comprehensive tax reform.

"I really think that we've gotta do the most we can and the boldest we can because we need to compete with all these other countries," Paul said to reporters after golfing with President Trump.

"Everybody's lowering their corporate tax ... We really, you know, need to do it. And I think [Trump] wants it to be as big and bold as possible."

Paul said it was feasible to lower the U.S. corporate tax rate of 35 percent to 20 percent, as laid out by the GOP's reform plan, because it had worked in other jurisdictions.

"Some are worried, 'Oh if we do a 20 percent corporate tax,'" Paul said. "My goodness, Ireland is at 12 [percent], thinking about going to 8. You've got Canada at 15."
se individuals and small businesses could band together to buy health association plans across state lines.

FBI Investigating ‘Suspicious Package,’ Bomb Threats That Shut Down Virginia Civil War Event

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The FBI is investigating the “suspicious package” and bomb threats that caused an evacuation at one of Virginia’s oldest, largest, and longest-running Civil War reenactments, Saturday.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office shut the event down after a visitor found a “suspicious package” near the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Due to its proximity to the Civil War reenactment, the sheriff’s office evacuated the event and shut down the festivities, a local NBC affiliate reported.

Authorities soon rendered the device safe, and no one was reported harmed. Participants were allowed back after police scanned the area for additional threats.

The sponsors of the event, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Association, had acknowledged that threats were made before the event began and had already arranged for increased security. The sponsors posted a notice to that effect on the event website several days ago.

“We would like to make everyone aware that the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation has received a letter threatening bodily harm to attendants of this event,” the event website read. “With this in mind security has been increased, and we ask that everyone work with us for a safe and enjoyable event. Please pardon the inconvenience as you may experience increased security measures when enjoying the event.”

After the incident with the device, Sunday’s activities were canceled.

This year’s event was set to commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek and the event has been held annually since 1990. The reenactment is one of the largest annual events in the region drawing each year between 3,000 and 5,000 reenactors from all over the east and near Midwest as well as Canada.

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What's behind Trump's new executive actions

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President Trump's most recent high-profile executive actions -- on Obamacare, immigration, and the Iran nuclear deal -- do three big things.

First, they push Congress to act, which involves more than just calling the bluff of Republican leaders who talked big during the Obama years but failed to produce once the GOP controlled both Congress and White House. In a larger sense, Trump's actions point toward restoring a proper balance of power in which Congress makes law on issues that are clearly its constitutional responsibility. The president is using executive authority to pressure lawmakers to exercise appropriate legislative authority.

Second, Trump has reinforced what many of his supporters find most appealing about him -- that he can act as a leader not clearly aligned with either party.

And third, Trump's actions galvanize support among some of Washington's most conservative lawmakers and thinkers, even some who have been highly critical of him in the past.

NC: Confederate monuments honor the common man

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I am writing this letter in response to an editorial by Judy Baker. Like Baker, I am a proud Southerner. I was born in Burlington. I raised my family here. Both sides of my family have been in North Carolina for more than 300 years. I had ancestors who plowed a living out of the wilderness. I had ancestors who fought on the side of the Regulators at Alamance and later in the revolution. And yes, I had ancestors that fought for the Old North State in the so-called civil war. You might say I am vested in the community.

 North Carolina was one of the last states to secede from the federal union. Twice prior to her actual secession she had declined to hold a secession vote because she did want to stay in the union. She only decided to leave (along with Virginia, Arkansas, and Tennessee) after shots were exchanged at Fort Sumter. When President Lincoln called for North Carolina to supply troops to suppress South Carolina, she refused. She felt that it was unconstitutional for the general government to coerce a state. She knew that remaining neutral was no longer an option. She was about to be attacked by the same government she had a hand in forming.

North Carolina was also one of the last states to ratify the constitution. She was afraid of trading that newly won freedom for rule by another tyrant close to home. She refused to ratify it until the bill of rights was added. She did not believe that ratification of the constitution meant relinquishing her sovereignty. The deed to the state had never been purchased by nor relinquished to the general government. The act of secession should not have resulted in a war to enforce a voided contract.

No state gave more to the Confederacy in supplies, money, or men. We supplied almost twice the men for the South as any other state. The conflict touched every community. Out of 125,000 men who left for war, more than 40,000 never came back. We lost 300 in Alamance County. Whether they volunteered or were conscripted matters little. When the state asked, they went. They did their duty for their state regardless of any reservations they may have had.

Baker and others make the assertion that our Confederate statue, as well as others, was erected as a symbol of white supremacy and not to commemorate our brave soldiers. I disagree. It was erected to remember the fallen and to honor all that served. While you can find evidence of racism throughout history, I find no ties of supremacist groups to our monument.

Our monument was raised during a time when hundreds of monuments were being erected across the South. That time was when most of the old veterans were dying and the younger people wanted to honor them, much the same as with WWII veterans today. The generation that lived through it did not need reminders. During Reconstruction (military occupation), any tribute to Confederate soldiers would have been impossible to erect. Also for the generation of the war there was no money for anything as frivolous as a monument. It took nine years of collecting pennies, nickels, and dimes to raise the $2,200 for our monument. The war broke the South and it has been a poorer region ever since. Any perceived correlation between the erection of monuments and white supremacy movements is purely academic and upholds the first rule of statistics: correlation does not imply cause.

We have been a divided country since our founding; Patriots vs. Tories, Federalist vs. Anti-federalist, Jefferson vs. Hamilton, North vs. South, not to mention our political parties. Some things cannot be reconciled. That doesn’t mean we cannot live together and agree to disagree. We are still fighting the war over the narrative. Obviously everyone’s perspective is different, but the victor always controls the history.

We fought for the Constitution as we understood it. We fought for what we thought was right. We fought to protect home and family. These things need no apology. The cause may have been lost, but that doesn’t make these reasons any less valid. People with no ties here may not understand or care. If it is not your heritage you are not vested in it. That being said, these men deserve honor of their service and sacrifice. If we do not honor our own it is for sure that no one else will.

Mitchell S. Flinchum was born in Burlington and has lived in the area for 55 years. He was educated at Elon University and University of North Carolina-Greensboro and has practiced accounting for 33 years.

Our Ancestral Disconnect

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How a Washington Bureaucrat Tricked President Trump

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For several months, the worst-kept secret in Washington has been that Richard Cordray, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first director, will resign and enter the 2018 Ohio governor’s race. The best-kept secret may be that Cordray decided not to resign the day Donald Trump was elected, and pulled off a spectacular political hoax with some unintentional help from the president’s advisers.

Cordray did hope to run to replace term-limited Ohio governor John Kasich when it appeared that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election and Democrats would retain control of the agency they created through the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. But for seven years, the CFPB’s unique structure—an independent agency whose single director the president can fire only for cause, and whose funding through Federal Reserve Bank profits circumvents the congressional appropriation process—has allowed the bureau to reject Republican job applicants, operate in secrecy, and stonewall congressional oversight. When Clinton lost, Cordray knew his Republican successor would uncover the politically devastating truth about the CFPB.

Toilet Paper Tablets

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"Fighting to save a culture, that exists in memory only?"

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Mammy, and Great Aunt Dixie. Great Aunt Dixie would have been 44 and Mammy was probably between 62 and 66. My Black, North Carolina Kinfolk

 Brock, I think, you, I, and many others are fighting to save something already lost. We are trying to save American culture. But I’m afraid, it is mostly gone already. It wasn’t destroyed by leftists and Marxists. It was destroyed by corporate mergers and buyouts. When younger, I traveled a lot with my wife. I loved going to different parts of America and enjoying the local culture.

One of the big losses, most young people do not realize, is the homogenization of our food. One did not have to travel far from home to find regional brands. One of the biggest was soda, or pop. Every part of this country had local brands. Now it’s Pepsi, Mountain Dew, or Coke. All the local bottlers are gone. I loved stopping at a gas station and tasting the local selections. All different and all good…mostly.

Now days, you can walk into a grocery store anywhere in America and only buy the same brands. Regional America is gone. Oh, sure there are a few local brands but overall, they are gone. They were bought and closed by the big corporations. Or forced out of business by the same corporations.

Now we see regional history being erased. And history in general being eliminated and rewritten. I’m not sure everyone across America had the same style education, as I did. We learned American and world history from books. But we also learned local history. We learned about the people towns and cities were named after. John Deere, was born close to here and their main offices are here. We learned about him. No, it was not a huge part of our education. But we did learn local history. That had ended by the time my daughter went to school. Again, forced homogenization in education. All children learning the same things. This I blame mostly on the federal government. But corporations also have a hand. Through mergers and buyouts, there is only one or two school book publishers left. No competition, and they only produce books approved in California. We are screwed there.

Radio, there was a time when every station was local. They had local people producing and broadcasting. Today, almost every station is part of some conglomerate. All their content comes from the East or West coast. Again, the same blandness coast to coast. All America receiving the same programming.

Television, the same. Other than a local news once or twice a day, everything is produced on the coasts. Again, all America is programed by a few. Another source of group-think.

Sadly, I think we may have already lost. The regional diversities of America are mostly gone. They are only memories, to those of us old enough to remember. Southern culture is (and soon to be was) the only hugely cultural distinction, that still survived. We watched, unknowing as our culture was being destroyed. I am afraid, we are fighting to save a culture, that exists in memory only.

--Badger

Las Vegas Massacre Survivor Abruptly Dies Just Days After Posting Eyewitness Account Of Multiple Shooters And Subsequent Cover-Up

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A woman by the name of Kymberley Suchomel, 28, who attended the Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, passed away Monday at her Apple Valley home just days after she had survived the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history unscathed, according to multiple mainstream media reports.
 
Suchomel, who posted her eyewitness account of the Las Vegas massacre in astonishingly vivid detail to her Facebook page on Oct. 4, subsequently passed away in her home on Oct. 9 from what reports are claiming are ‘natural causes.’

Shockingly, just days before her death, Suchomel posted key details about the shooting to Facebook that contradicted the official narrative which claims that Stephen Paddock was the lone gunman.

“From about 50 feet in front of us, and a little to the right, fire crackers were set off. Let me repeat that… FIRE CRACKERS WERE SET OFF. I verbally stated “some asshole just shot of fire crackers in close proximity to so many people”. I was literally pissed off. You could see Jason Aldean look to his left kind of startled by it, but he was also clearly irritated. I would say about 15 seconds later, the first volley of gunfire was released,” the eyewitness wrote.

She went on…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

AVVBA on Kens Burn's Commie Piece

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The best is the last which starts @ 39:00

Imprimis: Russian Collusion?

  Mollie Hemingway

Mollie Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist and a Fox News contributor. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has been a Philips Foundation Journalism Fellow, a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and a Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Journalism at Hillsdale College. She has written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Christianity Today, and is the author of Trump vs. the Media.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 7, 2017, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

We keep being told that President Trump is not normal. This much has been blindingly obvious. He had never run for office or otherwise served in a public capacity. He has been accused, not without reason, of breaking all manner of political norms. America’s most nontraditional president was never going to conduct business as usual from the West Wing. Less than a year into his first term, he has already caused much anguish in Washington. This should be no surprise—while running for office Trump repeatedly promised to “drain the swamp” and shake things up. Americans knew who they were voting for, and history will judge the results.

That said, Trump’s nascent presidency has coincided with perhaps the greatest violation of political norms this country has ever seen—a violation that has nothing to do with Trump’s behavior. Since the election last November, there has been a sustained, coordinated attack on Trump’s legitimacy as president following his victory in a free and fair election. This has the potential to cause far more lasting damage to America than Trump’s controversial style.

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“Confederaphobia–An American Epidemic”

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Anyone following my blogs knows this is a subject I have given considerable attention to over the years. I am glad someone has now written a book about this which goes into more detail than I can on my blog spots, and now concerned folks can begin to study this mental aberration in some detail.

Paul C. Graham has written a book, the title of which is the title I quoted for this article. It was only published this year by Shotwell Publishing  in Columbia, South Carolina. This is the publisher that is turning out many books that give you the knowledge to fight political correctness (cultural Marxism) with the truth. So few publishers today have the intestinal fortitude (guts) to publish books that deal with this form of cultural genocide that it is truly refreshing to find someone willing to take those people (cultural Marxists) on and print the truth about them–truth that will ultimately “make us free.”

The "Anti-Hate" Group ($PLC) That Is a Hate Group

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The Dixie Download, Episode 8


Donut Dolly's

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Donut Dolly's at the 1st Cavalry Division's Camp Radcliffe. From the 1st Cavalry Division Museum at Fort Hood.

Seven Vietnam Veterans from the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association set the record straight vs. the distorted Ken Burns PBS TV series on Vietnam War.

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NC: Armed Suspect Walks into Convenience Store, Flees amid Barrage of Bullets

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DescriptionDurham police are trying to identify a man who attempted to rob Smoke 4 Less on Avondale Drive on September 28. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

Surveillance video from a Durham, North Carolina, convenience store shows a suspect enter with a gun and shoot at the clerk, only to flee amid a barrage of bullets when the clerk returns fire.

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Muslims takeover streets of Chicago, Houston, Dallas, New York

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All insane, needless to say.

 Did you see any of these events on your local and national newscasts? They’ll give you a glimpse of what the Muslim invasion looks like.

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Beretta 9 MM NANO -- 199.00 After Rebate

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Steve Bannon: Trump will win 400 electoral votes in 2020

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Saturday that he expects President Trump to win with 400 electoral votes in the 2020 election.

Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., one day after Trump spoke at the event, Bannon predicted that there is more in store for his former boss than just completing his first term in office.

Trump is going to "win with 400 electoral votes in 2020," Bannon said.

FBI scrubbing evidence of a second shooter at the Las Vegas massacre

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Thanks to the acoustic forensic analysis I’ve publicly posted, the FBI now knows there was a second shooter at the Las Vegas massacre. The math is undeniable, and the acoustic analysis proves the existence of a second shooter. (See the video summary below.)

So why is the FBI now deleting all evidence of a second shooter? According to The Daily Sheeple:

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Haqqani captors killed child, raped wife, Canadian ex-hostage

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After landing in Canada with his family Friday night, Canadian ex-hostage Joshua Boyle told reporters some frightening news about his family's ordeal in Afghanistan.

He said the Haqqani network, which held him and his wife captive for five years, had killed his infant daughter in captivity and raped his wife.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

O'Keefe Response: NYT Exec Editor Calls Him "despicable," Says Veritas Videos, "damaging"


A People Without Honor

 

Back in my days as a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, I and some fellow graduate students were involved tangentially, very tangentially, in the great Confederate flag debate in Columbia, SC.  During the 1990s the  Confederate flag flew over the capitol in Columbia, SC. 

Various civil rights groups began to snipe at the flag, viewing it as a symbol of oppression, and demanding its removal from the capitol.   Not all folks associated with the civil rights movement held this view.  Andrew Young for one saw any debate over Confederate symbols as a great distraction from addressing the very real problems of violent crime, drug use, and failing schools afflicting African-Americans.  The majority of African Americans surveyed at the time cared not a whit for Johnny Reb’s flag one way or the other.  But after a long decade of agitation and supportive media coverage the Left was able to effect the flag’s removal from the Capitol. 

A great compromise, or more accurately a series of compromises were struck from 1990 to 2000 whereby a monument to the contributions of African-Americans to the state of South Carolina was placed on state house grounds, the Confederate naval jack came down from the Capitol building, and a Confederate flag was placed next to the Confederate soldier monument on state house grounds.  Like all compromises, none of us were completely happy with the outcome on  either side of the issue, but compromises by their nature are things with which we can live.  And those of us who had fought for the flag in print and word could, at the end of the day, live with this one. We are Americans after all, and one of the cultural traits of Americans is our genius for compromise.

Not so the Left.

FBI Finds 30 Pages of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Documents – Wants Six Weeks to Turn Over Docs

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Judicial Watch was informed yesterday by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the FBI has located 30 pages of documents related to the June 27, 2016, tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, and proposes non-exempt material be produced no later than November 30, 2017 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02046)).

The new documents are being sent to Judicial Watch in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the Justice Department failed to comply with a July 7, 2016, FOIA request seeking the following:
  • All FD-302 forms prepared pursuant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure.
  • All records of communications between any agent, employee, or representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding, concerning, or related to the aforementioned investigation. This request includes, but is not limited to, any related communications with any official, employee, or representative of the Department of Justice, the Executive Office of the President, the Democratic National Committee, and/or the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
  • All records related to the meeting between Attorney General Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016.
The FBI originally informed Judicial Watch they did not locate any records related to the tarmac meeting.

What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Stay in Reno

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As readers know, I have a low regard for conspiracy theories, mainly because the reasons the world is going to hell are pretty much staring us in the face. But I can't honestly blame anyone following the Las Vegas massacre story from taking refuge in any conspiracy theory, no matter how wild and zany.

Almost a fortnight from the moment when 58 people were gunned down at a country-music festival, officialdom has so bungled the case that almost every single one of the most basic facts about the act are up for grabs.

As I had cause to remark over a week ago, I dislike the contamination of police press conferences by various politicians and bureaucrats all indulging in an orgy of mutual self-congratulation. But, in this case, the self-congratulation is entirely unwarranted. From the beginning this seemed an unusual crime that didn't seem to line up with any other mass shooting by a nutter who flips. It has only gotten weirder in the days since.

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Reply to: Trump's lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship

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My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer:

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 Ronald Reagan?

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.

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.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today. The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety. With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own nasty tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis. It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer; aka "The Devil."

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump has isolated CNN. He has made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.” ... Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. ... They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.

It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: "propaganda") that keeps the unabashedly repressive Left alive. Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church. Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponization of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.  So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years. So, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights.

--John

"Those who defend the Second Amendment trust everyday Americans far more than they trust the government and government officials."

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Although the Las Vegas shooting has sparked calls among the liberal media to repeal the Second Amendment, a new poll shows most Americans support the right to bear arms.

An Ipsos poll found that 73 percent of respondents “have no problem with people owning guns.”

Despite Democratic proposals that emerged almost immediately after the Las Vegas shooting to restrict gun ownership and continued anti-gun rhetoric, the poll found that a majority still believes the positives of gun ownership outweigh the negatives.

America Fights Back: Record Number of Patriotic Cord-Cutters Tumble TV Stocks

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There is only one way — one! — to finally and forever destroy Hollywood and much of the mainstream media. You have to cut your cable or satellite cord. You have to cancel your pay TV package. The one-legged stool propping up ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, Disney, MTV, and the entire Tinseltown crime syndicate is you paying for cable TV.

If you want to know how this scam works, read all about it here.

If you want to know what do to after you cut the cord for America, read all about it here.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is no single act any American can perform that will do more damage to the institutional left than to cut your cable/satellite cord. So please do so today. If that sounds like hyperbole, look at the recent news, look at what cord-cutting is already doing to Hollywood:

Pay-TV Companies Are in Crisis Mode

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