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WATCH: Jerry Nadler on the Starr Report in 1998 vs. Jerry Nadler on the #MuellerReport in 2019

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Rep. Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler (D-NY-10). Screen grab via CBS – Face the Nation.

Per CNN, the Mueller report is coming and soon:

A copy of Robert Mueller’s redacted report will be posted on the special counsel website after it has been delivered to Congress.

A senior DOJ official said the report will be delivered between 11 a.m. ET and noon to Capitol Hill and lawmakers will receive discs.

While the media and politicos of all stripes draw conclusions before the report is released to the public, now is a good time to remind everyone about House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s change of heart on releasing redacted reports.

Jerry Dunleavy at the DC Examiner did a good write-up on this just a couple of weeks ago:

But back in 1998, as a member of the same committee, he vociferously opposed the release of the full Starr Report, saying that “as a matter of decency and protecting people’s privacy rights, people who may be totally innocent third parties, what must not be released at all.”

Then, the president was Bill Clinton. Now, it is a Republican, Donald Trump.

[…]

Ken Starr, the independent counsel investigating then-President Bill Clinton, delivered his report to Congress on Sept. 9, 1998. That night, Nadler went on Charlie Rose’s show to push back against the Republican demand that the voluminous report should be made public. “It’s grand jury material. It represents statements which may or may not be true by various witnesses,” Nadler said. “Salacious material. All kinds of material that it would be unfair to release,”

That was then, and this is now and Nadler has kinda sorta flip-flopped. From CBS News‘s “Face the Nation” on Sunday April 7th:

New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Congress is “entitled to see all” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, doubling down on his demand that the Justice Department provide his committee with the findings of the nearly two-year Russia investigation with no redactions.

“Congress has a right to the entire report with no redactions whatsoever so we can see what’s there,” Nadler said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “We’re entitled to see it because Congress represents the nation. And Congress has to take action on any of it. So we’re entitled to see all of it.”

Nadler said he would go to court to obtain secret grand jury testimony that might be included in the unredacted report.

[…]

Nadler said the full disclosure of the findings of Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in U.S. elections and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow is necessary for the American public to judge Mr. Trump’s conduct — whether it amounts to impeachable offenses or not.

Watch Jerry Nadler argue with Jerry Nadler in the video clips below:

Ouch.

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Texas’ Excuses for Cronyism Are Just as Lame As Everyone Else’s

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We’ve been on the government cronyism beat for…a while.

Because cronyism – is inherent in government.  Government officials spend money – and they will oft look to do so to benefit the people who get them elected.

It is why we less government types – want less government.  Less government spending – less opportunities for cronyism.

The solution isn’t to curtail our First Amendment rights to speak and lobby.  The solution is to restore government to Constitutional tininess.

Meanwhile, the attempts to justify cronyism – the excuses for cronyism – are as numerous as the stars in the sky.  And they all have (at least) one thing in common – they are ALL exceedingly lame.

Take Amazon’s exceedingly crony deal to locate its second headquarters in New York.  The deal one-term (and one-term only – watch) Democrat Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) helped to kill.

Most of us less government types – got that entirely wrong.  AOC was right – though she had almost zero idea why.

These cronyisms paying for themselves – is like the search for the Loch Ness Monster.  They never work out – but we never stop looking.

These corporations – are pirates.  They will put into any port at all – whichever offers them the most cronyism.

They will then continue to demand additional capitulations – and will stay as long as they continue to get them.  When the host finally tires of being bled and says “Enough” – the pirates leave…and start looking for their next victims.

If you have to buy someone – you have to ensure they stay bought.  Which means they aren’t bought – they’re rented.

Amazon is loyal – only to itself.  If you want a friend in politics – get a dog.

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Most unfortunately, Texas is rapidly descending into cronyism-infested governmental-ism.

Like California Before, Texas Is Bleeding to Democrat Blue:

“George Mason’s Mercatus Center releases a yearly ranking of freest states.

“In 2009 – Texas was fourth.

“In 2017 – Texas was twenty-third.”

Cronyism: Why Are Republicans in Texas Sponsoring a Bill to Block Competition?:

“Specifically by state Senator Kelly Hancock (SB 1938) and state Representative Dade Phelan (HB 3995).  Hancock is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce – and Phelan Chairman of the House Committee on State Affairs.  So you’d hope they’d know better.

“The legislation has to do with electricity – and (specifically) electricity transmission….

“‘An electric utility may not directly or indirectly provide service to the public under a franchise or permit unless the utility first obtains from the commission a certificate (called a CCN) that states that the public convenience and necessity requires or will require the installation, operation, or extension of the service.

“Legalese-to-English translation: Any company that wants to provide (electricity transmission) service – must first play Mother May I with the government.

“And this is not just a routine permit process request.  The company must meet some amorphously awful definition of ‘public convenience and necessity.’

“Which means the government has any one of a million obtuse outs – to deny permission to any  company it wishes.

“To my highly cynical eye and mind – this looks very much like an incumbent protection bill.  Designed to allow government to block any and all newcomers – to shield the existing providers from the additional competition.”

A precursor to this bill?  A non-crony actually won a transmission contract – by offering a lower price for better and upgraded service.  Cronyism can’t stand for that.

To detail this – we now must regrettably enter Acronym Land.  A government place where its myriad agencies all have long names – shortened to just their first letters.

Here’s our map legend:

FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

PUC: Public Utility Commission of Texas

ERCOT: Electric Reliability Council of Texas

MISO: “MISO is a not-for-profit member-based organization that ensures reliable, least-cost delivery of electricity across all or parts of 15 U.S. states and one Canadian province.”  Including in Texas.

And of course, the residents of Acronym Land use language that is oft unnecessarily dense and bizarre – almost always to obfuscate and distort.  We will do our best to un-cloud the waters.

Ok, here goes….

The electricity transmission line the non-crony won the bid to run – is outside of ERCOT (the Texas-only grid manager).  It is instead in MISO’s area – so FERC has jurisdiction over rates.  As they must – since it is a multi-state transmission grid.

Thus FERCs bidding process – does in fact rule the day.

The winning non-crony bidder was less expensive – and they promised to deliver new, upgraded technology in an expeditious manner.

An incumbent crony monopoly – is Entergy.  They lost the bid war – and went whining…not to FERC, the host of the bid process.  Entergy instead went to the Texas PUC – where they hold much more crony sway.

Entergy asked Texas PUC to overturn or change the results of the competitive bid process – that Texas PUC didn’t even run.

The argument Entergy (and all other incumbent transmission monopolies in the state) are making – is that they have no confidence FERC will actually hold the winning bidder accountable for the lower rates, new technology and expedited timeline contained in the winning bid.

Ok – conceivably understandable.

To address this issue, a part of the crony Hancock-Phelan bills – to which no one at all objects – would allow the Texas PUC to hold the bidder accountable to their bid.

This is double-down protection – as FERC would almost certainly enforce the terms of the contract they themselves elicited in their bid process.

Of course you can have that portion of the bill – as a standalone bill.  Without all the crony protection nonsense the Hancock-Phelan bills contain.

Ok – now we must very briefly get into some serious government weeds.  And additional attending ridiculous language.  Again, our apologies.

Texas PUC will have to issue the non-crony bid winner an aforementioned, statewide Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) to build the line.

The other argument Entergy and the Cronies are making: Because a non-incumbent won the bidding – FERC will have to meddle in state energy transmission.

Except…that’s not true.  Nothing actually changes.

Oh – and did you get that antithetical mess made by the cronies’ two arguments?

Argument 1: “We’re very concerned the federal government will not involve itself.”

Argument 2: “We’re very concerned the federal government will involve itself.”

This is just the sort of incoherence you get – when cronies try to ensure their cronyism.

Because cronyism – never, ever makes any actual sense at all.

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State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Refers to Jussie Smollett As ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied To Cops’ in Newly Revealed Text Message

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In a newly revealed text message obtained by The Chicago Tribune in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx calls Jussie Smollett a “washed up celeb who lied to cops.” This was written two weeks prior to her abrupt decision to drop all charges against him – and after she had recused herself from the case.

Smollett was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of staging a Jan. 29 hate crime attack on himself.

This message was included in a group of thousands of internal emails and texts released to the newspaper on Tuesday. On March 8, in a text message to her top assistant and fellow prosecutor Joseph Magats, she compared the case against singer R. Kelly to Smollett’s case. She believed the charges against Smollett were too harsh. She wrote:

“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts). On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”

On March 3, Magats texted Foxx to notify her that he had given Foxx’s phone number to Michael Avenatti, who was planning to represent the Nigerian brothers whom Smollett had hired to “commit the assault.”

“…….. so Michael Avenatti reached out. Apparently he’s coming in to represent the Nigerian brothers in Smollet. I gave him your office number.”

Foxx announced that she had recused herself from the case on February 19th. After the decision was made to drop charges against Smollett, she revealed that she had never “formally” recused herself. This move sparked outrage from Chicago Police Department officials, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and most Americans.

In a statement obtained by USA TodayFoxx said “After the indictment became public, I reached out to Joe to discuss reviewing office policies to assure consistencies in our charging and our use of appropriate charging authority. I was elected to bring criminal justice reform and that includes intentionality, consistency, and discretion. I will continue to uphold these guiding principles.”

Whaaat?

According to the Chicago Tribune, the text messages indicated that prosecutors informed the Chicago Police Department only moments before the charges were dropped.

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US Farmers Are Food Manufacturers – and We Need Policies that Keep Them Here

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As we have very often pointed out, the US spent the last half century-plus very stupidly outsourcing our prosperity to the rest of the planet.

This has been devastating to the middle class.  A vital, once-thriving driver of our once very successful nation – we have spent decades thinning this essential herd to near extinction.

The chart lines run all-but-parallel: As we decimated our middle class – we decimated our economy.

A fundamental component of this inanity – was outsourcing our manufacturing.  Over decades, this represented hundreds of millions of middle class jobs – packed up and sent away.

The Rust Belt – wasn’t always rusty.  It was once the thumping heart of a robust US economic engine.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal of massive government expansion didn’t end the Great Depression – it exacerbated and elongated it.

It wasn’t paying for parks and artworks that restored prosperity.  It was modernizing and maximizing our manufacturing that did.

Hideki Tojo’s Japan bombing Pearl Harbor – ended the Great Depression.  We ramped up our domestic manufacturing of everything needed for the Second World War – and set ourselves up for the glorious Dwight Eisenhower 1950s.

We couldn’t have won the War – or restored our moribund economy – if we had in the half century prior outsourced our manufacturing to Chairman Mao’s Communist China.

Imagine trying to fight in Europe and the Pacific – while awaiting delivery of our guns, tanks and planes…from the other side of the planet.  Delivered in ships – subject to half-a-world’s worth of open water attacks from our enemies.  The very worst supply lines – in the history of warfare.

Imagine the massive amounts of money it took to win the War – not being spent in America.  We would have spent the War – setting up Communist China to dominate the latter half of the Twentieth Century.  Which would have been additionally fantastic news – what with our looming half-century Cold War with Communist Russia.

God bless President Donald Trump – who has prioritized bringing back American manufacturing.  Thank God – it is working.

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Of course, before we can manufacture anything – we have to eat.  Food (and water) – trump everything else.

And farmers – are manufacturers of food.  Maintaining and protecting domestic food manufacturing – is more important than…everything else.

The US Department of Agriculture recently released its Census of Agriculture:

“(A) complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land – whether rural or urban – growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year.

“The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures….

“The Census of Agriculture provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation.”

How our food manufacturing sector is doing – is something you want to keep a good eye on.

And lately – it’s been more than a little extra tight.

The Midwest Flooding Has Killed Livestock, Ruined Harvests and Has Farmers Worried for Their Future:

“Historic, widespread flooding will continue through May, NOAA says.

“These are especially cruel times for Nebraska and Iowa farmers who had to scrape money to keep going just eight years ago, when floods overtook their lands in 2011.

“‘I would say 50% of the farmers in our area will not recover from this,’ Dustin Sheldon, a farmer in southwestern Iowa’s flood-devastated Fremont County near the swollen Missouri River, said this week.”

These floods are an act of God.  About which we mere humans can do nothing – in advance. But we can do something in response – and we absolutely should.

Because domestic food manufacturing – is a national security imperative.  Our supply lines should be as short as possible.  Our food supply lines – should be the shortest of all.

We can not alter acts of God.  We can alter terrible government policy.

The traditional conservative/less government movement – has spent a ton of time and effort, air and ink trying to end the US government’s relatively infinitesimal farm programs.  Their efforts – are decidedly misguided.  Well…mis-aimed.

As on all things global trade – we import foreign government subsidies that are orders of magnitude larger than ours.  Which is inordinately stupid – because it is devastating to our domestic manufacturers.

Take sugar.  Which ain’t just in your coffee and on your cereal – it’s in just about everything.  Food is a staple – and sugar is a food staple.

In the name of the free market, conservatives have for decades been freaked-the-heck-out about our TINY sugar program.

Public Interest Groups Oppose Sugar Subsidies – Competitive Enterprise Institute

Top Five Reasons to End U.S. Sugar Subsidies – Americans for Tax Reform

Sugar Subsidies Hurt Consumers and Cost the United States Jobs – FreedomWorks

You know what these well-intended groups – never, ever mention?

In Global Trade, We Need Equal Protection from All Governments:

“Brazil’s government gives its sugar industry every year more than $2.5 billion in cash infusions and other favors.  That’s a lot.

“Think that leads to a free global market?  Of course not.

“Brazil’s massive subsidies have warped the world market into a Brazil-dominated unequal nightmare mess:  ‘Brazil currently controls, roughly, 50 percent of global sugar exports. To put that into perspective, Saudi Arabia controls about 19 percent of the crude oil exports….’”

Brazil dominates the global market – because their government cheats.  Billions and billions of dollars per year – in cheating.

Which is decidedly unfair to our domestic manufacturers.  Who I am quite sure would like a fair shot at some of the 50% market share Brazil has unfairly grabbed.

Instead, we have allowed Brazil to continue its massive unfairness.

And even worse and stupider – we have imported Brazil’s massive unfairness.

Which has been dramatically damaging to our domestic manufacturers.  Who have had to compete – even in their own domestic market – against Brazil’s massively subsidized product.

This ain’t a free market.  This ain’t free trade.  It ain’t fair trade.  It is suicide trade.

We have engaged in this stupidity for decades – on just about every farm product produced.  And various governments the world over – subsidize to excess just about every farm product produced.

And then we blankly stare – and wonder why our farmers are struggling.

And then we go back to demanding we end the US’s TINY farm program.

Tell you what: We’ll end ours – when they end theirs.

And in the interest of proportionality and best time allotment – let’s expend our effort on the government programs requiring the most reform.

Which are – by orders of magnitude – theirs.  Not ours.

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US Farmers Are Food Manufacturers – and We Need Policies that Keep Them Here

As we have very often pointed out, the US spent the last half century-plus very stupidly outsourcing our prosperity to the rest of the planet.

This has been devastating to the middle class.  A vital, once-thriving driver of our once very successful nation – we have spent decades thinning this essential herd to near extinction.

The chart lines run all-but-parallel: As we decimated our middle class – we decimated our economy.

A fundamental component of this inanity – was outsourcing our manufacturing.  Over decades, this represented hundreds of millions of middle class jobs – packed up and sent away.

The Rust Belt – wasn’t always rusty.  It was once the thumping heart of a robust US economic engine.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal of massive government expansion didn’t end the Great Depression – it exacerbated and elongated it.

It wasn’t paying for parks and artworks that restored prosperity.  It was modernizing and maximizing our manufacturing that did.

Hideki Tojo’s Japan bombing Pearl Harbor – ended the Great Depression.  We ramped up our domestic manufacturing of everything needed for the Second World War – and set ourselves up for the glorious Dwight Eisenhower 1950s.

We couldn’t have won the War – or restored our moribund economy – if we had in the half century prior outsourced our manufacturing to Chairman Mao’s Communist China.

Imagine trying to fight in Europe and the Pacific – while awaiting delivery of our guns, tanks and planes…from the other side of the planet.  Delivered in ships – subject to half-a-world’s worth of open water attacks from our enemies.  The very worst supply lines – in the history of warfare.

Imagine the massive amounts of money it took to win the War – not being spent in America.  We would have spent the War – setting up Communist China to dominate the latter half of the Twentieth Century.  Which would have been additionally fantastic news – what with our looming half-century Cold War with Communist Russia.

God bless President Donald Trump – who has prioritized bringing back American manufacturing.  Thank God – it is working.

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Of course, before we can manufacture anything – we have to eat.  Food (and water) – trump everything else.

And farmers – are manufacturers of food.  Maintaining and protecting domestic food manufacturing – is more important than…everything else.

The US Department of Agriculture recently released its Census of Agriculture:

“(A) complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land – whether rural or urban – growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year.

“The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures….

“The Census of Agriculture provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation.”

How our food manufacturing sector is doing – is something you want to keep a good eye on.

And lately – it’s been more than a little extra tight.

The Midwest Flooding Has Killed Livestock, Ruined Harvests and Has Farmers Worried for Their Future:

“Historic, widespread flooding will continue through May, NOAA says.

“These are especially cruel times for Nebraska and Iowa farmers who had to scrape money to keep going just eight years ago, when floods overtook their lands in 2011.

“‘I would say 50% of the farmers in our area will not recover from this,’ Dustin Sheldon, a farmer in southwestern Iowa’s flood-devastated Fremont County near the swollen Missouri River, said this week.”

These floods are an act of God.  About which we mere humans can do nothing – in advance. But we can do something in response – and we absolutely should.

Because domestic food manufacturing – is a national security imperative.  Our supply lines should be as short as possible.  Our food supply lines – should be the shortest of all.

We can not alter acts of God.  We can alter terrible government policy.

The traditional conservative/less government movement – has spent a ton of time and effort, air and ink trying to end the US government’s relatively infinitesimal farm programs.  Their efforts – are decidedly misguided.  Well…mis-aimed.

As on all things global trade – we import foreign government subsidies that are orders of magnitude larger than ours.  Which is inordinately stupid – because it is devastating to our domestic manufacturers.

Take sugar.  Which ain’t just in your coffee and on your cereal – it’s in just about everything.  Food is a staple – and sugar is a food staple.

In the name of the free market, conservatives have for decades been freaked-the-heck-out about our TINY sugar program.

Public Interest Groups Oppose Sugar Subsidies – Competitive Enterprise Institute

Top Five Reasons to End U.S. Sugar Subsidies – Americans for Tax Reform

Sugar Subsidies Hurt Consumers and Cost the United States Jobs – FreedomWorks

You know what these well-intended groups – never, ever mention?

In Global Trade, We Need Equal Protection from All Governments:

“Brazil’s government gives its sugar industry every year more than $2.5 billion in cash infusions and other favors.  That’s a lot.

“Think that leads to a free global market?  Of course not.

“Brazil’s massive subsidies have warped the world market into a Brazil-dominated unequal nightmare mess:  ‘Brazil currently controls, roughly, 50 percent of global sugar exports. To put that into perspective, Saudi Arabia controls about 19 percent of the crude oil exports….’”

Brazil dominates the global market – because their government cheats.  Billions and billions of dollars per year – in cheating.

Which is decidedly unfair to our domestic manufacturers.  Who I am quite sure would like a fair shot at some of the 50% market share Brazil has unfairly grabbed.

Instead, we have allowed Brazil to continue its massive unfairness.

And even worse and stupider – we have imported Brazil’s massive unfairness.

Which has been dramatically damaging to our domestic manufacturers.  Who have had to compete – even in their own domestic market – against Brazil’s massively subsidized product.

This ain’t a free market.  This ain’t free trade.  It ain’t fair trade.  It is suicide trade.

We have engaged in this stupidity for decades – on just about every farm product produced.  And various governments the world over – subsidize to excess just about every farm product produced.

And then we blankly stare – and wonder why our farmers are struggling.

And then we go back to demanding we end the US’s TINY farm program.

Tell you what: We’ll end ours – when they end theirs.

And in the interest of proportionality and best time allotment – let’s expend our effort on the government programs requiring the most reform.

Which are – by orders of magnitude – theirs.  Not ours.

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Happy Tax Day. Don’t Forget: Democrats Are Currently Trying to Tax the Internet

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Happy Tax Day, All.

Of course, this is America.  EVERY day is Tax Day.

Please – raise your hand if you think we aren’t paying enough taxes on enough things.

I don’t see a whole lot of hands.

In addition to income taxes, We the People pay taxes (or fees, which are taxes) on-and/or-for most or all of the following:

Property, sales, marriage licenses, schools, vehicles, recreational vehicles, drivers’ licenses, vehicle license plates, fishing licenses, hunting licenses, business licenses, personal license fees, waste management, water, cigarettes, courts, dogs, cats, gifts, Social Security, Medicare, self-employment, unemployment, gifts, estates, gasoline, biodiesel, gun ownership, highway tolls, hotels, imports, individual health insurance, insect control, government inspections, library cards, liquor, luxuries, parking, passports, flights, sports stadiums, general service charges, government park entry, tanning, tires….

Sadly, this is by no means a comprehensive list.

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We are constantly reminding tax-freak Leftists – they are free to send governments at all levels as much additional money as they wish.

Nigh none ever do.

Because Leftists are titanic hypocrites.

And of course, Leftists don’t like to leave things to voluntary chance.  They much prefer mandates.

Leftists like government pointing guns at you – and demanding you do exactly what they say.

Which is what we are currently witnessing in Washington with regard to the Internet.

Since the federal government rightly privatized the Web in the mid-1990s, the frigging thing has exploded outward and upward.

The Internet has become a free speech-free market Xanadu.  Going from “What’s that?” – to 1/6th of our $18-trillion-per-annum economy.

A fundamental element of the Web’s privatization – was the uber-light regulatory imposition chosen at that time.  The government…basically left the Internet alone.

When government leaves something alone – greatness ensues with monotonous regularity.

The Internet is a quarter-century’s worth of quintessential private sector success.  What happens when (relatively) free people are left to freely associate as they wish – commercially and otherwise.

The Left’s response to this?  Let’s undo ALL of this massive success – and jam a giant bunch of government down our Web-surfing throats.

Bicameral Democratic Leaders Unveil Save The Internet Act

The Donkeys’ bill would stuff the expansive, ever-expanding Web – into 1934 landline telephone law.

Which would absolutely mean the Web – would stop expanding and being expansive.  And implode – all the way down to landline telephone size.  Which as we know – is comparatively infinitesimal.

The less-discussed portion of the Democrats’ inane awfulness – is taxes.

There aren’t taxes directly upon your Internet access – shocker, I know.  Because Republicans permanently banned them.

So Democrats are looking to tax the Internet – by pretending it’s a phone.

If the Democrats impose telephone law on the Internet – they can then impose telephone taxes on the Internet.  And we pay a whole lot of telephone taxes.

There are various excise taxes.

There’s the 911 tax.  Except:

911 Taxes Don’t Fund 911 Service

Because of course.

And then there’s…the Mother of All Taxes: The Universal Service Fund (USF).

The USF varies by yearly quarter – but it is always a HUGE percentage.

Quarter Two of 2019 – it is 18.8%  Down from 20% in Quarter One.

Since 2015, the average USF tax rate is 18.3%.

Now, imagine your monthly Internet bill – with an extra near-20% on top.  Going right to the government.

You should – because Democrats are.

Please – raise your hand if you think this new massive tax on your Internet service is a good idea.

Because we aren’t paying enough taxes on enough things.

I don’t see a whole lot of hands.

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State Trooper Responds to Report of Three Naked Young Women at a Rest Stop. What Follows is Total Insanity

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Buckle up for this one.

On Wednesday, Highway Patrol was dispatched on a suspicious persons call to a rest area along Florida’s northbound I-75.

Trooper Daniele Poulin came upon a startling sight: three completely naked young black females.

The buck-nekkid teens explained they’d showered and were “air drying.”

That makes absolutely perfect sense. #Nature

A case of water and a bottle of soap lay on the ground.

According to an eye-witness account, the in-the-buff unbashfuls were standing outside applying suntan lotion prior to Trooper Daniele’s arrival.

Mid-questioning with the cop, the leafless ladies jumped into a Nissan Sentra and hightailed it outta there.

Fast-forward to a convenience store parking lot where the car was found. When a trooper attempted to arrest one of the now-clothed trio as she was exiting the store, the Nissan’s driver tried to run him over.

Next, one of the chicks hopped out of the car with a pink baseball bat and headed toward the officer. Another cop quickly rammed the Sentra with his patrol car. With all three lasses loaded back in their ride, a chase ensued.

Eventually, law enforcement’s stop sticks popped the vehicle’s right tire and a PIT maneuver ended the ordeal.

Or so the cops thought–

The liberal lamsters wouldn’t exit the sedan, so police had to break out a window. All three resisted, their arms intertwined. Each belligerent nudist fugitive had to be tasered in order to comply.

What the freakin’ heck??

The girls were ID’d as Oasis Hakira McLeod, 18, and 19-year-olds Jeniyah McLeod and Cecilia Eunique Young.

They were locked up in the Pasco County jail and charged with fleeing to elude, resisting arrest, aggravated assault, indecent exposure, and marijuana possession. Driver Oasis earned a DUI count on top.

Nicely done, ladies — strip butt-nekkid, bathe in the sun, exhibit your two-tone parts at a rest stop, skedaddle from the cops, take a swing at baseball battery, try to plow over the police, and fight ’em when they try to cuff ya. Get the shock of 50,000 volts.

I’d say that’s more than a day’s work, in the lives of America’s Craziest Nudists.

-Alex

 

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Where We’re Headed: Mother & Father Tie Their Newborn in Garbage Bag, Leave Him in the Trunk for Dead

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We’re living in a broken world. With broken people. And evil.

In Wisconsin, a mom and dad were arrested after their child was discovered by Wood County deputies. The little boy was wrapped inside a tied plastic garbage bag in the back of his father’s car.

On Saturday, Wood County sheriffs were contacted by staff at Marshfield Medical Center. The reason: A possibly-missing newborn.

The infant was found in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle in the hospital parking lot.

Authorities believe the baby had been inside the trunk for three hours.

He was rushed to the ER and revived — sadly, only temporarily.

19-year old Allen Rice and 22-year-old Marylinn Feher were taken into custody on suspicion of child neglect for the baby’s death.

Who throws away a newborn baby like garbage?

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, apparently. Kathy Tran (here).

And, allegedly, Marylinn Feher and Allen Rice.

Marylinn had given birth to the boy at a residence earlier in the day.

He’d not been taken to the hospital, so it remains a mystery how medical staff knew to call the police.

This crime is a repulsive look into the face of evil — the brutalizing of the most innocent among us.

Yet, it isn’t an anomaly. It isn’t an outlier. Not within the scope of morality currently being touted by those we have elected (here, here, and here).

If we allow our culture to reach the ultimate point of no compassion, no empathy, no heart, we won’t have to worry about hell; we’ll already be living there.

-Alex

 

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America First: Get US Business Executives Out of Ridiculous Foreign Charges

Kuwait is allegedly a United States ally.  Like far too many alleged US allies – Kuwait sometimes has a really obnoxious way of showing it.

For the Millennials and younger in our audience – We the People saved Kuwait’s posterior in 1990.  Neighboring Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had invaded and conquered Kuwait.  We arrived – and shoved Hussein out and back to Iraq.

Since, we’ve had a fairly strong relationship with Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah – the Emir of Kuwait.

So what Kuwait has been doing to a company with American ties and its executives – is more than a mite obnoxious.

The company in question – is KGL Investment (KGLI).

America First – Must Include Demanding Foreign Govs Unfreeze Americans’ Coin:

“KGL (has) made much of its money in Kuwait – and now wants to return much of it to the US.

“Enter Middle East cronyism.

“The Kuwaiti and Dubai governments – have frozen KGLs coin for no reason whatsoever.  Well, no legitimate reason.

“Behold Agility Logistics.  A Kuwaiti company – with close ties to the Kuwaiti government.  Agility’s CEO, Essa Anwar Al-Saleh – is a former Chairman of Kuwait’s Gulf Bank.  So he exercised significant power over Kuwaiti commerce and finance.

“And it appears Al-Saleh still does.  Agility is a KGL competitor – with the home court advantage.  The Kuwaiti government appears to be freezing KGLs coin – to benefit Agility.”

Not satisfied with crucifying just the company – Kuwait is going after its executives.

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When Leaders Land In Jail: Prominent Gulf Businesswoman Gets Ten Years, Vows To Appeal:

“Marsha Lazareva, (chief executive and vice-chairman of the private equity group KGL Investment), has vowed to appeal her conviction for misusing public funds in Kuwait after being sentenced to ten years hard labor.”

“Ten years hard labor” – ain’t Club Fed.

Lazareva is a Russian national – but she has a five-year-old America-born child.  And the charges against her – appear to be as bogus as those against her company.

Kuwait Government Faces International Tribunal over Jailing of Russian Businesswoman:

“Lazareva(’s)…lawyers, Washington D.C.-based Crowell & Moring LLP, say the charges brought against her were ‘demonstrably false’ and the case amounted to a ‘show trial.’…

“Her lawyers say she was denied access to one of the hearings and on other occasions the defence team was not permitted to introduce its own witnesses and was refused access to critical documents….

“‘Ms. Lazareva is the subject and victim of a politically-motivated vendetta initiated by powerful persons and entities, as well as competitors and rivals in Kuwait, against KGLI, KGL, and TPF,’ the (lawyers’) notice says.”

In other words, it would seem Ms. Lazareva is a victim of the same crony garbage her company is.

Kuwait is attempting to smear as many KGLI people as possible – in an attempt to make their crony garbage case against KGLI look less like crony garbage.

This heinousness began in 2018.  More than a year later – Kuwait ain’t behaving any better.  Despite the fact the contingent demanding Lazareva’s release – keeps getting bigger.

Kuwait Refuses Release of Female CEO Held Over a Year on False Charges:

“The Port Fund confirmed today that a Kuwait court has refused to release Marsha Lazareva, a prominent member of the international business community, who has been subject to unlawful detention and other human rights violations for the past 15 months.

“Following a coordinated multinational effort by high profile officials, former officials and private citizens from the U.S., Russia and the UK to demonstrate Lazareva’s innocence, this refusal serves as a significant insult to all three countries.

“Among those advocating for Lazareva’s release are Neil Bush, the son of the late President George H.W. Bush, Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, Jim Nicholson, former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, former U.S. Representative Ed Royce, Sergey Lavrov, foreign minister of Russia, British Barrister Lord Carlile and members of UK Parliament….

“‘The continued unjust incarceration of Ms. Lazareva threatens to darken relations between the U.S. and Kuwait, two countries that have enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship,’ said Bush. ‘We are confident that Kuwait will review the evidence that has not previously been considered, and immediately release Ms. Lazareva – a critical step toward maintaining America’s faith in the Kuwaiti justice system.’”

America’s shaken faith in Kuwait – ain’t just in the justice system.  As Lazareva’s lawyers pointed out:

“In July they issued a notice of arbitration to the Kuwaiti government, based on a November 1994 agreement between the Russian and Kuwaiti governments to encourage and protect investments in each other’s country.”

What companies – from the US or anywhere else on Planet Earth – are now looking to put their coin to work in Kuwait?  When this is the way Kuwait treats these companies, their executives and their coin?

Lazareva has garnered a great deal of current global government officials’ support.  Lazareva has garnered a great deal of former US government official support.

Lazareva deserves to get some current US government official support.

Like from, say, President Donald Trump.  And members of his administration.

This is a clear case of foreign abuse of a US company and its executives.  It is wrong – and the Trump Administration must correctly end this nonsense.

And not just to rectify this nonsense.

The Trump Administration must rectify this – to remind everyone what America First means…in totality.  That it includes the protection of American interests – anywhere in the world:

“The Roman Empire’s citizenry enjoyed for many, many years the global protection of Civis Romanus.  Aptly described – as so many things were – by TVs ‘West Wing’:

“‘Did you know that a thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation?  He could walk across the Earth unharmed.  Cloaked only in the words “Civis Romanus” – “I am a Roman citizen.”

“‘So great was the retribution of Rome – universally understood as certain – should any harm befall even one of its citizens.’

“Civis Romanus – was a key component of Pax Romana (‘Roman Peace’):

“‘The Pax Romana…was a long period of relative peace and stability experienced by the Roman Empire….

“‘Roman trade in the Mediterranean increased during the Pax Romana. Romans sailed East to acquire silks, gems, onyx and spices. Romans benefited from large profits and incomes in the Roman empire were raised due to trade in the Mediterranean.

“‘As the Pax Romana of the western world by Rome was largely contemporaneous to the Pax Sinica of the eastern world by Han China, long-distance travel and trade in Eurasian history was significantly stimulated during these eras.’

“Pax Romana – inspired similar provisions from other nations.  Further expanding the free trade zones – for everyone.”

America First – is Pax Romana.

Well…it should be.

The Trump Administration should make sure that it is.

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Handing the Future to Communist China – One Awful Policy at a Time

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The United States has spent the last half century-plus engaging in a titanic amount of very stupid policies.

Plan-by-plan, decision-by-decision – we have been outsourcing our prosperity to the rest of the planet.

Trade policy, tax policy, regulatory policy,… – we have spent decades going out of our way to be as dumb as possible in as many ways as possible.  Making the US a less attractive place to do business than…anywhere else on the planet.

Now-President Donald Trump has been correct about this – for decades.

Trump On Trade Wars With China, U.S. Allies: ‘We’ve Been the Stupid Country for So Many Years’

Trump: Tax Cuts Will Restore U.S. Competitive Edge

President Donald Trump Says He Can Cut Regulations by 75 Percent

If we continue to beat you about the head and shoulders with a bat – we should at least have the decency to not act surprised when you get up and leave.

And we want to help not just American employers – but American employees.  There being exponentially more of the latter, after all.

Keeping American employers here – helps American employees.  So does limiting the American employee competition…to American employees.

Now-President Donald Trump has been correct about this too.

Trump: America’s Political Class Push For Open Borders While Living Their Lives Behind Walls And Gates

Yes, Immigration Hurts American Workers

How Trump’s Border Policies Are Boosting Wage Growth

Meanwhile, the planet is sailing fully into the Information Economy.  Where – even more than ever – ideas are driving things economics.  The intangible – continues to more fully eclipse the tangible.  The Mind – continues to more fully eclipse the Body.

If the US is to rely on the Intellect – and in the Information Economy, it must – it must guarantee protection of the Intellectual Property IP) our Intellects generate.

Unfortunately, the US spent the entirety of the Barack Obama Administration strip mining US IP protections.

Of all the very many Obama messes Trump inherited – this is almost inarguably the most important one to get clean.

The Obama Administration did everything it unilaterally could to undermine IP protections.  Including joining the very stupid global notion that punishing patent holders as monopolies was a good idea.

Let’s be clear here: Patents ARE monopolies.  Per the Constitution:

“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;”

Emphasis ours.  If only you can use something – i.e. you have “exclusive Right” to it – you are a monopoly.  Punishing patent holders for being a monopoly – is like punishing Shaquille O’Neal for being tall.

But the Obama Administration – did it anyway.

(Obama Federal Trade Commission) FTC Accuses Qualcomm of Smartphone Chip Monopoly – January 17, 2017

The Obama Administration – was gleefully following the lead of…Communist China.

China Fines Qualcomm Record $975M in Anti-Monopoly Case – February 10, 2015

And South Korea.

South Korea Slaps Qualcomm with Record-Setting $850M Fine – December 28, 2016

And much of the rest of the planet – gleefully followed the Obama Administration.

Taiwan Fines Qualcomm for $774 Million in Relation to Monopoly Abuse – October 12, 2017

Qualcomm Has to Pay €1 Billion Fine to the EU for Monopoly Payments – January 24, 2018

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And speaking of all of this…no nation has been more enthusiastically insourcing our outsourced prosperity – than Communist China.

No nation has been more enthusiastically using the newfound, ever-expanding wealth the US keeps handing them…to hamstring and undermine the US – than Communist China.

To wit: No nation has taken greater advantage of our very stupid IP policy – than Communist China.

How Much Has the US Lost from China’s IP Theft?:

“The United States Trade Representative, which led the seven-month investigation into China’s intellectual property theft and made recommendations to the Trump administration, found that ‘Chinese theft of American IP currently costs between $225 billion and $600 billion annually.’

“Those numbers are in line with a 2017 report from the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.”

“Between $225 billion and $600 billion annually.”  For DECADES.  TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS.  About which the US did…NOTHING.

Now-President Donald Trump has been correct about this too.

Trump’s Next Trade Target: China’s IP Theft

And Trump’s calling China on its IP theft – is working.

China Admits for the First Time that US Officials ‘Have a Point’ on IP Theft and Hacking

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration’s very stupid IP policies – were very stupidly outsourcing IP creation.

Intellectual Property Crisis: U.S. Drops Out of the Top Ten in Innovation Ranking

And guess who’s looking to insource our very stupid IP outsourcing?

Communist China’s Latest Intellectual Property Con: Stealing IP Creation

“(China) is setting themselves up to be the recipient of the massive investment coin that will leave the US – as our IP protection continues to deteriorate.

“What China is establishing – is the latest version of their China First protectionism.

“China has spent the last several decades doing this to other US economic sectors – most notably manufacturing. The IP pattern and plot-line…is disarmingly similar.”

We wrote this last piece – on April 24, 2018.

And now….

Is China Catching Up to the United States in Innovation?

Not just catching up….

China Poised to Lead the World in 5G

5G – that’s the Fifth Generation wireless network.  5G is a quantum leap forward – exponentially bigger than the previous 4Gs combined.

And not at all incidentally – guess which American company was nigh solely delivering the US to 5G leadership?

That would be the same company that delivered the US to leadership on each previous Generation.

Qualcomm.

The company upon whom the Obama Administration very stupidly declared war.

As the visual aide of the administration’s very stupid war on IP.

Here’s hoping it isn’t too late.

And Trump can clean up this Obama mess in time.

Some good news: It appears the Trump clean-up is beginning to work….

U.S. Tied with China in Global 5G Race, New Report Finds

Now let’s call off the Obama dogs hounding Qualcomm – and get back to leading all by our onesies.

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