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Fifty State and Territorial Attorney’s General Unleash Anti-Trust Investigation On Google

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This is nothing but good.

Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a tech giant that Democrats and Republicans said may threaten competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web.

Appearing on the steps of the Supreme Court, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton charged that Google “dominates all aspects of advertising on the Internet and searching on the Internet,” though he cautioned that despite his criticism the states had launched an investigation for now and not a lawsuit.

Paxton said the probe’s initial focus is online advertising. Google is expected to rake in more than $48 billion in U.S. digital ad revenue this year, far rivaling its peers, while capturing 75 percent of all spending on U.S. search ads, according to eMarketer.

“They dominate the buyer side, the seller side, the auction side and the video side with YouTube,” he said during a news conference alongside officials from 11 states and the District of Columbia.

If you are a libertarian or in the thrall of a pure form of free market capitalism, you can just skip the rest of this. I’m not. I trust large business even less than I trust large government because it is rarely constrained by fear of exposure (when was the last time the Department of Interior sent surreptitious recordings of you rogering the old lady off to an independent contractor for them to use do develop better Artificial Intelligence? Didn’t think so, but if you use Apple’s Siri you have aided in their research) and are much more likely to do illegal stuff because the currency in business is pleasing the boss and getting promotions while in the bureaucracy it is hitting the door at 4:30 and getting a pension.

There is zero doubt that Google is a bad actor. There is no doubt that it is a monopoly and any competitor that exists is allowed to stay in business simply to provide the window-dressing of an open market.

My personal hope is that this coalition of state attorneys general crushes Google as it is currently configured and breaks it up into smaller business units that are forbidden from using the massive amount of consumer data compiled by Google to dominate markets. Then I hope they go after Facebook and Twitter.

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City of San Antonio Hit With Lawsuit From Texas Chick-fil-A Supporters Over Airport Banning

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FILE – This Thursday, July 19, 2012 file photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

The city of San Antonio landed itself in hot water earlier this year over its March decision to effectively ban Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at the city’s airport for the next seven years. The stated reason why was a report on the company’s 2017 charitable contributions to organizations characterized by the actvist left as “anti-gay.”

As outrage ensued, the FAA launched an investigation in May into the actions of the San Antonio city council. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against them in June over documents the state had requested but not received over the issue.

Now some Texas fans of the America’s favorite fast food chicken chain are filing a lawsuit of their own.

Fox News reports:

Five Texas fans of Chick-fil-A have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio for its decision to ban the chicken-centric chain from opening up shop in the local airport. In March, city council officials rejected the restaurant’s bid to open a new location in San Antonio International Airport due to the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

On Sept. 5, plaintiffs Patrick Von Dohlen, Brian Greco, Kevin Jason Khattar, Michael Knuffke and Daniel Petri filed suit against the city under S.B. 1978, otherwise known as the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill.”

Supporters of the bill argue that the provision, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, defends the fast-food restaurant and protects religious freedoms, while opponents say it discriminates against the LGBTQ community.

What does the lawsuit call for? To allow for Chick-fil-A to resume plans for a restaurant at the airport, and to take away the ability of the city council to do this to any other business on the same grounds in the future:

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs pushed for the court to declare that the city of San Antonio “violated and continues to violate” the law by banning Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport and issue an injunction to block the city and airport shop operator Paradies Lagardère from banning the chain at the air hub in the future.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs also hope to issue another injunction to have a Chick-fil-A open at the airport and issue an order to stop the city from “taking any adverse action against Chick-fil-A or any other person or entity, which is based wholly or partly on that person or entity’s support for religious organizations that oppose homosexual behavior” and receive attorney’s fees and other relief.

Do the plaintiffs have a case? Stay tuned.

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<li>Watch: Chick-fil-A Toronto Protest Video Shows Engaged Gay Customers Talking About “Foolishness” of Protests

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    Is the CIA Up To Something Because That Rescued Russian Spy Is Living In This $1MM Virginia Home Under His Own Name

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    The big story CNN tried to float yesterday was that a highly placed spy in the entourage of Vladimir Putin was forced to be exfiltrated because senior CIA officials were deathly afraid that the source would be blown by President Trump while engaging in some unguarded moment (you know how he is, amirite?) or at the height of hyperbole (amirite?). The story made no sense in any way shape or form (see CNN Russian Spy Exfiltration Story Trips All the Bull**** Alarms On Two Continents) and today the New York Times effectively refuted the entire thesis of Sciutto’s NeverTrump fantasy (New York Times Says CNN’s Jim Sciutto’s Report Blaming Trump For The US Losing An Intel Source Is Pure Bunk).

    Today, Fusion GPS’s mouthpiece who also works as an NBC correspondent, Ken Delanian, reports that this fearsome spy is living quite openly under his own name.

    A former senior Russian official is living in the Washington area under U.S. government protection, current and former government officials tell NBC News.

    NBC News is withholding the man’s name and other key details at the request of U.S. officials, who say reporting the information could endanger his life.

    Yet the former Russian government official, who had a job with access to secrets, was living openly under his true name.

    An NBC News correspondent went to the man’s house in the Washington area and rang the doorbell. Five minutes later, two young men in an SUV came racing up the street and parked immediately adjacent to the correspondent’s car.

    The men, who identified themselves only as friends of the Russian, asked the correspondent what he was doing there.

    A former senior national security official said the men were likely U.S. government agents monitoring the Russian’s house.

    In took me about five minutes to find the name of the Russian.

    The Russians are downplaying his importance and saying they don’t care where he is

    And they may be right. A couple with the same name as the alleged spy bought a house in Stafford County, Virginia, last year for $925,000.

    Given the extent to which Putin has shown himself willing to go to kill defectors and even critics abroad, keep in mind the use of nerve agent to kill Sergei Skripal, a GRU agent who had been recruited by British Intelligence, imprisoned, and swapped as part of an exchange of spies, one sort of has the right to ask why an agent who was as important as he’s portrayed by CNN and The New York Times and various other outlets was allowed to continue to use his own name. It sort of makes you think that there might be more to the story, no?

    Here’s some food for thought

    Not airtight by any stretch of the imagination but it certainly doesn’t make any less sense than the stream of CIA leaks to the media on this guy that would have put the FSB at his doorstep in a matter of days if not hours, he resists exfiltration, and then when he’s exfiltrated he doesn’t go undercover and live in fear of a hit squad dispatched by Putin to make an example of what happens to traitors.

    There is a helluva lot more to this than we’ve been told because refugees from Putin’s inner circle just don’t behave like this.

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    It’s Not a Right, Democrats

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    Americans have God-given rights that are outlined conveniently in a document appropriately called the “Bill of Rights.” It’s a list that essentially tells the government that it cannot deprive an American citizen of certain things or oblige certain things unless a strict set of requirements are met that allows a government body to deprive or take away said right.

    It’s a pretty simple document to follow and is pretty clear about what is and isn’t a right. According to the left, however, everything that their voting base wants, no matter how picayune, is a right.

    Abortion? That’s a right. Education, even into college? That’s a right too. Migrating here illegally? Also a right. Sen. Bernie Sanders alone seems to come up with a new right every day and throws them around like Oprah giving out free cars.

    Then we have failed Texas Senate candidate and failing 2020 Presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke who is telling everyone that it’s a right to be able to live close to your work.

    Just real fast, let’s take a look at what rights we have in the Bill of Rights.

    I’m seeing the right to free speech and to practice whatever religion I please. I’m seeing the right to own a firearm and protection from being unreasonably searched, as well as due process.

    What I’m not seeing is the right to an abortion or higher education. I’m definitely not seeing the right to live in or around a rich neighborhood when I’m not rich myself.

    What rights we have are outlined clearly. Some things may be legal, but that does not make them rights. For instance, you can legally get an abortion, but you have no right to it. If a state wants to ban abortions, they can do that. However, a state cannot tell its residents that it can’t have a gun. They can complicate and restrict it, but they can’t ban ownership.

    This is the important thing to remember about rights. They’re a boundry for the government. It says the government cannot interfere or hamper the listed right and if and when a citizen needs to practice any given right, the government will oblige whether it likes it or not.

    In short, you cannot force the government to provide you with a place next to Rich Uncle Pennybags. It can legally provide you with one under various circumstances, but that doesn’t make it a right.

    So why are they saying these things are rights when they’re not? It’s multiple reasons.

    The first is that they believe they can get away with it because they’re pretty sure you haven’t read the bill of rights yourself, or they’re relying on the fact that you think they know how the Constitution works better than you do. In other words, they’re banking on ignorance they hope you have.

    I advise going through the Constitution. It’s an easy read.

    The second reason is that they’re hoping you’ll buy their “it’s a right” talk in order to convince you that they’re going to provide things that are being denied to you by those people, and “those people” can be whichever boogie man they need at the time. In O’Rourke’s video, you can see the role of the villain is played by “the rich.”

    So he wants you to believe that he’ll force the rich to back down from blocking your right to having a house near them. The truth is that the rich can’t stop you from practicing your right to have a house next to them because you don’t have a right to have a house next to them in the first place.

    It sure does sound heroic of him, though, doesn’t it? Almost as if he’s willing to fight for the little guy.

    And that brings me to reason three of why he’s telling you it’s a right. He wants you to believe he’s a man of good character who will stand up for the underprivileged. In fact, it’s a common thing among Democrats be it Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. They pretend to be champions of the downtrodden.

    They’re not. Sanders is a rich man who owns multiple homes despite his supposed love of socialism. Warren is an elitist whose lifestyle is far removed from the people she claims to be one with. O’Rourke actually has a history of screwing over the poor and taking their property away via eminent domain.

    For a guy who says living somewhere is a right, he sure seems willing to take it away from you if it’s beneficial to him.

    Look into what Democrats are promising you and you may be surprised with how much they’re lying to you. If you’re a little insulted, you have the right to be angry and give voice to that anger. I encourage it.

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    That Democratic Party Favorability Advantage Just Went Poof

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    Some more moderate Democrats (well, moderate by today’s standards) have been sounding the alarm on this for a while. Their presidential candidates haven’t been listening.

    During the 2018 election, the Democrats enjoyed a sizable advantage in favorability among the electorate. We would eventually see that play out as the votes were cast, with a somewhat sizable blue wave sweeping over the country. Democrats retook the House with over 40 seat pickups and Republicans, while gaining seats in the Senate, didn’t get up to the 55 that looked possible earlier in the summer.

    Now, that favorability advantage is gone.

    As Ed Morrisey over at HotAir writes, this can be almost completely laid at the feet of the leftward lurch the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates have taken.

    What happened? Leonhardt reaches back to a July NPR/Marist poll to argue that the party’s progressives are pushing away from populism into straight-out socialism — and that voters won’t buy it. Decriminalizing the border and slavery reparations are now practically de rigueur for presidential hopefuls, but it runs right into a brick wall with the electorate:

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    The simple answer is that the crazy things the left are pushing, the majority of Americans simply don’t support. Even something like “free public college” can only garner 51%, and that’s before it’s articulated that taxes will have to go up to pay for it.

    The support for the “Green New Deal” continues to baffle, but again, when polls ask about it in relation to the government control and cost, public support plummets for it.

    It’s still really, really early. Nothing we are seeing now is dispositive of what will happen in 2020. That includes polls that are both good and bad for Republicans. But, what this does show is that the strategy of preaching radical socialism isn’t working for Democrats. Their only real hope is that Biden somehow coasts to the nomination without his eye completely exploding next time.

    Here’s the reason this trend extremely important for Trump. The President is never going to garner 50+% favorability. He’s likely to never cross 50% approval outside of Rasmussen’s polling. The way Trump wins is how he won in 2016. He gets his opponent down in the mud and exposes them. If the Democratic party favorability is at parity with Republicans, that’s a huge advantage to Trump because it’s basically giving him a head start.

    If the nominee ends up being an Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, Trump will immediately have the foil he needs to propel himself to reelection. Neither of them are going to tack to the center, as has been shown necessary in essentially every presidential race in the modern era. Of course, the stakes become much higher if it’s Warren and not Biden though. At that point, we enter Flight 93 election territory.

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    The Left Needs to Take a Real Good Look at What It’s Become After This Ridiculous “Hey Guys” Video

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    No doubt that by now you’ve seen the “Now This” video circulating around the internet telling you not to use the phrase “hey guys” because it’s gendered and sexist. If you haven’t, then here it is.

    And let’s play a game. Post below in the comments how far you made it before you had to stop. On my initial watch, I made it 17 seconds.

    All I could think as I clicked off of it was that if I was on the left, I’d be embarrassed that this is what my side’s concerns boiled down to nowadays and that we’ve become so first-world spoiled that this is a problem that people in a room agreed was worth dedicating resources to.

    In fact, I think Bearing Arms editor Cam Edwards put it best in his reply to the video.

    “Imagine “hey guys” being one of the Top 10,000 Biggest Problems in your life,” he tweeted.

    One of the greatest pieces of advice I can give anyone is that you shouldn’t take yourself so seriously. If you do, you get blinded to how ridiculous you become, and as a fallable human, you’re pretty ridiculous by default already.

    The goal of not taking yourself too seriously is to not put yourself into a position where you pressure or force anyone to be as ridiculous as you, and this is a problem too many on the social justice left have. They even call themselves “progressives,” which has become an everyday term now but is kind of a ridiculous thing to call yourself if you really think about it.

    I mean, really. How high on your own supply do you have to be to think that everything you do is done to progress humanity toward Utopia? You’re an egotistical ape like the rest of us with zero ability to foresee the future. Hell, many progressives hardly see what they’re doing in the present.

    The social justice left loves to proselytize about what is and isn’t good to do or say, and have come up with all sorts of nonsensical ways to live your life “properly.” Oddly enough, a lot of what is “proper” to these “progressives” defies all logic and scientific reasoning. What’s more, they truly believe that what they’re suggesting is the path to a better society.

    Right now, their path to a better society is to tell you that using the word “guys” is a weaponized word that is dehumanizing.

    Their words, not mine.

    If I were on the left, I’d feel pretty embarrassed right now. In fact, I’d be on social media denouncing the holy hell out of this video. Why? Because it’s a clear indication of how emotionally weak my ideological camp is. It’s proof positive that our priorities are in the wrong place and that we’re making mountains out of molehills in an effort to make it seem like we’re doing good in the world.

    To be clear, if I wasn’t in the know already, this “Now This” video would make me question the weight of a lot of stances the left takes. It makes me take them less seriously overall and even laugh at them.

    There’s even a tinge of anger that is added to it when you consider the fact that the left considers this a problem but refuses to address real problems. They don’t want to talk about the violence in Chicago much. They don’t want to talk about the fact we have a crime problem in minority communities. They don’t want to talk about the full spectrum of racism happening in the U.S., nor do they want to talk about the violence of Antifa. They don’t want to talk about the obvious corruption problems happening within the Democratic party. They don’t want to talk about the demonstrable destructiveness of socialism as we watch it happening in other countries. They don’t want to talk about the cost of all of these entitlements they’re cheering on, nor how it’s going to be paid for, at least in depth.

    No, they want to talk about how “hey guys” is going to *checks notes* hurt peoples feelings.

    Whose feelings? As Sister Toldjah wrote on the video, the vast majority of women don’t even care about the phrase’s usage. Even in the video itself, the girl notes that it has become a gender-neutral phrase. I’ve even seen women use it to address groups of women on multiple occasions.

    This is a bad look. It’s the kind of bad look the left has been making for itself for some time now and it’s making people consider the left to be Monty Python’s Camelot. Just a silly place everyone agrees not to go to. Instead, they choose Trump, because anything is better than this nonsense.

    To sum it up, people are laughing at this video and the ideological side that created it, and you can’t blame them. If I was a Democrat, or on the left in general, I’d be mocking this video to kingdom come. Not just because it deserves to be mocked, but because it doesn’t have any business representing a serious idea within my camp.

    But, alas, this is what the left has become thanks in part to its embrace of social justice. Years of banging the drum of race, sex, and sexuality has birthed forth this monster that has now taken control and is the face of the left.

    You’ve got two options. You can either fight back against the nonsense, regain control of the left, and put a more realistic foot forward…or you can come to the right. We won’t ask you to eat bugs or your pets to save the environment.  Also, we have comedy. You can laugh here.

    And believe me. We’re laughing.

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    Watch: Black Trump Fan at NC Rally Explains Why He Bought the Biggest MAGA Hat He Could Find (cc: Debra Messing)

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    Trump supporter Bryson Gray explains why he bought the biggest MAGA hat he could find prior to attending a campaign rally in Fayetteville, NC – 9/9/19. Screen grab via CBS 17.

    If you’re black, Hispanic, gay, or a female and happen to support President Donald Trump, life can be tough in the presence of ‘woke’ liberals if you wear your politics on your sleeve. That goes doubly so if you are bold enough to wear a MAGA hat, which to unhinged TDS sufferers symbolizes hate, bigotry, racism, you name it.

    For privileged white liberal actresses like Alyssa Milano, the “MAGA hat is the new white hood.” For Bette Midler, black Trump supporters at Trump rallies are a paid part of the “blackground.” Actress Debra Messing is in agreement with those who say “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.”

    In other words, how dare black Americans think differently.

    With that in mind, let’s turn to Trump’s rally in Fayetteville, NC on Monday evening, where the President campaigned in a show of support for Republican candidate Dan Bishop in the hotly contested Congressional District 9 special election, which is being held today. Bishop’s Democratic opponent is Dan McCready.

    Trump supporter Bryson Gray was interviewed by CBS 17 prior to the start of the rally. Gray explained that he went out and bought the biggest MAGA hat he could find in defiance of his friends who he says told him he shouldn’t support Trump because he’s black:

    “I have a lot of friends who tell me that I shouldn’t support Donald Trump because I’m black, which is sort of insane because … I can support whoever the hell I want to support. And then also they told me that I shouldn’t wear the MAGA hat, so I bought the biggest MAGA hat. So it makes it double the importance, so that’s why. ”

    Watch the interview segment below:

    The Trump War Room Twitter account tweeted out a clip of the video, which has gone viral:

    I should note that Messing has gotten involved as of late in the Bishop/McCready race in a show of support for McCready (apparently someone just told her there’s a special election in North Carolina, which has only been in the news for months).

    Anyway, hats off (no pun intended) to Gray, who clearly walks to the beat of his own drum by way of refusing to march in lockstep with Democrats just because of his skin color.

    Flashback –>> MAGA Hat Shame Game Is Not About Racism, It’s About Suppressing Dissent

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    New York Times Says CNN’s Jim Sciutto’s Report Blaming Trump for the US Losing an Intel Source Is Pure Bunk

    Yesterday, CNN’s Jim Sciutto ran with a story that the CIA had been forced to exfiltrate a key asset from within Russia because the CIA, including then-director Mike Pompeo, were afraid that President Trump would reveal the source’s identity. This is how he described it:

    In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.

    A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.

    The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.

    As I noted in my post on the subject, virtually nothing added up to what Sciutto was claiming (read CNN Russian Spy Exfiltration Story Trips All The Bull**** Alarms On Two Continents). The biggest problem was that John Brennan’s CIA had leaked the existence of a spy within Putin’s inner circle to various media outlets as early as December 2016 in order to add credibility to the Russia Hoax then being perpetrated on the American people.

    The New York Times covered the same story later yesterday and came to a startling different conclusion.

    Decades ago, the C.I.A. recruited and carefully cultivated a midlevel Russian official who began rapidly advancing through the governmental ranks. Eventually, American spies struck gold: The longtime source landed an influential position that came with access to the highest level of the Kremlin.

    The decision to extract the informant was driven “in part” because of concerns that Mr. Trump and his administration had mishandled delicate intelligence, CNN reported. But former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction.


    But the government had indicated that the source existed long before Mr. Trump took office, first in formally accusing Russia of interference in October 2016 and then when intelligence officials declassified parts of their assessment about the interference campaign for public release in January 2017. News agencies, including NBC, began reporting around that time about Mr. Putin’s involvement in the election sabotage and on the C.I.A.’s possible sources for the assessment.

    The following month, The Washington Post reported that the C.I.A.’s conclusions relied on “sourcing deep inside the Russian government.” And The New York Times later published articles disclosing details about the source.

    The news reporting in the spring and summer of 2017 convinced United States government officials that they had to update and revive their extraction plan, according to people familiar the matter.

    So the impetus for the exfiltration was actually numerous news reports, obviously based on CIA leaks, that could compromise the source, not some visceral fear of Trump talking. Here is a great run down.

    Despite being called out for wrong reporting, Sciutto was still on the air claiming that the New York Times had vindicated his reporting.

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    When You’re Worth $906 Billion – You Can Buy a LOT of Government

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    Uber-huge Big Tech company Amazon – is a monster (Market Cap: $906 billion).  Amazon founder and chief bottle washer Jeff Bezos – is the world’s richest human.

    It appears that from their July 5, 1994 beginning – getting huge was Bezos’ only objective.  For nearly two decades, Amazon Retail sacrificed profits to growth – and to killing-in-antitrust-violating-fashion more and more of its competitors.

    Amazon: Nearly 20 Years In Business And It Still Doesn’t Make Money

    Amazon’s No-Profit Model: Bleed Competitors to Death – Then Do Exactly What They Did:

    “A key component of Amazon’s murderous business model – was operating for a quarter century making…almost no money whatsoever.  And for many quarters at a time – actually losing coin.  This from 2013:

    “‘Amazon: Nearly 20 Years In Business And It Still Doesn’t Make Money:

    “‘The company’s net profit margin has broken one billion dollars only once in the past nine years, in 2009. After reporting a loss last year, the world’s largest online store is expected to end this year with $349 million in net profit on nearly $75 billion in revenue. That’s close to the profit it made in 2005 ($359 million) on just a fraction of the revenue ($8.5 billion)….

    “‘The net result of nearly two decades in business is that Amazon’s trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio stands at an alarmingly high 550.’

    “Those tiny profits – off of those massive revenues.  How is this possible?

    “Because Amazon’s objective wasn’t money – it was growth:

    “‘The company barely ekes out a profit, spends a fortune on expansion and free shipping and is famously opaque about its business operations….’

    “And Amazons no-profit forced growth – comes at the expense of everyone besides Amazon selling…anything Amazon sells.

    In March 2006, Amazon started Amazon Web Services (AWS).  A cloud computing company – which generates lots of profits.  All of which are plowed into Amazon Retail.

    To subsidize Amazon Retail’s no-profit, expansive growth – and murder of Amercian retail.

    Amazon’s Secret Weapon: Cloud Subsidizes Retail:

    “For the first time ever Amazon separated retail revenue from cloud services during a quarterly briefing last week and guess what? Amazon is a lousy retailer.

    “It reported a loss of $57 million on $22.7 billion in revenue….Retailers have always suspected this, but now they have the facts. Amazon is subsidizing its retail division from profits made from cloud services.”

    And now we know Bezos had at least two objectives in focusing on growth versus…everything else.

    Artificially, illegally killing competitors – and getting big enough to get in on the biggest game of all:

    Government cronyism.

    Amazon mainly, maniacally concentrated on growth at the expense of profitability – to get a seat at the only tables that anymore really matter…governments’.

    Of course, getting government cronyism – requires bribes of government.  Oops – I mean lobbying Congress for redress of grievances…and contributing coin to political campaigns and elected officials.

    For-Trillion-Dollar-Amazon – that’s no problem at all.

    In fact, government cronyism helped fuel Amazon’s continued growth.  Which is the vicious-est of circles.

    Amazon bribes government…Government subsidizes Amazon…Which allows Amazon to better bribe government…Which means even more government subsidies for Amazon…Which….

    Four Ways Amazon’s Ruthless Practices Are Crushing Local Economies:

    “Jeff Bezos has forged an empire by exploiting low-wage workers and extracting billions in government subsidies.”

    Bezos knows what anyone paying any attention at all knows:

    There is NO better return on your investment – than an “investment” in government and its cronyism.

    Kick in a few hundred thousand dollars a campaign cycle in contributions – and you’re set up for billions in government money on the other end.

    As but one obvious example….

    80% of DOE Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Backers:

    “Four out of every five renewable energy companies backed by the Energy Department was ‘run by or primarily owned by Barack Obama financial backers.’…

    “Those companies’ ‘political largesse is probably the best investment they ever made in alternative energy….It brought them returns many times over.’”

    The federal government spends $4.5 trillion per year.  Gee…I can’t imagine why K Street is all glass and steel and lawyer appeal.

    You want actual, real campaign finance reform?  You don’t silence We the People – you shrink the government’s wallet.  If The Feds spent $4.5 billion per year – K Street would look like Caracas, Venezuela.

    Until we do shrink the government, we’ll keep getting stuff like this….

    ‘Impressive and a Little Scary’: How Amazon and Jeff Bezos Made Washington a Second Home:

    “Amazon is already deeply embedded in Washington and has plans to further entrench itself in the nation’s capital, putting it close to power brokers as well as billions of dollars in government contracts.

    “While major tech companies have ingrained themselves in the capital in recent years, none are as present as Amazon, according to policy and lobbying experts.…

    “Many companies have cozied up to Washington, but none have accrued the kind of presence and reach that Amazon will soon boast….

    “‘I think they see there is a lot of profit to be made in government contracts and want to be part of that,’ said Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor.

    “‘Maybe some of the Amazon executives in the area will end up going to the same country club as antitrust or tax policymakers and end up offering jobs or internships to bureaucrats or political appointees’ kids, or engage in similar soft corruption.’

    “‘There are a lot of opportunities for influence once you get your own people insinuated into the elite clubs, schools, and other social venues in D.C.’”

    “Jobs (and) internships to bureaucrats (and) political appointees’ kids….”

    How very, VERY cozy.

    “(E)lite clubs, schools and other social venues in D.C.”

    ALL paid for with money taken from us by The Feds – and then slathered generously upon the likes of Bezos and his well-compensated stable of Crony Makers.

    I would say “Lather, rinse, repeat” – except that connotes something clean.

    Did someone say “government contracts” – ???

    Amazon Seeks to Dominate Government Contracting

    Amazon’s Biggest Customer May Soon Be the US Government

    The ‘Amazon Amendment’ Would Effectively Hand Government Purchasing Power Over to Amazon

    The Details of the CIA’s Cloud Deal with Amazon

    Amazon’s Other Secret Cloud Win

    But ALL of this massive Amazon cronyism – were but mere appetizers to what could be the hugest cronyism main course in history.

    Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About to Get the Biggest Crony Deal In DC’s Awful History

    Here’s Why Amazon is Heavily Favored to Win the $10 Billion Defense Department Cloud Computing Contract

    “Here’s why Amazon is heavily favored” – ???  Massive cronyism, natch.

    The Amazon-Defense Department (DoD) cronyism is so obvious and pathetic…it’s actually a little sardonically humorous.

    The Obama Administration started a new sub-agency in the DoD – in charge of tech procurement.  And hired thereby was a huge Obama fan by the name of Deap Ubhi.

    Where was Ubhi working when the Obama Administration hired him?  Why…Amazon Web Services, natch.

    The DoDs multi-provider contract process – then suddenly became a sole source contract process.

    And the contractor description was rewritten – so that only Amazon Web Services met the specifications.

    Shocker.

    When Ubhi was outed for his inside-out Amazon cronyism – he recused himself…from a contract process he had already thoroughly corrupted.

    And two weeks after his recusal – Ubhi quit the DoD…and went back to work for Amazon Web Services.

    Nothing crony going on there.

    That is a revolving door – crammed inside a phone booth.

    Thank God – there is a new sheriff in in this rotten town.

    Gone is the world’s-largest-cronyism-generator-ever Obama Administration.

    Replaced by the “Drain the Swamp” Donald Trump Administration.

    The DoD was originally supposed to award the could computing contract – sometime in the late summer or early fall of 2018.

    But several Trump Administration officials serially examined the monstrous heinousness – and they all made the obvious determination that this is a monstrous heinousness.

    All the way up the government food chain – to new Defense Secretary Mark Esper.  Right after taking his oath of office, the good Secretary fully slammed the brakes on the whole monstrous heinousness….

    Pentagon Will Not Award Cloud Contract Until New Defense Secretary Completes Review

    This is no mere cursory glance….

    Esper Has No ‘Hard Timeline’ for Review of $10 Billion JEDI Deal

    Amazon long ago made what for more than a century has been a very safe bet:

    They put most or all of their eggs – in the government cronyism basket.

    And it paid off handsomely – for quite a long while.

    But then We the People had finally had enough.

    And We elected a man – who promised to not allow this monstrous heinousness to continue unfettered and unimpeded.

    And now he’s keeping his word.

    Much to Amazon and Bezos’ crony chagrin.

    And to the detriment of their crony business model.

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    Wilbur Ross Slaps Down Resistance Hurricane Hijinks and the Left Goes Bonkers

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    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss preparing for the 2020 Census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The Trump administration acknowledged on Thursday that billions more dollars are “urgently needed” to ensure a fair and accurate count during the 2020 Census. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Hurricane Dorian has provided one of the stupidest events I believe I’ve ever witnessed. Not only did we get a chance to see the “climate isn’t weather” goons in full bloom after a forecast that Florida was going to be hit within 24 hours turned out to be spectacularly wrong, we got a chance to see our national media at war with President Trump over him merely reiterating a forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    On September 1, President Trump mentioned that Alabama might possibly be hit heavier by Hurricane Dorian than expected.

    While the public NOAA forecasts until August 31 showed Alabama in the danger zone of the projected track, by September 1 the projected track had hung a sharp right turn and was paralleling the Eastern Seaboard.

    Later that day, the forces of the #Resistance sprang into action

    They claim they were being inundated by calls but that doesn’t pass the smell test. There is exactly one reason that a regional NOAA office would interject itself into a presidential conversation, some little Resistance toad taking the opportunity to try to make the President look bad for political reasons. Questions could have been answered by simply repeating the current forecast, if we believe enough people actually knew there is a National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, to actually make a difference in call volume. Later that day, NOAA headquarters issued a directive that they were not to offer opinions but were to stick with official NOAA forecasts…which, if they’d done that there would have been no controversy.

    Instead of this being the nothingburger that it was, there was a perfect marriage of the climate change dunces who are still all gritty-panties over Trump calling bullsh** on their gravy train and their media enablers. The Alabama tweet became an exhibit in their Trump-is-stupid campaign. Trump dug in and I think on September 4 executed a trolling maneuver that went wrong. My assessment is that Trump and his advisers misread just how freakin stupid and vicious there opposition was and there was this incident:

    To me, this is a pretty obvious poke at the controversy. With the White House graphics department available, it would have been child’s play to extend the line of hurricane effects had they intended for anyone to take it seriously. But they hadn’t counted on the sheer nitwittery of the people who hate Trump. By now, there was a range of morons claiming that Trump had broken federal law by issuing a fake weather forecast. In this case, issuing meant that it had never been issued and forecast meant that it was a single map with a Sharpie markings that was four days old.

    By Friday, the White House was taking the damage seriously. A national security council staffer, Rear Admiral Peter Brown, issued a statement

    The White House circulated a statement on official letterhead from Rear Adm. Peter Brown, a Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser, who said he briefed Trump multiple times about Dorian as well as models that showed the potential path of the eye of the storm.

    “These products showed possible storm impacts well outside the official forecast cone,” Brown said.

    “While speaking to the press on Sunday, Sept. 1, the President addressed Hurricane Dorian and its potential impact on multiple states, including Alabama,” he continued. “The president’s comments were based on that morning’s Hurricane Dorian briefing, which included the possibility of tropical storm force winds in southeastern Alabama.”

    The statement marked an escalation of the White House’s efforts to defend Trump’s assertion that Alabama would be hit by the storm, despite a National Weather Service tweet stating otherwise. It came days after Trump originally made the claim and as the storm lashed the Carolinas on Thursday with heavy rain, intense wind and tornadoes.

    Brown noted that Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas were originally predicted to fall in Dorian’s path, but that the storm shifted track.

    He also referenced forecasts from the National Hurricane Center from Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, noting they did show a chance of tropical storm force winds hitting parts of Alabama.

    And NOAA issued this statement:

    From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama.

    Now the story breaks that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross intervened, personally, to un-screw this mess.

    The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at the federal scientific agency responsible for weather forecasts last Friday after the agency’s Birmingham officecontradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.

    You would have thought the world had ended:

    Ross’s spokesman denies the story and the Commerce IG is investigating (this is literally a nothingburger beyond throwing a bone to the Resistance), but even if it is true, so f***ing what?

    Political appointees are totally at-will employees and can be fired because you don’t like the color of lipstick or the style of shoes. If they don’t want to do what they’ve been told to do, they can quit in protest. Ross was well within his rights to bring the hammer down on a weak and gutless leadership team that not only allowed a field office to actively try to make President Trump look bad but stood by, while in possession of evidence that proved the silliness of the whole matter, and let it dominate a news cycle for a week. The real scandal is that these people are still employed and that the Birmingham NWS office hasn’t felt any negative repercussions for this douchebaggery. The reaction Ross drew is a function of him upping the ante for rogue federal emp

    I must admit, I’ve had my doubts about how strong a secretary Ross actually is, but this shows that no matter how slow moving he appears, he can be motivated to crack the whip.

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