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CLIMATE FLASHBACK: In 1978 Mr. Spock Told Us Another Ice Age Would Be Here By Now.

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LIVE LONG AND FREEZE

I love Star Trek. The whole notion that we survive the mess we see the world in now and actually get to go for drinks on the moon and take a quick spin around Jupiter for fun is just a warm and fuzzy concept.

The show became part of our cultural DNA and the stars of the show went out to successful careers in other areas. Leonard Nimoy A.K.A. Mr. Spock was one of these Trek stars that found other things to do while not on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Nimoy hosted a fantastic show called “In Search Of…from 1978 until 1982 and it covered a wide range of topics that were explored. Material such as, is there a bigfoot, UFO’s and the lost city of Atlantis were some of its episodes.

They also in May of 1978 covered something according to their IMDb page called “In Search Of… The Coming Ice Age”. Of course, with all the interest of climate change and the 1.5-degree shift of getting warmer and all of us dying in less than 12 years ( Not my words ask A.O.C.  Ocasio-Cortez says the world will end in 12 years. She is absolutely right.) I was absolutely intrigued.

Below is a video clip from that show.

Below I have taken some short clips that Nimoy says here to add my stellar commentary.

The data shows that the average temperatures in the Arctic have fallen dramatically over the last 30 years. In most locations, the drop has been 2 degrees centigrade.

According to NOAA we are up almost 1.42 F since 2000. I’m gonna call this a draw.

The whole Northern hemisphere has grown steadily cooler.

Check the NOAA link above. I guess we are getting warmer. Which is really nice for Michigan in Feb.

If we are unprepared for the next advance ( Ice Age) the result could be hunger and death on a scale unprecedented in all of history.

Whether it is massive ice sheets rolling our way or Florida flooding out, it’s always doom and gloom with these people. How about the world comes together like in the movie Independence Day and either does a huge BBQ or use the ice for drinks. CMON PEOPLE.

What scientists are telling us now is the threat of an ice age is not as remote as they once thought.

Well, scientists are telling us something different now. Now I’m not gonna blame them here. They get stuff wrong like this all the time.

During the lifetime of our grandchildren, arctic cold and perpetual snow could turn most of the inhabitable portions of our planet into a polar desert.

Nimoy has 5 grandchildren and from what the scientists are telling us is that we will be all fried before frozen. I’m not sure which one is worse actually.

What does this all mean?

That 41 years ago a show on network television with a beloved actor who played a character that relied on “logic,” scared the crap out of a 9-year-old Duke, making me think the ice was going to kill my family and I.

They were not just wrong but fabulously wrong.

Now those that believe the current dire warnings will say the technology is better, the computer models are more accurate and we have learned so much since 1978.

Well, how about if we do this as a test. Get the current weather reports you do EXACTLY RIGHT for 30 days, then we can chat about making predictions 40 years or 12 years maybe even just 30 months into the future.

Back in 1978, the climate alarmists used an actor who played a Vulcan ( who is not supposed to lie) as a messenger to get people ginned up about impending doom. In 2019 they used a 16-year Lil kid to do the same thing. They were wrong in 1978 and I’m willing to bet Al Gores billions that he made on this fantasy that they are wrong now also.

Predicting the weather, stocks or what women are thinking when they are really mad is a dangerous proposition. Doing any one of these things is just…

Illogical.

P.S. Kirk is the best Captain E-V-E-R.

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James O’Keefe Announces ‘This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke’

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Before leaving a Washington, D.C. stage last night, James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, told his audience:

We have one announcement to make real quick. Because of what Eric did, another person came to us. We’re proud to announce the next insider who will blow the whistle. He’s been recording for months, all of his colleagues, his bosses, his senior people. This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke. Next week, the next insider to blow the whistle on the next organization … is within CNN.

O’Keefe, the self described guerrilla journalist, said he will release “dozens of recordings made of officials at the highest levels of CNN, revealing a political agenda, bias and misconduct hidden from public view.”

O’Keefe said a CNN insider had conducted some “hidden camera muckraking” and that it will be the group’s “biggest story of the year.” He added that, “Based upon what the people in these tapes say, [the media] is no longer even doing legitimate news gathering.”

The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, allegedly said he “started at CNN with a dream to work in media, but my dream had become a nightmare.”

Obviously, CNN anchor Brian Stelter will play a starring role in the recordings. O’Keefe issued a warning to Stelter by tweet (below).

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O’Keefe is a conservative political activist best known for going into left leaning organizations (academic, governmental, and social service organizations) under cover to capture abusive, embarrassing or even incriminating statements or actions. He has faced reprimand and even lawsuits over some of his projects. According to Wikipedia, he has been “criticized for selectively editing videos to misrepresent the context of the conversations and the subjects’ responses, creating the false impression that people said or did things they did not.”

He gained national attention for his video recordings of workers at Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) offices in 2009, his arrest and guilty plea in 2010 for entering the federal office of then-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) under false pretenses, and the release of videos of conversations with two high-ranking, now former, NPR executives in 2011.

When his videos portraying ACORN workers seemingly aiding a couple in criminal planning hit the 24-hour cable news cycle, the U.S. Congress quickly voted to freeze funds for the non-profit. The national controversy resulted in the non-profit also losing most of its private funding before investigations of the videos concluded no illegal activity occurred. In March 2010, ACORN was close to bankruptcy and had to close or rename most of its offices.[9] Shortly after, the California State Attorney General’s Office and the US Government Accountability Office released their related investigative reports. The Attorney General’s Office found that O’Keefe had misrepresented the actions of ACORN workers in California and that the workers had not broken any laws. A preliminary probe by the GAO found that ACORN had managed its federal funds appropriately. One of the fired ACORN workers sued O’Keefe for invasion of privacy; O’Keefe issued an apology and agreed to pay $100,000 in a settlement.

O’Keefe has gained support from right-wing and conservative media and interest groups. In 2009, Andrew Breitbart commissioned him for the option to publish new videos exclusively on BigGovernment.com. In June 2010, O’Keefe formed a 501(c)(3) organization, Project Veritas.

Get the popcorn!

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AOC On Verge of Tears: ‘Dream of Motherhood is Bittersweet’ Because We Are On Brink of ‘Extinction’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took her climate show on the road on Friday, when she was in Copenhagen where she spoke at the C40 World Mayors Summit.

In her speech, she was near tears and railed against climate change, saying that our world was at the crossroads of “extinction” and that there could be no “middle road” in response.

From Daily Wire:

“The climate crisis is already here,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed. “On this note I speak to you not as an elected official or public figure, but I speak to you as a human being – a woman whose dreams of motherhood now taste bittersweet because of what I know about our children’s future, and that our actions are responsible for bringing their most dire possibilities into focus. I speak to you as a daughter and descendant of colonized peoples who have already begun to suffer.”

She blamed Hurricane Maria’s destruction in Puerto Rico in 2017 on climate change saying her own grandfather died “in the aftermath.”

Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the disaster was “all because they were living under colonial rule, which contributed to the dire conditions.” She claimed that this was happening to people who had already suffered so much because of “imperialism.”

On the contrary, as the facts have revealed, local corruption and the failure of the local government have badly affected the island for years, despite billions poured in by the federal government. Governor Richard Rosello even had to step down after massive protests by the people because of unhappiness over his response in part.

She then claimed that media coverage of such disasters fails to mention climate change as a cause when in fact, they often do even if there’s no factual basis to support it.

“It is not a coincidence that the truth is controversial,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “None of this is a coincidence because climate change is not a coincidence or a scientific anomaly. Climate change is a consequence. It is a consequence of our unsustainable way of life.”

She spoke of fact and consensus but then claimed it was a fact that all three airports in New York would be flooded by 2080. She said if she had a child, “he, she or they,” would have to deal with a situation where their most critical infrastructure was underwater.

She decried the “runaway pursuit of profit” and argued that the only way to address climate change was to “change “society” and control the economy, on a level that had never been done before, to mobilize the change they desired.

But really it’s the other way around. The left and socialists need climate change to justify the radical desire to control the economy and completely change the system. That’s the real aim.

Here are a few facts from meteorologist Joe Bastardi for the non-scientist AOC.

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WHERE’S HUNTER? He Just Quit His Sweet Gig On The Board Of a Chinese Company

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President Trump asked “Where Is Hunter?” and now we know. He just stepped down from his cool board job with a Chinese equity firm.

According to Bloomberg

Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forego all foreign work if his father, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president in 2020.

After months of keeping a relatively low-profile as President Donald Trump leveled a barrage of unsubstantiated accusations of corruption at him, the younger Biden is publicly vowing to avoid any conflict of interest.

According to a statement released on his behalf by his lawyer George Mesires, Biden said he’ll resign at the end of the month from the management company of a private equity fund that’s backed by Chinese state-owned entities. He also pledged that he wouldn’t work for any foreign-owned companies or serve on their boards during a potential Biden administration. He reiterated that he never discussed his business activities with his father.

Trump has been teeing off on Hunter and his business dealings with great success. If you have noticed the rivals for the Democratic nomination have been whimpering support for Biden while snickering in the background as Trump does their work for them.

Even for those that want to look at the bright side of things. Hunter Biden has absolutely been able to capitalize on his father’s political position. He was not the first but also not the last. Just the appearance of him having no experience and getting gigs on both Ukraine and Chinese companies scream of impropriety.

Is it fair? Probably not.

Has it been fair when the Trump kids have had the same done to them? Probably not.

Here is where my friends that are #NeverTrump seem to skip or be appalled at.

The Democrats have done this stuff for years. Stern editorials were written at the Weekly Standard and National Review on the practice of Democrats doing these things, yet it continued on. Candidates for all sorts of office on the left could virtually say that Republicans are trying to kill grandma and make sure you starve to death in old age. Talking heads would go on news shows and say how outrageous it was and the practice continued.

Trump has broken all the old rules and this is the clearest example of that.

He went DIRECTLY at Joe Bidens son.

He accused the Bidens of some shady dealings ( While there is no proof you sure as hell can make the case it looks shady) and he made it stick. While others in politics would have had their surrogates go out and do the dirty work, Trump says hold my non-alcoholic beer and goes and does it himself.

That is why his most ardent supporters love him.

Trump has probably wounded Biden so badly with this that even if Joe survives the primary he will be badly damaged for the general election. So if Biden does not make it Trump faces a weaker candidate nationally. If Joe does make it he gets to tee off on him 3 times on national stages for Presidential debates.

Either way with the rule book being re-written by Trump since he came down those escalators in 2015, the way that national politics is done has been forever changed.

Get used to it.

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NY Times Writer Acknowledges the Existence of a Deep State, But Makes One Key Distinction

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Not even New York Times columnist James B. Stewart can disagree there exists in America an anti-Trump deep state which has worked tirelessly to rid the country of this President. In fact, he’s written a book about it which is aptly titled, “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.”

We’ve been aware of the deep state’s existence for years, but prior to the stunning victory of Donald J. Trump in November of 2016, it had always operated quietly beneath the surface of the Washington establishment. Rocked by the reality of a President Trump, the deep state has come out of the shadows and into the mainstream. Since Trump’s election, it has labored relentlessly and unabashedly to undermine his presidency every step of the way.

Stewart admits that the deep state is alive and well and living in Washington, D.C. However, rather than viewing it as something anti-American or sinister, he believes it’s actually a positive force that’s “protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution.”

He portrays the men, women and institutions of the deep state as saviors of our fragile democratic republic. They are doing a service to the country by trying to rid us of this lawless, thuggish outsider who is destroying America. The fact that Trump won a fair election, accumulating over 300 electoral votes, is not even a consideration.

Stewart appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” last week and spoke to host Savannah Guthrie to promote his new book. The brief clip can be viewed here.

Guthrie says to Stewart, “Deep state is one of those phrases that really wasn’t in our political lexicon until a few years ago with President Trump. And his central allegation is that there are people inside these government agencies actively working against him. What did you find?”

Well, you meet these characters in my book, and the fact is, in a sense, he’s right. There is a deep state…there is a bureaucracy in our country who has pledged to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law. They do not work for the President. They work for the American people. And, as Comey told me in my book, ‘thank goodness for that,’ because they are protecting the Constitution and the people when individuals – we don’t have a monarch, we don’t have a dictator – they restrain them from crossing the boundaries of law. What Trump calls the deep state in the United States is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense.

While it sounds surreal to hear anyone voicing such a farfetched opinion, Stewart sounds as if he really believes in what he’s saying. He truly sees himself and the others fighting to “overthrow” President Trump as the “good guys.” I used to imagine that Democrats knew they were telling lies, but now I think they have all convinced themselves that their perception of events is the truth.

Next, the two discuss how the term “deep state” has become “pejorative.” Stewart explains, “Well, it’s pejorative because of how it was treated in Turkey and Egypt, with a deep state of people who were protecting their own power. What Trump calls the “deep state” in the United States,” according to Stewart, “is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense.”

No, actually James the people of the deep state are trying to protect their own power in the same way the Turks and the Egyptians did. It is not their job to second guess or to undermine the President’s lawful orders. Rather, it is their job to implement those orders.

Next Guthrie says, “It always was assumed, fairly or unfairly, that Republicans were the party of law enforcement. And just yesterday on “Meet the Press” you had Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, saying he doesn’t really trust the FBI, he doesn’t trust the CIA, now he named in particular, individuals, McCabe, Comey, those folks. But what do you think about this larger development that there’s questioning of these very institutions, what does that mean for those institutions?

And Stewart replies:

Well, it’s historically unprecedented and it’s very dangerous. The reason they’re being attacked is the Justice Department and the FBI are independent. For good reasons. They may be called upon to investigate, as they did, the White House. They do not answer to the President, even though he appoints them. And for them to be branded, as Trump has, as traitors, to alienate them, has struck terror into many of these people. Many of the people I have talked to, they’re terrified. They’ve been branded as traitors, the penalty for traitors is the death penalty.

Please! How many times have the Democrats and the media branded Trump as a traitor? Even after the Mueller report came out, former CIA Director John Brennan told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that he stands by his earlier statement. He said, “I called [Trump’s] behavior treasonous, which is to betray one’s trust and aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim.” President Rep. Eric Swalwell once said Trump was an agent “working on behalf of the Russians.” Let’s not even get started on the comments of Nancy Pelosi or Adam Schiff. It wouldn’t take long to make a list of 100 times a leftist has called Trump an agent of Russia or a traitor.

Asked by Guthrie what the current mood is inside the intelligence agencies, the FBI, now that there are whole groups of people who look at them askance and they say, “Wait a minute, whose side are you on here?,” Stewart responded:

Well, morale has been devastated. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been inside there, it is terrible. These are people who don’t make a whole lot of money but they dedicated themselves to public service, and they were treated like local heroes. Now, there’s a huge faction of the population that thinks they’re the enemy of the people, that they’re traitors, that they’re doing something sinister, that they’re conspiring against the White House. That is unfair, it’s untrue, but it has had a terrible toll on the people there…There’s a lot of damage, it’s gonna be lasting for many years. But it’s something I hope the American people will take into consideration when they decide who to support. How important the  and who is going to be able to restore the integrity of these institutions.

Is it really unfair or untrue? Where were the whistleblowers inside of these organizations when the FBI was submitting unlawful applications based on a bogus, unverified dossier, which the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid a foreign spy to produce? And that foreign spy paid other foreigners to provide material they hoped would end Donald Trump’s candidacy or else provide cause to remove him from office in the remote event he might win. All of those with knowledge of this activity who remained silent are guilty.

How important is the rule of law is to this country? It sure wasn’t important to James Comey when he told President-elect Trump in January of 2017 that there was a “salacious and unverified” dossier out there about him, which was the same “Verified” document he presented to the FISA Court just two and a half months earlier as evidence that the FBI needed a warrant to surveil Carter Page.

Nor was it important to Comey when he gave copies of his memos to his law professor friend to leak to the New York Times after he’d been fired in the hopes it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel.

Or when Rod Rosenstein, angry that Trump had portrayed the memo he had written, upon Trump’s insistence, which made the case for Comey’s firing, made his game-changing decision to appoint a special counsel. And not just any special counsel, but the highly partisan, conflicted Robert Mueller.

Once Democrats began to see Trump as a threat to a Hillary Clinton victory, the creatures of the deep state banded together and homed in on Trump like maggots to a corpse. And they have maintained maximum pressure on Trump and his administration on a daily basis ever since.

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“Enemy of the People,” or the Enemy of Truth

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President Trump has called “fake news” reporters “enemies of the people.”  This writer will take it one step further and call them co-conspirators as the enemies of truth.

In a now-infamous case, Harvard University essentially admitted they discriminate against whites and Asians in the admissions process.  They do so claiming that diversity is essential to the educational experience.  A federal judge has agreed with the university.  Part of their argument was that they embrace other types of diversity, including political beliefs.  This is hogwash.

At Harvard, more than 64% of the student body describe themselves as “liberal” while only 10.2% describe themselves as “conservative.”  The same trends are seen at other elite universities like Yale.  At Harvard, more than 84% of the students have an unfavorable opinion of Trump.  This mirrors the faculty at Harvard where one survey found that 88% of that faculty have an unfavorable opinion of Trump.  In fact, that same survey found that 73% of the Harvard faculty voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.  That is “political diversity” in the minds of the Harvard elite.

Over at the New York Times, editor Andrew Marantz penned an article titled “Free Speech is Killing Us.”  He meant it literally.  Arguing against “unchecked free speech,” he gleefully notes that such innocuous characters as Milo Yiannapolis and Alex Jones have lost their platforms.  He cites high-profile incidents like Christchurch and Charlottesville to promote censorship.

In 2016, Google created an algorithm to detect “hate speech” on its platforms.  Something strange happened along the way.  That algorithm detected more “hate speech” and toxic comments among black people than white people.  Surely, something was wrong as the results returned the opposite of what the elite predicted.  The solution to this “problem” was simple: the algorithm was racially biased and scrapped.

Bias in the media when it comes to free speech is a constant.  But the problem extends to college campuses.  A 2018 survey found that in general terms, students support the concept of free speech.  But when the questions get more specific, fewer and fewer students really believe in free speech.  For example, 57% of those surveyed believe colleges should discipline students if they make “hurtful comments.”  Another 77% believe students who make “hurtful” comments should be excluded from campus activities (i.e., ostracized and shunned).

There is an old saying: “The truth sometimes hurts.”  That is the gist of the problem.  The recent Leftist attacks on free speech are, in many cases, an attack on inconvenient truths.  A perfect example is recent FBI crime statistic reports that show that blacks are eight times more likely to commit murder than whites.  This is a stark, truthful statistic.  But because it works to the disadvantage of the favored group, the reports which make up that statistic must be wrong.  It must be biased.  Therefore, in the minds of the Left, the stark truth is an “untruth.”

Eric Levitz of The New Yorker declared in 2018 that colleges do not need more Republican professors.  He laid out an indictment of the Republican Party accusing it of (1) politicizing law enforcement, especially with respect to immigration, (2) being authoritarian, (3) restricting access to the ballot, (4) stigmatizing dissent, (5) demonizing vulnerable populations, and (6) vilifying higher education.

These are audacious claims given the truth.  Bloggers and commenters who deviate from the Leftist dogma are deplatformed or demonetized on social media while Antifa thugs get free reign.  He claims that conservatives are intolerant creatures.  But one survey showed that Democrats and/or liberals are more than three times more likely to “unfriend” or “unfollow” you on social media for your political beliefs.  This is a fact, or truth if you will.

Regarding access to the ballot, there are many restrictions on suffrage with citizenship and age among them.  There are no conservative plans to expand the list of restrictions.  There are efforts to enforce the voting laws to avoid fraud which is a greater threat to American democracy than Russian Facebook ads.  Levitz talks about “equality before the law.”  Admittedly, that is a legitimate claim but not for the reasons he proffers.  Instead, the scales of the law have been tilted to favor the latest victim group du jour.  Harvard is a perfect example in that they favor certain groups over others in admissions all in the name of “diversity” and the courts (that is, the law) agrees.

Now, what if you provide empirical evidence that there exist differences between the races, ethnic groups, or cultures?  What happens if you dare even express the notion that there are differences?  That whole field of inquiry is verboten in higher education.  For the few brave souls who do study the issue, they are vilified by the press, higher education, and the Twitter lynch mob.

Amy Wax, a law professor at Penn, noted a truth: she knows of no black students at their law school who graduated in the top 25% of the class.  She came under such intense criticism and accusations that she made up the fact that she considered suing Penn for defamation.  Charles Murray, a Harvard alumnus, was to speak on campus.  But student outrage prevailed and although allowed to speak, he was interrupted by protesters on several occasions fearful of inconvenient facts, or truths.

Outside the STEM fields (and even there now in some cases), higher education does not investigate the truth.  Instead, they instill an orthodoxy and assign an opinion and that opinion is “the truth.”  And the quickest path to success in these areas and the resulting elitism is a belief in absolute equality among cultures.  The goal is to remake America as one huge multicultural blob.

At one time, perhaps it was easier to seek the truth, argue, debate, and respectfully disagree with one another online.  YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have banned innocuous characters like Alex Jones.  Yet Hasan Piker, a host of “Young Turks” declared that America “deserved” the terrorist strikes on 9/11 and remains without even a strike on his record.

If it is harder on social media now, it has become impossible on college campuses.  Colleges were supposed to seek out the truth wherever that truth led.  They are not supposed to bury their heads in the sand and shout down legitimate lines of inquiry.  And the media plays along because the media is dominated by graduates of the very schools burying their heads in the sand.

As such, the media and higher education are not “enemies of the people,” but something far worse.  They are the propagators and disseminators of untruths.  As such, they are the enemies of the truth.

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Another Federal Judge Spits In the Face of the Supreme Court

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In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, photo, Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, right, passes a “No Border Wall” sign during a visit to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a possible location for a border wall. O’Rourke is forsaking a safe seat in Congress and a rising-star career for the longest of odds in an attempt to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. O’Rourke says that after Donald Trump was elected president, he decided he had to do more in politics than stay put in the House. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before.

Another federal judge has decided that Trump building a border wall through his emergency declaration is illegal. This came from Judge David Briones, a Clinton appointee (shocked face). His reasoning is as specious as the first judge that tried this.

Another federal judge ruled against President Trump’s use of a “national emergency” declaration to divert funds for the construction of a border wall on Friday, finding the use of an emergency proclamation “unlawful” because it violated a Congressional budgeting measure from January.

“The Congressional language in the [bill] reveals Congress’s intent to limit the border barrier funding,” wrote Judge David Briones, who was appointed to the federal District Court for the Western District of Texas by former President Bill Clinton.

There’s so much wrong when you drill down into this.

First, how does El Paso County and an activist group (who are the plaintiffs here) have standing to challenge federal agencies using federal funds on federal land? The simple answer is that there’s no legal reason they have standing. Yet, this judge decided they did based on the laughable notion that El Paso County would suffer “damage to their reputation.” By such a standard, anyone could have standing in any lawsuit against the federal government. It’s just ludicrous.

The Supreme Court has already slapped down a judge earlier this summer for an equally ridiculous ruling, which bounced back and forth between the 9th circuit originally. In it, the issue of standing came up, as it was yet another activist group doing the suing. The highest court has already ruled that Trump’s use of the emergency declaration is lawful and the gyrations of this judge don’t change that.

In the end, this will make it’s way up the change and be overturned. But until Chief Justice John Roberts stops sitting on his hands, lower court judges will continue to spit in his face and gum up the judicial system with unsupported rulings such as this. Allowing this ruling to stand for even a day is an affront to our system. It’s not enough to let this spend months going through the system. The Supreme Court should immediately overrule this and then take away the ability for district court judges to make national injunctions.

Meanwhile, the wall keeps going up, whether these rogue judges like it or not.

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Blizzard Finally Breaks Its Silence on China Controversy, Too Little, Too Late

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Blizzard is finally weighing in on the controversy created in the past week when a professional tournament player of Hearthstone was suspended and had his prize money taken away for making a supportive comment on behalf of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.

The player, Chung Ng Wai, was suspended for a year and had $10,000 taken away for him. The two casters who were conducting the interview in which Chung made the remarks were also fired.

Now Blizzard is modifying the punishment somewhat, changing the year suspension of Chung to six months and giving him back the prize money. They are also changing the firing of the casters to a 6 month suspension.

Blizzard made people aware of the change in a lengthy statement.

From The Verge:

I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision,” writes J. Allen Brack, the president of Blizzard Entertainment.

“We have these rules to keep the focus on the game and on the tournament to the benefit of a global audience, and that was the only consideration in the actions we took. If this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we would have felt and acted the same,” he continues.

Yet Brack also says that, after evaluating the situation and listening to the community, “six months for blitzchung is more appropriate, after which time he can compete in the Hearthstone pro circuit again if he so chooses.” He goes on to say, “There is a consequence for taking the conversation away from the purpose of the event and disrupting or derailing the broadcast.” ….

“With regard to the casters, remember their purpose is to keep the event focused on the tournament. That didn’t happen here, and we are setting their suspension to six months as well.”

Brack continued, claiming they still believed in one of the company’s slogans: Every Voice Matters.

“Every Voice Matters, and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to share their viewpoints in the many places available to express themselves,” Brack writes. “However, the official broadcast needs to be about the tournament and to be a place where all are welcome. In support of that, we want to keep the official channels focused on the game.”

The problem with this statement was that immediately after the incident when people were commenting about it on their forums, they wiped out the posts of people who were critical of their actions and/or kowtowing to the Chinese. They left up the posts of those who agreed with them. At this point, very few people will believe that their actions are not related to their business relationships with the Chinese.

They’ve experienced a massive blowback, with players calling for a boycott and even employees walking out on them at their office in California. Even lawmakers have condemned their actions as anti-free speech and supporting a communist regime.

It’s unlikely this statement at this point, too little, too late, will convince people.

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Bill Maher Slams the Far Left and Their ‘Bullsh–.’ What, Then, of the Future?

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Are you tired of the far Left’s bullsh**?

Bill Maher is.

So says Bill Maher.

Bill occupies an interesting space these days — he’s most certainly a hardcore partisan Democrat, but he’s also a bit of an old-school liberal.

The effect of that combination, it appears to me, is that he’s virtually guaranteed to side with any given elected Democratic official but liable to vehemently disagree with the woker Democratic populace.

Resultantly, every now and then we find ourselves at the corner of Maher and Limbaugh — particularly where it concerns issues of free speech and political correctness.

On Friday’s episode of HBO’s Real Time, Bill welcomed guest Howard Stern — another interestingly-comprised political voice — to whom he remarked, “[Y]ou and I are the last sane people, because we’re liberals but we don’t go for all the bulls*** on the Far-left.”

Bill took particular aim at Dem 2020 hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders (of whom Elizabeth blows out of the water my above guarantee, if not for my life-saving use of the word “virtually”), saying the pair are, well, kinda nuts:

“Obviously this is a fight between two wings of the party, which is almost every election. … [T]here is a far-left which I think would be represented by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.”

So who’s Bill’s man this time around? Well, in progressive fashion, his man’s a woman: Sen. Amy Klobuchar. He called her a potential “dark horse,” given that — thanks in part to impeachment, incidentally — Joe Biden’s on his way to Outsville.

Maher told Amy, who was also a Friday guest, “There is a center in the Democrat, a center-left wing — you’re plenty liberal, you’re plenty progressive.”

Klobuchar was down with that, and she used the opportunity to throw sand on her farther-Left compadres:

“I want to win big, and if someone is looking to kick one hundred forty nine million Americans off their current health insurance in four years, then I’m not your candidate. If you want to use a bunch of hardworking people’s money to send rich people’s kids to college for free and I’m not your candidate. And just because people say ideas are bold doesn’t mean they’re bold. They may be bad.”

Ooh!

Bill also thinks Amy’s got an edge — among lots of dudes, she’s chickin’ it up. Although the host may have a different definition of  “center” than you:

“I’m saying it’s a lot easier to be on the center side of things, as Obama was, if you are not a white man. If you’re a white straight man.”

Amy may also possibly have a different kind of edge, as noted by The Daily Wire:

[S]everal former staffers reportedly told the Huffington Post that Klobuchar is prone to “bursts of cruelty” and to sending strings of abusive and belittling emails to staff in the middle of the night. Others said that Klobuchar “tasked them or their co-workers with performing personal errands, such as making her personal appointments, washing dishes at her home or picking up her dry cleaning” — duties senate staff members are prohibited from doing.

Either way, to Bill at least she’s part part of all the “bullsh**.”

But here’s a question: Nearly all the Democratic candidates are for late-term abortion; Julián Castro believes men can get pregnant and weather is racist; Beto has promised to steal America’s best-selling hunting rifle from the homes of its citizens; and Cory Booker wants to sick the Department of Justice on any church that opposes gay marriage.

If Bill’s a dedicated Democrat but intolerant of the far Left, how’s he gonna deal with the party another election cycle or two? As per his own characterization, they seem to headed intently wheels-down, full speed ahead — on the boulevard of Bullsh**.

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Chuck Todd and Other Media Refuse to Cover Questions About Hunter Biden

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Chuck Todd and some others in the media must be taking lessons from the NBA now.

The NBA thinks if they don’t hold media availabilities, the controversy over their kowtowing to the Chinese will just go away.

Todd and the others apparently think the same thing is true as to questions regarding Hunter Biden. If they don’t cover it, maybe people will just stop talking about it.

“We aren’t going to play the sound,” Todd said of President Donald Trump’s remarks about Hunter Biden during the the president’s rally in Minnesota. “We’re not going to repeat the president’s vicious attacks on Hunter Biden.”

Why? According to Todd, “whatever you thought of [Hunter Biden’s] decisions, he’s not a public figure. He isn’t running for office. And he’s not a campaign surrogate. He’s not even on the campaign trail. And he isn’t in any way asking for this attention, obviously…It’s newsworthy, but we can’t in good conscience amplify those attacks, so we wouldn’t.”

Then he really went over the slide with pomposity. “We all need to play a role in not rewarding this kind of politics. This is the job, not just the press, but of anyone who has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution.”

Someone get a shovel because it’s getting a little deep in here.

First of all, Hunter Biden isn’t 13 year old Barron Trump.

Put aside your political sides for the moment and anyone can see the proper concerns about the son of the Vice President working with a China-backed company and a Ukrainian company with government connections and getting a boatload of money in the process while his father is the point man on those two countries for the Obama administration with his hand on billions in aid. And that’s without any intervention by his father then the VP and now a presidential candidate in getting the prosecutor who was investigating his son’s firm fired by threatening to withhold aid. Or the Vice President flying Hunter to China on Air Force Two to talk with the man with whom he’s making a billion dollar deal.

As Jerry Dunleavy with the Washington Examiner observes, it’s surely just a coincidence that Todd doesn’t want to note that he, Todd, was mentioned in the Trump remarks about Hunter Biden.

Todd’s efforts to go to bat for the Bidens might be another reason that he doesn’t want to mention it to Americans.

Just as a factual matter for Todd, Joe Biden has mentioned that Hunter will indeed be joining him on the campaign trail.

Additionally, it’s surely just happenstance that this comes after a full-court press by Joe Biden to shut down any media attention to the subject of his son and his business dealings. As Jonathan Turley notes at The Hill, Hunter Biden is “he who shall remain nameless,” by edict of his father to the media.

Indeed, the Biden campaign has been remarkably open in demanding that news organizations stop airing interviews or publishing articles about the allegations. Instead of calling it “fake news” (which is virtually copyrighted by Trump), the Biden campaign calls such coverage “conspiracy theories.”

Thus, the campaign wrote to various networks, demanding that they stop airing interviews on the scandal with figures such as Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. Kate Bedingfield, deputy manager of the Biden campaign, also denounced The New York Times for publishing an op-ed by author Peter Schweizer on the controversy. The campaign apparently expected the Times and the networks to fall in line and bar others from even expressing a view.

Most recently, the campaign fired off letters to Facebook, Twitter and Google, demanding that they take down Trump ads referencing the Hunter Biden contracts. This normally would be viewed as unbridled hubris and arrogance — except that many TV news hosts are doing precisely what the campaign has demanded.

CNN and other media has tried to stop people from commenting about the Hunter question, claiming variously it’s already been investigated, there’s no evidence or that it’s all “conspiracy theories.”

To claim that questions about Hunter Biden are not legitimate is itself an illegitimate and disingenuous argument. And it’s particularly so from media who has entertained all manner of speculation and calumny about Trump and his family in regards to the Russia collusion hoax. We’re sure Todd’s position has nothing at all to do with helping the Democratic narrative with regard to questions about the Bidens. And when did journalists take an oath to defend the Constitution? Because it sure hasn’t felt like it with the way that many of them have approached the due process for the last few years and pushed their own conspiracies that have greivously injured the health of the body politic.

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