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College With $887M Endowment Poor-Mouths That $33M Settlement for Misconduct Will Hurt Students

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Well, this is certainly brazen.

As I reported yesterday, Oberlin College got hit with punitive damages of $33M for coordinated attacks by their employees and students on a local bakery. The back story boils down to the fact that this bakery tried to stop three people from shop-lifting some wine. This led to sustained attacks, spurned on by #blacklivesmatters, based on false accusations of racism that caused serious harm to the business.

Fox 8 in Cleveland covers the bases here.

A member of the Gibson family stopped an African American student who was shoplifting in their store. The shoplifter later admitted to the crime.

In demonstrations afterwards, other students labeled the Gibsons as racist and portrayed their action as racially motivated.

The demonstrators demanded the school end a long-standing contract with the bakery to provide baked goods for a cafeteria there, and the college acquiesced, even though the evidence showed that administrators knew the family’s actions were not racially-motivated and after receiving messages from alumni and supporters of the Gibsons insisting the college intervene with the smear tactics of the students.

The $33M in damages award punitively yesterday will likely be reduced to $22M due to how the law works. When added to the original $11M judgement, total damages will return to $33M.

This has Oberlin college poor-mouthing about how such a judgement will hurt their student body and others not directly involved in the activities in question.

“A punitive damages award will impact people that had nothing to do with this process, nothing to do with these events — moneys going from Oberlin College to students who could not otherwise afford an education,” said Oberlin College attorney Rachelle Kuznicki Zidar.

One, they should have thought about that before doing what they did. The fact that a punishment may cause harm to other parties at the school is not an excuse for the punishment to not exist. Oberlin made their bed and now they must be made to lie in it.

Secondly, this is absolute nonsense. Take one guess how big Oberlin’s endowment is.

Total endowed funds as of June 30, 2018 were $887.4 million, as compared to $820.3 million the previous year, an increase of $67.1 million. In comparison, total endowed funds increased by $66.8 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, from $753.5 million at June 30, 2016.

Now, I understand that endowments are used as investments to generate returns for operations and some scholarship programs. But the idea that a $33M judgement is going to have any tangible effect on their ability to serve their students is ridiculous. With an endowment of $887.4M that is growing by over $60M a year, there is a lot of money to burn there if needed. They are not spending every dime in investment returns on student operations, which is why the endowment is growing year over year.

The only way students are hurt by this is if Oberlin chooses to hurt them over this. It’s obscene to see this dumpster of a university try to poor-mouth after a just settlement while sitting on almost a billion dollars. The time for worrying about their students was before they took part in the scheme they propagated.

Some of these schools simply don’t deserve to exist anymore. They’ve become useless, cesspools of illiberal thought that simply put their students into massive debt for degrees that aren’t worth the investment in the first place.

Oberlin is going to appeal and are already responding defiantly that this isn’t the end of the story. If there’s any justice in our system, they’ll not be relieved of a single dime of the judgement against them. It’s vital that a lesson is learned here and that an example is made.

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Gregg Abbott Is Making It Fun to Watch Authoritarianism Die

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It may be increasingly infested with blue voters, but Texas is still an example of what a state should look like, and it’s only getting increasingly better while Governor Greg Abbott is in charge.

Over the past few months, Republican legislators have been working with Abbott to take the government’s hands off the people. Superfluous laws and authoritarian actions are dying highly public deaths, and Abbott is making it all too entertaining to watch.

Abbott has a habit of taking to social media to allow you to watch the signing of bills that pry the government’s kung-fu grip off of the people. This includes red light cameras

…looser liquor laws, including one that allows it to be delivered directly to your home like a pizza…

…a law protecting free speech on campus

…and even a law that allows children to open up a lemonade stand without running into the law.

The weird thing about these laws is that they’re laws that Abbott shouldn’t have even had to sign in the first place, but thanks to the progression of the Overton window, many find these things Abbott is having to protect perfectly fine to trample on.

Abbott shouldn’t have had to sign a law protecting free speech on college campuses. Red light cameras were unconstitutional from the get-go. Police have absolutely no business shutting down a kid’s lemonade stand. yet it happens. That’s the kind of country that we reside in now.

Some of the things Abbott is doing may seem small, but it’s the small things that really make you proud to be an American. It’s the fact that we can exist in a place where an enterprising child can take his or her steps into the world of capitalism. It’s a world where a person can speak freely without suffering some form of institutionalized punishment.

These little holds of misplaced authoritarianism nickle and dime us into figurative — and sometimes literal — chains.

But before you get into the idea that Abbott is only playing softball, the Texas Governor is taking steps to make sure that property owners are paying less in taxes, and putting the leash on municipal governments who want to really come down hard on the wallets of those who live there, which has been a long-standing problem in the state.

He’s also seeing to it that the Texas government has far more transparency by terminating lawmakers from having walking quorums.

I sincerely doubt he’s done. I sincerely hope this trend continues, not even just in Texas, but all over the country. We’ve entered into an era of walking on eggshells both in the social and legal scenes. Abbott and the Texas legislature are doing a lot to relieve the pressure, and we really need that to happen in order to bring us back to an America where we really are free to be free.

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Jordan Peterson Touts New Free-Speech Social Media Platform – ‘We Won’t Take You Down Unless Ordered by a Court of Law’

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[Screenshot from Real Time with Maher, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wLCmDtCDAM&t=6s]

 

Personally, I’d consider it preferable if the realm of social media was more of an open forum than a thought police state.

Unfortunately for me, those who control social media have a different view entirely.

Man — isn’t that one of the most frustrating things in the world? “A different view entirely”?

“A different view entirely” is a jerk.

Yet, it’s what makes the world go ’round, and American discussion could, in my estimation, use more of it.

Brilliant Jordan Peterson (here and here) seems to hanker for more open conversation as well, hence his touting of a new free-speech forum on the web called Thinkspot.

The professor delivered news of the site — which is currently in beta testing — on the excellent Joe Rogan Experience podcast last week.

On Monday, he tweeted more:

A wait list? Sign me up.

The platform will allow for the monetization of original content, and thoughtful debate can be had without some stripe-shirted tech giant stepping in and blowing the whistle.

He vowed to good ol’ Joe:

“Once you’re on our platform, we wont take you down unless ordered to by a court of law.”

Fantastic!

Here’s more:

“We’re hoping we can really add dialogue to the podcast and YouTuber world. We’re also gonna do the same things with books, so if you buy an e-book on the platform, you’ll be able to annotate publicly. … We can do that with books that are in the public domain, too.”

Will the social media fun-for-all be comprised by just a bunch of dorks?

Heck no:

“We’re hoping that we’ll be able to pull people who are interested in intelligent conversation, specifically, into this platform, maybe start pulling them away from YouTube and some of the less specialized channels — that, plus our anti-censorship stance.”

Posts will have a 50-word minimum to help prevent trolling.

Interesting idea.

Jordan expounded:

“If minimum comment length is 50 words, you’re gonna have to put a little thought into it. Even if you’re being a troll, you’ll be a quasi-witty troll. If your ratio of upvotes to downvotes falls below 50/50 then your comments will be hidden, people will still be able to see them, if they click, but you’ll disappear … We don’t know if 50/50 is right.”

For now, the site’s invitation-only.

So who are some of the testers?

Why, it’s Skeptic magazine Editor-in-Chief Michael Shermer, YouTuber Sargon of Akkad, and one of my personal favorites, the great Dave Rubin (check out Dave’s show, The Rubin Report).

So get ready, tweeters and Tubers, we’re headed toward the Sizzlean of social media. No more heart-clogging censorship. If things go well in beta, you may soon be able to say, “Roll over, bacon, now there’s somethin’ meetier.”

-ALEX

 

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FBI Lovebirds Is A Hilarious Glimpse Into DC

How a man handsome and talented enough to play Superman for four years manages to channel former FBI agent Peter Strzok in all his wiggly-shouldered, smirking glory is just one of the enjoyable things about the new effort from filmmakers Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney (lately of the controversial film Gosnell) titled, “FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers”.

The play, filmed Thursday in front of a live audience at the Reagan Building’s amphitheater in downtown Washington, DC — and soon to be available on YouTube — tells the story of Strok and his lover, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, through their own words via text exchanges and hearing testimony.

Playing the leads are Dean Cain and former vampire slayer Kristy Swanson, neither of whom had ever done live theater before this production and who were both great fun to watch. And while the action such as it is (the characters never really interact with each other) takes place within the context of the Russia collusion probe and its aftermath, at its heart the play is the story of an affair.

And, with apologies to Lisa Page, who is portrayed by Swanson as a star-crossed, bored and snarky, possibly brilliant federal attorney with the emotional IQ of a teenager, it’s hilarious despite her heartbreak.

McAleer chose text exchanges that effectively fleshed out the personalities of the mercurial Page and Strzok, who apparently hated and pitied everyone. For example, when Page is moved onto the Mueller team, she laments the location of her new office because it will provide everyone with proof of how late she gets to work. Strzok on the other hand, offers his paramour a greasy apology later in the production for presenting an idea she came up with to a boss but, sadly, without being able to give her credit.

Cain approaches Strzok — who comes across as the less talented of the two lovers, but who knows a meal ticket when he sees one — in a way similar to that of his co-star Swanson. His Strzok is a narcissistic teenage boy who uses way too many exclamation points and emojis and is prone to dropping and doing pushups in between making fun of Trump supporters at Wal-Mart.

DC residents will recognize these two malcontents as every other person they meet. Non-DC residents will get a rare glimpse of the inner brain workings of the entitled bureaucrats who help run the country.

But arguably the most enjoyable realization was that former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy’s questioning as the Oversight Committee Chair (McAleer splices together Congressional testimony but Gowdy’s lines are immediately recognizable) are perfect as dialogue in a comedic stage play. And the line of questioning about how Trump supporters SMELL delivered by actor Bruce Nozick, who was brilliant, was laugh-out-loud funny.

There was some controversy surrounding the production as DC’s Mead Theater, part of the Studio Theater Group, backed out of hosting it at the last minute citing death threats. But McAleer, no stranger to controversy, had choice words for the venue.

In an email to the producers, a Studio representative wrote: “We have an institutional responsibility to protect the safety of our staff, patrons, rental guests, and community. In the best interests of all involved, we must ask that you find another venue for your event.”

McAleer says he’ll be doing just that.

“The people who run the Studio-Mead Theatre are hypocrites and they are cowards, scared of a play that tells the truth and might challenge their cozy bubble,” he said. “We will get a venue. The staged reading will go ahead. It will be filmed and released online and everyone will get to see the truth about how the upper echelons of the FBI tried to subvert democracy.”

In short, despite the controversy, the still-needed funding to pay for the last-minute venue change, and the leads’ inexperience in front of a live audience, the play deservedly received many heartfelt laughs and a standing ovation from a cynical DC crowd. Those not in attendance would do well to watch the YouTube video as soon as its available.

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Lindsey Graham Repeats to Trump: Invade Venezuela Like Reagan Did in Grenada. Beyond That, One Nation is Key

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[Screenshot from CNN, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm4IRWE0gRI]

 

On Fox News Friday, Sen. Lindsey Graham urged President Trump to make a major move in the continuing battle over Venezuela’s presidency: Use military force.

During his morning appearance on the news network, Lindsey was asked about foreign policy difficulties for The Donald, including the fact that the in-dire-straits country’s leader — Nicolas Maduro — is refusing to step down.

Meanwhile, Iran’s allegedly attacked four oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and North Korea’s continuing its “what agreement?” attitude toward shooting rockets.

“It’s a time of testing,” he noted.

As for Iran, Lindsey means business. But he’s willing to start light:

“I would start with naval escorts. If there’s a new attack down the road, I would sink their navy.”

He don’t play. Like here, here, and here. Gotta love the fire.

Lindsey gave Trump props:

“I give a lot of credit to the President to get the North Koreans to slow down their program. I give him a lot of credit going after the Iran nuclear deal, getting out of it. Standing up to Maduro.”

But he said fixing Venezuela is key to quelling the inflamed international affairs:

“[W]e need points on the board. Start with your own backyard. Tell Cuba, ‘If you’re not out of Venezuela in a week.’ And people are starving and dying in Venezuela because Maduro’s such a thug, then we’re making a mistake. Fix Venezuela, and everybody else will know you’re serious.”

Lindsey asserted Cuba’s exit will kneecap Maduro.

“[Trump] said Maduro has to go. He’s right. Give Cuba an ultimatum. Without Cuba, Maduro doesn’t last one day. Tell Cuba to get out of Venezuela.”

But the senator also touted a military force option:

“Do what Reagan did in Grenada. “

And what did he do?

As described by Politico:

Citing the threat posed to American nationals on the Caribb;ean nation of Grenada by that nation’s pro-Marxist regime, on this day in 1983 President Ronald Reagan ordered U.S. forces to invade the island and to secure their safety. In little more than a week, Grenada’s government was overthrown.

Lindsey reiterated on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show:

“When Cuba got involved in Grenada, what did Ronald Reagan do?” Graham, a close Republican ally of President Donald Trump, asked. “He kicked them out. That is what I’d do with Venezuela.”

This ain’t Lindsey’s first time reference Grenada in relation to the suffering nation. On May 22nd, he wrote an 0p-ed for the Wallstreet Journal suggesting the same.

In fact, reportedly, Trump mentioned it himself — last year, as covered by RedState’s T.LaDuke.

What do you think about military force to the southeast? I look forward to your insight.

-ALEX

 

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The UK on a Roll With Idiocy: Britain Bans Ads Containing ‘Harmful Gender Stereotypes’

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Yesterday, I covered a town in the UK’s knife-swapping program: If you’re a victim of domestic violence, they’ll trade you a dull-pointed kitchen knife for your sharp-pointed one. That way, your violent maniacal man can’t stab you to death. Oh, shoot — he can still slit your throat.

I highly recommend you read the article. But a warning: If you’re allergic to Stupid, take some Benadryl first.

In fact, take some whether you read that one or not. This one’s a doozy.

Here we go:

In Britain, scenes in ads with gender stereotypes will now be banned.

Because grown people just can’t take it.

As reported by the Agence France-Presse, Advertising Standards Authority Chief Executive Guy Parker explained in a statement:

“We have turds for brains. Pure turds, I tell you. Pure. And turds. Pure turds.”

Oh, sorry. That’s not exactly what he said…

Here it is:

“Our evidence shows how harmful gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to inequality in society, with costs for all of us. Put simply, we found that some portrayals in ads can, over time, play a part in limiting people’s potential.”

The government’s just watchin’ out for y’all dummies.

“It’s in the interests of women and men, our economy and society that advertisers steer clear of these outdated portrayals, and we’re pleased with how the industry has already begun to respond.”

The ASA’s released a list of ad scenarios “likely to be problematic.”

I’ve said it more than once: The most diabolically woke word in the English language is “problematic.” If you see that word, run for your life.

Same goes, apparently, for seeing these scenarios:

  • An ad that depicts a man with his feet up and family members creating mess around a home while a woman is solely responsible for cleaning up the mess.
  • An ad that depicts a man or a woman failing to achieve a task specifically because of their gender e.g. a man’s inability to change nappies; a woman’s inability to park a car.
  • Where an ad features a person with a physique that does not match an ideal stereotypically associated with their gender, the ad should not imply that their physique is a significant reason for them not being successful, for example in their romantic or social lives.
  • An ad that seeks to emphasise the contrast between a boy’s stereotypical personality (e.g. daring) with a girl’s stereotypical personality (e.g. caring) needs to be handled with care.
  • An ad aimed at new mums which suggests that looking attractive or keeping a home pristine is a priority over other factors such as their emotional wellbeing.
  • An ad that belittles a man for carrying out stereotypically ‘female’ roles or tasks.

This is…what’s that word? Oh, yeah: pathetic.

First of all, any time you generalize, you err; yet generalities exist for a reason — they reflect common truths. And if men and women fall into divided roles by and large, there’s nothing wrong with that.

For example, if there are more male coal miners than female, who cares?

If you’re a woman who wants to be a coal miner, but you think you shan’t dare accomplish it because the coal miner in the diarrhea commercial had a penis, then I’m sorry — but you don’t deserve to be a coal miner.

People should do what they want; they’ll figure it out. We don’t need the government trying to protect our dinosaur brains.

Fortunately, the ASA’s cuttin’ everybody a little slack — here are some situations they’re cool with (for the moment):

  • A woman doing the shopping or a man doing DIY.
  • Glamorous, attractive, successful, aspirational or healthy people or lifestyles.
  • One gender only, including in ads for products developed for and aimed at one gender.
  • Gender stereotypes as a means to challenge their negative effects.

This isn’t the country’s first imbecilic advertising rodeo: In October, they banned commercials because the model was too slim (here).

As for their latest triumph, in a year, the ASA will review the policy’s success.

Success at being breathtakingly idiotic?

Mission Accomplished, goobs. Mission accomplished.

-ALEX

 

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Disabled Woman Tweets Epic Thread Demonstrating the Absurdity of Plastic Straw Bans – and Her Rant Goes Viral

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Do you know anyone – or have you ever met anyone – who is in favor of plastic straw bans?

My experiences are anecdotal, to be sure, but I don’t know nor have I ever met a single person who is okay with them. Though some seem resigned to the inevitability of it happening in their city and/or state on down the road, they’re still not crazy about the idea. Seems invasive. Unnecessary.

Yesterday on Twitter, a user by the name of “moe” tweeted a lengthy rant on trying to obtain a plastic straw at a restaurant she was at with her dad Thursday morning, and how humiliating the experience was for her. Here’s what she said happened:

She also tweeted a graphic demonstrating why single-use plastic straws are the best option for many disabled individuals. Apparently environmentalists came after her, because in the next couple of tweets she clapped back regarding her green habits:

Read the full thread, unrolled, here. As of this writing, the first tweet in the thread has gotten nearly 18,000 retweets and close to 70,000 likes.

I assume the restaurant in question was either following some city or state law about plastic straw use in restaurants, or had their own individual policy on the matter.

Either way, there are a number of things wrong here.

1) No one should have to beg for a plastic straw in a dining establishment. No one.

2) A disabled person should not have to “prove” their disability in order to obtain a plastic straw. Period.

3) People should not have to carry their own personal “straw stash” with them to restaurants. It’s ridiculous.

4) Assuming someone doesn’t care about the environment simply because they prefer to use plastic straws is absurd.

There are many reasons why plastic straw bans are unnecessary. “Moe” tweeted a big one. Another big reason why is the fact that plastic straws only make up a super, duper tiny percentage of the plastic that is actually out there in the environment:

The concern most often cited is the problem of pollution. But plastic pollution represents only a small fraction of all litter, and plastic straws comprise only a small fraction of plastic. A Bloomberg estimate suggests that if every single plastic straw discarded on a beach were swept into the sea all at once, those straws would represent 0.3 percent of all ocean plastic pollution in a year. If cities want to attack pollution, there are far more meaningful efforts that could be undertaken. Of plastic waste that moves from land to ocean, the United States accounts for only 0.9 percent worldwide, according to the International Solid Waste Association. The top five offenders are China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, which together account for 54.5 percent of mismanaged plastic waste globally. The problem is not in Seattle.

Ultimately, the environmentalist left’s straw bans are little more than virtue signaling on steroids. The government-mandated bans are an unnecessary inconvenience, especially for the disabled.

Free the plastic straws!

Related –>> Revolutionary: Oklahoma Has Just Put A Ban In Effect – Banning Bans On Plastic Bags

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Ben Rhodes, CNN and Others Purposely Fuel Pro-Iranian “False Flag” Conspiracy Theories After Tanker Attacks

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Yesterday, I covered a tweet sent out by The Washington Post’s Beirut Bureau Chief in which she seemingly blamed President Trump for Iran’s recent aggression.

This comes in the wake of Iran attacking two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.

There’s a lot wrong with that description, starting with the idea that we should “heed” warnings from a rogue state. You can read the full story is here.

Today, more media outlets decided to shame their profession with their coverage of the incident.

One of the things we’ve seen in response to what happened is liberals pushing “false flag” conspiracy theories, i.e. the suggestion that the U.S. and/or Saudi Arabia set this attack up to falsely blame the innocent Mullahs in Iran. You know, because famously isolationist Donald Trump wants to go to war with Iran or something. Makes sense, right?

Here’s Obama Bro Ben Rhodes doing that song and dance.

Wait just a second.

I thought we must always trust our intelligence agencies? I remember a time when any question of an intel assessment was tantamount to an “attack on our institutions,” yet here’s Rhodes saying we need an “international investigation” to determine what really happened. Does he not trust the honorable rank and file at the CIA? I’m getting whiplash from all the rule changes lately. Funny how things seem to shift depending on what partisan narrative is being pushed.

Rhodes is probably going to tell us fire can’t melt steel next. Of course, he’ll no doubt be given his usual space in The Washington Post over the coming days to bloviate instead of being called out for pushing conspiratorial nonsense.

It wasn’t just Rhodes though. Supposed “hard news” outlets also tacitly pushed the false flag narrative with headlines like these.

This is a game that the media only play with the Trump administration. Never in a million years would they have questioned an intelligence briefing from Hillary Clinton by describing her as “offering no evidence” for a claim. CNN does it here though for obvious reasons and you can read the comments to see just how whipped up they’ve got the crazies.

Notably, the U.S. government did release pictures and video showing Iranian boats removing a mine from the ship after CNN sent that tweet. So they did in fact provide evidence.

Not to be outdone, The New York Times got in on the act too.

Notice the language here. They say it “differed from the explanation of American officials who blamed Iran.” The clear insinuation there is that the U.S. government is lying and trying to falsely blame the Mullahs.

The problem is that nothing the ship’s operator says really “differs” as much as it simply provides a different context from a different vantage point. The operator, for example, says that the damage was above the waterline and that things were flying through the air. That’s not inconsistent with what Pompeo said. We have pictures of the mines placed above the waterline. It’s also likely that what was “flying through the air” was shrapnel from the explosion. Nothing else really makes sense as gunshots would have been heard if they were bullets.

The entire description that we are “blaming Iran” is typical pro-Mullah propaganda. We aren’t “blaming” them. We are saying they did it because they did it. That’s just reality. The video shows an Iranian gunboat along side the ship. The pictures show the mines on the boat in the exact position we see the Iranian gunboat removing an object from the side.

Here’s an idea. Instead of shilling for Iran non-stop, maybe these outlets could just accept the fact that Iran is a terrorist state? This is the kind of stuff they do regularly. They’ve been attacking boats in the gulf for a while now with little fanfare, never mind their escapades throughout the rest of the Middle East. This time, the flames got a little too big and it caught our attention.

We know what Iran is and it’s completely irresponsible for supposed journalistic outfits to purposely fuel “false flag” conspiracy theories just because they want to slap at Trump. Whoever wrote those tweets for CNN and the Times knew exactly what they were doing.

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Another Pinhole In The Dike

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Another Pinhole In The Dike

Previously (here and here) I’ve opined that a move away from China by U.S. businesses might be in the offing. It looks like more pieces might be coming together for such a move. In a recent article over at American Thinker, Chriss Street writes

Just hours after Simon Rabinovitch, Asia editor for the Economist, claimed damage to global supply chains from the Sino-U.S. Trade War may be “irreversible” and push the world into recession, Bloomberg reported that an executive of Foxconn, Apple’s Taiwan-based primary assembly partner, has enough non-China capacity for all iPhone production.

This is huge. Although an interruption in avocados from Mexico is tolerable, stopping the flow of the latest iPhones to market would be seen as horrific in some quarters. Although Apple has not publicly indicated that a move away from China is in the works, the very idea that Apple has enough capacity elsewhere, puts paid to the cacophony of voices predicting catastrophic and irreversible damage to the markets.

Once again, a single data point isn’t indicative of any trend. However, it looks like the data points are starting to accumulate. How long before this pinhole is joined by others sufficient to collapse the dam? Stay tuned.

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Dan Crenshaw Attacks Media Driven Myth That Trump Is Sending Kids to Interment Camps

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I covered on Wednesday a headline from The Hill that featured news that President Donald Trump was sending kids to the same place Japanese people were sent for internment during World War 2.

This was an obviously false narrative to anyone remotely paying attention. The location is actually a military base where people live. You learn that’s happening because the migrant crisis that hte media likes to pretend doesn’t exist has seen an overflow of children who need a place to stay.

You also learn that Obama used this location for the same exact thing during his time a President.

Sadly, The Hill wasn’t the only one to use this narrative. The Daily Beast, Washington Post, and Time all jumped on the bandwagon to make it seem like Trump was the heartless migrant child-hating racist they’ve been telling us he was.

When Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw appeared on Fox News, he was asked about this ridiculously blatant attempt to drive a narrative and Crenshaw appropriately collapsed it on their heads.

Crenshaw was asked to respond to a Democrat lawmaker Judy Chu who carried the media’s narrative to Twitter and making it seem as if Trump was doing what was done to the Japanese decades ago. Crenshaw didn’t hold back.

“This might be one one of the dumbest comments we’ve ever seen,” said Crenshaw.

Crenshaw noted all the mainstream media outlets who jumped on the opportunity to sell a lie, including The Hill.

“The implication, of course, that they’re going for is that we’re putting people in concentration camps,” said Crenshaw. “Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. This is a military base.”

Crenshaw compared it to people saying that we can no longer have kids at Alcatraz because it used to be a place we put hardened criminals. It’s now a popular tourist attraction.

“It’s nonsense,” continued Crenshaw. “It’s used for something different now. It is not a concentration camp. It’s not even close to that.”

Crenshaw took aim directly at the media.

“Ya know, you can make your arguemnts without being so unbelievably dishonest, but they just can’t help themselves,” added Crenshaw. “How are we supposed to trust members of the media when they put out stories like this?”

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