Saturday, November 12, 2016

The free press failed and the Clintons, Bushes and Obamas are finally finished (maybe not the Bushes)

National Post ^ | November 11, 2016 | Conrad Black 

There are many who will or should engage in some soul-searching, following the U.S election, in which for the first time in the country’s history, someone came from no background in public office or military command and seized control of a major political party, running against all those who had led it for the last 20 years, then defeated the incumbent party, defeating all the Clintons, Bushes and Obamas together. The Clintons and Bushes and Obamas are finally finished. Their entire era, though it had its moments, has been a worsening disaster as the United States has been in absolute and relative decline. The media have been exposed in their biases, their overwhelming hostility to Donald Trump, as not just irrelevant, but the object of hatred as intense as that which overwhelmed the political elites who failed the nation and imperilled the alliance America founded and led for many decades.
The public’s loathing and distrust of the media is richly deserved and indicative of one of Western society’s greatest failings: the free press has failed. Only the fact that there is no alternative keeps it going. Few people now pay much attention to the common misrepresentation of public issues and people; nor should they. The American media turned itself inside out trying to portray Trump as a misogynist, a racist and an authoritarian populist whipping up mobs and inciting violence. All this was unmitigated rubbish. President Barack Obama strutted about the campaign trail in a last-ditch effort to salvage the Clinton campaign (despite the notorious absence of any affection between the Obamas and the Clintons), and accused Trump of being a sympathizer of the Ku Klux Klan.
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Trump’s ‘Cracker Barrel Crowd’ Delivers Victory

Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2016 | Bryan Crabtree 



Have you heard it? The left-wing media has been quick to rush to the statistics to show how Donald Trump shocked the nation in winning this election, and it’s been an extremely bigoted analysis.
Many of the experts who got it wrong for the last eighteen months have explained it by saying the ‘Cracker Barrel crowd’ elected Trump.
They report that Trump won the election astoundingly amongst non-college educated voters in some states. For instance, he won by thirty points in Michigan verses Mitt Romney only winning that ‘uneducated’ group by eleven points in 2012.
MSNBC was proud to report that Trump won 76% of counties with a Cracker Barrel and 22% of counties with a Whole Foods grocery store. This is code for “the dumb people in America voted for Trump and us smart people get a pass for being wrong.”
To infer that the ‘Cracker Barrel crowd’ is any less relevant to our country is no different than asserting someone has less relevance because of their race, religion or national origin. It's bigoted and it should not be indulged. I’m not offended by it and I’m certainly not angry like many of the petulant children who we've seen rioting and protesting in the streets because they don't like the outcome of our democratic process.
I know the ‘Cracker Barrel crowd.’ It’s called “my family.” I grew up in middle Tennessee working for the company that manufactures all the rocking chairs at the Cracker Barrel's across America. In fact, it was my first job and it was the hardest work I've ever done.
On any given day, many of my close and extended family may eat at Cracker Barrel. They are what we call ‘the silent majority.’ They go to church on Sunday, they save for retirement, they teach their kids morals/values and they give to charity. They don't like confrontation or conflict and they rarely like discussing politics (with outsiders) because they don't want extra strife in their life. They want to live humbly and peacefully in a free nation and enjoy their life without extensive government or outside interference.
They are disgusted by the direction of this nation. They don't hate anyone and they certainly don't feel that they are ‘better’ than anyone else.
I'm part of the ‘Whole Foods crowd’ now. I've been blessed in success and I love to eat healthy. But, my roots are still in the country on a farm at the ‘Cracker Barrel.’ And, I’m not ashamed of it.
It’s in that environment where I find the most peace.
In this fast-paced, overwhelming, digitized and complicated society, there are days where I envy the simplicity that many of my hometown friends and family still enjoy.
How dare these leftist elites with their self-aggrandizement, smug-superiority and bigoted ‘better than thou’ attitude try to cast aside millions of goodhearted, Christian and hard-working Americans simply because they are less sophisticated and engaged in this overwhelming society!
While I may not be living the ‘Cracker Barrel lifestyle,’ I appreciate it because it's rooted in family, values and goodwill.
When the “Cracker Barrel crowd’ is defeated they are humble. When they suffer strife, they pray. They attempt to love their enemies and they mostly forgive the transgressions by others against them. They wait for a divine moment, patiently, and then they act.
I have heard it said that God gives us billboards - signs (in life) that are clear warnings or clear indications of what we must do to live out our purpose.
The infinite wisdom and patience of the ‘Cracker Barrel crowd’ to endure the Obama presidency, the developing civil unrest in our nation and the degradation of our leadership and economic authority in the world - is staggering.
They are not simple in purpose even if they may appear simple (to some) as people.
We can learn from them. They have been silent and humble for years in cultural defeat and they have remained silent and humble even in victory.
They read ‘God's billboard!’ For every attack against Trump, they read even more, they watched the entire video (in context) and they were awakened to both the crookedness of the Left and the incredible distortions of the media.
Every time the media played the Access Hollywood video, bashed Trump about his taxes, attacked his wife (immigrant Melania Trump) or called him a name (‘racist’ or ‘bigoted’) the ‘Cracker Barrel crowd’ was reminded of how they had been treated for simply trying to follow their moral compass in life: judged by others and cast aside as ‘simpletons.’
The unending, visceral and volatile nature of this election and the one-sided assaults on Trump served as a clear ‘billboard’ that this election was a divine calling to take this country away from the people who were destroying and distorting it.
In defeat, many leaders, leftist-activists and truly angry citizens have made themselves known as they have criticized the democratic process, rioted in the streets or called for violence in the wake of a Trump victory.
From this horrific display, we now know that the ‘Cracker Barrel crowd’ is not the problem in this nation if they are simple. They are the heart of this nation. I will not stand for attacks on this group as we watch these ‘out of control’ adults, acting as toddlers - having temper tantrums in the streets of America.
These ‘toddlers’ are emotionally immature, cognitively disconnected and unable to express an intelligent or cogent thought (just as a 2 year-old throws a tantrum in the middle of a ‘Cracker Barrel’ store’s floor). They should be ignored.
In the words of President Obama, “Don't boo, vote!” Thankfully, the ‘Cracker Barrel crowd’ voted en masse, and now we have a chance to rehabilitate this great nation.
From May 5 until now, I predicted this enormous victory because I knew the ‘Cracker Barrel crowd’ had awoken and no poll could detect it.

VA Hospital Taught Employees to Game Wait Times

Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/11/16 | Morgan Chalfant

Employees at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Arizona were instructed to manipulate veterans’ wait times so they appeared shorter, a newly released investigation shows.
The agency’s inspector general substantiated allegations that managers at the Tuscon-based VA medical system told schedulers to “zero out” patient wait times, a scheduling practice that persisted in 2016 despite whistleblower reports of wait-time manipulation at the Phoenix VA that drew national outrage more than two years ago.
The VA inspector general report, publicly released on Wednesday, provides more evidence of bad scheduling practices that stretched beyond the Phoenix VA hospital.
The watchdog launched the investigation into the Ocotillo primary care clinic in the Southern Arizona VA System in response to allegations from a former employee in October 2014. The inspector general substantiated claims that employees were instructed to record zero-day wait times for patients by making the desired date the same as the appointment date, in violation of VA policy.
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Hillary Clinton Blames F.B.I. Director for Election Loss

New York Times ^ | November 12, 2016 | AMY CHOZICK 

Hillary Clinton on Saturday cast blame for her surprise election loss on the announcement by the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, days before the election that he had revived the inquiry into her use of a private email server.
In her most extensive remarks since she conceded the race to Donald J. Trump early Wednesday, Mrs. Clinton told donors on a 30-minute conference call that Mr. Comey’s decision to send a letter to Congress about the inquiry 11 days before Election Day had thrust the controversy back into the news and had prevented her from ending the campaign with an optimistic closing argument.
“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” Mrs. Clinton said, according to a donor who relayed the remarks. But, she added, “our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum.”
Mrs. Clinton said a second letter from Mr. Comey, clearing her once again, which came two days before Election Day, had been even more damaging. In that letter, Mr. Comey said an examination of a new trove of emails, which had been found on the computer of Anthony D. Weiner, the estranged husband of one of her top aides, did not cause him to change his earlier conclusion that Mrs. Clinton should face no charges over her handling of classified information.
Her campaign said the seemingly positive outcome had only hurt it with voters who did not trust Mrs. Clinton and were receptive to Mr. Trump’s claims of a “rigged system.” In particular, white suburban women who had been on the fence were reminded of the email imbroglio and broke decidedly in Mr. Trump’s favor, aides said.
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What happened on election day was predicted back in 1976

You Tube ^ | Aug 17, 2013 | lbtve 

I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it.

... I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' ... Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

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Dear America, the Developing Nations of the World Thank You

Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2016 | Vijay Jayaraj 


Democrats, global mainstream media, celebrities, and even some in Republican circles, were totally shocked when Donald Trump emerged victorious in the presidential election.
But there was one group of people who were even more upset—the radical environmentalists who invested millions on climate alarmism based global energy and developmental policies.
A Trump victory has now caused the global warming elites to hit the panic button.
The working middle class people of America were awakened when their jobs started disappearing due to radical regulations on fossil fuel production, and various other manufacturing industries. Barack Obama’s war on coal has left thousands without jobs, and destroyed entire towns.
President-elect Trump has said he will make big changes to U.S. energy policy, and with a Republican majority in the House and Senate, he should be able to keep his word.
Ending the Paris agreement and reducing regulations on coal should be top priorities.
But the impact of Trump’s victory will be felt beyond the US. In fact, it has begun to shake the very foundations of the climate alarmist agenda. The market shares responded first, with renewable stocks plunging while the rest of DOW booked a 256-point gain.
Greens’ panic followed. The European Union’s carbon market chief, climate alarmist elites at the current UN climate-event in Marrakech, co-chairs of the European Green Party, leaders of anti-fossil-fuel campaigns, and the French Environment Minister all expressed their concerns regarding the inevitable death of the Paris agreement on climate change.
Not that the Paris agreement was particularly successful anyway. It was more of a PR coup for alarmists than anything else. China has increased its coal production targets for 2020 and India is already on path for a massive increase in its coal production—both countries having already ratified the Paris agreement using makeshift commitments that hardly have any impact on the expansion of their fossil fuel industry. The U.K. and Germany meanwhile have distanced themselves from their proposed agreements to reduce emissions. The Philippines has completely disassociated itself from the Paris agreement.
Trump’s presidency will hopefully contribute towards reestablishing the public’s confidence in the scientific community. Over the last eight years especially, although misuse of power is not a new thing, scientific methodology was undermined and misused to produce preconceived results, especially regarding climate change.
This election has consequences reaching much farther than just across the United States of America. In rejecting radical environmentalism and radical energy policies, American citizens are paving the way for millions of people in developing nations around the world to access clean, affordable, and reliable energy sources.
As a citizen of one of those developing countries, I thank you.

GOOD NEWS! Trump-Basher Paul Ryan May Not Have 218 Votes for Speaker

Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/12/2016 | Jim Hoft 

Paul Ryan spoke out against Republican nominee Donald Trump ALL YEAR. Ryan announced in October he was pulling his endorsement of Donald Trump. He held a separate press conference to tell reporters he would not campaign with Donald Trump.
Paul Ryan cannot be trusted. He is loyal to the elites and not the people.
Paul Ryan is pro-amnesty, big government, pro-TPP and anti-American worker.
Donald Trump won an historic election on Tuesday winning 306 electoral votes.
But Republican lawmakers do not respect their base. They are voting this coming week to reinstate Paul Ryan as speaker.
But Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp says Paul Ryan may not have the votes to keep the gavel.
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No, Donald Trump did not abandon promise to repeal Obamacare

BREITBART ^ 

The mainstream media are reporting that President-elect Donald Trump is givinHe’s not alone: those are some of the only parts of the law that are popular, and many Republicans have long since promised to preserve coverage for those with pre-existing conditions even after Obamacare is repealed.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), for example, proposed a replacement for Obamacare in April that would cover people with pre-existing conditions by moving them into state high-risk pools.g up on his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, because he said he would be willing to preserve coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.
In 2013, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) proposed to repeal and replace Obamacare, introducing the “Empowering Patients First Act,” which provided for those with pre-existing conditions. “[T]o make sure no one is priced out of the health insurance market because of a pre-existing illness or injury, the Empowering Patients First Act provides for the creation of robust pooling plans that would ensure that any one person’s health status does not increase his or her costs or the costs of others in the same pool,” he wrote at the time.
Coverage for pre-existing conditions, and coverage for young people, are relatively minor parts of the overall architecture of Obamacare. Conservatives have long been willing to accept such provisions as compromises, the better to shore up political support for dismantling the system as a whole.
Trump merely stated the obvious.
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Hollywood Grapples With Fear, Dismay Over Prospect of Trump Presidency

Variety Newspaper ^ | 11/09/16 | Ted Johnson 

The industry, from studio chiefs to A-list stars to some union reps, had placed its bet on Hillary Clinton defeating Trump.

“I was with Al Gore the night the Supreme Court took the presidency away from him. Never thought I could be more devastated. Until now,” Rob Reiner, who endorsed Clinton and raised money for her, tweeted.
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Maps of the 2016 US presidential election results

Maps of the 2016 US presidential election results


Election results by state

Most of us are, by now, familiar with the maps the TV channels and web sites use to show the results of presidential elections. Here is a typical map of the results of the 2016 election:

Click on any of the maps for a larger picture
The states are colored red or blue to indicate whether a majority of their voters voted for the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, or the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, respectively. There is significantly more red on this map than there is blue, but that is in some ways misleading: the election was much closer than you might think from the balance of colors, and in fact Clinton won slightly more votes than Trump overall. The explanation for this apparent paradox, as pointed out by many people, is that the map fails to take account of the population distribution. It fails to allow for the fact that the population of the red states is on average significantly lower than that of the blue ones. The blue may be small in area, but they represent a large number of voters, which is what matters in an election.
We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population. That is, states are drawn with size proportional not to their acreage but to the number of their inhabitants, states with more people appearing larger than states with fewer, regardless of their actual area on the ground. On such a map, for example, the state of Rhode Island, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, would appear about twice the size of Wyoming, which has half a million, even though Wyoming has 60 times the acreage of Rhode Island.
Here are the 2016 presidential election results on a population cartogram of this type:
As you can see, the states have been stretched and squashed, some of them substantially, to give them the appropriate sizes, though it's done in such a way as to preserve the general appearance of the map, so far as that's possible. On this map the total areas of red and blue are more similar, although there is still more red than blue overall.
The presidential election, however, is not actually decided on the basis of the number of people who vote for each candidate but on the basis of the electoral college. Under the US electoral system, each state in the union contributes a certain number of electors to the electoral college, who vote according to the majority in their state. (Exceptions are the states of Maine and Nebraska, which use a different formula that allows them to split their electoral votes between candidates.) The candidate receiving a majority of the votes in the electoral college wins the election. The electors are apportioned among the states roughly according to population, as measured by the census, but with a small but deliberate bias in favor of less populous states.
We can represent the effects of the electoral college by scaling the sizes of states to be proportional to their number of electoral votes, which gives a map that looks like this:
This cartogram looks similar to the previous one, but it's not identical. Wyoming, for instance, has approximately doubled in size, precisely because of the bias in favor of states with smaller populations.
The areas of red and blue on the cartogram are now proportional to the actual numbers of electoral votes won by each candidate. Thus this map shows at a glance both which states went to which candidate and which candidate won more electoral college votes. There is more red than blue in this case, indicating that Donald Trump won the election – something you cannot easily tell from the normal election-night red and blue map.

Election results by county

We can go further. We can do the same thing also with the county-level election results and the images are even more striking. Here is a map of US counties, again colored red and blue to indicate Republican and Democratic majorities respectively:
Now the effects we saw at the state level are even more pronounced: the red areas appear overwhelmingly in the majority, despite the closeness of the vote. Again, we can make a more helpful representation by using a cartogram. Here is what the cartogram looks like for the county-level election returns:
However, this map is still somewhat misleading because we have colored every county either red or blue, as if every voter voted the same way. This is of course not realistic: all counties contain both Republican and Democratic supporters and in using just the two colors on our map we lose any information about the balance between them. There is no way to tell whether a particular county went strongly for one candidate or the other or whether it was relatively evenly split.
One way to reveal more nuance in the vote is to use not just two colors, red and blue, but to use red, blue, and shades of purple in between to indicate percentages of votes. Here is what the normal map looks like if you do this:
And here's what the cartogram looks like:
As this map makes clear, large portions of the country are quite evenly divided, appearing in various shades of purple, although a number of strongly Democratic or Republican areas are visible too.
A slight variation on the same idea is to use a nonlinear color scale like this:
           
These maps use a color scale that ranges from red for 70% Republican or more, to blue for 70% Democrat or more. This is sort of practical, since there aren't many counties outside that range anyway, but to some extent it also obscures the true balance of red and blue.

Notes:

Frequently asked questions (FAQs): A list of frequently asked questions concerning these maps, along with answers, can be found here.
Election results: The maps were made using the election results as of November 10, 2016. A small number of precincts still had not reported by that date, so results in a few counties can be expected to change a little.
Thanks: The idea of using a purple map was suggested by Professor Robert Vanderbei, who has made a terrific series of maps of his own, which you can find here.
Software: My computer software for producing cartograms is freely available here.

© 2016 M. E. J. Newman
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Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan
Email: mejn@umich.edu
Updated: November 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Celebrity Feminism Was a Failure

11/12/2016, 9:00:41 AM · by Magnatron · 8 replies
The New Republic ^ | November 10, 2016 | Sarah Jones
Clinton’s campaign strategy, especially when it came to appealing to white women, indicates that she and her staffers didn’t quite grasp these dynamics. Her campaign employed a candy-colored brand of female empowerment seemingly based on the assumption that white women’s political priorities are influenced by the pop culture they consume. White working-class women weren’t going to vote for Clinton just because Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, and Sheryl Sandberg were. These celebrity overtures were out of step with the priorities and concerns of white working-class women. How can you “lean in,” as Sandberg implores working women to do, when...

The Forgotten Man



DNC Staff: Arrogance Cost Clinton the Election

U.S. News & World Report ^ | November 11, 2016 | David Catanese 

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, held a conference call with devastated staffers that put the rosiest possible frame on a calamitous picture.
The message to the dozens of mostly young, sleep-deprived and shell-shocked aides: We did everything we could have. We wouldn't have changed a thing. You should still be proud.
Inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters, which sits half a mile south of the U.S. Capitol, eyes rolled and heads shook in frustration and disbelief.
Clinton's loss at the hands of Donald Trump amounted to the most surprising outcome in the history of modern electoral politics. Of course things could've been done differently. And ignoring that fact wasn't going to make the searing defeat any easier.
"We are pissed at them and state parties are pissed at them because they lost due to arrogance," a top DNC staffer tells U.S. News, sharing the candid sentiment suffusing the high levels of the committee in exchange for anonymity.
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Ben Carson Says He’ll Help Trump Find a Replacement to Obamacare

Breitbart ^ | 11/9/2016 | Katherine Rodriguez 

Ben Carson said he would help President-elect Donald Trump construct a replacement to Obamacare. “I think the replacement must obviously come first and it must be something that is very appealing and easy to understand,” he told Politico Wednesday. “And then, only then, would you dismantle what’s in place.”
Carson declined to say whether he was being considered for a Cabinet position, but Politico reports that his name is being floated as a possible candidate for positions such as secretary of health and human services or secretary of education.
Trump campaigned on replacing Obamacare with a simpler, cheaper alternative that has less government regulation.
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Awesome Mike Rowe Explains The ‘Dirty Jobs’ Lesson Of This Election And Its Aftermath

westernjournalism.com ^ | 11 Nov 2016 | Chris Golden 

Of all the celebrities who sound off about politics and culture, few can express the kind of good, old-fashioned common sense that Mike Rowe often shares. The former host of “Dirty Jobs” speaks blunt truth with uncommon joviality and earnestness.
Though your average liberal observer of the American experience may pretend to be just one of the folks, Rowe is the real deal, authentic and genuine.
When someone asked him on Facebook to weigh in on the shocker of Tuesday’s election and its turbulent aftermath, he responded with typical Rowe wit and wisdom.
Rowe began his assessment of the situation by talking about “Dirty Jobs,” his incredibly successful Discovery Channel show that chronicled professions most TV hosts wouldn’t dream of exploring.
Dirty Jobs didn’t resonate because the host was incredibly charming,” Rowe wrote. “It wasn’t a hit because it was gross, or irreverent, or funny, or silly, or smart, or terribly clever. Dirty Jobs succeeded because it was authentic. It spoke directly and candidly to a big chunk of the country that non-fiction networks had been completely ignoring. In a very simple way, Dirty Jobs said “Hey — we can see you, to millions of regular people who had started to feel invisible. Ultimately, that’s why Dirty Jobs ran for eight seasons. And today, that’s also why Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Rowe then said that he was worried about how the election had gone, but not for the same reasons professed by the destructive agitators and hateful rioters currently taking to the nation’s streets to protest President-elect Donald Trump.
I know people are freaked out, Carol. I get it. I’m worried too. But not because of who we elected. We’ve survived 44 Presidents, and we’ll survive this one too. I’m worried because millions of people now seem to believe that Trump supporters are racist, xenophobic, and uneducated misogynists. I’m worried because despising our candidates publicly is very different than despising the people who vote for them. Rowe also pointed out the rancor and the divisiveness coming from the left on electronic media.
Last week, three old friends — people I’ve known for years — each requested to be “unfriended” by anyone who planned on voting for Trump. Honestly, that was disheartening. Who tosses away a friendship over an election? Are my friends turning into those mind-numbingly arrogant celebrities who threaten to move to another country if their candidate doesn’t win? Are my friends now convinced that people they’ve known for years who happen to disagree with them politically are not merely mistaken — but evil, and no longer worthy of their friendship? Hear, hear.
Early this morning, I awoke to see the most judgmental liberal on my Facebook feed — one who has consistently called anyone who isn’t as outraged as she is a misogynist, xenophobe, racist, rapist and a bully — saying that she was leaving social media because it was making her feel worse as opposed to better. Oh, really?
For the last two elections, the candidate I favored did not win, and someone who I thought represented a danger to the United States’ sovereignty and solvency took office both times. I don’t recall saying that I was “literally shaking” and taking to the streets to burn the American flag and destroy private property. I never once posted screenshots of airfares to Toronto and Montreal.
Sure, I write about why I don’t believe Obama is a good president, and I spare nothing. However, coming from a major urban area, I would venture that a slight majority of my friends are Obama supporters, and proudly so. I don’t antagonize or belittle or “unfriend” them. I respect their opinions.
In the aftermath of this election tsunami for Republicans, I’ve been called every conceivable name by people I considered friends, many of whom didn’t even know they were targeting me with their venom. I’ve seen the flag of my country trampled and set aflame in places I have lived. I’ve seen protesters calling for my blood.
Mike Rowe is right. Trump voters didn’t cast their ballots for the Republican ticket because they’re xenophobes or bigots. They’re everyday people sick of being looked at with contempt by the liberal elite and their tantrum-pitching mob of raging protesters.
The problem isn’t Trump, liberals. The problem is intolerance — yours.

A Democrat's Guide to Moving to Canada

American Thinker ^ | 10NOV16 | Dennis Evers 

 If you were one of the registered living or deceased Democratic voters who made a pledge that if Trump wins, you would be heading north of the border to escape the horrendous possibility of fewer taxes, less government intervention, and fewer handouts, this guide’s for you.

A few tips before you head north. First, if you do keep your promise, bundle up; 22 below zero isn’t uncommon in some cities, but the frostbite scars and missing appendages will make you a living testament to your integrity and show all those people in the lower 57 states you are a person of conviction. Summer isn’t that hot, although highs of 113 degrees have been recorded, but the intense humidity helps you sweat and keeps you more comfortable. Also, watch out for the state bird: it is actually a mosquito.
Once you have crossed the highly secure border -- if your paperwork is in order -- great things await you. If you are polygamous, each one of your wives can get welfare, too.
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/11/a_democrats_guide_for_moving_to_canada.html#ixzz4PmrETLI6 Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook
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Crime highest in 16 years, Obama legacy

washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/10/16 | Paul Bedard 

The personal crime rate throughout America has hit a 16-year high, with nearly 30 percent of all households report being "victimized," according to a new survey
"Americans' direct experience with crime is at a 16-year high, consistent with a gradual increase — from 22 percent in 2001 to 29 percent today — in the percentage saying that they or a household member was the victim of a robbery, vandalism or violent crime in the past year," Gallup reports.
What's more, some 16 percent that they personally have been the victim of crime, most often theft.
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Anti-Trump Protests Funded By Left-Wing ‘Charity’

thedailycaller.com ^ | 11/11/16 | Peter Hasson 

A left-wing charity organization with unknown sources of money is providing the funding for protests around the country — some of which have turned into violent riots — that have threatened a divided nation’s ability to unify after a contentious presidential election.
The Progress Unity Fund is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization — the same classification as the Red Cross. The group’s mission is to “provide a progressive alternative to mainstream charities,” according to its IRS filings.
The fund provides the financial backing for Act Now To Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition, a left-wing activist group that began organizing “emergency protests” immediately after Trump’s election.
Cities where ANSWER held protests included: Chicago, New
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Trump to Support Nationwide Concealed Carry

PJ Media ^ | November 11, 2016 | Michael Walsh 

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump -- who said he has a concealed carry permit -- called for the expansion of gun rights Friday, including making those permits applicable nationwide. In a position paper published on his website Friday afternoon, Trump called for the elimination of gun and magazine bans, labeling them a "total failure."
"Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own," Trump wrote.
It's not a departure from what he's said on the trail this year, though it does mark a shift from a position he took in his 2000 book "The America We Deserve," where Trump stated that he generally opposes gun control but that he supported a ban on assault weapons and a longer waiting period to get a gun.
"Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like 'assault weapons', 'military-style weapons' and 'high capacity magazines' to confuse people," Trump wrote Friday. "What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans."
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Reality Check

"If you're upset about Trump becoming president, you should probably get a reality check. If Hillary were to become president, she would have made her term like Obama's; now would we really need a third-term Obama so to say? Obviously not. In Obama's 8 years, he hasn't really accomplished anything. ObamaCare is a failure, our national debt has skyrocketed, and illegals are taken better care of than our veterans. Hillary wanted to open the borders to everyone and I'm sorry, Trump's plan to close the borders is smart. He's choosing to take care of OUR people first. Period. Also, y'all need to stop blaming white people for electing Trump. This isn't white supremacy. People of all races voted for Trump. Whites, Blacks, Latinos, so stop blaming white people for this. Maybe, just maybe, people didn't like the way this country was going so they, the AMERICAN people, decided to take charge.

They decided to vote for someone that they thought would be the best for them and their country. And millions of people can't be wrong.
As for burning the American flag in riots and protests, my God, have respect for the people who have / who are serving in our military. Some of you may not care, but it just hits deep when I have a cousin who serves in our military and the American flag isn't treated with respect. Also, not standing for the pledge. If you don't want to respect the country, find somewhere else to go. We don't want you here anyway.

It's funny though how when Obama was voted president twice in a row, you didn't see Republicans burning the flag.

Just think, if Hillary was elected president, our country would crumble. But that's just my two cents.