Monday, December 19, 2016


affluent investor dot com ^ | 12-19-16 | Robert George 

Today the Electoral College will vote to elect Donald J. Trump president of the United States. It is also the eighteenth anniversary of the impeachment of a president: William J. Clinton. As a new president is elected and the impeachment of a president is remembered, it is worth reflecting–with gratitude–on the fact that we Americans live in a polity in which no official–however exalted his station–is above the law.
The President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world. And yet, presidents are answerable for their misdeeds under our political and legal systems. And presidents enter office knowing that they are answerable. It is, of course, true that presidents sometimes get away with unconstitutional or otherwise unlawful activities. Enforcement isn’t perfect. But presidents can’t simply count on getting away with flouting the laws. And that is an important check on the abuse of power. It is something worth celebrating.
It was a sad thing for the nation when, in 1973, a president had to be forced to resign under threat of impeachment for his role in the covering up of criminal activity by his subordinates. But it was a good thing that Richard Nixon was held accountable for his abuse of power. It was a reminder of how blessed we are to live in a system where, however bruised and battered, the Rule of Law endures. It was a sad thing for the nation when, in 1998, a president had to be impeached for his perjury and obstruction of justice. But it was a good thing that Bill Clinton was held accountable for his crimes. Of course, there are those who think he shouldn’t have been impeached. And there are those who think that he should not only have been impeached by the House of Representatives but also removed from office by the Senate. But the system managed to produce what the American people seemed to regard as the right outcome: impeachment but not removal from office. Clinton did not simply “get away with” lying under oath and conspiring to hide evidence. And that is a good thing–something worth celebrating.
Having a functioning constitutional system that checks power and holds even the highest officials accountable is, to say the least, something difficult to achieve and maintain. It is scarcely the norm in human history. We are blessed as a nation to have it. Let’s reflect on that today–in a spirit of grateful patriotism.

Gun Culture Christmas Tree

Gun Watch ^ | 15 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten 

My far ranging missionary friend was in Northern Wisconsin a few days ago.  He noticed this gun culture Christmas tree and sent me some photos.

The book is John Lott's famous "More Guns, Less Crime". The belted ammunition appears to be 7.62 NATO linked blanks. Probably left over from a National Guard exercise.

This is a good, environmentally friendly way to celebrate Christmas.

No live trees were harmed to create this display.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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The Democrats' Plan to Destroy Our Electoral System

The New American ^ | 19 April 2014 | Selwyn Duke 

While most people aren’t aware of it, there’s a movement afoot to completely change the way we elect our president — and its success would have serious consequences for our nation’s future.
The plan is a National Popular Vote Interstate Compact that would neuter the Electoral College and give the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. Under this agreement, your state would award its electors to the candidate winning the most votes nationally — even if a majority of your state’s residents voted for a different candidate.
The compact will take effect once enough states ratify it to constitute at least 270 electoral votes, a majority of the total 538. And with Governor Andrew Cuomo having signed a bill on April 15 making New York the 10th state party to the agreement (the District of Columbia is also on board), its 29 electoral votes bring the compact’s total up to 165, well more than halfway to the goal. The other signatory states are California, Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
Moreover, over the past several years the compact has been passed by one house in Nevada, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Mexico, and Oregon. While in some states, such as North Carolina, the measure has died in the other legislative house, if it were to eventually pass both houses and be ratified, these states would represent 78 more votes, bringing the compact’s total to 242 — just 28 shy of activation threshold. At that point the agreement would conceivably be just one state away (Florida) from taking effect.
To many people the compact is an easy sell. What’s wrong with a popular-vote system? But as political consultant and pundit Dick Morris explained recently in a Newsmax article, there’s a reason why virtually all the compact’s proponents are leftists, with every ratifying state — and 80 percent of the one-house states — having voted for Obama. The movement is also receiving funding from radical leftist George Soros’ Center for Voting and Democracy. Morris writes:
Democrats usually see a smaller percentage of their people go to the polls than Republicans do.
Under the electoral vote system, they figure why beat the drums to get a high turnout in New York City when the state will go Democrat anyway? But, if its [sic] the popular vote that matters, the big city machines can do their thing — with devastating impact.
And think of the chances for voter fraud! Right now, the biggest cities, the ones most firmly in Democratic control (e.g. Washington DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.) are all solidly in blue states. Not only does this make it unnecessary to maximize turnouts there, but it also makes it unnecessary to promote double voting, fraudulent voting, and all the other tricks of the trade at which Democrats excel.
Morris is not exaggerating. Criminality is most prevalent in inner cities, and the criminality known as vote fraud is no exception. We’ve all heard stories about illegal aliens casting ballots and precincts in which Mitt Romney received not even one vote in 2012, but perhaps the most significant vote-stealing method is surrogate voting.
I was contacted in 2005 by a local Washington, D.C., community leader (who wished to remain anonymous; I dubbed him “Deep Vote”) who had “done some computer work for several candidates over the years in DC,” as he put it. He also had conducted his own study of surrogate voting and related the mechanics of how it’s perpetrated. As I wrote at the time:
Experience has taught Deep Vote that it is transiency which provides Democrat political operatives with the most golden of opportunities to steal votes. In depressed urban areas an inordinate number of residents move in and out every year, with some taking up residence for only a brief time.... [This] inevitably leaves a large number of people who no longer live in an area on the voter rolls. The local authorities, says Deep Vote, 'are always somewhat late on removing non-residents.' All the Democrat operatives need do then is ascertain who these people are and vote for them.
... [T]he Democrat operatives who are central to this fraud are known as 'block captains' and 'apartment captains.' Deep Vote tells us that a captain is a GOTV (Get out the vote) term for a campaign volunteer who knows the territory and is given a list of voters on his block or in his building who are believed to be sympathetic to his candidate. He is then charged with the task of driving these partisans to the polls.
... Deep Vote then explains that since captains are usually 'local/neighborhood leaders' or in the least have 'been there for a while,' they 'would know who has moved out.' It is then that the captains examine the voter rolls and 'vote those people.'
This type of vote fraud can’t nearly as easily be perpetrated in more rural, Republican areas; this is not only because there’s relatively little transiency but because everyone tends to know everyone else, making it harder for a surrogate to masquerade as a given, but now gone, voter. Not only are local poll workers in monolithically Democrat inner cities often sympathetic to these schemes, however, but big-metropolis anonymity usually ensures that they wouldn’t detect the deception, anyway. As an example, when I lived in the Bronx, I never had to show identification to vote despite the poll workers’ not knowing me at all. Consequently, after I moved away, anyone who knew I was gone could have voted under my name simply by claiming to be me.
Critics say that this is why Democrats steadfastly oppose voter ID laws. They also say this explains why, as Larry Clifton at put it, “The Obama administration, through [Eric] Holder, has been relentless in trying to block Florida and other states from purging illegal and dead voters from state voter rolls.”
To understand the severity of this problem, consider Democrat-leaning swing state Ohio. As the Columbus Dispatch’s Darrel Rowland wrote in 2012:
More than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote.
... Of the Buckeye State’s 7.8 million registered voters, nearly 1.6 million [most of which bear Democrat registrations] are regarded as “inactive.” That generally means either they haven’t voted in at least four years or they apparently have moved.
In other words, there were conceivably 1.6 million opportunities for surrogate vote fraud in Ohio at the time. Note that just 10 percent of that figure accounted for Obama’s margin of victory over Mitt Romney in that state in 2012.
After being sued by the organizations Judicial Watch and True the Vote, Ohio finally agreed in January to participate in a program called Cross-Check and take other measures designed to purge the voter rolls of ineligible voters. Whether such initiatives survive the inevitable Democrat court challenges, however, remains to be seen.
Regardless, scrapping the Electoral College would tilt the scales further in favor of the vote hustlers. It would also, warn some critics, move us further from being a republic and closer to being a democracy, a system of glorified mob rule that, to paraphrase James Madison, is in general as short in its life as it is violent in its death.

The law already allows Donald Trump to build the wall

The Coach's Team ^ | 12/19/16 | Byron York 

There's no shortage of people telling Donald Trump he can't build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And maybe, in the end, he won't do it. But at the moment Trump takes office, he will have the legal authority and the money he needs to get started on the wall. Yes, there will be obstacles — what's the over/under on the number of lawsuits that will be filed trying to stop it? — but the fact is, the law is already in place that will allow Trump to go forward.
As in other areas of immigration enforcement, Trump will be able to effect radical change simply by following the law. In this case, it is the Secure Fence Act, passed in 2006 with bipartisan support — 283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate, including then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The law ordered the Secretary of Homeland Security, within 18 months of passage, to "take all actions the secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States."
Specifically, the law called for the usual mix of high-tech sensors, cameras, border checkpoints, vehicle barriers and other measures along the U.S.-Mexico border. And then it ordered Homeland Security to "provide for [at]* least 2 layers of reinforced fencing" and "the installation of additional physical barriers" for hundreds of miles on the southern border. For example, it ordered double fencing for the area "10 miles west of the Calexico, California port of entry to 5 miles east of the Douglas, Arizona, port of entry"...
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Democrats decry Trump’s ties to Putin — after own Russia outreach fizzles!

The Washington Times ^ | 12/19/16 | Rowan Scarborough 

Liberals are condemning President-elect Donald Trump and his people for supposed links to Vladimir Putin, but there was a time when Democrats were ingratiating themselves to the autocratic Russian leader and his country’s money.
Former President Bill Clinton, for example, took $500,000 in speaking fees in 2010 from a Russian finance company run by former KGB spies closely tied to Mr. Putin, a former KGB officer. At the same time, Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, was leading the way in urging U.S.-Russia business expansion, complete with an American high-tech delegation to Moscow and U.S. investments in Russian cyberskills.
“We are committed to broadening and deepening ties between our two economies,” she said in Moscow with then-Prime Minister Putin at her side.
But what was once a hallmark of President Obama’s foreign policy — an alliance with Mr. Putin — is over.
The White House has joined liberals who charge that Mr. Trump’s people’s dealings with and overtures to Russia are the reasons Mr. Putin allegedly ordered cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest, in what appears to be an unprecedented role for a presidential spokesman during a transition, has launched broad attacks from the briefing room lectern on the incoming president and his staff.
Russia was not always radioactive. It was the Obama administration that opened the gates to deeper business and personal relationships with Mr. Putin, an elected strongman who has all but eliminated any real political opposition to his power.
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Judge orders unsealing of search warrant in Clinton email probe ^ | 12/19/16 | Josh Gerstein 

A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of a search warrant that played a role in the controversial public renewal of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email just before the presidential election.
The warrant was issued by a federal magistrate in late October, after the FBI requested permission to search emails contained on a laptop belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin's estranged husband Anthony Weiner. The FBI discovered the Clinton-related emails after initially seizing the laptop during a probe over Weiner's alleged sexually explicit online exchanges with a minor.
U.S. District Court P. Kevin Castel issued an order Monday that the warrant linked to the Clinton probe and related records be unsealed at noon Tuesday, unless a higher court steps in.
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Wall Street’s chart gurus say we’re at the dawn of a new bull market

Yahoo Finance ^ | December 16, 2016 | Myles Udland 

If you’re looking for reasons to be bullish on stocks, check out the technicals.
In a note to clients out Thursday, Stephen Suttmeier, a technical research analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, outlined the case for why stocks look set to begin a “1950s-style” secular bull market.
And for those of you who don’t remember the 1950s bull market, it was a big one. View photos
“Given the post-Brexit capitulation on ‘rates lower for longer’ and the seismic shift to ‘a rising rate environment,’ the current secular bulltrend best fits the 1950-1966 secular bull market,” Suttmeier writes.
“The 1950s was a period of higher stock prices and higher US interest rates. The US 10-year yield bottomed near 1.5% in late 1945 and the S&P 500 remained firmly within its secular bull market until yields moved to 5-6% in the mid 1960s. The S&P 500 rallied 460% over this period.” (Emphasis added.)
The near-term implications for stocks within this framework make the S&P 500 look set to rise towards 2,400 next year, and potentially towards 3,000 within just two years.
The quick run to 3,000, in Suttmeier’s outline, could come as investors accept that we’re looking at the beginning of a new trend in markets not merely seeing the final days of a bull run set to expire.
“Secular bulls start slowly given investor disbelief but build momentum over time as disbelief turns into acceptance,” Suttmeier writes.
“We believe that 2017 could be the year of acceptance for the secular bull trend that began on the April 2013...
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In Case You Missed It Dept.

California legislators vowed to defy Donald Trump's deportation policy and declare California a Sanctuary State. His opponents plan to be just relentless. Last week Donald Trump was named Person of the Year by Time magazine, prompting Green Party candidate Jill Stein to demand a reprint. 

Time magazine revealed that Hillary Clinton finished second to Donald Trump in the editorial board's voting for Person of the Year. It never ends. When Hillary heard she finished second to Trump again, she hiked so far back into the woods she's on the next three episodes of Duck Dynasty. 

Michael Moore called on progressives to demonstrate every day of the Trump presidency and interrupt every one of his events. It's approaching Trump derangement syndrome. If it quiets down all the protests, perhaps the Federal Budget should include a participation trophy for the Democrats. 

Donald Trump's ten-year-old son Barron has reportedly picked out a puppy named Patton to be the nation's First Dog. The puppy is a designer hybrid breed of a Golden Retriever and French Poodle called a Goldendoodle. Mitt Romney's stopped by their home twice to teach it to sit up and beg. 

CNN commentator Van Jones continued to blame Hillary's election loss on a white backlash against Obama's presidency. It was the economy. What was the point of having a black president when Steve Harvey and Michael Strahan each have to work five or six jobs just to make ends meet? 

Senate Democrats couldn't wait to unload on Donald Trump's choice of cabinet nominees last week. The confirmation hearings promise to be really colorful. Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a savage attack on Trump Wednesday, although you couldn't put it that way if she were a real Indian. 

Donald Trump is in a Twitter war with Alec Baldwin over the actor's impersonation of Trump on Saturday Night Live. Free speech has returned. For the last eight years, stand-up comedians had to keep our religious jokes to Jesus jokes because if you told an Obama joke it could get you beheaded. 

Twentieth-Century Fox released the trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes to promote the movie's release next July. It's a crowd pleaser. In the movie, the apes take over everything and within thirty days, the border is secured, everyone has health insurance and ISIS has been destroyed. 

Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Washington D.C. in which she blamed her election loss on fake news on the Internet and in social media. The media agrees. NBC News anchor Brian Williams says fake news is a bigger threat than when his helicopter took rocket-propelled grenade fire in Iraq. 

Donald Trump spoke for the GOP Senate candidate in Louisiana Friday then he named a new cabinet member. Then, he flew to Michigan to give a speech spelling out his industrial policy. President Obama had to issue three statements this last week reminding Americans that he's still alive. 

NBC Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey said that Donald Trump's election paves the way for the emergence of Nazi America. Hopefully he'll help her re-locate her funny bone. Hollywood liberals are going to hate Donald Trump unless they're three jokes short and it's five minutes until show time. 

The New York Giants snapped the Dallas Cowboys ten-game winning streak on NBC Sunday night with an upset victory. All my life, I've been a Cowboys fan, but suddenly and mysteriously during the second half, I switched teams and found myself rooting for the Giants. Damned Russians. 

NBC reports that Donald Trump will remain as the executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice while he's still U.S. president. You can't make it up. NBC is just now realizing that it paid Donald Trump a hundred million dollars over ten TV seasons to train him how to select his cabinet members. 

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams denounced fake news reported on the Internet that political partisans use to sway public opinion by spreading tall tales. Did Brian forget why he was demoted to NBC's cable channel? Brian Williams criticizing fake news is like Chris Christie telling fat jokes. 

Senate Democrats called for a committee probe to see if Russian hackers helped throw the election for Trump. Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta declared that Trump's election was invalid. And then he asked the Russians for help remembering his Yahoo mail password. 

NBC reports that Donald Trump will remain as the executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice while he's president. He's very sensitive about the show. On Monday, when Donald Trump was not nominated for a Golden Globe, he called Vladimir Putin and told him to get his priorities straight. 

Kanye West flew to New York City Tuesday where he was invited to have a one-on-one meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in his Trump Tower penthouse office. Now there is a pair. One guy is an egotistical psycho whose wife has posed for nude photos and the other guy is a rap star. 

Donald Trump brought his Thank-You Tour to Wisconsin on Tuesday where he announced he was naming Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State. The president-elect placed an oilman in charge of U.S. foreign policy. In business this is called cutting out the middle man. 

Senate Democrats vowed a fight over Rex Tillerson's Secretary of State nomination. Supporters tried to appease them by noting that his company donated to Planned Parenthood. He's well-liked in California because Exxon Mobil was the first to open their filthy bathrooms to transgenders. 

President Obama said America wasn't over slavery, Jim Crow and Colonialism in an interview with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central Monday in New York. It could be true. It was an all-black interview for which Obama was paid nothing which took place in a city named after the Duke of York. 

Senate Democrats demanded hearings on alleged Russian hacking into DNC computers which they claim elected Trump. Their bitterness is palpable. This morning a very brave man remarked to Hillary what a coincidence it was that the Lewinsky family of Beverly Hills are originally from Russia. 

Democrats urged Electoral College voters in Trump states to switch over to Hillary. They tried recounts, they claimed Russia helped Trump, now they're strong-arming Electoral College voters. After this, their only option is a military coup, and that's why Trump put all the generals in his cabinet. 

Donald Trump raised eyebrows when he named Rick Perry to be Secretary of the Department of Energy Tuesday. That's the department Perry vowed to get rid of when he ran for president. To top this appointment, Trump will have to name Bill Cosby head of the Food and Drug Administration. 

Donald Trump attributed the post-election stock market bounce to approval for his appointees to run the government. In related news, after four years Rick Perry finally remembered the name of that third federal government cabinet department he wanted to eliminate. He's now in charge of it. 

Donald Trump ripped NBC News because of the way they edited his remarks in a Fox News interview. It's bad. Trump told Fox he wanted to express his love to women voters for helping him in a giant way to win the election, and NBC edited him to say he wants women to love his giant election. 

Senate Democrats demanded hearings on Russian hacking into DNC computers that they say elected Trump. No one bought that so it died out, along with the recount, and the Electoral College strong-arming is going nowhere. Japan just offered Democrats a seminar called Surrendering to Win. 

-- Argus Hamilton

This morning, Kanye West actually showed up to meet with Donald Trump at Trump Tower. People were shocked -- they didn't expect those two to meet until the first presidential debate in 2020. 

The Democratic National Committee was actually hacked because one of its directors clicked on a fake email to change his password, which gave Russia access to his account. Then Hillary said, "I can't believe you'd be so careless with your email!" 

-- Jimmy Fallon

Hillary Clinton gave a speech last week criticizing the epidemic of fake news being spread ... or maybe she didn't. 

Kanye West met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower today. No word on what they interrupted each other about. 

-- Seth Meyers

A friend of Donald Trump's said that Trump dangled the office of secretary of state to Mitt Romney to "torture him." You can watch the whole thing in the new series "White Billionaire Pranks." 

Today, Donald Trump met with Kanye West. It's always cool when two future presidents hang out. 

Kanye West tweeted a photo of a Donald Trump-signed copy of Time Magazine's Person of the Year issue. Trump signed it, "To my good friend, Ben Carson." 

-- Conan

There are reports that Donald Trump has been meeting with Mark Burnett, the creator of "The Apprentice," to plan next month's inauguration ceremony. If Omarosa swears this guy in, I'm moving back to England. 

-- James Corden

This morning, the president-elect met at Trump Tower with Kanye West. You can tell it was a high-powered meeting because Kanye wore his formal sweat suit. 

-- Steven Colbert

Trump's been busy assembling his Cabinet. His nominees are all pretty out there. As of today, the least-controversial person in his Cabinet is a guy named "Mad Dog." 

Donald Trump met with Kanye West today -- what an amazing thing to see. Our next two presidents side by side. (airhead)

-- Jimmy Kimmel



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