Monday, May 1, 2017

Socialist-Run Venezuela Descends Into Chaos

Front Page ^ | May 1, 2017 | David Paulin 

It wasn't supposed to turn out this way. Venezuela was going to be a workers' paradise. President Hugo Chávez said so and declared early into his first term, in 1999, that Venezuela and Cuba would sail toward the same “sea of happiness.” Not surprisingly, Venezuela is now a workers' hell.

Authoritarian and dysfunctional, the oil-rich yet impoverished South American nation of 31 million people suffers dire food shortages; soaring levels of violent crime (28,479 deaths reported last year); and epic levels of corruption and drug trafficking. Unemployment is soaring – not surprising given that large swaths of the economy have been nationalized. Venezuela's court-ordered seizure of a General Motors plant is the latest such calamity.
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Understanding why Obama voters abandoned the Democrats to support Trump

 The National Post ^ | May 1, 2017 | Greg Sargent, The Washington Post 

As the Democratic Party rebuilds itself for the 2018 and 2020 elections, Democratic strategists have been preoccupied with a pressing question: why did so many voters who backed Barack Obama in 2012 switch to Donald Trump four years later, and what can be done to win them back?
Top Democratic pollsters have conducted private focus groups and polling in an effort to answer that question, and they shared the results with me.
One finding from the polling stands out: a shockingly large percentage of these Obama-Trump voters said Democrats’ economic policies will favour the wealthy — twice the percentage that said the same about Trump. I was also permitted to view video of some focus group activity, which showed Obama-Trump voters offering sharp criticism of Democrats on the economy.
Priorities USA, the super PAC that is working to restore Democrats to power, conducted focus groups of Obama-Trump voters in Wisconsin and Michigan — two states that Trump snatched from Democrats — in late January and polled some 800 Obama-Trump voters nationally at around the same time. The pollsters also conducted focus groups with so-called drop-off voters — people who voted for Obama in 2012 but didn’t vote in 2016 — in the same states and polled 800 drop-off voters nationally.
“Clinton and Democrats’ economic message did not break through to drop-off or Obama-Trump voters, even though drop-off voters are decidedly anti-Trump,” Priorities USA concluded in a presentation of its polling data and focus group findings, which has been shown to party officials in recent days.
The poll found that Obama-Trump voters, many of whom are working-class whites and were pivotal to Trump’s victory, are economically losing ground and are skeptical of Democratic solutions to their problems....
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Chocolate milk heading back to school, thanks to Trump and Congress

Sacramento Bee ^ | May 1, 2017 | BY LINDSAY WISE 

Chocolate milk is coming back on the school lunch menu.
So is white bread and saltier food.

Several paragraphs tucked into in a massive 1,665-page government spending bill released on Monday would relax Obama-era nutrition standards for school lunches.

On page 101 of the spending bill due for congressional votes later this week, the Secretary of Agriculture is directed to allow states to grant schools exemptions so they can serve flavored, low-fat milk and bread products that are not whole grain rich.

“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition – thus undermining the intent of the program,” Purdue said. He said school food rules cost districts and states an extra $1.22 billion in fiscal year 2015.

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Major Distraction: Why Trump’s Tax Returns Never Really Mattered in the First Place!

American Thinker ^ | 05/01/2017 | Larry Alton 

Since the beginning of the election, Democrats have been eager to get their hands on Trump’s past tax returns. Though motivations vary, many wish to see whether he committed fraud. That’s why, when Donald Trump’s tax return from 2005 was released to the public, the media went into an uproar.

There’s been speculation that Trump himself intentionally “leaked” the returns in order to silence some of the requests to see his past financial history. And of course, journalists everywhere jumped at the chance to comb through the documents and publicize every detail they could find. But here’s the reality: the president’s ability to lead our country remains the same, and his tax returns never mattered in the first place.
Why Trump’s Tax Returns Don’t Matter

Though frequently debated, the logic here is clear: these tax returns are a superficial distraction and have no bearing on the president’s current abilities or actions.

Here’s why:

  • Tax returns contain private information. First, let’s remember that President Trump is a public official, but he’s still entitled to some degree of privacy for his personal life -- especially his past personal life, before he entered the political arena. Taxes may contain information regarding custodial rights and child support, information sensitive to business operations and transactions, and of course, personal income -- which shouldn’t have a bearing on a person’s political merit.
  • Most returns in question are from the 80s. The recently leaked 2005 tax return doesn’t accomplish Democrats’ main goal -- trying to see tax returns from the 80s. More specifically, Democrats are seeking returns involved in a 1984 trial, where Trump was accused of committing fraud.

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Study Finds Democrats Least Tolerant of Opposing Views

PJ Media ^ | 4-28-17 | Tom Knighton 

The left loves embracing the idea of "tolerance," yet the rest of us have long observed that all the Left ever seems tolerant of is itself. A new survey from Dartmouth College provides yet more evidence that the volatile political divide in this country is being caused by the intolerant left:
In the campus-wide field survey, students of all political stripes were asked how comfortable they would be about living with a roommate who holds opposing political views. Of the 432 students surveyed, only 39 percent of students who identified as Democrats said they would feel comfortable living with a Republican, 16 percent said they felt neutral about the proposed arrangement, while 45 percent, a plurality, said they felt uncomfortable. View image on Twitter
A majority of students who identified as Republicans (69 percent) said they were comfortable living with someone of opposing political views, 19 percent said they felt neutral about it, and only 12 percent said they felt uncomfortable. Among Independent students, 61 percent said they felt comfortable living with someone with opposite views, 22 percent were neutral about it, and 16 percent were uncomfortable.
Yup. The side that is currently breeding violence against speech they disagree with happens to be intolerant of opposing views. They've practically built an entire movement on preaching "tolerance," while those of us who didn't fall for it recognized it as Orwell's "newspeak."
Republicans don't routinely assault people who disagree with them. When is the last time you saw a group of conservatives hold a riot, or threaten a speaker? Tolerance does not mean acceptance. It means upholding the civil society. You do you, I'll do me, and we won't sweat anything else.
This will never be acceptable to the Left, which wants submission from its enemies. They can't accept that people who disagree with them can be morally decent people who simply have different views on foreign policy or how to help the poor.
Is it any wonder that our nation is in its current shape under these circumstances?

The moment Hillary Clinton was forced to give up her dream (Feel-good story of the day)

The New York Post ^ | April 30, 2017 | Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes 

Every detail was designed to mark Hillary Clinton’s moment in history — from the glass ceiling at Manhattan’s Javits Center, where her supporters were gathered, to her and hubby Bill’s suite at The Peninsula hotel, selected so she could personally see Trump Tower, home to the foe she was set to crush. Then came the voter returns. In this exclusive excerpt from their fascinating new book “Shattered,’’ political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes take readers inside Hillary Clinton’s world on the night that changed her life — and the nation — forever.

Hillary’s communications team decamped to the Javits Center in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan, where preparations for her victory party were being made. The venue, which would fill with Hillary aides, donors, friends and well-wishers over the course of the day, was chosen in large part because of its distinctive feature: a glass ceiling. If everything went as planned, it would be the glass ceiling of the presidency that lay shattered under Hillary by the end of the night.
A handful of key aides remained in the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters for Election Night, but the top brass, including [campaign manager] Robby Mook, John Podesta, and Cheryl Mills, joined Hillary and Bill Clinton on their floor at the top of The Peninsula hotel, a five-star facility a block from Trump Tower. The Clintons had their own suite, and the rest of the floor had been rented out for staff workspace and for aides, including Podesta and Abedin, to have private bedrooms.
At the start of the night, the Javits Center was electric: it had the buzz of a debut performance on Broadway. Outside, a seemingly endless line formed down 40th Street, near artists who had sketched Hillary’s portrait next to Obama’s and vendors who sold buttons....
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The Bolton Unmasking Files ^ | April 30, 2017 

Democrats and their press allies are going all in to squelch the Susan Rice “unmasking” story, insisting that the decision by Barack Obama’s national security adviser to seek the name of at least one Trump campaign official was routine and no big deal. Tell that to former Bush Administration official John Bolton, whom Democrats pilloried for doing the same with far more justification.
Democrats argued (with no evidence) that Mr. Bolton’s requests were politically motivated and the Los Angeles Times questioned whether Mr. Bolton had requested the names to “intimidate intelligence analysts.” A Times editorial called on Mr. Bolton to “step aside,” noting Mr. Dodd was “rightly inquiring about Bolton’s unusual request to look at [NSA] intercepts and why he asked for the identities of analysts. Why indeed?”
Compare all this to the Rice episode. Ms. Rice had no direct intelligence duties in her NSC post, and no Democrat has provided a valid reason that Ms. Rice might have needed to unmask anyone associated with the Trump presidential campaign. Twelve years on, not one of the 10 individuals unmasked by Mr. Bolton has had his or her identity leaked. By contrast, the Washington Post reports that no fewer than nine Obama appointees or career officials leaked or confirmed the identity and conversations of unmasked former Trump adviser Michael Flynn.
If John Bolton’s unmasking was questionable, then Mrs. Rice’s was more so. The House and Senate Intelligence committees should investigate what she did and why.
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In Case You Missed It Dept.

President Trump sent a Naval armada to the Korean peninsula this weekend despite Kim Jung Un's threats to attack California with missiles if he does. It's hilarious. Nothing should frighten the Democratic West Coast like a GOP president on the East Coast willing to call North Korea's bluff.

President Trump could accurately announce the Nimitz group was headed for North Korea on Thursday. Last week he announced prematurely a naval force was heading to North Korea when in fact it was headed to Pearl Harbor. Hawaii's judge was about to say just kidding about the travel ban.

Barack Obama was photographed partying aboard Hollywood producer David Geffen's yacht in French Polynesia Friday as his extended overseas vacation continued. It was good to see him smiling, laughing and having a fun time. That may change when he tries to re-enter the United States.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to bind other sanctuary cities in a network of illegal immigration protectors Friday. It never ends. They say that America is a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic white man's club and that it's wrong to stop immigrants from coming here to enjoy its many blessings.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stunned consumers Friday by proposing a local city-wide tax that would raise the price of cigarettes to thirteen dollars a pack. It's historic. It has taken the Democrats thirty years, but they have finally figured out a way to make crack cost-effective.

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen shocked the political world Sunday by making it into the final election in two weeks based upon her promise to deport all terrorists from the country. The terrorists are easy to spot. They're the only guys in France who would rather die than surrender.

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Mancon was reported Tuesday to have met his wife when he was a fifteen-year-old student and she was his forty-year-old teacher. They then began an affair. If elected, his fellow countryman Roman Polanski should be a shoo-in for Education Secretary.

Donald Trump's first hundred days has produced dividends for both parties. Republicans can be glad because it's resulted in tighter U.S. borders and a booming stock market. Democrats can be glad because it's made superstars out of Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer vowed to shut down the U.S. government over funding for the Mexican border wall. It doesn't scare Baby Boomers. Since 1976, the federal government has been shut down sixteen times, the longest period being the four years that Jimmy Carter was president.

Democrats vowed to block Trump's tax cut, saying it'll cause a huge budget deficit. Democrats now hate Russia, Democrats back states' rights over sanctuary cities, and now Democrats want a balanced budget. Trump has everyone so crazy he's turned perfectly good Democrats into Republicans.

Kim Jung Un said Tuesday he can hit the United States with a Taepo-dong missile. However, for Kim's missile to reach the U.S. would require a Taepo-dong-Two missile and so far he's only tested a Taepo-dong-One missile. Isn't it just like a megalomaniac to exaggerate the size of his dong?

Homeland Security asserted Monday that a wall with Mexico will help to block terrorists from entering the U.S. Many fear they're already here and blending into the population. In Los Angeles bookstores, the two top-selling books in Arabic are the Koran and How to Speak Spanish like a Native.

Caitlyn Jenner made the interview rounds this week with Diane Sawyer on ABC and Tucker Carlson on Fox to promote her new book, My Secret Life. In the interviews, Caitlyn said she might run for public office. However she might be the easiest candidate in history to be labeled a flip-flopper.

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