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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Navy says American sailors blabbed to Iranian captors | New York Post

The 10 crew members, captured at gunpoint in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 12 by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, improperly revealed passwords for laptops and cellphones and even sensitive technical details about their two ships, including their top speed, capabilities and missions, the report said.

via nypost.com

June 30, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ukrainian Opera Singer Killed While Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian opera singer who left the Paris Opera two years ago to fight Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has reportedly been killed.

via www.rferl.mobi

H/t LGS.

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Top Senate Dems defend Lynch-Clinton meeting | TheHill

"All I can say is Loretta Lynch is one of the most outstanding human beings I've ever known," Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

via thehill.com

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Grandma arrested for whipping relative with a switch | abc7chicago.com

At least four Hot Springs police officers showed up to the home Monday morning, KARK-TV reports. According to an incident report, Toussaint and the girl both told police it stemmed from the 12-year-old not throwing away food and talking back.

"I said, 'You gonna give me some lip by what you're not going to do?' They do this to you; they think they can do anything with it and get away with it," Toussaint said.

via abc7chicago.com

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Pentagon to allow transgender servicemembers to serve openly - News - Stripes

WASHINGTON — In a historic move, the Pentagon on Thursday lifted its ban on allowing transgender men and women to serve openly in the military.

via www.stripes.com

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U.S. Forest Service barricades a forest road, destroys game trails in Idaho - Watchdog.org

Considering the extremely high standards of care the USFS expects from citizens who enter national forests and use roads and trails for recreation, it appears that its own standard for environmental stewardship is abysmal.

via watchdog.org

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Navy report: Failure at every level for US ships captured by Iran - CNNPolitics.com

The report found the crews were poorly prepared, their boats not properly maintained, communication almost entirely lacking, and their conduct after being captured by the Iranians wasn't up to military standards.

via www.cnn.com

But they had a female sailor I noticed.

June 30, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Federal Judge: "Absolutely no value" in studying Constitution - Red Alert Politics

A federal judge has said he believes studying the Constitution has “absolutely no value,” despite having a job where he makes rulings based on constitutionality.

via redalertpolitics.com

How about "Uncle Dick"?

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Byron York: GOP blue-collar heroes laud Trump | Washington Examiner

The Washington Examiner's Jim Antle recently noted that despite talk of a Republican "consensus" on trade, "three runners-up for the Republican nomination who received strong conservative support — Pat Buchanan in 1996, Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Rick Santorum in 2012 — were to varying degrees protectionist." And that suggests the consensus isn't really as much of a consensus as some might think.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

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Istanbul terror: Turkey’s president pays the price for trying to befriend fanatics | Fox News

What does Turkey’s destructive president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have in common with the Saudis, Pakistanis, Iraq’s Sunnis and the conservatives of Germany’s Weimar Republic?  They all thought that they could exploit and control fanatics.  One might as well try to befriend poisonous snakes.

via www.foxnews.com

Snakes actually make pretty good pets. Venomous snakes not so much, but that's just because you shouldn't really handle them. They are not particularly treacherous. But I take the point.

June 30, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix - Judicial Watch

One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

via www.judicialwatch.org

Clearly we need more gun control, especially in gun crazy Arizona. And I don't want to hear anything Islamophobic from any of you!

June 30, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jeremy Corbyn Appears to Compare Israel to ISIS During Speech

“Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the [Benjamin] Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those various self-styled Islamic states or organizations,” Corbyn said at the launch of Labour’s new report on antisemitism, which was led by Shami Chakrabarti, the director of a civil liberties advocacy group based in the United Kingdom.

Corbyn’s remarks drew loud applause from the audience at the event.

via freebeacon.com

To call this remark retarded would be a disservice to our friends in the developmentally disabled community.

June 30, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obamacare Insurers Are Looking for a Taxpayer Bailout | The Fiscal Times

Insurers helped cheerlead the creation of Obamacare, with plenty of encouragement – and pressure – from Democrats and the Obama administration. As long as the Affordable Care Act included an individual mandate that forced Americans to buy its product, insurers offered political cover for the government takeover of the individual-plan marketplaces. With the prospect of tens of millions of new customers forced into the market for comprehensive health-insurance plans, whether they needed that coverage or not, underwriters saw potential for a massive windfall of profits.

Six years later, those dreams have failed to materialize. Now some insurers want taxpayers to provide them the profits to which they feel entitled -- not through superior products and services, but through lawsuits.

via www.thefiscaltimes.com

Why are insurance companies such (searching for the right word here) scum? It's not like they soak up all this cash and then provide decent service. LWJ spends countless hours haggling with insurance companies about whether some patient can get state of the art medicine instead of leaches. Insurers always go for the cheaper and older treatments even if it's not cost effective. They're bureaucracy at its worst.

June 30, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

I-5 fatal crash: 2 mothers, 4 children killed when minivan is hit on Grapevine - San Jose Mercury News

GORMAN, Calif. (AP) -- A fiery minivan wreck killed two mothers and their four children early Tuesday on a highway in northern Los Angeles County, authorities said.

The women's husbands were injured trying to save their families at the Grapevine area of Interstate 5, about 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

via www.mercurynews.com

This is a horrible, horrible accident. If California spent more money on its freeways and less on fantasy and vanity projects like the high speed rail, this might not have happened. The van was protruding in the road a little bit, something that doesn't happen if you have big wide shoulders. The 5 is in general just a disgrace, from its congested narrow bottlenecks in LA, to the grapevine where this accident was, to narrow parts through Central Cal, to the bumpy stretches outside of Berkeley. It should have been rebuilt years ago.

June 30, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mercatus Center Scholars Weigh in on Brexit | Mercatus

Mercatus Center scholars weigh in on the United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union, examining the impetus behind the vote and the potential future repercussions.

via mercatus.org

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Driver accused of crashing into marijuana dispensary while high on marijuana | OregonLive.com

An 18-year-old man was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of driving while high on marijuana after he crashed into a marijuana dispensary in Happy Valley.

via www.oregonlive.com

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Wife Charged with Murder, Parrot Possible Star Witness - NBC News

It's a case that could come down to what the bird heard, as a Michigan prosecutor decides if a parrot can be used as some type of witness in a murder case.

via www.nbcnews.com

Brawwwwwwwwwwk! Ai chihuahua!

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (2)

China official calls out Trump over charge of currency manipulation – Asia Times

Breaking with their strategy of not directly criticizing Trump, the Foreign Ministry responded on Wednesday by saying the yuan’s exchange rate was not the reason for unbalanced trade ties with the US and more to the point it said Trump’s trade policies are irrational.

via atimes.com

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Feds won’t prosecute matters of free speech in Twin Falls case | Idaho Statesman

Federal prosecutors will investigate certain threats and harassment that public officials in Twin Falls have received amid an online furor about the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl there.

But the U.S. Attorney’s Office is not threatening to arrest people over protected free speech, U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson said Tuesday.

via www.idahostatesman.com

Well that's good to hear. Jeeze. Shouldn't have been necessary to say and wouldn't have been had the USA not made inflammatory statements of her own.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ISIS in the Twin Cities | City Journal

Perhaps most shocking to me was what utterly ordinary members of the Minnesota Somali community the defendants and their friends appeared to be. So far as I can tell, Somali culture is alien and hostile to the United States. Many among the local Somali community considered the defendants to be persecuted innocents entrapped by the government. It would be unduly charitable to characterize the attitude as willful blindness.

via city-journal.org

This via Ed Discoll at Instapundit. You may find yourself reading the whole thing.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Third-grader's innocent comment on baked goods triggers 911 call | Fox News

The police were called to a New Jersey elementary school after a 9-year-old boy made a disparaging comment about the brownies he was eating at an end-of-the-year class party.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer,another student interpreted the remarks as racist and instead of just punishing the offender with detention, or calling his parents, or just explaining what he did wrong (if anything at all), the school turned to law enforcement. The cops didn’t press charges but still reported the incident to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection.

via www.foxnews.com

I think just calling them "brownies" is racist.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Service dog killed protecting owner from Florida gator | Fox News

A protective pit bull named Precious died after heroically jumping in front of its owner to save the man from the jaws of an alligator in southwestern Florida, prompting an inspector on Friday to examine whether the marina where the man lived was too unsafe.

via www.foxnews.com

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ISIS eyed as prime culprit in Istanbul airport terror attack | Fox News

Hours after Tuesday night’s suicide bombing attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, officials began focusing on ISIS as the prime culprit in the massacre that killed at least 41 people and injured hundreds more.

via www.foxnews.com

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ISIS and the Culture of Narcissism - WSJ

How do we process seeing the perpetrator of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history preening in an NYPD T-shirt, or smiling up at the camera, shirtless? Which is the true image of Mateen, the image-obsessed gym rat or dead-eyed killer?

The answer is both, and together they solve a puzzle that perplexes terror experts: Why is ISIS so successful at recruiting Westerners?

via www.wsj.com

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Latest warship encounter brings Russian protest

The incident is the latest in an ongoing series of confrontational military encounters at sea and in the air, and takes place as the US has increased its naval demonstrations in the Mediterranean region.

via www.navytimes.com

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Constantino Zarate tries to herd an Emu off highway 94

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Border fire swept through rural San Diego County region with many animals | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

— As the Border fire spread flames and smoke through the dry rocky hillsides that rise near the Mexican border, humans were quickly evacuated. But many animals were left behind: everything from horses and cows to goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, dogs, donkeys, llamas, emus and ostriches.

via www.sandiegouniontribune.com

People actually raise llamas, emus and ostriches out here. The latter two produce tasty eggs (I've never tasted them but I hear good things) and llamas -- well, I guess they can carry your pack when you're hiking. Maybe they're friendly.

The fire was in the "southeastern" part of San Diego county only in the figurative sense of being east of the ever salient coast. The border fire was well to the west of the midpoint of the county, in case you're wondering. It wasn't even south central county, but whatever. Anything east of the 5 is east county to some. East of the 125 is like Area 51.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Rancho Santa Fe deaths remain a mystery | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

— As a homicide investigation continued Tuesday into the deaths of two women and a teenage girl found in a Rancho Santa Fe home on Monday, friends and neighbors speculated about the victims.

via www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Some people can't imagine living anywhere else.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Home prices up again, report says | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Home prices in Southern California and the West outpaced the rest of the nation in April as low interest rates continued to bolster the home market, said the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index released Tuesday.

via www.sandiegouniontribune.com

It's an ill wind that blows no good. We're getting the Jamul, sorry, Hollywood, Casino, but house prices continue to go up round cheer. Not as much as in the foggy coastal lands, of course. And California remains just the awfulest place to try to start a business. But mortgage rates are down.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump leads assault on GOP trade policy | Washington Examiner

Donald Trump took a decades-long Republican consensus in favor of free trade and discarded it like the garbage that formed the backdrop of his economic address Tuesday.

That's one takeaway from Trump's big jobs and trade speech in western Pennsylvania. The presumptive Republican nominee went hard after Bill and Hillary Clinton without throwing fiscal conservatives who believe free trade is part of free markets, economic freedom and limited government a single bone.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

This won't end well.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The initiative is promoted by a well-funded and politically connected coalition spearheaded by former Facebook president Sean Parker.

via www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Well, I guess I support it being a libertarian and all, but it figures it would be supported by such an, uh, person.

I remember a kid I taught, actually a couple, who were always showing up to class high. Morning classes too. One turned out pretty well. The other I never heard from again.

The problem with pot is that it increases your appetite -- the last thing I and plenty of my neighbors need.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Brexitfreude (n., from "Brexit" and "schadenfreude")

  1. The perhaps understandable glee one feels at the consternation of the progressive supporters of Euro-unity at the undoing of their hopes apparently occasioned by the British vote to exit that grand political project.
  2. Yes, it's a neologism, but you know perfectly well what I mean.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Nigel Farage Epic EU Speech: "You're Not Laughing Now"; Tells MEPs They've "Never Had A Proper Job" | Video | RealClearPolitics

"When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me – well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?" Farage said Tuesday to boos as he began his 7-minute speech to the EU parliament.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

Good video.

June 29, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Out of the Brexit Turmoil: Opportunity - WSJ

Many of us who have grown up with and admired the vision of European unity hope that the EU will transcend itself, by seeking its vocation not in penalizing the recalcitrant but by negotiating in a manner that restores the prospects of unity. The EU should not treat Britain as an escapee from prison but as a potential compatriot.

via www.wsj.com

Or, use it as an opportunity to get back at the Brits for Versailles.

This is Kissinger, BTW.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Law school professors need more practical experience.

And on another note about academia and practical law, I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries—well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments). Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century. Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today. David Strauss is right: The Supreme Court treats the Constitution like it is authorizing the court to create a common law of constitutional law, based on current concerns, not what those 18th-century guys were worrying about.

via www.slate.com

This is Dick Posner, still running for the Supreme Court but in the meantime, making himself more comfortable in his current position. It is a rare judge who thinks there's anything over him, such as the law. And really, the way most laws are written these days, judges can do what they want.

Didn't anyone tell him about not speaking ill of the dead, especially other judges? He has some ill words for the recently deceased Nino Scalia as well. I didn't find Nino an especially warm or cuddly person, but at least he understood what a judge was for. The reason you want to study the Constitution if you're a judge is because it's the LAW, your honor. I thought you should know that. You're not supposed to be a universal utility maximizing problem solverino high mastermind; just a judge. You're not smart enough to solve the problems you would bite off.

Posner has evolved into Exhibit No. 1 of what you get from putting progressive intellectuals on the bench. His views are not left-wing as such, I'm not sure they're anything, but at bottom he doesn't buy individual rights and rule of law. He'd be perfectly comfortable as a high party official in Red China. Why wouldn't he be? I'll have to come up with a name for him -- something like Chairman Richard.

June 28, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Ex-student gets life term for killing baby at sorority house | Fox News

A former college student who gave birth in her sorority house was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole for killing the newborn by throwing her in the trash.

via www.foxnews.com

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Americans at Benghazi post were rescued by Qaddafi officer militia, report reveals | Fox News

“In other words, some of the very individuals the United States had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution were the only Libyans that came to the assistance of the United States on the night of the Benghazi attacks,” the report said.

via www.foxnews.com

Of course they were.

June 28, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

President Obama will travel to Canada, another leg of his farewell legacy tour of the world | McClatchy DC

“The final year is focused on legacy,” said Brendan J. Doherty, a political science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy who tracks presidential trips. “International travel offers a chance to affirm his foreign policy legacy.”

via www.mcclatchydc.com

Oy chihuahuas -- that's multiple chihuahuas.

June 28, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Full transcript: Donald Trump's jobs plan speech - POLITICO

It is great to be here. I'd like to thank Alumisource and all the amazing workers here for hosting us.

Today, I am going to talk about how to Make America Wealthy Again.

via www.politico.com

June 28, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Supreme Court & Texas Abortion Clinics Decision | National Review

The Supreme Court has added another chapter to the body of law rooted in very little more than the imagination of Justice Harry Blackmun, who, with the assistance of a few of his fellow legal fantasists, delivered the constitutional right to abortion, Athena-like, from his head into the waiting world.

via www.nationalreview.com

And there's the related fantasy that Harry Blackmun was remotely interesting as a thinker. He may have been a nice man, for all I know. But I will never forgive him to subjecting me to the lecture that he gave upon being invited to the I'm sure well compensated lecture he gave at my small but undeniably cute university. O my God. I still shudder as I remember sitting through it. Back then I imagined the world was led by interesting persons. I must still have had traces of progressivism in my soul.

June 28, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

How Brexit shattered progressives' dearest illusions

But what if progressivism isn't inevitable at all? What if people will always be inclined by nature to love their own — themselves, their families, their neighbors, members of their churches, their fellow citizens, their country — more than they love the placeless abstraction of "humanity"? In that case, the act of ignoring or even denigrating this love will have the effect of provoking its defensive wrath and ultimately making it stronger.

It makes perfect sense to be surprised, saddened, and concerned by the outcome of the Brexit vote. But shock? Fury? Disgust? Despair? That's what a person feels when he discovers that his most dearly held fundamental beliefs have led him astray.

Wake up, progressives! You have nothing to lose but your illusions.

via www.theweek.com

You want to read this whole brief essay. Quite right quite right. And while you're at it, google . Those darn communists. Always looking for a leg up. . . . But I vas only trying to advance History!

June 28, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bill O'Reilly: Open Borders and Mass Immigration Do Not Work | Video | RealClearPolitics

BILL O'REILLY: The vote in Great Britain to leave the European Union was not really about macroeconomics. It was largely an emotional decision based on what folks are seeing with their own eyes, that open borders and mass immigration have directly affected their lives and not for the better.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

O'Reilly is sort of a barometer of a certain class of US opinion. I personally regard him as a bit of a moron and a moral reprobate based on stuff I've heard about his making time with his usually attractive female assistants, a defalcation probably pretty common in the broadcasting industry. But his intuitions are pretty sound in a stupid kind of way. Anyway, there's this.

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How Britain Could Exit ‘Brexit’ - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — In the days since Britons voted to leave the European Union, the so-called “Brexit” referendum has created such severe turmoil that public attention is increasingly focused on an extreme option: Can they get out of it?

via www.nytimes.com

Oy vey chihuahua.

June 28, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Polls show tight Clinton-Trump race in 2016 battlegrounds | TheHill

Clinton has so far failed to pull away in the 10 states likely to determine the outcome of the 2016 election, even as Trump has suffered through what some political observers describe as the worst stretch they’ve seen a major presidential candidate endure.

via thehill.com

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THE NEW REFORM CLUB: The Message of the UK’s Brexit Referendum and Fintan O’Toole’s Fantasy

After Napoleon fell, Talleyrand—a leading French diplomat—purportedly said of the returning Bourbons: They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing. And here in Ireland, our modern Talleyrand—Fintan O’Toole—can find nothing good to say about Brexit, and nothing but bad on behalf of its many supporters. He casually compares those supporters to: fantasists, drunkards, xenophobes, authoritarian nationalists, racists, chauvinists, chancers, impersonators, etc, etc. But a collection of insults do not make an intellectual argument. More than half the U.K. voted for Brexit. They did so despite the fact that the Remain camp had the support of: the BBC and all of the elite media; the Tory and Labour parties; Prime Minister Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition; the universities and the unions; and the multinational bankers and the City of London. One might think that if Brexit’s supporters overcame all that—and more—they might be entitled to some minimum grudging respect. But Fintan O’Toole, like Marie Antoinette, would rather tell us that—yes, the peasants are revolting.

via reformclub.blogspot.ie

News from Ireland.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Kremlin compares Brexit to Soviet Union fall - read on - uatoday.tv

Moscow compares an uncertainty following Britain's referendum on its exit from the E.U. to the Soviet Union collapse.

via uatoday.tv

June 27, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Supreme Court’s Texas Decision Is the Greatest Victory for Abortion Rights Since Roe v. Wade - The Daily Beast

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is the most monumental abortion rights decision in decades. In time, it may prove to be nearly as significant to a rising generation of American women as Roe v. Wade was to their mothers and grandmothers.

via www.thedailybeast.com

I don't think so, but it's important, that's for sure. It's the one area where it's OK to be a libertarian.

June 27, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Humiliation of the American Male in 2016 | Scott Adams' Blog

Check out this commercial for dishwasher detergent. And take careful note of the American man’s v-neck sweater. That’s the uniform of a man who is owned by a woman. 

via blog.dilbert.com

I never noticed this about V neck sweaters. I don't own any anyway. But think they look OK.

June 27, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (3)

No, The Polls Aren’t Biased. Clinton Really Is Leading Trump

The conservative blogosphere is lighting up again with accusations of polling bias against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in his race against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. However, Trump supporters should avoid giving into this temptation to assume unfavorable results must be biased results. Clinton really is leading Trump, and by nearly 6 percentage points.

via thefederalist.com

June 27, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dem Platform Calls For Prosecuting Global Warming Skeptics | The Daily Caller

Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science.

via dailycaller.com

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