Angry NFL Fans Lash Out, Burn Jerseys Over Protests: “You Can Take Your NFL And Shove It”

Angry NFL Fans Lash Out, Burn Jerseys Over Protests: “You Can Take Your NFL And Shove It”, by Tyler Durden.

With all of the grandstanding and emotional reactions from the NFL over the weekend, the sport’s smartest executives seemingly proved that they have no idea they’re fighting a battle that simply can’t be won.

While it is clear as day to anyone who can disassociate themselves from the emotional response to being verbally attacked by a tweetstorm (as truly ‘terrifying’ as such a thing can be), the NFL doesn’t seem to understand that while almost every American can agree that football is a great sport, roughly 50% of them will vehemently disagree with whatever political stance any given player or league exec decides to publicly announce. And, since the NFL’s future depends on selling overpriced ad spots to massive corporations looking for a consistent number of eyeballs, alienating any group of viewers, for whatever reason, is just bad for business.

“You can take your Kansas City Chiefs and you can take your NFL and you can shove it.”

“Now, think about that and think about the millions a year that you people are making to play a game while we got soldiers overseas that get paid minimum wage to put their lives on the line for that flag.”

“Protest does not belong in our NFL sports. It’s a game.”

So, to all the NFL execs who can’t help but politicize their league, good luck with all those “make-good” advertisements that will come out of your own pockets when your viewership hits an inevitable dip over the coming weeks.

Virtue signaling works better when the targets of the PC scorn and derision aren’t there to hear themselves being dissed. But this time the virtue signalling is being played out in front of paying customers — who aren’t going to stand for it, let along pay for it.

From a reader in the US:

Why is it so hard to understand that the actions by the players in kneeling are disrespectful?  If you make the choice to be disrespectful, why should I be compelled to consider your point of view? Find a respectful way to make your points.

I listened to several media commentaries and they all supported the players. That is easy to explain. They are intimidated by today’s PC culture. If you criticize anyone who is black — no matter how relevant or valid your criticism — you will be labeled a racist. That is what saved Obama at critical comments. If you opposed him or said anything negative about his policies you were called a racist.

These protesting players are doing this while they are on the job. That means I am forced into participation when I turn on the TV. I resent that.

Political protests should play no part in sports. They should be unifying events and now they aren’t. I am not questioning that the players have a right to protest but let them do it on their own time when I don’t have to take part.

Last year the Dallas Cowboys wanted to honor the five assassinated policemen who were shot by a man inspired by Black Lives Matter.  That would have been a respectful demonstration but the NFL, which is led by a liberal lawyer, denied it.

Is it too much to ask that on a Sunday afternoon I want to be entertained free from politics? If I am interested in politics there are other channels to watch. These days politics is 24/7.

If the NFL allows this to go on I hope it does hurt their bottom line.  In the final analysis there is nothing important or vital about football. I will turn the channel if they keep it up.

hat-tip Charles

Bannon Comes Out Fighting for Against Republican Establishment

Bannon Comes Out Fighting for Against Republican Establishment, by Adam Shaw.

Bannon spoke a day before Alabamians go to the polls in the Republican Senate primary race between Judge Roy Moore and establishment-backed Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL). He spoke before a packed crowd alongside Brexit mastermind Nigel Farage and Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. …

“Tomorrow’s going to decide who has sovereignty in the United States of America,” Bannon said. “Is it the elites in D.C. with their money or is it the people in Alabama with their muscle?”

The establishment Republican Party has poured tens of millions of dollars into the race as it seeks to get its candidate over the line, but polls have consistently shown Strange trailing, sometimes by double digits.

Bannon told the crowd that Tuesday represents a chance for Alabamians to be heard by the corrupt elites in the capital, who he noted think that Alabama can be won over with 30-second TV spots.

“They think you’re a pack of morons, they think you’re nothing but rubes, they have no interest at all in what you have to say, in what you have to think or what you want to do. And tomorrow you’re going to get an opportunity to tell them what you think of the elites that run this country,” he said to wild applause.

His message to McConnell and his allies was much starker:

“For Mitch McConnell and Ward Baker and Karl Rove and Steven Law — all the instruments to try and destroy Judge Moore and his family: Your day of reckoning is coming,” he said.

“More important, for the donors who put up the money, and the corporatists who put up the money: your day of reckoning is coming too,” he added.

Bannon described those elites as people who “know the price of everything but the value of nothing” and he reflected on what that means for their candidate, Luther Strange.

“They know the price of Luther Strange, it’s $30 million,” he said, referring to the amount poured into Strange’s campaign. “They weighed and measured Luther Strange and at the end of the day it’s $30 million that bought him.”

Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison

Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison, by Ellie Kaufman.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with a minor. In addition to the prison term, Weiner also was sentenced to three years of supervised release. …

Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s former adviser, cried when the sentence was handed down. …

Weiner’s personal and professional life had been collapsing around him for half a decade even before the sexting case.

He resigned from Congress after a lewd picture appeared on his Twitter page in June 2011. At first, he claimed his account had been hacked but later revealed that he had lied. Sexually charged, sometimes explicit, texts with women also emerged around this time.

Weiner insisted his marriage with Abedin was intact. She gave birth to a son, the couple’s only child, six months later.

In 2013, Weiner sought to revive his political career by running for mayor of New York. Two months after he announced his candidacy, screenshots surfaced of sexual conversations that Weiner had with a woman the previous year.

At the time, Abedin joined Weiner in a news conference, saying that although her husband had made some “horrible mistakes … what I want to say is I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him … we are moving forward.”

During the 2016 campaign, it was revealed that emails from Hillary Clinton containing classified information were forwarded by Abedin to a computer used by Weiner. A decision by former FBI Director James Comey to alert Congress just days before the election about his agency’s investigation into messages potentially related to Clinton’s personal server has been cited by Clinton as a key reason she lost the presidential race. Investigators ultimately determined the emails were mostly ones they had previously seen and Clinton was ultimately cleared by the FBI two days before the election.

In May, Abedin filed for divorce around the time Weiner pleaded guilty in the sexting case.

Left media unmasked:

Here is Rachel Maddow back in 2011 speculating on the deep conspiracy to frame Weiner at a time when he was the darling of the left (five minutes long, but oh so tasty):

The only one jailed in the Hillary email scandal.

Top Vatican official: Gay sex in Vatican ‘never been worse’ than under Francis

Top Vatican official: Gay sex in Vatican ‘never been worse’ than under Francis, by Pete Baklinski.

Not only are gay-orgies happening in the Vatican, but the extent of homosexual activity in the Vatican under Pope Francis’ watch has “never been worse,” a reliable senior member of the Curia told National Catholic Register’s Ed Pentin.

Pentin wrote earlier this week that this Vatican Curia member confirmed to him that “multiple sources” within the Vatican, including another senior curial figure, say that the report of a drug-fueled gay orgy right next to St. Peter’s is true.

“He said the extent of homosexual practice in the Vatican has ‘never been worse,’ despite efforts begun by Benedict XVI to root out sexual deviancy from the curia after the Vatileaks scandal of 2012,” Pentin wrote in his report.

News recently broke of a high-ranking monsignor, Luigi Capozzi, who was allegedly arrested some two months ago in the act of hosting a cocaine-fueled homosexual orgy in an apartment of the Holy Office, the same building in which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith operates.

Fr. Dariusz Oko said he first began to do research about external threats to Christianity, but then gradually discovered that the “enemy is not only outside the Church, but within it, as well.”

Oko said he uncovered homosexual cliques of clergy, even at the highest levels, that are formed by fear of exposure, lust for power, and money. …

Oko said that once homosexual clergy achieve a “dominating position” in the Church’s hierarchy, they become a “backroom elite” with “tremendous power in deciding about important nominations and the whole life of the Church.”

Among the rumors put forward at the time of Pope Benedict’s decision to resign in 2013 was the revelation of the existence of an entrenched “gay network” that orchestrated “sexual encounters” and shady financial machinations within the Vatican. The Pope reportedly decided to resign the day he received a 300-page dossier compiled by three cardinals detailing the workings and sexual activities of a network of homosexual curial officials.

During his first Mass as Pope in April 2005, Benedict asked Catholics to pray for him that he would not flee from his office in the face of betrayal and persecution. …

Christine de Marcellus Vollmer, a founding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and president of the Latin American Alliance for the Family, … said that with Benedict’s resignation, high-ranking Church leaders who were bent on “fostering heretical sexual behavior and its acceptance by the Church — otherwise known as the St. Gallen ‘Mafia,’ a group of extremely powerful old Cardinals of the 1970’s generation of liberals — saw that their outworn and immoral sexual relativism was soon to be exposed as false and the cause of so much social mayhem.”

Rumors and allegations. Though it would help explain why this Pope doesn’t seem as … “Catholic” as his predecessors.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Number One With A Bullet

Number One With A Bullet, by Bill Whittle. An oldie but a goodie.

Having been to Plano Texas several times, I can tell you with confidence that virtually every home in Plano Texas has an entire arsenal of Ar-15 assault rifles, semi-automatic shotguns, 30.06 hunting rifles, .45’s, .357s, 38s, 9mms, an assortment .22s for the kids to practice with, not to mention every species of bowie knife, hunting knife, jack knife, bayonet, switchblade pointy rocks and sharp sticks.

The per capita murder rate in Gun Nut Central is 0.4 per 100,000: if the United States of America, as a nation, had the same murder rate as Plano Texas, we would not but 111 out of 218; we’d be 211 out of 218 – well below Switzerland at 0.6, HALF of Germany, Spain and Denmark at 0.8, and well, well below half of New Zealand, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, France and Australia.

If all of America had the murder rate of the gun-nut capital of Gun Culture USA – Plano, Texas – then America’s per capita murder rate would be ONE QUARTER of those murderous, violent, rampaging, death-worshipping Belgians with their horrific 1.6 murders per hundred thousand.

Maybe it’s not the guns. Maybe it’s the people holding the guns.

With respect to gun control, the US is best understood as two populations — a white population with low murder rates, and a black population with a high murder rates (especially in big Democrat-run cities: Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, ….).

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

The Ideological Hijacking of the University and the Betrayal of its Traditional Mission

The Ideological Hijacking of the University and the Betrayal of its Traditional Mission, by Bruce Thornton.

The Gramscian “long march through the institution” on the part of Sixties radicals began the redefinition of academic work from a search for truth according to professional norms, to a political activism that in the name of “relevance” and “social justice” shaped research and teaching to confirm leftist ideology and discredit whatever alternatives students might believe.

These new academic departments and programs like Women’s Studies and Black Studies, Horowitz writes, “maintained no pretense of including intellectually diverse viewpoint or pursuing academic inquiries unconnected to the conclusions they might reach.”

That these new “disciplines” were political rather than academic was obvious in their creation, which resulted from political protests and sometimes threats of violence, most famously at Cornell, where in 1969 black radicals with loaded shotguns occupied the administration building. …

Now that Donald Trump’s success has driven the academic left into even greater absurdities and thuggery, perhaps conditions are right for cleaning the Augean Stables of campus corruption.

Reaping the bitter harvest of the 1960s.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Reasons For Optimism About Climate Hysteria

Reasons For Optimism About Climate Hysteria, by Francis Menton.

Large numbers of my friends and acquaintances are climate skeptics, and many of them spend a good deal of their time feeling down in the dumps about the subject. Their reasoning goes something like this:

Here we have something that should immediately be identified as baloney by any thinking person. And yet thousands and millions of people seem to have fallen for it. And not just random people, but people seemingly among the elites of society — academics and journalists and government bureaucrats.

Most of the media function as propaganda bullhorns to spread the idiocy. The forces of hysteria have commandeered tens of billions of annual dollars of government funding to pay for their program and spread their message, drowning out and suppressing any opposition. Their program calls for taking away everyone’s freedom and impoverishing the populace with higher costs for energy. And yet the program seems to be getting adopted everywhere!

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

German Results Reflect European Unease Over Identity, Economy

German Results Reflect European Unease Over Identity, Economy, by Marcus Walker.

Germany’s election result confirms the overriding trend of European politics in the past year: the crumbling of the Continent’s established parties in the face of voter anxiety over economics and identity. …

The future direction of the EU and its major nations is now up for grabs in a fluid contest between internationalists and nationalists, incumbents and insurgents. …

The AfD, which won close to 13% nationwide, thrived particularly in Germany’s economically disadvantaged east, where it was the most popular party among male voters. …

The election showed that Germany is becoming more like other European countries, where nationalist, antiestablishment parties are often significantly stronger than the AfD.

For decades, Germany’s taboos against nationalist rhetoric have kept far-right parties out of the national parliament. Support for the AfD rose during the campaign despite its controversial views on history. Leading candidate Alexander Gauland said Germans “have the right to be proud of the achievements of German soldiers in two world wars.”

The party’s program calls for less guilt about Germany’s past, including toning down Germany’s focus on remembering the Holocaust, a position that drew condemnation from Jewish groups. …

Most AfD voters appear to have backed the party as a reaction against what is widely viewed as stifling consensus of the grand coalition. Only 31% of AfD voters backed the party out of “conviction,” while 60% voted for it out of “disappointment” with other parties, according to an exit poll for state broadcaster ARD. …

The Social Democrats’ failed candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz, denounced Ms. Merkel on state TV for erasing all policy differences between them. The consensus-seeking chancellor’s “systematic refusal of politics” alienated voters and boosted the AfD, Mr. Schulz said.

The past 3 days in US-North Korea tensions, explained

The past 3 days in US-North Korea tensions, explained, by Alex Ward.

Tensions between the US and North Korea are already high, but this past weekend pushed them even higher — and to an even more genuinely scary place.

Two developments stand out in particular. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said in a UN speech on September 23 that it was “inevitable” North Korea would launch missiles at the US mainland. That came just days after President Donald Trump used the same venue to declare that America might “totally destroy” North Korea if it continued to threaten the US or its allies. Trump also belittled North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man,” a petty insult likely to infuriate the notoriously thin-skinned dictator. …

Thankfully, the US and North Korea are lobbing insults at each other for now instead of actual bombs. …

It’s worth noting that North Korea isn’t just made up of belligerent Kim regime officials. The country is home to around 25 million people — all of whom are in harm’s way should Trump choose to strike North Korea. And any attack on the North would likely lead Pyongyang to order attacks on South Korea’s capital, Seoul, where around 25 million people live in its metro area.

That means it’s still unlikely Trump would order a military strike — but he’s clearly thought about it. …

Most Americans approve of launching a military strike on North Korea “only if North Korea attacks US or allies first.” That’s according to a new Washington Post-ABC poll released on Sunday that shows 67 percent of respondents don’t want a preemptive strike on the North. …

One war game convened by the Atlantic magazine back in 2005 predicted that a North Korean attack would kill 100,000 people in Seoul in the first few days alone. Others put the estimate even higher. A war game mentioned by the National Interest predicted Seoul could “be hit by over half-a-million shells in under an hour.”

 hat-tip Bob

Blazing saddles dim memory in new dark age of censorship, witch-hunts

Blazing saddles dim memory in new dark age of censorship, witch-hunts, by Matt Ridley.

Mel Brooks said last week that comedy was becoming impossible in this censorious age and he never could have made his 1974 film Blazing Saddles today. A recent poll found 38 per cent of Britons and 70 per cent of Germans think the government should be able to prevent speech that is offensive to minorities. If you give a commencement speech at a US university these days and don’t attract a shouty mob, you’re clearly a nobody. …

The no-platforming, safe-space, trigger-warning culture is no longer confined to academia, or to America, but lies behind the judgmentalism of many social media campaigns. Every writer I know feels he or she is one remark away from disgrace. A de facto blasphemy prohibition has re-emerged in Western society and is being enforced not just by the Islamists who murder cartoonists, but, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the black, feminist victim of female genital mutilation has experienced, by the Southern Poverty Law Centre, which called her an anti-Muslim extremist. …

Countries where in my youth women wore miniskirts in public now enforce hijabs or burkas. Sharia law, homophobia and explicit antisemitism are spreading in Britain, where in some state-funded schools four-year-olds are made to wear hijabs. …

This is not just about Islam, though it is curious how silent feminists are on Islamic sexism. The enforcement of dogma is happening everywhere. Members of a transgender campaign group have refused to condemn an activist for punching a feminist. Anybody questioning the idea that climate change is an imminent catastrophe, however gently, is quickly labelled a “denier” (ie a blasphemer). …

Maybe the entire world is heading into a great endarkenment, in which an atmosphere of illiberal orthodoxy threatens the achievement of recent centuries. …

I am fairly certain that the Enlightenment is not over, that discovery and reason will overwhelm dogma and superstition. Seven years ago my book The Rational Optimist set out a positive vision of the world. But the spread of fundamentalist Islam, the growth of Hindu nationalism and Russian autocracy, the intolerance of dissent in Western universities and the puritanical hectoring of social media give grounds for concern that the flowering of freedom in the past several centuries may come under threat. We have a fight on our hands.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australia: Yes vote graffiti sprayed on church

Australia: Yes vote graffiti sprayed on church, by Rebecca Urban.

Properties, including an architecturally significant church in the NSW Blue Mountains, have been vandalised in attacks linked to simmering tensions over the same-sex marriage postal vote.

Senior members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Leura west of Sydney, woke on Saturday to find the local chapel splattered with “Vote Yes” slogans in red and black paint.

Police are also investigating attacks on four properties in South Brisbane across the weekend.

One woman returned home on Sunday to find swastikas on her fence and home business signage.

Officers are investigating whether the properties were directly targeted as all four displayed prominent rainbow flags, which have come to signify allegiance with the LGBTI community.

Ugly.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Almost Half of Crimes in Berlin Committed by Migrants

Almost Half of Crimes in Berlin Committed by Migrants, by Virginia Hale.

Almost half of the individuals suspected of a recorded crime in Berlin last year were individuals who don’t have a German passport, the latest police statistics show. …

Foreigners were particularly overrepresented in the figures for certain crimes, according to the statistics, which showed non-German suspects in 91 per cent of pickpocketing offences, 85 per cent of crimes related to heroin trafficking, and 80 per cent of car thefts. …

According to police statistics released earlier this year, foreigners commit crime at three and a half times the rate of Germans, with the crime rate of asylum seekers around seven times that of Germans.

For violent crime, the data showed foreigners commit five times more than Germans, and asylum seekers at a rate 15 times higher than people with German passports.

Despite the statistics, the left-wing coalition which governs the German capital claimed that “right-wing extremism” is the primary threat to Berliners’ safety.

In contrast to many parts of the rest of the world, for a thousand years now Europe (and north Asia?) has been locking up or executing its criminals, so they tended not to have as many kids. If there was any genetic component to criminality and violent criminality — a propensity to impulsiveness perhaps, or a lack of self control — then one would expect that people of European background would have a lower rate of criminality today. The logic is sound, and the data in the West today would seem to support the hypothesis.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Merkel’s Mutilated Victory

Merkel’s Mutilated Victory, by Srdja Trifkovic.

It was interesting not because the incumbent, veteran “center-right” Chancellor Angela Merkel (a nominal Christian Democrat), and the “center-left” opposition leader Martin Schulz (a nominal Social Democrat) differ on any major issue — they don’t — but because the cosy bipartisan idyll is over. …

The AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) has entered the Bundestag with 12.6 percent of the vote, which will translate into over 90 deputies. …

The AfD is the first authentically opposition party to enter the diet since the Federal Republic came into being in 1949. It is the first party which represents millions of Germans who are sick and tired of not being allowed to express their views on the meaning of being German, who no longer want to be told how to think about their culture, identity, history, ancestors …

For over seven decades since the Untergang it has been first desirable, then necessary, and ultimately mandatory for a mainstream German to be ashamed of his past. De-nazification of the early occupation years had morphed into de-Germanization. An integral part of the final package is to subscribe to the postmodern liberal orthodoxy in all its aspects. It must include the willingness to welcome a million “migrants” in a year (with millions more to come if the Duopoly so decides – and Merkel and Schulz both agree that there must be no upper limit.) The AfD begs to differ, but when its leaders make a reality-based statement like “Islam does not belong to Germany,” or a common sense one like “We don’t need illiterate immigrants,” they are duly Hitlerized.

The result, on September 24, was a revolt of the deplorables. It did not amount to an uprising yet, but nothing will stay the same. …

Merkel … was reelected because most Germans could not see a viable alternative. Schulz is a softer, stupider Merkel with a beard and no clear idea what he or his party stand for. SPD’s standard answer, “social justice and solidarity,” made sense in the days of Willy Brandt, perhaps Helmut Schmidt, but by now the party has metamorphosized into the usual Western-leftist mix of weirdness, invented rights for invented minorities, and morbid self-hate. …

Merkel smiles for dominant immigrant

The elephant in the room, all the time, is Merkel’s rationally inexplicable immigration policy. It has inflicted inestimable damage on Germany and Europe. She wants to keep Germany’s borders open to migrants and rejects any set limit on the number of newcomers. To any warning that her approach is untenable she responds that letting millions of people into the country is good for Germany’s reputation (“we can stand by our values”). At the same time she wants to redistribute migrants arriving in Germany throughout the EU through a system of Brussels-imposed compulsory quotas. Her calls for a “joint European solution” are nothing but demands for the rest of Europe to be obedient, say Jawohl! and facilitate the creation of Sharia-based no-go areas in Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest. …

It is not by chance that the survivors of red totalitarianism in the former German Democratic Republic and their descendants are voting for the AfD en masse. They know ideologically driven cretins when they see them, and they can tell who is able and willing to stand up to them. It is ironic that hoi polloi of old Prussia and Saxony may yet prove to be the liberating pathfinders for the ever-so-sophisticated multiculturalists on the Rhine insistent on self-annihilation. There is still hope for Germany.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Nigel Farage will start new party if ‘anti-Muslim’ candidate wins UKIP leadership

Nigel Farage will start new party if ‘anti-Muslim’ candidate wins UKIP leadership, by RT.

UKIP leadership hopeful Anne Marie Waters rejects being labelled ‘far-right,’ but her staunch anti-Islam policies could be enough to convince Nigel Farage to leave his beloved party and form a new pro-Brexit movement. …

As Prime Minister Theresa May has effectively postponed the UK’s withdrawal from the EU until 2021 by requesting a transition period, Farage intends to form a new party to counter her “Brexit sell-out.”

Farage, who resigned as UKIP leader following the EU referendum last year, was infuriated by Waters’ claim that millions of Britons agree that Islam is “evil.”

Waters is director of pressure groups Sharia Watch and helped launch Pegida UK, the regional branch of Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West.

She says she wants to address the problems of the British public, not the problems of the media or the political elite, and to protect the British people. MUKGA?

If she turns out to be successful in the leadership contest, Farage will form a new party with the help of long-time donor Arron Banks.

On Saturday night, Banks said: “If Ms Waters becomes UKIP leader, all we ask is that she gives the party a decent burial.

“The country needs an effective political movement to stop May from selling out on the Brexit which British people voted for last year.”

Amid fears UKIP would become a party focusing solely on anti-immigration policies, it is expected that most of the 19 MEPs will pledge allegiance to Farage’s new brainchild.

UKIP has seen its popularity plunge ever since the EU referendum because of constant disagreements within the party, which was largely seen to have lost its purpose.

A split over the immigration of Islam looms.

Same-sex marriage: Frances Abbott fronts Yes Equality campaign ad

Same-sex marriage: Frances Abbott fronts Yes Equality campaign ad, by Rachel Blaxendale.

Tony Abbott has backed his daughter Frances’s right to express a “different view” after the 26-year-old fronted a marriage equality advertisement saying she’s voting Yes for fairness, love and family.

In the Australian Marriage Equality ad, Ms Abbott said she was very much hoping to be able to attend the wedding of her aunt, same-sex marriage advocate Christine Forster, and Ms Forster’s partner Virginia Edwards.

Where did Abbot’s daughter get these ideas? Presumably from our school system, university, and the media, rather than her parents, church, and community.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

 

North Korea accuses US of declaring war, says it has right to shoot down bombers

North Korea accuses US of declaring war, says it has right to shoot down bombers, by Jacob Pramuk.

North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday accused President Donald Trump of declaring war, saying that gives the rogue regime the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers.

Pyongyang could target planes even when they are not flying in North Korean airspace, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” he said. ..

On Saturday, American bombers flew in international airspace east of North Korea in a symbolic show of military force. …

Later Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “we have not declared war on North Korea,” calling the suggestion “absurd.”

Trump on Tuesday said the U.S. would have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it is forced to defend itself or its allies. The president and his top advisors have repeatedly said they could take military action in response to a string of missile tests, but prefer a diplomatic resolution.

Several threats by the North Koreans lately have been tantamount to a declaration of war, and Trump’s tweets come pretty close too.

What’s marriage really about?

What’s marriage really about? This argues one side, but contains some new evidence on the issue, something I’m sure the “Yes” case would feature prominently if the outcome were reversed. It also features a Wentworth Report reader (no, not the main speaker, who is former homosexual activist James Parker).

hat-tip Stephen Neil

More Voters Identify as ‘Trump Supporters’ Than ‘Republicans’

More Voters Identify as ‘Trump Supporters’ Than ‘Republicans’, by Stephen Cruiser.

First, from the new state of American politics:

An NBC/WSJ poll released Thursday reveals that more Republican voters consider themselves a “supporter of Donald Trump” rather than a “supporter of the Republican Party.”

A whopping 58 percent of respondents indicated they considered themselves Trump supporters, while only 38 percent indicated they considered themselves supporters of the Republican party. 2 percent see themselves as both, while 1 percent said they were neither.

From the featured article:

Despite the Republican domination at the federal and state level, the party is a bit adrift. It is nigh impossible to quickly state what the GOP stands for anymore.

Are they the small-government party? No, they simply favor a slightly less bloated federal bureaucracy than do the Democrats.

Are they the party of lower taxes? … They are the party that likes to talk about lower taxes. A lot.

If pressed, most Republicans would probably just say that the Republicans are “not the Democrats” when trying to describe their own party. The Democrats are even more adrift after Barack Obama left the party’s cupboard bare, so that is enough for a lot of people.

The people voting Republican all over America these last few years have very little in common with the Republicans in Washington and the latter group is almost completely unaware of that. They better get a grip on that soon.

The party has driven away a lot of small-government conservatives like me in recent years, especially those of us who were heavily involved in the Tea Party movement. We practically handed them two huge midterm victories, only to have the Beltway establishment Republicans do nothing but complain about conservatives.

Trump Is Reinventing What It Means to Be a Politician

Trump Is Reinventing What It Means to Be a Politician, by Roger Simon.

For most of our lifetimes being a politician meant being a self-centered hypocritical bore who carefully obfuscates his or her true opinions lest they offend potential voters and financial supporters or… a corrupt self-centered hypocritical bore who carefully obfuscates his or her opinions lest they offend potential voters or financial supporters.

Trump is reinventing that and we — whether we agree with his (sometimes changing) views or not — owe him big (or bigly) for this. At least now we’re awake and more of us are paying attention. …

And these days Donald’s getting better and more precise at his core strategy — saying things that many, often most, of us think but don’t have the courage to utter.

For example, what the hell are black athletes who make upwards of ten million a year, far more than 99.999% of their fans of any color or shape, doing whining so ungratefully about opportunity for African-Americans in America? Where else could they have made fortunes anywhere near that size merely for playing a game? …

If they’re so worried about their fellow African-Americans, why aren’t they using their gazillions to do something about it? Perhaps the athletes are suffering from Matt Damon Envy, living in thirty million dollars houses while promulgating the works of America-hating socialist liar Howard Zinn. Whatever the case, Trump let them have it for their obvious hypocrisy and phony posturing that does nothing to help African-Americans or anybody else. …

Trump has completely reinvented the template of what it means to be a politician and it’s no surprise that so many other politicians (not just John McCain) are publicly or privately appalled. He has unmasked them. They’re worried and they should be because American politics will never be the same. Trump may be sui generis, but others are undoubtedly getting the message — stop pussy-footing around and tell it like it is. Refreshing, no? And he has a sense of humor.

How Obama is funding the anti-Trump resistance

How Obama is funding the anti-Trump resistance, by Paul Sperry.

Wall Street might be shocked to learn it is helping bankroll the anti-Trump “resistance” movement that’s aggressively fighting policies it favors — including corporate tax cuts and the repeal of Obama-era banking and health-care regulations.

The Obama administration’s massive shakedown of Big Banks over the mortgage crisis included unprecedented back-door funding for dozens of Democratic activist groups who were not even victims of the crisis.

At least three liberal nonprofit organizations the Justice Department approved to receive funds from multibillion-dollar mortgage settlements were instrumental in killing the ObamaCare repeal bill and are now lobbying against GOP tax reform, as well as efforts to rein in illegal immigration.

An estimated $640 million has been diverted into what critics say is an improper, if not unconstitutional, “slush fund” fed from government settlements with JPMorgan Chase and Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp., according to congressional sources.

The payola is potentially earmarked for third-party interest groups approved by the Justice Department and HUD without requiring any proof of how the funds will be spent. Many of the recipients so far are radical leftist organizations who solicited the settlement cash from the administration even though they were not parties to the lawsuits, records show.

Outrageous. The swamp owns the state, and the swamp and media are unambiguously favoring one political point of view.