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Letter By VDARE.com Reader on 10/16/2019
Re: Jesse Mossman's Letter A Reader Wonders Why Trump Isn't Putting Razor Wire On The Fence. The Answer Is He Tried, But Subordinates Refused From: An Experienced Rock-Climber [Email him] I notice that all the climbers pictured climbing the narrow wall section used the edge of the top panel to get over.  On the real wall, there would be no vertical edge of the continuous upper panel, so that could...
Post By Federale on 10/16/2019
It is illegal to induce an alien to enter or remain in the United States illegally. It has been so for many years under Title 8 United States Code Section 1324, Bringing In or Harboring Certain Aliens. However, a group of Kritarchs have decided to overturn years of precedent and legal usage to declare that the First Amendment protects alien smugglers, corrupt politicians, and those with a personal ...
Article By Ann Coulter on 10/16/2019

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Earlier by Ann Coulter: Luckily, Dems Never Have 'Personal, Political' Motives

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517JVjIDhuL._SY346_.jpgWith all the rancor in politics these days, the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate on Tuesday night delivered a rare moment of comity: Twelve Democrats agreed, apparently without compensation, to appear in a Donald Trump ad.

Other points on which the Democrats came together in peace and harmony:

At least we’re all finally agreed on Obamacare!

Obamacare has given us a system—to quote Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont—“which is dysfunctional, which is cruel, 87 million uninsured, 30,000 people dying every single year, 500,000 people going bankrupt for one reason, they came down with cancer.”

None of the Democrats disagreed with Sanders’ description of health care in American today, although they have slightly different solutions.

I don’t mean to be rude, but I thought Obamacare was supposed to fix health care.

Millions of us were thrown off our health insurance plans by Obamacare, and now I find out that it didn’t even make things better for anyone else. The government intervenes, everything goes to hell, then Democrats cite the hell they created to demand another massive government intervention.

The motto of all socialist schemes should be: “This time, it will be different.”

Post By John Derbyshire on 10/16/2019
The Radio Derb transcript is up for October 11. Go here to read or listen: Playlist 00m50s  The NBA ticks off the ChiComs.  (The hypocrisy is hard to miss.) 07m34s  A Sputnik Moment with China?  (It would be way more challenging than the original.) 15m36s  The reign of feelings over facts.  (Feelings shaped by power.) 21m38s  Political update.  (Impeachment, polls, candidates.) 26m14s  The Curse of...
Post By Steve Sailer on 10/16/2019
From my new column in Taki’s Magazine: Tough Testingby Steve Sailer, October 16, 2019 One of the less remarked-upon gender gaps is in college attendance: Young men have fallen far behind young women. Males now make up only 43 percent of college students despite continuing to earn slightly higher average scores on college admission tests. Perversely, journalist Paul Tough’s much-praised new book, T...
Article By James Kirkpatrick on 10/15/2019

The impeachment fight is everything—and nothing. On the one hand, it shows that there really is a Deep State, that it’s working with the Main Stream Media, and that it maniacally wants President Donald Trump out of office—"a de facto intelligence community veto over elections,” as the occasionally deviationist Leftist journalist Matt Taibbi put it [We're in a permanent coup, Untitledgate, October 11, 2017). On the other hand, it reveals that America is not a serious nation, as ridiculous charges of “treason” are made back and forth while our territory remains occupied by tens of millions of foreigners and the rule of law is a sick joke. The specifics of the “impeachment inquiry” don’t matter. What matters is that our political institutions are collapsing as the Historic American Nation itself is displaced.

The Democrats’ move to impeach Trump is not surprising; they were planning to do it even before he was even nominated. Sure, President Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president gave them an opening [Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency, by Deb Riechmann, AP, October 12, 2019], but if not that it would have been something else. Remember Russian collusion?

We can imagine Trump’s frustration; why is it suddenly impeachable to investigate Joe Biden’s corruption?

Why are Democrats supposedly outraged that President Trump may have indirectly done what Joe Biden openly bragged about–on camera

And why is the Main Stream Media cheerleading and covering for national security officials who are openly working with the Democrats to remove their putative Commander-in-Chief [Adam Schiff has 2 aides who worked with whistleblower at White House, by Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, October 11, 2019]?

Oliver Stone’s film JFK looked conspiratorial once;  now, it looks positively prescient in its portrayal of “the intelligence community.”

Yet the truth is more banal. President Trump has great political instincts but is an amateur when it comes to political staffing. He’s clumsy, not some master of intrigue. If he was an aspiring tyrant, he wouldn’t somehow have lost Michael Cohen to the other side when he has the absolute power to pardon.

President Trump campaigns and speaks like a radical but has governed like a conventional Republican moderate. He tries to form a working partnership with GOP congressional leaders, who limit their criticism for fear of the pro-Trump base but are eager to betray him. Donald Trump is no Lyndon Johnson; this president was rolled by Paul Ryan in his first term—a man who tried to destroy Trump’s candidacy before the election and is now reportedly trying to destroy his presidency [Fox News in a State of ‘Bedlam’ As Trump Faces Impeachment: Report by Matt Stieb, Vanity Fair, September 26, 2019]. Trump surrounded himself with political foes and acts surprised they remain foes.

Post By James Fulford on 10/15/2019
Shankar Nagappa Hangud has turned himself in for the killing of four members of his family, one of whose bodies  he brought to the police station. Unusually, the story mentions that he's "East Indian descent". Police ID man who drove to station with body in car following quadruple homicide By Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group, AJC.com, October 15, 2019 ROSEVILLE, CALIF. —  Police officials in Ca...
Article By Michelle Malkin on 10/15/2019

Earlier by Michelle Malkin: BFD: A Biden Fabulist Dud (2012) and The Hunter Biden Chronicles (2014)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81P8igBy-qL.jpgI wrote the book on the Obama administration's "Culture of Corruption" 10 years ago, including a thick and sordid chapter on the Beltway swamp creatures of the Biden family. See-no-evil liberals scoffed at my catalogue of back-scratching, shady Delaware deals and Wall Street funny money: What nepotism? What ethical lapses? What corruption?

Now, Hunter Biden himself, the youngest son of former Vice President and Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, finally admitted this week what Daddy's pooh-poohing pals have long (publicly) denied:

"I don't think that there's a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn't Biden," Hunter confessed on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday.

Well, knock me over with a feather and plaster-cast my shocked face.

On cue, the Dems' favorite "GOP strategist," swamp lobbyist wife and anti-Trump loudmouth Ana Navarro Cardenas, cooed over Hunter's "self-awareness" and "humility." But even as the theatrically humbled Hunter admitted his privilege (staged the morning before Biden the Senior faced off for the fourth high-stakes Democratic presidential debate), he insisted he was as "qualified" as "anybody else" for his $50k-a-month gig at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

After all, Hunter puffed: "I was vice chairman of the board of Amtrak for five years. I was the chairman of the board of the U.N. World Food Program. I was a lawyer for Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the most prestigious law firms in the world."

Hold up, Sonny Boy. Reciting a litany of your unqualified domestic appointments to bolster the qualifications of your foreign gigs lacks—what's the word?—self-awareness. "GMA" hostess Amy Robach, who had promised a "no holds barred" grilling, whiffed on fully informing viewers about Hunter's lifelong biography of conflicts of interest and cashing in.

Post By Steve Sailer on 10/15/2019
One of the weirder developments of this decade has been the rapid adaptation in the U.S. of a view previously relegated mostly to some Asian Islamic countries, such as Iran and Malaysia, that male homosexuals are, basically, defective women who should be encouraged by society to transition to a less defective version of womanhood using dresses, chemicals, surgery, and a vast social conspiracy no...
Post By James Fulford on 10/15/2019
Many murders have been committed in Chicago over the years, especially since the Great Migration. A lot more murders have been committed since Black Lives Matter rioted after a tape of police shooting a black man named Laquan McDonald (in self-defense) was released. Steve Sailer pointed out in May  that the "total number of homicides in Chicago increased from 512 in 2015 to 808 in 2016" according t...
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By Ann Coulter on 10/16/2019

Pleasemore

Earlier by Ann Coulter: Luckily, Dems Never Have 'Personal, Political' Motives

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517JVjIDhuL._SY346_.jpgWith all the rancor in politics these days, the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate on Tuesday night delivered a rare moment of comity: Twelve Democrats agreed, apparently without compensation, to appear in a Donald Trump ad.

Other points on which the Democrats came together in peace and harmony:

At least we’re all finally agreed on Obamacare!

Obamacare has given us a system—to quote Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont—“which is dysfunctional, which is cruel, 87 million uninsured, 30,000 people dying every single year, 500,000 people going bankrupt for one reason, they came down with cancer.”

None of the Democrats disagreed with Sanders’ description of health care in American today, although they have slightly different solutions.

I don’t mean to be rude, but I thought Obamacare was supposed to fix health care.

Millions of us were thrown off our health insurance plans by Obamacare, and now I find out that it didn’t even make things better for anyone else. The government intervenes, everything goes to hell, then Democrats cite the hell they created to demand another massive government intervention.

The motto of all socialist schemes should be: “This time, it will be different.”

By James Kirkpatrick on 10/15/2019

The impeachment fight is everything—and nothing. On the one hand, it shows that there really is a Deep State, that it’s working with the Main Stream Media, and that it maniacally wants President Donald Trump out of office—"a de facto intelligence community veto over elections,” as the occasionally deviationist Leftist journalist Matt Taibbi put it [We're in a permanent coup, Untitledgate, October 11, 2017). On the other hand, it reveals that America is not a serious nation, as ridiculous charges of “treason” are made back and forth while our territory remains occupied by tens of millions of foreigners and the rule of law is a sick joke. The specifics of the “impeachment inquiry” don’t matter. What matters is that our political institutions are collapsing as the Historic American Nation itself is displaced.

The Democrats’ move to impeach Trump is not surprising; they were planning to do it even before he was even nominated. Sure, President Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president gave them an opening [Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency, by Deb Riechmann, AP, October 12, 2019], but if not that it would have been something else. Remember Russian collusion?

We can imagine Trump’s frustration; why is it suddenly impeachable to investigate Joe Biden’s corruption?

Why are Democrats supposedly outraged that President Trump may have indirectly done what Joe Biden openly bragged about–on camera

And why is the Main Stream Media cheerleading and covering for national security officials who are openly working with the Democrats to remove their putative Commander-in-Chief [Adam Schiff has 2 aides who worked with whistleblower at White House, by Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, October 11, 2019]?

Oliver Stone’s film JFK looked conspiratorial once;  now, it looks positively prescient in its portrayal of “the intelligence community.”

Yet the truth is more banal. President Trump has great political instincts but is an amateur when it comes to political staffing. He’s clumsy, not some master of intrigue. If he was an aspiring tyrant, he wouldn’t somehow have lost Michael Cohen to the other side when he has the absolute power to pardon.

President Trump campaigns and speaks like a radical but has governed like a conventional Republican moderate. He tries to form a working partnership with GOP congressional leaders, who limit their criticism for fear of the pro-Trump base but are eager to betray him. Donald Trump is no Lyndon Johnson; this president was rolled by Paul Ryan in his first term—a man who tried to destroy Trump’s candidacy before the election and is now reportedly trying to destroy his presidency [Fox News in a State of ‘Bedlam’ As Trump Faces Impeachment: Report by Matt Stieb, Vanity Fair, September 26, 2019]. Trump surrounded himself with political foes and acts surprised they remain foes.

By Michelle Malkin on 10/15/2019

Earlier by Michelle Malkin: BFD: A Biden Fabulist Dud (2012) and The Hunter Biden Chronicles (2014)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81P8igBy-qL.jpgI wrote the book on the Obama administration's "Culture of Corruption" 10 years ago, including a thick and sordid chapter on the Beltway swamp creatures of the Biden family. See-no-evil liberals scoffed at my catalogue of back-scratching, shady Delaware deals and Wall Street funny money: What nepotism? What ethical lapses? What corruption?

Now, Hunter Biden himself, the youngest son of former Vice President and Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, finally admitted this week what Daddy's pooh-poohing pals have long (publicly) denied:

"I don't think that there's a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn't Biden," Hunter confessed on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday.

Well, knock me over with a feather and plaster-cast my shocked face.

On cue, the Dems' favorite "GOP strategist," swamp lobbyist wife and anti-Trump loudmouth Ana Navarro Cardenas, cooed over Hunter's "self-awareness" and "humility." But even as the theatrically humbled Hunter admitted his privilege (staged the morning before Biden the Senior faced off for the fourth high-stakes Democratic presidential debate), he insisted he was as "qualified" as "anybody else" for his $50k-a-month gig at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

After all, Hunter puffed: "I was vice chairman of the board of Amtrak for five years. I was the chairman of the board of the U.N. World Food Program. I was a lawyer for Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the most prestigious law firms in the world."

Hold up, Sonny Boy. Reciting a litany of your unqualified domestic appointments to bolster the qualifications of your foreign gigs lacks—what's the word?—self-awareness. "GMA" hostess Amy Robach, who had promised a "no holds barred" grilling, whiffed on fully informing viewers about Hunter's lifelong biography of conflicts of interest and cashing in.

By John Derbyshire on 10/14/2019

Earlier by Patrick J. Buchanan: Is China the Country of the Future?

I still have China on my mind following last month's jaunt there. My conclusion: they’re going to eat our lunch—unless we have a “Sputnik Moment.” And even then, unlike in 1957, it’s not clear the U.S. can respond.

Look at the flap involving the NBA, the National Basketball Association. Daryl Morey, the general manager of a basketball team called the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for people in Hong Kong protesting the ChiCom government. Basketball is big in China; the NBA pulls in millions of dollars from Chinese fans. Following the manager's tweet, the ChiComs have cut all ties with the Rockets, and the state-run media have canceled coverage of games.

Daryl Morey has issued grovelling apologies, but they don't seem to have improved the situation. The NBA is looking at major revenue losses.

I hate this politicization of everything. We used to be able to enjoy sports and show business without having to hear the political opinions of players, actors, and pop singers.

But what makes it double annoying is that it's always the same message, in sports or showbiz: a message of virtuous compliance with progressive orthodoxy.

Example: in 2016 the NBA pulled its All-Star game from North Carolina because that state's legislature had passed a bill that ticked off transgender lobbies. The following year the NBA championship winners turned down an invitation to the White House because their players didn't like Trump.

The message from pro basketball: elected legislators in North Carolina and an elected President in the White House are beyond the pale, but an unelected dictatorship in Peking is hunky-dory.

The hypocrisy is hard to miss.

But that knee in the groin that the ChiComs delivered to the NBA is a reminder that China is a big player now, politically and commercially.

By Patrick J. Buchanan on 10/14/2019

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Earlier, by Patrick J. Buchanan: In Syria, Is Trump At Last Ending Our 'Endless Wars'?

President Donald Trump could have been more deft and diplomatic in how he engineered that immediate pullout from northeastern Syria.

Yet that withdrawal was as inevitable as were its consequences.

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