Friday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Trump abruptly yanks Pulosi’s international trip after she proposed postponing State of the Union Address (Politico)

Trump cancels U.S. delegation’s trip to Davos economic summit (Fox News)

Shameless Nancy Pulosi lied about the Secret Service and doesn’t even care (Townhall)

State Department asks employees to return to work amid shutdown (The Hill)

Shock poll: Trump gains 19 points with Latino voters during border-wall shutdown (Mediaite)

Shutdown triggers surge in porn-viewing federal workers with time on their hands (Washington Examiner)

Congress to probe report that Trump directed lawyer to lie (Associated Press)

Democrats ready universal pre-K pitch ahead of 2020 (The Washington Free Beacon)

Senate adopts resolution saying judicial nominees can be in Knights of Columbus (The Daily Signal)

Thousands more migrant children may have been separated from their parents (National Review)

Fifth Circuit panel: Center for Medical Progress abortion videos are not “deceptively edited” (The Daily Wire)

Abortion foes march into divided Washington (The Hill)

Humor: Report: Economic toll of government shutdown almost as bad as economic toll of having a bloated federal government in the first place (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Fein-stein’s scattershot anti-gun bill badly misses the mark (The Daily Signal)

Policy: Nine key takeaways from Trump’s Missile Defense Review (Washington Examiner)

~The Patriot Post


Key Justice Department officials, including dirty cop-Mueller deputy, knew about dossier

by Byron York

{} ~ Testimony last year before a House task force investigating the Trump-Russia affair confirmed that top Justice Department officials knew about the Trump dossier earlier than first thought… and that among those who knew was Andrew Weissmann, who went on to become the top deputy of special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller. Bruce Ohr, the fourth-ranking official in the Justice Department, told the House task force that he met with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier, at a Washington hotel on July 30, 2016. At that point, Steele, recruited for the job by Glenn Simpson of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, had completed a few installments of the dossier, including the salacious and never-verified sex allegation featuring Donald Trump and prostitutes in a Moscow hotel. Ohr testified that shortly after meeting with Steele, “I wanted to provide the information he had given me to the FBI.” Ohr said he got in touch with Andrew McCabe, who was at the time the number-two man at the FBI. When Ohr went to McCabe’s office to talk, FBI lawyer Lisa Page was also there. “So I provided the information to them,” Ohr said. Ohr said he later talked to another top FBI official, Peter Strzok.That was the FBI. But what about the Justice Department itself? “Who at the department knew that you were talking to Chris Steele and Glenn Simpson?” asked Trey Gowdy, who last year was chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee… “I spoke with some people in the Criminal Division, other career officials who dealt with some of these matters,” Ohr answered. “Any of them have names?” Gowdy asked…


Report Sheds Light on Hamas’s Sinai Arms Smuggling

by Yaakov Lappin

{} ~ In recent years, Israel has waged a covert war against a large-scale Hamas effort to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip… a Hebrew-language media report has said. The Jan. 6 report, citing unspecified international media sources, was published in Walla News, one of the largest online Israeli news agencies. Since 2015, the report said, the Israeli Air Force went far beyond targeting ISIS in Sinai, striking a “large number of weapons transfers from Sinai to the Gaza Strip for Hamas.” Through such alleged strikes, Israel destroyed an estimated 15,000 Gaza-bound rockets of standard industrial production quality. “Hamas’s military wing was interested in upgrading its arsenal of locally-produced rockets, which experience rapid erosion, and are not as high in quality as the standard industrial-level rockets,” the report said. Despite the Israeli interdiction, “Hamas is still able to fire rockets at Tel Aviv and the surrounding area…


‘Mass casualty’ attack on White House foiled


{} ~ An Atlanta-area man has been accused of plotting to destroy the White House and other government buildings in Washington, D.C… The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the suspect is Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming, Georgia. The report said all threats were neutralized and the suspect, who was arrested in Gwinnett County and briefly appeared in court Wednesday, apparently was working alone. The FBI’s criminal complaint accuses him of plotting terror in Washington. It explained a community member contacted law enforcement last march to warn that Taheb was radicalized. Then in August, an FBI informant reached out to him when he apparently put his vehicle up for sale. “Taheb allegedly said he planned to travel to ‘hijra,’ a term said to refer to Islamic State territory and he was selling the car to fund the trip. But he didn’t have a passport,” the report said…


The Left Attacks Trump’s Pick to Replace Brett Kavanaugh for Her Smart College Writings

by Kelsey Harkness

{} ~ Young conservatives, be warned: Reasonable ideas written in college—such as the notion that binge drinking can lead to dangerous consequences for young women… can and will be twisted and used against you should you be nominated for high-powered positions two and a half decades later. That’s what’s happening to Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and who reportedly is on the short list for the Supreme Court. Rao, a 45-year-old Indian-American, has become the latest target of liberal activist groups and media smears, including BuzzFeed News, CNN, Mother Jones, Alliance for Justice, and Lambda Legal. She is a brilliant legal scholar with decades of experience writing as a lawyer and law professor at George Mason University, but that’s now being overlooked because of some columns in college. Her writings were published in the early 1990s, when Rao wrote for the Yale Free Press student newspaper as an open conservative at Yale University. She also briefly wrote for The Weekly Standard…


Sharifa Alkhateeb Talks About Using Public Schools to Convert America to Islam


{} ~ In the video below, Sharifa Alkhateeb talks about using U.S. public schools to convert America to Islam. Her talk is an example of when Muslims aren’t shy about stating the nature of the threat: This should never happen.



The Consequences of Falling Fertility Rates

by Louis DeBroux: “The first principle of society consists in the marriage tie, the next in children, the next in a family within one roof, where everything is in common. This society gives rise to the city, and is, as it were, the nursery of the commonwealth.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman

A careful examination of cultural changes in America leads to the inescapable conclusion that we are engaged in a slowly unfolding, collective national suicide. The very values, principles, and social norms we once accepted as universal truths have given way to a tsunami of mass delusion in which a growing portion of society vehemently, even violently, rejects the standards of past generations.

The evidence is obvious to even the most obtuse person. We now live in a country where a large segment of the population believes sex is not biologically determined but rather an expression of inner feelings, while simultaneously claiming sexual orientation is genetic. We stifle economic growth to save the snail darter and delta smelt while slaughtering tens of millions of human babies in abortion clinics.

And we are even now eroding the foundation of the traditional, nuclear family that has been the bedrock of society since the dawn of mankind.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the total fertility rate for American women fell below the replacement rate for the ninth straight year. The total fertility rate (TFR) is an estimate of the number of births per 1,000 women over their lifetimes, and replacement rate is the average number of births child-bearing women must have to maintain static population levels. Replacement rate is generally considered to be 2.1 births per woman and, according to the latest data, the TFR for the United States now stands at 1.75 births per woman.

It’s another checkpoint in a long-term decline in American fertility rates. Since 1971, American woman have only been above replacement rate twice — in 2006 and 2007. These rates also vary by race and region. White women are now having the least children, and Hispanic women the most. Birth rates are highest in the American Southeast and Midwest, and lowest in the District of Columbia.

Though America had long been the exception, with rising birth rates and increasing wealth, our decline now mimics historical trends among advanced nations. The richer a nation becomes, the fewer children families have on average. Additionally, there is a clear correlation between a nation’s religiosity and its birth rate; the more religious a nation is, the more children it has on average. As a nation becomes less religious, its birth rate declines. Higher immigration levels are also associated with higher birth rates, although by the third generation, immigrant birth rates are in line with native birth rates.

In the U.S. there are various factors that contribute to the declining birth rate. According to an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, in recent years there has been a significant decline of the number of American women in their 30s having children, meaning that Millennial women will likely have far fewer children than previous generations. Part of this is due to notable changes in marriage patterns, with Millennials waiting longer to get married than previous generations.

In addition to the progressive cultural shift that has placed a lower priority upon marriage (and even vilified it as an anachronistic relic of an oppressive patriarchal society), other barriers have impeded marriage and family creation, including prohibitive levels of student-loan debt, decreasing levels of home ownership due to rising costs, an extended adolescence as younger men and women spend longer in college, rising childcare costs resulting in part from a decline in the support of extended families, and a self-centered mindset that places personal desires (for responsibility-free living, travel, accumulation of wealth, etc.) well above the thought of sacrificing in order to create, raise, and provide for a family.

While married women are more likely to have children than unmarried women, there are fewer women getting married during their peak fertility years, with the average age at marriage increasing. So by the time women do get married and begin to have children, the length of time they can conceive, even with the assistance of reproductive technology, declines. Interestingly, women surveyed indicated a desire for more children, and were inhibited by the barriers mentioned previously.

This trend has dire long-term consequences for society. As society falls below replacement rates, the average age of the population increases while the number of younger people working to support the social infrastructure, and available and willing to care for the elderly, declines. With a declining population, the demand for housing lessens, causing home values (the largest asset owned by the average American) to drop. Social Security and Medicare continue to race toward insolvency as the ratio of contributing workers to beneficiaries plummets.

In summary, the abandonment of “traditional family values,” building block of civil society, has led to a dissolution of social cohesion, which in turn has led to myriad social problems.

Fortunately, these principles are eternal, and we can reverse this trend with effort — by restoring respect for marriage and family and elevating the nobility of self-sacrifice in the service of a greater good. Marriage and family require enormous sacrifice, patience, and delayed gratification, but the rewards, both personal and societal, are enormous. ~The Patriot Post  


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