Wednesday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Networks trashed Trump with 90% negative spin in 2018 (NewsBusters)

Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight (The Hill)

Businesses and industries are getting hamstrung by the shutdown (Washington Examiner)

The Trump administration has called back tens of thousands of federal workers to fulfill key government tasks (The Washington Post)

Pulosi asks Trump to reschedule State of the Union (Politico)

DNC cuts ties with Women’s March amid anti-Semitism accusations (National Review)

scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters set to head House Financial Services Committee with commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at her side (Fox News)

Boost for Trump as William Barr impresses Democrats in marathon confirmation hearing (Washington Examiner)

Seven big takeaways from Barr’s hearing (The Daily Signal)

DOJ report: Guns carried during crimes most frequently obtained off the street or underground (CNS News)

FBI: Austin mail bomber had no ideology, no links to terror or hate groups (The Daily Wire)

U.S. confirms American troops killed in blast claimed by Islamic State in Syria (The Washington Post)

Theresa May faces worst government defeat in 95 years in Brexit vote (Bloomberg)

CNN analyst accuses radio host of “white privilege” — he’s black (The Daily Wire)

New York passes bills banning conversion therapy on LGBT youth, prohibiting anti-trans discrimination (National Review)

Humor: Unspeakably evil: Trump feeds kids (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: The rejection of May’s Brexit plan leaves the UK with few good options (American Enterprise Institute)

Policy: China is a dangerous rival, and America should treat it like one (The New York Times)

~The Patriot Post


Democrats boycott White House border security meeting

by Brooke Singman

{} ~ Congressional Democrats on Tuesday rejected President Trump’s invitation to a lunch meeting at the White House to discuss border security… in the latest sign that both sides of the government shutdown standoff remain entrenched in their positions with no compromise in sight. A senior administration official told Fox News that the president had invited Democrats to join his lunch with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room shortly after noon. But moments before the session, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that nobody took them up on the offer. “The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete,” she said. “Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government. “It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal.” She said House Speaker Nancy Pulosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag/clown-Schumer “refuse to negotiate.”…



Assault on America, Day 13: Democrat leaders backed in a corner, held hostage by crazed kooks

by Jeffrey A Rendall

{} ~ Late last week Democrats and the liberal establishment media trumpeted the fact the government shutdown had reached a milestone — at three weeks in duration… it was the longest involuntary bureaucratic work stoppage in the nation’s history. As would be expected, leaders of both parties blamed the opposition for the impasse, repeating ad nauseum the same tired arguments they’d advanced for weeks…months…years. It’s almost as though the political class didn’t study the theory of diminished marginal utility in high school or college Economics class. For those memory challenged or perhaps zoned-out with glazed eyes when the subject was covered in the classroom, according to Wikipedia, diminished marginal utility means, “…the first unit of consumption of a good or service yields more utility than the second and subsequent units, with a continuing reduction for greater amounts. Therefore, the fall in marginal utility as consumption increases is known as diminishing marginal utility.” Where the DC swamp dwellers are concerned, diminished marginal utility means the act of mouthing the same thing over and over again has less and less effectiveness as time passes. Lord knows Americans don’t possess the greatest attention spans as it is, and coming just a couple months removed from the contentious and nasty 2018 midterm campaign citizens are ready for a break from the back-and-forth backbiting nonsense and ready for something — anything — to happen…


Feds Seize Enough Fentanyl in 2018 to Kill Nearly Twice the U.S. Population

by John Binder

{} ~ Federal immigration officials seized enough fentanyl — one of the deadliest drugs in the world — last year to kill nearly twice the entire population of the United States… The Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit revealed in a year-end report that in total, about 2,737 pounds of fentanyl were seized in Fiscal Year 2018, along with 7,103 pounds of heroin, and 225 pounds of chemicals used to make these deadly drugs.“At the forefront of the fight, HSI seized more than 11,000 pounds on fentanyl and opioids in Fiscal Year 2018,” the report notes. “Combating the spread of opioids is a key part of the agency’s narcotics enforcement efforts.” The nearly 3,000 pounds of fentanyl is enough to kill about 600 million individuals, nearly twice the population of the U.S. where about 330 million residents live…


Politicians and lies: How the media forgot the difference between opinion and fact

by New Neo

{} ~ The title of this article by Holman Jenkins intrigued me: “Politicians Never Lied Before Trump,” and so I clicked on it… I was almost certain that the title was sarcastic—of course, politicians lie often, and have done so since time immemorial—and sure enough, the title was indeed meant as sarcasm. It seems completely obvious to me that one of the most common activities of politicians is to lie. To some extent, politics almost demands it, depending on how one defines “lie.” Is a bragging exaggeration a lie? Is an optimistic promise a lie? How exaggerated does it have to be before it becomes a lie rather than mere hyperbole Opinions are not lies, nor is any other statement as long as the speaker really believes that what he or she says is true which is not always the case in politics or in life. Opinions can be incorrect, they can be based on faulty reasoning or faulty information, but as long as they are sincere you can’t call them lies. And yet so-called “fact checkers” do so on a daily basis. Facts are facts, but sometimes contradictory information Kellyanne Conway’s much-maligned “alternative facts” is out there and it can be very difficult to ascertain what’s correct and what’s incorrect. So politicians constantly argue by citing one fact or another, or one statistic or another, that bolsters their own point of view. That’s only a lie if the facts are obviously wrong or made up. Some politicians lie and/or exaggerate to brag—that’s one of Trump’s favorite activities. But some lie to fool the American people about policy, its motives or its effects—that’s scumbag/liar-nObama’s favorite, and he did it very smoothly…


The UN, the “State of Palestine” and the Torture of Women

by Khaled Abu Toameh

{} ~ A Palestinian mother of three has accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces of torturing her and threatening to rape her during the two months she was held… in a PA prison in the West Bank. The accusation by the woman, Suha Jbara, 31, came on the eve of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to New York, where he is scheduled to assume the chairmanship of the largest bloc of developing countries in the United Nations, known as the “Group of 77 and China.” As chairman of the group, which represents 134 nations, Abbas and the “State of Palestine” will negotiate and co-sponsor proposals and amendments on various developmental, humanitarian and legal issues that are on the agenda of the UN. On January 11, Jbara, who was released last week from detention, held a press conference in Ramallah in which she detailed the various methods of torture she experienced at the hands of her Palestinian interrogators. Her horrific experience, however, does not seem to be on the agenda of the UN or the Group of 77 and China, headed by Abbas. Apparently, the UN group’s members, who voted in favor of naming the “State of Palestine” as chairman of the group, do not care much about the human rights record of the PA security forces in the West Bank…


Morality, Populism, and Cultural Decay

by Robin Smith: Is the proverbial American Dream now only a tale of days past? Are Americans positioned to live as victims of both cultural decay and policy controlled by governing elites, or can we hope for a generation that will excel and lead? On that subject, Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently stirred strong debate with a populist monologue about American culture that proves the vast differences of what people hear with their mixed interpretations.

One writer viewed Carlson’s commentary as announcing the death of the American Dream, while others heard him frame Americans as victims. Some argued that conservatives should reject Carlson’s “victimhood populism” because societal maladies cannot be cured by public policy, but, instead, lie in the hands of the individual. Yet another writer lauded the virtues of intervening institutions, such as the church and civic organizations, as well as the extended family as important in addressing our nation’s problems.

Whether you subscribe to one of these opinions or another of your own, there are a few things that Carlson’s absolutely right about and that should serve as the fence posts of this debate:

The family unit has fallen victim to public policies that incentivize individuals to avoid nuptials.

Economies are systems that to varying degrees are structured through policies, laws, oversight, and regulations to permit generation of work, products, services, wealth, ownership, and the access to capital.

We do live in a day that personal responsibility, for a growing population, has been replaced by entitlement, dependency, and/or apathy.

Americans thrive when the family unit is intact; when the economy permits individuals to work, produce, own, accumulate, and spend wealth without excessive taxation, regulation, or reckless policy that threatens their earning capacity and ability to live in a self-reliant fashion; when the approach to work, play, study, and life in general is rooted in the discipline of personal responsibility and self-respect, which fosters mutual respect and hope.

It’s not that any one writer, essayist, columnist, or opinion commentator is absolutely right or absolutely wrong. It’s just that society seems to want to find a single culprit for the struggles of millions of people. Yet many times when an issue is critiqued, we discover that one simple problem is not the cause. Instead, as it seems is the case of much of our modern culture in America, many factors converged and have been multiplied by time until now we’re surrounded by the woes Tucker mentioned. That points to some common pathologies found in both urban and rural America.

These conditions that have deviated from a healthy, highly functioning society include rampant out-of-wedlock births, despite data showing children raised in an intact family not only perform better in school but their future opportunities tend to follow the best trajectory. In both rural and urban America, the unemployment rate of able-bodied men remains too high, which doesn’t bode well for those attempting to have and maintain an intact family — not when financial problems rank as the second most common contributing factor to divorce and are often cited when the desperation of suicidal ideation is reported. In both the rural and urban communities, drug abuse is ruinous in the lives of individuals, destroying families, consuming already stretched resources, and ending one’s ability to remain gainfully employed. It’s even ending life itself for tens of thousands every year.

The question remains unanswered. Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Does the decay of culture result in the change in policy and politics? Does policy and politics cause the decay in the culture? Or does there exist a feedback loop where cultural decay and policy failures fuel each other and grow with weakening restraint?

At America’s Founding, the care of the great minds who constructed our government had already faced similar issues of crumbling institutions, an overreaching government, and pursuit of an ideal for a life that was better. John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” His audience were readers from the First Bridge of the Third Division of the Massachusetts Militia. In other words, the second president of the United States was not penning some devotional or speaking to a crowd anticipating a religious sermon. Instead, Adams revealed the inextricable link between individual behavior and one’s ability to follow the direction of a moral compass and the number and scope of the laws needed to govern a society.

Adams’s premise was that for a limited government of a constitutional republic to function with restraint, its citizens must have the capacity to follow a moral code and a religious framework of decency. Conversely, as Adams warned in 1798, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.”

The late Andrew Breitbart echoed Adams when he said that politics is downstream of culture. For those who misinterpret and pervert Liberty to mean license in their behavior and pursuits, the legal frameworks must be expanded, and jurisdictions enlarged. Humanity responds to conditioning. Thus, policies both effective and flawed impact behavior and culture.

Tucker Carlson has reminded us that our markets, institutions, communities, and governments function best when both the working and governing classes are directed by a moral compass — and when the latter is employing policies that empower not government but individuals for self-reliance. ~The Patriot Post  


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