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Yesterday, 9:24 pmDella Reese - God Bless America :-)
Some of the best days of ours lives haven't happened yet!
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March 23, 2019, 7:36 pmPresident Trump's Enthusiastic Base Support Uncomplicated :-)
Trump Base support Uncomplicated
Many posters are in a quandary over Trump fans but do not understand President Donald Trump’s supporters. It is not hard. The focus is not on Trump, his speeches, his employees or all the speculations about what might be true. Rather, the focus is on what he does and tries to do for the country’s problems — the economy, higher wages, low unemployment.
The world has many really bad problems which can be destructive for the United States. China is taking over territory, cheating us on trade, stealing our technology and trying to be the dominant military force in the world. Russia has taken over others’ territory and is growing its military. Immigration is a problem. Often, our trade agreements are to our disadvantage. Health care cost and service is bad. Let’s not forget North Korea and Iran.
Trump is trying to fix many of these problems that the previous 4-5 presidents decided to ignore or kick the can down the road on. His actions have created issues for the “don’t rock the boat” types or those who avoided the problems.
What is important is what happens with these problems, not what Trump says or is accused of doing. Some people may take issue with his non stripped pants and high hat approach and he might not get complete success, but at least he is trying very hard. It’s important for the future of our country. That is the base support.
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March 23, 2019, 5:44 pmOregon Squirrels :-)
Oregon Squirrels :-)
The Presbyterian church in Oregon called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrel infestation. After much prayer and consideration, they concluded that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn't interfere with God's divine will.
At the Baptist church the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a water-slide on the baptistery and let the squirrels drown themselves. The squirrels liked the slide and unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim, so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.
The Lutheran church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God's creatures. So, they humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist church. Two weeks later the squirrels were back when the Baptists took down the water-slide.
But the Catholic church came up with a very creative strategy! They baptized all the squirrels and made them members of the church. Now they only see them at Christmas and Easter.
Not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue. They took the first squirrel and circumcised him. They haven't seen a squirrel since.
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March 22, 2019, 7:37 pmPriest stabbed during livestream of morning mass in Canada's largest church- St Joseph
Priest stabbed during livestream of morning mass in Canada's largest church
A 26-year-old man has been arrested after a priest in Montreal was stabbed on Friday during a livestreamed morning mass in Canada's largest church.
Father Claude Grou, 77, the rector of the Saint Joseph's Oratory, was taken to the hospital and is said to be stable condition, according to the Archdiocese of Montreal.
Authorities responded to call around 8:40 a.m. and witnesses said a man went toward the priest with a sharp object during the daily mass where 50 people were in attendance.
The attack was captured on a livestream and television broadcast by the Catholic channel Salt + Light, which publishes the streams shortly after the mass. Authorities have not disclosed whether the footage will be released.
When police arrived the suspect was already detained by church security and the priest was slightly injured on his upper body, Montreal police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said.
The suspect was then taken into custody, transported to a detention center and will be interviewed by investigators later today, she said.
"What a horrible and inexcusable gesture that has no place in Montreal." Montreal's mayor Valérie Plante tweeted.
Grou was not "afraid for his life," tweeted Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre, director of communications for the Catholic Church of Quebec.
Saint Joseph's is in Montreal's Mount Royal district and is Canada's biggest church after it was officially opened in 1956. It is said to be one of the country's most popular tourist spots, with 2 million visitors per year.
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March 22, 2019, 2:26 amUkraine's top prosecutor says he's found collusion, launches probe into Hillary 2016 electio
Ukraine’s top prosecutor says Hillary Clinton colluded with Ukrainian officials to rig the 2016 election in her favor. Hillary met with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko in September 2016 ...
March 21, 2019, 7:38 pmIllegal immigrant accused of murdering Mollie Tibbetts awarded taxpayer money pay for + defense :-(
During his confession, Rivera revealed where he buried Tibbetts after allegedly stabbing her to death. That’s how authorities were able to find Mollie’s body in an Iowa cornfield.”…”Iowa state prosecutor Scott Brown called the attempts to discredit Rivera’s confession ridiculous. Police used a Spanish-speaking interpreter when they questioned Rivera, and the police officers who conducted follow-up interviews were fluent in Spanish”.
Illegal immigrant accused of murdering Mollie Tibbetts awarded taxpayer money to pay for expert witness
March 21, 2019
The state of Iowa will pay $3,200 of taxpayer money for an expert witness to defend illegal alien Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who confessed to murdering college student Mollie Tibbetts. (file photos)
Iowa judge Joel Yates ruled that the state will pay a $3,200 stipend for an expert witness to help defend illegal immigrant Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who confessed to abducting and murdering 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in August 2018.
The expert witness was hired by Rivera’s lawyers to discredit the confession he gave to police, the Gazette reported.
During his confession, Rivera revealed where he buried Tibbetts after allegedly stabbing her to death. That’s how authorities were able to find Mollie’s body in an Iowa cornfield.
$3,200 Only Covers Research, State Will Likely Pay More for Travel and Testimony
The $3,200 only covers the forensic expert’s research. Rivera’s lawyers will file separate requests so that Iowa taxpayers can pay for the expert witness’ travel and testimony at trial.
“The expert can provide insight on interrogation techniques and analytical investigative methods given the ‘length, context, language barriers and other factors involved in the police interrogation.’
The stipend is required for the expert to begin looking into those issues but doesn’t cover costs of testimony at trial or travel expenses. The defense will make separate requests for those funds if necessary.”
This is why illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers $116 billion every single year. But Democrats refused to give President Trump $5 billion to build a border wall that could have kept Mollie Tibbetts’ murderer out.
Illegal immigration costs US taxpayers $116 billion a year. (Source: FAIR)
Illegal Alien Qualifies for Legal Aid Because He’s Poor
Amazingly, Iowa taxpayers must foot the bill for Cristhian Rivera’s legal defense — even though he’s in the country illegally — since he qualifies for public legal aid because he’s indigent.
Iowa state prosecutor Scott Brown called the attempts to discredit Rivera’s confession ridiculous. Police used a Spanish-speaking interpreter when they questioned Rivera, and the police officers who conducted follow-up interviews were fluent in Spanish.
“The defendant never indicated a lack of understanding or any question due to a language barrier at either the farm or the sheriff’s office,” Brown said in a legal motion.
Kate Steinle was also murdered by an illegal who snuck across the border. Kate’s grieving brother Brad said he misses her every day.
Mollie’s Killer Illegally Snuck Across the US Border
Mollie Tibbetts’ murder spotlights once again why illegal immigration needs to be addressed and a border wall must be built.
Like tens of thousands of other illegal aliens, Mollie’s murderer snuck into the United States by hopping across our porous borders.
Christina Greer, a professor of “black ethnic politics” at Fordham University, flippantly dismissed Mollie as just “a girl in Iowa” that “Fox News is talking about.”
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March 20, 2019, 6:55 pmTrump officials take bold steps on Medicaid :-)
Trump officials take bold steps on Medicaid
The Trump administration is pulling out all the stops to encourage red states to make conservative changes to Medicaid without congressional input.
Administration officials are pushing ahead and granting approvals to states seeking to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, even in the face of legal challenges and large-scale losses in the number of people covered.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted Ohio’s request for work requirements, the ninth such approval since President Trump took office.
The approval was announced just one day after administration lawyers were in federal court defending the work requirements for two other states, Arkansas and Kentucky.
“To approve it the day after the court hearing was pretty in-your-face,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. “It’s a statement of, ‘we’re going to push forward with our policy regardless of what a judge thinks.’ ”
Those bold moves have critics of the administration’s policies up in arms. They point to how administration officials handled Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements.
D.C. District Court Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee, in 2018 blocked Kentucky’s work requirements from taking effect.
The administration sought more comments on the policy. CMS Administrator Seema Verma ultimately granted approval to Kentucky to move ahead with work requirements even though the state made few changes to their plan.
The administration was sued again over Kentucky’s rules, and last week the case landed back in front of Boasberg.
The administration has staunchly defended its bold moves.
Verma has been outspoken in her support of work requirements and has made approving state requests one of her top priorities.
“The Medicaid program was designed to serve our most vulnerable populations like children and people with disabilities,” Verma wrote in a blog post last week. She said the changes were a “logical” step, considering “the unprecedented expansion of [Medicaid] eligibility to childless, working-age adults that occurred under Obamacare.”
Democrats have been pushing back on the administration’s changes. Last month, after reports that 18,000 people lost their coverage under work rules in Arkansas, top Democrats urged officials to reverse course.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said the changes would “impede access to critical care for millions of Americans.”
But the administration’s efforts are much broader than work requirements.
Azar has also been quietly trying to sell states on the merits of imposing block grants, or a per-person spending cap, without congressional approval.
Azar revealed those discussions for the first time during a Senate hearing last week.
“We have discussions with states where they will come in and suggest ideas,” Azar told the Senate Finance Committee. “There may be states that have asked about block granting, per capita, restructurings around especially expansion populations ... It’s at their instigation.”
Imposing block grants in Medicaid has long been a major conservative goal. Republicans say policies like block grants and payment caps allow for more state flexibility and are more fiscally sustainable.
Azar’s admission raised hackles among Democrats, who fiercely oppose the idea, which would limit the amount of money going to Medicaid. Democrats argue the changes require harmful cuts in the program.
Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), who asked Azar about his meetings with states, pledged that Democrats will fight any Medicaid cuts.
“To say that I and many others will fight these cuts with an unyielding passion is an understatement,” Casey warned.
On the talks between HHS and states, Casey said, “We need to know what’s happening in those conversations.”
A Medicaid lobbyist said the administration has been actively seeking out states willing to experiment with new models of financing Medicaid that have never been previously approved.
“There’s definitely outreach and encouragement,” the lobbyist said. “The administration is saying ‘we’re open and we want to talk.’ ”
The full court press on Medicaid reforms is also a risky strategy for the administration. With 2020 quickly approaching, Democrats are already vowing to make Trump’s policies on Medicaid and Medicare a campaign issue. The party is already feeling emboldened from their 2018 win in which health care and defending ObamaCare were central to Democrats’ success in retaking the House.
A five-figure ad campaign from a Democratic group, Protect Our Care, on Monday targeted Republicans over Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget, which included sharp cuts to health programs.
Administration officials are also drafting a guidance or regulation that would make it easier for states to apply for a capped payment or block grants, another controversial move.
To date, Utah is the only state that has requested a per-person spending cap. Experts say that request is unique because the state is hoping to use the policy to leverage the administration into fully funding a partial Medicaid expansion.
Utah officials told The Washington Post last month that they had heard from Trump administration officials that it could be possible to combine the smaller Medicaid expansion — up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level, instead of 138 percent — with a per capita cap on the funds.
But per capita caps and block grants have already been rejected by Congress. Both were part of the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill that failed in 2017.
Allowing states to impose those same changes by statutory waiver, without congressional approval, would be extremely controversial and have widespread implications about the use of executive power.
“This is a separation of powers issue,” Georgetown’s Alker said. “Congress retains the authority to change Medicaid. The waiver was not intended to allow the executive branch to rewrite the Medicaid statute.”
Allowing per capita caps and block grants are also likely to lead to more lawsuits.
Robin Rudowitz, associate director for the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, said the waivers the administration grants to allow changes to Medicaid afford states broad discretion.
But she said it’s not clear if that waiver authority extends to ideas that Congress previously rejected.
“They’re trying to implement that policy through administrative vehicles,” Rudowitz said.
Whether the administration can do that, she added, will be up to the courts.
March 20, 2019, 5:28 pmAmericans Say Colleges, Universities Discourage Freedom of Speech-Rasmussen Reports®
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March 18, 2019, 5:14 pmGunman kills three in Dutch tram, police hunt for Turkish man :-(
UTRECHT, Netherlands - A gunman shot dead three people and wounded nine on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday and police said they were hunting for a 37-year-old Turkish man after an apparent terrorist attack.
Dutch authorities raised the terrorism threat in Utrecht province to its highest level, schools were told to shut their doors and paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure and also at mosques.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte convened crisis talks, saying he was deeply concerned about the incident, which came three days after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
"Our country has today been shocked by an attack in Utrecht... A terrorist motive cannot be excluded," Rutte said in a statement to the media.
"The first reports have led to disbelief and disgust. Innocent people have been struck by violence... We are now doing everything we can to find the perpetrator or perpetrators as soon as possible. That is now our complete focus."
The mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, said three people had been killed and nine injured, three of them seriously, in the tram incident.
Dutch police identified the suspect as Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis. They issued an image of Tanis and warned the public not to approach him. They gave no further details.
Local broadcaster RTV Utrecht said the suspect had a long history of run-ins with the police for both minor and major crimes, including a shooting in 2013. Police spokesman Joost Lanshage, citing the investigation, declined to comment on the reports that Gokmen had a criminal record.
The shooting took place in Kanaleneiland, a quiet residential district on the outskirts of Utrecht with a large immigrant population.
"It’s frightening that something like this can happen so close to home," said Omar Rahhou, who said his parents lived on a street cordoned off by police. "These things normally happen far away but this brings it very close, awful."
The streets of Utrecht were emptier than usual; attacks on Dutch citizens by extremist foreigners are not uncommon
Police screened off the site where at least one body lay covered near the tram.
The Algemeen Dagblad newspaper, quoting a witness of the incident, said the gunman had targeted a woman on the tram and then shot other people who had tried to help her.
Dutch television showed counter-terrorism units surrounding a house in Utrecht, but there was no official confirmation that the gunman might be inside.
Utrecht, the Netherlands' fourth largest city with a population of around 340,000, is known for its picturesque canals and large student population. Gun killings are rare in Utrecht, as elsewhere in the Netherlands.
March 17, 2019, 6:13 pmThe 4 Families In Control Of California...- Scary
The 4 FAMILIES IN CONTROL OF CALIFORNIA...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No matter what your politics, this is scary...
March 16, 2019, 3:59 amJust Imagine: If Stalin Had a Smartphone ...
If Stalin Had a Smartphone
Suddenly technology has a centralizing effect.
By David Brooks
I feel bad for Joseph Stalin. He dreamed of creating a totalitarian society where every individual’s behavior could be predicted and controlled. But he was born a century too early. He lived before the technology that would have made being a dictator so much easier!
In the first place, he’d have much better surveillance equipment. These days most interactions are through a computer, so there is always an electronic record of what went on.
The internet of things means that our refrigerators, watches, glasses, phones and security cameras will soon be recording every move we make. In 2017, Levi Strauss made an interactive denim jacket, with sensors to detect and transmit each gesture, even as minimal as the lifting of a finger. Soon prosecutors will be able to subpoena our driverless cars and retrieve a record of every place they took us.
And this is not even to mention the facial recognition technology the Chinese are using to keep track of their own citizens. In Beijing, facial recognition is used in apartment buildings to prevent renters from subletting their apartments.
One Chinese firm, Yitu, installed a system that keeps a record of employees’ movements as they walk to the break room or rest room. It records them with blue dotted lines on a monitor. That would be so helpful for your thoroughly modern dictator.
In the second place, thanks to artificial intelligence, Uncle Joe would have much better tools for predicting how his subjects are about to behave. As Shoshana Zuboff wrote in her book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” when you are using Google, you are not Google’s customer. You are Google’s raw material. Google records everything you do; then it develops models that predict your behavior and then it sells those models to advertisers, which are its actual customers.
Thanks to this business model, some of the best minds in the world have spent tens of billions of dollars improving tools that predict personal consumption. This technology, too, has got to come in handy for any modern-day Stalin.
Third, thanks to big data, today’s Stalin would be able to build a massive Social Credit System to score and rank citizens, like the systems the Chinese are now using. Governments, banks and online dating sites gather data on, well, everybody. Do you pay your debts? How many hours do you spend playing video games? Do you jaywalk?
If your score is too low, you can get put on a blacklist. You may not be able to visit a museum. You may not be able to fly on a plane, check into a hotel, visit the mall or graduate from high school. Your daughter gets rejected by her favorite university.
Back in Stalin’s day, social discipline was so drastic. You had to stage a show trial (so expensive!), send somebody to the gulag or organize a purge. Now your tyranny can be small, subtle and omnipresent. It’s like the broken windows theory of despotism. By punishing the small deviations, you prevent the big ones from ever happening.
Fourth, you don’t have to go through all the trouble of staging a revolution. You just seduce people into a Faustian bargain. You offer to distract them for eight hours a day with animal videos and relatable memes, and they surrender their privacy to you and give you access to their brains.
As online life expands, neighborhood life and social trust decline. As the social fabric decays, social isolation rises and online viciousness and swindling accumulate, you tell people that the state has to step in to restore trust. By a series of small ratcheted steps, you’ve been given permission to completely regulate their online life.
This, too, is essentially what is happening in China.
As George Orwell and Aldous Huxley understood, if you want to be a good totalitarian, it isn’t enough to control behavior. To have total power you have to be able to control people’s minds. With modern information technology, the state can shape the intimate information pond in which we swim.
I don’t want to pretend that everything will be easy for the Stalin of the 21st century. Modern technology makes it easier to control people, but it also creates a mind-set in which people get much angrier about being controlled.
When people have a smartphone in their hand, they feel that they should have a voice, that they should be broadcasting, that they should have agency and dignity. When they discover they are caught in an information web that is subtly dominating them, they react. When they realize that ersatz information webs can’t really create the closeness and community they crave, they react.
Angry movements and mobs arise spontaneously. What you get is a system of elite domination interrupted by populist riots.
Human history is a series of struggles for power. Every few generations, just for fun, the gods give us a new set of equipment that radically alters the game. We thought the new tools would democratize power, but they seem to have centralized it. It’s springtime for dictators.
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March 15, 2019, 11:33 pmWhy We Need a Socialist Dating Market ? ?
Why We Need a Socialist Dating Market
John Elliott | March 13, 2019
Why We Need a Socialist Dating Market
According to Bernie Sanders, capitalism creates income inequality while socialism solves it. His fellow extreeist Socialist, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, is proposing a 70 percent tax on income, also aimed at reducing inequality. In fact, wiping out inequality is one of the primary goals of those who ascribe to socialist ideology.
Given this, it is a bit surprising that Bernie and AOC have not rolled out a plan for one of the greatest fields of market-driven, pain-filled inequality that exists today: the dating market.
We all know how bad the dating market is. Young men and young women are floundering around, helplessly looking for a mate but failing to make it to the altar. Clearly, there is something afoot that needs a remedy.
Writing in Quillette, data scientist Bradford Tuckfield explains what’s really happening in this market by presenting data from the popular dating apps “Hinge,” “Tinder,” and “OkCupid.” The statistics are brutal. These dating sites show blatant discrimination resulting in immoral inequalities:
Yet another study, run by OkCupid on their huge datasets, found that women rate 80 percent of men as “worse-looking than medium,” and that this 80 percent “below-average” block received replies to messages only about 30 percent of the time or less. By contrast, men rate women as worse-looking than medium only about 50 percent of the time, and this 50 percent below-average block received message replies closer to 40 percent of the time or higher.
It’s very clear. In the dating market, men are inclusive and embrace diversity. Women don’t.
Tuckfield then goes on to discuss how the Gini Coefficient, an economic tool for the study of inequality, can help understand the dating market. The Gini Coefficient goes from zero to one. In the case of dating apps:
The Gini coefficient for men collectively is determined by women’s collective preferences, and vice versa. If women all find every man equally attractive, the male dating economy will have a Gini coefficient of zero. If men all find the same one woman attractive and consider all other women unattractive, the female dating economy will have a Gini coefficient close to one.
The results of applying the Gini coefficient to Tinder are simply shocking, a fact Tuckfield demonstrates by citing the following Tweet:
Tinder's Gini coefficient is 0.58, meaning "it has higher inequality than 95% [of] the world's national economies"
Tuckfield then summarizes the research:
If these findings are to be believed, the great majority of women are only willing to communicate romantically with a small minority of men while most men are willing to communicate romantically with most women. The degree of inequality in “likes” and “matches” credibly measures the degree of inequality in attractiveness, and necessarily implies at least that degree of inequality in romantic experiences. It seems hard to avoid a basic conclusion: that the majority of women find the majority of men unattractive and not worth engaging with romantically, while the reverse is not true. Stated in another way, it seems that men collectively create a “dating economy” for women with relatively low inequality, while women collectively create a “dating economy” for men with very high inequality.
There you have it. Although this unregulated market theoretically allows all men and women access to the dating pool, the discriminatory attitudes of the participants produce gross inequalities.
Given all the concern over white male privilege, these results should be a wake-up call. Men are the primary victims of this discrimination, for 80 percent of men on a dating app will be ignored by the women they contact.
Some people would say that women are just pickier. But isn’t “picky” just another term for prejudice and discrimination? Millions of men suffer rejection, discrimination, and heartbreak every day. Why do we focus on the gender pay gap, when a much bigger problem of inequality is staring us right in the face?
But don’t give up men – there is hope. Perhaps we just need to talk to AOC, point out the inequality that exists, and get her to propose a socialized dating market to end all this inequality and misery. If we’re going to be consistent and snuff out inequality, then this issue should be next on the agenda.
March 13, 2019, 8:25 pmRasmussen reports: Voters Demos have Growing Anti-Semitism Problem
Unfortunately I agree. Whether i like the D party or not, i certainly do not want them to grow anti Semitic :-(
March 11, 2019, 10:40 pmCBP agent dold drug trafficking organization keys to fences along the southern border, DOJ says
CBP agent gave or sold drug trafficking organization keys to fences along the southern border, DOJ says
A former Customs and Border Protection agent was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for helping smugglers get drugs across the southern border, according to a case unsealed Friday.
For 10 years while still an agent, Robert Hall "facilitated the trafficking of illegal drugs, including marijuana, into the United States from Mexico on behalf of a drug trafficking organization," the Department of Justice said
March 11, 2019, 6:09 pmPeople Who Overcame the ODDS: Actor Keanu Reeves
Beiruti born actor Keanu Reeves' career ascended to a higher level when he appeared as a lead character in the film Speed. It was the first time he had been a headliner in a big-budget production. But he turned down an offer to reprise his starring role in the sequel, Speed 2. Instead he toured with his grunge band Dogstar and played the role of Hamlet in a production staged by a local theater company in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I admire him for being motivated more by love and passion than by fame and fortune. In my estimation, , you face a choice that in some ways resembles Keanu's, but in other ways doesn't
You shouldn't automatically assume that what your ego craves is opposed to what your heart yearns for and your soul needs.
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