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Political POLLS can be POLES apart…

…they should be used to REFLECT public opinion, but are actually being used to SHAPE public opinion (which means they are now a form of Political Propaganda)


CNN, in their dogged and unending quest to overturn the 2016 presidential election and drive President Trump from office, is in full-on campaign mode. Just as in the last presidential election cycle, opinion polls are a campaign staple of the media and the Democrat party. Polls are not being used as they should, to reflect public opinion, but instead to shape opinion, a form of political propaganda.

CNN commissioned a poll, the results of which were released last week, conducted by SSRS, “an independent research company.” A CNN poll doesn’t mean Brian Stelter and Jim Acosta, also known as dumb and dumber, were on a street corner asking passersby how much they hated the President.

When CNN reported the poll results, their headline put a ho-hum spin on the poll findings, “Biden tops Trump nationwide, but battlegrounds tilt Trump.” Townhall reported the poll more accurately, “New CNN poll shows Trump crushing Biden in swing states.”

How illustrative that the same poll with the same results was presented so differently, Trump “crushing” in one headline while in another headline results simply “tilt.”  In fact, CNN buried the poll results on their homepage as they didn’t like the results. I can’t blame them as it doesn’t fit the CNN narrative.

Polls are designed to reflect the opinions of a group of people at a moment in time. A small sample of individuals are asked for their opinion regarding a particular issue and this small sample is hoped to be representative of the larger population. Otherwise the axiom of garbage in, garbage out applies.

The poll sample is important. Oversampling Democrats will skew the results in favor of the Democrat candidate. In this poll, “34 percent described themselves as Democrats, 26 percent described themselves as Republicans”, an 8-point difference. Imagine the results if those percentages were flipped, oversampling Republicans by 8 points.

The CNN poll also surveyed registered, not likely, voters. Since only slightly more than half of eligible voters actually voted in the 2016 presidential election, this, too, is not a representative sample of the electorate.

The CNN poll, with Democrat oversampling, showed voters nationally backing Biden over Trump by 51 to 46 percent, a five point difference, less than the 8 point difference in party affiliation. Theoretically, if the survey sample were equally balanced between Democrats and Republicans, Trump would come out ahead by 3 points. Which is perhaps why Democrats were oversampled.

Is a nationwide poll even relevant in a presidential election? Not really, because of the Electoral College. Instead there are 50 state elections taking place, not a national popular vote, much to the consternation of the political left.

Rather than a popular vote, the presidential election is decided by a handful of “battleground states” that tend to swing red or blue, depending on the electoral cycle. An opinion poll in New York or California is irrelevant as it’s a foregone conclusion that the Democrat will win those states. The margin doesn’t matter as the electoral votes will be the same.

In battleground states, Trump leads Biden by 52 to 45 percent, a 7-point margin. Add the 8-point difference in party affiliation of those polled and Trump’s lead could potentially be 15 percent. Is it any wonder CNN is not touting this news?

This poll has other interesting tidbits. The “economy, stupid” typically predicts the next president, as USA Today notes. The US economy is on life support these days with the Wuhan coronavirus causing a national economic shutdown. But as the Washington Post begrudgingly admits, “Americans have an increasingly dismal view of the economy, but they don’t blame Trump.” Really? Democrats and the media exclusively blame Trump.

A YouGov poll finds similar results, “One-third of Americans blame the Trump Administration for unemployment numbers.” A more honest headline would be that two thirds of Americans don’t blame Trump for the current economic mess.

In the CNN poll, Trump holds a 12-point lead over Biden when the survey asked, “Who they trusted most to handle the economy.” And that’s up from only a 4-point margin last month.

Sharpness and stamina also favor Trump by 49 to 46 percent. I suspect that margin is much higher, as Trump holds daily briefings, sparing with a hostile media for well over an hour while Biden can’t muddle through a fawning 5-minute interview from his basement with notes and a teleprompter, without losing his train of thought or saying something stupid.

Rasmussen, the most accurate pollster in the 2016 presidential election, offers another perspective. They survey likely voters, rather than simply registered or eligible voters. In their Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, President Trump, on May 15, had a 49 percent total approval rating, compared to 47 percent approval for President Obama exactly eight years ago.

Despite a wave of critical news coverage and Democratic catcalls, President Trump sits at his “highest” approval in the latest Gallup survey, and above where four of the last six presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, were at this point of the first term.

Two separate polls both pointing out the inconvenient truth that Trump is more popular than Obama. Wait until Barr and Durham unleash the hounds of hell on the ObamaGate conspirators and watch Obama’s popularity drop like a rock.

Trump is dealing with an economic calamity the likes not seen since the Great Depression. The Beltway deep state is still trying to overturn the last election and remove him from office. The media is almost universally hostile and nasty toward Trump. Compare that to Obama, cruising to reelection against the hapless Mitt Romney, fanned on by an adoring media with virtually no Republican opposition. Yet Trump has higher approval ratings than Obama.

Remember that polls are a snapshot in time, with the only poll that matters being on Election Day. How wrong were the polls in 2016, predicting a Clinton landslide?  On Election Day, November 8, 2016, Frank Luntz, noted pollster and political pundit tweeted, “In case I wasn’t clear enough from my previous tweets: Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States.” Some prediction.

Take opinion polls with a grain of salt. Note who was surveyed and how the results are spun. The truth is right in front of you if you look carefully for it.


[From an article by Brian C. Joondeph, writing for AMERICAN THINKER]




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Our climate is changing for the better…here’s how it’s happening

The idea that climate change is a negative thing, an unnatural thing, and an inevitably destructive thing predominates in our society.  In truth, climate change and carbon emissions have overwhelmingly positive effects.

CO2 is incredibly good for plant growth.  Plants see significant improvement in growth with higher CO2 levels.  Greenhouses commonly increase CO2 levels to 1,500 ppm and the temperature to 80 F or higher.  For comparison, atmospheric CO2 levels are a bit above 400 ppm, and the average surface temperature on earth in 59 F.  CO2 also increases photosynthesis.  The production of carbohydrates increases as CO2 increases.  The fact that CO2 increases plant productivity is not only demonstrated in laboratory settings but also in nature. In one study, artificially doubling CO2 from pre-industrial levels increased tree productivity by around 23 percent, wheat improved by 11.5 percent, and corn by 8.4 percent.

NASA satellites confirm the earth is greening.  Each year, 2 million square miles of green leafy area is added to the world.  The earth’s green area has grown over 5% since the early 2000s.  CO2 is also beneficial in that it increases fresh-water efficiency.  With increased  CO2 levels, plants can produce the same with less water, or produce more with the same amount of water.   Plants become more efficient at photosynthesis, which means less water released into the atmosphere, and more moisture retained on land.  Higher temperatures due to a warming planet means a longer growing season.  Per the EPA, the U.S. growing season has increased by 14 days since the beginning of the 20th century. Longer growing seasons give farmers increased crop yields and give farmers more options as to crop selection.

Higher temperatures from climate change also lead to increased precipitation.  Precipitation has increased approximately 5% in the United States since 1900.  Increased precipitation leads to better crop productivity, and to decreased droughts and decreased wildfires.  The lesser need for crop growing area means less wild land is turned into cropland.  This is environmentally friendly in that preserving wild lands helps animals and plants survive.  The greater water efficiency and increased precipitation means less use of fresh water.  The increased precipitation replenishes our aquifers and refills our reservoirs.  The ability of nature to become more productive in a changing climate shows the resilience of the natural world.

Climate change may bring about greater energy conservation as well.  Regulating building temperatures is one area.  More energy is needed to heat homes and buildings than is needed to cool them.  Increased cloud cover, from the increased precipitation, means milder temperatures, less extreme highs and less extreme lows.  Less energy would be needed for cooling and heating.

There are significant advantages of hydrocarbons (oil, natural gas, and coal) as a fuel source.  Hydrocarbons provide a reliable, steady, cost-efficient energy.  The common renewables of wind and solar do not provide a steady source of energy, nor are wind and solar energy always obtainable.  These unsteady sources must be backed up by reliable sources.  Natural gas is a great backup.  Natural gas has high thermodynamic efficiency, produces less nitrogen oxides, less sulfur oxides, and fewer particulates than other common powerplant types.  When green energy fails to deliver the necessary, a simple cycle natural gas plant is often switched on in order to supply power.  A simple cycle natural gas plant is operated by propelling hot gas through a turbine to generate electricity.  Such plants may take only 10-15 minutes to reach maximum capacity.  Combined cycle plants will kick in later, typically after about half an hour.  Combined cycle plants use hot gases to propel a turbine, and also use that heat again to create steam which turns turbines as well.  Comparatively, a coal power plant may take four to eight hours.  Older nuclear power plants can take hours, with newer plants having the ability to make changes more rapidly.  Hydroelectric power also has issues.  Low water levels can impede the ability to turn electric turbines.

If there does come a day where the negative impacts of increased CO2 levels outweigh the benefits, there are several solutions.  One solution could be to pump seawater into reservoirs in places like the Sahara.  This would mitigate the issue of rising sea levels.  In these reservoirs, we would grow types of plankton, algae, and seaweed that are specially bred to pull large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.  The aquatic plants could be grown, then harvested for use as fertilizer.  We could green the arid regions around the world, like the Sahara.  Terrestrial plants like trees could be grown as well.   Another method could be recycling of carbon.  Typically, when we burn energy, it is released to the atmosphere.  We could capture those carbon emissions and find an energy effective way to turn those carbons back into a usable form of energy.


[From an article published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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Real progress now evident on resolving the greatest political scandal in American history, the Russia election meddling hoax perpetrated in the 2016 national election

“Russia Hoax will be fully aired and miscreants brought to justice”


Following the disclosure that U.S. attorney John Durham has been tasked with investigating and prosecuting potential crimes in the origin of the Russia Hoax, we learned some very encouraging facts that suggest that the Russia Hoax will be fully aired and miscreants brought to justice.  Like Howie Carr, who had a front-row seat when John Durham went after corruption in the FBI Boston office, I am “cautiously optimistic” (Howie’s term) that Durham and his boss A.G. Barr want to get to the bottom of the hoax and put those who may have committed crimes in prison.

In Boston, Durham faced a gigantic scandal that was very damaging to the FBI and did not blink.  He got John Connelly, Whitey Bulger’s protector, sentenced to 40 years in prison.  This does not sound like a prosecutor who can be persuaded to lay off getting to the truth in order to protect the reputations of important people and institutions.

But we must concede that there are plenty of reasons to worry that that the biggest political scandal in American history — the political weaponization of both the federal intelligence and law enforcement communities to spy on political opponents of the sitting president and remove a duly elected president from office — will be swept under the rug.  Even a sober-minded man of integrity like William Barr might be persuaded that the harm to public trust in our system would be too profound and that our allies and foes overseas might see us as so weakened that they would take actions inimical to our interests.

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh provided a fascinating insight into the level of distrust the conservative base has in the ability of our institutions and their leaders to right themselves.  After reviewing what Durham could accomplish, he came back after a commercial break and said:

Holy cow. Some of you people are on fire out there today. I checked the email during the break, and I got a bunch of people sending me notes. “I don’t care about this guy’s resume. I’m fed up with hearing about people’s resume!” They’re talking about the guy that Barr has appointed. “I’m gonna wait see results. I don’t care what this guy’s done. You know, that’s all we get. We get resumes, we get past history, we get performance, we get our hopes raised, we get our expectations raised, and then nothing ever happens.”So you can stuff this guy’s resume, Mr. Limbaugh, as far as I’m concerned. I’m waiting to see if anybody delivers on this.” I understand the sentiment, folks. I understand the sentiment. I can count as easily as you can the number of times over whatever length of time in the past you want, 30 years, 10 years, 15, five, it doesn’t matter. The number of times we’ve been led to believe that heads are gonna roll, things are gonna happen, the bad guys are gonna get caught. I mean, for two years we’ve heard, “Breaking news! Breaking news! “The bottom’s gonna fall out tomorrow,” and it never does. “Breaking news! Breaking news! Heads are gonna roll tomorrow,” and they never do. “Breaking news! Breaking news! Full operation exposed, details tomorrow morning,” whatever. Never happens. I understand that.

Keeping in mind the need to understand how fiercely the permanent bureaucracy and globalist faction in both parties want to frustrate President Trump’s agenda, and how damaging a thorough housecleaning would be for them, let’s review the reasons to hope that there will be a serious follow-through by Barr, Durham, and John Huber (the U.S. attorney for Utah who was tasked by A.G. Sessions with investigating the Clinton Foundation and surveillance abuses), especially after the I.G. Horowitz report is released, as is expected within the next 2 or 3 weeks.

Eric Felten noticed something already on the public record last October: that Durham already was investigating leaks to the media from the FBI.  This means that at least seven months before his role was revealed, and months before William Barr took office, Durham was on the case.  The revelation came not from a leak, but from testimony by James A. Baker, the FBI’s general counsel under James Comey.

The testimony is excerpted by Felten in RealClearInvestigations.   Jim Jordan of Ohio was quizzing Baker:

“So did you talk to Mr. Corn about anything that the FBI was working on,” Jordan asked, “specifically the now infamous Steele dossier?”

Suddenly, Baker’s lawyer, Dan Levin, jumped in: “One second,” he said before he and his client had a conversation off the record.

When the microphones were back on, Levin declared he would “not let [Baker] answer these questions right now. You may or may not know, he’s been the subject of a leak investigation which is still — a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department.” And so Levin concluded, “I’m sorry. I’m cutting off any discussion about conversations with reporters.”

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows wanted to make clear what Baker’s lawyer was claiming: “You’re saying he’s under criminal investigation? That’s why you’re not letting him answer?”


Levin and the lawmakers sparred a bit over whether Baker was invoking his Fifth Amendment rights, and the congressmen finally got around to asking who was leading this criminal probe:

“There is an ongoing investigation by whom?” Jordan said.

“The Justice Department,” Levin responded.

“I mean, is the inspector general looking at this or is this—”

“No,” said Levin, “it’s Mr. John Durham, a prosecutor.”

The specter of Durham haunts the rest of the interview. Baker can’t talk about what he told his old friend David Corn in their conversations about the dossier because it would put Baker in legal jeopardy.

The fact that this was kept secret so long, even in the face of this admission slipping  out and remaining unnoticed, suggests that the Durham investigation — and maybe Huber’s too — is doing exactly what effective prosecutors do: keeping grand jury proceedings secret, applying pressure to witnesses to sing, maybe offering deals for lighter prosecution and sentence recommendations if they implicate higher-ups, and going for convictions by trial juries, not in the court of public opinion.

The very same James A. Baker, interestingly enough, is anticipating release of the Horowitz report, and conceding that the IG will find “mistakes.”

Baker, who admitted last week the inspector general makes him “nervous,” said the government watchdog will probably find some errors.

“The inspector general is looking at everything we did,” Baker said on CNN. “If the IG usually finds mistakes that we made, so I expect him to find mistakes this time.”

Baker said last week at an event in Washington, D.C., that he took a leading role in overseeing the FISA warrant applications to obtain the authority to spy on Page. Baker said on Monday he does not believe there was any intent from the people he worked with to do “anything wrong or illegal,” including politically motivated spying.

A second serious implication of all of this is that when Barr was recruited to become AG for the second time, he knew that Durham already was at work on busting open at a minimum the collusion between FBI senior officials and media figures to perpetrate the Russia hoax on the public and lead to the appointment of a special counsel via the resulting public pressure.

I have long believed that the only reason a man like Barr, who was earning millions of dollars a year as a DC lawyer at the very top of his profession, could be lured back into the snake pit of DC politics under Trump would be his devotion to the integrity of our legal/judicial system.  If he were a cynic just interested in preserving the establishment that let him succeed so mightily, why not just stay where he was? He had to know that taking on the task of rescuing the system from its abusers would lead to the sort of vilification he now is enduring.

I think that the same logic can be applied to another revelation we learned yesterday: that Durham has enlisted the CIA‘s head Gina Haspell to aid in his probe. Is this a danger sign or an indication that someone highly knowledgeable is on the case?

My friend Mike Nadler observes in an email: “As a career bureaucrat, Haspell seems to love her agency and may not tolerate its misuse for partisan political purposes.” I would add to that historically the CIA was very much a boys’ club. Haspell’s reputation was as a devoted career official, who no doubt endured a lot as a woman coming up the ranks. She may not be part of the club, but rather a harbinger of a new order at the CIA.

However, it must be considered that she could be implicated, in which case she could be obfuscating and trying to torpedo the investigation (which seems unlikely if Barr and Durham are as serious as I suspect they are) or alternatively that she is spilling what she knows. Sundance asks:

Who was the CIA Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action over Europe, while John Brennan and Peter Strzok were running their European 2016 counterintelligence operations?….

And Sundance says that it was Haspell. So she probably knows a lot.


[From an article by Thomas Lifson, published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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Because the left lost in 2016, they are furiously intent upon foiling Trump…but they have failed there also, which is why they are motivated by one emotion: hate – hate for Trump and hatred for those who elected him

As always, the left means to punish self-reliance and success…and reward sloth.  Their progressive plan for a hundred years has been to purposefully create dependence on a generous government that takes from those who produce and gives to those who produce nothing except votes for their benefactor.


Rush Limbaugh recently played a clip of political analyst Charles Cook of the Cook Report speaking to a group of actuaries.  He told the group that “truth be told, even if the unemployment rate was zero and the economy was growing at twice the rate it is now, his wife and daughter would still hate Trump and his supporters.”  Presumably Cook agrees with them.

That pretty much says it all about who the left is today.  These self-appointed leftist elites who hate Trump so much do not care one bit about the country.  They don’t care what Trump’s tax cuts, deregulation, and phenomenal success at bringing back jobs have meant to millions of Americans.  They could not care less about the relief Trump’s agenda has brought to millions of small businesses buried by Obama’s crushing economic dictates.  Cook markets himself as a nonpartisan analyst, but he is nothing of the sort.  Like the rest of the left, he sees himself as one of those who should be calling the shots, deciding who should and should not have power.  To such people, their power is in molding the minds and opinions of the rest of us.  Since they lost in 2016, they are furiously intent upon foiling Trump.  They have failed there as well, which is why they are motivated by one emotion: hate – hate for Trump and hatred for those of us who elected him.

It is hard to fathom how completely the left ignores the Trump rallies that so many thousands of people attend.  Is it possible that these events are not a sign of massive support for the president?  They are meaningless to the left; they dismiss the people who attend as “toothless rednecks.”  They have clearly not been paying close attention.  These people are the heart and soul of America, the people Trump won over throughout the campaign by acknowledging them and their contributions to making this country function as it does, the people for whom the left feels nothing but disdain.  Are there enough of them to see that the Republicans keep the House?  We will not know until the votes are counted.  But the Democrats, having learned nothing from 2016, will hopefully again be faced with defeat.  They have no agenda but anti-Trumpism, no plans but to rescind the tax cuts that have helped so many, to further ruin health care for all, to re-impose all the regulations that hamstrung the economy for eight years.  As always, the left means to punish self-reliance and success…and reward sloth.  Their progressive plan for a hundred years has been to purposefully create dependence on a generous government that takes from those who produce and gives to those who produce nothing but votes for their benefactor.

One only has to look at the Democrats running to grasp who they are; far too many of them are openly anti-American, as was Obama.  Gillum (Fla.) is under investigation by the FBI for corruption as mayor of Tallahassee.  He wants to abolish ICE and restrict police enforcement of the law.  He is also virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.  Stacey Abrams (Ga.) has the gun-toting Black Panthers trolling for her while she has admitted to Jake Tapper her plan to strip Georgians of their Second Amendment rights.  Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) is thoroughly ignorant of the Constitution and the most obvious facts of American history.  McCaskill (Mo.) is corrupt; Maxine Waters (Calif.) is corrupt; Joe Donnelly (Ind.) has been paying for ads for his libertarian opponent’s Facebook page.  Beto O’Rourke (Texas) is funding some of the migrants making their way to our southern border.  Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) is a pro-Taliban moonbat who regularly insults her own state and constituents.  This is a short list of the ethically challenged Democratic candidates and the dirty tricks Democrats routinely employ to win.

As everyone knows, the polls were extraordinarily wrong in 2016.  Most polling outfits lean left, and their wishful thinking colors their analyses.  Their polls again favor the Democrats winning the House.  They have nearly all the Senate races as close but with a Democratic advantage.  Are these polls in the ballpark?  Who knows?  The Democrats’ venal treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October was a rallying cry for conservatives if there ever was one.  Those hearings demonstrated for all who watched what the American left has become.  They will do anything, stoop to all manner of corruption to win, no matter the cost to fellow Americans.  Those who consider that particular ploy acceptable do not deserve to be Americans.  They do not respect the Constitution and the values it espouses.  They do not revere the freedom on which this country was founded.

Obama made us all less free. Trump has gone a long way in two years to make us free again.  It is the left’s embrace of illegal immigration, open borders, higher taxes, the cold imposition of identity politics on us all, regulations on every aspect of our daily lives that strikes fear into the hearts of so many Americans.  Are enough of us aware of Democrats’ Orwellian agenda to keep the House and Senate?  We will know by Wednesday.


[From an article by Patricia McCarthy, published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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The F-35 Stealth Fighter vs Russia’s S-300 Anti-Aircraft System

The new F-35 Stealth Fighter


As an avid reader of Aviation Week, I became interested in the F-35, the newest Department of Defense fighter plane. The DOD had sold nine initial units to our ally Israel. I thought it was a wise decision for three reasons:

1. It provided actual testing for the new aircraft under realistic battle conditions. Aviation Week noted that Israel used several of its F-35s to attack more than 50 Iranian military installations in Syria. All these were presumably protected by the Russian-built Anti-Aircraft system S-300. Their latest design with more powerful radars, is being sold worldwide.  Israel had a chance to study an earlier version, sold to Cyprus.

The F-35 attack was completed in less than 90 minutes, a notable achievement in military intelligence, as well as in operational planning and coordination.

Aviation Week didn’t tell us how many F-35s took part in the operation, and whether they returned safely; presumably they all did. Nor did Aviation Week reveal the tricks Israeli pilots used to evade the S-300 AA system.

2. A [June 5, 2018] Report of the Government Accountability Office [GAO] is quite critical of the F-35 joint strike fighter-bomber. Many experts doubt the viability of the aircraft to meet the various requirements of all the DOD services. In particular, the Report criticizes the design of the helmet-mounted display that presents the necessary operational data to aid the pilot.

In other words, while the aircraft itself provides propulsion and carries the required air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles, the electronics, associated with the helmet, represent the “brain” of the F-35.

It so happens that Israeli engineers have much experience in this field, following the design of the IAF [Israel Air Force] Lavie fighter [that was never built.] Apparently, the DOD expects that some of the design experience for the display will be carried over to the F-35.

3.  Finally, allowing the F-35 to be sold now lowers the huge procurement cost for the DOD, about 400 billion dollars. The buy-decision is due in October 2019.

In the wake of the successful air strike, what will Russia do now?  Obviously, there will be some redesign and improvement of the Russian S-300 system to make it saleable to “non-captive” customers.

But beyond this, Russia is likely to not become involved further in the mess in Syria. This seems to be the outcome also of the recent Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin. The Pan-Arab paper Al-Hayat, published in London, even suggests that Russia may not object to Israel “clipping the wings” of the Iranian Eagle.

Writing in Ha’aretz, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens, himself chief designer of the Lavie fighter, believes that Russia will not want to tangle with Israel in view of its demonstrated technological superiority.

After all, Israel could easily destroy the Russian-built plutonium reactor at Arak, Iran, after getting permission to overfly Saudi Arabia. (Plutonium is the second way to build a nuclear weapon; Iran apparently has decided to go the route of the enriched Uranium-235. The U.S. used both methods in WW II.)

The Russian naval base at Latakia, Syria, is within easy range. The Russians have deployed a more advanced S-400 system to protect Latakia and other installations, which they claim can take down stealth fighters such as the F-35 at a range of over 150 miles. The S-400 failed to respond to the April 14, 2018 missile strikes by U.S., British, and French forces, leading some observers to conclude that the system was overrated.

I might add that Latakia and the main Russian naval base on the Crimean peninsula outflank Turkey and thus would discourage it from bottling up the Russian Black-Sea fleet.


[From an article by S. Fred Singer, published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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It’s a great day to thank God for our independence!

Something to be proud of!I believe it is a wonderful time to be American and celebrate the 4th of July in America.

But not everyone seems to think so. According to a USAToday poll, only 42% of Americans are proud to be Americans. This, despite the fact that a lot of people from around the world are trying to get in here, and very few of the people who threatened to leave the U.S. if President Trump got elected have kept their promise. Yet here we are. Here’s how USAToday reported it, starting with the mush-mouthed headline:

Poll: On the 4th, what symbolizes the best (and worst) of America? It depends whom you ask

A new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll about patriotism, pegged to this week’s celebration of the Fourth of July, finds an overwhelming majority of those surveyed say they are proud to be Americans. But they split almost down the middle, 42 percent to 39 percent, when asked whether they are proud of America right now.

I do get a kick out of the federal worker quoted in the article referring to Trump as a totalitarian after he sat through eight years of President Obama. Here’s what the discontented little fellow had to say:

“This is a very difficult time,” says Daniel Kugler, 66, a federal worker from Washington, D.C., who was among those polled. “There’s not the norms that used to hold; they are not holding anymore.” He worries about “a slide toward a totalitarian situation” in which Congress and others are afraid to speak up against President Trump.

As a federal worker, he was obviously extremely proud and happy that Obama was transferring power and money from the rest of the U.S. to the government as fast as he could, and that made the area around Washington D.C. very wealthy. It is sad that he and others don’t recognize how harmful that is to the rest of us, or else doesn’t care.

But here’s how I, and most of us in the heartland of America, sees it:

I am truly proud to be an American, as I always have been, especially since we now have a president who:

  • Has a goal to “Make America Great Again,” instead of a president who wants to remake America.
  • Is trying to give the power and purse back to the people through fewer regulations and lower taxes, instead of a president who does everything he can to make the government more powerful.
  • Has given us economic policies that have lowered unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics to all-time lows, instead of a president whose policies encourage people to be more dependent on government.
  • Focuses on bringing back manufacturing jobs instead of constantly increasing regulations and declaring manufacturing jobs gone for good.
  • Understands that if goods production continually moves to other countries, then eventually the same will come to our service industries, destroying our economy.
  • Knows that capitalism is great and allowing corporations to keep more of the money they earn will help achieve economic growth and give people the opportunity to move up the economic ladder. That beats the confiscation seen in the previous administration.
  • Seeks to enforce immigration laws that Congress passed and who recognizes that a country without borders is a very dangerous country; instead of a president who picked and chose which laws to enforce.
  • Absolutely never considered ISIS the JV Team.
  • Has not left Americans to die while concocting a lie about a video to protect his political power.
  • Has helped Ukraine defend itself against the Russians as we promised to do instead of being “flexible” with the Russians.
  • Is pushing NATO countries to pay what they promised to pay, instead of having America bear the brunt of the cost.
  • Does not give hundreds of billions of dollars to Iran to spread terrorism around the world, let alone pledges death to Israel and America.
  • Keeps a promise to move our embassy to Jerusalem instead of previous presidents who made empty promises.
  • Gives people the freedom of choice of what type of health insurance to buy instead of a president who wants complete government control.
  • Does not illegally spy on thousands of Americans, including those who are political opponents.
  • Does not use the IRS to stifle the free speech of political opponents.
  • Does not have a gun-running operation to service Mexican smuggling cartels called ‘Fast and Furious.’
  • Believes that cities and states should follow laws that Congress passes, including immigration laws.
  • Understands that the climate has changed naturally through billions of years; instead of a president who is so arrogant he believes the government can control temperatures, sea levels and storm activity forever if people and businesses just fork over trillions of dollars.
  • Wants to produce more oil, instead of a president who does not care whether the price rises to unsustainable levels.

I am sure people can think of many more things they are currently proud of after eight years of a president who dictatorially bragged that he could rule with a pen and a phone.

Finally, I am extremely thankful and proud that we had Founding Fathers who knew that the power needed to reside in the hands of the people instead of the central government. They understood that if only the king and the government had guns, they would also have all the power. We would not be free if the people were unable to arm themselves in the many necessary wars we have had, as well as in other ways, to protect our freedom.


[An article by Jack Hellner, written for AMERICAN THINKER]




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Government can solve all of mankind’s problems, and other liberal myths and foibles

Donald Trump’s remarkable and unpredicted victory in 2016 unleashed perhaps the pinnacle of all unintended consequences.  By their ongoing nonsensical reaction to the Trump victory, the American left has exposed and validated their irrationality, obliviousness, and immaturity.  As an immigrant to the United States, and thus a sideline spectator of the panorama that is American society, and someone who has spent most of his adult life in the field of international finance, I have been fascinated by the characteristics of the American left as compared to its counterparts in the rest of the world – and why the vast majority of Americans, who are essentially conservative or moderate, not only tolerate, but acquiesce to the left’s temper tantrums and manipulation of the culture.

On the surface, there may appear to be similarities to the left in other nations; however, when it comes to the motivation and personality quirks, it is only the left in Britain that bears any resemblance to the American left.  In fact, the American version consistently denigrates “old white guys” as the scourge of humanity while ostensibly promoting the philosophy of “old white guys” such as Hobbes, Hegel, and Marx.  In reality, American leftism is a unique amalgamation of socialism, Darwinism, and oligarchism requiring an army of foot soldiers who dwell in a state of permanent adolescence.

Among the traits of those in their adolescent years is the conviction that they are always right and the rest of the world is wrong – that they are, in fact, much smarter than those silly and inane adults around them.  However, being part of the in crowd is really, really important, thus they must look for guidance to the cool guys to establish what they are supposed to believe in.  And, as in the fairy tales relayed to them while in childhood as well as their current enthrallment with movies based on comic book heroes, there will always be some monolithic entity to rescue them and ensure joy and happiness.  Therein are the basic personality parameters of the rank and file of the modern American left.

Membership in the American left is, thus, easily attained.  All one needs to do is believe and accept the following:

  1. Those at the top of the pyramid, the self-anointed leaders of the left, claim to always be the smartest and most sophisticated people in any room.  Therefore, to envision oneself as part of this penultimate gaggle, all one has to do is to robotically spout pre-approved talking points and espouse leftist ideology without having the foggiest idea of what it means or its veracity.  Therefore, any and all innuendo regarding Trump, or false narratives of Russian collusion, or accusations of Republican duplicity, or the racism of conservatives is unquestioningly believed and regurgitated.
  1. In a corollary to (a) above, the rank-and-file leftists believe that all the really cool people are on the left since the self-proclaimed leaders of the movement have decreed that there are no moral absolutes and Christianity is calculatingly oppressive; therefore, one can party on, having a supposed endless and uninhibited good time.  The modern American left is the current in crowd corralling those mesmerized with celebrity and self-indulgence.  Those who expound on the consequences of an unfettered secular and hedonistic lifestyle are condemned as oppressive proselytizers.
  1. Americans are, by and large, obsessed with finding “meaning” in their lives.  For the left and its acolytes, the easiest way to achieve that meaning is either to be a victim or to vociferously champion the cause of those the enlightened leaders of the left christen with exalted victim status.  This has the dual endgame of not only self-righteousness, but blaming the cause of the victimhood on a repressive and unfair society.  However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be a victim in 21st-century America, therefore new categories of victimhood must constantly be fostered, and the old categories never resolved.  The latest: What heretofore was considered a serious mental health problem, transgenderism or gender dysphoria, is now victimhood on a par with racial discrimination.
  1. Government, that great and infallible monolith behind the green curtain, can solve all of mankind’s problems.  Its primary function is to make certain that the people are taken care of and assured of equal outcomes – as long as it is dominated by the leaders of the left, who are equally infallible.
  1. Those on the right are mean and determined not only to take away the good times, but make certain that government – see (d) above – will not take care of everyone and too many true believers may actually have to find meaningful work.  Thus, the American right is the declared and unquestioned enemy and must be defeated by any means possible.
  1.  It is mandatory, when confronted with an alternative point of view, to throw a tantrum, as one used to do on a school playground, and call conservatives (i.e., adults) any conceivable name or accuse them of anything, since the left’s cause is just and those on the right are Neanderthals who could never be correct about anything.
  1. Guilt is the ultimate weapon.  (Remember: it worked with one’s parents.)  There is always something in the United States to be guilty about, and that guilt requires restitution or public humiliation.  Besides, just as there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, there is a bottomless pit of wealth in America, but only the government in the proper hands – see (d) above – can distribute this never-ending bounty.

These character traits are not dominant among the left in the many countries of Europe or elsewhere who have socialist-leaning governments or citizenry.  Dependence on government is a common trait, but the spoiled child approach to ideology and the opposition is not.  It is the sole preserve of the American left.

Perhaps growing up in a nation that has not experienced any national adversity in over seventy-plus years or living in a country that has enjoyed the greatest period of peace and prosperity in the history of mankind has created this mindset.  Unfortunately, there is a belief among a vast segment of the populace that there will never be truly difficult times, as the United States will always remain overwhelmingly prosperous and be able to overcome the foibles of the American left – which accounts for no more than 25% of the population.

But the United States cannot remain overwhelmingly powerful and prosperous if the American left continues to maintain its disparate and overwhelming impact on society and government.  This nation must not be destroyed by a handful of egotistical and permanent adolescents; therefore the counter-strategy is to denigrate the left by never missing an opportunity to call its members out and above all ignore their infantile tactics.  In other words, treat them as the adolescents they are – a strategy currently being utilized, either deliberately or inadvertently, by Donald Trump.  It is a strategy the bulk of the populace must adopt.


[From an article by Steve McCann, written for American Thinker.com]




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