Saturday, October 21, 2017

op ed review 10/22



Damning new evidence appears to show that Hillary Clinton used her office as Secretary of State to confer benefits to Russia in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to her foundation and cash to her husband. But there’s more. It seems it was all covered up for years by the same three people who are now involved in the investigation of President Donald Trump over so-called Russian “collusion.
The corruption is extensive: Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.
The new revelations have been utterly ignored by the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening or morning shows, since the story broke early Tuesday. In fact, the network evening shows have only spent only 3 minutes and 1 second on the Clinton Foundation scandal in more than two years.
Hey, mainstream media! We finally found it — a real Russia scandal involving the 2016 election. With actual evidence of criminal wrongdoing and everything! So come on, New York Times, CNN and MSNBC, let’s ...Hey, where’d everybody go?
This is what a Russian uranium executive told the Russian parliament after the deal:  '"I am pleased to inform you that today we control 20 percent of uranium in the United States. If we need that uranium, we shall be able to use it any time."
A key informant in the Russian bribery and extortion scheme wants to tell Congress what he knows — but is legally barred from doing so by the Justice Department. ??  What’s wrong with Jeff Sessions?

GWB now a hero with the media:  Christmas came early for the liberal Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) on Thursday when former President George W. Bush spoke out against the Donald Trump administration. In a disgusting display of sudden respect for a long time political foe, the networks championed Bush’s hammering of the current president.
Mc Cain denounces Make America Great Again as ‘Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism’  The media cheers.

Cruz Stomps Sanders in debate: Cruz:  ´What´s The Difference Between A Socialist And A Democrat?´  Bernie’s answer:  “Well, I don’t know the answer to that.”

America great again:  The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in more than 44 years last week.
President Trump said Monday that he’s eyeing another major government reform — this time tackling welfare. He said some recipients are taking advantage of public assistance while others in need don’t get it.

Obama’s fundamental restructuring:  US immigrant population hits 60 million (one in 5 Americans).  How do you assimilate these numbers?
Illegal aliens who have received temporary amnesty from the Obama administration are reportedly working as interns and aides in local California government on immigration issues.

President Trump has not yet pulled America out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. But he just took a vital step toward doing so, in a landmark speech on Friday that in plain language dismantled the dangerous fictions on which the deal was built. Chief among these fictions is the notion that a nuclear program in the hands of Iran’s predatory, terror-sponsoring Islamist regime could ever be “exclusively peaceful.” This was a phrase repeated endlessly by President Obama’s diplomatic team during the negotiating of the Iran nuclear deal, and it is enshrined in the final text,

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch announced on Twitter that her family had been forced to move suddenly after she received multiple death threats from gun control advocates.

Harvey Weinstein Helped Pay for Bill Clinton’s Legal Fees During Monica Lewinsky Scandal

Another academic year, another fattening of campus diversity bureaucracies. Most worrisomely, the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are now prime targets for administrative diversity encroachment, with the commercial tech sector rapidly following suit. At UCLA the engineering school just minted its first associate dean of diversity and inclusion.

Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty in desertion case.  Mainstream media forgets that Obama championed Bergdahl as a ‘Hero’ Coming Home’.

If the NFL thought Americans would ease the backlash against the league — they were sadly mistaken. Photos of empty stadiums from around the league show how dire a situation kneelers have spurred.

New York Times explains: “A healthy economy is bad for your health…..pumps out more air pollution…..(a recession is better because) people without jobs may have more time to sleep and exercise and may eat more healthfully.” ??

The U.S. national debt recently surpassed $20 trillion. “Everyone who refuses to examine this issue and come up with constructive ways to cut federal government spending so we can balance our budget and minimize our risk of insolvency and bankruptcy, everyone who refuses to do that is betraying their country and betraying the future of our kids and grandkids….”
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Brian C Joondeph, M.D, 10/2
Enough Already with ´Pay Your Fair Share´

President Trump's tax plan, on the table for only a few days, is already under fire.  Of course, the media and their Democrat Party political arm are against anything and everything Trump.  But once again, it's the president's own party grousing about the tax plan.

The tax plan ends deductions for state and local income taxes.  This will significantly affect those states with high state income taxes, primarily blue, such as California at 13 percent; Oregon and Minnesota at 10 percent; and New York, New Jersey and D.C. at 9 percent.  Boo-hoo.  Aren't high taxes good and noble?  Aren't Democrats always moaning that the rich don't pay their fair share?  Blue states get what they ask for.

The "pay your fair share" canard is dragged out of the Democrat broom closet any time a Republican dares to propose tax cuts in any shape or form, much like a pull-string doll that has only a few phrases to utter each time the string is pulled.  This one can join other phrases such as "Trump is a white supremacist," "Russia hacked the election," and "Republicans are racists." Expect to October media narrative to focus on "pay your fair share" rather than "Russian collusion," which is fizzling out faster than NFL players kneeling for social justice.  What exactly is a "fair share"?

I once saw liberal pundit Juan Williams interviewed on this topic. The show host asked Juan what tax rate he proposes for the "rich" as a "fair share."  Forty percent?  Fifty percent?  Seventy percent?  Poor Juan got tongue-tied and couldn't come up with a number, proving that "fair share" is nothing more than a left-wing talking point.

Like asking a climate warrior what is "normal" for temperature, sea level, hurricane frequency, or any other aspect of climate that they insist is worsening.  If they don't know what normal is, how can they know it's worsening?  Maybe it's improving.

It's worth reviewing who actually pays income tax before making nonsensical claims about "fair share."  IRS data from calendar year 2014 was compiled by the Tax Foundation. In 2014, 140 million taxpayers earned $9.7 trillion in income and paid $1.4 trillion in taxes – about a 14-percent overall tax rate.  Seems fair.

What about the "rich," those in the top 1 percent?  They paid 40 percent of income taxes.  Is that fair?  The bottom 90 percent of earners paid only 29 percent of taxes.  Is that fair?

Let's leave the "rich" for a moment and look at the top 50 percent of all taxpayers.  They paid 97 percent of all income taxes, virtually everything.  The bottom 50 percent paid only 3 percent, virtually nothing.  How does "fair share" fit into those statistics?

Who are these top 50 percent fat cats paying almost all the taxes?  They have an income over $38,000 per year.  This translates to an hourly wage of about $19 per hour – only a few dollars more than the $15 minimum wage being implemented around the country.  Hardly rich.

Another way to look at is through average tax rates.  The top 1 percent must give 27 percent of their income to the federal government.  The top ten percent part with only 14 percent of their income.  The top 50 percent pay only 8 percent while the bottom 50 percent pay 4 percent. So again, what is a "fair share"?  Should the top 1 percent pay half of their income to the government?  Why stop at 50 percent?  Make the top 1 percent pay 80 or 90 percent of their income to Washington, D.C.  Leave everyone with about $40,000 a year to live on.  A living wage.

Why not the top 10 percent, too?  Leaving little money left to purchase goods and services which in turn provide income to many others.  Such as purchasing NFL tickets or merchandise so millionaire ball players can protest how unjust America is.

As predictable as sunrise and sunset, the left is playing the class warfare card.  How about a real debate over what is a fair share?  Or why only half of workers are paying almost all the income tax?

Will Republicans, afraid of their own shadows and what Chuck Todd or Jake Tapper will say about them, cave on tax reform?  Rearranging the deck chairs and calling it a tax cut?  Rather than looking at far fairer alternatives such as a flat tax or a consumption tax? Why aren't Republicans talking about historic tax cuts and the resulting economic growth?  Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush 43 all cut taxes and unleashed the economy.

Are Republicans as eager as Democrats for Trump to fail?  For another of his initiatives to fizzle out?  The donor class may be happy, but the voters won't be.  Republicans fear the former and loathe the latter.  But voters will win in the end, as they did last November 8. Will Republicans dither and argue as they did over Obamacare repeal and replace, passing nothing, leaving President Trump with another goose egg rather than letting him fulfill another of his campaign pledges?

Trump may be stymied by his own party, but the voters are not.  Trumpism is alive and well, hitting back against the Republican establishment.  Ask Luther Strange.  Or Bob Corker.
This is another golden opportunity for the GOP Congress – a slow pitch right down the middle.  Rather than swinging for the fences, they will likely watch the plate for a strike.  Again.  Three strikes, and you're out.


OTHER COLUMNS
“It strains all credulity to think that Donald Trump wasn’t trying to be sympathetic and empathetic in that phone call. … The idea that he wasn’t somehow going into this in good faith just strikes me as bizarre and false on its face.”
               -Jonah Goldberg

“My son knew what he signed up for. He signed up to be a Green Beret. He had no illusions about what that meant……My son came from a military family with a tradition that dates back to 1812. He fully knew what it means to serve and the risk involved.”
 -Arnold Wright, whose son, Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, was one of the four killed in Niger

“Trump is a thin-skinned, unpolished guy, but we’d venture to say most military personnel and their families know they finally have a president who supports them. The rest of us should express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by military Patriots and their families, as well as offer our own prayers and support.”
             -PatriotPost
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LEFTIST WATCH
Still smarting from Hillary Clinton´s unexpected election loss in 2016, the Soros crew at the Open Foundation Society has got to work looking for reasons to hammer it down and ensure it never happens again. A new study of 450 working class whites from five cities has come out, with the aim of finding out how these recalcitrants and deplorables can team up with other ethnic groups to elect Democrats.

Leftie comic George Lopez was booed off stage at a gala for juvenile diabetes in Denver last week, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd.

“Are you weak if you make your man a sandwich? This is why real men don’t marry feminists”

Associated Press stylebook team re-jiggers their politically correct terminology again on transgender issues, in what they call  "the journalist´s bible."  Calling genital mutilation a "gender confirmation" is purely Orwellian language. Once again, AP is all about bowing to the "social identity" lobbyists. "Avoid references to being born a boy or girl.”
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MORE NFL
Lost in the uproar over the NFL sideline protests against police brutality are newly released statistics showing that the threat to black men is skyrocketing — not from trigger-happy or racist cops, but from crime. More than any other demographic group, black men are paying the price with their lives with a surging violent crime rate over the past two years, including a 20 percent jump in the overall homicide rate, even as the number of blacks killed by police declines.

“Some in the NFL realize they have a huge problem on their hands. Mark Lamping, president of the Jacksonville Jaguars, sent a letter to local military leaders in Jacksonville, Florida, which has a large military presence, apologizing for his team taking a knee overseas. Apparently they just didn’t realize how it would look to have players disrespecting our national anthem while standing for ‘God Save the Queen.’ I couldn’t help but think of the incredible irony. These players live in a country that has elected and re-elected a black president. We have had black attorneys general, black Supreme Court justices, black senators and representatives. We have revered black entertainers, business executives and academics. While I love history, I’m really not familiar with the first black prime minister of Great Britain. In fact, I’m not aware of any progressive European nation that has elected a black leader. Who was the first black president of France? Who was the first black German chancellor? America’s record looks good.”
          -Gary Bauer
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ARTICLES
President Donald Trump’s proposal for comprehensive tax reform was almost immediately dismissed as heartless and impractical by his political opponents.  When the same ideas are packaged under Bernie Sanders' name, however, liberal college students excitedly endorsed them.

On the Corruption of the Military Academies
Political correctness craziness: US Air Force edition. 

VDH: The Method to Trump’s Madness
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VIDEOS, PHOTOS, CHARTS, ETC
DailyMail.com has obtained a drone´s view of the fully completed border wall prototypes that are vying to be part of President Trump´s new Mexican border wall.
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WISE WORDS
“Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent.”
         -Fisher Ames

Saturday, October 14, 2017

op ed review 10/15



Consumer sentiment sets new 13 year high, stocks set new records.
Unemployment claims fall to lowest level in 43 years, despite hurricanes.
Trump wins: “Supreme Court Tosses Case Against Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’….the fight is largely over, and Trump has won.”
Trump ends Obamacare subsidies.  This will accelerate Obamacare’s collapse. The Left goes nuts.
“Trump rescinded an unconstitutional order by President Obama and restored the authority of Congress over the “power of the purse.” The Democrats’ response has been a curious call for the judicial branch to prevent the executive branch from recognizing the inherent authority of the legislative branch. It would have baffled the Framers.”

The White House submitted a 70-point immigration enforcement plan to Congress Sunday evening with the stiffest reforms ever proposed by an administration:  calls for a border wall, more deportation agents, a crackdown on sanctuary cities and stricter limits to chain migration — all issues the White House says need to be part of any bill Congress passes to legalize illegal immigrant “Dreamers”.
Protesting anti-Israel bias, US announces withdrawal from UNESCO.
Trump´s $33 Billion Tax Cut You Didn´t Know You Just Got
“With each passing day, President Trump unravels another piece of Barack Obama's legacy.”
The Left in panic:  “Porn King Larry Flynt Offers $10 Million for Information Leading to Trump Impeachment”

RINO McCain could give the same thumbs-down to a tax overhaul as he did to health care

Here are 29 women who have come forward to accuse Democrat mega-donor Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse.  Bill Clinton II?  This list is actually up to 36 on Saturday.
3 women accuse Weinstein of rape.

Barack and Michelle Obama now say they are “disgusted” by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations. But as president and first lady, oh my, how they loved his cash and his Hollywood glitz.
Best article on Weinstein:  “The bloated, greasy movie mogul slimed his way through countless ballrooms, suites and restaurants trailing lies, threats and promises. But he had the right politics. At the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood, honoring Hillary Clinton, Harvey had his thick wallet open to the tune of $100K for the abortion organization. Harvey was sitting with Hillary. Not to mention Meryl Streep and Shonda Rimes.”

First the Boy Scouts cave to the LGBT lobby, now they announce that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor.  What happened to “timeless values”?

Scholar publishes peer reviewed paper showing that European colonialism was, on the whole, a positive force.  The article caused howls of outrage. The author requested that it be withdrawn. The journal initially declined to delete it. But now the publication has knuckled under, after the journal editor received “serious and credible threats of personal violence”. “This is what fascism looks like.”

The heads of five conservative groups sent a letter to Senate Republican leaders calling on them to step down from their posts, saying they aren’t making progress on the GOP’s agenda and haven’t worked hard enough. Representatives of FreedomWorks, Senate Conservative Fund, Tea Party Patriots, For America and Media Research Center said Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and the four other leaders of the Senate GOP conference should step down.
Bannon Declares War On GOP Establishment: "We're Coming After All Of Them And We're Going To Win"

A new poll shows that the NFL is no longer "America´s game." In fact, it has gone from the sport with the highest favorables to the sport with the lowest. The drop has coincided exactly with the anthem protests.
Hillary Clinton pledges support to the NFL players protesting the national anthem.
ESPN commentator blasts Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones this week, comparing him to a slave owner for telling his players to stand during the national anthem.  Players’ average salary: $2M/year.

Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue Rages: President Trump is Existential Threat to NAFTA…

The Obama Library is on track to cost $1.5 billion, three times the $500 million it was projected to cost, and quite a bit of that will be borne by taxpayers.   And his presidential papers will not even be stored there.  ??

Woman who survived being aborted at EIGHT MONTHS after a nurse heard her cries from the medical trash can spent 17 years tracing her birth mother and reveals how she learned to forgive
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Tyler Dahnke  9/30
Addressing the House of Commons on November 11, 1947, Winston Churchill famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” I’ll borrow his sentiment and suggest the same rings true of the United States of America. All nations have flaws because they are the product of humans, who in their nature are often deeply flawed. Our great country is no different. The U.S. is home to thieves, rapists, murderers, pedophiles, religious extremists, sexists and racists. But this small minority do not define us and they do not represent We The People.

Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, leftists, and now the NFL are all pushing a pernicious myth that the United States is a bad and racist place. They lie and say that large swaths of our citizenry are oppressed. They lie and say that the United States is a land characterized by white privilege, income inequality, political corruption and persecution. They lie and say that kneeling during our anthem is not disrespecting our flag.

On September 25, the FBI released their violent crime statistics for 2016. According to Heather Mac Donald's analysis of this report and Washington Post data, 16 unarmed black men were killed by police officers last year. She makes an important distinction that a suspect’s categorization as “unarmed” does not lend insight into whether they were violently engaging an officer, or putting the lives of others at risk, only that they were not carrying a firearm or knife at the time of the shooting. With this in mind, truly unjustified police shootings of young, unarmed black men are rarer than the 16 identified by the Post.

There are slightly more than 37 million black people living in the United States. This means that, even if it's assumed that all 16 shootings involved excessive use of force, unarmed black Americans have a 0.000043% chance of being shot by a police officer. To put that in perspective, the average person has roughly a 0.033% chance of being struck by lightning in their lifetime.

This is what Colin Kaepernick and the NFL are protesting. Imaginary, fictitious, systemic police racism. This is why they refuse to take pride in our flag. And that begs the question: Is there any flag Kaepernick would stand for?

What country is more generous than the United States? Last year, individuals broke the previous world record (also set by us) by donating $390.05 billion to charitable organizations.

What country treats the LGBT community with more tolerance than the United States? Certainly not Jamaica, where anal intercourse is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor. Not in Middle Eastern countries, where homosexuals are punished even more harshly. In Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, to be gay is a death sentence. Here in the U.S., if a private business owner doesn’t want to make a cake for a gay wedding, they’re publicly shamed and make national news.

What country has greater economic opportunity than the United States? The World Bank lists the global poverty line at $1.90 per day. Assuming one works every day of the year at that rate, their annual income would be only $693.50. Compare that with the United States, which marks it’s poverty line at $22,162 a year. Our poverty line starts 31 times higher than the global rate. Our economy represents 25% of the world’s GDP. The United States and its wealth have been vastly more instrumental in lifting human beings out of poverty than any nation in history.

What country has contributed more to the world than the United States? We invented the modern suspension bridge, the electric light bulb, photographic film, the skyscraper, electric traffic lights, frozen food, automatic car transmissions, the assembly line, airplanes, credit cards, disposable diapers, the integrated circuit, lasers, personal computers, mobile phones, space shuttles, the internet, GPS, and perhaps most importantly, chocolate chip cookies.

And now, the question at hand. What predominantly white country has provided more opportunity and equality to its minority black population than the United States? Yes, the legacy of slavery hangs over our founding like a shroud, but to pretend we are alone in this is pure fiction. Slavery was a worldwide evil. In 1778, the state of Virginia abolished the importation of slaves. This effort was led by Thomas Jefferson, who, as president, also signed legislation that criminalized the international slave trade in 1807. England passed similar legislation that same year. Sweden abolished the slave trade in 1813, The Netherlands in 1814, France in 1826, Brazil in 1851. Almost the entire developed world decided that slavery was evil in a period of about 50 years. No one would pretend that it’s been roses since then. But in fighting the civil war, abolishing Jim Crow, and amending our constitution to provide equal protections and rights under the law, the United States has made more progress toward living our ideals than most modern nations.

There are still approximately 30 million people enslaved in the world today. Slave trading still exists in countries like Haiti, Pakistan, and India, and is still practiced widely across the African continent. Black Americans are afforded more opportunity here than they would be anywhere else on Earth. No country in Europe has ever elected a black Chief Executive. Neither has Canada. In fact, no country with a minority black population, apart from us, has done so. We cherished black musicians, actors, poets, writers, scholars, athletes, politicians, judges, and businessmen. Above all other labels, those people are viewed as great Americans. And why is that?

Because America is not racist. It’s the worst country on Earth, except for all the others. And that is why I will always stand for our flag and our anthem. Because I’m honored, and grateful to live in what is still, and hopefully always will be, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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OTHER COLUMNS
“The NFL misunderstood its own nature. It’s not just that it is a game that should be a respite from political and social contention; as a quasi-national festival, it should be identified with a certain baseline of patriotism (the national anthem, the enormous American flags on the field before games, the military flyovers, etc.). Colin Kaepernick cracked this image, and Donald Trump drove a wedge through it.”
              =Rich Lowry
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LEFTIST WATCH
Tom Steyer, Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist, has demanded Democratic lawmakers and candidates pledge to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump if they take control of Congress next year.

The Kellogg Foundation. The Ford Foundation. The Open Society Foundation. (G. Soros) The California Endowment. The Marquerite Casey Foundation. Fidelity Charitable Gift. The open borders-promoting National Immigration Law Center. These are some of the very deep pocket groups that have donated MILLIONS to the far-left, militant Center for Community Change which has been described as follows: The Center for Community Change, a Washington, D.C.-based 501 (c)(3) progressive community organizing group that does not reveal its donors, has been involved in direct action against President Donald Trump and Republicans before and after the November elections.

Former Obama White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer called for the United States to implement an Australian-style gun confiscation program in an article published on Wednesday.

The Southern Poverty Law Center:  Making money on hate
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GLOBALONEY
Netflix’s ‘Magic School Bus’ Warns Kids ‘Use alternative “clean” energy or a hideous monster will eat you. This is the heartwarming green message aimed at winning the hearts and minds of young children in the animated Netflix series The Magic School Bus Rides Again.
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ARTICLES
Conservatives and economic nationalist leaders are looking past the current dysfunction in Washington to a group of new and exciting young candidates throwing their hats in the ring nationwide to break the gridlock with midterm election victories. This group of individuals, which some are calling “The League of Extraordinary Candidates,” is emerging nationally—a distinct slate of U.S. Senate and House candidates, as well as key gubernatorial contenders, all united in their focus on breaking the logjam in Congress.
“The GOP Becomes the Party of the Little Guy”
President Trump’s campaign operatives and other allies have begun surveying the political landscape for his 2020 reelection bid, viewing a handful of upcoming midterm races as especially insightful to his strategic path three years from now.

“Donald Trump´s True Nature”

People were understandably horrified that Stephen Paddock was able to fire what amounted to machine guns into a crowd. Yet similar weapons were being fired in movie theaters around the country. Three of the top five movies at the box office featured characters blasting away with automatic weapons.

“We’re having a fight...within the black community against Marxism and socialism,” said retired NFL safety Burgess Owens on Saturday’s Fox & Friends. Owens told host Chris Wallace that leftist ideology is fomenting anti-Americanism as well as feelings of hopelessness within the black community.
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VIDEOS, PHOTOS, CHARTS, ETC
It seems like everyone in the country is weighing in on the national anthem debate, and that includes North Dakota farmer Gene Hanson. Hanson went viral this week for mowing a message into his bean crops: “We stand for the national anthem.”
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WISE WORDS
“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think … but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.”
            -William F. Buckley

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”
            -Noah Webster