Focusing on what is really important.
HT Reid Epstein
Via Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump called on two conservative outlets during his joint press conference Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and journalists are not happy.
The president called on Christian Broadcasting Network and Townhall for the two allotted questions for U.S. media at the event. The CBN reporter asked about the resignation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, and the Townhall reporter focused her questions on a potential Middle East peace agreement.
I don’t like H&R Block anyway.
Via Washington Examiner:
Only the tax preparation service H&R Block won’t like a forthcoming White House tax plan meant to simplify filing, President Trump said Wednesday in a meeting with business leaders.
“H&R Block probably won’t be too happy. That’s one business that won’t be too happy,” Trump told a group of retail chief executives visiting him at the White House.
Trump’s plan, which he says is coming in weeks, will be “massive” and will “lower the rates very, very substantially for virtually everybody in every category,” he said.
Unmentioned was the controversial House Republican plan to adjust taxes at the border, a provision that would effectively tax imports.
Laugh it up Vlad. Sanctions are just gonna get tougher.
Via Washington Post:
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Russia had “secretly deployed” at least one operational unit of a ground-launched cruise missile known as the SSC-8.
The move, if confirmed, would be a direct violation of a landmark 1987 treaty that banned ground-launched missiles with a range between 300 to 3,400 miles. Commonly referred to as the INF or Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, it was billed at the time of its signing as one of the most “detailed and stringent” treaties in the history of nuclear arms control.
The existence of the SSC-8 missile is not new. Reports indicate that the nuclear-capable missile was first tested in early 2008. In 2014, after several years of watching the development of the missile program, the Obama administration announced that Russia had violated the INF treaty.
British Woman Wins The Lottery, Develops Shopping Addiction, Blames The Lottery For Giving Her The Money…
Via Daily Record:
Teenage Euromillions winner Jane Park has revealed she wants to sue Lotto bosses for “ruining her life”.
Jane Park was 17 when she scooped £1million after getting lucky with her first-ever ticket in 2013.
Now, she is planning to take legal action against Euromillions for negligence, claiming someone her age shouldn’t have been allowed to win.
Now 21, the wealthy property investor admits she thought winning the jackpot would make her life “10 times better”. Instead, she insists it “became 10 times worse”.
In an incredible interview, Jane even says sometimes she wishes she “had never won at all”.
Give ’em hell!
Via Daily Star:
ISIS fighters found themselves under attack from US Special Forces armed with an automatic grenade launcher after making contact near Mosul, Iraq.
The clip shows a group of American soldiers crouched inside a rocky trench while comrades manning the gun turret on a Humvee fire at ISIS fighters holed in a building nearby.
Bullets can be heard whistling overhead as the two forced trade gunfire.
A soldier in the Humvee fires multiple explosives from his automatic grenade launcher before the footage cuts to two soldiers preparing to fire from a mortar pointed toward the enemy.
Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges — the marketplaces where consumers can buy individual health coverage under President Obama’s signature health care law — are in a “death spiral.”
Bertolini’s remarks at the Wall Street Journal’s The Future of Healthcare event came a day after the official breakup of his company’s proposed merger with the health insurer Humana — a divorce that will cost Aetna a $1 billion breakup fee. It also came a day after Humana announced it would pull out of all of its remaining ACA exchanges for 2018, arguing that the risk pool was unbalanced because not enough healthy people were signing up for insurance compared to the number of sick people.
“That logic shows just how much the risk pool is deteriorating in the ACA and how poorly structured the funding mechanism and premium model is,” Bertolini said. “I think you will see a lot more withdrawals this year of plans.”
Sounds like a good start.
American-led coalition forces fighting in Iraq and Syria have killed more than 60,000 Islamic State jihadists over the past two years, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command announced Tuesday.
The number marks a 20 percent increase from December, when U.S. officials said that 50,000 ISIS militants had been killed, Military.com reported.
Army Gen. Raymond Thomas said the rise signifies the campaign’s progress in degrading the terrorist group.
“I’m not into morbid body counts, but that matters,” Thomas said at a National Defense Industrial Association conference in Maryland. “So when folks ask, do you need more aggressive [measures], do you need better [rules of engagement], I would tell you that we’re being pretty darn prolific right now.”
Wherever there are mass migrations of Muslims, from Europe to the U.S. to Australia, they are not assimilating into the host nations’ societies. Instead, they form insular societies which primarily revolve around the mosque. They don’t meld into their neighborhoods, they overtake and change them.
“Self-segregation has become a reality” in Australia, says Senator Malcolm Roberts, with people “fleeing areas of heavy migrant settlement, especially Islamic settlement”.
“This is not only white flight, it is every kind of flight. Every type of Australian is fleeing these new ghettos” claimed the One Nation populist, citing research on diversity and societal cohesion which suggests the country’s identity and social fabric are beginning to fray.
“Culture and integration matter to Australians,” he told colleagues in the Australian parliament’s upper house, condemning the “coldness and arrogance of [the] political elites” who refused to recognise this.
“In our fraying society, self-segregation has become a reality. We the people are seeking to protect our children, our daughters, our property, our liberty,” he stated bluntly.
Sex attacks on women and girls have become increasingly common in Europe since the advent of the migrant crisis. The German authorities and media came under heavy criticism for apparently attempting to cover up an outbreak of mass sex attacks on New Year’s Eve 2015/16, while assaults in neighbouring Austria rose by 133 per cent in 2016.
More recently, Sweden was shocked when a gang rape was live streamed on Facebook, and Italian populist Matteo Salavini called for the introduction of chemical castration for sex offenders after a Nigerian migrant was accused of attempting to rape a 62-year-old woman working at an asylum centre.
Late night TV is in full anti-Trump mode and it gets uglier every night.
From Stephen Colbert’s Game of Thrones parody that put White House advisor Stephen Miller’s head on a spike to Conan O’Brien’s Nazi-themed jokes about the President’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, ratings-seeking late-night talk show hosts have apparently gone scorched-earth against President Donald Trump’s administration.
Miller’s TV profile rose over the weekend as he defended the Trump administration’s various policies on several Sunday talk shows. Miller told George Stephanopoulos that he would go on “any show, anywhere, anytime, and repeat it, and say the president of the United States is correct, 100 percent.”
To that, Colbert responded, “If you don’t show up, I’m gonna call you a liar. And if you do show up, I’m gonna call you a liar to your face,” and placed Miller in a minute-long parody video that featured various television characters violently attacking him.
As it were, going full-fledged anti-Trump has worked well for Colbert’s ratings. Having never topped his late-night competitor Jimmy Fallon, the CBS funnyman has bested The Tonight Show host in total viewers for two straight weeks, according to ratings released on Tuesday.
Indeed, it was more of the same across the late-night spectrum on Monday night.
IRAQ – Islamic State militants have burned to death 15 civilians, including children, for attempting to escape areas under the extremist group’s control, according to a security source.
“Daesh (Islamic State) militants have burned to death 15 civilians belonging to three families from al-Shajarah village in Hawija (55 km southwest Kirkuk),” a security source told Alsumaria News on Saturday. The group accused the victims of “abandoning the land of the caliphate,” the source added. They were submerged with tar and then set to fire before a crowd the source said.
The victims were bound to central Kirkuk and areas in neighboring Salahuddin province, according to the source. They were captured by IS on a road between al-Riyadh and Hamreen mountains area.
The group threatened citizens in the area they would be burned to death similarly if they try to escape.
Reaction instead of inaction. Update to this previous story.
Via The Gazette:
The FedEx driver who stopped protesters from burning an American flag in Iowa City in January was honored Monday night by American Legion Post 298.
The driver, Matt Uhrin of Cedar Rapids, was given a membership to the post in Marion. He also received a certificate of appreciation from the national Legion headquarters. during a Sunday ceremony in Des Moines.
The awards follow Urhin’s action on Jan. 26 when demonstrators were attempting to burn American flags on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City.
hrin, wearing his FedEx uniform, used a fire extinguisher on the flames and took away one of the flags. The action was captured in a video by the Iowa City Press-Citizen, which went viral.
Uhrin, who served with the Army in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011, said he spotted the protesters while making deliveries. When he realized what was happening, he said he “just couldn’t let it happen.”
“My mind went back to having to load one of our sister company’s soldiers to an aircraft going home for his final flight. He was killed by a sniper,” Uhrin said.
“I flashed back to it, and I remember seeing his coffin on the cargo flight going home,” he said. “To me, it wasn’t just a flag. It was that flag. It was his memory being disgraced, and I couldn’t let it happen. It just wasn’t going to happen while I was there.”
Ken Rochholz, department commander for the Iowa American Legion, said the organization wanted to honor Uhrin for “bravely protecting” the flag. “He did the proper thing,” Rochholz said.
Shortly after the incident, FedEx tweeted that Uhrin would be keeping his job.
Two of the mall protesters were cited for open burning without a permit.
Rochholz said he doesn’t want to take away a protester’s right to free speech, but “we just don’t want them to bother the flag.”
This is just a sample of the anti-American indoctrination being dished up by radical college professors. This lunatic prof tells her class that the 62 million people who voted for Trump are terrorists. Why is she even commenting on any election when the course she is teaching is “human sexuality”?
The student who filmed his professor calling Donald Trump’s election “an act of terrorism” has received a one-semester suspension from Orange Coast College (OCC).
The previously anonymous student, Caleb O’Neil, has also received a number of other sanctions for recording his professor, Olga Pere Stable-Cox, including a mandatory meeting with the Dean of Students before he is readmitted, as well as remaining on disciplinary probation for one semester upon return from suspension.
Additionally, O’Neil must write an apology letter to professor as well as a three-page, double spaced essay discussing why he videotaped the professor despite “knowing that it was a violation of the course syllabus;” his “thoughts and analysis” on why he shared the video with others; what he thought would happen to Stable-Cox; the video’s impact “and ensuing damage to Orange Coast College students, faculty, and staff;” “other choices [he] could have made to resolve the situation;” and “[how he] will prevent this from happening again in the future.”
The email, sent by Interim Dean of Students Victoria Lugo, charged O’Neil with violating Student Code of Conduct against tape recording and unauthorized use of electronic devices in the classroom.
“Unauthorized recording is a serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct,” Lugo wrote. “This is clearly stated in the instructor’s course syllabus in addition to the student code of conduct. When we spoke, you stated that you felt badly about the things that had happened to individuals as a result of this incident. It is my hope that this experience will lead you to truly think through your actions and the consequences of those actions when making decisions in the future. As we discussed, the conduct process is part of the overall college learning process and I do believe that valuable lessons have been gained from this experience.”
O’Neil has seven days from the reception of the letter, dated February 9, to appeal. If he chooses to do so, his sanctions will be “deferred until the outcome of [the] appeal is determined.” A hearing scheduled by the College Disciplinary Officer, or designee, will take place between 10 and 30 days later.
Compare Media Coverage Of Flynn To Real Compromise Of U.S. Intel By Democratic Employees, The Awan Brothers
Are you hearing this all over the news? Or even anywhere else, other than conservative media?
Via Daily Caller:
House conservatives want to investigate three IT employees, all brothers, suspected of compromising the networks of Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Conservative Republicans — disappointed in House Democrats for hushing up the issue and in the media for failing to widely report the story — hope the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) will examine how House Democratic offices allowed the potential breach in national security information.
The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group was first to identify suspects Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan, who are under a U.S. Capitol Police criminal investigation for their use of congressional IT systems and alleged theft and over-billing of computer equipment.
Via NY Post:
As President Trump prepared for a visit from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, his administration is indicating it may try something other than the two-state solution to achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, a senior White House official said.
“It’s not for us to impose that vision,” the official told reporters Tuesday night.
“A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not our goal that anybody wants to achieve,” the administration official said.
“Peace is the goal, whether it comes in the form of a two-state solution, if that’s what the parties want or something else, if that’s what the parties want, we’re going to help them,” the official added.
The fact that Angela Davis and Rasmea Yousef Odeh tells you all you need to know about this. It isn’t a “Women’s March,” it’s a radical leftist march to sow chaos. As per usual.
Via Free Beacon:
The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington are taking the next step by planning a “general strike” during which they will block roads, abstain from domestic care, and strike against educational institutions on March 8.
Eight feminists, including activists Angela Davis, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, and Nancy Fraser, called last week for a “next step” two weeks after the Women’s March on Jan. 21, which was in part a protest against President Donald Trump one day after his inauguration.
The proposed next step is to launch a global women’s strike called “A Day Without a Woman” on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day.
Of course it is. FBI found nothing illicit in the conversations in January, but the Obama team is leaking them now, illegally, to media to create a crisis. If they actually had proof of anything illegal they wouldn’t have gone to media, they would have publicly announced it or brought to FBI.
Via Free Beacon:
Former CIA analyst and retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer during a Wednesday appearance on Fox Business Network named several Obama administration officials he suspected were behind the leaks prompting former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s resignation.
“Risk and Reward” host Deirdre Bolton asked Shaffer whether he thought leaks from the Obama administration were “the problem.”
“Absolutely,” Shaffer answered, saying the Obama administration was “directly involved” with the leak.
Great, then I will not get nailed for a penalty for refusing to comply.
The IRS is no longer requiring that tax returns indicate that a person has health insurance under Obamacare — a move that Reason magazine called a major blow to the law’s individual mandate.
In a statement to Reason, which first reported the change in policy Tuesday night, the IRS said it was responding to an order from President Trump to reduce the Affordable Care Act’s burdens on the American taxpayer.
“The recent executive order directed federal agencies to exercise authority and discretion available to them to reduce potential burden,” the IRS said in its statement. “Consistent with that, the IRS has decided to make changes that would continue to allow electronic and paper returns to be accepted for processing in instances where a taxpayer doesn’t indicate their coverage status.”