Stuff I Read Today

Mindless Conformism:

Another day, another student protest against a conservative MP on campus. But in calling for the lecture to be shut down, Mr Bruffey really let the cat out of the bag: the student left has come to represent all that its forbears fought against. To quote: ‘It is the view of President Billy Bruffey, and the SRC that this lecture will cause UNSW students to feel victimised and isolated, and that Mr Andrews’ views do not conform with those of the University or its students.’

Wow. It’s a fierce (read: flaccid) two punch combo: this lecture can’t go ahead, firstly because it will hurt our feelings, and secondly (and even more astonishingly) because your views aren’t conformist enough. Who would have thought – the future political leaders of the left explicitly demanding that everyone conform with the university’s alleged majority view?

Thus lie the smoking ruins of a once proud political movement. Gone are the days of radical, fearless (often violent) student nonconformism, bucking social mores, sticking it to the man, overthrowing the hegemony, bringing on the revolution and all the rest. Today, the mantra is the opposite: conform, obey, toe the line, don’t ask why, just do it – and if you don’t, I’m going to cry and then you’ll be sorry (because I’m special and delicate and I don’t like it when the world I live in makes me feel uncomfortable).

And they still tell us that the world is dangerously warming?

SHOCK CLAIM: World is on brink of 50 year ICE AGE and BRITAIN will bear the brunt

BRITAIN faces DECADES of savage winters driven by freak changes in global ocean conditions and a weakening of the sun.

Crippling blizzards, snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures threaten a yearly dose of Arctic misery for the next FIFTY YEARS at least – and possibly decades more.

Climate experts warn a rare pattern of water cooling in the north Atlantic will trigger a chain reaction of events leading to a “fully-blown ice age”.

And despite the attempt by almost the entire US media to bring him down, Donald Trump continues to ride high. And despite all attempts to bring her down, Hillary Clinton still looks set to be the Democratic presidential candidate. So how would they do head-to-head?

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The latest 2016 presidential poll has Donald Trump destroying Hitlery Clinton in a head-to-head matchup, 375 electoral votes to Hitlery’s 163. That is an astonishing 70% to 30%, and is very good news if you are a Donald Trump supporter…. and I am!

Based on an average of the RCP (Real Clear Politics) polling data from all the states and all the “head to head” matchups between Donald Trump (by far the winner of the GOP) and Hillary Clinton (The winner of the Democratic Party) shows bad news for the Democrats.

Clinton is losing handily in all the swing states, and is even losing Democrat strongholds of Maryland, Connecticut, and Oregon.

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37 Responses to Stuff I Read Today

  1. roobeedoo2 says:

    I read this today about Donald Trump and maybe one of the reasons why he’s so popular:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/rupert-murdoch-is-deviant-scum-20151013?page=3

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    Off topic, perhaps, but this is what I read today… A Gainesville, Florida pub voluntarily band smoking a couple weeks ago in order to join the “smokefree” modern era. Well after a single fortnight they have abandoned smokefree pub and allowed smoking again. So much for the antismoker propaganda (also the reason the antismokers insist upon blanket bans they know there is no true grassroots support for the coerced bans). Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend!

    The article follows…

    Durty Nelly’s brings back smoking
    By Christopher Curry
    Staff writer
    Published: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 2:16 p.m.
    Last Modified: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 2:16 p.m.
    After quitting for two weeks, downtown Gainesville’s Durty Nelly’s Irish pub has started smoking again.

    Durty Nelly’s, one of the last smoky bars left in downtown Gainesville, ended indoor smoking on Oct 1, a move owner Shauna Dixon felt would draw in more customers in a time when fewer people are smoking.

    But the move apparently had the opposite effect as loyal customers who frequented the West University Avenue bar to have a drink and light up a cigarette stopped coming.

    On Wednesday, Durty Nelly’s announced on its Facebook page that smoking was back:

    “We would like to thank everyone who stuck with us in our decision to go smoke free, however over the past couple of weeks the message has become very clear, the decision has faltered.

    “As of today we would like to welcome all of our smoking customers back into the fold. We would like to remind you we now have a small outside area where you can sit and enjoy (this beautiful weather, cigarettes or both) but you can also light them up inside.

    “Apologies to those that disagree with this decision, but know that that bottom line is that we need to resuscitate the Ol’ Gurl, and we want to keep our staff employed, without your continued support none of the two are possible.

    “We always appreciate your business, and look forward to seeing some old and new faces.”

    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20151016/ARTICLES/151019772?p=1&tc=pg

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      I hit that story 2 weeks ago when it broke and told them then theyd lose 30% of their business or more just like all the rest did across the world…..I even left facts showing the losses. Glad they came to their sences I guess the Nazis didn’t offer to make up for the lost revenues……………lmao

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Barbecue and tobacco smoke could fetch fines up to $2200 under proposed NSW strata laws

    Tenants who create too much smoke when barbecuing their lamb chops or sausages on unit balconies could soon face fines of up to $2200 under proposed changes to strata laws.

    The same goes for smokers if the smoke from their cigarettes or cigars drifts into neighbouring units.

    The changes count among more than 90 amendments to strata laws introduced to the NSW Parliament on Wednesday, including a controversial provision that would allow entire unit blocks to be sold to developers if 75 per cent of owners agree.

    Tenants who barbecue on unit balconies could be fined under proposed new laws.
    Tenants who barbecue on unit balconies could be fined under proposed new laws. Photo: Getty

    Under current strata laws, residents are not allowed to create a “nuisance or hazard” that interferes with another person enjoying their lot or common property.

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    Residents also have the power to take their neighbours to a tribunal, if their actions are considered to be a “nuisance or hazard”.

    But legislation could soon be strengthened by specifically noting that smoke drift, such as tobacco and barbecue, can be considered a “nuisance or hazard”.

    The reforms also include a proposal to introduce a model by-law that deals with smoke drift such as from tobacco and barbecues.

    Under the by-law changes, owners corporations would be able to enforce a ban by issuing a notice to comply.

    If the smoker or barbecue fanatic fails to comply, the matter could be taken to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which has the power to issue a fine.

    If the tribunal finds there has been a breach, residents who create too much smoke drift could face fines of up to $1100 – double the penalty under old laws.

    The penalty will double to $2200 if the same offence occurs within 12 months.

    Megan Crisp lives in an apartment block in Sydney’s north-west and has smokers living next to, above and below her.

    “I can’t go out on the balcony, not until after they are gone, and usually I have to shut the doors,” Ms Crisp said.

    Ms Crisp said if her block adopts the new laws, she might be able to stop smoke coming into her lounge room.

    “It means I will hopefully be able to get an enforcement, rather than appeal to their sense of duty of care,” she said. “It will make them [her neighbours] more aware of the impact that smoking has.”

    Minister for Better Regulation Victor Dominello​ said the objective was to modernise strata laws to better reflect the way people live and work in 2015 and beyond.

    “Smoke drift is a nuisance and can adversely impact on residents,” Mr Dominello said.

    “The proposed reforms will benefit residents and empower owners corporations to tackle this problem.”

    More than 2 million people in NSW live in strata and by 2040, half of Sydneysiders will be living in Strata.

    The new laws are expected to come into effect on July 1, 2016.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/barbecue-and-tobacco-smoke-could-fetch-fines-up-to-2200-under-proposed-nsw-strata-laws-20151013-gk8jg9.html#ixzz3omd9CaSy

    • Jude says:

      Its interesting that in Australia we are constantly told that we need to have more high and medium density housing in cities, the usual “urban sprawl bad blah blah”, then we have laws like the one in your post, where living in strata titled units people are at the mercy of petty vindictive neighbours, and stupid restrictive laws, and are not free to enjoy their own homes, and they wonder why many people reject the notion of high and medium density housing. As the housing bubble bursts, (this is happening now), there are going to be an awful lot of empty apartment buildings around.

      The only time I lived in a unit complex, was when I was living in Sydney studying at Uni, the complex was situated on one of the main highways into the city centre, and it was impossible to have a window open because of the traffic pollution that poured in 24 hours a day, a balcony was a wasted space, as it was unusable due to the pollution. I couldn’t wait to get out of that filthy city, wonder how many others feel the same?

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Downtown Nashville has become a mini condo land with a lousy 600 sq feet running a cool 250 grand with a parking space of course! Its turned into liberal glass houses where hippies of the richer crowd now live and crime is rampant with daily drug busts and drive bys right in the streets. We average about 6 shootings a nite now in Nashville and its not just downtown or the ghettos its all over town………..usually blacks but a lot now are latino gangs and drug hits. I mean they walk right up in day lite and shoot the drug dealers enemy right in the head with people watching!

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Case dismissed against DC man banned from smoking in his own home

    Turn to 10

    A judge granted the family a temporary injunction banning Gray and Johnson, as well as any guests and family, from smoking in their home.

    http://turnto10.com/news/nation-world/case-dismissed-against-dc-man-banned-from-smoking-in-his-own-home

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Reached by phone, Johnson told 7 On Your Side she was thrilled with the decision, saying, “Amen. We have all our rights back.”

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    It appears the Nazis are really pushing PR NEWS RELEASES without comments now to a very great degree especially in the UK.

    DEB ARNOT BEHIND THIS and it was also in the Belfast paper with no comments and a few others including east Tennessee as a NEWS RELEASE and nothing more by the east ten state college system.

    http://www.foodworldnews.com/articles/44548/20151016/uk-smoking-pregnancy-smoking-smoking-in-pregnancy-challenge-group-action-on-smoking-and-health-bliss-faculty-of-public-health-royal-college-of-midwives-royal-college-of-nursing.htm

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    $300 for a pack of cigarettes: Smoking ban in NSW prisons creates thriving black market

    A ban on smoking in NSW prisons has created a thriving black market for tobacco, sparking at least one prison brawl and

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/300-for-a-cigarette-smoking-ban-in-nsw-prisons-creates-thriving-black-market-20151015-gk9vwz.html

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      It was heralded as a key step in improving the health of inmates and prison workers.

      Folks it just doesn’t get any better than this for our cause………….

      But less than three months in, the ban on smoking in NSW prisons has created a thriving black market and at least one brawl has broken out among inmates desperate for their ciggie fix.

      Since smoking was banned in August, the price of a pack of cigarettes has sky-rocketed from $28 on the prison buy-ups scheme to $300 on the black market, prison sources have told Fairfax Media

      Matches and papers, once sold through the buy-ups scheme for $3, now fetch up to $90.

      Amid the desperation, some unconventional ingenuity has emerged from inmates, who are making homemade cigarettes and designing makeshift tools to probe for scraps of tobacco.

      Inmates have begun soaking and cutting up nicotine patches, blending them with tea leaves and using pages from their state-issued Bibles to roll the toxic mix, Fairfax Media has been told by several prison insiders. Microwaves are being used to light cigarettes.

      It’s understood tea bags have since been removed from the buy-ups scheme in Long Bay prison.

      One prisoner has detailed a brawl that broke out in August between inmates in Cooma prison who were fighting over old cigarette butts found in a hole in a second-level railing once used as an ashtray.

      He said a group of men attached sticky tape to the end of a one-metre TV coaxial cord and were probing the 20-millimetre hole filled with old “bumpers” or cigarette butts.

      “Word soon spread around the prison that there was loads of vintage tobacco … The fight started after several inmates were heard arguing that they had disposed of bumpers down the hole [so] the bumpers should be divided equally,” he said.

      “Things only escalated when the inmate with the probing tool refused to share his invention.”

      The prisoner, whose identity has been withheld, said some inmates had armed themselves with plastic knives and were on their hands and knees digging out tobacco that had fallen into expansion joints in concrete.

      Others were scavenging prison yards and furniture for butts, which now fetch $4 for 10.

      “I don’t smoke but I believe the government has shot itself in the foot by banning tobacco. Not only is tobacco used for its calming effect, it was used as the prison currency,” he said.

      “The government might not realise it but they have just handed over another multi-million dollar business to the criminals.”

      A prison worker said she had seen boxes of matches sell for $90 and packs of “dirty” cigarettes – made from cutting cigarettes down with other material to make them go four times as far – for $300.

      The revelations followed a dawn raid at Parklea Correctional Centre on Thursday targeting contraband mobile phones, one of which had been used to access Instagram. An inmate used the social media site to boast about prison officers taking bribes to smuggle in tobacco, phones and drugs.

      Professor Tony Butler, program head of the Justice Health Research Program at the Kirby Institute, said smoking bans create black markets and the possibility of riots, whilst having a questionable impact on reducing smoking.

      One overseas study found that 63 per cent of prisoners relapse on their first day of release, he said in an editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia.

      In NSW juvenile prisons, 58 per cent of inmates have continued to smoke despite a ban.

      “Black markets develop and violence and intimidation increases,” Monash University law expert Anita Mackay wrote in one of several papers on the issue. “As one person said after their release from prison – ‘I’ve seen someone nearly get killed over a cigarette’.”

      Prisoner advocate Brett Collins, from Justice Action, said the ban introduced a raft of new problems.

      “People who have been previously smoking [the drug] ice are now injecting because they can’t get access to a lighter,” he said.

      “There are people using heroin for the first time – people are using injecting drugs whereas previously they used cigarette smoke. Otherwise there’s no way of controlling your mood.”

      An independent report on overcrowding in NSW prisons warned in May that smoking bans may tip angry, cramped prisoners over the edge and spark riots. A riot in Melbourne prison in June was believed to be sparked by a ban on smoking.

      A Corrective Services spokeswoman said workers “deserve a workplace that is free of second hand smoke and all the health benefits that flow from that”.

      “The implementation of the new policy has been very successful in providing this,” she said.

  7. Tom says:

    Has anyone mentioned this at all yet. There is a new nightly ad campaign in California, USA, pre-prime and early prime time, on all the channels in NorCal, probably SoCal too. It is another tax payer funded fake-charity, a subset of fake-charity TobaccoFreeCA, and this one features an “artist” who as the story goes, saw nothing but cigarette butts all over the ground, everywhere he went, so he gathered them all together and put a lot of time and effort into molding and glueing them all into the shape of a fallen tree trunk and limbs and then the fake-charity had it put on public display somewhere, some fake-onlookers come by to gawk at it and make funny faces of disgust over “smokers” and “smoking” and “cigarettes”, all the things the narration describes in disgusting detail using false claims and accusations. It makes sure to show children snubbing their noses as well as minority group members showing pangs of hateful disgust, in order, I assume, to demonstrate to the TV viewing audience how THEY should react, when confronted with seeing “a smoker”. And so the hate campaign intensifies.

    Here are the links, if nobody has seen this disgusting filthy propaganda piece of sh*t already, being aired nightly, non-stop, all over California – just in time to get their next one-party-only fake-“liberal” presidential candidate into office, by conforming the population in all these other things, like anti-smoking, first. From which, “can’t we all agree” to anti-smoking, segues into can’t we all vote for “the one party” candidate, come fall time.

    They know what they are doing, corrupt, filthy, Nazi bast*rds that they are.

    (And, as predicted, anti-smoking in Germany, under EU, has now turned into the German government is paying the publishing tag to have Mein Kempf being printed up in the millions of copies, to distribute to all the new incoming migrants flowing in past the borders, and that is a true new development as well. Don’t say anti-smoking doesn’t lead to all this other, that it isn’t one of the strongest indicators there is that all freedoms and liberties will soon be destroyed in a fury of prohibitionist zeal.)

    http://nomasbutts.org/en/

    Also, note this. The ad is in English, but their organizational name is in Spanish, No MAS Butts, so they are obviously going after the new immigrant crowd moving into the state, to let them know, when they come to CA, their smoking will NOT be tolerated – as they are teaching the Latino community to despise all smokers, to get them up to speed on the methods of social castigation and methods of hate.

    And, they have a # receiving Tweets, which is on their website. But they put their little caveat:

    “The California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) reserves the sole right to review and delete any comments or posts that are deemed inappropriate. ”

    So, do not expect to be able to comment or protest against it. The powers that be “reserves the sole right” to censor anyone disagreeing with their opinion, preached as “fact”.

    • Frank Davis says:

      (And, as predicted, anti-smoking in Germany, under EU, has now turned into the German government is paying the publishing tag to have Mein Kempf being printed up in the millions of copies, to distribute to all the new incoming migrants flowing in past the borders, and that is a true new development as well. Don’t say anti-smoking doesn’t lead to all this other, that it isn’t one of the strongest indicators there is that all freedoms and liberties will soon be destroyed in a fury of prohibitionist zeal.)

      Source?

      • Tom says:

        Here are two links.

        http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/10/germanys_wilkommen_to_muslims_will_include_publishing_emmein_kampfem.html

        http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/10/15/mein-kampf-sold-germany/

        And a quote:

        “Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler’s malevolent and malignant anti-Semitic manifesto, will be sold in German bookstores starting in January. The Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History (IFZ), funded by the German government, has edited an annotated version of the book, and will publish it after the copyright held by the German state of Bavaria expires in January 2016.”

        And another quote:

        “Of course, Mein Kampf has been a perennial bestseller in Arabic, and it is doubtful many of the “refugees” will need to resort to the annotated German language-edition on offer from the federal government of Germany. Still, the resumption of publication in Germany is not a welcome symbol of what lies ahead as the country changes.

        Is everything old new again?”

      • Tom says:

        BTW and aside from your question, information about California and San Francisco, in particular, that might be of interest – regarding the birthplace of the UN and ultimately, Agenda 21, which is de-facto the law in San Francisco and all surrounding Bay Area Counties, why SF is at the center of smoking bans, plastic bag bans, gun bans, housing restrictions, a plethora of UN dictated mandates – ALL of which are coming into reality in SF as the “model city” from which the rest of the US will soon have forced on them. (Imagine $500 outdoor smoking ban fines, a reality in SF, showing up elsewhere soon, if it has not already.)

        SF was and still is the nesting grounds and the location where massive amounts of money, in the billions, flows in to fund over 1,300 and growing numbers of “progressive” “charities” and corporations beholding to “progressive” (aka – anti-smoking) ideologies and to UN manifested, pharmaceutical company originated, dictates – including forced vaccines, forced smoking bans, everything and anything that profits the UN cronies and pharmaceutical giants (which of course spills down and profits its benefactors and supporters such as Stanton Glantz and UCSF itself, as long as they continue pushing the anti-smoking agenda.)

        Here is a link to an article showing adoration and celebration in San Francisco recently, for the UN being established there back in 1945, the source from which ALL modern day smoking bans originated, ultimately.

        http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/the-young-global-citizen-and-un-agenda-21/

        And a quote (bearing in mind, Agenda 21 = smoking bans and tobacco illegalization, among other things):

        “The photo here was taken a couple of months ago at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945. The site of the celebration was the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda. Besides Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Brown, and Ted Turner (founder of the United Nations Foundation and media kingpin), and lots of UN-ophiles, there was a group of 50 ‘thought leaders from the millennial generation.’ They were invited personally and given an indoctrination into how they could influence their young devotees to be Global Citizens. This is a part of a huge propaganda campaign designed to make UN Agenda 21 cool and hip, and unassailable.”

        And also note – the photo showing a near worshipping event of the UN taking place recently in SF is over-shadowed by something lesser known outside of SF – but at the very top of Nob Hill, the old-money influence center above the Finance District and overlooking the Trans Am Pyramid, there is a confluence of three buildings in particular, a trilogy/triad – which are the Union Pacific Club (private financial meeting place), the Masonic Temple (regional private Masonic meeting place) and Grace Cathedral (full of mysterious mazes and tied in with an ecumenical one-world-religion movement).

        And, it is at Grace Cathedral, similar to the photo in that link above, there are TWO altars to the UN, where one can kneel in front of the UN symbols and PRAY FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE UN. This, inside a “church”.

        And outside across from that are the strange statues and symbols on the block large huge Masonic Temple, and up from that, the secret money center meeting place of the Union Pacific Club, overlooking the Pyramid Building down below.

        So if anyone doesn’t think SF isn’t at a core, key center most point of this anti-smoking movement, then one might take into consideration all these other strange things going on in that city and where the money is coming from to keep it afloat in high riches while just 75 miles away in Central Valley the remainder of the state is left in squalid poverty and neglected.

  8. mikef317 says:

    Frank, since you’ve addressed the U. S. election, a while back I said I was going to write a rant about Ann Coulter and why people shouldn’t even read what she writes. Here it is. (I’m also working on one for Donald Trump.)

    I’ve been intending to do this since your June 19th post, Gloomy Conservatives. My subject isn’t your post. It’s the Coulter column you linked to (and which I think you viewed with some approval). Her topic is immigration to the U. S.

    Except for something like an essay called “The Sociology of Distorted Information,” Coulter should be ignored. She is a far right nut. What she says cannot be trusted. I’ll quote her column and offer some reasons to support this view.

    http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2015-06-17.html

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    I never bought her books, but Ann Coulter has been on American TV for at least 15 years. Off and on, I watched. While I generally disagreed with her opinions, she was smart, feisty, articulate, and defended her positions with gusto. A good TV guest.

    After a year or so, I stopped watching. I decided that Coulter was an asshole, and I don’t waste time listening to assholes.

    Nasty comment, but let’s look at her column. How many false and misleading statements does she make?

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    The subject is changes in U. S. immigration policy enacted into law in 1965. (50 years ago. While immigration is always an issue, a 50 year old law isn’t a current event.)

    AC quote: “Ted Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act…”

    The bill was originated by two Democrats. Kennedy was an avid supporter, but why claim it was his act? Obviously because….

    Even though he died in 2009, Kennedy is red meat to far right Republicans. Surpassed only by Obama and the Clintons, he is the devil incarnate. If Kennedy had ever spoke in favor of apple pie, Republicans would surely have campaigned against apple pie.

    In the House / Senate, what was Democratic / Republican support for the bill?

    From the link below. “74% of Democrats and 85% of Republicans voted for passage…. Most of the no votes were from the…South which was then still strongly Democratic.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965

    How is it a Democratic bill (no less Ted Kennedy’s bill) if more Republicans voted for it? For me, 74% and 85% indicate a hefty margin of agreement from both parties. Good policy or not, it was a bipartisan bill.

    AC quote: “Liberals couldn’t convince Americans to agree with them…. Kennedy’s immigration act brought in millions of poverty-stricken foreigners to live off the American taxpayer and bloc-vote for the Democrats.”

    “Liberals couldn’t convince Americans….” Were the 85% of Republicans who voted for the bill liberals? Are members of Congress not Americans?

    Why would “millions of poverty-stricken foreigners” “block-vote” for Democrats when Democrats were less likely to support the law?

    I’m bothered by the word “millions.” It’s plural, so it implies at least two million. That’s a lot of people. I don’t know real numbers, and I’m not inclined to research them, but…. I live in New York City – a major destination for new immigrants. If there were mobs of itinerant aliens wandering around the streets and camping out in Central Park, I never noticed them. (But maybe they all invaded Texas.)

    AC quote: “….poverty-stricken foreigners to live off the American taxpayer….” Prior to the 1965 act the U. S. had a quota system. We would accept X number of people from country A, and a different number from country B. The 1965 law gave preference to people with skills such as knowledge of chemistry or biology. Not every immigrant could apply for a job at Harvard – many were unskilled – but it wasn’t masses of people storming the Southern border or piling off boats in NYC and marching off to apply for welfare checks. The unskilled found jobs cleaning hotel rooms or working on farms. The skilled contributed their knowledge to American society (much to our benefit).

    AC quote “…half the country doesn’t pay taxes.” If they buy legal cigarettes they sure as hell do! There are many state and city taxes. In particular, sales taxes. Most things you buy in a store or a pub (fish, chips, and a pint) are taxed. (8.875% in New York City.) Gas to cook and heat your house, telephone, cable TV, electricity, buying a book or a new couch – most purchases are subject to tax. If you have a “legal” job with a company (as opposed to “off the books,” cash only) you also pay Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, long term disability taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and God only knows what else. Americans (legal or not) pay lots of taxes. (As do Brits, I’m sure!)

    When Coulter says half the country doesn’t pay taxes, she probably means federal income tax. (The dreaded IRS.) I don’t know if “half” is valid, but some legal U. S. citizens pay zero federal income tax – or even better, get a refund. (Your employer “withholds” money from your paycheck; this goes to the IRS and is credited to your yearly federal income tax due. But…. You can deduct state tax from your federal return; if Fed Tax due is smaller than State Tax paid, the dreaded IRS will send you a refund check.) This applies to people at the bottom of the economy, those who wash dishes in a restaurant or deliver pizza. They don’t earn enough income to pay federal income tax.

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    Coulter has two paragraphs: “One year before Clinton’s re-election in 1996.… Thousands of criminals were made citizens to ensure Clinton’s re-election.”

    Election fraud by a President is an impeachable offence. Coulter provides no citations to support her claim. If it was true, Republicans would have (rightfully) gone ballistic. I don’t recall this even being an issue. But actually, there was an issue….

    Let me do Coulter’s work. Was there a backlog of 800,000 requests for citizenship? Apparently yes. Were 180,000 people granted citizenship without FBI background checks? Apparently yes – which doesn’t mean they were criminals – it means that the FBI didn’t have enough investigators to review the applications. (Small government – not enough staff to do the job.) Out of a population with 146 million registered voters, could 180,000 people have swung the election in Clinton’s favor? Hell no.

    Contrary to Coulter, the issue was not simple. Below is a link to a long, complicated article about immigration problems in the Clinton era. To anyone who thinks Coulter’s claim is true, read the article.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1997/03/04/ins-accused-of-giving-in-to-politics/b3362f8b-0002-4e6b-8967-4f156da03672/

    High Crimes and Misdemeanors – or typical political squabbling?

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    In her fourth paragraph, Coulter ritually bows to Ronald Reagan. She DOESN’T say that twenty years after “Ted Kennedy’s bill,” Reagan signed a law that gave several million illegal immigrants a chance to become legal citizens. There were strict eligibility requirements, fines, and whatnot. I don’t know how many people benefited, but Reagan signed the law, and many people who would otherwise have been deported became legal citizens. (Bravo Ronald! Whoever these people were, and wherever they came from, welcome to America!)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Reform_and_Control_Act_of_1986

    Contrary to Coulter, below is a positive view of immigration. (I cite it because I always want to hear both sides of an argument.)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/opinion/the-immigration-dividend.html?ribbon-ad-idx=13&rref=opinion&_r=0

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    Border control and illegal immigrants are serious issues. There are people right and left who can argue points intelligently. Ann Coulter ain’t one of them. (Neither is Donald Trump.)

    When I read Ann Coulter, Ted Kennedy is prominently mentioned even though he didn’t originate the immigration bill. I hear “liberals couldn’t convince Americans to agree….” but the bill had more Republican than Democratic support. I DON”T hear about Ronald Reagan giving illegal immigrants legal status. I do hear about “poverty-stricken” (non-taxpaying!) foreigners living off taxpaying Americans and (per Ann Coulter) block-voting for Democrats. I also hear that Bill Clinton tried to rig the 1996 election.

    Ted Kennedy, liberals, illegal immigrants, poverty-stricken, taxpaying Americans, Bill Clinton! As in fishing, bloody chum thrown overboard, to attract radical right wing sharks.

    Fourth rate crap. Too many distortions of fact. Not mistakes – a warped view of history and reality. Something that could only “persuade” people who are already persuaded. (And yes, left wing nuts rant about secondhand smoke seeping through electric outlets and Florida sinking into the ocean because of global warming.)

    Colter / Kennedy are / were ideological extremists. They – and they alone – know the truth. All other viewpoints are false. A plague on both their houses! Both (are / were) nuts. I don’t listen to nuts, and I submit, neither should anyone else.

    =======================

    Anti-climactic, but it might be worth looking at Coulter in action. Below is a TV clip from “Real Time With Bill Maher” (U. S. Home Box Office).

    Background. Maher is a good comedian, but his comedy generally addresses serious subjects. He is a militant atheist (“imaginary friend Jesus Christ”). He is far left, a true believer in global warming. (His audience also skews left.) Maher and Coulter once “dated.” I don’t know the extent or duration of their relationship. She has appeared on his shows for maybe 15 years, but, as stated above, Coulter is a good guest for this type of program.

    https://youtu.be/tW0GowO_MaM An “overtime” clip with the same guests follows.

    Coulter appears to be losing her audience, even on the far right:

    THE LINK BELOW NO LONGER WORKS FOR ME.
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/why-isnt-anyone-outraged-by-ann-coulter-anymore.html
    Access http://nymag.com/ and search for “Ann Coulter” to see the article.

    http://www.salon.com/2015/06/29/ann_coulter_has_fallen_from_grace_%E2%80%94%C2%A0and_the_reason_why_is_actually_terrifying/

  9. mikef317 says:

    Frank, Frank, Frank.

    It’s 8 AM in New York, and I’d really like to go to sleep. But I just have to say something about your Clinton / Trump electoral map.

    !!&&%%##!!

    Per the text of your link, “Clinton cannot even hold on to California and New York without a major fight.”

    Is Smokervoter reading comments? California and New York will be “major fights” for Democrats?

    !!&&%%##!!

    =======================

    Not a well thought out (or even fair?) comment, but let me make some predictions that may or not happen. I’ll be proven either right or wrong.

    1) Short term. Joe Biden is already running for President. Whether he can beat Hillary Clinton is another matter. (Don’t count “super delegate” votes; they are subject to change without notice.)

    2) Long term. Donald Trump will not receive the Republican nomination. On the remote chance that he does, he will never be elected President.

    3) Long term. Whatever the results of the U. S. election, at best, the winner will get 55% of the vote. There will be nothing like the electoral map shown in your link.

    =======================

    Personal opinion. I have a ten block walk to my polling place. It takes about 10 minutes to stand in line and vote. I’d walk 10 blocks and spend 10 minutes for Biden. He is the only (potential) candidate with the knowledge – and more importantly, the temperament – to be President. No other candidate – Democrat or Republican – will get that 10 block walk or that 10 minutes of time. If they’re the only choice, I won’t vote.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Joe Biden is already running for President.

      That news hasn’t reached England yet, clearly.

      NBC News (3 hours ago): Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly close to a decision on a presidential run. But as the clock ticks, the challenges only increase for a national campaign.

      Maybe the electricity is a bit sluggish today or something.

      Anyway, I’m sure fellow New Yorker Walt will agree with you about Trump.

      • mikef317 says:

        Biden hasn’t FORMALLY announced. He could easily end the speculation with a simple “no.” But he hasn’t – which is why I think he intends to run. Short term speculation. We’ll soon see what he does or doesn’t do.

        =======================

        Donald Trump first became newsworthy in New York in the late 1970’s – mostly for real estate issues. (Not my favorite topic.) He has been on and off my radar (mostly off) for at least 40 years. I’d bet that Walt has had a similar experience.

        Frank, meaning no insult, when did you first become interested in Donald Trump? Six months ago? A year? I’m damn well sure it wasn’t 40 years ago.

        Over decades, me and my fellow New Yorker Walt have developed a negative opinion of Donald Trump. This might be an opinion that many Americans (those who don’t live in NY) don’t share. But other than watching his TV show, what do most Americans actually know about Trump?

        Again, this isn’t a fair comment. I have to finish writing my piece about The Donald. It will take somewhere between one and two thousand words. It will be very unfavorable. And I’m pretty sure Walt will agree with my assessment.

        =======================

        P. S.: NBC news. As reliable as the BBC?

        • Frank Davis says:

          when did you first become interested in Donald Trump? Six months ago? A year? I’m damn well sure it wasn’t 40 years ago.

          Well, certainly not 40 years ago. Maybe 20. I’ve been hearing about him on and off for a long time. Buildings with with his name plastered over them, and a divorce or two. He came over as a bit of a brash showman and self-publicist (and still does).

          I’ve learned quite a lot more about him recently. His mother was Scottish, from one of the islands (I forget which). So he’s actually half-British. And he takes quite a lot of interest in Scottish politics (he was for keeping the Union). For all I know he might have a British passport, as well as a US passport.

          Unless you and Walt have some inside info on him (like bodies buried deep in the concrete foundations of Trump Tower), I suspect that what you both really don’t like is his style. He’s too loud and brash. He’s insufficiently dignified to be “presidential” in the way the office demands. And I think you’re worried that he could be an embarrassment, by making a speech while eating a cheeseburger or something. And a danger, as he starts wars between cheeseburgers.

          But I think he’s a larger-than-life American. I like his way of blunt speaking, without relying on PR people (though don’t always agree with what he says). And I like the way he’s politically incorrect (e.g. not believing in global warming). And I like the way he’s not part of the US political establishment – although I’m not sure if that’s true, given that Hillary Clinton did attend one of his weddings. I can well see why he’s riding high in the opinion polls.

          In reality, the only person I don’t want to see as the next US president is Hillary Clinton. I can’t abide her. Although I quite liked Bill. Which is why I hope you’re right about Joe Biden entering the race. I don’t know much about him, but from what little I’ve seen, he looks like he could do the ‘presidential’ thing, after 8 years as Vice-President.

          Which reminds me that 10 years ago I used to read left wing US blogs. I’ve revisited a few recently. I always liked Digby. And also TPM. I was quite impressed yesterday when TPM showed how a recent Donald Trump tweet was a fake. Which was a very even-handed thing to have done.

          As for Ann Coulter, back when I was reading left wing US blogs, people like her and Rush Limbaugh and Free Republic were regarded as incarnations of the devil. I have a much softer attitude to them now than I did then. I think Ann Coulter is a bit of an all round tease, with her long blonde hair and micro-skirts and outrageous opinions (best one of all is she doesn’t think women should have the vote!). I think she has a sense of homour. And is a consummate wind-up artist. And also a big Trump supporter.

          Anyway, I’m just an onlooker from the other side of the pond. I think I’m going to enjoy this US election.

    • garyk30 says:

      “3) Long term. Whatever the results of the U. S. election, at best, the winner will get 55% of the vote. There will be nothing like the electoral map shown in your link.”

      If one candidate got 55% of the vote in each State, they would get ALL of the Electoral Votes.

      • waltc says:

        Gary beat me to that point. It’s the electoral, not the popular, vote that counts. As for the rest:

        FTR, what I dislike about Trump isn’t easily summed up but let me assure you I have nothing against brashness …or cheeseburgers. In fact, I like both –in the right mouth. Trump’s is the wrong one.

        apart from the fact that he’s long been a local joke –comically outsized ego, untrammeled ostentation, contempt for everyone he defines as “losers” (non-hustlers, non-millionaires, wounded soldiers) I believe he’s the worst kind of pandering demagogue, that Trump is about, and only about, Trump; that his currently avowed politics –even the few that sound sensible– are will o the wisps that will change –and in fact, HAVE changed– with the wind: that like Obama he’s got an emperor complex; that neither he nor his ideas–whether you agree with them or not– have any substance or base in any practical reality; that his outrageous thin-skinned ego and idiotic ad hominem approach to people and issues will cause him to implode when he meets the realities of a world where he can’t say “You’re fired!” to Putin, ISIS, congress, the press, the people, the economy.

        While I respectfully –and I really do mean respectfully–disagree with the gist of Mike’s too-progressive-for-me politics, I agree that in a Trump/Hillary election it’s honorable to sit it out. But unfortunately, I do think Trump could be the candidate and might even have a shot at becoming the president.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Right now Trump has the message and the look and appeal to win………nobody seems to be able to even dent his armor by any means. He is drawing large crowds and filling buildings with supporters all across the country. Especially here in Nashville he has wide support and appeal among all demographics.

          That the democrats cant field a candidate with any hope of winning, I do believe they’ve already succumbed to a republican president in the WH. They just want to ensure its a GOOD PROGRESSIVE RINO……..In stead of the one they fear most TRUMP.

          Trumps about the only one that took the public and has kept them from day one.

          His fast comebacks and wit are admirable qualities and he doesn’t ever really ever apologize for anything and that makes him a strong leader,a leader people are looking for. Somebody who will stabd up against the Nazis. But like all things these days I trust no politician on anything they all seem to be stuck in support of agenda 21 and the absolute domination of the world. With each passing day we keep seeing it unfolding.

          We aren’t the first to fight back others have been fighting the monster since before Hitler came to Power. What happened after ww2 seems to me was nothing but what hitler was already doing,just he didn’t let the other Nazis/socialists have any of the pie or power and hense fought him for that same power and we find that to be true in the invention of the UN CHARTER…Basically putting the liberal progressives in charge of that same power hitler wanted for himself…………

          The same Eugenics,the same anti-freeedon laws,the same anti-gun laws the same indoctrination in schools etc etc…………socialized everything. Yet socialism is a failed concept everytime it plays out and nationalism with strong national cultural ties always seem to win out,especially after the money to keep the socialist agenda alive dries up into nothing as is happening now the world over.

          1944 brought about todays world economic scheme via the UN.

          Its fast falling apart and once the financial strings of free money to countries id gone so will the power to control those countries as power struggles overtake them from within and ne strong men appear on the front pages everywhere as the NWO implodes.

        • Frank Davis says:

          Rush Limbaugh: Trump supporters small donations are saving him millions.

          …I’ll tell you what else. This is another really robust or glaring indication that Trump is just not your average, ordinary candidate that everybody has come to expect or has been forced into liking. This is all genuine. Every dollar donated to Trump comes from enthusiasm. There isn’t any mandatory, obligatory giving. These are people that want Trump elected and they’re willing to put their 38 to $50 to work in that effort. The important thing is he’s not soliciting it.

          Hollywood Reporter: “Donald Trump Has Spent Less Than $2 million of His Own Money on GOP Campaign.” They’re all just seething here. Trump was supposed to have been gone by now. Trump was supposed to have embarrassed himself or humiliated himself. He was some way supposed to have been sent packing by now. He certainly wasn’t gonna be able to secure a lead like this without spending any money. These people are all from inside the Beltway, including the media people, and the way you get anywhere in politics, you have to buy your way there.

          You have to raise money. You have to spend that money on ads. The donors get their take and their pick of you whenever they donate to you, and none of that is happening with Trump. It’s all outside the formula and they’re having trouble coming to grips with it.

          Jeb Bush has spent over $10 million of other people’s money, and got nowhere.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    It Looks Like Jeb Bush is About To Drop Out

    What took place at the No Labels Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire yesterday spells the end for one of the worst presidential campaigns in history. Inside GOP sources in the state of Flori…

    https://scorchedearthnews.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/it-looks-like-jeb-bush-is-about-to-drop-out/

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    Donald Trump Is About To Run Away With This Election

    The next two republican presidential debates are hosted by business channels. CNBC, where liberal bias should be minimal thanks to a heritage that includes…

    https://scorchedearthnews.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/donald-trump-is-about-to-run-away-with-this-election/

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      But the problem for Ben will be his scripted ideas juxtaposed with Trump’s off the top of his head, in his gut, life experience responses.

  12. harleyrider1978 says:

    SHOCK POLL: Trump Blue Collar Support highest since FDR in 1930s –…

    It may come as a surprise to many that Donald J Trump’s support from Blue Collar Americans (those involved in trades, manufacturing, industry, and labor) is the…

    http://prntly.com/blog/2015/10/17/shock-poll-trump-blue-collar-support-highest-since-fdr-in-1930s/

    It appears even the union boyz are going to vote trump

  13. harleyrider1978 says:

    Trump has consistently shown his appeal to the blue collar sector of the economy, pulling ahead of even Clinton and Sanders in “rust belt” states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Pennslyvania.

    These states have the highest share of “Blue Collar” voters in the nation, and many of them have not voted Republican in over 20 years.

    Trump’s appeal to blue collar workers is in the 60% range, higher than any candidate since Franklin Roosevelt won a massive landslide in 1936 on the support of the Blue Collar voter.

    WHY?

    Many factors are included, and analysts believe that Trump’s appeal to the working man comes from his promise to bring factory jobs back to the US, and his record as a successful businessman has been showcased on television on “The Apprentice.”

    Trump doesn’t do well with just the average “White Joe Sixpack,” he also gains a large share of black voters and even hispanics (25%, 37%)

    This appeal is allowing him to win in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennslyvania, and also is getting him votes in Manufacturing states like Connecticut and Massachuesetts. Though the two New England states may be long shots, recent polling suggests that he could make Democrats struggle in these “blue states” and waste resources there as Trump campaigns in more critical states like Wisconsin and Ohio.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      He misses that in 1994 union workers across America voted for Newt Gingrich and the republicans hands down. Even the AFL-CIO saw it coming and issued letters to all union members not to vote for republicans. I know I saw the one conrails union sent out to all railroad workers and mine workers in Pennsylvania that year.

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