Monday, April 22, 2019

How Democrats misled the nation about Trump’s tax cuts

How Democrats misled the nation about Trump’s tax cuts

Say this for Democrats: They can be very effective — at least, when it comes to misleading Americans on taxes. That’s clear from the wide gap between the number of people who got tax cuts last year and the far smaller number who think they did.
As even The New York Times (yes, the anti-Trump Times) noted, Tax Policy Center figures show 65 percent of taxpayers got tax cuts last year, thanks to the 2017 Trump tax reforms; just 6 percent had to pay more.
Yet in early April, SurveyMonkey found only 40 percent of Americans believed they saw savings, and only 20 percent felt sure they had. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll last month found even fewer, just 17 percent, thought their families would pay less.
Why are so many people under the wrong impression about their own taxes? As the Times put it, the gap “appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand [Trump’s tax reform] as a broad middle-class tax increase.” Give the paper credit for honesty.
Fact is, “Democrats did a very good job” at convincing people they wouldn’t benefit, the Tax Policy Center’s Howard Gleckman observed. “The reality has been unable to break that perception.”
Here in New York, as E.J. McMahon noted on these pages recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo never stopped railing about the Trump tax cuts. He called them “an all-out direct attack on New York’s future,” suggesting they would effectively raise levies on middle-class families by as much as 25 percent.
Turns out “the vast majority” of New Yorkers actually “paid lower taxes in 2018 then they would have under the previous federal law,” wrote McMahon. Even Cuomo himself paid less: just $39,138 on his $211,289 income (18.5 percent), versus $41,765 on his slightly higher $212,776 income (19.6 percent) in 2017.
Add in the fact that the economy is strong — the job market’s hotter than it has been in years — and it’s hard to understate the benefits of the reforms passed by Republicans and signed by Trump.
Republicans just need to figure out how to overcome the deceitful messaging by the other side.

Dallas DA says he won't prosecute 'low-level' crimes like theft and felony drug possession

Dallas DA says he won't prosecute 'low-level' crimes like theft and felony drug possession

The Governor, the Mayor, the Police Department, the Police Union and many more aren't too happy about this Democrat's reform ideas.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot has stolen some of the political oxygen in the city, and the state in general, with his new reform measures, even with all the national news going on. But that small theft wouldn't be prosecuted by his office these days: They don't do that anymore.
Creuzot, a Democrat, has angered local and state officials, and importantly police unions, with his decree that his office will no longer be prosecuting what he has non-technically referred to as "low-level" crimes. As a recent Dallas Morning News op-ed put it, "shook" the people tasked with law enforcement and government. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say he has them "shook."
The new agenda for the new district attorney is, he says, aimed at ending "mass incarceration" and jail time for "technical" violations which aren't a threat to public safety. That includes a lot drug offenses, and although his letter informing the county residents of his overall plan was only published a week ago, he's already dismissed more than 1,000 drug possession cases since taking office this year.


Sri Lanka attacks: Who are National Thowheed Jamath

Sri Lanka attacks: Who are National Thowheed Jamath

A previously little-known group called the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) is being accused of having carried out the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.

However, neither NTJ, nor any other group, has admitted carrying out the wave of bombings which tore through the island, killing almost 300 people.
But still, the allegation raises the question, who are NTJ?


Until Monday, when the Sri Lankan government spokesman mentioned their name, very few people had heard of the NTJ.
The group is believed to have splintered off from another hardline Islamist group in the country, the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ).
While still relatively unknown, the SLTJ is a bit more established. Their secretary, Abdul Razik, was arrested in 2016 for inciting hatred against Buddhists. He later issued an apology.
Presentational grey line

More on the Sri Lanka attacks:

Presentational grey line
Some reports have also linked the NTJ to a spate of vandalism last year that targeted Buddhist temples in Mawanella, central Sri Lanka.
But they are an extremist fringe group within a small religious minority - only 9.7% of Sri Lanka's population of about 21 million are Muslim.
Their social media presence is also sparse. Although they have a Facebook page, it is only updated every few weeks or so. Their Twitter page hasn't been updated since March 2018. 
The group's website is also offline - although it's not clear if it was taken down before or after Sunday's attacks.

Links to the attacks

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters in Colombo on Monday that there had been "several warnings from foreign intelligence agencies about the impending attacks".
This isn't the only claim that officials had been alerted. 
Sri Lankan telecommunications minister, Harin Fernando, tweeted a document that was reportedly sent by Sri Lanka's police chief earlier this month. 
In that, the NTJ are explicitly named - as well as a warning that the group was planning to attack churches and the Indian High Commission. 
The document also names Mohamed Zahran, the group's leader.
Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka director for the International Crisis Group, also told BBC 5Live that NTJ "appears to be the same group" as those behind the Mawanella vandalism.
He added: "The police eventually arrested a group of young men who were said to have been the students of a preacher who's named in the intelligence document that came out yesterday [Sunday]."
Rajitha SenaratneImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionGovernment spokesman Rajitha Senaratne (file photo) named the NTJ as suspects
But officials suspect that the group wasn't acting alone.
"We don't see that only a small organisation in this country can do all that," Mr Senaratne said. "We are now investigating the international support for them, and their other links, how they produced the suicide bombers here, and how they produced bombs like this."
And while not naming the NTJ directly, the Sri Lankan president's office echoed this belief that whichever group was behind the attacks had help from abroad.
"The intelligence sections have reported that there are international terror groups which are behind the local terrorists," a statement from President Maithripala Sirisena said. "International assistance will be sought to combat them."

Police arrest Thawheed Jamath Secretary as hate-speech, religious tensions simmer again

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Clarice reminds us of our war with the sclerotic intellegence community. Why General Flynn was the target

Things the Media Ignored in the Mueller Report

Despite the oceans of pixels, buckets of ink, and hours of  TV and radio coverage respecting the Mueller report, there are two important things underplayed or ignored: the ubiquitous nature of Russian interference from 2014 on, which Obama ignored, and the real target of the witch hunt -- General Michael Flynn (and why). To get there, let’s  first quickly review the pre- and post- report major media coverage.
The Ridiculous Press Propagation of the Hoax and Response to the Report

Armed Mexican soldiers detain, disarm US soldiers on Texas side of the border

Armed Mexican soldiers detain, disarm US soldiers on Texas side of the border

The 'tactically fast' Mexican soldiers quickly surrounded the US soldiers

In a shocking incident that happened earlier this month, United States military commanders say a small group of armed Mexican soldiers briefly detained a pair of U.S. soldiers who were conducting a routine surveillance mission.
What's worse: The U.S. soldiers were sitting on the Texas-side of the border when the incident occurred.

What are the details?

United States Northern Command told CNN the incident happened in the afternoon on April 13.
"On April 13, 2019, at approximately 2 p.m. CDT, five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations in an unmarked [Customs and Border Protection] vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint, Texas," the military command said.
During the incident, the Mexican soldiers, who were armed with high-powered assault rifles, ordered the U.S. soldiers — one sergeant and a private — out of the unmarked vehicle, pointed their firearms at the U.S. personnel, and briefly detained them.

The Army sergeant, who was armed with his service pistol, was even disarmed, an incident report said.
"After a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area. The U.S. soldiers immediately contacted CBP, who responded quickly. Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols," John Cornelio, deputy director of public affairs for NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, told Newsweek.
The Mexican military personnel moved "tactically fast," preventing the U.S. soldiers from radioing for backup. To make matters worse, both the uniforms of the Mexican soldiers and their truck were not marked with "identifiable seals or symbols."
The incident took place south of the border fence, but north of the Rio Grande, the official border demarcation at that section of the border.
After the incident, Customs and Border Protection agents arrived at the scene, along with members from the soldiers' regiment.

What sparked the incident?

According to U.S. Northern Command: "An inquiry by CBP and DOD revealed that the Mexican military members believed that the US Army soldiers were south of the border."
"Though they were south of the border fence, U.S. soldiers remained in U.S. territory, north of the actual border," the statement explained.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Here's an idictment for you..Mueller's report looks bad for Obama

Mueller's report looks bad for Obama

The left's practice of "idea laundering"...the Groucho Marx joke about who are you going to believe me or your lying eyes.

Seattle Elites Coordinated A PR Campaign In Response To ‘Seattle Is Dying’

JOHN SEXTONPosted at 8:41 pm on April 19, 2019

Last month I wrote about an extraordinary news special produced by station KOMO in Seattle. Provocatively titled “Seattle is Dying” the hour-long special argued that the homeless problem in the city was a disaster for residents thanks to policies that let people with addictions or mental problems live in a law-free zone on the city’s streets.
Reporter Eric Johnson who wrote and narrated the special posted it on his Facebook page and it became a kind of community gathering space for thousands of Seattle residents who reacted strongly to what was in the piece. Most of those reactions were positive, i.e. agreeing that the city seemed to be experiencing a decline as a result of bad policies. I collected a couple dozen of the responses here.

But while many people in Seattle were saying the special was on to something, some of the city’s elites hired a PR firm to fight back. A writer and researcher named Christopher F. Rufo wrote about the effort for City Journal:
Earlier this month, leaked documents revealed that a group of prominent nonprofits—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Campion Advocacy Fund, the Raikes Foundation, and the Ballmer Group—hired a PR firm, Pyramid Communications, to conduct polling, create messaging, and disseminate the resulting content through a network of silent partners in academia, the press, government, and the nonprofit sector. The campaign, #SeattleForAll, is a case study in what writer James Lindsay calls “idea laundering”—creating misinformation and legitimizing it as objective truth through repetition in sympathetic media.
James Lindsay is one of the academics who was involved in the expose of “grievance studies” journals. The message the PR campaign generated was intended to put a smiley face on the disturbing facts covered in the “Seattle is Dying” special:
The key messages of the campaign include a number of misleading claims, including: “Seattle is making progress to end homelessness,” “1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness in our community struggle with drug or alcohol abuse,” and “[62 percent of Seattle voters believe] we are not spending enough to address homelessness.” All three contentions fail to meet basic scrutiny: street homelessness has increased 131 percent over the past five years; King County’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma admits that “the majority of the homeless population is addicted to or uses opioids” (not one in four); and 62 percent of Seattle voters agree to the statement “we are not spending enough” only when it is directly prefaced in the polling questionnaire by the phrase “other cities of the same size are spending 2 to 3 times the amount that Seattle is and are seeing significant reductions in homelessness”—itself an unsubstantiated claim. (When the same question is presented neutrally, without the framing, support for “we are not spending enough” drops to 7 percent).

MUST WATCH: Hilarious Little Girl Does Outstanding Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Impersonation

MUST WATCH: Hilarious Little Girl Does Outstanding Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Impersonation

video here:

There have been a lot of viral impersonations of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on social media, but none have been quite this hilarious and adorable.

Wearing glasses and bright red lipstick, a young girl brilliantly skewered the freshmen congresswoman in a way that put the current cast of Saturday Night Live to shame.
“Like, I’m Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, and like, I want to talk about like, climate change, because like, there’s no doubt cow farts are making the climate change,” the girl’s rant begins. “Like, in July the climate was 96 degrees and in February the climate was 36 degrees. O.M.G. like, that’s a huge change in the climate in only four months,” the girl continues after counting the months on her fingers.
The hilarious bit continues with the child claiming that the world is going to end in 12 years.“Like, I also want to talk about socialism because socialism is so amazing! Like, socialism is actually short for social media. Did you know that? Like, I use social media so I’m a socialist — and like three of the most successful countries in the world are socialist too. Venezuela, Facebook, and Twitter are all very successful socialist countries.”
The adorable impersonation concludes with the talented child asserting that she has a lot of friends who “moved to America from Facebook.”
Someone please give this child a television show