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Items filtered by date: Friday, 02 August 2019

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman dismissed Nick Sandmann's $250 million defamation suit against The Washington Post for its stories about a mythical racist hate-crime allegedly committed by Sandmann, a Catholic schoolboy, against fake war hero and "Indigenous Person" Nathan Phillips.

This is why people of sound judgment and good character despise the press, and also the courts.
For three days running after the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, the Post published vicious hit pieces -- six articles and three tweets, along with a deceptively edited 59-second video -- portraying the teenaged boy as a Goebbels-level racist, who violently smirked at a hapless Indian.
Thus, according to the Post, while waiting with his classmates at the Lincoln Memorial for their bus to arrive, Sandmann:
-- "accost(ed)" and "physically intimidated" Phillips;
-- blocked Phillips, refusing to let him retreat;
-- was part of a group chanting "build that wall," "Trump2020," and "go back to Africa" at Phillips and assorted
other left-wing, America-hating activists;
-- only relented in his taunting, "when Phillips and other activists walked away."
 
 
This is "true" in the sense of being the exact opposite of the truth.
Switch the aggressor and the prey and you've got the picture -- as proved by a one-hour, 46-minute video triumphantly posted on Facebook by the Black Hebrew Israelites the same day as the Post's first article on the incident. (They were the ones screaming at the Covington boys, calling them "incest babies," "dirty ass crackers," and "future school shooters." Sounds like a nice school trip.)
As the video makes clear, Sandmann was standing in the same place the whole time, minding his own business, when Phillips made a beeline to him, planted himself in front of the teenager and began banging his drum and singing loudly inches from Sandmann's face.
At no point did Sandmann, or his friends, chant "build that wall," "Trump2020," or "go back to Africa" or anything of the kind.
They were doing school cheers.
Phillips' harassment of the teenaged boy only ended when the school bus arrived to pick up the kids, and Sandmann boarded it -- not when Phillips, in humility and grace, walked away, as the Post reported.
The video also shows that, as soon as Sandmann departed, Phillips turned and celebrated his subjugation of the teenager, as a fellow Indigenous Person shouted: "I got him, man, I got him! ... We won, Grandpa, we f------ won, Grandpa!"
Last Friday, Judge Bertelsman threw out Sandmann's lawsuit against the Post on the grounds that who walked up to whom, who intimidated whom, and who was banging drums in the other guy's face is:
a) a matter of "opinion";
b) "subjective";
c) something the Post's reporters were told by a guy (the Indian); and
d) not a specific reference to Sandmann -- despite putting his photo all over their newspaper and Twitter feed. (Why,
it could have been anyone in a MAGA hat with an Indian banging a drum in his face!)
Of course, without the Post's "opinions," "subjective" terms and unquestioning acceptance of what some guy told them, there would have been no story. BREAKING: A group of Covington Catholic kids stood in general vicinity of an Indian and showed no particular reaction.
The judge acts as if the Post was absolutely required to write the story, and reporters were within their rights to use their own impressions -- even if they were wrong -- with no obligation to check the facts, even to the point of turning an innocent teenager into a worldwide object of hate.
You probably want to know more about the judge, so here's a report I've improvised:
Judge Bertelsman smirked [subjective term] as he and lawyers for the Post surrounded the Sandmann family [opinion] and taunted them [subjective term] for their Catholic faith [someone told me that]. (FN-1.)
A Carter appointee and avid collector of child pornography [subjective term], Judge Bertelsman is well-known as a white supremacist [opinion]. FN-2.
In previous rulings, Judge Bertelsman has endorsed snuff films [subjective term], trafficking in human body parts [someone told me that] (FN-3) and dumping industrial waste [subjective term] into pristine rivers and lakes. (FN-4.)
Bertelsman is a draft dodger [opinion] and has been accused of cheating [subjective term] on his bar exam. (FN-5.)
NOTE: The part of this column giving the judge's biography was written in haste, so didn't have time for fact checking. However, even assuming arguendo that the above statements were "about" Judge Bertelsman, I was careful to keep all assertions within legal realm of "opinion," "subjectivity" and "things people told me."
I did a great job. It's legally unassailable. FN-1: As Judge Bertelsman ruled, "surrounding" is a subjective term that can mean "walking away" or "standing
still."
FN-2: What? He liked "The Parent Trap" with Lindsay Lohan. You may not find that to be kiddie porn. I do.
Therefore, I may characterize him as a devotee of child pornography.
FN-3 See supra, "The Parent Trap."
FN-4: This is my opinion based on Judge Bertlesman's siding with corporate giant The Washington Post crushing a lone individual, Nick Sandmann. In every other context, we're supposed to take the individual's side, even if it's someone who took a space heater into the bathtub with him. Not anymore!
FN-5: Bertelsman actually served in Vietnam, but "serving" "in" "Vietnam" is subjective, and I choose to regard it as not going to Vietnam.
 
ANN COULTER
Published in Lifestyle
Saturday, 03 August 2019 07:20

U.S. Coast Guard Day: Always August 4th

U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. The U.S. Defense Department suggests that this day is largely an internal celebration for all Coast Guard personnel and their families, past and present. But, we'd like to encourage everyone to honor the brave members of this important branch of the military.

Celebrate U.S. Coast Guard Day by learning more about the responsibilities and functions of the U.S. Coast Guard. They are now playing an even more extensive role in Homeland Security to protect our country.

We here at the Sun Bay Paper salute all Coast Guard personnel today and every day. We hope you do, too.

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So that we understand each other…there are normal Democrat people, with common sense, not a lot, but who believe in our Rule of Law, our Constitution and our Republic with equal rights for ALL. They have more liberal opinions on things than us but…for the most part they aren’t nuts, like the Democraps! We even have many as friends and they are traditional Democrats and good people….

Then there are those who have no honor, no conscience, no plan except for self promotion and an insatiable appetite for money and power. They would sell their own mothers to become President of this great Nation, to change it to a Socialist Nation. “Some”, to their credit …even, actually stopped trying to hide their beliefs , 'came out of the closet', so to speak and admit they’re either commie ,red, pinko’s or Socialist Democrats or Democrat Socialists or Socialist Muslims or Progressive Socialist Democrat Modified Progressive Bisexual Democraps! They define my new word…DEMOCRAP.

All they spew is ridiculous, Fairytale, impossible, implausible, unattainable, “nutso” ideas that no 5th grader would even recommend. For example, I want you to assume that 82% of your electric power comes from fossil fuel and most of the rest from 98 nuclear plants in 30 States. Less than 10% comes from other sources like hydro, solar wind, and the hot air spewing from the lips of Democraps.

Now I want you to understand that what I am about to tell you is FACTUAL…not made up by me or a grade school 1st grader or a homeless crack head. It comes from most of the 20 Democrap hopefuls you just saw on the Democrat Debate. In their New Green Deal…the one that AOC thought up, the one that they almost all promoted but none voted for( that is very telling, isn’t it?) they tell us they want to eliminate “ all fossil fuel and nuclear power plants and eliminate entirely our dependence on fossil fuel, in 12 years”! Really?! They plan on grounding all air travel that depends on fossil fuel and to eliminate totally the use of oil, natural gas and coal!!!!

WITH WHAT DID THEY SAY WOULD REPLACE THE OIL, NATURAL GAS, COAL, NUCLEAR POWER…?
All I hear is SILENCE! What do you hear? Same thing …huh!

Okay…do we go back to “off the grid Alaska living”, because all they use is wood…please don’t tell them that wood is a fossil fuel or we will really be screwed!

Folks that’s in line with what Hussein Obama did to us. Before he built the “concentration camps” to hold illegal aliens, that the Democraps blame Trump for!

Obama said that he would and almost did… bankrupt every clean coal plant in the US. He dropped our Grid from 120% of capacity to less that 100% of capacity by closing Clean Coal Plants like the cleanest of them all, the Sommerst Power plant about 15 miles from my home. I never saw black soot coming from the stack, but Obama shut them down! Why? Ask him!

It gets better…all 20 of those brain dead Democrap Candidates want to give people who are here ILLEGALLY free health care, free housing, free food …that’s what they say…not me!

They live in the Land of Oz surrounded by pixie dust that turns into money for the grabbing by waving a magic wand…! That must be why Obama said that neither he nor Trump nor anybody else could bring manufacturing jobs back to the US (that Obama and the EPA) chased away, without Trump waving his magic wand. Obama really said that folks! Yea…he probably meant Trump couldn’t do it in 1…year…after all it took President Trump almost 2 years to accomplish that feat! And we have the lowest unemployment and greatest number of manufacturing jobs in our country’s history and for the first time and the US is the largest producer of oil and refined petroleum products (than ANY country in the World) and is ENERGY independent!!!

All that, must have been what Obama “started” by shutting down the Green River Oil Reserve, shutting down the Bakkan Oil Reserve and refinery , stopping the Canadian Pipe Line, stopping oil drilling near Canada and all the other stupid and downright Treasonous Acts the Great Obama accomplished.

We can’t afford another so called Democrat for President

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If you love sharks like we do, join us in celebrating Shark Week 2019! Did you know that sharks are one of the top ocean predators? They play an important role in the food web, helping to ensure balance in the ocean’s ecosystem.

Explore the sharktastic features below to glean something new about these amazing creatures. And while you're at it, get a closer look at how we study sharks and manage their populations.
Shark spine research may unlock new treatments for humans. Sharks may hold answers for doctors looking to take some of the bite out of osteoporosis and other degenerative human bone diseases.

NOAA Fisheries’ Apex Predators Program provided spinal column samples from shortfin mako, common thresher, dusky, and blue sharks to a scientist at Northwestern University working with the Department of Energy.

Shark spines are made of cartilage, not bone like most animals have. Professor Stuart Stock’s research seeks to answer questions about how shark cartilage forms and functions. Stock’s findings could ultimately lead to better methods for treating human bone diseases.

Shark spines constantly flex when they swim, yet remain surprisingly resilient during the fish’s lifespan. Human bones can’t endure the same kind of bending—they become more fragile with age. It just may be that these sharks will help scientists develop better medical treatments to help our bones be more resilient, too.

Seven Surprising Shark Facts

1. Some sharks have belly buttons.

Many sharks are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young. Like all sharks, species such as blue, bull, and hammerhead sharks rely at first on a yolk sac for nutrition. But they also develop a placental connection similar to a mammal’s umbilical cord. After the pups are born, they’re left with a scar between their pectoral fins—effectively a belly button. This is visible for up to a few months before healing completely.

The embryos of other viviparous species remain in a thin egg envelope while they grow inside their mother. They hatch when the yolk supply runs out. Some species will then absorb nutrients from their mother’s uterus or consume unfertilized eggs before birth. The first sand tiger to hatch in each uterus—sharks have two—will also consume the other embryos before feeding on unfertilized eggs.

The remainder of shark species are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs. The egg cases often have long tendrils that help secure the egg to seaweed or rocky habitat.

2. Pregnancy lasts years for some species.

Female spiny dogfish sharks have one of the longest confirmed pregnancies of any vertebrate: up to two years. Other sharks may have them beat. Some scientists estimate that basking shark gestation lasts up to 3.5 years. Frilled sharks may also carry their pups for more than three years.

Some smaller species are at the other end of the spectrum. Bonnethead sharks, for example, give birth after around five months.

3. Some species can have hundreds of pups. Others have no more than two.

Blue sharks have been known to give birth to more than a hundred live pups at once, and a whale shark collected off Taiwan was reported to have a litter of 300. Sand tiger sharks, on the other hand, deliver a maximum of two pups at once.

Small litter size is one reason some shark species are especially vulnerable to overfishing. It also plays a big role in the timing of rebuilding plans. For example, we expect it to take a total of 100 years for dusky shark populations to return to healthy levels in part because females give birth to just 3–16 pups every two or three years.

4. Many shark species call coastal waters home as juveniles.

Coastal and estuarine waters make good homes for shark pups. These areas often have many small fish and crustaceans. Shallower nursery areas also have fewer large predators, increasing the chance of survival.

NOAA Fisheries manages two research programs to identify shark nursery areas in the Atlantic. The data collected each year is used to decide whether areas should be protected as essential fish habitats.

5. Some sharks reach maturity in their 20s.

While many fish species mature in just a few years, sharks can take many years—and sometimes decades—to mature. Male white sharks reach sexual maturity after 26 years, for instance, while female white sharks aren’t ready to carry pups for 33 years. Even the shorter-lived lemon shark can’t reproduce until they are 13–15 years old.

Sharpnose sharks have among the fastest growth periods. They reach maturity around three years after birth.

We use a range of science-based tools to help prevent too many sharks from being fished before they reach maturity, including minimum size requirements and area closures. 6. Sharks can migrate thousands of miles in a year.

Sharks are found in oceans throughout the world. Some species migrate vast distances in search of food and to breed. Blue sharks, for instance, are transatlantic travelers, with some migrating from our East Coast to western Europe and Africa. A tagging program managed by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center has recorded several additional species traveling more than 1,000 miles in a single year, including dusky, sandbar, night, bigeye thresher, shortfin mako, and tiger sharks.

We’ve learned more about the movement of some shark species in recent decades thanks to advances in electronic tagging programs and modeling. The results of these programs are incorporated into the population assessments at the heart of our fishery management strategy.

7. Not all sharks are at the top of the food web.

There are over 500 species of sharks worldwide, and most of them are less than 3-feet long. Atlantic sharpnose, for example, are on the menu for larger species like bull sharks and hammerheads. Small sharks might also have to keep an eye out for orcas, seals, sea lions, octopuses, groupers and other predators depending on where they live and what other food is available.

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Did President Donald Trump launch his Twitter barrage at Elijah Cummings simply because the Baltimore congressman was black?

Was it just a "racist" attack on a member of the Black Caucus?

Or did Trump go after Cummings after a Saturday Fox News report that his district was in far worse condition than the Mexican border area for which Cummings had demagogically berated Border Patrol agents?

Here are Trump's crucial tweets:

"Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA...

"...the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cummings' District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place."

The Fox News report that triggered Trump's tweets featured a Maryland Republican strategist, Kimberly Klacik, whose videos showed piles of trash and abandoned homes in Baltimore. "A lot of people said he (Cummings) hasn't even been there in a while," Klacik claimed.

And Trump, it appears, has more ammunition than that.

Baltimore in 2018 was the murder capital of America and ranked second among her most violent major cities. With St. Louis and Detroit, Baltimore is always at or near the top of the list of the most dangerous American cities.

And what has Cummings, in office 28 years, done to alter that awful reputation?

As for the presence of rats and rodents, Baltimore has competitors.

There have lately been news reports of the homeless in LA and San Francisco living on city sidewalks, defecating where they sleep, attracting rodents and vermin, with little or nothing done about it.

Is it racist to call attention to the decline of so many of America's great cities that have long been under liberal Democratic rule?

Over this weekend, while Trump was tweeting, nine people were shot dead in Chicago and 39 wounded. Sounds like Baghdad or Kabul.

Is this the new normal that Americans must accept?

A prediction: The incidence of murders, rapes, robberies and assaults in urban America, which saw a steep decline in the last three decades, is about to rise again.

Why? Because the attitudes and policies that produced these sinking rates of crime and violence -- especially the dramatic increase in the incarceration of criminals in America -- are changing.

In 1980, some 500,000 criminals were in federal and state prisons and jails. By 2016, some 2.2 million inmates were in jails and prisons and another 4.5 million convicts were on parole or probation, being monitored.

As violent criminals were taken off the streets and put behind bars for years, crime fell, and most dramatically in cities like New York, where the backing of cops and intolerance of criminals by mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg was the most pronounced.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans were not victimized by crimes in the last three decades because their would-be perpetrators were behind bars. But today, a campaign is afoot to reduce prison populations and use more progressive methods to deal with crime.

Ex-Vice President Joe Biden, who, as a senator and a chairman of the Judiciary Committee, played a role in taking criminals off the streets, seems almost apologetic about what he and the "law and order" Republicans of those decades accomplished.

And the mindset that put first the right of the innocent to be free from domestic violence is vanishing. A recent video of NYPD cops being doused with pails of water as they made their rounds in Harlem has gone viral. The number of applicants for police training programs is dropping. Verbal assaults on "white racist cops" have taken a toll on police morale.

We seem to be drifting back to the 1960s, when crime began to soar and "law and order" began to surge as a national issue.

That issue helped Barry Goldwater capture the nomination from a Republican establishment that had controlled his party for decades.

In 1966, Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan ran as a law and order candidate for governor and routed the liberal incumbent by a million votes.

In 1968, Richard Nixon ran as the law and order candidate, which helped him to stave off George Wallace and defeat Hubert Humphrey, whose Democratic Party was almost twice the size as the GOP.

In 1988, Democratic nominee Gov. Michael Dukakis' prospects for the presidency vanished when he indicated he would not impose capital punishment, even on a criminal who had raped and murdered his wife.

Calling out the urban liberals who run most of America's cities, for their failure to make those cities more livable and safe, might be a winning issue for Trump in 2020.

Is this where Trump is headed? Is it a coincidence that Attorney General Bill Barr just said he will begin imposing the death penalty?

Patrick J. Buchanan

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