November 7, 2018

*Federal Government Cut 1,000 Jobs in  September; -16,000 Under Trump:
The number of people employed by the federal government declined by 1,000 in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since President Donald Trump took office, federal employment has declined by 16,000.

In December 2016, the month before Trump’s inauguration, there were 2,810,000 people employed by the federal government, according to the BLS data. By August 2018, that had declined by 15,000 to 2,795,000. In September, it declined another 1,000 to 2,794,000.

 *US Civil Rights Commissioner- Race Has Nothing to Do With Normal Americans’ Opposition to Illegal Immigration:

The media pundits who pillory President Trump for his firm stand against illegal immigration don’t have to worry about low-skilled foreigners taking their jobs or moving to their neighborhoods, so they can afford to be “politically correct,” said Peter Kirsanow, who is currently serving a third, six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

“Until they are threatened in terms of their job prospects or the quality of life in their neighborhoods, they can continue to engage in this political correctness,” Kirsanow told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Wednesday night.

*Saudi ‘Investigators’ Actually Removed Khashoggi Evidence, Says
Turkish Official:
A team of Saudi investigators supposedly sent to help Turkey investigate the murder of Jamal Khashoggi actually worked to remove evidence of the killing, a senior Turkish official has claimed. Turkey’s Sabah newspaper reported that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators, which arrived in Turkey a week after Khashoggi was killed, included experts on chemicals and toxicology who allegedly attempted to obfuscate the evidence.

An unnamed top official backed the report, saying the government believes two members of the team “came to Turkey for the sole purpose of covering up evidence” before Turkish police were allowed to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was murdered on Oct. 2. The official said the fact that a cleanup team was dispatched to the consulate suggests Khashoggi’s killing “was within the knowledge of top Saudi officials.”

*SNL Still Airing Offensive Video Mocking Navy SEAL
Who Lost Eye in Combat:
Despite a fierce backlash, NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) is still airing and promoting a video of one of its cast members mocking a former Navy SEAL for losing an eye to an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

On its official YouTube channel, SNL touts the video clip of the segment in which cast member Pete Davidson mocks former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch and claims the combat-injured veteran looks like “a hitman in a porno movie.”

*Facebook Apologizes for
Censorship of Pro-Life Ad:

Facebook apologized for banning a pro-life advertisement by theSusan B. Anthony List (SBA List) on Thursday, Nov. 1, saying it “never should have been disapproved.”

“This ad does not violate Facebook’s policies and should never have been disapproved. We’re sorry for this mistake – the ad has been restored and is now running on Facebook,” the company wrote.

The 30-second ad endorses U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) for her pro-life stance and condemns her opponent, Democrat Phil Bredesen, for his pro-choice views.

According to the SBA List, on Thursday morning “Facebook abruptly stopped running the group’s ad in Tennessee, exposing the abortion extremism of Phil Bredesen and supporting pro-life Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate. The ad had previously reached 90,000 low-turn out pro-life voters across the state.”


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Police Officers

  • Only around 1/3 of a police officer’s time is spent actually enforcing criminal law; most of the work of a police officer involves peacekeeping, order maintenance, and problem solving.
  • American law enforcement agents only solve around 21% of all reported crime.
  • Although law enforcement agencies were organized in England in the 13th century, the first modern police officers operated in London starting in 1829.
  • American police officers are organized locally, whereas police forces in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America are nationally organized.
  • The United States has roughly 18,000 separate law enforcement agencies, all of which operate largely independent of each other.
  • Police officers in England are sometimes called “Bobbies,” in honor of Sir Robert Peel, the founder of their modern police force.
  • If it works…
  • Police officers in Thailand can be forced to wear Hello Kittyarmbands as punishment for infractions such as illegal parking or showing up to work late.
  • In the American colonies, law enforcement initially took the form of “the watch,” a group of adult males that patrolled cities on the lookout for fires and crimes. Originally, all male citizens of a city were expected to take their turn as watchmen, but gradually it became a paid professional position.
  • The Japanese police experimented with a device called aMotorcycle Arresting Device to snare members of biker gangs.
  • During the early years of America, many southern states created “slave patrols” meant to prevent slave revolts and catch runaways. The Charleston slave patrol employed around 100 officers—far more officers than any northern police force of the time.


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It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.

This is already playing out. Throwback play-based preschools are trending in affluent neighborhoods — but Utah has been rolling out a state-funded online-only preschool, now serving around 10,000 children. Organizers announced that the screen-based preschool effort would expand in 2019 with a federal grant to Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Montana.

Lower-income teenagers spend an average of eight hours and seven minutes a day using screens for entertainment, while higher income peers spend five hours and 42 minutes, according to research by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit media watchdog. (This study counted each screen separately, so a child texting on a phone and watching TV for one hour counted as two hours of screens being used.) Two studies that look at race have found that white children are exposed to screens significantly less than African-American and Hispanic children.

This past week, I went to five car dealers in an upper-middle-class suburb of Los Angeles to see what SUV I’d like to lease. I wanted to patronize local car dealers because I want them to stay in business.

In each case, I experienced the following: I was greeted pleasantly upon entering the dealership. A young salesperson asked if he or she could help me. I told the salesperson the model I was interested in. He or she made a copy of my driver’s license and returned with a key to the car, and off we went.

In every instance, the salesperson was sweet, unenthusiastic and largely ignorant of the car in which I was interested.

All of them answered most of my questions — such as “Is this SUV available in all-wheel-drive?” — with some version of “l’ll look it up.”

While these young salespeople were unfailingly pleasant, none of them evinced passion.

I remember young (and old) car salesmen who loved cars. Sure, they would exaggerate a car’s qualities, but they knew all about it — inside and out. But this past week, not one of the salespeople said anything about the car during the test drive. Unless I asked questions, their only words were “Make a right at the next corner.”

It makes me wonder what young people are passionate about in our time: favorite TV shows and actors? Music? Video games? Sports?


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November 4, 2018

*Farrakhan‘s Anti-Semitic Slurs Far Pre-Date Bill Clinton’s Appearance With Him at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral:
When former President Bill Clinton appeared with Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan in August, Farrakhan had not yet posted his infamous tweet comparing Jews to termites – but, Farrakhan already had a long history of making anti-Semitic public statements.

“I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite,” Farrakhan posted on Twitter on Oct. 16, 2018, attaching video of his comments made during a speech. After public backlash, the video was removed from YouTube and Facebook – but, Twitter defended and refused to pull the post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports. The video remains posted on the Nation of Islam website.

Back on August 31, 2018, Clinton appeared with Farrakhan,Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton at the funeral of singerAretha Franklin – long after Farrakhan had earned a reputation for anti-Semitic rhetoric. He even called on then-President Clinton to “Stop bowing down” to Jews.

Inflammatory anti-Semitic remarks documented by theJewish Virtual Library and the Anti-Defamation League date back to at least 1998 and include Farrakhan calling Jews “Satanic” and suggesting the Holocaust was self-inflicted because they were “so bad at politics”:

•    “Don’t be afraid of the Zionists. Don’t be afraid of their power, Mr. Clinton. Stop bowing down.” – Speech at Howard University, Washington DC, 10/16/98

•    “Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.” – Sermon, 5/27/18

•    “Powerful Jews are my enemy.” – Saviour’s Day Speech, 2/25/18

•    “The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road.” – Saviours’ Day Speech, Chicago, 2/22/98

*Lindsey Graham: ‘Finally, a President Willing to Take on This Absurd
Policy of Birthright Citizenship’:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared support Tuesday forPresident Donald Trump’s imminent executive order ending America’s “absurd policy of birthright citizenship.”

“Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship, Graham said in a statement calling for an end to the policy that grants automatic citizenship to alien children born on U.S. soil.

“I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform – and at the same time – the elimination of birthright citizenship,” Sen. Graham said, promising to provide legislative backing to Trump’s executive order

*Pompeo Welcomes Danish Arrest
as Another Iranian Terror Plot in Europe is Foiled:
Denmark is withdrawing its ambassador and calling for concerted European Union action against the regime in Tehran, after foiling a plot to assassinate an Iranian dissident, the latest in a series of incidents exposing Iranian terror sponsorship in Europe.

“It’s hard to find words that can describe the severity of the matter we are dealing with,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told reporters.

Denmark would examine the possibility of strengthening E.U. sanctions, a response that would be most effective if taken together with “like-minded partners,” he said.

*Federal Employee Used Government Charge Card to Spend $400 at ‘Adult Entertainment Gentlemen’s Club’:
Employees of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, armed with government charge cards, made “at least 950” “unauthorized, unsupported, or ineligible purchases” in fiscal 2017, according to a report by the department’s inspector general.

These included a $400 charge at “an adult entertainment gentlemen’s club” and a $282 “unauthorized ATM withdrawal” followed by an $849 “unauthorized charge” at a Las Vegas casino hotel.

HUD’s travel cards were used for unauthorized, unsupported, or ineligible purchases in at least 950 instances totaling more than $95,000,” said the IG’s report.

The IG estimated the overall number of unauthorized, unsupported and ineligible purchase by examining a selected sampling of actual purchases.

*Chicago: 43 Shot, 5 Killed Over Weekend — 2,530 Shot, 469
Killed So Far This Year:
Over the weekend, 43 people were shot in Chicago and 5 of the victims died, making it one of the most violent weekends in the Windy City this year. Since the beginning of the year, 2,530 people have been shot in Chicago, according to the shooting and homicide data maintained by the Chicago Tribune.

Further data, collected by the Chicago Sun-Times, shows there have been 469 homicides in Chicago so far this year — 408 of those deaths resulted from shootings. Another 30 homicides were caused by stabbing and another 31 deaths were caused by “another type” of violence.

Despite these crimes, a new YouGov poll shows that nearly half (45%) of Chicagoans say gun violence is “not a problem.” Fifty-one percent say it is “a problem.”

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The inventor of popsicles, Frank Epperson, originally called his creation “Epsicles,” which was a combination of his name and the word “icicles.” His children, however, convinced him to change the name to what they called him “pop”; hence the name “popsicles.”
Sandra Day O’Connor ‘Rejected Chief
Justice Rehnquist’s Marriage Proposal’ in 1950s
Sandra Day O’Connor—the first woman to serve on theSupreme Court—apparently turned down a marriage proposal from William Rehnquist, who would go on be chief justice, when they studied together in the 1950s. The revelation comes from author Evan Thomas, who found letters between the two during his research for a book. NPR reports Sandra Day entered Stanford Law School in 1949, aged 19, and began to date classmate Rehnquist, then 26, during their second year of studying together.

Rehnquist graduated a semester early and left for a Supreme Court clerkship, but soon after sent a letter to Day telling her he wanted to see her to talk about “important things,” then wrote shortly afterward: “To be specific, Sandy, will you marry me this summer?” Their friends and colleagues were reportedly oblivious to the proposal until now. O’Connor and Rehnquist remained close friends until his death in 2005.

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We’re going to the polls and looking for leaders. What do we want? What a voter told Bret Baier a week ago, live from the campaign trail: someone she can cheer for. She was such an American, half hopeful, half wistful.

When people have real leaders, there’s a feeling of security: Somebody reliable is in charge. When a majority don’t feel that, there’s a sense of unrest, of jitteriness that filters out and down. America’s never at full peace, it’s not our style, but there’s a greater sense of soundness, and less frantic scrolling down for the latest horror, when you feel there are solid folk in office.

There are suddenly a lot of new books on leadership. I askedDoris Kearns Goodwin, author of the easygoing yet scholarly “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” why. “Because we feel the absence of leadership now, not only in the president but in the Congress—the inability to get together and get things done.” When you lack something, you try to define exactly what it is so you can find it. We feel “a yearning for togetherness” and wonder which political figures might help set the nation in a common direction.

You’ve probably heard the starfish story. There’s a boy on the beach who finds thousands of starfish washed ashore, dying. He picks one up and throws it back into the ocean. A passer-by asks him what’s the point of that. All these thousands of other starfish are still going to die. “Well,” the boy responds, “I saved that one.”

Many of our social programs are based on that theory of social change. We try to save people one at a time. We pick a promising kid in a neighborhood and give her a scholarship. Social programs and philanthropic efforts cream skim in a thousand ways. Or they mentor one at a time, assuming that the individual is the most important unit of social change.

Obviously it’s possible to do good that way. But you’re not really changing the structures and systems that shape lives.

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In a new book, Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Posthas a chart that reminds me of this debate. The chart contains two lines, the first measuring income inequality and the second measuring political polarization between the two parties in Congress. Both start in 1967 and go until almost the present. And both lines rise sharply, in close proximity: As inequality increases, so does polarization.
***A week after tickets went on sale for Britney Spears’“Domination” concert series at the Park MGM in Las Vegas — fresh on the heels of a yearslong Vegas stint that ended last December — her first month of shows remains more than half unsold, sources note.

By comparison, a 27-show stint for Lady Gaga that begins Dec. 28 at the same venue nearly sold out in the first week tickets were available. An Aerosmith residency that starts April 6 was 85 percent sold out in a week, according to sources.

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October 31, 2018

*Trump Tells Caravan: ‘Our
Military is Waiting for You!’:
President Donald Trump sent a message today via Twitter to the thousands of people now heading north through Mexico in a caravan aiming for the U.S. border.

“Many Gang Member and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border,” Trump said. “Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”

*On Instagram, 11,696 Examples of How Hate Thrives on Social Media:
A recent a search on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, produced a torrent of anti-Semitic images and videos uploaded in the wake of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

A search for the word “Jews” displayed 11,696 posts with the hashtag “#jewsdid911,” claiming that Jews had orchestrated the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Other hashtags on Instagram referenced Nazi ideology, including the number 88, an abbreviation used for the Nazi salute “Heil Hitler.”

The Instagram posts demonstrated a stark reality. Over the last 10 years, Silicon Valley’s social media companies have expanded their reach and influence to the furthest corners of the world. But it has become glaringly apparent that the companies never quite understood the negative consequences of that influence nor what to do about it — and that they cannot put the genie back in the bottle.

“Social media is emboldening people to cross the line and push the envelope on what they are willing to say to provoke and to incite,” said Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “The problem is clearly expanding.”

*Declining Trust Among Americans May Be Sending Many To Grave Sooner:
Trust in America is on the decline, and it may be preventing many people from living longer lives. A new study finds that people who are more trusting of others tend to have longer lifespans than those mired in suspicion.

Researchers from Stockholm University and Lund University turned to data from a nationally representative survey of more than 25,000 Americans between 1978 and 2010 for their work. Participants took part in the U.S. General Social Surveybetween, which measured individuals’ levels of trust through questions such as, “Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted, or that you cannot be too careful in dealing with other people?”

The authors then checked to see which participants were still living by the end of the study period in 2014, and found 6,424 participants had passed away. They found that people who exhibited higher levels of trust tended to enjoy longer lives.

*The military’s obsession with
energy drinks is contributing
to PTSD, study finds:
Getting adequate sleep is increasingly rare among the active duty military population, as frequent deviations from the body’s natural circadian rhythms due to a demanding operational tempo pit personnel in an ongoing struggle against the ever-persistent sandman.

To combat the sleep deprivation unique to this demographic, service members often turn to energy drinks, a prominent component of combat deployments that has become as paramount to mission success as any piece of protective gear or weaponry.

The prevalence of energy drink use in these settings is extraordinary. The life blood is virtually everywhere — and tends to cost nothing — resulting in an environment in which nearly half of deployed troops down at least one readily available crack can per day.

*Audrey Hepburn’s secret past
as a Nazi fighter:
Audrey Hepburn — heartbroken by the execution of her uncle by the Nazis — worked for the Resistance in World War II, an upcoming book will report.

Hepburn was a preteen ballerina in England when the war broke out in 1939. Her mother, a baroness, took her home to Holland hoping the Netherlands would stay neutral. But the country was soon occupied by the Third Reich.

In “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II” (due in April from GoodKnight Books), Robert Matzen presents proof that the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” star worked directly for Resistance leaders.

The execution of her uncle, Count Otto van Limburg Stirum, was traumatic. Matzen discovered a 188-page diary Otto wrote during the four months he was imprisoned before his heroic death.

*Tall people are more likely
to develop cancer:

There are a lot of things we all know we can do to curb our risk of getting cancer. Avoiding tobacco products is high on the list, as is doing out best to eat unprocessed foods (and maybe even go organic). One thing we definitely can’t control is our height, but past studies have indicated that cancer risk goes up the taller you are.

As the Guardian reports, a new study published inProceedings of The Royal Society B attempted to determine why that is. Was there some weird cellular quirk in taller people that was increasing instances of cancer, or maybe some link between the roles of genes associated with height and cancer-causing mechanisms later in life?

The data suggests that the only thing to blame is that tall people have more mass and thereby more tissue that could go rogue.

The study, which looked at the differences in cancer rates between men and women of varying heights, ultimately concluded that the sheer number of cells seems to be the driving factor in how likely an individual is to end up with cancer.

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While people have been touting the benefits of upping your alkaline levels for decades, the belief is not supported by any scientific evidence. Researchers who analyzed studies looking at the association of alkaline water with cancer treatment, notes that while “there are a few very poorly designed studies” that suggest alkaline water confers health benefits, there is no rigorous evidence this is the case.

What’s more, you simply can’t change the pH of your body by drinking alkaline water. “Your body regulates its [blood] pH in a very narrow range because all our enzymes are designed to work at pH 7.4. If our pH varied too much we wouldn’t survive.” said Dr. Tanis Fenton, an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary.

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Sometimes, credible-sounding claims of sexual assault are exposed as false only because there is a video recording.

Just this week, four California dentists recently charged with raping an intoxicated woman at a Las Vegas hotel were exonerated by a cell phone video that confirmed their claim of consensual sex.

Last year, a Shiprock, N.M., woman was charged with perjury after she accused her boyfriend of forcing himself on her but recanted once she was told he had a video.

Things are further complicated by the fact that today, accusations can be made online and amplified in the media even if no evidence is adjudicated. Add to that the shifting definitions of sexual assault and rape.

Are you “too drunk to consent” if your judgment is impaired but you can walk, talk, text, and initiate sex? (Title IX campus proceedings frequently hold male students responsible in such situations.)

Can you retroactively decide that an awkward encounter in which you never said no was nonconsensual? Given such confusion, some may be wrongly accused because of a gray-area experience reinterpreted as assault.


It’s easier to destroy trust than to build it, so the rippers have an advantage. But there are many more weavers, people who yearn to live in loving relationships and trusting communities. The weavers just need what any side in a war needs: training so we know how to wage it, strategies so we know how to win it and a call to arms so we know why we’re in it.


(Mr. Baker was secretary of state under
President George H.W. Bush)
Not being privy to intelligence reports about this matter, I cannot suggest a specific response that the White Houseought to take if Saudi government responsibility is established. But it should include actions that signal clear disapproval and a message that reform, not repression, is the best route forward for Saudi Arabia. The response must also reflect a sober assessment of the substantial and abiding value of our strategic partnership with the Saudis.

Few will be pleased with the administration’s ultimate response to this crisis, particularly the hard-line realists on one side and the hard-line idealists on the other. Nevertheless, United States officials should consider how President Bush reacted toTiananmen Square 29 years ago. This is the time for reasoned, careful actions that fully take into account both our national interests and our principles and values.

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