News Forum - HomePage - RSS News Forum - HomePage - RSS ( Sat, 03 30 2016 03:30:47 GMT Sat, 03 30 2016 03:30:47 GMT Why Donald Trump´s Taiwan Call Changes Everything Sat, 03 11 2016 03:11:59 GMT d10db3a24c7068f2de17a3f74ca1807a12ee96c3 National Interest Magazine, by Gordon G. Chang Posted By: trapper- Sat, 03 11 2016 03:11:59 GMT Beijing today lodged a formal protest with the U.S. because President'elect Donald Trump, bypassing established diplomatic channels, spoke to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing'wen yesterday by telephone. During the call, each congratulated the other—Tsai captured the presidency in a landslide in mid'January—and both spoke of close relations. Beijing’s initial reactions, issued by China Central Television, the state broadcaster, and the foreign ministry, were mild, as was the protest, but expect tempers in the Chinese capital to flare in coming weeks. Why? In a few short minutes over the phone, Trump implicitly recognized Taiwan’s status as a sovereign state, thereby breaking with decades On Time, under Budget Sat, 03 00 2016 03:00:47 GMT 320474734e3c48878decd9716dd5ff73d8499d67 American Thinker, by David Prentice Posted By: magnante- Sat, 03 00 2016 03:00:47 GMT Most building contractors have a goal of finishing their projects in the time specified, with the money budgeted. The closer you get to doing both, the more profitable and the more successful your company will be. The sad truth is, most building companies have a hard time hitting those two very important goals. Why? Because it´s extremely difficult. Most construction projects have complexity that is hard to comprehend; the efforts of scheduling, price change, human error, and the cycles it takes to be on time and under budget are mind'boggling. (snip) One of the main reasons I preferred Trump early Jesus Christ´s tomb opened for first time in 500 years to reveal miraculous discovery inside Sat, 03 43 2016 02:43:39 GMT a165a4694cad9959309a8e99f2b18939e7ecdb79 Mirror [UK], by Warren Manger Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- Sat, 03 43 2016 02:43:39 GMT For decades debate has raged over whether the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem really is the site of the most famous miracle of all. The shrine is supposed to contain the tomb where Jesus Christ ’s body lay for three days after his crucifixion. The tomb has been sealed in marble since at least 1555 – and possibly centuries longer – to protect it from pilgrims who kept stealing pieces as holy relics. But over the preceding centuries the church had been destroyed and rebuilt so many times there were doubts about what it contained. Now the tomb’s Why Trump gets more hype out of 1,000 jobs than Obama does out of 16 million Sat, 03 39 2016 02:39:15 GMT 9a6d48c0eeda0a8f7fa8e0ce090e0b2e71abb151 Washington Post, by Ylan Q. Mui Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 03 39 2016 02:39:15 GMT At least for a moment, ­President'elect Donald Trump appeared to achieve this week what President Obama struggled to do for most of the past eight years: convince Americans that he can fix the economy. Cheering crowds greeted Trump during his victory lap through the Rust Belt this week following the announcement that the nation’s new negotiator'in'chief had struck a deal with heating and air conditioner manufacturer Carrier to keep a factory in Indiana from moving to Mexico. The agreement affected roughly 1,000 jobs and provided Trump the opportunity to deliver on a powerful campaign promise even before taking office. The Maybe Donald Trump knows exactly what he’s doing with these Cabinet picks Sat, 03 30 2016 02:30:55 GMT 78ae5c88e201f81ff05eeacc4917edce5141a204 Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 03 30 2016 02:30:55 GMT When Donald Trump was elected president three weeks ago, many Democrats '' and even some Republicans '' openly fretted about whom he would pick to be in his Cabinet. Would he appoint only loyalists who affirmed his views? People with zero experience?  People no one had ever heard of? With the announcement Thursday of Gen. James Mattis as his pick for secretary of defense, Trump continues to demonstrate that those early worries were way off base. In fact, Trump´s Cabinet choices '' and some of his potential choices '' reflect a political savviness that many people haven´t been willing to grant the president'elect. Let´s break Senator Gillibrand, Mad Dog, and Dirty Harry Sat, 03 21 2016 02:21:13 GMT c4955777b43dfefe47c65925ea51634fd2d25025 American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson Posted By: magnante- Sat, 03 21 2016 02:21:13 GMT Please, Senator Gillibrand, make my day. Go ahead and lead the opposition to the man our enemies already fear as “Mad Dog Mattis.” Because: transgender. Her hometown newspaper, The Albany Times'Union, reports: U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand became the first senator to oppose granting a waiver to allow retired Gen. James Mattis to become the nation´s secretary of defense. (snip) The nation desperately needs to see you challenge General Mattis on the importance of transgender personnel to our combat effectiveness. I can hardly wait. Please make my day, Senator. Meanwhile, in the non'feminist'left universe, everybody loves Mad Dog, as this Free Beacon compilation Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden to headline tribute to Harry Reid Sat, 03 16 2016 02:16:58 GMT 5c625ef7bef03aa34653c0c51e66ea4206bd5c73 Washington Post, by Paul Kane Posted By: KarenJ1- Sat, 03 16 2016 02:16:58 GMT Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden will headline a star'studded send'off for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid on Thursday as the Nevada Democrat ends his historic 30'year run in the chamber. With Congress aiming to end the legislative session next week, Reid’s last big day in office will conclude at a gala in the Kennedy Caucus Room at the Russell Senate Office Building, according to senior advisers. Behind the scenes, Reid is dispensing parting wisdom to his caucus, with his most senior political adviser giving an address to Democrats about how Reid delivered Nevada for Clinton and won every Leverage Maneuver – Trump Talks Openly With Taiwan’s President… Sat, 03 16 2016 02:16:25 GMT 96c1670fd5119da72a67f050cf8b366eaf64fb9f Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance Posted By: earlybird- Sat, 03 16 2016 02:16:25 GMT Ok, this one strategic maneuver has just pegged my too'much'winning needle on max overdrive. Donald Trump took a congratulatory phone call from the President of Taiwan, and now the Chinese will be apoplectic. Those of you who have been with us for a while, will note our arguments against China’s MFN (Most Favored Nation) trade status have continually fallen on deaf ears within DC. Why? Because they are political ears paid to remain necessarily deaf, while various Chinese national interests have taken influence over our legislative priorities on trade and commerce.In short, we’ve been ripped off. Bigly. For decades. Rule #1 in What the Carrier Intervention Portends Sat, 03 14 2016 02:14:16 GMT 247248c3de3c32f71f78ad1bd69d3054467bead8 National Review, by Jonah Goldberg Posted By: Dreadnought- Sat, 03 14 2016 02:14:16 GMT Dear Reader (including those of you who put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up), Let’s borrow a page from television and do the epistolary version of one of those show recaps. You know, like, “Previously on MacGuyver . . . ” (my favorite was how the TV version of Fargo sometimes began their episode recaps “Erstwhile on Fargo . . . ”). So, “Previously in the G'File . . . ” In September of 2015, I wrote a G'File on how Trump’s popularity was corrupting conservatism. Then, almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a “news”letter The jobs report is a perfect example of fake news Sat, 03 12 2016 02:12:34 GMT f2c586cb9f54949ea3b320e780c2886aa214506d Yahoo! Finance, by Myles Udland Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 03 12 2016 02:12:34 GMT On Friday, we learned the US economy added 178,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, while over 95 million Americans were not in the labor force. Each of these numbers — which come from a 39'page report filled with numbers — is true. But each of these numbers can be framed in various ways to tell wildly different stories. One person can say the unemployment rate is 4.6%. Another person can look at the same report and say the unemployment rate is 40.3%. 40.3% unemployment rate ?!?! Some folks might argue the “real” unemployment rate is 40.3%. But they are being Columbia University´s Climate: A Visit to an Alternate Universe Sat, 03 11 2016 02:11:14 GMT 2f0435df0c5d3a58382501e7f62343930df02d40 American Thinker, by Norman Rogers Posted By: magnante- Sat, 03 11 2016 02:11:14 GMT The subway stop at 116th Street in Manhattan is for Columbia University. Is this subway stop a wormhole to an alternate universe, where people look like everyone else but are possessed by strange ideas and incomprehensible ways of thinking? My journey to 116th Street was to attend a lecture titled &#34;What Would it Mean to Understand Climate Change?&#34; It is hard to understand the title of this lecture, and the official description of the lecture increases the confusion: Efforts abound to &#34;understand&#34; climate change. But what kind of understanding is needed? Does &#34;understanding&#34; mean the same thing to concerned citizens as it Mexicans fret over coming immigration changes under Trump administration Sat, 03 03 2016 02:03:16 GMT 7e37f09b6aa761c21bcb8a0b8d864c183f78e6d0 Fox News, by Hollie McKay Posted By: KarenJ1- Sat, 03 03 2016 02:03:16 GMT TIJUANA – Armed U.S. border patrol officers sit idly along a twisting mountain road that divides California and its southern neighbor, Baja Mexico, surveying the parched terrain that extends to the ocean. Some days, U.S.'bound illegal immigrants surrender themselves for asylum. Other days, bored and frustrated Mexican teens toss stones at the officers from behind the rocky shields. But now change is in the air, as people on both sides of the border – and the law – await the arrival of President'elect Donald Trump in the White House. &#34;We are very worried, no one was expecting those results,&#34; Martha My Unhappy Life as a Climate Heretic Sat, 03 29 2016 01:29:08 GMT 0bda9e3a7048f3d38233210fe32acd3f6e47562a Wall Street Journal, by Roger Pielke Jr. Posted By: jackburton- Sat, 03 29 2016 01:29:08 GMT Much to my surprise, I showed up in the WikiLeaks releases before the election. In a 2014 email, a staffer at the Center for American Progress, founded by John Podesta in 2003, took credit for a campaign to have me eliminated as a writer for Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website. In the email, the editor of the think tank’s climate blog bragged to one of its billionaire donors, Tom Steyer: “I think it’s fair [to] say that, without Climate Progress, Pielke would still be writing on climate change for 538.” Editor'In'Chief: Is Obama Going To Start A Media Company? Sat, 03 25 2016 01:25:30 GMT 27aa5c37633ecb5b2fbb023aec1acc99b1447f60 Daily Caller, by Alex Pfeiffer Posted By: KarenJ1- Sat, 03 25 2016 01:25:30 GMT President Barack Obama is interested in a career in digital media and potentially launching his own outlet, according to a report Friday from Mic citing sources close to the president. Obama’s communications director Jan Psaki denied that the president is seeking to be involved in digital media following January 20. “While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office,” Psaki said in a statement given to Mic. Mic’s report cites a source close GOP activists put Cuban'American, Fox analyst at front for RNC chair Sat, 03 20 2016 01:20:35 GMT ce563ee55ecb8e1d0c45b00fef365069e86f0a3c Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 03 20 2016 01:20:35 GMT Republican activists are cheering the possibility that Mercedes Schlapp, a Cuban'American Trump supporter and Fox analyst will replace Reince Priebus as head of the Republican National Committee. Party insiders said Friday that she is now near or at the top of the list of candidates being pushed by the White House and Trump advisor Stephen Bannon. (Tweet) &#34;She´s awesome,&#34; said one activist of Schlapp, one of the Hill´s &#34;50 Most Beautiful People&#34; and the influential wife of Matt Schlapp, who heads the American Conservative Union which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. The two have a political Ohio State University administrator faces calls for dismissal after seeking compassion for student who attacked Sat, 03 19 2016 01:19:03 GMT 12b8907da1542d9bf222183ed9eed3601ed8857b Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), by Karen Farkas Posted By: KarenJ1- Sat, 03 19 2016 01:19:03 GMT COLUMBUS, Ohio ' Ohio State University´s assistant director of residence life is facing calls for her dismissal after asking for compassion for Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who was killed after injuring 11 people in a car and knife attack Monday. (Snip) Stephanie Clemons Thompson posted a message to Facebook, including a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, on Tuesday chiding those who celebrated Artan´s death and posted photos of his body. While she wrote the message should not be shared, screenshots were soon circulating on social media. View image on Twitter ‘I’m truly AFRAID’ Humiliated Merkel is confronted by dad TERRIFIED at migrant influx Sat, 03 05 2016 01:05:51 GMT 8226b0bcfe3e23d899398dc1db9eb7aa9418e5f3 Daily Express [UK], by Allan Hall, Monika Pallenberg Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 03 05 2016 01:05:51 GMT ANGELA Merkel was left squirming after an enraged party member told her on a video link that her refugee policy had left him &#34;afraid for the safety and future of my four children&#34;. Mrs Merkel is normally protected from the sharp end of public opinion by phalanxes of flunkies, security personnel and office aides. But there was no hiding place when she agreed to a virtual town hall meeting which linked her in her Berlin office with conservative voters in Frankfurt. The embarrassing clash Thursday evening came days before her Christian Democratic Union party congress in Essen. It gave the Return To the First Island Chain Sat, 03 02 2016 01:02:47 GMT adefecb07644a0321b0e11539ee94f4dcf6d6f16 PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Posted By: Hazymac- Sat, 03 02 2016 01:02:47 GMT Donald Trump appears to have sent a message to Beijing: the First Island Chain will be held. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines will remain the Westernmost bulwark in the Pacific. The Hill writes: &#34;Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan President Tsai Ying'wen, a conversation that breaks decades of U.S. protocol and risks a clash with China. ... The phone call will almost certainly infuriate Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province.&#34; The First Island Chain, for those unfamiliar with the term, refers to a network of peninsulas and archipelagos which mirror the China coast, and whose possession blocks Clubbers feared trapped at California warehouse party after blaze breaks out Sat, 03 43 2016 12:43:49 GMT de86f9e206e49603b7b0acbf384ba79e21768cb6 Daily Mail [UK], by Jenny Stanton Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 03 43 2016 12:43:49 GMT Party'goers are feared trapped in a warehouse in California after a blaze broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is believed around a dozen people who were attending the party in Oakland, advertised as a ´Rave Cave´, are unaccounted for. The party was reportedly part of musician Golden Donna´s ‘100% Silk’ West Coast tour. More to follow Mike Rowe slams flag burners: ‘No country on the planet affords its citizens more liberty’ Sat, 03 37 2016 12:37:28 GMT 69a75bba8075e01ea41e3571b7ff77149d92cfe8 Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 03 37 2016 12:37:28 GMT Former “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe had some frank words for students who attend expensive colleges and then trample the American flag to protest oppression. Mr. Rowe penned a Facebook post Wednesday about Hampshire College, a private liberal arts college in Massachusetts that recently removed its American flag from campus amid tensions over Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 election win. Mr. Rowe took particular aim at university President Jonathan Lash, who explained at the time that the decision to remove the flag would allow the school to “focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti'immigrant, anti'Semitic, and anti'LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.” Trump shames Indiana factory moving to Mexco and firing 300 workers just day after he made deal to save jobs at Carrier factory Sat, 03 37 2016 12:37:01 GMT 16526eff1a2bdfe80ffb85bb5b1523c1ac37e974 Daily Mail [UK], by Staff Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 03 37 2016 12:37:01 GMT Donald Trump is taking on another Indiana manufacturer that has plans to let go of 300 workers and move operations to Mexico. On Friday night Trump set his sights on Rexnord, a bearings factory just a mile away from the Carrier plant agreed to keep 1,000 jobs in the US this week. ´Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers,´ Trump tweeted. ´This is happening all over our country. No more!´ Trump announced on Thursday that he had made a deal to save a thousand jobs in exchange for about $7million in Newt Gingrich: Expect Stupid And Broken Systems To Be Fixed With Trumpism Sat, 03 33 2016 12:33:51 GMT 7510322fac2dd9954956a141e6af11003df6bb50 Townhall, by Matt Vespa Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 03 33 2016 12:33:51 GMT Washington, D.C' Newt Gingrich was the closing speaker for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s three'day States and Nation Policy Summit held at the Grand Hyatt. Gingrich, a staunch Trump supporter, noted in his remarks that the GOP won, but the work of governing has only just begun, adding that he told the president'elect that he won the ticket to the dance, but that’s about it. He now needs to prove he can dance, deliver on some of his promises, and prepare for re'election at the same time. It’s the usual process for the many presidents that assumed office before Trump. How <i>A Christmas Story</i> Went from Low'Budget Fluke to an American Tradition Sat, 03 19 2016 12:19:20 GMT 420890a54b481cdb7c8e95e182f869b9fe1f7892 Vanity Fair, by Sam Kashner Posted By: StormCnter- Sat, 03 19 2016 12:19:20 GMT It’s not <i>A Wonderful Lif</i> anymore. It hasn’t been since 1983, the year of <i>A Christmas Story</i>—the now classic film about nine'year'old Ralphie Parker’s thwarted desire for a forbidden Christmas present: an official Red Ryder Carbine Action 200'Shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time. A sleeper of a movie, <i>A Christmas Story</i> forever changed the cozy, sentimental holiday'movie genre. When we think of pre'1983 holiday movies, we think of plum puddings like Charles Dickens’s <i>A Christmas Carol</i> (the best of several incarnations being the 1951 version, in which Alastair Sim plays