Honestly, you can't make this stuff up. A student at a Louisiana high school was investigated by authorities because some dolts felt the square-root symbol resembled a handgun.
In late February police searched the home of a high school student because he made a comment while using the square-root symbol when helping a classmate solve a math problem. The comment - which one source described as a bad joke taken out of context to an extreme - prompted gossip that sent authorities to search for guns at the student's home.
Not only were no guns found, but it was also discovered that the student didn't even have access to any guns of any kind.
This is the kind of paranoid, uninformed, under-educated world we live in, where gossiping teenagers can misinterpret a mathematical symbol and a bad joke as a potential school shooter precursor. Evidently, the failure of the partnership between our education system and parents has led to a complete failure in instilling critical thinking skills in our children.
Perhaps if we stop teaching our kids what to think and returned to teaching them how to think - and maybe if parents made sure their little darlings were sent to school with the understanding that they had to behave, pay attention and apply themselves to the learning process instead of treating it as a daily social event - we wouldn't have stupidity reigning supreme!
The fact that this student even knew what a square-root symbol was and how to use it should be something to applaud. Instead, the police searched his house for weapons because we, as a society, are okay with reacting to the lowest common denominator.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are now saber-rattling about "shutting down" government over what they would accept on making DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). As they couch this th digging in of the President's heels on the subject, it is they who are digging in their heels.
President Trump, the deal maker, is set to negotiate a passage of DACA into law. But, like any good wheeler-dealer, he wants something in return. He sees this as a perfect opportunity to do what other Republican presidents have failed to do in the past: affect stronger physical border security.
Of course, Democrats, who are completely focused on politics and delinquent on doing what is correct for the safety and well-being of the country, want DACA passed as a stand-alone measure, even as they continue to marry comprehensive immigration reform with any move on toughening border security.
Do you see the blatant and bald-faced hypocrisy here? They want stand-alone legislation when it benifits their ideological agenda, but couple issues to water-down results whenever something might advance that is not within their core Progressive bucket list.
Here's a thought. Let them shutdown government. Let the President and non-establishment Republicans run with the message that Democrats shut down government to keep Social Security checks, Federal services and tax refunds from citizens in deference to Dreamers and see how long the government stays "shut down."
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences banished sexual predator Harvey Weinstein to the netherworld, they did so in such a knee-jerk manner that they opened themselves up to a huge conundrum: What do do with all the other sexual predators they have celebrated over the years.
I would like to point out that everyone - even Weinstein - needs to considered innocent until proven guilty. That is how our legal system works. Sadly, in the court of public opinion, which these days seems to usurp our rule of law, a charge, innuendo or rumor can equate to "conviction" and the destruction of a career.
That said, there are some real scumbags in the entertainment industry (politics, too). Weinstein, faced with multiple charges of sexual harassment and assault, was quick to claim a mental affliction feigning some sort of victimhood and ceded to the accusations. Same goes for the unrepentant child rapist Roman Polanski. These pigs deserved everything that came to them. But what of the others who deny the accusations?
Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Ben and Casey Affleck, Brett Ratner, James Toback, they all deny the allegations. For Spacey, it cost him his acclaimed HBO series House of Cards.
But I digress. This post is about Hollywood knee-jerkism.
With Weinstein banished from the Academy, what is that entity to do with the Roman Polanski's among them? Polanski continues to win awards in the industry, including from the Academy. Will they excommunicate this pig as well?
This is the hypocrisy that is allowed to exist when there is a two-tiered justice system and a society that renders verdicts in the court of public opinion. A serial sexual predator gets banished from the academy, and a convicted child rapist gets awards from the same entity.
It has now come to light that the FBI and the Department of Justice have ongoing investigations into The Clinton Foundation and whether there was any "pay-to-play" quid pro quo during Hillary Clinton's time as Barack Obama's Secretary of State. It's about time, but don't hold your breath for a just outcome.
The Clintons, during Bill Clinton's time as President of the United States, packed the DoJ and the FBI with politically loyal career operatives. An examination into Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign - presented in the book A Fraudulent Senator - revealed blatant and wanton campaign finance violations to the level of the biggest instance of campaign finance fraud in US history. But Clinton loyalists at DoJ sidetracked the investigation into obscurity.
These same Clinton loyalists, still in place - and with even some new Progressive Obama/Clinton loyalists added in to the mix, will do everything in their power to protect the Clintons and The Clinton Foundation this time as well.
Read the above-mentioned book and ask yourself how there were allowed to get away with it.
President Trump, in one of his infamous tweets Tuesday, went right at former Hillary Clinton aid and estranged spouse of pedophile Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, calling for the DoJ to prosecute.
Making no qualms about hos he believes the DoJ is infiltrated and controlled by the inside-the-beltway, go-along-to-get-along Deep State establishment, Mr. Trump referenced a young sailor who was jailed for sending a picture taken aboard a US Navy submarine to his son.
The President spoke of the disregard for information security protocols and went so far as to include former FBI director James Comey in the call for prosecution.
It has become crystal clear to even the most politically naive that the Justice Department, FBI and a plethora of investigative agencies have been hijacked bv politicians. We exist today in a two-tier justice system that allows for crimes to be committed by an elite class without punishment. The same transgressions of the law would land anyone else in jail.
Until there is a purge of political appointees through the Executive Branch of government on a regular basis, people like the Clintons will be able to seat operatives in sensitive positions to run interference for them for the rest of time.
Just when you thought it couldn't get more convoluted. Evidently there really is a Nigerian prince behind all of those scam emails...it's just that he is a 67-year old White guy from Slidell, Louisiana.
Michael Neu was arrested and charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the Nigerian prince email scam that targeted the gullible and the greedy.
Incredibly, some people believe in pathetic scams like this and get fleeced out of their life savings and/or significant amounts of money. The sad truth is that there are despicable creatures like Neu, who prey on these people for personal gain.
As Slidell police Chief Randy Fandal suggested to everyone: "Never give out personal information over the phone or through email, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, it’s a scam."
Congress, and specifically the US House of Representatives, are the people's voice in our government on a daily basis. So, when a government employee, or the leaders of a government agency or department, blow off a request to testify before Congress it's a big deal.
Andrew McCabe, a Deputy Director with the FBI whose wife ran for office, solicited funds from the Clinton Foundation -- and who is the subject of three ongoing investigations into improper political activity, suddenly had a "scheduling problem" and had to delay a scheduled appearance before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday.
One has to wonder what internal issue at the FBI would be so incredible pressing that the American people -- through their elected Representative -- would be told to wait in answering questions about subjects pertaining to national security and political malfeasance during the 2016 General Election.
One thing is for certain. The Justice Department, the FBI and a good part of the investigative and intelligence communities have been politicized to the point where action needs to be taken to purge the political influence. If no action is taken, the Republic will -- guaranteed -- fall to ruin.
Senior Justice Department official Bruce G. Ohr is a nefarious character indeed. He was demoted last week for concealing that he met with the men behind the now-debunked Trump dossier. But it gets worse...much worse.
Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research organization that produced the propaganda piece on Trump; a propaganda piece that had little to do with the truth. Mrs. Ohr was paid by Fusion GPS through the fall of 2016. Her subject specialty: Russia-related subject matter.
It is stunning -- infuriating -- that the Department of Justice has become a fertile political playground for the insider power brokers of politics. It is impossible for a department tasked with assuring justice for all to do so when political operatives freely urinate on objectivity, fairness and a jealous adherence to the rule of law.
Just like when Al Capone's organization had to be cleaved from the city government of Chicago, it is time to thoroughly cleanse the Department of Justice of political appointees. This goes double for all investigative and taxing agencies in the Federal government.
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
Now that the heat has gotten too excruciating for US Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), because of a landslide of sexual harassment allegations, the longest serving member of Congress is resigning. But it gets better. Nepotism is alive and well in the Democrat Party.
It appears that Mr. Conyers is endorsing his son, John Conyers III (or John Conyers Jr. Jr.) to fill his vacant seat. A greater display of nepotism in federal politics has seldom been witnessed.
Interestingly, John Conyers Jr. Jr. is not only the offspring of a man who has been pressured out of office before his term's end because of his inappropriate sexual demeanor, he is also the son of a woman who served a 3-year prison term on a political bribery conviction.
Monica Conyers, Congressman Conyer wife, spent 3 years in prison after being convicted on a bribery charge after she admitted to taking bribes to support a Houston company's contract to treat sludge in Detroit while she served as a councilwoman.
How can the people of Michigan, regardless of how cobalt blue they may be as Democrats, continue to support this family for public office? Maybe John Conyers Jr. Jr. is an honest guy, but the sins of his mother and father have to stain him politically.
SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), was assaulted in his Kentucky home by someone described as an "acquaintance" by authorities. It is unknown whether the Senator's attack was politically motivated. But this event serves as just another example of where we are in the United States. It would have to take a willing suspension of disbelief to not believe politics was, in part, a motivating factor. With the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), and others earlier this year, it is unquestionable that the embrace of caustic politics in the US will eventually lead to deaths.
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
With former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile now outing Hillary Clinton and her campaign for gaming and rigging the Democrat Primaries against all other Democrat contenders, the true nature of the Clinton ruthlessness becomes clear. And with that one thing becomes abundantly clear: If we are to reform our government, everything Clinton -- everything -- has to be expunged.
SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
We are at a crossroads with this; a crossroads that will define the direction of the country. If these indictments do not focus on the systemic corruption in the Federal government today, then a two-tier justice system will be cemented forever and the Republic is, for all practical purposes, lost. If they do focus on true corruption, the first volley in the effort to taking back the government from the oligarchs is upon us.
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
This predicament is one that feeds into the border security issue. With this realization it becomes wholly irresponsible to oppose any elevated vetting and advanced border protection measures. Should Democrats, liberals and Progressives continue their opposition to enhanced vetting and border security measures, the blood of the next 9/11 is on their hands.
Now comes absolutely stunning news that the FBI doesn't believe that there is significant "interest" in the Hillary Clinton email scandal. This comes as they deny a FOIA request for all relevant correspondence between the FBI, the State Department, DoJ and Hillary Clinton -- among others -- with regard to Hillary Clinton's use of an unsecured server in the transmission of classified government information.
This is absolutely criminal, and from the top law enforcement agency in the country! To believe that there is no interest in the Clinton email scandal is to believe that the Earth is flat and the moon is made of cheese. In fact, the Clinton email scandal literally determined the course of the 2016 General Election!
No, this "determination" is yet another example of the politicization of government agencies that are supposed to be blind to politics. It started under the Clinton administration with the placement of loyal Clintonites and Democrats in mid-level supervisory positions in agencies like the FBI and DoJ; placements that guaranteed that any investigation the Clintons didn't want to see go anywhere wouldn't.
The first time we saw this stonewalling from the DoJ was in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton's run for the Senate in 2000. The fundraising efforts for her campaign literally perpetrated the biggest violation of campaign finance laws our country has ever seen. But mid-level cronies appointed and placed during Bill Clinton's tenure slow-walked, stonewalled and eventually killed the investigations into the campaign finance fraud. This is covered in the book The Fraudulent Senator.
Since then, the Clintons have been so emboldened by their ability to skirt the law - specifically because of these mid-level placements in the DoJ and FBI (who knows, maybe the IRS as well - that they do, literally, anything they want without fear of retribution.
Even more stunning in all of this is that the media - both liberal and conservative - are ho-hum about the FBI's determination. True and real journalists would be screaming from the mountain tops about this real collusion; this aiding and abetting of a crime by the very institution that should be putting handcuffs on Hillary Clinton. Honest media is dead. Long live the ratings whores of the mainstream media.
There is a petition that, should it hit 100,000 signatures before the end of September, would force the White House to address this issue. Honestly, that President Trump - who famously said he was going to lock Hillary Clinton up - that he has not directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to immediately investigate this determination is incredibly disappointing.
Questions that need to be asked are these:
But, in the immediate, sign the petition and share it to everyone you know and ask them to sign it and pass it on as well. It is way past time that the Clintons pay the price for the arrogance and defiance of the rule of law.
Should Hillary Clinton walk on this, the Republic is lost, the rule of law is dead and our country is on the ash heap of time.
Donald Trump did not defend neo-Nazis or the Ku Klux Klan in his rebuke of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Of course, you wouldn't know that from the incredibly disingenuous coverage of the event and the ensuing ideologically motivated blathering from the over-paid and increasingly irrelevant chattering class.
The truth of the matter is this. Trump denounce the violence in total that occurred in Charlottesville and that is, indeed, enough. He denounced violence, bigotry and racism as it was perpetrated by each and every person -- regardless of color, religion and/or ideology -- attending the event. That is the correct thing to do.
The victimhood class -- opportunistic ideologues, one and all, are blind to the absolute fact that one cannot view history through the lens of the modern era. The real-time situations of times gone by are impossible to fathom from a modern day vantage point. So too, we, today, are not privileged to the societal conversations of eras past.
To wit, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington and, later, even Robert E. Lee were all abolitionists; they wanted to end slavery understanding it to be an abomination. Jefferson even wrote abolition into the Declaration of Independence only to have to remove the measure lest the whole of independence be relegated to the trash can. Nevertheless, it was something that was sought after for these men until the days they died.
This reality -- this truth -- is lost on the activist masses, even while it is obscured by those fanning the flames of division. The only reason these people can be led down this untruthful path is because Progressives have expunged the need for US History education in our schools.
Another truth not being exposed is the disingenuous duplicity of the mainstream media. As they condemn the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who attended the rally in Charlottesville (they had a legal permit to march and assemble, by the by), they refuse to condemn -- equally and with the same gusto -- the non-permitted Antifa, Black Lives Matter and anarchist groups who descended on the rally in full battle gear. The very fact that they were wearing battle gear indicates they meant to do violence; their violence was premeditated..
As I wrote in a recent syndicated column:
"Disagreement is going to happen in a free society. It’s how members of that society engage in disagreements that define whether they are an advanced society or an adolescent society. Sadly...we are devolving from an emotional and intellectually advanced society (circa the Civil Rights movement) to an adolescent society where violence and censorship are deemed acceptable tools to employ in disagreements."
There have always been ignoramuses in society. They are the fringe, but a by-product of freedom itself. I classify the neo-Nazi and white supremacist activists in this category. But Antifa is a special kind of dangerous. They are tools of the hardcore ideological Left, employed to bring about the chaos and anarchy that has successfully brought about violent revolutions in lesser nations. They are, rightfully, classified as a domestic terror group.
We can argue about commemorating history, and I, personally, believe that any erasure of history -- offensive to some or not -- is abhorrent; it is the stuff of the Islamic State.. But violent censorship and coercion, the likes of what Antifa and the Left are executing, must be met definitively by law enforcement and the rule of law.
It is time to make examples of those who piss on our laws and those who risk their lives to enforce it. Then we need to return to educating our children on accurate US History, not the bullsh*t Progressives are shopping to us.
It can be argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should not have recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 General Election. Meeting with a Russian ambassador in a social capacity as a sitting US Senator is not improper. That said, Mr. Sessions' foot-dragging on all things Clinton is eyebrow-raising.
While some would spin it that Sessions should refrain from going after the Clintons and the DNC in an effort to avoid an onslaught of Democrat and Progressive charges of political persecution, it is clear to even the deaf, dumb and blind that the Clintons and the DNC have done things worthy of investigation.
Chief among the acts that should be investigated are the many instances of foreign governments -- and entities acting on behalf of foreign government -- donating to The Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's time as US Secretary of State. The "coincidences" of favorable determinations by the State Dept. that occurred in proximity to "donations" to The Clinton Foundation are more than worthy of investigation.
Almost as important -- and perhaps even more so -- is the issue of Hillary Clinton having housed, received and transmitted classified information on an unauthorized private email server. Since we now know that the DNC and Clinton Campaign email servers were hacked (via Wikileaks disclosures), we simply must assume that Clintons unsecured, unauthorized, private email server was also compromised. This is -- and always was -- a very big deal. That's why the country gasped in horror when James Comey let Clinton off the hook.
Another item worthy of investigation are the meetings between the Clinton Campaign and the embassy staff from Ukraine; meetings confirmed to have been about colluding to influence the 2016 General Election.
There are so many questionable actions that have been executed by the Clintons over the years one would have trouble tallying them up. So, many of us commiserate with President Trump on this issue. When, Mr. Sessions, will we see serious and honest -- non-political -- investigations into these most serious of questionable acts at the hands of the Clintons?
This is where common sense meets special interest politics. A proposed bill in the State of Massachusetts that would outlaw sex between teachers and students has yet to be endorsed by the state teachers’ union six months on. The language is clear and concise, yet the Massachusetts Teachers Association, 110,000 members strong, said it was still reviewing the measure.
The chief question that should come up in everyone's mind, especially the minds of parents of students in Massachusetts, is what is there to review?
The bill, outlaws teacher-student sex, sexual relations between a student and other adults employed by a school district -- salaried, volunteer or contract basis, and covers independent schools and youth organizations. Adults found guilty of violating the law would face a maximum jail term of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
So, again, what is to "review" for six months? The union -- and their reviewing lawyers -- either have put the review on the "not so important" pile, or are attempting to find a way to massage the bill's language to protect teachers who do prey on their students. Both are incredibly unacceptable.
While good teachers should have close relationships with their students, crossing the line into sexual relationships is the definition of what it means to be a sexual predator. Those in positions of authority have an obligation protect their charges, not prey on them. Honestly, it is sad a law even needs to be on the books outlawing this activity.
Needless to say, next time a teachers' union gets behind a political candidate, we should all remember this point in time, especially in Massachusetts.
Former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice will take the hot seat before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday to discuss the unmasking of US citizens in in intelligence gathering related to the 2016 election. If anyone thinks any damning evidence will come out of this they really should stop chewing gum when they walk.
While the questions will be relevant during her grilling (at least from Republicans -- Democrats will execute the obligatory interference and deflection routine), can anyone expect a serial liar to answer any of the questions truthfully?
Because everyone on the planet -- including Rice, herself -- knows that the answer to the above question is "no," why are we wasting taxpayer money on this hearing at all? Why not just let the Justice Department initiate an official investigation and acquire evidence in a chain that can be used in a prosecution should that be the logical next step?
This is the problem with politicians. In order to get "face time" with the media so that their constituents believe they actually do something, they have to have these useless "investigative" committees that showboat with witnesses that can only be categorized as hostile and partisan.
To better serve the people -- and so that they stop wasting taxpayer dollars -- how about they conduct cursory investigations using staff investigators and if they believe their are nefarious acts taking place the committee recommends/requests to the DoJ that a format criminal investigation be executed.
This streamlines the process and retards -- or at least reduces -- the never-ending flow of caustic partisan bullsh*t showboating that politicians have become so want to do.
Depending on who wins an given election, one party or the other wails about voter fraud. Given the reality of Motor Voter laws and many Blue States' policies of granting drivers licenses to non-citizens, the protestations coming out of the political Right have far more merit than those of the Left.
To argue the above point is to engage in an age-old "conversation." But there is no good reason -- none whatsoever -- for anyone, be they federally or locally elected officials, to obstruct an effort to make our voter rolls completely transparent.
The right to vote in the United States is reserved, by law, to citizens. People here on visas of any kind, and those here illegally, have no right to vote. Therefore, any attempt to systematically obstruct any effort to guard the election process really should be viewed as an attempt to overthrow the US Government.
Think about it. If a political party is knowingly moving policy, regulations and legislation that would necessarily create loopholes for non-citizens to vote, then they are purposely subverting the process in an attempt to create a corrupted election result for political gain. How is that not robbing the American people of a legitimately elected representative government? How is that not an act of overthrowing our legitimate government; of treason?
Just as with Voter ID laws, political hacks always talk about the sanctity of the ballot, one man one vote, etc. But they never -- ever -- do anything to protect those things. That's because their protestations are insincere; they are full of it.
I have my issues with the sitting President on some things, but ballot integrity and crushing voter fraud is not one of them. Perhaps legislation that would refuse to certify their electoral college electors would send a message. When no Blue States could seat their electors, well...
If there was an award for busy-body of the moment, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would be a shoe in; he would have a lot of competition, but I think he would take it this time around.
De Blasio abandoned his duties as Mayor of New York City to jet off to Germany to, of all things join G-20 meeting protesters, including anarchists and Marxists. He did this just a day after an NYPD cop was assassinated in the Bronx.
De Blasio will also be missing the graduation of 524 new NYPD officers while in Germany where he will also be a featured speaker at a rally titled, "Hamburg Shows Attitude."
So, while New York City deals with myriad crisis -- including never-ending economic woes and the assassinations of police officers, de Blasio is playing the international jet-setting globalist politician. How does this serve the people of New York City? Short answer: It doesn't. It fuels his Progressive ego and that's about it.
It is the job -- the duty -- of a big city mayor (or a small town mayor) to act as the figurehead at any funeral of a police officer killed in the line of duty. De Blasio will miss the funeral of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia because he is attending a G-20 protest that has nothing to do with the job to which he was elected; it serves no purpose where New York City id concerned.
The bottom line here is something that most people know already. Bill de Blasio is a douche-bag. In fact, now he's even more of one.
Even as the embarrassment known as Terry McAuliffe tried to inject "gun control" into the Left's narrative, the shooting at the Republican's practice for a congressional baseball game presented with all the earmarks of a politically motivated event.
FOX News reported that Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who left just before the shooting, said as he walked to his car, a man asked him if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About 3 minutes later the shooting began. If DeSantis identifies the shooter as the man who approached him then this is a politically motivated assassination attempt.
We have come to the point in our political discourse where the Left's speech - their slash and burn, win-at-all-cost, advance the false narrative to motivate anger and hate rhetoric - is moving people to murder. This is the stuff that promotes division to the point of Civil War.
Should the motivation for this event prove to indeed be political in nature - and if it proves out that the shooter intentionally meant to target Republicans for political purposes - then the Left, both Democrats and Progressives, must accept the full burden of responsibility for this man's actions. It has been the constant drip, drip, drip of Alinsky-based slash-and-burn political strategy that has fractured our people to this point.
If, indeed, these were the first shots of the Second US Civil War, it is Democrats and Progressives who have delivered us to this moment.
A British CNN analyst - and we have to use that term in the loosest of terms - covering the recent Islamic State attack on innocents in Manchester, made sure to inject the Progressive required moral relativism into his take by saying the attack could have been a "false-flag plot" executed by "right-wing extremists."
Even the remotely intellectual have come to understand that right-wing extremists do not operate in the way Islamofascist terrorists do. The idea that right-wing radicals would seek to target children at a concert is completely outside of their traditional modus operandi. But Progressives have to float that "possibility" in order to marginalize the evil of Islamofascists.
Until there is loud and constant outrage about statements like this that only end with the termination of such imbeciles and activists, we will continue to hear apology after apology from the talking elitists in the media about Islamofascist violence.
We will continue to hear from these intellectually challenged mental troglodytes that Islam is a "religion of peace" when, in fact, Islam is a "religion of pieces."
Okay, let's say that high level operatives in the Trump campaign actually did collude with the Russians to bring Clinton down in the 2016 General Election. Truth be told, it wouldn't have made a difference if they did.
Would it have been ethical and above board? No, it wouldn't have. It would have been dirty politics; politics of the kind that Progressives have engaged in against Republicans since the 1960s. Unethical? Unsavory? Yes on both counts, but criminal, not by a long shot. As long as no money went directly to the Trump campaign from Russian nationals (which there is not) - and as long as there was no proof of ballot tampering (which there is not), it doesn't matter what the Russians did or whether or not the Trump campaign knew about it.
Contrast this to a few things, and these are things that actually do matter:
The facts are what they are. The Trump campaign had no unethical and/or illegal contact with the Russians concerning the 2016 General Election here in the US. Conversely, the Clintons had an ongoing relationship with the Russians and were working nefariously to rig the election to their favor both in the media and by use of unethical and illegal means.
So, the question begs, why is a special prosecutor not being seated to investigate:
One day, before I die, I truly hope that Republicans elected to office grow a set of balls big enough to actually go after these bastards.
With the report that several of Britain's major hospitals and doctors groups have been the target of a cyberattack in which individual files were encrypted and held for ransom, the question of whether or not medical records in the United States are secure at hand.
Britain's National Health Service received a ransom communication from hackers demanding $300 in bitcoin, which translates roughly into $350K in US dollars, an incredibly minute amount for a ransom ask.
With the advent of the public use Internet, the medium has exploded faster than the masters of the genre can keep up with technology meant to protect information. This reality means that any sensitive information accessing the communication avenue is vulnerable. Ask any professional or politician who has transferred provocative pictures over the medium and you will hear about it.
So, if we know anything touching the Internet - any information touching the Internet - is vulnerable, why do we continue to allow access to our most delicate information? If even discussing a person's medical information with someone other than the patient needs approval, why are we allowing this information to exist effectively unprotected in touching the Internet? Why do we transmit top secret government secrets over non-secure lines?
Our medical information - as well as all of our personal information - needs to be protected, and it is time that the private sector develop an affordable military and/or intelligence grade encryption product that can secure these files.
In the day of Alinskyism, medical records are used against people, not only to help people...much to the dismay of the overwhelming majority of people.
In one of the most "pie-in-the-sky" positions on a solution to Chicago's war-zone gang violence, one letter-writer to The Chicago Tribune professed that the solution to the problem is more "gun safety legislation." The only word that comes to mind is: Idiot.
The letter-writer, from the Progressive Mecca of Glenview - a near north suburb of Chicago, writes:
"It is no surprise that the gangs are employing assault rifles with armor-piercing bullets. They are readily available due to our failure to take the offensive and implement comprehensive background checks."
Of course, this completely ignores - or at the very least fails to comprehend - that most guns used in gang crimes are not "purchased" through legitimate channels where a background check would be effective. News flash to the lady in Glenview, criminals do not follow the law (thus their branding as criminals) and, therefore, laws do little to affect their activity. No amount of laws dedicated to "gun safety" (which is an incorrect term to apply to gun prohibition legislation), are going to prevent criminals from attaining weapons.
In fact, because Chicago has some of the strictest gun prohibition laws in the country - if not the world, there should never be the level of slaughter currently taking place...that is IF laws actually mattered to criminals.
Unhandcuffing law enforcement to do the hard work of policing in the mean streets of Chicago is the primary solution to the blood-letting. Engagement and education are two others. But more legislation? pleeeeeease!!