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The rise of Satanism in America

Co-founder of The Satanic Temple Lucien Greaves, center, poses with other followers of TST, which began in 2012 and has become well-known for high-profile stunts and activism

They first cropped up seemingly out of nowhere about six years ago, adorned in black capes with curved devil horns affixed to their heads, holding posters and black American flags as they shouted ‘Hail, Satan’ on the steps of government institutions from Arkansas and Florida to Oklahoma and Detroit. The antics and declarations seemed like a hoax to many – onlookers and journalists and politicians alike – until it became apparent that members of newly-formed The Satanic Temple were here to stay.

And they were growing, exponentially. Since TST’s founding in 2012, the organization has increased from a handful of members to tens of thousands, with chapters all over the US and the globe, from Stockholm to London and Los Angeles to Texas. And their ‘pranksterism,’ as filmmaker Penny Lane first considered it, has given way to a well-conceived ethos, forming an organized ‘religion’ for a ‘group of contrarians’ opposed to any organization at all.

The Satanic Temple, it seems, is becoming more and more firmly established across the United States – largely composed of individuals who don’t even worship Satan in the first place but center on a different interpretation of biblical teachings. And Lane’s new documentary about the group, premiering later this month at Utah’s famed Sundance Film Festival, paints a surprising portrait of the unlikely ‘religion’ – one which has challenged even the preconceived notions of the director herself.

‘The reason this became a feature length documentary was that I found so many interesting surprises at each stage of discovery,’ says Lane, the title of whose documentary – Hail, Satan? – fittingly addresses the controversy surrounding the relatively neophyte group.


The Plain Truth about Polar Bears and Global Warming

Why all you've been told about these polar bears could be WRONG: Inuits have a very

The bear pounced, and while his 12-year-old daughter desperately radioed for help, Aaron was mauled to death. His friend William Tiktaq, 32, told me: ‘That evening, I was in the party that recovered his body. I put a tarp on top of him in the boat, so the salt water wouldn’t get to him. He was badly mauled. There were bites everywhere. It’s not a sight you want to see.’ Six months later Aaron’s death, the first fatal attack by a polar bear in the Hudson Bay area for 19 years, is still a raw and emotional wound, described with sadness and horror by everyone I met. Its impact was intensified by a second mauling in August, when a mother bear and a cub attacked a group of three Inuit hunters near Naujaat, 500 miles to the north, killing Darryl Kaunak. Scared and exasperated by the threat the bears pose, some Inuit leaders are voicing a demand which, if granted, may trigger a global furore akin to Japan’s decision to resume commercial whaling. They want to be allowed to increase their permitted polar bear hunting quota to reduce numbers.


Florida man says a fecal transplant cured him of a life-threatening infection

C difficile, or C Diff, is a bacterium that causes life-threatening diarrhea and colon inflammation.  Pictured: Lee's colon before the fecal transplant
It usually results from taking antibiotics that kill off beneficial bacteria as well as harmful bacteria. Pictured: Lee's colon after the fecal transplantC difficile, or C Diff, is a bacterium that causes life-threatening diarrhea and colon inflammation. It usually results from taking antibiotics that kill off beneficial bacteria as well as harmful bacteria. Pictured: Lee's colon before the fecal transplant, left, and after, right 

A Florida man says a fecal transplant helped save his life after he contracted an infection following a standard operation.

Douglas Lee, from Hillsborough, had his wisdom teeth removed a few years ago and was given antibiotics after the extraction to reduce the risk of a painful infection where the tooth had been.

However, the antibiotics he was given to treat it didn't just kill off the bad bacteria in his body, but also the good bacteria - leaving him with a life-threatening gastrointestinal infection.

When no medications worked, his doctors suggested an unusual form of treatment: a fecal transplant.  

Within a week of the procedure, Lee said he was feeling better and, within a couple of weeks, he says his infection was gone. 

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A Brutal Winter Coming?

Experts say disruptions in the polar vortex could cause temperatures to plummet in the US

Activity in an Arctic climate pattern could send the polar vortex barreling towards more southern latitudes to envelop parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. The phenomenon has led to extreme winter weather in recent years, including record low temperatures in the US back in 2014 and last year's 'Beast from the East' in the UK. While there's still time for things to change, the models currently suggest a split in the high-altitude polar vortex will ring in the New Year, creating the potential for 'more severe winter weather' in the Eastern US in the weeks to follow.


SEX TRAFFICKING ARRESTS: TRUMP VS. OBAMA

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Why does the Democratic Party leadership refuse to build the wall they know will discourage illegal penetration of our country? Are they indifferent to the tragic reality of human trafficking? The U.S. State Department estimates that 14,500 to 17,500, or in some cases as many as 19,000, foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year.

By July 2018, the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program disclosed, “Sex trafficking in and out of the United States has historically been big business. The trafficking of persons across the U.S. border for prostitution is estimated to be the third most significant source of revenue for organized crime syndicates, following the sale of drugs and firearms. All of this profit potential has proven to be a powerful motivator for both organized crime and small independent organizations alike to engage in the sex trafficking of persons.”

So, why stop the wall – whose absence makes it easier for mobsters to prostitute girls and boys?


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LIBERTY: WHEN GOVERNMENT FEARS THE PEOPLE

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

– Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Bare arms1Our greatest of Founding Fathers and our third U.S. president had it right: “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, but when the government fears the people there is liberty!” Knowing that the government over time since our founding as a free nation would grow very corrupt and oppressive, Thomas Jefferson predicted and advocated revolution, even a violent one when necessary – in effect to clean out the swamp that would necessarily seek to gobble up liberty. While he saw some government as necessary evil, he thus had a huge fear about its ultimately enslaving the lives of American citizens, as it had in France, where he also was one of the architects of its bloody revolution.

Today, 243 years after his having penned the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson’s prophecy has come to be sadly realized. Not since the days of King George III has the citizenry been subjected to the degree of tyranny we now are forced to swallow from not just corrupt politicians and so-called government leaders, but those who put them in power and support them.


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The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were the 'Karadashians of the gospel' for a good part of the 1980s, raising close to a billion dollars for their PTL ministry.

It all came swiftly crashing down however when it was revealed that the couple had stolen millions of dollars worth of donations from people around the world to fund their increasingly over-the-top lifestyle.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg, with allegations that Jim had raped a secretary emerging around this time while his wife Tammy was forced to check into rehab for a pill addiction.   Their rapid rise and ferocious fall will be the focus of a new episode of 20/20 set to air on Friday at 10pm on ABC.

Legends Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's fall from grace will b the focus of a new episode of 20/20 airing Friday on NBC (above in 1977)
If they build it: The couple sot to fame and raised close to a billion dollars over 11 years for their PTL ministry, even building a massive amusement-like park Heritage (above in 1986)
If they build it: The couple sot to fame and raised close to a billion dollars over 11 years for their PTL ministry, even building a massive amusement-like park Heritage (above in 1986)
Distance: All the while the two made no secret of their lavish lifestyle and the money they splashed out on clothes, cars and jewels (above in 1988)

Scientists grow perfect human blood vessels in a petri dish

Scientists have managed to grow perfect human blood vessels as organoids in a petri dish for the first time. The breakthrough engineering technology dramatically advances research of vascular diseases like diabetes, identifying a key pathway to potentially prevent changes to blood vessels -- a major cause of death and morbidity among those with diabetes.
Diabetic blood vessel changes in patients and human vascular organoids. The basement membrane (green) around the blood vessels (red) is massively enlarged in diabetic patients (white arrows). The human vascular organoids that were made “diabetic” in the laboratory can now be used as diabetic model to identify new treatments.

Scientists have managed to grow perfect human blood vessels as organoids in a petri dish for the first time.

The breakthrough engineering technology, outlined in a new study published today in Nature, dramatically advances research of vascular diseases like diabetes, identifying a key pathway to potentially prevent changes to blood vessels -- a major cause of death and morbidity among those with diabetes.

An organoid is a three-dimensional structure grown from stem cells that mimics an organ and can be used to study aspects of that organ in a petri dish.

"Being able to build human blood vessels as organoids from stem cells is a game changer," said the study's senior author Josef Penninger, the Canada 150 Research Chair in Functional Genetics, director of the Life Sciences Institute at UBC and founding director of the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA).


STUPID MOVE: The F-150 is going electric

Ford is expanding its line-up of electric vehicles, starting with its beloved F-Series pickup trucks.

At the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference, company execs revealed a plan for an all-electric version of the F-150 – which was initially pegged to be hybridized by 2020.

Now, it appears Ford will be churning out two new models, though the firm has not revealed any additional details as of yet.

At the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference, company execs revealed a plan for an all-electric version of the F-150 ¿ which was initially pegged to be hybridized by 2020. File photo
At the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference, company execs revealed a plan for an all-electric version of the F-150 – which was initially pegged to be hybridized by 2020. File photo

Wild weather weekend: Nearly TWO THOUSAND flights canceled and TWO FEET of snow expected

Nearly TWO THOUSAND flights canceled amid winter storm

A winter storm started sweeping across the Midwest on Friday (pictured), leading to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to two feet of snow.  Nearly two thousand flights out of domestic airports have been canceled so far as the country braces itself for significant snow and ice, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.com. The storm led to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to two feet of snow over the long weekend for Martin Luther King Jr Day.


James Woods: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘Most Dangerous Person in America Right Now’

Forward by Bob Barney:  I agree with James Woods. I have been telling everyone that she is far more dangerous than a Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is a crooked politicians with no values. Cortez is a believer, who speaks for millions of people that are products of a communist educational system (called public schools and universities)....

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Unlike many of his fellow Hollywood stars, James Woods is an outspoken conservative, and frequently uses social media to spread his views.

In September, the actor was temporarily locked out of Twitter for posting a humorous meme two months before about men staying home on election day so women’s votes would count more.

“Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible…” he said when posting it.    MORE


Amid government shutdown, Kia and Hyundai issue recall on cars that may randomly catch fire

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For months, the consumer advocacy group the Center for Auto Safety has petitioned Kia and Hyundai to recall a total of 2.9 million cars that it says are at risk of catching fire while on the road.

Instead, the brands on Wednesday announced that they would recall 168,000 cars over concerns that an engine problem may cause non-collision fires. The recall is taking place while the partial government shutdown is underway, meaning that most officials working for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) aren’t working and are unable to oversee the recall.  

"This is the exact scenario where you should have safety and enforcement people coming in and doing their jobs," Center for Auto Safety President Jason Levine said in a statement.

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Good Samaritan! North Carolina nurse saves state trooper's life

North Carolina nurse saves state trooper's life who was shot in the face

Sherice Richardson (left) was driving to her daughter's daycare when she saw the car (inset) smoking on the side of the road, with bullet holes in the windshield. Trooper Daniel Harrell (right) was inside, bleeding from his face. 'I'm hit, I'm hit' he told her. Richardson immediately called 911, then found gauze and began treating Harrell. The trooper has since been released from the hospital and three suspects have been arrested in connection to the shooting.


Jobless Claims Fall Amid Shutdown Showdown

Foreword by Bob Barney:  Notice 2 things in this report that the media, including Fox News is not reporting: 1) THE GOVT WORKERS ARE COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT!   and 2). The shutdown has not affected the private sector at all!  We are at full employment!

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, but claims filed by federal employees jumped due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 213,000 in the week ended January 12, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is up from 216,000 reported a week earlier. Economists had forecast 221,000 jobless claims.

Those figures reflect claims filed under regular state programs. The lower than expected number for the past week indicates that private contractors working for the federal government, many of whom are not working during the shutdown, are not piling into unemployment benefits.

Federal employees file under a separate program, which is reported with a one-week lag. For the week ended January 5, the second week of the shutdown, 10,454 federal employees filed for first-time benefits. That was up 4,760 the week before and 929 the prior week. A year earlier, 1,148 federal employees filed for unemployment benefits. Claims by federal workers aren’t adjusted for seasonality.

Jobless claims are also closely watched for indications that the trade dispute with China may be taking a toll on the labor market. When the Trump administration announced it would impose tariffs on steel, aluminum, and imports from China, many predicted the tariffs and retaliation would come at a steep cost for American workers. So far, there’s no sign of tariff-triggered layoffs.

SOURCE Breitbart.com


Trump: The enemy of globalists, drug cartels

The most remarkable element in President Trump’s TV address to the nation in the stand-off with Congress is the attack on the current billion-dollar drug mafia in America. It is quite a puzzle. Why do the media discourage President Trump’s fight against the illegal activity along the U.S. borders? Who profits from open borders if not the American drug cartels whose criminal activity is dependent on illegal access to the United States? Who profits from human trafficking? In whose interest is it to push for an illegal immigration that lowers the wages of unskilled workers and keeps the billion-dollar drug industry running? And why on earth does the Democratic Party so fervently support the illegal activity that produces anarchy in the U.S.?

To cite Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld, President Trump addressed “the 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, the 100,000 assaults, the 30,000 sex crimes, the 4,000 violent killings, the 1 in 3 women sexually assaulted on the trek through Mexico, the 20,000 migrant children illegally brought into the U.S. last month.”


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I’M A SENIOR TRUMP OFFICIAL, AND I HOPE A LONG SHUTDOWN SMOKES OUT THE RESISTANCE

Senior Trump Official | Contributor

The Daily Caller is taking the rare step of publishing this anonymous op-ed at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose career would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

As one of the senior officials working without a paycheck, a few words of advice for the president’s next move at shuttered government agencies: lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down.

Federal employees are starting to feel the strain of the shutdown. I am one of them. But for the sake of our nation, I hope it lasts a very long time, till the government is changed, and can never return to its previous form.

The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.   MORE


Border rancher: 'We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal'

LORDSBURG, N.M. — Ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border have been finding prayer rugs on their properties in recent months, according to one rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by cartels who move the individuals.

The mats are pieces of carpet that those of the Muslim faith kneel on as they worship.

"There’s a lot of people coming in not just from Mexico," the rancher said. "People, the general public, just don’t get the terrorist threats of that. That’s what’s really scary. You don’t know what’s coming across. We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across."

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New Migrant Caravan Organizer Arrested in Honduras on Rape Charge

This is what the Democrats have brought into the nation, criminals, rapist and murders!  Are you happy America?

Police in Honduras arrested one of the organizing members of a new caravan of migrants who are seeking to reach the U.S. border. Police arrested the caravan organizer — serving a warrant on the charge of rape.

Authorities have confirmed the arrest of 26-year-old Juan Carlos Molina. They say the man they claim is one of the main organizers and promoters of a caravan of individuals from Honduras who are seeking to reach the U.S. border to request asylum. On Monday, a group of about 800 migrants left San Pedro Sula on their way north. It is believed that others may join along the way.

The new caravan comes as the Mexican border city of Tijuana continues to deal with thousands of members of the first caravan. Those migrants remain stranded in Tijuana as they wait for their turn to enter the U.S. to request asylum. City officials in Tijuana have been vocal about the lack of support from the Mexican federal government in dealing with the first caravan in providing food shelters and other basic needs, Breitbart News reported.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com. 

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and Stephen K. Bannon. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.

Tony Aranda from the Cartel Chronicles project contributed to this report. 

 


Freshman Democrats Turn on Pelosi Over Border Wall, Seek Deal with Trump

Nancy and the Freshman House Democrats
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Several freshman Democrat members of the new House of Representatives majority have turned on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her steadfast refusal to fund President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and are instead seeking for Democrats to cut a deal on the wall with Trump.

The ongoing partial government shutdown, which affects a quarter of the federal government and is now the longest shutdown in the history of the United States, began late last year just before Christmas. It dragged through New Years into the new Congress, and Pelosi–after she won the Speakership vote after fending off internal Democrat rebels–has refused to negotiate with President Trump on the wall. She and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say Trump will never get funding for the wall, and they are keeping the government shut down because they refuse to pass any funding bill that has wall money in it.

House Majority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Pelosi’s second-in-command, says that Democrats are unified in their opposition to negotiating with President Trump on the wall. “We are totally united — totally,” Hoyer said, per the New York Times.


Leaky blood vessels in the brain can predict Alzheimer's disease

Leaky blood vessels in the brain can predict early onset of dementia, a new study says.vv. Previous studies have focused on the tell-tale plaques in the brain that form clumps, which smother and destroy neurons.   But researchers from the University of Southern California say that capillaries, the tiniest vessels in the body that link small arteries and veins, begin seeping years before the toxic proteins appear.

The team says that repairing them could slow down dementia from developing into Alzheimer's disease, and potentially even prevent the debilitating condition.

A new study had found that leaky blood vessels in the brain (pictured) can predict early onset of Alzheimer's faster than the presence of proteins 

In the brains of healthy adults, the walls of blood vessels are so tight that few to no foreign objects reach the organ.This is known as the blood-brain barrier. However, as we age, the blood vessels don't fit as tightly together, which may allow amyloid beta and tau to enter the brain.   These proteins smother neurons and lead to loss of memory and confusion.      READ MORE


Jeane Kirkpatrick’s 1979 Warning on ‘Dictatorships and Double Standards’ Shows America How to Win Against China

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jeane Kirkpatrick’s “Dictatorships and Double Standards,” an essay that changed the world. 

Commentary magazine, which published all of its 9,800 words, calls it “The Classic Essay That Shaped Reagan’s Foreign Policy”—and few would argue.  

In 1981, Kirkpatrick was named by President Ronald Reagan to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the rest is history.  The decisions made by Reagan in the early 80s, with Kirkpatrick as a key adviser, led, just a few years later, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Changed the world, indeed. 

And yet even with the Soviets gone, today, another empire, China, threatens us.  Indeed, the Chinese, at the rate they’re going, could prove to be more of a threat to us as than the Soviets at their worst.   

In the meantime, now, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on an eight-day trip to the Middle East, visiting our allies in the region, seeking to bolster regional strength against another rival, Iran.  Some of those allies—most notably, Saudi Arabia and Egypt—are intensely controversial here at home, and so that’s another reason why Kirkpatrick’s wisdom is still so relevant, and important.  

So just what was it in Kirkpatrick’s article that made it, and her, so influential?  And why is it worth remembering four decades later?

In her piece, Kirkpatrick focused on the foreign-policy failings of President Jimmy Carter, who had so badly mishandled the Cold War against the Soviets.  The  immediate issue, back then, was that the Carter administration was more critical of non-democratic allies than of actively anti-democratic enemies.  Hence the “double standard” in Kirkpatrick’s title; our non-democratic allies were scorned, while our anti-democratic enemies were sometimes even praised.  Indeed, the Carterites seemed determined actually to depose pro-American autocratic regimes, thus paving the way for pro-Soviet totalitarian regimes.

As Kirkpatrick wrote, “It is this belief which induces the Carter administration to participate actively in the toppling of non-Communist autocracies while remaining passive in the face of Communist expansion.”

Kirkpatrick thus put her finger on a central and enduring aspect of liberalism: namely, the instinct to focus intensely on the small flaws of friends, while being blind to the larger flaws of foes.  She derided this liberal impulse as a formula for “self-abasement and apology.”  And we might add that this mindset never seems to change—hence, decades later, Barack Obama’s notorious “apology tours.” 

At its root, such thinking seems based on the idea that if a foreign government chooses to ally itself with the U.S., then that government can’t be much good.  Why not?  Because, as liberals like to believe, the U.S. isn’t so good, either.  And this attitude, Kirkpatrick added, was a form of “masochism.” 

Indeed, when Kirkpatrick’s article appeared, the Carter administration was meekly watching as a string of allied governments were being overthrown, including those of Somalia, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and Iran.  

In each instance, we might add, the Soviets were active on the other side—sometimes in a big way, sometimes in a lesser way.  And just a few years earlier, Moscow had helped to engineer communist victories in Vietnam, Cambodia, Angola, and Mozambique.  This was the reality of the Cold War—the Russians were playing for keeps.    Read the entire story here

The Soviet Army marching during May Day celebrations. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


RUSSIA TO BUY UP TO $10 BILLION IN BITCOIN TO EVADE US SANCTIONS – REPORT

While the market has been increasingly focused on the rising headwinds in the global economy in general, and China’s economic slowdown in particular, while the media is obsessing over daily revelations that Trump may or may not have colluded with Russia to get elected, a far more critical, if underreported, shift has been taking place over the past year.

As we reported in June, whether due to concerns over draconian western sanctions and asset confiscations following the poisoning of former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal, or simply because it wanted to diversify away from the dollar, Russia liquidated virtually all of its Treasury holdings in the late spring and early summer, in the process sparking a major repricing of the 10Y US Treasury, whose yield jumped from 2.70% at the start of April to a high of 3.10% in May, a move which economists were struggling to explain at the time.

The obvious next question is what did Russia do with the proceeds, and it came as little surprise that, as we wrote back in July, as Russia was selling nearly $100BN worth of Treasurys, it was aggressively buying gold.

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Cortez’s Attacks on Democrats Have Party Scrambling for Damage Control

Forward by Bob Barney: I think too many are taking for granted that this moron from NYC will have a short political life.... Remember, the millennial vote is a dumb as she is, and she is also the natural choice for all those older BERNIE supporters.   I would not be surprised if she becomes a front runner in the race for the Dem nomination in 2028 (I don't think she will be old enough in 2024...)!   She is the left's Donald Trump!

New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks with reporters after participating in a town hall with Kerri Evelyn Harris, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became an overnight sensation when she unseated longtime New York House Democrat Joe Crowley, but now she is causing tension in the establishment wing of the party and some are seeking ways to put a damper on her anti-establishment agenda.

Ocasio-Cortez, 29 and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, has been slamming both the GOP and Democrats on social media, including on Twitter, where she has 2.2 million followers.

Politico reported on the effort to rein in Ocasio-Cortez, described by some 20 Democrat lawmakers and aides as “part carrot, part stick: Some lawmakers with ties to Ocasio-Cortez are hoping to coax her into using her star power to unite Democrats and turn her fire on Republicans. Others simultaneously warn Ocasio-Cortez is destined for a lonely, ineffectual career in Congress if she continues to treat her own party as the enemy.”    Read More


The Origins of Political Correctness

An Accuracy in Academia Address by Bill Lind. Variations of this speech have been delivered to various AIA conferences including the 2000 Conservative University at American University

If you enjoy this speech, keep up with political correctness and how it continues to emerge on college campuses by following our Faculty Lounge blog.

Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.

We have seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case. And we have always regarded them with a mixture of pity, and to be truthful, some amusement, because it has struck us as so strange that people would allow a situation to develop where they would be afraid of what words they used. But we now have this situation in this country. We have it primarily on college campuses, but it is spreading throughout the whole society. Were does it come from? What is it?

We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke, literally in a comic strip, and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious. In fact, it’s deadly serious. It is the great disease of our century, the disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, in Russia, in China, indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology. PC is not funny. PC is deadly serious.

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