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DOES ‘GM’ STAND FOR ‘GOVERNMENT MANDATE’?

by: Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

By her own admission, the CEO of General Motors wants to further her pursuit into crony-corporatism to achieve her vision of an all-electric, zero-emissions future.

There is something inherently wrong with the term crony-corporatism – although most use the term crony-capitalism.

There really isn’t anything capitalistic about cronyism. And there isn’t anything inherently wrong with corporatism. In both cases, the problem is “crony.”

For those unfamiliar, crony-corporatism is when a private-sector corporation gets in bed with the government. It may be federal or state, but in either case (or both), the corporation curries favor with the government, seeking special carve-outs and regulations that effectively lock out their competition. It’s an insidious relationship that benefits none but the corporation and government special interests. The consumer always suffers in the end. read more

The Migrant March to Violence

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Many are saying we can’t use troops on the border – that they aren’t law enforcement. They’re right – the military isn’t law enforcement. But why are we treating a several thousand strong potential invasion like a law enforcement issue?

Who else would you use to repel an invasion? And don’t tell me this isn’t a planned and orchestrated event.

What would you call a well coordinated throng of thousands of people simultaneously attempting to cross our border without our consent? If it’s not an invasion – you tell me what is.

And it doesn’t need to be an armed invasion. In my opinion, the leftist cheer squad who want this “border crossing” to occur, don’t want these people armed.

They are, I’m sure of it, hoping for another Gaza border incident where the Israelis got almost unanimously admonished by the press for defending their own border. Every world wide leftist condemned them – not the Palestinians and not Hamas.

Those on the left want the issue and nothing more. They want to continue the fairy tale that democrats are the party of immigrants and diversity and Republicans are the party of white privilege and bigotry. In their hearts, every reasonable person knows illegal immigration is wrong, which is why they purposely blur the lines between legal and illegal immigration. read more

Democrats Will Do Anything to Win

from the American Spectator:

Politicians pander. Political parties pander. I’d never assert that the GOP is pure and holy. And yet, what we’re seeing from the Democratic Party in 2018, on the eve of next week’s midterms, is shameless political pandering, period. Yes, liberals, I know that flies in the face of your narrative, and headlines like the one blared across CNN.com yesterday, “Trump shocks with racist new ads days before midterms,” but the reality is the Democratic Party has been engaged in a politically grotesque Jekyll-and-Hyde scheme this entire campaign season.

What we’re seeing from the Democrats in their election strategy for 2018 is transparently dishonest. read more

Bluefin-9 Autonomous Undersea Drone

The Bluefin-9 is designed for portability
The Bluefin-9 is designed for portability(Credit: General Dynamics)

General Dynamics has unveiled its new Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), the Bluefin-9. Aimed at defense, academic, and commercial users, the latest in the company’s Bluefin family of autonomous undersea drones made its public debut at Oceans 2018 conference and exposition in Charleston, South Carolina. read more

Can We Built the Wall Already?!

Earlier I posted an article on Afghanistan and how since the war began, we’ve poured $2 trillion into the effort with little results and less accountability. Yet we can’t come up with a paltry $25 billion for a Southern border wall which, when completed, will present full accountability and save trillions over time. Instead, the few real patriots left in government have to concoct elaborate plans to raise the funds.

from the Washington Free Beacon:

Inhofe Rolls Out Plan to Pay for Wall

Senator Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) announced Thursday a proposal to fully fund a border wall along the southwestern border, offsetting the cost by reducing illegal immigrants’ access to federal welfare. read more

The Black Hole that is Afghanistan

Since 2001, we’ve spent roughly $2 trillion in Afghanistan – not to mention 2,400 U.S. military killed and over 23,000 wounded. It’s a steep price for these results. We should have learned from the Soviets.

from the Washington Free Beacon: 

Nearly Half of Afghanistan Under Terrorist Control as U.S. Pours Billions Into Country

The Afghan government has lost control of nearly half the country to terrorist forces, the lowest levels of control since government officials began tracking the situation in November 2015, according to the latest oversight report.

The Special Investor General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, noted a significant decline in the Afghan government’s ability to govern the district, a decline of about 16 points. Total Afghan government control stands at 55 percent, the lowest number since November 2015. Insurgent control and influence over key regions has risen about 5.5 percent, according to the report, which highlights the U.S.-backed government’s growing inability to retain influence in areas it once maintained control of. read more

Intelligent Crows Make Tools

Birds of the corvid family are known to be smart, but scientists have now uncovered a...
Birds of the corvid family are known to be smart, but scientists have now uncovered a clever new ability they can use to retrieve food(Credit: EBFoto/Depositphotos)

Crows and their close relatives ravens are known to be quite intelligent, with scientific experiments showing how they can hitch rides on bald eagles and remember the faces of captors. New research has now uncovered a previously unknown ability, with crows being observed building tools from multiple parts for the first time ever. read more

Can Speech Incite Violent Action?

from Ben Shapiro:

When we broaden the definition of incitement, freedom suffers

Over the past week, we’ve heard the media pitching one particular narrative nonstop: the story that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has resulted in increased violence. We heard it in the aftermath of a spate of attempted bombing attacks against Democratic targets by a Floridian nutjob, and we heard it in the aftermath of a shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue by an outspokenly anti-Trump white supremacist.

Is there truth to the charge?

To determine whether there is, we’ve first got to consider the question more broadly: When is speech related to violence? read more

Weapon Wednesday – Saab”s Go-Anywhere Torpedo

Saab's LWT is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow...
Saab’s LWT is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow Baltic Sea(Credit: Saab)

At next week’s Euronaval exhibition in Paris, Saab will be unveiling the latest version of its Lightweight Torpedo (SLWT). Already ordered by Sweden and Finland, the compact submarine hunter/killer weapon is designed to be launched from a variety of sea and air platforms and is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow Baltic Sea. read more