Month: November 2016

Carrier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in Indiana

Air conditioning company Carrier said Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with President-elect Donald Trump that would keep 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Indiana’s outgoing governor, planned to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials. Details of the agreement were not immediately available.

What an amazing political coup!  In the grand scheme of things, this a small job victory.  BUT, it shows what can happen when a simple phone call is made.  This is “The Art of the Deal” in action.  The Donald is about to school the political elite on how things can actually get done in D.C….and the man hasn’t even been sworn in yet!  We’ll, of course, be following this story as it develops.  Excellent!!

ESPN Loses Over a Half Million Subscribers

The Nielsen estimates revealed that ESPN lost 555,000 subscribers during the last month. In other words, ESPN essentially lost the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This, coming on the heels of last month, the worst month in ESPN history, where the network lost 621,000 subscribers. In the last two months, ESPN has lost 1,176,000 subscribers, a subscriber loss nearly the size of the city of Dallas, Texas. ESPN currently has just over 88 million domestic subscribers. In 2013, a mere three years ago, ESPN had 99 million subscribers. That’s right, in the last three years, ESPN lost somewhere in the neighborhood of ten million subscribers, the rough equivalent of the combined populations of New York City and Phoenix. Now, in fairness, ESPN has contested the subscriber estimates that Nielsen put forth, citing the omission of multiple factors, including streaming services and digital device numbers. However, if the Nielsen numbers even remotely approximate the true subscriber loss, it means ESPN has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue over the last three years alone and if the trend continues, is well on its way to collapse. Certainly, the cord-cutting phenomenon that has hit networks across cable television has a definite impact on ESPN. Though, that’s not the entire explanation for the network’s cratering subscriber base. ESPN Ombudsman Jim Brady, admitted that the network lurched way too far to the left in recent years, alienating many viewers. There’s also evidence of that in these numbers. According to Deadline Hollywood, “Disney’s other sports channels fared better. ESPNU had 71 million subs, down 1.4%. ESPNEWS and SEC Network — not measured by Nielsen — were flat based on December data from SNL Kagan. The former had 70 million subs and the latter had 62 million.” What do ESPNU, ESPNEWS, and the SEC Network all have in common? They are, by far, the least opinion-driven and ideological of all the ESPN channels. ESPN’s slate of uber-opinionated, radically leftist programs such as Around the Horn, First Take, Pardon the Interruption, His & Hers, and others all appear on ESPN or ESPN2, the channels which have seen the greatest decline. ESPNU, ESPNEWS, and the SEC Network primarily feature sporting events, simulcast radio shows, or straight news reporting with very little opinion, or, at least very little political opinion. Those channels have either marginally declined or stayed flat. Something tells me there’s a message there.

Analysis: About the Obama administration’s handling of the Thatcher and Castro funerals …

The Obama administration has at least some wiggle room to explain why it is sending higher-ranking U.S. officials to Fidel Castro’s funeral than it sent to Margaret Thatcher’s. But the excuses are pretty thin, and it isn’t a good look. When Thatcher passed in 2013, the Obama White House appointed former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Jim Baker, both Republicans, to head the U.S. delegation. Baker and Shultz had both served under Ronald Reagan, and they both worked closely with Thatcher’s administration. The official delegation included the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London Barbara Stephens and former U.S. ambassador to the U.K. Louis Susman. The Republican-controlled House also sent a delegation of its own, which included Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and George Holding, R-N.C., and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. However, the U.S. delegation to Thatcher’s funeral conspicuously lacked several key contingents, including currently elected Democratic lawmakers, major Cabinet members and, of course, the president himself. For Castro, things will be slightly different. The Obama administration is sending Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America’s chief diplomat in Havana, to represent the U.S. at the long-serving communist dictator’s funeral. So yes, the White House is sending higher-ranking officials than they sent to Thatcher’s funeral. However, the Obama administration is stressing the two are not being sent as part of an official presidential delegation.

Another example of how Obama likes to cozy up to dictators and thugs, while alienating our friends.  How he handled Lady Thatcher’s funeral was a disgrace and was a national embarrassment.  His sending a delegation to Castro’s funeral is hardly surprising…  Awful..

Federal Agency Cutting Funds for Cancer Research and Medicare, to Aid Illegal Alien Minors

President Barack Obama’s administration has transferred $167 million in just one month from programs which aid Americans to the programs which feed, house, school, and entertain a wave of illegal alien minors. Obama’s deputies are delivering an average of 255 illegal alien minors every day to Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Service, which already has 11,200 illegals in its care as of Nov. 27. HHS is getting the money for the illegals by cutting funds from programs which benefit vulnerable Americans.

Just awful..  To see a list of what programs are being cut to fund support for these illegal alien minors (who shouldn’t be here in the first place), click on the text above.

Okla Sen. Lankford releases new ‘Federal Fumbles’ report on gov’t waste

A $2 million study on how children don’t like to eat food that’s been sneezed on is one of the highlights of this year’s “Federal Fumbles” – a report on government waste released Monday by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. The report, called “Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball,” lists $247 billion in what it calls wasteful and inefficient federal spending, as well as offering solutions for the examples. “The American people have signaled a bold new direction for Washington with the election of President-elect Donald Trump,” Lankford said in a statement. “Although the federal debt wasn’t a major focus during the presidential campaign, it remains a serious impending crisis that must be addressed. “This ‘Federal Fumbles’ report provides specific examples of wasteful spending and unnecessary regulations that are not in the taxpayer’s best interest, and shows specific solutions for how the federal government can become more efficient,” he said. Other highlights of wasteful spending include $500,000 for a program that texted people encouraging them not to smoke, and $2 million in misused grants that included $1,000 for customized Snugglies. The report highlighted the federal government spending almost half a million dollars on the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the medieval period, with $315,000 spent by the National Science Foundation to study how court rulings make people feel. The report also found $1 billion was spent on hospitals and infrastructure in Palestine. The report found that the total federal debt is now over $19.5 trillion and equals about $165,575 per person. It also projects that deficits will increase above $1 trillion within the decade due to America’s aging population, and will be approximately $594 billion in Fiscal 2017. Lankford also released a similar report last year.

To see a video about this, click on the text above.  Either way, get a copy of this report and see just how your federal government has been wasting your hard-earned tax dollars.  It’s beyond insane.

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

Nancy Pelosi defended her spot as the top Democrat in the House, overcoming a challenge from disgruntled rank-and-file lawmakers that demanded a leadership shakeup after the party failed to put a serious dent in the Republican majority in the 2016 election. The California Democrat defeated Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio by a 134-63 vote margin, marking the stiffest challenge to her reign since she took over the caucus in 2003. “This is a time, I think, that we need someone who is battle-tested and there is no stronger, battle-tested person than Nancy Pelosi,” Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said as the votes were being counted. This will be the eighth term with Mrs. Pelosi leading House Democrats. Mrs. Pelosi last faced a challenge in 2010 when then-North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler ran against her after Republicans regained control of the House in midterm elections. She bested Mr. Shuler by a 150-43 margin. The fact that Mr. Ryan, a back-bencher, surpassed Mr. Shuler’s tally underscores how recent elections have weakened Mrs. Pelosi and fueled calls for new blood. Before the vote was tallied, Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts said Mrs. Pelosi is going to have to figure out how to bolster the party’s image with working class voters if she won another term. “The old plan didn’t work. So that is why I am voting for change,” Mr. Lynch said, alluding to his vote for Mr. Ryan. “I don’t know how someone gets elected in the Midwest when they say ‘Elect me, I am going to make Nancy Pelosi the speaker of the House,’” he said. “I don’t know how we win with that message.” Since 2010, Democrats have gone from holding 256 seats to 193 seats. Prior to the vote, Republicans poked fun at Mrs. Pelosi, saying they hope she keeps her job given their recent electoral fortunes of her watch. Mrs. Pelosi had teased the idea that Democrats could win back the House in the Nov. 8 election, but netted five seats — well short of the 30 they needed to flip control of the chamber. The Ryan challenge has pressured Mrs. Pelosi to consider structural changes to leadership that aim to give newer members more influence in the caucus.

While we doubt that’ll happen, we’ll definitely keep an eye on what Nancy does with her party that is in total disarray.  The average age of the Dem leadership is between 74-78 years old.

Immigration violations are majority of federal cases for first time

For the first time, immigration violations now make up more than half of all federal prosecutions, easily outpacing drugs, fraud, organized crime, weapons charges and other crimes. In the last fiscal year, 52 percent of all federal prosecutions – 69,636 cases – involved an immigration violation, compared to 63,405 prosecutions for all other federal crimes, according to a new study by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Clearinghouse, which sued the Justice Department to obtain the information. “Imagine the other crimes that are not being prosecuted because immigration is such a priority,” study co-author Susan Long told Fox News. The two most common charges pursued by prosecutors relate to illegal entry or re-entry to the U.S. The penalty for a conviction on either charge can range from a few months to typically two years in federal prison for a person who re-enters the U.S. after being deported. However, a more serious outcome from a conviction isn’t jail, but a 10-year prohibition from entering the U.S. “The worst consequence isn’t that you go to jail for six months, but you are legallly barred from entering the U.S. for a decade,” said Peter Nunez, a former U.S. Attorney for San Diego. “It really screws up immigration status. If word got out, from the White House on down, that the goal is to prosecute every single person who enters the U.S. illegally, and we don’t care if you go to jail for an hour or a month, we want the conviction on the record – because that is the greatest deterrent you can achieve to prevent further illegal entries not only by those people but other people.” A study by the Congressional Research Service found that criminal prosecution was the number one factor in reducing recidivism, or illegal immigrant re-entry. The Border Patrol calls it “consequence delivery” and it was first rolled out in 2005 on a pilot basis called Operation Streamline. Since the operation requires the cooperation of Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the courts, its use was not widespread and immigrants quickly moved to other sectors to re-enter. The Syracuse study found that Texas saw the most prosecutions, with almost 44,000, compared to just under 3,000 in California. “When they say half of all criminal prosecutions are immigration related, I say ‘so what’,” said Jessica Vaughn, a policy analyst with the Center for Immigration Studies. “These are bread and butter, slam-dunk cases. It is not a big deal to prosecute an illegal alien when you catch them in the act. To me, it is a dog-bites-man story. Most immigration cases are handled on an administrative basis.” While Long questioned the expense of prosecuting so many low -level offenders, Nunez said the cases are not complicated and do not represent say ’50 percent’ of a prosecutor’s office budget. Under Operation Streamline guidelines, up to 40 defendants can be tried simultaneously before a judge in a trial lasting as little as an hour because typically the facts are not in dispute. “If you are a previously deported immigrant and return to the U.S., it’s a pretty easy prosecution,” said Nunez. “The role of the prosecutor is to convict people as quickly and easily as possible. There is nothing wrong that.”

Well..  There IS that..true.  But, we can also BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico.  Then, those troops need to remain there physically ON the border (to prevent would-be crossers from setting one foot on U.S. soil) until that wall/fence is finally built above and below ground (to prevent tunneling)…however long it takes.  That would certainly go a LONG way toward slowing down the entry of illegals into this country, and would positively impact the backlog of immigration cases currently tying up our courts.

NASA X-ray tech could enable superfast communication in deep space

New technology could use X-rays to transmit data at high rates over vast distances in outer space, as well as enable communications with hypersonic vehicles during re-entry, when radio communications are impossible, NASA scientists say. The technology would combine multiple NASA projects currently in progress to demonstrate the feasibility of X-ray communications from outside the International Space Station. The radio waves used by mobile phones, Wi-Fi and, of course, radios, are one kind of light. Other forms of light can carry data as well; for instance, fiber-optic telecommunications rely on pulses of visible and near-infrared light. The effort to use another type of light, X-rays, for communication started with research on NASA’s proposed Black Hole Imager. That mission is designed to analyze the edges of the supermassive black holes that previous research suggested exist at the centers of most, if not all, large galaxies. One potential strategy to enable the Black Hole Imager was to develop a constellation of precisely aligned spacecraft to collect X-rays emitted from the edges of those black holes. Keith Gendreau, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, thought of developing X-ray emitters that these spacecraft could use as navigational beacons to make sure they stayed in position relative to one another. The system would keep them aligned down to a precision of just 1 micron, or about one-hundredth the average width of a human hair. Gendreau then reasoned that by modulating or varying the strength or frequency of these X-ray transmissions on and off many times per second, these navigational beacons could also serve as a communication system. Such X-ray communication, or XCOM, might, in theory, permit gigabit-per-second data rates throughout the solar system, he said. (For comparison, the fastest current Wi-Fi standard also theoretically offers up to 1-gigabit per-second data rates.) “As mankind moves further out into the universe, being able to communicate with home will require new technologies,” Gendreau said. “XCOM will play in that.” One advantage that XCOM has compared to laser communication in deep space is that X-rays have shorter wavelengths than the visible or infrared light typically used in laser communication. This means that, in principle, XCOM can transmit more data for the same amount of power that laser communication requires, Gendreau said. Moreover, because X-rays have shorter wavelengths, they can be transmitted in tighter beams than visible or infrared light, so less energy is wasted in trying to communicate over vast distances, he added. Moreover, X-rays can penetrate obstacles that impede radio communication. “Remember the radio-frequency blackout in the Apollo days, when the capsules were entering the atmosphere?” Gendreau said. “Well, high-energy X-rays can make it through the hot plasma that blocks the radio waves.”

Very cool!!

Border Patrol Chief: Assaults on Agents Have Increased 200% From Previous Year-to-Date

During testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan stated that assaults on Border Patrol agents have year-to-date increased “200% from the previous year-to-date.” Morgan said the US Border Patrol is “the most assaulted federal law enforcement in the United States. More than 7,400 Border Patrol agents have been assaulted since 2006. That rose in FY 16 by 20%, and year-to-date, we’re seeing an increase of assaults of 200% from the previous year-to-date. It’s a dangerous job.”

No kidding!!  Wow..

FBI still hasn’t turned over Huma Abedin emails

The FBI still hasn’t turned over to the State Department any of the messages it reportedly obtained from the computer shared by top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner, the administration told a federal judge Tuesday. FBI officials have signaled they will eventually turn over any State Department documents they obtain, lawyers said — but there is no time frame for doing so. “We haven’t recovered anything from the FBI,” said Lisa A. Olson, the Justice Department lawyer handling the case. The urgency of the case has declined after the election, which saw Ms. Abedin’s boss, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, suffer a shocking defeat. A hearing that in the weeks ahead of the election drew massive interest from reporters instead saw less than a handful now. “What a shock that we have less interest today than in past hearings,” Judge James E. Boasberg said as he surveyed the empty courtroom. Just weeks before Election Day, FBI Director James B. Comey told Congress his agents had come across new documents that were related to their investigation into Mrs. Clinton, which he’d closed out in July without recommending charges. He never publicly confirmed the nature of the documents, but a number of media outlets said they were obtained from the computer shared by Ms. Abedin and Mr. Weiner. Mr. Weiner is facing his own investigation into whether he was exchanging sexually charged materials with minors. Ms. Olson, the Justice Department lawyer, stressed Tuesday that they don’t have any official confirmation of the documents’ contents, but appeared to signal that the documents are indeed emails from Ms. Abedin’s accounts. Ms. Olson said they’ve been told some of the documents are duplicates of what the State Department already has. For now the State Department is still going through thousands of Clinton emails the FBI recovered during its criminal probe into the former secretary. Those are being released monthly, after the State Department deletes duplicates. Mrs. Clinton had insisted her lawyers had thoroughly scrubbed her emails and turned all of them that were work-related back over to the government in late 2014 — nearly two years after she left office. But the FBI found thousands of messages it said were work-related but which she didn’t turn over. Among those have been a handful of messages that contained information the government has now marked classified — further challenging Mrs. Clinton’s initial assertion that she never handled classified information on her secret account.

Hillary lied, got caught, and the people rendered their verdict at the polls.  We’ll wait to see if Huma broke any laws.  This story is developing…