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THE #METOO KAVANAUGH AMBUSH

Judge Kavanaugh with the girls he coaches in basketball The hurt Democrats have done to them to smear the Judge is evil (caption by JW)

Judge Kavanaugh with the girls he coaches in basketball The hurt Democrats have done to them to smear the Judge is evil (caption by JW)

[This editorial was published in today’s Sept. 18 edition of the Wall Street Journal --JW]

The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a drunken assault when both were teenagers has now come forward publicly, and on Monday (9/17) it caused Republicans to delay a confirmation vote and schedule another public hearing.

Yet there is no way to confirm her story after 36 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.

Ms. Ford’s story is simply too distant and uncorroborated to warrant a new hearing or to delay a vote. We’ve heard from all three principals, and there are no other witnesses to call. Democrats will use Monday’s (9/24) hearing as a political spectacle to coax Mr. Kavanaugh into looking defensive or angry, and to portray Republicans as anti-women. Odds are it will be a circus.

GOP Senators should understand that the political cost of defeating Mr. Kavanaugh will likely include the loss of the Senate. Democrats are already motivated to vote against Donald Trump, and if Republicans panic now their own voters will rightly be furious. They would be letting Democrats get away with the same dirty trick they tried and failed to pull off against Clarence Thomas.

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PATRIOT DAY

911-white-house-commemoration PATRIOT DAY, 2018 A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

On Patriot Day, we honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 precious lives we lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom.

We come together, today, to recall this timeless truth: When America is united, no force on Earth can break us apart. Our values endure; our people thrive; our Nation prevails; and the memory of our loved ones never fades.

Although that fateful Tuesday 17 years ago began like any other, it erupted into horror and anguish when radical Islamist terrorists carried out an unprecedented attack on our homeland.

In New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the enemies of liberty took aim on America, but their evil acts could not crush our spirit, overcome our will, or loosen our commitment to freedom.

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RAGE, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE DREAM

homers-museHomer’s Muse sings of the rage of Achilles, brought forth from his tent by the death of his friend Patroclus to engage the Trojan hero, Hector, in mortal combat.

But Achilles’ anger solves nothing; although he kills Hector, he then desecrates the body by dragging it around the walls of Troy, thus violating the laws of warfare and sealing his own fate.

His determination to avenge his friend thus becomes “the accursed rage that brought great suffering to the Achaeans.” In the end, it’s not the rage of Achilles that wins the war for the Greeks, but the trickery of Odysseus that finagles the wooden horse inside the impregnable gates of Ilium.

We are witnessing a similar self-destructive rage today: the rage of the American Left against the Trump Administration in general and the president in particular.

What besides a profound, educationally inculcated, and emotionally juvenile hatred for the United States motivates them to such paroxysms of hysteria?

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PRESIDENT TRUMP DESERVES THE NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS

trump-tweet-091018This past week I asked a friend at the White House about how the president was holding up against the onslaught of media attacks. "They didn't even deliver a glancing blow," was the response. It wasn't for a lack of trying.

Has any president in modern times been the target of such a Blitzkrieg of orchestrated assaults -- from John McCain's funeral turned anti-Trump scrum, to Bob Woodward's discredited new book trashing the president, to the media infatuation with the anonymous New York Times op-ed by a disgruntled federal employee who hates President Trump?

Here we go again. Trump is (for the umpteenth time) characterized as dangerous, deranged, delusional, infantile, racist and amoral. But Trump is like Muhammad Ali playing rope-a-dope while George Foreman (the media) is flailing away and punching himself out.

For the bottom line is the surging Trump economy is the news story of the decade, for which the president is personally responsible no matter how much the media deny or ignore it.

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MY STATE NEEDS A SENATOR FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS NOT THE GLOBAL ELITE

Josh Hawley with the President, Kansas City, Missouri, July 24, 2018

Josh Hawley with the President, Kansas City, Missouri, July 24, 2018

[The fate of America is at stake on November 6. We can achieve a Red Wave in the Senate by having outstanding pro-America candidates like Josh Hawley of Missouri defeat Democrat incumbents.--JW]

My grandfather was the first generation of our family born in the United States. His parents came to this country from Norway and became farmers, which is what my grandpa did too until the day he died.

Grandpa was fiercely proud to be an American citizen. He once told me his father wouldn’t teach him Norwegian because “this family is American now.” Grandpa never forgot it.

I haven’t forgotten it either. When you come to this country, you join a family – the American family. And in America, we stick up for one another, believe in one another, fight for one another.

Unfortunately, our ruling elite has given up on all that. They’ve become globalists first and Americans second. If you want to see Exhibit A, look at Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who I am running against in the November election.

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ELIMINATING THE MAN-IN-THE-MIDDLE

wifi-exposeOne the most common questions I get from both customers and everyday people is:  Tex, how can I protect myself when I’m on a public Wi-Fi?”

Well, per the security research group Pentura Labs the answer is straight-forward:  You can’t!

“The best possible advice is –  if you do not trust the WiFi AP, turn off WiFi and use your 3G/4G connection on your mobile or 3G/4G modem!”

In this article I want to arm my fellow TTP’ers with the real reasons why using public Wi-Fi is so dangerous, and as with all of these reports dispel a lot of common myths and misinformation you may have heard about.  Mostly, they involve a family of attacks known as “The Man-In-The-Middle.”

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TWO FUNERALS AND TWO WAVES

Marc Antony – “I come to bury Caesar”

Marc Antony – “I come to bury Caesar”

As the fall elections approach, it's clear that the Left side of the aisle is getting nuttier by the day.

The public spectacles of the two funerals, Aretha Franklin's and John McCain's, brought forth the usual characters from our long-running American sitcom-cum-political soap opera.

Lecherous Bill Clinton, race-hustler Al Sharpton, shakedown artist Jesse Jackson, and anti-Semitic hate monger Louis Farrakhan in Detroit for the Queen of Soul.

Leading lights of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Joe Lieberman, in Washington for the now-sanctified Maverick – who seemed not to have the dearly departed on their minds, but their bête noire in the White House, Donald Trump.

Old feuds, such as that between Bush and McCain, were forgotten as, like Marc Antony over the bleeding corpse of Julius Caesar, they delivered their orations designed not so much to praise McCain but to bury Trump.

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OUR EYE OF SAURON

The Eye of Sauron

The Eye of Sauron

A definition of totalitarianism might be the saturation of every facet of daily life by political agendas and social-justice messaging.

At the present rate, America will soon resemble the dystopias of novels such as 1984 and Brave New World, in which the All-Seeing Social Justice Eye penetrates all aspects of our lives with an  ideology of coerced sameness.

Or rather, the prevailing orthodoxy in America is the omnipresent attempt of an elite — exempt from the consequences of its own ideology thanks to its supposed superior virtue and intelligence — to mandate an equality of result.

We expect their 24/7 political messaging on cable-channel news networks, talk radio, or print and online media. And we concede that long ago an NPR, CNN, MSNBC, or New York Times ceased being journalistic entities as much as obsequious megaphones of the progressive itinerary.

But increasingly we cannot escape anywhere the lidless gaze of our progressive lords, the Eye of Sauron all-knowing from high up in their dark towers.

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HOW DARE A SENIOR TRUMP OFFICIAL ARROGANTLY SUBVERT AN ELECTED PRESIDENT

trump-tweet-090618[What the New York Times did yesterday (9/05) was so unconscionable that CNN – yes, CNN – ran a condemnation of it this morning. TTP is publishing it to help  you absorb what just happened. –JW]

(CNN) In the last week, we have learned that unelected appointees of the executive branch are openly thwarting the policy desires of the President of the United States — in some cases anonymously.

To the political left, these people are heroes, doing what must be done "to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office," as the anonymous "senior official" in the Trump administration put it in a controversial op-ed published Wednesday in the New York Times.

These statements are alarming, of course, because of the "senior" level status of the government official purported to have written them. [Note the anonymous writer is not a senior official in the White House, but merely somewhere among the vast bureaucracy comprising the Executive Branch.]

But they are also alarming because an anonymous, unelected government appointee is substituting his or her judgment for that of the duly elected leader of a constitutional republic.

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THE MULTI-MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR HOMELESS SCAM

scam-is-badNew York City will be spending $2.06 billion on its Department of Homeless Services. There are 61,421 homeless people in the city which is spending $33,539 per homeless person.

More money will be spent on the homeless than on the firefighters who save New Yorkers from burning buildings. The FDNY will have to make do with $2.04 billion, and the health department with $1.6 billion.

Has this vast infusion of cash solved homelessness in the city?  Of course not.

Homelessness is a manufactured crisis that funnels money to special interests, building up a social welfare sector of the government, while subsidizing and fueling the scale and scope of the problem – whether in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, or most any other Democrat-run urban area.

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THANK YOU, LANNY DAVIS!

anonymous-sourcesIt was only a week ago that Democrats, journalists, and NeverTrump Republicans were (again) calling for the impeachment of the president. But this time, they were certain the end was near.

Following the plea agreement between Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and federal prosecutors for campaign finance violations tied to payoffs in 2016 to Trump’s alleged lovers, this tiresome anti-Trump cabal insisted the Cohen fiasco would finally spell the doom they’ve been counting on since Trump took office.

A New York Times columnist claimed Trump was “credibly alleged to have purposefully conspired with Cohen to commit criminal acts,” and that the conduct met the constitutional threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for which the president should be removed from office.

The entire media herd brayed this to the moon.  Things looked grim. Even longtime defenders of the president were gobsmacked about how to mitigate the damage as the political pile-on continued.

Then along came Lanny Davis.

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TRUMP IS HATED FOR HIS VIRTUES NOT HIS VICES

trump-planeAt this very moment the GNP is humming along at 4.1 percent, the S&P and NASDAQ are at record highs, and unemployment is at record lows for Blacks. Hispanics, Women and everyone else.

Meanwhile, the infantile buffoons in the Democrat Party and their mainstream media lackeys are calling so loudly and incessantly for the impeachment of the president you'd have to be on the North Col of Everest not to hear them.

Let’s be clear on what’s going on. Nothing could be more obvious than that Donald Trump is the most hated man in this country because he’s being successful as president. They want to bring him down personally because his policies, most of them anyway, are (gasp!) actually working.

He’s not hated for what he’s doing wrong.  He’s hated for what he’s doing right.

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THE EXISTENTIAL ANXIETY OF THE WHITE MALE DEMOCRAT

total-meltdownAndrew Cuomo, Governor of my home state of New York, was recently speaking in Manhattan (8/15), signing a bill to make sex trafficking a felony in the state. He made a now-famous gaffe, which says a great deal about the state of the modern Democrat Party.

So there was Cuomo doing the soft-shoe shuffle. Our Governor is a sort of grandee of the Democrat Party: son of a former three-term Governor, ex-husband of a Kennedy gal.

But I should say that the phrase “Democrat Party” in my last sentence refers to the old Democrat Party, the party of FDR, JFK, Bill Clinton and John Kerry.

Andrew Cuomo, like those other names, is a white guy of European ancestry. Like other white guys in his party, Cuomo has the uncomfortable feeling that the ground is moving under his feet—that the Democrat Party is turning into something different from what it has been though his, and my, lifetime.

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AMERICA IS LEAVING CHINA BEHIND

It’s no contest

It’s no contest

The great engine of American capitalism is once again firing on all cylinders, as shown by the 4.1 percent annualized growth of America’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of this year.

Most Americans (with the exception of Democrats in Congress) are celebrating the good economic news. There is quiet rejoicing in many European and Asian capitals as well, since their mostly sluggish economies will now be drawn along in America’s powerful wake.

But there is one capital where the American economic renaissance is definitely not welcome news. Consternation reigns in China, where President Xi Jinping is nervously watching his “China Dream” of dominating the United States go up in smoke.

You see, surprising though it may sound, America’s economy may now be growing at a faster clip than China’s. And this changes everything.  Actually, as the photo of the US and China First Ladies symbolizes, ever since Trump, it’s no contest.

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DYSGENICS AND LOW CREATIVITY – WHY CHINA ISN’T THE FUTURE

china-splittingIt’s possible to derive some comfort from contemplating the Chinese. Sure, unless something radical is done, Western civilization is going to collapse due to the most intelligent women having the fewest children, combined with massive low IQ (and highly fertile) immigration from the Third World.

So argues Edward Dutton in his forthcoming At Our Wits’ End.  Some will then argue that surely civilization will be preserved by the Chinese. Unfortunately, research is showing that this is just wishful thinking.

Such as leading IQ researcher Professor Richard Lynn actually proclaiming in his book Dysgenics that China’s one child policy—introduced in 1979 and abolished in 2015—was the savior of civilization.

Unfortunately for China, this is not what research by a young Chinese psychologist has found  -- that such dysgenics has caused a drop in overall Chinese IQ.   The problem is compounded by research showing that Northeast Asians are genetically less intellectually creative than Europeans. It asks: Why Do Northeast Asians Win So Few Nobel Prizes?

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REMEMBER MOLLIE TIBBETTS!

Mollie Tibbetts and her illegal alien murderer Cristhian Bahena Rivera

Mollie Tibbetts and her illegal alien murderer Cristhian Bahena Rivera

Donald Trump won in 2016 precisely because love trumps hate—the love of a parent for her children; the love of people for their community; and the proper love citizens have for their country.

Those people—62 million Americans, give or take, and counting—are tired of seeing their love undermined and negated by years of hateful Democrat Party policies. That’s the truth of the matter.

Over the past few weeks, a missing persons case involving a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, Mollie Tibbetts, has been in the news daily. While taking a run in the evening in July, the Iowa student did not come back home.

And why did this happen? Because Mollie was murdered by an illegal alient—24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera. Not only is Rivera an illegal alien but he had been in the country illegally for seven years.

Angel Moms ask, “How many more will it take for all of America to wake up and get behind President Trump to secure our borders and clean up our country?”

Let the memory of young Mollie Tibbetts, of her family, and of all the people who’ve been victims of illegal immigration remember just what’s at stake in November.

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OBAMA’S CIA AND THE WORST INTELLIGENCE FAILURE IN DECADES

obama-cia[President Trump has denounced Obama’s John Brennan as “the worst CIA Director in our country’s history.” Yet, as Foreign Policy’s investigative journalist Zach Dorfman describes below, Obama’s CIA as a whole is responsible for the disaster he recounts. –JW]

It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies.

Since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle.  How were the Chinese able to roll up the network?

Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials.

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THE DANGER OF SOCIAL MEDIA MONOPOLIES MUST BE ENDED NOW

fix-facebookFacebook, Twitter, and Google are far worse than the original monopolies like International Harvester and Standard Oil and far more dangerous because they monopolize not just our industries but our brains. They control, or at least inordinately influence, how Americans and even much of the world think.

The news that Facebook has "trust" scores for users but will not reveal them to those same users is, to put it mildly, distressing.

Indeed, Facebook has a lot in common with Communist China these days. From the Daily Mail: Communist China will use a 'social credit score' to rank it citizens and give those with the most favored behavior perks.

So here’s what we need to do to end their evil – and it has to be done now, before they cause irreparable damage to the viability of our coming mid-term elections.

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THE PASTOR SHINING THE TRUTH ON TURKEY TO THE PRESIDENT

free-pastor-andrewFor the better part of the past 15 years since Erdogan and his Islamist AJP party were first elected in December 2002, Turkey watchers in the US – like here at TTP – have warned that US leaders and policymakers that Erdogan is an Islamist revolutionary who intends to transform Turkey into a radical Islamic state.

The Trump administration, like its two predecessors, was not at all eager to acknowledge reality, let alone act on it.

But since Trump entered office, there has been a major obstacle that made ignoring Turkey’s hostility to the US and its interests increasingly difficult to sweep under the rug.

That obstacle is the imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson.  Now, thanks to him, President Trump finally understands the evil that is Erdogan.

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ANTIVIRUS IS DEAD

paul-harveyBrian Dye, Senior Vice President of Information Security at Symantec, (in)famously declared back in 2014 that “Antivirus is Dead” in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Symantec, if you’re not aware in non-Tex-land is the maker of Norton Antivirus.  So, needless to say, his remarks generated significant shock and criticism at the time.

The truth is he was and is absolutely right.  However, as with most things that’s not the whole story.

In my first article on TTP, A Clean Start, I made the following assertion, echoing Dye’s sentiment:

“Anti-virus is today at best about 30% effective at stopping malware.  It’s near-0% in stopping a determined attacker and also near-0% if not kept up-to-date daily.”
What he and I mean when we say Antivirus programs are “dead” is that any computing defense that relies on a “blacklist” of programs that shouldn’t be allowed to run is ineffective by itself in today’s connected world.  We need defenses based on new technologies like behavioral analysis and “whitelisting.”

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MUELLER’S LEGACY IS HIS BEING GUILTY OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

trump-tweets-081418Some 450 days ago we were treated to melodramatic announcements from the media about the start-up of Robert Mueller’s “dream” and “all-star” team.

Reporters gushed in the general hysteria of the times that Mueller would no doubt soon indict President Trump, some of his family, and almost anyone else in his campaign—and therefore end the Trump aberration.

Although that Mueller mandate of collusion was never formally defined, much less explained as a criminal offense, the media salivated at the idea that Mueller’s whiz kids nonetheless were going to find it and no doubt thereby usher in impeachment.

Now we have gone from melodrama to bathos.

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TRUMP HAS RED CHINA REELING

red-china-reelingOmarosa. The show trial for Paul Manafort. These are the things CNN chipmunks chattered about endlessly the last few days. But CNN has no news judgment because it is run by a moron with a Harvard degree and a Napoleon Complex.

To find the news, I read the South China Morning Post, which is worried spitless that the Red Chinese economy will tank like its stock market has.

Its stocks overall have declined in value by 40% in the last three years. Our stocks are up 33% since we elected Trump. The SCMP thus is running a series of columns by panicked investors and experts.  They should be.  Trump has China reeling for a number of reasons.

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WHY FACEBOOK IS DOOMED TO FAIL IN CHINA

media-not-welcome-in-chinaIn July, Facebook quickly withdrew its pending subsidiary in the province of Zhejiang, China.

The social media giant, along with Google, Twitter, and Instagram (which is also owned by Facebook) is eager to reach China’s potential audience of 731 million internet users, but it has been blocked in the mainland for almost 10 years.

The subsidiary aimed to establish a new innovation hub as well as finally dip a toe in the Chinese market, but Facebook’s plan to enter China is doomed to fail.

This is not the first time Facebook has attempted to have a piece of the pie. It won’t be the last.  Facebook is still trying, but it needs to understand it will be all but impossible for it to survive in China.  Here’s why.

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THE ELITES’ WAR ON NORMAL AMERICANS

deplorable-vs-deportableRecently, Politico reporter Marc Caputo was angered at rude hecklers at a Trump rally who booed beleaguered CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

So Caputo tweeted of them, “If you put everyone’s mouths together in this video, you’d get a full set of teeth.”

I suppose Caputo meant that Trump voters intrinsically lacked either the money to fix their teeth or the knowledge of the hygiene required to take care of them or the aesthetic sensitivity of how awful their mouths looked. Or Caputo was simply rehashing the stereotypes that he had seen on reality TV shows like “Duck Dynasty” and “The Deadliest Catch.”

Or none of the above: the journalist grandee was just stupid.

That last alternative seems most likely since Caputo then escalated and called them collectively “garbage people.” What did “garbage people” mean? That by birth or training such toothless, smelly people were subhuman, like refuse?

Could he have said something similarly degrading about the attendees of an Abolish ICE! or Black Lives Matter! rally and still have his job?

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THE RISE OF THE TECH FASCISTS

symbols-of-fascism-in-america-2018Fascist is a big word not to be bandied about (though it too often is these days), so let me make myself clear.

I've spent about ten minutes of my life on InfoWars and think Alex Jones is a boring blowhard of little interest except to those who want to spend their lives worrying about whether there was a second gunman on the Grassy Knoll.

Nevertheless, the group censorship of Mr. Jones, led by our friends in Cupertino, the makers of the ubiquitous iPhone -- I've had a half-dozen myself and am typing this on a MacBook -- is one of the scarier developments of our time, if not potentially the scariest.

So what Apple is doing picking on the basically irrelevant Jones is a form of corporate virtual signaling, a particularly dangerous form if you believe in the Bill of Rights.

Yes, I know they're a private company not subject to government restrictions, but they are bigger, richer, and more powerful than almost every government on the planet, maybe more, which leads me to their noxious and equally powerful comrade-in-tech-arms.... FACEBOOK.

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TRUMP’S PLAN TO CHANGE THE WORLD

The President and First Lady arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017

The President and First Lady arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017

President Donald Trump has a plan to defeat radical Islamic terrorism off the battlefield, judging from the publicly available evidence.

The plan is simple, if extraordinarily ambitious: Reform Islam.

More specifically, the aim is to induce Muslim leaders to reject jihad and terrorism, and to embrace and promote a moderate practice of Islam.

Trump’s public calls for an end to Islamic terrorism made headlines, but largely unnoticed has been a larger and concerted plan to reform Islam by eliminating the root cause of such violence: the extremist ideology that fuels jihad.

The president called upon Muslim leaders to fundamentally reform Islam by rejecting terrorism and global jihad during his landmark speech in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on May 21, 2017.

“There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it,” the president insisted.  There are clear signs he is succeeding.  Here’s how.

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PUTTING AMERICANS FIRST

pastor-brunson-trump-tweetWhen the Wicked Witch meets Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” she demands the ruby red slippers the Kansas farm girl is wearing.  The Good Witch advises Dorothy otherwise. “Their magic must be very powerful or she wouldn’t want them so badly,” she says.

The Magnitsky Act is something like those ruby red slippers.

Originally passed by Congress in 2012 and named for the Russian accountant found dead in his jail cell after exposing fraud involving Russian officials, it authorized the president to block travel visas and freeze bank accounts of individual Russians deemed guilty of human-rights abuses.

In 2016 it was expanded so it could be applied to other human-rights abusers anywhere in the world. We know its power the same way we know about the power of Dorothy’s red slippers: The bad guys obsess about it.

Like Turkish Dictator Recip Erdogan, who’s feeling the heat of President’s Trump’s Americans First foreign policy of using the Magnitsky Act to force the freeing of Pastor Brunson.

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TIME FOR TRUMP TO PLAY AN ACE IN THE HOLE

Time to shut these three guys out of the game

Time to shut these three guys out of the game

You return from a great vacation and POW — reality hits like a punch in the nose.

The pain begins when you remember that the hapless Jeff Sessions is still the attorney general of the United States.

It sharpens with the realization that Rod Rosenstein, officially Sessions’ deputy but really the boss of the Justice Department and FBI, continues to get away with the biggest partisan heist of modern times.

Rosenstein is guilty of three main sins.  Here are all three, plus how Trump can trump all three with an ace in the hole.

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THE MEDIA CAN DISH IT OUT BUT CAN’T TAKE IT

see-the-differenceJim Acosta has the sadz.

The untalented little man who rudely shouts unimportant questions at important people while in the employ of the ninth most trusted name in news out of ten, got heckled at a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida. Sad panda. The hecklers chanted "CNN sucks," which, okay, is true, but they were none too polite about it.

Acosta didn't like it. He reported, "Honestly, it felt like we weren’t in America anymore."

But, like virtually everything Acosta reports, this is just a reflection of his small-minded biases. The fact is, having a group of people scream at you and denigrate you is exactly what it feels like to be in America — if you don't happen to be a coastal elite.

It has felt this way for the last twenty years at least. Every television show you watch, every movie, every woman's magazine, every comedian, and, yes, every news program tells you you suck. Your country sucks. Your culture sucks. Your religion and your morals suck. And you personally are one of those dumb racists who clings to his Bible and talks funny.

Every day. From every outlet. All the time. And now people are angry. Wonder why.

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THE CHILDREN’S NEWS HOUR

in-tonights-newsHaving thrown in its lot with #TheResistance, the media now faces its inevitable, if not actually imminent demise.

Jobs in the newspaper industry continue to disappear, as physical publishing becomes an increasingly unprofitable occupation and advertisers bail for greener pastures.

On television, ratings for the cellar-dwelling CNN—once the premier brand in the cable-news racket—are abysmal. Yet the network stubbornly persists with an outmoded formula designed to keep its dwindling audience in a state of perpetual dudgeon, with zero appeal to anyone not already converted to its Manichean worldview.

Once upon a time, a gig in the Washington bureau was the ne plus ultra of the reporting vocation, inhabited by middle-aged wise men, who spoke soberly and dressed the part, knowing that the brass ring of Dean of the Washington Press Corps could be theirs someday.

Today, a collection of small children, the legacy sons of other network personalities, and supermodels graces the sets and standups at the news networks, chirping away in mouthfuls of clichés and infantile pronouncements about the President.

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THE LEFT ARE LOCUSTS OF CULTURE

locust-swarmThere is a scene in the 1996 movie Independence Day where the character (US President Whitmore played by Bill Pullman) mind-melds with the alien, and receives a sudden understanding of the peril the Earth is in.

“I saw... its thoughts. I saw what they're planning to do. They're like locusts. They're moving from planet to planet... their whole civilization. After they've consumed every natural resource they move on... and we're next.”

For some time now, I’ve thought this applies to the Left.  Certainly, entire fields of endeavor, entire expanses of human knowledge, science, and interest, seem to collapse in the wake of an infestation by the Left.

I used to think this happened because of the Left’s charming habit of hiring only on political conformity, and not on talent, intellectual ability or even interest in the field.

No, Leftists really are like locusts.  They can’t help destroying.

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DEMOCRATS HIT PEAK OUTRAGE

cloydrivers-tweetThe socialists are having a moment. At least if you believe the media

But if the socialists were really having a moment, their big show wouldn’t be a 28-year-old birdbrain whose big achievement was beating a boring white guy in a Hispanic district he didn’t even live in.

The Democrats are adopting socialist ideas wholesale. After all, socialism polls brilliantly with the four core Dem bases of angry government workers, angry college students, angry welfare recipients, and San Francisco eco-billionaires who keep all their money in Caribbean banks.

But that’s because the Democrats have no ideas except hating Trump and Republicans.  The socialists think they’re winning. But they’re just the guys shouting things at a crazy mob. And the mob is not really for anything, it’s just enraged. It doesn’t want to build, it wants to tear down.

In other word. the Democrats have hit ‘Peak Outrage’.

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THE ORIGINS OF OUR SECOND CIVIL WAR

libs-2nd-civil-warGlobalism, the tech boom, illegal immigration, campus radicalism, the new racialism . . . are they leading us toward an 1861?  How, when, and why has the United States now arrived at the brink of a veritable civil war?

Almost every cultural and social institution — universities, the public schools, the NFL, the Oscars, the Tonys, the Grammys, late-night television, public restaurants, coffee shops, movies, TV, stand-up comedy — has been not just politicized but also weaponized.

Donald Trump’s election was not so much a catalyst for the divide as a manifestation and amplification of the existing schism.

We are now nearing a point comparable to 1860, and perhaps past 1968. Left–Right factionalism is increasingly fueled by geography — always history’s force multiplier of civil strife.

What has caused the United States to split apart so rapidly?

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DON’T HATE ME FOR TELLING YOU THIS

Sara Cox and her children wait at the gates of U.S. Steel in Granite City to welcome President Trump.

Sara Cox and her children wait at the gates of U.S. Steel in Granite City to welcome President Trump.

[Neil Steinberg is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat – and as such feels right at home reporting for the liberal Chicago Sun-Times. Last Thursday (7/26), he was in Granite City, Illinois to watch President Trump speak to the steelworkers at the recently reopened U.S. Steel plant. While he can’t help imparting his anti-Trump bias, he has the honesty to tell his Sun-Times readers – who are as anti-Trump as he is – what he learned. Full video of the President’s speech below --JW]

Donald Trump is a charming man, and people like him.

Up in Chicago we forget that. Between the attacks on immigrants, on Democrats, on the press, and the FBI, and the Justice department … well, the list goes on and on, doesn’t it? We see the damage, to our institutions, to our social fabric, our nation’s reputation, to groups and individuals, and assume he’s a reviled figure, ripe to be driven from office.

Not true. Not down here, at U.S. Steel’s sprawling works, Trump embraces and is in turn embraced.

“The moment of a lifetime,” said millwright Earl Evans, one of about 400 workers who came in on their own time to hear the President speak. “Finally someone doing something for America.”

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TRUMP AGAIN PROVES HE’S THE DEMOCRATS’ NIGHTMARE

“The United States and the European Union together count for more than 830 million citizens and more than 50 percent of the global GDP.  In other words, together, we’re more than 50 percent of trade.  If we team up, we can make our planet a better, more secure, and more prosperous place.

 

Already today, the United States and the European Union have a $1 trillion bilateral trade relationship — the largest economic relationship anywhere in the world.  We want to further strengthen this trade relationship to the benefit of all American and European citizens.

 

This is why we agreed today (7/25), first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.” –President Trump with EU President Juncker, White House, July 25

They must be burning whatever gallons of midnight oil they have left at MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, NBC, ABC, etc. -- all the propaganda organs of the Democrat Party.

They’re desperately trying to figure out how to downplay the agreement Donald Trump just made with European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, but it's not going to be easy.

This is the beginning of a massive free trade deal between Europe and the U.S. with zero tariffs outside the auto industry.  If even half of it comes true, there will be a (okay, why not?) YUUUGE growth in trade benefitting both sides of the Atlantic.  What a nightmare for the Democrats.

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TRUMP’S FIVE RULES FOR RULING THE WORLD

trump-grinIt’s the middle of 2018. And after spilling several small rivers of black ink (digital and virtual) analyzing, smearing, belaboring, insulting and fact checking President Trump, the media still doesn’t understand him.

That’s not surprising. The media has been writing about America for much longer than that and has even less of a clue about how people live outside its preciously hip urban and suburban bubbles.

But there are 5 simple rules for understanding President Trump. They define how he’s lived his life until now. And what still drives him at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. If you understand them, you will get what he’s doing. If you don’t, there’s always a job waiting at the New York Times.

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HOW FAR WILL DEMOCRATS GO?

dems-attack-americaThere was no honeymoon for the unlikely winner of the 2016 election.

No prior president has been under investigation for 80 percent of his first two years in office, by an investigatory team that is so patently compromised by conflicts of political interest, and so unable to find collusion or wrongdoing in a sea of what is likely to turn out to be FBI, CIA, and Justice Department criminality in 2016.

There is no respite from the war against Trump. The NFL, the NBA, late-night comedy shows, cable news, sitcoms, Hollywood movies, books, and music have all found ways to turn their genres into anti-Trump theater.

There is no respite; there is no refuge—not the Super Bowl, not the Emmys, not the Grammys, not the Oscars. Almost every aspect of American culture has been weaponized to delegitimize Trump.

What is the cause of all this hate, furor, and sheer mania?  And what’s to stop it from getting worse?

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MR. BRENNAN

Obama and his CIA Director John Brennan

Obama and his CIA Director John Brennan

Dear Mr. Brennan,

I understand that you are a political opponent of the current President of the United States. I understand that you are an American citizen, and you have the right to freedom of speech. I encourage you to utilize that right. I encourage you to speak your mind. I encourage you, as I do all Americans, to be heard.

I implore you, however to cease and desist from continuing to attempt to portray yourself in the public media as some sort of impartial critic concerned only with the fate of the republic. I beg you to stop attempting to portray yourself as some sort of wise, all-knowing intelligence professional with deep knowledge of national security issues and no political inclinations whatsoever.

None of this is true.

You were never a spy. You were never a case officer. You never ran operations or recruited sources or worked the streets abroad. You have no idea whatsoever of the true nature of the business of human intelligence. You have never been in harm's way. You have never heard a shot fired in anger.

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SUPPORTING IRANIAN VOICES

Protestors for regime change confronting police, Tehran, June 25, 2018

Protestors for regime change confronting police, Tehran, June 25, 2018

[This is the full text of the speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, California last Sunday, July 22.  It is an inspiring call for regime change in the Islamofascist Mullahcracy of Iran and deserves to be read entire. –JW]

Thanks for the kind introduction and thanks for hosting me here at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. It’s a very special place and an honor for me to be here.

We have many members of the Iranian American community with us this evening. This is just a fraction of the quarter million Iranian Americans in Southern California alone. We have many Iranian American guests from all across the United States here as well. Thank you.

I recognize the Iranian diaspora is diverse. There are many faith backgrounds and many different walks of life, and that’s a good thing, and not all Iranian Americans see things the same way. But I think everyone can agree that the regime in Iran has been a nightmare for the Iranian people, and it is important that your unity on that point is not diminished by differences elsewhere.

To our Iranian Americans and our Iranian American friends, tonight I want to tell you that the Trump administration dreams the same dreams for the people of Iran as you do, and through our labors and God’s providence that day will come true.

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A CLEAN START

simple-answer[We are pleased to introduce a new column for To The Point, CyberTex by TTPer Tex Manchester.  As one of the world’s top experts in cybersecurity, Tex will informing you on the real secrets of protecting your online privacy.  This is an exclusive for TTPers only.  He says he honored to join us.  We are honored to have you, Tex! –JW]

Fellow TTP’ers,  I am honored and humbled to join Dr. Wheeler and all of the esteemed columnists here in this “Oasis for Rational Conservatives.”  While you’ll see me on the Forum discussing politics, this and future columns will take things in a different direction:

  • How can the layman protect his or herself and their families from the cybersecurity threats facing them each day?
  • With the flood of “advice” online, how can people educate themselves on what these recommendations actually defend you against?
  • And more importantly, what do they not do?
Dr. Wheeler asked me to begin this column based on a series of conversations on cybersecurity that were eye-opening to him as a user of technology.  So, let’s begin with the first of those topics based on a very good question he asked while we were troubleshooting something on his phone:

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