PJ Media’s Megan Fox found quite a gem in doing her taxpayer wall-building research. According to Federal Highway Administration reports, taxpayers have shelled out $671 million in funding for 23,073,413 square feet of suburban noise barriers from 2014 to 2016. If those numbers are tallied from 1963 to 2016, taxpayers have ponied up $7.44 billion for 3,263 linear miles of these walls. She further notes that these walls are removed, relocated, or even rebuilt every few years to accommodate new construction. Something tells us that noise control doesn’t hold a position on the priority list over curtailing human trafficking, drug trade, and terrorists.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
In the never-ending morass of arguing back and forth over whether or not walls work to keep out whatever unpleasant or annoying thing you need to keep off your lawn, an obvious solution has been missed. Have you ever heard of noise barriers? These are the giant cement walls that the states install to block the traffic noise from the highway from interfering with the hoi polloi as they barbecue on their stainless steel grills next to their jacuzzis. Unbelievably, their college degrees didn’t prepare the wealthy suburbanites of America for the burdensome process of finding homes that aren’t near noisy highways. And so, because Mr. and Mrs. don’t do basic research (or the state hasn’t insisted that builders stop putting developments next to highways), the state has to build noise barriers—miles and miles of walls paid for by the state for the comfort of idiots who buy McMansions right next to a twenty-four-hour Grand Prix. (I’ve yet to see a noise barrier blocking a housing project from highway noise pollution.)
During a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl revealed that his sources have given him cause to believe the final report by Robert Mueller’s “investigation” is “almost certain to be anticlimactic.” Karl further opined, “If you look at what the FBI was investigating in that New York Times report…Mueller did not go anywhere with that investigation.” If Karl’s sources are reliable, none of this should come as any surprise. This so-called investigation in search of a purpose has only served to further damage the reputation of the nation’s most elite police force and enflame the cynicism of the electorate concerning the public faith and the duty of our nation’s top officials to respect the rule of law.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl said his sources “interacting with” special counsel Robert Mueller’s team said Mueller’s forthcoming report was “almost certain to be anti-climactic.”
Partial transcript as follows:
KARL: What I am getting is that this is all building up to the Mueller report and raising expectations of a bombshell report. And there have been expectations that have been building, of course, for over a year on this. But people who are closest to what Mueller has been doing, interacting with the special counsel caution me that this report is almost certain to be anti-climactic. If you look at what the FBI was investigating in that New York Times report, you look at what they were investigating, Mueller did not go anywhere with that investigation. He has been writing his report in real time through these indictments and we have seen nothing from Mueller on the central question of, was there any coordination, collusion, with the Russians in the effort to meddle in the elections?
Wasting no time on the heels of the new Democratic majority in the lower chamber, President Trump issued a formal veto threat for any efforts to fund the government without securing America’s borders. In the statement issued through the Office of Management and Budget, the administration said they “cannot accept legislation that provides unnecessary funding for wasteful programs while ignoring the Nation’s urgent border security needs.” Translation: over my dead body.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
President Donald Trump’s administration issued a formal veto threat to Democrats in Congress, vowing to oppose their government funding bill without border security.
In a statement from the Office of Management and Budget, the administration wrote that they “cannot accept legislation that provides unnecessary funding for wasteful programs while ignoring the Nation’s urgent border security needs.”
Trump has demanded that any bill funding the government include $5.6 billion for border security.
The White House noted that the House Democrat spending bill also undermined the president’s Mexico City policy, an executive order that Trump imposed to bar taxpayer funds from subsidizing overseas abortions.
Brenna Spencer gained viral social media infamy after her graduation picture last spring that sported not only a “Women for Trump” tee but also a handgun in her waistband. Since then the 22-year-old graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga has received death threats and calls for her to commit suicide in the wake of the tweet, which showed up on nearly 20 million Twitter feeds. Spencer has also been the victim of cyberstalking after her address was posted on social media. To her credit, rather than being scared into silence, Spencer is now working with a nonprofit in Tennessee dedicated to educating students on gun rights and concealed carry.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
When Brenna Spencer posted her graduation photos on Twitter back in April, she posed wearing a hot pink “Women for Trump” shirt and a black handgun tucked into her skinny jeans.
“I don’t take normal graduation photos….” tweeted Spencer, a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga who now lives in Nashville.
Spencer, now 22, told PJ Media that she posted the photo “to bring awareness of how important it is to protect yourself, especially for women.”
A university in Germany has published a study exposing the U.S. liberal media’s double standard in its coverage of immigrants. For them, there’s no love to spare for First Lady Melania Trump, who is the embodiment of the American Dream after lawfully immigrating to the U.S. from Solvenia. “SNL portrays Melania Trump as an uncharismatic doll and ‘trophy wife,’ drawing on misogynist and anti-immigrant views, echoing neoliberal media, such as The New Yorker, which described her as ‘the perfect body on which to hang a brand,'” said research fellow Katharina Wiedlack. Wiedlack elaborated that “stereotypes of post-Soviet women, the slut and the victim,” are in full swing when the liberal media discusses the First Lady. Could it be that the Left only loves immigrants when they’re politically expedient? We’re shocked by this revelation!
Here’s more from PJ Media…
A research fellow and professor at the University of Flensburg in Germany has published a new study highlighting the double standards the liberal media uses when discussing Melania Trump.
The first lady, 47, was born and raised in Slovenia, and is the only first lady to become a naturalized United States citizen. Though Mrs. Trump should be seen as an immigration success story, research fellow Katharina Wiedlack, Ph.D., worried that it has been otherwise.
Her study, “In/visibly different: Melania Trump and the othering of Eastern European women in US culture,” was published December 6 and analyzed the 2016 SNL skit “Melanianade” to illustrate how Mrs. Trump is depicted throughout media in the United States.
The Boston Globe was forced to change a headline after publishing its findings on an “exhaustive review” of evidence surrounding Elizabeth Warren’s questionable claims of Native American heritage and if it was used to promote her academic career. The original headline read “Did claiming Native American heritage actually help Elizabeth Warren get ahead? No, but it’s complicated.” The revised version read “Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warren’s rise in law.” Apparently, things got complicated in the Globe’s editorial room. The headline should’ve read thusly: “Warren’s claims of Native American heritage were a nakedly political attempt to curry favor with a minority group during her Senate campaign.” Alas, they didn’t consult us.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
On Monday, The Boston Globe published the findings of its “exhaustive review” of evidence surrounding Elizabeth Warren’s use of her refuted claims that she is Native American to promote her academic career. But a significant headline change suggests that the outlet was uneasy about how it initially framed the story.
“Did claiming Native American heritage actually help Elizabeth Warren get ahead? No, but it’s complicated,” the original headline read. But in a notable revision, the left-leaning outlet scrubbed any reference to Warren “claiming to be Native American” and eliminated all “confusion”:
“Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warren’s rise in law,” the revised headline reads.
Here are screenshots of the two versions of the headline (via Twitchy):
Just 1,700 votes–less than one percent of the vote–in Ohio’s contested 12th district stand between special election victory or defeat for Republican Troy Balderson. Alarmingly, this may be the result of a determined effort by leftist to further destroy the integrity of the voting process by fighting voter ID laws and blocking the removal of defunct voter registrations. Due to their efforts, experts claim that 170 registered voters in the 12th district alone are more than 116 years old (The oldest living person in the world right now is 115-year-old Kane Tanaka of Japan). Either central Ohio has some really good water or something’s a bit fishy with the voter rolls. Whether any of these superhuman voters cast votes in this hotly contested special election remains to be seen.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Republican Troy Balderson clings to a narrow margin in last night’s special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional district, underscoring the impact voter fraud can have in key elections around the country.
The separation of 1700 votes, or less than one percent, highlights the recent attempt by Democratic activists to fight efforts to prevent voter fraud from occurring.
For the past four years, George Soros has spent millions of dollars trying to weaken Ohio’s election security by funding efforts to both block its implementation of Voter ID and prevent the state from removing inaccurate registrations.
Soros pledged $5 million to fund Clinton campaign attorney Marc Elias’s efforts to fight voter ID laws in Ohio and two other states ahead of the 2016 election. Elias would file that suit in Ohio on behalf of several groups, including the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, that would have an employee sentenced to prison for voter fraud.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed a new contract to acquire “fresh” human fetal tissue for transplant “to create chimeric animals that have a human immune system.” The goal is to give these engineered mice a functioning “human immune system” for use in research. “Fetal tissue used in research is obtained from elective abortions,” according to the Congressional Research Service. A 2016 Harvard University report says that this “human fetal material” cannot come from miscarriages. So now the federal government isn’t just giving federal funding to Planned Parenthood, it’s also buying aborted fetal tissue with your tax dollars.
Here’s more from CNS News…
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed a new contract on July 25 to acquire “fresh” human fetal tissue to transplant into “humanized mice” so that these mice will have a functioning “human immune system,” according to information published by the FDA and the General Services Administration.
“The objective is to acquire Tissue for Humanized Mice,” said a June 13 FDA “presolicitation notice” for the contract.
The contractor, the notice said, would “provide the human fetal tissue needed to continue the ongoing research being led by FDA.
“Fresh human tissues are required,” said the notice, “for implantation into severely immune-compromised mice to create chimeric animals that have a human immune system.”
The House Rules Committee has teed up a vote on a resolution put forth by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to ‘encourage’ the Justice Department to release documents subpoenaed by Congress…months ago.
The documents of concern are of course related to the FISA Warrant program and the FBI’s use of a confidential informant embedded in the Trump campaign.
Though unenforceable on its own, Meadows’ resolution rests on the threat of impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if the docs fail to be delivered by July 6.
We know it’s a novel concept, but perhaps Congress does, in fact, have the power the Founders actually intended in the Constitution. Do it!
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
The House plans to vote this week on a new resolution from a House Republican who has been pressing the Justice Department for a pile of documents for months — a sign that the back-and-forth between the agency and Trump-allied lawmakers is heating back up.
The House Rules Committee is set to meet Wednesday afternoon to agree on the terms of the debate, meaning the resolution by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., could come to the floor as early as Thursday.
The text of the Meadows resolution, which is unenforceable, replaces a similar resolution that passed by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump blasted the DOJ and FBI for failing to turn over documents related to the ‘Witch Hunt’ investigation to Congress.
At issue are over 25,000 documents not turned over despite a nine-months-old request from Congress to do so.
Trump tweeted: “I have tried to stay uninvolved with the Department of Justice and FBI (although I do not legally have to), because of the now totally discredited and very expensive Witch Hunt currently going on. But you do have to ask why the DOJ & FBI aren’t giving over requested documents?”
It’s a valid question that goes to the heart of the Constitution.
Are ‘we the people’ (i.e. Congress) the most powerful branch of government or not?
Clearly the DOJ doesn’t think so despite an oath to defend that same Constitution.
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
President Donald Trump expressed his anger Monday at the Department of Justice and the FBI for not being forthcoming with documents to the Congress.
Trump’s tweet appears to be in response to a segment on Fox and Friends early Monday morning with Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows who lamented the difficulty Congress has had in extracting documents and information from the DOJ and the FBI.