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 March 18, 2017


By the time Donald Trump won the Republican primaries last year, the vile Southern Poverty Law Center was working overtime to manufacture incidents of “hate” to blame on Trump supporters.  It didn’t matter that Trump supporters weren’t committing any so-called hate crimes.  Fabricating hate crime hoaxes is what the SPLC does best.  The clock is ticking on the SPLC’s deceptions and lies: even many left-wing activists have put daylight between themselves and founder Morris Dees’s crooked hate crime racket.  Thanks to the SPLC’s zealous support for the cop-hating Black Lives Matter movement, they don’t get a lot of love from police departments anymore.  In order to manufacture this latest fake “tidal wave” of hate, the SPLC turned to a reliably naïve and pliable cohort: left-wing school teachers who subscribe to the SPLC’s website.  By April, the SPLC was holding press briefings to report that a new and dangerous hate-crime-like phenomenon had been detected, primarily but not only in the nation’s K -12 schools.  They called this phenomenon the Trump Effect.  According to the SPLC, the Trump Effect is any incident of conflict, large, small, or micro-aggressive, that can be blamed on the election of Donald Trump, including anonymous acts of vandalism that any thinking adult would understand to be committed by Trump opponents, such as the handful of swastikas drawn with Trump’s name appearing near college campuses and high schools.  The SPLCers are also officially counting crimes of violence perpetrated by Trump opponents against Trump supporters as evidence of the Trump Effect.  The Trump Effect is the perfect culmination of decades of machinating by the SPLC to project blame for all social ills on “America,” or “white people” or “Christians” or other foes.  With the Trump Effect, the SPLC has found a way to outsource the manufacture of hate to its leftist allies who are rioting, destroying property, and attacking people in the streets anyway.  This blame-the-victim scheme is so over the top that it would almost be funny if powerful people in academia and the mainstream media weren’t still taking the SPLC seriously.   

(“Blaming Trump for a phony “tidal wave” of hate” by Tina Trent dated March 12, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/blaming-trump-for-a-phony-tidal-wave-of-hate )

The leftist hordes of a communist political culture are on the march around the globe, in alliance with Islamofascism.  These young people are shaped by universities, the media, Hollywood with their trashy productions and vile behavior, corrupt politicians with allegiance only to their own pockets, the multi-nationals, the corrupt judiciary, unions, and non-profits with billions of dollars of funding from elitist billionaires such as George Soros who fancy themselves the social engineers of One World Government and of climate change industry.  What happened to American universities since the early 1970s has finally reverberated around the world, like a wave created by a small stone thrown on a placid lake.  It has now become a tsunami of #resist anarchists and drones around the western world.  They are now resisting authority, law and order, and the capitalist system that had made their parents successful in the first place.  Marching under the banner of feminism and equality, asking to be Muslims, and promoting the subjugation of women in western societies, violent millennials are bullying anybody who is a Christian and a nationalist.  Campuses have become bastions of leftism and anti-Americanism.  Even in former Soviet-bloc countries the curriculum at all levels has been diluted by inconsequential studies that add nothing to scholarship or knowledge: ethnic studies, women’s studies, islamophobia studies, intersectionality, mixing biology, sex, religion, age, caste, nationality, race, and other bizarre criteria as systems of domination, discrimination, and oppression - all because the left finds social inequality and injustice everywhere.  Universities are no longer places of scholarship, invention, discovery, divergent opinions, peaceful discussion, but places of mis-education, indoctrination, and brainwashing.  What these academics have achieved in a few decades, the totalitarian communists could only dream of. Inadequate graduates, who should have never been admitted to college in the first place, are now vessels of little knowledge who were told ad nauseam what to think, not how to think.  Radicals have crawled from the underground, spurred on by eight years of a radical American president who stoked the culture and racial wars non-stop, bringing America and its economy to its knees.  The rest of the world watched in horror and disbelief the fall of the once great nation while dealing with their own problems brought on by a planned refugee invasion of Europe of millions of unvetted refugees from Middle-Eastern and African countries that harbor camps of Islamists fighting a holy war against Christianity.  Angela Merkel of Germany has managed to destroy her own country and many other countries in Europe who were forced to accept this flood of mostly single young Muslim men.  For the sake of Merkel’s optics, Europe has become a safe-haven for terrorists and savages who slash and burn their way across many European countries with generous welfare states and no backbone to say no because it contradicts their multi-culturalist generosity and Fabian socialist values.  It is not just the European youth who want to stay in college forever at the expense of government, with no idea as to what kind of taxes the rest of society must pay for all the welfare.  Millennials are learning from their European counterparts that they deserve everything for free simply because they exist.  The elderly in the former Iron Curtain countries are longing for the “simple days of communism.”  The young, who have no experience or idea what communism was like foolishly vote and demonstrate to bring about neo-communism.  Communist rhetoric of equality and social justice mesmerizes well-fed and clothed American millennials who are surrounded by wealth, food, proper medical care, good housing, transportation, college education paid by Pell grants, electronic gadgets, their Starbucks lattés, heating, cooling, clean streets, cars, and malls.  They have no idea what communist life was and is like.  Few visit Cuba, Venezuela, or North Korea to see how people actually live under communist oppression.  Thoroughly brainwashed, millennials dismiss as propaganda all testimonials of those who had lived under communism, survived and escaped to the west.  The rabid anarchists of the turn of the twentieth century were brainwashed in college and on the streets to fight against the “capitalist injustice.”  Their simpler motives were greed and envy.  The sweat shops of the have nots and the opulence of the haves were infuriating the anarchists, many of whom were either coming from a working class background or were well off and ashamed of their creature comforts, yet were unwilling to give them up.  The shackles binding the people of the world to oppression were the shackles fashioned by communist revolutionaries and Bolsheviks who had a huge followings of college-age anarchists. Crafty and sly, the commies sugar-coated empty and deceptive promises of egalitarian utopia, passing on clever euphemisms to new generations, including today’s oblivious global citizen youth who have no clue what they are dreaming of and demanding in their #resist demonstrations and riots.  

” by Ileana Johnson Paugh dated March 15, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/resist-a-global-commie-totalitarian-movement )

While Democrats fume, Trump becomes the Jobs President. It’s the economy, stupid. We’ve heard the phrase so many times over the past 25 years that it has descended into cliché if not outright parody.  It’s been repeated so often because it highlights a basic truth about politics: jobs matter, and since the election, the job growth has been extraordinary.  It prompted Jamie Dimon, president and CEO of Chase, a registered Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, to back President Trump’s economic agenda.  The Labor Department reported a higher than expected 235,000 new jobs were created in February.  This came on the heels of a report from ADP and Moody’s Analytics showing 298,000 new private sector jobs in the same month.  Better yet, the Labor Department report showed strong wage growth and that 340,000 workers who sensed better prospects came off the sidelines and re-entered the workforce.  This addresses a key critique of the weak Obama era recovery after the 2008 financial panic: namely, that the low reported unemployment rate was misleading because of the large number of working age Americans who stopped looking for work and were therefore not counted in official government unemployment statistics.  This is all good news for the country and for a president who has promised to put wage and job growth front and center in his administration.  Trump’s plans on immigration, infrastructure, taxes, regulation, and trade all aim at improving the lives and prosperity of ordinary American citizens.  If they continue, the results of the past few months will be considered a downpayment on a resurgence of American economic might and the reinvigoration of the middle class.  What matters is jobs, not phony outrage cooked up by professional agitators.  The complaints of D.C. Democrats and their Millennial storm troopers don’t have much purchase with middle America when the economy is growing and people are working.   No matter what the powerful and connected think, ordinary people have bills to pay and families to raise and they can only do it with a job.  The fact that there are a lot more jobs than there were a few months ago has significant implications for Democrats who think they can win elections based on stoking resentments based on niche grievances and so-called micro-aggressions.  These economic reports were so uniformly positive that even financial news titan Bloomberg, a reliable defender of Davos class perquisites, was forced to admit that “America’s labor market is getting better by almost any measure.”  They were hard-pressed to give the president any credit.  Democrats long ago gave up on ideas that improve the lives of ordinary Americans focusing instead on identity politics that pits citizen against citizen in a cynical play for short-term electoral success.  Barack Obama did it with skill.  Hillary Clinton did not.  Obama won the presidency twice even as his policies and rhetoric made the Democrats a regional party with electoral strength on the coasts, in the inner cities, and in college towns where they run political monopolies with predictably baleful consequences.  Meanwhile, Donald Trump is forging a new electoral coalition that could reshape American politics. His collaboration with Dimon looks a bit unusual, but his budding alliance with private sector union leaders is a tectonic shift.  It would cement the Republican Party of the middle class not the Davos class, of the bowling alley rather than the country club.  Gone are the days of reflexive Republican union bashing.  That was the era when intellectuals thought that big government plus big labor plus big business added up to eternal prosperity, but that time has passed.  Now AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says, “Will we partner with him (Trump) to try to rewrite the immigration rules of the country? Absolutely, because those will help workers, it will decrease the imbalance between corporate America and workers.”  Democrats have abandoned kitchen table issues for identity politics.  Trump is the first Republican in a generation to speak effectively about the issues that matter to middle America. More important, he is acting on his rhetoric.  Economic nationalism is nothing more than jobs, infrastructure, and pro-worker, pro-growth trade and economic policies.  That makes sense to most people.  Let the Democrats have their identity politics, because Donald Trump is making good on his promise to be the jobs president.  

(“While Democrats Fume, Trump Becomes the Jobs President” by Chris Buskirk dated March 11, 2017 published by American Greatness at https://amgreatness.com/2017/03/11/democrats-fume-trump-becomes-jobs-president/ )

President Trump mentioned that the U.S. should have a merit-based legal immigration system similar to what Canada and Australia have.  While the U.S. gives overwhelmingly preference to family reunion-based immigration, Canada and Australia give preference to skilled workers.  For example, over 60% of immigrants to Canada each year are skilled/employment based, compared to only 20% of U.S. legal immigrants.  Both Canada and Australia use web-based point systems that lets a potential immigrant do an online self-assessment to find out if he or she is eligible to immigrate to their countries.  The point system works like a scorecard and it usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.  It evaluates an applicant's language ability, work experiences, education, etc.  Only applicants who pass the minimum score can move forward with their immigration application.  The emphasis of skill-based immigration has brought impressive results. Canadian government data shows that the labor participation rate for immigrants through the federal skilled worker program was 89%.  For Australia, 68% of immigrants to Australia are skill based, while 31% are family based.  The labor force participation rate of independent skilled immigrants is 96%, much higher than the 67% among native-born Australians.  Eighty-five percent of these immigrants are working full-time.  Canada and Australia’s experiences show us that a country can reap great cultural, social, and economic benefits from the right immigration policy.  It's time the U.S. adopts a similar approach. We shouldn’t do away with family-based immigration and immigration on humanitarian need, but we should emphasize skill-based immigration by dedicating at least 50% of our annual immigration visa quota to skill-based immigrants (instead of the current 20%). Under the skill-based immigration program, we should have three subcategories: Independent skilled workers: those who don’t have arranged employment at the time of application; employment-based workers or those nominated by individual U.S. states and territories; and rntrepreneurs and investors.  To facilitate this skilled immigration program, we need to establish a selection process. Anyone who is interested in immigrating to the U.S. as a skilled worker should do a self-assessment online.  We can adopt the Canadian point scoring system with a slight modification.  Our scoring system should assess an applicant's English skills, education, experiences, age, arranged employment in the U.S. and adaptability.  The U.S. should improve Canada’s system by up-weighting "experience" by giving it the same weight as "education".  Doing so ensures those who do not have much education but have experience in a skilled trade will have an equal chance to migrate to America.  A scoring system like this has many benefits: increases efficiency; increases transparency; reduces subjectivity and complexity; sets all applicants at an equal starting line with objective measures; prescreens applicants and allows them to easily read through and self-select and evaluate their eligibility before they flood the system with applications; promotes self-reliance by selecting immigrants based on their language skills, education, meaningful work experiences, and appreciation for what America stands for; enables the U.S. to select skilled migrants who offer the best economic benefits; and makes for easy data collection, which will allow the U.S. to fine-tune its immigration policy on a timely basis.  Canada has a government-run national occupation database, while Australia has a non-government entity managing a similar database.  I recommend the U.S. follow the Australian model, outsourcing the creation, maintenance, and updating of a national job bank to a private company such as Careerbuilder.com or Linkedin.com.  A private company that makes a living by connecting employers and potential employees has every incentive to keep a national occupation database updated, and has the knowhow on who in the private sector is a suitable assessor for a specific skill/work experience.  Only those who can get their credentials verified will be invited to apply for skilled immigration to the U.S.  This will help turn a supply-driven immigration system into a demand-driven system.  To truly make our skilled-worker program merit based, we have to get rid of the per-country restrictions.  The merit-based system needs to be color-blind and ethnicity-blind because we want the best people to immigrate to the U.S.  Both the Canadian and the Australian immigration systems allow their provinces and territories to nominate skilled workers they want to bring in.  The U.S. should do the same because individual state governments and entities are more tuned-in to their economy and its labor needs than the federal government.  States are on the receiving end of the federal government’s immigration policy and have borne a great deal of the cost to settle new immigrants.  It’s only fair that a sensible immigration policy give states a voice on the skilled workers or entrepreneurs they want to bring in.  With such a system, we as a nation can ensure that we are rolling out a welcome mat to the kind of immigrants we want, the kind who are willing to work hard and will contribute to our country.  

(“Here’s How to Establish a Merit-based Legal Immigration System” by Helen Raleigh dated March 11, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/helenraleigh/2017/03/11/heres-how-to-establish-a-meritbased-legal-immigration-system-n2297213 )

For decades, we've heard the Chickens Little cry that the sky is warming.  In 2009, a hack of climate researchers' emails at the University of East Anglia indicated that climatologists had massaged global temperature records to bolster their claims of man-made global warming, and they had destroyed emails to skirt FOIA requests.  "Climategate," as it came to be called, suggested that many of the alarming reports about global warming had been fake news.  On February 4, Dr. John Bates, "senior scientist" at NOAA's temperature data center, reported that his own organization had not quite been on the up-and-up, science-wise.  He alleged that Thomas Karl, director of the temperature data center, had "breached [NOAA's] own rules on scientific integrity when [he] published [a] sensational but flawed report" and rushed it into print in order to influence global leaders at the U.N. Climate Conference in Paris in 2015.  That paper, called the "Pausebuster," cited new data purporting to show that the hiatus in global warming since 1998 had not occurred.  According to Dr. Bates, however, Dr. Karl had put his "thumb on the scale" by releasing new data that were "misleading" and "unverified."  Furthermore, it is unlikely ever to be verified: Dr. Bates also reported that the computer used to process the data "had suffered a complete failure."  Hello, Climategate 2.0!  Oh, you'd never heard of it?  I bet you've heard a lot about the 2015 Paris Climate Accords that were agreed to in part because of the fake "Pausebuster" data.  The mainstream media have little interest writing stories that refute liberal assumptions, so fake news becomes no news.  This pattern of fake news followed by no news has been repeated throughout the era of climate change fabulist fear-mongering:

·   In 1989, according to the Associated Press, a director of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) predicted that "entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels ... by the year 2000."  This was followed by no news about no nations being covered by the sea in 2001.

·   In 1990, Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton professor and Al Gore adviser, predicted that by 1995, the greenhouse effect would be "desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots."  No news in 1996 brought Oppenheimer's error to public attention.

·   In 2005, UNEP warned that by 2010, some 50 million "climate refugees" would be fleeing low-lying Caribbean and Pacific islands inundated by rising seas.  No news in 2011 calmed islanders' fears.

·   In 2007, Al Gore predicted that the “North Pole would be ice-free” by the summer of 2013.  No news in the fall of 2013 reminded readers that the North Pole was covered in snow that summer.

Every pseudo-scientist who puts a thumb on the scales of the research he pretends to revere finds cover from agenda-driven news editors who give thumbs down to any story that challenges their liberal presumptions.  There seems no end in sight for fake news and no news.  The Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is following this story.  The committee has subpoenaed NOAA for the data that supported the Pausebuster paper, and NOAA has refused to comply, so fireworks may ensue.  

(“Global warming: Fake news becomes no news” by Daniel G. Jones dated March 14, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/global_warming_fake_news_becomes_no_news.html )


There is so much published each week that unless you search for it, you will miss important breaking news.  I try to package the best of this information into my “Views on the News” each Saturday morning.  Updates have been made this week to the following sections:

·  Responsibilities at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/intro/responsibilities.php

·  Civil Rights at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/Culture/civilrights.php

·  Terrorism at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/terrorism.php


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY