GOVERNACIDE: South Dakota executes man convicted of killing correctional officer – Breitbart

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oct. 29 (UPI) — South Dakota executed a man who killed a correctional officer during a failed prison escape in 2011. Rodney Berget, 56, was executed

Source: South Dakota executes man convicted of killing correctional officer – Breitbart

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Sadly, this is one of the rare instances where the “death penalty” makes sense.  Some criminal humans are too dangerous to their custodians and must be put down for everyone’s safety.  We, as a society, must do better job at protecting ourselves and our employees.

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Life at Georgetown Prep after the Kavanaugh smear machine rolled through our school | Fox News

Monday, October 29, 2018

Nobody at Georgetown Prep expects special pity in light of these experiences. Indeed, the problem is that almost any institution could be broadly caricatured in the underhanded way we have.

Source: Life at Georgetown Prep after the Kavanaugh smear machine rolled through our school | Fox News

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Sounds like the “press” slandered a good Catholic school?

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RANT: The Boomless Bombs, by L. Neil Smith

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Eight or nine suspicious packages are “delivered” to the addresses of various prominent Democrat opinion leaders and “strategists”. (I’ll bet that Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell are furious as hell that they didn’t get one, when Maxine Waters got three.) The round-heeled mass media, including the Murdoch-owned and-controlled Fox “News” Network immediately mischaracterize them as “bombs”. But they are not bombs. I repeat, they are not bombs. They have no ignition devices. They can’t go off. It’s like accusing a eunuch of rape.Think hard now: exactly who does that serve?Scum-sucking leftist politicos in lockstep, along with their bottom-feeding accomplices in the mealy-mouthed media begin to blame these “bombs” on Donald Trump, claiming that he has created “an atmosphere of violence” with his demands that Hillary Clinton, a known felon, be locked up for her criminal behavior, for destroying the legislative foundations of the socialist Utopia they had all looked forward to ruling for a century, and for pointing out that the news floozies and gentlemen-of-the evening in the “legacy” (meaning leftover) media are not friends of the American people, to whom they’ve been lying for at least fifty years, or of their liberties under the Constitution and American tradition.In fact, Trump has created an atmosphere of blunt truth.

Source: The Boomless Bombs, by L. Neil Smith

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You always have ask “cui bono”!

We have the “migrant caravan”, “the bombless bombs”, and the Pittsburgh shootings.  All in quick 1, 2, 3 order.

To distract us from a midterm election that can “neuter” DJT45’s ability to “drain the swamp”.

Argh!

How come when an R is in the White House everything is his fault?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system | Notes From The Bunker

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service regularly photographs the front and back of every piece of U.S. mail, or about 150 billion parcels, envelopes, and postcards every year. A longstanding practice known as the “mail cover” program enables law enforcement to obtain address information and images of the outsides of mail as part of an investigation without the need for a warrant through the Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service’s policing arm.

Source: Article – Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system | Notes From The Bunker

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I know that they photo the mail.  I didn’t know that they can “search” without a warrant.

Maybe it’s time for the Post Office to go out of business.

I really don’t care if it takes a Constitution Amendment.  It’s intrusive.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Is Education a Constitutional Right? | | Tenth Amendment Center

Saturday, October 27, 2018

An article in the September issue of The New Yorker makes the case that education is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. It’s not. Public schools in Detroit are failing to educate students. Just like they are failing to do so in many large cities throughout the country. A case in the federal court system, Gary B. v. Snyder, filed by Public Counsel and Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of a class of Detroit students, argues that students in Detroit public schools who failed to learn how to read were denied their due process and equal protection rights under the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. The case was dismissed by a federal district court in Michigan in June, but has been appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The plaintiffs, as well as the writer of the piece in The New Yorker (Jill Lepore) cite the Supreme Court case of Plyler v. Doe (1982). In his book The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American

Source: Is Education a Constitutional Right? | | Tenth Amendment Center

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What we have here is a failure to communicate!

Rights can only be “negative”; “positive” ones require someone to pay for them.

A “right” to healthcare implies that the doctor must treat you or that someone has to pay for your care.  Either way someone is being made a slave!

So to, a “right” to “education”, enslaves someone to deliver or pay for that “education”. Again someone is enslaved.

It’s interesting that in poor third world countries, parents get their children educated.  Often without their Gooferment’s help and in some case despite their Gooferment’s hostility.

Here in the good old USA, the Gooferment “promises” to educate the children but fails miserably.  Yet, the enslaved Taxpayers are continually robbed to spend more and more money on a broken system.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: USPS should think outside of the POB

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

You have mail and packages arriving soon.
10/24/2018
 COMING TO YOUR MAILBOX SOON.

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It would be nice if I could delete the junk mail from the web.  After all, they can tell me it’s coming. Why not let me delete it.  Save everyone some trouble?

Guess that’s too “out of the post office box” thinking for the Gooferment!

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 TINFOILHAT: “Fake news” Rathergate

Monday, October 22, 2018

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Case Study 1: Rathergate

My first case study is the episode known as Rathergate. It represents one of the great journalistic frauds of our time. It is a case study in the fabrication of fake news and partisan bias. The Rathergate scandal erupted from a 60 Minutes Wednesday segment rushed to air on the evening of September 8, 2004, in time to influence the approaching presidential election pitting George W. Bush against John Kerry, as it was clearly intended to do. The segment consisted of two parts that didn’t quite fit together except in their antipathy to Bush.

In the first part, based on an interview with the vice chairman of Kerry’s national finance committee, Rather essentially claimed that political influence had been brought to bear to secure Bush’s admission to the Texas Air National Guard as an interceptor jet pilot in 1968. In the second part, based on documents supposedly from the “personal file” of Bush’s commanding officer, Rather reported that Bush had defied an order to take a physical necessary to maintain his flight status and, among other things, thus failed to discharge his military obligations. The segment was produced and written by Mary Mapes.

In researching the story, Mapes had interviewed witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the Texas Air National Guard’s personnel needs. She was told that they needed pilots at the time and that no influence would have been necessary to secure Bush’s admission. The documents on which Rather based the second segment proved to be fabricated on Microsoft Word in the computer era, not typewritten in the early 1970s by Bush’s commanding officer or anyone else. The content and format of the documents also betrayed their fabrication. The story began to fall apart within a few hours of its broadcast. On September 20, 12 days after the broadcast, Rather extended an apology “personally and directly” to viewers for his inability to authenticate the documents.

To investigate what happened, CBS commissioned a panel chaired by former attorney general Richard Thornburgh and former Associated Press president Lou Boccardi. Released in January 2005, the report provides evidence proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the entire segment was false and/or fraudulent from beginning to end.

Mapes was promptly fired as were three other executives with responsibility for the story. Rather stepped down from the CBS Evening News in March 2005 and was let go from the network the following year.Writing about the 60 Minutes segment on the morning after the broadcast on Power Line, I posted a brief item linking to the 60 Minutes story and the PDF copies of the documents that CBS had made available with the online version of the story. Thinking there might be something more to be said about it than what 60 Minutes had reported, I called my post “The 61st Minute” and published it on Power Line at 7:51 a.m.

Together with my colleague John Hinderaker, I updated the post with additional information provided by readers and fellow bloggers through the early afternoon. By noon, anyone following along online could see that the 60 Minutes segment had been based on fabricated documents and falsehoods. The 60 Minutes segment, reported with great earnestness by Rather, had been produced by knaves or fools, or both.

Rather and Mapes nevertheless persuaded CBS News to stick with the story for nearly two weeks before Rather rendered his on-air apology. In his 2012 memoir Rather Outspoken — that’s the title he gave it; it should have been Rather Full of It — Rather reveals that he didn’t mean it. Both he and Mapes stand behind the story and the authenticity of the documents.

Mapes too wrote a memoir standing by the story (Truth and Duty, published in late 2005). In 2015 Hollywood made a film out of Mapes’s memoir — starring Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mapes. They called the film Truth, purporting to tell the Rathergate story from the inside.

Despite Mapes’s responsibility for perpetrating a shocking journalistic fraud, the film portrays Mapes as a heroic figure. Mapes not only gets a stellar actress to play her, she is portrayed as a martyr to the First Amendment and a victim of corporate cowardice. By contrast, the film portrays the attorneys who supported the work of Thornburg and Boccardi as cartoon villains. The events depicted in the film had happened only 10 years before, but the ignorance of the reviewers who took the film at face value demonstrated that the truth behind Truth was as obscure as ancient Greek history.

When President Trump refers to fake news, he has in mind something like the cast of characters and the insane bias that brought us Rathergate.

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Source: Fake news: Two case studies | Power Line

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A very good summary of “Rathergate”.  Of course, it sufficiently muddied the water so no one could fairly assess if the original allegations against Bush had any merit.

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