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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Democrats&nbsp; by Wayne Allyn Root</p>\n<p>My Thanksgiving column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal listed quite a few reasons to be thankful for President Donald J. Trump. But it&rsquo;s still technically Thanksgiving weekend, and the Democratic Party&rsquo;s presidential candidates deserve credit, too.</p>\n<p> I&rsquo;M THANKFUL the Democratic candidates are so awful. Even former President Barack Obama is disgusted. Have you seen Obama&rsquo;s comments? He believes they&rsquo;re too radical and extreme to win. Might be the first time I&rsquo;ve ever agreed with my old Columbia College classmate.<br />\n Obama also reportedly told a Democratic candidate that former Vice President Joe Biden doesn&rsquo;t have what it takes to win the White House. By the way, Biden is in fourth place in a new poll in New Hampshire. Sen. Bernie Sanders now leads the field.<br />\n But Obama is no fan of Sanders either. Politico Magazine reports that Obama warned he will step in to try to prevent Sanders from winning the Democratic presidential nomination.<br />\n Then there&rsquo;s Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She was the new leader for about a month. The latest national Quinnipiac University poll shows Warren plunging by half. She was at 28% last month. Now she has free-fallen to 14% and third place.<br />\n Why is this happening? Because the Democrats have no candidate who can beat Trump. That&rsquo;s why Democrats cling to a new flavor of the month. It&rsquo;s all about hope and desperation.<br />\n The latest flavor of the month is Pete Buttigieg. I&rsquo;m sure my liberal critics will be shocked to hear I couldn&rsquo;t care less that he&rsquo;s gay. I&rsquo;m a libertarian when it comes to bedroom issues. Mayor Pete&rsquo;s big problem: He&rsquo;s a small-town mayor with zero accomplishments.<br />\n His town (South Bend, Indiana) is falling apart. Crime is through the roof. Violent crime is dramatically higher than that in many neighboring towns. His own police department hates him. He should be home dealing with that mess. But nope. He thinks he deserves to be president of the United States. My educated guess is he couldn&rsquo;t win reelection as South Bend mayor.<br />\n Then there&rsquo;s ex-New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He&rsquo;s got three big problems. First, he&rsquo;s a billionaire in a party that despises wealth and success. Second, he&rsquo;s a straight old white guy in a party that despises straight old white guys. And third, he&rsquo;s the most boring speaker in world history.<br />\n These Democrats learned all the wrong lessons from Trump&rsquo;s election. They think Trump won because he&rsquo;s a billionaire. Not true. Trump won because he&rsquo;s got charisma, celebrity, an out-of-the-box personality, tremendous world-class energy and the perfect message.</p>\n<p> THAT&rsquo;S precisely why Tom Steyer, the first billionaire to jump in the Democratic presidential race, has spent tens of millions. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, he&rsquo;s at zero percent. Even Rep. Tulsi Gabbard beats Steyer.<br />\n Being a billionaire isn&rsquo;t a positive in the Democratic Party. But in the end, Steyer has the same problems as Bloomberg: He&rsquo;s a stiff. He&rsquo;s boring and thoroughly unlikable on television. All the money in the world can&rsquo;t change that.<br />\n Then we come to the message. Bloomberg just said the United States needs &ldquo;an awful lot more immigrants, rather than less.&rdquo; That may play in New York City, where English is no longer the main language. But in the rest of America, Bloomberg just committed political suicide.<br />\n Meanwhile, President Trump just announced in an interview with Bill O&rsquo;Reilly that he&rsquo;s designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Bravo. Now that&rsquo;s what real Americans want to hear.</p>\n<p> THIS Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful Democrats have no candidate to compete with Trump. I&rsquo;m thankful Democrats still don&rsquo;t speak the language of middle-class Americans. And I&rsquo;m thankful that President Trump does.<br />\n &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:baf837eef7eac1b4504645727ca2c4a5' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This Week&#39;s Conservative Focus . . . Prosperity &amp; Gratitude</p>\n<p>Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme. He echoed the words of his predecessor, St. John Paul II, who called food waste &ldquo;a paradox of abundance.&rdquo; Francis criticized a &ldquo;culture of waste&rdquo; that is caused, he says, by &ldquo;mechanisms of superficiality, negligence and selfishness.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>\n<p> POPE Francis is correct, at least in part. The amount of food that goes to waste in the United States alone is staggering and &mdash; dare I say it &mdash; sinful. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it&rsquo;s somewhere between 30 and 40% of our total food supply every year.<br />\n Try to imagine the number of restaurants, bars, grocery stores and cafeterias in any town or city of even modest size. Consider: Every single one of these establishments throws food away every single day. Now multiply that by every town and city in the country.<br />\n The problem, therefore, isn&rsquo;t the amount of food; it&rsquo;s getting the extra food to those in need. But as daunting an issue as that certainly is, it&rsquo;s just logistics. It pales, by comparison, to the issue of producing enough food to feed people in the first place.<br />\n I note this because Pope Francis is also fond of making statements that are sharply critical of capitalism and can fairly be construed at times as a preference for systems by which a smaller group of well-intentioned central planners decide what is to be produced &mdash; and where, and why, and how, and for whom.<br />\n This, as we&rsquo;ve seen in the countries where it has been tried, is what creates poverty and hunger &mdash; indeed, famine, starvation and death &mdash; on a massive scale.<br />\n Josef Stalin&rsquo;s agricultural &ldquo;planning&rdquo; for Ukraine resulted in the &ldquo;holodomor&rdquo; &mdash; widespread famine and the deaths of an estimated 6 million people. But even his murderous arrogance, stupidity and cruelty pale in comparison to Mao Zedong, whose disastrous central planning killed more than 40 million people in China &mdash; mostly from starvation. More recently, North Korea&rsquo;s oppressive top-down economic control has starved millions of its people. Venezuela&rsquo;s socialist government has reduced that once-prosperous country to destitute poverty and hunger.<br />\n By contrast, the reason capitalist democracies like the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the countries of Western Europe produce so much food is because they do not depend upon the inevitably flawed decisions of a handful of ultrapowerful people; they unleash the power of millions of individuals who, as entrepreneurs, start and grow farms and businesses involved in food production, packaging, preservation, refrigeration and transportation. These firms not only provide local food but also enable us to get Washington&rsquo;s apples to Indiana, Florida&rsquo;s oranges to Nebraska, Hawaii&rsquo;s pineapples to Maine &mdash; and literally millions of tons of food to other countries.<br />\n Entrepreneurs have created for-profit and nonprofit ventures across the country to address food waste and hunger. The startup Imperfect Produce, for example, buys produce that grocery stores don&rsquo;t purchase from farmers because it is &ldquo;ugly&rdquo; or misshapen. Philadelphia&rsquo;s Misfits Markets and Hungry Harvest in Baltimore are working to achieve similar goals. Robert Lee and Louisa Chen started the nonprofit Rescuing Leftover Cuisine in New York City in 2013 to combat food waste. In the six years since, they have collected and donated 3.1 million pounds of food, resulting in more than 2.5 million meals served in shelters across the city.</p>\n<p> IT IS possible for us to put our heads together and pool our resources to reduce or eliminate hunger in the United States. We have the production and transportation capabilities, and we have the food.<br />\n In countries where not enough food is produced to feed the population, however, the problems are greater. They are systemic. They are typically attributable to the political and economic systems in place. Therefore, they are much, much&nbsp; more difficult to address than the distribution of food to those in need in free and prosperous nations.<br />\n Tufts University professor Alex de Waal has written brilliantly about this. In his 2018 book, &ldquo;Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine,&rdquo; he writes that 70% of the deaths from starvation in the past 150 years were caused not by natural disasters but by government policies (British tariffs on the textile industry in India, Hitler&rsquo;s &ldquo;Hunger Plan&rdquo; to eliminate &ldquo;useless eaters,&rdquo; Mao&rsquo;s &ldquo;Great Leap Forward&rdquo;) and war.<br />\n DeWaal&rsquo;s work also reveals what happens when governments implement (or impose) policies based upon popular but flawed &ldquo;scholarship.&rdquo; In a 2018 interview with NPR&rsquo;s Nurith Aizenmen, de Waal cites the notable example of 18th-century scholar Thomas Robert Malthus&rsquo; theory that population growth caused famine. History has debunked Malthus&rsquo; theories over and over again, de Waal explains; humans&rsquo; capacity for food production has kept up with population growth and even produced the surpluses we have now.<br />\n Aizenmen writes: &ldquo;&rsquo;I call it a zombie concept,&rdquo; says de Waal, &lsquo;because it&rsquo;s one that scholars of agriculture and economics have continually refuted, but it still keeps coming back to life to torment the living.&rsquo; It torments the living, he elaborates, because the fear that it engenders about population growth has periodically led authorities to pursue policies that &mdash; paradoxically &mdash; actually&nbsp; did create famine.&rdquo;<br />\n Aizenmen calls de Waal&rsquo;s perspective on famine &ldquo;surprising.&rdquo; But it&rsquo;s really only a surprise if you don&rsquo;t know much history (or you&rsquo;ve been indoctrinated with Malthusian economics).<br />\n On this Thanksgiving Day, we in the United States should give thanks for a political and economic system that frees us to produce enough to feed ourselves and leaves plenty of leftovers with which we can &mdash; given the ingenuity and innovation we&rsquo;ve displayed for centuries &mdash; feed others.</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S A little bit like the parable of loaves and fishes. 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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>CENSORSHIP: December 4, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Bozell.gif\" /></p>\n<p>The other day, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki subjected herself to a hard-hitting interview with Lesley Stahl on CBS&rsquo; &ldquo;60 Minutes.&rdquo; Stahl lectured her for allowing &ldquo;harmful&rdquo; or &ldquo;hurtful&rdquo; speech to be posted on her platform without any fact-checking. Welcome to the latest demonstration of the traditional &ldquo;news&rdquo; media&rsquo;s merciless pounding away at social media for having the audacity to allow dissenting information that undermines their expert narratives and authority.</p>\n<p> WOJCICKI was far too polite to respond with incredulity. This is the same show that allowed Dan Rather to broadcast fake National Guard documents in an effort to derail the reelection campaign of then-President George W. Bush. Then there&rsquo;s Stahl herself &mdash; the alleged guardian against harmful, unreliable information &mdash; who put author and convicted felon J.H. Hatfield on national TV in 2000 to claim that Bush was hiding an arrest for cocaine. On the &ldquo;60 Minutes&rdquo; website, CBS admitted, &ldquo;Scores of journalists have failed to corroborate his much-publicized accusation against the presidential candidate, and instead have found holes in it.&rdquo;<br />\n Now Stahl is passing judgment on what is harmful.<br />\n The Old Media always fall back on their branding as &ldquo;authoritative sources&rdquo; to lecture everyone else. For example, Stahl complained to Wojcicki that the YouTube site hasn&rsquo;t completely censored posts that dare to mention the alleged name of the impeachment whistleblower. The RealClearInvestigations website first reported it&rsquo;s a man named Eric Ciaramella.<br />\n &ldquo;The company keeps trying to erase the purported name,&rdquo; Stahl lamented, &ldquo;but that ... is still there, which raises doubts about their system&rsquo;s ability to cleanse the site.&rdquo; Cleanse? To say the name is ... filth?</p>\n<p> SINCE the RealClear report, numerous people including Donald Trump Jr. have fingered this Ciaramella as the one who met with Rep. Adam Schiff and set impeachment in motion. To suggest he isn&rsquo;t the whistleblower is to stretch the rules of logic past the breaking point. What would an innocent man do? Answer: the only reasonable reaction. He&rsquo;d deny it, possibly laughing in the process.&nbsp; Only a guilty person would remain silent when named over and over.<br />\n And it raises the next question. Did anyone in the media bother asking Ciaramella if he&rsquo;s the whistleblower? It&rsquo;s a simple question.<br />\n Leesa Donner, editor-in-chief of the Liberty Nation website, says she posted a six-minute video in which lawyer Scott Cosenza named Ciaramella as &ldquo;the person Washington believes&rdquo; is the whistleblower. Shortly after publishing the video, YouTube changed the designation of the video from public to private, meaning only those who are administrators of the Liberty Nation YouTube channel could watch it, effectively censoring it. YouTube did not inform Liberty Nation of the change in status, Donner says, which means the video had links that, when clicked, would simply read, &ldquo;404 Error.&rdquo;<br />\n And yet, Ciaramella&rsquo;s name is well-recognized as that of the alleged whistleblower. We are not familiar with a single person in Washington who has stated with authority that this man is not the one. Game, set, match to Cosenza.<br />\n This liberal censorship is also happening on Facebook. Journalist Tim Pool says he was suspended from Facebook for having used the name and linking to a Politico column by media critic Jack Shafer, who made the obvious point: &ldquo;Journalists are supposed to report the news, not suppress it.&rdquo; Facebook told Pool, &ldquo;Your post goes against our Community Standards on coordinating harm and promoting crime.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> COORDINATING harm?! Promoting crime?! By this transparently political standard of protecting one party&rsquo;s (or country&rsquo;s) backstage operatives, the entire media are guilty &mdash; on one story after another, daily.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:98126d1a93990dbec43c2c9181a95047' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>TRUMP PRESIDENCY: December 6, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Limbaugh.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Law professor Pamela Karlan did more than cross the line in taking a cheap shot at President Donald Trump&rsquo;s son, Barron Trump, in her pro-impeachment testimony. In openly demonstrating her strong personal animus against Trump, she disqualified herself as an expert witness.</p>\n<p> DON&rsquo;T get me wrong; I&rsquo;m not intimating that these proceedings have anything to do with evidence. They are merely a ruse to formalize the Democrats&rsquo; pre-ordained conclusion.<br />\n In responding to a softball question about the difference between a president and a king, Karlan said, &ldquo;Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 does not give him the power to do anything he wants, and I&rsquo;ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him and a king, which is the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can&rsquo;t make him a baron.&rdquo;<br />\n These leftist academics are so used to being intellectually incarcerated in their ideological bubbles that they have no fear of blowback from expressing such insults publicly. Their cellmates understand that no decent human being could support this subhuman President Trump and his tainted offspring.<br />\n As we deplorables know, leftist academics are our moral superiors. To them, Republicans are reprobates, and their ideas are so dangerous that they must be ridiculed and suppressed, especially in their sacred classrooms.<br />\n Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, asked Karlan: &ldquo;(D)o you remember saying the following?: &lsquo;Liberals tend to cluster more; conservatives, especially very conservative people, tend to spread out more, perhaps because they don&rsquo;t even want to be around themselves.&rsquo; ... Do you understand how that reflects contempt on people who are conservative?&rdquo;<br />\n Karlan defiantly denied that her statement revealed disdain for conservatives. Then again, Hillary Clinton meant no disrespect for Trump supporters when she called them &ldquo;deplorables,&rdquo; and former FBI agent Peter Strzok denied he derided Trump supporters when referring to them as &ldquo;hillbillies&rdquo; and saying in a text to former FBI attorney Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair: &ldquo;Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support.&rdquo;<br />\n Likewise, I&rsquo;m sure former President Barack Obama meant no offense when he suggested that small-town Americans &ldquo;get bitter&rdquo; and &ldquo;cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren&rsquo;t like them.&rdquo; Classic leftist projection was on full display there. I&rsquo;m also confident that Politico reporter Marc Caputo wasn&rsquo;t dissing Trump supporters when he depicted them as toothless &ldquo;garbage people.&rdquo;<br />\n Karlan&rsquo;s scornful caricature of conservatives is reminiscent of a theory propounded by evolutionary psychologist Dr. Nigel Barber in his piece &ldquo;Why Liberal Hearts Bleed and Conservatives Don&rsquo;t.&rdquo; I discuss this bizarre notion in my recent book, &ldquo;Guilty by Reason of Insanity.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> BARBER posits that scientific studies justify his belief that &ldquo;Conservatives see the world as a more threatening place because their brains predispose them to being fearful.&rdquo; Their &ldquo;brain biology&rdquo; makes them hate &ldquo;complexity and compromise.&rdquo; &ldquo;That would help to explain why politics can be so polarized, particularly in a rather conservative era like the present,&rdquo; he wrote. Their biological predisposition to fear &ldquo;illuminates the conservative take on specific political issues in fairly obvious ways,&rdquo; he argues. For example, they are more religious &ldquo;because religious rituals foster feelings of safety in a dangerous world.&rdquo; Liberals, of course, are less religious because they see the world as less threatening and they rely more on science and education to solve problems. Conservatives &ldquo;tend to be more hostile to immigrants, foreigners, and racial or ethnic minorities and to view them as more of a threat.&rdquo;<br />\n But Barber arguably differs from Karlan in one respect. Whereas Karlan says that liberals tend to cluster and conservatives don&rsquo;t like to be around one another, Barber says conservatives &ldquo;are pro-family because being surrounded by close relatives is the best-defense against threats that surround them,&rdquo; while &ldquo;liberals are less interested in family ties as a protective bubble.&rdquo; Here we go again with leftist projection. Bubbles are your domain, Mr. Leftist. Not ours.<br />\n Oh well. Don&rsquo;t be put off by a possible inconsistency among leftist intellectuals. Focus on the common thread: Conservatives are Neanderthal, Trump-worshipping cult members not entitled to ordinary civility &mdash; and their presidents aren&rsquo;t entitled to due process.<br />\n This elitist attitude underlies the left&rsquo;s raging animosity toward Trump and his supporters, and drives their pre-ordained decision to impeach President Trump &mdash; a passion that preceded his term of office.</p>\n<p> THE ONLY thing more ludicrous than these leftists pretending to be unbiased in their ongoing witch hunt of Trump is their professed concern for our constitutional system and the integrity of elections. They reverently quote the framers while elsewhere openly vilifying them as racists, sexists, bigots and homophobes. Their very ideology is contemptuous of America as founded, and they are, hands down, guilty of the very thing of which they accuse Trump: trying to steal an election. So when you hear these pointy-headed pseudo-saints zealously advocating for Trump&rsquo;s ouster while pretending to safeguard our constitutional liberties, keep in mind that they have little more respect for our liberties than they do for Trump.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7b80818cfe4aa13dc803b7065e383aa8' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMPEACHMENT: December 6, 2019</p>\n<p>On Thursday, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she has asked House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., to draft articles of impeachment for the Democrats&rsquo; latest attempted coup to negate the votes of 63 million Americans who elected President Donald Trump in 2016.&nbsp;</p>\n<p> THIS will backfire spectacularly with voters come November.<br />\n Americans see how unfair and corrupt the entire impeachment process has been from the start.<br />\n Liberal lawmakers running the impeachment scam have clearly denied the president due process afforded to former Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon during their impeachment hearings.<br />\n They&rsquo;ve blocked the Republican lawmakers from calling witnesses while shielding the dubious whistleblower more aptly described as a partisan political operative &mdash; who colluded with Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff&rsquo;s congressional staff prior to filing his complaint &mdash; from having to testify.&nbsp;<br />\n Other significant malfeasance tainting the inquiry&rsquo;s legitimacy has led the president to opt against having legal counsel present in the latest House Judiciary Committee hearing to face his accusers and cross-examine witnesses. Understandable considering that the three liberal professors with knowledge of the Constitution whom Democrats dragged in to advance their case weren&rsquo;t witnesses to anything &mdash; they are merely Democratic donors and/or partisans with an axe to grind against the president.<br />\n Start with the fact that hateful Democrats who&rsquo;ve been obsessed with removing the president since the day he got elected have given more weight to partisan bureaucrats embedded within the government &mdash; who weren&rsquo;t on the July phone call in question &mdash; than the actual transcript and the witnesses who were on the call including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.<br />\n That&rsquo;s like doing a postmortem analysis of a plane crash and discounting the testimony of people who were on the plane &mdash; such as the pilots, flight attendants and passengers &mdash; and possess firsthand knowledge of what transpired but giving validity to observers on the ground with secondhand information.<br />\n A travesty of justice.<br />\n &ldquo;The Dems&rsquo; impeachment saga has been a circus from Day 1. They have no case. This charade is driven by their hatred of @realDonaldTrump,&rdquo; Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise tweeted on Wednesday. &ldquo;Today Nadler takes over with another rigged hearing &mdash; 3 anti-Trump liberals testifying. The facts don&rsquo;t change. There&rsquo;s nothing impeachable.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> YET DEMOCRATS such as Schiff &mdash; a documented liar and conspiracy theorist who fueled the whole Russia collusion hoax &mdash; and other liberal lawmakers are relying on hearsay and conjecture given by carefully selected partisans, rather than a world leader like Zelensky, who has said repeatedly there was no quid pro quo, &ldquo;no pressure&rdquo; and no wrongdoing by President Trump during their phone call.<br />\n This illustrates the impeachment charade lacks credulity and falls woefully short in reaching the constitutional threshold of &ldquo;high crimes and misdemeanors&rdquo; needed to warrant the removal of a duly elected president from office.<br />\n Translation: It&rsquo;s all political theater on the backs of taxpayers footing the multimillion-dollar tab.<br />\n Meanwhile, Democrats aren&rsquo;t doing the work of the American people &mdash; work they were elected to do.<br />\n They refuse to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a trilateral deal that will strengthen crucial trade alliances with neighboring Canada and Mexico, create an estimated 176,000 new jobs, increase wages and add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy.<br />\n They&rsquo;re turning a blind eye to other needs such as failing infrastructure; funds for our military and the government; lowering prescription drug prices; and fixing the broken immigration system jeopardizing national security.<br />\n They&rsquo;re also ignoring one the biggest issues voters across the aisle care about, health care, evidence that liberal lawmakers care more about power and all its self-serving manifestations than doing what&rsquo;s best for our country and the American people.</p>\n<p> ALL OF this will alienate voters coast to coast as the 2020 election unfolds.<br />\n Just you wait and see.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:bab906d005e4c9a88f7b7feec9ac9cd1' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>HEALTH: December 7, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Charen.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Josef Stalin is reputed to have said: &ldquo;The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.&rdquo; In the hands of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the deaths of thousands can be a partisan bludgeon.</p>\n<p> A NUMBER of scholars have pondered the recent rise in deaths of despair &mdash; those attributed to alcoholism, suicide and drug overdoses. Krugman sees a chance to make a crude red state/blue state comparison.<br />\n &ldquo;I looked at states that voted for Donald Trump versus states that voted for Clinton in 2016, and calculated average life expectancy weighted by their 2016 population. In 1990, today&rsquo;s red and blue states had almost the same life expectancy. Since then, however, life expectancy in Clinton states has risen more or less in line with other advanced countries, compared with almost no gain in Trump country. At this point, blue-state residents can expect to live more than four years longer than their red-state counterparts.&rdquo;<br />\n So, vote Democrat, live four years longer?<br />\n Krugman muses that many blue states expanded Medicaid and that obesity tends to be higher in red states. Residents of blue states also have higher levels of education. That&rsquo;s about the sum of his analysis, but it&rsquo;s enough for him to declare that the &ldquo;conservative&rdquo; diagnosis of what has gone wrong in America, i.e. that the decline of traditional values has had negative effects, is &ldquo;dead wrong.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Sentence first, verdict afterward&rdquo; said the Red Queen. Comparing red states and blue states this way is facile.<br />\n First, it&rsquo;s essential to stress that the decline in life expectancy is a nationwide phenomenon that hits all ethnic groups and both sexes. Of the states with the worst statistics &mdash; West Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont &mdash; three are blue states, one is red, and one is purple.<br />\n It seems dubious to assume that Medicaid expansion, which happened mostly within the past five years, could have had such a dramatic effect in so short a time. Some of the states that expanded Medicaid, like Louisiana and Alaska, have some of the highest rates of premature deaths. Only 14 states have not expanded Medicaid, and they are disproportionately poorer states in the Deep South.<br />\n We do know that these &ldquo;deaths of despair&rdquo; as Princeton&rsquo;s Anne Case and Angus Deaton dubbed them, are the result of behaviors. Unlike in poorer countries, where impure drinking water or infectious disease takes a large toll, our premature deaths arise from drug addiction, alcohol abuse and suicide.</p>\n<p> SUICIDE is on the rise, not just among middle-aged and older Americans, but among the young as well. Between 2007 and 2017, youth suicide increased by 56%, and suicide attempts quadrupled. The prime suspect here is social media. Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and their competitors can induce anxiety and depression among teenagers eager for peer approval. Many spend most of their waking hours unnaturally attached to screens, which deliver pleasure but also bullying and belittling. A high school teacher noted that the cafeteria used to be the noisiest room in the school. No longer. It&rsquo;s now a tableau of darting fingers and uneasy eyes.<br />\n Maybe social media is not the problem. It&rsquo;s probably too soon to know. Human behavior is complicated. Some states have more guns than others (which contributes to suicide deaths). Some have more access to Fentanyl.<br />\n There is no debate in the literature that the decline of two-parent families is associated with poorer outcomes for children (though divorce sometimes makes adults happier). And there is emerging evidence that loneliness &mdash; another effect of family breakdown &mdash; has become more of a public health problem than obesity. Men raised in fatherless homes are more prone to joblessness, drug addiction and a range of other troubles than those raised by two parents. They are also more vulnerable and damaged than their sisters who are raised in the same circumstances.<br />\n Here&rsquo;s the twist, and the part Krugman completely missed: Many of the people in blue states who are keeping the life expectancy figures up are actually living in a traditional way, even if they vote Democrat. The college-educated upper-third in America follows bourgeois virtues. They get an education, get a job, get married and have children, in that order. The blue states are full of them. New Mexico and Alabama, not so much.</p>\n<p> SO IT&rsquo;S Krugman&rsquo;s partisan point scoring, not the &ldquo;conservative diagnosis,&rdquo; that&rsquo;s dead wrong.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9f47d2075f12ab1d86bd99f2d06df497' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: December 5, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Elder.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Let&rsquo;s examine some of the many reasons why billionaire Michael Bloomberg is wasting his money on his bid to win the Democratic nomination for president.</p>\n<p> FIRST, none of the Democratic candidates can win the nomination without the black vote. That means the former New York City mayor needs to pry black voters from former vice president Joe Biden, who owes his front-runner status to the black voters who embrace him, given his eight years as a loyal second-in-command to the extremely popular former President Barack Obama. Bloomberg has his work cut out for him. Consider the recent New York Times op-ed by a Times black columnist, Charles M. Blow, who said, &ldquo;No black person &mdash; or Hispanic person or ally of people of color &mdash; should ever even consider voting for Michael Bloomberg in the primary.&rdquo; Blow urged blacks, Hispanics and their &ldquo;allies&rdquo; to reject Bloomberg because of his allegedly &ldquo;racist&rdquo; stop-and-frisk policy. Bloomberg recently apologized for the policy, after defending it only months ago.<br />\n Second, Bloomberg, despite an estimated net worth of over $50 billion, is still an old, white male in a gender/race/ethnicity identity-obsessed party where being an old, white, male presidential candidate &mdash; Biden excepted &mdash; is an increasingly tough sell. Bloomberg&rsquo;s a determined gun controller, although unlike former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O&rsquo;Rourke, Bloomberg does not &mdash; at least not yet &mdash; push a &ldquo;mandatory buy-back&rdquo; plan. But, like O&rsquo;Rouke, Bloomberg never bothers to ask how many Americans defend themselves every year with a firearm.<br />\n Third, then-Mayor Bloomberg, even beyond the typical &ldquo;progressive&rdquo; Democrat, attempted to take the nanny state to a level that New York state&rsquo;s highest court rejected as an overreach. After placing restrictions on smoking in parks and bars, regulating tanning salons, banning the use of trans fats in restaurants and requiring chain restaurants to post meal calories, Bloomberg attempted to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in some restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses. The liberal New York high court said, &ldquo;By choosing among competing policy goals, without any legislative delegation or guidance, the Board engaged in law-making and thus infringed upon the legislative jurisdiction of the City Council.&rdquo;<br />\n Bloomberg acknowledges that his sugary soda tax would have fallen disproportionately on the poor, who also disproportionately drink sugary drinks, just as cigarette taxes disproportionately fall on the poor who disproportionately smoke cigarettes. But Bloomberg easily justifies it: &ldquo;Some people say, well, taxes are regressive. But in this case, yes they are. That&rsquo;s the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don&rsquo;t have a lot of money. And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So, I listen to people saying, &lsquo;Oh, we don&rsquo;t want to tax the poor.&rsquo; Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life. And that&rsquo;s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don&rsquo;t want to do.&rdquo; So the &ldquo;poor,&rdquo; according to Bloomberg, &ldquo;can get an education&rdquo; because they&rsquo;ll &ldquo;live longer&rdquo;?</p>\n<p> ALL OF this makes Bloomberg the very definition of the &ldquo;moral busybody&rdquo; scorned by respected writer C.S. Lewis, who said: &ldquo;Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron&rsquo;s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.&rdquo;<br />\n Why not levy taxes on the rich people to deter them from engaging in &ldquo;unhealthy&rdquo; behavior? Why not a wealth tax on luxury cars, diamonds, private air travel, five-star hotel suites, McMansions and pricey restaurants, you know, to help the spiritually empty rich curb their unhealthy consumerism? Through minimum wage laws, we forbid employees from earning below a certain amount. So why not a maximum wage law? After all, President Obama said, &ldquo;I do think at a certain point you&rsquo;ve made enough money.&rdquo;<br />\n As to Bloomberg&rsquo;s argument that the poor need to be coerced into making better, more healthful decisions, Thomas Jefferson wrote: &ldquo;I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> FREEDOM, by definition, means people can and will make choices others will not like. But to encourage people to make better decisions, one does not rob them of freedom of choice. One uses persuasion, not compulsion.<br />\n Good luck, Mr. Bloomberg.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:6b9b8e1b3f28975acb532c222534a9bf' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>FOREIGN POLICY: December 4, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Bay.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Three years ago, Donald Trump began a rhetorical offensive targeting the governments of NATO nations that chronically failed to meet their allied defense financial commitments. With bombastic huff, Trump intimated that allies pay their share or America might walk.</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S 2019. Few NATO members currently meet the 2% GDP defense commitment. However, several once-laggard NATO nations have increased military spending, and the alliance is stronger for it. The era of blithe freeloading has ended. Cheapskates like Germany pay a price in lost prestige. America not only hasn&rsquo;t walked; it is modernizing its forces.<br />\n Earlier this year, President Trump began grousing about endless wars and publicly mulled removing U.S. military forces from Syria. Then, in mid-October, he abruptly ordered military advisers to leave northern Syria, a predicate to a complete U.S. skedaddle. Trump&rsquo;s critics cratered. Syria&rsquo;s civil war is a dirty, fractious bloodbath where regional and global powers collide amid homicidal tribes. With the U.S. gone, Turkish forces would slaughter Kurds.<br />\n Ah, but in late October, American commandos killed the truly evil Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was hiding in a Syrian village not far from the Turkish border. The Pentagon had spent months planning the raid. Alas, the New York Times reported Trump&rsquo;s withdrawal decision &ldquo;disrupted the meticulous planning and forced Pentagon officials to press ahead with a risky, night raid ...&rdquo;<br />\n Don&rsquo;t buy that. The raid was intricate and its execution meticulous. Special operations helicopter crews train to operate at night. Nighttime is commando time. Turkey knew U.S. helicopters were flying along the border and didn&rsquo;t mention it.<br />\n Now in December 2019, U.S. military forces remain in southern Syria. Fighting continues in the north between Turkish forces and various Syrian factions.&nbsp; But in retrospect, Trump&rsquo;s withdrawal antics look more than a bit like strategic political camouflage and psychological preparation that gave the raid that killed an operational boost.<br />\n Trump&rsquo;s withdrawal bombast sent a psychological message to Islamic State terrorists: The coward Americans are going home. We don&rsquo;t need to worry about Delta Force.<br />\n I have sketched two cases where President Trump likely employed diplomatic and psychological feints to advance American security interests. Though Trump&rsquo;s critics won&rsquo;t admit it publicly, the NATO example is documented. The al-Baghdadi example is speculative.</p>\n<p> BUT WHY would a Pentagon leaker tell the New York Times Trump had &ldquo;disrupted&rdquo; the raid? I often served as a plans officer during tours of active duty with the U.S. Army, and I have an answer to that question: so the Pentagon could use the ruse to mask a future operation.<br />\n If the New York Times is willing to consciously or unwittingly provide media cover for future American commando raids that remove from planet Earth mass-murdering rapist terrorists like al-Baghdadi, good deal.<br />\n Though every operation is different, Trump appears to be using a modified &ldquo;goodbye NATO&rdquo; shtick on the U.N. The U.N. is a morass of a mess. However, U.S. dollars talk, and so do U.S. Air Force transport aircraft that support U.N. peacekeeping, emergency relief and developmental aid operations.<br />\n Trump is using diplomatic and psychological feints to gain operational leverage in the U.S.-China trade war. Critics bewail his compliments of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi is a communist murderer running a prison state. But consider the big game. Personal compliments can serve as psychological political buffers. A personal door to dialogue with Beijing remains available as Washington tightens the economic screws.<br />\n Which led me to mulling the psychological targets of Trump&rsquo;s threat to treat Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.<br />\n Actually, designating Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations could have severe political consequences for U.S.-Mexico bilateral relations.<br />\n The threat bluntly tells the Mexican government to improve its own security efforts in northern Mexico.<br />\n However, the threat clearly targets the sick psyches of the drug lords running the cartels. Ambush Americans on Mexican highways and they pay. Jail? No. A visit from Delta Force and its dogs, or a 2,000-pound Air Force joint direct attack munition.</p>\n<p> TRUMP is suggesting narco-comandantes reconsider their criminal behavior.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:0d399c58f43e312a34b24f32099d5688' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>AMERICAN SOCIETY: December 2, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>The economy is in robust good health, but our social fabric isn&rsquo;t.</p>\n<p> BY TWO basic measures of social vitality, births and deaths, American society is faltering. Both the fertility rate and life expectancy are declining, in a sign that people feel less secure and, in some cases, have no hope at all.<br />\n We are attuned to headline-grabbing economic statistics &mdash; GDP growth, the unemployment rate, wages &mdash; as monthly and quarterly metrics of American well-being, but they aren&rsquo;t as telling as these more fundamental indicators.<br />\n To put it bluntly, contemporary America is characterized by less pro-creation and more self-destruction. This suggests something is profoundly wrong with the state of the union, although it doesn&rsquo;t receive the attention and the debate it deserves.<br />\n The fertility rate in 2018 dropped for the fourth straight year. It has hit a record low, and has fallen 15 percent since 2007. With the recovery after the Great Recession, the rate bumped up a little in 2014 before receding again.<br />\n If the U.S. is still doing better than other advanced counties, where fertility has also been declining, it may yet fall further still.<br />\n Part of the story is a steep drop over the years in teenage pregnancy, a welcome and long-sought development. Women in their 20s have also been having fewer children, though. The trend is toward women delaying having children and having fewer of them.<br />\n As demographer Lyman Stone points out, the fertility rate for married women has basically held up over the past decade, even as the overall fertility rate has declined. This is because the share of women who are married has been falling.</p>\n<p> THE SURVEY data tends to show that women still want kids, he notes, in fact perhaps more children than before. But later-in-life childbearing is inherently more difficult, and student debt, high housing costs and intense parental investment in children make having kids more burdensome (or at least feel that way).<br />\n While we now have fewer births, the death rate is increasing. A new study published in JAMA notes that after stalling out in 2010, life expectancy in the country has been declining since 2014, down from 78.9 years to 78.6 in 2017.<br />\n The U.S. has been losing ground to other countries in life expectancy since the 1980s. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, it now has the lowest life expectancy among comparable advanced nations.<br />\n The decline isn&rsquo;t hitting older Americans, who are still making improvements, but is cutting down people in the prime of their life, ages 25-64. &ldquo;The odds,&rdquo; Lyman Stone writes, &ldquo;that a 32-year-old will die in a given year rose by almost 25 percent between 2012-14 and 2015-17. American adulthood has suddenly become more lethal than it has been in decades.&rdquo;<br />\n Drug overdoses are a major driver (midlife mortality from drug overdoses has increased almost 400 percent over the past 20 years), with liver disease and suicide also contributing.<br />\n In 2017, an astonishing 150,000 Americans died from drug or alcohol abuse and suicide, more than U.S. combat deaths in World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined.<br />\n Evidence suggests that the increased mortality is concentrated among persons with lower levels of educations and income. According to the JAMA study, &ldquo;The gradient in life expectancy based on income has ... widened over time, with outcomes at the lower end of the distribution explaining much of the U.S. disadvantage relative to other countries.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> IF WE can get a handle on the opioid crisis, it will make an enormous difference, but the trends in life expectancy and fertility ought to occasion soul-searching. How is it that a society as technologically advanced and affluent as ours can&rsquo;t provide a more inviting environment for childbearing or the supports to keep people from doing themselves grievous harm?<br />\n Even if there are no ready policy answers, the question must be asked.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3b9efe2f6d9c0954f9dcdb7d8d4972c6' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>NATO: December 8, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Saunders_0.gif\" /></p>\n<p>On Wednesday, President Donald Trump abruptly left a NATO summit near London and canceled a scheduled press conference after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught on camera amusing fellow big shots as he marveled at Trump&rsquo;s long-winded sessions with the press. Trump exhibited a classic case of being able to dish it out but not take it.</p>\n<p> FOREIGN policy guru Ian Bremmer tweeted out the video with a comment: &ldquo;This happens at every NATO summit with Trump. Every G7. Every G20. The US President is mocked by US allies behind his back.&rdquo;<br />\n Having watched the video repeatedly, I think Trudeau wasn&rsquo;t so much mocking Trump as commiserating with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. All three have had their own experiences playing minor characters with bit speaking parts as Leading Man Trump delivers soliloquies to the press pool.<br />\n It&rsquo;s common for leaders to take a couple of press questions at these meet-and-greet sessions. But Trump likes to hear himself talk so much that his press availabilities with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Macron and Trudeau lasted about 52 minutes, 39 minutes and 30 minutes, respectively. If Trump talked for another hour, they could have winded up on Gilligan&rsquo;s island.<br />\n Trump tweeted he canceled the presser because &ldquo;we did so many over the past two days.&rdquo; Like that&rsquo;s ever stopped him before.<br />\n Foreign policy types call the meetings &ldquo;bilats&rdquo; &mdash; or bilateral meetings &mdash; but with Trump, bilats have the feel of extended monologues.<br />\n In the military, they&rsquo;d call this asymmetrical warfare. Trump says whatever he likes, and the other leaders cannot protest in kind lest they tick off the prickly leader of the free world.<br />\n And unlike the other heads of state, Trump is unencumbered by his past pronouncements.<br />\n Tuesday morning as Trump welcomed Stoltenberg, he went after Macron for making &ldquo;a very, very nasty statement&rdquo; about NATO. (Macron called NATO brain dead in an interview published last month in The Economist.) But as a candidate, Trump called NATO &ldquo;obsolete.&rdquo; At his first NATO summit in 2017, while participating in a dedication ceremony for a memorial to 9/11 and NATO&rsquo;s mutual defense pact, he berated NATO leaders for not paying their fair share. Diplomats would call his dressing down in Brussels inappropriate.<br />\n How dare Macron do as Trump did?<br />\n Then when the two presidents were in the same room, Trump was conciliatory. The American president said that Macron and he disagreed on NATO and trade &mdash; a &ldquo;minor dispute.&rdquo; But no worries, &ldquo;I think we&rsquo;ll probably be able to work it out.&rdquo;<br />\n Which brings to mind the other problem with Trump&rsquo;s rambling exchanges with reporters. The tough-taking president is great at making brash salvos, but then he takes them back.<br />\n Wednesday when asked about the Trudeau video, Trump responded, &ldquo;Well, he&rsquo;s two-faced. And with Trudeau, he&rsquo;s a nice guy.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> SO WHICH is it? Naughty or nice? Trump&rsquo;s answers are, as he would say, two-faced. Problem: If Trump doesn&rsquo;t really mean what he says, why should others care what he says?<br />\n What is this, you may ask, a journalist who complains that Trump talks too much to the press?<br />\n No, the issue here is that Trump doesn&rsquo;t speak carefully. He&rsquo;ll say anything, and then take it back. He puts quantity over quality. If Trump didn&rsquo;t talk endlessly, methinks, he actually might speak with more precision. As it is, the longer Trump talks, the more he repeats and contradicts himself.<br />\n I&rsquo;ve given up on fact-checking everything Trump says because fact-checking would become the whole story.<br />\n On Tuesday, FactCheck.org compiled a list of Trump&rsquo;s false claims from that day. The list included Trump&rsquo;s claim that captured Islamic State fighters &ldquo;are mostly from Europe.&rdquo;<br />\n Wrong, the &ldquo;overwhelming majority&rdquo; are from Iraq and Syria. Trump inflated the amount of territory controlled by Islamic State under Obama. The U.S. trade deficit with the European Union has gone up under Trump, not down as he claimed.<br />\n Trump also said America &ldquo;never used to win&rdquo; World Trade Organization cases before he took office. Wrong again, reports FactCheck.org. The U.S. has historically won most of the cases it has brought to the WTO against other nations.<br />\n Of course what Trump does is more important than what he says. For all his bluster, Trump has prodded NATO nations to spend more on their own defense. It&rsquo;s a signal accomplishment, and it could have been the focus of many stories on the two-day NATO summit &mdash; if Trump had any message discipline.<br />\n Instead, the big takeaway is that Trump canceled a press conference because Trudeau impolitely said Trump talks too much, which everybody knows. He talks so much that he steps on his own message, even as the whole world is watching and his presidency is at stake.</p>\n<p> AFTER chiding House Democrats for holding impeachment hearings while he&rsquo;s at this big, important NATO summit, Trump huffed away from the big, important NATO summit.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9029b12a9c9a348f013e98b8d4808a73' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: December 6, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Buchanan.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>The &ldquo;Our diversity is our strength!&rdquo; Party is starting to look rather monochromatic in its upper echelons these days.</p>\n<p> THE FOUR leading candidates for its presidential nomination &mdash; Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg &mdash; are all white.<br />\n The six candidates who have qualified for the Dec. 19 debate &mdash; the front four, plus Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer &mdash; are all white.<br />\n Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer are both white, as are Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Whip Dick Durbin.<br />\n The chairs of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees managing impeachment, Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler, are both white. And as Congressman Al Green railed Wednesday, all three experts Nadler invited to make the Democrats&rsquo; case for impeachment were white law professors. How come?<br />\n Absent affirmative action by the DNC, neither Cory Booker, the leading black candidate for the nomination, nor Julian Castro, the leading Hispanic, will be on the stage Dec. 19.<br />\n But though there is zero racial diversity among the top six Democrats in the presidential field, there is gender, ethnic and ideological diversity.<br />\n Warren would be the first woman president; Sanders, the first Jewish nominee; and Buttigieg would be the first gay nominee.<br />\n Yet the lack of racial diversity across the party hierarchy is going to put immense pressure on Joe Biden, should he win the nomination. If he hopes to reunite the Obama coalition, a woman and/or person of color as his running mate would seem an absolute imperative.<br />\n And before Biden gets there, he has other problems.<br />\n His &ldquo;No Malarkey&rdquo; bus tour across Iowa is all about his fear that, if he loses Iowa on Feb. 3 and New Hampshire on Feb. 11, he may not survive to reach his South Carolina firewall on Feb. 25.<br />\n Though he leads in the national polls, Iowa and New Hampshire polls have Biden running as low as fourth. Never has a candidate contested and lost both those states and then gone on to win the nomination.<br />\n Nor are these Joe&rsquo;s only problems.<br />\n Call them what you will &mdash; gaffes, mental lapses &mdash; his repeated verbal miscues, some of which have caused debate rivals to laugh out loud at Joe, are a cause of alarm among Democrats who fear a Biden-Trump TV debate could produce a debacle for their man.<br />\n Nor are the other front-runners without racial-ethnic problems.<br />\n African Americans are a bedrock constituency of the Democratic Party. In recent presidential elections, they have voted 90% for the party&rsquo;s nominee, and even higher for Barack Obama.<br />\n How is Mayor Pete doing with this constituency?</p>\n<p> WHILE running first in some polls in Iowa, his share of the African American vote in South Carolina, in a recent poll, was zero. Buttigieg had no black support in a state where African Americans constitute more than 60% of the Democratic vote.<br />\n Bernie Sanders, an unapologetic socialist who went to the Soviet Union, Reagan&rsquo;s &ldquo;Evil Empire,&rdquo; for his honeymoon, is holding on to half of the loyal base from his impressive 2016 race against Hillary Clinton.<br />\n The other half of Bernie&rsquo;s base, however, has been captured by Warren. In October, she took the lead in national polls, only to lose that lead when she could not explain how, without major new taxes on the middle class, she could abolish private health insurance and put the entire country on the Medicare rolls.<br />\n And, like Bernie, she is weak with black Democrats, who will decide South Carolina one week before Super Tuesday, when 40% of all the Democratic delegates will be chosen.<br />\n How did Democrats arrive at this pass?<br />\n As the 2019-2020 campaign began, the party divided into two camps.<br />\n There is first the moderate-centrist-pragmatic wing, whose goal is the removal of Trump, and who will go with the Democrat who is the most certain to deliver that. Biden, who spent four decades in the Senate and as vice president, was liked by many and offended few, and was first in the polls, was their natural choice.<br />\n Then there is the ideological left of the party that wants not only to win but also to remake America. It was to this huge slice of the party that Warren and Bernie have made their radical appeals.<br />\n The promise of victory offered by Biden and the ideological agenda offered by Sanders and Warren trumped the ethnic appeal of Booker, Castro and Kamala Harris.<br />\n Now, with the arrival of moneybags Mike Bloomberg and his tens of millions of dollars in ads, almost certain to reach hundreds of millions before Super Tuesday, there is the possibility that four or five candidates will survive to the convention, with no one having a majority of delegates. And the horse-trading will begin.</p>\n<p> MY VIEW: Super Tuesday will cut the field to two or three. And the nominee will be one of the six palefaces on the stage Dec. 19.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7fe43b5f5e7ba7285ebe56b3254f2553' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>THE PRESIDENCY: December 6, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Harsanyi.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>This week, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee trotted out a trio of dispassionate legal experts to explain why the impeachment of Donald Trump was justified. They were there to bring a veneer of gravitas and erudition to what&rsquo;s been, until now, a highly partisan affair.</p>\n<p> BUT however smart people such as Michael Gerhardt, distinguished professor of constitutional law at University of North Carolina, might be, they aren&rsquo;t immune from peddling partisan absurdities. Once Gerhardt argued that Trump&rsquo;s conduct was &ldquo;worse than the misconduct of any prior president,&rdquo; we no longer had any intellectual obligation to take him seriously on the topic.<br />\n Because, while I&rsquo;m certainly not a distinguished professor, I am very confident that history began before 2016. Which means that, even if I concede Gerhardt&rsquo;s framing of Trump&rsquo;s actions &mdash; bribery, extortion, etc. &mdash; I can rattle off at least a dozen instances of presidential misconduct that are both morally and constitutionally &ldquo;worse&rdquo; than Trump&rsquo;s blundering attempt to launch a self-serving Ukrainian investigation into his rival&rsquo;s shady son.<br />\n Let&rsquo;s ignore for a moment that American presidents have owned their fellow human beings, and focus instead on the fact that in 1942, the president of the United States signed an executive order that allowed him to unilaterally intern around 120,000 Americans citizens of Japanese descent. Not only was the policy deliberately racist, it amounted to a full-bore attack on about half the Constitution that he had sworn to uphold. Such an attack was a specialty of FDR&rsquo;s, despite the all the hagiographies written about his imperial presidency.<br />\n Woodrow Wilson &mdash; who regularly said things like, &ldquo;a Negro&rsquo;s place is in the corn field&rdquo; &mdash; didn&rsquo;t merely re-segregate the civil service, personally firing more than a dozen supervisors for the sin of being black; he first pushed for, and then oversaw the enactment of, the Sedition Act. Wilson threw dissenters and political adversaries into prison, instructed the postmaster to refuse delivery of literature he deemed unpatriotic, and a created an unconstitutional civilian police force that targeted Americans for political dissent.<br />\n So, all of what Wilson did was &ldquo;worse.&rdquo;<br />\n Sorry to say, but despite their great achievements, both John Adams and Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus, the latter without any congressional approval. Surely, deep down, even those who act as if Russian social media ads can topple the republic believe that denying citizens their fundamental rights of due process is a more serious offense than Trump&rsquo;s rhetoric and actions.<br />\n We can go on and on. Andrew Jackson ignored courts and laws and used his power to ethnically cleanse lands that he also sometimes happened to have a financial interest in. Teddy Roosevelt threatened American citizens with military intervention and abused his power in one way or another every day of his presidency. A reckless John Kennedy probably shared a mistress with a leading Chicago mobster Sam Giancana, whom he met in the White House, setting himself up for blackmail or worse.</p>\n<p> NIXON may have lost his job after obstructing an investigation into freelance GOP spying on his political opponents, but Lyndon Johnson skipped any pretense, and just asked the FBI and CIA to spy for him. CIA officials, illegally operating inside the United States, spied on the Goldwater campaign in 1964 and brought Johnson information he used to undermine his opponents at every turn. That&rsquo;s &ldquo;worse.&rdquo;<br />\n Johnson also lied about the Gulf of Tonkin, escalating the Vietnam War, and then kept lying about the war until he left office. I won&rsquo;t even bother to catalogue the instance of other presidents misleading the public &mdash; either though lies of commission or lies of omission &mdash; in their efforts to precipitate or extend military conflicts, costing thousands of American lives. All of this misconduct is in every conceivable way &ldquo;worse&rdquo; than Trump&rsquo;s actions.<br />\n Bill Clinton couldn&rsquo;t go a month without some shady and humiliating scandal.<br />\n Now, maybe, Gerhardt doesn&rsquo;t view incidents that weren&rsquo;t investigated, prosecuted or contemporaneously illegal as &ldquo;misconduct.&rdquo; That would be unfortunate. But even if so, referring to Trump&rsquo;s actions as &ldquo;worse than the misconduct of any prior president&rdquo; would be terminally ahistorical.</p>\n<p> OF COURSE, to argue, &ldquo;Sure, he&rsquo;s bad, but hey, there were worse presidents than Donald Trump!&rdquo; is a terrible defense. Indeed, it is no defense at all. Impeachment should be decided on the facts of the case, and nothing else besides. But this isn&rsquo;t a case in favor of Trump; it&rsquo;s a plea for people to resist the compulsion to say insane things because they dislike this president. There is plenty to criticize without embracing hyperbole or losing all sense of historical perspective.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:4d440ac0ebc3f50ff3e1cdd607c90b23' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>FEDERAL SPENDING: December 5, 2019</p>\n<p>Once again, Congress failed to pass its budget before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. It also failed to do this critical part of its job before the continuing resolution, or CR &mdash; which they enacted in September to fund the government &mdash; expired on Nov. 21. The sorry result is that Congress compelled itself to adopt yet another CR, one that will run through Dec. 20. If this tale sounds familiar and irresponsible, that&rsquo;s because it is.</p>\n<p> AS OF now, Congress finds itself, yet again, in the same position it was in last year when it faced a year-end shutdown. Unfortunately, this combination of budgetary cowardice and irresponsibility is not new. As the Pew Research Center explains, &ldquo;In the four decades since the current system for budgeting and spending tax dollars has been in effect, Congress has managed to pass all its required appropriations measures on time only four times: in fiscal 1977 (the first full fiscal year under the current system), 1989, 1995 and 1997.&rdquo;<br />\n Always the optimist, I hope that Congress will, this time, use the remaining days on the CR to do the right thing on a few items:<br />\n First, leave the tax-extender package as it is, i.e., dead. Almost two years ago, a package of temporary business tax breaks known as &ldquo;tax extenders&rdquo; were allowed to expire. Not surprisingly, the special interests who benefit from these temporary tax giveaways would like to see them revived. But legislators must resist the call to bring them back, particularly on a retroactive basis. The randomness of the exercise breeds uncertainty, in addition to being bad fiscal, economic and tax policy.<br />\n What&rsquo;s more, most of these tax breaks are corporate welfare. The work of Adam Michel at the Heritage Foundation explains it best. With rare exceptions, he writes, the tax extenders &ldquo;grant economic privileges to well-connected industries and allow the government to pick winners and losers in the market. This reduces economic growth and opportunity for those individuals and businesses not granted a competitive advantage by Congress.&rdquo; In other words, Congress would do well to let the dead extenders rest in peace and move on.</p>\n<p> SECOND, legislators could take the couple of weeks they have ahead of them to implement serious reforms of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. This New Deal-era credit agency is the mother of all cronyism and should be abolished altogether. However, too many in Congress eagerly pander to the special interests that benefit from the bank, most of which are large U.S. and foreign companies. This weakness of members of Congress might be somewhat easier to swallow if, at the very least, they agreed to reform the bank during the CR.<br />\n Congress could, for example, lower Ex-Im Bank&rsquo;s lending cap, which would result in a greater share of the bank&rsquo;s largesse going to the small businesses that legislators claim they want the bank&rsquo;s activities to benefit. They could also require that a majority of the lending be done in lower-income countries &mdash; as opposed to higher-income nations where companies have plenty of access to capital. This change would better meet the bank&rsquo;s ostensible purpose of directing capital to companies that arguably have inadequate access to it.<br />\n There are many more reforms Congress could implement. However, under no circumstances should legislators agree to a 10-year reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank. The shorter the reauthorization, the better; it would encourage the agency to be more accountable.<br />\n Finally, legislators could use this time to come up with a list of spending cuts that will allow them to abide by the spending caps they agreed to back in 2011. Back in July of this year, Congress and the president announced a plan to raise discretionary spending caps for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. But that move would increase spending by $320 billion over two years. With the deficit soon to be permanently above $1 trillion, Congress should find the courage to abide by the budget caps rather than, yet again, kick our debt bomb down the road.</p>\n<p> THERE&rsquo;S a saying that that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This time around, let&rsquo;s hope Congress&rsquo; inability to pass a budget on time is a pile of lemons that they can turn into a lemonade of genuine reform and lower spending.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:1fe25b28352aa3549161e6ecc491165e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>DEAR MARK: December 6, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Levy.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>DEAR MARK:&nbsp;<br />\n Nancy Pelosi makes me gag. The nerve of that lady to get up in front of America and tell us that the impeachment of President Trump is necessary and that his crimes are so heinous and obvious that she &ldquo;prayerfully&rdquo; must call for this. Impeachment should be reserved for true &ldquo;high crimes and misdemeanors&rdquo; and not because you&rsquo;re upset you lost an election. The Democrats are claiming this is not about politics but about the Constitution and national security. What a bunch of crapola. Do you think this will stick to the president? &ndash; Depressed But Defiant in Des Moines<br />\n Dear Defiant:&nbsp;<br />\n As I&rsquo;ve said before, the House will vote to impeach and the Senate will not convict and the Democrats will say the president got away with extortion, attempted bribery, obstruction, jay walking, taking candy from a baby, or whatever crime they can dream up. My fear is that after President Trump beats the fake news impeachment, what will the Democrats come up with next during his reelection campaign?<br />\n It was difficult to watch San Fran Nan try to wrap the Democrat party in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers, the Superbowl Trophy, and God. Nancy&rsquo;s attempt at somber sincerity was about as effective as her new dentures and can be seen in her closing comments:<br />\n &ldquo;Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment. I commend our committee chairs and our members for their somber approach to actions which I wish the president had not made necessary. In signing the Declaration of Independence, our founders invoked a firm reliance on divine providence. Democrats, too, are prayerful, and we will proceed in a manner worthy of our oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.&rdquo;<br />\n There are so many lies and distortions in those few words alone relating to today&rsquo;s Democrat platform. For instance:<br />\n &ldquo;Sadly&rdquo; &ndash; Um . . . yeah . . . right. The Democrats have been clamoring for impeachment since the day Donald Trump was elected. Nancy pants and her fellow pink hat wearing progressives revel at any chance to smear President Trump and his supporters. This is one circus liberals are thrilled to attend.<br />\n &ldquo;Allegiance to our founding fathers&rdquo; &ndash; Hey Nancy, shutting down conservative speakers on college campuses and social media while forcing Christians and Christian organizations to violate their own religious principles kind of goes against the First Amendment. Do I really need to explain what Democrats are trying to do to the Second Amendment? Not to mention the calls to abolish the electoral college.<br />\n &ldquo;Heart full of love for America&rdquo; &ndash; This coming from the party that wants open borders. Without borders, there is no America.<br />\n &ldquo;Our members somber approach to actions&rdquo; &ndash; Really? Democrats like Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler have behaved like rabid dogs. Schiff conducted secret hearings not allowing Republicans to participate. Then with the open hearings Schiff limited Republican witnesses and blatantly lied about his knowledge of the &ldquo;whistleblower&rdquo; and the rights of a whistleblower.<br />\n &ldquo;Divine providence and so help us God&rdquo; &ndash; A party that now supports abortion up to the point of birth sounds kind of godless to me. A party that has utilized a nonexistent statement in the constitution to take God out of our schools, sporting events, the public square, for decades suddenly wants to invoke &ldquo;divine providence?&rdquo;</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK:&nbsp;<br />\n Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race and some Democrats are blaming racism and sexism.&nbsp; To me this is the problem with Democrats and their hyphenated Americans. I guess Harris should have been supported just because she&rsquo;s a black female. How stupid is that? &ndash; Chuckling in Chattanooga<br />\n Dear Chuckling:&nbsp;<br />\n Democrats love to find new levels of stupid, but this might be their best effort yet as it shows just how ridiculously &ldquo;knee jerk&rdquo; they&rsquo;ve become. Usually the racism-sexism response is reserved for Republicans, but these critics forgot that Kammie was not popular among DEMOCRAT voters. A liberal black female senator from California should have been the perfect candidate to win in the Democrat primaries but those racist Democrat voters are going to stick with old rich white men and ladies.<br />\n &nbsp;<br />\n E-mail your questions to mark <a href=\"mailto:levy92@aol.com\">levy92@aol.com</a>. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkPlevy</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:8af08be581a2a81b8c569d57a6f258cb' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: December 3, 2019</p>\n<p>The rush to the Left by Democratic presidential candidates in an attempt to win its nomination has resulted in a call for Medicare for All.&nbsp; Nearly every Democratic candidate has endorsed the inclusion of illegal aliens in this or similar government-run healthcare programs.</p>\n<p> MEDICARE for All would be a fiscal disaster, whether it includes illegal aliens or not.&nbsp; Elizabeth Warren first drove this train past her rivals in the polls, but it has become a train wreck as her liberal rivals question it.<br />\n Warren rose to the status of the presumptive nominee in early October as she surged to a tie with Joe Biden nationwide, and surpassed him in early states like Iowa.&nbsp; Then came the presidential debate on October 15, where Biden and Pete Buttigieg criticized her on stage for the lack of details in her proposal.<br />\n Since then Warren&rsquo;s national support has dropped in half, down to only 14% among Democratic voters.&nbsp; Her support in Iowa has plummeted too, falling by 6% to only 16%.<br />\n Warren&rsquo;s unexpected decline correlates with her full-throttled endorsement of Medicare for All, for which she has released details after being criticized.&nbsp; At a town hall on November 8, Warren confirmed that her proposal would include Medicare for all illegal aliens, too.<br />\n &ldquo;Medicare for All, as I put this together, covers everyone, regardless of immigration status, and that&rsquo;s it,&rdquo; Warren declared there in response to a question.&nbsp; The local audience applauded her, but the reception nationwide to her plan has been chilly, even among likely Democrat primary voters.<br />\n Her plan would cost $52 trillion, not just billion, over ten years.&nbsp; She is competing with Bernie Sanders, who also supports free medical care for illegal aliens and even a moratorium on deportations.<br />\n The reality is that anyone, whether lawfully in the United States or not, can already show up at any emergency room in a hospital and receive free medical care.&nbsp; This has been true ever since Congress passed the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986 (EMTALA), which has contributed to hospital bankruptcies ever since.<br />\n Many illegal aliens have crossed our borders in order to show up at emergency rooms and give birth here in the United States, so that their child could claim American citizenship and thereby provide a basis for relatives to migrate here also.&nbsp; Known as &ldquo;anchor babies,&rdquo; they lack a constitutional right to citizenship but their relatives then demand entitlements.<br />\n The Democrats&rsquo; approach is the opposite of President Trump&rsquo;s, who continues to work hard to reduce the enormous drag on the budget caused by people who are in the United States illegally.&nbsp; On August 12, Trump announced his new rule that green cards will not be issued to immigrants who are likely to become dependent on government aid.<br />\n Since 1882, federal law has prohibited the admission of anyone who is likely to become a &ldquo;public charge,&rdquo; or dependent on government programs at taxpayer expense.&nbsp; But, prior to Trump, many government programs were not even considered in evaluating whether someone crossing the border may become a public charge.</p>\n<p> FOR EXAMPLE, government health care and housing have not been criteria for excluding an illegal alien because he is likely to become a public charge, and a drain on our budget.&nbsp; This omission meant that illegals and green card applicants could be milking Medicaid and free housing without scrutiny by an immigration official considering whether to allow them to stay.<br />\n New York, despite benefiting from a booming stock market on Wall Street, just announced that it expects a massive operating deficit of $6.1 billion, its largest since the Great Recession more than a decade ago.&nbsp; The cause is the hemorrhaging of dollars in its Medicaid program, a state program intended to pay health care costs for the poor.<br />\n New York is a magnet for illegal immigration whom its Democratic leadership has welcomed.&nbsp; It sends to Congress politicians who endorse Bernie Sanders, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), better known as &ldquo;AOC.&rdquo;<br />\n Despite Trump&rsquo;s valiant effort to reduce the issuance of green cards if the recipients are likely to become a public charge, in early October Democrat-appointed judges in three different blue states each independently blocked enforcement of Trump&rsquo;s new rule.&nbsp; Two of these judges were appointed by Clinton, and a third by Obama.<br />\n Trump also properly attempted to suspend the entry into our country of immigrants who are likely to burden the healthcare system.&nbsp; Entitled Proclamation 9945, this would help preserve our scarce medical care dollars for Americans rather than foreigners.</p>\n<p> BUT ON November 26, an Obama-appointed judge overturned Trump Proclamation 9945.&nbsp; Judicial supremacy continues to block sensible orders by Trump which would protect our nation against the suffocating financial burdens caused by illegal immigration.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:0f461d334388334ceb24a1ad59e9c0ab' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>RACE: December 4, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Coulter.gif\" /></p>\n<p>I gather it would be proof positive of &ldquo;white nationalism&rdquo; to point out that the only group discriminated against in college admissions is white people.</p>\n<p> WE&rsquo;VE heard a lot about discrimination against Asians lately, which reminds me: Asians are SO lucky they&rsquo;re not white! Otherwise, America&rsquo;s leading hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, would be churning out reports on the worrying rise in Asian Supremacy.<br />\n In fact, however, a recent study by Georgetown University (probably White Nationalist), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (presumed hate group), found that if colleges admitted students based solely on SAT scores, every single ethnic group would decline, except one: whites.<br />\n Yes, even fewer Asian students would be admitted on an SAT-only admission standard. (I presume this is because Asians have better GPAs than white students.)<br />\n Obviously, this was NOT the purpose of the study. I&rsquo;m pretty sure it was supposed to ferret out some small pocket of racism that had somehow passed undenounced. But when the only race being discriminated against turned out to be whites, the study was locked in a lead casket and dropped to the bottom of the sea.<br />\n This isn&rsquo;t a new phenomenon: the New York Times was writing about it 30 years ago. In the late 1980s, whites were about 62 percent of California&rsquo;s high school graduates, but constituted only 45 percent of those admitted to its universities. As a university official told the Times, &ldquo;Whites are the only group underrepresented.&rdquo;<br />\n Today, the Times would be tracking down that official to make sure he was fired.<br />\n The lie of &ldquo;white privilege&rdquo; is treated as an implacable fact throughout our cultural institutions, no matter how manifestly absurd it is. Thus, in the discredited book &ldquo;The Education of Brett Kavanaugh,&rdquo; authors Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly act as if a half-Puerto Rican girl entering Yale in the 1980s deserves a place in the civil rights pantheon along with the Little Rock Nine.<br />\n [If it seems like that is the only New York Times article I&rsquo;ve read this year, it practically is. Every counterfactual, hateful, lunatic impulse of the left was contained in that single book excerpt, so it&rsquo;s all you need.]<br />\n The authors write: &ldquo;Yale in the 1980s was in the early stages of integrating more minority students into its historically privileged white male population. The college had admitted its first black student in the 1850s, but by [Debbie] Ramirez&rsquo;s time there, people of color comprised less than a fifth of the student body.&rdquo;<br />\n How many POCs do Pogrebin and Kelly think should have been at Yale? According to the U.S. Census, the country barely reached 20 percent minority by the end of the 1980s. By miraculous coincidence, the ethnic composition of the Yale student body matched the country exactly. It&rsquo;s almost as if the university was basing admissions on strict ethnic quotas!</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S SAID that every generation thinks it invented sex. I say, every generation thinks it invented race and gender consciousness. Pogrebin and Kelly claim that &ldquo;college campuses of the 1980s had yet to be galvanized by the identity and sexual politics that course through today&rsquo;s cultural debates.&rdquo;<br />\n Were they both in a coma in the 1980s?<br />\n In 1987, the year Ramirez and Kavanaugh graduated from Yale, Jesse Jackson led hundreds of protesters in a march on Stanford University chanting &ldquo;Hey hey ho ho! Western Civ has got to go!&rdquo;<br />\n The following year, the Times reported on a decades-long assault on the accepted canon of great literature as merely the choices of &ldquo;elitist&rdquo; &ldquo;white men.&rdquo;<br />\n Throughout the period that the authors imagine Yale was wall-to-wall white privilege, our media produced daily &ldquo;Racism Updates,&rdquo; leading to Joe Sobran&rsquo;s parody of a New York Times headline: Earthquake Destroys New York; Women and Minorities Hit Hardest.<br />\n If Ramirez had applied to Yale Law School after college, she would have had a five times better chance of being admitted than a white applicant like Kavanaugh &mdash; simply because she had one Puerto Rican parent.<br />\n Talk about privilege!<br />\n This is based on a massive study of law school admissions in the 1990s conducted by Linda F. Wightman &mdash; again, intended to prove the opposite of what it actually did prove. Her study fell into the hands of Stephan Thernstrom, who analyzed the data, and his results were published in the New York University Law Review in 1998. (WHITE SUPREMACISTS, ALL!)<br />\n With the same grades and scores, Puerto Ricans were 5.3 times more likely to be admitted to a top-tier law school like Yale than a white applicant. Every ethnic group except whites got a boost &mdash; African Americans, Asians, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and &ldquo;Other Hispanic.&rdquo; The more prestigious the law school, the stronger the preferences.<br />\n To every color in the rainbow coalition: YOU&rsquo;RE NOT BLACK! Affirmative action is supposed to be for the descendants of American slaves. See? We owe them something. Nobody else. Without the legacy of slavery, affirmative action is just institutionalized anti-white racism.<br />\n By now, race discrimination against whites is de rigueur. Forget being embarrassed, this is race discrimination with attitude. And it&rsquo;s all justified by the nonsensical phrase: &ldquo;white privilege.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> IF YOU mention it &mdash; citing such white nationalist front groups as Georgetown University, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the New York Times and the New York University Law Review &mdash; you, too, could be a white nationalist.</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:6ae6f6c5836b524bbd5a4e37505cb6a6' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This Week&#39;s Conservative Focus . . . Prosperity &amp; Gratitude</p>\n<p>Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme. He echoed the words of his predecessor, St. John Paul II, who called food waste &ldquo;a paradox of abundance.&rdquo; Francis criticized a &ldquo;culture of waste&rdquo; that is caused, he says, by &ldquo;mechanisms of superficiality, negligence and selfishness.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>\n<p> POPE Francis is correct, at least in part. The amount of food that goes to waste in the United States alone is staggering and &mdash; dare I say it &mdash; sinful. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it&rsquo;s somewhere between 30 and 40% of our total food supply every year.<br />\n Try to imagine the number of restaurants, bars, grocery stores and cafeterias in any town or city of even modest size. Consider: Every single one of these establishments throws food away every single day. Now multiply that by every town and city in the country.<br />\n The problem, therefore, isn&rsquo;t the amount of food; it&rsquo;s getting the extra food to those in need. But as daunting an issue as that certainly is, it&rsquo;s just logistics. It pales, by comparison, to the issue of producing enough food to feed people in the first place.<br />\n I note this because Pope Francis is also fond of making statements that are sharply critical of capitalism and can fairly be construed at times as a preference for systems by which a smaller group of well-intentioned central planners decide what is to be produced &mdash; and where, and why, and how, and for whom.<br />\n This, as we&rsquo;ve seen in the countries where it has been tried, is what creates poverty and hunger &mdash; indeed, famine, starvation and death &mdash; on a massive scale.<br />\n Josef Stalin&rsquo;s agricultural &ldquo;planning&rdquo; for Ukraine resulted in the &ldquo;holodomor&rdquo; &mdash; widespread famine and the deaths of an estimated 6 million people. But even his murderous arrogance, stupidity and cruelty pale in comparison to Mao Zedong, whose disastrous central planning killed more than 40 million people in China &mdash; mostly from starvation. More recently, North Korea&rsquo;s oppressive top-down economic control has starved millions of its people. Venezuela&rsquo;s socialist government has reduced that once-prosperous country to destitute poverty and hunger.<br />\n By contrast, the reason capitalist democracies like the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the countries of Western Europe produce so much food is because they do not depend upon the inevitably flawed decisions of a handful of ultrapowerful people; they unleash the power of millions of individuals who, as entrepreneurs, start and grow farms and businesses involved in food production, packaging, preservation, refrigeration and transportation. These firms not only provide local food but also enable us to get Washington&rsquo;s apples to Indiana, Florida&rsquo;s oranges to Nebraska, Hawaii&rsquo;s pineapples to Maine &mdash; and literally millions of tons of food to other countries.<br />\n Entrepreneurs have created for-profit and nonprofit ventures across the country to address food waste and hunger. The startup Imperfect Produce, for example, buys produce that grocery stores don&rsquo;t purchase from farmers because it is &ldquo;ugly&rdquo; or misshapen. Philadelphia&rsquo;s Misfits Markets and Hungry Harvest in Baltimore are working to achieve similar goals. Robert Lee and Louisa Chen started the nonprofit Rescuing Leftover Cuisine in New York City in 2013 to combat food waste. In the six years since, they have collected and donated 3.1 million pounds of food, resulting in more than 2.5 million meals served in shelters across the city.</p>\n<p> IT IS possible for us to put our heads together and pool our resources to reduce or eliminate hunger in the United States. We have the production and transportation capabilities, and we have the food.<br />\n In countries where not enough food is produced to feed the population, however, the problems are greater. They are systemic. They are typically attributable to the political and economic systems in place. Therefore, they are much, much&nbsp; more difficult to address than the distribution of food to those in need in free and prosperous nations.<br />\n Tufts University professor Alex de Waal has written brilliantly about this. In his 2018 book, &ldquo;Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine,&rdquo; he writes that 70% of the deaths from starvation in the past 150 years were caused not by natural disasters but by government policies (British tariffs on the textile industry in India, Hitler&rsquo;s &ldquo;Hunger Plan&rdquo; to eliminate &ldquo;useless eaters,&rdquo; Mao&rsquo;s &ldquo;Great Leap Forward&rdquo;) and war.<br />\n DeWaal&rsquo;s work also reveals what happens when governments implement (or impose) policies based upon popular but flawed &ldquo;scholarship.&rdquo; In a 2018 interview with NPR&rsquo;s Nurith Aizenmen, de Waal cites the notable example of 18th-century scholar Thomas Robert Malthus&rsquo; theory that population growth caused famine. History has debunked Malthus&rsquo; theories over and over again, de Waal explains; humans&rsquo; capacity for food production has kept up with population growth and even produced the surpluses we have now.<br />\n Aizenmen writes: &ldquo;&rsquo;I call it a zombie concept,&rdquo; says de Waal, &lsquo;because it&rsquo;s one that scholars of agriculture and economics have continually refuted, but it still keeps coming back to life to torment the living.&rsquo; It torments the living, he elaborates, because the fear that it engenders about population growth has periodically led authorities to pursue policies that &mdash; paradoxically &mdash; actually&nbsp; did create famine.&rdquo;<br />\n Aizenmen calls de Waal&rsquo;s perspective on famine &ldquo;surprising.&rdquo; But it&rsquo;s really only a surprise if you don&rsquo;t know much history (or you&rsquo;ve been indoctrinated with Malthusian economics).<br />\n On this Thanksgiving Day, we in the United States should give thanks for a political and economic system that frees us to produce enough to feed ourselves and leaves plenty of leftovers with which we can &mdash; given the ingenuity and innovation we&rsquo;ve displayed for centuries &mdash; feed others.</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S A little bit like the parable of loaves and fishes. Pope Francis should give thanks for this as well.</p>\n<p> November 28, 2019</p>\n', created = 1575887254, expire = 1575973654, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:1e03ac33253172bdcd042083efa1e4ac' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:24pm
At issue this week...    Democrats  by Wayne Allyn Root My Thanksgiving column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal listed quite a few reasons to be thankful for President Donald J. Trump. But it’s still technically Thanksgiving weekend, and the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates deserve credit, too. I’M THANKFUL the Democratic candidates are so awful. Even former President Barack Obama is disgusted. Have you seen Obama’s comments?...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:26pm
This Week's Conservative Focus . . . Prosperity & Gratitude Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme. He echoed the words of his predecessor, St. John Paul II, who called food waste “a paradox of abundance.” Francis criticized a “culture of waste” that is caused, he says, by “mechanisms of superficiality...

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This Week's Conservative Focus . . . Prosperity & Gratitude Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme...
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