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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; Media Bias&nbsp; by David Harsanyi</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Harsanyi.gif\" /></p>\n<p>This week, James O&rsquo;Keefe&rsquo;s Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, released an explosive &ldquo;hot mic&rdquo; video of &ldquo;Good Morning America&rdquo; co-host Amy Robach venting about ABC&rsquo;s decision to spike a story about late serial sex predator Jeffrey Epstein&rsquo;s nefarious activities three years ago.<br />\n &ldquo;I had this interview with (Epstein victim) Virginia Roberts,&rdquo; Robach is seen saying in the video, &ldquo;we would not put it on the air. The (British royal) Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were afraid we wouldn&rsquo;t be able to interview Kate and Will that we, that also quashed the story.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> ROBACH now claims, through a network statement, that she was caught &ldquo;in a private moment&rdquo; of frustration over the lack of progress on a story. &ldquo;I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn&rsquo;t air because I could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC&rsquo;s editorial standards about her allegations.&rdquo;<br />\n Sorry, but Robach&rsquo;s response to the firestorm doesn&rsquo;t square with her initial comments, in which she states that &ldquo;Roberts had pictures, she had everything ... it was unbelievable what we had. (Bill) Clinton, we had everything.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Everything&rdquo; sure sounds like sufficient corroborating evidence for any new organization. Even if employing the most scrupulous journalistic standards, a major outlet like ABC wouldn&rsquo;t need three years to substantiate &mdash; or dismiss &mdash; a story that features pictures, dates, and a credible witness.<br />\n We certainly know that ABC didn&rsquo;t need &ldquo;everything&rdquo; &mdash; or very much of anything, for that matter &mdash; when it was running scores of pieces online and on television, highlighting every risible accusation against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.<br />\n I&rsquo;m not even talking about the prime accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, whose allegations still haven&rsquo;t been corroborated, but rather about someone such as Julie Swetnick, who was all over ABC News at the height of the confirmation battle. Swetnick accused Kavanaugh not only of sexual assault but also of being present at parties where women were being drugged and &ldquo;gang raped.&rdquo; She wasn&rsquo;t remotely credible.<br />\n Was Robach&rsquo;s colleague, former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos, meeting ABC&rsquo;s editorial standards when he allowed Swetnick&rsquo;s shyster lawyer Michael Avenatti to smear Kavanaugh without offering a shred of substantiating evidence for her claims? Why couldn&rsquo;t Roberts be interviewed similarly interviewed?</p>\n<p> ROBACH contends in the hot-mic video that producers told her they spiked the story because no one knew, or cared, about Epstein. Yet Roberts had alleged that Epstein kept her as a sex slave and forced her to perform sex acts on people like Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz. Do you think viewers cared about this high profile men? I imagine so.<br />\n Three years ago, you might remember, Bill Clinton&rsquo;s wife was in the midst of her revving up her presidential run. One imagines a story detailing her husband&rsquo;s vacations to a pedophile&rsquo;s island retreat might have been newsworthy.<br />\n By the way, now that the Epstein has broken, has Robach wrapped up that reporting on Clinton, yet?<br />\n The notion that Robach believed she was merely venting during &ldquo;private moment&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t plausible, either. Any regular guest &mdash; and Robach is on TV every day &mdash; knows that a gaggle of producers is listening to everything that&rsquo;s being said, and that everything that&rsquo;s being said is going to be on tape.</p>\n<p> YET, INSTEAD of facing these questions, ABC has convinced another network, CBS, to fire the staffer who blew the whistle on spiked Epstein story in the first place. Or in other words, paired with NBC News&rsquo; burying of the Harvey Weinstein story, we now have evidence of three major media institutions colluding to bury stories about serial abusers. One wonders how many young women might have been saved if they hadn&rsquo;t.</p>\n<p> November 8, 2019</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:16d6cf6bc2e1d1b41669fcbb738e544b' 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 . . . Warren Candidacy</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Buchanan.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>After celebrating Tuesday&rsquo;s takeover of Virginia&rsquo;s legislature and the Kentucky governorship, the liberal establishment appears poised to crush its biggest threat: the surging candidacy of Elizabeth Warren.</p>\n<p> FROM THE tempo and tenor of the attacks, establishment fears of Warren&rsquo;s success are real &mdash; and understandably so.<br />\n Two Wednesday polls show Warren running even with Joe Biden nationally. And a new Iowa poll shows Warren in front of the field with 20%, and Biden falling into fourth place with 15%.<br />\n The danger for Democrats: While Warren is now the party&rsquo;s front-runner, they fear she&rsquo;s a sure loser to Donald Trump in 2020.<br />\n And, again, with reason. A recent poll of six battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan, showed Trump beating or tying Warren in all of them except for Arizona.<br />\n Nightmare scenario: Warren wins the nomination, but when her neo-Marxist agenda is exposed, Middle America recoils in horror.<br />\n The economic elite is already sounding the alarm.<br />\n Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase says Warren &ldquo;vilifies successful people.&rdquo; Microsoft founder Bill Gates says her proposals would imperil &ldquo;innovation&rdquo; and &ldquo;capital formation.&rdquo;<br />\n Writing in the New York Times, Obama adviser Steven Rattner describes a Warren presidency as &ldquo;a terrifying prospect.&rdquo;<br />\n Warren would &ldquo;extend the reach and weight of the federal government far further into the economy than anything even Franklin Roosevelt dreamed of (and) ... turn America&rsquo;s uniquely successful public-private relationship into a dirigiste European-style system.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;If you want to live in France&rdquo; &mdash; where half the GDP is controlled by the regime &mdash; says Rattner, &ldquo;Warren should be your candidate.&rdquo;<br />\n What finally shocked anti-Warren liberals into action was her recent revelation of how she intends to pay for her &ldquo;Medicare for all&rdquo; plan.<br />\n Warren&rsquo;s plan would require at least $23 trillion more in federal spending over a decade. Other experts say the added costs could run to $32 trillion, raising the U.S. government&rsquo;s share of the GDP by one-half and abolishing the private health insurance plans of 156 million Americans.<br />\n &ldquo;Many of America&rsquo;s global champions, like banks and tech giants, would be dismembered,&rdquo; writes Rattner, &ldquo;Shale fracking would be banned, which would send oil and natural gas prices soaring and cost millions of Americans their jobs.&rdquo;<br />\n Beyond &ldquo;Medicare for All,&rdquo; Warren has other plans. Universal child care and free schooling from pre-kindergarten through college and the cancelation of student loans, plus a new look at reparations for slavery.</p>\n<p> HOW would President Warren pay for all her &ldquo;plans&rdquo;?<br />\n She would raise the corporate rate to 35% from 21%, and slam a 40% tax on the profits of companies that try to flee the country.<br />\n She would raise the capital gains tax, impose new estate taxes, raise Social Security taxes on folks with higher incomes, and confiscate 2% of the wealth of those with $50 million in assets and 3% of the wealth of those with $1 billion, every year.<br />\n Writes Politifact: &ldquo;All told, we counted $7 trillion in new spending over a 10-year period, and that&rsquo;s without Medicare for All. On the flip side, Warren offered specific tax proposals that came to $4.55 trillion.&rdquo;<br />\n Still, Warren&rsquo;s socialism is not what her main rivals, all white men, are zeroing in on. They&rsquo;ve decided to play hardball.<br />\n Thursday, under a headline, &ldquo;Warren Faces Accusations that She&rsquo;s &lsquo;Angry,&rsquo; Which Supporters Say is Sexist,&rdquo; the Washington Post reported:<br />\n &ldquo;Two of the leading male candidates in the Democratic presidential primary race &mdash; Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg &mdash; have escalated separate lines of attack as they attempt to counter the field&rsquo;s most prominent woman: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is antagonistic and angry.&rdquo;<br />\n Warren has a &ldquo;my way or the highway&rdquo; approach, said Buttigieg, she is &ldquo;so absorbed in the fighting that it is as though fighting were the purpose.&rdquo;<br />\n Biden says Warren, who has a real shot at taking the nomination, reflects &ldquo;an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics.&rdquo;<br />\n This is &ldquo;treacherous,&rdquo; warns the Post, &ldquo;given that many Democrats remain upset over what they view as the sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton, the party&rsquo;s last nominee.&rdquo;<br />\n The Democratic Party today defines itself as an inclusive party of women, gays, Hispanics, African Americans and other people of color.<br />\n Yet three months out from the decisive early contests of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the party is going into the semifinals of its contest for a leader and future president without a single person of color in the final four.<br />\n Moreover, the three white males are denigrating and piling on the woman who is the front-runner with attacks on her personality for which conservatives, if they used such tactics, would be charged with &ldquo;dog-whistling&rdquo; the white working class.</p>\n<p> WHEN ONE looks at the approval-disapproval rating of the president, re-election appears problematic. When one looks at the Democrats&rsquo; agenda and field of candidates, the odds of Trump&rsquo;s re-election seem a good deal better.<br />\n This thing is by no means over.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:2de5135ecb0d1e07a6be1b23433cc603' 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>EDUCATION: November 27, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Coulter.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a shortcut to get your kid into a prestigious college, but your little one doesn&rsquo;t have high enough cheekbones to claim to be an Indian, consider the petal-strewn path of the newly elected San Francisco district attorney, Chesa Boudin.</p>\n<p> CHESA&rsquo;S sparkling credentials are: He is the son of celebrated cop-killers Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert! That was enough to win him admission to Yale, Oxford and Yale Law School.<br />\n His mother consciously parlayed her way to success by becoming a violent revolutionary after realizing that she wasn&rsquo;t going to set the world on fire with her SAT and LSAT scores.<br />\n Poor Kathy couldn&rsquo;t get into Oberlin &mdash; and then she couldn&rsquo;t get into Yale Law. She was terrified of &ldquo;losing her place&rdquo; as her father Leonard Boudin&rsquo;s &ldquo;most cherished offspring,&rdquo; as Susan Braudy put it in her book, &ldquo;Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left.&rdquo; (All this is covered in lascivious detail in my book, &ldquo;Demonic.&rdquo;)<br />\n By contrast, Kathy&rsquo;s brother, Michael &mdash; the Republican &mdash; had nearly perfect board scores, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, went on to Harvard Law School, worked for a white-shoe law firm, then took a top position in the Reagan administration. Today, he is a federal appeals court judge, appointed by the first President Bush.<br />\n The only thing Kathy could do to impress her father &mdash; and our nation&rsquo;s elite institutions &mdash; was to become a domestic terrorist.<br />\n It worked. Her parents showily displayed Kathy&rsquo;s motorcycle helmet from her participation in the &ldquo;Days of Rage&rdquo; in Chicago. Jean Boudin&rsquo;s &ldquo;pride in her aristocratic position on the left,&rdquo; Braudy writes, made her &ldquo;the match of any Palm Beach hostess.&rdquo;<br />\n In addition to the &ldquo;Days of Rage,&rdquo; which left a Democratic politician paralyzed, Kathy was part of the Weather Underground brain trust that blew up a Greenwich Village townhouse in 1970, killing three of the radicals. The bomb they were building was intended to kill servicemen and their dates at a Fort Dix dance. With body parts flying and walls collapsing around her, Kathy made it out of the house one step ahead of the police.<br />\n Again, Kathy&rsquo;s parents were delighted with the townhouse bombing. Her mother had always envied the owners for their wealth, anyway. Her father thought seeing his daughter on FBI &ldquo;wanted&rdquo; posters was &ldquo;good for his legend.&rdquo;<br />\n As luck would have it, going underground after the townhouse explosion finally gave Kathy an excuse to get a nose job. She also dyed her hair bright red, mimicking Bernadine Dohrn, born Bernadine Ohrnstein. (These revolutionaries would engage in sex orgies to &ldquo;smash monogamy,&rdquo; but one convention the gritty radicals adhered to was the WASP ideal of beauty and gentrified names.)<br />\n The only thing that terrified Kathy, Braudy says, was that &ldquo;if stripped of her glamorous and dramatic revolutionary attachments and subterfuges, she would be the dullest person in Leonard&rsquo;s circle of admirers. ... She would be a woman, no longer young, whose work was waiting tables and cleaning houses.&rdquo;<br />\n In fact, that&rsquo;s exactly what she was. While Kathy and David play-acted being on the run, the FBI wasn&rsquo;t even looking for them anymore. A newspaper in Wisconsin published David Gilbert&rsquo;s whereabouts and &mdash; OH MY GOSH ... nothing happened. &ldquo;No one arrested him,&rdquo; Braudy writes; the &ldquo;authorities weren&rsquo;t interested in him.&rdquo;<br />\n It was time for drastic action. Those LSAT scores weren&rsquo;t going to bury themselves. So in 1981, Kathy conspired with violent drug-addicted members of the Black Liberation Army to rob a Brinks armored truck in Rockland County, New York. They wanted drug money and she wanted fame.<br />\n At the Nanuet Mall, her BLA co-conspirators murdered Brinks guard Peter Paige and wounded two others, then hopped in the getaway truck being driven by Kathy and David.<br />\n The truck was stopped by the police minutes later, but 38-year-old Kathy emerged from the truck&rsquo;s cab, playing an innocent housewife, frightened by all the guns. She begged the perplexed police to lower their weapons. No sooner were their firearms holstered than six BLA members leapt out, guns blazing. They instantly killed the force&rsquo;s only black officer, Waverly Brown. Sergeant Edward O&rsquo;Grady died a few hours later on the operating table.<br />\n She&rsquo;d done it. Kathy was a bona fide success! In jail, she received a string of celebrity visitors and fawning journalists. There would be documentaries, glorious write-ups, Oscar nominations and poetry awards.<br />\n After decades of recounting her sufferings since the robbery that left Brown dead, Kathy was told that Brown&rsquo;s son still attended the memorial service held for his father and Sgt. O&rsquo;Grady at 4 p.m. every Oct. 20.<br />\n &ldquo;Really?&rdquo; Kathy said. &ldquo;I never knew the guy had a son.&rdquo;<br />\n According to our betters, that&rsquo;s an &ldquo;idealist.&rdquo;<br />\n She was granted parole in 2003 &mdash; supported by none other than William F. Buckley. (The elites circle the wagons!) Soon she was a professor at Columbia University and director of the school&rsquo;s Center for Justice.<br />\n These status-obsessed Yale rejects became &ldquo;radicals&rdquo; in order to win a lifetime of good press and cushy academic positions unavailable to them any other way.<br />\n Look at David Hogg, rejected from a half-dozen non-elite schools, only to be accepted by Harvard &mdash; all for raising his scrawny little arm in a preposterous one-arm salute after a speech denouncing the National Rifle Association. True, Hogg&rsquo;s SAT score (1270) was far below that of the average Harvard student (1484). It was even below that of recruited athletes at Harvard (1297). But he had turned himself into a left-wing activist just in the nick of time. Harvard here I come!<br />\n The two &ldquo;idealists&rdquo; who raised Chesa Boudin were William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. On account of putting a bomb in the Pentagon, Ayers became a distinguished professor of education and senior university scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For praising the Manson family and leading a group of protesters in a little ditty that mocked the government official paralyzed during the &ldquo;Days of Rage&rdquo; rampage, Dohrn was made a professor at Northwestern University School of Law.</p>\n<p> ANOTHER leftist celebrity, Susan Rosenberg, had conspired to kill cops, blow up buildings and rob a Brinks truck; she was sentenced to 58 years in prison for felony murder and possession of more than 700 pounds of explosives. She was pardoned by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office.<br />\n A couple years later, Rosenberg was offered a teaching position at Hamilton College. Apart from her fondness for bombs and cop-killing, Rosenberg&rsquo;s credentials consisted of: a master&rsquo;s degree in writing from a correspondence course in prison.<br />\n Oh, by the way, when Kathy Boudin was finally arrested after the Brinks robbery, the police searching her Morningside Drive apartment found, amid the food stamps and welfare forms, Kathy&rsquo;s application to New York University Law School.<br />\n It&rsquo;s one thing to say a person shouldn&rsquo;t be punished for the sins of his parents. But America&rsquo;s elite institutions treat cop-killing &mdash; even merely being the child of cop-killers &mdash; as the equivalent of being a star athlete or getting double-800s on your SATs.<br />\n Say, instead of forcing taxpayers to take on the burden of student debt, how about letting the colleges eat their own student loans?</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7200d6e41046b910dc80cc60a450f928' 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 . . . Warren Candidacy</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Buchanan.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>After celebrating Tuesday&rsquo;s takeover of Virginia&rsquo;s legislature and the Kentucky governorship, the liberal establishment appears poised to crush its biggest threat: the surging candidacy of Elizabeth Warren.</p>\n<p> FROM THE tempo and tenor of the attacks, establishment fears of Warren&rsquo;s success are real &mdash; and understandably so.<br />\n Two Wednesday polls show Warren running even with Joe Biden nationally. And a new Iowa poll shows Warren in front of the field with 20%, and Biden falling into fourth place with 15%.<br />\n The danger for Democrats: While Warren is now the party&rsquo;s front-runner, they fear she&rsquo;s a sure loser to Donald Trump in 2020.<br />\n And, again, with reason. A recent poll of six battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan, showed Trump beating or tying Warren in all of them except for Arizona.<br />\n Nightmare scenario: Warren wins the nomination, but when her neo-Marxist agenda is exposed, Middle America recoils in horror.<br />\n The economic elite is already sounding the alarm.<br />\n Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase says Warren &ldquo;vilifies successful people.&rdquo; Microsoft founder Bill Gates says her proposals would imperil &ldquo;innovation&rdquo; and &ldquo;capital formation.&rdquo;<br />\n Writing in the New York Times, Obama adviser Steven Rattner describes a Warren presidency as &ldquo;a terrifying prospect.&rdquo;<br />\n Warren would &ldquo;extend the reach and weight of the federal government far further into the economy than anything even Franklin Roosevelt dreamed of (and) ... turn America&rsquo;s uniquely successful public-private relationship into a dirigiste European-style system.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;If you want to live in France&rdquo; &mdash; where half the GDP is controlled by the regime &mdash; says Rattner, &ldquo;Warren should be your candidate.&rdquo;<br />\n What finally shocked anti-Warren liberals into action was her recent revelation of how she intends to pay for her &ldquo;Medicare for all&rdquo; plan.<br />\n Warren&rsquo;s plan would require at least $23 trillion more in federal spending over a decade. Other experts say the added costs could run to $32 trillion, raising the U.S. government&rsquo;s share of the GDP by one-half and abolishing the private health insurance plans of 156 million Americans.<br />\n &ldquo;Many of America&rsquo;s global champions, like banks and tech giants, would be dismembered,&rdquo; writes Rattner, &ldquo;Shale fracking would be banned, which would send oil and natural gas prices soaring and cost millions of Americans their jobs.&rdquo;<br />\n Beyond &ldquo;Medicare for All,&rdquo; Warren has other plans. Universal child care and free schooling from pre-kindergarten through college and the cancelation of student loans, plus a new look at reparations for slavery.</p>\n<p> HOW would President Warren pay for all her &ldquo;plans&rdquo;?<br />\n She would raise the corporate rate to 35% from 21%, and slam a 40% tax on the profits of companies that try to flee the country.<br />\n She would raise the capital gains tax, impose new estate taxes, raise Social Security taxes on folks with higher incomes, and confiscate 2% of the wealth of those with $50 million in assets and 3% of the wealth of those with $1 billion, every year.<br />\n Writes Politifact: &ldquo;All told, we counted $7 trillion in new spending over a 10-year period, and that&rsquo;s without Medicare for All. On the flip side, Warren offered specific tax proposals that came to $4.55 trillion.&rdquo;<br />\n Still, Warren&rsquo;s socialism is not what her main rivals, all white men, are zeroing in on. They&rsquo;ve decided to play hardball.<br />\n Thursday, under a headline, &ldquo;Warren Faces Accusations that She&rsquo;s &lsquo;Angry,&rsquo; Which Supporters Say is Sexist,&rdquo; the Washington Post reported:<br />\n &ldquo;Two of the leading male candidates in the Democratic presidential primary race &mdash; Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg &mdash; have escalated separate lines of attack as they attempt to counter the field&rsquo;s most prominent woman: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is antagonistic and angry.&rdquo;<br />\n Warren has a &ldquo;my way or the highway&rdquo; approach, said Buttigieg, she is &ldquo;so absorbed in the fighting that it is as though fighting were the purpose.&rdquo;<br />\n Biden says Warren, who has a real shot at taking the nomination, reflects &ldquo;an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics.&rdquo;<br />\n This is &ldquo;treacherous,&rdquo; warns the Post, &ldquo;given that many Democrats remain upset over what they view as the sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton, the party&rsquo;s last nominee.&rdquo;<br />\n The Democratic Party today defines itself as an inclusive party of women, gays, Hispanics, African Americans and other people of color.<br />\n Yet three months out from the decisive early contests of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the party is going into the semifinals of its contest for a leader and future president without a single person of color in the final four.<br />\n Moreover, the three white males are denigrating and piling on the woman who is the front-runner with attacks on her personality for which conservatives, if they used such tactics, would be charged with &ldquo;dog-whistling&rdquo; the white working class.</p>\n<p> WHEN ONE looks at the approval-disapproval rating of the president, re-election appears problematic. When one looks at the Democrats&rsquo; agenda and field of candidates, the odds of Trump&rsquo;s re-election seem a good deal better.<br />\n This thing is by no means over.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:2de5135ecb0d1e07a6be1b23433cc603' 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 . . . Warren Candidacy</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Shapiro.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>This has been an awful week for the purported new 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. For months, Warren has received nearly unmitigated praise from the media for her bevy of &ldquo;plans.&rdquo; She&rsquo;s been praised as &ldquo;wonkish&rdquo; and &ldquo;brainy&rdquo; and &ldquo;focused.&rdquo; Her growth in the polls has been the dual result of a strong organizational effort by her campaign in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and endless gobs of drool from reporters.</p>\n<p> BUT NOW the bloom is coming off the rose.<br />\n For months, Warren has simply lied about whether she would raise middle-class taxes to pay for her Bernie Sanders-lite proposal to replace America&rsquo;s health care insurance system with &ldquo;Medicare for All.&rdquo; To support that lie, on Friday, she released another one of her now-famous plans. It is a compendium of tissue-thin falsehoods, a plan about as plausible as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez&rsquo;s Green New Deal. According to Warren&rsquo;s plan, she&rsquo;ll somehow manage to institute a wildly generous Medicare For All policy &mdash; including coverage for illegal immigrants &mdash; at a one-third discount off virtually all major estimates. She&rsquo;ll radically reduce reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals &mdash; and yet, care levels won&rsquo;t suffer. She&rsquo;ll cram down drugmakers&rsquo; prescription drug prices &mdash; but innovation won&rsquo;t suffer. She&rsquo;ll jack up taxes on the wealthy &mdash; but the wealthy won&rsquo;t engage in tax avoidance.<br />\n The plan is a joke. It&rsquo;s a lie.</p>\n<p> BUT THAT&rsquo;S Warren&rsquo;s tendency: dishonest radicalism. At least Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., can be counted on to tell the unfortunate truth about soaking the middle class. Warren can be counted on to shift her policy proposals to appease specific constituencies and then lie about how she&rsquo;ll pay for them. She&rsquo;ll also lie about everything from her own ethnicity (Harvard Law School graduate David French rightly calls Warren an &ldquo;academic grifter&rdquo;) to her research on medical bankruptcy (she has claimed that &ldquo;medical bankruptcies&rdquo; represent a far higher percentage of all bankruptcies than can be supported by the facts).<br />\n All of this underscores her unelectability. As her poll numbers have risen, so, too, has Democrats&rsquo; wishcasting that perhaps &mdash; just perhaps &mdash; her unelectability has been overestimated. Maybe, the argument goes, voters aren&rsquo;t put off by Warren&rsquo;s radicalism and tendency toward scolding self-righteousness. Maybe Warren can pull this thing off.<br />\n Also last Friday, a poll came from the New York Times and Siena College. It pitted former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders and Warren against President Trump in the battleground states and showed that among likely voters, Warren trails Trump in every major battleground state. She&rsquo;s down by four points in Michigan, two in Pennsylvania, two in Wisconsin, four in Florida and four in North Carolina. Biden, by comparison, is up in all of those states except North Carolina.<br />\n And Warren&rsquo;s numbers are likely to drop. Remember, Trump&rsquo;s numbers aren&rsquo;t particularly malleable. Neither are Biden&rsquo;s, since he has 100% name recognition. Warren, however, isn&rsquo;t widely known by the public. That means Trump &mdash; whose chief political skill lies in his willingness to use every iota of dirt against political opponents &mdash; will have the opportunity to define Warren. If she&rsquo;s riding weak against Trump now, wait until he dubs her &ldquo;Lieawatha.&rdquo;<br />\n All of which explains why Warren has been faring worse in national polling of late. In early October, Warren actually surpassed Biden in the RealClearPolitics poll average of national numbers. Now she&rsquo;s down nearly double digits again.</p>\n<p> SO HOLD the phone on that inevitable Warren nomination. Warren&rsquo;s a weak front-runner. And she&rsquo;s not getting any stronger.</p>\n<p> November 6, 2019</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:5a4df53964acf7b705f71e3ec98d6fb8' 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>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Media Bias&nbsp; by David Harsanyi</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Harsanyi.gif\" /></p>\n<p>This week, James O&rsquo;Keefe&rsquo;s Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, released an explosive &ldquo;hot mic&rdquo; video of &ldquo;Good Morning America&rdquo; co-host Amy Robach venting about ABC&rsquo;s decision to spike a story about late serial sex predator Jeffrey Epstein&rsquo;s nefarious activities three years ago.<br />\n &ldquo;I had this interview with (Epstein victim) Virginia Roberts,&rdquo; Robach is seen saying in the video, &ldquo;we would not put it on the air. The (British royal) Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were afraid we wouldn&rsquo;t be able to interview Kate and Will that we, that also quashed the story.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> ROBACH now claims, through a network statement, that she was caught &ldquo;in a private moment&rdquo; of frustration over the lack of progress on a story. &ldquo;I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn&rsquo;t air because I could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC&rsquo;s editorial standards about her allegations.&rdquo;<br />\n Sorry, but Robach&rsquo;s response to the firestorm doesn&rsquo;t square with her initial comments, in which she states that &ldquo;Roberts had pictures, she had everything ... it was unbelievable what we had. (Bill) Clinton, we had everything.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Everything&rdquo; sure sounds like sufficient corroborating evidence for any new organization. Even if employing the most scrupulous journalistic standards, a major outlet like ABC wouldn&rsquo;t need three years to substantiate &mdash; or dismiss &mdash; a story that features pictures, dates, and a credible witness.<br />\n We certainly know that ABC didn&rsquo;t need &ldquo;everything&rdquo; &mdash; or very much of anything, for that matter &mdash; when it was running scores of pieces online and on television, highlighting every risible accusation against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.<br />\n I&rsquo;m not even talking about the prime accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, whose allegations still haven&rsquo;t been corroborated, but rather about someone such as Julie Swetnick, who was all over ABC News at the height of the confirmation battle. Swetnick accused Kavanaugh not only of sexual assault but also of being present at parties where women were being drugged and &ldquo;gang raped.&rdquo; She wasn&rsquo;t remotely credible.<br />\n Was Robach&rsquo;s colleague, former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos, meeting ABC&rsquo;s editorial standards when he allowed Swetnick&rsquo;s shyster lawyer Michael Avenatti to smear Kavanaugh without offering a shred of substantiating evidence for her claims? Why couldn&rsquo;t Roberts be interviewed similarly interviewed?</p>\n<p> ROBACH contends in the hot-mic video that producers told her they spiked the story because no one knew, or cared, about Epstein. Yet Roberts had alleged that Epstein kept her as a sex slave and forced her to perform sex acts on people like Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz. Do you think viewers cared about this high profile men? I imagine so.<br />\n Three years ago, you might remember, Bill Clinton&rsquo;s wife was in the midst of her revving up her presidential run. One imagines a story detailing her husband&rsquo;s vacations to a pedophile&rsquo;s island retreat might have been newsworthy.<br />\n By the way, now that the Epstein has broken, has Robach wrapped up that reporting on Clinton, yet?<br />\n The notion that Robach believed she was merely venting during &ldquo;private moment&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t plausible, either. Any regular guest &mdash; and Robach is on TV every day &mdash; knows that a gaggle of producers is listening to everything that&rsquo;s being said, and that everything that&rsquo;s being said is going to be on tape.</p>\n<p> YET, INSTEAD of facing these questions, ABC has convinced another network, CBS, to fire the staffer who blew the whistle on spiked Epstein story in the first place. Or in other words, paired with NBC News&rsquo; burying of the Harvey Weinstein story, we now have evidence of three major media institutions colluding to bury stories about serial abusers. One wonders how many young women might have been saved if they hadn&rsquo;t.</p>\n<p> November 8, 2019</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:16d6cf6bc2e1d1b41669fcbb738e544b' 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>COMMUNISM: November 13, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Williams.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as &ldquo;favorable.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> LET&rsquo;S examine this tragic vision in light of the Fraser Institute&rsquo;s recently released annual study &ldquo;Economic Freedom of the World,&rdquo; prepared by Professors James Gwartney, Florida State University; Robert A. Lawson and Ryan Murphy of Southern Methodist University; and Joshua Hall, West Virginia University, in cooperation with the Economic Freedom Network.<br />\n Hong Kong and Singapore maintained their lead as the world&rsquo;s most economically free countries &mdash; although China&rsquo;s heavy hand threatens Hong Kong&rsquo;s top ranking. Rounding out the top 10 are New Zealand, Switzerland, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Mauritius. By the way, after having fallen to 16th in 2016, the U.S. has staged a comeback to being in the top five economically free countries in the world.<br />\n What statistics go into the Fraser Institute&rsquo;s calculation of economic freedom? The report measures the ability of individuals to make their own economic decisions by analyzing the policies and institutions of 162 countries and territories. These include regulation, freedom to trade internationally, size of government, sound legal system, private property rights and government spending and taxation.<br />\n Fraser Institute scholar Fred McMahon says, &ldquo;Where people are free to pursue their own opportunities and make their own choices, they lead more prosperous, happier and healthier lives.&rdquo; The evidence for his assessment is: Countries in the top quartile of economic freedom had an average per-capita GDP of $36,770 in 2017 compared with $6,140 for bottom quartile countries. Poverty rates are lower. In the top quartile, 1.8% of the population experienced extreme poverty ($1.90 a day) compared with 27.2% in the lowest quartile. Life expectancy is 79.5 years in the top quartile of economically free countries compared with 64.4 years in the bottom quartile.</p>\n<p> THE Fraser Institute&rsquo;s rankings of other major countries include Japan (17th), Germany (20th), Italy (46th), France (50th), Mexico (76th), India (79th), Russia (85th), China (113th) and Brazil (120th). The least free countries are Venezuela, Argentina, Ukraine and nearly every African country with the most notable exception of Mauritius. By the way, Argentina and Venezuela used to be rich until they bought into socialism.<br />\n During the Cold War, leftists made a moral equivalency between communist totalitarianism and democracy. W. E. B. Du Bois, writing in the National Guardian (1953) said, &ldquo;Joseph Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature.&rdquo; Walter Duranty called Stalin &ldquo;the greatest living statesman ... a quiet, unobtrusive man.&rdquo; George Bernard Shaw expressed admiration for Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith visited Mao&rsquo;s China and praised Mao Zedong and the Chinese economic system. Gunther Stein of the Christian Science Monitor also admired Mao and declared ecstatically that &ldquo;the men and women pioneers of Yenan are truly new humans in spirit, thought and action.&rdquo; Michel Oksenberg, President Jimmy Carter&rsquo;s China expert, complained that &ldquo;America (is) doomed to decay until radical, even revolutionary, change fundamentally alters the institutions and values,&rdquo; and urged us to &ldquo;borrow ideas and solutions&rdquo; from China.<br />\n Leftists exempted communist leaders from the harsh criticism directed toward Adolf Hitler, even though communist crimes against humanity made Hitler&rsquo;s slaughter of 11 million noncombatants appear almost amateurish. According to Professor R.J. Rummel&rsquo;s research in &ldquo;Death by Government,&rdquo; from 1917 until its collapse, the Soviet Union murdered or caused the death of 61 million people, mostly its own citizens. From 1949 to 1976, Mao&rsquo;s Communist regime was responsible for the death of as many as 76 million Chinese citizens.</p>\n<p> TODAY&rsquo;S leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from that of past tyrants. They should keep in mind that the origins of the unspeakable horrors of Nazism, Stalinism and Maoism did not begin in the &lsquo;20s, &lsquo;30s and &lsquo;40s. Those horrors were simply the result of a long evolution of ideas leading to a consolidation of power in the central government in the quest for &ldquo;social justice.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:ae4472bafed0cac510a8463c73ed993b' 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: November 11, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Thomas.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>If you are paying attention to the Washington circus that is the impeachment inquiry into President Trump&rsquo;s handling of the much maligned Ukraine call, this is what real collusion looks like: a media largely committed to advancing the goal of Democrats to severely damage or remove him from office, a series of at first private testimonies by people who appear to have similar motives and connections to Democrats and/or anti-Trump forces, and now a new book by &ldquo;Anonymous,&rdquo; which claims the president has a bad attitude and is difficult to work with.</p>\n<p> WHERE to start?<br />\n &ldquo;Anonymous&rdquo; is a self-admitted coward. He, or she, apparently still works within the administration. A true patriot would resign and go public so their accusations could be tested. Writing a book like this while still on the public payroll is more than cowardly, it is also an attempt to disregard, disrespect and dishonor the people who voted for Donald Trump.<br />\n Next comes the testimony starting Wednesday of carefully selected &ldquo;witnesses&rdquo; before Rep. Adam Schiff&rsquo;s &ldquo;intelligence&rdquo; committee (now there&rsquo;s a play on words). These testimonies are designed to advance the left&rsquo;s narrative about Ukraine, but only the narrative that fits their agenda and not the one featuring a real quid pro quo involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and his overpaid son, who held a directorship with a Ukraine energy company while his father was vice president and involved in U.S. policy on Ukraine. At the time, the elder Biden urged Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, with the threat of withholding U.S. aid.</p>\n<p> HAVING failed at other attempts to smear the president, this is the Democrat&rsquo;s last gasp. They must know that even if they draw up dubious articles of impeachment, the Senate won&rsquo;t vote to convict and remove Trump from office. This could create one of the biggest political backfires in history if the public perceives it as unfair and driven by bias, ignoring evidence that would be to the president&rsquo;s benefit.<br />\n Take one example of many that unmask the objective of the anti-Trumpers, which has been obvious at least since the 2016 election.<br />\n The attorneys for the so-called &ldquo;whistleblower,&rdquo; the person who heard from someone who listened to the call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine, have numerous Twitter postings stating their intentions. Here are some of them taken directly from their tweets.<br />\n From Mark S. Zaid: &ldquo;#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion #impeachment will follow ultimately.&rdquo; This tweet was posted just after the president was sworn in and before he had done anything.<br />\n In the summer of 2017, Zaid tweeted &ldquo;We will get rid of Trump&rdquo; and &ldquo;as one (coup) fails two more will take their place.&rdquo; He repeats these sentiments and objectives over many months. Zaid also predicted CNN would be an ally in the pursuit of impeachment. Anyone examining that network&rsquo;s &ldquo;reporting&rdquo; can attest to the accuracy of his prediction.<br />\n The other attorney for the whistleblower, Andrew Bakaj, also appears to be an anti-Trumper. He has tweeted that the president is &ldquo;unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. That&rsquo;s the standard (in) the 25th Amendment.&rdquo;<br />\n All of this is the stuff of show trials and banana republics. The left does not have a single issue on which they can defeat the president, most especially when it comes to the economy and the lowest unemployment in nearly 50 years, and as Trump claims, &ldquo;the highest stock market ever.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> IF THE public comes to see this as the partisan assault that it is and a power play to nullify the will of the voters who elected the president in 2016 -- assuming they pay attention during the coming holidays -- this could prove the greatest political disaster for them since Walter Mondale lost 49 states to Ronald Reagan in 1984.<br />\n And they will deserve it.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:f9b13d355063f6cd49ed7a39723e3bb6' 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>LEADERSHIP: November 6, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Thomas.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>As far as I can tell from a reading of history, while some presidents were friends of clergy, who sometimes advised them, to my knowledge, none hired them as staff members. Until the presidency of Richard Nixon. It was during Nixon&rsquo;s administration that Charles Colson began mobilizing the evangelical community to support the president&rsquo;s policies and programs, seeing evangelicals as just another special interest group, like organized labor has been for Democrats.</p>\n<p> AFTER HIS conversion and after serving time in prison for crimes related to the Watergate scandal, Colson told historian Kevin Kruse, as recounted in the Washington Post, &ldquo;Sure, we used the prayer breakfasts and church services and all that for political ends. One of my jobs in the White House was to romance religious leaders. We would bring them into the White House, and they would be dazzled by the aura of the Oval Office, and I found them to be about the most pliable of any of the special interest groups that we worked with.&rdquo;<br />\n The latest spiritual adviser to the president is TV evangelist Paula White-Cain. For 18 years she has claimed to have President Trump&rsquo;s ear on religious matters, but while his policies closely align with evangelical concerns, there is little evidence her &ldquo;advice&rdquo; has had any effect on his personal behavior.<br />\n White-Cain is unlikely to serve the role Nathan the prophet filled when he confronted King David over his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, bringing David to repentance and one of the great statements about placing faith in political leaders: &ldquo;Put not your trust in princes ... in whom there is no help.&rdquo; (Psalm 146:3)<br />\n In an interview with Shannon Bream on Fox News Monday night, White-Cain responded to critics who call her a heretic by saying she aligns herself with orthodox biblical teachings. She denied she preaches a &ldquo;you give to get&rdquo; prosperity gospel, but videos of her preaching reveal otherwise. In addition, hers is a marriage between the state &mdash; at least a state headed by Trump &mdash; and a kingdom Jesus said is &ldquo;not of this world.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> HERE ARE some direct quotes from videos readily attainable online from her preaching and TV appearances. Judge for yourself.<br />\n &ldquo;Wherever I go, God rules. When I walk on White House grounds, God walks on White House grounds. I have every right and authority to declare the White House holy ground, because I was standing there and where I stand is holy.&rdquo;<br />\n Then there&rsquo;s a line some might consider idolatrous: &ldquo;To say no to President Trump would be saying no to God.&rdquo;<br />\n As for not preaching a prosperity gospel, White-Cain has said: &ldquo;there is a department of treasury in Heaven, which says God is watching over everything you do and you are storing up eternal treasure that will go so far beyond what we can even imagine ... you need to send in $3,500; you need to send in $35,000; you need to send in that $100,000 check.&rdquo; She claimed if you don&rsquo;t send the money, your &ldquo;dream will die; your call will die.&rdquo; That sounds to me like a spiritual quid pro quo.<br />\n White has owned a private jet (Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and walked most places), a $2.6 million home and a $3.5 million condo in Trump Tower. The Son of Man, Scripture says, had no place to lay his head.<br />\n White-Cain is correct on some issues of concern to evangelicals, from Trump&rsquo;s naming of conservative Supreme Court and lower court judges, to religious freedom matters, but her seeming worship of President Trump far exceeds biblical norms and her prosperity gospel, which is no gospel at all, fits the definition of heresy: &ldquo;Opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or religious system.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> THE GREAT danger for the image and what should be the first priority of those who are part of the evangelical community is that they will be seen as worshipping a lesser and even false god than the one they are supposed to be worshipping and serving.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3200bd25a36c4bae37ce26bd0fdc388b' 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>LEADERSHIP: November 4, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Thomas.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Shortly after Jim Bakker&rsquo;s release from prison in July 1994, I invited the disgraced TV evangelist to my home. There was an important question I wanted to ask him.</p>\n<p> SOME background: Bakker and his &ldquo;Praise the Lord&rdquo; (PTL) associates sold $1,000 &ldquo;lifetime memberships&rdquo; to people who were promised annual three-night stays at his Heritage USA luxury hotel complex in Fort Mill, South Carolina. According to what prosecutors revealed at his trial on fraud charges, Bakker sold tens of thousands of these memberships for a hotel that had only 500 rooms planned and was never completed. It was alleged Bakker kept $3.4 million of the money for himself and the rest paid for Heritage USA&rsquo;s operating expenses.<br />\n &ldquo;When did you start to go wrong?&rdquo; I asked Bakker. His answer was instructive: &ldquo;When I began to surround myself with people who told me only what I wanted to hear.&rdquo;<br />\n I thought of that statement when I read a comment by former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who told a gathering in Sea Island, Georgia, sponsored by the Washington Examiner, what he had said to President Trump before leaving his position: &ldquo;I said whatever you do, don&rsquo;t hire a &lsquo;yes man,&rsquo; someone who won&rsquo;t tell you the truth &mdash; don&rsquo;t do that, because if you do, I believe you will be impeached.&rdquo;<br />\n The latest White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, sounded like a &ldquo;yes-woman&rdquo; when she responded to Kelly: &ldquo;I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> THE KEY to great leadership is to not overly regard yourself, to understand you don&rsquo;t know everything, realize that, like everyone else, you are flawed and can make bad judgments, and to surround yourself with people who think well enough of you to tell you the truth from their perspective, even when it disagrees with yours. As long as the objective is to help you succeed with your agenda, such advice can be valuable and even humbling, humility being one of humanity&rsquo;s better characteristics and a grace that appears in short supply in Washington.<br />\n Another story along these lines was told to me by one of the late Billy Graham&rsquo;s associates. After a particularly successful evening during which thousands came forward in response to an invitation to receive Christ as Savior, Graham and his team went back to their hotel room. The aide said he told Graham, &ldquo;You&rsquo;re not as great as they think you are.&rdquo; He said Graham responded, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t I know it.&rdquo;<br />\n Some of those evangelical &ldquo;advisers&rdquo; to President Trump might consider a verse with which they must be familiar. It is from Proverbs 15:22: &ldquo;Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.&rdquo;<br />\n Israel&rsquo;s King Solomon is said to have written that and most of the Proverbs, which are as good a guidebook for living (and leading) as has ever been written, even for non-believers.</p>\n<p> GENERALS require committed privates in order to achieve success in warfare. Presidents need the same, along with staff who don&rsquo;t always tell them what they want to hear, but sometimes what they need to hear.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:22b12d152cd6c5324b552a6006eec446' 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 ECONOMY: November 12, 2019</p>\n<p>First, a full admission about this article: I originally sent a version of it to the Washington Post for publication, but for reasons that will become obvious as you read on, they rejected it.&nbsp;</p>\n<p> HERE&rsquo;S THE backstory. Several weeks ago, I reported on the very large increase in median household incomes under Donald Trump. Based on Census Bureau monthly data, from January 2017, when President Trump entered office, through August 2019, middle-class household incomes rose from $61,000 to an all-time high of $66,000. These numbers are in 2019 dollars &mdash; that is, they are adjusted for inflation. Trump has repeatedly cited these numbers.&nbsp;<br />\n The left freaked out for understandable reasons. They are especially agitated because median household incomes have risen by $5,000 under Trump, compared to $1,100 in seven years under President Barack Obama. The data also undermines the case against Trump. Elizabeth Warren likes to say in every speech, &ldquo;The middle class has been left behind by Trump&rsquo;s policies.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s flat-out wrong.&nbsp;<br />\n The self-proclaimed &ldquo;fact-checkers&rdquo; on the left went to work to try to discredit the numbers. This includes the Washington Post, PolitiFact and others.<br />\n As an aside, we have a big problem in America when the &ldquo;fact-checkers&rdquo; are all playing for the liberal team. A case in point is the liberal PolitiFact, which used the screaming headline &ldquo;Trump&rsquo;s Shaky $5,000 Boast.&rdquo; The Post gave Trump two Pinocchios for claiming these income gains and said &ldquo;Trump Inflates His Economic Record.&rdquo;<br />\n A standard complaint is that these numbers are assembled by a private organization called Sentier Research. But the two Sentier statisticians who analyzed this month&rsquo;s Census Current Population Survey &mdash; a gold mine of economic information &mdash; are probably the most knowledgeable people in the country on this data.<br />\n The two of them worked in the income division of the Census Bureau for a combined 40 years. They are scrupulously nonpartisan. &ldquo;We just report the data,&rdquo; says Sentier&rsquo;s Gordon Green.<br />\n The Post challenged the reliability of this data &mdash; even though, on numerous occasions, the Post (and the New York Times) have cited Sentier&rsquo;s research. Apparently, Sentier is reliable when it tells the Trump-haters what they want to hear and wholly unreliable when the data supports him.<br />\n Admittedly, these monthly numbers are a first estimate of what&rsquo;s happening with incomes over time and up to the moment. They catch the trends over time. In the absence of this data, the latest income data is far lagged by at least a year, and so this tells us with about 90% accuracy what&rsquo;s going on in real time.&nbsp;<br />\n Next, the Post complained that the income data needs to be adjusted for inflation. Actually, all the Sentier data is inflation-adjusted.&nbsp;<br />\n Next, they quoted Lou Jacobson of PolitiFact, who claimed that &ldquo;even taking the expected 2019 statistics into account, the increase under Trump in the official data ... should be smaller than the increase Sentier&rsquo;s data shows.&rdquo; Sorry, Lou, we already know this was a fumble in your own end zone. The latest data that&rsquo;s come out just last week shows the income numbers rising to $5,200, not falling.</p>\n<p> THEN, the skeptics whine that we shouldn&rsquo;t compare Trump&rsquo;s record with Obama&rsquo;s because Obama inherited a deep recession. That&rsquo;s true, of course, but incomes continued to plummet for two years after the Bush recession ended. Moreover, it was the Post that editorialized before the 2016 election that a Trump presidency risked ruining the U.S. economy and causing a &ldquo;global financial calamity.&rdquo;<br />\n So it&rsquo;s more than a little hypocritical for the Post to now claim that the Trump boom they never saw coming is simply a continuation of the Obama recovery. Every fair-minded person knows that if the economy were in recession now, liberals would be shouting, &ldquo;Aha! Trump&rsquo;s policies failed.&rdquo;<br />\n Here&rsquo;s one of my favorite ridiculous claims by the Post: In attacking Trump&rsquo;s &ldquo;rumbling distortions&rdquo; on income gains, a reporter noted that the middle class isn&rsquo;t doing that well because &ldquo;on an inflation-adjusted basis, (American) families are earning just 2.7% more (in 2016) than they did in 1999.&rdquo;<br />\n But the flat family income between 1999 and 2016 is exactly what makes the Trump surge in incomes so impressive. Yes, it&rsquo;s true that incomes barely budged during the Bush and Obama years &mdash; up less than $1,200. Does Trump get the blame for that lousy record, too?<br />\n If the Post and others in the liberal media really cared about middle-class families, they&rsquo;d be cheering these gains for scores of millions of households. But the left hates Trump, and so they feverishly root against the economy. It&rsquo;s not that these aren&rsquo;t facts. It&rsquo;s that the left doesn&rsquo;t want the good news to be true.&nbsp;</p>\n<p> THIS IS why the Post refused to allow me to correct the record. The grand irony in all of this is these are the people who assign Trump Pinocchios. He isn&rsquo;t the one guilty of rambling distortions.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:49510ba27bd115f47963f22c393e8b83' 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>NATIONALISM: November 8, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" /></p>\n<p>If there&rsquo;s one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it&rsquo;s that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years, from the election of Donald Trump to Britain&rsquo;s vote to leave the European Union.</p>\n<p> WHEN President Trump first openly embraced the term &ldquo;nationalist&rdquo; at a 2018 campaign rally, commentators reacted in horror. Patriotism is about love, nationalism about hate, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof opined. Trump, insisted Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post, is &ldquo;normalizing a hateful political philosophy that is contrary to our deepest-held beliefs.&rdquo;<br />\n As I write in my new book, &ldquo;The Case for Nationalism,&rdquo; this reflexive hostility to the concept is ill-informed and an attempt to deem nationalism a swearword and end all discussion on that basis.<br />\n At its most basic, the scholar Azar Gat writes, nationalism is &ldquo;the doctrine and ideology that a people is bound together in solidarity, fate, and common political aspirations.&rdquo; Historian Anthony Smith described the national ideal as &ldquo;a belief that all those who shared a common history and culture should be autonomous, united and distinct in their recognized homelands.&rdquo;<br />\n A key contention of nationalism is that a nation has its rights and claims. This is a thread that runs through the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and the Atlantic Charter. A nation has the right to break off from larger sovereignties in the cause of self-determination (see, for instance, 1776), and to remake its regime or foundational governing rules (see, for instance, 1789).<br />\n So if a nation&rsquo;s rights and interests are being trampled, loyalty to the nation, i.e., nationalism, may require treason against the government, the object of patriotic loyalty. As Michael Lind explains, &ldquo;Governments should serve nations, not nations governments.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WHEN Europe went off the rails in the early 20th century, nationalism as such didn&rsquo;t cause its crash so much as social Darwinism, militarism and the cult of charismatic leadership. The aftermath of World War I added its own poison.<br />\n Regardless, American nationalism &mdash; which encompasses such diverse, rightly beloved figures as Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt &mdash; is not to be feared. As with so many other things about this country, it is more benign than the versions to be found in Europe and other places around the world.<br />\n This is true for a number of reasons. First, we are the inheritors of an Anglo-American tradition that has profound respect for the individual and the rule of law and is a fundamental part of our national identity.<br />\n The sheet anchor of American sovereignty, the U.S. Constitution, makes it clear that authority ultimately resides with &ldquo;we the people of the United States.&rdquo; The Constitution also happens to be a durable mechanism of self-government and itself an object of patriotic loyalty and national pride.<br />\n Finally, the United States was never infected with the dream of universal empire that Europe inherited from Rome and that has lingered on in differing forms from Charlemagne to the European Union.<br />\n The rise of Donald Trump has pushed the left further away from respect for nationalistic attitudes and even patriotic symbols. Democrats &mdash; and the country &mdash; would be much better served if they countered Trump&rsquo;s nationalism with a version of their own.<br />\n On his own side of the aisle, Trump has made Republicans more nationalistic. Still, much of the party is quietly uncomfortable with this. If Trump loses in 2020, the party&rsquo;s establishment may try to snap back to its pre-Trump disposition of relative indifference to nationalism.</p>\n<p> YET, IF there&rsquo;s one clear political lesson from the long history of nationalism in this country and elsewhere, it is that a party interested in moving people and selling a program should make some sort of an appeal to it &mdash; even if conventional wisdom insists it is foolish and wrong.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:88bc67f6c20e4976c68424a0947aceed' 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: November 8, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Levy.gif\" /></p>\n<p>DEAR MARK:&nbsp;<br />\n Is it true that Elizabeth Warren wants to legalize prostitution? Surely the Democrat party hasn&rsquo;t fallen that far. &ndash; Savin&rsquo; My Money<br />\n Dear Savin&rsquo;:<br />\n Well apparently this isn&rsquo;t your parent&rsquo;s Democrat party anymore. Earlier this year Warren joined other Democrat contenders in calling for the legalization of sex workers.<br />\n Warren stated: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m open to decriminalization. Sex workers, like all workers, deserve autonomy but they are particularly vulnerable to physical and financial abuse and hardship. We need to make sure that we don&rsquo;t undermine legal protections for the most vulnerable, including the millions of individuals who are victims of human trafficking each year.&rdquo;<br />\n As with most politicians, Warren doesn&rsquo;t listen to the words coming out of her own mouth. First of all, Democrats don&rsquo;t want to secure the southern border where a large percentage of human trafficking transpires. How does an open border policy protect the women, girls, and boys caught up in sex trafficking?<br />\n Second of all, what does legalizing prostitution do for the moral fiber of our country? Granted it goes on, but that is no reason to throw up our hands and make it legal.&nbsp; One needs to look no further than the streets of San Francisco where they give away free needles for illegal drug abusers and the mess that has caused.<br />\n Third, what kind of bureaucratic nightmare would it take to regulate the sex industry. And no, Bill Clinton will not be called to lead the Department of Sex.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK: &lsquo;Crazy Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sticks her nose in every issue when sometimes silence is the best option. Disgraced California congresswoman Katie Hill recently resigned because some pretty explicit and offensive photos were released. Not only were the photos salacious but they also confirmed an affair with a staffer which is illegal in congress. That didn&rsquo;t stop Ocasio-Cortez from opening her trap by saying Hill&rsquo;s resignation wouldn&rsquo;t have happened if Hill had been a man. When will Alexandra&rsquo;s 15 minutes be up? &ndash; Pass the Earplugs Please<br />\n Dear Earplugs:<br />\n I hope never. For Republicans, Ocasio-Cortez is the &ldquo;jelly of the month club&rdquo; &ndash; the gift that keeps on giving. For starters, AOC apparently doesn&rsquo;t know her congressional history as there is a litany of male politicians who have been forced from office for sexual misconduct to put it mildly. I&rsquo;ll try to use some logic ...&nbsp; I know it will confuse little AOC but here&rsquo;s what her explanation gets us. According to Ocasio-Cortez, if photos emerged of Adam Schiff sitting in his office naked brushing Jerry Nadler&rsquo;s hair, there would be no repercussion for the congressmen. Hope I didn&rsquo;t ruin you breakfast with that visual.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK:<br />\n Pocahontas Warren released her &ldquo;Medicare for All&rdquo; plan at the bargain price of $52 trillion over ten years. But wait there&rsquo;s more, she won&rsquo;t raise taxes on the middle class to pay for it. I&rsquo;m not very good at math but something doesn&rsquo;t seem to add up. The 2019 federal budget is $4.4 trillion with revenue estimated to be $3.5 trillion. So with a nearly $1 trillion shortfall each year, where does Warren expect to get this money? &ndash; Not so Richie Rich<br />\n Dear Not:<br />\n Well if the Democrats didn&rsquo;t have a war on Christmas, I&rsquo;d say from Santa Claus.&nbsp; After Warren&rsquo;s smoke and mirror show it comes down to more taxes. She wants to tax the wealthy, businesses, and business transactions to name a few. Warren might be technically correct that the middle class will not see a direct tax increase under her plan. However in typical liberal economic ignorance, Lizzie fails to realize that corporations and all businesses for that matter pass on their tax costs to the consumers in the form of higher prices.<br />\n What is more laughable is that Warren says her plan will raise another $2-3 trillion by eliminating the fraud, waste, and abuse from the insurance companies. Warren can call me when she proves she can clean up the fraud, waste, and abuse in Washington first.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK:<br />\n Can you sort out this impeachment thing for me? &ndash; Simple Simon</p>\n<p> Dear Simple:<br />\n Unfortunately I can&rsquo;t, because by the time I write a response to your email, send it to my editor, and it&rsquo;s published, Adam Schiff and the media will have moved the goal posts again and changed the narrative for the umpteenth time.</p>\n<p> E-mail your questions to mark <a href=\"mailto:levy92@aol.com\">levy92@aol.com</a>. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkPlevy</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:543b2e65d0346db8c5efc69e976cf39e' 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>SOCIALISM: November 6, 2019</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail.</p>\n<p> RUSSIA and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal communism. Eastern Europe still suffers after decades of Soviet-imposed socialist chaos.<br />\n Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea and Venezuela are unfree, poor and failed states. Baathism &mdash; a synonym for pan-Arabic socialism &mdash; ruined the postwar Middle East.<br />\n The soft-socialist European Union countries are stagnant and mostly dependent on the U.S. military for their protection.<br />\n In contrast, current American deregulation, tax cuts and incentives, and record energy production have given the United States the strongest economy in the world.<br />\n So why, then, are two of the top three Democratic presidential contenders &mdash; Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren &mdash; either overtly or implicitly running on socialist agendas? Why are the heartthrobs of American progressives &mdash; Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) &mdash; calling for socialist redistributionist schemes?<br />\n Why do polls show that a majority of American millennials have a favorable view of socialism?<br />\n There are lots of catalysts for the new socialism.<br />\n Massive immigration is changing the demography of the United States. The number of foreign-born U.S. residents and their children has been estimated at almost 60 million, or about 1 in 5 U.S. residents. Some 27 percent of California residents were born outside of America.<br />\n Many of these immigrants flee from poor areas of Latin America, Mexico, Africa and Asia that were wrecked by statism and socialism. Often, they arrive in the U.S. unaware of economic and political alternatives to state socialism.<br />\n When they reach the U.S. &mdash; often without marketable skills and unable to speak English &mdash; many assume that America will simply offer a far better version of the statism from which they fled. Consequently, many take for granted that government will provide them an array of social services, and they become supportive of progressive socialism.<br />\n Another culprit for the new socialist craze is the strange leftward drift of the very wealthy in Silicon Valley, in corporate America and on Wall Street.<br />\n Some of the new progressive rich feel guilty about their unprecedented wealth. So they champion redistribution as the sort of medieval penance that alleviates guilt.<br />\n Yet the influential and monied classes usually are so well off that higher taxes hardly affect them. Instead, redistributionist taxation hurts the struggling middle classes.<br />\n In California, it became hip for wealthy leftists to promote socialism from their Malibu, Menlo Park or Mill Valley enclaves &mdash; while still living as privileged capitalists. Meanwhile, it proved nearly impossible for the middle classes of Stockton and Bakersfield to cope with the reality of crushing taxes and terrible social services.</p>\n<p> FROM 2008 to 2017, the now-multimillionaire Barack Obama, first as candidate and then as president, used all sorts of cool socialist slogans, from &ldquo;spread the wealth around&rdquo; and &ldquo;now is not the time to profit&rdquo; to &ldquo;you didn&rsquo;t build that&rdquo; and &ldquo;at a certain point you&rsquo;ve made enough money.&rdquo;<br />\n Universities bear much of the blame. Their manipulation of the federal government to guarantee student loans empowered them to jack up college costs without any accountability. Liberal college administrators and faculty did not care much when graduates left campus poorly educated and unable to market their expensive degrees.<br />\n More than 45 million borrowers now struggle with nearly $1.6 trillion in collective student debt, with climbing interest. That indebtedness has delayed &mdash; or ended &mdash; the traditional forces that encourage conservatism and traditionalism, such as getting married, having children and buying a home.<br />\n Instead, a generation of single, childless and mostly urban youth feels cheated that their high-priced degrees did not earn them competitive salaries. Millions of embittered college graduates will never be able to pay off what they owe &mdash; and want some entity to pay off their debts.<br />\n In paradoxical fashion, teenagers were considered savvy adults who were mature enough to take on gargantuan loans. But they were also treated like fragile preteens who were warned that the world outside their campus sanctuaries was downright mean, sexist, racist, homophobic and unfair.<br />\n Finally, doctrinaire Republicans for decades mouthed orthodoxies of free rather than fair trade. They embraced the idea of creative destruction of industries, but without worrying about the real-life consequences for the unemployed in the hollowed out red-state interior.<br />\n Add up a lost generation of woke and broke college graduates, waves of impoverished immigrants without much knowledge of American economic traditions, wealthy advocates of boutique socialism and asleep-at-the-wheel Republicans, and it becomes clear why historically destructive socialism is suddenly seen as cool.<br />\n Regrettably, sometimes the naive and disaffected must relearn that their pie-in-the sky socialist medicine is far worse than the perceived malady of inequality.</p>\n<p> AND unfortunately, when socialists gain power, they don&rsquo;t destroy just themselves. They usually take everyone else down with them as well.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d36e5e4936bad56478051ee2dcfa4cc9' 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>BORDER SECURITY: November 12, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Buchanan.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Some 100 members of an American Mormon community in northern Mexico, nine of whom &mdash; women, children, toddlers &mdash; were massacred a week ago on a lonely stretch of highway, just crossed over into Arizona.</p>\n<p> OTHER family members who have lived there for decades will follow.<br />\n The atrocity was the work of one of the cartels battling for control of the drug traffic into the United States.<br />\n In Mexico&rsquo;s Sinaloa state in October, an arrest of Ovidio Guzman Lopez, son of &ldquo;El Chapo,&rdquo; who sits in a New York prison, brought a military-style cartel attack on the state capital, Culiacan, followed by a surrender to the cartel gunmen by national guard and army troops, and a release of the captive.<br />\n &ldquo;Is Mexico a failed state?&rdquo; asks The Washington Times. Its editorial describes &ldquo;Another Blood-Soaked Year in Mexico&rdquo; where 17,000 people were murdered by July and the 2019 death toll is expected to reach 32,000.<br />\n USA Today reports: &ldquo;Through August of the current fiscal year, the Border Patrol apprehended 457,871 migrants arriving as &lsquo;family units&rsquo; ... a 406% increase compared to the 90,554 family unit apprehensions during the same period the previous year. Migrant families from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador made up almost 92% of the total.&rdquo;<br />\n With cartel battles escalating into a war that Mexico City has no stomach for fighting, and a record number of migrants from Central America crossing Mexico to flood into the USA, what is the Democratic Party&rsquo;s policy for halting the rising tide?<br />\n Democrats are moving toward an &ldquo;open door&rdquo; policy on the U.S. border, an open borders embrace of any and all who wish to come.<br />\n America, apparently, does not belong to those who live here and love the country. America belongs to anyone who chooses to come. America belongs to the world.<br />\n Consider Bernie Sanders&rsquo; immigration proposal, outlined the week of the massacre of Mormon women and children.<br />\n On Day One, President Sanders would declare a moratorium on deportations and offer a &ldquo;swift pathway to citizenship&rdquo; for all illegal migrants who have been here for five years.<br />\n Bernie would break up ICE. Border-jumping would cease to be a crime and become a civil offense like jaywalking. The &ldquo;Muslim ban&rdquo; would be abolished.<br />\n President Sanders would back sanctuary cities that refuse to work with U.S. law enforcement. Asylum seekers would not have to wait in Mexico as their claims were processed but would be welcomed into the USA.<br />\n Family separations would end. Trump&rsquo;s wall, which Bernie calls &ldquo;racist,&rdquo; would be history. The administration&rsquo;s treatment of illegal immigration &ldquo;as a criminal and national security matter is inhuman, impractical and must end.&rdquo;<br />\n Migrants who enter illegally would qualify for federal health care and the same social welfare benefits as U.S. citizens. Immigrant officials say Sanders&rsquo; proposals would create an irresistible magnet for millions of migrants from all over the world to stampede into the USA.</p>\n<p> THE NATION magazine calls Sanders&rsquo; plan &ldquo;one of the boldest immigration plans any major politician has put forward in years, and comes amid a campaign season that has seen a major shift to the left among Democratic candidates on immigration.<br />\n &ldquo;With calls for a total moratorium on deportations, abolishing ICE and providing a path to citizenship for undocumented migration, the plan serves as a road map for what a fair and just immigration can be.&rdquo;<br />\n From another standpoint, Sanders&rsquo; proposal is a surrender to the reality that a leftist regime lacks the conviction or will to stop an endless stream of people from migrating here.<br />\n Americans troubled over what is happening on the Syrian-Turkish border, or Ukrainian-Crimean border, might take a closer look at what will happen at our own border, and to our own country, if Democrats win the presidency and throw open the doors to unrestricted immigration.<br />\n The federal budget, already running trillion-dollar deficits, and state budgets, too, will see huge increases in the cost of social programs, without the commensurate income tax revenues to pay for them.<br />\n Even at present levels, illegal immigration is bringing in millions of people without the work, education or language skills to compete and assimilate rapidly in a first world, Western economy.<br />\n These migrants pay virtually no income taxes, yet, would qualify for the same benefits as U.S. citizens. The inevitable result: another run-up in an annual deficit already running $1 trillion in the red.<br />\n Politically, so massive a migration of peoples who, once they become citizens, vote 70%-90% Democratic means an end of the GOP as a truly national party.<br />\n If we open the borders, how do we stop the drugs from coming in? How do we stop the cartels from following MS-13, which is already here?</p>\n<p> SOCIALLY, this country is as splintered as it has been since the 1960s.<br />\n Will a barrage of migrants add to its diversity, or deepen the ethnic, racial and cultural divides that are turning us into two, three, many Americas?</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:6856afb041bd3fbc6864f17eb08ba214' 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>TRIVIA BITS: November 11, 2019</p>\n<p>Whether American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) are born male or female depends on the temperature where the eggs incubate before they hatch. Below 86 degrees Fahrenheit, they&rsquo;ll all be female. Above 91.2 degrees, they&rsquo;ll be male. At temperatures in between, the hatchlings will be a mix of males and females. Biologists call this phenomenon temperature-dependent sex determination, and it&rsquo;s not unusual in egg-bearing reptiles including turtles.</p>\n<p> IN NOV. 1898, Harper&rsquo;s Bazaar magazine recommended turtleneck sweaters for the active woman &ldquo;who makes up her mind to keep up her bicycle-riding as regularly as possible,&rdquo; even when &ldquo;the winds are growing keen and the frost is in the air.&rdquo; English writer-actor Noel Coward often gets credit for popularizing turtlenecks as casual menswear in the 1920s, and the classic New York department store Best &amp; Co. declared them a women&rsquo;s fashion must-have for fall in 1924.<br />\n Kolyma Highway extends about 1,260 miles between Nizhny Bestyakh and Magadan in Russia&rsquo;s desolate, brutally cold Far East region. The route was intended to give access to the gold mines in Magadan, but working on its construction was equivalent to a death sentence for the prisoners from the Stalinist Gulag labor camps, who built it using hand implements. Hundreds of thousands who died there were buried beside the road or in the roadbed itself, which is why Kolyma Highway is also known as the Road of Bones.<br />\n Cranberry growers don&rsquo;t judge a berry only by its color. They use the bounce test. Small pockets of air inside the berries make them bounce. Ripe, firm berries will bounce on a wooden surface. Rotten berries fall flat. The air pockets also make cranberries float in water, which is helpful during harvesting in cranberry bogs.</p>\n<p> THE PACIFIC island nation of Nauru has a total area of about 8 square miles &mdash; about one-tenth the area of Toledo, Ohio &mdash; and a population that hovers around 10,500. It&rsquo;s so small it doesn&rsquo;t have an official capital city. It also doesn&rsquo;t have its own currency &mdash; it uses the Australian dollar. But it has its own airline and its own distinct language. It also has another national distinction: Thanks to a generally unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle, Nauru has the world&rsquo;s highest obesity rate per capita.<br />\n &ldquo;The Sorcerer&rsquo;s Apprentice&rdquo; is the best-known work by French composer Paul Dukas. (Remember the multiplying broomsticks in Walt Disney&rsquo;s 1940 classic &ldquo;Fantasia&rdquo;?) His other compositions include the opera &ldquo;Ariane et Barbe-bleue&rdquo; (&ldquo;Ariadne and Bluebeard&rdquo;) and a piece called &ldquo;Villanelle&rdquo; written especially for the French horn. Only 13 of his works were published in his lifetime, and just one more was published after his death. A highly regarded teacher and music critic, Dukas was such a perfectionist that he destroyed the rest of his manuscripts, rather than have them published for posterity.</p>\n<p> TRIVIA<br />\n 1. Which tennis hall-of-famer was nicknamed &ldquo;The Crocodile&rdquo;?<br />\n A) Rene Lacoste<br />\n B) Ivan Lendl<br />\n C) Suzanne Lenglen<br />\n D) Fred Perry</p>\n<p> 2. Developed by David Bushnell, the Turtle was what type of device for military use?<br />\n A) Combat helmet<br />\n B) Cooking pot<br />\n C) Submarine<br />\n D) Tank</p>\n<p> 3. Which Pacific port city in Russia has a name that means &ldquo;Ruler of the East&rdquo;?<br />\n A) Arkhangelsk<br />\n B) Novosibirsk<br />\n C) Sochi<br />\n D) Vladivostok</p>\n<p> 4. How do cranberries grow?<br />\n A) On bushes<br />\n B) On trees<br />\n C) Underground<br />\n D) On vines</p>\n<p> 5. What&rsquo;s depicted on the reverse of the Australian $1 coin?<br />\n A) Five kangaroos<br />\n B) Sydney Opera House<br />\n C) Three koalas<br />\n D) Uluru</p>\n<p> 6. Reader Peter Clark asks, &ldquo;What is Paul McCartney&rsquo;s real first name?&rdquo;<br />\n A) James<br />\n B) John<br />\n C) Michael<br />\n D) Richard</p>\n<p> Answers on page 19</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>\n ANSWERS<br />\n 1) French tennis champion Rene Lacoste was nicknamed &ldquo;The Crocodile.&rdquo;<br />\n 2) The Turtle, a submarine used during the American Revolution, was invented by David Bushnell.<br />\n 3) Vladivostok means &ldquo;ruler of the East.&rdquo;<br />\n 4) Cranberries grow on vines.<br />\n 5) Five kangaroos are depicted on the reverse of the Australian $1 coin.<br />\n 6) Paul McCartney was born James Paul McCartney on June 18, 1942.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:49acd8675ae972870604eccf40906de5' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Already the Democratic National Committee has asked the candidates to avoid crude back-alley language in their debates, and NBC News has requested that they abide by the guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission.</p>\n<p> LAST WEEK, as many as 1 million Chileans poured into the streets of Santiago demanding that President Seb&aacute;stian Pi&ntilde;era step down and that someone confect a new constitution for the country that a generation ago was saved from communism by the dictator Augusto Pinochet.<br />\n Irving Kristol, the wise 20th-century political commentator, was given to saying that the problem with South America was that its leaders could not govern themselves. The Latin Americans now swarming over our southern border and rampaging through the streets of Santiago are still more evidence of Kristol&rsquo;s wisdom.<br />\n A former Chilean government minister, Sergio Bitar, who is trying to bring the political parties together in Chile, last week expressed his frustration, saying &ldquo;there&rsquo;s no political or social rationality&rdquo; for it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a sickness of destruction,&rdquo; he explained. It seems that way to me, Mr. Bitar, but now the colossus to the north is on a similar path.<br />\n The &ldquo;Squad&rdquo; &mdash; whose synonyms, for instance, gang or mob, bring to mind fascism &mdash; and the foul-mouthed politicians seeking the Democratic nomination want our fairly elected president removed from office one year before the citizenry holds another election. Moreover, they are very impatient with the Constitution that has governed our country for more than 200 years. Already, Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has denounced the Electoral College as a &ldquo;scam.&rdquo; I think she thinks its tuition is exorbitant.<br />\n Peter J. Wallison, one of the most astute political observers today, has written that if the Squad and the Democrats have their way and Trump is impeached &mdash; even if he is acquitted &mdash; the strength of the presidency and the steadiness and reliability of our government are finished. If this impeachment succeeds, we are on our way to becoming a country with the fixity of South American countries.</p>\n<p> WALLISON writes, &ldquo;If Congress could remove a president from office &mdash; in other words, overturn an election &mdash; for insubstantial reasons, it will destroy the stability of the presidential office in the future. Any time that Congress is controlled by an opposing political party, the president will be in danger of impeachment for some minor offense.&rdquo;<br />\n The Constitution requires that the president commit &ldquo;Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors&rdquo; to be impeached. An impeachable act has to be equivalent to treason or bribery or other high crimes or misdemeanors. For the duly elected president to talk to a foreign leader in the course of a wide-ranging conversation about foreign aid in July and do nothing to stop that foreign aid shipment in September is not a high crime. It might be a sign of lapsed judgment, especially when the president knows that other White House staffers of questionable loyalty are listening in on the phone call. But it is not a crime.<br />\n Yet, such heretofore minor lapses are going to hamstring our presidents for years to come. It will be a new day for America. Get used to the tumult of the last few years to continue. It is a great irony that the Democratic Party, the party that has long favored a strong president capable of taking on powerful enemies of the people &mdash; the giant corporations, the healthcare industry, the National Rifle Association! &mdash; in the future will be hampered by fears of impeachment threats. Either that or our presidents will be met by riots in the street when they want to do the really grand thing. And the Republican Party &mdash; what will it favor? Probably the strong chief executive.</p>\n<p> IF THIS impeachment comes about, we are about to see the parties change their roles: the Democrats for an easily impeached president and the Republicans for a strong president. Change is in the air.</p>\n', created = 1573969695, expire = 1574056095, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:5df55959a7fcc9161371f7e0669be273' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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This Week's Cover Topic

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:33pm
At issue this week...    Media Bias  by David Harsanyi This week, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, released an explosive “hot mic” video of “Good Morning America” co-host Amy Robach venting about ABC’s decision to spike a story about late serial sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s nefarious activities three years ago. “I had this...

This Week's Focus Topic

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:35pm
This Week's Conservative Focus . . . Warren Candidacy After celebrating Tuesday’s takeover of Virginia’s legislature and the Kentucky governorship, the liberal establishment appears poised to crush its biggest threat: the surging candidacy of Elizabeth Warren. FROM THE tempo and tenor of the attacks, establishment fears of Warren’s success are real — and understandably so. Two Wednesday polls show Warren running even with Joe Biden nationally. And a...

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Friday, November 15, 2019 - 1:07am
EDUCATION: November 27, 2019 If you’re looking for a shortcut to get your kid into a prestigious college, but your little one doesn’t have high enough cheekbones to claim to be an Indian, consider the petal-strewn path of the newly...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:35pm
This Week's Conservative Focus . . . Warren Candidacy After celebrating Tuesday’s takeover of Virginia’s legislature and the Kentucky governorship, the liberal establishment appears poised to crush its biggest threat: the surging...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:35pm
This Week's Conservative Focus . . . Warren Candidacy This has been an awful week for the purported new 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. For months, Warren has received nearly unmitigated praise from the...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:33pm
At issue this week...    Media Bias  by David Harsanyi This week, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, released an explosive “hot mic...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:30pm
COMMUNISM: November 13, 2019 A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as “...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:34pm
IMPEACHMENT: November 11, 2019 If you are paying attention to the Washington circus that is the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s handling of the much maligned Ukraine call, this is what real collusion looks like: a media largely...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:33pm
LEADERSHIP: November 6, 2019 As far as I can tell from a reading of history, while some presidents were friends of clergy, who sometimes advised them, to my knowledge, none hired them as staff members. Until the presidency of Richard Nixon. It was...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:32pm
LEADERSHIP: November 4, 2019 Shortly after Jim Bakker’s release from prison in July 1994, I invited the disgraced TV evangelist to my home. There was an important question I wanted to ask him. SOME background: Bakker and his “Praise...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:23pm
TRUMP ECONOMY: November 12, 2019 First, a full admission about this article: I originally sent a version of it to the Washington Post for publication, but for reasons that will become obvious as you read on, they rejected it.  HERE’S THE...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:22pm
NATIONALISM: November 8, 2019 If there’s one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it’s that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:21pm
DEAR MARK: November 8, 2019 DEAR MARK:  Is it true that Elizabeth Warren wants to legalize prostitution? Surely the Democrat party hasn’t fallen that far. – Savin’ My Money Dear Savin’: Well apparently this isn...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:20pm
SOCIALISM: November 6, 2019   Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail. RUSSIA and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal communism. Eastern Europe still suffers after...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:15pm
BORDER SECURITY: November 12, 2019 Some 100 members of an American Mormon community in northern Mexico, nine of whom — women, children, toddlers — were massacred a week ago on a lonely stretch of highway, just crossed over into Arizona...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:14pm
TRIVIA BITS: November 11, 2019 Whether American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) are born male or female depends on the temperature where the eggs incubate before they hatch. Below 86 degrees Fahrenheit, they’ll all be female. Above 91....
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:12pm
IMPEACHMENT: November 8, 2019 What does the future have in store for us if Congress succeeds in impeaching President Donald Trump, the president who presides over the best economy America has had in the last 50 years? I think you can look to South...
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