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Video: Quote of the Day

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December 9, 2016
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Our next Labor Secretary:

“I can open a restaurant faster in Siberia than I can in California.”

Video: How Time Chose Its Person of the Year

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December 9, 2016
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Slate Writer: Trump Finds New Way to “Destroy Your Soul”

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December 8, 2016
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Austria’s Reward for Voting Down the Populist

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December 8, 2016
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Quote of the Day: Pearl Harbor Edition

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December 8, 2016
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U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris:

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played.”

Quote of the Day

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December 8, 2016
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Donald Trump, on illegal aliens who claim to have been brought here as children:

“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

If Trump wants to destroy his presidency, I can think of no better way than amnestying these scofflaws. If he does that, the 2018 elections will be as bad for Trump as the 2006 elections were for Presidente Jorge Arbusto. I hope Jeff Sessions gives him a reality check. As Ann Coulter puts it:

There’s a long and tragic history of Republicans who won the war but lost the peace by trading results for respectability.

Headline of the Day

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December 7, 2016
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Video: Stephen Colbert’s Audience Cheers Trump’s Boeing Tweet

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December 7, 2016
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But Commissar Colbert quickly stops this, demonstrating the politically correct reaction instead.

Poll: How Many Senators Will Vote for The Wall?

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December 7, 2016
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Young, Leftwing Italians March to Demand Italexit

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December 7, 2016
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The Trump Effect Continues

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December 7, 2016
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Why Trump Picks Generals

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December 7, 2016
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Different cabinet positions need different skills. You want your Secretary of State, for instance, to have gravitas and political skill; that’s why presidents like to give this job to their former rivals.

There are some cabinet positions where operational excellence is the primary qualification – Secretary of Defense comes to mind. Operational expertise can be found among people who run large organizations – CEOs, senior government officials, military generals… Generals are arguably the most overlooked among these; so it’s great that Trump nominated a general with a record of operational success, James “Mad Dog” Mattis, for this job.

There is another job that requires such expertise, DHS Secretary. Being DHS Secretary means overseeing the border patrol, TSA, and various other large agencies that need operational expertise to run them. The Wall also needs to be built, a classic operational task since building a wall is mostly a matter of organizing men and materiel.

So it’s good news that President-elect Trump is thinking of pairing up retired General John Kelly with Kris Kobach at DHS. While Kobach has little operational experience, he will bring creative thinking and great ideas to the Department. A skilled operator, like a military general, could make those ideas a reality. For the two of them to be effective together, they’ve got to have great chemistry, of course. So let’s see how this story develops.

Tomorrow, at 7 PM Central, Trump will hold the next rally of his Thank You Tour in Des Moines, Iowa. Showman Trump tries to make news at these events; it will be interesting to see if he brings Kobach and Kelly on stage with him like he did with Mattis yesterday in North Carolina. The next opportunity after that will be in Michigan on Friday at 7 PM Eastern.

Trump Really Cares About the Flag

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December 6, 2016
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He just brought it up unbidden at his North Carolina rally, asking the audience if they agreed with him about flag-burning, and saying “We’re gonna see what we can do about that.”

If You Thought Fracking Changed the World…

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December 6, 2016
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You ain’t seen nothin’ yet:

If producers can find a way to microwave oil shales in the Green River Formation, which sprawls across Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, the nation’s recoverable reserves could soar and energy independence could become more than an election slogan. Even with existing methods — strip-mining the shale and then cooking it, or injecting steam to cook the rock underground (hydraulic fracturing is useless here) — the formation contains enough oil to last the U.S. 165 years at current rates of consumption.

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Producers would microwave oil shale formations with a beam as powerful as 500 household microwave ovens, cooking the kerogen and releasing the oil. It also would turn the water found naturally in the deposits to steam, which would help push the oil to the wellbore. “Once you remove the oil and water,” Kearl continues, “the rock basically becomes transparent” to the microwave beam, which can then penetrate outward farther and farther, up to about 80 feet from the wellbore. It doesn’t sound like much, but a single microwave-stimulated well, which would be drilled in formations on average nearly 1,000 feet thick, could pump about 800,000 barrels. Qmast plans to have its first systems deployed in the field in 2017 and start producing by the end of that year.

Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) to Become a 24-Hour Network

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December 6, 2016
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They broadcast all the Trump rallies, and helped changed the world. Now they’re expanding to fight the Lying Liberal Media.