en NASA Unveils Plan To Stop World-Ending Supervolcano Eruption...There's Just One Catch <p>A NASA plan to stop the Yellowstone supervolcano from erupting, <strong><em>could actually cause it to blow... triggering a nuclear winter that would wipe out humanity.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><a href=""><img height="319" src="" width="560" /></a></em></strong></p> <p><a href="">As we have detailed recently</a>, government officials have been closely monitoring the activity in the Yellowstone caldera.</p> <p>However, <a href="">as;s Mac Slavo details</a>, <strong>scientists at NASA have now come up with an incredibly risky plan to save the United States from the super volcano</strong>.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><a href="" target="_blank">A&nbsp;NASA&nbsp;scientist has spoken out</a> about the true<a href="" target="_blank"> threat of super volcanoes</a> and the risky methods that could be used to prevent a devastating eruption.&nbsp;Lying beneath the tranquil and beautiful settings of<a href="" target="_blank"> Yellowstone National Park </a>in the US lies an enormous magma chamber,<a href="" target="_blank"> called a caldera.</a> It&rsquo;s responsible for the geysers and hot springs that define the area, but for scientists at NASA, it&rsquo;s also one of the<a href="" target="_blank"> greatest natural threats to human civilization</a> as we know it.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Brian Wilcox, a former member of the<a href="" target="_blank"> NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense</a>, shared a report on the natural hazard that hadn&rsquo;t been seen outside of the agency until now.&nbsp;Following&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">an article published by BBC about super volcanoes last month</a>, a group of NASA researchers got in touch with the media to share a report previously unseen outside the space agency about the threat Yellowstone poses, and what they hypothesize could possibly be done about it.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p class="mol-para-with-font"><strong>&ldquo;I was a member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets,&rdquo; </strong>explains Brian Wilcox of <a href="">Nasa&rsquo;s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. </a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">&nbsp;</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><strong>&ldquo;I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Yellowstone currently leaks about 60 to 70 percent of its heat into the atmosphere through&nbsp;stream water which seeps into the magma chamber through cracks, while the rest of the heat builds up as magma and dissolves into volatile gasses.&nbsp;The heat and pressure will reach the threshold, meaning an explosion is inevitable. When <a href="" target="_blank">NASA scientists considered the fact that a super volcano&rsquo;s eruption </a>would plunge the earth into a volcanic winter, destroying&nbsp;most sources of food, starvation would then become a real possibility. &nbsp;Food reserves would <a href="" target="_blank">only last about 74 days, according to the UN</a>, after an eruption of a super volcano, like that under Yellowstone. &nbsp;And they have devised a risky plan that could end up blowing up in their faces. &nbsp;Literally.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><strong>Wilcox hypothesized that if enough heat was removed, and the temperature of the super volcano dropped, it would never erupt.</strong> But he wants to see a 35% decrease in temperature, and how to achieve that, is incredibly risky.&nbsp;One possibility is to simply increase the amount of water in the supervolcano. As it turns to steam. the water would release the heat into the atmosphere, making <a href="" target="_blank">global warming alarmists</a> tremble.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p class="mol-para-with-font">&ldquo;Building a big aqueduct uphill into a mountainous region would be both costly and difficult, and people don&rsquo;t want their water spent that way,&rdquo; Wilcox says. &ldquo;People are desperate for water all over the world and so a major infrastructure project, where the only way the water is used is to cool down a supervolcano, would be very controversial.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>So, NASA came up with an alternative plan.</strong></span> They believe the most viable solution could be to<a href="" target="_blank"> drill up to 10km down into the super volcano and pump down water at high pressure. </a>The circulating water would return at a temperature of around 350C (662F), thus slowly day by day extracting heat from the volcano. And while such a project would come at an estimated cost of around $3.46 billion, it comes with an enticing catch which could convince politicians (taxpayers) to make the investment.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p class="mol-para-with-font">&ldquo;Yellowstone currently leaks around 6GW in heat,&rdquo; Wilcox says. &ldquo;Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh. You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Of course,<a href="" target="_blank"> drilling into a super volcano comes with its own risks</a>, like the eruption that scientists are desperate to prevent. Triggering an eruption by drilling would be disastrous.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p class="mol-para-with-font"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&ldquo;The most important thing with this is to do no harm,&rdquo; Wilcox says.</strong></span></em></p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">&nbsp;</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&ldquo;If you drill into the top of the magma chamber and try and cool it from there, this would be very risky. This could make the cap over the magma chamber more brittle and prone to fracture. And you might trigger the release of harmful volatile gases in the magma at the top of the chamber which would otherwise not be released.&rdquo;</strong></span></em></p> </blockquote> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><strong>The cooling of Yellowstone in this manner would also take tens of thousands of years, but it is a plan that scientists at NASA are considering for every super volcano on earth.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;When people first considered the idea of defending the Earth from an asteroid impact, they reacted in a similar way to the supervolcano threat,&rdquo; Wilcox says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;People thought, &lsquo;As puny as we are, how can humans possibly prevent an asteroid from hitting the Earth.&rsquo; Well, it turns out if you engineer something which pushes very slightly for a very long time, you can make the asteroid miss the Earth. So the problem turns out to be easier than people think. In both cases it requires the scientific community to invest brain power and you have to start early. <strong>But Yellowstone explodes roughly every 600,000 years, and it is about 600,000 years since it last exploded, which should cause us to sit up and take notice.</strong>&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><u><strong>So what would happen?</strong></u></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="560" height="319" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Caldera California Institute of Technology Climate forcing agents Doomsday scenarios Environment Geology Geothermal Global Warming Igneous rocks Magma NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense National Aeronautics and Space Administration Supervolcano United Nations Volcano Volcanology Yellowstone Caldera Yellowstone hotspot Yellowstone National Park Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:20:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 601966 at Ann Coulter Rips into Trump For Bannon Firing, Favoring 'Fake News Media' Over Conservative <p><em>Content originally published at <a href=""></a></em></p> <p> Ann Coulter, the conservative firebrand who predicted Trump would win, much to the cackling laughter of the Bill Maher audience and panel, railed against Trump in an interview with Mark Simone.</p> <p>Sounding despondent and admittedly 'depressed' over the recent firing of Steve Bannon, Coulter lashed out at the President, saying 'it's not a good idea to let the media know to manipulate him as President.' Coulter was referencing Trump's defensive posture and annoyance that Bannon had been credited with Trump's election win. Over the past half year, the media, including comedy outlets, had lampooned <a href="">Trump and Bannon</a> -- painting Bannon as the true, yet sinister, mastermind behind Trump's success.</p> <p>Coulter almost pined for the campaign era days of Trump, reflectively saying 'finally, after 30 years, we're gonna get a President not controlled by Goldman Sachs,' making reference to the Goldman alumni stacking Trump's cabinet.</p> <p>Coulter threw down the gauntlet to Trump, saying,  "if you really want to prove to us that Bannon had nothing to do with winning the nomination and then winning the Presidency, what you really want to do now is pedal to the metal on raising taxes on Wall Street (carried interest loophole), start deporting illegals, end NAFTA, bring the jobs back and build the wall."</p> <p>Ann furthered, "and if he does all those things, okay, I'll say 'My gosh Mr. President you're right. Steve Bannon had nothing to do with your success.'"</p> <p>The reason why she's depressed over Bannon's departure likely stems from the fact that all loyalists from inside the campaign, save Conway and Miller, have been purged from the White House.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"People like us should be a little depressed today because there's no one on the President's side in the White House anymore. "</p></blockquote> <p>She summed up Trump's isolation succinctly, 'it's just you in the White House surrounded by the people you hired from Goldman Sachs. Don't you want to have one guy in the White House on your side?'</p> <p>Ann then ripped Trump to shreds for calling out 'fake news media' and then giving them exclusive access to him, saying 'he's calling Maggie Haberman (NY Times) everyday.'</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"Why isn't he giving all his interviews to Breitbart, Daily Caller? Why isn't he directing his communications director, or press secretary, to call on the conservative media. No, the conservative media is totally dissed in the press briefing room."</p></blockquote> <p>In short...</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"He's surrounded himself with the ruling class." -- Ann Coulter</p></blockquote> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>If it acts like a duck, and quacks like a duck...</p> Alt-right American people of German descent American Presbyterians Ann Coulter Bannon Conservatism in the United States Donald Trump Donald Trump presidential campaign goldman sachs Goldman Sachs Nomination Politics Politics of the United States Steve Bannon United States White House White House Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:59:28 +0000 The_Real_Fly 601976 at Polish Minister Rages At Spanish Attacks: Europeans Must "Wake Up" To This "Clash Of Civilizations" <p><em><strong>Europe must &quot;wake up,&quot;</strong></em> urges Poland initerior minister Mariusz Blaszczak, telling state TV that<strong><em> &quot;we are dealing with a clash of civilazations,&quot; </em></strong>where Muslim enclaves form &ldquo;support bases&rdquo; for terrorists.</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 294px;" /></a></p> <p>The official, a member of the ruling rightwing Law and Justice Party (PiS), said he asked his country&rsquo;s security services what they were doing to prevent similar incidents and noted that <strong>Poland is safe because &ldquo;we do not have Muslim communities which are enclaves, which are a natural support base for Islamic terrorists.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p><strong>A&nbsp;&ldquo;possibility&rdquo;&nbsp;to prevent terrorism is closing in Europe,</strong> according to the minister. <a href="">As RT reports,</a> <strong>Blaszczak also lashed out at the refugee resettling scheme in the EU, claiming it&#39;s&nbsp;&ldquo;encouraging millions of people to come to Europe,&rdquo;&nbsp;and that would effectively have tragic consequences.</strong></p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 331px;" /></a></p> <p>The blunt outburst comes a day after the deadly attack on a tourist area in Barcelona which left 13 people dead and more than 100 others injured.</p> <p><strong>The politician voiced his anti-immigration stance earlier this year </strong>when he suggested that Muslim settlements in Western Europe started from small numbers with Brussels now trying to shift responsibility.</p> <p><strong>Warsaw has been vehemently opposed to resettling migrants </strong>under a scheme advocated by Brussels and approved by the majority of European countries.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the Law and Justice leader, accused migrants in October 2015 of bringing cholera and dysentery as well as&nbsp;&ldquo;all sorts of parasites and protozoa, which&hellip; while not dangerous in the organisms of these people, could be dangerous here.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The xenophobic remarks caused controversy inside the government. </strong>Marek Sawicki, agriculture minister with the Polish People&rsquo;s Party, the junior member of the ruling coalition, said this was&nbsp;&ldquo;a reference to old, dangerous and dishonest sentiments from the time of the [Second World] war,&rdquo;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">according&nbsp;</a>to Politico.</p> </blockquote> <p>Poland, along with Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia have <strong>firmly rejected the so-called refugee quotas, deepening East-West cracks in the 28-member bloc.</strong></p> <p>With every new terrorist attack carried out by non-EU nationals,<strong> the European public and politicians are showing growing discontent and unease.</strong></p> <p><strong>Brussels has threatened legal action against the dissenting countries</strong>, filing a formal &ldquo;infringement procedure&rdquo; in June which could result in financial penalties imposed by the European Court of Justice.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="876" height="483" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Blaszczak Brussels Czech Dysentery Europe European Court of Justice European Union Hungary Islamic terrorism Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski Law and Justice Law and Justice Party (PiS) Mariusz B?aszczak Opposition to immigration Poland Poland Polish People’s Party Politics Politics of Poland Romania Slovakia Social Issues War western Europe Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 601960 at Boston "Free Speech Rally" Concludes Without Major Incidents, 27 Arrested <p>In the end, fears that today's "Free Speech Rally" would devolve into another Charlottesville, proved unfounded. </p> <p><img src="" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>Boston had braced itself with hundreds of police officers to ensure that the day didn't have the same deadly outcome of the Charlottesville protests last week.&nbsp; However, opponents of the right-wing took over the rally, chanting anti-Nazi slogans and waving signs condemning white nationalism.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="334" /></a></p> <p>Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday that police had made 27 arrests for disorderly conduct, with some for assault and battery during scuffles between police and counterprotesters, even as the original conservative rallygoers had largely dispersed earlier in the day. </p> <p>Dozens of conservative rallygoers had gathered on the Boston Common, but then left less than an hour after the event was getting underway as tens of thousands of counterprotesters swarmed the "free speech" rally. Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday morning on downtown Boston, dwarfing the smaller group of conservatives staging their own "free speech rally." </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="334" /></a></p> <p>The small right-wing group who came for the rally huddled in a circle at the park as barricades fenced them off from the thousands upon thousands of counter-protesters who came to drown out their event. The conservatives left the rally around 1 p.m., shortly after their arrival. One of the planned speakers of a conservative activist rally said the event "fell apart" <a href=";SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&amp;CTIME=2017-08-19-13-02-35">according to the AP</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is the first video I've seen that really shows the disparity between the "free speech" rally and the thousands of counter-demonstrators <a href=""></a></p> <p>— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) <a href="">August 19, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><p> Many of the counterprotesters remained in the area late on Saturday afternoon including a few who were among people chanting "Black Lives Matter" who burned a confederate flag. </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="333" /></a></p> <p>Meanwhile, the "Free Speech Rally" organizers had issued a press release publicly distanced themselves from the white supremacists in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="504" /></a></p> <p>Organizers of the 'Free Speech' rally denounced the violence and racist chants of the Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' protest. </p> <p>'We are a coalition of libertarians, progressives, conservatives, and independents and we welcome all individuals and organizations from any political affiliations that are willing to peaceably engage in open dialogue about the threats to, and importance of, free speech and civil liberties,' the group said on Facebook. The Boston Free Speech Coalition, which organized the event, said that it's not affiliated with the Charlottesville rally organizers in any way. 'We are not associated with any alt-right or white supremacist groups,' it said this week, insisting: 'We are strictly about free speech.' </p> <p>Heading into the Saturday rally, Boston authorities and citizens were concerned that it would be another violent day and sent at least 500 police officers to man the streets to keep the peace between thousands of tense people. The police hoped to deter violence at the 'free speech' rally, which had right-wing speakers, by closing streets to avert car attacks like the deadly one carried out last week. Boston also outlawed weapons of any kind - including sticks used to hold signs - in the protest area and ordered food vendors out of Boston Common, the nation's oldest park.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="325" /></a></p> <p>However, tensions began to arise around 12:30pm, when a group of boisterous counter-protesters were filmed chasing a man with a Trump campaign banner and cap, shouting and swearing at him. Other counter-protesters intervened and helped the man safely over a fence to where the conservative rally was to be staged. A black-clad counter-protester also grabbed an American flag out of an elderly woman's hands, and she stumbled and fell to the ground.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">MOMENTS AGO: Woman waving American flag hit, dragged by counter-protester at <a href="">#FreeSpeechRally</a> in <a href="">#Boston</a>. - Fox<a href=""></a></p> <p>— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) <a href="">August 19, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><p>Some members of the Antifa group spoke out, including member Shane Terry, 22, <strong>who says she covers her face so that 'Nazis can't find me on social media'.</strong>&nbsp; There are uniformed officers from all over the state along with Boston firefighters from the rapid response team standing among the crowd. </p> <p>Joe Fusco, 43, from New Hampshire says the entire event is ludicrous. <strong>'Aren't we still the United States? So the counter protests are to stop the protest? Doesn't make sense.'</strong>&nbsp; Some counter-protesters did throw bottles of urine, rocks and other 'hurtful projectiles' at police.</p> <p>As the counterprotest went on, president Donald Trump complimented the Boston police on Twitter for their handling of the rallies minutes before the police department tweeted asking people to stop throwing items at them. Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon, "Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you." Trump also complimented Boston's Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.</p> <p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">August 19, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><p>Trump also praised the crowd of up to 40,000 anti-fascist protesters who marched through the streets of Boston in protest against right-wing activists hosting a 'free speech' rally on Saturday.&nbsp; The President tweeted: 'I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one! 'Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, &amp; we will heal, &amp; be stronger than ever before!' </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, &amp; we will heal, &amp; be stronger than ever before!</p> <p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">August 19, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><p>Trump quickly deleted two tweets that misspelled the word heal as 'heel' and an hour earlier he had tweeted to condemn 'anti-police agitators'. But the president's tone was mostly conciliatory after a week of outrage over his response to the violence in Charlottesville last weekend.&nbsp; </p> <p>Boston Police Department tweeted shortly after Trump's tweets that out of the thousands in attendance, several dozen people were arrested for throwing bottles of urine and rocks at the police and after some some burned a Confederate flag and pounded on the sides of a police vehicle at Boston Common.</p> <p>Boston mayor Marty Walsh thanked the thousands of counterprotesters that took over the the city's streets Saturday in opposition to a conservative rally.&nbsp; "I want to thank all the people that came out to there that message of love, not hate," Mayor Marty Walsh said. "To fight back on racism, to fight back on anti-Semitism, to fight back on the supremacists that were coming to our city, on the Nazis that were coming to our city"</p> <p>"I want to thank everyone that came here and expressed themselves in such a positive, great manner today," he added.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Boston Mayor <a href="">@marty_walsh</a> thanks all those who came out to "fight back on the white supremacists that were coming to our city." <a href=""></a></p> <p>— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) <a href="">August 19, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><p>Some antifa counterprotesters dressed entirely in black and wore bandannas over their faces. They chanted anti-Nazi and anti-fascism slogans, and waved signs that said: 'Make Nazis Afraid Again,' 'Love your neighbor,' 'Resist fascism' and 'Hate never made U.S. great' even as others, ironically, carried a large banner that read: 'SMASH WHITE SUPREMACY.'</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="322" /></a></p> <p>Dating to 1634, Boston Common is the nation's oldest city park. The leafy downtown park is popular with locals and tourists and has been the scene of numerous rallies and protests for centuries.&nbsp; Beyond the Boston rally and counter-march, protests were held on Saturday in Texas, with the Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter holding a rally to remove a 'Spirit of the Confederacy' monument from a park and civil rights activists in Dallas had a rally against white supremacy. Removing Confederate-themed or era statues has recently gained momentum in the aftermath of Charlottesville.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="6731" height="618" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> ABC News Alt-right Black Lives Matter Boston Free Speech Coalition Boston Police Boston Police Department Climate change skepticism and denial Donald Trump Donald Trump Donald Trump Chicago rally protest Nationalism Politics Protests against Donald Trump The Apprentice Twitter Twitter United States WWE Hall of Fame Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:43:41 +0000 Tyler Durden 601975 at The Last Frontier For Gun Control: Washington Court Rules In Favor Of Seattle's "Gun Violence" Tax <p><a href=""><em>Authored by Daniel Lang via,</em></a></p> <p><strong>Two years ago, the president of the Seattle City Council offered a rather ludicrous proposition.</strong> He wanted Seattle to place <a href="" target="_blank">a new tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition</a> within the city limits. <strong>Ammo would cost an additional 2-5 cents per round, and a firearm would cost an extra $25</strong>.</p> <p>But what was even more absurd than the tax itself, is what the money would be going toward.<strong> The tax was supposed to pay for gun violence prevention programs and research.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href=""><img height="279" src="" width="490" /></a></strong></p> <p>The way City Council President Tim Burgess explained it, <strong>this &ldquo;gun violence&rdquo; tax would help offset the costs the city pays to treat gunshot victims</strong>. Essentially, it was a tax levied on responsible law abiding gun owners, to pay for the actions of violent criminals.</p> <p><u><strong>Despite how utterly stupid that sounds, the proposal passed.</strong></u></p> <p>However, <a href="" target="_blank">it didn&rsquo;t have the desired effect</a>.<strong> To the surprise of no one who actually understands the relationship between private firearm ownership and crime rates, the violent crime rate in Seattle has dramatically increased since the tax was put in place.</strong> It also brought in only a small fraction of the revenue that the city council was expecting. In short, the tax was a total failure.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s no surprise that <strong>the tax has faced a lawsuit</strong> over the fact that Washington has a law that prevents municipalities from regulating firearms. Unfortunately, the<strong> Washington Supreme Court recently ruled against the lawsuit</strong> on the grounds that taxes aren&rsquo;t the same as regulations, <a href="" target="_blank">and cities are well within their right to levy sales taxes</a>.</p> <p>Regardless of whether the court&rsquo;s decision was right or wrong, <strong>it certainly sets a dangerous precedent. </strong>As an article from Breitbart recently pointed out,<strong> <a href="" target="_blank">it opens a new avenue for gun control activists</a> to hamper the Second Amendment.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>On August 10 Washington&rsquo;s high court sided with the City of Seattle, which adopted a &ldquo;gun violence tax&rdquo; in a strategy to slither around the state preemption law that placed exclusive authority for regulating firearms in the hands of the State Legislature. And this new scheme could be coming to any city that has an anti-gun rights Mayor and City Council.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In Seattle&rsquo;s case, the tax is $25 on the sale of each firearm, plus two to five cents for each round of ammunition sold. This threat takes on even more sinister dimensions when one considers the potential for cities to simply up the fee. Seattle started with $25 per gun, but what if they want to raise that to $100, $500 or even $1,000?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>It opens the door wide to making gun ownership prohibitively expensive for average citizens. Essentially, Washington&rsquo;s Supreme Court just handed the gun prohibition lobby and its allies in government a new strategy: If they can&rsquo;t ban or regulate gun ownership out of existence, they will simply tax it into oblivion.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p><strong>I think deep down we all know that this is probably the real intent behind Seattle&rsquo;s gun tax. </strong></p> <p>The left has tried many times to regulate privately owned firearms out of existence, and in America they have failed far more often than they have succeeded. They&rsquo;re always looking for a new underhanded approach to gun control and this is it. <strong>Firearm and ammunition taxes aren&rsquo;t about reducing gun violence and saving lives. They&rsquo;re about exploiting a legal loophole to make firearms too expensive for ordinary people to own.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="490" height="279" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Firearms Gun control Gun Control Act Gun laws in Illinois Gun politics Gun violence Gun violence in the United States Law Politics Politics and sports Seattle City Council state legislature War Washington Supreme Court Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:20:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 601965 at Missouri Senator Who Said "I Hope Trump Is Assassinated" Refuses To Resign <p><strong>The Missouri State Senator who published a Facebook post calling for President Donald Trump&rsquo;s assassination is refusing to resign</strong> despite finding herself in hot water with both the Secret Service and her fellow Democrats, according to the <a href="">Kansas City Star.</a></p> <p>In her response, State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal struck what the newspaper described as a &ldquo;defiant&rdquo; tone, saying that she published the post out of &ldquo;anger and frustration&rdquo; after President Donald Trump said &ldquo;both sides&rdquo; were to blame for an attack in Charlottesville Va. last weekend that killed one counter-protester and injured more than 20 others. <strong>She explained that it would be hypocritical for her to be punished for her speech when Trump makes similarly offensive comments on a regular basis.</strong></p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 379px;" /></a></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&ldquo;Out of anger and frustration, I said something that could have been reframed,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;And I refuse to shy away from the hypocrisy and chaos our country is enduring under Trump.&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Somewhat ironically, Chappelle-Nadal accused the White House of <strong>&ldquo;traumatizing&rdquo; people of color, saying in a tweet that &ldquo;when (people of color) are respected by this (White House) &amp; they are willing to do real work, I&rsquo;ll sit down with them. People are traumatized!&rdquo;</strong></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">I am not resigning. When POC are respected by this WH &amp; they are willing to do real work, I&#39;ll sit down with them. People are traumatized! <a href=""></a></p> <p>&mdash; MariaChappelleNadal (@MariaChappelleN) <a href="">August 18, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Several of Missouri&rsquo;s top Democrats, including Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber and US Senator Claire McCaskill, who is one of 10 Democratic senators from a state won by Trump, joined the growing chorus of local lawmakers insisting that Chappelle-Nadal should go, according to<a href=""> the Hill.</a></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&ldquo;The Missouri Democrat told CBS News that she thought Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal&#39;s Facebook post, in which she said, &quot;I hope Trump is assassinated,&quot; was &quot;outrageous.&quot;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&lsquo;I condemn it. It&#39;s outrageous,&quot;</strong> McCaskill said. &quot;And she should resign.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Even House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, the Missouri legislature&rsquo;s highest-ranking black Democrat, joined calls for Chappelle-Nadal&rsquo;s resignation, saying she had &ldquo;foreited the right&rdquo; to hold office.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Also calling for her resignation was House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat and the highest-ranking black lawmaker in Missouri.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&lsquo;Suggestions of violence have no place in our political discourse, and an elected official who expresses hope for someone&rsquo;s murder has forfeited the right to hold office,&rsquo; McCann Beatty said. &lsquo;Given state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal&rsquo;s repugnant social media post suggesting the president should be assassinated, she must resign.&quot;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Meanwhile, the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus said it &ldquo;does not condone&rdquo; her comments, but stopped short of calling for Chappelle-Nadal to resign. &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Although we hold both offices in very high respects, their inappropriate behavior and disturbing comments only act as catalyst for more violence and racial division in our country.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><u><strong>If she doesn&rsquo;t go willingly, Chappelle-Nadal&rsquo;s colleagues in the senate could vote to expel her using a provision of the Missouri Constitution that requires a two-thirds vote.</strong></u> Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has already endorsed her expulsion.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Lt. Gov. Mike Parson&rsquo;s office said Friday that he would call for Chappelle-Nadal&rsquo;s expulsion from office under Article III, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution, which allows the Senate to expel a member with a two-thirds vote.</p> <p>Gov. Eric Greitens endorsed her removal by Senate vote in a statement Friday: &ldquo;Senator Chappelle-Nadal said she hopes the President is killed. Republicans and Democrats have called on her to resign. Her response: &lsquo;Hell no.&rsquo; Last night, in an interview, she refused to apologize &mdash; twice.</p> <p>&lsquo;If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>The controversy <a href="">started last week</a> when Chappelle-Nadal posted, then deleted a comment on Facebook which read, <strong>&quot;I hope Trump is assassinated!&quot;</strong> Unfortunately, as Chappelle-Nadal should have learned by now, the internet never forgets, and the <a href="">St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> managed to get its hands on the post and published it.</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 696px;" /></a></p> <p>The Secret Service, which tends to take threats on the life of the President seriously, has already confirmed they&#39;re investigating the situation.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a Facebook post from Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in which she stated: &quot;I hope Trump is assassinated!&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The U.S. Secret Service&#39;s St. Louis field office &quot;is looking into this,&quot; the office confirmed.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kristina Schmidt, special agent in charge, told the Post-Dispatch that &quot;hypothetically&quot; in such investigations, agents try to &quot;determine intent, to determine if there was a violation of federal law. If there is, then we refer it to the U.S. Attorney.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&lsquo;Our primary goal is to determine if there is intent and meaning behind it,&rsquo; Schmidt said.&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>As the pressure to resign or be fired continues to intensify, we suspect Chappelle-Nadal will be updating her LinkedIn page in the very near future, despite the best efforts of the fledgling <a href="">&quot;I Stand With Maria&quot;</a> movement, <strong>which is probably just her immediate friends and family, anyway.</strong><br />&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="491" height="254" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Claire McCaskill Claire McCaskill Donald Trump Donald Trump Eric Greitens Julius Caesar Chappelle Maria Chappelle-Nadal Missouri Missouri Democratic Party Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Missouri legislature Missouri Senate Nadal Newspaper Politics Secret Service Senate Shooting of Michael Brown U.S. Secret Service United States White House White House Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 601970 at Love Fest in Boston: Trump Shows Support for ANTIFA Shutting Down Free Speech Rally <p><em>Content originally published at <a href=""></a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> I am sure this is just another case of 400DD inter-galactical chess. Before we delve into today's alt-right embarrassment in Boston, it's important to note that Trump's White House is, quite literally, staffed with Democrats -- people who would be comfortable in a Clinton White House.</p> <p>He has Mnuchin, Cohn and Powell leading the charge, all democrats. His daughter and son in law, Jared, also democrats. The generals really don't give a shit about politics. And then you have AG Sessions who Trump regularly demeans in public.</p> <p>Today, the weak alt-right formed a rally to express 'free speech.' Little did they know, free speech is limited to those who can rally the most people. Since the alt-right are a fringe group with zero coordination, they were quickly dispatched and humiliated today.</p> <p>Have a look.</p> <p>A handful of petrified alt-right activists showed up to Boston today.<br /> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71463" src="" alt="" width="420" height="419" /></p> <p>An army of 15,000 counter protesters showed up to shut them down.<br /> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71464" src="" alt="" width="420" height="236" /></p> <p>And here is a pastiche of pictures from today's momentus event. America will not tolerate speech that is hateful.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71458" src="" alt="" width="420" height="245" /></p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71465" src="" alt="" width="420" height="352" /></p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71459" src="" alt="" width="420" height="200" /></p> <p>A whimsical kill list is displayed.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71460" src="" alt="" width="209" height="261" /></p> <p>Free speech at its finest.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71461" src="" alt="" width="397" height="250" /></p> <p>Both racism and capitalism should end.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71457" src="" alt="" width="250" height="187" /></p> <p>Here are some videos of the patriots in Boston, displaying their constitutional rights to shut down free speech and assembly.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>At times, patriots will disagree with one another. Here is one gent who disgracefully would not condemn all white people. He was rightfully knocked out. Hopefully he lost a few teeth and his jaw was dislocated for not using it when asked to demean racists white nazis.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>In response to these images and videos, our President praised the protesters and praised their anti-bigotry message.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-71462" src="" alt="" width="587" height="238" /></p> <p>Miss Bannon yet?</p> Alt-right American people of German descent Business Climate change skepticism and denial Donald Trump Human Interest Politics Politics of the United States Social Issues The Apprentice United States White House White House WWE Hall of Fame Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:23:11 +0000 The_Real_Fly 601974 at Did Stocks Just 'Cross The Median'? <p><a href=""><em>Via Dana Lyons&#39; Tumblr,</em></a></p> <p><em><strong>A key broad market gauge is potentially breaking a major line of support.</strong></em></p> <p><a href=""><img height="279" src="" width="500" /></a></p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve followed us for awhile, you probably know about our affinity for the Value Line Geometric Composite (VLG). <strong>The VLG is an equally-weighted index of approximately 1700 U.S. stocks. It&rsquo;s unique in its construction as it essentially tracks the performance of the median stock in its universe. </strong>As such, its construction makes the index particularly useful in monitoring the health of the overall stock market in the U.S. And if that is indeed the case, the market may be showing the initial symptoms of getting sick.</p> <p><strong>We say this because of a troubling development on the VLG&rsquo;s chart. </strong>Following the presidential election last fall, the VLG surged to a new 52-week high, challenging its all-time highs in the process. It would run out of steam in December, however, and subsequently entered into an 8-month sideways trading range.</p> <p><strong>In late July, the VLG was able to finally break out to new highs,</strong> along with a <a href="" target="_blank">barrage </a>of other indices.<strong> However, at least for the VLG and other small and broad market averages, the breakout proved short-lived.</strong> By the end of July, the VLG had lost its breakout position and had dropped back into the former trading range. Throughout the first half of August, if the VLG continue to slide lower within the range. During last week&rsquo;s selloff, the VLG was able to hold the bottom of its trading range near 508. The index was not so lucky during yesterday&rsquo;s decline.</p> <p>As our Chart Of The Day shows,<strong> the VLG closed yesterday below the bottom of its 8-month trading range.</strong></p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p>So what is the technical significance of this development? Is it the end of the road for the bull?<strong> First of all, it confirms the late-July false breakout and projects a move lower. Secondly, the loss of the range support opens the door for such a move.</strong> Just how much of a drop are we talking about? <a href=";t=MDRkYzRjNTU2NGYyZGVlMDJiMzk3ZTI3YjM4YjUxZGI5ZDUxOWFlYiw2NXhHN0dtWg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AiVABxSjy5YaHIczRO2xAuw&amp;;m=0">And can a recovery negate this breakdown</a>?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="485" height="271" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Business recovery Value Line Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:20:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 601961 at "What Is Happening To Our Young People?" Teenage Drug Deaths Surge 20% <p>There has been no shortage of depressing headlines tied to America&#39;s opioid epidemic, and to that list we can add one more: A new study has found that the number of teens who died from overdoses <strong>climbed by nearly 20% in 2015 after declining for seven straight years,</strong> according to the <a href="">Guardian.</a> But while men represent two-thirds of all drug-related deaths, the recent climb in teenage fatalities has been disproportionately driven by women, as the <a href="">Guardian explains.</a></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&ldquo;The jump in fatalities was driven by heroin and synthetic opioid use and by an increasing number of deaths among teenage girls. Deaths among teenagers represent a tiny portion of drug overdose deaths nationally &ndash; less than 2%.&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Last week, President Donald Trump informally declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and pledged to formulate a plan of action to curb the rising death toll. Presumably, the administration will follow some, if not all, of the recommendations made by a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the commission offered a few strategies for combating the epidemic in a preliminary report released earlier this summer. <strong>The recommendations include granting Medicaid waivers to all 50 states, allowing them to quickly eliminate barriers to drug treatment, and funding a federal incentives program to increase access to medication-assisted treatment programs.</strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 308px;" /></strong></a></p> <p>The study&#39;s authors said they wanted to document the falling death rate among teenagers<strong><em>. However, it appears</em></strong><em><strong> the data had other plans.</strong></em></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;We wanted to document that in this age group there had been a decline [in deaths],&rdquo; said Sally Curtin, lead author of the study. <strong>&ldquo;The trends were unique for this age group. But, once again, it did increase again between 2014 and 2015.&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The rate of teenage drug-related deaths declined by 27% between 2007 and 2014 even as the rate for all Americans skyrocketed. But most of that decline was reversed by the jump in fatalities that occurred during 2015. <strong>Like the broader crisis, the surge in teenage deaths has been driven by powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil which can be as much as 100 times more powerful than morphine.</strong></p> <p>The report looked at the rate of overdose deaths for teens aged 15-19 between 1999 and 2015. <strong>Researchers found the rate of teens who died from a drug overdose dropped 26% between 2007 and 2014. Among boys, the death rate fell by one-third. But in 2015, the rate of overdoses among American teens increased by almost one-fifth. That year, 772 teens died of drug overdoses. The number of deaths in 2014 was 658,</strong> according to the <a href="">Guardian.</a></p> <p><a href="" title="Infographic: Teen Overdose Deaths Doubled From 1999 To 2015 | Statista"><img alt="Infographic: Teen Overdose Deaths Doubled From 1999 To 2015 | Statista" src="" style="height: 356px; width: 500px;" /></a></p> <p><em>You will find more statistics at <a href="">Statista</a></em></p> <p>While the rate of teen boys overdosing dropped dramatically in the last decade, the rate of overdoses among girls held steady and then increased in the last two years. <strong>As one might expect, the fall in rates of drug-related deaths mirrored a decline in rates of drug use among teens &ndash; a trend that has persisted for nearly two decades.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Indeed, fewer teens reported even trying drugs. <strong>A 40-year-running, nationally representative survey called Monitoring the Future recently recorded the lowest rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use among middle and high school students since the 1990s.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The trend prompted researchers to question whether smartphones might be replacing the inclination of previous generations of teens to abuse drugs.&rdquo; </strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The jump in fatalities was driven by heroin and synthetic opioid use and by an increasing number of deaths among teenage girls, who were twice as likely to die from intentional overdoses than their male peers.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Traci Green, a professor at Brown University School of Medicine who studied the drug use habits of college-aged Rhode Islanders, said that the study reflects <strong>&ldquo;a very messy use environment&rdquo; in which heroin may be tainted with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, fentanyl may be pressed into illegal pills, and users may mix drugs such as opioids and benzodiazepines (typically used to treat anxiety).</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is of course very upsetting and worth thinking about <u><strong>what is happening with our young people</strong></u> &ndash; your young men and your young women,&rdquo; <strong>Green said. Deaths among &ldquo;young women, we have known for a long time, happen for different reasons and present differently&rdquo;.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Though the data examined in the study predates their deaths, two 13-year-old boys in the Utah ski-resort town of Park City died late last year after ingesting a synthetic opioid called U-47700, better known as &ldquo;pinky.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s believed the boys obtained the drug legally by ordering it from a Chinese lab over the internet.</p> <p>Their deaths made national news, and drew attention to what&rsquo;s probably the most significant cause of the spike in teenage deaths: <strong>The fact that, thanks to the dark web, it&rsquo;s now easier than ever for teens to order deadly drugs over the internet and have them shipped straight to their home.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1231" height="758" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Brown University School of Medicine Chemistry Donald Trump Drug culture Drug overdose Drugs in the United States Euphoriants headlines Morphinans Morphine Neurochemistry Neuroscience Opioid Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission Opioid epidemic smartphones Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 601816 at When Haters Hijack History <p><em><a href="">Authored by Ned Barnett via,</a></em></p> <p><em><strong>Is anything and everything related to the Confederacy be wiped from the face of the earth? </strong></em>&nbsp;Doing so, these radicals risk losing sight of American history.</p> <p><strong>True, there were some Confederates who were virulent racists.&nbsp;</strong> Nathan Bedford Forrest, an untutored cavalry genius and perhaps the best cavalry leader of the war, was a former slave trader. He was so lost to hatred that he massacred black Union soldiers he&rsquo;d captured at Fort Pillow.&nbsp; After the war, he founded the KKK.&nbsp; Anybody who still honors Forrest for his exceptional war-fighting ability is either psychotic or ignorant.</p> <p><strong>However, there were other Confederates who cared nothing for slavery,</strong> including General Robert E. Lee, the focus of the Charlottesville brouhaha. At the start of the war, President Lincoln &ndash; clearly no friend of slavery &ndash; offered Lee &ndash; the pre-eminent soldier of his generation &ndash; the command of the entire Union Army.&nbsp; Lee, who in early 1861 had opposed the creation of the Confederacy, graciously refused his President&rsquo;s request, not because he supported slavery &ndash; he didn&rsquo;t &ndash; but because he would not fight against his home state.&nbsp; He told Presidential advisor Francis P. Blair:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em>&ldquo;I look upon secession as anarchy. If I owned the four millions of slaves in the south I would sacrifice them all to the Union [here, Lee did not mean &ldquo;human sacrifice,&rdquo; but instead freedom for those four million slaves]. But how can I draw my sword upon Virginia, my native state?&rdquo;</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Late in the war, Lee strongly advocated to Jefferson Davis &ndash; as well as to individual slave-holders &ndash; that slaves should be freed on the condition that they enlist in and fight for the Confederacy.</p> <p>Lee and his immediate family opposed slavery.&nbsp; His wife and mother-in-law were active in a pre-war Christian Southern movement to liberate slaves, relocating them to Liberia.&nbsp; Lee&rsquo;s wife and daughter set up an illegal school for slaves at Arlington Plantation, teaching them to read the bible.&nbsp; On December 27, 1856, Lee wrote to his wife Mary Anna Lee:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em>&ldquo;&hellip;&nbsp;In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral &amp; political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages.&rdquo; </em></p> </blockquote> <p>In 1862, Lee freed the remainder of the family&rsquo;s slaves, many of whom were direct descendents of slaves owned by the adopted grandson of President George Washington.</p> <p><strong>Despite this, it would be inaccurate to view Lee as an active abolitionist.</strong> Like many Christian Southerners of his class and station, he felt slavery was a moral wrong, one that God would sort out in His own time.&nbsp; Lee had other priorities.&nbsp; Yet despite his willingness to free his family&rsquo;s slaves, as well as to free and enlist slaves into his Army, and despite his post-war support of civil rights for blacks, far-left radical racists still want to banish Lee from America.</p> <p><u><strong>Where does this hijacking of American history take us? </strong></u></p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="width: 584px; height: 310px;" /></a></p> <p><em>Statue of a Confederate soldier toppled by a mob in Durham, NC</em></p> <p><em><strong>The far-right racist Nazis and Klukkers want to enshrine their spiritual father, Nathan Bedford Forrest as a hero for his undoubted gifts as a cavalry leader &ndash; as well as for founding the KKK.&nbsp; Fortunately, no matter how many violent rallies they hold, this will never happen.&nbsp; They will not succeed.</strong></em></p> <p><u><strong>However, the far-left racists from Black Lives Matter have enough media credibility to push for more dramatic changes, and they&rsquo;ve already begun to succeed.&nbsp; </strong></u>Having triumphed over Confederate heroes and symbols, they are now targeting our twelve slaveholding Presidents.&nbsp; Those Presidents whose honors are &ndash; or will soon be &ndash; on the chopping block include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>George Washington, who in his will freed all his slaves</p> </li> <li> <p>Thomas Jefferson, who actively opposed slavery and freed some slaves in his will</p> </li> <li> <p>James Madison, who did not free his slaves or actively oppose slavery</p> </li> <li> <p>James Monroe actively opposed slavery and supported the creation of Liberia, a homeland in Africa for freed slaves &ndash; its capital, Monrovia, is named for him</p> </li> <li> <p>Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves and may have been a slave trader, never freed any slaves</p> </li> <li> <p>Martin Van Buren&rsquo;s father owned six slaves. The President owned one slave, Tom who escaped to the north, and &ndash; after Tom was caught &ndash; Van Buren insisted he remain free.&nbsp; Politically, Van Buren opposed the expansion of slavery to western territories</p> </li> <li> <p>William Henry Harrison inherited several slaves and lobbied to extend slavery to Indiana &ndash; this was opposed by slave-holding President Thomas Jefferson</p> </li> <li> <p>John Tyler considered slavery evil, but he owned slaves and did not free them</p> </li> <li> <p>James K. Polk owned slaves &ndash; his will would have freed them, but Lincoln ended slavery before Polk&rsquo;s will could be executed</p> </li> <li> <p>Zachary Taylor owned slaves but resisted the expansion of slavery into the territories &ndash; he may have been poisoned by slavery advocates</p> </li> <li> <p>Andrew Johnson owned a few slaves and successfully pushed Lincoln to exempt Tennessee from the Emancipation Proclamation</p> </li> <li> <p>Ulysses S. Grant&rsquo;s wife inherited a few slaves, and Grant owned one slave for two years &ndash; yet despite crushing financial need, Grant freed that one slave in 1859. During the war, he enlisted slaves into his army and paid them for their service; after the war, he pushed for civil rights for former slaves, and for American Indians</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Using the far-left Black Lives Matter movement&rsquo;s flawed logic, our nation&rsquo;s capital &ndash; along with one of our states &ndash; will have to change their names.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The monument built to honor our first President will have to be torn down.&nbsp; Yes, President Washington despised slavery and wrote often of his desire to abolish it, but obviously, that isn&rsquo;t enough.&nbsp; Joining President Washington&rsquo;s &ldquo;dethroning&rdquo; will have to be President Jefferson. Will we have to abandon the Declaration of Independence, which he wrote?&nbsp; Clearly, Monticello must be torn down, while the University of Virginia in Charlottesville will have to renounce its founder.&nbsp; Ultimately, all twelve slave-owning Presidents will find their statues ripped down, their names banished from public property, and their real merits lost to history.</p> <p><strong>While nobody with any sense can find any logic in the far-right racist groups like the Nazis or the Klukkers</strong>, Black Lives Matters&#39; media power - and the fear many have of being labeled a racist for opposing them - <strong>will continue to give haters on the far left the power to rewrite American history.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="584" height="310" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Abolitionism African slave trade Americas Atlantic slave trade Economic history of the United States Emancipation Proclamation Indiana Ku Klux Klan Racism Randolph family of Virginia Slavery Slavery in the United States Social Issues Thomas Jefferson Union Army United States University of Virginia Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:20:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 601971 at