Category Archives: News

Beijing’s First McDonald’s

Oh, how things, such as culture, change. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, April 27th in 1992, while eating at Beijing’s first McDonald’s after opening for the first time, a Chinese businessman wondered why there were no stir fried dishes on the menu. Another visitor, a retired soldier, wanted to know from where McDonald’s had come because he had never heard of it.

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“On multiple occasions, Rice asked the NSA to do things they regarded as unethical & perhaps illegal.”

From John R. Schindler in the OBSERVER of New York City, formerly the New York Observer:

This ain’t a partisan hack in a hack newspaper.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Susan Rice is a deeply unpopular figure with our Intelligence Community. Her abrasive personality and overall incompetence grated on the IC. Her habitually coarse language was inflicted on senior intelligence officials more than once, while nobody outside Obama’s inner circle considered Rice even marginally competent at her job. Simply put, she was the worst National Security Adviser in American history—at least until Mike Flynn’s dismally failed three-week tenure.

In addition, Rice didn’t like to play by the rules, including the top-secret ones. On multiple occasions, she asked the NSA to do things they regarded as unethical and perhaps illegal. When she was turned down—the NSA fears breaking laws for any White House, since they know they will be left holding the bag in the end—Rice kept pushing.

As a longtime NSA official who experienced Rice’s wrath more than once told me, “We tried to tell her to pound sand on some things, but it wasn’t allowed—we were always overruled.” On multiple occasions, Rice got top Agency leadership to approve things which NSA personnel on the front end of the spy business refused. This means there may be something Congress and the FBI need to investigate here.

Susan Rice and Team Trump are both despised by our intelligence agencies, albeit for different reasons. The prospect of a death-match between them is causing unusual emotions in the IC. “For us, this is like the Iran-Iraq war,” explained another longtime NSA official: “We’d like both sides to lose.”

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RIP, Fox News’ Red Eye. I will miss thee. 📺

I have Fox News to thank for introducing me to the likes of Andrew Breitbart, Greg Gutfeld, Bill Schulz, Mike Baker, Jim Norton, and many other gems of humanity via its late night, early morning show Red Eye, which network execs have axed after a solid run just shy of a decade.

Sadly, Fox News needs more hip, relevant shows, not less. So the cancellation may signal a move in the wrong direction.

For a bit of nostalgia, just hit the YouTube. Thankfully, memorable clips of the show will live on.

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This is the face of tolerance?

The preachy Hollywood crowd is going rabid.

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I am beginning to really hate Hollywood and what it represents. Mental illness, and that’s what transgenderism is, needs to be treated not embraced. There are two genders, not three or four or forty.

Men trying to become women, and vice versa, is a disturbing trend. Living in Seattle, I have a few friends who are going down this road. Most are men trying to be feminine for whatever reason. Quite frankly I don’t care. If that’s your thing, then fine. But why drag me into it?

It’s fairly easy to play dress up and wear makeup. It makes you stand out from the crowd, and today it is celebrated. We must be accepting of everything, except traditionalism and conservatism, of course.

But going all the way is another story. I’d like to see some data on how many trans men go through with castration.

Obviously there is something wrong. But no one dares broach the subject or forever be deemed a bigot.

Being confused about your gender isn’t something to embrace.

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A fascinating, experimental project in the heart of Oakland

ARTIST GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF
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AN artist operates a makeshift thrift shop and art gallery in Oakland, but does not charge, instead giving stuff away for free. I don’t have much faith in the utopian idealism, but the underlying goals of building relationships and community are terrific. We need more of it, here in America.

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