Monday, December 03, 2018

Conservatism Isn’t Dead Yet: The great contradiction is between what liberals claim to believe and the way they live their own lives. By Bobby Jindal


Nov. 25, 2018

The paladins of political correctness continue to enforce prohibitions on taboo ideas on campus, in the workplace and in the national conversation. Thankfully, many brave and vocal conservatives remain willing to question conventional wisdom. For the remainder, a little hypocrisy can work wonders as they seek to reconcile radical liberal orthodoxy with their own observations and experiences. These conservatives, looking to survive, increasingly opt to “talk left” and “live right.”

Liberals rail against supposedly rampant structural inequalities, and cite disparate impacts as proof of inherent racism and sexism. Women and minorities are broadly disadvantaged, according to this perspective, due to the evils of “white privilege.” Structural bias counts more than individual effort, so that neither success nor failure is truly earned.

Yet, in red and blue states, parents warn their children not to blame their teacher for a bad grade, coaches counsel players not to blame the referee for a loss, and employees know that a bad boss is no excuse for shoddy work. There’s a reason Americans continue to flock to rags-to-riches stories and the ideal of the American dream in popular culture. Personal responsibility and effort aren’t substitutes for rigorous enforcement of antidiscrimination statutes, but the claim that economic outcomes are socially predetermined contradicts most people’s real-world experience and can sometimes become self-fulfilling.

Liberals embrace multiculturalism, claiming all cultures are at least morally and practically equivalent, while they also denigrate Western culture as intrinsically tied to a history of slavery and colonialism. College campuses are filled with students and professors arguing that America is the greatest threat to world peace and development. Yet despite the West’s imperfections, modern liberal democracy still offers the best governing system on earth to promote freedom and human dignity. Few women would willingly trade its equality for the female genital mutilations, child marriage, sex-selective abortions and other gender-based injustices found in other societies. Even a Churchillian acknowledgment from the left that American culture is the least-bad choice would be progress.

Liberals have championed the sexual revolution to overturn traditional mores around ethics and marriage, and to promote freedom from restraint as the ultimate sexual—though not economic—good. Pursuing pleasure and abandoning restraint make for popular bumper stickers, song lyrics and movie plots. Yet the benefits of monogamy and fidelity, for both adults and the children they bring into the world, have been demonstrated repeatedly.

Marriage and intact families are correlated with higher incomes, stronger economic growth, upward mobility, higher workforce-participation rates, decreased child poverty and lower dropout rates. Indeed, marriage is most common and more enduring among affluent, educated Americans. Liberal elites would rather folks do as they say, rather than as they do.

Liberals criticize free-market capitalism as the cause of persistent inequality and environmental degradation. They see it as inferior to gentler, more-socialist economic systems. Democrats, and frankly many Republicans, no longer pretend the “era of big government is over,” and instead are competing to see who can expand government spending and regulation the fastest, starting with health care.

But capitalism has helped hundreds of millions of people across the world escape poverty. Democratic Party benefactors like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg made large fortunes as capitalists. Now that they’ve crossed the river of opportunity to the prosperous side, they want to blow up the bridge behind them. This is the ultimate hypocrisy.

Cognitive dissonance, mental agility, nuance, sophistication and other fancy terms describe the dilemma facing liberal students over whether to “believe their lying eyes” or their liberal professors. The left’s effort to shut down free and open debate and banish people with opposing views is a tacit admission that they lack confidence in their own arguments.

Conservatives are often described as underrepresented and under siege on college campuses and in newsrooms. Even as professors and students continue to be disproportionately liberal, conservatives should take comfort that their ideals concerning free markets, the American dream, the traditional family structure and liberal democracy continue to prove themselves on their merits to each rising generation.

Mr. Jindal served as governor of Louisiana, 2008-16, and was a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Voting Machine Style That Should Be Across The United States!

How to use a voting machine - how a voting machine works


There really is no mystery to the "new" voting machines. If you have voted before by "flipping levers", you can certainly vote by "Pressing the Touch Pad". The Big Red Lever that some machines used to open and close the curtain is gone. Now, you simply make your selections and then "Press the Square Red Button" on the right, and you are done. (You then walk out through the curtain.

For anyone that needs a refresher or is new, lets take a tour of a voting machine with Ocean County Clerk Dean  Haines.

Voting Machine and Dean Haines

Here we see County Clerk Haines with a new electronic voting machine. (for long time voters you will notice the absence of the BIG red handle we used to push and pull to get in and out and to cast our vote). Now we push a red button when we are done. More on that below.

The machine is basically set up the same as before, but with a few modern features.

Main Selection Area-1

Above: County Clerk Haines points to the candidate selection area. No more little levers to flip. Now we simply press the square button (ballot position is written in it,) to the right of our selected candidates name. A green light comes on to indicate we have made a selection. If you change your mind or make a mistake, just press it again and the green light goes out, then make another selection.  Do this for each Office Title you are voting on.

You will also vote for Public Question in this way, by pressing the square box next to the "Yes" or "No" for each question.

Main Selection Area-CU-1

Above: Close up of Ballot Positions.
Instructions are also printed (below County Clerk Haines's hand) in case you forget what to do.


Above: we see a picture of the Sample Ballot you should have received in the mail before the election date.  Hey! It looks just like the inside of the voting machine. They really make this easy.
By the way, it's a really good idea to read all the Public Questions way before Election Day so you know what you are voting for before you step through the curtain.


Hey! What happened to the pencil and write in spot?  It's been replaced by this simple to use key pad. Just go to the Personal Choice column and press the button next to  WRITE-IN, then using the key pad enter the name of the person one letter at a time. Read your sample ballot for instructions on making a space or erasing, etc.

Write-in-keypad-2 Clerk2red1

County Clerk Haines points to the one button that you cannot change your mind on. Once pressed, your VOTE is cast!


Here we go! After you are satisfied with your selections, PRESS the RED Button!  The machine will make a sound and you are done. Your civic duty discharged, simply walk out through the curtain.


This is what a voting machine looks like from the outside. What's that? You say you can't see anything! Off course not, that's the point. Only you know who you are voting for.

By the way the rule is only one person in the booth at a time. (Although there may be certain exceptions like if your helping someone who is blind. Election officials of course know the rules. So if you think you have a special situation call the Board of Elections (732-929-2167) for details before the election so you have a smooth voting experience.

Also be sure to bring Identification with you. If you are "Challenged" at the Polls and can not prove who you are, out the door you go.

Sequoia (Dominion) AVC Advantage


The Sequoia AVC Advantage is a poll worker-activated full-face direct recording electronic voting system with a touch-sensitive matrix of switches that voters push to indicate their choices. Voting records are recorded internally to battery-powered RAM. Poll workers activate the machine using an operator panel on the side of the machine to choose the ballot style and voters make choices by touching a black arrow next to their choice. A record of the vote is then recorded internally to three sets of battery-powered RAM memory. The primary input device used by the voter is a large panel, containing a two-dimensional array of buttons and lights. This panel is covered by a sheet of paper on which contests and candidate names are printed. Markings on the paper are placed over the buttons that are to be pressed for the corresponding candidates; the lights on the panel, when lit, are visible shining through the paper. On the side of the machine, an “operator panel” contains additional buttons and an LCD alphanumeric display with two rows of 24 characters each. During an election, before each voter can vote, a pollworker must press a button on the operator panel to “activate” the machine to accept votes.

The DRE ballot is laid out so that, to the layman, there is an intuitive connection between the candidate’s name (shown on a printed ballot sheet) and the input device (a button behind a sheet of plastic). In the hardware of the voting machine, however, there is no direct connection between the button and the vote counter. Observing the click of a button and accumulating a corresponding candidate total is totally under software control. Since there is no inherent internal connection between the buttons and the totals kept in memory and reported at the end of the election, erroneous or malfeasant software can readily add to the wrong total or make some other error at any time during an election, thereby misrecording votes. Even though the software produces a so-called “audit trail” of the results, it can always display an “audit trial” consistent with its fraudulent results, and report that it has performed correctly.

At the close of the polls, the AVC Advantage communicates vote totals to election officials and to the public: it prints a paper printout of candidate totals, it writes these totals (along with a record of the votes cast in each ballot, the “ballot image”) to a Results Cartridge, about the size of a VCR tape, that is then removed from the voting machine. Finally, it keeps these totals (with the ballot images) in its internal memory. Election workers can extract this information from the AVC Advantage by using the menu buttons on the Operator Panel: the machine can be instructed to print the internally stored data onto its printer, or copy it to a fresh cartridge.1

Voting Process:
The voter enters the polling place and is given a voting ticket after confirming that the voter is registered. The voting ticket is a colored piece of paper with two identical and unique numbers. The voter hands their ticket to a poll worker operating an Advantage voting machine and then tears the voting ticket in half and hands one half back to the voter. The poll worker uses an operator’s panel on the side of the machine to choose the ballot style appropriate for that voter depending on the color of their voting ticket. The voter enters the curtains (see picture above) and verifies that their ballot is the right one by comparing the color of their ticket to a LCD screen in the lower-right corner of the front of the voting machine. Then the voter votes by pressing a black arrow next to each choice in each race on the ballot. Blinking lights above each race indicate that no choice has been made in that race. If the voter tries to choose more than one choice in a given race (over-voting), the machine will ignore the second choice. To change a selection, voter can press the black arrow by the incorrect choice to deselect it, then select the correct choice.

When done voting, the voter presses a “Cast Vote” button in the lower-right corner of the voting machine. It is very important that the voter does not push the vote-casting button until they are done voting; a vote inadvertently cast can likely not be redone. The vote is recorded internally to three sets of battery-powered RAM, one of which is on a removable cartridge. The vote records are stored in a manner similar to a ballot image.

When the polls close, poll workers remove cartridges of battery-powered RAM containing the vote records from each machine. At this point, depending on local election procedure and regulations, the cartridges can either be physically transported to a tabulation facility or their data can be sent over a modem. At the tabulation facility, the votes from all cartridges and precincts are read into vote tabulation databases and combined to result in an aggregate vote tally. In order to send vote records over a modem, a cartridge reader must read out each cartridge and then a modem in the cartridge reader can be used to transmit the votes over telephone lines. The cartridge reader can also print out a results tape of all votes cast in a precinct. The total tape and cartridges can then become part of the official record of the election.

A Voting Demo from Bergen County NJ

A Video about the AVC Advantage from NJTodayOnline:

Security Concerns

Security Seals Ideally, the Advantage’s exposed ports, memory card access areas and case seams would be covered with tamper-evident security seals. The integrity of these seals should be maintained at all times, and only breached under controlled, explained circumstances. Seals should be logged to maintain chain of custody of sensitive materials.

Broken Buttons, Broken Lights As mentioned above the Advantage is a “buttonmatrix” DRE where the voter presses a button over which the machine’s paper ballot face is placed (under a plastic cover). A light lights up next to each selection by the voter. These buttons and lights, especially the frequently used ones in Federal races, can break or burn-out. If you see evidence of this – e.g., a light not lighting up after multiple button presses – you should request that the machine be pulled from service or that the button in question be serviced.

Fleeing Voters/Premature Voting Some voters can be easily confused in that they press the vote button too early or not at all. If a voter complains that they only were able to vote on the first few races, they probably pressed the vote button before they were finished voting their ballot. Unfortunately, there’s not much to be done here other than emphasize that voters should make sure that they press the vote button only after they are certain they have voted as they want to in all races on the ballot. If a voter neglects to press the vote button and leaves a valid ballot on the machine, poll workers will probably have procedures to deal with this problem. We recommend that a poll worker reach in between the curtains and simply cast this vote.

Incorrect Ballot Style The Advantage can accommodate a number of different ballots, for different precincts, by disallowing voters to vote in contests for which they are not eligible. If a voter complains that their party (in a primary) races are not activated or that local races specific to their precinct are not activated, the poll worker probably pushed the incorrect ballot style option. The poll worker should cancel that ballot and activate the correct one.

Incorrect Totals Tapes The Advantage has been shown to incorrectly add up the number of voters given a particular ballot style when compared to the number of votes cast.

Sensitive Disability Access Panel The disability access panel on the Advantage is particularly sensitive. Viruses and other malicious programs, including some that could change vote data, could easily be introduced through the ADA accessibility interface. The flash memory used for audio files to accommodate voters with visual impairment should be sealed with tamper-evident seals and monitored at all times.

Misleading Activation When the Advantage is not activated to vote a valid ballot, it will still go through the motions in a way that will confuse voters into
thinking that they ballot was cast. It even goes as far as to say, “Vote recorded — thank you!”, despite the fact that it couldn’t have recorded the ballot since it was not activated to do so.


The Sequoia AVC Advantage was introduced in 1990. James Bleck led the design team that led design patents on the machine in 1988.[94,95] Sequoia had purchased the voting machine division of AVM Corporation in 1984 and acquired not only a portfolio of patents for electronic voting machines, but also the AVM Automatic Voting Computer, a machine that had been certified for use in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1982. The machine appears to have been based on AVM’s final patent for an electronic voting machine, granted to Thomas De Phillipo in 1977, and is an obvious predecessor of the Sequoia AVC Advantage. None of the AVM patents demonstrates the sophistication in physical design of the AVC Advantage.

Sequoia AVC Advantage
Equipment Type: DRE-Pushbutton
VVPAT Capability: None
AVC Advantage Use in 2016: Statewide in Louisiana, 18 counties in New Jersey, 2 counties Pennsylvania and 4 localities in Virginia.

About Sequoia
Sequoia Voting Systems (now owned by Dominion Voting Systems)
1800 Glenarm Place, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202
(866) 654-VOTE (8683)

Sequoia was involved with voting systems for more than 100 years. At the end of the 19th century, Sequoia invented the lever-action mechanical voting system. Many machines of this type are still used today in some U.S. jurisdictions. In the 1980s Sequoia was bought by Jefferson Smurfit, an Irish printing conglomerate which in turn sold it to De La Rue, a British currency paper printing and security company. After losing money for several years, on March 8, 2005, Sequoia was acquired by Smartmatic, a multi-national technology company which had developed advanced election systems, voting machines included. In November 2007, following a verdict by the CFIUS, Smartmatic was ordered to sell Sequoia, which it did to its Sequoia managers having U.S. citizenship. Sequoia Voting Systems was acquired by Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems on June 4, 2010.
Voting Instructions
1. After registering, take your voting ticket (a colored-by-party piece of paper with two identical but unique numbers).
2. Hand your voting ticket to the poll-worker at the Advantage booth. The poll-worker will tear the voting ticket in half (hence the two identical numbers), hand back one half to you and use the other to determine the appropriate ballot (based on party affiliation) to display to the voter via a control panel on the back of the unit.
3. After verifying that you've received the correct ballot (match your ticket color against the one in the lower-right corner of the screen).
4. Make your candidate selections by pressing the black arrow next to each choice, press the arrow again to deselect. The blinking light above a race means you still have voting to do.
5. When you've made your selections, press the Cast Vote button. Do not push this button early! You likely will not be able to recast your vote!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Dennis Miller on 2020: ‘Why not Pelosi? What does it say about the Dems that they haven’t foisted her up?’ By Brian Flood


November 9, 2018

Dennis Miller said comedians often miss the funny on the road to decrying President Trump.

Dennis Miller obviously missed the memo that went out telling comedians to lecture audiences, hate on President Trump and stop being funny. Fox News caught up with the irreverant and erudite funnyman to get his thoughts on everything from his dream 2020 Democratic ticket to why late-night comedians will help Trump stick around the White House for another six years.

On who he would prefer the Democrats put up against President Trump in 2020:

“I think the Democratic candidate should be Michael Avenatti. Unless it’s Pelosi. Put Pelosi in the one slot and Avenatti in the two-hole and I think that’s your dream ticket. They currently represent the Democratic Party. I would do that right now. Pelosi seems to have a way of rising back up to the top. My wife pointed out to me that Pelosi has staying power. Maybe it’s time to reward her with the big job. I think the Dems would very happily go into 2020 with Pelosi as the presidential nominee and Avenatti in the two slot. It would be fitting. It’s the year of the woman. Why not Pelosi? What does it say about the Dems that they haven’t foisted her up?

On Trump’s recent tweet supporting Pelosi for House Speaker:

“What I just did was sarcasm. What he did was try to be conciliatory. You realize every morning, he wakes up and they say he’s insane. They say he is a bad man. Even if he gets up the next day and goes way out of his way to say congrats to Nancy Pelosi… that will tell you how far gone it is, that some people are going to walk away from that statement and say, ‘That’s very hateful of him.”

On whether or not President Trump is good for comedians:

I think comedians have just had to take sides and I understand for some of them it’s tactical. For some of them, it’s been career changing, quite frankly. I don’t think it really impinges on comedy because, I’d say 99 percent of the comedians [oppose Trump]… So has Trump been good for comedians? Yeah, I guess, but it’s sort of preachy comedy. It’s not the sort of comedy that gets a big belly laugh as much as it gets a wizened nod. If the joke is, quote unquote hilarious it’ll receive applause. It’s been good for comedians tactically, career-wise, but do they sometimes miss the funny on the road to decrying Trump? Yeah, I think so.”

On whether or not “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson crossed the line by mocking Dan Crenshaw, a now-elected Republican congressman, who lost an eye while serving in the U.S. military:

“Oh, I don’t know. Dan Crenshaw seems to have taken care of that. Pete Davidson can do what he wants, and the other cat can do what he wants… he got elected. Crenshaw acting like a mensch was probably, well, I wouldn’t even say a smart move because it wasn’t a move. I think it’s because he’s a mensch. One of those two is menschy, I’ll let you figure out who I think it is.”

On why late-night comedians will help Trump win re-election:

“You cannot just roll up a newspaper and smack somebody on the snout non-stop and tell them how bad they are, how racist they are. You just can’t do it. It’s not paying big dividends and I think they’re going to misinterpreted [Democrats taking control of the House], which is more about historical structure. I think they’re going to go full-speed ahead and take that center of the map, and on the margin of the old map makers who would point to an unknown place and say, ‘There will be dragons,’ I think they’re going to point to Middle America and say, ‘There will be dragons.’ Somebody ought to get out there and cruise around a little to see that everybody out there is not stupid. We’re not all racists. We’re not all idiots. We’re just people.”

Miller on his latest comedy special “Dennis Miller: Fake News – Real Jokes”:

“It seems like a good, hooky title right now, at this time in history, if not this time in the calendar year. It does have some jokes about media, social media and politics but it is probably 60/40 flat-out funny stuff. I put the title in there to insinuate that there would be some topical content, but also the main directive for the special is, as is the age-old task of a comedian, to get some laughs.”

“Dennis Miller: Fake News – Real Jokes” launched Nov. 6 through the Comedy Dynamics Network. It can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Steam, Google Play as well as all other major platforms. Miller also hosts a twice-weekly podcast, “The Dennis Miller Option,” which is available on both and iTunes.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Anit Berger Killed in Port Hueneme DUI Car Crash on West Channel Islands Boulevard


Anit Bergher Killed in Port Hueneme DUI Car Crash on West Channel Islands Boulevard

Anit Bergher Killed in Port Hueneme DUI Car Crash on West Channel Islands Boulevard

1 Dead in Port Hueneme Car Accident

PORT HUENEME, CA (October 22, 2018) – A woman who died in a DUI car collision on October 17 has now been identified by police.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as 29-year-old Anit Bergher of Oxnard.
The deadly collision was reported at around 9:57 p.m. in the 600 block of West Channel Islands Boulevard.
The Port Hueneme Police Department revealed that 24-year-old Jose Garcia Rodriguez of Oxnard was driving a Chevy Malibu westbound on the boulevard at a speed when he failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into a Hyundai Accent driven by a man, which was making a turn into the Mandalay Village Marketplace.
The driver of the Hyundai and Bergher, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were transported to Ventura County Medical Center with major injuries. Bergher later died due to her injuries.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez and three of his passengers sustained d minor injuries and received treatment at the area.
Rodriguez was later detained on suspicion of DUI and driving without a license.
The crash remains under investigation.

Our law firm sends out our heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of Anit Bergher who are grieving over the loss of their loved one.

Anit Berger a tragedy to the Jewish Pico Community


A year an a half ago I was in Southern California on a mission to speak to different groups about my experience in the IDF as a lone soldier. After me and my group had spoken to all different groups I had the privilege to spend Shabbat at the Pico Shul.

It was a wonderful Shabbat experience where I was hosted by a nice fellow who I still keep in contact with and ate at a nice couple who had been living in the area for years.

During Saturday morning after prayers there was an enormous Kiddush with a lot of very healthy salads California style.

As I waited in line I realized there was a young lady who spoke Hebrew and being an Israeli myself I had a little conversation.

She told me how she was living in Los Angeles to make her way up the entertainment industry and I told her how I am an Israeli by choice and joined the IDF a few years ago and was in Southern California to speak at several venues about my experience in the army.

I was surprised this morning when I woke up at five in the morning and checked my Facebook I saw Rabbi Yonah doing a memorial service for Anit Berger.

I was in shook to know that she was no longer with us in the world. I may have only spoke to her for a few minutes, but within those few minutes I could tell there was something special about her.

A lot of different people who knew her took the podium and started talking about how she was trying to become more Shabbat observant.

Another speaker said she and her husband were living on a boat and were trying to figure out how the world would direct them. Due to the fact her parents reside in Israel he had to call the parents to inform them she was killed in a car accident.

Another speaker talked about how Anit was interested in gathering support of many celebrities to help people in need all over the world to help repair the world which was her ultimate goal.

I checked the Israeli news sites to see if there was any information about what happened to Anit because she was a very well known actress and model in Israel best known for her role in the second season of the 80s TV show.

According to Walla, ” The actress and model ship Berger was killed in a car accident in Los Angeles and was 29 years old. Berger was injured in an accident that occurred a few days ago. She struggled for her life for several days but eventually succumbed to her wounds at night and would be transferred for burial in Haifa. Berger played in the second season of ‘ 80s.”

The article in Walla continued by quoting her husband Bret Joshua saying how it was a great privilege to have been married to her and mentioned how she was committed to both the Jewish community and the willingness to help the poor and needy.

On her Instagram Anit was seen with many celebrities like Jason Alexander, Will Smith and Robert DeNiro at charity events.

She even made an incredible video on YouTube which was filmed in Venice beach which shows her flying on a broom throughout Venice beach.

To do that video must have taken a lot of time and energy and it was very impressive to watch how she managed to do it with a simple go-pro camera and a simple editing software.

Anit was a very special and talented person who unfortunately had her life cut short by a car accident.

The Pico Shul has started a memorial fund to help her family the link is here below to help donate every dollar or shekel counts.

Anit Liah Berger Memorial Fund

May her memory be a blessing


About the Author

Shlomo was born in Florida and moved to Israeli in 2012, he holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science, served in the IDF as a combat soldier and is a current reservist in the Golani Brigade.

Funeral and family of Anit Berger


Fundraising campaign by Leopold Jeramias

This past week, Our beloved friend Anit Berger tragically lost her life in a car accident to a drunk driver.
Anit was always positive and happy no matter the circumstance. All she ever wanted to do was help her mother and help the world. She was the kind of friend that would always send inspirational videos and quotes, and consistently tried to improve herself whether by being Vegan, supporting different charities, or trying to be of service to others.

She loved the arts. She was a true artist. You can watch her Youtube video below to understand how fun and loving she was.

I approached Bret Blumenthal, her husband , in the hospital this week and asked how I could help. We decided to start this GoFundMe for Anit’s mother.
Her mom is not well physically. She lives alone in Israel with no contact from friends or family. Her health has been deteriorating and she works two jobs in order to support herself.
Anit never worried about herself and was always worried about her mom, and her day to day survival. We are raising money so her mom can get through this difficult time, and not worry about her day to day survival, especially without Anit’s constant and tireless intervention. A small portion of the money will also go to Bret (her husband) to get back on his feet and allow him to recover, as he probably wont be able to work for a few months.

The message below is from Bret

“ My Dearest Anit,
You touched more lives than I could have ever imagined. You brought Happiness and light to every corner of darkness. You didn't walk into the room, You were the room.
Your passion for life and each and every one of G-d's Creations, especially your love of the Jewish community was unrivaled.
You were the first to action when somebody needed help, you were the first to give when somebody was in need.
Your dream was to give, give give; to your family, to your community, to those that were poor and suffering.
It's heartbreaking and Heartwarming at the same time to see just how much you were loved and how many lives you touched. It's been overwhelming looking at all the pictures and memories. It was both an honor and a privelege to be your husband. I love you, very, very much. And I miss you.. we ALL miss you. This place will not be the same without your insatiable love of live and adventure.

Thank you all for your kindness, love, comfort, and prayers through this horrible tragedy. Thank You and Bless You All <3
-Bret Joshua Blumenthal

We all know that if Anit had a last will and testament she would say
“Please take care of my mom!”
If she knew her family is ok, she can rest in peace. Thank you for your donations and shares.

Remembering Anit Berger, 29


BY Steven Mirkin | Oct 24, 2018

The Los Angeles Jewish community was rocked by the tragic death of actress/producer/activist Anit Berger, who died Oct. 18, a day after she was struck in a hit-and-run accident. She was 29.

The Israeli-born actress was remembered at a service on Oct. 21 at the Pico Shul, where friends, family and collaborators recalled a woman who lived not only for herself, but, as Rabbi Yonah Bookstein put it, had “a serial impact on everyone” who came into contact with her. As more than one person noted, Berger put the idea of Tikkun Olam into action every day of her life.

Israeli audiences knew Berger through her role in the hit TV series “The ’80s,” but Bookstein said those who met her — even once — came away impressed not only by her beauty and charisma, but by the “enormous joy” she brought to life, and her “passion to make everything happen.”

Although she had struggled and raised herself since the age of 15, she was dedicated to helping the downtrodden. Pico Shul member and Berger’s friend Marcus J Freed said this was not just a pose, but something she put into practice. In his case, it was Berger showing up in the ICU every day after he suffered a traumatic brain injury after he, too, was struck by a car last year.

Berger made such an indelible impression on people that Shlomo Alerga, a blogger for The Times of Israel, who met her only once at a post-Shabbat Kiddush at Pico Shul, wrote that “within those few minutes I could tell there was something special about her.”

A common thread among the speakers at the memorial was Berger’s indomitable and infectious enthusiasm. She was, her friend Aaron Kemp said, a combination of “a peacock, an alley cat and a holy unicorn who let nothing stand in her way.” She was “a brilliant teacher about life,” who “just had a light about her.”

“Anit was a combination of a peacock, an alley cat and a holy unicorn who let nothing stand in her way.” — Aaron Kemp

Her mother-in-law, Robin Blumenthal, remembered Berger as an amazing soul, and that if people wanted to really honor her life, they should follow her example and “be a giver, a humanitarian, to take each moment and life it to the fullest.” A newlywed, she and her husband Bret Blumenthal lived on a boat, waiting to see where the waters would take them.

Along with her husband, Pico Shul’s Rabbi Bookstein has started a GoFundMe campaign ( to help Berger’s mother, who is in ill health in Israel, and working two jobs to support herself.

Berger’s husband left a message on his wife’s Facebook page; “You touched more lives than I could have ever imagined. You brought Happiness and light to every corner of darkness. You didn’t walk into the room, You were the room. Your passion for life and each and every one of G-d’s Creations, especially your love of the Jewish community was unrivaled. You were the first to action when somebody needed help, you were the first to give when somebody was in need. Your dream was to give, give give; to your family, to your community, to those that were poor and suffering. It’s heartbreaking and Heartwarming at the same time to see just how much you were loved and how many lives you touched. … It was both an honor and a privilege to be your husband. I love you, very, very much. And I miss you. we ALL miss you. This place will not be the same without your insatiable love of live and adventure. … We all know that if Anit had a last will and testament she would say: ‘Please take care of my mom!’ If she knew her family is ok, she can rest in peace.”

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Politickles By F.R. Duplantier



Though for months it has seemed like a dud,
The drip-dropping will soon be a flood,
And the things we will hear
As the midterms draw near:
Dirty Democrats covered in mud!


As investigators make connections,
Dirty Democrats face rejections:
Their poll numbers will slip
As the facts drip, drip –
Right on up to the midterm elections.


I had never the slightest confusion
And came easily to this conclusion,
Needing no one to show me
It was Mueller and Comey
With the Clintons engaged in collusion.


To avoid an erroneous conclusion,
Let’s begin by dispelling confusion:
It was Hillary who took
Russian bribes like a crook,
It was Hillary engaged in collusion.


Equal justice is our paradigm
And applies to commission of crime.
That’s why Comey and Lynch
Should both feel the “pinch”
And Obama and Clinton do time.


[to the tune of Davy Crockett]

Married to the governor of Arkansas,
Saw herself and him as above the law.
How that First Lady would scratch and claw
To get some filthy lucre in her grubby paws!
Hill’ry, Hill’ry Clinton, Queen of the Racketeers!

At Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan,
The McDougals did their best to throw her a bone.
Everyone went to prison, ‘cept Bill and her alone.
“Whitewatergate” is how that scandal’s known.
Hill’ry, Hill’ry Clinton, Queen of the Racketeers!

When she got to the White House, there were scandals galore:
There were Travelgate and Fostergate and umpteen more,
Filegate and Chinagate (with help from Al Gore),
Pardongate and other -gates – who can even keep score?
Hill’ry, Hill’ry Clinton, Queen of the Racketeers!

In the Senate and at State, there was more of the same:
Trading favors for financing has always been her aim.
For disasters like Bengazi, she refused to take the blame,
Emailgate’s the latest and she acts like it’s a game.
Hill’ry, Hill’ry Clinton, Queen of the Racketeers!

She will speak in phony accents ’cause she likes to condescend,
She just uses everybody and has never had a friend,
She deserves to be in prison and that’s where her life should end,
How she expects to be the president is too hard to comprehend.
Hill’ry, Hill’ry Clinton, Queen of the Racketeers!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Left’s inescapable HATE problem: Their hate doesn’t count but YOUR hate should get you banned from everything By Mike Adams


November 19, 2017

(Natural News) The Left has found a whole new weapon to silence conservative voices: “Hate.” The problem is, their hate doesn’t count. Only the hate they selectively designate to be “hate” is punished.

Here’s how the contortion works: Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other internet gatekeepers are increasingly banning and censoring users and content by rolling out terms of service that give them justification to silence anyone peddling “hate.” But what is hate, exactly?

According to the Left, “hate” is any criticism of gays, lesbians, transgenders, black people, abortion clinics, Muslims and so on. No thoughtful criticism of such “protected” subjects is allowed, since it’s all deemed to be “hate.”

Yet at the same time, the Left openly encourages and practices its own hatred against a wide range of targets which are automatically deemed to be “okay to hate.” These targets include:

  • White people (“white privilege”)
  • Men (“toxic masculinity”)
  • Christians
  • Soldiers and veterans
  • Police officers
  • President Trump, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter and other conservatives
  • Heterosexuals
  • America’s founders

Thus, the Left isn’t actually opposed to hate. They fully support hate as long as it’s directed to specific political enemies. To further pull off this contortion, of course, they make sure their own hatred is never labeled “hate.” Instead, the Left’s HATE is called “diversity.” And diversity, by definition of the Left, excludes people of white skin color. To further the delusion, this exclusion of Whites is labeled “inclusiveness,” while attacks on Christians are labeled “tolerance.”

Left-wing truthism: White people are “dangerous” to everyone

This targeted hatred of the Left is openly repeated across the left-wing news media, Hollywood movies, universities and other outlets. As just one example, an MSNBC panelist recently declared that white men “pose the biggest threat to Americans,” insisting that merely being white makes a person a danger to society. (She apparently has no familiarity with the work of MLK Jr. who correctly declared that judging people by the color of their skin is shallow and stupid.)

This openly racist hatred from the Left is widely encouraged and reinforced by late-night comedy shows, Saturday Night Live, stand-up comedy and other sources of “humor” that are really little more than hatred disguised as comedy. Remember when Johnny Carson ran late-night variety TV? A true classic, Carson was genuinely funny. But today, we get Jimmy Kimmel, a twisted, deranged Leftist who uses his late night TV platform to spew hatred and vitriol against his political enemies… all in the name of being “funny,” of course.

But it isn’t funny at all. It’s just another form of hatred disguised as political correctness. Worse, it’s turning into actual violence in the streets of America. That’s why anti-white hate crimes are the fastest-growing category of hate crimes in America, according to the FBI’s own statistics.

The Left is hopelessly blind to its own hatred

What’s so remarkable about all this is how the Left remains utterly blind to its own hatred. When UC Berkeley students penned articles in the student newspaper calling for conservative speakers to be murdered in order to halt their speech, this was widely accepted on the Left as a seemingly reasonable practice. It wasn’t deemed “hatred” at all. In fact, the Left tells itself that hating conservatives is a form of anti-hate (or “anti fascism” as the narrative goes).

According to the Left, then, if you are full of hatred for all the correct targets (Christians, solders, police, white men, etc.), that isn’t hate at all. It’s love.

This is the kind of twisted, deranged logic summarized by the Left’s mantra, “LOVE TRUMPS HATE,” which really means that if you express sufficient hatred toward Donald Trump, you will be loved by the Left, which is full of haters. Achieving acceptance and love, in other words, only requires that you hate all the same people they hate. Yet the Left lives in denial about its own hate problem, refusing to acknowledge that the entire left-wing movement in America is now steeped in hatred and fantasies of murder against political enemies. Case in point? Kathy Griffin.

The Left isn’t about love, you see. It’s about bullying people with hatred, then using selective enforcement of anti-hate rules to censor and suppress all conservative voices. See this article on The Daily Sheeple: VIDEO: Angry mob of Hillary Clinton supporters attack female reporter, attempt to silence free speech.

Why isn’t Twitter banning users who express hatred toward white people, Christians or the President?

Although Twitter aggressively bans users who express anything resembling hatred toward gays or transgenders, Twitter almost never bans users for expressing the same degree of hatred toward Christians, whites or President Trump.

Ever wonder why? It’s because to the Left, hatred toward Christians, whites and President Trump isn’t recognized as hate. It’s actually a form of virtue signaling to other leftists, which is necessary to be accepted and loved by the Left. Hatred, you see, is the prerequisite to left-wing love.

This is why the liberal mob has become so dangerous to society. Far from promoting love and unity, the Left has actually transformed into a dangerous cult of totalitarian thought control and demanded obedience, all powered by intense emotional hatred coupled with a total abandonment of reason.

If you do not agree with the Left on a given topic — no matter how absurd the Left’s stance — you are immediately branded as being engaged in “hate.” Once branded, you can then be censored, insulted and blacklisted from society in the name of the Left “stopping hate.” This is how Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter plan to make sure Democrats win the next presidential election in 2020: The Democrat candidate will be selected from one or more victim groups of the Left — transgenders, women, minorities, gays, etc. — and then any rational criticism of that candidate’s policies will be stifled via accusations of “hate speech.”

Even rational, science-based questioning of the Left’s deranged narratives earns any thinking person this same label of “hate.” For example, the Left now believes that biological sex is no longer determined by genetics. Instead, according to the Left, a person’s biological sex is now determined by a wish or a hope… and it can be changed at any moment by merely declaring such a change. Remember, this is the same Left that has, for decades, insisted that gay people are born gay, reminding us that being gay “isn’t a choice.” A rational person might point out the glaring contradiction in these two beliefs — that gay people are “born gay” but biological sex is a “choice” — but that person would be immediately branded a purveyor of HATE for the simple reason that when it comes to left-wing narrative myths, no questions are allowed.

Raising intelligent questions, you see, is now considered an act of hate according to the Left. In fact, any challenge to the false narratives of the Left is branded HATE as a crude control mechanism to stifle speech and punish intelligent thinking. The Owellian overtones in all this are, of course, too obscene to ignore: The Left has become the Ministry of Truth even when nearly everything the Left espouses is based on lies.

Remember, according to the Left, if you HATE all the correct people, you will be LOVED. In other words, “Hate = Love” to the deranged, lunatic Left.

Fake news, fake facts and narrative myths

Part of the Left’s descent into derangement and cultism is their reliance on false reality reinforcement via fake news, fake “facts,” fake science and narrative myths. The Left has historically relied on narrative myths to explain to themselves how things work, even when such myths stand in total contradiction to reality.

As mentioned above, the transgenderism myth is one such example. It involves Leftists denying biological reality to such an insane degree that transgenderism-promoting Bill Nye — who absurdly claims that “transgenderism is evolution” — even edited his own “Science Guy” shows from the 1990s to remove all the lessons about genetics, chromosomes and biological sex. Quite literally, left-wing science figures are now engaged in revisionist history and selective editing of educational materials to alter the narrative in order to fit the modern-day lunacy of the Left (which has permanently departed from physical reality).

Similarly, in the world of media, the Left has constructed an elaborate narrative myth that claims President Trump colluded with “the Russians” to steal the election from the rightful President, Hillary Clinton. This narrative lacks even a shred of credible evidence in the real world, but through the construction of an elaborate media bubble, nearly all Leftists believe that myth, even when it has no basis in reality whatsoever.

Fake hate crimes, fake “documentaries” and left-wing hoaxes

Fake “facts” are universally used throughout the twisted realm of Leftism to rile up hatred against intended targets. For example, a shockingly high percentage of so-called “hate crimes” supposedly carried out against blacks, Jews or Muslims eventually turn out to be perpetrated by those very same people against themselves. The huge number of such examples makes them too numerous to list in this article, but here’s a list of just 15 “hate crime hoaxes” that were all reported as true by the left-wing media.

The left-wing media, of course, reports all hate crime hoaxes as true events. But once the perpetrator is discovered to have carried out a hoax, the left-wing media never informs its audience of the hoax. Thus, readers of the NYT, Washington Post, CNN, etc., are left with the utterly false believe that hate crimes are happening everywhere, all the time, and that they’re all genuine hate crimes. In truth, many of them are false flag crimes.

The broadcast industry further underscores all this with staged, fake “documentary” TV shows that are all fabricated with the intention of catapulting the continued propaganda of hate crimes. A&E, for example, desperately tried to stage a KKK documentary, but they were so unsuccessful in finding actual KKK members that they had to script the whole thing and bring their own Nazi props, direct the actors to say “ni##er” on camera, and so on. The entire thing was pure theater… not merely theater for entertainment’s sake, but theater to populate the minds of Leftists with more narrative myths that further the agenda of the Left.

The Left, in other words, has to engineer hatred in order to keep its myths alive. And when there’s not enough actual hatred to be found, they are happy to invoke total fictions to depict the necessary hatred anyway.

That’s why nearly all the so-called “white supremacists” you might see marching around in public rallies these days are actually Leftists pretending to be KKK members. After all, how hard is it, really, to don a white hood and march around with a Nazi poster in your hands, all for the CNN cameras that broadcast the staged video into the minds of Leftists everywhere?

There is real racism, hatred, intolerance and marginalization in America… and it’s mostly coming from the intolerant LEFT

There is real racism in America, however. There are no doubt still pockets of bygone culture where blacks or Jews are despised. But institutional racism against black people is ancient history (except in the realm of science and medicine, where there remains a specific agenda to exterminate blacks, as I’ve publicly exposed). The real, institutionalized intolerance in America today is squarely aimed at Christians, white people and conservatives. That brand of intolerance is openly taught in the schools, encouraged at universities and reinforced through the hatred and intolerance of the left-wing media (Hollywood, late night TV, Netflix shows, etc.)

The assault against “whiteness” has become so intense across America’s universities that some indignant students have begun posting signs on campus that read, “It’s okay to be white.” This brilliant social experiment was pioneered at 4chan, eventually leading to the increasingly popular hashtag #IOTBW.

These signs, naturally, are widely condemned as being “racist.” “Those messages, instead of being ignored, have triggered university administrators and campus leftists into seeing the postings as outbursts of dangerous racism,” reports The Daily Caller. Indeed, the mere affirmation that it’s okay to be the skin color you were born with is now condemned by the deranged Left as a form of hatred all by itself. “HLS [Harvard Law School] will not let that happen here. We live, work, teach, and learn together in a community that is stronger, better, and deeper because of our diversity and because we encourage open, respectful, and constructive discourse,” Harvard Law School dean Marcia L. Sells wrote in a letter to students, apparently oblivious to the obscene contradiction in her own words. To the Left, you see, “diversity” is contingent on the exclusion of whites.

Truly, to the Left, white people are incapable of being diverse, meaning the Left judges people solely by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.

According to leftists, WHITE people cannot be “diverse” in any meaningful way

As proof of this, Apple’s “vice president of diversity and inclusion” Denise Young Smith was recently forced to resign after daring to proclaim that white people can be diverse. “During a summit in Colombia, Young Smith, a black woman, claimed she likes to focus ‘on everyone’ and that ‘diversity goes beyond race, gender, and sexual orientation.'” reports Breitbart News.

For daring to suggest that diversity is more than skin deep, Smith was forced to profusely apologize to everyone. “I’m sorry,” she said. “More importantly, I want to assure you Apple’s view and our dedication to diversity has not change.” Weeks later, she was forced to resign.

This is precisely how the Left has earned the nickname “libtards.” To such libtards, diversity is exactly skin deep, and any person with white skin has no standing whatsoever. In other words, the Left has become a deranged cabal of intolerant, dangerous racist totalitarians. Their self-deluded tyranny is so off the charts that they now declare people to be unworthy of participating in civil society based solely on the color of their skin — a physical trait that we’re born with, just like biological sex.

An Apple spokesperson underscored the lunacy of the Left’s spiraling intolerance by saying, “We deeply believe that diversity drives innovation,” proclaiming that people should be hired based on whether they are gay, or transgender, or black rather than based on the quality of their ideas and work. This, again, is now a key tenant of the deranged Left: That the worth of a human being is no longer measured by their ideas or contributions. Rather, their entire worth as a human being is now graded solely on how gay they are, how transgender they are, how Muslim they are, or how much the pigment in their skin diverges from whiteness.

The Left has reached the depths of insanity and intolerance, and yet they keep on digging deeper. Having once condemned racist white people for judging blacks by the color of their skin, the lunatic Left has now institutionalized the “correctness” of judging people solely on the color of their skin or their commitment to LGBT values. This, to any rational person, is absolute proof that the Left has become a racist totalitarian regime of insane lunatics and crybullies who are desperately seeking power and control over everyone else.

Action item: Reject the Left’s shallow stupidity, intolerance, hatred and racism

The takeaway from all this? It’s time for all rational people to reject the Left’s skin-deep stupidity, intolerance, hatred and racism. Amazingly, it’s time to call for the Left to stop being intolerant bullies and racists.

This means speaking out against left-wing insanity at every opportunity. Some other actions you can take to help restore sanity across our society include:

  • Stop using left-wing tech services like Google and Facebook
  • Review your own behavior and make sure you are judging people solely by their character, ideas and ethics
  • Vote against Democrats at every election, as they are now universally running on a platform of hatred and intolerance
  • Stop watching left-wing Hollywood movies, TV shows and hate-filled comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel
  • Speak out against schools and universities that teach false anti-science myths (transgenderism) to children
  • Stop purchasing products and brands from companies that donate money to left-wing groups that spew hatred and intolerance


Delusional Left-wing definitions:

Finally, understand the real terminology of the Left so you can decode their linguistic nonsense.

“Inclusiveness” means advancing the LGBT agenda while insulting straight white men and Christians.

“Tolerance” means agreeing with the Left while calling for the murder of those who oppose your ideas.

“Diversity” means a room full of people with different skin color who all obediently agree on the exact same liberal ideas.

“Equality” means allowing biological male athletes who claim to be women to beat up actual biological women in Mixed Martial Arts competitions.

“Cooperation” means silencing those who refuse to cooperate with your agenda.

“Coexistence” means getting along nicely with those who obediently conform to your beliefs.


Or, better yet, as I previously mentioned in a Natural News post that describes the philosophy of the Left:

HATRED is tolerance

CONFORMITY is diversity



About the author: Mike Adams (aka the “Health Ranger“) is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on called “Food Forensics“), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics. Follow his videos, podcasts, websites and science projects at the links below.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Trump Won't 'European-ize' America and the Media Is 'Apoplectic' By Stuart Varney


July 10, 2017

President Trump is upsetting the mainstream media and the elites by refusing to continue with the "Europeanization" of the United States, Stuart Varney said today.

In his "Varney's Take" segment, the Fox Business anchor noted the hostility from the media after Trump's trip to the G-20 Summit.

Varney said he's been in America for 40 years and has been surprised - especially in under Barack Obama - at the push to make America more like Europe.

"Socialized medicine, open borders, dislike of the military and the religion of climate change. They were all full-tilt in the Obama years. The coastal elites are very much onboard with the Europeanization of America," said Varney.

He said the media was "apoplectic" at Trump's performance at the summit in Germany because the president is leading the "de-Europeanization," especially on climate change.

"On open borders, he's said 'enough, we're gonna control who comes in and you should do the same, you Europeans,'" said Varney.

Varney concluded that many people who admire the U.S. and choose to emigrate here "sometimes find it hard to believe that the homegrown elites are so intent on making us like them."

On "The Story," a UK Telegraph columnist explained that Europeans are actually far friendlier to Trump's ideas than politicians across the pond would have you believe.

Watch the full commentary above.

European socialism taking root in US By Stuart Varney


March 28, 2018

I consider myself a refugee from European socialism. I didn't like it. When I got to America, I felt liberated.

Forty years later, I’ve got a case of déjà vu – I keep hearing echoes from across the Atlantic. That socialist mindset has established itself here.

What caught my attention was a headline in The Washington Post: “Wall Street's average bonus in 2017? Three times what most us households made all year."

The writer breathlessly tells us the "bonus payout" for those bankers and brokers reached $184,220 last year. Almost back to pre-crash levels. It’s dangerous, says the Post – incentive pay encourages risk taking! And all that money just makes income inequality worse.

A couple of points: this article appeared in the Trump-hating Washington Post. To them, income inequality is a big issue. They are with Bernie Sanders on this. And yes, they conveniently forget that the Post's owner is Jeff Bezos, the Amazon man, who just happens to be the most income unequal guy – he's the richest person in the world, worth a staggering $120 billion plus! You have to laugh: income inequality! From the plutocrat Post!

But what really got to me was the jealousy. The snide contempt for making money. The denigration of success. That is pure, socialist Europe. It’s class warfare. And it’s here.

What hypocrisy is on display here: the wealthy elites, voting for leftist policies and politicians. The rich, supposedly angered by income inequality – you may be tempted to laugh. Don't.

Socialism is pernicious. It is: "you've got it. I want it. Give it to me. Now.” For those of us who have lived in societies like that, it’s not funny. It’s awful.

Imagine my joy when I arrived here all those years ago: in this huge, dynamic country, I had some scope. A chance to climb the income ladder and make something of myself. I wasn't held back by social class. Nobody cared where I came from or who my dad worked for. You got any brains, drive, talent and ability? Well put it to work. It’s a wonderful place, and I’ve loved it from the get-go.

Socialism be damned!

Between Trump-ism and socialism, I have to believe Trump wins By Stuart Varney


August 3, 2018

We've been reporting a lot of good news on the economy: It’s booming. Plenty of jobs. Wages rising. Got it.

We've also been reporting on the rise of socialism. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is "everywhere." She's the new Democrat darling whose far-left ideas are taking over. Or so we are told. Just yesterday, she said the economy is broken. Fill vacant luxury homes with the homeless. Measure the economy not by GDP, she says, but by how many people have homes. When you say stuff like that, you make headlines, especially if you are headed for Congress.

But is she really leading a "movement" that will grow to dominate the Democrats? Are there really that many people who buy the socialist line? I'm not so sure about that.

For a start, only 15,000 people voted for Ocasio-Cortez when she won her primary in New York. Fifteen thousand. There are 300,000 voters in the district. She mobilized the far-left base, and that’s it.

And who exactly believes the economy is broken? How many people think the government should guarantee everyone a job and provide everyone with a basic income, and free college and Medicare for all?

When the economy is actually in very good shape, and getting better by the month, it’s hard to believe that middle America accepts the socialist line. As socialist Venezuela collapses, and neo-socialist Europe goes through another financial crisis, surely, America will look "over there" and say, "Not over here."

If it’s a contest for the hearts and minds of America's voters, between Trump-ism and socialism, I have to believe Trump wins. If Democrats really want to exercise power again, they should nip this so-called "movement" in the bud.

Four percent growth. Record-low unemployment. That’s not a broken economy.

Monday, September 03, 2018

S.C. needs coherent vision for future By Jim DeMint


July 6, 2018

Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint at a 2017 meeting.

By Jim DeMint, republished with permission | It’s no secret. South Carolina is bursting with promise. Our breathtaking natural beauty, low cost of living, friendly culture and hard-working people have led to rapid growth in recent years.

But even as we celebrate all that’s good about our state, we must also acknowledge that we face daunting barriers to opportunity that hold our people back from reaching their full potential.

Opportunity is squandered every day as our state government, mired in inertia, incompetence (and sometimes outright corruption) staggers from one crisis to the next. Sadly, the diffuse accountability of our legislatively-dominated system is a barrier to creating a coherent vision for the future.

For example, what is the plan to improve education? Lower taxes? Fix roads? There is none.

Our outdated education system leaves far too many children without the skills they need to succeed in life. Our uncompetitive tax code “necessitates” huge giveaways to attract out of state companies and sticks homegrown businesses with the bill. Despite a massive gas tax hike, our crumbling infrastructure still has no transparent, prioritized strategic plan.

And then there’s the $9 billion V.C. Summer nuclear boondoggle, a vivid example of Columbia’s gaping public policy vacuum. In the absence of credible, independent analysis, part-time legislators with few staff are left to rely on information from cronies and insiders who write legislation that benefits their bottom line…and leave the rest of us picking up the tab.

But as a proud South Carolinian, “While I breathe, I hope.” In each of these challenges, I see tremendous opportunity for us to unite to overcome our challenges and lead a national opportunity revolution.

It starts with bold, proven ideas. We can’t just elect good people and send them into battle armed with nothing but good intentions. We need powerful “idea engines” to map out real solutions, crunch data, learn from other states, convene the right allies and craft the right messages to move reform forward.

Enter Palmetto Promise Institute’s Freedom Agenda, a roadmap to fairness and opportunity for every citizen in our state:

Education Freedom means parent-controlled innovations like Education Scholarship Accounts that enable students to completely customize a K-12 education experience that meets their unique needs. It also means fixing South Carolina’s broken funding formula to get dollars out of programs and bureaucracies and down into classrooms to support teachers and students.

Tax Freedom entails fundamentally reforming our unfair, unstable and uncompetitive tax code by following the tried and true pro-growth principles of a broad base and lower rates. Our neighbors in North Carolina have already done just that and are reaping the benefits. With the highest marginal individual income tax rate in the Southeast, South Carolina simply can’t afford to get left behind.

Energy Freedom starts with cleaning up the V.C. Summer mess by putting South Carolina on a path to get out of the failed, state-owned energy business and allowing for more energy choice like our neighbors in Georgia enjoy.

Healthcare Freedom protects growing innovations like Direct Primary Care that provide transparency in pricing and put doctors and patients – not insurance companies – back in charge of health care decisions. It also means continuing to push Washington away from one-size-fits-all regulation of our insurance market. With Medicaid growth unchecked and crowding out other budget priorities, we must seek new ways to reform this broken program to both rein in costs and better serve the truly vulnerable.

Each of these ideas draws from the practical experience of states across the country, while harnessing independent, data-driven research to customize them to the unique needs of South Carolina. Each of these solutions is grounded in the principles of freedom and opportunity which have been the lifeblood of American greatness. And each of these reforms stand up for the little guy or gal being crushed under the weight of our broken state government.

During my time in Washington I quickly learned that old ways of doing business die hard. But as we proved in the successful fight to eliminate earmarks, change is possible. Even in this age of negativity and division, I believe strong, principled leaders can unite people to move a bold, positive Freedom Agenda forward.

Our battle cry: give us a Palmetto State that is free and fair, where every individual has an opportunity to reach their full, God-given potential. That’s the only path to a happier, healthier, more prosperous South Carolina.

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Lava Flow Hazards Zones and Flow Forecast Methods, Island of Hawai‘i By USGS


Lava flows from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō-Kupaianaha eruption sets fire to the Waha‘ula Visitor Center and maintenance shop in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as thin pahoehoe covers the area in 1989.

Lava flows on the Island of Hawai‘i are renowned for their frequent occurrence, relatively easy access, land-building ocean entries, and for Hawaiian names that describe their surface textures—rubbly ‘a‘ā or smooth and sometimes ropey pāhoehoe. Hawaiian lava flows generally advance slowly and can be easily avoided by people. However, lava flows can destroy everything in their paths—rainforests, buildings, roads, utility and communication systems, and whole communities. During the ongoing eruption of Kīlauea Volcano at the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent, several people have died because of the hazards associated with lava entering the ocean.

A fast-moving ‘a‘ā flow erupted from Mauna Loa in 1950 as it advanced through the forest toward the ocean. During this eruption, a flow reached the ocean (20 km, 12.5 mi) in 3 hours.

The likelihood that future lava flows will interfere with human activity and infrastructure increases as communities and other development encroach on Hawaii's active volcanoes. USGS scientists characterize long-term lava flow hazards based on where and how often past lava inundation has occurred. When a new lava flow erupts, scientists use different methods to estimate where and how quickly it will travel downslope.

Lava-flow hazard zones vary across the Island of Hawai‘i

Lava-flow hazard zones map, Island of Hawai‘i. See Full Map for complete legend.

The first USGS map showing volcanic hazard zones on the Island of Hawai‘i was prepared in 1974 and revised in 1987 and 1992. The latest map divides the island into 9 zones, with lava flows most likely to occur in Zone 1 and least likely in Zone 9. The zones are based on the mapped locations of vents and lava flows, frequencies of past eruptions, written eruption accounts, and oral traditions of Hawaiians (chants and stories about eruptions). The zones also take into account larger topographic features that will affect the paths of future flows. The hazard boundaries are approximate, and the change in the degree of hazard is generally gradual rather than abrupt.

The probability of future lava flows is not the same for all areas of the Island of Hawai‘i. The long-term lava-flow threat is greatest on Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, the two most active volcanoes, followed by Hualālai.

The 1992 lava flow hazard zone map is also available as a downloadable KMZ file, and you can read more about viewing it in Google Earth or as a GIS layer in the June 10, 2005, Volcano Watch article.

Lava flow forecasts based on past flows and topography

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists use two methods to forecast the path of a lava flow: broad inundation zones based on the mapped pathways of previous lava flows, and steepest descent paths based on a digital elevation model of a volcano's topography or surface. Estimates of lava flow travel times are based on known advance rates of active flows and earlier flows from within the same area.

Past lava flows define inundation zones: Mauna Loa

Lava inundation zone map, Mauna Loa, Hawai‘i. Excerpt from Trusdell et al., 2002

HVO scientists have mapped more than 500 individual lava flows on Mauna Loa Volcano. These flows originated from vents in the summit area, rift zones, and flanks of the volcano. Their locations help identify the approximate pathways for future flows that erupt in similar locations. Mauna Loa is divided into 9 inundation zones, each including potential future vent locations and the corresponding downslope areas that could be buried if future lava flows reached the ocean. When an eruption begins, the zones can be used to quickly identify communities, infrastructure, and roads that could be affected by lava flows from the erupting vent(s). However, it is likely that only part of a zone will be buried in a single eruption.

Surface topography determines steepest descent paths

A lava flow moves down the flank of a volcano under the influence of gravity, similar to how water flows downhill through gullies, channels, and valleys. Such low areas can be described as steepest descent paths for flowing water. In the absence of obvious water drainages on active Hawaiian shield volcanoes, scientists calculate steepest descent paths for flowing lava using computer software and digital topographic maps called digital elevation models (DEMs); the paths are shown as lines on a map. DEMs are not perfect representations of the earth's surface, however, which means that steepest descent paths are only approximate. Steepest descent paths in the Puna District, Island of Hawai‘i, published in 2007 were used to forecast paths for a lava flow that spread eastward from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent on the East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano in 2014-2015.

Lava flow travel times based on actual flow rates

Travel time estimates for a lava flow are based on the actual advance rate of the flow and, if known, the overall advance rate of earlier lava flows that passed through the same location. However, this method of forecasting travel time is highly uncertain, because factors that control flows are constantly changing—eruption rate, ground slope the flow is moving over, and complex behavior of ‘a‘ā and pāhoehoe flows.

Measured advance rates on the Island of Hawai‘i are as fast as 9.3 km (5.8 mi) per hour for an ‘a‘ā flow erupted from Mauna Loa in 1950, which is slightly slower than typical human jogging speed. Pāhoehoe lava flows typically move more slowly, less than a few hundred meters (or yards) per hour or day. The distance a flow travels ultimately depends on the eruption rate and duration, slope, and evolution of the flow field, including whether and how lava tubes, lava channels, or subsequent breakouts develop and progress.

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