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86% of university presidents cited the "perception of liberal political bias" was responsible for declining public support

86% of university presidents cited the "perception of liberal political bias" was responsible for declining public support (31 percent said it was "very" responsible).
My problem is it isn't just the "perception." It is their real bias.



Remember Filegate? Where the Clinton's promised everyone that they had only accidentally been looking through FBI files on Republicans?

From William Safire:
Remember ''Filegate''? Three years ago we learned that the White House had been regularly pulling the files from the F.B.I. on hundreds of Republicans -- ostensibly for security clearance, but including hundreds of former Reagan and Bush appointees never being considered for jobs.  
Even Clinton partisans shuddered at shades of an ''enemies list.'' White House spokesmen dismissed it as a ''bureaucratic snafu,'' caused by a Secret Service that couldn't keep its lists straight. 
Suspicion fell on D. Craig Livingstone, a Democratic advance man unqualified for his sensitive security post. Because some Clinton appointees had drug problems in their pasts, White House operatives may have felt that a supply of political mud was needed to drive off potential critics.  
The F.B.I. admitted wrongdoing in being so complaisant, apologized and said it would never again ship files over without proper paperwork. But it was obviously not qualified to investigate White House abuse of its files; Janet Reno asked for independent counsel, and the matter was assigned to Ken Starr, who had an organization up and running. . . .
Now we supposedly have 4 sources of information used by FBI to launch spying on Trump during the election. The Hill newspaper's John Solomon claims: "All 4 Dossiers Used to Launch the FBI Investigation Against Trump Will Trace Back to the Clintons."

All this makes one wonder what the Clintons did with all that earlier information.

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New York City Police ignore 1,526 ICE detainers for criminals

From Fox News:
New York City police ignored all 1,526 requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain undocumented immigrants for up to 48 hours last year, a top NYPD official said Wednesday.  . . . 
The number of requests for 2017 was nearly 20 times higher than the 80 the department received over the previous year. Chernyavsky said the department responded to just two of ICE's 2016 requests because those immigrants had federal arrest warrants.  

Under New York City law, prisoners can only be handed over to ICE if they've been convicted of one of 170 crimes and federal officials present a warrant. . . .


Remember predictions that higher sea levels were causing islands to disappear?

Smithsonian in 2004: "Global warming threatens to swamp a small island nation"
PBS 2005: "Tuvalu: That Sinking Feeling: Global warming, rising seas"

According to PBS all the scientists agreed with this:
The scientific consensus is that global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions and other "greenhouse gases" is causing rising sea levels around the world. Climate change experts predict that over the next hundred years the sea level, on average, will rise between six inches and three feet.
If so, Tuvalu is doomed, and many coastal areas around the world will be submerged.
Which is why the 9,000 inhabitants of Tuvalu have become this century's version of the canaries in the coal mines, and why FRONTLINE/World reporter Elizabeth Pollock ventured to these remote coral atolls south of the Equator. Is Tuvalu drowning?
On a Fulbright scholarship, Pollock spent a year in the South Pacific, making a documentary with her husband about the effects of global warming. . . .
Now 2018 Phys.org: "'Sinking' Pacific nation is getting bigger: study"

Note that because of erosion islands tend to get smaller over time.  Unless there is continued volcanic activity, wave action and erosion from rain will cause islands to disappear, yet, this island is getting bigger.

In any case, even if island was disappearing because of higher sea levels, wouldn't it have been a lot easier for people to move than change the rest of the world?

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Media bias on NBC's Chicago PD: telling permit holder threatened by gang members to leave his gun at home, when he doesn't he is killed

NBC's shows real bias when they have a segment on this small business owner having a concealed handgun permit holder. With gang members threatening the small business owner, the police officer tells the permit holder to leave his gun at home.  The small business owner doesn't follow instructions and he is killed by the gang members.  The last part of the segment focuses on the permit holder's gun laying next to his dead body.

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How stocks prices around the world soared after Trump's election on November 8, 2016

People know how US stock prices soared immediately after President Trump was elected.  That is easy to explain because of the prospects of lower taxes and regulatory reform.  But more amazing is how stock prices around the world increased at the same time.  So many think that economics is a zero-sum game.  That was is good for the US is bad for the rest of the world.  And, surely, lower taxes in the US will increase investment in the US at the expense of what happens in other countries.  But fewer regulations and lower taxes in the US have apparently meant a more productive world economy. 

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Media calls Democrats out for budget shutdown failure


Obamacare enrollment down from 9.2 million last year to 8.7 million this year

Apparently not everyone is so thrilled by the system.  Note that this also just provides further evidence about how poorly the government is at predicting enrollment in the system.  From the Washington Times:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now says about 8.7 million people booked coverage on the federal website through Saturday, a drop from the roughly 8.8 million signups it reported last week, after the enrollment period officially closed on Dec. 15. 
The tally fell short of the 9.2 million who used HealthCare.gov last year, though Obamacare supporters cheered the numbers as a strong showing in the face of President Trump’s antipathy toward the law. 
Officials said the updated total for 2018 reflects the share of people who either canceled their plan selections at the last minute or dropped coverage after they were automatically enrolled for 2018. . . .



Newt Gingrich says that Republicans will win big at the polls this next November

If Newt is right, he has a chance to make a lot of money in the betting odds markets.
Newt Gingrich said Thursday that Democrats are headed for a major political upset in 2018, mostly due to the mainstream media’s dishonesty and the party’s inability to learn from its own mistakes. 
“The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory,” the former Republican House Speaker wrote in a column for Fox News. “After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock.” 
Mr. Gingrich said the most glaring example of “fake news” is the media’s handling of the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which he said will be “the 2018 proving ground of media liberal bias and dishonesty.” 
“First, the media lied about the tax bill in an effort to convince most Americans their taxes would go up,” he wrote. “Then, the media took surveys of people who opposed the GOP bill based on the false information supplied by the media. Then, the media talked again and again about how unpopular the Republican plan was and how it was going to weaken Republican candidates in 2018. Then, the bill passed, and unsurprisingly, it turned out to be dramatically better for Americans than the elite media had described.” . . .
The rest of the article is available here


Democrat voter registration totals declining in key states

I have seen an earlier story on Colorado, but this story in the Washington Times suggests that the phenomenon is more widespread.  Is this because states are scrubbing the voter roles?  Is it because of the push to reduce vote fraud?  Is it changing allegiances?
. . . The same trend is playing out in Florida, Pennsylvania and other battleground states where Democrats should have been growing their numbers in the age of Mr. Trump, but instead are stumbling. 
They have lost 12,000 registered Democratic voters in Arizona since the presidential election, bringing the number down to 1.2 million. Republicans have lost just 1,000 voters and stand at nearly 1.4 million in the state. . . . 
In Pennsylvania, Democrats held a registration edge of about 800,000 over Republicans — 4 million to 3.2 million — as of Dec. 18. But the number of registered Democrats is down 4.5 percent, while Republicans have lost 2.4 percent. 
In Florida, Democrats hold a registration edge, but their ranks also have also dropped at a faster rate. 
As of Oct. 31, the number of registered Florida Democrats dropped 1.9 percent from last year to about 4.8 million. The number of registered Republican voters fell 0.6 percent, to about 4.6 million. 
Nevada Republicans, meanwhile, have shaved Democrats’ edge from 119,000 voters in October 2016 to about 98,000 as of Dec. 1. 
Former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, said many registered Democrats are transient in nature and the changes might not necessarily be subtractions but shifts elsewhere. . . .
Democrats in North Carolina lost 3,829 registered voters from February to September. Republicans gained 9,241 and Libertarians gained 1,468, but unaffiliated voters grew by 47,099 registered voters, according to a report from the Civitas Institute, a right-leaning think tank in the state. 
In Nevada, Libertarians gained about 700 voters compared with last year, even as thousands of Democrats and Republicans dropped off the rolls. . . . 

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Peter Thiel setting up world's first independent floating nation set for 2020.

The UK Daily Mail has some very interesting videos and discussion of what Peter Theil has planned. The article is available here.


Who does the New York Times claims will benefit the most from the tax reform bill?

This is from an email that the New York Times sent out to people who had subscribed to its list.

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On the Justice & Drew radio show to discuss Congress passing concealed handgun reciprocity

Dr. John Lott talked to Justice & Drew on Minnesota's giant 50,000-watt KTLK about Congress' debate over concealed handgun reciprocity.  Audio available here.

(Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 9:36 to 9:52 AM)



On the Gary Nolan Show to discuss the Concealed Handgun Reciprocity Bill before Congress

Dr. John Lott talked to Gary Nolan, which is carried on radio stations throughout Missouri, about the reciprocity bill that passed the House this past Wednesday.

(Friday, December 8, 2017, from 12:35 to 12:50 PM)

Media Bias Fact Check misinformed rating of the CPRC

If people think that this evaluation of the work done by the Crime Prevention Research Center is inaccurate, I hope that they will go to the Media Bias Fact Check and vote accordingly.  Thank you.

On Rebel TV to discuss Trump gun control policies and the debate over national reciprocity for concealed carry

Dr. John Lott talked to John Cardillo of The Rebel media about the pros and cons of gun bills pending before Congress that address flaws in the NICS background system and would grant national reciprocity for those licensed to carry firearms in a particular state.