Then and Now

2016 Hillary: People who challenge elections are sore losers.

2017 Hillary: I might question the legitimacy of the 2016 election


Sen. Kamala Harris compares ICE to KKK while questioning acting ICE chief

“The Klan was, what we would call today, a domestic terrorist group,” stated Vitello.

Harris followed by asking,”why would we call them a domestic terrorist group?”

“Because they tried to use fear and force to change political environment,” he responded.

“Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the law and do you see any parallels?” Harris continued.

“I do not see a parallel between what is constitutionally mandated as it relates to enforcing the law, protecting people’s rights…I see no perception that puts ICE in the same category as the KKK,” Vitello firmly answered.

Sen. Kamala Harris compares ICE to KKK while questioning acting ICE chief

Democrat shouts ‘Heil Hitler’, does Nazi Salute at Baltimore theater, causing panic

You have to read really far down in the article to find out that this was a Democrat and not some neo-Nazi. 

BALTIMORE – A man laced the atmosphere of a Baltimore theater with menace when he began shouting “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during intermission of a classic play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia. The patron’s pro-Nazi and pro-Trump outburst during a Wednesday night production of “Fiddler on the Roof” sent panicked people running for the exits.

In a police report made public Thursday evening, hours after the story made waves, police said the man told officers he was actually motivated to shout out salutes to Hitler and Trump because of his disdain for the president. Officers said the man, identified as Anthony Derlunas, 58, told them he’d been “drinking heavily throughout the night.” Law enforcement found he was not a threat to public safety.

Whatever the man’s intentions, police will be posted at the Baltimore theater for performances through Sunday.

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Cows born without horns (so they don’t have to be cut off); pigs that never reach puberty and never have to be castrated; chickens as big as elephants; and dairy cows that can withstand warmer temperatures. 

Crazy gene editing possibilities. 

For instance, animal welfare advocates have long criticized the way farmers use caustic paste or hot irons to dehorn dairy cows so the animals don’t harm each other. Recombinetics snips out the gene for growing horns so the procedure is unnecessary.

Last year, a bull gene-edited by Recombinetics to have the dominant hornless trait sired several offspring. All were born hornless as expected and are being raised at the University of California, Davis. Once the female offspring starts lactating, its milk will be tested for any abnormalities.

Another Recombinetics project: castration-free pigs.

When male piglets go through puberty, their meat can take on an unpleasant odor, something known as “boar taint.” To combat it, farmers castrate pigs, a procedure animal welfare advocates say is commonly performed without painkillers. Editing genes so that pigs never go through puberty would make castration unnecessary.

Also in development are dairy cows that could withstand higher temperatures so the animals don’t suffer in hotter climates.

Read the whole thing.

Idaho’s utilities are the cheapest in the nation

I know that some CryptoCoin miners moved operations to Idaho because of our cheap electricity. 

According to a recent analysis, Idaho’s average monthly utility bills are less expensive than any other state’s., a website that offers advice and services for people who are moving, crunched the numbers on electricity, natural gas, internet, cable and water bills. The organization looked at average national consumption rates and average state costs for electricity and natural gas. Cable and water costs were estimated to be $100 and $40 per month, respectively, across the country.

By combining the total cost for all of those utilities, arrived at a ranking that saw Idaho and several of its neighboring states among the cheapest in the nation.

“If you’re hoping to save money on utilities, look no further than the Gem State,” the analysis read.

District Attorneys Association approves prison reform proposal

Prison reform is much needed. 

This caught my eye. 

The National District Attorneys Association expresses support for the proposed prison reform legislation.

In a letter to the President today, the NDAA said it supports the “First Step Act” — advocated by President Trump and his son-in-law, Adviser Jared Kushner.

The bill is aimed at reducing the prison population, and improving the efficiency of criminal justice.

The NDAA represents 2,500 district attorneys who prosecute some 95-percent of all crime in the United States.

The Association urged changes to the current judicial system to ensure appropriate penalties and reeducation for criminals.

District Attorneys Association approves prison reform proposal

Citing Need To ‘Believe All Women,’ Avenatti Immediately Pleads Guilty To Domestic Violence Charges

No, this rule doesn’t apply to progressives. They love women too much to ever have this apply to them…

Yet another study illustrates that the Medieval Warming Period was not regional, but global

Michael Mann and his team of data manglers like-minded scientists like to tell us the Medieval Warming Period was just a “regional” event rather than global, because if it was global, that destroys their narrative. This new study shows it also occurred in South America, and adds to the growing body of southern hemisphere locations. as we can see in this map below, note the red markers where it was warmer than normal. Sure seems global to me.

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Ski resorts in the Alps open a month early

Global warming will do this sort of thing. </sarcasm>

More than 10 feet (3 m) of snow fell in parts of the southern Swiss Alps and northern Italian Alps this week.

Thanks to two giant snowstorms, some ski resorts have opened more than a month ahead of schedule.

After receiving more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow, Verbier in Switzerland was able to open a handful of slopes yesterday in what is believed to be its earliest start to the season.

Portugal’s only ski area, Serra da Estrela opened some slopes on Thursday while Massella in the Spanish Pyrenees also enjoyed its earliest opening.

Other resorts in the Alps have opened, too, including Tignes in France and Hintertux in Austria.

Patrick Thorne, editor of InTheSnow magazine, who has “followed snowfall stats in the world’s ski areas for the past three decades,” told the Times: ‘I can’t recall seeing ski resorts reporting up to six feet of snow in October.