CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront
June 14, 2018
7:42 p.m. Eastern
ERIN BURNETT: New questions tonight for the Trump administration about its policy of separating children from their parents after they enter the United States illegally. The policy sparking a very heated exchange in the White House Press Briefing this afternoon.
[WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING EXCHANGE WITH KAREM]
BURNETT: The reporter you just saw there, Brian Karem, is OutFront. He is the executive editor of Sentinel newspapers and a CNN contributor. And Brian, thanks for coming on.
BRIAN KAREM: Sure. Thanks, Erin.
BURNETT: I mean, look. Looking, at your body language, the way you were talking there, obviously you made it personal, talking about Sanders being a mother to young children. But this was obviously passionate — a passionate moment for you, an emotional moment for you. What — what made you get so personal about it?
KAREM: Well, two things, really. I covered the border for five years and I’ve seen the conditions under which people live that force them to flee and come to the United States and risk all. And if you’re going to risk everything, you know — a proper answer, actually, for her would have been, you know what we’re providing them in a Walmart is better than what they have in their home country and that would have been callous but true. The second thing is she’s brought her children and her personal life, into that briefing room on numerous occasions and in fact, as recently as last night, when CBS was reporting that she may be leaving her post soon, said she was at a kindergarten meeting with her children. So it’s — it’s a very human question to ask. I mean, do you have empathy for what these people go through? Regardless of policy, what I want to see, what I to ask — what I want to know, is, where do you draw the line? And what — to invoke the Bible? That was another thing that — she invoked the Bible as the law. I got a nice passage from the Bible: “Whatsoever you do unto the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” But the simple fact of the matter is the separation of church and state, it’s abhorrent for someone to use the Bible in that manner.
KAREM: But the fact of the matter is if you’ve ever seen anyone live in the conditions that force them to flee, to come to the United States, you have to ask the question — it begs the question, and at some point in time you want to know, why don’t you spend a week down there, see what these people go through to risk — I’d risk it all.
BURNETT: So — so, Brian, you know, the reaction to your exchange was obviously everybody saw it. Walter Schaub is former director of the office of government ethics, he said: “Thank you, [Brian Karem] Heroic pushback!!!!!!!!!!!!!” with many exclamation points. “This is what you should look like in that room EVERY DAY.” Fox News anchor Jesse Waters accused you of having an embarrassing meltdown. [KAREM LAUGHS] Now, you — you just made the case now. You said, look, she brings up her children frequently, and she invokes them. So, your choosing to do so was not out of turn but consistent with choices she herself had made. It’s an important point.
BURNETT: What do you say to those who say what you did was inappropriate?
KAREM: Well, that’s their opinion, not mine. I think it’s — I’ll tell you what I was told the first day I walked into the White House press brief room by Sam Donaldson and my favorite friend, Helen and Helen told me, she says it’s important to get the question asked. And she told me, there’s no such thing as a bad question, only bad answers. So, Helen Thomas said that. Sam Donaldson said that. I agree with that. In fact, this isn’t King Donald Trump. It’s President Donald Trump. He’s responsible to us and it’s a valid question. Where are we morally as a country? Where are we? And I want to know. As a voter, as a taxpayer, I want to know where the administration sits on this issue and they haven’t answered it, and they’ve put children in cages and that’s quite frightening to me. It stands to many people as an antithesis to what this country stands for. So, it demands an answer.
BURNETT: Alright. I thank you very much for your time, Brian.
KAREM: Thank you, Erin, good to see you.
Sometimes you just have to wonder what planet Paul Krugman, the radical, left-wing columnist and economist for the New York Times, is living on. On Sunday morning, the journalist went on a tweet storm complaining that the media wasn’t presenting Trump accurately…because they were presenting him as sane.
Apparently Krugman has been living under a rock, because Trump’s alleged psychosis is the media’s second favorite talking point, after his alleged collusion with Russia to win the election in 2016. Regardless, the NYT columnist spent five tweets ranting about how the media was aiding Trump’s agenda by “pretending” he was sane and rational. Furthermore, Krugman wrote, Trump’s policies were derived entirely from problems Trump had made up in his mind.
So what did he list as examples of these supposed imaginary issues Trump drew out of thin air? How about illegal immigrant crime, and illegal voting?
Krugman went on to call journalists too timid to call out the president for being crazy. After all, they’d be accused of being “unbalanced” if they did that, he wrote. Clearly giving the media too much credit, he added, “Too often, they pretend that he’s talking about something real. This amounts, in practice, to huge pro-Trump bias.”
As if he hadn’t been clear enough already, Krugman came straight out and called Trump and his voters, crazy: “One side isn’t even wrong, just completely insane,” he reiterated
Dr Duke & Eric Striker – The Internal War between the Clever Jewish Extremists and the Crazy Jewish Extremists in American Policy!
Today was Thunderous Thursday with Eric “The Lightning” Striker. He and Dr. Duke talked about a variety of issues, from the Jewish take over of elite universities to the Jewish neocon domination of even “progressive” news organizations.
They talked about signs that the goyim are starting to whisper about their naked Jewish emperor, such as Tucker Carlson’s exposee on the insane diversity measures included in the air traffic controller recruitment system.
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The alarming – but admittedly skillful – driving was captured on traffic cameras and shared by the Ohio Department of Transportation, with the title, ‘What NOT to do in traffic.’
Cameras follow the white SUV reversing out of an inside lane of traffic on a busy stretch of Route 33. The vehicle continues to reverse up a sloped exit ramp and onto a feeder road, pausing for a moment as traffic speeds by, before reversing onto the highway and into oncoming traffic.
The SUV somehow even manages to travel over a bridge and through traffic lights without crashing into another vehicle. The video ends with the words, “Please, don’t be that driver.”
Officials suspect the SUV’s transmission failed and all the driver could do was reverse, WCMH-TV reports.
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When Nissan first started hinting that the new Leaf would have significantly less range than the Bolt or the Tesla Model 3, it prompted me to ask a question:
Do we need shorter range electric cars? Not only would medium-range cars be more affordable, but they also require fewer resources to manufacture while still meeting something like 90-95% of most drivers’ daily needs.
What I didn’t really get into, however, is that the answer to that question will depend very much on where you live. In the United States, for example, where towns and cities are generally speaking further apart, where transit options are more limited, and where there’s a stronger cultural affinity to the motor car and the road trip—the idea of a shorter range electric car might have limited appeal. (Indeed, some of the commenters let me know that in no uncertain terms.)
In my native Europe, however, (yes, I am a firm and unapologetic Remainian) people tend to drive shorter distances, live in denser urban communities, and also have more viable transit options for intercity travel.
This difference may be having an impact on two separate stories in the news recently. On the one hand, over at Cleantechnica, we hear that Leaf 2.0 is selling like hot cakes in Europe—shifting 6,053 units in March alone, setting a European record for sales of an all-electric car. (The plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander did once sell 6,485 units thanks to an incentive change-related spike in sales.)
Meanwhile, Electrek reports that Leaf sales ticked up only slightly in the United States following the launch of version 2.0. Specifically, the company sold 1,171 units in April, up only 10% on the year before.
Of course, early sales are a little dangerous to read too much into. After all, dealer familiarity and model availability, not to mention consumer awareness, may all mean that there’s simply a lag between launch and lift off. But it wouldn’t shock me if medium-range electric cars like the Leaf 2.0 do better in markets like Europe and Japan where cars are thought of less as an all encompassing mobility tool, and more as one option among many.
What do we think—sign of things to come, or simply statistical noise leading to ill-informed extrapolation? Share your gut feelings here.
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Your grandfather’s Democratic Party is dead and gone, as evidenced by its hard-Left turn away from ordinary everyday Americans who make this country work.
The latest evidence of this massive shift in political ideology is a serious legislative proposal by Sen. “Crazy Bernie” Sanders, an “independent” from Vermont who honeymooned with his wife back in the day in the “worker’s paradise” known as the Soviet Union.
Seems Bernie thinks everyone ought to have a government job, and ought to make at least $15 an hour doing it. No word yet on how Bernie would pay for this boondoggle other than “taxing the wealthy” — who, presumably, will continue working at whatever it is they do rather than taking a Bernie-supplied government gig.
(Meanwhile, the Trump FDA is about to regulate…pizza.)
About Bernie’s government jobs for all plan, he’s not quite finished with it, The Hill notes. But we are assured that the proposed legislation is on the way:
The senator is still in the early stages of crafting the plan, according to the Post, which would provide a job or required training for any American.
Sanders’s office has yet to release the details of the plan’s funding, but previous large-scale projects proposed by the Vermont progressive have involved ending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.
As further reported by The Washington Post, the proposal would provide a government job to those who only “want or need” one, but no doubt Bernie the Socialist wants everyone to be on the government dole because that way the government could become quite authoritarian and demand all sorts of things from We the People, lest they take away what they giveth:
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Sanders’s jobs guarantee would fund hundreds of projects throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education and other goals. Under the job guarantee, every American would be entitled to a job under one of these projects or receive job training to be able to do so, according to an early draft of the proposal.
Sounds great, huh? What could go wrong?
Before you get all giddy and believe the lie that plans like this will “pay for themselves” as someone wrote in response to the Post article, ask yourself some basic questions and then try to answer them.
Such as, if plans like this “pay for themselves,” why are Bernie and his staff still figuring out how to pay for them, as the Post reported?
Here’s something else to ponder. If communist/socialist economic and labor policies are superior to free-market capitalism (our supposed model), why did the Soviet Union collapse? Why isn’t Cuba a global superpower? Why isn’t Venezuela rich and prosperous instead of destitute and on the brink of self-destruction?
Bernie and every other Democrat like him support using “OPM” — other people’s money — to fund their unworkable and outrageous economic and labor schemes. They believe that successful Americans ‘don’t deserve’ to keep the fruits of their labor, that the money “the rich” earn isn’t noble or honorable and doesn’t really belong to them but instead belongs to the unwashed masses who ‘need it much more’ than the rich guy does.
They don’t understand or refuse to see the logic, wisdom, and successful history of an economy driven by innovation, self-serving desires, wants, needs, and a motivation to get ahead.
Plus, there’s no need for an expensive government jobs program. As The National Sentinel reports, there is record low unemployment all over the country, thanks to the Trump economic plan of deregulation, lower taxes, and created opportunity.
Democrats are still trying to convince voters that government rather than the private sector is best suited to ‘manage’ the economy. For anyone who still believes that one word should convince them otherwise: Obamacare.
See more big government nonsense at BigGovernment.news.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.
In celebration of Earth Day: An ode to our awesome orb.
Allow me to roll out a cliché and say that here at TreeHugger, every day is Earth Day. Tips on going green and sustainable design and treehugging in general are business as usual; our modus operandi 24/7. But who would we be to let such a momentous day as April 22 pass without some fanfare? So with that in mind, here’s some praise for the planet, glory for the globe, an all-around high-five highlighting some randomly remarkable features of this wild world we’re so lucky to call home.
1. Earth plays host to deadly, exploding lakes
Why should science fiction and horror movies have all the fun? Earth is pretty dramatic too. We’ve even got exploding lakes. In Cameroon and on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo there are three crater lakes – Nyos, Monoun and Kivu – which sit above volcanic earth. The magma below releases carbon dioxide into the lakes, and the gas can escape to form a limnic eruption, potentially killing everything nearby. Around Kivu Lake, geologists have found evidence of massive biological extinctions about every thousand years.
2. And boiling rivers
Hidden deep in the Peruvian rainforest and overseen by a powerful shaman, the sacred healing site of Mayantuyacu is home to a 4-mile long river that is 82-feet wide and 20 feet deep. And boasts water temperatures that range from 120F degrees to 196F degrees; in some parts it actually boils! Animals who fall in are killed quickly. And while there are hot springs in the Amazon, there is nothing like this river which is known to locals as Shanay-timpishka. (Read more about it here.)
3. The planet is covered in stardust
Every year, 40,000 tons of cosmic dust falls upon our planet. It’s not something we notice, but eventually all that dust, which is made of oxygen, carbon, iron, nickel, and all the other elements, finds its way into our bodies. We are stardust.
4. You can’t keep a good planet still
While we may feel like we’re standing still, of course, we are not. We’re actually spinning wildly and flying through space! It’s a wonder life seems so calm. Depending on where you are, you could be spinning at over 1,000 miles per hour (though those on the North or South poles would be still). Meanwhile, we’re moving around the sun at a zippy 67,000 miles per hour. Whoosh.
5. It has some really cold spots
We’re talking really, really cold. A few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle is the town of Oymyakon, Russia, which in 1933 earned the title as the coldest place on Earth when the temperature dropped to -90F. It is so cold here that people don’t turn their cars off and must heat the ground with a bonfire for days before in order to bury their dead. During the winter, the temperature averages -58F. Who needs mascara when you have crystal eyelashes?
6. And others that are as hot as Hades
On the other end of the mercury, Death Valley plays home to the hottest temperatures recorded: the hottest on the planet being 134F on July 10, 1913. That was not a good week in the desert; temperatures reached 129F or above on five consecutive days. More recently, the summer of 2001 saw 100F for 154 consecutive days, while the summer of 1996 was bestowed with 105 days over 110F and 40 days when the mercury reached 120F.
7. The high highs are really high
At 29,028 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest place on Earth when measured by sea level. But if you measure height based on the distance from the center of the planet, Mount Chimaborazo in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador takes the prize. Although Chimaborazo is about 10,000 feet shorter (relative to sea level) than Everest, this mountain is about 1.5 miles farther into space because of the equatorial bulge.
8. And the low down is deep
The lowest point on Earth is the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. It reaches down about 36,200 feet, nearly 7 miles, below sea level.
9. The planet has rocks that scoot themselves
In a remote stretch of Death Valley, a lakebed known as Racetrack Play plays home to one of the natural world’s more compelling mysteries: Rocks that sail across the bed of the lake, propelled by nothing that anyone can see. It’s a puzzle that has long-stumped scientists, and has rarely ever been seen in action, save for the long meandering tracks left behind in the mud surface. One theory holds that the scooting is caused by a succinct combination of rain, wind, ice and sun all playing on concert.
10. And dunes that sing
Around 30 places across the planet have sand dunes that sing and croak, creating low droning music that lands somewhere between chanting monks and a swarm of bees. From the Gobi Desert and Death Valley to the Sahara and Chilean desert, the source of the sounds has long remained a mystery, although there are a number of theories explaining the sonic phenomena, it remains a hotly debated topic.
11. There’s a sweet spot for lightning
Every night in northwestern Venezuela, where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo, a thunderstorm occurs. And not just a passing show, but a storm that can last up to 10 hours and averaging 28 lightning strikes per minute. Known as Relámpago del Catatumbo (the Catatumbo Lightning) it can strike as many as 3,600 bolts in an hour. Every night!
12. The world below is a giant, mysterious thing
We think we’re so fancy with our terrestrial lives, but you should see what’s going on down in the coral reefs. It is there in which exists the most species per unit area of any of the planet’s ecosystems, even more than the rainforests. And while the reefs are comprised of tiny individual coral polyps, together they form the largest living structures on Earth, even visible from space.
13. And we don’t know the half of it
While oceans cover around 70 percent of the planet, we’ve only explored some 5 percent of them. In a similar vein, scientists estimate that there are anywhere between 5 million and 100 million species on Earth, but … we have identified only about 2 million of them. We think we know it all, but there is so much left to discover. What a wonderful world!