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Congress Has Decided It’s Waited Long Enough For Nellie Ohr To Voluntarily Share Her Oppo Research On Trump

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When Nellie Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS and was married to DOJ backchannel official Bruce Ohr, testified before Congress in December 2018, she indicated she had conducted opposition research on President Donald Trump and his family.

She also said she’d be willing to share that research with Congress. Six months later, Congress is still waiting. And they’ve decided to stop waiting and get to work obtaining those records themselves. What that means in practice — i.e. if it requires a subpoena — is unclear.

From Fox’s Catherine Herridge:

Ohr has long been of interest to those looking into the genesis of the FBI’s probe into Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. She worked for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was behind the infamous, Democratic-funded dossier of salacious claims about Trump. She is also married to Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official whose connection to Fusion GPS led to his eventual demotion.

“Do you still possess the research that you performed?” a Republican investigator asked her during the interview.

“Yes,” she responded.

“Would you be willing to share that with the committee?”

“I guess so,” Nellie Ohr said.

Ohr’s research, by her own admission, was to determine if members of the Trump family “were involved in dealings and transactions with people who had suspicious pasts, or suspicious types of dealings.”

It’s unclear whether her research ended up in Christopher Steele’s now-infamous dossier. Ohr began her research prior to Steele’s employment with Fusion.

What is clear, however, is that Congressional investigators seem to think her research has more to tell them about the Russia probe and they mean to examine it by whatever means they have at their disposal.

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Will The UK Go Wobbly? Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt Sounds Like A Modern-Day Neville Chamberlain

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Iran’s naval forces captured two British oil tankers for alleged “marine violations” on Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. One vessel, the Mesdar, has been released and the other, the Stena Impero, remains in Iranian custody. There are 23 crew members on board whom are said to be of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino descent.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the press that “no British citizens were understood to be on board either vessel.”

Hunt said the Stena Impero had been surrounded by “four vessels and a helicopter.” He added that the Mesdar, the vessel which had been released, “had been surrounded by ten speedboats.”

He told the press, “Our ambassador in Tehran is in contact with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the situation and we are working closely with international partners.”

A government spokeswoman told the BBC that, “We have advised UK shipping to stay out of the area for an interim period.”

In a statement, Hunt said:

This is completely unacceptable. Freedom of navigation must be maintained. We are having an emergency meeting of the government’s Cobra Committee in a few minutes. We will respond in a way that is considered robust and we are absolutely clear that if this situation is not resolved quickly, there will be serious consequences.

We’re not looking at military options. We are looking at a diplomatic way to solve the situation, but we are very clear that it must be resolved. Freedom of navigation in the Gulf is absolutely essential. If that freedom of navigation is restricted, Iran is the biggest loser and so, it is in their interest to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. We will do everything we can to do that but as I say, there will be serious consequences if we’re not able to resolve it quickly.

His remarks sound rather toothless to me. He’s telling Iran right off the bat that a military option is off the table and that they plan to do nothing more than send another strongly worded statement condemning Iran’s aggression. Why would he say that publicly? Hunt sounds like a modern-day Neville Chamberlain.

I am certainly not advocating that the U.K. declare war on Iran. However, a strike or two on their naval targets to reduce the frequency of these incidents would be nice.

Shortly after Iran shot down a U.S. drone last month, several international shipping associations issued  recommendations against the use of armed security on board ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Concerned about unintended consequences, these organizations worried that an incident between a ship’s hired mercenaries and Iranian forces could touch off World War III.

I understand their logic, however, it would render all ships passing through the Gulf region defenseless against Iranian aggression.

It isn’t a coincidence that the Iranians backed away from a British tanker when they were confronted by a British warship earlier this week.

Several days ago, a report from Reuters London said that shipping companies had been hiring unarmed security guards “as an extra safeguard” to travel onboard ships passing through the region.

As an extra safeguard? Why bother? What good will unarmed security guards do when a ship is surrounded by ten weaponized Iranian speedboats?

Iran’s state news agency, Tasnim, reported early Saturday that the Stena Impero had been seized because it had struck an Iranian fishing vessel which is dubious. The newspaper quoted the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran:

We received some reports on the British oil tanker, Stena Impero, causing problems. We asked the military forces to guide this tanker towards Bandar Abbas port to have the required investigations carried out. The tanker was seized for breaking three regulations: shutting down its GPS; going through the exit of the Strait of Hormuz rather than the entrance; and ignoring warnings.

More likely, it is a response to Britain’s participation in the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker, the (Panama-flagged) Grace, off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th. Britain said that if Iran could prove the Grace was not destined for Syria, which would be a violation of European Union sanctions, they would release it.

On Friday, however, a Gibraltar court extended the detention of the Grace by 30 days.

Iran’s Fars news agency reported that a spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, said, “the rule of reciprocal action is well-known in international law.” He added that they had acted on Thursday to “confront the illegitimate economic war and seizure of oil tankers is an instance of this rule and is based on international rights.”

Tensions in the region have been rising since Trump’s May 2018 decision to withdraw from Obama’s 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. The restoration of economic sanctions against Iran have crippled their economy. Trump’s further tightening of sanctions over a month ago dialed up the pressure even more.

Although Iranian officials deny it, U.S. intelligence believes the country destroyed two oil tankers last month, one Japanese and the other Dutch. Shortly afterward, Iran shot down a U.S. drone.

It was announced on Friday night that the US would send 500 troops as well as aircraft and air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia. According to the Washington Post:

The move has been in the works for many weeks and is not a response to Friday’s seizure by Iran of a British tanker.

King Salman approved hosting U.S. armed forces in the kingdom “to increase joint cooperation in defense and regional security and stability,” a statement in the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The U.S. has asked Mideast allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in past weeks to contribute financially and militarily to a Trump administration proposal called the Sentinel Program — a coalition of nations working with the U.S. to preserve maritime security in the Persian Gulf and keep eyes on Iran.

Certainly, leaders don’t want to telegraph their responses, but I think that a military strike on Iran’s naval facilities is called for. It will capture their attention. Iranians understand force.

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Miss Michigan Stripped of Her Crown, Accused of “Islamophobia”

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Our ridiculous woke culture continues to expand its list of victims.

Kathy Zhu, who had won Miss Michigan in the Miss World America pageant, was stripped of her crown this week. The reason? Supposed racism, insensitivity, and Islamophobia. When you look into the details though, you’ll see how ridiculous the charges are and just how depraved certain segments of our society have become.

Below, she shares an email and text message exchange that better explains the situation.

Her “racism” amounted to sharing truthful statistics about black and black gun violence on social media. Her “Islamophobia?” She refused to put on a hijab when prompted to at an event on a college campus and later remarked that it was oppressive. Yes, that’s the extent of it. She simply refused to put on a head covering that is a symbol of forced oppression for hundreds of millions of women across the world. While some may disagree with having that description of the hijab, that’s hardly a reason to strip a woman of such a great accomplishment that she’s no doubt worked incredibly hard for.

When you read the exchanges, it seems like they were searching for a reason to punish her. The nonsense about her name, then all the sudden it’s about social media posts, then it’s about “racism,” which naturally serves a bludgeon regardless of the facts.

Via The Daily Caller.

DeJack specifically referred to a contestant requirement that Zhu be “of good character” and have a background that “is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organisation,” according to a screenshot Zhu shared.

“Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognise you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA,” the email stated.

The shot at her character is especially low. Saying she broke the rules is one thing. Trying to personally malign her is another and they are doing the latter.

The left-wing media are of course lapping this up. Here’s Newsweek’s ridiculous write up.

“Are the people in MWA implying that they advocate for the punishment of women who refuse to wear a hijab?” Zhu added. She did not provide any evidence to suggest the MWA was indeed in favor of punishing women for refusing to wear hijabs.

Right-wing Twitter users began sharing the story, citing it as evidence of anti-conservative bias and political correctness. BlazeTV host Lauren Chen said Zhu was stripped of her title “for highlighting crime rates in some black communities. The fact that these pageant people find her views offensive speaks more to their own bigotry than anything else.”

Music video director Robby Starbuck incorrectly interpreted the incident as proof that “you can’t even participate in a @MissWorldLtd pageant if you’re *gasp* openly Republican.” Conservative musician and activist Joy Villa also misread the situation, falsely claiming Zhu had been blocked from competing because the was a conservative.

MWA did not immediately respond to Newsweek‘s request for comment.

I love the “she did not provide any evidence” line. You know, except them stripping her of her crown over it. How the other personalities mentioned are “misreading” the situation is something Newsweek indeed provides no evidence of though.

Of course, the real reason she was stripped of her crown is simple. She’s a Trump supporter and a conservative, which means she’s not allowed to express herself in even the most mundane ways without backlash. If she weren’t those things, I have no doubt this wouldn’t have happened to her.

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Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Lunge Gets Abruptly Interrupted by a Question of Her American Indian ‘Honesty’

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In March, I covered Elizabeth Warren blaming her family for making her think she was an American Indian.

What if they’d told her she was Chinese?

Did they not have mirrors in Oklahoma? Or Massachusetts? Or anywhere else she’s lived?

As reported by Fox, on Thursday at a town hall event in New Hampshire, the idea resurfaced. A woman inquired of the 2020 hopeful about “honesty” regarding her heritage:

“How do you overcome the bridge with voters like me who like you, who like your plans, who like what you have to say but I have concerns about your honesty?”

Elizabeth Radecic, who asked the question, explained that — as a mother to two black children — she’d grown to further appreciate Affirmative Action. Squaw Warren had, in Radecic’s view, disrespected such programs by claiming she was an Indian in order to snag a Harvard job.


Elizabeth W. tried to woke up in front of the crowd.

She also gave a nod to the DNC’s return to the days of segregation — there are only two races: white and non-white, now called “people of color.”

“[I] shouldn’t have done it. I am not a person of color. I am not a citizen of a tribe and I’ve apologized for any confusion over tribal sovereignty, tribal citizenship, and any harm caused by that.”

Oddly, the senator released DNA testing results not so long ago, which revealed she was as little a 1/1,024 American Indian.

Somehow, that proved she was a descendant of an American tribe.

Activist Rebecca Nagle excoriated the release:

“Native,” of course, is a misuse of the term. All who are born in the U.S. are native Americans. The American Indians were not, as the idea goes, originally from North America. Experts believe they migrated to the North American continent from Asia via the Bering Strait (read more here).

We’re all the descendants of migrants. And we’re (virtually) all Native Americans. And Elizabeth Warren is very silly.

-ALEX

 

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Can We Ever Have An Honest Conversation About Race? [LISTEN]

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Yesterday an article I wrote on “people of color” hijacking the black experience started making the online rounds and stirring up a lot of discussion.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m fine if other minority groups want to lump themselves in with each other with this whole POC thing. There’s a shorthand in it all that’s valuable and I get that. I just don’t think Black Americans want or deserve to be tied to their watered-down version of “the struggle.”

Because that’s what this is – a naked attempt to hijack the unique civil rights struggles of Black America in order to hitch a ride to Victim Town. When women like Pressley are forced to lump her heritage and American experience in with those who are not “African-American/Black” she is being forced to pour water into her ancestral soup. She is forced to be brown instead of Black.

There is so much power in blackness that these women and others like them on the Left are desperate to pretend they know the struggle to siphon off even a little bit of that power.

I was invited by Townhall Senior Contributor Kurt Schlichter to join him over at KABC in Los Angeles to talk about the issue some more. Kurt was filling in for Larry O’Connor, who is currently traveling in Argentina with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (he’s all fancy now). We had a lot of fun talking about the Broad Squad, race, racism and the utter insanity that Trump has engendered on the Left.

In fact, we had such a great time that Dr. Drew (Midday Live with Dr.Drew) came into the studio before we finished up and asked if I could stay on for his show directly following. We continued the conversation along with Leeann Tweeden.

Can we ever have an honest race conversation? What would that even look like?

What is at stake for Black America by being folded into this broader category of “people of color”?

We talked at length about these questions and a lot of other things. Each of those hours are posted below.

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Unbelievable: The AP’s Tweet on the 50th Anniversary of Mary Jo Kopechne’s Death Leaves a Few Things Out

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FILE – This July 19, 1969 file photo shows U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s car being pulled from the water next to the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown, Mass. on Martha’s Vineyard. Kennedy’s passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, was trapped in the car after it went off the bridge and died. (AP Photo, File)

This is one of those stories you read and think “No way. Did they really do that?” I’m sad to report to you that yes, the Associated Press really did leave out some highly relevant details in their tweet recognizing the 50th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.

But first, some background on what happened on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts on July 18, 1969:

U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Oldsmobile sedan veered off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, an extension of the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard off Massachusetts, and plunged into a moonlit pond 50 years ago Thursday. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned.

Kennedy, 37, survived, but his presidential ambitions did not. The Massachusetts Democrat waited 10 hours to report the accident to police, and the “whys?” dogged him for the rest of his days.

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Kennedy was driving after a party when his car flipped into the chilly waters, trapping Kopechne inside. She had been a campaign worker for Kennedy’s brother, Robert, who was assassinated the previous year in Los Angeles during California’s Democratic presidential primary.

Kennedy, who managed to free himself from the submerged vehicle, said he tried in vain to rescue Kopechne. He later described his failure to report the accident to police for 10 hours as “indefensible,” attributing the delay to exhaustion, shock and a concussion.

Kennedy also called his mistress Helga Wagner the morning after the incident instead of his wife Joan.

Kennedy, a Democratic party icon, wouldn’t serve a day of time for Kopechne’s death, instead going on to serve for decades in the U.S. Senate. His timeline of what he says happened that night has been under scrutiny since day one.

With all of that in mind, check out how the AP described what happened:

Oh, okay. So I guess it was the car that did something reprehensible, not Kennedy.

And “Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned”? A better way to put it would be to say that “Kennedy was able to escape, but left Kopechne to die.”

Also, as Hot Air‘s Ed Morrissey points out, it was never determined exactly how Kopechne died – because an autopsy was not conducted:

It’s not true that Kopechne “drowned.” The coroner never autopsied the body, itself a curious omission when dealing with an unattended death of a healthy young woman. Eyewitness testimony by the person who recovered her body at the scene, as well as the position of the body, strongly suggests she suffocated after spending a significant amount of time exhausting the oxygen in the air bubble of the submerged car. Heavy covered this in the release of the film Chappaquiddick last year:

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Reporting it as a drowning 50 years later is factually deficient, but that’s the least of the sins of this AP headline. Nowhere in this description is the fact that Kennedy was driving the car, and that he was speeding when he went off the bridge. Instead, the car mysteriously “went off a bridge” by itself, or perhaps with Kopechne at the wheel.

This is a more apt description of what happened than the AP‘s version :

Bonus take from Brit Hume:

As of this writing, the AP has not corrected their “report” in any later tweets.

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SHOCK: Bernie Sanders Pays LESS Than $15 and NO OVERTIME!

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Perhaps it’s time for Bernie Sanders to put his money where his mouth is and pay his staffers a “living wage”—and the overtime they should be entitled to.

For all is rhetoric, it may turn out that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is just another hypocritical politician who takes money from big corporations, invests in Wall Street and, reportedly, pays his workers “poverty wages” (and NO overtime)—despite the fact that they’re unionized.

Back in March, to show his “pro-union” bonafides, Bernie Sanders made headlines when he encouraged his staffers to unionize with the United Food & Commercial Workers, turning his campaign into the first-ever unionized presidential campaign.

However, as often happens when activists who campaign to dictate standards upon others actually have to live under those standards, things do not always go as planned.

On Thursday, the same day that the House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour—which Sanders has long advocated for—the Washington Post ran an article that shed some light on a wage dispute that is currently going on within his campaign.

Apparently, Sanders’ campaign workers are lashing out at campaign management regarding the low wages that they are receiving.

“I am struggling financially to do my job, and in my state, we’ve already had 4 people quit in the past 4 weeks because of financial struggles,” one field organizer reportedly wrote on a message board to Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir.

Another employee wrote his co-workers “shouldn’t have to get payday loans to sustain themselves.”

Then, there was this interesting statement:

The draft letter estimated that field organizers were working 60 hours per week at minimum, dropping their average hourly pay to less than $13. [Emphasis added.]

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As field organizers are paid an annual salary of $36,000 under their new union contract, things would be fine—if they are only working 40 hours per week.

However, it appears they are not.

If they are truly working 60 hours per week (or 3,000 hours per year), on a salary of $36,000, they are only making $12 per hour, instead of the $17.30 they should be making on a standard 40-hour week, 2,080-hours per work year.

Obviously, $12 per hour is far less than the $15 Bernie Sanders claims to support.

However, it’s worse than that.

Based on the article, it also appears that Sanders is not paying overtime.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, employees who are not exempted from the law are entitled to time and one half pay for every hour worked after 40 hours in a given workweek.

[Some states (and, more importantly, some union contracts) actually mandate time and one half after eight hours.]

If the Sanders campaign workers are not exempt from the FLSA and are entitled to overtime, they should be making nearly $26 per hour for every hour worked over 40.

Following the 2016 election, the DNC was sued by former field organizers who alleged that the “the state party defendants conspired with one another and with Defendant DNC to unlawfully designate Plaintiffs, and those similarly situated, as exempt employees under the FLSA and applicable state wage statutes, thereby denying Plaintiffs full and appropriate compensation.”

Unfortunately for the DNC’s field organizers, the suit was dismissed in 2018.

In dismissing the overtime suit, according to this summary, “the Court relied on an often-overlooked defense to the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) – namely, that the FLSA only covers employees engaged in interstate commerce as opposed to employees engaged in purely local activities. [Emphasis added.]”

That case involved multiple state parties (as well as the DNC)–and not a singular candidate.

In the case of Bernie Sanders, however, a court could determine his campaign to be a singular employer…and, if so, it is definitely operating across state lines (interstate commerce).

It is also possible that the new union contract may aid a court in establishing that employees are not exempted from the FLSA. However, neither the campaign, nor the UFCW has released the contract to the public.

Perhaps it’s time for Bernie Sanders to, quite literally, put his money where his mouth is.

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Despite Democratic Claims, New Report Reveals 95% of Border Children Have Been Reunited with Family or Sponsors

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A report from Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveals that the Trump administration’s reunited the vast majority of children at the border with their parents or a guardian.

Data from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates that 95% of kids released from custody have been “reunified with an individual sponsor or released to a parent.”

The document identifies more than 2,500 children separated at the border. According to the metrics — of 1,619 — 99% have been discharged.

From the report:

Of the 1,603 discharged children, 1,546 children—or 95 percent—were either reunified with an individual sponsor or released to a parent. Specifically, 1,061 children were released to a parent and 485 children were reunified with an individual sponsor,”

So what of the remainder?

Of the remaining 73 children who had not been reunited with an individual sponsor or released to a parent, HHS provided the following data:

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Furthermore, the report corrects a misconception that 30 minors remain cruelly separated from their parents:

Although Democrats allege that 30 children remain separated from their families, these children remain separated largely because either the parents pose a danger to their child or the parents have expressed an intent not to reunify with their child.

We have problems at the border. And adults who’ve attempted to sneak into the country have been detained — as they were under Obama as well.

The situation is a mess. But thanks to the report for providing a better understanding of what’s going on amid the crisis.

-ALEX

 

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Idiot of the Week: Actor Tom Arnold Tells Distinguished War Veteran Dan Crenshaw to Man Up (Seriously)

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

There’s something to be said for thinking about what you say before you say it.

Clearly that’s not a concept that actor Tom Arnold understands, because on Thursday he took a swipe at Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) that ripped a page right out of the “stuck on stupid” handbook.

The freshman Congressman posted a tweet on Thursday decrying the fact that liberals and Democrats take the fun and joy out of everything, especially when it comes to proud moments in American history and patriotism like the 50th aniversary of the Apollo 11 landing:

Arnold who, unlike Crenshaw , is a warrior in keyboard name only, jumped at the chance to suggest that Crenshaw man up and stop “blaming leftists” for “stupid sh*t no one would’ve noticed or cared about”:

Is it just me or did Arnold kinda sort make Crenshaw’s point about liberals taking the fun and joy out of everything?

In any event, the responses to Arnold’s tweet were priceless, but Red State‘s Bonchie had the one that probably hit closest to the mark:

Just for comparison’s sake, here are Crenshaw’s distinctions:

Dan graduated from Tufts University in 2006, where he earned his Naval officer commission through Navy ROTC. He immediately reported to SEAL training in Coronado, CA, where he met his future wife, Tara, just a few months later. After graduating SEAL training, Dan deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to join SEAL Team Three, his first of five deployments overseas.

On Dan’s third deployment in 2012, his life changed forever. After six months of combat operations, Dan was hit by an IED blast during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was evacuated and awoke from his medically induced coma learning that his right eye had been destroyed in the blast and his left eye was still present, but badly damaged. Dan was completely blind and the doctors did not believe he would ever see again. Tara stood by him every day and night, keeping faith and praying he would see again. After several difficult surgeries, he eventually regained sight in his left eye, a miracle according to the head surgeon. Dan refused to quit and went on to deploy twice more, first back to the Middle East in 2014 and then South Korea in 2016.

Dan was medically retired in September of 2016, after ten years in the SEAL Teams. He left service with two Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, among many other recognitions. Soon after, Dan completed his Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In September of this year, he was back in Houston, volunteering for days on end in areas of Katy devastated by Hurricane Harvey. He saw first-hand the unthinkable losses that his neighbors suffered, but he also saw Texan grit and resilience. He wanted to do more, and this November Dan and Tara decided that the best way to serve the people of Texas would be in elected office.

And so he was.

Arnold, on the other hand, is a perpetually outraged left-wing actor and not-so-funny comedian best known for being Roseanne Barr’s ex.

Based on that information, it’s pretty clear who The Man is in this discussion. But I’ll leave that up to the readers to decide.

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2020 Democratic Candidate Leads White Children in an Apology to Black Adults for Slavery & Police Brutality. Ready to Vote?

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[Screenshot from Marianne Williamson via YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccKdu5PT5dE]

 

2020 Democratic hopeful Marianne Williamson is SuperWoke: At an event last year, she called upon the white people in the crowd to apologize to the black people in the crowd for slavery, lynching, and police brutality.

The Houston Chronicle loved it. Their headline read “Marianne Williamson Asked White People to Apologize. She Got it Right.”

Here’s how they described it:

Marianne Williamson walked to the middle of the stage, paused for a second, then she asked all the black people to stand. She then instructed a white person to hold the hand of a black person standing … Williamson then told the white people to repeat after her. She began with, ‘I apologize…’”

So, just to clarify… The self-help guru wants, let’s say, a 5-year-old girl…to apologize to an 80-year-old woman for how she’s wronged her.

Some may say the 5-year-old is too young to have wronged someone so much older. But slaves are even older. They’re so old, in fact, that they’re no longer alive.

Some may say the 5-year-old is too innocent to have wronged anyone. But she’s no more guilty of causing things she hasn’t done than is anyone else.

Hence, my headline. If all whites are guilty toward all blacks, then white children have wronged elderly black people.

But best-selling author Marianne believes it’s necessary:

Her focus was on racism and politics, claiming that until the United States addresses slavery honestly, gets deep about its enduring impact on African-Americans and makes amends, we will continue a cycle of hate and racism in this country.

A black woman stood up and told Williamson, who is Jewish, she was struggling to deal with the hurt and hate in her heart for white people because of racism. Williamson said one of the problems is that many white people are in denial about racism, don’t want to talk about it and want black people to “get over it.”

Here’s the prayer. Black readers, find someone to tell you this, and see if suddenly the world is more just. White readers, find a black friend and repeat. If you’re a black adult who’s adopted a white baby, have your toddler say this to you. Let’s everyone do this, and this afternoon, perhaps Marianne will have magically changed America:

On behalf of myself, and on behalf of my country, to you and all African Americans, from the beginning of our nation’s history, in honor of your ancestors and for the sake of your children, please hear this from my heart…

I apologize. Please forgive us.

With this prayer, I acknowledge the depth of evils that have been perpetrated against black people in America.

From slavery, to lynchings, to white supremacist laws, to the denial of voting rights, to all the ways both large and small, that abuses have occurred — all of them evil, all of them wrong.

For all the oppression and all the injustice, I apologize. Please forgive us.

For the denial of human and civil rights, for inequities in criminal justice, for instances of police brutality, for the denial of opportunity, for economic injustice, for all ways that racism has fostered these wrongs…

I apologize. Please forgive us.

Let us all know if it helped in the Comments section.

Slavery was a horrific evil. Police brutality — which has found victims among all races — is a scourge. Lynchings were disgusting.

Does politics address these? When it uses words to give an appearance of change where there is none?

Apparently, Marianne’s been practicing the prayer for a while — watch it in the video below, from 2016. I have no reason to believe her heart isn’t in the right place. But what does pageantry accomplish?

For racial unity in this country, hearts and attitudes have to change. A rally where Simon Says to say you’re sorry does nothing.

But maybe I’m wrong. If Marianne can guru her way to We Are the World, I say let’s elect her.

-ALEX

 

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