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China Blinks on Pork and Soybean Tariffs

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Some news from the trade war front. China has decided to exempt pork and soybeans from future tariffs, giving a much needed reprieve to the agricultural sector in the United States. There was joking last week when China lifted tariffs on a few inconsquential items that it was an “olive twig,” but this move signals something bigger.

Via Reuters.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will exempt some agricultural products from additional tariffs on U.S. goods, including pork and soybeans, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Friday, in the latest sign of easing Sino-U.S. tensions before a new round of talks aimed at curbing a bruising trade war.

The United States and China have both made conciliatory gestures, with China renewing purchases of U.S. farm goods and U.S. President Donald Trump delaying a tariff increase on certain Chinese goods.

This is likely happening for reasons related to China’s condition, not as a gesture of good will. China would like nothing more than to stick it to us but they rely on our agricultural products to keep their people from starving.

An outbreak of deadly African swine fever, which has cut China’s pig herd by a third since mid-2018, has propelled Chinese pork prices to record levels and left the country in need of replacement supplies from overseas. U.S. pork exports to China so far this year have largely fallen short of expectations.

That issue of diseases didn’t just come out of nowhere. It is a result of China sourcing unsafe Russian pork to try to replace what we were selling them. In other words, China needs us and they are starting to feel the pinch. Hence, they lifted these tariffs because they need the imports, not just to be nice.

It’s disappointing that just last week I saw some conservatives on Twitter snarking that Trump should retreat and declare victory. That’s short sighted and stupid. It’s exactly the kind of attitude that got Trump elected, i.e. the idea that Republicans aren’t willing to fight the tough battles. Trump is winning this trade war. For now, the U.S. has been largely left unscathed, with the markets already rebounding big after a scare a few weeks ago. The question is whether Trump can finish this before 2020. This isn’t something he’s going to want hanging over his head. That’s the only wildcard in this.

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Babylon Bee Accurately Predicts a Snopes Fact Check Nine Months Before They Do It

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As we’ve documented, the faux fact-checking site, Snopes.com, is engaged in a campaign to have the satire site, BabylonBee, demonetized by Facebook and ideally to have them deplatformed altogether. Snopes, rather stupidly, claims that people are often fooled by BabylonBee headlines and that makes them dangerous. To back that claim up they’ve produced some of the most fraudulent research in the history of social science research and that, my friends, took a whole lot of doing. For it’s part, BabylonBee has engaged in its own campaign of subversion by relentlessly lampooning and mocking the nasty little SJWs at Snopes who are trying to silence them.

In January, Babylon Bee ran this story:

It is actually spot on because virtue signalling and protecting Democrats are the twin pillars of the Snopes business model.

On Friday, Snopes ran this story:

‘Interesting’ is one way to describe it. In a lengthy piece, Snopes manages to admit that there is not a scintilla of evidence to indicate that Harlan Sanders stole a recipe for fried chicken from a black woman named “M(s)(iss)(rs) Childress.” The article shows the images supposedly of this woman are from a 1920s ad for “Snowdrift” shortening.

Despite the absence of documentary evidence to support the “Miss Childress” theory, Williams-Forson outlined the reasons why it should not be dismissed, writing to us in an email:

“This is not to say it did not happen. I am saying I did not find this evidence. And where might this evidence be uncovered? Would Sanders have acknowledged it? Might the African American family have kept a receipt? This is a needle in a haystack because it happened so often to African Americans, who were denied the opportunity to read and write, and thus were unable to document their culinary practices.”

Although we have found no evidence to support the claim, it is possible that Sanders did directly steal his fried chicken recipe from a specific African American woman, who may or may not have been named Childress. If he did, it is also plausible that no documentary evidence of that act of plagiarism ever existed, or that if it did, it has not survived.

Alternatively, Sanders might have borrowed and taken elements of several fried chicken recipes, perhaps some of them invented by, or passed down or shared between, African American women — in the way that many recipes evolve and change over the years. “Miss Childress” might simply be a stand-in or symbolic victim in the wider legacy of appropriation and intellectual property theft that characterized much of the cultural relations between whites and blacks in early 20th-century America. Until and unless we obtain concrete evidence that clears up that uncertainty, we are issuing a rating of “Unproven.”

At the risk of being castigated as a racist, I’d like to point out that contrary to popular belief in some quarters, white people actually ate chicken before the first slaves arrived in 1619. Fried chicken, in particular, was ubiquitous in the tidewater south where most of the English settlers hailed from the Southwest of England (see David Hackett Fischer’s Albion’s Seed for details) and where fried food, particularly fried birds, were referred to as being cooked “Dorset fashion.” Again, please don’t call be a racist, but frying a f***ing bird is hardly a major cultural or scientific achievement. Rolling one in cornmeal or flour and frying it isn’t unique to any cultural tradition that has invented fire and the skillet. The real genius of KFC was not the number of herbs and spices used but in the vision to understand how franchising a product was worth a lot more than serving it up on a Kentucky roadside.

One thing that came to my attention was this, “the real key to its success was Sanders’ innovation of using a pressure cooker rather than a deep pan.” Funny. My family comes from southern West Virginia where you can probably count all the households with black cooks on one thumb. My mother (now in her 80s) learned to make fried chicken like that from her mother. Why? Because all the good chickens were sold to the local grocer for cash and the only ones the family ate were played-out hens and roosters in need of Viagra. Parboiling, and later pressure cooking, these tough stringy birds made them edible.

Rather than shoot down an obviously false story, Snopes decided to keep it alive and provided all kinds of nebulous bullsh** from academic purveyors of the same which boils down to “some white people stole intellectual property from some black Americans and so Sanders might have done it too despite the 100% lack of any evidence.” BabylonBee could have written this story itself…and it would have rightfully been called satire.

And a final thought. If you want to go along with this cultural appropriation nonsense, don’t do it in English because, my man, because you are quite possibly stealing my patrimony and using it for your pathetic whining, something my ancestors didn’t do.

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Finally! Common Ground Between Conservatives and Climate Change Goobers Is Discovered

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, joins a coalition of youth climate leaders and environmental groups during a climate strike outside the United Nations, Friday Aug. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

So, on Friday there was a “climate strike” in front of the White House. I missed it at the time because I was “dropping some friends off at the lake” or, in Special Forces vernacular, “locking out a SEAL Team,” or something similarly vital. The key attraction in this goat rope apparently was 16-year-old Swedish climate alarmist prodigy, Greta Thunberg.

Before moving forward, let me digress here just for a second. It has become fashionable on the left to use kids as human shields for all kinds of really stupid ideas–and there was a lot of stupid, front and center, on Friday:

For instance, the viciously stupid David Hogg was given a pass by the right. Why? I don’t have a clue beyond a suspicion that it was some kind of fear that we’d be criticized for pointing out he was a buffoon. This Thunberg kid is also involved in spouting nonsense and no one is taking her on. You’ll notice that the left had no similar problems in going after Kyle Kashuv. Bottom line, kids who get involved in adult debates must be held to adult standards. Dumb ideas don’t become smarter just because you’re a know-it-all teenager. We’re done with the Children’s Crusade nonsense.

Anyway, aside from the main attraction there was this:

This has been a recurring theme with the climate alarmist goober demographic,

Our planet is going to face disaster if we don’t turn this ship around. And so it’s basically, like, there’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people, to have a legitimate question. Ya know, should—is it okay to still have children? Not just financially, because people are graduating with 20, 30, 100 thousand dollars of student loan debt, so they can’t even afford to have kids in the house, but also there’s just this basic moral question, like, what do we do?

In fact, you see it among many of the young kids at the “climate strike”

This may seem depressing until you realize that this is actually a political breakthrough. This is a point of agreement between we, the reality and science based community, and them, the climate alarmists and Armageddon fantasists. No. You shouldn’t have kids. You’re stupid. You’re incompetent to be parents. You’re using your kids as sockpuppets for quackery and making them feel as though they are not wanted, that they are a detriment to Gaia or whatever bullsh** you guys are worshipping this week, and that they have no future. That kind of an attitude becomes self-fulfilling. If you really believe this stuff you should definitely not have kids until there is a Green New Deal because there isn’t going to be one. Now, of course, this means that you’re going to, best case, die alone and be eaten by the cats you tried to train to be vegan. Worst case you’re going to be packed off to some kind of a warehouse staffed by like-minded nutters who believe your ancient ass is a drain on scarce resources and that you’re a prime candidate for euthanasia. You won’t get visitors. You will die alone and unmourned. And you’ll be used for compost.

Children are a blessing. They shouldn’t be drafted into adult wars. They shouldn’t learn that it is okay to interject themselves into adult conversations. Whatever problems the world has is going to be solved by having more children raised by competent parents.

So actually Friday was a very good day. We have found something with which we can agree with the climate alarmists.

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One more state: Equal Means Equal is taking over Virginia in the name of the Equal Rights Amendment

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Two things can surely make a portion of the United States population happy: free rent and ice cream. Add in advocacy for equal rights and, for some, you’ve got a plan. At least, Kamala Lopez does.

“Who doesn’t love ice cream?” she says with a laugh. The actress, filmmaker, activist and founder of the Equal Means Equal organization, kicked off the Equal Rights Amendment campaign, #IScream4Equality, in Virginia on Aug. 26.

But it’s about much more than everyone’s favorite summer dessert.

“It’s unknown to people that the fate of the Equal Rights Amendment lies on Virginia,” says Lopez. “That’s why we’re coming in to talk to people, wherever they will listen, and let them know that this is in play for the country.”

Equal Means Equal is set to take its ice cream truck, fit with informative and educational volunteers, around to every college campus across the state prior to Election Day on Nov. 5, to inform voters about the state of the ERA in 2019.

In 2017 and 2018, Lopez led voting campaigns in several states across the country, with her efforts leading Nevada and Illinois to become the first states in nearly 50 years to approve the amendment on a state level. This made way for the opportunity of one more state (making 38 in total) to force the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and include an equal rights amendment for the first time in United States history.

Virginia is one of the 15 remaining states that has yet to approve the ERA. Could it be the one in 2019? It should be, says Lopez, but people have to vote to make it happen.

To learn more about the Equal Rights Amendment’s fate in Virginia prior to the 2019 election season, read Jesse Rifkin’s in-depth story from our September 2019 issue.

“We’re not in the business of telling people who to vote for,” says Lopez. “We just want people to vote, and we’re simply telling them that the fate of the ERA is in the hands of Virginia this November.”

So why not give out free ice cream to everyone, everywhere? College students are the campaign’s target audience, says Lopez, thanks to one of the organization’s biggest challenge: apathy.

“After I first found out that [women] did not have equal rights in this country and I started speaking up about it, I would go and speak at colleges around the country and students would say, ‘That was dealt with in the ’70s, so we’re all good.’ But that’s not right,” says Lopez. “If they don’t know about the reality of [the ERA], then how will they know they need to do something about it?”

The truck has stops planned for Virginia State University, Shenandoah University and the University of Virginia, just to name a few. But aside from college campus visits, Lopez and her team are also renting a house in Suffolk, Virginia, to conquer two of Virginia’s districts: 76 and 91, currently represented by republicans Chris Jones and Gordon Helsel, respectively.

The home will act as a temporary headquarters for the team and is offering a free stay to volunteers willing to help with the organization’s local efforts.

“Virginia Equality Warriors,” as the team is calling them, can stay in one of the home’s six beds or two couches for up to two months until Nov. 5, as long as they agree to knock on doors, canvas districts and educate Virginia residents about the ERA.

Lopez can’t promise that it will be easy, but she does believe it will be a fun and informative opportunity for people to engage in important discussions about equal rights.

“I am a little scared too,” says Lopez, when asked about being in a home that is open to volunteers, and making Equal Means Equal’s local presence and activism known. “Especially with what happened in Charlottesville [in August 2017], and as a woman of color. But I am more concerned with what we’ll face out there. I am totally comfortable with debate, I just want to avoid the extremely uncomfortable bullying and intimidation we might face.”

Lopez has been working to coordinate statewide efforts with Kati Hornung, campaign manager for VAratifyERA, and says she has a great deal of respect for all of the effort Horning has already put in. Lopez just wants to see results come November, and make even more voters aware of the ERA’s continuous uphill battle.

“[Women] were deliberately left out of the Constitution,” says Lopez. “It wasn’t an oversight. And now we have to fight because the Constitution is the foundation of America, and half of our nation has been deliberately excluded. Just give us equal rights. That’s all we want. It’s very basic and simple.”

Interested volunteers can sign up for the ice cream truck or to stay at the Equal Means Equal Suffolk home through the website.

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The Questions Asked by Mike Flynn’s Lawyer Shows She Has Been Getting a Lot of Help From Within the FBI

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FILE – In this July 10, 2018, file photo, former President Donald Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, right, arrives at federal courthouse in Washington, for status hearing. Prosecutors with the special counsel’s office say Flynn is not yet ready to be sentenced. The joint filing with defense lawyers Tuesday, Aug. 21, is a sign that Flynn’s cooperation with investigators is continuing.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

On Thursday, Mike Flynn’s legal team was back in court. What the team, led by the awesome Sidney Powell, is trying to do is to convince a federal judge that the government’s treatment of Flynn has been so egregious and so in defiance of court orders that the only remedy is to throw out the case. My colleague, Bonchie, covered it in Michael Flynn’s Legal Team Throws Down The Gauntlet. Essentially, Powell asked Judge Emmett Sullivan to make the government show cause as to why it should not be held in contempt.

Now that Powell’s full motion to compel has been unsealed, we can see that she knows a helluva lot about what went on within the upper ranks of the FBI and that can only be because someone who was in the room at critical times is feeding her information.

In her Motion to Compel, Powell catalogued 40 categories of evidence the government has refused to turn over. She seeks a court order requiring federal prosecutors to provide the withheld evidence under Brady and its progeny. Brady and its offshoots require prosecutors to disclose material exculpatory and impeachment evidence to the defense team. And, as Judge Sullivan made clear during Tuesday’s hearing, that duty exists even though Flynn had already pleaded guilty and even though he had agreed that the government would not be required to provide him with further evidence.

Some of the evidence Powell seeks is already presumed by many to exist, such as FISA applications pertaining to Flynn and the original 302 written shortly after FBI agents interviewed Flynn about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. But other evidence Powell identifies reveals that she has skinned all the snakes involved in SpyGate and knows exactly what went down. For instance, Powell requested “any information, including recordings or 302s, about Joseph Mifsud’s presence and involvement in engaging or reporting on Mr. Flynn and Mifsud’s presence at the Russia Today dinner in Moscow on December 17, 2015.”

It was at that dinner gathering that Flynn met Vladimir Putin. (A photograph capturing the two at that event has been used to further the Flynn-is-a-Russian-agent narrative.) Powell’s court filing is the first we are learning that Mifsud also attended that gathering—a strange coincidence given the FBI’s claim that it launched its investigation into the Trump campaign upon learning that Mifsud had informed the young Trump advisor George Papadopoulos that the Russians had dirt on Hillary.

Indeed, everything we’ve seen and heard to date indicates that far from being a Russian agent of some sort, Joseph Mifsud was a wholly owned property of one or more Western intelligence services. The fact that Mueller did NOT interview him despite him being available and his links to Western intelligence services calls into question the value of the information that he allegedly passed onto George Papadopoulos about the Russians “having dirt” on Hillary.

But then it gets really funny. This is via Legal Insurrection:

* Any and all evidence that during a senior-attended FBI meeting or video conference, Andrew McCabe said, “First we fuck Flynn, then we fuck Trump,” or words to that effect.

* A letter delivered by the British Embassy to the incoming National Security team after Donald Trump’s election, and to outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice (the letter apparently disavows former British Secret Service Agent Christopher Steele, calls his credibility into question, and declares him untrustworthy).

* All payments, notes, memos, correspondence, and instructions, by and between the FBI, CIA or DOD with Stefan Halper–going back as far as 2014–regarding Michael Flynn, Svetlana Lokhova, Mr. Richard Dearlove (of MI6), and professor Christopher Andrew (connected with MI5) and Halper’s compensation through the DOD Office of Net Assessment as evidenced by the whistleblower complaint of Adam Lovinger….

* Unredacted copies of all memos created by or other communications from James Comey that mention or deal with any any investigation, surveillance, FISA applications, interviews, or use of a confidential human source or “OCONUS lures” against Mr. Flynn.

* An internal DOJ document dated January 30, 2017, in which the FBI exonerated Mr. Flynn of being “an agent of Russia.”

The top two are total game changers. Together they show that the FBI knew that Steele’s dossier was largely a fraud and it also shows that McCabe had targeted both Flynn and Trump. This specific items shows that there are people in the FBI telling Powell what went on and where to look and this, in turn, puts the FBI on notice that lying about their existence is simply begging for someone to leak a copy of the documents to her…assuming that hasn’t already been done.

No matter what you think about Trump or Flynn, you should be able to see that Flynn was targeted for a malicious prosecution by an outgoing administration and its loyalists. That is wrong. That is why we are not Brazil or Argentina. The takeaway should not be “har, har, har, that’s funny” it should be “if they will do it to the President of the United States and his top staff, then you, my friend, are so very f***ed.”

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Obama Bro Ben Rhodes Bursts In Like the Kool-Aid Man to Shill for Iran After Deadly Attacks

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Yesterday, massive explosions rocked a Saudi Arabian oil field, shutting down 5% of the world’s production. As my colleague streiff shared earlier today, we didn’t have to wait long to find out who did it. If you had Iran as the aggressor, congrats, although that’s not a difficult guess these days. It appears cruise missiles, possibly fired by Iranian backed militias in Iraq, were used in the attack.

Mike Pompeo confirmed that Iran was the backing for the operation, as the cruise missiles are theirs and only their proxies use them.

Never fear though. Obama bro Ben Rhodes is on the case and he’s here to let us know that Iran wasn’t actually responsible.

Rhodes has never met a situation where he doesn’t run to side with the Mullahs. The relationship he has with them and the sheer amount of shilling he does in their favor leaves a lot of open questions. Just why is he so invested in propping up a brutal Islamic dictatorship? What’s in it for Rhodes?

Of course, what Rhodes says there is nonsensical garbage. The Houthis are being controlled by Iran and they are also financing and supplying their war effort.

Want a clear example of media bias? Notice how during the Obama administration, not once did a major outlet question the qualifications of Ben Rhodes. This despite the fact that he had zero foreign policy experience and was a failed writer until Obama inexplicably put him at his right hand. Meanwhile, they lost their minds over Nikki Haley going to the UN and Trump bringing on numerous generals.

Rhodes oversaw one of the most disastrous foreign policy regimes in modern history. His delusional Arab Spring push set the entire Middle East on fire and over half a million people died in Syria because of his pacifism of Iran and inaction on the battlefield. The only thing he managed to get done was a useless nuclear deal with Iran, which they never had intentions of following anyway.

While the current media complex won’t call this clown out, hopefully history won’t be as kind.

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Beto Channels Booker’s T-Bone When He Claims Lots Of Texans Are Giving Up Their AR-15s Because They Don’t Feel Safe

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Robert Francis Beta Beto O’Rourke may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but he can learn. You know how NJ Senator and presidential aspirant Cory Booker has at various times claimed to have a drug dealer friend named T-bone and girlfriend (though I’m sure anyone as relentlessly and remorselessly heterosexual as Booker has dozens of girlfriends)? Now Beto has one-upped his mentor an invented dozens of Texans who are supportive of his promise to sent SWAT to your door to “buy back” your AR-15 or equivalent.

Using guns to hunt or for self-defense makes a lot of sense to us here in Texas. But even from those Texans who own AR-15s, they’ve told me this themselves: ‘I don’t need this. I don’t need it to hunt. I don’t need it to protect myself. It was fun to use. I like taking it out to the range, but if giving this back or cutting it to pieces or selling it to the government helps to keep us safer, then by all means let’s do it.’

First off, this is a lie on its face. If you are only using your modern sporting rifle for hunting, target practice, or self-defense then you really aren’t much of a danger to anyone. If you are a big enough p***y to say what Beto says is being said to him, you are manifestly not only not a danger but fairly useless. No sane person believes this is the case.

The real reason that Beto is doing this is because his bald statement, aimed at the cheap seats at the Houston debate, about “Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” gave the entire gun rights movement the clarity they need to see what the final objective is (assuming they were too dense to figure that out earlier). In fact, Beto was so clear that Democrats are whining about the danger he’s done (see Brandon Morse’s Even Democrat Lawmakers Wish O’Rourke Hadn’t Said He’d Take Our Guns).

All Beto is doing here is damage control. He’s telling a bald-faced lie knowing that a compliant and sympathetic media will go along and support him.

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Mike Pompeo Blames Iran For Massive Attack On Saudi Arabian Oil Facilities

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Earlier today a major Saudi Arabian crude oil field was hit by an attack. The first reports said that the attack had been carried out by 10 drones (I don’t know how they convinced Jim Swift and the rest of the Bulwark gang to strap on explosive jet packs and yet… okay, that’s a joke, there is no known jetpack that could lift Swift) and the Iranian allied and supported Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this oil field produces about 5% of the world’s crude oil and is now off line. The Saudis claim they will have it back in operation by Monday. The operative word is “claim.”

Some things in the story, however, never made sense. For instance, the range was well over 500 miles from Houthi territory (here I’m just measuring from the Yemeni border) which is extreme for the drones they have, particularly if they are carrying enough ordnance to cause the damage we see in the video. The Houthi use the Iranian Qasef-1 drone which has a range of about less than 300 miles on a suicide mission and can carry a payload of about 60-lbs. Blame me for the bad graphic:

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It didn’t take long, however, for imagery to be produced that indicated something different:

What you’re looking at there appears to be a cruise missile that pancaked enroute. This makes much more sense than an drone because the we know the Houthi have deployed cruise missiles before and the range and payload make the attack and the damage from the attack plausible.

Operative word: plausible.

Just a couple of hours ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo killed off a perfectly good narrative.

What does he mean that there is no evidence the attack came from Yemen?

Saudi and American officials are investigating the possibility that attacks on Saudi oil facilities Saturday involved cruise missiles launched from Iraq, questioning Yemeni rebel claims of responsibility, people familiar with the matter said.

But officials around the globe investigating the attack questioned the Houthi claims and suggested the strike may have come from Iraq, to the north, rather than Yemen, to the south. Iran supports a host of Shiite militias in Iraq.

A direct attack of this scale on Saudi Arabia by Iranian proxy forces in Iraq definitely is a different situation than Yemeni rebels shooting cruise missiles. Rather than the low grade war that Saudi Arabia is involved in with the Houthi, this now threatens to be come a much more significant and broader conflict that could suck in the United States and Israel.

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Pete Buttigieg’s Association With the Abortionist Who Stockpiled Baby Corpses in His Home Is Hardly Surprising

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Pete Buttigieg, in addition to being a deeply dishonest man who constantly lies to rationalize and defend his lifestyle and beliefs, is an abortion fanatic. How much of that is due to some personal animus he has towards heterosexual couples and how much is simply founded on his politics, but his views on abortion are extreme even by the standard of the Democrat party. For instance, Buttigieg has claimed that a baby can be killed up until the moment it draws its first breath. And obscenely claims there is Scriptural support for this view.

[Pro-life people] hold everybody in line with this one piece of doctrine about abortion, which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally. Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath. Even that is something that we can interpret differently. . . . No matter what you think about the cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, ‘I might draw the here. You might draw the line there.’ The most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.

That view is not only anti-science it is sacrilegious and utterly heretical:

Today, as my colleague Brandon Morse reports, a home belonging to a deceased abortionist was found to contain some 2,246 sets of remains of dead babies. The abortionist was Ulrich Klopfer. He was forcibly retired in 2015, and his clinic closed, after it was found he’d performed abortions on at least two girls under 13 years of age and violated state law by not reporting it. This is the worst case:

In particular, according to Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, many of the board members were particularly struck by Klopfer’s nonchalant attitude regarding the case of a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by her uncle. The doctor failed to notify the police even after learning that the parents were going to keep the matter secret. One board member stated that what bothered her most was Klopfer’s striking lack of medical judgment and competence.

What makes this case more interesting is that Klopfer’s clinic was located in South Bend, Indiana. And while he was there, good ol’ Godly Mayor Pete (or Alcalde Pete, if you were watching the Spanish portion of the Democrat debate) intervened to help him out.

In Buttigieg’s first year in office, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center attempted to open right next door to the abortuary run by Klopfer at the time, it was called the Women’s Pavilion. The pro-life group, headed by a guy named Shawn Sullivan, promised to not allow pro-life demonstrators to use their property but Buttigieg intervened to prevent it getting permission to open. Undeterred, Sullivan opened a Catholic chapel next door and in a short period of time the complaints against Klopfer and the impact of the chapel forced the Womens’ Pavilion to close.

Given Buttigieg fetishization of abortion and Klopfer’s status as South Bend’s only abortionist, it is difficult to imagine that there was not a more extensive and substantive relationship waiting to be uncovered.

This is the kind of man Buttigieg is. He defended Klopfer when his license was under attack. He provided the administrative firepower necessary to overturn a zoning decision that would have put a pro-life pregnancy center next door to Klopfer. And he thinks a child still attached to the umbilical cord can be legally killed because it isn’t yet breathing.

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DOJ Files a Devastating Brief Exposing Jerry Nadler’s Impeachment Inquiry Scam

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Recently, I covered Jerry Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee passing rules for an “impeachment inquiry.” As some of us have speculated for months now, this was simply an attempt at stealth impeachment, i.e. getting to use the benefits of impeachment (grand jury access, increased subpoena power, etc.) without having too actually pass articles of impeachment.

The game in this case is that Nadler wants to pretend he’s emperor with no guidelines while not having to pay the political price of having House Democrats actually vote as a majority to impeach. There’s noway the courts should allow that and it would present an enormously dangerous precedent if allowed to proceed.

Now, the DOJ is striking back, signaling they aren’t going to take this nonsense lying down.

Judges, if they are fair, don’t usually like double talk and political games. That’s exactly what the Democrats have been doing. They continually downplay impeachment publicly, claiming that what Nadler is doing isn’t actually an impeachment inquiry, then they run to their base and tell them the opposite. Remember, we’ve been assured by Democrats that what you say publicly matters to how judges should rule on your actions (i.e. Trump’s tweets). Meanwhile, they want to the courts to play along with this scam, giving them near unlimited power of investigation without them having to go through the proper channels to get it.

Let’s be clear, if Nadler gets away with this, it opens the door for every single House majority to target and handicap a sitting president based on nothing more than supposition and suspicion. Normal oversight is fine. Proclaiming you can override executive privilege and force testimony by abusing impeachment powers is not.

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