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BREAKING: Bill Taylor Testified to Adam Schiff Today, Here’s What the Democrat’s Great Hope for Impeachment Said

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Earlier this morning, I was on Twitter and spotted this claim from Rep. Ted Lieu:

Notice the complete lack of specifics from Lieu, who hasn’t been shy before about helping spread leaks from these hearings that he feels are damaging to President Trump. That should have been the first tip off that there’s some posturing going on here.

Now, we are getting our first details and this appears to be as much of a dud as Kurt Volker’s testimony was.

Because this is CNN, they try to word it in the most sinister way, but the details in the article don’t back up much of that characterization, as we’ll get to in a moment. Further, the idea that Trump was pushing for something that could help him “politically” is pure editorializing. You can make that assumption, but there’s no evidence of that provided.

Let’s dive in here.

In a lengthy and detailed opening statement, Taylor said that he and Sondland spoke by phone about why the aid was frozen, and Sondland cited the need for Ukraine to open an investigation among other reasons, according to the sources. Sondland told Taylor that the investigations potentially included both Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 election and Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that hired former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, the sources said.

As has been previously stated by the administration, the aid was in question due to three reasons – Investigations into 2016 behavior, Europe not doing enough, and corruption in general.

So while CNN wants to paint this as definitive, it’s actually anything but. In fact, Sondland testified under oath that even his statements to Taylor about the investigations into 2016 and Burisma were speculation.

Asked about Taylor’s comments, a source familiar with Sondland’s testimony said that Sondland cited, in addition to the investigations, that the aid may have been frozen because the Europeans weren’t giving Ukraine enough and corruption in general. The source said Sondland was only speculating when he referenced the political investigations into the 2016 election and Burisma.

“He made very clear in his testimony that nobody would give him a straight answer” about why the aid was being held up, the source said about Sondland’s testimony.

If you are asking yourself what’s new here, you aren’t alone. We already knew what Taylor thought was going on, largely spurned by things he was reading in the press and secondary conversations. In the end, though, Taylor’s impressions are irrelevant unless backed up by evidence and he provides none. Laughably, he didn’t provide any documents in his testimony at all.

Taylor is not bringing any new documents to the committee, and he will just reference those that have already been made public, the source said.

In other words, Taylor’s entire contribution to this mess adds up to his impressions about conversations that are already public. No proof of any political motive is provided and that’s the required element here to make any of this improper.

Nowhere in the testimony is it indicated (and if it existed, Democrats would be leaking it) that Taylor possessed anything proving an actual improper quid pro quo. The 2020 election is not mentioned. Political motives are not mentioned. Those need to exist to prove impropriety because as I pointed out in previous writings, all foreign policy is a quid pro quo. Screaming “quid pro quo” over and over is not an argument for impeachment. One can assume bad motives on Trump’s part, but that would need to be proven.

This was the Democrats’ biggest hope for an impeachment bombshell. Bill Taylor was supposed to come in, based on previously released text messages, and provide some semblance of evidence that Trump had done something illegal (or even improper) here. Instead, it seems he provided nothing of value at all outside of giving CNN and Democrats a few lines to mold into their narrative.

Things are becoming more and more clear as these “witnesses” shuffle through. There’s nothing here. We have some people who heard a phone call and made some personal judgements. None of that is dispositive of anything. Democrats are backed into a corner and will have to move forward with impeachment, but it’s going to come in the form of nothing but innuendo and non-provable supposition. It’s the Mueller investigation all over again.

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Schiffing Gears – The Media is Intent on Making Impeachment Valid While Ignoring the Ever-Changing Storyline

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They will make this into a vital story even though the evidence continues to be elusive.

The press continues to loudly bang the kettle drums of impeachment and insist there is copious evidence to justify the proceedings. The latest is the strained attempt to show there is a shift among Republicans regarding impeachment. In a not at all desperate play CNN tries to insist that among ‘’moderate and liberal potential Republicans’’ there has been a shift of fifteen percentage points within this small subgroup. Ostensibly this represents…something.

Meanwhile what the press continues to ignore in noteworthy fashion is that the main figure in all of this impeachment hysteria — Rep. Adam Schiff — has consistently been starkly inconsistent in his claims. On nearly a weekly basis Schiff has made wholesale changes to his audacious claims, but two things have remained consistent; he continues to storm forward with impeachment invective, and the media will not look critically at his storyline.

One of the harbingers of someone having a story that is lacking in facts is when their claims and evidence changes on the fly. When new language or altered narratives become apparent then you are certain that they do not have all of the facts on their side. Take a look at the ever-evolving timeline of Adam Schiff on the Ukrainian phone ‘’scandal’’.

President Trump supposedly threatened the Ukrainian leader eight times during their call. This was said to be a grievous abuse of power. However once the President agreed to release the transcripts from his call that ‘’eight times’’ talking-point dissipated almost instantly.

Schiff pivoted away from that accusation, because – as he stated numerous times – the real criminal behavior was in the quid pro quo that Trump hand supposedly placed on his receiving help. Once that was seen as not entirely in the body of the call then Schiff came forward with the rather surprising announcement — there does not need to be a quid pro quo in order to justify impeachment.

Then we had the completely disqualifying behavior Schiff displayed during one hearing on the matter when he began quoting numerous lines from the transcript that did not at all appear in said transcript. His impotent claim that what he engaged in as ‘’parody’’, in order to illustrate what was ‘’really’’ said in the call should have seen him scorched across the journalistic universe. Instead the media backed him up and explained to us neophytes that it was a dramatic device.

Less reported was his coming out after the hearing and declaring that the Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire had voluntarily decided to come forward and testify. This, after Schiff had boldly accused Maguire of withholding the whistleblower complaint. Schiff then corrected himself and had to admit that Maguire appeared as a result of Schiff issuing a subpoena. It was clear that Schiff attempted to paint Maguire as another name who willingly was coming out in opposition to the President.

This also cuts to another dose of subterfuge by Schiff. He attempted to sell this lie about the whistleblower’s testimony being buried by administration officials when we have come to know that Schiff had been in contact with the whistleblower all along, and quite probably helped to craft the complaint. “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower, we would like to.” This had been Schiff’s claim repeatedly early in this process. Now we see this too was a bold lie.

Even one of Schiff’s loudest declarations over the years has been undone by his actions. All during the failed collusion investigation, Schiff was a loud proponent of transparency. It was his favorite cause. But now, after the fractures in the testimony of the whistleblower have been exposed, and the individual is said to be a hyper-partisan Trump opponent while heavily lawyered up with Democrat representation, Schiff does not want to expose his tool. He has called for the whistleblower to be completely shielded, to only give a written account, and to face no cross-examinations.

This is not the move of someone supremely confident in a testimony. Ever since the connection to Schiff has been revealed the Democrats now are holding back on the testimony, depositions, and transcripts. A curious behavior, after demanding the whistleblower be heard in unencumbered fashion before the Committee.

But the press, in its always incurious fashion, sees no reason at all to look into any of these inconsistencies. As CNN has become the All Impeachment, All The Time network you might think there would be a dedicated mind or two looking into the matter critically. Instead it is all pom-poms and cheerleading pyramids, as they root on their star quarterback Adam Schiff. Nevermind that he is ripping pages out of his playbook on an almost daily basis.

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President Trump Was Right to Describe Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Charade as a Lynching

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One thing the left understands that we on the right can’t seem to get through our heads is that language has power and that words can mean just about whatever you want them to mean. Words, for the left, are not fixed in meaning, they are rather like enemy territory that you can capture and turn to whatever purpose you wish. It is a world foretold by Lewis Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”
“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” [italics mine]
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

How else did we arrive a place where virulent pro-aborts, people who would allow a baby to be executed in the birth canal, are called pro-choice…as if the baby was given one? How else could we come to a situation where virtually any phrase from “states rights” to “voter ID” to “illegal alien” be imbued with racist overtones?

Josh Hawley ran afoul of that earlier today when he was slammed for making an anti-Semitic comment for calling a bloated, flaccid, lackwit at the Washington Post a “smug, rich liberal elitist” because, you know, only Jews can be “smug, rich liberal elitists,” like, for instance, Andrew Cuomo and his brother Fredo.

READ: Facts First: CNN Journalist Jake Tapper Insinuated Josh Hawley Is an Anti-Semite and It Did Not Go Well

President Trump also ran afoul of the leftwing Word Police today when talking about impeachment.

In the current environment where you can give offense by not using a standard pronoun and a set off a riot by pointing out that a person with whiskers and a dick is a man no matter what bicycle race they are competing in, the results were totally predictable

That morning post by the president tore open a fresh cycle of outrage on Capitol Hill — infuriating African-American legislators and further inflaming tensions in a Congress already deeply divided along party lines amid the Ukraine-focused investigation.

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Trump has frequently parroted the phrase “witch hunt” and other politically explosive language to denigrate the work of former special counsel Robert Mueller and various oversight efforts scrutinizing his administration.

But the invocation of “lynching” to characterize a process explicitly sanctioned by the Constitution marked a new, racially insensitive show of malice by the president toward lawmakers’ drive to remove him from office.

“That is one word no president ought to imply on himself,” [House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.)]said. “I’ve studied presidential history quite a bit, and I don’t know if we’ve ever seen anything quite like this. Andrew Johnson never would’ve described what was happening to him this way, and certainly Bill Clinton didn’t, nor did Nixon. This president is hopefully an anomaly.”

Clyburn added: “I’m a product of the South. I know the history of that word. That is a word that we ought to be very, very careful about using.”

Stop right there, Scooter. While the left has culturally appropriated this word to apply to extajudicial violence directed against black Americans, the actual root of the word has zero to do with race. It comes from Virginia of the Revolutionary War. It is named for Charles Lynch and his method of suppressing Tories, that is, British sympathizers, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The name stuck and by 1850 “lynch” was a common term in both America and Britain (which had exceedingly few black residents and no slavery) for extrajudicial violence carried out under the aegis of the establish social order (differing from mob violence) as an adjunct to the normal legal system. Lynching was common in the Old West. In fact, one of the books high school students used to be forced to read, back before we started making the sex life of authors a primary concern in the inclusion of a book in the curriculum, was the Ox Bow Incident. It’s central focus is a lynching. Italians, Germans, Mexicans, Finns, Chinese and Japanese have all been lynched. Farmers have been lynched. Lynching is not something that is unique to American blacks, rather it is something that they have in common with virtually every other racial, political, or ethnic group in this country that has been out of favor. This is not to downplay racial lynchings that took place until what seems to be the last instance in 1964 (no, I don’t include James Byrd and other notorious white-on-black race-based killings as lynchings because the hallmark of a lynching is the perpetrators acting with the acquiescence and support of local authorities), but no one owns this word and no one gets to decide who uses it or what it means other than what it actually means.

The use of the word to describe a quasi legal process gone wrong is not uncommon:

Herman Cain used it:

Even CNN used it to defend Hillary Clinton:

 

And the analogy was used to defend Bill Clinton during the vote to impeach him:

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Here is Politco’s gotcha squad in action, asking GOP senators about the use of the word.

And you get this kind of rambling, incoherence from a guy trying desperately to miss the point

The outrage here, by the way, is contrived. This is the standard leftist tactic of finding some imaginary offense in anything said in order to try to silence the opposition.

The process that is being used to impeach President Trump is unlike anything the nation has experience in any of the other uses of the process against any official, elected or appointed. The target has no representation before the committee. Minority members are denied access to documents, transcripts, and depositions. The man leading the effort has made no secret that he will do whatever it takes to effect the impeachment of the president. To call this process grotesque is to be charitable. This proceeding would make a kangaroo court, a star chamber, or a judicial proceeding in front of Roland Freisler look just and unbiased by comparison.

President Trump had every right to use the word. It describes very accurately the process going on in the House. While impeachment is a political process, there has historically been an agreement that it should be conducted according to the basic rules of our legal system and that it should be fair. What Schiff and his fellatistos are doing is exactly what President Trump says, they are setting a precedent for the use of impeachment, without even a vaguest cause, by the majority party as a way of harassing if not outright removing a president of the opposing party. Lynching is a perfect metaphor. If you don’t like. Tough. That’s your problem and not anyone else’s.

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The Tomahawks Come Out for Elizabeth Warren From Other Democrats on Health Care

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Senator Elizabeth Warren

The faux Indian references never get old.

Yesterday, I wrote about how Sen. Elizabeth Warren FINALLY has gotten around to talking about actually releasing a plan on Medicare for all. READ: FINALLY: Elizabeth Warren Will Unveil Her Medicare For All Plan. We Still Go Broke With It. This plan is full of crap that she can’t actually do. Simply because the system is already broke and taxing all the wealth in the country won’t fix that.

One of her colleagues in the race for the Democratic nomination in 2020 has taken notice and has decided to call her out.

According to Fox News

2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is being dishonest about her health care plan, which would add trillions to the deficit and raise taxes on all Americans, so she can use it as a soundbite, said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo, on Monday.

“I think she’s not being honest about her plan,” Bennet said on “CNN Newsroom.” “I think her plan, which costs $33 trillion, is the equivalent of 70 percent of all the taxes that the federal government will collect over the next 10 years.

“I mean, it is a massive increase in taxes to this country and it hasn’t been explained to the American people,” he continued.

“It’s a soundbite. And more than that… it’s not based on common sense.”

What tipped you off, Senator, that her lips were moving?

Bennet has actually praised Bernie Sanders on his plan for at least being honest about how he is going to tax people for the luxury of free healthcare. Sanders is going to tax everyone and says it. Elizabeth’s plan, much like Obamacare was, is built upon a premise of “I won’t be around when the crap hits the fan so you guys figure it out.”

As we come up to the 100-day mark before the Iowa caucuses we are going to see that those who are on the bubble or are ticked off that they have not taken off in the polls start taking scalps of the frontrunner. (I CAN’T STOP.)

Warren has a very strained relationship with the truth and it is no surprise that she would put out a plan that other semi-reasonable people would immediately destroy. The last debate showed that when everyone took a shot at her they were letting her know she was full of buffalo chips. Going forward this pounding is only going to get worse.

Elizabeth should just go full Bernie and decide to be absolutely honest and say if you want mediocre health care for all then we have to tax you more than you have ever been taxed before. This is what you want, lemmings, so shut your pie holes and obey.

Maybe then her Senate colleagues also running for President would offer her praise instead of scorn.

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Like a Good Lapdog, MSNBC Clumsily Backs Clinton in Her Smearing of Tulsi Gabbard

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MSNBC could have chosen to stay neutral, or even support a Democrat who is still in the game, but instead, the network has decided that it would back a failed politician with a habit of being wholly unlikeable.

The ongoing feud between failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and 2020 primary candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard hasn’t slowed down ever since Clinton accused Gabbard of being a “Russian asset.” The two have exchanged fire since then, with even President Donald Trump stepping in to defend Gabbard.

(READ: Trump Defends Tulsi Gabbard Against The Equivalent Of The Democrat Party’s Mean Girls)

Now, it would appear that the number one left-leaning cable news network is getting in on the deal as well. MSNBC has decided to step into the ring and is now running defense for Clinton.

According to Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner, contributors to the network are being given air time in order to support Clinton, but aren’t exactly offering up a cogent defense:

Embarrassingly enough, the timing and details of the Clinton vs. Gabbard feud have proven too complicated for certain NBC and MSNBC personalities to comprehend.

MSNBC contributor and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, for example, claimed Saturday that Clinton did not “name names” when she alleged the Russians are “grooming” the Hawaii representative.

Yet, “Congresswoman Gabbard was like, ‘Me! Me! Me! Me!,’” he added, comically raising his hand like an overeager student.

Again: Clinton’s spokesman confirmed the Hawaii congresswoman was the target of the “grooming” remarks.

It’s not Capehart either. Two other contributors seem to be following the same mistaken timeline.

“When Hillary Clinton says there’s a Russian asset, doesn’t say anybody’s name, and Tulsi Gabbard goes, ‘How dare you call me a Russian asset?’” said  NBC News’ Jonathan Allen.

“One thing that was interesting about Tulsi Gabbard’s response, I mean, she went after Hillary Clinton strong, she said she wasn’t going to run as a third party candidate, she never denied being a Russian asset,” said MSNBC contributor Kimberly Atkins. “That was the one aspect that was missing from her response, which you think that would be in the first line or two. It was not there.”

As my readers know, I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but I do pay attention to patterns. One MSNBC contributor mistaking the timeline would be one thing, but here we have three.

This looks more like a narrative creation than analysis.

The question is if they are creating a narrative, then why create the narrative for Clinton? She’s a useless entity in the Democratic party for all intents and purposes. Does she plan to run, or does MSNBC just have that big of a dislike of Gabbard?

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Missile Defense Now – Beats Missile Defense in a Decade…Maybe

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Let’s Play Some Defense, Shall We?

 

The planet has a bit of a nuclear weapon proliferation problem.

Many of the Good Guys have them.

The US Nuclear Arsenal

The Story of How Britain Got Nuclear Weapons

France Has Lots of Nuclear Weapons

India’s Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger

Included herein is a Good Guy – who may or may not have them.

Does Israel Really Have Nuclear Weapons?

And more and more of the Bad Guys have them.

The Big China Nuclear Threat No One Is Talking About

Russia’s Putin Unveils ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons

Pakistan Has Lots of Nuclear Weapons

How Did North Korea Get Nuclear Weapons?

Excellent question.  Often, because the alleged Good Guys – are very, VERY stupid.

You Can Thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for North Korea’s Nukes

If a Bad Guy wants to get there – they can often count on an alleged Good Guy being very, VERY stupid.

Fact-Check: Yes, the (Barack Obama) Nuclear Deal Hands ‘$150 Billion’ Over to Iran

The planet has a bit of a nuclear weapon proliferation problem….

Since They All Have Nukes And Missiles – We Absolutely Should Have Missile Defense

Right now, the only missile defense system we have doing any missile defensing – is the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD):

“The Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System provides Combatant Commanders the capability to engage and destroy limited intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats in space to protect the United States….

“Ground-Based Interceptors are emplaced at Fort Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A total of 44 interceptors are currently emplaced.”

A key component of the GMD – is the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV):

“The RKV is meant as an upgrade and supplement to the current Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle, or EKV.

“Both systems are ground-based interceptors for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency designed to defend the U.S. mainland against long-range ballistic missile attacks.

“The RKV offers improved maneuverability and targeting performance compared to the EKV, which has a poor test record.”

Except – the Defense Department (DoD) just killed the RKV.

Pentagon Terminates Program for Redesigned Kill Vehicle, Preps for New Competition

Have there been tech issues?  There have:

“The EKV, designed to destroy targets in high-speed collisions after separating from a booster rocket, has struggled in testing….”

There were problems.  As there always are at some point with almost all things – especially things this high-tech and uber-sophisticated.

But we can take solace:

In the history of each and every thing that has worked – there was a time when each and every one of them didn’t work.

And the problems we were having – were being fixed:

“(It) has performed reliably in major test events in recent years including a complex salvo test earlier this year.”

Instead of the current, intact, in-place, improving system – what does the DoD have planned?:

“Now that the RKV is dead in the water, the Pentagon plans to move forward with a new, next-generation interceptor competition, the statement said.”

Except – are we anywhere near a “new, next-generation interceptor?”  We’re not even close:

“The defense official said the Pentagon is still working through the details of a new, next-generation interceptor competition, including when it will be initiated and the pace at which the technology will be developed and fielded.”

The Defense Department hasn’t even yet decided what “new, next-generation interceptor” means.  Because the DoD doesn’t even yet know what a “new, next-generation interceptor” is.

This is like killing the automobile – and then beginning the process of identifying the next mode of transportation.  Which hasn’t even yet been conceived.

Well, in the meantime – we need to get around.  So don’t preemptively kill the car.

And in the meantime – we need a missile defense system.  So don’t preemptively kill the RKV.

Since the current missile defense system is the only missile defense system even conceived – let’s keep it around.

At the very least – until you can actually define what “new, next-generation interceptor” means.

Our national security is far too important – to go fishing all over again…without any safety net whatsoever.

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San Francisco Refuses To Do Business With 22 States Over Anti Abortion Laws That Protect Babies.

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A city worker uses a power washer to clean the sidewalk by a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor’s office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

As you can see from the photo above, San Francisco and California have no other problems to deal with so this state ban does take precedence.

As it has been previously written everywhere, we all know that California and her cities are a bit of a hot mess. San Fran, home of Nancy Pelosi, always makes sure to be one of the cities leading the charge of creating havoc. That, of course, gives them the right to dictate how other cities or states should be run.

Now they want to export their craziness by refusing to spend money in states that they disagree with about abortion. That’s right, states that are moving to protect children shall not benefit from San Francisco and it’s an influence.

How sad.

According to Fox News

City employees in San Francisco are now forbidden to take work trips or do business with companies in 22 states that have “restrictive abortion laws.”

Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Vallie Brown announced the measure last week.

“Every day in this country, women’s reproductive rights are threatened, and we have to fight back. Just as we restricted spending with states that have laws that discriminate against LGBTQ people, we are standing up against states that put women’s health at risk and that are actively working to limit reproductive freedoms,” Breed said in a statement.

She added: “By limiting travel and contracting with certain states, we are sending a clear message to states that disregard the right to abortion.”

The only clear message you are sending is that you are griding an ax about states moving to protect the unborn and you look moronic doing it. Do you think the homeless person you are ignoring and letting suffer on the street gives a flying you know what about your moral preening Mayor Breed?

So what states are they planning on banning?

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

I’m disappointed that Michigan is not on there.

With the technology of saving and improving life in all stages advancing, this is a big problem for the pro-abortion crowd. They yell CHOICE at any cost but frequently it is becoming clear that life inside the womb can also live outside the womb weeks before previously thought.

So why would you snuff out that life at 18 weeks when it can thrive at 24 weeks? This is becoming more and more obvious for people with a conscious that actually care about human life and don’t just pay it lip service like the politicians in San Francisco.

I look forward to the day where these people are only allowed to travel within California and nowhere else. What a glorious day that will be.

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Watch: AL Congressional Candidate Jessica Taylor Vows to Take on AOC, and Build Squad of Her Own If Elected

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Jessica Taylor, Republican candidate for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. Screen grab via her YouTube page.

Back in July, Republican Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02) announced she would be retiring from Congress at the end of her term after serving since 2011.

Since that time, a number of GOP competitors have jumped into the primary race. But on Monday, a new candidate entered the race with a splashy ad that is turning heads and has people wanting to know more about her and what she stands for.

Jessica Taylor threw her hat into the ring, making herself the sixth Republican – and first woman – to declare their intentions for the Congressional seat. She vowed to take on AOC and the rest of the “Squad”, and declared that she is an unapologetic conservative and Trump supporter:

Prattville attorney and businesswoman Jessica Taylor announced her candidacy for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District Monday, saying she wants to form a “conservative squad” to take on liberal Democrats led by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.

In a campaign video, Taylor highlighted her rural Alabama roots, business career, and family with former State Sen. Bryan Taylor. But it’s her love of playing on the basketball team that Taylor connects to using teamwork to support President Donald Trump.

“I’m sick of arrogant socialists like AOC, who’ve never even run a lemonade stand, trying to tell us how to live in Alabama and that more government is the answer,” she says in the video.

“I have zero interest in being a professional politician, but conservatives like us need a squad of our own — and I’ll build it.”

Watch her debut ad:

She told “Fox and Friends” in an interview this morning that “We need somebody who can convince my generation and others that more government is not the answer. More government is the problem.”

Indeed.

The 2nd district is reliably Republican, and has been red since 1965, outside of Democrat Bobby Bright’s term from 2009-2011.

The Alabama primary is scheduled for March 3, 2020.

Hat tip: Twitchy

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Elizabeth Warren Threatens Israel With a Quid Pro Quo

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks about her two-cent tax plan during a campaign event, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Hampton Falls, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Oddly enough, the media aren’t describing Warren’s threat as a quid pro quo even though it clearly is. Weird, right?

The presumptive (but not necessarily actual) frontrunner of the Democratic party primary went on record yesterday announcing that she’ll withhold aid from Israel unless they do what she wants, which is negotiate and make concessions with terrorists.

Lest we pretend this isn’t to Warren’s political benefit, this is a major, major issue on the left and there’s no logical reason to punish Israel outside of quelling her base. Sticking it to the Jewish state and delivering the goods to the terrorist supporting Palestinian Authority is like crack for liberals.

Andy McCarthy notices the hypocrisy here.

Of course it’s extortion, or more aptly a quid pro quo. She’s quite literally saying that unless Israel does what she wants, she’ll cut off vital military aid (we stopped giving economic aid a while ago). And this is a far more relevant and damaging quid pro quo to U.S. interests than anything to do with Ukraine.

Now, some might say “well, that’s different!” How? How is different than Mulvaney saying we weren’t going to give Ukraine money unless they investigated corruption dealing with 2016? Because I’m pretty sure the media lost their minds and published half a million “Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo” headlines in response.

The answer is that it is not different. All foreign policy is a quid pro quo. All aid comes with strings attached. The only question involving Ukraine was whether Trump did something that could provably be shown to only be political. Mulvaney clearly said that situation had nothing to do with Biden and only legitimate concerns about corruption, something Joe Biden himself threatened Ukraine over, yet the media still called it an evil “quid pro quo” and feigned outrage.

Even on the legal aspects, this is hypocritical. If Congress appropriates the money for a certain country to receive aid, the President either has power to hold it up or not. With Trump, we are assured it’s impeachable and illegal for him to do so. So why are the media not pointing out what Warren is saying would be impeachable and illegal as well?

What you see here is a prime example of how the left uses language to push their narratives. When Mulvaney points out that all foreign policy has conditions, it’s a quid pro quo and super bad. When Elizabeth Warren threatens to extort one of our closet allies by withholding aid, it’s just her being tough.

Also, note that Warren whined and complained when the Trump administration cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority for not negotiating in good faith, yet she wants to punish Israel. That’s some mighty fine anti-Semitism on display because there’s no other logical reason for her flip-flop on the issue.

In closing, our mainstream media are partisan hypocrites and Elizabeth Warren shows that she toes the typical Israel hating line of her party. We also call that Tuesday.

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Random Thoughts On Rep. Katie Hill And Her Thrupple

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I was involved in a Thupple? Is that on Google?

Ahhhhhh just when you think that you have seen it all in the world of entertainment and politics, along comes a freshman Congresswoman from California and her “Thrupple” that says “I can do better, hold my hairbrush.”

Miracles truly, never do cease.

After reading the excellent work done by my colleague Jennifer Van Laar on Rep. Katie Hill D-CA and her inappropriate relationship with her staffers CA Rep. Katie Hill Allegedly Involved Female Staffer In 2-Yr ‘Throuple’ Relationship, I sat down and jotted a few random thoughts down about this story.

Here they are…

*According to Jenn’s story, Katie Hill was married for 15 years and had a female staffer that she and the hubby were involved with.

Photographs and text messages obtained by RedState show that Rep. Hill was involved in a long-term sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer. The woman, whose name is not being released, was hired by Hill in late 2017 and quickly became involved in a “throuple” relationship with Hill and her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep.

Heslep and the staffer, according to text messages provided to RedState, believed the polyamorous arrangement to be a long-term, committed relationship. The trio took multiple vacations together, including to Alaska, where this photograph was taken.

So Katie and the hubby start off as a couple and then bring the third girl into the mix. So this part I understand being I watch HBO shows based in California and have seen crazier things. However, being I am not steeped in the rules for “Thrupples” my first questions are these.

Now that Hill has jumped ship to her finance director, do the hubby and the female staffer continue on? Do they find a third wheel to replace Hill? Do they maybe include the finance director and would that be a quadruple?

I’m a newbie and I have questions people.

* In this EXCLUSIVE photo (listed below) from Jenn’s article, it is shown that Rep. Hill is naked while brushing the third wheels hair while sitting on a chair in what looks to be a hotel room.

My question and or thought here is, did anyone alert housekeeping that the cushion NEEDED TO BE CLEANED? Having congresspersons bare A$$ on a cushion in a hotel room that the next patron uses also when it was not cleaned is GROSS.

When did the Thrupple community become such savages?

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*When does this story become a Jeopardy question?

Question: This Freshman Congresswoman from California was married to a guy but they both had the same girlfriend and were alleged to be in a what?

Answer: What is a THRUPPLE Alex!

*When are any of the mainstream media or entertainment outlets going to pick up this excellent reporting by Jenn?

Here we have a story about an allegation of clear abuse of power. You are not supposed to be playing any type of intimate relations game with people that WORK FOR YOU ( on the taxpayers’ dime ) when you are an elected official. This is about as unethical as it gets.

How has this tale about Thrupple sex and a clear abuse of power not made Special Report With Bret Baier or even TMZ for cripes sake? Cmon Harvey, you’re better than this. I have been looking forward to you and Charles covering this for TMZ Live and then watch you shake your head while looking at the ground like you do when you’re flabbergasted.

I’m sure if it were a Republican this would be getting the same treatment of nonchalant yawns from the mainstream media. I’m sorry, I couldn’t even type that without laughing aloud.

Once again, great work by my colleague Jennifer Van Laar on this. She has been doxxed and threatened over this, which I don’t understand why. She introduced a new word to all of us non-heathens and heathens alike and you should be thankful, not ticked off.

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