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Jerry Nadler Says Impeachment Proceedings Have Begun

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Jerry Nadler’s race to impeachment has been off the front pages for a few weeks, mostly because Robert Mueller failed to do anything but harm the case for removing Donald Trump from office. Trump may be a bull in a china shop, but there’s just very little there in the vein of actual impeachable offenses. Some Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, realize this and have sought to tamp down expectations. Nadler and what appears to be about half the Democrat caucus are choosing a different path.

Namely, they are trying to stealth impeach Trump by having formal impeachment proceedings without actually having articles of impeachment pass. This has been hinted at for a while and Nadler is now proclaiming he’s doing it.

Via The Washington Examiner.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler told CNN this week his panel is conducting “formal impeachment proceedings” against President Trump and could be ready to file articles of impeachment this fall.

The New York Democrat’s announcement blew up social media and thrilled the Democratic base, which has been clamoring for the House to take formal steps to oust the president.

The problem is that this clearly violates House rules.

The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, called out Nadler’s CNN claim almost as soon as he uttered it on the CNN set.

“Chairman Nadler is either uninformed about what a formal impeachment inquiry is or he is deliberately misleading the American public to score cheap political points,” Collins tweeted Thursday. “Which is it, Chairman?”

Any function of impeachment under Article 1 requires a majority vote in the House approving such measures. Without that fail safe, any committee could abuse the impeachment process and the court system by simply declaring they’ve started impeachment proceedings. It’s unconstitutional.

Nadler, however, doesn’t appear to have the authority to launch a formal impeachment inquiry regardless of the case he makes to the court, Republicans said.

That power rests with the House, which must approve a formal Judiciary Committee impeachment probe by simple majority.

Collins, a GOP aide told the Washington Examiner, “does dispute Nadler’s assertion that the committee is currently conducting “formal impeachment proceedings. The House rules do require a formal vote in order for the committee to begin conducting a formal impeachment inquiry.”

Furthermore, it defies history, which has also given us the precedent that a formal vote and passage is required. In 1998, before Republicans could investigate Clinton, they were made to pass authorization for the Judiciary committee to begin an impeachment investigation. That’s happened in every previous impeachment attempt as well. Nadler wants to skip that step because he knows he doesn’t have enough support, even among Democrats, to win such a vote.

The courts should laugh at this nonsense and Republicans should oppose it unconditionally. A future precedent where a President can be investigated via the powers of impeachment without Congress actually authorizing such would be incredibly dangerous. It would essentially shut down governance, as every new President would end up having every inch of their private affairs invaded by partisans. The Republican Congress under Obama did not play such games and Democrats under Trump can’t be allowed to do so now.

This matter is simple. If Democrats want to use the powers of impeachment, then pass authorization to do so and bare the political consequences. They don’t get to have their cake and eat it too, demanding courts give them documents they aren’t entitled to while getting to skip the backlash from moderate voters.

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Laurence Tribe Inadvertently Makes the Case That Progressives and White Supremacists Have a Great Deal in Common

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Right now the extreme left, which, unfortunately, covers just about 90% of the Democrat party and 100% of its viable presidential candidates, is tying itself in knots trying to link every possible GOP and conservative issue to racism and/or white supremacism. Immigration control is racist. Fossil fuels are racist. Math, quite possibly, is racist. The latest entrant to the white supremacy olympics is by Harard Law professor (naturally) Lawrence Tribe. Tribe had a fairly distinguished career and was touted as a Supreme Court nominee at various time but being a straight, white male is not a good evolutionary strategy for political advancement in the Democrat party. However, with the election of President Trump, Tribe has started to unravel to the point where now he’s just batsh** crazy. (When you were a kid, did you ever peel the plastic cover off a golf ball and use a magnifying glass on the interior rubber bands? If so, you have a mental image of how Tribe is behaving.)

What Tribe is trying to do is link the pro-life movement to white supremacy because some white supremacists are in favor of abortion of babies by other than white women.

Let’s take this step by step. Tribe is correct. At least some white supremacists are in favor of abortion of non-white babies. Ramesh Ponnuru points to an example:

This is from Richard Spencer in that article:

We should recognize that the pro-life movement—this is not the alt-right, this has nothing in common with identitarians, and I think we should be genuinely suspicious of people who think in terms of human rights and who are interested in adopting African children and bringing them to this country and who get caught up on this issue. We want to be a movement about families, about life in a deep sense, not just “rights” but truly great life, and greatness, and beautiful, flourishing, productive families. We want to be eugenic in the deepest sense of the word. Pro-lifers want to be radically dysgenic, egalitarian, multi-racial human rights thumpers—and they’re not us.

The truth is, as Spencer states, a lot different.

Currently, over a third of pregnancies by black women end in abortion

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but, despite black Americans being only about 13% of the population, numerically, more black babies are killed in utero that white babies.

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The pro-life movement has been on the forefront of stopping eugenics of all kinds. We are the ones agitating against the barbaric practice of euthanasia. We are the ones saying that stockpiling unused embryos that are the byproduct of IVF is wrong. We are the ones fighting to prevent sex-selective abortions (in practice, most victims of this are girls but feminists are all in favor of it…go figure). We are trying to prevent the abortion of children who may or may not have Downs Syndrome. And we are the ones fighting to crush Planned Parenthood which looks upon the black and Hispanic communities as its prime market for selling its services. If the pro-life movement is white supremacist, it may be the most inept white supremacist group ever. Moreover, the opposition to abortion is not rooted in race or economics or utilitarianism. It is based of the ethics and worldview of the universal Christian church.

On the other hand, the people fighting for unlimited and unregulated abortion is the progressive movement. Even Richard Spencer figure out the game here:

I think when we think about abortion we often think about these careerist women who otherwise would be part of families but are instead having abortion out of pure selfishness and greed. The fact is that it isn’t like that. Those highly intelligent career women will have abortions on occasion, but to be honest they’re using contraception and they’re avoiding pregnancy, is what they’re doing…The people who are having abortions are generally very often black or Hispanic or [people] from very poor circumstances, to be honest.

It doesn’t matter that both white supremacists want to increase abortion among non-whites, because that isn’t the main thrust of the movement. Besides, Hitler was a vegetarian and a pet-lover, so you really can’t equate what a movement is about by what a tiny number of people in a fringe movement think.

Abortion is undeniably sold to the lower socio-economic classes, regardless of their race or ethnicity, as a means of birth control. And the group of people who have the fewest abortions are the very type of people whose numbers the white supremacist movement wants increase and the most victimized people are those the white supremacist movement wants to get rid of.

And you can see by the numbers who is winning the battle right now.

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Most “Assault Rifles”…Aren’t.

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Most Assault Rifles…Aren’t.

Today’s offering is a little different than most of my usual pieces. It also has some different objectives. Today’s article is not meant so much to inform, as it is to provide some handy source material for Conservatives, most of whom already know most of this. The other objective, is my continuing effort to take back the language from the leftists, who as we all know, use the language to distort the terms of the discussion to their advantage while manipulating the voting public. In that regard, this will not be an exciting read, but I do hope it helps our team in the public debate regarding the Second Amendment.

Today, we are going talk about the Modern Sporting Rifle, commonly, erroneously and maliciously referred to by the left as an “Assault Rifle” or “Military Style Weapon/Rifle.” Modern Sporting Rifle,” is the correct, accurate term for semi-automatic rifles in all calibers, built on the AR, AK and other frames like them. We need to always use that term when discussing these weapons.

Starting off, we need to define, scope and assess…just what does make an ordinary rifle, an “assault rifle.” I won’t address “Military Style,” other than to scoff at The folks who use that term. “Style” never killed anyone. You should do the same.

To properly assess features and capabilities that define a real “assault rifle,” we need to start with two authors, one fairly famous and one famous only to military historians. I am talking about German Field Marshal and Patton nemesis, Erwin Rommel along with British Lieutenant Colonel John English. Rommel and English each wrote books on Infantry tactics, Rommel; Infantry Attacks and English; On Infantry.

Each of these warriors devoted significant ink to the battlefield environment in “the last 300 yards” to the objective. They wrote of an environment that required extreme maneuverability coupled with maximum firepower for an attacking Infantry unit to punch through a defender’s position and if necessary take that position at bayonet point.

Although never specifically defined, both Rommel and English implied the need for the following characteristics in a standard Infantry weapon: Lightweight, Rapid firing, Rugged, Bayonet Stud and Easily Maintained.

Another factor often overlooked in this analysis of capability, is the era a particular rifle was used in combat. What was once a state of the art Infantry rifle in one era, would be merely an interesting collectible today. One example of this is the Brown Bess Musket, standard issue for British Regulars and quite rightly credited with helping Great Britain establish and maintain a world wide Pax Brittanica. Back in the day, it was Great Britain’s “assault rifle.” Today, a very pricy collectible.

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Brown Bess
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

The Brown Bess shown above was for its time, lightweight and fast loading, enabling British Commanders to maintain a high volume of fire. Of course it mounted a bayonet…all 17 inches.

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Springfield ‘03
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Moving forward a few decades The standard U.S. Infantry “assault rifle,” became the Springfield Arms 1903, pictured above. The ‘03 was a bolt action, lightweight weapon with a high rate of fire for its time. Note the bayonet lug. The Springfield ‘03 stayed in service throughout World War II as its eventual replacement the M-1 Garand, a semi automatic rifle, was initially not in sufficient production to equip all U.S Forces.

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M-1 Garand
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Above is my personal, Match Grade Garand. Note the bayonet lug and on the right hand picture, the clips it uses instead of a box magazine, often mistakenly referred to by Leftists as a “clip.”

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Now we come to Vietnam and the M-16A1 pictured above. The M-16 is a select fire weapon capable of firing in both the semi and full automatic modes. It also has a bayonet lug. notice how the rate of fire has dramatically increased over the decades, going from 3 rounds per minute, to over 800 rounds per minute on today’s more sophisticated weapons.

The M16 has had a number of successors, the most common from my last years in the Green Machine, was the M-4. The M4, pictured below, has is also capable of select fire—semi automatic and 3 round burst. It also has a bayonet lug.

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M-4 Rifle
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We have discussed the most critical features of an Infantry Assault Rifle—especially the features that make the weapon more lethal. Next up in this discussion, are some other features that the military finds helpful, but really don’t add to the weapon’s lethality, although they do help Leftists scare people with terms like “Military Style Assault Weapons.”

Here are some of those features:

Flash Hiders or Muzzle Brakes: These diminish the flash signature when the rifle is fired. They add not one drop of lethality to the weapon or its ammunition. Using them as a criterion that prohibits civilian ownership is foolish.

Pistol Grip: These make it easier to control the rifle and more accurately engage targets. Again, they do not make the rifle or its ammunition any more lethal.

Threaded barrel, which makes it capable of mounting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer, none of which enhance the lethality of the weapon

Folding or telescoping stocks: Make transportation and use in confined areas easier. No impact on lethality.

Detachable Magazines: Enable a higher rate of fire. By doing so, they can have an affect on lethality, but have been around a long time, used on a variety of weapons that don’t have the “scary look” that black metal Modern Sporting Rifles do.

Modern Sporting Rifles are not “Weapons of War” as touted by Democrats and other leftists. They are missing the two most important features and capabilities that are required in today’s era Military Assault Rifle, Bayonet Lugs and select Semi/Full/Burst fire.

Here is a picture of my AR-15. As you can see, it has no Bayonet Lug and by the close up, has only one firing mode…semi-automatic. It is a Modern Sporting Rifle. At no time, has any Army anywhere used this platform as its standard Infantry weapon.

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Conclusion. Leftists use scary language to manipulate the voters into banning weapons that are no more lethal than a standard hunting rifle. They lie, obfuscate the truth and misuse emotion. They truly have absolutely no regard for the welfare of Americans. They believe that is just fine and dandy to deny law abiding American citizens the means of self defense. Their objective is quite clear, to disarm the populace in order to make it easier to control.

One way we can resist this, is to take back control of the language. Stop using their terms. No conservative should ever use the term “assault rifle” unless in quotes, along with a phrase that states that the term is a false, leftist term. The term we all need to start using is, “Modern Sporting Rifle.” Remember, when we cede the terms of the debate to the leftists…we lose. Modern. Sporting. Rifle.

As I said in the beginning, this article isn’t much on entertainment. It’s real purpose is to be a container of useful information to Conservatives. I hope it serves that purpose for you. In any case, please drop “assault rifle” from your lexicon (unless you are scoffing at leftist ignorance). Modern. Sporting. Rifle.

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EU Preparing to Put Warning Labels on Jewish Products

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The European Union is preparing to add warning labels on Jewish products made in Israel. Not content with generations of antisemitism before and after the Holocaust, Europe’s ruling class apparently thinks it’s a good idea to push what is the equivalent of an in kind contribution to the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement.

Per The Washington Free Beacon.

The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a “Pandora’s box” of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from “settlements” and “Israeli colonies.”

This kind of ridiculous language ignores everything we know about the rules of war and about the standards every other country on earth is held too. It’s not an illegal “settlement” or “colony” when you beat off almost a dozen Arab countries that were trying to eradicate you in a hot war. But because antisemitism is so pervasive, Israel gets held to a completely different standard and is expected to hand every piece of land they rightfully won back over to terrorist groups that want to destroy them. It’s mind-numbing.

Even dumber is that the same EU Advocate General who made this decision also decided that products from the same area must be labeled as coming from “Palestine,” which does not exist. This is pure politics and simply a hand out to anti-Semites pushing BDS.

“The Advocate General’s opinion said that goods produced by Muslims are to be labeled from ‘Palestine,’ and goods produced by Jews labeled as coming from ‘Israeli colonies,’ Goldstein said. “Both people are living in the same geographic location, and yet Jewish goods are being treated differently.”

Keep in mind that such labels dictating products are from settlements and colonies is not required of any other nation on earth. This is why BDS is inherently anti-Semitic. It seeks to apply barriers to the only Jewish state on the planet while applying no such barriers to far worse actors. The same groups demanding Israel be boycotted are often against sanctions countries like Iran or Venezuela. This is the position Rep. Ilhan Omar holds, for example.

Europe is getting more and more militant against Jews. There’s been a sharp rise in violent antisemitism as massive migration from the Middle East has overwhelmed many countries. But to blame it strictly on that would not tell the whole story. Carrying just as much blame are the governments of many Western European countries that have long histories of antisemitism. France is actually who started this entire ordeal by first mandating Israeli businesses label their products with clearly political messages. That led to the lawsuit which the EU is now ruling on.

All of this is a call back to boycotts of Jewish businesses before the Holocaust in which Jews were mandated to post signs announcing who they were so anti-Semites could avoid them. It is simply astonishing that such tactics are on the verge of becoming law in Europe again. None of this appears to be getting better and it underscores, now more than ever, exactly why Israel is necessary as a safe haven for the Jewish people.

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Joe Biden Enters Alternate Timeline, Claims Parkland Students Visited Him As Vice President

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Joe Biden continues to stumble on the campaign trail now that he’s come out of hiding.

In just the past few days, he’s made several headline producing gaffes. One involved Biden saying there were “at least three genders” when asked about it by a college student. That’s an answer that makes no sense to either the right or the left when it comes to the issue. Just a day before, he remarked in a speech that “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids,” a verbal slip that earned him scorn from all sides.

He’s somehow managed to top those.

Yesterday, Biden made the inexplicable, false claim that Parkland students visited him in the White House as Vice President.

 

It’s one thing to say something you didn’t mean to say. You can even understand when politicians exaggerate or claim to be a bigger part of an event than they were. That’s not good, but it’s fairly standard fare unfortunately. This isn’t that. It’s a completely made up, fake memory of something that clearly didn’t happen.

You can’t just chalk this up to forgetfulness. Listen to how detailed he gets while trying to pander about gun control.

Biden told reporters in Iowa on Saturday that “those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president.” But when they visited Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress, lawmakers were “basically cowering, not wanting to see them. They did not want to face it on camera.”

In reality, by the time the Parkland shooting took place, Biden had not been Vice President for well over a year.

While conservatives can poke fun at this, the real concern here is for Democrats. There’s a growing movement within the primary opposing Joe Biden, not because of his policy ideas, but because he can’t seem to go more than twelve hours without saying something confusing. The issue isn’t so much that he’s making things up, as that’s par for the course for politics. It’s that he appears so mentally out it when making these claims and gaffes.

If Elizabeth Warren or Donald Trump make a statement that’s misleading, you at least know they are doing it on purpose. With Biden, you are left wondering whether he’s actually going senile. How long can he keep this up? We are nearly six months from just the first primary. We are well over a year out from the 2020 election itself. He’s been on the campaign trail for what amounts to just several weeks at this point given how little actually campaigning he did in the first several months of his candidacy.

Democrats are going to have to make a choice. On paper, Biden continues to be the more formidable opponent to Donald Trump. But elections are run on paper and Biden’s continued struggles are mounting.

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Michigan’s #1 Breakfast Chain Gets Targeted by Trump Haters, and Taste Buds & Sound Living Suffer – Just Ask Brad Pitt

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A Michigan restaurant chain is currently under threat of boycott by hundreds on Facebook and Reddit.

The reason? According to its Federal Election Committee filing, in the words of Chris Isaak, “Baby did a bad bad thing”: It made contributions to President Trump.

NOOOOoooooooo!!

From local Fox 17:

[H]undreds of Facebook and Reddit users are posting they will no longer be eating at Anna’s House after seeing a Federal Election Commission filing detailing its political contributions.

The 8-location Anna’s was “voted #1 Best Breakfast in Michigan.” But in April, it coughed up $15,000 to joint fundraising committee Trump Victory.

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This whole hubbub began when 30-year-old Facebooker Doug Chu shared a screenshot of Anna’s FEC documentation.

“[I]t was shared on Wednesday and shared it to his personal Facebook page. It’s since been shared hundreds of times, mostly by people upset to learn about the restaurant chain’s support of the President.”

Perhaps surprisingly, Mr. Chu’s all about his religious responsibility:

“My political beliefs, at their core, come from being a Christian. More specifically, from studying the Bible and and paying attention to the kind of society God wants people to live in, as well as from working to apprentice myself to Jesus’ teachings on how to treat other people.”

But eaterie owner Josh Beckett isn’t ashamed of what he did. He released a statement to that effect:

“I am proud to live in a country where we are free to have different opinions and to support a candidate of our choice. At Anna’s House, we employ and serve people of all backgrounds and beliefs, without judgement. Our goal is to treat everyone like family – and in families, there are often differences of opinion. Embracing these differences and respecting each other despite them is what makes our country great. If you are looking for an open, supportive, and accepting place to enjoy a great meal and conversation, Anna’s House is here for you.”

That reminds me of what Brad Pitt’s brother, Doug, said about his conservative Christian family, in contrast with the agnostic liberal actor:

“You know, I think moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world. So why would our family be any different? There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you. The bad thing is when it turns to venom and negativity, and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion. We can learn from each other and, if anything, it solidifies your point. Or maybe you learn something.”

What a beautiful thing. Doug is exactly right. That’s the way family should be, including the American family.

But some aren’t for it.

Kent County Republican Party Chair Joel Freeman told Fox 17 what he thinks about that, as it relates to orange juice and waffles:

“Treating people with different political viewpoints as enemies to be eliminated is toxic and counterproductive. Anna’s House is a popular locally-owned business that has found success serving delicious breakfasts that everyone can enjoy. It’s too bad that some would prefer division and strife over breaking bread, but that just means there’s more waffles for the rest of us.”

Of course, participating in boycotts is one’s right as a citizen. But in my view, if you’re refusing to get a pancake simply because you’ve heard that a company quietly and respectfully made a donation to a presidential campaign, you’re giving up palatable ecstasy for a wrong cause.

Eat the pancake — it’s delicious.

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Illegal Immigrant Sympathetically Profiled By CNN Kills Father of Five

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An illegal immigrant who gained notoriety early in the year struck and killed a father of five late last week. CNN has previously profiled him in a sympathetic manner, sharing his story of hiding out in a church during the government shutdown to avoid a deportation order.

Here’s some of what CNN wrote.

An undocumented immigrant in Colorado says he’s taken shelter in a church because the government shutdown leaves him with no other choice.

Miguel Ramirez Valiente is facing a deportation order — but his lawyer says right now he has no way to fight it.

Most immigration courts are shuttered because of the shutdown. Judges are only hearing the cases of detained immigrants, while other cases are being postponed. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s fugitive operations and removal divisions are still operating.

So Ramirez Valiente stood at the pulpit at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday and told reporters he was seeking sanctuary to fight for the chance to remain with his wife and three children.

His story at the time was that he never received notice before he was ordered deported. That’s not an actual legal defense. A case was re-opened by ICE against him after he got a DUI leading to the revocation of his license in 2018. He had past arrests for domestic abuse as well. An acquaintance told Denver’s Channel 7 that Valiente was an abuser of alcohol.

His probation from the DUI had just been extended because he failed to even complete his community service or the court ordered therapy for alcoholism.

Now, a father for five children is dead because Valiente continued to flaunt the law by driving on a revoked license.

According to press reports, Miguel Ramirez Valiente was charged with careless driving with a revoked license after he over-corrected his truck while driving on a state highway near Colorado Springs, hitting Sean Buchanan.

Buchanan was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by Ramirez Valiente, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador 14 years ago.

Ramirez Valiente has several prior charges on his arrest record.

According to Denver’s ABC news affiliate, The Denver Channel, Ramirez Valiente was charged with reckless endangerment in 2011 and domestic violence in 2016.

This is a man who had no business being in the country. He was also a man who had no business driving a car. Yet, he was doing both, in violation of the law because a sanctuary city protected him. These are the real costs of illegal immigration and they are far too often ignored by the media because they choose to push their narrative instead.

Yes, I get that it’s sad when someone who broke the law gets deported, separating him/her from their children temporarily. But that’s far more just than an American citizen being killed by an illegal immigrant who has zero respect for the law.

I’d challenge any media personality or activist to look this woman in the face and tell her that Valiente had a right to be here.

Whether Valiente was driving drunk again during this accident hasn’t been revealed yet by authorities. The chances are certainly better than zero given his history.

This has to stop. It’s not just and moral to continue to allow the flaunting of US law, putting kids and migrants in danger trying to cross the border with the help or drug cartels. It’s also not just and moral for a father to be dead right now because local authorities are ignoring immigration laws.

I’m tired of the biased stories that only focus on the plight of migrants with CNN shoving mics in kid’s faces so they can get their viral video. There are real costs for American citizens as well and it’s about time that gets highlighted.

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Report: Trump Tells Advisers Israel Should Bar Entry to Reps. Omar and Tlaib

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Citing “three sources familiar with the situation,” Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports that President Trump told his advisers Israel should use their anti-boycott law to deny entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Their trip is currently scheduled for August 18th.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Swan that Trump denies ever giving any kind of directive to the Israelis. She said, “The Israeli government can do what they want. It’s fake news.”

In other words, Trump didn’t issue an order or even a request that Netanyahu block them from entering Israel. He just offered his opinion to members of his staff. I completely agree with him. Both women have well-documented histories of making anti-Semitic remarks and they are likely the two most anti-Semitic members of Congress.

In March 2017, the Israeli parliament passed an amendment to their anti-boycott law which requires the interior minister to bar entry to Israel to foreign nationals who “knowingly issued a public call to boycott the state of Israel, pledged to participate in said boycott, or act on behalf of a group or an organization that have done so.”

Omar and Tlaib meet all three criteria. Recently, they co-sponsored a resolution in the House to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last month, they were two of 17 lawmakers to vote against a House resolution to condemn BDS. During the preliminary debate, Tlaib compared the BDS movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany.

We all remember Omar’s reference to the pro-Israel group AIPAC in February. She tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby!”

After she was widely condemned by House leadership, she tweeted:

Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.

My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize…”

In a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Tlaib was asked twice if she believes that Israel has the right to exist. Finally, she responded, “I truly believe the state of Israel is – it exists, correct. But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people?”

Regarding their upcoming trip, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer believes his country should overlook the anti-boycott law and allow their visit. Dermer said, “Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel.

According to “a source with direct knowledge,” Trump said that because Omar and Tlaib both supported the boycott, “then Israel should boycott them.”

Axios reports:

Israeli officials say congressional Democratic leadership pushed Dermer to allow the congresswomen into the country. Their advocacy, per those officials, is a major reason why Netanyahu will allow the two women in.

The Democrats had argued that if the Israeli government blocked Omar and Tlaib’s entry, then other Democratic members would cancel a planned, AIPAC-sponsored Israel trip in solidarity, these officials said.

Last week, the Israeli deputy national security adviser Reuven Azar held an interagency meeting at the prime minister’s office with representatives of the foreign, interior and strategic affairs ministries to prepare for the visit, according to Israeli officials who were briefed on the meeting. The officials added the meeting focused on how to react to anti-Israeli statements by Omar and Tlaib during the trip and whether to allow entry to people traveling with them who aren’t members of Congress and who support the boycott-Israel movement.

Two senior Netanyahu aides said the issue was very sensitive and they were not allowed to discuss it.

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The Democrats Just Don’t Get It

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Democrats just don’t get it. For some reason they continue to focus on the wants and desires of illegal aliens. They appear to ignore the needs of Americans and foreign nationals who have waited in line and jumped through all the immigration hoops legally.

They scream “racism” at the drop of a hat. Even the AFL-CIO, long a Democrat supporter and political donation generator, has now gotten into the act. Here’s a tweet by the President of the AFL-CIO , Richard Trumpka, regarding the ICE enforcement operation that arrested over 600 illegal aliens who were working with false documents and thereby taking jobs from Americans.

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It’s obvious who Mr Trumpka sees as his priority. It surely isn’t the majority of his membership. It surely isn’t American union members denied jobs because employers are hiring illegal aliens who by being here and working, drive down everyone’s wages. What about their need to put food on the table Mr. Trumpka?

Remember those Democrat voters who then candidate Trump famously asked, “What have you got to lose?” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka just alienated a few more of them who will be joining their fellows at the polls to flip the lever for Donald J. Trump in 2020.

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Multiple 2020 Candidates Bizarrely Tweet Out Claim that Michael Brown Was Murdered

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There’s pandering and then there’s whatever this is.

Multiple 2020 Democrat candidates tweeted out this week that Michael Brown, who assaulted a police officer and tried to steal his weapon, was murdered five years ago. Those who did so include Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke. Did I wake up in a different timeline?

Kirsten Gillibrand also tweeted the same thing out, but her nearly non-existent campaign isn’t worth the time to go copy the link.

It’s one thing to virtue signal about a debatable issue for political reasons, but in the case of Michael Brown, there is no debate. Even Barack Obama’s DOJ concluded that the officer acted appropriately in defending himself.

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Past the political nonsense being perpetrated here, this is dangerous. This is the kind of rhetoric that helped spark the Ferguson riots in 2015 and to keep repeating it, even after it was proven he was not murdered, is patently insane. Truth is not subjective and these tweets seek to rekindle a fire that has no business reigniting.

Will any mainstream media outlet call this stuff out for what it is? We all know the answer to that.

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