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Nancy Pelosi Punches Hard at AOC and the Fresh Face Caucus in Surprisingly Candid Comments

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Nancy Pelosi has had a contentious relationship with the self-proclaimed “squad” since they entered Congress. Referred to as the “fresh faces” by the media after their elections in 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have sought to hold an out-sized influence in the Democrat party.

Through slick marketing and a more than compliant press corps, they’ve largely succeeded.

Pelosi is apparently growing tired of it and in an interview with The New York Times, she spoke candidly about them.

The article described the outrage of the Squad, as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts are known.

Pelosi feels that the four made themselves irrelevant to the process by voting against “our bill,” as she put it, which she felt was the strongest one she could get. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

In other words, Twitter is not real life.

She’s not wrong. If you’ve ever used the platform and then compared it to any experience in your actual life, you’ll recognize it’s an echo chamber that amplifies the craziest, silly ideals via mob rule. AOC may get 150K likes on her silly tweets, but she can’t even manage to swing one vote outside of her immediate orbit.

The problem for Pelosi is that the “squad” have a rabid fan base that will mock, attack, harass, and mob those that get on their bad side. Now she’s made herself a target and they are going to be vicious.

Recall that it wasn’t long ago that Pelosi was posing with these new members on the cover of Rolling Stone. She elevated them early on for her own gain and is now reaping the harvest.

AOC, who can never take a jab without responding, affirmed Pelosi’s complaints by immediately running to, you guessed it, Twitter to air her grievances.

I’m not sure what public AOC thinks she has, but it’s certainly not public sentiment. She’s a fringe character with ideas so out there and so obviously damaging that her own party won’t even vote for them. You may recall that her “Green New Deal” got an embarrassing zero votes from Democrats in the Senate. She would later claim she told them to vote present, which is ludicrous. If something is truly about saving the world, you don’t tell people to protest vote your own bill.

While the media seem to only care when they can hype a Republican “civil war,” the truth is that Democrats are far more divided as a political class and as an electorate right now. As the 2020 Democratic candidates move further and further to the radical left, they are leaving a majority of their voters behind in the more moderate left of center space. Pelosi is desperately trying to put the brakes on the veer into crazy town but it’s not going to work. She simply doesn’t have the strength to keep the dam from breaking at this point and she has no one to blame but herself.

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Newt Gingrich Obliterates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: She’s ‘Vicious, Cruel & Dishonest’ and Despises America

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Ever wonder what former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is up to? Well, he was recently tied up with ripping into freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The 29-year-old’s been on a roll lately, calling detention centers “concentration camps” (here and here) delivering a stunningly dramatic performance at the border, and railing against the U.S. on Independence Day (here).

Newt isn’t a fan.

Therefore, in a July 5th op-ed for Fox, he stated the following:

It took Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s visit to the border – and her dishonest comments afterward – to help me understand how profoundly vicious, cruel and dishonest she is.

Wow.

Furthermore:

When you look at the larger picture, it is clear that Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is eager and determined to undermine and destroy America as we have known it.

Newt went on to assert that such radical goals require lies. And that “when you despise American values and find the American people ‘deplorable’ and contemptible, lying is perfectly natural.”

The erstwhile Republican representative insisted that “the American immigration system is profoundly broken,” and that AOC and likeminded politicians are in part responsible for a man and his daughter drowning while trying to sneak into the country (here):

The tragedy of Ocasio-Cortez’s type of vicious, deliberately dishonest politics is it sets the stage for innocent people to die. The poignant, heart-wrenching picture of the father and his daughter who died trying to get into the United States illegally should serve as a moral condemnation of every Democrat trying to use the border as a political weapon against Trump.

Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow left-wing activists continue to send signals to desperate and ambitious people around the world that they can (and should) enter the United States illegally.

Alexandria’s fellow spotlighted Democrat, Beto “I’m a privileged millionaire who will destroy privileged wealth” O’Rourke, sees things quite differently; he believes those tragic drowning deaths are your fault (see here).

Back to Newt — he pointed out the difference between immigration then and now:

It is important to remember that during the late 19th century when we had enormous immigration, it was still tightly controlled. Immigrants were processed in an orderly way. If they had infectious diseases, criminal records, were anarchists – or even showed signs of low morals – they were denied entry and sent back to their home countries.

The modern left-wing idea of opening the borders as wide as possible would have been thoroughly rejected in any previous era.

Interesting point.

Mr. Gingrich closed with a scathing final review of AOC, Pelosi, and other members of the House Left:

Every day that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Ocasio-Cortez radicals block reforming the immigration system, the House Republicans should take special orders and show the pictures of those who died the day before in a system the Democrats helped ruin – and refuse to reform.

Furthermore, Ocasio-Cortez should be called out for the viciousness, destructiveness, and dishonesty of her words and actions. It is time for decent people to stand up to her and ask: “Have you no shame?

No uncertain terms there.

Will any of his words reach Alexandria? I’d say it’s doubtful. But even if she’s made aware of them, I expect she’ll continue down her current path. Hopefully, where it concerns the big business, government-monopoly catastrophe of socialism, America won’t follow.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: herehereherehere, and here

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AOC’s Chief Of Staff Echoes ‘Concentration Camps,’ Compares Dems Supporting Humanitarian Aid At The Border To Jim Crow

Jon Voight Responds To Alyssa Milano’s Castigation Of Him As An ‘F-Lister’: ‘Ignorance Doesn’t Scare Me’

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Ted Cruz Destroys Argument of NYC Councilman Who Said He Shouldn’t Be Clarifying Frederick Douglass

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As I wrote last Friday, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay took issue with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after the Senator gave former NFL QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick a brief history lesson on the words of abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass.

As it turns out, New York City Councilman Justin Brannan (D) had something to say about Cruz’s history lesson, too. We’ll get to that in just a minute.

To recap, on July 4th Kaepernick quoted a portion of Douglass’s July 5, 1852 speech about Independence Day:

Sen. Cruz saw the Douglass quote and who posted it, and decided to add some much-needed context. After noting the quote Kaepernick used didn’t give an complete picture of Douglass’s views on America, Cruz spent one tweet providing some background on the speech, and then sent several tweets quoting directly from the speech. He concluded by encouraging everyone to read the full speech in context.

Gay, who is a Kaepernick fan, tweeted to Cruz the next day by saying “Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his name has no business in your mouth.” But once Cruz clapped back, Gay backed down a bit and they made their peace.

In the middle of all of this, Brannan gave his .02 worth in response to Gay’s original tweet:

Cruz saw Brannan’s swipe, and was not having it:

Boom.

Brannan responded back by telling Sen. Cruz that if he was such an expert on Douglass and his views on slavery, he would support a reparations bill introduced by 2020 presidential candidate and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) back in April:

Here’s a better idea: Brannan and his fellow Democrats should take NFL legend Burgess Owens’s advice and pay out the reparations themselves. As Owens said at the House reparations hearing last month:

“I do believe in restitution,” he continued. “Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40% of our black babies, 20 million of them.”

“State of California, 75 percent of our black boys can’t pass a standard reading and writing test. A Democratic state. So yes, let’s pay restitution. How about a Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race and those — after we learn our history — who decide to stay there, they should pay also.”

Brannan later retweeted comments from David Lobl, a former special assistant to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D):

Except that’s exactly what Cruz did.

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Anti-Semite Linda Sarsour is Trying to Appropriate Jesus Again

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Noted anti-Semite Linda Sarsour is at it again.

We constantly hear about “cultural appropriation” in liberal circles, that being the idea that it’s unseemly and racist to partake in another culture’s food, dress, and customs. There have been uproars over wearing a sombrero on Cinco De Mayo or a Chinese dress to a prom.

Apparently though, falsely appropriating Jesus is no big deal to the far-left. Here’s Sarsour’s latest ridiculousness.

It’s also true that Native Americans were born in what is now called Louisiana a thousand years ago. People migrate and the names of places change. There is almost no connection between your typical, modern Louisiana resident and the indigenous residents of centuries past. Even to the point where some ancestry could be tracked, one would still never claim that a Native American born in what is now modern day Baton Rouge was actually a white Cajun guy.

After getting push back, she continued ranting.

Bethlehem was not in “Palestine” because, and stick with me, Palestine did not exist (even as a territory) during Jesus’ time. Bethlehem was in the Jewish region of Judea, populated by Jews who’s descendants would eventually be pushed westward (as well as out of the area completely). The Arabic name of the town is also irrelevant because, and stick with me again, Arabic was not even a language at the time. In fact, the Arabs who make up much of the modern Palestinian lineage wouldn’t migrate into the area until many years later.

Perhaps more insulting is the fact that it was via several ancient Muslim invasions that the Arabs who make up the Palestinian people today got to where they are. In some ways, the appropriation of Jesus here echoes the Muslim practice of conquering and then claiming foreign religious sites as their own.

Despite that, we get stupid replies like this.

The term Palestine in the 5th century BC referred to the area inhabited by the Philistines. Modern Palestinians have little to no connection to that people historically. It is not debatable that the Romans called the area Judea and that the area was made up of Jews. Jesus was not Palestinian. Period.

Sarsour’s lack of knowledge of even basic history aside, her claims about Bethlehem in the modern day also fall offensively short. It is not a “predominately beautiful Palestinian community.” It hasn’t been majority Christian for a while because of the violent actions of Islam. Secondly, there is no “military occupation” present. Israel pulled out of the area over a decade ago. Currently the Palestinian Fatah party rules the area with an iron fist and autonomy.

There’s a certain antisemitism to claiming that one of most famous Jews in world history was actually an “Palestinian” just because Arabs would conquer the area later. But Sarsour is no stranger to such things. She’s made a career out of anti-Semitic attacks and a-historical nonsense.

Of course, she’s not the only one. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, another noted anti-Semite, has also made the false claim that “Jesus was Palestinian” before. This came in an anecdotal story about a supposedly aggrieved Palestinian woman, told back in April.

She said her immigrant mother keeps her grounded, and is so compassionate.  She said her mother told a man who voiced opposition to her hijab, “You don’t understand.  Jesus was born in my country!”  Tlaib said her mother believes that if people know that, things will be so much better.

All other issues aside, no, Jesus was not born in this woman’s country. Given that Palestine is not a country and never has been, that would seem obvious. The fact that it didn’t exist, nor was the area populated by the same people in Jesus’ lifetime seems the more relevant piece of evidence though.

Look, it’s one thing to argue over the modern Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I’ve made no secret where my views on that lie. But trying to appropriate Jesus, who had zero connection to modern Arab Palestinians, is a bridge too far and Sarsour is doing it on purpose. It’s anti-Christian, anti-Semitic tripe. She should stick to lying about the IDF and ignoring the human rights abuses of the Palestinian Authority. Jewish and Christian history simply isn’t her thing.

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Florida Democrat Who Has Never Won an Election Declares Trump Supporters to No Longer Be Christians

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One of the more interesting revelations…and I choose that word carefully…over the past three years has been the assertion by NeverTrump, that a Christian who votes for Trump, no matter the reason, can’t really be a Christian. Though, presumably, a Christian who voted for Hillary Clinton was just fine. This is because that Trump is so uniquely odious as a politician because he let a woman drown to cover his drunk driving of his hair style and mannerisms and, supposedly his serial infidelities (or so the thrice married Charlie Sykes and adulterous Joe Scarborough tell us) that no one’s soul is safe who voted for him. As a Catholic, I’ve never bothered much with this nonsense. My Church has a visible hierarchy, so I know who to listen to, and we have guide for how to exercise one’s right to vote. I’ve found the current Pope to be enough of a challenge without listening to several hundred, if not thousand, self appointed pontiffs that my Protestant brethren are having to contend with. Nowhere in this guide, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, is your faith and salvation called into question for voting for a guy you don’t particularly find admirable. You are voting on issues, not on people. Yet, I’ve been amused at the unseemly antics of some Protestant clergy, both for and against Trump, and by the propensity of many Protestant NeverTrumpers to declare folks anathema for voting for Trump. Hell, I’ve even witnessed a Pentecostal question a person’s Christian witness because they support Trump. On multiple occasions.

No less a spiritual guru than David French has claimed that the only reason Evangelicals support Trump is out of fear and their witness is hopelessly compromised:

Talk to engaged evangelicals, and fear is all too often a dominant theme of their political life. The church is under siege from a hostile culture. Religious institutions are under legal attack from progressives. The left wants nuns to facilitate access to abortifacients and contraceptives, it wants Christian adoption agencies to compromise their conscience or close, and it even casts into doubt the tax exemptions of religious education institutions if they adhere to traditional Christian sexual ethics.

These issues are legally important, and there are reasons for evangelicals to be concerned. But there is no reason for evangelicals to abandon long-held principles to behave like any other political-interest group.

Instead, the evangelical church is called to be a source of light in a darkening world. It is not given the luxury of fear-based decisionmaking. Indeed, of all the groups in American life who believe they have the least to fear from American politics, Christians should top the list. The faithful should reject fear.

Yet the church is acting as if it needs Trump to protect it. That’s not courageous. It’s repulsive. And so long as this fear continues, expect the church’s witness to degrade further. In seeking protection from its perceived enemies, the church has lost its way.

It’s time for evangelicals to exercise their political veto power. America’s conservative people of faith should seek a primary challenger to Trump and send a message to the GOP that it will not compromise any longer. And it should do so from a position of confidence–and faith.

Personally, I think this kind of an argument is nothing short of grotesque if not downright blasphemous. What French calls fear is actually Christians acting to combat moral evils…something that apparently is just too darn hard for French to do or something that won’t get him invited to the buffet on the lido deck.

What NeverTrump has done with this irreligious nonsense is teach the left that someone, somewhere, takes their theological advice from various internet randos and will possibly decide not to vote for Trump because a person they don’t know and don’t respect has told them that they’ll go straight to Hell if they do.

The latest edition in this nutbaggery is a perennially losing progressive from Florida named Pam Keith. She just puts into one tweet what French takes an entire article to say:

Pro Tip, if you’re going to tell people their salvation is in jeopardy based on their vote, then, to be credible, you need to win an election or two. Otherwise folks may start to wonder just who voted for you.

As I said, beyond losing elections and giving off a creepy vibe I don’t know what qualifies her to make that statement…okay, I do know, and it’s “not a freakin thing”.

Theologically, we know questionable men can end up doing good things. King David, for instance. The Early Church wrestled with this problem under the guise of the Donatist Heresy. Here the idea was that for the Sacraments administered by clergy to be efficacious, then that member of the clergy must lead a faultless life. The problem here is pretty easy to see. The same heretical theological model is being drafted from the 6th Century and made to justify opposition to Trump. Trump is a bad man, ergo, everything Trump does is bad, even if it is good. Ironically, it isn’t like Trump will be running against a particularly good person. The entire Democrat field is composed of moral cripples who endorse abortion and homosexual marriage and offenses against nature like transgenderism. Some, like Pete Buttigieg, lead a personal life that makes Donald Trump’s seem relatively normal and definitely biologically explainable. I’ve never heard a satisfactory explanation for how disapproving of Trump’s personal life is more important that the things he’s done to restrict abortion and create space for public practice of religion. I’ve also never heard a cogent theological explanation for why deliberately putting people hostile to Christianity into positions of power is a moral thing to do. I’ve heard envy, anger, hatred, spite, jealousy and all manner of other reason speak against voting for Trump but I have never read a laugh-free spiritual case for why fetishizing classical liberalism or socialism as a political philosophy is a morally defensible act.

This nonsense is going to last as long as Trump is in office. Maybe longer. It is stupid and it is obscene. People need to stop it. But they won’t. Because…well, you know why. OrangeManBad.

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CIA Prepares the Blame the Consultant Excuse for Screwing the Pooch With the Steele Dossier

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Just a couple of weeks ago I posted about what seems to be an incipient outburst of fecal incontinence at the CIA dealing with anything that happened to touch the Steele Dossier, that shameful, manufactured collection of fables that was used to develop the pretext for the Mueller investigation and whose major bureaucratic patron was former CIA director, and hopefully felon-in-waiting, John Brennan.

In that post, the CIA’s go-to guy at the Washington Post tries to paint a picture of Joseph Mifsud, the guy who someone dragged hapless George Papadopoulos into the affair and tried to paint him as a conduit between the Trump campaign and Moscow, as someone who any reasonable person could mistake for a Russian agent of influence…so long as no one really bothered to look. Some of my observations:

Here is a picture of Mifsud standing by a member of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee.

Read her bio.

One would note, going back to the comment by Steve Hall, that Smith and Mifsud were both on faculty at University of Stirling at the same time.

Devin Nunes has the best summary:

If Mifsud was a suspected Russian agent, then allowing him the access to the venues where he regularly appeared is a scandal of epic proportions.

The best interpretation of this article is that the CIA knows Mifsud’s exposure as an agent of a Western intelligence agency is going to happen. Then they are going to be left to explain how bogus information fed to Papadopoulos by a friendly intelligence agency was used to bolster the case for a special counsel to investigate a sitting president. There probably isn’t a real good explanation beyond what is here in the article, which is “well, we thought he looked fishy” and hoping that no one notices the very real coincidences that connect Mifsud and friendly intelligence agencies.

And there are these additional angles:

Today, a story by my colleague, Elizabeth Vaughn, on how people who previously refused to cooperate with the investigation of DOJ IG Michael Horowitz were now cooperating and that the main figure was from Department of State.

Speculation is that just as Samuel Johnson observed, “when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully,” when a reluctant witness in an IG probe knows that a prosecutor will force them to testify, it serves to focus his attention on important matters…like not being indicted.

Elizabeth’s post tugged at a story that I was trying to write last week because it was unusual, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was unsettling.

If you’ve been in government or in big business you are familiar with upper management deciding their own subordinates are as dumb as a bag of clawhammers (studiously ignoring who promoted and mentored them) and bringing in a consultant that is frequently unfamiliar with your business processes or corporate culture or the history of how some management and staff relationships came to be and letting them “fix” things. Often these consultants are staffed with very smart people but they don’t get paid to listen, they get paid to make changes. Many of these firms seem to have a template approach to solving problems depending upon what the newest fad in business management circles is. Changes imposed from the outside rarely last and only occasionally produce positive results. But they do one useful thing, they provide cover for failing management because the departed consultant’s findings can be blamed by upper management for performance downturns.

The story in question was from Politico (which, when it isn’t going full metal OrangeManBad does decent reporting) headlined: Spies fear a consulting firm helped hobble U.S. intelligence.

These insiders said the efforts have hindered decision-making at key agencies — including the CIA, National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

They said McKinsey helped complicate a well-established linear chain of command, slowing down projects and turnaround time, and applied cookie-cutter solutions to agencies with unique cultures. In the process, numerous employees have become dismayed, saying the efforts have at best been a waste of money and, at worst, made their jobs more difficult. It’s unclear how much McKinsey was paid in that stretch, but according to news reports and people familiar with the effort, the total exceeded $10 million.

In each case, bureaucratic changes that slow response time or hamper intelligence collection capabilities could cause the loss of company secrets, private government data, the democratic process and even American lives. Already, some projects at the NSA have been cut or delayed as a result of disgruntled employees leaving the agency.

“At CIA, they shattered longstanding structural constructs that people had invested their whole careers in,” said Larry Pfeiffer, a 32-year intelligence veteran who now serves as the director of the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy and International Security at George Mason University. It resulted in “a coordination nightmare” widely considered to be “very heavy-handed,” added Pfeiffer, who left government before the restructuring but remains in close contact with current officials.

Pfeiffer said he doesn’t know “a soul at CIA or NSA who would tell you that the reorganizations have made things better.”

“That’s exactly what happened,” a former CIA operations officer said.

Why, you might ask, would an intelligence agency advertise to the world that a retooling of the intelligence community failed miserably? Wouldn’t that be something you’d keep to yourself? And why, even though Congress was allegedly notified, is this story based on leaks from the CIA rather than Adam Schiff? I understand people being upset at having their world changed but why make this complaint public after the consultant has already pocketed the money and is laying on a beach somewhere sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas and planning their next foray?

My theory is that if you read my earlier post and Elizabeth’s post and this article together, the common thread is Attorney General Bill Barr’s designated cleaner, US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham, mounting a serious investigation to find out just how the f***ity-f*** that the Steele Dossier was shopped about government, briefed to the president, used to justify as many as four FISA warrants on Carter Page, and became the focus of the lynch mob led by Robert Mueller.

You have two things happening.

First, players not actively involved in the whole play engineered, I think, by Brennan, are seeing that it is to their advantage to be not only on the right side of history but the right side of Horowitz and Durham. These people who had refused to cooperate out of some sense of personal loyalty, or loyalty to the Obama legacy, or because they are totally down with the #Resistance are now reluctant to be bankrupted by becoming targets of a federal investigation.

Second, you have the institutions involved cobbling together excuses for why they behaved as they did. In this case the CIA is saying that because a consultant screwed up traditional lines of coordination, that it was easy for Joseph Mifsud to be mistaken as Russian agent of influence and that his long standing ties to Western Intelligence services overlooked because the people familiar with Mifsud were no longer involved. The same reorganization could have prevented warning flags from going off over the Steele Dossier because of staff and organization changes.

Bottom line is, yes it happened but it really isn’t our fault seems to be the line of defense.

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The one thing that doesn’t make sense is why Politico, particularly the reporter who is up to her unibrow in pushing the Russia collusion narrative, is now suddenly writing on a subject more appropriate for the audience of GovExec.com.

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MSNBC: With His Dictator-Style Parade, Donald Trump Turned the 4th of July Into Something Divisive & Vile

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[Screenshot from MSNBC, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMMlDmIIzwY]

 

On July 3rd, RedState’s Bonchie covered an MSNBC contributor comparing the American flag to a swastika.

These antics aren’t a whole lot more boss.

So how’d the Microsoft/NBC news network react to the 4th of July extravaganza on the National Mall Thursday, which sported some tanks?

(By the way, the 4th of July is a celebration of the nation’s hard-won independence, which was accomplished by war).

Well, they responded as if Hitler had descended upon the District of Columbia.

Here’s a bit of how the event looked:



During The 11th Hour, the partisan peacock got off to a great start by rooting their segment in a bit o’ this: “WAPO: Trump Ignores Norms That Keep Military Out of Partisan Issues.”

Huh??

Might it make more sense to say, “WAPO Ignores Norms That Keep Partisan Issues Out of Military”?

Or out of Independence Day?

Ali Velshi began with this knee slappin’ prod to retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey:

“What’s the circumstance, General? I’m curious. Because countries like France do hold these types of demonstrations. Obviously, we associate them more with military dictatorships.”

Nice. Reeeal nice opener.


Then Ali pushed out a question I’m still trying to figure out. Who would ask this? It’s a beaut:

“What is the right way in which we can appreciate these remarkable machines and these airplanes?”

The “right way”??

Then he followed with, “Nobody likes an air show more than I do.”

Doesn’t sound like it.

The host inquired:

“What’s the way in which this gets done without politicization?”

Uhhh…the way in which it gets done without politicization is that it happens and you don’t politicize it…with this segment and those questions.

The general seemed to go with the military dictatorship thing:

“Well, I think most of it — we’ve gotta focus on the fact that it’s Mr. Trump. That’s the problem.’

Oh — that’s the problem.

“He’s turning it into a narcissistic kind of display of his own purpose.”

Are they talking about a parade in Washington or in North Korea?

I invite you all to crack the code here…

Take it away, Barry:

“Around the country, routinely, there are air shows all over the United States, all year. … So displaying and letting the American people see their armed forces and its equipment is entirely legitimate. We just don’t want it used divisively, particularly on the 4th of July.”

How was it “used divisively”?

This is a supremely dumb attempt at sleight of hand: State that something is divisive — which is to say, be divisive. Accuse the other side of being divisive because you don’t agree with the thing that you called divisive because you didn’t agree.

More from Barry:

“Washington D.C. loves that day. It’s just a tremendous ceremony. Now, it’s gonna be another vile political fight.”

So there ya have it, folks — with a military parade celebrating a country-founding military victory of sorts, Donald Trump turned a lovable holiday into something vile.

“Donald Trump’s Using The Military And Making July 4th A Vile Political Fight” — that was MSNBC’s own headline on YouTube.

Some in the media have claimed the President made the celebration all about himself.

But who made it all about Trump — Trump, or goofballs claiming Trump made it all about Trump?

Witness more goofiness in the video below, along with a great tribute to America’s history of military parades.

-ALEX

 

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Dem Rep Secretly Sending Aides Into Mexico To Teach Migrants How To Game Asylum System

 

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Members of a US-bound migrant caravan stand on a road after federal police briefly blocked their way outside the town of Arriaga, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Hundreds of Mexican federal officers carrying plastic shields had blocked the caravan from advancing toward the United States, after several thousand of the migrants turned down the chance to apply for refugee status and obtain a Mexican offer of benefits. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

 

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staff have told The Washington Examiner that Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) has been quietly sending aides into Juarez, a town near the U.S. border, to find illegals who have been deported under the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The migrants are being instructed to pretend they can’t speak Spanish. This will allow them to take advantage of a loophole in the asylum laws and return to the U.S. (Escobar won the seat vacated by Beto O’Rourke.)

The National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter and CBP personnel informed The Washington Examiner that members of Rep. Veronica Escobar’s staff have been working with the local Catholic diocese and have allegedly interviewed thousands of migrants in Juarez recently to find migrants who “may have been wrongly returned” by the Department of Homeland Security.

A senior union official has shared evidence gathered by CBP personnel  with the Examiner. He said, “What we believe is happening is Veronica Escobar’s office is going … to basically second-guess and obstruct work already done by the Border Patrol.”

A CBP official explained the “Remain in Mexico” policy (formal name is Bilateral Migration Protection Protocols):

Anyone returned must be fluent in Spanish because they may have to reside in Mexico up to five years until a U.S. federal judge decides their asylum claim. A Democratic politician’s aides reescorting people back to the port are telling officers the Central American individual with them cannot speak Spanish despite their having communicated in it days earlier.

The union representative told the Examiner:

What we’re hearing from management is that they’re attempting to return people, and the story was changed in Mexico, where a person who understood Spanish before now doesn’t understand — where a person who didn’t have any health issues before now has health issues…They went through and interviewed everybody, cherry-picked them, brought them back, and now are using them as tag lines. They’re going over there and manufacturing a lot of these issues.

We had finally found a happy medium ‘cause we always get crapped on when it comes to immigration laws, and then they’re finding loopholes to bring them back,” the second official said.

All of the officials are concerned the “interviews might be used to suggest the Border Patrol is wrongfully turning away a large number of asylum-seekers.”

Former federal immigration judge Mark H. Metcalfe said:

The involvement of Escobar’s office was likely more of a stunt than a genuine threat to the integrity of the process.

She’s trying to obviously say these people have been wrongly denied their claims and they’re waiting when they shouldn’t be.

However, a criminal case would exist if Escobar were found to be complicit in an effort to perpetrate a fraud, which would have to include knowingly injecting false statements during interviews, follow-up conversations, and documents presented to U.S. officials.

A DHS official told the Examiner:

Democrats, nonprofit organizations, and 2020 hopefuls are furious that these migrants are not allowed to await their court dates in the U.S., where they have the opportunity to disappear and slip into the interior never to be seen again.”

By opposing a system that assists migrants and speeds wait times, these individuals are exposing a cause that looks more like a cover story for their political motivations. Any efforts to subvert and obstruct federal law enforcement operations should receive a full review.

According to the Examiner:

In one incident, an Escobar aide and diocese official walked a male migrant over the bridge in June and asked for him to be admitted into the U.S. because they had found he had “cognitive disabilities.” Officers took the boy and turned the case over to the Border Patrol, where an agent found a Constituent Information and Privacy Release Form with the U.S. House of Representatives seal on it inside the 17-year-old’s file. Two officials said the paper would have to have been put in his file while he was interviewed in Mexico and was not supposed to have been left there because it would reveal to the Border Patrol that a member of Congress or their staff was meeting with migrants in Mexico.

The boy has since returned to Mexico because the medical condition was not diagnosed by a medical professional but by an aide of the congresswoman, one official said Friday.

“Management saw that form and was like, ‘What is this?’ and reached out to our International Liaison Unit. And ILU said, ‘Yes, Veronica Escobar and several other politicians are in Mexico trying to defeat the MPP program,’” the union said.

In another confirmed case, a female migrant was brought back to the port after claiming to have been raped in Juarez.

Officials said they knew of three other incidents where Escobar’s aides had walked back a “Remain in Mexico” program recipient.

If these allegations are correct, then Escobar is using taxpayer funds to reverse already-decided legal action. A CBP official said “these people were found inadmissible under a new program and they must remain in Mexico. They’re trying to subvert that.”

I am not a lawyer, so I can’t speak to the legality of what Escobar is doing. It’s likely that Escobar is not breaking the law. Ethically, however, I find it egregious that a member of Congress would work to subvert U.S. policy. Even worse, American taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for this chicanery.

Suppose a policeman were to coach a suspect on a specific way they might avoid charges for a crime – not something general, but a precise technicality such as the arresting officer had not followed protocol to the letter. And let’s also assume this policeman was doing this deliberately and enlisting his subordinates to actively search for technicalities which could help suspects to circumvent the law. Many Americans would be horrified.

Illegals have become a privileged class in America. In many ways, they enjoy more rights than U.S. citizens. And, if an illegal also happens to be transgender, the treatment becomes better still.

Oh, to be an undocumented immigrant in America.

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Los Angeles Activist & Head of the Mayoral Recall Effort Petitions President Trump: ‘Help Our City. Our Citizens Are Dying’

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[Screenshot from Alexandra Datig, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzhmkXJNhPQ]

 

I once suggested in an online forum that Los Angeles wasn’t doing well. Immediately, a couple Angelenos attacked me. They touted the superiority of the city’s roads, etc. When I posted links supporting the facts, they essentially told me to get the !#?@ out of the forum.

But perhaps one West Coaster who would’ve agreed with me is Alexandra Datig, a local activist.

In fact, she fears the city’s fall a might more than I — she’s created an S.O.S. video for President Trump, imploring, “Please, President Trump, we are calling on you: Help our city. Our citizens are dying; they will continue to die.”

Her presentation begins thusly:

“Message to the President of the United States. Donald J. Trump. Urgent Call for Federal Intervention. Due to the state of emergency caused by homelessness in Los Angeles California.”

I’ve covered Alexandra before: She’s the one heading up a mayoral recall on Eric Garcetti.

In June, she told City News Service Cali was “in a state of emergency.”

For more on that — as well as my personal account of homelessness in downtown L.A. — see here.



Back to Alexandra’s sounding of the alarm to the White House, here’s her message for the Commander-in-Chief:

“[I] am calling on the President of the United States to intervene in Los Angeles due to the state of emergency created by its homeless crisis. In the county of Los Angeles, we have more than 59,000 people homeless. We have more than 36,300 people homeless in the city of Los Angeles, and we have more than 16,000 people living in his or her cars. We have more than 3,000 homeless veterans. Veteran homelessness was supposed to be ended by the year 2015 according to our mayor.

“This has not happened.”

Then she fingers Eric:

“We have had a 75% increase in homelessness in the past six years under the leadership of our mayor, Eric Garcetti. Our leaders, here in this city, have lost heart and cannot deal with the crisis at hand. Our police officers are getting sick; our social workers are getting sick. Our sanitation workers are being treated terribly. Trash problems are everywhere. We are having serious environmental crimes happening, every day, several times a day, where 59,000 people in the county of Los Angeles are dumping raw sewage into our storm drains, entering our waterways.”

Raw sewage — that sounds nice.

Environmentalism, anyone?

“These are serious, serious environmental crimes. We have homeless youth; we have had, in the past five years, to 2018, more than 3,600 people die on the streets of Los Angeles. These people, who are living on the street, some of them, are sentenced to death by homelessness. This situation is completely unacceptable and we need a federal intervention immediately. We need FEMA; we need the Red Cross; we need the CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency.”

Watch the video above, which ends with this serious-as-a-heart-attack appeal:

“We need immediate assistance. This is urgent. Immediate assistance is needed. Now. Today. No delay. Please, President Trump, we are calling on you: Help our city. Our citizens are dying; they will continue to die.”

Alexandra isn’t the only one warning of the Golden State’s demise — last month, historian Victor Hanson told Tucker Carlson California is the country’s “first Third World state.”

There are certainly scenes playing out in the home of Democrats & Dodgers that would support that notion.

Still, L.A. still has a ways to go to compete with overachiever San Fran — maps of the city can help you find restaurants, hotels, entertainment complexes, and piles of human turds (please see here). The new San Francisco treat?

-ALEX

 

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#Merica: Oregon Activists Went Flag Planting on Independence Day at Nike HQ in Response to Flag Shoe Decision

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This undated product image obtained by the AP shows Nike Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoes that have a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag, on them. Nike is pulling the flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal. (Nike via AP Photo)

In the aftermath of Nike’s recent decision not to sell Betsy Ross flag-themed tennis shoes, average American citizens who were offended by the news have expressed their outrage in many different ways.

Some took to social media to share their thoughts. Some have put pen to paper and are writing letters to Nike. Some vowed to never wear Nike merchandise again.

But in Oregon, where Nike’s World HQ is located, some activists took a different approach.

Author Jeff Reynolds, writing at PJ Media, reports on how some of the locals responded:

On Independence Day, local activists planted American flags at the entrance of Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. The intent was to show Nike that, despite what Colin Kaepernick may have told them, not everyone thinks the American flag is a symbol of racism and slavery.

[…]

One activist who helped to plant the flags at Nike told PJ Media, “It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t get any Betsy Ross flags, but the message is the same. We wanted to remind Nike that Colin Kaepernick is simply wrong about the history of the flag.”

Reynolds noted that the flag planting started on a small scale, but that the number of flags grew as the day went on.

Here’s one of several images Reynolds took of the planted flags:

There are many more photos posted of the flag display here.

Well done, Oregon patriots. Well done.

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