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House Dems launch investigation into whether White House pressured weather service into backing Trump on hurricane’s path

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It took 10 days but this fiasco is now a bona fide scandal, with the opposition party launching a formal probe about whether the White House interfered with the National Weather Service’s scientific judgments in order to protect the president’s ego.

The central mystery is why NOAA, which oversees the NWS, issued that strange statement last Friday night gently scolding the Birmingham office of the NWS for disagreeing with Trump’s forecast back on September 1. The president tweeted that morning that Alabama was one of the states that would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” even though the latest projections placed Dorian creeping up the east coast, away from the Gulf. Only a small corner of Alabama was at risk, and only with a 10 percent probability of tropical-storm-force winds. So the Birmingham office put out a tweet after Trump’s to try to calm people, stressing that “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian.”

After many days of Trump doubling down and the media tripling down and Trump quadrupling down on whether his initial tweet was right or wrong, the Times reported on Monday that none other than Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, had phoned NOAA last Friday and demanded that the agency put out a statement siding with Trump, reportedly even threatening to fire people if they didn’t. That’s what got Democrats’ attention: Exactly how far up the federal bureaucracy did this dispute, which was about nothing more than whether the president made a minor mistake in using outdated information in a tweet, go? Did the pressure on NOAA originate with Ross or did it go even higher?

Of course it went higher, claims WaPo in a new story this afternoon. This clusterfark is poles apart in significance from the aborted invite to the Taliban to come to Camp David but it’s similar in one important respect: There’s only one person in the federal government who conceivably could have thought it was a good idea. Wilbur Ross doesn’t care if the NWS corrected Trump on a mistake he made. Mick Mulvaney doesn’t care either. If you could ask them off the record, doubtless even Melania and the Trump children wouldn’t care.

Only one person cares.

President Trump told his staff that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration needed to correct a tweet that seemed to contradict his statement that Hurricane Dorian posed a significant threat to Alabama as of Sept. 1, in contrast to what the agency’s forecasters were predicting at the time. This led chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to call Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to tell him to fix the issue, senior administration officials said.

Trump had complained for several days about the issue, according to senior officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter…

Trump told reporters he did not direct NOAA to issue such a statement on Wednesday afternoon. “No, I never did that,” Trump said. “I never did that. It’s a hoax by the media. That’s just fake news, right from the beginning, it was a fake story.”

Trump didn’t directly deputize Ross, said the NYT in its own story about this. Mick Mulvaney was put on the case and then he got on the phone with Ross, albeit without demanding that Ross threaten anyone over it:

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk. NOAA, which is part of the Commerce Department, issued an unsigned statement last Friday in response, saying that the Birmingham, Ala., office was wrong to dispute the president’s warning.

In pressing NOAA’s acting administrator to take action, Mr. Ross warned that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation was not addressed, The New York Times previously reported. Mr. Ross’s spokesman has denied that he threatened to fire anyone, and a senior administration official on Wednesday said Mr. Mulvaney did not tell the commerce secretary to make such a threat.

Congrats to Mulvaney on finally achieving the highest aspiration of the tea party, bossing around weathermen for correcting the president on a minor factual mistake. If small-government fans can’t hold the deficit below a trillion dollars a year in an age of rapid economic growth, they can at least muscle some nerds into eating sh*t on a quibble over a hurricane projection.

You can read the full letter sent to Ross today by Democrats on the House Science Committee right here. Key bit:

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Their first question for him is whether anyone in the Executive Office of the President communicated with him about leaning on NOAA on Trump’s behalf. What will he say?

I think there’s a nonzero chance at this point that Ross ends up quitting. Not because this is a mega-scandal — most people who pay attention to it will be dumbstruck by how small the stakes are — but because he’s 81, reportedly falls asleep in meetings, and Trump might relish the opportunity to install a hardcore protectionist at Commerce in Ross’s place who can help him sell the trade war to the public. Obviously Trump’s not going to fire him for carrying out the president’s wishes in this instance but the White House might use the controversy to gently suggest to Ross that he should consider retirement. We’ll see.

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A Gen Z’er Schools You Slobs: You’ve Been Hurting Women’s Brains by Using This Common – and Terrible – Term (Video)

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Hey guys — I mean, zhes, here’s something you need to know: It’s inconsiderate to use the term “guys” when addressing a group that includes females.

So says NowThis producer Foluké Tuakli.

The energetic instructor points out that using the word ignores its “cognitive impact on women.”

Wait a minute — I thought there’s no such thing as male and female.

If I spent some time analyzing it, I believe I could come up with at least 3 or 4 different evolutionary tracks the social far Left is simultaneously traveling in the handling of the sexes, all of which contradict one another.

Anyway, in a new NowThis video, Foluké — who was 20 years old in 2016 — explains:

“‘Guys’ is a simple term. It could mean boys; or if you’re modern, hip, it means people.”

Modern and hip? Aw, girl, people’ve been using that term for at least several decades.

There’s nothing more winceworthy — and ubiquitous on the web as of late, it seems — than a young whippersnapper inadvertently revealing their punishingly insufficient historical perspective beyond the popularity of the Twilight saga.

But it’s okay, Foluké — I used to think my generation invented the F word.

Moving on:

“At first glance, ‘guys’ seems inviting, friendly, maybe warm, even comedic at times.”

Comedic?

“But it, like many default terms, should not be normalized as an all-encompassing phrase, innocent as it may seem.”

Too late, gal. It was normalized a long, long time ago. Catch up. Watch some 80’s movies. Maybe a few featuring the two Coreys. Or check out Growing Pains — you know, your parents’ jams.

In fact, hold your ears, Foluké–



The truth is, all you people have never taken a deep look. So the new generation’s here to woke you up:

“While we may understand the word means no real harm, with a deeper look you’ll understand that we’ve been ignoring the cognitive impact on women, as well as gender non-conforming folks by only explicitly addressing the male-identifying individuals present.”

Cognitive! You’ve been messing with chicks’ minds, ya shallow-lookin’ cavemen. Not to mention people who aren’t men or women or anything at all.

Let’s peer even deeper — Foluké lays out the heritage of your atrocious He-Man usage.

From The Daily Wire:

Tuakli then turns to the derivation of the word, asserting, “The meaning of ‘guys’ has changed over time.” She refers to a Washington Post article that quoted an etymologist saying the word derived from Guy Fawkes, who joined the failed 1605 failed Gunpowder plot and narrowly escaped being executed on the scaffold by jumping and breaking his neck. She then turns to The Boston Globe, which she says “broadened the term to include creepy people, then to a generic term for men.”

Oy.

According to our young and spunky guide — whether you realized it or not — all this time, you slobs have been making women downright uncomfortable:

“For decades, we have set a standard of only addressing the men in the room. Of course we claim it’s colloquial, but with our elevated knowledge and inclusive perspective, it just seems lazy, inconsiderate, and a small part of what reinforces the gender hierarchy today … Can we surprised that for decades, women felt uncomfortable asserting their voice when we didnt even take the time to properly acknowledge them?”

Take note: The woke are living on a different plane — one of elevated knowledge. No word yet on how they intend to be inclusive of people who use the term “guys.”

No matter, listen up: Feminists have a lot of work to do, and they don’t need you adding to the pile with your “guys” talk.

Take it away, Foluké:

“[We have to deal with] reproductive rights, rape culture, violence against women, LGBTQ rights, and the general reprogramming of most people’s minds. But when you stop valuing the personhood and visibility of individuals, you make it easier to dehumanize them on a macro scale, minimizing his, her, its, their right to respect and equality.”

Reprogramming. Most people’s minds.

That is a heavy burden.

She wants you to “know that this is one small step away from making a more conscious effort to dismantle the patriarchy.”

Foluké does make one point that’s inarguable: The word “gals” isn’t in common usage in the same way:

“Don’t believe me? Try walking into a room full of cisgender, heterosexual men and triumphantly announce, ‘Hey gals,’ ‘Okay, girls,’ ‘Thanks, Sis!’ I’m sure within ten minutes, if not seconds, at least one person will correct you.”

All of you women who are reading this, take particular note. Sit down for a minute. NowThis has a message for you.

Aw, who am I kidding? There’s no such thing as a woman reader of RedState. That’s why “women’s rights” exclusively just means left-wing causes.

Ain’t none of you guys black either — everybody knows that those who favor smaller government are exclusively white, male, and racist. #Patriarchy #Morons

Anyway, just for kicks, here’s how Foluké wraps it up for the cisgender females in the house:

“You can say that all of this is silly or too PC, but there are always larger societal implications of language — the way we use it and weaponize it. Face it: The way we do and say things matter. So if you do nothing else, repeat after me: I am powerful.”

If you’re powerful, then why are you hurt by people using the word “guys”?

Guess I’m just not looking deep enough. The gospel’s the gospel. Pass it on to some girl you (might?) know.

Actually, I really do agree with Foluké — I’ve never used the term “guys” to refer to a group.

Where I come from, we say “y’all.”

Who knew — the hicks were woke all along.

Think about it, you guys.

-ALEX

 

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Politifact “Fact Checks” Trump’s Comments on Northam and Abortion, Again Proving Fact Checkers Need Fact Checking

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, accompanied by his wife, Pam, speaks during a news conference in the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

That Politifact and mainstream media news outlets alike have inaccurately “fact checked” President Trump’s comments on Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s ghoulish abortion position is not new news, but the issue came up again during Trump’s visit to Fayetteville, NC Monday night before Tuesday’s special election where he again talked about the Governor’s extreme position.

Here is what Trump said:

Last night, Trump described Northam as having said, “after the baby was born, the doctor will talk to the mother and make a decision about whether the baby lives.” Unlike some of Trump’s past references to the comments — in which he described Northam as having endorsed allowing doctors to “execute” babies — this summary is fairly accurate. Given the context of the governor’s response, it’s abundantly clear that he condoned permitting at least some infants to die after birth if they were meant to have been aborted a few minutes earlier.

Trump’s claim is indeed consistent with Northam’s postion. Here’s Northam’s actual quote from the January WTOP interview, with bolded emphasis added:

When we talk about third trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of the physician. More than one physician, by the way. And its done in case where there may be severe deformities, where there may be a fetus that is non-viable.

So, in this particular example, if a mother is in labor I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.

Here’s the video clip of him discussing his position:

Seems clear cut, right? Not so much to the geniuses at Politifact, who re-upped their February fact check Monday night:

After quoting Northam word for word, here’s what they wrote about how Trump characterizing Northam’s position:

Northam, a physician, never said he would sanction the execution of newborns. What he did say during a radio interview is that in rare, late-pregnancy cases when fetuses are nonviable, doctors deliver the baby, keep it comfortable, resuscitate it if the mother wishes, and then have a “discussion” with the mother.

The issue is that Northam declines to say what that discussion would entail. Trump puts words in the governor’s mouth, saying doctors would urge the mother to let them forcibly kill the newborn, which is a felony in Virginia punishable by a long prison sentence or death.

Trump misstates and exaggerates Northam’s words in ways that fan division. Often, that’s enough for us to torch someone’s pants. But Northam left himself open to some interpretation by declining to clarify his confusing remarks.

So we rate Trump’s statement False.

Unbelievable.

You simply cannot trust “official” fact checkers when it comes to Democrats. They might get one right once in a blue moon, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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Man Who Lost His Mother During 9/11 Shreds Ilhan Omar During Public Speech

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The events on 9/11 are still fresh in the minds of many as the suffering from the losses they endured are scars that never fully healed. Thousands died, and memories of loved ones are still alive and well in the hearts and minds of those who love them.

This is why when Rep. Ilhan Omar of “The Squad” brushed off the events of that day as “some people did something” while giving a keynote speech during a CAIR event, many became infuriated and rightfully so. That phrase was a dismissal, of not only the Islamic terrorists that committed the atrocity but the people who died at their hands.

Now, on the anniversary of 9/11, one man giving a speech to a crowd is letting Omar know just who did what as he remembers how his mother was lost that day.

“Some people did something? Why the confusion? 19 Islamic terrorists killed 3000 people. Is that clear,” he asked.

“I was attacked. Our Constitution was attacked. Our Judeo-Christian founding was attacked. That’s what some people did,” said the man.

“Got that now?” asked the man.

“We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and “the squad” just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please,” he continued.

It has to be incredibly heartbreaking to listen to a leader in congress downplay an attack that took so much innocent life, especially when one of those lives that were taken is someone who was incredibly close to you.

It’s even sadder to think that there are 3,000 more stories out there just like this one. That’s 3,000 lives Omar flippantly shrugged about.

Omar has tweeted out about 9/11 saying we will never forget the lives that were lost during the terror attack. She still refuses to mention the reason behind the attacks, but no one should expect her to speak so plainly.

 

 

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Democrats Announce Three New Gun Control Bills and President Trump Seems Poised To Cave

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined at left by, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., prepare to walk out of the hearing room briefly after waiting Republican members of the committee to arrive more than an hour after the scheduled start time for a markup session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The panel was meeting on their months-long standoff with the Justice Department on the request by the Republican-controlled committee for documents related to the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation and the handling of its probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails. Democrats charge the subpoena undermines special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties and whether there was obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In a party line vote, the House Judiciary Committee under Fat Jerry Nadler has passed three new gun control bills.

H.R. 1236, the “Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019”: This bill would provide grants to help state, tribal and local efforts to remove firearms from individuals determined to be a danger to themselves or others. Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws are more commonly known as “red flag” laws.

H.R. 1186, the “Keep Americans Safe Act”: This bill would regulate large capacity ammunition feeding devices, such as a magazine or belt, making it illegal to import, sell, manufacture or possess such devices.

H.R. 2708, the “Disarm Hate Act”: This bill would prevent a person convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from obtaining a firearm.

There are undoubtedly more on the way because the perennial favorite, Universal Background Checks, is not on the list.

These are all bad-to-horrible ideas that can only be rationalized if one realizes that their true purpose is to limit firearms ownership to law enforcement and members of the personal security detail of select Democrat politicians and progressive entertainers.

I’ve touched on the so-called red flag laws before.(see The ‘Do Something’ Impulse Is About to Make Congress Do Something Stupid and Evil on Gun Control). Just like the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, so, too, is the road to being disarmed. As these laws are passed, it is inevitable that the range of people entitled to invoke the seizure of weapons will increase to just about anyone because there will always be the fear that some rando on Twitter saw a warning sign missed by family members. And we’re already seeing that getting the flags lifted are nearly impossible because no judge wants to be the guy who lifts a red flag order and then the guy goes out and gets a gun and kills someone. Plus, as the shooting in Odessa-Midland showed, even if you are barred from having a firearm you can still get one.

The ban on high capacity magazines is going to result in a lot of gun owners being convicted of possessing them illegally and then lose the ability to own any weapon. It should be seen less as a public safety measure than as a way of creating a new criminal class.

The “Disarm Hate” nonsense is nothing more than a way of turning (in my view) offensive and anti-democratic hate crimes statutes into a bludgeon. You can bet that in dark blue jurisdictions you will see a spike in hate crimes charged because that charge brings a ban on firearms ownership.

I don’t think any of these will see the light of day in the Senate but that isn’t the real danger. Apparently, President Trump is close to caving on universal background checks.

Hopefully, people in the White House who care about 2020 will impress upon Trump that the people he’s trying to win over here hate him and will never voter for him and the people he’s thinking about screwing won’t show up in November 2020 if he follows through on this.

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Gun Sales See Spike Despite Democrat Efforts to Slow It Down

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Just yesterday, I reported on the fact that support for gun control amongst the public was dropping despite Democrats and the mainstream media attempting to play up the role of guns in recent mass shootings.

(READ: Support For Gun Control Is Dropping Despite Democrats Best Efforts)

Today, new numbers have come out showing that this falling support for gun control is being paired with a hefty spike in the purchases of firearms according to the Washington Examiner:

The leading indicator of gun sales jumped in August, driven in part by Americans seeking self-protection and deep concerns congressional Democrats are going to push through expanded gun control legislation.

The overall number of background checks recorded in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System surged 15.5%, said the National Shooting Sports Foundation. That figure includes background checks done for security, concealed carry permits, and gun sales and was the highest August number ever recorded.

So the pattern is holding. A shooting happens to put people into the position of seeking out the best way to defend themselves if they’re ever put into that position. Democrats attempt to use the shooting as a way to push gun control legislation, prompting even more people to rush out and purchase their firearm before it becomes more difficult and expensive to do so.

For every Democrat action on guns, there is an overpowering reaction from the people.

This should be proof positive to any leftist and gun grabber out there that here in America, gun control just isn’t going to happen. Even when polls show that support for various measures is high, it doesn’t play out in the ballot box as I discussed in the article about falling support.

America is a country that wants its Second Amendment rights intact and ready to use at any time they decide to practice it. This is why Democrats continuously lose on the subject despite the millions of dollars and man hours they put into convincing people that they should get rid of their firearms.

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Buzz: IG Report Is ‘Being Circulated Inside And Outside’ Of The DOJ And Finds That FISA Warrants Were Illegally Obtained

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The long awaited DOJ Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s applications to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is now finished and is currently undergoing the declassification process. It is expected to be released sometime this month. Unlike the IG’s recent report on James Comey’s interactions with President Trump which accused Comey of breaking FBI rules and policies, this report will focus on violations of the law. It will answer the question we all want answered. Did James Comey’s FBI acquire warrants to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page illegally? If the recent buzz is correct, the report concludes that all four warrants were obtained illegally.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) appeared on “Hannity” on Monday night and said he expects the report to find that the FBI actions were illegal. Jordan is the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee and a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Fox News‘ Gregg Jarrett said he “absolutely” agreed.

On Monday, Washington lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova told Washington’s WMAL that, “I can report categorically that the inspector general has found that all four FISA warrants were illegal. They were based on false information supplied to the FISA Court. And Michael Horowitz has concluded that all four FISA warrants were illegal.”

DiGenova participated in the Washington Examiner‘s Examining Politics podcast just after the IG’s report on Comey’s conduct was released. He told the panel the IG’s report on FISA abuse is “being circulated inside and outside of the department for comment by interested parties.”

Perhaps that’s why Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has doubled down on his efforts to impeach Trump this week. It sounds as if a large number of Washington insiders are privy to the results of the report.

If Nadler is aware of how damning its findings are for Democrats, he may want to act before it is released. Ahead of the Mueller report, which he knew would be a disappointment for the left, he and other Democratic committee leaders launched a blitz of investigations into the President.

The IG’s report was originally expected to be released in June. There was a reason for the delay. At the last minute, several “reluctant witnesses” agreed to be questioned by the IG’s team, one of whom was Kathleen Kavalec, who was the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the time. Another witness was Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier.

Back in May, the Hill’s John Solomon broke the bombshell story of an October 2016 meeting between Kavalec and Steele. During this exchange, Steele told Kavalec that his client was “keen” to break the story before election day. (I wrote about this here. Solomon’s articles can be viewed here and here.)

Ten days before the FBI applied to the FISA Court for their first warrant to spy on Trump advisor Carter Page, Kavalec made two important discoveries. First, she realized that some of the material in the dossier Steele had prepared for the FBI and the Clinton campaign was inaccurate. After a brief meeting with Steele, Kavalec was instantly aware of Steele’s agenda and she was alarmed. She prepared a memo from her meeting notes and sent it to the appropriate officials at the FBI. The memo said that Steele had told her, “Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian Consulate in Miami.” She then wrote, “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.” Kavalec also said that Steele admitted his work was political.

Also in May, Citizens United had obtained copies of Kavalec’s memo, through a FOIA request. The documents were immediately forwarded to the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz who had not been aware that they even existed.

Citizens United learned that the memo and related documents had been retroactively labeled as classified by the FBI. They were heavily redacted. Kavalec sent the email to the FBI on October 13, 2016.

At the time, DiGenova had appeared on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and made an extraordinary claim. He said the DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, has “concluded that the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained.”

He added, “The only question now is whether or not the first FISA warrant was illegally obtained…As a result of those disclosures from John Solomon today, which he was unaware of, the Bureau hid those memos from Horowitz. As a result of that, they are doing some additional work on the first FISA. It may be that all four FISAs will have been obtained illegally.”

Let’s hope DiGenova is right.

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Today We Say Never Forget But Let’s Be Brutally Honest, We Are Forgetting.

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Today the United States of America once again pauses to take a moment to remember the events that reshaped the world on September-11-2001. Hard to believe that it has been 18 years since the purely evil events of that day unfolded. Yet here we are at another anniversary as time marches on.

Most of us will take to facebook and recount “where we were” when the planes struck and what an awful, tragic day that was. We will accompany those posts with memes that say “Never Forget” and then move on to September 12th and live our lives until next year. Which is of course what those who sacrificed their lives and those who were murdered would have wanted for us.

Let me very blunt here though.

We are forgetting and it is showing.

Here are some examples why…

On June 11th 2019 Luis Alvarez went before Congress to talk about the 9-11 victim compensation fund. Alvarez, a retired New York City Police Detective, and 9/11 first responder was there to plead for reauthorization of funds before a House committee.

Here is part of what he said according to Time

A little more than two weeks before his death, Alvarez – who was visibly very ill and thin – traveled to Congress and testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee, urging legislators to extend the fund.

“You made me come down here the day before my 69th round of chemo and I’m going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 first responders,” he said. Comedian Jon Stewart testified shortly afterward, chastising Congress for taking years to make the program permanent and condemning the legislators who failed to show up to watch the first responders’ testimony.

At Alvarez’s chemotherapy appointment the following day, medical providers determined that his liver was failing and causing disorientation. Alvarez decided to enter hospice care shortly afterwards.

This hero died 18 days later.

You might have heard about this man and his colleagues going to Congress to ask for this without assistance from someone famous.

You DID hear about it because Jon Stewart had a meltdown, verbally undressing those elected officials for once again dropping the ball of simply keeping a promise. I know some reading this might have thought that Stewart did a bit of an acting job that day, well good for him if he was. He was at least ACTING as he cared on a day that was not Sept-11.

How does a nation that is saying “Never Forget” once a year allow our elected officials to forget those that responded first to these tragedies? They literally saved hundreds if not thousands of lives while giving up their own either on that day or a little bit each moment since, like Detective Alvarez.

“Never Forget” I guess does not apply to the still broken immigration system that this country has 18 years later. This has nothing to do with a wall but how we make sure that those that come here legally, stay here legally.  Five of the 19 hijackers were here illegally when the planes flew into World Trade Center One and Two, The Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

According to National Review

Did you remember that five of the 9/11 hijackers — Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Hani Hanjour, Nawaf al-Hazmi, and Satam al-Suqami — carried out their killer plot after overstaying their visas, evading detection, and avoiding deportation?

Did you remember the other radical Muslim members of the Terrorist Visa Overstayers Club? They include 1997 New York subway bomber Lafi Khalil; 1993 World Trade Center bombers Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammed Salameh, and Eyad Ismoil; 1993 New York landmark bombing plot conspirator Fadil Abdelgani; convicted Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad; and U.S. Capitol bomb plotter Amine El Khalifi, whose visa expired in 1999 and who escaped Homeland Security’s notice for 12 years before he was arrested in 2012 — just blocks from the Capitol building donning what he thought was a suicide-bomb vest.

Maybe we forgot.

How about the war in Afghanistan?

The reasons for going into that war were justified. The Taliban were harboring those that trained and plotted the attacks on America that fateful day. President Bush 43 was able to explain that clearly when the United States military invaded in early October 2001.

Now, 18 years later can anyone explain what the mission is and how we “win” this longest battle America has ever been in?

We have paid a heavy price according to Washington Post

The conflict had left 2,400 U.S. service members dead and more than 20,000 wounded; more than 145,000 people in all, including Afghan military, police and civilians, have died, according to a 2018 report from Brown University’s Costs of War Project; America has spent $737 billion on the war.

This doesn’t include the calculation of dealing with the long term effects of those who served in this conflict and the one in Iraq. They need our support just as much as those who stormed the towers on that clear Sept morning almost two decades ago.

Next year we will have High School seniors graduating in the United States of America that were born AFTER the attacks of 9-11. What that means is that the horrible events of that day will only be a recorded event for them much like Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination was for us. Simply saying “Never Forget” will simply be an empty slogan for them unless those of us who watched those terrible events unfold that day make it mean something to them.

We need to be honest with them about what happened on that day and what has happened since.

We need to teach them that anyone with a badge or uniform is not automatically the enemy but people that deserve our respect.

We need to reinforce that there is evil in the world and ignoring it and hoping it goes away will only encourage it to thrive.

We need to teach them that “Never Forget” is not something we should not only do once a year but consistently throughout the year.  We should teach them this by doing it ourselves and showing by example not just by a Facebook post stating where you were for the 1000th time.

We need to ensure that those who rushed into the buildings and the regular folks who were thrust into horrifying circumstances and sacrificed themselves to save others are never forgotten.

Truly, Never Forgotten!!!!

Todd Beamer who was a passenger on United Flight 93 that crashed into Pennsylvania on this day along with some of the other passengers on his flight decided to storm the cockpit and stop their plane from being used as a weapon. Beamers last words as he was talking to a sky phone operator was “Let’s Roll” and he and others saved many lives while giving up their own.

If we do not fight the apathy that is creeping into the remembrances of what this day means during the other 364 days of the year, this country will turn Beamers last words into “Let’s Not” or “Who Cares” and that means, we will ultimately have forgotten.

So let us ban together to “Never Forget” so that “Never Happens”.

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Ninth Circuit Judge Hands Trump A Significant Win; Reverses Previous Day’s Overreach By Activist Judge

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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)

 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco has 29 seats. Seven of those are filled by Trump appointees bringing the total of GOP appointed judges to thirteen. It appears that the Trump administration’s efforts to appoint conservative judges is starting to have some effect.

On Monday, District Court Judge Jon Tigar (Northern District of California), an Obama appointee, reinstated a nationwide ban on Trump’s Third Country Asylum rule. This policy prevents migrants from seeking asylum at the U.S. border unless they have already done so in Mexico or another third country. Prior to this, the Ninth Circuit had ruled that the preliminary injunction against this policy was only enforceable within the Ninth Circuit. My colleague Bonchie posted about this on Tuesday here.

On Tuesday, however, the Ninth Circuit issued an administrative order reversing Tigar’s nationwide ban. Yesterday’s order limits the ban to states over which the Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction. This includes California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, Oregon, and Washington.

Fox News reports:

Tigar first blocked the asylum policy in July after a lawsuit by groups that help asylum seekers. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then partially limited the impact of Tigar’s injunction.

That meant the policy was blocked in the border states of California and Arizona but not in New Mexico and Texas.

In his ruling Monday, Tigar circled back, and stressed a “need to maintain uniform immigration policy” and found that nonprofit organizations such as Al Otro Lado don’t know where asylum seekers who enter the U.S. will end up living and making their case to remain in the country.

Tiger, citing new evidence, on Monday issued a second nationwide injunction.

“The court recognized there is grave danger facing asylum-seekers along the entire stretch of the southern border,” Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.

Tiger’s activism begs the question, should a highly partisan district court judge, an unelected federal official, have the power to set national immigration policy? Throughout Trump’s presidency, liberal judges have repeatedly acted to reverse his administration’s policies. These judges have more power than most elected officials do. This situation interferes with the President’s ability to govern and must be addressed by the Supreme Court.

Much to the left’s dismay, Trump’s policies are making a measurable difference. Despite the best efforts of the bleeding hearts, border apprehensions in August were down 56% to 64,000 from their peak in May when they reached 144,000.

Are you listening Justice Roberts?

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Trump Corrects (and Calms?) the Left: Unlike Obama, He Doesn’t Think He’s President of the World

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At a Monday night rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump got in a jab at Barak Obama.

Trump’s comment was mystifying, given his position in the political cosmos: According to many of his critics, he’s a madman plotting — with or without Russia — world domination; at the same time, many on the Left seem to believe it’s his responsibility to take care of the globe. Nationalism, in case you’ve not heard, is now a bad thing.

But Trump knows his boundaries:

“You finally have a president who understands that I’m not supposed to be president of the world; I’m supposed to be President of the United States of America. Obama is more popular in Germany than Trump. He’s got to be. I’m making people pay their bills. The day I’m more popular than him, I’m not doing my job. They like him more in Europe than they like Trump. I think they should.”

Wow.

That is, in my view, a substantial point.



Trump continued, referencing the fact that the Fayetteville event had been moved to the Crown Expo Center in order to keep a bigger-than-expected crowd out of the rain:

“I was even willing to stand out in the rain and get my hair soaking wet but they said it was a little bit out of your district. But I was willing to do it. I would’ve taken it. I would’ve been very proud to have done it. It would have shown it’s my real hair at least. It’s my hair. May not be great, but I will say it’s better than most of my friends’ who are the same age. A lot better.”

Wow again — a bit of self-deprecation. That’s a Trump rarity and — by me, at least — welcome.

The Donald went on with his hint-of-meekness message:

“You must never forget that the 2020 election is about one thing: You.

“It’s true. It’s not about me. It’s about you. It’s about your family, your future, and the fate of your country. … A vote for any Democrat in 2020 and a vote for any Democrat tomorrow in North Carolina is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream. We are entering this campaign with the best record, the best results, the best agenda.”

Socialism sure has caught on among the Left — that and a few other ideas, as the Commander-in-Chief pointed out:

“Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, and socialism. They are socialists. The Republican party is the party of the American worker, the American family, and the American dream. … Democrats even want to give free health care to illegal immigrants… And as long as I’m your president, I will never, ever let Democrats take away your health care and give it away free to people that have entered our country illegally. We can’t do that. It’s a tremendous incentive to come in. Democrats also want to bring in unlimited numbers of foreign refugees from overseas, all at the expense of supporting their own communities. Republicans, no matter what you do, where you are, we want people to obey our laws.”

It is perhaps a bit surprising that some currently hoping to lead America don’t appear to be particularly promoting — compared to election cycles of the past — America.

There’s talk of Mexico (hereherehere, and here), people shouldering a greater tax burden (here), fighting white-hooded thunderstorms (here), and — of course — men spreading open their legs and pushing out goo-covered infants (good Lord here).

As for stuff that actually has to do with Americans and their prosperousness, Trump wants people to know he’s got ’em covered:

“We want people that are going to help our country. The Democratic Party has never been farther outside of the mainstream.”

Sure seems that way. But I’d believe it a little more coming from the President of the World. Drats.

If you’d like to watch the rally, I’ve included it in its entirety above.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: hereherehere, and hereherehere, and here.

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