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Sen. John Kennedy in Light of the Border Ban: The Dems’ Stance on Immigration is ‘On-The-Pipe Crazy’

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., left, joined at center by Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, right, casts his vote as the Senate Judiciary Committee advances a bipartisan bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller should President Donald Trump try to fire him, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act passed 14-7 but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has insisted he will not hold a full Senate vote on the legislation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

 

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy has strong words for congressional Dems following staffers being banned from the border.

Staff serving the Democrat-led House Oversight Committee were given the heave-ho Wednesday due to previous bad behavior.

From Fox News:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has barred Democratic staffers from the House Oversight Committee from visiting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a planned trip this week after committee staff allegedly were “disruptive” and refused to follow instructions during their last trip, Fox News has learned.

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., had sent his staff to visit border facilities for “oversight inspections” last week and planned to send staff again to view Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and CBP centers.

But sources told Fox News that DHS has revoked access to CBP facilities for the upcoming visit, citing staff behavior that “interfered” with law enforcement operations — including refusing to leave one site after their scheduled window, skipping some tours and being “rude” to officers. A DHS official said that ICE visits will still be allowed this week, but with a two-hour time limit. One of those visits took place on Tuesday.

John laid into his across-the-aisle colleagues while speaking to FNC host Sandra Smith:

“Whether you’re a member of Congress or not, if you go to the border you have to follow the rules. It’s not the big rock candy mountain down there, it’s a law enforcement crisis. If somebody follows the rules and they’re a member of Congress, they should be allowed to go. But if they don’t they shouldn’t.”

That seems sensible.

The senator explained, however, that it’s not just an issue of behavior, but ideology:

“But let’s face what this is all about — not all of them, but many of my Democratic friends now believe in open borders. They think anybody that wants to come into America should be able to come in, they should be eligible for welfare, and food stamps, and free health care. And they should be able to stay on those programs as long as they want. And if you disagree with my Democratic friends, you’re a racist.”

Ever been on the pipe? John thinks Democrats have. Or, at least, they act like it:

“Now, they’re entitled to their opinion, but I’m entitled to mine and I think their argument is pernicious, I think it’s malign, I think it’s on-the-pipe crazy. I think vetting people who want to come into your country is not racist, it’s prudent, if for no other reason but public safety.”

He also asserted the Dems are full of it — they’re “playing games” with border issues, “[throwing] up roadblocks” under various guises, when they really just want open borders.

But, you, know, that’s what the pipe does:

“Now all of my colleagues on the Democratic side — I don’t want to, many of them are in good faith, but there’s some who go down there and they do everything they can to disrupt law enforcement. They hate border security, they hate Border Patrol, they hate ICE, they believe in open borders, and if you disagree with them you’re a racist and I just think that’s on-the-pipe crazy.”

Blue state politicians certainly have redirected their leadership in terms of border control and national security. Not so long ago, they had a guy in office who was, apparently, a stranger to pipin’ hot madness. I give you a Democrat who has in no way ever done drugs — Willam Jefferson Clinton:

-ALEX

 

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Just Stop: Actor Tom Arnold Mocks Sarah Sanders Weight, but Recent Photos Show He Has No Room to Talk

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FILE – In this July 26, 2018, file photo, host and executive producer Tom Arnold participates in Viceland’s “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold” panel during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Actor Tom Arnold is like the male version of Bette Midler (that’s not a compliment, Tom, in case you’re reading this). When he opens his mouth – or logs on to his Twitter account, what comes out of it often sounds like it came straight out of the deepist, nastiest pits of the Democratic fever swamps.

He’s accused President Trump of murder. He’s threatened to beat up Trump. He’s also told Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), a war hero who lost his eye serving his country in combat, to man up.

What’s he up to this week? Trying to demean White House Sec. Stephanie Grisham and former White House Sec. Sarah Sanders.

This is the tweet from Grisham that Arnold took issue with:

Arnold, who apparently lurks on Twitter just to troll Trump administration officials, weighed in with the usual class you can expect from a guy like him:

Arnold responded to some of the Twitter users who took exception to what he said:

I’m not typically one to join in on disparaging someone’s looks, but Arnold really asked for it here. Sanders is a lovely, classy woman while Tom comes across as starved for attention and desperate.

Not to mention recent photos of him show he really has no room whatsoever to talk about someone else’s weight.

Like this one with another unhinged leftist:

And this one:

And this one:

I wonder if Tom knows what they say about people in glass houses?

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Heartbreak: Bill de Blasio Fails to Qualify for Third Democratic Debate, But Struggling Campaign Presses On

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio participates in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

It would appear that Democratic voters are not in a New York state of mind.

The day after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) officially dropped out of the presidential race, the participants in the third Democratic presidential debate were announced. One name that was not on the list, rather unsurprisingly, was NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The NY Daily News reports reports:

It’s official: Mayor de Blasio won’t be on stage next month with the rest of the Democratic candidates hoping to become their party’s presidential nominee.

De Blasio, whose long-shot presidential bid has been marred by low poll numbers and slumping fundraising, did not make the cut, party leadership announced Thursday.

Hizzoner didn’t manage to meet the qualification requirement of garnering at least 2% support in four or more polls approved by the Democratic National Committee. He also failed to fulfill the second requirement of receiving at least 130,000 unique donations.

Here are the candidates who did qualify, according to the DNC’s criteria:

The Mayor has faced intense criticism from constituents back home who say he should be focusing more on the problems facing New York City than running for higher office. Some have even taken to distributing “missing person” posters with de Blasio’s name and face on them:

Campaign literature began to pop up on lampposts in Midtown Friday, with a tongue-in-cheek message declaring de Blasio “MISSING,” amid his longshot quest for the Oval Office.

“Last seen embarrassing himself in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina,” read the black-and-white posters. “If seen please tell him to immediately return to New York and do the job he was elected to do.”

The poster — printed with a photo of Hizzoner and his age, height and weight — asks anyone with “information about this man’s whereabouts” to contact “deblasioforresident@gmail.com.”

Here’s what they look like:

Ouch.

According to multiple media reports, though, de Blasio was in Nevada campaigning today and doesn’t appear to have any plans to drop out:

When contacted Thursday, de Blasio’s campaign remained focused on the campaign ahead of them.

“The Mayor very much looks forward to his return engagement on ‘Pod Save America,’” they said in a statement.

“He also looks forward to the Nevada State AFL-CIO convention on Thursday and the New Hampshire State Democratic Convention on September 7 as well as many appearances ahead.”

De Blasio’s campaign has been plagued with setbacks, including just last week when he appeared in front of an Iowa union crowd via video conference, and the audio feed made him sound like he had swallowed helium.

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IG Report Reveals Comey’s Briefing to Trump On the Steele Dossier Was a Setup

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Former FBI Director James Comey reacts after bumping something under the table, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

While James Comey is asking for an apology after the DOJ failed to prosecute him for mishandling classified information, the actual facts within the new IG report on the former FBI Director’s behavior paint a damning picture.

One specific revelation involves Comey’s “defensive” briefing to Trump about the Steele dossier, including the infamous Moscow sex allegations and “pee tape.” As Byron York shares over at the Washington Examiner, there’s far more to the story than we’ve been previously told and it essentially confirms that it was a setup.

Let’s dive in.

On Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, Comey, along with CIA head John Brennan, national intelligence chief James Clapper, and NSA Director Mike Rogers, met with Trump in Trump Tower in New York. Together, they briefed the president-elect on the findings of the intelligence community investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

But the group, and especially Comey, had bigger plans than that. Before the meeting, they agreed that after briefing Trump on Russian efforts, the others would leave and Comey would stay to brief Trump alone about the Steele Moscow sex allegation.

Comey and top FBI officials prepared meticulously for the moment. The IG report says Comey had a planning meeting with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, chief of staff James Rybicki, general counsel James Baker, and “the supervisors of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.” (It is unclear who was in that last group, although the now-famous FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page played large roles in the investigation.)

Everything that happened that day ran through the Obama cabal of Brennan, Clapper, Rogers, and Comey. McCabe and FBI counsel were also involved. If that sounds unusual for what is supposed to be a simple briefing, that’s because it was. Trump had already been elected, but instead of just treating him normally, the FBI were planning everything with the hope of Trump providing them evidence for their Trump-Russia investigation, otherwise known as Crossfire Hurricane.

The IG report says the group “agreed that the briefing needed to be one-on-one, so that Comey could present the ‘salacious’ information in the most discreet and least embarrassing way.” But however it was presented, the FBI leaders worried that Trump might “perceive the one-on-one briefing as an effort to hold information over him like a ‘Hoover-esque type of plot.’” That was a reference to the FBI’s notorious founding director J. Edgar Hoover, who relished keeping (and using) embarrassing secrets on top political leaders.

The group discussed how Trump might react. In particular, they considered whether he would “make statements about or provide information of value to the pending Russia interference investigation” known as “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Perhaps Trump would say something incriminating. The FBI officials made plans for Comey, immediately after leaving the meeting, to write down everything he could remember about whatever Trump said. Comey also wanted to discuss Trump’s reactions with top aides immediately. Comey told the inspector general it was “important for FBI executive managers to be ‘able to share in [Comey’s] recall of the salient details of those conversations.’” Bureau officials also wanted to be able to respond if Trump publicly “misrepresent[ed] what happened in the encounter.”

So, preparations were made. “Comey said he had a secure FBI laptop waiting for him in his FBI vehicle and that when he got into the vehicle, he was handed the laptop and ‘began typing as the vehicle moved,’” the report says. He worked on his account as the FBI car took him to the New York field office, where aides had set up a secure video teleconference with Rybicki, McCabe, Baker, and the “Crossfire Hurricane” supervisors. Comey continued to work on his memo after that and sent the group a final version the next day, Saturday, Jan. 7.

In other words, this was a setup.

The intention was not to simply brief Trump as they would a normal president. Rather, they were looking to seed information his way and hoped that he’d then incriminate himself in some manner. Comey was ready and waiting to memorialize the conversation on official channels, another completely unheard of aspect of all this, if Trump said anything they could use against him. The entire thing was an exercise in entrapment that ultimately failed.

Shortly after the meeting took place, it was leaked to CNN, most likely by James Clapper. None of this was a coincidence.

With the hook provided to the news media, the narrative that Trump was a Russian agent who liked his bed peed on by prostitutes was set into motion. For the next two years we dealt with completely ridiculous conspiracy theories, not just daily, but sometimes hourly from the mainstream press.

Comey would try to defend himself to the IG, insisting that there was no leak. As York spells out, that simply makes no sense at all.

Comey tried to talk Trump out of his suspicions. “Comey said that, among other things, he remembered telling Trump that the source of the information was ‘not a government document, and it’s not classified,’” the report said. “Comey also remembered telling Trump that to ‘speak of it as a leak doesn’t make sense’ because ‘a lot of people in Washington had [the information],’ and Comey said he told Trump that he had previously warned Trump that it might soon be published by the media.”

Comey’s explanation was disingenuous at best. Leaked information could be terribly damaging whether or not it was classified. And yes, some media figures had the dossier — Steele had been desperately trying to get them to report it for months. But the media did not know that Comey had briefed Trump on the Moscow sex story. That was the leak that gave the media the go-ahead to report on the existence of the dossier and then for BuzzFeed to publish the whole thing. If it was important enough for the nation’s top intel chiefs to brief the president-elect, wasn’t it important enough for the public to know? It was the leak of the meeting that set off the chain of events surrounding the dossier and the Trump Tower briefing.

This new report is really bad for James Comey. Don’t be gaslit by the fact that the IG found he didn’t give classified information to the media. He was still found to have mishandled it. Worse, his behavior was found to be extremely subversive and corrupt. He was acting as a political actor in all his interactions with Trump from the moment he was elected. The now infamous briefing was clearly just a pretense to try to gather incriminating information on Trump and to provide a hook to the media so the dossier could be spread far and wide.

While much of this stuff has fallen out the limelight since Robert Mueller so thoroughly crashed and burned, it can’t be forgotten. This kind of corruption must be punished. Further, the actions of the media were incredibly abhorrent, with their conspiracy mongering and constant slander. Perhaps all these actors hope people just forget what happened? Time certainly dims outrage, but I have a feeling this is going to linger, as it should.

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Army Officer Becomes a Media Hero for Breaking Federal Law Endorsing Joe Biden at a Rally

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Yesterday, Joe Biden was on the the campaign trail in South Carolina. As part of his campaign rally, a US Army officer, in uniform, addressed the crowd and expressed her admiration for the leadership of Obama and Biden when she was in Afghanistan.

I’ve been saving these coins for six years to meet you and President Obama so if that I ever met you, I would give it to you. I’m so honored to have served under your administration and your leadership and I hope and pray that you will be our next president.

This is wrong on so many levels that one doesn’t even know where to start. It is a blatant, in-your-face, f*** you of Army Regulations and DOD policy for a member of the Armed Forces to attend  a partisan campaign rally in uniform. It is a bigger screw you to speak at the rally and to endorse a candidate for president. The fact that she’s a commissioned officer compounds the matter because she has now brought her political loyalties into her organization and that will have an effect of readiness. A soldier who is a Trump supporter would have every right to be concerned that if she had so little regard for Army Regulations and the traditions of the service as to pull a clown stunt like this that she’d probably have little compunction about punishing him for him being opposed to her politically.

But, unlike the treatment the media dished out to young enlisted men who accepted signed MAGA hats from their Commander-in-Chief (read this by Bonchie back when he was a mere diarist), they are utterly swooning over this lawless act:

So far not a single Twitter blue-check personality has called for her to be punished. Think about this rank hypocrisy of this. Junior enlisted guys get a signed hat regardless of their political affiliation and the media demands they get punished. Commissioned officer attends a political rally in uniform in direct defiance of regulations and it is “bold” and “moving.”

One of the things that sets the US military apart from most other militaries in the world is that ours has never actively participated in partisan politics. Most other nations have had some point in their history where their military either ruled or were the power behind the throne. For that tradition we have exactly one man to thank, a wealthy, white slaveowner named George Washington, for how he responded to an impending military coup by the Continental Army. We can also thank him for establishing the tradition of presidents voluntarily leaving office after two term until that was thrashed by FDR. Maintaining that distance from politics is not easy and it is much harder today than it has been since the eve of the Civil War. It cannot be maintained if commissioned officers start visibly taking sides in political campaigns and endorsing candidates. And the only way you stop this kind of existential rot of the institutional soul is by hammering the living crap out of people who knowingly and willfully break the law.

The Army knows what she did.

Now let’s see if they have the guts to act. My bet is that they don’t.

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April Ryan: Trump Considered Nuking Hurricanes Because it Would Mean Nuking Parts of Africa

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CNN political commentators April Ryan (l) and Angela Rye on “New Day” – 8/26/19. Screen grab via CNN (h/t Newsbusters).

As Kira Davis wrote earlier today, the reports from supposedly reputable media outlets that President Trump suggested “nuking” hurricanes to keep them from hitting the U.S. are clearly fake news to everyone outside of those who (like most of the liberals in CNN’s newsroom) suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

A perfect example of the latter comes in the form of CNN political commentator and First Amendment defender April Ryan, fresh off of being given a free pass by her media colleagues after she had a credentialed journalist thrown out of one of her speaking engagements because “When I speak, I don’t have news covering my speech.”

Ryan joined other liberal commentators including the supposedly objective (not really) “New Day” hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman in a wildly biased segment talking about Trump’s alleged remarks about nuking hurricanes.

Here’s how it went down (bolded emphasis added):

The unanimously anti-Trump panel on Monday’s New Day melted down at President Trump’s alleged far-fetched suggestion to use nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes headed towards the United States. While everyone on the panel laughed off at the idea, CNN political analyst April Ryan took it a step further by declaring that the desire to nuke hurricanes off the coast of Africa is motivated by racial animus.

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Ryan addressed the reporting on President Trump’s supposed plan by describing how hurricanes “start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it.”

The CNN carnival barker then proceeded to suggest President Trump had a more sinister motive for wanting to use nuclear weapons off the coast of Africa: “He brought in Africa…As we were talking during break, he’s called Africa a sh**hole nation…And what part of Africa are you talking about? Sub-Saharan Africa, where there are mostly black people?”

Watch video of the unhinged segment below:

Newsbusters and Real Clear Politics have the full transcripts.

This is not unlike what deranged leftists said about Bush before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, suggesting Bush wanted black people to die, etc.

There is just no rationalizing with people who are this far gone, first believing there was even talk of nuking a hurricane, and second for insinuating it was being discussed because racism. Shame on CNN for not only amplifying this hateful nonsense, but for being active participants in it.

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If You Want Civility You Just Might Be a Neo-Confederate and Because of That the Left Really Does Want You Dead

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This Wednesday, June 28, 2017, shows the statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. As cities across the United States are removing Confederate statues and other symbols, dispensing with what some see as offensive artifacts of a shameful past marked by racism and slavery, Richmond is taking a go-slow approach. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The opinion pages of the nation’s major newspapers never cease to disappoint. Just a couple of weeks ago, the New York Times announced that it has suddenly discovered that everything to do with everything in American history was a direct result of slavery. Now some twit writing at the Washington Post reveals that the whole call for civility by people on the right triggers her because it is exactly like the rhetoric of defenders of slavery in the antebellum South. (For the record, I’ve never before heard of this “Eve Fairbanks” creature and the more I learn of her the less impressed I am.)

So, kiddies, buckle up and get ready for a trip as wild as any involving ‘shrooms or LSC that that ever left you tasting the color yellow and smelling loud sounds. Periodically, I’m going to insert trenchat tweets from Grant Addison, deputy editor at the Washington Examiner, whose tweets alerted me to the masterpiece.

I grew up in a conservative family. The people I talk to most frequently, the people I call when I need help, are conservative. I’m not inclined to paint conservatives as thoughtless bigots. But a few years ago, listening to the voices and arguments of commentators like Shapiro, I began to feel a very specific deja vu I couldn’t initially identify. It felt as if the arguments I was reading were eerily familiar. I found myself Googling lines from articles, especially when I read the rhetoric of a group of people we could call the “reasonable right.”

These are figures who typically dislike President Trump but often say they’re being pushed rightward — sometimes away from what they claim is their natural leftward bent — by intolerance and extremism on the left. The reasonable right includes people like Shapiro and the radio commentator Dave Rubin; legal scholar Amy Wax and Jordan Peterson, the Canadian academic who warns about identity politics; the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt; the New York Times columnist Bari Weiss and the American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, self-described feminists who decry excesses in the feminist movement; the novelist Bret Easton Ellis and the podcaster Sam Harris, who believe that important subjects have needlessly been excluded from political discussions. They present their concerns as, principally, freedom of speech and diversity of thought. Weiss has called them “renegade” ideological explorers who venture into “dangerous” territory despite the “outrage and derision” directed their way by haughty social gatekeepers.

So it felt frustrating: When I read Weiss, when I listened to Shapiro, when I watched Peterson or read the supposedly heterodox online magazine Quillette, what was I reminded of?

You guessed it.

The reasonable right’s rhetoric is exactly the same as the antebellum rhetoric I’d read so much of. The same exact words. The same exact arguments. Rhetoric, to be precise, in support of the slave-owning South.

I’m no authority of pre-Civil War rhetoric–and I doubt very much that Fairbanks is either–but from the reading I’ve done I don’t see much in speeches or newspapers of the time, particularly those in the South, asking for civility. Quite to the contrary. But, arguendo, she’s not just blowing smoke, the very fact that she equates a call for civility in a discussion of basic Constitutional rights and our historic philosophy of governance with the defense of slavery shows why only chumps are aiming for civility. There is no need to be civil when you’re confront an irredeemable evil.

If that sounds absurd — Shapiro and his compatriots aren’t defending slavery, after all — it may be because many Americans are unfamiliar with the South’s actual rhetoric. When I was a kid in public school, I learned the arguments of Sen. John C. Calhoun (D-S.C.), who called slavery a “positive good,” and Alexander Stephens, the Confederacy’s vice president, who declared that the South’s ideological “cornerstone” rested “upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man.”

 

I’m going to call bullsh** on this. I went to school in Virginia for 11 of my 12 years. While I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the Holy Trinity was Lee, Jackson, and Stuart, if you can find a dozen Virginia public school students who can name the vice president of the Confederacy and quote him, I’ll kiss your bare butt at high noon at the place of your choosing and I’ll give you an hour to draw a crowd.

They stressed the importance of logic, “facts,” “truth,” “science” and “nature” much more than Northern rhetoricians did. They chided their adversaries for being romantic idealists, ignoring the “experience of centuries.”

They loved hyperbole. Events were “the most extraordinary spectacles” that had “ever challenged the notice of the civilized world,” “too alarming” and threatened “to destroy all that is valuable and beautiful in the institutions of our country.” …

The most important thing to know about them, they held, was that they were not the oppressors. They were the oppressed. They were driven to feelings of isolation and shame purely on the basis of freely held ideas, the right of every thinking man…

Let’s call this particular logic “antebellum reasoning.” Its appeal was that it identified pro-South rhetoricians as the upholders of America’s true heritage: They were, in their own reckoning, dedicated to truth — and persecuted by tyrants…

In Dave Rubin, who says that “if you have any spark of individualism in you, if you have anything about you that’s interesting or different, they” — the left — “will come to destroy that,” I hear the pro-Southern newspaper editor Duff Green: Abolitionists’ intent is “to drive the white man from the South.”

In Bari Weiss — who asserts that “the boundaries of public discourse have become so proscribed as to make impossible frank discussions of anything remotely controversial” and that “perfectly reasonable intellectuals [are] being regularly mislabeled … with every career-ending epithet” — I hear Josiah Nott: “Scientific men who have been bold enough to speak truth … have been persecuted.”

In Ben Shapiro — who ascribes right-wing anger to unwise left-wing provocation (“How do you think people are going to react?”) — I hear a letter printed in the Charleston Mercury, which warned that “if the mad career of the hot headed abolitionists should lead to acts of violence on the part of those whom they so vindictively assail, who shall be accountable? … Not the South.”

 

And to the bottom line

But today I see what Lincoln feared. Nearly daily, I read some new figure appealing to antebellum reasoning. Joining the reasonable right seems to render these figures desirable contributors to center-left media outlets. That’s because, psychologically, the claim to victimhood can function as a veiled threat. It tricks the listener into entering a world where the speaker is the needy one, fragile, requiring the listener to constantly adjust his behavior to cater to the imperiled person.

With this threat, the reasonable right has recruited the left into serving its purpose. Media outlets and college campuses now go to extraordinary lengths to prove their “balance” and tolerance, bending over backward to give platforms to right-wing writers and speakers who already have huge exposure.

In the human body, viruses use the shells of immune cells to trick other cells into letting them in. Principles like freedom and equality have functioned, through time, as the American immune system, warding off sickness. But they can also be co-opted. As they were more than 150 years ago, ideas like freedom of speech, diversity and respect are now being used to turn opponents of conservatism into helpless hosts, transmitting its ideas.

Actually, there is an insight there that we should consider. If you accept that there is literally no difference between, say, arguing that men and women are different and arguing blacks are inferior to whites, of course you will try to ruin careers and shout down the opposition and to have them deplatformed. Where the reasonable conservatives think they are in a debate and debates can only take place in the context of civility and mutual respect, many of us on the right have recognized for several years that this is not the situation and striving for civility is a chump’s game pursued by chumps. Many of us, in fact, completely agree with Kurt Schlichter:

They really do want to be in control of your child’s eduction. They really do want to put off limits a wide variety of viewpoints and make people holding positions with which they disagree social pariahs. You won’t be left in peaces because, as Erick Erickson used to say, You will be made to care. These people really do want you dead. And it makes as much sense to deal with people like that by trying to reason with them as it would with rabid curs. If you want to find common ground with these people, please move over to The Bulwark or National Review so you can wait with an untroubled mind for the cattle cars to come to fetch you. I have other plans.

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Trump Administration Bans Democrat Staffers From Border Facilities

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The Department of Homeland Security made a decision this week to ban Democrat staffers working for the House Oversight Committee from visiting border facilities. This came after reports of disruptive behavior and a refusal to follow rules on previous trips.

This via Fox News.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has barred Democratic staffers from the House Oversight Committee from visiting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a planned trip this week after committee staff allegedly were “disruptive” and refused to follow instructions during their last trip, Fox News has learned.

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., had sent his staff to visit border facilities for “oversight inspections” last week and planned to send staff again to view Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and CBP centers.

But sources told Fox News that DHS has revoked access to CBP facilities for the upcoming visit, citing staff behavior that “interfered” with law enforcement operations — including refusing to leave one site after their scheduled window, skipping some tours and being “rude” to officers. A DHS official said that ICE visits will still be allowed this week, but with a two-hour time limit. One of those visits took place on Tuesday.

“Due to the operational burden placed on the field by their refusal to comply with instruction during last week’s STAFFDEL [staff delegation visit], CBP pulled the trip in which more site visits were to take place at CBP and ICE facilities this week,” a senior DHS official told Fox News in an email Wednesday. “DHS communicated to the committee that due to their conduct, CBP could not support visits from the committee this week.”

Some will get upset about this but I’m fine with it. CBP and ICE can not do their jobs properly with Democrat staffers running around politicizing everything and refusing to listen to instructions and follow schedules. These facilities have limited resources and the agencies running them hold legal liability for those in their care. Staffers were said to have been flouting the regulations on taking pictures, overstaying tours, showing up late for others, and making demands of DHS that were not disclosed in earlier communications.

Democrats are claiming this hampers their oversight role but that’s nonsense. Any Congressional member is still perfectly capable of getting on an airplane and visiting themselves. There’s no mandate that the administration must accept whoever Congressional members send down to “inspect” things.

Further, nothing Congress is doing has been attempted in good faith. They’ve routinely lied about conditions at the border while ignoring the impossible position DHS has been put in. Meanwhile, they’ve sought to stifle funding that’s desperately needed to house people properly, all while they complain people aren’t being housed properly. Comparisons to Nazis and the Gestapo have also been made Congressional members in public settings.

There’s no reason that DHS should go out of its way to accommodate people who refuse to treat them fairly in return.

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BREAKING. DOJ IG Releases Report On Comey’s Handling Of His Trump Memos

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This story is breaking.

Former FBI Director James Comey violated agency policies when he retained and leaked a set of memos he took documenting meetings with President Donald Trump early in 2017, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report released Thursday.

Comey set a “dangerous example” for FBI employees in an attempt to “achieve a personally desired outcome,” the report states.
The inspector general’s office referred the findings of its report to the Justice Department for potential prosecution earlier this summer, though the Justice Department declined to bring a case, the report says.

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Boom: GOP Spokeswoman Drops a MOAB on Stacey Abrams’ Argument Against the Electoral College

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It’s no big secret that Democrat Stacey Abrams refuses to concede last year’s Georgia gubernatorial race. She has spent the entirety of her time since telling anyone who will listen that the election was “stolen.”

Along the way, she’s continued to undermine the election process in Georgia by telling voters there that they “don’t have the right to vote.” She also launched an organization she feels will combat alleged “voter suppression” efforts in her home state and elsewhere.

As far as her plans for higher office go, she recently announced she has no plans to run for president and no plans to run for Senate in Georgia. But she did throw her hat in the ring for possible vice presidential consideration after telling reporters several months ago she didn’t want to play second fiddle.

But for Democrats with aspirations for the vice presidency come the questions about the electoral college, which leftists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) have come out in favor of abolishing on grounds that it’s “racist.”

Abrams took a similar position on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” program Tuesday after being asked about it:

HAYES: Briefly. Final policy question. There have been some calls to abolish the electoral college. There`s been some controversy over this week of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for it. The president emailing his supporters about how terrible an idea that was. Do you favor that?

ABRAMS: Absolutely. The electoral college was not designed to make sure people in small states weren’t subject to the tyranny of people in urban areas, that wasn’t the conversation at the time, it was because those in power did not believe that working people that the intellectual capacity to directly elect the leader of the free world. We have long passed that time and it’s time for direct election and popular vote.

GOP spokeswoman Liz Harrington got wind of Abrams’ argument and dropped a MOAB on it:

Seriously! I mean we all know at this point the only way Stacey Abrams will accept the results of any election in which she’s the Democratic nominee is if she wins it.

Related –>> Their Rules: Stacey Abrams Shouldn’t Be Considered a VP Candidate Because She Can’t Get Over 2018 (Video)

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