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Ilhan Omar Named as “the Other Woman” in What Promises to Be a Very Ugly and Entertaining Divorce

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Just a month ago, Minnesota Islamist and member of The Squad Ilhan Omar abruptly abandoned her current husband (that would be number two) and moved into a luxury penthouse in Minneapolis. In fairness to Omar, her husband, Ahmed Hirsi, was dumped by her back in 2008. She went on to marry her brother–hopefully this was just garden variety immigration fraud and not some obscure Somali custom–before dumping her brother and remarrying Hirsi. They have three children.

About the same time, a video became public showing Omar and an unnamed man in a secluded LA restaurant. Staff said the love birds hand been holding hands.This video dates from March.

Now the story gets better. Omar has officially been named as “the other woman” in what could end up being a pretty messy divorce.

A Washington, DC, mom says her political-consultant husband left her for Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to a bombshell divorce filing obtained by The Post.

Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett says her cheating spouse, Tim Mynett, told her in April that he was having an affair with the Somali-born US representative and that he even made a “shocking declaration of love” for the Minnesota congresswoman before he ditched his wife, alleges the filing, submitted in DC Superior Court on Tuesday.

The physician, 55, and her 38-year-old husband — who has worked for lefty Democrats such as Omar and her Minnesota predecessor, Keith Ellison — have a 13-year-old son together.

Beth Mynett is seeking primary physical custody of her and her husband’s son in part because of Tim Mynett’s “extensive travel” with Omar, the document says.

“Defendant’s more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments,” the court papers state.

(Here’s the background on Mynett.)

And the coup de grace, divorced guys will know what this means:

The physician is also seeking full control of the couple’s DC home, child support and legal fees to be paid by Tim Mynett, according to the filing.

“I’m not getting married again, I’m just going to find some woman I hate and buy her a house.”

What impact does this have on Omar? I suspect very little. The people who admire her do so despite her Islamism and pro-terrorist sympathies, a little adultery isn’t going to make any difference to them. It is hard to see the party of Ted Kennedy having much to say about it either.

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Politifact Beclowns Itself (Again) in “Fact Check” of Joe Biden’s Claims About Trump and David Duke

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In this July 20, 2019, photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in an electrical workers union hall in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

When it comes to so-called “fact checkers” like FactCheck.org, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, and Politifact, probably the worst of the bunch is Politifact.

Politifact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans over false accusations or to take Democrats to task over the lies they tell. They’ve proved it several times over the last couple of months, with the exception of a “pants on fire” rating they gave to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) earlier this month.

The latest example of their unreliability comes from a fact check they did today of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s claim that Trump has never condemned racists like David Duke or Richard Spencer.

Here’s how they started it off:

In a speech in Iowa Aug. 20, Biden said:

“David Duke, head of the Ku Klux Klan, former head of the Klan. When that group came out of the woods, the fields, carrying those torches he said, ‘That’s why we voted for Donald Trump.’ He said he would take the country back. The white nationalist, Richard Spencer, he hailed Trump. He said, ‘This is the white nationalism we have been looking for.’ Did you hear him condemn either one of those people? Ever utter a word of condemnation?”

Biden didn’t answer his own question, but he was clearly stating Trump hasn’t condemned either racist leader.

Next, they don’t accuse Biden of lying, they just say he’s “exaggerating” about Trump’s criticisms of David Duke even though they admit in the very next sentence that Trump’s condemnation of David Duke “goes back decades.”

After that, they insinuate that Biden’s claim about Trump condemning Richard Spencer can’t be considered “pants on fire” false because of Trump’s comments about the Charlottesville riots (which they’ve wrongly mischaracterized):

But Biden exaggerates when he says Trump hasn’t condemned Duke at all.

Trump’s condemnation of Duke goes back decades, though sometimes Trump has been more forceful than other times. Trump has also criticized demonstrations in which Spencer participated. But then Trump also said that there were “very fine people, on both sides” at the Charlottesville, Va., march.

Sigh.

Throughout the piece, Politifact gives numerous examples of Trump condemning the KKK. Of Trump condemning David Duke. Of Trump disavowing racist protests like the ones put on or participated in by Spencer.

But even after definitively proving Biden’s claims were “pants on fire” false, they gave it a “mostly false” rating. In again saying Biden was merely “exaggerating”, they explain why here:

Trump didn’t condemn Duke when asked about him in an interview with Tapper on CNN in 2016. But decades before, he had clearly condemned the former KKK leader — and he did so after the Tapper interview, too. Some of his disavowals have been brief.

We can’t find an example of Trump condemning Spencer by name or being asked to do so, but he has criticized gatherings where Spencer, a white nationalist, played a major role, including Charlottesville.

But Trump has at times detracted from his own denunciation of racism. Most notably, Trump said there were “very fine people, on both sides” at the Charlottesville march. At other times his denunciations have seemed reluctantly made. But he has made them.

We rate this statement Mostly False.

This is simply not true, and they even have the complete transcript of the press conference on their own website of what Trump said after Charlottesville, which disproves their insinuation that the presser “detracted” from his denunciations of racism.

With fact checking outlets like Politifact and mainstream media outlets like NBC News and CNN, you literally cannot win. When you do condemn racists and racism, it’s still not enough.

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Joe Biden’s Approval Numbers are In Free-Fall, and a New Leader May Soon Rise

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The latest poll shows that the “electability” of former VP Joe Biden isn’t keeping his numbers up.

According to The Hill, a Monmouth University Poll shows that Biden’s approval numbers are in free fall, and have now dropped below 20 percent, and statistically tying him with Sens Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren:

The survey showed Biden with support from 19 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters nationally, a double-digit decline from Monmouth’s most recent poll in June when he led the pack with 32 percent.

Now, the dynamics have changed, according to the Monmouth survey. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the primary field’s top progressive candidates, are each at 20 percent, putting them in a statistical tie with Biden and indicating a tightening three-way race.

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, senses a changing in the tide due to creeping doubts about Biden’s relatability.

“The main takeaway from this poll is that the Democratic race has become volatile,” Murray said. “Liberal voters are starting to cast about for a candidate they can identify with. Moderate voters, who have been paying less attention, seem to be expressing doubts about Biden.”

He also added, however, that instead of searching for a candidate that aligns more with their beliefs and values, Democrat voters are just landing on those with higher name recognition.

Biden’s main threat seems to be Sanders.

A Hill-HarrisX poll released on Monday shows that of all the candidates they may jump from Biden for, Sanders takes the lead by 35 percent, and that’s an eight-point increase from the last time the poll was taken in May. The runner up is Warren at 20 percent, but she had the largest jump of 12-points from May.

While Sanders may have more recognition, Warren seems to have the most momentum.

I personally think that by the end of it all, Biden will have fallen off and we’ll get Warren as the 2020 Democratic candidate. Unless Biden can suddenly turn his image around and begin pushing back aggressively and without fault, he may recover his lead. The problem for Biden throughout this 2020 election cycle, however, has been Biden.

The guy is a gaffe factory who often finds himself saying foolish things and misremembering everything else. It’s gotten so bad that he recently had to reassure Democratic voters that he’s “not going nuts.”

Meanwhile, Warren is gaining popularity. Her stances are just as radical as some of the more out-there candidates, but as Monmouth’s President pointed out, it’s not about values here, it’s about popularity and name recognition. Warren is playing that fiddle prettily.

Expect Biden to be shrugged off by many more Democrats before this is done.

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The Media and Global Elites Are Lying to You About the Amazon Fires

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For the past decade, we’ve seen normal events become sensationalized to the point of hysteria. Take hurricanes for example.

In order to push climate change as a means for acquiring political power, the left have decided to present every hurricane as proof positive of the vast negative, deadly effects of the earth warming. It doesn’t matter that we are actually seeing less hurricanes in the current decade than the decade before or that 2019 has been incredibly quiet as far as hurricanes go. The moment a storm finally appears this year, it will be bandied about for political reasons.

We are seeing much the same tactics used in regards to the fires currently burning in the Amazon. Celebrities and politicians the world over are shouting on Twitter, sharing photos, and making wild claims about the severity of what is going on.

That’s not to say that the fires are good or that there aren’t more of them this year. It is to say the overall picture being painted is almost wholly false and sowing unnecessary fear to play politics.

Here’s Mike Shellenberger, someone who’s studied this for a long time and lived among the people of the area, writing in Forbes to try to bring some levity to the situation.

Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos on social media that were seen by tens of millions of people. “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” saidactor Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen,” tweeted soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. “The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron.

And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is over 30. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden.

It should surprise no one that same group of people who are always beating the drum that the earth is on the verge of calamity chose to purposely lie and share fake photos to push their narrative. Their lying, misleading, and misrepresentations are nothing new.

But let’s deal with the actual claims being made.

Is the Amazon really producing 20% of the world’s oxygen and is it the “lungs of the earth?” It sure sounds dire, but in reality it’s a mostly nonsensical claim.

I was curious to hear what one of the world’s leading Amazon forest experts, Dan Nepstad, had to say about the “lungs” claim.

“It’s bullshit,” he said. “There’s no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it’s a wash.”

What about the assertion that the Amazon is burning at an 80% higher rate than 2018? As with many things, context matters and the media are purposely leaving it out.

But the “lungs” myth is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider that CNN ran a long segment with the banner, “Fires Burning at Record Rate in Amazon Forest” while a leading climate reporter claimed, “The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.”

While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said.

One, the idea that anybody could possibly know with any actual authority that these fires haven’t happened for 20,000 years is ludicrous. Secondly, the reason the reason fires are 80% higher this year than last is because last year was an unusually low year for fires. There is no actual existential emergency here.

In fact, there were higher incidences of burning over the course of 2003-2008 than the current five years. The Amazon wasn’t “lost” or destroyed. Amazingly, trees grow back.

What is happening in the Amazon is not exceptional,” said Coutinho. “Take a look at Google web searches search for ‘Amazon’ and ‘Amazon Forest’ over time. Global public opinion was not as interested in the ‘Amazon tragedy’ when the situation was undeniably worse. The present moment does not justify global hysteria.”

And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fireshave.

Further, deforestation is down 70% from the early 2000s. Over half the Amazon is completely protected from deforestation by law and the increase in fires this year is not from climate change, but rather from farmers needing to burn land for crops and cattle.

In other words, what’s happening is completely preventable. It’s not an uncontrollable, environmental threat to the world due to global warming. You are not going to stop getting oxygen to your lungs because of a 7% increase in Amazon fires over the last decade.

Enough of the lying. It’s incredibly transparent that this is political given the same climate change hysterics who freak out about hurricanes and thunderstorms are latching onto this. Brazil doesn’t owe the rest of the world anything and they need to be allowed to manage the situation without the French president or Hollywood celebrities injecting false information into the debate. It only creates division and makes it harder to work with the farmers in question.

Marcon and others should stay in their lane. This isn’t it.

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CA Restaurant Owner: Bernie Sanders Was So Rude To His Staff, He’s Lost His Vote

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made a terrible impression on California restaurant owner John Kinston last week. Sanders arrived at John’s Grill, an 111-year-old San Francisco bistro with about 15 members of his staff. Konstin told Politico, “It was all very nice, except for rude and cranky Bernie…He didn’t want to shake hands, he didn’t want a picture. No campaign face…He wasn’t nice to any of the staff.”

Most significantly, Konstin said, “He lost my vote.”

This restaurant is a favorite among San Francisco politicians and it was especially busy last Thursday night because the DNC’s summer meeting was being held in the city.

Konstin told Politico that he “hosted a full house, including a big party with Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, all led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was “pure class.”

Lee Housekeeper, the restaurant’s media contact, told Sfgate that “it’s uncharacteristic for Konstin to speak ill of his restaurant patrons…Bernie had to be in a terrible mood. Anyone in the public eye needs to understand when it’s time to order room service.”

Housekeeper added that, “Sanders left a tip and his wife apologized as the group was leaving the restaurant.”

Sfgate reported that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) had visited San Francisco in June for the 2019 California Democratic Convention and dined with her staff at Ayala in Union Square’s Hotel G.

Ayala’s General Manager Alexandra Loulias said, “She was absolutely wonderful and came into our kitchen. So complimentary of our staff. She took individual photos with everyone. Just the nicest lady.”

Take that Bernie. Manners matter.

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Video: Beto Gives Ghoulish, Appalling Answer to Pro-Lifer’s Question About Whether Pre-Born Lives Matter

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Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke made a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday where he gave an answer to a pro-life voter’s question on abortion that was so appalling it honestly speaks for itself, and speaks volumes about the left’s ghoulish position on abortion.

Here’s what the voter asked and how O’Rourke answered (transcribed):

Voter: And someone asked you specifically, specifically about third trimester abortions, and you said that’s a decision left up to the mother. So, my question is this: I was born September 8th, 1989, and I want to know if you think on September 7th, 1989, my life had no value.

Beto: Of course I don’t think that. And of course I’m glad that you’re here. But you referenced my answer in Ohio, and it remains the same. This is a decision that neither you, nor I, nor the United States government should be making. That’s a decision for the woman to make. (the College of Charleston crowd uproariously applauds)

We want her to have the best possible access to care and to a medical provider, and I’ll tell you the consequence of this, this attack on a woman’s right to choose …

Voter interjects: But what about my right to life?

Beto: I listened to you and I heard your question. I’m answering it. And the attack on Roe v. Wade, which we thought was the settled law of the land, and lest we had any illusion that the achievements that we’ve made are protected forever, or that progress is inevitable, that has been shattered right now.

And I want to tell you some of the consequences of this. In my home state of Texas, thanks to these TRAP laws that make it harder for providers to offer the full spectrum of reproductive care, more than a quarter of our family planning clinics have closed. And it has made us one of the epicenters of this maternal mortality crisis because not only can you not get safe, legal access to an abortion, you cannot get access to a cervical cancer screening, or a family planning provider, or — in a state that refused to expand Medicaid — any provider at all, and we are losing the lives of women in our state as a result.

I don’t question the decisions that a woman makes. Only she knows what she knows, and I want to trust her with that. So, I appreciate the question. Thank you. (More applause from the crowd)

Watch video of Beto answering the question below:

What will be completely ignored by the mainstream media regarding his answer and largely ignored by pro-choice Democrats and commentators about it is that Beto basically told the voter, “yes, I’m glad you’re here but I’m also glad your mother had the right to abort you up to the moment of birth and it would have been ok if she did because it’s legal and we should respect her decision.”

Seriously. When you take out all the stock answers about so-called TRAP laws, etc., what he basically told this voter is he exists only because his mother chose to have him and furthermore, that that is completely ok, y’all.

Beto, like other Democrats, likes to paint himself as the moral authority when it comes to which lives matter. He’d have you believe that he thinks all lives matter and should be respected. But here’s the reality: That is not who he is, nor is it what his party is.

Because when it comes to life, they’ve made it clear that unborn lives are not as important as a woman’s “right” to terminate them even if she decides to do it moments before birth.

Think about it.

Related/Flashback –>> Video: Rep. Katie Porter Ghoulishly Explains to ‘Squishy’ Bill Maher His Mom Had the Right to Abort Him

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Joe Walsh Has Lost His Radio Show

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Joe Walsh may have just ruined his career over his insistence that President Donald Trump is the worst President in history.

Walsh began as a major Trump supporter, but over time became one of his most ardent opponents. As my colleague Mike Ford reported over the weekend, Walsh announced his intention to primary Trump and run for President himself.

The likelihood of Walsh beating Trump and taking the Presidency is so minimal that you’d have to see his chances through a high-powered microscope. According to Gallup, Trump has an 88 percent approval rating among Republicans and his economy is still going strong.

Walsh has now said that he lost his nationally syndicated radio show during a CNN interview after he revealed that the majority of his listeners are pro-Trump.

“I just found out that I lost my national radio show. So that’s gone, but I figure that might happen, John,” Walsh told CNN on Monday.

Walsh said that he found out he had lost the radio show moments before he went on air with CNN.

“I’m running for president. I oppose this president. Most of my listeners support the president. It’s not an easy thing to do to be in conservative talk radio and oppose this president,” said Walsh.

Walsh said he’s okay with it, and that he’ll be campaigning full time anyway.

Who he’s going to try to win over is a mystery. Even his own fanbase wasn’t with him. Regardless, many mainstream news outlets who were content to call Walsh a racist and a crackpot are now giving him all the airtime he could possibly ask for. This says more about the desperation and derangement of the leftist media than it does anything else.

Furthermore, I’m not sure said airtime is going to do him any good. The Republican party is pretty united behind Trump, especially in the face of the radical threat from the left. It’s not going to uproot itself from Trump’s camp in order to support someone the left now approves of.

 

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Eighth Circuit Rules That Videographer Doesn’t Have To Make That Video

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The right of Christians to be free from the state coercing them into actively participating in events that they consider reprehensible won a major victory in the Eighth Circuit.

Carl and Angel Larsen run a video business called Telescope Media in St. Cloud, MN. The are observant Christians but the Minnesota Human Rights Act unambiguously requires them to provide video services of basically any event. They could be forced to memorialize the drag queen story hour at the local library or day care center or record for posterity a sham wedding ceremony.

In innumerable cases courts interpret laws that prohibit discrimination against homosexual persons to prohibit discrimination against homosexual behavior, and thus to require complicity in behavior Scripture declares to be sinful. Pointing to the many types of behavior one can legally object to in the marketplace, and the obvious wrong of having to facilitate activity deemed immoral, is met with the claim that discrimination against homosexual behavior is discrimination against homosexual persons.

A very recent case of this type concerns Telescope Media Group videography company in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Influenced by Reformed theologian John Piper’s comparison of telescopes magnifying distant stars and microscopes magnifying small objects with our reason for being, which is to magnify God, Telescope Media Group founders and owners Carl and Angel Larsen endeavor to glorify God in all their work and present his truth through their video skills. Although they have a clear religious and expressive purpose in their work, and desire to use their talents to tell stories with their videography about “the historic, Biblically orthodox definition of marriage,” they are unable to use their narrative skills with weddings because of Minnesota’s sexual orientation anti-discrimination law. Not only does the law provide for severe civil and criminal penalties (triple compensatory and punitive damages to the aggrieved party up to $25,000, and up to 90 days in jail), but it is aggressively enforced by the state attorney general with “testers” who seek out merchants who will decline services that contribute to homosexual behavior.

Rather than wait around for the obvious set-up as has happened to Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop and then litigate with tens of thousands of dollars in potential damages hanging over their heads, the Larsens, with the assistance of the Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a suit in federal court seeking injunctive relief. Unsurprisingly, the case was tossed by the district court judge who was pretty much in the “bake that cake” camp. The Larsens and ADF appealed to the Eighth Circuit and last Friday they won in a big way.

(Read the whole decision.)

In its opinion in Telescope Media Group v. Lucero, the 8th Circuit wrote, “Carl and Angel Larsen wish to make wedding videos. Can Minnesota require them to produce videos of same-sex weddings, even if the message would conflict with their own beliefs? The district court concluded that it could and dismissed the Larsens’ constitutional challenge to Minnesota’s antidiscrimination law. Because the First Amendment allows the Larsens to choose when to speak and what to say, we reverse the dismissal of two of their claims and remand with instructions to consider whether they are entitled to a preliminary injunction….”

“Indeed,” the 8th Circuit continued, “if Minnesota were correct, there is no reason it would have to stop with the Larsens. In theory, it could use the MHRA to require a Muslim tattoo artist to inscribe ‘My religion is the only true religion’ on the body of a Christian if he or she would do the same for a fellow Muslim, or it could demand that an atheist musician perform at an evangelical church service. In fact, if Minnesota were to do what other jurisdictions have done and declare political affiliation or ideology to be a protected characteristic, then it could force a Democratic speechwriter to provide the same services to a Republican, or it could require a professional entertainer to perform at rallies for both the Republican and Democratic candidates for the same office.”

I think the court gets this exactly right. The Minnesota statute essentially makes any business owner and any employee a serf to any customer. Carried to its logical conclusion you could have a situation were a demented pre-op transsexual could demand that a women’s salon wax and moisturize his balls.

Just some thoughts here.

The decision was 2-1. A Trump and a Bush appointee finding in favor of religious freedom, an Obama appointee demanding that the cake be baked. The Trump appointee wrote the opinion. You people who laughed about folks voting for Trump because of judges and who actively pushed for a Clinton presidency, you should be feeling pretty ridiculous right now…but I know you aren’t.

I don’t know what kind of legs this decision will have but the majority lays out an easily understandable and defensible position in the face of totalitarian laws like the one in Minnesota.

Every time we get one of these cases to the Supreme Court, we’ll gain some ground. The recent decisions out of SCOTUS on parochial school funding, management of church personnel, and the display of religious symbols have stopped the bleeding. Even though Jack Phillips did not have a clear win, his partial victory certainly makes these little fascists on state “human rights” boards and commissions be more inventive in their deliberations.

This is a struggle that will go on for years but I think in the end we’ll be able to carve out sufficient space for people of faith to be able to live a life comporting with that faith in the public square.

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Congrats, You Now Have a Constitutional Right to Harbor Illegal Immigrants

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A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are loaded on to a van, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Granjeno, Texas. At least six local, state and federal law enforcement agencies patrol the five mile zone which is illegal immigration’s busiest corridor. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The judiciary is out of control.

A judge in Kansas ruled 8 U.S.C. 1324 is unconstitutional because it supposedly infringes on the first amendment. This ruling is bonkers for a variety of reasons, namely because of what the statute actually says vs. why the judge claims to be invalidating it. It also means a single, lower court judge is once again dictating their whims on the entire country, something that was never imagined to be possible at our founding. With the stroke of a pen, 130 years of duly passed law and precedent is gone. As you’ll see, the conflicts of interests present with this judge leave real questions of whether this is purely political.

Here’s the details per Conservative Review.

KCUR-FM reports that on Wednesday, Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court of Kansas ruled, based on a Ninth Circuit opinion, that 8 U.S.C. §1324, the law prohibiting someone from “encouraging” or “inducing” illegal immigration, is an unconstitutional infringement upon the First Amendment. In doing so, Murguia vacated the convictions of two illegal aliens, Jose Felipe Hernandez-Calvillo and Mauro Papalotzi, who were convicted in August 2018 by a jury for conspiring to encourage illegal aliens to remain here through employment at a drywall company in Lawrence, Kansas. Four others were originally indicted by a grand jury in 2015.

Let’s talk about the legal aspects first.

By this judge’s logic, you can go encourage and induce anyone to commit any crime and it’s not illegal. Want your husband killed? Just ask someone else to do it and you aren’t liable because it’s just free speech, right? I’m being overly broad though. In this case, this wasn’t just about free speech. The convictions that were vacated centered around two other illegal aliens who were encouraging illegal aliens to come work for their drywall company. The judge, based on no logic or legal standing whatsoever, decided that such direct actions to harbor and assist lawbreaking are the same as simply protesting ICE or railing against high taxes.

The truth is, 8 U.S.C. 1324 in noway stops activism and this judge projected his own ridiculous interpretation onto a law that clearly says otherwise.

Rather than rule based on the law, he decided to adopt the ruling of the Ninth Circuit (which doesn’t have jurisdiction in Kansas), which ruled last December that §1324 is “unconstitutionally overbroad” because it “criminalizes a substantial amount of protected expression.” “The court adopts (the 9th Circuit’s) analysis in full and agrees that (the law) on its face is overbroad under the First Amendment,” said Murguia in a brief bench ruling first reported by KCUR-FM.

This assertion is ridiculous, because the law clearly refers to engaging in subversive and fraudulent activities to encourage or enable actual individual aliens to remain in the country, not mere political advocacy for liberal immigration policies in the abstract. It’s like saying that someone who hates high taxes or gun control laws and advocates against them is the same as a person who actively assists tax cheats and gun felons in achieving the end goal of the criminalized behavior.

If I sell a gun to a felon who can’t own a gun, that’s not free speech. If I harbor an illegal immigrant by giving them a job knowing they are an illegal immigrant, that’s not free speech. It’s helping someone else perpetuate criminal behavior. In every other aspect of our criminal justice system, that’s a crime. This judge decided it’s not for the very specific case of illegal immigration. Why?

Well, we have a pretty good idea of why.

Yet one judge, who worked for an open-borders group named El Centro Inc. and whose sister Janet Murguia is president of La Raza (now called UnidosUS), suddenly thinks conspiring to harbor and encourage illegal immigration violates the First Amendment. Carlos’ sister Mary (who is an identical twin to Janet) is a federal judge on the very Ninth Circuit Court from which he drew this opinion. Judge Mary Murguia once recused herself from a trial involving pro-enforcement Sheriff Joe Arpaio because of her sister’s leadership of La Raza. Carlos should have done the same thing this week in this case, which involves a law that directly conflicts with the work with the open-borders groups his family is associated with.

It just so happens that this judge’s sister is the president of La Raza, a radical pro-illegal immigration outfit that pushes Hispanic supremacy in a variety of ways. They’ve since changed their name because being called “The Race” didn’t help them avoid criticism. This judge himself also worked for a pro-illegal immigration outfit in his past. All of this adds up to an easy decision for the judge to recuse himself, but he didn’t. Instead, he tortured the law and invented a new constitutional right to harbor and encourage illegal immigration.

No doubt, this case isn’t just about the two convictions being overturned either. This is a green light to sanctuary cities to keep doing what they are doing.

The DOJ needs to come down hard on this.

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Man Is Assaulted by Portland Mob Over His MAGA Hat

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I’m losing count of how many instances we now have of someone being verbally or physically assaulted because of their support for President Donald Trump.

According to the Daily Caller, a man named Luke Lenzner and his wife entered Growler’s Taproom in Portland, Oregon, after midnight. According to Lenzer’s testimony, not long after he and his wife were sat down on the patio, he was attacked with a sucker punch by a mob who surrounded him on all sides:

“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out — just circled me and my wife,” Lenzner said, according to FOX 12. “Surrounding me, like literally surrounding me, pushing me. I’m just trying to get through, trying to stop the person from hitting me, from taking my hat, and then I get sucker punched.”

Police arrived at the scene around 12:50 a.m., and discovered large bruises on Lenzner’s face, prompting a manhunt for those involved with the assault. Officers were able to locate two individuals in their 20s that they say were involved with the Saturday morning violence Portland Police told The Daily Caller.

Two individuals in the mob were arrested and charged. Leopold Hauser, 22, and Adebisi Okuneye, 23, were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for third-degree assault.

According to a bartender at the location, Lenzner may have started the fight himself by “pointing to his hat,” though how this should start a fight is beyond me.

Some may say that Lenzner knew what he was doing when he wore a MAGA hat in public in Portland, and while I can’t deny that Lenzner knew the dangers, it doesn’t excuse the fact that people are being attacked physically for their support of Trump. Intentional or not, the fact that Lenzner can incite violence — if he did incite it at all — by simply wearing a hat that says “Make America Great Again” says more about the state of our political discourse and the radicalistic infection of Portland.

 

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