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AOC Chided Bret Stephens’ Bedbug Reaction, but Her Reaction to a Laura Ingraham Tweet Days Later Was Much Worse

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing with leaders of major banks, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

If there’s one thing NY Times columnist and Never Trumper Bret Stephens did right this week, it was accidentally uniting many on the left and right against his over-the-top reaction to being called a “bedbug” by George Washington University associate professor Dave Karpf. The professor tweeted out the mild insult in response to a Monday report about bedbugs being discovered in the Times’ newsroom.

If there’s one thing Squad leader and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accidentally did right this week in turn, it was to reaffirm her own pettiness and thin-skinned nature in response to even milder criticisms.

AOC’s involvement in the Bret Stephens drama happened on Tuesday, the day after Karpf noted that Stephens had emailed him and cc’d his university provost over the metaphorical bedbug insult. To briefly recap, here’s what Karpf tweeted that started it all and how Stephens responded:

Ocasio-Cortez weighed in by chiding Stephens for his overreaction, suggesting the insult was harmless, and insinuating that the columnist – who has argued against snowflake culture in the past – was a snowflake himself as well as a defender of “vile language”:

Two days later, AOC responded to a First Amendment group’s request that she stop blocking Twitter users over disagreement:

Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham chimed in with a grammar correction for the Congresswoman:

Pretty tame in the scheme of things, right? Not to AOC:

Remember: Just two days before, she basically called Stephens a “vile language”-defending snowflake for overreacting to an “insignificant” bedbug insult.

Twitter users had some thoughts:

Facts don’t care about AOC’s feelings, of course, but unfortunately AOC doesn’t care about the facts. Sigh.

Related –>> AOC’s swipe at Bret Stephens’ ‘bedbug’ tantrum would be a lot funnier if she weren’t a colossal hypocrite

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Women In Ranger School, The Politicization Of Our Military

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There is more fallout from President Obama’s politicization of our Military. In a two part series, The Daily Caller adapted excerpts from decorated veteran, James Hasson’s new book, “Stand Down: How Social Justice Warriors Are Sabotaging America’s Military.”

Part One
Part Two

These excerpts clearly show quite clearly how the standards in the U.S. Army’s premiere combat leadership course, Ranger School were subverted. This was the result of a desire bony senior leaders to force females through the course, in order to achieve the goal of “proving” women were “just as good as men” at close combat.

If you recall, 3 years ago this month, the Army graduated its first two females from Ranger School, followed shortly by a third. At the time there were a myriad of rumors floating around about standards being lowered and the women being given preferential treatment. Based on these excerpts, it looks like the rumors were true. I had heard some of this 3rd hand. However, the only direct evidence I could come up with was a text message “interview” with one of the first graduates as part of my own investigation. In that exchange, she admitted to having been recycled (made to start over) 3 times. This is usually only done because of injury. This officer had been recycled multiple times for failing patrols. The officer was quite candid and I admit a certain respect for anyone who would make 4 back-to-back attempts to get through the course. I squeaked through on my first try…Thank God.

What I was lacking, was evidence of command pressure, which Hansen provides in his book as the excerpts in the article demonstrate. Hanson also provides an actual copy of Instructor Comments and extracts of text messages going back and forth after one candidate who clearly should have failed a patrol, got a passing grade for “motivation.” The second article and its extracts, show clearly how the chain of command refused to admit command influence through out this investigation and in some cases, may have destroyed evidence requested by Congressional Representatives.

There are so many things wrong with this:

First of all, is the degradation of the institution. At the lowest level, it diminishes the value of a Ranger Tab. When Soldiers see the “highly coveted Black and Gold,” on their leaders’ left shoulder, they know he has been through the fire and earned it. That no longer obtains. They know the Army has allowed unqualified officers and now enlisted folks to make it through…all on the altar of political correctness.

Second, is the money. It costs a small fortune to produce a Ranger School graduate who graduates on his first try. Think about the opportunity cost that recycling women multiple times produces. Each of these three initial graduates were recycled 3 times. That’s 9 slots that could have been filled by qualified men—and that’s not even counting the expense of running them through a special preparatory course to identify the less than 20 out of a more than 150 who qualify to even give it a try.

Third, is the fundamentally dishonest reasoning for this charade. This whole debacle has been promoted from the viewpoint and desires of the women—and the women make no bones about it. The whole issue is about promotion opportunities, which of course are more numerous in the combat fields. After all, that’s what the military is for, to kill people and break things…not to morally preen about promotion opportunities for women. Which is truly sad because…

Fourth, not only do Senior Leaders refuse to admit to #3 above, but not one, NOT ONE! Flag Officer or Senior Civilian has even attempted to make the case as to how including women in Special Operations Forces and Close Combat units, enhances the military’s, Lethality, Cost Effectiveness, Sustainability (which means something different than the tree huggers say) Combat Effectiveness, Survivability and a host of other metrics by which we measure the effectiveness of our Armed Forces. The closest to any sort of explanation was by a 4-Star General who told me that we needed to put women through Ranger School and the Special Forces Qualification “Q” Course for two reasons: One, to train the females who interact with Muslim women and Two, to generate the same capability we had during World War II with female OSS operatives.

My answer to that? We did just fine in World Wars I & II, fighting in North Africa, without spending millions to train American females to grope Arab women. As far as women in the OSS, we already have a system to get that capability. It’s called, “The Farm.” There is absolutely no need to totally upend a well functioning system merely to make a political statement.

Finally, there’s the elephant in the room that no one dares point out. Close combat is men’s work. Women in general, are not suited to this type of thing. It requires upper body strength, endurance and aggressiveness…all male attributes. Can certain females, through brute force efforts, be trained to a point where they can compete marginally with the bottom quartile of qualified men? Of course. But that isn’t the point.

It makes no sense to do as the Army did, selecting 150 or so of the “best” women, then putting them through an extensive and expensive preparatory course just, to get them where they could meet the bare minimum standards merely to enter Ranger School. Only 19 of those selectees were able to satisfactorily complete prep course and actually enter a Ranger Class. Of those 19, not one graduated the first time through, nor the second, Eventually, after multiple “recycles” and at the behest of the Commanding General at Ft Benning, the Ranger Training Regiment was able to brute force 3 women through the course and on to graduation. What are we getting for all of that? Nothing more than some sort of bragging rights? Another “glass ceiling” broken? Promotion opportunities?

Then there is the bio-socio part of this. Infantry squads and platoons are male centric—they are locker rooms if you will, fueled by testosterone and aggression. They need to be. Close quarters combat isn’t a cerebral exercise where you get points for “trying hard.” Ultimately it means jumping down into an enemy position and sticking a bayonet in his throat. It means as so aptly portrayed in the stairway scene in “Saving Private Ryan,” a brutal, physical fight to the death over a bayonet…the loser dying alone.

For any of you readers out there who wish to believe former President Obama’s absurd statement about bayonets and horses no longer being used, should consult the U.S. Marines who had to retake Fallujah at bayonet point, or the Special Forces Soldiers who took Afghanistan, calling in airstrikes from horseback. No matter how much technology we have, we only end up the victor when U.S Infantrymen stand on our enemy’s territory and force him to surrender…at bayonet point.

Close Combat also involves conquering fear. A big part of conquering that fear, is being part of a male bonded team, a locker room as it were…a place where warriors get pumped up before a big fight…A place where (gasp!) profanity abounds. Combat Arms Squads, Platoons and Companies are close knit organizations. Introducing females into all male these units always degrades morale and teamwork. The Marines did a study on this. All male units consistently out did their all female and mixed sex (yes, it’s “sex” not “gender”) counterparts.

I’m glad Mr Hansen published his book and the Daily Caller, those two sets of excerpts. Take the time to read them.

Mike Ford, is a retired Infantry Officer, and Ranger School Graduate who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Joe Walsh Lies About Being Scammed By Sacha Baron Cohen, Cohen Humiliates Him With the Video

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FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2011, file photo former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Walsh, a former Illinois congressman, says he’ll challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020. The tea party favorite argues that Trump is unfit for the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

I’m only writing about Joe Walsh because at some point the NeverTrump folks who insisted that voting for Hillary Clinton was morally superior to voting for Donald Trump are going to insist that we all have a similar moral obligation to vote for Joe Walsh…this would be Joe Walsh the failed talk radio guy, not Joe Walsh the former member of the Eagles. Why will they do it? Because NeverTrump is now and always has been a grift. It’s a ticket to getting invited on CNN and MSNBC and other outlets. And if there’s a grift involved you’re going to find Bill Kristol and his buddies. The groundwork is already being laid:

Only a year ago, Walsh was a guest on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime show “Who’s America.” I’m not a huge connoisseur of Cohen’s bullsh**, I mean, body of work, so forgive me if I get some of the specifics wrong. This is how it is described on the blog Slashfilm:

Sacha Baron Cohen turned plenty of heads with his Showtime series Who Is America?, where he put himself under heavy make-up to become various characters who interviewed politicians, pundits and everyday American citizens, ultimately embarrassing them or making them severely uncomfortable, and showing the ugliest side of their instinctual proclivities and behavior.

The salient point here is that Cohen is disguised and his marks guests don’t know who he is and they don’t know they are being set up.

On the first show, Cohen is in character as Erran Morad, an Israeli anti-terrorism expert. He has a pet project: arming schoolchildren, down to kindergarten, to take on school shooters. Allegedly this program existed in Israel under the name “Kinderguardians.” He wants to export the program to the US and enlists the assistance of Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Larry Pratt, former director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, Florida Republican Matt Gaetz, Trent Lott, Dana Rohrabacher, Joe Wilson, and Joe Walsh in making a video promoting the program. All go along with him except Matt Gaetz.

The Washington Post asked him about this episode of insanity:

WALSH: That was in the middle of about 45 minutes, an hour worth of talking, and this was 30 seconds. And to your question, it was specifically about a program that Israel does.

Q: And there was no indication that you were talking about something that was going to be imported to the United States?

WALSH: Oh, God no.

In response, Cohen released an extended take of the scene. You really have to see this and if you are a NeverTrumper, this is the man-god you want us to support:

“I endorse the Kinderguardians program for all schools in America,” Walsh says in the video. “When armed guards and armed teachers have, God forbid, been taken out, why should children be left with absolutely no means of defending themselves?”

He continued: “Never has an American generation been more equipped with the necessary hand-eye coordination to shoot. If a child can pull the trigger of a video game controller or a Nerf gun, he can pull the trigger of an Uzi. It’s obvious.”

The additional footage shows Walsh going even further. He talks about arming toddlers, which is generally understood to be children who can walk and are between the ages of 1 and 3.

“Toddlers do not understand the consequences of their actions, meaning that, again, saving vital time, they will kill without hesitation, then kill again until all the bad guys are gone,” Walsh said. “You know what? It’s pretty straightforward. When it comes to the safety of our children, the way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good child with a gun. Happy shooting, kids.”

The point isn’t that Walsh lied. The point is that he lied about something when he knew that the evidence of his lie was out there and in the hands of someone who hates the GOP. This isn’t mere dishonesty. This is lie told by a profoundly stupid man. A man so stupid that he though Cohen or his production team would never see an interview about Cohen’s series in an obscure paper called the Washington Post when he is allegedly running for president.

This more than anything shows that Walsh’s campaign is nothing more than a grift to use campaign contributions to support his lifestyle (don’t tell me that he can’t do that because it is illegal because Walsh has a track record of doing just that) until he gets beaten like a rented mule in the primaries.

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Great News: Hillary Clinton’s Story – Which Proved Women in Politics Have a Glass Ceiling – is Coming to Netflix

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Good news, Netflix fans: Hillary Clinton’s coming to a television near you.

Or, at least, her inspiration is.

As relayed by The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming service is set to produce a series based on the former First Lady’s failed run for Oval Office glory.

After a bidding war, the ‘Flix is proud owner of the rights to Amy Chozick’s novel, Chasing HIllary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling.

Of course, in order for Hillary’s failure to have been an objective indication of a glass ceiling, Bill Clinton’s wife would had to’ve been, factually speaking, the very best female candidate who could ever exist.

I daresay there are more than a few who might argue she missed the acquisition of such status by more than a smidge.

On the other side is — of course — that possibility of her being, in fact, a horrible candidate that more than a hundred million Americans didn’t want at the helm.

Netflix may be moreso going with the other idea.

But the show won’t actually be about Hillary:

Unlike the book, the series will chronicle four female journalists who follow the every move of a parade of flawed presidential candidates, finding friendship, love and a scandal that could take down not just the presidency but our entire democracy along the way. Sources say that while the series is inspired by Chasing Hillary, the Netflix offering is not about Hillary Clinton or the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

As noted by The Daily Wire, in 2018, New York Magazine expected the book to make all kinds of people mad:

Chozick spent a decade of her life — from her late 20s to late 30s — covering Hillary Clinton, first for The Wall Street Journal during the 2008 election and then for The New York Times for 2016. Now she’s written a memoir about the period, Chasing Hillary — a sort-of Bridget Jones’s Diary meets What it Takes coming-of-age rom-com set on the campaign trail, with a tragic twist at the end (spoiler alert: Clinton lost). “I’m sure it’s going to piss off [both sides],” Chozick says. “I’m bracing for that.”

Will the program do the same? It remains to be seen.

Regardless, one thing’s certain about presidential loss: When you’re a candidate who not enough people in enough places like, you’re not going to win. That’s not a ceiling of glass; it’s one of stone — a stone called “democratic vote.”

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

The President Believes Birthright Citizenship Should End. Is He Right?

Cory Booker Champions Himself Over ‘Safe Bet’ Biden. If His Bizarre Idea Is Right, Here’s How He Could Win

Reaching For 2020, Beto O’Rourke Tries To Cash In On Ben Shapiro’s Name. Shapiro Burns Him Something Fierce

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Irony Overload: Lemon and Cuomo Argue About Whether CNN Should Provide a Platform for Dishonest Guests (Watch)

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Primetime anchors Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo debate on CNN – 8/29/19. Screen grab via CNN.

The most unintentionally hilarious few minutes of primetime television on cable news is arguably the time on CNN when Chris Cuomo’s show is ending and Don Lemon’s starts, where they have a brief exchange of thoughts while the cameras are still rolling.

This is the two of them at their most arrogant and narcissistic as they try to one-up each other in the Woke TV Anchor Sweepstakes

Such was the case on Thursday night, when the two continued a discussion they had had on Wednesday night about whether or not the network should give airtime to who they characterized as dishonest Trump administration officials.

Fox News sets the scene:

CNN’s anti-Trump anchor Don Lemon on Thursday night told Trump surrogates who attack the media and “lie all day long” that appearing on CNN “is a privilege” and “not a right.”

Following his colleague Chris Cuomo’s “closing argument” that lambasted RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany for claiming that President Trump doesn’t “lie,” Lemon began their nightly handoff by reading the Merrian-Webster’s definition of the word “lie.”

“A lie is a lie all day long,” Lemon said. “For these folks to say he doesn’t lie or that you’re maybe misunderstanding how he’s communicating- that’s rich.”

Lemon knocked Trump defenders who attack the media, insisting they apologize “when the media gets it wrong.”

The media “apologizes” when they get it wrong? Not sure what “media” he’s talking about, but it certainly isn’t CNN.

Cuomo, who (to my surprise) evidently has a tiny bit better of a grasp on what journalism actually is about than Lemon, explained to his colleague why it was necessary to have political guests on their programs:

Cuomo then challenged the “CNN Tonight” host on how he would “conduct the journalism of vetting” the Trump campaign if he doesn’t allow anyone who represents it onto his show, which Lemon countered by saying “you can have people on who represent it” but don’t have to sit through the “lies.”

“We have Trump supporters on all the time and we hold them accountable to the truth and they don’t make excuses for everything this president does,” Lemon explained. “But there are those like the one who was on last night- excuses about everything.”

“It’s the job of us to test and expose and let people see it for what it is- one: so that they can believe their eyes and ears, and two: if they’re against it, they know how to oppose it,” Cuomo told Lemon.

It’s also the job of journalists to have political guests on if for no other reason than to simply allow the airing of differing legitimate viewpoints with which liberal CNN hosts like Cuomo and Lemon might disagree. And if there is disagreement, counter or dispute the argument. If you feel someone is lying or is otherwise not being honest, correct them.

This is what’s called “political discourse” for those of us not well-connected enough to be awarded primetime anchor chairs on CNN.

Lemon later attempted to up his game during the segment by telling his colleague Cuomo that people who don’t tell the truth should not be allowed on CNN in order to “promote propaganda and lies”:

“I don’t think people need the space to promote propaganda and lies,” Lemon continued. “I think that’s a disservice… It’s allowing someone- giving them a platform that they haven’t deserved, that they don’t deserve.”

Watch the segment below:

This must be a new position for Lemon to take, considering how frequently he’s had fraudster Michael Avenatti on his program, not to mention all the times Avenatti has guested on other programs like Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources”:

Either Lemon himself is being purposely disingenuous here about not wanting to allow certain guests on CNN who “tell lies”, or he’s being truthful about it and would just prefer CNN limit the dishonest people on their network to those who host their programs.

I’ll leave that for readers to decide.

Related –>> Video: CNN’s Don Lemon Grows Visibly Agitated as Black Pastor Refuses to Take His ‘Trump Is Racist’ Bait

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Trump Administration Takes Action Against Hospital That Forced a Catholic Nurse to Assist in an Abortion

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Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights, poses for a portrait, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at the office of Health and Human Services in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The HHS civil rights office has sent a notice of violation to the University of Vermont Medical Center for pressuring a Catholic nurse to assist in an elective abortion.

In 2017, the hospital started performing elective abortions. I’m not really sure of the reason but one can’t help but notice that they chose to do this even as abortion rates were declining and think that 2017-butthurt-over-Clinton-OrangeManBad played a significant role in the decision. When the decision was announced several staff members told their supervisors that the were not good in participating in infanticide and, under the provision of the Church Amendments, federal laws enacted in the 1970s that states that employees in facilities that receive federal funds do not have to participate in abortions.

This case came about when a Catholic nurse was called in to assist in what she was told was a gynecological procedure.

According to HHS’s investigation, the nurse was told she would be treating a patient who had experienced a miscarriage. When she walked into the procedure room, the doctor allegedly said to her, “Don’t hate me.” The nurse asked for a replacement, but was allegedly told no. The abortion was not an emergency procedure, but an elective one. Fearing losing her job, the nurse relented.

“This should never happen in America. There is room for disagreement on these issues without having to coerce people to choose between a career dedicated to supporting life versus instances or circumstances where they are being forced to take a life,” Roger Severino, head of HHS’s Office of Civil Rights, told reporters on Wednesday.

For the record, the left thinks Severino is the devil himself (see here and here) and the next time someone at The Bulwark or one of their fellow travelers tries to claim Trump has done nothing for conservatives, tell them to go screw themselves.

The Washington Post has more details:

Asked whether the case focused on a Vermont hospital because lawmakers there are trying to pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, Severino said that played no role. “If there was ever a violation of the Church amendments that needed to be enforced, it was this one,” he said.

Manion, the Kentucky-based attorney representing the nurse, said a co-worker of hers brought the incident to his attention. He then filed a three-page letter of complaint with HHS’s civil rights office in May 2018. He said the nurse had worked at the hospital for several years and left voluntarily within the past year, in large part because “she felt the atmosphere over this issue had become toxic.”

Manion said his client was not an antiabortion activist but had placed her name on a list of employees objecting to participating in the procedure. The day of the incident, he said, the nurse had scrubbed in and, when she learned the doctor was performing an abortion, was reluctant to leave, fearing that abandoning a patient could jeopardize her license. She asked whether a co-worker could replace her, Manion said, and was told that could not happen.

(Read the Notice of Violation.)

The hospital has 30 days to bring its rules into compliance with federal regulations or risk losing all federal funding for its operations. The Post says it amounts to $1.6 million for patient care over three years. I find it doubtful that a teaching hospital has only that amount of money as research grants to faculty at the hospital would also be up for grabs. According to the hospital’s chief medical officer, they are afraid that HHS will claw-back money already paid to the hospital and HHS can just f*** right off.

“They threatened to take back $1.6 million for services, but we won’t be blackmailed into changing our policy,” Dr. Stephen Leffler said. “Our hope is they don’t take the dollars back. It will harm other people who have nothing to do with this.”

Leffler said he was unable to say exactly what the federal funds are used for, but that they go to patient services.

The hospital’s current policy, Leffler said, is that employees can opt out of procedures for religious or moral reasons, but that they may be required to participate anyway if a critical situation arises, such as a mass trauma.

This statement shows just how little conscience protection means without an administration that is willing to go to bat for the little guy. By letting the hospital define “a critical situation,” all medical personnel must either participate or stand to lose their medical license. The CMO’s screw-you attitude needs to be beaten out of him in court and the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing the nurse, is just the outfit to administer that legal ass-whipping.

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The DNC Passes a Resolution Championing Its Largest Religious Group – and It Isn’t Who You Might Think

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According to the Secular Coalition for America as reported by Fox News, on Saturday, the Democratic National Committee passed a summer meeting resolution celebrating its “largest religious group.”

The esteemed faction also happens be in possession of tremendous “ethical soundness.”

Good goin’.

So what’s the religion? Christianity? Islam? Judaism?

Nope — remember that “ethical soundness” part?

In fact, the touted congregation is…subscribed to no religion at all.

Otherwise known as “religiously unaffiliated.”

The DNC wanted to recognize those outside the confines of organized religion with a championing declaration.

By contrast, Dems made a point to announce the crappiness of religion:

Those most loudly claiming that morals, values, and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views, with misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty,’ to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women, and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities.

See what y’all do?!

Democrats aren’t like y’all. In fact, as per the document, they’re “an inclusive organization that recognizes that morals values, and patriotism are not unique to any particular religion, and are not necessarily reliant on having a religious worldview at all.”

This isn’t the DNC’s first bat at batting all you batty religious nuts. Chair Tom Perez previously observed the following at a Demand Justice event:

“[W]e all have to make sure that we’re fluent in what’s happening across our ecosystem so we can come to each other’s defense because we need to build a bigger orchestra. They’ve had a big orchestra for some time and they’ve got the megaphones to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at the local level or Fox at the national level.

“I’ve learned this from the outreach we’ve done at the DNC. Why aren’t we penetrating, I ask? And I had someone in northwest Wisconsin tell me: ‘You know what? For most of the people I know, their principle sources of information are Fox News, the NRA newsletter and the pulpit on Sunday.’ And it should come as a surprise to no-one that our message doesn’t penetrate.

“It should come as a surprise to no-one that that person has elevated the issue of courts to the top because that person on the pulpit is saying ‘ignore everything else that this person has done and is doing, we have to focus on one issue of Roe vs. Wade.’ And people buy it. Because that’s their only source.”

As provided by Secular.org, the resolution, in part, states thusly:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE recognizes:

1. The value, ethical soundness, and importance of the religiously unaffiliated demographic, a group of Americans who contribute in innumerable ways to the arts, sciences, medicine, business, law, the military, their communities, the success of the Party and prosperity of the Nation; and
2. That religiously unaffiliated Americans are a group that, as much as any other, advocates for rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values and should be represented, included, and heard by the Party.

The folks at Freedom From Religion Foundation are delighted, as indicated by Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor:

“Freethinkers pack a powerful political punch, and it’s high time that political parties made note of this.”

Were he still alive, it’s likely Saturday’s ethical extravaganza would’ve come as sad news to one of the world’s most famous Democrats: Billy Graham.

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Joe Biden Can’t Remember the Name Of Britain’s Prime Minister As He Brags About His Foreign Policy Expertise

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Earlier today, my colleague Bonchie posted about former vice president Joe Biden manufacturing an anecdote out of whole cloth. It involved a medal he didn’t award in Afghanistan to a man who didn’t exist for a deed done by another. (Read the whole thing.)

Bonchie is a lot more charitable than I am. When you look at the whole event:

This is how the Washington Post describes it

Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Konar province in Afghanistan, a dangerous foray into “godforsaken country” to recognize the remarkable heroism of a Navy captain.

Some told him it was too risky, but Biden said he brushed off their concerns.

“We can lose a vice president,” he said. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.”

The Navy captain, Biden recalled Friday night, had rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and retrieved the body of an American comrade, carrying him on his back. Now the general wanted Biden to pin a Silver Star on the American hero who, despite his bravery, felt like a failure.

“He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’ ” Biden said, his jaw clenched and his voice rising to a shout. “ ‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!’ ”

The room was silent.

“This is the God’s truth,” Biden had said as he told the story. “My word as a Biden.”

Now we have another incident from the same trip.

Joe Biden forgot the prime minister of the United Kingdom’s name after touting his foreign policy knowledge.

“I don’t know the new prime minister of England. He looks like Donald Trump, I know that,” the former vice president said at a town hall hosted by Clinton College. Biden made the comment while answering a question about his foreign policy platform. Biden claimed he was the only Democratic president candidate with relationships with foreign leaders.

Boris Johnson became prime minister on July 24, having previously been foreign secretary, and mayor of London for seven years, among other roles.

This is not like George Bush being quizzed on the name of the prime minister of Dumfucqistan as happened in 2000. This is the prime minister of a major US ally whom Biden has met several times.

My gut feeling is that he’s got a real medical issue. It is, in my opinion, much more likely that Biden has a diminished mental capacity and the stress of the campaign is accelerated his decline. I say that with the same confidence as anyone who has diagnosed President Trump without ever having met him and with more factual basis. Biden has had two brain surgeries to remove aneurysms. This is not like getting a skin tag removed in the GP’s office. The type of aneurysm Biden had is associated with arteriosclerosis. If you want an easy, no mess, no fuss explanation of why Biden thought New Hampshire was Vermont, and why he thought Burlington, IA was Burlington, VT, and why he can appear nearly lucid at other times, the dots are most easily connected by arteriosclerosis.

Like the old story about the British cavalry officer who was so stupid that even the horses had begun to notice, at some point the national media and the Democrat party are going catch on to what’s happening. Biden’s mental impairment is not really a joke considering that he is the front runner to be the Democrat nominee.

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Joe Biden Calls Japan “Xenophobic” In Bizarre Rant

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In the time I publish this, Joe Biden will have committed three to five more gaffes, but we’ll land on a specific one today.

On Wednesday, he was in South Carolina stumping for his presidential campaign and he managed to not only slander a key ally, but then celebrate them for the bad thing he accused them of being. No, it doesn’t make any sense but this is Joe Biden we are talking about.

Joe Biden suggested during a campaign speech that “xenophobia” is keeping Japanese women in the job market.

The 76-year-old Biden, drawing on his time working with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe while vice president, said that because Japan doesn’t allow many foreign workers to come in, women in the country must remain in the workforce.

“You cannot succeed as a country if you leave more than half of your brainpower on the sidelines,” Biden said Wednesday during a speech in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

“Japan is in a position where traditionally women are as well-educated as men, but the tradition was, once they had a child, they were to drop out of the job market,” he continued, noting that the traditional roles have changed under Abe.

“There’s an entire move, because they’re xenophobic — because they don’t want to invite other people from outside their country to come in and make up the workforce — they have fewer workers than they have a need for workers. And so, what they’ve done is they’ve decided to encourage women to stay in the job market,” Biden said.

What in the world is he trying to say? If he believes Japan is xenophobic, then wouldn’t that be something to chastise? Instead, he tacitly lauds it as a positive factor that gets more women into the workforce. I mean, is he making that case that America should curtail immigration so as to get more women into the workforce? If he’s not, then what the heck is the point of this story?

His campaign staffers have to be beating their heads against the wall at this point. It’s getting clearer that much like President Trump, Biden isn’t capable of moderating himself. But unlike President Trump, who’s made a conscious decision in his public comments to just give no hoots, Biden isn’t doing this on purpose. He wants to avoid rocking the boat and he simply can’t. The mental fortitude isn’t there.

Also, I’ll note that if Trump had said this about a major ally, it’d have been national news and he’d have been roundly condemned as destroying alliances. Joe Biden, who is leading the Democratic field and the odds on favorite to win, literally just called an ally xenophobic in public. This is magnitudes worse than Trump slagging some countries in private and the comments being leaked. Oddly enough though, the mainstream media didn’t even report this latest Biden screw up.

If Biden is this gaffe prone now, what’s it going to be like when he’s got Trump breathing down his neck? It will certainly make for some entertaining debates I suppose.

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The Babylon Bee Takes on the Fauxtrage Mob’s Ridiculous War on Comedian Dave Chappelle – and Wins

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In his recent Netflix special “Sticks and Stones“, comedian Dave Chappelle has unleashed hell on cancel culture and fauxtrage mobs, and also turned the tables on liberal arguments when it comes to issues like abortion and President Trump.

Naturally this makes Chappelle Public Enemy Number One to leftists and their outrage army whose sole purpose in life is to find things to be offended about in order to wage social media wars against the offending subject. The idea is to force the object of the mob to shut up or otherwise confirm.

Chappelle has proven over and over again that he’s just not gonna do that.

Because Democrats and so-called progressives have so heavily invested themselves in “identity politics”, under normal circumstances any criticisms of Chappelle would be viewed and called out as “racist” because the comedian is black.

But those rules don’t apply in this case, because Chappelle is doing what fewer and fewer comedians are doing in modern times when it comes to the demands from the left for milquetoast “comedy” and “safe spaces” for minority groups: he’s, in a nutshell, giving them the bird.

With that in mind, the geniuses at the Babylon Bee wrote one of the better takes on liberals and their reactions to Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones” special:

After some confusion was expressed by casual observers of apparent hypocrisy in their denunciation of Dave Chappelle’s most recent comedy special, liberals from around the country clarified that they only want black voices to be heard when those voices are saying liberal-approved things.

The offended white progressives asked black comedian Dave Chappelle to “keep it down” and “maybe not talk so much” after his comments made them feel uncomfortable, sources confirmed Thursday.

Read the full “report” by clicking on the link below:

Perfect.

Chappelle, whose political affiliation is unknown, has demonstrated that he’ll call both sides to the carpet politically. But because he doesn’t spare the snowflakes on the left from his politically incorrect wrath, he gets treated like a traitor to The CauseWestlake Legal Group 2122 The Babylon Bee Takes on the Fauxtrage Mob’s Ridiculous War on Comedian Dave Chappelle – and Wins republicans Popular Culture Politics political correctness Ohio North Carolina Netflix Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Entertainment donald trump democrats dave chappelle Culture comedy Allow Media Exception Abortion   , as a comedian whose opinions and shows you should ignore because he refuses to march in lockstep with leftist orthodoxy.

Nobody puts Dave Chappelle in a corner, and that includes perpetually fauxfended liberals. Kudos to the Babylon Bee for getting right to the heart of the matter.

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