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GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel Just Mic Dropped On Justin Amash

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Now that Justin Amash is no longer a card-carrying member of the GOP the party chair feels like she can tee off on him whenever she wants. Being Ronna and Justin are from the same home state I think this might have been building up for some time.

After the whole hullaballoo yesterday about Israel not allowing two U.S. citizens going to visit Israel to do political protesting you had people from all sides speak out. I wrote about it also yesterday right here at Red State and will again today.

There were a LOT of hot takes.

The one, however, that caught my eye was current Representative Justin Amash of Michigan and also recently departed member of the GOP. I left the “official” GOP back in 1992 so I fully understand the frustration there.

His tweet and the response from current GOP Chairperson Ronna McDaniel was a perky exchange.

Here is what Amash tweeted.

Israel should stand up to President Trump and allow our colleagues to visit. Nobody has to agree with their opinions, but it will inevitably harm U.S.-Israel relations if members of Congress are banned from the country. We must find ways to come together; there’s enough division.
McDaniels came right back with this.

Come together?

398 Rs+Ds came together to condemn a boycott of Israel, you voted present.

424 Rs+Ds came together to condemn anti-Semitism, you voted present.

395 Rs+Ds came together for Iron Dome funding, you voted no.

Spare us the lecture on unity.

Ronna did a lil homework.

Tlaib and Omar at the end of the day United States citizens. Yes, they are also elected officials which grants them cool perks on overseas junkets but still, they are citizens of this country. The First Amendment does not cover any other country but ours. You want to stifle their speech here, I will fight that all day long. They are not entitled to go rabble rouse in another country because they feel morally justified.

Also, the whole rah rah speech of being united is odd coming from the guy that just ditched his party. As I said I ditched the whole party apparatus 27 years ago. Amash worked the system, was elected as a Republican and just now is realizing that the party hierarchy sucks?

Sounds like blatant opportunism to me.

So sitting here as a non wild eyed never screams about the dollar being tied to GOOOLD libertarian, who believes that countries have borders…..I’m going to give this round to Ronna.

Hopefully, Justin finds his footing his term in Congrees ends next year. He has not announced whether he will try to fight off those vying for his seat and the GOP challengers he would face or if he is going to try for the Senate seat here open here next year. We need voices like his in the public arena.

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Major Source of Nellie Ohr’s Research Given To FBI Was Ukrainian Official Whose Early Release From Prison Is Credited to…Hillary Clinton

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As bits and pieces of information about the deep state’s efforts to bring down Donald Trump’s candidacy continue to trickle in, the magnitude of wrongdoing has become nearly incomprehensible. So consumed by their hatred of Trump and so convinced that Clinton would win the election, these players were willing to jeopardize their careers to do their part.

A recent IG report focuses on the role of Nellie Ohr who worked for Fusion GPS providing research about members of the Trump family. Her research was provided to the FBI by her husband, Bruce Ohr, who at that time was the fourth highest ranking DOJ official.

In her 2018 testimony before Congress, Nellie Ohr told lawmakers that much of her research came from open internet sources. The rest, said, had come from Ukrainian officials, one of whom was member of Parliament (and former Ukrainian presidential candidate) Yulia Tymoshenko.

Nellie Ohr’s research was contained on two thumb drives. “One alleged that unverified ties existed between the Trump organization and Russian mobsters; the other provided a timeline alleging wrongdoing by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.”

In documents obtained by Judicial Watch earlier this week, much of the information included in the timeline of Manafort’s misdeeds came a lawsuit Tymoshenko had filed against him.

The Hill’s John Solomon points out the significance of this information. Nobody would be surprised to hear that in January 2013, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “went out of her way to advocate for Tymoshenko’s release from prison on corruption charges.”

According to a Reuters article published on January 22, 2013, Clinton wrote a letter of support to Tymoshenko in prison indicating she was “following Tymoshenko’s plight with great concern.”

Reuters reported:

KIEV, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday sent a message of support to jailed Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, ignoring new accusations against her by Ukrainian authorities relating to the killing of a business rival 16 years ago.

Tymoshenko is already serving a seven-year jail sentence for abuse-of-office.

Authorities have since piled up fresh charges against the 52-year-old politician, the most serious being last Friday when Ukraine’s chief prosecutor said she was also suspected of ordering the contract killing of a parliamentary deputy and businessman in 1996.

“I … want to reaffirm that the United States supports your immediate release. I hope the New year brings new prospects for your release and wish you a return to good health,” the letter, which was passed on to Tymoshenko via the U.S. embassy, said.

Lo and behold, Hillary’s intervention was effective and Yulia Tymoshenko was released from prison.

Obama administration officials had close relationships with many Ukrainian officials and I’ve posted previously about their political impact (articles listed below). Taken together, a picture emerges of how those who were involved in these cozy relationships had tried to influence a U.S. election. The effect was far greater than any of the ads the Russians may have placed on Facebook. All of this must be exposed to American voters to prevent anything like this from happening again.

 

New Revelation: The Corruption Is Leading Right Back To The ‘Scandal-Free’ Obama White House

Karma? Top Ukrainian Prosecutor Opens Investigation Into Possible 2016 U.S. Election Interference To Help Hillary Clinton

The Most Consequential Development In The ‘Russian Collusion’ Case Is Being Ignored; This IS The Collusion; Part 1

The REAL Collusion, Part 2: What Is The Connection Between James Clapper, Victor Pinchuk, And CTO Of Only Company To Work On Hacked DNC Server?

The Biggest Story Of Collusion That The Sessions/Rosenstein DOJ Repeatedly Refused To Acknowledge; Hopefully William Barr Will Listen And Act

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A Popular Meme Points Out the Idiocy of Democratic Dissent as Women Long to Be Free as Guns

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First of all, in case you missed it: “Best & Stupidest This Week: The UK Wars With Cutlery, Offers Knife-Free Chicken Boxes & Tales Of Murder For Dinner.”

And now:

American politics could really be an interesting place: Imagine two sides with very different ideologies, frequently and thoughtfully debating the merits of their passionate principles on the national stage.

Fascinating.

What we largely have instead is a game of money and power propelled by enough hot air to fly the Hindenburg to Timbuktu.

And in this present anti-Trump era — where Democrats are concerned — nothing seems to matter anymore. So far as I can tell, people tend to just say whatever’s the most inflammatory, despite it having not the slightest hair-thin tether to reality.

Every day, there’s a new batch of assertions that are as completely foolish as they are pitifully transparent.

And looking over the silliness, I recently came across a meme presumably based on a December 2015 tweet.

The original Twitter post came by way of a comedienne; subsequently, I believe it deserves the leeway of a joke. But when placed in the arena of serious ideas, #notsogood.

Here’s the piece of pro-Democrat protest:

HuffPost doesn’t appear terribly opposed: “The Constitution Gives Gun Owners Greater Rights Than Women.”

And some tweeters were stoked:

Gay Pride Lion loved it:

But Twitter also noted the nuttiness:

Responsibly Armed hit upon a certain considerable truth:

And this leads me to the meme. It reads “I Dream Women Will One Day Have the Same Rights as Guns.”

That statement is, to me, a fantastic indication of where we are — the level of imbecility that’s become the national dialogue. People are saying and posting and sharing things which make absolutely no sense. Why speak reason when you can stick your finger down your throat and prop-puke words that ring the alarm?

Beto O’Rourke does it (here). So does Nancy Pelosi (here and here). The politisphere is brimming with bulemic boobs.

As for the meme, witness a bit of sense spoken into the madness:

She wants women not allowed on airplanes.
She wants women not allowed in schools.
She wants women kept out of government buildings.
She wants women kept away from children.
Businesses can post signs: “No women allowed.”
She wants women severely restricted in Hawaii and California.
Women will not be allowed anywhere alcohol is consumed.
Women cannot be carried without a special permit.
Women will be prohibited from having certain popular accessories.
A man can now own multiple women, but only after a background check.

Right. I pine for a day when the absurdity will cease, and impassioned proselytizers from all sides will tout the explained worthiness of their ideas.

But that day won’t be today. Party on.

-ALEX

I want to be a gun from pussypassdenied

 

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

See 3 more pieces from me:

At Drag Queen Story Hour, Now Small Children Can Learn Something New: How To Sexually Twerk

Sean Hannity Responds To Chris Cuomo’s Expletive-Filled Maniacal Rant, & The Fox Host’s Take Is Jaw-Dropping

Why Doesn’t Chick-Fil-A Cave? The Family Owners Made A Covenant To ‘Be Faithful To Christ’

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The Left Shows How Insane It’s Become With This Ludicrous Piece on Ilhan Omar

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The cult-like support for Rep. Ilhan Omar has generated some fascinating stances from her supporters, and when I say “fascinating,” I mean absolutely insane.

Take, for instance, this article from Tasmiha Khan of The Independent.

Right off the bat, you can tell this article is going to be a lesson in how political zealousness can literally alter the way you perceive reality. She titles the piece “No politician in living memory has been treated as badly as Ilhan Omar.” Without reading any further into my arguments, I’m sure you already have solid examples as to how this article is just plain stupid.

I’ll continue anyway.

Khan starts off the article with the usual “orange man bad” spiel about how President Donald Trump is a racist and hates Muslims. He doesn’t, but nuances seem to escape Khan. She then proceeds to victimize herself as a Muslim woman of color in a white society, painting herself as a person in danger. Self-victimization is pretty par for the course when it comes to anti-Trump screeds.

After some time, Khan finally gets around to the point by comparing herself to Omar:

It makes me feel that I, like Omar, am also under the magnifying glass. I should not have to fear for my life or that of any other Muslim. If we allow such cruel rhetoric to snowball, we are contributing towards our own demise.

Moving forward, normalizing the hijab would be the first step towards removing stigma and pressure against women like myself and Ilhan. Engaging in dialogue about topics that make us uncomfortable, such as the hijab, can also help to dismantle stereotypes and increase understanding.

It is certainly no coincidence that the two US congresswomen reportedly barred from entering Israel are women of colour, with one of them wearing the hijab and following the Muslim faith. This ban was allegedly made at the president’s request, and is the reality of how Muslim women are stigmatized. It seems the defenders of free speech grow quiet when it is Muslims who are being unfairly silenced.

In short, Trump hates Muslim women of color because they’re Muslim women of color according to Khan.

It’s been said to death at this point, but Israel barred Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Omar from their nation because they supported the BDS movement. Israel has hard and fast rules against that kind of thing, and it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Israel disinvited them.

What’s more, even if Trump did have a hand in it, it wouldn’t matter. As I discussed previously, Tlaib and Omar had nothing but antagonism toward Israel as their goal, and Trump’s advice was solidly taken. It turned out to be the right call, especially given the fact that Tlaib essentially admitted she was going as an anti-Israel activist with her recent refusal to visit the West Bank to see her grandmother at Israel’s invitation under the condition that she leave her politics at the door.

(READ: Even If Trump’s Tweet Shifted Israel’s Decision On Omar And Tlaib, It’s Still The Right Call)

But let’s put that aside for a second and focus on Khan’s claim that Omar is the worst treated politician in living memory.

She’s not. In fact, she’s on the low end of the totem pole considering things that have happened even just recently.

If the left truly believes Omar is the worst treated politician in living memory, then their memory is incredibly short and narrow.

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Rashida Tlaib Shuns Her Own Grandmother to Trash Israel

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Just in case anyone was still under the impression that the trip to Israel planned by Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib was anything but a political stunt, let me relieve you of that notion.

To recap, Israel announced yesterday that they would be taking a pass on letting Omar and Tlaib prance around the country pushing boycotts and trashing the Jewish state. Seems reasonable to me.

Keep in mind, both Congressional members had the chance to go to Israel with the other 70 members of Congress that just got back. They refused because we all know what their real goal was. Their itinerary included meeting with numerous groups with terrorism ties and planning a dangerous visit to the Temple Mount with Palestinian authority members.

The entire trip was clearly just a propaganda tour to tout the anti-Semitic BDS movement and deny Israel’s right to exist. In fact, just to make that last point clear, they refused to even label their trip as being to Israel, instead asserting they were going to “Palestine,” which does not exist.

Despite the bad faith shown by Omar and Tlaib, Israel did offer to grant the latter a humanitarian waiver to go visit her grandmother in the West Bank.

Initially, Tlaib wrote a letter requesting to enter and promised not to promote BDS while in the country. Her grandmother is 90 and isn’t likely to be around much longer.

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That request was granted by Israel with the only condition being that she not promote BDS. Within hours though, Tlaib had changed her mind.

Think about what she’s saying.

Her position is that she values promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement so much that she’d rather let her grandmother die before visiting her if it means not getting to savage Israel for a few days. Who thinks like this?

This is ego and politics over family to such a degree that it’s pretty stunning to witness.

The Israelis are rightfully pointing to this as proof they made the right decision yesterday. Rashida Tlaib’s hatred of Israel is so ingrained and pervasive that she’s shunning her own grandmother over it.

You want to know the real reason Tlaib wrote that letter? Because she wanted Israel to say no. That would have allowed her to claim them as being so cruel they wouldn’t even let her visit her dying grandmother. When Israel said yes, that left her scrambling and this was the best she could come up with.

As I wrote yesterday, Israel 100% made the right choice to not let Omar and Tlaib into the country. This latest move by Tlaib only reinforces that. These are not genuine actors. They are propagandists for the Palestinian Authority, a terror regime, and they deserve absolutely no platform to spread their hatred. Israel had no obligation to give them one.

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As Joe Biden Takes Time off in Delaware, David Axelrod Rips Suggestions His Campaign Events Be Scaled Back

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents during a community event, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

On Thursday, I wrote about reports that some of Joe Biden’s allies were growing increasingly concerned about the number of gaffes he’s made just this month alone. Some of the unnamed allies suggested his campaign consider cutting back on his public appearances to lessen the chances of him making more mistakes.

Here’s a brief recap of what else the allies were saying, via The Hill:

Biden has a tendency to make the blunders late in the day, his allies say, particularly after a long swing on the road, like he had last week in Iowa. They say something needs to be done to give the candidate more down time as the campaign intensifies in the fall.

“He needs to be a strong force on the campaign trail, but he also has to pace himself,” said one ally who has talked to members of the campaign team and others in the broader Biden World about how to move forward.

The ally said it was unclear whether the campaign would make any changes to Biden’s schedule, particularly because Biden was criticized recently for not doing as many events as his Democratic rivals.

Campaign officials for Biden have grasped on to the “Joe being Joe” excuse in recent days in attempting to explain away his gaffes, and have accused the mainstream media of essentially making something out of nothing. One top Biden adviser told CNN this was a “press narrative, not a voter narrative.”

Biden’s press secretary T.J. Ducklo also took a swipe at media coverage of Biden’s flubs earlier this week:

President Barack Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod, who is not shy about weighing in on the Democratic presidential race, on Thursday ripped suggestions that Biden’s schedule load be lightened to avoid the possibility he’d commit another embarrassing flub:

The Biden campaign’s agitation with the press over their focus on his gaffes, and the reports about the advice some allies are giving the campaign about thinning out Biden’s schedule come at a time when the candidate himself is vacationing in his home state of Delaware:

It’s unclear whether Biden’s vacation was scheduled in advance or if it was a decision hastily made in the aftermath of all of the gaffes his made over the last several weeks.

A couple of months ago, President Trump insinuated there might be a more troubling reason why Axelrod’s former boss President Obama was not outright endorsing his former veep for President that went beyond merely not wanting to show favoritism before the primaries even started.

Trump told reporters last week when asked about Biden that he believed the Democratic frontrunner was “not playing with a full deck.” The President told a crowd of supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday that he would never be able to get away with scaling back his appearances. “If I ever did that it would be over. The fake news would get us.”

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The New York Times Is Trying to Redefine #GamerGate, but Here’s the Real Story

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Nearly five years ago, an online movement took the first world by storm that changed the socio-political landscape, and it all started with an angry ex-boyfriend, and an unethical relationship between a video game developer and a video game journalist.

That movement was #GamerGate, and you’ve probably heard a lot about it but aren’t really sure what it is. In fact, if you were to line up 50 people and ask them what #GamerGate ultimately was, you’d probably get 50 different answers.

One thing I can tell you is that the four articles recently published simultaneously by the New York Times about it are not a good recap or place to start. You’ll notice that these articles were written by people like Sarah Jeong and Brianna Wu. Jeong is, of course, popularly known for being a hard left journalist, and Wu is a former game developer who found that cultivating victimhood in the political realm was more lucrative.

The #GamerGate movement was complicated, decentralized, and a lot of things happened very quickly and on the daily. It can be a confusing thing to cover, but it’s best if you keep it simple. The base definition of #GamerGate was what it was originally supposed to be.

“It’s about ethics in video game journalism.”

That’s primarily what those taking part in #GamerGate wanted. They wanted that after learning a game developer, Zoe Quinn, was sleeping with Kotaku journalist Nathan Grayson, who was giving her game “Depression Quest” positive reviews. People began asking questions about the validity of gaming journalism and began demanding better ethical practices and less corruption. The gaming press pushed back, and #GamerGate was off.

While this unethical relationship triggered #GamerGate, it wasn’t the overall cause. Quinn’s infidelity with a journalist for benefits was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. The gaming press had become disdainful of its readers and overly political with its subjects. Social justice had become the name of the game and where people wanted a simple review of the latest action shooter, we were instead treated to an explanation of why we shouldn’t play it because it was sexist or racist somehow.

This focus on politics is what made #GamerGate become so political so quickly. The popularity of social justice intersectionality had made the fight against #GamerGate a feminist issue, a race issue, an LGBT issue, etc, etc. Those within #GamerGate demanding better ethics from the press who were minorities, or women, gay, trans, etc suddenly found themselves being labeled as “sock puppet accounts” while simultaneously being spoken for by the very people they were complaining about. The hashtag #NotYourShield popped up from within these communities in an effort to push back against these social justice warriors using them as a weapon against #GamerGate.

Christina Hoff Sommers became a very important figure in #GamerGate, and made an excellent video breaking down a lot of what happened.

Overall, the #GamerGate movement did real damage to the social justice infected journalist outlets and the way social justice warriors operate. Sites that once held power within the culture collapsed and gaming sites developed codes of ethics. Activists who made money off of scamming people and businesses found themselves losing the audience they needed and subsequently, the cash they wanted, like Anita Sarkeesian.

The social justice mainstream press lost the #GamerGate war, and they haven’t been able to get over it since. This is why you see them still writing about it in the New York Times years later. It’s a bitter taste they can’t get out of their mouths, and they’ll rewrite history if it’ll help.

You’ll hear them say that it was a movement about online harassment, threats, and violence. It wasn’t.

Figures like Wu would intentionally do things to evoke anger in order to milk victim points, which relayed into publicity and Patreon donations. Sarkeesian did a lot of the same. Those who were a part of #GamerGate would often talk about or attempt to argue directly with Wu and Sarkeesian in good faith, but would often receive blocks for their efforts.

That’s not to say threats and harassment didn’t occur to these people, but those who did threaten violence often found themselves disavowed by #GamerGate as a whole. This wasn’t a campaign based on fear and hatred, it was about ethics in gaming journalism with average people on the front lines. It was a movement that saw people from all political spectrums, walks of life, communities and more coming together to want something that shouldn’t be that hard to deliver.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for the SJWs/mainstream press and it still is. They were the bad guys after years of believing they were the good guys, and telling themselves they were doing it for the oppressed and marginalized wasn’t flying here. They were corrupt and they were being called out by the world. Fantasy was their last bastion, both their shield and their sword.

Reading the New York Times articles about it, I can see that this is still the case.

#GamerGate had its troubles but it wasn’t the neo-Nazi, white supremacist, anti-lgbt, violent movement that the mainstream press makes it out to be. Personally, I’ve always looked at it as one of the defining moments of our culture. For me, it was proof that we can put aside political or social differences in order to work toward something good. That the Republican and the Democrat can unite against something evil and the Christian and the atheist can find common ground and be friends. It’s a spirit that I feel still lives on in ways I see today, with citizen journalists asking the hard questions and doing the work the mainstream press won’t for one corrupt reason or another.

The real story is that #GamerGate was a net positive on society. It showed the mainstream press and corrupt institutions that a God could bleed, and that when you roll against people who fight dragons as a hobby, you may find your kingdom crumbling around you. It showed that your position as a journalist or content creator didn’t make one infallible and that you’re not monologuing, you’re dialoguing.

What started as a quest for ethics in video game journalism ended up being much more and the world is better for it.

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Unsolicited Advice: Learn a Trade, David

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Welcome to ‘Unsolicited Advice’, the weekly column where I offer advice to people who have no idea who I am and never asked for it. Last week I advised a young, immature woman who was thinking about cutting off her Trump-loving in-laws.

This week we head over to Twitter, where a young man named David told the world why he supports Bernie Sanders for president. Here’s his tweet.

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David doesn’t look like he was asking for advice but seems like he needs some anyway.

You’re in luck, David! Unsolicited advice is my self-declared specialty. So here goes.

You say you understand the value of an “affordable system” but it doesn’t look like you’re wanting an “affordable system”…it looks like you want a free system. In service of that notion, let’s look at what you’ve spent so far. And that’s an important distinction to make…what you’ve spent. So far in this country college isn’t mandatory. There is no government agency that will come to find you and drag you off to a sterile dorm room and force you to consume mass quantities of ramen and crappy cafeteria pizza. And without a doubt there was no one standing over you with a gun to your head, ordering to you sign on the dotted line for $137,000. You chose to go to a school that cost that much, and you chose to take out a loan to afford it.

Why should you be relieved of that voluntary loan you took out? Even worse, why should the rest of us pay for it? Because that is what you are asking. You are asking a lot of people to pay for your poor decision-making skills.

But Kira, I needed to go to a good school so I could get a good job!

No, David. You are not entitled to go to a “good” school any more than you are entitled to a “good” job. All across the country for many, many years have done things they didn’t want to do in order to have the things they want. They go to community schools, take on extra jobs, delay education or enter the workforce and choose to educate themselves in other ways. In fact, it looks as though you did the same thing.  You made a sacrifice for yourself now so you could have what you want later.

Now you’ve changed your mind and expect the world to stop to accommodate that.  My kid doesn’t even do that. She’s been educated in the physics of consequences. I always tell her that she needs to be careful about the things she chooses to let her friends get her into, because not one of them can get her “whuppin” for her.

You want make poor choices and let the rest of us take your whuppin’.

Sorry young man, life doesn’t work like that.

You say your debt now means you’ll never own a home, start a family or live debt free. I’m not sure what things are like where you come from but being debt-free is not a requirement for buying a home and certainly not for starting a family. What kind of family are you thinking about starting – the Royal Family? Sure, raising children requires some funds but starting a family is practically free. Maybe you need to go back to school and pick up some biology classes.

Perhaps, David you believe in this weird modern notion we have that one must be comfortably middle class to “afford” a family. I assure you, this is absolutely not a requirement and in fact is a hinderance to many young people who really should be starting child-rearing sooner rather than later but keep waiting for that magical designation of “comfortable” first. A lot of people miss a lot of life because they’re waiting for the perfect circumstances to start living. Children don’t make you poor, but your mentality sure does.

However, if you’re the type of guy who happily burdens himself with a $137,000 in loans before he’s even paid his first bill on his own, maybe it is better that you don’t raise children. Perhaps it is easier for you to tell yourself that it is your loans that keep you from finding a suitable mate.

But Kira, this is what I had to do make a better life for myself! Its the system!

Well, how’s that workin’ for ya?

I don’t know what your degree is in but if it isn’t going to afford you the opportunity to pay back the giant loan you took out, maybe you need to start thinking about a course change.

Close your Twitter account and go learn a trade, David.

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The Democrats Are Insane

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The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include the new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Democrats Are Insane

As noted yesterday by my colleague Sarah Lee, the Democrats have once again threatened to pack the Supreme Court if it rules “improperly” on gun control. From Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-dems-deliver-stunning-warning-to-supreme-court-heal-or-face-restructuring

Several high-profile Senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court in pointed terms this week that it could face a fundamental restructuring if justices do not take steps to “heal” the court in the near future.

We’ve been to this rodeo before under Franklin Roosevelt and we all know what “heal” means. “Vote our way—or else.” Interpreting the constitution according to the clear text and intent of the Founders and Framers is according to the Leftists, some sort of disease that needs to be eradicated. More from the article, emphasis mine.

The ominous and unusual warning was delivered as part of a brief filed Monday in a case related to a New York City gun law. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., referenced rulings by the court’s conservative majority in claiming it is suffering from some sort of affliction which must be remedied.

Here is the actual language used by these Leftists

The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’

This is yet another case of Democrat projection. The Quinnipiac poll they cite, claims that the majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court is increasingly motivated by politics. And they are right! But it’s the Democrats who insert politics into everything, including judicial appointments. Just look at what they did to Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavenaugh in order to keep a court make up favoring them.

What has them enraged, is that real Americans are fighting back against their nonsense and it’s driving them insane. They see President Trump making inroads with “their” minority base of Blacks and Hispanics. That’s why all of the sudden, racism has now become the number one threat to our society…or so they say.

This latest ploy by the Democrats is just more of the same, as they know that the Supreme Court might be slipping away from them for at least a generation. Inserting such a non-too-veiled threat in a brief in a gun control case not only demonstrates their panic at the direction the Court is going, but also reflects their darkest desire—to take firearms away from law abiding citizens—by force if necessary. Their message is quite clear, and directed primarily at Chief Justice Roberts, “Vote our way, or the court, whose reputation you turn yourself and the Constitution inside out to protect, will be totally destroyed.”

There’s a very good chance that Chief Justice Roberts will succumb to this threat, for the “good of the court and its ‘reputation.’” What he fails to realize, is that no matter what he decides on any of these cases, if given the chance the Leftists are going to attempt to pack the court. They cannot afford to let it continue to become more conservative. They have seen the writing on the wall. President Trump is going to be reelected, thus likely giving him the opportunity to select another conservative Associate Justice, maybe two. They will do as they have since the 2020 election, disregard the clear will of the voters and do whatever it takes to come out on top.

These people never quit. They are flat out insane. If they cannot win at the ballot box, they attempt to subvert the simple exercise of properly elected government by bogging it down with legal injunctions. When those ultimately fail at the highest level, they threaten to radically alter the make up of the Supreme Court to get their way. Along the way, they radicalize their base followers to the point that they commit unspeakable violence as in El Paso and Dayton and Charlottesville—then they blame Conservatives.

This nonsense has to stop. 2020 needs to be a blowout for Republicans. If we allow the Democrats to regain power, they will surely destroy the Republic. This isn’t just about the Second Amendment. This is about Democrat desire to disarm the populace as their first step on the road to absolute control.

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Newly Declassified Documents Show Hillary’s Server Was Compromised, Emails Forwarded to Chinese Email Account

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On the eve of DNI Dan Coats stepping down, we got a rash of declassifications dealing with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server.

As with all things dealing with this topic, it’s complicated and can be hard to follow. But we aren’t dealing with anonymous sources or speculation here. These are actual documents and that have just been declassified. Perhaps this dump shows President Trump is keeping his promise on that front?

Brian Cates (Epoch Times) laid out exactly what we are seeing in a lengthy thread that I’m not going to fully post here. I’d suggest you go read it to get the full picture. I’ll do my best to summarize and highlight the major revelations though.

Essentially, the FBI found in the metadata that every email sent and received on Clinton’s home brew server was being copied to an email address registered to a Chinese company named Carter Heavy Industries.

Who setup this email address? We now know the answer to that.

Paul Combetta was Hillary’s IT specialist and he was inexplicably given blanket immunity by James Comey’s FBI during the Hillary email investigation. This despite the fact that he clearly broke the law and apparently had absolutely nothing of substance to offer investigators.

Typically, you don’t give immunity to someone who can’t help you land a bigger fish. But as most reading this know, nothing about the Hillary email investigation made sense. It was clearly ran as a whitewash operation of any possible criminal activity. These new documents further establish that, as we see James Comey and Peter Strzok actively suppressed the evidence in question.

In fact, the only reason we are finding out about this is because the Inspector General filed a supplemental report to fill in gaps left in the original IG report on the Hillary investigation.

The excuse being given by some defenders is that Combetta made the email account so that means it was just an account to archive Clinton’s emails. That leaves way too many questions unanswered and makes little sense.

If you want to setup a dummy account, why are you using a Chinese company as the domain? The first thought would be to ask if Combetta was being paid off by the Chinese to forward the emails to them. That’s probably the least controversial explanation though. If Clinton herself was involved in the distribution of the materials, things would really escalate. The IG came up inconclusive, unable to pin down exactly the provenance and purpose of the Chinese email address. What we do know is that the FBI leadership at the time glossed over the evidence and essentially buried it.

Past that, even if we are to believe that Combetta picked the name at random, it means he broke the law by illegally archiving classified government documents. Of course, we all know Combetta was not acting alone. Hillary Clinton was his boss and had to have been directing him to do these things. What that points to is the magical intent that James Comey claimed didn’t exist (intent wasn’t actually required in the criminal statute regardless).

There’s a lot more in Cates’ thread and I’d again encourage you to read through it. This entire ordeal is just a mess and from what’s being rumored, it’s not over. Bill Barr is on record saying John Huber, who is part of the investigation into all this, is looking at the question of the 33,000 emails Clinton illegally destroyed.

It’s been said a million times and I’ll say it once more. If this were anyone but Hillary Clinton, they’d be in jail by now.

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