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Allegations Regarding Omar’s Curious Marriage ARE Credible (That’s Why You Haven’t Heard Much About Them)

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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)

Let me start by saying that credible allegations don’t mean proven allegations. It simply means there’s smoke. And with Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D), the allegations surrounding her first marriage are giving off so much smoke the media has apparently become blind.

When Trump made his statement to reporters Wednesday that Omar may have been married to her brother, he wasn’t just throwing bombs with no gunpowder. Journalists in her home state and PJ Media columnist David Steinberg have been tracking Omar’s inconsistencies when it comes to her first marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, her campaign finance violations, her tax fraud related to her first and second marriages, etc. for more than a year.

The link above is Steinberg’s archive of stories. Many are about Omar, but this one detailing school records is most compelling when it comes to the possible identity of her first husband.

According to official student enrollment records archived by St. Paul Public Schoolsand the state of Minnesota, an “Ahmed N. Elmi” was enrolled as a senior in the Class of 2003 at Arlington Senior High School in St. Paul, MN, from September 6, 2002, until June 10, 2003. He graduated and received a diploma.

The enrollment record states that “Ahmed N. Elmi” was born on April 4, 1985.

Both Ilhan Omar’s 2009 marriage documents and her 2017 divorce proceedings state that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was born on April 4, 1985.

After an extensive background search, I have not been able to find any other person named “Ahmed Nur Said Elmi,” “Ahmed N. Elmi,” or even “Ahmed Elmi” with the birthdate April 4, 1985. The man Ilhan Omar married and the 17- to 18-year-old who attended Arlington Senior High School in St. Paul, MN, in 2002-2003 are one and the same.

The story of tax fraud related to her marriages — essentially alleging she continued to file tax returns with the father of her children, and now husband, while married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi — and campaign finance violations were recently covered by the editorial board of her hometown paper here.

It is even more disturbing, therefore, to learn that among the board’s latest findings was a troubling discovery that is far beyond its jurisdiction, but worthy of greater scrutiny nevertheless. Omar, for two years running, filed joint tax returns with a man she was living with but not legally married to. Complicating matters further, she was legally married to another man at the time.

It’s against the law in Minnesota to file jointly unless one filer is legally married to the other. Last year Omar told the Star Tribune that she had married her partner “in her faith,” and had earlier divorced her first husband “in her faith.” That’s fine for religious purposes. But for tax purposes, only civil marriages qualify. It’s not known whether she benefited materially by filing jointly. That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know.

When Trump mentioned her first marriage, he doubtless threw reporters into a tizzy of confusion because, while the rumors about Omar’s first marriage were certainly well known, communication professionals live by the rule that until something starts becoming accepted as credible, it’s best not to get ahead of it and appear conspiratorial (if one wants to be taken seriously that is).

But Politico reporter Eliana Johnson (thanks to the reporting of Steinberg and others giving her much to work with) bravely broke that dam open Wednesday by tweeting out the Star Tribune’s piece on Omar’s possible attempts at tax fraud and “legitimate questions” about her marriage (and it should be noted, the marriage looks, if it did occur, like it was for immigration purposes alone).

In short, nothing is proven but the questions are there and have been for some time. The reason you may not have heard much about them — and indeed why Trump’s statement Wednesday hasn’t been all over every major news outlet — is because there’s a lot of smoke there. And the media is terrified they might actually find a fire that’s been burning while they ignored the rising heat.

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In Four Days, Trump Has Made ‘One Squad Under God’ The Face Of The Democratic Party

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Despite the Democrats’ indignation over his tweets on Sunday, the House vote on Tuesday to condemn him for his so-called racist comments about One Squad Under God, Wednesday’s House vote on whether or not to go ahead with impeachment and another vote to hold his Attorney General and Secretary of Commerce in criminal contempt of Congress, President Trump has driven a mack truck right through the heart of the Democratic Party. It seems there was a method to his madness after all. He has managed to make the gang of four the face of the Democratic Party.

Nobody’s feeling too sorry for any of the four radical, opportunistic, snot-nosed socialists who have taken control of the party. They forged ahead carelessly without bothering to first acquaint themselves with the ways of Washington believing that by sheer audacity, they could achieve their goals. Their reckless rhetoric, their bigoted statements, and their transparent lust for power have turned them into pretty unsympathetic characters. As Laura Ingraham said on her show last night, “you give the Squad an inch and they’ll take the country.”

These women made a big splash upon their arrival in Washington and I would argue that a large part of that was because of their race. It certainly wasn’t due to their oversized brains. Anxious to enact their agendas, they dove into the pool without checking the water temperature first.

And now, as they face criticism from Speaker Pelosi, President Trump and many Americans, they’ve turned race, which they’d previously used to their advantage, into a weapon.

Democrats have something new to be appalled about this morning. Trump was discussing Omar with his supporters at last night’s North Carolina rally, which by the way was one of his best ever, and said, “She looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country.” The crowd began chanting “Send her back.”

So what. Omar hates America. The U.S. is flawed certainly, but it’s still the greatest nation on earth. In the words of Victor Davis Hanson, America does not have to be perfect to be good (despite what radical progressives tell us). So, had I been at the rally, I would have joined them.

The national attention paid to these four has reached epic proportions. It’s become surreal. There are 431 other reps in the House.

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke to several House Democrats, most of whom are far less radical than the Squad. He said they wished to remain anonymous so they could be candid.

House Dem 1 told Tapper, “The president won this one. What the president has done is politically brilliant. Pelosi was trying to marginalize these folks and the president has now identified the entire party with them.”

Tapper said, “House Democrats are conflicted about having to defend the Squad given things they’ve said and done. House Dems cited: talk of supporting challengers to incumbent Dems in primaries, AOC’s use of the term “concentration camps,” anti-Semitic comments by Tlaib and Omar.”

Tapper said that several House Dems brought up a resolution introduced by Omar and Tlaib to “affirm the right of Americans to boycott, perceived as an expression of support for the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) movement that most House Dems oppose.”

House Dem 2 spoke of the House leadership’s willingness to water down what should have been a personal reprimand of Omar’s anti-Semitic comments in March, to the point where it became a meaningless, generic resolution to condemn bigotry. Not even Omar’s bigotry, but all bigotry. He said, “We couldn’t even bring ourselves to have a resolution exclusively condemning anti-Semitism uttered by one of those members” — Omar — “but we leapt to their defense here.”

House Dem 3 recalls that “less than 2 weeks ago when members of our caucus were trying to support funds for children at the border,” the Squad was arguing that “we’re pro-putting kids in cages, we’re against human rights. So there’s frustration…I can’t tell you the number of members who are angry and annoyed about them criticizing us…AOC gives her chief of staff license to get candidates to run against her colleagues and to go after them on social media. It makes people’s skin crawl.”

House Dem 4 told Tapper, “We were there for them; they should stop attacking us.”

The frustration and resentment from these Democrats is unmistakable and it has to go somewhere.

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh discussed Trump’s Sunday tweets and he insisted it was a deliberate move. Many, including me, were skeptical.

Yesterday, Rush ran a victory lap. He told listeners:

What in fact he was doing was telling the American people who these four are ’cause the media isn’t gonna do it. He’s insulting them and drawing them out, making them respond. Then they start attacking Pelosi. Pelosi and Biden are racists, according to them. Trump is a racist. Everybody’s a racist. All you have to do to be one is disagree with them.

So Trump succeeds in creating the face of the Democrat Party in the image of these four women, these four freshmen.

Brilliant.

They’ve alienated their colleagues, as well as the majority of Americans. As the internal Democratic poll leaked to Axios last weekend indicated, these women aren’t popular to begin with. Nor is socialism. As voters learn more and more about them, their approval ratings will disintegrate entirely.

Not even the 2020 presidential candidates receive the amount of media attention these women. Trump has  thrust them into the spotlight (even more than before) and will let them do his work for him. All they have to do is open up their mouths.

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In True Trump Style, the President Celebrates His Approval Swell by Thanking ‘Vicious Young Socialist Congresswomen’

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A recent poll revealed an increase in Donald Trump’s approval rating.

Subsequently, being the gentleman he is, the President jotted a quick Thank You note Wednesday.

And it went a little somethin’ like this:

“New Poll: The Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in predicting the 2016 election, has just announced that ‘Trump’ numbers have recently gone up by four points, to 50%. Thank you to the vicious young Socialist Congresswomen.”

He signed it thusly:

“America will never buy your act. #MAGA2020.”

This, of course, was just the latest entry in a battle between Trump and the Fab Four: Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and professional cowfart fighter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which began with a skirmish between the freshman crew and old-timer Nancy Pelosi. Nance socked it to the newbies and doubled down — ’cause “regrets is something [she doesn’t] do” (here).

As I covered on the 12th, Trump jumped in the ring in the midst of that one:

“I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot and we go back and forth and it’s fine, but I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful to her.

“[Alexandria] should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect. She should not be doing what she’s doing.”

“[I]’ll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do: She is not a racist, okay? She is not a racist. For them to call her a racist is a disgrace.”

It grew in intensity from there, with The Donald eventually tellin’ ’em to go back from whence they came — and some believe his rake was a genius move (here).

Whatever the case, the move wasn’t done.

Hence, “vicious young socialist congresswomen.”

His “go home” antics resulted in a passed House resolution condemning remarks deemed as “racist”…by the very damsel he was swooping in to save:

“These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and the comments are racist. Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people.”

But does Trump care? Something tells me that’s a big fat No. The resolution is pomp. And he’s pompous. He’s gonna do and say as he believes.

Particularly toward the vicious, the socialist, and the congressional.

-ALEX

 

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The SDNY Just Crushed One of the Left’s Biggest Dreams

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FILE – This April 11, 2018 file photo shows attorney Michael Cohen in New York. President Donald Trump said Sunday, April 15, 2018, that all lawyers are now “deflated and concerned” by the FBI raid on his personal attorney Cohen’s home and office. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

The news cycle has been insane the past few days so this hasn’t gotten much press, but it’s a pretty big deal.

After the Mueller report failed to deliver the silver bullet against Trump, those obsessed with taking him out (because it’s not like we have an election next year or something) needed a new hope. It couldn’t just be over and rationality that perhaps Trump simply didn’t break any laws wasn’t entertained. Instead, the dream shifted to the SDNY.

Take this piece over at Newsweek.

Legal analyst and Above the Law editor Elie Mystal told MSNBC on Saturday said that if President Donald Trump isn’t reelected in 2020, he could be arrested immediately by the Southern District of New York (SDNY) when he leaves the White House.

During a segment on AM Joy, Mystal explained to host Joy Reid that the SDNY investigation has elevated the stakes for the president when it comes to winning the 2020 presidential election.

“The irony here, that I hope it is not lost on people, is that the Trump Organization, which appears to be a massive criminal front, is so small potatoes that if Trump hadn’t run for president, SDNY wouldn’t care,” he said. “SDNY cares about stopping terrorists.

“Putting SDNY on the Trump investigation is a little bit like bringing in Sherlock Holmes to figure out who framed Roger Rabbit,” Mystal continued. “These people are such cartoonish criminals that now that SDNY is on it, they’re all going down.”

Or this piece at NBC.

Cohen’s cooperation “would send a chill up my spine” if he worked at the White House, former New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who also was a federal prosecutor, told ABC News during the hearing, referring to the ex-Trump fixer’s statement to lawmakers that he was helping prosecutors in their Trump-related investigations.

Or this one from Bloomberg.

In the span of one week, we learned that the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York had both secured a guilty plea from Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen and offered an immunity deal to the company’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg. President Donald Trump should be worried. Once the Southern District gets its jaws onto a string of crimes, it doesn’t let go.

Weisselberg, as part of his deal, will likely be required to provide information on all criminal activity he knows about. That spells potential disaster for Trump personally, and major problems for his presidency. That’s apart from any potential state-level criminal investigation by the New York district attorney’s office.

You see, according to the media, the SDNY were pit-bulls. They were the career prosecutors free of scope limits and restraint. That was going to make all the difference. In fact, the real danger for Trump was never Robert Mueller’s investigation, no it’s always been the SDNY and they aren’t going to let this go. There were even #SDNY hashtags and T-shirts.

Well, so much for that. It was just announced yesterday that the SDNY’s investigation into the Trump organization and the Michael Cohen related “hush money” payments is over.

Judge William H. Pauley III announced that prosecutors in the Southern District of New York revealed this development to the court in a status report, as media companies including The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN, and Dow Jones & Co. have pushed to unseal the search warrant materials related to the case. The end of the investigation likely means no additional charges will be filed against anyone, including the president.

“We are pleased that the investigation surrounding these ridiculous campaign finance allegations is now closed,” Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement. “We have maintained from the outset that the President never engaged in any campaign finance violation.”

And with that, the last great hope for the left to nail Trump on something criminal has breathed its last breath. There will be no Trump in handcuffs. The SDNY isn’t going to expose mountains of fraud within the Trump organization and Cohen will not be bringing anyone along with him to prison.

As an aside, I could write another entire piece about how this shows just how clueless our chattering class in the media actually are. The grand pronouncements on the cable networks, the scathing, faux intellectual editorials, and the confident claims on Twitter, all completely wrong. Again.

But I’m sure there’s some state investigation they’ll latch onto now as the “real” threat to Trump. It never stops and they never actually learn anything from their past failures.

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Video: Trump Supporter Asks If Her Black Voice Would Meet With Ayanna Pressley’s Approval

Over the weekend, Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) spoke at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia, and brought the house down with her fiery comments about identity politics.

To recap, here’s what she said:

In other words, if you are one of those minority voices and don’t 100% toe the Squad’s line on black issues, LGTBQ issues, Hispanic issues, and Muslim issues, you are an inauthentic minority and your voice doesn’t count.

North Carolina resident and Trump supporter Shemeka Michelle had some issues with Pressley’s narrow-minded opinion, and took to the Twitter machine with a video to ask if her black voice would meet with the Congresswoman’s approval:

“Can ya dig it, home skillet?” I love it!

Pressley’s rant is just another example of the Democratic party’s duplicity when it comes to being a so-called “big tent” of ideas. They’re only into “diversity” if the “diverse” members of their party march in lockstep with the liberal line.

As a woman, I don’t meet with their approval because I’m not on board with the pro-abortion agenda of radical left-wing feminists. It doesn’t make me an extremist in the real world, but to the activist left, it makes my voice inauthentic, unworthy of serious consideration, but yet at the same time “dangerous.”

For black conservative voices like Shemeka Michelle’s, that goes double, sadly.

Is it possible that Pressley, who comes off as the more serious-minded of “The Squad”, would reconsider her divisive Netroots Nation words in retrospect?

Of course not. Here’s what she said when asked about her remarks a few days later:

“I’m trying to understand why you can be a veteran and say you want to fight for veterans’ rights. You could have battled and overcome substance abuse disorder and say I’m going to fight for the recovery community. You could be a former iron worker and say I’m going to fight for workers’ rights, and no one flinches. But as a woman, you have to apologize for wanting to affirm your rights as a woman. And as a black woman, I’m expected to be an apologist,” she said.

That’s a 100% strawman argument, because this has nothing to do with asking women – black, brown or otherwise – to be apologists for who they are, but you go with that, ma’am. You go with it if it makes you feel better about marginalizing people’s voices because they have the nerve to have a different viewpoint than you.

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Do Black Lives Not Matter Much to Democrats Anymore?

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In 2016 Black Lives Matter dominated the news as activist groups everywhere would confront everyone from Bernie Sanders to Republican nominees. Democrats wrapped messaging around the increased activism of black organizations in order to make their opponents look racist and themselves look like the caring and totally not racist party among a sea of racism.

The black community came out to vote for Hillary Clinton with 88 percent of the vote. Not as much as Barack Obama’s 93 percent in 2012, but still, an overwhelming majority. Trump only managed to get eight percent.

Now, it’s hard to think of any major thing being said about the black community from Democrats over its new minority concern, the immigrant from Central America. We’re consistently given news, comments, and sensational emotion from the party of the left over the plight of the migrant from south of the border. If black lives matter, they don’t matter as much to Democrats as they did in 2016.

This is sad news. The black community actually does have problems that have yet to be solved. While the Democrats have proven themselves the least qualified to solve these problems, their talent for only making things worse isn’t the point. The glaring elephant in the room of the donkey is the fact that despite solving nothing after feigning so much care, the Democrats have moved on because another minority has proven themselves far more useful.

You can’t flip on a cable news channel or click on a news website without seeing something about the migrant crisis splayed across your screen. The bookends of these news segments will consist of a politician or activist lamenting their plight while railing against the other party for their hand in it.

Even watching the Democrat 2020 debates feature politicians speaking Spanglish in an attempt to Hispander to their current minority of concern.

If you hear Democrats actually dedicate time to the plight of the black community, let me know. They’re so few and far between now, I’m having trouble remembering the last time the black community was actually talked about in depth.

The reason for the Democrats have turned from the black community is simple. They’ve been taught that no matter what, the black community will still overwhelmingly vote for them just as the voter turnout for Obama and Clinton shows. According to Roper, Bill Clinton won 83 percent of the black vote during his elections. Al Gore got 90 percent, while John Kerry got 88 percent of the black vote when they ran for President.

The black community has been solidly in the Democrat camp in overwhelmingly large numbers for decades.

For comparison, no other race in America does that. Bill Clinton only won 61 percent of the vote when he ran against George H.W. Bush while Obama got 67 percent and Hillary Clinton got 66. Asian voters sometimes lean more in one direction than another, but typically stay somewhere near the middle.

At this point, the Democrats are taking the black vote for granted. Concern over the plight of the black community doesn’t have the driving power it used to, but Democrats aren’t worried about not talking about it half as much as they used to because they’re more than confident that the black community will vote for them anyway.

If I was a member of the black community, I’d feel awfully used. The Democrat party used to claim to be their champion and were looking out for them in the face of racist opposition, yet now that the cause of the black community is old hat, they’ve moved on. They’ll get scraps of concern here and there, but Democrats learned that they can create a much larger buzz and generate more outrage against Trump by putting the vast majority of their focus and effort on illegal immigration.

The only one really seeming to help the black community now is Trump, who lowered black unemployment to below six percent.

It makes you wonder if black lives ever really did matter to the Democrats. There’s no more outrage and screamed speeches to crowds from politicians, no more celebrities holding up signs as they march down the streets over concern for the black community. Just random mentions here and there.

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Colorado University PC Police Now Rule the Word “America” Is Non-Inclusive In New Language Guide

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I remember learning throughout my entire childhood that “America” was the place people from all over the world would pack up what little they had and moved their families to in order to make a better life. Judging by the crisis at the border, they’re still doing that.

They do that because of the American ideal that our nation was founded on, and part of that idea is that it doesn’t matter what your race, creed, or religion, you can become an American as well. According to Colorado State University’s politically correct busybodies, however, the term “America” isn’t an inclusive term now because of course it’s not.

Why would it be? It’s only the country that was nicknamed “the melting pot” due to all the different kinds of cultures you’ll find meshed together here.

According to Campus Reform, CSU’s “Inclusive Communications Task Force,” which exists, this will help “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.” Don’t think it just stops at not using the term “America” to identify someone. It also includes using gendered phrases:

CSU lists both “American” and “America” as non-inclusive words “to avoid,” due to the fact that America encompasses more than just the U.S. By referring to the U.S. as America, the guide claims that one “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The school suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” as substitutes.

The university additionally lists many gendered words and phrases to avoid. These include “male,” “female,” “ladies and gentlemen,” and “Mr./Mrs./Ms.”

“Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,” says the guide. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”

Feeling respected?

I’m not going to focus on the ridiculous idea surrounding avoiding gendered phrases because that could be an entire article in itself. For now I want to focus on the fact that these people essentially just made it a faux pas to identify yourself, or anyone who is an actual citizen of your country, an American. I get that America is an entire continent with north and south editions, but if we’re concerned that we’re going to get confused about which America we’re talking about when we refer to one another as Americans, or refer to the U.S. as America, then the people around you have a far bigger problem to worry about. Like how they got into CSU by being about as intelligent as a door stop. 

Also, last I checked — and I check daily — the U.S. is the “dominant American country.” I should also mention that there isn’t a country on this planet that is as “inclusive” as ours.

Hilariously, the “Inclusive Communications Task Force” wants to reassure us that this has nothing to do with political correctness.

“The guide is not about political-correctness or policing grammar, but rather helping communicators practice inclusive language and helping everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued,” the guide reads.

I can tell you that not calling me an American would make me feel a bit disrespected. I live in the greatest country on the planet where millions have died in order to give me the life I had and the privilege to call myself an American. I’m not overly concerned about someone who is not a U.S. citizen getting their feelings hurt because I wasn’t specifically referring to their part of the Americas they hail from when I used generalized language. I think they’ll be fine. In fact, I don’t think the vast majority would care.

This “task force” isn’t doing this to save the feelings of others, they’re doing this because words like “America” or gendered pronouns are offensive to their ideological makeup, not everyone else’s.

Proudly call yourself an America. Mr. or Mrs. American, in fact.

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Kira Davis: The Term “People of Color” Hijacks Black America’s Hard-Earned Legacy and I’m Sick of It

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Black people in this country have gone by all kinds of “official” names over the years – Negro, Colored, African-American, Black.

We’ve never been just American…there’s always been a qualifier of some sort, good or bad. That’s because the plight and the history of Black America has had a unique trajectory. It is unlike that of any other minority population in the world. In fact, Black Americans have been so utterly effective in their struggles to be seen and afforded their God-given rights that it opened up the rest of the country to other minority populations from around the world.

We are a “melting pot” not only because of immigration, but because of how Black people made America a desirable place for all people of color.

And that’s what leads me to this op-ed. Since the “Broad Squad” came on the scene we have been incessantly barraged with rage rants about “people of color” and “women of color” and “brown people”. I myself have come to use these terms more than I care to, only because they are now a part of the vernacular.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t resent it.

Being a “woman of color” is not the same things as being a Black woman, and yet the progressive Left has decided it is. A woman of Indian or Mexican heritage may possibly find herself coming up against some kind of discrimination here and there but it is not, nor will it ever be the same thing as what Black women have faced in this nation historically and to this day.

Not even close.

I resent having to tie my heritage to that of other people who may have no history in this country prior to 40 or 50 years ago; people who don’t have communities that still deal with the fallout of slavery, Jim Crow, and the bloody civil rights struggle. Why should Ayanna Pressley be forced to share the national stage with three other women whose communities and ancestors have absolutely zero ties to the struggles of Black Americans?

It isn’t fair and when I see Pressley standing with the rest of the Broad Squad I think she knows it…and I think she resents it. She is by far the most articulate and intelligent member of that crew, and the only one with actual ties to the minority community that literally built this country on their backs. Yet she’s standing in the background, only getting the mic when AOC decides it’s time.

It is erasure of the saddest kind.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m fine if other minority groups want to lump themselves in with each other with this whole POC thing. There’s a shorthand in it all that’s valuable and I get that. I just don’t think Black Americans want or deserve to be tied to their watered-down version of “the struggle”.

Because that’s what this is – a naked attempt to hijack the unique civil rights struggles of Black America in order to hitch a ride to Victim Town. When women like Pressley are forced to lump her heritage and American experience in with those who are not “African-American/Black” she is being forced to pour water into her ancestral soup. She is forced to be brown instead of Black.

There is so much power in blackness that these women and others like them on the Left are desperate to pretend they know the struggle to siphon off even a little bit of that power.

They have no right and I won’t participate in it.

Maybe people like Rashida Tlaib experience discrimination but she doesn’t experience the legacy of discrimination. Black America is still digging out from a legacy that began in chains. Sometimes we’ve helped ourselves and sometimes we’ve hurt ourselves but the reality is that roots matter, and Black American roots are deep.

No other minority community in this country has experienced the same rates of poverty, unemployment, broken homes, under-education or incarceration as the Black community. How dare anyone try to pretend that being “brown” is the only thing you need to be able to tailgate on the Black experience? It is an offense of the highest order. That the progressive Left keeps getting away with it is infuriating.

What is worse, they’ve only made things worse for the Black community they’re using as a stepladder. They’ve been playing the POC race card so often and so easily that the term “racism” has become nearly meaningless. It is still a term that has deep meaning for the present and past of Black America, but now it’s been reduced to a hashtag, weaponized for the use of people who have neither the experience nor heritage to understand what it truly means in this country.

Keep your WOC, your POC, your whatever. I don’t care.

Leave Black folks out of it. At the end of the day, the “POC” crowd is no better than the “white supremacists” they claim to fight…they’re just erasing Black representation and calling it “help”.

They’re users.

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Planned Parenthood Shows Its True Colors and Abandons the Title X Family Planning Program

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Planned Parenthood showed its true colors yesterday. In a hastily arranged meeting, the Planned Parenthood board of directors fired pro-abort absolutist Leana Wen for being too moderate. She’d tried to rebrand Planned Parenthood from abortion mill into provider of health care services to women and she vocalized the radical position that only women could have babies which really torqued the anti-science left. (See Kira Davis’s Breaking: Planned Parenthood Terminates Director Leana Wen.)

The second thing that happened was that Planned Parenthood announced that it was leaving the Title X Family Planning program. Title X is a program that really shouldn’t exist and seems to have more in common with Margaret Sanger’s desire that the lower orders don’t reproduce in excess than it does with any legitimate federal interest. Regardless, Planned Parenthood had been at this trough. Even though federal regulations forbid the use of Title X funds for abortions, Planned Parenthood used the free health care as a marketing gimmick to draw in women, many of whom were pregnant, and up-sell them on getting an abortion. In short, Planned Parenthood used federal money to market its core service. The federal dollars that can’t be used for abortion helped pay the overhead expenses of dual-use facilities and the salaries of people who worked there.

Last May, Trump’s HHS reissued Reagan-era regulations (see Trump Administration Will Use A Reagan-Era Rule To Strike At Planned Parenthood’s Federal Gravy Train), which were never implemented because they were still being challenged in court when Bill Clinton won the White House which say that Title X grantees can’t share staff or facilities or corporate structure with any entity that provides abortion.

Planned Parenthood immediately toddled off to find a tame judge (Michael J. McShane, an Obama judge…and yes, Justice Roberts, there are Obama judges) in the tamest circuit (Ninth) in the nation who dutifully issued an injunction.

The only problem was that these regulations had been the subject of a Supreme Court case called Rust vs. Sullivan. That decision held:

Section 1008 of the Public Health Service Act specifies that none of the federal funds appropriated under the Act’s Title X for family-planning services “shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” In 1988, respondent Secretary of Health and Human Services issued new regulations that, inter alia, prohibit Title X projects from engaging in counseling concerning, referrals for, and activities advocating abortion as a method of family planning, and require such projects to maintain an objective integrity and independence from the prohibited abortion activities by the use of separate facilities, personnel, and accounting records. Before the regulations could be applied, petitioners — Title X grantees and doctors who supervise Title X funds — filed suits, which were consolidated, challenging the regulations’ facial validity and seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent their implementation. In affirming the District Court’s grant of summary judgment to the Secretary, the Court of Appeals held that the regulations were a permissible construction of the statute and consistent with the First and Fifth Amendments.

Held:

1. The regulations are a permissible construction of Title X. Pp. 500 U. S. 183-191.

2. The regulations do not violate the First Amendment free speech rights of private Title X fund recipients, their staffs, or their patients by impermissibly imposing viewpoint-discriminatory conditions on Government subsidies. There is no question but that § 1008’s prohibition is constitutional, since the Government may make a value judgment favoring childbirth over abortion, and implement that judgment by the allocation of public funds.

3. The regulations do not violate a woman’s Fifth Amendment right to choose whether to terminate her pregnancy. The Government has no constitutional duty to subsidize an activity merely because it is constitutionally protected, and may validly choose to allocate public funds for medical services relating to childbirth but not to abortion.

But liberal judge, liberal state, abortion and YOLO. Who cares about the Supreme Court? Amazingly, the three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit did and they set aside the injunction, the case was reheard en banc where the entire circuit agreed with the panel’s decision.

Now Planned Parenthood had to make a decision. Would it follow Wen’s vision of Planned Parenthood caring about women? Or would it follow the desires of its board and only care about killing babies? It has made its decision.

Planned Parenthood on Tuesday said it will forgo federal family planning funds rather than comply with new Trump administration rules that prohibit the organization from referring women for abortions.

The group announced it will no longer participate in the only federally funded program dedicated to providing contraception and other reproductive health services to low-income women, marking a victory for Trump’s conservative base.

Planned Parenthood will continue to offer services at hundreds of its sites across the country, saying it will draw on “emergency funds.” And by eschewing the federal funds, known as Title X, the group can still refer women for abortions.

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In doing so, Planned Parenthood has deprived itself of a revenue stream worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars, it has defined itself and what it believes in. It can no longer hide behind the mammogram lie and the Pap smear lie and the contraception lie. It is standing foursquare for the ability to kill children in utero. This is going to cut into its ability to raise funds. It is going to make it less of a lobbying force. And it is going to make taking on the abortion industry much easier.

But it isn’t surprising. Because Planned Parenthood is chocked to the gills with would-be Josef Mengeles who exult in killing the defenseless under the guise of medicine.

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Union Bosses Are Going Ballistic Over Trump’s Court Victory Curbing Government Union Power

Government union bosses have been seething ever since Trump issued executive orders limiting their power in the federal workplace. Now, they’re madder than ever.

On Tuesday, more than a year after President Trump issued three executive orders to curb government union power and save taxpayer money, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling last year striking the executive orders down.

One of the main goals of the executive orders has been to curtail the use of tax dollars to conduct union business, which the Office of Personnel Management estimated, cost taxpayers $174 million in 2016.

Additionally, as the Washington Post summarized last year:

“They require agencies to negotiate union contracts in less than a year. And they direct managers to move more aggressively to fire poor performers or employees involved in misconduct, limiting to one month a last-chance grace period for improvement that now can last up to 120 days. Agencies must also disclose details about an employee’s record to other federal offices considering hiring someone who has been fired or disciplined.” [Emphasis added.]

Not surprisingly, more than a dozen unions filed a lawsuit in district court challenging the orders.

Ironically, when polled on whether they support the administration’s efforts to make it easier to fire people, a slight majority of federal civilian employees polled last year supported the executive orders,

In Tuesday’s ruling, a three-judge panel ruled unanimously that the lower court lacked jurisdiction over the matter, reported the Washington Post, as “unions must first pursue such claims through an administrative process before seeking review by the appeals court.”

Now, the issue should go before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which is, as the Post reports, “a small agency governed by a three-member board of Trump appointees charged with adjudicating federal labor disputes.”

However, the unions may appeal the Tuesday’s ruling on jurisdiction to the Supreme Court first.

Needless to say, union bosses are apoplectic.

“Today’s terrible decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is a tremendous blow to federal employees and their voice in the workplace,” stated American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr.

“The decision is mistaken about the jurisdictional question, wrong on the law, and jeopardizes the rights of federal employees across the government,” Cox continued, “We will fight this decision using every legal tool available to us.”

On Tuesday afternoon, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka joined the chorus of condemnation on social media.

Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants—who does not represent any federal workers, but is reportedly planning a run for the AFL-CIO presidency—also tweeted her support for the federal unions.

Right now, the unions are evaluating their options and could appeal the U.S. Supreme Court.

If the unions do appeal the DC Court’s ruling to the Supreme Court, though, it is highly possible they will not fare any better than going through the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

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