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AOC’s Chief of Staff Admits the Real Goal of the Green New Deal – It Wasn’t Fighting Climate Change

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You’ve heard of the Green New Deal; how about the Brown one? Because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s anti-plane, anti-20th-century, cowfart-fighting manifesto should be locatable on San Francisco’s Poop Map (here).

And what’s the point of it? Well, despite its Green nomenclature — which would suggest it’s rooted in environmentalism — the scheme is really all about socialism. There’s a reason they were called the Brown Shirts.

#Crap

In a recent Washington Post interview, AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, admitted the Nazis’ favorite economic system was the point to what Ben Shapiro called “one of the stupidest documents ever written” (here).

According to the Post, the fess-up came during a conversation between Saikat and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate director, Sam Ricketts:

Chakrabarti had an unexpected disclosure. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” he said, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.” Ricketts greeted this startling notion with an attentive poker face. “Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Chakrabarti continued. “Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

Well, retrofitting all existing buildings and taking long-distance travel back to the days of The Lone Ranger would certainly have an economic effect.

It’s not an entirely new revelation; as pointed out by The Daily Wire, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom J. Donohue wrote the following in February:

Climate change is real and deserves our attention. But not every policy to address it can be taken seriously. Take, for example, the Green New Deal – a sweeping proposal to “save our planet” that reads more like a parody of the progressive agenda. No laughing matter, however, is the proposal’s ultimate objective: to give government unprecedented power over people’s lives and our entire economy.

Other aspects of the Green New Deal seem wildly out of place for an environmental resolution. Consider the promise of massive new entitlement programs that could only be achieved through a radical redistribution of wealth. Here, the proposal shows its true colors. This is not some run-of-the-mill progressive policy – it is a Trojan Horse for socialism.

The Green New Deal aims to upend our entire economic system, wresting consumer choice from everyday Americans and putting personal decisions – from the food we eat to the cars we drive – in the hands of an unelected elite.

Right. Socialism is an economic system wherein all products and means of production are owned by the government.

In other words, in Alexandria’s ultimate paradise, all things are owned by…Alexandria.

How could anyone who understands the definition of the word, then, want her anywhere near a government building or legislation anywhere near socialism?

Is ignorance the new driving force of American democracy?

Either way, the cat’s out of the bag, and from the horse’s mouth. Or, at least, the horse’s chief of staff:

Socialism is the goal of the Green New Deal, and — in case you haven’t read it on a bathroom wall — Socialism Suxx.

-ALEX

 

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Carter Page Says He Wasn’t Even Interviewed for the Coming IG Report

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This seems odd if it can be confirmed.

Carter Page, the man at the center of the FISA warrant that spawned the current Inspector General investigation into possible misconduct at the FBI/DOJ, is saying that IG Horowitz did not even interview him.

Page was of course targeted by the FBI in 2016 and was the subject of four FISA warrants (or one warrant with three renewals depending on how you wish to describe it). Evidence has mounted over the last several years that the ridiculous and non-credible “Steele dossier” formed the vast majority of the evidence used to garner those warrants.

If it were just an honest mistake, there might be some wiggle room for the FBI. We know it wasn’t though. As I shared months ago, it was revealed that the FBI were warned weeks before seeking the warrant that Steele’s primary source was not credible and had lied previously.

Despite being warned by the State Department, the FBI chose to push forward with using the Steele dossier as the basis for not only the FISA warrant, but a significant amount of their investigative claims in the entirety of the Trump-Russia investigation. In fact, despite it clearly being unverified and largely discredited months beforehand, James Comey chose to present the dossier to Trump anyway in early 2017.

Carter Page was accused of  being a Russian agent for years, slandered constantly in the media, and generally had his life destroyed over this. Why wouldn’t Horowitz want to interview him and get his side of the story? It’d be important to know how the FBI handled him throughout the ordeal.

There is the possibility that Horowitz didn’t want any outside factors to influence what is an internal investigation, but I’m not sure I buy that. If the primary target of what you are investigating offers to talk, you’d think Horowitz would at least hear what he has to say.

We’ll see where this goes.

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Video: Lindsey Graham Explains How the Pelosi vs. AOC Feud Helps Put the House in Play for Republicans in 2020

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks on the Sean Hannity show – 7/11/19. Screen grab via Fox News.

With the post-Independence Day fireworks going on between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), her Congressional Black Caucus allies, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), some may be wondering just how much or even if the public Democratic infighting could give Republicans a better chance of winning the House back in 2020.

During a segment of Sean Hannity’s show Thursday on Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that it greatly increases the odds of a Republican takeover of the House in 2020 – and that the friendly-fire feuding was not the only reason for that increase in odds:

GRAHAM: So, what does this really mean? I think Republicans are more likely to take the House back because of this breakdown, because there are 31 Democrats that hold congressional seats where President Trump won their congressional district.

What does it mean to these 31? If you cross a AOC and the Fab 4, you’re going to get a primary, and if you vote with them you’re going to lose in the general election. So the biggest beneficiary of this will be the Republican Party and President Trump, because the policies these four people are pushing or so out of the mainstream.

But if you’re one of these 31 Democrats, Sean, you got to pick between the energy of the Fab 4 and the practicality of Nancy Pelosi, you’re in a no- win situation.

When asked by Hannity if President Trump should be a “happy guy tonight” in the midst of the Democratic squabbling and the party’s march even further leftward, Graham offered up this advice for the President:

GRAHAM: Literally. Mr. President if you’re watching tonight, just enjoy this. Be quiet. Because here’s what there saying, they’re going to decriminalize crossing the border illegally. And once you get here they’ll give you free health care.

How many people in the world, do you think, will take us up on the offer, come to America there’s no more criminal liability and when you get here we will give you free health care. This is insane. You know it’s insane.

Watch video of the segment between Hannity and Graham below:

How many of those 31 seats do Republicans need to win to take back the House? Roll Call explains:

On paper, the path back to 218 may look simple for Team GOP because it winds through favorable territory. There are 31 Democrats who currently represent districts that President Donald Trump carried in 2016, and Republicans need to gain 18 or 19 seats to regain House control (depending on the outcome in North Carolina’s 9th District).

But the initial battleground of competitive races is mixed.

The current party breakdown in the House looks like this: 197 Republicans, 235 Democrats, 1 Independent and 2 vacancies (North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th Districts, which will be decided on Sept. 10th).

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A ‘Breakdown in Communications’ May Postpone Mueller’s House Testimony Plus a Word From Rep. Collins

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Multiple sources have told Fox News that Mueller’s long awaited testimony has been pushed out to July 24th due to a ‘breakdown in communications’ between House Democrats and Team Mueller. He had been originally slated to appear on Wednesday, July 17.

However, the Democratic majority of the House Judiciary Committee maintains, “At this moment we still plan to have our hearing on the 17th and we will let you know if that changes.”

That said, every major media outlet is now reporting that a one week delay is likely.

It is unclear what format the hearings will take. At first, Mueller was said to be testifying in a public hearing, two hours before each committee. Members complained they would have insufficient time to question him. This was followed by discussions about a subsequent private session.

One source told Fox:

The Democrats plan to have Mueller testify behind closed doors–yet it remained unclear whether Mueller himself would participate in that setting, or if his deputies would answer questions instead.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has said that the closed-door session would only be with the special counsel’s staff, but House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left the door open to the possibility that Mueller could testify privately as well. It also remains unclear whether the two committees would hold a joint closed-door session or two separate ones.

According to sources, the House Judiciary Committee is “negotiating with Mueller to allow Democrats and Republicans each 30 minutes of additional questioning at the hearing.”

There are 41 members of Congress on the Judiciary Committee and 22 on the Intelligence Committee, so it’s likely that not all Judiciary Committee members will have time to question Mueller. Understandably, many members are frustrated.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller has been subpoenaed to appear before both the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. This is not something he would choose to do voluntarily. In a nine-minute public statement on May 30th, Mueller managed to muddy the waters considerably. Although his lengthy report had found insufficient evidence to recommend charges against President Trump, his message was widely interpreted as a call for House Democrats to initiate impeachment proceedings.

Mueller indicated, that as far as he was concerned, the investigation was over for him and said that the report speaks for itself. Insinuations made in the statement, which sounded as if it had been written by Andrew Weissmann, an overzealous prosecutor who is known for his aggressive tactics and who was Mueller’s appointed leader of the special counsel team, had to be walked backed later that evening in a joint statement between the DOJ and the Special Counsel.

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Growing Patriot Podcast: No Taxation Without Representation

New episode of the Growing Patriot Podcast for kids!

Britain had to pay for the French and Indian War and, through things like the Stamp Act, were raising taxes on American Colonists to do it. The colonists didn’t think it was fair that they could be taxed when their voices weren’t even being heard by the British- they weren’t being represented. The cry of “no taxation without representation” took hold in the American Colonies, and the idea that people deserved to be heard by their government was one that would change the world.

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CNN Reporter Challenges Sebastian Gorka to a Fight at the White House, Media Selectively Edits the Video

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There was a wild scene in the Rose Garden yesterday at the White House.

After Trump gave his remarks on the census backdown following his much ballyhooed social media summit, one CNN and Playboy “reporter” decided to act out in a ridiculous manner by heckling the crowd and challenging Sebastian Gorka to a fight.

That reporter is Brian Karem, who you may remember from just a few months ago after he pushed false accusations that Trump was holding a blank sheet of paper while touting his Mexico deal (which turned out to be very real). As you can tell, he’s a really credible journalist and all that. CNN only hires the best.

Yesterday’s incident was initially reported in the media and by anti-Trump figures exactly as you’d expect. Namely, they selectively edited the video and blamed the wrong side for starting the altercation. Sound familiar?

I can’t imagine why the media has almost no credibly with most Americans these days. So what really happened?

It turns out Karem, who presents himself with all the vigor of a disheveled drunk in the video, started the entire thing by heckling the crowd with the accusation that they were “eager for demonic possession.” When Gorka confronted his out of line comments, Karem then responded to Gorka by saying “we can go outside and have a long conversation,” which to anyone not being purposely obtuse is clearly a challenge to a fight.

Here’s the full, in context video.

There were some NeverTrump figures on Twitter actually trying to make the argument that a grown man in a heated exchange telling another man “we can go outside and have a long conversation” in a snarky, hostile tone was not actually asking to fight. You see, Karem just wanted to go do an interview or something.

Others also shared the deceptively edited video much in the same way they rushed to share the Covington Catholic kids video. Those were accompanied with the typical “look what Trump has turned the White House into” snark when in reality it was Karem, the supposed journalist, who started the entire thing.

I get that some conservative commentators don’t like Donald Trump and Sebastian Gorka. That’s fine, but it’s not an excuse to stick your fingers in your ears and pretend the sky isn’t blue. Karem was trying to play tough guy and it blew up in his face after someone actually called him on his nonsense.

These are the kinds of people CNN employ. They aren’t journalists. They are hacks and cowards. Karem was content to heckle the crowd from the safety of his rope line but when someone actually took him up on his challenge, he folded like the cheap suit he’s seen wearing.

I’ll note that Brian Stelter, who’s job is to critique the media, and CNN haven’t condemned Karem’s behavior. Try to imagine the outrage they’d be spewing if a Fox News reporter heckled a crowd and challenged someone to a fight during the Obama administration. But because CNN is simply a dumpster fire at this point, they’ll either say nothing or defend Karem.

Luckily, Jim Hanson (who produced the full, in context video linked above) was there to film the thing in its full context or many might still be lying right now about what really happened.

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Tucker Carlson: There’s a Greater Admissions Scandal at America’s Universities, and It Involves Prominent Democrats

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You’ve most likely heard of the bribery/university enrollment controversy involving some of Hollywood’s recognizable faces (here and here). But earlier this week, FNC’s Tucker Carlson observed that the greater admissions scandal involves prominent Democrats.

Against a backdrop of Chris Cuomo working out, Tucker asked how the CNN star — who “can barely speak English” — got into Yale.

“There are nights when Cuomo emits entire paragraphs that mean nothing at all. Just pure gibberish. Like pig latin or dogs barking.”

Who’s Chris? He’s the dude who put down prayer and the prayerful (here). Additionally, he’s the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed allowance for the murder of infants just seconds before birth (here) and claimed that America “was never great” (here).

The Fox host pondered:

“Is Chris Cuomo a secret genius? Does he have some amazing talent that’s invisible on TV? Maybe he speaks flawless Urdu? Or has a deep grounding in particle physics? Or can calculate pi to the final digit?. Actually, no — Chris Cuomo can’t do any of that. It turns out that he has an even more impressive qualification: His father was the governor of New York. If you want to get into a top American college, it’s best to have a parent who’s a well-known Democratic politician. That’s the most effective credential of all.”



Tucker’s list of the politically privileged whose offspring all got into exclusive schools included the following:

Bill and Hillary Clinton
Bill de Blasio (“the incompetent mayor of New York City”)
Sen. Michael Bennet
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen. Bob Menendez
Sen. Chuck Schumer
Barack Obama

Subsequently, Tucker fingered the “sham” of earned access among the Democratic elite:

“How does this happen? Because our meritocracy is a sham. It’s fake. They tell you that only the most accomplished students get into these schools. They’re lying. Their friends’ kids get first dibs. Fellow members of their social circle. Kids whose families can help them down the road. The children of sympathetic politicians are an obvious priority for admissions officers. These are the same politicians who funnel many billions in tax dollars to colleges and universities every year. Letting a senator’s kid into Harvard is smart business. The quid quo pro is obvious. It’s a form of unregulated lobbying.”

Interesting point. It reminds me of a response I heard when the Tinseltown admissions story first broke — “Why didn’t they just do like all the other rich and famous parents: make a donation and bribe the school that way?”

With the more conventional method, as noted by the cable king, no one ends up in the slammer:

Remember the varsity blues scandal in California, where a group of socially-anxious soccer moms tried to game college admissions? This is far more corrupt, except nobody’s going to prison for it.”

Tucker sure knows how to get across a message.

Watch him go in the video above.

-ALEX

 

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Payback Time: The Congressional Black Caucus Plays the Race Card Against … AOC and the Justice Democrats

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The Congressional Black Caucus has just seriously raised the stakes in the escalating war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY).

On Thursday, I wrote about how the freshman Congresswoman all but played the race card against Pelosi during an interview with the Washington Post on Wednesday, but then walked her comments back on the next day. Here’s a brief recap for those who missed it:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of repeatedly singling out newly elected women of color in the House, saying that the veteran congresswoman’s criticism has become “outright disrespectful.”

[…]

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Post.

“But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” she added.

Less than 12 hours later, AOC said she did not believe Pelosi had racist motivations in targeting the Freshman Four:

To add to the backstory on all of this, Bonchie wrote last night about how Congressional Black Caucus member William Lacy Clay (MO) absolutely blasted AOC over her use of the race card against Pelosi, and also took a swipe at her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti:

“What a weak argument, because you can’t get your way and because you’re getting pushback you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable to me,” Clay said. “I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the Speaker. Four people, four votes out of 240 people, who cares.”

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The Missouri Democrat also described Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and the progressive group Justice Democrats as “juvenile” and “ignorant.”

The Justice Democrats have endorsed a progressive primary challenger against Clay and other centrist Democrats. Chakrabarti last week sent out a tweet comparing centrist Democrats to “new Southern Democrats” that “certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”

“It shows you how ignorant and little history [Chakrabarti] knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he,” Clay said.

In the latest development in this dramatic saga, the Congressional Black Caucus has decided to remind AOC that when it comes to playing the race card, no one can do it better than they can:

Congressional Black Caucus members are furious at Justice Democrats, accusing the outside progressive group aligned with firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of trying to oust lawmakers of color, specifically African American lawmakers.

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“It just seems strange that the social Democrats seem to be targeting members of the Congressional Black Caucus, individuals who have stood and fought to make sure that African Americans are included and part of this process,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), a senior CBC member, told The Hill.

“I don’t know what that agenda is, but if they want to come after members of the Black Caucus, it’s two ways,” warned Meeks, the Queens Democratic Party boss who clashed with Justice Democrats in a local district attorney race last month.

Indeed, sir. Indeed.

Perhaps the best thing to come out of this outside of the utter schadenfreude many of us are experiencing over seeing Democrats hoist each other by their own petards is the fact that AOC’s Twitter feed has gone silent today. That’s not likely to last, but still – we must be thankful for even the smallest of favors these days…

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Netflix Is Already Feeling the Painful Effects of the Streaming Battle that is Being Staged

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With competition arriving and more entering the market the streaming giant is poised to lose content.

The news is not at all surprising, but the scope and numbers are enough to gain attention. Netflix has enjoyed a long run as the titan in the streaming marketplace, but numerous major media players have been releasing, or announcing, their own services. This has means Netflix is facing two primary challenges: competition for audiences, and the loss of content.

It has been expected that these impending services would be pulling movies and shows from the media giant, and some examples have been taking place for some time. For example, despite being Netflix properties, all of the original Marvel TV shows have been taken off of the library. Disney has no immediate plans to bring those over to its streaming service, which debuts this fall, but the studio has said they will become part of its content in the future. Now two very big properties for Netflix are in the balance.

The announcement was made that the television show “Friends” will end its run on Netflix at the end of 2019. This is because the new streaming service from Warners Media (now owned by AT&T) called HBO Max will be taking the rights to that show. This is a blow for Netflix, as “Friends” stands as the second-most watched program on its platform. But this is only the start of the troubles for the market leader.

Netflix recently announced that it is also losing the top-ranked show in viewership, “The Office”. The rights for that program will be going to the new NBC/Universal streaming service set to arrive soon. All of the players have been readying for such an occurrence. The corporations who are setting up their own services have only been willing to license their programming to Netflix in short term deals in recent years.

These have usually been 1-year agreements, with the expectation of taking over those rights once their services have begun. Warners, the production company behind “Friends” has been waiting for the contract expiration, knowing it will be an audience draw for its new platform. Meanwhile Netflix has paid dearly just to retain those short term deals. The “Friends” contract was estimated to have cost the provider $100 million annually. The deal for “The Office” was just as lucrative.

It was money deemed to be well spent by Netflix, as the outlet has logged viewing minutes in the tens of billions on those two programs in 2018. “The Office” alone accounted for 3% of all of Netflix viewing traffic. But it is not only the top two shows that are at risk of flight. Of the 20 most viewed programs on Netflix, the streaming provider only retains the rights to a handful of those titles. Just considering Disney, this will be a major blow to the Netflix vaults because not only will it involve the classics, Marvel, and Star Wars properties but also all of the 20th Century Fox catalog, which it recently acquired.

Once the major studios all ramp up their services the content will be cast wide in the streaming marketplace. Between the movies they own, and the TV productions as well, the competitors will be forcing Netflix to res\semble something completely different in the next few years.

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