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America Has Gravely Disappointed Ilhan Omar

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Omar’s short time on the public scene has been filled with one controversy after another. Whether it’s her consistent habit of delving into antisemitism, the evidence she committed marriage fraud, or just the general way she conducts herself as a lawmaker, Omar has managed to find herself in the news over and over and rarely for positive reasons.

Despite plenty of issues at play, because she’s a Democrat, that means she gets puff pieces in The Washington Post. This latest one caught my eye.

We’ve all disappointed her, guys.

There’s a certain arrogance to Omar’s time in the United States that tends to rub people the wrong way and that’s on full display as The Washington Post dives into one of the fluffier pieces you’ll read about a D.C. politician. Take this anecdote for example.

Five years earlier, Omar told the students, she was working for a Minneapolis city councilman who asked her to report back on problems with the courts. There, she recalled encountering a “sweet, old . . . African American lady” who had been arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her “starving 5-year-old granddaughter.”

After spending the weekend in jail, the woman was led into the courtroom and fined $80 — a penalty she couldn’t pay. “I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar continued, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”

“Bulls—!” she recalled yelling in the courtroom.

Omar, perhaps because of her lack of background with American ideals, seems to not understand that prosecution for criminal activity, even supposed “crimes of desperation,” are what help hold society together. It’s a short walk from arbitrary decriminalization to the anarchy of her home country of Somalia. There’s also the fact that the story she told, much like her entire career, is likely complete nonsense.

Omar’s story echoed the plot of “Les Miserables.” If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.

In an interview, Omar said she may have flubbed some facts. “She might have had a prior [arrest],” Omar said. “I’m not sure. . . . The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”

Much like we witnessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s slanderous claims about Border Patrol last week, this new generation of leftist politicians rely on exaggeration and falsehood to push their narratives. It doesn’t matter if what they say is actually true, only that it paints a moralistic picture they feel can advance their goals.

Omar goes on to call America a “broken promise.”

In Omar’s immigrant story, America wasn’t a “city on a hill,” a haven for grateful masses fleeing war and oppression. Rather, it was a broken promise. “I arrived at the age of 12 and learned that I was the extreme other,” she often said. “I was black. I was Muslim. I also learned I was extremely poor and that the classless America that my father talked about didn’t exist.”

While I can sympathize with the idea that her expectations may have been unrealistic, perhaps not being in a war-torn country, being offered government assistance, and being part of a society that allows a refugee to become a Congressional member should count for something. No one actually promised Omar utopia. What America has always been is a promise of opportunity and she, even though she’ll never admit it, proved the inclusiveness of that promise by attaining her current position.

One particularly jarring passage from the piece involved Omar giving this description of U.S. military combat veterans.

At times, she struggled to see the humanity in her opponents, dismissing a paralyzed Gulf War veteran’s suggestion that the presence in Congress of more combat veterans, who have experienced the costs of war, might produce a more cautious foreign policy and improve veteran care.

“I’ve been in rooms with people who have served who say the most horrendous things, who have complete disregard for life,” she said. “I would love for that statement to be true, but it isn’t in most cases.”

The article keeps going from there, but the essential point is that America has failed to live up to Omar’s demands throughout her time here.

In Omar’s version, America wasn’t the bighearted country that saved her from a brutal war and a bleak refugee camp. It wasn’t a meritocracy that helped her attend college or vaulted her into Congress. Instead, it was the country that had failed to live up to its founding ideals, a place that had disappointed her and so many immigrants, refugees and minorities like her.

I’ll give the author credit for tacitly countering some of her claims, i.e. him pointing out above that this country helped pay for her to go to college and gave her the pathway to attain almost anything, including becoming a U.S. House member. Still, if the United States has been such a grave disappointment to refugees and immigrants, there’s always the option to not come here. The truth is, the United States, while not perfect, is still the greatest country on earth. Some semblance of gratitude from Omar would go a long way, yet she chooses to show absolutely none.

Of course, the writer stops short of any real push back, instead choosing to tell “her story” mostly uncritically. Nowhere in the article is there mention of the evidence that has mounted that she committed marriage fraud. There’s no mention of the proven campaign finance violations she committed. Most egregiously, The Washington Post doesn’t bring up her bouts of antisemitism while in Congress at all. You’d think that would be relevant. Would the Post write an article about a Republican without laying bare every questionable aspect of his or her past? We all know the answer to that.

While the article mostly focuses on her past, Omar’s graceless treatment of the country that saved her continues apace. We see it in her political rantings, defending terrorist regimes like Iran and the Palestinian Authority while outright lying about the actions of Israel. The presence of Muslim fundamentalism in her worldview, even though we aren’t supposed to talk about those things, clearly influences her to defend the indefensible while attacking those who have outstretched their hand to her.

Omar manages to find time to defend ISIS terrorists and ask for radical members of the Muslim Brotherhood to be released, but she trashes American veterans of the Battle of Mogadishu as “Satan.” We’ve seen her laugh about Al Qaeda with anti-Semitic figures, defend tyrants like Nicolas Maduro, and laud literal terrorists like Angela Davis. But one thing always eludes Omar’s lips, that being any praise for the country that took her in and gave her everything.

It’s all completely bizarre and I don’t believe just how bizarre is lost on most of the American voters who are watching this from afar. The reason Omar remains relatively unscathed is simply because of the culture of that inter-sectionalism has propagated in the country. People are afraid to speak the obvious about her actions and worldview for fear of retribution.

At some point though, the truth has to outweigh fear of the mob. Omar has no business being in Congress. While the Congresswoman may constantly focus on her disappointment in America, we all have far more reason to be disappointed in her.

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Amazon Bans Books on Conversion Therapy for Homosexuals Who Want to Change Their Lives

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Amazon’s banning books!

But first, in case you missed my articles yesterday, please ’em check out:

MSNBC: With His Dictator-Style Parade, Donald Trump Turned The 4th Of July Into Something Divisive & Vile

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Now back to the ban.

If you’re wanting to shake a pesky same-sex attraction, don’t look to Amazon: They’ve decided they’re smarter than you and’ll have to look out for your best interests. Subsequently, they’ve banned several books on conversion therapy.

Why are we reverting to things we were supposed to have long learned better than? It’s also happening with race — just see here.

LifeSite News rings the bell on Amazon’s new move:

Amazon has removed the books of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the psychologist whom critics have dubbed ‘the father of conversion therapy. In other words, for claiming that change is possible for those who experience unwanted same-sex attraction, Dr. Nicolosi’s books must be banned.

Joseph — who passed away in 2017 — co-founded the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.

Reportedly, the books were banned due to the complaints of one man, Rojo Alan.

As relayed by Pink News:

Rojo Alan wrote to Amazon several times asking it to remove Nicolosi’s books. After receiving no response, Alan made a Facebook post on May 31 calling for Amazon and Wordery to take down “a number of homophobic books.” Wordery, according to Alan, responded within 24 hours and removed the books from its listings.

I miss the days when, seemingly, people were allowed to think whatever they wanted. And say whatever they thought — those times gone by when the First Amendment was looked upon with reverence and America was much more of an open forum — that was nice.

Rojo told PN:

“I contacted Amazon regularly to speak to them about the books, about how unethical they are. … Once I gathered everything, I went back to Amazon and I threw all the information I had at them in several conversations. Yet I was given the same ‘we will refer this to the relevant team.’”

As of July 2nd, Rojo’s dream had been realized:

“I’m currently in Starbucks, I’m so close to crying that all my efforts seem to have paid off.”

Why would he be elated that free expression was squashed?

It wasn’t Amazon’s first time to take a position and eradicate opposed ideas. The ubiquitous retailer recently 86’d several anti-vaccine documentaries.

That particular revamp came after Rep. Adam Schiff reached out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

His message in a letter:

“As the largest online marketplace in the world, Amazon is in a unique position to shape consumption,” Schiff wrote in the letter to Amazon. “The algorithms which power social media platforms and Amazon’s recommendations are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information and, as a result, harmful anti-vaccine messages have been able to thrive and spread. The consequences are particularly troubling for public health issues.

“I am concerned by the report that Amazon accepts paid advertising that contains deliberate misinformation about vaccines; promoting these advertisements as suggested content ahead of intended search results. Every online platform, including Amazon, must act responsibly and ensure that they do not contribute to this growing public health catastrophe.”

Of course, Amazon is a private business and — just like Christian bakers — can run its business as it sees fit. The web giant has no obligation to carry any particular products.

Still, as the world becomes more dependent upon the erstwhile internet bookseller and the planetary community as shared via social media platforms, those decisions which narrow the universe are, in my view, a great way to make things less interesting. And a slippery slope toward more — and worse — of the same.

As LifeSite pointed out, the Bible speaks against homosexuality; is it next?

-ALEX

 

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Trump Compares AOC to a Famous Nazi Sympathizer. She Ignorantly Takes It as a Compliment

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In a book set for mid-July release, President Trump refers to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as Evita — Eva Perón.

According to HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali, American Carnage asserts the labeling was Trump’s response to seeing AOC on a cable news show:

“I called her Eva Perón. I said, ‘That’s Eva Perón. That’s Evita.’”

Purportedly, The Donald told his crew to contact Alexandria’s opponent in the primary at the time — Rep. Joe Crowley — and tell him to “get off his fat a** and start campaigning.”

The 29-year-old congressional freshman’s evidently taken the comparison as a compliment:

Subsumed by the brand Alexandria has built over the last year or so is a penchant for having no idea about the subjects upon which she authoritatively waxes philosophic. She appears to treat knowledge as an improv comedy troupe treats a script — she ain’t into it. Just wing it — the first rule of improv is to commit.

But she may have wanted to find out who Evita was before she started soaking in the Perón sun.

From The Telegraph:

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Latin America’ aims to highlight a series of little known controversies about leading leftist figures in the history of the continent.

Eva Peron, known as Evita, was the second wife of President Juan Peron, and remains a national heroine almost 60 years after she died from cancer.

However, Mr Peron helped many Nazis fleeing Europe after the Second World War to find a safe haven in Argentina, including Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele.

According to the new book: “It is still suspected that among her [Eva Peron’s] possessions, there were pieces of Nazi treasure, that came from rich Jewish families killed in concentration camps.”

Not a good look for the former bartender, particularly considering her recent “concentration camp” blowup (here, here, and here).

Twitter noted such.

The Nazis were, of course, socialists.

It seems to me that it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Alexandria to take a new approach: Know stuff. Then talk.

But that’s only how it seems to me, and it clearly isn’t how it seems to her.

Still, don’t cry for her, Argentina.

-ALEX

 

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British Ambassador Who Called White House ‘Uniquely Dysfunctional’ Will Keep Job Amid Leaks Probe

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The British Ambassador to the U.S. — whose leaked cables back to London called the Trump White House “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided” while characterizing President Trump as “radiat[ing] insecurity” — will keep his position as ambassador while an investigation is conducted to determine how his communiques were leaked.

There were calls last night for Sir Kim [Darroche] to be recalled to London, as the Foreign Office called in senior civil servants to carry out a leak inquiry.

Police will be called in if any evidence of criminality emerges.

But Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stood by popular Sir Kim, 65, who previously worked as the PM’s National Security Adviser.

Mr Hunt said he was “doing his job” as “frank opinions” from ambassadors are vital.

But in a bid to smooth over the Transatlantic rift, Mr Hunt added: “It’s also important to say this was a personal view. It’s not the view of the British government. It’s not my view.

“We continue to think that under President Trump the US administration is not just highly effective but the best possible friend of the United Kingdom on the international stage.”

There is already gossip and innuendo about who could have leaked Kim’s “diptels” with those seeking to fill his position named as likely culprits.

One senior Tory MP told The Sun: “Who would have gone to the trouble of saving up two years of diptels? I’m guessing an ambitious minister or their spad [special adviser]”.

Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill is rumoured to be lined up to succeed Sir Kim, but the embarrassing leak could jeopardise that as Mr Trump may now prefer to deal with a visibly pro-US politician.

The leaks come on the heels of Trump’s visit to the UK, which many in the American press described as a trip to reestablish a healthy relationship with the UK as it had, of late, been on “shaky ground”.

If the British Ambassador was reflective of how others in the British government viewed the Trump administration, it’s not hard to figure out why the relationship needed repairing; but it does complicate an easy assessment of who could have wanted the information leaked.

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Obama-Era Homeland Security Officials Lambast the Dems’ New Wave of Open-Border Candidates: ‘It’s Going to Hurt Them’

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Among 2020 Democratic candidates, open borders seems to be the hip new thing.

You want enforcement? Nerd!

The new class of left-wing congresspeople seem way past the old folks’ oppressive laws. And it pays to be cool.

But some veterans of the Department of Homeland Security are speaking out against the move toward a borderless world.

Speaking to The Daily Caller, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan had the following to say about left-wing Oval Office hopefuls after their first two debates:

“Everything they said about decriminalizing illegal entry, offering medical care for illegal aliens, they are talking about abolishing ICE, all of this rhetoric from the Democratic presidential candidates – it’s not going to help the crisis at the border. The last thing they should be doing is offering more incentives to come here.”

There’s a problem, and the country needs a solution:

“I didn’t hear one idea how they’re going to figure the border. I didn’t hear one idea how they’re going to fix the system. It’s all about ‘What more can we do for those here illegally. What more can we do for those who violate our laws and enter the country illegally.’ They are definitely on the wrong side of this issue and I think it’s going to hurt them.”

Some Democrats appear to believe that the problem is the suggestion that there’s a problem. Julian Castro wants to provide healthcare to illegal immigrants, decriminalize sneaking into the U.S., and end deportation. Yet, when George Stephanopoulos asked the former Obama cabinet member on ABC’s This Week whether his positions equate to open borders, he offered this:

“There’s no way that we can call that open borders.”

It should also be noted, though, that Julian recently claimed men have a right to federally-funded abortions (here). So he may be having some…problems.

Cory “Farticus” Booker (here) proclaimed that, as president, he’d “virtually” eliminate detention at the border and stop treating those tiptoeing across as criminals — with an executive order.

Thomas isn’t the only former DHS staffer speaking out against such positions. Jeh Johnson — the Democratic Secretary of Homeland Security under Obama — also thinks it’s hogwash.

He told The Washington Post:

“That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”

A 30+ year Customs and Border Protection veteran spoke anonymously to the Daily Caller News Foundation, also downing the Dems’ new wave:

“I believe that decriminalizing illegal entry would mean that the U.S. moves to open borders. Then what comes into play is the idea that these minor offenses are not considered as reasons for deportation.”

As reported by TDC:

The official said he once considered himself a lifelong supporter of Democrats, but has since left the party over its support of more liberal immigration policies.

There’s a revolution within the Democratic Party. The young have staked their claim. They’re here to replace the old (on late-term abortion, too — see here).

And with new blood comes new ideas.

One of those seems somewhat at odds with the idea of an America: As Donald Trump once pointed out, “If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country.”

-ALEX

 

 

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Detroit Music Festival Charges All People $10 – Except Whites, Who Owe $20 for the Sake of ‘Equity’

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A music festival in Detroit is taking a novel approach to ticket prices. And also to race.

The young folks’ AfroFuture Fest is offering tickets to “persons of color” — that would be, all human beings who aren’t white — at half the cost of tickets for pale partiers — that would be “non-persons of color.”

So the event’s decided that Martin Luther King was wrong after all — people should be judged according to the color of their skin. And segregation was right, as it turns out — everyone is either white or colored.

For early bird purchases, whites can get in if they fork over $20. Everyone else can slide with 10.

After July, white walkers will have to cough up 40 Big Ones, whereas the rest of the planet only has to pay half.

Check it out — and no, this isn’t from The Twilight Zone (which is an AMAZING show, by the way):

In response, popular ticketer Eventbrite announced that the festival will be taken off its site if the pricing policy isn’t changed:

“Our mission is to bring the world together through live experiences. We strive to provide a platform that enables people to gather for their chosen purpose, and that reflects diverse viewpoints, so long as they don’t violate our Terms.”

Eventbrite isn’t fond of race-based discrimination:

“We do not permit events that require attendees to pay different prices based on their protected characteristics such as race or ethnicity. In this case, we have notified the creator of the event about this violation and requested that they alter their event accordingly. We have offered them the opportunity to do this on their own accord; should they not wish to comply we will unpublish the event completely from our site.”

As told to the Daily Caller News Founder by a spokeswoman for Detroit’s own Jillian Graham, the rapper — known as Tiny Jag — pulled out due to the pay gap:

“Tiny Jag wants everyone to understand the effort to black empowerment is a mutual goal but not at the expense of morale.”

Jillian explained to the Detroit Metro Times that there’s whiteness in her own family:

“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial. I have family members that would have, under those circumstances, been subjected to something that I would not ever want them to be in … especially not because of anything that I have going on.”

Here’s AfroFuture’s explanation for its pay plan from the official Eventbrite page:

Why do we have POC(people of color) and NONPOC(white people) tickets? I’m glad you asked!

Equality means treating everyone the same.

Equity is insuring everyone has what they need to be successful.

Our ticket structure was built to insure that the most marginalized communities (people of color) are provided with an equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community (black Detroit).

Affording joy and pleasure is unfortunately still a privilege in our society for people of color and we believe everyone should have access to receiving such.

Guess they haven’t known poor white people or seen statistics on Asian Americans.

We’ve seen too many times orgasmic events happening in Detroit and other POC populated cities and what consistently happens is people outside of the community benefiting most from affordable ticket prices because of their proximity to wealth.

This cycle disproportionately displaces black and brown people from enjoying entertainment in their own communities.

As an AfroFuturist youth lead initiative the voices of our youth inform our resistance. Here’s what they have to say:

“If you don’t see my blackness, you don’t see me. Periodt!”

As I said, they’ve decided MLK was wrong.

So cough it up, you CrazyRich crackers.

-ALEX

 

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After Epstein Arrest, Which Powerful People – and Foundations – Could be Implicated?

Billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday night at his Manhattan mansion by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force shortly after returning from a month in France. Since Epstein has been linked to leading politicians from many countries, celebrities, business executives, and royals either publicly or by rumor, there’s currently intense speculation about who else might be implicated when Epstein’s indictment is unsealed in New York on Monday.

Julie Brown, a reporter with the Miami Herald who has covered Epstein and the alleged sex trafficking crimes for years, appeared on MSNBC Sunday morning, saying:

“Needless to say, these are very powerful people and I think that they’re sweating a little bit, especially today. We don’t know how much, how deep this went, how far-reaching it went in government, but there have been a lot of names that I could see on these message pads [listing clients] on a regular basis as part of the evidence.”

After reaching a sweetheart plea deal more than a decade ago in Florida, Epstein likely thought his days at risk were behind him. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to just one state charge of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution even though an FBI investigation had “identified nearly three dozen underage victims,” ages 13 to 16, who had been lured to his Palm Beach mansion then groomed to “perform sex acts on Epstein and others.” In exchange for that plea, all federal charges against Epstein (and unnamed potential co-defendants) were dropped.

Ironically, that sweetheart plea deal could be very thing that causes his eventual complete downfall. It’s a slightly convoluted process, but here’s the overview.

Two of Epstein’s victims in the 2008 case sued the US government seeking to nullify the plea deal shortly after it was entered, claiming that the U.S. Attorney’s office “failed to fulfill its legal obligations under the Crime Victims Rights Act to inform and consult with them in the process leading up to Epstein’s plea deal.” In 2014 two more victims joined the suit, and their pleadings contained allegations of sexual abuse not only by Epstein but by “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister and other world leaders,” and by Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged madame.

The allegations against all other parties were stricken from the CVRA lawsuit but were eventually reported in the press. After they were reported, Maxwell’s publicist “issued a press statement declaring that [Virginia] Giuffre’s allegations ‘against Ghislaine Maxwell are untrue’ and that her ‘claims are obvious lies.’” In response, Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation. During the course of that lawsuit, which was eventually settled, the allegations Giuffre made in the CVRA case were resurrected, but those records were placed under seal.

During 2017 and 2018, three parties – the Miami Herald, blogger Mike Cernovich, and famed attorney Alan Dershowitz – filed motions to unseal portions of the record in the case. On July 3, 2019, just three days before Epstein’s request, a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, ordered that the Summary Judgment record in the defamation case (approximately 2,000 pages) be unsealed and that the U.S. District Court review the remaining materials at issue to determine whether those will be unsealed.

So, what might come out in the course of Epstein’s newest criminal proceeding? A tweet from “Ent Lawyer,” an anonymous Hollywood insider who runs the blog “Crazy Days and Nights,” listed a number of “old Jeffrey Epstein blinds…that have been revealed, incl search warrant from 8/18.” Though the blog is run anonymously, a number of its former blind items have eventually been verified, including claims about pedophilia in Hollywood.

Enty names names when revealing these blind items. It should be noted that these stories have not been proven. Epstein is referred to as “billionaire molester,” and “billionaire pedophile.”

About Prince Charles, Michael Jackson, and Prince Andrew:

“Kind of hypocritical of this older foreign born A list royal to make a decision on the music of this A++ list celebrity when he himself was best buddies with a notorious child molester and his brother is still best friends with the billionaire molester.”

Regarding Epstein, Cyrus Vance and Harvey Weinstein:

“The same DA that gave the disgraced producer leniency and ignored lots of charges against him was even more blatant in his money for looking the other way justice for the billionaire pedophile.”

Regarding Epstein, Jimmy Savile, Pete Townshend, and Prince Andrew:

“I know they thought they got away with it. When they threw that long time A list celebrity in his country under the bus after his death with planned leaks and a parade of victims, they raised a toast with a bottle of wine that cost $25K while they watched child porn they had filmed and collected. Most of it they had filmed. One is a foreign born permanent A list musician who has briefly touched the third rail of child porn but got away with his lame excuse because of his fame.

The other, a foreign born permanent A list socialite type who has been in this space before because of his banishment from multiple countries for similar offenses. Not so much child porn. Authorities and law enforcement wouldn’t cal it that because of the international incident it would create. It is what it is of course. Tweens and teens being forced into sex acts with the men while they were filmed. The men obscured either with mask or not shown at all. Their voices altered. Our socialite type would buy the tweens and teens while the dead celebrity and the musician used their fame to attract underage groupies who then would be put through ten minutes to ten hours of sex and filming in as many situations as possible, all the while being filmed. Usually with the celebrities, it was unknown filming. With our socialite type, the victims all knew they were being filmed and what would happen if they protested.

Now, with some recent court filings, some of the socialite type’s actions are coming to light and he will make sure to take down as many as possible if needed. He knows because of his stature he is safe. This would not be true for any of the others.

This one only named Epstein, saying he provided underage girls for an “orgy” in the United States (as opposed to Epstein Island):

I seriously want to know why this guy is not in jail. This weekend the guy who owns The Island transported a bunch of porn stars across the country that he passed around like favors at two big parties. Included in that group of porn stars were some from the local area down there. The local ones were legal but they brought friends who were not. This was one big orgy and the owner was laughing it up with guys from countries all over the world and making deals. Earlier today, those young ones and a couple of the very young looking porn stars ended up taking a flight to his island with three big arms dealers and the owner.

Apparently Epstein was served with a search warrant in April, 2018:

“Apparently that really rich/knows everyone/has recordings which is how he got away with the stuff that he did teen trafficker/pimp/island owner recently got served with a search warrant.”

We know there are all sorts of allegations of shady dealings at the Clinton Foundation, but could they include the foundation secretly auctioning a trip to Epstein Sex Island with Bill Clinton and “female extras”? This June 2018 blind item reveal makes that allegation.

“The biggest money maker of the night was two fold. There was the auctioning off of the trip that everyone saw, although, the winner was kept anonymous. Then, there was the behind the scenes, auction. The way it worked was there were maybe a dozen couples or so that were invited to a pre-auction auction before the regular millionaires showed up. Kind of like pregaming a cocktail party. Yes, I know that isn’t a real word. Anyway, a trip to the same place was auctioned but this trip came with female extras all provided by the owner of the island. There is some buzz that the ultimate destination of the trip is the island, but I don’t know that for sure for now. The winning bid on the trip with extras was close to $1M.”

A May 25, 2018 story in Daily Mail covering the May 24 “$100,000 a table” gala “designed to relaunch their troubled family charity” referenced the trip:

Attendees could bid to join Bill on a Clinton Foundation trip to the Carribean, touring what it said were ‘sustainable energy’ projects in the islands, and visit Puerto Rico to see reconstruction efforts after last year’s devastating hurricane.

The trip included the chance to see Lin-Manuel Miranda perform the title role in his hit Hamilton in Puerto Rico, which is scheduled to be next January.

If the blind item is indeed true, it’s pretty ballsy for the Clintons to raise money in such a fashion while already under FBI investigation.

Speaking of Bill Clinton, it was learned in 2016 that the number of times he traveled with Epstein was more than double what had been previously reported (26 instead of 11) and that he’d ditched his Secret Service protection on at least five flights. These flights all took place in the same time frame allegedly covered in the soon-to-be-unsealed indictment (2002-2005).

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Not Adding Up: Rashida Tlaib Tries, Fails Miserably to Defend Her Vote Against Border Humanitarian Aid

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) voted against the border humanitarian aid funding bill late last month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reversed course and pushed for approval of the Senate version of the bill.

Tlaib, like her pals Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Ayanna Presley (D-MA) were just four of many Democrats in the House to suggest earlier this year that there wasn’t a humanitarian crisis, that it was manufactured.

But once they decided it was a crisis, they quickly blamed President Trump – and then repeatedly refused to consider the administration’s request for $4.6 billion in funding to help alleviate the humanitarian issues.

Congresswoman Tlaib appeard on ABC News‘s “This Week” program on Sunday morning to defend her vote against the funding. Here’s what she said:

She said on Sunday that rather than listen to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, who appeared on the program before her and denied the accusations, she would listen to the Customs and Border Protection agents she met while touring the detention center.

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“Three agents took me aside, away from my colleagues and said more money is not going to fix this, that they were not trained to separate children,” she said. “That they don’t want to separate two year olds away from their mothers. That’s not what they were trained for, that’s not what they signed up for in their service to our country. They signed up to protect the border, not to separate children, not to put people in cages.”

Watch video of Tlaib’s remarks below:

She later tweeted out a defense of her vote against funding:

There are a number of problems with Tlaib’s explanations.

First: Can you imagine anyone from the CBP telling a member of Congress to NOT approve funding to help them do their jobs? I find this hard – almost impossible – to believe. If conditions are as bad as Tlaib, AOC, and others suggest, they are not going to turn down money that would have the potential to at the very least temporarily resolve some of the issues at the border.

Second: Why would Tlaib be “taken aside”? The trip was organized by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and was comprised entirely of Democratic members of Congress who have taken issue with Trump’s immigration policies. Why would any member of the CBP take Tlaib alone off to the side rather than explain their position to an entire delegation of sympathetic Democratic Congressional representatives?

This story does not add up.

Finally, here’s the biggest problem with Tlaib’s explanation: The Democratic Congressional delegation’s trip to the border was made on Monday July 1st. The vote on the border crisis funding bill was Thursday June 27th. So she had not yet visited the facility in question, had not yet allegedly been pulled “aside” and supposedly been told that more funding wasn’t the answer.

In short, Tlaib is very likely being dishonest about why she voted “no” on border crisis funding. Her real reasons are more political in nature than anything else.

As Rep. Dan Crenshaw made clear last week in comments regarding the Democratic position on illegal immigration, it’s ultimately about open borders:

“What they really want is no enforcement, this is the crux of it. They don’t talk about what the actual problem is which is tens of thousands of people coming across and overwhelming our system,” Crenshaw added. “And then they have to answer the question, should we have a system at all? And they say no. Well what is the point of even having a border? Why even have custom agents at airports if we are not going to enforce any kind of management over who comes in and out of our country? They don’t want to answer these tough questions because in the end they want open borders.”

Bingo.

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The RedState Box Office Report – Independence Fireworks in Theaters

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The July 4th holiday is always the time studios can count on explosive box office figures, and this weekend was no different. While the day itself sees a slight drop the surrounding days off are usually the time things ignite around the holiday. Not only were the debuts strong but most holdover titles had less than a -50% drop, a sign the turnstiles were spinning.

Families tend to find time to get a theater viewing in amidst the cookouts and fireworks, and a slew of family fare, and a new superhero, are just the kinds of things to draw a crowd. As dismal as the premieres have been the past few weeks this summer has managed to right itself. If you count the debut of “Avengers: Endgame” the total of the summer haul is just about on pace with the same period last year, and the fuse has only been lit. Another Disney arrival is due in two weeks.

1. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – $91.0 Million
The figures are imperfect by a few million, but this has been a remarkable debut, helped by being the second-largest release in history at 4,634 screens. A sub-$100 million weekend is only due to the title being released on Tuesday, where it set the record for best Tuesday debut, and also made for the second biggest Wednesday ever (“Spider-Man 2” opened on the day in 2004.), and the second best July 4 haul as well. The 6-day estimate comes in around $180 million by this point, so everyone from Sony to the other studios are seeing their boats get floated this weekend.

2. TOY STORY 4 – $34.0m
Only taking a -43% dip in its third week the toys have now crossed over $300 million, and has drawn over $550 million worldwide. All of the hand-wringing that had taken place over this one missing some of the loftiest projections can be put aside; this is a solid smash hit. At the same point in its release Part 4 is actually outpacing Part 3 by around $15 million. Any talk of misfit toys can now be put aside.

3. YESTERDAY – $10.5m
After enjoying a decent opening the adult romance/fantasy is showing staying power. Looking at $30 million earned already it means it has made back its budget and will surely earn profits for Universal.

4. ANNABELLE COMES HOME – $9.4m
Sports the biggest percentage drop on the list, at -50% in week-2, that is of little surprise for a horror title. As such it sits at $50 million, and while lagging in terms of the previous two titles in its series it will not be seen as a failure either.

5. ALADDIN – $7.5M
Seven weeks in release and still a top-5 performer tells the story. $300 million domestic and $900 million globally to this point has Disney singing plenty.

6. MIDSOMMAR – $6.1m
Earning $10 million since wednesday this is considered a bit of an art house horror film from the director of “Hereditary”,, and therefore it is tougher finding an audience. Critics basically loved it (82% on RottenTomatoes) but audiences were not flocking to this effort, partially due to a run time of nearly 2.5 hours. The studio A24 tried keeping costs to a minimum so in the long run it may benefit, if the right audience is found.

7. SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – $4.5m
With competition weakened this is managing to remain active in theaters. It is not tearing up tickets, but after five weeks it still plays on 2,800+ screens.

8. MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL – $3.7m
Not tracking down the target numbers Sony was hoping for, and audiences have acted like they were flashed with a neuralizer regarding this title.

9. AVENGERS: ENDGAME – $3.1m
The re-release still has this playing on about 2,000 screens. It is now well within striking distance of the all time worldwide record of “Avatar”. It stands less than $20 million away from that $2.778 billion mark.

10. ROCKETMAN – $2.6M
As the Elton John bio-pic fades out it has been a decent run, but looks like it will not reach the $100 million plateau. It earned a gold record, but did not go platinum.

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Justin Amash; In The Name Of God—GO!

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In the Name of God…Go!

During a House of Commons debate on the debacle of the French-British expedition to liberate Norway from the Nazis, a member of Parliament hurled the following at then Prime Minister Chamberlain,

“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

—Leo Avery, MP
May 7, 1940

As history recalls, 3 days afterwards, Germany thrust its armored dagger into the heart of France and the Low Countries. Shortly after that Winston Churchill became Prime Minister and led Great Britain through the rest of World War II.

Congressman (newly Independent) Justin Amash deserves much the same invective. Not satisfied with the pusillanimous act of deserting his party, he just had to show it was all about him by publishing a self righteous OpEd and of course the de rigeuer appearances on the Sunday shows.

On CNN’s State of the Union Show, Amash alleged that he had been contacted by other Republicans, some who were senior officials. These folks supposedly thanked Amash for what he was doing, claiming they supported his impeachment comments regarding the President.

At first blush, this would appear to be bad news for President Trump and the Republicans as a whole. Not so fast. In a recent poll, it would appear that the voters recognize a self aggrandizing turncoat when they see one. Amash has a primary opponent, State Rep Jim Lower, who appears to be giving him a run for his money.

In a June 5-9 Practical Political Consulting (PPC) and MIRS survey of just 360 likely GOP voters announced Tuesday (though not yet available online), Lower thumped Amash in a head-to-head matchup, 49 percent to 33 percent.

One poll, such a small one at that, means little or nothing in the long run. This poll also did not take into account the late entry into the primary, Alabama National Guardsman, Tom Norton. Amash is toast. He thinks he is going to be able to leave Congress and become a “tame Republican,” on the liberal talk show circuit. He likely believes the current flattery from the left over his decision to leave the Republican Party. He’s also floated the idea of running for President. Good Luck with that.

Justin Amash is about to learn the hard way that disloyalty doesn’t pay. He just might continue receiving flattery and a few lucrative speaking gigs. Like Benedict Arnold however,he will soon find out that no one trusts a turncoat—even the beneficiaries of his pusillanimity. His constituents should use the upcoming primary to forcefully tell him, “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

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