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The Washington Post Goes with “Republicans Seize” After Tlaib Makes Yet More Anti-Semitic Remarks

Last night, I wrote on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s latest dive into antisemitism, which involved historically ignorant comments about Palestinians providing a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust.

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said just after the 28 minute mark. “And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

This was extremely problematic for two reasons.

One, it’s completely false. The Palestinians were massacring Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust. Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian leader at the time, allied with Hitler and tried to carry out his own genocide, which includes numerous mass killings. There’s also the fact that Palestinians and their Arab allies tried to, you know, destroy Israel the same year it gained statehood in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The idea that there was ever an effort, voluntarily or even involuntarily, by Palestinians to provide a safe haven for Jews is objectively nonsense.

To assert such is like saying a German saying they are extremely proud their ancestors provided free housing for Jews during the Holocaust. It’s not only an extreme, out of context misreading of history, it’s morally gross to claim.

Second, Tlaib’s comments are not a new creation. What she said is typical anti-Semitic propaganda which seeks to paint the Jews as new arrivals after the Holocaust. In reality, Jews far predated Arabs in the region, were there long before the Holocaust, had legally begun buying land to resettle in Israel before World War 2, and the agreed plan for a Jewish state predated the conflict by decades. And that’s just me glossing over the matter. The complete history of Jews in Israel is vast and would take hours to recount here.

What is being done by Tlaib is an attempt to paint Israel as some random entity that popped up to facilitate European Jews after the Holocaust, which frames them as foreigners with no right to be there.

Now, we are starting to get reaction from non-right leaning sources on the matter and it’s exactly what you’d expect.

The Washington Post is claiming that Tlaib’s comments are being “seized” on by Republicans.

Yes, that’s the story here.

It’s objectively false to say Tlaib is being taken out context. What the WaPo is trying to do is center the conversation on her “calming feeling” comment, which could actually be taken out of context (no, she wasn’t saying the Holocaust itself gave her that). But that’s not what any conservative reacting is talking about. We are all commenting on her historical ignorance and the gross nature in which she painted genocidal Palestinians submissive protectors of Jews.

If you read the WaPo article, not once does the writer address the falsities in Tlaib’s comments, instead choosing to defend her and Ilhan Omar, who wasn’t even a part of this issue.

For her part, Rashida Tlaib commented late last night via her official Twitter account.

Notice the re-direct by Tlaib to her “calming feeling” statement, even though that’s not the issue anyone was discussing about her comments. She does that knowing the media will now spend all day claiming Republicans were accusing her of supporting the Holocaust. I haven’t seen a single legitimate conservative voice do that. Instead, the focus has been completely on what I described at the beginning of this article.

Tlaib lies and doubles down about the criticism against her knowing that not a single mainstream media outlet will call her on it. Instead, she can sit back and count on being defended at all costs. It’s insanity on a grand level.

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Trump Derangement Syndrome Went MAD This Weekend

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump called Mayor Pete Buttigieg – a Democrat who is running for the Democratic nomination in 2020 – “Alfred E. Neuman.” The Democratic candidate’s response was that he had to search Google to understand the reference.

That set off what had to be the dumbest outrage I have ever seen on social media since… I dunno, something last week? Anyway, you had a bunch of people who decided to take the opportunity to bash Trump for making an “out of date” reference. Apparently, pop culture references have an expiration date, which is unfortunate because I have a whole set list of 80s love ballad jokes for a rainy day.

These trash takes on Trump being out of touch were not just found on the progressive left, but also among those who consider themselves of the right.

A news flash for Tim Miller and the others who believe this: Alfred E. Neuman still appears in MAD Magazine, which you can still subscribe to in 2019. When Pete is positive 37 years old.

Look, I get it. Y’all don’t like Trump. I don’t much care for the guy either, but there are two issues with this particular outrage. The first issue is that it’s a stupid outrage. You don’t look good by being pissed about a harmless reference like MAD Magazine. What on earth kind of political victory do you think you’re getting if you are trying to dunk on someone making this reference?

Trump made a joke. It’s not a bad joke, either. It’s not offensive, and it’s certainly not going to move the needle one way or another in the polling. You know what might, though? Losing your mind over this reference. Making this some sort of controversy. At a time when everything is supposed to outrage us, crap like this will make sure nothing outrages us. It’s the dumbest version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in existence.

The other issue I have with this outrage is that Trump wasn’t wrong. Hell, even MAD Magazine acknowledged that Trump was right. Look at their new Twitter bio.

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It’s funny and it’s true. Look at the image at the top of the page and tell me you don’t see the resemblance.

I don’t understand how we got to the point where we have to parse every single word out of a politician’s mouth for a political point to make on it. There isn’t anything to dunk on here.

This is why the phrase “Trump Derangement Syndrome” exists, folks. Trump calls Buttigieg “Alfred E. Neuman,” and instead of moving on, the political world stopped for much longer than it actually needed to and had a discussion on it. And the people who don’t like Trump and always look for a reason to point out when he’s wrong jumped at the chance to make a point here, in a statement where there is no point to be made.

I’ve criticized the President frequently (and a large portion of the active comments section here, if you ask them, will both verify that and immediately question why the hell I’m still even here), but even I stop when I see this particular outrage and wonder why we’re having this discussion. But, that’s what Trump Derangement is. It is a compulsion to find something about Trump to complain about. There is no valid policy to debate here, and there’s certainly nothing offensive about the comment. The mere fact that he said anything at all, however, is enough to make these kinds of people lose their minds.

If you honestly think you’re helping your cause out, I’d suggest logging off for a few days and try yoga or something. It’s way healthier than obsessing over this type of thing.

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#FAIL: AOC Gets Skewered for Her 12-Years-‘Til-Doomsday Sermon, Condemns Fact-Checkers & Tries to Act Like She Was Just Joshin’

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Okay. And off we go:

On April 17th, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez gave us the following:

If not for the fact that she’s someone whose ignorance could affect federal law, I’d tend to forgive the naiveté, like granting a pass to a 15-year-old for getting experimentally drunk and tossin’ their cookies in a ferocious 4 a.m.purge.

Limited experience = limited judgement.

Also, in the interest of full disclosure, there was a time when I was certain “rock and roll” would always mean long hair, earrings, and spandex.

If a teenager (not unlike AOC) believes civilization has only 12 years to go, then fine. They have no idea that these sort of silly predictions arise periodically and are never accurate. If the doomsday prophets knew what they were talkin’ ’bout, we’d still be facing an impending ice age. In fact, according to goofy Al Gore — who called for people to cut their electricity while running up monthly Nashville Electric Service bills to the tune of over $2400 per month — the world ended three years ago (here).

But if Alexandria can’t be expected to know things, could she just go back home, pop bubbles and read Marie Claire, instead of voting on legislation?

She won’t; therefore, a tweeter highlighted some of the dumbest words ever spoken:

“We’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change. And your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it? And, like, this is the war — this is our World War II.”

Am I in a dream, or did those words really come from the mouth of someone in Congress?

Alexandria further hammered home the notion in a live April Instagram video:

“We have 12 years left to cut emissions by at least 50%, if not more. And for everyone who wants to make a joke about that, you may laugh, but your grandkids will not.”

I don’t want this to be the case, but I feel like AOC is turning “moron” into a verb.

She also tossed this:

“People who are trying to mock and delay this moment, I mean, I just feel bad for you. I just pity you for your role in history right now.”

Before she references history, she might wanna study it. Maybe go back to school for a year or nine.

As for her absurd 12-years-’til-Armageddon stance, in response to people skewering her, on Sunday, she attempted a victory à la Dumb:

When you tell people you’re very serious, it’s really not possible to flip a TADA! and say you were just jokin’. And if the GOP is Dwight from The Office, who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? I look forward to finding out — from you, in the Comments section below.

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Chips Ahoy Wishes Drag Queens a Happy Mother’s Day and People Have Questions

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All they had to do was make average tasting cookies at competitive prices.

Instead, Chips Ahoy decided it’d be a good idea to do this.

What in the…

I’m not even sure what this is supposed to mean. Even if someone believes being a drag queen makes a man suddenly become a woman, they don’t become suddenly become a mother in the process. That’s kind of separate aspect of feminism that you can’t just appropriate. Also, aren’t drag queens a different thing than transgenders, i.e. they don’t claim to be the opposite sex? None of this makes any sense.

There’s also the fact that “Vanessa Vangie” is a pretty vile human being and I’m not talking about his penchant for dressing in drag. A quick search of his Twitter account will show he’s probably not the kind of person you want promoting your cookie company.

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why corporations do this. It’s just stupid from a business perspective.

Trump is going to be President forever isn’t he?

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VIDEO. Mike Pence Speaks Truth to the Secular State and the Left Throws a Tantrum

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On Saturday, Mike Pence was at Liberty University to give the commencement address.

At the end of his speech, a transcript is included at the bottom of this post, he turned to the subject of the difficulties professing Christians face when living in a secular world that is objectively hostile to faith.

This is the video, don’t be intimidated by the runtime, it is cued up to start at the quote.

Because we live in a time when it’s become acceptable and even fashionable to ridicule and even discriminate against people of faith. Dr. Carson just talked about it a few moments ago.

You know, it wasn’t all that long ago that the last administration brought the full weight of the federal government against the Little Sisters of the Poor merely because that group of nuns refused to provide a health plan that violated their deeply held religious beliefs. And when the state of Georgia recently was debating legal protections for the unborn, a bevy of Hollywood liberals said they would boycott the entire state.

And when my wife Karen returned to teach art at an elementary Christian school earlier this year, we faced harsh attacks by the media and the secular Left. And a major newspaper reporter actually started a new hashtag, called “Expose Christian Schools,” inviting students to share their “horror stories” of Christian education.

The freedom of religion is enshrined in our First Amendment and in the hearts of every American. And these attacks on Christian education are un-American. (Applause.) I’m proud to report our administration has already taken decisive action to protect religious liberty, and we’ll continue to do just that. And I promise you: We will always stand up for the right of Americans to live, to learn, and to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience. (Applause.)

The American people cherish our tradition of religious education, and as President Trump said at this very podium two years ago, on our watch, “No one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what is in your heart.” That’s a promise. (Applause.)

But my message to all of you in the Class of 2019 is — derives of the moment that we’re living in today. You know, throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian. It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.

But things are different now. Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs. So as you go about your daily life, just be ready. Because you’re going to be asked not just to tolerate things that violate your faith; you’re going to be asked to endorse them. You’re going to be asked to bow down to the idols of the popular culture.

So you need to prepare your minds for action, men and women. You need to show that we can love God and love our neighbor at the same time through words and deeds. (Applause.) And you need to be prepared to meet opposition.

As the founder of this university often said, quote, “No one ever achieved greatness without experiencing opposition.”

So, men and women of Liberty University, Class of 2019, as you strive for greatness, know that you’ll face challenges, you’ll face opposition. But just know this: If, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you end up in the fire, there’ll be another in the fire. (Applause.)

There is noting there that is surprising. Tolerance is used as a blunt instrument to shutdown anyone who does not go along with with the secular religion demands. If you point out the obvious, that, for instance, two men or two women can never be married in a Biblical sense or even in observance of Natural Law, you are homophobe. You can’t make the observation that there are two sexes and everything else is literally a social construct–I use the word social loosely here–without being transphobic. And this is not merely harsh words, these accusations bear with them professional costs and, if you are unlucky enough as Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop to run into a couple of virulently anti-Christian homosexual bigots, you could very well be bankrupted.

Personally, I think the Vice President is a little late to the party. Seven years ago, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput had this to say on the subject:

Catholics need to wake up from the illusion that the America we now live in—not the America of our nostalgia or imagination or best ideals, but the real America we live in here and now—is somehow friendly to our faith. What we’re watching emerge in this country is a new kind of paganism, an atheism with air-conditioning and digital TV. And it is neither tolerant nor morally neutral.

As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb observed more than a decade ago, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized.” But even more importantly, she added, “As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes deviant. The kind of family that has been regarded for centuries as natural and moral—the ‘bourgeois’ family as it is invidiously called—is now seen as pathological” and exclusionary, concealing the worst forms of psychic and physical oppression.

My point is this: Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God.

And he has also observed:

We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty — these are Christian virtues. And obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil. Likewise, democratic pluralism does not mean that Catholics should be quiet in public about serious moral issues because of some misguided sense of good manners. A healthy democracy requires vigorous moral debate to survive. Real pluralism demands that people of strong beliefs will advance their convictions in the public square — peacefully, legally and respectfully, but energetically and without embarrassment. Anything less is bad citizenship and a form of theft from the public conversation.

Another Catholic lecturer, Dr. Tim Gray, in an aside in a speech called The Roots of the Crisis, traces how tolerance has been raised to the level of a fetish and the cost of that has been our faith in Christ because when we refuse to proclaim the Risen Christ for fear of offending we are selling our own faith out.

None of this went over well with the very people who are intent upon eradicating Christianity from the public square and doing, as Barack Obama tried to do, change the Freedom of Religion into a bowdlerize Freedom of Worship. One of those governs your entire life, the other only applies for an hour or so every week–max.

Most of the comments were obscene characterizations of Christians combined with a denial that Christians were actually persecuted or shunned. Go figure.

Vice President Pence is right and even though the Trump administration has acted to roll back the clock of a rather vicious secularism in favor of religious liberty (here is where I tell the people who said Hillary Clinton would have been a better president to just shut up and go away) this, I fear, is only temporary. Difficult days are ahead for Christians who try to live their faith and who try to catechize their children in that faith. We are about to learn that tolerance really ain’t and the same people who want to tell you to bake that cake are perfectly willing to destroy you if you won’t.

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Complete Speech

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, hello, Liberty! (Applause.) President Falwell and the board of trustees; my friend, Dr. Ben Carson; faculty, family, distinguished guests: It is an honor for us to be here in Williams Stadium with 20,000 liberty-loving “champions for Christ” for the 46th Commencement Ceremony of the Liberty University Class of 2019! (Applause.) You did it!

And I want to thank you, Jerry. Thank you for those overly generous words. I’m deeply humbled to be here with you and honored by your esteem. But with so many families here, I only wish that my parents could’ve heard that introduction. (Laughter.) My father would’ve enjoyed it, and my mother would’ve believed it. (Laughter.)

But all kidding aside, we are so grateful to you, Jerry, and Becky, and your entire family for your friendship, for your leadership, and for the honor of joining you today. It is my great honor to be here with you and the largest graduating class ever at Liberty University. Thank you for the honor. (Applause.)
And as I begin, let me bring greetings from a great friend of Liberty, who gave his first commencement address as President of the United States from this very podium just two years ago. I told him yesterday that I was going to be with you all today. So allow me to pass along the congratulations —

AUDIENCE: Ooh!

(Microphone technical difficulties.)

THE VICE PRESIDENT: — of the President of the United States of America. I bring congratulations and greetings from President Donald Trump. (Applause.)
That was fun. (Laughter.)

And let me also say it’s a real joy to be here with — really, the most special person in my life. She’s a Marine Corps mom, she’s a champion for military families, she’s an elementary school teacher. She actually taught six of today’s graduates today. Would you welcome my wife of 33 years, the Second Lady of the United States of America, Karen Pence, to Liberty University today? (Applause.)

You know, Karen and I couldn’t be happier to be back on this beautiful campus. We paid our first visit to Liberty Mountain during the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, and even though we spent only a few hours here, we could tell that there was something special about this place.

When you opened your doors in 1971, Liberty had just 154 students. And in 1985, your founder, the Reverend Jerry Falwell Sr., set what then seemed to be an impossible goal: He said that by the early 21st century, Liberty would have a student body of 50,000 men and women. But the truth is, even Jerry Falwell Sr. didn’t foresee how Liberty would grow. It is amazing to think that more than 100,000 men and women are receiving a Liberty education today. (Applause.)

As Dr. Falwell once said, it was his “conviction that whatever [was] required to make a good Christian also makes a good citizen.” And from what I’ve seen and heard of this graduating class of 2019, I know that to be true. This is a remarkable class and remarkable achievements. And you all ought to be proud.

This year’s graduating class is from 50 states and more than 80 nations around the world. The oldest graduate is 87 — (applause) — and the youngest graduate is 17. (Applause.)

Nearly 6,000 students graduated with honors. And as we already celebrated, more than 6,000 graduates are in the United States military or have military family ties. Thank you again for your service to the United States of America. (Applause.)

Also among you are scholars, musicians, artists, and, of course, athletes, who led your men’s basketball team all the way to the second round of the NCAA tournament this year. Let’s hear it for Coach Ritchie McKay, the 2019 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year. Well done, Coach! (Applause.)

But, you know, more impressive than your many achievements in the classroom and in athletics are the acts of kindness that have demonstrated the character of this class of 2019.

I learned that Liberty students have actually performed more than a half a million hours of community service. And nearly 2,000 of your faculty and students performed roughly 9,300 hours of community service in the Lynchburg community in the month of April alone. (Applause.) That’s a remarkable record of charity and support.

A few days ago, I actually received a letter from one of your graduates, who I had the pleasure of meeting during a service at the Capitol just last year. He wrote to me that he came to Liberty to study a profession that he dreamed of doing as a child. He said he’d be honored to be able to serve his community and his nation; to be able to put on a badge. You see, he’s a police officer who puts his life on the line for us each and every day.

And today, Officer James Belcher is graduating with a degree in criminal justice. Congratulations, Officer Belcher. (Applause.) Where are ya? Thank you for your service. And congratulations to all the Liberty graduating class of 2019. Let’s hear it for this extraordinary group of young men and women. (Applause.)

You know, this is a great day, but I can tell, looking out at all of you, that you know you didn’t get here on your own. You know, there’s an old saying back in the state of Indiana that when you see a box turtle on a fence post, one thing you know for sure: he had help getting there. (Laughter.) And I know that’s true of all of you.

For the last four years, your professors, and the faculty, and the administration here at Liberty have poured themselves into your lives. The friends you made here, who studied with you, who prayed with you, and reassured you during those anxious days of papers and exams — I’ll let you in on something: They’re going to be some of the best friends you ever have in your life. And that won’t change.

But most important of all, long before you arrived on this campus, your parents were there. And they’re here today. Every step of the way, they were encouraging you, supporting you, believing in you. And on this Mother’s Day weekend, I can’t help but think of the moms who drove you to school, helped you with your homework, took you to games, and they got you dressed on that first day, and they hugged you on the last one. Can we just ask all the moms who are here with us today to stand up and take a bow? (Applause.) The Class of 2019 knows they wouldn’t be here without you.

Today, you, the Class of 2019, will graduate from an extraordinary university. You’ll enter new careers and new endeavors. And they say timing is everything. And, Class of 2019, I just want to tell you, you picked a great time to graduate because after two years of the leadership of President Donald Trump, jobs are coming back and America is back. You are entering a growing American economy. (Applause.) It’s true.

The America that awaits your energies and ambitions is experiencing a new era of opportunity and optimism. You’re beginning your careers at a time when this economy is growing. And we’ve restored American stature at home and abroad.

Businesses large and small, in little more than the last two years, have created more than 5.8 million jobs. Unemployment is at a nearly 50-year low. And there are more Americans working today than ever before in the history of this country. And this year, for the first time ever, there are more job openings in America than there are Americans looking for work. That’s good timing, Liberty! (Applause.)

Not that Liberty graduates are going to have any trouble finding a job. I can promise you, the Liberty name carries great weight with employers all over the country. And I should know. I’m proud to say there are actually four Liberty alumni on the Vice President’s staff at the White House today. And we’re proud of each and every one of them. (Applause.)

So the American economy is soaring, and you all ought to know that prosperity didn’t just happen. Since day one of our administration, President Trump and I have been advancing the very principles and values that you studied and learned here at Liberty — principles and values that are making our country strong and great again.

We’ve been rebuilding our military, standing with our allies, and standing up to our enemies. And under this administration, if the world knows nothing else, the world knows this: America stands with Israel. (Applause.)

Here at home, we’ve been expanding freedom, cutting taxes, rolling back the regulatory state, returning authority to the people and the states. And we’ve been upholding the foundation of our laws by defending — or by nominating strong conservatives to our courts at every level. And I promise you, as of this last week, 103 judges confirmed to our courts. And every one of them will uphold all the God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. (Applause.)

You’re entering an America where you have a President and an administration that is standing strong for all the liberties we cherish: the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion. And we stand without apology for the sanctity of human life. (Applause.)

The truth is, when you leave Liberty Mountain, you’re going to find an America filled with promise. And I know the men and women of the Class of 2019 will thrive because you have the support of your families, you’ve gotten a tremendous education, and because, here at Liberty, it was all built on a foundation that cannot be shaken. And I know what I’m talking about.

You know, maybe like many of you graduates today, I was raised in a churched home. But by the time I got to high school, I was one of those people who still went to church, but I was just going through the motions. I decided to go my own way.

I got to college though, and I started to meet some people that I could tell had something I lacked. It wasn’t just confidence or an easy familiarity with success. I really knew they had something that I didn’t have. And the only way I could describe it was joy. They seemed to have a peace, regardless of their circumstances. And I was drawn to them.

So I decided to start attending a Christian fellowship on campus. I had this friend who was wearing a really cool cross around his neck, and so I started asking him where he got it so I could get one. It’s true. Frankly, I started to pester him about it.

And I’ll never forget the day I went up to him and I said, “Hey man, you know, I’ve decided to go ahead and do the Christian thing. So, I want to get one of those crosses you wear, so let me know where you got it.”

And he looked at me and said something that I’ll never forget. He looked me in the eye and he said, “Mike, you know, you got to wear it in your heart before you wear it around your neck.” (Applause.)

And I wrestled with those words for days. I didn’t know what he meant, but I knew there was truth in it.

A few weeks later, I found myself at a youth Christian music festival in Wilmore, Kentucky. I listened to a sermon or two all day long, and I heard those words I’d heard ever since I was a little boy, that “God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

But on that rainy Saturday night, I heard it differently. Sitting on that hillside, I realized that also meant that God so loved me that he gave his only son to save me. And overwhelmed not with guilt but with a heart overflowing with gratitude, that night I put my faith in Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, and it’s made all the difference. (Applause.)

So, I say, not so much as your Vice President, but as a brother in Christ, if what you’ve seen and heard and learned in this place has also taken hold in your hearts, go from here and live it out, share it, because America needs men and women of integrity and faith now more than ever. (Applause.) It’s true.

The truth is, we live in a time when the freedom of religion is under assault. Yesterday, I was informed by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom that today Christians suffer more persecution around the world than any other religion. In fact, the United Kingdom released a report just last week that said persecution of Christians worldwide is “near genocide levels.”

In the last few months, we’ve seen unspeakable attacks on people of faith — on Jewish synagogues in Pennsylvania and California, on mosques in New Zealand, Christian churches in Sri Lanka, and on three historically black churches in Louisiana.

No one should ever fear for their safety in a place of worship, and these attacks on people of faith must stop. (Applause.)

One week ago, I was standing before the charred remains of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Louisiana. And I must tell you, I was deeply inspired by the example of Pastor Gerald Toussaint. He’s a pastor at one of the three churches that was burned. But he was the one that said on the day that they arrested the arsonist, he said, quote, “We’ve got to forgive him.” And Pastor Toussaint brought a community together with faith and grace. They overcame evil with good. (Applause.)

And that’s the kind of faith we need to see more of in these divided times — faith that unites on a foundation of grace.

Because we live in a time when it’s become acceptable and even fashionable to ridicule and even discriminate against people of faith. Dr. Carson just talked about it a few moments ago.

You know, it wasn’t all that long ago that the last administration brought the full weight of the federal government against the Little Sisters of the Poor merely because that group of nuns refused to provide a health plan that violated their deeply held religious beliefs. And when the state of Georgia recently was debating legal protections for the unborn, a bevy of Hollywood liberals said they would boycott the entire state.

And when my wife Karen returned to teach art at an elementary Christian school earlier this year, we faced harsh attacks by the media and the secular Left. And a major newspaper reporter actually started a new hashtag, called “Expose Christian Schools,” inviting students to share their “horror stories” of Christian education.

The freedom of religion is enshrined in our First Amendment and in the hearts of every American. And these attacks on Christian education are un-American. (Applause.) I’m proud to report our administration has already taken decisive action to protect religious liberty, and we’ll continue to do just that. And I promise you: We will always stand up for the right of Americans to live, to learn, and to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience. (Applause.)

The American people cherish our tradition of religious education, and as President Trump said at this very podium two years ago, on our watch, “No one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what is in your heart.” That’s a promise. (Applause.)

But my message to all of you in the Class of 2019 is — derives of the moment that we’re living in today. You know, throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian. It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.

But things are different now. Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs. So as you go about your daily life, just be ready. Because you’re going to be asked not just to tolerate things that violate your faith; you’re going to be asked to endorse them. You’re going to be asked to bow down to the idols of the popular culture.

So you need to prepare your minds for action, men and women. You need to show that we can love God and love our neighbor at the same time through words and deeds. (Applause.) And you need to be prepared to meet opposition.

As the founder of this university often said, quote, “No one ever achieved greatness without experiencing opposition.”

So, men and women of Liberty University, Class of 2019, as you strive for greatness, know that you’ll face challenges, you’ll face opposition. But just know this: If, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you end up in the fire, there’ll be another in the fire. (Applause.)

So, Class of 2019, my word to all of you is decide here and now that you’re going to stand firm, that you’ll put into practice all the things you learned here on Liberty Mountain, that you’ll never give up, that you’ll persevere, and that you’ll always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have, and you’ll do so with gentleness and respect. Because our nation and our world need that message of grace and love maybe more now than ever before.

And as you do these things, in increasing measure, I promise you, you’ll be blessed, you’ll be a blessing to your family, to your coworkers, and you’ll be a blessing to this nation.

America has always been a nation of faith. And as our first Vice President, John Adams, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” So just know, as you strengthen your foundation of faith and the foundation of faith among the American people, you will be strengthening the foundation of America itself. (Applause.)

So thank you for the honor of addressing you today. To all our graduates, I say: Have faith. Have faith in yourselves, proven by what you’ve accomplished to get you to this very day. Have faith in the principles and the ideals that you learned here and the noble mission that’s always animated this university. And have faith that He who brought you this far will never leave you, nor forsake you, because He never will.

So, Class of 2019, this is your day. The world awaits. As you leave this place, go forth for Liberty. Make Liberty proud. We will all be cheering you every step of the way. And never forget: Where the spirit of the Lord is, there’s Liberty. And I know — (applause) — right after we get done getting this country great again, you’re going to make America greater than ever before.

Congratulations, Class of 2019. You did it. (Applause.)

God bless you. And God bless America. (Applause.)

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Girl Fight! Feminists Slap Insufficiently Woke Actrevist Alyssa Milano Over Her Ingenius Sex Ban to Protest an Abortion Ban

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In just a year, actress and activist — actrevist, if you will — Alyssa Milano has come a long way. Initially a nice girl expressing her views mildly and respectfully, she’s devolved into a rude extremist (here) speaking far outside her area of expertise (here, here, here, here, and here), seemingly engulfed by a bad, bad case of the ol’ messiah complex (here and here).

And not everyone on the anti-conservative side is willing to follow.

Recently, the Who’s the Boss star called for all women to withhold sex from men in protest of Georgia’s (and other states’) fetal heartbeat bill:

A few problems:

  • Respectfully, the vast majority of women don’t care what Samantha Micelli thinks about anything, let alone politics. Therefore, that would be a “No” on taking abstinence orders.
  • Tragically stuck in a left-wing bubble, Alyssa seems to believe women are inherently pro-choice. They ain’t — see here.
  • The actress has completely missed the irony: She’s raging against someone telling women what they can do with their bodies by telling women what they can do with their bodies. #Goofy

Some left-wing ladies are telling Alyssa where to stick it.

Feminist and Philadelphia magazine Business Editor Fabiola Cineas tweeted that she’d like Alyssa to hold back on the Wrong:

Feministing.com founder and Why Have Kids? author Jessica Valenti said she isn’t going back to the oppressive days of slut shaming. Oh, and also, Republican men get mad if women are having tons of fun gettin’ it on all over the place:

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@AngryBlackLady Imani Gandy’s on board with lotsa sex and against the idea that the you-know-what is what women have that men want:

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Perhaps the best response came from The Good Men Project’s Joanna Schoeder, who downright out-woked Alyssa by a country mile:

Democrats have been wrong all along: Women are individuals with their own unique thoughts. They don’t all think alike. Not even ones on the same side of the aisle.

So who’s gonna get it right for the fairer sex? Who’s the most woke, the most indignantly triggered, the most anti-Trump? And how can red states be beaten into submission in the arena of abortion rights? It remains to be seen.

As for now, the Pink Hat battle rages on, outward and inward.

Meow.

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Rashida Tlaib Comments on the Holocaust, Ends Up Propagating Anti-Semitic Garbage

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Rashida Tlaib has continually found herself repeating Hamas propaganda. As Israel was being struck with hundreds of rockets last week, she took to Twitter to deflect blame and repeated a false claim that Israel randomly shot a pregnant woman and instigated the attacks. In reality, a Hamas rocket fell short and killed the woman in question (as well as her unborn child and another child). Islamic Jihad, one of the terrorist groups operating in Gaza, admitted to the incident.

Tlaib has apparently learned nothing from that episode. She recently went on a podcast named “Skullduggery” where she found herself making more historically illiterate and anti-Semitic remarks about the Holocaust, Jews, and the state of Israel.

The largest point of contention involves this comment.

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said just after the 28 minute mark. “And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

To start, the whole “calming feeling” thing is really awkward language but I don’t think it’d be fair of anyone to take that as her supporting the Holocaust. To focus on that misses the greater issue and just gives her defenders an excuse to dismiss legitimate criticism. What she’s attempting to say is that she feels proud that the Palestinians opened their arms to victims of the Holocaust and gave up “their” land to do so.

The problem with that thought is that it’s objectively false and it’s a common claim you see in anti-Semitic, Arab propaganda to support the destruction of the Jewish state.

This thread explains the situation well and why Tlaib is saying what she’s saying.

Tlaib is repeating anti-Semitic propaganda that asserts Jews had no right to be in Israel despite predating Arabs in the area by thousands of years. By her telling, the Jewish state as it exists today was a random post-1945 invention led by the migration of European Jews after the Holocaust. It’s a subtle, yet purposeful way to paint the Jewish people in Israel as foreign invaders who “stole” their land.

We know this is nonsense. There is no historical question that Jews were in Israel long before any Arab populations. That should be enough given the typical Democratic position on land rights (i.e. Native Americans for example), but even if we are talking modern day, Jews were migrating back to Israel in large numbers in the 1800s. The state of Israel was planned in the early 1900s. It was not something that just sprung up after the Holocaust to facilitate European Jews.

The Palestinians also never opened their arms to the Jews even though the Jewish people had a clear historical right to be in the area. In fact, the Palestinian leadership joined with Hitler and tried to exterminate the Jews. Furthermore, the surrounding Arab populations, including the Palestinians, tried to destroy Israel in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The idea that there was any acceptance toward the Jews by Palestinians is a historically ignorant thing to say. It’s also dangerous because it propagates myths about Jews being “outsiders” in their own land, which only foments violence.

And that’s the big picture here.

Tlaib opposes the very existence of a Jewish state. This is one of the reasons she supports the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement. The entire goal of that movement is the internal collapse of Israel. Implicit in the propaganda she’s repeating about the Holocaust is the false idea that the Palestinians gave up “their land” and that the Jews have no right to be there.

It’s historically illiterate garbage.

What’s sad is that I’m not even sure she realizes what she’s doing. Tlaib strikes me as someone who’s been so pumped full of false anti-Semitic talking points her entire life that she actually believes what she’s saying. That’s no excuse though. She’s a U.S. Congressional member now and is responsible for the things she propagates. At every turn she finds a way to take the side of terrorists in Gaza when it comes to dealing with Israel and this latest outburst is no exception.

If we had a media worth anything, someone would have asked her directly by now if she believes Israel has any right to the land they hold. She’d almost certainly say no because her entire worldview is one where Israel has no right to exist and the Palestinians, even their terrorist leadership, are never at fault. Tlaib’s support for a non-Jewish, one-state solution is insidious because the purpose of such a view is to see Israel overwhelmed and destroyed.

She should be called out and condemned – strongly and often.

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Sanity Reigns as Transsexual Powerlifter Is Ruled to Actually Be a Man

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In late April, controversy hit the sport of women’s powerlifting. A dude…I’m sorry, I mean a man who wants us to believe he’s a woman…who goes by the name of Mary Gregory basically rewrote the record books as he took nine medals and shattered existing records.

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Needless to say, a lot of actual women athletes were upset:

“Mary” has only been using drugs to emulate feminine characteristics for 11 months.

Gregory is a construction worker, and said she lacks the insurance coverage for bottom surgery. Although she is a lesbian, she said she isn’t in any hurry to get it.

Okay. Hold it right there. Time for intermission.

Now back to the story.

“Perfect world, under perfect situations, probably, yes, I would have the surgery,” she said, “because I’m not that attached to that part of my anatomy. It doesn’t define who I am, but I don’t hate it. I don’t need it to be gone to be able to live my life and be whole. It’s more of a case that it’s inconvenient that it’s there.”

Besides, she said, having a penis or not plays no part in lifting.

“It’s very hard to tuck and lift in a singlet, but I figured it out!” Gregory laughed, revealing that instead of tape, she wears up to three pairs of underwear.

Since beginning powerlifting, she’s significantly lost weight, from 270 pounds almost four years ago to 179 now. But Gregory notes that while lifting has helped her transition, it’s actually hurt her athletic performance.

She posted on her Instagram profile that prior to starting on hormones, she could lift 408 pounds in the squat, 298 in the bench press and 507 in the deadlift. Now, since starting HRT, those numbers are drastically lower: 314, 233, and 424 pounds.

She says that as far as appearance goes, she’s like any other woman: “100 percent female. I get my hair styled female. Ears pierced, nails painted. But I don’t wear makeup.”

This is the problem with the whole fetish of allowing men to compete in drag. Male musculoskeletal system and muscle composition are different from women. While there are few outliers among women, by and large, men are going to be taller and stronger than women. A woman will only have 60% of the lean muscle mass as a man. This result carries over into all sports and is the very reason that we have women’s sports and men’s sports because without the different categories there would only be men at the elite levels of sports. I made this observation some time ago:

Let’s put it in perspective. The Olympic gold medal winner in the women’s 800 meters in the 2012 London Games was the Russian, Mariya Savinova, with a time of 1:56.19. If her time was ranked alongside the times recorded by high school boys in the State of California she would have finished in 88th place and would have been beaten by a couple of dozen high school sophomores and juniors. The women’s world record in the 800m would have been good for 16th place.

At some point, the sugar high this powerlifting league had gotten from “Mary Gregory” trashing all existing world records wore off and they were confronted with the obvious problems. First, no matter what “Mary” called himself, he was a dude and he was competing with women. Second, if that was acceptable then women’s powerlifting was over because no actual woman could match his records, this spelled the end of the sport. Cooler heads prevailed and science was consulted:

1. The lifter identifies as female, and so entered the contest (with no prior consultation with the Meet Director or (100% RAW officials). Our rules, and the basis of separating genders for competition, are based on physiological classification rather than identification. On the basis of all information presented to the Board of Directors for this particular case, the conclusion made, is that the correct physiological classification is male.

2. Since the lifter’s gender classification for the purpose of our rules is not consistent with female, no female records will be broken by these lifts.

3. The lifter was uncontested during the event therefore no female lifters were denied a place finish. The lifter will be placed in a different category once the Transgender Division is introduced with a new policy.

4. Drug testing results have not been completed and will take about another week to come back from the lab. As a drug test failure invalidates the lifts, we will need to wait for the results of the drug tests to determine if the lifts can be counted at all under our current set of rules.

I think this is right. Whatever Mary Gregory may imagine himself to be, he is incontrovertibly male. If he wants to compete, it must be as what he is, not what he imagines himself to be.

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President Trump Asked Don McGahn to Say He Didn’t Obstruct Mueller’s Invesigation and He Was Right to Do So

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On Friday, the New York Times ran a story headlined White House Asked McGahn to Declare Trump Never Obstructed Justice. This is part of the coordinated campaign between parts of the media and Congressional progressives to create a narrative that says President Trump, by using his Constitutional powers, acted to obstruct an investigation in which the White House fully cooperated with the special counsel, despite the astonishing lack of ethics on the part to Mueller and his team. Let’s face it, all Volume 2 of the investigation is is a political smear that would not be permitted were most of Mueller’s team not Democrats and the rest NeverTrump and they were doing anything but trying to damage President Trump.

This is how it starts.

White House officials asked at least twice in the past month for the key witness against President Trump in the Mueller report, Donald F. McGahn II, to say publicly that he never believed the president obstructed justice, according to two people briefed on the requests.

Mr. Trump asked White House officials to make the request to Mr. McGahn, who was the president’s first White House counsel, one of the people said. Mr. McGahn declined. His reluctance angered the president, who believed that Mr. McGahn showed disloyalty by telling investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about Mr. Trump’s attempts to maintain control over the Russia investigation.

Why did they do this?

The White House made one of the requests to Mr. McGahn’s lawyer, William A. Burck, before the Mueller report was released publicly but after the Justice Department gave a copy to Mr. Trump’s lawyers in the preceding days. Reading the report, the president’s lawyers saw that Mr. Mueller left out that Mr. McGahn had told investigators that he believed the president never obstructed justice. Mr. Burck had told them months earlier about his client’s belief on the matter and that he had shared it with investigators.

Mr. McGahn initially entertained the White House request. “We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister,” Mr. Burck said in a statement. “It was a request, professionally and cordially made.” A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a message seeking comment.

So McGahn tells Mueller’s storm troops that he doesn’t think Trump was guilty of obstruction. This is an opinion that is volunteered. Mueller declines for whatever reason to put that statement in the report…given that Volume 2 is all hearsay or quotes from newspapers, it is hard to see why this one didn’t rate a mention, other than the obvious reason that it interfered with the narrative. What’s the big deal? One would think that a man who had served as the president’s

This goes back to page 4 of Volume 2:

Comey had previously assured the President that the FBI was not investigating him personally, and the President asked Corney to ” lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation by saying that publicly.

The fact that Comey wouldn’t do that…which seems like a damned small favor to ask in the context of what was going on…contributed to Trump’s decision to fire him.

It is hard to understand what McGahn’s game is here.

It makes no difference legally whether Mr. McGahn believes Mr. Trump obstructed justice. That is a determination made by prosecutors, not witnesses. But politically, such a statement could have been a powerful argument for Mr. Trump, who faces scrutiny from House Democrats about whether he obstructed justice and abused his power.

Mr. Mueller declined to make a determination about whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice, saying that because a sitting president cannot be indicted, it was unfair to accuse him of committing a crime. Attorney General William P. Barr stepped in and decided with his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, to clear Mr. Trump of wrongdoing.

But because Mr. Mueller made no determination — and wrote a damning report that showed repeated efforts by Mr. Trump to interfere with his inquiry — questions about whether the president obstructed justice have lingered as Democrats have sought to gain momentum in their investigation of Mr. Trump.

What is certain is that McGahn did the White House no favors in his refusal to make the statement and that White House had every legitimate reason to ask him to tell the American people what he’d told Robert Mueller, that is, that as unseemly as a lot of Trump’s actions might appear, none of them were criminal.

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The RedState Box Office Report – Pocketing Some of Avengers Money

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Considering the massive worldwide success that Disney’s super heroes are currently enjoying there are a number of studios struggling to get a footing. The Mother’s Day weekend can be a success for targeted titles, but in the vacuum created by the monolith in theaters it would take a lot to draw attention away from the Marvel tag-team.

Enter the Pokemon. Warner Brothers was careful in picking the best opportunity to roll out this newest iteration in the expansive character lineup. As a result there was enough space from the early throngs to carve out an impressive segment and actually dare to challenge the titan for the top position. Here are the numbers for you to entertain Mom with later today!

 

1. AVENGERS: ENDGAME – $63.05 Million
Only now starting to show some softness, but not in unexpected fashion. This weekend haul is a bit lower than expected, but that was largely due to a surprising piece of competition. There are still massive landmarks being achieved, starting with this one now sitting as the third highest grossing film of all time. After setting speed records for various gross levels, today it ties “The Force Awakens” in hitting the $700 million plateau in 16 days. It has also become the all-time second highest foreign box office film, and second highest global box office champ. Currently it has drawn $2.5 billion worldwide, and the only mystery is whether it has the chance to overtake “Avatar” as the biggest film of all time.

 

2. DETECTIVE PIKACHU – $58m
While expected to have an impact things only improved. There were a number of factors feeding into this becoming a hit; unlike prior versions this was a live-action presentation, it was coming off of the global sensation of the Pokemon Go mobile app, and it has Ryan Reynolds lending his voice to the titular character. This all combined for a stronger interest than predicted, and had a direct impact on the “Endgame” numbers in North America. A $50 million return was mostly expected but as the weekend wore on the film never faulted and showed resilience and did not drop in interest. The global weekend haul is near the $150 million mark, justifying Warners investing in this new version, as opposed to the cheaper animated releases they have had over the years.

 

3. THE HUSTLE – $13.35m
The female comedy starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway is drawing slightly better than anticipated, if not lighting up the turnstiles. This is a female retelling of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, itself a remake of a foreign comedy hit. The play was for the Mother’s Day audience and it is showing signs of weakness in the coming weeks. Exit scores from audiences graded this with a “B-”, and it sports a dismal 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Rebel Wilson cannot even pass off blame on the weak production, as she served as a producer on this attempt.

 

4. THE INTRUDER – $6.6m
Coming off of a soft opening last week this domestic thriller has held up remarkably well in a very busy market. The great news for the studio Screen Gems is that it was made very inexpensively and it mostly needs to make back its advertising spend. It may become a gamble that pays off.

 

5. LONG SHOT – $6.12m
The high concept comedy has not been entirely overlooked, and may benefit from families dividing time in theaters — pass the kids off on the comic-animated options while the parents seek out slightly more mature options.

 

6. POMS – $5.11m
Another comedy debut, this one aimed at the older segment of the audiences, with Diane Keaton starring in a romp about starting a cheerleading squad in a retirement community. It had some slightly better numbers (“B+” exit scores, 30% Rotten Tomatoes) but it was crowded out in a Mother’s Day frame heavy with female-centered titles.

 

7. UGLYDOLLS – $3.92m
A complete misfire that is being roundly ignored by audiences. Considering what else is in theaters iIt is amazing that it has drawn even this meager total.

 

8. BREAKTHROUGH – $2.46m
The faith-based true-life story has lingered well, exceeding any expectations as it is inching its way to the $40 million mark.

 

9. TOLKIEN – $2.15m
Fox Searchlight decided to go with a wider-than-planned release for this biopic about the life of the writer of the “Lord of the Rings” book series. This has to be seen as a serious collapse, since it was projected to do only a weak total in the single-digits, and it failed to achieve even that modest goal, while on 1,500 screens.

 

10. CAPTAIN MARVEL – $1.81m
We are about to be spared more lectures from Brie Larson…

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