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President Trump Is The Left’s White Whale

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Trump is the Left’s White Whale

Yesterday, over at American Thinker, Patricia McCarthy penned a very well turned article entitled, Trump is the Democrats’ white whale, and Pelosi is Ahab

She opined that the Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) manifested by just about the entire Democrat Party (and let’s not forget a few RINOs too-Mitt?) is especially obvious in speaker Pelosi’s words and actions. From the article

Trump is like Melville’s white whale.  The congressional Democrats are a collective Ahab, pathetic and self-destructive.  Determined to destroy what hounds them by its very existence and survival, they never learned the rule of holes: to stop digging.  For Pelosi, who has clearly lost control of her drove of sheep in the House, this once powerful woman has succumbed to her basest instincts: destroy the opposition at all costs.  This time, the cost may be, as it was for Ahab, her ultimate humiliation and that of her party

McCarthy does a great job tying together the sequence of events since Donald Trump’s election to the Presidency. She clearly and concisely calls out a number of bad actors who were all bound and determined to undermine the Presidency of Donald Trump, by fair means or foul. She has especially harsh words for those in and out of Law Enforcement who used the full power and ability of the Federal Government to incarcerate people in order to coerce them into maligning the President with no evidentiary basis.

The article is a great read and McCarthy’s conclusion is perfect (emphasis mine).

Trump is their white whale, and the whale won.  Pelosi with her irresponsible rhetoric about wanting to see Trump in jail is exactly the insane and obsessive Ahab.  She will go down in infamy with her crew.

All I can say here is, “from Ms McCarthy’s keyboard, to God’s ears; Nicely done.”

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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ISIS “Beatles” From the UK Just Want to Come Home, Now Asking for the U.S. to Try Them

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Crazy what facing certain death will do for these cowards. It’s all fun and games until a tribunal in Baghdad is ready to hang you.

CNN decided to interview a pair monsters named Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh. The interview is you typical kid gloves presentation, including attempts to further humanize them as broken and “drained.” Killing people will do that I guess.

Two of the remaining members of the British ISIS cell known as “the Beatles” have confessed their part in the ransoming of Western hostages in a rare interview that showed them broken and pleading for news of their fate. One of the fighters also offered an unprecedented apology for his actions with the group.

Kotey and Elsheikh are from the United Kingdom and joined ISIS as part of a group known as “the Beatles,” which included the now deceased “Jahidi John.” He was killed back in 2015 and infamously appeared in videos beheading western hostages.

To show how serious they are, one of them won’t even apologize for his role in the killings.

Kotey — whose year mostly in solitary confinement appears to have removed the arrogance he displayed when interviewed by CNN a year ago — declined to offer an apology. But he admitted taking email addresses from European hostages and assisting in the ransom negotiations that followed with relatives and friends.

“I was a fighter,” Kotey said. “Extracting from them email addresses for communications. For example, if it was a proof of life question, something that only they would be able to answer.” Asked why he agreed to this task, he replied: “It just so happened that way.”

If that doesn’t scream remorseful, what does?

Regardless, it shouldn’t matter if they now feel remorse. They joined a foreign terrorist army and helped facilitate in the murders of hostages. Furthermore, they won’t even fully admit to what they did, instead choosing to gaslight everyone by claiming they had no part in the murders or tortue.

The pair currently being held in Syria are accused of torturing the hostages they kept in their care. The US State Department has accused Kotey, 35, originally from Ladbroke Grove in London, of having “likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture” of their Western journalist and aid worker hostages. Elsheikh “was said to have earned a reputation for water-boarding, mock executions, and crucifixions,” according to the State Department.

The men denied involvement in the murders and physical abuse of hostages, saying they had been transferred to another unit before the violence began. Several former hostages however, have said they were tortured by masked British-accented men matching their descriptions.

Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a Spanish photographer imprisoned by the group for about six months before his release in 2014, told CNN: “I was tortured in an ISIS jail by masked men with British accents. Many other of my fellow prisoners were too, and some didn’t survive captivity. We would want that they see justice for what they did.”

The claim that they simply didn’t participate in any of what happened doesn’t even begin to pass muster. There werne’t exactly a rash of British guys walking around and eye witnesses put them on the scene torturing people. While they may have not killed anyone personally (but they probably did), there’s no doubt they helped move the process along.

Now, after all they’ve done, they just want to be extradited and for the episode to be over.

Elsheikh said: “If anything, I think that a confession will maybe hasten our extradition or rendition to the United States, I don’t think this is something that will prevent me going to the United States at all. I don’t see how that would be possible. I just want this period to be over. I know what needs to be done. The truth has to come out.”

Painting yourself as a truth teller after you imprisoned, tortured, and helped murder innocent people isn’t a good look and will certainly do nothing for their chances of being brought to the United States for a trial.

CNN’s article goes on to bemoan the fact that these two are likely to be put to death soon by an Iraqi court.

The swift and brutal justice exposes the delicate line between the deterrent value of leaving foreign ISIS fighters in the hands of the legal system of the countries they sought to fragment, and the need for their home nations to be seen to prosecute their own extremists under the value system ISIS sought to undermine.

I actually see no conflict there at all. If you leave the shores of your country to go fight against it, killing and torturing along the way, it’s perfectly consistent that you’d then be tried in the area you chose to go. There is no moral obligation for western nations to repatriate these people and give them the chance to manipulate our justice systems. Where CNN see is a “delicate line,” I see a massive gulf that’s easy to distinguish.

The entire tenor of the CNN piece just rubs me the wrong way. Some people don’t deserve to be pitied. Not in this life at least. Terrorists are not going to suddenly change their ways because we start importing their counterparts back to western countries for trials. The deterrent is much stronger when they know they’ll be staring down an Iraqi judge who’s going to make his decision in ten minutes.

This pair should get nowhere near a western shore again. They should remain where they are and be put to death by the authorities of the country they chose to invade. Making a choice to join ISIS has consequences and they are about to learn that the hard way. We owe them nothing.

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McCabe Transcript: Comey’s May 2016 Draft of Clinton Exoneration Statement Was ‘Not Normal FBI Protocol’

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We all know that in early May of 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey wrote a draft of an letter exonerating Hillary Clinton in their “Midyear Exam” investigation. We also know that this draft was written two months before the FBI had even interviewed Hillary or any other witnesses involved in the case. Comey has testified that Hillary “was not sworn in and that the interview was not recorded.”

After Comey had written the draft, he sent an email to several of his colleagues to test the language. The recipients included then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, then-FBI General Counsel James Baker and then-Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor James Rybicki.

In a recently released transcript of McCabe’s December 2018 closed-door Congressional testimony, then-House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte read Comey’s email.

(Note: These transcripts were released three weeks ago, but this issue was not addressed by the media.)

The penultimate paragraph of the May 2 draft reads as follows: Accordingly, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters such as this, I am completing the investigation by expressing to Justice my view that no charges are appropriate in this case.

Goodlatte pointed out that, “This paragraph is virtually identical to what Director Comey eventually said more than 2 months later on July 25, 2016, in recommending no charges against Secretary Clinton. It seems to confirm that the FBI, including the Director, had made up its mind not to charge Secretary Clinton before interviewing her.”

McCabe responded, “It may seem that way reading it now. But I know that Director Comey had not made up his mind at that time.”

He was asked if Comey had “tested language” for a statement to be used in the event the FBI were to recommend charges against Hillary and McCabe said no.

McCabe was then questioned by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and his answers told a different story. Here is the exchange.

Meadows:  So is this common practice, in normal investigations of every type, to do a memo 2 months ahead of time to lay out what you’re going to say with a conclusion?  So let’s take it outside of this particular person.  How many other times does that happen?

McCabe:  No, sir, it’s not common.

Meadows:  So this is a unique situation where he did it this one time?

McCabe:  This is the only time I am aware of, sir…

Meadows:  Is this case so unique that you would have a prepared document 2 months ahead of interviewing the witness?  Is that normal protocol within the FBI?

McCabe:  It is not normal protocol within the FBI to release a statement about a case —

Meadows:  That’s not the question I asked, Mr. McCabe.

McCabe:  We believed we were going to —

Meadows:  Is it normal protocol — is it normal protocol to draft a letter by the FBI 2 months before you interviewed the witness to draw a conclusion?  Is that normal protocol?

McCabe:  I have not seen that before, sir.

Meadows:  So your answer is no, it’s not normal protocol?

McCabe:  I’m not aware of that protocol.  I’ve never seen that.  I haven’t been through an experience like this in the pendency of my career.  So, no, I’ve never seen that before.

Meadows:  I yield back.

We’ll take that as a no.

Meadows spoke to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, and indicated there would be a delay in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ report because new information has come to his attention. He also said he expected criminal referrals.

Hmmm.

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Rep. Justin Amash After His Trump Impeachment Stance: Hero or Heel?

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he·ro
/ˈhirō/
noun
a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

heel
/hēl/
noun: heel; plural noun: heels

an inconsiderate or untrustworthy person.
“what kind of a heel do you think I am?”
(in professional wrestling) a wrestler who adopts a mean or unsympathetic persona in the ring.

Now that we have the basic definitions down….

I have been working on this piece in my mind since Rep. Justin Amash announced back on May 22nd that he would support the impeachment of President Trump after reading the full Mueller report.

Having met the man twice and talked to him briefly both times I have always found him an interesting politician to watch and have agreed with him on many things. So when Matt Lewis over at The Daily Beast wrote this piece on Saturday, Justin Amash for President: A Change Conservatives Can Believe In, I figured it was finally time to give my two cents about some serious issues I have about Amash’s analysis and his “brave” stance on coming out for impeachment.  (I will note that I produce Matt’s podcast Matt Lewis And The News.)

That Amash would post his opinion on the report should not surprise anyone who has followed him since his time in the Michigan House of Representatives. He has been excellent about posting his reasons for his votes and engaging people on their views. This was the case when I had a back and forth with him on Facebook about illegal immigration which I wrote about right here. Did Rep. Justin Amash Vote To Allow Illegals In San Francisco To Vote?

I take him at his word that he took the time to read the full Mueller report that is available. Being that he did not come out with a quick take right after the release like so many others did and waited a month before he released his opinion on Twitter, I believe that is a  reasonable assumption.

In his 20 tweet explanation, which you can find Right Here,  he goes through his reasoning.

Now to put this fully in context, let’s post what the Constitution says about impeachment in Section 4, Article 2 of the founding document.

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

What that means is that the founders were going to leave it up to future Congresses to determine what was the bar that we raise or lower for our executives and officers. In other words, there doesn’t need to be an actual crime committed but a political one would also suffice if the Congress has the guts to push it through. Even if an actual crime was committed as was the case with Bill Clinton’s lying under oath, the Senate decided that crime was not a big enough deal to remove a sitting President.

Amash, in his tweets above, lays out his best case for why, though an actual crime has not been committed, a political one has occurred, and thus Trump should be impeached.

In the scenario that is being pursued by Amash, the President essentially barked a lot and was told no or ignored and the issue was left at that. That amounts to a temper tantrum being thrown and nothing coming of it. The guilty pleas so far are on the people that plead that way for various reasons. Possibly that changes in the future but on the previous theory I laid out, Rep. Amash thinks that is enough. This is well within the power of the Congress that Justin Amash is part of right now to do so if they feel strongly about this.

Now, here is the part that I have been really thinking about lately and I’m not quite sure to make of this all. Matt’s piece above brought this again to the front of my mind and is the reason for finally writing this article.

From The Daily Beast story above…

Call it a protest vote if you want but Amash is one of very few politicians today that I could support in good conscience. And the good news is that—because he has already demonstrated his moral courage—he might just be crazy enough to do it!

The phrase “Moral Courage” has struck me along with something else. Rep. Amash at the end of last month held at a town hall meeting in his district stood for two hours and took questions — plus love and hate — from the assembled crowd.

According to The Atlantic, he said this at that gathering…

I’m a big believer in liberty and the Constitution. Nobody cares about liberty in Congress more than I do. One thing you see around the world is liberty cannot survive in a system where people hate each other and where there is no virtue. You can’t have a system like that. Our Founders and Framers talked about that. You have to have people who care about virtue and you have to have love.

Is Justin Amash the only one in Congress on the Republican side that has moral courage and loves liberty more than anyone else? Is he the only one that has a virtuous streak strong enough to say the hell with his political future over this stance?

Amash is the leader of the “House Liberty Caucus” that has 8 members including Rep. Amash. The others are…

Paul Gosar of Arizona
Morgan Griffith of Virginia
Thomas Massie of Kentucky
Warren Davidson of Ohio
Jim Jordan of Ohio
Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
Andy Biggs of Arizona

Surely one of these people also sees it the way that Rep. Amash does. According to Need To Impeach not one of these individuals who serve with Amash in the House and specifically in the Liberty Caucus see it as he does and declared this publicly.

Over on the Senate side, the two Senators who are most closely aligned with Rep. Amash’s view on most things are Sen. Rand Paul-KY and Sen. Ben Sasse-NE. I could find nothing on what Sen. Sasse has said about this but Sen. Paul came out against Amash and his view late last month. Rand Paul splits with Amash on Trump impeachment.

Does Justin Amash love liberty more than Rand Paul?

I know that seems like a bit of unfair question but the Representative from Michigan has put himself in this corner with his above comments on this.

The Democrats are using this situation to attempt to take down a Republican President as they have done with all others before so there is nothing mysterious there.

However, if Justin Amash is the only elected Republican who seems to think that impeachment is necessary among the likes of Rand Paul, Ben Sasse, and Thomas Massie, does that mean the others lack moral courage and not are not as in love with liberty as the Congressman from Michigan?

Or is it possible Amash is just dead wrong here?

Hero or Heel?

Let me know what you think in the places listed below or reach out to me at LaDuke@FTRRadio.com.

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Democratic Senators: The U.S. Has “An Obligation” To Pass Amnesty Bill

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Last week, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act which “seeks to provide permanent status not only to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as minors, known as Dreamers, but also to those living in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs.”

A group of Democratic Senators have called on Senate Republicans to do the same. They say the U.S. has “an obligation” to pass amnesty. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (CA), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Ben Cardin (MD.) and Tim Kaine (VA) have “introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency.”

Feinstein believes these individuals have “earned the right” to be protected. A statement which appears on her website reads, “The Senate needs to follow the House’s lead and pass these important protections for immigrant families who have been living and working in the United States for decades. After fleeing wars and natural disasters, these families have established deep roots in our communities and earned the right to remain together here in the United States.”

Van Hollen issued a statement, which said: “The House has done its job for Dreamers and TPS recipients – now the Senate must do the same. These families, including nearly 30,000 TPS recipients in Maryland, have lived here legally for years. We cannot in good faith send them back to some of the most dangerous places in the world. This legislation, coupled with critical protections for Dreamers, will give these families certainty and security.”

Cardin went even further saying that the U.S. has an obligation to act.

The Senate must act and the president must sign into law protection for Dreamers, who mostly have known no other country but America, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients, many of whom have been here for decades as violence and repression continue to rage in their home country. These individuals have lawfully lived and worked in the U.S. as our neighbors, as they sought refuge in the U.S. We have an obligation to take action and give needed predictability and safety to people who are in an uncertain status. We need to stand up for the American values of compassion and diversity that have made this country stronger.

“It’s on the Senate to do the same,” said Kaine. “These people are here because of circumstances beyond their control, and they have become established, productive members of our communities who deserve to remain in the country they now call home.”

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a program which was created under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 (INA). It provides “temporary legal status to illegals who cannot return to their country of origin due to ongoing armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary reasons.”

But why is it the “obligation” of the American taxpayer to protect people who have entered the U.S. illegally? Because it will guarantee that Democrats maintain power for years to come? The cost to our country is enormous and it is straining our resources.

In an earlier post, I wrote about the budget agreement reached over the weekend in the California state legislature which will provide full health benefits to 90,000 illegals. In the meantime, they are imposing the “individual mandate” on U.S. citizens who do not purchase health insurance, in most cases because they can’t afford to do so, to pay for it. Let’s take care of low-income, uninsured Americans first, why don’t we, before taking care of illegal immigrants.

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Nikki Haley Fires Back After Whoopi Goldberg Says to Stay Out of Her…

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Here’s something you don’t hear every day. Or maybe you do.

Last week on The View, Whoopi Goldberg told U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to stay out of her…

It rhymes with the 2nd part of “hoochie coochie.” And it’s an exact rhyme — even the consonants.

While going over Nikki’s speech at the Susan B. Anthony Lists’s 12 annual Campaign for Life Gala (see more in RedState contributor Sister Toldjah’s coverage), Whoopi gave a big ol’ Access Denied with regard to her womanparts.

Here’s a bit of Nikki’s offering at the gala:

“Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity. They do this in the name of feminism. But that is not real feminism. The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture. It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about.”

She’s right: It’s a ridiculous attempt at sleight of hand by the Left to assert that the side of women — a very diverse group of individuals — is inherently the side of Democrats — a group comprised of only some men and some women (see more from me on this here and here).

But to Whoopi, Nikki’s trying to gain entrance to her inner workings:

Therefore:

“I don’t want you in my ______!”

Okay… Clear…

More:

“Let me get this straight: So giving a woman a choice about what to do with her body is anti-feminist because…I say it all the time — you have the right never to have an abortion. You have that right, and I support that.”

“What do to with her body” — and that, ladies and gentleman, is the political mainstay known as the straw man argument (here, here, here, and here).

Continuing, the host described an incestuous scenario:

“But what about the nine-year-old girl who gets raped by a family member or some thug in the street? Why are you taking her mother’s discussion with her family, what their choice is, why are you taking it out of their hands? See to me, you taking choice from people is anti-human, so I don’t understand. I don’t say that everybody has to believe, but I say you want to have choice, I don’t want you in my _____! You don’t want me in yours either.”

That’s probably true.

Nikki fired back with a mashup of Whoopi’s words and her own. Let us all know what you think. Two different ideas, two different styles.

But ultimately, of course, only one thing matters: Regardless of the delivery, who is correct?

Straw man arguments don’t change minds; only a discussion of the core disagreement has any hope of doing that. Is it a life or not? That’s what Whoopi should address if she wants to undertake Nikki’s message.

In the meantime, I don’t believe Nikki Haley wants to infiltrate Whoopi Goldberg’s unmentionables.

The battle over abortion continues. For some of the latest, check out these:

Amid A Supreme Court Abortion Ruling, Justice Ginsburg Corrects Clarence Thomas: Pregnant Women Are Not Mothers

Gucci Celebrates 2020 With An Odd Theme For Its Paris Fashion Show: Abortion & Abortion Rights

Planned Parenthood CEO Freaks Over ‘Public Health Crisis’: Missouri’s Set To Become The First State With No Abortion Clinics

One More Pro-Life Move: Missouri Signs Into Law An 8-Week Abortion Ban

Wrong Audience: Los Angeles Enacts Travel Ban Against Alabama Over Abortion Law, Writes Letter Ordering An Immediate Repeal

-ALEX

 

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

See 3 more pieces from me:

Pope Francis Says ‘Yes To Life’: Abortion Is Like ‘Hiring A Hitman’ To Kill Your Baby

Harrison Ford Sounds Off On Who Should Play Indiana Jones Next (And I Have A Recommendation)

Trans Actor’s Grad Speech: Abortion Isn’t *Just* A Woman’s Right

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University of Alabama Clarifies Gift Controversy, Condemns Donor’s Attempt to ‘Rewrite History’

As previously reported, the University of Alabama returned a $21.5 million donation to major law school patron Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. Culverhouse issued a statement saying he could not be associated with an institution that supported laws like Alabama’s most recent pro-life laws.

“I expected this response from UA. I will not allow my family’s name to be associated with an educational system that advocates a state law which discriminates against women, disregards established Federal law and violates our Constitution. I want to make clear that I never demanded that $21.5 million be refunded and wonder if the University is attempting to silence my opinions by their quick response. I will not be silenced.”

However, the case might not be exactly as reported. In UA’s original response  the vice chancellor for communication Kellee Reinhart  said the Board had tired of Culverhouse’s interference in school affairs, as was originally reported here. 

“The action taken by the Board today was a direct result of Mr. Culverhouse’s ongoing attempts to interfere in the operations of the Law School.

Perhaps it originally seemed as if Reinhart was suggesting the abortion declarations were a kind of interference, but UA has since clarified the situation. The Alabama institution claims they had already begun plans to return the donation prior to Culverhouse’s abortion remarks.

News website AL.com obtained emails between the law school Board and Culverhouse in which some staff expressed apprehension and annoyance with Culverhouse’s repeated attempts to dictate his preferences when it came to law school issues.

In the May 24 email from Culverhouse to University President Stuart Bell, Culverhouse asked for the return of $10 million because he was not happy with candidates for an endowed chair position in his name and Culverhouse demeaned the dean of the law school Mark Brandon as well as Bell.

“I wanted a renowned Constitutional law professor. Someone to make academic waves…These are nice additions to a 3880 faculty with an insecure dean-but they are hardly nationally stature constitutional law figures,” Culverhouse wrote in the email. “I believe Mark, you and I come from different concepts. I want the best law school, not a mediocre law school, whose ranking is a simple mathematical manipulation. I also know you have never dealt with a gift of my size-either for endowed professor or for a something as large as to change the name of the law school. You are unprepared. Mark will always be a small town, insecure dean. The outside world frightens him.”

In another email the wealthy donor appeared to be weighing in on matters of hiring and firing.

According to an email from law school dean Mark Brandon to Bell, Culverhouse had advocated for the firing of 10 law school professors and wanted to have access to observe law classes at his leisure during a campus visit.

“Donors may not dictate University administration,” Kellee Reinhart, senior vice chancellor of community relations for UA system, said in an emailed statement

In an email to Brandon, Culverhouse used his past involvement in aiding in the selection of the dean of UA’s business school, named after his father, as an example the power he wields as a prominent donor.

“My input was a courtesy, but it was an acknowledgement of my involvement and commitment,” Culverhouse said in an email. “The school did not get the $16MM from my father’s estate except when they agreed to my terms after 2 years of litigating.”

In a second statement on Sunday Reinhart said that the abortion angle had been played up by Culverhouse and the emails they could provide would show that funds were already on their way back to the donor before his abortion statement. View an embedded version of the document and emails here.

These emails also clearly establish that Chancellor St. John’s recommendation to refund all monies and rename the law school came on May 25- 4 days prior to any public comment by the donor about abortion. The donor’s continuing effort to rewrite history by injecting one of society’s most emotional, divisive issues into this decision is especially distasteful. These facts should finally set the record straight.

 

 

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Washington DC’s Inclusive ‘Dyke March’ Bans the Star of David but Allows Palestinian Flags

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How’s this for inclusive?

Washington DC’s “Dyke March” excluded Jewish participants carrying LGBT flags with the Star of David on ’em. The inclusive exclusion happened Saturday, which was exclusive of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

I guess true inclusivity’s impossible.

The Dyke March celebrated diversity by letting everyone know ahead of time that “Zionism” wouldn’t be tolerated. They would, however, let in Palestinian flags. This, according to The Washington Times.

Same kinda thing happened last year in Chicago, as per The Daily Wire:

[O]rganizers at the Chicago Dyke March enforced a similar policy, ejecting anyone from the LGBT Pride event who openly expressed support for the Jewish state, even though Israel is one of the only gay-friendly Middle Eastern countries. Organizers issued the ban in support of “intersectionality,” and out of concern for “Zionism” within their ranks, which they consider akin to “oppression.”

Nice.

Yael Horowitz is one of the DC March’s organizers, and she told the Times it’s absolutely about about fighting oppression. You know — like those turds America:

“If someone would show up with an American flag but with the stripes as a rainbow, we would treat it the same way. I think what’s getting erased here is pro-Israel and pro-Jewish are very different things. Jewish stars and other identifications and celebrations of Jewishness (yarmulkes, tallit, other expressions of Judaism or Jewishness) are welcome and encouraged. We do ask that participants not bring pro-Israel paraphernalia in solidarity with our queer Palestinian friends.”

In fact, in the view of one official, pro-Israel signage is a downright threat to people’s safety. And everyone needs a safe space (please see here):

“The issue [with the Jewish Pride flag] is where the Star of David is positioned in a way that looks like an Israeli flag, it creates an unsafe space. It really is a shame that Israel took this symbol of Judaism and turned it into this nationalist symbol….I understand the Jewish pride flag is a symbol that a lot of Jews have come to embrace, but there are so many other Jewish symbols that we can use to express our Judaism, like a Star of David [on a necklace], like a yarmulke, a tallit.”

Wanna see an argument between women over wearing a star amid trying to give a collective “H*ll Yeah” to lesbianism (again, here)? I gotcha covered:

So remember, folks: If you go out with your big D shirt to fight oppression, leave your star at home. Or you’ll have to fight even more oppression. It’s okay to be a lesbian; but advertising your love for a tiny endangered country is on the outs. Apparently, despite the catchy slogan, at the Dyke March it isn’t true that “Love is Love.”

Hanker for more Pride Month tales of Whoa? Here ya are:

Brad Pitt, Journalists, & The City Push Back Against Boston’s Straight Pride Parade, But The Rally Gets A Hilariously Unexpected Grand Marshal

Trump Denies Permission To Fly The Pride Flag At U.S. Embassies. Is He Still The Gayest Republican President?

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Dick Morris: The Brits Played A Large Role In The Russian Collusion Hoax

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Obviously, much of the spying, the use of FBI informants to infiltrate the Trump campaign, took place on British soil. The incident that the FBI claims triggered them to open an counterintelligence investigation into candidate Donald Trump, a conversation between Australian diplomat Alexander Downer and Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, took place in a London bar. Stefan Halper, a professor at Cambridge University, met with several Trump campaign junior advisors in London as well.

We also know that the day after Peter Strzok, who at the time led the FBI’s Counterespionage Division, opened the investigation into the Trump campaign, he hopped on a plane to London. We know from texts between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page he was accompanied by another, more senior FBI official as well. Testimony from other FBI officials have pointed to a London connection as well.

In the video below, political analyst Dick Morris discusses the role played by the British intelligence community in the hoax against candidate Trump and the reasons why the Brits were strongly hoping for a Hillary Clinton victory. Trump worried the British elite, Morris says. “He questioned the value of NATO, he said it might be obsolete. He openly endorsed Brexit which they strongly opposed…Then, when he started to say nice things about Putin, praising his leadership style and saying that he could do business with him, that set off alarm bells throughout London.” According to Morris:

The Brits were especially sensitive (and still are) about a renewal of the Cold War, because many of the oligarchs whom Putin had thrown out and threatened to arrest mainly fled to London. London has more billionaires than any other city in the world by a factor of 4 or 5. When former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned to death in London, it brought the Cold War directly home to the British MI6 operatives.

So, they began a process of beginning to stop Donald Trump from becoming President. And as his candidacy matured and he got closer and closer to victory, their attempts to float the collusion hoax scandal became evermore intense. The Brits were the first to bring the possibility of Russian collusion to the FBI’s attention back in 2015.

It was the former British MI6 agent, Christopher Steele, who was hired to investigate the possibility of Russian collusion. Steele made his data available to MI6 and got data from his old friends at MI6 that went into his altogether phony dossier. Indeed, the Hillary campaign and the people who were in charge of their negative research may have chosen Steele because of his connections with MI6 and because of his credibility with the FBI. Sir Andrew Wood, a former ambassador from the U.K. to Russia, and a close associate in business of Christopher Steele, played a key role in vouching for Steele when he first was emerging with his dossier. And it was Wood who sold John McCain on the dossier. He arranged to get the dossier to McCain and prompted McCain to bring it to Comey and inject it into the American political dialog. And there’s other evidence of the closeness between MI6 and the Russia hoax scandal. Alex Younger, the head of MI6, in his first public speech, quoted extensively from the Steele dossier. And Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, the British equivalent of the National Security Agency, resigned a few days after Trump’s inauguration, in a big surprise. He was very popular. It was speculated that his resignation may have related to MI6’s efforts to promote the hoax of the Russian collusion.

And finally, when the dossier came out, MI6 issued a “D” notice for Christopher Steele. A “D” notice is a notice by MI6 to the British media that prohibits them from covering a certain event for a period of 6 or 9 hours because it would be detrimental to the national security. And they stopped the media from using Steele’s name until he could get out of the country. Again indicating the links between MI6 and the Russian Collusion Hoax. This bears further investigation.

When Trump announced last September that he would release documents related to the investigation against him, it was believed that the governments of Britain and Australia objected to the move. There were other reasons, including a warning from his legal team that he should wait until Mueller had submitted his report before declassifying such sensitive material. But, as the bits of information start to form a more complete picture of what happened in 2016, the British intelligence community looms large.

And Morris’ theory makes a great deal of sense.

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Trump Denies Permission to Fly the Pride Flag at U.S. Embassies. Is He Still the Gayest Republican President?

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Personally, I’m not a group person. If the world was separated by Pizza Eaters, Taco Eaters, and Hamburger Eaters, you might find me alone under a tree with a plate of spaghetti. So groups is all Greek to me.

But I’ve noticed most people aren’t like that. Hence, news.

On the day gay marriage became the law of the land, the White House lit up with rainbow colors. That was in 2015.

The current administration doesn’t seem quite so federally festive.

As you may know, June — as designated by someone unknown to me — is Pride Month. Therefore, some U.S. embassies have requested to fly the gay flag on official flagpoles. You know what response that got? It got a Nope.

As reported by NBC News:

The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump’s State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said. Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.

In contrast to supporting rights??

The Daily Wire proposed this:

As to why the Trump administration has denied the request remains to be seen, though speculation is it sees LGBT rights and pride as two separate issues. For instance, the administration’s recent call to decriminalize homosexuality in countries such as Iran stems from an ideological impulse to see individuals treated with dignity and respect, which makes it a U.S. diplomatic endeavor, not an LGBT endeavor. It would be as if the embassies were to suddenly put crucifixes on the front lawns to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians.

Could be.

Trump’s gotten some credit from gay groups recently. As pointed out by the Daily Mail, he’s the first Republican president to promote Pride Month. And he’s made efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in other parts of the world. See for yourself:

Lesbian Jerri Ann Henry with gay group Log Cabin Republicans is pretty psyched:

‘To have any president recognize Pride is important to my community. To have a Republican president recognize that is massive. It’s worth noting that hasn’t happened before, and not anything close. … There will be many other issues we have to go to war over, but I will celebrate this. … I’m not here to say everything the president does is perfect on every LGBT issue, but I’m happy to compliment and celebrate the good things when I can get them. This is one of those cases and I’m so proud.”

Even so, BuzzFeed ran the headline “Trump Is The First Republican President To Acknowledge LGBT Pride Month, And Yet…”

And Democratic Rep. Don Byer tweeted a list of Trump LGBT crappiness:

“[He] banned transgender Americans from military service, opposed the Equality Act, blocked citizenship for children of same-sex couples, allowed anti-trans discrimination in homeless shelters, Ended healthcare protections for transgender people.”

Evidently, gay Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan’s on Team Byer:

“Just in the last month, the Trump Administration has fought to: deny citizenship to some children of same-sex American couples, strip protections for transgender Americans at homeless shelters, end anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans in health care.”

But on Friday, Kellyanne Conway told reporters gay groups should be grateful to the Prez for “calling on other countries to do something that’s very important, which is to join the U.S. in decriminalizing homosexuality.”

And there was this:

“I’m old enough to remember the 2008 campaign where Hillary and Obama were arguing with each other as to who was more for traditional marriage. It wasn’t so long ago.”

It seems he is the gayest Republican president.

Regardless, it’s easy to see why Trump ain’t gettin’ it with some of the folks who want him in the trans trenches. After all, if he wants to really compete in the world of gay grandstanding, he’s gonna have to step it up to Kirsten Gillibrand level:

Flag, schmag — that’s Bush League.

In the mood to delve further into group pageantry? Check out my companion piece spotlighting a curious impending Boston event: the Straight Pride parade.

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