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Your Favorite Anti-Semite Not Only Misappropriated Campaign Funds She’s Also a Tax Cheat

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Ilhan Omar. Ilhan. Omar. Ilhan. Freakin. Omar.

When the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board released its report requiring the pro-terrorist, anti-American, anti-Semitic bigot who happens to represent Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional to pay nearly $3,500 in fines and restitution for diverting campaign contributions to her own personal use, they buried the lede. Apparently, she not only scammed her contributors to enrich herself, she also engaged is several years of calculated income tax fraud.

To understand the tax fraud, let’s look at Omar’s official marriage history, or her stories of her marriage history, as aggregated by Wikipedia:

In 2002 she became engaged to Ahmed Hirsi (né Aden). The couple applied for a marriage license, but the application was not finalized. The couple had two children together before separating in 2008. The next year Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a British citizen. In 2011 she and Elmi had a faith-based divorce,[146] and that year she reconciled with Hirsi, with whom she had a third child in 2012. In 2017 Elmi and Omar were legally divorced,[35] and in 2018 Omar and Hirsi were legally married.[19]

Briefly:

Married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009.

Divorced Elmi in 2107.

Married Ahmed Hirsi in 2018.

 

This is from the report of investigation:

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So, for at least two years, Omar was married to one guy and apparently shacking up with another guy and telling the IRS they were married. The secondary point here is that the Minnesota investigation was only interested in the years that involved the activities of her fundraising committee. There is a good chance that she did this for quite a few more years.

Yeah, the whole incestuous marriage thing is distasteful, but who are we to judge, right? I mean love is love, or so I was told.

For a normal person this would be frowned upon by the IRS. In this case, you’d be safe betting a large sum of money that nothing happens. Why? A) She’s a Democrat. B) She’s an Administration and Trump critic. C) She’s a black Muslim. D) She’s a woman. E) She’s a member of Congress. While no one of those would necessarily be a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card alone, together they amount to depleted uranium armor with a deflector shield and Romunlan cloaking device built in.

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Carlos Maza Is Trying to Take the Heat Off Himself for Livelihoods Being Ruined (Don’t Let Him)

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While he does have a good number of supporters, Vox Media’s Carlos Maza seems to have become a public pariah thanks to his war against YouTube over having his feelings hurt by Steven Crowder.

Over the past few days, YouTube has bent over backward in order to please Maza, who has apparently roused the mob against YouTube for even daring to allow someone like Crowder to have a platform. Maza has done everything in his power to make it seem as if Crowder is a white supremacist, a homophobe, and a bigot.

Crowder is definitely not any of those, but that matters little to Maza. His true target was never really Crowder, it was anyone and everyone who offered differing opinions based on an opposing ideology. To him, people like Tucker Carlson are considered an enemy to society, and as dictated by the social justice dogma of the modern era, if it’s not falling in line with them, it’s Hitlerian.

Maza’s plan worked…sort of. YouTube has made a sweeping rule demonetizing anyone with content that may remotely resemble an opinion not shared by Maza’s hard-left ilk. Content creators on the platform have lost their income whether they were right-leaning or not. This includes educational and raw news channels that featured content such as speeches from Hitler or Richard Spencer.

One such channel was Ford Fischer who operates a channel where he posts on the spot footage of events like alt-right gatherings, protests, speeches, etc. His work had been used in documentaries. Despite this, YouTube demonetized him.

This sudden rush to please Maza by YouTube is Maza’s doing. Maza whipped up what every corporation fears, and that’s a mob that may alter public opinion about them. While YouTube is staffed by the same type of leftist that Maza is, and was only too happy to capitulate, this is Maza’s fault.

However, Maza is attempting to take the blame off himself for YouTube’s sudden, panicked rush to fix an issue that wasn’t an issue. As creators find their source of pay going away, they can only trace it back to one man.

Maza, however, has decided to put the blame squarely on YouTube, and is attempting to simply pass it off as their incompetence in silencing and censoring the right people.

The last thing we should do is allow Maza and the media to structure the narrative that the cause of this “adpocalypse” is anyone’s fault but the creators of the outrage in the first place. Maza and the rest wanted censorship and punishment for those guilty of wrong-think. They got it.

When the left asks for more interference from the powers that be, this is what happens. There’s collateral damage. Innocent people suffer while you’re trying to target a specific group. The problem is that the specific group that Maza is targeting isn’t guilty of the things he’s pegging them with in the first place.

This sends YouTube frantically searching to position for a line to be drawn, and since Crowder did nothing wrong, they pull the line back further than it needs to be, hitting everyone else in the process.

This may be because of a reaction from YouTube, but rest assured, Maza was the source that caused the effect.

Keep the facts the fact. Maza caused this, and we shouldn’t let his false narrative thrive.

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Amy Klobuchar Unwittingly Extinguishes The Latest Trump Family Media Fire

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The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel shared a story about how an email written by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in December 2016 has suppressed the latest media frenzy to surround the Trump family.

A Minnesota mining company, Twin Metals Minnesota, “holds two mineral leases on government land outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.” Strassel explains:

The Interior Department had renewed the leases for decades. But when Twin Metals got serious about a mine, the Obama administration jumped into bed with green activists who ardently opposed it.
In 2014, Interior delayed the renewals, calling for more “study.” In early 2016, the department’s solicitor issued a howler of a legal opinion, granting the government new authority to deny Twin Metals automatic lease renewals. It was an Obama extralegal classic: The opinion ignored precedent, existing rights and regular procedure. In a midnight kiss to green activists, the department officially blocked the leases on Dec. 15, 2016.

In December 2017, Twin Metals applied once again to renew their leases, hoping to get a different answer from Trump administration officials. And indeed they did. “The new Interior principal deputy solicitor found the prior opinion fatally flawed and moved to renew Twin Metals’ leases. The company moved on to an arduous environmental review, and it could still be blocked by the feds or the state. Beyond some furious greens, that should have been the end of the matter.”

In the meantime, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner rent a home in Washington which is owned by a Chilean billionaire whose family controls Twin Metals. They pay $15,000 a month to the owner, whom they have never met.

Bingo! Discovery of this coincidental connection by the press prompted cries of “Scandal! Payoff! Sleaze!” Strassel says we live “in an age where every move by the executive branch is judged not on the policy merits but on a “corruption” scale.”

The media paid no attention that the Obama administration’s decision was a bow to political correctness and was bound to be overturned.

Democrats and activists have instead spun this as straight-up cronyism. Green groups routinely slam the decision as a favor to “Ivanka’s landlord.” Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton decried the “shameful reversal” as proof that “big corporate money and special-interest influence now rule again.” House Democrats sent letters to Interior and Agriculture Secretaries David Bernhardt and Sonny Perdue harping on the landlord question. The goal is to gin up a scandal of the type activists used to run out other Trump appointees.

The day after the Obama administration’s decision to block the leases, Sen. Klobuchar sent an email to then-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack which can be viewed here.

She wrote: (emphasis mine)

I have always believed in what you do…but this just floored me. Trump will reverse this. When you guys leave and are out talking about a job message for rural America, I will be left with the mess and dealing with the actual jobs. But you guys sure got a good story in the New York Times.

It should have been handled through the normal process. It wasn’t. I still don’t have answers to my questions. I asked them in writing in July. I will now ask them of the Trump administration…which is ironic because the most likely reason I did not get answers to my questions is why we have the trump administration to begin with. Who cares about answering some pesky questions from a woman senator from the Midwest when you guys and the White House and the activists have all the politics down, right?

I repeatedly expressed concerns about using this lease denial process after they had had the leases for years…It will now end up in a lawsuit and everyone will raise money off of it and do attack ads based on it on both sides. Somehow Trump will reverse the decision or a court will.

I am not for or against this project but I just wanted a fair process based on science that told us the truth. That is not how this feels.

Amy

Klobuchar understands that Vilsack’s decision was political and that it was a mistake. And that the Trump administration wouldn’t bow to the God of political correctness. And that just maybe, many of the foolish decisions made by Obama officials to please one progressive group or another is why Trump was elected.

Great letter Mrs. Klobuchar. Oh, and thanks!

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Body Cams; Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander

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FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles. An agreement with Boston’s largest police union to have 100 officers wear body cameras was praised as a step toward greater accountability. But with the Sept. 1, 2016, rollout date for the pilot program approaching, not a single officer had volunteered to wear one. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Body Cams; Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander

Over at American Thinker, my good friend Mike Thiac has a great article out today, regarding body cams for Federal Law Enforcement Agents. Mike and I served together over in The Sandbox where he was the unit Intelligence Officer. He’s now a Patrol Sergeant for a major metropolitan police force.

Mike’s article points out yet one more example of Federal hypocrisy. The Federal Government is pressuring localities to put body cams on all of their officers who have contact with the public. This is a great idea ( body cams, not Federal pressure). First of all, officials who have the power to arrest and confine you, by force if necessary, do need proper oversight.

Interestingly, body cams are also supported by many police officers. Why? Because, in a “he said, she said,” situation, body cam footage has cleared a number of officers from unfounded accusations. In short, body cams are a win-win.

Then comes the example of the City of Atlanta and a Federal Task Force. As is common in many localities, the Federal Government establishes joint City/County-Federal Task Forces to focus on certain crimes, drugs, carjacking and the like, or to assist Federal Marshals in serving Federal arrest warrants. The Feds will provide one or two agents while the rest of the manpower is provided by the local agencies. Everyone is provided Federal credentials. Typically, the Second-in-Command is a Fed, while the the Task Force Commander is a local selected by the Chief of Police or County Sheriff.

These ad hoc units provide great capability, as long as everyone is following the rules. The incident my buddy Mike describes, is one where Atlanta’s Mayor and Chief Of Police decided that all Atlanta Police Officers would be required to wear body cams—even when they were part of a Federal Task Force. This decision was sparked when an Atlanta citizen was shot and killed during a Federal Task Force attempt to serve a warrant. The shots were fired by an Atlanta Police Officer serving with the Task Force.

Their decision was the correct one. However, when informed of this, the Federal agencies involved declined to allow local officers to wear body cams. Of course, Federal Agents don’t either. The Mayor and the Chief Of Police responded by pulling their officers out of the Federal Task Forces. This too was the correct decision.

Mike Thiac is right. What’s good for the Goose, is good for the Gander. Here’s his final wrap up.

Technology is a good thing, and we should use it. But I don’t care for hypocrisy at any level. Federal law enforcement, do not lecture local/state agencies if you are not willing to have your actions reviewed, or “Monday-morning quarterbacked,” by the same “Social Justice Warrior” types, race baiting poverty pimps, and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, etc. This is the 21st Century, technology is here to stay — embrace it, use it, and get used to the consequences. If you would listen to your brother cops at the local level, you know it’s mostly positive. Come and join us on the front line.

You can usually find Mike Thiac on Patrol, on his blog A Cop’s Watch or at my house eating my brisket and swilling my scotch.

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

Follow him on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

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Former FBI Counsel James Baker Is A Cooperating Witness With the DOJ IG and With Barr’s Investigator

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One of the sure signs that we’re getting down to nut cutting time is when you start seeing subjects of an investigation pointing fingers and one another and beating a path to the door of the people conducting an investigation. The former event is already happening as Comey and Brennan are blaming each other for the use of the Steele dossier in cooking up the whole Russia hoax, see Brennan And Comey Start Pointing At Each Other As Barr’s Prosecutor Closes In. This week, the guy who compiled the dossier on then-candidate Trump, former Brit spy Christopher Steele, has flip-flopped from saying he will not discuss the issue with US authorities to agreeing to meet with DOJ IG Michael Horowitz and probably with Attorney General Bill Barr’s handpicked investigator, US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham, see BREAKING. Christopher Steele Agrees To Be Interviewed By Attorney General Barr’s Investigator.

Now another sign of the coming apocalypse is that a man we know is a target of a federal investigation for leaking official information to the media, former FBI General Counsel James Baker, has said that he’s pretty excited about meeting with both Horowitz and Durham.

Former top FBI lawyer James Baker said this week he is cooperating with the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation.

“I have had a longstanding relationship with the inspector general’s office, because I firmly believe in the appropriateness and the need for effective oversight of the FBI,” Baker said in a CNN interview.

Baker took a lead role in reviewing those FISA applications before submitting them to the FISA court. He has said he took the information “seriously” but “not necessarily literally,” and also that he is “nervous” about Horowitz.

Baker told CNN he is also open to helping Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham with their review of the origins of the Russia investigation. He stressed that it was a “small group” who led the FBI’s counterintelligence inquiry into Trump’s campaign, namely former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

My personal view is that this is a critical move. Baker knows that they have him by the…uh, I mean, dead to rights on leaking law-enforcement-classified material to the press. He knows he’s dead meat on the FISA warrant applications on Carter Page because the renewals of the FISA warrants on Page were obviously fraudulent and Baker’s deputy, Trisha Anderson, testified to Congress that the original was handled outside usual channels. Even Baker, himself, told Congressional investigators that the Russia probe was handled in an “abnormal fashion” and was rife with “political bias.” It appears that the FBI was very aware of the sketchiness of the Steele dossier and yet copied and pasted entire paragraphs directly into the Page warrant application and Baker was the key man in approving those warrants. But, because he’s just a cog in the machine, Baker ideally placed to be able to make a deal of some sort by spilling his guts. Him making this announcement on television is the best way of telling everyone involved that he is talking and that they should do what they can to minimize their own liability because there is a big bus bearing down on them all, there is plenty of room under it, and that Baker doesn’t intend to be there.

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No Matter How You Feel About Tariffs In Theory, Trump Has Effectively Used Them To Put U.S. In Position Of Negotiating Strength

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The protestations over the use of tariffs as a negotiating tactic began almost immediately following Trump’s decision to employ them back in 2017.

The most vocal detractors were free-trade conservatives who were opposed to tariffs (and probably Mr. Trump) on principle alone.

And Trump has had varying degrees of success with his tariffs, drawing the ire of Republicans like Sen. Chuck Grassley over steel tariffs aimed at Mexico and traditionally conservative editorial boards like the Wall Street Journal who declared steel tariffs largely “a bust” in 2018 (except for American steel companies, who were making money and, presumably, creating jobs for Americans). Others, like Michael Stumo, CEO of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) which advocates on behalf of U.S. farmers and manufacturers, believe tariffs have worked quite well.

America’s consumers simply aren’t seeing any major price increases from the tariffs, and core inflation has remained low at 2.2 percent. But industrial users of steel and aluminum haven’t seen price jumps either.

After a short-term increase in the summer, steel prices have actually fallen back to the levels of last January and February — before the tariffs even took effect. And federal data shows the Producer Price Index rising a cumulative 2.5 percent in 2018, exactly the same as it did in 2017.

U.S. industrial production has continued to climb throughout 2018, though, including a 7.8 percent increase in one of the heaviest metal-using sectors, motor vehicle and parts manufacturing.

These are all strong numbers, and they help to explain why U.S. manufacturing added so many jobs in 2018 — the sector’s best showing since the Great Recession.

There’s no denying, however, the flexing coming out of China in response to tariff threats. That nation is in a tough spot because they have gone on record saying they will not negotiate under threat, but they are dealing with a U.S. President who might show flexibility, but will  ultimately make good on his threats. 

U.S. officials officially granted Chinese exporters two more weeks to get their products into the United States before increasing tariffs on those items, according to a U.S. government notice posted online on Friday.

The Trump administration had raised its 10 percent levy on Chinese imports to 25 percent as it sought to pressure Beijing to strike a larger trade deal, although an agreement still remains to be reached.

And the newest tariff threat aimed at Mexico to entice that nation to stop the flow of illegal migrants and drugs from coming across the U.S. border seems to have had an immediate effect, as my colleague Bonchi wrote last night.

So, while tariffs may be anathema to conservatives because they do generally translate into a tax on Americans, there seems to be something else going on with Trump’s trade policy. And Politico thinks they know what it is.

They believe that the big bet free trade advocates made in the 1990s — that welcoming China into the WTO would encourage it to integrate into a rules-based global economy — has proved to be a loser. China, by these lights, is happy to take advantage of the U.S. and other players’ commitment to free trade and rules but will continue to steal and subsidize to advance its own interests.

“I and many others had deceived ourselves that China wanted to be just like us,” said Michael Pillsbury, an influential adviser to the Trump administration on China and author of the book, “The Hundred Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower.”

“I finally woke up,” he said. “But I would not say everybody’s awakened even at this point.

The Trump doctrine marks a repudiation of decades of U.S. trade orthodoxy — that reached its high point in the 1990s, after the Soviet Union collapsed, and capitalism and liberalism appeared on the march. This “End of History” euphoria culminated in Clinton pushing past his party’s populist instincts on trade and embracing the elite view that the world was becoming more integrated, more rules-based, and more prosperous, and that this meant good things both for American and the rest of humanity.

What team Trump seems to be embracing is that the world has changed and China (in particular) was never going to be an honest broker in the trade game unless they were put in a position where being honest was going to be to their benefit.

By assuming other nations were honest brokers, the U.S. lost its position of power in negotiating trade. It is, after all, difficult to negotiate with someone willing to lie to you about what you’ll be getting back in a trade.

Team Trump would appear to be using tariffs as a tool to regain some of that lost negotiating power (Politico indicates it began falling by the wayside during Bill Clinton’s administration).

In that respect, tariffs do seem to be working. Even China is wringing its hands at this new America demanding to be treated with respect in international trade.

Conservatives are right to be concerned about the tax on average Americans tariffs can levy. And hopefully their use will wane as the U.S. continues to gain a position of strength at the negotiating table. But sometimes as much as you prefer not to see everything as a nail, you’ve been limited to only having a hammer.

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No Matter How You Feel About Tariffs In Theory, Trump Has Effectively Used Them To Put U.S. In Position Of Negotiating Strength

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The protestations over the use of tariffs as a negotiating tactic began almost immediately following Trump’s decision to employ them back in 2017.

The most vocal detractors were free-trade conservatives who were opposed to tariffs (and probably Mr. Trump) on principle alone.

And Trump has had varying degrees of success with his tariffs, drawing the ire of Republicans like Sen. Chuck Grassley over steel tariffs aimed at Mexico and traditionally conservative editorial boards like the Wall Street Journal who declared steel tariffs largely “a bust” in 2018 (except for American steel companies, who were making money and, presumably, creating jobs for Americans). Others, like Michael Stumo, CEO of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) which advocates on behalf of U.S. farmers and manufacturers, believe tariffs have worked quite well.

America’s consumers simply aren’t seeing any major price increases from the tariffs, and core inflation has remained low at 2.2 percent. But industrial users of steel and aluminum haven’t seen price jumps either.

After a short-term increase in the summer, steel prices have actually fallen back to the levels of last January and February — before the tariffs even took effect. And federal data shows the Producer Price Index rising a cumulative 2.5 percent in 2018, exactly the same as it did in 2017.

U.S. industrial production has continued to climb throughout 2018, though, including a 7.8 percent increase in one of the heaviest metal-using sectors, motor vehicle and parts manufacturing.

These are all strong numbers, and they help to explain why U.S. manufacturing added so many jobs in 2018 — the sector’s best showing since the Great Recession.

There’s no denying, however, the flexing coming out of China in response to tariff threats. That nation is in a tough spot because they have gone on record saying they will not negotiate under threat, but they are dealing with a U.S. President who might show flexibility, but will  ultimately make good on his threats. 

U.S. officials officially granted Chinese exporters two more weeks to get their products into the United States before increasing tariffs on those items, according to a U.S. government notice posted online on Friday.

The Trump administration had raised its 10 percent levy on Chinese imports to 25 percent as it sought to pressure Beijing to strike a larger trade deal, although an agreement still remains to be reached.

And the newest tariff threat aimed at Mexico to entice that nation to stop the flow of illegal migrants and drugs from coming across the U.S. border seems to have had an immediate effect, as my colleague Bonchi wrote last night.

So, while tariffs may be anathema to conservatives because they do generally translate into a tax on Americans, there seems to be something else going on with Trump’s trade policy. And Politico thinks they know what it is.

They believe that the big bet free trade advocates made in the 1990s — that welcoming China into the WTO would encourage it to integrate into a rules-based global economy — has proved to be a loser. China, by these lights, is happy to take advantage of the U.S. and other players’ commitment to free trade and rules but will continue to steal and subsidize to advance its own interests.

“I and many others had deceived ourselves that China wanted to be just like us,” said Michael Pillsbury, an influential adviser to the Trump administration on China and author of the book, “The Hundred Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower.”

“I finally woke up,” he said. “But I would not say everybody’s awakened even at this point.

The Trump doctrine marks a repudiation of decades of U.S. trade orthodoxy — that reached its high point in the 1990s, after the Soviet Union collapsed, and capitalism and liberalism appeared on the march. This “End of History” euphoria culminated in Clinton pushing past his party’s populist instincts on trade and embracing the elite view that the world was becoming more integrated, more rules-based, and more prosperous, and that this meant good things both for American and the rest of humanity.

What team Trump seems to be embracing is that the world has changed and China (in particular) was never going to be an honest broker in the trade game unless they were put in a position where being honest was going to be to their benefit.

By assuming other nations were honest brokers, the U.S. lost its position of power in negotiating trade. It is, after all, difficult to negotiate with someone willing to lie to you about what you’ll be getting back in a trade.

Team Trump would appear to be using tariffs as a tool to regain some of that lost negotiating power (Politico indicates it began falling by the wayside during Bill Clinton’s administration).

In that respect, tariffs do seem to be working. Even China is wringing its hands at this new America demanding to be treated with respect in international trade.

Conservatives are right to be concerned about the tax on average Americans tariffs can levy. And hopefully their use will wane as the U.S. continues to gain a position of strength at the negotiating table. But sometimes as much as you prefer not to see everything as a nail, you’ve been limited to only having a hammer.

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Pot, Meet Kettle: Transgender Women’s Cycling Champ Who Bullies Female Sports Figures Condemns “Toxic Masculinity”

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Oh the irony. The sweet, sweet irony of it all.

Transgender cycling champion Rachel McKinnon vented recently on social media about toxic masculinity and how it negatively impacted the behavior of women who are confronted with it.

In a tweet from late May, McKinnon wrote that “Toxic masculinity includes not being able to recognize when women are deeply uncomfortable with your behavior or presence…but it also forces women to do our best to be subtle because we’re scared you’ll react like this or worse.”

Y’all, if only one thing in modern history could ever be declared a classic case of “pot, kettle, black“, McKinnon’s comments on this issue would be it.

For those wondering, let me refresh your memories on who McKinnon is.

McKinnon created a stir last fall when she won a women’s cycling world title. Some of her competitors cried foul because McKinnon …is actually a man.

Fast forward a few months later, and McKinnon – an assistant professor at the College of Charleston, SC – was still giving it his all trying to shame women who disagree with him into silence. Some of his recent targets include 1980 Olympic swimming silver medalist Sharron Davies, and tennis great Martina Navratilova.

He successfully led the charge in having Navratilova, an LGBT rights pioneer, excommunicated out of several prominent LGBT groups over her belief that men competing in women’s competition gives the men an unfair advantage (which is true).

His Twitter feed is filled with examples of his attempts at shutting up women who disagree with him:

Here’s another example of McKinnon’s warped views on female sports figures who dare to oppose his agenda:

Bizarre, right? McKinnon actually believes that excluding an entire race from competing in sports is the same thing as excluding men from being able to compete in women’s competitions. Who knew?

And what happens if you’re a woman and disagree with what he says? Tough sh*t. McKinnon has declared the debate over: “If you feel it’s unfair for trans women to compete, too bad. Suck it up, buttercup. The world has moved on. There is no ‘debate’ to be had.”

Sadly, McKinnon isn’t the only man masquerading as a woman who uses his elevated positions as a professor, athlete, and activist to bully into submission those who speak out against transgender women in women’s sports. But he’s one of most prominent, and his (rarely questioned) actions have had a chilling effect on female athletes and commentators alike, some of who are afraid to speak on the record for fear of being on the receiving end of his targeted (and oftentimes successful) bullying tactics.

With all this in mind, let’s revisit that tweet of McKinnon’s from last month:

“Toxic masculinity includes not being able to recognize when women are deeply uncomfortable with your behavior or presence…but it also forces women to do our best to be subtle because we’re scared you’ll react like this or worse.”

You really can’t make this stuff up.

(Hat tip: PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil)

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Trump Pounces on Pelosi After She Calls for His Imprisonment

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Yesterday, I reported on the fact that Nancy Pelosi told Jerry Nadler that she didn’t want to see Trump impeached, she wanted to see him in prison.

While I’ve personally got very little problem with politicians taking swipes like this (as if Democrats didn’t call for the jailing of George Bush, this isn’t a new thing), it’s worth noting that the media and liberals lost their ever loving minds when people would say “lock her up” in relation to Hillary Clinton.

So perhaps they’d give Pelosi some pushback here? You know, since it’s so bad to target your political opponents via charges of criminality (even when they are obviously valid as in the case of Clinton).

Nah, they instead decided to play it as a “Republicans pounce” story because that’s what they always do. You see, the story isn’t the incredible hypocrisy of Pelosi saying what she said, it’s that Trump responded to it.

While Pelosi’s original remarks didn’t warrant a write-up from The Washington Post because that would mean holding a consistent standard, Trump saying this got their juices flowing.

President Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview that aired Thursday night as “a nasty, vindictive, horrible person” in his first public comments since reports that she told colleagues she would like to see him in prison rather than impeached.

“I think she’s a disgrace,” Trump said on Fox News. “I actually don’t think she’s a talented person. I’ve tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done. She’s incapable of doing deals. She’s a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”

Sounds pretty truthy to me. Pelosi is as underhanded as they come and this was on display just a few weeks ago when she trashed Trump publicly as a criminal just moments before going into a meeting trying to strike a deal over infrastructure. Maybe that’s how two-faced and listless career politicians are in Washington D.C. but to normal people, that’s nasty, vindictive behavior.

Not content with just being hypocritical via omission of criticism of Pelosi, the Post ran a story this morning bemoaning the “flip-flopping” by Sean Hannity on jailing political opponents.

What’s worse? An admitted partisan political figure like Hannity changing his stance or a supposed hard news agency holding two completely different standards when it’s a Republican who’s being targeted? I’m going to go with the latter but the Post always think it’s Republicans who are the story. We pounce, we seize, and we even pounce on our own pouncing.

Consistency in media simply doesn’t exist. If they held any actual journalistic standards, they’d be calling out Pelosi’s call to jail Trump the same way they went after him for saying the same about Hillary. At least in one case we had a clearly defined statute she had violated.

At least we get the comedic value of seeing them now try to excuse such behavior. Hypocrisy is part of the job I guess.

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GND Architect Warns: Climate Change Is ‘Equivalent to 25 Holocausts’ and ‘People of Color Are Dying Daily From Pollution’

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Rhiana Gunn-Wright, the architect of the Green New Deal, offered her wisdom to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Thursday.

(Please scroll down for the exchange which begins at 6:40.)

Velshi asks how Green New Dealers plan to make climate change an important issue in the 2020 election as opposed to something like health care.

“Climate change is not just an issue, it is the issue,” explained Gunn-Wright.

So in the issues that you just brought up, climate change is one of the main drivers of our public health. So the difference between, say, 1.5 degrees of warming — which is the least that folks think that we can get — to 2, you are talking about 150 million deaths. That’s 25 holocausts, right? So how is that not a health issue? How is that not about health care?

Velshi doesn’t question her about how she arrived at this number. Of course.

She adds, “So even the issues that you outline, all of them are affected by climate change and how you decide to deal with climate change is how you decide to deal with all these other issues.”

Velshi says, “Let’s talk about cost.” He cites a study that found the cost to the country’s largest 200 companies for addressing climate change would be roughly $1 trillion over five years. Velshi asks, “What’s the cost of not doing something about it?”

Gunn-Wright replies:

Right. And I think that’s indicative of the ways that we have just absorbed the cost of not doing anything on climate change right now. So the cost of fossil fuels, of oil, the fuels that we use to power our cars are lower than they actually are because we don’t count the effect that they have on the environment, the effect that they have on public health, the fact that it’s causing people to get asthma and cancer and all of these other things.

In a lot of ways it’s just the status quo. But the fact is that we have to start thinking about the cost of inaction because they are mounting and they are mounting quickly. And everyone agrees that they are higher than what we can even estimate right now. And so you cannot talk about the cost of dealing with a problem if you don’t talk about the cost of not dealing with that same problem.

“Kind of interesting, though, that we do, right? That’s the habit society has gotten into,” Velshi responds.

Gunn-Wright said that “We like to think that the way we live right now has no cost and we know that is not true.” She continues with a litany of the “knowns.”

We know that people, especially people of color, are dying daily from fossil fuel pollution.

We know that we are losing a million species right now because of climate change.

We know that there are costs to the ways that we live right now and the sooner that we grapple with that reality, the sooner that we will all be able to build an America and a world that is safe and prosperous and healthy for all of us.

Velshi takes all of her random and preposterous conclusions as fact. He doesn’t ask her to explain why, for instance, people of color are dying at a faster rate than whites. How has she concluded that we are losing a million species right now due to climate change? Not once does Velshi challenge her remarks.

He then thanks Gunn-Wright for coming on the show and explains that “she is a policy director at the think tank “New Consensus” and is an expert on climate change and the costs associated with it.”

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