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NEW: Secret Recordings Shows Michael Cohen Lied in His Plea Deal, Plus Other Sad Musings

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There’s something poetic about a guy who secretly recorded a bunch of people falling for his own con.

Michael Cohen apparently thought it was a good idea to get on the phone with Tom Arnold, self-appointed #resistance leader and public appointed crazy person. In the call, he disavowed some of the charges he plead guilty to, among other sad musings.

That’s kind of a problem isn’t it? Usually when you sign a plea deal, you aren’t supposed to go tell people that you falsely plead to crimes to avoid more charges.

Here are some excerpts.

There is no tax evasion,” said Cohen on the call. “And the Heloc? I have an 18% loan-to-value on my home. How could there be a Heloc issue? How? Right?…It’s a lie.”

In the 36-minute recording, Messrs. Cohen and Arnold covered a range of issues, from the legal troubles of former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti to Mr. Trump’s affinity for the leader of North Korea.

Mr. Arnold said he made the recording without Mr. Cohen’s knowledge. Mr. Cohen has himself surreptitiously recorded conversations. During a raid of his home, office and hotel room in April 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized recordings the lawyer made while talking to journalists, political allies, and others, including Mr. Trump. During the call last month, Mr. Arnold praised Mr. Cohen for standing against the president. “You are a hero and you’re not alone,” Mr. Arnold said. –Wall Street Journal

Cohen tells Arnold he pleaded guilty in AUgust because “they had me on campaign finance,” while prosecutors were also targeting his wife – whose name some of the $2.4 million in interest payments he received from loans was deposited, New York federal prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

“I love this woman, and I am not going to let her get dragged into the mud of this crap,” said Cohen. “And I never thought the judge was going to throw a three-year fricking sentence.”

What’s so ironic is that they didn’t actually have him on campaign finance. Not as a certainty at least. It was his Clinton crony lawyer who had him plead to things that probably weren’t even crimes in exchange for what ended up being a three year prison sentence. The sentencing recommendations weren’t a secret. Even before he plead out, it was widely reported he was going to get at least 3-5 years at a minimum. Given that Cohen is a lawyer himself, he should have been smarter, but obviously, Lanny Davis scammed this guy hard to make him a pawn for revenge on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

Cohen goes on to do some whining about his current situation.

“You would think that you would have folks, you know, stepping up and saying, ‘You know what, this guy’s lost everything,’” Cohen told Arnold during the call. “My family’s happiness, and my law license,” he continued, “I lost my business…my insurance, my bank accounts, all for what? All for what? Because Trump, you know, had an affair with a porn star? That’s really what this is about.”

Oddly enough, Cohen manages to hit on the truth here. The entire ordeal was simply about Trump having an affair 11 years ago. That’s why prosecutors let him plead out on campaign finance violations that are rarely even charged instead of going after him on the much more serious crimes he was accused of (more tax issues, taxi medallion scam, etc.). Cohen’s prosecution was in fact mostly political but how he handled it is completely on him.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to a wide variety of mostly financial crimes, telling a judge at his December sentencing “I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to.

Well, so much for that. I doubt the judge cares much at this point but it certainly won’t help the case for a reduced sentence he’s been making lately.

You can’t feel sorry for Cohen. If he really believed he was innocent of the major charges, he could have hired a real lawyer and put up a real defense against some very shaky campaign finance accusations. Instead, he ran into the arms of a Clinton fixer and decided he’d rather place his life in the hands of House Democrats, with delusional hopes they’d help him stay out of prison.

Do stupid things, win stupid prizes.

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Reversing Parkland Second Amendment Reactions the Florida Legislature is Passing a Bill to Arm Teachers

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FILE – In this March 20, 2018, file photo, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

In a development that is jarring for many sympathetic hearts, the Florida state Senate has passed its version of a bill that will allow for teachers to carry guns on campus. For the many who have been pushing ardently for stricter gun restrictions this is a stark contradiction to the activism that has been forwarded. The idea of educators packing in classrooms originates from a sound and sober source.

The gun debate raged long and loud in 2018, surely the result of the emotional jolt that was the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland Florida. Students became activists, media outlets became PR firms, and politicians became arms experts overnight as the wave of gun-control advocacy swept the nation. This led to many new gun laws in various states.

In Florida this was also the case, as a number of new control measures were passed in Tallahassee. Bump-stocks were banned, even though one was not used in the shooting. Tougher “red flag” standards, to remove potentially dangerous purchasers from being approved, were passed even though it was found that past incidents of the shooter which should have been sent to the federal database had not been reported.

One of the more controversial new laws was elevating the legal age to purchase a long gun from 18 years old to 21 years of age. There continue to be challenges to this new standard. As is frequently the case, legislation that is passed during an emotional fervor frequently leads to problems and challenges. This was amplified in Tallahassee due in part because students and parents became especially vocal and sympathetic in the aftermath.

What needs to be pointed out however is that while, in the months following the Parkland shooting, it appeared there was a massive groundswell of anti-gun bias, (at least in the state) this was a distortion created by the media. David Hogg and a wide number of student activists were granted all manner of press facetime, and it looked as if momentum was in place to affect significant changes.

As the year extended and the hysteria calmed, there were more sober voices calling out for actual safety measures to be implemented in our school and for laws that address societal safety. The problems leading to the shooting have been exposed to have been institutional, not gun-inspired. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for its coverage of the various authority failures leading to and following the shooting. Guns were not the cause, is the eventual conclusion arrived at, over time.

Then last November the findings from a bipartisan commission investigating the shooting and studying remedies for the future was released. Listed among numerous conclusions was one that declared had teachers been armed on campus that day it could have possibly negated some of the casualties. The bill that is moving through the legislature would allow teachers, who are willing, to carry on campus on a voluntary basis. Individuals interested would need to pass a psychological check, and then go through training of over 140 hours. Also, the local school district would have to approve the proposal. To date it is estimated that 25 districts have indicated they would allow the measure in their regions.

The press, as expected, has been rather slanted in its coverage. The Miami Herald — which usually describes Florida as “The Gunshine State” — notes how the bill is opposed by the Parkland students. Yahoo News, in a very misrepresentative headline, suggests that carrying a gun will become part of the hiring process. And Newsweek, straining to give all gun control advocates their forum on this issue, has one gun-nabber quoted thusly; “Today Florida didn’t just pass a bill to arm teachers, we signed death certificates for kids of color.”

It would be corse for me to point out that this type of hyperbolic language is probably what undermines the anti-gun lobby. It would also be accurate.

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Shameful: Biden Launches Presidential Campaign off of Despicable Media-Driven Lie About Trump and Charlottesville

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Joe Biden announces his 2020 presidential candidacy – 4/25/19.

As expected, former vice president Joe Biden announced his candidacy for president today via a 6 a.m. tweet that included a video making it official.

The Hill reports:

Biden, 76, began his announcement by recounting the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. and Trump’s remark in its aftermath that there were “some very fine people on both sides,” referring to rally-goers and counter-protesters alike.

“With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it,” Biden said. “And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I’d ever seen in my lifetime.”

Biden is the 21st candidate to enter the Democratic presidential hopeful field, and has enjoyed good front-runner polling numbers for months as speculation swirled about a potential run.

Watch the video of his announcement below:

The “very fine people” out of context quote is the lie that will never die. It has been debunked over and over and over again by so many people, with the exception of the vast majority of the mainstream media and Democrats.

Even The Hill got it wrong. Trump did not praise white supremacist/neo-Nazi “rally-goers.” Let’s take a look at the transcript via Steve Cortes, who included direct links in a piece he wrote about this last month:

My colleagues seem prepared to dispute our own network’s correct contemporaneous reporting and the very clear transcripts of the now-infamous Trump Tower presser on the tragic events of Charlottesville. Here are the unambiguous actual words of President Trump:

“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

After another question at that press conference, Trump became even more explicit:

“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”

Anyone who isn’t suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome can see the “fine people on both sides” remark was not in reference to any white supremacists/neo-Nazis in the crowd. Instead, he was referring to the people in the crowd who were for and against the statue’s removal who were not part of any violent hate groups or movements.

Why does the “he praised neo-Nazis and white supremacists” lie persist? Because the mainstream media and Democrats have vested interests in keeping it going. Many of the other 2020 presidential candidates have referenced the quote, including Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) and Beto O’Rourke. And when they do, they are never corrected. It’s treated as factual. And there is no “without evidence” phrasing to stories quoting them on it.

Why has Biden chosen to use the out of context Charlottesville quote as the backdrop for his announcement? Because his entrance into the race comes at a time when white candidates are basically being shamed by the left into apologizing for their “privilege”, and the Biden campaign may feel like this is a way he can appeal to minority voters and show that he “gets it” or whatever.

Instead it just shows that Biden, like the rest of the Democratic field of candidates, is open to shamefully manipulating the emotions of the American people and opening old wounds on race by lying about it.

Disgraceful.

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WATCH: Angry Abortion Customer Breaks Elderly Pro-Life Counselor’s Leg & Injures Her Head, Highlighting a Growing Cultural Cancer

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An elderly woman in Kentucky was pushed to the ground by an angry abortion customer on April 13th, from which the pro-life advocate received a broken leg and head injuries.

The injured, Donna Durning, has served as a “sidewalk counselor” for 23 years.

The incident was caught on video, and it highlights a growing societal malady — not concerning abortion, but with regard to a sociopathic indifference toward the elderly.

We saw in the aftermath of Parkland — in my opinion — the media encouraging grossly ignorant and inexperienced teens (here) to rage against people to whom they should’ve been saying “Yes ma’am” and “No sir.” Gun issues aside, that disgraceful use of the naive as disposable pawns for political maneuvering struck me as equally disturbing a vignette of modern manners.

And, to me, the video of Ms. Durning being knocked down conjures similar notions.

Watch:

Donna was offering the woman — who’d just exited the abortion clinic — a pamphlet.

She explained to Louisville’s WLKY News:

“I had a little card from Little Way Crisis pregnancy center, and I just offered it to her. And I said, ‘Honey, if you need to talk to anybody, there’s a number on here.’ I was there, as I am five days a week, talking to girls, offering them alternatives to abortion. I saw a lot of hatred in her face and — I’m not exaggerating — I saw the face of Satan in her eyes.”

Violence against those on the Right, of course, is nothing new. Another example is this roundhouse kick incurred by a young pro-lifer in Toronto:

As for Donna Durning’s assailant — who drove away quickly — someone was able to write down her license plate number.

Police happened to be across the street at the time and came over immediately.

A society that doesn’t respect the preciousness of its youngest innocents (here and here) and the seniority of its oldest citizens is a society full of, well…to be blunt: a******s.

For King of the A******s, look no further (WARNING: GRAPHIC):

Best wishes to Ms. Donna Durning as her body mends. And to the police — in hopes that they catch all three culprits above.

-Alex

 

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In Texas, Lawmakers Want Money To Fight Flood Damage While Allowing A Toxic Waste Dump In A Flood Zone

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There is a battle in the Texas state legislature over a proposal to create a statewide flood plan, with a hefty price tag to be put on Texas citizens.

This particular battle comes at a time that the state is also waiting on federal relief money to aid in recovering from Hurricane Harvey. The current proposal will allow for the state to make moves to fight and even prevent some flood damage (to an extent) by laying the groundwork for obtaining flood contracts, responding more efficiently to flood conditions, and preparing residents for future floods.

However, at the same time, the Texas Department of Environmental Quality (TDEQ) appears to be fine with a new toxic dump being established just outside of Laredo, Texas.

One of the major sources of contention with this project is that the landfill would take Class 1 industrial solid waste, which is classified as something toxic, corrosive or flammable, a generator of sudden pressure by decomposition or heat, or anything that poses a substantial danger to human health or the environment when improperly processed.

And furthermore, parts of the property are within Webb County’s 100-year floodplain. With the 1,000-year flood event that was Hurricane Harvey only months ago, this issue has become ever timely.

About a third of the Pescadito property is located in the 100-year floodplain, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s map, but the actual landfill disposal area and the waste storage and processing units are outside the floodplain, Brian McGovern, TCEQ media relations specialist, told LMT.

That is more than a little problematic, considering that toxic dumps in the Houston area flooded during Harvey, creating a potential environmental disaster. The Associated Press covered the issue of flooding toxic dump sites just after Harvey struck, detailing how more than a dozen of the 41 toxic sites had flooded and were possibly damaged by the storm.

While it’s not a bad idea for Texas to fix the issue of flood planning, it is somewhat odd that one of the biggest hazards to Texas citizens in the event of another major flood is not only not being addressed, but actually expanded.

The problem is that allowing more of these sites to be built in these flood plains will just end up costing the state more than they already want to spend on the plan, which itself is a pretty hefty bill.

The Texas Senate wants to put $1.8 billion toward those efforts, and the Texas House wants to invest more than $4 billion — although it wants to ask voters for permission to spend most of that. Lawmakers will have to settle those differences before the session ends in late May. Whatever they settle on, the sum is sure to be a small sliver of the tens of billions of Harvey-related dollars Texas will receive from the federal government when it’s all said and done. But state lawmakers argue it’s still a major step.

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While both the Texas House and Senate leaders support the creation of a statewide flood plan and a revolving fund to help communities pay for projects, they disagree on how much to spend and how to approve the money. A measure under consideration in the Texas House would ask voters for permission to withdraw $3.26 billion from the state’s rainy day fund, and the Senate has proposed pulling $840 million from the savings account without voter input.

That’s a big price tag when your government is also apparently set to allow a massive risk to the environment and its citizens go forward, potentially creating even more hazards for the people and more unnecessary costs on the state.

It’s not a good idea, and hopefully the Texas state government will do something about it quickly.

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David Hogg Calls U.S. Troops Imperialists, Army Vet Schools Him and Triggers MSNBC Analyst

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What is it with liberals and trashing military members just trying to do their jobs?

Ilhan Omar was exposed over the weekend for calling troops in Somalia “satan” and now here’s MSNBC’s favorite gun control advocate accusing them of being imperialists in Africa.

I don’t know what it looks like but it’s certainly not what David Hogg thinks it looks like. I can assure you that our troops in Burkina Faso or Niger are not there to enjoy the weather and vast spoils. They are there to help with counter-terrorism training and operations. I’m sure they’d all rather be home rather than in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Hogg’s ridiculous tweet led to Sean Parnell, an Army veteran, to critique his comments in less than glowing terms.

While Hogg is getting into Harvard with sub-par SAT scores because of his political activism, much better men and women have fought for his freedom all over the world. He thanks them by accusing them of imperialism.

Of course, this led some in the media to get really upset with Parnell for responding to Hogg’s offensive garbage.

Yes, I’m sure the combat veteran who risked his life for years so you could enjoy your avocado toast has really low self-esteem.

This clown nose on, clown nose off routine with Hogg has gone well past it’s expiration date. He is no longer just a “college freshman.” He’s chosen to thrust himself into the political arena with a clear plan to elevate his own profile. If he’s going to throw punches, especially idiotically graceless ones like the above, he better be ready to absorb some hits back. He and his friends at MSNBC don’t get to suddenly pull the “he’s just a kid” card after that. Not how it works.

Hogg has a long history of saying really stupid things. While it started with his nonsensical gun control advocacy, it has spilled over into him opining on all manner of political issues. At this point he’s an adult and should be expected to be treated as such. While he’s at Harvard, perhaps he’ll learn what the actual definition of imperialism is and why it’s so awful to accuse good military men and women of such.

I’m just kidding. This is Harvard we are talking about.

Funny how the standards shift so much, eh?

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Do The Democrats Even Know How They Got Here?

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Folks, I’ve been staring at my computer screen for twenty-three minutes now. I want so desperately to find something deep and meaningful to write about, but I can’t.

I started the evening out by catching up on the latest from the 2020 Democrats news, and then I had to stop. I reclined in my chair a bit and I just stared at the screen, something I have been doing until right this minute, as the words appear on the screen.

They are advocating for the most extreme positions they have: After-birth abortion, Medicare for all, guaranteed jobs/guaranteed wages, etc.

Bernie Sanders is totally down with the Boston Marathon bomber being allowed to vote, as is the Chief of Staff for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

I mean, we’ve known that the left has been trending down the extreme path for a while, but it is still somewhat jarring to see their presidential candidates and the faces of their movement take such big strides when they have been rather successful in slowly moving the country leftward to this point.

A lot of people will insult Nancy Pelosi’s intelligence when it comes to some of the poorly-spun talking points she’s dropped in the past. But Pelosi is the left’s equivalent of Mitch McConnell. There is a political savviness that you can’t really underestimate. McConnell has run circles around Senate Democrats. But, Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep her party flying the same path they have been. She wants to keep inching the ball down the field.

She and her allies want to put a stop to this overtly leftward trend. She wants to continue to guide the country to the left from the shadows, inch by inch. But Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, Kamala Harris, and others are pushing for full-on socialism at this point. They want to do what Barack Obama wanted desperately to do (and thankfully had more failures than successes in doing): Fundamentally change America.

The pendulum of American politics has always swung from one side to another. If you push too far one way, you’re going to help swing it even further back the other way. The long game is the more important one, and that’s what politicians like McConnell and Pelosi are trying to go for. McConnell wants to pack the courts with conservative judges and Pelosi wants to whittle away at Trump’s credibility and likability.

But the Democrats talking about anytime/anywhere abortion, impeachment, Medicare for All, etc. are not playing the long game. They are playing to score the big victory right now. There is no patience or nuance to their game.

And it terrifies Pelosi.

However, does Pelosi know how she got here? Do any of the Democrats understand it? Does Harris understand why she suddenly had to backtrack on supporting Sanders’ “Prisoners should vote!” platform?

We got here because the Democrats grew cocky. They had the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. They had a Supreme Court that, at best, broke even for many of their pet projects. They thought they had time. Instead of moving too fast, they moved too slow.

The Senate went, and then the House. Then they nominated Hillary Clinton, a woman no one could really connect with. Her campaign outright spurned blue-collar families, and there was even some data in the exit polling to show union households – usually reliably Democrat – split between her and Trump. The Blue Wall crumbled, and the Democrats lost everything.

Sure, they’ve regained the House, but with nowhere near the numbers the GOP swept political seats with just a few years before. To put the icing on the cake, their freshest faces are completely misreading their victory and believe it to be a sign that they should go full socialist.

But if there is one thing the electorate hates, it is extremes. And the Democrats’ extremes are scarier to moderates than the Republicans’ extremes.

I am sure Pelosi gets that. I am sure she and her allies have… or, at least, had… plans to move the ball down the field each cycle. The young bloods, the freshmen, they don’t have the patience for that, and the minority of Democratic voters that put those freshmen into office don’t either.

This is what’s making the 2020 candidates seem so odd when you watch them. You are watching them constantly try to find where they actually are policy-wise. Do they pull back and risk alienating the loudest voices, or do they push too far and run afoul of leadership and the strategists? That’s why Harris’ “I think we should have that conversation” answer rang out as a confusing, unsure answer. She doesn’t actually know what she believes.

The rest of the field – and the party as a whole – is in the same boat. That’s what will make 2020 so damn interesting to watch.

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‘Fat Sex Therapist’ Says Fitness Trainers Are Nazis, That Children Dieting Is Sexual Assault

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No, that headline is not me just being mean. There is actually a lady who bills herself as a “Fat Sex Therapist,” and she’s apparently in demand enough to be booked for a two hour speech at St. Olaf College.

I’ll give you one guess to what department at the college she was giving this speech too.

Correct. It was the “Women’s and Gender Studies” department because who else would think this woman is worthy of listening to for two hours? In the course of her speech, she hit a little bit of everything, from comparing fitness trainers to nazis, accusing child dieting of being sexual assault, and asserting that the Christchurch shooting was a result of white supremacist fitness.

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I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet the same way a child cannot consent to having sex,” Sonalee Rashatwar, whose Instagram username is “The Fat Sex Therapist,” proclaimed Thursday from the main stage of St. Olaf College.

She continued, “I experience diet culture as a form of assault because it impacts the way that I experience my body.”

These comments and more were made in the context of her two-hour speech, sponsored by St. Olaf College’s Wellness Center, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and Center for Equity and Inclusion, on the topic of “radical fat liberation.” The talk included assertions that fitness contributed to the recent Christchurch shooting, that people should “challenge” the rule of law, as well as the authority of and the police.

“Tonight we’re gonna start by talking about how to politicize our definition of body image,” Rashatwar began, “because oftentimes we actually get stuck thinking of it from a white supremacist lense.” She explained how “white supremacy happens every day in all these little little things.”

During the course of her talk, Rashatwar listed science as one of these supposedly white supremacist everyday things.

“We should be critical of the use of science and the production of knowledge to continue promoting this idea that certain bodies are fit, able, and desirable…is it my fatness that causes my high blood pressure, or is it my experience of weight stigma?” Rashatwar asked. She then connected the science suggesting that obesity is unhealthy to Nazism, saying that “fatphobic” science is “often actually eugenic science….eugenic science is Nazi science.”

What in the actual…

“This conversation about pushing off our own wellbeing onto the individual is part of these 1980s Reagan era policies that again try to move that structural obligation of a system and this social safety net onto the individual,” Rashatwar said, “instead of thinking that there should be social supports that also help me to subsidize my food costs.”

There it is. I just knew it’d end up being a Republican’s fault. Apparently Reagan refused to subsidize her food costs or something? I don’t know, this woman is clearly certifiable so it’s hard to keep up.

She then jumped into recent events by bring up the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Finally, Rashatwar took a crack at recent events, particularly the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.

“I do not think it’s surprising that the man who shot up Christchurch, New Zealand was also a fitness instructor,” Rashatwar said. After making this claim, she added that the shooting is “a clear communication that there’s still an idealized body. Nazis really love this idea of an idealized body, and so it makes a lot of sense to me that a fitness instructor…might also think about an idealized body in this thin white supremacist way.”

The shooter in Christchurch had a lot of crazy motivations. As far as I know, weight loss wasn’t one of them.

Crazed liberals can connect white supremacy to literally anything they don’t like. In this case, this woman’s obviously self-destructive, morbid obesity isn’t her own fault. It’s instead the fault of Ronald Reagan and white supremacists. I didn’t say it had to make sense.

As hilarious as this is, and I’d recommend reading the entire thing at the link because it’s completely bonkers, it really shows the depravity of the university system in this country. There’s is essentially nothing too insane to entertain as long as it projects an inter-sectional narrative. Everything is white supremacy. Everything is someone else’s fault. Is it it any wonder so many young adults emerge from this crazy factories with no actual life skills?

What value is a gender studies degree from this place? What job is going say “well, you really learned a lot from that fat sex therapist lecture so you’re hired!”

The entire concept of college in America needs to be re-thought at this point because people going hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt to end up with useless degrees and being indoctrinated by nonsense like this isn’t a good investment.

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British Intelligence Doth Protest Too Much On Charges It Spied On the Trump Campaign

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As we learn more, it becomes more and more likely that the intelligence services of some of the “Five Eyes“–the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand–were actively involved in attempting to create the impression that Russian intelligence was influencing the Trump campaign. Stefan Halper, who struck up an out of the blue friendship with Carter Page and spread rumors of Mike Flynn having an affair with a Russian grad student, was an asset of both British Intelligence and the FBI. Christopher Steele, the author of the Steele Dossier which drove this entire hoax investigation, was a retired British intelligence agent and an FBI asset. Alexander Downer, the guy who says George Papadopoulos told him the Russians had Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, is an Australian diplomat and more likely than not has intelligence contacts. From what we know of sources, some of the people under surveillance seem to have been subjected to signals surveillance which would have been illegal for a US intelligence agency. The implication is that the surveillance was done by someone.

Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson was on OANN earlier today and made the claim that the UK had spied on the Trump campaign at the behest of the Obama administration. Johnson has issues with going out on a limb on his analysis, but no more so than the clowns who claim to be intelligence experts who appear on MSNBC and CNN. CNN uses one woman who was in the FBI less than two years as their expert on counterintelligence investigations. At that stage of her career, she wasn’t allowed to go to Starbucks without an escort. What Johnson said was less important that what President Trump said:

The main British signals intelligence organization, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), issued a denial

As we have previously stated, the allegations that GCHQ was asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then-president elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.

Right.

This is just too cute by half.

No one said anything about GCHQ, the claim was about MI5, MI6, and GCHQ. And no one said anything about “wire tapping,” the charge is “spying.” It would have been easier and more pointed to deny Johnson’s allegations, but they didn’t. Instead they are obfuscating the issue by trying to change the discussion from “spying” to “wire tapping.”

This is a classic example of the non-denial denial.

The significant thing here, I believe, is that after two years of this nonsense, Trump undoubtedly knows a great deal of what happened. He’s going to London for a state visit in June and even Trump isn’t so gauche as to call out the Brits for their complicity in the collusion hoax without evidence. I take the tweet of Johnson’s interview as a signal that he does know and that he will want to talk to someone about it.

In the fullness of time, we are going to find that the odious toad-man, John Brennan, was the pivot man on this particular circle jerk. It is obvious that foreign intelligence services were enlisted to keep tabs on members of the Trump campaign. They were probably enlisted as plausible deniability so the NSA couldn’t be accused of surveillance of American citizens. It is equally obvious that foreign nationals, known to be intelligence assets, were aimed at members of the Trump campaign in an effort to create facts. And it serves the best interests of neither us nor the UK to pretend that this did not happen.

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FAIL: Phony Eric Swalwell Respects Women Enough to Choose One for VP, but Won’t Debate Dana Loesch

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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15) wants you to know that he’s aware he has white privilege. He also wants you to know that when it comes to choosing a vice presidential candidate, he is committed to picking a woman to be second in charge – because he, you know, respects women and values their opinions so much.

Swalwell posted his tweet Tuesday night but the comments were from a Monday segment on MSNBC‘s “All In” program with host Joy Reid. Here’s what she asked him – and his answer:

In the MSNBC interview, which aired Monday, Swalwell was addressing a question from host Joy Reid, who said there was a “lot of consternation among women” who look at the field of 2020 candidates – which includes a number of women and minorities – and see “the white guys are all polling up at the top.”

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“I don’t think anyone’s identity should hold them back, but I think the next president should see all races, all identities,” he said in a clip from an interview with MSNBC’s “All In” that he included with his tweet. “And I would put forward policies that would make sure that inherent bias that exists, or discrimination that exists, in communities would be eliminated.”

He vowed to “make sure that everyone, everywhere has opportunities.”

It’s interesting Swalwell feigns respect for diversity and says a person’s “identity should not hold them back”, that he will “pass the mic” to his female VP pick when you consider his snide refusal last week to debate NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.

Loesch called him out for his blatant sexism, noting that he was willing to debate a man, but not her:

If he truly respected women with diverse opinions, he would answer Loesch. But he’s a flaming hypocrite who puts style over substance, and values earning cheap Democratic street cred over legit policy debates on hot button issues.

What a clown show he is. An absolute clown show.

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