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Mitt Romney Does Mitt Romney Things, Looks to Rally GOP Senators to Remove Trump From Office

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FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, Donald Trump greets Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, after announcing his endorsement of Romney during a news conference in Las Vegas. Trump is endorsing Romney in Utah’s Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Mitt Romney, who seemingly only has the ability to speak out against Donald Trump, has spent the last few weeks virtue signaling his pants off over the Ukraine issue. While he can never be counted on to condemn Democrats for basically anything, he’s always there with a tweet on Trump to soak up those CNN backslaps. I’m told that’s the ultimate act of courage.

His plan may go deeper than gathering plaudits though. A new report says he’s rallying Republican Senators to remove the President from office, assuming the House every stops being terrified of voting to actually impeach.

There’s two parts to this. Let’s start with GOP donors begging Romney to run.

According to sources, donors have in recent days called the Utah senator and encouraged him to run against Trump in the primary. “There is a half-billion dollars on the sidelines from guys who are fed up with Trump,” a GOP donor told me.

I’m going to put aside everything I think about or don’t think about Trump for a second. Let’s pretend he doesn’t exist. How can any GOP donor be so idiotic as to not recognize that the party simply does not want another Mitt Romney run, nor a run by someone like him? Even if you despise Trump, Romney is not the alternative. You want to rally the base around Trump? Start pushing Romney to the forefront.

In that sense, it’s probably smart for him to not run directly against Trump. Instead, he’s doing the underhanded thing by trying to get him removed from office to clear a path.

Instead, a Romney adviser told me, Romney believes he has more potential power as a senator who will decide Trump’s fate in an impeachment trial. “He could have tremendous influence in the impeachment process as the lone voice of conscience in the Republican caucus,” the adviser said. In recent days, Romney has been reaching out privately to key players in the Republican resistance, according to a person briefed on the conversations. “Romney is the one guy who could bring along Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, Ben Sasse. Romney is the pressure point in the impeachment process. That’s why the things he’s saying are freaking Republicans out.”

That highlighted sentence is the most Mitt Romney thing ever. Voters are sick of pompous cowards who only speak up when they think it will benefit them politically. Romney was nowhere to be found when Adam Schiff lied about contact with the whistle-blower. He completely lost his tongue on any matter dealing with the Trump-Russia investigation, the collapse of the Steele dossier, the lies about collusion, etc. When Obama did any number of things that were objectionable to conservatives during his tenure, Romney got lost in the woods.

But he sees an opening here with Trump that could help him politically, so he’s ready to speak up again. That’s not courage and it makes him the worst kind of Republican. It’s exactly why he’s never going to be a thing again.

As to him rallying Senators like Collins, Gardner, and Sasse, I’m skeptical. No doubt he will try, because again, he sees that as a path to 2020. But the only way any GOP Senators aside from Romney (and maybe Collins) vote to remove Trump is if they feel like it’s 100% safe in doing so. If they vote and it fails, they are finished in the party and they know it. That means Romney would need to gather another dozen plus votes from his own side and hold them all together over time. That’s just so unlikely as to be nearly impossible.

What we currently have is behavior by the President that we can argue back and forth on all day. Was it bad? Was it just turnabout being fair play given what Obama did investigating Trump? Was he actually just wanting a broad look at the 2016 election meddling, of which I’ve been assured by Mitt Romney is very important to get to the bottom of. I’m not here to convince you one way or the other. What I do believe is that there’s nothing impeachable here. There was no quid pro quo. We have the transcript and we know what it says and doesn’t say. Even the “smoking gun” text by Bill Taylor turned out to be based on a Politico article full of supposition, not actual direct knowledge.

In the absence of an actual, traditionally impeachable offense, Mitt Romney is just playing games again and noway should any Republican voter reward him for it. Any GOP donor or insider that thinks he’s making a comeback is deluding themselves and should probably come to their senses sooner rather than later.

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Why Ukraine Has Become a Breeding Ground for U.S. Political Scandals

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GQ’s Julia Ioffe is a Russian-born American journalist who worked as a foreign correspondent in Ukraine in 2013-2014. She wrote an especially insightful piece on Monday entitled “Here’s Why Ukraine Pops Up in So Many U.S. Scandals,” which helps put some of today’s events in context. She argues that there are two reasons why the scandals which have polarized Americans in the last several years have originated in Ukraine. The first reason is that Ukraine is in the middle of a tug-of-war between Russia and the West. The second is because Westerners (political consultants and operatives such as Paul Manafort and Tony Podesta) are paid millions of dollars by oligarchs and politicians.

The word “Ukraine” means borderland. And “borderland” is an apt description of the country both physically and ideologically. Located between Russia and Europe, Ukraine is in the unique position of acting as a buffer zone between two conflicting ideologies. “Russia versus the West, led by America. The two sides have been fighting over which camp Ukraine joins for the past two decades.”

The way I see it is that Ukrainians will be on whatever side they need to be on to achieve their goals. Americans look at Ukrainians as being either pro-Western or pro-Russian, but the reality is far more complex than that.

Ioffe points out:

The political dynamic gets reduced to neat binaries—the forces there are either pro-Russia or pro-West; leaders are either corrupt actors or laudable reformers; the good guys versus the bad guys. But that framework belies the moral complexity of the place, which is why it pops up in our domestic political scandals in the first place.

People’s affiliations are often less than clear. Determining which oligarchic clan a politician or journalist is associated with is difficult, as is pinning down a person’s true geopolitical leanings.

Many Ukrainians have learned to play one side against the other in securing money and power for themselves.

Ukraine would like America and Europe to think of it as a promising young democracy, the good little country struggling to fend off the gravitational pull of evil Russia. There is a lot of truth in that. But it is also an oligarchy where a very small number of people control the country’s natural resources, a legacy of its Soviet past. Around each of these people is a clan vying for influence, resources, and political power. They sponsor media outlets and politicians. Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, for example, has promised to fight corruption but is also closely linked with one of the country’s most powerful oligarchs.

A former Obama administration official told Ioffe, “It’s very difficult because of the level of distrust. You don’t know whom you can trust in Ukraine. Everyone accuses everyone else in Ukraine of being a Russian puppet, and getting to the bottom of it is extremely difficult to do.”

Interestingly, Ioffe says, “In the years after Yanukovych’s ouster and the Russian invasion, the easiest way to knock out a rival was to tarnish them as an agent of Moscow, whether the claim was true or not.” Looks like the Democrats took that and ran with it.

When a Ukrainian politician or oligarch finds themselves being accused of ties with Moscow, they often turn to American political consultants to restore their reputations.

Ukrainians pay exorbitant sums of money to American lobbyists and operatives which is what drew former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, lobbyist Tony Podesta and others to the country. Ioffe explains that they “see Americans as being really good at what in that part of the world is known as “political technology”: using data, polling, consulting to win elections.” Maybe even more important than that is the belief that hiring American operatives will buy them influence in Washington. This was likely the reason why Burisma was happy to appoint the unqualified son of the Vice President of the United States to their board of directors.

Ioffe writes that “lavishing money on an American consultant with deep ties to the Republican establishment (like Manafort) or to the Democratic one (like Hunter Biden or Devine) can go a long way in securing influence in Washington and, hopefully, still more money in the form of American aid.”

Manafort’s work was instrumental in helping Yanukovych win the presidency in 2010 and he was paid millions of dollars for his efforts. (Note: Because Yanukovych is pro-Russian, Manafort has been labeled as pro-Russian even though he strongly argued for Yanukovych to sign the EU agreement in 2013.)

Tad Devine, who was the chief strategist for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, also worked for Yanukovych. But we never hear anything about that. To give you an idea of the amount of money Ukrainians are willing to pay American strategists and operatives, Andrew Weiss, who oversees Russia and Eurasia research at the Carnegie Endowment, said that, “When Devine was contemplating working on the 2014 Ukrainian election, he stipulated that his rate would be $10,000 per day—not including travel…These are people getting paid in a way that is totally out of proportion to how you would be paid elsewhere.”

Knowing something about the recent political history of Ukraine, particularly during the pivotal period leading up to, including and following the Ukrainian Revolution through Russia’s invasion of Crimea, helps to understand the role the country has played in U.S. politics, especially during the 2016 election cycle.

As politicians often tell us, many times they are forced to decide between two bad options. In 2013, then-President Viktor Yanukovych, who was pro-Russian, faced such a decision. The EU had offered a package of loans to Ukraine, known as the European Union Association Agreement. In exchange, the country would agree to liberalize reforms. At the same time, he was facing pressure from the Kremlin, Ukraine’s largest trading partner not to sign the agreement. According to the BBC, Yanukovych said “Ukraine could not afford to sacrifice trade with Russia” and called the EU’s offer to lend Ukraine 610 million euros “inadequate.” He said “Ukraine would need at least 20 billion euros a year to upgrade its economy to European standards.”

In November 2013, Yanukovych said he was interested in signing an agreement with the EU, just not the current agreement. This decision set off a wave of protests, which became known as the “Euromaidan” movement. These protests culminated in the February 2014 “massacre” during which riot police fired into a crowd of demonstrators killing 88 people. On February 22, 2014, Yanukovych fled to Russia. The following month, Russia invaded Crimea.

Ukrainian-American lawyer and DNC consultant Alexandra Chalupa (who had worked as an aide to several Democratic politicians, including President Clinton), held Paul Manafort responsible for the Yanukovych’s victory in 2010, and put a target on his back. For whatever reason, she predicted several months before Manafort joined Trump’s campaign that he would eventually do so. In the spring, she made the decision to work full-time to destroy Paul Manafort. Her efforts bore fruit. After Artem Sytnyk, chief of the newly established National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and then acting Prosecutor General Serhiy Leshchenko published what was said to be Yanukovych’s “black ledger” showing payments of over $12 million to Manafort, he was forced to resign from Trump’s campaign. And the Democrats’ scheme to tie Trump to Russia took off.

It’s been nearly three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union set the stage for an independent Ukraine, yet the country cannot escape its ties to Moscow or the influence of the powerful oligarchs who rule the country. Ukraine needs to decide which ideology it wishes to align itself with. But as long as they continue to straddle two opposing world views, they will remain mired in the corruption for which they have become known.

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South Park Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker Gave China the “Apology” It Deserves

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Yesterday, I wrote about how China had wiped any mention of the show South Park off its carefully controlled internet after creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made an entire episode centered around Hollywood’s kissing up to Chinese censors in order to gain more money from the Chinese market.

The episode featured lead character Randy Marsh going to China to sell weed and winding up in a work camp with Winnie the Pooh, and the boys writing a biopic for their band for a Hollywood producer as a Chinese censor continues to alter their work.

(READ: South Park Now Banned In China After Episode Criticizing Chinese Censorship Airs)

Stone and Parker are no strangers to controversy and have made a career out of purposefully creating it. Many people have tried to ban or censor them in the past, including their own network, and each time, they’ve managed to win the war in one way or another. Even if they do get censored, they make sure the people censoring them get the short end of the stick in some way.

While there’s nothing Stone and Parker can do to stop China from censoring them, they are going to do what they do best, and that’s to laugh at China.

The duo decided to issue an “apology” that shouldn’t please the Chinese government in the least.

“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” wrote Stone and Parker. “We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode the Wednesday at 10 p.m. Long live the great Communist Party of China. May the autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful. We good now China?”

The two tweeted out their “apology” so that the public could read it too as well as a link to the full episode you can watch for free, just so everyone knows what they’re “apologizing” for.

The situation with the NBA concerns the Houston Rockets apologizing to China after the Rockets’ coach, Daryl Morey, tweeted out his support for the Hong Kong protests.

Stone and Parker’s jab at the NBA and its slap at China are well deserved. Too many businesses in America are going out of their way to please totalitarians just so they can get some of their money. The fact that we’re bending over backward for them and siding with them against freedom is disgusting.

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Syria Withdrawal Part II: Protecting (Our) Kurds

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Yesterday, President Trump announced that he was immediately withdrawing U.S. Forces from Syria. As expected, the usual suspects both Democrat, never-Trump and even sometime political allies of the President such as Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham, immediately and stridently decried the decision. I did a little write up yesterday explaining some of the history of our Syrian experience and the why’s and wherefore’s of The President’s decision.

Today we will delve into what many folks consider a huge issue; As the United States executes this decision, how do we protect the Kurds from our NATO ally, Turkey? Turkey as we know, within hours of U.S. troops moving, attacked Kurdish positions in Western Iraq. This is a non-starter.

First of all, let’s talk about Turkey. Turkey is a NATO “ally.” The reason for the quotes as you might imagine, is that we’ve been having some issues with Turkey for the past few years. These have become more of a problem since the President Erdogan’s election and subsequent consolidation of power over his political rivals. Erdogan, like his predecessors, has been dealing with an active insurgency in his country fostered by the PKK, a Kurdish separatist movement. The PKK has been declared by not only Turkey, but also the United States, as a Terrorist group. This will become more clear shortly.

“The Kurds,” on the other hand, aren’t. They are not one homogenous entity in their relations with each other, or with Turkey. They are actually three separate groups, each with differing loyalties. The below graphic explains this and also shows how much of the angst over President Trump’s alleged “abandonment of an ally” might be misplaced.

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At the top of the graphic, we have the Turkish government, with arrows showing its relationship to each of the main Kurdish groups. It is important to note as I have above, that Turkey has been fighting an active separatist movement for several decade. Of course this colors its view of the Kurds. At the bottom of all four entities involved, including the Turkish government, we can see that all four have engaged the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

On the far left is the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group in Turkey who have for several decades, been considered a terrorist organization by both Turkey and the United States. Note that the arrow from Turkey to this group is titled “Fighting.” The Turks are trying to keep their native Kurds from establishing a separate state inside Turkey.

On the far right, are the Iraqi Kurds. These folks have their own semi autonomous region inside Iraq and have been reliable U.S. allies. The arrow from the “Turkish Government” block indicates “good relations” between both governments. Absent some signal change, there is likely to be absolutely no bloodshed between the Iraqi Kurds and the Turks in the foreseeable future, despite what the never-Trump crowd is saying.

Now for the difficult part, the Syrian Kurds. As the graphic shows, while the Syrian Kurds were fighting ISIS/ISIL (incidentally also trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Al Assad) they are considered a hostile force by the Turkish government because of their alignment with the PKK. This is likely one of the reasons that the first thing the Turkish forces attacked after the withdrawal of U.S. forces, was a base supporting the Syrian Kurds.

As a January 2019 Washington Times article explains

The Kurds are a Middle Eastern minority spread out from Syria in the West, through Turkey and Iraq, to Iran in the east, and further divided into various political groupings.

But this is not what the foreign policy establishment is referring to in the Syria debate. Rather, they are talking about a specific Kurdish political institution in northern Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). This is the Syrian franchise of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been at war with Turkey for 35 years, and is a U.S.-designated terrorist group inspired by Marxist doctrine.

There are obviously some competing issues here that we need to resolve, but as the Washington Times excerpt above indicates, they might not be quite as cut and dried as The President’s critics seem to believe. First of all, Turkey is a NATO ally. Although lately they have been “somewhat unfriendly,” we need to treat them as as an ally to avoid exacerbating the situation to a point that it’s irrecoverable. That ally has a righteous concern regarding the PKK, it’s allies and Turkish internal security.

Second, we have to resolve the Syrian Kurds’ support for us with Turkey’s desire to eliminate them as a threat. The most critical thing we need to understand, is what I mentioned in the first article in this series; We were illegally involved in Syria in the first place. Moreover, while the U.S. had its agendas, the elimination of ISIS/ISIL and the advancement of the Obama/Powers Responsibility To Protect doctrine, the Syrian Kurds also had theirs, the overthrow of President Assad.

When we combine these three agendas, what we have, is an alliance of convenience. The Syrian Kurds assisted us in eliminating ISIS/ISIL, but we also assisted them in defending themselves against Assad’s government forces. Should we simply abandon them to whatever their fate may be at the hands of Assad or Erdogan? Of course not. But we do need to recognize, that absent the aberrant policies of the Obama administration, we would have never invaded Syria and certainly never been involved with this particular group in the first place.

So, what do we owe the Syrian Kurds? Not as much as we owe the Turks, as unpalatable as it many seem at this particular instant. However, we do owe them something, as they were of some assistance in helping us. The solution could be as simple as brokering a peace deal and a change of alignment of the Syrian Kurds. If we can convince them to forswear their alignment with the PKK and accept a U.S.-Turkey negotiated autonomous region on the Syrian side of the Syria-Turkey border, we could preclude further bloodshed while at the same time adding to President Assad’s (and his Russian sponsor’s) concern about a hostile force on his frontier. Moreover, this just might send such a message to President Erdogan as to begin a modest rapprochement with this most important NATO ally.

Tomorrow: Syria Withdrawal Part III: The Way Ahead

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

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A Woman Confronts Beto, Calls His Position on Illegal Immigration ‘a Slap in the Face.’ His Reply Fails on Every Level

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On Sunday, as Beto O’Rourke continued his single-digit reach for White House and hunting-rifle-theft glory, a woman in a Phoenix rally crowd confronted him over support for illegal immigration.

Here’s what the extremely-outnumbered lady had to say:

“Robert, I noticed that you pander a lot to the illegal aliens and encouraging illegal immigration. We are a nation of laws and I just think it’s a slap in the face to every legal immigrant who has waited, and paid, and played by the rules to immigrate to this country legally and who have respected our country, our land, our citizens, our laws, and who have gone through the process to come here legally.”

She accused him of slapping the face of all immigrants:

“To just say everybody is welcome here, you all get free stuff, and just come on over the border is again, a slap in the face to every legal immigrant, like my mother, who has come here legally.”

The crowd booed.

But Beto told them to let her finish.

Now, it’s at this point that something interesting could’ve occurred.

He could’ve addressed her comment.

Perhaps he could’ve explained his position, bolstered by moving realities. He might’ve changed her mind. He may’ve said something to reach those who would otherwise disagree, as his response was broacast over the webwaves relentlessly.

Nope.

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If I had to guess, I’d say he wanted her to finish her thought only so he could use it as a springboard.

There’s an age-old — and, it should be noted, presumably wholly ineffective — political trick that goes something like this:

You say, “What do you have to say about issue A, about which many find your position offensive?”

I say, “What I find offensive is blah blah blah issue Z.”

And on we go into infinite dumbness.

Discussion, understanding, growth, and any discernible purpose to sound emanating from pieholes, all successfully averted.

Here’s his reply to the woman’s “I just think it’s a slap in the face to every legal immigrant who has waited” comment :

“[W]hat is a slap in the face to my conscience and the best traditions of this country is taking kids from their parents and putting them in cages. We, in this country, have lost the lives of seven children in our custody and in our care.

There are tens of thousands waiting on the other side of the border in an Orwellian-named migrant protection protocol. In Tijuana, in Ciudad Juárez, vulnerable, penniless, frightened. They’re being preyed upon by those exploit those who have no defense left.

“If immigration is a problem, it is the best possible problem that this country could have. I want those asylum seekers here in this country. I want us to live according to our conscience, to our laws, to our commitments, and to the best, boldest, brightest future we could possibly have. Those immigrants pose no threat to you, nor to me; stop trafficking in these lies.”

And this beat goes on.

Or, the Beato.

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Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Abolish Prisons Now Because Why Not?

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At this point, I’m just assuming the left is fully aware that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is extremely ignorant, crazy, or both because every time she opens her mouth or tweets something out, ridiculousness comes spewing forth like an exorcist scene.

Take this tweet from AOC about how we should start seriously considering shutting down prisons because they’re leftover remnants of a racist America.

“Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery,” tweeted AOC. “To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country.”

Let’s get the obvious facts out of the way. Yes, we could use some criminal justice reform and our prison systems are far from perfect.

Should they be completely eliminated?

In order for that to happen, I’m wondering what kind of solution AOC has for serial murderers and rapists. How does she intend to punish child abusers or those who beat their wives and girlfriends? What about those who intentionally cheat the people out of money through scams.

I doubt the left would get behind this either. Where would they put Donald Trump in their weird fantasies after the law comes and gets him for being a big meanie? Where would Bill Nye put the people who deny climate change? What would they do if they don’t have a place to send people who say things like “men are not women?”

Once again, AOC is suggesting things that have zero sense behind them and no explanation as to how they’re going to work.

I’m under the impression that Ocasio-Cortez seems to think that everyone is a good soul underneath and with a little time and effort, anyone can be rehabilitated. Again, I agree that when it comes to many people in prison, rehabilitation, education, and no shortage of the love of God can bring anyone back from the darkness and turn their life around.

However, some people just can’t be saved due to one reason or another, and they’re going to do bad things that hurt a lot of people. They can’t help themselves, maybe because they’re mentally ill or their childhoods were so damaging that their psychological trauma has them almost programmed to act a certain way.

It’s clear that it’s all unicorns and rainbows to AOC and that she lives in some sort of fantasy land where socialism works, there is no social conflict, and anyone who makes mistakes is just a misunderstood person who we should all feel sorry for like some Disney villain in her own movie.

Heck, we even have the money to take in and give welfare to everyone who immigrates here illegally according to her proposals.

(READ: Watch: Ocasio-Cortez Proposes New Act That Gives Welfare To Illegal Immigrants)

I present to you, the unofficial leader of the Democrat party.

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That Latest Elizabeth Warren Lying Scandal Just Got Much Worse

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FILE – In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a house party campaign stop in Rochester, N.H. Rising disagreement among congressional Democrats over whether to pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump has had little effect on the party’s presidential candidates, who mostly are avoiding calls to start such an inquiry. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Who could have imagined that Elizabeth Warren could have the capacity to lie about her background? Shocking, if true.

Warren has been sharing an anecdote lately involving the claim that she was once fired from a teaching job over being pregnant. This obviously plays into every woke stereotype involving discrimination and the current Democrat presidential candidate has decided to make her story a staple of her stump speech. You can find examples of it being spouted going back to the beginning of the year.

The problem was that Warren had told a completely different story back in 2007, as was covered here at RedState late last week.

But in a March 8, 2007 interview with Harvard Law Professor Leo Gottlieb, Warren made it clear that such discrimination had nothing to do with the loss of that teaching job.

Warren told Gottlieb how she had earned a full scholarship to George Washington University at 16, and graduated with a degree in speech pathology and audiology, and didn’t mention the commuter college that has become another pillar in her bio. She then explained that she left her public school job after one school year because she lacked the educational credentials to qualify for a permanent position, and that she decided on her own to abandon the calling.

Note the language she uses about qualifying for a permanent position, because new documents show that not only was she lying about being let go, she had actually been offered another year long contract extension to keep her job.

The Free Beacon uncovered this today.

Minutes of an April 21, 1971, Riverdale Board of Education meeting obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that the board voted unanimously on a motion to extend Warren a “2nd year” contract for a two-days-per-week teaching job. That job is similar to the one she held the previous year, her first year of teaching. Minutes from a board meeting held two months later, on June 16, 1971, indicate that Warren’s resignation was “accepted with regret.”

And lest someone tries to pretend this is just Warren living in a gray zone and that she actually meant something else, nope. She pointedly claimed the principal “didn’t ask” her back.

Warren’s book, A Fighting Chance, published a year after she was sworn in as a senator in 2013, tells something of a different story, though the two aren’t necessarily incompatible. “By the end of the school year, I was pretty obviously pregnant,” Warren wrote in the book. “The principal did what I think a lot of principals did back then—wished me good luck, didn’t ask me back the next school year, and hired someone else for the job.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is calling bald-faced lying for political gain.

Sure, that’s not necessarily unique among politicians, but what is unique is that the media don’t care to report on this at all. If this were Trump or any other Republican caught in such an obvious lie, it’d be headline news for a week but it won’t be. Heck, they aren’t even covering it.

Take this ridiculous tweet by Nate Silver.

Yes, how very interesting. It’s a total mystery why the mainstream media aren’t picking up this story. It’s not like they have been in the bag for Warren since the beginning of the summer or anything.

To tie a bow on all this, Warren is documented in the minutes of the 1971 meeting as actually quitting.

Toward the end of Warren’s first year on the job, in April 1971, the board approved her contract for the following school year, the meeting minutes show. Two months later, the meeting minutes indicate that Warren had tendered her resignation.

“The resignation of Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, speech correctionist effective June 30, 1971 was accepted with regret,” the June 16, 1971, minutes say.

In summary, not only did the school board let her go as she claims, they offered her another year of employment. Her response was to tender her resignation two months later. Perhaps she did that out of frustration, but by her own admission, she didn’t qualify for a more permanent position.

No matter how you read these documents, it’s clear she lied and continues to do so.

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Nickelback Sees a Massive Increase in Plays and Downloads Thanks to Trump

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I think we can officially confirm the existence of a “Trump bump.”

After President Donald Trump released a meme that featured an altered clip of “Photograph” by Nickelback that contained a picture of former VP Joe Biden with his son Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian gas executive, the song received something of a reawakening of attention.

While Twitter deleted the meme of Trump’s due to a copyright claim filed by Warner Media, it didn’t stop the song from achieving a second chance at mainstream relevance.

Billboard reported that the song’s download sales skyrocketed to over 500 percent:

The song earned 772,000 on-demand streams (audio and video combined) on Oct. 2-3, a 38% gain from the 558,000 it collected on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. (Streaming numbers include streams from sources like YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify, but not streams from videos shared directly via Twitter’s platform.)

Digital download sales of “Photograph” on Oct. 2-3 were up 569% over the previous two days. However, in both pairs of days, sales were still negligible. In total for the week ending Oct. 3, the song garnered 1,000 downloads.

If you missed seeing the meme, then you can view it in this video below.

While this is pretty amazing, it does leave Trump with a huge problem in that he made Nickelback more famous. This is clearly an impeachable offense and I imagine that there are very few people who would disagree with that. Mostly Canadians and Deadpool, who is also played by a Canadian.

This is also a bad day for Nickelback since their number two song of all time will now be associated with Joe Biden. I hope the resurgence of their song’s popularity is enough consolation for them.

 

 

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Woke Student Geniuses Protest at the University of Minnesota, Demand All Campus Police be Disarmed Immediately

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So what’s the best remedy for a madman with a rifle, two handguns, and murderous will?

A security guard with pepper spray.

So seem to believe a group of stuents at the University of Minnesota.

They demand that the only thing standing between them and the bullet of a mass killer is a bottle full of juice from a spicy fruit.

#Standards

As reported by The College Fix, the aspiring security specialists are participating in a sit-in outside the president’s office. The rally’s a follow-up to the 2018 protest in front of the UM Police Department.

And they expect their demands to be met, buster!

Tell ’em, world-changers, like ya did to the Minnesota Daily:

“This is essentially a reminder that we expect these demands to be met.”

The activists aren’t just gunning for progress in the danger department; they’re also commanding the school which they don’t own to “increase [in] the diversity of the student population.”

How might that be done? The college is already open to the public.

The revolutionaries insisting UM must be a place where lots of minorities are in mortal jeopardy come courtesy of Students for a Democratic Society.

The rally was referred to as a “study-in,” because students gotta study.

One organizer summed up the protest’s genius:

“The goal is to occupy space … to keep it chill and study.”

That’ll get ’em.

One apt pupil told the Daily, “I have a midterm in half an hour,” said another. “I agree with the resolutions [from SDS], I just have to balance social justice with school.”

Here’s more:

Attendees snacked on Halloween-themed donuts and coffee as they studied.

It’ll be interesting if, at some point years from now, one of the protestors has to call the cops because armed robbers are bustin’ into their home:

“Yes, 911? Guys in black masks with guns are coming through our windows. Please send help. Oh, and by the way — please make sure police in no way bring firearms. I demand it.”

As for their power presently, an Student Government initiative to disarm campus popo failed last year by almost 400 votes.

400 isn’t much, but the protestors have their work cut out for them: At the sit-in, there were only 8.

-ALEX

 

 

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Chicago Orders its Cops: Do Not Cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security on Illegal Immigration

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In late September, Chicago cops were told how it is on immigration enforcement.

The directive had a distinctive separatist vibe: Don’t cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security where illegal immigration is concerned.

Fox News obtained a memo sent out in late September ordering the men and women in blue to press Pause and wait for a supervisor before any assistance to DHS.

“If the request is to assist with an immigration arrest or detention,” the supervisor will take over and CPD personnel will leave the scene as directed by the [them].

Noting to Fox that they’ve traditionally assisted federal agents, one Chicago law enforcement source warned that the new policy puts both police and agents in danger:

“See what happens when that happens and a DHS agent is injured because of a lack of response by CPD. Sickening what’s happening here.”

Another put it like this:

“You’ll not find a single real police officer that would refuse to assist another agency.”

DHS is, of course, none too thrilled, as indicated by a spokesperson:

“The Department of Homeland Security is deeply concerned with the dangerous anti-law enforcement direction given by the leadership of the Chicago Police Department. The men and women of ICE put their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens of this country from dangerous criminals. Failing to support fellow law enforcement officers upon request for assistance not only places our heroic police officers in greater danger but keeps criminals on the streets and makes all of our communities less safe, specifically the great City of Chicago.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had something to say about that at an illegal immigration rally just last week:

“We will never, ever succumb to the racist, xenophobic rhetoric of ICE. We will continue to ban ICE from having access to any CPD databases. We’ll not allow any CPD officer to cooperate with anything related to ICE and its immigration raids.”

For anyone wondering if illegal immigration contributes to crime in Illinois’s most bustling city, you can rest at ease. In early September, Lori made crystal clear who’s to blame for the Democrat-controlled metropolis’s outrageous gun violence: Republicans.

“60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL—mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like [Ted Cruz] who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation.”

And remember, those guns then walk around the city, just shootin’ at folks. What’re ya gonna do? Guns have legs and are filled with venomous rage. That’s why we gotta lock ’em up.

We’re living in strange times, with governments warring against Government.

On one hand, the Constitution lays out a plan not much followed: States are to be largely autonomous. Chicago’s giving that a shot.

But DHS believes that shot might get people shot:

“Failing to support fellow law enforcement officers upon request for assistance not only places our heroic police officers in greater danger but keeps criminals on the streets and makes all of our communities less safe, specifically the great City of Chicago.”

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