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Swalwell vows, if elected, to fire someone who will no longer be there

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Say, do you remember that congressman from California who said he was running for president for some reason? What was his name again? Oh, that’s right. Eric Swalwell. As it turns out, he’s still running, not that you could tell from the latest primary polling. He sat down for a Q&A with the Gray Lady and was asked a series of standard questions being put to all the candidates. One of them was on Israel, naturally, and how he would deal with the peacemaking process as president. Part of his answer was fairly standard fare, but then he made a bold proposal that even took the Times reporter by surprise. (Free Beacon, emphasis added)

Answering a series of New York Times questions as part of a series on the 2020 Democratic candidates, Swalwell said he would push for a two-state solution when asked if Israel met international human rights standards. Swalwell added that he would terminate someone who wouldn’t be in his employ.

“Israel is a country that needs to work with the Palestinian people to find a two-state solution,” Swalwell said. “I support putting the U.S. back into the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. I support increasing aid to the Palestinian people, and I’m going to fire Jared Kushner on Day One, because he has no business being on the job of seeking a two-state solution or finding peace in the Middle East. It requires serious scholars and a serious leader committed to making it happen.”

That’ll certainly show them. Jared Kushner has been put on notice. If his father-in-law loses the next election and Swalwell wins, he’d better pack his things and get ready to be escorted from the building.

But… wouldn’t that depend on Kushner actually being in the building and available to be fired? Kushner took the job solely because he’s in Donald Trump’s family, is highly trusted, and was asked to join the team. Had any other Republican (or Hillary Clinton for that matter) wound up becoming President, Kushner wouldn’t have been asked, nor do I believe he would have been interested in abandoning all of his other business obligations and applying for the job.

Honestly, I’d be shocked if Kushner is still around when Trump leaves office if he wins a second term. He’ll eventually burn out and want to return to his own affairs. And if Trump does lose, don’t be shocked if he doesn’t even hang around for the entire lame duck transition period. In short, Swalwell isn’t going to be firing Jared Kushner from anything.

The only other amusing footnote from Swalwell’s interview comes at the end of the Free Beacon coverage. Asked what his most embarrassing recent moment was, he said that he had mistaken some fireworks for gunfire. Given the guy’s fixation on guns and repealing the Second Amendment, that probably shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.

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Talia Lavin, Who Falsely Trashed an ICE Agrent As a Nazi, Just Lost Her Gig Teaching “Journalism” for a Hilarious Reason

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This is about as pure a case of schadenfreude as you can get.

Talia Lavin is a pretty volatile person. She’s most famous for trashing an ICE agent last year as a Nazi because she thought she saw an Iron Cross on his arm. It turned out that the agent fought in Afghanistan and had lost both legs. The tattoo was a unit insignia.

Not content with just trashing one wounded veteran, she then set her outrage on Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

She seems lovely doesn’t she?

After being fired from her fact-checking job at The New Yorker (she claims it was voluntary but I choose to not be gaslit), Lavin failed up by getting a journalism professorship at NYU, because people that make up stories for political reasons should totally be teaching the next generation of press members.

Welp, so much for that. Her class just got canceled. Why?

Because only two people signed up for it in the fall.

New York University has canceled an undergraduate journalism class that former New Yorker fact-checker Talia Lavin was scheduled to teach this fall after only two students signed up.

The decision to hire Lavin to teach the elective, “Reporting on the Far Right,” had drawn criticism since she resigned her New Yorker positionlast June after falsely accusing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of having a Nazi tattoo.

Well, that’s gonna rustle some jimmies.

Lavin will also not be invited back.

Penenberg also said it was unlikely his department would invite Lavin back. “It would make no sense to try it again, given how few students expressed interest,” he said. “We have no plans to offer Talia another course, simply because her main focus (and the focus of her upcoming book) is the far right.”

While it’s pretty funny to see justice catch up with Lavin, even indirectly, it’s still a really bad look that NYU ever invited her on as an “expert on the far-right.” This woman has no expertise on anything. She has zero journalistic ethics and spent most of her time railing in a partisan manner. It’s actually slightly encouraging that no one wanted to take her silly class.

So what’s next for Lavin? Who knows. I’m sure some left-wing publication will give her space to vent. You are never truly done when you shill for Democrat politics.

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Post Office terminated veteran who was fighting in the war on terror

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This is a story that’s been far too long in the making and will likely enrage you. Fortunately (spoiler alert) it has a somewhat happy ending. It deals with a postal carrier from Maine named John Patrie. John was a member of the Maine National Guard when the attacks of September 11, 2001, took place. He was called up for active duty almost immediately, going on to serve multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan until 2015.

All during his military service, Patrie sent copies of his orders to his USPS supervisors as required, informing them of his various assignments. He kept up with all the responsibilities of someone who is off fighting for their country but expects to return to work once their service is over. But after his discharge from the service, he was informed by the Post Office that he couldn’t come back to work and had been terminated because he “abandoned his civilian post.”

John filed a complaint with the US Labor Department, where it was determined that the Post Office had violated the veterans protection law. Still, the USPS refused to reinstate him. The Labor Department kicked the case to the Office of Special Counsel. They sent it to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Finally, they investigated and ruled in Patrie’s favor. (Government Executive)

“Patrie did everything he could under the law, and he had no idea how long he would be away,” OSC attorney Patrick Boulay told Government Executive. The veteran even kept his locker and union membership. “The whole idea of USERRA is to maintain the employment as an ‘unburned bridge.’ It is the service member’s choice whether to cross that bridge, but the Postal Service decided at the last moment to burn the bridge.”

The Postal Service, Boulay added, has been applying its own standards in such cases similarly for years, and is the only agency that doesn’t follow the exceptions to the law’s five-year limit on employment eligibility.

“We are very pleased to have won this victory not just for Mr. Patrie but for service members everywhere,” said Special Counsel Henry Kerner. “Our country must honor its commitments to those who serve in uniform and defend our freedoms.”

So Mr. Patrie has his job at the Post Office back. In addition, the USPS was ordered to reinstate John retroactive to January 2016 and provide back pay and benefits. That’s as it should be, but he never should have been put through all of this to begin with. While it’s true that there’s a five year limit to federal employment eligibility when you can’t work for an extended period of time, there are specific exceptions to that law and one of them covers reservists who are called to active duty. The Post Office hasn’t been honoring those exceptions and that needs to change.

As a side note, you’ll notice that this matter wound up being adjudicated by the MSPB. I know that I’ve taken issue with that board here on many occasions. (Okay… that’s putting it very mildly. The MSPB is a disaster that too often allows delinquent or even criminal government employees to keep their jobs forever.) But in this case, they managed to use their power for something good, rather than protecting people who were found to be watching porn all day, selling drugs out of their offices or even driving getaway vehicles at crime scenes. (Yes, all of those things happened.)

So here’s a rare tip of my hat to the Merit Systems Protection Board. John Patrie has earned far more than just our thanks and a job at the Post Office for the sacrifices he made in service of his country. Thank you for setting this situation to rights.

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Uber Sent a Tragic Message When It Fired the Uber Driver Refusing to Participate In Abortion

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No one should ever be forced to violate their conscience, and despite the fact that one Uber driver’s decision not to be party to abortion went south, and the media is doing its best to make a story out of it, at no point did this Uber driver do anything wrong.

As posted earlier by Alex Parker, an Uber driver in New York now finds himself permanently banned from being a driver for Uber and may now find himself in court over a lawsuit brought against him all due to refusing to take a woman, going by Montgomery, to her abortion appointment.

Yahoo News has confirmed that Uber has terminated the driver’s contract for violating its rules. Montgomery, however, thinks this isn’t enough of a punishment:

“Sometimes I think of Scott going home to his family and feeling like a hero for what he did. A job driving for Uber is a small price to pay for a misguided attempt at saving a life, right? I imagine his colleagues at his main job (if he has one) patting him on the back, congratulating him for his courageous decision to leave a 20-year-old pregnant girl on the side of the road, alone, in March, with no way back home except with him, in the back of the car he just expelled her from,” she says. “He’ll never understand the ramifications of his actions. He’ll never know the pain he caused. He’ll never pay for what he did in the way that I’ve paid for it, emotionally and psychologically.”

Now, Montgomery had taken to Reddit once again and is now asking for legal advice about how she can sue the Uber driver. Most responses have revolved around being able to recoup any monetary losses, but not much else. Lawsuits around hurt feelings aren’t going to win her much, at least not yet, though she does have a claim that the Uber driver endangered her.

Just get this out of the way first…

Montgomery claims multiple times that she was ejected from the car by the Uber driver. She suggests that the driver abandoned her in the middle of nowhere, but this conflicts with her own statements about the driver offering to take her back, which she refused. According to her the driver also waited some 15 minutes at the location, hoping she would change her mind.

Montgomery has already shot her own case to pieces, but I digress.

It takes a lot to try to talk someone out of having an abortion nowadays, especially with so much propaganda about “choice,” “reproductive justice,” “feminism,” and the haunting narrative that women live with that tells them a baby is one of the worst things that can happen to them.

The Uber driver showed a lot of bravery on two levels. For one, he engaged in a conversation that defied mainstream narratives in order to try to save someone’s life. Not just anyone’s life. The life of an innocent child.

Secondly, the Uber driver did so under full knowledge of what he was doing and how it may mean the termination of his dealings with Uber. Perhaps this man has a full-time job and was using Uber to be able to have a bit of cash on the side. Perhaps his Uber gig was a way to be able to pay the bills and afford to put food on his family’s table. Maybe it’s neither. Either way, this man risked a source of income instead of being a part of the murder of an innocent baby.

Uber doesn’t seem to have any hard and fast rules on why people can be fired. There are stories around drivers simply being deactivated over their Twitter activity.

Technically, the driver in question didn’t violate any rules. Kicking someone out mid-ride is allowed by drivers for reasons ranging from the passenger being a safety hazard to the passenger being a white supremacist or neo-Nazi. Regardless, the Uber driver never kicked Montgomery out of his car and even offered to take her back home. She refused.

Everyone can safely assume that Uber corporate, based in San Francisco, is going to come down hard on anyone who acts against things the left considers holy. The driver’s actions were going to cost him, and he had to have known that risk when he did this.

I can’t help but have immense respect for this man, whoever he is. He exhibited real bravery, and risked a lot to the right thing, especially in this day and age. It’s entirely possible that people are going to try to figure out who this man is and try to make him pay for his transgression in some way, be it legal action or mob action.

It’s sick that regardless of either of these outcomes, Uber has sent a message. If you stick to your pro-life guns, you’re gone. Drivers will now be forced to take women to abortion clinics whether they like it or not upon finding out their passenger’s story or be deactivated. For a company that will allow you to terminate a ride for social reasons, it’s sad that this is not one of the valid ones.

I pray this story ends with this man coming out on top in some way shape or form. He deserves it.

 

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Mad Dog Mattis bumped out early

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As with most things in the White House these days, the news arrived with a pre-Christmas tweet. Following the unrest over Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis’ resignation and the subsequent publication of his letter informing the President of his reasons, Donald Trump has moved to remove him early and name an acting replacement.

I’d like to say I’m surprised, but at this point, nothing involving rotations in White House staffing has the ability to surprise us very much. The New York Times jumped on the story as yet more evidence of the President’s temperamental nature.

President Trump said on Sunday that he would remove Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who issued a stinging rebuke of the president when he announced his resignation last week, from his post by Jan. 1, two months before he had planned to depart.

Mr. Trump, in a Twitter post, said that Patrick M. Shanahan, Mr. Mattis’s deputy, would serve as the acting defense secretary.

Aides said that the president was furious that Mr. Mattis’s resignation letter — in which he rebuked the president’s rejection of international allies and his failure to check authoritarian governments — had led to days of negative news coverage. Mr. Mattis resigned in large part over Mr. Trump’s hasty decision to withdraw American forces from Syria.

Being “furious about the letter” is one thing, but Jen Griffin at Fox News hears that there are a couple of layers to this onion. The release of the letter generated a ton of positive news coverage for Mattis, praising his character and commitment, etc. This cast Trump in a less than favorable light, kicking off yet another bad news cycle and he was particularly unhappy about that.

During most of the ongoing personnel transitions, I’ve tended to mostly shrug my shoulders. The fact remains that anyone in the Cabinet or other White House positions works at the pleasure of the President. When he says it’s time to go, you grab your things and vacate your office. But there’s simply no denying that this move casts the President in a very poor light indeed.

First, there is Mattis’ sterling record of service to his country… a lifetime of honorable service which had actually been completed until Donald Trump asked him to come back from retirement and serve the country once more. His term as SecDef was not marked by politics or hyperbole, but a dedication to maximizing the potential and effectiveness of our nation’s military. Despite rumored personal disagreements with the President over policy, he carried out his duties without drama for the most part.

Trump’s decision regarding pulling out of Syria (and Afghanistan, I’m sure) was clearly the straw that broke the camel’s back. To be fair, we could say that Mattis’ decision to have an aide make multiple copies of his resignation letter and distribute them, doubtless knowing they would end up in the press, was a bit of a jab at the President. But was it enough to justify this decision to essentially “fire” him after he’d already resigned?

After the lifetime of service that James Mattis has given to his country, if he wanted to leave in February (allowing sufficient time for a thorough search for and vetting of his replacement), the respectful thing to do would be to let him leave on his own timetable. This was an insult to Mattis and the President should have shown him the respect he has earned, even if it cost him a few more days of bad press.

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