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Mullah Madness: Expanded US Sanctions End ‘Channel Of Diplomacy Forever,’ White House Is ‘Afflicted By Mental Retardation’

 

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A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, said in a tweet that Trump’s decision to increase economic sanctions on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials ends the “channel of diplomacy forever.”

Mousavi said “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy. Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.”

The new sanctions are meant to hinder Iran’s access to the U.S. financial system as well as their U.S. assets. These steps are intended to further cripple their already ravaged economy.

Following Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Obama administration’s 2015 nuclear deal and restore sanctions, tensions have escalated between Washington and Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions “will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader’s office and those closely affiliated with him and the office access to key financial resources and support.” He added “that the sanctions were in part a response to the shooting down of the drone, but would have happened anyway.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions “lock up literally billions of dollars more of assets.”

Hostilities erupted two weeks ago following the attack on two oil tankers, one Japanese and one Norwegian, in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. intelligence places the blame on Iran for those incidents, however, the country denies it.

Iran does take responsibility for shooting down a U.S. drone last week they claim was flying through Iranian airspace, which the U.S. emphatically denies.

Last Thursday, ten minutes before the U.S. was to poised to strike three Iranian military targets in retaliation for the drone attack, Trump cancelled the mission. He asked a general how many Iranians would die as a result. When he was given an answer of 150, he aborted the strike feeling that it wasn’t a proportionate response.

For obvious reasons, Iran would prefer to see a Democrat win the presidency in 2020. They know that a war with the U.S. would be very unpopular among most American voters. If Trump were to engage the U.S. into a new war in the Middle East, his odds of reelection would decline.

From this perspective, Iran is “baiting” Trump with their provocative acts. They would like nothing more than a U.S. attack on their country.

Trump campaigned on the senselessness of engaging in foreign wars. He is well aware of Iran’s strategy and he does not want the U.S. to become involved in a new war. But on Monday, he told reporters that his “restraint is not limitless.”

According to Fox News, National Security Adviser John Bolton “said the U.S. is open to negotiations, all Iran needs to do is “walk through that open door.” It was unclear if his response was in connection to Mousavi’s tweet.”

Fox also confirmed that the “U.S. military carried out a cyberattack against Iran last Thursday…Sources said U.S. Cyber Command launched the cyberattack targeting the Iranian intelligence and radar installations used to down the U.S. Navy drone last week.”

Aside from their menacing rhetoric, Iran’s position weakens every day as a result of the sanctions. And, if they continue perpetrating hostile acts, other nations may finally decide to join the U.S. and take action against the country. They can’t go on targeting ships and aircraft in the region at will and expect no consequences.

Unfortunately, we’re not at that point yet. On Monday, the United Nations Security Council condemned the attacks on the oil tankers and the drone, but they failed to condemn Iran.

Following the meeting, Acting U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Jonathan Cohen spoke to reporters:

The Security Council and all nations should try to imagine the future of global air travel if a country can shoot down an aircraft merely for being in its flight information region. Indeed, we’ve already seen air carriers from around the world avoid Iran’s flight information region as a result.

Iran must understand that these attacks are unacceptable. It’s time for the world to join us in saying so.

The coordinates of the drone’s flight path and location make clear the aircraft at no point entered Iranian airspace. Iran’s claims to the contrary are false and rely on an argument that the U.S. aircraft was in Iran’s flight information region. But, a country’s flight information region is not the same as their airspace. The flight information region extends much further.

Iran should, as I said two weeks ago, meet diplomacy with diplomacy—a call Iran described as inflammatory.

Iran’s UN Ambassador Majid Ravanchi told reporters, “You can’t start a dialogue with somebody who is threatening you, intimidating you…The U.S. decision today to impose more sanctions against Iran is yet another indication that the U.S. has no respect for international law and order as well as the views of the overwhelming majority of the international community.”

Fox reported that, during the meeting, Germany’s Ambassador Christoph Heusgen read a statement on behalf of Germany, the United Kingdom and France. It said, “These developments risk miscalculation and conflict. We call for de-escalation and dialogue, with full respect for international rules.”

So, as I said, we’re not there yet. Most countries are putting their own economic interests ahead of what they surely have to see with their own eyes. Hopefully one day they will acknowledge the obvious.

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Unraveled: Website for Knitters and Crocheters Bans All Content Supporting Trump

Everything is political these days, and it’s exhausting. Millions of Americans enjoy knitting and crocheting as hobbies, to provide some relaxation, a way to make cherished gifts for loved ones, or even a little extra income. But if you are a supporter of President Donald Trump, one of the biggest yarn crafting websites wants you to know you’re no longer welcome.

Well, technically, you’re still welcome, but you better keep your mouth shut about Trump.

The website in question, Ravelry, has often had a left-leaning tone — they heavily promoted various patterns for the infamous pink “cat” hats seen at many of the Women’s March protests — but the users had a range of political beliefs all across the partisan spectrum (you know, just like America).

The site includes searchable posts for knitting and crochet patterns, some available for free and some for sale, as well as a forum section where users can post about a variety of topics, some yarn-related and some not. Most of the content is utterly benign and unoffensive to any sane person, focused heavily on discussing patterns, sharing techniques and problem solving difficult patterns, or frivolous topics like this photo thread of users’ pet cats playing with yarn.

I’d like to say I hope we can all agree that kittens playing with yarn are still cute, but I’m not so sure anymore. The current divisive toxicity of our politics is spreading rapidly, and Ravelry’s millions of members are now in the middle of the battlefield.

Over the weekend, Ravelry’s Twitter account (with a bio touting that they are an “inclusive, friendly website for [yarn emoji] people around the [globe emoji]”) posted a link to an announcement on their website stating that supporting Trump was no longer allowed on Ravelry.

The linked announcement clarified that this ban included voicing any support for Trump not just in forum posts, but also in user profiles and in patterns. Posting patterns for those pink hats is fine. A knitted MAGA hat or blanket is not.

The head-scratching explanation provided by the site’s administration was to accuse all Trump supporters as being equivalent to white supremacists: 

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

Trump supporters are still allowed to use the site and participate, they just “can’t talk about [supporting Trump] here.” No one’s pattern designs or data would be deleted, but any of the Trump content that offends the site operators so much would be recategorized as private, invisible to all users except the one who posted it.

This means any Trump supporters who had pro-Trump designs for sale on Ravelry will no longer be able to use the site to sell them, and pro-Trump political activists cannot share designs supporting Trump on the site, even for free, for other supporters to access.

The announcement also mentioned that they had adapted their “No Trump” policy from RPG.net, a website forum dedicated to role-playing games.

Political patterns are by no means anywhere close to a majority of the content on Ravelry, but there have been some on both sides. Here are a few patterns from “Deplorable Knitter,” still available from Instagram posts:

As the new policy was enacted, Deplorable Knitter posted screen caps of complaints about her patterns, and strongly objecting to the accusation she or her patterns were racist:

Deplorable Knitter’s G-rated patterns are no longer welcome on Ravelry. Because simply mentioning Trump or his campaign slogans is an act of hate, according to Ravelry.

Still acceptable, however, is this scarf that displays the message “F*** TRUMP” when read at an angle, a seemingly endless array of genitalia crafted out of yarn (NSFW photos at link), and this whimsical design of two deer getting intimate in the woods, ready to adapt for knitted hats or mittens (images sort of NSFW but probably only if your boss is really strict).

I personally have been knitting and crocheting for years (see cat and blanket below), and have often used Ravelry to find new patterns and research techniques. I’m involved in political issues all day long and am far more likely to be searching or posting about blanket patterns than political topics — I’m knitting as a break from politics, not to do more politics! — but must say I find this policy to be completely ridiculous.

 

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Banning posts that are actually racist is fairly noncontroversial as far as internet forum moderation practices go. But it’s a wild and gross exaggeration to say all Trump supporters are white supremacists. I didn’t vote for him and will not vote for him (much to the constant delight of our RedState commenters) but I know many, many people who voted for Trump as a vote against Hillary Clinton, certainly not to endorse any sort of racism or other prejudicial hatred.

Ravelry overstepped with this broad ban on Trump supporters, and it will be a troubling trend if more sites adopt this kind of policy. Dividing America into segregated political groups across all aspects of life will solve no problems and only make matters worse.

Finding common ground is one of the greatest legacies of this grand American experiment, and we have historically been better than any other nation on earth at taking all sorts of people with all sorts of ideas and all sorts of political beliefs and finding a way to peacefully progress as a nation.

How many other countries — even ones we characterize as first world democracies — still experience violence and unrest when elections remove one political party and put another in power? We’ve had bitterly divided and often painful close presidential elections with about half of the country professing to hate the winner for most of my life — Bush, Clinton, another Bush, Obama, Trump — but each time the winner has shown up in Washington, D.C. to take the oath of office, and his predecessor has left the White House peacefully and without bloodshed. We should all be proud of that.

Banning Trump supporters from Ravelry doesn’t end white supremacy and it doesn’t defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box next November. It just deprives people of the chance to bond over cute knitting projects because their political beliefs barred half of them at the door.

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The Dangers of “Dragging” Children

Lately we’ve seen a spate of “drag kids” being paraded around the internet and praised as a “brave” new generation that will lead us all into an era of utopian love and acceptance.

From “Desmond is Amazing” to 9-year-old Austin aka Kween KeeKee, the term “drag kid” is slowly being introduced to mainstream society as not only a legitimate job title but a perfectly acceptable industry for children.

The current desperation on the progressive left to be seen as the ultimate in “open-mindedness” has gone from being annoying and sometimes entertaining to being downright dangerous.

I love a good drag queen show as much as the next person. Whatever your opinion on the cultural aspects of it, drag is a legitimate performance art and the people who make a living at it are masters of their craft. It takes a shocking amount of preparation and practice to be good at it. As an artist myself I appreciate the commitment and the creativity. But as a parent there are some art forms I would never let my child engage in for the simple reason that some things are for adults and those things should never include children.

That is the problem many Americans are having with this bizarre push to normalize alternative, adult sexual expressions across the spectrum of our society. It turns the hierarchy of human nature on its head and labels it “courageous”. Most thoughtful adults are repulsed at the idea of a child being dressed up to impersonate an adult for the entertainment of other adults. It feels inherently wrong whether or not it is purposefully sexualized. Yet we continue to be asked to squash our natural responses and clap and nod.

The nose knows. Reasonable adults understand that a young boy being encouraged to wear a toxic amount of makeup, short dresses and high heels and mimic the inherent sexuality of women is creepy and completely inappropriate.

Because that is exactly what they’re doing. Despite the arguments that this is just an open-minded expression of creative gender identity, the fact is what these children are being encouraged to do is mimic female sexuality. That is what “drag” is all about. There is a sensuality to drag performances that rests on the idea that women have a very particular nuance to their sexuality. Even in performances that are not overtly sexual, these male performers are actually celebrating female sensuality. Desmond’s mother says the art form is something different for kids and it isn’t adult in nature.

It’s biological. The natural sway of a woman’s hips, the tilt of her head, the curve of her chest…these are all both just how we are and also designed to biologically trigger an attraction on the part of men. Even the makeup  we wear (even though most of us don’t realize this) is designed elicit a biological response in men. If you don’t know why lipstick is traditionally some form of red or pink, look it up. Or you might even guess based on the subject of this column. Regardless, there are reasons these accessories are considered adult in nature. They are.

Watch these young boys as they perform. They are imitating female sensuality, just like their adult counterparts. Furthermore, they are “performing” in clubs that are reserved for overtly sexual performances, sometimes in the same show. The are “performing” in gay pride events where their fellow performers are blatantly and brazenly highlighting and celebrating certain sexual acts and sexuality. Again, fine for consenting adults. As soon as a child is thrust into the position of putting on the garb of adult females for the pleasure of adults it crosses the line.

It’s hard to imagine this is even a conversation we have to have at all. This should absolutely be a no-brainer. This is and always has been the scourge of extreme left-wing ideology. Its adherents are so committed to toppling “traditional” human impulses and societal constructs that they are willing to even sacrifice the innocence of children at the altar of “Being Right”. Such an altar will only ever require larger and larger sacrifices.

Don’t tell me that gender is a societal construct and then in the same breath tell me your little boy was born “gender queer”. Don’t tell me that gender is fluid and basically meaningless and then have your grade school boy wear pounds and pounds of makeup and high heels as an imitation of his stereotypical view of the female form. Why do we suddenly throw out gender stereotypes when it is a boy dressing up like a girl?

I’m curious to know what these parents think of the child beauty pageant circuit and how it exploits little girls to dress and act like adult women in order to garner attention. If someone asked my 11-year-old daughter to put on as much makeup as Dolly Parton, a shiny minidress and some heels and prance around on stage thrusting her hips out and sashaying back and forth as grown men shout and holler about how “fabulous” she looks, I’d punch that person right in their babymaker.

Why we apply a different standard for little boys is beyond comprehension; but perhaps those parents do know that what they are doing and allowing for their boys is completely unnatural and could have some gruesome consequences. Perhaps in order to make it okay in their heads they have to make US the bigots and ignore the logic.

At some point we must be braver than the social media mobs. At some point responsible adults have to stand up and point out that this isn’t simply a matter of tolerance or “gay pride” or “trans pride” or however it’s being marketed. At some point better minds must stand against the tides of chaos and demand the line be drawn at dragging children into the very adult celebration of sexuality/sensuality.

Do whatever you want to do. Leave the children out of it.

Your children are not social experiments. If they want to dress up let them do it at home where they are safe and not made vulnerable to the multitude of perverts – straight and gay – who frequent the adult entertainment scene.

As my beloved father-in-law says, it’s great to be open-minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out all over the floor.

Clean up on aisle four!

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Maxine Waters Willfully Gets Iran/Drone Story Wrong, Blames Trump

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) says some outrageous things (regularly), but her recent tweets at directed President Trump are far more than outrageous.

Tweeting in response (two days later) to news that Trump called off retaliatory strikes against Iran at the last minute, Waters refused to give Trump “credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran” then asked why the drone was “in Iran’s airspace” and wondered why we would conduct surveillance on Iran.

What?

In addition to the confusing use of the term “so-called” and the ignorance about why we could possibly want to keep an eye on a country that just bombed an oil tanker nearby, Waters publicly endorsed the words of Ayatollah Khameini over the Pentagon and the Commander in Chief by asserting that the drone was in Iranian air space.

Military Times reported on June 20 that Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command issued a statement disputing Iran’s characterization.

“This attack is an attempt to disrupt our ability to monitor the area following recent threats to international shipping and free flow of commerce. Iranian reports that this aircraft was shot down over Iran are categorically false,” Guatella said. “The aircraft was over the Strait of Hormuz and fell into international waters.”

At the time of the intercept, “the RQ-4 was operating at high-altitude approximately 34 kilometers from the nearest point of land on the Iranian coast,” Guastella said in a statement Thursday. “This dangerous and escalatory attack was irresponsible and occurred in the vicinity of established air corridors between Dubai, UAE, and Muscat Oman, possibly endangering innocent civilians.”

The Pentagon provided reporters a map showing where the drone was shot down and from where the missile that shot it down was launched.

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Waters continued with more lies, tweeting that Trump started a confrontation with Iran and that Trump “unilaterally renege[d]” on the Iran deal – a deal that was never approved by Congress and a deal Trump had no obligation to follow – and claiming that Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are attempting to start a war.

Most laughably, Waters claims that Iran was in compliance with the JCPOA.

It’s amazing that she has a communications team with the ability to tweet all of that that with (allegedly) a straight face.

And she kept going, saying that by announcing additional sanctions on Iran Trump is “trying to further provoke Iran” so Trump can strike.

The nonsensical logic is totally on brand, but there is no excuse for a member of Congress to knowingly spread lies and propaganda perpetuated by our country’s enemies.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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A Viral Photo of Children at Detention Facilities Got Blamed on Trump, Reality Tells a Different Story

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This is what, the 4th or 5th time a photo of kids at the border has gone viral that ended up not telling the real story? In this case, the misleading was clearly intentional though, as you’ll see.

A picture of children sleeping with aluminum thermal blankets on the floor of a CBP detention facility made the rounds this weekend. It was posted by someone named Nancy Lee Grahn. Apparently I’m supposed to know who she is because she’s on TV and has a blue check-mark, but admittedly, I’ve never heard of her.

Here’s the original tweet, which is still up.

The immediate judgement was that Donald Trump personally drove there and forced the kids to sleep on the floor just because he’s that evil. The left exploded over the photos and it’s still going today. She even pinned it on her timeline.

The problem? This was once again a picture from the Obama administration. In fact, the date stamp is in the picture but Grahn cropped it out.

Have you every noticed that almost every problematic photo of the border situation that’s went viral in the last year has ended up being from the Obama administration? Funny how that works. Yet, time and time again, the media and Twitter-verse outright lie about the genesis to throw partisan mud.

To be fair to Obama though, it’s hardly “torture” to give thermal blankets to children after they’ve been apprehended as unaccompanied minors. What else is CBP supposed to do with them initially? Put them up at a Holiday Inn in Phoenix? They are caught on the border, away from civilization and have to be cared for immediately. Bunk beds and playgrounds aren’t readily available at that point in the process. That’s not initial, it’s just the reality on the ground.

The lack of rationality in this debate is just mind-numbing. CBP is doing everything it can with the resources it has to take care of illegal immigrants who are caught. You can not simply dump children on the street corner in the interior. They have to be held, checked out, and placed in homes. That means time in a detention facility. It’s not ideal, but it’s the reality of the situation. No one is purposely hurting kids. These are caring, career law enforcement officials that are on the front lines. They aren’t the Waffen SS running “concentration camps” or any other ridiculous nonsense that’s been propagated lately.

That’s not to say today’s facilities aren’t having issues. these facilities are waning in quality because of a lack of funding, which Democrats steadfastly refuse to provide while they virtue signal their disapproval of the conditions. The game they are playing is simply perverse and no one but right-wing outlets will even bother to call them on it.

This problem could be fixed next week if the mainstream media stopped playing politics and started actually holding Democrats accountable for their obstruction on this. But they won’t. We’ll instead continue to go around in circles because this is too politically advantageous of an issue for Democrats to actually do their jobs.

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Teenager Tells His Teacher There Are Only 2 Genders. The School Suspends Him for Not Being ‘Inclusive’

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In Aberdeenshire, Scotland, a teen told his teacher there are only two genders.

The teacher didn’t agree.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the instructor had told his class that a website which only allowed for two gender options was “old fashioned.”

The 17-year-old spoke up, saying that male and female are the only two, biologically.

For taking a position that was “not inclusive,” he was kicked out of class.

Later, the teacher discussed the issue with the boy privately — and the kid secretly videoed it.

On the recording, the molder of skulls full of mush can be heard telling the teenager his opinions should be relegated to his “own house.”

A friend of the disagreeing dude told the Mail why he recorded the conversation:

“He decided to film the teacher because he wanted to show what was going on in schools today for simply stating there are only two genders. He has nothing against anyone who identifies as LGBTQ, but completely disagrees that there are more than two genders and that it’s a social construct. He believes telling kids that boys are girls and girls are boys is a very dangerous thing and wanted to get his views across to the teacher. His view is that scientifically there are only two genders. This new gender theory that there are unlimited genders is something that should be discussed and debated – not just thrown into a class discussion and if you disagree you get kicked out of the room.”

In the video — which has been seen nearly 100,000 times on YouTube — the teen explains, “‘I think it’s silly to have anything other than two genders, Sir.”

The teacher drops the hammer:

“Could you please keep that opinion to your own house? Not in this school.”

He also points out, “Not every policy is scientific.”

And it’s the pupil’s fault:

“You chose to make an issue of making a point that is contrary to policy.”

As per the Mail, in response to the hubbub, an Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson asserted that the teacher’s right:

[He] said the public sector has a legal duty to show ‘due regard’ to certain “protected characteristics” – including age, sex and “gender reassignment.”

He added: “It is important to understand the context of any video clip taken without a person’s consent. In our schools, fostering good relations among different groups can be a real challenge but our aim is to support a fairer, inclusive environment for all.”

The boy was suspended for three weeks.

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Trump To Nancy: Oh I Totally Can Strike Iran Without Congressional Approval

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On Friday, following Iran’s destruction of a U.S. drone and President Trump’s decision to call off a planned retaliatory strike, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Democrats notified the president he could not initiate a strike against Iran without Congressional approval.

On Monday Trump responded via an exclusive interview with Hill.tv outside the White House: ”

“I disagree [with Pelosi], most people seem to disagree but I do like keeping them…they have ideas, they’re intelligent people, they come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast but I don’t have to do it legally.”

The War Powers Resolution of 1973 allows a president 60 days to work with Congress on gaining their approval once they are informed within 48 hours of a president’s military strikes against a hostile nation. A president then has 30 days to end those operations. However, the The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a Bush-era resolution passed after 9/11, gives the president authority to “use all necessary and appropriate force” against hostilities by foreign nations.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a bit of a critic of the administration’s decision to pull back on the initial planned strikes, told Newsweek he did not think Trump needed congressional approval.

“Our job is to declare a state of war exists and funded, it’s not to make every military move and decision. So, no, I don’t think it needs to [seek congressional approval],” he said. “If it’s not military or something, there’s got to be a cost to Iran—we have to send a message.”

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Major Move: Mexico Deploys 15,000 Troops to the U.S. Border in Order to Stop Illegal Immigration

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On Monday, Mexican Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval declared the deployment of 15,000 soldiers to the border in order to stave off the enormous amount of illegal immigration into the U.S.

CNN reporter Nick Valencia tweeted:

“Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border to curve migration flow. An additional ~2,000 National Guard elements have also been deployed across the country’s southern border with Guatemala & Belize.: MX Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval.”

As per CNN, the announcement was made in Cancun.

The 2,000 National Guard members serve to bolster the 4,500 troops already at the Central American border.

The news comes at the end of a long line of efforts by the Trump White House (here) to engage Mexico’s assistance in quelling America’s border crisis (here and here).

Of course, Trump hasn’t just been fighting our neighbors to the south in order to secure America; he’s been battling Democratic congresspeople elected by Americans to secure America in order to…secure…America (here).

As for Mexico, most recently, The Donald laid a 5% tariff on ’em:

But that was called off:

So what’s next? It remains to be seen. For now, presumably, the 15,000 soldiers will help reduce the influx of those coming into the U.S illegally. But there’s still certainly a whole lot more work to do and changes to make.

And the promised wall is yet to stand.

What are your thoughts on all this? Do you believe the deployment will help? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

 

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Delete Your Account: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Wonders If McConnell Is Better or Worse Than Segregationist Senators

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The hot takes we’ve gotten from Democrats in the aftermath of Joe Biden’s praise of his ability to get along with segregationist Senators in the 1970s have been all over the map.

Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said in an interview Thursday that Biden’s comments on Democratic Sens. James Eastland (MS) and Herman Talmadge (GA) were not that big a deal in the scheme of things. Why? Because Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) were “pretty stinky, creepy people themselves” and Democratic Senators like Biden critic Cory Booker (NJ) had to work with them, too, she stated.

Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) ripped Biden’s remarks, suggesting he was “coddling the reputations of segregationists.” On the other hand, civil rights icons and Congressmen John Lewis (D-GA) and James Clyburn (D-SC) both defended Biden, saying they had to work with some pretty bad people back in those days, too.

MSNBC‘s “All In” host Chris Hayes had his own special take on it all in the midst of the controversy, and took to the Twitter machine to wonder out loud:

He followed up with a little bit of “WhatAboutBothism”, perhaps in an attempt to make his initial tweet sound more… measured:

Twitter being Twitter, there was actually a debate between liberals in the comments:

In the end, there was no clear winner in the debate. But there was one casualty: Common sense.

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Huh?? Alexandria ‘Never Again’ Ocasio-Cortez Now Claims Liz Cheney Compared Detention Centers to the Holocaust, Not Her

 

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Sometimes in politics, people say things that I can’t believe are falling out of their mouths.

And I think, “Either they don’t have a brain, or they think Americans don’t have brains.” Because no reasonable person would take their comments seriously.

One such person bestowing these moments is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I’m not suggesting she doesn’t have a brain; I’m just saying I remain mystified.

And there’s a whole lotta myst around her comments Monday concerning the ill-conceived description of America’s “concentration camps” at the southern border.

Last week, AOC stuck up a steel pole during a lightning storm via her Instagram video lamenting President Trump’s “Never-Again”-style “concentration camps” (here, herehere, and here).

Liz Cheney wasn’t impressed, so she tweeted this:

Less than 20 minutes later, Alexandria paddled the ping pong ball back over the net:

Well, the 29-year-old’s now saying that Rep. Cheney is responsible for her words:

Huh??

Here’s an exact quote from Alexandria’s video:

“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps. And, um, if that doesn’t bother you, I don’t, I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever. I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘Never Again’ means something. The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it.”

She said “‘Never Again’ means something.” She didn’t say it doesn’t mean something. Nor did she say, “Liz Cheney is pulling the string on my back and speaking.”

If it “means something,” then what does it mean??

The phrase is an explicit reference to the Holocaust:

Yet, somehow, AOC topped off with this tweet, which included Liz’s post as (non)proof that Cheney said what in actuality she herself did.

It’s as if she’s convinced herself that up is down, and she’s just continuing forward with it.

And now I’m back to that whole brain thing:

On Saturday, tweeter Benny Johnson asked her to “listen, for once”:

As I posted previously, I don’t believe America and its leaders should be compared to Hitler and the Nazis.

Having said that, if you want to call detention centers concentration camps, then okay. It’s absurd, but “I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever.”

But for the love of Pete, don’t say something and then claim Liz Cheney said it.

#FAIL

-ALEX

 

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