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The NeverTrumpers Rediscover the Binary Election

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Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party activist Manilan Houle, of Minneapolis, is the first person waiting in line outside a polling station in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, on the first day of early voting in Minnesota in the 2018 midterm elections. Minnesota law allowed in-person voting to begin Friday — a full 46 days early — making it the first battleground state to begin casting actual votes in the broader fight for control of Congress. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Since 2016, it seems like there has been an effort to mainstream the argument that American elections are not binary. Not only is the idea counterintuitive (in our two party system the only possible winners are not named Evan McMullin) but is seems like that it was invented to persuade people to not vote for Donald Trump. If we go back to 2016 we can find:

The Daily Wire The Myth Of The Binary Choice
Believe it or not, this is an argument for using your vote for private virtue signaling.

Chicago Tribune (only significant because the writer is Ramesh Ponuru) You don’t have to vote for Trump or Clinton
Also an argument for using your vote for private virtue signaling.

Reason Politics ‘Is Only A Binary Choice if We Listen To the Duopoly’

Steven Hayes, then at Fox News and the Weakly Standard (not a typo) Donald Trump Is Crazy, and So Is the GOP for Embracing Him

Reason “Binary Choices” Like Trump or Clinton Are So 20th Century

The argument resurfaced at the publication directed by Charlie Three Wives the Moral Avenger, that would be The Bulwark, this past April. Here is Jonathan Last arguing that here is no binary choice Down With the ‘Binary Choice’ Nonsense. In it Last argues that the choice isn’t binary because you are voting on the future.

The reason I ask these questions is to make a point about the “binary choice” trope.

It drives me crazy when people say that an election is a “binary choice.”

When people trot out the binary choice, they’re trying to reduce the election to two defined choices whose outcomes are totally understood. They want to pretend that you know exactly what outcome you’re getting with either choice and that the outcomes stop the minute the choice is made.

In truth, an election is a choice of timelines, not people or ideologies.

And those timelines are unknowable and uncertain. They’re contingent. They stretch out into the future.

Parts of these future timelines are reasonably foreseeable: You could reasonably predict that a Clinton victory in 2016 still would have been accompanied by a Republican congressional majority. And from that you could reasonably predict that Clinton would have been a constrained chief executive.

Other parts of these timelines stretch over the horizon.

This strikes me as gibberish. If I’m in a burning car I have two choices, stay or go. It doesn’t matter that I stay because I have two toddlers in the backseat that I have to unbuckle and toss out of the car and I willingly sacrifice my life or if I’m a Bulwark staff writer on the way to work and I don’t have the ability to make a decision about what is the best form of virtue signaling. Either way I’m dead. If leave, it doesn’t matter if I run to get the fire department or stroll off to the nearest tavern to have a celebratory drink. I’m alive. In fact, the whole Flight 93 Election essay was premised on the idea that we don’t know what will happen under Trump.

2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.

Now, with Trump appearing to be the favorite in 2020, suddenly the Bulwark gang is rediscovering the binary election. This is from noted expert on all things expert-able, Tom Nichols.

A binary election, thanks to Trump.

This election is, like every other election for president, binary. It doesn’t matter what you do, the outcome is binary. You can decide that you don’t want to participate in that election, either by staying hope or a protest vote, but that doesn’t change the nature of the contest. There are only two people on the ballot with a chance to be president. You not voting for one of them only means that give up your vote for president.

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In Tweet Denouncing Israel’s Decision, Biden Leaves out Fact That Obama Admin Once Made a Similar Decision

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents during a community event, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Joe Biden has enjoyed the privilege of consistently being the frontrunner in the vast majority of polling regarding Democratic candidates running for president – even when he wasn’t officially a candidate. But in spite of that, one of the most persistent criticisms of him from the progressive left is that he isn’t “woke” enough.

He found that out the hard way after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) disingenuously broadsided him at the first debate about his praising working with segregationist Senators back in the 70s in order to get things done, and for his stance at the time on busing. Though he ultimately recovered from her attack, the questions about his “wokeness” have still lingered.

On Thursday, in the midst of the wave of criticisms being directed at Israel from mostly Democrats over the country’s decision to bar BDS proponents Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) entry into their country on security grounds, Biden pounced and seized on the opportunity to win over some of his “woke” skeptics.

Here’s what he tweeted:

Biden left out that something similar also happened under the Obama/Biden administration, where the administration did a little entry barring of their own:

Hot Air‘s Karen Townsend explains in detail:

In that case, the person denied a visa to enter the United States to attend a conference was Michael Ben Ari. The reason given was that, according to the State Department, Ben Ari had ties to a terrorist group. This idea centered around Ben Ari’s conservative views and actions. He follows Kahanism ideology which means he believes that Arabs shouldn’t be living in Israel and shouldn’t have voting rights in Israel. The Kach party has been banned by the Israeli government and the U.S. State Department has labeled it a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Michael Ben Ari’s denial of entry would fall into the same category as Tlaib’s since both were denied due to their political statements. Yet Biden only voiced objection to one and that happened in the course of his Democrat primary campaign. Biden didn’t personally make the decision in 2012, of course, but I am surprised he weighed in as he did, given the dreadful relationship the Obama administration had with Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu in particular.

Whether Biden either conveniently forgot or really didn’t remember the Ben Ari denial of entry or not, his tweet denouncing Israel’s decision may not be enough for The Squad and their defenders for a couple of reasons:

1) Biden didn’t tweet about the issue fast enough for some on the left (though he posted on the issue around the same time Tlaib did and within an hour of when Omar did):

2) He noted in his tweet that he had always been a staunch supporter of Israel, which is an absolute no-no in the fever swamps of the activist left.

It would seem that matter how hard he tries, Biden just cannot be “woke” enough for the progressive left. Whether or not that ultimately works to his advantage in 2020 as more people begin to tire of The Squad’s obvious political games remains to be seen.

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Epstein Rushed $100K Cement Mixer To Island Just Before Damning Expose Published; Was He ‘Literally Covering Up Evidence?’

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According to The Daily Mail, three weeks before the Miami Herald published their November 28, 2018 expose which ultimately led to Jeffrey Epstein’s July arrest, he expedited the delivery of a $100K cement mixer to Little James Island. Epstein paid for the truck up front on November 7, 2018 and sent it with an express bill of lading which is “an unusual and expensive way of shipping an item so that it arrives quickly.”

The Miami Herald’s expose consisted of a series of articles called “Perversion of Justice” which can be read here.

The Daily Mail reported:

Among the other items that Epstein had sent to Little St. James in the US Virgin Islands was a dentist’s chair complete with all the parts.

Epstein also sent a tile and carpet extractor that weighed 191 pounds from the US Virgin Islands to his New York home on March 11 this year.

Four months later he was arrested at Teterboro airport near New York and indicted on sex trafficking charges.

There could be a perfectly reasonable explanation for why Epstein needed an cement mixer on his island. It is said that there are construction projects initiated from time to time on Little James Island as well as the adjacent island which he also owned.

However, the immediacy of this shipment and the timing of the damning expose make it seem suspicious. Epstein’s girlfriend had told an acquaintance that the island was “wired-up.” I wrote about that here. It’s long been “speculated that Epstein had underground tunnels or facilities on his island, while the drone footage reveals what appear to be several hill-side doors.”

A shipping expert told the Daily Mail that Epstein could be “literally covering up evidence.”

Shipping data analyst William George said:

While the purchase of the cement mixer on its own is not suspicious, particularly given the reported and approved repair of cisterns on Little St. James, both the timing of the shipment and the fact that it’s the only item in our records shipped with an express bill of lading do raise concerns.

The shipment arrived Epstein’s island on November 7th of 2018, 21 days before Julie Brown’s expose was published in the Miami Herald and 23 days before Epstein allegedly began to try to pay off witnesses.

Considering both the scope of Brown’s article and the urgency of the shipment, the possibility that the cement mixer was used to literally cover up evidence cannot be discounted.

Drone video footage of the cement mixer taken by YouTube user Rusty Shackleford can be viewed below. It appears buried in a storage warehouse behind some other equipment, however its barrel drum and other distinctive features can be made out. (Via Zerohedge.com)

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The RedState Box Office Report – Kids Are More Than All Right

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A bit of a surprise hit as summer winds down.

Hollywood is entering a torpid segment of the release calendar. The post-summer lull is coming upon theaters and this becomes a bit of a dumping ground for the next few weeks as we are likely to see projects studios were unsure what to do with or have given up on entirely.

There was a batch of new titles released this weekend as schools have begun to draw the attention once again of the primary ticket buyers, with only one doing anything approaching impressive business. So here are some of the toss-away titles released on their own recognizance while the studios are busy counting up their haul from the blockbuster season.

1. GOOD BOYS – $20.9 Million
This was a surprise for a number of reasons, the first being it is a straight-forward and R-rated comedy. A ribald tale of preteen youths having a bawdy adventure with girls on the brain this was projected to earn in the neighborhood of $12 million, but it managed to connect with the young male target audience. Critics also helped by giving this an approval of roughly 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. The feeling of a “Superbad”-type romp is valid, given this is from the mind of Seth Rogan. This makes for Universal having its sixth title to open at #1, with only Disney having more.

2. HOBBS & SHAW – $14.14m
The brain-free action epic continues to run on its momentum, dropping only -44% on its way to $130 million to this point. Globally is has already drawn $400 million, and should see Universal easily turning a profit on this extension of the “Fast & The Furious” franchise.

3. LION KING – $11.9m
The King of Hollywood has ruled over the box office for years and this release only helps it spread its kingdom further. This will take its tally stateside to just about $500 million, and globally it will be hitting $1.5 billion soon enough. Just ridiculous type of figures we have not seen in theaters…since about four months ago — but still, damned impressive.

4. ANGRY BIRDS 2 – $10.5m
The previous film was a moderate hit that did really well in foreign markets, so a sequel was inevitable. However after seven years there was little in the way of demand for this follow up, so Sony will be REALLY banking on that international interest to see this one get into profitability. The original was one of the very few video game adaptations to make it to the $100 million mark. This one will be severely challenged to earn one-third of that total, as this franchise appears to be crashing like the buildings in the game itself.

5. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – $9.7m
Showing some decent strength for a horror option as it drops -52% in week 2, a not bad figure for the genre. Factor in the top movie was aimed at a similar demographic then this is looking even a little bit better.

6. 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED – $9.0m
2 years ago the original became a small surprise hit for the micro-distributor Entertainment Studios. Made for only $5 million it grossed over $40 million as the shark tale kept drawing interest during an extended run. This time around they more than doubled the budget ($12 million) and got less of a return — the first opened to over $11 million. There is still upside here however as ES already has the costs covered by selling the foreign rights, so there is almost no risk at all..

7. DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $10.5m
While it is a respectable hold of nearly -50% that performance is off of a disappointing opening, so it is not really much to cheer about. Paramount needs a long run with solid interest to get this up to a profit line, and that seems to be a tougher search than the titular character is having on screen.

8. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – $7.6m
Soon this will move up to become Quentin Taraantino’s second-most successful release, passing “Inglourious Basterds, but will fall well shy of what “Django Unchained” earned.

9. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT – $4.45m
A Sundance FF pick up for Warner Brothers the question here is why did it fail when a very similarly-themed British pop culture ode – “Yesterday” – has been a surprise hit? Actually, that may be the reason. This time a character has his life centered around the music of Bruce Springsteen (rather than the Beatles) and the older art house crowd may have a feeling of “seen that”.

10. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN – $4.4m
A respectable drop of -45% in week two, but the soft opening means that there is still time needed for this to see a decent enough return for Fox.

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Squad Member Rashida Tlaib Calls for Boycott of Bill Maher’s Show Because He Called BDS for What It Is

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As Thomas LaDuke wrote Saturday, liberal comedian/TV talk show host Bill Maher absolutely ripped into Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), their supporters, the media, and the BDS movement Friday night for their phony outrage over Israel announcing last Thursday they were barring the two Congresswomen entry into the country.

For background, here’s a recap of how the segment went down, via Fox News:

“It’s a bulls— purity test, BDS is a bulls— purity test by people who want to appear ‘woke’ but actually slept through history class,” Maher said, drawing loud cheers from the audience. “It’s predicated on this notion … I think it’s very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and Palestinians are mostly brown, so they must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this ‘completely peaceful people’ found themselves occupied. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.”

The HBO star quoted BDS movement founder Omar Barghouti, who said, “No Palestinian — rational Palestinian, not a sellout Palestinian — will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.”

“So that’s where that comes from, this movement. Someone who doesn’t even want a Jewish state at all,” Maher told the panel. “Somehow this side never gets represented in the American media. It’s very odd.”

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“I see why [Omar and Tlaib] don’t get a hero’s welcome,” he added.

Maher continued discussing the BDS issue with the three panelists, which included the Daily Beast‘s Betsy Woodruff, New York Times journalist Carl Hulse and Never Trumper Rick Wilson. Hulse and Wilson are normally not shy about expressing their opinions whether you like it or not, but they showed uncharacteristic restraint for most of this particular segment. Odd.

Watch below:

Tlaib, who loves to warn people who disagree with her to shut-up, demanded a boycott of Maher’s show in response because of course:

“Woke” liberals like Justice Democrats proponent Cenk Uygur are enraged over Maher calling BDS for what it is:

Twitter users read Tlaib the riot act over her lies and her approach to disagreement:

I frequently disagree with Maher. He’s wrong probably 95% of the time. But on the BDS movement, he was spot on. Tlaib can continue to try and shame people on the left and right who dare to expose the poisonous anti-Semitic rhetoric she and Omar use, but that will only make those same people louder.

Related:

  • Heartbreak: AOC Will Not Schedule Any Future Israel Trips Until Squad Members Tlaib And Omar Are Allowed
  • Babylon Bee Posts The Definitive Take On Omar’s And Tlaib’s Reactions To Israel Deciding To Bar Them
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    The New York Times Decides ‘Trump’s Racism’ Is The New Hotness After Russia Collusion Narrative Fails

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    If you’ve been wondering why the issue of racism is nearly omnipresent these days — the accusation is thrown around so randomly and casually, and usually because of some degree of separation from Donald Trump, that even Jay-Z is getting the treatment for partnering with the NFL. I mean…Jay-Z — Slate has their hands on a leaked audio transcript from The New York Times’ recent “crisis town hall” you might want to see.

    It paints a picture of the very scary reality conservatives knew we were living but were forced to discuss in hushed tones to avoid accusations of wearing tinfoil hats to bed: the urban media elites have a very real power to control — to quite literally make up if they want — the national conversation.

    In this case, the national conversation is about the pervasiveness of racism. And it’s tearing the country apart. Not that The Times cares much.

    The audio transcript describes how the Times’ newsroom, fresh off of failing to sell the Russia collusion narrative (because it never happened), methodically and strategically decided to shift their focus to a new fabrication: Trump’s racism.

    The town hall itself was held in response to the upheaval created by the demotion of an editor because he suggested, very inelegantly, certain leaders and legislators may not be of the same mind as the people they claim to represent. The Times also took some grief (from readers apparently) when their White House correspondent broke ranks (which was, frankly, a miracle) and said perhaps doxing campaign donors was a bridge too far. The Times corrected her headline.

    Tough times at the Gray Lady when the lockstep groupthink veneer shows cracks. So she did what tribalists at The Times do? Why they decided on a new editorial direction that everyone could (must) agree on. That editorial direction was simple: Donald Trump, and anyone who so much as agrees with him on any policy whatsoever, forever and ever, amen, are officially racists and white supremacists.

    [New York Times executive editor Dean] Baquet, in his remarks, seemed to fault the complaining readers, and the world, for their failure to understand the Times and its duties in the era of Trump. “They sometimes want us to pretend that he was not elected president, but he was elected president,” Baquet said. “And our job is to figure out why, and how, and to hold the administration to account. If you’re independent, that’s what you do.”

    This is the key piece of the transcript from Baquet’s own remarks (emphasis Legal Insurrection):

    Dean Baquet: If we’re really going to be a transparent newsroom that debates these issues among ourselves and not on Twitter, I figured I should talk to the whole newsroom, and hear from the whole newsroom. We had a couple of significant missteps, and I know you’re concerned about them, and I am, too. But there’s something larger at play here. This is a really hard story, newsrooms haven’t confronted one like this since the 1960s. It got trickier after [inaudible] … went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character. We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well. Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story. I’d love your help with that. As Audra Burch said when I talked to her this weekend, this one is a story about what it means to be an American in 2019. It is a story that requires deep investigation into people who peddle hatred, but it is also a story that requires imaginative use of all our muscles to write about race and class in a deeper way than we have in years. In the coming weeks, we’ll be assigning some new people to politics who can offer different ways of looking at the world. We’ll also ask reporters to write more deeply about the country, race, and other divisions. I really want your help in navigating this story.

    As Legal Insurrection rightly notes, this is big deal because “it shows the most powerful news organization in the country congratulating itself for setting the anti-Trump narrative on Russia collusion, and seamlessly transitioning to setting a narrative of Trump as racist after collusion flopped.”

    Byron York over at The Washington Examiner notes the effort by the Times to inject the specter of race into everything fits into a broader project the publication has undertaken called the 1619 Project . That editorial project literally seeks to inject race into everything by trying to shift people’s perception of the founding of the country from the Revolutionary War era to “understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

    In order to frame that new editorial direction (and keep their advertisers), making race the issue on everyone’s lips daily — and making the hated GOP president the literal embodiment of it — is crucial for The Times and they know it.

    “I’m wondering to what extent you think that the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country should play into our reporting,” one staffer asked Baquet. “Just because it feels to me like it should be a starting point, you know? Like these conversations about what is racist, what isn’t racist, I just feel like racism is in everything. It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting.”

    The staffer’s point brought Baquet back to the paper’s new initiative. “One reason we all signed off on The 1619 Project and made it so ambitious and expansive was to teach our readers to think a little bit more like that,” Baquet said. “Race in the next year … is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship with Donald Trump, but Latinos and immigration.”

    Race is going to be a huge part of the American story because it would appear The New York Times means to sell it by reporting on the race angle in every story they write. There’s a better than decent chance that the people outside The Times’ readership are exhausted by the constant need to point out the things that divide Americans, but The Times doesn’t care.

    It’s going to be racism, racism, racism for the foreseeable future. And while that’s more than a little depressing, take heart: at least it’s becoming clearer and clearer how we’re being manipulated.

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    Sky News Blames “Colonization” for Homosexuality Being Illegal In Muslim Countries

    If you want a story that illustrates the stupidity of inter-sectional wokeness, here you go.

    Sky News shared this report via their YouTube channel, which mostly focuses on Nigeria. In it, they attempt to make the case that criminalization of homosexuality was a product of colonization by Western powers.

    Of course, if you actually watch the video, you quickly learn that all the places where homosexuality is punishable by death are Muslim countries operating under some form of Sharia law. The video even spends about 20 seconds on that fact, mentioning that in Northern Nigeria, Sharia law is what is dictating such inhumane punishments.

    Despite that, they keep coming back to the idea that old penal codes from the colonial era are the real problem here. This is ahistorical nonsense.

    Yes, colonial powers during that time period, along with just about every other society on earth at the time, did not approve of homosexuality. But to try to pretend that old laws from the 1800s are the reason Muslim countries have the death penalty for homosexuality is ridiculous.

    Further, most (if not nearly all) of the African cultures in questions had strong traditions against homosexuality long before the colonial period. There’s a reason that Europe is accepting of homosexuality and Africans generally aren’t, and it’s not because Africans were somehow still bound to laws put in place by the French a hundred years ago. At about the 8 minute mark of the video, they finally show a map of all the countries in Africa where homosexuality is still a crime. The vast majority are Muslim countries.

    Look, I’ve got no problem with Sky News or anyone else pointing out that it’s wrong for countries to persecute people for being gay. What I do have a problem with is them peeing on my leg and telling me it’s raining by blaming “colonization” for it. The primary driver of anti-gay laws in Africa, including all laws dictating the death penalty, is the Muslim religion. Period. Why was that not the focus of their report?

    The answer is because Muslims are at the top of the inter-sectional pyramid for some reason. It’s that simple.

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    Boo Hoo!! Israel Bars Tlaib and Omar

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    Excuse me while I get out a violin and play a melancholy song for Israel’s recent decision disallowing Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to enter their country.  Both were scheduled to visit Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and East Jerusalem in a trip co-sponsored by a Palestinian organization called Miftah (more on them in a second).  Israeli Prime Minister is simply enforcing a law that bars entry to anyone supportive of the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement.

    The Democrats are great at pointing out people with whom President Trump associated in his past, or take his statements out of context but seem blind when it comes to this gruesome twosome.  Since 2015, Tlaib has been heavily invested in the Palestinian “cause” when in that year a terrorist who was to be deported gained the support of Tlaib.  She has criticized other politicians for appearing in photos with Netanyahu, joined social media groups which laud Palestinian terrorists or claimed the Holocaust was exaggerated and asserted Israel has no right to exist.  She is very active in support of the BDS movement, even co-sponsoring legislation in its favor.  She has also appeared in photos with supporters of terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Omar is no better as her support for disreputable people and apparent support or sympathy for terrorist acts and organizations goes back further than Tlaib’s to 2012.  She has made statements supportive of Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, and al-Shabbab.  She has characterized Israel as anything but a democracy and associated with activists and pundits who have referred to Israel as “the Jewish ISIS” and equated members of Hamas with victims of the Holocaust.  Besides the support of the BDS movement in Congress and while in Minnesota politics she was one of few votes against banning genital mutilation in that state.

    The group that was co-sponsoring the trip- Miftah- is no different.  They refer to the creation of Israel in 1948 as “al-Nakba,” or “the catastrophe.”  They regularly characterize Palestinian terrorists as “freedom fighters” and “activists.”  In short, they are supporters of terrorism against Israel.

    Many editorials criticizing the decision to bar their entry to Israel say it would better if they went so they can see first hand that their views of Israel and the treatment of Palestinians there is wrong or misguided.  No amount of exposure, convincing, or dialogue is going to change the minds of these people.  Their hatred of Israel is too deep.  The same people critical of Israel’s decision to ban their entry are the same people who support harassment of Trump and others with whom they disagree from public appearances, or even eating peacefully in a restaurant.

    So was Netanyahu right to enforce the law against Tlaib and Omar?  Others have been denied entry based on their political views, particularly with respect to the BDS movement.  For example, Simone Zimmerman, founder of “anti-occupation” IfNotNow, BDS advocate Ariel Gold and journalist Peter Beinart.  Hence, Omar and Tlaib are not alone in being banned from travel in Israel.  What sets them apart is they are currently members of Congress.

    Perhaps if they acted like members of Congress and did not giggle and dismiss the horror of 9/11, there would be more sympathy for them.  Perhaps if they did not refer to the President as “the motherf******” there may be more sympathy for them.  However, they seem more concerned with events with which they have absolutely no control over half a world away than they have concern for their own constituents.  They hide behind their titles of sitting members of Congress when they are, in fact, simply activists for Palestinians and, in Omar’s case, other Islamic terrorist groups.

    Before they attempt to solve alleged problems in Israel, they should worry about and work towards solving problems domestically.  Netanyahu is not afraid of two inconsequential members of Congress witnessing the “truth of Palestinian oppression” at the hands of Israel.  He is correctly thwarting the possibility of fanning the flames of violence in a population prone to terrorist violence and incapable of governing themselves.  They, if allowed into Israel or the West Bank, are going to see what they want to see and hear because they are blinded by their hatred of Israel.  They were not going there as open-minded fact-finders.

    Maybe they should go to Gaza instead and see for themselves what a Palestinian state looks like.  Given the history of these two boobs, they would likely call it Utopia.

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    CNN’s Chris Cillizza Calls Buying Alaska a Mistake Just to Disagree With President Trump

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    This is one of those stories that is axiomatic of media coverage of the Trump White House. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal posted an unsourced story claiming that President Trump wanted to buy Greenland. I say unsourced because “according to people familiar with the discussion” really isn’t a source. Were this CNN, one could safely bet that it was simply fabricated. From there we entered a day of speculation on the subject. Much of it relying upon pig ignorance and a dislike of President Trump.

    One of the prime contenders was CNN’s Chris Cillizza. This is from a Vox quality explainer on territorial purchases. In fact, it might very well surpass any of the dumbf***ery that Vox has written over the years.

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    It didn’t work out well? The 50th state did not work out well?

    Since then CNN has corrected the language to read

    It was heavily criticized at the time — and has gone down as “Seward’s Folly” in the history books.

    Even with the correction it gives an erroneous impression. “Seward’s Folly” has actually become to mean something small-minded people thought was a bad idea but were humiliated with the outcome in a fairly short period of time.

    One struggles to see how a mistake like this was even possible. Alaska’s immense wealth in natural resources and strategic location make an immense contribution to the US and have since 1867. One struggles, that is, unless you consider the effects of a highly communicable condition, in this case TDS, which has infected all of CNN’s alleged “talent” and their production workers. President Trump supposedly said something (which is actually a very good idea if it could be pulled off) and the kneejerk reaction by Cillizza or Lemon or Cuomo or [your favorite CNN anchor] is to dismiss it as a bad idea and immediately cobble together some sort of bullsh** narrative to prove the point.

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    How The GOP Can Win Black Votes – Call Out The Race Card

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    Part 1 (“Talk To Black People”) is here.
    Part 2 (“Sideline The NAACP”) is here.
    Part 3 (“Don’t Pander – Or Beat Yourself Up”) is here.
    Part 4 (“60 years”) is here.
    Part 5 (“Competition”) is here.

    3. Call out the Democrats’ use of the race card.

    Identify the Democrats’ constant charges of “racism” and “white supremacy” for what they are – admissions of failure.

    Point to the appalling state of so many black majority constituencies, all exclusively dominated for decades by Democrats, the fact that African Americans still occupy the bottom rungs of the socioeconomic ladder in America. After 60 years, it’s crystal clear that the Democrats have not only failed the black community, they have neither the capability nor the will to do any better.

    All the Democrats have left to offer the black community is fear – they don’t even bother to pretend they have policies to solve problems anymore – it’s just “racism!”, “white supremacy!”, “racist!” to the point that it’s really an insult to the intelligence. Even worse, in many cases, the screams of “racism” are not even directed toward black people but meant to guilt/frighten white people in the suburbs.

    Just watch MSNBC or even CNN for ten minutes; “Republicans want to bring back slavery!”, “Republicans want to make it legal to rape black women!”, “Republicans will take away and kill your children!”, “Republicans have a secret plan to exterminate all people of color!”, etc.

    In other words, point to the absurdity and ridiculousness of the Democrats’ race rhetoric. Point to the fact that the media parrots these claims automatically and allows them to be made without challenge. Bring it up, and mock it mercilessly.

    According to the Democrats and their allies in the media, every single elected Republican in the United States is either a racist, or owes his/her office to secret “code words” and “dog whistles” sent to a vast underground population of white supremacists – all of whom are hankering for the return of Jim Crow.

    The “code words” and “dog whistle” thing calls for mockery like nothing else. Highlight and make fun of the fact that a Republican can’t say “good morning” or comb his hair without Democrats somehow discerning some “code” being sent out to the Ku Klux Klan.

    Say that anchors at CNN and MSNBC actually believe that House Republicans electing Kevin McCarthy to be their leader in the House is actually about sending a “code” to white supremacists – because his name starts with ‘K’. Likewise Mitch McConnell’s leadership of Senate Republicans – his state’s name also starts with ‘K’.

    Point out that every single Republican President and Presidential candidate in the last 60 years has been called a racist and white supremacist by Democrats – Romney, McCain, W. Bush, Dole, H. W. Bush, Reagan, etc. Democrats have labelled every single one of these men (and their running mates) as racists, white supremacists, slavery enthusiasts, and worse.

    Challenge your audience to consider how plausible this is, and to consider the possibility that they’re being played. This is where you highlight the Democrat and media tactic of equating any disagreement with a Democrats “of color” as “racism” and identify it for the corrupt self-serving grifters’ tactic it is for shielding themselves from well deserved criticism.

    Also, at least as important is challenging another form of the race card – the “race traitor”, “Uncle Tom”, etc. slurs routinely bandied at black Republicans. Mock the notion that one’s “blackness” is dependent on his or her blind unquestioning loyalty to the Democrat Party – the belief that unless you’re a Democrat, you’re not “really black.” Or that you’re being paid to “betray” your race because you have the audacity to be disappointed in the Democrats’ 60 years of failure in the black community.

    The media will shriek at this, and again, they will be unable to help themselves from joining their beloved Democrats in screaming that it’s “racist” to reject being falsely charged with racism or saying that black people can choose not to be Democrats.

    Enjoy.

    TO BE CONTINUED

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