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Video: Liz Cheney Reminds Pelosi, Schiff of One Important Thing They’re Forgetting About Impeachment Process

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When it comes to questioning the secretive nature of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s and House Intel Chair Adam Schiff’s so-called “impeachment inquiry” process, Rep. Liz Cheney has not been shy about speaking her mind.

Cheney, who is the GOP Conference Chair, asked Pelosi earlier this month what she knew and when she knew it regarding the Trump/Zelensky call transcript from July. Cheney’s question came in response to comments Pelosi made during a 60 Minutes interview where she stated she knew what was in the transcript before it was okayed for release by the White House.

“This is starting to seem like a political set up,” tweeted Cheney at the time:

As Democrats continue to bang the impeachment drum and top Republicans in the House have gotten louder on questioning why they are being excluded from large parts of the process, Cheney provided a timely reminder for Pelosi and Schiff earlier this week as to an important part of the process they were deliberately overlooking. Here’s what she said:

“I think one of the really important things to recognize about the impeachment effort is the extent to which the materials are being kept in secret not just from the public, but kept in secret from other members.

So, we have had members go down and attempt to read the transcripts, for example Kurt Volker’s testimony and they were denied access.

The Constitution of the United States does not say that the power of impeachment resides with Speaker Pelosi, doesn’t say it resides with the Speaker of the House, doesn’t say that it resides with the Chairman of the Intel Committee. It says it resides with the House of Representatives.

And it is really a shameful miscarriage of their responsibilities and their duties for them to be conducting this exercise in which they will not even share information with members of Congress beyond the select few who they have identified.”

Watch Cheney’s remarks below:

Over to you, Madame Speaker.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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Pelosi Attacks Trump on Syria, But Her Troubling Remark Reveals How Ignorant She Is

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave a press conference where she chastised President Donald Trump for pulling about 50 Special Forces operators from near the Syrian border.

But in her attempt to attack Trump, she revealed just how dangerously ignorant she is of what’s going on in the region.

“I also pointed out to the president I had concerns that all roads seemed to lead to Putin,” she said. “The Russians have been trying to get a foothold in the Middle East unsuccessfully, and now the President has given them an opportunity.”

Um, Madam Speaker?

Russia has had a naval base in Syria since 1971. They’ve been providing military support in the Syrian civil war on behalf of the Assad government since 2015, when they came in after Barack Obama’s many “red line” threats against the Assad regime using chemical weapons amounted to nothing. The Russians proclaimed subsequently that they were making their presence permanent.

That’s not even talking about Russia’s involvement elsewhere in the Middle East such as with Iran.

Odd and pretty troubling that the Speaker doesn’t recall or seem to understand that. But it’s not surprising, considering why.

Doubtless she forgets how, unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration actually dropped bombs, quite literally, on the Russians in February 2018, killing as many as 300 Russians, after Russian military contractors helping the Assad government fired on a US position in Syria.

From Business Insider:

The February battle was reportedly incredibly one-sided, as a massive column of mostly-Russian pro-Syrian regime forces approached an established US position in Syria and fired on the location.

The US responded with a massive wave of airstrikes that crippled the force before it could retreat, and then cleaned up the remaining combatants with strafing runs from Apache helicopters.

Phone calls intercepted by a US-funded news organization allegedly captured Russian military contractors detailing the humiliating defeat. “We got our f— asses beat rough, my men called me … They’re there drinking now … many have gone missing … it’s a total f— up,” one Russian paramilitary chief said, according to Polygraph.info, the US-funded fact-checking website.

Clearly not as “flexible” as the prior president.

But Pelosi would rather forget the facts while stoking the debunked Russia collusion hoax.

Let’s re-up this picture of the Speaker.

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Bernie Sanders Is DARED To Visit Venezuela By An Exiled Official

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I Don’t Wanna Go

GO BERNIE GO!!!

One of the more shocking but honestly refreshing things about this campaign cycle is how absolutely HONEST some of those running for President are about embracing Socialism. Normally there is some measly mouthed explanation about how what government takeover they are proposing is different than Cuba, China or Venezuela. The version in America would be so much more benign of course.

Well, now, we have an idea that I think its time has come. You want to find out how great the people’s paradise is, time for you to go and visit.

Without bodyguards.

That is what one exiled assemblyman from Venezuela is suggesting for the Socialist turned Democrat every 4 years, Bernie Sanders.

From The Blaze

Video journalist Nicholas Ballasy approached Venezuelan assemblyman Jose Guerra on Tuesday, and asked the lawmaker what message he has for American politicians such as Sanders “who do not label Maduro a dictator.”

“Maybe they misunderstand what is going on in Venezuela,” Guerra replied. “It’s a dictatorship. There’s no power separation. There’s more than 400 political prisoners. They are persecuted, like me. And it’s a new dictatorship, but it’s a dictatorship, in fact.”

“I don’t know that Jesse Jackson and Bernie Sanders know in a very good way what is going on in Venezuela,” Guerra said, before adding, “I suggest Bernie Sanders take a week and go to Venezuela without bodyguards, and go [take] to the street [with his] cell phone to [see] what’s going on

Bernie and the kids that are elected officials always go on guided tours that show the best of whatever the nation has to offer. These trips are pre-planned and every moment laid out well in advance. However, you go off the beaten path for one moment you will find yourself in some deep water and in trouble.

If Maduro visited, let’s say Chicago and wanted to wander off to the south side of the city he would be welcome too. I would hope someone would advise him though Americans in Chicago on weekends nights think it is target practice with all those guns that are outlawed in Illinois. He might want to be careful.

The wonder of it all is that these pampered primadonnas love to spout off about the awesomeness of a system that has not worked anywhere in the history of the world. Collectivism by the force of government penalty is a horrible economic system and spreads misery, not happiness.

As I wrote the other day here at Red State Even With AOC And The Squad Endorsing Bernie, His Campaign Is Over I believe Sanders is going to have some free time on his hands quite soon.

He should take a trip to the workers’ paradise in South America and see how he likes it.

I won’t hold my breath and neither should he.

Check out my other posts here on Red State and my podcast Bourbon On The Rocks plus like Bourbon On The Rocks on Facebook and follow me on the twitters at IRISHDUKE2 

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Democrat Power Is Unopposed In Illinois, But A Court Race Could Change That

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An obscure state Supreme Court race holds the key to putting a check on Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s power. Republicans just  have to win it.

Illinois Supreme Court justices represent districts and are elected on partisan lines. They come up for retention votes every ten years. But unlike other states, where beating justices in retention votes is well-nigh impossible, Illinois has a 60% threshold that justices must surpass to be retained. If fewer than 60% of the votes are in the affirmative, the justice is removed from office and their successor has to run in a partisan race.

Justice Thomas Kilbride (D) is up for retention in 2020 in the 3rd Judicial District, which President Trump carried 50-44 in 2016. Forcing a partisan race ought then to be somewhat easy with a well-organized campaign. In fact, he only received 66% support in his retention race in 2010.Westlake Legal Group Kilbride-Retention-Vote Democrat Power Is Unopposed In Illinois, But A Court Race Could Change That Uncategorized Mike Madigan justice thomas kilbride Illinois Front Page Stories

There was a small expenditure against retention in 2010, but the relative closeness of the race suggests that a “No” vote on retention can be achieved.

However, defeating Kilbride is just the first step in a wonky process. If he is not retained, the court, with Kilbride voting, chooses his successor, who then has to run in a partisan race in the next general election. That race, which would be held in conjunction with the 2022 midterms,  is likely to be very expensive. Madigan and the trial bar will spend virtually anything to avoid a check on their power, but the 3rd District is friendly turf for Republicans, particularly down-ballot.

Control of the Illinois Supreme Court could allow Republicans to sue for fair maps in Illinois or put a ballot measure for an independent redistricting commission on the ballot.

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A fair congressional map in Illinois might look like this. A commission would also draw fair maps for the state legislature that would send more Republicans to Springfield and end Democratic supermajorities in both legislative chambers.

Suffice it to say that a lot hinges on just one race.

Follow @il_american on Twitter and stay tuned for more articles like this!

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Kira Davis: Hell Yes, We Need That Border Wall

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A shockingly massive gunfight erupted Thursday between drug cartel forces and the Mexican military in the Pacific coastal state of Sinaloa. The battle broke out when Mexican authorities attempted to arrest the son of the infamous drug lord known as El Chapo. It spilled into the streets of the city of Culiacán. The video footage is a terrifying and sober reminder of what is happening just south of our border.

The time for petty politics has long since passed. We need that wall.

Mexicans are not “straight, white males” and for that reason and none other we are having this insane argument about whether or not America has the right to protect her borders. In reality, race/ethnicity is completely irrelevant to this conversation. We are talking about the most powerful, prosperous and freest nation on earth living right next door to a war zone. Of course there are good people who want to get the hell out of there as fast as possible. Wouldn’t you? There are also very bad people who have already expanded their war zones into the United States, literally using the private lands of unprotected American ranchers as their battlefields.

Our government is not responsible for the good people of Mexico. You can make yourself responsible for those good people yourself if that’s what you so choose. In fact, that’s really how it should work. You should not depend on a faceless government to do good things for people. You should be doing good things for people out of your own volition and pocket. My church travels across the border frequently to build orphanages, churches, community facilities and support local charity leaders working in their own communities. We cannot bring every single person back with us. Nearly every other nation in the world is a sucky place to live. We don’t have the ability to house every oppressed person or even most of them. The world is a terrible and cruel place. This is why we should be so very grateful to live in America.

If we want to see the lives of others improve, we should be working with them to improve their own communities and their nations. It’s lazy – both physically and intellectually – to tell everyone to just come here and let the American taxpayer support them. Few Americans are willing to leave the comforts of their own lives to go improve the lives of those in other countries. Are we just supposed to empty out Mexico and Somalia and Guatemala and *insert 3rd world country here* and relocate every single person to America? It makes no sense, particularly morally because what we are saying when we support that idea is that those cultures are not good enough to deserve preservation in their own land.

We need that wall. A border wall is neither controversial nor a new idea and I have always found the arguments against it perplexing.

“A wall is cruel and racist”…well, it will have several doors and anyone who wants to can knock on them. Am I to believe that unless my door to my home is wide open 24/7 that I’m a hateful bigot?

“It costs too much”…since when did people on the Left start worrying about what anything costs? Since when did people on the Right start worrying about what a robust national defense costs?

“It won’t work”…can’t we even try it just in case it does work? My walls at home work pretty well. It seems like what works on a small scale is acceptable to at least attempt on a wider scale.

“People can climb it…see this video of a child easily scaling Trump’s stupid design”…great, shouldn’t that make you happy then? If you’re opposed to a wall, and we’re getting a wall anyway this seems like the type of design you should support.

“This is not who we are”…what in the hell does that even mean? If the wall has a door then this is exactly who we are – a sovereign nation that is extraordinarily hospitable if you simply ring the doorbell first.

Watching the bizarre political flip-flops on the Syria situation I can only surmise that the outraged opposition to a border wall is only about Trump and nothing else. To support one seems like support for the President and there are too many weak-minded and weak-willed people out there who don’t know how to separate themselves from the judgement of people they don’t even know.

We needed a wall before Trump and at this rate it looks like we’re still going to need one after him. This isn’t about Trump and this isn’t about race. This is about a literal war zone mere miles from the border of the most powerful nation on earth. A nation – by the way – that is constantly and endlessly asked (begged) to intervene in international conflicts in order to protect innocents. How can we be expected to do that when we are not even allowed to protect our own border from invading forces?

This is all utterly ridiculous and childish. Build the damn wall and let’s move on from this. If you’re feeling morally conflicted, go help your neighbors south of the border. It’s free to cross and they need you. Don’t be lazy.

 

 

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CA Rep. Katie Hill Allegedly Involved Female Staffer in 2-Yr “Throuple” Relationship

Freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, shared with Elle in a June 2019 interview a quote from the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the Committee “that has stuck with her.”

In one of those first meetings, Hill says, Cummings said something that has stuck with her. “It [was] that our role on Oversight is to get to the truth and to follow the truth wherever it leads us and to expose that for the American people,” Hill tells me over the phone. “To make sure that they have the information that they should have to, frankly, evaluate their government.”

It is in that spirit that we are sharing information obtained from multiple confidential sources relating to Rep. Hill, who’s currently in divorce proceedings. It is this writer’s view that events that occur within a marriage or affairs that lead to its demise should be kept between the parties involved and are not the business of the general public. When those events or affairs occur within one of the parties’ workplace, though, and that workplace is the United States Congress, the public should know about them as they determine that elected official’s fitness to serve.

Photographs and text messages obtained by RedState show that Rep. Hill was involved in a long-term sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer. The woman, whose name is not being released, was hired by Hill in late 2017 and quickly became involved in a “throuple” relationship with Hill and her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep.

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Heslep and the staffer, according to text messages provided to RedState, believed the polyamorous arrangement to be a long-term, committed relationship. The trio took multiple vacations together, including to Alaska, where this photograph was taken.

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RedState was also provided with intimate photographs of the women, which we have chosen not to publish.

According to a source close to the staffer, the throuple agreed to continue their committed relationship when Hill moved to Washington, D.C. in January, 2019, but that Heslep and the staffer quickly noticed a difference in Hill’s demeanor. By late May Hill broke off her relationships with both Heslep and the staffer, claiming she wanted to focus on “this important work” and that it wasn’t fair to be involved in a relationship. The staffer, as these text messages show, was distraught and trying to figure out how to move on with her life.

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In this message, Hill references their continuing work relationship and that she “want[s] it to be as ok as possible.”

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The staffer asks if the political risk that led Rep. Hill to end the relationship.

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To which Hill replied:

No. I mean I guess maybe partially. Honestly, though, it’s that I want to be alone.

I don’t want to be accountable to anyone else. I want to be entirely focused on this work that I think is so important

And that’s not fair to anyone as a partner.

According to the text messages reviewed, after Hill left the thrupple Heslep was told “by numerous sources” that Hill had been involved in a sexual relationship for a year with her then-finance director, now Legislative Director, Graham Kelly. In a post on his now-deleted Facebook account, Heslep posted a screenshot of a text message between himself and a friend of the couple in which the friend admits that he now knows about the Hill/Kelly affair.

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Heslep asked the friend:

I’m just going to ask you this plainly bc I respect you. Did you know about Graham and Katie?

The reply:

I do know, yes, but I didn’t know until recently.

After Heslep found out about the alleged affair between Hill and Kelly, he filed for divorce.

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He wrote:

“I didn’t file for divorce because she was bi! I just didn’t know she opened our relationship.”

A review of FEC records for Hill’s 2018 and 2020 campaigns reveals that the staffer was first paid in November 2017, with her payment classified as “salary,” making her an employee. California law doesn’t expressly prohibit consensual sexual relationships between an employer and a direct report, but it’s certainly a murky legal and ethical area. Some legal pundits contend that an employee can’t truly consent to a sexual relationship with the person who signs their paycheck.

Also of concern in the alleged throuple relationship is the age differential between Hill, Heslep, and the staffer. The staffer was 22 and a new college graduate when the relationship started; Hill and Heslep were in their 30s.

In addition to the legal and ethical issues raised by allegations of a congresswoman having not one, but two extramarital affairs with people on her staff, concurrently, there are issues of national security. Hill serves on two influential committees in that regard: Oversight and Reform and Armed Service. She has access to extremely sensitive national security information. If people who don’t have our nation’s best interests at heart had access to the photographs, text messages, and other information provided to RedState, Rep. Hill would be an easy blackmail target.

Hill’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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Oregon American Federation of Teachers Loses Third of Membership After Janus

The Oregon chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has experienced monumental membership and financial losses in just the first year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which affirmed the right of public employees to stop paying union dues.

The release this month of AFT’s most recent LM-2 report continues an alarming trend for the leaders of Oregon’s public employee unions. The Department of Labor filling shows that just in the past year, AFT has lost 4,133 members and agency fee-payers.

That translates to a decline of 35 percent of its total membership, taking with them $1 million in revenue from the previous year.

This revelation comes on the heels of the release of AFT National’s annual report showing a 4 percent decline in membership across the country.

The stark difference between the national decline compared to the decline in Oregon’s chapter is almost entirely attributable to the work of the Freedom Foundation.

AFT members in Oregon have been inundated with door-to-door visits, direct mail, email, texts, billboards and even radio and tv ads — all driving home the message of their newly affirmed rights to leave their union.

Oregon’s AFT joins the ranks with the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), who experienced a 36 percent decline in membership over the past year.

When public employees are informed of their rights to leave their union, separate themselves from extremist partisan politics, and keep hundreds of dollars a year in their pocket, they can’t opt out fast enough.

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Mitt Romney’s Attack on President Trump’s Withdrawal From Syria Reeks of Political Opportunism

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Yesterday, Mitt Romney gave a floor speech in the Senate on the situation in Syria. Perhaps to the surprise of no one, Romney used the opportunity to lambaste President Trump.

(Read the full speech)

I’m going to take the key elements and address them.

Let me briefly recount what’s happened in the past seven days since the U.S. announced our withdrawal. The Kurds, suffering loss of life and property, have allied with Assad. Russia has assumed control of our previous military positions, and the U.S. has been forced in many cases to bomb some of our own facilities to prevent their appropriation by Russia and Turkey.

This misrepresents the entire situation. The Kurds in question, those affiliated with PKK/YPG, are not uniquely allied to the United States. They have been allied with Assad and Russia and Iran since the very beginning. Why? Because fighting ISIS lets them build up brownie points with the Damascus regime, whatever that ultimately ends up being, in attempting to gain some degree of autonomy within the borders of Syria. The people being lambasted in the media as “Turkish backed militias” are actually the Free Syrian Army who are also armed and supported by us. The bases we’re evacuating are not “our bases.” They aren’t covered by a Status of Forces Agreement or any kind of treaty or executive agreement. They are combat outposts in an area where, not very long ago, most of Congress agreed we had no legal authority to be.

Further, the ceasefire does not change the fact that America has abandoned an ally. Adding insult to dishonor, the Administration speaks cavalierly, even flippantly—even as our ally has suffered death and casualty, their homes have been burned, and their families have been torn apart.

We know the truth about our Kurd allies. They lost 11,000 combatants in our joint effort to defeat ISIS. We dropped bombs from the air and provided intelligence and logistics behind the lines. The Kurds lost thousands of lives. Eighty-six brave Americans also lost their lives so tragically.

These Kurds voluntarily entered into the fight against ISIS on their own behalf. They are patriots in their own eyes, the are not American hirelings. The question that is begged here is why we decided to expend blood and treasure, but particularly blood, in a conflict that not only has no national interest but, arguably, is actually working against our national interests. No one will claim that ISIS were good guys but look at their enemies: Russia, Syria, Iran, al-Qaeda.

So, too, is the principle that we stand by our allies, that we do not abandon our friends. The decision to abandon the Kurds violates one of our most sacred duties. It strikes at American honor.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Turkey is actually our ally in this mess. We have a mutual defense pact with them. The Kurdish forces they are fighting are either PKK (a US-designated terrorist group) or their open allies. How was our honor upheld by agreeing to this in the first place? Why does honor demand that we throw more blood and treasure into an effort to prop up a group we are at the same time pledged to eradicate?

Some have argued that Syria is simply a mess, with warring groups and sub groups, friends and allies shifting from one side to the other, and thus we had to exit because there was no reasonable path for us to go forward. Are we incapable of understanding and shaping complex situations? Russia seems to have figured it out. Are we less adept than they? And are our principles to be jettisoned when we find things get messy?

Just a reminder that the Russians stood aside and let the Turks kick-ass on these same people in 2018 and were also accused of abandoning their allies…and now the Russians are strategic geniuses for doing what Romney thinks is dumb today. Romney should consider that we jettisoned our principles when we chose to ally ourselves with a terrorist organization against a NATO ally.

I simply do not understand why the Administration did not explain in advance to Erdogan that it is unacceptable for Turkey to attack an American ally. Could we not insist that together we develop a transition plan that protects the Kurds, secures the ISIS prisoners, and meets the legitimate concerns of Turkey as well? Was there no chance for diplomacy? Are we so weak, and so inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States of America? Turkey?

Throughout this hogwash, Romney manages to ignore some salient facts. First, Turkey has legitimate interests in what happens in northern Syria because the PKK has used that area as a safe haven from which to run operations into Turkey. And they’ve done this with the assistance of Syrian intelligence. There are only about two thousand US troops in Syrian Kurdistan and they are resupplied from…Turkey. While it is hugely impressive to bloviate about telling Turkey what is unacceptable, one would think they also have the right to do the same. And we are weak in this particular situation because what is at stake is something that Turkey sees as critical to its national security where pan-Kurdish nationalism represents an existential threat to it. Our involvement there, on the other, hand is at best a double-edged sword and most likely it is a decided negative as it embroils us in what is becoming a regional civil war and makes us into allies of an international terrorist group. To further confuse matters, we are also “allies” of the Kurdistan Regional Government which considers the PKK/YPG as hostile.

That Kurdish nationalism is a destabilizing influence in the region is not news. In fact, back in 2007 a candidate to be the GOP nominee for president made just that observation:

Today, the nation’s attention is focused on Iraq. All Americans want U.S. troops to come home as soon as possible. But walking away now or dividing Iraq up into parts and walking away later would present grave risks to the United States and the world. Iran could seize the Shiite south, al Qaeda could dominate the Sunni west, and Kurdish nationalism could destabilize the border with Turkey. A regional conflict could ensue, perhaps even requiring the return of U.S. troops under far worse circumstances.

The author was Mitt Romney.

It is really hard to take Romney’s speech as much more than an attempt to raise his own personal profile. To what end, I have no idea. But we have been told that Romney is trying to put together a donor network to fund a primary challenge to President Trump.

I’d be the last person to say the situation we face in the region is easy, it isn’t. President Trump inherited a foreign policy that for eight years had focused on granting political and territorial concessions to Iran as a way to try to create a regional counterweight to radical Sunni Islam. To that end, Iraq was abandoned. We also embarked on a program of trying to replace Arab dictators with Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups. We did that in Libya and Egypt. We tried to do it in Syria and failed. The conflagration we set off on that misadventure is what has created the current mess. President Trump had the choice of doubling down on a policy that not only had failed but as to which no one could even describe what a success would look like…or washing his hands of it. He made the right decision. Mitt Romney, I think knows that. Because 2019 Mitt Romney knows that 2007 Mitt would never have allowed us to get involved in this crap.

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Trump vs. Beto Rallies in Dallas: Who Prevailed in Numbers?

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Let’s face it, Texas is still a pretty red state, despite the effort by Democrats to turn it blue. Trump carried the state by nine points in 2016.

But Democrats keep thinking they’re going to flip it and Robert Francis O’Rourke is from Texas.

So when O’Rourke said he would throw a counter-rally to President Donald Trump’s rally in Dallas on Thursday, who came out ahead in the rally numbers?

Well, in the lead up to the two events, it wasn’t even close.

As is typical with Trump rally events, people started lining up far in advance of the event because it’s first come, first get in.

According to the local news, people started lining up on Tuesday, two days before and thousands camped out before the event.

Here’s a shot of the line and folks camping out.

Here’s O’Rourke’s line beforehand on Thursday afternoon.

But O’Rourke’s attendance did pick up closer to the event, although they didn’t look particularly enthusiastic. They were definitely not into the woman with the bell trying to start a “Beto” chant.

Of course, Trump’s lines picked up too.

O’Rourke termed his event, a “Rally against Fear.” Not sure what this was a sample of the entertainment captured by Tom Elliott of Grabien is supposed to be showing. Warning for offensive language.

According to multiple accounts there were 5,532 people at O’Rourke’s rally.

But at the Trump rally, the American Airlines arena was packed, at 20,000 capacity with thousands more outside in overflow areas. Pretty massive crowd.

It wasn’t even close.

HT: Daily Caller, Twitchy

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Ideological Pandemonium Breaks Out as Ben ‘Nazi’ Shapiro Prepares to Speak at Stanford, and I Have Questions

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Controversial conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire and former editor-at-large of Breitbart News, addresses the student group Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Utah’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Lecture Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Shapiro uses his web-based talk show and online columns to support President Donald Trump’s policies and criticize the “self-righteous media.” (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, Pool)

 

 

If you’ve watched much of Ben Shapiro’s podcasts, you’re sure to have walked away with some characterizations — “fast talker” being among the possibilities.

One not likely to make your Top 10: Nazi.

Yet, in a world with more information at our fingertips than ever before, there are young people protesting his appearances with signs and language that make obvious they’ve not thought to find out who or what he actually is — they just heard some Satan guy was comin’, and they were down for some outrage.

If I may…

Unsolicited advice to protestors, in general: Only protest things you know about.

Better.

They’ve got plenty of time to put that into practice ahead of Ben’s speech at Stanford University — he’ll be talking fast in a big room on November 7th.

Some people are already decrying the event, including cartoonist Eli Valley, who believes Jewish Ben is Jewish hater (?) Ben (?).

Let’s look, for a moment, at some defining characteristics of Nazis:

  • Anti-Jew
  • Opposed to an armed citizenry
  • Socialist
  • Fond of banning things which don’t adhere to a particular viewpoint

Moving on, here’s Eli’s new ‘toon:

So college Republicans (AKA Hitler Youth) = hate group.

And hate group = opposing Jewish people.

But Eli Valley ≠ opposing Jewish person Ben being able to show up and speak somewhere.

It’s hard to imagine the Hitler Youth inviting a man with a yarmulke to school them on how to be smart.

It seems to me we’re at a place in society where a whole lot of things are said just because they seem like they’d sound good to say.

Don’t like someone? Call ’em a Nazi — those guys are supposed to be jerks. Think someone’s got wrong ideas? Label ’em a fascist ’cause you heard that’s bad. Then black their eye and ignite their car.

Hate who won the election? Say they’re ending the system of democracy forever and ever amen (here, here, and lots of other places, too). Impeach!

But in Eli’s defense, he did take time to explain why the YAF should be wearing Michael Jordan mustaches:

You’re right, Arsenio.

Sorry — here we go:

And they’re not just Nazis; they’re also terrorists:

“They should’ve been thrown off campus” — I’m not in any way suggesting Eli’s of the Third Reich persuasion, but isn’t that kind of a Nazi thing to say?



Another guy speaking out against Ben being allowed to talk on campus is Dr. Eugene Gu, who believes the prodigious violinist (here playing “Schindler’s List”) should be straitjacketed:

If you aren’t familiar with the reference, here’s Beto’s expressed plan to pull tax exemption from any institution which doesn’t endorse gay marriage, followed by Ben’s response:

Eugene’s absolutely anti-Ben-speaking because Shapiro has “zero…critical thinking skills”:

This was the doctor in July:

This is where I end the article abruptly like a bad SNL sketch, because I believe there’s nothing left to say. And I think it’s your turn — I look forward to hearing your thoughts on all this. Was Ben’s gun message wrong? Can you make sense of Eli’s Nazi deduction? Are you familiar with the propagandistic weekly German tabloid-format newspaper, Der Stürmer, or to what incident the cartoonish refers? Are you a man who’s had an abortion? Was Michael Jordan insane? Let us all know, in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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