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Beto’s Problems are Exclusively Financial, so He Needs You to Send Him $2 Million – Pronto

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

 

 

On Friday, Beto O’Rourke revealed his third quarter campaign take: $4.5 million.

That was nearly a cool mil more than quarter 2.

Still, his Democratic adversaries raised more.

O’Rourke took to the webwaves for an urgent plea: Send money, pronto.

He needs this “breakthrough.” STOP.  Send cash. STOP. Blessings await. STOP.

Or maybe just stop?

No way — the punk rocker expressed optimism about the campaign’s “wonderful trajectory” and expectations of snagging California, Nevada, and Texas for the nomination.

He’s got a “path”:

“We have a path to the nomination — and through that, a path to the presidency — but at this moment we’ve got to break through. So, I need everyone’s help, doing everything that they can…to make sure that you make this commitment now. There is no later moment to do it. It must happen now if we’re going to make the most of this moment, of the momentum that we have, of this wonderful trajectory that we’re on.”

Back to that 4.5, in his race against Ted Cruz, Beto broke the record for contributions in a single quarter, making the books with $38.1 million.

Ted — who won — only raised 12, but that was still the third-highest senate fundraising for that quarter.

I’m no mathematician, but perhaps Beto’s problem isn’t cashflow.

Then again, what do I know? So he needs $2 million over the next six weeks.

“If we’re going to take this campaign to the next level and move up in the standings, we are going to need your help right now. I often say this is a critical moment for the country, and now it’s a critical moment for the campaign too.”

He’s ready to let people know him:

“We believe we have the right message. But we need a monumental amount of money this month to make sure we get on that debate stage in November, reach out to folks who don’t know us yet, pay for our ads, grow our organizing team, and all the other ingredients we need to get right so we can win this thing.”

I’m just spitballing here, but it may be that folks already know about him, and that’s why he’s at 2% — they know he’s the millionaire inheritor who’s going to seek and destroy privileged wealth (here), he’s the one who said anything less than him isn’t good enough for the country (here), he’s the guy who blamed them and their lives of “excesses” for illegal immigration and starving Central Americans (here), he’s the guy who tried to show he was like them by conspicuously changing a tire without a speck of sweat or grease and his shirt tucked in (here), and he’s the thief who’s literally promised — complete with T-shirts — to steal their hunting rifles just ’cause (here). And if he doesn’t know those are hunting rifles (here), then he’s the guy who’s too inept to find out about the very thing he’s willing to forcibly take from millions of Americans’ homes.

And, as reported by the Catholic News Agency, he’s also this guy:

On Thursday night, during and Equality Townhall hosted and broadcast on CNN, Robert Francis O’Rourke, a former congressman, was asked by CNN anchor Don Lemon if he thought that “religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities, should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same sex marriage?”

O’Rourke answered “yes,” and after applause and cheers from the crowd, added, “there can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. And so, as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

Nevertheless, he insists he’s the only “candidate in this field who can compete in blue states and in red states…”

Beto’s ready to fulfill his promises.

And all he needs is $1 million for each percentage point in the polls.

He inherited millions of dollars; he married into half a billion dollars; and he raised over $40 million for a campaign that never got there. But he needs you to send him $2 mil so he can steal from you.

Politics is a very strange place.

But it looks to be good work if you can get it.

-ALEX

 

 

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NBA Has a Solution to the Controversy: No More Media Availabilities

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FILE – In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The NBA has been earning a lot of flack in the wake of its response to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s support of the Hong Kong protesters. The NBA then denounced Morey’s remarks saying it didn’t represent the Rockets or the NBA and Morey was forced to apologize.

That infuriated people and was widely viewed as kowtowing to China because of the NBA’s business interests with the Chinese.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver then tried to clean it up, still equivocating, but it didn’t go well, particularly after further media incidents during the week.

Fans came out to the games with “Free Hong Kong” shirts and were ejected from games. Congress then blasted the NBA for their actions.

CNN sports reporter Christina Macfarlane dared to ask Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook about the controversy during a media availability in Tokyo. She was then stopped by a team media person who wouldn’t let the players respond and they took the mic from Macfarlane. The NBA later apologized, saying that shouldn’t have happened.

The NBA also got bad attention after Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr insulted America while defending the Chinese, comparing the communists to the United States and saying we had people being mowed down by AR-15s in shopping malls, so “nobody’s perfect.”

Needless to say, neither media event played well.

So the NBA now has the solution. Are they going to cut loose bending over for the Chinese? No.

But they are going to stop having media availabilities while the teams are abroad in Asia for games, according to the Daily Wire.

On Friday, the NBA released a statement saying that allowing press to continue to ask questions put players in a “complicated” and “unfair” position.

“They [the teams] have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time,” the statement said, according to CNN.

There is no availability for the final game with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets and there wasn’t any for the game on Thursday at the request of the Chinese government, according to CBC.

The NBA said however that this was in the interests of their players and not because the Chinese were influencing them, that the players were free to speak without retribution if they so chose.

Somehow one thinks that shutting down more media to make the Chinese happy doesn’t actually help you say that you’re not being controlled by them.

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Kentucky’s last Democratic Congressman could have his career ended by redistricting

Many members of Congress representing districts in states dominated by the opposite party are careful to pull their punches before redistricting. Not Kentucky’s Rep. John Yarmuth, (D-Louisville).

A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Yarmuth has supported impeachment since December of 2017, and has been a big supporter of single-payer healthcare. He is also an outspoken supporter of gun control, and he has an A-rating from Planned Parenthood. Some of his behavior may just be habitual – he has always been this way – but with Kentucky Republicans in full control of the legislature for the first time ever, it might finally backfire.

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While Kentucky does have some stipulations on how congressional maps can be drawn, they mostly focus on avoiding county splits between districts. A similar map to the one above would comply with those requirements while ensuring Yarmuth’s defeat in any of the three districts that contain a portion of his native Louisville.

New district lines are drawn by the legislature every 10 years and configuring the seats to spread out Democratic voters is easily done. The lines can be vetoed by the governor, but vetoes can be overridden with a simple majority in Kentucky. If GOP Gov. Matt Bevin is reelected, that would not be an obstacle.

Since Republicans control the state legislature and the United States Supreme Court has ruled that redistricting complaints are non-justiciable in federal court, Democrats’ only resort to save Yarmuth would be to sue in Kentucky state court. However, the Kentucky Supreme Court has a conservative majority, so a lawsuit would be unlikely to succeed.

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It is also worth noting that Kentucky is just one example of where Republicans may gain seats in redistricting. The attached map illustrates where Republicans are primed to make gains after new maps are implemented. A rough estimate suggests the GOP may gain somewhere around 20-25 seats. For context, Democrats currently have an 18-seat majority in the House.

But while drawing out Yarmuth is just a question of whether the Kentucky GOP has the backbone to do it, redistricting in other states will be directly affected by elections in 2019 and 2020. The plan in future articles is to look at those elections and the possible congressional maps in states where the GOP stands to gain.

Follow @il_american on Twitter and stay tuned for more articles on redistricting.

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One of Harvey Weinstein’s Alleged Victims Takes Down Hillary Clinton Hard: ‘I Can’t Believe I Used to Support Her’

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On Friday, actress Rose McGowan slammed traditionally-held-as-liberal-royalty Hillary Clinton.

The tweeted blast came in response to a report that Clinton’s team pressured whistleblowing journalist Ronan Farrow to halt an exposé on Harvey Weinstein and his history of sexual harassment and assault.

At the time, Ronan was working for NBC News. The network 86’d the story, despite the fact that Rose had publicly accused Harvey of rape.

NBC’s kibosh resulted in Ronan’s article for the New Yorker, which brought about a launch of #MeToo and a Pulitzer for the writer.

In his new book, Catch and Kill, he drops a bomb: When the story was cookin’ at the Peacock, Harvey tried to trigger his Clinton connections for a kill shot.

Rose responded with a scathing anti-Hillary Twittering, roping in Bill along the way:

“I knew that Hillary Clinton’s people, were protecting the Monster. I can’t believe I used to support her. I guess predators are her style.”

“Hillary Clinton, did you have any concern for your husband’s victims? And what about [Harvey Weinstein’s] victims? No? Didn’t think so.”

Dang! She’s pulling no punches.

But raging she ain’t:

Here’s part of what Catch and Kill asserts, as described by The Hollywood Reporter:

In summer 2017, while Farrow was trying to lock down an interview with Clinton for his foreign policy book — while also still working on the Weinstein story — he received a call from Clinton’s publicist, Nick Merrill, who told him that the “big story” Farrow was working on was a “concern for us.” Then, in September 2017, according to an email cited in the book, Weinstein wrote to Deborah Turness, the ex-president of NBC News who now runs NBC News International, to propose a docuseries on Clinton. “Your Hillary doc series sounds absolutely stunning,” Turness responded.

In a tweet, Nick responded to the cancellation of the documentary, but not the “concern” part of the allegation:

As for Hillary’s relationship to Bill’s philandering, she said earlier this month that it was the “gutsiest” thing to stay in the marriage. But she didn’t stop there; she wanted everyone to know what it was like.

Listen up, all you woke, potential voters:

“Sometimes, when your child has an issue — I had a friend a few years ago who called up and said ‘I don’t know who to talk to about this, but my little girl wants to be a boy. What do I do?’ And, you know, several of us kind of — we didn’t know what to do, we never had a friend who’d faced that before. Several of us kind of read everything and talked to people and gave her advice and it was really gutsy for her to say, ‘Okay, I’m going to respect the feelings of my child, as hard as it is for me to understand this.’”

And that’s just what it was like.

Don’t be surprised in Hillary returns to the ring between now and 2020.

Would you like to see her there? One vote she won’t be getting: that of Rose Arianna McGowan.

-ALEX

 

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NSC Staffer is Revealed as Whistleblower’s Likely Informant; White House Decides to Cut NSC Staff

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On Friday, a source told Fox News that a National Security Council (NSC) staffer had spoken about Trump’s July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “multiple” people outside of the NSC, and had characterized the call as “outrageous.” This occurred before the whistleblower’s complaint had been submitted. This development had been reported to then-senior National Security Council (NSC) leadership.

According to Fox:

The development comes as Fiona Hill, a former special assistant to the president who worked on European and Russian affairs, is set to give a deposition next week. Fox News has reached out to Hill for over a week with questions about whether she helped prep for the July 25 call or received any readout of the call.

Hill departed the White House in July, after working under ex-National Security Advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton.

Separately, President Trump’s new National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, appeared on Fox Business News’ Lou Dobbs on Thursday and said he plans to reduce the number of staff members of the National Security Council over the next 15 months to about 100 from the current level of 178. O’Brien said that the Obama administration had over 200 staffers on its NSC while the George W. Bush administration had only 100. He told Dobbs that, “It just ballooned into a massive, you know, bureaucracy…under the last administration. We want to bring it back to historic levels. We think we can be more efficient and better serve the President with that sort of a streamlined organization.”

O’Brien said the cuts would happen through attrition. He explained that “most of them are detailed from agencies, from the DOD, from various branches of the military, from the State Department.”

Considering that the most recent leak from an NSC staffer resulted in the whistleblower’s complaint which has become the basis of the Democrats’ bogus impeachment inquiry, Trump is obviously concerned.

However, a senior administration official said Friday that O’Brien’s planned staff reduction was unrelated to the leaks. That seems rather unlikely. A smaller staff would be in the administration’s best interest as it would make members a bit more accountable and leakers somewhat easier to find.

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the whistleblower’s attorneys asked lawmakers if, instead of appearing before Congress in person,  their client might answer questions in writing. So far, there has been no response.

Their source said the whistleblower’s attorneys fear that Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee would leak their client’s identity.

Several ideas have been tossed around about how to protect the whistleblower’s anonymity such as having him or her “appear remotely and using technology like voice modulation software to conceal his identity.”

Other ideas involve the use of secure rooms called Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, or SCIFs. The source said that “while those rooms are available on Capitol Hill, appearing there likely would pose additional challenges to protecting the whistleblower’s anonymity given the number of people, especially reporters, in the halls of Congress. One alternative that has been discussed is using a SCIF at an executive branch agency, people familiar with the matter said.”

Given how significantly the whistleblower’s case has unraveled over the last couple of weeks, I think we should dispense with the term “whistleblower.” Like Christine Blasey-Ford, he or she is a tool of the Democratic Party.

The Democrats’ protection of this individual stands in sharp contrast to their Stalinesque treatment of the President. Even the accused have rights in the U.S. justice system. The Confrontation Clause in the Sixth Amendment “provides that a person accused of a crime has the right to confront a witness against him or her…as well as the right to cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses.” House Democrats have accused our President of an offense that falls into the category of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” He is entitled to a defense and he deserves to confront his accuser.

 

(Relevant segment begins at 3:55.)

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Watch: Video That Shows How Unhinged The Left Has Become

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President Donald Trump held a packed rally Thursday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota and enthusiastic supporters were out in force.

About 20,000 were in the building with more outside. People even began lining up outside two days before.

But outside there were hundreds of protesters. And despite the presence of police, Trump supporters were harassed and attacked outside the venue. The police themselves were harassed, with protesters calling them “pigs” and trying to incite them. Police had to use pepper spray on some of the protesters.

We reported on attacks on Trump supporters outside of President Donald Trump’s Minnesota rally.

Now, more video has emerged. The video shows more of just how unhinged some on the left are and the scary nature of the leftist mob violence.

They chased after one man after someone called out, “There’s a Nazi over there,” attacking him as he tries to get away, smacking him.

Here’s another view of that same encounter as the man flees the mob.

Here’s the very tolerant left surrounding a man, hitting him in the head, smacking the Trump hat off his head and then stealing his hat.

Schaffer reported there were many such encounters where Trump and MAGA hats were stolen.

How unhinged are they? Well, you have to be pretty unhinged when you assault someone in the middle of a live interview.

But this shows, right here, the difference between the right and the unhinged left. The Vice interviewer was justifiably shocked. But the Trump supporter shrugs it off, continues on with the focus of the interview as the coward flees. Two of the protesters apologize for the coward, although one equates the hat with being as hateful as the spit again, showing the lack of reality even in the person who had enough sense to apologize.

Trump folks should put this in an ad and play it on a loop: this is what we are fighting against.

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Lindsey Graham Warns Trump To Listen To His Attorneys On Impeachment.

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As I wrote here earlier this week READ Trump Legal Team Hires Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy the Trump team is getting ready for impeachment. They wisely hired former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy to help with that effort.

Another South Carolinian though had a message for Trump. Listen to Gowdy and your other lawyers.

According to Fox News

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urged President Trump Friday to heed the advice of his legal team, especially its newest member, former Rep. Trey Gowdy.

“He brings a lot. He understands the Congress. He’s a smart lawyer but it won’t matter if the president won’t listen to him,” Graham told Brian Kilmeade.

This is sage advice from Graham to the President.

Trump has done a good job hiring people who are talented and surrounds himself with them. The President though also likes to go, rogue, and ignore the advice of these very same people. That has so far worked well for him.

In dealing with impeachment though it will not.

Whether you agree with this statement or not it is a well-known fact inside the beltway that Nancy Pelosi is a political animal. She lives and breathes this stuff on a daily basis. Remember she took the bullet with Obamacare and lost the Speakership and than hung on to her leadership post to gain the big chair 8 years later. She has shown that she is shrewd and smart and has a level of dedication most do not.

Donald Trump revels in the fact that he is not a Washington D.C. insider which is a huge plus. Trump also knows though that you have to rely on your experts in the room and your instincts. That means listen to those that know the system and how impeachment works and do what they advise.

Lindsay Graham has been in D.C. for over 20 years and knows what he is talking about. He has personally invested some political capital to help Trump succeed and seems to have an understanding with the President that other lawmakers lack.

The President would do well to listen to Sen Graham’s advice and listen to Gowdy and the others trying to derail this mess the democrats are hoisting upon the country.

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New Orleans’s Lusher High Rejects a Free Lunch from Chik-fil-A Because the School Must ‘Be Kind’

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Would you love to have a free catered meal?

How about if you’re overworked and underpaid in a thankless position?

Well, you won’t get that chance if you’re a teacher at a New Orleans high school.

Lusher High was presented with the gift of lunch on the house through the College Football Playoff Foundation, compliments of that delicious bastion of quality, Chick-fil-A.

But the school’s principal, Dr. Steven Corbett, put the kibosh on the kibeautiful offer, due to the chicken chain’s “views.”

Steven told WWL-TV they have staff to protect:

“Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-fil-A at an employee lunch. The #1 rule at Lusher is to ‘Be Kind,’ and we live this motto every day. Chick-fil-A has been politically outspoken about its views, and we feel it is not part of Lusher’s culture of kindness and community.”

“Outspoken”?

I get the impression that, perhaps, because of a chain reaction of word-on-the-street hoopla begun by a 2012 radio interview by its Chief Executive Officer — in which he expressed support for the “biblical definition of the family unit” — many people have the erroneous impression that Chik-fil-A wakes up every day and rages against gays.

Just a few years ago, the notion that you couldn’t eat food if you found out the makers once voted differently than you on a ballot item would’ve been wholly dismissed as idiotic.

My, how things have changed.

Imagine if we all knew how each CEO had pulled every lever over the course of their lifetime — we’d all necessarily starve to death.

Thank goodness I’m not aware of the political history of whoever’s at the helm of Krispy Kreme.

Speaking to WDSU-TV, perhaps while eating a “Hot-N-Now” doughnut, Steven stood up against the kind offer from the Chik:

“Anytime an organization is anti-LGBTQ, and has efforts to infringe upon their rights, we thought it was important to support and stand up for their community at this time.”

New Orleans’s Channel 4 reports the CFPF will offer free food by other means:

The free lunch for Lusher High School is just one of many being given to Orleans Parish schools by the College Football Playoff Foundation.

According to Tony Fay with the CFPF, this meal is one of several things the foundation is doing to leave a positive impact on the New Orleans community for hosting the Sugar Bowl and College Football Championship.

According to Fay, the foundation will bring teachers food from another restaurant. He said he understands and respects their decision and is just “glad teachers will have a good lunch tomorrow.”

Not likely as good as Chik-fil-A.

-ALEX

 

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News Summary from the Week that Was (6 – 12 October)

As usual, these stories don’t fit the media’s “Republicans bad, Democrats good” narrative. I am doing longer quotes of fewer articles this week, as I am overseas for most of this month. Let’s get started.

1. Well, lookie here! Despite the endlessly-repeated Democrat/media narrative to the contrary, I guess Ukraine just isn’t only about the Bidens after all.

Given all the focus on nefarious Russia, you could be forgiven for missing the fact that Ukraine was always at the center of the Trump-Russia affair. Viewed in this light, the Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo bribery narrative must compete with another explanation: Trump’s determination to get to the bottom of an underhanded years-long campaign arrayed against him. One of the first things he did after the Mueller report debunked the collusion narrative was to call the Ukranian president and ask him to help do just that.

The impeachment battle is not just about congressional probes and alleged presidential strong-arming, but about the Russiagate narrative. Anti-Trump forces in the government and media are working to vindicate their previous efforts and discredit a forthcoming Justice Department inquiry into the origins of Russiagate by again connecting Trump and a foreign power to a U.S. election. Although the details are different – no mention this time of hookers and golden showers – the whistleblower’s central claim closely resembles the thesis laid out in the anti-Trump dossier compiled by the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which the FBI used as its roadmap to collusion: That Trump took or solicited dirt on his Democratic opponent from a foreign power in exchange for favors to that country’s government.

 Once again, much of the media seem to be treating every allegation against Trump as probable fact, while dismissing any questions and concerns as conspiracy theories. The Ukraine story starts no later than March 2016, when Democratic Party operative and Ukrainian-American activist Alexandra Chalupa approached the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington for information on the Trump campaign. Ukraine’s ambassador to Washington told [John] Solomon that Chalupa wanted to approach a member of Congress to initiate hearings on Manafort or arrange
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for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to comment on Manafort’s alleged Kremlin ties. Keep that in mind when Democrats and their media allies routinely suggest it is treasonous to seek foreign aid during an election. In a three-day period at the end of April 2016, for instance, Slate, the Washington Post and Guardian all published articles alleging that Manafort’s work for Yanukovych showed the Trump team was close to Russia.

This is another reminder of the double-standard that has driven so much media coverage: the eagerness to buy Clinton’s spin on Manafort and then connect Trump to it all while dismissing Biden’s clear conflicts. In driving the whistleblower chapter of the Russiagate operation, Schiff reprised the part he played in its earlier chapters. For nearly two years the California congressman filled the media with claims there was more than circumstantial evidence of collusion that would bring down the president.

 [T]he subject matter, Trump’s “promise” to a foreign official, was leaked for a Sept. 18 Washington Post story including the bylines of Greg Miller and Ellen Nakashima, two of the reporters who in February 2017 received a seminal leak in the Trump-Russia case, regarding a conversation between Trump’s erstwhile national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The same political operatives and journalists appear throughout the anti-Trump operation, as do the same themes and even the same language.

It was logical that Trump, and millions of other Americans, wanted to know the origins of the Russia probe and that the investigative work would be taken up by the Department of Justice. Since DoJ and FBI officials at the highest levels were implicated, it was natural that the attorney general himself would have a hand in the investigation. Thus, the panicked clamor coursing through the press at present is not about Joe Biden or his son or Trump’s alleged commerce with foreign powers. Rather, it is the fear that the Russiagate bubble is likely to burst. And the fear that none of the reporters, intelligence officials, and political operatives responsible for pushing the largest and most destructive conspiracy theory in American history will escape the ruin.

Read the rest of this great article here. It’s about protecting the seditious conspiracy, folks, and the Democrats will do anything to prevent that coming to light.

2. Let’s look at the decision to get out of Syria. It’s not the way the globalists are spinning it. Here’s some far better analysis to consider:

So which is it: is the President endangering the United States and our allies by pulling out of Syria? Betraying our allies, the Kurds? Or is he defending America’s national interest?  I have spent a lot of time with the Kurds on the ground, especially in northern Iraq, along the Iranian border. I have also met with Kurdish peshmerga generals in Iraq, as well as the overall Iraqi commander, in charge of the fight against ISIS in Mosul. That battle is over. And contrary to how MSNBC has been misquoting Sen. Lindsay Graham all day, the United States has indeed utterly defeated the ISIS caliphate.

[Trump] looks at the administration of George W. Bush and the war with Iraq, and sees the hand of deep state agents there as well. And guess what? He’s right. I wrote a book about that in 2007.  It’s called Shadow Warriors, [detailing] how a cabal of Bush-hating, pro-Democrat State Department weenies and intelligence community weasels conspired to feed false intelligence on Iraqi WMD to the Bush White House, and then blasted Bush 43 for waging a “war for oil.”

The President also argues that the Middle East wars the deep state wants us to fight are primarily tribal in nature. He’s right there as well, up to a point. Turkey will continue to whack the Kurds for as long as one Kurd remains breathing who demands his freedom and ethnic identity. The Iranians will continue to wage war against the Saudis until they have toppled the Saudi monarchy, a prospect that is becoming increasingly likely.

[I]n the World According to Trump, America wins when we have a powerful military, sitting at home, rested and well-armed, ready to fight if we ever face a serious national security challenge. Think of this: today, the U.S. Navy is defending our interests overseas with just two aircraft carrier groups: the USS Abraham Lincoln, which is prowling the seas off Oman and Iran, and the USS Ronald Reagan, patrolling the South China Sea. The five other active-duty carriers are currently sitting in their home ports so their crews can prepare for future operations. Another four are in dry dock getting refurbished, and two more are under construction. I don’t know of any other period in recent history when our military has done so much to defend our national interests with so few forces deployed around the world. And that is the world according to Trump.

Read the rest here. Bottom line: it makes perfect sense to pull out of Syria, and President Trump’s instincts in that regard are correct.

3. Our cultural institutions are kowtowing to China.

America’s elite institutions are catering to communist China. The NBA provided the latest example Sunday night, when league commissioner Adam Silver apologized for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Rockets star James Harden followed suit and apologized to China for Morey’s tweets. China Daily, the communist government’s propaganda arm, used the NBA’s conciliatory reaction to warn other companies to learn “a lesson: The big Chinese market is open to the world, but those who challenge China’s core interests and hurt Chinese people’s feelings cannot make any profit from it.”

The NBA isn’t alone in bowing to communist China. American universities have allowed the Chinese government to fund centers called Confucius Institutes that provide the communist regime with avenues to infuse pro-China propaganda into American academia. Eighty-nine Confucius Institutes were operating in the U.S. as of September 2019, according to the National Association of Scholars. Hollywood has self-censored for years in order to ensure access to the Chinese market.  The U.S. government published a report in 2015 detailing how filmmakers tailor their messaging to appease Chinese audiences and—more importantly—Chinese government censors.

Read the rest here. Follow the money, folks, follow the money; it explains EVERYTHING with respect to China. The sad part about it is that the US trade deficit with China is a large source of the money that our cultural institutions are chasing – and for which they’re selling their souls.

4, The Left are evil, and this article proves it:

“Save the Planet, Eat the Children,” reads a T-shirt at a congresswoman’s townhall. Meanwhile, a teenager skipping school and in obvious emotional distress makes the Nobel Peace Prize shortlist for berating world leaders about a supposedly looming mass extinction. The most privileged generation in human history — enjoying the longest, healthiest, wealthiest, and most comfortable lives men and women have ever lived — thinks the world is collapsing around us.

By nearly every measurement, from child mortality and life expectancy to poverty and education, quality of life around the globe is better than it’s ever been. In much of the world, subsistence living is a thing of the past and humanity is flourishing — especially those with ready access to electricity. The Industrial Revolution, when an unprecedented boom of technological innovation transformed agrarian America into the nation we know today, wasn’t just a time of economic change and scientific progress. It propelled humanity to the most prosperous time in our history.

For all the environmentalist movement’s hand-wringing, you’d think our extinction was scheduled to commence tomorrow. But despite the wildly popular and equally wildly misinterpreted trope that all scientists agree the world is ending, there is no concrete evidence right now to suggest climate change will be anything but mild and manageable, or that we won’t be able to handle it. Humans are becoming more resilient to mild changes in average temperature. Migration trends show Americans are readily moving to warmer states. Even more crucially, deaths due to climate-related natural disasters have declined by a providential 98.9%. That is thanks to our modern-day technology, which allows meteorologists to more accurately predict storm patterns and near-instant communication keeping the public better informed and prepared. It’s the reason the Great Galveston Storm of 1900 claimed more 8,000 lives, but a recent storm of similar magnitude on the Texas coast — Hurricane Harvey — killed just 68. We can and should work to improve disaster readiness, but we should do so without the fear-mongering.

Yet climate change hysteria is plaguing an entire generation with a crippling fear of the future. Not only is foisting this burden on today’s children and young adults unhealthy— it’s simply unfair to limit the younger generation’s potential to contribute to the innovations that will drive the future. Young leaders should be empowered to pursue their passions and encouraged to experiment with new solutions, just as the greatest innovators of the past have done.

Read the rest here. The Left’s use of children to advance their political agenda here is simply child abuse. What does that say about their parents?

5. This article is absolutely correct that it’s scary! There are SO many active and retired military with whom this resonates completely.

Donald Trump came into office promising to not start any new wars and to get us out of the old ones our feckless elite had dragged us into, and now that he’s doing it in Syria the usual suspects are outraged. How dare he actually deliver on his promise not to have any more of our precious warriors shipped home in boxes after getting killed on battlefields we can’t even pronounce, while refereeing conflicts that began long before America was a thing, in campaigns without any kind of coherent objective?

Conservatives like me still think of ourselves as hawks, but after hard experience we have learned to be hawkish only where America’s interests are directly at stake. We’re not doves. We’re just not going to spill our troops’ blood when we do not absolutely have to. The elite may not like our attitude, but then it’s generally not the elite that ends up having to bury its sons, daughters, husbands and wives. We do. We have our own national interests to protect. The threat to America is not Turks imposing a security zone a few miles inside Syria. It’s China pumping out a couple warships a month and deploying new carrier-killing missiles using tech they steal from us under the noses of our politically preoccupied FBI and CIA.

If the president’s critics in Congress really want to be tough guys, let them pass a declaration of war and let them sign their names to the butcher’s bill instead of trying to get Trump to walk out to the end of the branch so they can saw it off. Let’s be clear – and I need to be crystal clear because the gung ho gang’s MO is to mischaracterize its opponents’ views to distract from the strategic bankruptcy of its own – that fighting for the Kurds would not be immoral. It’s a good cause, but we can’t intervene every time there’s a good cause. Iraq was a good cause, and a disaster. I’d come back on active duty, if the Army was that desperate, and serve there proudly. Our troops will do everything we ask of them and more. They will lay down their lives for this cause if we send them.

And that’s the point. How many dead Americans is it worth to stop the Turks and Kurds from brawling? I, and our president, say, “Exactly none.” Those who disagree owe us all an exact number of their own.

Read the rest here. The bottom line? President Trump is right yet again; he ALWAYS has Americans’ best interests in mind and is continuing to clean up the messes of prior administrations (especially Obama’s!). And he really brought home the human impact of foreign wars on an individual level during his Minneapolis rally, didn’t he?

6. Here’s how we got into the current IC “whistleblower” predicament – yet another offense to be laid directly at the foot of Obama, as it turns out! This is a phenomenal must-read article:

A whistleblower exposes structural waste, mismanagement and abuse within the civil service, among government contractors and in varied ways within the private sector. This is meant to protect employees who blow the whistle on misbehavior, not to serve as cover for assorted political agendas. In the Trump era, whistleblowing and partisan leaks to the media have been conflated by the media. Partisan government workers, some openly aligning with the “resistance” and participating in partisan groups within government agencies, have sought to undermine administration policies through leaks. These leaks were in turn meant to generate congressional investigations of cabinet officials. The impeachment effort against President Trump takes that ongoing tactic to the ultimate extreme.

The politicization of the civil service is a deeply troubling phenomenon. Efforts by members of the civil service to undermine elected officials is a threat to our entire system of representative government. This problem goes beyond the ‘Deep State’ and has shown up in a wide variety of government agencies. But its appearance in national security agencies is deeply troubling because these agencies have the infrastructure to act as a police state. The existence of national security agencies in a free country is contingent on their subservience to elected officials. Anything else isn’t whistleblowing, it’s a coup.

Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive 19 opened the door by expanding whistleblowing protection to members of the “intelligence community” and other personnel handling classified information. But PPD19 was never really meant to help the likes of Manning and Snowden. Instead it was part of a larger pattern of politicizing national security organizations that led directly to the current crisis. Both the Russians and the Democrats understood that whistleblowers were a strategic vulnerability. Whistleblowers were seen as sympathetic underdogs who were trying to do the right thing. That was the perfect camouflage for an enemy agent or the agent of a police state. Astroturfing, the practice of manufacturing grass roots efforts and building causes around individual protesters, like Greta Thunberg or David Hogg, had moved into the national security infrastructure before going off like a bomb.

The real purpose of PPD19 was to aid Obama loyalists is undermining a Romney administration. The Obama administration would not have been too worried about Romney reversing its social policies. But Romney had run sharply against Obama on national security.  And Obama’s cronies knew that there would be significant foreign policy differences there. PPD19 may have been their answer. Romney lost. PPD19 remained obscure.

By the time Trump won, the weaponization of the national security infrastructure in national politics was complete with national security organs spying on Trump associates, investigating his campaign, entrapping his associates, leaking his phone calls, and now setting the stage for impeachment. Whistleblowing protections are meant to protect government employees in the civil service from retaliation by their supervisors in the civil service when they report waste or abuse. They are not meant to allow an anonymous government employee to assist in a partisan campaign to remove the President of the United States as part of a ploy orchestrated by the opposition party. That is a breathtaking abuse that will damage whistleblower protections indefinitely. The Obama administration and its allies have tried to turn government agencies into bear traps, seeking to retain control of policymaking a network of lefty loyalists in agencies and activist judges in the courts, and, beyond that, to force out Trump appointees and to even force out President Trump.

At the heart of this crisis is the conflict between representative government and the infrastructure of government, between the will of the voters and the will of D.C., between the taxpayers and officials, that is the breaking point of any free country. Some countries lose their freedom through violent revolutions. Others ossify into an oligarchy of government officials and elites who call all the shots.

Read the rest here. More of the time bombs left by the miserable Obama to defuse at what cost to the country! His goal was always to destroy the US in all ways, and this whistleblower business undermines the people’s faith in their government just as he planned. That people still think highly of him and his administration is appalling.

7. This one is great! US Attorney John Durham’s investigation has been expanded due to the evidence collected so far.

John Durham, the U.S. attorney reviewing the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, is probing a wider timeline than previously known, according to multiple senior administration officials. [B]ased on what he has been finding, Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.

Attorney General Bill Barr and Durham traveled to Italy recently to talk to law enforcement officials there about the probe and have also had conversations with officials in the U.K. and Australia about the investigation, according to multiple sources familiar with the meetings. Democrats increasingly have targeted Barr. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said … that Barr has “gone rogue,” alleging an attempted “cover-up” of the whistleblower complaint that has led to a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

Read the rest here. This is excellent! You know that US Attorney Durham is “over the target” when Democrats like San Fran Nan concoct excuses to go after AG Barr and are trying to spin the investigation into something that is entirely politically motivated. Weren’t they the ones supposedly the most concerned about “foreign influence in US elections”?

8. And we’ll finish up this week’s summary with this item that continues the unraveling of the Democrats’ Ukraine hit-job against POTUS:

The intel community inspector general testified Friday to congressional investigators that the so-called “whistleblower” who mischaracterized President Trump’s call with the leader of Ukraine had a previous “professional relationship” with a 2020 Democrat candidate. “The IG said [the whistleblower] worked or had some type of professional relationship with one of the Democratic candidates,” one person with knowledge of inspector general Michael Atkinson’s testimony told the Examiner’s Byron York.

In another conversation with York, a second source revealed: “What [Atkinson] said was that the whistleblower self-disclosed that he was a registered Democrat and that he had a prior working relationship with a current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.”

Read the rest here. Every day there’s something new that chips away at the Democrats’ Ukraine narrative. There are a bunch of them who have some really tight sphincters now, especially those complicit in Crowdstrike and Burisma Holdings shenanigans.

Honorable mentions for this week include:

Here is the short summary of this week’s news items:

  • Ukraine isn’t about the Bidens’ corruption per se; it’s about corruption in general, as well as Democrat collusion with a foreign power during the 2016 election cycle.
  • POTUS made a deal with Turkey to pull the US out of northern Syria, and the usual suspects are unhinged about it.
  • American institutions continue to kowtow to the ChiComs. It’s all about the money!
  • The Left’s use of children to further their climate alarmist hoax(es) is criminal.
  • Kurt Schlichter provides the perfect rationale for getting out of northern Syria.
  • How we got into the current whistleblower kerfuffle is explained by Daniel Greenfield – yet another disaster laid at the feet of the Obama regime.
  • US Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the counter-intel investigation of the Trump campaign has been expanded into the spring of 2017 timeframe due to evidence collected to date.
  • Lastly, we learned that the Ukraine “whistleblower” (better known as a leaker) had a “professional relationship” (i.e., was in a paid position) with a 2020 Democrat presidential candidate!

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting the impression that we’re really close to the dam breaking on investigations and indictments of major cabal figures. The legacy media and Democrats are making insane comments, and their violent arm (Antifa) were acting up again – this time in Minneapolis. The Barr/Durham investigation into the origins of the 2016 counter-intel investigation is flushing out the rats. Blowing the lid off Crowdstrike and Ukraine will destroy the Democrats (and some Uniparty Republicans, as well). Also note the apoplectic response of Uniparty figures to POTUS’s decision to withdraw from Turkey. No more gravy train of “nation-building” and arms-trading corruption for them! And how about Shifty’s unforced error in which he claimed the Ukraine “whistleblower” was receiving death threats (pretty difficult for an anonymous guy to get a death threat!). And it now appears that the Ukraine leaker/”whistleblower” was linked to Joe Biden.

There’s a lot more coming in the weeks ahead, especially the Barr/Durham investigation report and the DoJ OIG report on FISA abuse. And DECLAS is the trump card (pun intended). Stay tuned….

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