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Rod Rosenstein Goes Nuclear on James Comey and It’s Beautiful

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I don’t think he’ll be getting plaudits from CNN anymore after this.

He had been rehabbed for a while after revelations about him wanting to record the President came out. His handling of Robert Mueller, or better yet his complete lack of oversight of the situation, also pleased resistance members everywhere.

Well, kiss that good will goodbye because Rosenstein lit up James Comey tonight in remarks before the Greater Baltimore Committee. This report is via Fox News.

Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey in remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) on Monday evening, slamming Comey’s turn as a “partisan pundit,” reiterating that he deserved to be fired, and faulting him for trampling “bright lines that should never be crossed.”

Here’s the some of the criticism.

“Now, the former director is a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul,” Rosenstein said. “That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally, we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony.”

Holy crap, that’s brutal. It’s also completely true.

Comey’s biggest flaw, aside from being a corrupt partisan, is that he sees himself as some kind of virtuous savior. Instead of following protocol, Comey spent his time staring into the abyss and making moral judgements on legal matters that should only be based on evidentiary standards.

Rod Rosenstein sees through Comey’s facade and pulls no punches. The shots at him about being a media pundit are also well deserved. Comey is not a serious person. He’s out to make a buck and keep his spot on the D.C. cocktail circuit.

The Hillary email investigation was also brought up in Rosenstein’s speech.

“The clearest mistake was the director’s decision to hold a press conference about an open case, reveal his recommendation and discuss details about the investigation, without the consent of the prosecutors and the attorney general,” Rosenstein said. “Then, he chose to send a letter to the Congress on the eve of the election stating that one of the candidates was under criminal investigation, expecting it to be released immediately to the public.”

Rosenstein added: “Those actions were not within the range of reasonable decisions. They were inconsistent with our goal of communicating to all FBI employees that they should respect the attorney general’s role, refrain from disclosing information about criminal investigations, avoid disparaging uncharged persons, and above all, not take unnecessary steps that could influence an election.”

This is basically the same thing that Robert Mueller did with his report. Instead of doing his job and simply making a recommendation on obstruction, he included thousands of footnotes in his report. The purpose of that was smear people who he didn’t have the guts to charge while not even doing the one thing he was appointed to do, which was to decide on the obstruction question.

Comey’s press conference may have actually been beneficial to Republicans at the time but that doesn’t change the fact that it was completely inappropriate. His appropriation of Loretta Lynch’s role (with her blessing via the scheme she cooked up) showed that Comey had no care for legal norms or standards. He essentially appointed himself as a fourth branch of government and to this day thinks he was righteous for doing so.

People like that are dangerous to have in governmental positions. Someone with no boundaries can justify doing anything and swear they are virtuous while doing it. Comey’s current mindset, complete with introspective tweets staring at trees, borders on delusion.

Firing Comey was long overdue and it’s nice to see Rosenstein not back down from his recommendation to do so. He should probably lay low a few days because the backlash from the media and liberals is going to be swift.

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Amazingly, CNN Actually Criticized Rashida Tlaib for Her Latest Anti-Semitic Comments

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As I pointed out in my other piece, her recounting of history is not only false, but disgustingly immoral. The Jews didn’t not suddenly show up post-1945 and far predate an Arab presence in the region. The Palestinians also did not help the Jews, but rather committed massacres against them before, during, and after the Holocaust. To take the genocide against Jews during WW2 and use it to propagate false Arab propaganda that paints Israeli’s as foreign outsiders was yet another in a long list of questionable comments from Tlaib that clearly show her incredibly anti-Semitic world view.

Amazingly, even CNN decided to tell the truth about this and criticized her today.

Here’s the full 5 minute segment.

In the segment, both guests condemn Tlaib’s insensitive ignorance of history and John King, the normally liberal host, actually corrected Tlaib by pointing out that her Palestinian ancestors collaborated with Hitler.

What you hear from the second guest is a little more telling though, as she opines that Republicans are “seizing” on the controversy to paint Tlaib as the face of the her party and that could be a big problem for the Democrats. In those comments you start to get a sense of why CNN was willing to have this segment when they’ve otherwise been faithful apologists for Tlaib and Ilhan Omar’s numerous anti-Semitic outbursts. The reason is simple.

Their survival instinct is kicking it. 

CNN realizes that there are some things that are a bridge too far for the country. Holocaust revisionism is one of those things. In order to protect Democrats, the network is finally starting to push back in hopes of tamping down the outrage and pushing Tlaib and others to the back of the room. The less they become the face of the party, the better CNN feels about Democrat perceptions among the populace.

Their efforts will be in vain though. Tlaib and Omar have garnered near untouchable status among the Democrat base. In fact, Nancy Pelosi came out today and demanded an apology from (checks notes)…Republicans for Tlaib’s comments. Democrats are too far down the rabbit hole and there’s no putting the monster they’ve created back in its box at this point.

Now, with all of this said and giving credit where credit is due, I’m sure tonight’s CNN primetime lineup will be full of Tlaib defenses and bashing of Republicans for daring to question her. Otherwise known as a return to normalcy.

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The FBI’s “Raw Intelligence” Excuse for the Steele Dossier Is Garbage

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The most common excuse for the FBI’s ridiculous handling of the of the Steele Dossier, put together by foreign spy Christopher Steele and paid for by Hillary Clinton, is to proclaim that it was just “raw intelligence!” We’ve seen that idea propagated on every cable network, in ever mainstream publication, and by countless Democrat politicians.

The Daily Caller hit on the issue today.

“It’s raw intelligence,” according to countless politicos and pundits, including CNN contributor Asha Rangappa, Democratic Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, former CIA executive John Sipher and numerous other commentators.

The spy term, which describes information directly from a source that has not been fully analyzed, is intended to downplay the dossier’s significance to the collusion narrative. Christopher Steele, the dossier author, gathered his intelligence from a trusted network of sources, the argument goes, and provided it to seasoned investigators to analyze.

The problem is that the FBI clearly didn’t treat it as such.

The problem with the “raw intelligence” canard is that it ignores questions about how Steele obtained his information and what the former spy did with it once he received it. The FBI also treated Steele’s allegations as more than mere raw intelligence. The bureau relied heavily on Steele’s work, even though it was unverified, to obtain spy warrants against Carter Page.

Steele and his client, Fusion GPS, processed, packaged and disseminated information from the dossier to the FBI, Justice Department, State Department, Capitol Hill, the Clinton campaign and the media.

“Raw intelligence” is not typically something you spew out to the media to influence an election, but the FBI was seemingly fine with it. Steele admitted before the Carter Page Warrant was officially sought that his dossier was politically motivated and that he needed to get the information out before the election. We also know the FBI knew Steele was lying to them about his contacts with the media. A criminal referral is now languishing at the DOJ, hopefully to be resurrected by the new Attorney General.

The bigger issue though is that the FBI chose to treat “raw intelligence” as reliable, verified information, specifically in the Carter Page FISA warrant. In reality, they were likely getting suckered by the Russians, who had ever reason to feed misinformation to Steele.

The irony of the dossier is that it contained allegations about Russia’s hacking and publication of Democrats’ emails, which Fusion GPS and Steele were hired in part to investigate. But Steele himself could have been the victim of Russian manipulation.

A former CIA station chief, Daniel Hoffman, has argued that if Russian hackers gained access to Democrats’ computer systems, they may have discovered that Steele was collecting information on Trump. Hoffman also noted that Steele was likely on the Kremlin’s radar, given his career working for MI6 in Moscow.

That would explain why nearly everything in the dossier turned out to be total garbage. Mueller’s report ended up debunking several of the most salacious claims, including the general claim that Trump was working with the Russians.

Raw intelligence is fine when used in the proper way. It’s necessary to be able to bring in information and digest it. That’s how you go from raw intelligence to something more processed and vetted. Instead, the FBI took clearly faulty, completely unverified material and used it to push a partisan conspiracy forward, all the while they sat idly by as Steele leaked aspects of it to the media.

In doing so, they ended up spreading Russian fed trash all about the election and post election landscape. Saying “but muh raw intelligence” is not an excuse. It only makes the FBI look incompetent, or worse, politically biased. If the FBI can’t do things properly and via objective standards, their powers should be curtailed greatly. Perhaps that should happen anyway given the runaway corruption we’ve continually seen at these bureaucracies.

The next time some know nothing former FBI “analyst” at CNN (who was only at the FBI long enough to be allowed to get coffee for superios) tries to gaslight the country by declaring it’s normal to use raw intelligence in a FISA warrant, they should be laughed off the set. It’s complete nonsense.

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KARMA: Bully Brian Sims Has Gone Silent Just Weeks After Trying to Silence Pro-Life Voices

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PA State Rep. Brian Sims (D). Source: Life News HQ.

It would appear than Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) has retreated to his safe spaces in the aftermath of the powerful response to his attempts at silencing and doxxing three pro-life teenagers and an elderly woman at a Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania in recent weeks.

Amanda Prestigiacomo at The Daily Wire writes:

But now that pro-lifers have responded to Sims’ harassment, such as inviting the Democrat to a pro-life rally in response to his antics, he’s nowhere to be found. The elected official has locked his Twitter account, was a no-show at the rally, has security outside of his office building, and is not allowing constituents in to engage in dialogue.

Sims’ legislative account appears to still be open to the public, though it has been inactive since May 6.

Sims has had a series of bad days after he posted – and bragged about – his bullying tactics on social media:

1) Donations to help pro-life efforts in the state went through the roof. The campaign, started by the father of two of the teenagers Sims bullied, had a stated goal of $100,000. To date, it has raised over $125,000.

2) The mother of two of the teenagers Sims offered money to have doxxed filed a police report against Sims.

3) The pro-life rally held this past Friday in response to Sims’s despicable behavior was a huge success as over 1,000 people gathered to hear pro-life warriors like Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, and Matt Walsh speak.

4) Sims was invited to, but did not attend the rally, which kinda proves what people have said about him all along on the issue of how he picks and chooses his targets based on whether or not he feels he can intimidate them.

One question that has not been answered in the middle of all of this is why Twitter chose not to suspend Sims’s account after he posted the videos of him harassing the women in front of Planned Parenthod. DC Examiner‘s Becket Adams pondered this last week:

Though these recordings appear to be in clear violation of Twitter’s and Facebook’s guidelines concerning targeted harassment, a spokeswoman for the former told the Washington Examiner that the video of Sims berating an elderly pro-life woman and encouraging his followers to “go protest out in front of her house” is “not currently a violation of the Twitter Rules.”

In contrast, Twitter permanently banned right-wing provocateurs Milo Yiannopoulos and Robert Stacy McCain in 2016 for similar behavior.

File this one under “things that make you go hmmmmm….”

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Tough Guy: Cory Booker Uses Expletive When Describing His Opinion on “Thoughts and Prayers”

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2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Screen grab via CNN/Axe Files.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) wants you to know that the difference between him and other 2020 presidential candidates is that he will be the one to effectively tackle gun violence.

That and, as a “man of faith’ he views the offer of thoughts and prayers after mass shooting tragedies as nothing more than “bull sh*t.”

CNN reports on remarks Booker made on Saturday night’s “The Axe Files” with David Axelrod:

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker says he’s fed up with inaction on gun reform after mass shootings, calling the oft-repeated refrain of politicians who offer “thoughts and prayers” to victims “just bullsh**.”

“When I’m President of the United States, I’m taking a fight to this issue like folks have never seen before, because we’re better than this is a country. It’s a uniquely American problem. No other country has this kind of carnage,” Booker said to David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on CNN. “We are not going to give thoughts and prayers, which to me is just bullsh**. And I’m sorry to say it as a man of faith, but I was taught that faith without works is dead.”

Watch video of his remarks below:

There are a few things wrong with his statement but I’m going to focus on just a couple of them:

1) Offering thoughts and prayers after senseless tragedies – like the one that happened in my home city of Charlotte a couple of weeks ago where two UNCC students were killed and four more injured – is notempty words” and “bull sh*t.”

Thoughts and prayers provide an immeasurable feeling of comfort and peace and – for some – answers in the aftermath of tragedy and loss. In the days after the UNCC gunman stormed the Kennedy building at the university, prayer vigils and prayer walks were held on campus. Individually, students held hands, hugged each other, and prayed together.

People all across the city and state – and the nation – offered their thoughts and prayers for Charlotte in the aftermath. As a person of faith myself who was in so much shock after it happened, it provided me comfort and solace as I began the grieving and healing processes.

Any person of faith who has read and studied the Bible knows better than to say that offering up thoughts and prayers is meaningless. It’s a shame Sen. Booker has decided to play “who is the truuuue person of faith” game but he’s on the campaign trail, so I guess that’s to be expected. Shame.

2) Booker’s invocation of “faith without works” is insulting, as it insinuates one of two things: a) that people of faith who offer thoughts and prayers either have no solution in response to gun tragedies, or b) that people of faith who disagree with Booker and other Democrats on how to address gun violence in schools, the workplace, etc. are not operating from a position of good faith.

As I wrote in my column last week for North State Journal, it shouldn’t be that way, but it is:

What [Democrats] don’t understand as that in the aftermath, defenders of gun rights grieve, too. They assess what happened and think over and over again of ways the shooting might have been stopped, or the victim count contained to a minimum. They have their own solutions in mind, but few people want to listen.

Some gun rights proponents have been victims of school shootings themselves. Or have loved ones who were. They, too, think we could do more to prevent them in the future. But few people are willing to listen, because their solutions don’t fit the narrative.

No “side” wants to see more school shooting victims. All “sides” want students to feel safe at school. These are common goals. But how to get there is the source of intense debate.

In reality, the only “bull sh*t” on display here is Booker’s phony one-upmanshipping – when it comes to demeaning pro-Second Amendment people of faith by questioning their commitment to comforting their communities in times of tragedy, and the ways they seek to prevent future tragedies.

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It Looks Like Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange May Never Face the Charges the U.S. Levied Against Him

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Julian Assange is currently sitting in jail in the U.K. and he’s got quite the list of suitors pining for his time.

The Wikileaks founder was finally kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy about a month ago. Given his mental state and some of the stories of his time there, there wasn’t much of a path for him to stay there anyway. Shortly after his arrest, the United States unveiled a list of charges against Assange, including conspiracy revolving around the hacking efforts of Bradley Manning.

Ironically, while the Obama administration was seeking to put Assange away for life, they were granting clemency to Manning, allowing his release just seven years into his sentence. None of it made much sense and was probably wholly driven by the fact that Manning had become a pop-culture figure on the left due to his transgenderism.

The current charges against Assange are very flimsy and seem to rely on an extremely stretched idea of what conspiracy is.

He rejected the notion that Assange could claim to be a mere journalist with free-speech protections. “WikiLeaks is more than just a repository for classified information, they’re actually out actively seeking it. And the question is whether Assange was enabling individuals like Chelsea Manning to steal classified information. That would make him a co-conspirator.”

It is not illegal to actively seek out classified material as long as you aren’t the one illegally obtaining it. If it were, The New York Times, among many others, would no longer exist. Does that make Assange a “journalist?” Not in the traditional sense, but it doesn’t really matter because the protections under the law apply to everyone, not just self-appointed mainstream reporters. The only real question is whether Assange assisted in any hacking and the evidence of that appears non-existent.

It may not matter though because it doesn’t look like Assange is headed to the U.S. anytime soon. The Swedish Government has decided to re-open the rape case against him that they had originally dropped some years ago and that puts a wrench in the situation.

Sweden will re-open its investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the country’s deputy chief prosecutor announced on Monday.

Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told reporters in Stockholm that the investigation into the alleged rape had been suspended in 2017 not for lack of evidence but as a result of Assange’s continued residence in Ecuador’s London embassy.

Sweden pretty much has first call on Assange. They’ve already got a court ruling from the U.K. authorizing his extradition while the U.S. would still have to fight those battles. Because of this, it’s likely any statutes of limitations will have run their course by the time the U.S. gets their shot at him.

There’s some hint that this could be gotten around by claiming an exemption in the law dealing with terrorism across international borders but that’d be ludicrous in my opinion. While Assange is clearly a bad actor and it’s perfectly acceptable to oppose his tactics, that doesn’t mean we should massage the meaning of the law to absurdity just to target him. He’s clearly not a terrorist nor has he participated in terrorist acts.

In the end, what I think this looks like is the U.S. overplaying their hand. As much as a lot of people would like to haul Assange in, I think the technicalities of the law will preclude that from happening. That leaves the real threat to Assange’s freedom residing in Sweden and I’m guessing they’ll make whatever they’ve got stick for obvious reasons.

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Rebel Without a Clue: Bette Midler Also Rallies the Troops With Call for a #SexStrike, Gets Mixed Reactions

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As I wrote last Friday, failed Democratic House and Senate candidate Pam Keith (FL) is known for posting some off the wall stuff on her social media feeds, but perhaps none has been as unhinge-y as her tweet from Friday morning urging women to withhold sex from conservative men:

Presumably this was in response to Georgia governor Brian Kemp (R) signing the fetal heartbeat bill into law last week.

Actress/activist Alyssa Milano made a nearly identical call for women to abstain from sex that Friday night. It’s not clear whether or not she’d seen Keith’s tweet, but what is clear is that her fellow feminists did not respond well to it at all (the comment-to-retweet ratio on it is crazy, too).

Fellow actress/left wing activist Bette Midler joined in on the act, too, amplifying the call for a sex strike on Saturday without mentioning Milano’s campaign specifically:

Her tweet received a mixture of responses, with some of them calling her out, while others mocked her:

Others jumped on board, calling the “sex strike” a “vaginal revolt” and promising to do their parts:

I’m not sure if Midler and Milano see the irony of calling for a sex strike in response to a bill that seeks to prevent abortions in the event a couple has unprotected sex, but maybe we’ll find out in the coming days as Milano says she’s working on an opinion piece on the subject:

Stay tuned…

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Mob Rule Wins at Harvard: Law School Dean Fired Because He’s Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer

An alternative headline for this article could be: Black man fired from job and kicked out of his home because he defended the constitutional rights of an unpopular person. Sound farfetched? That’s what happened when Harvard Law School decided to cave to the outrage mob and let political correctness triumph over justice and common sense.

Ronald Sullivan, Jr. and his wife Stephanie Robinson are both attorneys with degrees from Harvard Law School and impressive resumes in the years that followed their graduations. Sullivan’s biography on the Harvard website notes his work advising former President Barack Obama on criminal justice issues and his criminal defense work on notoriously difficult cases, securing acquittals in high-profile cases and successfully winning the release of over 6,000 wrongfully incarcerated prisoners.

Since 2009, Sullivan and Robinson served as the co-faculty deans for Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s residential houses. They were the first African-Americans to hold those positions, which include living in the dormitory buildings and serving as advisors to the students there, offering guidance in academics and future career advice as well as working to foster a social atmosphere.

Unfortunately for the couple, their faculty dean roles came into sharp conflict with Sullivan’s criminal defense work during recent months, when he was retained as part of the legal defense team for Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is perhaps one of the #MeToo movement’s biggest villains. Weinstein is facing multiple charges related to accusations that he sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, and/or raped a long list of actresses, journalists, and other women working in the film industry.

Sullivan’s participation in Weinstein’s legal defense outraged some of the Harvard students at Winthrop, and they demanded he be removed from his position. One of the main student activists, Danukski Mudannayake, described Sullivan’s legal work for Weinstein as “not only upsetting, but deeply trauma-inducing” and claimed it proved that he “does not value the safety of students he lives within Winthrop House.” Mudannayake writes for The Harvard Crimson, the campus student paper, and helped organize a change.org petition, protest events, and other efforts to encourage the administration to kick Sullivan out.

The outrage mob won. Over the weekend, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Kurana wrote an email to students stating, “Ronald Sullivan and Stephanie Robinson will not be continuing as your Faculty Deans when their term ends on June 30, 2019.”

The news was shocking to both sides.

Mudannayake told the New York Times she was “just completely gobsmacked, but in the best way,” adding that she was “very proud today of our college and our college’s administration for finally choosing to do the right thing.”

Sullivan and Robinson also released a statement, saying, “We are surprised and dismayed by the action Harvard announced today. We believed the discussions we were having with high-level university representatives were progressing in a positive manner, but Harvard unilaterally ended those talks.”

Their positions at the law school have not been affected thus far, but since their faculty dean roles necessarily involved living in the Winthrop residential buildings, the couple will have to move.

Let’s be clear about one thing: Weinstein is, by the evidence that has come to light thus far, a terrible person who used his money, fame, and power to demand sexual gratification from unwilling women, and to ruin the careers of anyone who thwarted him. He is not a sympathetic figure in the slightest.

He is still entitled to a full and vigorous defense of his constitutional rights.

Our justice system is built on the foundational principles of due process that the government must prove every element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, that we have have a right to have our case decided by a jury of our peers, and that we have a right to have an attorney advise us throughout this process and advocate on our behalf.

We are all entitled to these rights, regardless of age, gender, race, wealth, or popularity. In fact, there’s a fair argument that these rights are more critical for those who are unpopular.

The burden on the government to satisfy the demands of due process should never be lowered because someone is out of favor. That would be a truly horrific precedent to contemplate, for in these days of social media viral stories, hashtag activism, and 24-7 news channels, public sentiment can be whipped into a fury within mere moments, and not always with any effort to maintain fairness and accuracy.

Harvey Weinstein deserves the hell that is raining down upon him. He deserved the loss of his position in the company he co-founded with his brother, he deserved watching that company collapse into bankruptcy, he deserved being expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he deserved the complete collapse of his personal and professional life, all of it.

But he also deserves a legal defense against the criminal charges he is facing.

The Harvard students who demanded Sullivan’s ouster are seemingly unable to separate the legal representation against the accusation of a crime from the crime itself. As Reason’s Robby Soave wrote:

This is a disaster. The administration has endorsed the ridiculous notion that serving as legal counsel for a person accused of sexual misconduct is itself a form of sexual misconduct, or at the very least contributes to sexual harassment on campus. It is no exaggeration to say that Khurana has undermined one of the most important principles of modern, enlightened justice. He should be ashamed of himself.

Harvard fed the monster of the outrage mob by abandoning Sullivan, and they seem satisfied, for now. But these student activists have now experienced the high of their success — Mudannayake told the New York Times the students were in a “very happy” mood and enjoying a “celebratory atmosphere” — and since they’ve been taught that this tactic works, what demands will they make next?

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Chris Wallace, Unpatriotic or Just Plain Dumb

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Chris Wallace, Unpatriotic or Just Plain Dumb

While driving around doing errands yesterday, I happened to catch Fox News Sunday on SiriusXM. As I listened, Chris Wallace proved once again, he is not quite the journalist his Old Man was. He was interviewing Larry Kudlow, Director of the(se) United States Economic Council and President Trump’s senior economic advisor. The topic was the recently imposed tariffs on Chinese goods entering America.

The interview was quite standard until Wallace asked how much longer the President is willing to continue with escalating tariffs. This is a piece of information the Chinese would absolutely love to have. In military parlance, it would be a CCIR (Commander’s Critical Information Requirement). This particular information would let the Chinese know exactly how long they would need to gut it out, before the(se) United States would fold.

Kudlow, being a good Presidential advisor and refusing to assume authority not his own, forthrightly deferred back to the President, stating that that decision rightly belongs to the POTUS, thus giving Wallace—and the Chinese, gornisht.

I understand that a senior administration official must be temperate in all responses, unless specifically directed by POTUS to do otherwise. However, there’s a big part of me who would have loved to hear **

Chris, you idiot; Do you really think it’s a prudent move to disclose our negotiations timetable to the Chinese?

Are you really that stupid?

Have you ever really had any responsibility for other folks’ lives & livelihoods?

I’ll bet you think it’s a great idea, just like President Obama, to tell the Taliban and ISIS, what our end dates were, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Your father would be ashamed.

I understand that journalists must ask the tough questions and keep the American people informed. However, sometimes (OK quite often) it can be difficult to determine if a “journalist” is unpatriotic, or simply stupid. Chris Wallace made it really difficult yesterday morning.

**I was thinking all of this and had these same thoughts confirmed by a fellow West Pointer, initials, RAM, so he gets some credit here.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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The Washington Post Goes with “Republicans Seize” After Tlaib Makes Yet More Anti-Semitic Remarks

Last night, I wrote on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s latest dive into antisemitism, which involved historically ignorant comments about Palestinians providing a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust.

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said just after the 28 minute mark. “And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

This was extremely problematic for two reasons.

One, it’s completely false. The Palestinians were massacring Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust. Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian leader at the time, allied with Hitler and tried to carry out his own genocide, which includes numerous mass killings. There’s also the fact that Palestinians and their Arab allies tried to, you know, destroy Israel the same year it gained statehood in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The idea that there was ever an effort, voluntarily or even involuntarily, by Palestinians to provide a safe haven for Jews is objectively nonsense.

To assert such is like saying a German saying they are extremely proud their ancestors provided free housing for Jews during the Holocaust. It’s not only an extreme, out of context misreading of history, it’s morally gross to claim.

Second, Tlaib’s comments are not a new creation. What she said is typical anti-Semitic propaganda which seeks to paint the Jews as new arrivals after the Holocaust. In reality, Jews far predated Arabs in the region, were there long before the Holocaust, had legally begun buying land to resettle in Israel before World War 2, and the agreed plan for a Jewish state predated the conflict by decades. And that’s just me glossing over the matter. The complete history of Jews in Israel is vast and would take hours to recount here.

What is being done by Tlaib is an attempt to paint Israel as some random entity that popped up to facilitate European Jews after the Holocaust, which frames them as foreigners with no right to be there.

Now, we are starting to get reaction from non-right leaning sources on the matter and it’s exactly what you’d expect.

The Washington Post is claiming that Tlaib’s comments are being “seized” on by Republicans.

Yes, that’s the story here.

It’s objectively false to say Tlaib is being taken out context. What the WaPo is trying to do is center the conversation on her “calming feeling” comment, which could actually be taken out of context (no, she wasn’t saying the Holocaust itself gave her that). But that’s not what any conservative reacting is talking about. We are all commenting on her historical ignorance and the gross nature in which she painted genocidal Palestinians submissive protectors of Jews.

If you read the WaPo article, not once does the writer address the falsities in Tlaib’s comments, instead choosing to defend her and Ilhan Omar, who wasn’t even a part of this issue.

For her part, Rashida Tlaib commented late last night via her official Twitter account.

Notice the re-direct by Tlaib to her “calming feeling” statement, even though that’s not the issue anyone was discussing about her comments. She does that knowing the media will now spend all day claiming Republicans were accusing her of supporting the Holocaust. I haven’t seen a single legitimate conservative voice do that. Instead, the focus has been completely on what I described at the beginning of this article.

Tlaib lies and doubles down about the criticism against her knowing that not a single mainstream media outlet will call her on it. Instead, she can sit back and count on being defended at all costs. It’s insanity on a grand level.

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