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The Washington Post Smears Pro-Lifers As White Supremacists Because No One Is Safe

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The Washington Post is just awful.

If you’d like more evidence of that, here’s a piece they put out today tying pro-lifers to white supremacy and suggesting that J.D. Vance subscribes to the white nationalist replacement theory. The author of the article is someone names Marissa Brostoff, who epitomizes the know nothing nature of so many current journalists.

Her proof of such a stupid, ahistorical claim? That Steve King is pro-life. Really, that’s pretty much what here argument boils down to. I hear Steve King also drives a car, thereby cars are clearly white nationalist garbage.

Last fall, speaking to a far-right Austrian magazine, the Iowa Republican congressman Steve King succinctly laid out his theory of Western decline. The problem, he suggested, was a demographic born at the nexus of reproduction and immigration. “If we continue to abort our babies and import a replacement for them in the form of young violent men, we are supplanting our culture, our civilization,” King said.

King’s views are certainly problematic, especially if you take the worst interpretation of them (to be fair, he doesn’t actually say “white” anywhere in his comments). But King is hardly dispositive that the greater pro-life movement is somehow tied to white supremacy. History tells quite the opposite story.

In fact, Brostoff’s article is an exercise in contradiction. Abortion is a form of eugenics, one she supports. 36% of all babies aborted are black. Planned Parenthood exists today because a founder who sought to use abortion to eradicate minorities founded it. What does any of this have to do with the largely religiously based pro-life movement?

Take this word salad for example.

This juxtaposition has been particularly cruel over the past year, as revelations about the imprisonment of migrant children in concentration camps have coincided with a wave of draconian antiabortion legislation. (Just last week, a federal appeals court approved Trump administration rules cutting off federal funds from health-care providers that offer abortions or even discuss the procedure with patients, effectively slashing the budget of organizations like Planned Parenthood.) But understanding this confluence as ironic can actually mislead us. In fact, as King and his white nationalist allies have become increasingly comfortable admitting, state crackdowns on reproductive and immigrant rights are inextricably linked.

In other words, she’s essentially asserting that Republicans are evil and want to kill everyone, but also they are pro-life and that’s super evil as well. If you are struggling to square that circle logically, don’t be too hard on yourself. It makes absolutely no sense.

Here’s the reality. Being pro-life means eliminating abortion for all races. It means more black and Hispanic babies being born, not less. There is absolutely nothing even resembling white supremacy is such a viewpoint. It’s actually the complete opposite. Pro-abortion advocates, on the other hand, are an ally of the white nationalist movement because they largely target minority women and their unborn children.

To assert that being against abortion is actually helping white supremacists is ludicrous on its face. In short, this writer is attempting to link two diametrically opposed ideas simply to cram the circle of her politics into the square of what abortion actually does and who it affects the most.

As you read Brostoff’s piece, it’s lack of any actual citation for her claims is notable. What she’s attempting to do is claim that because white supremacists are concerned with falling birthrates (of white people), that this means all people encouraging more births (of all races) are white supremacists. This is nonsense. It’s like saying that because the Christchurch shooter was concerned about the environment that environmentalism is therefore white supremacy. An idea can be adopted by bad actors. It does not make the idea defined by those bad actors.

Falling birthrates are actually an issue for economies and we’ve seen countries of all different racial makeups encouraging parenthood. That movement has exactly nothing to do with white nationalism and everything to do with nations acting in their own self-interests. If someone wants to argue for abortion and be against governments encouraging more births, fine. But trying to connect that to white supremacy and then claim pro-lifers are white supremacists is disgusting garbage.

To end her piece, Brostoff then smeared J.D. Vance by claiming he was touting white nationalist replacement theory. This despite him clearly spelling out what he was talking about.

J.D. Vance’s wife is a minority and his children are half Asian. The modern woke movement has no room for critical thinking or facts though, so Brostoff ran with her gross insinuation anyway. The Washington Post has since scrubbed that paragraph and offered a correction, no doubt to avoid being sued. What she had originally written was likely actionable defamation.

I’ll end by reiterating that the modern white supremacist movement, however tiny it actually is, is largely pro-abortion. Richard Spencer, for example, supports abortion. Brostoff, whether she wants to accept it or not, is finding far more common cause with racists than pro-lifers are. Her entire piece smacks of looking in the mirror and not liking what she sees. Instead of reflecting on the immorality of her own views though, she sought to project evil on others via illogical nonsense lacking any and all evidence.

While many conservatives on social media acted shocked that the Post would even publish this, I’m not surprised at all. This is who these people are. This is their agenda. We either push back against it vehemently or we collapse under its weight.

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Politifact Beclowns Itself (Again) in “Fact Check” of Joe Biden’s Claims About Trump and David Duke

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In this July 20, 2019, photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in an electrical workers union hall in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

When it comes to so-called “fact checkers” like FactCheck.org, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, and Politifact, probably the worst of the bunch is Politifact.

Politifact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans over false accusations or to take Democrats to task over the lies they tell. They’ve proved it several times over the last couple of months, with the exception of a “pants on fire” rating they gave to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) earlier this month.

The latest example of their unreliability comes from a fact check they did today of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s claim that Trump has never condemned racists like David Duke or Richard Spencer.

Here’s how they started it off:

In a speech in Iowa Aug. 20, Biden said:

“David Duke, head of the Ku Klux Klan, former head of the Klan. When that group came out of the woods, the fields, carrying those torches he said, ‘That’s why we voted for Donald Trump.’ He said he would take the country back. The white nationalist, Richard Spencer, he hailed Trump. He said, ‘This is the white nationalism we have been looking for.’ Did you hear him condemn either one of those people? Ever utter a word of condemnation?”

Biden didn’t answer his own question, but he was clearly stating Trump hasn’t condemned either racist leader.

Next, they don’t accuse Biden of lying, they just say he’s “exaggerating” about Trump’s criticisms of David Duke even though they admit in the very next sentence that Trump’s condemnation of David Duke “goes back decades.”

After that, they insinuate that Biden’s claim about Trump condemning Richard Spencer can’t be considered “pants on fire” false because of Trump’s comments about the Charlottesville riots (which they’ve wrongly mischaracterized):

But Biden exaggerates when he says Trump hasn’t condemned Duke at all.

Trump’s condemnation of Duke goes back decades, though sometimes Trump has been more forceful than other times. Trump has also criticized demonstrations in which Spencer participated. But then Trump also said that there were “very fine people, on both sides” at the Charlottesville, Va., march.

Sigh.

Throughout the piece, Politifact gives numerous examples of Trump condemning the KKK. Of Trump condemning David Duke. Of Trump disavowing racist protests like the ones put on or participated in by Spencer.

But even after definitively proving Biden’s claims were “pants on fire” false, they gave it a “mostly false” rating. In again saying Biden was merely “exaggerating”, they explain why here:

Trump didn’t condemn Duke when asked about him in an interview with Tapper on CNN in 2016. But decades before, he had clearly condemned the former KKK leader — and he did so after the Tapper interview, too. Some of his disavowals have been brief.

We can’t find an example of Trump condemning Spencer by name or being asked to do so, but he has criticized gatherings where Spencer, a white nationalist, played a major role, including Charlottesville.

But Trump has at times detracted from his own denunciation of racism. Most notably, Trump said there were “very fine people, on both sides” at the Charlottesville march. At other times his denunciations have seemed reluctantly made. But he has made them.

We rate this statement Mostly False.

This is simply not true, and they even have the complete transcript of the press conference on their own website of what Trump said after Charlottesville, which disproves their insinuation that the presser “detracted” from his denunciations of racism.

With fact checking outlets like Politifact and mainstream media outlets like NBC News and CNN, you literally cannot win. When you do condemn racists and racism, it’s still not enough.

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Exactly Who is the Joe Walsh Candidacy Intended For?

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While he announced he is running for the GOP nomination Joe Walsh has stated most do not want him. So who does?

Current former-radio host Joe Walsh has made it official that he intends to challenge President Trump for the GOP nomination. To say his shot here is long is to imply the equator holds a similarly impressive length. While common sense alone would dictate that any challenge to the Trump hold on the White House, there is one revealing source declaring this to be true.

Joe Walsh himself.

While appearing on CNN’s AC 360 Walsh had some very curious comments, beginning with mention of his radio show.

“I just found out I lost my national radio show,” Walsh informed, sounding dismayed about a detail that he said he was just alerted to prior to going on the air. “So that’s gone. I don’t know why, I just got a notice before I came into the studio.” For him to be taken by surprise by this is — revealing. (For the sake of disclosure, Walsh’s radio program was owned by run by Salem Media, parent company of RedState.)

What is not detailed is that Walsh’s show was set to end as soon as he announced his intent to run for office. This is not some nefarious plot by pro-Trump acolytes to silence opposition — it is the law. Federal election laws stipulate that candidates cannot have their own broadcast platform, or else it would be regarded as an in-kind political contribution. These are known FEC standards and conditions. For Walsh to be oblivious to this detail is revealing itself.

But he then goes on to say things that call into question his reasons for running. “80-90% of my audience supports this President,” says Walsh. This tracks with current polling, which places GOP support of Donald Trump near 90%. He even gives anecdotal evidence in a prior interview that extends this challenging position. “The people I talk to privately tell me, ‘I can’t stand him but the Democrats are Socialists.’ Or, ‘I can’t stand him, Joe, but I like my tax cuts.’”

This means that even that small percentage sitting in opposition are not so eager to be swayed away, based on conditions that still favor Trump. So where exactly then is Walsh’s mandate to run coming from? It would have to be rooted in a personal animus because he is not entering to correct unfavorable conditions seen by voters. The only reason then is for him to serve as a poison pill in the primary, and negatively impact a popular GOP candidate.

In other words, it is in service to Democrats. The conservative base is not calling for an alternative, and many GOP opponents and even some never-Trumpers are still seeing cause to vote for him. Note how suddenly the news networks who freely referred to Walsh as a racist suddenly welcomed him on the air in a rush as soon as he came out as a Trump opponent. He sat with MSNBC today, and yesterday’s CNN visit was at least his third within a week. I guess the racist enemy of your racist enemy suddenly is no longer racist??

This can only mean that all that would be accomplished by a Walsh campaign would be to appease those on the left who need a weakened Trump to run against in the 2020 general election. It will be telling to see from where any of Walsh’s campaign funds derive. There just is not that much liberal-backed anti-Trump outlets flush enough to prop up a candidacy few “true conservatives” are looking to support.

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When Deregulation – Actually Makes Things Worse

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The joint I run – is called Less Government.  Which means whenever possible – we want less government.

But Reality – is Reality.  Sometimes a little government is required.

Which is why the joint I run – isn’t called No Government.

We readily acknowledge – government is awful at everything.  But there are a few, very rare occasions – when there are things worse than government involvement.

A quick biggie?  Our nation’s borders.  A little government at our borders – is a VERY good thing.  (A little more – is even better.)

Sometimes the facts on the ground – necessitate a little government.

And so it is with our electricity service.

Shopping for electricity – isn’t like shopping for, say, a car.

There is a near limitless number of outlets from which to purchase your vehicle.

There is one – and only one – electricity line into your home.

So electricity deregulation creates an inexorable bottleneck – once the providers get to your house.

I love this analogy – provided for us by Frank Cirillo, an official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Connecticut:

“It’s like a million people at a Stop N’ Shop (a convenience store) and there is one (expletive) cashier.”

Gotta love the colorful picture he’s painting.  As genius comedian Steve Hughes said about another brilliant choice of words:

“What it lacks in sophistication and depth – it makes up for wholeheartedly with a delightful clarity, don’t you think?”

This mass of providers – rushing to one choke point outside your house – also diffuses the customers’ ability to affix blame when something goes awry:

“While supporters claim this would introduce competition and could lower energy bills, similar measures in other states, including Texas, actually resulted in a spike in both household energy costs and consumer complaints.”

Complaints increased – because when something breaks multiple companies point at each other in an attempt to pass off blame…and nothing ever actually gets fixed.

And investment in the infrastructure drops – because everyone waits for everyone else to pony up.  Which means no one ever ponies up.

Again, we know this is a terrible idea – because it’s already been tried in places like Texas.

Ask Texas About Deregulated Electricity Markets. Prices Soared in Heat Wave:

“Just last week the Texas grid operator issued emergency warnings and called on all Texans to conserve energy so they could avoid blackouts.

“So what happened? In a surprise to no one, it got hot in Texas and wholesale electric prices soared 36,000 percent (that’s not a typo) to more than $9,000.”

Meanwhile in Florida:

“(I)t was also hot (it’s August), (but) there were no emergency declarations and wholesale electric prices at FPL hovered around a whopping $20.

“Adequate supply and steady prices at $20 or shortages and price spikes that go over $9,000, that’s one of the big differences between deregulated and rate-regulated markets.”

I live in southwest Florida. I lived in Austin, Texas.  Florida wins the Hot Contest.  Not because of the heat – but because of the swamp-imposed humidity.

And yet Florida is handling the August hotness – and Texas is not.

This bad idea has engendered the rarest of political occurrences – bipartisanship.  In fact – omni-partisanship.

Florida Energy Choice Ballot Initiative Attacked From All Corners

Florida League of Cities Officially Declares Energy Choice Initiative ‘Deceptive and Misleading’

Florida Urban Leagues Denounce ‘Deceptive’ Energy Choice Amendment

Florida Chamber of Commerce Sounds Alarm Bell Over Energy Choice Initiative

Florida Congressional Members Latest to Oppose ‘Energy Choice’ Amendment:

“A full 24 Florida members of (the US) Congress (12 Democrats and 12 Republicans), however, vigorously oppose the measure, as they wrote in a letter to (Florida) Attorney General Ashley Moody Friday.”

Unfortunately, we have not yet reached total unanimity on this.

One of the very many things of which to make fun when contemplating Leftists – is their steadfast imperviousness to facts and history.  To wit:

“Communism has only murdered 100 million people – let’s give it another shot.”

Unfortunately, sometimes the Free-Market-Uber-Alles types – too forget to remember history.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Bring Competition to Florida’s Electricity Market

No, it would not.  See (amongst many other places): Texas.

You know who doesn’t seem to have missed history?  Florida’s ballot-eligible residents.

‘Energy Choice’ Amendment Unpopular with Florida Voters:

“Only two in five voters back the proposed amendment.”

Bravo, Floridians.

Let’s hope it stays that way.

Or gets even more one-sided against.

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Bret Stephens at the New York Times Freaks Out Over Silly ‘Bedbug’ Tweet

Modern journalism is rough, y’all. The industry is under constant financial pressure from the transition to the internet and our divisive current political climate means that your writing is likely to irritate people, who might track you down online and harass you with vicious, threatening words…like comparing you to a tiny insect.

Huh?

Yesterday, Dave Karpf, an associate professor at George Washington University, tweeted a little joke in response to a story about bedbugs infesting the New York Times newsroom, saying that the bedbugs were a metaphor for Bret Stephens, a conservative NYT columnist. Stephens has drawn ire from both sides of the aisle on occasion, with those on the right annoyed at his criticism of President Donald Trump and more moderate views on issues like gun control, and those on the left annoyed in general at the designated token conservative the NYT allows on their opinion pages.

Originally, the tweet was virtually unnoticed in the firehose of daily mayhem that is Twitter. As Karpf noted, it had zero retweets and nine likes…until Stephens got involved.

Stephens was apparently so incensed about Karpf’s bedbug joke that he emailed him and copied Karpf’s university provost (his boss) to complain.

“I’m often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people — people they’ve never met — on Twitter. I think you’ve set a new standard,” wrote Stephens.

This is all over one little joke comparing him to a bedbug.

Continued Stephens: “I would welcome the opportunity for you to come to my home, meet my wife and kids, talk to us for a few minutes, and then call me a ‘bedbug’ to my face. That would take some genuine courage and intellectual integrity on your part.”

Does he want to fight Karpf? So bizarre.

Karpf was understandably irritated that Stephens had tried to tattle to his boss, and posted the email on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. The original tweet has now been retweeted nearly four thousand times, with nearly twenty-five thousand likes, and Karpf’s tweet with Stephens’ email has been shared even more.

Stephens was on MSNBC this morning and attempted to defend his histrionics, calling Karpf’s tweet “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable,” and claiming he wasn’t actually trying to get him in professional trouble by tattling to his boss, he just felt that “managers should be aware of the way in which their people, their professors or journalists, interact with the rest of the world.”

Sure, buddy.

Bedbugs are a nuisance and difficult and expensive to eradicate, if you know anyone who’s had the misfortune of dealing with an infestation. But when viewed in comparison to the constant cesspool that is the online world these days, “bedbug” is just not something that should get any sort of response, certainly not a tattling email to one’s boss.

As many people pointed out, every single female journalist has to deal with far worse than getting called “bedbug” if they’re active on social media at all. I’m pretty sure someone called me worse than “bedbug” just today, and if I scrolled through the accounts I’ve blocked or muted, I could find stuff that would really light Stephens’ hair on fire. I haven’t tried to get any of those people fired, though.

The kerfuffle has proved to be too much for Stephens to handle, and he deactivated his Twitter account earlier today.

The whole incident is just exploding with irony, coming the same week as the Times complained about conservative activists highlighting controversial and racist tweets from their journalists in an attempt to cause professional consequences for them. Stephens had a meltdown over a silly and inconsequential joke that originally was seen by maybe a few dozen people, and tried to end a man’s career over it.

His excuses ring hollow — Stephens had no prior connection or interaction with Karpf or his provost before this incident and there was no reason to include the provost on the email except to hope that it would cause trouble for Karpf at work.

It’s time we rename the Streisand Effect in honor of Bret “Bedbug” Stephens. The Streisand Effect, as you probably know, is named for what happens when an attempt to silence a critic or censor information draws far more attention than if you had just left it alone. The term was coined after Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for publishing photos of her Malibu, California home.

But what Stephens has done here far surpasses Streisand on an exponential scale. Streisand is a rich celebrity and the fact she has a very expensive Malibu home isn’t exactly news. The specific location was public record and other photos were already available. Stephens, on the other hand, dug up a lonely little tweet that whispered by for a moment on Twitter, turned it into a still-trending topic, and probably earned himself a new nickname. He may end up getting called “Bedbug” for the rest of his life.

If we can take any lessons from this whole misadventure, perhaps it can highlight the absurdity and potential abuse of trying to get someone fired for their social media activity. If you have clear evidence someone is committing fraud or putting people in danger, by all means, contact their boss — or better yet, the police if it’s an actual crime! — but if it’s just a mean tweet, roll your eyes and move the heck on with your life.

I’m sure Bedbug Stephens wished he had.

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The Media and Global Elites Are Lying to You About the Amazon Fires

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For the past decade, we’ve seen normal events become sensationalized to the point of hysteria. Take hurricanes for example.

In order to push climate change as a means for acquiring political power, the left have decided to present every hurricane as proof positive of the vast negative, deadly effects of the earth warming. It doesn’t matter that we are actually seeing less hurricanes in the current decade than the decade before or that 2019 has been incredibly quiet as far as hurricanes go. The moment a storm finally appears this year, it will be bandied about for political reasons.

We are seeing much the same tactics used in regards to the fires currently burning in the Amazon. Celebrities and politicians the world over are shouting on Twitter, sharing photos, and making wild claims about the severity of what is going on.

That’s not to say that the fires are good or that there aren’t more of them this year. It is to say the overall picture being painted is almost wholly false and sowing unnecessary fear to play politics.

Here’s Mike Shellenberger, someone who’s studied this for a long time and lived among the people of the area, writing in Forbes to try to bring some levity to the situation.

Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos on social media that were seen by tens of millions of people. “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” saidactor Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen,” tweeted soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. “The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron.

And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is over 30. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden.

It should surprise no one that same group of people who are always beating the drum that the earth is on the verge of calamity chose to purposely lie and share fake photos to push their narrative. Their lying, misleading, and misrepresentations are nothing new.

But let’s deal with the actual claims being made.

Is the Amazon really producing 20% of the world’s oxygen and is it the “lungs of the earth?” It sure sounds dire, but in reality it’s a mostly nonsensical claim.

I was curious to hear what one of the world’s leading Amazon forest experts, Dan Nepstad, had to say about the “lungs” claim.

“It’s bullshit,” he said. “There’s no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it’s a wash.”

What about the assertion that the Amazon is burning at an 80% higher rate than 2018? As with many things, context matters and the media are purposely leaving it out.

But the “lungs” myth is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider that CNN ran a long segment with the banner, “Fires Burning at Record Rate in Amazon Forest” while a leading climate reporter claimed, “The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.”

While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said.

One, the idea that anybody could possibly know with any actual authority that these fires haven’t happened for 20,000 years is ludicrous. Secondly, the reason the reason fires are 80% higher this year than last is because last year was an unusually low year for fires. There is no actual existential emergency here.

In fact, there were higher incidences of burning over the course of 2003-2008 than the current five years. The Amazon wasn’t “lost” or destroyed. Amazingly, trees grow back.

What is happening in the Amazon is not exceptional,” said Coutinho. “Take a look at Google web searches search for ‘Amazon’ and ‘Amazon Forest’ over time. Global public opinion was not as interested in the ‘Amazon tragedy’ when the situation was undeniably worse. The present moment does not justify global hysteria.”

And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fireshave.

Further, deforestation is down 70% from the early 2000s. Over half the Amazon is completely protected from deforestation by law and the increase in fires this year is not from climate change, but rather from farmers needing to burn land for crops and cattle.

In other words, what’s happening is completely preventable. It’s not an uncontrollable, environmental threat to the world due to global warming. You are not going to stop getting oxygen to your lungs because of a 7% increase in Amazon fires over the last decade.

Enough of the lying. It’s incredibly transparent that this is political given the same climate change hysterics who freak out about hurricanes and thunderstorms are latching onto this. Brazil doesn’t owe the rest of the world anything and they need to be allowed to manage the situation without the French president or Hollywood celebrities injecting false information into the debate. It only creates division and makes it harder to work with the farmers in question.

Marcon and others should stay in their lane. This isn’t it.

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Video: Beto Gives Ghoulish, Appalling Answer to Pro-Lifer’s Question About Whether Pre-Born Lives Matter

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Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke made a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday where he gave an answer to a pro-life voter’s question on abortion that was so appalling it honestly speaks for itself, and speaks volumes about the left’s ghoulish position on abortion.

Here’s what the voter asked and how O’Rourke answered (transcribed):

Voter: And someone asked you specifically, specifically about third trimester abortions, and you said that’s a decision left up to the mother. So, my question is this: I was born September 8th, 1989, and I want to know if you think on September 7th, 1989, my life had no value.

Beto: Of course I don’t think that. And of course I’m glad that you’re here. But you referenced my answer in Ohio, and it remains the same. This is a decision that neither you, nor I, nor the United States government should be making. That’s a decision for the woman to make. (the College of Charleston crowd uproariously applauds)

We want her to have the best possible access to care and to a medical provider, and I’ll tell you the consequence of this, this attack on a woman’s right to choose …

Voter interjects: But what about my right to life?

Beto: I listened to you and I heard your question. I’m answering it. And the attack on Roe v. Wade, which we thought was the settled law of the land, and lest we had any illusion that the achievements that we’ve made are protected forever, or that progress is inevitable, that has been shattered right now.

And I want to tell you some of the consequences of this. In my home state of Texas, thanks to these TRAP laws that make it harder for providers to offer the full spectrum of reproductive care, more than a quarter of our family planning clinics have closed. And it has made us one of the epicenters of this maternal mortality crisis because not only can you not get safe, legal access to an abortion, you cannot get access to a cervical cancer screening, or a family planning provider, or — in a state that refused to expand Medicaid — any provider at all, and we are losing the lives of women in our state as a result.

I don’t question the decisions that a woman makes. Only she knows what she knows, and I want to trust her with that. So, I appreciate the question. Thank you. (More applause from the crowd)

Watch video of Beto answering the question below:

What will be completely ignored by the mainstream media regarding his answer and largely ignored by pro-choice Democrats and commentators about it is that Beto basically told the voter, “yes, I’m glad you’re here but I’m also glad your mother had the right to abort you up to the moment of birth and it would have been ok if she did because it’s legal and we should respect her decision.”

Seriously. When you take out all the stock answers about so-called TRAP laws, etc., what he basically told this voter is he exists only because his mother chose to have him and furthermore, that that is completely ok, y’all.

Beto, like other Democrats, likes to paint himself as the moral authority when it comes to which lives matter. He’d have you believe that he thinks all lives matter and should be respected. But here’s the reality: That is not who he is, nor is it what his party is.

Because when it comes to life, they’ve made it clear that unborn lives are not as important as a woman’s “right” to terminate them even if she decides to do it moments before birth.

Think about it.

Related/Flashback –>> Video: Rep. Katie Porter Ghoulishly Explains to ‘Squishy’ Bill Maher His Mom Had the Right to Abort Him

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Congrats, You Now Have a Constitutional Right to Harbor Illegal Immigrants

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The judiciary is out of control.

A judge in Kansas ruled 8 U.S.C. 1324 is unconstitutional because it supposedly infringes on the first amendment. This ruling is bonkers for a variety of reasons, namely because of what the statute actually says vs. why the judge claims to be invalidating it. It also means a single, lower court judge is once again dictating their whims on the entire country, something that was never imagined to be possible at our founding. With the stroke of a pen, 130 years of duly passed law and precedent is gone. As you’ll see, the conflicts of interests present with this judge leave real questions of whether this is purely political.

Here’s the details per Conservative Review.

KCUR-FM reports that on Wednesday, Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court of Kansas ruled, based on a Ninth Circuit opinion, that 8 U.S.C. §1324, the law prohibiting someone from “encouraging” or “inducing” illegal immigration, is an unconstitutional infringement upon the First Amendment. In doing so, Murguia vacated the convictions of two illegal aliens, Jose Felipe Hernandez-Calvillo and Mauro Papalotzi, who were convicted in August 2018 by a jury for conspiring to encourage illegal aliens to remain here through employment at a drywall company in Lawrence, Kansas. Four others were originally indicted by a grand jury in 2015.

Let’s talk about the legal aspects first.

By this judge’s logic, you can go encourage and induce anyone to commit any crime and it’s not illegal. Want your husband killed? Just ask someone else to do it and you aren’t liable because it’s just free speech, right? I’m being overly broad though. In this case, this wasn’t just about free speech. The convictions that were vacated centered around two other illegal aliens who were encouraging illegal aliens to come work for their drywall company. The judge, based on no logic or legal standing whatsoever, decided that such direct actions to harbor and assist lawbreaking are the same as simply protesting ICE or railing against high taxes.

The truth is, 8 U.S.C. 1324 in noway stops activism and this judge projected his own ridiculous interpretation onto a law that clearly says otherwise.

Rather than rule based on the law, he decided to adopt the ruling of the Ninth Circuit (which doesn’t have jurisdiction in Kansas), which ruled last December that §1324 is “unconstitutionally overbroad” because it “criminalizes a substantial amount of protected expression.” “The court adopts (the 9th Circuit’s) analysis in full and agrees that (the law) on its face is overbroad under the First Amendment,” said Murguia in a brief bench ruling first reported by KCUR-FM.

This assertion is ridiculous, because the law clearly refers to engaging in subversive and fraudulent activities to encourage or enable actual individual aliens to remain in the country, not mere political advocacy for liberal immigration policies in the abstract. It’s like saying that someone who hates high taxes or gun control laws and advocates against them is the same as a person who actively assists tax cheats and gun felons in achieving the end goal of the criminalized behavior.

If I sell a gun to a felon who can’t own a gun, that’s not free speech. If I harbor an illegal immigrant by giving them a job knowing they are an illegal immigrant, that’s not free speech. It’s helping someone else perpetuate criminal behavior. In every other aspect of our criminal justice system, that’s a crime. This judge decided it’s not for the very specific case of illegal immigration. Why?

Well, we have a pretty good idea of why.

Yet one judge, who worked for an open-borders group named El Centro Inc. and whose sister Janet Murguia is president of La Raza (now called UnidosUS), suddenly thinks conspiring to harbor and encourage illegal immigration violates the First Amendment. Carlos’ sister Mary (who is an identical twin to Janet) is a federal judge on the very Ninth Circuit Court from which he drew this opinion. Judge Mary Murguia once recused herself from a trial involving pro-enforcement Sheriff Joe Arpaio because of her sister’s leadership of La Raza. Carlos should have done the same thing this week in this case, which involves a law that directly conflicts with the work with the open-borders groups his family is associated with.

It just so happens that this judge’s sister is the president of La Raza, a radical pro-illegal immigration outfit that pushes Hispanic supremacy in a variety of ways. They’ve since changed their name because being called “The Race” didn’t help them avoid criticism. This judge himself also worked for a pro-illegal immigration outfit in his past. All of this adds up to an easy decision for the judge to recuse himself, but he didn’t. Instead, he tortured the law and invented a new constitutional right to harbor and encourage illegal immigration.

No doubt, this case isn’t just about the two convictions being overturned either. This is a green light to sanctuary cities to keep doing what they are doing.

The DOJ needs to come down hard on this.

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A Hong Kong Protestor Is Asked About China, His Answer Is Hilarious

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The unrest in Hong Kong continues as I write this, with the local authorities warning of consequences if the protesting continues. That hasn’t stopped millions of people from taking the streets, pushing back on the communist encroachment on what is supposed to be a free and democratic region.

One such protestor was seen holding a flag calling for Hong Kong’s independence. This prompted a reporter to go up and ask him if he thinks Donald Trump should step in.

The man’s response took the internet by storm.

The video is only six seconds, but it may be the greatest six seconds in political protest history.

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but it’s still hilarious. The shades, the facial expressions. It all just works.

I for one hope this guy and everyone in this movement with him succeeds. China’s government is a dumpster fire of communism and dictatorship. Any American should be able to sympathize with what these people are going through. The odds may be long, but I’m rooting for them.

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Video: Never Trumper Jennifer Rubin Says the Republican Party Must Be “Burned Down” in Order to Save It

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There are unhinged Never Trumpers. And then there is Jennifer Rubin, who never passes up an opportunity to show off what she firmly believes are her “woke” creds when in the presence of like-minded commentators.

The faux “conservative” Washington Post columnist appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy show on Sunday to discuss with a panel of fellow Trump-hating Democrats the absolute horror (sarcasm) of Sean Spicer getting a dancing gig on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

The entire segment, in fact, was devoted to discussing just how wrong it was for any former Trump administration official to be able to enjoy life in any capacity after working for the “racist” in the White House who, in the minds of the panelists, has done horrible things to the Latino community.

Host Joy Reid teed up Rubin’s unhinged rant by asserting that “this was an extreme administration that is dangerous.” Reid also stated that if you are Latino, you should always carry your birth certificate because you might be “scooped up and stolen” by ICE. “But yet it’s fine. Go and dance on TV. It’s just incredible,” concluded an outraged Reid.

Rubin then weighed in. Here’s what she said (as transcribed by The Blaze):

“What we should be doing in shunning these people,” Rubin said. “Shunning, shaming these people is a statement of moral indignation that these people are not fit for a polite society. I think it’s absolutely abhorrent that any institution of higher learning, any news organization or any entertainment organization that has a news outlet would hire these people.”

“It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” the columnist continued, as other panelists nodded in agreement. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party. We have to level them, because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again. They will take this as confirmation that, ‘hey, it just pays to ride the waves look at me I made it through.’”

“And so up and down the ticket, federal state and local offices, the country has to repudiate this,” Rubin added. “It is not a normal administration.”

Watch video of Rubin’s remarks below, courtesy of Newsbusters:

Rubin’s comments were an echo of statements she made in July 2018 on how all Trump administration officials should be shunned and harassed publicly as a “life sentence” of sorts for their role in the administration:

Ironically, it is fake Republicans like Rubin who are destroying the fabric of our society as we know it by siding with extremist Democrats like Reps. Maxine Waters and AOC in calling for shunning, ostracizing, harassment, and confrontation of Republicans they don’t like.

Rubin likes to talk about how this administration is supposedly not a “normal administration.” In actuality, what is not normal is that she sees fit to call for the current and former Trump administration officials to be trailed by protesters wherever they go.

Imagine how she’d react if her logic was applied to her? She’d go on Reid’s show to complain about how hateful and deranged Republicans have become.

Rubin has become a one-trick pony. It’s tiresome and sad, really. Maybe by 2020 she’ll finally do what she should have done a long time ago: Switch her party registration to Democrat.

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