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NEW: Adam Schiff Pressured Witness to Change His Story and Accuse Trump of Pressuring Ukraine

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Color me shocked, just shocked that Rep. Adam Schiff, one of the most underhanded, dishonest Congressional members in modern history, would stoop to such levels.

This relates to Kurt Volker’s testimony, which turned out to be a major dud for Schiff and his gang. While Volker, being a former John McCain staffer, was expected to come in and fillet Trump, it turned out that he didn’t have much to add to the impeachment fury. Trump, for whatever problems one might have with him talking about Biden in the first place, simply didn’t engage in a quid pro quo, threaten aid, or pressure the Ukrainians.

As I wrote at the time, it was reported that Schiff got so frustrated with how things were going that he sidelined his MSNBC lawyer to question Volker himself. Now, we know why he did that and we’ve got the transcript to illustrate what happened.

This per the Washington Examiner.

Democrat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff reportedly pressed U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker in a secret meeting on October 3 to say that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President and current Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

For someone who likes to mock the President for supposedly sounding like a mob boss, that last line sound rather mob bossy to me. Schiff wasn’t getting the answer he wanted so he lashed out and berated the witness. Seems normal, right?
Here’s the rest of the exchange in question, where you can see Schiff continuing to press him to say something he clearly doesn’t think is actually true.

[Schiff] asked Volker whether he would agree that “no President of the United States should ever ask a foreign leader to help intervene in a U.S. election.”

“I agree with that,” said Volker.

“And that would be particularly egregious if it was done in the context of withholding foreign assistance?” Schiff continued.

Volker balked. “We’re getting now into, you know, a conflation of these things that I didn’t think was actually there.”

Schiff wanted Volker to agree that “if it’s inappropriate for a president to seek foreign help in a U.S. election, it would be doubly so if a president was doing that at a time when the United States was withholding military support from the country.”

Again, Volker did not agree. “I can’t really speak to that,” he said. “My understanding of the security assistance issue is — ”

Schiff interrupted. “Why can’t you speak to that, ambassador? You’re a career diplomat. You can understand the enormous leverage that a president would have while withholding military support from an ally at war with Russia. You can understand just how significant that would be, correct?”

Volker tried to go along without actually agreeing. “I can understand that that would be significant,” he said.

Schiff persisted. “And when that suspension of aid became known to that country, to Ukraine, it would be all the more weighty to consider what the president had asked of them, wouldn’t it?”

“So again, congressman, I don’t believe — ” Volker began.

“It’s a pretty straightforward question,” Schiff said.

“But I don’t believe the Ukrainians were aware that the assistance was being held up — ”

“They became aware of it,” Schiff said.

“They became aware later, but I don’t believe they were aware at the time, so there was no leverage implied,” Volker said.

If this were a Republican and this was the Benghazi hearing, it’d be front page news. As it stands, Schiff appears to be bulletproof in the legacy media. His actions are just ridiculous at this point. He’s holding secret hearings, kicking Republicans out of testimony, and selectively leaking lines he thinks can help his impeachment case.

This isn’t justice. It’s not even proper in the political arena. It’s just plain gross.

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Trump: Seriously, though, Ukraine — and China — should investigate the Bidens for corruption

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The Washington Post had a piece a few weeks ago marveling at how Trump often tries to tamp down scandals by simply admitting the thing he’s accused of. Maybe he does that instinctively, because he doesn’t see what’s wrong with what he’s admitting to. Possibly he does it strategically, because he realizes that people are less likely to view something as scandalous if the accused is willing to admit to it straight out.

That hasn’t been his approach to the Ukraine case in every particular. For instance, he’s never admitted to the most damning allegation, that he deliberately withheld Ukraine’s military aid to put pressure on them to launch an investigation of the Bidens. He knows that evidence of him trying to extort Zelensky directly would move this into dangerous waters. But as to the simpler allegation, that he used the bully pulpit of the presidency to “request” that a foreign government investigate a potential general election opponent — sure, he’ll cop to that, even though some Democrats (and not just Democrats) insist that that alone would be big trouble. Trump’s approach is to confess and shrug. What about it? What’s the problem?

Here he is this morning going all-in on saying the proverbial quiet part loud. Not just with Ukraine this time, either. China too.

I didn’t see the question before this but a CNN reporter claims that the “request” to China also came in the context of a threat:

Joe Biden is out with a statement noting that this isn’t the first time Trump has publicly solicited a foreign adversary to make trouble for a Democratic candidate. When he did it in 2016, he was still a private citizen and his “request” was played off as a joke…

…but this morning’s request obviously isn’t a joke and he isn’t a private citizen anymore. He’s a man with the power to end the trade war that’s wrecking China’s economy if Beijing “cooperates” with him.

I’m tempted to say that his new “request” to Ukraine doesn’t matter because the quasi-transcript of his July call with Zelensky already quotes him asking about the Bidens. All he did this morning was repeat his interest. There’s nothing new there. But it’d be more accurate to say there’s nothing new about it *to you and me*, because we follow this story closely. A poll out earlier this week of the general public, though, found that just 40 percent of Republicans believe that Trump brought up Biden during his chat with Zelensky even though the White House’s own document confirms that he did. By doubling down on it in front of the cameras this morning, Trump handed Democrats video proof that can be laid in front of skeptical voters of his willingness to solicit foreign aid in going after a political enemy.

The defense to this will be that there’s nothing wrong with the president investigating possible corruption by a former high-ranking U.S. official, even if that means input from foreign governments. That’s true, but it’s passing strange that Trump’s interest in Biden’s corruption bloomed so late, right around the time Biden was inching towards entering the 2020 presidential race. POTUS and the GOP enjoyed total control of government for two years; where was the House Republican investigation of Biden and Ukraine then? For that matter, if the president’s worried about corruption in the abstract instead of benefiting himself electorally by damaging Biden, it’s weird that he’s not “requesting” that China investigate Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao. They were also a subject of Peter Schweizer’s book “Secret Empires,” one of the prime sources for the current allegations about the Bidens. And unlike Biden, McConnell and Chao are both current government officials with tremendous power. What’s the “neutral” explanation for investigating Biden but not the McConnells if all Trump is doing here is draining the swamp very belatedly?

I don’t know why he’s still talking about the Bidens and Ukraine or China at all. He has a million cronies on the Hill and in righty media who’d be happy to hammer this message for him day and night so that he can keep his fingerprints off of it. Biden’s probably done anyway, as his lead over Elizabeth Warren has all but disappeared in the RCP poll average. If Bernie Sanders is forced to leave the race for health reasons, most of his support will likely migrate to her and she may become a prohibitive frontrunner before long. All Trump is doing by providing soundbites like this at this point is handing Democrats material to use against him and meanwhile he reaps no corresponding benefit from it in damaging the likely nominee, Warren. Probably he thinks he has to lead the PR effort because he’s convinced no one around him can deliver his message as effectively as he can. If that means staring squarely into a camera and saying sure, I’d love for foreign governments to investigate Joe Biden, then hey.

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Here’s the Problem With the Now Released “Whistle-Blower” Complaint

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As my colleague Joe cunningham wrote this morning, the much sought whistle blower complaint against President Trump has been released.

This followed a feverous pursuit of impeachment based on a phone call with the Ukrainian president in which no illicitness is even shown. Sure, you have people straining to proclaim what President Zelensky might have interpreted, but the facts are that there was no quid pro quo and that Trump was not even the one to bring up Biden.

That left us with the whistle-blower complaint, with the supposition was that it would contain the real bad stuff. So did it?

No, not really. As Joe writes, it lays out a pathway for impeachment, but anyone can make claims based on second and third hand information. It was clearly drafted by lawyers, probably with the help of House Democrats, with its entire intent being to drive the media narrative.

Why do I say that? Because even it’s most serious charge isn’t illegal and has a perfectly reasonable explanation.

What we are seeing is an allegation of a cover-up of a call that Trump released with a smile the moment it was requested. He either sucks at cover-ups or the more likely reason these calls went to another server is to stop the leak-fest that was happening throughout 2017 and early 2018. Given we saw far less leaks of Trump’s private calls after that move, it seems to confirm that it was the intel community doing the leaking.

But perhaps Trump moved the calls to an improper place, i.e. the Hillary Clinton meal server fiasco? Nope. They went to a top secret, codeword server that is run and sanctioned by the federal government. In other words, there was nothing illegal or even necessarily improper about it. In fact, if you dig down, the whistle-blower’s accusation seems to boil down to the idea that the calls were classified improperly. But that also makes no sense. A call between the President and a foreign leader would always end up classified.

Further, it’s fairly clear that this whistle-blower isn’t actually a whistle-blower and that the IC has no jurisdiction over this matter.

In the end, as per usual, we are left arguing if “Trump is bad” instead of anything actually impeachable. As I noted, there are perfectly reasonable explanations for why the White House would want to move the calls to more secure storage. The fact that other calls are also stored there says this was about leaks, not about covering up a single phone call, which we were given anyway.

And I can’t stress that enough. We already have the phone call and Trump did not attempt to withhold it when it became clear this would be an issue. How can there be a cover up when he handed it over at the first sign of scandal? That again points to the storage decisions being related to leaks, not covering something nefarious up.

As Fleitz notes above, this call is the property of the White House. The IC has no right to demand unlimited access to it, especially given how political they’ve become. I’ve lost track of the number of leaks that have almost certainly originated from their ranks. If the White House wants to store foreign calls in a more secure location, that’s their prerogative. That’s not an impeachable offense and to suggest such is laughable.

Lastly, let’s remember that people in the intel community broke the law to share this information with the whistle-blower. He was not legally privy to any of these conversations or the supposed facts which form his allegation. Doesn’t the fact that the intel community was once again illegally leaking material to harm Trump only bolster his case for using more secure storage for his calls?

This has done irreparable harm between the White House and the IC. There’s no reason he should trust them ever again, and that’s a shame because we need cooperation there. Same for the President’s calls with foreign leaders. Now, speaking freely will be a thing of the past, as fears of leaks and extorted releases of transcripts will always be present.

What this all will lead to is lots of gnashing of teeth, yet another Congressional investigation, and Trump still being President. This is simply not going to take him out, nor should it. Perhaps there’s some coming smoking gun, but this isn’t it.

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Federal Judge Gives Middle Finger to Higher Court Ruling, Blocks Trump’s New Asylum Policy Again Anyway

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It’s almost like the federal judiciary have no respect for constitutional dictations at all.

If you recall, Trump won a surprising victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last month when they ruled in favor of him implementing new asylum rules that he clearly has the constitutional authority to enact. Those revolved around requiring migrants to apply for asylum in the first safe country they arrive in before proceeding to the United States. This is not only common sense, it’s the world standard and the recommendation of the United Nations (who the left constantly tells us we should listen to). Asylum is not for country shopping. It’s to remove yourself from supposed immediate danger, nothing more.

Well, the very same judge who was slapped down originally decided to throw up a middle finger at the higher court that overruled him previously. He made the same judgement again, blocking Trump’s asylum policies on a national level.

This per Axios.

A California federal judge re-issued a nationwide injunction on Monday, blocking the Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants who have not first applied for refuge in a “third country” they’ve traveled through.

Last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed federal Judge Jon Tigar’s first preliminary injunction to apply only to the 9th circuit. The move allowed the Trump administration to enforce the policy — which would all but deny asylum to Central American migrants — in Texas and New Mexico. The policy will now be blocked nationwide once again.

To recap, this is a single, low level federal judge who’s jurisdiction does not expand past the 9th circuit. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made that clear by narrowing his original ruling and removing the nationwide injunction. What’s he do? Puts it right back in place with no better of an explanation for doing so.

Judge Tigar is of course an Obama judge, something I’m assured doesn’t exist by Justice John Roberts. This is just more proof of how wrong he is though.

The judge in question here is ruling completely based on partisan politics. There is no constitutional case for overriding the President’s delegated powers to control immigration policy, nor do non-citizens have a right to claim irreparable harm for him doing so, thereby forcing nationwide injunctions. By that logic, every single part of the constitution could be suspended to prevent some form of irreparable harm to someone on the globe. It’s nonsensical garbage and it’s exactly why nationwide injunctions are terrible policy for the courts. They also have no basis in the delegated powers of the judiciary, seemingly being invented out of nowhere and being in direct contradiction with the Judiciary Act of 1789.

But as I’ve said many times, this will never stop until Justice Roberts gets some courage and deals with this issue. The Supreme Court needs to take on the question of nationwide injunctions and stop this idiocy. Nowhere in our system of governance was it meant for a single, un-elected judge to dictate policy for the entire country. As long as the highest court sits on its hand though, judges will keep going rogue.

Hopefully the 9th Circuit slaps this guy down hard again. They can’t be to happy about being so directly defied.

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Federal Judge Gives Middle Finger to Higher Court Ruling, Blocks Trump’s New Asylum Policy Again Anyway

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It’s almost like the federal judiciary have no respect for constitutional dictations at all.

If you recall, Trump won a surprising victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last month when they ruled in favor of him implementing new asylum rules that he clearly has the constitutional authority to enact. Those revolved around requiring migrants to apply for asylum in the first safe country they arrive in before proceeding to the United States. This is not only common sense, it’s the world standard and the recommendation of the United Nations (who the left constantly tells us we should listen to). Asylum is not for country shopping. It’s to remove yourself from supposed immediate danger, nothing more.

Well, the very same judge who was slapped down originally decided to throw up a middle finger at the higher court that overruled him previously. He made the same judgement again, blocking Trump’s asylum policies on a national level.

This per Axios.

A California federal judge re-issued a nationwide injunction on Monday, blocking the Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants who have not first applied for refuge in a “third country” they’ve traveled through.

Last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed federal Judge Jon Tigar’s first preliminary injunction to apply only to the 9th circuit. The move allowed the Trump administration to enforce the policy — which would all but deny asylum to Central American migrants — in Texas and New Mexico. The policy will now be blocked nationwide once again.

To recap, this is a single, low level federal judge who’s jurisdiction does not expand past the 9th circuit. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made that clear by narrowing his original ruling and removing the nationwide injunction. What’s he do? Puts it right back in place with no better of an explanation for doing so.

Judge Tigar is of course an Obama judge, something I’m assured doesn’t exist by Justice John Roberts. This is just more proof of how wrong he is though.

The judge in question here is ruling completely based on partisan politics. There is no constitutional case for overriding the President’s delegated powers to control immigration policy, nor do non-citizens have a right to claim irreparable harm for him doing so, thereby forcing nationwide injunctions. By that logic, every single part of the constitution could be suspended to prevent some form of irreparable harm to someone on the globe. It’s nonsensical garbage and it’s exactly why nationwide injunctions are terrible policy for the courts. They also have no basis in the delegated powers of the judiciary, seemingly being invented out of nowhere and being in direct contradiction with the Judiciary Act of 1789.

But as I’ve said many times, this will never stop until Justice Roberts gets some courage and deals with this issue. The Supreme Court needs to take on the question of nationwide injunctions and stop this idiocy. Nowhere in our system of governance was it meant for a single, un-elected judge to dictate policy for the entire country. As long as the highest court sits on its hand though, judges will keep going rogue.

Hopefully the 9th Circuit slaps this guy down hard again. They can’t be to happy about being so directly defied.

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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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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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Howard Fineman: Why does it make people so mad to see political elites and media elites hobnobbing at a Georgetown cocktail party?

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A fun little leftover from last night to cleanse the palate. I grudgingly admire this guy’s ability to chum the social-media waters with a tweet distilling incestuous Washington elitism to its purest essence and then to complain about the entirely predictable reaction.

Try to imagine the clammiest snooty D.C. scene you can imagine. What is it? It’s a cocktail party, of course — in Georgetown. The fabled Georgetown cocktail party is so closely identified with elitism that it’s been used on the right for years as an insult aimed at establishment media, to accuse centrists of having sold out. (“You wrote this RINO column because you’re afraid you wouldn’t be invited to any more Georgetown cocktail parties if you hadn’t.”) It’s so shopworn and cliche by now that you’re more likely to hear establishmentarians joke about it themselves than you are to see populists using it in earnest. “I published a piece today defending Never Trump. See you at tonight’s cocktail party in Georgetown.” Etc.

Who would be at this clammy, snooty hypothetical cocktail party we’re imagining? Obviously some very well-known politicians, as the eagerness of attendees to kiss the asses of the powerful is a basic part of why this scene is so repulsive. So, let’s say, Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi. There’d also be lots of media types, as it’s the spectacle of the “watchdog” press doing most of the ass-kissing that makes the tableau particularly gross. Any media people will do but obviously the more famous they are and the more closely they’re associated with journalistic starf***ing, the more odious the scene becomes. So, think Maureen Dowd, say.

Fortunately, such a ludicrous scene would never happen in reality. Or would it?

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It’s almost suspiciously perfect. The dictionary definition of an elitist Washington cocktail party becomes reality — just hours after Democrats’ big Mueller impeachment show turns out to be a total dud, with Pelosi seemingly evincing not a care in the world?

And the party was being thrown to celebrate a book about Supreme Court confirmation fights, a subject on which Senate Democrats have failed spectacularly not once, not twice, but three times in the span of three years? And there’s Chuck Schumer, also seeming to be having a grand old time?

And the journalist hosting it just so happens to have been the conduit for Pelosi’s recent trash talk about the left’s heroes, the Squad?

It’s as if this image was forged in some populist lab, a deepfake designed to encourage the total overthrow of the Democratic establishment.

The reaction on Twitter from both sides was swift and brutal and foreseeable to everyone in the universe. Except, somehow, to the man who posted it.

“All establishments are hated.” Any theories why?

Anyway, congrats to all involved for the collective Beltway-corridor gross-out. Until the White House Correspondents Dinner is restored to its Obama-era grandeur as the Super Bowl of establishment politico/media starf***ing, stuff like this will have to suffice.

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Protestors Tear Down and Desecrate U.S. Flag, Raise Mexican Flag Over ICE Facility in Colorado

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Advocacy groups said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are rounding up people in large numbers around the country, with roundups in Southern California being especially heavy-handed, as part of stepped-up enforcement under President Donald Trump. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

If there are any moderate Democrats left out there, they must be tearing their hair out. All their party had to do was not be absolutely crazy and they simply can’t do it.

Yesterday, protestors gathered outside an ICE facility in Aurora, CO to scream at officials who are simply trying to carry out lawful deportation orders. We’ve now reached the point in our country where one side of the aisle is literally saying that you can’t even deport criminals anymore.

The protestors decided it’d really win hearts and minds to storm the front of the facility, bring down the three flags present, and hoist a Mexican flag. They tried to burn the U.S. flag and spray painted “**** the cops” on the Thin Blue Line flag for good measure.

Per The Washington Times.

The incident saw activists take down three flags and replace them with the Mexican flag, a spray-painted “USA Thin Blue Line” flag, and a flag that said “F*** the Cops,” according to Aurora police.

Some activists also tried to burn the American flag, but officers declined to intervene, citing the need to protect the safety of officers and the “large majority who were acting peacefully” at the rally, which drew as many as 2,000.

What sense any of this makes is beyond any rational person’s comprehension. If they idea is that Latin American countries are so terrible that people must be allowed to come here illegally, why would you want to celebrate Mexico while desecrating the country’s flag you are fleeing to? If Mexico is so awesome that people feel the need to tear down the American flag and raise the Mexican flag, then illegal immigrants are welcome to apply for asylum there. It’d probably be less of a culture shock.

If you are wondering whether anyone was punished for the act of vandalism, nah. The Police Chief there didn’t do anything and actually blamed ICE for not putting up enough barriers.

“Beyond the removal, attempted destruction of the US flag, replacement of the flags, and some signs and poles being put on the main doors and windows, the protesters did not engage in behavior that warranted immediate intervention,” said Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz in a Saturday statement.

Chief Metz also faulted ICE and the GEO Group, which runs the detention facility, for failing to heed the department’s advice to secure the bridge leading to the facility with water barrels to prevent pedestrians and vehicles from entering…

…At least one Democrat, Aurora city councilmember Nicole Johnston, said in a tweet that she attended the rally and thanked Aurora police for “keeping us safe and respecting our first amendment rights.”

Perhaps it wasn’t worth intervening at that moment, but were people arrested afterward? Of course not. Anarchy is the name of the game at these protests and the 1st amendment now apparently covers trespassing and destroying federal property. Nice to see an elected Democrat official showing up to be part of it all. That really sends the right message.

After the incident, some asked Democrats to condemn what happened.

Colorado’s rabidly liberal governor did finally chime in with this snarky nonsense.

Publicizing a picture of two dead migrants, who died trying to swim across a river outside of the United States, having absolutely nothing to do with the actions of Border Patrol, is just disgusting.

Furthermore, where are the cages in his other photos? Or are we now calling huge rooms cages for extra effect? These people have to be held somewhere for processing. There’s noway around that and it’s beyond tiring that some morons keep pretending CBP can snap their fingers and teleport kids to foster homes immediately. What exactly would Polis like CBP to do with unaccompanied minors (who make up the vast majority of detained children)? Would he like to give his address out and arrange them being dropped off on his doorstep? Of course not, because he’s a do-nothing, hypocritical politician who’s just grand-standing for political reasons.

The intellectual dishonesty surrounding the immigration debate has reached unbelievable levels. The same people who deny funding and call for the abolition of the agencies taking care of these people then turn around and complain about overcrowding and sub-par conditions. It’s the worst kind of politics and the only reason they are getting away with it is because the media are nearly 100% compliant and complicit.

In the end though, this is going to backfire. A sizable majority of voters do not want open borders, they do not blame the Border Patrol for being in a lose/lose situation, and they are against abuse of our asylum laws. The continued insanity coming from the left over this issue is going to drive more and more people to the Republican party and it’ll be well deserved.

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