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Hyper Partisan FEC Chairwoman Loses Her Crap After Her Conspiracy Hoax Is Rejected

One of the many side alleys of the mainstream Russia Hoax was the idea that Russia was funneling cash into the NRA so the NRA could support Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. This was a baldfaced attempt to bootstrap the hoax aimed at removing President Trump from office into a way of neutering the influence of the nation’s major gun rights organization.

This leftwing fantasy began as a McClatchy article published on January 18, 2018. The article was by Greg Gordon and Peter Stone who have a rather sordid record of being in the middle of a lot of the controversial reporting on the Russia Hoax. They reported that Michael Cohen’s cell phone had been detected in Prague (false) and that the FBI was looking into how Breitbart and InfoWars were helping the Russians help Trump (also false).

One of the battalion of liberal “watchdog” groups, American Democracy Legal Fund, filed an FEC complaint on Jan. 31, 2018 citing this article as its only proof.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. Most notably the Mueller report found nothing at all about this nonsense and the woman at Ground Zero, Maria Butina, pleaded guilty to failure to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. All in all, this was a transparent smear. One that seems to have been hatched by Glenn Simpson’s merry band of cretins at Fusion GPS because Simpson pushed the story to his go-to guy in Justice, Bruce Ohr. In fact, those allegations kicked off an investigation of the NRA by the FBI.

On May 28 of this year, the career lawyers in the FEC’s office of legal counsel recommended dismissing the case because it was vague, based on a single newspaper article, and provided zero details of the alleged offense.

On July 9, the FEC voted to drop the investigation. The FEC chairwoman, an anti-Trump Democrat named Ellen Weintruab, went ballistic.

Some allegations are too serious to ignore. Too serious to simply take Respondents’ denials at face value. Too serious to play games with. Yet in this matter, my colleagues ran their
usual evidence-blocking play and the Commission’s attorneys placed too much faith in the few facts Respondents put before us.

As a result, this agency barely lifted a finger to find out the truth behind one of the most blockbuster campaign finance allegations in recent memory.

In this matter, the complaint credibly alleged that a significant violation of the Act may have occurred. It was based upon a news report from a reputable news source that led with this
striking paragraph:

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

You can read the whole screed here.

Bottom line, this high performing imbecile or low rent Democrat apparatchik (those Venn diagrams are largely the same, but, for the sake of fairness you can choose which description you think best describes Weintraub) demanded that the FEC launch an investigation based on a single article by a couple of McClatchy writers who have a tendency to grossly misrepresent the facts. And by misrepresent I mean “totally make up.”

The mischief this sort of policy would create should be obvious to anyone. It means that a single article by virtually anyone would meet the threshold for kicking off an FEC investigation even thought the career staff thought it was bogus.

What makes Weintraub’s panty wetting episode all the more egregious is that everything she wishes to investigate has already been investigated and nothing was found. Not a huge surprise as at the time of the alleged influx of Russian cash, the NRA was expecting, like the rest of us, a Hillary Clinton presidency and a highly politicized Justice Department climbing up their butt. Her play here was simply an attempt to create another corrupt investigation to replace Mueller’s, but one without any supervision by anyone. And when that failed, she’s trying to dirty up her Republican colleagues as stooges hiding Russian influence.

So shameful. So typically Democrat.

But, at least Rachel Maddow now has a reason to live

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Biden: Republicans are decent people, you know

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Joe Biden said something nice about Republicans Saturday during a fundraiser in Massachusetts. Will he be punished for it on the campaign trail, assuming he gets back on the trail and doesn’t just continue doing private fundraisers?

Biden didn’t go out of his way to sing the praises of Republicans, mind you. He just acknowledged that “There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there.” He even said that gasp, Republicans are “decent people”.

“There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there,” he said Saturday at a Massachusetts fundraiser. “I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but the truth of the matter is, every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me. Because they know I respect the other team.”

“They’re decent people. They ran because they care about things, but they’re intimidated right now,” he told the fundraiser’s attendees.

Gosh, thanks, Joe. See, he didn’t really strain himself in saying something civil about members of the opposite party. I have no doubt, though, that he’ll experience blowback from the rest of the pack. The problem for Biden is that he has to convince Democrat primary voters that he is their salvation – that he will beat Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The base isn’t really interested in Mr. Nice Guy, they want someone who will stand up to Trump. Biden’s whole campaign is built around being in the moderate, safe lane. He has to hope that dissatisfied Trump voters from 2016 vote for him in 2020. He has to win back the Reagan Democrats who voted for Barack Obama (and him) and then voted for Donald Trump.

Biden tossed a bone to Republicans during a private fundraiser, though, not a big campaign event where he might risk an audio clip of boos from the audience. He promotes himself as the guy who can go along to get along. Funny, I don’t think he was so successful at all that during the Obama years, though. I remember great divisions beginning between the two parties in Congress and it really escalated after the Obamacare vote which was successful with only Democrat votes and Biden was all for that. That move ended up costing the Democrats the majority in the House in 2010. The parties have not moved closer together since then. Democrats can’t blame Trump for that.

For many Democrat voters, the sole requirement this time around is to pick a candidate that looks to be up to the challenge of running against Trump. Biden may be more moderate than most of the other candidates but he’s shown a lack of conviction this time around. He continues to shift left on issues when he gets dinged by other more leftie candidates. The quickly tossed the old-school moderate Democrats under the bus that he worked with in the past when Kamala Harris jumped on him for boasting about working with segregationists, for example.

Biden has a very long paper trail from decades in elected office. The record of his votes doesn’t lie. Voters don’t want to go back to 2003 or 2005 or any time in the past when the rules of civility were different. Today’s leftists don’t care about working with the other side. They want to pack the Supreme Court with liberal judges and run over anyone in their way. That works in Trump’s favor in November 2020 and Biden knows that. If anyone else currently running in the Democrat field runs against Trump, anyone other than Biden, Trump’s chances of re-election are excellent, providing the economy holds strong. Republican voters know that any of the other candidates will scare moderates and Independent voters away from voting for a Democrat.

The playbook is on shaky ground right now for the Democrats. The talking heads and their willing cohorts in the media have begun the shift in talking points since the Russia, Russia, Russia narrative failed so miserably for them. The constant bullying of Trump and all Republicans as racist white supremacists only goes so far before regular American voters sit up and say, hey wait a minute, if everyone is racist then no one is racist. So now the left is starting to hope for an economic recession to oust Trump from office. The media is going along and so far three out of four Sunday morning talk shows I’ve watched as I write this has led with pushing the there’s- a- recession- just- around -the -corner narrative. It’s like clockwork. The goalposts are shifting now to trying to talk down the successes of Trump’s economy.

Democrats are nervous. That is why they are talking about the polls that show Trump losing to other candidates. That is why Biden is such a gamble for them. There is a real question as to if Biden is up to the task. He concentrates on small events, mostly fundraisers. He is a gaffe machine. He looks like he needs a nap. There is real doubt as to if he can go the distance, defeat the others in the Democrat primary, and then beat Trump in the general election. Trump is the Energizer bunny compared to Joe Biden. That’s why Biden continues to try to be nice to Republicans. He thinks he’ll win over some votes. Color me skeptical.

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Not WOKE: Bill Maher BLASTS The BDS Movement Against Israel.

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The aftermath of a publicity stunt gone badly by Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar continued into Friday Night on the show hosted by super-duper progressive icon, Bill Maher. His once a week HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” usually is a launching pad for attacks on Trump or anyone supporting him.

Occasionally though he throws a curveball and last night was one of those nights.

From The Hill…

Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullshit purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to two U.S. congresswomen because of their support for the boycotts.

Maher drew applause in studio on his HBO show after declaring the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement supported by some congressional Democrats “a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”

“It’s predicated on this notion, I think – it’s very shallow thinking – that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” he said.

As I covered here yesterday Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory this has turned out to be a huge flop as a publicity stunt for BDS. However, Maher touches on a deeper point here that I have not seen many in the mainstream media make.

The very idea that United States CITIZENS who happen to be elected officials are aligned with this movement which is based on pure fantasy is maddening to the logical mind. That Tlaib and Omar are so unskilled at pulling off a publicity stunt likes this pretty much proves Nancy Pelosi’s point from a month back. These Freshman members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” are not ready for prime time yet.

When you have lost Bill Maher on something you might want to reexamine your whole overall outlook on things if you are a progressive. Luckily for us, these ladies will not do any such thing. They believe their cause is so righteous that they will not spend a moment for introspection on any of us.

Which means more goof-ups for us to watch for at least the next year and a half.

( Here is a short clip under two minutes from MRC-TC from Real Time)

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Clinton’s Deliberate, Felonious Actions Harmed National Security

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Earlier today, my good friend and colleague, Bonchie, penned an excellent article about the latest twist in the Clinton e-mail saga, one that demonstrated just how dangerous her actions were to National Security. Please go have a look.

Because of his timely article, I thought I might once again review just how corrupt the FBI was, especially former Director Comey, when he “cleared” Secretary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing. Comey’s excuse? Secretary Clinton had no intent to violate the law. Despite the fact that the applicable statute regarding the handling of classified information doesn’t require intent, the explainer below will show that there was indeed such intent and a number of people should be doing hard time.

Let me be clear at the outset; somebody committed a felony, likely several. If as some reports have indicated, there was certain overhead imagery, marked or unmarked on Secretary Clinton’s e-mail server, someone committed a serious crime. The way government information/cyber systems are set up, someone had to take a deliberate series of felonious actions in order for that imagery to get there. Period.

Instead of getting into a detailed primer on Department of Defense and Department of State electronic communications, I’ll give you the short version. This is especially important as it puts to bed the bogus argument that Clinton displayed no criminal intent during her e-mail debacle. It demonstrates that it is absoloutely certain that there were several felonies committed—no doubt whatsoever.

Although the State Department and the Department of Defense use different systems for their unclassified communications, they do share some of the same systems for their classified traffic. The unclassified systems used by Defense and State have e-mail, file sharing and teleconferencing capabilities. Those systems also have access to the Internet. Some agencies allow their employees to use their unclassified computers to conduct limited personal business, such as sending e-mails and looking at RedState online, during their breaks. These employees can also send e-mail to private addressees from this system.

The classified systems the agencies use jointly are:
SIPRNet (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network): used to transmit material that is classified CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET. It may not be used to transmit TOP SECRET material.

JWICS (Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System): used to transmit TOP SECRET information, to include highly classified satellite imagery. The JWICS system is where Private Bradley Manning likely obtained the information he later gave to Wikileaks. This is also the system the State Department uses to routinely receive and access satellite imagery and imagery analysis, along with other TOP SECRET information.

What is important to understand is that, except for extremely rare and tightly controlled circumstances, JWICS, SIPRNet and the in-house unclassified systems do not connect to each other or with outside systems. The only way to get information from one system to another is to use a system I have yet to introduce, the SneakerNet.

“SneakerNet” is IT slang, referring to someone taking information on one system, saving it to portable media, disk or thumb drive and walking (“sneakering”) it over to the other system and uploading it, thereby bypassing the procedural safeguards inherent in separate, unconnected systems. An alternative, using the same concept, would be to print the data from a JWICS terminal (possibly inside the State Department) and then scan the hard copy into an unclassified system. This method would also work were someone get access to a hard copy document or photo handed out at a meeting.

One of the advantages of this unconnected system of systems is that it virtually eliminates “spillage,” the accidental release of one level of classified information into an arena not cleared for it. If there was reconnaissance satellite imagery or analysis of that imagery on Secretary Clinton’s server or any other unclassified system, it is a virtual certainty that someone had to take a series of deliberate and felonious steps to put it there—deliberate and felonious steps.

A photo would have had to have its markings deliberately removed. Then it would have had to have been copied from JWICS onto removable media (or printed out) and uploaded (or scanned) to either an unclassified computer & e-mailed to Secretary Clinton, or directly uploaded to her server. In the case that what was on her server was merely a written assessment of what the imagery shows, the above still pertains. Someone had to make a series of deliberate decisions and steps to either copy or transcribe the assessment from JWICS and send it via a nonsecure e-mail to Secretary Clinton.

Secretary Clinton is on the e-mail record as directing staff to do just that. A few years ago, National Review published an article entitled: Clinton Pushed Aide to Strip Markings from Sensitive Documents, Send through ‘Nonsecure’ Channel. From that article (Emphasis mine)

During a 2011 e-mail exchange, Hillary Clinton urged top aide Jake Sullivan to strip classified talking points of all markings and send them through “nonsecure” means after a secure fax line failed to function. On the night of June 16, 2011, Sullivan told Clinton that important talking points on an undetermined issue would be faxed to her the following morning. When Clinton informed Sullivan that the talking points had not yet materialized, he began a frantic search for the problem. “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax,” he wrote to Clinton 15 minutes later. “They’re working on it.” “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” Clinton replied.

What this means, is that the conversation about this being a mistake, accident, or minor error in judgment, is a flat out lie. In my humble opinion, this lie should be rolled into an obstruction of justice charge—yet another felony. If I, or anyone else with a TS clearance had treated classified information in such a fashion, we’d still be in Fort Leavenworth. Given the disclosures in Bonchie’s article, showing that Classified e-mail migrated from Clinton’s unsecure server to another G-Mail account, it’s readily apparent that the criminal crone from Chappaqua along with her coterie, needs to be locked up—and they need to do hard time.

Disclosure: The last time I personally used any of these systems was in 2012. Systems and procedures have likely changed since then.

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The Left Shows How Insane It’s Become With This Ludicrous Piece on Ilhan Omar

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The cult-like support for Rep. Ilhan Omar has generated some fascinating stances from her supporters, and when I say “fascinating,” I mean absolutely insane.

Take, for instance, this article from Tasmiha Khan of The Independent.

Right off the bat, you can tell this article is going to be a lesson in how political zealousness can literally alter the way you perceive reality. She titles the piece “No politician in living memory has been treated as badly as Ilhan Omar.” Without reading any further into my arguments, I’m sure you already have solid examples as to how this article is just plain stupid.

I’ll continue anyway.

Khan starts off the article with the usual “orange man bad” spiel about how President Donald Trump is a racist and hates Muslims. He doesn’t, but nuances seem to escape Khan. She then proceeds to victimize herself as a Muslim woman of color in a white society, painting herself as a person in danger. Self-victimization is pretty par for the course when it comes to anti-Trump screeds.

After some time, Khan finally gets around to the point by comparing herself to Omar:

It makes me feel that I, like Omar, am also under the magnifying glass. I should not have to fear for my life or that of any other Muslim. If we allow such cruel rhetoric to snowball, we are contributing towards our own demise.

Moving forward, normalizing the hijab would be the first step towards removing stigma and pressure against women like myself and Ilhan. Engaging in dialogue about topics that make us uncomfortable, such as the hijab, can also help to dismantle stereotypes and increase understanding.

It is certainly no coincidence that the two US congresswomen reportedly barred from entering Israel are women of colour, with one of them wearing the hijab and following the Muslim faith. This ban was allegedly made at the president’s request, and is the reality of how Muslim women are stigmatized. It seems the defenders of free speech grow quiet when it is Muslims who are being unfairly silenced.

In short, Trump hates Muslim women of color because they’re Muslim women of color according to Khan.

It’s been said to death at this point, but Israel barred Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Omar from their nation because they supported the BDS movement. Israel has hard and fast rules against that kind of thing, and it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Israel disinvited them.

What’s more, even if Trump did have a hand in it, it wouldn’t matter. As I discussed previously, Tlaib and Omar had nothing but antagonism toward Israel as their goal, and Trump’s advice was solidly taken. It turned out to be the right call, especially given the fact that Tlaib essentially admitted she was going as an anti-Israel activist with her recent refusal to visit the West Bank to see her grandmother at Israel’s invitation under the condition that she leave her politics at the door.

(READ: Even If Trump’s Tweet Shifted Israel’s Decision On Omar And Tlaib, It’s Still The Right Call)

But let’s put that aside for a second and focus on Khan’s claim that Omar is the worst treated politician in living memory.

She’s not. In fact, she’s on the low end of the totem pole considering things that have happened even just recently.

If the left truly believes Omar is the worst treated politician in living memory, then their memory is incredibly short and narrow.

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AOC Gets a Reality Check After Tweeting Stupidly About Israel’s Decision to Bar Omar and Tlaib

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As Kira Davis wrote this morning, Israel has decided to bar Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) from entering the country, asserting that the two freshman Congresswomen intended to “harm Israel” and “increase incitement against it” with their visit.

The decision outraged Democrats, and some Republicans even weighed in to express their disagreement, including Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), who tweeted this out in response:

Someone else who weighed in on the Twitter machine was Squad leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who never lets a crisis go to waste where she can invoke the “POC” card in some way, shape, or form:

Firstly, there is no “Muslim ban” in Israel. In fact, Muslims make up about 18% of Israel’s population, as Red State‘s Brandon Morse points out here:

The ban is on anyone who actively promotes and advocates on behalf of the anti-Semitic BDS movement, which both Omar and Tlaib enthusiastically do.

Secondly, it’s a safe bet to say that Israel’s decision had nothing to do with any urging by Trump and instead was based on its own safety and security interests, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained in a series of tweets explaining the decision earlier today:

Another Twitter user linked to this tweet from Daily Wire‘s Harry Khachatrian about how Tlaib and Omar referred to Israel in their itinerary as “Palestine”, which is one of the issues the Prime Minister referenced in his tweets on the decision:

There’s also this very important question, which we will not receive an answer to from any of the Squad members currently voicing outrage:

Israel had some very valid reasons for denying Omar and Tlaib entry into the country. Besides, any fauxtrage expressed by BDS-enabling Democratic members of Congress like AOC seems highly disingenuous at this point, anyway.

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Israeli Ban Of Omar And Tilab Puts Democrats In Awkward Position

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The Israeli governments move announced earlier today that Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn and Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich would be banned from making a trip there beginning on Sunday, has created waves in both countries diplomatically.

This has also created another potential problem for the Democrats in Congress.

Some background first.

The current President of these United States happens to be Donald Trump and he is not a fan of these two ladies and the other members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” and those that share their mindset. In fact, just before the official announcement from the Israeli Interior Ministry confirming the ban saying it was “inconceivable that those who wish to harm the state of Israel while visiting would be granted entry”, Trump tweeted this…

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

Generally, Presidents don’t make such statements about their counterparts in the Article I branch of government. However, we are now fully aware that in the “Age of Trump” the rule book on these things has been thrown out the window. Trump operates on a totally different level than any President before so that which was once uncommon is now commonplace.

The President also flat out said that this in a tweet just after the announcement was made…

Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!

So it is clear that President Trump not only pushed for this ban but thinks that Omar and Tlaib hate Israel. Is that a fair argument?

Well, it is one that the Democrats in the House of Representatives actually confronted earlier this year.

From a March 4th article over at NPR

House Democrats are again considering a vote on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that senior members of the party and Jewish groups say play on anti-Semitic tropes. A House Democratic leadership aide said the vote could come as early as Wednesday.

A spokesman for Omar has not responded to a request for comment on the resolution.

The infighting among Democrats has largely played out on social media, but this time the Minnesota Democrat is pushing back against her colleagues who say she should apologize and change her tone.

The House voted 424-0 last month on a Republican motion to condemn anti-Semitism following a controversy over Omar’s tweets in which she suggested lawmakers support Israel only because of Jewish lobbying influence and money.

The article also goes on to talk about how House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y both pushed back on these comments. Engel went as far as to ask for her to be removed from his committee. Also, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was contacted by the head of the Anti-Defamation League to condemn the statements made.

Just a mere 5 months ago Democrats voted to essentially tell one of the members of the squad to shove it. Of course in the most polite way the House can.

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

The huge downside is that Pelosi is once again dealing with a minority in her caucus that thinks they represent the country thus that anything they say is speaking for the people. So far, that has not proven to be true.

Even though the “Go Back To Your Own Country” line from Trump created a bit of a cease-fire in the battle between Pelosi and the cheer crew, it won’t last. Like her or despise her, Nancy Pelosi knows how to lead. The ones who criticize Donald Trump for tweeting and do the exact same thing don’t have that skill yet. If they take this as a signal to start firing off some crazy stuff, Trump will win that battle every day.

Which in that case could lead to the beginning of the break of that ceasefire because of the pressure behind the scenes of people agreeing with the ban in Dem circles.

We now have under 15 months until the next Presidential election. The Dem POTUS hopefuls are turning up the rhetoric on Trump and soon to be each other. Nancy Pelosi wants to keep herself as a Speaker and keep the newbies from going off the rails with language that is or may seem anti sematic.

Even with Trump as the foil will the democrats be able to keep their radical members in line?

We have just over 400 days until we find out and it will be well worth watching.

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Immigration Enforcement on the Job Site…Works

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It looks like the Democrat canard, “Americans just won’t do those jobs,” has been put to rest—and it didn’t take long at all. As I predicted, rounding up illegals working in American facilities and sending them home would likely have a positive effect on the prospects of some American workers. From yesterday’s WAPT Channel 16 ABC News

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A Mississippi food plant that was part of one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history held a job fair Monday.

Looks like Koch Foods is trying quickly make up for that sudden worker shortage. As I predicted, this would cause the hiring of more Americans and likely have an impact on wages.

From USA Today

Kamerio Whitley, a resident of the nearby town of Morton, spoke to reporters after he left the building. He said there were several positions available at the plant, including forklift operators. Whitley said he applied for a job working at the plant’s rehang table, where workers hang frozen chickens. The job starts at $12 an hour, which is decent pay for the area, Whitley said. “That’s not bad to start, and it can always go up,” he said.

“Decent pay for the area…That’s not bad to start, and it can always go up.” Indeed. My bet is that it will indeed go up. If President Trump continues these type of operations that protect American workers by rounding up illegal aliens and sending them home, then there will be somewhat of a labor shortage. That will cause a number of things to happen:

—Increases in starting wages to get Americans off the bench and back into the workforce.

—This might cause some modest price increases, which in turn will…

—Cause some investment in technology to support those higher wages.

—Workers re-entering the workforce will take some pressure off of the “safety net,” translating into Federal & State budget savings (which will, of course, be promptly spent by both sides to purchase more votes).

By attacking multiple issues simultaneously, President Trump has had the effect of throwing three strikes in a row in bowling, where he gets more “points” for each policy he executes than he would if these policies weren’t all mutually supportive. And just think, it all started with some modest regulatory and tax reform.

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Racist Bette Midler Gets Bulldozed on Twitter After Forgetting Cocaine Mitch Is Married to Elaine Chao

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Bette Midler presents the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

When actress Bette Miller isn’t shrieking about President Trump allegedly “inciting” deranged racist gunmen to “do his dirty work”, the left-wing hacktivist is engaging in other liberal double standards. Most notable among them is victim-shaming conservative women who have shared their #MeToo stories, and going on racist rants about black Trump supporters.

Midler, who fancies herself as the the Empress of The ResistanceWestlake Legal Group 2122 Racist Bette Midler Gets Bulldozed on Twitter After Forgetting Cocaine Mitch Is Married to Elaine Chao Social Media republicans Politics North Carolina New York Mitch McConnell Kentucky Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Entertainment elections Elaine Chao democrats Culture Congress Cocaine Mitch Allow Media Exception 2020   , wrote a warped poem on Twitter Tuesday that focused on who Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) recently described as a “common enemy”: Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Here’s what Midler posted (language warning):

The problem? McConnell has been married to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao since 1993:

Now, it’s quite possible that Midler does know that McConnell is married to Chao, and wrote the tweet anyway. It wouldn’t be the first time a female Democrat pretended a conservative female “didn’t count” because they refused to march in lockstep with the feminist left.

Either way, it’s not a good look for Midler, who really should spend more time learning how to act like a normal, civilized human being for a change.

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Watch: PragerU Releases Video That Aggressively Challenges the Concept of ‘Speaking Your Truth’

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One of the most annoying rallying cries coming from the left over the last several years is the reemergence of the concept of “your truth.” It’s not a new concept, but it’s one the left has embraced as part of what they say is a cultural shift. They describe it as being about individuals who speak (paraphrasing) “their truth from their perspective as it relates to their experiences.”

The Philly Inquirer‘s Anna Orso described it this way in a piece she wrote on the issue in January 2018:

Is living your truth a laudable goal, or is it the left’s version of Orwellian doublespeak, similar to “fake news” or “alternative facts”? And what if “your truth” is that the Earth is flat or that dinosaurs helped build the pyramids?

As a rule, of course, it’s not. When Winfrey and others say, “Speak your truth,” they typically mean something more like: Share your perspective, tell your story, open up about your experience. But in an America some call “post-truth,” semantics matter.

Orso’s piece was in response to a speech Oprah Winfrey gave at the January 7, 2018 Golden Globes after receiving the Cecile B. DeMille Award:

The media mogul referenced [“speaking your truth”] three times while addressing the seismic #MeToo movement, including: “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”

You can read and watch the full speech here.

It was Winfrey’s amplification of “speak your truth” during that speech that PragerU used as an example in a video they released this week aggressively challenging the concept.

As you’ll see, Palm Beach Atlantic University Professor Paul Copan points out in the video that “you can have your experience” or “your perspective” but that there was simply “no such thing as ‘your truth’ or ‘my truth.’ There’s only ‘the truth.’” Which, Copan notes, means “that which is true for everyone.”

The video also referenced a tweet from Wall Street Journal‘s Byron Tau written after Winfrey’s speech in which he questioned the validity of describing personal experiences as “your truth.” The phrase “undermines the idea of a shared set of common facts,” Tau wrote:

After expanding on Tau’s point, Copan wrapped up the video by stating “Truth can’t be relative. If it is relative, then it’s not truth…. Truth is inescapable because reality is inescapable.”

Watch the two minute segment below:

You can also watch a related, expanded version of this video where Copan talks about “is truth relative?” here.

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