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Giuliani Fires Back at Critics with Guns Blazing

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Rudy Giuliani appeared on Hannity last night with guns blazing. He was armed with several signed, sworn affidavits that first, eviscerate former Vice President Joe Biden’s claim that Shokin was fired because he was corrupt and, second, prove the case that the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign colluded with pro-Hillary Ukrainian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election. Officials admit that this collusion impacted the race, because it took down Paul Manafort. This was the real collusion that took place in 2016.

Giuliani’s main message was that Democrats are attempting to impeach President Trump based on a document that would not be admissible in a court of law. Even before yesterday’s bombshell news that the whistleblower (WB) approached staffers on Adam Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee for advice on how to proceed with his complaint before he submitted it, the Democrats had no case. The whistleblower’s complaint consists entirely of hearsay evidence and U.S. courts only allow direct witness testimony. He explained that even if a witness with hearsay evidence might not be lying, they are relying on other people who may have lied to him. That’s why hearsay evidence is not allowable.

Giuliani said he began investigating all of this in November 2018 and finished on March 28, 2019. During that time, he reminds us, the Mueller investigation was ongoing and he was searching for evidence to “vindicate my client,” President Donald Trump. He told Hannity:

This information was given to me. I didn’t go looking for Joe Biden. The Ukrainians brought me substantial evidence of collusion with Hillary Clinton, the DNC, George Soros, George Soros’ company. They put it in my lap. They came and gave me testimony. I wrote it out.

I had a professional investigator make FBI 302s of it. Eventually, it was John Solomon [investigative reporter who has been instrumental in uncovering this story], who should get a Pulitzer Prize, by the way, who put them all on tape, so it’s all memorialized on videotape.

I interviewed [Yuriy] Lutsenko [appointed as acting Ukrainian Prosecutor General after Biden had his predecessor, Viktor Shokin, fired].

This is as solid as you can get. I didn’t do what this phony WB did. This phony whistleblower is giving hearsay evidence. He says, “I’m not a direct witness.” Okay, useless, pal. Goodbye.

Giuliani presented a sworn affidavit from Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General whom Biden had ordered fired in March 2016. This document was shown to “aides from the Senate committees on Intelligence, Foreign Relations, Appropriations and Homeland Security, as well as aides from the House committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, Appropriations and Oversight” in a secured briefing by the State Department’s Inspector General late Wednesday. Fox News obtained a copy and reported it last night. My colleague, Sarah Lee, posted on this earlier here.

They’re corrupt as sin. The Ukrainian oligarch, [Mykola] Zlochevsky, didn’t pay millions for Hunter Biden’s nonexistent skills. He paid millions to buy the Vice President’s office and it was a good deal for Zlochevsky. He got Hunter Biden off the hook, he got Soros’ company out of jeopardy and he got to come back to the Ukraine and keep his $5 billion just for giving up maybe $100 million.

He is actually going around the Ukraine saying it was well worth it to spend the money to do it. If anyone would care to investigate, they would find everything I just said. Except the FBI didn’t investigate for a year and a half. The Justice Dept. didn’t investigate for a year and a half. Witnesses were afraid to go to the FBI and the Justice Dept. which was actually like living in an alternate universe…

So, Giuliani gave it to the State Dept., including his witness notes. And never heard from them again. They never called him for an interview and to his knowledge, they never contacted Shokin or Lutsenko. It was just dropped. Giuliani said Shokin would like to give his testimony.

(Note: Apparently, it wasn’t dropped because it was Giuliani’s interview with Shokin that Congressional aides were briefed on by last night by the State Department’s Inspector General.)

And if you don’t interview an eye witness who wants to testify under oath, and wants to be a confrontational accuser, which is what the constitution requires, you’ve got to be faced with your accusers. He’s willing to face Joe Biden and say, “You’re guilty. You participated in a bribe with my President. You got me thrown out so that the case against Soros, the case against a billionaire and the case against your son [would go away]. And everybody knows you’re corrupt Joe…

[Shokin’s] poor. Lutsenko’s got a lot of dough. Big cars. Lots of money. Shokin is living in a village, he’s living in a cottage. He’s actually hiding and scared out of his mind they’re going to kill him.

If you think the President of the Ukraine [Petro Poroshenko was President in 2016], let out one of the richest people, let him get away with $5 billion, without, what do they say in The Godfather, filling their beaks…if you don’t think Poroshenko got big millions for this, then you shouldn’t be in the investigatory business.

Hannity asks Giuliani about his proposed lawsuit. Giuliani said that today’s bombshell (mentioned above) advances his case.

He [Whistleblower] would have been ignored until they changed the rules.

Every bit of Shokin’s interview is admissible in court, but they don’t interview Shokin. Actually Shokin testifies to real corruption.

Everything this guy [WB] says about me is false. My meeting with Yermak was not set up because of the conversation. The two people he said I set up. You know why, idiot? Because it was set up before the conversation. The two people he said I called, I never called. One of them, I didn’t call because he was put on the list of corrupt people I shouldn’t talk to there. And I happened to have independent knowledge of that so he doesn’t know what he’s talking about with regard to me. There are apparent indications, I can point out seven or eight where he’s lying.

Actually, he may not be lying. He’s relying on other people. Maybe they lied to him. That’s why hearsay evidence is not allowable. Shokin has direct evidence. [Inaudible] has direct evidence. Ilyende has direct evidence. Lutsenko has direct evidence. [Andrii] Telizhenko has direct evidence. I have six witnesses who can give direct, admissible evidence of Ukrainian collusion, participation in the Steele dossier with phony information, the creation of false evidence, and a very clear corruption scheme by the Vice President of the United States and that has to be vindicated and all of it was exposed before he was a candidate for president. And it’s not because he’s a candidate for president because he was a corrupt, disgraceful Vice President who disgraced our country in the Ukraine, and in China and their still talking about how corrupt he is and how stupid we are for not catching it. It has to be vindicated for the honor of the United States of America. He disgraced us. And if you don’t react to that, you have no sense of honor or dignity.

 

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The Criminalization of Speech: Part 2

The story is from ten months ago, but it’s another example of the criminalization of speech:

Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student’s new pronouns

By Graham Moomaw | Richmond Times-Dispatch | December 6, 2018

WEST POINT — A Virginia high school teacher was fired Thursday for refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronouns, a case believed to be the first of its kind in the state.

After a four-hour hearing, the West Point School Board voted 5-0 to terminate Peter Vlaming, a French teacher at West Point High School who resisted administrators’ orders to use male pronouns to refer to a ninth-grade student who had undergone a gender transition. The board met in closed session for nearly an hour before the vote.

Further down, we see that Mr Vlaming did not “misgender” the student by using the pronouns with which the student disagreed, but chose his words carefully to avoid using gendered pronouns at all.

The student’s family informed the school system of the transition over the summer. Vlaming said he had the student in class the year before when the student identified as female.

Vlaming agreed to use the student’s new, male name. But he tried to avoid using any pronouns — he or him, and she or her — when referring to the student. The student said that made him feel uncomfortable and singled out.

In other words, Mr Vlaming did not deny the ‘transgender’ student’s chosen ‘gender,’ but declined to affirm it. The teacher did not say to this ‘gender confused’ student that she is female, but simply declined to say to her that she is male. He apparently slipped up one time, on October 31, 2018:

Witnesses described one pronoun “slip-up” during a class activity on Halloween when the student was using a virtual reality headset. The student was about to run into a wall, and Vlaming told others to stop “her.”

Mr Vlaming informed his superiors that his Christian faith prevented him from using male pronouns for a student he knew to be female. This means that the West Point School Board chose the concerns of a mentally ill student over the Constitutional rights of freedom of religion and speech of an employee.

And now, Mr Vlaming will have his day in court:

Virginia teacher sues over firing for refusing to use transgender student’s new pronouns

By Justin Mattingly | Richmond Times-Dispatch | October 1, 2019

A Virginia teacher who was fired last year after refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronouns is suing the school board that fired him.

Peter Vlaming, a Williamsburg resident who taught French at West Point High School, was fired in December 2018 after resisting administrators’ orders to use male pronouns when referring to a freshman student who had undergone a gender transition.

“Mr. Vlaming could not violate his conscience,” a lawsuit filed Monday in King William County Circuit Court states. “And it cost him his job.”

There’s much more at the original, but the reporting newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which previously had a nominally conservative editorial bent,¹ went along with the cockamamie notion that the ‘transgendered’ are the sex they claim to be rather than their objective biological sex, using male pronouns to refer to the student in question. The student’s identity was not published by the paper.

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights recently declared that the use of the phrase “illegal alien” or threats to call immigration officials on someone, in business communication, could result in a $250,000 fine; the same is true if a business or employee uses the correct pronouns rather than the ones preferred by the recipient.

We are reaching the point in which the force of government is being used to force people to violate their religious beliefs and consciences, and being forced to just plain lie. Every bird, every reptile, and every mammal can tell the differences between males and females of their own species, but liberal human beings have managed to become so educated that they have lost this ability in themselves.

More, they wish to compel everyone else to go along with such silliness, and once the force of government — and the firing of Mr Vlaming by the West Point Public Schools is an exercise of government power — and the police power of the state have been added to this, it ceases to become just silliness but an actual threat to the rights of individuals. This must be resisted, this must be stopped!
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Another Breakthrough: Maxine Waters Breaches the Bounds of Absurdity, Claims ‘[Trump] is Setting…Us Up to be Killed’

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FILE – In this July 14, 2017 file photo, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A story being shared on social media that says Waters faces corruption charges fails to point out the charges are eight years old and were dropped long ago. The House ethics panel cleared Waters in 2012 after an investigation lasting more than three years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

 

 

What happens when you’ve been in the same lawmaking job for 28 years?

Perhaps, sometimes, it makes you bold enough to say really, really, astonishingly absurd things.

On Wednesday, California Rep. Maxine Waters blasted Donald Trump for endangering her safety.

Hey, hold up; isn’t she the same lady who said this:

Well. I’ll be — it is.

Anyway, here’s what she had to say, to MSNBC host Ali Velshi:

“There are a number of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me, and when he does that he’s dog-whistling to the white supremacists, the KKK, and the dangerous people. We have stories about many of those white supremacists who do nothing but practice how they’re going to be involved in a civil war and fight against this government. This president is irresponsible in so many ways aside from making us a target of these white supremacists.”

Maxine said she understands things. Like the “danger” of Donald Trump. Like his private hopes and dreams of being a dictator. Like the reality of Russian collusion:

“Yes, absolutely he has called me names as he has called many others names. I have been at this almost two years because I understand the danger of this president. I understand that he has colluded with Russia. I understand that he has embraced Putin. I also understand that he really wants to be and act like a dictator. I’m very worried about our entire government. I’m worried about his entire administration.”

Hey — given her understanding of collusion, she should work for these people:

And she understands what Trump doesn’t: the Constitution:

“Most people know me and know what I’ve been doing for the last two years. They know I’ve spoken about the President’s lack of understanding or appreciation for the Constitution. He doesn’t care about the democracy and how he has undermined all of those who are trying so hard to make this democracy stronger.”

Waters explained that people “know [she has] the best interest of this country at heart and that [she’s] worked very hard and that [she’s] spoken truth to power in ways that many others didn’t even have the courage to do it.”

As someone who everyone knows and who understands all the stuff, and as someone who’s been doing stuff for two years — like the video above — Maxine used this to put a fine point on it:

“[Trump] should not be going after anybody. He is the President of the United States of America. He is setting some of us up to be killed.”

28 years, ladies and gentlemen. 28 years.

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We Live in the Most Important Times for Conservatism

Westlake Legal Group Antifa-620x349 We Live in the Most Important Times for Conservatism Uncategorized Front Page Stories   On Tuesday, President Trump took to Twitter to accuse the Democrat’s impeachment efforts as a “coup.”  Truer words could not have been spoken.  Even before this latest Twitter barrage of truth, some people like Kamala Harris have been urging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove the rightfully elected President of the United States from the platform altogether.  THAT is what the Democrats are all about- silencing the truth.

One does not know exactly what the “high crimes and misdemeanors” are that Trump committed that would lead to his removal from office.  Supposedly it is about a June 25th telephone call between the Ukrainian president and Trump involving an investigation into Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election and the possible role played by then-vice president Joe Biden.  Yet three Democrat Senators had written a letter to the Ukrainian government requesting that they comply with an investigation into Trump by Robert Mueller.  Suddenly, the leader of one country requesting an investigation on the part of another country is a “high crime and misdemeanor.”

This President has endured more hatred and vitriolic rhetoric than any president in my days on this earth.  Within hours of the election, the hatred began with marches, vigils, and over-the-top rhetoric.  We were treated to almost daily marches in the streets of Washington before Trump was inaugurated, before he signed any Executive Orders, initiated any policy, made a judicial nomination or put ketchup on a presidential steak.

We on the Right could kind of suspect this would be the reaction, but we underestimated how low they would go.  With Kavanaugh, they trotted out a woman from the man’s high school days to make scurrilous accusations that could not be proven and, quite frankly, sounded like a bad teenage novel.  They twisted and contorted and took words out of context when someone was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Every mass shooting in the United States has been left at the feet of Trump.  A joint news conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland was supposedly a selling-out of America despite the fact Trump has probably been light-years ahead with tough sanctions against Russia and dealing with their aggression in Ukraine.  With ISIS largely decimated, does the Trump administration get any credit?  Every action is challenged in a Leftist-leaning court tying the hands of the administration since the wheels of justice move slowly.  It is all by design.

Yet, look at the accomplishments of the administration despite the obstruction by Democrats in Congress.  Even things both sides can mutually agree upon, besides the naming of a post office, are often shrouded in acrimony and unrealistic demands.  Just in the area of regulation, the accomplishments are very real and tangible.  Of course, there have been setbacks with the largest being Obamacare.  But in that case, this writer believes the hearts of the Republicans (or some of them) in Congress were just not in that fight.  Both sides agree on the inherent need for immigration reform, yet every effort has been torpedoed not by Trump, but from unrealistic demands from the Democrats.  To prove how low they have gone, they trotted out pictures of detainment centers from the Obama administration and attributed them to Trump.

Robert Mueller could not deliver the goods, so now it is a phone call between two world leaders where there is, according to the official transcript of that call, absolutely no evidence of a quid pro quo with respect to a common request between two countries.

As stated, we can expect these actions from the Left, but what is most perturbing is those self-righteous virtue-signalers on the Right who have jumped on the OrangeManBad bandwagon.  These so-called conservatives finally have a President who is willing to stand up to the Left, to go on the attack and, most importantly, try to enact a genuinely conservative agenda, but what have they done?  They have jumped ship and sided with the Democrats over some bizarre set of “principles.”  I have said this before: what good are principles without action?  Answer: thoughts in a mind and words on paper.  It appears that the only principle of these people (roughly characterized as NeverTrumpers) was talking, cower, then play the martyr.  They are the “Well, we tried, folks, so just keep reading my article in the Washington Post” crowd.

In short, they are losers and they wallow in their defeat.

BUT, this latest effort by the Democrats to impeach Trump is realistically likely to end in a humiliating defeat.  There will be too many Democrats who hail from districts or states that Trump won in 2016 and where his approval ratings are still high.  Should it reach that point, their votes on impeachment will determine whether they return to Congress in 2021 or not.  The same can be said for those Republicans who will tell you they are keeping an open mind and let’s just see where the evidence leads.  “Keeping an open mind” with regards to a Trump impeachment inquiry is the same as surrender.  To paraphrase, “There is no there, there.”

Instead, the intent is obvious.  It is to keep their supposed controversy front-and-center through a presidential campaign in 2020.

This presents a unique opportunity for real conservatives.  This is where we separate the men from the wimpish boys and relegate the Vichy Republicans and the so-called moderate Democrats (said jokingly) to the dustbin of history.

The United States Congress does not need to impeach President Donald Trump.  The American voters need to impeach Congress in 2020 by tossing out Democrats and their Republican allies in both houses of Congress.  Despite anyone’s reservations about Trump’s conservative credentials before the election of 2016, he has proven himself to be more conservative in action and words than the self-anointed guardians of conservatism.

Trump’s Tweet states:

As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!

Truer words were never spoken.  That is what is at stake in 2020.  If you want to persist with the principles, but no action, then, by all means, sit it out or vote for the Democrat.  But do not call yourself “conservative.”

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A Revolutionary Fashion Brand Wants You to Save the Planet by Not Changing Your Underwear for Weeks

 

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Is your B.O. stiffer than Al Gore?

Is the stench in your pants an Inconvenient Truth?

Does anyone near your corroded crotch doze into the Deep Sleep like a canary in a mine?

If so, thank you — I assume you’re saving the world.

In case some of you weren’t aware, not showering for a month is a legitimate way to fight climate change.

But a Scandinavian startup’s got great news: They’ve found a way to temper your B.O.dacious bod while still rescuing humanity.

Four Finnish inventors have developed underwear knitted with silver to kill 99.9 percent of all bacteria-causing odor.

And not only that, but the “seamless knitting technique” used in stitching the drawers together actually makes for a more comfortable wear — which you’ll need, since you won’t be changing.

Taking off clothes, washing them, drying…who needs it?

Not CEO Mads Fibiger, and not Mother Earth.

Mads explains:

“Our business is sustainable fashion. The traditional way of buying, wearing, washing, and throwing away overpriced underwear is a terrible waste of resources. And it is extremely harmful to the environment.”

As reported by Business Insider:

Washing and drying account for two-thirds of the total impact on the environment, and that is why Organic Basics got started on their underwear. … [Silver] is antimicrobial which is why NASA uses silver to purify water for astronauts.

You’ll also be glad to know that the fabric rubbing against your most personal portions was created from industrial waste:

“We use mechanically recycled nylon which is extremely sustainable as a textile choice. The nylon’s raw material is made from mechanically recycled nylon developed in Italy from post-industrial waste fiber, yarn from spinning factories, and waste from weaving mills. And we use a seamless knitting technology making the garment comfortable to wear even for longer periods of time.”

How long exactly? The company says you can sport the same pair of underwear “for weeks.”

Mads laments that “the fashion industry is a dirty bastard” which hasn’t done its part for the environment.

So do yours: Put on a pair of underwear, and just keep going. And going. And a dirty bastard is the opposite of what you’ll be.

So what’s the cost of saving the planet one taint at a time? A 2-pack of SilverTech Boxers goes for $64, and a pair of Thongs — mmmMMM — will run you 56 bucks.

They’ll also run people off.

But maybe not: Organic Basics has already sold more than 200,000 undergarments to approximately 50,000 people.

That, my friends, is the sweet smell of success.

Those little stinkers.

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Pelosi Quotes Scripture While Continuing To Advocate For The Mass Murder Of Innocent Children

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Today, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi held a news conference. It was a wide ranging propaganda effort aimed at supporting her party’s ongoing refusal to acknowledge their electoral defeat in 2016. Initially, Pelosi focused on legislative efforts, under the guise of “helping the American people.” Once she blew through a few phrases on infrastructure needs and prescription drugs (obviously designed to appear as though the Democrat caucus is interested in other things besides “impeachment,”) she then segued to the real point of her tirade. This of course, was the Democrat Party’s continuing effort to overturn the results of a Presidential election, cleverly misnamed, “Congress’s Constitutional Duty.”

Her comments (along with those of her henchman, Adam Schiff) regarding Presidential actions during a phone call with the President of Ukraine, were false on their face. But that’s not the major issue here; we expect Democrats to boldly lie to get their way. My beef with today’s latest Democrat shot at the President, is that it is one of the most abject case of depraved, immoral hypocrisy I’ve ever seen.

As Speaker Pelosi segued into her impeachment pitch, she tried to establish a moral foundation for it by quoting our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ saying, “For what profits a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul.” She followed that up throughout her opening comments and answers to reporter questions with, “We will consider this prayerfully,” or words to that effect—at least 7 times by my count. How dare she. How. Dare. She.

Speaker Pelosi, who constantly claims to be for the common man, has constantly and consistently advocated for the murder of innocent children in the womb. Lately that support has extended to the murder of children who manage to survive the abortion process and now lay gasping for breath on a cold, stainless steel butcher’s table. And now she quotes scripture and claims that she is considering her actions prayerfully?!

I don’t have the ability to come up with the prose that adequately describes the evil that this prayerfully, professed Catholic woman represents, so with apologies to Winston Churchill…

This wicked woman, Pelosi the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred. This monstrous product of former wrongs and shame.

I can only hope that the current titular Vicar of Christ on Earth, Pope Francis, can tear his attention away from the non-existent problem of climate change and instead, focus his energy on the 56 MILLION babies butchered Worldwide each year, 630,000 in the United States—their murders actively supported by Nancy Pelosi. Perhaps the Pope should excommunicate her—just as a good start.

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Rudy Giuliani Ups the Ante: Trump May Sue House Democrats, and There’s Evidence Obama Colluded with Ukraine

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Whoa — in two tweets Wednesday, the President’s personal attorney indicated he’s considering suing House Democrats over their investigation into Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:

“We are carefully considering our legal options to seek redress against Congress and individual members. For engaging in an organized effort that exceeded their limited powers, under the Constitution, and …for trampling on the constitutional rights of citizens by engaging in several illicit plans, carried out by illegal means, to remove the President of the US, on knowingly falsified charges allegations.”

Giuliani — who’s been subpoenaed by Congress in the probe — also broached the subject on Fox program The Ingraham Angle Tuesday. He explained to host Laura that a constitutional lawyer and civil rights attorney suggested he “bring a lawsuit on behalf of the President and several of the people in the administration.”

Plus:

“Maybe even myself as a lawyer against the members of Congress, individually for violating constitutional rights, violating civil rights. They’re doing extraordinary things.”

The former mayor of New York claimed Democrats are impeding his ability to work with leaders of other nations.

Rudy called the Dem frenzy “worse than McCarthy.”

But wait — there’s more.

On Monday night with Sean Hannity, Giuliana said there’s significant evidence the Obama White House ordered Democrats to go in cahoots with Ukraine in order to get dirt on then-candidate Trump:

“The reason why the President of the United States had an obligation to ask the president of Ukraine to follow up on these allegations because there is substantial — I don’t want to exaggerate it but pretty close to overwhelming evidence, including a finding by a Ukrainian court that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats cooperated with Ukrainians with the order coming directly from the White Hous …to dig up dirt on her political opponent, and they did.”

So it’s a Ukrainian extravaganza.

One person who surely isn’t enjoying the festivities: Joe Biden. The Dems’ obsession is cookin’ his goose.

Onward, therefore, Elizabeth Warren, to a 2020 stage upon which you’ll be crushed by a guy who takes no prisoners during debate.

And, despite the opposition party’s greatest dreams, that’s what’s going to happen — he’s gonna be taking no prisoners, not being a prisoner.

Once again, their focus on trying to defeat Trump rather than win an election with superior policies and a superior candidate will be their undoing.

And the beat goes on…and they’re gonna get beat.

-ALEX

 

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A Federal Judge Stops Georgia’s Stringent Abortion Law, and One Senator Must be Saying a Prayer of Thanks

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On Tuesday, a federal judge instated a block against Georgia’s fetal heartbeat bill.

The law was set for effect on January 1st, but U.S. District Judge Steve Jones put a temporary hold on it.

As reported by Atlanta’s WSB-TV, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state in June over the legislation.

Except in cases of rape or incest officially reported to police, H.B. 481 bans abortion once a heartbeat is detected.

ACLU of Georgia Legal Director Sean Young told the Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday’s decision was a triumph for women:

“Today is a tremendous victory for the women of Georgia and for the Constitution. Politicians have no business telling women or couples when to start or expand a family. This case has always been about one thing: letting her decide.”

A spokesperson for Brian Kemp, the Republican governor who signed the bill, said his administration is dedicated to its pro-life position:

“We are currently reviewing Judge Jones’ decision. Despite today’s outcome, we remain confident in our position. We will continue to fight for the unborn and work to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, and prosper.”

Congressional Democratic Kirsten Gillibrand is surely relieved by the judge’s decision. For her, it’s a downright answer to prayer — in May, the senator told the world being pro-abortion was the duty of every Christian:

“If you are a person of the Christian faith, one of the tenets of our faith is free will. One of the tenets of our democracy is that we have a separation of church and state, and under no circumstances are we supposed to be imposing our faith on other people. And I think [the heartbeat law] is an example of that effort.”

As I pointed out at the time:

I’d like to take a moment and point out that, irrespective of any political issue, that statement made absolutely no logical sense.

In response to this latest judicial turn, Planned Parenthood East’s Barbara Ann Luttrell celebrated on behalf of folks nationwide:

“This is a victory for Georgia and people all across the country. We promise the people we serve and the people across the state to protect access to abortion, and together we have.”

Barbara was down and out just months ago amid a wave of pro-life legislation, lamenting, “We’ve never seen it this bad.”

She shouldn’t get too comfortable — the block is, of course, only temporary.

Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox also championed the move, reminding America how abortion should be:

“To the countless Georgians who spoke out against this ban and were ignored, we promised to keep fighting every step of the way and we have. … To Governor Kemp, we promised to see you in court, and we did. But most importantly, to our patients, we promised to protect access to safe, legal abortion and together we have.”

“Safe and legal” — as recently as 2008, Hillary Clinton reiterated that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Democrats seem to be drifting away from that last part.

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Palestinians and the BDS Movement

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For the uninitiated, BDS refers to boycott, divest and sanction Israel for…well, existing.  Their current leader and a co-founder, Omar Barghouti, recently expressed their goals thus:

We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.  I, for one, support euthanasia.

However, something strange recently happened in Israeli politics and it should be a wake-up call to the BDS movement here in the United States.  Ayman Odeh, leader of the Arab bloc in the Israeli Knesset, recently announced he would recommend Benny Gantz as prime minister.  It is a historic declaration because the Arab bloc in the Knesset has never endorsed or recommended ANY Israeli prime minister.

Yet among the voices of the Israel-hating Left, there was nary a whisper.  Perhaps they were all asleep or failed to read Odeh’s op-ed in the New York Times.  Maybe they were preparing a table at some college’s club day or organizing some protest.  Whatever the reason, just the chirp of crickets.

There are three items on the agenda of the BDS movement: (1) ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza, (2) ensuring equality for Arabs in Israel, and (3) ensuring the right of return for all refugees of 1948 and their descendants.  Put them all together and it equals the end of the Jewish state.  And they aim to achieve success on their agenda by making Israel a pariah among nations.

The first rule of the BDS is non-engagement.  It does not matter if you are a liberal, conservative, or moderate.  You will never find Linda Sarsour debating Ben Shapiro or Jonathan Greenblatt.  They will not engage in a discussion about anti-Semitism unless it with a fellow anti-Semite.  They will never question a Jewish voice and prefer instead to block doors, close streets, or shout down those in attendance.

There can be no conversation whatsoever.  To converse, discuss, and debate is to normalize.  To normalize is to condone.  But here is the stickler for the BDS movement: Odeh has no problems with normalization.  In the most recent elections, Arabs in Israel came out in huge numbers with his call for engagement.  Arab turnout jumped from 49% in April to over 60% in September.  Odeh’s statement was a call for co-existence, not wiping Israel off the map as the BDS has its ultimate goal.

This commitment to a two-state solution, which Odeh explicitly endorsed, puts real Palestinians living “over there” at stark odds with BDS supporters “over here.”  BDS does not believe that a Palestinian state can live peacefully alongside Israel (if Gaza is any indication, they may be correct).  Since their founding, the BDS has equated Zionism with racism and Israel as a colonial illegitimate state.  The only solution, therefore, is undoing the founding of Israel in 1948.

It is doubtful that Odeh was motivated by a desire to poke the BDS movement in the eye.  Instead, it was a clear message against Benjamin Netanyahu and an indication that Palestinian voices must be heard.  He is a politician and pragmatist above all else.  Odeh’s statement was a clear wakeup call.  He showed the serious disconnect between the goals of BDS here and the reality there to promote Palestinian rights and self-determination.  While there may be support for the BDS movement in the West Bank and Gaza, from most reports that “support” is ambivalent at best.

The strong Palestinian and Arab turnout in the September elections in Israel indicates that they are pushing for a peaceful solution.  Odeh has announced that the Arab bloc will not join any government, even if Gantz becomes prime minister which has been their policy since forever.  But the mere fact he even waded into this area shows a willingness to start a peaceful dialogue.  That stands in stark contrast to the goals and agenda of the BDS movement.

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Federal Funds ALWAYS Have Strings Attached

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Foreign Aid isn’t the only instance of Federal funds having strings attached. As I noted previously, one of the reasons we give monetary and other forms of aid to other countries, is so that we can establish a “string” to pull on should we need to exert some influence on their behavior.

However, our Foreign Policy isn’t the only arena in which the Federal government uses this technique. Closer to home, Federally funded, stand alone, state and local programs , along with joint, Federal-State programs, are all subject to Federal strings. This is how the Federal government gets around state sovereignty issues. For now at least, there are still some things the Federal government may not force states to do. These funds give the Feds leverage to “encourage” cooperation, often resulting in severe degradation of state sovereignty and sometimes civil rights.

Once a state or locality has been the recipient of Federal dollars for any length of time, it grows dependent upon those dollars. Government entities become so dependent, they often “bet on the come,” by including Federal funds in their forward budget projections. If for some reason those funds are withheld, budgetary havoc ensues. The Federal government and its legions of unelected bureaucrats know this. Every dollar that the state or local government gets back (The Feds can’t give what they first don’t take away) from the Feds, comes with specified and implied constraints.

The specified constraints aren’t usually the problem. For example, Federal highways built and maintained with joint State-Federal dollars must meet certain specifications…materials, construction methods and the like. These are clearly related to quality and hopefully lead to best results on any given project.

However, some Federal strings have little relation to the project being funded and are solely about Federal control. Some examples regarding Federal Highway Funds were enforcement of the national 55 MPH speed limit, national motorcycle helmet law and raising the drinking age to 21.

Some other examples hit closer to home and have led to some egregious civil rights violations and the destruction of lives. Title IX U.S. Code involves equal treatment of women in Education. During the Obama administration, his Department of Education rewrote Federal guidance regarding the handling of ”sexual assault” cases. These new regs came with thinly veiled threats to withhold federal funding from Universities and Public School districts for failure to comply with these new regulations.

As has been determined by numerous court cases, these new regulations turned presumption of innocence on its head. Male students could be charged and “convicted” in a School run process outside the criminal justice system, without being able to see the evidence against them or in many cases, unable to confront their accusers. Several students have been later proven in civil court to have been wrongly “convicted” and expelled…but not before their reputations were ruined—all to exert Federal control and promote a leftist agenda. This is dangerous to our Republic.

Where do conservative, liberty loving states and locales go next? The answer is simple, but tough. The best way to put some limits on this form of Federal control, is to limit dependence on Federal funding. Every Federal dollar comes with strings attached. Some visible, most hidden. It’s tough, but in the long run, states and localities that run their own tight budgetary ship, will be rewarded. Such states will of course attract highly motivated, skilled workers. Just make sure they don’t bring their Blue State attitudes with them.

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