August 10, 2018

People say Donald Trump Tweets too much, but...

Dana Mathewson

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Leftism’s dire consequences, Chicago edition

Dana Mathewson

From Power Line:
With the possible exception of Baltimore, there is no city where the consequences of leftist policies in terms of law and order are more dire than Chicago. Most of our readers are aware, I’m sure, of the wave of murders sweeping through the Windy City. Consider these numbers: Between last Friday afternoon and Monday morning, 74 people were shot in the city, 12 of them fatally. In one seven-hour span, from about midnight Saturday to about 7:00 a.m. Sunday, 41 people were shot. Five of them died.
Jack Dunphy at PJ Media ties Chicago’s ongoing killing spree to the liberal policies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Dunphy explains:

If the city is plagued with a cohort of dangerous young men, what’s to be done about them?. . .The short-term solution is well known but politically fraught: You encourage your police officers to identify and arrest the lawbreakers, and you encourage your prosecutors to bring appropriate charges and seek appropriate sentences.

To those who are troubled by the specter of "mass incarceration,” a question: Given the blood running in the gutters of Chicago’s streets last weekend (and most weekends, especially in summer), are there too many people in jail or too few?

Liberal dogma holds that there are too many. Mayor Emanuel either subscribes to that dogma or is a slave, politically, to it. Either way, his policies are to blame for the killing sprees.


Excellent article. If you are familiar with Jack Dunphy (the pseudonym of a retired policeman), you always look forward to his explanation of police matters -- and the politics surrounding them. He does not disappoint in this article, where he is quoted extensively.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/08/leftisms-dire-consequences-chicago-edition.php



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Is Ohio full of Vampires?

Jack Kemp forwards this:

Scores Of Registered Voters Over 116 Years Old Found In Ohio's 12thDistrict, Report Claims

From the Daily Wire:

A new report alleges that there are scores of registered voters who are over 116 years old in Ohioâ's 12th Congressional District, where Republican Troy Balderson is currently hanging onto a narrow lead over Democrat Danny O’Connor in Tuesday´s special election. Eric Eggers, the research director at the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), reports that GAI accessed voter rolls in Ohioâ's 12th Congressional District last August and found "170 registered voters listed as being over 116 years old [that] still existed on the [voter] rolls." Eggers notes that leftist billionaire and Democratic mega-donor George Soros pledged millions of dollars to fight more...

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Ocasio-Cortez's vision to turn Uncle Sam into Santa Claus is impractical but poses a threat we can't ignore

Dana Mathewson

One hopes -- and expects -- that the Left's shiny new toy will tarnish and lose its luster soon enough. She's already stuck her foot in the mud a few times, the most recent by refusing to debate Ben Shapiro, obviously realizing that he would mop the floor with her.

Unfortunately, her ideas are popular with millennials, who do not know any better. Fox News presents an excellent article by Hannah Scherlacher detailing the threats and the reason for them.

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – the New York congressional candidate many in the media have fallen in love with – was handed rejection when many of the candidates she endorsed lost in Tuesday’s elections. But her radical and totally impractical ideas continue to pose a threat.

The 28-year-old candidate advocates for guaranteed federal jobs, free college for all, Medicare for all, and the abolishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. She’d like to turn Uncle Sam into Santa Claus, handing out freebies 365 days a year – all paid for by crushing taxes on all of us, a skyrocketing national debt or … hey, whatever.

The surprising primary victory that turned this grossly unqualified and woefully uninformed young woman into a candidate likely to be elected to Congress in a heavily Democratic district shows that the real battleground this election cycle is in the classroom.

If we continue to laugh off Ocasio-Cortez as an ignorant and delusional radical, we will be blindsided by the soon-to-be largest voting bloc in America – a generation of indoctrinated millennials.

As a fellow millennial, I know firsthand that Ocasio-Cortez’s college experience probably taught her that being a socialist absolves her of knowing much at all. All she needs to know is that anyone who opposes her is evil. And she needs to memorize a few bumper sticker slogans about the cruel and greedy 1 percent who aren't "paying their fair share.”

Ocasio-Cortez is among the majority of millennials who now say they would prefer to live in a socialist or communist country over a capitalist one. That’s a troubling revelation to older generations. But can young people be blamed for having no memory of the widespread failures of socialism and communism if we never learned about them?

Each year, more and more schools are doing away with basic economics and history courses andreplacing them with anti-American, progressive propaganda.

A survey by U.S. News & World Report found that 53 out of the 76 "best” colleges and universities in America no longer require history majors to take a single course on U.S. history.

Meanwhile, the Communist Manifesto is among the three most frequently assigned readings at American universities and Karl Marx is the most studied economist. Never mind that his economic ideas make about as much sense as the economic theories of Groucho Marx.

And Groucho knew better.
[...]

Crazy as it sounds, some people are even talking about Ocasio-Cortez running for president someday. Will America put her in the White House with the slogan "Make America Socialist?”

If the majority of millennials truly embrace socialism, candidates like Ocasio-Cortez are only one successful voter registration drive away from getting elected to our highest offices.

And if that happens, we and future generations will get to experience the nightmare of economic failure and lack of freedom that the citizens of Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, the Soviet Union, East Germany and other socialist and communist states have suffered through.

The entire story is here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/10/ocasio-cortezs-vision-to-turn-uncle-sam-into-santa-claus-is-impractical-but-poses-threat-cant-ignore.html







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August 09, 2018

Trump supporters will 'provoke violence' when he leaves office, professor says

Dana Mathewson

Well, well. One of Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals" states that you should accuse your opponent of doing exactly what you intend to do (or are doing) yourself. In this case, the Left is provoking violence already.

This woman is really going low. She calls Trump's supporters "racists" with no evidence. Well, maybe she's getting her terms mixed up. Maybe she thinks racists are NASCAR fans? Hey, as we know, the Left needs no evidence for anything.

A women’s studies professor predicts President Trump’s supporters, whom she calls "overt racists,” will "provoke violence” when Trump leaves the Oval Office – even if it is after two terms.

Julie Novkov, chair of the political science department at the State University of New York at Albany, concludes in a recent article for New Political Science that Trump supporters having political power is "dangerous.”

She defines core Trump supporters as overt racists who view immigrants, blacks, Muslims, and Jews as "enemies of the American state” and are "particularly inclined to embrace propaganda."

Tell me, Professor, what "race" are Muslims?

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Whether it is impeachment, resignation, failure to win re-election, or death, Novkov believes Trump supporters will riot when he leaves office.

"I believe that Trumpers – the core supporters Trump has bound to himself through his consistent and persistent messaging – will not accept as legitimate any means through which he departs from the presidency,” Novkov wrote. "Can the Trumpers can be reincorporated into a democratic republic as engaged political actors who accept the fundamental premises of democratic governance?”

Looks to me as if she does not consider the possibility of his serving two complete terms, and therefore, as per the Constitution, exiting the office peacefully; or doing a Calvin Coolidge and "not choosing to run" for a second term. But I think it's obvious this woman isn't playing with a full deck anyhow.

It must be easier to become a professor than it once was. I'd sure hate to be in any of her classes!





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The left's 'identity politics' hypocrisy

Dana Mathewson

This, from Tammy Bruce on Fox News:
Courtesy of California Sen. Kamala Harris, we now have a bit of a hint of the new approach we can expect by the progressives who now control the Democratic Party — focus on identity politics but don’t call it that.

In other words, they will recycle the age-old leftist approach of lying to voters about who they are while vowing to punish those who dare to expose them.

All of this became clear at last week’s "Netroots Nation” political activism conference, which CNN described as "The three-day gathering of thousands of progressive activists amounted to a rejection of warnings from the Democratic establishment that their calls for single-payer health care, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and other progressive priorities would alienate moderate and Republican voters who are otherwise inclined to vote against Trump — both in November’s midterm elections and in the 2020 presidential primary.”

When you’ve lost CNN …

Ms. Harris, widely believed to be eyeing a presidential run, is doing what good progressives do — she engaged in promoting identity politics at the conference, and then told everyone that the phrase "identity politics” was a pejorative.

"Now, I am aware that some people would say that what I just said is plain ‘identity politics.’ But, I have a problem, guys, with that phrase, ‘identity politics.’ ‘Cause let’s be clear, when people say that, it’s a pejorative. That phrase is used to divide and it is used to distract …,” Breitbart reported.

As a friend of mine noted,Ms. Harris‘ new approach is to insist that identity politics doesn’t divide us, but calling it identity politics does.

In other words, "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying ears?"


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August 08, 2018

Dennis Prager takes the Pope to task

 Jack Kemp

In a complex recent article, Dennis Prager, a man with a Jewish religious school upbringing and someone who has studied aspects of Christianity as well, wrote at Townhall.com a critique of Pope Francis entitled "Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism ... and the Bible."

Here are some excerpts. Read the who thing here.

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Last week, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had changed the Catholic catechism. After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.

And God and the Bible? They're wrong, too.

Pope Francis, the product of Latin American liberation theology -- along with many other Catholic religious and lay leaders -- is remaking Catholicism in the image of leftism, just as mainstream Protestant leaders have been rendering much of mainstream Protestantism a branch of leftism, and non-Orthodox Jewish clergy and lay leaders have been rendering most non-Orthodox synagogues and lay institutions left-wing organizations.

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But the Bible makes it clear capital punishment for murder is applicable to all of humanity. It is the first law God gives Noah after the flood, after commanding him to be fruitful and multiply. Putting murderers to death is therefore the first moral law God gives the world. Why this draconian penalty for murder? Because the penalty is a statement about the seriousness of a crime, and the God of the Bible deems the wrongful, deliberate taking of a human life the pinnacle of injustice. Allowing all murderers to keep their own lives diminishes the evil of murder and thereby cheapens the worth of the human being. In God's words, "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image" (Genesis 9:6).

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In a 4-3 decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment violated the Connecticut Constitution, thereby preventing the execution of the murderers and assaulters of Dr. Petit's family.

This was Dr. Petit's reaction: "I think when people willfully, wantingly, without any remorse take someone else's life, they forfeit their right to be among us."

For those who believe in the Bible, Dr. William Petit of Cheshire, Connecticut, echoes God's view. Pope Francis of the Vatican does not.

END OF QUOTE

Tim Birdnow adds:

The Catholic Church has always had a rather dim view of the death penalty primarily because the purpose of life is (in Catholic teaching) to avoid souls going to Hell and by executing someone you have permanently taken away their chance at repentance (of course the coming execution might force them to repent, but the idea is we can''t know that.)  Catholic teaching always accepted the old Testament as authoritative on the death penalty, but asked it be tempered with as much mercy as could be granted. This whole "dignity of the person" horse poo is vintage left wing nonsense from Francis; he couldn't even make his argument properly. But if he had he would have upset a lot of his other cherished ideals, like acceptance of homosexuality. If your primary goal is to keep people out of Hell you can't have a cafeteria approach, condemning executions while shrugging off other behaviors that will lead a soul to Hell.

I did a quick search and found this quote from the Perplexed Pontiff:

"it is freely decided to suppress a human life that is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator, and of which, in the final analysis, God alone is the true judge and guarantor.”

But it was THAT CREATOR who commanded the death penalty for certain crimes in the beginning, and it was THAT CREATOR who gave "the king the power of the sword" to "punish evildoers".  To claim we have no right to follow the Lord's own instructions is, well, the spirit of anti-Christ, a rebellion against what we were commanded to do.

One of the problems here too is the absolute division of the individual from society. The death penalty is not just to "punish" but to act as a warning to others. Granted, it has been rarely used in that way, with years, sometimes decades of legal procedures before it is enforced, and then it is done privately rather than with a public display, so most of the latter day Popes have opposed it as not generally useful, but the fact is it does indeed serve as a deterrent. The left always argues it does not because they have made it so rare and private - and of course there is no way to determine if a person did NOT commit a crime out of fear of it.

There has been a lively (pardon the pun) debate about this topic in theological circles in the Church for a long time. This is typical Francis; he leeps in without nuance or acknowledging the other side.  He is doing irreparable harm to the Church and the World he is supposed to shepherd.

I think Prager hit the nail on the head.

END

And here is what Dana Mathewson adds:

All I have to offer is that I believe Dennis has hit it out of the ballpark here. His understanding of the Bible is deep...

And if one wishes to extend the baseball analogy, Pope Francis has struck out, once again. He seems not to understand that his job is not to rewrite the theology of the Church. If he desires to make his mark upon the Church, what he should do -- if he has the wisdom, which clearly he does not -- is to extend the understanding of the message of Jesus. Not to distort it.


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To Limit the Second Amendment, New York Attacks the First

Dana Mathewson

On Aug. 4, Jack Kemp posted an article detailing how New York City officials are attacking the NRA (please see the article). Now, in an article on National Review, David French declares that their efforts are unconstitutional. I sincerely hope a courts steps in and informs him of that fact!

The state has no right to threaten financial institutions that do business with the NRA.

Imagine the following scenario. Imagine the media response.

By October, the governor of Texas was fed up. A well-funded ten-month campaign by Everytown for Gun Safety designed to stigmatize gun ownership was causing support for gun rights to measurably decline. Called "You afraid?” the campaign mocked men and women who carried weapons to grocery stores or restaurants. An associated "courage” campaign asked mothers to hand back their carry licenses, and while most didn’t, the dozens who did received international media attention.

Then, two weeks before Halloween, a gunman opened fire in a Houston Walmart, and no one responded for nine agonizing minutes until police arrived. This was Texas. The store wasn’t a gun-free zone — yet not a single armed citizen was available to intervene.

The governor was furious. In public comments, he blasted Everytown, declaring — in no uncertain terms — that "gun-controllers have no place in Texas. Because that’s not who we are.” But words mean nothing without action, and the state of Texas acted. The governor directed state regulators to "urge insurers and bankers statewide to determine whether any relationship they may have with Everytown or similar organizations sends the wrong message to their clients and their communities who often look to them for guidance and support.”

Regulators responded, issuing "guidance letters” directed at the chief executive officers, or equivalents, of all Texas licensed financial institutions and all insurers doing business in Texas. The letters urged recipients to sever ties with Everytown and other "gun controller organizations.” The letters went well beyond a mere political exhortation and invoked the private corporations’ "risk management” obligations and their obligations to consider "reputational risks.”

State regulators began investigating Everytown’s business transactions in the state and coerced key vendors into consent decrees that not only punished allegedly unlawful activity but banned those vendors from engaging in entirely lawful business relationships with the gun-control organization. As state regulators moved, other commercial entities backed away — ending longstanding business relationships with Everytown.

Let me ask a simple question. If Texas acted like this — if it used state financial regulators to issue warning letters to institutions doing business with an organization unquestionably engaged in constitutionally protected advocacy — do you think for one moment that America’s mainstream media would remain silent, or speak up mainly to chuckle at Everytown’s financial predicament? Do you think for one moment that America’s leading progressives wouldn’t sense an immediate threat to free speech?

Yet the scenario above is playing out today, in a different state, with a different target. New York’s Andrew Cuomo is engaging in a deliberate campaign to use state power to drive the NRA out of business. It’s using a combination of consent decrees and warning letters directed at financial institutions to coerce them into cutting of business relationships with the NRA.

Cuomo’s intentions aren’t hidden. He’s on a crusade. "If I could have put the NRA out of business, I would have done it 20 years ago,” he said earlier this week. He followed up with this pithy statement: "I’m tired of hearing the politicians say, we’ll remember them in our thoughts and prayers. If the NRA goes away, I’ll remember the NRA in my thoughts and prayers.”

Clever. But when statements like this are accompanied by state action, there’s another word that applies — unconstitutional.

[...]

Heckle all you want, Governor Cuomo. Display your malice. But the instant that malice translates into state action aimed at speech is the instant the Constitution holds you to account.
My money is on the NRA here -- literally, as I am a few months into a 3-year membership. But their pockets are not really all that deep, even though they are now up to unprecedentedly high membership numbers. New York City's left is also very well-funded.

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Finally! Some fuel economy common sense

Paul Driessen

In 2012, the Obama EPA decreed that Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ standards must rise to 54.5 mpg by 2025 … claiming that CO2 and other vehicle greenhouse gas emissions required a near-total shift to electric cars to prevent manmade climate cataclysms. The fact that such standards would force car makers to build much smaller, lighter vehicles that would lead to numerous extra injuries and deaths was never considered. Last week, the Trump EPA and Transportation Department proposed that the standards be frozen at 37 mpg – or perhaps allowed to rise at a much slower rate. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until the end of September.

As my article points out, CAFÉ standards are a relic of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo and recurrent fears that we would soon run out of oil. Climate fears were a convenient add-on. None of these assertions is grounded in evidence or common sense – any more than are California Governor Jerry Brown’s assertions that the 37 mpg freeze is "an assault on the health” of all Americans, a "reckless scheme” that will force motorists to "pay more at the pump and breathe dirtier air.”

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After Greitens Unions win Big in Missouri

Timothy Birdnow

Labor unions in Missouri have won a huge victory in defeating prop A, also known as Right to Work, in a referendum held on the law, which was passed by the Missouri legislature and signed by former Governor Eric Greitens.

CNN has the story:

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Florida cows thwart carjacking suspect, herd her straight toward police

Dana Mathewson

From the "Cops get unlikely help" files, here's one that'll surprise you. Or maybe not.

An alleged carjacking suspect almost got away from Florida police – only to be thwarted by a herd of pesky cows.

Police said the driver and a passenger in a stolen Subaru SUV fled on foot after the car crashed in a ditch in Sanford,WKMG-TV reported. Another passenger remained at the scene and was arrested.

The driver, identified as Jamie Michael Young, was apprehended with the help of a Sanford police dog, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

But the other passenger, Jennifer Kaufman, fled to a nearby field where she was corralled by cattle.

In a video released by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted in the incident, Kaufman can be seen running through a field with more than two dozen cows in pursuit. At least one cow got very close to the woman.

"If you see the large group of cows, they’re literally following her and chasing her,” an officer said in the video.

Eventually the cows herded her to the edge of a field where she climbed through what appears to be a fence, only to be immediately arrested.

 

Yep, that's no bull, folks. Apparently cows are pretty territorial when all is said and done. The farmer gives a good explanation in the article, found here http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/08/florida-cows-thwart-carjacking-suspect-herd-her-straight-toward-police.html

 

which contains the aforementioned video AND a photo of the woman, who looks to be one I wouldn't want to tangle with. No wonder the cows wanted her out of their field!


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August 07, 2018

Florida restaurant cancels NFL package over national anthem protests

Dana Mathewson

This makes me want to visit Florida sometime during the NFL season, once it gets going.

From Fox News:

A Florida restaurant decided to cancel its DirecTV NFL package over the controversy about players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices.

Curtis West, who co-owns Beef O’Brady’s in Brooksville with his wife Janet, told FOX13 Tampa Bay on Monday there will be no NFL games shown because of the "disrespect” the players have shown.

"Last year, with the kneeling and the disrespect to our veterans and our flag and our country, I was very upset,” West told the station.

The restaurant will save more than $5,000 by canceling its package and instead will offer veterans 40 percent off on food Sundays during game days, the station reported.
I'm not a vet, neither is my wife, but I like the gesture. And I'd support it if my travel plans included Florida. Dare we hope this man's action inspires others around the country?

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Heat’s on Rahm in re-election race after bloody Chicago weekend

Dana Mathewson

Whatever happened to never letting a crisis go to waste? Here, Ex-President Obama's former chief of staff is letting an entire city go to waste. Apparently the Peter Principle (remember that?) has hit once again.

From Fox News:

After a bloody Chicago weekend that left a dozen dead and another 62 wounded, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing a mounting political crisis -- with his rivals emboldened as they aim to unseat him in the looming mayoral election.

Several of Emanuel’s 10 challengers slammed the prominent Democrat for the city’s soaring crime and blamed him for everything from an understaffed police force to a lack of investment in Chicago’s economically downtrodden neighborhoods.

Emanuel has tried to fend off the attacks while calming an alarmed electorate, but the latest violence has only fueled the calls for political change in the February election.

"What happened over the weekend is absolutely horrific and unacceptable. It’s another tragic weekend in Chicago, and unfortunately, we’ve had too many of them,” former Chicago Public Schools CEO and mayoral candidate Paul Vallas said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "There is no substitution for providing the police resources we need to close this gap.”

Vallas blamed Emanuel for permitting the police department’s detective division to be "gutted through attrition”and accused him of shifting officers to various sections of the city for "political reasons.”

There's lots more, as you'd expect, including a blast from former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who rightly refers to decades of "one party Democratic rule" for the violence in a series of tweets.

Meanwhile, Emanuel serves up meaningless pablum about how "Our souls are burdened," Emanuel said. "It is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago. We are a better city." Words, but so far no action.

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Elizabeth Warren tries to fuel a race war

Jack Kemp

In order to change her lilly white image as someone who only talks about (fighting) big money banks - and to also compete with Bernie Sanders as the biggest nut in America - Elizabeth Warren is now smearing US law enforecemt as racist.

J'accuse Sen. Warren. Clearly she is trying to raise racial tensions in this country with undocumented and inflamitory remarks - and she doesn't much care what the consequenses will be, just as long as she can get a chance at the Democratic Party nomination for President in 2020.

In Rich Lowry's article in the NY Post, he concludes "... in reaction to President Trump, the left is embracing a sweeping indictment of America as undemocratic and racist at the core.Warren’s performance shows that the party is prepared to consider no critique of America too radical or out of bounds.?"

Here are some of the lowlights.

BEGIN QUOTE

The Massachusetts senator who has made a career of unfairly maligning bankers and other alleged capitalist malefactors is now smearing the criminal justice system, too.

In a speech at a historically black college in New Orleans, she declared that "the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist . . . I mean front and back.”

Her riff is a sign that the Democrats are going to leaven their lurch toward socialism with a condemnation of America as fundamentally racist. After helping fuel Trump’s rise in 2016 with loose rhetoric about the bigotry of cops, Democrats hope to dislodge him in 2020 with even more sweeping accusations of systematic racism.

...But the contention that US law enforcement is a product of racial hatred is a paranoid lie, from top to bottom, from beginning to end, from front to back.

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The biggest reason for the overall disparity in incarceration is different rates of offending. Blacks account for a little more than 50 present of homicides.

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August 06, 2018

Moonbat Peter Fonda Suggests Election Fraud for Democrat Election Wins

Dana Mathewson

I just found this one on Tammy Bruce's excellent site. Peter Fonda continues to embarrass. It's short and to the point, so I won't quote any of it here, just give you the link.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is A Millennial’s Millennial

Dana Mathewson, with hat tip to David Dickinson

Here's a good evaluation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- or She Guevara, as some are styling her -- by John Hirschauer, found on Daily Wire. I hope you appreciate it, and the threat that she (and they... "they" being millennials, of course) pose to today's America.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the hero millennials deserve. Her cocksure ignorance befits a generation that despises its elders, shouts down its superiors and scoffs at its history, all because they’re confident -- no, certain -- that they are more virtuous than you.

When she decried the Israeli "occupation” of Palestine -- whatever that means -- and was subsequently pressed on the subject in a now-infamous PBS interview, she ceded that she’s "not an expert on geopolitics on this issue.” She has given completely incoherent answers when asked how she is going to pay for the multi-trillion dollar entitlement programs she’s proposing, offering little beyond emotive adjectives and the assurance that she has spoken with a "Nobel Prize economist.”

 

That’s cold comfort; to modify Bill Buckley’s formula slightly, someone has to win a Nobel Prize in economics. And if Mark Steyn is right when he says that being a multiculturalist absolves you of knowing anything about other cultures, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s candidacy seems to suggest that being a socialist absolves you of knowing anything at all.

Sock! Pow! Biff! I'd add that knowing nothing makes her just what millennials want, makes her fit right in with them.

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August 05, 2018

California Nightmare

Dana Mathewson

In the past few years we've often heard the Anchor State of the Left Coast referred to as The Peoples' Republic of California. In case there are one or two of you who have just moved in from, oh, say, Lithuania and don't understand the reference, the following blog post from Power Line may help you:

A little noticed detail in Santa Barbara’s recent drive to criminalize plastic straws, which culminated in the Santa Barbara city council taking testimony from a nine-year-old about the planetary menace, has come to light in recent days. During that council session, councilman Jesse Dominguez said to following in response to citizens who asked "what’s next?”:

"Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/08/no-straw-man-here-the-mask-slips-in-santa-barbara.php

And don't you love it when a politician tries to say "Well, you didn't understand what I was trying to say?" Yeah, sure, Skippy, We totally understood you, and that's your problem. We hope the voters of Santa Barbara remember this at election time and hang this around your neck like a dead albatross!

I wish they'd included the testimony from the nine-year-old, but I have the suspicion it wouldn't have been much different from the councilmember's comments.

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August 04, 2018

NRA's Future at Risk in NY Courts

Jack Kemp

Gov. Cuomo of New York is engaged in lawfare against the NRA and The Second Amendment, moving to force New York insurance companies to not cover the NRA gun education classes (and other services) under penalty of a stiff fine.

Townhall.com reports that:


The NRA's Future Rests In The Hands of One Court Case. Here's Why.

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Posted: Aug 04, 2018 6:00 AM

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) has filed a collective lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), New York State's Superintendent of Financial Services Maria T. Vullo and the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS).

Why These Defendants?

The NRA claims Cuomo, Vullo and DFS knowingly went to banks and insurance companies to tell them not to work with the pro-gun group, Rolling Stone first reported.

"Simply put, Defendants made it clear to banks and insurers that it is bad business in New York to do business with the NRA," the lawsuit says. "As a direct result of this coercion, multiple financial institutions have succumbed to Defendants’ demands and entered into consent orders with DFS that compel them to terminate longstanding, beneficial business relationships with the NRA, both in New York and elsewhere."

According to the NRA, Everytown for Gun Safety reached out to Cuomo's office in Sept. 2017 over NRA's Carry Guard insurance program. Specifically, Everytown "prompt[ed] a crackdown by sympathetic government officials that would target alleged compliance infirmities in Carry Guard."
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This is a fairly long story and somewhat complicated. But it is readable. Go to the link here.

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Corey Booker holds up anti-Israel sign

Cory Booker claims he didn’t read the anti-Israel sign that he allowed himself to be photographed holding by Thomas Lifson

Senator Cory Booker, who is one of the Democrats contending for his party’s 2020 nomination for president, is pleading political negligence, claiming that he didn’t bother to read a sign that he allowed himself to be photographed holding.  Booker, who has raised considerable money from pro-Israel Jewish groups, apparently got carried away with intersectional enthusiasm at the Netroots Nation confab...

The professionally printed sign reads, "From Palestine to Mexico all the walls have got to go.” 

As Aaron Bandler points out at Jewish Journal, that slogan was crafted by the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights...

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 Senator Booker has a long record of phoniness, going back to the start if his political career when he pretended to live in public housing. Now, he is trying to cultivate the far left of the Democratic Party, which hates Israel, while maintaining his ability to raise money from Jewish donors to the party, some of whom still are attached to the notion of the survival of Israel. Even morons realize that without walls to protect it, Israel would suffer wave upon wave of terror from its neighbors Hamas and Hezb’allah, not to mention the ISIS troops operating in Syria.

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August 03, 2018

Rush Misses the Point: The Destruction of the US Is Well Organized and Underway

Dana Mathewson

This one's scary, no two ways about it.

Joel Goodman writes this one for Townhall. I'll give you just a taste, as usual.
Everyone says that the Democratic Party is not the Party of JFK, still they discuss the far left element of the party through an intellectualized political lens formed in the shape of the old politics. Many on the air still treat the Democrats and the media and those who revere former President Obama with a certain politeness when ascribing motives to their actions. They make fun of them and laugh at them when discussing their actions. Humor is always good in a too serious world.

But the violent left is not funny.

The game is different. The rules have changed.

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The United States is in the way of a Communist styled world.

Whether those wanting to bring down the United States are truthful in their accusations is irrelevant. The end will justify the means for them. The means is conflict, disruption and destabilization. What is being protested is irrelevant as long as there is protest. The truthfulness or accuracy of what’s being screamed is irrelevant, as long as there are accusations and there is screaming.

Scared yet? The entire article is here: https://townhall.com/columnists/joelgoodman/2018/08/03/rush-misses-the-point-the-destruction-of-the-us-is-well-organized-and-underway-n2506505

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