October 14, 2018

Where the real court action is

Dana Mathewson

Despite the seismic events of the last couple of weeks or so, the Supreme Court is not really the place where the main action takes place in our court system. John Lott gives us some great information in this article from (where else) Fox News this morning.

Republicans are ecstatic and Democrats are livid about Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. But while the Supreme Court is important, many Americans tend to exaggerate its powers.

Democrats still firmly control the nation’s district courts and circuit courts of appeals, where virtually all federal judicial decisions are made.

Even if Republicans keep control of the Senate in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the balance of power on these courts isn't going to change in the next two years.

The Supreme Court grants oral arguments to about 80 cases a year. The nation’s highest court decides another 50 cases without hearing oral arguments.

By contrast, the circuit courts of appeals handled 51,832 cases in the 12-month period ending March 31.

Consequently, the circuit courts – not the Supreme Court – have the final word on 99.75 percent of all cases. The lower-level district courts handled 363,000 cases.

Whether you care about immigration, gun control, abortion or other hot-button issues, the circuit courts and district courts are where most of the work occurs.

[...].

Of the 13 circuit courts of appeals, Democratic appointees control eight and Republican appointees control four. One is evenly split. So far, most of President Trump's appointees (62 percent) have been replacements for retiring conservative judges.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is often referred to as the nation’s second-highest court. Because all federal agencies are headquartered in and around the nation’s capital, this court oversees their decisions. Democratic appointees have a 7-3 majority on the D.C. Circuit Court, with one vacancy due to Kavanaugh's elevation to the Supreme Court.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over California and eight other Western states that together represent over 20 percent of the U.S. population – more than any other circuit court. Again, Democratic appointees are firmly in control, with 16 judges, compared to seven appointed by Republicans.

[...]

If President Trump were to fill all existing vacancies on the circuit courts of appeals, the only circuit that he could move from the control of Democratic appointees to even a tie would be the 3rdCircuit Court of Appeals.

If Democrats take control of the Senate following the midterm elections next month, they are promising to bring judicial confirmations to a halt.

Five of the Democratic appointees on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals are over 70 years old, but to flip the court Trump would have to fill all of the current vacancies and four of these older judges would have to retire.

Nine circuit court judges who were nominated by Democrats are over 75 years old. In a second Trump term, Republicans might be able to flip one of the circuit courts – the 4th Circuit.

 

Among other things, this is why it is so important that the Republicans retain control of the Senate in next month's elections. 

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October 13, 2018

Left may Regret Kavanaugh Tantrum

Timothy Birdnow

Reading Mollie Ziegler Hemingway's essay Trump's Kavanaugh Apology Showed True Presidential Leadership it occurred to me that the Democrats have seriously damaged confidence in the courts, especially the Supreme Court. Talk of an "asterisk" beside Kavanaugh's name, for instance, makes people doubt the virtue of an unelected person having the kind of power the Democrats have sought for the courts. They may seriously regret having vilified Kavanaugh, and by extension the entire SCOTUS.

Oh, and by the way, what is this "asterisk" nonsense? Nothing is different about Kavanaugh than any other Associate Justice. This is, of course, a sports metaphor; a record in a short season, for instance, gets an asterisk. So too does the use of performance enhancers; Mark McGuire, the famous Cardinals home run titan, has such an asterisk since it turns out his home run record was purchased with pharmaceuticals. But you can stick whatever modifying glyph you please, but in the end Brett Kavanaugh's rulings and reasoning will have an immediate effect and will be used by future Courts, and tough toenails to the liberals who want to somehow impeach his credibility. Future SCOTUS Justices are not going to ignore him based on a bunch of crybabies who won't accept his being on the Court.

And it's not like Kavanaugh is being rejected for his legal reasoning or whatnot. It's over an accusation stemming from a completely unverifiable incident when he was a high schooler. That and the fact he got mad when he was accused of being a would-be rapist by his opponents in the Senate as a last-ditch effort to keep him off the Court.

The fact is, Kavanagh would have sailed right through if he wasn't going to be the swing vote. He'd have had an easier time of it than Neil Gorsuch, who came through largely unscathed because the Dems weren't willing to die on that particular hill. They had to wait until it REALLY mattered, then try to destroy a man to save their power.

But did they? In point of fact this is going to reduce the power of the Supreme Court and likely all other courts.

Alexander Hamilton said that the Supreme Court was the weakest branch of government because it had no enforcement powers of it's own, and no money. SCOTUS derives all of it's power from moral authority and from the power given it by the other branches of government. During the Obama era President Obama routinely ignored court rulings - especially lower court rulings - that got in his way. He could do this because he knew the GOP wouldn't hold him accountable out of fear of being seen attacking the first black President, and he knew the courts couldn't stop him for lack of actual power.

For example, Obama ignored the Fifth Circuit ruling against his policy of amnetizing illegal aliens. He also ignored a SCOTUS ruling and went after Texas for requiring voter identification. He told SCOTUS to go jump in the lake over affirmative action, ordering colleges to use race as a basis for admissions despite the Court ruling against him. He simply ignored a subpoena to appear in a Georgia courts over eligibility questions. He ignored court rulings against secret wiretapping and instructed the FISA courts to continue the program.

There are many more examples of Obama following the law only when it was convenient.

Now the Left is going to demand that SCOTUS be ignored because of Kavanaugh. Well, I won't complain overmuch at that; it will be deuced difficult to reinstate the kind of reverence the Left needed for the Court in order to use it to advance their nefarious agenda. remember, abortion was created from whole cloth by the Court. There was never a vote by the public. Ditto gay marriage. Ditto school busing. And if the courts are to be ignored, then two can play at that game.

So the Left may well have outsmarted themselves with this Kavanagh temper tantrum. It's mighty difficult to put that mushroom cloud back in that shiny uranium sphere....

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Lessons from the Kavanaugh chaos

Dana Mathewson

If it seems like I have been spending an inordinate amount of time reading the offerings from Fox News, it's because I have. There have been many good articles there.

Here is one by Christopher J. Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. It's no surprise to find the son has a sharp, analytical mind, just as his father did. Here, he tells

"What my father, Justice Antonin Scalia, would have thought"


I’ve frequently been asked in the past few weeks what my father, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, would think about the contentious battle just waged over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the nation’s highest court.

Would he have been surprised by the heated debate, political maneuvers, protests, last-minute delays and uncorroborated allegations of sexual misconduct that we saw during now-Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation process?

Although I don’t think my father (or anyone) could have predicted the twists and turns of the past several weeks, I don’t think he would have been shocked by the no-holds-barred fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, either. He long ago warned Americans about the excessive intrusion of politics into the judicial appointment process. And he explained that a large share of the blame belongs to the justices themselves.

My father believed that a major reason the judicial confirmation process has become so heated is that federal judges too often exceed the role envisioned by our nation’s founders and usurp the power of elected representatives.

Alexander Hamilton famously argued "that the judiciary is beyond comparison the weakest of the three departments of power” and that "the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from” the judicial branch.

But Hamilton qualified that claim. He said it would only be true as long as "the judiciary remains truly distinct from both the legislature and the Executive.” Hamilton agreed with the French political philosopher Montesquieu, who warned that "there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers.”

Maintaining that separation means limiting the role of judges. My father explained that for most of American history, Supreme Court justices recognized that the meaning of legal texts – including the Constitution – did not change.

This is an excellent article. It is evident that father and son discussed the Constitution many times. in this article, the idea of a "living Constitution" is addressed, as are the elder Scalia's thoughts on the matter.


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This should have happened years ago, in my estimation

Dana Mathewson

Hillary Clinton had her security clearance removed over the summer "at her request,” the Senate Judiciary Committee, who received confirmation from the State Department, revealed Friday.

The news comes as part of an update from the State Department of "its ongoing review of the mishandling of classified information related to the use of Clinton’s non-government email server,” a news release from the committee said.

Five other people labeled by the former secretary of state as being researchers, "including close aide Cheryl Mills,” also lost their clearance, the news release said.

The Judiciary Committee released a letter, dated Sept. 21 from the State Department to Chairman Chuck Grassley, detailing their progress in the investigation and the status of Clinton’s clearance, which was "administratively withdrawn” on Aug. 30. Mills and the other four individuals, whose name were redacted from the letter, had their clearance removed on Sept. 20, the letter said.

"As we previously informed the committee, these individuals had been granted access to classified information through a request made by Secretary Clinton designating them as researchers, per E.O. 13526, Sec. 4.4(a)(2),” the letter said.

"At her request," eh? That's the part that has me scratching my head. How does this do her any political good? And we all know that woman never does anything without a political motive. Never! Could it be to stop the chorus of conservatives who have been howling for her clearance to be revoked? Possibly, but I doubt it. She discounts us as "deplorables," thinks we have no reason for being.

If you believe you know why she'd want this, PLEASE leave a comment below!

My only question is, why did it take so long to revoke that clearance? It should have been yanked the day after she stepped down as Secretary of State, never to be reinstated.

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New Disease in Illinois; land of Illegal Aliens

Timothy Birdnow

There have been nine cases of a polio-like disease infecting children in Illinois and it has the Center for Disease Control (CDC) worried.

According to the Belleville News Democrat:

"Illinois Department of Health officials were investigating this week after nine "sporadic” cases of children diagnosed with a new polio-like illness were reported and confirmed within the state.

Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is a rare, but potentially severe condition that has been on the rise, a recent report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevent stated."

[...]

"From August 2014 to August 2018, the CDC reported receiving information that there had been a total of 362 cases, most of which affected children. This year, there have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states across the U.S.

The infection is similar to viruses like polio and West Nile that affect the nervous system — especially the spinal cord — causing muscles and reflexes to become weak. Those who contract AFM face paralysis, long-term health problems and even death."

End excerpt.

So, another new illness has come on the scene, this one similar to polio and West Nile. What I found interesting, other than the fact that we seem up to our eyeballs in new illnesses. is the following:

"While officials said the cases occurred in northern Illinois, more specific locations were not publicly available."

End quote.

Northern Illinois is home to a huge immigrant population, and the Chicago area is more likely to answer the telephone with "Ola" rather than "hello". It seems probable to me that this new illness was brought by our immigrant friends. Even if that is not the case the mixture of peoples up there, with all manner of compromised immune systems from a lack of childhood immunizations to intravenous drug use and whatnot is an ideal incubation chamber for new diseases trying to break out into the general public. There is a problem with "diversity" that the Left will never tell you about; it is a breeding ground for disease, in many cases, as well as strife.

Illinois is a sanctuary state.

This is just one more reason why the Chicago area and much of northern Illinois should be walled off and domed over.

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I'm Rubber You're Glue...

Jack Kemp

This sounds like something from The Onion, but it isn't.


Teacher Who Said Stephen Miller Ate Glue As A Child Under Review By School


David Dickinson adds:

Here's a classmate of Miller's from third grade talking about him a few months ago. The question we have to ask is what is behind this and why now, or is it just a slow news period and Stephen Miller's name was next on the list of people to attack?

 


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Democrat witches meet in Bklyn to hex Kavanaugh - I KID YOU NOT

Jack Kemp:

I will not be going to Brooklyn to cover this event.


https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/10/democrat-witches-to-hex-justice-kavanaugh-in-occult-ritual-on-saturday/


CNS News reported:

Democrat Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual on Saturday

Witches plan to place a public hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh through an occult ritual on Oct. 20 in New York City, an event sponsored by Catland Books, which describes itself as "Brooklyn's premiere occult bookshop & spiritual community space." The planned ritual has been advertised on Facebook.

"Please join us for a public hex on Brett Kavanaugh, upon all rapists and the patriarchy at large which emboldens, rewards and protects them," reads the description for the event, "Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh."

"We are embracing witchcraft's true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and it's history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him," reads the description.

"œHe will be the focal point, but by no means the only target, so bring your rage and all of the axes you've got to grind" states Catland.

They are looking for donation."

Read the rest at Gateway Pundit.

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Greg Walcher commentary: More misplaced environmentalist outrage

Paul Driessen

Greg Walcher has written another perceptive column addressing US environmental laws and regulations. As he notes, these rules can be applied in evenhanded, commonsense ways – or as weapons against disfavored industries and activities. His case in point is the Obama era Department of the Interior’s re-interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, to make all killing of all migratory birds in all places at all times illegal, with possible fines or even jail.

The Obama Interior Department tried to apply migratory bird rules against oil and gas companies whose activities inadvertently killed birds – while ignoring countless more bird deaths by wind turbines. In the final days of the Obama administration, the Department tried to formalize this approach, through a legal opinion by its Solicitor General. The incoming Trump-Zinke Interior Department reversed that opinion – and environmentalists, the Washington Post and a few other folks went ballistic. Greg tells the rest of the story in this entertaining and informative article.

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Facebook Friend Hoax

Dana Mathewson


Just in case anybody has been "punked" by this.

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October 12, 2018

Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein should leave their top Justice Department jobs soon

Dana Mathewson

As Shakespeare would have said, "'Tis a consummation greatly to be wish'd!" A Fox News article by Gregg Jarrett goes on to say:

Fortunately for our country, Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t have much more time left in his job. Once the Nov. 6 midterm elections are over, President Trump is widely expected to belatedly accept the letter of resignation tendered by Sessions in May 2017.

Hopefully, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will also leave the Justice Department when Sessions heads out the door.

Both Sessions and Rosenstein have done enormous damage to the Trump presidency, our nation and our system of justice. We will all be better off with them out of their jobs. As the old saying goes, "good riddance to bad rubbish!”

The Washington Postis reporting that Trump recently spoke with Sessions’ Chief of Staff Matthew G. Whitaker about replacing Sessions as attorney general. It is unclear whether Whitaker would take the helm temporarily or permanently.

There are others who should be considered to replace Sessions. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, would be an excellent choice. So would Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

In a recent interview, President Trump remarked that "I don’t have an attorney general.” He is absolutely right.

On his first day in office, Sessions recused himself from any involvement in the investigation of possible "collusion” between the Trump presidential campaign or Donald Trump and Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. This was like a fire chief running away from the scene of a major blaze.

Sessions made it official three weeks later, shirking his duty to supervise a critically important investigation and instead relegating himself to become a meaningless bystander as events threatened to overtake the new administration.

The attorney general deliberately concealed his intent to disregard his responsibility and duty from President Trump, betraying the president’s trust and poisoning their relationship from the outset.

If not for Sessions’ deceit, it is unlikely that a special counsel – Robert Mueller or anyone else – would have ever been appointed.

Chew that last paragraph over a few times, dear readers! And think of how much time would not have been wasted!

I [Jarrett] explained this in my book "The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump.” As I wrote, Sessions misread or misinterpreted the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R. 45.2) when he testified before Congress that he was "required” to recuse himself.

In fact – and this is critically important – the attorney general was not required to bow out of the Russia probe.

Sessions was either duped by holdovers from the Obama Justice Department, or simply failed to comprehend the plain meaning of the regulations. If Sessions knew what he was doing, he would have ended the Russia investigation at its outset, saving our nation millions of dollars and the continued national discord the probe has spawned.

The American people elected Donald Trump as our president to revive our economy, oversee our relations with foreign friends and foes alike, defend our nation, work with Congress to pass legislation, appoint judges, and carry out other enormously important work. They didn’t elect Trump to spend a big chunk of his time dealing with an investigation that goes on and on and on, desperately seeking something – anything – to pin on the president.

After Sessions unnecessarily and improperly recused himself from supervising the Russia probe – and failed to halt the unwarranted investigation entirely – Rosenstein took it upon himself to oversee the operation and appointed Mueller as special counsel.

This played neatly into the anti-Trump scheme admittedly devised by fired FBI director James Comey, who was Mueller’s close friend and long-time professional ally.

Rosenstein misconstrued – and thereby misused – the special counsel regulation authorizing Mueller’s appointment. The case at that point was a counterintelligence probe, not a criminal investigation.

Please read the whole thing!  https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/gregg-jarrett-jeff-sessions-and-rod-rosenstein-should-leave-their-top-justice-department-jobs-soon

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My Father’s Brother and his Japanese Keeper in WWII

Jack Kemp

This story is stranger than fiction – but true. However, when I first heard as a teenager that my uncle Avram spent WWII in Kobe, Japan, I didn’t believe my parents. How could a poor Jew (and my father’s family was very poor) both get a visa and pay for a trip from Poland to Japan, of all places, an ally of Germany? It sounded absurd, a fictional delusion. It took decades – and both the internet and documentaries I found on Amazon.com - to explain how this actually was true.

The first issue, not well covered in my high school WWII history (as best I can recall it), is that when Germany invaded Poland in September of 1939 to start WWII in Europe, they "only” took the Western part of the country. Secret pre-war deals between Joseph Stalin and Hitler left the eastern part of Poland to the Soviet Union which invaded that area three weeks after the German Army invaded from the west. But with the chaos of war, people were able to flee to the east and on into the Baltic states such as Latvia and Lithuania. Later, of course, Hitler double crossed Stalin and invaded eastward into Russia itself, but that’s another matter.

Word spread quickly that a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania was writing transit visas enabling Jews to travel across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and on to Japan and Japanese held Shanghai, China. He did this in defiance of instructions from his own government. This diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, saved the lives of roughly six thousand Jews, one of them being my father’s brother, my uncle Avram.

Now Avram had no money for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and there is the question of why would Stalin honor those visas? My uncle wasn’t the only poor person who fled first to Lithuania, yet he got financial aid from an American Jewish charity. As for why autocratic Joseph Stalin honored those visas, that was a question of hardnosed realpolitik. Stalin was facing an upcoming war with Germany on his Western Front. Japan was not then at war with the Soviet Union but had a large army in Manchuria (occupied China) facing a large Soviet army just across the border from them in Siberia. The last thing Stalin wanted was a two front war. He did not want to give the Imperial Japanese government any excuse, such as an insult to their diplomat or his official visas, to become a cause for a war on Siberian soil. So Stalin’s travel agents (they were all secret police members) honored those visas issued by Mr. Sugihara with great respect. Refugees got to ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad to the Pacific Port of Vladivostok. There they boarded ships to Japan and a large number of them were also transported to the international city of Shanghai, one of the very few places one could go in the world without a formal entry visa. For some reason, my uncle Avram went to Kobe, Japan, along with some of the other fleeing refugees. He spent not only all the rest of WWII there, but the next few years until Israel became an independent country which took in all Jewish refugees. The British, before, during and after WWII, severely limited the number of Jews allowed to enter what was then officially called The British Mandate of Palestine because of British politics and their related economic interests in the oil business in the Middle Eastern Moslem countries.
 
So in May of 1948, my uncle was able to go to Israel – where he promptly entered the fledgling Israeli Army. He married a woman born in Israel and he later passed away in the 1960s. In 1970, I visited his widow one day. And in the 1990s, I and my father visited uncle Avram’s grave in a cemetery located in a suburb of Tel Aviv.

Uncle Avram’s life story reads like the outline to a thriller novel but he was no writer, but the man who lived his story. As I said before, my parents couldn’t even explain how and why his travels happened in a few or more words to me as they didn’t know enough general background historical details to make it sound plausible. Had Avram gone to a Western publisher with the outline of a story (he could not speak English, French or German), it might well have been rejected as a totally absurd phony biography by some strange man they couldn’t understand. Or they might have seen it as a not well written fictional story. Had Avram gone to an Israeli publisher, his story would have been similar to thousands of other people’s personal European escape autobiographies of people who fled to Israel after or before WWII and would have been seen as nothing unique. After all, Israel had a Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, who had started WWII in the Polish Army and fled east to Russia with his unit and then south through Iran and on to British controlled Palestine. His Christian commanding officer liked him and urged Begin to resign and stay in the country and fight for Israel’s independence while the rest of his unit joined the Free Polish Army under the command of Great Britain. These other Polish soldiers would go on to fight valiantly in battles such as Monte Cassino in Italy and Arnhem in Holland. So my uncle’s story was just that of another refugee who now lived an ordinary quiet life in Israel. But it still, to someone from America, such as myself, was all quite amazing – and true.

As for the Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, he received many honors both later in his life and after his death. I’ve spoken to people who grew up in Japan who were told about him in school and were familiar with what he did. That includes the wife of couple living a few doors away from my apartment.

  Below is the detailed Wikipedia biography of Mr. Sugiahara’s life.

Chiune Sugihara
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chiune Sugihara, also called Sempo Sugihara[1] (杉原 千畝 Sugihara Chiune, 1 January 1900 – 31 July 1986)[2] was a Japanese government official who served as vice consul for the Japanese Empire in Lithuania. During the Second World War, Sugihara helped some six thousand Jews flee Europe by issuing transit visas to them so that they could travel through Japanese territory, risking his job and his family's lives.[3] The fleeing Jews were refugees from German-occupied Western Poland and Soviet-occupied Eastern Poland, as well as residents of Lithuania. A few decades after the war, in 1985, the State of Israel honored Sugihara as one of the Righteous Among the Nations (Hebrew: חסידי אומות העולם) for his actions. He is the only Japanese national to have been so honored.
Sugihara told the refugees to call him "Sempo" – the Sino-Japanese reading of the Japanese characters of his given name – as it was easier for non-Japanese persons to pronounce.[4]

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Sugihara had cooperated with Polish intelligenceas part of a bigger Japanese–Polish cooperative plan.[11] As the Soviet Union occupied sovereign Lithuania in 1940, many Jewish refugeesfrom Poland (Polish Jews) as well as Lithuanian Jews tried to acquire exit visas. Without the visas, it was dangerous to travel, yet it was impossible to find countries willing to issue them.

From 18 July to 28 August 1940, aware that applicants were in danger if they stayed behind, Sugihara decided to grant visas on his own. He ignored the requirements and issued ten-day visas to Jews for transit through Japan, in violation of his orders. Given his inferior post and the culture of the Japanese Foreign Service bureaucracy, this was an unusual act of disobedience. He spoke to Soviet officials who agreed to let the Jews travel through the country via the Trans-Siberian Railwayat five times the standard ticket price.
 
Sugihara himself wondered about official reaction to the thousands of visas he issued. Many years later, he recalled, "No one ever said anything about it. I remember thinking that they probably didn't realize how many I actually issued."[13]

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 Sugihara's widow and eldest son estimate that he saved 10,000 Jews from certain death, whereas Boston University professor and author, Hillel Levine, also estimates that he helped "as many as 10,000 people", but that far fewer people ultimately survived.[15] Indeed, some Jews who received Sugihara's visas failed to leave Lithuania in time, were later captured by the Germans who invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, and perished in the Holocaust.

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Legacy and honors
 
Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum in Tsuruga, Fukui, Japan contains a Sugihara Chiune Corner.

Sugihara Street in Vilnius, Lithuania, Chiune (Sempo) Sugihara Street in Jaffa, Israel, and the asteroid 25893 Sugihara are named after him.

A corner for Sugihara Chiune is set up in the Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum near Tsuruga Port, the place where many Jewish refugees arrived in Japan, in the city of Tsuruga, Fukui, Japan.[20]

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When Sugihara's widow Yukiko traveled to Jerusalem in 1998, she was met by tearful survivors who showed her the yellowing visas that her husband had signed. A park in Jerusalem is named after him. The Japanese government honored him on the 2000 centennial of his birth.[2]

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He was posthumously awarded the Commander's Cross with the Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2007,[24] and the Commander's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by the President of Polandin 1996.[25] Also, in 1993, he was awarded the Life Saving Cross of Lithuania. He was posthumously awarded the Sakura Award by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) in Toronto in November 2014.

In June 2016, a street in Netanya

Now Avram had no money for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and there is the question of why would Stalin honor those visas? My uncle wasn’t the only poor person who fled first to Lithuania, yet he got financial aid from an American Jewish charity. As for why autocratic Joseph Stalin honored those visas, that was a question of hardnosed realpolitik. Stalin was facing an upcoming war with Germany on his Western Front. Japan was not then at war with the Soviet Union but had a large army in Manchuria (occupied China) facing a large Soviet army just across the border from them in Siberia. The last thing Stalin wanted was a two front war. He did not want to give the Imperial Japanese government any excuse, such as an insult to their diplomat or his official visas, to become a cause for a war on Siberian soil. So Stalin’s travel agents (they were all secret police members) honored those visas issued by Mr. Sugihara with great respect. Refugees got to ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad to the Pacific Port of Vladivostok. There they boarded ships to Japan and a large number of them were also transported to the international city of Shanghai, one of the very few places one could go in the world without a formal entry visa. For some reason, my uncle Avram went to Kobe, Japan, along with some of the other fleeing refugees. He spent not only all the rest of WWII there, but the next few years until Israel became an independent country which took in all Jewish refugees. The British, before, during and after WWII, severely limited the number of Jews allowed to enter what was then officially called The British Mandate of Palestine because of British politics and their related economic interests in the oil business in the Middle Eastern Moslem countries.
 
So in May of 1948, my uncle was able to go to Israel – where he promptly entered the fledgling Israeli Army. He married a woman born in Israel and he later passed away in the 1960s. In 1970, I visited his widow one day. And in the 1990s, I and my father visited uncle Avram’s grave in a cemetery located in a suburb of Tel Aviv.

Uncle Avram’s life story reads like the outline to a thriller novel but he was no writer, but the man who lived his story. As I said before, my parents couldn’t even explain how and why his travels happened in a few or more words to me as they didn’t know enough general background historical details to make it sound plausible. Had Avram gone to a Western publisher with the outline of a story (he could not speak English, French or German), it might well have been rejected as a totally absurd phony biography by some strange man they couldn’t understand. Or they might have seen it as a not well written fictional story. Had Avram gone to an Israeli publisher, his story would have been similar to thousands of other people’s personal European escape autobiographies of people who fled to Israel after or before WWII and would have been seen as nothing unique. After all, Israel had a Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, who had started WWII in the Polish Army and fled east to Russia with his unit and then south through Iran and on to British controlled Palestine. His Christian commanding officer liked him and urged Begin to resign and stay in the country and fight for Israel’s independence while the rest of his unit joined the Free Polish Army under the command of Great Britain. These other Polish soldiers would go on to fight valiantly in battles such as Monte Cassino in Italy and Arnhem in Holland. So my uncle’s story was just that of another refugee who now lived an ordinary quiet life in Israel. But it still, to someone from America, such as myself, was all quite amazing – and true.
As for the Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, he received many honors both later in his life and after his death. I’ve spoken to people who grew up in Japan who were told about him in school and were familiar with what he did. That includes the wife of couple living a few doors away from my apartment.

  Below is the detailed Wikipedia biography of Mr. Sugiahara’s life.

Chiune Sugihara
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chiune Sugihara, also called Sempo Sugihara[1] (杉原 千畝 Sugihara Chiune, 1 January 1900 – 31 July 1986)[2] was a Japanese government official who served as vice consul for the Japanese Empire in Lithuania. During the Second World War, Sugihara helped some six thousand Jews flee Europe by issuing transit visas to them so that they could travel through Japanese territory, risking his job and his family's lives.[3] The fleeing Jews were refugees from German-occupied Western Poland and Soviet-occupied Eastern Poland, as well as residents of Lithuania. A few decades after the war, in 1985, the State of Israel honored Sugihara as one of the Righteous Among the Nations (Hebrew: חסידי אומות העולם) for his actions. He is the only Japanese national to have been so honored.
Sugihara told the refugees to call him "Sempo" – the Sino-Japanese reading of the Japanese characters of his given name – as it was easier for non-Japanese persons to pronounce.[4]

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Sugihara had cooperated with Polish intelligenceas part of a bigger Japanese–Polish cooperative plan.[11] As the Soviet Union occupied sovereign Lithuania in 1940, many Jewish refugeesfrom Poland (Polish Jews) as well as Lithuanian Jews tried to acquire exit visas. Without the visas, it was dangerous to travel, yet it was impossible to find countries willing to issue them.

From 18 July to 28 August 1940, aware that applicants were in danger if they stayed behind, Sugihara decided to grant visas on his own. He ignored the requirements and issued ten-day visas to Jews for transit through Japan, in violation of his orders. Given his inferior post and the culture of the Japanese Foreign Service bureaucracy, this was an unusual act of disobedience. He spoke to Soviet officials who agreed to let the Jews travel through the country via the Trans-Siberian Railwayat five times the standard ticket price.
 
Sugihara himself wondered about official reaction to the thousands of visas he issued. Many years later, he recalled, "No one ever said anything about it. I remember thinking that they probably didn't realize how many I actually issued."[13]

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 Sugihara's widow and eldest son estimate that he saved 10,000 Jews from certain death, whereas Boston University professor and author, Hillel Levine, also estimates that he helped "as many as 10,000 people", but that far fewer people ultimately survived.[15] Indeed, some Jews who received Sugihara's visas failed to leave Lithuania in time, were later captured by the Germans who invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, and perished in the Holocaust.

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Legacy and honors
 
Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum in Tsuruga, Fukui, Japan contains a Sugihara Chiune Corner.

Sugihara Street in Vilnius, Lithuania, Chiune (Sempo) Sugihara Street in Jaffa, Israel, and the asteroid 25893 Sugihara are named after him.

A corner for Sugihara Chiune is set up in the Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum near Tsuruga Port, the place where many Jewish refugees arrived in Japan, in the city of Tsuruga, Fukui, Japan.[20]

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When Sugihara's widow Yukiko traveled to Jerusalem in 1998, she was met by tearful survivors who showed her the yellowing visas that her husband had signed. A park in Jerusalem is named after him. The Japanese government honored him on the 2000 centennial of his birth.[2]

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He was posthumously awarded the Commander's Cross with the Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2007,[24] and the Commander's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by the President of Polandin 1996.[25] Also, in 1993, he was awarded the Life Saving Cross of Lithuania. He was posthumously awarded the Sakura Award by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) in Toronto in November 2014.

In June 2016, a street in Netanya
Jack Kemp

This story is stranger than fiction – but true. However, when I first heard as a teenager that my uncle Avram spent WWII in Kobe, Japan, I didn’t believe my parents. How could a poor Jew (and my father’s family was very poor) both get a visa and pay for a trip from Poland to Japan, of all places, an ally of Germany? It sounded absurd, a fictional delusion. It took decades – and both the internet and documentaries I found on Amazon.com - to explain how this actually was true.

The first issue, not well covered in my high school WWII history (as best I can recall it), is that when Germany invaded Poland in September of 1939 to start WWII in Europe, they "only” took the Western part of the country. Secret pre-war deals between Joseph Stalin and Hitler left the eastern part of Poland to the Soviet Union which invaded that area three weeks after the German Army invaded from the west. But with the chaos of war, people were able to flee to the east and on into the Baltic states such as Latvia and Lithuania. Later, of course, Hitler double crossed Stalin and invaded eastward into Russia itself, but that’s another matter.

Word spread quickly that a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania was writing transit visas enabling Jews to travel across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and on to Japan and Japanese held Shanghai, China. He did this in defiance of instructions from his own government. This diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, saved the lives of roughly six thousand Jews, one of them being my father’s brother, my uncle Avram.

Now Avram had no money for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and there is the question of why would Stalin honor those visas? My uncle wasn’t the only poor person who fled first to Lithuania, yet he got financial aid from an American Jewish charity. As for why autocratic Joseph Stalin honored those visas, that was a question of hardnosed realpolitik. Stalin was facing an upcoming war with Germany on his Western Front. Japan was not then at war with the Soviet Union but had a large army in Manchuria (occupied China) facing a large Soviet army just across the border from them in Siberia. The last thing Stalin wanted was a two front war. He did not want to give the Imperial Japanese government any excuse, such as an insult to their diplomat or his official visas, to become a cause for a war on Siberian soil. So Stalin’s travel agents (they were all secret police members) honored those visas issued by Mr. Sugihara with great respect. Refugees got to ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad to the Pacific Port of Vladivostok. There they boarded ships to Japan and a large number of them were also transported to the international city of Shanghai, one of the very few places one could go in the world without a formal entry visa. For some reason, my uncle Avram went to Kobe, Japan, along with some of the other fleeing refugees. He spent not only all the rest of WWII there, but the next few years until Israel became an independent country which took in all Jewish refugees. The British, before, during and after WWII, severely limited the number of Jews allowed to enter what was then officially called The British Mandate of Palestine because of British politics and their related economic interests in the oil business in the Middle Eastern Moslem countries.
 
So in May of 1948, my uncle was able to go to Israel – where he promptly entered the fledgling Israeli Army. He married a woman born in Israel and he later passed away in the 1960s. In 1970, I visited his widow one day. And in the 1990s, I and my father visited uncle Avram’s grave in a cemetery located in a suburb of Tel Aviv.

Uncle Avram’s life story reads like the outline to a thriller novel but he was no writer, but the man who lived his story. As I said before, my parents couldn’t even explain how and why his travels happened in a few or more words to me as they didn’t know enough general background historical details to make it sound plausible. Had Avram gone to a Western publisher with the outline of a story (he could not speak English, French or German), it might well have been rejected as a totally absurd phony biography by some strange man they couldn’t understand. Or they might have seen it as a not well written fictional story. Had Avram gone to an Israeli publisher, his story would have been similar to thousands of other people’s personal European escape autobiographies of people who fled to Israel after or before WWII and would have been seen as nothing unique. After all, Israel had a Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, who had started WWII in the Polish Army and fled east to Russia with his unit and then south through Iran and on to British controlled Palestine. His Christian commanding officer liked him and urged Begin to resign and stay in the country and fight for Israel’s independence while the rest of his unit joined the Free Polish Army under the command of Great Britain. These other Polish soldiers would go on to fight valiantly in battles such as Monte Cassino in Italy and Arnhem in Holland. So my uncle’s story was just that of another refugee who now lived an ordinary quiet life in Israel. But it still, to someone from America, such as myself, was all quite amazing – and true.
As for the Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, he received many honors both later in his life and after his death. I’ve spoken to people who grew up in Japan who were told about him in school and were familiar with what he did. That includes the wife of couple living a few doors away from my apartment.

 
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, Israel was named for Sugihara in the presence of his son Nobuki, as a number of Netanya's current residents are descendants of the Lithuanian Jews who had been given a means of escaping the Third Reich.[26] There is also a street named Consul Chiune Sugihara in Londrina Brazil.
, Israel was named for Sugihara in the presence of his son Nobuki, as a number of Netanya's current residents are descendants of the Lithuanian Jews who had been given a means of escaping the Third Reich.[26] There is also a street named Consul Chiune Sugihara in Londrina Brazil.
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October 11, 2018

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Dana Mathewson

I never thought I would have kind words to say about Michelle Obama. Never in a million years. Well, the Lord has certainly given me a lesson today! (Maybe it's because this is Martha and my 30th Wedding Anniversary?)

Michelle Obama rebukes Holder, Clinton over calls for political warfare

Former first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday openly challenged calls from Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder for Democrats to eschew civility in favor of confrontational politics, saying she "absolutely" stands by her famous slogan, "when they go low, we go high."

"Fear is not ... a proper motivator,” Obama said during an interview on NBC's "Today.” "Hope wins out, and if you think about how you want your kids to be raised, how you want them to think about life and their opportunities, do you want them afraid of their neighbors? Do you want them angry? Do you want them vengeful?”

"Which motto do you want them to live by? And I have to think about that as a mother,”she added.

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Holder was captured on video speaking Sunday at a campaign event for local Georgia Democratic candidates. In the clip, he tried to turn Michelle Obama's political appeal on its head.

"It is time for us, as Democrats, to be as tough as they are, to be as dedicated as they are, to be as committed as they are," Holder said over the weekend. "Michelle always says -- I love her; she and my wife are like, really tight, which always scares me and Barack -- but Michelle always says, 'When they go low, we go high.' No. When they go low, we kick 'em."

Never thought I'd say it. God bless her! And the photo of her at the top of the article is nice, too.  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/michelle-obama-rebukes-holder-clinton-over-calls-for-political-warfare




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October 10, 2018

Confirmation Bias

Dana Mathewson, with hat tip to David Dickinson

Brett Kavanaugh and the major media's worst moment


Man, this is great! Written by Becket Adams, of the Washington Examiner, it is LONG, but has to be. It's an involved subject.

For all the recent talk about facts versus "fake news,” telling the truth, and recapturing the public's trust in the era of President Trump, some of our most important newsrooms blew it when it mattered most. Worse still, some media organizations demonstrated an immediate willingness to trade this industry's already badly battered reputation for a political victory.

We are now at the unsuccessful conclusion of a four-week-long effort by certain media organizations to prove Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a violent sexual predator and a lying alcoholic. The reckless and grossly irresponsible scramble by the New Yorker, NBC News, the New York Times, and others to make Kavanaugh into a monster produced some of the worst journalism of the Trump era to date – and that's a pretty high bar.

There were plenty of minor fouls, including when the Times assigned a news story on Kavanaugh to a magazine opinion writer who openly opposed his nomination. Others were much greater, including when NBC published an anonymously written letter alleging (with zero corroboration) that Kavanaugh was observed by an anonymous woman in 1998 to have pushed another anonymous woman.

Go for it, folks. You'll be glad you did!  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/when-it-comes-to-fighting-fake-news-the-brett-kavanaugh-battle-showed-major-newsrooms-are-all-talk

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Hillary seems rather excited these days

Dana Mathewson

From Tammy Bruce's excellent website:

Looks like Hillary’s new "strategy” is to grab headlines with the most preposterous thoughts that pop into her head.

Last week, she compared losing the 2016 election to 9/11.

Now, she claims that Justice Kavanaugh might bring us back to the 1850’s.

Next week, will Hillary claim Justice Kavanaugh has a secret plan… to build concentration camps ?

Stay tuned.

Via Daily Wire.

It was only a matter of time before failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and it appears to have been time she spent working on a top notch critique: that Kavanaugh could return the United States to the days of slavery.

Speaking to the American Federation of Teachers Friday night, Clinton warned of "devastating consequences” if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the bench.

"Let me say a word about the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Clinton said in her speech. "This nomination holds out the threat of devastating consequences for workers rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights — including those to make our own health decisions.”….

And that’s where she landed on her new strategy of attack: warning of a return to the agrarian pre-Civil War America.
"I used to worry that they [the Republicans] wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s. Now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s,” Clinton said….

Is it just me, or do you think maybe Bill's been spiking her Chardonnay?

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And God created Virginia

Dana Mathewson, with a hat tip to Eddie Engebretson

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found Him, resting on the seventh day..

He inquired, "Where have you been?"

God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, and I've put life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place to test balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things."

God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"

"That will be the Commonwealth of Virginia, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people from the Commonwealth of Virginia are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance..."

God smiled, "Right next to Virginia will be Washington DC. Wait till you see the idiots I put there."

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Kavanaugh fight shows we have not yet plumbed the depths of Democratic ruthlessness

Dana Mathewson

I believe it was the late Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abba Eban who said that in the attempt to make peace in the Middle East, "the Palestinians never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

Well, these days, it seems that the Left never misses an opportunity to overreach. Here's an excellent Marc Thiessen article from Fox News.

President Trump apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family Monday for the "terrible pain and suffering" they endured during his confirmation process, declaring that "what happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process."

Democrats seem to be taking the opposite lesson from the Kavanaugh fight. As Politico recently tweeted, "After failing to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation, Democrats wonder if it's time to be more ruthless."

 

More ruthless? There are a lot of reasons the effort to stop Kavanaugh failed, but a lack of ruthlessness is not one of them.

Kavanaugh's opponents just tried to destroy a man without a shred of corroborating evidence. No tactic, no unfounded accusation, was too extreme.

Democrats demanded that the FBI investigate not just Christine Blasey Ford's uncorroborated accusations, but also the charge in the New Yorker's hit piece that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to a college classmate, Deborah Ramirez, as well as the scurrilous accusation by Michael Avenatti client Julie Swetnick that Kavanaugh participated in gang rapes at high school parties. How can you get any more ruthless than unfounded accusations of gang rape?

Democrats did not lose the Kavanaugh fight because they were not ruthless enough. They lost because, as always, the left overreached. Their increasingly brazen and unsupported charges against Kavanaugh backfired, strengthening the GOP's case that Kavanaugh was the victim of a political hit job, and actually helping to secure his confirmation.

They also lost because of their disastrous decision last year to filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, a justice of impeccable qualification and temperament. If Democrats had kept their powder dry then, they would still have had the filibuster in place when Kavanaugh was nominated. As it stands, Republicans were barely able to confirm Kavanaugh; they likely would never have been able to muster the votes to invoke the nuclear option to get him onto the court.

In the case of Gorsuch, at least there was no attempt at character assassination. That was because he was a conservative justice replacing a conservative justice, the late Antonin Scalia. His confirmation simply restored the status quo ante.

Kavanaugh, by contrast, was replacing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the court's key swing vote. His confirmation could swing the court's ideological balance for a generation, so he had to be destroyed.

If they did this to Kennedy's replacement, think of what Democrats will do if, at some point in his presidency, Trump ends up nominating someone to replace a liberal Supreme Court justice. It's hard to imagine anything worse than charges of gang rape, but I doubt we have yet plumbed the depths of the ruthlessness of which Democrats are capable.

Democrats have no one but themselves to blame for Kavanaugh's confirmation. Their strategic miscalculations, and embrace of what they once decried as the "politics of personal destruction," backfired. And the reverberations may not yet be over.

 

 

Marc's article is a must-read, of course, and it's found here:  https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/marc-thiessen-kavanaugh-fight-shows-we-have-not-yet-plumbed-the-depths-of-democratic-ruthlessness

 

Now, I know that it's hard to believe the donkey party thinks it needs to become more ruthless, but it's true. Here's an article from Breitbart by John Nolte, if you have the stomach for it -- and you should. Sun Tzu admonished us to "know your enemy," and these days the Left is a formidable enemy. There are no more political opponents. Only enemies. The problem is that the Republicans haven't figured that out yet.   https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/10/09/democrats-consider-becoming-more-ruthless-losing-kavanaugh-battle/

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October 09, 2018

Remember Pat Condell?

Dana Mathewson

Pat's that wonderful British commentator who skewers the British Left. I happened on the link to this video tonight. It takes about ten minutes, but if you're a Condell fan it'll go by quickly. The subject is the British "intellectuals" who were not and still are not in favor of Brexit, and look down their noses at those who are. An American parallel is our Left and everyone else who cannot stand Donald Trump. I swear that while I was listening to it I was almost hearing a Trump rally, minus the main star.

Anyhow, if you are a Condell fan, this is a MUST.  Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9T4dGAxtO0

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Tom Arnold bullies "Gosnell" movie star

Jack Kemp

I received this following email today because I made a small donation to help fund the documentary film "The Gosnell Movie," about the outrageous abortionist in Philadelphia:

Hi 
 
Superman needs your help. It's very upsetting but we wanted you to be the first to know that Dean Cain is being attacked by Hollywood bullies and Twitter mobs for acting in the Gosnell Movie and daring to say out loud that he is proud to be part of this great film.
 
And the Hollywood bullies are relentless. Watch this video to see Tom Arnold, Roseanne's ex-husband who has just made an eight part anti-Trump documentary, attacking Dean for daring to promote the Gosnell Movie. (WARNING: explicit language)
 
Dean really is a great guy and he was a joy to work with on the film.  He has been tireless in promoting the film. But Hollywood and the mainstream media don't want the truth to get out. That's why they are trying to shut us down.
 
They refused to cover the trial, they wouldn't let us crowdfund on Kickstarter, taxpayer funded NPR banned our advertisements and then FACEBOOK has censored 30 of our ads. They hate the truth and they hate the fact that the film is getting real praise from real critics.
 
So now they want to intimidate the actors from promoting the film. Listen to the hate and invective from Tom Arnold. It's shocking.
 
We need you to help us fight back. We are now in over 600 theaters across the US. The Gosnell Movie is a truly national release and we need to show Hollywood and the mainstream media that there is an appetite for the truth.
 
They want Gosnell to fail so we need you to ensure it is a success. It is crucial that the opening weekend is big - Hollywood really pays attention to the opening numbers, so we need you to turn out. Go to www.GosnellMovie.com/theaters and check where the film is playing near you. Keep checking the site because even more theaters are going to be added over the next few days. On the individual theaters websites, showtimes and tickets will be posted by tomorrow (Wed). If there is no theater near you we need you to buy tickets anyway. It would be a way to show Hollywood that censorship and bullying don't work. If we get a big opening weekend it means they have to pay attention and discuss the reality of Gosnell and what he means for America.
 
Thank you and with your help this weekend we will end the coverup.
 
Phelim
Ann
Magdalena
 
PS. To see a good side of Hollywood watch the music video and listen to this beautiful song written specially for the Gosnell Movie by pop star, singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, called Song for the Innocents...

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More Hijinx Ahead in 2019

Jack Kemp

From Fox News...

Weiner, 54, known for his online sexual exploits as "Carlos Danger,” has been a "model inmate" while imprisoned at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, the NY Post reported Monday, citing the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Accordingly, prison records now have him scheduled to be released in May 2019, three months earlier than the initial date of August 2019.

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You know what this means, a new Presidential ticket for 2020 with former Sen. Al from Minnesota - the Franken-Weiner ticket!

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The Real Reason Columbus Sailed to the New World

Jack Kemp

From PJ Media, "Ignored History: Columbus Sought to End Islamic Tyranny." There is an excerpt below and you can read the whole article here.

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As we celebrate Columbus Day -- for those of us still inoculated enough against cultural relativist depravity to do so -- it is also worth recapturing concretely the specific late 15th century religious motivations for Columbus’ voyage. Simply put, Columbus sought "eastern (even far eastern) alliances” to end a millennium of Islam’s jihad-imposed tyranny against Christendom. Louis Bertrand’s scholarly 1934 tome, The History of Spain, elegantly -- and unapologetically -- characterized the now well-nigh forgotten, or ignored, historical context.

When the Spanish Christian monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella recaptured Granada on January 2, 1492, they ended almost eight centuries of jihad ravages (described by Bertrand in 1934, and in 2016 here) -- massacres, pillage, mass enslavement, and deportation -- and the grinding imposition of Sharia by Spain’s various pious Muslim conquerors, and rulers. Bertrand’s unsparing narrative describes the bitter, chronic fate of Spain’s Christians under Islam, both those fully subjugated and the populations never entirely subdued in the semi-autonomous northern regions:

The Christians of the interior were mastered. They had lost their leaders and their principal centers of resistance. The armies of the Caliph, the Arab and Berber chieftains, had massacred them, burned them out and pillaged them to the best of their ability. Thus decimated and humiliated, they nevertheless continued to exist, in a furtive and more or less precarious way of life …

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