October 13, 2018

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.

[...]

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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Rosemount MN teacher tweets out killing Kavanaugh

Jack Kmep

This is a story about Democrat DFL and education monopoly Privilege.

You have to go to the website to see the Tweet the teacher sent out here.

Whoa, Buddy: Special Education Teacher Tweets About 'Killing Kavanaugh'

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A special education teacher in Minnesota on Monday was put on paid administrative leave following a controversial tweet about killing now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Here's the tweet: (go to the hyperlink above).

The teacher is question is Samantha Ness, who works at Alliance Education Center in Rosemount, Minnesota. According to the staff directory, Ness works the district’s Students With Unique Needs (SUN) program. The program works with students with autism spectrum disorders, developmental cognitive disabilities, and emotional behavior disorders, Alpha News reported.

According to Superintendent Mark Zuzek of Intermediate School District 917, the district received complaints about the teacher's tweet.

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Secret Service and FBI in Minnesota were contacted regarding the concerning tweets, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Ness deleted both her Facebook and Twitter accounts but Twitter users screencapped her threats.

It remains unclear whether the teacher will be charged with a crime or what law enforcement agency will investigate the threat.

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Looks like the found Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, in the U.S. Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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One thing Feminists and Conservatives can agree on...

Jack Kemp

If Christine Blasey Ford had been partying with Democrats and Ted Kennedy drove her home, she wouldn't be telling anyone about any sexual abuse 36 years later. Or 36 hours later.

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BBC's fake news?

Jack Kemp

When I logged into the Bing search engine this moring, I found a story about a mini-controversy concerning U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly quoting Winston Churchill while being photographed in space flight. What caught my eye in this BBC story was the article referring to Kelly as not married to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a shooting victim, but rather being her brother-in-law. This apparent fake news "fact" contradicts every news account at the time of the shooting of Giffords which stated Kelly and Giffords were husband and wife. What is going on here?

Either every news story I read in America was a lie or the BBC is either lying now or did poor fact checking. Why would the BBC lie, if that were indeed the case? Well, stating that Scott Kelly is not so closely connected to a man who made a Churchill quote (and Churchill made some quotes that would be considered racist in this century) literally distances a liberal anti-gun shooting victim and icon, Gabrielle Giffords, from this now politically incorrect and somewhat controversial astronaut.

This situation is starting to resemble The Ministry of Truth from Orwell's "1984" novel - or the editorial policies of the Soviet era Pravda.

Here are the quote and opening lines of the BBC article:

Astronaut under fire for quoting Churchill

One of the unwritten rules of social media is avoid inspirational quotes.

American astronaut Scott Kelly put that to the test on Sunday when his use of Winston Churchill quotes landed him in hot water with people who oppose the wartime British prime minister's views on empire and race.

But when Kelly tried to apologise for the tweet and offered to educate himself, Churchill fans attacked him for discrediting the politician's record.

Kelly, whose sister-in-law is former Democrat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, used the famous remark by the former British prime minister to comment on deep divisions in American politics.

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October 08, 2018

Hillary Clinton keeps finding ways to denigrate democracy

Dana Mathewson

Hillary Clinton (remember her?) has for a long time been "speaking with forked tongue" (as ancestors of her party mate Fauxcahontas might have said). The superb New York Post reporter Michael Goodwin explains:

And so our fiery national nightmare is over. For now.

But only a Pollyanna would think peace is about to break out across the bloody political and cultural battlefields. We are a long way from fixing what was shattered and retrieving what has been lost.

There were many causes and events on the long road that brought us to this low place, but a telling moment took place almost exactly two years ago. It was the final debate of the presidential campaign, held on Oct. 19, 2016.

Here is how The New York Times began its slanted coverage: "In a remarkable statement that seemed to cast doubt on American democracy, Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he might not accept the results of next month’s election if he felt it was rigged against him — a stand that Hillary Clinton blasted as ‘horrifying.’ ”

After noting that no modern president refused to accept election results, the paper quoted Clinton attacking Trump.

"Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means,” she said. "He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy. And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.”

She added, "That is not the way our democracy works.”

Fast forward to now, and it is the height of irony — and hypocrisy — that Clinton and her supporters, including the Times, still refuse to accept the election’s outcome. It started with her flimsy claims of Russian collusion and continues uninterrupted, with the character assassination campaign against Brett Kavanaugh the latest example.

Thank God, the assassins were unsuccessful in preventing a superbly qualified jurist and widely respected man from joining the Supreme Court. But they did lasting damage to Kavanaugh’s reputation, his family, the court, the Senate and the entire country.

Willing to destroy any part of government they cannot corrupt with partisanship, members of the self-declared resistance are tearing America apart because the election didn’t go their way. They have unleashed a whirlwind of fanatical hate, with violence now routinely threatened and sometimes carried out.

There are no random events. It is a straight line from the unprecedented plot by President Barack Obama’s administration to infiltrate and wiretap the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 to the scurrilous accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller has turned up nothing of significance against the president, yet it plods onward, searching for anything that would justify its existence.

In that context, it is beyond mildly interesting that a former FBI agent reportedly tried to pressure a friend of Christine Blasey Ford into changing her sworn statement to the Senate so it would support Ford’s charges against Kavanaugh. And one of Ford’s lawyers happens to be the lawyer for the fired former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe.

Throw in the crooked James Comey’s drum-beating against Kavanaugh and the return of Obama to the campaign trail, and it’s clear the seamy efforts of the former administration are still going strong.

As the Kavanaugh catastrophe demonstrates, our nation is paying a heavy price for the unpatriotic attempts to abuse government power to try to pick a president, then undo the election. In a dangerous world where America has real enemies, efforts to undermine Trump’s legitimacy often align with the interests of foreign powers. John Kerry’s traitorous advice to Iran to wait for the next president are a prime example.

 

Goodwin is ALWAYS worth reading, and here's the link to the article: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/michael-goodwin-hillary-clinton-keeps-finding-ways-to-denigrate-democracy



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Thank God for Columbus!

Timothy Birdnow

Happy Columbus Day everyone!

When Christopher Columbus came to the New World it was full of savages who were still in the stone age. They had no metals except silver, which they worked solely to make ornaments. They did not have the wheel. They kept slaves - the same as the Europeans, the Africans, the Asians and everyone else in the world. Most natives practiced ritual torture, and many (especially the Aztecs and Mayans) practiced ritual sacrifice of captives. There was more than a little cannibalism in the Americas.

And the "civilized" parts of America - such as the Aztecs - were unaware of the other American cultures. Aztecs didn't even know there were Incans in South America, and didn't much care. They didn't know about the Mound Builders of the Midwest. They really weren't interested in advancing civilization.

And why did the native Americans in Mexico, in Cuba, and elsewhere disappear so fast? Because so many of these cultures were sexually immoral to the point where they interbred with the Spaniards and thus became half Spaniard. The Tainu of Cuba are a classic example; the women walked around buck naked so men had easier access. The Tainu were interested in pleasing the Spaniards because they wanted to enlist the aid of Spain against the Caribs. Oh, and did I mention the Tainu kept other Indians as slaves"

Columbus may have taken their independence, but he brought them much in return.

Oh, what about syphilis? We have been told the Europeans "gifted" the New World with syphilis. That is not correct; syphilis came first from South America.

From the National Institute of Health:

"Unlike Europe, the American continent was able to present clear evidences supporting the existence of syphilis in pre-Columbian period. In this respect, skeletal lesions characteristic for the diagnosis of syphilis which has been identified in various areas plead for syphilis existence in these areas before Columbus discovered America. In addition, radiocarbon dating of the bone fragments showed an age of several thousand year"

If Columbus had not come there would be no democratic civil governments in America (most tribes and empires in the Americas were despotic in the extreme), no writing, no fair treatment of women (who were mostly held as property until the Christian religion imposed the idea of the dignity of all people. The Christian works of mercy made it possible for people to get food without growing or stealing it when they were too weak or old.

Columbus and the Europeans brought great gifts to the New World, and yet he and they are much maligned now by ungrateful leftists who will admit to nothing but evil from Europe. Why? They believe that there was some sort of natural paradise that the evil white man destroyed. They do not know that Nature is degenerate and that there is no worse hell than unregenerated Man trapped in a state of Nature.

It's called Original Sin. Look it up.

There were many worthwhile aspects of the Amerindian cultures, but, as with the Canaanites of old, they were weighed in the balance and found wanting. In the end the land "vomited them out" as the land of Canaan eliminated the Peoples who lived there before the coming of the Israelites.

So, hate him as much as you wish, but Columbus did the Peoples of the Americas a huge favor. And his mission eventually gave the world the United States. That alone was worth it.

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Hitler learns they failed to block Kavanaugh's confirmation

Dana Mathewson

 
And no f-bombs!

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Alex Occasional-Cortex sure isn't an intellectual

Dana Mathewson

If this bimbo ever studied history, it had to be in a class that used Howard Zinn's useless textbook!

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/10/08/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-calls-electoral-college-be- abolished-after-kavanaugh

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What will the Democrats do next time?

Jack Kemp

https://spectator.org/what-will-the-democrats-do-next-time/

The odds-on favorite to replace the aging Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is former Notre Dame law professor and current Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Among her many accomplishments, Barrett clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and served on its appellate rules committee. She taught law at George Washington University and the University of Virginia and has published numerous scholarly articles in leading law reviews. Her nomination to the circuit court received bipartisan endorsement from more than 70 law professors (including the Obama administration’s former acting solicitor general).

Equally impressive, Barrett is a married pro-life Catholic with seven children. She and her husband adopted two of those children who are black. They have another child who has special needs. She is a truly admirable person.

But, in 2017 when President Trump nominated Barrett to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, she was attacked by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Instead of exploring Barrett's impressive qualifications, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) grilled the nominee about the depth of her Catholic faith. Acting as ex officio arbiters in matters of faith and morals, Feinstein and Durbin set out to determine whether the nominee was perhaps too devoutly Catholic to be trusted with a judgeship. more...

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