…in Midtown Manhattan
BY ROBERT SPENCER
Given the ferocity of the far-left’s hatred of Israel and its increasing propensity for violence, this was perhaps inevitable: earlier this week in midtown Manhattan, right outside the New York Public Library, a Muslim mob screaming “Allahu akbar” violently assaulted a Jewish man, leaving him bleeding from a head wound. Posting video of the incident on Twitter, Times of Israel contributor Joshua Washington labeled it: “Attempted lynching of a Jewish man in New York.” Yet nothing is more certain in our morally confused age that the attackers went away thinking they were on the side of righteousness.
Another video of the incident that was posted on Rumble shows the mob that attacked the man screaming “Allahu akbar,” “F**k you, Zionist pig,” and “Palestine’s too strong for you.” Independent journalist Elad Eliahu reported that “According to one protester, a passer-by made really hateful comments towards free Palestine protesters which allegedly lead to one throwing a chair at this man as he was mobbed by others. He was eventually led into a store by an officer after being chased.” This is Bill de Blasio’s New York, and so it was no surprise that, as Eliahu noted, “According to sources the NYPD’s riot squad caught the protester who allegedly threw the chair, proceeded to not arrest and let him go.”
Of course they did. The left is on the side of the Palestinians, and so Palestinian protesters assaulting a Jew are going to have a hard time getting arrested in the far-left one-party oligarchy that New York City has become. We should just be grateful that de Blasio doesn’t give the chair-wielding thug the key to the city. After all, he and his comrades believe that the Palestinians are acting on a righteous cause.
The protesters who mobbed this Jewish man obviously believe that as well: their screams of “Allahu akbar” make that clear. “Allahu akbar” does not mean “God is great,” as the establishment media frequently claims, but “Allah is greater,” that is, the god of Islam is superior to the god of the infidels, or to any other infidel entity. It is a declaration of the victory and superiority of Islam, which is why jihad terrorists so often shout it. Its usage by the mob in New York City also underscores the fact that Palestinian activists tend to see the conflict in Islamic terms.
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By Cliff Kincaid – May 16, 2021
Geopolitical analyst Jeff Nyquist, on a new edition of America’s Survival TV, commented on the Chinese Communist surprise attack on the United States and our inability to respond. In a recent blog post, he put it this way: “To underscore our cluelessness and our unreadiness: The Chinese hit us with a biological weapon last year and what did we do? We denied that the virus was from a Chinese weapons lab. We denied that they unleashed it on purpose.”
Today, China Joe Secretary of State Antony Blinken even says we have disavowed a containment strategy directed at China.
Meanwhile, the FBI has issued a mysterious two-sentence statement on the cyber-attack on the Colonial pipeline, shutting down gas supplies for several states, saying, “The FBI was notified of a network disruption at Colonial Pipeline on May 7, 2021. We are working closely with the company and our government partners.”
We are spending $70 billion a year on “intelligence” and this is all the FBI says about this crippling action taken against our economy.
If the villains are an organized crime group in Russia not connected to the Putin regime, what is the Russian government doing to apprehend these criminals?
At the same time, as J.R. Nyquist and I discussed on ASI TV, the “Red Jihad” is underway in the Middle East, as Islamic Iran (backed by Russian and China) are staging an attack on Israel through the Hamas terror group. The U.S. Navy recently apprehended a ship from Iran headed to terrorists in Yemen with Chinese and Russian arms. These terrorists are targeting Saudi Arabia.
Everywhere you look, at home and abroad, conflicts are intensifying. And the U.S. under China Joe is unprepared, perhaps deliberately so.
Unfortunately, viewers of the popular Tucker Carlson show on Fox are getting disinformation from leftist Glenn Greenwald, a frequent guest on the show who made his name as a collaborator with CIA/NSA defector Edward Snowden, now living in Russia.
Carlson is a good host who usually provides a conservative perspective but on Russia he seems to have gone deaf, dumb, and blind by his reliance on Greenwald. It’s one thing to note that the Russia-gate allegations against Trump were phony. It’s another to suggest Russia isn’t a threat. I thought that Greenwald was auditioning for his own show on Fox News but his frequent appearances on the Carlson show may suggest he’s getting ready for a slot as a paid contributor.
“We no longer know who we are,” says Nyquist. “We no longer know who our enemies are.”
Today, Russia alone has the means to physically destroy the American homeland and survive any anticipated counter-strike. Russia is what top U.S. Generals have recently called an “existential” threat to the U.S.
But Greenwald, on Tucker Carlson’s show, mocks that “propaganda claim.”
Nyquist and I collaborated on the book, Red Jihad, exposing Russian links to al-Qaeda, ISIS, organized crime and drug trafficking. We argue that the Russian regime is committed to the destruction of the United States and Israel through a “final solution” that includes nuclear disarmament by the West and then a surprise nuclear attack by Moscow and/or its client states and puppets in the region.
As noted by Nyquist on our television program, the “collapse” of the Soviet Union, which occurred as a result of what has been called the “perestroika deception,” has resulted in a resurgent Russia that relies on the remnants of – and improvements to — Soviet military power, especially nuclear arms.
Russia and China have taken different socialist paths, based on the Marxist dialectic of historical progress, on the way to world communism, but both regimes remain communist in their outlook. The changes in the image they present to the West has meant that China and Russia have benefited from Western aid, financial assistance, and technology. The result: they have formed what many now increasingly recognize as a growing alliance against the United States. This proves, in the words of the author of perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev, that they are still on the road to world communism.
The book argues that Russia has fueled the Islamic terrorist movement and has been manipulating Islam since the days of Lenin. The Russian-Chinese-Iranian axis in the Middle East is an example of this approach, with Saudi Arabia and its oil wealth among the current targets.
The West has been fooled and our survival is at stake. The “Red Jihad” in the Middle East, the worst violence in years, signals the onset of what Nyquist calls the Third World War.
In order for the United states to survive, Israel must not only survive but win its war against Hamas.
*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org
by Christopher G. Adamo, gopusa.com
In between all of the ridiculous “calamities” befalling our country, such as the Mr. Potato Head “controversy,” the embarrassing phony hysteria over Dr. Seuss, and the sudden interest of leftist Democrats and their Fake News lackeys in the long standing corruption and abuses of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, an effort is actually being made to project an eerie facade of “calm” onto the nation. The goal is to convince people on “Main Street” that nothing unusual happened last year, and particularly since last November.
America wasn’t seized in an unwarranted stranglehold of atrocious government abuses in response to the China virus. The election wasn’t stolen right in front of our faces. And the new “administration” of a semi-conscious doddering old creep, mindlessly doing the bidding of an unseen cadre of hard-core leftist tinhorn wannabes, is just the latest example of “democracy” at its finest. Or so we are expected to believe…
In the midst of this surreal situation, the leftist disinformation campaign is in high gear, desperately struggling to force the truth into hiding. In one situation after another, panicked and despotic efforts are being made to silence anyone who dares to question the leftist orthodoxy even in the slightest. Americans now hear the initial mantras of every aspiring tyranny. Nothing has changed! This is the same America we’ve always known! And you better not suggest otherwise.
At the 2020 CPAC, which just concluded in Orlando Florida, CNN Fake News minion Jim Acosta aggressively confronted Matt Schlapp, founder of the American Conservative Union, which hosted the gathering. Acosta accused Schlapp and the ACU of promoting “the big lie,” which is how the left now seeks to disparage any mention of the 2020 election theft. In Acosta’s world, the massive video evidence of vote fraud, statistically impossible numerical swings that occurred simultaneously across every swing state in the wee hours of November 4, trucks loaded with boxes of unfolded ballots, and flagrant violations of state law both in accepting and “counting” the ballots are mere “fairy tales.” The leftist Democrat/Fake News approved talking point is that election integrity was beyond question. End of story.
Yet the 80 million voices of truth regarding the election won’t be silenced. On March 1, attorney Sidney Powell explained how voting machines reduced certain votes to fractions of an actual vote, while weighting others as greater than a single vote. And we can all guess which candidat illegitimately lost ground, and which one gained. Also, Presidential legal counsel Rudy Giuliani continues to speak out against all of the criminal vote fraud, resulting in his being censored by Youtube. While the left mocks the likes of Powell and Giuliani, accusing them of spreading lies and conspiracy theories, it does not behave as if that is what they are doing. Rather its actions reflect genuine fear that they are speaking the truth, and people across the nation know it.
Meanwhile, every effort is being undertaken to make Biden appear normal and cognizant, which is no easy task. Certain inescapable realities keep getting in the way of this ruse. No plans are being made for a “State of the Union” speech. Clearly, the Biden political machine is aware that its sock-puppet cannot be counted on to remain convincingly lucid for any length of time, and certainly not under the pressures of a national spotlight. So as with all of the genuine efforts to audit all those fake ballots in swing states, the current leftist Democrat “strategy” is one of stonewalling and deflection. And of course, when that flimsy scheme fails, leftists reflexively revert to their backup, which is to hurl hysterical accusations of “partisanship.”
Their goal is to maintain a facade of Washington “stability,” until they are sure they’ve gained sufficient control over the military and “legal” apparatus of the federal government that their position at the helm is secure. Only at that point can the abhorrent political monstrosity of a “Harris administration” be unleashed on the nation.
Harris, doesn’t possess even a hint of “likability.” Along with other venomous leftists such as Elizabeth Warren, Harris believed she could establish an entire political movement, based on sheer nastiness. America has not forgotten that. And no matter how extreme the attempted leftist “makeover,” she has zero appeal either as a leader or as a human being of normal caring or compassion.
So the current holding pattern will be maintained for as long as possible. For the moment, the real power behind the Biden cabal (many believe it is Obama) is intent on maintaining the pretense of a “Biden Presidency.” But the biological clock on old Joe’s health is ticking inexorably away. The inevitable Biden/Harris switch takes place against a chaotic backdrop, the sudden transfer of power to Harris might be the event that pushes Americans past their breaking point. The Biden cabal simply cannot afford to take that risk, which is why they are busily browbeating Americans into accepting their assertions that daily life across the nation is as “normal” as it will ever be, and that this is an acceptable situation.
This contention is not only outrageously absurd, it is also very dangerous. Nothing in our nation can be deemed “normal.” Nor will life in our once great country ever go back to normal, if the evil forces of corruption, fear, and intimidation that seized on the Wuhan virus as an excuse to trample individual rights and the Constitution, and who ultimately stole the 2020 election, are allowed to proceed as if they did nothing out of the ordinary.
The temptation to just “get along” with the new order is great among Americans who are weary of the nightmare of 2020. Yet they have no real option to do so. The hard-leftists at the current center of power are both paranoid that their illegitimate regime is being questioned, as well as being obsessed with tightening their control of that disgusting “peasantry” that still clings tenaciously to the quaint notions of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Getting along with the left will necessitate nothing less than total and deliberate abdication of those precepts of the American ideal.
Americans had better tally the cost of that alluring but false sense of serenity and “sameness” with a past they longingly recall. It is happening on very different terms from anything this country has ever known.
…Normalizing 2020 Election Problems
By Jordan Davidson, thefederalist.com
Republicans are slamming Democratic lawmakers for a partisan “power grab” bill that would normalize parts of the 2020 election fiasco that caused voters to lose trust in it.
While Democrats say there are amendments to the original drafting of the bill, giving Republicans the chance to provide input or object to certain provisions, one Republican representative pointed out that 49 of the 56 alterations came from the left side of the political aisle, “hand-selected by a small group in the rules committee.”
“Let’s be very clear. The arguments being distilled on the floor today is that Republicans, my colleagues and I, are bigots. Why? Because they use fancy words like ‘voter suppression’ to say that we are wanting to tamp down people’s access to polls. And nothing can be further from the truth,” Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas said on the House floor on Tuesday. “Heaven forbid we want to use voter identification. Heaven forbid we want to honor the will of the people, through their legislatures in the states, passing rules to make sure that our system is actually working, using voter identification that the American people use to fly, that the American people use to do everything else. If I demand that, I’m a bigot.”
The 800-page “For The People Act of 2021,” if passed, would grant Democrats the power to overhaul state election processes and impose new regulations on political advertisements and donors, giving Congress “ultimate supervisory power over federal elections.” While Democrats tout the bill as a way to strengthen voting rights, many critics, including former Federal Elections Commission officials and privacy activist groups, expressed their opposition to the legislation because of its susceptibility to “partisan control” and other provisions, such as the public exposure of citizens’ private donations to nonprofits and other organizations. Congressional Republicans are also concerned that HR 1 could permanently alter American elections for the worst.
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A troubling tale
by: Lloyd Billingsley, frontpagemag.com
On Friday, former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith got a “slap on the wrist,” Debra Heine reports, for falsifying an email in the quest to gain a FISA warrant to spy on an American citizen, Carter Page. Clinesmith was facing a maximum five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, so twelve months probation, a $100 fine and 400 hours of community service, is indeed a slap on the wrist. Even so, it still falls short.
Carter Page might expect the judge to lecture Clinesmith about the lawyer about sullying the reputation of the FBI and DOJ, and betraying the federal government that employed him to uphold the law. None of that for District of Columbia judge James Boasberg. He opted for leniency because the allegedly remorseful Clinesmith had suffered by losing his job and “standing in the eye of a media hurricane.” It was a curious choice of words for the Obama appointee.
“Crossfire Hurricane” was the name of the FBI-DOJ covert operation against candidate and President Trump. And as it turns out, according to official sources, since 2014 Boasberg has served as the presiding judge of United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”
That detail failed to turn up in news reports on Clinesmith’s slap on the wrist, which was much less than three to six month prison sentence sought by special counsel John Durham. After appointment by attorney general William Barr in May, 2019, Durham has failed to bring any criminal charges against major “Crossfire Hurricane” players James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and others.
With the tap on the wrist for Clinesmith, Boasberg sends the message loud and clear. The DOJ and FBI may conduct covert operations against a duly elected president of the United States, violating federal law and abusing the FISA process, and avoid all prosecution. For 74 million Trump supporters, that is bad news going forward.
FBI counterintelligence boss Peter Strzok railed against Trump supporters as a reeking pack of Walmart shoppers, and worse. FBI lawyer Lisa Page wonders if Trump will be elected, Strzok says “We’ll stop it.” President Obama wanted to know everything they were doing.
Recall the FBI entrapment of Gen. Michael Flynn, where agents wondered if their job was to get Flynn to lie. Recall the way judge Emmett Sullivan maintained the case even after the DOJ dropped it. Sullivan paid no penalty for what was clearly prosecutorial misconduct.
Like James Comey and Robert Mueller, FBI boss Christopher Wray did not attend the FBI academy. Wray is basically a politician who seems to think the FBI is another branch of government. Recall that Wray strongly objected to the term “spying” for the covert operation against candidate and President Trump.
Recall the FBI’s heavily armed pre-dawn raid on Roger Stone, and the devious actions against George Papadopoulos. As he found out, to be charged with lying to the FBI is a serious matter. As he now must understand from the Clinesmith non-sentence, lying for the FBI brings no serious penalty. The FBI liar gets a tap on the wrist from a judge who serves on the same Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court the FBI liar set out to abuse.
William Barr did concede spying against Trump, but Barr’s chosen investigator John Durham, supposedly a man of great integrity, looked the other way. Barr was also aware of 2020 election fraud but in a December 1 interview said, “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.” The AG couldn’t have been looking very hard.
The DOJ has become the pro bono law firm of the deep state, defending bad actors in the government. The FBI has become the American KGB, off limits to oversight, ignoring government criminals, and deploying military force against the people.
During the Ruby Ridge siege of 1992, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot unarmed Vicki Weaver in the head as she held her infant child. This went down during William Barr’s first stint as attorney general from 1991-1993. Barr spent two weeks organizing former attorney generals to defend Horiuchi, who already had government lawyers working on his behalf.
With Donald Trump out of office, the DOJ and FBI are free to target Trump supporters, now smeared as racists, white supremacists, Nazis and even terrorists. As Glenn Greenwald warns, the new domestic war on terror is driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of “incitement to violence,” pleas “that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens,” and “demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.”
In the course of that surveillance, some FBI lawyer may choose to falsify a document to make an innocent party appear guilty. As FBI lawyers learn from Kevin Clinesmith, the worst punishment they could expect is 12 months probation, a $100 fine and 400 hours of community service.
In the style of Peter Strzok, FBI bosses could now set out covertly to “stop” the election of the Biden-Harris opponent in 2024, and nobody would be the wiser. As Donald Trump likes to say, we’ll have to see what happens.
He’s our president now
by: David Horowitz, frontpagemag.com
Yes, Joe Biden – and it isn’t even close. Of course, Biden is widely regarded as an endangered species, a status that serves to protect him from criticism that would be directed at a younger, more mentally stable individual. Even his political opponents are somewhat wary of saying what a catastrophe and menace Biden and his presidency represent. Meanwhile, the whoring intellectual left at the Times and the Washington Post fawn all over this empty suit almost to the same degree that they have slandered Donald Trump for four years as an unrivaled serial liar.
Fortunately, these smears persuade only dedicated Trump haters, who pretend to be horrified because he exaggerated the size of his inaugural crowd. To those not afflicted with Trump-phobia, a politician who can draw 50,000 people on a winter’s night to Butler Pennsylvania (Pop. 1357) is actually insulated from this kind of slander because the reality is clear enough. Trump has the largest and most devoted following of any politician in our lifetimes. His crowd was as large as Joe Bidens are small.
In any case, how is this exaggeration unique to Trump, not to mention sinister? What politician does not inflate their crowd sizes? Trump’s problem was not that he exaggerated. Like any successful salesman, he did. His problem was that he was a businessman new to politics and had not mastered the art of spinning and getting away with it. During the 1960 presidential election, for example, John F. Kennedy was also accused by the press of inflating the size of his campaign crowds. When they asked him how he arrived at his numbers, which didn’t square with theirs, he answered: “Porky [which was Kennedy’s nickname for his aide Pierre Salinger] counts the number of nuns and multiplies by 10.” Situation defused.
The fact this storm of false accusations and cover-ups obscures is that no presidential candidate – no president ever – has been so brazen and malicious at telling political lies as Joe Biden. Before an audience of 70 or 80 million viewers of the final presidential debate, for example, Biden accused Trump of being a mass murderer, of killing hundreds of thousands of coronavirus patients because he “did nothing” to fight the virus. Vote for me, Biden appealed to his audience, because if elected, I will rescue you from the clutches of a villain who doesn’t have a “plan” and doesn’t care how many innocent people die. As president I will change that. I have a “plan.”
This was Biden’s opening salvo in the presidential debate – the “one thing” he wanted voters to remember and take to heart. It was also a monstrous lie. Biden had no plan that would affect the course of the pandemic. He conceded this after the election when one of the first announcements he made as president was: “There is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.” No apologies to Trump. No apologies to the people he deceived into voting for him. No apologies at all.
Actually, Biden’s accusation that “Trump did nothing” to fight the epidemic was multiple monstrous lies in one. From the outset, and throughout the pandemic, Trump did not control a single health care policy that would affect infection rates in the fifty states. We are governed by a federal system in which those policies, whether it is mask mandates or business shutdowns, or who gets put in nursing homes, are formulated and executed by the respective governors of those states.
Trump supplied those governors – Democrats and Republicans equally – with record numbers of ventilators, masks, testing kits, swabs and other medical equipment, held daily briefings alongside officials of the Centers for Disease Control, and produced two vaccines in record time which are saving millions of lives. No apologies, let alone thank yous, from President Biden. Just more of the oblivion in which he is allowed to forget he had ever called Trump a mass murderer in order to deceive people into voting Democrat.
While this may have set a new low for dirty political tricks, it probably was not the worst transgression committed by Biden in terms of its impact on the nation’s crisis – the deepening political division between the two parties and the alarming progress towards a First Amendment-free, one-party state in which questioning Democrat orthodoxy is regarded as “domestic terrorism.”
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Hillary Clinton, Pelosi push Conspiracy Theory suggesting Trump updated Putin about the Capitol Riots
Demand 9/11-style Investigation
by Rusty Weiss, thepoliticalinsider.com
Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, speaking in a podcast hosted by the former First Lady, promoted a wild theory that President Trump updated Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Capitol riots, and would like to see a 9/11-style commission investigating the events.
“I would love to see his phone records to see if he was talking to Putin the day the insurgents invaded our Capitol,” Clinton told the House Speaker. Russian collusion conspiracies dominated President Trump’s entire term, as Democrats baselessly claimed his campaign had conspired with Putin to steal the election in 2016.
Clinton’s accusation is offered without proof and is so wild that had somebody on the right offered up such conjecture without evidence, they likely would have been banned from social media.
Clinton would also add that President Trump had “other agendas” while in the White House, and hoped that one day it will become clear who he was “beholden to” and who “pulls his strings.”
Hillary Clinton And Nancy Pelosi Want 9/11-Style Commission Into Capitol Riots
Asked by Hillary Clinton whether a 9/11-style commission would be necessary to investigate the riots at the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi responded in the affirmative.
Pelosi claimed she once told Trump, “With you, Mr. President, all roads lead to Putin.”
“I don’t know what Putin has on him politically, financially or personally, but what happened last week was a gift to Putin because Putin wants to undermine democracy in our country and throughout the world,” she said.
Ironically, most of the peaceful protesters at the Capitol were there because they believed there was election fraud and that Democrats had undermined democracy.
Also worth noting – no individual did more to undermine the 2016 election and the will of the American people by pushing false allegations against the President than Hillary Clinton. As late as 2019, Clinton was still claiming that Trump was an “illegitimate” president.
“So yes, we should have a 9/11 commission and there is strong support in the Congress to do that,” Pelosi added.
How are “principles” and “democratic norms” served by aiding the Democrats in reversing Trump’s successes?
by Bruce Thornton, frontpagemag.com
In less than a week Joe Biden has issued a slew of executive orders rolling back many of Donald Trump’s orders that returned some sanity to our country after the Obama-era policies weakened us at home and abroad. Soon we also will see attempts to undo Trump’s positive achievements in reviving a sluggish economy and restoring America’s credibility as a great power other powers may not like, but definitely had to respect.
Are you happy now, Republican NeverTrumpers, that your orange bête noir demonized for his scorn for your managerial elite protocols and “norms” has been driven from the Republican, Inc. country club?
Take Biden’s return to the Paris Climate Accords, a globalist orgy of virtue-signaling by Western nations, and serial grifting by China, the world’s largest emitter of CO2 who isn’t required to do anything but make promises. Three decades of such gab-fests have not achieved as much as the fracking revolution did in reducing emissions. So of course, Biden has forbidden fracking and oil development on federal lands, thus ending the economic boon of cheap energy and good jobs at home, and geopolitical leverage abroad that come from being the world’s largest producer of oil.
Compounding that blunder, he’s stopped construction on the Keystone pipeline, killing thousands of jobs and subjecting the environment to the risks of transporting oil with trucks and trains. And our ally Canada, none too pleased, will likely look for new markets to sell their oil–– perhaps to our geopolitical rival China. Why has Biden taken these self-wounding steps? Because upscale progressives aren’t comfortable with icky things like producing and transporting oil, which offend their Disneyfied natural world.
So where’s the science behind these moves that justify damaging our national security and domestic economic interests? Anthropogenic Catastrophic Global Warming, the notion that a rise in CO2 concentrations by 100 parts per million, will end civilization. But global warming is not a scientific fact, but at best a hypothesis over a hundred years old. It reflects cultural ideals and prejudices about nature and humanity’s relationship to it. It also is a consequence of how the postwar left––which demonizes industrialization because free-market capitalism has been more successful at improving people’s lives than Marxist collectivist voodoo––has hijacked the environmental movement and uses it to weaken free-market economies. What better way to do that than making cheap energy, the engine of the modern world’s prosperity, more expensive?
Then there’s the executive order promoting a national minimum wage of $15 an hour. This ancient, simplistic solution to the “income inequality” bugaboo has been serially repudiated over the years by economists of all stripes. Making entry-level, low-skill jobs more expensive usually means fewer such jobs available. We have a real-world experiment demonstrating this truth going on in Seattle, which has been incrementally raising its minimum wage since 2016, and seen declines in numbers of hours worked at every step. And the long history of government-run economies like the Soviet Union’s have shown over and over that the market, rather than government diktats, is more efficient at setting wages.
Speaking of the economy, this last executive order is a preliminary move in Biden’s planned orgy of spending more money we don’t have. In the works is a $1.9 trillion “relief” bill, which will include an extra $1,400 in “stimulus” cash for each American who qualifies. This will come on top of the $900 billion splurge in December that pushed our debt-to-GDP ratio to over 100%. This “stimulus” magic wand had already proved ineffective back in 2009 when Obama spent nearly a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready jobs” meant to stimulate the economy. As Obama chuckled, the “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.” Nor did it, as Obama promised, raise 2 million people out of poverty. Instead, between 2009 and 2012, 6.3 million fell into poverty.
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His latest autobiography goes out of its way to demonize the Jewish state
by Robert Spencer, frontpagemag.com
Great News: Barack Hussein Obama is now not only a Nobel laureate, but he has opened up a big lead among the presidents as the one with by far the most autobiographies. The marvelous narcissist now leads all other presidents who have written autobiographies by two, as he has written three, compared to a number of his peers who are tied at one. However, his latest one, A Promised Land, is more than just an update on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the Most Undeservedly Celebrated Man on the Planet; it’s a full-on apologia for his policies as president, and a program for his impending third term, aka the Biden administration.
The weighty 768-page tome not only tells you more about His Wonderfulness than you ever thought you wanted to know; it also provides a potted Leftist history of Israel that abundantly illustrates how Leftists see our most reliable ally in the Middle East, and why they hate it with such focused laser-beam intensity.
Obama portrays Britain and then Israel as occupying powers in Palestine, without ever explaining who actually owned the land they were and are supposedly occupying. He makes no mention of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. As The Palestinian Delusion explains in detail, the Mandate directed the British to encourage “close settlement by Jews on the land” for “the establishment of the Jewish national home.” What gave the League the right to do such a thing? The dying Ottoman Empire had ceded Palestine to the League in 1918. Jews had lived in that land from time immemorial, and it was otherwise sparsely populated. It was a perfect place for the Jews who faced discrimination, harassment and worse in Europe and elsewhere to settle.
Thus the common assumption, which Obama fosters, that the Israelis are illegitimate occupiers of a land that belongs rightly to the Palestinians, founders on the facts. There never was a Palestinian state. No Palestinian king, or emperor, or president. There never was a Palestinian nationality or ethnicity distinct from the nationality and ethnicity of the Arabs of the region. Palestine, like Staten Island or Georgetown, was always the name of a region, not a nation-state or ethnonational home.
Obama also claims that the Jews “organized highly trained armed forces to defend their settlements,” without mentioning that in 1919, a Muslim leader, Amin al-Husseini, a member of a prominent Arab clan in Jerusalem, orchestrated a series of attacks on Jews all over Palestine. The following year, he instigated riots in Jerusalem during Passover. Amid mass looting and rapes, six Jews were murdered and over two hundred more injured. A court of inquiry found that “the Jews were the victims of a peculiarly brutal and cowardly attack, the majority of the casualties being old men, women and children.”
This violence was ongoing. In August 1929 in Jerusalem, rioting Arabs murdered 133 Jews and injured over two hundred more, many in their homes. In Hebron, they murdered another sixty-seven Jews, and in Safed, twenty more. The British government-appointed Shaw Commission found that the riots “took the form, in the most part, of a vicious attack by Arabs on Jews accompanied by wanton destruction of Jewish property.” Obama mentions none of this.
His description of the birth of the State of Israel is no more fair or accurate: “As Britain withdrew, the two sides quickly fell into war. And with Jewish militias claiming victory in 1948, the state of Israel was officially born.”
The “two sides” were actually tiny Israel against the giant massed forces of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Transjordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. They didn’t “fall into war”; the Arab League declared war immediately after Israel declared its independence. Obama’s use of the term “militias” to describe the Israel Defense Forces is doubtless chosen for its resonance with the right-wing, racist, white supremacist militias that American Leftists hysterically imagine to be stalking the land.
Even worse, Obama claims that “for the next three decades, Israel would engage in a succession of conflicts with its Arab neighbors.” One would get no hint from his account of the fact that Israel “would engage” in all these conflicts not out of some imperialist or supremacist impulse, but because each and every time, Arab forces carried out an unprovoked attack against the Jewish state. But Obama appears determined to portray Israel as the aggressor, trusting in the general ignorance of his readership.
Obama’s animus toward Israel is so great that he even calls the Temple Mount “one of Islam’s holiest sites,” without ever mentioning its central importance in Judaism.
A Promised Land thus includes a concise primer for Leftists to remind them of why they must hate Israel. As Obama’s dotty old puppet prepares to enter the Oval Office, this is not a good sign for America’s alliance with Israel, or for peace in the Middle East.
By Cliff Kincaid
Some scoff at the concept of a “Deep State” as a “conspiracy theory.” But nobody knows the truth better than Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, who once questioned why Trump would fight the intelligence agencies, since “they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” The phrase “six ways from Sunday” means in every possible way. Another common formulation is “by any means necessary.”
The U.S. Secret Service intercepted a Ricin-laced letter with the words, “If it doesn’t work, I will find a better recipe,” addressed to President Trump. Pascale Ferrier, a Canadian previously deported from the U.S., was apprehended and charged on September 24 with threatening to kill the president by using the poison. She was arrested with a loaded gun and a knife and had previously tweeted a hashtag supportive of killing Trump.
The Ferrier case seems like the work of a bumbling amateur, although Ricin (and Novichok) are poisons known to be used by the remnants of the Soviet KGB. Assassination plots involving the CIA are usually more sophisticated.
For those inclined to dismiss the idea of hit squads or assassins targeting American figures, consider the mysterious 2010 death of former presidential aide John P. Wheeler, the subject of a new “Unsolved Mysteries” story on Netflix. His body was found at the Cherry Island Landfill in Joe Biden’s state of Delaware. Wheeler, who associated with members of the political and military elite, was said by his wife to have looked “frightened” before his death. Described as the “Washington Insider Murder,” he was also said to have many “enemies” from his work in the national defense area.
Another Washington insider, Trump Attorney General William Barr, also seems frightened. He disclosed that the probe into Obamagate won’t produce a report until after the election. Obamagate involves how the Obama-Biden Administration used the intelligence agencies to destroy and obstruct the Trump presidency, using material supplied by Russia and paid for by Hillary Clinton.
Investigator Chris Farrell asks why Barr fights Judicial Watch in virtually every Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking records over the Obamagate coup plot. Farrell, who was banned by Fox for criticizing George Soros on the Lou Dobbs show, has also drawn attention to CIA director Gina Haspel’s role in Obamagate.
The FBI is headed by Christopher Wray, who was nominated by Trump but sat on the evidence of corruption in Hunter Biden’s laptop for almost a year. (The FBI has since reportedly interviewed Hunter business associate Tony Bobulinski).
On top of this cover-up, Big Tech has censored evidence of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s involvement in his son’s schemes involving China and Ukraine.
The Department of Justice has filed suit against Google, the gatekeeper of the Internet, over exercising monopoly control over how the American people get their news, but the action comes too late to make a real difference on November 3.
Barr’s failures tell us a lot about the power of the Deep State.
Barr, who previously worked for the CIA, had organized support for the FBI sniper who killed Randy Weaver’s wife in the 1992 Ruby Ridge operation. She was killed as she was holding her baby daughter in her arms.
Ruby Ridge is the scandal involving the FBI and ATF assaulting a right-wing figure, a so-called “white supremacist,” living in Idaho who had been set up on a charge of selling an illegal weapon, a sawed-off shotgun.
Wanting to demonstrate their power, federal agencies staged an armed attack on Weaver’s family. Weaver’s 14-year-old son was shot to death by federal Marshalls carrying machine guns. Weaver was found not guilty of assaulting federal officers.
Ruby Ridge was followed by the federal siege of the Waco religious compound on April 19, 1993, when more than eighty men, women and children were shot or burned to death. Federal agencies attacked the compound of a religious cult, the Branch Davidians, on the pretext that children were being abused. They could have apprehended the leader of the religious compound without killing all those people. It was another demonstration of their power.
The Obama and Epstein Cover-Ups
As author Jack Cashill has demonstrated in his book, Unmasking Obama, federal agencies were used in other ways under the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, such as the IRS attacks on conservative and Tea Party groups. Most importantly, the FBI covered-up the evidence of Obama’s debt to communist Frank Marshall Davis and his patron, the old Soviet Union.
Years later, the Jeffrey Epstein scandal remains unresolved, even as the media mock some conservatives for believing in the existence of a high-level pedophile ring. Cindy McCain, who says “We all knew what he [Epstein] was doing,” has endorsed Biden for president. Her husband, who lost a winnable election against Obama in 2008, peddled the phony Hillary-financed Russian dossier to the FBI.
Mitt Romney, the Utah Republican Senator who voted to impeach Trump, ran as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 and lost to Obama. Trump blames Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, for moving Fox News to the left, as Ryan joined the board of Fox Corporation in 2019.
My own coverage of Ruby Ridge and Waco, which occurred during the Clinton Administration, were among the major incidents convincing me that important agencies of the federal government were compromised and hopelessly corrupt. Another eye-opening episode was the crash of TWA Flight 800, which resulted in the deaths of 230 passengers and crew on July 17, 1996. Federal “investigators” blamed a fuel tank explosion when eyewitnesses saw missiles hit the plane. The CIA actually produced a video showing the huge nose-less jet ascending like a rocket, an aeronautical impossibility.
In 1993 I covered the strange death of Clinton White House deputy counsel Vincent Foster, a murder labeled a “suicide” in an Independent Counsel investigation led by a Republican named Kenneth Starr and his assistant, prosecutor Brett Kavanaugh. Evidence demonstrated the existence of a shadowy group of operatives who would intimidate a witness, Patrick Knowlton, with information contradicting the government’s story. Foster had access to the secrets of Hillary Clinton and the National Security Agency (NSA).
David Martin’s new book, The Murder of Vince Foster: America’s Would-Be Dreyfus Affair, examines the case, including alleged Foster connections to drug smuggling, the CIA, and organized crime.
Starr later became a Fox News contributor, a supposed expert on the impeachment campaign against Trump, while Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump to the Supreme Court. It was another indication that the Swamp occupies both side of the “partisan divide” and affects both major political parties. Starr, by the way, was a legal counsel for Jeffrey Epstein.
In the Bush Administration, we would learn that federal operatives from the FBI, and perhaps other agencies, would be deployed to frame patriotic American scientists for the post-9/11 anthrax attacks carried out with anthrax stolen from a U.S. lab. One scientist, Steven Hatfill, would collect millions of dollars from the Department of Justice in damages over his harassment, while another, Bruce Ivins, would end up dead after being persecuted by federal agents under the direction of then-FBI Director and future Russia-gate special counsel Robert Mueller.
Former Louisiana state Senator John Milkovich, a Democrat, wrote a book on Robert Mueller, subtitled “Errand boy for the New World Order,” looking at his role in matters such as 9/11, organized crime figure Whitey Bulger, and the crooked bank BCCI.
Mueller keeps emerging at sensitive times in American history, when the federal government wants to perpetuate a certain story line about a delicate national security matter.
What’s absolutely clear is that Trump, a true outsider to Washington, has enemies here and abroad.
Concern about Trump’s physical health and safety accelerated after he was infected by the China virus at the first presidential debate, leading author J.C. Hawkins to speculate that he was infected “by a rogue Secret Service agent or staff member secretly working for The Deep State.”
Various reports had indicated that seven people who attended judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination announcement, held outside at the White House, tested positive for the coronavirus. But former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who also came down with the virus and was hospitalized, said that he had last tested negative ahead of the first presidential debate and was not having any symptoms then.
The Cleveland Clinic, the debate co-host, subsequently acknowledged that 11 people involved in debate preparation tested positive. We still don’t know who they are.
Weeks after this, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan displayed the anti-Trump “86/45” sign during a TV appearance. The number “86” can be shorthand for killing someone. Whitmer had been on Joe Biden’s short list for vice-presidential candidates.
One does not have to be a “conspiracy theorist” to see a disturbing pattern.
*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org
–But the New York Times Did
by Robert Spencer, pjmedia.com
Did the United States really have a good relationship with Adolf Hitler before he started World War II? Joe Biden made this bizarre claim during Thursday’s debate with President Trump. Trump said of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “North Korea, we’re not in a war. We have a good relationship. People don’t understand. Having a good relationship with leaders of other countries is a good thing.”
Biden shot back: “We had a good relationship with Hitler before he, in fact, invaded Europe, the rest of Europe. Come on.”
Come on, Joe! The U.S. didn’t have a good relationship with Hitler before he “invaded Europe. The German dictator was, however, beloved in certain quarters, including the editorial offices of the New York Times.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn’t attack Hitler directly before the war began, but relations between the U.S. and Nazi Germany were by no means good. In September 1938, Roosevelt sent a telegram to Hitler lecturing him about the importance of keeping the peace and stating: “The conscience and the impelling desire of the people of my country demand that the voice of their government be raised again and yet again to avert and to avoid war.” Implying that Hitler was a warmonger was hardly a hallmark of cordial relations between the two countries.
Failing to get a satisfactory response from Hitler, on October 11, 1938, Roosevelt announced that he was increasing national defense spending by $300 million (over $5 billion in today’s dollars). No one thought that money was going to build up our defenses against Britain and France.
Some in America, however, loved the Führer.
The historian Rafael Medoff recently noted that on July 9, 1933, just over five months after he became Chancellor of Germany and years after his virulent anti-Semitism and propensity for violence had become notorious worldwide, the New York Times published a fawning puff piece on Hitler that rivals even today’s media adulation of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Nancy Pelosi in its one-sidedness, myopia, and disdain for essential facts.
Pulitzer Prize-winning “journalist” Anne O’Hare McCormick traveled to Berlin to become the first reporter from an American news outlet to interview the new chancellor, and she was an intriguing choice for the Times editors to make to conduct this interview, as in the presence of this man whose name has become justly synonymous with evil, she was decidedly starry-eyed: “At first sight,” McCormick gushed, “the dictator of Germany seems a rather shy and simple man, younger than one expects, more robust, taller. His sun-browned face is full and is the mobile face of an orator.”
As if that weren’t enough, she continues with a description of the Führer as outlandish and adulatory as likening the supremely zaftig Stacy Abrams to a supermodel: “His eyes are almost the color of the blue larkspur in a vase behind him, curiously childlike and candid. He appears untired and unworried. His voice is as quiet as his black tie and his double-breasted black suit.”
McCormick labored to portray Hitler as more modest than his public persona might suggest: “In the country he has plastered with banners and insignia he wears only a small gold eagle in his buttonhole. No flag or swastika is in sight.” He is also, she signaled to her readers, reasonable and genuine: “He begins to speak slowly and solemnly but when he smiles — and he smiled frequently in the course of the interview — and especially when he loses himself and forgets his listener in a flood of speech, it is easy to see how he sways multitudes. Then he talks like a man possessed, indubitably sincere.” What’s more, “Herr Hitler has the sensitive hand of the artist.”
The intrepid New York Times reporter doesn’t seem to have asked Hitler if he had a significant other, but no one would have been surprised after reading all this if the two of them had become an item.
However, McCormick’s interview was not all about Hitler’s sun-browned face and blue larkspur eyes. In the 29th paragraph of a 41-paragraph article, she recounts that she asked him: “How about the Jews? At this stage how do you measure the gains and losses of your anti-Semetic [sic] policies?” Hitler answered, she said, with “extraordinary fluency,” and she records his answer – a tissue of victim-blaming and excuse-making – at considerable length.
Then, McCormick recounts, “seeing the second part of the question was not going to be answered, your correspondent referred to the position of women.” Ah, yes: when the interviewee doesn’t want to answer the tough question, go on to something easier. The Times and its allies today always keep this in mind when interviewing Democrats. This surrender mollified Hitler as well: “Herr Hitler’s tension relaxed. He smiled his disarming smile.”
Little did Anne O’Hare McCormick realize, as Hitler’s blue larkspur eyes twinkled in her direction and his disarming smile made her heart flutter, that all these years later, the New York Times would still be publishing puff pieces about authoritarian thugs. And old Joe Biden, as he contemplates the approaching end of the presidential race from his Delaware basement, can rest secure in the certainty that no matter what outrageously false or crazy thing he says, that same New York Times will cover for him, too.
And its control of the culture
by Mark Tapson
As the revelations of international influence-peddling and multimillion-dollar corruption on the part of Joe Biden and his disgrace of a son go utterly ignored by the Democrat media, and suppressed on social media by Big Tech overlords Twitter and Facebook, it couldn’t be more obvious that the crisis in American journalism has peaked. That makes Sean Spicer’s new book, Leading America: President Trump’s Commitment to People, Patriotism, and Capitalism, all the more relevant and essential.
Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Spicer, also the author of the compelling account of his time in the White House titled The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President, has written another page-turning, eyewitness account of the volatile intersection of journalism and politics in America today. In ten highly readable, easily digestible chapters, each devoted to an aspect of left’s tightening grip on the culture, the normally calm and collected Spicer absolutely savages the Progressive activists in academia, the news media, and Hollywood. He also argues that re-electing President Trump is America’s only hope to win this “battle for the soul of this great nation.”
David Horowitz, founder of the Freedom Center and bestselling author, most recently, of Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win, sums it up in his jacket blurb for Leading America:
Sean Spicer has written an indispensable book about the destruction of American journalism by the American left. As an insider who was press secretary to President Trump, is now an anchor on Newsmax TV, and in between was a quarter-finalist among celebrity leftists on Dancing With the Stars, Spicer has written an irresistible insider’s book about the wars that are engulfing us as a nation and threatening our future.
Spicer begins the book setting up the state of the union in 2020 (“Welcome to the current state of American society, one in which all politics is personal and all persons are forced to be political”), and laying out what the stakes are in this critical, upcoming election. What are those stakes? The very principles of our nation, and the Constitution itself, which are threatened by today’s radical Democratic Party: “They will stop at nothing in their attempt to turn capitalism into socialism, patriotism into globalism, and American values into progressive values. They’re willing to run small businesses into economic ruin, turn academic institutions into harmful social experiment centers, use children as political pawns, and ruin America’s favorite pastimes with political polarization – and they’re leaving a nearly unrecognizable country in their wake.”
Then he moves on to a discussion of his wild ride on one of America’s top competition reality shows: “Just as they’ve done with everything else, the left turned a dancing reality show into a political battleground.”
When Spicer was approached about performing on the highly-rated Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) after his White House stint, he gradually realized it not only might be a lot of fun, but by diving into the left-dominated pop culture, it also would be a way to “prove that people from different backgrounds or with different beliefs could get along” – but “many in the media did not want to see that happen.”
Definitely not. The left was outraged that Trump spokesman Spicer would be treated with anything more civil than a public tarring-and-feathering, much less be showcased on one of America’s most popular shows rather than a televised war crimes tribunal. As Spicer threw himself into the gig with abandon – initially in a puffy-sleeved, fluorescent green shirt, no less – and kept surviving the cut each week, his many triggered critics scornfully suggested “that I was trying to redeem myself – or as the New York Times put it, I was wiping away my disgrace through dancing. Unfortunately for them, I was enjoying myself, having fun, and learning something different. I wasn’t asking for forgiveness.”
READ MORE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/10/leading-america-mark-tapson/
by John Hanson
On Monday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe dismissed claims from Democrats and top media figures that the Hunter Biden email scandal was a Russian disinformation campaign.
The controversial emails reported by the New York Post, allegedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop, have been called such by Democrats like House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.
Ratcliffe told Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo that Schiff was trying to politicize the intelligence community and cast an unfavorable light on it because he favored Hunter’s father, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in the upcoming election.
Ratcliffe Says Top Dem Schiff Playing
Politics With The Issue
“So Maria, it is funny that some of the people that complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing intelligence,” Ratcliffe said. He continued, “And unfortunately, in this case, it is Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who, as you pointed out, said on Friday the intelligence community believes that Hunter Biden’s laptop and the emails on it are part of some Russian disinformation campaign.”
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Decades of gross bias and disinformation
by Joseph Klein, frontpagemag.com
National Public Radio (NPR) does not serve the American taxpayers who are paying its bills. Most recently, NPR did its part to shield Joe Biden from the fallout of the Biden family pay-for-access corruption scheme. That’s nothing new. NPR has long served as the leftwing progressive Democrat Party’s propaganda arm. Back in 2016, for example, NPR shilled for the disastrous nuclear deal pushed by the Obama administration, after receiving funding from a pro-nuclear deal advocacy group. It is long past time to end the gravy train and defund NPR.
On October 22nd, NPR’s public editor rationalized NPR’s decision to suppress coverage of the New York Post’s expose of the Hunter Biden e-mails implicating Joe Biden himself in his son’s business dealings. NPR’s managing editor Terence Samuel tweeted: “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”
The Media Research Center retorted: “How exactly is doing what is supposed to be your job of reporting and investigating a story with credible sources to be a ‘waste of time?’
David Folkenflik, NPR’s media correspondent, tried to kill the messenger that broke the story on the e-mails which were reportedly recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop computer. Folkenflik attacked the New York Post as “suspect” and speculated “whether those emails were somehow hacked and doctored, or completely fabricated.” Folkenflik repeated the baseless claim, debunked by the FBI and Director of National Intelligence, that the New York Post story may have been part of Russia’s disinformation campaign.
News flash to NPR: You are paid by the American people to report the news and let the people make up their own minds as to what stories constitute a waste of their time or are “distractions.” If we want Big Brother to tell us what we should listen to and read, we might as well move to Communist China.
In late August 2020, NPR’s Code Switch department gave Vicky Osterweil, author of In Defense of Looting, a free platform to spout the leftist’s support for looting as a vital aspect of the Black Lives matter movement. There was no pushback from the NPR interviewer. “When I use the word looting, I mean the mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot,” Osterweil said. “It gets people what they need for free immediately, which means that they are capable of living and reproducing their lives without having to rely on jobs or a wage…riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory.”
After the fact, NPR’s public editor, Kelly McBride, tried to clean up the mess created by this interview, writing that “a book author with a radical point of view far to the left was allowed to spread false information.” But it was too little too late. NPR allowed itself to be used to disseminate disinformation, which it has regularly done with a sharp tilt to the left. This was the same Kelly McBride who defended NPR’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop e-mails story.
Talking about spreading disinformation, NPR served as one of the principal mouthpieces pushing the Obama administration’s talking points in favor of the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. NPR’s ombudsman criticized the network for accepting money from the Ploughshares Fund, which was part of the “echo chamber” of organizations, experts and reporters that the Obama White House had set up to positively shape public opinion on the Iran nuclear deal. The ombudsman took the network to task for “the large number of Ploughshares-funded analysts and experts who made it on the air to talk up the deal, without any acknowledgement of that by NPR.” However, while saying that “NPR’s money came from one side of a very partisan debate on a specific issue to fund reporting on a specific topic,” NPR’s ombudsman ended up exonerating NPR. She concluded that “NPR did not accept money to report favorably on the Iran deal.” If you believe that, you’ll believe anything!
Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, explained the echo chamber strategy in a 2016 article appearing in the New York Times Magazine. “In the absence of rational discourse,” Rhodes said, “we are going to discourse the [expletive] out of this. We had test drives to know who was going to be able to carry our message effectively, and how to use outside groups like Ploughshares, the Iran Project and whomever else. So we knew the tactics that worked.”
Ploughshares gave NPR $100,000 in 2015 “to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group’s annual report,” the Associated Press revealed. “Ploughshares has funded NPR’s coverage of national security since 2005, the radio network said. Ploughshares reports show at least $700,000 in funding over that time. All grant descriptions since 2010 specifically mention Iran.” Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares’ president, appeared on NPR at least twice in 2015 promoting the nuclear deal negotiations.
George Soros’s leftwing Open Society Foundations have been major funders of both Ploughshares and NPR. In 2016 alone, the Open Society Foundations bestowed NPR with a $600,000 grant.
Back in 2011, NPR’s senior director of institutional giving at the time, Betsy Liley, was caught on video expressing a willingness to accept a $5 million donation from a fictitious Muslim Brotherhood front group called the Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust. She even suggested how NPR could help the group shield itself from a government audit. This was all uncovered in a sting operation conducted by the conservative Project Veritas organization to expose how far NPR was willing to subvert government oversight to fund its biased programming. The sting also caught Ron Schiller, who was then the president of the NPR Foundation and vice president for development, making an anti-Semitic remark. “Zionist influence” doesn’t exist at NPR, Schiller said, but “it’s there in those who own newspapers obviously.”
Liley was placed on administrative leave. Ron Schiller and NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation) resigned. But NPR continues to reek of anti-Semitism in some quarters.
Just last August, for example, a National Public Radio member station fired a Jewish meteorologist because he compared the Seattle riots and looting to Kristallnacht in a post on his own personal blog. Jewish residents and Jewish-owned businesses were being attacked in Seattle and the meteorologist was drawing on a notorious historical comparison to express his fears. Since NPR is publicly funded, its firing of the Jewish meteorologist for writing his thoughts on his own blog would appear to violate his First Amendment rights. As a writer for Get Religion put it, “What is appalling is that NPR doesn’t know the difference between legitimate speech and hate speech. Or maybe hate speech is whatever social justice workers disagree with at the moment.”
The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 requires public broadcasters to operate with a “strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature.” NPR has failed that test miserably for years. It does not deserve any further public funding. Let NPR go to Soros and other leftwing donors to stay afloat.
Who’s going to protect the children from the Bidens?
by Daniel Greenfield
The Hunter Biden laptop at the center of the political scandal had a sticker on it with the name of the Beau Biden Foundation. The sticker has been widely reported, but not its full name.
The full name of the foundation named after Joe Biden’s son and Hunter Biden’s brother is the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. It’s both tragic and disgusting then that Rudy Giuliani has alleged that the laptop contained material involving underage girls.
It’s unclear if the Hunter Biden laptop actually belonged to the Beau Biden Foundation, but the The Mac Shop, at the center of the story, is in Wilmington, as is the Beau Biden Foundation. It’s a short drive down the 202 from the physical address of the foundation at the University of Delaware Law School to the Trolley Square address of the shop where the laptop ended up.
Earlier this year, the Beau Biden Foundation was one of the beneficiaries of grants from the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund. The Biden foundation had received a $22,000 grant to provide “virtual training” to protect children from abuse. That is the sort of thing that the foundation, co-chaired by Hunter Biden and other Biden family members, does.
The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children claims that its mission is protecting children from child abuse, especially over the internet. It runs workshops, distributes ebooks, and offers training sessions to prevent children from being groomed by abusers online.
It’s deeply troubling then that Hunter Biden had apparently been accused of doing just that.
In one of the messages allegedly exchanged between Joe Biden and his son, the Democrat presidential candidate asks his son, “This is [redacted 14-year-old girl] right.”
“She told my therapist that I was sexually inappropriate with [redacted girl] when she says that I facetime naked with her and the reason I can’t have her out to see me is because I’ll walk around naked smoking crack talking [redacted] girls on face time,” Hunter replied.
Meanwhile the Beau Biden Foundation was offering lessons on how to spot online predators.
Some have speculated that this refers to Hallie Biden’s daughter. Hallie Biden, a fellow co-chair of the foundation, was also Beau’s widow and had been in a relationship with Hunter. If so this would have been a devastating indictment of the foundation’s leadership which was charging $3,000 for lessons on preventing online child abuse while its board members were involved in it.
READ MORE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/10/hunter-biden-chaired-foundation-stop-child-abuse-daniel-greenfield/
by Lifezette, via thepoliticalinsider.com
A woman from California has just been arrested and charged with attempted murder after ramming her car through a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump on Saturday.
The woman, who has since been identified as Tatiana Turner, was part of a Black Lives Matter “Caravan for Justice” group in Yorba Linda protesting the grand jury verdict in the death of Breonna Taylor. At about 3 p.m., Turner drove her car through a group of counter-protesters, many of whom were waving Trump flags, according to ABC News.
“Approximately 30 minutes after the protests began, we began to receive reports of physical altercations occurring between the two protest groups, including at least one individual who was pepper-sprayed by another protestor,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.
Chilling footage appears to show Turner, 40, calmly get into her white car before deliberately driving it into the crowd of Trump supporters.
Two People Left Injured
One man and one woman were injured, and each of them were hospitalized.
“The man suffered two broken legs and the woman had major injuries,” Sgt. Dennis Breckner, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, told FOX LA. “Both were transported to a hospital for treatment of their injuries.”
On top of attempted murder, Turner has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. After her arrest, she was booked into the Orange County Jail, where records say she is being held on $1 million. Turner is due to have her first court appearance on Tuesday.
Media Virtually Ignores This Incident
Unsurprisingly, this incident is getting virtually no attention from the media, as it does not fit their narrative of Trump supporters being violent and deranged.
Had a Trump supporter driven through a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters, it would be headline news for weeks with the mainstream media. When it’s the other way around, however, the media completely ignores it.
This just goes to show that despite what the left says, it’s liberals that you need to worry about when it comes to violent attacks.
This piece was written by James Samson on September 28, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
Not ‘Worth The Trouble’
BY LIFEZETTE via thepoliticalinsider.com
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) backed down on Thursday and revealed that she won’t actually try and impeach President Donald Trump for a second time to block him from nominating someone to the Supreme Court.
“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point, we have 40 days until the election,” Pelosi told reporters when asked if she will be trying to impeach the president again. “It’s no use orchestrating one thing or another when what really matters in terms of the peaceful transfer of power is that people vote.”
This comes days after Pelosi hinted in an interview that impeachment was not off the table, saying, “we have arrows in our quiver.”
“We have our options,” she told television host George Stephanopoulos. “This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements that he and his henchmen have made. Right now, our main goal — and I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg would want that to be to protect the integrity of the election — that we protect the American people from the coronavirus.”
Kevin McCarthy Fires Back
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) fired back by warning that he will introduce a motion to oust Pelosi if she dares to launch a second impeachment inquiry.
“I will make you this one promise, listening to the speaker on television this weekend, if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer have the question of her being Speaker. She may think she has a quiver — we do too,” McCarthy told reporters.
As for Trump, he plans to move forward with announcing his nominee on Saturday to fill the Supreme Court seat that was left vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I think it will be on Friday or Saturday and we want to pay respect, it looks like we will have services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it, and I think we should, with all due respect for Justice Ginsburg, wait for services to be over,” Trump said.
by John Hanson, via thepoliticalinsider.com
On Monday, President Donald Trump addressed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing to rule out impeachment to prevent him from nominating a judge to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.
“Go ahead. I want them to do that,” Trump said to supporters during a rally in Ohio.
Democratic Leaders Line Up To Threaten Impeachment Over Trump Supreme Court Pick
“I’m the only guy in the world that could get impeached for trying to fill a seat on the Supreme Court,” Trump said.
Pelosi told the New York Times on Monday that it was within her power to try to impeach Trump again.
“Well, we can impeach him every day of the week for anything he does,” Pelosi said.
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos also asked Pelosi on Sunday during an interview if she would rule out impeachment after she said that every tool at her disposal would be considered to stop Trump’s Supreme Court pick from being confirmed.
Chuck Schumer And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Chime In
“We have our options,” Pelosi said. “We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country.”
Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a similar comment alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during a press conference on Sunday night.
“I believe that also we must consider, again all of the tools available in our disposal and that all of these options should be entertained and on the table,” AOC said.
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By Cliff Kincaid – September 20, 2020
The “conservative” who vouched for the honesty and professionalism of Russia-gate prosecutor Robert Mueller has recommended that President Trump NOT appoint a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election. Fortunately, Trump is ignoring the advice from former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy.
In a piece for National Review and Fox News, McCarthy called on Trump to refrain from nominating a replacement and instead use the vacancy as an issue in his campaign for president. He said “…the fact that the president has the power to name a replacement for Justice Ginsburg and that Republicans have a majority to get the nomination approved does not necessarily mean that that’s the smart play.”
McCarthy was trying to play the role of “smart” guy – smarter than Trump. It wasn’t convincing.
Trump has wisely rejected this approach, and indicates he will nominate a replacement in the next few days.
McCarthy is the writer who said Robert Mueller was a fine choice as Russia-gate prosecutor. He said, “Bob Mueller is a widely respected former prosecutor, U.S. attorney, high-ranking Justice Department official, and FBI director. He is highly regarded by both parties…He is a straight shooter, by the book, and studiously devoid of flash.”
How did that turn out? McCarthy later changed course, admitting Mueller’s probe was political and designed to destroy Trump. In fact, McCarthy wrote a book about the bad job Mueller did.
McCarthy was wrong about Mueller and he’s wrong about replacing Ginsburg. He is a weak and timid advocate for conservative values.
McCarthy wagered “that a determined Republican effort to replace Ginsburg in the coming weeks would increase the chance that Biden defeats Trump, and that Democrats take the Senate while holding the House. If that happens, Democrats will repeal the filibuster, add four to six seats to the Supreme Court, and pack it with liberal ideologues. Whatever benefit will have been achieved by confirming a Trump nominee will be overwhelmed.”
He argued that, “The best play, particularly if Republicans lack the Senate votes they need anyway, would be to use the vacancy as a core issue in the 2020 campaign.”
It’s hard to know if Republicans have the votes to confirm a replacement. They have a 53-47 margin. If they lose some Republicans, perhaps some Democrats will come over to their side. If they fail, at least they’ve tried. If they fail, Republican voters will know that Trump tried and that he was betrayed.
But at least Trump would have tried, and this is the course he’s chosen. That means he will nominate a replacement and we will have a hearing in which the real “legacy” of abortion of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be exposed for all to see.
This is more bad advice from Andrew McCarthy, a major writer for conservative publications and a regular on Fox News. He has steered us down the wrong path before.
It appears that after he wrote this column, things changed, and it was updated. It now ends with this: “For now, President Trump is signaling (by tweet) that he intends in short order to announce a nominee to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ginsburg’s passing, and that he will push for Senate consideration. There is a good chance that he won’t get Senate consideration before the election . . . but that the nomination of a solid prospective justice, and the inevitable comparison of the kinds of jurists a Biden administration would appoint, will help the president’s reelection bid.”
So suddenly McCarthy changes from advising Trump to wait on a nomination to admitting that a replacement would “help” the president. This will have to go down as a major flip-flop in the history of policy reversals.
It was “emended,” which means to make corrections and clarifications.
What happened is that McCarthy was trying to guide the process and was completely ignored, so he changed gears.
Now we will be facing an endless series of articles about why Trump should have waited, and why his nominee may go down to defeat anyway. But by making this an issue of right to life versus the culture of death, Trump will win no matter what. It is a fight that has to take place. With more than 60 million abortions already in America since Roe v. Wade in 1973, Americas needs a “reckoning” on the matter of the meaning of life.
All lives matter. This is a real social justice issue.
The death of Ginsburg has made the sanctity of life into THE issue of the 2020 presidential campaign. Trump has wisely seized it.
Here, too, McCarthy misses the point, saying, “For all the Democrats’ hysteria about the purportedly imminent reversal of Roe v. Wade (that never happens), every time a conservative is appointed, the fact is that Republican judicial nominees are forces of stability who favor judicial restraint, enabling Americans to determine democratically how they wish to live.”
He neglects to mention that Roe v. Wade terminated the ability of the American people to decide by inserting a “right” to abortion in U.S. law and the Constitution. It’s not “judicial restraint” to keep that “right” where it does not belong. Roe v. Wade must be overturned.
In short, there is no “right” to terminate the life of another human being. Why can’t a “conservative” like McCarthy state the obvious? And if human life is in jeopardy, why wait?
*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org
by Rusty Weiss, thepoliticalinsider.com
A three-judge panel in New York has ruled that illegal immigrants must be counted when determining the number of seats states receive in the House of Representatives.
President Trump signed an executive order in July clarifying that illegal aliens are not to be included for the purpose of the apportionment of Representatives following the 2020 census.
“By directing the Secretary to provide two sets of numbers, one derived from the decennial census and one not, and announcing that it is the policy of the United States to use the latter in connection with apportionment, the Presidential Memorandum deviates from, and thus violates, the statutory scheme,” the judges wrote.
“Second, the Presidential Memorandum violates the statute governing apportionment because, so long as they reside in the United States, illegal aliens qualify as ‘persons in’ a ‘State’ as Congress used those words.”
Perversion of Democratic Principles
Two of the judges on the panel – Richard C. Wesley and Peter W. Hall – were appointed by George W. Bush, while the other – Jesse M. Furman – was appointed by Barack Obama.
In announcing the original executive order, President Trump stated that “giving congressional representation and political influence to illegal aliens – people who have blatantly disregarded our laws – would be a perversion of our democratic principles.”
Far-left states that accept illegal aliens and offer them sanctuary would be given greater representation in the House.
“Allowing illegal aliens to be counted for the purpose of apportionment could also create perverse incentives – such as potentially rewarding states that encourage violations of Federal immigration law – that would undermine our system of government,” the memorandum reads.
In it, the President vowed to “never allow our democracy to be eroded by giving congressional representation to illegal aliens when the Constitution does not require it.”
Win For Democrats
The ruling is a clear-cut win for Democrats, who have long used illegals as a means to greater electoral and political power.
A study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows that, of 26 seats that would be lost, 24 are from states that voted for Trump in 2016, while 19 seats would be gained in the solidly Democratic states of California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
The ruling by these Bush-Obama appointed judges could be appealed to the Supreme Court, according to CBS News.
Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.
by Rusty Weiss, via thepoliticalinsider.com
Joe Biden delivered a version of the Pledge of Allegiance during his campaign speech in Wisconsin Monday that left many a viewer baffled.
It is yet another ‘gaffe’ by the former Vice President as the first presidential debate against Donald Trump looms in one week.
Biden began by stealing a similar line to his old boss, Barack Obama, regarding his disregard for ‘red states’ or ‘blue states.’
“[President Trump] has a deeply flawed and divisive view of the United States, this nation, and the job he holds,” declared Biden.
“I don’t see the presidency that way. I don’t pledge allegiance to red states of America or blue states of America,” he continued before delivering his version.
“I pledge allegiance to the United States of America. One nation, indivisible under God. For real.”
Yes, that is a direct quote.
Joe Biden’s Version of the Pledge of Allegiance
Considering Biden’s speeches and interviews are delivered using a teleprompter, his bumbling version of the Pledge is pretty remarkable.
We’re guessing he went off-script.
And once he headed down that road, there was no going back. For real. That’s when it became the CliffsNotes version of the Pledge.
The Pledge of Allegiance gaffe was similar to an effort this past March when Biden tried to recite a portion of the Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” he said.
“All men and women are created, by the, you know, go, you know the thing.”
This is why the Trump campaign is salivating at the prospect of cornering the Democrat nominee during a presumably unscripted debate.
Is There Something Going On?
This isn’t the first time Biden has made a perplexing statement, comment, or just generally off the wall crazy string of words.
Most recently, he claimed 200 million people would die from coronavirus before he finished his speech.
Earlier this summer, Biden said 120 million people had died from COVID-19.
President Trump called the remark “mortifyingly stupid.”
In February, Biden made the wildly inaccurate claim that 150 million Americans have died due to gun violence.
He confuses Iran and Iraq.
He’s confused about who is running for President.
He’s confused about who was President.
The pattern and track record led Fox News medical contributor, Dr. Marc Siegel, to offer an analysis of what might be happening.
“Back in 1988 former Vice President Biden had two aneurysms clipped in his brain using surgery, surgical techniques, and he had a bleed,” Siegel said.
“Studies show a 50% long-term cognitive problem. Now, what is cognition? It’s thinking, it’s memory, decision-making.”
“He’s also got atrial fibrillation, it’s a matter of public record, it’s an arrhythmia,” Siegel continued.
“Atrial fibrillation … a Swiss study just showed a couple of years ago in thousands of patients that there’s a 3 percent per year silent stroke where you can’t see it, except for changes in thinking.”
Whatever might be happening, these clips call into question Joe Biden’s fitness to lead America over the next four years.
Dem presidential nominee blames Trump for violence, fails to condemn Antifa, and offers no sympathy for victims.
by Lloyd Billingsley, frontpagemag.com
“The incumbent president is incapable of telling us the truth,” and “incapable of facing the facts and incapable of healing. He doesn’t want to shed light, he wants to generate heat and he’s stoking violence in our cities.”
That was presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday, speaking from Mill 19, an historic steel mill in Pittsburgh. The Democrat’s first event since emerging from his basement was not open to the public, though some 100 supporters gathered outside.
“Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames, rather than fighting the flames,” Biden proclaimed. “But we must not burn, we have to build.” According to Biden, President Trump “long ago forfeited any moral leadership,” and was incapable of stopping violence “because for years he had fomented it.”
In Biden’s vision, Trump “may believe mouthing the words ‘law and order’ makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is.” And “does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?”
After months of silence and denial, Biden suddenly contended that “rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted.” As the Democrat added, “ask yourself, do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really? I want a safe America.” Candidate Biden failed to mention that, as Reuters reported, at least 13 of his staffers made donations to a fund that paid bail for rioters in Minneapolis. Biden opposes cash bail as a “modern day debtors prison.”
As a number of reports noted, Joe Biden did not specifically condemn or call out Antifa and allied leftist groups now perpetrating the violence. Biden is on record that Black Lives Matter protests are “a wake-up call for our nation.”
President Trump often praises law enforcement, but no such support emerged from Biden on Monday. The Democrat presidential candidate failed to name victims such as St. Louis police officer David Dorn. As his widow Ann Dorn noted at the Republican National last Thursday, Dorn’s murderers live-streamed his execution.
Biden made no mention of Trump supporter Aaron “Jay” Danielson, shot in the chest during riots in Portland on Saturday. Antifa-BLM activists openly celebrated the murder. The Democrat also failed to note that President Trump had offered to send federal forces to restore law and order, and that Democrat mayors and governors had refused the offer and blamed the president for the violence.
In similar style, Biden did not spell out what, exactly, he would do as president if such deadly violence broke out in major cities. He preferred to blame Trump, the target of leftist Democrats from the day of his inauguration. Sen. Joe Biden was hardly lead voice calling for the peaceful transition of power.
In June of 2017, “strongly anti-Trump” Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republicans playing baseball in Arlington, Virginia, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise and wounding four others. What Joe Biden thought about this attempted mass murder has yet to emerge in any clarity.
Joe Biden has picked up an endorsement from Angela Davis, the Communist Party candidate for vice president under the Stalinist Gus Hall in 1980 and 1984. Before that, Davis gained fame for supporting violent convicts such as Black Panther George Jackson, who killed a guard at Soledad Prison. Davis brought the “arsenal of weapons” to a California courthouse and during the shootout judge Harold Haley’s head was blown off. As Davis now explains, “to vote for ourselves I think that means that we will have to campaign for and vote for Joe Biden.”
The Delaware cellar-dweller is not fond of fielding questions from reporters, and by all indications the candidate did not do so on Monday. His brief speech, doubtless cobbled together by handlers and endlessly rehearsed, was not exactly understated.
“Mr. Trump, want to talk about fear?” Biden said. “You know what people are afraid of in America? They’re afraid they’re going to get COVID. They’re afraid they’re going to get sick and die. And that is no small part because of you.” And as the former vice president closed out, “Trump’s been a toxic presence in our nation for four years. We have a decision to make: will we rid ourselves of this toxin or will we make it a permanent part of our nation’s character.”
The president was quick to respond in a tweet. “Just watched what Biden had to say. To me, he’s blaming the Police far more than he’s blaming the Rioters, Anarchists, Agitators, and Looters, which he could never blame or he would lose the Radical Left Bernie supports!”
How Joe Biden’s sudden revelation that rioting, looting and arson are “not protesting” will play with the people is uncertain. For his part, President Trump visits Kenosha on Tuesday, despite opposition from Democrat governor Tony Evers.
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by Rusty Weiss, political insider.com
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace floated the possibility that President Trump may actually have a point when it comes to an increased chance of voter fraud through mail-in ballots.
Wallace, who has been critical of the President on this matter in the past, made the assertion during a segment on Fox News Sunday.
The sheer volume of increased mail-in ballots due to Democrat-led restrictions or hysteria involving in-person voting due to the coronavirus pandemic was cited as a potential source of trouble.
“Hear me out for a minute. Isn’t it possible that the president really has a point here?” Wallace wondered.
“As I mentioned earlier, there were 33 million either absentee or mail-in ballots in 2016. If we have double that or triple that, isn’t there a pretty good chance that we will have a mess, at the least,” he asked. “And yes, possibly fraud?”
Be still, our beating hearts. Did Chris Wallace just address a concern that many voters share about election integrity?
Wallace is, of course, stating the obvious here. That the United States Postal Service (USPS) might be able to handle things under normal circumstances, but as 2020 has already shown several times over – these aren’t normal circumstances.
Punctuated by Trump appearances and a diverse set of inspiring speakers
by Joseph Klein, frontpagemag.com
“Where Joe Biden sees American darkness, I see American greatness,” President Trump said following the conclusion of the Democratic Party’s dismal digital convention. The Democrats presented voters with their gloom and doom vision of America, harping on what they claim is fundamentally wrong with the country rather than on America’s greatness. Their depressing message was delivered in a humdrum setting devoid of live programming. The Republican National Convention’s theme for the upcoming week is “Honoring the Great American Story.” It is presenting an optimistic vision of an America on the mend from the China Virus, thanks to President Trump’s decisive actions. The convention will conclude with a live acceptance speech by President Trump on Thursday night from the South Lawn of the White House.
The Republican Party National Convention formally got under way Monday in Charlotte North Carolina, with 336 delegates representing 50 states, five territories and Washington, D.C. present in person to re-nominate Donald Trump and Mike Pence for president and vice president. The delegates did so unanimously. The Charlotte portion of the convention concluded Monday afternoon, but not before both President Trump and Vice President Pence appeared live to address the delegates.
President Trump took the stage to deliver an almost hour-long stemwinder of a speech to the delegates. “I felt an obligation to be here,” he said. Shouts of “four more years” broke out as the president began his remarks. “If you want to really drive them crazy, you’ll say ’12 more years,'” President Trump exclaimed. The president hailed America’s economic recovery from the depths of the coronavirus shutdown, which he described as a “super V-shape.” He noted his historic accomplishments to benefit the black community.
However, President Trump also zeroed in on the Democrats’ calls for universal mail-in voting with unsolicited ballots being sent out willy-nilly, accusing the Democrats of “trying to steal the election.” The president warned that “This is the most important election in the history of our country. We have to be very careful and we have to win. Our country is counting on it.” The president called for unity, declaring that “the best way to bring unity is success.”
President Trump outlined some items on his second term agenda – continuing to build up our military, creating 10 million jobs in the first 10 months, creating tax credits for companies that bring our jobs back from China and other countries, pursuing school choice, and continuing to expand opportunities zones for black communities.
In keeping with the upbeat mood Republicans want to project at their convention, the Village People’s 1978 hit “YMCA” played as President Trump left the stage. It was a not too subtle reminder of one of the president’s most significant trade agreement accomplishments – the USMCA, known formally as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Monday night’s prime time focus was on America as the “Land of Promise.” Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a conservative student organization, opened the night by calling President Trump the “bodyguard of western civilization.” The night featured speeches from U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who gave the closing address of the night, and former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Other speakers Monday night included U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Donald Trump Jr., Herschel Walker, and Georgia Democratic state representative Vernon Jones.
Ordinary Americans from diverse walks of life spoke about the real-life positive impacts that President Trump’s policies have had on their lives. The president himself appeared on video alongside doctors, nurses and other essential workers whom he thanked at the White House for their service to the country as it faced the China Virus. President Trump later was shown appearing alongside six former hostages, who the president was able to get released from captivity and sent home. Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was detained in Turkey for 28 years, said the Trump administration “really fought for me.”
The couple who stood their ground on their own property to defend themselves and their home against intruders from a Black Lives Matter protest march, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, also appeared. As Mark McCloskey noted, “Not a single person in the out-of-control mob you saw at our house was charged with a crime. But you know who was? We were. They’ve actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home.” The McCloskeys warned that “what you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country.” The message was aimed in part at suburban women concerned about the safety of their families.
Vernon Jones, a black Democrat, declared that “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave the mental plantation. We’ve been forced to be there for decades and generations.” Explaining his decision to support President Trump in the face of fierce opposition from members of his own Democratic Party, Jones added, “We are free people with free minds, and I’m part of a large and growing segment of the Black community who are independent thinkers, and we believe that Donald Trump is the president that America needs to lead us forward.”
Former pro-footballer Herschel Walker, who has known President Trump for 37 years, took umbrage against those who falsely labeled President Trump as a racist. “Growing up in the deep south, I have seen racism up close,” Walker said. “I know what it is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”
To read this entire article, please go to: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/08/rousing-first-day-republican-national-convention-joseph-klein/
Claiming false information. The ads, titled “On Hold,” were placed in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
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By Sally Persons, Brooke Singman | Fox News
A pro-Trump ad was removed from Facebook after claims that it contained false information, Fox News has learned.
America First Action PAC on Tuesday told Fox News that Facebook removed one of its ads, titled “On Hold,” which was placed in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on July 24. The ad was flagged by Politifact on July 29, according to the PAC.
“Facebook’s decision to take down this ad shows its anti-conservative bias,” America First Communications Director Kelly Sadler told Fox News. “America First Action has logged an appeal, but the threat of anti-conservative bias, targeting, and censorship remains ahead of Election Day in November and we must be vigilant in holding big tech, like Facebook accountable.”
Sadler, during an interview on Fox Business on Tuesday, added that this “is just more bias from these social media companies.”
“We’re going to file an appeal, but there’s really little we can do about it,” she told host Stuart Varney. “These social media giants are monopolies, and ultimately they make the decision of what runs on their platform.”
Facebook confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that the ad had, in fact, been fact-checked. A Facebook spokesperson told Fox News that ads that are fact-checked and found to contain false information are not eligible to run as a paid ad on the social media platform.
The spokesman added that the videos can, instead, run as original content on the group’s page.
America First Action, though, said certain versions of the ad were removed in particular states, but the Facebook spokesman said that once the ad was fact-checked as false, all versions would be removed from the platform.
The Facebook spokesperson said that if any version of the ad was still running on the platform, it would be due to a lag in Facebook’s fact-checking system.
The ad in question was titled “On Hold,” and shows a woman calling 9-1-1 and being put on hold. The ad moves to show Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden saying “yes,” with a “defund the police?” banner. The ad is currently marked on Facebook with a label saying: “False Information. Checked by independent fact-checkers.”
Facebook’s fact-checking comes as members of the Trump administration and prominent Republicans have claimed that social media platforms have censored right-leaning viewpoints.
Attorney General William Barr told Fox News in June that social media platforms are “engaged in censorship” and are acting more like “publishers.”
“They originally held themselves out as open forums where the third parties could come and express their views and they built up a tremendous network of eyeballs,” Barr said on “Special Report” in June.
“They had a lot of market power based on that presentation,” the attorney general added. “And now they are acting much more like publishers because they’re censoring particular viewpoints and putting their own content in there to diminish the impact of various people’s views.”
Twitter, earlier this summer, slapped a warning label on one of President Trump’s tweets for the first time, cautioning readers that despite the president’s claims, “fact checkers” say there is “no evidence” that expanded, nationwide mail-in voting would increase fraud risks — and that “experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
Within minutes, Trump accused Twitter of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,” that the platform “is completely stifling FREE SPEECH” and vowing: “I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
Two days later, the president signed an executive order that interprets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 as not providing statutory liability protections for tech companies that engage in censorship and political conduct. It also cuts federal funding for social media platforms that censor users’ political views.