"Every dog has his [or her] day -- even on the runway in Mumbai, India," wags the New York Post.
"Every dog has his [or her] day -- even on the runway in Mumbai, India," wags the New York Post.
Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:
Vice President Mike Pence, defending both his wife and his Christian faith, spoke Thursday about the liberal backlash resulting from Karen Pence's decision to return to a Christian school as a volunteer art teacher.
"To see the mainstream media . . . criticize my wife because she's choosing to return to the classroom of an elementary Christian school is wrong," Pence told "Washington Watch."
Read more here.
Lucas Nolan reports at Breitbart:
According to a recent report, the use of the word "family" caused many Google employees to freak out, arguing that the term was homophobic.
The Daily Caller reports that many Google employees were offended by the term "family" after it was used to describe a household with children when discussing a Google product aimed at kids.
The backlash against the term was so severe that a vice president at the company was forced to comment on the issue and ask employees how the company could be more inclusive.
The Daily Caller writes that one employee became particularly upset after a presenter showed a "Project Unicorn" feature that regularly used "family" to mean "a household with children."
"The employee ultimately stormed out of the presentation and posted a rant in an internal Google thread which was well received by other Google employees," Breitbart reports.
Read more here.
Gregg Re reports at Fox News:
Former Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke faced across-the-board criticism on Tuesday after an unflattering interview in The Washington Post portrayed him as equivocal and unsure on a variety of substantive policy issues -- and included a comment that seemed to question the modern-day relevance of the U.S. Constitution.
O'Rourke, 46, is widely considered a possible 2020 presidential contender, after falling only a few percentage points shy of dethroning incumbent Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections.
But his relative lack of experience and expertise has emerged as a central objection to his prospective candidacy.
Speaking in El Paso, Texas, O'Rourke added fuel to those concerns by repeatedly demurring when asked for a direct answer on his positions on everything from visa overstays to whether President Trump should withdraw military forces from Syria.
"At one point in the two-hour chat with The Post's Jenna Johnson, O'Rourke openly wondered whether the U.S. can 'still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago' in the Constitution," Re reports.
"The comment drew harsh rebukes on Twitter," Re continues. "This may make it difficult to take any future oath of office to 'preserve, protect and defend the Constitution'," Re quotes Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as stating.
Read more here.
Allegra Thatcher writes at the College Fix:
Medical professionals who study youth psychology and treat gender-confused youth are sounding the alarm about court rulings that they claim put transgender ideology ahead of "sound science" and the law.
The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief on their behalf just after Christmas, in a K-12 bathroom case being appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
By questioning the scientific underpinnings of "gender-affirming" treatment for gender-confused youth, the brief seeks to halt the momentum of LGBT activists who are pressuring public schools to comply with their students' gender-identity requests.
"Gender is an engineered term," Andre Van Mol, a board-certified family physician who signed the brief, told The College Fix in a phone interview.
"Nouns have gender. People have a different sex," the College Fix quotes Van Mol as saying. Van Mol "serves as co-chair of the Committee on Adolescent Sexuality for the American College of Pediatricians," according to the Fix.
"It's an ideological term -- this is not a scientific thing," Van Mol says, the Fix reports. "Gender went from applying to nouns to becoming a substitute for biological sex."
Read more here.
Nancy Pearcey on Mike Huckabee TV: Transgenderism
Feminist Germaine Greer: Transgender Surgery Does Not Make a Man a Woman
Nancy Pearcey's Love Thy Body Challenges Secular Dehumanization, Alienation
Amber Athey reports at Daily Caller:
A 25-year-old Chicago woman with a concealed carry license shot and killed a man who attempted to rob her at gunpoint last week.
Police say the armed 19-year-old man approached the young woman at a bus stop in Chicago's Fernwood neighborhood Tuesday morning.
Surveillance video captured across the street from the bus stop shows a struggle between the two before the woman pulls out her own firearm and shoots the man in the neck.
The man took off running but was later found by police and transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"According to a report by ABC 7 Chicago, the area is known to be dangerous and women routinely arm themselves to make sure they don't fall victim to similar attacks," Athey reports.
"It's tragic that he did die, but the lady had to do what she had to do," said Bianca Daniel, who lives in the neighborhood, according to The DC.
"I'm kinda of proud that, like, that's what she did because she stuck up for herself," Daniel said, according to Athey.
"The suspect was identified by police as Laavion Goings," The DC concludes. "The woman suffered only minor injuries and police will not file charges in the case."
In this case, a good girl with a gun was able to defend herself, putting into practice the unalienable human right to life and to self-defense.
There is gratitude that the victim escaped unharmed but no joy in the death of this young man. And yet he put his own life in jeopardy by violently accosting another human being.
We do not know what the attacker's ultimate intentions were, and neither does his victim. Not just robbery, but sexual assault and murder could have been the outcome.
We do know that a young woman refused to be a sitting duck. She refused to be a defenseless victim.
As a significant human being, she took responsibility for being able to protect herself and those around her. Lawful and moral self-defense is an act of love.
A young man illegally and immorally broke the bonds of human community, and for that he paid the ultimate price.
The attacker violated the liberating, civilizing, humanizing command to "Love thy neighbor." And then he died.
Monica Showalter writes at American Thinker:
CNN is "news, corrupted."
Seriously, the people over there are rejecting actual news because it doesn't support their manufactured "narrative," turning down a report they themselves commissioned from local station KUSI because they didn't like the facts-on-the-ground the report contained -- or, more likely, the bigger fact on the ground that the local report supports the stance of a president who says and shows by numbers that there really is a crisis at our border.
The network President Trump calls "fake news" can't let that San Diego report get out.
Read more here.
Jennifer Kabbany writes at The College Fix:
Rapid-onset gender dysphoria, which has been described as a "contagion," has caught up with more and more mothers who are shocked when their formerly feminine daughters suddenly come from home college with mustaches, acne, different demeanors -- even their breasts removed.
To read Pam's, Emma's, Dorothy's, and Kathy's stories, go here.
John Binder writes at Breitbart:
During the Democrat response to President Trump's Oval Office address, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused the president of "manufacturing a crisis" at the United States-Mexico border.
In a fact check by Breitbart News, Pelosi's statement is incorrect. A review of the crime at the southern border, cartel warfare, drug epidemic, deaths from an open border, asylum fraud, and costs to American taxpayers reveal a startling crisis at the border.
Read more here.
Prager writes at Townhall:
The first public thing Mitt Romney did in the year 2019 -- on Jan. 1 -- was publish an attack on President Trump in the Washington Post, which, as we know, has not lacked for attacks on Trump.
He did not even wait until being sworn in, two days later.
I campaigned for Sen. Mitt Romney when he ran for president, including a closed-door meeting with him to raise funds among wealthy Los Angeles Republicans. As it turns out, I worked to elect a somewhat foolish man with few identifiable convictions. (For the record, I would do so again, since just about any Republican president will do less damage to the country than any leftist -- and Democratic politicians are now all leftists.)
Life is filled with disappointments, and I will survive this one. But I should explain why this Romney column is so disappointing. . . .
Read more here.
A.W.R. Hawkins writes at Breitbart:
Anti-gun Hollywood celebrities enjoyed presidential-level protection by barricades, bomb-sniffing dogs, armed guards, LAPD officers, and numerous security checkpoints as they arrived for the 2019 Golden Globes. . . .
Variety previewed the heightened level of security expected around the Beverly Hilton -- the venue for Sunday night's star-studded ceremony -- by noting that the days of being able to park on the street, walk up, and get inside may be long gone. They report that "the City of Beverly Hills has cracked down on allowing crowds near the building" . . . .
Beverly Hills public information manager Keith Sterling made clear that federal agencies would also be involved in security. Sterling said, "As you might imagine, we are prohibited from discussing the specific security plans we have in place. But this is an extensive, collaborative effort, with federal and local agencies assisting the Beverly Hills Police Department."
Hawkins concludes: "After the good guys with guns keep Hollywood's upper crust safe at the Beverly Hilton, the celebrities can go back home, and wake up Monday to start pushing more gun control for commoners."
Valerie Richardson reports at the WTimes:
Boulder's newly enacted "assault weapons" ban is meeting with stiff resistance from its "gun-toting hippies," staunch liberals who also happen to be devoted firearms owners.
Only 342 "assault weapons," or semiautomatic rifles, were certified by Boulder police before the Dec. 31 deadline, meaning there could be thousands of residents in the scenic university town of 107,000 in violation of the sweeping gun-control ordinance.
"I would say the majority of people I've talked to just aren't complying because most people see this as a registry," said Lesley Hollywood, executive director of the Colorado Second Amendment group Rally for Our Rights. "Boulder actually has a very strong firearms community."
Read more here.
Dave Urbanski writes at The Blaze:
Typically stories about United States citizens who take to heart their constitutional right to keep and bear arms -- and who use their guns to protect themselves and loved ones -- involve civilians.
But this time the good guy with a gun turned out to be a Florida city official -- and the result was the same as it's been in so many of these instances: Bad news for the bad guy.
It all started when "Palmetto police spotted a possibly impaired driver about 10 p.m. Thursday and attempted to pull over the vehicle -- but the driver sped away instead, police told the Bradenton Herald," Ubranski writes.
Read more here.
Mr. Marcus writes at American Thinker:
Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Trump's border wall is immoral and too expensive. Hearing Pelosi lecture Trump and the American people about morality is beyond repulsive.
Pelosi, her fellow Democrats and fake news media seek to prevent our side from using the word "morality" in the political arena. Any Republican and conservative who dares bring up the morality of an issue is immediately branded a religious nut, trying to force their wacko outdated values onto the public.
Pelosi and her minions are flooding the airwaves with their absurd perverted narrative that building a wall (to protect Americans) is immoral. Meanwhile, these wicked Democrats who refuse to secure our borders live in highly secured and gated communities. Using their logic, shouldn't stopping people from invading their personal properties make Democrats immoral?
As I said, Democrats having the gall to throw morality into the face of Trump and everyday Americans who desire a secure border is pretty obnoxious. Here are examples of Democrats' twisted view of morality . . . .
Read more here.
Nancy and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!
To help put into context how the "revolutionary good news" of this season "confronts cults of faith, secularism, religion & politics," please consider my "Christmas Spirit in Space and Time."
Deserted streets and closed stores surround the imposing statue of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in his birthplace of Sabaneta, 20 years after the enigmatic figure launched the country's revolution.
Sabaneta, in Barinas State, has not forgotten its most illustrious son and commemorates him with almost fanatical devotion, marking out important sites from his life in much the same way as Holy Land tours paying homage to Jesus Christ.
The "Route of Conscience" visits the house of Chavez's grandmother Rosines, where he was born on July 28, 1954.
It includes the house he grew up in, his school and a tree under which South American liberation hero Simon Bolivar once camped -- and from where Chavez launched the campaign for his last election.
Yet Sabaneta has not been spared the crippling financial crisis that has left millions of Venezuelans in poverty.
Read more here.
Joe Schoffstall reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal billionaire George Soros provided $1.35 million to a "nonpartisan" government watchdog organization last year that is hitting the Trump administration with a steady flow of complaints and lawsuits in an attempt to "damage" his presidency, according to tax filings provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Separate state filings also reveal that the "nonpartisan" watchdog shares employees with the liberal Media Matters for America, an organization that was founded by Democratic operative and Clinton loyalist David Brock. Confidential documents handed out by Brock to big money donors in early 2017 and obtained by the Free Beacon previously shed light on how Brock planned to attack Trump over the course of his presidency using his constellation of organizations.
"Soros gave $1.35 million to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does not reveal its donors," according to Schoffstall.
"The group has been involved with a number of high-profile lawsuits and complaints against Trump and other Republicans," Schoffstall reports. "Its top members regularly appear on news programs attacking the administration and members of the GOP but are rarely identified as having a left-wing mission by the outlets and on-air personalities."
Schoffstall also reports that "Soros's donations to CREW came from two entities in his Open Society Foundations network including $1,250,000 from the Foundation to Promote Open Society and $100,000 from the Open Society Policy Center, according to a review of his groups' most recent tax forms covering the 2017 fiscal year that were provided by Soros's spokesperson."
Read more here.
In her report at CNSNews.com Emily Ward provides the following transcript from the Mark Levin radio show:
So, this government shutdown business: Will the government shut down, or not? Friday night, midnight! Will the government shut down, or not?
They don't even tell you --what does that mean, "the government shut down"?
First of all, that phrase is a lie; the government doesn't shut down. You'll be long dead -- your children and your grandchildren too -- before this government shuts down, unless it shuts down from a financial and economic collapse.
But, legally? No.
"Seventy-five percent of the government['s] already been funded" -- are you aware of this? -- as they point out at CNSNews.com.
He signed a minibus appropriations bill -- the president did -- "that funded the Department of Energy; Military Construction [and] Veterans Affairs; [and] the . . . Legislative Branch for the entirety of fiscal ."
That doesn't end until September 2019, the 30th.
"Then, on Sept. 28, Trump signed another 'minibus' law funding the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health [and] Human Services [(HHS)] and Education through the end of [the] fiscal year" again
-- September 30, 2019.
And, so, 75 percent of the government's funded.
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are specifically, as a matter of statute, carved out to be protected. The United States military and federal law enforcement: specifically carved out to be protected, should there be a government shutdown.
Now, that's 25 percent of the government that's subject to a shutdown -- but that's not even true -- because, of that 25 percent, they have what' called essential and nonessential employees and tasks.
A significant percentage of the 25 percent is said to be essential. And as I've told you before, many years ago, when I had Paul Ryan on this program, when he was actually conservative -- I think he was heading the appropriations committee -- he said, that under the worst of circumstances, 17 percent of the government is effectively shut down when we have a full shutdown.
So, we cry crocodile tears.
Now, those of us who live in the private sector, a shutdown is a shutdown.
Those of us who live in the private sector, when you're given a pink slip, you're not reimbursed, later, for every dollar you would've earned but for the fact that there was quote, unquote, a shutdown.
So, even nonessential employees never lose out. They might be inconvenienced, but in the private sector, you actually lose your d--- job.
I just discussed with you, in 3 1/2 minutes, something you have never heard on a cable TV show, on a network TV show or a satellite TV show -- something you have never heard on a prime-time news program.
Moreover, since the 1976 Budget Act -- excuse me, 1974 Budget Act -- 20 different occasions in which the government has shut down, quote, unquote shut down.
Do you remember any of them in any significant way? Were you harmed by it? Were you harmed by it?
No, you weren't harmed by it, and yet, it is the only tool available to a president to get spending under control or to force his priorities on left-wing radical kooks, like Pelosi and Schumer, who do not believe in protecting the American people from criminals, terrorists and drug lords.
To Levin's comments I would only point out that when you hear today the phrase "Government Shutdown," note that the government in mind is the Federal Government.
All other levels of government are still operating -- state, country, city, etc., governments are still operating.
As our Declaration of Independence makes clear, the American ethos is not rooted in government.
Rather, our republic of human freedom and dignity is rooted in a real-world, testable Creator who endows unalienable and publicly actionable human rights.
In this body politic, government is good -- but not ultimate. Government per se is good -- but not ultimate.
The federal government is merely one level of order in the American political ethos -- an expression of order among many other levels of order in the American ethos.
A free and strong people can easily survive the temporary shut down of the federal government.
We created it. It did not create us.
Cheryl K. Chumley writes at the WTimes:
The Democratic mayor of Pittsburgh, William Peduto, has reacted to a recent Tree of Life Synagogue killing spree that left 11 dead by proposing bans on certain firearms, bump stocks and magazines that he deems high capacity.
He also wants the power to issue "extreme risk protection orders" to give courts the right to confiscate firearms from those deemed by police or family members to pose a "significant danger," according to the draft of his proposed legislation.
And all the legal gun owners in America should go: You first, Mr. Mayor.
You first give up your armed security detail, your office guards, your hired protection forces -- and then maybe, just maybe, your proposal won't sound quite so hypocritical.
"The proposal will, however, still break Second Amendment rights," Chumley continues.
"No matter how 'common sense' these newest anti-gun proposals are being sold, they’re still clear violations of the Second Amendment. That's already been established, more than once."
Read more here.
Hank Berrien reports at Daily Wire: "On Sunday evening, famed atheist Sam Harris fired off a tweet announcing he would delete his Patreon account on Monday to protest Patreon banning several content creators from using their platform."
I just checked Harris' Patreon page, and the following message appears: "This Page Has Been Removed."
Read more here.
Oliver J.J. Lane reports at Breitbart:
Germany's parliament has voted to recognise a third gender for government documents, meaning that citizens can now be recognised in the European country as male, female, or diverse.
The change in law came late Thursday night and follows a 2017 court ruling which required the German government to either allow a third gender or to scrap gender classification altogether.
Read more here.
Go here to watch Tucker refute anti-wall CNN, Pelosi, Schumer, and various usual race-baiters.
Ian Hanchett reports at Breitbart:
On Tuesday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "The Story," House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) expressed 100% confidence that he has the votes to pass a bill that has $5 billion in border wall funding.
Host Martha MacCallum asked, "[A]re you guys going to be able to pass a bill that has $5 billion in wall funding before you leave for the holidays, or are you going to be here throughout Christmas, and perhaps throughout New Year's?"
McCarthy answered, "Well, the answer here is yes in the House. The question is, it takes 60 votes in the Senate, would Senator Schumer (D-NY) want to have another shutdown like he had before?"
Read more here.
Daniel Horowitz writes at CR:
For those of you living in free states, here is a glimpse of the living hell endured by those residing in blue states.
When the clock strikes midnight Tuesday morning, anyone in New Jersey who owns a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition is officially in possession of illegal contraband and is deemed a fourth-degree felon.
Unlike previous magazine bans, this one retroactively bans people from even owning such magazines in their homes, even though they had been purchased legally.
At the same time, the most violent criminal aliens will be actively shielded from deportation by state officials, against federal law.
The inmates are running the asylum, while the law-abiding citizens and federal law enforcement are treated like criminals.
"While the courts create insane rights for violent criminal aliens, they refuse to recognize the most unambiguous right to bear arms or the constitutional prohibition on ex post facto laws," Horowitz continues.
"New Jersey has become a sanctuary to the most dangerous criminal aliens and gangs, many of whom engage in gun trafficking, but peaceful citizens are stripped of the right to self-defense and treated like criminals."
Read more here.
Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker:
Trump Derangement Syndrome has always been ugly, but the release of sentencing memoranda for Michael Cohen in which allusions are made to purported Cohen crimes "directed" by "person one" (known to be Donald Trump) has unleashed visions of impeachment and conviction.
More disturbingly, there is a lust for vengeance against Trump-supporters becoming visible.
Whatever the merits of this interpretation and the likelihood of an actual indictment, the haters are excited at the prospect of not just removing Trump from office, but also wreaking vengeance upon those who supported him.
Witness this tweet from NeverTrump Peter Wehner:
It looks very much like 2019 will be the year the Trump presidency comes crashing down. A similar fate awaits those who hitched their wagon to him; who have been his sycophants, courtiers and court pastors. The blast radius from the Trump presidency will be enormous.
-- Peter Wehner (@Peter_Wehner) December 10, 2018
I have never met, nor have I paid much attention to Wehner, so it is unlikely he is thinking of me as one of those deserving vengeance from within the "blast radius," but I do take it personally. For the crime of supporting someone he hates, I deserve an awful "crashing down" -- whatever that means. . . .
Read more here.
Breck Dumas writes at The Blaze:
After nearly seven years of teaching French at West Point High School in West Point, Virginia, Peter Vlaming is out of a job.
The school board unanimously agreed to fire the educator Thursday over his refusal to use new pronouns when addressing a transgender student.
A West Point ninth-grader who was born female transitioned to identifying as male over the summer, and the student complained that Vlaming made the student feel uncomfortable and singled out by not specifically referring to the student as "him," the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported . . . .
Read more here.
Feminist Germaine Greer: Transgender Surgery Does Not Make a Man a Woman
Tyranny: Students Should Report Peers Who Call Trans Pupils by Factual, Biological Sex
Nancy Pearcey in-Studio Guest on Mike Huckabee TV Show
Katie Franklin writes at LiveAction:
Over the years, college campuses have grown a notorious reputation for being over-zealous echo chambers that suppress free speech -- particularly that of conservative and pro-life students who don't toe the pro-abortion line.
So it's surprising when a school does just the opposite and protects the rights of students who disagree with abortion radicals.
This month, the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz did just that. In a refreshing move that pro-choice politicians should take note of, the school stood by its relationship with a life-affirming pregnancy help center -- The Bravo Center -- defending its presence on campus and opting for neutrality.
"We must remain viewpoint neutral and even handed when we make determinations [regarding guests]," SUNY-New Paltz official Mike Patterson told the school newspaper, Franklin writes.
"If we had a Planned Parenthood, then it is only fair to have The Bravo Center," Patterson said, according to Franklin. "It protects the interests of those students that might want this. That means you're going to have different viewpoints and ideologies."
Read more here.
"The Bill Clinton-linked financier accused of sexually abusing women on his 'Orgy Island' getaway agreed to a last-minute settlement that likely means none of his accusers will testify in court," WND reports.
"Jeffrey Epstein, 65, allegedly operated a sex ring at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, a residence in New York City, and his private-island estate in the Virgin Islands, dubbed by some 'Orgy Island'," according to WND.
"The deal was announced Tuesday as jury selection in a civil lawsuit brought by a lawyer for his accusers was set to begin, Fox News reported," WND states.
"Fox News said court documents it obtained in 2016 showed former President Bill Clinton took at least 26 trips on Epstein's private jet, known as the 'Lolita Express'," WND reports.
Read more here.
Cheryl Chumley writes at WTimes:
Once upon a time, Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and ex-vice presidential candidate, called out the government-run health care plan known as Obamacare for its death panels -- or, in bureaucratic lingo, its Independent Payment Advisory Board -- and for that, was soundly mocked and scorned by both members of the media and Democrats.
Now, one of the left's own darlings, the newly elected congresswoman from New York, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is using Palin's line to describe private health care plans as a means of advancing her own policy pursuit of "Medicare for all," which is to say taxpayer-funded Medicare for each and every American.
"Talk about a twist on truth," Chumley counters and then cites the following Tweet from Ocasio-Cortez:
Actually, we have for-profit "death panels" now: they are companies + boards saying you're on your own bc they won't cover a critical procedure or medicine. Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this "socialist" rock they love to throw, they'd actually engage on-issue for once.
"Here's how Jim Hanson, the president of the Security Studies Group, responded" to Ocasio-Cortez, Chumley notes:
But commercial insurance gives people choices about what coverages they want & decide to pay for.
Your single payer nightmare will replace that with a one size fits none "choice" decided by faceless bureaucrats.
Coverage for all. Treatment for few. [italics added]
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez boasts a nice smile and happy face, as befits a saleswoman -- but what she is selling is socialist snake oil.
For a real-world understanding of the nightmare that happens to people when socialists like Ocasio-Cortez have their way -- when centralized government control supplants the diversity of human freedom and human choices -- consider this Oct. 23, 2018 report from the Miami Herald on "Blackouts Force Venezuelans to Live and Work -- Even Perform Surgery -- in Darkness."
Read more from the Chumley column here.
Emily Zanotti reports at Daily Wire:
Dick's Sporting Goods is warning investors that its decision to remove certain "assault-style" weapons from its Field & Stream stores cost it dearly and may limit its future gains.
The sporting goods retailer was forced to confront angry shareholders late last week after its stocks tanked more than 4.5% and financial conglomerate J.P. Morgan Chase downgraded Dick's shares, saying the company was "overweight." . . .
Dick's says it can trace the downturn not just to an overall retail downturn, but also directly to its decision to take action on "gun control," banning the sales of "assault-style" rifles at its Field & Stream affiliated retailer and discontinuing any gun sales to people under the age of 21.
Read more here.
Lukas Mikelionis reports at Fox News:
HuffPost, a liberal news site, was lampooned after saying Christmas classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was "seriously problematic" over claims that it features sexism and bullying.
"Viewers are noticing the tale may not be so jolly after all," the outlet's video said. "And they're sharing their observations online."
Among those observations was the suggestion that the TV classic was a story about racism and homophobia, while calling Santa Claus abusive and bigoted.
Gladly, "HuffPost's effort to highlight the perceived bigotry of the beloved movie attracted tens of thousands of negative comments, most of them mocking the video," Mikelionis reports.
Among the negative comments is this: "Liberalism is a disease" -- tweeted by Donald Trump, Jr., according to Fox News.
Read more here.
Stephen Gutowski reports at the Free Beacon:
A pair of gun-rights groups called for a national dialogue between law enforcement and the gun-carrying community on Tuesday after a legally armed man was mistakenly killed during a shooting at a mall in Alabama last week.
The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms released a joint statement calling for police officers and law enforcement officials to sit down with gun-carry advocates and firearms trainers to discuss ways to prevent legally armed civilians from being shot by police during future incidents.
The groups said the conversation was necessary to save lives of good Samaritans who are trying to defend themselves or others during attacks in public places. They said that while cases of mistaken shootings during attacks have been rare up until now, the prevalence of concealed carry means they could become more common if steps aren't taken to prevent them.
Read more here.
Emily Zanotti writes at the Daily Wire:
A group of nooses discovered hanging off trees near the Mississippi state Capitol were not a warning from a white supremacist group, but rather a "protest" by leftists against Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Mainstream media organizations melted down on Monday after a number of nooses were found hanging in the vicinity of the capitol building, strung from trees as part of a "message" campaign -- though the Associated Press, which first reported the story, didn't give much more information about the "message" the nooses were trying to send, only that it was one of "hate."
Read more here.
Paul Bedard writes at the Washington Examiner:
Younger Americans are turning on the country and forgetting its ideals, with nearly half believing that it isn't "great" and many eyeing the U.S. flag as "a sign of intolerance and hatred," according to a new and disturbing survey.
Those who came of age under former President Barack Obama also have a larger-than-life view of the 44th president and feel that he had a "bigger impact" on the United States than the father of the country and leader of the Revolutionary War, former President George Washington.
On the release of the report, Nick Adams, founder of FLAG [Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness], said, "We suspected that we would find decreasing numbers of Americans well-versed in our nation's most important principles and young people less patriotic than the generations that came before, but we were totally unprepared for what our national survey reveals: an epidemic of anti-Americanism."
"That half of millennials and Gen Z believe that the country in which they live is both 'racist' and 'sexist' shows that we have a major fraction of an entire generation that has been indoctrinated by teachers starting in grade school that America is what's wrong with the world," Adams also said, according to Bedard.
Read more here.
Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey's appearance on the Mike Huckabee TV show was broadcast Saturday and Sunday this past weekend.
Here's how Huckabee opens:
Did you know that, according to the left, there are now 57 genders?
Now is this just lunacy? Or a concerted effort to increase government power over the most intimate areas of our life?
My next guest addresses that question and many more in her new book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality."
Please welcome professor and best-selling author Nancy Pearcey.
To watch the Nancy Pearcey-Mike Huckabee interview, edited for TV, please go here.
Chris Tomlinson reports at Breitbart:
The former Olympic village in the northern Italian city of Turin has become a no-go zone according to reports that say the area has become filled with migrants and police "do not enter."
The three buildings within the village were built to house athletes during the 2006 winter Olympics, but are now increasingly used by newly arrived migrants along with far-left activists in their so-called "social centres," Il Giornale reeports.
Around 95 per cent of the residents are men aged 25 to 35, and come from mainly Nigeria, Gambia, and Mali. A large number of them are reported to be illegal migrants.
"Far-left activists have occupied the area for several years and cooperate with the illegal migrants to 'resist' any attempts to evacuate the squatters," Tomlinson reports for Breitbart.
Read more here.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, 1863, in the midst of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the following proclamation:
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stated States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
Calvin Freiburger reports at LifeSiteNews:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a past and potentially-future Republican presidential candidate who bills himself as "pro-life," has renewed his opposition to pending legislation that would protect almost all pre-born babies in his state.
On Thursday, the Ohio House voted 60 to 35 to pass House Bill 258, which bans abortions on any pre-born baby with a detectable heartbeat, except in cases of a "substantial and irreversible" physical threat to the mother.
Any physician who violates the statute would face up to a year in prison. Pre-born babies’ hearts finish forming around seven or eight weeks into pregnancy.
"Establishing human heartbeat protections in Ohio is a historic opportunity for those committed to the cause of life," Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati declared last week.
"Kasich confirmed he remains opposed to the heartbeat bill during a meeting with reporters at the statehouse Monday, the Toledo Blade reports," according to LifeSiteNews.
"I see nothing that’s coming that would make me change my position," he said, the Blade reports.
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Cheryl Chumley writes at the WTimes:
The newly elected self-declared socialist congresswoman for New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just hit at Republicans for so-called "drooling" at the chance to criticize her and said that instead of standing at the ready to go public with all her mistakes and missteps, they ought to instead "actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make."
OK. Invitation accepted. So here goes: Socialists don't belong in American politics.
Socialists don't even belong in American society.
President Donald Trump may call the media the enemy of the people. But that title, that badge, that phrase of scorn and derision, more rightly belongs on the chest of those who say they're American but at the same time claim political adherence to socialism, either formally -- through the party, and its various offspring parties -- or informally, in ideology.
Drum them out.
"Yes, that's right, socialists are the enemy of America, the antithesis of the American dream, the bold-face opposers to all that the Founding Fathers represented -- to all that patriots over the long, sometimes bloody decades have fought to preserve," Chumley continues.
"A pretty smile doesn't change that fact. An engaging personality doesn't change that. A pretended compassionate concern for the working guy doesn't change that, either. . . ."
Read more here.
Abraham H. Miller writes at American Thinker:
"Democracy has failed in Georgia," said Stacey Abrams in what hardly could be called a concession speech after a ballot recount confirmed that the Republican candidate, Brian Kemp, had defeated her in Georgia's gubernatorial contest.
Of course, democracy did not fail in Georgia. The voters made their voices heard at the ballot box, and Ms. Abrams did not like what she heard.
The late Israeli historian J.L. Talmon called such behavior "totalitarian democracy" or "messianic democracy," which found its origins in the French Revolution when the extremists arrogated to themselves the unfettered right to interpret the will of the people.
"Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about this when he observed that those who made the French Revolution always spoke in the name of the people, without in the least having bothered to consult them," Miller explains.
"Talmon's theme was that in totalitarian democracy there exists a general will, an abstraction that is known to elites who divine what the people really want and assume the right to speak in the name of the people," Miller continues.
"In totalitarian democracy, the elite are not the people's representatives but their messiahs," Miller states.
"Abrams stands squarely in the long pantheon of those who claimed not only to understand the will of the people but also to embody it. This pantheon," Miller notes, "includes the French Revolution's Robespierre, Italy's Benito Mussolini, Argentina’s Juan Peron, and Lenin, among others.
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Lisa Gutierrez reports at KansasCity.com:
A Chicago pastor who asked a man dressed in drag to leave a worship service because he was dressed like a woman stands by his actions after coming under fire.
A Facebook video of the Sunday night encounter shows Antonio Rocquemore of Power House International Ministries asking the unidentified man to step out into the aisle.
"Can you leave my church and go put on man clothes? And don't come here like that no more," Rocquemore can be seen telling the man in the video, posted by Christian James Lhuillier.
"I hold a standard in here. Whatever you do on the outside is your business, but I will not let drag queens come in here. If you're gonna come in here you're gonna dress like a man."
Read more here.
In reply to a news report titled, "D.C. Public School Students Now Allowed to Identify as 'Non-Binary'," I wrote on Facebook:
Be thankful we do not live in a non-binary universe.
If we did, life on the road would be chaos and death.
No bus driver would be able to bus kids to school without an accident.
Life is impossible without antithesis.
Knowledge is impossible without the possibility of detecting the difference between "there" and "not there."
A non-binary world pretends opposites are so yesterday.
But then today a bus that is "there" as opposed to "not there" runs your precious life over.
Science is impossible without the possibility of evaluating the difference between fact and fiction, myth and truth --
The difference between fantasies that kill and information that liberates.
Non-binary is just another word for "enslave my mind."
In a non-binary world, the insane feel free as they bounce with confidence to the gas chambers.
D.C. public schools need to stop harming students and families they purport to serve.
Imagine there are no opposites. It's easy, then you die.
D.C. public schools need to stop harming students and families they purport to serve.
Ashe Schow writes at Daily Wire:
Gun control activist David Hogg, who survived the Parkland, FL school shooting earlier this year, attempted to make a profound statement about shootings by comparing them to shark attacks.
"Imagine saying the only way to stop shark attacks is with more sharks," Hogg tweeted. . . .
On its face, this makes a little sense. Why would you release more sharks hoping to stop sharks from attacking people?
But if you think about it for more than a second, you can see how the argument falls apart.
Sharks are the guns, in this analogy, so let's look at this from a gun rights and gun control view.
"For gun-rights activists, the idea that a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun is a prevalent talking point," Schow continues.
"In Hogg's analogy, that would mean finding good sharks to stop the bad sharks," Schow observes. "If we could train sharks like that, well, that would be awesome."
David Rutz reports at the Free Beacon:
A survey of financial journalists revealed a stark political contrast, with 58 percent of respondents describing themselves as liberal against just 4 percent calling themselves conservative.
The study, conducted by professors at Arizona State University and Texas A&M University, sought to "provide new insights into the inputs, incentives, and beliefs that shape their reporting" by interviewing 462 financial reporters about their jobs.
"The findings of the reporters' political leanings mirrors that of Politico surveys of the White House press corps in 2016 (zero Republicans among 72 reporters surveyed) and 2017 (three Republicans out of 63 surveyed)," Rutz reports.
Matthew Vadum writes at Frontpagemag.com:
Trump is right -- at least in a big-picture way -- and his critics are wrong.
Years ago environmentalist lobbies ideologically opposed to economic growth put the screws to California's once-thriving wood-harvesting industry. New federal and state regulations came into effect make it increasingly difficult for the industry to operate.
"As a result, timber industry employment gradually collapsed, falling in 2017 to half of what it was 20 years earlier, with imports from Canada, China, and other nations filling domestic need," Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, writes at Forbes.
As timber harvesting permit fees rose and environmental regulations intensified, industry employees left the field and "[t]he combustible fuel load in the forest predictably soared," according to DeVore.
“No longer were forest management professionals clearing brush and thinning trees."
"With all that kindling piling up on forest floors," Vadum continues, "today's devastating wildfires were not hard to foresee."
Mike Brest reports at the Daily Caller:
Vox employee Matt Yglesias deleted all of his tweets Thursday night after facing criticism for defending the attacks against Fox News host Tucker Carlson's wife.
Yglesias announced on Twitter Thursday morning that he "honestly cannot empathize with Tucker Carlson's wife" after members of Antifa swarmed her home and cracked the front door Wednesday night.
"I think the idea behind terrorizing his family, like it or not as a strategy, is to make them feel some of the fear that the victims of MAGA-inspired violence feel thanks to the non-stop racial incitement coming from Tucker, Trump, etc.[,]" Yglesias tweeted before deleting it.
"He followed up that tweet adding, 'I agree that this is probably not tactically sound but if your instinct is to empathize with the fear of the Carlson family rather than with the fear of his victims then you should take a minute to reflect on why that is'," Brest reports.
Ben Kew writes at Breitbart:
TBS Full Frontal host Samantha Bee defended CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta after he got physical with a White House intern at a press briefing on Wednesday.
After a testy exchange with Acosta over his policies on immigration, President Donald Trump accused Accosta of being a "very rude person," adding that "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them."
"No, we should be ashamed of you working for us!" Bee responded.
Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker:
Prior to the election, there was speculation that President Trump wanted Republicans to lose the House in order to ensure his 2020 re-election by running against the crazy House Dems, led by Nancy Pelosi, whose verbal inartfulness is already legendary.
On the campaign trail, he warned his supporters about the dangers of a Pelosi speakership, but I am pretty sure he recognizes in her the possibilities for deal-making.
Support for that hypothesis comes from the congratulatory call he made to her last night, and from his tweet this morning endorsing her for Speaker. . . .
Lisfon says he looks "forward to the intra-party conflict ahead for the Democrats as the impeachment-crazed haters run up against the party establishment. . . . Trump knows that the aging establishment versus the new generation radical crazies (Alexandria Occasional-Cortez, for example) is a fault line that he can exploit."
A.W.R. Hawkins writes at Breitbart:
During Monday morning interview on CNN, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made clear she does not see any difference between banning guns and banning radar detectors.
Her appearance gave the host time to reference Abrams' Sunday comments, wherein she said that Georgians may have to “turn their guns in” under her gun control plans.
The host asked if she was really going to take away people's guns, and Abrams responded by comparing bans on radar detectors with bans on commonly owned semiautomatic firearms.
"I support a law that will ban 'assault weapons'," Abrams is quoted as saying. "And just as when we banned radar detection, for example, some people turned in their devices, some people kept them and just refused to use them anymore."
According to Hawkins, "after mentioning that people were able to keep their radar detectors but were banned from using them," Democrat Abrams "then pointed out that the case could be different with weapons, saying, 'Weapons are more dangerous, they are more vulnerable to misuse'."
Lloyd Billingsley writes at Frontpagemag.com:
On Friday, just days after 11 people were murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue, New York City police arrested James Polite, a Democrat, for vandalizing a New York synagogue with anti-Semitic messages.
"Die Jew rats we are here," read one message, along with "Jews better be ready," and "Hitler."
The next day, CNN failed to report that Polite, 26, was a Democrat activist who had worked on the Obama campaign in 2008.
CNN described him as a "Brooklyn man" arrested and charged with a hate crime for the anti-Semitic messages and "criminal mischief and making graffiti."
Other reports found more background on the Democrat, who had been identified through surveillance footage.
John Binder reports at Breitbart:
Nearly 6-in-9 likely voters in swing districts across the United States say federal officials must keep a migrant caravan of at least 10,000 Central Americans out of the country.
In a new poll by NumbersUSA, about 65 percent of likely voters in swing districts this election cycle say the migrant caravan headed to the U.S. to overwhelm the country's asylum and immigration system needs to be kept out of the country.
About 40 percent say "all of them" in the caravan should be stopped "from entering the country." About 25 percent of likely swing district voters say the U.S. should "require them to remain in Mexico until their asylum hearing."
"Only 18 percent of likely swing district voters support the country's current asylum process, which allows illegal border crossers and asylum-seekers to enter the U.S. while awaiting their hearings," Binder reports.
Hank Berrien reports at Daily Wire:
A new poll released on Thursday from ABC15 Arizona and OH Predictive Insights shows Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally solidifying her lead in the close senatorial race against Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.
The poll found McSally garnering 52% of the vote while Sinema got 45%. 2% of voters were undecided; 1% said they'd vote for Green Party candidate Angela Green.
"Mike Noble, the head pollster for OH Predictive Insights, said the key factors in the race are the recent confirmation fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court and the migrant caravan headed to the United States," according to Berrien.
"With the migrant caravan headed for the United States, McSally has been focusing on the issue," Berrien reports.
"Every single day, everywhere I go, people are asking me about the caravan," McSally is quoted as saying. "Every single day, they are asking about what we are doing to secure our border."
Daily Wire also reports that McSally "held a news conference Tuesday in Mesa, where three members of 'angel families,' people whose relatives had been killed by illegal immigrants, offered their endorsements of her."
Lee DeCovnick writes at American Thinker:
There is nothing like the local coffee shop near my home to hear the unvarnished truth.
Tuesday morning, I was sitting with my morning brew reading how wonderful it was that the Dodgers got slam dunked, when a group of 12 folks, mostly in their 20's, and the leader in her forties, orders and they sit across from me at a large table and hold their meeting.
They are the true believers; door bell ringers for the Democratic candidate for the California Assembly in my district.
The leader was real piece of work, white, sour faced, short hair, no makeup, black jeans and black tee, and wearing a black and white "Palestinian" keffiyeh around her neck, and carrying a notebook with the OFA (Organizing for Action) logo. Yes, Obama's own Revolutionary Guards.
Let me report just the most salient instruction that was told to these folks . . . lie.
In a nutshell, the leader said to ask the home owners you contact what their political concerns are, then feed these concerns back as positive positions for the candidate.
Taxes too high? Feed back that the candidate wants to lower taxes.
More gun control? Feed back that the candidate want more gun control.
Too many immigrants? Feed back that the candidate wants to review the situation.
"This went on, ad nauseum, for 15 minutes," DeCovnick wrties.
Nicholas Fondacaro writes at Newsbusters:
For a week, the liberal media have been railing against President Trump, claiming he was the one responsible for the violence and death in recent days.
Yet when the Volusia County Florida Republican Party headquarters was sprayed with bullets Sunday night, none of the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) cared enough to mention it during their Monday news programs. . . .
Turning a blind eye to violence against Republicans was not new to the liberal media.
Just last month, the networks ignored a GOP office in Wyoming being intentionally set on fire. The broadcast networks have also ignored the disturbing upsurge in physical attacks against GOP candidates and lawmakers. One attack included a candidate in California who had to use a lawn sign to fend off a man trying to stab him.
"Instead of covering the attack against the GOP office," Fondacaro writes, "the networks decided their time was better-spent railing against Trump for criticizing the press and for being, in their minds, an insufficient 'consoler-in-chief'."
Watch and listen here as Candace Owens unveils a new initiative she calls BLEXIT -- the "Black Exit from permanent victimhood, the Black exit from the false idea that we are somehow separate from the rest of America."
"We free," the Blexit website proclaims. And then explains:
BLEXIT is a frequency for those who have released themselves from the political orthodoxy. It is a rebellion led by Americans wishing to disrupt the simulation of fear.
BLEXIT is a renaissance. It is our formal declaration of independence.
Tom Joyce reports at LifeZette:
Rapper Kanye West, who has been open about his support for the current sitting president, is now using merchandise to help encourage black Americans to leave the Democratic Party.
The artist designed a series of "Blexit" ("black exit") merchandise that was revealed at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.
West himself was not at the event, but Turning Point's communications director, Candace Owens, who has grown friendly with West, praised him for it there.
"Blexit is a renaissance, and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West," Owens is quoted as saying the D.C. summit.
West "has taken one of the boldest steps in America to open a conversation we have needed to have," Owens said, according to LifeZette.
Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey writes at LifeZette:
Officials with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are facing a federal sexual harassment complaint by primary oboist Katherine Needleman (pictured above left) against concertmaster Jonathan Carney. She claims he propositioned her for sex, then retaliated when she denied his advances. (The concertmaster is second in importance only to the conductor.)
The Cleveland Orchestra’s concertmaster, William Preucil, celebrated as the best in the country, was recently suspended. Violinist Zeneba Bowers charges that after assaulting her, Preucil threatened to blacklist her if she told anyone.
Even world-renowned conductors have been ousted. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London canceled conductor Charles Dutoit’s appearances "for the immediate future" following allegations of sexual assault, including rape.
The Metropolitan Opera in New York City fired star conductor James Levine earlier this year, saying it found credible evidence that he engaged in "sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met."
Charles Dutoit? James Levine? I grew up in a musical home (and attended college on a full-tuition violin scholarship), so these are names I've known since my teens, always spoken with reverence.
Yet these revelations did not come as a great shock to some people in the classical music world.
I interviewed a husband and wife who work as professional musicians and teach at the university level. They said the pervasiveness of sexual harassment "has been known for years, but nobody did anything about it."
Avrohom Gordimer writes at American Thinker:
The Trump administration is finally bursting the bubble -- a bubble full of hot air, falsehoods, and nefarious social agendas.
. . .
The entire transgender legitimacy movement is a fabrication in which new vocabulary was introduced to glorify those who suffer from the psychiatric condition known as gender dysphoria.
Although it has been sanitized to reflect political correctness and liberal values, the American Psychiatric Association's classification of gender dysphoria treats the condition as a mental disorder; it is hard to avoid the inescapable scientific truth.
Under President Obama, the federal government was directed to deny this truth and to treat those with gender dysphoria as really being of the sex they imagine they are, due to their disorder.
President Trump has corrected this error and should be applauded.
In a news article titled "Blackouts Force Venezuelans to Live and Work -- Even Perform Surgery -- in Darkness," Gustavo Ocando Alex reports at the Miami Herald:
When the lights go out in their sixth-floor apartment yet again, the Molero family knows the drill. First, 27-year-old Marcos José Molero, a quadriplegic since birth, begins muttering swear words in his bedroom, angry that he won't be able to watch his favorite TV series or the latest Barcelona soccer game.
Then his father, Marcos José Molero Sr., drags sleeping mats into the living room -- "It's fresher in here," he said during a blackout last month -- so his son can find some comfort in the blistering darkness.
Next, the 56-year-old civil engineer takes turns with his wife laying wet towels on his son's body to help cool him so he doesn't get another heat rash on his legs and back. They know the apartment can quickly heat up to 95 degrees with no air conditioning.
And finally, as they sit in the dark, they play soothing music on a battery-powered radio. . . ."
"Blackouts in Zulia state, an area of northwestern Venezuela that includes the country's second-largest city of Maracaibo, have become commonplace in the last year," the Herald reports.
"Food and medicine were already increasingly scarce in Venezuela, but the power cuts that come without warning -- sometimes more than once a day -- are a new form of misery," the Herald states.
"The government has blamed the outages on a variety of things -- including pesky animals," according to the Herald. "In an Oct. 20 tweet, Energy Minister Luis Motta Dominguez named 'rats, mice, snakes, cats, squirrels' as possible culprits in shorting out lines. He added: 'In the list of animals mentioned above, of course iguanas are included.'"
Joseph Klein writes at Frontpagemag.com:
A migrant caravan from Central America is currently heading en masse to the United States. Its members, several thousand strong, are intent on pouring into the U.S. in what amounts to an invasion force.
President Trump has correctly branded the caravan an "onslaught" and an "assault on our country." The president has promised to use military troops if necessary to close the southern border with Mexico.
He also threatened to cut off all foreign aid to those Central American countries that are not doing enough to stop the migration caravan in its tracks.
Members of the caravan have already demonstrated their violent streak during an early stage of their trek, as they approached Mexico. They "forced their way through Guatemala's northwestern border and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico," AFP reported.
These migrants, mainly from Honduras, engaged in violent clashes with Mexican riot police as they tried to surge through police lines and cross the bridge into Mexico. Four Mexican police officers were reportedly injured.
"Violent entry into the country not only threatens our sovereignty, but also puts the migrants themselves at risk," Mexico’s President Pena Nieto is quoted as saying. "Mexico does not permit and will not permit entry into its territory in an irregular fashion, much less in a violent fashion."
In his latest column David Limbaugh asks:
What do you make of the leftist violence and anarchy all over the country lately? Is it just random and unrepresentative of the Democratic Party and the left as a whole? Or does it logically follow from what the left has become?
As Limbaugh sees it:
There is a logical connection between the left's ideology and its authoritarian, intolerant and violent behavior.
There are passionate advocates on both sides of the political divide, each fervently believing in their respective views, but the modern political left is much less respectful of the Constitution, the rule of law and democratic processes.
For far too many leftists, the end justifies the means, so they are willing to suspend due process and change the rules when they don't prevail at the ballot box.
Drilling further down, Limbaugh notes:
Leftists, being largely secular, invest their faith in government, which partially explains their inability to accept the failures of their policies to achieve the results they claim they want (socialism) and their sometimes even abandoning the pursuit of those results. . . .
The left's moral preening, virtue signaling and sermonizing are natural outgrowths of its quasi-spiritual, unshakable faith in its failed utopian policies. Leftists invested enormous hope in Obama's agenda, but it yielded only economic stagnation and an America in decline.
Their faith-based incredulity manifests itself in their taking credit for Trump's economy -- even after their leader himself, former President Obama, predicted that the dreadful economic malaise over which he presided was to be a permanent phenomenon in America.
The sad reality is that Democrats have no solutions anymore and thus are reduced to crass, divisive identity politics -- pitting minorities against white people, women against men, and poor against rich.
No matter what they say, there is no satisfying them; they traffic in agitating racial, gender and economic warfare, and it's devastating to the national fabric. This explains why they demonize Kanye West and any other black person who dares to stray from the prescribed liberal dogma.
"The left's increasing violent episodes and rhetoric give us a taste of what Democrats would be like if they regained majority power," Limbaugh concludes. "If that happens, they will engage full-bore in the kind of lawless authoritarian behavior they falsely accuse President Trump of committing."
Read the entire column.
Evie Fordham reports at Daily Caller:
A New York man was arrested Friday for making death threats to two unnamed senators, who supported the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in phone calls dating back as far as Sept. 27.
Ronald DeRisi, 74, left more than 10 expletive-laced, threatening phone messages, prosecutors said, according to USA Today.
He allegedly talked about making a senator a "dead man" with a "9 millimeter" in the "side of the head," in a Sept. 27 phone call to one of the senators, reported Politico.
Our editor at large Nancy Pearcey will join radio host Rod Arquette at 5:20 PM central time to discuss her LifeZette column, published today and titled, "Why Let Transgendering Men Destroy Women's Sports . . . and Rights?"
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John Binder writes at Breitbart:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says that if the Democrats take back the House in the 2018 midterm elections, none of them will vote for President Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In an interview with Politico, Pelosi detailed her plans -- or lack thereof -- for the U.S.-Mexico border and national immigration policy, which does not include Trump's proposed border wall.
"I don't see any of us voting for wall funding," Pelosi said. "We have a responsibility to secure our borders," Pelosi said. "There are ways to do that that are consistent with civilization, humanitarianism, and who we are as a nation. We have to remove all doubt about that."
"Pelosi's hinting that Congress must 'remove all doubt' that the U.S. is humane could come in the form of House and Senate Democrats' plan to end all immigration enforcement across the nation, including the abolishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," Binder writes.
Caleb Parke reports at Fox News:
Hungary's populist government has banned gender studies degrees citing low enrollment numbers that waste taxpayer money and because it is "an ideology not a science."
Left-wing critics say it's academically problematic, politically unheard of in a democratic society, and argue gender studies degrees do lead to jobs.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been called the Donald Trump of Europe, signed the decree, which went into effect Saturday, removing gender studies from a list of approved master's programs, though students already enrolled will be grandfathered in.
"The Hungarian government is of the clear view that people are born either men or women," Orban's chief of staff said recenlty, according to Fox News. "They lead their lives the way they think best, but beyond this, the Hungarian state does not wish to spend public funds on education in this area."
Lukas Mikelionis reports at Fox News:
Embattled Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison’s lead in the Minnesota Attorney General election appears to be vanishing amid allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.
The congressman's bid to become the top law enforcement official in the blue state was supposed to be an easy task for a popular Democrat who holds one of the top positions within the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
But Ellison's lead has taken a dramatic cut since Karen Monahan came forward with her story in August detailing the physical and emotional abuse she suffered allegedly at the hands of Ellison.
"In one particular incident, Ellison allegedly  dragged her from a bed and shouted 'F--- you, b---' and 'I hate you'," Mikelionis reports. "She also released a 2017 medical document in which she identified the congressman as the cause of her 'emotional and physical abuse'."
"Recent polls indicate that Ellison [is] in a dead heat race with Doug Wardlow, the Republican opponent, according to the New York Times," Mikelionis reports.
"The poll also found that 40 percent [of] surveyed voters said the domestic abuse allegations 'are a factor' in whether to vote for the Democrat," according to Mikelionis. "Another poll shows the congressman leading by five points."
Steven Ertelt writes at LifeNews.com:
Despite a media blackout and virtually no coverage outside conservative media circles, the new movie Gosnell made the list of top 10 movies across the United States over the weekend.
Coming in at the #10 spot, Gosnell came in ahead of other movies with much wider releases -- as the film is appearing in just 673 theaters nationwide.
Despite the more limited release, Gosnell outperformed A Simple Favor, The Nun, and the blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians . . . .
Had Gosnell opened in 2,800 theaters like other movies in the top 10 list it would have finished in 7th place for the weekend -- making it more popular per theater than The House With a Clock in Its Walls and Bad Times at the El Royale.
"Those who are watching the movie are giving in tremendously high ratings. It has a 67% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and 99% of those viewing it said they liked it," Ertelt writes.
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Michael Bastasch writes at the Daily Caller:
Does University of St. Thomas thermal sciences professor John Abraham actually believe Florida Panhandle residents deserved to get hit by a catastrophic hurricane for electing "climate deniers?"
"Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers," reads the headline an article by Abraham, published in The Guardian Thursday.
"Elections have consequences. Denying science has consequences. And we are reaping what we sow," the subhead reads.
"Despite the lack of science to support for his case, Abraham blames Michael's intensity on man-made global warming, leading to his subsequent claim that southern voters brought this upon themselves by voting Republicans into office," Bastasch states.
"The United Nation's latest climate report, released Sunday, found there's little to no evidence global warming is making hurricanes more extreme or intense," Bastasch writes.
"Numerous studies towards and beyond AR5 have reported a decreasing trend in the global number of tropical cyclones and/or the globally accumulated cyclonic energy," the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found, according to the Daily Caller.
Michelle Malkin writes at CR:
Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer debuts in theaters nationwide on Oct. 12. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney is the most important movie in America right now -- a true-life saga of good vs. evil, deadly medical malpractice, systemic government malfeasance and cultural apathy toward the most vulnerable members of our society.
I first reported on this real-life horror story nearly eight years ago, but you've probably not heard or read a word about Gosnell in the mainstream press, TV news or online. The conspiracy of silence is the result of both malign neglect and active suppression of inconvenient truths.
Malkin provides some of the particulars behind the silence regarding Gosnell:
"What are they trying to hide?" Malkin asks.
David M. Drucker reports at the Washington Examiner:
Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn holds her first sustained lead in the race for an open Tennessee Senate seat, catapulted ahead of Democrat Phil Bredesen by the partisan battle to confirm newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Kavanaugh clash has awakened complacent Republicans and motivated conservative voters blasé about President Trump to rally around the GOP flag. The development is hobbling Bredesen, a popular former governor, undercutting his crossover appeal with rank-and-file Republicans and diminishing the Democratic Party's critical enthusiasm edge.
"Blackburn cruised past Bredesen in two public opinion polls conducted at the apex of the Kavanaugh controversy," according to the Examiner.
"The fresh data suggests the episode has nationalized the Tennessee contest and led Republicans open to voting for the Democrat to retreat to their partisan bunkers," the Examiner reports. "In one survey, Blackburn topped Bredesen by 8 percentage points; in another, she was in front by 5 points."
From an article titled, "Left Turns Vicious on Sen. Susan Collins," at WND:
Three weeks ago, Maine Republican Susan Collins was the darling of those opposing Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation.
USA Today reported back then: "Kavanaugh's opponents have identified Collins, along with Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, as Senate Republicans who could potentially vote against Trump's Supreme Court pick. The opposition is largely driven by abortion-rights activists' fear that Kavanaugh could be the justice whose vote overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision."
Flash forward to Saturday, when Collins stunned the left with her right hook. Today, the senator's office has reported receiving threatening calls and letters as well as more than 3,000 wire coat hangers in grim a reference to the unsafe, illegal abortions that abortion-rights defenders say would follow the end of Roe v. Wade.
And a controversial crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $1.1 million to give to a future Collins opponent if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
"Collins told the Wall Street Journal that she finds 'the out-of-state voicemails being left on the answering machines of my state offices" to be "incredibly offensive," WND states.
"In one case -- and we are going to turn this over to the police, but unfortunately, of course, the person didn't leave a name or number -- but they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers," Collins said, according to WND.
Tim Ciccotta reports at Breitbart:
A feminist academic journal published a hoax paper based on Adolph Hitler's “Mein Kampf” that had been rewritten with feminist buzzwords.
As a part of a wide-ranging hoax against various academic journals, Helen Pluckrose, James Lindsay, and Peter Boghossian submitted a reimagining of Adolph Hitler's Mein Kampf to a feminist journal for publication.
The team of hoaxers submitted a version of "Mein Kampf" that had been rewritten from the perspective of an intersectional feminist.
The paper, which was titled, "Our Struggle Is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism," received strong praise from its reviewers in academia.
"The reviewers are supportive of the work and noted its potential to generate important dialogue for social workers and feminist scholars," the journal’s co-editor-in-chief said upon first review.
For more on feminazi goings-on at the feminist journal Affilia, please go here.
Emily Ward reports at CNSNews.com:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the Texas Tribune on Saturday that she felt famous feminists "crowding" her in her chair during her first meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House after becoming part of the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives.
"I'd never had this experience before, but I was just crowded in in my chair and I was like, What is happening here?" Pelosi told an audience at the Sept. 29 interview.
"And then I realized," Pelosi said, "that, sitting on the chair with me in that White House meeting while President Bush was speaking, was Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, they were all right there on the chair with me. And I heard them say, 'At last we have a seat at the table.'"
"Three of these women -- Anthony, Stanton and Paul -- were also pro-life, in contrast to Pelosi's pro-abortion views," Ward writes.
"In her interview, Pelosi suggested that a woman's 'right' to have an abortion was non-negotiable, Ward continues.
"One place you can't find common ground, I can just tell you this, is on the issue of a woman's right to choose. That is the thing that is an absolute," Pelosi said, CNSNews reports.
"According to Feminists for Life, a nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots organization which opposes abortion, Paul held a very different point of view," Ward reports. "When feminists began to link the Equal Rights Act (ERA) with abortion, Paul 'opposed' this trend, saying, 'Abortion is the ultimate in the exploitation of women'."
Ryan Gaydos reports at Fox News:
The father of a victim in the Parkland high school shooting blasted actress Alyssa Milano on Monday after she blamed the National Rifle Association for his daughter's death.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was killed in February when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., said Milano should "learn her facts before she speaks."
"The FBI, Sherrif Israel, mental illness counselors, school administrators & failed diversionary programs are to blame," Pollack said in a tweet. "Not the NRA."
John Nolte writes at Breitbart:
Rachel Mitchell, the veteran sex crimes prosecutor chosen by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, has filed a report that points out Ford's inconsistencies and apparent deceptions.
"In the legal context, here is my bottom line," she writes.
"A 'he said, she said' case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that.
"I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence."
She adds, "Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard." This means Ford's story does no reach the 50-50 level of more likely than not.
I thought you might enjoy a little Friday levity as we jump into the weekend.
Here's the report from Breitbart. Enjoy!
Watch the testimony here.
WND is reporting that "Antifa Professor" Mike Isaacson, "who worked in the economics department at the Manhattan college of the City University of New York" (CUNY), is the founder of the group that harassed Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, out of Washington, D.C., restaurant.
In this video, we see "Mike Isaacson vs. Tucker Carlson" -- a segment from the Carlson show broadcast Sept. 14, 2017 on the Fox News channel.
At the time, Isaacson was employed by John Jay College. After tweeting "off the pigs" and "dead cops are good," Isaacson was placed on administrative leave and then terminated by John Jay College, according to PJMedia.
Molly Prince reports at Daily Caller:
The Washington, D.C. chapter of Antifa sent a message to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz early Tuesday morning after chasing him out of a restaurant, telling the Texas senator that he is "not safe."
Cruz was dining with his wife, Heidi, on Monday night when a large crowd of protesters flooded the restaurant shouting "we believe survivors," referring to allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a nominee to the Supreme Court who Cruz supports. Cruz and his wife promptly left the restaurant.
Watch video of fascistic Antifa with the description "Antifa Losers Ambush Senator Ted Cruz and His Wife."
Fascism Is Back
Michael W. Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:
Only 19% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing this September, which is up from 17% in August, but within the 15%-20% range of approval for the year so far, according to a new survey. . . .
"Congressional approval has averaged 30% since Gallup began measuring it in 1974," said the polling firm. "The current 19% approval among Americans is well below that average, but similar to Americans' sentiments through most of the period since January of last year."
Rick Moran writes at American Thinker:
We all know that the nutrition industry has more than its share of fakes, charlatans, and snake oil salesmen. But it was thought that scientific studies published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) had the advantage of being peer-reviewed and critiqued by objective experts.
That may be so. But the scandal involving one of the most popular -- and most published -- nutrition researchers in the world should make us question everything we've been told about how to eat healthy.
JAMA announced that it is retracting (removing from publication) six studies on nutrition by Cornell University food scientist Brian Wansink. That brings the total number of studies by Wansink that have been pulled to 13. And there are 15 other studies by the good doctor that are under review.
Cornell announced that Wansink is resigning his post at the end of the term. But the damage he has done to the credibility of the nutrition industry -- and the social sciences in general -- is only beginning to be understood. . . .
It turns out, Moran continues, that "some of these studies were used to justify the reasoning behind the Obama school lunch programs."
Melanie Arter reports at CNSNews.com:
A classmate of Christine Blasey Ford is now changing her story, saying she doesn't actually know whether an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took place like she suggested it did on social media.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, Cristina King Miranda initially wrote, "Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her. This incident did happen. Many of us heard about it in school and Christine's recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true."
Miranda also wrote that, "Even before Christine came forward," she was against Kavanaugh's nomination. "I was and still am completely against his nomination."
"I do not want him representing me or making decisions on my behalf in the Supreme Court as he goes against everything sacred to me as a woman, mother, daughter, latina, American and professional. No matter how fine a person and 'upstanding' citizen he may be," Miranda added.
"Now Miranda says she has 'no idea' whether the incident happened," CNSNews reports.
"That it happened or not, I have no idea," Miranda is quoted as telling Nina Totenberg of NPR.
"I can't say that it did or didn't."
Miranda "further explained that she was 'empowered' in her Facebook post claiming that she knew about the alleged incident, but at the time she had 'no idea' she would be required to 'go to the specifics' about her knowledge and 'defend it before 50 cable channels'," according to CNSNews.
Patrick Svitek reports at Texas Tribune:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leads his Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke by 9 percentage points among likely voters, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
Released Tuesday, the survey found Cruz with 54 percent support and O'Rourke, an El Paso congressman, with 45 percent. Only 1 percent of those polled were undecided.
"The Texas U.S. Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O'Rourke, and Democratic hopes for an upset win there, have boosted talk of a Senate takeover," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a news release.
"These numbers may calm that talk."
For more information on the Quinnipiac Poll, please see the "Release Detail" here.
Andrew Kugle reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Two ex-girlfriends of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended his character on Monday amid an allegation that he committed sexual assault when he was in high school.
"He was nothing but kind and polite and respectful," Maura Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald dated Kavanaugh in college and was friends with him throughout high school.
"I had known him since high school. I dated him briefly in college. We have remained close friends ever since. I cherish his friendship. He has just been such a stand-up guy, full of integrity. I admire him. He . . . treated no one with disrespect."
Ryan Gaydos reports at Fox News:
A Wyoming hunting guide was fatally mauled and his client was injured when a pair of grizzly bears attacked them Friday, officials said.
Authorities later euthanized two grizzly bears, a mother and a cub, who wildlife managers believe killed guide Mark Uptain and wounded his client Corey Chubon near the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks border, according to USA Today.
“All available evidence indicates that these two bears were the bears involved in the Terrace Mountain attack," Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokeswoman Rebekah Fitzgerald said in a statement Sunday.
"Uptain and Chubon were attacked by bears as they field dressed the elk they had shot," officials reportedly said, according to Fox News.
"The deadly incident came weeks after a federal judge halted Wyoming state officials' plans to hold a grizzly hunt this month, according to USA Today," Fox News reports. "The hunt was put on hold until Oct. 1."
"I can only imagine how horrific this was," hunting guide Sy Gilliland told USA Today, according to Fox. "You've got a bear population that's basically un-hunted, is an apex predator, and has no fear of humans."
Our editor at large Nancy Pearcey appeared in-studio live last night on the Mike Huckabee TV Show.
To make room for coverage of Hurricane Florence, her taped segment will broadcast not tonight and tomorrow night (as originally scheduled) but at a later date.
So stay tuned for an update on when her guest appearance is rescheduled to air.
Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey will be an in-studio guest on the Mike Huckabee TV Show talking about her new book Love Thy Body -- addressing cutting-edge moral issues such as abortion, transgenderism, homosexuality, and more.
Franklin Graham is scheduled to make an appearance as well, to discuss Hurricane Florence and what his group Samaritan's Purse is doing to provide assistance.
The program tapes in Nashville this evening before a live audience.
The episode will air Saturday (9/15) again Sunday (9/16) on TBN at 8/7c.
Stephen Moore writes at the NYPost:
Barack Obama is trying to take credit for the booming economy under President Trump. "When you hear how great the economy is doing right now," Obama said on the campaign trail for Democratic candidates a few days ago, "let's just remember when this recovery started."
By this logic, the Kingston Trio laid the groundwork for the Beatles.
But the contrast in economic performance between the two presidents is undeniable. Obama's multitrillion-dollar spend-and-borrow policies produced 2 percent growth. In his final year, Obama handed off to Trump an economy that was limping at 1.6 percent.
"After only 18 months in office, Trump has elevated growth to 3 percent on an annual rate and the latest projections are that the growth rate for the second and third quarter (which ends Sept. 30) will be over 4 percent," Moore notes.
"One might say all it took to get the economy really crackling was getting Obama out of office," he states.
"The real economic boom started almost the day after the election in 2016 with the surge in small business, investor and consumer confidence," Moore writes.
"No one on the left, least of all Obama, thought this was remotely possible."
Nicole Darrah reports at Fox News:
An Oregon woman who had been reported missing nearly two weeks ago was most likely killed by a cougar in an "unprecedented event," investigators revealed Tuesday.
The body of Diana Bober, 55, was found Monday off a trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest in Welches, about 40 miles southeast of Portland, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
The medical examiner's office determined that wounds found on Bober's body were "consistent with a suspected cougar attack," and ruled out the possibility that she was mauled after she died from a separate cause.
The sheriff's office advises the following when "anywhere in cougar country":
To this I would add: Consider carrying a firearm to protect your own life and those of friends and family.
In a natural world both beautiful and brutal, preparation could provide a means of life-saving self-defense against both 4-legged and 2-legged predators.
There may be only one occasion when you need to act. But your readiness that one time could make all the difference in the world.
Hiking is great. So is going home again.
Joshua Caplan reports at Breitbart:
In an opinion editorial published by The Washington Post Monday, MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough claimed President Donald Trump poses a "far graver threat to the idea of America" than the September 11 attacks.
Scarborough's piece, titled "Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could," begins with the virulent Trump critic chronicling various foreign policy blunders committed by previous White Houses following the fateful terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
The culmination of such "tragic lessons" -- including then-President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq without sufficient evidence tying Saddam Hussein to the attacks and subsequent death of 5,000 U.S. troops at a cost of $2 trillion -- Scarborough writes that America's diminishing position on the global stage under President Trump, makes the current administration more dangerous than the 9/11 attacks themselves.
Valerie Richardson reports at the WTimes:
Comedian Jim Carrey says Democrats need to stop running from Republican attacks and "say yes to socialism."
"We have to say yes to socialism -- to the word and everything," Mr. Carrey said Friday on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." "We have to stop apologizing."
His comment came after Mr. Maher complained that Republicans have targeted progressive Democrats who identify themselves as socialist by throwing up the Venezuela example.
"Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, called on Mr. Carrey to set an example by giving away his own wealth," Richardson reports.
"Why do people who made $20 million a movie talk up socialism?," Bozell tweeted. "Hey Jim Carrey! If income inequality is the scourge of our time, maybe you should just hand away all your own millions first!"
James Barrett reports at Daily Wire:
The man who stabbed a far-right Brazilian presidential candidate who has been described as "Brazil's Donald Trump" is reportedly a socialist on a self-described "mission from God."
In a shocking moment caught on video, Brazil's leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed with a knife while being carried by a crowd during an afternoon rally in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, in south east Brazil on Thursday.
Bolsonaro, 63, was rushed to a hospital and underwent what turned out to be life-saving surgery for what officials say were serious internal injuries. He is currently in stable condition.
The suspect, a 40-year-old man, was arrested by police, who say he declared himself to be "on a mission from God."
Katherine Rodriguez reports at Breitbart:
A Gold Star mother is the latest to speak out against Nike’s latest "Just Do It" ad campaign featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for making light of the word "sacrifice."
Trina Hart, who lost her 21-year-old Marine son Ty Hart when his helicopter went down off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu during a mission in 2016, is blasting Nike for using Kaepernick as its spokesperson for an ad about "sacrifice," KOIN reported.
The Nike ad, which Kaepernick narrates, features stories from athletes who overcame illness or disabilities . . . .
"Hart said the ad belittles those like her son, who made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting for the U.S.," Rodriguez writes.
"Everything is your life," Hart is quoted as saying. "My son sacrificed his life."
"Those other 11 men the night my son died sacrificed their lives. I'm sorry, I don't find any 'sacrificing everything' in what Colin Kaepernick did."
Nike owes "America an apology. They owe Gold Star families an apology," Hart said, according to Breitbart.
Kristinn Taylor writes at Gateway Pundit:
Fred Guttenberg, the father of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg who was slain in the Parkland school massacre last February, tried to ambush Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with an attempted photo-op handshake as the hearing went to break Tuesday after the morning session.
The day before, Guttenberg had posted to Twitter a vow to "play a role in ensuring that this man does not become the next Supreme Court Justice."
Guttenberg also posted that he would be attending the hearing as a guest of Sen. Dianne Feinstien (D-CA), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Here's what Guttenberg tweeted after his encounter with Kavanaugh: "Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended. Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad. He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away. I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence."
"Andrew Pollack, a fellow father of a student slain at Parkland, 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, ripped Guttenberg on Twitter for going after Kavanaugh," Taylor states.
Here is Pollack's tweet:
"Judge Kavanaugh was not responsible for the Parkland school shooting that killed my daughter. @RobertwRuncie, FBI, and Sheriff Israel are. Judge Kavanaugh is a decent man and should be confirmed. Stop weaponizing Parkland to advance a dangerous political agenda!"
Craig Bannister writes at CNSNews.com:
"As a border patrol agent, I can tell you: Walls do work," a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) attests, citing the success of barriers built on the San Diego border, in a CBP video.
In a video explaining why borders walls are an essential component of border security, the agent recounts how the institution of border walls in San Diego has resulted in a 87 percent reduction in annual apprehensions of illegal aliens – from 560,000 to 68,000.
"The agent also explains how border security measures, such as border walls, have benefitted the environment and also transformed a 'lawless wasteland' into thriving communities," Bannister continues.
"In areas where we constructed barriers, deployed more agents, and gained back control of the border, natural habitats damaged by illegal migration have recovered. Piles of discarded debris disappeared. Neighborhoods and businesses replaced what was once lawless wasteland," the agent says on the U.S. Customs and Border Control video.
See the video on YouTube.
Monica Showalter writes at American Thinker:
Hard to find bigger living American heroes than sound-barrier-breaking Gen. Chuck Yeager, and famed astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.
So now that we have a revisionist movie coming out called First Man, from the Canadian director of La-La Land, which omits the American flag from its history of first man on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, it's heartening to see the big guns -- the big, big, guns, come out and declare it the phony garbage it is.
"The flag meant something to these men and they're the one[s] with the biggest standing to say something," Showalter writes. "It's heartening for all of us in this era of revisionist history, statue-toppling, and other crap designed to make America smaller, that they were still here to say something and they refused to stand for it."
Read the entire column at American Thinker.
Will Racke reports at the Daily Caller:
The man suspected of killing an Oregon couple in a high-speed drunk driving collision earlier in August is an illegal immigrant from Mexico, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned.
Eduardo de la Lima Vargas, 39, allegedly ran a red light on a state highway in Salem, Oregon, on Aug. 19, striking a motorcycle being driven by Logan Wilson, 34, and his wife Jessi, 32. The collision tossed the Wilsons from the motorcycle, fatally injuring both.
Research by Salem-based David Olen Cross shows that "about three-quarters of all criminal aliens in Oregon's prison system are serving time for what the FBI defines as violent crimes -- murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- or sex crimes under the Oregon criminal code," the DC reports.
"Of the 943 Oregon state prison inmates with active ICE detainers as of July, 731 -- 77 percent -- have been convicted of those violent crimes or sex offenses, according to Cross's latest report," the DC reports. "That compares to about 60 percent of 'domestic' inmates who were convicted of the same offenses."
Oregon is "one of the nation's most active states when it comes to limiting cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities," according to the DC.
Comment: The crime rate for illegal aliens ought to be zero. Illegal aliens should not be in the U.S. to commit violent crimes and sex crimes in the first place.
An individual not in the U.S. clearly cannot therefore commit murder, manslaughter, rape, or any other number of violent and/or sexual offenses in the U.S.
Open borders is an attack on American people. Those who espouse open borders are allowing a social cancer into the American body politic. Even a smidgeon can kill you or members of your family.
Allum Bokhari writes at Breitbart:
After criticizing social media platforms for mass-censoring conservatives and the alternative media earlier this month, President Trump has turned his attention to Google. Not a moment too soon -- of all the politically biased tech giants, Google is by far the most dangerous.
Trump's critical comments about Google referenced statistics from a report in PJ Media which found that a staggering 96 percent of search results for "Trump" return results from news sites that are hostile to the President. Breitbart News’ own investigation found the same result.