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  2. ‘Democrat donkey head in the sand’, ‘give me liberty or give me free stuff (not), & ‘Don Quixote/ Pancho Sanchez aka Waters/Nadler’ were good ones- thanks, Pookie!
  4. Yesterday
  5. Daily Caller “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough called out the New York Times in a Monday tweet, criticizing the “stunning” omission of what he called a “central fact.” The article in question cited a new book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” and mentioned a new allegation of inappropriate conduct. In it, fellow Yale classmate Max Stier reportedly claimed that he had witnessed Kavanaugh exposing himself at a dorm party. And while the book included the fact that the alleged victim had declined interviews, and did not recall the alleged incident, the article about the book’s claims did not. (RELATED: Washington Post Passed On Thinly Sourced Kavanaugh Story Before NYT Published It) “How did the @nytimes editors fail to include the below info in their article re: Kavanuagh? Would they have done so had @MZHemingway not noted the glaring omission yesterday? It was a stunning decision to leave that central fact out of an article filled with damning accusations,” Scarborough tweeted. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also used the word “stunning” to describe the NYT’s hasty correction to add the “central fact” that had been left out. “READ stunning NYT CORRECTION. If a high-school freshman did this on a school paper, he’d get an F. This is an outfit that has won multiple Pulitzers; presumably they know how to be actual journalists. It’s almost as if the reporters, editors, publisher have a political agenda,” Cruz tweeted, adding, “The correction, written by NYT, reads: ‘the female student declined to be interviewed & friends say that SHE DOES NOT RECALL the incident. That information has been added to the article.’ Please, somebody, try to give an explanation for omitting that central fact other than bias.” ________ Both the accuser and her allies seem to have faulty memories...
  6. Breitbart Thanks to CNN, Politico, and the New York Times, last week was filled with the kind of fake news that used to end prestigious media careers. No more, though. Nowadays publishing fake news is nothing less than a résumé enhancer. Early in the week, CNN and Politico dumped two MASSIVE pieces of fake news. And then, over the weekend, the Times said “Hold my beer” with a transparently dishonest smear of Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Let’s recap… The week opened with CNN’s fake news about how President Trump’s mishandling of classified information resulted in the CIA having to pull a key intelligence asset out of the Kremlin. We now know this never happened. Whatever intelligence mishandling it was that forced the asset’s removal, it happened during the — wait for it, wait for it — Obama administration. The fake news came from Jim Sciutto, who, like a lot of CNN “reporters,” is a former Democrat operative with a documented history of publishing fake stories. Of course, CNN also has a long and sordid history of publishing fake news, which is why he fits right in. Sciutto’s story was so blatantly misleading that even the far-left New York Times cried foul. As did the far-left Washington Post. Next up: the far-left Politico, with its own fake news bonanza, this one about the Air Force rerouting planes to Scotland so Trump’s Turnberry resort can benefit from the overnight stays, which helps to line the president’s pockets. We now know this isn’t true and that Politico deliberately removed these rather pertinent facts from is now-debunked hoax: 1) the contract to land flights at this airport was signed during the Obama administration, 2) the contract to use Turnberry for overnight stays was signed during the Obama administration, 3) only six percent of the Air Force’s overnight stays occurred at Turnberry, and 4) Turnberry’s $127 per night room rate is not only the least expensive in the area, it is hardly worth risking impeachment. Like CNN’s fake story about the CIA, Politico’s fake news about Turnberry was debunked by the far-left Washington Post. Neither CNN nor Politico have corrected or retracted their debunked bombshells. By the time Friday night rolled around, by the time the weekend kicked off, there were already two eggs dripping off the media’s smug and corrupt face. So you would think that at this point the institution as a whole might want to take a few days off to regroup, lick their wounds, soul search, and figure out how to regain the trust of the public. LOL… Sike! No one believes the establishment media would ever do that, at least not any citizen of the planet we call Earth. ________ Fake News goes into overdrive.
  7. The Hill The progressive push to raise taxes on the rich is gaining new momentum. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has already proposed a wealth tax to raise funds for a variety of new government programs, on Thursday unveiled a plan to expand Social Security by creating two taxes on wage and investment income for wealthy Americans. The proposal comes as Warren enjoys a long stretch of momentum in the Democratic presidential primary race that has lifted her in polls and put her side-by-side with former Vice President Joe Biden during last week’s debate. Separately, Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate's tax-writing committee, rolled out his own proposal designed to prevent the rich from avoiding taxes on their investment gains. Since the start of the year, much of the debate around taxes among Democrats has been over how much and how best to raise taxes on the rich. Democrats have been interested in increasing taxes on those with high incomes and net worths in order to combat wealth inequality and raise revenue to finance spending priorities. Ideological differences between centrists and progressives have characterized the presidential race, with Biden to the right of Warren and fellow progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). ________ Compared to the rest of his current party, Biden looks like a Republican...
  8. MSN State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump’s accounting firm to demand eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns, according to several people with knowledge of the matter. The subpoena opens a new front in a wide-ranging effort to obtain copies of the president’s tax returns, which Mr. Trump initially said he would make public during the 2016 campaign but has since refused to disclose. The subpoena was issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office late last month, soon after it opened a criminal investigation into the role that the president and his family business played in hush-money payments made in the run-up to the election. Both Mr. Trump and his company reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for money Mr. Cohen paid to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. The president has denied the affair. It was unclear if the broad scope of the subpoena indicated that the office had expanded its investigation beyond actions taken during the 2016 campaign. A spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., declined to comment. ________ They want those tax returns no matter what...
  9. Symposium: DACA is unlawful By Elizabeth Murrill on Sep 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm Elizabeth Murrill is the Solicitor General of Louisiana. The federal government should prevail in the DACA cases for one straightforward reason: DACA is unlawful. Courts should not — indeed, cannot — stop the executive from rescinding a plainly unlawful edict that the government never had the power to issue in the first place. DACA is the rare federal program that manages to be both substantively and procedurally unlawful. It contravenes the duly enacted substantive law of the United States. And it was promulgated without a whiff of input from the public. No matter one’s views on the policy principles motivating DACA, we should all be able to agree that the executive cannot legislate by fiat. Sacrificing separation of powers, which is embedded in the DNA of our government structure, cannot be justified no matter how much we may favor a policy. Continue reading »
  10. Scotus Symposium: The government’s dissonant DACA drumbeat By Melissa Crow on Sep 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm Melissa Crow is a senior supervising attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project. On November 12, the Supreme Court will hear argument in three consolidated cases – Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Trump v. NAACP and McAleenan v. Batalla Vidal – that challenge the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is an Obama-era initiative that provides temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children. The diverse panoply of parties involved in these proceedings – including affected individuals, states, corporations, universities, nonprofit organizations and labor unions, among many others ­– illustrates the far-reaching impact of DACA and the critical importance of the issues at stake. Continue reading »
  11. The Imaginative Conservative The 10th Amendment: A Clear, Firm Boundary Between Congress & the States By Joerg Knipprath|September 12th, 2019|Categories: 10th Amendment, American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, History To introduce a Bill of Rights for the protection of states’ legislative powers was to protect expressly the rights of the people from intrusion by the general government into their liberty. Unfortunately, initial fears about the reach of federal power and the erosion of state sovereignty have come true. A recurrent theme during the debates in 1787 and 1788 over adoption of the Constitution was the structural incompatibility of “confederation” with “consolidation.” The latter was the feared absorption of the states into a unitary general government, so that they ceased to be sovereign members of a “union.” As counties or districts were consolidated within a state, so states would be in the United States. The Articles of Confederation had guarded against that. In addition to laying out a number of substantive powers and the detailed means by which those powers were to be exercised, they carefully delineated the boundary between the states and the Congress: “Each state retains its sovereignty . . . , and every Power [sic] . . . , which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.” Moreover, under the Articles, Congress acted as a true “federal head” on the corpus of the states. Not only did the states have equal voting rights, but Congress acted on the states, not on the citizens directly. The last was the constitutional role of the state legislatures. Thus, under Article VIII of the Confederation, all charges assessed by Congress were to be paid by the states in prescribed proportion, and the “taxes for paying that proportion shall be laid and levied by the authority and direction of the legislatures of the several states.”
  12. You're welcome, as always & the same to you, mass55th!
  13. Thanks Pookie!! Have a great week!!
  14. Heritage Foundation The acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said a Supreme Court victory regarding asylum applicants will result in significant changes to the immigration process in a short time. Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Ken Cuccinelli touched on what the Sept. 11 ruling will mean for the illegal immigrants who are reaching the U.S.-Mexico border en masse and lodging asylum claims. “So [the impact on the ground] is already being felt,” Cuccinelli told host Margaret Brennan. “We will do it in the places where we have the logistics in place fastest first and then move it all the way across the border, but this will be measured in days, not weeks.” The nation’s highest court ruled that the Trump administration can enforce its rule of barring asylum applicants from entering the country if they first did not seek protected status in a country they passed on their way to the U.S.
  15. Trump: US ‘Locked and Loaded’ After Attacks on Saudi Oil Supply – Which US Blames on Iran (Update: President Trump resumed his tweeting about Iran on Monday morning, writing: "Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their 'airspace' when, in fact, it was nowhere close. They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We’ll see?") ( – President Trump broke his silence Sunday evening on damaging attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure, saying the administration has “reason to believe that we know the culprit” and is “locked and loaded depending on verification.” He added that the U.S. is “waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”
  16. Breitbart The Clarion Project, a watchdog group known for its groundbreaking documentaries on extreme ideologies, compileda report this month revealing the billions of dollars that colleges and universities in America have taken from foreign entities — including adversarial states. The Clarion Project launched its probe into foreign investment and influence in the American education system after the Department of Education (DOE) announced in June it was investigating Georgetown University and Texas A&M University “as part of a broader push to monitor international money flowing to American colleges,” the Associated Press reported.
  17. Michael Flynn Graymails the Government Will the FBI risk disclosure of its dirty tactics in its persecution of Michael Flynn? Flynn’s new lawyer thinks it won’t.
  18. My pleasure, Kenoshamarge!
  19. You're welcome, Rcat!
  20. Yahoo News Zach Dorfman, Jenna McLaughlin and Sean D. Naylor September 16, 2019 On Dec. 29, 2016, the Obama administration announced that it was giving nearly three dozen Russian diplomats just 72 hours to leave the United States and was seizing two rural East Coast estates owned by the Russian government. As the Russians burned papers and scrambled to pack their bags, the Kremlin protested the treatment of its diplomats, and denied that those compounds — sometimes known as the “dachas” — were anything more than vacation spots for their personnel. The Obama administration’s public rationale for the expulsions and closures — the harshest U.S. diplomatic reprisals taken against Russia in several decades — was to retaliate for Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But there was another critical, and secret, reason why those locations and diplomats were targeted. Both compounds, and at least some of the expelled diplomats, played key roles in a brazen Russian counterintelligence operation that stretched from the Bay Area to the heart of the nation’s capital, according to former U.S. officials. The operation, which targeted FBI communications, hampered the bureau’s ability to track Russian spies on U.S. soil at a time of increasing tension with Moscow, forced the FBI and CIA to cease contact with some of their Russian assets, and prompted tighter security procedures at key U.S. national security facilities in the Washington area and elsewhere, according to former U.S. officials. It even raised concerns among some U.S. officials about a Russian mole within the U.S. intelligence community. “It was a very broad effort to try and penetrate our most sensitive operations,” said a former senior CIA official. (Snip)
  21. Great Start to a new week. Thanks for the toons.
  22. Bill Whittle Sept 16 2019 *The Washington Post says Democrat presidential candidates have deep policy divisions, but do policies even matter in a battle with incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, the post-policy president? He's a force of nature, but Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, Beto O'Rourke, and the rest of the gang, debate by magnifying policy preferences that distinguish them from each other. And which policies should Republicans campaign on to ensure the president enjoys majorities in the House and Senate come 2021? ___________________________________ * "The Washington Post says Democrat presidential candidates have deep policy divisions," They Do?
  23. Alpha News On September 10, representatives of the Muslim Reform Movement (MRM) convened a town hall meeting at the University of Minnesota’s Anderson Hall. Open to the public, the conference offered a rare and candid opportunity for Muslim Americans, unencumbered by Islamist oversight, to answer difficult questions concerning their faith. Benjamin Baird September 15, 2019 On September 10, representatives of the Muslim Reform Movement (MRM) convened a town hall meeting at the University of Minnesota’s Anderson Hall. Open to the public, the conference offered a rare and candid opportunity for Muslim Americans, unencumbered by Islamist oversight, to answer difficult questions concerning their faith. (Snip) This was not an enviable task. Not only must Muslim reformers convince progressives that Islamists make poor political partners, they must also persuade skeptics that their intentions are genuine, and that reformists are not simply engaging in Islamist doublespeak. It was a tough crowd, with several attendees slandering Muslim reform as “a fake movement” and refusing to take the panelists’ advocacy at face value. “To us there is one Islam,” an audience member insisted. “Killed us. Slayed us. Raped us. Raped our women. Taxed us to death. Destroyed and crushed our will. That’s the only Islam that I know.” Rather than balk at the prospect of criticizing radical Islam, the panel, as advertised, confronted these statements head on — acknowledging Islamic atrocities. Much of the discussion during Tuesday night’s town hall centered around taqiyyah, the widely-disputed religious doctrine which says that Muslims must lie and dissimulate to protect their faith. Jasser observed that taqiyyah was historically practiced by Shi’a Muslims to escape persecution from the Middle East’s Sunni majority. As a journalist, Nomani said she doesn’t “accept that interpretation of Islam that says we can practice lies in order to defend the religion.” (Snip)
  24. Haaretz/Reuters Sept. 16 2019 Iran's Revolutionary Guards have seized a vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 litres of diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates, Iran's semi-official Students News agency ISNA reported on Monday. "It was detained near Iran's Greater Tunb island in the Persian Gulf...the crew have been handed over to legal authorities in the southern Hormozgan province," ISNA said, without elaborating on the nationalities of the crewmen. (Snip)
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