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The New Republic going full-commie

I’m old enough to remember when Fred Barnes wrote for The New Republic. Of course, back then Barnes wasn’t as conservative as he is now, but TNR was also a much more liberal-moderate magazine. It was far from the silly leftist rag that it has become.

Now it is on the verge of going full communist. The above showed up in my email box the other day.

This is the sort of advertisement you generally see on the websites of radical lefty groups where “travelling to Cuba” is a euphemism for a pilgrimage to pay homage to Fidel and Che.

By BombThrowers -- David Hogberg- Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Sen. McCaskill’s family foundation pays the Russians

As if Washington didn’t have enough Russian scandals, or supposed scandals, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has provided another one. The Washington Free Beacon’s Brent Scher recently reported that Sen. McCaskill used a philanthropic foundation that she and her husband, Joseph Shepard, created in 2013—the Shepard Family Foundation in St. Louis—”to pay for a dinner she attended at Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s Washington, D.C., residence” in honor of a Missouri congressman in 2015.

The Shepard Family Foundation supports many nonprofit organizations, most of them in Missouri.  But in 2015 it also paid $873 to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, Scher reports, where Russian Amb. Sergey Kislyak is honorary chairman of the board.

By BombThrowers -- Michael E. Hartmann- Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

NJ Bill Enforces LGBT Agenda in Public Schools

TRENTON, NJ —A bill that directs the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to review and modify public school guidelines to accommodate and promote the rights of “transgender” students, in accordance with current State or federal laws and regulations, has passed the Senate and the Assembly and goes to the Governor for consideration. Liberty Counsel sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie encouraging him to veto the bill.

By Liberty Counsel - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

The Walmart Guy vs Anti-Capitalism Millennials

Though we have never met, I smiled recently seeing my favorite Walmart employee. For over ten years, I witnessed him gathering shopping carts in the parking lot. He is a white millennial who only has the use of one arm, walks with a severe limp and appears slightly mentally challenged. I once saw him leaving work driving a new looking compact car. My wife Mary prepared his taxes when she worked for a tax preparation company. I thought,“Hey, this brother has got it goin’ on—doin’ his thing.”

The Walmart guy could easily qualify for disability; sit home on his butt allowing taxpayers to take care of him. Far too many able-bodied millennials feel entitled, believing government should provide them free everything.

By Lloyd Marcus - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Rep. Maxine Waters will run for President. ...If millennials demand it

As every political junkie knows, the New Hampshire visit is traditionally seen as an early sign of an impending presidential run.  This weekend, for reasons no one seems completely able to fathom, Maxine Waters is heading to New Hampshire. This, of course, has tongues wagging. Everyone wants to know - is Maxine Waters, your favorite left coast crackpot, readying herself for a White House bid?

...Because that would be hilarious.

Unfortunately, we shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet. The Daily Caller asked Waters if she was planning to seek higher office, and she said “no.” ...Unless the hip, cool, youth culture of America wants her to.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Breaking: Sean Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary, forcing Melissa McCarthy to seek gainf

UPDATE: Reince Priebus has issued a statement saying he supports the Scaramucci hiring “100%.” So, it’s a question of who’s version you believe…

I doubt this one will come as a surprise to many people, but Sean Spicer has resigned as White House Press Secretary. If you’ve been observing the way this administration dysfunctions, this probably feels like something that’s been coming for a long time. The specific reason, it seems, is that Spicer is not a fan of President Trump’s decision to make Anthony Scaramucci the new White House communications director. As the New York Times reports:

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Kim Davis and Rowan County Not Liable for Attorney’s Fees

ASHLAND, KY - Today, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that neither Kim Davis nor Rowan County are liable for attorney’s fees over the marriage license issue that began in 2015. Judge Bunning did overrule the Magistrate’s Findings and Recommendations that concluded the ACLU was not entitled to any attorney’s fees because the plaintiffs were not the prevailing party. Bunning found that the temporary preliminary injunction entitled the plaintiffs to attorney’s fees and went on to rule that the Commonwealth of Kentucky would be liable to pay the fees and costs, not Kim Davis or Rowan County.

By Liberty Counsel - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Why I love schools that ban books

Let’s start here. In 2016, as US News reports, “The Portland Public Schools Board on Tuesday decided to ban any classroom materials that cast doubt on climate change. The resolution passed unanimously and requires that textbooks and other material purchased by the district present climate change as a fact rather than theory. Material will also need to present human activity as one of the phenomenon’s causes.”

This is good news. Why? Because a school system has asserted how it wants education to be managed. This is how children will be taught. No tap-dancing around the issue. Here it is. Boom. Out in the open. If you don’t like it, too bad.

If you don’t like it as a parent, take your child out of the Portland system. Launch home schooling. Start your own private school. Move out of Portland to another public school district.

By Jon Rappoport - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Fake news is ripping apart America, says . . . one of its biggest perpetrators

Part of it is that she’s just parroting the establishment media’s line. That’s what she always does. The last time Katie Couric had an original thought, if she ever has, is a mystery to me and probably everyone else.

Part of it too, I think, is that she is genuinely not very intelligent. It would take some nerve to sit there and rail against “fake news” when you got caught misleadingly editing your gun control special to make pro-Second Amendment people look stumped at a question, when in fact that is not what happened at all.

Unless it’s not a matter of nerve at all, but it’s really a case of your not having the brains to know the difference:

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

New White House proposal: Use ObamaCare taxes to ease burden on people forced off Medicaid when it’s

As a matter of policy, I don’t like it one bit.

The ObamaCare taxes are the most urgent reason the whole thing needs to be repealed, and the worst thing about the Medicaid expansion is that it brought even more people into dependence on government for health care. What we need to do with Medicaid is return it to its original purpose, which is to provide a safety net for the truly poor. The idea that you can tighten up Medicaid requirements, but then turn around and still spend taxpayer money on those no longer eligible, simply creates one more way to make Uncle Sam everyone’s sugar daddy at the doctor.

As a matter of politics it doesn’t seem much better. It sounds like you might get Rob Portman and Bill Cassidy, although it still not enough to bring Susan Collins on board. And why should Mike Lee or Ted Cruz go for it? But this seems to be the opening salvo in the White House’s attempt to take what was dead and bring it back to life:

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

When Your Strategy Doesn’t Work Check Your Tactics

The Republican House voted more than fifty times to repeal Obummercare. Even the Republican Senate did the same thing a few times while the Progressives’ Obamassiah was running the State and not just the Deep State.  Now that the Republicans have the whole shooting match they can’t seem to hit the target.

Maybe it’s the strategy of doing it all in one BIG omnibus bill filled with payoffs, bribes, and meant to restructure the entire healthcare industry in one fell swoop that is causing the problem.  I know, I know the perpetually re-elected love their omnibus mega-bills just because they can shoehorn in massive payoffs and bribes without anyone being the wiser, but this just isn’t working. 

Besides if the vote in November was for anything it was for ending business as usual.  It was for reining in the two-headed Republicrat bird of prey.  It was for righting the Ship of State before it crashes on the reef of bankruptcy.  It was for taking control of our Republic from the technocrats and the professional socialist redistributionist hustlers and returning it to the hands of those who work to make America great, again.

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Trump should dump PLO and jump-start Israel-Jordan negotiations

President Trump has completed six months in office without managing to get Israel and the PLO to resume their negotiations - stalled since April 2014.

Trump’s failure has not been for lack of trying.

The President has turned on his political charm offensive—inviting both Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the White House - whilst making personal visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem—all apparently to no avail.

By David Singer - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

An investigation following the terrorist shooting on July 14 on the Temple Mount Complex in the Old City of Jerusalem revealed that an accomplice brought weapons into the compound in the early hours of the morning in readiness for the attack.

In this attack,  two Druze police officers were shot dead by the attackers before the three terrorists were neutralized by security forces on the Temple Mount.

The sensitivity, indeed the volatility, of this location is significant. For too long emotional language has been used by Palestinian politicians and Islamic religious leaders to stoke the flames of violence in the name of this holy place.

By Barry Shaw - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

President Trump reverses Obama’s anti-Christian refugee policy

After declaring that Christians have “been horribly treated” by the refugee program under former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump has reversed the Obama administration’s disgraceful discrimination against Christian refugees.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data, during the period from January 21, 2017 – President Trump’s first full day in office – through June 30, “9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim.”

From April through June 2017, Iraq was “the only Muslim-majority nation among the top six origin countries.” The number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. from January 21, 2017 through June 30, 2017 was 1779. Comparing the number of refugee admissions from Syria for the entire month of January with the entire month of February 2017, the number dropped by nearly half. By June 2017, the number of refugees admitted from Syria was about 26 percent of the already low number of 673 admitted in February.

Is Eric Holder Trump-haters’ best hope for 2020?

Look out Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state and twice-failed presidential candidate proclaimed herself part of the #Resistance, but it’s a rabid left-wing movement that probably doesn’t even want her.

Now Eric Holder wants to be the leader of the #Resistance. He is even pondering a 2020 presidential run. This might seem implausible , but the prospect of a Democratic nominee with massive baggage, in this case someone held in contempt of Congress in a bipartisan vote, should bring joy to the Republican Party.

It won’t matter to the far-left hate-Trump voters, to whom the former attorney general has emerged as a hero and a leader. Never mind that Holder epitomizes the D.C.-Wall Street revolving door about as well as anyone. He has allied himself with California lawmakers who would rather not follow the law as long as Trump is president—a bunch of modern-day John C. Calhouns.

By BombThrowers -- Fred Lucas- Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Pence is Right: Single-Payer Could Be The Death of Charlie Gard

Robert Klitzman, director of a masters program in bioethics at Columbia University, says Mike Pence’s comments on Charlie Gard are “alarming” because they seek to “undermine single-payer health systems.”

Pence “politicized a tragic story,” Klitzman said, when the vice president told Rush Limbaugh “the American people ought to reflect on the fact that for all the talk on the left about single payer, that’s where it takes us.”

Gard is the 11-month-old British boy suffering from Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, a rare disease that would leave him severely and permanently cognitively disabled. His parents want to take him from a hospital in the UK to the United States for experimental treatments that experts say give him a 10 percent chance of survival.

By Guest Column -- Brian McNicoll AIM- Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

More monkey business from PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is ruining British photographer David Slater’s life.

Six years ago, after spending time encouraging a crested black macaque named Naruto to use a camera to take photographs of itself, Slater hit paydirt. Naruto took two spectacular “selfies” and the photos quickly went viral.

But then Wikimedia Commons posted the photos, claiming they were royalty-free images. Slater demanded the website pay for the photos or take them down. Wikimedia Commons refused, taking the position that the photos were not Slater’s property because the monkey pressed the camera’s shutter on its own.

“I made £2,000 [for that picture] in the first year after it was taken,” he told the BBC in 2014. “After it went on Wikipedia all interest in buying it went. It’s hard to put a figure on it but I reckon I’ve lost £10,000 or more in income. It’s killing my business.”

Donors View GOP Leadership as “Sunk Costs”

It’s begun to dawn on GOP donors that the millions they’ve poured into the Republicans are a bad investment. So far during the Trump administration what they have is a Bernie Madoff situation without Bernie’s return on investment.

Call it a “Promise Scheme” where Mitch and Paul promise great returns in the future if you will invest money so they can hold office today.

Lifezette reports moneymen who attended “a gathering of Koch network donors…are more than a little restive. Dallas donor Doug Deason declared his “piggy bank” is closed until the GOP leadership “produces results on health care and tax reform.”

By Michael R. Shannon - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

AUDIO: Trump not at all happy with Sessions over Russia recusal, wouldn’t have hired him had he know

Trump is absolutely right on the merits. It was absurd for Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation just because he had some very rudimentary conversation with some Russians when he was a senator. It was the some of the biggest overkill I’ve ever seen in the service of avoiding “appearance of impropriety.”

But here we are: Sessions is attorney general Trump is his boss. And the New York Times must think they’d died and gone to Heaven . . . if they believed in Heaven:

Sessions was asked about it at a presser shortly thereafter, and here is his response:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Trump to Senate Republicans: Oh no you’re not giving up on health care, now get a deal done

I’m honestly not sure how much Mitch McConnell listens to him or cares what he says. When Trump called for an end to the legislative filibuster, McConnell rejected the idea out of hand. When Trump called for repeal and replace to be separated, McConnell at first refused and then agreed to try it only when it became clear that no replacement was going anywhere - even though it appears to be a tough road to get to 50 votes on the repeal-only bill.

So now that McConnell has given up on a replacement and is content to schedule a vote on the seemingly doomed repeal-in-two-years-and-replace-with-AHCA-unless-we-can-agree-on-something-else, Trump is making it clear he won’t accept that a deal on a replacement is impossible. He wants to Senate to get back in there and make it happen, and not take a summer break until they do:

“Any senator who votes against starting debate is really telling America that you’re fine with Obamacare,” Mr. Trump said before a lunch with the senators Wednesday. He gestured at one wavering GOP lawmaker, Dean Heller of Nevada, saying, “He wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he?” and warned lawmakers not to leave town in August without a deal.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story