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NYT: ISIS bride Hoda Muthana might be a U.S. citizen after all

Hot Air - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 01:01

Maybe not the best idea for the president to boast on Twitter about how he kept Hoda Muthana out if, in fact, he’s not going to succeed at keeping her out.

I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019

Ed noted earlier the announcement from Mike Pompeo that, contrary to popular belief, Muthana isn’t a U.S. citizen and therefore has no claim to be re-admitted to the United States. But Pompeo didn’t detail his reasoning. Was he claiming that Muthana had somehow denaturalized herself by joining ISIS? Remember, she had a U.S. passport, and normally U.S. citizens can’t constructively renounce their citizenship through their actions. They need to do it formally, which Muthana seems never to have done.

What Pompeo’s arguing, I think, is that Muthana was never technically a natural-born American citizen because her father was a diplomat here on assignment from Yemen when his wife gave birth. Under U.S. immigration law, children of diplomats born on American soil remain subject to the jurisdiction of their home countries and therefore don’t enjoy birthright citizenship under the Fourteenth Amendment. If Pompeo’s right then Muthana’s a Yemeni citizen. She’s their problem, not ours.

But is he right? An NYT reporter has been investigating.

4. But I just got off the phone with Muthana’s family attorney and this rule doesn’t apply to her because her father was discharged from his UN post 1 month before she was born. At the time of her birth, Muthana’s father was no longer a diplomat hence the exclusion is not valid

— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) February 20, 2019

6. So why is the US *now* saying that she isn’t a citizen? This being the same girl that applied for a renewal of her passport in 2014, received the said passport, and successfully used it to fly from Birmingham to Istanbul? Those trying to help her say that this a “legal dodge.”

— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) February 20, 2019

So Muthana’s father was a diplomat, then his diplomatic status ended, and then a month later his wife gave birth. I’m tempted to ask “Were he and his family in the country legally or had they overstayed their visa by the time Muthana was born?”, but as we well know, illegal status is no bar to birthright citizenship. The question for a court, I suppose, is whether it matters that Muthana’s family had gained admission to the U.S. for diplomatic reasons even though their diplomatic status had lapsed by her birth date. Were they still subject to the jurisdiction of Yemen if they were here on a diplomatic visa, irrespective or whether her father was still employed as a diplomat?

The real mystery isn’t whether Muthana is or isn’t a U.S. citizen, it’s why the feds are trying to bar her from the country instead of letting her come home and then charging her with material support for terrorism. That statute is broad, covering any property or “service” provided with the intent that they be used for certain specified terrorist offenses. Alan Dershowitz, normally a safe bet to take the civil libertarian side in a matter like this, told the New York Post that Muthana is in sufficiently dire legal jeopardy that he’d advise her to rethink her plans to return. Even if all she did was tweet and send emails, he claimed, it’d be a “close call” on whether she could be charged. At least one other defense lawyer with experience in terrorist cases agreed that Muthana could be charged with material support for terrorism.

And yet Trump and Pompeo don’t want her back. Why? Callimachi might have the answer to this too: She claims, citing sources, that “the US may not have enough to successfully charge her” and that the citizenship battle is “an easy way to offload her.” Maybe they figure that, although conviction is probable if not certain, she’s unlikely to get a stiff sentence and will be free to roam the U.S. soon enough. Better to try to keep her out and let Yemen and/or the Kurds who have her detained in Syria worry about her.

Exit question via Stephen “redsteeze” Miller: Which Democratic candidate will be first to tweet their indignation at the effort to bar Muthana from returning?

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Goodness gracious, Northam might really survive his blackface scandal after all

Hot Air - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 00:21

Has Ralph Northam weathered the brunt of the storm on his blackface scandal? Two new polls give the beleaguered Virginia governor some hope of political survival — at least in the short run. Northam ironically might have African-American voters to thank most if he crosses the finish line at the end of his term in 2021.

As Politico notes, neither poll shows much enthusiasm for Northam, but the torch-and-pitchfork brigades seem to have dissipated, at least:

In a Quinnipiac University poll, 42 percent of voters say Northam should resign — but more, 48 percent, say he shouldn’t. White voters are split evenly — 46 percent say he should resign, and the same percentage say he shouldn’t — but a majority of black voters, 56 percent, say Northam should not quit.

Even fewer Virginians say Northam should resign in a second poll out Wednesday, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for the University of Virginia Center for Politics. In that poll, which surveyed adults in the commonwealth, only 31 percent say Northam should resign, compared to 43 percent who say he shouldn’t.

Both polls show scant support for impeaching Northam. In the Quinnipiac poll, only 26 percent say Northam should be impeached, while nearly two-in-three voters, 65 percent, say he shouldn’t. In the Ipsos/U-Va. poll, just 21 percent say the General Assembly should remove Northam, while 56 percent say state legislators shouldn’t impeach the governor.

Both new surveys suggest Northam’s political standing has stabilized since a Washington Post/George Mason University Schar School poll a week into the scandal showed Virginians equally split on whether the governor should resign.

We should define survival at some point. Northam’s political career is over; Virginia governors only get one term in office anyway. Previous governors have won Senate seats, such as the state’s two current US Senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Northam’s immediate predecessor Terry McAuliffe is presently mulling over a run at the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

None of those career paths will be open to Northam after this scandal. Survival in this instance is finishing the one term he has left and then escaping public scrutiny in the private sector for the rest of his life. That was why Northam refused to resign; he knew that it would be a de facto admission of racism and he would never have the opportunity for atonement and for accomplishment that would at least balance out the impact of the scandal.

And, let’s face it — luck has played a big role in this escape, too. Northam got an unexpected assist from Mark Herring’s own admitted blackface escapades, and then became indispensable when sexual-assault allegations emerged against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who might still get impeached at some point.

However, there’s still room here for a little unexpected grace, too. For all of Northam’s fumbling in the first few days and the bumpy start to his racial-healing project, black voters appear to be responding to what they see as some genuine remorse and shame from Northam. There’s certainly a practical side to having a governor whose atonement necessarily advances a group’s interest too, but that doesn’t entirely explain enthusiasm being higher for Northam than among Democrats as a whole.

Northam better thank his lucky stars — and be grateful for his shot at redemption. Perhaps he should offer thanks to the Almighty along with it, but as Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) wrote today, maybe he needs to do a little atonement for advocating infanticide first:

Back in the late 1990s, then-Sen. Barbara Boxer tiptoed over the line from defending abortion to endorsing infanticide, saying on the Senate floor that a child has rights “when you bring your baby home” from the hospital.

Back in those days, she was way outside of the mainstream. Sadly, two decades later, it seems some extremists inside the Democratic Party have caught up and are willing to defend infanticide.

Late last month, in the course of endorsing a bill to remove some of his state’s key abortion restrictions, disgraced Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam coolly described a scenario in which “the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

When reporters asked the governor — a pediatrician by trade — to clarify his comments, he doubled down on his position. Just a few days earlier, members of the New York State Assembly, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, cheered the passage of a bill that removes all protections from babies born alive after botched abortions.

The biggest scandal with Northam belongs to the media for not making this the biggest Northam scandal.

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Islamist Group CAIR Now Advocating for ISIS Bride Who is Barred From the US, Providing Free Legal Assistance

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:53

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the woman who left Alabama to join ISIS and now wants to return to the United States is not an American citizen and therefore cannot return to the nation.

Now, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is supporting her and providing her with a pro bono attorney. 

“I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!” President Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019

On Wednesday evening, Jordan Schachtel from Conservative Review noted that CAIR is “not just simply advocating for ISIS devotee Hoda Muthana, they are also providing her a pro bono attorney. Hassan Shilby, an Islamist himself, is the director of CAIR’s Florida chapter and a national spokesperson for the org.”

CAIR is not just simply advocating for ISIS devotee Hoda Muthana, they are also providing her a pro bono attorney. Hassan Shibly, an Islamist himself, is the director of CAIR's Florida chapter and a national spokesperson for the org.https://t.co/UqHkx5UMVZ

— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) February 20, 2019

The mainstream media has been attempting to paint a “heartbreaking” and sympathetic portrait of Muthana, despite the fact that she married four ISIS fighters in Syria. Muthana also infamously used social media to call for Americans to come to the self-proclaimed Caliphate and join the fight with ISIS.

“Soooo many Aussies and Brits here, but where are the Americans, wake up u cowards,” she posted on social media in January 2015.
Muthana also called for more American blood to be spilled. On March 2015, she tweeted: “Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar is listed as the featured speaker at CAIR’s 4th Annual Valley Banquet in California on March 23. Omar will be sharing the stage with Shibly, who is representing Muthana, and believes that Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations. He also openly despises gay people.

Hoda Muthana wants to help US deradicalize others, says her family's lawyer @@CAIRFlorida's @HassanShibly
Full Story: https://t.co/l9AeNafWGS
[Photo: Al-Hawl camp in Syria by Achilleas Zavallis/The Guardian] pic.twitter.com/KCl9phEXQw

— CAIR Florida (@CAIRFlorida) February 19, 2019

The director of CAIR-Los Angeles is Hussam Ayloush, who suggested that the US is “partly responsible” for the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. This seems to be a sentiment Omar could relate to, as she previously made excuses for a 2013 terrorist attack, claiming the attack which left 71 people dead and over 200 wounded was “a reaction” to “our involvement in other people’s affairs.”

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TRIGGERED: California College Calls Police Over Cartoon ‘Pepe’ Frog Poster

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:49

Folsom Lake College in California called the local police department over a cartoon frog, according to a new report by Campus Reform.

School leaders then blasted an email out to students declaring that, “hate has no home on our campus.”

Or the First Amendment, apparently.

The social justice snowflakes at Folsom Lake College are so used to “reporting” posts they don’t like on Facebook and Twitter only to have the social media companies bow to their requests, that they didn’t know what to do when they saw a Pepe frog poster in real life.

Students couldn’t report the cartoon frog to their Fascist tech giant overlords, so they called the police, naturally.

Via Campus Reform:

An FLC faculty member found the sheet featuring Pepe the frog on their office door earlier in February. The school informed the Los Rios, California Police Department about the incident so it would “be on heightened alert for any signs that this may be part of a larger trend or pattern,” according to an email sent to the school community and obtained by Campus Reform.


“[Pepe] has been commonly co-opted by white supremacists and others as a symbol of bigotry,” Yamamura and the co-authors said in the email. “While we do not immediately know the intentions of the person(s) who posted the picture, we are treating this incident with the highest level of seriousness and have already conducted a sweep of all Folsom Lake College campuses to look for other instances of these materials.”

College campuses are Socialist/Communist indoctrination centers that give students ‘safe spaces’ from reality.

If these so-called adult students in college can’t handle a cartoon frog on a poster, they will never be able to make it in the real world.

People, especially young adults, spend countless hours a day on social media so they actually believe that whatever Twitter and Facebook deem as “hate speech” or “hateful conduct” translates into the real world.

There is no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment which the US Supreme Court again confirmed in 2017 — These liberal snowflakes should do themselves a favor and read the US Constitution.

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Meghan McCain to Tulsi Gabbard: When I hear your name, I think “Assad apologist”

Hot Air - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:41

This is the most John McCain thing she’s ever said on “The View.” It’s also the second straight day in which she’s greeted a prominent political guest by essentially telling them to their face that they suck.

Which is not meant as a criticism. Those guests have sucked.

I used to think “Assad apologist” when I heard Gabbard’s name but after watching her exchange here with Ana Navarro over Venezuela I’ll think “Maduro stooge” going forward. She’s giving you the regime line about opposition leader Juan Guaido, after all: Even though it was the Venezuelan National Assembly that declared Guaido interim president under the country’s constitution last month, Gabbard is treating it as another instance of the United States choosing another country’s leader. She’s smearing a popular revolt against an autocrat who’s driven the country to the brink of ruin as some sort of colonialist plot. The fact that a stalwart Trump-basher like Navarro is on the other side of the argument underscores how deep in the tank Gabbard is. The last thing Navarro wants to do in any situation is defend a Trump policy. She’s left no choice.

Anyway, congrats to McCain in getting Gabbard to admit that Assad has used chemical weapons, even though she quickly adds that his enemies have used them too and therefore, I guess, the moral scales are balanced. Gabbard hasn’t always been so willing to acknowledge Assad’s culpability, though. That’s how she achieved “apologist” status in the first place. She earned it.

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In case you’re wondering WHY the Cook County state’s attorney recused herself from the Jussie Smollett case…

Twitchy - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:26

As we told you earlier, the Chicago Police Department has confirmed that “Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect.”

In the midst of all the fast-moving details surrounding the story about the “Empire” actor, now that the case seems to be moving to the state prosecutorial level, there’s an interesting detail:

UPDATE: S.A. Kim Foxx recusal in Smollett case explainer —

“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case.” per SA’s office. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/T1cm1kDd4C

— Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) February 20, 2019

Rob Elgas of ABC 7 and Brad Edwards of CBS Chicago had more today:

BREAKING: Cook County S.A. Kim Foxx’s reason for recusal in Smollett investigation. ⁦@cbschicagopic.twitter.com/2DfCnA3mNe

— Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) February 20, 2019

New statement from @SAKimFoxx spokeswoman: "Shortly after the incident occurred in late January, State’s Attorney Foxx had conversations with a family member of Jussie Smollett about the incident and their concerns…" 1/3

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

More: "…and facilitated a connection to the Chicago Police Department who were investigating the incident. Based on those prior conversations and out of an abundance of caution, last week State’s Attorney Foxx decided to remove herself from the decision making…" 2/3

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

"…in this matter and delegated it to her First Assistant Joseph Magats, a 28-year veteran prosecutor.” quote attributable to Tandra R. Simonton, Chief Communications Officer. 3/3

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

By the way, the former State’s Attorney disagreed with Foxx’s recusal decision:

New: Former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez chiming in On Kim Foxx’s decision to recuse herself from Jussie Smollett case. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/8qmBgZ7yEc

— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019

To be continued…

***

Related:

‘SO BUSTED’! Footage reportedly shows Nigerian brothers buying supplies before Jussie Smollett ‘attack’

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BOLD! Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Backs Socialist Tyrant Maduro In Venezuela

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:17

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters made the BOLD announcement backing the Maduro government in Venezuela.

Classy.

This man continues to debase himself. https://t.co/AIuNhN9T5N

— Eli Lake (@EliLake) February 19, 2019

This man continues to debase himself.

Yes. He does. This is a pattern for him. Roger Waters has a long reputation for publicly attacking Jews at his concerts.

That Roger Waters displayed this at his concert in Poland of all places is unendingly odious. pic.twitter.com/6sGyNtZspm

— David Wolpe (@RabbiWolpe) August 5, 2018

Should Roger Waters' floating concert pig w/ #Jewish star be considered racist? https://t.co/yCvKt64gjJ pic.twitter.com/1Lg0OCKl1b

— Canary Mission (@canarymission) November 11, 2015

Cross-Posted at Bright Start News

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‘The dam has broken’: Comfortably Smug has reason to believe ‘more is gonna come out’ about AOC’s campaign finance woes

Twitchy - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:08

It’s looking like truth-and-justice crusader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might be in a world of campaign finance trouble. And if Comfortably Smug’s sources are correct, she’s in for a lot more:

Man the dam has broken on AOC campaign finance. Folks telling me A LOT of stuff is hitting the fan, more is gonna come out….

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) February 20, 2019

Let’s just say we wouldn’t be remotely surprised if there were lots more AOC dirt where Luke Thompson’s findings came from.

Rules to be broke under the guise of being woke.

— Chad Rommel (@ChadRommel) February 20, 2019

Wheeeeee

— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) February 20, 2019

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— Nicholas Pearce (@WarDamnGunners) February 20, 2019

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— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) February 20, 2019

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— Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition (@Tcavjr) February 20, 2019

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— Señia (@ayasgirl) February 20, 2019

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— Joel (@Jamisen) February 20, 2019

Get ready to pounce, people.

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Smollett classified as a suspect, Nigerian brothers go before grand jury (plus video of them buying ski masks and a red hat)

Hot Air - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:01

Things are happening fast today. First up, Chicago police are now officially classifying Jussie Smollett as a suspect and detectives are presenting evidence in the case before a grand jury according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi

Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019

About 15 minutes before Guglielmi announced the case was before a grand jury, reporter Rob Elgas of ABC7 in Chicago said the Osundairo brothers were seen entering the grand jury room with their attorneys:

BREAKING: Our news crew spots Chicago brothers and their attorney in Smollett investigation at courthouse entering a grand jury room. Unclear if they are actually testifying before a grand jury.

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

As noted earlier, the brothers were expected to testify before the grand jury yesterday but that was called off after a last-minute phone call from Smollett’s lawyers. Today, those lawyers met with police investigators to discuss the case. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Lawyers for Jussie Smollett are meeting with Cook County prosecutors and police investigators about the reported attack on the “Empire” actor late last month.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Associated Press that the meeting was taking place Wednesday afternoon. He declined to confirm reports that subpoenas had been issued for Smollett’s phone and bank records.

Another minor development which will undoubtedly be part of the case against Smollett. CBS Chicago’s Charlie DeMar found video of the Osundairo brothers buying items used during the attack on Smollett including a red hat and ski masks.

EXCLUSIVE:

I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo's buying supplies before "attack"

Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.

Countless phone calls placed for this.

Visited more stores than I wish to admit. @cbschicago https://t.co/GT6h2g6Y9a pic.twitter.com/ULr3UTDe9Q

— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019

Of course, the fact that the brothers bought the items used in the attack doesn’t prove Smollett was in on it but the red hat, in particular, seems to fit pretty well with the idea that this was staged to look like a hate crime by Trump supporters. Would the brothers have come up with that on their own? And if so, why did Smollett claim his attackers were white? It will be interesting to see how attorney Mark Geragos spins that as some kind of mistake.

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BREAKING: Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Now Officially a Suspect in Criminal Investigation For Filing False Police Report

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 22:28

BREAKING NEWS.

According Chicago Police, Jussie Smollett is now officially a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report.

Filing a false police report in the state of Illinois is a class 4 felony.

Chicago Police Spox: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.

Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019

The Osundairo brothers were spotted entering a grand jury room around 3:45 PM CT, however it is unclear if they are actually testifying.

BREAKING: Our news crew spots Chicago brothers and their attorney in Smollett investigation at courthouse entering a grand jury room. Unclear if they are actually testifying before a grand jury.

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

Subpoenas have been issued to obtain records from Jussie Smollett, reported ABC 7 reporter Rob Elgas.

MORE: @ABC7Chicago has also learned subpoenas have been issued to obtain records from Jussie Smollett.

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

On January 29th, ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett told Chicago Police that two white Trump supporters ambushed him on the streets of Chicago at 2 AM while he was walking back to his apartment following a midnight run to Subway to grab a sandwich.

Smollett alleged the two white males recognized him as the actor from ‘Empire,’ hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.

The hate hoax began to unravel after it was revealed two Nigerian brothers, who were also extras on Empire were paid $4,000 to stage the attack.

On Wednesday, CBS also obtained surveillance video of the Osundairo brothers buying “supplies” from a store before the fake MAGA assault on Jussie Smollett.

Sources told CBS News that Jussie Smollett told the brothers what to buy and countless phone calls were placed for this.

Red hats and ski masks were among the items purchased by the brothers.

The video shows the brothers placing various items on the counter as the cashier rings up their order.

Jussie Smollett’s indictment appears to be imminent.

This is a breaking story…please refresh page for updates.

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Anti-Semitism on the rise in France as nearly 100 Jewish graves marked with swastikas

Hot Air - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 22:21

There have been a string of high-profile anti-Semitic incidents in France over the last few weeks and there is evidence that’s part of a broader trend. Reuters reports the number of anti-Semitic attacks in France jumped 74% in 2018 compared to the previous year:

France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, around 550,000 people, a population that has grown by about half since World War Two. But anti-Semitic attacks remain common, with more than 500 alone in 2018, a 74 percent increase on 2017, according to figures released last week.

Almost every day over the past two weeks there has been new evidence of anti-Semitism.

A tree in memory of Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 2006, was cut in two. A bagel shop in Paris was spray-painted with the word “Juden”, German for Jews, in yellow letters. Portraits of Simone Veil, a Holocaust survivor and magistrate, were defaced with swastikas…

Some commentators have blamed the resurgence on unchecked incitement by fringe Islamist preachers, calling it a new form of anti-Semitism, as opposed to that most commonly associated with Nazi ideology and the far-right.

Others point to the increasingly virulent criticism of Israel coming from the far-left and the rise of anti-Zionism – opposition to the existence of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people – which has morphed into hatred of the Jews.

Yesterday, President Emmanuel Macron visited a cemetery near Strasbourg where nearly 100 Jewish graves were defaced with swastikas:

The damage was discovered on Tuesday, ahead of nationwide marches against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the cemetery, in a village near Strasbourg, telling community leaders: “It’s important for me to be here with you today.”

The person or group responsible hasn’t been identified but one of the graves had the name of a far-right group spray painted on it. As if the desecration of the Jewish graves wasn’t enough, a French TV channel said it was forced to cut away from a broadcast of President Macron visiting the site because the broadcast on Facebook was inundated with anti-Semitic comments:

France 3 television said it went live from the first cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic abuse.

But as it broadcast footage online to its more than 1.3 million Facebook followers, the feed was inundated with anti-Semitic commentary and abuse.

“We are talking about explicit death threats, comments that were openly anti-Semitic and racist, including “Heil Hitler”, “dirty Jew” or “dirty Jews”, comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community,” the channel said in a statement explaining its decision.

“Within minutes, the number of vile and illegal comments had gone well beyond our capacity to moderate them,” it explained, adding that it would have taken 10 or 20 staff to handle the onslaught.

There were large protests against the rising anti-Semitism yesterday led by two former French presidents and several leaders of parties from the right and left:

This report from France 24 English is 3 months old now but it outlines the problem (at the time anti-Semitic incidents were up 69%):

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JUST IN: Surveillance Video Shows Brothers Linked to Jussie Smollett Buying Red Hats, Ski Masks For Fake MAGA Attack

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 21:59

CBS obtained surveillance video of the Osundairo brothers buying “supplies” from a store before the fake MAGA assault on Jussie Smollett.

Sources told CBS News that Jussie Smollett told the brothers what to buy and countless phone calls were placed for this.

Red hats and ski masks were among the items purchased by the brothers.

The video shows the brothers placing various items on the counter as the cashier rings up their order.

Exclusive video via CBS Chicago:

EXCLUSIVE:

I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo's buying supplies before "attack"

Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.

Countless phone calls placed for this.

Visited more stores than I wish to admit. @cbschicago https://t.co/GT6h2g6Y9a pic.twitter.com/ULr3UTDe9Q

— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019

ABC 7 Chicago obtained footage of the Osundairo brothers leaving a Chicago store after buying supplies for the fake MAGA assault.

BREAKING: @ABC7Chicago obtains surveillance video that appears to show brothers involved in Smollett investigation leaving a Chicago store after buying items allegedly used in staged attack on Jussie Smollett. pic.twitter.com/YfKDDHuIpa

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

On January 29th, ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett told Chicago Police that two white Trump supporters ambushed him on the streets of Chicago at 2 AM while he was walking back to his apartment following a midnight run to Subway to grab a sandwich.

Smollett alleged the two white males recognized him as the actor from ‘Empire,’ hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.

The hate hoax began to unravel after it was revealed two Nigerian brothers, who were also extras on Empire were paid $4,000 to stage the attack.

The FBI and US Postal Inspection Service are investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening and racist letter crafted from magazine clippings to the ‘Empire’ studio in Chicago prior to the fake MAGA attack.

CBS reported late Tuesday night that the brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett hate hoax were expected to testify before a grand jury.

According to reports, Jussie Smollett’s indictment is imminent.

Update: The Osundairo brothers were spotted entering a grand jury room, however it is unclear if they are actually testifying.

BREAKING: Our news crew spots Chicago brothers and their attorney in Smollett investigation at courthouse entering a grand jury room. Unclear if they are actually testifying before a grand jury.

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

Subpoenas have been issued to obtain records from Jussie Smollett, reported ABC 7 reporter Rob Elgas.

MORE: @ABC7Chicago has also learned subpoenas have been issued to obtain records from Jussie Smollett.

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

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WaPo: Maybe Dems should ix-nay on ocialism-say in 2020

Hot Air - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 21:41

Diversity of ancestry, the Washington Post laments today, does not equal diversity of thought. Democrats have the former by the bucketload in the 2020 presidential primaries, even after Bernie Sanders helpfully filled in the “old white dude” slot on the scorecard yesterday. The Post’s Sean Sullivan and Annie Linskey points out that while the contenders are “diverse by race and gender,” they are mostly also pursuing the progressive-populist vote on the far left.

How do Democrats avoid the “socialist squeeze,” they wonder. Are they walking into Donald Trump’s trap?

The increasingly large 2020 Democratic presidential field is fighting two simultaneous battles: a chaotic intraparty primary struggle over how far left to push their policies and a broader question of how to confront the challenge posed by President Trump, who has already begun casting the Democrats as socialists.

The dynamic has put a squeeze on the Democratic candidates as they begin to lay out their messages. They are being pressed from one side by core Democratic voters hungry for leftist policies favored by the most energized activists and, from the other, by the need to court centrist voters who could be alienated by the party’s turn to the left.

Trump’s opportunity to define the Democratic field could be long-lasting: The president will have more than a year to portray the opposing party as radical before a Democratic nominee is selected.

The Democratic candidates’ squeeze could tighten further after Tuesday’s presidential announcement by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The entrance of Sanders, a democratic socialist and the leading champion of Medicare-for-all, could intensify the Republican criticisms and the pressure on his rivals to be more vocal advocates of single-payer health care, one of a host of social programs increasingly popular on the left.

Perhaps the trap has already been set. Trump certainly seemed stoked this morning to have Sanders back in the presidential sweepstakes:

Crazy Bernie has just entered the race. I wish him well!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019

Socialist Bernie, Mr. President. Socialist Bernie. It’s all about branding, right? On the other hand, Trump was hardly alone welcoming Sanders to the race. Donors poured money into his campaign coffers … again:

Bernie Sanders’s 24 hour haul: 223,047 individuals gave $5,925,771.

Average: $27

— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 20, 2019

Ironically, socialism sells. It’s the hot new capitalist product! That’s what has driven supposedly mainstream Democrats to embrace most or all of Sanders’ agenda. He brought in prodigious amounts of grassroots cash in 2016, the only funds available for him after Hillary Clinton locked up almost all of the institutional Democratic donors ahead of the 2016 primaries, and he did it by selling unvarnished socialism. The other Democrats want to siphon off that cash flow for their own purposes, especially early in the cycle.

That’s not to say that some Democrats aren’t sending up warning signals too. Unfortunately, the signals are coming from the second tier at best. Here’s former Rep. John Delaney cheering for capitalism and reform and telling CNN that socialism isn’t “what the American people want.” He hopes, anyway:

"If we want to win, if we want to beat Trump, we should not put up a candidate who embraces socialism," 2020 Democratic candidate John Delaney says. "That's not what the American people want." https://t.co/gtqK3nnuvj pic.twitter.com/HH9Nrs7klW

— CNN (@CNN) February 20, 2019

Republicans might act with glee over the leftward lurch of the opposition, but this is a dangerous game. People on the Right like to talk about Overton window shifting when it comes to immigration, but there’s a much better chance of it happening in the opposite direction when it comes to socialism. The entertainment and media establishment certainly like putting a glamorous gloss on an economic-political system that produces authoritarianism and despair even when dressed up as “democratic socialism” (as we see in Venezuela).

Sure, this kind of talk might cost them the election in 2020, although Democrats start off with a significant advantage. But the real socialists might bet that Trump would do so much damage in a second term that voters will buy any kind of alternative in 2024. Or maybe, just maybe, they think voters are that desperate already. If this is a trap, it might end up backfiring on the US.

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Wow! Times Square Billboard DESTROYS Socialist Dimwit Ocasio-Cortez “Thanks for Nothing!” @AOC

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 21:35

This was brutal!

A New York Times Square billboard BLASTS Socialistm dimwit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!

The Times Square billboard was posted by Job Creators Network — a capitalist group.

Amazon announced last Thursday that they are cancelling plans to build a headquarters in New York City.

Amazon blamed local politicians for the decision to nix their plans in New York City.

Socialist Rep. Ocasio Cortez cheered the loss of 25,000 high paying jobs in her community.

Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019

Amazon spokesperson Jodi Seth later blamed Socialist darling Ocasio-Cortez for the company’s decision to leave.

Via Laura Ingraham and The Daily Caller.

Check out the sign in Times Sq.! ⁦Thanks to @JobCreatorsUSA⁩! pic.twitter.com/iIN0DTo8r2

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 20, 2019

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WINNING! President Trump Instructed Secretary Pompeo to NOT Allow ISIS Bride Back Into US

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 21:28

As previously reported, the woman who claims to have left Alabama to join ISIS and now wants to return to the United States is not an American citizen and therefore cannot return to the nation, according to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Secretary Pompeo said that the 24-year-old “will not be admitted to the United States.”

Shortly after Secretary Pompeo’s announcement that the ISIS bride would not be allowed back into the US, President Trump fired off a tweet confirming he instructed Pompeo to block the jihadi bride from reentering the US.

This is what winning looks like — thank you, President Trump!

TRUMP: I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!

I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019

The mainstream media has been attempting to paint a “heartbreaking” and sympathetic portrait of Hoda Muthana, despite the fact that she married four ISIS fighters in Syria.

“‘ISIS bride’ Hoda Muthana, who has been asking to return to the United States, is not an American citizen,” Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Hoda Muthana even posted terrorist tweets urging Americans to “spill the blood” of Americans online.

Her first husband died after three months of marriage in fighting.

She was married two other times since then and gave birth to an ISIS baby boy who is now 18 months old.

BYE, FELICIA! The US is under new management!

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‘Time for your close-up’! Sounds like Chicago PD’s ready to use ‘other methods’ to get Jussie Smollett’s cooperation

Twitchy - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 21:02

Here’s the latest Jussie Smollett news from indispensable ABC Chicago journalist Rob Elgas:

A Chicago police spokesman tells @ABC: "As of 10am this morning, there was a dialogue between prosecutors and Jussie's attorneys. We are hopeful that we’ll have a chance to ask the questions that we have."

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

MORE: "It doesn’t matter what the investigation shows; if you have information that's helpful to law enforcement, it behooves you to contact authorities and share that. We have been been very diplomatic and have been working with him and his attorneys."

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

Chicago police spokesman to @ABC on Smollett case: "We got information and we want to run (it) by him. If the opportunity is not taken [to come in], we’re going to go with other methods to create a culture of accountability.”

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

“Other methods to create a culture of accountability,” eh?

WTF kind of word art is this? “Culture of accountability” are they diplomats or cops? Will his interview be like a catered meet and greet?

⚜ZeroFucks⚜ (@ZeroFuckaroni) February 20, 2019

Something tells us it won’t be like that, no.

I'm guessing it's code for pic.twitter.com/WsldHttFtT

— Kelly (@chaos_4ever) February 20, 2019

Put up or get locked up

— NATrually (@NATrually) February 20, 2019

In other words, Mr. Smollett, if you do not come in to talk to us, we will come get you. And you do not want us to come get you. https://t.co/M23FIT4uqT

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) February 20, 2019

Omg the hyper-literate SJW millennial translation of “we are going to arrest this guy if he doesn’t come in” is *chef kiss* https://t.co/Y7AMF0uLNS

— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) February 20, 2019

It’s pretty fantastic.

Jussie, please recognize that the lights have come up and the credits are rolling. Time for your close up. pic.twitter.com/EDR0gEUfyC

— Mayakovsky’s Ghost (@Loneprotester) February 20, 2019

He wanted attention, right? Looks like he might be about to get it.

And for the record:

One last comment of note from the CPD spokesman: "No evidence was presented to a grand jury on behalf of the Smollett case yesterday."

— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019

Stay tuned for the next episode of this exciting saga!

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9-0: SCOTUS rules that Eighth Amendment’s “excessive fines” clause applies to the states

Hot Air - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 21:01

Remember the oral arguments in this case? Sure you do. They went so badly for the state of Indiana that Court-watchers took to predicting a lopsided defeat afterward, something they normally refrain from doing. It’s the justices’ job to be skeptical during questioning, after all. Can’t read too much into when they’re hard on one side. Usually.

But they were right, this was an unholy whupping. 9-0 decisions aren’t unusual for the Court but it’s a bit unusual to have everyone on one side for a landmark constitutional ruling, finding that the “excessive fines” clause of the Eighth Amendment applies to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment. The biggest point of disagreement between the justices, in fact, was a law-nerd dispute over whether the Due Process Clause or the Privileges or Immunities Clause, which has been a dead letter in constitutional jurisprudence since the late 19th century, is the provision that grants citizens protection from excessive fines levied by their state governments. (Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch prefer the latter, the rest of the Court is sticking with the former.) But as to the bottom-line result, there’s not a whisper of disagreement: No, of course your local government can’t seize your $40,000 SUV in connection with a crime when state law says the maximum fine is $10,000.

Ginsburg wrote the opinion of the Court. Yes, conspiracy theorists, she’s alive.

Follow the last link and read through (it’s only nine pages) for a brief rundown of prohibitions on excessive fines in Anglo-American law, dating back to Magna Carta. The touchstone of whether a provision in the Bill of Rights applies to the states is whether the right it guarantees is “fundamental.” Given the history, it was a no-brainer.

It’s interesting that Ginsburg got the call on the opinion in this case. When the chief justice is in the majority, as he was here, he can assign the opinion to anyone he likes, including himself. Doing so would obviously give him control over how broad or narrow the opinion is, and sometimes in a major unanimous decision the chief wants to signal the unity of the Court by speaking for the nine members. Not here. Not only did Roberts hand it off, he handed it to the Court’s senior liberal. Mark Joseph Stern noticed too.

Notable that Chief Justice Roberts assigned RBG the majority opinion. This is definitely a "legacy" opinion—justices rarely have the chance to incorporate a fundamental right. Feels like a sign of respect that Roberts trusted RBG with it.

— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) February 20, 2019

Right, or he may suspect that Ginsburg’s career is winding down and he wanted to give her a notable opinion on the way out. Either way, today’s decision is potentially significant for two related aspects of law. One is the law-nerd debate I mentioned about the Privileges or Immunities Clause. Now that there are two justices who want to shift the Court’s “fundamental rights” jurisprudence to that Clause from the Due Process Clause, it’s at least conceivable that a majority will reach that conclusion in the semi-distant future. If they do, it could have major implications:

In fact, pre-14th Am SCOTUS precedent held that corporations were NOT citizens for purposes of P&I (even if citizens for purposes of Article III diversity citizenship). https://t.co/KvNcijfebV

— Steve Klepper (@MDAppeal) February 20, 2019

Second, it would mean that non-naturalized immigrants (documented or not) would also have no protection from States under Bill of Rights (not even 8th Amendment). There might be protection from other sources of law, but not Bill of Rights.

— Steve Klepper (@MDAppeal) February 20, 2019

Right, by its own language, the Privileges or Immunities Clause applies to “citizens of the United States.” The Due Process Clause applies more broadly. How the Court would adapt rulings made under the auspices of the latter to a new line of cases under the former is anyone’s guess.

The other potential earthquake from today’s opinion is how it might apply in court to civil asset forfeitures, a big revenue-generator for local governments and the scourge of civil libertarians. Clarence Thomas wrote an opinion two years ago inveighing against modern asset forfeiture practices; Neil Gorsuch is also a skeptic. It’s possible, if not probable, that there are five votes on the Court right now to rein in the worst asset-forfeiture abuses. Today’s ruling is an obvious jumping-off point for that inquiry.

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Smollett lawyers up as charges appear imminent (Also, Smollett and ‘victimhood chic’)

Hot Air - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 20:21

Reporter Rafer Weigel at Fox 32 in Chicago is reporting that attorney Mark Geragos has joined Jussie Smollett’s legal team.

Top attorney Mark Geragos has joined #JussieSmollett legal team. He is assisting Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson. #CPD sources tell me an indictment of #Smollett could be coming in “a matter of hours. Not days”.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 20, 2019

Word that Smollett was talking to Geragos was reported yesterday by CBS Chicago reporter Brad Edwards. So the bigger news here (from Weigel) may be that an indictment could be imminent. As Ed noted earlier today, the Nigerian brothers who are now cooperating with police were set to give testimony before a grand jury yesterday. CBS This Morning reported they were actually waiting to go into the grand jury hearing room when Smollett’s lawyers called. Suddenly the testimony was called off. It’s not clear if that was because Smollett’s team offered them something (they’ve been looking to hold a follow-up interview with him) or for some other reason. In any case, if Weigel’s report is correct then the indictment is still coming. If that news breaks I’ll update this story below.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic has published a pretty insightful, and in this climate also brave, piece by Columbia University professor John McWhorter. McWhorter says repeatedly that the story isn’t over yet and could take another turn but if it turns out Smollett did stage this attack as the brothers claim, what does that say about him and American society in general. He calls this “victimhood chic”:

Until this twist, smart people were claiming that the attack on Smollett was the story of Donald Trump’s America writ small—that it revealed the terrible plight of minority groups today. But the Smollett story, if the “trajectory” leads to evidence of fakery, would actually reveal something else modern America is about: victimhood chic. Future historians and anthropologists will find this aspect of early-21st-century America peculiar, intriguing, and sad.

Smollett doesn’t need the money he would get from a court settlement, and he isn’t trying to deny someone higher office. So why in the world would he fake something like that attack—if he did indeed fake it? The reason might be that he has come of age in an era when nothing he could have done or said would have made him look more interesting than being attacked on the basis of his color and sexual orientation.

Racial politics today have become a kind of religion in which whites grapple with the original sin of privilege, converts tar questioners of the orthodoxy as “problematic” blasphemers, and everyone looks forward to a judgment day when America “comes to terms” with race. Smollett—if he really did stage the attack—would have been acting out the black-American component in this eschatological configuration, the role of victim as a form of status. We are, within this hierarchy, persecuted prophets, ever attesting to the harm that white racism does to us and pointing to a future context in which our persecutors will be redeemed of the sin of having leveled that harm upon us. We are noble in our suffering.

It doesn’t surprise me that in the age of intersectionality, where the more oppressed you are the more your voice needs to be amplified, someone would see an advantage in acting out that oppression. In fact, that seems to me to be the case in dozens of other fake hate crimes reported and then busted over the past few years. If you believe you’re oppressed, you naturally want others to believe that too even if you have to stage the proof yourself.

For Smollett, being a successful actor and singer might not have been quite as exciting as being a poster child for racist abuse in Trump’s America.

Assuming, again, that the reports are accurate, Smollett’s clumsiness would be an especially poignant indication of how deeply this victimhood chic has taken hold—almost as if he thought this was such an easy score that he didn’t even need to think too hard about the logistics.

If the reports are true that Smollett himself planned the attack because the hate letter (which he may also have fabricated) didn’t make a big enough splash, that’s pretty telling about what he was looking for. Remember Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character telling Tom Cruise’s Jerry Maguire in the film of the same name that he wanted the “Quan”? The idea was that there’s a level of celebrity above money and minor fame. There’s a level where it becomes love and respect. Doesn’t it seem entirely possible that Smollett thought this was his path to the Quan? Put it this way, if he did stage this and didn’t get caught, would he be more famous and respected now especially on the left? There’s no doubt the answer is yes. And McWhorter closes by suggesting that says something about where we really are today in terms of race relations:

Only in an America in which matters of race are not as utterly irredeemable as we are often told could things get to the point that someone would pretend to be tortured in this way, acting oppression rather than suffering it, seeking to play a prophet out of a sense that playing a singer on television is not as glamorous as getting beaten up by white guys. That anyone could feel this way and act on it in the public sphere is, in a twisted way, a kind of privilege, and a sign that we have come further on race than we are often comfortable admitting.

I suspect McWhorter is going to face some serious backlash over this. It’s just not the kind of thing you’re supposed to say even if it rings true. And again, that’s true regardless of how the Smollett case turns out because there are lots of other examples.

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WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Happy Ending

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 20:20


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Wayne Allyn Root

I believe in happy endings. Do you?

The biggest political story in America today is AOC (Alexandria Ocasio Cortez). And I know how to produce a happy ending- at least for President Trump, the GOP and capitalism. I believe I can end AOC’s political career, as quickly as it began.

For all intents and purposes, AOC is now the face and brand name of socialism. That means if we end AOC, we can end America’s dangerous flirtation with socialism.

Democrats love to ask for the tax returns of high profile Republicans. Think Trump. Democrats demand his tax returns all day long. It’s all they think about.

Think Harry Reid. He singlehandedly destroyed Mitt Romney’s presidential chances by lying about Mitt’s taxes. Harry claimed a close associate of Mitt told him Mitt never paid taxes for a decade. Harry lied. There was no “associate of Mitt.” No matter, Mitt never recovered. Harry bragged about it years later. He was asked did you lie about Mitt’s taxes? Harry replied, “It worked, didn’t it?”

Terrible. But two can play at that game. The difference is I don’t lie, or slander, or commit fraud like Harry. I just have great gut instincts and ask commonsense questions.

So, let’s turn the tables on the Democrats. It’s time to “Harry Reid” AOC.

Socialism is based on taxes- lots of them. AOC’s plans all revolve around loads of new taxes. She loves taxes the way that I love America, apple pie and football. AOC’s life is taxes, taxes and more taxes. At Christmas, she decorates her tree with IRS forms. At night she dreams of fairies, sugar plums and higher taxes.

But what if the gal whose middle name is taxes, who has built her brand around taxes, didn’t actually pay them herself? What if it became known that she wants 70% tax rates for you and me, but she’s a tax cheat?

Well that would be the end of “Ms. Socialist Taxes.” The political career of AOC would lay in smoldering ruins. She’d soon be back pounding the streets of the Bronx looking for bartending openings.

Even liberals would run away from her like the plague. Because no one wants the stench of a hypocrite near them. AOC’s tax cheating would destroy the entire argument of the Democrat Party that “the rich don’t pay enough.” They pay plenty compared to a tax cheat hypocrite.

So, let’s take a page from Harry Reid’s playbook and find out. You see I have an educated hunch. AOC was a bartender until recently. She went from bartender to Congresswoman. Bartenders live on tips. They get a small salary- usually minimum wage. And 80% of their wages come from tips.

Did “Ms. Socialist Taxes” pay taxes on her tips? Did she even bother to report her tips? Inquiring minds want to know. It’s easy enough to find out. It’ll all be in black and white on her tax returns. What years was she a bartender? Are there tips listed on those tax returns?

I’m betting the answer is NO.

We don’t have to go back 30 or 40 years like Democrats want to do with President Trump’s taxes. Or a decade as Harry Reid wanted to do with Mitt Romney’s taxes. AOC was a bartender only a year or two ago.

So, Here’s “the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tax Challenge.” It’s simple. We demand to see your tax returns. We want to see if you reported your “tips” and if you paid taxes on them. Afterall, you say you want everyone to pay their “fair share.”

So, did you pay? Or are you a tax cheat? Inquiring minds want to know.

I’m betting on a happy ending.

Wayne Allyn Root is the host of “The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on Newsmax TV, nightly at 8 PM ET, found on DirecTV Ch #349, or Dish TV Ch #216, at http://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/The-Wayne-Allyn-Root-Show He is also a nationally syndicated radio host of “WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show” found at http://usaradio.com/wayne-allyn-root/

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TED MALLOCH: Salvini’s Italy: Author of Common Sense Business

GatewayPundit - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 20:10

Guest Post by Ted Malloch

Dante’s famous poem, Inferno, described that poet’s vision of hell.

Today, Italy has found a new Virgil to find its way in the dark political woods and underworld, forward — to a brighter place.

That person is Matteo Salvini.

He is deputy prime minister and minister of the interior and the brightest Trumpian leader in all of Europe.

The ideologies of the past are moribund, and the personalities of the past are mere skeletons.

To be great again, Salvini says, Italy needs new leadership, inspired vision, and pragmatic plans.

It is time for a fix — a new governable coalition — based on populism and led by his right of center political party, The League.

Salvini has set the framework for a new way forward, free of the shackles, personalities, and history of the past.

He is dynamic, bold, courageous, and patriotic.

Italians now have a popular government that is giving them a sound footing, a better, growing economy, with more jobs, safer streets, and an end to open immigration.

It is skeptical of the EU and the Euro and reasserting national sovereignty in devolved decision-making.
How does Salvini get the given the results?

The answer: by moving through the stages of hell — Italy is now arriving nearer to the paradise they desire.

Follow The League…

First Circle – Limbo
The electoral stalemate demonstrates a limbo that shows nothing but uncertainty and chaos.
Second Circle – Lust
Past leaders — from Renzi to Berlusconi lusted again a return to exercise power. They were all rebuffed.
Third Circle – Gluttony
The corrupt system is sinking under its own dead weight and must itself be overthrown.
Fourth Circle – Greed
Too many in the past had their hands out and their palms greased, making Italy a poorer place and hurting its people.
Fifth Circle – Anger
The protest, rooted in anger with the entire system and its players suggests it is time to jettison the past to move on.
Sixth Circle – Heresy
Bad ideas and rigid socialist ideologies have failed Italy. It is time for reason, common sense, and pragmatism to come to the fore.
Seventh Circle – Violence
On the Left and on the Right violence needs to be avoided. It leads nowhere. Italy demands a truly free and safe public space, ruled by law and free of illegal immigration.
Eighth Circle – Fraud
Too many old tricks and shady schemes have led nowhere. They were dead ends. It is now time for truth and transparency.
Ninth Circle –Treachery
The treacherous ways of governmental intervention, payoffs, EU power grabs, and a fake currency required a turning.

The new way coalition of The League and populist Five Star Movement committed themselves and the broad-based Italian government to a new kind of politics, also rooted in Dante’s notion of, ‘better calling’.

It is from the start one where leaders kept their vows to the people.

It entails just and righteous behavior, free of corruption.

It shows a love for the transcendent and for humanity.

It exhibits practical wisdom and common sense.

The rulers themselves are fair and just.

It allows and encourages prayer and religious freedom.

And it provides for faith, love, and foremost – secular hope.

It appeals, like Dante to the “better angels” and is already leading to a better life here on earth, across all of Italy.

This government reimagines Italy and sees it as a beacon to the rest of sovereign European nations.

It is giving power back to the people.

Such a vision is not unfounded or impossible.

The League and its partners share the common elements and are forging a unique and historic constellation.

They are for the common good and national sovereignty.

With their leader, Matteo Salvini we witness a new kind of people’s leader – one who is saying — Italy can be great.

Salvini is bending the arc of modern history in his native land and with other partners will do the same across all of Europe as popular sovereignists win the upcoming May 2019 elections.

Dante would demand nothing less.

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