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‘Lies of omission’: Politico writer leaves out some pretty important info in order to paint Benjamin Netanyahu as a hypocrite

Twitchy - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:21

Kudos to Politico Playbook writer Jake Sherman for actually mentioning Benjamin Netanyahu’s points about MIFTAH, the group sponsoring Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar’s now-defunct Israel visit, being a decidedly problematic outfit. Too bad Sherman couldn’t resist the urge to try to paint Netanyahu as some kind of hypocrite:

Happy Friday … in Playbook this afternoon.

When @netanyahu denied @RashidaTlaib and @IlhanMN entrance to Israel, he said, in part, it was because they were going with MIFTAH.

Israel allowed a MIFTAH trip in 2016 when it was a group of 5 Dem male members pic.twitter.com/NXzFscj0vv

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 16, 2019

What’s your point, Jake?

What's MIFTAH Jake?

— George Smith (@P1B_WMichigan) August 16, 2019

The blood libel was regularly published by Der Sturmer in Europe while the Jews were been systematically exterminated.

How about doing a bit of research instead of covering for such disgusting groups?

— Milton (@LFTUnderworld) August 16, 2019

Jake left out quite a few details about MIFTAH’s history. And about Israel’s history, as well:

How do you write this up without identifying 1) why they object to The group: because the group promotes blood libels, Neo-Nazi articles, and terrorists

Or

2) That the Israeli law which requires a denial of entry to BDS advocates wasn’t in place until 2017? https://t.co/W6LYS55qlr

— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 16, 2019

Seems like that’s pretty significant, no?

So your point is that @netanyahu didn't apply a law that didn't exist in 2016?

— Mark Haywood (@sharkhaywood) August 16, 2019

Maybe google the whole law they passed in 2017, just saying.

— Brian K. (@kleppy321) August 16, 2019

Dude come on. Its even on Wikipedia. Do some research next time OK? Maybe spend a little less time on Agenda pushing and more time on research? Isn't that your job? https://t.co/7Yt6Smvtln

— EverythingYou_Like_isOverrated (@EIsoverrated) August 16, 2019

Knowing now that the law didn't actually take effect till 2017, this is where a responsible newsman would say, "Ooops, my bad."

— Tim Joiner (@joinertek) August 16, 2019

Evidently Jake Sherman is not a responsible newsman, then:

The law to bar boycott advocates wasn’t on the books in 2016, which you could have found out with a quick google search

— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) August 16, 2019

Yes, but Netanyahu took issue with Miftah in addition to its support of BDS

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 16, 2019

.@politico @apalmerdc @JakeSherman regarding your piece in PlaybookPM, I think it's a really important and consequential point to note that while MIFTAH hosted a delegation in 2016, the law barring people who traffic in BDS wasn't enacted until 2017(after the previous visit)

— Matt Brooks (@mbrooksrjc) August 16, 2019

Yes, that’s very true, and we will note that. But Netanyahu’s issue with Miftah — as he stated it — was not only BDS. He said Niftah had "members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”

So, support for BDS is a gripe, but one of several.

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 16, 2019

Jake, you’re confusing a few different points. Israel cites Miftah and other reason for why they did not grant a special waiver for entry to Omar and Tlaib. But that waiver was only needed because of a law passed in 2017. Was not necessary before that.

— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 16, 2019

Im not confusing anything. The Israelis have said that BDS was not the only reason they had issues with this trip. They said they had issues with the itinerary and the organizer of the group.

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 16, 2019

Again, the law currently requires them to bar entry to BDS activists like Omar and Tlaib. The reasons cited were for why they would not grant a specific waiver to them (which is allowed under the law).

The law is specifically related to BDS.

— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 16, 2019

That doesn’t mean they didn’t have issues with a Miftah-sponsored trip in 2016. It means the law didn’t require them to make a judgement as to whether to grant a specific waiver for such a trip back then.

— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 16, 2019

Come on, Jake. Just admit you left out information that would’ve undermined your narrative.

Oh look. Jake lying/misleading his followers because he knows they won’t do their own research. Great work Jake ! You are awesome.

— TheAmishTerp (@TheAmishTerp) August 16, 2019

Lies of omission. Propagandist fake media trick 101.

— Paul Chapman (@PaulCha06788609) August 16, 2019

Maybe the media would get a little more respect if they did a little more to earn it.

I get some reporters who get mad at me for publicly embarrassing them. The thing is that I rarely do it to those who thoughtfully engage and make some effort to get things right. But if you're too lazy/arrogant to do that, you can't really blame me/others for calling you out.

— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 16, 2019

Yep.

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Ken Starr on Jeffrey Epstein: ‘Was It a Homicide? That’s a Real Possibility’

LifeZette - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:38

In an interview he did with Harris Faulkner of Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime” on Thursday, Ken Starr, a Fox News contributor and a former independent counsel, discussed the latest news and speculation about multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s untimely death.

“We know this is just abominable,” said Starr to Faulkner about Epstein’s passing. “He should be alive, unless he took his own life. And what we do know is that the protocol was so badly [handled] — but I have great confidence in Bill Barr that the attorney general of the United States will get to the bottom of this. Was it a hom[icide] — not saying it was, but was it a homicide? That’s a real possibility.”

Related: Jeffrey Epstein: A Life by the Numbers

Starr explained in the interview that he first met Epstein back in 2007, “when my former law firm was brought in as part of the defense team to address the legal issues in Florida when he pled guilty.”

Epstein pled guilty, said Starr, “to serious offenses and entered into a global resolution of all of these claims and allegations — which again are serious allegations. My role, Harris, was to say to the federal government, this is a state case. It’s a serious state case, but the state of Florida [and] the Palm Beach County state’s attorney’s office is on the case. It’s investigating the case. And so let’s resolve this as a state case rather than a federal case.”

Harris asked him whether “global resolution” was enough for such serious allegations about convicted pedophile and sex offender Epstein.

“Oh, it’s just ridiculous,” replied Starr. “Go back and read in my judgment. Go back and read the non-prosecution agreement. He had to do things such as register as a sex offender, spend time in jail … So it was a very creative non-prosecution agreement, but it resolved all these issues. And I just want to say one thing about Jeffrey’s death: We’re getting more questions than we are answers.”

Related: Epstein News: 12 Outraged Americans React to His Passing

“[There’s been] quite a bit of pushback on whether he got special treatment, quite frankly, Ken. Is it normal for people to be able to leave six days a week, 12 hours a day, to go to their office and then come back [to jail]?” Faulkner said.

“It was consistent,” said Starr. “It’s my understanding, Harris, that it was totally consistent with the practice at that time in Palm Beach County, and it may still be the [practice]. He got no sweetheart deal — to the contrary. I know that’s the conventional wisdom, but it was no sweetheart deal. Moreover, here’s what was really tough. And ironically, Alex Acosta, the former secretary of Labor — who was the United States attorney at the time — was insistent that there was a federal interest, even though all the evidence was everything that happened, happened in Palm Beach County.”

“We’re getting more questions [about Epstein’s death] than we are answers.”

Harris questioned what this does for the new case going forward — whether prosecutors can legally go after any of the co-conspirators.

“It was a global resolution,” said Starr. “This case is over as long as Jeffrey abides by the terms of it. And I don’t know of any suggestion that he did not not. I’m not his lawyer, not the lawyer for the [estate] … I just don’t know. I hope that the federal government will simply recognize that it entered into a deal. It was approved by the justice department at very high levels, [by] the deputy attorney general’s office.”

“A deal is a deal,” he added. “The victims have a number of opportunities available to them, as I understand it, and there were opportunities made available under the non-prosecution agreement.”

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Tlaib Declares She Won’t Travel to Israel to See Her Grandmother

LifeZette - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:20

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) (shown above left) indicated on Friday that she will not travel to the West Bank to visit family, despite getting permission hours before from Israel’s interior minister.

This follows a diplomatic firestorm over the government’s earlier refusal to allow her and a colleague entry as part of a broader visit.

Related: Israel Bars Omar and Tlaib, Both Democrats, from Visiting

“I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression and injustice,” she tweeted.

This was an apparent reference to Tlaib’s earlier pledge not to promote boycotts of Israel during her visit.

Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice. https://t.co/z5t5j3qk4H

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 16, 2019

In a series of tweets, Tlaib indicated that she did not want to abide by such restrictions.

“I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive and racist policies,” she wrote.

Tlaib’s decision is the latest in a head-spinning series of reversals concerning plans by her and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (above right) to visit Israel.

The government earlier this year had signaled the two outspoken critics of Israel would be allowed to visit, for a trip planned for this weekend. But on Thursday, under pressure from President Trump, the government announced they would be blocked from entry — citing their support for an anti-Israel boycott movement.

While Tlaib and Omar were barred for their support of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), the government said it would accept a humanitarian request from Tlaib. In a letter sent to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, Tlaib had requested being able to visit her Palestinian grandmother, who lives in the West Bank, according to the Jerusalem Post.

“This could be my last opportunity to see her,” Tlaib wrote of her grandmother, who is in her 90s.

Amid bipartisan criticism of its earlier decision, Israel swiftly agreed to allow Tlaib to visit family on humanitarian grounds.

“I will respect any restrictions and I will not promote any boycotts against Israel during my visit.”

Amid bipartisan criticism of its earlier decision, Israel swiftly agreed to allow Tlaib to visit family on humanitarian grounds.

Yet Tlaib on Friday likened the conditions to “silencing me & treating me like a criminal,” saying, “It would kill a piece of me.”

It remains unclear whether either congresswoman will make any new attempt to visit the region at this stage. Democratic lawmakers on Thursday blasted Israel’s initial decision to block them as a sign of “weakness.”

Even pro-Israel lobby AIPAC came out against the move.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Twitter account said Thursday that the congresswomen’s itinerary “revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

Before Netanyahu made the announcement, Trump tweeted that allowing them in would show “great weakness.”

The Associated Press contributed to this Fox News report, which is used by permission.

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‘Her hatred for Israel overwhelms her love for her grandmother’: Israeli interior minister brutally calls Rashida Tlaib OUT

Twitchy - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:15

As Twitchy readers know, Rashida Tlaib and the Left made a very big deal about her only wanting to visit her 90-year-old grandma (and pick figs!) when Israel banned her and Ilhan Omar from entering because of their support for BDS.

Welp, Israel decided Tlaib could go ahead and enter to visit her grandmother …

And magically she has turned them down.

Yeah, she’s awful, but you knew that.

Anyway, the Israeli interior minister called her out on Twitter in a big way and it’s glorious:

חברת הקונגרס רשידה טליב, צייצה כעת שלא תגיע לישראל. אמש שלחה לי מכתב ובו ביקשה לאפשר לה לבקר את סבתה בת ה-90 ״כי זו יכולה להיות ההזדמנות האחרונה שלי לפגוש אותה״.
אישרתי זאת הומניטרית, אך מתברר כי זו הייתה פרובוקציה כדי להבאיש את ריחה של ישראל. שנאתה לישראל גוברת על אהבתה לסבתה

— אריה מכלוף דרעי (@ariyederi) August 16, 2019

It reads:

From the Israeli interior minister: “I authorized this humanitarian trip, but it turns out that it was a provocation to embarrass Israel. Her hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.” https://t.co/gNvQrrNRVN

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 16, 2019

Bingo.

Not a great look, Rashida.

Not a great look, Democrats.

But go ahead, keep blaming Trump, that’s worked out so well for all of you.

pic.twitter.com/OtOVSXEhva

— Bob Malak (@bob_malak) August 16, 2019

Gah. What a shame.

— cant have nothing (@Wrknpoor01) August 16, 2019

full text is "she sent me a letter asking to visit her 90 year old grandmother, saying that it could be her last time to do so. i have approved it, but apparently it was a provocation to make israel look bad. her hate for israel is stronger than her love for her grandmother"

— Peter Westeros (@PeterWesteros) August 16, 2019

Pretty awful.

Truth is she never had any intention of going, it was all about trying to make Israel an evil villain keeping her from seeing her possibly dying, grandmother.

And she overplayed her hand, badly.

Related:

‘And there was much rejoicing!’ AOC vows NOT to go to Israel until all members of Congress are allowed and ROFL

Dissing grams to OWN the cons! Even though Rashida Tlaib was granted entrance to Israel she WON’T GO because reasons

Despicable: Ted Lieu DRAGGED so much for anti-Semitic trope about Amb. Friedman that he DELETES and apologizes (sorta)

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Bible Proclaims ‘God Is Love’ — Here’s What That Means for Us

LifeZette - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:36

When the Bible proclaims “God is love” (1 John 4:8), what does that really mean for us humans?

I remember a young lady in my office who was sobbing her heart out as she told me, “I’ve been crushed by love.”

She had anticipated something beautiful and wonderful — but instead had experienced something ugly and disappointing.

Who among us has not been there?

Was it really “love” that caused her terrible pain?

Well, only as a feeling or expectation in a culture in which “love” is defined superficially, that is.

Related: The Goodness of God Can Transform Our Lives — If We Have Faith

In our fallen world, however, in order to survive, “love” must be something much deeper, wider, broader and higher than a feeling.

Just ask Christ: Love cost Him everything.

On how we should love, the Bible says: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John‬ ‭4:7-8‬).

To “love” is to give others what God gives us rather than pursue a feeling or expectation from them.

Most of us have missed this mark.

How do we get this deep and abiding love?

There is no greater human love-relationship than one with another person who loves God best.

The more time we commit our soul, mind and body to God — because we love Him — the more completely satisfied and secure we become in His love and the less we have needs or expectations from others.

God’s love, in other words, fills us to overflowing.

Related: When We Doubt God’s Plan for Our Lives, Here’s What to Do

There is no greater human love-relationship than one with another person who loves God best. Whether it be a parent, child, spouse, or best friend, no greater love between two imperfect humans exists than when it is bonded by the love of God.

If “love” has sorely disappointed you, then seek God with as much passion as you sought love from the one who shattered your heart.

You will never be disappointed by God’s love.

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Trump at Rally Rips Biden’s Plan to ‘Scale Back’ Campaign: ‘If I Ever Did That, It Would Be Over’

LifeZette - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:55

Addressing a packed house on Thursday night at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester during a MAGA rally, President Donald Trump told attendees that the campaign of Joe Biden was a “disaster” following a report that the 2020 Democratic frontrunner might be trimming back public appearances after many weeks of making verbal errors.

“If I ever did that [scaled back appearances], it would be over,” the president told the crowd in Manchester.

“The fake news would get us.”

Related: Trump Returns to New Hampshire, Where He Secured His First Presidential Primary Victory in 2016

A report on Thursday in The Hill suggested that unidentified “Biden allies” want the candidate, who is 76, to limit his campaign stops before the 2020 election, as Fox News also pointed out.

They apparently feel this would help prevent any bad publicity that might ensue from verbal blunders Biden seems to continue making during appearances and speeches.

It’s no surprise that Trump, at his rally, brought up the issue.

“Is there anything better than a Trump rally?” he asked the crowd, drawing cheers and applause from those in attendance.

Great news! Tonight, we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena in Manchester, New Hampshire! https://t.co/GHvFBkA2KZ

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019

A great evening, with incredible people, in New Hampshire! https://t.co/XvqQCgorIW

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019

“What about a Sleepy Joe Biden rally? I think Sleepy Joe may be able to limp across the finish line,” Trump also said.

“But today they announced that they’re going to cut way back on his appearances because he is such a disaster.”

Biden’s verbal slip-ups have seemed to occur regularly on the campaign trail — many people on both sides of the aisle have pointed out the issue.

Related: Biden Is Either Misremembering Recent History or Out-and-Out Lying About This Incident

Just recently, the former vice president claimed to support “truth over facts” during a speech at the Iowa State Fair, as Fox News noted.

He also incorrectly said that two high-profile mass tragedies occurred in Michigan and Houston.

They actually occurred in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.

Related: Trump Tried to ‘Heal the Pain Everyone Is Going Through’

A Fox News Poll published on Thursday showed Biden ahead of Trump by 12 points, as the outlet reported.

David Alexrod, a former adviser to Barack Obama, on Thursday claimed that any scaling back of Biden’s campaign schedule would only hurt the former vice president’s chances of success in his effort to win the White House.

“This is bad advice. You can’t cloister the candidate and win,” Axelrod tweeted.

“He either can cut it or he can’t, and the only way he can prove he can is to be an active and vigorous candidate. He’s running for president of the United States, for God’s sake!”

Related: This One Was a Biden Doozy

Adding to his growing list of gaffes, Biden mistakenly said he had met with students who survived a mass tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, while he was vice president.

But that terrible incident happened in February 2018 — about a year after Biden left his post as vice president.

Share your thoughts below.

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‘Owe Nothing to Anyone Except to Love One Another’

LifeZette - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:44

Virtually every financial planner has a list of “rules to live by” in his or her toolkit.

But for Christians in this country who are seeking to honor God, Mark Minnella, president and co-founder of the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants (NACFC), says that keeping three ideals in mind is the key to smart biblical financial management.

“If Christian investors sincerely commit to do three things, they will build a future of honoring God with their investment decisions for decades to come,” Minnella said in a statement shared with LifeZette.

“I have spoken and worked with people regarding personal finance most of my adult life and have, time after time, seen how God blessed those who blessed others,” he also said. “Many of those I have known have outright stated they could not ‘out give’ God. We are His stewards. Our job is to use the money and possessions God puts in our life to His glory.”

Minnella, who is also the author of “The Wall Street Awakening,” shares three goals with the faithful who want to bring the Lord into their financial decisions.

Related: True Peace Comes from God and a Relationship with His Son

Here are the tips he outlines:

1.) Embrace this concept of biblical financial stewardship: God owns everything. “‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty” (Haggai 2:8). At the time this verse was written, Minnella said, silver and gold were used as a means of exchange, so a modern-day interpretation of this verse would be that God owns all money.

By the same token, many people retained material wealth in their livestock — and this was frequently a measure of one’s material resources.

2.) Minimize debt. Not a single verse in the Bible instructs, encourages or condones Christians to go into debt, but there are dozens of verses directly warning not to — and one specifically. “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).

Deuteronomy 15:6 also says, “For the Lord your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you” — while Psalm 37:21 reminds us that “the wicked borrows and does not pay back, but the righteous is gracious and gives.”

3.) Start giving generously. Throughout His Word, God tells His people to give generously to care for the poor, the widows and the orphans in need. “He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses” (Proverbs 28:27).

God also promises to care for us as we care for others, Minnella added.

Proverbs 3:9-10 says to “honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce … your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

To learn more about the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants, click here.

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Coroner’s report said Dayton shooter had multiple substances in his system, including cocaine

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 22:05

Evidently the Dayton shooter had some other things in his system besides far-leftist hatred:

BREAKING: Coroner says Dayton gunman had cocaine, alcohol, anti-depressants in his system during the mass shooting that killed 9. https://t.co/jqN71DppGg

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 15, 2019

More from the AP:

The coroner said cocaine, antidepressants and alcohol were found in Betts’ system at the time of the shooting. A pipe device and a clear baggie carrying cocaine was found on Betts’ body.

This is in no way meant to diminish the heinousness of the Dayton shooter’s twisted murder spree, but is it possible that the fact that he had cocaine suggests that maybe people hellbent on breaking the law won’t be deterred by more laws?

We obviously need comprehensive cocaine control. https://t.co/IvHoeHQgNr

— Aaron V (@PoliticsOfFear) August 15, 2019

We obviously need common sense cocaine control.

— Joji Saiga ㊙ (@Joji_Saiga) August 15, 2019

If only we had banned cocaine, he couldn't have gotten ahold of cocaine. https://t.co/sDSV4Nl8bw

— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) August 15, 2019

We should make it illegal.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) August 15, 2019

Banning drugs like cocaine clearly isn’t stopping people who want to illegally obtain it from obtaining it … what makes gun control advocates think banning guns will be any different?

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‘Finally, a Trump-sized real estate deal’! Report of what Trump has ‘talked about the possibility of the U.S. buying’ could spark a Resistance meltdown

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 22:02

It’s been a while since the United States picked up a sizable chunk of land, but it looks like President Trump might be on it:

NEWS from the @WSJ WH team: President Trump has repeatedly talked to advisers about the possibility of the U.S. buying Greenland. https://t.co/JvTlhOZsad

— Ben Pershing (@benpershing) August 15, 2019

"Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance, and has asked his White House counsel to look into the idea." https://t.co/JvTlhOZsad

— Ben Pershing (@benpershing) August 15, 2019

Hoo boy:

Finally a Trump-sized real estate deal https://t.co/636ftRwvNh

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) August 15, 2019

We can hear the Resistance head explosions just from the mere mention of the possibility.

That’s freaking awesome!!

— Rich Weinstein (@phillyrich1) August 15, 2019

It has to be asked:

Would Greenland be a blue state or a red state? https://t.co/NLbVsuYDXh

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) August 15, 2019

Hmm…

Need to weigh the direction their Senatorial delegation would lean. Two more Dem Senators would be no bueno.

— Chad Edwards (@EaglesTTT) August 15, 2019

Excellent point!

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Did anyone else happen to catch that John Hickenlooper dropped out of the race Thursday?

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:47

We suppose all of America was glued to their TVs Thursday morning to watch Beto O’Rourke re-re-re-launch his presidential campaign from El Paso, so it’s no wonder no one seems to have noticed that former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced he was dropping out.

This morning, I’m announcing that I’m no longer running for President. While this campaign didn’t have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile & I’m thankful to everyone who supported this campaign and our entire team.https://t.co/1ijSjkbzzd

— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) August 15, 2019

See how easy it is to drop out? You just make a quick little video and get back to normal life. Just something to think about.

Governor @Hickenlooper didn't enter this race to advance an ideology, he got in to serve others. That's why he first ran for mayor of Denver, and that's why Coloradans elected him governor—twice. I'm grateful for his commitment to public service. We need more leaders like him.

— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) August 15, 2019

From one former mayor to another—grateful for your run and commitment to bring more positivity into our politics. We'll miss you out on the trail! https://t.co/48SCPSYFMO

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 15, 2019

It was inspiring to see @Hickenlooper’s commitment to bettering our country during his campaign. I’m looking forward to fighting alongside him as we work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020. https://t.co/gBXikfXaWh

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 15, 2019

.@Hickenlooper, thank you for your leadership and your friendship on the campaign trail. I know whatever you do next, you will continue to serve the people and make our nation a better place for all.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 15, 2019

.@Hickenlooper is the opposite of "all foam, no beer!” Thank you Governor for your public service and the experience and ideas you brought to this race. https://t.co/iVhpTE1qMU

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) August 15, 2019

.@Hickenlooper was a great mayor and governor, and helped shape the presidential race with his pragmatic viewpoint. He provided a valuable voice in this primary, bringing the ideas and solutions he successfully championed in Colorado to the national debate.

— Michael Bennet (@MichaelBennet) August 15, 2019

John Hickenlooper is a patriot and a very decent person. He was a great Mayor, a great Governor and his voice was incredibly important to the 2020 nomination process. I enjoyed getting to know him on the trail. https://t.co/MisrBvZmO6

— John Delaney (@JohnDelaney) August 15, 2019

John—we are grateful for the experience, perspective, and diligence you brought to this race. I wish you and your family well as you consider the road ahead. https://t.co/k6xUjjXRiu

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 15, 2019

You do realize that all of you will be doing the same thing over the next few months, right?

Related:

‘How is this a real tweet’? John Hickenlooper breaks out the party hats after Dem 2020 poll shows him at 2 percent (buzzkill ensues) https://t.co/DaAzs5glJs

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 26, 2019

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New York lawmaker wants to require students to learn about hate symbols like swastikas and nooses

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:24

We suppose this is a well-intentioned effort, but what sort of history classes are high school students in New York taking that don’t include World War II and lynchings?

Take our word for it: College students have perpetrated plenty of hoaxes involving swastikas, so they know what they are. And nooses? “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reminded the whole country about lynchings with his “attack.”

But then pro comedian Sarah Silverman mistook surveyors’ marks on the New York City sidewalk for swastikas, so maybe a refresher is in order.

CNN reports that Democratic state Sen. Todd Kaminsky’s measure would require lessons on hate symbols as part of the student curriculum in grades six through 12. What we want to know is, will students learn about the “OK” white supremacist hand sign that was started as a gag on 4chan and made it all the way to the Brett Kavanaugh hearings?

New York students may soon learn about swastikas and nooses as part of their curriculum. https://t.co/pXWOb3qeHT

— CNN (@CNN) August 14, 2019

So what you’re saying is New York students may soon learn about history. Groundbreaking. https://t.co/nLGfm6SyLq

— chels (@thefunnymuggle) August 14, 2019

So they want to bring History back to the curriculum?

— Daniel Baker (@dan_baker11) August 14, 2019

As a NY history teacher, I can assure you that this is already taught.

— Monique Cohen (@mcohen521) August 14, 2019

Thank you for being a teacher. And yes, I learned about it in my NY school 30 years ago. That's what social studies was for. Maybe they don't have that class anymore.

— LetsBaldThisTurkey (@BaldLets) August 14, 2019

They do, and this topic is taught.

— Susanna Rootes (@RootesSusanna) August 14, 2019

In NYS students in 7th, 8th, and 11th grades take US history and take Global History in 9th and 10th. All of those grades have curricula that include the denial and fights for human & civil rights. All of those classes are mandatory already.

— Susanna Rootes (@RootesSusanna) August 14, 2019

So essentially this is a Democratic lawmaker trying to pass legislation to require something that’s already being taught to be taught.

In 2000 when I was in high-school I'm fairly certain they didn't forget to mention the swastika while teaching WW2

— Mr Divago™ (@DivagoTM) August 14, 2019

Don't they already teach WWII and American History in schools still or not?

— Klondike (@JDGans) August 14, 2019

Huh. My kids already know. Guess some parents take the time already to go beyond the school babysitting services.

— Cash Tumbles (@CashTumbles) August 14, 2019

So like…history?

— Tony The Don Killuminati All Through Your Body (@LoneStarTexian) August 15, 2019

I believe that is called History class

— Freedom for Books (@camcamyeg) August 14, 2019

I’m sure it will include the Hammer & Sickle, right?

— Larry Farlow (@LarryFarlow) August 14, 2019

Don’t count on it; half the teachers will probably have that on their coffee mugs.

Let the teachers take care of their classrooms.

— Greggie Benny (@GreggieBenny) August 14, 2019

We’re pretty sure they’ve got this handled.

Related:

'No one is this dumb': Sarah Silverman confuses surveyor's mark with a swastika? https://t.co/sOWY3M50kO

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 13, 2017

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David Frum thinks he found a constitutional violation in Trump’s tweet about Israel barring Reps Tlaib & Omar (and people have thoughts)

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:35

We already know that some in the anti-Trump Resistance consider the president’s tweet about Israel and Reps Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to be an impeachable offense. Here’s the tweet in question:

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019

David Frum thinks he spotted a constitutional violation:

President Trump today violated right in front of all eyes, on Twitter, the Speech and Debate clause of Article I

— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 15, 2019

Really? Many didn’t share Frum’s constitutional interpretation on this one:

For those interested in what words actually mean, the Speech/Debate Clause does not give members of Congress an all-access global vacation pass. What it does is prevent lawmakers from being arrested while on the floor, heading to it for votes, or for speeches made while on it.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 15, 2019

Courts have repeatedly ruled that the Speech/Debate Clause covers only "inherently legislative" activities like voting, not political ones (op-eds, rallies). An extracurricular vacation organized and funded by a foreign NGO is not a legislative activity, @davidfrum. Be smarter.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 15, 2019

Frum and Fredo got their law degrees from the same vending machine https://t.co/vGpXjnaeXp

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 15, 2019

How stupid is this guy? https://t.co/UrAqqPC4Jl

— NICK DYER (@MrNickDyer) August 15, 2019

How is spreading constitutional illiteracy reinforcing and bolstering the constitutional system?

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) August 15, 2019

Jennifer Rubin was among those who didn’t take issue with Frum’s constitutional hot take:

And Bibi made an awful judgment: https://t.co/qPtfH4cvkh

— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) August 15, 2019

I’m sorry, aren’t you a lawyer? Aren’t you going to correct his awful take on the speech and debate clause? Cc @charlescwcooke

— (((Aaron “Worthing” Walker))) (@AaronWorthing) August 15, 2019

In the name of “conservatism” maybe Rubin decided to give Frum a pass on that.

So in conclusion:

Trump Derangement Syndrome makes people really stupid. https://t.co/xJVRLW6VXA

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 15, 2019

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Elizabeth Warren’s not sorry about her Michael Brown lie because ‘what matters is that a man was shot’ [video]

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:31

Just in case it weren’t already crystal-clear that Elizabeth Warren is not even remotely sorry for this blatantly dishonest tweet about Michael Brown’s death:

5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019

Allow her to justify it a little further:

Warren Backs Up False Michael Brown Tweet: ‘What Matters Was a Man Was Shot’ https://t.co/g0TumI3RVV pic.twitter.com/YADbYROU2w

— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) August 15, 2019

Yeah, screw the truth!

Except it’s really not all that incredible, when you remember that it’s Elizabeth Warren we’re dealing with. Moreover, she really doesn’t have much of an incentive to be honest as long as she’s got Truth Guardians like those at PolitiFact who refuse to hold her accountable for her lies.

Does it matter why he was shot? Because the DoJ thought so. It's why the officer was cleared.

— Alex Lekas (@TheAlexLekas) August 15, 2019

What's important here is we must get justice for that guy who choked a store clerk and assaulted a police officer.

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 15, 2019

This is what happens when law professors decide it's no longer worth being careful with the words that make laws https://t.co/sBjSRoUwx3

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) August 15, 2019

These people are so dangerous

They will literally do or say ANYTHING for power

— MozartFX (@mozartfx) August 15, 2019

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‘Highly misleading and dangerous’: AOC’s response to Israel barring Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib is exactly what you’d expect

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:16

Well, we were waiting for this moment, and it’s finally arrived.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has weighed in on Israel’s decision to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, and it’s exactly what you’d expect:

MoC are frequently asked to visit Israel to “see things for ourselves.”

But Netanyahu choosing to ban the only 2 Muslim women in Congress from entering tells the US that only *some* Americans are welcome to Israel, not all.

Trump is exporting his bigotry &making matters worse. https://t.co/PFdMDxuIfJ

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 15, 2019

Never mind that Israel is home to many Muslims and people of color (including even women!). Never mind that Tlaib and Omar are outspoken supporters of a movement that seeks to punish Israel for existing and have a long history of anti-Semitism. Netanyahu’s decision has to be rooted in Donald Trump’s bigotry. There couldn’t possibly be any other explanation.

FWIW the itinerary literally called it Palestine not Israel. https://t.co/5DYhi2odO8

— Michael Duncan (@MichaelDuncan) August 15, 2019

They support BDS, which isn’t allowed in Israel. Respect their laws. Also, why would they go to a place they’re boycotting? To start trouble, of course.

— The Media (@Counterstreamed) August 15, 2019

They aren't getting barred for being Muslim. They're being barred for trying to undermine the existence of the country they're trying to visit and because they actively support terror groups that target Israel.

— Legal Sense (@sense_legal) August 15, 2019

Nearly 18 percent of Israel's population is Muslim, and you’re trying to pass off the idea that it’s a bigoted wasteland because it won’t allow in two muslims who openly hate, denounce, and try to screw it over?

You’re either an imbecile or a huckster. Which one is it?

— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) August 15, 2019

That’s a plain lie @AOC!

PM @netanyahu banning @RashidaTlaib & @IlhanMN has NOTHING to do with them being Muslim, but rather them being vehement Antisemites & BDS advocates.

Your tweet is not only a lie, is highly misleading & dangerous! SHAME on you!

— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) August 15, 2019

***

Update:

God forbid AOC take an intellectually honest approach to anything:

Netanyahu’s discriminatory decision to ban members of Congress from Israel harms int’l diplomacy.

Visiting Israel & Palestine are key experiences towards a path to peace.

Sadly, I cannot move forward w scheduling any visits to Israel until all members of Congress are allowed. https://t.co/WTP5vnt5IH

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 15, 2019

She’s absolutely vile. And if she wants to stay away from Israel, she’ll be doing them a favor.

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Trump Is Not One to Be Hoodwinked: Here’s Why He Must Watch Powell

LifeZette - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:09

Remember conservative hero David Souter?

Neither do I — but due to no fault of its own, the Right hailed him as a home-run nominee for the Supreme Court during the beginning of the Bush I presidency.

Souter didn’t have much of a record, having served on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals for just a few months before his successful confirmation.

But his rhetoric had a way of making conservatives blush.

It turned out that Souter was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A far cry from the conservative hero he seemed to play on camera, he became one of the staunchest liberals on the court. Throughout his 19 years on the bench, he took anti-religious freedom and pro-abortion opinions that made Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer look like textualists by comparison.

He quickly became an embarrassment to former Bush administration officials as well as his many early conservative backers across the 50 states. Souter retired 10 years ago now (he served from October 1990 until June 2009), but his legacy and impact remain as strong as ever.

Today, the Trump administration has a “David Souter” figure of its own. His name is Jerome Powell (shown above left).

In November 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Powell to chair the Federal Reserve. He received the trust of the president and the Republican-controlled Congress for suggesting he would to take up the priorities of many limited-government advocates — including deregulating the financial sector from the post-Great Recession creep of socialized control.

Related: Trump Nominates Jerome Powell to Chair Federal Reserve

His spoken desire to cut red tape drastically was enough to draw the outspoken ire of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She delivered a pointed floor speech against his nomination and grilled him during his confirmation hearings in made-for-YouTube video clips.

Today, however, Powell has no bigger friend in Washington than Warren herself. In late July, Warren introduced legislation to put more control of the private economy into the Federal Reserve’s hands. Just 15 days later, Powell’s Fed announced plans to give her everything she asked for: a bureaucrat-ran real-time payments system.

The term “real-time payments” means exactly what one would guess: It’s an immediate bank transfer of funds. Without a doubt, it’s a good thing to have if left to the free market.

However, to centralize control, Warren and Powell appear fine with taking away the keys from the private-sector companies that already have the ball on the field.

Likely costing upward of $1 billion, the Fed’s system will not be compatible with private-sector alternatives and will slow-roll innovation for at least 3 to 5 years. It has even been said to violate the Monetary Control Act, which stipulates that the Fed can only get involved if the private sector can’t deliver.

Trump calls Fed Chair Jerome Powell “clueless” and blames his policies for signs that a recession is looming https://t.co/XqkYE3ZR89 pic.twitter.com/s1IW4BTnmw

— Bloomberg (@business) August 14, 2019

Of course, none of these points are concerns for Warren, who wants as much of the financial sector under bureaucrats’ control as possible. They should matter to Powell, though — the man who was confirmed in large part due to his desire to unleash the free market in the banking industry.

Although Trump seems to criticize Powell’s Fed every other week on Twitter, never before has the Fed chairman so blatantly defied the deregulatory agenda of the man who nominated him.

Somewhere, David Souter is laughing — laughing at how Powell, once a public enemy of the Left, is now doing its bidding. He is advancing Elizabeth Warren’s agenda and even receiving praise from the likes of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

While things are bad enough already currently, the White House, to protect itself, should forecast what could come next.

As the president correctly pointed out in 2016, in the past, the central bank has often acted more politically than partisan politicians. Time and time again, it has seemingly manipulated interest rates to tip the scales in favor of Democrats during election cycles. Who’s to say that Powell’s Fed hasn’t thought about doing so already?

Trump needs to act as swiftly here as he has in past cases of disloyalty.

Most political scientists agree there is only one person in the country who rivals the commander-in-chief in terms of power in this country, and that’s the chairman of the Federal Reserve. As such, having a Benedict Arnold figure in that post is incredibly dangerous.

To protect his impressive economic record and to prevent the Fed’s real-time payments system from going into effect, Trump must use every piece of leverage and authority he has to keep the Fed in line and hold Powell to his past rhetoric.

While the president has already acted swiftly to dismiss a plethora of disloyal staff members and advisers in the White House, none have presented as severe of a threat to his agenda and his electoral prospects as has Powell.

The president is not one to be hoodwinked.

He needs to act as swiftly here as he has in past cases of disloyalty.

Stacy Washington is a decorated Air Force veteran, an Emmy-nominated TV personality, and the host of the nationally syndicated radio program “Stacy on the Right.”

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Katie Pavlich truth-bombs Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Amy Klobuchar on the Philly shooter and gun control

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:06

Katie Pavlich is on a tear truth-bombing Dems who are trying to use the Philadephia shooter to push for more gun control.

To Kamala Harris:

The Philadelphia shooter was a felon. It is already illegal for felons to have guns. https://t.co/jYkVttLyTP

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 15, 2019

To Cory Booker:

The shooter was a felon. It is already illegal for felons to have guns. https://t.co/2jvFxp5Vok

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 15, 2019

To Beto O’Rourke:

The Philadelphia shooter was a felon. It is already illegal for felons to have guns. https://t.co/Egjzjdm43M

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 15, 2019

To Amy Klobuchar:

The shooter was a felon. It is already illegal for felons to have guns. https://t.co/lwYqqOekbE

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 15, 2019

Now maybe we can have a discussion as to why the violent felon who was arrested over 12 times and convicted 6 times was even on the street at all.

***

Related:

Elizabeth Warren and other Dems want gun reform after violent felon who was 'arrested about a dozen times' arrested again for shooting 6 cops https://t.co/j5WUZr96h6

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 15, 2019

'She's despicable': Kamala Harris wastes no time politicizing active Philly shooting situation (and CNN's only too happy to indulge) https://t.co/Il8g6P1sur

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 14, 2019

CNN's Wolf Blitzer gives Dem Rep. Val Demings ample opportunity to 'assume' a lot about the Philly shooting https://t.co/HorH0GcX5r

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 14, 2019

 

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Rand Paul Talks About Long Recovery Even as ‘Left-Wing Mob’ Wishes Him Further Harm

LifeZette - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:30

Speaking openly this morning on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” about his long journey back to physical health, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) referenced his recent lung surgery — and its connection to a vicious physical attack on him nearly two years ago when a neighbor assaulted him on the lawn of his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The senator also mentioned the “left-wing mob” that appears to be active on social media — and how members of that mob have come after him verbally.

“For me, [I’m] trying to just overcome the pain initially and then get my breathing back to normal. I’m an avid exerciser,” he said this morning as he sat beside his wife, Kelly Paul. “I walk, I ride a bike every day, pretty much [every day] of the week, in Washington and at home. And so I’ve begun walking some.”

“I’m able to make it around the block. And I think it is just a matter of overcoming and getting beyond this,” he added, “and we’ve been trying to do it for almost two years now. I guess one of the disturbing things, though, is to see that there is still so much hatred out there.”

>The GOP senator added that once he “announced that I was having surgery,” there were just “thousands of people on Twitter swarming to wish … that I’d either died or that someone would assault me again … I am perplexed that this is somehow supposed to be a right-wing phenomenon, but I see thousands of people on Twitter, this left-wing mob, wishing that I were dead. And I’m like, who are these people?”

His wife, Kelly Paul, said that “we keep hoping to sort of put this behind us … We were just really grateful that [the doctors] think he’s going to be fine [now, after the surgery].”

"The narrative the left is bringing to us is 'everything is President Trump's fault'…and yet the man who attacked me…talked about doing violence to the President. So yeah, that's completely ignored, because the media wanted to develop a narrative," – @RandPaul pic.twitter.com/kuOPOqphrO

— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 15, 2019

Thanks to friends and supporters for wishing me a speedy recovery after my surgery. While I originally had to cancel many of my events for August recess, my recovery is coming along better than expected, so I'll see many of you across Kentucky very soon!

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 12, 2019

The senator explained that although he had been making physical progress for a long time, he had also been suffering “worsening pulmonary symptoms. And then the X-rays and the CAT scan were showing that the damaged area of the lung was actually showing up in a larger fashion and growing. And the decision was made that the only way to get to the bottom of it, to see exactly what the problem was and to fix it, was to remove part of the lung.”

“Fortunately,” he said, “it was a chronic infection in the damaged part of the lung that wasn’t getting air and wasn’t getting good circulation. And so sometimes antibiotics just don’t work for something like that. But my hope is that it’s a cure now to have that part of the lung moved. And I’m about 1.5 weeks out and I’m getting a little stronger each day. I still feel like I’ve been in an auto wreck but I’m getting better.”

Related: Rand Paul Assaulted at His Home in Kentucky

Of the hate that’s been directed his way, Paul noted, “I think this is the narrative that the Left is bringing to us. Everything is President [Donald] Trump’s fault, and so all the rhetoric — they say it’s all violence and the whole world is President Trump’s fault — and yet the man who attacked me was known on the internet. His social media postings were violent. He talked about doing violence to the president.”

“So yes, that is completely ignored because the media wanted to develop a narrative,” said Paul. “I mean, their whole narrative [is] that it was an altercation or a fight. There was no fight. I had my back turned with noise cancellation headphones on, and I was attacked and six of my ribs [were] broken before I saw the attacker.”

“In fact,” he added, “I never saw the attacker until after the attack was over. And people want to make it out [that] it was just this little dispute, but a lot of that came from the other side trying to get a lesser sentence. So they wanted to downplay what it was.”

“In reality, I think violence is complicated. And there are many reasons why people attack you, but ultimately I was very severely injured. I’m still suffering from it two years later.”

As LifeZette reported about the assault on him two years ago this fall, the senator’s then-59-year-old neighbor, Rene Boucher, “tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain,” the complaint warrant obtained by ABC News affiliate WBKO said.

“I think violence is complicated. And there are many reasons why people attack you, but ultimately I was very severely injured. I’m still suffering from it.”

The warrant added that Paul suffered “small cuts to the nose and mouth area” and had difficulty breathing “due to a potential rib injury.”

“Sen. Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” Kelsey Cooper, Paul’s spokeswoman, told The Hill in a statement at the time. “The assailant was arrested.”

As a number of outlets, including Vox, reported last year, Boucher pleaded guilty in March 2018 to one count of assaulting a member of Congress, resulting in physical injury — which is a federal crime. Boucher, a retired physician, also admitted to the assault, explaining he’d “lost his temper” over an “unsightly” pile of branches and brush that Paul had stacked near their shared property line.

The assault left Paul with six broken ribs and a bruised lung. He suffered several bouts of pneumonia — and now has had lung surgery.

Boucher was sentenced to a year of supervised release after his 30-day prison term and 100 hours of community service, noted WKU Public Radio.

He was also fined $10,000.

Share your thoughts below.

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Israel Bars Omar and Tlaib, Both Democrats, from Visiting Its Country

LifeZette - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:30

Israel has decided to prohibit a visit to its country by two congressional lawmakers who have been outspoken critics.

President Donald Trump had tweeted earlier on Thursday about Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (shown above, second from left) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) (far right).

He wrote in his tweet, in part, “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed” the women to visit.

He also noted, based on their long history of charged rhetoric against the country, that “they hate Israel and all Jewish people, and there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.”

“Israel has decided — we won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country,” Israel’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely told public broadcaster Kan, as Fox News reported.

“We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel.”

“In principle, this is a very justified decision.”

Related: Omar Will Not Apologize for Her Anti-Semitic Statements

The decision confirms earlier reports that Israeli officials had been leaning in this direction.

The two lawmakers — both members of the so-called Democratic squad in the House, all progressives and liberal leaning — had planned to visit the country this weekend.

The decision on Thursday appears to be a reversal amid concerns connected to the Democrats’ support for boycotts of Israel.

Trump’s tweet earlier on Thursday made clear his position:

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019

No surprise, of course, that some prominent Democrats are already blasting the decision on Thursday and what they perceive as Trump’s interference on the issue.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 candidate for the Democratic nomination, tweeted almost immediately, “Israel doesn’t advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering U.S. ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views. This would be a shameful, unprecedented move. I urge Israel’s government to allow @IlhanMN and@RashidaTlaib entry.”

Israel doesn't advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views. This would be a shameful, unprecedented move. I urge Israel’s government to allow @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib entry.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 15, 2019

Israeli media outlets had reported earlier on the discussions about banning the freshman Democratic lawmakers due to the lawmakers’ support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Reports had indicated that Israeli Interior Minister Arye Deri had made the decision to block the congresswomen, though other individuals were also weighing in, Fox News noted.

Israeli law declares that those who support boycotts of the country may be denied entry to it. Yet waivers can be granted for diplomatic figures, Haaretz reported.

Share your thoughts on this issue — and see more tweets, commentary and reaction below.

2020 Democrats condemn Israel's decision to ban Omar, Tlaib from visiting country after Trump's urging https://t.co/FMBU48WnVy pic.twitter.com/Mbq6JvIXYD

— The Hill (@thehill) August 15, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
No country in the world respects America and the American Congress more than the State of Israel.

As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism

— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 15, 2019

Nonetheless, if Congresswoman Tlaib submits a humanitarian request to visit her relatives, the Minister of Interior has announced that he will consider her request on the condition that she pledges not to act to promote boycotts against Israel.

— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 15, 2019

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Look at the Scam That’s Enabling and Protecting Unlawful Residents of Our Country

LifeZette - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:55

Noncitizen criminals who are convicted of aggravated felonies are deported from the United States, under federal law.

Republicans and Democrats should both agree with this common-sense rule of immigration law.

But some judges, politicians, and prosecutors are undermining it, as I see it. They would rather have criminal convicts stay in our neighborhoods than return to their countries of origin.

Judges serve convicted criminals by changing their criminal records to help them avoid deportation.

For example, in Matter of Thomas and Thompson, a noncitizen committed domestic violence battery and was sentenced to 12 months of confinement, the minimum sentence required for a violent crime to qualify as an “aggravated felony” causing deportation under federal law.

So, when the federal government began deportation proceedings, the noncitizen asked a judge to reduce his criminal sentence on paper even though the sentence had already been served.

Related: Florida’s Ban on Sanctuary Cities: DeSantis Is a ‘True American and Patriot’

Congress does not allow this trick under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Regardless, the Board of Immigration Appeals accommodated the judge and declined to deport the criminal. Attorney General William Barr is now reviewing the decision in that case.

Politicians, meanwhile, are declaring cities and states to be “sanctuaries” from immigration law. Sanctuary politicians prohibit law-enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. They also spend taxpayers’ money on immigration lawyers to represent deportable aliens free-of-charge.

And they even instruct prosecutors to treat noncitizen violent criminals better than they treat U.S. citizens.

Seattle, for example, is a sanctuary city that refuses to transfer custody of unlawful-alien criminals to federal authorities. Instead, Seattle releases such criminals back onto the street. Over a two-year period, the city of Seattle released nearly 290 illegal aliens who were charged with such felonies as homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, drug crimes, burglary, and fraud.

Philadelphia, likewise, is a sanctuary city that prevents federal immigration officers from interviewing prison inmates, conceals information from the federal government about arrestees’ immigration status, and even refuses to notify federal authorities whenever Philadelphia knowingly releases deportable criminals from prison.

So far, more than 120 criminals have gotten lenient sentences just because they are noncitizens.

Philadelphia’s district attorney, Larry Krasner, even ensures that noncitizen criminals are less likely to be jailed in the first place. Krasner hires a taxpayer-funded lawyer to offer sweetheart deals to noncitizen criminals to help them avoid deportation.

So far, more than 120 criminals have gotten lenient sentences just because they are noncitizens.

These criminals include weapon-equipped batterers, thieves, drug dealers, sex offenders, and domestic abusers.

In one case, a man committed felony assault with a beer bottle, sending his victim to the hospital for emergency eye surgery, yet Krasner’s office still offered the criminal a sweetheart deal to prevent his deportation.

But the hospitalized victim was deported instead because he was an illegal alien, even though he applied for a special crime victims’ visa program.

Philadelphia also provides taxpayer-funded immigration lawyers free of charge to deportable aliens solely to prevent their legally-required removal from the United States.

So Philadelphia’s taxpayers are giving money to one lawyer to make prosecutors go easy on noncitizen criminals — then paying another lawyer to keep such criminals in the city if the federal government ever tries to deport them.

But good luck to any taxpaying U.S. citizen who needs a lawyer in family court, small-claims court, tax court, traffic court, or any other civil proceeding.

Related: This Elected Lawmaker Is Trying to Help Those Here Unlawfully Avoid Arrest

Statewide politicians in both parties are also complicit. Legislators and governors invent “364-day laws” to reduce criminal sentences by one day below the 365-day minimum for deportation under federal law.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, passed a bill reducing the maximum possible sentence for Utah’s Class A misdemeanors by a single day — from 365 to 364 days — even for violent crimes like child abuse and assault, or theft, voter fraud, and negligent homicide.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed a similar bill reducing sentences by one day for crimes like child abuse, domestic violence, and theft — even though Colorado’s legislature rejected this in 2018 and 2017.

New York politicians snuck a 364-day provision into the state’s budget law. Anyone previously sentenced to one year in jail on certain misdemeanor charges — again including both violent crimes and theft crimes — will have his or her record retroactively changed to 364 days.

At least four other states have also adopted such 364-day laws, including Washington, Nevada, California, and Oregon.

Judges, politicians, and prosecutors who are pushing judicial alterations, sweetheart prosecutions, and 364-day laws are gambling away innocent lives and public safety. They betray their constituents in order to treat noncitizen criminals with privilege.

Lew Jan Olowski is staff counsel at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of illegal migration.

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Jonathan Swan questions CNBC over its White House sources

Twitchy - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:08

Shot. . .

CNBC is pushing this report that President Trump and Peter Navarro are “the only officials in the White House blaming the Fed for volatility”:

This is a weird news alert pic.twitter.com/ws6wW6b549

— Josh Barro (@jbarro) August 15, 2019

Here’s the article:

President Donald Trump and economic advisor Peter Navarro are alone in the White House when it comes to blaming Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for the economic slowdown, administration officials told CNBC.

And now for the chaser. . .

CNBC needs better sources:

Also strange bc I spoke to a senior WH official yesterday who was not named Navarro or Trump and they were blaming Jay Powell and the Fed for just about everything afflicting the world. https://t.co/LcdqJroeuS

— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 15, 2019

We believe the term for what CNBC just did is, “Fake News!”

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