Eight stories that illustrate how politics have gone awry


Politicians milking the system for money

  1. Bernie Sanders rails about common good but public service has made him (and his family) rich

Fox News reported in a 28 January 2020 article how (from the beginning) Bernie Sanders has used public funds to enrich himself and his family.

berniefrombehindSen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been a loud and constant voice for socialist policies throughout his 30 years in Washington, D.C., a self-proclaimed champion of the collective good. But in researching my new book, “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Political Elite,” I discovered that while Sanders may talk about the common good, his public service has made him and his family quite wealthy.

Perhaps no one has benefited more from Sanders’s career in politics than his wife Jane.

When Bernie was first elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he appointed his then-girlfriend, Jane Driscoll, to head his administration’s Youth Office. Though the position was originally unpaid, Bernie eventually put Jane on the payroll over objections of the city council. The job was never advertised so that others could apply. A local paper noted that Sanders never bothered to provide evidence as to Jane’s “qualifications” for the position.

The appointment would remain a source of controversy for Sanders. After Bernie and Jane got married in 1988, his new wife received a big pay increase. As one local newspaper reported, “Political sparks flew at Burlington’s annual city meeting Monday night as Democratic aldermen raised a series of questions concerning a hefty pay raise for Mayor Bernie Sanders’ new wife and whether she should continue to hold her job as director of the Mayor’s Youth Office.”

After Bernie won election to Congress in 1990, Jane’s business ties to her husband rose to a new level.

In Washington, Jane became one of her husband’s top aides, serving at various times as his chief of staff, press secretary and political analyst. After a decade in Congress, Jane and family went about setting up a company that operated under three different names to provide income tied to Bernie’s political career.

On Sept. 27, 2000, the family formed Sanders & Driscoll LLC, a for-profit consulting company run by Jane, her daughter Carina, and son David. The business also operated under two trade names: Leadership Strategies and Progressive Media Strategies.

(Read more at Fox News)

Never forget that Bernie’s wife also ruined a small college that employed her and her daughter

By running that college on liberal principles, Mrs. Sanders ran the college into the ground. At the same time, that college paid both Mrs. Sanders and her daughter significant sums for their services.

Maybe we should treat this as a cautionary tale for Bernie Sander’s plan for free college (aka, worthless college).

  1. Bombshell? Joe and Hunter Biden were both paid by Burisma

Townhall commented in a 10 October 2020 article how both Joe and Hunter Biden were paid by Burisma.

JoeBidenYellingSo, the plot thickens with Joe Biden and his Ukraine ties. House Democrats have pulled the trigger on their grand plan to impeach President Trump for simply winning the 2016 election. They couldn’t get him on impeachment for “Russian collusion,” but they’re now using some inaccurate whistleblower report that alleged that President Trump tried to shakedown Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, threatening to withhold military aid unless he opened a corruption investigation into Hunter Biden. Hunter was being paid $50,000/month at his position at Burisma Group, an energy company and a sector of the economy that Biden has zero experience.

As the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, it seems pretty clear that he was there selling access. That’s the allegation. It’s a question that hasn’t gone away, and one that has irritated Joe Biden to no end. And now we’re hearing that Joe Biden was also paid $900,000 which was part of his lobbying fee on behalf of Burisma. The former vice president has repeatedly said that he and his son never discussed overseas business, despite being pictured in a photograph golfing with two Ukrainian energy executives. They didn’t talk business. Who are you kidding? Our friends at RedState wrote about this earlier today. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, also repeated the claim on Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night (via NY Post):

Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer for President Trump, alleged that a Ukrainian natural gas company that employed Joe Biden’s son Hunter also paid the former vice president $900,000 in lobbying fees.

Giuliani, appearing Wednesday night on Fox News’ “The Sean Hannity Show,” cited as evidence documents released by Andriy Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament.

“Biden, his son and his brother had a 30-year-long scam to make money, millions, selling his public office,” Giuliani told Hannity.

Derkach held a press conference earlier Wednesday in Kiev where he claimed he had documents showing how Burisma Holdings paid Biden the lobbying fees.

(Read more at Townhall)

So, with information from RedState, the New York Post, Sean Hannity, and Townhall, we cannot claim we did not know

Still, this information did not appear on any over-the-fold, main-stream media outlets. During the time that this article came out, all of the over-the-fold space in major publications was taken up by various iterations of the impeachment story. I guess that they didn’t really hide this information. They just made it less visible.

This is partially how Democrats still get elected. Nobody hears about their wrong-doing.

Politicians treated differently by the press

  1. Joe Biden, grilled on Obama-era record of putting children in ‘cages,’ argues ‘we kept them safe’

Fox News reported on how Biden replied to Jorge Ramos. Oddly, this met a different response than when pictures of Obama’s cages were blamed on Trump.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was grilled Friday about the Obama administration’s record of detaining migrant children in what some lawmakers and activists have described as “cages” — with the 2020 hopeful claiming the government did it to keep them “safe.”

Biden, who served as VP for both of then-President Barack Obama’s terms, has cited his experience as a reason he should be the Democratic nominee. But with the Democratic Party shifting to the left on matters related to immigration in recent years, he has faced increased scrutiny about the administration’s policies from those claiming they were cruel.

In an interview Friday posted on Facebook, Univision journalist Jorge Ramos took issue with a claim that Biden made in September in a debate in Houston that the Obama administration never put migrant children in cages — in contrast to the Trump administration.

“What Latinos should look at is comparing this president to the president we have is outrageous,” Biden said in September. “We didn’t lock people in cages. We didn’t separate families. We didn’t do all of those things.”

“You actually did,” Ramos said Friday, showing him a picture of an 8-year-old boy in McAllen, Texas, in 2014.

“What happened was all the unaccompanied children were coming across the border,” Biden said. “We tried to get them out, we kept them safe, and get them out of the detention center… run by Homeland Security and get them into communities as quickly as we can.”

The “cages” are detention centers in which there were also chain-link enclosures. The practice was carried out by both the Obama and Trump administrations, and Biden is correct that in both instances minors were held, in part, for their own safety. An Associated Press fact check last year noted that migrants were housed in the facilities and separated by both age and sex. Those facilities were built and used by the Obama administration, and the Trump administration used the same facilities.

(Read more at Fox News)

The Congress seems unwilling or unable to punish its own lawbreakers

  1. Ilhan Omar breaks campaign finance law by paying her ex $250K

The Daily Mail reported on the sordid details of Ilhan Omar’s affair.

IlhanOmarYellingIlhan Omar’s husband discovered the truth about her torrid affair with her chief fundraiser when he went to her Washington D.C. apartment last spring and found the lovers lounging around in pajamas, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.

Ahmed Hirsi had long suspected that Omar, 39, was cheating on him with married Tim Mynett  but the proof came when he caught the hijab-wearing congresswoman in a state that no Muslim woman would expect to be with a man who is not her husband.

Two separate sources confirmed the account to DailyMail.com, saying that Hirsi was left ‘angry and humiliated’ by the encounter.

‘He suspected she was cheating but she kept telling him he was paranoid,’ one source said.

‘He told her he wanted to move down to D.C. to be with her but she insisted he should stay in Minneapolis with the children. Eventually he surprised her down there and his worst fears were confirmed.

‘It wasn’t that he actually caught them in bed but they were clearly in a romantic situation.’

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

While the Daily Mail touches on the salacious nature of the issue, it does not address the illegality

They may have spoken reams on how Ilhan seems to have almost been caught in the act and how her lover has been seen carrying bags of beer, but they ignore the illegality of using campaign funds to pay $250K to one’s husband and another $250K to one’s lover.

  1. Ilhan Omar got hit with state campaign finance violations in July 2018

On the other hand, Breitbart reported in a 6 June 2019 article that Ilhan Omar had been brought up on state charges of campaign finance violations.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was found by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on Thursday to have committed several campaign finance violations — and its findings have revived old questions about the legality of her marriage.

In July 2018, Minnesota State Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) filed a complaint with the board against the Neighbors for Ilhan (Omar) campaign committee, which had supported her campaign for state representative. He claimed that she had improperly spent campaign funds on legal work related to her divorce. He later filed additional complaints that she had improperly spent campaign funds on out-of-state travel.

The board’s investigation into Omar found several violations. It noted that while none of Omar’s legal expenses had been for her divorce, she had spent $1,500 on legal expenses related to her personal taxes that were not sufficiently related to the campaign. Furthermore, the board found that some of her out-of-state travel expenses were not related to her legislative duties. She has been ordered to pay reimbursements to her campaign, to file amended campaign finance statements, and to pay a civil fine of $500 to the state.

The board’s report also noted that Omar and Ahmed Hirsi, her current husband, “filed joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015.” That could add fuel to persistent allegations that Omar had been married to two men at the same time — one of whom, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, City Journal noted in 2016, was rumored (though never proven) to be her brother.

(Read more at Breitbart)

However, it seems the gears of justice turn slowly (if at all) for Democrats

Furthermore, there seems to be a stranglehold on negative information regarding Democrats. Has anyone heard complaints by leadership on either side of the aisle regarding Ilhan Omar and her misuse of campaign funds? Maybe someone has complained, but it does not seem to have reached the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or other main stream media outlets. Therefore, unless we can find it among the alternative media outlets that Google regularly shadow bans, we will never know.

  1. Rashida Tlaib Detained During Airport Protest

The Daily Caller reported in a 15 February 2020 article that Representative Tlaib was detained and released at a protest.

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib was taken into custody, then immediately released Friday during a protest at Detroit Metro Airport.

The Michigan lawmaker was part of a protest involving picketing Delta catering workers at the airport’s McNamara Terminal, according to WXYZ Detroit.

Diana Hussein of the union group Unite Here posted pictures of the protest, which reportedly blocked traffic:

However, she later corrected her earlier contention that Tlaib had been “arrested” with the group, instead stating she “did participate in solidarity in the civil disobedience.”

After her release, Tlaib took to Twitter to express her views and post a picture of herself with some of the other protesters who were detained.

“We won’t stop until we get #fairwages & #healthcare,” Tlaib tweeted. “These courageous people got arrested tonight at DTW b/c they believe workers deserve human dignity. Shame on you @Delta for leaving workers behind and letting them live in poverty.”

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Regular plebes who violate this type of law at airport are jailed

However, since Hillary, we have known that “equal under the law” is nowhere near the standard.

Additionally, if you want a case study in unequal under the law, look at Roger Stone. While the law allows up to 9 years for the crime, first-time offenders with no record normally get 3 months (heard during the 5-6 am drive on 21 February 2020 on KTRH AM 740 — which sort-of matches what NBC reported on similar cases). But when the 9-year recommendation gets pulled back by Barr, four prosecutors quit, a multitude of former (Democrat) prosecutors call for Barr to resign, and the world is about to end (according to the press). So, still, nothing is really equal.

The “party of the people” disdains the people

  1. Omar claim of PTSD ‘offensive’ to US veterans, Indiana congressman says; Squad member responds

Fox news reported in a 9 January 2020 article how soldiers have found offense to Ilhan Omar’s claims of PTSD.

An Indiana congressman who served in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserve spoke out on behalf of America’s military veterans Wednesday after U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican, said Omar’s comments were a “disgrace,” calling the remarks “offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”

Omar had made her remarks during a news conference with other Democrats on Wednesday, at which she said she “felt ill” because of “everything that is taking place” in the Middle East — a reference to the recent U.S. tensions between the U.S. and Iran, including last week’s U.S. airstrike in Baghdad and Iran’s missile attacks early Wednesday against airbases in Iraq where U.S. service members are stationed.

“And I think every time I hear about … I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” she said. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”

After Banks took issue with her comments, Omar posted a reply on Twitter, making reference to her youth in war-torn Somalia. Omar left her homeland with her family near the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991 and spent four years at a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.

“Hi Jim, I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder—much like many who have served or lived through war,” she wrote in the tweet, which was addressed to Banks but not tagged. “It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors.”

But Banks doubled down on his comments later Wednesday evening, posting a video that showed Omar and other Democrats giggling in the background as their colleague, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, spoke to reporters about the more than 4,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq over the years.

“Your words and actions at today’s press conference reveal your feelings toward our soldiers serving abroad and the video speaks for itself,” Banks wrote, including a video of the news conference shared by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.

Omar posted another message about a half-hour later, elaborating that she had “lived in a war zone” and had “seen what conflict does to families and communities.”

(Read more at Fox news)

This seems to reflect the sentiments of Democrats

Think back. Do you remember how Bloomberg suggested farmers to be idiots? Do you remember Biden calling Trump supporters the “dregs of society?” Do you remember Hillary infamously calling the political camp arrayed against her a “basket of deplorables?” Do you remember how the California legislature reprimanded those who voted for Trump, calling them “bigots?” Do you remember a similar reprimand directed toward Black Lives Matter when they rioted on false pretenses?

It seems that the Democrat party has selected certain groups to be our elites. All other groups need to kowtow to those groups. That, according to them, is just how it is.

  1. Omar laughs at American deaths

Townhall comments in a 9 January 2020 article on how Ilhan Omar laughed at American soldier deaths.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is seen giggling and talking to her colleagues while she is standing behind Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who was discussing U.S. troops killed in war.

“I’m very glad to say that I was part of the 132 and also the vote for Barbara Lee’s amendment, but I think that the point of that is that that is the same war that we’re dealing with today,” Lee said. “We never solved any problems with AUMF, we left 4,000-plus, maybe even 4400 dead, and over 60,000 who came back injured in some form and the war never ended.”

Rather than stand silently behind her colleague as she spoke, Omar became a distraction when she starting laughing and turning around to talk to her Democratic colleagues.

“I recall the language in AUMF, it deals with hostilities in Iraq,” Lee continued. “It doesn’t deal with an incident or a dislike or someone in a car coming in from the airport. That is the danger of not acting and I do think with our leadership, meaning the leadership CPC, that will come together around specific answers.”

As Matt covered, Omar said during the press conference that tensions with Iran have left her feeling “a little bit” ill.

(Read more at Townhall)

Fifteen stories on the Left’s double standard on violence


  1. A former Democratic Politician says anti-Semitism in New York comes from the Left

Townhall quotes Dov Hikind, a former New York State Assemblyman, regarding the anti-Semitism in New York.

Following a spate of antisemitic attacks in Democratic-led New York, Democratic politicians have been busy trying to shift the blame on Donald Trump.

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, New York City Mayor Mike de Blasio blamed Donald Trump for creating an “atmosphere of hate” that has somehow fueled antisemitic attacks in New York.

DovHikindIt was too much for Dov Hikind, a former New York State Assemblyman and founder of Americans Against Antisemitism. Hikind, a Democrat, told Fox News that antisemitism is coming from the left and said that he is tired of both Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and Democratic Mayor Mike de Blasio doing absolutely nothing to protect Jews living in New York.

“When you have the Farrakhans of the world,” Hikind began, “when you have members of the United States Congress — Tlaib, Omar, AOC — when you have them indulging in hate speech themselves and to get away with it. You know, there’s a new standard, one is for antisemitism and one is for other types of hate. Unfortunately, people within my party — I’m a Democrat — within the Democratic Party there’s a double standard. The hate, the antisemitism that emanates from within the left, you don’t hear anything. You hear very little. Anything that comes from the other side, it’s all — I mean, even the mayor of the city of New York, has continued to call the hate, ‘coming from the right.’ All the hate in New York is coming from the left.”

Police have not yet identified a motive in the machete attack on Saturday night that left five people injured at a Hanukkah party in the New York home of an Ultra-Orthodox rabbi. Police arrested Grafton Thomas hours later after finding the suspect covered in blood. Grafton is linked to another stabbing of a man that was beaten and knifed while walking to the Mosdos Meharam Brisk Tashnad religious center in November.

According to an Anti-Defamation League survey conducted in Oct. 2013, only eight percent of whites were found to hold antisemitic views, while 36 percent of hispanics born outside the United States and 14 percent of hispanics born inside the United States harbored such beliefs. The ADL survey also found that a much higher percentage of African Americans, 22 percent, held antisemitic views when compared to whites.

(Read more at Townhall)

It seems sad that the people who have lectured us have the propensity for hurting the most defenseless

Since the Jewish community stands as a relatively small group, they also stand as a more vulnerable group. Therefore, when evil whims are allowed within a criminal element of the larger group, these evil whims affect the small group to a greater degree.

As Christians, we must stand against anti-Semitism due to this multiplying affect.

  1. New York’s bail reform has had a bad impact on the Jewish community

A 29 December 2019 Townhall article tells how two politicians have started to stand against a policy that has been hurting New York Jews.

New York State’s new “bail reform” initiative has been thrown into the spotlight following Saturday night’s stabbing attack on a Jewish congregation gathering to celebrate Hanukkah.

Beginning Jan. 1, criminals charged with most misdemeanors and Class E felonies will be released from jail without having to post cash or a bond. The goal is to not criminalize “poverty by keeping someone in jail only because they can’t afford to get out,” the Albany Democrat reported.

District attorneys and law enforcement officials across the state took Issue with the initiative because some misdemeanors and felonies, like theft, assault and aggravated harassment, aren’t eligible for cash bail.

ChaimDeutsch&KalmanYegarNew York City Councilmen Chaim Deutsch and Kalman Yegar have repeatedly spoken out against the initiative, especially as anti-Semitism continues to rise.

“For two years, we have been sounding the alarm and asking for resources to confront rising anti-Semitism. We have begged for extra cops, for security funds, for more cameras, and for more attention towards this growing problem. Day after day, month after month, we had doors slammed in our faces. We were told to relax – that this isn’t as big a deal as we think it is. Do you believe us now?” Deutsch and Yegar said in a joint statement.

“We renew these calls for extra resources – we need to be able to tell our communities that New York is doing everything possible to keep them safe. That fact that our constituents have been seeing video after video of their neighbors being beaten on the street and harassed,” the duo said. “Then they have watched as the attackers walk out of the courthouse scot-free, with a City-sponsored gift card in their wallet.”

Councilman Deutsch launched a petition for New Yorkers to express their concern over the new criminal justice reform initiative:

Dear Governor Cuomo,

We write to you as New Yorkers united in concern about your criminal justice reform initiative that takes effect on January 1, 2020. We have watched with growing discontent during the last several years, as city leaders tout the phrase “safest big city” to describe the streets that we often feel unsafe on.

Rising hate crimes, prolific drug usage, and frequent news of violent attacks, such as the murder of young Tessa Majors just this month, leave us wondering why you have chosen to implement vast changes in the way our state approaches suspects in criminal activity.

Bail reform, which will revamp the criminal justice system and release thousands of suspected offenders onto the streets, is of grave concern to us. While there are certainly crimes that should be punishable by just a ticket (such as a traffic violation), that is not the case with many others. Crimes like selling drugs to children, arson, promoting a sexual performance by a child, assault, and stalking are serious offenses that could potentially result in extended prison time. We believe that disallowing judges to use discretion in such cases will result in the release of dangerous criminals onto our streets.

New discovery laws will also have dire implications, including making it more difficult for police and district attorneys to protect witnesses and victims. Requiring discovery documents to be turned over to the defense in all cases within 15 days of arraignment has serious implications.

Only 3% of all cases result in a trial. Until now, that meant that only 3% of all defendants would get access to witness and victim statements and contact information. These new laws will allow all defendants to receive that information, not just in cases where it goes to trial.

With these changes, along with the rise in crime and bias incidents and the closing of Rikers Island, we are deeply worried for the future of this great city. We don’t want to see our streets turn back in time, to the dangerous days of the 1980s.

Deutsch highlighted the case of 30-year-old Tiffany Harris as a prime example of why the initiative is a failure.

(Read more at Townhall)

This further underscores the need to stand against anti-Semitism

Just as Martin Niemöller said in his admission that we should stand up for the weak:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Or, more to the point, maybe I shoud quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who identifed the source of providing such support:

We are separated from one another by an unbridgeable gulf of otherness and strangeness which resists all our attempts to overcome it by means of natural association or emotional or spiritual union. There is no way from one person to another. However loving and sympathetic we try to be, however sound our psychology however frank and open our behaviour we cannot penetrate the incognito of the other man, for there are no direct relationships, not even between soul and soul. Christ stands between us, and we can only get into touch with our neighbors through Him.

  1. Anti-Semitic attacks rule in Democrat New York

Rep. Lee Zeldin: “People are getting hurt” because of de Blasio’s “feckless leadership”

In a 28 December 2019 Breitbart article, we find that a series of anti-Semitic attacks have occurred in New York.

LeeZeldinOn Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) in the wake of several antisemitic attacks in the city, and stated that “people are getting hurt” because of the ineffectiveness of de Blasio’s leadership.

Zeldin said, “There’s a massive leadership failure in New York City, and Bill de Blasio’s answer has been, have another press conference, and if it happens again, have another press conference.”

Zeldin praised de Blasio increasing the police presence to stop antisemitic attacks, and argued that “It needs to happen more, and there needs to be some level of burden-sharing here. You need to see, on all levels of government, elected officials and community leaders going all in to confront this and crush it.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

Why do Democrats in politics and the press assume the press to be all knowing and all powerful?

That is, why do they assume that, if it does not appear in the New York Times, then it really didn’t happen? Why do they create such blow-back when an outside-of-the-beltway source (or a out-of-power Representative) points out the obvious?

  1. Pew: 91% Democrats see violence next in war of words

In a 19 July 2019 Washington Examiner article, we find that a poll says 91% of Democrats expect violence to erupt from the next war of words.

After a week that saw President Trump and his foes toss toxic words at each other, there is now a warning that the next phase could be “violence.”

Nearly 8 of 10 Americans told the Pew Research Center that supporters for both sides could “act” on the politically charged rhetoric with violence. It was higher for Democrats, 91%, than Republicans, 61%.

And they want politicians to cool it.

“Americans broadly agree that elected officials should avoid using heated language because it could encourage violence. Nearly three-quarters of Americans (73%) say this, while just a quarter believe that elected officials ‘Should be able to use heated language to express themselves without worrying about whether some people may act on what they say,’” warned the center.

“While majorities in both parties say officials should avoid heated language, this view is more widely held among Democrats (83%) than Republicans (61%),” it added.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Think about this and then think about the one-sided “impeachment” where the President could not call his own witnesses without the approval of Schiff

The two do not fit. Hopefully, the numbskulls that lead the Democrat party will also understand that.

  1. The provocative messages of Ilhan Omar get ignored as Democrats go on vacation

When you add the mocking videos to her anti-Semitic tweets and her victory lap tweets (along with the fact that she has committed campaign finance violations), I don’t understand why she still sits in the House.


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Let’s hope that this woman gets her come-uppance

Let’s hope that this woman gets sent to where she belongs (and soon).

  1. Exposing The Media’s Double Standard On Political Violence

The Daily Caller uses a 1 July 2019 article to point out how the attack on journalist Andy Ngo fits with the Left’s double standard on violence.

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Portland Antifa put a journalist in the hospital over the weekend, and almost every blue checkmark on Twitter immediately condemned the act.

Oh wait, the exact opposite of that happened.

Daily Caller Editorial Director Vince Coglianese and Staff Reporter William Davis are here to break down the media’s blatant double-standard when it comes to policing political violence.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Considering the messages of “tolerance” and “love” the left spew

Additionally, considering that the left calls for tolerance of gays (and Andy Ngo, while being a great photo journalist, is also gay), then the beating of Mr. Ngo by Antifa seems doubly hypocritcal for the left.

Although I do not agree with the actions of many gays, I don’t call for their beating (as Antifa practiced on Ngo) or their death (as many hard-line Islamists do).

  1. Brookshire Woman Admits Mailing Bombs to President Obama and Governor Abbott

With a hat tip to the Chris Salcedo Show, we find that Katy News tells us in a 1 July 2019 article (and not the Houston Chronicle or the New York Times) that a Texas woman has mailed bombs to Governor Abbott, President Trump, and President Obama.

A Brookshire woman admits she transported explosives with the intent to kill, injure or intimidate the President of the United States, the Texas Governor and a former acting Social Security Administrator. Detectives caught her using hairs from her cat.

Julia-PoffJulia Ann Poff, 47, admitted to mailing a package on or about Oct. 2 – 3, 2016, that contained a homemade bomb that was addressed to former President Barack Obama. As part of her plea, she also acknowledged mailing two similar packages addressed to the Governor Abbott and the then Acting Social Security Administrator. Each of those packages contained a victim-activated, booby trapped, improvised explosive device.

U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI announced the plea deal Monday where Poff admitted guilt.

According to court documents she was upset with Governor Abbott because she had not received support from her ex-husband.

(Read more at Katy News)

  1. Antifa Has Shown Why It Should Be Designated A Domestic Terror Group

The Daily Caller points out how Antifa has shown itself worthy of the title of “domestic terror group” in a 1 July 2019 article.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines domestic terrorism as violence perpetrated by groups with “extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.”

Antifa meets that definition. The group consists of American citizens radicalized by left-wing ideology who carry out threats of violence. It’s high time to classify Antifa as a domestic terror organization.

Over the weekend, the group exploded in rage once again in Portland, Oregon. Antifa members injured several people, including an elderly man. Journalist Andy Ngo, who was covering the event, went to the hospital for a head injury and brain bleeding.

To date, federal officials have not classified Antifa a domestic terror group despite endless photographs, eyewitness accounts and video evidence supporting the designation.

During a protest of conservative speaker Ben Shapiro last year on the University of California’s Berkeley campus, Antifa members reportedly destroyed campus property, set fire to trash cans, beat up college Republicans and forced students to shelter in place. (Campus police stood by doing nothing.) The school settled the case, paying organizers nearly $100,000.

It’s difficult to understand why the group hasn’t received a terror designation.

(Read more at Daily Caller)

  1. Antifa Members Have Repeatedly Attacked Journalists Who Cover Them

The Daily Caller reports in a 1 July 2019 article how journalists who report against Antifa have experienced multiple attacks.

Members of the violent left-wing movement Antifa have repeatedly harassed and attacked members of the media who cover them.

andy-ngo-portlandMasked individuals at an Antifa rally Saturday violently attacked Portland journalist Andy Ngo, sending him to the hospital.

While some members of the national media — including CNN hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo — have been sympathetic toward Antifa in the past, that hasn’t kept Antifa members from attacking the journalists actually covering them on the ground.

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a collaboration led by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, includes numerous instances of “anti-fascist” agitators harassing and assaulting journalists since Trump took office.

Protesters at an Antifa rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, harassed and attacked an NBC crew in August 2018. NBC reporter Cal Perry tweeted out a video of the attack.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

  1. Here’s How Liberal Journalists Reacted After Andy Ngo’s Attack At A Portland Rally

The Daily Caller shows in a 30 June 2019 article how liberal journalists reacted to the attack on Andy Ngo.

Several media pundits dismissed reports of a conservative journalist’s attack during a rally Saturday in Portland, Oregon.

AlheliPicazoAlheli Picazo was one of several media talking heads who appeared to partially blame Quillette editor Andy Ngo after he was assaulted during a street protest. Ngo’s past record of antagonizing activists played a role in his attack, she wrote in a tweet Saturday.

“Andy Ngo is someone who antagonizes those he knows will react in a disproportionate way and this exact outcome was inevitable. Everyone knew it,” Picazo told her followers before noting that Antifa’s members are ultimately responsible for their actions.

She also lamented that the incident could tarnish the group’s image.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

These leftie journalists do what guilty rapists do: blame the victim

So if Andy Ngo were to have written lies about Antifa and said that the group was “good” and “gentle,” then this could have been avoided, in their view.

Do you think that Ms. Picazo would apply the same standard to CNN were President Trump to blockade the doors of that group?

  1. Journalist Andy Ngo Assaulted by Antifa Protesters in Portland

Breitbart reports through a 29 June 2019 article the details of the attack on Andy Ngo.

Antifa-Attack-Andy-NgoJournalist Andy Ngo was assaulted by Antifa protestors in Portland Saturday afternoon, according to video taken of part of the assault and Ngo himself.

The video showed Ngo, editor of Quilette, being punched and kicked by masked assailants dressed in black and then being hit by various containers of liquid as he is retreating.

He later live-streamed a video of himself describing the assault. His face is scratched and he has blood on his neck. A police officer is heard interviewing him on the livestream.

“I just got beat up by the crowd, with no police at all, in the middle of the street,” Ngo said during the livestream.

“Where the hell were all of you,” he is heard asking the police officer. He is also heard saying he was assaulted twice earlier in the day, and reported both incidents to the police with no response.

He said he was hit by milkshakes and hit on the back of his head as well.

Portland Police Department tweeted for protestors to disperse or be subject to arrest or use of force.

Ngo is known for covering the far left and is often targeted by the left for his reporting. The day before the planned protest, he expressed fears of being singled out and assaulted:

(Read more at Breitbart)

Why pay taxes and support police if this is the limp-wristed support you get?

If the insane rule the assylum, why not break out of the assylum?

  1. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Under Fire for Not Stopping Antifa Protests

Liberal Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler comes under fire according to a 29 June 2019 Breitbart article.

Portland-Mayor-RyanPortland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s hands-off policy when it comes to Antifa protestors came under scrutiny on Saturday after journalist Andy Ngo was assaulted by masked Antifa assailants.

Wheeler, who is also police commissioner, said nothing on Saturday, as hundreds of Antifa protestors gathered on the streets, with some throwing milkshakes — potentially mixed with quick-drying cement — and assaulting Ngo.

Ngo, shaken and bloodied, began livestreaming on his phone after his assault, and could be heard asking a police officer, “Where the hell were all of you?”

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, who is openly gay like Ngo, tweeted, “Where is Mayor @tedwheeler?”

Wheeler was silent on his Twitter account and issued no statement to media.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Let me repeat, if the insane rule the assylum, why not escape the assylym?

There is plenty of room in Texas for conservatives. Liberals can stay in Oregon and California.

  1. Al Green: Impeach Trump or House Members Could Be ‘Harmed’

Breitbart reports in an 18 July 2019 article how Democrat Representative Al Green threatened harm to House members.

Al-GreenRep. Al Green (D-TX) on Thursday declared that he will be “marching on until victory is won” on impeaching President Donald Trump a day after the House tabled his impeachment resolution, which Green suggested is needed so that members of Congress are not harmed.

Green boasted that he got 95 Democrats to support moving forward with his impeachment resolution, which he said was up from 58 the first time he introduced articles of impeachment in 2017 and 66 the second time in 2018.

“We are marching on to 212,” Green said. “We are marching on until victory is won.”

Green, who has also said that the House should impeach Trump to “punish” the president, urged House members to vote against Trump’s “bigotry and hate” days after he said Trump’s tweets about the “Squad” and his words could incite or “cause others to act.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

Why doesn’t this hit the evening news?

If a 10-year-old tape of Donald Trump making locker-room banter surfaces, the press focuses on it for 6 months. If Representative Al Green (who has been in the House since 2005) makes threats like this (and like Maxine Waters made several times), the press imitates crickets.

  1. Tacoma Police: Immigration Center Firebomber Claimed to Be Antifa, Member of Antifa Gun Club

Breitbart.com reported in a 19 July 2019 article on how the man who firebombed the Tacoma immigration center claimed both Antifa membership and membership in an Antifa gun club.

Tacoma Police Department said in an update late Thursday that the 69-year-old man who tried to firebomb an immigration detention center on Saturday claimed association with Antifa, a violent far-left “anti-fascist” movement, and was once a member of a self-proclaimed anti-fascist gun club.

Tacoma Police Department Public Information Officer Loretta Cool said in an update emailed to reporters:

Subsequent investigation into the events leading up to the shooting and possible motivations for suspect Willem Van Spronsen have been discovered. Detectives have learned that the suspect claimed association with Antifa. Willem Van Spronsen was a known anarchist as well and was once a member of the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club, a self-proclaimed anti-fascist organization.

Willem-Van-SpronsenIt is the first time the Tacoma Police Department, which is leading the investigation into Van Spronsen in cooperation with the FBI, has acknowledged a link between Willem Van Spronsen and Antifa.

It is also the first time the police department is acknowledging his membership in the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club, which was featured on CNN’s United Shades of America in a May 5th episode. Van Spronsen was featured throughout the episode, in which the host praised the club’s members.

Cool also acknowledged for the first time that Van Spronsen left behind a “manifesto.”

“Detectives are still reviewing a ‘manifesto’ letter authored by Willem Van Spronsen which was widely distributed by him prior to his death. The Tacoma Police Department was not made aware of the letter prior to the investigation of the incident,” she said.

Local TV station KIRO-TV published what it said was Van Spronsen’s manifesto on their website, which showed he used the term “concentration camps” when referring to immigration detention facilities, echoing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)’s use of the term.

(Read more at Breitbart.com)

Interesting. So Tacoma Police have changed the motto of police.

According to Tacoma Police, they no longer serve and protect. It seems that the Tacoma Police inform and conform (to leftist idiology).

  1. Tacoma ICE Attacker Urges Leftists to Ignore Laws, Arm Themselves

In a 15 July 2019 Breitbart article, we find how the firebomber of the Tacoma immigration center urged leftists to ignore laws and arm themselves.

Tacoma Police Department said in an update late Thursday that the 69-year-old man who tried to firebomb an immigration detention center on Saturday claimed association with Antifa, a violent far-left “anti-fascist” movement, and was once a member of a self-proclaimed anti-fascist gun club.

Tacoma Police Department Public Information Officer Loretta Cool said in an update emailed to reporters:

Subsequent investigation into the events leading up to the shooting and possible motivations for suspect Willem Van Spronsen have been discovered. Detectives have learned that the suspect claimed association with Antifa. Willem Van Spronsen was a known anarchist as well and was once a member of the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club, a self-proclaimed anti-fascist organization.

It is the first time the Tacoma Police Department, which is leading the investigation into Van Spronsen in cooperation with the FBI, has acknowledged a link between Willem Van Spronsen and Antifa.

It is also the first time the police department is acknowledging his membership in the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club, which was featured on CNN’s United Shades of America in a May 5th episode. Van Spronsen was featured throughout the episode, in which the host praised the club’s members.

Cool also acknowledged for the first time that Van Spronsen left behind a “manifesto.”

“Detectives are still reviewing a ‘manifesto’ letter authored by Willem Van Spronsen which was widely distributed by him prior to his death. The Tacoma Police Department was not made aware of the letter prior to the investigation of the incident,” she said.

Local TV station KIRO-TV published what it said was Van Spronsen’s manifesto on their website, which showed he used the term “concentration camps” when referring to immigration detention facilities, echoing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)’s use of the term.

The manifesto said:

There’s wrong and there’s right. it’s time to take action against the forces of evil. evil says one life is worth less than another. evil says the flow of commerce is our purpose here. evil says concentration camps for folks deemed lesser are necessary. The handmaid of evil says the concentration camps should be more humane.

It also stated, “I am antifa, i stand with comrades around the world who act from the love of life in every permutation.”

Ocasio-Cortez this week did not respond to a Rebel News reporter asking if she would condemn Van Spronsen’s attack or Antifa:

(Read more at Breitbart)