In case you’ve been out of the country over the last 30 days, you might have missed the brouhaha in New York after self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez destroyed an incumbent Democrat in the congressional primary. While sipping on a latte and rocking out to tunes on a slick new bluetooth speaker, Cortez called her Millennial ne’er-do-wells
In case you’ve been out of the country over the last 30 days, you might have missed the brouhaha in New York after self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez destroyed an incumbent Democrat in the congressional primary. While sipping on a latte and rocking out to tunes on a slick new bluetooth speaker, Cortez called her Millennial ne’er-do-wells to join her in ‘occupying’ ICE, airports and the border. The logistics of occupying a border aside, someone might remind her that her uber-lib pals behind the barista bar at Starbucks might take umbrage at the suggestion that profits be directed to the government instead of employee raises.
Here’s more from Hot Air…
I believe it was only yesterday when Ed Morrissey described New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “the gift that keeps on giving.” Well, the giving continues today and it’s only getting better. (Editor’s note: The phrase “better” may only apply if you are a conservative.)
She gave an interview to Democracy Now! this week where she set forth some of her agenda for her swelling army of socialist supporters on the Democratic left flank. Rather than focusing on new progressive policy initiatives or getting out the vote, Ocasio-Cortez called on the unwashed masses to take to the streets in the fashion of Occupy Wall Street, but relocate their forces to “occupy” the nation’s airports, all of the ICE offices and “the border.” I’m not sure how one “occupies” a border but at least she’s thinking outside the box. (PJ Media, emphasis added)
Democrat candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has made a huge splash since trouncing incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the NY-14 primary, calls herself a socialist and is big on activism, if not geopolitics.
So big on activism, in fact, that in an interview with Democracy Now! on Monday, she called for the “occupation” of airports and ICE offices as part of the effort to “mobilize” the so-called Resistance…
“We have to have a rapid response,” she said. “And I think every day that we go on, especially a day when something that heinous happens, we have to occupy all of it. We need to occupy every airport. We need to occupy every border. We need to occupy every ICE office until those kids are back with their parents, period.”
“We have to show people that we’re willing to walk the walk,”she said.
Peter Strzok’s congressional testimony last week was smug, evasive and defensive, to say the least. No matter how damning the evidence was against him, there was always a reasonable explanation, from his perspective, on why he repeatedly sent text messages painting a picture of collusion against a would-be president. Then came Lisa Page. In contrast, her testimony was ‘contrite’ and much more forthright in explaining that many of the texts were exactly as they appear. So what we have here is a tale of two cities in which congressional leaders must decide whether the smoke leads to a gun or simply to an innocent campfire, as Strzok would have us believe. Something tells us they’re not in the mood to go camping.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Congressional leaders have praised the testimony of former FBI agent Lisa Page in recent days and have said that they found her testimony to be very credible as some of them claim she gave a very different account of events than her former lover, disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that there were “significant differences” in Page’s testimony compared to the testimony given by Strzok and that she gave congressional investigators new information they did not previously have.
“In many cases, she admits that the text messages mean exactly what they say, as opposed to Agent Strzok, who thinks that we’ve all misinterpreted his own words on any text message that might be negative,” Ratcliff told reporters on Monday, according to ABC News.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) agreed with Ratcliffe’s statement, saying, “She’s certainly more cooperative than Peter Strzok was and the pieces of information filled in some blanks along the way, but we’ve got a huge jigsaw puzzle to put together.”
We know this is difficult to believe, so bear with us. Special Counsel Robert Meuller has issued an indictment of a dozen Russian officials on the charge of election hacking. But curiously the details of the indictment ignore critical findings from the House intelligence report. Perhaps it’s because that report contained questions about collusion at the hands of the agency that’s signing Mueller’s paychecks. While the mainstream media is fixated on Trump’s foreign policy missteps, it’s conveniently ignoring the pink elephant in the room. Typical.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 12 Russian officials on charges of hacking Democrats’ computers during the 2016 campaign looks “ridiculous” because it left out Republicans who were also targeted.
During an interview Sunday on Fox News, Nunes accused the media of largely ignoring the findings of his committee’s months-old report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which he asserted was more comprehensive than Mueller’s indictment. However, he also claimed the redactions in his panel’s report prevented the presentation of the full picture and urged President Trump to declassify it.
“This entire report that you have in front of you, all you had to do was get to page 4, and you only had to read chapter 2 and you would have had nearly everything that’s in the indictment,” Nunes said, referring to a copy of the report held by host Maria Bartiromo. “There’s more in this report than what’s in the indictment. And this is what’s very frustrating.”
A grand jury returned Mueller’s indictment Friday, after which it was announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The media are just now beginning to dig into the explicit and implied obfuscation, er, um, ‘testimony’ delivered last week by Peter Strzok. Among the details that escaped broader reporting was the fact that Strzok admitted FBI officials debated whether to pursue a Russia collusion investigation based on Donald Trump’s polling numbers. According to Strzok, his infamous ‘insurance policy’ text was a reference to that debate. The text aside, why would a federal agency base any official decision on the poll numbers of a presidential election? Shouldn’t the question be whether to do the job American taxpayers are paying for? And if Trump had been leading in the polls, would the FBI have been more dogged in pursuing the investigation earlier? Strzok is digging a deeper hole.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
In statements largely unreported by the news media, FBI official Peter Strzok described an alleged debate that took place within the FBI about how aggressively to pursue the Russia collusion investigation based on Donald Trump’s poll numbers in the 2016 presidential election.
Strzok made his statements about nine hours into Thursday’s televised congressional hearing during a section in which he was explaining his infamous August 2016 text message referencing an “insurance policy” in the event that Trump wins the election.
“The insurance policy text that has come up before?” began Strzok. “That text represented a debate on information that we had received from an extraordinarily sensitive source and method and that typically when something is that sensitive if you take action on it you put it at risk. And so there is a tension there. Maybe we should just roll slow. Take a typical 3, 4-year counterintelligence investigation because the more aggressive you are the more you put it at risk. And some people said that.”
Surprise, surprise. Democrats attempted to smear Republicans and the Trump administration on immigration by offering a bill to abolish ICE. But that was before the polls came out showing voter support for ICE. Now Paul Ryan and Republicans in the House are calling their bluff by promising to bring the bill up for a vote. And when it fails miserably, it’ll be just one more example of why Hillary lost in 2016: Democrats are out of touch with the American people. As long as immigration is the top issue going into November, Democrats are nearly guaranteed to lose.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
After Republicans promised to bring the “abolish ICE” bill to the floor for a vote in the House, Democrats now appear to have gotten cold feet.
Several of the lawmakers who introduced the bill now say they will vote “no” if it comes up for a vote. In truth, the proposal to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was never serious and was simply an exercise in tossing raw meat to their rabid, far-left base.
But Republicans have called them out for their political stupidity and they are backtracking as fast as they can.
“We know Speaker [Paul] Ryan is not serious about passing our ‘Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act,’ so members of Congress, advocacy groups, and impacted communities will not engage in this political stunt,” Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Adriano Espaillat of New York told The Hill and other news outlets. “If Speaker Ryan puts our bill on the floor, we plan to vote no and will instead use the opportunity to force an urgently needed and long-overdue conversation on the House floor.
Whoever said a House speaker had to be “serious” about passing a bill to bring it to the floor? I think Ryan was being quite magnanimous and accommodating in allowing Democrats the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is on abolishing ICE.
A major problem for the Democrats is that several potential candidates for the presidential nomination of their party backed the radical proposal.
Among the highlights of disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok’s testimony Thursday was his dismissal of DOJ reports concerning the threat of blackmail over his affair with bureau lawyer Lisa Page. In response to questioning from Rep. Karen Handel, Strzok deflected, “I never, never could have been blackmailed or coerced by the nature of that relationship. The nature of my patriotism and the nature of what I believe in this country, you could not, nobody could have made that.” After everyone’s eyes finished rolling, the Google searches for ‘Benedict Arnold’ skyrocketed. Somehow attempting to derail the campaign for president of a Republican nominee now apparently qualifies as ‘patriotism’.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok testified before House Judiciary and House Oversight Committee members Thursday and contradicted reports that Justice Department officials expressed concerns of blackmail over his extramarital affair with bureau lawyer Lisa Page.
A partial transcript follows:
REP. KAREN HANDEL (R-GA): I have found your testimony today, frankly, to be quite remarkable in its disingenuousness, and you have shown a disturbing degree of denialism about your actions and the impact of those actions. I think we would all agree that everyone does have personal viewpoints. That is very true, but against Strzok, there is a very big difference between someone expressing his or her political views generally and someone leading an FBI investigation making highly negative and explosive comments about the actual target of that investigation. Would you agree? That’s a yes or no.
FBI AGENT PETER STRZOK: Can you rephrase the question? I don’t understand.
REP. HANDEL: You have a really awesome talent for filibustering. Think about running for the Senate. I’ll just say again, you are the lead investigator, and you made highly negative, explosive comments about the actual target of an investigation. That is distinctly different from an individual expressing his or her political views.
What I also find stunning is that someone in your role and responsibilities that you’ve had engaged in such grossly unprofessional, unacceptable, and unethical behavior. Now, truly ironic – did I hear you say earlier you’re in a senior position at the HR division for the FBI?
STRZOK: Yes, ma’am.
REP. HANDEL: That’s very ironic. So let me ask you this. You were in a supervisory role within the FBI; suppose you found out that one of your direct reports was sending the kind of text messages that you were sending about the target of an investigation that they were working. What action would you take?
STRZOK: Ma’am, if they were sending personal opinion about a political matter, that’s their business. I think given my experience to date, I would caution them against doing that on a government device.
In his effort to avoid giving actual answers to members of Congress, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok succeeded in firing up former prosecutor Rep. Trey Gowd, (R-TX). Strzok refused to acknowledge that his inherent bias played a role in his firing telling Gowdy: “If you want to represent what you said accurately I’m happy to answer that question, but I don’t appreciate what was originally said being changed.” Gowdy responded accordingly: “I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok.” Things did not improve for Strzok. Can you say ‘indictment’?
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…
Rep. Trey Gowdy got heated while questioning anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok Thursday.
Gowdy told Strzok that the doesn’t “give a damn” what Strzok appreciated or wanted.
Gowdy questioned Strzok on why specifically he was let go from the Mueller investigation.
“How long did you talk to him when he let you go?” Gowdy asked.
“My recollection it was a short meeting, somewhere between 15 to 30 minutes, probably around 15 minutes,” Strzok said.
“And your testimony is: Bob Mueller did not kick you off because of the content of your texts; he kicked out you off because of some appearance he was worried about,” Gowdy said.
“My testimony — what you asked and what I responded to — is that he kicked me off because of my bias,” Strzok responded. “I’m stating to you it is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias — that it was done based on the appearance. If you want to represent what you said accurately I’m happy to answer that question, but I don’t appreciate what was originally said being changed.”
“I don’t give a damn what you appreciate Agent Strzok,” Gowdy shot back.
“I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016.”
Parents in Delaware are taking on the transgender agenda at local schools with more than 11,000 filing objections to the Delaware Education Department’s Regulation 225 which sought to allow children to switch their gender at school without parental notification, let alone consent. In the midst of the parental outrage, the Department of Education and Indian River School District’s board of education unanimously voted against the original version, rewriting the decree to put parents back in the decision-making loop, though ‘trans’ students still have the choice of which locker rooms or bathrooms to use. Once upon a time, parents were the stewards of their children’s future; now they’re just bystanders for the government’s cradle to grave nanny state.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
Larry Mayo, a grandfather with two relatives who are gay, spoke out against the Delaware Education Department’s Regulation 225 when it was released for public debate last November. The regulation was a bureaucratic move to allow school recognition of children wanting to change their gender without notifying their parents.
“The authority to raise children is not for the state. It’s for the parent,” said Mayo during an Indian River School District Board of Education meeting.
In the face of a firestorm of protest — more than 11,000 people filed objections with the Department of Education and the Indian River School District’s board of education voted unanimously to oppose the original version — Regulation 225 has been rewritten to put parents back at the top of the decision-making process. However, the updated version of the regulation still instructs school districts to make sure kids who decide their birth gender is no longer a good fit can use the locker rooms and bathrooms of their choice.
“Transgender youth deserve equal protection under the law. They don’t deserve special protection,” Mayo added. “I got harassed because I was 5 feet, 3 inches in the ninth grade. I dealt with it.”
Like Mayo, Linda Schroeder told the Indian River Board of Education her disagreement with Regulation 225 didn’t come from a dislike or fear of transgender people.
“We are not against a community or a person for their choice that they make,” Schroeder said. “The Department of Education wants to take our rights away as a parent – not knowing these things that are detrimental to our children – and give the authority to somebody else to decide what is best of your child.”
Here’s more from PJ Media…
President Trump has nominated his pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, and predictably, there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth from the left. The womyn are lamenting all those abortions they want to have but maybe won’t be able to have if SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion to the states. In their minds, this means that they would be automatically dragged into an alley (pregnant or not) and assaulted with a wire hanger by Kavanaugh himself, or something. I really can’t figure it out. All I hear is a bunch of caterwauling histrionics about how they love to rip human babies into bloody pieces. Yay, rights!
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) July 10, 2018
These protests, we are to believe, spontaneously “broke out” just as the president announced his pick.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 10, 2018
Too bad we’ve already seen the pre-planning all over Facebook, geniuses! This one, in particular, is my favorite of all the hysterical propaganda. Here we have a cartoon of Justice Roberts swearing in a KKK hood-wearing Supreme Court justice. Or is it supposed to be Trump? Who knows, but have they no shame?
“Trump will announce his new Supreme Court Justice nomination tomorrow, Monday, at 9pm, according to new reports,” said RefuseFascism.org. “Whoever he chooses will be dangerous for humanity. We must NOT allow this regime to lock in place a fully fascist Supreme Court that strips away the rights of women, Black people, LGBTQ people, immigrants, the environment, and so much more.”
Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, urged the Senate to start voting on the “504 bills they have” from the House, especially the legislation dealing with sanctuary cities.
Last year, the House passed Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which are both pending in the Senate.
U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently ruled that the city of Philadelphia is still able to receive federal grants despite its “sanctuary city” policies that prohibit full cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was seen on video dancing after the ruling.
Walker shared his reaction to the court ruling.
“Operating under Article I, our legislative powers allow us to be able to cut off funding to the sanctuary cities so we’re going to continue to look for legislative ways to be able to do that,” Walker told PJM after his speech at a Faith and Freedom Coalition town hall on Capitol Hill, organized as part of the group’s “Road to Majority” conference.
“We know the vast majority of the American people think that a sanctuary city is preposterous, that you could literally allow people to have safe harbor, people who have even broken the law, without fear of prosecution or arrest, even outstanding warrants – that’s not how we do things in this country,” he added.