Media

Hypocrisy on Women’s Rights: Liberals Have Nowhere to Hide

With Hollywood, New York networks and now Democrats on Capitol Hill exposed for their serial groping and harassment of women, the question that demands an answer is whether liberals were ever really serious about women’s rights.

Harvey Weinstein opened up a massive can of worms in which the hypocrisy of the left is being exposed to the antiseptic of sunlight, and liberals are really unhappy about it.

This isn’t an excuse at all for instances of scandal on the right (eg Roy Moore), but liberals have now lost all claim to being the champion for women.

What’s now very clear is that, like black and Hispanic voter blocs, women have simply been exploited by the left as just another chattel minority on the Democrat plantation.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

To ask the question why liberals have been such hypocrites about their treatment of women and about women’s rights is not to say that conservatives haven’t been.  They have. And some of their actions have been pretty bad. But by comparison, GOP hypocrisy in this area has been quite literally dwarfed by the Democrats.

Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton are the most recent spiritual fathers of this atrocious behavior. Both extreme sexual predators — Teddy to the extent of walking away from the corpse of Mary Jo Kopechne and other improprieties, Bill for, well, practically everything from rape to cigars — they were revered as American heroes for decades by their party with but glancing and forced (in Clinton’s case) attention to their abhorrent, often illegal, personal behavior and complete disrespect for and objectification of women.

It’s only during the recent deluge of revelations precipitated by the Harvey Weinstein unmasking with seemingly half of Hollywood (almost all of whom are liberals) being accused of myriad forms of sexual assault, gay and straight, not to mention an escalating number of politicians (Franken) and media personalities (Charlie Rose, Glenn Thrush, etc.) under fire, with undoubtedly more to come. that some Democrats are finally facing reality after twenty-five years of near complete prevarication.

In essence, liberalism is a charade.  Only the surface counts.  The reality is immaterial.  You are what you say you are, not what you do.  Even if that reality turns out to be the reverse of what you said it would be, or even causes a catastrophe, personal or political, it doesn’t matter.  You already said the “right thing.”  You’re one of the good guys.

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Issues, Politics

Massive Immigration Fight Coming to Capitol Hill

The fight over DACA may soon be coming to a cable news update near you.

Recall President Trump gave Congress six months to fix the program legislatively before it would automatically end, which is in March of next year.

While Republicans are hoping to kick the can down the road and avoid an internal fight, Democrats are increasingly insisting on addressing the issue this year.

And some have even indicated that they won’t vote in favor of any government funding bill that does not address immigration.

What that ultimately may mean is the threat of a government shutdown — but by Democrats this time — over amnesty. Get your popcorn ready, folks.

President Trump may get his wall after all.

Here’s more from The Hill…

The fight over “Dreamers” is heating up as the legislative calendar winds down, setting the stage for a year-end clash that’s heightening the odds of a government shutdown.

Lawmakers headed into the long Thanksgiving recess in stark disagreement over how, and when, to provide legal cover for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children — legislation both parties say they want after President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.

Behind Trump, GOP leaders are opposed to attaching any DACA provisions to legislation extending government funding, which expires Dec. 8. But Democratic leaders, pressured by their activist base and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, are insisting that the DACA protections be finalized before year’s end. Many Democrats are threatening to withhold support for an omnibus spending bill if the immigration language isn’t included.

With just 12 legislative days left on the calendar — and the Republicans laser-focused on enacting a tax overhaul before Christmas — GOP leaders have some tough decisions ahead. And the question of timing on DACA is becoming every bit as sticky as the substance of the bill.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has repeatedly noted that Trump, in dismantling the Obama-era program, gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative fix. With that in mind, the Speaker has suggested Republicans would be fine addressing the issue early next year.

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Issues

New Tax Bill Gives Even More Power to IRS Over Churches

Earlier in the year President Trump strongly suggested he might push for the removal of the so-called ‘Johnson Amendment’, the infamous regulation that threatens churches with fines from the IRS or even loss of tax-exempt status if political speech issues forth from the pulpit.

That has led many in Congress to push for full freedom of speech from the pulpit.

But now, quite by surprise, the new Republican tax reform bill has language in it that some argue would actually give the IRS more power over churches in that it would invite them to inspect the degree to which churches are engaging in political speech.

With the latest developments in the Lois Lerner scandal, we might advise Republicans in Congress to take another look at their language.

Let’s just call a do-over, shall we?

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Last year, Donald Trump drew attention to the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits certain tax-exempt groups including churches from participating in political campaigns. Trump called for repealing this amendment, on the grounds that religious organizations should not fear losing tax exemption when discussing politics. On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a massive tax bill that addresses the Johnson Amendment, but some have warned that this bill would actually make matters worse for churches, not better.

“I think this language strengthens the IRS in their ability to put 501(c)3s under a microscope,” Rob Walgate, vice president of the American Policy Roundtable (AP Roundtable), told PJ Media. He referred to all sorts of nonprofit groups that are tax exempt under section 501(c)3 of the tax code, including churches.

While the GOP bill would supposedly allow churches and other groups to speak about politics without fear, Walgate warned that it would really open the door to IRS investigation into every aspect of a church’s operation.

“Every week across the country, in homilies, in sermons, in synagogues, people are being taught from the scriptures principles to apply in their lives that impact how they vote. Do we say, ‘That sermon impacted how people vote, that church has to be put under a microscope?'” Walgate asked.

Unfortunately, the language in the Republican tax bill suggests the answer is “yes.”

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Politics

Oops: Hillary Praises Bill For Staying Off Twitter During Presidency

Bill, Hillary and a gaggle of Clinton corruptocrats joined in for a celebration this weekend of the 25th-anniversary of Bill’s victory in the 1992 presidential election.

You know, that one in which he was threatened to be undone by the ‘vast, right-wing conspiracy’.

In the course of her usual self-congratulatory prevarication, she boasted about Bill’s presidency in which “he didn’t tweet about it, he got to work about it and he actually got it done.”

Um, pardon us for saying so, but there’s one small problem with that pat on the back: Twitter wasn’t invented until five years after Bill left the Oval Office.

So, of course, he didn’t tweet about it…he couldn’t.

She then used the occasion as a platform to pontificate about how that same vast right-wing conspiracy stopped her from from her rightful place as Presidentress of the United States.

Here’s more from Daily Wire…

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a Clinton Foundation event on Saturday where she complained about people spreading misinformation about her as she delivered some misinformation of her own.

The event, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of Bill’s victory in the 1992 presidential election, featured both Clintons and their former campaign manager, James Carville.

Hillary blamed Fox News and other news outlets for many of both her and her husband’s problems and complained that right-leaning websites were responsible for spreading misinformation and alternative facts — echoing her mid-1990s claim that a “vast right wing conspiracy” was involved in destroying the Clintons’ reputations.

Hillary spoke about how difficult the process was to obtain peace in Northern Ireland during Bill’s first term and she bragged about Bill’s ability to stay off Twitter and get the work done.

“There was nothing fast and easy about it,” Hillary said. “He didn’t Tweet about it, he got to work about it and he actually got it done.”

Bill Clinton served as president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Twitter was not created until 2006. Many in the first wave of Twitter users didn’t sign onto the platform until early 2007, nearly a decade after Clinton left office.

 

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Politics

Guilty: Lois Lerner Doesn’t Want Her Testimony Made Public

Poor Ms. Lois Lerner is concerned people might be really, really mad at her if they learn the whole truth.

Yep, according to her attorney, her testimony in a recent civil suit brought against the IRS by targeted Tea Party groups should remain sealed.

Apparently, her life might be threatened should her comments become public record.

Lerner engaged in an organized effort to violate federal law then to obstruct justice by hiding the facts both from her superiors and federal investigators.

It was a scandal of the highest order.

But now she wants a version of anonymity after the fact.

Are we the only folks wondering, in the first place, why this damning testimony wasn’t offered during her appearance before Congress?

We have a word for that in the US legal code: perjury.

Here’s more from Redstate…

And now she’s worried.

What did she think the reaction of the public would be, when she and her department systematically singled out conservative groups for discrimination? I guess she didn’t think we’d ever get quite this ugly, as a nation, but then again, what she did was pretty ugly, too.

Lois Lerner, the former IRS executive that played a prominent role in the investigation into the targeting case, wants the details of the case to remain sealed, fearing that should the details become public, she and her family could be put in danger.

Ms. Lerner and Holly Paz, her deputy at the IRS, filed documents in court Thursday saying tapes and transcripts of depositions they gave in a court case this year must remain sealed in perpetuity, or else they could spur an enraged public to retaliate.

“Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment,” attorneys for the two women argued.

Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz gave taped depositions in a class-action lawsuit brought by tea party groups demanding answers and compensation for having been subjected to illegal targeting for their political beliefs.

A class-action lawsuit by the groups was settled in Ohio and D.C. in October, with the IRS admitting to the illegal behaviors. A $3.5 million lawsuit was ordered to be paid out by the government, in that case.

Lerner and Paz’s testimonies in the Ohio case were left out of the public record, because they requested privacy in the matter. They’re hoping to keep all that a secret, since the case has been settled.

What we do know is that the Obama administration claimed the targeting had stopped. What was actually going on was that Lerner was hiding it from her superiors.

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Politics

Too Far: NFL Player Kneels for USA, Stands for Mexican Anthem

Though the national anthem controversy continues to flame out as owners and NFL execs grow ever more wary of lost profits, some ne’er-do-wells still haven’t gotten the memo.

On Sunday, Raiders running back Marshawn Johnson kneeled during the anthem at the exhibition game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

And because they were in Mexico, it was customary for the host country also to play their national anthem…during which Johnson then resumed standing.

It was no doubt a double-dip show of disrespect.

But in complete fairness, NFL players aren’t usually Mensa graduates.

So it’s entirely likely Johnson had no clue he was in another country and, hence, that a second anthem was playing.

Here’s more from the NY Post…

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during most of U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before their game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Lynch has not stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season.

There did not appear to be any other protests during the anthem as the afternoon games kicked off. Five NFL players protested during the national anthems before early games.

The Dolphins’ Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas took a knee before their game against Tampa Bay.

Giants defensive lineman Olivier Vernon took a knee, as he has done most of the season. The opposing Chiefs stood scattered on their sideline, though cornerback Marcus Peters remained in the tunnel until it was over.

 

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International

Mattis: Military Buying Time for Diplomats to Resolve N. Korea

Secretary of Defense James Mattis revealed to the press this weekend for the first time exactly what the intent is behind the President’s order to send increasingly more naval forces off the shores of North Korea.

In a phrase: delay and deter.

Mattis explained that the overwhelming weight of American forces in the region is meant to put downward pressure on a regime that only responds to force.

However, his hope is that that show of force will deter him from further aggressive action while diplomats attempt to work things out.

The trouble with that line of thinking is that Kim Jong Un doesn’t understand diplomacy.

He’s a mass murderer who has assassinated his own family members and killed his own people.

Logic cannot prevail upon this man.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters that hanging the military option over North Korea’s head is a way to “buy time” for diplomats to solve the crisis without war.

In August, National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster asked how the “classical deterrence theory” would “apply to a regime like the regime in North Korea.”

“A regime that engages in unspeakable brutality against its own people? A regime that poses a continuous threat to its neighbors in the region and now may pose a threat, direct threat, to the United States with weapons of mass destruction? A regime that imprisons and murders anyone who seems to oppose that regime, including members of his own family, using sarin nerve gas in a public airport?” McMaster told ABC News. “…The most effective way of preserving peace is to be prepared for war.”

En route to Colorado Springs on Thursday, Mattis was asked if he agreed with McMaster that North Korea may not be deterrable.

“I think that is a question on a lot of people’s minds right now. Are they deterrable, are they not deterrable?” the Defense secretary replied. “And I think what that we have to do is try deal with the protection, defense of our country and our allies, and that’s where I stay focused right now.”

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International, Politics

Bin Laden Docs Show Obama Misled Voters on Al Qaeda

This will be really difficult news for our conservative readers to believe, so hold on to your hats: President Barack H. Obama lied to the American people.

We’ll give you a quick minute to regain your composure. Okay, break’s over.

You might recall during the 2012 re-election campaign, Obama continually argued that Al Qaeda was being ‘decimated’.

But there’s one problem: it wasn’t at all true. Newly-released documents from bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan reveal that in fact Al Qaeda was far from being decimated.

The organization was actually growing at a fairly fast pace.

What’s worse is it was this rhetoric that he used to justify pulling troops out of Iraq, which then the takeover by ISIS.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

“Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive” was a favorite mantra of the Obama campaign during the 2012 election. The implication was that al-Qaeda was “decimated,” as President Obama said several times.

But the recent release of documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout shows that al-Qaeda, far from being “decimated,” was, in fact, growing even stronger.

The information was deliberately withheld from the American people by President Obama, who released just a few pages of documents in May of 2012, carefully selected to jibe with the administration’s narrative on al-Qaeda.

The only thing really surprising here is the lengths to which Obama went to justify pulling troops from Iraq — that he would risk so much just to please his liberal base. Intelligence in this case was cynically manipulated to paint a false picture of American security.

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Politics, War on Terror

Top Nuclear General: I’d Refuse ‘Illegal’ Launch Order From Trump

The media is making a rather large mountain of a molehill this weekend after what appeared to be controversial comments from a top US Air Force nuclear commander.

During a presentation at an international security conference in Novia Scotia, General John Hyten, who runs the U.S. Strategic Command, commented that he’d refuse an illegal order from President Trump concerning a nuclear launch.

The press has seized on those words to make a case for dissension within the ranks.

But looking at the context of his remarks, the key word is ‘illegal’ in which he was simply explaining that nuclear commanders must obey the law before they obey the Commander-in-Chief.

Either way, it’s good to know we have sober folks with their fingers near the red button.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, told a security conference in Nova Scotia that he would refuse to obey an “illegal” order from Donald Trump to launch nuclear weapons.

Asked if he has given much thought to how he would handle a nuclear strike order from President Trump that he thinks is unlawful, Hyten, who oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, answered, “I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”

“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten said. “And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

He explained that if he were to execute an unlawful order, “You will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

The key word here is “illegal.” In fact, no U.S. military officer is bound to obey an order he believes to be “illegal,” so why this is being made into a big deal is something of a mystery.

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States

CA Textbooks Force Kids to Focus on Orientation, Not History

The Left Coast is at it again with its fascist crusade to force everyone not merely to accept the LBGTQXYZ agenda but also to agree with it.

But, of course, that requires a bit of propaganda.

Enter the California Textbook Gestapo which has declared certain textbooks approved for inclusiveness.

According to the LA Times, history textbooks, for example, must ‘teach about historical figures who were LGBT’.

Because, you know, a sufficient grasp of history apparently includes knowing what certain figures did in the privacy of their bedrooms.

But seriously, what CA lefties are doing is forcing prepubescent children to grapple with things their minds are not prepared to encounter, nor should they.

But that, after all, is the definition of brainwashing, which is what the left is really after.

Here’s more from Redstate…

As a state, California has adopted a fresh take on history: A person’s sexual identity is what matters more than what that person does.

The state’s board of education has approved ten textbooks that it has deemed “inclusive enough,” and rejected two others that were not, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*, one of the top textbooks producers in the United States.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

The rejected textbooks failed to abide by California’s 2011 FAIR Education Act. The law, written by former state Sen. Mark Leno, requires that schools teach about historical figures who were LGBT or who had disabilities.

Equality California’s executive director, Rick Zbur, called the board’s decision a “long-fought victory.”

“Approval of these textbooks means that California schools will now have access to approved materials that accurately represent LGBTQ people, and Equality California applauds the State Board of Education for this historic decision,” Zbur said.

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