Big govt, Courts, Politics

The Imbalanced Scales of Justice

The U.S. judicial system is disintegrating before our eyes. What used to be a world-renowned legal system that treated its citizens fairly and equally has now become a political sword for those in power to wield against political opponents — similar to what’s found in police state regimes, such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

For reference, compare how dramatically different the feds’ treatment of Donald Trump associates has been from the treatment they’ve given to Hillary Clinton and her associates who lied, destroyed evidence and otherwise obstructed justice in regard to her rogue servers and reckless mishandling of classified emails. During the FBI’s email investigation under former Director James Comey, it didn’t prosecute a single person associated with Clinton or the former secretary of state herself despite her having flagrantly jeopardized U.S. national security.

Not to mention a laundry list of other suspect behavior, including the destruction of 33,000 emails under federal investigation, wiping servers, smashing devices with a hammer and “losing” a laptop. Did anyone in Clinton’s orbit get jail time for, at minimum, obstructing justice? Far from it. Everyone got immunity, courtesy of the Hillary-loving U.S. Department of Justice.

For context, since being fired from the FBI, Comey has said publicly — in both tweets and TV interviews — that Americans must vote Democratic. No bias there, right? Now take a gander at how those associated with Trump are being treated by Trump nemesis Robert Mueller in the special counsel’s ongoing investigation. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was illicitly spied on by U.S. intelligence agencies while working as Trump’s national security adviser and subsequently snared on charges of lying to the FBI. Flynn, who served our country proudly for decades, has been put through a living hell and forced to sell his home to cover his legal defense. Yet the American people know that — for starters — Clinton lied when she said she didn’t send or receive any classified information on her renegade servers hidden in her Chappaqua, New York, bathroom. Not to mention other malfeasance involving the Clinton camp.

Then there’s George Papadopoulos, a low-level volunteer for the 2016 Trump campaign. The unpaid adviser was also set up by the deep state, ensnared in a perjury trap and sent to prison. Add to it a Dutch lawyer who was sent to the slammer for 30 days for allegedly not being truthful to authorities. And then there’s Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer who was just sentenced to three years in prison for various crimes, including violating campaign finance laws. Meanwhile, Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee also violated federal election laws by failing to properly report millions of dollars they paid to Fusion GPS — a political opposition research firm they retained during the 2016 election — which produced the “dirty” dossier.
Their punishment? Not even a wrist slap.

And we can’t forget Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose life has been completely destroyed. He currently faces what may amount to life imprisonment for white-collar crimes unrelated to Trump — crimes others have committed without penalty.

Americans see that there’s a two-tiered system, and that’s causing great distrust in the Justice Department.
It’s high time lawmakers and the acting U.S. attorney general took action to stop our legal system from imploding beyond repair. What are they waiting for?

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at



Big govt, International, Issues, Politics

Mexico Shutting Its Border…With Guatemala

New Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador appears to be on a charm offensive with the Trump administration and is now working to secure his nation’s southern border with Guatemala to stop any future caravan stunts from Central Americans. From the Washington Times: Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero says Mexico will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between the two countries. It is as yet unclear how Mexico will secure its border, whether with manpower or by building its own “wall.” Read more…

Here’s more from Hot Air…

The new Mexican government of incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or “AMLO”) continues to pleasantly surprise me. Not only have we seen increased cooperation with Mexican law enforcement on our own southern border, but he seems to be serious about attacking the illegal immigration problem at its source. The latest announcement coming from Mexico City indicates that they’re seeking to shut off the flow of migrants and caravans by cracking down on their own southern border.

Mexico’s top security official says the government will effectively close off illegal entry at its southern border with Guatemala.

Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero says Mexico will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between the two countries.


International, Issues, Politics

Migrants Give Ultimatum: Let Us In Or Give Us 50Gs To Turn Around

Two organized groups from the Central American caravan marched on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana with no less than a demand for reparations for “everything the United States has stolen from Honduras” to the tune of $50,000. They say let them in or give them the cash to take home with them. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, they also demanded a halt in deportations and faster processing. “It may seem like a lot of money to you,” organizer Alfonsa Guerreo Ulloa told the paper, “but it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras. “Another said, “We thought they would let us in, but Trump sent the military instead of social workers. “They “generously” gave the consulate 72 hours to think about it and respond.

Here’s more from Fox News… 

Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said.

Among other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The first group of caravan members, which included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the paper. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”


Big govt, Elections, Politics

Poll: Beto Leads in Dem White House Hunt

In the latest poll of its hard-left members, failed U.S. Senate candidate Robert O’Rourke is coming out ahead of former Obama Vice President Joe Biden for White House favorites. In his support for gun regulation and increased federal largesse, O’Rourke clocked in at 15.6 percent ahead of Biden’s 14.9 percent and self-described socialist Bernie Sanders’ 13.1 percent, but it’s an eternity until actual votes are cast, and at least 29 percent of those polled indicated they’re undecided. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Tuesday, NBC News reported that a straw poll of members – grassroots far-Leftists – favored failed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke over Joe Biden. Some 29 percent of respondents said they didn’t know who they wanted or wanted candidates not listed, but Rourke seized a narrow lead with 15.6 percent of respondents, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 14.9 percent and Senator Bernie Sanders at 13.1 percent.

That’s certainly a troubling sign for Sanders, who wants to recapitulate his 2016 run by recapturing the hearts of the so-called Bernie Bros. But it now looks like the Bernie Bros may have been wooed by the charismatic Texas representative, and may be turning away from the crotchety old Vermont socialist. What’s more, O’Rourke has crossover power with the two other segments of the Democratic base: the intersectional coalition that Barack Obama captured so easily in 2008, and the mainstream base that Sanders could never consolidate against Hillary Clinton.


Culture, Issues, Politics

Biological Man Dominating Women’s Handball

Hannah Mouncey is a 6’2″, 220 lb. biological man who is dominating as a woman on Australia’s women’s handball team after successfully petitioning that weight cannot be considered a criteria for qualification, and that doing so is “backwards.” Mouncey, who notably competed on the male team before his “transition,” is being credited for the team’s newfound success in international competition. According to Breitbart, Mouncey cited Iran for being progressive on transgender rights: “With a single-minded focus on transgenderism, Mouncey even praised Iran as ‘progressive’ for rules allowing transgender players. Yes, the same Iran that executes men for being gay is ‘progressive’ in Mouncey’s view.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Until 2016, Hannah Mouncey played for Australia’s men’s handball league. But now, after transitioning to a woman, the six-foot-two, 220-pound Mouncey is utterly dominating Australia’s women’s handball league, Daily Wire noted.

Mouncey literally towers over opponents and overpowers them in reach, strength, speed, and weight, but has been allowed to compete as a woman despite the incredible advantage.

With Mouncey leading the drive, Australia is back in the hunt for an Asian Women’s Handball championship for the first time in years.

Mouncey has been racking up the points at a growing rate with four goals against Kazakhstan last week, and eight goals against Japan and Iran in recent matches.

According to the Swedish sports site Handbolls Kanalen, “Australia defeated Iran by 29-24, and the result may turn out to be gold worth. If they finish in fifth place or better, Oceania is winning a World Cup through the Asian Championship. It also means that IHF will not have a wildcard to share.”


Big govt, Media, Politics

Silicon Valley Morphing Into the Morality Police

Silicon Valley used to be technology companies. But it has become the “morality police,” controlling free speech on its platforms. What could go wrong?

In a speech Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world. At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge. There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Here’s the goliath problem: Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like? Will Christians who don’t support abortion rights or having their tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood be considered purveyors of hate for denying women the right to choose? Will millions of Americans who support legal immigration, as opposed to illegal immigration, be labeled xenophobes or racists and be banned from the digital world?

Yes and yes. How do we know? It’s already happening, as scores of conservatives nationwide are being shadow banned and/or censored on social media, YouTube, Google and beyond. Their crime? Running afoul of leftist Silicon Valley executives who demand conformity of thought and simply won’t tolerate any viewpoint that strays from their rigid political orthodoxy.

For context, consider that in oppressive Islamist regimes throughout the Middle East, the “morality police” take it upon themselves to judge women’s appearance, and if a woman doesn’t conform with their mandatory and highly restrictive dress code — e.g., wearing an identity-cloaking burqa — she could be publicly shamed, arrested or even stoned in the town square.

In modern-day America, powerful technology companies are actively taking the role of the de facto morality police — not when it comes to dress but when it comes to speech — affecting millions. Yes, to date, those affected are not getting stoned, but they are being blocked in the digital town square, where billions around the globe do their business, cultivate their livelihoods, connect with others and get news.

That is a powerful cudgel to levy against individuals and groups of people. Wouldn’t you say?

Right now, unelected tech billionaires living in a bubble in Palo Alto — when they’re not flying private to cushy climate summits in Davos — are deciding who gets to enjoy the freedom of speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and who does not based on whether they agree with people’s political views and opinions or not.

You see how dangerous this can get — real fast — as partisan liberal elites running Twitter, Facebook, Google (including YouTube), Apple and the like are now dictating to Americans what they can and cannot say online.

In communist regimes, these types of folks are known as central planners. The election of Donald Trump was supposed to safeguard our freedoms, especially regarding speech — a foundational pillar of a democracy. It’s disappointing that hasn’t happened, as the censorship of conservative thought online has gotten so extreme and out of control many are simply logging off for good.

A failure to address this mammoth issue could cost Trump in 2020. If his supporters are blocked online — where most voters get their news — he’ll be a one-term president.

It’s time for Congress to act before the morality police use political correctness as a Trojan horse to decide our next election.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at



Big govt, Elections, Politics

NYT Admits Warren’s DNA Test Was a Misstep

It’s not often that mainstream media admits when liberal Democrats have gone off the rails. So when they do, it’s a pretty big deal. To wit, the New York Times lamented this week that “she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science – and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) DNA test was such a fiasco, her advisers and even the far-left New York Times are worried this “lingering cloud over [her] likely presidential campaign has only darkened.”

“More worrisome to supporters of Ms. Warren’s presidential ambitions,” the Times writes, is that “she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science — and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.”

“Advisers close to Ms. Warren say she has privately expressed concern that she may have damaged her relationships to Native American groups and her own standing with progressive activists, particularly those who are racial minorities.”


Big govt, Politics

Wisconsin GOP Outflanks Incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are in a last-ditch “dog in the manger” frenzy to relegislate the scope of work for the state’s incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who takes office next month. According to HotAir, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester told reporters that he wanted to make sure lawmakers have as much control of state government as Evers. “We did have an election. Whether everyone here likes it or not, I respect the fact that Tony Evers is the governor, and he’s going to be starting on January 7. But he’s not the governor today, and that’s why we’re going to make sure the powers of each branch are as equal as they can be.” Read more…

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Tony Evers will take the reins in Wisconsin in a little over a month, but at least Republicans are graciously relieving him of some of Scott Walker’s old workload. That’s the reason the GOP is stripping powers from the governor’s office, right? And to think every Democrat in the state legislature opposes this oh-so-kind gesture!
In the real world, though, it’s a perfect example of the dog-in-the-manger ploy:

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate has passed a sweeping measure taking power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, and reducing how long early voting can take place.

The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. The Assembly was expected to give final approval later Wednesday morning and send the measure to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled his support.


Big govt, Media, Politics

CNN Panel Trashes Trump During Bush 41 Coverage

During a CNN panel discussion covering the death of Bush 41, they made sure to use the opportunity to trash President Trump even before he and first lady Melania Trump appeared in the rotunda to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush. “Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, two Democrats – they called Bush 41 a gentleman, total class. This is the embodiment of just how different it can be,” CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel told anchor Anderson Cooper. “And that’s a message to Trump.” Read more.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A CNN panel blasted President Donald Trump on Monday immediately following his visit to the U.S. Capitol where he paid his respects to former President George H.W. Bush.

Before President Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared in the rotunda, CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel began by insisting that the celebration of Bush’s life “sends a message” to Trump that “this is how it’s done.”

“Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, two Democrats- they called Bush 41 a gentleman, total class. This is the embodiment of just how different it can be,” Gangel told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “And that’s a message to Trump.”

Gangel criticized the current president moments after he stepped out of the rotunda, saying he doesn’t “mend fences” in the wake of the open hostility that took place between Trump and the Bush family.


Big govt, Issues, Politics

Government Shutdown a Win-Win for Trump?

The DailyWire’s Michael Knowles argues that a government shutdown over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding is a win-win for Republicans: “Either Trump succeeds in convincing flakey Republicans and swing state Democrats to fund his wall” and fulfills a campaign promise dividing Democrats from their more reasonable base of voters or Republicans can say they at least tried before the Democrats are able to derail with their new majority in January. Regardless, the war over immigration ahead of 2020 is just getting started.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

President Trump has threatened to shut down the government if Congress refuses to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While establishment Republicans fret over the potential fallout, such a move offers only political upside for Trump and the GOP. Republicans should gleefully add a third three-letter chant to their present repertoire of “lock her up” and “build the wall”: “shut it down.”

Conventional wisdom holds that the public disproportionately blames Republicans for government shutdowns. The disproportionate election of Republicans to the U.S. Senate following the Republican-led shutdown of 2013 should have put that canard to rest. Voters reward Republicans for fulfilling campaign promises, and no promise more clearly defined President Trump’s winning campaign in 2016 than building the wall. Even beyond the policy’s popularity, the news cycle moves so fast these days that public rancor over particular issues simply cannot survive past the next tweet.