Big govt, Politics

Is There Anything Democrats Won’t Politicize?

First they politicized the U.S. justice system by allowing the FBI to use its commissioned opposition research against Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, known as the “dirty dossier,” as a tool to launch the still ongoing special counsel investigation against the president and his associates.

Now the left is politicizing the #MeToo movement by rallying behind Christine Blasey Ford, who has levied unsubstantiated claims of sexual assault during a teenage drinking party decades ago against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. And yet Democrats are simultaneously ignoring substantive and more current abuse claims by Karen Monahan, the ex-girlfriend of Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair Keith Ellison. Monahan recently came forward alleging Ellison physically and emotionally abused her.

Here are the stark differences: Monahan has evidence admissible in a court of law including a 911 tape and 2017 medical records as well as witnesses corroborating her claims of abuse. Ford does not. In Ford’s case, not only has the statue of limitations expired after 36 years but also she decided to come forward with her accusations against Kavanaugh only when — surprise! — the conservative Supreme Court justice nominee is in the final stages of being confirmed.

Just a coincidence? Or is it a politically driven maneuver by Trump-hating Democrats to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation? While you reflect on the highly suspect timing of Ford’s allegations, consider that she can’t remember key details like the time and place of the alleged sexual assault, and at least two witnesses say it didn’t happen. Also consider the hypocrisy: Democrats are loudly defending Ford, who’s going after a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court, while ignoring credible allegations of abuse brought by Monahan, whose claims implicate a high-ranking member of the Democratic Party. Ellison is also currently running for attorney general in Minnesota.

On Twitter this week Monahan tweeted:
“I was asked if my party @MinnesotaDFL @DNC believed me when I broke my silence regarding@keithellison. Here was my response to them.

“No, they don’t. I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party. I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”

This is a clear indication that the Democratic Party — who were and continue to be huge proponents of the #MeToo movement — seemingly are only interested in pursuing claims of sexual harassment and abuse if the accuser is going after its political rivals. However, as in Monahan’s case, if a woman’s allegations implicate one of their own, then they run for the hills or they smear, belittle and threaten the accuser. And Monahan isn’t the only victim of this smearing.

Former President Bill Clinton’s many accusers of sexual misconduct including Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky — just to name a few — were neither supported nor defended by Democrats and feminists alike. To the contrary, these women, all victims of, at minimum, sex harassment, were subjected to dismissive taunts of joining the “Bimbo Brigade” or worse by the almighty Democratic Machine. A dual justice system indeed.

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 www.creators.com.

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Trump, Senate Confident Kavanaugh Vote Will Succeed

As the ongoing saga of the Democrats’ attempt to railroad Brett Kavanaugh continued in earnest this week, the wheels began to fall off the cart. First was Sen. Feinstein’s admission that Christine Ford’s claim may not be entirely true. That was an important piece of information. Then came Ford’s refusal to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The events have unfolded eerily like those before the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, and the end will almost surely be the same: a pro-Constitution judge will assume his seat on the Supreme Court in due time.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

According to Politico’s sources, President Trump and Republicans are increasingly “bullish” on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

On the same day reports revealed that a second potential witness named by Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, denied her claims, Politico reported that Trump and the GOP are “growing more bullish about Kavanaugh’s survival.”

“We’re very confident,” said a Republican “in touch with the White House” when asked by Politico if Kavanaugh would weather the storm.

Politico cites the change in tone from some Republican senators who initially called for further investigations, among them Sen. Bob Corker, as giving the GOP more confidence that the confirmation process will move forward.

That confidence has likewise been conveyed by Trump in his recent public comments.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Biden: Men Accused of Rape Should Be Presumed Guilty

Forget about a level playing field when it comes to due process or any other application of the rule of law in America. According to former Vice President Joe Biden, prominent men should be presumed guilty when hit with rape allegations and be forced to prove their innocence. Some Americans are apparently less equal than others. In the words of HotAir.com’s Allahpundit: “He really must be serious about 2020.” Mothers should be terrified by a justice system under Biden in which their sons may soon find themselves in the crosshairs of a progressive anti-man agenda.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

He really must be serious about 2020. Nothing gets progressives as excited as taking a public dump on due process in a sex-crime dispute.

Then again, Biden has much to atone for in their eyes.

Kamala Harris: Make the FBI investigate Ford allegation, not us
From the administration that brought you the Star Chamber model for assessing guilt and innocence in allegations of campus sex crimes:

“Oh, I thought [Anita Hill] was telling the truth at the beginning,” Biden said. “I really did.”

Speaking generally, Biden added, “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time. But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron.”…

Then one question got him to cut off the impromptu gaggle. Asked whether it mattered that Ford’s claims of assault by Kavanaugh occurred when the judge was 17 and in high school, Biden demurred.

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Big govt, Politics

Gov. Brown: Something’s Gotta Happen to Trump

California Gov. Jerry Brown literally called for something “to happen” to “get rid of” President Donald Trump. Why? Because he considers President Trump a dangerous climate denier: “Something’s got to happen to this guy because if we don’t get rid of him, he’s going to undermine America and even the world.” His remarks were made during an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who then replied, “We’re in the midst of hurricanes and the aftermath of hurricanes, and you still have the President of the United States denying the science of climate change. How do you counteract that?” President Trump disagrees with progressive conspiracy theories regarding global warming repackaged as “climate change,” which apparently warrants being “get rid of.”

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Speaking with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC on Monday about climate change, California Governor Jerry Brown consistently ratcheted up his attack on President Trump, first saying he was not normal, then calling him an “enabler of climate negligence” and “saboteur,” and finally snapping, “Something’s got to happen to this guy, because if we don’t get rid of him, he’s going to undermine America and even the world.”

Mitchell stated, “We’re in the midst of hurricanes, and the aftermath of hurricanes, and you still have the President of the United States denying the science of climate change. How do you counteract that?”

Brown replied, “Firs,t I want to say that it’s really extraordinary that the president can deny science like that, but he’s done so many other terr—what’s the word, I don’t even have an adjective. It’s bad, and how we counteract it is with a climate summit, with normal people respecting the truth, and communicating that with other normal people, and combating the President of the United States in what are lies, distortions, and quite frankly, bizarre behavior.”

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Big govt, Politics

“Dregs of Society” = The New “Deplorables”

Trump supporters across the nation have been downgraded from Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” to the “dregs of society” courtesy of former VP Joe Biden. Biden commented, “Despite losing in the courts, and in the court of opinion, these forces of intolerance remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress you all have made. This time they – not you – have an ally in the White House. They’re a small percentage of the American people – virulent people, some of them the dregs of society.” The label came with the compliment of also calling Trump voters “virulent” or toxic. In other words, Obama’s former VP apparently considers a majority of America to be poisonous scum.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Joe Biden just had his “deplorables” moment.

Biden, who says he’ll decided in January whether to run for president in 2020 but who is making all the moves of a presidential candidate, used a pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign annual dinner on Saturday to rip President Trump.

And in so doing, Biden had a moment reminiscent of Hillary Clinton, when she called Trump supporters “deplorables.”

Biden did his old act, starting off soft and avuncular before booming through his power points, punching the air and flailing about.

“Despite losing in the courts, and in the court of opinion, these forces of intolerance remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress you all have made,” he said. “This time they — not you — have an ally in the White House. This time they have an ally. They’re a small percentage of the American people — virulent people, some of them the dregs of society.”

 

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Media, Politics

Google’s Foul Play

For generations, parents taught children “You can’t believe everything you read.” Now they ought to teach their offspring they can’t trust everything they search on the internet because Google — run by anti-conservative, anti-Trump elites — is manipulating search results to advance a political agenda.

In a damning new video obtained and released by Breitbart this week, Google’s top executives, including its founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are heard lamenting the victory of Donald Trump following the 2016 presidential election. Brin kicks off their weekly company meeting by saying the meeting is “probably not the most joyous TGIF we’ve had” and that “most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad.” Clearly he doesn’t speak for the roughly 63 million Americans who voted for Trump.

Notwithstanding, in the video, co-founder Brin describes Trump’s supporters as fascists and extremists and vows to thwart the rise of populism. He adds that he is “deeply offended” by the Trump’s victory and that the election conflicts with many of Google’s values. Google’s CFO, also saddened by Trump’s win, promises that America’s most highly trafficked search engine will “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.”

Perhaps this could explain why a Google News search on Trump churns out mostly negative stories about the president and his administration. In fact, a media research study conducted PJ Media found that 96 percent of the top 100 search returns on President Trump are from left-wing media outlets. Conservative outlets that would provide voters with a more balanced and positive analysis of the Trump administration are — surprise! — virtually invisible.

How is that possible when every major media outlet on all sides of the political spectrum is covering the Trump administration round the clock? You don’t need an Ivy League degree to see foul play.

But that’s not all. A newly released email by another Google executive following the 2016 election reveals a get-out-the-vote effort directed toward Latino voters to benefit Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Add to it that during the election, Google was accused of burying information from search queries damaging to its candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton.

And then there’s the boycott of the recent congressional hearing on foreign election interference and digital media bias against conservatives last week. Facebook and Twitter participated. Google did not.

Perhaps America’s top search engine is scrambling to contain the public relations mess it has created — or it’s busy mounting a legal defense. With the Department of Justice investigating all of the above, that’s probably not a bad idea.

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 www.creators.com.

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Durbin Accuses Brett Kavanaugh of Misleading Senators

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has released two pages of “committee confidential” emails from 2002 that accuse SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of misleading the Judiciary Committee more than a decade ago. Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said that Durbin is throwing out “made-up attacks in another smear campaign.” Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already promised that Kavanaugh will be approved and seated in the Supreme Court before October 1. Read more . . .

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Tuesday released two pages of emails from 2002 that accuse Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of misleading the Judiciary Committee more than a decade ago.

The emails were stamped as “committee confidential,” which means they were not cleared for public release.

Contained in the emails were details of conversations Kavanaugh had with two other White House officials regarding the nomination of William Haynes to fill a judicial vacancy.

“It is clear now that not only did Judge Kavanaugh mislead me when it came to his involvement in the Bush Administration’s detention and interrogation policies, but also regarding his role in the controversial Haynes nomination,” Durbin said on Tuesday, according to the Hill.

Haynes was general counsel to the Pentagon and was involved in the George W. Bush administration’s detention policy following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Politics

Professor Warns of Grave Consequences for ‘Trying to Shut Down the Opinions of Others’

A Johns Hopkins University professor is warning against the shutdown of free speech. William Egginton, author of The Splintering of the American Mind, warned that “people of all stripes [are] trying to shut down the opinions of others,” creating an environment of “tribalism” and violence. Egginton’s book marks yet another iteration of the Ivory Tower’s acknowledgement that things have gone very, very wrong in the march for ‘academic freedom’. Now free speech has been turned on its head and is used routinely as a political bludgeon against conservatives on campus.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

WASHINGTON – William Egginton, author of The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today’s College Campuses, said that he has seen “people of all stripes trying to shut down the opinions of others” and it is creating an environment that leads to “tribalism” and violence.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice have put an emphasis on combating efforts to undermine free speech on college campuses, citing cases of certain institutions suppressing conservative voices.

Egginton, the Decker professor in the humanities and director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University, was asked if liberal bias on college campuses is hurting political discourse in America, especially among young people.

“I see people of all stripes trying to shut down the opinions of others. As much as campus liberals are using concepts like safe spaces and microaggressions to protect minorities and liberals from the kind of hurt they have traditionally been subjected to, the right is interpreting the moniker of ‘free speech’ as the right to troll liberals and intimidate and silence minorities,” said Egginton, who recently appeared at Politics and Prose in Washington to discuss his new book.

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Economy & Investments, Politics

Trump’s Economy a Win for Blue-Collar America

Blue-collar workers are winning across America even in the manufacturing industries, which are seeing a renaissance after being run into the ground under the Obama administration. According to The Washington Post: “Blue-collar jobs are growing at their fastest rate in more than 30 years, helping fuel a hiring boom in many small towns and rural areas that are strong supporters of President Trump ahead of November’s mid-term elections.” The message to DC is that incentivizing private industry is a win-win-win scenarios both companies, employees and for federal tax revenues. It’s economics 101 at work.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

President Donald Trump has shifted the economy so that once-disregarded blue-collar manufacturing workers are now recovering jobs faster than coastal service-sector employees, the Washington Post acknowledged Sunday.
“Blue-collar jobs are growing at their fastest rate in more than 30 years, helping fuel a hiring boom in many small towns and rural areas that are strong supporters of President Trump ahead of November’s mid-term elections,” said the Post, under the headline “Under Trump, the jobs boom has finally reached blue-collar workers. Will it last?”

According to the Post:

Rural employment grew at an annualized rate of 5.1 percent in the first quarter. Smaller metro areas grew 5.0 percent. That’s significantly larger than the 4.1 percent growth seen in large urban areas that recovered earlier from the Great Recession, according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program of a separate set of Labor Department data released on Wednesday.

In the past year, the economy has added 656,000 blue-collar jobs, compared to 1.7 million added in the services sector.

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Media, Politics

Social Networks Shutting Out Conservatives

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill this week, executives from Twitter and Facebook did little to assuage conservatives’ legitimate concern that they’re being unfairly censored on social media while liberal voices are given unfiltered access on the powerful platforms.

These are digital town squares reaching millions, places where politicians have the ability to connect with voters while influential voices in journalism, punditry and beyond shape public opinion, affecting the outcomes of U.S. elections.

Here’s the problem: The deck is stacked against conservatives who support President Donald Trump, as well as those who possess right-leaning political viewpoints contrasting with liberal groupthink. This includes pro-life groups and those who support the Second Amendment or even the U.S. Constitution in general — especially when it comes to such hot-button topics as illegal immigration.

It’s no secret that during the 2016 presidential election, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said she wanted Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton “to win badly.” Perhaps that would explain why former Facebook news “curators” told Gizmodo that they routinely prevented conservative topics — such as Mitt Romney, CPAC, Rand Paul and other items of interest — from appearing in the social network’s highly influential “Trending” section during the campaign and artificially inserted other topics that weren’t organically trending.

Twitter has admitted to censoring at least 600,000 conservative accounts — including those of high-ranking Republican lawmakers and Republican National Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel — this year, blaming glitches in its algorithms. Funny how these “mistakes” never seem to impact Democrats.

Knowing what we know, are voters to believe that these powerful media executives are not putting their thumbs on the scale by using algorithms and other means (unbeknownst to the public) that give preference to like-minded Democratic voices on their platforms — voices and opinions that, en masse, could influence an American election?

Unelected workers at Twitter and Facebook are arbitrarily deciding whose free speech is being protected and who is being silenced based on opaque criteria that neither Sandberg nor Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, could adequately explain during the hearing. Nor could an explanation be given by Dorsey as to why Twitter users receive emails encouraging them to follow dozens of liberal accounts, such as reporters at The New York Times, CNN and other left-leaning outlets, as well as pundits and Democratic politicians, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Kamala Harris — without a single suggested conservative account.

When pressed on this by Rep. Jeff Duncan, Dorsey whiffed, saying, “Yeah, well, we do have a lot more work to do in terms of our on-boarding, and obviously, you’re pointing out some weaknesses in our signals that we use to craft those selections.”

Translation: Twitter is biased, and maybe, just maybe, it will get around to fixing its rigged system someday. Until then, conservatives would be wise to keep pressure on lawmakers to pass legislation and/or take other swift measures to stop the discrimination once and for all.

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 www.creators.com.

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