Big govt, Media, Politics

How Dare Kanye West Think for Himself?

While Democrats continue to exploit identity politics for political gain and accuse President Donald Trump of unfounded racism, their collective condemnation of Kanye West’s recent visit to the White House while wearing a MAGA hat was a real reflection of racial oppression, as liberals made clear that they don’t support racial minorities thinking for themselves or backing politicians of their choice.
Is there anything more un-American or downright racist than signaling to a generation of black Americans that they have to do as they’re told and vote Democratic? The Democratic Party, which comprises a white majority, thinks it should be able to command them how to think and whom to vote for.

That’s ideological slavery — not to mention a suppression of black Americans’ protected right to free speech and freedom of association enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. For contrast, Republicans believe that all Americans should be free to think for themselves, wear whatever hat and clothing they’d like, and vote for the candidates of their own choosing without fear. Alarmingly, West’s refusal to fall in line as Democrats expect blacks to do every election cycle was met with unbridled bullying and all-out character assassination — blowing a seismic hole in the Democratic Party’s claim that it’s tolerant and pro-diversity.

On CNN, liberal host Don Lemon said, “Kanye, back away from the cameras. Go get some help. And then come back and make your case,” later adding, “We’re watching someone’s demise in front of our eyes.” On the same network, a panelist said, “Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read.” Another CNN contributor called West a “token Negro,” while other liberal pundits across the media spectrum widely mocked and ridiculed the musician, with some even calling him a white supremacist for hugging Trump and for acknowledging that his administration has done more to uplift the black community than Barack Obama’s did.

Let’s look at jobs and overall prosperity. Under Obama, his hometown of Chicago was arguably as dangerous as Baghdad, and thousands of black Americans suffered through debilitating high unemployment, with a peak of 16.8 percent during the Great Recession — not to mention that nearly 50 million Americans were on food stamps. With Trump occupying the Oval Office, unemployment for blacks and other racial minorities has fallen to historic lows. The black unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent last spring. Add to it there are now over 7 million more job openings than workers available, allowing 3.5 million Americans to get off publicly funded nutrition assistance programs.
And the murder rate in Chicago continues to drop under the Trump administration. In 2016, Obama’s last full year, there were 762 homicides there. In 2017, there were 650 homicides, and there have been 435 this year.

Instead of recognizing these stark contrasts, liberals across the media echo chamber have chosen not to argue the policy differences between a Republican administration and a Democratic one. Instead, they went low and accused West, a mega-successful music mogul, of being mentally inferior, a token and a sellout.

But when white musicians and Hollywood celebrities supported Obama during his tenure on Pennsylvania Avenue, they were thunderously applauded by the left — despite the fact that in Chicago and other places, a black-on-black slaughter was taking place and the American dream was far out of reach for too many.

Voters know what’s going on. And come November, they, like West, may dare to do the unthinkable — think for themselves — no matter what media hacks or Hollywood has to say about it.

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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Big govt, Elections, Media, Politics

Former Facebook Exec Says Midterms Cybersecurity Weak

During an interview with NBC News, Alex Stamos, former chief of security for Facebook, warned that the U.S. is not prepared for cyber interference in the 2018 midterm elections now just three weeks away. To get ready, Stamos says there have been only “small improvements” when what is needed is a “massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure” capable of standing against “a professional hacking agency.” On the other hand, he says Facebook itself has done a “good job” adapting its own approach to cyber interference in the wake of Russia’s exploitation of its platform for influence operations and disinformation campaigns.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Facebook’s former chief of security warned that the United States is not equipped to handle potential cyber interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

During an interview with NBC News, Alex Stamos said the U.S. has not launched the kind of massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure that would be needed to stand against a professional hacking agency.

“There’s been small improvements in campaign security,” Stamos said. “But we have not seen the kind of massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure that you would need to stand against a professional hacking agency like that.”

Meanwhile, he said Facebook has done a “good job” of responding to the events of 2016.

NBC News said Stamos likened the alleged meddling by Russian hackers in the 2016 election to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 attacks in terms of a nationwide failure to foresee a potentially catastrophic event and respond aggressively to lingering threats.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Sen. Orrin Hatch Clowns Warren with Dinosaur Tweet

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the longest-serving Republican senator, proved to America that you don’t have to be arrogant and self-serving to make a political point. Parody will suffice. Earlier this week Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) revealed she “might” be 1/1024th Native American. Hatch’s social media team responded with a tweet claiming Hatch is “1/1032” T-Rex, and the rest of him is “other” dinosaurs.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson pleaded the Fifth Amendment on Tuesday to House Republicans who were seeking his testimony on the role his company played in creating an investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

“Mr. Simpson has proudly stood today on his constitutional privileges not to testify,” Simpson’s lawyer, Joshua Levy, told reporters Tuesday after his client asserted his constitutional right against self-incrimination.

“The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Mr. Simpson to appear today for testimony, and this committee has shown no interest that Russia interfered in the 2016 election,” Levy added. He said the committee has “destroyed the reputation and careers of prosecutors and agents.”

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Portland Mayor Claims City ‘Completely Safe’ Despite Antifa

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is on the defense after ordering local police to stand down during an Antifa protest which predictably resulted in chaos as the face-covering “anti-fascists” ran amok through the city, chasing cars and causing mayhem. Wheeler responded by blaming Portland’s finest for failure to keep the peace. Wheeler assured the public that “motorists should feel completely safe coming into downtown Portland.” While Wheeler did say he did not support Antifa’s behavior, he ordered an investigation of the police response instead.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler defended a decision to have police stand down during an “anti-Fascist” protest in Portland weeks ago, allowing black-clad Antifa members to run roughshod through the city, directing traffic, chasing motorists, and causing chaos.

Wheeler, who has been criticized in the past for refusing to curb Antifa’s antics, pinned blame for the mayhem on Portland’s Police Bureau in a statement on Twitter, and claimed that the incident “will be investigated.”

Wheeler added that “motorists should feel completely safe coming into downtown Portland.”

As mayor, Wheeler also serves as police commissioner.

Antifa took to the streets last weekend to protest the shooting death of Patrick Kimmons, who was killed in a police involved shooting in early October.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

McSally Pulling Ahead in AZ U.S. Senate Race

According to a new ABC15/OH Predictive Insights poll, GOP senatorial candidate Air Force veteran Martha McSally is widening her lead against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema 47%-41%. This is three points more than September’s poll, which had McSally leading 49%-46%. According to ABC15, Green Party candidate Angela Green may be the one to thank for picking off some of Sinema’s support. Fallout from the Kavanaugh chaos may also be benefitting McSally, as it is in multiple races across the country.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

A new poll shows Arizona GOP senatorial candidate Martha McSally widening her lead against her Democratic opponent, Kyrsten Sinema, in the race to replace Senator Jeff Flake. The ABC15/OH Predictive Insights poll found McSally leading Sinema 47%-41%. In September, the same poll found in McSally leading 49%-46%.

As ABC15 reported, chief pollster Mike Noble said McSally was benefiting from the uniting of Republicans following the hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s growing support, and the entrance in the race of Green Party candidate Angela Green, who siphoned off some of Sinema’s support.

Nobel stated, “What we saw all year was Republicans were less united compared to Democrats, who were more united or fully united. So whether they disliked Trump or had issues with the establishment, now what we’ve seen is [the] Kavanaugh confirmation process has really brought all those Republicans home and has solidified the Republican base, hence why you’re seeing all the favorable numbers toward McSally.”

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Big govt, Politics

AOC Wants to Abolish the “Racist” Electoral College

Self-proclaimed socialist New York congressional candidate Ocasio-Cortez is adding abolishing the Electoral College to her to-do list. She tweeted: “It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic.” Never mind its utility of preventing mob rule in a democratic republic. Apparently the “future” of the Democratic Party is only interested in 147 maximum character sound bites for policymaking in lieu of deeper thoughts, such as arguments like those in the The Federalist Papers, where the case for the Electoral College was made clear.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Though she’s poised to easily win in November, Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to make the media rounds, giving the sympathetic press “word salads” they enthusiastically devour. She’s also continuing to expand her radical platform with more radical agenda items. The latest: eliminate the Electoral College. The reason? It’s racist.

Over the weekend, “the future” of the Democratic Party announced that it was time to consign the Electoral College to the dustbin of history because it was a “relic” of America’s racist past. The confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh prompted the declaration.

GQ Magazine’s Julia Ioffe noted that “two presidents who both lost the popular vote have now placed four justices on the Supreme Court.”

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Unlucky 7s for the Democrats?

Predictions for midterm elections are leaving the left’s “Blue Wave” hopes for November all but dashed according to the latest polls. Even a victory in gaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives is increasingly looking like a toss-up as a best-case scenario. According to a Real Clear Politics analysis, 49 senate seats are “safe,” meaning the Democrats have to win every one of the seven seats up for grabs in the upper chamber, and according to renowned pollster Nate Silver, even a +7 lead could mean failure by the Democrats to gain control of the House in November. New York Times polling reporter Nate Cohn piled on with a warning that the Kavanaugh confirmation fight appears to have significantly improved the GOP’s position with less than a month to go before ballots are cast.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

As Real Clear Politics shifts yet more Senate seats to the “safe” column for Republicans, multiple pollsters have begun to warn Democrats that even their “blue wave” in the House is losing momentum.

According to RCP’s latest average of polls, Republicans now safely have 49 seats in the Senate, which means the Democrats need to win all 7 of the seats that are considered true “toss-ups” to gain the majority in November.

That’s certainly not welcome news to Democrats, who once hoped for a “blue wave” in both chambers. To make matters worse, pollsters have begun sounding the alarm over what once seemed to be the inevitable Democrat takeover of the House.

Among the most influential of the pollsters is Nate Silver, who warned Democrats that even with a generic ballot lead of +7, Democrats could end up failing to take the House.

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Ford’s Legal Team in Legal Trouble of Its Own?

According to a Senate Judiciary Committee statement, Christine Ford’s legal team may have violated ABA rules by withholding key information from their client. Ford was reportedly kept out of the loop on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s repeated offers to hear her testimony privately and even in California if she preferred. “I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said at one point during her testimony. Further casting doubts on her legal team’s conduct is the fact that when she was directly asked if she was made aware, one of her attorneys cut in to say that she did not need to answer due to attorney-client privilege. Ford admitted: “I just appreciate that you did offer that. I wasn’t clear on what the offer was. If you were going to come out to see me, I would have happily hosted you and had you – had been happy to speak with you out there. I just did not – it wasn’t clear to me that that was the case.”

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee suggests that Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team may have violated the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct by apparently withholding key information from their client.

During the explosive hearing on Thursday, Ford made clear that she did not know that the Senate Judiciary Committee had repeatedly offered to come to her for her testimony and to hear that testimony privately if she preferred.

“I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said at one point during her testimony.

When directly asked if her attorneys had informed her about the committee’s offer to meet her in California, one of her attorneys, Michael Bromwich, interjected to say she need not answer, citing attorney-client privilege. But Ford responded anyhow.

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Embattled GOP Senators Harassed over Kavanaugh

The rhetoric and potential for violence is escalating in a heated war of words on and off Capitol Hill. With a confirmation vote still scheduled for Friday, Republican senators in particular are being escorted by police after they were assaulted by anti-Kavanaugh activists at Reagan National Airport on Monday and relentless harassment in the hallways of the Capitol building. “This is really not even about the senate,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of the senators assaulted at the airport, reported. “It’s about where the country is right now, and we as a nation have to figure out a way to unite. Right now there are just so many issues that separate us.” What’s become clear in the Kavanaugh fight is that the United States in now officially in a post-truth, hyperpartisan era that characterized the Roman Republic before its collapse.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner… 

Republicans and Democrats are ramping up accusatory tweets, floor speech insults, and hallway criticisms of each other as the Senate hurdles toward what the GOP hopes is a final vote this week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Aside from just the usual sniping on the Senate floor, activists who believe Kavanaugh is a serial sexual assaulter are harassing Republicans at every turn, both in the hallways and even at the airport as they show up for work.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., were all accosted by anti-Kavanaugh activists when they arrived at Reagan National Airport on Monday. That tactic is one many senators haven’t seen in a fight over a Supreme Court nominee, and Corker says he’s not sure the Senate, or the country, will ever be the same again.

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Republicans Reaching for Victory in NJ

Once regarded a safe victory for Democrats in the upcoming midterm vote, the usually blue New Jersey U.S. Senate race is now a “toss-up.” According to Real Clear Politics, incumbent Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is just two points ahead of his GOP challenger, Bob Hugin. Unlike earlier polls, the voters sampled were “likely voters” rather than just “registered voters.” RCP calls Menendez “theoretically vulnerable.” If Menendez were to lose, it would represent a massive upset for Democrats hoping to flip the Senate into their hands. So far all the numbers are pointing to a GOP gain.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Democrats hoping to take control of the Senate in November just got dealt another harsh blow. Real Clear* Politics — which keeps a running average of election polls and its own ranking of the likelihood of one party to win — has now moved the New Jersey U.S. Senate election into the “toss-up” category.

Shortly after The Daily Wire wrote an article titled “Toss-Up? New Poll Shows Republican in Dead Heat With Sen. Bob Menendez,” Real Clear put the election into its “toss-up” category.

Menendez still holds a 4-point lead over Hugin, according to the Real Clear average of just two polls, completed a month apart, but the most recent poll puts his Republican challenger, Bob Hugin, just two points behind. The latest poll also sampled likely voters, instead of registered voters, which gives it a more accurate view of the race.

While Real Clear states that Menendez is “theoretically vulnerable,” he has won previously despite his unpopularity.

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