Big govt, Politics

Ocasio-Cortez is Keeping Fact Checkers Employed

Self-described socialist celeb Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has fact checkers scrambling to verify her far-fetched claims made on the campaign trail. For example, Cortez recently claimed that unemployment is at a record low “because everyone has two jobs,” which was swiftly shot down by The Washington Post after it discovered the number of people working two jobs since the Obama years has decreased. The Washington Post also dismissed her perpetuation of an urban legend that ICE was “required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night.” Another reality check for Cortez was her claim that Medicare for all would save money when, in fact, it would raise government expenditures by $32.6 trillion over ten years.

Here’s more from Fox News…

New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has excited the liberal base with her media blitz touting Medicare-for-all, the elimination of ICE and more.

But the Democrat’s rapid-fire claims about the state of the economy and other issues have fact-checkers scrambling to provide a reality check.

The Washington Post was the latest to put her myriad claims under the microscope.

The newspaper took issue, for instance, with her claim that unemployment is low “because everyone has two jobs.” The Post shot this down, noting the number of people working two jobs is down from the recession — and has remained steady at around 5 percent in recent years.

Other claims it summarily dismissed include a May 30 interview statement that ICE is “required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night.” Both the Post and Politifact note that this is an “urban legend” and that ICE was only required to maintain that many beds — not fill them.

 

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Hawaii Dems Opt for Moderates in Defeat for Socialists

Not everybody loves the left–not even in deep-blue Honolulu–where a centrist, fiscally conservative Democrat beat out five other candidates to clinch 40 percent of the vote and the Democratic nomination for Congress with it. Perhaps even more telling is that Kaniela Ing, 29, a state representative who was endorsed by socialist “superstar” Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, received a mere 6.5 percent of the vote. Despite the successes of such candidates as Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and others, socialism is not as popular as the mainstream media would have us believe.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

A centrist, fiscally-conservative Democrat defeated five other high-profile candidates to become the Democratic nominee for Honolulu’s representative in Congress on Saturday.
Former Congressman Ed Case, a 65-year-old fiscal conservative, defeated Lt. Gov. Doug Chin and 29-year-old Kaniela Ing to secure the Democratic nomination for Congress with 40 percent of the vote.

Chin, the Hawaii attorney general who fought the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the U.S. from several Middle Eastern countries, received 25.5 percent of the vote, and Ing, a state representative endorsed by Bronx, New York, socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, received 6.5 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, also won his primary election in the race for governor. Ige defeated Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) with 51.4 percent of the vote.

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Big govt, Politics

Democrats Have Become What They Say They Despise

Earlier this week, Candace Owens, a young black conservative, was shouted out of a restaurant by a white crowd screaming obscenities and racial epithets at her and her dining companion, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk (who is white). The police had to be called, and the mob shouted obnoxious slurs at the officers as well. Owens tweeted: “To be clear: ANTIFA, an all-white fascist organization, just grew violent and attacked an all-black and Hispanic police force.
“Because I, a BLACK woman, was eating breakfast.
“Is this the civil rights era all over again?”
It is. And many Democrats are on the wrong side.
It would be easy to dismiss that statement as hyperbole if this were not the latest in a distressingly long line of examples of the left abandoning principles in pursuit of the bogeymen they themselves have created.
Also within the past week, The New York Times announced that it had hired tech writer Sarah Jeong to join its editorial board. Jeong has a long history of nasty and racist tweets directed against white people. She claimed that she was merely responding to trolls who had lobbed racial insults at her. But Jeong also tweeted insults against men in general, as well as police, and this went on for more than a year. Video has now emerged of Jeong spewing her ignorance and hatred during a speech at Harvard Law School.
The Times stands behind Jeong. Some applaud this as long-overdue courage in the face of torch-and-pitchfork crowds. Perhaps. But Jeong’s conduct isn’t merely bigoted; it is also immature and unprofessional and, in the case of her University of Virginia rape-hoax tweets, completely counterfactual. The Columbia School of Journalism issued a scathing report slamming Rolling Stone’s article about the alleged gang rape at UVA, and Rolling Stone lost one defamation case (and settled a second) as a result of it. This is who The Times hires, at a time when the press complains about diminishing credibility?
And then there’s the double standard. From the “free speech for me but not for thee” file, Alex Jones and his company InfoWars have been banned from most major social media platforms, including YouTube, Pinterest, Apple, Spotify, Facebook, LinkedIn and MailChimp. (Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is taking flak for not having banned Jones. Yet.)
Yes, Jones is a buffoon and a conspiracy theorist, and these are all private companies. But claims that it’s OK to expunge his views because he’s “extreme” don’t fly. Button-down conservative writer Dennis Prager’s educational and inoffensive PragerU videos have routinely been censored on YouTube (including, ironically, Wall Street Journal writer Kim Strassel’s video on censorship). Republican congressional candidate (and Cambodian immigrant) Elizabeth Heng saw her campaign commercial (referencing her parents’ survival of the Khmer Rouge genocide) taken down by Facebook. Serious scholars like Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald and Christina Hoff Sommers have been assaulted on or banned from college campuses. Conservatives have seen private and government attacks on their free speech and free exercise rights. And when they attempt to defend those rights, no less than Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan characterizes these efforts as “weaponizing the First Amendment.”
The left used to defend individual rights against government oppression and bigoted mobs. Now we see the IRS use its powers against conservative nonprofits. Pre-dawn “John Doe” police raids are conducted against conservative politicians and their supporters. Our federal law enforcement agencies are populated by people whose “progressive” political bias taints their judgment — if not their actual conduct. Masked armies of leftist “antifa” vigilantes attack and injure people, and destroy property.
And the liberal press yawns. No big deal as long as it’s happening to people we don’t like.
It’s bad enough to lie about political opponents. Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid infamously lied about former Gov. Mitt Romney not paying his taxes and bragged that Romney lost the 2012 presidential election as a result. When asked if there was a line he wouldn’t cross in political warfare, Reid said, “I don’t know what that line would be.”
That view seems to be mainstream now, and — alarmingly — “warfare” is no longer just a metaphor. There’s an old saying: When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when half the people in the country are considered threats to democracy and human existence — as the left now views everyone who disagrees with it politically — then every tool (not just a hammer — and sickle) is on the table: screaming in people’s faces, social media witch hunts, deprivation of fundamental rights and even violence.
To their credit, many Democrats and other liberals and progressives see the ugly irony and have spoken out against the violence, harassment and abandonment of traditional Democratic values. But it’s an open question whether those saner, sober voices will carry the day. (And apparently, there is even doubt among Democrats, part of what is fueling the #WalkAway movement.)
The violence has been limited — and overwhelmingly on one side. But there are plenty of people — and I am one of them — sounding the warning: It will not stay like this indefinitely.
To find out more about Laura Hollis and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, Economy & Investments, Politics

Canadians Boycott American Food Products

In an ironic twist, Canadians attempting to boycott American-made foods are facing a dilemma: A LOT of Canadian food products are made in America. This is resulting in quite an epiphany for the #TradeWarriors to our north who are determined to play petty politics rather than rationalize a deal with President Trump. The unfortunate boycott attempt is part of an effort to retaliate against new tariffs levied on Canadian steel and certain other exports to the U.S. What may end up being a principled victory for Canada could, in the end, result in higher costs for food imported from other countries and in the black market trade.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

A funny thing happened along the way as Canadians decided to start a boycott against American-made groceries. It turns out that so many Canadian food products are made in America that consumers don’t even realize how much is actually coming from their neighbors to the south.

A perceived one-two punch to Canadians delivered from the Trump administration has the “Canada-nice” reputation in jeopardy. The usually easy-going Canadians are downright angry about the tariffs levied on Canadian steel and other products. Then, adding insult to injury, President Trump mocked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “very dishonest and weak” at the G-7 summit in his own country.

A hashtag-worthy movement began as Canadians began calling for consumers to #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts, and #BoycottUSA.

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Alex Jones Censored by Big Internet Firms

Right-wing “conspiracy theorist” Alex Jones has been censored by major Internet platforms that have found his rhetoric too offensive. Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify have alleged violations of their user agreements by Jones. According to a Facebook spox on the problematic pages: “More content from the same pages has been reported to us-upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.” Jones’ incitement has often served as the catalyst for fringe speech by groups that mainstream media outlets attempt to associate with President Trump.

Here’s more from The Guardian…

All but one of the major content platforms have banned the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as the companies raced to act in the wake of Apple’s decision to remove five podcasts by Jones and his Infowars website.

Facebook unpublished four pages run by Jones for “repeated violations of community standards”, the company said on Monday. YouTube terminated Jones’s account over him repeatedly appearing in videos despite being subject to a 90-day ban from the website, and Spotify removed the entirety of one of Jones’s podcasts for “hate content”.

Facebook’s removal of the pages – the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page – comes after the social network imposed a 30-day ban on Jones personally “for his role in posting violating content to these pages”.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Kavanaugh Smear Campaign Is Full Steam Ahead

With Sen. Rand Paul’s endorsement and at least public praise from Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the Left’s chances of blocking Kavanaugh are slim. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t using this manufactured crisis to continue to malign the man in order to fundraise and undermine future decisions to be made from the bench of the Supreme Court by this nominee, if confirmed. Even that seems rather desperate and stretched thin, however, as their biggest “there” has to do with what Kavanaugh could have possibly witnessed as former Judge Alex Kozinski’s clerk. It’s the classic guilt-by-association strategy, as Kozinski was forced into retirement by a sexual harassment scandal.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Senate Democrats are about out of plays to meet their pledge to defeat Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Rand Paul has openly pledged to support his confirmation, and both Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have offered public praise for Kavanaugh over the last few weeks. In their desperation, Politico reports that they’re going full steam ahead on a strategy to smear Kavanaugh by association:

Senate Democrats are gearing up to press Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his decades-long relationship with former Judge Alex Kozinski, who was forced into retirement last year by a mounting sexual harassment scandal.

It’s not just what, if anything, Kavanaugh saw during his time as a Kozinski clerk in the early 1990s that’s on Democratic minds. They also want to know how President Donald Trump’s high court pick would address the judiciary’s ongoing internal reckoning with sexual misconduct that was sparked by Kozinski

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Big govt, Economy & Investments, Politics

Senate Reveals Sanctions Package Against Russia

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators revealed a massive legislative package last week designed to slam the Russian government for interference in the 2016 presidential election along with their role in aiding opposition forces in Ukraine and Syria. The package is a combination of economic sanctions and shoring up of resources to NATO, which would include critical aid to Eastern Bloc nations. The group demanded demonstrable changes in Russia’s behavior both with the U.S. and its allies before a trade group is normalized. It’s the first legislative response from Congress since the investigation into Russia’s activities began.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

A bipartisan group of senators introduced deep sanctions on Russia today in response to the Kremlin’s continued interference in the 2018 campaign cycle and nefarious activities in Syria and Ukraine.

The Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018 is sponsored by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

“Unless Russia fundamentally changes its behavior, we must not repeat the mistakes of past Administrations of trying to normalize relations with a nation that continues to pose a serious threat to the United States and our allies,” said Gardner.

It rolls in another bipartisan bill from Gardner, McCain, and Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) that would require two-thirds of the Senate to approve any presidential effort to withdraw from NATO. It also includes provisions “expediting the transfer of excess defense articles to NATO countries to reduce some NATO countries’ dependence on Russian military equipment.”

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Maxine Waters Money Mailer Nets FEC Complaint

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has been fundraising off her politically charged rhetoric, calling for ‘resistance’ against President Trump. But now she may be in hot water. Of particular concern are her campaign fundraisers and the flow of three-quarters of a million in donor cash to her daughter, Karen Waters, vis-a-vis her public relations firm Progressive Connections. So far, two complaints have been filed with the Federal Election Commission asking for a full audit. The irony is that Waters has led the effort to impeach President Trump, yet she may come under investigation and prosecution instead.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, one of the most outspoken members of the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ in Congress, is facing fresh questions about a longstanding controversy regarding how her campaign raises money and how those funds have flowed to her daughter.

The California congresswoman has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle from some of her state’s biggest politicians paying to be listed on her slate mailers—sample ballots traditionally mailed out to about 200,000 voters in Los Angeles highlighting whom she supports.

Since 2004, the campaign in turn reportedly has paid $750,000 to the congresswoman’s daughter, Karen Waters, or her public relations firm Progressive Connections for help producing them.

A government watchdog in July filed the first of two complaints with the Federal Election Commission asking for a full audit of the Citizens for Waters campaign.The first complaint alleges Waters broke federal campaign finance law, and also names the California Democratic State Central Committee and Sen. Kamala Harris, a likely 2020 Democratic presidential contender.

 

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Big govt, Politics

Facebook Bans Conservatives in Brazil

Once again it seems Facebook is playing politics from behind the scenes of social media profiles with more than 196 pages and 87 individual profiles belonging to ideological conservatives shut down. In a country of more than one hundred million users–half the country’s population–and a presidential election on Oct. 7, the timing is raising questions in Washington, D.C. Offering no evidence, Facebook defended its bans, claiming that the blocked pages and profiles “…were part of a coordinated network that disguised itself using fake accounts and hid from the public the nature and origins of its content, with the purpose of causing division and spreading disinformation.” This appears consistent with the trend of shadow-banning at Twitter and has Congress raising another eyebrow.

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

Conservative groups in Brazil are protesting against Facebook after it banned 196 pages and 87 individual profiles, many of them on the right side of the ideological spectrum.

The Facebook purge has raised concerns that the platform may be pursuing a political agenda in the run-up to the Oct. 7 elections for a new president, a new National Congress, and new state assemblies.

Facebook has more than 100 million users in Brazil, about half of the country’s population.

The Facebook accounts were removed on July 25 without any notification. One of the organizations affected is Brasil 200, a free-market group founded by businessman and former presidential candidate Flavio Rocha.

Other banned pages have links to Movimento Brasil Livre (the Free Brazil Movement), the main grassroots movement behind the massive protests that successfully demanded the impeachment of leftist President Dilma Rousseff in 2016.

 

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Kavanaugh Confirmation Sparks War Over Constitution

As we move closer to the GOP’s imposed deadline for the Senate confirmation vote on Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, the debate that continues to take center stage between Republicans and Democrats is the very essence of the Constitution. Kavanaugh’s conservative credentials since his appointment to the federal court by President George W. Bush reveal his opinion, like that of the conservatives on the Supreme Court, that the Constitution has an original intent imbued by the framers. This notion is anathema for Democrats who have argued since the beginning of the progressive era under President Wilson that the Constitution is a “living, breathing” document that must evolve over time to reflect changing social mores. It is that debate that could get heated as the Supreme Court threatens to become Trump’s.

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

Legal experts say the fight for the original meaning of the Constitution will play a significant role in the confirmation process for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

“The fork in the road as it plays out in the Supreme Court is now going to be the centerpiece of these confirmation hearings,” said John Eastman, founding director at the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence.

Eastman made his remarks at an event Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation about federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court.

“Are we going to have a Constitution that means what it says … that it’s the source of authority for judges to have judicial review in the first place,” Eastman said, “or are we going to have a ‘living’ Constitution, where the document itself can be molded and shaped to meet what the judges believe is kind of the modern exigencies of the day.”

Kavanaugh, 53, was nominated by Trump on July 9 to fill the seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced June 27 that he’s retiring.

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