Big govt, Politics

Mean Girls Are After Melania Trump

The media, including magazines that purport to empower women, are behaving as “mean girls” when it comes to their deplorable treatment of first lady Melania Trump, who is a class act by any standards.

Women’s magazines that never missed an opportunity heap lavish praise upon Michelle Obama, lionizing the former Democratic first lady on at least a dozen magazine covers — including three Vogue splashes — have noticeably shunned Melania Trump. Not only do these outlets not invite the stunning former model to grace their magazines’ covers or even feature her positively — something the media have traditionally done for first ladies — but they have outright bullied, mocked and attacked America’s first lady at every turn.

Take holiday decorating. Last year, biased media said the first lady’s Christmas decorations were too white. This year, they’re too red, and some outlets have made gruesome comparisons to blood. “Last year the trees were a hideous, ghastly white. It was always winter and never Christmas,” Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri wrote. “This year everything is red. … The trees are red (the Internet says) as a handmaid’s cloak. Do not think of blood. Keep walking.”

Vogue said, “Walking through a strange assemblage of bloodred trees, Trump looks to be channeling The Handmaid’s Tale.” Vice tweeted, “Melania Trump’s Christmas from Hell has everything: red trees, dark lighting, a somber vibe to pay tribute to our country’s unique heritage of anguish and pain.”

Then there’s Elle magazine, which published an article comparing the 2018 White House Christmas theme to the set in the horror movie “The Shining,” along with caustic commentary only the Grinch could love. The macabre piece described the holiday decorations by saying that there’s “so much red it looks like the walls of the White House are bleeding” and that “the overwhelming feeling of dread was one of the many sources of inspiration for this year’s decorations.”

A decorative Christmas wreath? The magazine said it looks like a “bottomless pit of despair” and mentioned polarizing themes that — you guessed it — have nothing to do with celebrating the holidays. But that’s not all. USA Today, Time, HuffPost and other outlets piled on and bashed the first lady’s holiday decorations — in sharp contrast to how Michelle Obama was treated when she occupied the White House.

Women’s magazines and other media gushed over Obama’s every move, including praising her holiday decorations. “Michelle Obama is a pro in dressing up the place,” said The Washington Post, fawning over her various pet projects, fashion choices and even her unappetizing school lunches, which were rejected by kids nationwide.

This proves that media are no longer composed of fair-minded journalists or evenhanded editorial boards. Far from it. To the detriment of American culture, they’ve been supplanted by partisan and petty “mean girls” who make schoolyard bullies look like Girl Scouts. Americans ought to consider that unfortunate reality when purchasing their next newspaper or magazine at their local newsstand.

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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International, Issues

Border Patrol Arrests MS-13 Gang Member of Caravan

President Trump was proven right when in his claim that among the 6,000 “asylum” seekers amassing at our southern border would be MS-13, terrorists, and non-Central Americans. So far U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a member of the Salvadoran MS-13 gang, who admitted to authorities that he was acting as an opportunist in attempting to enter the United States. Common tactics include posing as an unaccompanied minor. Last week the Department of Homeland Security warned that roughly 500 MS-13 gangbangers were among the Central American caravan. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

“You’re going to find MS-13, you’re going to find Middle Eastern, you’re going to find everything,” President Trump said in one of his much-criticized statements about the kinds of people included among the thousands of caravan migrants amassing at the U.S. southern border.

While the president has taken heat for describing the migrants as including criminals, the Mexican government has confirmed that to be the case, announcing last week that they are in the process of deporting hundreds of the migrants for criminal behavior at the border near Tijuana. Trump’s reference to MS-13 has also been proved correct, as a recent U.S. border patrol arrest reveals.

“U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a member of the infamous Salvadoran MS-13 gang who admitted to authorities that he traveled with a caravan of Central American migrants who were hoping to qualify for asylum in America,” National Review’s Mairead McArdle reports.

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Media, Politics

Conservative Late-Night Network Comedy?

No, it’s not a joke. A new late-night comedy show premiering in 2019 will be hosted by a conservative, and not only is he on the opposite side of the spectrum of his established leftist competition, he’s also an experienced firefighter. Host Victor Dweck (“Dweck”) explains the show’s politics: “We created the show because we couldn’t watch late night anymore. It’s just too hateful and insulting to people who like our president. However, with our show, we put comedy above all else, and we’re careful not to label ourselves ‘conservative comedy.’ That being said, we are both proud conservatives by today’s definition, and you will definitely see that come out in what we choose to satirize.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Late-night comedy shows are now one-trick ponies: They bash President Trump every night — sometimes in the most profane way possible (like when Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t.”).

The modern late-night host is a pathetic imitation of the best ever, Johnny Carson. To the longtime host of “The Tonight Show,” all politics was hilarious, and he’d mock Democrats right alongside Republicans. In fact, no one was ever even sure just where “The King of Late Night” stood personally on political issues.

Today’s late night hosts, though, are now more activist than comedian, from Jimmy Kimmel to Jimmy Fallon to Seth Meyers to Stephen Colbert. They push for far-left policies, defend Democrats at every turn and rip Republicans nightly.

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International, Issues

Rock-Throwing Migrant Mob Used Women and Children as Human Shields

U.S. Border Patrol is confirming what we all suspected: that the Central American migrants who threw rocks at our agents shoved women and children to the front to use as human shields and no doubt as photo props convenient to their open borders ambitions. “What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group – the caravan, as we call them – would push women and children to the front, and then begin, basically, rocking our agents,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott told CNN. Separately, National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd told Fox News that “They pushed women and children up front. And then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The U.S. Border Patrol’s top San Diego agent says violent migrants who stormed the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday shoved women and children to the front of the mob to use as human shields.

“What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group – the caravan, as we call them – would push women and children to the front, and then begin, basically, rocking our agents,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said in a CNN interview.

“Several agents were actually struck by rocks,” Scott said, noting that three were injured.

National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd backed up Scott’s assertion, saying male migrants used women and children as shields as they threw rocks at U.S. border agents.

“They pushed women and children up front. And then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents,” Judd said in a Fox News interview.

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Big govt, International, Issues

Trump Threatens Border Breachers: “We Will Close the Border Permanently”

President Trump is doubling down on his commitment to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, warning that “we will close the Border permanently if need be” after a wave of Central American caravan migrants tried to overwhelm the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, even throwing rocks at U.S. authorities. Trump tweeted: “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” President Trump has additionally threatened a government shutdown if Congress does not act to help secure the border that now has some 6,000 Central Americans camping out in Tijuana. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

After chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday forced U.S. authorities to fire tear gas into a violent crowd of angry migrants seeking to enter the United States, President Trump on Monday warned that “we will close the Border permanently if need be.”

The president also said that many of the so-called migrants now gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border are “stone cold criminals” and urged Mexico to send them back to their homes “anyway you want.”

“Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Big govt, Issues

Don’t Let Trump Hatred Thwart the School Choice Movement

The Detroit school board recently voted 6-to-1 to consider removing Dr. Ben Carson’s name from one of its high schools. Carson, a former Detroit student and former head of pediatric neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, pioneered several groundbreaking neurosurgical procedures. He now serves as President Donald Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development. But one school board member said Carson’s name on the school is comparable to “having Trump’s name on our school in blackface.”

About Detroit public schools, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty’s C.J. Szafir and Cori Petersen recently wrote, “In 2017 Detroit ranked last in proficiency out of 27 large urban school districts with a measly 5 percent of fourth-graders proficient in math and 7 percent in reading.” Maybe the Detroit school board should invest the time they spent inquiring about Carson’s reputation in improving its pupils’ education.

Let’s hope that hatred for Trump does not stall the growing movement for private school choice as an alternative to public K-12 education. A 2015 survey conducted by Knowledge Networks for Education Next found that nationally, 13 percent of non-teacher parents have sent one or more of their school-age kids to private school for at least some of their K-12 schooling. But 20 percent of teachers with children have done the same. The number is much higher for teachers in urban areas.

A 2004 Fordham Institute study found that in Philadelphia, a staggering 44 percent of public-school teachers with school-age kids sent their own children to private schools. In Cincinnati-Hamilton County and Chicago, 41 and 39 percent of public school teachers, respectively, paid for a private school education for their children. In Rochester, New York, it was 38 percent. In Baltimore, it was 35 percent. San Francisco-Oakland-Vallejo was 34 percent, and New York-Northeastern New Jersey was almost 33 percent. In Los Angeles-Long Beach, nearly 25 percent of public school teachers sent their kids to private school versus 16 percent of all Angelenos who did so.

Hats off to all the hardworking teachers and administrators working in urban schools, which are frequently in and among the worst schools in the worst areas, with often unmotivated students from homes where education is not emphasized. Without an authority figure in the home ensuring that that the child has done his homework and gone to bed on time, the teacher’s job becomes exponentially more difficult. And bravo to hardworking parents who want to ensure that their children get a quality education.

Most urban parents support choice in education, despite the opposition of the public education establishment. Polls show about 80 percent of inner-city parents want vouchers, and most careful studies show that private school choice produces better outcomes.

But wait. A recent study from the University of Virginia’s highly regarded Curry School of Education found “no evidence that private schools, exclusive of family background or income, are more effective for promoting student success.” Hogwash, says Michael Q. McShane, the national research director of EdChoice, a pro-choice advocacy group, who argues that the UVA study lacked “randomization.” Under “randomization,” McShane says: “Everyone who wants a voucher gets their name thrown in a hopper and random chance is the only thing that differs between those who get a voucher and those who don’t. That’s how we know that any differences between the two groups can be attributed to the program.”

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty wrote last year: “The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program works. … Out of 11 gold standard studies on the program, 10 have shown that students in the MPCP outperform their peers at Milwaukee Public Schools (one study showed no significant difference). … Students in the MPCP outperformed their peers in public schools in both math and reading on the Forward Exam when appropriate ‘apples-to-apples’ comparisons are made. We also found that MPCP students score about 7.7 percent higher on the ACT than MPS students, a difference that could determine whether a student gets into college or not in some cases.”

Thomas Sowell, who supports private school choice, also emphasizes the importance of comparing apples to apples. “My favorite way of making comparisons among truly comparable students,” says Sowell, “is to get educational results from schools where both the charter school and the traditional public school are located in the very same building, teaching the same grade levels, and with the students being tested by the very same tests.” When examined that way, school choice works.

About Milwaukee, Szafir and Petersen wrote: “Many parents have turned to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, passed in 1990, which provides low-income children with vouchers for private schools. Over the past decade, enrollment has increased 45 percent at MPCP schools and by 47 percent at the city’s charter schools.”
If private school choice does not yield benefit, can someone explain why programs that provide choice consistently have long lines of parents who want to enroll their students? Trump wants to give urban parents an opt-out of an underperforming government school. Resistance against Trump ought not to translate into resistance against parents who want a better future for their children.

Larry Elder is a best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @larryelder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2018 LAURENCE A. ELDER
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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Nancy Pelosi Picks One Off

According to a report by the Washington Examiner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has secured another voter for her speakership bid in the upcoming Congress in New York Rep. Brian Higgins. Higgins has traded his vote purportedly for Pelosi’s promise to prioritize an infrastructure package as well as letting him put his face on a bill lowering the age of Medicare eligibility to 50. “I will vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives,” Higgins said in a statement released Wednesday. “Power has been too consolidated atop the Caucus and it was my hope that along with like-minded members, we would forge a new leadership structure.” Apparently, the price for treason wasn’t all that low after all.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

In a show of political strength, Nancy Pelosi picked off another defector Wednesday — this time it was a Democrat who had signed his name to a letter just two days prior vowing to vote against the California Democrat on the House floor.

New York Democrat Brian Higgins decided to buck his fellow dissidents in exchange for a commitment from Pelosi that she would prioritize and infrastructure package and let him take a lead role in passing legislation that would lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 50.

“I will vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives,” Higgins said in a statement released Wednesday. “Power has been too consolidated atop the Caucus and it was my hope that along with like-minded members, we would forge a new leadership structure…”

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Big govt, International, Issues

White House Authorizes Use of Force at the U.S.-Mexico Border

President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly signed a “Cabinet order” Tuesday giving the 5,800 active-duty U.S. troops and 2,100 National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border permission to use force and to carry out permissible law enforcement task in their duty to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Military Times reports that the authorized use of force can include “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention. and cursory search.” According to Kelly, the move was deemed necessary because the caravan “may prompt incidents of violence and disorder.”

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, reportedly signed a “Cabinet order” late Tuesday that gives the thousands of U.S. troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border permission to carry out some law enforcement tasks and use force in certain situations in dealing with as many as 10,000 Central American migrants who have traveled to the country as part of a caravan.

The memo says “Department of Defense military personnel” can “perform those military protective activities that the Secretary of Defense determines are reasonably necessary” to protect themselves and all U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, including “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention. and cursory search,” according to the Military Times.

Approximately 5,800 active-duty troops and 2,100 National Guard troops are stationed at various regions of the southern border.

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International, Issues

DHS: Migrant Caravan Includes 500 Criminals

A new DHS report confirms what has been obvious from the get-go: It is not an authentic, asylum-seeking sea of humanity amassing at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego. Instead, the 6,000-strong caravan is composed of criminals, miscreants, and opportunists. According to the DHS report, more than 500 criminals are part of the caravan, and the overwhelming majority are adult males, not women or children. As a result, residents in Tijuana are calling foul and escalating protests after migrant officials said the caravan could be hanging out in their neighborhood for months. U.S. officials maintain no one will cross the border until their asylum requests are fully processed, which could take up to six months. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The migrant caravan that is amassing at the San Diego border contains over 500 criminals, the Department of Homeland Security warned Monday. Contrary to reports by the media and immigrant activists, DHS officials said, the vast majority of the migrants are men, not women and children. The reports come amid growing tension between residents of Tijuana and the increasing number of migrants that officials say may be there for months.

DHS officials made the claims during a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon reported by Fox News, which notes that officials said “most” of the estimated 6,000 members of the caravan gathered at the border are young men. To garner public sympathy, DHS officials said, migrant activists have tried to push the women and children to the front for the cameras.

Among the 6,000 migrants are more than 500 known criminals, officials said. Mexican officials expect the number of migrants aggregating in Tijuana near the San Ysidro border crossing to exceed 10,000 soon, and that swelling number of asylum-seekers will require housing, which the government says it does not have the resources to provide.

 

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Big govt, International, Issues

Busiest U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closed

U.S. border officials shut down the San Ysidro port of entry to all northbound vehicular traffic on Monday to better secure it with “temporary impediment measures” ahead of the arrival of the thousands-strong caravan from Central America. As many as 20,000 pedestrians and 70,000 vehicles use this lawful port of entry traveling between Tijuana and San Diego every day. It is the busiest crossing in the Western Hemisphere according to a Washington Examiner report. Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner… 

U.S. border officials on Monday shut down all vehicular traffic flowing north from Mexico into California at the country’s busiest border crossing and diverted staff to help bulk up the infrastructure and security there, in anticipation of the arrival of thousands of migrants traveling in caravans from Central America.

The San Ysidro port of entry, which processes 20,000 pedestrians and 70,000 vehicles moving from Tijuana to San Diego each day, closed all passenger and commercial lanes and one of its two pedestrian crossings.

The port’s 26 passenger lanes and 22 pedestrian lanes see more traffic than any in the entire Western Hemisphere.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have temporarily suspended vehicle processing for northbound travelers at the San Ysidro port of entry Monday morning to position additional port hardening materials,” CBP, the federal agency that oversees all port activity, said in a statement issued Monday.

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