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Move over, ‘climate change,’ because Brexit’s already the new multi-purpose scapegoat (Sunday open thread)

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 12:02

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s Sunday open thread time, and here are a few matches to light the fuse on this particular candle…

The Brexit vote was Thursday, and just a couple days later it’s already responsible for countless deaths, massive destruction, misery and general psychological damage:

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In other words, everything that goes wrong in Europe from here on in is the fault of Brexit.

Big questions remain: Will climate change be blamed for Brexit, will Brexit be blamed for climate change, or will xenophobia be blamed for climate change and Brexit? Put me down for “all of the above.”

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Speaking of Brexit, hardly anybody in the mainstream media is talking about the “Obama effect”:

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This really did the trick!

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There’s another “meet Hillary” contest under way, and you’ll have to drop a lot of Hamiltons for this one:

Hillary Clinton supporters will get a chance to see the hit musical “Hamilton” if they’re willing to pay prices that are breathtaking even by Broadway standards.

Tickets for a special matinee July 12 to benefit her campaign start at $2,700 each, while $10,000 will get a “premium seat” that includes a photo session with Clinton.

The campaign website says that for $100,000 people can get a deal that includes two premium seats, a “wrap party” with Clinton “and other special guests” plus other benefits.

“For the people!” Funny they’re doing all this in the name of the Founding Father who called for a “just, limited federal government.” But just to make Hillary feel more mainstream, the Hamilton director is adding a scene showing Alexander arguing why he shouldn’t have to release his First Bank speech transcripts.

Meanwhile, for just $100 in singles you can enter a contest to go off-off Broadway with Bill Clinton to see “Bunny Ranch: The Musical.”

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Hillary still has a lead over Trump, depending on which polls you believe, if any:

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These polls have a margin of error of plus or minus Hillary’s indictment.

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George Will’s out of the Republican Party. He’ll probably explain why in greater detail with a very complex baseball metaphor.

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You can’t make this up:

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Good thing we’ve had a president who has avoided that optic for the past seven and a half years!

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And of course right on cue Sunday afternoon:

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Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Taxpayer-funded astroturf: NYC Health Dept staffers encouraged to join immigration protest during work hours

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 22:18

**Written by Doug Powers

When there’s a blizzard and the government says “non-essential employees” don’t have to report to work, the real world wonders why the government has “non-essential employees” in the first place. This might help explain why:

The city Health Department encouraged employees to leave work Thursday and attend a rally condemning the Supreme Court’s split decision to block President Obama’s immigration plan, The Post has learned.

An e-mail sent to DOH workers informed them of the City Hall event hosted by Mayor de Blasio and urged that they participate.

“Staff who are able to attend are encouraged to do so,” the e-mail read. “If you cannot attend, but would like to watch the rally, it will be live-streamed.”

Hey, who doesn’t love their tax dollars being used to pay public employees to be astroturf for progressive temper tantrums?

And yet there are people who actually wonder why the Brexit struck a chord for a lot of people in the US. Go figure.

Update:

Thought experiment for the weekend: Try and imagine the level of lefty outrage if a right-leaning mayor told city employees to go to an anti-abortion protest during working hours.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Looks like Hillary’s server wasn’t the only thing that could be scrubbed with a cloth

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:52

**Written by Doug Powers

The wind-up:

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And the pitch!

An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or omitted the names of those she met. The fuller details of those meetings were included in files the State Department turned over to AP after it sued the government in federal court.

The missing entries raise new questions about how Clinton and her inner circle handled government records documenting her State Department tenure – in this case, why the official chronology of her four-year term does not closely mirror the other, more detailed records of her daily meetings.
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In one key omission, Clinton’s State Department calendar dropped the identities of a dozen major Wall Street and business leaders who met with her during a private breakfast discussion at the New York Stock Exchange in September 2009, The meeting occurred minutes before Clinton appeared in public at the exchange to ring the market’s ceremonial opening bell.
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Clinton’s calendar also repeatedly omitted private dinners and meetings with political donors, policy sessions with groups of corporate leaders and “drop-bys” with old Clinton campaign hands and advisers. Among those whose names were omitted from her calendar were longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal, consultant and former Clinton White House chief of staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty, former energy lobbyist Joseph Wilson and entertainment magnate and Clinton campaign bundler Haim Saban.

That’s impossible! Secretary Clinton recorded all her permanent records on an Etch-a-Sketch for purposes of transparency and posterity.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Brexit vote open thread (Bonus: former US presidential candidate spots end of British empire); Update: David Cameron will step down

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 23:24

**Written by Doug Powers

The BBC has forecast that the Brexit vote is going in favor of the UK leaving the EU. In other words, Great Britain has said “screw EU.” Here’s an thread — just stay on the left side of the road, say “queue” once in a while and everything will be fine.

Howard “YEARGH!!” Dean says if the UK leaves the EU it’ll be the end of the trail for Great Britain:

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I’ll go ahead and assume that Dean’s take will be shared by progressives almost everywhere, including the Obama White House. Seeing so many rational people unwilling to stay tied to somebody else’s sinking ship must be unsettling for lefties.

Update:

UK Prime Minister David Cameron will step down in the wake of the vote.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Perfect: Ex tech aide for ‘most transparent public official’ in modern era pleads the Fifth over 125 times… in a day

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 11:05

**Written by Doug Powers

In early March Hillary Clinton praised herself as the most transparent public official in modern times. As a matter of fact, her only apparent failing as a public official that she didn’t let any of the people who worked for her at the time know that:

Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano invoked the Fifth more than 125 times during a 90-minute, closed-door deposition Wednesday with the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, a source with the group told Fox News.

The official said Pagliano was working off an index card and read the same crafted statement each time.

Earlier this month I wrote that Pagliano was taking more Fifths than a liquor store burglar, but he eclipsed his record by far on Wednesday. The bar has been raised, Lois Lerner!

Then consider that Hillary’s working with other Dems to dismantle the Fifth Amendment’s due process protections when it comes to government lists and gun purchases while Pagliano’s wrapping himself in a protective cocoon made from the same amendment when it comes to Clinton’s email shenanigans and the irony is just too much.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Libs vow to camp out on House floor until GOP atones for registered Democrat jihadist’s Orlando rampage

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 23:06

**Written by Doug Powers

Because they forgot to do it when they controlled all of Congress for the first two years of Obama’s presidency, House Democrats, joined by fellow travelers like Elizabeth Warren, are getting their “occupy” on:

Led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the members, chanting “No bill, no break,” plan to stay on the floor until they get a vote on proposals to strengthen background checks and block individuals on the terror watch list and no-fly list from buying guns.

The push to institute greater gun control has picked up steam in the wake of the Orlando massacre, which left 50 dead, including gunman Omar Mateen. Both of the guns Mateen used in the killings — including an AR-15 style rifle and Glock handgun, were purchased legally.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said Democrats will continue on the floor as long as necessary, and will continue protests in Washington and in their home districts. The group of Democrats taking over the chamber are demanding action and will stay until Republican leaders agree to hold a vote on gun control legislation, attempting to use the Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

The event had some pageantry, with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, dressed in a pink suit, bringing in a pink pillow. And Rep. Scott Peters got a back rub.

There were also snacks delivered to the chamber and the promise of pizza, according to Rep. John Yarmuth.

Probably the ultimate irony here is that Rep. John Lewis was once ON the “no fly” list, so his leadership on the “no constitutional rights for people on the no-fly list” movement isn’t incredibly convincing.

Democrats and Republicans are poised for a showdown over the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in https://t.co/iYk906npJU pic.twitter.com/3LlVPWZmEW

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 23, 2016

How long will brave Dems continue their anti-gun crusade? As long as the House of Representatives is surrounded by heavily armed guards protecting the area with “assault weapons,” dammit!

Katherine Clark says she has "snacks and a toothbrush in my purse" for the House sit-in https://t.co/zTvLc7TCjN pic.twitter.com/mEuh8XyQY5

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 23, 2016

Sit-in selfies for justice!

Elizabeth Warren joins members of Mass. delegation for a House sit-in over gun control https://t.co/srTXIEvtSz pic.twitter.com/vXKnxu0VxD

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 22, 2016

Dems hope to hold the House floor until their publicity energy is exhausted:

Chaos erupts as Paul Ryan tries to restore order amid raucous Democratic gun control sit-in. https://t.co/sjvRfU6utNhttps://t.co/28WSvLIxrt

— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2016

If Republicans acquiesce to the Left on this, it should only be by making Dems sign off on a measure that begins with the words, “In response to a registered Democrat jihadist’s rampage…”

Update:

It’s just like Selma!

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Update II:

And now we get to the real purpose of it all — fundraising! Dems will keep sitting as long as the DNC cash register keeps ringing.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Horror and hush-up in Twin Falls, Idaho

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 06:46

Horror and hush-up in Twin Falls, Idaho
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

Something wicked happened in Idaho’s rural Magic Valley. The evil has been compounded by politicians, media and special interest groups doing their damnedest to suppress the story and quell a righteous citizen rebellion.

On June 7, a brief news item appeared on local Twin Falls, Idaho-based KMVT about a “reported sexual assault that possibly occurred near the Fawnbrook Apartments” five days earlier. Unconfirmed accounts of the alleged crime on conservative-leaning websites, plus reports from area members of anti-jihad activist Brigitte Gabriel’s Act for America group and longtime watchdog Ann Corcoran’s Refugee Resettlement Watch blog, culminated in coverage on the powerhouse Drudge Report.

The social media groundswell, untethered from the constraints of political correctness, forced government authorities to respond.

Police and the local prosecutor’s office grudgingly confirmed that an investigation had begun into the incident. The victim: A mentally disabled 5-year-old girl. The alleged perpetrators: Three boys, ages 7, 10 and 14, from Sudanese and Iraqi immigrant families (predominantly Muslim) who have been in the country for less than two years — all but confirming that they are refugees.

What happened? The case is under seal because it involves minors, but prosecutor Grant Loebs said there is videotape of the alleged sexual assault (a fact which local activists first divulged). Two of the boys are in custody. It’s not clear what happened to the third.

Here’s the sickening thing: The people who should have been asking tough questions — like, you know, mainstream journalists — have spent more time attacking local whistleblowers and bloggers than they have spent demanding answers and holding public officials accountable.

Why? Consider the backdrop. Residents in Twin Falls have been worried about the impact of an increasing influx of refugees, many from jihad-coddling countries, over the past several years. Their concerns about crime, welfare, health care, and schools echo those of communities across the country who are bearing the coercive brunt of Beltway bleeding hearts’ refugee resettlement policies enacted in a shroud of secrecy.

Members of the Twin Falls City Council smugly likened refugee resettlement critics to “white supremacists.” Regional newspapers including the Idaho Statesman and the Spokane Spokesman-Review rushed to discredit the on-scene reporting of internet writers such as Leo Hohmann, who had interviewed a witness to the crime for World Net Daily.

“Jolene Payne, an 89-year-old retired nurse who lives at the complex” told Hohmann that she spotted one of the boys “taking pictures with a camera” outside the apartment complex’s laundry room. She went inside and found the 5-year-old naked with two of the younger boys naked standing over her. “The worst thing was the way they peed all over her clothes,” she recounted.

Pro-mass immigration advocates may not like the sources of some of the original reporting that forced the case into the sunlight, but the watchdogs got more right than wrong. These critics now have Twin Falls’ political leaders sputtering to cover their backsides and police brass defending themselves against explosive charges that they dragged their feet.

Instead, the “professional journalists” dwelt on a few early factual errors about whether the boys were from Syria and whether a knife was used — and filled their dismissive articles with “can’t we all just get along” propaganda from refugee resettlement advocates and contractors with vested financial interests in the game.

The callousness of local officials and indifference of local and national media reminds me very much of an international incident that went viral on YouTube earlier this year in the eastern German town of Bad Schlema — located in a region overrun by Muslim refugees.

A concerned grandfather whose granddaughter under the age of 10 was sexually harassed by Muslim migrants protested to mayor Jens Muller. In response to his plea for help, Muller told the elderly man to direct his family to “not walk in areas” where refugees would be.

“Just don’t provoke them and don’t walk in those areas.”

The grandfather lamented at the public meeting: “You’re not allowed to walk in your own city anymore.”

To which the jaded mayor replied: “This is the way it is.”

Thank goodness there are Americans still fighting against the collective shrug of sovereignty surrender. Louder, please.

In the best of hands: AG Loretta Lynch travels to Orlando in search of terrorist’s motive, comes up empty

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:13

**Written by Doug Powers

Gunman goes into a gay nightclub, kills 49 people and injures dozens more, calls authorities in the midst of it and says he did it for the Islamic State.

Someday the U.S. attorney general hopes to establish a motive, but this is not the day:

After meeting with prosecutors, first responders and victims of the Orlando terror attack, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the investigation is still ongoing, and a motive has yet to be established.

The Obama administration is still trying to determine Omar Mateen’s motive was the NRA, the GOP Senate, climate change or some combination of all the above. I’m sure they’ll let us know when they pin down the exact percentages.

Update:

And remember, “our most effective response to terror and to hatred, is compassion, is unity, and is love”:

We’re all lucky to still be alive with people like this in charge, and I’m being zero percent facetious.

Oh, and Lynch also has no idea where Omar Mateen’s wife is. It’s got to be the NRA’s fault.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Reality is (omitted): Obama, Dems, NY Daily News pin terror attack blame on Senate Republicans

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:00

**Written by Doug Powers

What it is: Registered Democrat who pledged allegiance to terrorist group the president said was “contained” overseas murders dozens of gay people at Orlando nightclub, and the FBI reportedly didn’t act on warnings beforehand.

What it’s become:

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After all, you can’t spell “ISIS” without two of the i’s and both s’s in “National Rifle Association.”

The White House , naturally, agrees with the NYDN:

The White House on Tuesday blasted the Senate’s “cowardice” for rejecting four separate gun control measures.

“What we saw last night in the United States Senate is a shameful display of cowardice,” press secretary Josh Earnest said on CNN.

Nothing like an accusation of cowardice from the administration that was afraid to repeat the words (omitted), (omitted) and (omitted) in a transcript of Omar Mateen’s phone calls.

By not reacting satisfactorily following the attack on a nightclub by a registered Democrat who pledged allegiance to the “JV team,” the Senate Republicans have failed Obama:

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Forgotten what started all this in the first place? That’s exactly what they hope.

Also, Planned Parenthood-supporting celebrities and Dem politicians accusing Republicans of not caring about “the children” are really doing their part to make sure America’s stocked up on irony.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Of course: Obama admin releasing Orlando terrorist call transcripts, with certain ‘edits’; Update: Backpedal alert!

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 07:55

**Written by Doug Powers

BIG surprise:

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that on Monday, the FBI will release edited transcripts of the 911 calls made by the Orlando nightclub shooter to the police during his rampage.

“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda,” Lynch said. “We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State].”

Rhetorical question of the day: If Omar Mateen had called 9-1-1 during his rampage and pledged allegiance to the NRA or a Christian organization, would the Obama administration have been so eager for edits?

Update:

This is what the transcript looks like with the redactions:

Orlando police dispatch (OD): Emergency 911, this is being recorded.

Omar Mateen (OM): In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial (in Arabic)

OD: What?

OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God (in Arabic). I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.

OD: What’s your name?

OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to (omitted).

OD: Ok, What’s your name?

OM: I pledge allegiance to (omitted) may God protect him (in Arabic), on behalf of (omitted).

OD: Alright, where are you at?

OM: In Orlando.

OD: Where in Orlando?

(End of call.)

He could be referring to the Boy Scouts for all we know! Better blame the NRA just to be safe.

Update II:

Commence backpedaling!

And NOW– the FBI releases the FULL transcripts, as the redactions caused an "unnecessary distraction."

— Michelle Kosinski (@MKosinskiCNN) June 20, 2016

And the reason given for the redactions was classic:

I just laughed out loud. "The purpose of releasing the partial transcript … was to provide transparency…" Redaction = transparency. Heh.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 20, 2016

This administration has officially crossed the streams of incompetence, cluelessness and underhandedness.

**Written by Doug Powers

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