A YouTube video seems to capture race-war-craving Vester Flanagan confronting a driver after a road-rage incident over a month ago. “B Foster” posted the video. He says:
I posted this because i believe it may be Vester Lee Flanagan a.k.a. Bryce Williams, suspected of murdering Alison Parker and Adam Ward, and seriously injuring Vicki Gardner on 26 August, 2015 at Bridgewater Marina.
recorded on 6 July, 2015 Roanoke, VA.
I called this man out at a red light for driving like a maniac. He then followed me to my destination driving recklessly, and stopping traffic to continue the argument, the rest is on film.
In the video, a man who appears to be Flanagan is confronting a driver. Flanagan seems to have followed the driver and is recording video with his cell phone. “You followed me,” the driver tells Flanagan, as well as calling him a profane name. Flanagan is driving a silver Mustang of the sort he owned according to police reports. Flanagan throws some insults at Foster while Flanagan is illegally parked. From statements in the video, and the location where Flanagan parked his Mustang, Flanagan appears to have followed Foster.
Here’s a shocker: Media Matters has accused Breitbart of “race baiting” coverage of the shooting of Alison Parker and two others by Vester Lee Flanagan. A Media Matters press release:
Breitbart News reacted to reports that two Virginia journalists were shot to death on-air by a disgruntled former co-worker by publishing an article with the headline, “RACE MURDER IN VIRGINIA: BLACK REPORTER SUSPECTED OF EXECUTING WHITE COLLEAGUES - ON LIVE TELEVISION!”
On August 26, two employees of Roanoke, Virginia CBS affiliate WDBJ were shot to death while reporting from Smith Mountain Lake, a public recreation area popular for boating and fishing. The gunman, who later shot himself but apparently survived, is reportedly a former employee of the affiliate.
Breitbart News reacted to the shooting with a race-baiting article authored by editor-at-large John Nolte. The piece was widely condemned by other members of the media, many of whom pointed out Breitbart News’ lengthy history of racially charged reporting and commentary.
Well that settles it, doesn’t it? If other members of the media condemned it, then it must be valid.
Here’s what we know so far. The killer tweeted out that the victim made “racist” comments. So the killer himself, like other killers before him, made his killing about something touching on race. Let’s see how this story unfolds, and the degree, if any, of racial hostility and racial grievance articulated by the killer. Early reports are he may have faxed a 26-page manifesto to an ABC station. Let’s see how it is covered, if indeed it is his.
Here’s another theory. If the story plays out that Vester Flanagan has all the character and color-blindness of Dylann Roof, then the mainstream media will have a very uncomfortable story on their hands (yet again). Media Matters is more comfortable covering stories about evil white supremacists shooting up a church in Charleston than they are the mirror image.
In fact, Media Matters runs interference to disrupt that mirror-image narrative, over and over again. Voter intimidation by white thugs: bad. Voter intimidation by black thugs: no big deal. Racially motivated murder by whites: above the fold in bold. Racially motivated murder by blacks: no evidence, didn’t happen, and if Breitbart says it, it must be race-baiting.
If the mirror-image murder had happened, with a white shooter killing a black reporter and tweeting about his racial motivation, the Obama Justice Department would have flooded the zone, and topped it off with a press conference. We’ve seen this pattern repeatedly. We’re used to it by now.
No race is free from evil bad actors, despite the dishonest attacks by the Soros drones at Media Matters.
Afterthought: Flanagan went by the name Bryce Williams. Any Gamecocks fan will recognize this as Williams Bryce flipped. I wonder if his time at WSPA was when he used this on-air name.
Now we are told that Hillary Clinton’s do-it-yourself email sever was wiped clean. There are different levels of wiping. Hillary obtusely thought wiping might mean “with a cloth.” I guess it all depends on what the definition of wipe is. This family seems to live in a state of continuous deceit.
But if Hillary only wiped her servers “with a cloth,” then figuring out what classified information she kept on her bathroom servers should be pretty easy. Even if the servers were wiped in the way everybody (but Hillary) understands wiping to mean, the FBI can still get the goods on her.
Just ask Jared Fogle.
Subway Jared awoke at 6:30 a.m. on July 7 to find a large white FBI van in his driveway. The van was a mobile unit with advanced technology to image, capture and reconstruct data that people don’t want to be found. It can find data even if it is wiped, and wiped and wiped again.
If Hillary wiped her server “with a cloth,” the FBI would be able to grab any classified information on her server in about five minutes.
If Hillary had a flunkie wipe the server, for real, the FBI would still be able to image the server and deconstruct the wipe and retrieve data. In other words, the FBI can get to the bottom of how much classified information Hillary illegally kept on her bathroom server.
The FBI executed the Fogle warrant with much fanfare. When the vans and the cameras arrived, it was effectively lights out for Subway Jared’s career.
Is that why the FBI doesn’t seem to take Hillary’s problem as seriously as others? Isn’t child porn more serious, you might ask?
Not so fast. If Hillary’s server had classified information regarding national security policies and the location of assets, strengths and weaknesses, lives were at risk. If Hillary had classified information on her server, you can be sure the information has been pored over by Mikhail Fradkov in Moscow and housed on the servers at the MSS in Beijing.
I doubt Fradkov keeps his copies of Hillary’s emails on a residential server stashed in his bathroom.
Which raises another question. Who is Scott Bloch?
Remember him? Bloch was the head of the Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency. He found himself in the crosshairs of the various gay activist groups a decade ago. Bloch hired Geeks on Call to do a wipe of his work and home computers after he was sucked into litigation by other federal employees. He used more than a cloth to wipe the servers and discs.
Sounds familiar, right?
Today the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck a potentially fatal blow to Texas voter ID. The Appeals Court upheld the lower federal court’s ruling that Texas Voter ID violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Writing for the court, Judge Catharina Haynes (W appointee) upheld the lower court and adopted a version of the Voting Rights Act that incorporates a statistical disparate impact analysis. Simply, if minorities are disproportionately affected statistically by a state election law, it likely violates federal law.
Texas could have fixed the voter ID law in the legislative session which began last January, but didn’t. Some in Austin assured Texas legislators that the Fifth Circuit would reverse the lower court and uphold Texas voter ID. They were wrong, and the legislature is now out of session. A fix might have included a reasonable impediment affidavit of the sort that established South Carolina voter ID’s constitutionality.
There are very few silver linings in this cloud. I note three.
1. The ruling deals a blow to the Justice Department’s theories on intent. The opinion says that there must be the specific intention to discriminate, not just that discrimination might occur. This is a serious blow to those who would offer a legal theory that shows intent everywhere.
2. Shelby is cited for the idea that discrimination must be contemporaneous. So much for the DOJ-fueled experts who reflexively talk about Reconstruction.
3. This won’t sit well with the plaintiff’s braintrust: “In turn, the relevance of this evidence rests upon the unsupported premise that a legislator concerned about border security or opposed to the entry into Texas of undocumented immigrants is also necessarily in favor of suppressing voting by American citizens of color.”
Some were surprised by the Fifth Circuit’s ruling today. The Tatler was not. Way back in 2011, Justice Department sources were telling the Tatler that Texas didn’t seem to know what they were doing in the voter ID defense.
The DOJ sources report that Texas seems unaware that the Georgia preclearance was conducted using an old legal standard, no longer in effect. A new standard was passed by Congress in 2006 and Texas’ misplaced reliance on the Georgia Voter ID approval by DOJ is making Texas seem out of touch with the environment they face. They also say there is nothing in Supreme Court rules that are inconsistent with the South Carolina objection, and Texas doesn’t seem to understand that. . . . The DOJ source reports that “if that were really true, then Abbott would have filed in federal court against us after the South Carolina objection. They have no clue what they are doing and the damage they are doing to Texas Voter ID. They think they can win after an objection. Good luck. They have no idea what is about to happen.”
The law was in effect for the 2014 election, but the Tatler knew it would be the last. In “One Last Hurrah for Texas Voter ID,” we wrote:
But election integrity advocates shouldn’t celebrate too much. Texas Voter ID is doomed. After this next election, it is prohibited from being used.
True, the prediction was Texas voter ID would die on the intent prong but survive on the effects prong. But dead is dead, and the law is dead. I’ll leave it to someone else to report the rolling mess that started back in 2010. It wasn’t until the new administration took over after the 2014 elections that the defense started to swirl into high gear. But it was too late.
Now, an opinion that supports a new interpretation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act is the law from El Paso to Meridian, Mississippi.
The mullahs in Iran should be glad Obama doesn’t treat them like he does the inspectors general throughout the federal government.
The Obama administration’s war against inspectors general has been going on so long that even new Obama abuses against government watchdogs get treated as old news. They should not be.
The muzzling of these watchdogs is a serious sign of a government that is so powerful that it is not answerable to no entity outside itself, and certainly not to the public it is supposed to serve. Over at LifeZette, Quin Hillyer highlights why last week’s move to limit the investigative powers of perhaps the most important IG of all, the one at the Department of Justice, is a particularly egregious, and dangerous, violation. Hillyer:
Yet last week the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, run by an Obama political appointee, ruled that henceforth IGs must request permission from agency heads before they can access grand jury, wiretap, and fair credit information. Without independent authority to review such documents (while of course observing all the usual safeguards against public disclosure of such information), IGs will be at the mercy of the very agencies against whose potential abuses the IGs are serving as watchdogs.
This is the equivalent of telling a police investigator that his lawfully executed warrant is a mere request to search a suspect’s home for evidence, rather than a court order with the force of law.
It gives an administration’s political appointees the power to thwart investigations into their own malfeasance.
In 2015, the New York Times editorial board is more concerned with the investigative techniques of pro-life activists with a hidden camera than with abortionists crushing the skulls of fetuses and harvesting their organs. Moral clarity has been wanting before at the Grey Lady, most embarrassingly perhaps in their relentless attack on President Ronald Reagan’s characterization of the Soviet Union as an “Evil Empire.”
Rewind to 1906.
Back then, all of New York was buzzing about an exhibit in the Bronx: a black man named Ota Benga could be seen living in a cage with orangutans. Behind bars at the “monkey house,” the black man and an “orangutan frolicked together, hugging and wrestling and playing tricks on each other.” The crowd loved it.
Just as in 2015, the New York Times skillfully dehumanized the victim on their editorial pages and defended the controversial practice.
My good friend Joshua Rogers has a piece today describing the penchant for moral backwardness at the Times. Giving no quarter, Rogers reminds readers that it wasn’t just the mood of the era that it was alright to exhibit caged Africans living with monkeys.
No bother at the editorial board at the Times:
Not feeling particularly vehement excitement ourselves over the exhibition of an African “pigmy” in the Primate House of the Zoological Park, we do not quite understand all the emotion which others are expressing in the matter. … As for Benga himself, he is probably enjoying himself as well as he could anywhere in his country, and it is absurd to make moan over the imagined humiliation and degradation he is suffering.
Yes, absurd to make moan then, and absurd to make moan now. The Times is nothing if not reliably amoral.
Christians and black ministers protested the exhibit of a caged Ota Benga cavorting with monkeys. Sound familiar?
The Republican National Committee has made a large media buy of radio advertisements on hip-hop stations in Ohio to promote the GOP.
The RNC has branded the effort as an outreach program called “#CommittedToCommunity.” It includes a purchase of radio time on Radio One-owned stations in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
One station included in the RNC ad buy is WENZ – Z 107.9 Cleveland.
The playlist at WENZ demonstrates the RNC is certain to succeed in reaching a new audience. The current WENZ playlist includes “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg, “Watch Me“ by Silento and “Hold You Down“ by DJ Kahled. The lyrics for the latter include:
I ain’t with that bulls*** at all (then I laid it down)/ Maybe it’s that Virginia in me (n**** say something)/Have a young n**** go so hard/ . . .
Started from the bed, ended up on the floor/ And now let that ass up off the ground/ I’m a put you on my shoulders, let me give you what’s in store/ Girl, you deserve it, all the time you been servin’/ Away from the realest n**** in it, I’m a take you away/ And I hold you down, (I’m a hold you down).
No mention of this new GOP effort can be found anywhere on WENZ’s website.
Instead, WENZ still features numerous news stories critical of Republicans and conservatives, including: “15 Things Black People Like That Republicans Are Outlawing [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO],” “‘Republicans For Rape:’ Website Promotes Al Franken Bill,” as well as a story attacking James O’Keefe:
The RNC ad copy:
Voice One: “Hey, check out this text I just got.”
Voice Two: “Engage, empower, uplift, that’s what’s up, what’s that all about?”
Voice One: “Some election site thing where they’re talking about issues like making college affordable, better job opportunities and the best path to success if you want to own your own business.”
Voice Two: “I’m all about that. Where do I get involved?”
Voice One: “Go to GOP dot com, forward slash, committed to community.”
Voice Two: “GOP, as in the Republican Party?”
Voice One: “Yeah, and they’ve been working and reaching out here in the past two years. I actually voted for Republicans in our state who get it and who have turned things around for our city. And you’ll be hearing from them a lot more. So it’s worth checking why they’re here, what they’re talking about, and how we can work with the GOP in our community.”
Voice Two: “GOP dot com forward slash, committed to community. Yeah. Catchme info. I’ll check it out.”
Alfred Liggins, the CEO of Radio One, was pleased:
The RNC wants to tell its story to the African-American community. Radio One reaches 82% of Black Americans with our television, radio and digital multi-media platforms. We view ourselves as the link to our audience. Our reach, relationships with Black churches, organizations, entertainers, and our unique understanding of our primary audience makes us a high-value partner to organizations like the RNC.
In contrast, the Democrat Party is now using advanced data analytics to drive deeper into their base of support to reach voters who are cheaper to reach. Using these advanced data analytics, the Democrats retained the White House in 2012 by largely abandoning efforts to reach out to more-expensive-to-reach independents.
Republicans and conservatives still have not come close to matching the data-driven capabilities of the Democrats and the Left. Nor does the RNC appear to have any dedicated effort towards energizing base voters, efforts the Democrats have adopted.
A United Airlines captain reportedly disposed of live ammunition into a Boeing 767′s toilet en route to Germany from Houston on June 24. United Airlines refuses to comment on the incident.
The captain of United Airlines Flight 133 reportedly realized he had live ammunition in the cockpit, ammunition which could not be brought into Germany. His solution?
Leave the cockpit during the flight and dump it into the waste bin of the lavatory of the 767.
A flight attendant discovered the live ammunition in the waste bin and alerted… the captain.
The Aviation Herald has some details about what the United pilot did next:
A flight attendant thus discovered the bullets, dutifully brought and reported the bullets to the captain, who now decided to ultimately get rid of the bullets and dumped them down the toilet. Later the flight attendant inquired again about the bullets, the captain realized that she would file a report, explained the situation to her and informed ground.
German civil aviation authorities confirmed that they are aware of the incident.
This morning in 1944, American, British and Canadian families woke up just like you did, but heard the news that the European invasion had begun. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children wondered about the fate of their loved ones based somewhere in England, and what they were going through.
The continent of Europe was enslaved. An evil had covered it from the Atlantic to the Urals, and if the men on those beaches didn’t succeed, it would remain enslaved for perhaps another decade, if not longer.
The men hitting those beaches were there to end the summary executions, the slave labor factories, the arbitrary rule of evil men, the huddled terror of the gas chambers, the executions of clergy, and the brutal crushing of the human spirit. History provides moments where the darkest evil shows itself clearly. D-Day was the event when the weight of western civilization, the gravity of America, and the heroic fears of hundreds of thousands of men listened to the humming of the engines delivering them to the fight, would be the force of good. They surely wondered what the world would be like in a year, wondering if they would succeed, wondering if the evil of the enemy would be defeated. To them, we owe the highest salute.
It is no wonder then, that Ike sought the master of the cause of good to shine light upon the day. His prayer, seventy one years ago today:
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have
striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The
hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on
other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war
machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of
Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well
equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of
1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats,
in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their
strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home
Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions
of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men.
The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to
I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great
and noble undertaking.
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Hillary Clinton ran one of the most boring, tired football plays in Houston this week — Wishbone Sweep Left. We’ve seen it over and over again: tell Democrats that Republicans are out to bring back Jim Crow, energize a moribund, racially motivated base by scaring them into thinking the Voting Rights Act has vanished, and claim that not having a month-long election day means blacks are being targeted for vote “suppression.”
The play is tired, familiar, and goes nowhere.
Even reliably leftist MSNBC reporter Zachary Roth seemed to see through Hillary’s stance on voter ID. In his friendly, Clinton-fed piece “Hillary Takes on Voting Rights in Houston,” Roth notes Hillary didn’t really harp about voter ID like the racial interest groups do:
She didn’t offer the kind of broader condemnation of ID laws per se often voiced by voting and civil rights groups. And in criticizing Wisconsin and North Carolina’s slew of voting restrictions, she focused on cuts to early voting rather than those states’ ID laws.
There’s two reasons for Clinton giving voter ID a pass.
First, voter ID is yesterday’s battleground. Sure, there are still court cases and bills, but the Left has moved on to bigger and better things: preserving illegal alien political clout in legislatures; moving to mandatory voter registration and all-mail ballots; extending election day for a month or more to move the unmotivated to the polls; giving SEIU employees the power to help the incompetent vote; ensuring non-citizens on the rolls aren’t detected; and seeing that state power over elections is slowly but surely taken over by Washington, D.C.
Behold, your tax dollars at work. The Department of Justice has produced this slick video promoting Eric Holder’s legacy as the “People’s Lawyer.”
A rally took place recent in Washington, D.C., with dozens of deaf activists. The activists at the rally opposed “audism” — that is, the ability for the deaf to hear.
The activists have a website opposed to the deaf hearing: audismfreeamerica.blogspot.com.
The deaf activists marched to the Lincoln Memorial calling “for the end of the social disease of audism.”
A flyer distributed at the march says:
We honor our history, our culture, our language (ASL), our allies, and deaf people from all walks of life. We march to combat Audism (attitudes and practices based on the assumption that behaving in the ways of those who speak and hear is desired and best) particularly in the media, education, and medical profession.
Special scorn was reserved for the miraculous cochlear implant — the device that now can allow the deaf to hear. For example, Rush Limbaugh uses this technological miracle to hear.
Because of this amazing device, they claim:
Deaf children who are not exposed to sign language are at risk for experiencing language deprivation which leads to cog native, psycho/social, economic and medical challenges.
The dream that the deaf could hear is thousands of years old. The Gospel of Mark says:
After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
Watch this amazing video of a child hearing for the first time after receiving an implant:
America lost a great man and scholar this week: Stan Evans.
If you don’t know Stan Evans, you don’t know Senator Joe McCarthy. One of the thick, heavily footnoted works of Evans was Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies. I have never read a book so thoroughly footnoted.
In sum, Evans recognized that McCarthy had his flaws, as everyone does. But the truth is that McCarthy was onto something when he claimed Soviet agents and sympathizers had infiltrated the United States government. Evans used records from the Venona Project containing Soviet archives to match many of the people McCarthy claimed were Soviet moles with actual Soviet KGB records. In short, McCarthy was more right than wrong.
But don’t tell Hollywood or the Democrats (and even some Republicans). They long ago turned McCarthyism into a noun.
After I left the Justice Department, I got in touch with Evans. Evans graciously spent hours on the telephone with me one day, chatting about some of my favorite topics: history, myth, the Soviets and the unique role of America in defending and preserving the dignity of human freedom.
Evans knew his stuff. He was a giant in the defense of human freedom.
But our conversation touched on a matter that had profound historical import, especially for the mythology that McCarthy was a Witchfinder General who made false accusations. It was also a matter which escaped his book.
A central criticism of McCarthy is that he was a fabulist, that he exaggerated the number of communist agents in a famous speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, on February 9, 1950. The issue is whether McCarthy said he had a list of 57 or 205 communist agents or sympathizers. Claims that he exaggerated this number would dog McCarthy through his fight with Truman, Eisenhower and the Senate.
Evans noted in his book two important facts. First, McCarthy claimed he said 57, and he submitted this number in his official text of the speech into the Congressional record. The truth is he got this list from State Department whistle blowers frustrated with the lax security at State toward Soviet sympathizers. Second, all newspaper accounts of his speech in the Wheeling papers vanished. Evans could not obtain firsthand contemporaneous accounts of the speech because, simply, they vanished from many of the usual sources that would have them.
I asked Stanton why he didn’t go to the Wise Library at West Virginia University, my alma mater, and look for the February 1950 Wheeling paper there. Stanton excitedly told me that he did, though after his book was published. He found a copy of the missing newspaper account at WVU. Naturally, Stanton said McCarthy had in fact only referred to 57 Soviet agents and sympathizers — a claim backed up in time by records obtained in the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Nobody should be terribly surprised by the communist influence in the American government. Through the 1930s, Stalin was Uncle Joe, presiding over a fundamental transformation of economic systems. Fans from around the world flocked to participate in this new model. Many ended up with bullets in the head. Papers like the New York Times hid the gulags and starvation from the world. In World War II, Uncle Joe was our ally, and sympathizers in positions of power replicated themselves throughout government.
Stan Evans documented this history in footnoted detail. It’s a documented history that lives on and the cause of freedom is better off because of Stan Evans.
Politico screams this warning on the front page today, above the fold: Congress Inches Closer to DHS Cliff!!
The exclamation points are mine.
For those not paying attention, including readers of Politico, the House passed a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that fully funded the agency save for a small number of components that will carry out President Obama’s unilateral immigration amnesty.
All of the important components of DHS are funded by the House. All of the components that will implement lawlessness are defunded. That’s how the Constitution was designed to work.
The “cliff” that Politico warns against is not millions of illegal aliens staying in the United States. The “cliff” the nation is about to plunge over is a federal agency possibly closing down for a few days.
The only reason this could happen is because Senate Democrats (and Senate Republicans who went along with them) place greater importance on importing millions of foreigners into the United States and making sure people who should be working to deport them are paid for not deporting them. Thus, the House and Senate are liable to disagree.
The cliff the nation is about to plunge over is bureaucrats not being paid immediately. We know, of course, they will all eventually be given backpay, as all federal employees are after every shut down. It’s a vacation without having to ask for a vacation. Where do I sign up?
Back to Politico’s front page alarmism. Cliffs imply catastrophe. Think Thelma and Louise. Unless the guy driving the bread truck in Peoria gives more money to the beltway lawyer who should be deporting an illegal alien, the nation will go over the cliff.
Only in Washington would that nonsense fly.
But down lower on the front page of Politico, we find this piece headlined “Reality Check on Net Neutrality.”
There Alex Byers lectures us:
The escalating fight over the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules is sprouting a classic feature of Washington political battles — bombastic rhetoric designed to stir up partisan passions. Both supporters and opponents of Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal have turned to dramatic language to shape the debate, painting ominous pictures about the future of the Internet and turning a wonky regulatory issue into a full-blown D.C. brawl.
When President Obama cited the Crusades as an example of Christian bad behavior toward Islam, he wasn’t speaking with historical accuracy. But you’d never know that if you only know the conventional wisdom about the Crusades.
Instead of condemning ISIS barbarism as barbarism directed at Christians, Obama has sought to divorce the barbarism from theology. There are many reason for this, reasons covered by many others here at PJ Media and elsewhere. Among them is the fact that Obama and his movement see the world through such thick secular lenses that they are incapable of understanding the vast majority of the world (and the United States) that still sees the world through theological lenses.
Obama and his followers are a radical secular minority attempting to manage a theological world.
One person who hasn’t been afraid to name the nature of the ISIS barbarism is Pope Francis. Francis gave a homily this past week that spoke of “our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian.”
It wasn’t because of a lack of jobs in Libya.
Francis spoke with the moral clarity we used to associate with presidents.
When President Obama cited the Crusades as an example of Christian bad behavior, he echoed the anti-Western, anti-Christian narrative popular among ISIS and American academics.
In this week’s issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald, we find another instance of moral and historic clarity, this time about the Crusades. It’s worth a read to shatter the conventional wisdom about the Crusades.
How did we get to this point? As Father William Saunders writes in the Catholic Herald:
Given the circumstances in which we live and with so many politicians referring to Islam as a “peaceful religion,” the subject of the Crusades is used not only to ameliorate the atrocities of Islamic extremists but also to discredit Christianity, particularly the Catholic Church. Also, too many people only have knowledge of the Crusades through a superficial and selective presentation of events as presented on the History Channel or by the politically correct intelligentsia.
What circumstances gave rise to the Crusades? Again, Saunders:
When Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade, there was just cause. We must know the facts. Muslims believe Muhammad (570-632) had visions beginning in 610; in these visions, Allah literally dictated the Koran. By 622, Mecca converted to Islam. Then, the warfare began, and Islam spread by the sword, i.e. jihad. Muhammad’s message was, “He who dies spreading the faith enters paradise.” Islam itself means “submission,” submission of everyone to Allah, Muhammad and the Koran.
Conversion alone wasn’t adequate. Conquest followed.
The Muslims then waged war beyond their borders: Damascus fell in 635, Jerusalem in 638 and Alexandria in 641. By 652, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Persia had fallen to Islam. By 730, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Pakistan and Spain had fallen. The Muslims would have taken France, but Charles Martel stopped them at the Battle of Tours in 732. Remember: These were all Christian lands that were unjustly attacked. However, the Koran justified these acts: “True believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. Fight, then, against the friends of Satan” (Sura 4:76).
Christians and Jews in conquered lands were persecuted. Churches were destroyed or seized. Christians were forced to wear 10 pound crosses and Jews forced to carry a calf’s head made of wood.
How did the Christian West respond? Saunders:
Finally, Christians realized action had to be taken. Righteous war had to be waged against jihad. The Christians had just cause. Byzantine Emperor Alexius (1080-1118) appealed to Pope Urban II for aid. On Nov. 18, 1095, at the Council of Clermont, the Holy Father said, “An accursed race … has violently invaded Christian lands and depopulated them by pillage and fire. … They have either destroyed God’s churches or taken them for the rites of their own religion.” So, as a last resort, the legitimate leaders with good intention declared a Crusade for just cause. Therefore, the declaration of a Crusade was an act of just war.
Imagine if Rudy Giuliani talked like this.
PJ Media has been reporting on the gross misconduct of various Department of Justice lawyers and officials – including lawyers who participated in sock-puppet blogging campaigns during the trial of New Orleans police officers. Others who committed perjury in internal Department of Justice Inspector General investigations. Senator Grassley wants to know why these individuals are still on the DOJ payroll.
In written questions to Loretta Lynch, Grassley wants answers. You decide whether or not he got them. From Grassley’s written questions:
55. Department of Justice attorneys have a great deal of power and discretion but I am concerned that without proper oversight, this power and authority can be abused without consequences. For example, the Department of Justice’s Inspector General (IG) does not have the ability to investigate attorney misconduct. Rather, attorney misconduct is currently investigated by the Office of Professional Responsibility but this office does not have the same strong statutory independence as the IG. Currently, there are at least three examples of attorneys who remain employed by the Department despite evidence that these attorneys committed serious misconduct.
a. A Federal judge found that Karla Dobinski, a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, engaged in a “wanton reckless course of action” when she posted commentsto Nola.com news stories under a pseudonym about a trial where she provided evidence as a disinterested expert witness. If confirmed, what steps will you take to ensure that appropriate disciplinary action is taken in this case, and will you pledge to provide updates to this committee about the status?
Loretta Lynch’s response:
Consistent with the positions taken by previous Attorneys General, across Administrations, I support the role of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in investigating attorney misconduct. OPR has been recognized consistently as a strong, independent entity within the Department that has a long and distinguished history of investigating allegations of attorney misconduct and recommending appropriate punishment. I understand that OPR is unique in that it has a singular focus on investigating attorney misconduct. If confirmed, I will commit to ensuring that the Department holds accountable any employees who are found to have committed misconduct.
We’ll report on whether Dobinski still has a $160,000 per year job a few months after Lynch is confirmed, if she is confirmed.
Grassley also asks why Voting Section staff who committed perjury in an internal investigation and mocked the State of Mississippi are still employed:
b. Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi, an attorney with the Department’s Voting Rights section, was found to have engaged in perjury during a 2013 DOJ IG investigation. In addition, Ms. Gyamfi posted comments regarding an ongoing matter at the Voting Rights section suggesting that the State of Mississippi should change its motto to “disgusting and shameful.” If confirmed, what steps will you take to ensure that appropriate disciplinary action is taken in this case, and will you pledge to provide updates to this committee about the status?
As the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, I am not familiar with the details of this matter, so I am not in a position to know what personnel actions have taken place to date or whether they were appropriate. If I am confirmed as Attorney General, I will commit to ensuring that the Department holds accountable any employees who are found to have committed misconduct.
President Obama never seems to be able to bend backwards enough to accommodate the narrative that radical Islam has nothing to do with a concentrated and deliberate effort to destroy the West. The latest quote might top them all:
It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris. We devote enormous resources to that, and it is right and appropriate for us to be vigilant and aggressive in trying to deal with that — the same way a big city mayor’s got to cut the crime rate down if he wants that city to thrive.
What would Obama prefer the media talk about instead of Islamic terrorism? The more legitimate threat – climate change.
The news media “absolutely” overstates the risks of terrorism because stories about things like climate change aren’t “sexy” and don’t drive ratings.
The Washington Post stumbles all over itself trying to separate the barbarity of the burning of the Jordanian pilot with Islamic theology. In a story entitled, “Muslim outrage grows against Islamic State but questions linger over next steps in fight,” the Post tracks down al-Azhar grand sheik, Ahmed al-Tayeb. Al-Tayeb gave the Post more than they may have bargained for. While burning up a pilot in cage is contrary to Islam, says al-Azhar, other punishments are more in keeping with Koranic law:
In Cairo, the head of Sunni Islam’s most respected center of learning, al-Azhar, said the Islamic State militants merit punishments under Islamic law such as “killing, crucifixion or chopping of the limbs.”
Thankfully the Post straightened up that one. For a minute there, I was worried that barbaric behavior might have been consistent with Koranic tradition. (See my latest, The Isis Death Cult at PJ Media.)
Cliff May has this important revelation in today’s Washington Times:
At a closed-door meeting of Senate Democrats in Baltimore last Thursday, Mr. Obama not only repeated his warning that even deadline-triggered sanctions would lead to war, he charged that those congressmen favoring such a bill were doing so only to please “donors.”
Sources told The New York Times that Mr. Menendez “stood up and said he took ‘personal offense.’” He added that he has been working on this issue for years, has always “focused on the long-term implications,” and that it will be impossible to cobble together a new sanctions bill quickly next summer should Iran continue to stonewall.
Let’s decode this revelation from behind closed doors. First, it is newsworthy enough that Obama believes any sanctions package would “lead to war.” This is more than posturing. This is a reflection of Obama’s extremist pedigree on national security issues. In college, Obama wrote campus newspaper attacks on the deployment of Pershing missiles in West Germany, because, you guessed it, it would lead to war. A favorite meme of the radical national security left is that everything will lead to war. If America detains terrorist warriors in Gitmo, it will lead to war with Islam. If America has a robust military, it will lead to war. If Israel doesn’t give up land for peace, it will lead to war. And on and on it goes, the West should be surrender, compromise and stand down, else it leads to war. Of course the history of the 20th Century is precisely the opposite.
But the second and bigger revelation is the revelation that Obama thinks support for sanctions on Iran is being driven by donor money. To anyone who pays attention to the Islamist narrative, this means one and only one thing: Jewish money.
True, Obama doesn’t come out and explicitly use the term “Jewish money. ” But he isn’t talking about Hispanic money or Silicon Valley money when he scolds his fellow Democrats behind closed doors. One of the many traditions the Islamists preserved from Nazi Germany (besides death worship and genocidal designs for the Jewish people) is the myth that Jewish money pulls the strings. This meme echoes through multimedia platforms throughout the Middle East.
Obama doesn’t say precisely the same thing with the same venomous zeal you find directly from these sources. But his watered down accusation that Democrats like Bob Menendez is in favor of tough sanctions against Iran because of the influence of donor money should be condemned. It also reveals a pedigree even more frightful than his pedigree merely supporting Western weakness.
A grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The grand jury found that she leaked secret grand jury information to a newspaper in an effort to smear political enemies. PJ Media has been covering Kane’s refusal to prosecute Pennsylvania Democrats who took bribes in order to oppose photo voter identification legislation in Pennsylvania. Philly News:
For about six months, Special Prosecutor Thomas E. Carluccio has been directing the grand jury as it has heard testimony from numerous witnesses, including Kane and many of her top aides, to determine how details of a long-ago investigation of a Philadelphia civil rights leader appeared in a Philadelphia Daily News article in June.
The article suggested that a former state prosecutor, Frank G. Fina, had fumbled that investigation, and the leak appeared to be designed to raise questions about his competence.
Kane had refused to pursue charges against four black legislators from Philadelphia for accepting bribes in exchange for votes. Kane had said the investigation conducted by her predecessor was racially motivated. There was no dispute that the legislators took bribes to oppose voter ID legislation. Seth Williams, the local Philadelphia district attorney and fellow Democrat, took on the case instead. His investigation led to the indictment of legislators for taking the bribes.
On behalf of the American Civil Rights Union, I testified to the Pennsylvania House last year that Kane should be impeached. State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Cranberry) has long called for Kane’s removal from office for failing to enforce the law against political allies. Today’s grand jury finding serves as vindication for Metcalfe’s efforts.
Two Philadelphia-area Democrat state legislators have been indicted for accepting bribes in exchange for opposition to photo voter identification legislation. Pennsylvania state Rep. Ron Waters (D) was charged for allegedly accepting a $8,750 bribe to oppose the voter ID bill. Gifts from Tiffany Jewelry were also offered to the legislators to oppose voter ID bills.
State Rep. Vanessa Brown (D) of Philadelphia was also charged with criminal conspiracy, bribery in official and political matters, conflict of interest and failing to make required disclosures on statements of financial interest.
PJ Media aggressively called for the indictment of these Democrat legislators when it was revealed that they accepted bribes to oppose voter identification legislation. The Democrat attorney general of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane, refused to proceed, saying that the case lacked merit. The Philadelphia district attorney, however, took on the case and indicted the legislators today. The United States Department of Justice has conducted public corruption investigations against Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) and Republicans in the South Carolina Legislature. No federal investigation, however, seems to have been conducted involving the acceptance of bribes to oppose voter identification legislation.
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Last night Eric Holder tried to make news where there was none. Holder announced that a “civil rights investigation” will be opened in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, New York. I was on Lou Dobbs tonight explaining how this announcement is not news, and is actually part of a narrative driven by the Left. Mainstream media will, naturally, treat the announcement as major news. In fact, a federal review is opened in every single case where police officer action results in a death. As I said on Lou Dobbs, it’s like holding a press conference to announce that the lights were turned on that morning at the DOJ. The video:
If you were perplexed by President Obama’s post-election comment that he heard the voices “of the two-thirds who didn’t vote,” you can be forgiven. Normally, American presidents don’t see the electorate through the lens of those who do not participate. But Obama’s comments reveal a view toward election process rules that is shared by some of the more extreme groups hostile to our democratic republican system of constitutional government.
Let’s decode his comments.
It is a favorite fable among far-left groups like the Advancement Project and Demos that more voters is always good and fewer voters is always bad. They firmly believe that the path to a progressive policy wonderland is to get everyone with a heartbeat to vote. This is part of an even older fable that the “system” robs the underclass of power through laws, rules, racist constructs and oppressive societal structures – like having to make the effort to register to vote, for example.
Obama, and his fellow travelers in the election-process world, firmly believe that if only, if only all “barriers” to the ballot were removed, then that progressive-policy wonderland would finally be realized. Then we’d enjoy the American version of a workers’ paradise, 8.0.
It’s the voices of the two-thirds who didn’t vote that Obama pays more attention to today than the rest of the country who did. When he made his comment, he wasn’t being flip, he was being transparent for a change.
That’s precisely why “voting rights” groups fight to implement election-process changes like same-day registration, vote by mail, felon voting rights and extended early voting. It is one reason they fight voter ID laws, because as one Justice Department lawyer told me, their voters “are more disorganized and likely to forget their ID.”
None of this is any grand secret. If you read the hundred thousand dollar testimony of Charles Stewart who testified against North Carolina election-integrity laws, you’d see this attitude on full display and at great taxpayer expense. Experts opposing those laws testified about how blacks have to take the bus and are less sophisticated such that it is harder for them to vote.
These are the sorts of societal structures and constructs that the left believe prevents them from winning every election. It’s why President Obama thinks he hears from the “2/3 of voters who didn’t vote.”
If you still don’t quite understand the two-thirds comments, ponder this. Progressives want the electoral system to be revolutionized. They are pushing changes like universal registration – which would automatically register anyone to vote who is on a government list – and “approval voting.” They prefer single member districts, or better yet, cumulative or limited voting schemes. Such schemes help ensure the more polarizing radicals are elected, never having to appeal to a broad cross section of voters.
They want to fundamentally transform how our elections are run so they can get power.
This isn’t to say some should be ineligible to vote. But a great drummer once wrote that “if you chose not to decide you still have made a choice.” Non-participation in elections may owe more to not caring than an oppressive bourgeois conspiracy. But the left has never been comfortable with free will.
In the end, they’d probably want people to be able to vote sitting at home using their television remote controls over the course of two months.
What’s wrong with that? — I can hear them saying now.
What’s wrong with that is that our Founders knew that straight democracy leads to tyranny. That’s why our Constitution created a democratic republic. Few of the “voting rights” advocates seem to have learned that lesson in the schools they attended. Perhaps the lesson was never taught. Or perhaps something appeals to them about that outcome.
So when President Obama breaks the long American tradition of listening to voters, and instead listens to those who didn’t vote, it is no accident.
This morning, some pundits are spinning Ed Gillespie’s close Senate loss in Virginia as the surprise of the election. It wasn’t. Gillespie was expected to lose, and he lost. With respect to PJ’s Bridget Johnson, Gillespie didn’t deliver a shock, he lost by an insurmountable 12,000 votes. His loss was no surprise for a variety of reasons, some of which I detailed here.
You want surprises? Look to Pat Roberts in Kansas, Thom Tillis in North Carolina and Cory Gardner in Colorado. They won facing big headwinds and polls showing them losing – the same circumstances facing Gillespie. They won. He lost. The winners are the surprise, not the as-expected loser.
The sad part of Gillespie’s loss is that he left so much on the table.
I previously wrote how so many conservatives, myself included, never heard one peep out of Gillespie – no calls, no mail, no knocks, no nothing. These were donors and top political appointees in the Bush administration who never heard a word, were never asked for their vote by the campaign. To many, there was no sign of the campaign.
Gillespie faced an opponent who voted for the radical Debo Adegbile for a top Justice Department post. Gillespie was a fan of the Gang of Eight immigration bill in the Senate. He ran on the rather amorphous slogan “economic growth” in a state that has seen plenty of it, much of it due to federal government largess.
In contrast, Roberts pulled out a genuine surprise in Kansas because he ran hard on blocking any form of amnesty, and thus activated the base.
Beware of the emphasis on Ed Gillespie. The conventional wisdom was he used the Senate run as a way to prime the pump for a run for Virginia Governor in 2017. Gillespie became the favorite recipient of praise for losing smaller than expected rather than winning. After Tuesday, perhaps Virginia Republicans should look for a candidate who can deliver a surprise combined with a victory instead of just outpacing polling data.
An email dump has revealed that the White House pulled the trigger on firing former Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod. Sherrod is suing Andrew Breitbart’s widow and the waggish Larry O’Connor for defamation, alleging that Breitbart’s publication of her remarks made before an NAACP crowd caused her harm, including her firing.
The Obama administration has up until now denied that the White House had any role in Sherrod’s firing. Not true. The AP:
But a newly-released email sent by Vilsack himself suggests he was awaiting a decision from White House officials on how to proceed.
“She has offered her resignation which is appropriate,” reads an email from the initials “TJV” to Dallas Tonsager, then the USDA undersecretary of rural development and Sherrod’s boss. “The WH is involved and we are waiting for the go-ahead to accept her resignation. I suspect some direction from WH soon.“
This email revelation makes Sherrod’s lawsuit even more tenuous. If the White House was entangled in the Sherrod decision, it undermines Sherrrod’s theories of causality by converting the entire event into a saga of racially charged palace intrigue. If the White House was dictating Sherrod’s fate, it is a blow to her claim that Andrew Breitbart (and now his widow) is responsible for causing her termination.
Perhaps Sherrod will file a Rule 19(a) motion to add a necessary party to her lawsuit such as President Obama or other top White House officials as a defendant. If she doesn’t, it will reveal a great deal about what her lawsuit was about all along.
(See more at Rule of Law: Vampires, Shirley Sherrod Lawyers Seek to Sue Widow of Andrew Breitbart)
While Michelle Obama’s skimpy school lunch mandates have been widely rejected by students and schools, the elite private school attended by both Obama daughters will be serving chicken wings and potato chips on Wednesday.
After Wednesday’s chicken wings, on Thursday Obama’s daughters can get a Cuban sandwich. Pasco County Schools in Florida had to eliminate Cuban sandwiches because they violated Michelle Obama’s lunch standards.
Land O’ Lakes High had gone one better, pressing its own Cuban sandwiches that definitely exceed the calorie limits, she said.
“No way can we fit Cubans on the menu any more,” Hedine said.
Next week, students at Sidwell Friends can enjoy Philly Cheese Steaks; and they will have meatball submarines the following week. Veterans Day is not a holiday at Sidwell Friends, and beef nachos are on the menu. Nachos, wings, chips and cheesesteaks – lunch fare most American kids can only dream about now.
(Editor’s note: J. Christian Adams’ Crimes Against the Republic is available free for a limited time only, exclusively through the PJ Store.)
Lots of folks think Democrats oppose voter ID laws because they want to cheat and such laws interfere with their plans. That’s an attractive explanation, but it ignores the far more complex architecture of voter ID opposition. Here’s the real reasons Democrats oppose voter ID. Understanding these three reasons will help you decode the whole narrative behind voter ID.
1. Opposition to Voter ID Is a Base-Mobilization Tool.
Simply, Democrats and civil rights groups spend millions of dollars opposing voter ID because they are trying to scare minority voters into thinking that Jim Crow is back. If Jim Crow is back, then they better go vote in November. This was made starkly clear to me when I learned that a 3rd grade teacher in a government-run school was telling her students that Republicans were trying to take away the right to vote for black people, so they better get their parents to vote against Republicans. (Yes, that’s another story for another day, and yes I know her name and the school where she still teaches.)
Fear mobilizes people to vote better than does logic. If you can scare minorities falsely into thinking that they may lose their right to vote if they don’t vote for Democrats, they will vote for Democrats.
2. Voter ID Opponents Have the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations.
Leftist opponents of voter ID truly think minorities are less able to function in American life. I learned this when a Department of Justice Voting Section lawyer opposed to voter ID told me he thought blacks were more likely to forget their photo identification than whites were. Their lives “were more disorganized,” he said. This is a lawyer currently still working in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. This is a perfect example of the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”
And it isn’t just one crank lawyer at DOJ. The plaintiffs challenging voter ID and election integrity laws actually hired an expert to testify in federal court in voter ID cases that blacks were less capable of functioning efficiently in a daily routine and photo ID laws have a disparate impact on them. The expert called this idea the “calculus of voting.” For example, they have to take the bus more. Taking the bus, naturally, makes it harder to get photo ID.
The plaintiffs argue that voting “is largely a product of habit,” and blacks, well, their habits just don’t brook any interruptions to their habits, so they argue.
This is another perfect example of the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” Opponents of voter ID are genuinely afraid that forcing blacks to get photo ID will impose a burden on them they just can’t handle.
Overnight the Supreme Court refused to reverse the stay imposed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and thus allowed voter ID to be required in the midterm election in Texas. This is procedural delay based on the idea that election rules shouldn’t change at the last second.
So voter ID gets one last hurrah in Texas.
But election integrity advocates shouldn’t celebrate too much. Texas Voter ID is doomed. After this next election, it is prohibited from being used.
Nor should much faith be placed in any appeal. The plaintiffs won on two separate theories under the Voting Rights Act, and both are fatal to the law. First, the court ruled that Texas voter ID was enacted with a discriminatory intent. That finding alone dooms the law. And here’s the bad news: the chances of that finding being overturned are next to zero. Proving discriminatory intent isn’t easy, but the court said the plaintiffs did it. That’s a fact-based determination and will not be overturned unless it is clearly erroneous. Appeals courts are deferential to lower courts on fact findings. Why? Because lower courts conduct the trial. Lower courts see the witnesses, even if they sweat and squirm. Appeals judges sitting in New Orleans can’t size up the witnesses like the lower court judge in Corpus Christi.
Second, Texas also lost on the results prong under the Voting Rights Act. The plaintiffs pushed an outlandish theory for sure, and one that might get overturned on appeal. They pressed the novel idea that any statistical disparity of the impact of voter ID dooms the law. If blacks have ID less often than whites, game over. The problem is that the courts have so far rejected that idea. You can be sure the Supreme Court will also.
But so what? The intent finding stands and that means that the Texas law likely gets one last hurrah in two weeks.
What’s the solution? For Texas to pass a new ID law lickety split. A new law can be in place within a few days of the Texas legislature convening in January. Pass something identical to the law approved in South Carolina or Georgia, and it’s lights out for the foes of election integrity.
President Obama continues to refuse to impose a travel ban on those seeking to enter the United States who came from Ebola-ravaged countries. Yet when I attempted to enter the United States from New Zealand, I was prohibited from bringing packaged seeds from the delicious Queensland Blue pumpkin. In fact, all totally harmless vegetable seeds from foreign countries are prohibited and, as in my case, confiscated at the border.
When I attempted to enter the country with pre-packaged Queensland Blue seeds in 2003, the delicious squash was common in Australia and New Zealand, but seeds were not widely available in the United States. At Los Angeles, I was forced to surrender the seeds to an agriculture inspector at customs.
Queensland Blue seeds are harmless, and the vegetable is is commonly eaten across Australia and New Zealand.
The same can’t be said about Ebola, and only people who were in West Africa could bring it into the United States, which is precisely what happened. I called for a travel ban two weeks ago on The Kelly File.
Among those supporting a travel ban are Sen. Ted Cruz, Speaker John Boehner, and the American people, overwhelmingly, as Katie Pavlich notes.
Contrary to reports, the CDC has less power to block the border than does President Obama personally. Federal law gives the president personally (not the CDC) the power to bar entry into the United States to all people who have been in West Africa in the last 30 days. I detailed this power here. News reports which place that power with the CDC are giving President Obama a pass. President Obama can issue an executive proclamation without any involvement from the CDC or other bureaucratic agencies.
If we are to believe the administration’s excuses for not doing so, health care workers can still be given special permission to enter West Africa on military flights.
Yet we are treated to the latest round of untrustworthy excuses from the CDC today in Hill testimony. Among the latest excuse why banning travel is a bad idea is that the American government wouldn’t be able to monitor and track people who might have Ebola. Tell that to the American people when the people that President Obama allowed into the country infect Americans in increasing numbers.
Late today, the United States Supreme Court dissolved a stay against North Carolina election integrity laws, allowing those laws to go into effect for November’s election. The vote was 7-2.
North Carolina enacted laws to revise expensive early voting procedures and eliminated fraud-ridden same day voter registration. Another new law required voters to actually vote in the precinct where they live. Left wing groups challenged the new laws, advancing novel new arguments that no change in voting could have any disparate statistical impact on blacks. That has never been the law under the Voting Rights Act.
Late today the Supreme Court dealt a blow to these radical new legal theories about the Voting Rights Act.
Naturally, Richard Wolf at the USA Today is calling these new provisions “restrictions” on voting. If they are restrictions, they exist in many other states such as New York. Voter registration to some people is a “restriction” on voting. Thus, this novel legal theory is designed to place all manner of election laws under the review of the Voting Rights Act to see if there is some tangential disparate racial impact.
I’ve gone on Fox News repeatedly calling for the president to use powers under 8 USC 1182 (f) to close the borders to passport holders from nations with raging Ebola epidemics. Obama could do this with the stroke of a pen, but he doesn’t. It raises the question of why it is that, time and time again, the safety of Americans seems to be a lower priority to this president than other “esoteric faculty lounge” concerns, as I put it on The Kelly File.
Senator Ted Cruz is asking some of the same questions the overwhelming majority of Americans want to be asked. In a letter to the FAA, Cruz asks, in pertinent part:
1. What training is currently provided to airline carriers and their crew to identify the symptoms of infectious diseases?
2. What action has the FAA taken since March 2014 regarding Ebola?
3. Does the FAA intend to limit or suspend travel from Ebola-racked nations?
4. Once a case is confirmed on a flight, do other passengers get notification?
We’ve learned over the last few days that the answers to these questions are, respectively, little to none, not enough, no, and are you kidding?
Of all the uncertainty surrounding the Ebola epidemic, one thing is true: the existing measures for keeping Ebola out of the United States failed, period.
We also know that the Obama administration, as it often does, has entered Wonderland — keeping Liberians and citizens from Sierra Leone here illegally in the United States from being deported back to their homes.
While Obama doesn’t take steps to use federal power to protect Americans by stopping the flow of potentially infected foreigners, he exercises his authority to protect foreigners from returning home.
What can be said about Eric Holder’s six years as attorney general that PJ Media hasn’t already said? The news that Holder is going to resign should be bittersweet to anyone who cares about racial equality and the rule of law. The damage he has already done to the country leaves a turbulent wake that is ill-matched to the financial reward awaiting him at a shameless and large Washington, D.C., law firm.
Our country is more polarized and more racially divided because of Eric Holder. He turned the power of the Justice Department into a racially motivated turnout machine for the Democratic Party. That was his job in this administration, and he did it well.
When I first reported on the racially motivated law enforcement of Holder’s Justice Department, it seemed fanciful to some. But after six years of Holder hugging Al Sharpton, stoking racial division in places like Florida and Ferguson, after suing police and fire departments to impose racial hiring requirements, after refusing to enforce election laws that protect white victims or require voter rolls to be cleaned, after launching harassing litigation against peaceful pro-life protesters, after incident after incident of dishonesty and contempt before Congress — after all this, it was clear to anyone with any intellectual honesty that this man had a vision of the law at odds with the nation’s traditions.
Why would it surprise anyone he behaved as he did? As I made clear in my book Injustice, he carried around a quote in his wallet for 40 years about race that, he explained to the Washington Post, indicated that he had common cause with the black criminal. That’s a fact. That’s who he is.
Once upon a time, Slate got very upset by any hint of a Jewish stereotype. But that was before Vice President Joe “Archie Bunker” Biden’s latest doozy complaining “unscrupulous bankers” were a bunch of “Shylocks.”
There is not a mention (so far) of Biden’s latest gaffe to be found at Slate today.
That wasn’t the case when George Lucas introduced us to the slave trader Watto in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
In a piece headlined “The Merchant of Menace,” Slate was quick to attack Watto:
There, they attempt to repair their broken spaceship but are stymied by the hook-nosed owner of the local parts shop–Watto–who also happens to have a thick Yiddish accent! (To hear an example, click “Great.”) Psychological manipulations that work on almost everyone fail with Watto–”Mind ticks don’ta work on me … only money! No,” he cries–and the heroes get what they want only through the bravery of a gifted slave boy (Anakin Skywalker). At the end of the desert planet sequence, Anakin is emancipated but separated from his mother, who still belongs to Watto. Even in a galaxy far away, the Jews are apparently behind the slave trade.
By now the hypocrisy of the legacy and left-wing (but I repeat myself) media is no surprise. When a Democrat vice president brazenly uses “Shylocks” as a slur to condemn bankers, and thereby conjures the most sinister anti-Semitic narrative of the last 500 years, Biden gets a pass. Perhaps if he had added that the “Shylocks” also ”control the media” or have horns, there might have been some attention paid at the once vigilant Slate. Perhaps not.
The same sort of hypocrisy is on display at Talking Points Memo. TPM features an attack on a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate for website plagiarism. Just a month ago, TPM was busy defending Fareed Zakaria. Thanks, guys, you make posts like this one so easy to write.
Sometimes voter-fraud deniers are forced to discuss the truth of voter fraud. This happened today at the Washington Post (“Fairfax officials say some people may have crossed Va.-Md. line to vote twice in 2012“). While the Post deserves credit from emerging from its cocoon of voter-fraud denial, it deserves scorn for bungling the emergence.
Reporter Susan Svrluga notes that “tens of thousands of voters” were registered to cast ballots in both Virginia and Maryland. That’s true, and it is a big problem nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of people are registered to vote in multiple states, and many of them have voted.
It wasn’t Eric Holder’s Justice Department that discovered the problem. That won’t happen because as I reported at PJ Media in 2010, Obama political appointees expressly shut down the efforts at DOJ to detect this sort of fraud and inadequate voter-roll maintenance.
Hans von Spakovsky notes who deserves the credit for detecting the problem:
It was the VVA — along with another citizens’ group dedicated to election integrity, Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) — that did the research on the voter files in Virginia and Maryland to find these illegal voters. And this may be only the tip of the iceberg: VVA and EIM turned the names of 43,893 individuals who appear to be registered in both states over to the State Boards of Elections in Virginia and Maryland. Fairfax County alone has more than 10,000 such duplicate registrations. These 17 voters are only a subset of at least 164 voters their research showed voted in both states in the 2012 election.
Naturally the Washington Post makes no inquiry as to why the Eric Holder Department of Justice has failed to do anything about the scourge of double registration. It’s in DOJ’s job description. DOJ isn’t doing the job. Instead, groups like the American Civil Rights Union, Judicial Watch and True the Vote have had to bring the cases Eric Holder has refused to bring to clean up voter rolls.
Those who create and manage the left-of-center election narrative ignore entirely this DOJ history, as does the Washington Post.
The other key fact ignored by the Washington Post is that in 2013 Virginia Democrats sued to stop election officials from trying to detect and cure this problem! I know because I, along with Judicial Watch, defended Virginia’s use of the cross-state check program to detect double registrations. The Post should not have omitted this fact when tracing out the partisan battle lines of the issue. The Democrats have gone all-in on the side of corrupted voter rolls.
Some newspapers fully informed their readers of this fact, unlike the Post. The Richmond Times Dispatch:
Purging voter rolls, however, can. Yet when the State Board of Elections took steps last year to clean up the voter rolls and asked localities to remove names of those no longer eligible from the rolls, the state Democratic Party sought an injunction to stop the process, and Chesterfield’s registrar, Lawrence Haake, declined to participate, citing inaccuracies. Haake might have been justified, and the board might have pushed too hard to execute what should be a painstaking process. But when those particular concerns are set aside, the general point stands: Localities should keep their voting rolls as up to date as reasonably possible.
Finally, the Post reporter downsizes the reason states are on the front lines of this issue:
It’s a federalist, states’-rights tradition that leaves a confusing mishmash of laws, rules and records, he said.
The reason states are in charge of their own elections is a “federalist, states-rights tradition that leaves a confusing mishmash of laws”? Really?
The reason states are in charge of their own elections is the United States Constitution (Article 1, Sec. 4). The Constitution gives states power over their own elections because it promotes liberty. The federal government does not have control over state election laws because centralization of power is unhealthy for liberty.
It’s good to see the Washington Post finally report on voter fraud. It’s not so good to see the predictable sanctuary given to the Democrat Party’s attempted facilitation of the fraud, and the usual criticism of our Constitutional arrangement for running elections.
Hardly any commentary is needed for this headline:
More White House officials at Michael Brown’s funeral than Thatcher’s
The story is here at Fox News.
This is more than an oversight. This headline carries significance beyond a headshake.
It is a raw example of the moral depravity in the White House under Obama. It is an example of the administration’s celebration and promotion of the lawless. It is a testament to Obama’s personal hostility toward the greatness of the British role in preserving the rule of law, the foundations of liberty, and Margaret Thatcher’s willingness to stare down the Soviets alongside Ronald Reagan and St. John Paul II.
The headline is not an accident. It is a deliberate slight to the era of Reagan, Thatcher, and the moral clarity they brought to the world. Thatcher and Reagan spoke with moral clarity about the evil of redistributive policies and the damage they do to civilization. John Paul spoke with moral clarity about the evil of governments restraining the free exercise of faith. The three renewed the face of the earth.
Michael Brown was caught on video committing felony strong armed robbery. That Obama administration officials at his funeral would outnumber Obama administration officials at Thatcher’s funeral says absolutely everything you need to know about the last six years. Policy after policy advanced by President Obama in some way shares a relation to that headline, and the ideas behind it.