Good Friday morning.
Here is what's on President Trump's agenda today:
- The president participates in a joint fundraising committee roundtable in Palm Beach, Florida
The House passes a resolution about a bunch of stuff
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that condemned hangnails, broken shoelaces, and paper cuts in a brave and bold moral stance against hate. Controversy surrounded some members' desire to include condemnation of pistachios with shells that won't open and flyaway hair that sticks to your lip gloss. Or something like that. The resolution changed so many times, I expected the nutters to throw in a tax hike. Are we sure there isn't a tax hike hidden in there somewhere?
The resolution was crafted after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) repeatedly barked about anti-Semitic stereotypes in her out-loud voice to the point where it became a little uncomfortable for the Democrats. Impotent Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said about the resolution: "It's not about her. It's about these forms of hatred." It should be about Ilhan Omar — she's the proximate cause of the entire effort.
The resolution approved Thursday condemns anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities "as hateful expressions of intolerance." Omar, a Somali-American, and fellow Muslims Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Andrew Carson of Indiana, issued a statement praising the "historic" vote as the first resolution to condemn "anti-Muslim bigotry."
The seven-page document details a history of recent attacks not only against Jews in the United States but also Muslims, as it condemns all such discrimination as contradictory to "the values and aspirations" of the people of the United States. The vote was delayed for a time on Thursday to include mention of Latinos to address concerns of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. It was inserted under a section on white supremacists who "weaponize hate for political gain" over a long list of "traditionally persecuted peoples."
So much courage. So much.
Garbage person Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) threw some gasoline on Omar's fire: "I'm serious about that. There are people who tell me, 'Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.' 'My parents did this.' It's more personal with her," Clyburn told The Hill.
Can you all just shut up about this ancient Holocaust thingy you keep mentioning because Omar is facing real-life, personal strife? Like right now. Really? She's a sitting U.S. congressperson? How bad does she have it? This is an interesting standard Clyburn is introducing. Now do reparations for slavery.
Some Republicans voted against this sham resolution.
"What makes this so dangerous, and the reason I will vote against this resolution, is because we came here because of an anti-Semitic remark, and we came here to condemn anti-Semitism, but this resolution, as changed up over the last hour, now condemns just about everything. And the reason that is so dangerous is that anti-Semitism, hatred for the children of Israel, is a very special kind of hatred that should never be watered down," Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said.
"There has never been a persecution of a people like the Jewish people from 1933 to 1945, over six million killed. And it started with little things: hateful remarks made about the children of Israel that grew and grew and, as if it was okay because it was made by somebody who had a grudge, it was let go. And it built until it led to the death of six million Jews, and we have to say ‘no, we will not let it go on.' And that's why I'll vote against it. It's watered down the sentiment," Gohmert continued.
And Rep. Ted Deutsch, a Democrat, was not pleased either.
Deutch, who is Jewish, co-chairs the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism. The congressman has pushed for the rapid and direct condemnation of Omar's remarks. He was joined by Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) and Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) in quickly and strongly condemning Omar's remarks. House leaders announced the chamber would vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. Shortly after, however, the tide in the party turned.
I don't think the controversy is going away for the left. We are two months into the Democrats' control of the House, and they have a nasty anti-Semitism scandal on their hands, a massive hate crime hoax all over the headlines, two sitting Democrat politicians wearing blackface, and one with some #metoo allegations. Heckuva job, guys.
This is hilarious. Ocasio-Cortez Fundraises Off AIPAC, Says They’re ‘Coming After’ Her
A Virginia judge has sentenced wheelchair-bound, unrepentant former campaign manager Paul Manafort to 47 months in jail and tens of millions in restitution and fines for a cornucopia of financial crimes. Mueller's witch hunters had asked for a much longer sentence.
Mueller's team had asked for a 19-25 year jail term for a tax and finance fraud conviction arising from Manafort's lavish lifestyle as a sharp suited uber-lobbyist who spun his dark arts for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.
That would have sent the 69-year-old Manafort to jail likely for the rest of his life. But the less than four year term shocked many legal observers and sparked looks of astonishment among prosecutors in Judge T.S. Ellis's courtroom.
"There is absolutely no evidence that Paul Manafort was involved in any collusion with any government official from Russia," said Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing. That's right. Manafort is not being punished for anything related to the Trump presidential campaign and RUSSIA. He was a target of Mueller because he worked for Trump. The Mueller team conducted a forensic examination of Manafort's life until they found some crimes.
"The American people would be justified in feeling that there has been some miscarriage of justice here in the leniency of this sentence," Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Sorry, you didn't get the vengeance you wanted, Dick.
Cops looking for Smollett leaks
This story disappeared quickly, eh? Police are looking for the person or persons who leaked information about the Jussie Smollett case. Thank goodness for the leakers! We would probably not have heard anything more about this farce, including that it was a hoax, if some gracious police person hadn't leaked the behind-the-scenes developments. You just know that the lefty Chicago politicos would rather this hate crime spectacle stay hidden. We would have been left with something like "the suspects are still at large" and we would be subject to unbearable finger-wagging and grandstanding about right-wing racism. Do you ever notice how so many of these alleged hate crimes happen in blue cities?
Edward Wodnicki, chief of detectives for CPD’s Area Central, started the probe after disorderly conduct charges were filed against the actor in February after a nearly month-long investigation that began when Smollett reported he had been attacked by two men in Streeterville early on Jan. 29 who beat Smollett and shouted racial and homophobic slurs, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Meanwhile, Queen Latifah is standing by Smollett's report.
Historical picture of the day:
The goat is probably more effective than other elected officials. Vermont town elects 3-year-old goat to serve as honorary mayor
Another hard pass. Congressman: Jimmy Carter is willing to travel to North Korea to help Trump
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
A Republican assemblyman in Western New York (where I live) has introduced a bill to "divide New York into three autonomous regions, each controlled by its own governors and legislatures."
“Western New York, where I’m from, has the most population loss with 18- to 35-year-olds. Our kids are leaving the state in droves, the most anywhere in the country,” Mr. DiPietro said. “There’s no jobs. And New York City controls this.”
This isn’t secession. New York would still be one state but divided into three segments: New York City and its boroughs; the Montauk region, comprising the downstate counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester; and the rest of the state, dubbed “New Amsterdam.”
A denizen of East Aurora who runs his family’s dry cleaning business, Mr. DiPietro said the Empire State has been under the thumb of New York City lawmakers for years, but the situation went from bad to worse in November when Republicans lost the state Senate after having controlled it for most of the past 50 years.
Dare to dream.
Speaking of Jussie Smollett... how's his album doing?
Great career booster there, Jussie.
For my fellow Taylor Swift fans who appreciated her desire not to talk about politics...
I’m finding my voice in terms of politics. I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life. I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change. Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers. Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric. I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.
Please, Taylor... stay out of politics...
Earlier today, I broke the story of Pastor Ramin Parsa's being banned on Twitter. Michelle Malkin, David Harsanyi, Robert Spencer, and others have retweeted my call to action here.
If you can, please share this article (Censored: Twitter Bans Iran Refugee After the Mall of America Locked Him Up for Sharing His Faith) and tweet the hashtag #FreeRaminParsa to draw more attention to this story. Pastor Parsa is a refugee from Iran and Turkey who got arrested for talking about his Christian faith with Somali Muslims and held in "mall jail" for hours at the Mall of America in Minnesota.
Minnesota rightly dropped the ridiculous trespassing charges, but he is considering suing the Mall of America. At the very least, Twitter should drop this ridiculous ban.
Stephen-I had a gig in Alaska about a year and a half ago and there were still a couple of Blockbuster stores in Anchorage. I went to one before the Saturday shows and felt as if I had been transported by a time machine to the early aughts. Also, I got a t-shirt.
So this video is horrendously bad.
But it's worth looking at just for the comments.
"How did we ever live before this knowledge was handed down to us from on high?"
Why not use an actual cup or mug?
Normal glass jars will shatter when heated... and "Rubber bands are for wusses."
My personal favorite: "It's too bad you can't buy reusable coffee cups in stores." ROFL.