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The Morning Briefing: Thank God It's ICE (TGII) Edition

In this Oct. 22, 2018, photo U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents surround and detain a person during a raid in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

So There’s That

Unlike the Democrats, I can’t keep pretending that there is more to the transcript/whistleblower/impeachment story than there actually is. So that’s all I will mention about it here today.

Sort of.

The Elephant in the Election Room

President Trump made illegal immigration and border security the centerpiece of his 2016 run for the White House. Very little progress has been made, largely due to the fact that the Democrats have not only fought him every step of the way, but they’ve demonized almost everything he’s done.

The base who wanted action on border security will no doubt still turn out for Trump next year. Amid the incessant disruptive noise — this week it’s the Ukrainian impeachment nonsense — the border security issue remains a constant. Should Trump win re-election, the Democrats’ thorough awfulness on the issue will have done a lot to contribute to the effort.

The awfulness has reached a fever-pitch this year with the arrival of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her brain-dead “Squad” to Congress. Their demonization of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents — likening them to Nazis, for example — is the kind of overreach that mints new Trump voters.

Here in the part of the country that actually has to deal with real border problems, U.S. Border Patrol and ICE agents are respected by most of us. The real world makes us more sane than those occupying Planet AOC.

On Thursday, some of the Democrats on Capitol Hill took a break from barking “Impeachment!” like trained seals and held a hearing about border detention practices. Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan — everybody’s favorite former director — once again brought a reality-sized can of whoop-ass to share with House Democrats and it was a thing of beauty:

That was certainly enjoyable. He didn’t say “Ukraine” once.

Taking bets on what next week’s Dem outrage will be.

Let’s link.

PJM Linktank

Joke, feel free to write yourself: Tesla Electric Cop Car Runs Out of Juice While Chasing Bad Guy

Email is so 2009 anyway: BBB: Email Scams Have Cost Companies More Than $3 Billion in Recent Years

This will only get finished if our alien overlords arrive soon and use space magic: Inside the controversial 70-year journey to build Crazy Horse, the world’s largest monument that still isn’t finished

Fortunately, you can walk across it in about an hour: Rhode Island has the United States’ worst roads — here’s how other states rank

Babies don’t bother me. People who take their shoes off during the flight should be tossed mid-air though: Japan Airlines introduces baby seat map to help passengers avoid infants

Except for the whole part where it’s nothing at all like it: Sen. Blumenthal: Gun Control Push ‘Just Like That Civil Rights Movement’

Ugh: Pennsylvania May Be Moving Closer Towards A ‘Red Flag’ Law

WEIRD: California Shocked To Find Bill Decriminalizing Retail Theft Resulted In… More Retail Theft

Republican Congressman: Trump’s Ukraine Conversation “Not Okay,” But Schiff Is Just Making Things Up

Hmmm: Tom Price Bids For Senate Appointment

Good Grief! NY Times Reveals Whistleblower Is CIA And Readers Are Furious

She’s trying to take the moral high ground in a room full of abortion ghouls: Nancy Pelosi: I Don’t Think Our Founders Thought A President Would Ever Do This

This isn’t a thing: ‘A rainbow wave’: The rise of America’s transgender politicians

EXCLUSIVE: NYT Kavanaugh Book Posts Dismal First Week Sales Despite Being Propped Up By Mainstream Media

Rolling Stone is on top of that story of the bowl cut being a symbol of white supremacy

Bee Me

The Kruiser Kabana

Photos of the Week: Roaring Stag, Garden Fox, Goose Gathering

Obscene? Incredible? OBSCENELY INCREDIBLE: Aldi launches huge two metre long pig in blanket for Christmas

A most fitting song for this week…

T.G.I.F. Enjoy your weekend and remember: try not to make eye contact.

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PJ Media Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”