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Ayatollah so! Bernie Sanders’ wife sees Iran leading the world in this area

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:20

**Written by Doug Powers

Ever since the gleam in the eye of American progressives/socialists — Venezuela — started going disastrously wrong, it was perhaps inevitable that they would find other inspiration to peddle. Bernie Sanders’ wife Jane might have found one:

Iran as a beacon for voting rights? Great idea:

Neither Sanders nor Nichols mentioned that the Iranian regime has been accused of rigging elections, most famously in 2009, when then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won reelection under suspect circumstances. The election results sparked massive protests and demonstrations throughout Iran that the regime violently suppressed.

The Guardian Council, the powerful body that vets candidates for Iranian elections, controls who can run for president. This year over 1,600 hopefuls registered to run, but the council narrowed the field down to six finalists who were only allowed to campaign for about a month. The country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, directly or indirectly appoints all 12 members of the Guardian Council, giving him significant influence over who is allowed to campaign. The supreme leader appoints six clerics to the body, and the Iranian Parliament elects the other six from a pool of jurists nominated by the chief of the judiciary, who is appointed by the supreme leader.

No woman has ever been allowed to run for Iran’s presidency.

Learn more about how awesome Iran is for freedom when Jane Sanders manages to reboot Burlington College with a satellite campus in Teheran.

Oh, and also nobody tell Sanders that Iran has a voter ID law:

**Written by Doug Powers

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Katy Perry calls for ‘*no barriers, no borders’ (*exclusions apply)

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:44

**Written by Doug Powers

For anybody who was waiting for Katy Perry to let them know the best way to respond to terrorism in the wake of the Manchester attack, here’s the advice:

Perry said, “I think the greatest thing we can do now is unite as people, as fan bases, all of it. Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”

Interesting.

Oh, by the way, this was in Variety magazine earlier this year:

Live how they say, not how they do:

The two-story transitional contemporary of 5,427-square-feet sits behind massive gates at the end of an approximately one-quarter mile long, flagstone paved drive with off-street parking for upwards of 20 cars. Marketing materials from when the property was last available on the open market in 2009 at $16.5 million show there are five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and three fireplaces.

“The two-story home is protected by a massive gate.” Because walls are only supported by hateful bigots — unless it’s protecting a home owned by our liberal Hollywood betters.

**Written by Doug Powers

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The forgotten slaughters of the innocents

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:19

The forgotten slaughters of the innocents
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

For now, everyone knows the sonorous name and cherubic face of 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.

She’s the littlest known victim of Monday night’s jihad attack in Manchester, England. Her doe-eyed image spread as rapidly across social media as the #PrayForManchester hashtags and Twitter condolences from celebrities.

But I guarantee you that beautiful Saffie Rose will evaporate from the memories of those most loudly proclaiming “Never forget” faster than a dewdrop in the desert.

Look no further for proof of the West’s incurable terror attack amnesia than the reaction to the Manchester massacre. Reporters, politicians and pundits expressed shock at the brutality of Muslim murderers targeting children and young people.

Labour Party leader Yvette Cooper posited on BBC Live that it was a “first.”

“The architects of terror have hit a new low,” a Liverpool newspaper editorialized.

U.K. columnist Rosie Millard described the bloody bombing as an “attack unique in its premeditated targeting of the young.”

What planet have these people been living on for the past 16 years? How quickly the blind, deaf and dumb virtue signalers forget.

Last year, the Orlando, Florida, nightclub jihadist purposely targeted young people simply having a good time. Among the youngest victims cut down in their prime: Jason B. Josaphat, 19, and vacationing high school honors student Akyra Monet Murray, 18.

Somali jihadist Abdul Razak Ali Artan plowed his car into Ohio State University students last fall before stabbing several of them. The attack was swept under the rug as the usual, terror-coddling suspects worried more about a nonexistent “backlash” against Muslims than they did about the steady infiltration of refugee jihadis and Islamic extremists at colleges and universities across the country.

In 2004, Islamic baby-killers attacked a school in Beslan, Russia, during a three-day siege that took the lives of 186 young children.

At Fort Hood in 2009, soldier Francheska Velez and her unborn child were murdered by jihadist Nidal Hasan with 13 other victims. Her last words: “My baby! My baby!”

Eight children were murdered on airliners that jihadists hijacked and crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Christine Hanson, 3, was on United Airlines Flight 175 with her parents. She was on her first trip to Disneyland. Juliana McCourt, 4, was traveling with her mom — also on her way to Disneyland. David Brandhorst, 3, was traveling with his adoptive dad and his companion.

Sisters Zoe Falkenberg, 8, and Dana, 3, were headed to Australia with their parents on American Airlines Flight 77.

Bernard Brown Jr., 11; Rodney Dickens, 11; and Asia Cottom, 11, all from Washington, D.C., were also on the Falkenbergs’ flight. They were public schoolchildren traveling with their teachers on an educational trip.

An additional 10 pregnant women and their unborn babies died as the Twin Towers toppled. Eight years before, during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, one pregnant woman and her unborn child also perished.

The Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 injured 263 and claimed three lives, including 8-year-old Martin Richard. Authorities recounted at trial that Martin suffered “visceral pain” in nearly every part of his body as shrapnel — metal, wood, nails and pellets — from the jihadists’ pressure cooker bomb ripped into him.

Yes, the same type of sadistic torture bombs suspected of maiming and killing kids and teens in Manchester this week.

Newsflash: There is nothing new or unique about the barbaric soldiers of Allah executing premeditated attacks on our young. History teaches us there is no appeasing the unappeasable. They will not be bought by welfare subsidies, sensitivity programs, college educations or diversity-is-our-strength platitudes.

The slaughter of the innocents will continue unabated as long as the West’s useless last responders to jihad violence — addled by short-term memories and child-like comprehension of the Islamic imperialism imperative — prevail.

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Ironic complaint leveled after votes cast for Calif. Dem Party leader

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:01

**Written by Doug Powers

Uh oh, there’s some intra-party bickering going on amongst California Dems because of disagreement over the party’s election probably caused by climate change and lack of single-payer health care system:

Longtime party operative Eric Bauman won the chairmanship of the California Democratic Party over the weekend — but his victory was marred by complaints of ballot-stuffing and floor protests. Backers of the Kimberly Ellis, a favorite of the “Berniecrat,” activist wing of the party — say efforts to scrutinize the votes will begin immediately.

This complaint from supporters of the candidate who’s feeling the Bern should keep you laughing the rest of the week:

Ellis, the former director of Emerge America, a women’s political organization, lost the election by a narrow margin of 62 votes out of 3,000 cast. Her loss immediately set off protests from hundreds of her backers, many of whom charged that there were irregularities that included allowing voters to cast proxy ballots without proper ID.

Didn’t they get Sanders’ memo?

**Written by Doug Powers

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AWW: Notre Dame grads say they walked out because Pence made them feel ‘unsafe’

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:15

**Written by Doug Powers

This sounds especially stupid and snowflakey in the wake of the enraging and horrific attack in Manchester last night: A couple of Notre Dame grads who walked out during Mike Pence’s commencement speech say they left because they felt “unsafe” in the presence of the VP:

Two University of Notre Dame students who joined the walkout during Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement speech Sunday said they left because Pence made people feel “unsafe.”

Luis Miranda and Aniela Tyksinski defended the walkout on CNN Monday, arguing that a commencement address is not the proper place to have differing political views.

“The walkout was in response to the fact that members of our own community felt unwelcome, uncomfortable, and even unsafe,” Tyksinski claimed. “This was not the appropriate event for this kind of political discourse..this should have been an event for all graduates and all of their family members.”

Oh, and also because they deem the administration Pence represents as a threat to the freedom of those in the country illegally to attend college graduation ceremonies, or something:

“Personally, I know Mike Pence’s policies from his time as governor, when he tried to implement RFRA (The Religious Freedom Restoration Act) without civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. As a gay man, this directly impacted me. However, many graduates here have been directly targeted by other policies — for example, those students and their families who are undocumented and who risk deportation to celebrate this milestone in their lives,” Ricketts said.

Oddly enough they might someday discover that this attitude will make potential employers get up and walk out during your interview:

Safe space occupancy update: Standing room only.

**Written by Doug Powers

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NY governor takes temporary break from leading The Resistance™ to ask Trump for money

Michelle Malkin - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:19

**Written by Doug Powers

How’s NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Resistance™” effort going? Here’s an update…

The wind-up, from earlier this month:

And the pitch, from yesterday:

The Resistance™ is adding to their bylaws a disclaimer saying exceptions will be made to any Resistance™ if the Resister in question is in need of federal dollars.

(h/t JWF)

**Written by Doug Powers

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If everybody could drop the Weiner story, CNN’s politics reporter would appreciate it (Open thread)

Michelle Malkin - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:27

**Written by Doug Powers

Another Sunday is upon us, so here we go with the weekly open thread…

Anthony Weiner, the perverted Democrat former congressman and soon-to-be ex-husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aid Huma Abedin, turned himself in to the FBI and issued a guilty plea to sending obscene material to a minor, and will also have to register as a sex offender. CNN Political Reporter Chris Cillizza (formerly of WaPo) would appreciate it if everybody would now drop it:

Those are the facts. Now, can we please agree to just stop talking about Weiner?
[…]
Let’s not get back on that ride. No matter what he says or how much remorse he expresses, it’s clear that attention fuels Weiner. It’s his lifeblood. So let’s not give it to him.

The legal proceedings are now closed. Weiner is totally irrelevant politically. His wife, who remains a major player in Hillary Clinton’s orbit, has filed for divorce, according to CNN’s Dan Merica. There’s literally no reason to write or talk about Anthony Weiner anymore.

So, let’s not. He’s an example of a bad apple that makes politicians — and, to be honest, people — look bad. There’ are plenty of other intriguing people, places and things happening in politics. Let’s cover them instead.

Hey, he’d make the same request if the same story were about a spouse of a Republican’s top aide, right?

Cillizza’s big on not talking about certain things:

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Hillary Clinton supporter and former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz had some bad news Friday night for the anti-Trump Resistance Army:

Safe Space crowd status: Standing room only.

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Reality checks like that shared by Dershowitz can’t interrupt the impeachment fever dreams of some congressional Dems, though:

They’ve now officially combed through that memo more than Dems ever read the Affordable Care Act.

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Democrats are pointing to this story as evidence that women are running out of places to go for “health care,” all because of Republicans:

Planned Parenthood said Thursday that it will close four of its 12 clinics in Iowa as a result of state budget cuts.

Facilities in Sioux City, Burlington and Keokuk will be shut down June 30, while its clinic in Bettendorf will remain open a few additional months.
[…]
Planned Parenthood announced earlier this week closings of its only clinic in Wyoming and three in New Mexico.

But I’m willing to bet Planned Parenthood will somehow still able to come up with tens of millions of dollars to donate to Democrats in the next couple election cycles.

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The California Democratic Party chairman kept it predictably classy in his farewell address:

Burton regained his typically cantankerous posture when he closed his farewell by addressing President Trump — bluntly, directly and defiantly.

“Now, all together,” he told the delegates, preparing to hurl an F-bomb. “[Expletive] Donald Trump.”

He raised both middle fingers toward the crowd.

For a moment, protests were forgotten, and the audience roared.

Yeah, that’ll put Dems back in power.

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Here’s President Trump’s speech he just delivered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Note the distinct lack of apologizing for the U.S. that is sure to make progressives in Congress step up their impeachment effort:

WATCH LIVE: President Trump is giving a major speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia to leaders of the Muslim world. https://t.co/jcp238JIic

— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 21, 2017

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Fun fact: Kim Jong Un’s refrigerator light is clearly visible from orbit:

Al Gore will congratulate NK for their contribution toward the fight against climate change in 3… 2… 1…

Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Now Hillary can blame her loss on somebody other than just Comey and Russia

Michelle Malkin - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:30

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton now knows another reason why she wasn’t 50 points ahead: Damn you, Twitter!

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams apologized for the role Twitter may have played in electing President Trump.

In an interview published Saturday in The New York Times, Williams discussed the president’s March claim to Fox News that “I think that maybe I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Twitter.”

“It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that,” Williams told the Times. “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”

If anybody needs me, I’ll be spending the rest of the day trying to figure out how Twitter kept Hillary out of Wisconsin and made her pledge to put coal country out of work.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Maxine Waters & Dianne Feinstein lay out current evidence of Trump/Russia collusion

Michelle Malkin - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:05

**Written by Doug Powers

Rep. Maxine Waters has been among the Dems who are furiously shoveling coal into the furnace that keeps the Trump Impeachment Train chugging along the tracks. Here’s Waters recently laying out the “collusion” case against President Trump, followed by the massive amount of evidence she’s gathered so far (via Jim Geraghty at NRO):

Sam Stein, Huffington Post: “But just to be clear, there has been no actual evidence yet.”

REP. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA): “No, it has not been.”

But Dems shouldn’t panic — maybe Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s found something:

WOLF BLITZER, CNN: “The last time we spoke, Senator, I asked you if you had actually seen evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and you said to me — and I’m quoting you now — you said, ‘not at this time.’ Has anything changed since we spoke last?”

SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): “Well, not– no, it hasn’t.”

Well, maybe they’ll manage to dig up something next week.

Dems have had high praise for former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was named Special Counsel for the Russia investigation. If Mueller doesn’t come back with what the Dems are after, that praise will turn to derision about as fast as the Left’s blaming of Comey for costing Hillary the election turned to anger at Trump for firing him.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Planned Parenthood manages to shatter their previous self-unawareness record

Michelle Malkin - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 22:02

**Written by Doug Powers

Planned Parenthood obviously starts each morning with one goal in mind: To completely eclipse the previous day’s levels of shamelessness and self-unawareness. They succeeded wildly on Thursday. This is on a web page at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund website — I kid you not:

Now this is how to invite a lightning strike:

If there’s anything we’ve learned from Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers) over the years, it’s this — every single one of us has a hero inside; and it’s our responsibility to use our superpowers to slay.

That’s an even worse lack of self-awareness than the time Ted Kennedy named his dog “Splash.”

Hat tip to Students for Life for spotting that latest moonshot of brazenness.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Journalism 2017: Time Mag’s cover is a DNC talking points memo in one illustration

Michelle Malkin - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:58

**Written by Doug Powers

Democrat Party talking points memos and MSM anonymous sources now pass as enough “journalism” to give us this kind of thing in 2017:

I can recall no such cover after Obama’s “more flexibility after my re-election” hot mic comment to Medvedev or Hillary’s giddiness while handing Russia a relationship “reset” button, and those things actually happened. Time’s new business model must be to try and exist on a subscriber base consisting totally of Big Media execs and DNC branch offices.

Reuters summed up where this all stands with the so-called “media.” Here’s the opening of an article published this morning:

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.

The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Then, several paragraphs in:

The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far.

Guess which part of the story is getting all the attention from the Left and MSM (again, pardon the redundancy)?

**Written by Doug Powers

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Jerry Brown has had enough of ‘freeloaders’ whining about tax hikes

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 18:32

**Written by Doug Powers

How to win the hearts and minds of “regular” people who are taxpayers, progressive-style:

In response to criticism over a new $52 billion tax hike for the already heavily-taxed state, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) called upset taxpayers “freeloaders.”

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said at an event in Orange Country last week.

Yes, law-abiding Californians who work and pay taxes are “freeloaders” according to his liberal logic, just because they don’t support getting taxed even more than they already are.

Yep, that’s what he said alright:

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said, adding that the approved tax and fee hikes bring those charges to the level they were 30 years ago if adjusted for inflation. “They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit.”

Put that attitude into the giant barrel labeled “why Trump won.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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Who has Absolute Health Care Moral Authority?

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:07

Who has Absolute Health Care Moral Authority?
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

Here is what happens if you try to tell health care stories that defy big government orthodoxy:

When GOP Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois tried to recount how his wife, a nurse and colon cancer survivor, struggled in the nationalized Canadian health care system, liberal protesters responded by uttering “Ugh!” and catcalling him.

When GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey attempted to tell a rowdy town hall audience about health policy insights he gained caring for his special needs daughter, Gracie, who passed away at age 11, he was booed. And jeered. Rude pigs yelled “Shame!” at the insurance executive turned public servant as he talked about his daughter’s legacy.

When GOP Rep. David Kustoff of Tennessee wrapped up a meeting with agricultural educators in his district this week, a woman stalked him and an aide — reportedly, nearly driving them off a road. According to the sheriff’s department, the stalker approached Rep. Kustoff’s car, “screaming, “striking the windows,” “cursing” and blocking the vehicle, according to police.

After GOP Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona voted for the House Obamacare repeal plan, an unhinged Tucson public school employee left voice messages on her congressional office phone line threatening to “wring” her neck and “pull the trigger” to shoot her between the eyes.

When I countered late-night joker Jimmy Kimmel’s Obamacare-cheerleading monologue tied to his newborn child’s chronic illness with my own experience as a mother of a chronically ill child, left-wing readers called me an “insensitive b—-” “mean-spirited” and “twisted.” One reading comprehension-challenged letter writer, Diane Goldwater, wrote:

“Perhaps one day one of your children will suffer from a life-threatening disease… what goes around comes around we will see how you feel when it happens to someone you love.”

Along similar bloodthirsty lines, in response to all Republicans who supported the House health insurance package, Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald seethed on Twitter that he wanted his political enemies and their loved ones to be “tortured:”

“I hope every GOPr who voted 4 Trumpcare sees a family member get long term condition, lose insurance & die.”

As ever, absolute moral authority only belongs to those who preach civility and compassion for others — while ramming their own policy preferences and values down our throats.

Millions of us who wanted our individual market health insurance plans left alone were branded selfish or liars for the past eight years. Our stories were stifled; our cancellation notices derided; our accounts of skyrocketing health insurance costs and diminished access to doctors mocked.

The partisan Beltway press shot down true stories of government-engineered pain and suffering, while hyping countless tall tales spun by the Obamacare Fable Factory.

Remember when Organizing for Action (previously Obama for America) peddled the “success story” of Chad Henderson, a supposedly random millenial who miraculously enrolled in Obamacare while everyone else in America experienced major tech meltdowns and sticker shock? Chad was an OFA volunteer who had actually never enrolled in Obamaare — and then claimed he was just “joking” when he got caught lying.

Or how about Otto Raddatz, the Illinois cancer patient promoted by President Obama who supposedly died after he was dropped from his plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn’t known about. The truth? He got the treatment he needed in 2005 and lived for nearly four more years.

The Mother of All Pre-Existing Condition Cons, of course, involved President Obama’s own mom, Stanley Ann Dunham. He invoked Dunham’s alleged deathbed fight with her insurer repeatedly in his quest for top-down health insurance mandates:

“For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.”

But Dunham’s health insurer had in fact reimbursed her medical expenses with no objections. The actual coverage dispute centered on a separate disability insurance policy.

To left-wing liars and control freaks go the government spoils and political immunity shields.

To the rest of us who dare to tell our counternarratives? Ad hominem attacks, road rage, death threats — and complete apathy from the selective news suppressers of the Fourth Estate.

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Out for Dems: ‘Recovery Summer’ — In for Dems: ‘Resistance Summer’

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:54

**Written by Doug Powers

The DNC is hoping “twice as much of the same” will help save the Democratic Party from a generation or more of languishing in the minority across the board. Prepare for “Resistance Summer”:

The Democratic National Committee reportedly is planning to pump $1 million into everything from rallies, town halls and neighborhood meetings in hopes of growing voter opposition to President Trump.

The so-called “Resistance Summer” is billed as a 50-state strategy. The DNC plans to hold events across the country in early June before sponsoring a national training summit in the hopes of attracting scores of new Democratic voters, the Hill reported.

The move is the party’s first concrete expansion plan since Tom Perez took over as chairman.

Nationally, Democrats face a power deficit they’ve not seen in nine decades. Republicans control the White House and Congress, hold 33 governorships and run about two-thirds of state legislatures.

From “Recovery Summer” to “Resistance Summer” in seven short years. What could be the common denominator there?

**Written by Doug Powers

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The ‘What mainstream media bias?’ story of the week

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:59

**Written by Doug Powers

The Washington Post has joined the rest of the mainstream media’s return to the hardcore journalism business rested and ready after a semi-vacation for the last few years, and they’re really proud of their latest “scoop”:

According to Glenn Kessler, the paper’s “fact checker,” their scoop Monday that President Trump revealed classified intelligence to Russian diplomats broke the Post’s record for readers per second clicking on the article.

Kessler said the newsroom broke into applause at the news of the new record.

It’s cute how they pretend that the story’s “record traffic” is the only reason the newsroom applauded. If WaPo broke a traffic record with a story about Hillary losing, *would the newsroom have erupted in applause? (*Rhetorical Question of the Day brought to you by Califone noise-cancelling headphones — when you don’t need to hear an answer, make it Califone!)

You know what else made the WaPo newsroom giddy a few years back? You get one guess:

Barack Obama visited the Washington Post to meet the editorial board and national staff, but his tour of the 5th floor newsroom nearly stopped the presses.

Staff writers, photographers, editors and employees from other departments lined the hallway after word spread that the President-elect would be walking through the newroom.

At about 3:15 p.m., Obama entered through a back hallway and began shaking hands, as professional newsmen and women reached over to shake his hand and take pictures.
[…]
Obama left the newsroom around 3:30 p.m.

“There goes our journalistic objectivity,” one reporter quipped, as people traded stories and pictures.

That sounds about right:

There hasn’t been this much excitement in The Washington Post newsroom since Brad Pitt dropped by.

Election Day must have been as hard on the WaPo newsroom as it was on some SNL cast members, but subsequent to January 20th, now that so many journos are back to competing to identify as either “Woodward” or “Bernstein,” their mood is obviously improving.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Turns out SNL cast members took Hillary’s loss pretty hard (gee, it didn’t show!)

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:22

**Written by Doug Powers

Echoing what I’m guessing were the reactions in many newsrooms across the country, a recent interview confirms that Saturday Night Live cast members, who had all but already anointed Hillary Clinton as the next president, were incredibly depressed just after seeing their hopes, dreams and assumptions scrubbed so fast that BleachBit must have been used:

The cast members of the long-running NBC sketch show told the Hollywood Reporter they sobbed and did not know what to write in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.

Cecily Strong said she saw Clinton portrayer Kate McKinnon and they cried together over the loss. Both Strong and McKinnon were strong Clinton supporters during the campaign.

“I saw Kate in the hallway, and we hugged and sobbed,” she said.

“The day after the election got extremely sad and very disorienting,” said “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost. “People didn’t know what to write. No one was feeling very funny.”

Gee, they sure did a good job of hiding their depression in the first show after the election. Well, maybe not:

The good news is that Hillary’s just provided depressed liberal performers with a way to move Onward Together with her. All they need to bring is their talents and credit cards, but mostly their credit cards.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Oh my: Cecile Richards describes how to say ‘I love you, mom’ on Mother’s Day (open thread)

Michelle Malkin - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 11:14

**Written by Doug Powers

First off, happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Sunday open thread, Mother’s Day edition, is now open for business. A few things to get rolling…

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without an obscene lack of self-awareness from one of the main abortion cheerleaders on the Left:

How these people live with themselves is anybody’s guess:

So this Mother’s Day, instead of taking your mom out to brunch or sending chocolate, commit to fighting for a government that recognizes that women deserve basic human rights and protections — including the right to decide when and whether to become a mom.

Seems to me Richards is leaving somebody out of her pool of those who “deserve basic human rights.” Gee, I wonder why.

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Friday and Saturday saw quite a dichotomy in commencement speech topics. President Trump delivered the commencement at Liberty University and the basic message was work hard, believe in yourself and don’t listen to people who tell you something can’t be done:

On Friday, Elizabeth Warren spoke to Univ. of Maryland grads and had, well, a different sort of tone:

Dances With Identity Fraud basically blamed record high student loan debt on Wall Street greed and implored grads to go out into the world and bitch about it! How inspiring:

During a commencement speech at the University of Massachusetts Friday, Warren told students that decisions made by state and federal lawmakers “heavily influenced” the amount of student loans they’ll have to pay.

“As a practical matter, how much you owe and who has access [to education], is set, in part, by a handful of people who, in a democracy, are supposed to answer directly to you,” Warren said.

So, she implored students to get involved.

“I am not here to make a pitch just to Democrats or to Republicans …. Libertarians, vegetarians, Big Mac-atarians,” Warren said. “Your elected officials are increasingly working only for a few — the very wealthy few — and if that doesn’t change soon, then this country will fundamentally change.”

“Is Wall Street demanding you pay back that hundred grand you borrowed to get a widget anthropology degree? TAKE TO THE STREETS!”

Too bad when Warren was making a few hundred grand teaching a class at Harvard she didn’t open her paycheck one day only to find a note reading, “sorry, but we were agitated into not paying you this week but we promise to pass the savings along to the students.”

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A high school in North Carolina recalled its yearbook because this appeared as one student’s favorite quote. I kid you not:

The place is probably still on lockdown:

“Earlier this week, it was discovered by school administration that Richmond Early College yearbooks had errors and inappropriate comments,” the school district said on Facebook Tuesday. “The principal immediately collected the distributed yearbooks.”

The school district apologized and said it was working on making corrections with the yearbook publisher.
[…]
“Only a handful of annuals were distributed before the mistake was discovered by the principal,” Thublin said in a statement. “Those were taken back up the same morning and the rest were not distributed.”

I sure hope they make counselors available so any affected students or teachers can work through a traumatic experience that’s sure to haunt them for years.

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BREAKING NEWS:

The kid was wearing a MAGA hat so Comey’s not going to actually eat them. It’s true because one of the many “anonymous sources” that are now available in such great abundance told me.

If at future congressional hearings Comey doesn’t say anything helpful to the Dems’ election narrative they’ll be back to hating him again.

Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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An upset Michelle Obama wonders who will care about our kids now

Michelle Malkin - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 16:41

**Written by Doug Powers

The looming end of Obama-era school lunch regs that were championed by Michelle Obama has displeased the former First Lady, and for the first time in years, she’s not proud of her country’s school lunch direction:

Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, she urged parents to think about the government’s decision and “look at motives.”

“You have to stop and think, ‘Why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you and why is that a partisan issue?” Mrs. Obama said. “Why would that be political?”

“Moms, think about this. I don’t care what state you live in, take me out of the equation, like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap,” she said.
[…]
She said parents shouldn’t sit idly by and allow that to happen.

“Because here’s the secret: If somebody is doing that, they don’t care about your kid and we need to demand everyone to care deeply about our kids,” Mrs. Obama said.

Call me crazy but all this is why I don’t rely on the nanny state to “care about” my kids. Ex-FLOTUS seems to be making a larger unintentional point here:

Apparently we’re supposed to forget that Obama’s nutritional standards have been filling more garbage cans than empty stomachs at schools. And her insinuation that the Obama-era change wasn’t a political issue and was all about kids’ health is so rich it should have a health warning label on it.

Update:

These kids have a little more upgraded menu:

@ThePowersThatBe ICYMI the May menu at Michelle's Kid's expensive, exclusive PRIVATE school. https://t.co/e7rW2qzV5Y

— NickStuart (@NickStuart) May 13, 2017

**Written by Doug Powers

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Go figure: Dems claiming Russia ‘hacked the election’ slam Trump’s vote fraud panel

Michelle Malkin - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 16:40

**Written by Doug Powers

How many times in the past few months have Democrats used the term “hacked the election” to describe Russia’s meddling in order to imply the vote tallies were altered? I don’t know the exact answer, but it’s a lot:

Fast forward to today, when Trump launched a voter fraud panel. Dems are apoplectic:

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday forming a commission on voter fraud and elections, an action many Democrats say is aimed at justifying his unfounded voter fraud claims.
[…]

“This is a transparent attempt to justify President Trump’s false claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. There’s simply no evidence of widespread voter fraud in this country. Period,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called the voter fraud investigation “a partisan effort” to “squander” taxpayers dollars.

“Today, President Trump is resuscitating his voter fraud investigation in a desperate attempt to retroactively prove his completely baseless claim that up to five million unauthorized immigrants cast illegal votes in the 2016 election,” he wrote.
[…]
But the effort will be bipartisan. During the daily White House briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced additional members — including Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap — who will be added to a list of about a dozen: Connie Lawson, Indiana’s secretary of state; Bill Gardner, New Hampshire’s secretary of state; Ken Blackwell, former secretary of state of Ohio; and Christy McCormick, who already serves on the US Election Assistance Commission.

What funnier way to kick off the weekend than with the party that claims Russia “hacked the election” with zero evidence calling somebody else’s voter fraud claims “completely baseless”?

(h/t Ace of Spades)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Categories: Conservative Views

CNN’s swinging for the Pulitzer fences with this Trump scoop

Michelle Malkin - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 06:40

**Written by Doug Powers

2017 isn’t even half over but it’s unlikely we’ll eclipse the kind of journalism we’ve seen so far this year. Via @KassyDillon, bask in this CNN screen shot:

Rumor has it Woodward and Bernstein have optioned the story from CNN for a sequel titled “All the President’s Mint Chocolate Chip.”

Now I know what Dems mean when they sound the alarm about a “constitutional crisis”:

President Donald Trump is living every child’s dream: More ice cream.

According to an extensive interview with TIME Magazine, Trump’s White House staff has settled into Trump’s routine and know his desires, sometimes before he does, For example: Trump takes two scoops of ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, TIME reported, while everyone else around the table gets just one.

Based on that alone, before the month is out, Ben & Jerry’s will be selling a new flavor called “Impeach Sorbet.”

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Categories: Conservative Views
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