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Voter Identification Laws Are Not the New Jim Crow

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:03am

Honest, fair elections are critical to the good health and well being of a representative democracy. A republic cannot flourish if its citizens feel that their voice has been cancelled out by fraudulent votes in a “fair” election. If indeed an ethical electoral process is the standard for a democracy’s clean bill of health, than sadly the United States of America is ill. The American electoral system is bleeding in many ways; yet, enforcing voter identification requirements at the precinct provides one sure way to repair serious wounds. Now is the time for state governments, if not the federal government at large, to pass voter identification laws in order to preserve the sanctity of U.S. elections.

The dispute that makes voter identification laws a divisive, partisan debate is the controversy of whether voter fraud truly exists in American elections. Whenever the topic surfaces, the mantra that is repeated almost uncontrollably by opponents of voter identification laws is that election fraud is an old wives tale, nonexistent, or at least not widespread enough to justify “draconian” measures. After all, asking voters to provide photo identification at the ballot box is quite draconian, right?

However, voter fraud does exist.

In fact, in April 2014, Kim Strach, Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, discovered what voter identification proponents have feared all along: widespread fraud. In a report to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee by the North Carolina State Board of Elections on April 2, 2014, Strach revealed two shocking realities. First, the report included information from an audit of more than 50,000 new death records on file at the Department of Health and Human Services, of which 13,416 were identified on voter rosters as of October last year. The same audit revealed that eighty-one of the deceased voters have associated voting records in elections that exceed their date of death. Furthermore, the report disclosed findings from the 2014 Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program that showed 155,692 people with matching first names, last names, and date of birth remain registered to vote in both North Carolina and one of twenty-seven other states participating in the crosscheck. 756 of those also had matches for the last four digits of the voters’ Social Security number. Including those 756, records indicate that 35,750 voted in both states in the 2012 general election (Strach, Burris, and Degraffenreid).

Dick Morris, adviser to former President Bill Clinton, wrote about the report in an article published by The Hill newspaper titled “Investigate 2012 vote fraud.” Morris made the crucial distinction that “past allegations of fraud have all been based on voter registration data, indicating a vast potential for fraud, but without proof of actual double voting, there’s no hard evidence. But the North Carolina study focused only on those who actually cast ballots — far more important criteria” (Morris). Morris insisted “the projected number of actual double votes nationally could reach to 1 million,” since North Carolina accounts for only 2.5 percent of the U.S. population. The actual total number of double votes casted nationally in 2012 is speculative at this point, since only twenty-eight states participate in the crosscheck initiated by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in 2005 (Morris). Among the twenty-two remaining states not participating in the crosscheck are California, New York, Texas, and Florida, all of which contribute the most votes in the Electoral College, and happen to be the most populous states in the Union.

In 2008, the Indiana State Legislature passed a strict voter identification law that was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (2008). Richard Posner, the judge presiding over the case in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, addressed the “voter fraud does not exist” argument in his decision. Posner argued that the U.S. faces

“…the form of voting fraud in which a person shows up at the polls claiming to be someone else — someone who has left the district, or died, too recently to have been removed from the list of registered voters, or someone who has not voted yet on election day. Without requiring a photo ID, there is little if any chance of preventing this kind of fraud because busy poll workers are unlikely to scrutinize signatures carefully and argue with people who deny having forged someone else’s signature” (Crawford v. Marion County Election Board).

Posner continued,

“…the absence of prosecutions is explained by the endemic underenforcement of minor criminal laws (minor as they appear to the public and prosecutors, at all events) and by the extreme difficulty of apprehending a voter impersonator. He enters the polling place, gives a name that is not his own, votes, and leaves. If later it is discovered that the name he gave is that of a dead person, no one at the polling place will remember the face of the person who gave that name, and if someone did remember it, what would he do with the information?” (Crawford v. Marion County Election Board).

Opponents of voter identification laws will press the assertion that voter fraud is a myth. In a way, they are correct, but not because voter fraud is nonexistent. As the Honorable Richard Posner pointed out, voter fraud is a myth because identifying fraud offenders at the poll is nearly impossible, let alone apprehending them. There are simply not enough safeguards in place to ascertain the truth about a person’s identity before they vote. It is even more difficult to prosecute them with poor evidence that fails to disclose their real identity, but (as Dick Morris commented in his piece) these new statistics coming out of North Carolina deliver concrete evidence. Morris ended his article stating that the next step should be “an interstate effort by local prosecutors to coordinate investigations of double voters. Let district attorneys in two states confront the double voters themselves and ask how it is that they voted twice, who helped to facilitate their fraud, did anyone help pay for their travel, did they get compensation for voting twice and so forth” (Morris).

The reality that voter fraud exists has left several searching for solutions of how to reconcile the integrity of the American electoral process. “One response [to voting fraud], which has a parallel to littering, another crime the perpetrators of which are almost impossible to catch, would be to impose a very severe criminal penalty for voting fraud. Another, however, is to take preventive action…by requiring a photo ID,” concluded Judge Posner (Crawford v. Marion County Election Board). He’s completely right; passing legislation that would require voters to provide photo identification at the polls is a simple, preventive measure that would eliminate a whole host of errors related to fraudulent elections.

At the federal level, photo identification legislation is stagnant. With Congress in gridlock with the White House, there is no way that legislation of this nature would even make it to the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. Even if the Republican supermajority in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed such a bill (which would be a miracle since they are otherwise useless), President Barack Obama would likely veto the bill and send it back for an override or to table the bill altogether.

Interestingly enough though, there is a movement brewing to circumvent this type of gridlock. Constitutional lawyer and nationally syndicated talk radio host Mark R. Levin delineates in his book, The Liberty Amendments, a process imbedded in Article V of the U.S. Constitution that grants power to the fifty state legislatures to amend the Constitution. Levin, Chief of Staff to former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, describes at great length how a runaway federal government that was intended to be innocuous has become ubiquitous in almost every respect. The Liberty Amendments is an explanation of the role of state legislatures in the Article V amendment process, which states that “the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments…when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof” (US Const. art. V).

The former Reagan Administration official proposes eleven amendments that he believes would correct the trajectory of the federal government and protect the freedoms of Americans. The last amendment that he proposes addresses American elections, ensuring that they are secure for all citizens. He breaks the amendment down into five sections that, in summary, suggest voters be required to produce official photo identification (Levin 183). The amendment also curtails the early voting period to less than thirty calendar days, and reins in the use of electronic consoles (Levin 184).

Levin’s amendment proposal is exactly the type of proactive solution that the American public must hear about. In fact, now is the right time since recent polls show overwhelming majorities of Americans feel that providing photo identification at the ballot box is not cumbersome, but a great idea. In 2013, McClatchyDC, a news bureau based out of Washington, D.C., released a poll that found eighty-three percent of respondents in favor of requiring voters to “show identification in order to vote” as a “good thing” (McClatchyDC).

This sentiment is not just a recent ground swell. In August of 2012, a poll conducted by the Washington Post found a similar discovery. The Post asked correspondents, “In your view, should voters in the United States be required to show official, government-issued photo identification — such as a driver’s license — when they cast ballots on Election Day, or shouldn’t they have to do this?” (The Washington Post). Seventy-four percent of those polled answered yes.

A month later, the Pew Research Center released results from a survey they conducted, asking, “Should voters be required to show official photo identification before they vote on Election Day?” (Pew Research Center). Seventy-seven percent answered yes. It would seem that requiring a person to provide photo identification is a popular view among the majority of Americans.

As state legislatures look towards a solution at the federal level via the Article V provision, many are working effortlessly and proactively in their own states to secure fair elections statewide. Thirty-five of fifty states have already passed legislation enforcing new or reformed requirements for voters to show photo identification at the polls. Some of these laws are not in full effect, as many are being challenged in court (Jost 172).

In 2013, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas over a voter identification law passed by its state legislature. Holder argued, “We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights” (Dinan). The Attorney General was referring to a decision that the U.S. Supreme Court made in June of that year to strike down provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required certain states with a history of voter discrimination to ascertain preclearance from Congress before altering any laws pertaining to voting rights or electoral procedure (Voting Rights Act of 1965). In 1965, Texas met the criteria for restriction, but — as of last summer — the Lone Star State was one of several that can now pass election laws without federal preclearance; hence, the lawsuit.

Texas is one of many states (including Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and others) that are embattled in court against special interest groups like the NAACP, or against the Department of Justice; but why the struggle? (Fuller) If asking to show photo identification is a proven way to verify one’s identity, why is there such dramatic opposition to these laws? In other words, is it not logical that in order to deter fraudulent voting, asking voters to produce identification should be a given in order to determine that they are exactly who they claim to be?

Don’t forget that citizens have affirmative responsibilities in this country. As mature adults, American voters should be required to take the most minimal, nominal steps to acquire information that they can provide on Election Day to prove their identity. After all, is it not a requirement to forfeit official photo identification when purchasing alcohol from the local convenience store or restaurant? Photo identification is certainly necessary to buy a plane ticket and board a plane. Renting a house or leasing an apartment requires valid photo identification; entering a 21-years-or-older club, buying a pack of cigarettes, obtaining a loan, and opening a bank account all demand photo identification. Why is it then that when it comes to voting, all of a sudden photo identification is not a requirement? “We the People” loses its ring the moment one unlawful vote is cast, because even one fraudulent vote is one too many.

Nonetheless, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, Bernie Sanders, Loretta Lynch, and others are intent on disrupting a solution that would protect the future of the voting franchise in this nation. They insist that asking someone to provide legal photo identification at the voting precinct is racist, an effort to disenfranchise minorities and the poor, a poll tax, a literacy test, or any other number of outrageous comparisons. If photo identification is necessary to do all these other daily activities, it should be even more necessary to vote.

When all is said and done, voter identification laws are straightforward. If a man or woman wants to vote, all they have to do is demonstrate they are who they say they are. Once they have done that, they are not banned from voting. There is no poll tax, there is no literacy test, and there are no property requirements. No person is disenfranchised or racially discriminated against; all that man or woman needs to do is to simply show photo identification. If racial discrimination does occur after identification has been provided, then that person can bring a fully justified lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Voting Rights Act of 1965). When signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson that was its purpose: to protect all citizens from racial discrimination at the polls. The act is an enforcement of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting any type of racial discrimination in the electoral process (Voting Rights Act of 1965). The VRA was renewed, extended, and expanded by Richard Nixon in 1970, Gerald Ford in 1975, Ronald Reagan in 1982, and George W. Bush in 2006 — all Republican presidents, by the way (Levin 195). Yet, ironically, opponents insist that by supporting voter identification laws, Republicans are bent on committing racial injustice.

Why is it, then, that opponents keep bringing the issue up as if these state legislatures — Republican-controlled for the most part — are pushing a Ku Klux Klan effort? After all, if requiring a photo ID is such an effort, the federal government is participating in a huge way, since photo identification is required to enter a government building (like the Department of Justice or the White House), pay a traffic ticket, attend speeches given by politicians (like President Obama, Secretary Clinton, Senator Sanders, or Mr. Trump), or participate in a plethora of other government related activities. If the act of asking someone to produce photo identification to verify their identity is truly a racist endeavor, then by that same logic Mr. Obama and Mrs. Lynch should direct their security staff immediately to stop checking photo ID at the entrances to the White House and the Department of Justice, lest they themselves be deemed as “racist.”

The question that’s left, then, is this: are state legislatures racist because they are requiring you to have photo identification — that is, a photo with your pigmentation on it? On its face, this whole “racist” argument is racist itself, as it elicits soft bigotry towards minorities. Former President George W. Bush said it best in 1999 when he was the Governor of Texas: “Some say it is unfair to hold disadvantaged children to rigorous standards. I say it is discrimination to require anything less — the soft bigotry of low expectations” (qtd. in Paslay). Although talking about education at the time, President Bush’s words cut to the heart of the argument waged by opponents. By asserting that asking for a photo ID is racist, opponents imply that the very minorities they wish to protect from “racism” are incapable (i.e. not intelligent enough) of acquiring basic photo identification, revealing their low expectations of them.

Other arguments posed by opponents of voter identification laws claim disenfranchisement. In his column, “Challenge to Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Challenged,” published by Human Events, John Hayward discusses a report titled “Citizens Without Proof.” Hayward explains that the report, published by the Brennan Center, “purports to chart the disproportionate effect of such laws on segments of the population most likely to be without driver’s licenses and other suitable forms of identification,” and asserts that voter identification laws perpetuate disenfranchisement (Hayward).

What many voter ID proponents want to know is this: if it’s such a burden to get a free, government-issued photo identification card, how can these same people be expected to fill out tax forms, which are more complicated than photo identification applications? How are they expected to go on a computer if they’re too poor or illiterate, and sign up for Obamacare? The government is becoming increasingly more complex, and yet the American people are told that the basic effort of getting a photo identification card for free from the government is burdensome. When in fact, the real situation is that some states are trying to clean up their voter rolls, because people move out of state and remain on the roster. These movers end up registered to vote in multiple states, as discovered in North Carolina, exposing elections to a variety of opportunities for fraud (Strach, Burris, and Degraffenreid).

Hayward also takes into consideration the accusation that the National Center for Public Policy Research made against the Brennan Center, which is funded by George Soros, describing their work as “shoddy.” The author goes on to say that “’shoddy work’ is the very heart of the crusade against voter ID” (Hayward). He concluded, “It’s all very loose, impressionistic, and emotional. Of course sympathetic individuals are brought forth to make manipulative arguments from anecdote”; and he’s right. Each state that has passed legislation to make voting more secure has been inundated with emotionally driven news stories that offer “disenfranchised” victims.

There is no way for proponents of these laws to compete; they are left stranded with logic and basic common sense, with no personal tragedies to exploit. The only disenfranchisement that exists is that of American citizens who vote legitimately under federal and state constitutional law, but have their votes cancelled out by fraudulent ones. Maybe proponents should isolate their stories, and invite them to share their woes on national news outlets.

The bottom line is this: if somebody votes who does not have the legitimate authority to vote under our legal system, they are in effect canceling somebody else’s vote. Is it not crucial that we stand behind the integrity of the electoral process? It’s been fought over for so long by civil rights movements, not to mention that the U.S. Constitution has been amended four times over it — particularly to guard against disenfranchisement as a matter of constitutional and statutory law. Why wouldn’t the government require people to show photo identification to demonstrate who they are? One would think that even minorities would be appalled over finding out that their legitimate vote was subverted by fraud after an election.

Simple logic extinguishes the claims that voter identification laws propagate disenfranchisement and racism. Voter identification laws are racially neutral and not cumbersome; otherwise, the judicial system would have to sift through law books, and strike down every law that “burdens” citizens with the necessity of proving their identity. These laws have worked well in states already using them. Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey said that voter identification laws in place in Tennessee lowered voter fraud suspicions in the 2012 general election (Hayward). Even the Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter, issued a report in 2005 titled “Building Confidence in U.S. Elections” that made the recommendation to require voters to provide photo identification at the polling precinct (Paslay). All in all, voter identification laws are a positive, well-vetted solution that the majority of Americans agree should be passed and enforced.

Voter fraud is either a crime or it’s not. If it’s not, then unfortunately our republic is no longer democratic. If it is, then all measures should be taken to prevent it and prosecute it aggressively, just like any other crime. Voter identification laws will not only help catch transgressors, but they will safeguard future elections by deterring others from committing such acts. A strong signal must be sent, and enforcement of these laws will do just that. Until then, election fraud will continue to occur, just as all crimes that provide criminals with great benefits at low consequences do.


Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 472 F.3d 949, 953 (6th Cir. 2007), aff’d, 553 U.S. 181 (2008).

Dinan, Stephen. “Holder sues Texas to stop voter ID law, congressional maps.” The Washington Times [Washington, D.C.] 22 Aug. 2013: 1. Web. 17 May 2014.

Fuller, Jaime. “Wisconsin threw out voter ID Tuesday. It’s a fight still playing out in 12 other states.” The Washington Post [Washington, D.C.] 29 Apr. 2014: 1. Web. 17 May 2014.

Hayward, John. “Challenge to Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Challenged.” Human Events [Washington, D.C.] 27 July 2012: 1. Web. 17 May 2014.

Hayward, John. “Voter ID Works Like A Charm In Tennessee.” Human Events [Washington, D.C.] 15 Nov. 2012: 1. Web. 17 May 2014.

Jost, Kenneth. “Voting Controversies.” CQ Researcher 21 Feb. 2014: 169–92. Web. 20 May 2014.

Levin, Mark R. The Liberty Amendments. New York City, NY: Threshold Editions, 2013. Print.

McClatchyDC. “Marist Poll for McClatchy on Voting Rights Act.” McClatchyDC [Washington, D.C.] 25 July 2013: 1–8. Web. 17 May 2014.

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Pew Research Center. “Broad Support for Photo ID Voting Requirments.” Pew Research Center for the People & the Press [Washington, D.C.] 11 Oct. 2012: 1–2. Web. 17 May 2014.

Strach, Kim, Marc Burris, and Veronica Degraffenreid. “Presentation to Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee.” North Carolina State Board of Elections [Raleigh, NC] 2 Apr. 2014: n. pag. Print. 17 May 2014.

The Washington Post. “Fear of voter suppression high, fear of voter fraud higher.” The Washington Post [Washington, D.C.] 13 Aug. 2012: 1. Web. 17 May 2014.

U.S. Constitution. Art. V.

Voting Rights Act of 1965. August 6, 1965. Print.

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A Witch Hunt by Any Other Name is Still a Witch Hunt

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:12am

“I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law.”  – House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz

And so it sadly seems that one of our own, as in House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and one of theirs, as in Democratic Ranking Committee Member Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), both believe that President Trump’s former National Security Advisor retired Lt. General Michael Flynn might have broken federal law after failing to disclose on his background security check forms both his most recent trip to Russia and payments from Russia, as well as payments from a Turkish businessman.

Apparently, it means not a thing to either man that Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, said in regards to the Russia trip that Flynn did indeed report his plans to travel to Russia, including his dining with Vladimir Putin, to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)…the very agency Flynn headed until 2014 when he was forced to retire from the military by Obama…and that he had most certainly briefed officials at the agency after his return.

And Kelner saying that during his briefings that Flynn “answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip,” is in addition to DIA spokesman Jim Kudla saying that General Flynn most assuredly did brief the agency in advance about his trip to Russia and did so “in accordance with all standard security clearance procedures.” In fact, a personal spokesman for the general has said that Flynn also disclosed the Russian trip in question when he last came up for a security clearance review in January 2016.

And yet even with all this Chairman Chaffetz continues to say that General Flynn could be criminally prosecuted because, “He (General Flynn) was supposed to seek permission and receive permission from both the secretary of state and the secretary of the Army prior to traveling to Russia to not only accept that payment but to engage in that activity…No former military officer is allowed to accept payments from a foreign government, and my guess is this is probably not the first time this has happened.”

Guess Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings, for whatever reason, have willingly…and possibly with malice…turned a deaf ear to the words of Flynn’s lawyer, an official DIA spokesman, and others. And what makes this especially grievous is Chaffetz’s saying that this is “not the first time this has happened”…a harsh accusation with absolutely no proof to back those words up…words I believe Chairman Chaffetz should not have said…words that down the line could see Jason Chaffetz having to answer for.

And the specific words “He was supposed to”…nothing but supposition at best although as a retired military officer now a private citizen thanks to Obama’s firing, I really do not understand why private citizen Michael Flynn needed anyone’s permission to travel anywhere…even to Russia.

And exactly what Russian payments did say, private citizen, Michael Flynn fail to disclose…apparently all this brouhaha is, first, about his receiving about $33,000 back in 2015 from the ‘Russia Today’ television network…a network which has been described by U.S. intelligence officials…as in James Comey and his not quite trustworthy people…as a propaganda front for Russia’s government…something also that has never been proven.

“That money needs to be recovered,” so says Jason Chaffetz, but seriously I want to know why money earned has to returned and returned to who…Russia… really…I think not.

And second, coming into question is somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 Flynn received as part of his personal take-home in the $530,000 that his company, Flynn Intel Group, garnered for consulting work done for Inovo BV, a company owned by a Turkish businessman who also happens to be a member of a committee overseen by Turkey’s finance ministry.

So let me get this straight…now it seems that according to ‘certain’ political folks other ‘certain’ political folks cannot garner monies from the businesses they own or from the services they rendered without it coming into question. Something sure stinks here especially when it is the likes of Elijah Cummings who says that General Flynn’s failure to formally report this on paperwork requesting his security clearance amounted to concealment of the money, which could, in his opinion, be prosecuted as a felony. Now just look who’s calling the kettle black…the very man who not only relishes in and is the poster boy for what is known as ‘black privilege,’ but who in 2014 saw then House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa releasing a report implicating him in colluding with the IRS and Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group ‘True the Vote.’

Elijah Cummings should be the last person to ever be appointed to a committee that decides whether or not to bring charges against anyone.

And as the infamous tit-for-tat political game continues to be played between the two parties, all the executive alphabet agencies and their ‘so-called’ watchdogs, inspector general overseers, and the different oversight committees in Congress, it seems that failure to disclose is a crime of the first degree for some but not for others, and it all depends on whose side you came down on in the 2016 presidential election. Or to put it bluntly and in perspective, the unrighteous indignation over this relatively small dollars and cents amount not having been disclosed by General Flynn is now first and foremost to some yet the major infractions committed by some of those on the left still go unpunished and worse…they are hushed up with help from the media so that in the public venue they are simply made to ‘go away.’

But what will not go away is the fact that Chaffetz and Cummings are still planning to write to the Comptroller of the Army and the Department of Defense’s Inspector General to determine whether retired, now private citizen, Lt. General Michael Flynn broke the law, and whether the government needs to pursue criminal charges simply because he did not disclose these two payments. Personally, I am not sure Flynn actually broke any law at least not to the degree this committee is trying to claim he did. And these accusations are being lobbed at the same time as Flynn’s company’s foreign contacts are being examined by other congressional committees as part of investigations into Russia’s still unproven meddling in the 2016 election, and still unproven ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.

And to see someone like Jason Chaffetz…an honorable man or at least I always thought so…taking part in this predominately Democratic witch hunt makes me wonder why he really has decided not to run again when up for re-election, and why one of own seems to have turned on the one man, Lt. General Michael Flynn, who actually understood then and continues to understand now exactly who the enemy we face is…as in the entirety of Islam.

And a witch hunt it is for where was the outrage and the bringing of charges against Hillary Clinton who then candidate Donald Trump said engaged in “criminality” for connections between Clinton Foundation donors and her actions as Secretary of State. And where was the outrage about said Foundation’s total lack of transparency and the fact that some donors, especially from foreign governments not really our friend, may have been trying to buy influence while she was Secretary of State…as in her dubious ‘pay-for-play’ scandal. Sadly, that too seems to have faded from public view no matter that some foreign leaders have freely admitted that they did indeed buy influence for their governments.

Also, where is the indictment and jail time for Hillary’s involvement in and lies about Benghazi and the murders of four brave Americans. And let’s not forget her infamous email scandal…a scandal whose components surely broke federal laws…another scandal which came complete with outrage and some committees investigating, but which again, in the end, went nowhere.

And seriously, why was Hillary not indicted and found guilty…why was she not sent to jail…and why was she allowed to even run for president in the first place when a criminal investigation was in progress. The answer to those questions is simply because Hillary was a fellow liberal Democrat who towed Obama’s islamic party line, and one who would not raise the alarm about the true dangers from islam that we face.

Not quite like General Flynn now is it…a man whose rightful and very vocal stance against islam, I believe, was what signaled both his political death knell of sorts and his being the target of this current witch hunt.

And dare we not forget Eric Holder and ‘Fast and Furious,’ along with Loretta Lynch’s little tarmac meeting with a former president who gives new meaning to the word ‘predator’…again outrage and investigations that went nowhere as did the looking into the anything but Reverend Al Sharpton who still owes millions in back taxes and who also has not been arrested or served any jail time.

‘Black privilege’ coming into play again I suppose.

So where does all this lead us…it leads us to the fact that ‘selective enforcement’ is once again the order of the day as it is again being used against a man whose political views the Democrats do not like (especially since he is one of their own party affiliation wise), and now adding his voice to that is one of our own.

And herein lies the quandary…why is House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz doing what he is doing, and is it tied to his not running for re-election when his House seat next comes up? And could some of his reasoning, if you will, be tied into the fact that he, like General McMaster, is either being mislead about the enemy we face or is it that he truly buys into the propaganda of his religious beliefs for lest we forget that Jason Chaffetz is a practicing Mormon.

Let me explain and offer these suppositions for you, dear reader, to decide upon.

First, here is the breakdown of who stands where on President Trump’s controversial executive order regarding those coming into our country from now six muslim countries:

Notice that while Chairman Chaffetz supports President Trump’s keeping his campaign promises, he concludes his statement with these words, “… People that have a green card supposedly already have been vetted, so there needs to be some further clarification.” But what Jason Chaffetz forgets is that people can change and Muslims simply cannot be trusted…remember taqiyya…so a past vetting might not expose their current views on let us say terrorism and jihad, let alone on the sharia.

So, is Chairman Jason Chaffetz going ‘soft’ on islam like General McMaster…a man who still separates the sum of the terrorists from the whole…I do not know… but I do know that when one is dedicated to their religion they tend to hold said religion’s core beliefs. And where do Mormons stand on islam…this is the statement the Mormon hierarchy issued after President Trump’s first attempt at a temporary ban, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is concerned about the temporal and spiritual welfare of all of God’s children across the earth, with special concern for those who are fleeing physical violence, war, and religious persecution. The Church urges all people and governments to cooperate fully in seeking the best solutions to meet human needs and relieve suffering.”

Sounds like kumbaya left dribble now, doesn’t it.

Here is the Mormon stance on Islam in general, as written by Mormon scholars Brian M. Hauglid and Kent P. Jackson, in their book ‘What Every Latter-day Saint Should Know about Islam,’ in Religious Educator 4, no. 2 (2003): 9–23.

“We can learn much from our Muslim brothers and sisters. Islam has created a society in which modesty is valued, in which divorce and premarital and extramarital sexual relations are much less common than in our culture, and in which the strength of immediate and extended families can be an example even to Latter-day Saints. Muslims develop strong communities with interactive neighborhoods of people who care for each other and watch out for the interests of both neighbors and strangers. Their culture teaches the virtues of generosity and hospitality.” 

What I want to know is this utter nonsense what Jason Chaffetz believes down deep… is this what is driving his stance against the one man who actually ‘got it’ in regards to islam being our enemy or can it be that he wants to make an example of Flynn to show that we will call out our own if need be…and in the case of Lt. General Michael Flynn I do not think it needs to be because if he was still National Security Advisor I do not believe we would be in the situation we find ourselves in today.

But maybe we would…who knows…but all I do know for sure is that a true patriot is now the subject of a witch hunt and that one of our own is helping to lead the charge, and that truly does not sit well with me…how dear reader does it sit with you?

Copyright © 2017 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor


Today, Friday, April 28th from 7 to 9pm on American Political Radio, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori discuss the witch hunt against General Flynn, Craig takes the 2017 grads to school, and the week’s important news.

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Whistleblower alleges voter fraud extends into Dallas County elections office

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 8:10pm

DALLAS – The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office has secret audio recordings in which a campaign worker claims he pays off someone inside the county elections to find out when mail-in ballots get sent out.

Sidney Williams, 33, made the audio recordings of Jose Barrientos. Williams shared the audio with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and WFAA.

Barrientos told WFAA that the recordings are just “guy talk.” He said he has not done anything illegal.

“I don’t do that stuff. I know that looks bad me and Sidney talking s*** or trash. That looks bad. And I know it does but that’s just talk,” Barrientos told WFAA.

Williams: What do we do, chase the mailman or how does that work?

Barrientos: Your homeboy that’s at the elections office. He tells you when the f*****g ZIP codes are dropping. He’ll tell you like 75221 fixing to hit. Today. They’re going out.

Williams: He tells you that?

Barrientos: He’s not supposed to but yeah. But then you’ve got to drop a hundred or two or three. Whatever it is. He can’t do it for free.

“He goes in there. He speaks to this county employee. The county employee tips him off by ZIP code, lets him know which precincts are dropping,” explained Williams. “Either he’s stealing them from the mailbox, yanking them from a little old lady who probably has them, says he’s going to assist her in a specific way for a specific candidate.”

Identifying a person named “Jose Rodriguez,” who has signed dozens, perhaps hundreds of mail-in ballots, is the biggest mystery in Dallas County politics right now.

How easy is it to steal a ballot in Dallas County, WFAA asked Williams.

“Easy,” he responded.

This is becoming one of the biggest voter fraud investigations underway in Texas.

Williams’ recordings provide new clues for county prosecutors who have spent the last couple months investigating allegations of voter fraud.

On the recordings, Barrientos also suggests he has forged applications for mail-in or absentee ballots.

Williams: Where did you get this from?

Barrientos: Umm. You ask too many questions. What are you trying to be a cop or something?

Williams: No.

Barrientos: I just got a copy of it. That’s the first absentee ballot that was filed as a fraudulent absentee.

Williams: The first absentee. Who did it? They didn’t catch it?

Barrientos: Look who signed it. Jose Rodriguez. I don’t remember my name being Rodriguez but… (laughs) You’re talking to the master, bro. You ain’t got to sweat me. It was brought to my attention because it looks like my handwriting.

Williams: It does. I ain’t even going to lie. It looks like your signature.

Barrientos: Maybe. Maybe not. I’ll never tell.

“I believe he’s saying all this because he has no other outlet. There’s a bigger investigation. He’s aware of the investigation. The only thing is no one knows who this Jose Rodriguez is. I do,” said Williams.

On his Facebook page, Barrientos poses in pictures with politicians.

Leading up to the Dallas city council election on May 6, Barrientos said on the recordings that he was working to defeat councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo.

Barrientos: We got about like 700. Monica is going down, bro.

Williams: Hold on, what?

Barrientos: Monica is going down.

Williams: 700?

Barrientos: Absentees bro.

Williams: They can’t even keep up.

The claim of 700 referred to ballots, Williams said.

Last week, prosecutors looking into voter fraud filed a notice of investigation of criminal conduct which read in part: “The Dallas County Elections Department has in excess of 700 “Mail-In Ballots” that are directly linked to applications assisted by “Jose Rodriguez,” or are suspicious in nature…”

Williams said he has spoken to prosecutors and shared his recordings with them.

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said it has an ongoing investigation underway and did not comment on the recordings obtained by WFAA.

Toni Pippins Poole, Dallas County’s Elections Administrator, issued a similar statement to WFAA.

“I have to apologize,” she wrote in an email, “I am unable to have that interview with you at this time. I have been instructed by the assistant district attorney not to take any interviews due to the ongoing investigation into such allegations.”

The address on the Rodriguez applications is a house on Waweenoc Ave. in Oak Cliff. The family who lives there told WFAA that no such person resides at that home.

But it is the same place listed on a ballot request that someone filled out for 81-year-old Alice Washington last month.

“That’s not my signature,” she told WFAA in April while holding an application for a mail-in ballot.

“Every campaign has like that guy that takes care of the laundry. The dirty laundry,” said Jose Barrientos.

He insists he has never been that person and reiterated that he has never used “Jose Rodriguez” as an alias.

Barrientos brought a rejected mail-in ballot with Rodriguez’s name on it to WFAA though he would not explain where it came from.

“You know the Democrats are tired of getting their asses handed to them,” said Barrientos to WFAA.

Are the Democrats cheating, WFAA asked.

“I wouldn’t say cheating,” Barrientos continued. “They’re more aggressive in going after the [absentee] vote. It’s the quickest way in putting points on the board.”

Only voters over 65 or disabled can cast an absentee ballot.

“It’s an open market. Whoever gets to that voter first when he gets his ballot in the mail, right, that’s who gets that vote. Nine times out of ten they’re going to vote for who the person in front of him tells him to,” Barrientos explained to WFAA. “This is what works on everybody. Let me give you the stamp. The U.S. Postal stamp. I mean 99.9 percent of the time they’re going to vote for whoever you suggest. You’ve got to understand, especially in poverty neighborhoods, most of these seniors don’t have anybody to come visit them.”

They’re voters who became victims and are now at the center of a widening criminal investigation in which these audio recordings are now a new clue.

After WFAA published this story, the Texas Democrats released the following statement:

“Texas Democrats believe mail-in ballot voter fraud and discriminatory Republican laws recently struck down by the courts are both bad for democracy. These disgusting actions silence Texan’s voice at the ballot box, and they have got to stop. A full and thorough investigation is warranted.

“I want to thank Democratic State Representative Eric Johnson, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins for leading the charge to protect the vote and get to the bottom of these fraud allegations.

“Democrats have always said it is time for solutions on mail-in ballot fraud. These pleas were ignored as Republicans told fairy tales about rampant in-person voter impersonation only to pass discriminatory voter ID laws that make it harder for people to vote.

“I’m proud that this legislative session, the Texas Democratic Party proposed legislation and worked with members of both parties to make it easier for older Texans to vote and crack down on fraud.

“The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Democrats will continue to do everything in our power to protect every Texan’s right to vote.”


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Key Genetic Code of Liberal DNA Discovered

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 9:39am

Liberals have one line of genetic computer code in their head which reveals their propensity to adopt and practice Alinsky-style disruptive debate tactics.

By recognizing this genetic, DNA-level bias, conservatives can begin to turn the battle against the communist left:

The DNA Code

IF (pro- constitutional or anti-liberal fact)

  • THEN       Begin to act stupid about each supporting fact
  • or            Maximize feelings, beliefs, and opinion

ELSE IF (pro-liberal or anti-constitutional fact)

  • THEN   Vigorously champion each minute supporting fact
  • AND     Begin to reduce feelings, beliefs, and opinion


  • THEN act normal


Dr. King Made the Same Observation

Dr. King discovered this same line of code as well, he talked about it in one of his speeches.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” 

Always employ Saul Lofgrinsky’s rules to confront radicals in public debate, never imagine they are honestly debating you.

“Those who promise to relieve us of the burden through their personal or ideological excellence, those who claim to hold the Magic Beans, are simply confidence men. Their emergence is inevitable, and our individual opposition to and rejection of them, as they emerge, must be blunt and sure; if they are arrogant, willful, duplicitous, or simply wrong, they must be replaced, else they will consolidate power, and use the treasury to buy votes, and deprive us of our liberties.”   – David Mamet, 2011

John D. Lofgren @ Junto Club:

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Supreme Court declines to revive North Carolina’s voter ID law

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 1:06pm

The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case seeking to reinstate North Carolina’s voter ID law, letting a lower court’s ruling blocking the law remain in place.

But Chief Justice John G. Roberts, in an unusual move, issued a statement saying the court’s refusal to hear the case should not be taken as an indication of how the justices felt about the actual merits. Instead, he suggested, it was unclear who the parties were in the case anymore, because of a change in the state’s leadership.

“Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in this Court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that ‘[t]he denial of a writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion upon the merits of the case,’” the chief justice wrote.

The law required voters to show a photo identification, cut the number of days that early voting was allowed and eliminated same-day registration.

It was enacted in 2013 with a GOP governor and Republican-controlled state legislature.

A district court had upheld the law, but an appeals court overturned that ruling, deciding that the legislature had acted “with discriminatory intent” in passing the law.

The GOP governor lost his re-election bid last year and the new governor, Roy Cooper, and attorney general, Josh Stein, both Democrats, asked to drop the case. The legislature, still controlled by Republicans, tried to step in to defend the law.

Voting-rights advocates cheered the Supreme Court’s move, saying they hoped it would scare the state away from trying again with a new law.

“An ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing,” said Dale Ho, director of the voting rights project at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Source: Stephen Dinan

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Drain The Swamp? More Like Flush The Toilette!

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:29am

Drain The Swamp? The two houses of congress have been sitting on their butts so long that a man like Donald Trump snatches a kink in aforementioned butts. Although I acknowledged threatening waters on Saturday, when it comes right down to it the president is doing exactly what he promised in the campaign, i.e. Drain The Swamp, and as expected, the gators are a-howling. Now we’re hearing wild accusations about Trump destroying the government, mixing with the Russians, and hiding Nixon era tape recorders in every nook and cranny. And everybody’s wondering what’s on said tapes should they exist.

Well, I’ll tell you what you won’t find on them. You won’t find him trying to cover up a burglary! I’ve never accused the democrats of cognitive abilities, but I thought since they live up beyond Olympia they would at least know history, especially what really brought Nixon down, which was a criminal act, not just some locker room talk on a bus, or elsewhere. You see the Watergate thing was Nixon having his guys Jimmy a door to the Democratic Headquarters in order to seal the deal on an election that he had in the bag anyway. Then they got caught, and then Nixon lied. Now I haven’t said any of these cats were on the ball. They were reputed to be like CIA operatives, black ops and a whole host of other ops. It’s been rumored that a couple of these guys may have even been in on the Kennedy assassination. Well, while all that may be true hey couldn’t pull off a simple heist a crackhead could do! And, these idiots are STILL up there! Comey was one of these people! He’s gonna probe the Russian connection, but he can’t track down some school teacher and his fifteen year old girlfriend. God help us if Bonnie and Clyde were still on the loose. Oh, my bad, Frank Hamer, a Texas Ranger got them. Yeah, now I remember.

And the NSA! Don’t get me started. The hackers get hacked and then the guys and gals who TOOK the NSA’s algorithm that spies on US served it up to the planet for a small fee of $300 in BitCoin! And you wonder why a billionaire real estate broker sets these folks on edge? Interesting point: How many Apple products were hacked this week? The reason that President Trump seems to be slugging through the Swamp is that it has been so corrupt for so long at every level. From congress to the FBI to the federal courts. President wants to restrict access to people flying in from countries that want to blow us off the map, some federal judge shoots it down. He suggests that it might be in order that when people come across our southern border maybe they should at LEAST have a green card. No can do! We need to flush the sewer rather than Drain The Swamp.

But, the possibility of tapes is problematic. The country is on edge as we concentrate on this nonsense rather than “One Hung Low” over in North Korea sighting in Los Angeles. Donald Trump is redesigning to power structure, realigning the playing field, and as with any root canal there will be pain, but would you rather have Hillary? There will be no huge revelations on any tapes. We already know from the bus tapes what “The Donald” likes to grab. The democrats are just afraid he’s gonna gram THEIRS!

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Dr. Dao’s Loss Was Our Gain

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:13am

The saga of former United Airlines customer Dr. David Dao is getting more and more expensive for the airline. According to the Daily Mail, he didn’t get home with all his teeth or his baggage. It seems that although United’s O’Hare Airport staff had time to order Dao beaten, which caused the loss of two teeth, they didn’t have time to take his luggage off the plane before it departed.

Maybe the baggage compartment isn’t subject to being oversold.

After the incident United CEO Oscar Munoz evidently decided to emulate Jim Carrey in the movie “Liar, Liar” and kick his own a**. He issued a number of news releases and endured a series of interviews that only served to illustrate the truth of the old public relations adage: When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

First Munoz contended the 69–year–old doctor was “belligerent.” Then Bloomberg reports that Munoz said no United employees would lose their job or be punished in the wake of the incident. “It was a system failure across various areas, so there was never a consideration for firing an employee or anyone around it,” he explained.

Although accurate, the statement doesn’t begin to address all of United’s legal problems. Dao was bumped because of what was termed at the time an “oversold” condition. The contract United customers enter into and never read when they buy a ticket addresses “denied boarding” on an oversold flight. United’s enormous liability problem is Dao wasn’t denied boarding; he was boarded and seated on the aircraft, so the contract provisions no longer applied.

After the initial death–by–streaming the video caused, United clarified the situation. Their particularly aggressive brand of musical chairs wasn’t caused by overbooking. United needed to move a crew of four to Louisville for a flight the next day and Dao was in the fourth seat.

Now there are many examples of passengers being beaten during their commute. An entire train was hijacked in Oakland just this week. But Dao may be the first person in history who was beaten so someone else could commute.

What many people don’t know about the airline business is many, if not most, of their cabin crews don’t live near the airports where they’re assigned. Crews flying out of Louisville may choose to live in a happenin’ city like Chicago, since the airborne commute is free. Dao’s teeth–rattling adventure could well have been the result of a lifestyle choice by the cabin crew in question. A tidbit that will cost even more if the case goes to trial.

The airline’s “system failure” was a pennywise–and–pound–foolish approach to overbooking. United supports the free market when it helps to make money, but dislikes the market when it costs money.

United began the market–based bidding process by offering $400 to passengers, but there were no takers. Then United offered $800. When that didn’t work the bidding was abruptly closed.

The supervisor hadn’t even gone up to the $1,350 maximum compensation required by law when he awarded Dao a free trip to Fist City.

And this is where the doctor’s loss becomes our gain.

Delta Airlines saw the post–knockout $1.4 billion drop in United’s stock price and decided to expand its auction for oversold seats. The Daily Caller reports Delta gate agents can now offer up to $2,000 in compensation and ground supervisors can go up to $9,950.

Now United is following Delta’s lead.

I’m a very satisfied Premier 1K flyer with United and today I received an email acknowledgement from Munoz that admits, “Our procedures got in the way of our employees doing what they know is right.”

To show Dr. Dao didn’t bleed in vain, in the future United “will increase incentives for voluntary rebooking up to $10,000.” Now the only violence in the cabin during an overbooked event will be when passengers didn’t think a volunteer held out for enough money and reduced compensation for the rest of the volunteers.

Even better, United now has a “no–questions–asked” $1,500 reimbursement policy for misplaced baggage. So if Dr. Dao’s new dentures are lost during a future flight he won’t have to supply the baggage supervisor with a cast of his teeth.

This is the most customer–oriented policy change that I can remember in the airline industry and we owe it all to Dr. Dao. I would almost suggest we start a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the good doctor’s physical therapy and PTSD sessions to demonstrate our gratitude.

But something tells me that after either the settlement talks or the trial concludes, Dr. Dao will have so much money he won’t be participating in any seat auctions regardless of how high the bidding goes.

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Sat, 05/13/2017 - 4:06pm

Problimo. There’s a word Donald Trump is going to understand completely in his next hundred days. I actually had to take an online class and read before writing this article. I do that on occasion, not often, so don’t get worried. Yesterday the president took to Twitter and wrote, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Now here’s the question. The conservatives are thinking Mr. Trump may have been recorded by someone visiting the White House, but more liberal minds take such a statement to imply that Trump routinely records things, and just isn’t quite sure if the conversations with Comey were included, especially since it was during a dinner.
You see, Nixon recorded in the Oval Office, but generally left the breakfast table alone. Otherwise we’d have had a tape of him saying, “Pat, would you pass the #%£¥#%£ ketchup?” See my point? Trump presents himself as a master negotiator, so it will be interesting to see him “negotiate” these waters. That was such a misstep it even made Whoopi Goldberg make sense, and that’s as crazy as inviting Hitler to a Bar-Mitzvah!
Now, let talk about the textbook way you remove someone like James Comey from power. In the “Apprentice” Trump became well known for uttering, “You’re FIRED!” Hey, I liked it. The televised image of some self assured, wise cracking kid getting the sack, and leaving a slimy trail as he drags his suitcase out of the hotel. Priceless! Well, that ain’t the way it’s done in Devil City. It’s all about careers, saving face and perpetuating the illusion that the employees therein are something more than the rest of us, so you have a certain protocol. Now, if you or I show up fifteen minutes late we get our butts fired off. Security walks us to the door with all our possibles in a cardboard box. In Comey’s world you get a phone call requesting that you submit your resignation. You’ve all seen it. All the cabinet members, the directors and sometimes even the cooks submit their papers when a new president comes in.
Now, before you think I’m a Comey defender I want you to know that he’s a jerk off. Yeah, that just about covers it. This guy led the FBI so well that a fifty year old school teach picked up one of his students, comely lass that she was, but she was fifteen, traversed the nation, and got caught in California by a hippy while Comey comed the White House kitchen for Russian dressing! I feel so served and protected. This rocket scientist said that in six hundred and fifty thousand emails, even though he’d found some classified stuff, that no charges would be filed, filling in for the attorney general by the way, and then was stupid enough to reOPEN the whole mess only to come back a couple days later to tell everyone there was nothing to see, just move along. He chased down that rabbit hole because that Wiener guy was trading little girl porn with Hillary’s staff and during the conversation they kinda sent some of our security codes, or something like that. Yeah, THAT guy!
But Trump has a problimo in that the Democrats are gonna eat him up on this one. I remember when Nixon went down. First he recorded conversations, Dean puked that up before the Watergate committee, and then he fired Cox. Next thing we saw was him waving buh bye from the presidential helicopter. You can’t make this up folks. The only way he can salvage this is full support of the ongoing Russian investigation and then showing the American people the tab they paid for this Tom Foolery. Now, I personally think it’s a crock, but if, as I believe, Trump had nothing to do with it, he should go ahead and push it to the max just to show how honest he really is, because if he doesn’t, he’s gonna get that helicopter ride. Oh, and it will help if he tweets the same thing he’s telling Spicer to say to reporters. Problimo!

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CONFIRMED: FBI Is Conducting Even More Interviews Over Alleged Jane Sanders Bank Fraud

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 3:11am

Federal investigators are conducting interviews in Florida regarding accusations Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, defrauded a bank while serving as president of the now-defunct Burlington College.

Allegations Jane Sanders falsified loan documents to expand the campus of Burlington College, which collapsed into bankruptcy in May 2016, swirled more than a year prior. The Daily Caller News Foundation first broke the news of the allegations against Mrs. Sanders in March 2015. The Department of Justice and the FBI will not confirm the existence of an investigation, but recent interviews conducted by officials from the FBI and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), independently confirmed to TheDCNF, suggest an investigation is ongoing.

Sanders wrote on a 2010 loan application that 83-year-old Corinne Bove Maietta, the daughter of the founders of Bove Restaurants in Burlington, pledged $1 million to Burlington College over five years. Maietta, who has a property in West Palm Beach, says it was not a pledge but an unspecified bequest to be paid to the school upon her death. Maietta’s accountant confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation the FBI contacted him seeking an interview with Maietta.

“It was sometime back in March or April, during tax season,” Richard Moss, Maietta’s accountant, told TheDCNF. “It was in regards to Corine Maietta’s current address and where they could contact her for questions related to Burlington College. If she was in Vermont, the FBI was going to interview her, and if she was down in Florida, a person with the FDIC working with the FBI was going to interview her.”

The FBI also recently interviewed Ron Leavitt, an orthopedic surgeon who moved to Naples, Fla., after leaving Burlington. The agents asked him about a $30,000 donation he made, according to Seven Days, an alternative weekly publication covering local issues in Vermont. Former Burlington College board member Sara Adsit-McCuin confirmed to Seven Days April 28 that two FBI agents interviewed her in person “a couple of weeks ago” regarding the loans.

Mrs. Sanders served as president of Burlington College from 2004 until 2011, before reportedly leaving with a $200,000 severance package. As part of an ambitious plan to boost enrollment at the college, Sanders had the college take on $10 million in debt to purchase a piece of land to expand the campus.

Sanders stated in a 2010 loan application she had secured $2.6 million in promised donations to pay for the land purchase, which helped secure a $6.5 million loan from the People’s United Bank. Only $676,000 ever materialized over the next four years and the college defaulted on the loans, eventually going bankrupt in May 2016.

Carol Moore, who served as the final president of the college until its closure, told TheDCNF the FBI contacted her as recently as a month ago regarding the allegations.

“BC’s fate was set when its former board members hired an inexperienced president and, six years later, approved the imprudent purchase of a $10 million piece of property for campus expansion,” Moore wrote in an August 2016 letter to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Moore, who interviewed with the FBI multiple times since the school closed, told Seven Days in April that when FBI investigators interviewed her roughly “three or four weeks ago,” the agents classified the situation as “an ongoing investigation.” Moore also noted the questions asked by investigators were very specific.

Moore recounted to Seven Days some of the questions FBI investigators asked her, “Was there any collusion between Jane Sanders and the bank? Did she falsify records in order to get the loan from the bank?”

Emails obtained by the Vermont Digger in April confirm FBI investigators subpoenaed Coralee Holm, the former Burlington College dean of operations, regarding the fundraising efforts for the land purchase. The emails also reveal the US Attorney’s Office in Vermont and FBI investigators reviewed records from Burlington College earlier this year.

“They were asking for documentation about the fundraising that had occurred before the college had moved to its new location,” Holm told Vermont Digger. “There was not a lot of documentation for me to provide on the topic.”

Holm said the FBI investigators took a “filing cabinet full of donor files” and said they planned to speak with Jane Sanders. She also turned over emails from Sanders to the investigators.

Brady Toensing, a lawyer based in Washington, D.C., made a formal request to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont and the Inspector General of the FDIC in January 2016 to investigate the allegations of fraud against Sanders. Among the evidence, Toensing asked the U.S. Attorney to investigate were claims that the senator’s office pressured People’s United Bank to approve the $6.5 million loan.

TheDCNF reached out to the Sen. Sanders but did not receive a reply at the time of publication.

Reporters at TheDCNF obtained a 2011 audit of the school’s finances in March 2015, which failed to account for the $2.6 million in supposed commitments for the land purchase. TheDCNF also obtained internal emails from Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Finance Agency (VEHBFA), a state agency that issues tax-exempt state bonds for the benefit of non-profit institutions like schools or hospitals.

Jeff Weaver, a representative of Sanders released a Wednesday statement to Vermont Public Radio, saying the FBI has not yet contacted Jane Sanders.

“In February of 2016, in the middle of Bernie’s presidential campaign, the vice-chair of the Vermont Republican Party asked for a federal investigation of Burlington College,” reads the statement, released through public relations firm Revolution Messaging. “Jane has not been contacted by the FBI or any other authority and only knows as much as news reports indicate.  Jane served as president of the college from 2004 to 2011.  In the five years following her departure, the college experienced major turnovers in leadership, staff and its Board of Trustees.

Source: Steve Birr

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Radical Feminist Embraces Islam – Guess What Happened To Her Next

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 2:55am

Liberals are quick to attack conservatives for violence and misogyny—but continue to give Islam a free pass.

Trump Protester & Pro-Sharia protester

Radical left-wing activist, Lacy MacAuley, who leads violent protest group “Antifa” in Washington, DC, came to regret that stance—after she accompanied her Muslim boyfriend to his homeland of Turkey, where “misogyny and patriarchy run deep.”

The Gateway Pundit dug up a ten-month-old archived blog post from MacAuley’s website. Called, “My experience of intimate partner violence, trapped in Turkey,” MacAuley explains her experience:

“I fell in love with an energetic, charismatic activist I met in November when I was present to write about resistance to the G20 Summit, a global event in Antalya, Turkey. After I came home to the US, we talked every day. He was lovely and charming, I thought at the time. He offered a ready smile, engaging kindness, and intelligent conversation. He said all the right things to convince me that he cared about women’s rights and activism. In February, I decided to return to Turkey with the promise of love driving me forward. I couldn’t have known things would turn sour.”

She then describes their first fight:

“I had wanted to interview a local woman for an article on Syrian refugees. He did not approve. He knew the woman and did not like her, so he strictly forbade me from speaking with her… I just stood in the middle of the room not knowing what to do. Of course, as a Western woman, no one had ever forbidden me from speaking with anyone else. It was a strange feeling: Don’t I have a mouth to speak? Why can I not use it as I wish?
This is elementary feminism. No man has the power to silence a woman, just because he is a man.”

Things only got worse from there:

“Things deteriorated rapidly,” she wrote. “His insecurity and childishness got worse. In the following weeks, I was violently pushed, blocked from leaving freely, and repeatedly told not to speak. If I spoke anyway, anger erupted… Unwanted sex? Rape? All the time. He did not stop to determine whether I consented to sex. Several times, he turned off my wifi and lied about it, a modern-day form of gaslighting. He verbally criticized me for using social media, my main link to the rest of my life back in the US, and tried to discourage me from using it.”

Through it all, MacAuley couldn’t quite understand how a Muslim man so dedicated to liberal causes could be anything less than a feminist:

“I couldn’t have guessed that this man, who said he cared about women’s rights, who spoke of how many activist friends that he had, who had participated in many protests in the past, would turn on me, and that he would become so angry and irrational.”

Though MacAuley doesn’t seem to realize it, she answers her own question later in the blog post:

“One-third of men surveyed in Turkey in 2013 stated that it is “occasionally necessary” to commit acts of violence against women, and 28 percent stated that violence could be used to ‘discipline women.’ I did not want to believe that I was in this statistic.”

Upon leaving Turkey, MacAuley has continued her work to rally against “totalitarianism” and “sexism” in the United States.

But like many liberals, she seems to still be unaware that the fact that women, minorities, and just about everyone else, are freer and more respected in the United States than most of the world.

Source: Remington Strelivo

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Sharia New Jersey: Christie vetoes bill that would outlaw child marriage

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 1:56am

Christie is shamelessly pandering to New Jersey’s Muslims: “An exclusion without exceptions would violate the cultures and traditions of some communities in New Jersey based on religious traditions.”

Back in 2011, Christie said: “This Sharia law business is just crap … and I’m tried of dealing with the crazies.” He was ridiculing the idea that there was any attempt to bring any aspect of Sharia into the United States. Now he is enabling Muslims who are trying to do just that.

“Christie Vetoes Bill That Would Outlaw Child Marriage In NJ,” by Steve Birr, Daily Caller, May 12, 2017:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed legislation Thursday that would have banned all underage marriage in New Jersey.

The bill aimed to change current New Jersey law, which permits 16- and 17-year-olds to get married with parental consent and those under the age of 16 to marry with the approval of a family court judge. A republican sponsored the bill, but Christie stood in opposition, citing religious freedom and noting the age of consent in New Jersey is 16, reports Politico.

Unchained At Last, a non-profit group that seeks to help women in arranged and forced marriages, estimates there have been at least 3,600 marriages in New Jersey involving someone under the age of 18 between 1995 and 2015 and 166 of those involved children 15-years-old or younger.

“The shocking truth is that child marriage is legal right now in New Jersey, and it’s shocking that thousands of children have been married here recently, most of them minor girls married to adult men,” Fraidy Reiss, executive director of Unchained at Last, said in a committee hearing, according to Politico….

“An exclusion without exceptions would violate the cultures and traditions of some communities in New Jersey based on religious traditions,” Christie wrote in the veto message, according to “Judicial oversight would permit consideration of these factors in the 16 and 17-year-old timeframe.”

Source: Robert Spencer

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‘Why Do You Lock Your Doors?’: Tucker Battles Jorge Ramos On ‘Racist’ Border Wall

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 1:21am

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos said President Trump’s planned wall on the Mexican border is both racist and an affront to all Latinos.

Tucker Carlson debated Ramos on the topic, asking him why he locks his doors at night if he is against America having a proverbial door at its property line.

“That wall is not going to do anything to stop immigration,” Ramos said, adding that 45 percent of illegal immigrants come from visa overstays or on airplanes.

“Walls work in other countries like Israel,” Carlson said, asking if Ramos’ true fear is that the wall would be too successful.

Ramos said America is not at war with Mexico and echoed the country’s former president, Vicente Fox, who said our southern neighbor would not contribute a “cent” to the wall.

Carlson asked if Ramos was consistent in his views, and left his home’s doors unlocked. Ramos said he did not.

“You just said you have locks on your doors… why do you lock your doors?” Carlson asked.

Ramos accused Carlson of using that line to imply that all illegal immigrants are criminals and that he was trying to echo President Trump.

He said Carlson and the rest of the population is “inviting” illegal immigrants by engaging in daily commerce.

Ramos said that by buying lunch, they are supporting illegal immigrants working in the kitchen, or that by purchasing lodging, they are supporting undocumented workers at hotels.

Source: Tucker Carlson

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North Korea sends letter to Congress protesting US sanctions

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 1:05am

North Korea’s parliament sent a rare letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives over its new package of tougher sanctions, state media reported Friday.

The sanctions were condemned as a “heinous act against humanity” by the foreign affairs committee of the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly, the report said.

It’s not unusual for Pyongyang to condemn moves to censure it by Washington, but a direct protest to Congress would be rare.

It was not immediately clear how the protest was conveyed since North Korea and the United States have no diplomatic relations and virtually no official channels of communication.

The report, carried by the North’s Korean Central News Agency, said the letter of protest was sent Friday.

The House passed the sanctions package bill on May 4.

The House overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The vote, 419-1, targets North Korea’s shipping industry and use of slave labor.

It also requires that the Trump administration report to Congress within 90 days on whether North Korea should be reinstated on the government’s state sponsors of terror list. Such a designation would trigger more sanctions, including restriction on U.S. foreign assistance.

Adm. Harry Harris Jr., the top American military officer in the Pacific, has warned lawmakers that it’s a question of when, not if, Pyongyang successfully builds a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., was the sole member to vote against the measure. The Senate will take it up next.

The bipartisan legislation is aimed at thwarting North Korea’s ambitions by cutting off access to the cash the regime needs to follow through with its plans.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce of California, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the committee’s senior Democrat.

Specifically, the bill bars ships owned by North Korea, or by countries that refuse to comply with U.N. resolutions against it, from operating in American waters or docking at U.S. ports. Goods produced by North Korea’s forced labor would be prohibited from entering the United States, according to the legislation.


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To Say, ‘Stop Raping Me!’ In English, Press ‘1’ Now

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 12:47am

(Please be advised that some of the language in this column may be offensive to readers.)

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The same media that slavishly ignored the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by two illegal immigrants in Rockville, Maryland, spent last week crowing about the prosecutor’s refusal to bring charges.

It turns out that illegal aliens gang-raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom stall isnot a statutory rape because … the girl had previously sent one of her assailants prurient text messages.

Somebody better tell the college campuses.

Columbia University’s Mattress Girl, Emma Sulkowicz, became an international cause celebre after alleging rape against a fellow student to whom she’d sent dozens of desperate and salacious messages — including, most memorably, “f–k me in the butt,” and “I wuv you so much.”

She’d also had consensual sex with him several times, only one of which she deemed “rape.”

Sulkowicz’s “f–k me in the butt” texts were no impediment to her becoming the face of silenced rape victims on campus. She was sympathetically profiled everywhere; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand invited her to Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address; and she dragged a mattress around campus with her as her senior thesis project …

“… a succinct and powerful performance piece …” — The New York Times

“… like ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ only more subtle …” — Ann Coulter

In its lavish coverage of our brave mattress-toting heroine, the Times reminded readers: “False reports of rape are rare, many experts say.” In fact, according to the FBI, there are more false rape claims than false reports of any other crime.

That’s why normal people like to look at the facts. For example, how long did it take the alleged victim to report the rape? How sophisticated is she? Is the story plausible? Did the accuser have any other motive to cry rape? And is there any record of her begging the suspect to sodomize her?

Mattress Girl waited seven months to report her rape — even then, only to college administrators, not the police. In the intervening months, she strenuously, albeit unsuccessfully, pursued a relationship with her alleged rapist.

Rolling Stone’s “Jackie” never reported her apocryphal rape, explaining to The Washington Post that after allegedly being violently gang-raped, she was “unaware of the resources available to her.” (Heard of 911?)

By contrast, the 14-year-old girl in Maryland emerged from the bathroom stall and immediately reported her rape to the police.

According to the police report, she had run into her friend, 17-year-old Jose Montano, and his friend, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian, in a school hallway. (The 17- and 18-year-olds are both in the 9th grade. We really are getting the best illegal immigrants!) She knew Montano, but not Sanchez-Milian. Montano hugged her, slapped her buttocks and asked her to have sex with both men.

She says she said no — something generally missing from the corpus of cases making up the “campus rape epidemic.”

Montano and Sanchez-Milian then forced her into a boys’ bathroom, according to the report, where she grabbed the bathroom sink to stop them from dragging her into a stall, repeatedly saying “no.” In the stall, the illegals took turns holding her down, as they penetrated her orally, vaginally and anally. As she was screaming, they yelled at one another in Spanish.

Although there was no hard evidence, like the victim dragging a mattress around for a year, police investigators did find blood and semen in the bathroom stall.

If even one story on the left’s via dolorosa of campus rape had allegations like these, the accuser would be on a postage stamp, have laws named after her, and she’d be the one giving the State of the Union address. She’d be having lunch with Lena Dunham, Emma Watson would play her in the movie, and Lady Gaga would write a song about her.

Instead, because the accused rapists (“Dreamers,” as I call them) are illegal aliens, the media want to submit their names for sainthood. The prosecutor, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, wants to know how short the 14-year-old’s skirt was.

McCarthy dropped rape charges against both suspects, reportedly on the grounds that the girl had previously sent nude photos of herself to Montano. This, the prosecutor interpreted as consent to have multi-orifice sex in a bathroom stall with him, as well as any of his friends.

Can we get the pre-consent-by-text rule written into college guidelines on sexual assault?

However risque her texts were, can’t a girl change her mind? Evidently, she thought it was rape when she emerged from the bathroom, inasmuch as she promptly notified authorities. Isn’t it possible she also thought it was rape as it was happening, an hour or so earlier?

Mattress Girl was old enough to attend college, vote and buy a mattress, but it was rude to mention her text requests for anal sex and previous romps with the alleged rapist. Only when the accused is an illegal do the victim’s X-rated texts become binding consent to all forms of sex with the illegal — plus his friends.

There’s also the fact that she’s 14 years old! Her alleged rapists are 17 and 18. Under about 700 years of Anglo-Saxon law, that’s statutory rape. (Statute of Westminster of 1275.) Apparently, diversity — in addition to being a “strength” — requires us to jettison our statutory rape laws.

This is the case the media are howling with glee about — demanding that President Trump apologize for even mentioning it.

The New York Times and Washington Post both editorialized about Trump’s “reflexive immigrant-bashing” -– after first telling their readers about the alleged rape that neither paper had bothered reporting when it happened.

CNN — which also didn’t mention the Rockville case until charges were dropped — is in a state of high dudgeon at Trump for citing the rape.

Erin Burnett announced: “Tonight, the White House not backing down, refusing to retract its comments on an alleged rape case used — that they used as an example of why the United States should crack down on illegal immigration.”

Correspondent Ryan Nobles raged that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer referred to what happened to the 14-year-old girl as “tragedies like this.”

“Tragedies!” This milquetoast, boring American girl got to experience diversity, up close — vaginally, anally and orally — AND THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY CALLS THAT A “TRAGEDY”?

In multicultural America, sexually active college coeds are treated like naive 14-year-old girls, while naive 14-year-old girls are treated like hardened hussies — depending on who the accused rapist is. A “frat boy,” an athlete (black or white) or a white male: Always guilty, no due process allowed. Illegal aliens: She was asking for it.

Source: Ann Coulter

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How The Trump Movement Is Killing Hollywood & The Media

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:34am

Anti-Trump celebrities and several media outlets have foolishly used their platform to spew hate for President Donald Trump. The decision to put politics ahead of the best interest of their business has been ethically misguided and flat out stupid. This move has isolated and offended millions of Americans and certain outlets are now paying a hefty price for this misstep. We’re currently witnessing the slow death of leftist Trump-hating media outlets ranging from Us Weekly, ESPN and CNN to the Hollywood careers of previously beloved stars such as Amy Schumer and Shia LaBeouf. As their burial plots are getting deeper, entertainers and members of the Trump friendly alternative media are flourishing, and this phenomenon will only grow.

Well over a month ago, a Hollywood insider told me there’s a big shift going on in the entertainment and media industry. The source said that the industry is looking to produce more patriotic and conservative projects to appeal to Trump supporters and more conservative news outlets will pop up. At the same time, the industry is going to distance themselves from divisive celebrities who have publicly trashed Trump in a vulgar manner such as Meryl Streep, Shia LaBeouf and Amy Schumer. As my source predicted, the backlash has begun. Schumer recently announced that she dropped out as the lead star in the “Barbie” movie due to alleged “scheduling conflicts”.  LaBeouf ‘s – who started a hate-filled anti-Trump campaign with a live stream video titled He Will Not Divide Us – new thriller “Man Down” literally only sold one ticket at a U.K. box office earlier this month.

“At the end of the day, the movie executives and producers in Hollywood who supported Hillary Clinton still need to make money,” the insider explained. “The dollar is still important so they are not going to take a risk alienating a large audience simply because a star like Meryl Streep wants to mouth off and disrespect President Trump. The celebrities who chose to attack Trump over the past year – it’s starting to bite them in the ass now and they are receiving less movie offers.”

For years conservatives in Hollywood have refrained from expressing their political viewpoints since so many have been blacklisted from projects because of their beliefs. Conservatives can now breathe a sigh of relief because the stigma is changing. While so many actors in Hollywood spent awards season this year trashing Trump, singer Joy Villa boldly spoke out in support of Trump on the Grammy’s red carpet wearing a make America great again-themed dress. Her risky decision instantly paid off. She gained over 150K followers on her collective social media accounts, her album I Make The Static went to no. 1 on iTunes and Amazon and she’s been approached with several offers including film roles.


Courtesy Liz Crokin

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Largest Tea Party Facebook group to host Kelli Ward Day on Tuesday, May 16

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:30pm

In order for President Trump is to have any success at draining the swamp, he will need more like-minded patriots in Congress. The current Senator from Arizona, corrupt Never Trump RINO Jeff Flake, is despised by both Trump supporters and the conservative grassroots. He is considered extremely vulnerable to a primary challenger.

And of course the challenger with the best chance to defeat him is principled populist Kelli Ward.  Ward, of course, is the physician and former State Senator who gave John McCain all he could handle in last year’s Arizona Senate primary. And her great supporters are second to none in energy and enthusiasm!

And the oldest and largest Tea Party group on Facebook is holding a ‘Kelli Ward Day’ in order to help promote her. Here is the information on the event:

Tuesday, May 16 is Kelli Ward Day in our Tea Party group, which can be seen here.

Every single post, meme, comment, or article that anyone posts in our group between noon to midnight that either supports Kelli or attacks that creep Jeff Flake will be approved. No posts of any other type will be allowed on our floor during that time. Help us stand with Kelli and strike a blow to the corrupt establishment!

Donald Trump has been a tremendous blessing to this country. America is a much better place because he was elected as our president. But he can’t do this alone. Dr. Ward is a woman of honor and integrity, and she will fight side by side with our president in order to Make America Great Again. Go check out her campaign page and you will see why Kelli will once again give the great state of Arizona a Senator that they can be proud of.

(Editor’s note: Mike is the National Tea Party Director for Citizens For Trump and he also helps run several large political sites, including the oldest and largest Tea Party group on Facebook)


Courtesy Mike Michaels @

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Tue, 05/09/2017 - 1:02pm

Most people are hedonists… Religious and intellectual people are the worst… “Oh, you think i should trust you because you have a crown? It IS VERY pretty!” But Why does your head need a crown for your wisdom to be recognized as rule? If you can’t learn from a beggar or the jester then you are, indeed, playing the fool. Most people are hedonists too. If not, you fucking hedonist… why does it feel like i might be talking to you?

I’ll tell you why, its because most people are not motivated by what is good, but rather, by what feels good for a moment that, soon, is not. You remeber that one time? Im sure you do! No matter who you are! because it all applies! And that shouldn’t be a surprise, to summarize my plot… You’re out of luck when “feeling” good is all that you’ve got.

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Sun, 05/07/2017 - 3:53pm

ANTIFA is not something new, it’s something that has come of age. In 2008, when Barack Obama took office a lot of these kids were say, around twelve years old. Now they’re around twenty, and have absolutely no idea what America is about. In fact, they are the ultimate vocalization of the blasphemy that was the Obama administration. A political Frankenstein straight from the Brown Shirts of Nazi Germany, bent on erasing history so they can repeat it THEIR way!
These intolerant, angry, ill informed individuals are the kind of movement that can wreck havoc on the political scene purely by the insanity that drives their cause. ANTIFA doesn’t focus. They hate everything traditionally American from our flag to mom’s apple pie, and they don’t make a secret out of it. I watched several ANTIFA marches and from their attacks on cameras, their language, and open, frank declarations against private property, tolerance and white people I could only see a group using the very same tactics they claim to distain.

Patriot groups are rising up. The victory of Donald Trump has emboldened the silent majority, but it realizes that victory must be maintained, and groups like ANTIFA know no better that what Obama taught them. They think he’s normal! There’s no fixing these kids. They’re lost. Their formative years were perverted by ideas, and theories designed to bring down America. In the end their handlers will provide them with “special treatment” as did the Nazis did with cooperating Jews. Special treatment . . . Decent burial!

We must hold the line. We must crush ANTIFA. We must raise a new generation to replace them. A generation schooled in history, good and bad, Martin Luther Kind AND General Robert E. Lee. They need to study the Civil war AND the Civil Rights Movement. Ronald Reagan AND Watergate, and they need to study the boondoggles of the Black Panthers AND the Ku Klux Klan, because THAT’S where ANTIFA is headed for! Their movement will have no more effect on history than the Green Flag rebellion in Texas well before the Texas revolution. I truly believe this time, the patriot response to this kind of perversion will be quick, and it will be terrible! God rest their souls!

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100 Days: Trump Making America Great Again

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 2:11pm

President Donald Trump is leading America back to greatness.

He is not a typical politician and he is not politically correct. He just believes in getting things done and running America like a business, putting successful people in the right position in his unashamed commitment to American greatness.  Trump has shown in his first 100 days that he would fulfill his promises to the electorate to make America great again and he has already accomplished an impressive list of achievements.

Trump began bringing jobs back to America before he was sworn in as president, negotiating with both Ford and Carrier to stay in America. Other companies, such as Samsung, Exxon, Fiat, and Hasbro have already begun the process of returning their businesses to America to create more American jobs. Trump signed an executive order revitalizing the coal industry and approved the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone Pipeline, which will create more jobs and bring energy independence to America.

While Trump is putting American industry and the private sector to work, he is eliminating government regulations and freezing non-essential hiring throughout the federal government, including a five-year ban on lobbyist. The Wall Street Journal editorial stated, “So far the Trump administration is a welcome improvement, rolling back more regulations than any president in history.”  As a result, Trump has already cut the U.S. debt burden by $68 billion while the Philly Fed Index, a survey of how well manufacturers are doing, has hit its highest level since 1984. The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index is at its highest level since 2004. Economic and consumer confidence are surging.

Trump has put America’s security as a top priority.  Illegal immigration is down 67 percent. Border Patrol and ICE are deporting criminals and “sanctuary cities” that harbor criminal illegal aliens face losing federal funding.

Trump reacted to Syria’s murder of woman and children. He sanctioned Iran over their missile program. He dropped a 21,600-pound bomb on the ISIS headquarters and training facility with many underground tunnels. Trump is building up a military while dealing with the nuclear threat of an unhinged leader in North Korea, which was enabled by former President Bill Clinton when he removed sanctions from North Korea on an empty promise not to seek nuclear weapons.

Trump selected Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, who will defend freedom and protect America from judicial activism.

Trump signed an executive order to protect police officers, created a task force to reduce crime, and signed an executive order to target drug cartels.

Trump is working at a neck-breaking pace in just 100 days. He will reduce taxes, eliminate the burden of Obamacare, renegotiate NAFTA even while the Democrats continue to try to stop him with rogue judges or obstruction.  Trump is leading with an agenda to #Make America Great Again.

Frank Aquila is president of the South San Joaquin Republicans and author of the book, “Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere.”
He can be emailed [email protected]

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