Saturday, October 20, 2018

By The Hill, Oct. 19, 2018

President Trump on Friday brushed off a question about what evidence he has to support the claim that migrants who are reaching the southern border are "hardened criminals."

"Oh please, don't be a baby. Take a look," Trump said after New York Times reporter Emily Cochrane posed the question as he talked to journalists before attending a rally in Arizona.

By Hollywood Reporter, Oct. 19, 2018

A billboard advertising the new Halloween movie opening Friday was altered after a street artist swapped out an image of serial killer Michael Myers and replaced it with one of Maxine Waters.

The gigantic billboard at Pico Boulevard in West Hollywood remains intact, only the congresswoman is now holding the sharp butcher knife in her right hand, looking ready to plunge it into an unsuspecting victim. The phrase "#Uncivil Democrats" has also been added.

By CNBC, Oct. 19, 2018

President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a "tough cookie" and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana.

At a campaign rally in Missoula Thursday, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for an attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The attack came a day before Gianforte won a 2017 special election to serve the remaining 18 months in the House term vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

By Town Hall, Oct. 18, 2018

Fox News is out with a new national poll, and it contains a few morsels that each political party will enjoy.  In terms of toplines, Democrats hold a seven-point advantage on the generic Congressional ballot -- unchanged from the last survey in this series.  That number points to a blue tinted year, but not necessarily an overwhelming wave.  But cutting in the other direction is a clear uptick in the president's overall approval rating:

By The Gateway Pundit, Oct. 19, 2018

Conservative street artist Sabo trolled Mad Maxine Waters with a billboard at Pico Boulevard in West Hollywood depicting the Democrat Congresswoman as the ‘Halloween’ villain.

Sabo replaced killer Michael Meyers’ head with Maxine Waters.

The words “uncivil Democrats” flanked Maxine Waters.

By The Federalist, Oct. 19, 2018

Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, once described stay-at-home moms as leeches in a 2006 interview.

“These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life,” she told Scottsdale nightlife magazine 944. “That’s bullshit. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here?”

By CA Political Review, Oct. 19, 2018

Local government officials throughout the state got some very good financial news when county tax assessors toted up changes in taxable property values for their 2018-19 budgets.

The state’s uber-strong real estate market generated a 6.51 percent increase in those values, adding another $374 billion to the property tax rolls and pushing the total to $6.1 trillion.

By Breitbart, Oct. 19, 2018

Rapper T.I.’s controversial video features Marden taking off an “I Don’t Really Care. Do U?” jacket, popularized by President Donald Trump’s wife Melania, then mounting the Resolute Desk dressed only in high heels. “It was an opportunity for me to step right outside my comfort zone and play the first lady — yes, naked, which I’ve never done before… I was brave,” Marden told Inside Edition.

By Reason, Oct. 18, 2018

In 1981, the socialist economist and best-selling author Robert Heilbroner took to the pages of the democratic socialist magazine, Dissent, to answer what would seem like a rather academic question, "What is Socialism?" His answer was a raw, honest, and devastating critique of democratic socialism from a man wrestling with his faith. In his essay, Heilbroner—reminiscent of a similar definitional debate today among progressives and socialists—explained that socialism is not a more generous welfare state along Nordic lines. Instead, it is something entirely different, an economic and cultural configuration that suppresses if not eliminates the market economy and the alienating and selfish culture it produces.

By Daily, Oct. 19, 2018

Members of a 4,000-strong migrant caravan have made it to a Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico and faced-off with authorities as a notorious march ringleader has been arrested. 

The first members of the group began arriving in Tecun Uman on buses and trucks early Thursday, but the bulk of the caravan sloshed into town on foot in a downpour late in the afternoon and into the evening. Hundreds walked to the river's edge where they sang the national anthems of Honduras and Guatemala. By Friday a huge crowd was gathered - one man was seen being detained by Guatemalan police.

Friday, October 19, 2018

By The hill, Oct. 18, 2018

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) said on Monday that he will introduce legislation aimed at preventing the controversial practice of separating immigrant families along the border.

“While these cases are pending, families should stay together. Children belong with their mothers and fathers," Cruz, who is up for reelection in November, said in a statement. 

By The Right Scoop, Oct. 18, 2018

Trump’s rally for Ted Cruz is so popular that they are having to upgrade due to ticket sales, according to Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale:

According to the Toyota Center website, they hold 19,000 for concerts:

By Waco Trib, Oct. 9, 2018

A traffic stop Monday night on Interstate 35 in Bellmead led to the arrest of a man and woman accused of smuggling two passengers into the United States from Mexico in an attempt to deliver them to Dallas, arrest affidavits state.

Abigail Contreras, 19, and Jesus Rodriguez, 19, both of San Antonio, were arrested after McLennan County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped a black Dodge Avenger in the 700 block of North I-35 in Bellmead shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday. Deputies stopped the car driven by Contreras for a suspected expired license plate and defective license plate light.

ByThe Gateway Pundit, Oct. 18, 2018

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is still fighting to get Hillary Clinton to answer questions under oath about her private email server.

Thanks to Judicial Watch, the public became aware of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Clinton used a private email account to conduct official business while she was the head of the Department of State in order to conceal her Clinton Foundation pay-to-play and influence peddling.

By Daily Caller, Oct. 18, 2018

A left-wing protester in Portland, Oregon was caught on film harassing an alleged 9/11 widow and telling her that her late husband should “rot in the grave.”

The protester, who appeared to be a part of Antifa, first started screaming at the woman as she waited for a traffic light to change so she could cross the street. It’s unclear when exactly the confrontation occurred.

By Reuters, Oct. 18, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If Democrats win control of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate next month, nearly every aspect of Donald Trump’s presidency could face swift examination – from his long-elusive tax returns to possible business ties with Russia and conflicts of interest, congressional sources say.

By Grabien, Oct. 18, 2018

The media starlet and New York congressional candidate, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, has, like, something to say. 

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night, those things were “like,” “yeah,” and also, “um, for sure.”

Ocasio-Cortez is from New York, but sounded like a character from “Clueless.” Throughout the interview, she repeatedly used Valley girl filler words such as “like” and “yeah, yeah.”

By Politico, Oct. 18, 2018

Just about every poll predicts it won’t happen: Suburban voters are too fed up with Donald Trump, and Democrats too awash in cash, for Nancy Pelosi’s party not to seize the House on Nov. 6.

And yet House Republicans — and privately, even a few Democrats — say the GOP could still hang on, if only by a few seats. The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has given GOP voters a badly needed enthusiasm boost, they argue, and several races seen as unwinnable just weeks ago are suddenly back within reach for Republicans.

By Daily Caller, Oct. 18, 2018

Ahead of George Papadopoulos’s congressional testimony next week, Republican lawmakers are pressing the White House to declassify a small subset of documents related to the FBI’s investigation of the former Trump campaign aide.

Republican lawmakers have hinted for months that the FBI had exculpatory information on Papadopoulos at the time that the bureau applied for its first a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

By Chron, Oct. 17, 2018

Rachelle Batey, at a playground with her daughter Kaydence in Clarksville, Tenn., says she plans to join her husband in not voting this year because politics has become too divisive.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

By Larry Elder, Oct. 18, 2018

As is often the case in this era of President Donald Trump, the reaction is far more interesting than the action.

The action was rapper/entrepreneur, ex-George W. Bush denouncer and Trump supporter Kanye West, whom Trump invited to the White House. The reaction from left-wing black critics was predictable. But the reaction from a notable Trump-hating white pundit was unintentionally eye-opening. In the Oval Office, West spoke nonstop, and apparently unscripted, for nearly 10 minutes. During his monologue and subsequent questions by reporters, West talked about the pressure blacks face to vote Democratic; how conservative blacks are often bullied by other blacks into supporting the Democratic Party; and how the Second Amendment is unrelated to gun violence, because "illegal guns is the problem, not legal guns." But most importantly, he spoke about the pain he experienced growing up without a father.

First, the reaction by black critics. Last month, rapper Snoop Dogg called West an "Uncle Tom" — and that was before West's visit to the White House. After West's Oval Office monologue, rapper T.I. called him a "Sambo." On CNN, Bakari Sellers, a Democratic strategist, said, "Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don't read." CNN "political commentator" Tara Setmayer called West a "token Negro" and described him as "an attention whore, like the President." Apparently, Setmeyer forgot about the numerous celebrities, including rappers, who visited President Barack Obama during his eight years in the White House.

How dare West point to the most important issue, by far, in the black community: the number of children growing up in homes without fathers! After all, Obama, who also grew up without his biological father, even said, "Children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison."

The late rapper Tupac Shakur, who also grew up without a father, said: "I know for a fact that had I had a father, I'd have some discipline. I'd have more confidence. ... Your mother cannot calm you down the way a man can. Your mother can't reassure you the way a man can. ... You need a man to teach you how to be a man."

Then-Sen. Obama said the same thing in 2008: "I know the toll it took on me, not having a father in the house — the hole in your heart when you don't have a male figure in the home."

In regard to West being called a "coon," a "sell-out," "self-loathing" and an "Uncle Tom," Obama also knows a thing or two about that. In 2000, when he ran for Congress against Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., Rush branded Obama as an out-of-touch, not-from-the-'hood, Harvard-educated elite who taught at University of Chicago and who was not "truly black." Then-state Sen. Obama, beaten badly in the race, said, "When Congressman Rush and his allies attack me for going to Harvard and teaching at the University of Chicago, they're sending a signal to black kids that if you're well-educated, somehow you're not 'keeping it real.'" As President, Obama later said: "There's no one way to be black. Take it from somebody who's seen both sides of debate about whether I'm black enough."

Second, let's examine the reaction to West's White House visit from a prominent Trump-hating white critic, MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Analyzing why Trump invited Kanye West to the White House, Matthews inadvertently exposed the liberals' game of using the race card for votes. Matthews said the main reason Trump invited West was to assuage white voters' concerns about Trump. Matthews said, "White people won't vote for a guy — most of them — if they think they're racist."

Hold on!

Most nights, Matthews and his left-wing cable colleagues scramble to come up with new and different ways to call Trump "racist." They argue that Trump knowingly and intentionally crafts his message to appeal to white racists. On election night, CNN's Van Jones attributed Trump's victory to "whitelash" — claiming that "racist" white voters found a kindred spirit in "racist" Donald Trump. But Matthews, in an unguarded moment, conceded that most whites would not vote for somebody if they thought he or she was racist.

The con has been exposed.

Matthews said, in effect, that most white people are not racist, would not vote for a racist and therefore only a brain-dead white politician would run an election catering to racists. Yet virtually every night, he and his guests preach racism, racism, racism in America.

In fact, Matthews echoes the words of John O'Sullivan, then-editor of the National Review. Sullivan, in 1997, said, "White racism does exist, but its social power is weak and the social power arrayed against it overwhelming."

To the left, the only acceptable blacks are victicrats who believe racism is the top problem. Never mind the liberals — like Obama — who know damn well the top problem is fatherlessness. But Democratic politicians — like Obama — also need to keep blacks angry for votes.

Quite the Faustian bargain.

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By The Epoch Times, Oct. 16, 2018

President Donald Trump warned Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez that Washington will cut aid to Tegucigalpa unless a Honduran migrant caravan traveling north through Mexico is stopped and turned around.

“The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!” Trump wrote on Twitter on the morning of Oct. 16.