Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Michelle Malkin

Rahm Emanuel Declares Chicago “Trump-free Zone”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 6, 2017:

On the first day of school Chicago Mayor Rahm “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste” Emanuel welcomed students back from summer break to Solorio Academy High School, giving them comfort that, under his administration, they won’t be deported for being in the country illegally. His comments were timed perfectly to respond to President Trump’s declaration that the Obama administration’s illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — DACA — was being terminated. It is estimated that about a third of the students attending Solorio are in the country illegally.

Said Mayor Emanuel, “To all the Dreamers that are here in this room and in the city of Chicago: You are welcome in the city of Chicago. This is your home. And you have nothing to worry about. Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as it relates to what President Trump said, will be a Trump-free zone. You have nothing to worry about. And I want you to know this, and I want your families to know this. And rest assured, I want you to come to school … and pursue your dreams.”

Comfort to those stressed about the possibility of being deported was extended to them by Chicago’s CEO Forrest Claypool as well:

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Trump: TPP RIP; Put “America First”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 23, 2016:  

On Tuesday, November 8, the election of Donald Trump foretold the death-knell of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — assuming of course he meant what he said when he made opposition to the jobs- and sovereignty-destroying TPP a signature part of his campaign. On Monday, November 21, President-elect Trump posted a short video message on Facebook (available on YouTube) citing several executive actions he would take on “day one” as president. First mentioned: “I am going to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country.”

In the same video, Trump also said:

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Criticism of Mark Kelly’s Assault Weapon Purchase Gains National Attention

When Mark Kelly, former astronaut and husband of Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in Tucson two years ago, posted on his Facebook page a photo of himself purchasing an

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More Positives from Tuesday’s Election

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Michelle Malkin at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on March 1st, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I knew it! I just knew it! Someone astute (this time Michelle Malkin) would look at the carnage wrought on Tuesday and see some good things. She did, and there are:

  1. Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives
  2. Voters in Alabama, Montana (yea!) and Wyoming passed measures limiting Obamacare
  3. Ted Cruz, a bright star in the conservative universe, won a Senate seat in Texas against an establishment Republican opponent
  4. Odious House member Pete Stark (Freedom Index rating: 34) was finally booted out of office in California
  5. A charter school initiative succeeded in Washington state despite opposition from teachers’ unions
  6. A collective bargaining effort in Michigan failed, again despite opposition from labor unions
  7. No more race-based preferences in Oklahoma for college admissions, public contracting or government hiring.
  8. Montana (yea! again) turned off the spigot for unlimited benefits to illegal aliens
  9. Washington voters put limits on that state’s legislature’s ability to raise taxes
  10. Republicans, for the first time since Reconstruction, took control of the Arkansas state house
  11. Tax hikes were rejected in Arizona, South Dakota and Missouri
  12. Louisiana passed a pro-gun measure
  13. Kentucky voted to protect hunting and fishing rights
  14. Montana (yea! once again) voters passed a parental notification law for minor’s abortions
  15. North Carolina Republicans claimed the governor’s office, made congressional gains, and took control of the state’s general assembly
  16. Paul Ryan won reelection to the Senate from Wisconsin
  17. Conservatives won big victories in the Kansas state legislature
  18. Republicans won big in Tennessee
  19. The GOP took back control of Wisconsin’s state government
  20. There are now 30 Republican state governors

No doubt there are more victories flying under the radar, over which we can rejoice and in which we can take comfort. Thank you for these, Michelle!

Presidential Debate Questions from the Heritage Foundation

I couldn’t resist. The temptation to compare and contrast the Presidential Debate questions that Michelle Malkin posed to those offered by the Heritage Foundation is just too great.

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Without comment from me, here are their 10 questions:

  1. In 2008, then-candidate Obama said, “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” In reality, President Obama’s signature health care law contains 18 new or increased taxes and penalties that will cost taxpayers $836.3 billion over the next 10 years, many of which fall heavily on the middle class…Should these tax increases be stopped to protect middle-class Americans from their damage? If yes, where would the money needed to help pay for Obamacare come from?
  2. Millions of baby boomers are starting to retire, and spending on Social Security and Medicare as these programs are currently structured is simply unsustainable.What is your plan to solve the looming entitlement program spending crisis?
  3. Medicare as we know it today is facing severe financing problems that are unsustainable and putting future generations’ Medicare benefits in jeopardy. Over the long term, Medicare has made $37 trillion worth of promises to seniors that it cannot keep and the hospital insurance trust fund will be empty by 2024. Worse, the President’s health care law will cut Medicare by $716 billion over the next 10 years to pay for new spending in Obamacare.As Medicare’s solvency hangs in the balance, what structural reforms, if any, are you willing to make to preserve Medicare for future generations?
  4. Everyone talks about shoring up our battered American Dream.How would you define the American Dream and what do you think are the most serious threats to it?
  5. The Health and Human Services Department recently rewrote the law governing welfare to weaken its work requirements. Meanwhile, the number of people relying on food stamps has doubled under the current Administration.Should all able-bodied recipients be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving aid in public housing, food stamps, and cash assistance?
  6. The federal government is currently spending much more than it has, and annual budget deficits over $1 trillion have become the norm.What is your plan to stem the tide of deficits and rising debt?
  7. One of the few bright spots in America’s economy has been energy production, particularly on state and private lands.  According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy production decreased 13 percent on federal lands in fiscal year (FY) 2011 when compared to FY 2010.What would you do to reverse course on energy production on federal lands?
  8. Congress—most notably the Senate, which hasn’t produced a budget in over three years—is sorely lacking in its basic responsibility of budgeting.What would you do to ensure the fundamental process of budgeting is restored?
  9. President Obama has previously stated that, in the most important 5 percent of cases before the courts, it matters more what is in a judge’s heart (what has come to be known as his empathy standard) than what the rule of law requires.Is this the correct standard by which to evaluate judicial nominees? If not, what standard would you apply?
  10. Former Attorney General of MexicoVictor Humberto Benítez Treviño estimated that approximately 300 Mexican citizens have been killed using Fast and Furious weapons in addition to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.Should Eric Holder resign as Attorney General because of his failures related to Operation Fast and Furious, including his failure to properly supervise the operation? If not, why not?

Just for the record, I won’t be watching the “debate” tonight. I have other more important things to do.

Presidential Debate Questions from Michelle Malkin

God bless Michelle Malkin. I toyed with a few hard-ball questions for the Presidential Debate in a previous post. The temptation to do the same by Malkin was just too much. I don’t think the media, or Jim Lehrer (the moderator), will be calling either of us very soon.

American writer and blogger Michelle Malkin.

American writer and blogger Michelle Malkin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s Malkin:

We know the liberal media bias drill: Make the Republican candidate look like a scary extremist on social issues and a greedy capitalist pig on economic issues. Avoid the Democratic incumbent’s record of failure. Run out the clock. Thank you and good night.

Malkin wants them to talk about Fast and Furious, in light of Tuesday’s murder of another border patrol agent at the same spot where Brian Terry was shot two years ago. She gets a running start by reviewing the Fast and Furious scandal, and then quotes Homeland Security’s Inspector General which found that “violence has significantly increased against Border Patrol agents. Since 2007, assaults on agents have risen more than 35 percent, including 13 deaths.”

Here are her questions (edited slightly):

Why has the Terry family been forced to file a federal lawsuit to obtain justice?

Why does Attorney General Eric Holder still have a job?

What exactly are you doing (or will you do) to ensure that Border Patrol agents are adequately armed and supported in their mission to defend American sovereignty?

Then Malkin takes on “transparency”:

[Mr. Obama, as President] you famously declared, “A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency.” Yet, the very first act of your administration was to violate your transparency pledge to allow full, public viewing of all legislation five days before you signed it…

You failed to televise health care negotiations as promised. You cut endless backroom deals protected from public scrutiny. In addition, your administration has routinely evaded disclosure law by meeting with lobbyists off the books at D.C.-area coffee houses and private townhouses, where Secret Service background checks and login routines are abandoned…

How, exactly, can you claim to have run the most transparent administration ever based on your actual record?

Next up: the auto bailout:

[Mr. Obama] your campaign touts the “success” of the government takeover of the auto industry as one of your proudest accomplishments. In 2010, you bragged that “American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM, and that’s a good thing.”

Yet, your Treasury Department won’t take up GM’s recent offer to repurchase 200 million of the roughly 500 million shares the U.S. holds — because it would incur a $15 billion loss to taxpayers right before the election. GM still owes nearly $30 billion of the $50 billion it received, and its lending arm still owes nearly $15 billion of the more than $17 billion it received. Foreign workers and overseas plants have soaked up billions of American bailout tax dollars. But some 20,000 Delphi non-union workers saw their pensions eroded and health benefits disappear as part of the deal you cut with United Auto Workers.

How are Delphi workers, bondholders, car dealers and taxpayers better off now than they were before the Government Motors bailout given the actual record? If this is your proudest accomplishment, why on earth would reality-based voters want you back in the driver’s seat?

These are great questions. It’s too bad they’ll never be asked in public, especially by Lehrer who owes his career to the establishment mainstream media.

The Lesser of Two Evils Is Still Evil

Star Parker – Republicans Must Offer Alternative to Democrat Moral Bankruptcy

Republicans need to step up to the plate and start talking about our nation’s real crisis – our moral crisis. The nation’s searching middle class will understand the truth when they hear it.

Star Parker

Star Parker (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

I think Parker has pointed to something that isn’t being talked about very much during this election: the moral rot that is causing people like Democrats (and Republicans) to disclaim any allegiance to God or the Bible. I also think she tries too hard to be profound in her efforts to mimic Michelle Malkin (who usually is). Says Parker:

The omission of these key principles [God, and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel] from the Democratic platform was the party equivalent of what journalist Michael Kinsley calls a political gaffe – when a politician inadvertently says what he really believes… [This] showed today’s Democrats exactly for who they are – the home base for the nihilism, radical moral relativism, and welfare statism that defines today’s far left.

But is the Republican Party any better? Parker iterates some statistics that try to prove that, at bottom, the American people are basically moral, love God, and go to church. Those statistics, in my opinion, aren’t persuasive and in fact, could be used to point out the continuing decline in whatever morality is left over from previous generations. For instance:

According to a 2010 Gallup poll, 43 percent of Americans attend church regularly. However, just 39 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of liberals do.

This shows little difference between the average American and the average Democrat: fewer than half attend church regularly. Without checking, Gallup’s definition of “regularly” is once a month or more. Parker really blows it when she thinks Republicans can somehow save the country from its moral meltdown:

If you think debt, government dependence, broken families, and moral relativism is the path to a strong and prosperous America, sign on with the Democrats. But Republicans need to do a better job embracing and articulating the alternative.

And what alternative would that be, exactly? This is more of the false premise that Republicans can solve our problems: the lesser of two evils is still evil.

Edolphus Towns Brings Political Graft to New Lows

John Ransom: Wanna a Free Car? Be a Congressman

According to the Associated Press, Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y, overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former sub-prime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company.

English: Portrait of US Rep. Edolphus Towns

English: Portrait of US Rep. Edolphus Towns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is how a 15-term Congressman games the system. And when he is caught, he changes the rules in order to hide his gaming. When he is finally caught, he quits, and retires on a pension that far exceeds what this corruptocrat (HT: Michelle Malkin) could possibly earn legitimately.

Here’s what AP said about Towns’ maneuver:

The procedure to keep the names secret was devised by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. In 2003, the 15-term congressman had two loans processed by Countrywide’s VIP section, which was established to give discounts to favored borrowers.

The effort at secrecy was reversed when Towns’ Republican successor as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, California Rep. Darrell Issa, issued a second subpoena. It yielded Countrywide records identifying four current House members, a former member and five staff aides whose loans went through the VIP unit. Towns was on the list.

His litany of fraud and self-help at taxpayers’ expense goes back decades. In 1992 he was named in the House banking scandal that erupted that year, having written an astounding 408 checks on his overdrawn House bank account.

He now leases a high-end Mercury Milan hybrid automobile, at taxpayers’ expense, of course, for triple the normal lease rate: $1,285 a month. It’s a two year lease, and taxpayers will have essentially purchased the automobile over that span. But have no doubt: Towns will have figured out a way to keep the auto, or sell it, and keep the proceeds for himself.

After all, he’s a master.

Boston: The Cradle and Grave of Liberty

Michelle Malkin: Hey, Boston: Leave Chick-fil-A Alone

In an interview with the Baptist Press last month, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy talked about his personal support of traditional family values and fidelity. “(Guilty) as charged,” he told the reporter. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is so far off base here…he’s off the reservation! Employing foul language and wielding the power of government like a baseball bat, Menino exclaimed:

Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston.

If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult—unless they open up their policies.

We’re an open city. We’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion. That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the h-ll the name is, on our Freedom Trail.

Why don’t we start at the beginning? It’s not HIS freedom trail, it’s ours. It signifies the journey away from government oppression in the mid 1700’s Men stood up against the English crown and lost their lives because of it. When Boston was surrounded by English troops, other citizens from around the country supported them. On April 19th Paul Revere shouted: “The British are coming! The British are coming!”

But now the cry is: “You’re discriminating (somehow) and the freedom to exist for you—Chick-fil-A—has been cancelled. Go away and have a nice day!” So much for inclusion, Mr. Mayor!

I consider Boston to be both the cradle, and the grave, of liberty. Menino has done nothing to change my mind. Many years ago I attended the New England Rally for God, Family and Country, and learned firsthand just how intolerant and evil the powers in Boston were, and still are.

In order to create a photo-op for the front page of the Boston Globe—one of the world’s most despicable papers—one of their photographers started hassling one of the people sitting in the front row. After a few minutes of trying to get a rise out of the attendee by poking his camera in his face and refusing to leave him alone, the photographer got what he wanted: the citizen pushed him away, just as the camera clicked. The headline the next day, on the front page, was “Rally bully attacks cameraman!”

So I don’t go to Boston anymore. I haven’t for years. The place is Moscow on the Charles River!

New Fast and Furious Book Could Take Obama Down

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The reviews of Townhall.com’s contributing editor Katie Pavlich’s book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Coverup have been unremittingly positive. Critics of it have been strangely silent, perhaps hoping that the potential tsunami of indignation and anger from Pavlich’s revelations will somehow fail to materialize and the whole disagreeable matter will just disappear down history’s memory hole.

David Limbaugh made clear what her book reveals:

Of all the Obama administration scandals, Fast and Furious is the one the mainstream media would most like us to ignore because it’s the most dangerous for Obama and his cronies. Katie Pavlich draws back the curtain on a radical administration that put Mexican and American lives at risk for no discernible reason other than to advance an ideological agenda. Katie is a terrific reporter and whistleblower….

Pavlich exposes how extreme gun control measures have been a top political goal for President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other important leaders within the administration—and she draws the lines that link this goal directly to the implementation of Fast and Furious. Just as importantly, she shows how the administration has shamelessly tried to obscure those links.

Michelle Malkin pulls no punches either, writing that Pavlich’s book “targets the corruption, incompetence, obstructionism, lawlessness, and anti-gun radicalism of the Obama White House…and [is] a must-have guide to the biggest stain on the Obama administration.”

The evidence so painstakingly collected by Pavlich ever since the murder of ATF agent Brian Terry on December 15, 2010 is so convincing that Pavlich herself

Trump Fires The Donald, Ends Presidential Bid

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Few were surprised, and many were relieved, at Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that he was ending his campaign for the Presidency:

After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that

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The Chicago Merry-Go-Round

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When President Obama announced the appointment on January 6 of former Clinton administration Commerce Secretary William Daley as his new Chief of Staff, he had nothing but high praises for him, calling him a “patriot” who represented a position of moderation without histrionics. It also smacked of nepotism, continuing the circular flow of Obama insiders from the political machinery of Chicago to Washington and back again. The chorus of approval came from the usual sources, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Donahue exulted:

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Obama Healthcare by Hook or by Crook

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According to the New York Times, President Obama has “his back to the wall” concerning the fate of his “signature initiative” and is doing everything in his power to “explain, persuade, and capture” to get the House to pass his healthcare bill. Despite repeated evidence from pollsters that the American people don’t want his healthcare plan, the Obama administration continues its push to take over private healthcare, and turn it into the largest socialization of the country since the Constitution was adopted in 1787.

Pollsters like Rasmussen Reports, Pollster.com, and RealClearPolitics show that more than half of Americans are opposed to the plan.  And some polls are showing that if Obamacare II is passed, it will have a major negative impact on Democrats in November.

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“Mount Vernon Statement”—A Warning

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The “Mount Vernon Statement” to be announced today at the start of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. is a “broad statement of principle aimed at giving a coherent framework” to the Tea Party and other activist movements on the right.

It also sounds eerily familiar.

The statement is available at www.themountvernonstatement.com, which declares:

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