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Democrats infested with members who want to do nothing about the border crisis

NY Times:
Emergency Aid for Migrants Badly Divides Democrats Congress is trying to rush billions of dollars to the border to alleviate the suffering of detained migrants, but Democrats fear the funds will advance President Trump’s immigration policies. I find their entire attitude toward immigration inexplicable.  They seem so desperate to import voters to fill their shrinking ranks that they will allow the country to be overrun with unvetted migrants instead of trying to bring in the best and brightest.

Democrats want illegal to vote to help them steal elections

Kevin McCullough:
Caught Red Handed: Despite Their Protests, Democrats Want Illegals To Vote The Democrats have a scheme to give illegals drivers licenses which would automatically lead to registration to vote under the motor voter law.  Democrats claim to be worried about foreign interference in our elections as they plot to all that very thing.  This was happening in New York, but it is already happening in California, the state that gave Hillary Clinton her popular vote "victory."

The left on the West Coast has no answer to its dying cities filled with homeless drug addicts

Communities Digital News:
With the Left in charge, Seattle and Los Angeles are dying. Chaos on camera (videos) The video of Seattle is striking showing not only the homeless mess but the frustration of citizens having to deal with it and with their incompetent government. The one of Los Angeles is equally disturbing.  About the only thing that is clear is that the liberals who are elected officials in those cities are totally incapable of dealing with the problem.  It raises the question about why the voters keep electing them.

Illegal immigration is causing a hit to local budgets along the border

Washington Examiner:
The 16,000 migrants passing through San Antonio came with a cost In San Antonio alone the cost to city government was $600,000.  Smaller cities along the border have also faced costs that have nothing to do with normal municipal expenses.  Most of these cities are run by Democrats who are having to deal with their party's irresponsible immigration policies.  The city of Del Rio which is along the border has had to focus on dealing with the influx instead of dealing with its normal governmental functions.

Democrats cornered by their position of ICE raids?

Thomas Lifson:
Once again, as is his wont, President Trump has maneuvered his opponents into a losing position on an issue of high priority to him. His original plan for nationwide ICE raids on scofflaws who already had their due process and who are ignoring court ordered deportation was a trap for Democrats, as Silvio Canto, Jr earlier explained on these pages:     So ICE will pick up people who choose to disobey a court order? The Democrats, who choose to, will now have to defend people in the country who don't obey court orders.  I wonder how that's going to play with the people in their districts who have to obey court order? Also, these arrests will take place in "sanctuary cities."  Are the Democrats going to criticize federal agents arresting people violating the law? It's a good move in defense of the rule of law.  It's a brilliant move in continuing to define the Democrats as pro–illegal immigration, in support of sanctuary cities, and calling out ICE age…

Omar has a credibility problem about her marriage claims

Washington Examiner:
Dozens of documents indicate Ilhan Omar lived with Ahmed Hirsi while claiming to be married to Ahmed Elmi The Democrat Congresswoman who has a history of religious bigotry appears to have been dishonest about her marriage claims.

The climate doomsday cult keeps getting it wrong

Vijay Jararaj:
On June 29, 2017, the Dailymail in UK ran an article headlined “Four years to save the Earth: 2020 is the deadline to avert climate catastrophe, experts claim in chilling commentary.”

Two years later and halfway to deadline, the earth has not changed much. If anything, the El Niño of the 2016-17 season gave way for much cooler temperatures across the globe and the past two years have been colder than 2016.

This is just one of the many climate doomsday news articles that gets published in our mainstream news media every single day.

How seriously should we treat the climate doomsday claims?

In mid-2000s “Arctic sea ice melting” became the buzz word and the star of the climate apocalypse movement. Since then, the melting of Arctic sea ice became the central theme of climate doomsday theories.

In 2007, news media across the globe warned that the Arctic would soon be ice-free because of the excessive melting from global warming. It came on the heels of Al Gore’sAn Inconvenient Tr…

Hillary Clinton blames Republicans for the irresponsible actions of Democrats on the border

Washington Examiner:
Rep. Dan Crenshaw accused Hillary Clinton of "gaslighting" the GOP for blaming the humanitarian crisis on the southern border on Republicans.

"What insane gaslighting. You know Dems have refused to support funding for resources at the border & have offered no solutions," Crenshaw said in a Sunday tweet. "So tell us, if you were President, how would you manage hundreds of thousands of people illegally crossing our border and dragging children with them?"

"After blatantly lying, you’re also fundraising for 'rights of immigrants' using ActBlue, the Democratic Party fundraising platform, so that donor data is collected for the Democrats. Absolutely shameless," Crenshaw said.
... There appear to be no Democrats who are being honest about their responsibility for the current crisis on the border.  Certainly, Hillary Clinton is not being honest about the situation.

Cuba pays the price for backing socialism in Venezuela

Washington Post:

New sanctions against Cuba make U.S. — once a driver of hope — a source of pain

New Trump administration restrictions, aimed at punishing Havana for supporting Venezuela’s president, are contributing to the island’s worst economic crisis in years. Cuba is actually paying a price for being the driver of pain in Venezuela and backing a failed socialist government there.  It is just like the socialist in Cuba to never take responsibility for their own actions and to always blame the US when they screw up.  It is also, unfortunately, too much like the current Washington Post to ignore Cuba's irresponsible government for their current circumstances.  At the Post, too many of its writers have a blame Trump first approach to presenting the news.

How about this climate change?

Daily Mail:
The latest snowfall in nearly 100 years hit Steamboat Springs, Colorado on Friday (left), as 14 states were blasted with severe thunderstorms and wind damage that left three dead. The weather system referred to as 'derecho' struck 1,000 miles of the US, from the Midwest to coastal South Carolina. Those who didn't survive the storm included Michael Birge, 38, of Kentucky, a 48-year-old woman in Illinois, and Levi Mayberry, 22, of Missouri, all killed by downed trees. Tents dragged to the ground by 50-70 mph in Nashville, Tennessee are shown at right, at the top. Flash flooding stranded drivers in Kansas City (shown at right, at bottom). It is not hot.

Democrats out of touch on healthcare?

Washington Post:

Voters have big health-care worries, but not the ones Democrats are talking about

Americans tell pollsters they feel squeezed by deductibles and prescription drug costs, but the candidates are mostly focused on expanding access to insurance. They appear to be much closer to what Trump is pushing than the socialized medicine that most Democrats are pushing.   I think what Senders and other Democrats want would lead to rationed healthcare and a significant drop in innovation and new treatments.

Get the gender Nazis out of the classroom

Jordan Peterson:
Gender politics has no place in the classroom

A six-year-old girl became confused about her identity after an Ottawa teacher taught her class that 'girls are not real and boys are not real' This gender ambiguity nonsense appears to be an attempt to normalize the deviancy of a small minority of people who seem confused about what they are.  To transpose that confusion, on the whole, is an absurd form of child abuse.

Congress decides to go to war with US allies in the Middle East

Benny Avni:
Regarding Iran and its Mideast foes, Congress has come to a strange conclusion: The enemy of our enemy is actually . . . the bad guy. It’s true: Even as Iran’s Mideast aggression increasingly threatens US assets and interests, Congress is looking to tighten the noose around Tehran’s Sunni Arab rivals.

As President Trump huddled with his team Thursday, weighing a response to Iran’s downing of a US drone over international waters in the Gulf, over on Capitol Hill a bipartisan group of senators celebrated their success in nixing a White House plan to sell sophisticated arms to Saudi Arabia and other Mideast allies.

Iran’s attack on the US drone followed assaults on oil tankers in the Gulf. America has long vowed to protect navigation on the high seas, and disrupting it is widely considered an act of war.

Some blame the attacks on Trump’s pullout of the flawed Iran nuclear deal. Yet Iranian aggression started long before that. Indeed, it’s been escalating for decades, manifest…

Podesta using dark money group to file suits against Trump to thwart good policies

Washington Free Beacon:
A "nonpartisan" dark money group that regularly files litigation against President Donald Trump's administration is powered by money from the Center for American Progress (CAP), the liberal think tank founded by former Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.

The Democracy Forward Foundation, a D.C.-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded in 2017 to "help expose the rampant corruption in the Executive Branch and fight in court on behalf of the people it hurts." The group also has a 501(c)4 "social welfare" arm that goes by Democracy Forward. The foundation has filed suit against numerous government agencies, such as the Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, and the Office of Management and Budget, and has aided other entities with similar litigation, including Baltimore's lawsuit against the Trump administration over immigration policy.

The group, which has maintained a relatively low profile despite its litigation effo…

Socialism still sucks in Cuba

Silvio Cantu Jr.:
Many years ago, my mother used to say "me voy a la cola" or loosely translated to "I am going to stand in line." Back then, they were ration lines from "a" to "z." My mother carried "una tarjeta" or a ration card where the merchant would mark how many ounces of this or that she got this week. Not much has changed, as we see in this report by the Wall Street Journal:

Pushed by the implosion of top ally Venezuela and sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, Cuba has driven into an economic ditch. The government has tightened state rations. Residents stand in lines for hours to buy scarce basic goods such as eggs, flour and chicken.
The lines are still here. What's also here are the excuses.

Back then, it was "Yankee imperialismo" choking the revolution. We were told that sacrifice made the new "socialist man or woman".

The lines are part of Cuba, again. The excuses always start …

Busting the Democrats racism lies

Legal Insurrection:
Condoleezza Rice Rejects Notion that Race Relations are Worse Under Trump
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made it clear that she doesn’t think racism in America has gotten “worse” under President Trump, calling the claim “hyperbole” on Thursday during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show.

NBC News’ Sheinelle Jones told Rice “there are people who will say it feels worse now when we’re talking about race” and said others feel that America is currently a “divisive environment.”

Rice quickly responded, “It sure doesn’t feel worse than when I grew up in Jim Crow Alabama. So let’s drop this notion that we’re worse race relations today than we were in the past.”
... Rice lived through the Jim Crow era in Alabama and has personal knowledge of how bad it really was.  She also has made it clear it the past why her father was a Republican and why she is.

I don't think those ruling Iran believe it can be great without nuclear weapons

Washington Post:

‘Let’s make Iran great again’: Trump reaches out to Tehran, still threatens more sanctions

Iran has shown no interest in renegotiating a new agreement with a Trump administration that has worked to strangle its economy and prevent it from selling oil on the international market. Trump appears to be having some success with this kind of outreach to North Korea, but I doubt it will work with the Islamic religious bigots who rule Iran.  These bigots seem to believe that Shia Islam should dominate the world and are willing to commit mass murder to achieve that objective.  They really have little empathy for their own people who suffer while they try to achieve this objective.  They went along with Obama's deal because it enriched them and appeared to be no long term obstacle to their objectives of having nuclear weapons.

The left keeps finding new excuses to thwart border security

NY Times:
‘Stop Repeating History’: Plan to Keep Migrant Children at Former Internment Camp Draws Outrage Demonstrators called the government’s plan to house 1,400 unaccompanied migrant children a return to a shameful past. This is another bad faith claim by the open borders left.  They look for any excuse to turn illegals loose in the country so that Democrats can get them counted in the census and steal more Hosue seats.  They constantly look for new ways to demonize border enforcement.

US cyber attacks crippled Iran command and control system for missile launches

Washington Post:
U.S. launched cyber-strikes against Iran’s missile systems

Though crippling to Iran’s military command and control systems, the operation Thursday did not involve a loss of life or civilian casualties. This appears to be a pretty effective response to the Iranian attacks and could stymie their future operations in the area.  It also makes those operations vulnerable to kinetic attacks by aircraft and missiles.

The Muslim Brotherhoods goals is to make the US as miserable a place as all countries dominated by the group

The words come from their own mouth in this video.  Why the left defends these subversive forces is strange since they would be targeted for elimination once the Brotherhood came to power.  I think the left does it because they don't like American leadership of either party.  The Muslim Brotherhood's agenda everywhere is to impose its evil ideology on everyone.

Democrats could be in trouble if the debate is a clunker with candidates spouting some of their ridiculous agendas.

Washington Post:

‘Everyone needs a big moment’: Democrats are hoping for a ratings blockbuster at debates

Candidates are digesting data, prepping at lecterns and hoping to stand out amid the televised chaos spread over two nights next week. As Bill Mahar has said, if they make it about concentration camps and reparations it will be a disaster.  So far most of their "investigations" pushing issues in Congress have also been a disaster.

My guess is that the Democrat debate will not attract an audience as large as that of President Trump at his announcement for reelection in person or on TV.

Trump delays ICE raid on illegals to try to get a deal with Dems on asylum

NY Times:
Trump Says He’ll Delay Deportation Operation Aimed at Undocumented Families Immigration agents had planned to sweep into immigrant communities on Sunday in coordinated raids in 10 major cities. I wonder how many of those targeted moved in recent days.  Now they have to worry about coming back.  The Democrats have been dragging their heels on changing the asylum laws that are being abused by the migrants and the courts.  In fact, they do not seem to want to fix the problem at all.  They seem to want to have a welcome wagon program that signs these people up for benefits and voter registration.

Marines get laser weapon to fight enemy drones

National Interests:

Brace yourselves: Marine grunts now have their hands on a drone-killing laser cannon.

Marines are currently evaluating a Compact Laser Weapons System (CLaWS) as "the first ground-based laser approved by the Department of Defense for use by warfighters on the ground," Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Wednesday.

Unlike the Army's vehicle-mounted directed energy system, the CLaWS is "not intended to be a standalone system," according to MARCORSYSCOM, but the prototype will "serve as a component to an overall system" designed for counter-drone operations downrange.

"This was all in response to a need for counter unmanned aerial systems to take down drones," Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) program manager Don Kelley said in the MARCORSYSCOM release. "We're providing CLaWS to Marines as a rapid prototype for evaluation ... Depending on the results, CLaWS could become part of a larger capability set."

Charge these politicians with obstruction of justice

NY Post:
Cuomo, de Blasio vow to fight ICE raids targeting illegal immigrant families This is a much clearer case of obstruction of justice and the gobbledygook Mueller wrote about Trump.

Democrat identity politics is Jim Crow revisited

Washington Post:
Republicans despise identity politics. Trump wants to immerse his campaign in it.

The right’s position on identity politics is a misrepresentation of what identity politics is. Democrats have been practicing identity politics for decades.  Before the civil rights movement made it easier for blacks to vote Democrats used identity politics to get poor southerners to vote against Republicans.  Now they are using to get poor blacks and other minorities to vote against Republicans.  It is a consistent theme of demonization of opponents they just are exploiting different groups now.

It is a bastardization of politics that rather than focus on issues focuses on alleged grievances of groups and those grievances are in many cases manufactured.  When Joe Biden tells a group of blacks that the Republicans want to put them back in chains he knows that is a lie, but says it anyway to stir antagonism toward the GOP.  It is a form of identity politics at its worst.  It is no differen…

Who has the most to lose in the Iran oil attacks?

NY Times:
In Trump’s Iran Response, Some See a Dangerous Ambiguity As diplomats try to ratchet down tensions, some of them worry that hard-liners in Iran could be emboldened to further test President Trump’s resolve. The US is no longer dependent on Middle Eastern oil so there is no real urgency for the US to act against Iran.  The real pressure is on the Asian and European countries who depend on oil from that region.  As they begin to recognize their own dilemma they could put more pressure on Iran.  Trump really controls most of the cards in this situation as Iran continues to twist in the wind as it tries to hold onto its genocidal nuclear ambitions.  What should be clear to everyone is that Obama's deal with Iran was a strategic blunder of significant proportions.  Hopefully, the Europeans are recognizing their mistake in going along with it.

FBI has a problem on proving Russian hacking?

Consortium News:
FBI Never Saw CrowdStrike Unredacted or Final Report on Alleged Russian Hacking Because None was Produced While Mueller charged several Russians with hacking, it was not a charge he ever expected to prosecute because he knew the Russians would not extradite the accused.  Therefore he would not have to give up the sources and methods used to discover their hack.  The information on Crowdstrike came to light in the discovery process by Roger Stone's attorneys.  The government says the information is not relevant to Stone's alleged crimes of obstruction and giving false statements.  However, it does make the government case weaker if they can't prove the underlying crime happened.

Barr investigation strikes fear at the CIA

Jed Babbin:
Last Wednesday the intelligence community launched its first attack on Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into its illegal acts and abuses of power during the 2016 election. In a New York Times article entitled “Justice Department Seeks to Question CIA in its Own Russia Investigation,” the IC makes clear its fear of the results of Barr’s investigation of their spy operation on candidate Trump in 2016 that continued through his early presidency.

The article, obviously written at the behest of its intelligence community sources — “current and former American officials” — is the first of many concerted attacks on Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of the joint CIA/FBI spy operation. Many other articles, based on carefully crafted leaks to the media and Congress, are sure to follow because current and former high-ranking officials of those agencies (and probably the NSA as well) have a lot to lose.

John Durham, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connec…

China's technology thefts are a greater concern than trade for agriculture and energy products from the US

Washington Examiner:
The U.S.-China trade war is making headlines, but the most important aspect of the long-term economic competition with China isn’t soybeans or natural gas, it’s technology. The dual flashpoints of economic espionage and backdoor surveillance could precipitate the great uncoupling of the world’s two largest economies.

Although American politicians have just started to pay attention, China has been engaged in a decadeslong, systematic, state-sponsored effort to steal U.S. technology. Beijing has relied heavily on stolen trade secrets and intellectual property to build its own indigenous manufacturing and technology base. Recent U.S. intelligence community estimates suggest that China employs 30,000 military cyber spies and 150,000 private sector cyber experts whose job is to steal foreign secrets and technology.

China’s economy has thus grown substantially, often at the cost of American companies. China is estimated to be responsible for 50-80% of all international …

US launches counter attack against Iranian cyber attacks on ships

Yahoo News:
On Thursday evening, U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory digital strike against an Iranian spy group that supported last week’s limpet mine attacks on commercial ships, according to two former intelligence officials.

The group, which has ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, has over the past several years digitally tracked and targeted military and civilian ships passing through the economically important Strait of Hormuz, through which pass 17.4 million barrels of oil per day. Those capabilities, which have advanced over time, enabled attacks on vessels in the region for several years.

Though sources declined to provide any further details of the retaliatory cyber operation, the response highlights how the Persian Gulf has become a staging ground for escalating digital — as well as conventional — conflict, with both the United States and Iran trying to get the upper hand with cyber capabilities.

The retaliatory cyber response follows several weeks of mount…

Popular vote movement is unconstitutional

Brian Messenger:
A fundamental problem with the NPVIC is that it is inherently not a republican form of government for a specific state to select that state's Electors. Once a state Legislature decides to ask its citizens their preference through a popular vote, there must be a rational basis as to how the vote of the state's citizens is used to select that state's electors. It is not rational that the people's decision could be overruled by the votes of citizens of unrelated states. The following comparison is between two states in the NPVIC who are at the extremes of the Popular Vote Range for the 2016 election.

Vermont has three electoral votes in our existing system and cast 315,067 votes for president in 2016. This constituted 0.23% of the total votes in the nation. Under the NPVIC, Vermont will give other states 99.77% of the power to select its state's electors for president instead of maintaining the 100% control it presently has. Presently, there…

Alleged Hezballah money launderer arrested and extradited to US

Miami Herald:
A Paraguayan businessman accused of moving millions of dollars around the globe for drug traffickers and other criminals with suspected links to the terrorist group Hezbollah was extradited to Miami to face money-laundering charges on Friday.

Before his extradition late Thursday, Nader Mohamad Farhat operated one of the biggest currency exchange businesses in the Tri-Border Area of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. At his first appearance in Miami federal court, he was charged with two counts of conspiring to launder money from drug-trafficking proceeds and an unlicensed currency transmitter in the United States, as well as six related money-laundering offenses.

Farhat faces similar charges in New York federal court, but his Miami case must be resolved first before he is transferred there. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Miami next Thursday, when he also has a bond hearing. Prosecutors are seeking his detention, saying he is a risk of flight.
Farhat, who is of Leban…

Middle East uncertainty drives up the price of oil

Bloomberg/Fuel Fix:
Oil rocketed to its biggest weekly gain in more than two years as U.S. President Donald Trump's aborted air strikes against Iran left Middle East tensions simmering with the endgame uncertain.

Crude futures rose in New York on Friday to complete a 9.4% rally for the week. Trump tweeted that he called off raids because of concern the death toll wouldn't have been "proportionate" to Iran's downing of an American spy drone earlier this week. Trump said he was in "no hurry" to respond, despite a series of provocations in the oil-rich region.

The canceled attack sent a "very confusing" message, Daniel Yergin, an oil historian and vice-chairman at IHS Markit Ltd., said in a Bloomberg TV interview. "The fear is that this could pretty quickly escalate. There's plenty of room for accident, misunderstanding, future incidents. The Iranians are in a corner."

West Texas Intermediate for August delivery closed 36 cents high…

Biden has played the race card in the past and now finds it played against him

John Kass:
How will Joe Biden survive next week’s presidential debates now that his fellow Democratic opponents have fitted him for the white hood?

He won’t.

And just days before the Democratic debate in Miami, with or without those cool aviator shades, old Biden looks really old.

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama could stand on either side of Biden on that debate stage and give him great big protective hugs to protect all that creamy Biden whiteness inside, and it still wouldn’t help him.

He’s toast, after he was tagged as being racially insensitive at best and an enabler of Dixiecrat segregationists at worst.

It’s always his mouth that got him in trouble, but for years he was forgiven his racial gaffes and his creepiness — including getting all touchy feely and sniffing the hair of young women he didn’t know. But then he was Obama’s vice president and so was absolved.

But that’s over now, and Obama doesn’t seem to be sending any protective hugs Joe’s…

Biden's inconsistent story about his advice on the bin Laden raid

Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden has offered two starkly different and contradictory accounts of his role in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

After initially saying that he opposed the operation and told President Barack Obama not to do it, the 2020 Democratic front-runner changed his account to say he hedged in front of other official but privately told Obama to go ahead.

Every other account of the decision-making process indicates that the former vice president's first version was true and his later accounts were not. In 2012, he said his advice was, 'Don’t go.' By 2015, he had settled on saying he'd privately told Obama to 'go.'

The former vice president’s most recent descriptions of his stance — when he morphed from vocal opponent of the raid, to private supporter of it — contradicts the public accounts of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, former CIA Director Leon Panetta, and Obama himself.
... The fi…

Democrat candidates out of touch with their own voters

Nick Gillespie:
On the one hand, a new Fox News poll spells doom for Donald Trump, with a fistful of Democratic presidential candidates beating the incumbent. Former Vice President Joe Biden cleans Trump's clock by 10 percentage points, 49 percent to 39 percent. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) wins 49 percent to 40 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) ekes out a 43 percent-to-41 percent victory. And Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg both squeeze out a 1-point margin, 42 percent to 41 percent.

On the other, more consequential hand, that same poll underscores why Trump is almost certainly going to win reelection in 2020. One of the questions asked Democratic voters whether they will vote for a candidate with a "bold, new agenda" or one "who will provide steady, reliable leadership." Fully three-quarters of respondents want the latter, with just 25 percent interested in the sort of "bold, new agenda" that virtually all…

The Democrats collusion with Ukraine to protect Biden and smear Trump

It is a scandal that needs to be investigated.

The homeless druggies of Los Angeles

Roger Simon:
Now everybody knows about the 36,000 homeless on the streets of LA, over 60,000 in the county, replete with human feces and syringes littering the sidewalks, along with rats, typhus and even rumors of bubonic plague.

And those figures are what we're told. No one, if you can trust the comments sections in the LA Times or the Next Door app for my old Hollywood neighborhood, remotely believes them. They could be three or four times the number. And how do you take a census of the homeless anyway? They are inherently nomadic. But everyone knows they are everywhere, along those sidewalks, under the freeway underpasses, even in the brush up by Mulholland Drive. Maybe they should add homeless encampments to the Disneyland Mulholland ride.

But why has this happened in a place that is so rich it is the fifth biggest economy in the world by itself, ahead of the United Kingdom and just behind Germany? Can't they just throw money at the homeless and make them go away?

Not …

Anti Russian sentiment leads to violence in Georgia

Georgia protests: Thousands storm parliament over Russian MP's speech

Some 240 people were hurt in clashes as protesters tried to storm Georgia's parliament after a Russian MP took the speaker's seat in parliament.

Riot police stopped them from entering the building, reportedly using tear gas and rubber bullets.

Anger erupted when Sergei Gavrilov addressed an assembly of MPs from Orthodox Christian countries.

Tensions with Russia are high, 11 years after they fought a war over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

More than 100 people were still being treated in hospital hours after the clashes on Friday, Georgian officials said. Among the 240 hurt, 80 were police, they added.

A doctor told Georgian media that two people had lost an eye.

Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze announced his resignation on Friday - one of the protesters' demands.
... It seems pretty clear that many in Georgia are not willing to forgive and forget Russian aggression against their country.   W…

The enthusiasm gap has become too obvious to ignore

Brandon Morris:
Chris Cuomo Had The Proper Reaction To Amy Klobuchar Saying Democrat Rallies Are As Large As Trump’s

Trump’s packed rallies are hard to ignore. The polls telling us that Trump is being crushed under the heal of the Democrat of the day can be thrown around till the cows come home, but it’s hard to square numbers someone gives you with numbers you can physically see.

As I covered on Wednesday, the attendance at Trump’s rallies is eclipsing the numbers seen at Democrat gatherings, even frontrunner Joe Biden’s. This fact is worrying for Democrats, and so far, only CNN’s Chris Cuomo is addressing the Republican elephant in the room.
Cuomo later admitted that he doesn’t agree with Klobuchar at all and that “size does matter.”

He’s not wrong. In 2016 we saw the same exact thing happen with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Clinton continuously beat him in the polls, yet Trump packed stadiums while Clinton had to find various ways to play with crowd optics.

The difference i…

A Reminder to the media that the segregationists were all Democrats

Sister Toljah:
Tom Cotton Provides A Necessary “History Lesson” After MSNBC Mislabels Segregationist Democratic Senators “Republicans”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) got wind of the news of Hunt’s flub, and took to the Twitter machine to provide a quick but necessary history lesson:

Tom Cotton
A history lesson is warranted: Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge were *Democrats*—as were other segregationists. @JoeBiden & them have nothing to do with “bipartisanship,” so please leave GOP out of Democrats’ debates about their party’s troubled history on race.

The NY Times and allegations of treason

Eddie Scarry:
New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger kind of has a point when he says that it “crosses a dangerous line” for President Trump to accuse his paper of “a virtual act of treason” because it’s a crime “so grave it is punishable by death.”
On the same grounds, Sulzberger should probably evaluate what’s going into his own paper.

Three of the Times’ own columnists have now accused Trump of treason. Last July, the paper published a column by Charles Blow, “Trump, Treasonous Traitor.” To really drive home that biting use of alliteration, Blow incoherently closed out the piece writing, “Trump is a traitor and may well be treasonous.”

The Times’ Michelle Goldberg did the same thing that same month. In an appearance on MSNBC, she said that Trump conducted himself in a way that was “potentially treasonous.”

And still that month, Thomas Friedman wrote, “There is overwhelming evidence that our president, for the first time in our history, is deliberately or through gross negligence or…