Most sanctuary cities would welcome Taliban Lindh

SHITHEAD’S GETTIN’ OUT!; EXPECT A TICKER TAPE PARADE IN MINNEAPOLIS  AND DEARBORN — TOASTS IN MARIN COUNTY HOT-TUBS

BUT MICHAEL SPANN *WILL NEVER GET OUT; HE WAS KILLED IN THE PRISON UPRISING OF TALIBAN PRISONERS WITH WHOM JOHN WALKER LINDH FOUGHT BESIDE AGAINST AMERICANS

“One of the most prominent prisoners of the Afghan war was John Walker Lindh, the twenty-one-year-old Californian who was captured in December, 2001. Lindh was accused of training with Al Qaeda terrorists and conspiring to kill Americans. A few days after his arrest, according to a federal-court affidavit filed by his attorney, James Brosnahan, a group of armed American soldiers “blindfolded Mr. Lindh, and took several pictures of Mr. Lindh and themselves with Mr. Lindh. In one, the soldiers scrawled ‘shithead’ across Mr. Lindh’s blindfold and posed with him. . . .”   https://interrogationdiaries.blogspot.com/2008/02/what-happened-with-john-walker-lindh.html

DLH

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Senators ask Trump administration why the ‘American Taliban’ is getting out of prison early https://www.rollcall.com/news/senators-ask-trump-administration-american-taliban-getting-prison-early

John Walker Lindh has been on track for release on Thursday

A bipartisan team of senators is asking the Trump administration why the convicted terrorist who became known as the “American Taliban” is about to get early release from federal prison.

And the questions are coming in part from the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire have lots of questions for the Trump administration about the expected release on May 23 from federal prison of John Walker Lindh.

The bipartisan senators have asked Hugh Hurwitz, the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to answer several questions about preparations for the release of convicted terrorists.

“We write to express concern over the anticipated release of convicted American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and request information about what steps the U.S. government is taking to ensure public safety,” Shelby and Hassan wrote in their Friday letter. “Mr. Lindh was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, and the following year, he pled guilty to serving as a soldier of the Taliban. Mr. Lindh was sentenced to twenty years in prison but is scheduled to be released early from federal custody on May 23, 2019.”

* Wiki bio

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Just how big is the “Libertarian Tent”?

Justin Amash. Now there’s a piece of…er…work!

J’accuse Amash? Just how pure are you? any conflicts of interest lurking in your votes and grandstanding – any, any at all?**

He’s Stuart Smalley’s Little Brother… “Good Enough, Smart Enough, and, Doggone It, People Like Me”

– Amash is a “Libertarian Republican”! Politico described him as “one of the most conservative members of Congress.” (I’m sure, to Politico, anybody this side of AOC is “the most conservative”.)

– Amash, as he is described, is ‘pro-life’: however, he voted against defunding Planned Parenthood…with “good reason”, of course. There always is with Justin. *

– Amash accused Attorney General William Barr of lying to protect the President. (How about that? LYING! Strong stuff, Justin. Also, very irresponsible…as well as smug, pious, wrong, and ‘oily’.)

– Amash backed Rand Paul, a REAL libertarian for president. Senator Paul dealt with failure to win the Oval office with an admirable degree of class. But, the petulant congressman, Amash, couldn’t!

A “libertarian”?! Is this guy the kind of person… childish, a seeker of approval in all the wrong places… that Libertarians are willing to claim as ‘one of their own’? (We believe Justin Amash is more aligned with Maxine Waters, “High Pockets” Nadler, and “Pencil Neck”!

Amash is not the font of wisdom he thinks he is, nor is he “conflicted’ about anything…he’s just intensely devoted to attention-seeking.)

– “Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” (so sayeth the man from Michigan…or was that Adam Schiff)?

– In February 2019 Amash was the only House Republican to co-sponsor a resolution blocking Trump’s national emergency declaration seeking additional funds to build physical barriers on the southern border. He tweeted, “A national emergency declaration for a non-emergency is void”. (A :”non-emergency”…eh, Justin?)

– Why did Amash decide to advocate the impeachment of Trump? According to Wikipedia, Shane Trejo suggests that the motive is financial. He notes that Amash “has significant business interests in China that may be harmed by Trump’s ‘America First’ trade policies.”

– In July 2018 House Republicans introduced a resolution supporting the officers and personnel of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Amash was the only Republican in the chamber to vote against the resolution. He had good reason, we must assume…because he’s a pretty brilliant guy…just ask him.

– In December 2018 Amash was one of eight House Republicans to vote against a stopgap government funding bill that included $5.7 billion in border wall funding. Amash tweeted, “This massive, wasteful spending bill – stuffed with unrelated items – passed 217–185. It’s amazing how some wall funding causes my fellow Republicans to embrace big government.”

– In February 2019 Amash was the only House Republican to co-sponsor a resolution blocking Trump’s national emergency declaration seeking additional funds to build physical barriers on the southern border. He tweeted, “A national emergency declaration for a non-emergency is void. A prerequisite for declaring an emergency is that the situation requires immediate action and Congress does not have an opportunity to act. @POTUS @realDonaldTrump is attempting to circumvent our constitutional system.”[67] On February 25 Amash was one of 13 House Republicans to vote to block Trump’s declaration.[68]

– The Arab Christian Amash staunchly opposed Trump’s travel ban on countries that are terrorist threats.

On occasion, Amash, like the blind squirrel, does stumble on to an ‘acorn’ (but, certainly has ‘good reasons):

– Amash has criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), arguing that many environmental regulations are overreaching. Amash voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which would have amended the Clean Air Act of 1963 to prohibit the EPA from regulating specified greenhouse gasses as air pollutants. In a 2017 debate, Amash “exaggerated uncertainty around the basics of climate science”—specifically, the scientific consensus that carbon emissions cause climate change. Amash opposed Obama’s decision to sign the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. Amash voted against legislation to block Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Amash voted in favor of legislation “expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.” (Wikipedia)

Finally:
– Most notable about The Most Righteous Mr. Amash’s concerns about his interpretation of the Mueller “narrative” is that he sees no point in examining the illegalities, motivations, and unconstitutional behavior on the part of the federal law enforcement and national security agencies’ in their effort to overturn an election and topple a legitimately elected government. All of which is far better documented than the Mueller innuendo!

DLH

From The Hill:
What’s Amash Doing in The freedom Caucus, the Liberty Caucus…in Fact, Congress??

From Townhall:                                                                                                                             House Freedom Caucus Formally Condemns Justin Amash

*His reason – he interpreted it as singling  out Planned Parenthood and therefor it was somehow a “bill of attainder.” forbidden by the Constitution. Not even close. But according to Mister Constitution somehow an organization is entitled to funding  unless they have been found guilty of a preexisting crime. No such element of a bill of attainder was proffered by Congress as regards Planned Parenthood. But according to Amash if you give to one organization because of its interest in a subject you must give to any and all?  Would that be equally Mr. Amash? And if non-discrimination is a requirement for grants then one must ask if Congress must give to PETA in furtherance of any price supports for dairy interests?

**Moreon the Amash virtue

And alas, we come to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), one of the few libertarians in Congress, who recently declared that Trump could be impeached, which is rich given that police state tactics were used against the president and some of his staff during the 2016 election. Also, there could be a China connection. Yep, trade is causing tension between the U.S. and China and it would seem that the Michigan congressman has some investments that could get squeezed. Sofia Carbone at Human Events has the story

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Justin Amash’s own “impeachable” offenses

Coming soon our commentary about Justin Amash, congressman with the libertarian disease of disequilibrium, realizing he was already going to be primaried and lose , making a nice little play for talk show prominence, maybe a civilian gig post primary, and vengeance – said here with as much or more evidence as his attempt to pillory Trump.

See Breitbart report for background

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Wraymore

  • More than ‘we few’ are starting to catch on to Christopher Wray; 
  • Don’t think I’d mentioned that Wray was one of the three who threatened to resign in the ‘Ashcroft incident’.
  • Always Mr Politically Correct – he headed the Enron Investigation  – and that miscarriage of justice
  • We’d like to know who convinced Trump to name this guy to head the FBI.  DLH

One must part on the left and hold a certain worldly pose*

NO WRAY OF HOPE FOR FBI REFORM
Comey crony Christopher Wray acts as security guard for Clinton coup clan.

By Lloyd Billingsley at Front Page

After he fired the longtime Clinton crony James Comey, President Trump’s choice to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation was Christopher Wray, a man of “impeccable credentials.”

Two years later, President Trump finds that the FBI has no leadership and the director is protecting the same deep-state squad that mounted an illegal coup against the president.

“If you look at what’s happened with the scum that’s leaving the very top of government,” Trump told a crowd in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last month. “These were dirty players.” In 2018, Trump had also referred to FBI bosses as “scum,” and in 2016 hinted at meddling with his campaign.

When Attorney General William Barr recently agreed there had been “spying” on the Trump campaign, Christopher Wray told senators “that’s not the term I would use.”  As the FBI boss explained, “lots of people have different colloquial phrases. I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes, and to me the key question is making sure that it’s done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities.” For former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, that was a bad joke.

“There was absolutely no reason to play this game,” Bongino told Fox News. “Christopher Wray is one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the cosmos. He had the ability yesterday to re-establish faith in the FBI and come out and say listen, a very simple answer.” Instead he chose to play “the Comey euphemisms game.”

In similar style, former FBI deputy assistant director Danny Coulson told Fox news the so-called Russia probe was definitely not done by the book, and that agents in the field offices were wondering if those doing the spying had ever been through the FBI Academy. The Ivy League Christopher Wray certainly hadn’t.

Wray is a Yale grad and Yale law alum who started as assistant U.S. Attorney in Georgia. In 2003 he drew the attention of fellow Yalie George W. Bush, who nominated Wray as assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ’s criminal division. While Wray was assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2005, James Comey was the deputy attorney general and Robert Mueller was director of the FBI.

Neither Comey nor Mueller attended the FBI Academy. Both threatened to resign when Bush planned to renew the NSA’s Terrorist Surveillance Program while attorney general John Ashcroft was hospitalized. Wray threatened to resign with them, signaling that the deep state Three Amigos tend to act in concert.

Comey took over the FBI in 2013 and essentially exonerated candidate Hillary Clinton before he even interviewed her. Then he changed the charges of negligence to extremely careless, and said no reasonable prosecutor would charge the former First Lady and Secretary of State.

After Trump fired Comey in May of 2017, Mueller took over the Russia investigation. Trump called that a “witch hunt,” but Wray told Sen. Lindsey Graham, “I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.” As Wray explained to Sen. Dianne Feinstein “I’m very committed to supporting Director Mueller in the special counsel investigation in whatever way is appropriate for me to do that.” Apparently, in Wray’s mind, Mueller is FBI “Director” for life, something like J. Edgar Hoover.

On the other hand, Wray declined to say how he would have handled the Clinton case. And the Yale law alum said he had “no reason” to doubt the intelligence that says the Russian government ordered an effort to influence the 2016 election to harm Clinton and help Trump.  So the new FBI boss was on board with Midyear Exam and Crossfire Hurricane, a team player from the start.

When Trump pressured Wray to fire his deputy Andrew McCabe, one of the dirtiest operators in the coup, Wray threatened to resign but did not do so. McCabe was fired before he could conveniently retire, but the Clinton crony runs around the country with his book claiming Trump is an actual Russian operative. So McCabe looms large among those Trump likes to call “scum” and “dirty cops.”

James Comey also got a book deal and even his very own “Town Hall” meeting on CNN.  “Director” Mueller finds no collusion but leaves Congress with an impeachment invitation for the president. Meanwhile, DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz is about to issue his own report, and William Barr has confirmed the spying. As that plays out, Christopher Wray can’t help but pledge solidarity with Comey, Mueller and the Democrat Party. They still tout the Russia hoax and remain unwilling to address the real constitutional crisis.

The Constitution does not name the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with its unelected boss, as a branch of government. The FBI is part of the DOJ, under control of the executive branch. The FBI conducts counterintelligence but has no mandate to spy on domestic political campaigns.

To avoid repetition of that debacle, the FBI should be headed by someone who went to the FBI Academy,* rose through the ranks, and bagged some real bad guys. For all but the willfully blind, Christopher Wray was a Clinton coup clan protector right from the start

* Image not in Front Page. We found it astounding that people get operational management of the FBI who never graduated the regular FBI academy or did field operations. Wray’s “wiki” does not mention any attendance in his bio/chronology

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Is this Katy Barr the door?

So, Where’s All This Going?

Will Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham actually “get to the bottom of the government’s spying” on the Trump campaign and administration?

If they does, and it leads all the way to the Obama Oval Office, which we believe should be the obvious ultimate destination, will he expose it?

If he does, will the media insure that Obama is protected from the just repercussions?

What do you think?

Fox’s Juan Williams think this whole Barr “investigation” is ridiculous…”investigating the investigators. Harrumph!!”

The Democrats? Well, we all know what they think and what they’ll attempt to do. If Kirsten Gillibrand would publicly demand impeaching a Supreme Court Justice who votes against Roe v. Wade, what do you think she and her Party’s leadership, nominal and de facto, would do?

And how about that entire “Resistance” movement? You know. The one that readily resorts to violence when the traditional American ‘way’ of resolving differences doesn’t get them their way?

As we see it, here are the possible outcomes of the Barr investigation into the government plot to bring down the presidency, duly elected by the American people:

a) As media relentlessly attacks the investigation as purely political and “mean-spirited”, Congressional Democrats and, allowed or even joined by the traditionally timid Republicans, find Barr in contempt or at least succeed, at most, in having him removed from office as AG, or at least so discredited as to neutralize any effectiveness he could have. The resulting “findings” would be another ‘hyper-cautious’ statement like the last IG report which finds that there were”some within the DOJ and agencies who made some quite bad mistakes”, but there was no ‘political bias’ that was traceable to the Oval Office or even the highest levels of the then-administration.

b) Barr and Durham and the Inspector General, either due to continued successful stonewalling by the various law enforcement and national security agencies or, after learning how extensive and lawless the spying actions of those agencies and the nation’s highest political leaders were, will simply refuse to reveal it out of concern over` the horrendous damage to the national psyche such a report would produce . Some criminal referrals for various other “improprieties” may be made but none for the highest members of the various agencies, nor for the specific act of ‘treason’ implicit in their treacherous actions.

c) The Barr investigation will concur with the IG’s conclusions and will further conclude that serious criminal acts were committed by the leadership of the FBI and CIA, and some NSA officials. It will not go beyond that, however, to include the Oval Office nor to any of the highest ranking members of the Obama administration (Lynch, Brennan, Clapper, et al). Some criminal referrals and convictions will occur.

d) The IG’s report and the Barr investigation will find and report irrefutable evidence of widespread criminality among not only high ranking officials in the law enforcement and national security agencies but also on the part of the highest ranking members of the Obama administration up to and including Obama himself!

In our opinion, while it would be the truest justice for the insidious actions of the perpetrators, and, ultimately the most vital outcome for the preservation of all that the USA stands for, (d) is out of the question, easily the most unlikely to happen in the America we have become.

While (a) and (b) are not beyond the realm of possibility (in an age where a nasty buffoon like Joe Biden could be a front-runner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination and the rest of the field would advocate for Communism), we sincerely hope the Republic is not that far gone.

Despite the furious efforts by the media and the entertainment industry to discredit Barr and belittle the investigation and even promote physical assaults by “Resistance ” members on Trump supporters, and possibly the investigators, we believe that (c) is the most likely. The evidence uncovered by Barr, and the Inspector General that illegal spying by government agencies will be so irrefutable that a slim majority of the American people will demand action against the perpetrators (Comey , McCabe, Strzok, et al would most likely be the ones; probably not Yates, Rice, et al) .

The effect upon the nation, however, to take the scandal to to the logical conclusion as in (d) and result in indictments of Lynch, Brennan, and ultimately Obama himself, would have such far reaching and devastatingly divisive impact that it is unlikely the nation could survive in a form anywhere near its historic essence.

As a conservative, or even registered Republican you would find the neighbor you always considered ‘mildly liberal’, but a sober and friendly person, would overnight become your worst enemy, and rightfully feared as a violent threat! The national divisiveness resulting from a version of (d) would make the conflicts arising in and from the Civil War appear as mere parliamentary disagreements.
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WHAT IS YOUR TAKE, READERS? WE’D LIKE TOP HEAR FROM YOU AND BE ABLE TO REFLECT A CONSENSUS AMONG VERITASPAC CONSERVATIVES, LIBERTARIANS, AND MODERATES.

DLH

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ANYBODY SEE WHERE POPE FRANCIS HAS SPOKEN OUT ABOUT THIS LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRY?

– His Holiness Never Fails to Remind the World of The USA’s ‘Shortcomings’, and those of “Capitalism”

– Perhaps Francis is Cherishing the Gift He Received From Bolivia’s Dictator Eva Morales (the Cross embedded in the hammer and sickle)

The NY Times reports the economic decline Venezuelans are now experiencing is unsurpassed in the past 45 years outside of countries in the midst of war:

Zimbabwe’s collapse under Robert Mugabe. The fall of the Soviet Union. Cuba’s disastrous unraveling in the 1990s.

The crumbling of Venezuela’s economy has now outpaced them all.
Venezuela’s fall is the single largest economic collapse outside of war in at least 45 years, economists say.

“It’s really hard to think of a human tragedy of this scale outside civil war,” said Kenneth Rogoff, an economics professor at Harvard University and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. “This will be a touchstone of disastrous policies for decades to come.”

To find similar levels of economic devastation, economists at the I.M.F. pointed to countries that were ripped apart by war, like Libya earlier this decade or Lebanon in the 1970s.

(Note to The Pontiff: Those “disastrous policies” were not capitalist!)

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WHEN WILL CHRIS WRAY BE JUSTIFIABLY FIRED IF NOT INDICTED?

This is an excerpt from a recent piece in the Conservative Tree House (CTH) blog site.

President Trump Highlights Climbing Arc of Flynn Story…

The reason we note this excerpt is only to once again highlight the fact that, obviously, we are not the only skeptics about FBI Director Chris Wray. We have asserted several times previously that this guy didn’t win hearty confirmation approval from all but 5 Democrats for nothing.

There is, in our opinion, more than ample evidence on the record for even casual readers to conclude that Wray is as “deep state” as they come, and from the beginning of his stint as FBI Director, he has tried to stymie any honest investigation of the bureau’s corrupt activities related to the undermining of the duly elected Trump presidency.      DLH

“To this day the FBI is still fighting to keep the Comey memo content hidden and away from public review.

“Judge Sullivan has now extended the DOJ deadline for filing a response to his request until May 31st. It will be very interesting to see exactly what happens.

“With AG William Barr making inquires, and with the FBI’s inability to explain to AG Barr what was going on, the potential for the DOJ and FBI to be in conflict is very real. We know the disposition to hide information is still inherent within the FBI due to their recent attempts to hide evidence of FBI corruption within the Kavalec State Department memos.

“FBI Director Chris Wray, FBI Deputy Director David Bowditch, and more specifically FBI chief legal counsel Dana Boente are in the cross-hairs of these issues. They, along with the corrupt Washington Field Office FBI investigators, appear to be working against the interests of U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr; and thanks to Judge Sullivan these background schemes and plots are likely to be exposed.”

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Grace — thy name is not consonant with Democrat

At Patriot Post:

Democrats Lose With Anything but ‘Grace’

“The grace with which she met that defeat on an unfair, unlevel playing field with the secretary of state perhaps rigging, in part, that election … is inspiring stuff at a time that our democracy is so badly broken.” So said Beto O’Rourke, the media darling who lost his bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, about Stacey Abrams, the media darling who lost (and still refuses to concede) her bid to win the Georgia governorship last November.

Except that Abrams has been anything but gracious.

First of all, Abrams founded a nonprofit through which she flooded then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office with incomplete, inaccurate, and outright fraudulent voter applications — only to cry “racism!” and “voter suppression!” when some of those applications were thrown out. And that was before the election. In other words, she seeded the narrative for her loss even before her defeat.

Second, as our Louis DeBroux noted in November, “Democrat Abrams lost her race for governor with more votes (1.9 million) than current Republican Governor Nathan Deal won reelection with in 2014 (1.3 million).” Yet she stubbornly clung to her “voter suppression” narrative, frequently airing her phony grievances since the election. Indeed, she now insists record turnout among minorities only “led to even more of those voters being subjected to voter suppression.”

And Beto calls that “grace”? He does need the 2020 votes from minorities, after all.

That brings us to Abrams’s New York Times op-ed just yesterday, titled “Why I Am Determined to End Voter Suppression.” Spoiler alert: No she’s not; she’s committed to perpetuating and expanding the myth for nationwide political advantage.

She claimed, “My home state, Georgia, for example, suffered a vicious blend of electoral malfeasance, misfeasance and mismanagement during my race for governor last fall. But Georgia is not alone.”

Neither is Abrams alone. Democrats in general are sowing distrust in the American electoral system, all while claiming it is Republicans who are undermining elections. And Dems are pushing numerous rules changes — from dumping the Electoral College to blocking citizenship questions on the census — that would stack the deck in their favor. Meanwhile, people like Elizabeth Warren are telling the American people that “if all the votes are counted, [Democrats will] win every time.”

If this is “grace,” we’d hate to see spiteful, divisive partisan bitterness.

 

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HE CAME…HE SAW (an open Democratic interest group spot)…HE’S RUNNING !

LAS VEGAS,  — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg described Saturday his public coming out as a gay man in 2015 and how the exclusion he experienced made him conscious of what it means to belong and the need to overcome divisions.

The 37-year-old described “a crisis of belonging in this country” experienced by LGBTQ people, women, immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, workers and more and the need for “hopeful and audacious voices” to unite people in a changing time.

“What every gay person has in common with every excluded person of any kind is knowing what it’s like to see a wall between you and the rest of the world and wonder what it’s like on the other side,” Buttigieg said as he gave the keynote address Saturday night in Las Vegas at a gala for the Human Rights Campaign.

Brilliant political science analysis from the “Rhodes scholar”. Credentials? Other than maybe the gay thing any number of swamp dwellers have his credentials

“Mayor Pete” Buttigeig capitalizes on his ‘progressive appeal’; Runs as kind of a “Your Gay Next Door”, and wants you to know ‘the trouble he’s seen’.

The “good news” for aspiring Democratic presidential candidates? While ‘Mayor Pete’ has filled the “openly gay candidate” gap there’s still an opening for an attractive ‘Trans’!

Sorry Cory…Already had a black President, and Kamala has the looks over you.

“Pete” Tells LGBTQ crowd he “knows”exclusion”; Yet it’s hard to find what he’s been excluded from.

It is arguable that, as he puts it, he ‘knows’ what it’s like to “feel exclusion”, as every other gay person and to “wonder” what it’s like “on the other side”.

“Pete”  tells his listeners that he didn’t “come out” until he was age 33! Apparently, despite his announcement that he is gay, and thus, experienced “a crisis  of belonging in this country”, it would seem a mystery that he need wonder about the “other side” since he “lived it” for his first 33 years! He had already been elected mayor, received a commission in the Naval Reserve, and been accepted as a Rhodes Scholar!

And, having ‘come out’ hasn’t seemed to harm his political career, or his ‘attractiveness’ to the media.

But, I guess it makes a ‘good story’ and one with great appeal to all those “excluded” folks attending the LGBTQ “Human Rights Campaign” gala in Las Vegas Saturday. Expect to hear more about Pete’s sad ‘exclusion’ in the coming months.

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Our Commentary is not a “gay bashing”, nor do we wish to “exclude” on such a basis (The right, too, has some very able, accomplished people of that orientation who decline to seek recognition and professional accomplishment on a Buttigieg “exclusion” platform; (For example, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell; Fox News contributor, Tammy Bruce, even Fox’s liberal “Shep’ Smith makes no prominent play on “exclusion” ).

It is “Mayor Pete’s” radical left agenda on which we cast our ‘never ever vote’…and the Rhodes scholar’s off-putting self-righteous opportunism.

In a field crowded with equally self righteous, over-indoctrinated, under-educated hyper-progressive candidates who have resumes somewhat more impressive than chief executive of a relatively small, very liberal city, it’s hard to imagine “Pete” getting much attention without exploiting the heretofore unchecked ‘box’ in the far-left’s lineup… playing the “gay card”.

(I have a liberal acquaintance who was just bustin’ with pride over his own goodness and non-racist impulses with his votes for Obama. I am sure that he can’t wait to tell everyone he knows that he’s all in for “Mayor Pete” because of his ‘courage’ in coming out and marrying the ‘love of his life’ despite the ‘threat’ to his political prospects that those “homophobic GOP voters” represent. This liberal IS a good person…and he wants all to know it!)

We acknowledge that Buttigieg has impressive education and military credentials and has some record of accomplishment for the city of South Bend as its mayor. He is articulate, energetic, and seems to have a keen mind. He is described as an “active musician” and has performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. None of which either qualifies or disqualifies him from the Oval Office.

Having worked on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, however, does disqualify him as far as I’m concerned (what was that about a “keen mind”?). His campaign is an ‘all-in’ position on virtually every part of the far left’s social, economic, and foreign policy agenda. (Don’t say you weren’t warned!)     DLH

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Some additional notes of interest about “Mayor Pete:

– My favorite “Pete” quote: “What the Green New Deal gets right, is it recognizes that there’s also an economic opportunity. Retrofitting buildings means a huge amount of jobs for the building trades in this country” … (Then why not ‘retrofit’ ALL buildings in America?!)

Wikipedia:

– South Bend, IN has not elected a Republican mayor in decades.

– Elected at the age of 29, Buttigieg has been profiled by the New York Times and was called “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post. An officer in U.S. Navy Reserve from 2009-17, Buttigieg took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan during a seven-month deployment in 2014, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work.

– An active musician, Buttigieg plays piano and guitar, and has performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He lives in the same neighborhood where he grew up and is restoring a formerly vacant home there.

– Buttigieg…was born in South Bend. Prior to winning election in 2011, he was an intern for Jill Long Thompson’s 2002 congressional campaign and worked on her 2008 gubernatorial campaign. He also worked on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. As he notes on his Twitter page, the correct way to pronounce his last name is “BOOT-edge-edge.”

[55] He won the Democratic primary with 78% of the vote, defeating Henry Davis Jr., the city councilman from the Second District.[56] In November 2015, he was elected to his second term as mayor of South Bend with over 80% of the vote, defeating Republican Kelly Jones. –Wikipedia[57]

– In 2015, during the controversy over Indiana Senate Bill 101—the original version of which was widely criticized for allowing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people—Buttigieg emerged as a leading opponent of the legislation, and shortly thereafter came out as gay to express his solidarity. –Wikipedia[58][59]  

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Read, boil blood, feel better, applaud, laugh . . .

All of the above*

21 Questions To Ask Robert Mueller If He Testifies To Congress

Robert Mueller is a loose cannon and may just blow through any presidential objection, as he has already shown a willingness to defy his boss. That’s great news.

Will China dump its $1.1 trillion of treasuries in retaliation for the 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion of goods? Why President Trump should say, ‘Bring it on!’

From the “have we been down this road before” file:

6 Things to Know About the Prosecutor Investigating Spying on Trump Campaign

Evil or a useful idiot?:

Zuckerberg’s Plan for the Internet Would Be a Disaster for Free Expression

 

 

 

 

 

 

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