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Apparently, Rep. Joaquin Castro hasn’t learned the first rule of holes. For people like Rep. Castro, the first rule of holes is simple: if you’re in one, stop digging. Immediately! Rep. Castro didn’t do that. Instead, he tried defending his indefensible actions. Rep. Castro was accused of “targeting and harassing Americans” by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Rep. Castro replied via Twitter, saying “No one was targeted or harassed in my post. You know that. All that info is routinely published. You’re trying to distract from the racism that has overtaken the GOP and the fact that President Trump spends donor money on thousands of ads about Hispanics ‘invading’ America.”

Technically, Rep. Castro is right that this information is published. He’s lying through his teeth, however, in saying that it’s “routinely” published. Having taken a trip through FEC reports once or twice before, I can state that it’s a pain in the butt. Adding what businesses these Trump max donors from San Antonio work at isn’t difficult if you have tons of time. However, it’s indisputable that it’s a labor-intensive project.

Further, saying that “no one was targeted or harassed” in Rep. Castro’s tweet is incomplete. It’s far more likely that it’ll be accurate if the tweet said ‘no one was targeted or harassed yet.’ Does Rep. Castro think that we’ve forgotten about this lunatic?

It isn’t likely that we’ll forget this incident anytime soon:

Does Rep. Castro actually think that his doxing of President Trump’s supporters won’t trigger Antifa protests against these businesses or these people’s homes? If Rep. Castro thinks that we’ll buy that BS, then he’s insulting our intelligence. Democrats have tried playing the racist/bullying/intimidation game for years. Democrats don’t have any fresh solutions but they’re well-schooled in intimidation tactics.

America is at a cultural crossroads tonight. We can reject the Resist Movement and return to being the greatest nation on this planet. Either that or we can accept Antifa’s intimidation tactics as America’s new normal. Personally, I won’t accept the Democrats’/Antifa’s intimidation tactics. Period. There’s nothing normal about the Democrats’ intimidation tactics.

What’s interesting is that Democrats are using the same tactics that they’re accusing President Trump is using. If there are thoughtful Democrats left, it’s time to reject these thugs immediately. There’s no place in politics for intimidation tactics.

Normal Americans are getting repulsed by the behavior of politicians like Robert Francis O’Rourke, Sen. Spartacus Booker and Tim Ryan in the wake of this weekend’s mass shootings. That’s in addition to Joaquin Castro essentially threatening President Trump’s San Antonio supporters.

Robert Francis O’Rourke, in his best impersonation of being a real man, called President Trump a “white nationalist.” Sen. Booker said that it was “the president who must be ‘held responsible’,” not the shooter.

Unfortunately, this is what I expect from politicians. There isn’t a solution to be found anywhere. That’s why normal Americans, defined as people who don’t see racism motivating white people’s every action, got out to the polls and elected Donald Trump as president. They were tired of politicians of both parties not solving problems. They elected the man they saw as Disruptor-in-Chief. They elected President Trump. Thank God for that.

The MSM criticized President Trump’s Inauguration Speech, calling it dark. Now, people across this nation think it’s dark but needed. Meanwhile, the leading contender to be the Democrats’ presidential nominee, Joe Biden, plans on directly linking President Trump to the el Paso shooting:

Saying that President Trump has “fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” Democratic presidential primary front-runner Joe Biden on Wednesday will directly link the president to the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The charges by former vice president – who will make his case during a speech in Burlington, Iowa – come on the same day as Trump travels to El Paso to visit with law enforcement, first responders and victims of the shooting, which left at least 22 people dead. The president will also stop in Dayton, Ohio, site of another mass shooting this past weekend.

The suspect in the El Paso massacre allegedly wrote a white nationalist manifesto ahead of the shootings. Biden, pointing to the president’s divisive immigration rhetoric at campaign rallies and on Twitter, will ask “how far is it from Trump’s saying this ‘is an invasion’ to the shooter in El Paso declaring ‘his attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas?'”

What a blithering idiot. It’s stunning to hear the former Vice President of the United States insist that this idiot in Texas did what he did because of something President Trump said.

Normal people understand that the El Paso shooter was a disturbed person and, it turns out, a ticking time bomb waiting for detonation. This has nothing to do with President Trump.

UPDATE: Some of President Trump’s San Antonio supporters have started criticizing Rep. Joaquin Castro, (D- TX) for outing them:

One of those Trump donors even revealed he’s also been a supporter of local Democratic lawmakers—including Castro himself. Wayne Harwell, the owner of a local real estate development company whose name appeared on the list Castro shared on Monday night, told Fox News in a phone interview that he donated money to Castro’s congressional campaign. But he suggested that after Castro outed him in a bid to shame Trump supporters, he won’t be supporting Castro anymore.

Rep. Castro probably doesn’t care. He ‘stood up’ to President Trump, which keeps him in good standing with Resist activists, which is all he wants.

Let’s be blunt about this. Rep. Castro isn’t a man of integrity. Period. Rep. Castro knows that Democrat-affiliated organizations like Antifa and other domestic terrorist organizations affiliated with the Democratic Party will likely visit these contributors for the sole reason of intimidating them for the next campaign. What’s most disgusting is that Democrats have employed this tactic since Scott Walker was Wisconsin’s governor. That was the entire purpose behind the illegal John Doe investigations.

I don’t know what’s worse. Vice President Biden is promising to take law-abiding Americans’ legal firearms. Rep. Castro is issuing veiled threats to people who’ve contributed to the campaign of a politician he doesn’t approve of. On second thought, this is easy. They’re both dirtbag losers who don’t give a damn about the Constitution.

President Obama is the last politician who should speak out against mass shootings. After President Obama’s statement Monday, President Trump noted that “President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of control.” It’s fair to say that President Obama’s language was more restrained than President Trump’s language.

What isn’t fair is to say that President Trump’s language has contributed to these mass shootings. That’s nothing except sloppy rationalization. It doesn’t have anything to do with the truth.

As was often his habit, President Obama characterized himself as the arbiter of truth and the American way. In 2016, Americans rejected that narcissism and elected President Obama’s opposite when they elected President-Elect Trump. In his statement, President Obama said, in part, “We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.”

I don’t recall President Obama criticizing anti-Semitic Democrats like Rashida Tlaib or Ilhan Omar compare Jews with animals. President Obama certainly didn’t criticize Louis Farrakhan for his anti-Semitic dehumanizing comments. There certainly isn’t anything on the record with President Obama criticizing #BlackLivesMatters for this:

Then there’s Joaquin Castro’s tweet:


I’m so thankful that Democrats aren’t doxing people and putting their lives at risk from Antifa thugs. Joaquin Castro is a thug. He should be fired by his constituents for threatening people for being political activists.

The truth is that President Obama is just the highest-profile Democrat political thug. He certainly isn’t the only Democrat political thug.

I can’t feel anything except satisfaction knowing that Alyssa Milano was taken down a bunch of notches. Milano got taken down those notches by Angel Moms Mary Ann Mendoza and Sabine Durden. If you’ve never seen Mary Ann Mendoza in action, you’re living a deprived life. I was going to try and say something snappy that captured everyone’s attention but I realized that a video is worth a million words. This video, to be precise:

Then again, this video would work, too:

But I digress. A progressive, whether they’re an actress or a politician, can’t think for themselves. Also, they’re the ones telling us “This isn’t who we are as a nation.” (Like they’d know? Yeah right.)

Mrs. Durden blistered Milano:

“You do know that we have many children in America that have been separated from their parents because one or both broke the law?” she asked the actress. “Yes, imagine that: Someone paying the consequences of their actions and their families suffer because of it.”
“Thousands of American children have been forever taken from their families and will never be able to be reunited, hugged or kissed by their parents,” Durden continued. “So you just keep ignoring our tragedies and pain and try to persuade people that you actually care or have a real heart. No Oscar award for your poor performance.”

Mrs. Mendoza blasted Milano, too:

“The amount of children who are being trafficked is of no concern of hers,” Mendoza told Breitbart. “The percentage of trafficked children is so much higher than those separated. Thank goodness our Border Patrol men and women are aware of this and are helping those children whom Alyssa has never mentioned,” she added.

Then Mrs. Mendoza gave Milano a lesson in real activism:

Mendoza then issued a challenge to the actress in name only. “If she is truly concerned about the children, fight for the American children being raped by illegal aliens in our country,” she said. “Put your boots on and leave your home and go work at the borders with our Border Patrol agents for a week.”

Many thanks to Rusty Weiss And Jeff Dunetz at the LidBlog for finding the quotes.

Saying that Sen. Tina Smith’s intellectual heft isn’t impressive is understatement. Sen. Snith’s op-ed is filled with Schumer-styled partisanship. What isn’t said is that Senate Democrats went all-in with the Resist Movement in slowing down the confirmation of President Trump’s appointees. What isn’t said is that Democrats did this to keep Obama appointees in key positions as long as possible.

Now, Sen. Smith has written this op-ed to complain that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the Senate is in the personnel business. Sen. Smith has a problem with that, saying “…McConnell has transformed the Senate into little more than the Trump administration’s personnel office, the place where good ideas go to die.”

Had Sen. Schumer, (D-NY), not tied the Senate up in nots with procedural gimmicks, President Trump’s appointees might’ve gotten finished by now. That’s why Senate Republicans changed the rules to limit debate on nominees. Sen. Smith doesn’t mention that fact, though. Then, to pour white gas on the fire she just started, she wrote this:

What that means is that day in and day out, the work of the Senate has been reduced to voting to pack the courts with Trump-appointed, lifetime federal judges, as fast as we can. And because McConnell and the Republicans have dramatically reduced the time for debate on most of these judges — from 30 hours to two — they can pack the courts faster than ever before.

Democrats created this problem. Had Pelosi and Schumer not pledged to empty the rules toolbox to slow down President Trump’s entire agenda, perhaps Sen. McConnell might be more willing to debate bills. Why should he take up far-left bills from the Democrat House knowing that they won’t fix America’s problems?

Then there’s this howler:

Voting on these nominees is part of my job as a senator, and I take this responsibility seriously. I make time to research the background of each nominee, but the truth is, there’s never any real debate.

That’s BS. She was part of a press conference prior to President Trump nominating Justice Kavanaugh to fill the opening caused by Justice Kennedy’s retirement. At that press conference, held hours before the nominee was known, a bunch of Democrats announced that they’d oppose whoever President Trump nominated. What part of that sounds like Sen. Smith and those other Democrats took “time to research” that nominee?

It’s well-known that Smith was the vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Sen. Smith’s decision to announce how she’d vote on the nominee wasn’t the result of painstaking, exhaustive research. It was the result of Sen. Smith’s far-left ideology on abortion on demand. Sen. Smith tries to keep that part of her history secret. Imagine that.

Sen. Smith is a waste of a Senate seat. She does whatever the Democrats tell her to do. That isn’t just on major issues. Sen. Smith follows the Democrats’ instructions to the letter on virtually every issue. In this video, Sen. Smith looks like the robot she’s been since becoming part of the Democrats’ minority:

Like Al Franken before her, Sen. Smith has been a partisan hack. The thought of her working across the aisle on important issues is laughable. It’s that simple.

By now, the entire industrialized world knows that the St. Louis Park City Council voted unanimously to discontinue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before their meetings. That isn’t news so I won’t beat that horse. It’s already dead. What hasn’t been discussed is whether there’s a bigger story that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. In my opinion, there’s another story that needs covering that’s just as important.

Mayor Jake Spano got it right when he said “It feels to me like we may have missed a step there and if we had that conversation, we might have been able to hear from our community about how they felt about this action.” First, let’s dispense with the “may have.” The City Council intentionally skipped that step. This was an ambush, pure and simple.

This isn’t a new tactic. The DFL ‘nonpartisans’ in other cities have used the “inclusive and welcoming” argument before to push through unpopular resolutions and rule changes. When St. Cloud wanted to ambush Councilman Jeff Johnson with a resolution on refugee resettlement, the put the resolution on the agenda at the last minute, then arranged for special interests, including CAIR-MN, to speak when the microphones opened up. They made sure average citizens didn’t have the chance for input.

When St. Louis Park voted to drop the Pledge, the public didn’t have the opportunity to testify. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? When I led the Vote No campaign to sink the bonding referendum, I tirelessly told LFR readers that the ISD 742 School Board was trying to keep the referendum as low profile as possible. Stealth was its chief tactic. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Are you sensing a pattern yet?

The DFL locally and Democrats nationally don’t win arguments anymore. They don’t bother trying, in fact. They call people who oppose them bigots or racists, instead. Once upon a time, Democrats consistently insisted on openness and fairness. Now, they insist on those things only when it helps them. There’s nothing consistent about it anymore.

During this past Monday night’s study session, the St. Louis Park City Council hoped to not to take public testimony:

According to WCCO news, the session was meant to re-address the council’s unanimous decision to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from council meetings. The session was not meant to include public input, but that did not stop community members from interrupting.

People were already pissed with the Council’s decision. They held this study session to plot a path forward. Their intention was to restrict or eliminate input from their constituents. What part of that sounds like a plan to resolve this outcry?

Passing this rules change without public input is what got the Council in trouble. Did they think that plotting political strategy without public input would help fix this problem? Only people who are totally out of touch would think that would fix things.

This looks like white gas getting poured on a raging fire:

The pattern that’s emerged is for Democrats to restrict public testimony and/or to accuse people who oppose them of being racists. Fortunately, the DFL hasn’t called these patriots racists — yet.

Senators Josh Hawley and Marco Rubio blistered Democrats for the Democrats’ inactions on immigration policy. Sen. Hawley blistered Democrats during a hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, saying “Until this wretched Congress decides to do something, I don’t know why we even bother to have these hearings. I don’t know why it even matters because this Congress will not act.”

This is the net effect of the Resist Movement. No House Democrat dares defy that movement for fear of getting primaried. Democrats have waved the white flag of surrender to the Resist Movement. Democrats put activists and ideology first. Far too many Democrats won’t put America first. That’s why it’s virtually impossible to fix problems. Fear of the Resist movement is stopping the passage of a bill that would fix our asylum system and close the multiple loopholes in our immigration laws.

When Republicans highlight these things during the general election campaign, the people will take it out on Democrats. Democrats promised solutions. They haven’t delivered on those promises. The bills that they passed wouldn’t fix problems.

UPDATE: House Democrats caved on the emergency funding bill for DHS:

House Democrats will vote Thursday on a clean Senate-passed bill to address the border crisis, marking a blow to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and liberal members who had demanded additional protections for migrant children.

House Democrats are still in trouble because Pelosi and her far-left ideologues had to be dragged kicking and screaming to support the Senate’s bipartisan bill.

This is my I-told-you-so moment:

“There’s a feeling in the room that the bipartisan Senate vote … leaves the House will very little room to negotiate,” said a Democratic lawmaker in the Pelosi meeting.

Here’s proof that House Democrats had to be dragged kicking and screaming to vote for the bipartisan Senate bill:

While liberal members wanted to put restrictions back in the Senate bill, members were running up against a deadline with the July 4 recess about to begin. In explaining her decision, Pelosi cited the urgent need to get funding to help children caught in the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

Let’s be clear about this. The AOC-Bernie-Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party is fuming over Ms. Pelosi’s decision. That’s why over 100 House Democrats voted against appropriating money for beds for children. For them, they wanted to totally restrict President Trump. That was more important to them than helping children.

How sad!

In the days ahead, it’s likely that more than a few newspaper articles will report that Republicans, in the House and Senate, have provided the money to improve conditions in holding facilities at the border.

First, the bill that the House passed last night isn’t going anywhere. Essentially, it’s dead. With all of its poison pill provisions in it, it’s DOA in the Senate. The Senate bill, however, has bipartisan support. Most importantly, it doesn’t have any poison pill provisions in it.

This morning on Outnumbered, Democrat spinmeister Jessica Tarlov said that companies need to “take a moral and ethical stand” against Wayfair, the company that’s manufacturing beds that go into several detention facilities. That’s heartless and stupid.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it’s heartless. Let’s suppose that Wayfair caved. The result of the protesters’ actions and the company’s decision would’ve mean that thousands of kids would’ve been forced to continue sleeping on concrete. In what warped universe does that sound compassionate? That’s just the start of things, though.

It’s beyond stupid policywise because it creates a binary option. It either creates the option of kids sleeping on cement or kids getting released entirely. What civilized society should tolerate kids getting released into the custody of people who often aren’t their parents? (Did Ms. Tarlov ever think that the people who these children would get released to are child traffickers?)

The Wayfair Walkout is filled with idiots. They’ve reacted emotionally without thinking things through. If you asked these activists (that’s what they are) what’s most important and you gave them a choice between protesting President Trump or helping children, I’m betting that the overwhelming majority of these activists would pick protesting President Trump.

These aren’t rational people. They’re hatemongers. I’m betting that they haven’t thought about whether their protest will hurt children. I’m betting they haven’t. These Democrats (the corporate HQ is in Boston, MA) hate President Trump more than they love these kids. For the organizers who put this protest together, they don’t care about these children’s welfare. If they did, they’d support the company’s efforts to help these children.

Instead, they complain about separating children from their parents, assuming that the adults with these children are even relatives, much less parents. These are activists who want to whip up the Democrats’ activist base. I don’t have a problem with activists until they start putting politics ahead of children’s needs. At that tipping point, I’ve got major problems with the hair-brained activists because, at that point, they’re putting innocent children’s lives at stake.

The House bill passed last night is DOA, meaning that the Senate bill will have to be the main option for funding these detention centers. Since hard-left Democrats oppose the Senate bill, House Republicans will have to supply most of the votes to pass the Senate bill. When Republicans vote overwhelmingly in favor of that bill, they’ll rightfully get credit for fixing the immediate crisis at the border. Ironically, House Democrats will have the ‘privilege’ of being on the outside looking in.

In this opinion piece, former VP Joe Biden wrote that “We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.” He continued, saying “Our country is made up of hard-working, aspirational people from every culture, from every nation — and that is an indisputable strength. There’s no better example of the richness that’s possible when the United States is closely knit together with our neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean than the city of Miami.”

After that, Sleepy Joe gets a little confusing. He said “That starts by recognizing that DREAMers are Americans, and Congress needs to make it official. The millions of undocumented people in the United States can only be brought out of the shadows through fair treatment, not ugly threats.” Which is it, Joe? Are we a nation of laws or are we supposed to ignore people that are now flooding into the US due to loopholes in our asylum laws? Those folks aren’t DREAMers. They’re an entirely new categorization of illegal immigrants.

Our asylum system needs to be improved, but the answer is to streamline and strengthen it so that it benefits legitimate claims of those fleeing persecution, while reducing potential for abuse.

Joe’s actually right for a change. Our asylum system needs to be improved. Why Biden doesn’t tell Democrats to get off their posteriors and help fix the problem is puzzling, though. Thus far, Democrats have done exactly nothing to fix that crisis. Then there’s this:

And it’s imperative that we secure our borders, but “Build the wall” is a slogan divorced from reality.

National security isn’t Joe’s strength. The MSM reports it to be but former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said “I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue of over the past four decades.”

It won’t stop the flow of illegal narcotics or human trafficking, both of which come primarily through legal ports of entry. Nor will it stop asylum seekers fleeing the most desperate conditions imaginable and who have the right to have their cases heard. Nor will it stem the numbers of undocumented, most of whom overstay legal visas.

This isn’t difficult to translate. The Obama-Biden administration did virtually nothing to fix asylum laws. They didn’t build the wall, which is essential. (Joe says it isn’t. Israel says it’s highly successful. I’ll side with the Israelis.)

Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages, tear-gassing asylum seekers, ripping children from their mothers’ arms — actions that subvert American values and erode our ability to lead on the global stage.

Joe, it isn’t President Trump’s fault that the MSM showed pictures of children in cages that were from the Obama-Biden administration. You, not President Trump, locked kids in cages:

Biden suffers from Democrat Syndrome. Its prominent tell-tale sign is the inability to tell the truth. That’s been a frequent problem with Joe. He’s a serial plagiarist. He’s campaigned by telling blacks that Mitt Romney wanted to “put y’all back in chains”:

The good news is that VP Biden isn’t the strongest frontrunner I’ve ever seen. Then again, he isn’t running against a strong group of candidates. This might be the worst list of presidential candidates that the Democrats have ever put forward.

It’s indisputable that the US is a nation of immigrants. What’s disputable is whether we’re a nation of laws anymore. It’s disputable because former FBI Director Jim Comey appropriated the authority given to the Attorney General. It’s disputable because the FBI used information that it knew was fraudulent to get a warrant to surveil the Trump campaign. Further, the FBI got that warrant by telling the FISA Court that the fraudulent information had been verified.

That isn’t what a nation of laws does. That’s what a bunch of criminals do.

One of the most underreported movements is the #Walkaway Campaign. According to my Google search, there are just 2,620 articles on the subject. The first article listed in the news search was this article from the Daily Caller. The title of the article is “OPINION: A Big Civility Gap Between The Left And Everyone Else, Say WalkAway Democrats.”

The opinion piece starts by saying “The ‘WalkAway’ campaign, started by Brandon Straka, is about exiting the Democratic Party. We studied the videos on the movement’s official YouTube channel, including 150 people who walked away. A large majority report a civility gap between the left and the non-left. Fully 70 percent suggested that the left is less civil than Republicans and others.”

There are lots of Establishment Republicans who don’t deserve our loyalty. Still, it’s clear that Democrats won’t tolerate people they slightly disagree with. With the hardline progressives, the slightest ‘infraction’ is enough to reject a person. That isn’t what made America exceptional. What’s made this nation exceptional is the ability and willingness to make a deal that’s a combination of mild disappointment and extreme satisfaction. This video must’ve struck a nerve:

The #WalkawayCampaign published this video on Jul 14, 2018. It already has almost 850,000 views. It’s attracted over 22,000 comments. It’s been approved or liked over 74,000 times while attracting less than 1,000 disapprovals in a year. Any political video that has a 75:1 approve-to-disapprove ratio in the comments section is astonishing.

The point I’m making is that the #WalkawayCampaign isn’t attracting much attention from the MSM. It should be. This isn’t insignificant. The opening page of the #Walkaway website tells what they’re doing:

The #WalkAway Campaign is a true grassroots movement, founded by former liberal, Brandon Straka on May 26th, 2018. The #WalkAway Campaign encourages and supports those on the Left to walk away from the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today. We are walking away from the lies, the false narratives, the fake news, the race-baiting, the victim narrative, the violence, the vandalism, the vitriol. We are walking away from a party driven by hate. We are walking toward patriotism and a new, unified America! We are the future of this great nation!

Rest assured that these patriots aren’t just abandoning the hate-mongering Democrats. They’re running towards the new patriotism and a new, unified nation. It’s apparent, too, that the #WalkawayCampaign intends on influencing the 2020 election.

It’s difficult to measure a freshly minted grassroots’ movement’s impact prior to the next election. This one, however, seems distinct from past grassroots organizations. This time, it’s apparent that Democrats have played the division card thousands of times too many. It’s like the Democrats’ chief strategy is to divide, divide some more and divide the nation even more.

That isn’t the America that the Founding Fathers envisioned. That isn’t the “Shining City on a Hill” that President Reagan envisioned, either:

Today’s Democratic Party doesn’t seem capable of envisioning President Reagan’s Shining City on a Hill. Today’s Democratic Party seems only capable of division, propaganda and encouraging illegal immigration.

When Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi or other Democrats talk about America’s principles, they’re talking trash. Based on what we’re seeing in the #WalkawayCampaign and in the Trump movement, Biden and Pelosi couldn’t identify America’s principles if their lives depended on it.