EMMA LAZARUS, YOU’RE FIRED!
by Burt Prelutsky
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Not too surprisingly, Emma Lazarus, who penned the words that were engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty, that stuff about huddled masses yearning to breathe free, was a Jewish socialist. She may also have been a very nice person. I can’t say. But what I do know is that she wasn’t an elected official, and I’m getting awfully tired of people pretending she was establishing national policy or that it’s our diversity that makes ours such a wonderful nation.

At the time of our nation’s creation, when we had the Founding Fathers, men of the caliber of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Mason and Franklin, acting as midwives at the birth of the United States, there was hardly any diversity. English was their common language; they were all of the same race, sex and religion; and only fools would argue that the nation has ever been in better hands.

I’m not against legal immigration, and I certainly profited from the fact that two sets of Russian grandparents decided to bring their offspring to the New World, but I think the advantages brought about through diversity are widely exaggerated.

It wasn’t always this way, of course. For decades, people risked everything, including their lives, to get here because they believed there was nothing better than being an American. Most of them understood that the streets weren’t actually paved with gold. It was the promise that was golden. The promise was that if you learned the common language, obeyed the laws and worked hard, you would succeed to the extent that your abilities would allow; and, what’s more, your American children would be free to pursue and perhaps even achieve their wildest dreams.

That was then. Today, millions of immigrants, including some who make it here legally, assume they don’t have to learn English or assimilate to our culture and values, but, rather, that we accommodate theirs. Moreover, they believe they are entitled to collect welfare, get free health services and even vote in our elections.

It’s not entirely their fault, either. After all, that’s what a great many important people tell them; people like college professors, newspaper publishers, owners of cable TV stations, Hollywood celebrities and, worst of all, members of Congress.

As hokey as Emma Lazarus’s words are, people named clown-Schumer, dinky-Warren, Pulosi, scum-Durbin, Fein-stein, Warner, commie-Sanders and Blumenthal, would like to add one additional line that asked that we be sent those yearning to vote for Democrats.

In a closely related matter, Chicago’s potty-mouthed mayor, Rahm Emanuel, whose popularity among the city’s blacks has descended to levels unseen since the heyday of George Wallace and Bull Connor, is so desperate to be re-elected, he has come up with a city card which would give Chicago’s illegal aliens the right to vote.

First, the schmuck turned my birth city into a sanctuary swamp and he has now taken one more giant step in his attempt to turn it into Ciudad Chicago, Mexico’s northern-most municipality.

Naturally, the always dependable ACLU is fighting for illegal aliens to have the right to vote in presidential elections.

A group that is nearly as abominable, the Southern Poverty Law Center, managed to convince Google to authorize it to identify hate groups and individuals in America. As you would guess of an organization that receives much of its funding from former Nazi-collaborator and all-around nogootnik, George scum-Soros, the SPLC has determined that Antifa, a gang of masked, pipe-swinging, savages, passes muster, but Jeanine Pirro, Dr. Ben Carson and Laura Ingraham, are hate merchants.

⦿  Not too surprisingly, Barbra Streisand, whose nose has always been bigger than her brain, has blamed the Parkland massacre on President Trump, and liar-Hillary’s loss on Russia’s control of voting machines in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. It makes me wonder if James Brolin still believes it was a good career move to hitch his wagon to this batty old nag.

⦿  Amazon, the most successful company in the world, made $5.6 billion in profits in 2017 and paid no federal income taxes. On a single day recently, its head honcho, the uberliberal Jeff Bezos, increased what is already the world’s largest fortune by a billion dollars. But Mr. Bezos still opposes tax cuts for the rest of us peons.

⦿  As if the FBI doesn’t have enough to answer for, over the past three years, the Inspector General of the Justice Department has disciplined at least 14 FBI agents for a range of sexual offenses, most of them occurring during James Comey’s tenure.

But, at least now we have a clue what those guys were doing when they should have been disarming Nikolas Cruz and giving him a lift to the nearest loony bin.

⦿  During an address at M.I.T., Barack liar-nObama announced there had been no scandals during his eight years in office. Perhaps an advantage of being black is that nobody can spot the telltale blush when you tell an obvious whopper. And because it was a college setting, you can safely assume that nobody in the audience brought up Solyndra; Operation Fast & Furious; Mrs. liar-Clinton’s private server or the bribes she accepted from foreign nations; liar-nObama’s lies about the Affordable Care Act; the targeting by the IRS and the NSA of his political opponents; his race-based opposition to law enforcement; his pussy-footing away from the line in the Syrian sand; his capitulating to Russia when it came to providing Ukraine and the Czech Republic with missile defense systems; sending $150 billion in cash to the mullahs in Iran; his promise to Putin to be “more flexible” after winning a second term; his ignoring the Constitution by attempting to grant amnesty to six million illegal aliens; and, oh yes, his illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign team.

To be fair, he couldn’t and didn’t do all of this on his own. So, let’s ask that Mrs. liar-Clinton, Lois Lerner, Susan Rice, Huma Abedin, scum-Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, James Clapper and hanoi-John Kerry, all come on stage and take a well-deserved bow.

⦿  Someone has undertaken the task of quantifying the 10 worst colleges in respect to free speech. Atop the list was the institution that once prided itself on being the incubator of the Free Speech Movement, Cal Berkeley. The others are Drexel University, Harvard, the L.A. Community College District, Texas State University, Fordham, Evergreen State College, Northwestern, Albion College and some place called Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

But as with all such lists, I’m certain that there are hundreds of other colleges and universities tied for 11th place.

⦿  In the wake of cutting ties with the NRA and denying discounts to its five million members, Delta Airlines declared they only wanted to remain neutral in the ongoing controversy over gun rights. One, if they wanted to be neutral, they’d simply do away with discounts instead of penalizing conservatives. Two, did they deny discounts to members of AARP, the group that vigorously campaigned on behalf of the equally controversial Affordable Care Act? Of course not.

Even as a business decision, it struck me as pig-headed. Whereas I can see NRA members and their friends spurning Delta if there’s an optional carrier available, does Delta seriously believe that millions or even dozens of liberals are now going to insist on flying on the airline in admiration of their corporate cowardice?

⦿  Being an optimist at heart, I can even see a silver lining to the endless carnage in Syria. I’ll remind you that the earlier pipedream involving world peace, the League of Nations, finally gasped its last breath when people saw that the organization lacked the will to do anything about Mussolini’s Air Force strafing native spear-chuckers in Ethiopia.

Perhaps in the wake of the U.N.’s failing to do anything about Bashar al-Assad, in league with Russia and Iran, gassing his own people, it will finally be enough to drive the final nail into the glass coffin on the East River. One can only hope, as we optimists are always telling ourselves in lieu of slitting our wrists.

⦿  I am always surprised when people mention that I have used words that have driven them to the dictionary. It’s not intentional on my part, though I believe it was entirely intentional when that Ivy League smarty pants, William F. Buckley, did it.

In fact, I actually try to adopt a conversational tone in my work. Still, I grant it’s a conversation in which I get to do all the talking. Which proves, you don’t always have to die in order to experience something like Heaven here on earth. 
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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking:
It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail

Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.

At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.

The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.

Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.

“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.

“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.

“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.

Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.

That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”

Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.

Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”

It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.

Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.

TEA PARTY TARGET

Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.

Ammoland reports:

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

NJ.com adds:

Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.

He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.

He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.

In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”

David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:

To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.

Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)

“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”

Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.

Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.

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