LINING UP FOR REPARATIONS
by Burt Prelutsky
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In Portland, Oregon, some community organizers came up with a novel way to cadge free drinks. They called it a Reparations Happy Hour, and the gimmick was that they got 100 white people to buy drinks for blacks and Hispanics at a bar. Best of all, those white morons were, ironically, barred from attending the barroom event.

I’m sure that some others might be offended by their exclusion, but not I. I approve of anything that deprives stupid, guilt-ridden, white liberals of money they might otherwise be donating to left-wing political campaigns.

That was also my response when a friend let me know that the Illinois legislature recently got around to passing the ERA Amendment, for which I suspect time has already run out. Even decades ago, when the feminists were first trying to pass it, it was meaningless. The whole point of the exercise, after all, was to ensure that women had the same rights as men under the Constitution. Well, they always had them, with the exception of the right to vote, and they’ve had that one ever since the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920.

But feminists have felt constitutionally deprived, so they’ve spent many years making sure that there would be a civil rights amendment that was specifically addressed to them. My attitude has always been that the time and money they’ve devoted to this nonsense is time and money they’re not devoting to electing people as stupid as they are.

⦿  I’m not a fan of Roseanne Barr, but I resent the fact that ABC canceled her show just because they wanted the world to know that they disapproved of her exercising her right to free speech by insulting Barack liar-nObama’s consigliere, Valerie Jarrett. So far as the network honchos are concerned, if anyone on ABC is going to insult anyone, the target better be President Trump or heads will roll.

The good news is that if you’re a fan of Roseanne’s sit com, there’s a good chance that some other network will pick it up. After all, there’s a history of such adoptions being very successful. When “Southland” was dropped after a single season by NBC, TNT picked it up and produced it for another four seasons. “The Game” spent three years on UPN, then five on BET. NBC gave up on “JAG” after one season, and then saw it run for nine years on CBS.

And none of those shows were number one in the ratings when they were cut loose.

⦿  I believe that Trump Derangement Syndrome is so widespread that if the President wanted to scuttle the political futures of Chuck clown-Schumer and Nancy Pulosi, all he’d have to do is to start lavishing compliments on them.

After all, law professor and best-selling author Alan Dershowitz, a lifelong liberal who, to this day, admits he voted for liar-Hillary Clinton, merely had to defend Trump’s constitutional authority to fire James Comey to become an outcast. Not only has he become a political untouchable to his academic and literary peers, but his friends have stopped inviting him to parties and his relatives have stopped speaking to him.

Muslims are only slightly less tolerant of their apostates than liberals are. Dershowitz, being Jewish, won’t be stoned, but neither will he be the guest of honor at any more B’nai B’rith Man of the Year events.

⦿  I recently watched an episode of “Forensic Files” in which a young woman who had been kidnapped and attacked by a psycho came in time to see him as her protector. It is not uncommon among hostages to wind up psychologically identifying with their captors.

After a bank robbery in Sweden was thwarted and the robbers wound up holding bank customers hostage for a long time, it was discovered that the customers began to have kinder feelings for the criminals than for the cops. This process came to be called the Stockholm Syndrome.

I believe over the past several years, as the leaders of Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland and Sweden, have swung open their nation’s doors to floods of Islamic rabble, we have seen this strange psychosis consume the continent.

No matter how badly the Muslims behave, no matter how many people they stab, run down or blow up; no matter how many women they rape; the Europeans feel compelled to rationalize, lest they be labeled, even in their own minds, religious bigots. Their minds has become so deranged by the propaganda spewed by the politicians and the media, they’ve actually come to believe that what they say or even think is more damning than what the Islamic degenerates do.

⦿    In a day and age when the name of Thomas Jefferson is more often connected to slavery and the sorry sight of mental pygmies demolishing his statues, I am grateful to Bob Hunt, a patriot residing in Arcadia, California, for passing along some of the man’s wisest words:

“When we get as piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes, the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”
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ALERT ALERT

Clinton Donor And Tax Cheat Tied To Russia

“Do as we say, not as we do.”

That seems to be the slogan for Hillary Clinton and her political allies, and it’s especially apt in light of new information about one of Clinton’s largest campaign donors.

While the left is still trying to attack President Trump and his family over unproven business dealings and largely debunked connections to Russia, a new report indicates that it was Hillary Clinton’s team who were doing those exact things.

“Fox News has learned that one of the top donors to the ‘Hillary Victory Fund’ (HVF) in 2016 was a Los Angeles-based attorney who is alleged to have misused company funds to create his own $22 million real estate portfolio,” that outlet reported on Thursday.

“He has also been considered by California to be one of the state’s biggest tax cheats, and allegedly has ties to the (Russian) Kremlin,” Fox continued.

The man’s name is Edgar Sargsyan. His deep pockets greatly benefited Clinton’s campaign, with contributions of at least $250,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund in 2016.

He was also in charge of an elite fundraising dinner to benefit Clinton, where donors paid $100,000 per couple just to attend the ritzy event. But in true Clinton fashion, the money apparently went missing.

Sargsyan is now “being sued by his former company for allegedly diverting those funds to start his own real estate company,” according to Fox.

Now, people are asking hard questions about Clinton’s buddy Sargsyan, including whether his contributions were part of a pay-to-play scheme and if he had shady connections to foreign governments.

“Nobody gave to the Hillary Victory Fund out of the goodness of their heart or some generalized desire to help 33 random state parties,” pointed out attorney Dan Backer from the Committee to Defend the President.

“They did so to buy access and curry influence — something the Clintons have been selling for nearly three decades in and out of government,” he continued.

Trying to buy political influence is sadly common, especially when it comes to the Clintons. What is raising more red flags than normal, however, is the evidence that Sargsyan is no run-of-the-mill campaign donor.

“The really scary question is, what did this particular donor with this strange web of connections hope to buy for his quarter-million dollars?” Backer asked Fox News.

That web of connections is strange indeed.

The Committee to Defend the President is now alleging that SBK, a major Sargsyan-linked company “is an investment firm that is affiliated with United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and its international affiliate has business interests in Russia,” according to Fox.

“Among its dealings was a bid to finance $850 million for a major bridge project to connect Crimea with Russia,” the group claims.

“He worked for SBK, and SBK appears to have bid on some Crimean/Russian bridge project,” Backer said. “That’s usually an indicator of political favor and connections.”

It raises several chilling questions: Was Sargsyan paying a quarter million dollars to Clinton for political favors, and — more disturbingly — was that money actually from sources in Russia in order to smooth the way for its construction plans?

Nobody knows for sure. What is clear, however, is that there is a pattern of dirty money surrounding the Clintons, with the “Uranium One” and “Clinton Foundation” scandals just two of the most well-known examples.

“It reinforces how fast and loose the Clinton machine was when it came to ‘Hoovering up’ these megadonor checks, not just from questionable Hollywood and Wall Street elites but potentially from foreign influence peddlers using who knows what money,” Backer told Fox News.

“It reinforces the need to take a long hard look at not just the unlawful money laundering process, but the way in which they were solicited as well,” he continued. “The Clintons have never shown a great deal of concern for whomever it was cutting the checks — whether it’s foreign influence peddlers or Hollywood smut peddlers like Harvey Weinstein.”

If those claims are even partially true, then America dodged a bullet in November of 2016 — and it’s worth keeping the pile of foreign-connected Clinton scandals in mind the next time the left tries desperately to tie Donald Trump to Russia. Perhaps they should look in the mirror.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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