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Oberlin Finds Out How Expensive 
Radical Leftism Can Be
Robin Smith  
'Yuge' Florida Crowd Celebrates Trump's 
2020 Launch
Thomas Gallatin:  President Donald Trump officially announced his “Keep America Great” reelection bid to a packed house in Orlando, Florida, yesterday. Trump strolled to the podium amid the deafening chants of “USA” from the filled-to-capacity 20,000-seat Amway Center arena. He thanked the crowd for coming and quipped that if two or three seats had been empty, “The fake news will say, ‘Headlines: he didn’t fill up the arena.’” Trump thrives in such an environment, touting his administration’s accomplishments while blasting his opponents to adoring fans.

“We stared down the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests who made a living bleeding our country dry,” Trump asserted, once again embracing the image of the anti-establishment Washington outsider. Setting aside his expansion of the ethanol boondoggle, he’s right. He added, “The swamp is fighting back so viciously and violently. For the last two and a half years, we have been under siege.”

Trump heaped criticism on the Democrats, charging that the creation of Robert Mueller’s investigation was their seeking a “do-over” of the 2016 election. He highlighted the extreme Left’s takeover of the Democrat Party, noting, “There’s so many great things we could do right now in a bipartisan way. But they’ve been afflicted with an ideology sickness that protects foreign borders but refuses to protect our borders; that promotes jobs overseas but allows our factories to close; that promotes democracy abroad but shreds our Constitution at home; that declares support for free speech and free thought but relentlessly suppresses them both; and that constantly savages the heroes of American law enforcement. We don’t want that.”

However, his most critical statements against the Democrats were reserved for the border crisis. “On no issue are Democrats more extreme and more depraved than when it comes to border security,” he correctly argued. “The Democrat agenda of open borders is morally reprehensible. It’s the greatest betrayal of the American middle class — and frankly American life — our country has as a whole.”

He then called out the Democrats running for president: “In the ultimate act of moral cowardice, not one Democrat candidate for president — not a single one — has stood up to defend the incredible men and women of ICE and Border Patrol. The job they do is incredible.” Clearly, Trump still sees illegal immigration as a primary election issue.

Trump also warned, “A vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American Dream.” He then urged, “Vote, vote, vote. This time, we’re going to finish the job.”

All told, it was a successful opening rally for Trump. The huge crowd will gin up excitement within his base in Florida, a major swing state he will need to hold onto. On a final note, Trump’s campaign raked in $25 million in donations yesterday alone.  ~The Patriot Post

Three reasons Trump-Russia hasn't 
turned into Watergate
yaBkBM0CjQpvr7cmWN4CM2m0zYmZ9Q9SkpRVmOfD9ECCWhwij-e4atmuARYI2OsZCR5z4boSU5ojKsmVIa5I2yBPaOAblZ0cVOPeOG5tRNK1bnFvz_rY_mR0-ubU-dKEFXR3L9-5IMDK9bE8f24YnJkcK6BFTUWYbvNRcg7gE_Dcsxgp48WDdSaoa7Lqtj_jQPlorURxY4Q7eEIG5ZqX9-g_UdnCICSA-iw3tRFV4tYE77XA2FcgPJ4qPQjeIXxKZIxFeQjze01wqma9-HzHClM71Uji4WEkwyXPUIPMx4GcAgX5hWtsJ4qn2uhAAhWVCOX44Sba3EVK8PG6BxLf=s0-d-e1-ft#%3Ca%20rel%3Dnofollow%20href=?profile=RESIZE_710xby Byron York } ~ Why haven't efforts to impeach President Trump gained Watergate-style momentum? The lack of energy has created a sense of bafflement and disappointment among some of the president's most determined adversaries... But there are some simple reasons for it. Here are three: 1.) The facts are different. In Watergate, the underlying crime was a break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters, perpetrated by burglars paid by President Richard Nixon's reelection campaign. The scandal proceeded from there. In Trump-Russia, the underlying crime was the hacking of the DNC's and John Podesta's emails — a crime committed by Russians in Russia. Special counsel Robert Mueller, who indicted a number of Russians and Russian entities for their actions, spent two years trying to find conspiracy or coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign. He failed. That single fact has shaped every other aspect of the Trump-Russia affair. In Watergate, the cover-up flowed from Nixon's desire to conceal his campaign's involvement in the break-in and other political dark acts. It formed the bulk of the obstruction of justice case against Nixon, which in turn served as the basis for articles of impeachment. In Trump-Russia, Mueller did not charge, although he clearly suggested, that Trump obstructed the investigation of an event — conspiracy/coordination — that did not happen. That meant the simplest, most plausible motive for obstruction — Trump, knowing he was guilty, tried to cover up his campaign's conspiracy with Russia — was off the table. Given that, Mueller's obstruction case veered all over the map. He conceded that Trump had many motives to act as he did — anger at being wrongly accused, concern over his ability to govern, a desire to defend the legitimacy of his election — and that none of them involved covering up conspiracy or coordination with Russia. That's a very different set of facts from Watergate. Consider the single most explosive episode of Watergate — the Saturday Night Massacre, in which Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Trump's opponents say his desire to fire Mueller was Nixonesque. But try to imagine the Saturday Night Massacre with a Trumpian set of facts: What if Nixon told his White House counsel to tell the attorney general to fire Cox, but the counsel ignored the order? Nixon called again, and the counsel ignored him again. Nixon then let the matter drop, and Cox completed his investigation. No Saturday Night Massacre. That alone shows there is simply no comparison between Watergate and Trump-Russia. 2.) The press is different. Just as the facts of Trump-Russia are quite unlike Watergate, so the media environment of 2019 is quite unlike what existed in 1974. Back then, there were three 30-minute broadcast network newscasts, CBS, NBC, and ABC. There were two big newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post, and TV network executives sat down each day, within a few blocks of each other in Manhattan, to produce newscasts that basically illustrated the papers' latest stories. There was no Internet, no cable news, no podcasts, no social media, and no talk radio. Nixon, even if he had had strong defenses, faced a solid wall of media opposition. Today, the situation is much, much different — and infinitely better. There is far more diversity of opinion in the media writ large, and, importantly, popular access to primary sources. That troubles some media figures who miss the old days of news monopoly. "During the Watergate era ... there were three networks," Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote recently. "Now, cable news, talk radio, thousands of websites and social media create a polluted firehose-blast of information mixed with disinformation." "Back then, what was said on those three networks ... was largely believed," Sullivan added. "Much more than now, there was a shared set of facts." 3.) Congress is different...  
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick 
Shanahan to Step Down
0reEcwuBq5zswZQsYM60jnblOkxHhC8LHvM1LwIomdcF9WYd0UJ3rJ86EVqIshUkWzowDx9J0PTwAMpwcLiFVrhyqBAhj3aBGy3QHAohP38NyZrrEips5qcToxGyIZDKTqbeksWE0D4UlDCevyrPbu8umAaQFzrwE0o=s0-d-e1-ft#%3Ca%20rel%3Dnofollow%20href=?profile=RESIZE_710xby Jack Crowe } ~ Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from the confirmation process after being nominated to continue his role in a permanent capacity... President Trump announced Tuesday on Twitter. Trump also said that Mark Esper, who currently serves as secretary of the Army, will succeed Shanahan as acting secretary of defense but did not reveal whether Esper would be nominated for the permanent role. Shanahan’s confirmation process was slowed by an unusually lengthy FBI background check. The delay was likely related to a 2011 domestic violence incident in which Shanahan’s then-17-year-old son hit his mother in the head with a baseball bat. Shanahan, who defended his son in the wake of the incident, told the Washington Post that he feared the confirmation process, and the resulting media focus on the years-old incident, would re-traumatize his family.  The announcement comes one day after Shanahan revealed that the Pentagon will deploy 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East in response to escalating Iranian aggression. “In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” Shanahan said in a statement.  Shanahan, in justifying the deployment, cited a number of recent conflagrations in the region, including, most recently, an attack on two international oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz last week. Administration officials claim the attack, which injured a number of sailors and forced them overboard, could only have been carried out by Iranian forces...   

The Catastrophic Costs of Weed Culture
KROX3Sy5sb5qXqFS8ZHQ_xVEq1KtM40i_E1_bQNw1CESs88IKqtYZnSzg39VAnRvMkW3fHLKFkjeQDcgqJfbnaztnDcgwbpgMUtH5sqET5dSo2t0NXbO05TRLJeO497gGjShHXzy1dKxFR6jqVk4WuDUt7N3tQbJdnk=s0-d-e1-ft#%3Ca%20rel%3Dnofollow%20href=?profile=RESIZE_710xby John Jiang } ~ Evidence is beginning to mount that marijuana may cause lasting brain damage, even when used by people in their mid-20s... At a time when politics and culture appear to be increasingly pro-pot—two-thirds of Americans now support legalization—scientists have provided yet another reason to exercise caution. A piece published by the New York Times on Sunday, written by two physicians, warns that repeat use of the popular drug causes measurable IQ declines in young people.  Another article published around the same time by the Washington Post raises similar alarms and also links marijuana usage to misuse of nicotine and even opioids. These warnings come at a time when it seems that the United States is barrelling toward total pot legalization. Recreational use of marijuana is already legal in ten states, D.C., and multiple U.S. territories, and medical-only use is permitted in a further 23 states. The Washington Post article suggests that state legalization is exacerbating already-dire drug problems in public high schools. Colleges students, who are old enough to purchase pot but young enough to be hurt by it, have it even worse. Every major candidate  running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, with the possible exception of loose lips liar-Joe Biden, has endorsed federal legalization at least implicitly — and even loose lips liar-Biden is likely to fold once he begins feeling the heat from progressive activists. That is not to say that the right should necessarily double down and oppose legalization. Whether legalization should be permitted on a state level or even enforced on a federal level is a debate worth having between those on the right with socially conservative sensibilities and those that consider themselves libertarian. For one, the argument that being dangerous to adolescents warrants banning a substance for all adults has relatively few legs to stand on. Furthermore, it appears that leniency has the advantage even among Republicans, with President Trump endorsing bipartisan measures toward clemency for low-level drug offenders. Jeff Sessions, who was for two years the most anti-drug cabinet member in the Trump administration, resigned from his position as Attorney General in late 2018 having mostly failed to impede the momentum toward legalization...
Breaking News About Benghazi
by Dean James } ~ Mustafa al-Imam, a Libyan national approximately 48 years old, was found guilty of terrorism charges for his participation in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi, Libya... Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. government personnel Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died in the attack at the Mission and the nearby Annex in Benghazi. A judge declared a mistrial on 15 other criminal charges against the Benghazi conspirator after the jury did not reach an agreement on al-Imam’s guilt of murder. “We will never forget those we lost in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 – Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “And we will not rest in our pursuit of the terrorists who attacked our facilities and killed these four courageous Americans – they must be held accountable for their crimes. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors – and all of their partners in the U.S. government – who are responsible for this important investigation.” “Mustafa al-Imam was found guilty and will be held accountable for his role in the terrorist attack that destroyed the U.S. Mission in Benghazi,” said U.S. Attorney Liu. “Four American heroes lost their lives and others were seriously wounded during that attack. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to pursue justice against those who commit terrorist acts against the United States no matter how far we must go or how long it takes.” “Mustafa Al-Imam has been found guilty for his role in a brutal terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans,” said Assistant Director McGarrity. “This case shows the FBI’s commitment to bring to justice those who commit acts of terror against the United States and our citizens — no matter how far away those acts take place or how long an investigation may take.” “Mustafa al-Imam played a significant role in the 2012 Benghazi attack, one that ultimately claimed American lives,” said Assistant Director in Charge Sweeney. “While nothing will ever change the outcome of this horrific event, today’s verdict is a reminder that the safety of Americans — whether at home or abroad, civilian or otherwise — will always be our top priority. If you commit an act of terrorism, we will find you and bring you to justice.”...  
Basically, commie-Bernie Sanders Is a Communist
 by Dov Fischer } ~ Responsible people recoil when politically pejorative terms are hurled around. The Left, for example, now calls opponents “Racist!” without any basis... 
The Southern Poverty Law Center, once an address for identifying true prejudice, now has lost all claim to seriousness by  defaming even morally decent, mainstream legal-defense groups like  Alliance Defending Freedom as bigots — even as their own conduct   has been rife with sexual abuse creating a hostile work environment. On campuses across the country, some professors who cannot be fired, because their academic tenure protects them even when they spout irresponsible and even insane notions, hurl the term “Racist!” at any conservative who comes their way. People who believe in the truth of religious scripture are denounced as homophobes — and, sure, may as well call them “Racist!” too. People who believe that public bathrooms should be individuated by gender are called haters and homophobes — and of course “Racist!” People who condemn Islamic terror are tagged as Islamophobes. Oh, yeah — and “Racist!” The word “Racist!” has no meaning anymore. During the Wasted scumbag/liar-nObama Decade, Holy War rampages by Arab Muslims on Jihad were called “workplace violence,” but opponents of scumbag/liar-nObamacare were called “Racist!” When one compares a contemplative reasoned federal judge who is pro-life with David Duke and Adolf Hitler — well, “Racist!” means nothing. Maybe that is the reason that the true racists —scumbag-Al Sharpton, scumbag-Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, etc. — never are called “Racist!” but instead hurl the epithet at others who simply agree with the economic principles of Milton Friedman or the founding principles of the Constitution. There is no end to the outrageous defamation and hyperbolic character assassination. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is tagged as “racist” by Buttigieg, a squirt from South Bend, who quickly has emerged as strangely obsessed with a perception that Israel is one of the world’s greatest problems. President Trump now regularly is tagged as “Racist!” — a term never used against him through the decades upon decades that he was in public life among the New York glitterati, left and right, Democrat and Republican, scumbag/liar-Clinton and Bush, and even hosted a wildly popular weekly television program on Leftist NBC. He was the darling of late-night talk shows. Jesse Jackson associated with him, Don King, Jim Brown. Suddenly, as he entered a Presidential race and emphasized the need to gain control over the national emergency at our southern border, he was coronated “Racist!” When he saw the chaos and violence and murder at Charlottesville, he forcefully condemned neo-Nazis and White Supremacist extremists, but he also observed that Antifa fascists on the Left also were in the mix and also are despicable, and he correctly distinguished that others among the demonstrators that day were decent people who simply wanted to protect historic monuments to great fallen Civil War heroes like Gen. Robert E. Lee. To this day, the Charlottesville “Racist!” hoax that has been leveled against the President is despicably employed whenever the Left and their media wing have an opportunity. Indeed, in the early days of the Trump Presidential campaign, a similar concerted lie was propagated, tagging him as “anti-Semitic.” As insane as the charge was when leveled against a father of an Orthodox Jewish daughter whom he continues to cherish, a grandfather of Orthodox Jewish grandchildren he loves, a defender and supporter of Israel, and a lifelong friend of Jewish colleagues and employees, nothing seemed capable of stopping that defamation. CNN, MSNBC, all the Left media vehicles on air and in print, just kept pouring it on: “Racist!” “Anti-Semite!” “Homophobe!” “Islamophobe!” All lies, big lies. Damned Lies. And yet more Damned Lies. Such Left Media epithet-hurling now is part of the modern diction and practice of chilling speech and stifling honest debate. Irresponsible name-calling and lying...  
Oberlin Finds Out How Expensive Radical Leftism Can Be
Robin Smith:  The new chic “morality” of the political Left involves social justice — a philosophy that’s grown to mean a uniform distribution using the state of society’s advantages, disadvantages, wealth, and outcomes under the banner of fairness, equity, and justice. In the case of the “progressive” Left, the government is the tool because of its ability to print money and redistribute wealth that would otherwise be criminal and treated as theft, extortion, and corruption outside the realm of government. Fortunately, sometimes real justice is actually done, as is the case with Oberlin College in Ohio.

Within this ideology that’s at the core of much of the policies driving Democrats these days exists the companion of aggressive activism. This often consists of posts on social-media platforms that now operate as rhetorical lynch mobs. Anonymous accounts spew vile comments ranging from rumor to complete slander and libel with no foundation. But sometimes, it becomes in-your-face protests of agitators spewing profanity and hate that may even rise to include violence and assault.

But oh what a great day with the verdict of Gibson Bros v. Oberlin. National Review’s David French sums it up: “An Ohio jury … ordered Oberlin College to pay a business called Gibson’s Food Market and Bakery a stunning $11 million in compensatory damages for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and intentional interference with business relationships.”

So what happened? French writes:

The facts of the case are egregious. On November 9, 2016, a bakery employee suspected an African-American Oberlin student, Jonathan Aladin, of stealing wine. The employee pursued the student and got in a physical altercation with Aladin and two other Oberlin students, Cecilia Whettstone and Endia Lawrence. Police arrested the three students, and almost a year later — on August 11, 2017 — Aladin pled guilty to attempted theft, aggravated trespass, and underage consumption. Whettstone and Lawrence pled guilty to attempted theft and aggravated trespass. They were not racially profiled. They were guilty of crimes.

Yet students immediately organized a protest of the bakery, publishing and distributing flyers that claimed it was “a RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION,” and that a member of the Oberlin community “was assaulted” by its owner. Evidence indicated that university officials helped publish and distribute the flyer, including by disseminating it to media.

This was but the beginning of the bakery’s ordeal. The student senate issued a resolution stating that Gibson’s had a history of “racial profiling” and “discriminatory treatment,” and the resolution was posted on campus for “a period of at least one year.” The head of Oberlin’s Department of Africana Studies published a Facebook post declaring that Gibson’s had “been bad for decades” and that “their dislike for black people is palpable.” He said, “Their food is rotten and they profile black students.”

Then, from November 14, 2016, through January 30, 2017, the college suspended all business with Gibson’s.

A jury of locals spoke clearly with the law on their side after they watched Oberlin College fuel the flames of social justice hatred beyond a simple case of shoplifting and assault. That incident could’ve been adjudicated but instead was escalated by Oberlin, that Woke Progressive Institution of Higher Learning™, where people alleged racial profiling and a hate crime toward the assailants contrary to the facts.

The jury’s verdict means that, at least this time, social justice warriors aren’t getting away with their prettied-up brand of hate, assault, and criminal speech. Instead, they have been unmasked to be the criminals they truly are and face a big price tag for it. The news now coming from Oberlin should be cheered throughout the public in our need to reverse and right the decline from civil debate and dialogue to today’s ambush, protest, assault, and intimidation that comes after the offense-of-the-day is identified.

Oberlin College will appeal its ground-rattling verdict to pay $11 million in compensatory damages to this small, family-owned establishment in addition to another state-law-capped $22 million for punitive damage, down from the ruling of $33 million. “Cha-ching” is the sound of justice in this case.

So, what does this mean to conservatives everywhere being sued for this and that? For those being ambushed with shrieks of racism, bigotry, homophobia, etc.? Well, it seems that freedom of speech does come with a responsibility and value.

In Gibson Bros v. Oberlin, the justice system worked to demonstrate that those who cultivate an environment that infringes upon the rights, property, and safety of not just the disgruntled self-identified victims of society, but individuals who are law-abiding and attempting to operate within a framework of a civil society, will be held accountable and even financially responsible for their role in organizing, equipping, and mobilizing the actions, aggressions, and illegal assaults of the vigilantes of victimhood they instigate.

Remember, in the minds and world of “progressive” leftists, they get to determine and dictate who lives as the offended, the down-trodden, and those deserving of some measure of social justice dished out by the mobs of mouthy militants. It’s great to see, and hopefully the first of many situations in which Rule of Law protects all.

Let’s not only unmask the perpetrators of this unacceptable behavior destroying our politics and polite society; let’s completely dismantle it.  ~The Patriot Post  

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