Friday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: In UK, Trump throws fuel onto Britain’s fiery political debate over Brexit (Fox News)

What to know ahead of the Trump-Putin summit (The Daily Signal)

Nikki Haley: Cut off North Korea’s oil (Washington Examiner)

Three dummycrats-Democrats introduce “Abolish ICE” proposal, then say they’ll vote no (The Daily Wire)

Trump’s state approval ratings and the Senate (Washington Examiner)

Surprise: Senate schedule longest in 47 years, summer break “shortest in decades” (Washington Examiner)

Migrant children being used as “commodity to circumvent a loophole,” border agent says (Fox News)

Muslim reformer urges terror designation for Muslim Brotherhood (CNS News)

GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Brett Kavanaugh (The Hill)

The other important confirmation: New top cop at DOJ (Washington Examiner)

The DOJ has turned the Russia investigation into a puzzle designed never to be solved (The Federalist)

Gun-rights groups sue California over registration failures that could result in gun owners being locked up (The Washington Free Beacon)

University of Kansas flies defaced American flag as anti-Trump “art” (MRCTV)

Universities block movie that tells “untold story” of Roe v. Wade from filming on campus (The College Fix)

Humor: More protective MAGA helmets now available for Trump supporters brave enough to go out in public (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Before judging Trump, NATO allies should do some soul-searching (The Daily Signal)

Policy: Despite its dark past, Berlin continues to appease a regime seeking to murder six million Jews (The Washington Free Beacon)

~The Patriot Post


Louie Gohmert Tells FBI Agent Peter Strzok He’s a Liar – “Did You Use That Smirk When You Lied To Your Wife”

by sundance

{ } ~ Wolverine Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) had a fiery exchange with FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during today’s joint hearing… with the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. Mr. Gohmert dispatched all the nonsense, looked weasel Strzok straight in the eyes and called him a lying liar who lies. Epic in the scale of brutal honesty…. Louie Gohmert was plumb-mad-dog angry; and within his direct assertion of everything everyone knows to be true: “did you use that smirk when you lied to your wife”? Gohmert sent the dummycrats-Democrats into fits of spontaneous combustion.



Haley team: China and Russia ‘must immediately stop’ delivering oil to North Korea

by Joel Gehrke

{ } ~ China and Russia “must immediately stop” delivering oil to North Korea in light of analysis that shows the rogue regime has acquired more fuel in 2018 than the United Nations Security Council permits… according to U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s team. “Ambassador Haley and her team submitted a report to the 1718 committee showing that the DPRK has breached the 2018 annual cap for refined petroleum products – in violation of UNSCR 2397,” a U.N. Security Council diplomat told the Washington Examiner. Resolution 2397, which passed in December of 2017, stipulates that North Korea can import only 500,000 barrels of oil annually. But the regime has blown through that cap. North Korea’s access to “refined petroleum products” has been enhanced through dozens of illegal ship-to-ship transfers, according to U.S. analysis contained in a report to the council…


Fake History That Inspires Today’s Progressives


{ } ~ Mindful of Voltaire’s dictum “To hold a pen is to be at war”, we take up the pen against five enduring myths about the Russian Revolution and the advent of socialism… The five myths are long-standing pillars of falsehood — used to curtail liberty, justify past atrocities, and in the name of “progress” lead free people into servitude. Calling themselves “progressives,” many people today readily accept most or all of these myths as the truth. Filled with socialist yearnings, they have become a new force to be reckoned with in American politics. Myth #1 — The false story of a heroic beginning to socialism — as a popular uprising by an oppressed people against social injustice and the cruelties under the Tsar. In truth, the Russian revolution did not really begin until after the military coup that brought the Bolsheviks to power on Nov. 7, 1917. The coup was an almost bloodless event — “as easy as picking up a feather,” Lenin admitted. The Bolsheviks were just one of several parties contending for power in Russia following the abdication of Nicholas II, the last Tsar, early in the year. Credit Lenin with some real foresight: He was quick to realize the advantage that might come from putting together a private army from soldiers and sailors set adrift by the collapse of the old regime. It was a small group of disaffected soldiers — not alienated workers — who stormed the Winter Palace in Petersburg, arrested members of a feeble Provisional Government, and catapulted Lenin — who enjoyed no widespread popular support — into power. The historian Bertram Wolfe quipped…


House puts aside Peter Strzok fight to authorize US intelligence programs

by Susan Ferrechio

{ } ~ The House on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill reauthorizing policies and spending for the nation’s intelligence community for two years… The bill passed without much opposition and made no major changes to the surveillance law, even though the issue has led to more heated debate in recent years. It passed easily, 363-54; most of the “no” votes came from dummycrats-Democrats. But it does include a provision aimed at making it harder for foreign operators to interfere with U.S. election, by requiring the Director of National Intelligence to provide an advisory report on cyberthreats to candidates running for federal offices. And it adds accountability measures that will require the 17 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community to report to Congress about leaks of classified information…


U.S. Muslim Leaders Mourn Jordanian MB Leader

by John Rossomando

{ } ~ A who’s who of anti-Israel radical leaders in the U.S. Muslim community mourned last week’s death of Ishaq al-Farhan… the co-founder of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood political wing, the Islamic Action Front (IAF). “May God have mercy on the thinker, the Islamic leader, and Jordanian national personality, Professor Dr. Ishaq al-Farhan. He lived for his religion, his Umma and Palestine, from which he descended, and people remember his virtues … This is a great loss, not only for Jordan, Palestine and the Islamic movement, but also a loss for this whole Umma Islamic nation,” wrote American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) National Policy Director Osama Abu Irshaid. Sabri Samirah, who worked as chairman of the now-defunct Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), posted video of al-Farhan’s funeral from Jordan on Abu Irshaid’s Facebook timeline. IAP was the propaganda arm of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, and Marzook served on its board. The Palestine Committee was created to serve Hamas politically and financially, court records show. Samirah served as IAF’s spokesman during a period of exile in Jordan for due to his pro-Hamas sympathies that began in 2002. He returned to the U.S. in 2014… Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.


The Never-Trumpers Are Never Coming Back

by Pat Buchanan

{ } ~ With never-Trump conservatives bailing on the GOP and crying out for the Party of Pulosi to save us, some painful truths need to be restated.

The Republican Party of Bush I and II, of Bob Dole and rino-John McCain, is history. It’s not coming back. Unlike the Bourbons after the Revolution and the Terror, after Napoleon and the Empire, no restoration is in the cards.

It is over. The GOP’s policies of recent decades — the New World Order of George H.W. Bush, the crusades for democracy of Bush II — failed, and are seen as having failed. With Trump’s capture of the party they were repudiated.

There will be no turning back.

What were the historic blunders?

It was not supporting tax cuts, deregulation, conservative judges and justices, or funding a defense second to none. Donald Trump has delivered on these as well as any president since Reagan.

The failures that killed the Bush party, and that represented departures from Reaganite traditionalism and conservatism, are:

First, the hubristic drive, despite the warnings of statesmen like George Kennan, to exploit our Cold War victory and pursue a policy of permanent containment of a Russia that had lost a third of its territory and half its people.

We moved NATO into Eastern Europe and the Baltic, onto her doorstep. We abrogated the ABM treaty Nixon had negotiated and moved defensive missiles into Poland. rino-John McCain pushed to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO, and even to send U.S. forces to face off against Russian troops.

Thus we got a second Cold War that need never have begun and that our allies seem content to let us fight alone.

Europe today is not afraid of Vladimir Putin reaching the Rhine. Europe is afraid of Africa and the Middle East reaching the Danube.

Let the Americans, who relish playing empire, pay for NATO.

Second, in a reflexive response to 9/11, we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, dumped over the regime in Libya, armed rebels to overthrow Bashar Assad in Syria, and backed Saudi intervention in a Yemeni civil war, creating a humanitarian crisis in that poorest of Arab countries that is exceeded in horrors only by the Syrian civil war.

Since Y2K, hundreds of thousands in the Middle East have perished, the ancient Christian community has all but ceased to exist, and the refugees now number in the millions. What are the gains for democracy from these wars, all backed enthusiastically by the Republican establishment?

Why are the people responsible for these wars still being listened to, rather than confessing their sins at second-thoughts conferences?

The GOP elite also played a crucial role in throwing open U.S. markets to China and ceding transnational corporations full freedom to move factories and jobs there and ship their Chinese-made goods back here, free of charge.

Result: In three decades, the U.S. has run up $12 trillion in merchandise trade deficits — $4 trillion with China — and Beijing’s revenue from the USA has more than covered China’s defense budget for most of those years.

Beijing swept past Italy, France, Britain, Germany and Japan to become the premier manufacturing power on earth and a geo-strategic rival. Now, from East Africa to Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, and from the South and East China Sea to Taiwan, Beijing’s expansionist ambitions have become clear.

And where are the Republicans responsible for building up this potentially malevolent power that thieves our technology? Talking of building a Reagan-like Navy to contain the mammoth they nourished.

Since the Cold War, America’s elites have been exhibiting symptoms of that congenital blindness associated since Rome with declining and falling empires.

While GOP grass roots have begged for measures to control our bleeding southern border, they were regularly denounced as nativists by party elites, many of whom are now backing Trump’s wall.

For decades, America’s elites failed to see that the transnational moment of the post-Cold War era was passing and an era of rising nationalism and tribalism was at hand.

“We live in a time,” said U2’s Bono this week, “when institutions as vital to human progress as the United Nations are under attack.”

The institutions Bono referenced — the U.N., EU, NATO — all trace their roots to the 1940s and 1950s, a time that bears little resemblance to the era we have entered, an era marked by a spreading and desperate desire of peoples everywhere to preserve who and what they are.

No, Trump didn’t start the fire.

The world was ablaze with tribalism and was raising up authoritarians to realize nationalist ends — Xi Jinping, Putin, Narendra Modi in India, Erdogan in Turkey, Gen. el-Sissi in Egypt — before he came down that elevator.

And so the elites who were in charge when the fire broke out, and who failed to respond and refused even to recognize it, and who now denounce Trump for how he is coping with it, are unlikely to be called upon again to lead this republic.


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