George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, dead at 94


{} ~ Former President George H.W. Bush, who spent a lifetime in public service and as the nation’s leader scored a decisive victory over Saddam Hussein… but battled a faltering economy, died Friday at age 94. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. He is survived by five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A sixth child died in early childhood. The late former president also is survived by 17 grandchildren. Former President George W. Bush issued the following statement upon his father’s death: “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”…



U.S. Accuses Iran of Escalating Illicit Arms Transfers in Yemen, Afghanistan

by Natalie Johnson

{} ~ The Trump administration on Thursday accused Iran of escalating illegal weapons transfers to rogue militias across the Middle East and South Asia… over the past year in violation of United Nations arms embargoes. Standing in front of a weapons display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling outside of Washington, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said the United States recovered new evidence of Iranian military equipment intended for Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Taliban in Afghanistan, among other proxies in the region. The seized weapons included missiles, fragments of a drone, rocket-propelled grenades, and other small arms that Hook said pose a “clear and present threat” to U.S. and coalition forces. The presentation comes nearly a year after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley revealed what she said were fragments of an Iranian missile fired by the Houthis in Yemen toward a civilian airport in Saudi Arabia…


rino-Corker, Menendez Push Effort to ‘Neuter’ Trump’s Broadcasting Chief

by Susan Crabtree

{} ~ Outgoing Sen. rino-Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) is teeing up another parting shot to President Trump by facilitating an effort to undermine his choice to lead the nation’s taxpayer-funded global broadcasting operation… according to several GOP sources. The same day rino-Corker rebuked Trump by supporting a bill forcing the United States to withdraw from Yemen, the vocal Trump critic quietly held a Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote approving a bill that would greatly curtail the power of Michael Pack, the incoming new head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, or USAGM. rino-Corker, who is retiring at the end of the year, and Sen. Bob Menendez, (D., N.J.), who sponsored the bill, are rushing the bill through committee this week in an effort to attach it to the government funding bill that must pass before Congress adjourns at the end of the month, according to several government officials. The USAGM is formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Pack is expected to win Senate confirmation next year when rino-Corker is no longer chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee…


The Media’s BLATANT Double Standard on ‘Lying to Congress’ EXPOSED


{} ~ The destroy-Trump media was thrown into full-fledged meltdown mode Thursday after the President’s former attorney pleaded guilty of lying to Congress… conveniently ignoring countless examples of leading liberal politicians committing the same offense. As the mainstream press obsesses over Michael Cohen’s alleged reversal on answers he submitted to Congressional investigators, the silence is deafening regarding similar complaints made against scumbag-James Clapper, scumbag/commie-John Brennan, scumbag-Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Huma Abedin, Andrew McCabe, and many others. “scumbag-James Clapper’s perjury, and why DC made men don’t get charged for lying to Congress,” posted USA Today in January. “CIA director scumbag/commie-John Brennan lied to you and to the Senate. Fire him,” wrote the Guardian in 2014. “New holes in Loretta Lynch’s story on the scumbag/liar-Hillary Probe,” added the New York Post in July 2017. “Rep. Mark Meadows said Thursday there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey lied when he told Congress that the FBI and the Justice Department were not coordinating on the investigation into scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server,” said a story published by the Washington Examiner…


Border security, taxes are flashpoints as Republicans and Democrats work to fund government

by Colin Wilhelm & Al Weaver

{} ~ Republicans and Democrats aiming to pass spending legislation and avoid a government shutdown are still debating increased funding for border security… as well as unrelated measures that could complicate passage, such as taxes. As for the border, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters on Thursday that Republicans and Democrats were about $900 million apart on funding for border security for 2019. But Republicans also wanted advance funding approved for another $2.5 billion in 2020, potentially avoiding another vote tied to Trump’s much-hyped border wall next year. Shelby said that the president would sign a funding bill with that provision, and that Trump was key to how negotiations will proceed. “We talk about how do we get our bills passed, satisfy the president, because he is the linchpin,” Shelby said.Senate Minority Leader scumbag/clown-Chuck Schumer D-N.Y., said earlier this week that Democrats could support border security funding of up to $1.6 billion. But Democrats also know their negotiating leverage will increase next year, when control of the House of Representatives flips to them. That may lead to a compromise continuing resolution without other legislative priorities to keep a partial government shutdown from happening while Republicans control both chambers of Congress. scumbag/clown-Schumer took to the floor on Thursday afternoon to lay a potential shutdown at Trump’s feet…


Revealed: Emptying of the Iranian ‘Atomic Warehouse at Turquz Abad

by David Albright, Olli Heinonen, Frank Pabian, and Andrea Stricker

{} ~ On September 27, 2018, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel revealed at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly the existence of a secret warehouse.. in the Turquz Abad district in Tehran, which he said held a range of equipment and materiel as much as “300 tons” in 15 shipping containers related to Iran’s past or possibly on-going nuclear weapons efforts. He also stated that the facility had held 15 kilograms of radioactive material that Iran had since dispersed around Tehran. He criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for not being willing to inspect the site after Israel had quietly provided the IAEA with evidence of the “Atomic Warehouse” and information about Iran’s efforts to empty it. This emptying appears to have followed public revelations that Israel had seized a portion of Iran’s separate “Atomic Archive,” or alternatively called the “Nuclear Archive,” containing nuclear weapons files and documentation. Even after Netanyahu’s UN speech, and Iran’s continued efforts to empty out the site, the IAEA has still not inspected it. It should be encouraged to explain why it failed to do so and has yet to conduct a belated visit and ask for explanations from Iran on the purpose of the site and recent activities that have taken place there…


An ‘Independent Judiciary’ Reality Check

by Mark Alexander: Let’s set the record straight…You may have heard that President Donald Trump is adamant about defending our southern border. Most recently, that defense has been focused on the migrant mobs attempting to breach our border between Tijuana and San Diego.

In a setback to Trump’s efforts, one of Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s appointees on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Jon Tigar, blocked Trump’s order requiring that illegal alien asylum applications, the free ticket to America, be processed at legal points of entry. (There’s a reason that circuit is also known as the Ninth Circus and the Nutty Ninth.)

Trump responded to the ruling, “You go the 9th Circuit and it’s a disgrace. And I’m going to put in a major complaint because you cannot win — if you’re us — a case in the 9th Circuit and I think it’s a disgrace. This was an scumbag/liar-nObama judge.”

On that note, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, in an unprecedented rebuke of a U.S. president, chastised Trump for stating the obvious: that an scumbag/liar-nObama-appointed federal judge “was an scumbag/liar-nObama judge.”

Roberts declared, “We do not have scumbag/liar-nObama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or scumbag/liar-Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

It would have been proper for Roberts to say nothing about Trump’s remark, but, ostensibly endeavoring to protect the integrity of the courts, he apparently felt compelled. Obviously, Justice Roberts knows full well how highly politicized the federal courts are — and his assertion that we now have an “independent judiciary” defies reality. The objective of impartial “blind justice” is certainly what our Founders prescribed for the judicial branch, but they knew that attaining equal justice under the law was a high bar.

The most recent skewering of then-SCOTUS nominee and now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh is an airtight case in point. So one might conclude that Roberts was projecting what he believes should be the nonpartisan nature of the courts. But as he stated it, he’s flat wrong.

Responding to Roberts, Trump said, “I have a lot of respect for [Roberts] but I think we have to use some common sense. This 9th Circuit, everybody knows it’s totally out of control and what they’re doing, what they’re saying, the opinions are very unfair to law enforcement, very unfair to our military, and they’re very unfair, most importantly, to the people of our country because I’m keeping them safe.”

Trump added: “Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have ‘scumbag/liar-nObama judges,’ and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country. It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an ‘independent judiciary,’ but if it is[,] why there are so many opposing view cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned[?] Please study the numbers, they are shocking. We need protection and security — these rulings are making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise! Judges must not Legislate Security and Safety at the Border.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a former federal prosecutor and a strong candidate for a Circuit Court nomination once he retires from the House, declared, “I wish Chief Justice Roberts were right. I wish there were not a politicization of the judiciary.”

Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, added, “Every print article that you will go find … refers to judges based on the president that put him or her in office. And you see terms like conservative and ultra conservative and liberal and moderate, which are political terms. … So I wish Chief Justice Roberts were right. I wish that we did not refer to judges based on which president put them in office as if that is somehow going to inextricably lead us to the conclusion.”

The fact is, federal judges have proven to be partisan for generations, and there is most assuredly a very distinct division and partiality on the federal bench.

Judges nominated and appointed by Republican presidents are partial toward Rule of Law and the Liberty enshrined in our Republic’s Constitution. In the overwhelming majority of cases, they honor their oaths “to support and defend” our Constitution.

Conversely, judges nominated and appointed by Democrat presidents are clearly partial toward the so-called “living constitution” embraced by those who reject Rule of Law in deference to the rule of men, the irrevocable terminus of which is tyranny.

Of the latter, Thomas Jefferson warned they would “make the Judiciary a despotic branch.” As the venerable former Sen. Sam Ervin (D-NC) once put it, these are judges who “interpret the Constitution to mean what it would have said if [they], instead of the Founding Fathers, had written it.” Jefferson warned that such interpretation would render our Constitution “a mere thing of wax … which [judges] may twist and shape into any form they please.”

As James Madison cautioned, “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

As for partiality on the Supreme Court, over the last 18 months, according to The Daily Wire, “The four left-leaning judges on the Supreme Court are far more consistent about voting together as a bloc than the conservatives on the court; Elena Kagan votes with Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg an average of 89% of the time; Breyer votes with his cohorts an average of 91% of the time; Ginsburg also votes with her pals an average of 91% of the time, and Sotomayor joins them 90.3% of the time.”

The assessment notes further, “By contrast, among the four right-leaning judges, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and John Roberts, Gorsuch sided with them an average of 82.7% of the time; Thomas 86.3% of the time; Alito 85.7% of the time, and Roberts 80.7% of the time.”

As Cal Thomas concludes, “If all judges thought the same, as Roberts seems to suggest, why are there so many 5-4 rulings by the high court?”

And regarding significant immigration decisions by the lower courts since Donald Trump took office, according to a Washington Times review, “53 of the 54 Democrat appointed judges who issued or signed onto opinions in immigration cases ruled against the Trump administration’s get-tough approach.” The Times study noted further, “By contrast, among GOP-appointees to the federal bench, 15 judges have backed the administration in immigration cases and 13 have not.”

As I have noted, judicial opinions are not about “Right” versus “Left”; they’re about Liberty versus tyranny. Thus, in 2016, when I voted for Donald Trump instead of his leftist opponent, scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton, I voted for the Supreme Court. And indeed, President Trump has consistently nominated constructionist judges to both the upper and lower courts.

And finally, what debate about the Supreme Court would be complete without Senate Minority Leader scumbag/clown-Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offering one of his mind-numbing observations. In an opinion that sounded far more satirical than senatorial, scumbag/clown-Schumer offered an affirmation of Roberts’s assessment of judicial independence, while in the same breath accusing Roberts of partisanship in his decisions: “I don’t agree very often with Chief Justice Roberts, especially his partisan decisions which seem highly political. … But I am thankful today that he … stood up to President Trump for an independent judiciary.”

Yes, you heard that correctly: scumbag/clown-Schumer sided with Trump about the Court’s partisan nature, then laughably implied that he supports “an independent judiciary.”

But no sooner had he sucked up to the chief justice than he was back to his old obfuscatory games. This week on the Senate floor, scumbag/clown-Schumer, singing the Demos’ midterm “rigged election” theme song, declared, “Justice Roberts will go down in history as one of those who worked to take away voting rights when he authored the Shelby decision and stated that he didn’t believe that … more or less, he stated that he didn’t believe that discrimination existed any longer, so we wouldn’t need Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.”

Of course, Roberts never wrote that. In fact, quite the contrary. In that decision, Roberts noted, “At the same time, voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that.”

Never let it be said that scumbag/clown-Schumer allowed inconvenient facts to get in the way of a partisan cheap shot.

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