Daily Recap — April 24

“You gotta stop watering dead plants.”

— Anonymous


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SORRY MR. JACKSON

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They found another way to stop one of Trump’s people.

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Republicans and their Democrat brethren on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee are “raising concerns” about allegations involving Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, PDT’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and are “reviewing them” to determine if they can find an excuse to stop his nomination.

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According to anonymous sources, of course, committee members have been told about “allegations related to improper conduct in various stages of his career.” Those same supposed sources say the committee is in talks to delay tomorrow’s confirmation hearing as they try to figure out the allegations.
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Of, course, none of the senators would publicly detail the specifics of the allegations. But they were happy to put out to the press that Jackson was being investigated for “improper conduct.”
 
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“There are reasons, as there are with every presidential appointee, for very close scrutiny and vetting. We need to know if allegations raised by others may have some factual basis. That’s the process of vetting that has to occur,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
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“We need to be asking questions and there need to be answers,” he added. “At this point we are dealing with some fairly raw allegations and we need to know if there is factual support for it.”
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“All I can really tell you at this moment time is we are continuing the vetting process. We are working very hard at it. It’s all hands on deck,” said Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, the top Dim on the committee.
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Asked if the allegations were troubling, Tester replied, “Only if true.” Asked if Dims could determine if the allegations are true before tomorrow’s hearing or if he would need to meet with Jackson again, Tester responded, ‘We’ll see.”
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“I’m going to let my staff and myself enough time to do as much work as we can in the next 48 hours, less than 48 now. And then we’re gonna see what we can come up with and go from there,” Tester said.
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“We’re going to see what we can come up with” is the truest thing a Democrat has said in the last 2 years, albeit unintentionally.
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PDT certainly isn’t impressed with all this political nonsense, as he tends not to be, and made his feelings known today:
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“I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago, what do you need this for?” Trump said of his conversation with Dr. Jackson. “This is a vicious group of people, they malign … what do you need it for?”
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He’s not wrong. Dr. Jackson has led a distinguished career that includes administering lifesaving care to warriors on the battlefield. The scumbags putting him through the wringer right now aren’t fit to salute him, much less malign his character. He doesn’t need this, and we should be grateful as Americans that he felt duty-bound enough to accept the nomination. 
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WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: 
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From the looks of things, Dr. Jackson is probably on the way out. PDT seemed to do everything in his power to give him a clean out today, declaring flatly:
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“I don’t want to put a man through a process like this. It’s too ugly and too disgusting. … If I were him, I wouldn’t do it.”
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It’s also a political opportunity for PDT to highlight the ugliness of Congress in not allowing the nomination of an honorable serviceman to go through without a food-fight. Whatever Jackson’s transgressions, they’re almost certainly to be minor in nature; some politically incorrect nonsense that pretty much all sailors (and every other service member) partake in here and there in their career. 
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It’s a shame that we’ll probably have to dredge up another nominee to replace Jackson in a couple days due to political gamesmanship that knows no bounds or standards of decency, but that’s become standard operating procedure on Capitol Hill.
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Maybe PDT is right. May Admiral Jackson would do well to keep their stink off of him.
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VIRGINITY KILLS

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Sometimes, anyway.

The Toronto van killer, Alek Minassian, has been confirmed as a big Elliott Rodger fan. Just to refresh your memory (in case you didn’t read the recap yesterday), Rodger was the socially awkward creep who massacred numerous sorority girls in California a few years back as a way to vent rage about his rejection.

In a Facebook post, he praised Elliott Rodger as some sort of mythical figure to be revered. It read: “The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!”

The term “incel” refers to a now-banned group on the message board Reddit, used by Rodger, where young chodes discussed their lack of sexual activity and attractiveness to women – often blaming women for the problem.

“Chads and Stacys” refers to attractive men and women who are perceived as better than or unavailable to “incels”, which is short for “involuntary celibate”.


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We also learned that Massengil or whatever his name is was in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) , who confirmed he was a member for two months in late 2017. He requested to be voluntarily released, and from the looks of things his superiors were all too happy to oblige.

He also attended a school for students with special needs in north Toronto called Thornlea Secondary School, where former classmates report seeing him walk around with his head down and hands clasped tightly together making meowing noises.


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When Massengil was arrested yesterday, he yelled “kill me” at a Toronto police officer pointing a gun at him. Miraculously, the officer did not shoot despite Massengil’s erratic behavior and claims of having a gun in his pocket. 

He’s a better man than I, to be sure. 

He appeared in court yesterday, where he was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. As of now, authorities seem to be moving away from the terrorist angle and favoring the disgruntled virgin theory. If true, it sadly wouldn’t be that uncommon of a crime. 

Come on ladies. Show the creepers some attention now and then. Save some lives.

This is all your fault.

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NO FAITH IN THE BROWARD COWARD

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Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office rank-and-file have until Thursday to let their voices be heard in a no-confidence vote for gun-grabber Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

Today, in person voting begins at the union office in Plantation.

Deputies can check one of two boxes on a very simple ballot:

A) I have confidence in Sheriff Israel, or

B) I do not have confidence in Sheriff Israel.


 

According to reports, this has been simmering for quite a while now due to the dysfunction of the office, which has been piling up for years, but it was Israel’s handling of the Parkland shooting that broke the camel’s back. Deputies are less than impressed with how Israel put the full blame on Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s resource officer.

Video shows Peterson remained outside after #EvilLoser Nikolas Cruz opened fire Feb. 14 inside the three-story freshman building with an AR-15. Israel said shortly after the shooting that Peterson should have rushed into the building to confront and kill Cruz.  Peterson retired rather than accept an unpaid suspension.

The deputies agree with the criticism of Peterson (who wouldn’t), but say Israel should not have publicly singled him out and should have placed him on paid leave until an investigation into his conduct was completed. He said only deputies accused of crimes are placed on unpaid leave and Peterson has never been charged.


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Sheriff Israel is calling the no-confidence vote a union tactic to get pay raises.

He issued a statement Friday saying it is “unfortunate and appalling” that the union is using the school shooting “as a bargaining tactic to extort a 6.5 percent pay raise” for union members.

Union president Jeff Bell said contract negotiations played no role in calling the vote and there are other issues besides the shooting.

And he’s not kidding.


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In one case, public information requests show a misuse of taxpayer dollars where Napa Auto Parts workers used gas at BSO’s private gas pumps since at least 2015 with gas cards issued by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

“In one year time period alone, they took almost 6-thousand gallons of gas with our gas pumps with cards that were issued by the BSO,  we cannot do that, we are not licensed to buy sell or barter with a private gas company,” said Bell.

Also, he said Israel says the office cannot afford new guns, equipment and training for deputies but the agency underspent its budget by $100 million last year and is on pace to do it again this year.

“We just want the equipment and training needed to keep the community safe,” Bell said.

Bell also says morale among deputies and sergeants is non-existent. He says his members are tired of mixed messages from leadership and confused over some of the department’s policies.

One example, he says, is the active shooter policy, which states a deputy “may” go into a building and engage the shooter to preserve life. But in training, Bell says, deputies learn to enter the site of the shooting and confront an active shooter. Deputies have to make split-second decisions, he said, so their guidance and training should be identical.

He also talked about policies that he says do not make sense. For example, if a citizen loses his balance and a deputy reaches out to stop the fall, he says, policy requires the deputy to file a “use of force” report.

“The laws are there that allow you to do your job; but the policies make it so paperwork-heavy that no one wants to do their job anymore,” Bell said.


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Israel, a Clinton sycophant, was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term in 2016.  Gov. Rick Scott rejected calls from some state legislators to suspend him after the shooting.

The electronic poll ends Thursday afternoon.  If deputies vote “no confidence” Bell said he will call the governor and push for the Sheriff’s removal from office. Judging by Scott’s actions to this point, I wouldn’t expect action even if the vote goes through.

 

But at least he’s being publicly embarrassed (again).

 


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NO DICE, MACARONI

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French President Emerald Macaroni had clear hopes of flipping PDT on the Iran Deal during his current visit to the White House. If the early signs are any indicator, he seems to be coming up empty.

PDT and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani exchanged threats over the Iran Deal today, with Trump warning that Tehran will face “big problems” if it restarts its nuclear program and Rouhani saying America will face “severe consequences” if it abandons the agreement.

“Better not get out of our anti-nuke deal, or we’ll nuke you!”

Great diplomacy there. Yeah we can totally trust these guys.


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Meanwhile, Macaroni called for a “new deal” to complement the current one, covering not just nuclear issues but also ballistic missiles and Iran’s foreign interventions from Syria to Yemen, ironic considering Macaroni is also trying to push PDT into further intervention around the globe.

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The French proposal is aimed at convincing PDT not to follow through on his threats to quit the Iran Deal. “We advanced a proposal that would avoid us ending up with nothing,” a senior Macaroni adviser said.

There is an upcoming deadline on May 12 for PDT to decide whether to re-impose some of the economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted by their buddy Barry. Speaking of Barry, Trump didn’t waste any opportunities today pointing out just how pathetic he was in dealing with our enemies:

“It was insane. Ridiculous. It should have never been made,” Trump said of the deal, before warning Iranian officials that if they restart their nuclear program, they’re “going to have big problems, bigger than they’ve ever had before.”


 

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This “new deal” being pushed by Macaroni would include four pillars. One is to block nuclear activity in Iran in the short term, which the existing agreement actually does, at least until it begins to expire in 2025. The others include a longer-term agreement on stopping Iranian nuclear activity, halting Iran’s ballistic missile program, and pursuing political solutions to conflicts in countries such as Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, where Iran has significant influence.

“The purpose is to have some allied powers and we among them and of course also the regional powers to work at the level of this small group” Macaroni said. “And will have some discussions with Russia and Turkey on regional topics including Syria. So as from now, we will work using that method in favor — work towards a deal.”

Macaroni’s idea is akin to a “grand bargain” between world powers and Iran, and it is unlikely to become a reality anytime soon, especially if Iran wants major concessions from the West in return. Whether his pitch buys the deal more time could come down to whether Trump will feel comfortable casting Macaroni’s approach as a way to “fix” the existing deal, something he’s said he is willing to try before quitting it.


There are several fatal flaws with the current framework. For one, it doesn’t restrict Iran’s expanding ballistic missile program. As we’ve seen with North Korea, for a country who aims to gain long range nuclear capacity, the ballistic missile program is as important as the nukes themselves. What good is a weapon if you can’t deliver it?

The ballistic missile element is especially problematic when coupled with the so-called “sunset” provision, which essentially gives Iran the green light to crank their nuke program right back up in ten years. So essentially, when 2025 rolls around, Iran will already have their delivery mechanism in place. It will only be a matter of getting the nukes ready to throw on the missiles.

Hell of a deal Barry worked out, huh?

Then there is the matter of inspections. First off, they’re not nearly intrusive enough. They’re not all-encompassing, but rather limited to specific sites. Furthermore. the Iranians are given several weeks notice before inspections occur. 

I’m tellin’ ya man, Barry really knocked this one out of the park. 

 


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BOTTOM LINE:

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Iran is currently working on developing long-range nuclear missiles. On said missiles, they routinely write “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” To make matters worse, the Iranian regime subscribes to a version of Islam which says Armaggedon must be brought about in order for Islamic rule to be properly ushered in.

Not everyone in Iran subscribes to this notion. While they all believe that Armaggedon for the purpose of Islamic rule is inevitable, some believe that man cannot have a say in when it comes, while others believe they can hurry it along. Unfortunately, the guys with the weapons are in the latter camp.

So that’s the rub. PDT promised Israel that Iran would never be able to threaten their existence so long as he was POTUS, and by all accounts he seems intent on keeping that promise.

It’s a dangerous world full of very bad men.

Please pray for our president.

 


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