Daily Recap — July 18

“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”

— B.F. Skinner


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FALLEN WARRIOR

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One needn’t be active military in order to gain fallen warrior distinction. The men and women who protect our president put their lives on the line daily, and deserve to be recognized for such.

I’m sad to say that we lost one such warrior recently.

Special Agent Noel E. Remagen, 42, was working on protection for national security adviser John Bolton on the midnight shift when he was found to be unresponsive by colleagues at PDT’s Turnberry resort last Saturday night.
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Remagen was quickly attended to by a White House doctor and Secret Service colleagues before being rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where he passed away the next day. The cause was a sudden, massive stroke.  
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He is survived by a wife and two small children, and was the son of a retired Secret Service employee.
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PDT and Melania departed for Joint Base Andrews this afternoon to see Remagen’s family.
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“Melania and I are deeply grateful for his lifetime of devotion, and today, we pause to honor his life and 24 years of service to our Nation,” PDT said in a statement.
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The Secret Service said in a statement that he had served for 19 years with the agency and was a “dedicated professional of the highest order.” The agency said he was surrounded by members of his immediate family and colleagues when he died.
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a tweet today, “Prayers for the Remagen family. We are all forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Secret Service, some of the greatest and bravest people in the country. We are sorry for your loss and are grieving with you.” She later paid tribute to him during the White House press briefing.
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The fallen’s body is being flown back to Washington on a military plane today and fellow Secret Service personnel will remain with his body until he is buried. PDT will receive his body upon arrival in order to pay his respects, as he’s also done with our war fallen. People can say what they like about our president, but he’s always recognized those who protect us and gone out of his way to do so, be it afternoon or middle of the night.
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“Special Agent Remagen’s repatriation to the United States represents the return of a fallen Secret Service Special Agent who exemplified the core values of the Secret Service – Justice, Duty, Courage, Honesty and Loyalty,” the Secret Service said in a statement today.
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I’m sure if I knew him, I wouldn’t be able to say it better myself.
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RIP Sir, and thank you for your service to our country, first as a Marine and finally as the first line of defense for our president.
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We can never have enough men like Special Agent Remagen.
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YOUR OMG RUSSIA UPDATE

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Every day it’s something new; something else lighting the anti-Trump coalition’s hair on fire. Let’s cover the latest installment of faux rage.

PDT entertained a proposal from Hackin’ Vlad to let Russian authorities pose questions for the former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

PDT made no commitments to the Putin when he raised the idea at their private meeting in Helsinki on Monday and is “going to meet with his team,” Sanders said. For those playing at home, that’s called basic diplomacy. Unless the request is completely asinine, like “fly the Russian flag over the White House” or something, the president’s standard answer is “we’ll look into it.” 


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To be fair, allowing the interrogation of a former American ambassador, who of course held diplomatic immunity while in Moscow, would be an unprecedented breach in protections traditionally provided to the nation’s foreign service. Ambassadors are considered to be off-limits in virtually every way, even down to criminal prosecution (within reason).

The intelligence community actually takes advantage of this fact in very important operational ways, though I’m not at liberty to say exactly how. 

In exchange for the opportunity to have McFaul and a number of other Americans questioned, Putin offered to let King Bob Mueller observe interrogations of 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted by a U.S. grand jury last week for hacking Dim Party email accounts. Of course, that’s seen a joke by members of our own intel community, as the interrogators would be Russian and the officers would surely know the script ahead of time, assuming they’re guilty (which, frankly, we can’t at this point). But if Vlad wants to demonstrate their innocence, allowing American interrogators to do the job would go a long way.


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State Department spokeswoman and blonde goddess Heather Nauert told the Fake News today that such a grilling of a former diplomat “would be a grave concern to our former colleagues.” She said the Russians are making “absolutely absurd” assertions about 11 American citizens they want to question, although she declined to rule out the Russian proposal when asked about it repeatedly.

McFaul, who served under Team Barry and now teaches at Stanford University, wrote on Twitter that he hopes “the White House corrects the record and denounces in categorical terms this ridiculous request from Putin.” Otherwise, he said, it creates a “moral equivalency” between a legitimate U.S. “indictment of Russian intelligence officers and a crazy, completely fabricated story invented by Putin.”

Trump called Putin’s proposal to allow Russian questioning of Americans and reciprocal questioning an “interesting idea” and an “incredible offer” at the news conference.

“He wants to work with his team and determine if there’s any validity that would be helpful to the process,” Sanders said. “But again, we’ve committed to nothing. It was an idea that they threw out.”


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As we discussed in prior recaps, Putin has had his eyes on Browder, McFaul and co. for a long time. They’ve cost him a great deal of money via the Magnitsky Act and embarrassed him at home by engaging with human rights activists in the heart of Moscow.

In 2012, Russian state television and pro-government lawmakers accused McFaul of stirring up unrest by meeting opposition activists days after taking up his post in Moscow. Later that year, he was forced to apologize for calling Russia a “wild country” after journalists from state-run NTV channel followed him to a meeting with a human-rights activists.


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MY TAKE

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The privacy/protection of ambassadors is considered sacred. The reason being, they’re the link between ourselves and other countries. An embassy is a symbol of cooperation, relationships between countries. It is indeed a precious thing for that reason.

That being said, it’s not absolute. And frankly, I think PDT should find out just how bad Vlad wants to talk to this guy.
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What I mean is if we can get better terms, I don’t think it should be out of the question for questioning to take place. For instance, make clear from the onset that the ambassador will not be arrested by Russian authorities for any reason, at least on that particular day. And never in Russia. Some of my more bloodthirsty readers may not like that, but it would be important to getting this thing to move forward without committing political suicide.

Secondly, if Putin demands that Russians speak to McFaul, we should demand that Americans speak to his officers. We can give him the same immunity guarantee offered to McFaul. For Putin to demand that his officers only be interrogated by Russians while simultaneously demanding that our guys also be subject to his forces doesn’t reflect PDT’s favorite word: reciprocation. 

I just want to get to the bottom of all this, and if diplomatic norms have to be breached in order to do it, oh well. Where is this $400 million Putin is referring to? What evidence does he have? I’m aware of Putin’s…let’s say “tenuous” relationship with the truth, but there isn’t a whole lot I put past the Obama administration, either. 

Let’s see it. They can send Russians over to question McFaul and we’ll send Americans over to talk to his hackers.

Sounds fair, right? 

Then, once we get some information, we’ll decide where to go from there. If McFaul is clean, I’m sure he’ll have no issue proving Putin to be a liar. It would make PDT look really bad for allowing the thing in the first place. If he truly hates our president, this is actually a way for him to bring him down. 

There’s nothing I love more than information and I want it. Unfortunately, I doubt this will ever happen.

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ILLEGALS VOTING IN CALI

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It’s starting.

San Francisco began registering non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote Monday in the November election for the city school board.

The move follows passage of a 2016 ballot measure by San Francisco voters opening school elections to non-citizens who are over the age of 18, city residents and have children under age 19.

“This is no-brainer legislation,” said Hillary Ronen, a San Francisco supervisor. “Why would we not want our parents invested in the education of their children?”

It’s a no-brainer, alright, but not the type she’s thinking. 


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San Francisco became the first city in California to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections following passage of Measure N with 54% of the vote after two previous failed tries. I guess they finally got enough immigrants to take them over the top.

There is one silver lining here, though.

Those non-citizen voter registration rolls will be open knowledge, which could be used to target people who entered the U.S. illegally. Will it actually be used for that? Well, it’s California, so I doubt it. But at least the potential is there.

“Our immigrants, are they vulnerable? Absolutely,” Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer told the publication. “But in San Francisco we stand strong together.”

In fact that they’ve already sent people out to warn the illegals of the risks. Community organizations, such as the Mission Economic Development Agency, plan to meet with #BadHombres to inform them of the possible risks.


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As sad as this, though, it wouldn’t be a first for our nation, which is even sadder. Chicago and some Maryland cities also allow non-citizen residents to vote in school board elections.

Several cities in Massachusetts, including Cambridge, Amherst, Brookline and others, have at various times voted to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections, but those moves require legislation from state lawmakers to take effect. But knowing those cooches it’s only a matter of time.

The San Fran measure allowing non-citizen voting expires in 2022 unless renewed by the board of supervisors, and assuming we still have a country left.

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THE GOP GETS SMART AGAIN

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I’ve said it a million times, and now I’ll make it a million and one: the best thing the GOP can do is use the insanity of the Left to their advantage.

I was disappointed to learn that Paul Rino had shelved the Dims’ “abolish ICE” bill the other day that Majority Leader McCarthy wanted to bring to the floor in order to call the Dims on their nonsense. But they still managed do it, albeit in a less official way.

The House today approved a GOP resolution expressing support for ICE and the dangerous work they do amid a push from some far-left moonbats who seek to dismantle the agency altogether.


The measure backing ICE was introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) and highlights the agency’s work in combatting drug and human trafficking. It argues that eliminating the agency would lead to an increase in crime and open borders, BECAUSE IT FRIGGIN WOULD. Those urging ICE’s termination, it says, pose “an insult to these heroic law enforcement officers who make sacrifices every day to secure our borders, enforce our laws, and protect our safety and security,” BECAUSE IT DOES.
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It was approved in a 244-35 vote that fell largely on party lines. Eighteen Democrats voted to back ICE and 34 opposed the resolution, which for procedural reasons required support from two-thirds of the lawmakers to pass. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a libertarian-minded lawmaker known for being a complete asshat, was the only Republican to vote against the resolution. I guess he has a lot of Muslims to answer to back home.
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Most Dims, 133 to be exact, voted “present” like the cowards they are.

Imagine voting against or abstaining from a mere resolution to show you support the men and women who take on the worst hombres in our country. They kick in doors that often have guns on the other side and dismantle gangs that had taken over communities. All these worthless bums had to do was say “I support that work,” Yet 34 lawmakers — including a so-called Republican — voted against it. And 4x that didn’t have the courage to vote at all.

It’s a smart move politically for Republicans, but what a sad commentary on where we are as a country.


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Playing on the same sheet of music as the House leadership, PDT took to Twitter directly after the vote to inform the American people of how the Dims feel..

“The two biggest opponents of ICE in America today are the Democratic Party and MS-13!” he tweeted.

Say what you want, but he’s not wrong.


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“I’m voting ‘present’ on this resolution because it’s a sham and a distraction,” said cowardly minority whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) just before the vote. “It’s an outrageous attempt to hide the continued suffering of children behind the partisans’ attack on Democrats.”

“This is a very sad day,” echoed Botox Pelosi (D-Sodom), pivoting to the manufactured controversy surrounding the separation of migrant families at the border.

See, Dims stay on the same sheet of music, too. In fact they invented it. We’re just now learning how to do the same since PDT took office, thank God. I guess it took a political neophyte to teach the GOP how to politic. 

While Botox and crew were spewing their canned talking points, McCarthy was calling out their cowardice on the House floor:

“They lack the courage of their so-called convictions, because when we offered the ability to bring the bill up, abolish ICE … D[i]mocrats said they would vote ‘no,’ ” McCarthy said. “They wanted the glory of introducing a bill to the far left of their own party, but they didn’t have the guts to accept the consequences. That’s the kind of leadership that the D[i]mocrats have to offer.”

Well said, you swampy bastard.


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In case you’re wondering how this absurd “abolish ICE” movement began, much of it can be attributed to the moonbat we discussed in last night’s recap: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She made it an integral part of her platform, which is insane if you think about it. The Bronx must be so proud. The sad part is, they actually are. 

The movement picked up steam with the endorsement of several prominent Dim lawmakers, including Sens. Cory Booker (Drama Queen – NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (Clinton Traitor – NY), as well as New York City Mayor and avowed communist Bill de Blasio. The original House bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), arrived last Thursday.

Dim leaders, however, not being completely off their rocker, have pushed back against the notion of scrapping the agency, arguing it should instead be reformed to rein in an enforcement arm they consider “overly militarized.” Something tells me if they were the ones kicking in the doors of an MS-13 drug house they wouldn’t consider it “overly militarized” at all. But we all know that would never happen.


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BIG PICTURE

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Good job, GOP. Thank you for suffering this rare bout of usefulness for the benefit of the midterms.

Then again, I suspect this was PDT’s idea, but I don’t know for sure so I have to give credit where it’s (supposed to) belong. I just have a hard time seeing them come up with something this shrewd. Trump’s fingerprints are all over this bad boy.

In any event, I’m glad it happened and I hope putting a spotlight on the Dims’ insanity becomes a theme. 

It could be very effective in November.

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