Daily Recap — November 16

Happy Friday!

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SCORE ONE FOR THE COMMIES, SORT OF

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Anywhere there is common sense, fear not, a federal judge will be by to squash it.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, a friggin Trump appointee, ordered the White House to reinstate press credentials for Crazy Jim Acosta, the rude, narcissistic Fake News reporter who seeks to make every press briefing about himself. This means Acosta now has back his hard pass, which is just a badge that allows reporters access to the daily brief without having to submit for it.


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What exactly does the ruling say?

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While the prospect of Jim Acosta having regular access to the White House once more gets on my last nerve, the ruling can hardly be described as a resounding victory for Fake News CNN.  Indeed, it doesn’t even rule on the First Amendment implications of the revocation, but simply notes that Acosta wasn’t afforded full due process.

“I want to emphasize the very limited nature of this ruling,” Kelly said after granting the temporary restraining order in favor of FNCNN.
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Kelly did not rule at all on whether the administration violated Acosta’s First Amendment rights (which would be eye-bleedingly stupid). Instead, he said Acosta and his commie employer have shown they are likely to succeed in their argument that their Fifth Amendment rights to due process were violated by the White House.

Under the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Sherrill v. Knight, Kelly said the government must provide Acosta due process if it is going to revoke his press pass. In that 1977 ruling, the court said journalists must at least be given notice and a chance to rebut the government’s decision to revoke their credentials.

In court today, Kelly said the government couldn’t even tell him who made the decision to revoke the pass, adding that PDT’s comments to Acosta at the press conference could not have put Acosta on notice that his pass would be revoked.

FNCNN and Acosta argued that the president revoked the credentials because he didn’t like the questions Acosta was asking., which is of course Fake News. Plenty of reporters ask PDT and Sarah Sanders hard questions on a daily basis. What they don’t all do is hog the microphone and make the daily briefing all about themselves.
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The government attempted to make this point, countering that Acosta’s credentials were revoked for grandstanding and refusing to surrender the microphone to a White House intern so that another reporter could ask a question.
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The White House’s case seemed to be hurt by the reasoning that was given for Acosta’s revocation immediately after the incident, which was that he put his hands on an intern. 
Kelly said the White House’s characterization was “likely untrue.” 
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You know the cool thing about video, Judge? You can watch it so you don’t have to make statements about what is “likely” true. You can know with certainty. And while it’s a stretch to say Acosta attacked the intern, it’s absolutely true that he touched her and wrested the mic from her hand when she attempted to take it.
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Thank God FNCNN got Acosta back into the White House, because the 50 reporters with hard passes it has there now just aren’t enough. 
Kelly’s ruling Friday gives Acosta his credentials back for now while the parties argue over a preliminary injunction to restore Acosta’s credentials while the case is being litigated. Temporary restraining orders typically last two weeks.
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The judge did rule, however, that the White House has the power to deny reporters access as they see fit. But once a reporter is in, the court says, they can’t be tossed out without due process.
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So now, it’s up to the White House to determine what constitutes “decorum” in their view, and it will be up to reporters to live up to that standard once it’s implemented.
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So in the final analysis, yes, Acosta won back his access to the White House, but the White House won the larger battle, which is the right to determine who makes it into their briefings. 
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Will the Trump administration now boot out Acosta the right way? Not if he behaves. But  this is a great time for Sarah Sanders and co. to put the hammer down. Get the process in place and enforce it.
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Trumpers are tired of these grandstanding idiots.
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THE CARAVAN ARRIVES

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It looks like those “late December” arrival estimates were just a tad off, as the infamous Honduran caravan has now entered Tijuana, right there on the U.S. border.
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And they were about as welcome as face herpes. 
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Members of the caravan clashed with residents in Tijuana last night after demanding that the migrants leave public spaces and report to shelters.

According to USA Today, Tijuana police were forced to separate groups of migrants and local residents, who were marching through city streets demanding police action.

OMG TIJUANA IS FULL OF RACISTS TOO!!

Reports are that at least 750 migrants are currently in Tijuana as groups of families from the caravan break off over issues of security and qualms about the caravan’s slow pace through Mexico. It’s worth noting, however, that if they were concerned about the pace, they could have just stayed in Mexico, where they were being offered asylum, shelter and even jobs by the Mexican government. A few took it, while the majority continued north for a better deal. 

Do those sound like refugees to you?


Local officials put out messages for migrants to friggin behave, adding that they could only provide assistance to the caravan if members followed guidelines.

“The message to the migrant population is very clear,” Francisco Rueda Gómez, secretary of government of Baja California, said in a statement according to USA Today. “We are providing them with humanitarian support, health care and food, however the need to take into consideration the rules of the shelters so they can coexist in harmony with the local population.”

At least three Fake News reporters were injured in fistfights and other violence after midnight which occurred after residents gathered to demand the migrants vacate a public beach.

Some members of the caravan likened local shelters to prisons, explaining that it was more comfortable for them to avoid the shelters entirely.

“For this reason — because this is oppression — we prefer to be in the streets, in the cold, rather than in a jail,”one immigrant activist told a local newspaper.

*Author’s note: Anyone who says that has never actually slept on a cold street. 


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The Trump administration has actually played this quite well.

Thanks to PDT’s executive action, no one can request asylum unless they go through the proper ports of entry, which should have been standard operating procedure to friggin begin with.

Now that they’ve reached the port at Tijuana, the administration is accepting 30 names a day of people who have officially requested asylum. At that rate, a person who has submitted an official request could wait a month and a half before their case is heard. Of those cases, about 80% are expected to be rejected; far too low of a percentage for people who already had the option of receiving asylum along the way. 

And thanks to the military presence, we’re in much better logistical shape to get these folks outta dodge once they’re denied.

Hopefully — and this is a big hope — we can use this opportunity to send a message to other would-be asylum scammers that they’re wasting their time. The opposite message was sent a few months ago when PDT backed off of his zero tolerance policy and we’re paying the price for it. 

It’s time to start moving in the other direction.

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AND WATER IS WET

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The CIA has reached a high confidence assessment for what everyone already knew — that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the murder of Muslim Brotherhood journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The CIA reportedly examined multiple sources of intelligence in reaching its conclusion, including a call between the crown prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman and Khashoggi. That’s called SIGINT, or signals intelligence. It means they have intercepted the communications of important people in this scenario. (It’s part of what I did for NSA, for those curious).

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Khalid, who is the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., reportedly told Khashoggi that he should go to the country’s consulate in Istanbul to get documents for his marriage to a Turkish woman, offering assurances that he would be safe.
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According to reports, it wasn’t clear if Khalid knew Khashoggi would be killed when he returned to the consulate, but it was clear that he made the call at the direction of his brother.

The Saudi government has claimed that the crown prince was not involved in Khashoggi’s death, and a spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy in D.C. issued a statement today denying that Khalid had any phone conversations with Khashoggi.

“The claims in this purported assessment is false. We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations,” the spokesperson said.

The statement added that the ambassador met with Khashoggi once in late September 2017 for a “cordial discussion” and they texted into the following month.

 


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The White House announced yesterday that it was sanctioning 17 Saudi officials in relation to the killing, including Saud al-Qahtani, a former top aide to Salman who the Treasury Department says was part of the “planning and execution” of the operation.

It was also reported yesterday that the White House is weighing deporting a Turkish dissident back to Turkey to try to get the country to ease the pressure it is putting on Saudi Arabia for conducting an assassination on its soil. I sincerely hope that isn’t the case, since Turkish dissidents are fighting against an Islamic dictator.

While we don’t know exactly what will happen in this case, I can safely say what won’t happen — the cancellation of our $100 billion arms deal with the Saudis. 

They say that you can’t put a price on a human life. They lied. You absolutely can and it’s done every day. PDT isn’t going to sacrifice thousands of jobs, billions of dollars and a strong hedge against Iranian regional power in the region in order to avenge a wannabe Muslim Brotherhood operative’s death.

That’s just the way it is, and the Fake News better learn to deal with it. 

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BETSY RESTORES SANITY

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Millions of Americans were disgusted by the spectacle of Dims smearing Justice Brett Kavanaugh before the entire nation in an effort to keep him off the Supreme Court. What many don’t know, however, is that type of kangaroo court has been the norm on college campuses ever since the Marxist Obama administration implemented a standard in which mere rumors are sufficient to ruin a student’s life.

Thanks to the Trump administration, that could be coming to an end.

The administration today proposed new rules for schools dealing with sexual assault and harassment allegations that would narrow the definition of sexual harassment and offer greater protections for those accused of wrongdoing.

You know, that pesky Due Process thing that conservatives insist upon.

The administration’s approach, led by the Education Department under the highly underrated Betsy DeVos, seeks to restore sanity to college campuses in the mob rule era of #MeToo, where a mere allegation can have a student expelled and his life ruined.

“Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,” DeVos said in a statement.

“We can, and must, condemn sexual violence and punish those who perpetrate it while ensuring a fair grievance process,” she added. “Those are not mutually exclusive ideas. They are the very essence of how Americans understand justice to function.”

Can you believe that those statements are controversial? What kind of nation have we become when simple statements of common sense can be considered cruel or uncaring? I truly fear for our nation.


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THE DETAILS:

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This is all about the federal guidelines for Title IX, the sp-called civil rights law that prohibits gender discrimination in any education program that receives federal funding. There was nothing the Obama admin loved more than Title IX, as it allowed him to use federal funding as leverage to force his sick agenda down the throats of normal Americans. Under that law, sexual harassment and assault are forms of unlawful discrimination. If schools reject the guidance, they can lose billions of dollars in federal assistance.

One of the biggest changes to the rule would be a new definition of sexual harassment. Under Obama, it was defined it as “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.” The new rule would define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual conduct that is “so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it denies a recipient’s education program or activity.”

That definition would likely dramatically narrow the number of harassment cases a college or university would consider because the victim would have to show that the misconduct prevents them from receiving an education or participating in an activity. The Education Department says it based its definition on a 1999 Supreme Court case that held student-on-student sexual harassment could constitute discrimination.

The guidelines would also require that any alleged harassment “must involve conduct that occurred within the school’s own program or activity.” That could include off-campus activities if they are tied to the school.

Another major change would guarantee someone accused of sexual misconduct would be given the right to cross-examine their accuser, but only through an intermediary such as an adviser or an attorney. Under the Obama regime, a woman could accuse a man without having the slightest bit of scrutiny applied to her story in the kangaroo court provided by Title IX. Now, the accused actually gets to ask questions!

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Here comes the part I hate.

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The new rules, once posted online, are subject to public comment for 60 days. Depending upon the public’s response, the Education Department will decide whether to make the rules final. I question the wisdom of such a move, since the entire point of reform is to take power away from the mob and back into the hands of proper authorities following the law.

Knowing how the Left operates, the rules will undoubtedly be flooded with complaints, accusations of “rape enabling” and other insane babble. It’s worth noting, however, that there is noise headed in the other direction.

Mens’ rights groups, who were wholly ignored by the Obama administration and continue to be ignored by Dims (and many Republicans) to this day, have pushed for the changes, contending that schools have gone too far and provided little due process to the accused. Those voices have found support within the Trump orbit, specifically with Don Jr., who has said he’s more worried about his sons than his daughters in the #MeToo era.

Thankfully, Don Jr.’s view of things is the direction this White House wants to go.

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This is only one tiny change in a mountain of reform that needs to be enacted on college campuses. For decades — but especially this past decade — college has been little more than an indoctrination camp for Marxists.

Just as Obama was trained by the race-obsessed Harvard professor Derrick Bell in something called Critical Race Theory (white people are always guilty because they built an inherently unfair system), millions of other impressionable teenagers and young adults are being brainwashed by their own Derrick Bells.

It’s gotten so bad that even milquetoast conservatives like Ben Shapiro require huge security teams just to hold speaking engagements; all because he refuses to deny the reality of biological sex. 

Our best minds have been under assault by Marxist professors who couldn’t care less how disastrous their ideas are when applied to the real world. They have their bubble, and in that bubble they can never be wrong. White people should shut up, gay people should be celebrated regardless of character and Christians are to be mocked.

It’s an ugly, depraved ideology.

Thank God the Trump administration is doing something about it.

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1 thought on “Daily Recap — November 16

  1. What a read. As usual. The picture on the end is always like dessert.

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