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“RIGHT Jab and Left Jab” was created because we have two (2) commenters that post on a daily basis either in our IS IT TRUE or Readers Forum columns concerning National or International issues.  Recently several of our commenters complained that the posts made by Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan are either too lengthy or off-topic.

Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan comments are mostly about issues of National interest.  Most of our IS IT TRUE columns are about local or state issues so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They will be given exclusively to discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.

If they decide to make any future posts on the “Readers Forum” or “IS IT TRUE” columns we expect them to stay on topic.

We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” twice a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is the liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative view. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.

Any comments posted in “RIGHT JAB AND “LEFT JAB” column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our advertisers, our readers.

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  1. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to numbers provided to the Associated Press.

    Comparatively, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign raised only $18.2 million, Kamala Harris has raised $12 million, while Beto O’Rourke has raised $9.4 million.

    The Republican National Committee has raised $45.8 million dollars in the same time period, leaving the duel threat war chest with $82 million cash on hand.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/14/donald-trump-reelection-campaign-30m-first-quarter/

  2. More proof that liberalism is a mental disorder:
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    California Liberals Slam Police Dept. for Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Police Car Lettering

    Liberals in Laguna Beach are on the attack against their local police department for a fleet of squad cars with the word “police” painted in patriotic coloring on the sides.

    The Laguna Beach Police Department recently fielded the fleet of cars, but some local liberals protested the markings saying the patriotic colors are not inclusive enough, according to Fox News.

    Resident Carrie Woodburn, for one, attacked the police department saying that the red, white, and blue stars and stripes in the logo are “too aggressive,” and don’t “represent” the whole population of Laguna Beach.

    “Folks thought it was a SWAT team, federal agents,” said Chris Prelitz, another leftist resident. “So it had a very striking, strong impact, so much so that I think there might be some unintended consequences.”

    But local attorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter slammed the protesters saying they are filled with hate.

    “They are so filled with hatred toward this … office of the president of the United States and the current occupant of that office,” Zeiter said, “that they cannot see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression.”

    https://godfatherpolitics.com/california-liberals-slam-police-dept-for-patriotic-red-white-and-blue-police-car-lettering/

  3. Illegals crossing the southern border are now “Climate Refuges” adoring to a Democratic Presidential Candidate. You just can’t make this stuff up:

    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) said “a lot” of the immigrants crossing the U.S. -Mexico border are “climate refugees.”

    When asked how he would solve immigration issues, Inslee said, “Number one, I would attack climate change because a lot of these people are climate refugees. Not all, but a lot of them.

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/04/14/inslee-a-lot-of-immigrants-crossing-the-border-are-climate-refugees/

  4. demoncrat 2020 bumper sticker…………if you hate lowest unemployment in 50 yrs if you hate first wage increases in 20yrs if you hate success…………….VOTE DEMONCRAT…………and do not forget a baby that survives abortion should be killed extra bonus for demoncrats fans…………..THANK GOD for MAGA……..

  5. Since I did not see this section till now, it was an accident posting under the “Readers Forum” today and I will follow what Ron has requested

    Never intended to upset the delicate sensibilities of the right-wingers accusing me of doing something that is routine behavior among their right-wing co-religionists. In psychology, this behavior is labeled “projection”

    I have only been asking the rethuglicans fact check, proofread, use punctuation, learn spelling and grammar, and in general stop proving the unfortunate stereotype to be true of their being vulgar, poorly educated, and abusive. I guess this just proves that the far-right is not capable of conducting a reasonable argument. The far-right, instead, use personal attacks and ad hominem to argue. You cannot have an intelligent debate when one side refuses to engage in anything but willful ignorance

    I’m gonna find me my new jar of jellybeans….

  6. On the left side, you have people who are progressive thinkers. People who have the best interests of everyone in mind. People who believe in civil rights and equality. People who know that science is real and generally like to have open discussions to hear all sides

    On the right side, you have people who get all of their news and information from conspiracy theorists, believe that science is fake, don’t believe that everyone is equal. They do not want to have an intellectual debate about anything because their minds are closed to new ideas.

    In short one side is smart and free thinking. The other side is willfully ignorant and will fight like mad to remain that way

    You cannot have an intelligent debate when one side refuses to engage in anything but willful ignorance

    • “You cannot have an intelligent debate when one side refuses to engage in anything but willful ignorance.”

      You are quite correct. That’s why you can’t have an intelligent discussion with left-wing deviates. Liberals, yes; left-wingers, no.

  7. So here’s the thing.

    If you’re advertising yourself as the “far right” or the “alt right” or anything suggesting that the GOP as it stands isn’t radical enough for you, there’s no reasoning that isn’t oppressive to a subset of society

    It was your camp that refused to let gays marry. And why? Because it made you feel like you were losing something

    News flash: it didn’t affect you one bit

    Your camp is the group that suggested repealing the 19th Amendment, stripping women of the right to vote, if it helped Trump win

    It’s your camp that thinks the protesters in Charlottesville were the bad guys, while yours rammed a car into them and marched the streets encouraging slavery to be legalized once more

    It’s your camp constantly fighting to deny service and housing and work to blacks and Asians and other minorities through “Right to Work” laws and by trying to repeal fair hosting laws and challenging civil rights laws in court

    It’s your camp that hosts “open season on Muslims” events on Facebook, where you go to the local shooting range and place stock photos of Islamic people’s on the targets

    It’s your camp that wants to make homosexuality a jailable offense

    A middle ground with you means hurting a lot of people

    But if we don’t give you the time of day, all that’s hurt is your worthless white supremacist ego

  8. Terrified Trump takes deep dive in Monday morning manic meltdown ahead of Mueller report release. Clearly terrified of the impending release of the Mueller report to Congress, Trump turned into a madman Monday morning, taking a deep dive into a manic Twittler tweetstorm

    After being excoriated for his claim that all Boeing needed to do to fix the problem with its 737 Max jets was rename and rebrand them, even though hundreds of people have already died, Trump appeared to try another rebranding effort

    Trump is now using the phrase so many Americans and people around the world used after 9/11, and after the Holocaust, and after other historic, tragic events involving mass murder, to describe the Mueller investigation

    THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (We will never forget)!
    9:52 AM April 15, 2019
    @Trump

    Trump came under fire on Friday for using the same terminology when he falsely accused Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in a highly-edited, highly controversial clip

    WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
    5:35 PM April 12, 2019
    @Trump

    Monday morning Trump falsely accused Congresswoman Omar of having taken control of House Speaker Nancy Pelsoi, in addition to false Trump claims the Speaker has “lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done”

    Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!
    9:30 AM April 15, 2019
    @Trump

    Earlier Monday morning Trump again attempted to discredit the Mueller investigation. Many believe Attorney General William Barr will send a redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress today. Many also believe it will reveal far worse results for Trump

    Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!
    7:15 AM April 15, 2019
    @Trump

    Terrified, the Trump tweets keep coming:

    The Radical Left Democrats will never be satisfied with anything we give them. They will always Resist and Obstruct!
    10:15 AM April 15, 2019
    @Trump

  9. Who has money to give to the presidential campaign???!!!. I realize the old saying Money talks and Bullsh*t walks. But the election is not until next year.!!

  10. Good deal CCO! The anti-crybaby forum you just created is the one I’ll frequent more than any other from now on.

    A “jab” from Biden’s Right, blocked and “jabbed” back from the Left with shar pie the totally impartial referee is more than I could have ever asked for in journalism in my life.

    “Good things come to those that wait”, they say.

    No doubt I’ll die never knowing who “they” are.

    But if I had to guess, and Actually had to Take a deep look into my Soul, I’d

  11. “Oh, “Left Jab” is the liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative view.”

    Not quite correct. “Left Jab” is the left wing view, not a liberal view. Nothing wrong with being liberal. This country was founded by and has been led by some pretty great liberals. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Lincoln, and T. Roosevelt were some pretty liberal thinkers. Being liberal is ok, being a left-winger (such as Bernie) isn’t.

  12. Wait, more than just Mexicans and Central Americans walk across our southern border?? Build that
    wall to protect all Americans:
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    Congolese Migrants Monitored for Ebola Along Texas Border, Says Official

    A public health official in Laredo, Texas, said 20 Congolese migrants were monitored for Ebola and other diseases in shelters in his city and across the Mexican border in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Shortly after his announcement during a Laredo City Council meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) considered declaring a “global emergency” in response to a massive outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo….

    In Laredo, Dr. Gonzalez said migrants from other countries present other health risks as well. He said they are monitoring migrants for yellow fever and malaria. “We don’t commonly see these (diseases), but we could.”

    Gonzalez said that 2,800 migrants have been released in Laredo at the bus station in the past two and a half months. He said the city government is working with charity organizations to provide health screenings. “We’ve had flu. We’ve had a couple of potential respiratory infections that could be communicable, but we ruled them out – [tuberculosis] and mumps.”

    https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/04/15/congolese-migrants-monitored-for-ebola-along-texas-border-says-official/

    • Naturally I’m not an idiot so I pay little attention to breitbart Joe but the crux of your post I totally agree with.

      I have always been against illegal immigration for national security reasons but after the Ebola scare back in the last administration, I’ve never understood why even more liberal immigration minds aren’t concerned about unchecked disease coming across the border.

      I guess for a year or more I’ve been hearing and reading from the experts about a pandemic that they say is not a question of “if”, but “when”.

      This link is a simple explanation from a guy who I trust somewhat more than others but from what I have researched, is pretty well spot on;

      https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-warns-the-next-pandemic.

      Now, back in the last administration, the Senate came up with a comprehensive, disease checking, fully paid for, bi-partisan immigration policy. But your guys in the House, (Junk Ass Freedom Caucus), just couldn’t stand for it.

      So here we are Joe. One illegal disease away from possibly a million Americans dying because of a caucus full of dumbasses.

      God I love this new forum….

  13. Here’s another one of those Trump hate crimes that RR is always warning us about:
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    Black Man Wearing Donald Trump ‘MAGA’ Hat Beaten By Criminal Liberals

    Two black Democrats in Germantown, Maryland, beat up another black man because the latter dared to wear a red Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hat.

    The man attacked for wearing the MAGA hat is a legal immigrant from Togo and he supports President Donald Trump. But the two black Democrats who attacked him apparently could not stand the idea of another black man showing his support of the president.

    According to ABC 7, the man was punched in the head and upper body and his hat taken away from him.

    https://godfatherpolitics.com/black-man-wearing-donald-trump-maga-hat-beaten-by-criminal-liberals/

    • Oh please, another distraction considering how many right-wingers have been CONVICTED and SENTENCED

      General David Petraeus (R) Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. On April 23, 2015, a federal judge sentenced Petraeus to two years’ probation plus a fine of $100,000 for providing classified information to Lieutenant Colonel Paula Broadwell.

      Steve Stockman (R-TX) was convicted of fraud.

      Dennis Hastert (R-IL) Speaker of the United States House of Representatives pleaded guilty in court for illegally structuring bank transactions related to payment of $3.5 million to quash allegations of sexual misconduct with a student when he was a high school teacher and coach decades ago.

      Michael Grimm (R-NY) pleaded guilty of felony tax evasion. This was the fourth count in a 20-count indictment brought against him for improper use of campaign funds. The guilty plea had a maximum sentence of three years; he was sentenced to eight months in prison.

      Trey Radel (R-FL) was convicted of possession of cocaine in November 2013. As a first-time offender, he was sentenced to one year probation and fined $250. Radel announced he would take a leave of absence, but did not resign. Later, under pressure from a number of Republican leaders, he announced through a spokesperson that he would resign.

      Rick Renzi (R-AZ) was found guilty on 17 of 32 counts against him June 12, 2013, including wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators.

      Mark E. Fuller (R) U.S. District Judge was found guilty of domestic violence and sentenced to 24 weeks of family and domestic training and forced to resign his position.

      J. Michael Farren (R) Deputy White House Counsel, convicted of the attempted murder of his wife.

      Scott Bloch (R) United States Special Counsel, pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of Congress for “willfully and unlawfully withholding pertinent information from a House Committee investigating his decision to have several government computers wiped….” Bloch was sentenced to one day in jail and two years’ probation, and also ordered him to pay a $5000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service.

      Felipe Sixto (R) Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs, convicted of misusing money. Sentenced to 30 months.

      Robert E. Coughlin (R) Deputy Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes relating to the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal.

      David Safavian (R) Administrator for the Office of Management and Budget. He was found guilty of blocking justice and lying, and sentenced to 18 months.

      Lewis Libby (R) Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney (R). ‘Scooter’ was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Plame Affair on March 6, 2007 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. His sentence was commuted by George W. Bush (R) on July 1, 2007.

      Lester Crawford (R) Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, pleaded guilty to conflict of interest and received 3 years suspended sentence and fined $90,000.

      Claude Allen (R) Director of the Domestic Policy Council, was arrested for a series of felony thefts in retail stores. He was convicted on one count

      John Korsmo (R) Chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board, pleaded guilty to lying to congress.

  14. BUSTED: Jared Kushner Has Been Using WhatsApp And His Personal Email To Conduct White House Business

    Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has been using the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp and his own personal email account to conduct official White House business, per the Chair of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings. Politico reports Kushner attorney Abbe Lowell informed Cummings and former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-NC) about it in December when Republicans still controlled the House Oversight Committee

    House Democrats are raising new concerns about what they say is more recently revealed information from Jared Kushner’s attorney indicating that the senior White House aide has been relying on encrypted messaging service WhatsApp and his personal email account to conduct official business

    The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee says in a new letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone that Lowell confirmed to the two lawmakers that Kushner “continues to use” WhatsApp to conduct White House business, and reportedly communicates with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman via WhatsApp

    According to Cummings, Lowell also told him and Gowdy that Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter who also serves as a top adviser, conducts official White House business through her personal email account. Cummings suggested that Ivanka Trump was in violation of the Presidential Records Act because she was not forwarding emails to her official White House account that deal with government-related business

    Cummings also told Cipollone that the committee obtained a document showing that former deputy national security KT McFarland was using an AOL.com account to conduct official White House business. Cummings said the document shows that McFarland was in communication with Tom Barrack, a longtime Trump confidant and the chairman of the president’s Inaugural Committee, about transferring “sensitive United States nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia”

    “These communications raise questions about whether these officials complied with the Presidential Records Act and whether the White House identified this personal email use during its internal review and took steps to address it” per Cummings

    https://politi.co/2WbVFeA

  15. BUSTED: House Oversight Chair Accuses Ivanka Trump Of Breaking Federal Law By Not Preserving Emails

    The House Oversight and Reform Committee alleged this week that White House aide Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are breaking the law by failing to preserve all of official government emails and other electronic communications, suggesting that the practice is in violation of the Presidential Records Act, according to The Associated Press.

    The House Oversight and Reform Committee says Ivanka’s attorney confirmed that Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and a senior White House aide, uses the WhatsApp to conduct official government business. The attorney said Kushner has used the application to have “communications with people outside the United States”

    Representatives for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner did not respond to a request for comment from the AP

    http://bit.ly/2W8zeXM

    • Ayatollah Trump: The Global Rise of the Christian Right

      Islamic extremism gets all the press, but Trump is just one of a growing number of Christian extremists in positions of political power

      If Trump goes to church regularly, he’s kept it a pretty good secret. He and his wife have made sure to alert the press on the few times he does attend services. Otherwise, Trump seems to worship regularly only at the Church of the Hole in One. Since inauguration, he has made 165 visits (and counting) to golf courses, often on Sundays

      Trump is like a secular Elmer Gantry, the hot-blooded preacher of Sinclair Lewis’s eponymous 1927 bestseller. Gantry preaches on Sundays about the heavenly virtues even as he drinks, commits adultery and breaks one commandment after another on every other day of the week. Trump, meanwhile, has acted irreligiously all his life and only recently made any pretense to churchgoing piety. Loyal congregations gather around these hypocrites, convinced that they are true representatives of God

      Trump a representative of God? During the 2016 presidential campaign, evangelical Christians voted in large numbers for Trump not because of his religious convictions but despite his lack of them. Give us a virtuous president, the evangelicals trumpeted in true Augustinian fashion, but not yet. In the meantime, they would overlook the Republican candidate’s biblical illiteracy (“Two Corinthians!”) on top of his very public indiscretions with women, money and gambling

      On his recent trip to the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Trump the possible savior of the Jewish people. Pompeo was responding to a prompt from the Christian Broadcasting Network, which compared the president to Esther, from the Old Testament, who persuaded the Persian king to spare the Jews. Pompeo would have been on firmer ground if he had said that Trump was the possible savior of someJews or, even more precisely, one Jew

      After all, Trump has gone all out to save the ass of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump has gifted Bibi, with the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council to protest its allegedly anti-Israel bias and various repudiations of Palestinian authority, closing the PLO’s DC office and suspending US contributions to a UN agency helping Palestinian refugees. Most recently, Trump recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, a truly gratuitous gesture designed to boost Netanyahu’s stature before next week’s elections in Israel

      Pompeo isn’t the only one who’s declared Trump the anointed one. On election day evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress proclaimed “God declared that the people, not the pollsters, were going to choose the next president of the United States” which is extraordinary that God, who intervenes rather infrequently in human history, decided to do so on that day in November 2016 and, despite Jeffress’ assertion, did so not to side with the people or the pollsters but with the Electoral College, an institution so complicated that perhaps only divinities can understand its workings

      Trump, of course, doesn’t need other people’s praise to bolster his sense of self-worth. He’s long had an exaggerated understanding of his mission in life. But these more recent claims of Trump’s role in the world, which have inflated to monstrous size, help explain the president’s growing fanaticism. He presides over the American political system like an extra-constitutional force. Indeed, he is becoming more like an ayatollah than an elected figure: a sign of divine will, not civic choice

      This tearing down of the barrier between church and state has disturbing implications for the United States. As Susan Jacoby has written, “Trump administration officials have used fundamentalist biblical interpretations to support everything from environmental deregulation to tax cuts” It has equally unsettling ramifications for foreign policy, as Trump’s lockstep support of Netanyahu demonstrates. But the truly worrisome development is how Trump fits into a growing pattern worldwide: an informal axis of Christian fanatics determined to create their very own clash of civilizations

      Vladimir Putin, as a former career Communist, was never a particularly religious man. He has stressed the importance of “family,” banned gay “propaganda” and targeted the activities of religions other than the Orthodox Church. More critically, he’s positioned Russia as a defender of traditional values against both liberals and adherents of other religions. This has made Russia a beacon of the Christian far right in Europe and the United States. Putin’s sheer opportunism forms the basis of his bond with that other great flip-flopper, Trump

      Fanaticism isn’t confined to Christianity. As if he weren’t already intolerant enough, Netanyahu has cultivated a political alliance with a party of Jewish extremism called Otzma Yehudit. You can find Hindu fanaticism in India and Buddhist fanaticism in Myanmar. Oh yes, and there’s also plenty of Islamic fundamentalism, the only form of religious extremism that merits regular media coverage

      Religious extremists tend to have an apocalyptic view of the world. They are fighting against evil. They are preparing for some new dispensation. Their fanaticism provides a rationale for committing sins otherwise proscribed by their religions: killing people, separating children from their families, imprisoning the supposedly impious. Their fanaticism allows them to interpret scripture in just such a way to justify their extreme acts. Most critically, fanatics are always girding their loins for an epic battle, for the stakes must rival the pretensions in scale

      Trump, too, has an apocalyptic view of the world: American carnage, international chaos. Only the president, in his infinite narcissism, can save the fallen world. But Trump is also a god of vengeance prepared to rain “fire and fury” down upon the unbelievers. His advisors clamor on behalf of a range of targets: Iran, North Korea, China

      In the last stage of its transformation from republic to empire, Rome witnessed the apotheosis of its emperor. Augustus declared Julius Caesar a god upon his death and in turn was declared one upon his own death as well. As he presides over the deconstruction of American democracy, Trump is following a similar trajectory. He’s not content to be the (self-proclaimed) best president of all time. He doesn’t just want to be leader for life like China’s Xi Jinping. Trump wants to be more than just a star on Hollywood Boulevard. He wants to be a star in the firmament. The crimes he commits on his way to achieving this heavenly goal will be of biblical proportions

      http://bit.ly/2Pf9sPk

  16. Racist Paranoia Reigns On Hannity – Guest Falsely Claims Ilhan Omar Is ‘Infatuated’ With Terrorism

    While appearing on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show Monday, felon and disgraced former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik falsely claimed Rep. Ilhan Omar is “infatuated with Al Qaeda, with Hamas, Hezbollah” continuing the stream of Islamophobic attacks from right-wing media and conservative politicians, including Trump, targeted at the Muslim congresswoman

    Hannity concurred with Kerik, who added that Omar “was the keynote speaker” for an event by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) falsely claiming the group is “a terrorist organization” a designation lobbed by some critics of the Muslim civil rights group

    Kerik served three years in prison for charges of corruption and lying to White House officials when he was considered for President George W. Bush’s cabinet

    Last week, conservative media latched onto an out-of-context comment Omar made at the CAIR event last month, in which she described 9/11 as “some people did something”

    Omar was discussing the ways Muslims in the U.S. were blamed for the attacks and experienced increased amounts of Islamophobic hate

    “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties”

    The organization, formed in 1994, stepped up its work in response to the Islamophobia following the Sept. 11 attacks

    “Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen. Frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it”

    Since last week Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress and the subject of repeated Islamophobic attacks, has received death threats in response to the uproar over the comments

    http://bit.ly/2PdIIhZ

    • Republicans And The Rule Of Law? Save Us From The Sanctimony

      If you ask fervent Republicans why they like Trump, often you’ll hear something along the lines of “He’s been great on judges” I even had one smart conservative tell me that Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court justifies his entire first year in office, if not his presidency. But why is it that Republicans are so determined to have the president appoint conservative judges?

      The ostensible explanation is that it’s vitally important to interpret the Constitution as it was written. Conservatives have spent decades railing against activist judges who impose their own beliefs rather than follow the sacred text of the law. Any supposed reverence for rule of law goes out the window when Republicans vote for a candidate like Trump

      But it is increasingly obvious — if it was not before — that for most conservatives, devotion to original intent is as cynical as their attachment to state’s rights. Right-wingers were happy to cite state’s rights as their justification to oppose civil rights laws, but any such considerations of federalism were quickly forgotten when they were pushing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act to bar states from legalizing gay marriage

      Likewise, aside from a few members of the Federalist Society, most ordinary Republicans clearly see the battle over federal judges as simply a matter of legislating their beliefs, rather than those of liberals, from the bench. They don’t want justices to rule impartially if the result is policy outcomes they don’t like, such as upholding the constitutionality of gay marriage or Obamacare. In both cases, conservatives have turned with a vengeance on Chief Justice John Roberts, who was once seen as their champion

      Any supposed reverence for rule of law goes out the window when Republicans vote for a candidate like Trump, a man whose claim to fame is his opposition to the Constitution. As a state Supreme Court justice, he was suspended from office for disregarding federal court rulings by refusing to take down a statue of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse, refusing to stop holding prayer sessions in his court and refusing to apply the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage

      Right-wingers cannot claim to support the rule of law, nor can they or other Republicans profess devotion to the rule of law and support Trump as their president. Trump has consistently shown a flagrant disregard for the law, whether by interpreting a nepotism statute in such a way as to allow him to employ his daughter and son-in-law in the White House or by ignoring the Constitution’s emoluments clause by reaping the financial benefits of having foreign leaders stay at his properties

      Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in order to, by his own admission, stop an investigation into his campaign’s ties to the Kremlin. If that isn’t obstruction of justice, it’s hard to know what is. And Trump pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio after the racist lawman who had been held in contempt of a federal court for arresting people simply because they were Latinos

      Trump has shown himself to be the most lawless president since Richard Nixon. Yet 82% of Republicans continue to approve of Trump’s conduct in office. But please spare us any more sanctimonious nonsense about how conservatives believe in the rule of law. If they were sincere in that belief, they would not be supporting Trump

      https://lat.ms/2PghiIh

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