During an interview on “Face the Nation,” former Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that “we paid a price” for Barack Obama’s failure to follow through on the infamous “red line” drawn in the proverbial sand concerning the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s Bashar al-Assad-a line that was crossed with zero repercussions. He also lambasted the explanations and excuses given for inaction as moot because they ultimately failed to change perception. Kerry’s comments come as a rare admission in a career otherwise wasted on apologies for Obama’s utter failure on the global stage. It’d have been nice to hear from Kerry when it actually mattered.
Here’s more from Hot Air…
Am I right that O’s non-strategy towards Syria is the only policy of his that veterans of his administration have consistently criticized since he left office? I can’t think of another. Ask an Obamaite whether they prefer his or Trump’s approach to a particular issue and they’ll blurt out “Obama!” before you’ve even finished your sentence — with one exception. When Trump bombed Assad after last year’s WMD attack, a former Obama senior official (Kerry, maybe?) chirped to Politico that “Our administration never would have gotten this done in 48 hours. It’s a complete indictment of Obama.” Anne-Marie Slaughter praised Trump for his action, as did other unnamed foreign-policy officials on background. Hopenchange alumni were so embarrassed by it that they took to leaking how massive Obama’s plan to attack Assad in 2013 was, before he stuffed it in a desk drawer and backed down. Others were pitifully reduced to chattering that Obama would have bombed Assad last year if he were still president like Trump did … despite his conspicuous refusal to do so four years earlier.
You read that correctly: former President Barack Hussein Obama — who oversaw Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, ‘JV’ ISIS, Benghazi, backdoor money laundering for the Iran nuclear deal and so much more — will be accepting an award for ethics in government at the University of Illinois on September 7. According to his communications director, BHO will call for rejecting “the rising strain of authoritarian politics and policies.” There must have been no other contenders for the award.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Former President Barack Obama, never missing a chance to posture himself as a champion of freedom, will reputedly call for rejecting “the rising strain of authoritarian politics and policies,” according to his communications director.
Obama, whose administration was embroiled in various scandals, is scheduled to accept an award for ethics in government at the University of Illinois on September 7. That award flies in the face of this list of events during the Obama Administration: the Fast and Furious scandal; the IRS targeting conservative groups; Obama making light of ISIS, calling it the “JV team”; protecting the terrorist group Hezbollah by stalling project Cassandra; spying on Fox News’ James Rosen, and lying to the American people in order to sell the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, among other nefarious occurrences.
Katie Hill, Obama’s communications director, asserted:
Next week, President Obama will offer new thoughts on this moment and what it requires from the American people.He will expand upon several of the themes from his summer address, including that America is at its best when our democracy is inclusive and our citizens are engaged.
Beloved West Coast burger chain In-N-Out is facing the wrath of a rabid left-wing faction in California now clamoring for a boycott after a sift through public records revealed the Christian company made a donation to the state’s Republican Party. A firestorm of fan fury has ensued on Twitter, with some particularly devastated individuals begging to know why In-N-Out would dare support those evil Republicans. All of which makes our editorial board suddenly salivate for a juicy In-N-Out burger. Then maybe tomorrow we’ll have a lunch meeting at Chick-Fil-A.
Here’s more from The Daly Wire…
In-N-Out, the famous California burger chain that out-of-towners frequent when visiting the Golden State, is about to get the Chick-fil-A treatment.
According to LAMag, the burger chain known for printing John 3:16 on their cups “gave $25,000 to the California Republican Party this week.” The donation was confirmed by a public filing on the Secretary of State’s website, initially spotted by Washington, D.C.-based journalist Gabe Schneider:
The donation matches a pattern of political contributions made by the fast-food chain. The company donated $30,000 per year to the GOP in 2016 and 2017.
With that revelation, leftists have said they will boycott.
“No more for me,” one user tweeted. “I refuse to spend money at any firm (when I have choices) that donates money to the Republican party or any Republican candidate.”
Facebook is facing backlash from its employees who are sick of the social media leviathan’s “intolerant” liberal culture. According to a memo from Facebook senior engineer Brian Amerige published by The New York Times, Facebook has a big “problem with political diversity”. In his call for more tolerance, Amerige explained: “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.” And that it is “not a rare concern.” What started out as the memo of a single man has now gained the support of dozens of his fellow colleagues. Given the political climate in which Facebook, Twitter and Google are in hot water for censoring conservatives, this comes at exactly the wrong time for Silicon Valley. A boycott could be just around the bend.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
On the same day that President Trump unloaded on the political bias problem among major tech communities, including Google, The New York Times published a memo penned by Facebook senior engineer Brian Amerige laying out the company’s “problem with political diversity” and calling for a movement within the company to promote more tolerance of people with political views other than just the leftist views he says are currently enforced by employees. Since he posted his memo last week, dozens of fellow employees have joined his movement.
In the memo, titled “We Have a Problem with Political Diversity” and posted on one of the company’s internal message boards on August 20, Amerige paints a troubling picture of the lack of political tolerance among his fellow Facebook employees, whom he says often personally attack anyone who presents a non-left-leaning ideology and show open disdain for Trump supporters. He says he has been told by the company’s human resources office that the complaint he’s raising is “not a rare concern.”
An FBI intelligence analyst told House investigative committees last week that it was a known practice for bureau officials to leak information to the press…and then use the resulting articles to OBTAIN SURVEILLANCE WARRANTS. Jonathan Moffa – who worked with notorious former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – offer testimony arguing that we should be especially concerned with the Yahoo! News’ Michael Isikoff article published Sept. 23, 2016. This story, which failed to corroborate the Steele dossier, was based on information leaked by Steele only to then be used in the successful FISA application. Can you say ‘fabrication’?
Here’s more from Fox News…
An FBI intelligence analyst admitted to House committees last week that bureau officials were known to leak information to the press and then use the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance warrants, according to a source with knowledge of his testimony.
Jonathan Moffa, who worked with controversial former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, testified last Friday behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee.
The source with knowledge of his statements confirmed to Fox News that Moffa said FBI personnel would use media reports based on information they leaked to justify applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.
The source told Fox News that Moffa acknowledged this “had been a practice in the past.”
Republicans have long questioned to what extent leaked information, related to the unverified anti-Trump dossier, was used as a basis for surveillance warrants against former Trump adviser Carter Page in 2016 — when the bureau was led by James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe.
Gone are the days of the free and fair Internet. Even apolitical algorithms are a thing of the past. According to a new report, nearly 100% of Google search results for news related to President Donald Trump are from liberal media outlets, save for Fox News. Any other conservative sites are relegated to the second page, while CNN receives the most love, followed by The Washington Post, NBC, and CNBC. And it’s not simply because the left media have spilled more ink in slanted stories on the president; conservative sources have spent as much energy refuting them. In case there’s any question, the fifth estate now includes the web.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Every conservative who’s ever searched a politically-charged topic on Google has inevitably noticed that left-wing outlets seem to dominate the results. Other than Fox News, not many right-leaning news sites seem to make the cut, especially not on the first page of results. But is that a function of the popularity of left-leaning media outlets over their right-leaning counterparts, or is it political bias built into Google’s algorithm?
PJ Media’s Paula Bolyard’s recent study on the issue of Google bias suggests it’s the latter. Bolyard found that of the first 100 results provided by Google for “Trump news,” nearly all were from left-leaning outlets.
Bolyard notes that “Google has maintained that all outlets are treated fairly, but nevertheless, conservative sites have reported reduced search traffic and, in the case of Google-owned YouTube, content creators have been banned and demonetized.” The suspicion that left-wing bias pervades the company was only heightened by the famous firing of conservative James Damore.
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has stumped on her solidarity with cab drivers – blaming Uber for a cabbie’s suicide – has found herself in hot water reserved for hypocrites. Instead of supporting cabbies and their control of the city’s public car transportation, her campaign has spent $4,000 on Uber and other private transportation. This is typical of the Uber-left (pun intended). Rules are only meant to apply to ‘the other guys’. This is a chapter straight out of Hillary’s campaign rulebook. No surprise.
Here’s more from Fox News…
New York Socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once blamed ride-sharing giant Uber for leading a yellow cab driver to suicide. Her campaign then took $4,000 worth of Uber rides.
But Ocasio-Cortez, who rose to prominence after defeating top Democrat Joe Crowley in the party’s U.S. House primary in June, is no fan of Uber, if you read her statements on social media.
She frequently criticized the ride-hailing company for what she sees as underpaying its drivers, decrying their pay as “exploitation” if they don’t get at least $15 an hour, the so-called living wage.
She directly blamed the company for the suicide death of Doug Schifter, a driver in his 60s, who killed himself with a shotgun amid financial difficulties caused by flooding the streets of New York with alternative and cheaper options of taxis, as detailed in a lengthy Facebook post.
“NYC’s fourth driver suicide. Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber. What was a living wage job now pays under minimum,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
Famed former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown, 82, has thrown his support behind President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign. He made the announcement during an appearance on “The JT The Brick Show” on Fox Sports Radio. “Now, that would make me very unpopular in the black community, very unpopular with a lot of Americans … but I think that there are certain good things that are coming out of this presidency because we’ve never seen anything like it,” Brown said. This is certainly bad news for Democrats, who need every reason possible to assail Trump ahead of November.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
President Trump is threatening to force his Justice Department to hand over documents Republicans have sought for months about its investigation into his campaign.
Trump has said for months that he didn’t want to get involved. But in a Fox News interview that aired Thursday, he said he may have to step in.
“At the right time, I think I’m going to have to do the documents,” he said when asked if he would use his power to force the department to act.
“I didn’t want to, but I think I’m going to have to. There’s such corruption,” he added.
Republicans have been pressing the Justice Department for documents that detail the decisions it made about investigations into Trump’s campaign, as well as Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Republicans in recent weeks have said a top official in the department, Bruce Ohr, was in contact with Christopher Steele, who wrote the disputed “Trump dossier” that was used to justify surveillance on a former Trump campaign adviser.
In a desperate bid to prevent Trump from stacking the Court against reinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution for years to come, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone hearings for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Why? Because in the words of Schumer: “The president, identified as an unidentified co-conspirator of a federal crime, an accusation made not by a political enemy but by the closest of his own confidants, is on the verge of making a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, a court that may some day soon determine the extent of the president’s legal jeopardy.” Translation: we need to stop a conservative nominee, and, look, there’s a squirrel!
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
The Senate’s top Democrat on Wednesday called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone its consideration of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, citing the bombshell guilty plea from Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney.
“The president, identified as an unidentified co-conspirator of a federal crime, an accusation made not by a political enemy but by the closest of his own confidants, is on the verge of making a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, a court that may some day soon determine the extent of the president’s legal jeopardy,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor. “In my view, the Senate Judiciary Committee should immediately pause the consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination.”
Kavanaugh is expected to appear before the Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing Sept. 4, when members’ will question Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court nominee over four days.
Behold the monsters the left hath created. David Hogg, the one and only darling of the mainstream media and the gun control crowd, has forgotten the memo on age discrimination to declare that “old” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) needs to “move the f**k off the plate and let us take control.” Per the NYMag interview, Hogg is also full of himself and owns it. “Hogg, in fact, was frequently not on the bus but traveling separately in a black SUV accompanied by bodyguards. If he were a politician, one of the staffers told me, the intensity of interest in him would merit 24-hour Secret Service surveillance.” Of course, George Soros and his pals are bankrolling this lunacy (not that we disagree with his opinion of Pelosi). Sidenote: Hogg plans to run for Congress at age 25.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Activist David Hogg talks of his generation of gun controllers in a NYMag cover story, then thinks of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and says, “Move the f**k off the plate and let us take control.”
NYMag indicates Hogg is wearied by the “old” Democrats who keep hanging onto their offices. He mentioned Pelosi in particular, and said pointedly, “Nancy Pelosi is old.”
Hogg often employs the word “narcissistic” to describe himself. He and fellow student gun control activists just wrapped up their summer bus tour, which focused on registering new gun control voters and pressuring Congress to pass more gun laws. While many students rode on the bus, NYMag explained that Hogg often rode separate: “Hogg, in fact, was frequently not on the bus but traveling separately in a black SUV accompanied by bodyguards.