Matt Vespa - Did Rep. Charlie Rangel Compare The GOP To The Ku Klux Klan Again?
Posted: 6/26/2016 8:30:00 PM EST

Remember when Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said that the Republican Party was the party of the Ku Klux Klan? Well, this time he’s saying that Donald Trump has destroyed the Republican Party, but did some good by pulling the sheet off of the GOP. Yeah, well, he may be at it again (via The Hill):

"He's tapped into those people who don't like immigrants, who don't like Muslims, who don't like blacks, who hate Latinos, who don't like Asians," Rangel said in an interview with "Yahoo News Now" Friday.

"If you want to force me to say something good about Trump, I would say, yes, I am so glad he's pulled the sheet off the Republican Party, because now that he's completely destroyed the party of Lincoln, I want a decent two-party system when this election's over."

I think we have a good idea as to what pulling "the sheet off" means given his past remarks about Republicans.

In April, Rangel told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that “We are seeing the end of the Republican Party as we know it, a party that has the Ku Klux Klan, has the Tea Party, the Freedom Party, and this used to be the Party of Lincoln, and we’re seeing it fall apart.” They were discussing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and the wave of populism seen during this election cycle. As many of you probably already know, the KKK supported the Democrats.

Back in 2014, Rangel went off again, with nonsensical remarks that Southern Republicans still supported slavery. Even liberals had enough with these remarks, with ESPN’s LZ Granderson bluntly saying at the time, “If you think what he says is true, then I’m just going to tell you the truth: you’re an idiot.” He also asked why Rangel is still in office.

Well, when you live in a super safe Democratic congressional district, you can pretty say what you want without fear of political retribution from the voters.

Matt Vespa - CBS Face The Nation: New Email Showed Clinton Lied To Us About Her Reason For A Private Email System
Posted: 6/26/2016 6:15:00 PM EST

Guy wrote up the latest on Clinton’s self-inflicted email fiasco, where the former secretary of state’s private email server was plagued with such technical problems—that it forced the State Department’s anti-hacking security measures had to be disabled to fix the issue. This email relating to this foul-up wasn’t turned over, but it also exposed another lie Clinton told about why she had this system (which wasn’t approved by the State Department) set up in the first place. USA Today’s Susan Page elaborated further about this on CBS’ Face The Nation this morning, where host John Dickerson brought it up towards the end of the roundtable discussion.

“An important disclosure for two reasons; number one it showed she was concerned about letting—she gave a different explanation for why she had a private server. She was concerned about the personal being accessible; it wasn’t a matter of convenience, which is what she told the world. Secondly, she didn’t turn it over. She deleted this email apparently and it came up because it came through the aide she had sent it to—so it goes right to those questions about honesty, trustworthiness, and transparency

It’s not easy running a campaign, portraying your candidate as a strong leader, who is also dishonest and untrustworthy. Moreover, people just don’t like her. Now, for Trump, yes, his numbers aren’t good at all. In fact, they’re abysmal. But when it comes to trust and honesty, voters favor Trump over Clinton by a two-to one margin. That’s beyond embarrassing. Yet, because of that Clinton’s attacks might not carry as much weight that some are hoping for this year. She’s viewed as an unlikable liar, who hasn’t been transparent about anything. Why should people believe anything she says about Trump or the GOP, especially when her husband governed more as a moderate Republican than a liberal Democrat?

Yet, the real nugget here is that Clinton didn’t turn over all of her emails (again), she deleted emails that should’ve been preserved for the bill record, and she lied (again) about why she established this email system in the first place. If it weren’t for her last name, she would be finished.

Half of voters felt that Clinton’s use of a private email server was illegal. The Sunday news programs also hit on some of the latest polls, which still show Clinton in the lead, but there are some troubling crosstabs for her campaign. CBS News’ Elections Director Anthony Salvanto noted that voters who want change overwhelmingly back Donald Trump in the battleground states. They think he can bring change—and his bashing of NAFTA, TPP, and other free trade agreements resonates in these communities. Clinton supported TPP before making a flip-flop on that issue; she once called it the “gold standard in trade agreements.”

Salvanto said that there are enough of these voters still sour about free trade and NAFTA to have Donald maintain his current numbers, but they’re aren’t enough for him to have headway against Clinton’s lead. He did concede that if time goes on, and voters want change no matter what; a Trump surge is possible.

Leah Barkoukis - Former DHS Head: No, Gun Control Wouldn’t Have Stopped Orlando Terrorist
Posted: 6/26/2016 5:08:00 PM EST

Tom Ridge, former head of the Department of Homeland Security, said that no matter what Democrats believe in their quest to pass more gun control legislation, it wouldn’t have stopped Orlando shooter Omar Mateen from killing 49 people and injuring 53 others at Pulse nightclub. 

"You kind of wonder what kind of glasses some of the Democrats are wearing as they look at that horrible tragedy," Ridge told radio host John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable."

House Democrats held a sit-in on the chamber floor to demand action on gun control legislation last week, while the Senate rejected a series of gun control bills, including one piece of legislation that would’ve banned those on terrorist watch lists from buying a gun.

"The notion that somehow gun control would have eliminated that is just an absolute disconnect," Ridge said.  

"I do think there's some reasonable people on both sides of the aisle and even within the [National Rifle Association] that probably do support the notion that if you're on a terrorist watchlist and if you can't get on an airplane, you probably shouldn't be about to purchase a firearm. OK. I get that. ... But this is totally unrelated to the incident in Orlando where the murderer pledged allegiance to [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] and was probably inspired and converted by the virtue of the internet and some of his travels."

Many are in sharp disagreement over banning those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns, however. Critics on both the right and left note that while it sounds reasonable enough, terror watch lists are extremely secretive lists and lack due process.

 

Christine Rousselle - Maine Governor's Wife Working Summer Job As Waitress
Posted: 6/26/2016 4:21:00 PM EST

Maine's First Lady Ann LePage may be the anti-Hillary Clinton--and not just in terms of political beliefs. 

Clinton, former first lady-turned-presumptive-Democratic nominee, has long been accused of being completely out of touch with the average American person: after all, she wears $12,000 jackets and hasn't driven a car in two decades. Compare this to LePage, wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), who has taken up a summer job as a waitress at a restaurant in Boothbay Harbor to bring in some extra spending money. While Mrs. LePage tried to keep her new job on the down low, her husband informed an audience at a town hall event this past week that his wife had taken on a new gig.

Gov. LePage is the lowest-paid governor in the nation.

Mrs. LePage said that she's saving up to buy a Toyota Rav4. She's working three days a week at McSeagull's, where her daughter worked last summer.

The wife of Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage had kept a low profile for the first few weeks of her summer job. But then her husband told a crowd at a recent town hall that his wife took a job to "supplement" his $70,000 salary, the lowest of any U.S. governor.

[...]

Ann LePage said being a waitress is "something I've always, always wanted to do."

Her daughter Lauren made $28 an hour last summer at McSeagull's. LePage said she spent years taking care of her mother, who long suffered from scleroderma and passed away in October.

Now it's time to follow through on her interest, LePage said, adding: "I know she'd be proud of me."

Pretty incredible. While Gov. LePage's background as a businessman likely means that the LePages aren't exactly destitute, it's nice to see that they're still down-to-earth people who aren't above working in the service industry. Living in the Blaine House certainly hasn't changed Mrs. LePage all that much. There's no shame in work--regardless of how prestigious the job is.

Matt Vespa - Sunday Morning Massacre: Labour's Post-Brexit Turmoil Devolves Into Civil War
Posted: 6/26/2016 3:00:00 PM EST

UPDATE: Make that 11 shadow cabinet ministers that have bolted. Shadow attorney general Karl Turner has decided to call it a day working under Corbyn.

***

Well, that coup might be happening sooner than expected. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was criticized for lack of leadership during the Brexit referendum, has seen ten members of his shadow cabinet resign, according to the Guardian. They’re tracking the disintegration. It seems Mr. Corbyn awoke to a Sunday morning massacre:

Westminster Public Affairs, a PR company, has conducted a survey of 50 people who stood as Labour candidates in 2015. It says 62% of them think there should be a leadership contest.

More from the BBC:

Heidi Alexander, Lucy Powell, Vernon Coaker and Ian Murray are among those to have quit the party's top team.

It comes after shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn was sacked after he told Mr Corbyn he had lost confidence in him.

Mr Corbyn, who faces a no confidence vote over a "lacklustre" EU campaign, "won't be resigning", a spokesman said.

The spokesman said Mr Corbyn "is the democratically elected leader of the Labour Party".

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow cabinet members Andy Burnham, Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry have given Mr Corbyn their support despite the resignations.

[…]

Sources close to Mr Corbyn said he would stand again in the event of any leadership election - while Mr McDonnell said he would chair his campaign again.

[…]

Speaking on Sunday's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Benn - who has ruled out any Labour leadership bid - said Mr Corbyn was "a good and decent man but he is not a leader".

Even members of the UK media agree that it’s time for Corbyn to leave:

I don’t agree that his time as leader has been a disaster – leave would have won the referendum regardless. It would always have turned the debate into a conversation about immigration and hammered out its racist cant, whoever opposed it. A more centrist Labour leader would have made more concessions – offered bogus and unworkable migrant caps – but the more strident voice would still have won. Corbyn has been a one-man Occupy movement, squatting in the office of Labour leader on behalf of the people (of whom I was one) who felt the party’s high command was lifeless and intellectually spent. The point has been made, and the apparatus now has to be put to better use.

As the media once again speculates what’s to happen next, especially regarding shadow cabinet resignations, it’s pretty clear that all-out civil war has broken out—with Corbynites moving quickly to stop the bleeding:

The attempted coup has triggered a fierce response from Corbyn supporters, with Len McCluskey threatening MPs who are tweeting and briefing against the leader that they could face mandatory reselection. Unite’s [the largest union in the UK and Ireland] general secretary said his union would find it difficult to maintain its opposition to rules making it easier to remove sitting MPs if the hostility continued.

In an article for the Guardian, McCluskey writes: “Unite has hitherto opposed any plans to change the party rules governing mandatory reselection of Labour MPs. That, too, we have looked on as a divisive distraction.

“But those MPs who have missed no opportunity to tweet and brief against the party’s elected leader over the last 10 months will find that their disloyalty finds no favour with party members and will make this an increasingly difficult line to hold.”

He also warned that if MPs tried to block Corbyn from standing again in the face of a leadership challenge it could “split the party”.

Updates to follow.

Christopher N. Malagisi - Dana Loesch Destroys Liberals Once Again (Author Interview)
Posted: 6/26/2016 2:00:00 PM EST

Dana Loesch is back again with her second book titled, Flyover Nation: You Can’t Run a Country You’ve Never Been To.  Loesch is the popular host of the radio show, The Dana Show, and the TV show Dana, which airs on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network.

In our exclusive author interview, she minces no words and exposes how liberals (the Coastals) have no idea what real life is like in the middle of the country, or “flyover nation.” She also discusses her personal story of how she got into politics, Donald Trump, and the future of the conservative movement. Interview conducted by Christopher Malagisi, Editor in Chief of the Conservative Book Club.

Listen to our exclusive one-on-one interview with Dana Loesch below!

Learn more about Dana Loesch and her books at the Conservative Book Club!

Matt Vespa - Bill Maher: Liberals Don't Know Jack About Guns
Posted: 6/26/2016 12:15:00 PM EST

Again, liberal Bill Maher isn’t right on everything. He’s no friend to conservatism, though he isn’t afraid to slam his own side for their own idiocy. Whether that is the deafening silence from liberals when it comes to defending liberal values (free speech, freedom of religion etc.) against the tide of radical Islam, or—in this instance, gun control. Maher is a gun owner. He hasn’t made that a secret, nor does he present himself as an expert, unlike his progressive brethren. But he notices that a lot of liberals who have been talking about firearms, don’t know “s**t” about guns. In his typical fashion, Maher equated liberals talking about guns to the “Pope talking about vaginas.”

Friday’s episode of his program Real Time on HBO featured former RNC chairman Michael Steele, The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff, Democratic operative Paul Begala, and comedian Larry Wilmore on the panel. While the segment that led into the Second Amendment started off with Maher bashing our system of government, saying that our Constitution needs a rewrite, Begala noted how the current Democratic gun control push, specifically the “no-fly, no-buy” bill (which Gawker found odious) is common sense. Wilmore and Woodruff noted the problems with using secretive government lists that a) tells people what they can and cannot do; b) have an appalling lack of due process; and c) disproportionally impacts those from the Middle East and southeast Asia. Woodruff added how it might sound like a sensible bill if your name sounds like a character from the Brady Bunch. Wilmore also said that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who is leading House Democrats in pressuring Speaker Ryan to hold a vote on gun control, was on the no-fly list. [Warning: some strong language and adult content]

Maher then went on to slam his fellow liberals for butchering the facts about firearms, adding that many think that the “AR” in AR-15 stands for “assault rifle.” It doesn’t. Maher said he’s not proficient in gun terminology, but he did pretty well for himself, noting that the AR-15 rifle isn’t an assault rifle. And that it’s not an automatic weapon; those are already heavily regulated under the National Firearms Act. He then showed a slide of handguns, most of them 9mm, which are just as deadly as the AR-15. The only difference is that the AR-15 looks scary to the anti-gun Left. He also said there’s this false narrative that only one class of firearm does more damage than any other. Woodruff added that the Virginia Tech shooter had committed the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history with two handguns up until the Orlando attack. She also noted that long guns are used very rarely in gun crimes. Why wasn’t there a call for a handgun ban post-Virginia Tech? It’s probably because it would've been near impossible, if not outright political suicide.

Maher also cited The Washington Post’s analysis on mass shootings that mentioned fatalities from such tragic incidents are only a small fraction of all gun deaths, less than half of one percent. In 2015, only 39 people were killed in mass shootings. The publication analyzed these shootings going back to Charles Whitman’s sniper attack at the University of Texas in 1966 to 2015. Only 869 people have been killed in mass shootings. Is one too many? Of course, but the Left is painting this grossly inaccurate picture that America is a shooting gallery, and that we have a gun violence epidemic. We don’t.

The liberal host also noted that there may also be a racial and an elitist element to all of this mass shooting talk because (and this especially applies to anti-gun liberals) we only seem to only get horrified about these appalling, though infrequent events, when white people get shot and killed in nice places. Steele nodded in agreement.

Yet, even with Maher pretty much slamming his side for being outrageously ignorant on firearms. The honeymoon wasn’t to last. He said that he supported a bill that would expand background checks. I'll take those brief windows where liberals call out their own side for peddling nonsense about guns. In Maher's case, he pretty much undercut the Left’s narrative about our phantom gun violence epidemic.

Matt Vespa - Post-Brexit Labour Party Coup? Jeremy Corbyn Slammed For Incoherent Leadership On Referendum Vote
Posted: 6/26/2016 9:45:00 AM EST

The UK is leaving the European Union, and many are not happy with the leadership Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn showed throughout the campaign. Two Labour members of parliament, Dame Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey, filed a no confidence motion against Corbyn, who Hodge feels was late coming “out of the stable” on the Brexit referendum and gave almost no direction as to what Labour could do to make their case to the British people. She said that Corbyn, like Cameron, should reflect on his role as leader and step aside, so that someone who has demonstrated leadership qualities can steer Labour to victory in the next election, especially after this referendum that is being viewed as a leap in the dark for Britain. Is a coup brewing? If so, it could be a bloody one (via BBC):

The motion has no formal constitutional force but calls for a discussion at their next PLP meeting on Monday.

The chairman will decide whether it is debated. If accepted, a secret ballot of Labour MPs could be held on Tuesday.

By early Friday evening, seven other Labour MPs were on record as backing the motion.

Asked if he will resign, Mr Corbyn, who campaigned on the losing Remain side, said: "No, I'm carrying on.

[…]

"It may be brutal, it may be bloody, but he has to go. We have no choice."

That's the view of a former Labour minister who's plotting to oust Jeremy Corbyn.

[…]

Mr Corbyn's critics accused him of being half-hearted in calling for Labour voters to unite behind Remain.

Dame Margaret Hodge said Mr Corbyn should resign because the EU referendum had been a "test of leadership" that he had "failed".

This left Labour voters "not getting a clear message", she added.

[…]

Labour MP Stephen Kinnock has also come out in support of the motion, accusing Mr Corbyn of a "lackluster [lackluster]" campaign.

Yet, the Labour Shadow Cabinet didn’t make any indication regarding supporting the no confidence measure. The BBC quoted that the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, denounced the measure, saying Corbyn has a mandate to lead (which isn’t wrong) and that he would probably win a leadership challenge. Keep in mind McDonnell is a staunch Corbyn ally, who was one of 35 MPs, the minimum needed to nominate someone for leader, to nominate his far left friend to lead Labour after their disappointing showing in the 2015 general election. Still, there was considerable criticism of Corbyn in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Corbyn still insists he did the best he could during the campaign, but he was heckled at London Pride for failing to get out the vote. Tom Mauchline, who was present at the event, tweeted his confrontation with Corbyn, where he blamed him for the Brexit result and asked when he's resigning as leader.

‘It’s your fault Jeremy! It’s your fault! When are you resigning? I had a Polish friend in tears because you couldn’t get out the vote in Wales, the North and the Midlands.’

McDonnell added that a general election could come within a year, given that he’s hedging that the new Conservative prime minister, whoever that may be, would want to govern with a mandate. If that’s the case, Labour should be making moves on booting Corbyn now since there are fears that Labour could suffer disaster in the next election post-Brexit (via Politico):

“If we vote Out can we finally get rid of Jeremy?” one exasperated Labour MP said as Brexit surged in the polls before the referendum.

Throughout the campaign there had been outright fury with Corbyn. Polling showed 20 percent of Labour supporters did not know the party’s position.

Now it’s too late.

Labour now faces the very real possibility of fighting a fresh general election with the most left-wing leader it’s ever had. There is widespread panic that they could be wiped out across England, as they were in Scotland last year.

It could be a repeat of the 1983 general election, where left-winger Michael Foot led the Labour Party to disaster—and further entrenched Thatcherism in British politics.

Last Note: Despite the criticism, for now, it sounds like Corbyn's not going anywhere anytime soon. 

Flashback: When Corbyn was laughed out of the room by Conservative MPs over his remarks about the EU referendum in February. 

Andre Walker - Petition for Second Referendum Exposed As Fake
Posted: 6/26/2016 8:02:00 AM EST

LONDON, United Kingdom - Pro-European spammers have fooled the British establishment into believing a million people a day have signed a petition to hold a second referendum on Brexit. The petition demands the referendum rules are retrospectively changed forcing a second vote on Britain’s membership of the EU.

But doubts were raised about the authenticity of those signing after evidence that a code was being used emerged.

It shows how the petition website was tricked into registering millions of ‘signatures’ from people who do not exist.

Further questions were raised over the petition after analysis showed that just 353k of the nearly 3 million signatures were from the UK. A total of 3000 were reported to be from Vatican City, a country with a population of just 800.

Most UK national newspapers reported on the petition today, seemingly unaware of the fraud. Both the Sunday Telegraph and Mirror put the story on the frontpage.

The Independent has run multiple stories on the subject, at one stage crowing that the website kept crashing.

The petition is hosted on Parliament’s own website and rules at the House of Commons mean any petition with over 100k signatures is considered for debate by MPs. So far no petitions have ever been refused for spam signatures, raising the possibility it might be taken seriously.

The website currently has 2,741 open petitions but few have garnered anywhere near the level of ‘support’ as the one on the referendum. The next nearest calls for the sacking of a government minister and has been open for around five months, it has 337,705 signatures.

The referendum petition reads: “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”

It will be open for the next six months, at the present rate of growth it will have been signed by 1,800,000,000 or thirty times the entire UK population by the time it closes.

News on the petition comes as Remain campaigners get increasingly aggressive against their opponents. The Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is facing a leadership challenges amid allegations he did not fight hard enough against Brexit.

In Scotland the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is planning to meet other European leaders in the hope of pulling out of the UK illegally and remaining in the EU.

Matt Vespa - Bill Maher: Is It Really Xenophobia If There’s Something To Fear?
Posted: 6/25/2016 8:10:00 PM EST

The UK referendum is over—and the British voters decided to give the European Union the boot. That was a topic of discussion on Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. The panel, which included Democratic strategist Paul Begala, The Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff, and former RNC chair Michael Steele, discussed the role of immigration in the vote. Of course, xenophobia playing a role in the referendum campaign was discussed at length, which Maher said isn’t so black and white. Steele brought up a poll in which a majority of Americans feel that Islam and American constitutional republican values are incompatible.

“Is it really a phobia if there’s something to be afraid of?” asked Maher, noting that 52 percent of British Muslims think homosexuality should be illegal. Begala asked how many Republicans feel the same way and can we deport them? Maher, Steele, and Woodruff rejected that false narrative, with the liberal host saying that Begala’s remarks were “bulls**t.”

“Stop it, just stop it,” said Maher.

Now, Maher did say that he doesn’t support a Muslim ban, but added that the Islamic world needs a reformation similar to what occurred in Christendom. What’s stopping that is the moderate Muslims are keeping their mouths shut due to threats of violence and intimidation from fundamentalists.

Woodruff also noted that there is something remarkable in the sense that Muslims who come to America have more success assimilating more than anywhere else. And it’s not just Muslims—it’s scores of various ethnic and racial groups.

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