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Sep. 7, 2018
THE FOUNDATION

“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • Cory Booker’s ridiculous theatrics were based on two falsehoods.
  • Dianne Feinstein likewise uttered a BIG Lie to discredit Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Dear Nike: Here are two American Patriots who sacrificed everything.
  • Amazon, Bernie Sanders, and the socialist family feud.
  • Trump’s actions on NATO and NAFTA were needed.
  • What on earth is going on with that New Mexico compound?
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Booker’s ‘Spartacus’ Circus Act

Thomas Gallatin

“I am going to release the email about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-2020) dramatically announced on Thursday, the final day of the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He further opined of these Kavenaugh records and his actions, “I hope that they will bring charges against us and I am ready to accept with full responsibility what I have done.” In what might best be described as the climax of Booker’s disingenuous theatrics, he waxed eloquent, “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”

Before nominating him for an Academy Award, there’s just one problem: Soon after the performance was over, the claims of Booker’s “rebellion” quickly began to fall apart.

First, regarding the “confidentiality” of the emails, a representative from the George W. Bush library records, Bill Burck, stated, “We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker’s staff asked us to.” He added, “We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly. In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public.” And the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed that “restrictions were waived before 4 a.m. this morning and made ready for release. The senators were notified of this before speaking began this morning.” So, in short, the emails were not confidential and Booker was fully aware of this fact before he introduced them as such.

Second, Booker’s claim that the emails seemingly revealed that Kavanaugh had expressed racial bias by having approved of the practice of “racial profiling” proved to be unfounded — in fact, they showed exactly the opposite. In commenting on racial profiling following the government’s response to national security issues after the 9/11 attacks, Kavanaugh wrote, “The people who favor some use of race/natl origin [sic] obviously do not need to grapple with the ‘interim’ question. But the people (such as you and I), who generally favor effective security measures that are race-neutral in fact DO need to grapple — and grapple now — with the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented.” Clearly, Kavanaugh was concerned about race in profiling.

Finally, the real reason behind Booker’s theatrics is his posturing for a 2020 presidential run. In an interview on Fox News, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) observed, “That’s not the Cory Booker that I know that I watched on television. That is someone that is trying to position himself as the frontrunner so he can take on Donald Trump.” This explains why in a CNN interview, Booker continued to stick to his demonstrably false narrative, repeatedly insisting, “I am breaking the rules. … I am breaking the sham rules.” You see, he needs to maintain his “street cred” as a resistance warrior or risk losing his leftist base.

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The BIG Lie: Feinstein on ‘Deaths From Illegal Abortions’

Jordan Candler

As corroborated by their incessant political theater, the dueling top interests of Democrat thespians are gun control and abortion, both of which they consider sacrosanct — to the point that these issues compete with each other as thelitmus test for judicial nominees. Therefore, no off-the-rocker rhetoric is off limits if it means Democrats succeed in ratcheting up tension and obstruction.

The most outlandish bout of political theater on abortion this week occurred while Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was lecturing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — an originalist whose jurisprudence doesn’t bode well for judicial despotism like Roe v. Wade. On Wednesday, Feinstein ridiculously asserted, “In the 1950s and ‘60s, the two decades beforeRoe, deaths from illegal abortions in this country ran between 200,000 and 1.2 million. … So, a lot of women died.”

These numbers were supposedly obtained from the Guttmacher Institute, but as the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams reveals, Feinstein was spewing fake news: “The Guttmacher Institute has reported no such thing. What Sen. Feinstein claimed during Wednesday’s hearing is either her own ignorant misreading of the institute’s reporting or it’s an intentional, outright lie.”

Instead, Guttmacher reports, “Estimates of the number of illegal abortions in the 1950s and 1960s ranged from 200,000 to 1.2 million per year. One analysis, extrapolating from data from North Carolina, concluded that an estimated 829,000 illegal or self-induced abortions occurred in 1967.” Feinstein is conflating two very distinct things — the estimated number of unlawful abortions every year before they became legal, and maternal deaths. So her assertion this week that up to 1.2 million mothers died because abortion wasn’t yet legal — and therefore hazardous to the mother — is a fabrication.

Yet she does unintentionally make a very important point. A huge number of people did die every year during that period. In fact, a life is taken every time an abortion occurs, regardless of whether or not abortion is legal. Legality makes no difference. Remember, 60 million babies have been terminated since abortion was legalized. Feinstein told Kavanaugh, “How you make a judgment on these issues is really important to our vote as to whether to support you or not. Because I don’t want to go back to those death tolls in this country.” The truth is, even if abortion procedures went from hazardous to “safe,” those death tolls never actually went away.

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Who Sacrificed Everything, Nike?

Nate Jackson

In 2013, America lost a true hero — Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper.” As Mark Alexander wrote in 2014:

Kyle’s first long-range kill was against an Iraqi suicide bomber who was walking toward a group of Marines with a hand grenade. Of that kill, he said, “The woman was already dead. I was just making sure she didn’t take any Marines with her.”

During his four combat tours as a SEAL sniper, he recorded 160 confirmed kills and 95 probables, and became known as the “Devil of Ramadi” by al-Qa’ida and other Iraqi insurgents. His longest shot was taken in 2008 near the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, where he arrested an RPG-carrying insurgent at more than 2,000 meters.

Over the course of his 10-year military career, Chris was shot twice and survived six IED explosions. He earned two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

We recall Kyle’s heroism and sacrifice because his widow, Taya, so thoroughly took down Nike over the company’s disgraceful adfeaturing unemployed former NFL quarterback and social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick. In a blistering public letter to Nike, Taya Kyle wrote:

At best, that is all Colin sacrificed… some money and it’s debatable if he really lost his career over it. Maybe he sacrificed the respect of some people while he gained the respect of others. Or maybe he used one career to springboard himself into a different career when the first was waning. I don’t know. What I do know is, he gained popularity and magazine covers he likely wouldn’t have gotten without getting on his knees or as you say, “believing in something.” I’m also thinking the irony is that while I am not privy to the numbers, it’s likely he gained a lucrative Nike contract. So yeah… that whole “sacrificing everything” is insulting to those who really have sacrificed everything.

You want to talk about someone in the NFL sacrificing everything? Pat Tillman. NFL STARTING, not benched, player who left to join the Army and died for it. THAT is sacrificing everything for something you believe in.

How about other warriors? Warriors who will not be on magazine covers, who will not get lucrative contracts and millions of followers from their actions and who have truly sacrificed everything. They did it because they believed in something. Take it from me, when I say they sacrificed everything, they also sacrificed the lives of their loved ones who will never be the same. THAT is sacrificing everything for something they believe in.

Indeed, the one who sacrificed everything isn’t the ingrate millionaire who hates his country despite his success and who turned a failing football career into social justice martyrdom and a lucrative ad campaign. It’s America’s Patriot Armed Forces and their families — particularly the ones who lost their lives serving the country they love. It’s men like Pat Tillman and Chris Kyle.

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Top Headlines

  • Economy adds more jobs than expected in August, and wage growth hits post-recession high (CNBC)
  • U.S. weekly jobless claims drop to near 49-year low (Reuters)
  • Three takeaways from Day 3 of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings (The Daily Signal)
  • Over 200 protesters arrested during Kavanaugh hearings (The Hill)
  • Denials roll in from top administration officials onanonymous op-ed (The Daily Caller)
  • Six state AGs open investigations into Catholic dioceses over abuse scandals (Hot Air) +Trump administration announces new rule to detain children with parents (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • 9/11 death toll will soon be surpassed by death toll from diseases caused by 9/11 toxic debris (The Daily Wire)
  • Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars, citing abuse (Associated Press)
  • Humor/satire: NYT op-ed blowback: Trump behavior shames surging economy (ScrappleFace)
  • Policy: America’s looming doctor shortage: What policymakers should do (The Heritage Foundation)
  • Policy: Preserve U.S. interests in Syria by backing the Kurds (Washington Examiner)

For more of today’s news, visitPatriot Headline Report.

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TODAY’S MEME

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For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

TODAY’S CARTOON

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

OPINION IN BRIEF

Marc A. Thiessen: “If you are a presidential appointee who strongly disagrees with something the president is about to do, you have a moral obligation to try to convince the president that he is wrong. If you can’t do so, and the matter is sufficiently serious, then you have an obligation to resign — and explain to the American people why you did so. But there is no constitutional option of staying on the job and pretending to be a loyal adviser, while secretly undermining the president by failing to carry out his decisions — no matter how bad you think those decisions are. … It is important that good people serve in the administration and try their best to persuade the president to make good decisions and dissuade him from bad ones. But when you go from advising to subverting the president, you cross a moral and constitutional line. You are no longer defending democracy; you are subverting it. And to boast about your duplicitous behavior in the media is shameful. … There is no shame in not serving a president you don’t respect. Many conservatives have made that decision. But if you feel you can’t serve the president honorably, then there is only one honorable thing to do: Don’t serve at all.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them. We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform.” —College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis, whose school is dispensing with Nike-branded sport uniforms

Braying Jenny: “If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment. The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the president can’t do his job. It does not provide that senior officials go around the president — take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds. … Every one of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It’s time for them to do their job.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Braying Jackass I: “It’s one thing that the guy [Fred Guttenberg] can’t get Congress to do the right thing and even pass reasonable background checks. Here, he can’t even get a judge to shake his hand. … Brett Kavanaugh can’t shake the guy’s hand, and then 20 minutes later, he sends his security detail out to harass him. Yeah, please, please, get on — get on your blog this morning and defend that lack of humanity because you’re pro-life. Please, come at me. Attack me with your stupid words because you’re pro-life.” —”Morning Joe” cohost Joe Scarborough peddling aDemocrat-created setup

Braying Jackass II: “We don’t have a president. We have a president who is there, but he is not capable of doing the job or living up to the responsibilities.” —John Kerry

Alpha Jackass: “[Trump’s] right to be paranoid. I mean, just as Stalin had a right to be paranoid and was paranoid.” —MSNBC’s Neal Katyal

And last… “The notion that the bureaucratic class in Washington should dictate which policies presidents are allowed to advocate simply by ignoring their wishes sounds a lot more like a soft coup than a constitutionally principled resistance.” —David Harsanyi

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