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Sunday, March 31, 2019

An APOLOGY For Mexico?

Presidente Lopez-Obrador's demand for an apology from Spain is part of the present worldwide zeitgeist which can be roughly summarized as: People of Color: Good – Euro-White: Bad.

Mike Konrad

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (referred to as AMLO) has asked Spain to apologize for past colonial crimes. Spain has refused to do so. Many view this as a supreme virtue signaling, in which Spain refused to indulge.

Historically, the Spanish undeniably committed many crimes in Mexico, but given that the Aztecs were practicing human sacrifice – which influenced many aboriginal tribes to ally with Spain’s Hernán Cortés in his war against the Aztecs – it is a surely nuanced case. Would Presidente AMLO have preferred that the Aztecs have won?

Of course, though not stated, Presidente AMLO’s demand for apology is part of the present worldwide zeitgeist which can be roughly summarized as: People of Color: Good – Euro-White: Bad.

This is nothing new. Susan Sontag said as much in the 1960s:

The white race is the cancer of human history.

Sontag never fully appreciated the benefits of being white, herself. Of course, neither does AMLO. Anyone who has seen his photograph must know that there is a lot of Euro-Spanish in him. Though he claims some indigenous ancestry on his father’s side, his maternal ancestors came from Northern Spain (Cantabria and Asturias), ironically, the “whitest” region of white Spain. Spain’s northern coast has a lot of Celtic and Visigothic DNA, which was not mixed with the Moors.

So AMLO is a bit late to the game, and a bit confused.

The Vatican has apologized for its past crimes in the New World.

Pope Francis offered a direct apology on Thursday for the complicity of the Roman Catholic Church in the oppression of Latin America during the colonial era… New York Times -- 2015

However, what is left out is that in many instances the Roman Catholic Church, though flawed, sought to curtail the excesses of the conquistadors. Sadly, the Protestant conquerors were not much better.

Still, I think most modern Catholics would be happier if the pope concentrated on the Catholic Church’s more recent crimes, such as the sexual predation scandals. Perhaps doing away with clerical celibacy would be a start – and leave the 16thcentury crimes of colonialism to the judgment of God.

I take a more pragmatic view of a lot of this.

What is the population of the natives before and after the European conquests?

For example: the population of Africa was 90 million in 1800. Today, it is 1.2 billion. Does anyone doubt that the introduction of Western (read White European) medicine, hygiene, and electricity is responsible for most of this?

This is not to lessen the horrors, for example, of the crimes committed in the Belgian Congo at the end of the 19th century, but it is to put them in perspective. For every native killed by the white man, how many Africans have been saved by medicines invented by the white man? The balance of good is weighted in favor of whites.

In almost every colonial case – there are some exceptions – the native peoples were often in better shape after the white man left than before the white man came. Yes, crimes were committed, but the overall trend of history has been general improvement under white Christian rule.

But what about those exceptions? Here is a short (and incomplete) list:

Spain itself -- I seriously think Spain would have been better had it not been occupied by the Muslims. I am contrarian to the present opinion regarding the glories of Muslim Spain. Indeed, a closer examination shows that whatever Spain got from the Muslims was something the Muslims stole from somewhere else, often from whites. The benefits would have come to Spain in any event, without the culture distorting horrors introduced by the Muslims.

North Africa – At one point, North Africa was totally Christian and prosperous. The Muslims took over and North Africa became a dump. Perhaps an apology is due, but, outside of the Copts, there are no indigenous Christians left to claim it.

Anatolia – Present-day Turkey was once home to the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, which in the 6thcentury made it all the way out to Southern Spain. It lasted until the 15th century. Erdogan is presently crushing the few remaining Christians who are left. He wants to make the originally Christian Hagia Sofia a mosque… again.

Ireland and Highland Scotland -- There can be no doubt that English wars brutalized the Irish, and England’s policies aggravated the potato famine. That, along with the Highland Clearances, precipitated a mass exodus of Gaels to the outside world. There are far fewer Gaels in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands than there were in the early 19th century. However, that is mitigated by the fact that there are many times more Gaels in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina than there ever were in the Gaelic homelands. Unlike Aztec Mexico, one could make the case that Scotland and Ireland would have prospered, and possibly been better, without colonial intrusion. But, this was an intra-white contest, and so does not count with today’s virtue signalers.

The Old (Baltic) Prussians – They have disappeared to history. They were wiped out (or absorbed) between the Balts and the Germans. But they were only white, and could not possibly be real victims.

The Indians – At least 80 million Indians were slaughtered due to the Muslim invasions, but no one dares asks the Muslims for an apology, or recompense from the Saudis, the present owners of Mecca. King Abdullah of Jordan, a direct descendant of Mohammed, and his country, are too bankrupt to pay reparations.

Tibet – Tibet is iffy. While the Communist Chinese are cruel, the Tibetan culture was truly deranged with a demigod Dalai Llama. Children were put into enforced celibate monasticism before hitting puberty. The whole cult was bizarre. But whoever was right or wrong, they are not officially Euro-white, and so cannot be held up to condemnation. Just consider Tibet’s indigenous idiocy to be a proud heritage of color, even if Tibetans have a substantial amount of Indo-European DNA -- at least the Nazis thought so.

The Christian Lebanese – More than once, the Muslims tried to wipe out the Christians in Lebanon. Today there are more than 10 times as many Lebanese Christians in the New World than are left in Lebanon, which is evidence of the severity of the ethnic cleansing done by the Muslims. Were the Christian Lebanese to return, they would outnumber the Muslims many times over.

Much of what we consider the white race once occupied large areas out to the borders of China. The Uighurs, whom China considers a problem today, are genetically 60% Indo-European. But not only the Chinese caused problems for the Uighurs; they were also hammered by Islam, until they became Muslim.

Asian and African aggressions (the Huns, Islamic, and Mongols) permanently wrested large areas from white control and even advanced into Western Europe for a while. Muslims even made it up to Poland.

The Indigenous of the Americas -- Here, one has something of a case. But often the excesses or crimes were committed after the Europeans powers had left. For example: Argentina’s General Julio Roca started his Conquest of the Desertdecades after Spain had been booted out. While there were crimes committed, a good portion, if not the majority, of the deaths were due to disease, not genocide.

How far the present idiocy has become the new norm can best be seen by watching this comment from a Jewish returnee, Yehuda HaKohen, to Silwan in Jerusalem.

I got to New York the same way black people got to New York. White people invaded my country… Vice News – YouTube (10:40)

Though born in New York, Mr. HaKohen compares himself to the black experience. Well, while the Jews were victims of the Romans -- who often used local Mideastern tribes in their legions, according to Josephus -- someone should tell HaKohen that he, himself, is white.

In the diaspora, many Jews mixed, and HaKohen is living proof. He did not get to New York the same way black people got to New York, not unless black people came on steamships from Europe.

The origin of the Ashkenazi Jews, who come most recently from Europe, has largely been shrouded in mystery. But a new study suggests that at least their maternal lineage may derive largely from Europe. -- Live Science

Don’t you just cringe when blue-eyed, fair-skinned people claim to be people of color?

Now, I am not saying that the Spanish were innocents in Mexico or that Europeans were innocents everywhere; but let’s keep a sense of proportion. Overall, European colonialism, for all its faults, did more good than harm. And remember that people of color were sometimes the colonizers, while whites were sometimes the victims.

Ask yourself this question: If Mexico today were populated by Europeans (say the Belgians, or the Germans, or the French), or even by the Japanese, would it be a rich country or a poor one?

Take for example Scotland. The Scots do not seek reparations for the crimes of Edward Longshanks (a matter of the past), but many would like to be free of England (a present issue confronting the Scots today).

I would recommend that AMLO work on present issues and leave the conquistadors to history.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who wishes he had availed himself more fully of the opportunity to learn Spanish better in high school, lo those many decades ago. He runs a website, Latin Arabia, about the Christian Arab community in South America.


Chris Rock SLAMS Jussie Smollett at NAACP Awards: 'What the HELL Was He Thinking?'

Barnini Chakraborty

Jussie Smollett might have been a no-show at Saturday night's NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood but that didn't stop comedian Chris Rock from blasting the "Empire" star.
"They said 'No Jussie Smollett jokes' ... What a waste of light skin. Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! I'd be running Hollywood," said Rock, who was on hand to present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
"They said 'No Jussie Smollett jokes' ... What a waste of light skin. Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! I'd be running Hollywood!"
— Chris Rock
He continued: "What the hell was he thinking? You're 'Jessie' from now on. You don't get the 'u' no more. That 'u' was respect. You ain't getting no respect from me!"
"What the hell was he thinking? You're 'Jessie' from now on. You don't get the 'u' no more. That 'u' was respect. You ain't getting no respect from me!"
— Chris Rock
Smollett was nominated -- but lost -- for best supporting actor in a television drama for his role as Jamal Lyon on the Fox series. He was edged out by "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams.
Smollett has been nominated for the award four years in a row and won in 2017.
The award was handed out during the untelevised portion of the show Friday night.
Leading up to the event, NAACP Image Awards host and "Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson said in light of the charges against Smollett being dropped, he hopes the "Empire" actor will win for his work on the show.
Smollett has been in the middle of a firestorm for weeks in Chicago.
He is accused of staging an anti-gay, racist attack on himself in January in order to promote his career.
He has denied the charges from the start and says two men approached him, beat him, threw bleach on him and tied a rope around his neck before shouting, "This is MAGA country," in reference to President Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."
On Tuesday, the Cook County State Attorney's Office dropped all charges against Smollett, who was previously facing 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report that he was the victim of a hate crime.

After the surprise announcement, Smollett said, "I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’m accused of."

After PROVING His INNOCENCE, Trump Shouldn’t Have To Be Humble

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Michael Goodwin
Soon after news broke that special counsel Robert Mueller found no Russia collusion, media types began offering their idea of an olive branch to President Trump. It generally came in the form of advice that he try to “heal” the nation.
One writer encouraged the president to give an Oval Office address in which he is “contrite, humble and authentic in tone” and use it to ask the public “for a new opportunity to be president of all Americans.”
Allow me to go out on a limb with a prediction: Hell will freeze over first. There might be an Oval Office speech, but it won’t be contrite and humble, nor should it be.
Trump is an innocent man who was outrageously framed by political enemies, including some in the Obama White House, the FBI and the Justice Department. Instead of begging forgiveness, he is entitled to feel just as Bill Clinton did after his many brushes with political death, that “whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”
Democrats and the media tried to kill Trump, and because they failed, he is in a stronger position than ever.
Not that he was a shrinking violet, but as a result we can expect to see an even more dominating, freewheeling Trump. His fiery, profanity-laced appearance at a raucous rally in Michigan illustrates that he views Mueller’s report as complete exoneration and that he is free to be even more Trumpian.
No surprise, he’s not inclined to follow the adage that revenge is a dish best served cold. He wants it now, even if it’s just rhetorical.
Who can blame him?
Try a test. Imagine that Mueller found Trump had indeed conspired with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election and obstructed the investigation. It would be a political bombshell and the move to impeach would be unstoppable.
Rep. Adam Schiff would be able to crow, “I told you so” and Hillary Clinton would claim to be the rightful president and maybe mount another run. Rachel Maddow would rule cable land and The New York Times would celebrate itself. Republicans would offer no resistance.
The stock market would take a deep dive, China, Russia, North Korea and Iran would exploit the chaos with new aggression and Washington would otherwise grind to a halt.
Facing the ignominy of being convicted by Congress and removed, Trump would be counseled to resign instead of putting the nation and his family through the meat grinder.
If he did resign, then what? A pardon from a President Pence would be unthinkable for such heinous fouls. Trump, out of the White House, would likely face a criminal trial, maybe more than one as prosecutors, federal and state, piled on like jackals to tear at his carcass.
Branded as a traitor, he might spend the rest of his life in prison.
Poof — back to reality. Mueller’s finding that there was no collusion and Attorney General Bill Barr’s finding that there was no obstruction ends the left’s fantasy and delivers its worst nightmare.
A liberated Trump already is scourging Schiff as “pencil-necked” while emboldened Republicans demand he resign as head of the intelligence panel.
Clinton is hiding and Maddow looks to be in shock as her ratings tumble. The Times has pivoted from Russia, Russia, Russia to rooting for an economic slump as it searches for another way to destroy Trump.
Some bitter clingers still hope that somewhere in the Mueller report there is a nugget that will change the outcome. They are making noise, but theirs is a lost cause.
For one thing, the odds that Mueller and Barr overlooked something big enough to change the bottom line are nil. For another, the public always wanted a fair, quick resolution to the probe and sensible people outside political hothouses will not want to revisit 2016 or the last two years. Enough of all that.
So it’s on to 2020, with Trump stronger and holding more political capital. There is now no question about his legitimacy, and assuming that Sen. Lindsey Graham and Barr keep their promise to get to the bottom of how Clinton’s dirty-trick dossier led to a corrupted FBI investigation, each new revelation will add power to the president’s punch.
The best thing Trump can do is give them space and time to expose the guilty. If there is any healing in America, it will come after clear evidence that he was the victim of a conspiracy that aimed to elect Clinton and then, after he won, to remove him on phony charges.
As for Trump’s political capital, there will be temptations to go on a spending spree, but he and the country would best be served if he devoted himself anew to keeping his first campaign promise: fixing the broken border.
Unless the courts stop him, his emergency declaration gives the president money and freedom to make major improvements in security, including building more and better barriers. And the fixes couldn’t come at a better time, with the record surge of illegal crossers and amnesty claimants untenable. If the influx isn’t stopped, the nation will be roiled by the issue for another generation.
Consider that as many as 1.5 million illegals will enter America this year, driven by violence in Central America, our great economy and our lax laws and open spaces.
Not long ago, it was believed there were about 10 million illegal immigrants here. At this rate, it will soon be 20 million — and growing.
Trump, freed from the greatest possible distraction, can cement his legacy by delivering on the key issue in his election. Everything else on his to-do list should be second to securing the border.
If he does that, it is impossible to imagine he won’t win broader support — and four more years. In that case, he’ll have time to finish driving the left completely nuts.
Longer look at AOC power politics
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is known as AOC, but reader Ruth Cohen, M.D., offers another option: Rapunzel. As in Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.
She writes: “Although it is not politically correct to describe women as alluring, she has lively uses for her hair. I was especially enthralled when early in the day of the Michael Cohen interrogation she had her hair tied back. When she grilled him, her hair flowed free.
“Does this feminine charm gain an advantage for her? I believe it does.
“She is beautiful, young and dramatic in a primarily staid male environment. There is still a difference between the sexes and drawing attention to her physical appearance can pay off politically.”
Cynical ‘race’ to the bottom
His intentions are noble — that’s how Mayor de Blasio defends his effort to impose racial quotas on specialized high schools. Asian-Americans, he acknowledged, deserved a better explanation of his plan.
He is too kind to himself. De Blasio’s scam is all about looking at students as the sum total of their race instead of their individuality and achievement. As such, it is a form of racism, and there’s never anything noble about that.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

'We’ve NEVER Seen Anything Like This': As Migrants OVERWHELM Texas Cities

Hundreds of migrants are being held beneath the Paso del Norte International Bridge in El Paso as CBP has run out of space to process the asylum seekers.

Aaron Montes and Rick Jervis

EL PASO – Under a bridge connecting the U.S. with Mexico, dozens of migrant families cram into a makeshift camp set up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The families are there because permanent processing facilities have run out of room.

Seven hundred miles east, busload after busload of weary, bedraggled migrants crowd into the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Organizers there are used to handling 200 to 300 migrants a day. Lately, the migrants have been arriving at a clip of around 800 a day, overflowing the respite center and straining city resources.

“It’s staggering,” McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez said. “Really, we’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Along the Texas border with Mexico – from El Paso to Eagle Pass to the Rio Grande Valley – masses of migrants have been crossing the border in unprecedented numbers, overwhelming federal holding facilities and sending local leaders and volunteers scrambling to deal with the relentless waves of people.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday during a visit to El Paso that the border had hit its "breaking point" and urged Congress to come up with legislative solutions to the problem.

Border Patrol officials were on pace in March for more than 100,000 apprehensions and encounters with migrants – the highest monthly tally in over a decade, he said. Around 90 percent of those – or 90,000 – crossed the border between legal ports of entry.

The vast majority of those crossing between ports of entry turn themselves into Border Patrol agents, seeking asylum.

“The surge numbers are just overwhelming the entire system," McAleenan said.

President Donald Trump recently declared a national emergency at the border to secure funding for a proposed wall, despite Congressional opposition. On Friday, the president in a tweet threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico didn't stop undocumented migrants from coming.

But not even Trump's proposed wall could stop the wave of migrants overflowing shelters in the Rio Grande Valley, where the vast majority are turning themselves in to apply for asylum, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said.

A wall would go up on levees about a mile from the winding Rio Grande, which is the U.S.-Mexico border. Migrants will just have to cross the river to be in U.S. territory and seek asylum, he said.

"That's not a solution for asylum-seekers," Darling said.

Once in the U.S., the migrants – mostly families from Central America – are crowding into facilities designed to hold single adult men, said Theresa Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center and a former CBP policy adviser for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says border region is at "breaking point" because of influx of migrants from Central America. Mark R Lambie, El Paso Times

Increasingly, smugglers are bringing larger numbers of families together and delivering them across the Rio Grande, knowing they’ll overrun facilities and be released until their immigration court date, she said. Under U.S. law, Border Patrol is not supposed to hold any migrant for longer than 72 hours.

Usually, Border Patrol hands them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which can detain families for up to 20 days. But all of those facilities are overcrowded, Brown said, leading Border Patrol to skip the transfer to ICE and release migrants to shelters en masse.

“This is a system-wide collapse,” she said.

In El Paso, migrant families pressed their faces against the chain-link fencing at the makeshift outdoor shelter under the Paso Del Norte International Bridge as they awaited their turn to seek asylum. Children covered their mouths with swaths of Mylar blankets and peeked through the fencing at passing Border Patrol guards.

On Wednesday, more than 850 migrants were released to local shelters, marking a new high for El Paso. The numbers are expected to keep rising, according to Ruben Garcia, executive director of Annunciation House, a nonprofit that provides services to migrants released by federal authorities.

"It’s going to be very, very challenging,” he said.

Garcia and other shelter organizers have relied on a growing number of volunteers to help with the increased migrants. Ande McArthy, a retired nurse, and her husband, Michael, a retired physician assistant, traveled from Lake Huron, Michigan, to El Paso last week after their church put out a call to help for the Annunciation House.

The McArthys are among 12 full-time volunteers who help to sort clothes, handle day-to-day donations and tend to the needs of hundreds of migrants arriving at the shelters each day.

“We’re here trying to show that [migrants] are fleeing conflict,” McArthy said.

The El Paso City Council and County Commissioners voted recently to fund a position that would help coordinate volunteers. Mayor Dee Margo said the city will seek reimbursement from the federal government.

“It allows us to frankly take more action than we’ve been able to do in the past and justify that for a humanitarian need — an emergency need,” Margo said. “If we are required to spend some funds, we will.”

In McAllen, migrants deemed to have credible asylum cases are released to the Catholic Charities respite center, where they’re allowed to shower, given medical attention and helped with getting a bus or airplane ticket to their final U.S. destination.

Sister Norma Pimentel, who oversees the shelter, said she received a phone call two weekends ago from a Border Patrol official warning that the numbers were about to skyrocket. The next day, around 800 migrants showed up to the shelter, she said.

On Wednesday, clusters of migrants crowded the halls of the center. Lines stretched down long halls, as migrants waited to use the shower or pick up diapers. Teams of volunteers called migrants' relatives to get bus tickets. Every 20 minutes or so, a new tour bus would drive up and deliver another 50 migrants into the shelter.

Among the throngs were Fredy Escobar, 27, and his wife, Katherine Lopez, 23, and three-year-old daughter, Ayleen Escobar. The family fled Guatemala earlier this year when corrupt police officers threatened to take over his car wash business in Guatemala City and tried to kidnap him, Fredy Escobar said.

They crossed into the U.S. from nearby Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, waiting 10 days at the international bridge and sleeping in a nearby church, until they were allowed to cross and seek asylum. He said he was surprised by the throngs of other migrants joining him in U.S. processing centers but was excited to get to Houston to start a new life.

"It won’t be easy. We're starting over," he said, "but we pray everything will turn out OK."

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Despite the crush, Pimentel said she will continue taking in the migrants. “If you drop them off on the street, they’re not going to know what to do,” she said. “We’re going to have chaos. We’re going to have a terrible problem.”

As the respite center started to overflow last week, city officials got involved, opening new shelters and contracting buses to take the migrants directly to shelters rather than have them cluster around the bus station downtown.

Rodriguez, the city manager, said he’s dedicated several city officials to spearhead the problem and the city’s spending thousands of taxpayer dollars a day on the buses and other services.

He’s lobbied the federal government for reimbursement, but he’s not overly hopeful. In 2014, when a similar crush of Central American migrants strained city resources, local officials applied for $600,000 in federal disaster funds. After years of wrangling, they got just $140,000, he said.

“This is very similar to what we saw then,” Rodriguez said. “It’s real people and real time and real money.”


John Brennan HUDDLED With Democrats AFTER Mueller Investigation Ended

Daniel Chaitin
Former CIA Director John Brennan reportedly huddled with a group of House Democrats this week.

An official told Fox News that Brennan discussed a number of issues during the Thursday meeting on Capitol Hill with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and other members of his caucus, including national security.

Although the "Leader's Council" meeting took place after special counsel Robert Mueller completed his Russia investigation and submitted his final report to the Justice Department on Friday, the source said it was scheduled long before it was known Mueller was wrapping up.

The meeting also came one day after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., tweetedthat a "high-level source" told him that Brennan, while serving as CIA director under former President Barack Obama, "insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report" and called for Brennan to be called to testify before Congress "ASAP."

The dossier, compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, was used by the FBI to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to spy on onetime Trump campaign official Carter Page. Republicans have raised concerns about the possibility of an effort undermine Trump, citing how certain information about the dossier, including that it was funded in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was left out of the FISA warrant applications.

A commentator for MSNBC, Brennan has criticized Trump and talked about his belief there was collusion in "plain sight" between the president and Russia. He also called Trump's behavior "treasonous."

Trump revoked a security clearance belonging John Brennan in August, claiming his "erratic behavior" should disqualify him from having access to sensitive information.

A few weeks ago, Brennan appeared on MSNBC predicting more indictments as part of Mueller's investigation. But those never came to pass.

On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr shared a four-page summary of Mueller’s findingswith Congress, which stated the investigation found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Answering for his hyping of the Mueller report, Brennan said Monday, "I don't know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was."

Barr sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees on Friday saying he expects Mueller’s report to be released in mid-April, "if not sooner." The attorney general also volunteered to testify publicly after Mueller’s report is released to the public and said he is available to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1 and the House Judiciary Committee on May 2.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said he would take that offer "under advisement" but reiterated that he wants Barr to testify “immediately” and seeks the full special counsel report by April 2.

According to Barr's four-page summary, Mueller also declined to determine whether Trump obstructed justice, and Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there was insufficient evidence to show the president committed a crime.


‘WOKE’ Injustice: Jussie Smollett’s ESCAPE Isn’t Even the Beginning

                                                             Jussie Smollett, Getty Images

Heather Mac Donald

The expunging of the 16-count felony indictment against actor Jussie Smollett for faking a hate crime against himself is being treated as a manifestation of Chicago machine politics.
Feminist attorney Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, had contacted the Cook County prosecutor, Kim Foxx, about the case on behalf of a member of Smollett’s family.
But the dismissal of a seemingly watertight case, based on the sworn confessions of Smollett’s two co-conspirators and reams of physical evidence, represents more than celebrity justice. It is rather the latest example of the incursion of academic identity politics into the workings of government.
Had Smollett been a straight white male who had staged his own attack by fake Antifa Trump antagonists, he would most certainly still be facing a trial and the prospect of prison time.
But Foxx is a leading figure in the recent national wave of progressive local prosecutors who came to power by playing race politics — including the Brooklyn DA, who wants to put people arrested with guns into “diversion” programs meant for first-time drug collars, and the Philadelphia DA, who last year refused attempted murder charges against a robber who shot a Philadelphia shop owner and likely paralyzed him for life.
Like these local DAs, Chicago’s Foxx campaigned on the Critical Race Theory credo that the criminal justice system is endemically biased. She inveighed against the so-called school-to-prison pipeline and promised to reduce racial disparities in prosecutions.
Last month, she dismissed aggravated battery charges against a 16-year-old student who had attacked two Chicago police officers; the Chicago police union argued that her dismissal of the charges fit a pattern of favoring offenders over police officers.
She operates in a cultural milieu that holds that the fact that a hate crime is a hoax is less important than the fact that it could have been true. Prosecuting Smollett could have sent another black man to prison. Is there a race-based system of justice here?
Dismissal of a case usually requires that the defendant accept responsibility, stay out of trouble for at least six months and make restitution. Jussie Smollett not only denied responsibility, he proclaimed that his innocence has been vindicated. As for restitution, Smollett spent 16 hours at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH headquarters “encouraging visitors to purchase PUSH gear” and offering marketing tips, Jesse Jackson said.
Volunteering for the Chicago Police Department’s Explorers Program would have been a better way for Smollett to pay back the city. At least 12 detectives worked full time trying to hunt down Smollett’s fictitious white supremacist lynch mob, interviewing more than 100 individuals.
That shoe-leather detective work should have gone into solving Chicago’s real shootings, many of which are witnessed, though bystanders rarely cooperate. But the political fever around “hate” in Trump’s America is a more pressing political concern than garden-variety drive-bys, especially since both the victim and the perpetrator in those shootings are almost invariably black. Where is the advantage to the social justice narrative in investing resources just to prosecute more black people?
Not surprisingly, Smollett is still availing himself of the rhetoric of academic victimology, vowing to “fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”
Before Foxx, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, there was Maryland’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, another product of the racism-industrial complex. Mosby brought inflated charges against six Baltimore police officers for the death of drug dealer Freddie Gray and was rebuked by a judge for her prosecutorial overreach.
Though the criminal investigators in the Obama Justice Department concluded that the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” narrative against Ferguson, Mo., officer Darrell Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown was a fabrication, the civil rights attorneys in the Justice Department went ahead and issued a tendentious report accusing the Ferguson Police Department and court system of racism anyway.
More and more law school graduates, steeped in Believe Survivors ideology and Critical Race Theory, will enter positions of power in the criminal justice system in the coming years. Whether they erode our expectations of political neutrality in favor of “social justice” remains to be seen.
One thing is certain, however: The dismissal of the Smollett indictment will encourage more such social justice-inspired hate-crime hoaxes, and they will continue to find a credulous audience in the media and among academic and political elites.
Heather Mac Donad is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, from which this was adapted.

Friday, March 29, 2019

MSNBC, NBC Top Editor Tries To BULLY Reporter For DNC

 Reporter accuses top NBC politics editor of colluding with DNC, trying to kill scoop on party’s behalf

Liam Quinn

A reporter is accusing the managing editor of NBC News and MSNBC’s political coverage of trying to "intimidate” him into spiking a story about the Democratic National Committee in a chilling phone conversation that he says had her acting as a political operative and not a fellow journalist.

Yashar Ali, a high-profile freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post and New York magazine, said he was so taken aback by his conversation with Dafna Linzer, who has held the key NBC position since October 2015, that he posted his synopsis of it in a series of tweets Friday. Linzer, he said, was trying to block him from publishing the dates of the 2020 Democratic Party primary debates - a move Ali suspects was made to benefit the DNC, not her employers.
“Yesterday, I received a call from @DafnaLinzer who serves as managing editor of NBC/MSNBC politics. Dafna's conduct during the call was highly inappropriate and unethical. So what was the purpose of her call? She called me to bully me on behalf of the DNC,” the first tweet read.
“Dafna, who oversees the political coverage for NBC and MSNBC, was calling to bully me into delaying the publication of an innocuous scoop and at no point did she advocate for her network, it was only about the DNC.”
Ali then outlined the allegation, which he claimed stemmed from a “scoop” he had regarding the dates of the Democratic primary debates in 2020.
It was announced Thursday that the first Democratic presidential debates will take place June 26 and 27 in Miami.
The Democratic National Committee confirmed the plans first disclosed by NBC News, which will broadcast the two-night event along with MSNBC and Telemundo.
Ali’s tweets continued: “When I saw Dafna calling I assumed she would ask me to consider delaying my post so that MSNBC could announce it first. Given that this was an innocuous scoop and not some investigative story I wouldn't have lost sleep if I had delayed. But that's not why she was calling.
“After exchanging pleasantries, Dafna told me that she received a call from the DNC and was told I had a story. Now it's not strange that the DNC called her, they were coordinating an announcement. What was strange was that she was calling me and taking a menacing tone
“She asked if I could hold the story and I said I couldn't. She was agitated, ‘why not?’ I said I'm not going to lose a scoop. Then she got angrier and said ‘Why not? It's not a big deal, let them make a few phone calls.’”
He then wrote: “I realized that @DafnaLinzer, the head of all political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC wasn't calling to advocate for her network, she was calling to advocate the DNC's position. She wanted me to wait so they could call state party leaders.
“I couldn't believe what she was saying. Again, it was fine for me to print the story an hour later, beat her own network by three hours, she just wanted me to let the DNC inform state party leaders. Why the hell did she care?
“I kept telling Dafna no, that I wasn't waiting. And she kept getting more frustrated… The head of the political division was trying to bully me at the behest of the DNC over a dumb scoop (even though they may not have asked her to).”

MSNBC and NBC News did not return Fox News’ request for comment.