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The Election to Watch Today

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June 7, 2016
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BUMP: Ellmers lost! Add one more to the list of politicians whose careers ended because they supported amnesty for illegal aliens. Original post below.

Back in 2010, ultra-liberal Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) was exposed as an ultra-liberal. He reacted like this:

Republican Renee Ellmers was elected in his place, in part by bashing the Ground Zero Mosque:

But Ellmers has turned into a squish. She actually supports amnesty for illegal aliens now, along with a host of other ultra-liberal positions.

As a result, she has attracted tougher and tougher primary challengers over the years. But no matter; Donald Trump has endorsed her this year.

It would be a very useful warning for Ellmers to be defeated in today’s Republican primaries. Let’s see if that happens.

The Problem With Trump’s Bashing the Judge…

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June 7, 2016
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…Is not just race, although that’s offensive enough.

And it’s not that Trump “University” typifies Trump the Conman, and we may have a president embroiled in scandal at the very outset of his presidency.

No, it’s that Trump USED THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY TO THREATEN A JUDGE.

If he threatens judges and businessmen now, when he hasn’t even been formally nominated, how badly would he abuse his power if he were, say, in the eighth year of his presidency?

I checked my imagination. It boggles.

Jay Nordlinger Leaves the Republican Party

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June 7, 2016
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And explains why:

At the beginning of his campaign, [Donald Trump] said that McCain was “not a war hero” because he was captured. “I like people who weren’t captured.” True, McCain was shot down — on his 23rd bombing raid over North Vietnam. Then he endured five and a half years of torture. He refused early release, offered because his dad, Admiral McCain, was head of the Pacific Command.

Trump, meanwhile, received four student deferments. Many young men received deferments. But do they slam the service of McCain, of all people?

In 1997, Trump was talking with Howard Stern on the radio — about sleeping around, and the perils of doing so, given venereal disease. “I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world,” he said. “It is a dangerous world out there — it’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam era. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.” People joke on the radio. I’m all for joking. I’m also for, “Lighten up, Francis.” But this sort of talk in light of Trump’s condemnation of John McCain … it’s hard to take.

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Then, overshadowing everything, there is the issue of character. Trump mocks the handicapped — physically mocks them — for the enjoyment of his audience. He insults women on the basis of their looks. He brags of the women he has bedded, including “seemingly very happily married” ones. He mocks the religions of others. (Distinctly un-American.) He implied that Ted Cruz’s father had a link to the Kennedy assassination. And on and on.

By nominating him, the Republican party has disfigured itself, morally. Democrats won’t like to hear this, but for all those years, I thought the Republican party had the high ground, morally. I feel that this ground has collapsed beneath me. That is one of the painful aspects of this moment.

I know exactly how he feels.

Make no mistake: Trump is the choice of most Republicans. In the later primaries, he comfortably out-polled his Republican rivals, combined.

A party that would elect a would-be-tyrant president is not my party. A party that wants the White House occupied by a vulgar conman, a man rank with hatred and ego and deceit and bluster, cannot be my party.

Turkey Goes Full Islamist

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June 7, 2016
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The Hagia Sophia was the world’s greatest church for centuries. After the Turks took Constantinople in 1453, they turned the church into a mosque, and the architecture of the church influenced many major mosques all over the world.

However, when Turkey went secularist after World War I, the church was converted into a museum, and so it has remained since 1935.

Well, all that is changing. Turkey’s Islamist government is broadcasting Ramadan prayers from the church this year. This highly symbolic act has a couple of implications:

  1. It symbolizes that the secularist tradition in Turkey was merely an interlude, and that Islamism is back in Turkey.
  2. It symbolizes Islam’s continuing desire to subjugate and stamp out other religions.

Few people in the US will notice, but Turkey and the world just took a fateful turn for the worse.

Bonus Quote of the Day

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June 5, 2016
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Trump “supporter” Newt Gingrich:

“I don’t know what Trump’s reasoning was, and I don’t care. His description of the judge in terms of his parentage is completely unacceptable.”

Quote of the Day

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June 5, 2016
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Hillary Clinton (whom I can’t believe I’m quoting):

I found this so disturbing. If our president doesn’t believe in the rule of law, doesn’t believe in our Constitution, with the separation of powers and an independent judiciary, that is one of the most dangerous signals that we are dealing with somebody who is a demagogue, who would rip up our most valued beliefs.

It makes no sense to me. The judge was born in Indiana; yes, he’s of Mexican heritage! Donald Trump is apparently of German heritage. What does that mean? We’re all Americans.

And, when I think of everybody that he has attacked — he would try to disqualify any woman who is a judge because he has said terrible things about women? Any Muslim American who is a judge anywhere — you can go down the list of who he insulted.

How to Avoid the Next Donald Trump

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June 4, 2016
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Everyone assumes that Elon Musk is a car guy who dabbles in space stuff. But it’s the other way around. Musk will be the Christopher Columbus of our time, and lead us to colonize Mars (really! I kid you not!)

Well, some form of government will be needed on Mars, and, in keeping with SpaceX’s radical thinking, Musk has some ideas that sound wonderful:

“The form of government on Mars would be a direct democracy, not representative,” Musk explained without missing a beat. “So it would be people voting directly on issues. And I think that’s probably better because the potential of corruption is substantially diminished in a direct versus a representative democracy.”

Simple enough. Musk doesn’t want politicians voting on his behalf. He also had a few recommendations for how laws should be created — and maintained — on the Red Planet.

“It should probably be easier to remove a law than create one,” Musk explained, suggesting that 60 percent of people would need to vote in a law, but only 40 percent of voters would be needed to later remove it.

Also, laws will come with a “sunset provision,” meaning they will automatically expire after a certain amount of time. “If it’s not good enough to be voted back in, maybe it shouldn’t be there,” he said.

Love it!

Poll: Which Other Americans Should Donald Trump Accuse of Bias Because of Their Ancestry?

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June 4, 2016
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More Bonus Quotes of the Day

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June 4, 2016
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From Judge Curiel’s responses to the Senate judiciary committee when he was being confirmed:

Q. In your view, what is determinative as to who wins or loses?
Response: The admissible evidence and applicable law in a case determines who wins or loses.

Q. In your opinion, what is the role of the judge in protecting the interests of the “little guy?”
Response: A judge protects the “little guy” (and the “big guy”) by applying the law fairly and evenhandedly to all of the parties whether they are “little” or “big.”

Q. What is the most important attribute of a judge, and do you possess it?
Response: In my view, respect for the judicial process is the most important attribute of a judge. Respect for the judicial process entails: (1) providing the parties a fair opportunity to be heard; (2) determining and faithfully applying legal precedent; and (3) explaining a court’s reasons for its decisions. I strive to attain this attribute in my work every day.

Bonus Quote of the Day

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June 4, 2016
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Paul Ryan, fresh off a Trump endorsement:

“Look, the comment about the judge, just was out of left field for my mind. It’s reasoning I don’t relate to, I completely disagree with the thinking behind that.”

Quote of the Day

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June 4, 2016
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From a Trump “University” script:

“When asked for your income, take your current income and add $75,000 from your real estate enterprise.”

Ah, but the “real estate enterprise” doesn’t yet exist. This is called fraud, and it’s what Trump also does when discussing his own “wealth.”

Trump: The Latest in a Long Line of Potential Tyrants

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June 3, 2016
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History demands our attention:

It’s what Berlusconi sounded like, what Chávez sounded like and what Perón sounded like — for that matter, it’s what Sulla and Caesar and the others who helped destroy the world’s first great republic sounded like: I am bigger than the law, I AM THE LAW.

Bonus Quotes of the Day

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June 3, 2016
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From Judge Curiel, when he was being considered for confirmation during the Senate:

Q: To what extent should U.S. judges consider foreign law in making rulings or decisions?

Response: First, foreign law does not constitute binding precedent for a U.S.judge. Second, in general, foreign law should not be considered in making decisions or rulings. However, in certain limited circumstances, such as international commerce cases involving contracts governed by laws of other countries, it may become necessary to consider foreign law to properly decide a
case.

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Q:To what extent does empathy have a place in the judicial process?

Response: The judicial process must be administered fairly without regard to a person’s background, economic situation or personal situation. Cases must be decided based upon admissible evidence and the applicable law. Empathy does not play a role in the judicial process.

Judge Curiel set Trump’s trial date for late November, after the presidential election. He could easily have set it for October, if he wanted to derail Trump’s candidacy.

Donald Trump should be ashamed.

Who is Judge Curiel?

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June 3, 2016
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He put his life at risk to stop Mexican drug traffickers:

His work against drug kingpin Arellano Felix and his Tijuana-based cartel in Baja, California, — once thought to supply up to 40 percent of the cocaine entering the U.S. — put a price on his head, forcing Curiel to live under tight federal security by U.S. marshals.

Many witnesses, informants or Mexican officials working with his task force were tortured or killed, including a Mexican counterpart whose head was crushed by an industrial press in 2000, according to the Los Angeles Times. Curiel wasn’t immune to the threat: in 1997, the alleged cartel hitman was taped discussing his murder as Curiel sought extradition of cartel leaders from Mexico.

“This was a huge deal to many people,” Curiel told ABC News’s “Nightline” in 2002. “I think a lot of people in Mexico had lost confidence in the ability of their government, their institutions to make a difference when it came to this violent and ruthless organization.”

When Curiel’s nomination was up before the Senate, even Republicans praised him for his fight against the cartel.

“We thank you for your work and personal sacrifice,” now-Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), told Curiel during his confirmation hearing, referring to the threats.

Donald Trump should be ashamed.

The Other Problem with Attacking that Judge…

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June 3, 2016
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… is Trump’s rationale:

Trump could just as easily be arguing that a Jewish judge is against him because he refuses to be beholden to Jewish donors. Or an American Asian judge is against him because he wants to get tough on China. Or an Irish Catholic judge is against him because of his attacks on Pope Francis. Effectively, anybody who isn’t a white Protestant of European ancestry can be a target of Trump’s ethnic and racial attacks.

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Well, it’s hard to think of anything more antithetical to the American Idea than the view that a child of immigrant parents who rises to become a federal judge cannot stand in judgment of a white American of European ancestry purely because of his parent’s national origins.

Every Republican who endorses Trump has hate on their hands.