IN TODAY’S EDITION
- An atheist barred from gun ownership slaughtered 26 Christians in a Texas church.
- Bowe Bergdahl is now a free man, in part because a judge wanted to rebuke Trump.
- You’re either Democrat or racist. That’s not new, but here are a few of the latest examples.
- How does Reagan’s Rule apply to today’s GOP tax reform?
- Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” —Benjamin Franklin
By Thomas Gallatin
As parishioners worshipped Sunday morning at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a crazed individual attacked the church, killing 26 people before he was shot and chased off by a neighbor who responded to hearing shots fired. The attacker, who fled in his SUV, was eventually forced off the road and was found dead in his vehicle from a gunshot wound. The number of dead would most certainly have been greater had not a good guy with a gun shown up to confront and end the rampage.
The attacker was a 26-year-old former member of the U.S. Air Force who had been discharged for bad conduct in 2014 after a domestic violence conviction. He was court-martialed in 2012, spent a year in confinement and took a reduction in rank. He was married and a father of at least one young child. Several people who knew him have described him as an “outcast” but not a loner, and one who “preached his atheism” online. His online social profile does indeed lend support to the view that he was a vehement and, it now seems, militant atheist. There are also unconfirmed rumors that he was sympathetic toward antifa. Given antifa’s weekend “resistance” rallies, that makes us wonder…
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated, “I don’t think this is a random act of shooting, a randomly chosen location, but obviously someone who is very deranged.” President Donald Trump responded to the news from Japan, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in today’s horrible … attack. In dark times, and these are dark times … Americans do what they do best: they pull together. We join hands, we lock arms, and through the tears and through the sadness, we stand strong.” He continued, “All Americans pray to God to help the wounded and the families of the victims.”
And of course, predictably, before any investigation had taken place or the facts were known, the anti-Second Amendment crowd quickly sought to politicize the atrocity by laying blame for the crime on law-abiding Americans’ right to bear arms, the National Rifle Association and Republicans. Never mind the fact that the killer’s domestic violence conviction already made it illegal for him own or possess a firearm or ammunition. Once again, gun control advocates ignorantly assign responsibility for the crime to the availability of firearms, irrespective of the actual laws on the books. A killer’s decision isn’t their focus.
Yet this atrocity should once again remind everyone that evil is real and no law can rid it from the hearts and minds of people.
By Nate Jackson
Former U.S. Army PFC Bowe Bergdahl (don’t buy the phony promotion to sergeant) is going to be a free man with only a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank and forfeiture of back pay for deserting his unit while in Afghanistan in 2009. He recently pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, issued his decision Friday. At least three and some say six soldiers were killed in ambushes while searching for Bergdahl as he rotted in a Taliban prison. Barack Obama then traded five of the most dangerous Taliban detainees at Gitmo for the America-hating Bergdahl, all while Team Obama insisted Bergdahl served “with honor and distinction.”
“Sgt. Bergdahl has been punished enough,” insisted Capt. Nina Banks, a defense attorney. “Sgt. Bergdahl paid a bitter price for the choices that he made.”
So did the men killed and wounded after his disgraceful desertion. For example, Master Sergeant Mark Allen suffered a head injury during one search mission leaving him unable to walk or speak.
Moreover, as Ed Morrissey argues, “Bergdahl’s Taliban captivity was entirely Bergdahl’s doing. All this does is make a dishonorable discharge the only consequence of desertion, which basically makes the action its own punishment.”
Bergdahl apologized in court, saying, “Saying I’m sorry isn’t enough. My words can’t take away the pain that people have been through. I was trying to help, and the fact that I did not breaks my heart.”
Our own Jordan Candler asked the right question: “Why would Bergdahl plead guilty if he was, as he claims, merely trying to help? Probably because he’s betting on a lighter sentence.” Well, it looks like the judge fell for Bergdahl’s faux apology. Instead of a maximum life sentence, or even the 14 years prosecutors sought, Bergdahl is now a free man.
Worse, there appears to be an effort on Nance’s part to “mitigate” comments made by President Donald Trump, if not outright rebuke the commander in chief. While campaigning for president, Trump repeatedly called Bergdahl a “traitor” who “should have been executed.” On Oct. 16, he declined further comment, saying, “They’re setting up sentencing, so I’m not going to comment on him. But I think people have heard my comments in the past.”
During a hearing, Nance declared, “I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence.” Letting Bergdahl off with an effective slap on the wrist was thus a slap in the face to Trump. That’s not justice; it’s petty political retribution, and Nance should be ashamed.
After the sentencing, Trump said, “The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.” He’s absolutely right.
26 dead in South Texas church shooting (The Washington Post)
FBI turns over new Clinton investigation documents to Congress (The Hill)
U.S. prosecutors consider charging Russian officials in DNC hacking case (The Wall Street Journal)
Mueller reportedly has enough evidence to bring charges in Flynn investigation (NBC News)
Disabled Navy vet refuses to receive award from Saints over national anthem protests (Fox News)
Rand Paul has five fractured ribs after neighbor assaults him (Roll Call)
Saudis blame Iran for missile attack on airport; could be “act of war” (CNS News)
Saudi Prince among dozens arrested for corruption; donor to Carter, Clinton, Georgetown, Harvard (CNS News)
After Hillary Clinton fainted last year, she was nearly replaced with Joe Biden (Fox News)
Hillary Clinton’s team implies Donna Brazile is lying (Washington Examiner)
Policy: No, we’re not at “full employment” yet (Investor’s Business Daily)
Policy: The ugly truth about sex reassignment (The Daily Signal)
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By Arnold Ahlert
These are desperate times for Democrats. And what do Democrats do when they’re desperate? They play the race card.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Democrats and their equally smug media allies thought the nation would be basking in the glow of the nation’s first female president. Instead, Trump was elected, and his victory was attributed to “referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others,” Hillary Clinton stated on CBS’s “Sunday Morning” in September.
Host Jane Pauley looked for clarification. “What you’re saying is millions of white people?” she asked. “Millions of white people, yeah. Millions of white people,” Clinton responded, adding that Trump’s inauguration a speech was a “cry from the white-nationalist gut.”
Hillary and her equally clueless fellow travelers never get around to explaining how those same “racist” white people elected Barack Obama twice, or why many of them label any black American who identifies as Republican a race “traitor.”
When one swims in a sea of identity politics, inconvenient reality is easily ignored.
What cannot be ignored is when Democrat institutions engage in the very same bigotry they claim to abhor. Last week, DNC Data Services manager Madeleine Leader sent an email to fellow DNC employees announcing that the Technology Department is looking to fill some positions. That would be a DNC whose website states it is an “equal opportunity employer.”
For most Americans, “equal opportunity” would be self-explanatory. For a Democrat Party obsessed with dividing Americans into tribalist sub-groups, it is apparently necessary to elaborate. Thus we are told the DNC does not discriminate based on “sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or disability, or any other legally protected basis.”
Leader didn’t get the proverbial memo. “I personally would prefer that you not forward [this email] to cisgender straight white males, since they’re already in the majority,” she wrote.
For Americans who have failed to keep up with the Left’s sexual identity politics, “cisgender” is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth. Thus one can presume a white male claiming to be a woman trapped in a man’s body remains in the running.
The DNC disavowed Leader’s email. “The email in question was not authorized by the DNC nor was it authorized by senior leadership,” spokesman Michael Tyler told Fox News. “All hiring decisions at the DNC are made consistent with the DNC’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and hiring an inclusive and talented staff that reflects the coalition of the Democratic Party, because our diversity is our greatest strength.”
That is, quite simply, a bald-faced lie. For Democrats, diversity is about anything that accrues to their political agenda. Anything that doesn’t is bigotry with all the attendant subheadings, from nativist to transphobic, and everything in between.
New Yorkers are the latest group of Americans paying a high price for Democrat-defined diversity. Following last Tuesday’s terrorist attack, during which eight innocent people were slaughtered with a truck allegedly driven by Sayfullo Saipov, it was revealed the Islamic State supporter was invited to America under the auspices of the “Diversity Visa Program.” The program was initially spearheaded by-then New York Representative and current Senator Chuck Schumer, along with former Senate “lion” Ted Kennedy in 1990. And the GOP, demonstrating an equal level of cluelessness, supported the measure, with President George H.W. Bush signing it into law.
An added “bonus” of that lottery is chain migration, a system that allows citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to sponsor their non-nuclear family members for entry in America. Thus we welcome a virtual flood of unskilled, uneducated and often elderly immigrants to partake of our nation’s generous welfare system.
In Saipov’s case, he was able to help as many as 23 other individuals become eligible to emigrate to America.
Trump would eliminate the lottery and turn immigration into the skills-based merit system that benefits America, not merely those who wish to come here. For that he was branded a racist, just as he was for imposing a travel ban including the nations of Chad, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.
One of the jurists blocking this latest ban is Barack Obama appointee Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii. That would be the same overwhelmingly Democrat Hawaii prepping for a nuclear attack by North Korea, one of the countries added to the list. Like their New York counterparts, it appears a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism is more important than the threat of terror — or nuclear annihilation.
Speaking of annihilation, that’s exactly what the Latino Victory Fund (LVF) attempted to do to Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ed Gillespie. They produced a political ad showing a white man attempting to run down minority kids with a pickup truck sporting a Confederate flag, a Tea Party license plate, and a bumper sticker for Gillespie. The end of the spot reveals this is a nightmare replete with awakened kids shaking in fear, while the narrator asks, “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by ‘the American dream’?”
As opposed to the open borders, national sovereignty-despising fundamental transformation dreams of Democrats?
Records subsequently released by the Virginia Department of Elections reveal Democrat candidate Ralph Northam’s campaign coordinated with the LVF to produce the ad. No doubt to both entities’ dismay, the real truck attack in New York forced them to pull the spot. Undaunted, LVF released a Spanish-only ad featuring Gillespie and Trump — appearing in front of Nazi flags.
And despite pulling the original ad, LVF president Cristóbal J. Alex defended it. “We knew our ad would ruffle feathers,” he said. “We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see.”
What Republicans see? How about what decent Americans see? Americans who don’t believe anyone and everyone who disagrees with the Democrat agenda is a potential terrorist or a dedicated Nazi? Americans who finally got sick and tired of being referred to as “bitter clingers,” “irredeemables” or “deplorables” in addition to the aforementioned epithets Democrats substitute for rational debate?
“The Democrats use identity politics to develop their campaigns, organize their party and impose their will via government policy,” explains Washington Post contributor Ed Rogers. “Qualified people are excluded from service, good candidates are smeared, and Americans are put in danger. But somehow, Democrats think this is progress. They think this is justice. It is what they want to do more of when they are in power.”
Last week, former DNC leader Donna Brazile revealed just how committed Democrats are to honesty and fairness amongst themselves in pursuit of power. In short, the party was willing to shaft half (or more) of its supporters to make Clinton its presidential candidate. Thus as always, “by any means necessary” remains the Democrat Party’s foremost “principle.”
And as for race bait, Brazile recounted an exchange she had with the Clinton campaign: “I’m not Patsey the slave,” referencing a character in the film “12 Years a Slave.” She continued, “Y'all keep whipping me and whipping me and you never give me any money or any way to do my damn job. I am not going to be your whipping girl!”
Race-baiting? A tool of the Democrat trade.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Investor’s Business Daily: “The drop in the unemployment rate to 4.1%, while welcome news, has sparked more talk about how the economy is either very close to or already at ‘full employment.’ Not so fast. The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the economy created 261,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate is now lower than it’s been since December 2000. That’s good. But there’s a problem if these numbers are used to justify anti-growth policies at the Fed to prevent ‘overheating,’ or if they’re used to argue against tax cuts because they won’t have much of an impact on jobs. … The 0.1 percentage point decline in the unemployment rate in October was almost entirely the result of the fact that 968,000 dropped out of the labor force that month. That’s right, for every new job created, nearly four people left the labor force. The broader measure of unemployed — which combines those actively searching for a job with those working part time but want to work full time or are "marginally attached” to the labor force — show the jobless rate to be 7.9%. … There is clearly still a need for pro-growth policies to get millions of workers sitting on the sidelines back to work.“
The Gipper: "How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”
Keen sense of the obvious: “[ObamaCare was] put on the table, quickly passed, jammed through, sent to the Senate, and it didn’t work.” —Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Non Compos Mentis: “I think the [Trump] rhetoric to date has frankly stepped over the line… It’s given North Korea a reason to say, ‘Hey, we need to bomb.’” —John Kerry (“ I wonder who was Secretary of State while the North Koreans advanced their nuke program.” —Ben Shapiro)
A fight for the long haul: “For those who are telling me to shut up … you know what I tell them? Go to hell. I’m gonna tell my story.” —Donna Brazile
For the record: “We were not offered veto power on staff at the DNC, I can tell you that. This was a laundering operation. They’d go to fundraisers, they’d get a $350,000 check from donors, which was supposed to be divvied up. Instead of disbursing that money, they’d turn around and run a small-dollar fundraising to generate small contributions that went to the Clinton campaign.” —former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver
Thanks, Captain Obvious: “We have to earn the trust of the voters, and during the process of the Democratic primary, we fell short in that, undeniably.” —DNC Chairman Tom Perez
Braying Jackass: “Enough with the prayin’. Time to start legislatin’.” —Stephen King on Sunday’s church shooting
Alpha Jackass: “Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.” —Chelsea Handler
And last… “The shooter was a hostile atheist who mocked people offering ‘thoughts and prayers.’ Sounds like a lot of Hollywood Twitter activists.” —Erick Erickson
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