Mid-Day Digest

Oct. 16, 2018

THE FOUNDATION

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” —Noah Webster (1789)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • Elizabeth Warren validates her opponents with DNA test of ancestry.
  • Scalise, shot by a socialist loon, warns about Dems stoking anger.
  • Why require voter ID? Because there are 3.5 million more voters than adults.
  • A soldier who was robbed gives back.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Is Elizabeth Warren an ‘Honest Injun’?

Mark Alexander

As Elizabeth Warren lays the groundwork for her long-denied 2020 presidential bid, she’s out — again — with another defense of her claimed “Cherokee ancestry,” this time with a contrived DNA test. Clearly, she would like to get her “Fauxcahontas” lie out of the way before 2020.

We’ve previously called out her “identity” issue, but now, according to her fanboys at The Boston Globe, “Warren has released a DNA test that provides ‘strong evidence’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations.” By the end of the day, the Globe issued this correction: “Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 10th generation relative. It should be 1/1,024.”

Furthermore, buried in the report is this gem: “To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, [Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante] used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American.” Nevertheless, to tell the difference, “Bustamante said he can tease out the markers that these South Americans would have in common with Native Americans on the North American continent.” So she’s definitely at least 1/1,024 Mexican, Peruvian, or Colombian. Or something.

Vindication? Hardly. “By that measure,” observes Matt Walsh, “almost everyone in America is a minority.” In fact, most white Americans have twice that much “native” DNA.

Recall Trump’s challenge to Warren: “I will give $1 million to your favorite charity … if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.” Fact is, by Warren’s definition of “Native American,” it is highly probable that Trump has more native ancestry than she does.

Our friend Michelle Malkin suggests, “1/1024 ‘Native American’ indirectly derived from South American genetic markers is ‘proof’ of Native heritage? 1/1024 of $1 million = $976.56. President Trump should donate that amount in Monopoly money, which is as genuine as Warren’s claim.” We suggest he donate it directly to her campaign, and we recommend this old Cher song, “Half Breed,” as Warren’s campaign theme song!

Brazenly, Warren is calling on Trump to pay up: “Remember saying on that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry? Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.”

Actually, Trump said if “the test … shows you’re an Indian.” We will defer to the Cherokee Nation elders for their opinion on that.

On behalf of the Cherokee Nation, its Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin protested: “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It … dishonors legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

As partial penance for her shameful lie, it is Warren who should send a check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.

And Warren thought this charade would lay her disputed claim to rest? On her promotion of the DNA report as “proof” of her native ancestry, conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey observed, “This is like spiking the ball after scoring a touchdown in the other team’s end zone.” It’s a permanent stain on her campaign.

More important than Warren’s pitifully weak ancestry “proof” remains the primary question about how she used this faux ancestral claim at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. She declared herself to be Native American at both institutions and fooled them, so, in keeping with her elitist arrogance, she is certain she can fool her Democrat constituents!

Clearly, among her genetic markers is a significant one for lying. Warren is a wealthy, disingenuous socialist, and that’s about as un-American as it gets.

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Scalise Warns Against Dems Stoking Uncivilized Anger

In a recent Fox News op-ed, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) called out Democrat leaders over their use of uncivilized and threatening rhetoric. He specifically noted recent statements made by Hillary Clinton about how Democrats “cannot be civil” with Republicans, as well as comments from former Attorney General Eric Holder, who encouraged the audience at a campaign rally to “kick” Republicans when they “go low.”

Scalise warned that the political rhetoric coming from Democrats has only served to stoke burning anger among leftists and “incite even more harassment and violence.” He knows what he’s talking about given his own “near-death experience at the hands of a deranged shooter who sought to assassinate a baseball field of Republicans.”

After listing several recent incidents of threats and violence leveled against conservatives and the fact that these incidents are only growing, Scalise appealed to his Democrat colleagues to condemn the violent vitriolic rhetoric and to strive for civility. “A healthy, strong democracy is not possible if anyone lives in fear of expressing their views,” Scalise wrote. “In America, we win battles at the ballot box, not through mob rule or intimidation. While it’s clear many Democrats refuse to accept the election of President Trump, if they want change, they need to convince people with their ideas and actually win elections, rather than call for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule.”

We truly hope that Democrat leaders heed Scalise’s admonition and that there is a quick end to the violent rhetoric now being expressed by far too many on the Left.

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Top Headlines

  • Federal budget deficit clocks in at $779 billion for 2018, the largest since 2012 (Washington Examiner)
  • You don’t say: Major women’s groups silent on Hillary Clinton’s “abuse of power” comments (Huffington Post)
  • Keith Ellison’s lead in Minnesota attorney general election vanishing amid domestic abuse allegations (Fox News)
  • Jeff Sessions rips federal judges over anti-Trump bias (The Washington Times)
  • Saudis preparing to admit journalist killed by “mistake” during interrogation (Townhall)
  • Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump, orders her to pay his legal fees (Mediaite)
  • Washington Catholic Archdiocese releases names of 31 clergy members “credibly accused” since 1948 of sexually abusing minors (The Washington Post)
  • Trade war cost: China’s third-quarter GDP growth seen hitting lowest since 2009 (Reuters)
  • Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” cracks top 10 at box office (The Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Elizabeth Warren disappointed after DNA test shows zero trace of presidential material (The Onion)
  • Policy: Don’t punish the UAE and Bahrain for Saudi misdeeds (American Enterprise Institute)
  • Policy: Countering the rise of China (The Daily Signal)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report.

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GOOD NEWS

Soldier Who Was Robbed Gives Back

Army medic Luis Ocampo left his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, to help with hurricane relief on the Carolina coast. Ocampo spent days in New Bern, a riverfront city ravaged by the storm. With Ocampo gone, his girlfriend Kailey Finch and their infant son stayed with Ocampo’s parents. When Ocampo returned home, he found his house completely ransacked. The thieves trashed the house and stole electronics, jewelry, and cherished family possessions.

A friend launched an online fundraiser that brought in $15,000, more than the original $5,000 goal. Rather than keep the extra money, the soldier chose to give it to others in need.

Read more at Sunny Skyz.

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Why Require Voter ID?

Lewis Morris

With the midterms less than a month away, the idea of election integrity should be on everyone’s minds. Unfortunately, Democrats and their Leftmedia super PAC would have us believe that voter fraud is a myth concocted by the Right to keep minorities from voting. Instead, they would rather focus on the phantom Trump-Russia collusion story that has been refuted by all but the most rabid anti-Trump leftists.

For Democrats, it’s easy to believe that Russian ads on Facebook can swing an election away from Hillary Clinton. The idea that the millions of duplicate and dead voters on the nation’s electoral rolls could be unduly swinging elections, however, is a bridge too far.

Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project released a report last year that found that America’s voter rolls were in chaos. By crunching numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the federal Election Assistance Commission, Judicial Watch discovered that there were 3.5 million more registered voters than actual eligible adult voters in the United States.

Think that might be relevant again with the November midterms around the corner?

National Review’s Deroy Murdock took a deep dive into the numbers. He found that 462 counties nationwide in which the voter registration rate exceeded the eligible adult voter population. In most cases, there were a handful of over-registrations. These were most likely due to dead voters who hadn’t been removed from the rolls or people who had moved but were still listed at their old address.

Yes, mistakes can be made, but 3.5 million of them?

Some counties in Washington, Delaware, and New Mexico had voter registration rates upwards of 150% of the resident population. In areas with large populations, this can amount to many thousands of people. In Los Angeles County, Judicial Watch tallied over 700,000 over-registrations. San Diego Country had 810,000 more voters than people. In fact, California alone accounts for almost half of all the nation’s over-registrations.

But by all means, let’s ditch the Electoral College and let California decide national elections, leftists tell us.

States that figured prominently in the 2016 election had significant over-registration numbers. Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory in Colorado and New Hampshire was lower than the number of over-registrations in either state. Her national popular vote margin was less than three million, compared to the 3.5 million extraneous voters in the Judicial Watch report.

President Donald Trump proposed a federal examination of state voter rolls to purge bad names and investigate fraud shortly after he took office. Several Democrat states refused to cooperate and threatened to file suit, effectively shutting down the investigation before it even started. They claimed states’ rights (like that’s ever mattered to Dems before) and fell back on their age-old rebuttal that voter fraud doesn’t exist.

As if on cue, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School concocted a report claiming voter fraud was a myth. The reasoning behind this finding was that the paltry number of prosecutions of voter fraud across the country indicated that it was a statistically insignificant issue. In other words, there haven’t been a lot of prosecutions, so it’s not a big deal.

The voter-fraud-as-myth crowd wants the public to believe the only instances of fraud that exist were the ones that were prosecuted, or more appropriately the ones that were so glaringly obvious that they could not be ignored. If this was the theory behind all criminal behavior, then we should believe that the only crime that takes place is crime perpetrated by the criminals who get caught.

Any prosecutor who would subscribe to such nonsense has no business in the legal profession.

The low instances of reported voter fraud are a result of an epic lack of enforcement of voter laws, not extremely lucky prosecutors who found the dozen or so instances of voter fraud that took place in the whole country.

Voter ID is a simple way to verify that voters are who they say they are and secure the integrity of our election process. Democrats have repeatedly blocked attempts to establish this procedure. Why? Is it because such laws infringe on the voting rights of minorities?

Hardly. Requiring people to present ID for voting is not a draconian measure. People are required to present identification in any number of public interactions on a daily basis, including obtaining Medicaid benefits, cashing Social Security checks, and using food stamps. If voter ID is so difficult for poor people or minorities to obtain, then how did they get ID to take advantage of these federal or state benefits?

The cynical view about the source of the pushback against voter ID, which unfortunately is closer to the truth, is that tighter voter registration laws mean it will be harder to commit voter fraud. Once you remove the burdens that would supposedly hinder minority voting, what other answer is there?

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Rich Lowry: “It doesn’t take a fourth-wave feminist to realize that a president of the United States having an intern he barely knows perform oral sex on him while he talks on the phone in the Oval Office is grossly exploitative. If this had been a movie director or a media executive, everyone would recognize it as an appalling abuse of power, even Hillary Clinton. … But Clinton’s White House misadventure wasn’t a one-time lapse. In keeping with the most compelling #MeToo cases, there was a pattern of conduct going back decades. … If Hillary doesn’t want to spend her time re-litigating 20-year-old scandals — as well as her loss in 2016 — she could simply step out of the public eye. It’s not as though her own side gains anything from her constant presence. … But Hillary isn’t going anywhere. She and Bill are about to embark on a nationwide speaking tour. Their prominence will serve as a reminder that no matter what progressives say now, when push came to shove and they had to decide between protecting one of their own in high office and their feminist principles, it wasn’t even a close call.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Evil people always support each other; that is their chief strength.” —Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

For the record: “I’m on his team. We have never talked about me leaving. … We just continue doing our job. … My portfolio is bipartisan by its very basis, and that is the protection of the United States. … I’ve never registered for any political party.” —Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Trump’s comments that he might leave and is “sort of a Democrat”

An exercise in futility: “Did [Elizabeth Warren] gain anything by putting out this DNA test’s results? … I think I might be just as Native American as she is.” —black MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin

Good question: “Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her [DNA] announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???” —2012 Obama campaign manager Jim Messina

Friendly fire I: “There are a lot of Democrats who had to wake up this morning and answer questions about Hillary Clinton’s bone-headed comments [about Monica Lewinsky] yesterday, and they’re not really happy with the fact Elizabeth Warren did this 22 days before the midterms and give Republicans a shiny object to keep talking about and fundraising over. It was really poor timing on her part.” —RealClearPolitics columnist A.B. Stoddard

Friendly fire II: “When we talk about abuse of power, it wasn’t just the age difference, it wasn’t just the fact that she was an intern and he was the president, although that was a big part of it. Because Bill Clinton didn’t come clean, Monica Lewinsky was hauled into a hotel in Pentagon City [and] threatened with jail time. Her parents were threatened with jail time. Her life was ruined. It wasn’t just the affair; it was her life that got ruined because of that abuse of power.” —CNN’s Amanda Carpenter

And last… “As much as I enjoy goofing on Elizabeth Warren, I don’t like Trump’s constant references to her as ‘Pocahontas.’ Not because it’s racist, because it’s not. He’s not the one who told her to lie about her ancestry. No, I don’t like it because he should be saying Fauxcahontas. That’s the joke. She’s a fake.” —Jim Treacher

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