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This CNN headline says it all: Obama’s warped reality

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The headline under Obama reads, “Obama: Trump’s doom-and-gloom doesn’t match reality.”

Obama also said this yesterday, in response to Trump’s speech at the RNC convention:

President Barack Obama this afternoon dismissed Donald Trump’s doom and gloom speech Thursday night at the Republican convention as a distortion of what’s happening in America.

‘This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jive with the experience of most people,’ Obama stated.

The exiting president says he didn’t watch Republicans’ convention. But he did see the news clips, he said today, and thinks Trump and the Republican Party have it wrong. ‘Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jive with the facts,’ Obama said.

The crime rate in America has went down since Republican hero Ronald Reagan was president, Obama said Friday afternoon.

So have the incidences of murder and violence and intentional killing of police officers, even though it may not seem that way based on the violence recently in American cities. Illegal immigration has also slowed, he protested.

‘We have put unprecedented resources at our border,’ Obama asserted.

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Read the whole story here.

h/t Twitchy

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Trump’s acceptance speech pivots on America & Americans First

Did you watch Donald Trump’s speech as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nominee last night?

What do you think of it?

If you haven’t watched it, here it is:

It was long, because Trump did not rush his words, but clearly and emphatically articulated (and sometimes shouted) important points he wanted to impress on Americans, and because he paused often, to acknowledge the reaction from the Convention delegates. All of which was not the performance of someone just reading from a teleprompter. Instead, this was a speaker who wanted to convey and impress on his listeners the gravity of America’s problems and how he would deal with those problems.

The heart of Trump’s message is a simple one:

America and Americans First

That principle should be self-evident, requiring no defense or justification — for who else but Americans would and should put America and Americans first? Don’t you put your own and your family’s wellbeing first? How is America to help others if America falls apart? And yet, we haven’t heard this overriding principle from other politicians, not even from Trump’s GOP primary rivals. It is also a message that the Left and their MSM accomplices, as well as the GOP elites, distort and malign as something evil — that standing up for and putting America first is “nativist,” “jingoist,” “fascist”…, as if the obligation of America and Americans is to be a doormat for the rest of the world.

From his central principle of “America and Americans First” — of making America rich and strong again — flows these derivative values and principles:

  1. Law and Order: A country that is in chaos cannot thrive economically. A fundamental responsibility of government is to protect and ensure the safety of the governed against criminals, whether criminals here illegally or those gunning down police. To ensure Americans’ safety, Trump is committed to our right to arm ourselves which is guaranteed by the Second Amendment. It is also on the theme of Law and Order that Trump indicts Hillary Clinton for her lawlessness in having a private email-server while she was secretary of state, and for the Obama FBI’s refusal to indict her for violating U.S. laws and endangering national security with unsecured emails containing classified state secrets and names of CIA agents.
  2. Secure Our Borders, to protect Americans against the flood of illegals, many of whom are criminals, and of Muslim “refugees” who the FBI has admitted cannot be vetted to exclude terrorists. On this, Trump reminds blacks that they are the economic victims of Obama’s and Hillary’s open-border policy, and that LGBTs were the victims of a Muslim gunman in Orlando. In so doing, without explicitly saying it, Trump reminds whites and straights that blacks and LGBTs are Americans, and putting “America First” should also mean putting all “Americans First”.
  3. A strong military, and better treatment for our veterans.
  4. In foreign policy and affairs, the United States will jealously guard our interests, be they financial, trade, or security. Trade treaties and arrangements will be rexamined and renegotiated, in order to restore America’s manufacturing industries and jobs. Our allies will have to pay their “fair share” for military defense (Japan, South Korea, but no mention of Israel) and step up to the plate against terrorism (NATO).
  5. Revive U.S. economy: Via restoring manufacturing jobs, getting allies to pay their fair share of defense costs, and lowering taxes.
  6. Populism: Trump ended his speech by telling America that unlike Hillary, who asks if Democrats are “with her,” his message is that he is “with you, the American people”.

Trump also graciously thanked Christians and Evangelicals for their support, saying he’s not sure he deserves it, which is uncharacteristically humble for him.

So how was Trump’s speech received by GOP elites?

If the editor of a supposedly conservative publication is an indication, it’s bad news for anyone hoping for Republican party unity to defeat Hillary, who will complete the destruction of America. Below is the shockingly vicious “The Demagogue Rises,” by Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon:

Donald Trump delivered the longest, loudest convention speech in recent memory when he accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday evening. He made no attempt to “pivot to the general election,” moderate his agenda, smooth over rough rhetoric. Gone was Mitt Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch, tossed into a dustbin with George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda, George H.W. Bush’s Thousand Points of Light, Ronald Reagan’s Morning in America. Trump was his usual self: brash, boisterous, overbearing, defiant, inimitable, roiling with anger over the state of the country and the corruption, ineffectiveness, and arrogance of the nation’s elite. Trump won’t change, won’t learn, won’t listen, won’t apologize, won’t cavil, won’t conform to the traditions of presidential politics or adhere to the norms of political discourse. He doesn’t care about facts, he wants to overturn the postwar international order, he champions the will to power, he mercilessly attacks opponents. He’s a demagogue in dark suits, electric ties. I can only imagine what he’d be capable of if he were competent.

Because he’s not competent. He is actually truly, magnificently inept. The convention was a mess, haphazard, disorganized, weird. The botched roll call vote, Melania’s plagiarism, Ted Cruz’s hand grenade, the leaked speech draft—all of these gaffes and scandals occurred against the backdrop of dismal attendance, chants to put Hillary in prison, bizarre speakers, rambling addresses, early departures, and testimonies to Trump’s greatness. His campaign has practically no money, no advertising, no infrastructure, no grassroots operation. The other day, when he expressed uncertainty about whether the United States would lead NATO in defense of the Baltic States if they were attacked by Russia, Trump made history by provoking an international incident without even being president. Many GOP officials wouldn’t come near the convention, including Ohio’s popular governor. There are two Republican parties for the moment: the party led by Trump and the Republican Party in exile, the party of Kasich and Larry Hogan and Nikki Haley and Charlie Baker and Brian Sandoval and Mark Kirk and Ted Cruz. Election Day won’t just determine who will succeed President Obama. It will also determine the fate of Donald J. Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP.

Continetti all but calls Trump a Hitler, and Americans who support Trump mindless Nazis.

Note that Continetti’s criticisms of Trump are all about style, not substantive issues — that Trump was “brash,” “boisterous,” and “mercilessly attacks opponents,” and that he did not pay obeisance to GOP old guard elites, who to the end strove to undermine Trump and boycotted the Republican National Convention. As for the “opponents” whom Trump “mercilessly attacked,” since the only “opponents” Trump attacked were Hillary Clinton and big business fat-cats (with apologies to cats) who hollowed out the U.S. economy with their outsourcing of jobs, that should tell us whose side Continetti is on.

If Hillary wins, it will be because of Republicans like Matthew Continetti who reserve their most vicious venom not for Democrats, but for a fellow Republican and patriot who simply wants to put America and Americans first. Should Hillary become president, the victory of Continetti, Bill Kristol, the Bushes, et al., against Trump will be pyrrhic because all that will be left of their Republican Party is an empty shell, devoid of rank-and-file members.

So what do you think of Trump’s speech? Take our simple short poll!

~Eowyn

 

Federal immigration court backlog tops 500,000 pending cases

Build the wall.

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From the Seattle Times: The backlog in the federal immigration court system has eclipsed half a million pending cases, The Associated Press has learned. The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review said Wednesday there are now 500,051 pending immigration cases in the agency’s courts.

The backlog has been steadily rising in recent years as the number of unaccompanied children and people traveling as families have been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally. Since 2011 more than 200,000 cases have been added to the court’s docket and backlog is likely to continue growing.

More than 51,000 people traveling as families and more than 43,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala, have been caught crossing the border illegally since the start of the budget year in October.

Cases of newly arrived immigrants illegals facing deportation have been made a priority, but the backlog still means that many immigrants are likely to face years long delays before a judge makes a final decision on their cases. And while people are waiting to go before a judge, their case could dramatically change, for good or bad.

The president of the union representing immigration judges, Judge Dana Leigh Marks, said multi-year delays are frustrating to immigrants fighting for permission to stay in the United States and the judges hearing those cases.

“As a judge, it’s very frustrating because we have to go back to the beginning,” said Marks, who is a judge in San Francisco. “It’s a more time consuming job, more difficult. It’s very different when you (hear a case) within a year, as compared to seven or eight years.

Marks said the judges’ union has long seen this backlog coming and has pressed for more resources. A spokeswoman for the court system, Kathryn Mattingly, told AP that 18 judges have been added since the beginning of the year and there are now 277 judges hearing cases. She said approximately 100 other judge candidates are in the process of being hired.

“We’ve been undergoing a robust hiring initiative,” Mattingly said. She added that a pending budget proposal would allow the court to have as many as 399 judges on staff.

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France PM: “We should learn to live with terrorism”

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From the Daily Sun: France must “learn to live with terrorism”, the country’s prime minister has said, as he announced three days of national mourning beginning on Saturday, reports ITV.

“Terrorism is a threat that is weighing heavily on France,” Manuel Valls said.

“We’re faced with a war that terrorism has brought against us. The goal of the terrorists is to make us scared. We won’t give in to the terrorist threat, we must stand together, united. France has been once again struck in our flesh.

Times have changed and we should learn to live with terrorism. We have to show solidarity and collective calm. France has been hit in its soul on the 14 July, our national day.

“They wanted to attack the unity of the French nation. The only dignified response is that France will remain loyal to the spirit of the 14 July and its values.”

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Massive migrant camp forms near George Clooney’s Italian mansion

Back in February, George Clooney declared to the world that he and Amal fully support Merkel’s open-door policy towards refugees. Since “there is no room” for all the migrants in the Lake Como Catholic facilities assisting them, maybe the duo should open the doors of their 30-room estate? Don’t hold your breath.

George Clooney's Lake Como mansion

George Clooney’s Lake Como mansion

From Fox News: A makeshift refugee camp has sprung up in Lake Como, the popular celebrity hideaway in Italy favored by stars George Clooney, Richard Branson and Madonna.

Hundreds of migrants heading towards northern Europe have erected tents and flimsy dwellings around the exclusive town’s railway station. The migrant population in the town is now rapidly increasing after Switzerland shut its southern borders with Italy.

According to La Repubblica, many migrants are camping out in the town until they can hire people smugglers to lead them through the mountains north.

Lake Como has long been a destination favored by the powerful and wealthy, many of whom are attracted by its stunning lakeside villas built in Roman times.

George & Amal meet with Merkel (photo by Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)

George & Amal meet with Merkel (photo by Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)

Roberto Bernasconi, from a local Catholic charity, said: “We are helping them with food, clothing and we are also mounting showers. But it is very difficult, we do not know how to welcome all these people. In the Como diocese we have over 2,000 migrants in the facilities – there is no room.

“I do not know how much longer we can bear the brunt of this mass of people who would like to cross the border but who are not willing to leave Como.”

The groups of migrants arrive in the area having likely traveled up Italy after landing in the south having crossed the Mediterranean by boat. Just yesterday nearly 1,000 migrants were saved in six separate rescue operations on the Med.

All six boats – including four rubber dinghies – are believed to have set off from Libya, where criminal gangs charge people thousands to be lead on the perilous crossing. Italy has long been on the front line of seaborne migration from Africa to Europe.

It is now the main point of entry after the EU struck a deal with Turkey to stem flows to Greece amid Europe’s worst migration crisis since WWII.

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Immigrant teenagers walk free in Swedish ferry ‘rape’ case

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From The Local: A prosecutor has said that she will not appeal a controversial court ruling which cleared four young men of gang-raping a woman on a student party cruise in Scandinavia.

“We have gone through the court verdict very carefully and have decided not to appeal. We don’t think we would be successful in the appeals court,” prosecutor Kristin Morén told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper on Friday.

This means that the four 19-year-old men walk free after Stockholm District Court cleared them of all charges last month, ruling that there was little to suggest the woman had not had sex with the men voluntarily during the cruise between Stockholm and Finland in May.

The court cited video evidence and blood and urine samples taken hours after the event to argue that there was little evidence that the alleged victim had been drunk enough to be rendered “particularly vulnerable” or unable to “protect her sexual integrity”.

The case was one of the most controversial alleged rape trials in Sweden this year, with many hitting out at the court’s decision to free the teens.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, a high-profile Swedish lawyer, commented on the verdict on her blog, wondering how it came “to the conclusion that a drunk young woman, alone in a cabin with four strange men, did not have cause to be afraid?”

“Our laws are there to protect the victims of crime, not to relinquish grown men of responsibility for their actions. Sweden and the Swedish legal system should be ashamed of this verdict,” she wrote.

But columnist Oisin Cantwell, who comments on court cases and legal issues for Sweden’s Aftonbladet tabloid, argued that the verdict was reasonable, writing: “The evidence was weak. A rechtsstaat [state of law] worthy of its name does not lock people up in prison on these grounds.”

The trial was one of a string of high-profile alleged sexual assault and harassment cases involving young immigrant men in Sweden this year, and had been seized upon by anti-immigrant and right-wing media.

The incident took place during an onboard party for 1,700 students described by organizer Fun Cruises as “a crazy action packed day at sea” on a “ship filled with students from all over the country”.

h/t Breitbart

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Tsunami of calls for Brexit referendum across Europe, including Germany!

Less than a week after the historic British vote to exit (Brexit) the European Union (EU), calls for a similar referendum are spreading like wildfire across Europe, enveloping even Germany. “Experts” across the continent are warning that Brexit would lead to the entire break-up of EU.

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Here are the countries (Note that national independence movements to exit to EU are all archly described by the media as “far-right” — the media’s equivalent for fascist):

1. Italy

Brexit is a huge blow to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party. A survey revealed that 48% of Italians would leave the EU if presented with a referendum. The leader of the right-wing Northern League party Tweeted a celebratory message following Brexit: “Long live the courage of free citizens! Heart, head and pride defeated lies, threats and blackmail. THANK YOU, UK, now it’s our turn.”

Buoyed by big gains in local elections, the anti-establihsment 5-Star movement has officially called for a referendum on whether to keep the Euro. Luigi Di Maio, a vice president of the lower house of parliament, said: “We want a consultative referendum on the Euro. The 5-Star movement has called for two different currencies in Europe, one for the rich northern countries, another for southern nations. While any such referendums on the EU or the Euro would be merely a test of public opinion because Italian law does not allow referendums to change international treaties, a victory would send a clear signal to the government, especially in the wake of Brexit. The Euro as it is today does not work. We either have alternative currencies or a ‘Euro 2’.”

2. France

In France, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen promised voters their own referendum as she declared her support for Brexit. She said: “I would have voted for Brexit. France has a thousand more reasons to leave than the UK because we have the euro and Schengen. This result shows the EU is decaying, there are cracks everywhere.” (Schengen is the area in the EU, comprised of 26 countries, where passports and any other types of border control at their mutual borders are abolished.)

3. Denmark

The leader of the “far-right” Danish People’s Party, Kristian Thulesen Dahls, says Denmark should now follow Britain’s lead and hold a referendum on its membership. He said: “If a majority in [the Danish] parliament for some reason will not be involved in this, why not ask the Danes in a referendum decide the case?”

4. Sweden

If Denmark goes ahead, Irene Wennemo, state secretary to Sweden’s minister for employment, said the anti-EU sentiment could spread through Scandinavia and raise the possibility of a vote in Sweden.

5. Netherlands

Eurosceptic feeling is also surging in the Netherlands, with two-thirds of voters rejecting a Ukraine-EU treaty on closer political and economic ties, which would expand the EU. Geert Wilders, outspoken critic of Islam and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, declared Brexit to be the “beginning of the end” for the Dutch government and the EU.

(Source for 1-5: Express)

6. Germany

“Far right” figures in Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland or AfD) have promised to call their own vote if they attain power in general election next autumn.

Frauke PetryParty leader Frauke Petry, who caused controversy earlier this year when she called on German police to open fire on lawless refugee migrants, vowed that “Next year the AfD will enter the German parliament and Dexit will be top on our agenda.” (Dexit = Deutschland Exit)

Petry calls Brussels, EU’s capital, a “bureaucracy monster”. She hails Brexit as “the chance for a new Europe, one which maintains partnerships and respected national sovereignties. The Great Britain decision to leave the EU is a signal to the Brussels Politburo and its bureaucratic attachments. If the EU does not finally leave its wrong path, and the quasi-socialist experiment of deeper political integration, more European Nations will reclaim their sovereignty the way British are. The result would be more exits. At the very least the Brussels bureaucracy must be radically reduced and the centralist regulation craze ended. The time is ripe for a new Europe, a Europe of fatherlands, where we peacefully trade with each other, maintain partnerships and respect the will of the national sovereignties. One can only warn the German government not to fill the missing British net contribution with German tax money and thus continue the political fallacy.”

However a chance of a German EU referendum may not be that simple because Germany’s post-war constitution currently only allows for referendums if the constitution itself or the territories of the states making up the republic are to be reformed. Ralph Kampwirth of the Initiative & Referendum Institute Europe explained that referendum is tainted by Nazi associations: “Germany is one of the few EU countries with no experience of national referendums. In the [pre-Nazi] Weimar Republic there were two national referendums; during the Nazi reign, three plebiscites were held, with biased questions and blatant manipulation of results. A referendum does not mandate an organised political opposition – it simply requires a yes or no answer – one reason why both Napoleon and Hitler were enamoured of them.” (Source: Express)

7. Others

A study by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) found that “insurgent parties” in 34 EU countries are calling for a public vote on matters ranging from their countries’ membership of the EU to refugee policy. In addition to the above six countries, the list also includes Austria, Finland, Hungary, Ireland and Poland. (Express)

Mark Leonard of ECFR said: “Many of these insurgent parties have views on foreign policy that are closer to President Putin than President Obama. They are overturning an elite foreign policy consensus based on Atlanticism and liberal democracy that has dominated for the last fifty years. We can’t dismiss them as fringe parties – they represent a revolution in European foreign policy. Their chosen weapon is using referenda to whip up popular support on their pet issues.Even where they don’t win power directly, they are so politically powerful that they are forcing mainstream parties to adopt their positions.”

The ECFR report blamed Europe’s fear of Turkey joining the EU and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “refugees welcome” policy as major reasons behind a rapid rise in support for “extremist” anti-EU parties — right-wing and far-left — and their attempts to take back control of their countries.

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~Eowyn