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Michelle Malkin takes on Code Pink national co-director who defends anti-Semitic Linda Sarsour


Ariel Gold, National Co-Director for Code Pink, was on the Ingraham Angle trying to defend Women’s March founder and anti-Semite Linda Sarsour. Michelle Malkin takes her on the hilarity ensues.

Gold is a useful idiot who has a mental disorder called liberalism.

Begin video at 25:37 mark.

h/t Twitchy


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American Visas For Sale: See Hillary Clinton


When Will America End Cash-for-Visas Racket?

Michelle Malkin

Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry (the Punk) McAuliffe
never met a scam he didn’t like.

This may be the first and last time I ever write these words: America, follow Canada.

Our neighbors to the north finally have wised up to the international cash-for-visas scam. Last week, the country ended its foreign investor program that put residency up for sale to the highest bidder. We should have done the same a long time ago.

Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program granted permanent residency to wealthy foreigners who forked over 800,000 Canadian dollars for a five-year, zero-interest loan to one of the country’s provinces. The scheme turned out to be a magnet for tens of thousands of millionaires from Hong Kong and China. But as the Canadian Ministry of Finance concluded in its annual budget report this year, the program “undervalued Canadian permanent residence” and showed “little evidence that immigrant investors as a class are maintaining ties to Canada or making a positive economic contribution to the country.”

In several provinces, the foreign investor racket was riddled from top to bottom with fraud. Whistleblowers in the Prince Edward Island immigration office exposed rampant bribery among bureaucrats and consultants, who helped their clients jump the queue. The government failed to monitor immigrant investors or verify the promised economic benefits of the “investments.” The program didn’t just fast-track supposed business people with dubious business backgrounds, but also their entire extended families, who walled themselves in segregated neighborhoods.

Ads in Dubai bragged that investors didn’t even need to live in the country to take advantage of the citizenship-for-sale deal — and that their dependents could avail themselves of full health care and education benefits.

Fifteen years ago, an independent auditor hired by the Canadian government warned that he had “found that in many cases there was no investment at all or that the amount of that investment was grossly inflated.” The auditor nailed the expedient commodification of citizenship: “Canadians gave up something of real value — a visa or passport — and received very little in return.” He concluded: “A lot of people made a lot of money, mostly lawyers and immigration consultants who set up these bogus investments. It’s a massive sham. The middlemen made hundreds of millions of dollars.”

cash_entryI’ve been issuing the very same warnings about America’s EB-5 immigrant investor visa program, created under an obscure section of the 1990 Immigration Act, for more than a decade. The details of the U.S. program vary, but the facade is the same: trading residency on the cheap for the shady promise of economic development. Just as in Canada, the U.S. racket’s alleged economic benefits are largely hype.

Who has profited? As I’ve reported previously, the real winners are former federal immigration officials who formed lucrative limited partnerships to cash in on their access and politically connected cronies. An internal U.S. Justice Department investigative report revealed years ago that “aliens were paying $125K” instead of the required $500,000 to $1 million minimum, and “almost all of the monies went to the general partners and the companies who set up the limited partners.”

Tony Rodham, Hillary's brother, is growing rich selling you out.

Tony Rodham, Hillary’s brother, is growing rich selling you out.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has been pressing EB-5 middlemen who operate a network of regional centers to cough up data on how many jobs these immigrant investor schemes are creating, lists of current and former corporate officers at the centers, and details of consulting services and other contracts into which the centers have entered. Where’s the rest of Capitol Hill?

Just as in Canada, American whistleblowers also have been raising red flags for years. Most recently, immigration officials in Laguna Niguel, Calif., last fall spilled the beans on how they “often rushed or skipped altogether economic reviews of applicants to the EB-5 visa program.” They did so under orders from senior managers pandering to wealthy and politically connected foreign applicants. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General is investigating government retaliation against employees who reported the misconduct. “In essence,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, noted in a public letter, “high-level officials in the (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau) are accused of creating an environment hostile to those who insist on following the law.”

Alejandro Mayorkas, #2 at DHS, is crony of Eric Holder

Alejandro Mayorkas, #2 at DHS, is crony of Eric Holder

That fish rots right down from the head of USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas, who was confirmed for the job in December — despite remaining under investigation by the DHS Inspector General for his alleged role in intervening on behalf of GreenTech, a crony company with ties to Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton‘s other brother, Anthony. The alleged scam involved special treatment to the company, which wanted special treatment and EB-5 visas for, you guessed it, deep-pocketed Chinese investors.

Recklessly peddling foreign investor visas for the precious privilege of entry into our country is bad for our sovereignty, bad for workers and good for corruptocrats. Moreover, history shows that government is always bad at picking economic winners and losers. If Canada can come to its senses on this, why not America?

Would-be President Hillary is already selling you to the highest bidder.

Would-be President Hillary is already selling you to the highest bidder.

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Right-Left Establishment Go After Trump. Damage Inflicted?

Lately, one after another establishment personality are piling on Donald Trump.
First, we have the predictable trolls on the Left, like the man whose real name isn’t Jon Stewart but Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz. (See Stewart mock Trump on HuffPo here.) Huffington Post even has an entire webpage devoted to all the spoofs (“comedy”) that were “inspired” by Trump since the 1980s.
Entertainer Chris Rock, on the Oprah Winfrey show, compared Trump and the Birthers not just to spoiled, immature children, but said they “are possessed by the devil.”
Actor-comedian Bill Cosby said Trump “is full of it” and should just “run or shut up.”
Even actor Robert De Niro, another Democrat, piled on by calling Trump “crazy,” “a big hustle” and “a car salesman” for dare asking questions about Obama’s birth certificate. To which Trump gave this response in an appearance on Fox & Friends: “I like [De Niro’s] acting, but in terms of when I watch him doing interviews and various other things, we’re not dealing with Albert Einstein.”
But it’s not just the Left who feel threatened by a possible Trump run for the presidency. On the other side of the partisan spectrum, one GOP establishment elite after another are also piling on.
Last week, GOP strategist Karl Rove called Trump the “Al Sharpton of the Republican party” and said this about Trump calling attention to Obama’s eligibility: “His full embrace of the birther issue means that he’s off there in the nutty right and is now an inconsequential candidate.” To which, Trump gave this quick and apt riposte: “Bush finished so weak that we ended up getting Obama. [Rove] ran the man [Bush] into the ground. And the more I see about Karl Rove, the more I realize: maybe it wasn’t completely Bush’s fault.”
Then conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer added his two cents. In his column for the Washington Post on April 21, 2011, Krauthammer wrote this about Trump:

“He’s not a candidate, he’s a spectacle. He’s also not a conservative. With a wink and a smile, Muhammad Ali showed that self-promoting obnoxiousness could be charming. Trump shows that it can be merely vulgar. A provocateur and a clown, the Republicans’ Al Sharpton. The Lions have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl.”

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin took a shot too. In her op/ed for Investor’s Business Daily on April 25, 2011, Malkin called Trump “no more a standard-bearer of conservative values, limited government and constitutional principles than the cast of ‘Jersey Shore’.”
This morning it’s another conservative pundit’s turn. Over at National Review, Thomas Sowell published “Obama’s Trump Card, The damage the Donald can do,” arguing that if Trump runs he will likely lose, but in the process will badly hobble the GOP field, like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. And if the unthinkable happens, If Trump somehow wins the nomination, that will guarantee Obama’s reelection.
All these hits on Trump from both the left and the right appear to have inflicted damage.
A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds 50% of Americans, including 31% of Republicans, saying Trump would make a “poor” or “terrible” president. 63% of Americans, including 46% of Republicans, say they definitely will not vote for Trump for president. In comparison, 46% of Americans say they definitely will not vote for Obama in 2012.
What is intriguing is that the poll found that it’s not the birther issue that’s hurting Trump because support from the “birthers” is stronger for Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. The poll also found that the number of Americans who believe Obama definitely was born in America has dwindled to 38%.
John Romano of the blog, Yes, But, However, has this trenchant observation about Trump:

The last politician that the Democratic party and the GOP establishment partnered to destroy was Sarah Palin. In that instance, the destruction politically was complete…. Ms. Palin is DOA at the ballot box in the short term if not forever.

The main way that the unlikely coalition destroys outspoken or non-establishment Republicans or conservative ideas is to make supporting the idea or candidate carry an element of shame with it. A great example of this is when the media aligned with the Democratic party accuses someone or a group of racism without any concrete evidence. This trick was used with only mixed results on the Tea Party. Sure, the Tea Party denizens are mostly white, but so was John Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Obama’s Image”…. Thanks to the internet and media rabble-rousers like Andrew Breitbart, James O’Keefe and others, this weapon is less effective….

Trump has been in the media for over twenty years. to suddenly call him a racist would be tough. When the “Donald” said he had great relations “with the blacks” two weeks ago, it was almost enough for the media to begin its tar and feather act, but it didn’t catch on. That tells you something. Trump will have to foul up big time on the race issue for the media to use it.

Another weapon in the arsenal of political destruction is to have entertainment icons knock an idea or personality. Sounds pedestrian, but it is usually very effective. We saw this with Tina Fey’s dead-on impersonation of Sarah Palin. Do a poll today and most people will tell you that it was the “idiot” Sarah Palin who said she saw “Russia from my house”. It was Tina Fey on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Ms. Palin said, correctly, that “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.” Never let the facts get in the way of a good political beating.

Doing the same kind of thing to Donald Trump is a near impossibility which puts both ends of the destroy Trump camp in a pickle. He is a caricature of a caricature of himself. The “Donald” has lived his life in the press. Every odd or bold statement, marital foible, triumph and failure has been in the New York and national press for over 20 years. The man is an open, highly entertaining, book. Instead the tack so far is to play up celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Robert Deniro taking it to Trump. It may work, but I doubt it. Look for Lady Gaga to opine about Mr. Trump at some point in the near future (I’m not kidding). Without a Tina Fey moment, the whole exercise is futile. Although, SNL hasn’t taken a real shot at Mr. Trump yet. We shall see….

Whatever happens with Mr. Trump’s bid, a new paradigm is forming. The American people are thirsting for a leader with the brass cojones that characterizes both the Palin and Trump identity. Where is 2012 right now? The Karl Roves of the world think they are saving the republic by pushing for a mealy-mouthed devout Christian for the GOP. The Democratic party thinks that this country belongs to them and that we all just live in it. But the day is coming when a genuine leader from outside the establishment will withstand the media and personal onslaught from the left and right. Is that person Donald Trump? It may very well be.”


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