VIDEO: Trevor Loudon and the Center’s Frank Gaffney launch scathing critique of Keith Ellison as his Minnesota AG race tightens

On September 26, 2018, acclaimed author and filmmaker Trevor Loudon joined Center President Frank Gaffney at CSP’s studios to livestream a launch of Loudon’s book Burn This Book: What Keith Ellison Doesn’t Want You to Know About His Radical Marxist and Islamist Associations and Agenda.

The two traced Ellison’s political journey- which started with an attraction to pro-Chinese Communists and the Nation of Islam in college- through his association with Muslim Brotherhood front groups like CAIR and MPAC as a sitting Congressman.  Ellison’s syncretism of Islamist and Marxist ideologies epitomizes the “Red-Green Axis” that seeks to undermine our Western and Judeo-Christian institutions. View an archive of the live stream below:

Ellison is stepping down as a Member of Congress, but remains Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee and is running for the position of Minnesota Attorney General in the 2018 midterm elections. Loudon and Gaffney specifically addressed allegations of abuse that have surfaced and how they might be related to his Islamist beliefs:

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Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing: Democrat Twofer — Destroying #MeToo whilst Shredding Due Process

After watching the entire Committee on the Judiciary’s Kavanaugh/Ford hearing I came to the conclusion that there were four losers:

  1. The reputation of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her family has been forever tarnished.
  2. The reputation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family has been forever tarnished.
  3. The #MeToo movement and women in general have been discredited.
  4. The ideal of due process, innocent until proven guilty, is at risk if Judge Kavanaugh is not voted out of the Judiciary Committee and confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote.

Democrats won a twofer. They sold out the #MeToo movement while at the same time shredding due process under the law. Republicans won a twofer. They exposed the Democrat’s strategy to destroy the lives of two people in the name of political gamesmanship.

The Battle of the Year Books

 in a column titled “Thank You, Senate Democrats” wrote:

But once again, the Democrats stole defeat from the jaws of victory as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse broke one of the sacred rules of public interrogation, he asked questions of his witness to which he did not previously know the answer.  Whitehouse thought he would be cute and display a huge blowup of Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook page, and thinking that the cryptic entries dealt with sexual activity sought to pursue them.

What does “Renate alumnius” mean?

No, it did not mean that Kavanaugh had claimed to have sexual relations with Renata.  (Here’s where Kavanaugh could have said, “No, Senator, I have no control over what your perverted brain may be thinking, but this reference is not to sexual activity,” but he didn’t.)

What does “Ralph” in “Beach Week Ralph Club” mean, and doesn’t that mean that you were a problem drinker?

Senator, it means vomiting, and no, I was not a problem drinker.

And then Whitehouse tried to cross the bridge too far.

And what about the word “boofed”?

Senator, it means flatulence.  We were 16.  We thought it was funny.

Everyone laughed.  And all of a sudden, the absurdity of a Senator dissecting the senior page of a judicial nominee became painfully clear.  And the Democrats’ efforts at discrediting the nominee came to an end.

What was not brought up by Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, and rightly so, were entries from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s yearbook. In the Vox article “Christine Ford’s high school yearbooks reportedly reference drinking and sex. That’s irrelevant” Anna North wrote:

But the content of the yearbooks, at least as reported by RealClearInvestigations, has no bearing on whether Ford’s allegations are true. Among the reported revelations in the books are the following:

  • “a photo of an underage Ford attending at least one party, alongside a caption boasting of girls passing out from binge drinking”
  • references to “sexually promiscuous behavior” by girls at Holton-Arms, including with boys at Georgetown Prep
  • “beer bottles and beer cans and scenes of boys and girls drinking at parties”
  • “a photo of Ford and other girls at a Halloween party alongside a caption boasting of ‘pass[ing] out’ after playing ‘Quarters’ and other binge-drinking games”
  • “the young Holton coeds dressed as Playboy bunnies and posing seductively atop desks, school-uniform skirts hiked up”

While Democrats on the Judiciary Committee wanted to make the case that a single page in ONE high school year book from Brett Kavanaugh was relevant, Republicans showed great judgement by not bringing Dr. Ford’s high school year books up. While Judge Kavanaugh attended a Catholic prep-school it appears, using yearbooks from her time at Holton-Arms, that Dr. Ford’s prep-school was promoting binge drinking, passing out and promiscuity.

Win Kavanaugh and Republicans.

Demands for an FBI Investigation

The Democrats repeatedly requested that an FBI investigation be initiated into the allegations made by Dr. Ford and two other women. Judge Kavanaugh denied under oath all three allegations. As multiple members of the Judiciary pointed out an FBI investigation is not definitive. Multiple times Senators Grassley, Mike Lee and Sasse pointed out that the FBI does not reach conclusions when investigating sexual misconduct. It was also pointed out that under Maryland law their is no statute of limitations on sexual assault. Therefore each of the three accusers can, and should, go to the appropriate local law enforcement agency to have their claims investigated.

In the September 25, 2018 Real Clear Politics article titled “Biden in 1991: FBI “Do Not Reach Conclusions” When Investigating Sexual Misconduct” Ian Schwartz noted:

NTK NETWORK: Senate Democrats have been calling for the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but video unearthed by NTK Network shows one of their own, then-Sen. Joe Biden, pushing back on the notion that an FBI investigation would reach any kind of conclusion. The remarks were made during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Biden at the hearing:

“I said from the beginning, this is about whether or not sexual harassment occurred,” Biden said. “And lastly, Judge, with me, from the beginning and at this moment, until the end, the presumption is with you. Now we are going to hear more witnesses. They are going to come in and corroborate your position and hers. And we will find out whether they are telling the truth or not, as best as we are capable of doing, just like you as a judge are when you look them in the eye and make a judgment.”

“Judge, this is less directed at you than it is to my pontificating colleagues, Democrat and Republican alike, so, Judge, I have not made my judgment, based upon this proceeding, because we have not heard all the evidence,” Biden continued.

“The last thing I will point out, the next person who refers to an FBI report as being worth anything, obviously doesn’t understand anything. FBI explicitly does not, in this or any other case, reach a conclusion, period. Period,” Biden said. “The reason why we cannot rely on the FBI report [is] you would not like it if we did because it is inconclusive. They say, ‘He said, she said, and they said. Period.”

“So when people wave an FBI report before you, understand they do not, they do not reach conclusions,” Biden said.

Here is the video:

It is the role of the Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan effort to investigate allegations and draw conclusions based upon their findings.

Win Kavanaugh and Republicans.

Breaking the Trust of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh

It was repeatedly stated by Dr. Ford that her letter to her Congresswoman which was provided to the ranking Minority member of the Judiciary Committee Senator Diane Feinstein, was to be kept confidential. It was stated by Senator Lindsey Graham that the letter was withheld from the committee until the 11th hour. Watch:

Win Kavanaugh and Republicans.

Bottom Line

After the full hearing on Thursday, September 28, 2018 before the Judiciary Committee the following things are clear:

  1. Dr. Ford believes that she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh.
  2. Brett Kavanaugh and three of the witness to the alleged assault of Dr. Ford, under threat of perjury, have stated that Judge Kavanaugh was not at the party that Dr. Ford attended.
  3. No further investigation is needed on the incident given the testimony of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. It is she said and they said.
  4.  Efforts to move away from the facts outline by Judge Kavanaugh’s opening statement and the opening statement and testimony of Dr. Ford are sufficient for members of the Judiciary Committee to fulfill its role of advice and consent under the U.S. Constitution.
  5. Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford are being used as part of a search and destroy operation crafted by the Democratic Party leadership and its key funders/supporters.

A vote on Judge Kavanaugh by the Judiciary Committee is appropriate and necessary to move the nomination to the floor of the U.S. Senate. A vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate is appropriate to move the the confirmation process forward.

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VIDEO: Andrew Gillum’s Florida Jihad

The United West launches its exposé into Florida’s Democrat (Socialist) candidate for Governor, and his ties to anti-Israel organizations.

The United West will be producing short video documentaries to show Andrew Gillum’s Florida Jihad. A Jihad on the establishment to radicalize Florida, not a physical attack, but an ideological fight for 20 million Florida citizens.  We will be looking at Andrew Gillum’s policies, who his supporters are, and what he believes is good for Florida.   Some of those beliefs are:  Open borders and getting rid of ICE.  His supporters such as CAIR and the Socialist group called Dream Defenders, that may be brought into the Andrew Gillum administration should he win the FL Governorship!

The United West will show you Andrew Gillum’s associates that are right out of the PLO, literally!  Associates that are part of the “Gillum family”.

We will show you how he is also playing both sides of the Jewish big money and the Jew haters as well.  We will expose Andrew Gillum for who and what he really is and his plans for Florida!

WHO IS ANDREW GILLUM?

From the article in the READ MORE button below:

The two leading individual donors to Gillum’s 2018 campaign have been George Soros and another left-wing billionaire, Tom Steyer. Scarcely two weeks ago, Soros, who already had contributed $1 million to Gillum’s Forward Florida political committee, announced that he was giving $250,000 more. And Steyer, who had previously funneled $500,000 to Forward Florida, pledged another $300,000.

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Kavanaugh at the Tip of the Smear

Appearing before the U.S. Senate, Brett Kavanaugh was supposed to be a judge — not a defendant. Now, after three of the worst weeks of his life, he and his family are finding out that the path to a Supreme Court appointment is a costly one. And while it may be the pinnacle of his profession, getting there exacts a price no American should have to pay.

In his opening statement Judge Kavanaugh said “the confirmation process has become a national disgrace.” Beyond the destruction and pain it’s caused his family, he lamented the impact that this vicious attempt to block his nomination would have on the entire nation. “You sowed the wind. For decades to come, I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind.”

He concluded his lengthy remarks with “My family and I intend no ill will toward Dr. Ford or her family, but I swear today under oath before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge.”

It was difficult not to be moved by the earlier testimony of Dr. Ford, which was shaky at times and halted by tears. No one could deny just how emotional she seemed during her testimony. But most conservatives are not suggesting that she was never assaulted. There are just too many inconsistencies in the story — and in the Democrats’ handling of it — to suggest that Kavanaugh was the one responsible. As Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) pointed out, today’s testimony only “repeat[ed] what we already knew, which is she believes something happened. She believes it was Brett Kavanaugh but everybody she claims was in the house denies having any knowledge of it. There is no corroboration.” He’s right. None of the boys at the party remember it happening. Even Dr. Ford’s friend, Leland Ingham, denies it. In the 36 years since that night, this is the first time anyone (apart from Dr. Ford’s therapist) has even heard of it.

That doesn’t mean Dr. Ford wasn’t attacked. Republicans just talked to a man this week “who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of [the] complaint.” And while Christine insists that with complete certainty that Kavanaugh was responsible, even cognitive scientists have learned that “people can be 100 percent certain of their memories… and 100 percent wrong.”

The crime of sexual abuse is real and life-altering, but it does beg the question: how far back and in how much detail do we look at any nominee? Because, as former Assistant United States Attorney Sidney Powell reminded everyone on last night’s “Washington Watch,” “there but for the grace of God goes one of us. I mean, who has not made a mistake at some point in their lives? … I don’t think we should judge people by erroneous acts in high school and college. That’s why we prosecute people as juveniles and seal the record. Their brains aren’t even fully formed.”

Obviously, no one is excusing this kind of behavior, but it’s a legitimate point. How far back do we go? Junior high? Elementary school? Daycare? At what point do we realize that people grow up, make mistakes, and move forward? As far as Brett Kavanaugh is concerned, there’s been nothing to suggest in his past confirmation hearings that he’s ever mistreated women. And that’s after six FBI background checks. As Sidney explains,

“They literally go back to the area in which you were born and canvass neighbors. I’ve been through FBI background checks when I was a federal prosecutors for 10 years… I mean, the neighbors in my home and elementary neighborhoods were asked about me and my character. So it’s absolutely astonishing that not a peep of any of this came up until right now.”

“On top of that, Dianne Feinstein has done a gross disservice to absolutely everybody involved, including her fellow citizens and Dr. Ford, by sitting on this until the last minute. Because if they really wanted an investigation and this were really about getting to the truth, they would’ve raised it from the get-go and had it investigated quietly before anyone’s name was dragged through the mud — including Dr. Ford’s.”

As Andrew McCarthy points out, it isn’t the Senate’s job to solve crimes. It’s not to psychoanalyze witnesses. It’s to advise and consent on the president’s nomination. And if it were a trial, he pretends? The case is so weak, it would be “thrown out of court.”

What we do know without a shadow of a doubt is this: the Left must have the court in order to advance their agenda in America. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) admitted it. They couldn’t get Congress or state legislatures to redefine marriage or impose abortion on demand. They had to go to the courts. They can’t get open borders in this country. They have to go to the courts. That’s what this entire smear campaign is about. This is not — and never has been — about Brett Kavanaugh. It’s about the shift that will begin to take place when a committed constitutionalist replaces Kennedy


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in Tony Perkins Washington Update. It is republished with permission.

Thank You, Senate Democrats.

Today, I saw the most disgusting display of political gamesmanship ever, if it can be called that.  A full-fledged attack on a man’s character, his past, and even his soul. The display brought to mind those videos of frenzied sharks opportunistically swiping bites at their maimed prey.  And in this case, the feeding frenzy was allowed to continue by a judicial nominee that, although impassioned by anger, frustration, and shear exhaustion, was too meek and respectful to abandon his temperament and call out the 800-pound gorilla in the room: cheap partisan politics

But when the smoke cleared, the Senate Judiciary Committee shed no new light upon the events from thirty-five years ago, and the only thing that lay in tatters was the reputation of the United States Senate.

Thank you, Senate Democrats.

There were a number of goals the Senate Democrats pursued today.  The first was to put on display a credible witness with a credible story against a judicial nominee.  That witness was Dr. Christine Blaisey Ford, a Palo Alto professor who claimed that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when he was 17 years old.  What we saw was a meek woman with a weak voice and sheepish delivery who seemed to conveniently forget the most important and significant of details.  Ford’s demeanor was simply too passive for a Ph.D professor.

And then there were the inconsistencies. First, the progression of the events had to be delayed because of Ford’s fear of flying, yet she flew into Washington for the hearing.

Then we heard Ford actually flew to all sorts of places.  To Delaware to be with her family.  To Polynesia for personal pursuits. To Costa Rica.  To Hawaii.  And she flew not for life altering important events, but for pleasure!

And then we learned that the neural receptors in Ford’s hypocampus were predisposed to her developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the events that took place 35 years ago.  But when asked if there had been any possible environmental stressors that could have deteriorated her condition, she said there were none.  Nothing else in her life had ever caused her any stress.  Quite simply a incredible assertion.

And then a little pearl.  She would have been able to do the hearing earlier if the Senate had offered to go to her.

But they did!  And when this was pointed out, her attorney was quick to object.

From before the hearing, we knew she couldn’t place the house.  But during the heating we learned that the house where the events took place was about a 15 minute drive from her home.  So after establishing that she was driven there and back, she still couldn’t remember who drove her to the party and back.

Wouldn’t you think that the person who had driven her home from that party would have driven an absolutely mortified 15-year-old home?   No 15-year-old can bluff so well so as to hide her emotions from the person driving her home that night, and even if she could, Ford should have been able to tell us what she did in preparation for what was likely the longest trip home of her life.  How had she maintained her composure? Did she cry prior to getting in the car?  How did she hide her emotions from her parents that night?

But there was none of that.

Ford also did not know who paid for the polygraph test, or who was paying for her attorneys.

When faced with a prosecuting attorney that treated her with kid gloves under five minute time constraints, none of the tough questions were asked.  But even at this point, something seemed off about her testimony.  For me, I just kept going back to not having ever seen a Ph.D. professor act so meekly.

Then came Judge Kavanaugh.  Pardon my vernacular, but he was pissed, as upset as I have ever seen anyoneat a legislative hearing. He was indignant.  He was unwavering in his denial that the events described absolutely never happened.  And the debacle of the Democrats’ cheap scam began.

Which brings us to the Democrats’ second goal; delay the hearing at all costs through a call for another FBI investigation.

The most obnoxious individual in promoting this agenda was Senator Dick Durbin who kept insisting that Kavanaugh turn to the White House council, right there and then, and demand than an FBI hearing take place.  Despite the intense, and unprofessional display from Durbin, Kavanaugh did not take the bait, recurrently exclaiming that he would do whatever the Committee wanted, but essentially leaving it to the Committee to call for an investigation.

And that’s when a rejuvenated and impassioned Lindsey Graham spoke.  He was the first Republican Senator to break ranks with the optional protocol the caucus had set up for itself of employing the services of an Arizona prosecuting attorney to ask the questions.  Instead, Graham took the microphone himself and resoundingly called the proceedings a sham. His was a performance so riveting, so emotional, so raw and filled with honesty that it made Al Pacino’s performance in And Justice For All, look like child’s play.  The Democrats don’t want an investigation, Graham exclaimed. If they did, they wouldn’t have sat on Ford’s complaint for weeks.

From Graham and others we learned that by the time Kavanaugh met with Feinstein, her staff and she had already assisted Ford in obtaining a lawyer, and she mentioned nothing to Kavanaugh at their private meeting!  Nor did she say anything at the time of the hearing.  Feinstein’s deceitful performance in her handling of this case was so despicable, that it brought the spurious call for an FBI investigation to a halt.

Additionally, in a case where there is nothing to pursue, no forensic evidence, no physical evidence, no DNA, no pictures, and no iron-clad testimonies, there is absolutely nothing the FBI could add.

How about making Kavanaugh look like a raging alcoholic?  Here is where Kavanaugh was at his shakiest because he drank as a minor, (“everyone did”) and he liked beer and claimed to still like beer.  He seemed a little frazzled as he asked the Senators, “Don’t you like beer, Senator?”  To be sure, it’s what many wished to tell these arrogant senators, but it got the judge into the mud a little bit too much.

But once again, the Democrats stole defeat from the jaws of victory as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse broke one of the sacred rules of public interrogation, he asked questions of his witness to which he did not previously know the answer.  Whitehouse thought he would be cute and display a huge blowup of Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook page, and thinking that the cryptic entries dealt with sexual activity sought to pursue them.

What does “Renate alumnius” mean?

No, it did not mean that Kavanaugh had claimed to have sexual relations with Renata.  (Here’s where Kavanaugh could have said, “No, Senator, I have no control over what your perverted brain may be thinking, but this reference is not to sexual activity,” but he didn’t.)

What does “Ralph” in “Beach Week Ralph Club” mean, and doesn’t that mean that you were a problem drinker?

Senator, it means vomiting, and no, I was not a problem drinker.

And then Whitehouse tried to cross the bridge too far.

And what about the word “boofed”?

Senator, it means flatulence.  We were 16.  We thought it was funny.

Everyone laughed.  And all of a sudden, the absurdity of a Senator dissecting the senior page of a judicial nominee became painfully clear.  And the Democrats’ efforts at discrediting the nominee came to an end.

In the end, we finished where we started. If anything, Kavanaugh appeared stronger than before the hearing.   Ford looked weaker and less credible.  And the Me Too movement continued its descent into the surreal.

So what did we gain from all of this?

Substantively, we gained nothing.  But we got further confirmation of the disarray we would live in if this crop of Democrats ran the show.  We got a taste of what its like when procedural rules are ignored and decorum abandoned.  We learned how evil the left can be if left to its own devices.  And once again, we learned of the importance of maintaining a man’s innocence until and unless there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate his guilt.

Today, I witnessed a horrible display of incivility and disrespect to the honor and life of another.  I have nothing to say about Dr. Ford, as I do not understand what she was thinking and what motivated her to go this far after 35 years without any corroborating evidence; as a matter of fact, she brought only the opposite.

But I did see the attempted destruction of the United States Senate by those who reside within it.  It was a despicable display that in the end, left our Republic that much weaker.

Thanks again, Senate Democrats.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Federalist Papers. U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Facebook pageThe featured image is from the .

Obama-Appointed Judge’s Ruling Is Actual Election Meddling

Rightly, Americans are worried about the use of dark money in our election process, money that flows from organization to organization (political action committees, or PACs) without identification as to the source, and used for the purposes of supporting candidates or campaigns.

Americans are also worried about the possibility of foreign governments, most notably the Russians, meddling with our election process.

But in August, without the knowledge of the overwhelming number of Americans, an Obama-appointed federal judge skewed the flow of funds to some election campaigns while sparing others without forewarning, and with significant effects on the outcome of primary elections like the ones in Florida that were so near the time of the ruling.

So while some Americans worry about Russian meddling, a clearer case of election tampering from inside the United States just occurred.

The case, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies v. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, et al, arose out of a 2012 incident in Tampa, Fla., involving Karl Rove. Apparently, at a fundraiser sponsored by Crossroads GPS, Rove made an offer. He told those in attendance that an “anonymous donor” had offered to match up to $3 million in contributions to whatever contributions they made that night. The offer resulted in an extra $1.3 million being raised.

Shortly thereafter, another organization, Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington, D.C. — founded by two liberal Democrats — filed a complaint claiming that Crossroads GPS had failed to disclose the identity of those who had contributed to the event. Their logic was that the Federal Elections Campaign Act (FECA) required that persons disclose their identities when contributing to an organization intended to affect the outcome of an election.

The Federal Elections Commission had interpreted the statute to mean that the identities of the persons needed only to be disclosed when they were made in support of specific independent expenditures. In other words, if the donor was only intending to support the overall efforts of the organization, then no disclosure needed to be made, but when the same donor contributed to the same organization with specific instructions that such funds be used to support a specific candidate the identity would need to be revealed.

In Karl Rove’s case, the anonymous donor requested that the money go towards the support of the Republican challenger in the 2012 Ohio Senate race without specifying how the funds should be spent. For 38 years and 19 prior elections, the law had been interpreted in such a manner that those kinds of generalized instructions would not require the disclosure of the donor.

The complaint was filed with the Federal Elections Commission and in 2014, while acknowledging issues regarding the proper interpretation of FECA, the Commission tossed out the case because, in its opinion, the regulation did not require such a disclosure. The Commission was concerned that interpreting the law in the manner CREW was requesting would allow for a significantly more expansive interpretation of the situations by which donors’ identities needed to be disclosed.

About four years later, the case reached the federal trial court where Judge Beryl A. Howell, an Obama appointee, ruled, on Aug. 3, 2018, that the Commission’s rule must be vacated because, in the court’s opinion, CREW’s interpretation was a more proper one. Howell recognized that this new interpretation could have a “chaotic” effect on the upcoming elections and therefore stayed her order for 45 days while the Commission revised its rule.

Immediately, Political Action Committees (PACs) across the country reacted with fear as the rules under which they were accustomed to working were being pulled out from underneath them, and they risked being forced to disclose the identity of their donors. Funding towards campaigns all over the country halted as the PACs figured out what the ruling meant and its significance to their donors’ privacy concerns.

In Florida, the effect was profound.

The Florida primary was scheduled for Aug. 28, just 21 days later with early voting schedules beginning about 10 days later. In accordance with McCain-Feingold, candidates were busy spending their hard dollars as they jockeyed for position in the arena of public opinion. These candidates were also prohibited from communicating with the PACs that had issued commitments on their behalf, so they could not ascertain why the independent expenditures that they thought were coming by way of political ads, mailers, and fliers never appeared. What’s worse, those PACs whose contributors were not concerned about the protection of their identities continued to spend without a care for the same judicial ruling that was paralyzing their competitors.

In the meantime, the Federal Elections Commission refused to change its rule despite the court’s order since it was confident that the case would be overturned on appeal.

By Aug. 24, with the Florida primary elections a mere four days away and the ruling disparately advantaging certain candidates over others, Crossroads GPS asked the Circuit Court of Appeals for an extension on the stay of Howell’s order, but the appellate court refused.

On Aug. 28, the Florida primary elections were held. The damage had been done, and the court had, either unwittingly or purposely, irreversibly affected the public’s opinions of the various candidates throughout the state, and successfully interfered with the election process and its outcomes. True meddling.

And so it was that an event taking place six years earlier impacted the outcomes of countless races in various states, but especially Florida, under the guise of being an administrative emergency.

It would not be until Sept. 15, 2018, two weeks after the conclusion of Florida’s primary elections, that the appellate court would issue a ruling upholding the lower court’s actions.

Too late to affect the Florida primaries, but still hoping to rectify the situation, Crossroads GPS asked the Supreme Court to hear the case in order to still be able to impact the midterms. On Sept. 16, 2018, Chief Justice Roberts, acting alone, ordered that the rule remain in effect pending further orders, effectively reversing the rulings of the lower courts. But two days later, he reversed himself, apparently with the participation of the rest of the Court.

What does this mean to election finance laws? At least for now, it means more disclosures of federal campaign donors. Of course, actions calling for greater transparency are helpful towards ensuring an open elections process, but it will also have a chilling effect on political speech, particularly when the status of the law remain in a state of flux.

The great injustice here is that a monumental shift in the interpretation of our nation’s election finance laws was allowed to happen weeks before an election and three months prior to the midterms.

In other words, who needs the Russians to attempt  to meddle in our elections process when the courts can successfully do it themselves?

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Revolutionary Act. The featured photo is by Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash.

Mobs on the Menu for Cruz

Politics, chef Fabio Trabocchi said, are like elbows — “best left off the dining table.” Tell that to the zealots on the Left, who seem bent on taking their beef with Republicans to every restaurant in the union.

Two nights ago, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined a club no Republican wants to be a part of: the target of dining flash mobs. Unfortunately for him and his wife, Heidi, this wild new form of protest — chasing conservatives away from their meals — is becoming the norm for Trump’s opponents. Like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen, White House advisor Stephen Miller, state attorney general Pam Bondi (R-Fla.), and Governor Rick Scott (R-Fla.) before them, the Cruzes just wanted to eat in peace. Instead, they couldn’t even sit down at D.C.’s Fiola after a dozen raving Trump opponents encircled them and started yelling about his support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

“We believe survivors!” a dozen voices screamed in unison. “Fascist, racist, anti-gay!” one said. Another called him a “piece of filth.” On a video the group called “Smash Racism” proudly posted, you can see the restaurant staff looking on in shock. “We’re not trained to deal with this,” Fiola’s co-owner, Maria Trabocchi, later told the Washington Post. “How do you deal with things like this? It’s crazy times.” Employees called the police, but not before the Cruzes endured a barrage of insults. “God bless,” Cruz told the crowd. “Can you let my wife through?”

Trabocchi said the restaurant has served both parties proudly for years — and will continue to do so. But he does worry: what will happen if things turn violent? That’s a legitimate concern now after the group released this statement: “This is a message to Ted Cruz, Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum… You are not safe. We will find you. We will expose you. We will take from you the peace you have taken from so many others.”

The rallying cry of Democratic leaders — “to get up in the face of some congresspeople” as Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) — isn’t shaming the Right, it’s exposing the viciousness of the Left. How many conservatives disrupted former Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s dinner after she issued the HHS mandate? Or pushed around DOD Secretary Ash Carter when his social policies jeopardized the military? How many conservatives turned congressional baseball practices into gun fights — or walked into a liberal organization with enough ammunition to kill the whole staff?

If you’re looking for the real hate — it’s on your Left!


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in Tony Perkins Washington Update. It is republished with permission.

Conservatives Looking for Justice in Kavanaugh

Becoming a Supreme Court justice is an attorney’s dream. It’s getting there, Brett Kavanaugh will tell you, that’s a nightmare. The father of two girls has endured more than his share in a vicious confirmation fight that ought to scare everyone about the state of American politics.Senate Democrats have resorted to mudslinging, harassment, and now lawsuits to get their way on a confirmation pick that the American people knowingly handed to the president in the election of 2016. Kavanaugh’s family has had to sit through horrible allegations about a man who’s been widely considered one of the most respected people in the legal profession. Still, liberals, still angry about the courage Majority Leader Mitch McConnell showed in not considering Merrick Garland, are out for blood — and they’ll do anything to stop Kavanaugh from becoming the court’s next justice.

Earlier today, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took the circus to a whole new level, announcing his intent to sue the Democrats’ way to success in stopping the Kavanaugh vote. “The unprecedented obstruction of the Senate’s advice and consent obligation is an assault on the separation of powers and a violation of the Constitution.” It’s the latest in a series of ridiculous stunts the Left is willing to try in blocking a good judge from the promotion he deserves.

Yesterday, on “Washington Watch,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) could only shake his head at the absurdity of it all. “I’ve been a lawyer most of my adult life,” he told our listeners. “I’ve been a judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney, and here’s what I can say without any doubt: The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are 35 years old. They can’t identify the time they happened or the location, and the people who were supposedly there denied that it happened. And with that fact pattern, you couldn’t get a warrant, much less take this to court.”

Like most Republicans, he’s promising an open mind when Kavanaugh’s accuser comes to testify this week.

“I will take the allegation, scrutinize it, and be respectful of the accuser — but [h]ere’s what I’ve learned. If you’re a creep, you’ve abused women, if you’re a sexual predator — it happens a lot throughout your life. You don’t just do it for a little period of time and quit… Kavanaugh… has been in legal circles at the highest levels of government for 20 years. Not one woman has said he’s done anything inappropriate toward them when he was in charge of their careers… There would be more accusations about his workplace behavior [if this were true] and it’s not.”

But, he warned, just look at what happened to Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito. “There’s a pattern here,” he warned. “If you want to destroy someone, it doesn’t matter what you do and how you do it.” What’s more outrageous, Senator Graham points out is the Democrats’ double standard. “I voted for Sotomayor and Kagan because I thought they were qualified. I would not have chosen them if I’d been president. But elections matter — except when it comes to us. When we win, it doesn’t matter. You can do anything to our people. I’ve never been more disgusted with the committee than I am right now. The games they play to put us in this box are unconscionable.”

But if it’s voters Democrats are trying to appeal to with these shenanigans, strategist Chris Wilson explained later, they’re blowing it. “This entire situation has become a net-plus for Republicans,” he said. “The sheer audacity of the Democrats… what it is showing the American people and voters is exactly who the modern Democratic party is… What it’s doing is putting one of the biggest drivers of 2016 — [the courts] — back into play as a key issue.” They see it as a manufactured controversy — the same kind the media uses against President Trump. They’re sick of it. If anything, Chris said, it’s “creating a turnout enthusiasm for Republicans.”

“Democrats have seriously overplayed their hand on this.” But unfortunately for Brett, the Kavanaughs are paying the price.


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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PODCAST: Right Side of History. How Reagan and Now Trump Turned the Tables on the Media

“The Right Side of History” is a podcast dedicated to exploring current events through a historical lens and busting left-wing myths about figures and events of America’s past.

On this week’s episode, we speak to John Heubusch, the executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, about how former President Ronald Reagan got around a biased media and how this applies to President Donald Trump today.

Heubusch explained how the unique backgrounds of both presidents helped them in turning the tables on media opponents and allowed them to cut through directly to the American people.

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Chinks Appear in the Democrats’ Armor

We are now on the eve of the confrontation between Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, DC. Although nothing has been formally filed, neither in 2018 or 35 years ago, Dr. Ford accuses the Judge of sexual harassment when she was in high school. This is an eleventh hour “Hail Mary” pass made by the Democrats to delay the confirmation vote until after the midterm elections where they might possibly capture both chambers of Congress, and thereby negate the nominee.

Undoubtedly, the Democrats will not believe the Judge’s testimony; likewise, the Republicans will see Dr. Ford as a willing pawn in their opponent’s strategy. Without some sort of tangible evidence or expert testimony, this will remain a “he said/she said” affair, and the Democrats will have successfully delayed the confirmation vote on the Judge by two weeks.

Regardless of the outcome, the Democrats will, of course, demand an FBI investigation, thereby further delaying the vote, but this is something for a criminal case, of which the Judge is yet to be charged. They may also introduce something else to delay the vote, such as a parade of women accusing him of indiscretions.

This is all known by people on both sides of the aisle. The Democrats are playing the Republican leadership who wants to appear fair. However, the Left has been working behind the scenes orchestrating delays and interruptions, such as the protesters who earlier upset the proceedings. All of this has taken what is normally a rather civil investigation into am embarrassing affair for all involved.

Even before the Judge’s appointment by President Trump, the Democrats let it be known they would not support any candidate put forth by the president, as the person would undoubtedly be conservative and allegedly would overturn Roe vs. Wade. Judge Kavanaugh just happened to be the one selected and has had to go through Hell, along with his family. If the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee were asked to vote on the Judge based solely on his legal record, I am confident they would still vote against him. In other words, the vote would be no different today as it would have been if it were held at the beginning.

It will be interesting to see if the Republicans possess the will to shut them down. If the shoe was on the other foot, and the Democrats were in charge of the committee, they would have surely voted on the candidate already. If the Republicans botch the hearing, this could have devastating consequences on the midterm elections.

As I indicated in my recent OpEd, “The Political War of 2018,” the Democrats are desperate and, as such, are exhibiting obnoxious immoral behavior. They will go to any length to get elected, regardless if it is legal or not, believing the end justifies the means. Fortunately, their shenanigans during this campaign cycle, culminated by the Kavanaugh hearings, has not gone unnoticed by the American public.

In a new report, Gallup claims “Republican Party Favorability Highest in Seven Years” (jumping from 36% to 47%). According to the report, Democrats have historically had a higher favorability rating with Democrats and Independents, but this all changed this year as Independents gravitated to Republicans. As Gallup reports:

“The overall increase in the favorable image of the Republican Party is a result of a jump in the positive views of Republicans, including independents who lean toward the party. The percentage of Republicans and leaners with favorable views of their party grew from 67% last September to 85% now.”

This jives with another Gallup report, issued in June, stating Americans who are satisfied with the direction of the country has reached a twelve year high, going back to September 2005.

In other words, Americans appear to appreciate the efforts of President Trump and the Republicans, such as the upturn in the economy, the support for law enforcement and the military, and the need to curb illegal immigration. Further, they do not seem to appreciate the helter-skelter of the Democrats and want to see the country return to normal.

All of this suggests the Democrats are not winning the hearts and minds of the American people, but, rather, are alienating them instead. This does not bode well for the party as they approach the midterm elections just a few scant weeks away.

Should they lose in November, and I suspect they will, it will mean the Democrats cannot win lawfully or unlawfully, thereby presenting a serious conundrum for them as they approach the 2020 presidential year. This is where the party will have to make some hard decisions, such as policies and tactics, finding suitable candidates, and the general direction of the party, e.g., do they continue to embrace Socialism or return to a moderate position? I suspect the first reaction will be to march and protest the outcome, thereby compounding their problem with the American people.

Now the question is, can we survive the next six weeks? Let’s pray we can.

Keep the Faith!

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FL GOP Gives 10 Reasons Andrew Gillum is Too Radical/Corrupt for Governor but Misses Number 11

The Republican Party of Florida has released a new video about the Socialist candidate Andrew Gillum for governor of the sunshine state. It provides ten reasons that Gillum is too radical and corrupt for Florida.

There is an 11th reason that Andrew Gillum is to radical for Florida.

In The Washington Free Beacon article “DeSantis Calls Out Media for Double Standard in Coverage of Florida Governor Race” Jeffrey Cimmino reported:

Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee in Florida’s gubernatorial race, on Monday [September 24th] castigated the media for not covering the election fairly, claiming they are trying “to create a narrative” around him while not challenging his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

“Have you asked Andrew Gillum why he had CAIR, the Council [on] American-Islamic Relations, to Tallahassee in 2016?” DeSantis asked a gathering of reporters. “He spoke to welcome them. They were an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial, the largest terror financing trial in history. He welcomed them. He thanked them for what they were doing.”

“Why were they in Tallahassee? To protest the anti-BDS legislation that the legislature was doing, which was protecting our relationship with Israel,” DeSantis continued.

Read more.

In our column “Birds of a Feather? Democrat Socialist Andrew Gillum’s links to Florida’s Islamic Socialists” we wrote:

Gillum’s Connection to Florida Islamic Supremacist Organizations

According to Discover the Networks the Council on American Islamic Relations(CAIR),

[W]as co-founded in 1994 by Nihad AwadOmar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, all of whom had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook and functioned as Hamas’ public relations and recruitment arm in the United States. Awad and Ahmad previously had served, respectively, as IAP’s Public Relations Director and President. Thus it can be said that CAIR was an outgrowth of IAP.

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Writes Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz: “CAIR should be considered a foreign-based subversive organization, comparable in the Islamist field to the Soviet-controlled Communist Party USA, and the Cuban-controlled front groups that infiltrated ‘Latin American solidarity’ organizations in the U.S. during the 1980s. It has organized numerous community branches and has had immense success in gaining position as an ‘official’ representative of Islam in the U.S.”

Mayor Andrew Gillum appeared at the February, 2016 Muslim Capital Day hosted by the Florida chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations(CAIR) and EMERGE USA. According to the CAIR website:

More than 200 Florida Muslim community leaders, businessmen and women, and students participated in the eighth Florida Muslim Capitol Day event this past Thursday [February 11, 2016] at the State Capitol. This year’s event was co-sponsored and prepared in close collaboration with EMERGE USA, another key American Muslim organization.

Attendees of the event were honored by a personal welcome from Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum on the Wednesday evening before the event at the Islamic Center of Tallahassee. The mayor’s words were inspiring as he applauded the Muslim community’s participation in this civic engagement event that stressed the importance of political involvement in a political climate that is, unfortunately, filled with xenophobic rhetoric.

What is Florida based EMERGE USA?

According to Discover the Networks:

Over the years, EMERGE has held a number of events at terror-linked mosques, like: (a) Masjid Al-Qassam (a.k.a. Islamic Community of Tampa), which was founded by Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian, and (b) Masjid Darul Uloom (based in Pembroke Pines, Florida), where “Dirty Bomber” Jose Padilla was a student and the late al-Qaeda Global Operations Chief Adnan el-Shukrijumah was a prayer leader. EMERGE has also sponsored speeches made by various Muslim extremists, such as Sayed Ammar Nakshawani, who has called for the destruction of Israel.

EMERGE’s executive director, Nauman Sabit Abbasi, is the president of public relations for the Islamic Foundation of South Florida (IFSF), a radical mosque that seeks to “establish a powerful base for the growth of Islam in North America,” and whose youth leader once wrote on the Internet: “[Y]es, Allah … has Decreed that we will over-take the World in numbers…” Abbasi’s Facebook page urged to people to “support the true leadership of the world who are at war with Zoinists.”

We asked: Is Andrew Gillum Florida’s version of the nation’s first “Islamic Socialist Candidate?”

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Who is Sarasota County Commission District 2 Candidate Ruta Maria Jouniari?

It is important to understand who one is voting for, especially when it comes to local government offices. Let’s take a look at Ruta Maria Jouniari the Democratic Party candidate for Sarasota County Commission in District 2.

BACKGROUND

Ruta converted to Islam and in 1999 was married to Moroccan Noureddine Jouniari. Both Ruta and Noureddine are active members of the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton. Ruta’s campaign Facebook page has links to her being endorsed by Florida LGBT Democratic Caucus, an article about Canada’s legalizing recreational marijuana (a campaign promise of Andrew Gillum), believes in global warming, is anti-Charter Schools and has links to various negative articles about Florida Governor Rick Scott and Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis. The words racist and white supremacist appear in articles Ruta links to. Links to the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton and anything about her being a Muslim convert are missing from her Facebook biography.

In contrast, Ruta is prominently named in an article on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) website dated October 8, 2007 “FL: Muslim Women Aim To Dispel Stereotypes.” The CAIR news article reported:

Sarah Zaouzal of Sarasota is one of the leaders of the new Women’s Committee at the Islamic Society of Sarasota & Bradenton, whose stated goal is, among others, to dispel myths about women in Islam.

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Ruta Jouniari, a member of the new group, said television is partially to blame for the misunderstandings.

“The only view many Westerners have is that of a black-clad, covered woman who seemingly has no rights,” Jouniari said. “Our group is needed to procure the truth about women Muslims. They are educated, not submissive to anyone, except God, and that they are as human as anyone else.”

Read more.

WHO IS CAIR?

Discover the Networks profiles CAIR. Discover the networks describes CAIR as a “Civil rights group partially funded by the Saudi Wahhabi establishment. Has numerous ties to extremist Islamic organizations.” Discover the Networks goes on to state:

CAIR was co-founded in 1994 by Nihad AwadOmar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, all of whom had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook and functioned as Hamas’ public relations and recruitment arm in the United States. Awad and Ahmad previously had served, respectively, as IAP’s Public Relations Director and President. Thus it can be said that CAIR was an outgrowth of IAP.

CAIR opened its first office in Washington, DC, with the help of a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a self-described charity founded by Mousa Abu Marzook. In May 1996, CAIR coordinated a press conference to protest the decision of the U.S. government to extradite Marzook for his connection to terrorist acts performed by Hamas. CAIR characterized the extradition as “anti-Islamic” and “anti-American.” When President Bush closed HLF in December 2001 for collecting money “to support the Hamas terror organization,” CAIR decried his action as “unjust” and “disturbing.”

WHAT IS THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF SARASOTA-BRADENTON (ISSB)?

In a FrontPage Magazine article Joe Kaufman noted this about the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton:

Another of the mosques receiving the [weapons] training, the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB), has also had a terror-related history and its own imam with involvement in a terrorist organization. And like CAIR, it has been Palestinian terrorism and worse.

According to the ISSB newsletter The Faith, in May 2001, the mosque’s children’s school, Dar al-Iman, was visited by then-professor at the University of South Florida (USF), Sami al-Arian, to discuss with the school’s parents “the opportunity for [their] children to attend a fulltime Islamic school in Tampa.” The school is presumably the Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF), an institution founded by al-Arian in 1992 and which is still in existence under a new name.

At the time of his visit, Al-Arian was also the North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). In April 2006, al-Arian pled guilty to conspiracy to provide services to PIJ. Between 1986 and 1992, al-Arian helped found a charity, a think tank, and the IAF school, all of which, according to the indictment against him, were actively used “to raise funds and provide support for the PIJ and their operatives in the Middle East, in order to assist its engagement in, and promotion of, violent attacks…”

As well, according to The Faith, from the beginning of 2000 through the end of 2001, Friday prayers at ISSB were led by al-Arian colleagues Mazen al-Najjar and Hussam Jubara on at least eight separate occasions each.

According to the US Justice Department, Al-Najjar, the brother-in-law of al-Arian, “had established ties to terrorist organizations and held leadership positions” within groups that raised funds for PIJ and Hamas. Those groups included al-Arian’s founded charity, Islamic Concern Project (ICP), and al-Arian’s founded think tank, World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE). Following his imprisonment, in August 2002, al-Najjar was deported from the US.

Jubara, then-professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF), co-founded the Islamic Concern Project (originally Islamic Committee for Palestine) with al-Arian. Jubara was arrested in March 2003 and charged and convicted of felony immigration fraud. Later, he too would be deported.

In January 2001, under the banner of ‘Aqsa Victims,’ The Faith announced that the mosque’s “community members” had raised $4000 to be sent to the family of Palestinian “martyrs.” The newsletter read, “The second payment of donations for Aqsa victims were sent the martyrs families and needy in the West Bank in Palestine.” With regard to Palestinians, the term ‘martyrs’ denotes either terrorists (general) or suicide bombers (specific).

ISSB’S TIES TO TERRORISM

Joe Kaufman reported:

In January 2002, a decision was made by ISSB to hire as its full-time imam Muneer Arafat and have Arafat relocate from New York, where he had a residence at the time. In 2001, Arafat had already been leading mosque prayers and teaching Islamic classes to the mosque congregation.

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While residing in Saint Louis, Arafat also came into contact with al-Qaeda and Hamas operative Ziyad Khaleel. The two became roommates.

In May 1998, at the behest of a senior al-Qaeda lieutenant, Khaleel delivered a satellite phone and battery pack he had purchased to Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, which was later used to plan the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. As well, Khaleel was a webmaster for the official website of Hamas and lectured at the University of Missouri on behalf of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a now-defunct Hamas propaganda group co-founded by al-Arian and Hamas global leader Mousa Abu Marzook.

Florida investigator Bill Warner reported in August of 2011:

[T]he Sarasota Fl area was the base of operations for 9/11 Al-Qaeda Hijack Pilots Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, they had a support network entrenched in the area when Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat shows up at the Sarasota-Bradenton Islamic Center (Mosque) in March 2000 just 3 months before the Hijackers show up in the Sarasota area in June of 2000.

See Jan 20, 2003 article about Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, below, just after he was arrested on Immigration charges by ICE agents in November 2002. Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat had been the roommate of Al-Qaeda procurement terrorist Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel.

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Fast forward to today and we find sheikh Monzer Taleb, someone with links to the terrorist group HAMAS, sitting with Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton mosque leaders for a fundraiser in support of the organization Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD). The Islamic Society of Sarasota published the attendees list for the event. The list included: Speaker Ali Syed, Speaker Monzer Talilb, Speaker Suleiman Salem, Speaker Tariq AbuKhdeir and Poetry by Remi Kanazi.

Watch the video, below, and you will see Taleb sitting to the left of the imam giving the Eid prayer at the HHRD orphan aide event in Sarasota:

According to the Counter Jihad Report:

Monzer Taleb was an unindicted Co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, identified by Federal prosecutors as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a covert U.S. MB organization with a responsibility for supporting and financing Hamas. Taleb was identified in a captured Palestine Committee document as a member of organization.As a member of the Al Sakhra Band, Taleb helped to raise funds for Hamas at fundraisers thrown by the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) and the Islamic Association for Palestine. (IAP), two organizations created by the Palestine Committee to support Hamas, according to evidence provided by the federal government.

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Monzer Taleb appears to remain active in the fundraising business, raising funds for Helping Hands for Relief and Development (HHRD), a charity accused of having close ties to a Pakistani organization known to have financed Hamas. Taleb is additionally listed as a member of HHRD-Jordan. Taleb also fundraises for the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT), which runs Dallas Central Mosque, which was closely associated with the Holy Land Foundation, and has long been identified as having ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. [Emphasis added]

Read the full article.

Ruta would have voters believe that she is an all American girl and that Islam does not impede her in any way. The New Muslim Guide has a section titled “The Conditions Islam Stipulates Regarding the Wife” which states:

  1. The wife must be Muslim, Jewish or Christian, believing in her religion. However, Islam encourages Muslim men to choose devout Muslim women for this purpose because a practising Muslim will be a good mother who will give her children the best possible upbringing and help her husband adhere to the teachings of Islam. As the Prophet ﷺ said, “Marry a devout Muslim woman and you will prosper.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 4802; Saheeh Muslim: 1466)
  2. She must be a chaste woman, as it is forbidden to marry a woman known for her lewdness and immorality. As the Qur’an states, “It is lawful for you to marry the chaste believing women and the chaste women of the people who were given the Book before you.” (Soorat Al-Maa’idah, 5:5)
  3. She must not be one of those women whom he is never permitted to marry at any time in his life whatsoever (mahram) (See page 206), nor must he marry two sisters at the same time or a woman and her aunt at the same time.

Ruta was a Catholic before converting to Islam.

EDITORS NOTE: The photo of Ruta Maria Jouniari is from Twitter.

VIDEO: The Aborting of Judge Kavanaugh

Tom Trento, National Security Expert, Director of The United West.

Tom Trento comments on the obvious attacks on Judge Brett Kavanaugh because he may agree on the issues of abortion with the other four Justices on the Supreme Court.

THE ABORTING OF JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH

Have you ever witnessed an abortion…or seen the graphic, disturbing photos? Well, today, you are front & center to the full-throated, scorched earth aborting of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It aint pretty, in fact abortion is society’s ultimate example of man’s crass inhumanity to his fellow man.

One group of Elitists target another human because that person somehow stands in the progressive way of the Elitist. Save your breath with empty, non-scientific platitudes or logically indefensible legal theories.

BOTTOM LINE – A successful abortion DESTROYS another human being.

As you witness the transparent aborting of Judge Kavanaugh – understand –the Democrat Party has elevated abortion to a political art-form of human destruction, but today, their target is not a growing little girl in her mothers womb, but a fully- grown man, a man the progressive elites believe may obstruct their unfettered access to the alter upon which they worship.

If a group of godless people can harden their heart to clear science, obvious morality and instead endorse, proclaim, fight for the wholesale destruction of unborn children, can not those same people target a Godly gentleman who just may stand in the defense of those innocent boys and girls?

EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

Polling genius, Consolidation expert & Jax native Pat Caddell: ‘Dems hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters’

(In the run-up to the 50th anniversary of consolidation, we have written several columns on the history of that local political miracle.)

During the heated process of bringing about consolidation, one of the lesser known parts was played by Pat Caddell.

Today, Caddell is known as a polling genius who has worked for a number of liberal Democrats.

In the late 1960s, however, Caddell was a high school math whiz in Jacksonville.

He began predicting election results very accurately, calling politicians before the election to tell them whether they would win or lose. One of those he called was Fred Schultz, banker and legislator, and later a member of the Federal Reserve.

Schultz was impressed by the youngster and after talking to him hired him as an adviser to the Duval Legislative Delegation.

The fact that Schultz was to become House Speaker while Sen. John Matthews was to become Senate president made those two Jacksonville legislators the most powerful politicians in Florida, and had a lot to do with the city’s charter being written in a way that would gain favor with voters, ensuring the city-county consolidation Oct. 1, 1968.

Caddell’s major contribution was to solve the thorny problem of drawing district boundaries for the new City Council that would be found acceptable by everyone, including black politicians who were a bit nervous about the plan.

Mary Singleton and Sallye Mathis had become the first blacks elected to the old City Council, in 1967.

Caddell managed to draw overnight a map that preserved the districts of both without obvious gerrymandering or making the other districts unacceptable to the voters or candidates, a puzzle that had stumped the much older legislators.

Just eight years later, Caddell was working for Jimmy Carter, and was credited for developing the strategy that helped Carter become president. He also was the one who told Carter ahead of the election results in 1980 that his presidency was over.

In recent years, Caddell seemingly has evolved. He has been very critical of Democrats and especially of the effort to unseat President Donald Trump, whose campaign he had advised.

“Let me tell you, as a person who has been in seven presidential campaigns, the notion that the FBI or the CIA had informants in a campaign to give information to government agencies is incredible and unheard of and frightening,” he said on a radio show recently.

Caddell is now loathed by Democrats, especially after he said that the Democratic Party “has become no longer a party of principles, but has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters who need to take power by whatever means and whatever canards they can.”

But he has not lost his touch. He was one of the few to predict the Trump victory on Nov. 8, 2016.

Regardless of his views today, as a young prodigy Caddell was one of those who made it possible to form the consolidated government of Jacksonville.

ABOUT LLOYD BROWN

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Eye On Jacksonville.

VIDEO: Judge Kavanaugh and His Wife Ashley Stand Strong in First Public Interview

Fox News published a September 24, 2018 Martha MacCallum interview with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on its YouTube channel. Fox News posted:

Full Interview | Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley speak out in their first television interview since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford levied accusations that derailed Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Judge Kavanaugh faces questions on Ford’s allegations and how this has impacted him, his family, and his future as a Supreme Court nominee.

In The Daily Signal column titled “Kavanaugh Assails Accusations as ‘Smears, Pure and Simple,’ and Won’t Withdraw” Rachel del Guidice reports:

In a letter sent Monday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh categorically and unequivocally rejected a pair of accusations of sexual misconduct.

“[Sunday] night, another false and uncorroborated accusation from 35 years ago was published,” Kavanaugh wrote in response to the newest allegation, by a Colorado woman. “Once again, those alleged to have been witnesses to the event deny it ever happened. There is now a frenzy to come up with something—anything—that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring.”

“These are smears, pure and simple,” he added. “And they debase our public discourse. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service.”

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“As I told the committee during my hearing, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure,” Kavanaugh said. “That is the kind of judge I will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.

“The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed,” he said.

Kavanaugh also thanked the many women who have supported him and vouched for his character.

Saul Alinsky had 13 Rules for Radicals. Two of these rules apply to the tactics being used by Congressional Democrats to attack Judge Kavanaugh:

7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

It appears that the Democrats have been fully implementing rule number 13 but are violating rule number 7. Their tactic of smearing Judge Brett Kavanaugh has now become a drag on the Democrats and their Socialist allies.

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