Tuesday, July 23, 2019


The Democrats and the predominantly Trump-hating media have flooded the airwaves and the print media with accusations that Trump is a racist for attacking the congresswomen known as the Squad

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
July 22, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are four outspoken freshman congresswomen who are being described as AOC’s squad and women of color.

The Democrats and the media refer to the four congresswomen as progressive Democrats. Nothing could be further from the truth. AOC’s squad is not progressive, it is radical! The four women favor a socialist agenda. Two of them, Omar and Tlaib, have made a number of anti-Semitic statements and support the BDS movement whose sole purpose is to destroy the state of Israel. On two occasions Tlaib has called Trump a motherfucker, for which she is unapologetic, explaining that’s how her constituents talk.

Trump has justifiably attacked the four women because of what they stand for, socialism, and what at least two of them stand against, the Jewish people. But because they are women of color, Trump’s attacks have been deemed racist. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos has branded Trump’s attacks as “raw racist politics,” while leading Democrats have come out and flat called the President a racist.

On Sunday’s TV news shows, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker said that Donald Trump is “worse than a racist” and Rep. Elijah Cummings answered “No doubt about it” when asked if Trump is a racist. And Bernie Sanders has repeatedly called Trump a racist. Then there is Houston’s Trump-impeacher Rep. Al Green who said, “To condemn a racist President is not enough, we must impeach him.”

Rep. John Lewis, who along with Tlaib cosponsored Omar’s BDS-protection resolution, said this in reference to Trump: “I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. And at the highest level of government, there's no room for racism.” Lewis has some nerve referring to Trump as racist when he supports BDS, a movement that would ultimately result in the genocide of Israel’s six million Jewish people ... I know racism too, Mr. Lewis, and that’s pure racism!

Trump doesn’t help his cause by putting his mouth in motion before putting his brain in gear. That’s what he did when he tweeted:

So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.

Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

The problem with those tweets is that of the four women, only Ilhan Omar came from a foreign country, Somalia. And Trump failed to consider that “Go back to where you came from” is textbook racism.

On Wednesday, during a rally in North Carolina, Trump’s blistering of Omar caused the crowd to chant repeatedly, “Send her back.” This was immediately jumped on by the Democrats and the media as Trump stirring up racial hatred and dividing the country. The next day at the White House, Trump said of the chants, “I was not happy with it. I disagree with it.” But that rings hollow because he paused for 13 seconds before continuing his speech.

Actually, there have been accusations that Omar committed immigration fraud. Thursday’s Daily Mail reports that “Omar desperately tried to shut down accusations of bigamy amid claims she was briefly married to her BROTHER to 'commit immigration fraud' while she was still with her current husband.” She explained, “I am legally married to one and culturally to another.” If she did commit immigration fraud, lock her up and then send her back to Somalia.

Trump has been continually accused of racism since August 2017 when he said, “You also had some very fine people on both sides” about the rioting in Charlottesville, Virginia over a proposal to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. The Democrats and the media immediately accused Trump of calling neo-Nazis very fine people. Trump in no way meant to praise neo-Nazis. There were people on both sides of the controversy who attended the demonstrations but did not participate in the rioting. These were the people Trump was talking about, and that should have been clear to everyone.

How times have changed. During the eight years he was in office, it was hard to find an unkind word in the media about President Obama, but it has been even harder to find a kind word about Trump since he became President. As expected, The New York Times is leading the media blitz against the President with numerous columns trashing Trump. Most recently, Times columnist Charles M. Blow called Trump “a raging racist” and Israel-hating columnist Thomas Friedman called the President a “racist, divisive, climate-change-denying, woman-abusing jerk.”

On July 16, Marvin Oswaldo Esquivel-Lopez was arrested in Des Moines for murdering a woman and her two young children. Esquivel-Lopez had been deported twice back to his native Guatemala. But he sneaked back into the US each time. You can bet that if Trump had called Esquivel-Lopez an illegal immigrant who came to this country and committed murder, the president would have been called a racist because the murderer is a Guatemalan.

Is Trump a racist? The Democrats and the media want to convince us that the President is one. Many of us are racist but won’t admit it. On Wednesday, Trump said “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” That’s a red flag because those are exactly the first words spoken by a bigot in denying he is a bigot.

Whether Trump is a racist is besides the point. He attacks AOC’s squad not because the women are women of color, but because of their radical rhetoric, and because by their support of BDS, they are against the Jewish people. That is not racist!

On Saturday, in an Israel Hayom op-ed, Melanie Phillips described Trump’s attack on the squad as: “Trump is standing up for the defense of America and its values, for legality and due process and for the Jewish people.” And in Saturday’s The American Spectator, Rabbi Dov Fischer wrote: “Throw them out, the whole lot of them, from Pelosi on down. Throw them all out.” To that I would also specify Booker, Cummings, Sanders, Green and Lewis … throw them out of congress!

White House aide Stephen Miller said Sunday that ‘racist’ is “a label that has been too often deployed by the left Democrats in this country to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with.” Miller went on to say he “fundamentally disagrees with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color skin, that makes it a race issue.”

Best of all, on Monday, Piers Morgan aptly described AOC's squad as "shrieking socialist snowflake sisters." And that is the only reason why Trump is attacking them.

Branding the President a racist damages the standing of the US throughout the world. This obvious attempt to destroy the Trump presidency emboldens our enemies. While they have every right to disagree with Trump, all good Americans, whether Republican or Democrat, should stand by our President and demand that the constant spurious racist accusations made against him must stop, and that the media should stick to criticizing him without branding him a racist.


by Bob Walsh

Tracie Hunter used to be a Hamilton County Ohio juvenile court judge. Four YEARS ago she was sentenced to eight months in the slammer for having an unlawful interest in a public contract. She also sneaked some confidential info to her brother, who was an employee of the court system who was about to have his happy ass fired.

After several years of successfully stalling, the system got tired of her. A letter writing campaign directed to the judge, at his home, consisted of several dozen letters, all with somewhat creative and similar grammar and spelling issues. The county prosecutor openly questioned her mental health.

She refused to walk and was physically dragged from court. She was housed in the medical unit of the local slammer under constant monitoring (aka suicide watch).

Who says being a spectator in court is always dull?


by Bob Walsh

Some of the talking heads on the magic box are saying that he DOJ IG (Horowitz) report is about to come out and it is going to rip Comey a new anal orifice. Hope clouds reason so I am not betting next months beer money on it, but it would sure be nice.


by Bob Walsh

New York State is is many ways almost as fucked up as New York City. The power grid is woefully inadequate yet the governor has been working hard to close down a nuclear power plant that supplies 25% of New York City's power requirements (because nuclear power is bad). Trouble is, there is nothing to replace the capacity with. So you don't have enough juice, and no way to replace the juice, and then the guy who shut off the juice screams that there isn't enough juice.

The plant is supposed to close down in another 2-3 years. Even IF they decided to do something to try to replace the generating capacity there is no way to get whatever it might be on line in that period of time. The summers will then get really nasty in NYC when they make it illegal to run residential air conditioning. Talk about grumpy New Yorkers right now.

These are the assholes that are running this country. And we keep voting them into office. The fault is not in our stars, but in our selves.


by Bob Walsh

A woman from Arkansas has just been sentenced to 25-life as a guest of the previously great State of California in the hot-car death of her 3-year old daughter in Rancho Cordova two years ago.

Angela Phakhin, 29, was found guilty of murder last month by a jury.

The girl died after being left in the hot car for 9 1/2 hours.

The mother told cops she left the girl, Maiya, in the hot car to "remove lustful demons from her."

Her boyfriend, Untwan Smith, is awaiting trial, also for torture-murder of the little girl.

I hope they both rot in hell.


I Need Your Money

by Bob Walsh

Tom Steyer is a gazillionaire, and he hates Donald Trump. He is running for president on the Democrap side, and has said, repeatedly, that he is going to spend $100 million of his own money he hates Trump so much.

Trouble is, by their own rules the Democraps can't treat him like a real candidate unless he can get 130,000 people to donate money to him. It does not really matter how much money, but it has to be something. A dollar each will do the job.

It must be a bitch to have so much money you don't really know from one day to the next how much money you have and not be able to get what you REALLY want, which is Donald Trump's head on a stick.


If the Democrats don't silence the Squad, the shrieking socialist snowflake sisters will send Trump back to the White House for another four years

By Piers Morgan

Daily Mail
July 22, 2019

Who would Donald Trump most like to face as Democrat nominee in the forthcoming 2020 election?

I’d hazard a guess it would be a young, female, screechy, super-woke, easily triggered radical socialist snowflake with a disdainful view of America.

In fact, I can narrow it down more specifically to any one of the Squad - the four newly elected firebrand Democratic congresswomen of color currently lighting up U.S. politics: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna S. Pressley.

They are what President Trump would categorize as perfect electoral fodder.


Because he knows most Americans would never vote for a diehard socialist to run the country.

In fact, there’s never been a genuine socialist U.S. president in the country’s 243-year history.

Oh, there have been many presidents who’ve rolled out socialist programs, like Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

But none of them has identified as a socialist.

The Squad proudly bleed pure unadulterated socialism from every pore.

It’s in their DNA.

Their policy proposals include free healthcare and tuition for all and a massive environmental ‘Green New Deal’ program.

All of which sounds great until you try to calculate a budget for it all, and realize it would cost $43 trillion which would instantly bankrupt America.

Their plan to finance their policies by introducing a punitive 70% tax rate for rich Americans would barely touch the sides of this kind of unprecedented expense, and would also guarantee many rich Americans bankrolling Trump to stop them getting into power.

On the hot button issue of immigration, the Squad has ludicrously and offensively claimed America has ‘concentration camps’ on the border, demanded free health care for illegal immigrants, and called for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be abolished.

They also persistently scream that Trump must be impeached.

Tlaib even said the actual words: ‘We’re going to impeach the motherfucker’.

Yet any attempt at impeachment, which would certainly fail due to the Republicans’ control of the Senate, would be a gift to the incumbent President.

It’s little wonder then that Trump wants the Squad to dominate Democrat discourse, since everything they do or say further enrages and mobilizes his base.

There’s also a massive disconnect between the Squad and reality.

On social media, where they spend most days screaming away, they are all heroines of our time, with millions of like-minded followers cheering their every move as they lecture us all on how to think and how to lead our lives.

It must be very seductive for them, a constant apparent validation of their political views.

But it’s important to remember that social media is predominantly one gigantic liberal snowflake platform that never thought a Trump presidency could happen in the first place.

And the vast majority of Americans are not on Twitter anyway.

So this raucous hard-left echo-chamber cacophony is irrelevant to the bigger political picture.

The Squad is deeply unpopular even within their own party, not least because of their irksome and self-defeating ‘Girl who cried wolf’ habit of furiously branding anyone who criticizes them for anything as racist, despite Omar herself posting anti-Semitic tweets.

Even Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker and one of the most experienced and respected Democrats in America, got the full Squad ‘YOU’RE RACIST!’ treatment when she dared to suggest they should stop tweeting their grievances about fellow party members.

Ocasio-Cortez accused Pelosi of ‘singling out newly elected women of color’ in an astonishing attack that threatened to rip the Democrats apart until Trump stupidly distracted media attention from the furor with his own racist remarks about he Squad.

Those remarks, in which he said the Squad should go back to the ‘crime-infested’ countries they came from, were indefensibly racist and I was pleased to see him distance himself from the horrible ‘SEND HER BACK!’ chants about Omar that soon followed at one of his rallies, even if he disingenuously tried to claim he disapproved in real time.

But make no mistake about Trump’s higher purpose here: he just wants America to perceive the Squad to be the true face of the Democrats as we head into 2020.

Today, as soon as he woke up, he unleashed a fresh blizzard of tweets to ensure a new Squad-related news cycle.

‘The facts remain’ he raged, ‘that we have 4 Radical Left Congresswomen who have said very bad things about Israel & our Country!’

An hour later, he added: ‘The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced and not very smart. They’re pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border.. And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!’

Of course, none of them will actually be the nominee.

But between them, they can swallow up vast swathes of media attention that the nominee will desperately need to combat Trump’s own powerful media dominance.

And there lies the big problem for the Democrats: how do they shut up the Squad?

Especially if Trump is deliberately talking about them 24/7?

They are the first people on his mind each morning.

Today, as soon as he woke up, Trump unleashed a fresh blizzard of tweets to ensure a new Squad-related news cycle.

‘The facts remain’ he raged, ‘that we have 4 Radical Left Congresswomen who have said very bad things about Israel & our Country!’

Trump knows the Squad is a very potent vote-winner for him.

The more everyone’s talking about them, the less they’re talking about Biden, Harris, Warren, Buttigieg or any of the other Democrat presidential candidates.

And that means the whole image of the Democratic Party is now being moulded into far-left socialism, to potentially disastrous electoral consequences.

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo last week: ‘They (the Squad) want to take America into a socialist country. Margaret Thatcher said the problem with socialism is pretty soon you run out of other people’s money. You know, they’re giving away free this, free that. Who do you think is going to pay for that?’

If Trump can curb his ugly, unnecessary race-baiting – and on current unedifying form, that’s a big ‘if’ – and keep the Squad center-stage then the 2020 election could come down to a straight fight between capitalism and socialism, at a time when the U.S. economy is surging and job numbers are roaring, and with the specter of socialist-run Venezuela lying in ruins.

That fight - trust me - won’t end well for socialism.

The Democrats are desperate to stop Trump winning a second term, but the Squad has emerged now as his top vote-grabbing marketing tool.

So long as they remain the face of the Party, the Democrats are doomed.


Mob boss’ suspected killer thought victim was ‘prominent member of the deep state’

By Chris Perez

New York Post
July 22, 2019

The man accused of gunning down a Mafia kingpin on Staten Island wasn’t intending to kill a mob boss that day, his lawyer says.

In his eyes, Anthony Comello was taking out “a prominent member of the deep state” — whom he allegedly tried to “arrest” at first.

“He ardently believed that Francesco Cali, a boss in the Gambino crime family, was a prominent member of the deep state, and, accordingly, an appropriate target for a citizen’s arrest,” said Comello’s attorney, Robert C. Gottlieb, in court documents filed Friday.

“Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president’s full support,” Gottlieb added, according to the New York Times.

The 24-year-old had been convinced that Cali was connected to the infamous QAnon conspiracy, which claims there’s a political “deep state” secretly running the country from within the government, among other things.

“Mr. Comello’s support for ‘QAnon’ went beyond mere participation in a radical political organization,” his lawyer said. “It evolved into a delusional obsession.”

Gottlieb intends to argue in court that Comello’s delusions about the QAnon conspiracy drove him to commit murder — and that they are enough to prove he is not guilty by reason of insanity. He’s seeking to have Comello placed in psychiatric care rather than prison.

According to Gottlieb, the young man’s obsession with the “deep state” and other QAnon conspiracies — like the belief that certain Democratic politicians are secretly pedophiles — led to him making multiple “arrest” attempts earlier this year.

In February, Comello allegedly tried to take Mayor Bill de Blasio into custody on two separate occasions, one of which involved him showing up at Gracie Mansion.

He then attempted to place two California Democrats under arrest — Reps. Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff — and even tried getting the US Marshals Service to help. But they reportedly denied his request.

The incidents were later confirmed by law enforcement officials.

Over the years, Comello made “thousands and thousands” of posts, messages and forum comments about the QAnon conspiracies, which Gottlieb plans to use in court as evidence.

“Patriot sleeper cells are awake,” he wrote on one occasion.

Gottlieb said Comello believed that Cali, a member of the Gambino crime family, had been connected to the deep state after seeing a post online that suggested Mafia figures were also part of the conspiracy.

He is accused of killing the mob boss on March 13 outside his Todt Hill home. The slaying was believed to be “premeditated” — with prosecutors charging Comello with second-degree murder.

“The defendant fired 12 bullets, striking him 11 times,” said Staten Island Assistant District Attorney Carrie Low at Comello’s bail hearing. “He drove by the victim’s house several times hours before the attack.”

During his first court appearance in March, Comello showed up with his palm covered in drawings of symbols and phrases tied to QAnon. Low described him at the time as a member of the “far-right organization.”

“He believes that only their laws are the laws he and the rest of this country should follow,” she said.

Comello is due back in court on Aug. 13.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Comello can’t be completely nuts. After all, he tried to arrest Bill de Blasio, Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff.


Tzachi Hanegbi says Tehran understands Jerusalem ‘means business,’ claims no need for concern about ‘cautious’ American response to Gulf crisis

The Times of Israel
July 21, 2019

Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi boasted Sunday that Israel is the only country in the world that has been “killing Iranians.”

Hanegbi, in a radio interview, brushed off concerns when asked whether Israel should be worried about the Trump administration’s “cautious” response to the standoff between Iran and the UK, which, like Israel, is a close ally of Washington.

“For two years now, Israel has been the only country in the world killing Iranians,” the Likud minister said. “We have hit the Iranians hundreds of times in Syria. Sometimes they admit it, sometimes foreign publications expose the matter, sometimes a minister, sometimes the chief of staff. But everything is a coordinated policy.

“The Iranians are very limited in their responses, and it’s not because they do not have the capabilities, but because they understand that Israel means business,” Hanegbi told the Kan public broadcaster. “We are very firm on issues of national security.”

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “the only army in the world that is fighting Iran is the Israeli army.”

The Israeli military has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in recent years, on targets linked to Iran, which is backing President Bashar Assad’s regime in the Syrian civil war. Israel has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran, or its Shiite proxies, to establish a permanent presence in postwar Syria.

Tensions in the Gulf have soared since May, with US President Donald Trump calling off airstrikes against Iran at the last minute in June after the Islamic Republic downed a US drone.

On Friday, kicking off a tense standoff, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it seized the British-flagged Stena Impero for breaking “international maritime rules” in the Strait of Hormuz, a choke point for around a third of the world’s seaborne oil.

Britain said Iran seized two ships, but the British owner of the Liberian-flagged Mesdar said it had been released after being temporarily boarded by armed personnel.

That came hours after a court in Gibraltar said it would extend by 30 days the detention of an Iranian tanker seized by British authorities two weeks ago on allegations of breaching EU sanctions against Syria.

Washington has blamed Iran for multiple attacks on tankers in the Gulf.

The escalation comes more than a year after Washington unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and began ratcheting up sanctions against Tehran.

Earlier this month, Iran exceeded the deal’s caps on uranium enrichment, aiming to pressure the remaining parties to make good on promises to help prop up its economy.

Tehran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if attacked.

The incident came as Trump and American officials insisted, despite denials from Tehran, that the US military had downed an Iranian drone that was threatening an American naval vessel in the Strait. Trump said the drone had been threatening amphibious assault ship USS Boxer.

The Revolutionary Guards released footage they said disproved the US claims. The seven-minute video, apparently shot from high altitude, shows a convoy of ships the Guards said they were tracking as they passed through the Strait. The vessels could not be immediately identified, although one resembles the USS Boxer.

As tensions soared, Iran’s archrival Saudi Arabia said it would once again host US troops to boost regional security.

The Pentagon said the deployment “ensures our ability to defend our forces and interests in the region from emergent, credible threats.”

The US military also said its patrol aircraft were monitoring the Strait, and announced a “multinational maritime effort” to ensure freedom of navigation in key waterways.


The number of victims of homicide and feminicide recorded in June 2019 represented a daily average of 102.6 murders per day

By Yaqui from: Animal Politico

Borderland Beat
July 22, 2019

First half of 2019 leaves new homicide record; the violence increase in 4 years already exceeds 70%; with almost 20,600 people killed; the daily average rose for the second consecutive year. June and February 2019, were the most violent months in 22 years.

Mexico reaches the middle of 2019 at unprecedented levels of violence. In June, 3,080 new cases of murdered persons were counted , which added to those of the previous months yields a total of 17, 608 victims of homicide and feminicide in the first half of the year. This is a rate of almost 14 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, a new record in at least 22 years.

In fact, the number of victims of homicide and feminicide recorded in June 2019 represented a daily average of 102.6 murders per day, almost tying to that of February, which was 102.7 murders per day. They are the two months with the highest level of homicidal violence in history, both registered this year, and in the current sexennium.

Updated data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) show that the rate of homicide / feminicide victims in the first six months of 2019 is 4.4 percent higher than that registered in the same period of 2018, the year with the highest annual crime figure to date.

The foregoing evidence that the upward trend in homicidal violence that began since 2015 and was inherited in the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has not yet been contained , although the annual increase has slowed.

With the 3,080 murders recorded in June (3,001 corresponding to victims of homicide and 79 of feminicide), the number of people killed between December 2018 to June 2019 - amounts to 21,599.

Compared to June last year, June 2019 also shows a growth of just over 6 %. It should be noted that this is the second consecutive month in which the daily average of homicides rises, after a decline had been achieved from March to April.

These differences are recorded even when the violence data for 2018 were updated upwards as a result of Mexico City significantly modifying its incidence record last year, on the grounds that a significant significant underreporting of investigation folders was detected.

Previously, the annual total of homicide / feminicide victims in 2018 had been set at 3,441 at the country level, but with the CDMX update, said annual total grew to 34, 654.

In four years, more than 70% increase in homicides

SESNSP data show that from January to June 2019, 17,138 victims of manslaughter were registered for which 14, 603 investigation folders were initiated. The data of the initiated folders is important because it is the only one with which a comparison can be made with the entire historical series of the SESNSP dating from 1997 to date.

This warns that the country registers a cumulative and sustained increase in four years of 73.5 % in the homicide rate.

We went from accounting for 6.68 cases per o100,000 inhabitants in the first half of 2015, to 7.47 cases for manslaughter in the same period of 2016, to grow back at a rate of 9.69 cases in 2017, reaching 11.21 in the same period of 2018, and finally parking at 11.59 wrongful killings from January to June of this year, 2019.

This level of homicidal violence clearly exceeds the worst years of the so-called "War on Drug Trafficking" recorded in the six-year term of former president Felipe Calderón . In that six-year period, the highest homicide rates for the first semester were 9.75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011 and 9.31 cases for 2012.

It should be noted, however, that unlike the previous two six-year terms, that of President López Obrador received an annual upward trend in murder levels.

If the comparison is made with a decade ago when in 2009 a rate of 6.68 wrongful killings per 100,000 inhabitants was registered, what is noticed is that the level of murders has practically doubled .

Colima, leading in violence in 2019

Colima is, as in the last two years, the state with the highest level of malicious homicides in the country. From January to June of this year, it registered a rate of 40.71 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, almost four times above the national average.

Colima is followed by Baja California with a rate of 34.14 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, Chihuahua with 27.63, Guanajuato with 23.07 and Morelos with 22.74 cases.

Mexico City recorded a rate of 8.97 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the first half, below the national average but above that of the state of Mexico, which reports 7.37 murders in the first half of this year.

Mexico has the largest increase in violence in the entire hemisphere in the last decade:
The country has high homicide rates, and there are fewer and fewer municipalities that do not register murders, according to a study conducted by the University of San Diego and Mexican universities.

In the last decade, no country in the hemisphere has experienced an increase as large as Mexico in the absolute number or in its homicide rate.

This is one of the conclusions of the “Organized Crime and Justice in Mexico” report of the Justice in Mexico program developed by the University of San Diego, United States, in collaboration with UNAM, the University of Guadalajara , the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, and the Autonomous University of Puebla.

s clear that the increase in violence in Mexico during the last decade represents an urgent problem that does not need to be exaggerated in order to deserve serious consideration by academics and policy makers. This tragic loss of Mexican lives should cause serious concern, not hyperbolic claims or part of the political game, ”he says.

The increase in violence is related to the so-called "war on drugs" and marks an upward trend during the presidencies of Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), a six-year period in which violence has skyrocketed. In total, more than 332,000 people were murdered in Mexico since the beginning of the 20th century, not counting missing persons and crimes that were not reported.

Monday, July 22, 2019


The Squad live in an echo … echo … echo … chamber of similar extreme radical-left Democrats, including outright communists like Bernie Sanders

By Dov Fischer

The American Spectator
July 20, 2019

The four Congressional vipers now known as “the [Odd] Squad” came to Washington this January, swinging. Two of them came swinging at Jews right away. Rashida Tlaib is a Jew-hater with a long resume and Twitter history to document that hate, and with a filthy mouth to boot. The “M-F” word she used to describe the President of the United States — my president, your president, and her president — instantly defined her as trash. In this country, even if you do not like the president — even if you despise him to your utmost innermost core, as I despised and still despise Obama — he still is your president. I never have used such a word to describe Obama. Tlaib reflected herself as trash by speaking in such a way about the president of this country.

Ilhan Omar is a vicious Jew-hater, an anti-Semite. I often describe her as a Nazi. Not all Nazis murdered Jews or even touched Jews. Some just lined the streets to cheer Hitler’s passing motorcades. Her litany of anti-Jewish tweets by now is legendary. Her own party initially tried to condemn her anti-Semitism but then decided they need the votes of Somali Muslim voters in Minnesota and Tlaib supporters in Michigan, and they figured out that enough idiot Jewish Leftists who donate to Democrats or who vote for them will continue doing so that the cost-benefit equation justified letting the Nazi tropes pass by uncensured.

The thing is, although the Squad live in an echo … echo … echo … chamber of similar extreme radical-left Democrats, including outright communists like Bernie Sanders, they misread the greater American landscape. Not everyone in this country calls the President of the United States an “M-F’er.” Not everyone here in this country — and not even a sizeable number, unlike in Somalia — is a Jew-hater. It may be that CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, The New York Times, and the Washington Post adore the Squad, their foul mouths, and their arrogant beliefs that they are going to change America from a capitalist economy built on freedom of spirit and freedom of thought, freedom of speech, and freedom to be great. But there are scores of millions of others among us who are not mesmerized by them, nor are we fazed.

They are nothing. They reflect isolated pockets of electoral support in a country of more than 300 million people. Because the Left Media are enamored of them and want to work with them to change America, the members of the Squad get disproportionate air time, emboldening them to advocate increasingly radical proposals that would move America towards communism and the platforms whose roots in Stalinism Mark Levin so effectively has traced. But that is not America.

Hyphen Cortez repeatedly blurts out false “facts” that win her airtime: moronic claims that the Constitution was amended to prevent Franklin Roosevelt from seeking a fifth term, that illegal immigrants are living in concentration camps, and that they are being forced to drink from toilets. Tlaib and Omar are cut of the same cloth. They all are united in advocating that our lawfully elected President of the United States be impeached and removed from office.

It is they who have provoked this president. It is they who regularly talk of throwing him out of office. And they will get no sympathy from this quarter when they then cry over the fact that hundreds of thousands, indeed tens of millions, of Americans can hardly wait for 2020 to throw them out instead, the whole lot of them, from Pelosi on down. Throw them all out. They have provoked, and they deserve to face exactly what they have tried to impose on others.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is only part of The American Spectator article, “Throw Her Out: Learning when to throw punches and when to hold back.” by Dov Fischer. The author is an attorney as well as the rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California.


by Bob Walsh

The new 007 will be a very attractive black female who is primarily a model but has also done some acting. (It worked out OK for George Lazenby, didn't it?)

Natalie Portman, in the next episode of the Thor franchise, will herself become the Goddess of Thunder and have her own hammer, or maybe will borrow Thor's. I am not up on that part yet.

I must be getting old. I have no issue with female heroines. I am just not sure they should get there by stepping directly into male shoes. I guess I am a just bad person. Not very woke yet.

EDITOR'S NOTE: That's just politically correct movie making.


Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts

By Chris Palmer

The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday that 13 officers would be fired for making racist or offensive Facebook posts, an unprecedented wave of terminations resulting from a scandal that has attracted national attention.

Speaking alongside Mayor Jim Kenney at a news conference at Police Headquarters, Ross said that in addition to the firings — the largest number of officers dismissed at one time in recent city history — another 56 cops would face disciplinary outcomes ranging from a reprimand to a 30-day unpaid suspension.

“I continue to be very angered and disappointed by these posts, many of which, in my view, violate the basic tenets of human decency,” Ross said, adding that the department must “move past this ridiculous hate that just consumes this country and has done so for centuries.”

The disciplinary outcomes represented the most significant response yet to last month’s publication of the Plain View Project, a database compiled by advocates that catalogs Facebook posts allegedly made by officers in Philadelphia and seven other jurisdictions across the country.

Still, some details of the city’s response remained unclear.

Ross, flanked by his five deputy commissioners, did not identify any of the cops to be fired, saying that the paperwork had not yet been completed and that “a couple” of the affected officers were on vacation. The highest rank among those to be fired is sergeant, Ross said.

He also did not identify specific posts that may have led to termination, but did say that officers losing their jobs had posted material condoning violence, encouraging police brutality, or promoting memes or other content that was anti-Islamic, homophobic, or racist.

As one example, Ross cited the words “Death to Islam.” That phrase appeared in a post allegedly made by Sgt. Joseph Przepiorka. It was not known Thursday whether Przepiorka was among the 13 officers to be fired. The Plain View Project said Przepiorka made 91 questionable posts, 56 of which were categorized as showing bias.

The police union — which already had expressed opposition to firing officers over the posts — said it was preparing “an appropriate response to protect our members’ rights.”

John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said in a statement: “FOP Lodge #5 and our members condemn racist and hateful speech in any form. The overwhelming majority of our members serve this city with integrity and professionalism.”

Kenney said at the news conference that he found many of the posts “deeply disturbing,” but he defended Ross’ leadership, calling the disciplinary measures “a positive step.”

“Building trust in the communities we serve will always be our top priority,” Kenney said. “We will not allow this terrible incident to break down the progress we’ve made, and we pledge to do better moving forward.”

Ross said last month that 72 officers had been taken off street duty pending the department’s investigation into the more than 3,000 posts allegedly made by about 330 active officers.

The department’s Internal Affairs division then began working with the law firm Ballard Spahr to review each post and evaluate whether it was constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment, or if it violated departmental policies.

On Thursday, Ross said that 69 of those 72 officers were found to have posted material worthy of discipline, which he described as statements that “erode the trust necessary for a police department to carry out its core mission.” The range of punishments was “based upon the gravity of the offense,” Ross said.

The vast majority of officers facing discipline — 52 cops — will face punishment topping out at a five-day suspension, Ross said. He said their posts may have been crude or offensive or advocated excessive force, but not necessarily because of race, gender, or ethnicity.

A second group of 17 cops made posts that Ross said were “not only offensive,” but demonstrated “that the officers have little or no regard for their position.”

Of that group, Ross said 13 would face termination, while the other four would be suspended for 30 days. Ross did not explain why some of the apparent worst offenders would not lose their jobs, but said they already had undergone training on social media and professionalism.

City Solicitor Marcel Pratt said after the news conference that the Police Department ultimately was able to judge how “disruptive” the posts were to its ability to function or develop relationships with community residents.

Ross said the investigation into the other 260 or so active officers on the Plain View Project’s database was ongoing. He said he believed those officers had made less offensive posts, and he did not anticipate further firings.

He also said the entire department would undergo anti-bias training this fall.

Asked after the news conference if the Police Department had a problem with racism, Kenney said: “I think the country has an issue with racism, and (the department is) no different than any other citizen of this country, from the commander in chief on down.”

He said police would work to improve recruiting and training in an effort to eradicate bias in the department, and added: “I do believe that (police) should be held to a higher standard because of the responsibility they have in law enforcement.”

Ross said the department would work to regain the trust of city residents.

Still, he acknowledged that the scandal would “undoubtedly” leave a mark on the department’s reputation.

“This takes us back,” he said. “There’s no question.”


Bernie Sanders is branded a hypocrite and mercilessly mocked online after the socialist firebrand admits he will have to CUT the hours of staffers so that he can pay them the $15 minimum wage he is campaigning for

Daily Mail
July 21, 2019

Sanders' campaign staffers are asking for a wage equivalent to $15 per hour. He has argued for that wage both on the campaign trail and in the Senate.

But field organizers put in 60 hours a week - the equivalent to $13 an hour. They have asked campaign manager Faiz Shakir to boost their salaries and Sanders said his campaign will now limit the number of hours staffers work.

The move has been mocked as Sanders 'practicing economics for the first time', inset.

So does this fall under the category of hypocrisy, irony, or poetic justice? All three? Can't make this stuff up', Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw tweeted.

Ben Shaprio wrote: 'In which Bernie Sanders learns about economics'.

And Donald Trump Jr's girlfriend and former Fox News host Kimberley Guilfoyle tweeted: 'The rules of economics exist, even within the campaign of a socialist!'


Florence Parly, speaking on anniversary of Vichy police handing more than 13,000 French Jews to the Nazis in 1942, says commemoration should encourage France to "never again … turn a blind eye.'

by Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff

Israel Hayom
July 21, 2019

France should never forget the deep scars left by the French police-led round-up of Jews in Vel d'Hiv during World War II, Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday as France commemorated the victims of the incident.

On July 16, 1942, thousands of French policemen under the Vichy regime arrested more than 13,000 Jews, including more than 4,000 children, and ceded them to the Nazis, who put them in internment camps. Fewer than 100 survivors would come back to France after the deportation.

France had denied responsibility for the round-up until 1995, when former president Jacques Chirac recognized the country's wrongdoing.

Parly's voice crackled and eyes welled with tears as she said France "has betrayed its own children."

"The Vel d'Hiv round-up has left a wound in France's soul, a deep scar that will not heal and that we should never heal, since this gaping hole in our soul reminds us that our values are not infallible," she said. "At any moment, what we consider our accomplishments could be threatened, baffled, destroyed."

Parly said the National Memory Day should encourage the country to "never again... turn a blind eye," especially amid a resurgence of hateful acts against the Jewish community.

Parly's comments come after a series of Jewish graves in France were desecrated with swastikas earlier this year, prompting crowds to protest anti-Semitism in Paris.

The number of anti-Semitic acts in the country has surged by 74% in 2018, according to interior ministry figures.


After nearly a decade in prison, he now has a new perspective on the conflict, and is determined to live a normal life

By David Lazarus

Israel Today
July 21, 2019

On March 24, 2004, a 14-year-old Palestinian youth ran toward a group of Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint near Nablus with an explosive suicide belt weighing 8 kg (17.6 lbs) holding the ignition switch in his shaking hand. Just meters from the soldiers of the 202 Paratroopers’ Battalion, the boy suddenly stopped, stood still frightened and raised his hands in surrender under the watchful eyes of numerous IDF snipers. The bomb squad sent a robot with a pair of scissors to the boy, cut the explosive vest from his body and escorted him a safe distance before the robot detonated the powerful bomb.

“The Explosive Boy,” as he was labeled in the Israeli press, is Hussam Abdo, who spent nine years in an Israeli prison for his attempted suicide-terror attack. “I came to explode,” the boy told authorities, “for 100 shekels and a promise of sex.”

Now, 15 year later, Abdo spoke with Mako, a popular Israeli news portal, to tell his story and how time in an Israeli prison changed his life.

“My whole life has changed since that time,” Abdo said. “I was so frightened. I was just a boy and didn’t know why I was doing this. If I knew then what I know now, I never would have done that,” the now-30-year-old Abdo recounted.

Abdo now understands that he was brainwashed by the Palestinian terror group Al Aksa Brigades into doing something horrible. After nine years in an Israeli prison he was released with a clear decision to leave his past life and become a better person. Today, the “Explosive Boy” runs a small coffee shop in Nablus’ open market, cares for his family, and thanks God every day that he was captured by the Israeli soldiers before he was able to explode himself and others.

Even so, Abdo still lives with the cruel cynicism of the Palestinian terror groups who convinced a young boy to commit suicide while murdering other people. “I told them that I want to sacrifice myself,” he explained. “But I was a youngster. I didn’t understand at all what I was doing. It felt like a game to me.”

Abdo now admits that what he did was wrong and cannot comprehend how people could take advantage of a young and confused child to send him to his death. “If I could go back in time I would tell that little boy to go back to his family, his mother and father and home and live a proper life and not these cruel things evil people are asking us to do,” he said.

“It would better for all of us, Jew and Arab, if we could learn to live together,” the youth who was brought up to hate and kill Jews now believes. He is telling other young people in Nablus that it would be a huge mistake to kill others and yourself for the Palestinian terror groups.

It took nine years in an Israeli prison for Abdo to get a different perspective on life and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, a new generation of Palestinian youth are being raised on the same techniques by Hamas and the PLO, who are still brainwashing children into believing that killing Jews, even if they must kill themselves, is necessary and honorable. “We will kill all the Jews,” said one 13-year-old boy representing many of a new generation of Palestinian children. “It is only a matter of time and opportunity before we will kill them all,” he declared with confidence while a group of his friends applauded.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If Hussam Abdo has truly changed, he may end up on a PLO or Al Aksa Brigades hit list, especially for speaking out against attacks on Jews.

Sunday, July 21, 2019


94-year-old man, who was hospitalized for a minor heart attack, dies from hospital visit by PCH Prize Patrol

The Unconventional Gazette
July 21, 2019

The Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol arrived Friday afternoon at Noah Fairweather’s hospital bed in the Texas Heart Institute at Houston’s famed Medical Center with balloons, champagne, and an announcement that he had won the PCH Sweepstakes prize of $5,000 a week for life.

The 94-year-old Fairweather had been hospitalized three days earlier after suffering a heart attack in his car while getting a $25 blow job from a prostitute he had picked up on Houston's infamous ‘Bissonnet Track’.

Upon hearing that he had won $5,000 a week for life, Fairweather raised up slightly in his hospital bed before collapsing with a fatal heart attack.

A nurse claims she overheard the woman holding the champagne say: “Thank God that fucking old bastard is dead. We picked him ’cause he was 94, but this is even better. Now we’re out only 5,000 bucks.” A man then said: “5,000 bucks plus a magnum of champagne. Let’s go out and celebrate.”


Marvin Oswaldo Esquivel-Lopez, charged in triple homicide, was deported twice but sneaked back into the US

By Jackie Salo

New York Post
July 19, 2019

An illegal Guatemalan immigrant who had been twice deported was arrested for the murders of a mother and her two kids in Iowa, authorities said Friday.

Marvin Oswaldo Esquivel-Lopez, 31, faces charges of first-degree murder in the triple homicide Tuesday night in downtown Des Moines, the Des Moines Register reported.

Esquivel-Lopez allegedly fatally shot 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and her two children, 11-year-old Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores and 5-year-old Ever Jose Mejia-Flores.

The trio had been living with Esquivel-Lopez in the home where officers discovered their bodies Tuesday night, authorities said. The suspect was the one to call 911 around 11 p.m. to report the killings.

Esquivel-Lopez told authorities that Flores-Rodriguez killed the kids and he shot her in self-defense. But a witness told police he shot her during an argument then went inside and shot the children, the news outlet reported.

Investigators don’t believe that Esquivel-Lopez and Flores-Rodriguez had a personal relationship other than him living in her condo — and it’s unclear what the motive was behind the slayings. “We may never know what the motive was,” Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said. “All we know is there was some sort of dispute between this man and the victim and he ended up, allegedly, shooting three people because of it.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the suspect was deported from the US in 2010 and again in 2011.

“He has a prior federal conviction for illegal entry into the United States in 2010,” a spokesperson told the Des Moines Register. “He is not currently in ICE custody.”

The 2011 deportation was the result of his illegal entry to the country near Laredo, Texas, court records said. He was sentenced to 15 days confinement and ordered to not return to the US.

Esquivel-Lopez is being held at Polk County Jail on $3 million bond — but ICE has filed an immigration detainer and arrest warrant with the detention center.

An illegal immigrant who returns to the country after deportation can be charged with a felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.


Mexico wants El Chapo’s drug money for anti-poverty programs

Associated Press
July 18, 2019

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president says he will use legal channels to try to get the fortune of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman returned to Mexico.

President Andres Manuel López Obrador said Thursday the money is Mexican, and would be used for anti-poverty programs.

López Obrador said Mexico has erred in the past by allowing the U.S. to seize money in corruption and criminal cases against Mexican suspects.

U.S. officials have estimated Guzman’s fortune at $14 billion and a judge ordered Guzman to pay $12.6 billion as part of his U.S. life sentence announced Wednesday. That was money his drug-trafficking organization made distributing drugs in the United States.

But in the past, U.S. officials haven’t said how they intend to get their hands on Guzman’s money.


'I am not racist!' Trump-loving beauty queen, 20, hits back after being stripped of Miss Michigan title one DAY after she was crowned over 'offensive' tweets about hijabs and black-on-black gun violence

Daily Mail
July 20, 2019

A conservative Michigan woman claims she was dismissed from the Miss World America pageant because her tweets about black-on-black gun violence and refusing to try on a hijab were deemed 'offensive, insensitive and inappropriate.'

Political commentator Kathy Zhu, 20, revealed Thursday that she had received an email from Miss World American pageant organizers informing her that she had been dumped from the contest, in which she had been crowned Miss Michigan, due to her social media content.

In the email, which Zhu tweeted , the University of Michigan student was supposedly told that her 'social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content' and were 'in violation of MWA's Rules and Conditions, specifically the contest requirement of "being of good character and whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America."'

She was also instructed to remove any mentions or pictures of herself representing Miss World America.

Zhu tweeted that 'Miss World America's State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive. They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and "insensitive" statistical tweets.'


Penn professor under fire after suggesting US better off with 'fewer nonwhites'

By Lukas Mikelionis

Fox News
July 19, 2019

The University of Pennsylvania is facing calls to fire a professor over comments she purportedly made at a conservative conference last weekend, insinuating that the U.S. would be better off with “more whites and fewer nonwhites.”

Amy Wax made the supposed remarks during three-day Edmund Burke Foundation’s National Conservatism conference in Washington D.C. that lasted from Sunday through Tuesday.

During a panel discussion on immigration, Wax made the comments that inflamed a social media firestorm. A recording or exact transcript of the remarks isn’t yet available online.

According to Vox, Wax said immigrants are responsible for an increase in “litter” and suggested the U.S. should favor immigrants from Western countries rather than non-Western ones.

“Our country will be better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites,” she said, according to the outlet, adding that her comments weren’t racially-charged because the opposition to nonwhite immigrants stems from culture not biology.

“Conservatives need a realistic approach to immigration that... preserves the United States as a Western and First World nation,” she added. “We are better off if we are dominated numerically ... by people from the First World, from the West, than by people who are from less advanced countries.”

But others have accused Vox of not providing proper context to Wax’s quote, with Yoram Hazony, author of the influential 2018 book “The Virtue of Nationalism,” saying that at no point did the professor advocated for fewer “nonwhite” immigrants.

“Wax advocated an immigration policy that favors immigrants with cultural affinities to the U.S. She emphasized that the position she was defending ‘doesn't rely on race at all,’” Hazony wrote in a tweet.

“Specifically, Wax did not propose racial tests for immigration, and did not say that her own position is that America ‘will be better off with more whites and fewer non-whites,’” he added, adding that Vox “pulled these words out of context, and apparently misunderstood Wax's argument.”

Despite confusion over the exact context of the remarks, many have called out Wax for her comments, with some former students saying they will suspend donations to the university if Wax remains on staff.

“Hey @Penn, I'm an alumna who is more than happy to end my regular contributions to the University if Amy Wax remains on staff,” wrote Sara Paige. “This is certainly not the first time Wax has made abhorrent statements as a Penn professor, but it absolutely needs to be the last.”

The university spokesperson told PhillyVoice that the institution stands behind Wax on the basis of free speech, but noted that the individual faculty members don’t represent the university.

“As a member of the faculty Professor Wax is free to express her opinions as provided in Penn's policies protecting academic freedom and open expression. It is also the case that views of individual faculty members do not represent the views of the institution, but rather their own personal beliefs,” the statement read.


In Trump vs 'the Squad,' American Jews have picked the wrong target

by Melanie Phillips

Israel Hayom
July 20, 2019

In the showdown between US President Donald Trump and “the Squad” of four far-left minority congresswomen, Jewish organizations in America have overwhelmingly condemned Trump’s remarks.

Trump tweeted that certain “progressive congresswomen,” widely assumed to be Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), should go back to the “totally broken” countries they had come from and sort them out before telling America how to run its own affairs.

Jewish organizations, which are overwhelmingly liberal and anti-Trump, reacted viscerally, accusing the president of “echoing the racist talking points of white nationalists” and of being America’s “racist-in-chief.”

Only the Republican Jewish Coalition demurred, agreeing with Sen. Lindsey Graham that the Squad were “a bunch of Communists” who “hate Israel. They hate our own country.”

The anti-Jewish and anti-Israel prejudices repeatedly expressed by certain members of the Squad have disquieted many American Jews.

Yet the Democratic Party, which still attracts unquestioning support from some three-quarters of Jewish voters, has failed to discipline these women – not just for their Jew-baiting, but also for their deep-dyed anti-Americanism and anti-white racism.

Worse still, the broader party is itself enmeshed with extremism through its attacks on the enforcement of immigration law and its reluctance to condemn the supposedly antifascist but violent and nihilistic Antifa protest group.

Last weekend, Willem Van Spronsen, an Antifa member who was armed with a rifle and homemade bombs, attacked an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Tacoma, Wash. and was shot dead by police officers.

Yet while hysteria erupted against Trump over his tweets, there was minimal coverage of this attack. That was because the Antifa terrorist was a leftist, whose incoherent “manifesto” parroted the Democratic and liberal mantra about the supposed atrocities in these detention centers.

Only a week ago, Omar denounced the border-control agencies and called for “a conversation about eliminating their existence.” And by an amazing coincidence, the terrorist’s “manifesto” called the ICE centers “concentration camps,” the wildly offensive and inappropriate term for them coined by Ocasio-Cortez.

Outrageously, she also complained about American flags flying over ICE centers. Hours later, the Stars and Stripes flying over a Colorado ICE facility was torn down and replaced by a Mexican flag.

Yet there was no condemnation from the Democrats of this contempt for the US flag and the country it represents – a silence described by former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as “disgusting.”

Even more troubling is the party’s support for breaking American law.

A number of high-profile Democrats have publicly advised how to avoid arrest by an ICE agent. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for example, said during her regular press conference last week that illegal aliens should simply not open the door if an agent came knocking.

The Democrats governing “sanctuary cities” are actually providing sanctuary from the law. They are actively thwarting due process against individuals whose removal has been ordered in court by an immigration judge.

The latest ICE report details how, over the course of two years, the “sanctuary state” of California refused to turn over 5,600 criminal illegal aliens to ICE agents for deportation. Of these, more than 3,400 had been charged with crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, drugs, and fraud.

Shamefully, American Jews have been at the forefront of campaigning against the enforcement of immigration law.

Over the past week, thousands have taken to the streets of US cities to demonstrate against Trump’s immigration policies. Dozens of synagogues across the country have offered illegal immigrants protection during ICE raids.

For obvious historical reasons, Jews are instinctively sympathetic to immigrants. But all nations are entitled to limit the numbers entering the country. Without border controls, there can be no nation. Since when did Jews believe it right to display such contempt for both the rule of law and the very concept of citizenship?

Now the Democratic Party has displayed further contempt for the rules of Congress. After the majority leader Steny Hoyer ruled that Speaker Pelosi was out of order in referring to Trump’s “racist tweets,” he was promptly overruled by his fellow Democrats. And so the House deemed Trump “racist.”

This will rebound on the Democrats because fair-minded people will see it as false and unconstitutional. Trump’s “go back” tweet was certainly offensive and stupid since three of the Squad were born in the United States and all are US citizens.

However, he wasn’t attacking their color or ethnicity. He was attacking their disloyalty to America. Racism is picking on people for who they are; Trump attacked the Squad for what they do and say.

The four of them constantly use their ethnic backgrounds to present themselves as different from other Americans. Tlaib literally wrapped herself in the Palestinian flag on the day she was elected to Congress.

They emphasize these differences in order to pose as victims of white America. Far from Trump being racist in differentiating them from other Americans, they themselves weaponize those differences against America and its core values.

Trump’s language was unpleasant and phrased with stupid carelessness. But it’s not racist to tell such people that if they hate America so much they can leave.

The crowd roaring “Send her back!” at Trump’s rally this week weren’t racist either. They were roaring support for Trump because they understood that he had finally drawn a line in the sand, albeit rhetorical, against those who want to destroy America, Israel, and civilized values, but who are generally indulged.

Most American Jews, though, appear to think that it is indeed racist. Downplaying or ignoring the Jew-baiting now tolerated by the Democratic Party, liberal Jews are so blinded by hatred of Trump that they actually attack him for supporting the Jewish people.

Thus the head of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, objected to Trump’s attacks on the Squad’s Jew-hatred with the Orwellian claim that “politicizing the widespread, bipartisan support for Israel and throwing around accusations of anti-Semitism is damaging to the security of Israel and the Jewish community.”

Hatred of Trump seems to have caused a number of Jews to lose their reason altogether. In The Los Angeles Times this week, Michael Hiltzik wrote: “What’s most striking about current administration practice is how it resembles the pre-Final Solution treatment of Jews in Germany and Nazi-controlled portions of Europe.”

This obscenely false analogy unforgivably trivializes the genocide of the Jews of Europe. Yet one after the other, liberal Jews are abusing the memory of the Holocaust and its victims by claiming that Trump is paving the way for Nazism.

Heaven only knows, Trump has his faults – many of them unattractive, egregious or alarming. But those who so hysterically anathematize him and have falsely made him into a figure of mythic malice, while themselves nodding along to bigotry, violence and seditiousness on their own side, are saying much more about themselves. And none of it is good.

It is the Democrats who are embracing anti-Americanism, anti-white racism, Jew-baiting, witch-hunting, and contempt for the rule of law. It is Trump who is standing up for the defense of America and its values, for legality and due process and for the Jewish people.

By displaying Democratic and liberal partisanship that is shallow to such a horrifying degree, American Jews are disgracing their cultural heritage and destroying their own moral standing.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the best op-ed I’ve read in over a year. It should make America’s liberal Jews ashamed of themselves … but sadly it won’t.

Saturday, July 20, 2019


On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin made history when they were filmed at a secret CIA film studio walking on a fake Mexican moonscape

Today, the nation is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the spectacular feat of the Apollo 11 moon landing and paying tribute to astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin for being the first men to set foot on the moon. But the moon walk never happened. It turned out to be a gigantic hoax designed to show that the U.S. could beat the Russians in a race to the moon.

On June 7, Professor Rostyslav Dombrowsky of the Kiev Institute of Scientific Studies announced that he had made a startling discovery which proves the US moon landing and walk was a huge hoax.

The Ukrainian scientist said he conducted meticulous studies of moon landing photos provided to KISS by NASA. While studying the moonscape he found something unusual in two photos. Using a powerful magnifier, Dombrowsky discovered a small label stuck on the moonscape in each of the two photos.

The labels read: Hecho en Mexico

One of the Hecho en Mexico labels on the ‘moonscape’

Dombrowsky told reporters from the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency of News (UNIAN) that his discovery is undisputable evidence that the US did not land any men on the moon.

Apparently, the moonscape Armstrong and Aldrin walked on was styrofoam made in Mexico and topped off with a layer of fine dark sand from Iwo Jima which NASA needed for the pictures of their footprints. The ‘historic event’ was most likely filmed at a secret CIA film studio. Armstrong and Aldrin, or whoever wore those spacesuits, must have been filmed in slow motion to give the appearance of walking in the low gravity of the moon. And it is 50 years too late to punish the idiot who failed to remove the ‘Hecho en Mexico’ labels.

“Der’mo! We were within weeks of sending our cosmonauts to the moon but abandoned our program because we lost that race to the US,” said Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union. “Chert, now we learn it was all make-belief der’mo.”

Alex Jones, America’s most prominent conspiracy theorist, was elated that Dombrowsky had validated his claim that the NASA moon landing was fake. Jones calls it “Tinkertoy stuff.”

Jones, the founder and publisher of InfoWars, said: “Now that I have been vindicated on the fake moon walk, I am waiting for a noted authority like Professor Dombrowsky to back my claim that Barack Hussein Obama was actually born in Africa and not in Hawaii. That would really make my day.”

President Trump, an avid reader of InfoWars, said “Me too. But until then I’ll just say ‘OK, he was born in Hawaii’.”

The question about the moon landing is who should we believe … Professor Dombrowsky and Alex Jones or the government, many of whose top officials are a pack of lying thieves?

And what about those Mars Rovers? Hmmm, could they be Tinkertoy stuff too? Those rover pictures of the Mars surface that NASA keeps showing us sure look like pictures of the Gobi Desert. And getting a picture from a planet that is on average 140 million miles from the earth seems rather farfetched. It’s either pictures from a Tinkertoy 140 million miles away or the Gobi Desert. Something to think about, isn’t it?

BGB is a life member of the International Society of Flat-Earthers.


by Bob Walsh

Albert Flick had done 25 years for murdering his wife back in 1979. Her children were watching when he did it.

After he got out he was arrested for assaulting another woman. Since he was in his latte 60's at the time the judge told the prosecutor to bugger off when he asked for a lengthy sentence, pointing out that Flick would be OLD by the time he got out.

He got out, moved to Lewiston, Maine and developed a fixation on Kimberly Dobbie, 48. She was homeless and moving from shelter to shelter with her 11-year old twin boys.

On July 15 of last year Flick attacked her while she sat in front of a laundromat with her two sons. He stabbed her eleven times. She died. The attack was on surveillance video.

Flick will be sentenced on August 5. He faces up to 25 years in the slammer. I am guessing the judge is not going to cut him a lot of slack. Good thing he didn't do it in California, they would let him walk with time served, because he is elderly and infirm and unlikely to be a danger to others.


by Bob Walsh

There have been two riots in two days at the California State Hospitality Center, AKA Pleasant Valley State Prison. The riots occurred at different facilities within the prison and are allegedly unrelated. (Don't believe that.)

The Wednesday dust-up involved about 182 guests of the state on C-yard. Three inmates were shanked. None died.

The Thursday fun-and-games went down on B-yard and involved 41 of the boys. A combination of gas and a couple of warning shots shut that disturbance down. Three young gentlemen were injured.

Prisons will continue to be unpleasant places until we start incarcerating a better class of people.


by Bob Walsh

Yesterday afternoon the Iranians seized a British flagged tanker in the Straight of Hormuz. I seem to remember years ago Argentina seized the Falkland Islands from the U.K. on the belief that the Brits didn't think the issue was fighting over. They were wrong.

I wonder what our cousins will do about this. I am hoping they still have enough balls to do something substantial. If they don't they will keep getting shit on.


The Reason Is The Weapon

by Bob Walsh

A couple of days ago 33 people were murdered in an Anime studio in Tokyo. So, why hasn't the left wing and anti-gun psychopaths been screaming bloody murder? Because the weapon used was a can of gasoline and not a firearm.

It should be noted (but usually isn't) that the highest body count mass murder in U. S. history was committed with a gas can and not a firearm. The target was a hotel in Puerto Rico some years back. Again, nobody cared except the survivors of those involved.

I guess murder victims are less dead if they are killed with something other than a firearm.


Jeffrey Epstein’s work release setup puts Palm Beach County sheriff under scrutiny

By Skyler Swisher

South Florida Sun Sentinel
July 18, 2019

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is facing scrutiny over his agency’s decision to grant wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein work release even though the program’s policy bars sex offenders from participating.

State Sen. Lauren Book said Wednesday that she wants the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate allegations that Epstein was able to continue having sex with young women while he was in jail in 2008-09.

If true, it marks “another breakdown” in the system’s dealings with a “serial abuser,” she said. Bradshaw has led the agency since 2004.

“We are calling for accountability on all fronts so things like this never happen again, and that means looking back at the entire system of law and order which failed his young victims,” said Book, D-Plantation.

As part of a once-secret deal with prosecutors, Epstein, 66, avoided serious prison time by pleading guilty to two state prostitution charges and agreeing to register as a sex offender, serve 18 months in the county jail, and pay settlements to victims. The federal sex abuse investigation involved at least 40 teenage girls.

About 3 1/2 months into his sentence, Epstein was allowed to work up to 12 hours a day, six days a week in a downtown West Palm Beach office for his nonprofit organization, The Florida Science Foundation, as part of the jail’s work-release program

The program’s policy states, though, that “convicted sexual offenders are ineligible," according to operating procedures released through a public records request. Sheriff’s officials say Epstein was eligible because he didn’t register as a sex offender until July 22, 2009, a day after he was released after serving 13 months of his 18-month sentence. The operating procedures the agency provided are the most recent on file and don’t detail revisions that could have been made after Epstein’s incarceration.

Epstein had “improper sexual contact” with at least one young woman when he was on work release, said attorney Bradley Edwards, who is representing more than a dozen accusers.

“He was not sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community, but he was having office visitors, some who were flown to him from New York, and continuing to engage in similar conduct even while he was in quote, unquote jail," Edwards said during a news conference Tuesday.

Edwards said he was not aware of underage visitors, but some women were under 21. He said he has spoken with one woman who personally visited Epstein during his work release.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has not ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into how the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office handled Epstein’s work release. The FDLE has not received any official complaints or allegations regarding the Sheriff’s Office, but any that are received will be reviewed, said Helen Ferre, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office.

Attorney Jack Scarola, who represents some of Epstein’s accusers, said he thinks an outside investigation is needed so the public will know why Epstein was allowed to leave the stockade.

“This appears to have been a matter that was within the discretion of Sheriff Bradshaw,” he said. “Whether the exercise of discretion was influenced by anyone else remains an unanswered question."

Bradshaw has said little about the matter and hasn’t scheduled a news conference to answer questions. Instead, the agency released a 19-minute video of an April interview that a documentary crew did with Chief Deputy Mike Gauger.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman didn’t respond to an inquiry asking whether the agency will launch an internal investigation.

Bradshaw told WLRN in March that Epstein did not receive special treatment, and any other inmate in his position would have been eligible for work release. He dismissed any notion that his agency was at fault.

“I went by the guidelines," Bradshaw said. "I am not concerned at all about whether it was done properly or not because it was and we’ll go from there. ... I don’t control the State Attorney’s Office. I don’t control the federal prosecutors. I don’t control the investigators. They came to us. I house them. I go by the rules. And that’s it.”

Renewed scrutiny over the once-secret plea deal led to Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta resigning his post in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Acosta was the lead federal prosecutor in South Florida at the time the plea deal was reached.

New charges have now been filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York.

In the April interview, Gauger gave a much different assessment of Epstein’s behavior in jail. He described Epstein as a “friendly” inmate who created “no issues whatsoever during his incarceration period.”

He said Epstein was “very closely watched” while on work release by an off-duty deputy that Epstein was required to pay for. Epstein served 3 1/2 months locked down at the stockade before he was granted work release, which was approved in consultation with Epstein’s high-powered legal staff, Gauger said.

“He did not have free time to wander," Gauger said. "He was not allowed to go out for lunch. He was to stay in that office the entire time.”

The agency provided documents outlining the terms of Epstein’s work release. An off-duty deputy wearing a suit was required to remain in Epstein’s downtown West Palm Beach office at “all times.” The agreement required a visitor log and restricted visitors to Epstein’s lawyers and “business associates.” He was not permitted to have contact with family members, girlfriends, children, friends or minors. He was only allowed to leave his office to return to the stockade or for “emergency medical treatment.”

Epstein was equipped with a GPS device to monitor his movements, and the two listed victims were notified of his work release, Gauger said.

If Epstein had violated the terms, he would “have immediately been arrested, taken into custody, taken back to the stockade and all privileges would have ceased,” Gauger said.

Sheriff’s officials have said the visitor logs were destroyed as part of a routine records purge allowed by Florida law.

A 2008 memorandum released in response to a public records request showed about 20 approved visitors, including lawyers from five firms and their paralegals. In a 2010 email, Sheriff’s Maj. Chris Kneisley, a jail supervisor, questioned whether they had been properly screened, asking if “we did any vetting of his people.”

“An investigator from one of the plaintiff’s attorney has indicated 2 are not paralegals,” the email read. “Trying to prepare a preemptive strike.”

State business records show The Florida Science Foundation was created in November 2007 when Epstein’s legal staff was negotiating the plea agreement. It was dissolved in September 2009 about three months after Epstein was released from the stockade.

Gauger dismissed allegations that Epstein’s wealth made his time at the jail easier.

“He was made to jump through extra hoops and meet additional requirements because of his wealth that others are not mandated to do during their work release,” he said.


Oklahoma man allegedly raped toddler in McDonald's restroom during daycare field trip

By Danielle Wallace

Fox News
July 19, 2019

An Oklahoma man was arrested after he allegedly raped a four-year-old girl in a McDonald’s restroom on Tuesday while she was on a daycare field trip.

Joshua David Kabatra, 37, was arrested on two counts of rape and one count of lewd acts with a child following the incident at a McDonald's in Midwest City Okla., Oklahoma City’s Fox 25 reported.

The four-year-old girl left her caretakers to use a restroom located within the McDonald’s play area, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oklahoma City’s KWTV-DT.

One of the caretakers who went to check on the girl found that the restroom door was locked and began knocking. Kabatra eventually opened the door with his arms raised saying “I was just washing my hands,” the caretaker told police. The child told the caretaker and police that Kabatra had touched her genital areas with both his hands and his own genitals.

Kabatra told police that he felt ill and went into the unlocked restroom where he found the child already sitting on the toilet. He claimed he threw up in the sink, washed his hands and then left.

"At McDonald’s, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers," the company said in a statement. "We are deeply disturbed by the incident that occurred at one of our Oklahoma restaurants earlier this week. We are fully cooperating with the police during their investigation."

EDITOR’S NOTE: The caretakers are partially to blame because they should never have let a 4-year-old go to the restroom alone.


Pro-Israel groups slam Omar's comparison of BDS to boycott of Nazis

by Jackson Richman

July 19, 2019

Pro-Israel groups denounced US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) for comparing the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement to previous boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

On Thursday, Omar announced a resolution supporting the right to boycott Israel. Her resolution seeks to push back against US laws that ban the boycott of Israel, while affirming the right of Americans to organize boycotts of foreign countries.

"Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust," said Omar in the pro-BDS resolution, co-sponsored by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and John Lewis (D-Georgia), introduced this week.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of the global social-action agenda of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that her comparison is "proof that Omar is not an accidental or incidental anti-Semite." She "serves the founders and goals of BDS by slandering Jewish Democratic state and Zionism. She should be condemned, not coddled, by her colleagues, Democratic and Republican," he said.

Israeli-American Coalition for Action Executive Director Joseph Sabag said, "It's unconscionable that a member of Congress would so casually make use of cheap lies and delegitimizing propaganda. In her words and actions, Congresswoman Omar has expressed the most vile anti-Semitism. Her use of this resolution to slander Israel and intentionally promote the misrepresentation of laws enacted across the country to prevent national-origin discrimination are entirely illegitimate."

Sarah Stern, the founder and president of Endowment for Middle East Truth, a think tank, said the freshman congresswoman's words "are patently ludicrous."

"First of all, the boycott of Nazi Germany came about as a response to the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses," she said. "Nazi Germany was a hate-infested, authoritarian regime that sought to exterminate every last remaining Jew from the face of the earth, and the Soviet Union was a despotic, repressive regime that also contained a heavy dosage of anti-Semitism."

"Ironically, the [BDS] movement is based upon this very same ancient hatred – the anti-Semitism that laid at the heart of the heinous ideologies of her analogy," continued Stern. "If the BDS movement was really about trying to help the lives of Palestinians, they would not shut down operations such as SodaStream, which employed scores of Palestinians in the West Bank."

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee declined to comment.

J Street did not respond to a request for comment.

"These comparisons tarnish the legacy of historical movements for justice by associating them with a campaign of hate. It is sad that someone who has been a target of bigotry herself is promoting a global boycott aimed at ending Israel's existence," StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, told JNS. "That said, we are encouraged by reports that this resolution will fail, due to overwhelming bipartisan opposition."

'BDS pulls them apart'

There was mixed reaction from Jewish Democratic groups.

Without calling out Omar by name Halie Sofer, executive director of Jewish Democratic Council of America, said her organization "opposes the global BDS movement and supports anti-BDS legislation, while also defending the right of every American to free speech."

However, Democratic Majority for Israel President Mark Mellman called such a comparison "unfathomable."

"Millions of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, as well [as] refugees from Soviet oppression living in Israel, will find such comparisons unfathomable," he said. "I find them odious. In an effort led by parties of the Left, the German parliament officially labeled BDS as 'anti-Semitism' – and they were right."

"Moreover," continued Mellman, "at a time when we need to be bringing Israelis and Palestinians together, BDS pulls them apart."

In a statement, the Republican Jewish Coalition, along with condemning the pro-BDS resolution, noted, "As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism,'" said RJC spokesperson Neil Strauss.

"To make her support of the anti-Semitic BDS movement even more reprehensible, Ilhan Omar is now comparing Israel to the pure evil, genocidal Nazi and Soviet regimes," he continued. "This will only end when the Democrat Party stands up to Ilhan Omar and her friends' hatred. Unfortunately, Rep. John Lewis has unbelievably chosen to join Omar, rather than stand for human dignity, a trait he has been known for his entire life. This does not bode well for the idea that the Democrats will find their moral bearings."

EDITOR’S NOTE: As I said before, one would expect Rashida Tlaib to co-sponsor Omar’s anti-Semitic resolution, but John Lewis, he of “I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it,” is a surprise cosponsor … but then it really shouldn’t come as a surprise since it is just another example of anti-Semitism by America’s blacks.

And George Soros funded anti-Israel lobby group J Street supports Omar’s resolution, releasing the following statement: “We have been at the forefront of the fight to oppose dangerous legislation that seeks to impose unconstitutional legal penalties on those engaging in boycotts. We also believe that such efforts to restrict the constitutional rights of supporters of the Global BDS Movement ultimately only serve to garner more attention for their movement.”


Evangelical Christian Pastor Calls BDS an Affront to Christianity

By Ryan Jones

Israel Today
July 19, 2019

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is not only an antisemitic attack on the Jewish state, it is an affront to Christianity, declared Dr. Rubén Proietti, a top Evangelical Christian leader from Argentina during a recent visit to Israel.

In a joint press conference with Jewish settlement leaders in Samaria, Dr. Proietti said that the BDS movement “operates against Christianity and against the Bible.” A number of Christian leaders have assailed efforts to boycott Israel for their underlying denial of the biblical record. BDS and similar movements label the Jews of Israel as “colonizers,” while the Bible makes it clear that this is the God-given homeland of the Jewish people.

Most egregious to Christians is the claim that Jesus was a Palestinian, ignoring the fact that the New Testament records in no uncertain terms that He was a Jew, lived as a Jew, and was crucified as a Jew (the Romans hung a sign above Jesus’ head mockingly calling him “King of the Jews”).

Dr. Proietti went on to call the resettlement of Jews in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) a “fulfillment of the vision of the prophets, and every world leader today needs to ask himself if he is going to aid, or to interfere with this fulfillment.”

The mega-pastor was visiting at the invitation of the Parliament for Israel, which was founded to, in the words of its president Yossi Eldar, “connect Latin American countries and parliaments to the Land of Israel, the land of the Bible by bringing leaders from Latin America, establishing

lobbies in various parliaments, Jerusalem, influence on UN votes, prayer marches for the State of Israel, and more.”

Eldar called Dr. Proietti’s visit and his powerful statements the beginning of a new era in relations between the State of Israel and the burgeoning Evangelical community in South America.


Republicans Must Stand Against Latest Lurch Toward Socialized Medicine

by Artemio Muniz

Big Jolly Times
July 17, 2019

Last month, Texas became the latest state to offer relief to patients slammed with unexpected medical expenses – a practice known as “surprise billing.”

This new law will protect some patients, but not all – only about 40% of Texans have a health plan regulated by the state. For others regulated by the federal government, Congress is working on it, having released several legislative proposals to curb surprise billing. One thing is already clear: Conservatives can’t sit on the sidelines in this debate because Democrats are already trying to use the opportunity to advance their view of socialized medicine.

Ending the practice of surprise billing is one of the few policy goals that both sides can support. But, like most of the problems Washington gets involved with, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about fixing it. First and foremost, the final legislation must protect patients and remove them from the middle of disputes between doctors and insurers. It should not be a vehicle for greater government involvement and price fixing that will hurt quality of care and make it harder for patients to see their doctors.

So what causes surprise billing? When someone goes to the emergency room with a heart attack, stroke, serious injury, or other medical emergency, getting the patient in the hands of medical professionals can be the difference between life and death. Emergency room doctors and nurses are professionally obligated to treat every patient, regardless of their insurance plan.

But if patients visit an out-of-network hospital, get treated by out-of-network doctors, or have tests performed by out-of-network specialists, and their insurance company refuses to pay the out-of-network charges, those patients can find themselves on the receiving end of a massive medical bill. In these circumstances, patients have little say in where they are treated and which doctors they see but are punished by insurance companies for having a medical emergency.

Surprise medical billing has many root causes, including narrow insurance networks, denied coverage, and high deductibles. In the end, patients pay costly insurance premiums every month, only to discover their plans fail to protect them from the cost of care, particularly in emergencies. When insurers and doctors fail to agree on reimbursement for services provided, the patient is stuck in the middle – and stuck with the bill.

Some lawmakers, like Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone, have already proposed legislation that purports to end surprise billing through government rate setting. This approach would be damaging for our healthcare system and counterproductive to the idea of making sure patients can see doctors when they need to. Rate setting is essentially government price fixing, capping the amount that doctors can charge for medical care. Not only does this fail to take into account the role insurance companies play in shrinking networks and denying payments, it would put many doctors out of business. Rate setting would be catastrophic for rural areas, which are already experiencing doctor shortages.

Some proposals are attempting to pass off the idea of capping reimbursements at a median in-network rate in order to bring Republicans along. This is billed as a “market-driven” solution when, in reality, it is just another way to artificially set prices for healthcare without addressing the role insurance companies play in causing surprise billing. Rate setting is rate setting by any name, and it gives insurers incredible leverage with in- and out-of-network providers. This approach would still shrink networks and make it harder for patients to receive the care they need.

A better path to protect patients and end surprise billing would be through an independent dispute resolution (IDR). (This is the path Texas took in its own recent state legislation.) Unlike price fixing schemes and rate-setting proposals, IDR would prevent further government interference in the economics of healthcare. IDR is essentially an arbitration process overseen by a neutral healthcare expert. It resolves billing disputes before they ever reach the patient.

This model has already reduced the frequency of surprise billing while lowering the cost of emergency care in a handful of states (New York has handled nearly 2,000 cases in a couple of years under this system). On the other hand, rate setting has been tried in California and has failed to address the underlying problems behind surprise billing. An arbitration system, combined with requirements for insurance companies to maintain adequate networks that actually allow patients to find a doctor who is covered by their plan, is far more favorable than a government-driven concept that fails to account for basic economics.

Surprise billing can have disastrous consequences for patients and President Trump should be applauded for tackling the problem head-on. But we must be skeptical of any proposal that caps rates and opens the door for Democrats to further embrace socialized medicine. Conservatives must oppose rate setting — and fix surprise billing with policies that protect patients and preserve their ability to see a doctor.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A visit to the emergency room can put you in the poor house.

And here is an excellent comment by Tom:

Surprise billing is a bit more complicated than you think. Insurance companies negotiate deals with providers, including hospitals, for deep discounts of regular fees in return for placing the provider in the “network.” Policyholders have to go to a network provider or the insurance company won’t pay.

By way of example, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. It’s probably the best cancer center in the world. If I get cancer, that’s where I want to go. But many insurance companies have excluded it from their networks so a lot of insurance doesn’t cover treatment and hospitalization at M.D. Anderson.

But what happens if you take sick and go to the emergency room in a network hospital covered by your insurance. That’s fine but the ER doctor is an independent contractor and if he isn’t in network, your insurance won’t pay his bill.

Or, you have an in network doctor doing surgery in a network hospital. If the anesthesiologist isn’t in network, guess what your insurance company will do. Right, refuse to pay him.

There’s ways to fix the problem. For instance, network hospitals can be required to ensure that all independent contractors are part of all of the networks the hospital is in or have immediately available an in network professional. Or, insurance companies can be required to cover claims in emergencies regardless of whether the provider is a network provider or not.

It’s not unreasonable for insurance carriers to establish networks of providers with whom the company has made financial arrangements at least for relatively routine care. But it’s usually in emergencies or special situations like the anesthesiologist who is out of network that causes the problem. I have never heard of a patient choosing his gas passer for surgery or the radiologist to read his X-ray.

People pay a lot for health insurance, they should get the coverage they pay for and they should’t get nasty surprises. How would you like it if you are in a traffic accident that’s your fault and your insurance company refuses to pay the repairs of the car you hit because the owner wants the work done in a dealership body shop rather than some cheap shot chosen by your insurer. You’d be pissed as hell.

As for socialized medicine, that is exactly what the AMA said about Medicare in the 1960s. I haven’t heard of anyone in the US supporting a socialized medical care system where the providers are government employees. Not even Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for all suggests that.

What people are talking about is changing the way the medical care financing system works. And, no one I know of has taken a really good look at what other countries do for health care financing. Most European countries have some form of government-private insurance system and in most of those countries they spend a lot less of their gross domestic product on medical care and get better results on almost every measure.

In Switzerland, for example, insurance companies have to offer a standard plan on a no profit basis. They make their money on add-ons. In The Netherlands, employers are required to provide employees who make more than a certain amount with health insurance that meets certain standards. Employees who don’t make the minimum salary get free or subsidized insurance paid by the government.

No one wants to tackle the big issue on medical care financing. Why does France spend 9 percent of its GDP on medical care versus about 20 percent in the US and still get better results in terms of everything from life expectancy to maternal deaths than the US? I don’t know the answer and I sure don’t want to say France has the absolute answer to anything but someone should be looking and doing the research.

A health care system that is 20 per cent of the economy simply isn’t sustainable.