New Poll Results Freaking out Democrats

By Townhall. The liberal mainstream news media have a narrative about Donald Trump and they do not deviate. The constant refrain is that the President is unhinged, idiotic, tyrannical and especially racist. Recently, the President was labeled a racist when he criticized CNN’s Don Lemon and NBA star LeBron James. Their latest obsession is the new book written by fired White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman.

In the book, Omarosa accuses the President of being a racist and using the “N-word” while hosting The Apprentice on NBC-TV. The President’s inflammatory language was supposedly captured on a tape that has been withheld from the public. Nevertheless, the show’s former producer, Mark Burnett, denied that such a tape exists. The President also tweeted that he doesn’t “have that word in my vocabulary, and never have.”

Despite the denials, the media will continue to focus on Omarosa as a way of damaging the President who they love to hate. According to the Media Research Center, the coverage of the President by the major networks has been extremely biased. At least, 90% of the coverage has been negative, much worse than the positive press they showered on Barack Obama.

In this toxic media environment, it is amazing that a new Rasmussen poll shows that Trump has a 50% overall approval rating. This is higher than Obama’s rating at a similar point in his presidency.

Among the findings is an interesting trend among African American voters. Despite the constant media portrayal of the President as a flaming racist, the August 15, 2018 Rasmussen poll showed that 36% of African American respondents gave the President a positive approval rating. In one year, the President’s African American approval rating increased by 17% in the Rasmussen poll. (Read more from “New Poll Results Freaking out Democrats” HERE)

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Trump at 36 Percent Approval Among African-Americans, New Poll Finds

By USA Today. Even as cable news networks debate reports of the existence of a recording of President Donald Trump using a racial slur, a new poll from Rasmussen Reports says that the president’s approval rating among African-Americans is at 36 percent, nearly double his support at this time last year.

“Today’s @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 36%,” Rasmussen said in a tweet. “This day last year: 19%.”

That is a staggeringly high number for a man who only won 8 percent of the African-American vote in 2016.

It is even more unexpected given the president’s rocky history on matters related to race, including his current nasty feud with former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who has alleged Trump said “n word” on the set of the reality-TV show “The Apprentice.” . . .

Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative campus group Turning Point USA, cited the poll as evidence that Trump “is breaking the Democrat party as we know it.” (Read more from “Trump at 36 Percent Approval Among African-Americans, New Poll Finds” HERE)

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Liberals Accuse New ‘Doom’ Video Game of Racism for Suggesting Hell Has Open Borders

The video game developer ID Software snuck in a couple of jokes at the expense of Social Justice Warriors into their showcase of an upcoming “DOOM” game…and people are now deeply upset. Because, you know, racism.

For the most part, the trailer for “Doom: Eternal” at the annual QuakeCon this weekend exhibited your average 3D third-person-shooter/alien-warfare gameplay.

But interspersed between genre-appropriate scenes of monster entrails getting splattered, there were also a couple of quippy voiceover lines poking fun at political correctness.

The crowd applauded, the jokes were received with mirth, and everyone in attendance was made bigger by the experience. . .

Stating the obvious, many users, including game designer Mark Kern, pointed out the irony.

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Four Girls Escaped an Alleged Kidnapping Attempt by Fighting Back and Throwing Coffee and Slurpees

The girls, aged 11 to 14, were leaving a Speedway in Millington, Michigan, when they noticed they were being followed by a man, police Chief Jason Oliver told BuzzFeed News.

The man, 22-year-old Bruce Hipkins, grabbed the 11-year-old by the head and said, “You’re coming with me,” said Oliver.

The girls allegedly fought back, punching Hipkins over and over, and threw coffee and a Slurpee at him. . .

The girls kept fighting back, and eventually, Hipkins fled on foot. They then called police, who found Hipkins down the road, Oliver said.

Allison Eickhoff, the 11-year-old whom Hipkins allegedly grabbed, told BuzzFeed News she was “in shock” during the attack, but they “just started fighting back.” (Read more from “Four Girls Escaped an Alleged Kidnapping Attempt by Fighting Back and Throwing Coffee and Slurpees” HERE)

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Americans Warming to What Some Call ‘Mark of the Beast’

When Patrick McMullan wants a Diet Dr Pepper while he’s at work, he pays for it with a wave of his hand. McMullan has a microchip implanted between his thumb and forefinger, and the vending machine immediately deducts money from his account. At his office, he’s one of dozens of employees who have been doing likewise for a year now.

McMullan is the president of Three Square Market, a technology company that provides self-service mini-markets to hospitals, hotels, and company break rooms. Last August, he became one of roughly 50 employees at its headquarters in River Falls, Wisconsin, who volunteered to have a chip injected into their hand.

The idea came about in early 2017, he says, when he was on a business trip to Sweden—a country where some people are getting subcutaneous microchips to do things like enter secure buildings or book train tickets. It’s one of very few places where chip implants, which have been around for quite a while, have taken off in some fashion.

The chips he and his employees got are about the size of a very large grain of rice. They’re intended to make it a little easier to do things like get into the office, log on to computers, and buy food and drinks in the company cafeteria. Like many RFID chips, they are passive—they don’t have batteries, and instead get their power from an RFID reader when it requests data from the chip (McMullan’s chip includes identifying information to grant him access to the building, as well as some basic medical information, for instance).

A year into their experiment, McMullan and a few employees say they are still using the chips regularly at work for all the activities they started out with last summer. Since then, an additional 30 employees have gotten the chips, which means that roughly 80 of the company’s now 250 employees, or nearly a third, are walking, talking cyborgs. (Read more from “Americans Warming to What Some Call ‘Mark of the Beast'” HERE)

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Stockholm Syndrome: Senate Republicans Kiss up to the Media, but Don’t Have Time to Keep Their Promises to Their Voters

Let me share something sublime with you.

Someone with the Twitter handle “Razor” penned the troll to end all trolls earlier this week when he confirmed well beyond a reasonable doubt that journalism is magical and not at all broken.

“Christian bakers would get less negative news coverage,” said Razor, “if they trained children at a compound how to commit school shootings.”

That one tiny, brilliant sentence filled me with great hope for a bit. Perhaps, if such ruthless wit and wisdom were still there among the people in sufficient quantities, civilization might still have a chance. Because if reason is still a thing in America, that was a kill shot from Razor’s Twitter gun.

But kill shots are in very short supply these days. Except when it comes to innocent babies and cake bakers. Those we’ve got covered.

And in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, well, there was indeed a kill shot recently, but it can most accurately be described as a suicide: A resolution passed by unanimous consent — and just the day after “Razor” threw journalism to the ground and gave it the hazing it deserved — that “affirms that the press is not the enemy of the people” and “reaffirms the vital and indispensable role that the free press serves” and “condemns the attacks on the institution of the free press.”

I’m not sure why I have to say this, but just because President Trump goes overboard in one direction doesn’t mean you have to overcompensate in the other direction by genuflecting to an institution that has shown you nothing but hostility and contempt for decades. Are Senate Republicans really so far gone that they read the 300-plus editorials issued Thursday by newspapers begging Trump to stop being mean to them and then thought this would improve their standing in any fundamental way?

I mean, the New York Times just hired a documented bigot named Sarah Jeong to write for it. Remember her? And now Republicans are in essence apologizing to her. Stockholm syndrome called and said, dude, that’s a little pathetic, don’t you think?

And as if on cue, to hammer that point home, the same Twitter that just banned one of my CRTV colleagues also just gave Jeong the coveted blue verification check mark to signal the validity of her unique presence on its platform. Translation: Twitter, with a wink and a nod, wanted to make sure you know it has Jeong’s back and that if you don’t, you suck.

That’s the press. That’s social media. That’s progressivism. It wants nothing more than to make you grovel for not hating God, your country, or crazy concepts like having only two genders, and boy does it succeed a lot at that.

I know I’ve said the Senate will likely stay Republican in 2018 and that the House is the chamber most likely to flip, but the Democrats may as well have the Senate, too, since the fools currently running that place really thought that awkward makeout session with the press was important in any way. It was a move made by losers for losers. Senators apparently have time to swap spit with an industry that has forsaken bias for flat-out malfeasance, but they don’t have time to defund baby-killers, repeal Obamacare, or secure the border.

It is intolerable.

In baseball, the intolerable is handled, more than in any other sport, by a set of unwritten rules that do not exist anywhere, but are known by the time you get to the end of Little League. No showboating on a home run, no stealing when up by a certain number of runs, no bunting to break up a no-hitter, etc.

Since these rules cannot be governed by the umpires, it is up to the players to police themselves. When these rules are broken, the other team responds, often by the pitcher hitting the next batter. And that, too, is governed by unwritten rules. You can throw the ball at a batter’s hip or arm, say, but not at his head. If the rules are broken, the benches will clear.

But the Republican team is perpetually filled with betas who allow the other team to steal and showboat without retaliation. The conservative base grew to hate this so much that one day it looked in the bullpen and saw Trump warming up with 100 mph fastballs that he could hardly control. And when he came in to pitch and put one of those fastballs into the ear of the very first batter he faced, the crowd went nuts. He fights!

It’s also grown into chaos because Trump so rarely gets one over the plate, or he just flat-out decides to throw nothing but beanballs. That means it’s not really baseball any more.

Yet that’s America for you these days, and this week it’s feckless Republicans in the Senate whom you have to thank for not doing anything at all to turn that situation around. In fact, they only further encouraged both Trump and the propaganda-obsessed press to keep offering even more obscene chapters of this twisted show we are watching.

Because they never offer a sane and principled alternative. (For more from the author of “Stockholm Syndrome: Senate Republicans Kiss up to the Media, but Don’t Have Time to Keep Their Promises to Their Voters” please click HERE)

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The Dossier: Trump Plays Hardball With Turkey; Manafort Trial Ends

Gauntlet thrown: Trump demands release of U.S. pastor held in Turkey

In a Thursday evening tweet, President Trump expressed his frustration with the nation of Turkey and the Erdogan regime’s imprisonment of American Pastor Andrew Brunson.

The president tweeted:

“Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years. They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage. We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!”

It is likely that Pastor Brunson is being used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and one of the chief rivals of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has claimed, without much evidence, that Gulen is behind plots to overthrow his rule in Ankara.

As Turkey continues to devolve into an Islamic authoritarian regime, Ankara progresses in distancing itself from the United States. The technical NATO ally has found new partners in American adversaries such as Russia and Iran, while cozying up to rogue actors like Qatar.

A cautionary tale: Yazidi woman flees Germany after encountering ISIS captor

A young Yazidi woman and her family have been forced to flee Germany after its open immigration system allowed one of her captors to secure refugee status inside the country.

“I ran away from Iraq so I would not see that ugly face and forget anything that reminds me of it, but I was shocked to see him in Germany,” Ashwaq Haji Hamid, the Yazidi refugee, told InfoMigrants.

Hamid is just one victim of the open migration system in Germany, which allows hundreds of thousands of Middle Easterns to flood into the country — and many other European nations — completely unchecked.

The story from Germany is a cautionary tale for what open borders and unchecked migration can look like. Our refugee vetting system is very imperfect, as shown through the arrest of an ISIS terrorist in Sacramento this week. The man slipped through the U.S. refugee vetting process, as authorities later found out that he was an ISIS jihadi when living in Iraq.

Manafort trial comes to a close

The jury is currently deliberating whether or not to convict Paul Manafort on several charges related to bank and tax fraud. Although Mueller has been tasked with investigating Russian actions and interference related to the 2016 election, none of the charges from Mueller’s prosecutors have anything to do with Russian collusion or any of the events surrounding his short stint as President Trump’s election campaign chairman.

Mueller is now in the fifteenth month of his investigation into Trump-Russia collusion. He has yet to charge a single member of President Trump’s campaign or transition team with anything related to Russian collusion.

POTUS may revoke DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s clearance

Bruce Ohr is believed to be a central player in the laundering of the anti-Trump dossier — which came from paid Clinton operatives — into the Department of Justice. There’s also evidence that he frequently communicated with foreign spy Christopher Steele, who produced the Trump-Russia dossier for the Clinton campaign.

President Trump suggested Friday that Ohr may have his clearance revoked imminently.

When asked about Ohr’s clearance, the president responded: “I suspect I’ll be taking it away very quickly. For him to be in the Justice Department and doing what he did, that is a disgrace.” (For more from the author of “The Dossier: Trump Plays Hardball With Turkey; Manafort Trial Ends” please click HERE)

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These Papers Wouldn’t Join in on the Anti-Trump Editorial ‘Collusion’

“Encourage that kind of conspiracy”… Yesterday over 300 newspapers took part in a coordinated effort started by the Boston Globe to attack President Trump for his antagonistic attitude towards the press. The usual subjects in the blue-check mafia like CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter, Jim Acosta, et al. loved the coordinated effort. Some in the media – including some surprises – thought the effort would hurt, not help their standing with the public.

Geez, ya think?

Two left-wing California newspapers, the L.A. Times and the San Fransisco Chronicle, both decided against participating in the effort. Not because they support President Trump, but because they cherish a free and independent press.

Here’s what the L.A. Times had to say:

The Los Angeles Times editorial board does not speak for the New York Times or for the Boston Globe or the Chicago Tribune or the Denver Post. We share certain opinions with those newspapers; we disagree on other things. Even when we do agree with another editorial page — on the death penalty or climate change or war in Afghanistan, say — we reach our own decisions and positions after careful consultation and deliberation among ourselves, and then we write our own editorials. We would not want to leave the impression that we take our lead from others, or that we engage in groupthink.

The president himself already treats the media as a cabal — “enemies of the people,” he has called us, suggesting over and over that we’re in cahoots to do damage to the country. The idea of joining together to protest him seems almost to encourage that kind of conspiracy thinking by the president and his loyalists. Why give them ammunition to scream about “collusion”?

We mean no disrespect to those who have decided to write on this important subject today. But we will continue to write about the issue on our own schedule.

The San Francisco Chronicle echoed similar themes.

These two newspapers and the others who didn’t join the “groupthink,” as the Times called it, did more for their integrity and to increase the public trust in their outlets than the hundreds of papers who decided to take collective action against the president.

These outlets hit it right on the head. To a large number of Americans, the action taken by these newspapers smelled of collusion, looked like collusion, and was in fact collusion. The way to fight the perception that your industry is one big “cabal” is not to act like one big “cabal.” (For more from the author of “These Papers Wouldn’t Join in on the Anti-Trump Editorial ‘Collusion’” please click HERE)

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Racist: Black Lawmaker Calls Asian Opponent ‘Ching-Chong’

Well, there’s nothing like Democratic Party blood sports. While the far left and the establishment wings of the party are at odds, it hasn’t really hamstrung Democrats’ overall chances in the 2018 midterms. They’re still in a position where they could retake the House. And then there are the other squabbles within the party that are just downright nasty. I mean the Sanders and Clinton wings probably can’t stand each other, but in local races, intra-party drama can turn even nastier. In Michigan, state Reps. Stephanie Chang and Bettie Cook Scott were running for the Democratic nomination for the state’s first senate district. Scott reportedly told her supporter to not vote for the “ching-chong.” Once again, you can say incredibly racist things…as long as you’re a Democrat. Oh, and Scott lost big. Barely breaking double-digits on primary day last week (via Detroit Metro Times)

More than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).

Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as “ching-chang” and “the ching-chong” to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday’s election. She’s also said to have called one of Chang’s campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”

Chang and Scott were running in the Democratic primary for state Sen. District 1. Chang won the election with 49 percent of the vote; Scott came in third with 11 percent of the vote.

“These comments are offensive to all Asian-Americans,” Chang tells Metro Times. “It isn’t about me. It’s about an elected official disrespecting entire populations, whether they be Asian-American, immigrant, or residents of Sen. District 1 or [Cook’s] own current house district.”

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The Home Stretch: Big Numbers to Know From the Week in Politics

The weekend’s on tap. In spite of the adjoining photograph, we’ve already had our say on Omarosa. Same with John Brennan (here’s one more take, for your consideration). Now, off we go…

[40,000] – The approximate number of employees at one firm who’ve now received bonuses, thanks to the GOP tax reform law. Every Congressional Democrat opposed the bill — with party leaders sneering at the “crumbs” from which workers are benefiting and rolling their eyes at exceptionally robust employment figures. Some politicians may not be impressed by any of this, but I’d bet most of these folks are:

[26] – As of yesterday, two more than two dozen Circuit Court judges have now been confirmed during the Trump era, far outpacing other recent presidents’ clips on this important front. We wrote about these developments earlier today, but as a follow-on, please enjoy this latest expression of impotent shouting from a top former spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign:

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[Two] – That’s how many weeks it took after the Supreme Court handed down its 7-2 Masterpiece Cakeshop decision for Colorado’s Grand Wizards of Right Thinking (known to some as the “Civil Rights Commission”) to issue another authoritarian decree against the exact same small business. The High Court rebuked the commission for its heavy-handed approach to compelled speech, which was laden with anti-Christian animus. Undeterred — or even defiant and resolute to prove the Court’s point — these unaccountable, miniature autocrats have this time sided with an obvious troll, prompting yet another lawsuit. (Read more from “The Home Stretch: Big Numbers to Know From the Week in Politics” HERE)

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This Republican Is Defending Trump’s Brennan Ordeal

Earlier this week President Trump officially pulled former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance, citing a number of reasons for doing so.

“At this point in my administration any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced from the briefing room on behalf of the president.

Before President Trump made the decision to strip Brennan of his clearance, Republican Senator Rand Paul publicly backed the idea and had a conversation about it at the White House.

Meanwhile, President Trump may pull the security clearances for a number of other former and current government officials. Those on the list include fired FBI director James Comey, current DOJ official Bruce Ohr and former DIA director James Clapper. (Read more from “This Republican Is Defending Trump’s Brennan Ordeal” HERE)

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