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Roy Moore wins Alabama primary runoff

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Roy Moore wins Alabama primary runoff

In any other primary, having 5 times the spend as your opponent should be enough to sail through to victory. Add on top of that the endorsement of the Senate Majority Leader, NRA, Right to Life, and the President of the United States and this is a no-brainer. Include the advantage of (technically) being an incumbent and one would have to be an idiot to bet against you.

That’s the situation that Luther Strange finds himself in, but Alabama dared to bet… and vote… against him. Roy Moore, the controversial former Chief Justice and constitutional originalist has defeated Strange in the Alabama primary runoff.

This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill primary runoff. As noted before, this race had national implications. Now, Moore will go on to face Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney in Alabama.

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Moore Wins Alabama GOP Senate Primary | The Daily Caller

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/26/roy-moore-defeats-trump-backed-senator-to-win-alabama-gop-senate-primary/?utm_medium=push&utm_source=daily_caller&utm_campaign=push“They’re going to say, ‘Donald Trump, the President of the United States, was unable to pull his candidate across the line. It is a terrible, terrible moment for Trump,’” the president said while imitating news anchors at a Friday rally in Alabama in support of Strange.

Moore wins Republican Senate primary, dealing blow to GOP establishment – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/moore-vs-strange-polling-opens-in-alabama-republican-primary/2017/09/25/9c7192f8-a253-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.6b35de7abbf5Moore is now the front-runner to win the seat in a Dec. 12 general election. He will face Democratic candidate Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney in Alabama.

BREAKING: MOORE WINS ALABAMA PRIMARY

https://www.redstate.com/joesquire/2017/09/26/breaking-moore-wins-alabama-primary/Strange’s loss is a big loss for Mitch McConnell, who backed him heavily, and it is also a loss for Donald Trump, who went all in for Strange in the weeks leading up tonight.

BREAKING: Roy Moore Wins Alabama Senate Primary Run-Off | The Resurgent

http://theresurgent.com/breaking-roy-moore-wins-alabama-senate-primary-run-off/Moore and Strange were the two top vote getters in the initial primary election back on August 15.  Since neither got over 50%, they went to a run-off.  The GOP establishment went all-in for Strange, pouring millions into the race on his behalf.  Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, and other liberal Republicans slandered Moore with millions of dollars in false attacks.  Donald Trump even endorsed Luther Strange and campaigned for him.  Despite all this, Roy Moore consistently led in polling throughout the run-off campaign, so tonight’s result is not a surprise.

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Final Thoughts

The left will try to pin this on President Trump as a major blow to his power within the GOP and they won’t be entirely wrong. Here’s the reality: he endorsed the guy who was loyal to him and probably didn’t give any other factors much thought. He heard “incumbent” and “big money from McConnell’s superPAC” and thought, why not? In business, holding loyalty as more valuable than ideology can work. In politics, that’s not always the case. It’s actually a good thing for Trump long-term that his swampy endorsement failed.

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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day. Someone’s not happy with us.

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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day Someones not happy with us

I should have known when the the Twitter account for the site was suddenly permanently banned that something was fishy. Unfortunately, Twitter is funny that way, so I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until the site itself went down.

When you operate a site that tells the truth, there’s bound to be someone offended. That’s the nature of the game, especially for a news site that focuses on conservative media, that holds a Judeo-Christian worldview, and that isn’t afraid to say things that may not be popular with, well, most people.

Our web provider was great. They recognized the attacks and took steps to stop them, but the attackers are clever. When they couldn’t brute-force hack into the admin, they went the DDoS route. I’m not going to get into the technical details because they’re over my head, but from what I can tell from the logs and in talking to our host, it wasn’t a casual attack. They’ve been trying to hack the back end for days and when that proved too challenging,they went straight for the shutdown attempt.

As for Twitter, I’m not even going to bother. The site and one of the authors (that I’ve seen so far) were banned. I switched the site to link to my personal Twitter account. Been meaning to spend more energy there anyway.

This is reason #17 why we’re so badly in need of donations from our readers. We have big plans for the site that include paid editors, writers, graphics, and a tech person (which we obviously need). I need to move the site to a stronger hosting tier, one that can withstand attacks like today. The one we’re using isn’t cheap, but it’s not top-of-the-line.

When you’re on the right side of the political aisle, there will be people who try to stop you. We will persevere, but we certainly can use the help.

To paraphrase a famous quote, if you’re not making enough people mad, then you’re doing it wrong. We will not crumble under the weight of heavy opposition. Fighting the left and their media puppets is a task that’s too important to let go.


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As Venezuela implodes, Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as President

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As Venezuela implodes Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaid as President

The destruction of Venezuela by socialism and corruption is practically complete, but hope is on the horizon. A new President has been recognized by the United States, making Nicolas Maduro’s presidency nearly finished.

Juan Guaidó has been serving as the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since earlier this month and assumed the role of interim President earlier today. The United States joins Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico in recognizing his claim as legitimate.

People have filled the streets of Caracas in an amazing display of solidarity against Maduro, who held an “inauguration” on January 11 despite clear indicators the May 2018 elections were rigged. Now, the streets of Caracas are full.

President Trump confirmed the move following multiple news outlets quoting White House officials.

Ironically, Guaidó’s rallying cry happens to be “Sí, se puede!”, Spanish for “Yes we can.”

My Take

This is the only viable move given the circumstances. As I posted on Facebook:

It may not be possible for Guaidó to turn around the failing nation without a lot of outside assistance, but one thing is certain: Maduro had zero chance of making anything better for his starving people.


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Four Republicans Senators ask the President to transfer ISIS prisoners in Syria

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Four Republicans Senators ask the President to transfer ISIS prisoners in Syria

As the United States military prepares for a full withdrawal from Syria, some are concerned that Islamic State fighters currently being held by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will be released or others be allowed to rejoin ISIS. Four Republican stalwarts in the Senate are calling on President Trump transfer the worst of these prisoners to Guantanamo Bay.

Senators Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio all signed the letter to the President requesting this action.

The President announced the move to pull out of Syria on Twitter last month following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This prompted the resignation of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis and drew condemnation from people on the left and right who felt the President was abandoning our allies in the war against ISIS.

Turkey has long wanted the United States out of Syria so they could deal with the Kurdish forces that they consider to be terrorists.

My Take

This is a smart move to do before the withdrawal, but this letter was also a not-so-subtle reminder to the President that pulling out of Syria quickly will have repercussions. Both National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have tempered the President’s remarks by saying the United States will pull out just as soon as ISIS is fully defeated.

One thing is certain: if these terrorists and militants are not moved to Guantanamo Bay, many if not all of them will eventually return to the Islamic State to continue their mission against the the rest of the world.


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