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Conservative Picks for the South Dakota Primary

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South Dakota has an at-large Congress race with three GOP hopefuls looking to secure an easy to hold seat in the House. The three hopefuls look to replace Kristie Noem. South Dakota is a small but solid red state, so this race presents a chance to either send a Conservative or a RINO to the House. Rep. Noem didn’t do a terrible job and in all likelihood, we won’t see an improvement.

Best Pick: Shantel Krebs
Worst Pick: Dusty Johnson

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The at large District is up for grabs with incumbent Kristie Noem not seeking reelection. This attracted three contenders battling for a solid red seat. The frontrunner is Dusty Johnson. Johnson is running as a Conservative should, and that includes an emphasis on fiscal responsibility. The biggest concern about Dusty Johnson is the likelihood of using the government to intervene unnecessarily into agriculture in the form or RFS and subsidies.

Next up is Shantel Krebs. Krebs is most certainly the Trumpist in the race, campaigning on Trump’s agenda. She’s endorsed by Steve King of Iowa. Then there’s the most controversial candidate Neal Tapio. Tapio has a very strong grasp on Islam and immigration. He is also the least known according to polling. Tapio also has a strong record in the South Dakota legislature. He is not the most viable candidate in this race.

Ultimately, Shantel Krebs is the most likely to be fiscally responsible in the House. The South Dakota GOP establishment has sent a lot of RINOs to DC and they want Johnson to win this race. He is also endorsed by the USA Today owned Argus Leader. Their endorsement basically because he is the most moderate. Read there endorsement:

You can’t effectively represent the entire state if you’re a one-trick pony like Tapio, who plays off ignorance and fear to advance a hateful anti-Muslim agenda. And Krebs has taken a sharp turn from her successful stint as Secretary of State, running hard to the right in an apparent attempt to lure Trump’s most steadfast supporters in South Dakota.

At times, the “extreme vetting” campaign pledges of Tapio and Krebs have played like a race to the bottom of the question, “Who can be the most xenophobic?”

Johnson stayed above that fray. That’s not to say he doesn’t have thoughts on immigration. It’s that his positions on border security are more nuanced and acknowledge the value of legal immigration while still looking for safeguards for abuse. His refusal to reach for a dog whistle enhances his status as a mature and moderate Republican voice.

This endorsement taints Dusty Johnson as a candidate, and on principle, the Conservative Pick should be his most viable opponent.

Conservative Pick: Shantel Krebs

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Immigration

Hate-brokers on the left say conservative concern over massive migrant caravan is “fearmongering”

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Hate-brokers on the left say conservative concern over massive migrant caravan is fearmongering

The hypocrisy is too thick today. Citizens are advised to stay off the roads of leftist media as chances are high you’ll ram into spectacular stupidity in your journeys. Yes, this could be said about any given day lately, but the Democrats’ responses to concerns over the massive migrant caravan inching towards our southern border are especially rabid.

Around 4,000 migrants from Honduras are walking to the United States. Threats by President Trump and halfhearted attempts by the governments of Honduras and Guatemala have not slowed them down. They approach the southern Mexican border where federal officers await them.

These people, most of whom live in extreme poverty and real danger in their homeland, have a legitimate claim as refugees. They should be seeking asylum… in Mexico. Many in the international community want refugees to seek asylum in the first safe country they enter. In this case, that’s Mexico. While it is generally considered to be more dangerous than the United States, it’s not nearly as dangerous as Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador.

The United States has carried the burden of illegal immigration from Central America for decades. Mexico’s next President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has claimed indignation towards President Trump’s deportation policies, particularly when he separates families. There’s a logical solution for the incoming leftist President: encourage Central American refugees to stay in Mexico. That’s a whole other discussion for a future article.

Republican candidates are rightly voicing concern over the caravan. Democrats are generally quiet on the issue, fearing a majority of Americans share the concerns their Republican competitors are voicing. That’s not stopping leftist media from posting stories like this one on Salon:

Republicans are fearmongering about a migrant caravan to boost midterm turnout

https://www.salon.com/2018/10/18/republicans-are-fearmongering-about-a-migrant-caravan-to-boost-midterm-turnout/Gaetz’s argument mirrors that of Daniel John Sobieski from American Thinker, who wrote this week that “it is doubtful that such sums came from the kiddies’ college funds. Evidence of Soros funding of an earlier ‘spontaneous’ migration have been found among the tentacles of support that flow from his Open Society group coffers.”

It was also hinted at by conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham. Although Ingraham did not specifically claim that Soros was behind the caravan, she has previously fingered Soros as a sinister financier behind left-wing political activities, and some of her supporters interpreted her Wednesday tweet as a reference to Soros.

The Salon article attempts to ridicule those concerned about the source of this swelling caravan. They do this by begging the question on George Soros and his organizations’ involvement with open borders initiatives. Soros has been painted by leftist media as a boogeyman for right-wing conspiracy theorists. They point to every invocation of his name in Tweets by conservatives and they love to remind everyone that extremists like white supremacist groups go after Soros all the time. What they won’t address is that Soros really does do many of the things conservatives claim.

They use the bigoted and unhinged claims about Soros made by a hate groups as evidence that ALL accusations against Soros are false. Some of these leftist journalists are so sincere in their condemnation of any accusation against Soros that it’s clear some of them really believe he’s not involved with doing what he’s said many times he’s involved in doing.

The go after Tweets like this one. They didn’t post the Tweet itself, just the text from the quote. The attached video is pretty telling.

As a legal immigrant, I’m very much in favor of reforming and potentially even increasing the number of immigrants we LEGALLY allow into this nation, but that will never be possible as long as we have so many who come here illegally. We need a modern vetting process, a plan that will allow legal immigrants and refugees to become productive members of society, and above all a curtailing of illegal immigration. If these things can be done, then I’m all for bringing in what the President likes to call “their best people.”

This caravan concerns me greatly. It should concern every American regardless of party affiliation because it represents a soft invasion. We often think that the word “invasion” can only apply to the military, but it can also mean an unwelcome intrusion into another’s domain. That’s what this is. They want to escape their situation which is their right. They want to be taken in as refugees which is a responsibility of nations that have signed the Refugee Convention.

Mexico is one of those nations.

Here’s the real problem and why most of us on the right are not “fearmongering” in regards to this event. It’s a symbol of encroachment that will further open up the floodgates of illegal immigration into this nation. It’s one thing for people to cross the border in small groups in the dead of night. That represents a risk to those making the journey. If all that’s necessary to breach our borders and claim a piece of our sovereignty is for people in Central America to get enough other people together, then the narrative changes. The risks of trying to come to America are mitigated.

If this caravan is allowed to successfully breach our borders, it will act as a rallying cry for people in Central America to stop fighting for their own country when all they have to do is get a large enough group to head north.

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference, wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

Fox Business Network is the latest media sponsor to pull out of the Future Investment Initiative Conference scheduled to be held in Riyadh from October 23-25. They have also removed show host Maria Bartiromo from her speaking spot at the event, but left the possibility open for her to be added back under one specific circumstance.

If the Saudis let her have an unrestricted interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, they will let her attend the event and speak there.

Fox Business Pulls Out of Saudi Conference Amid Khashoggi Controversy

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-business-pulls-out-of-saudi-conference-khashoggi-1202984667/“Fox Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,” the network said in a statement. Fox Business anchor had been scheduled to take part in the event, but will not attend unless there is an opportunity for her to conduct an unrestricted interview with the Saudi leader, according to a person familiar with the matter. The network has been trying to secure such a conversation, this person said.

The conference is hosted by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. Dubbed “Davos in the Desert,” the conference was first held last year, and has been seen as an opportunity for the mideast nation to spotlight the modernization efforts of Crown Prince Mohammed.

My Take

The outrage over the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked many western companies and media outlets to abandon the conference. It’s untenable to attend at this point with so much mounting evidence of direct involvement by the Crown Prince.

The Saudis could go a long way towards clearing their name of charges they deny by letting Bartiromo interview the Crown Prince. At this point, keeping MBS insulated isn’t doing themselves any favors.

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Ben Shapiro’s reaction to Michael Avenatti’s video is perfect

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Ben Shapiros reaction to Michael Avenattis video is perfect

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro normally uses his intellect and debate skills to make leftists look bad. He calls out their hypocrisy, lack of logic, and disdain for America in ways that few can match.

Sometimes, he just lets leftists  do all the talking, which usually makes his point.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents Stormy Daniels and Julie Swetnick, took to the airwaves to express his displeasure with President Trump for calling his client a “horseface.” Shapiro couldn’t stop laughing at the horrid display of silliness by someone who wants to be President of the United States.

This guy is cold and comical. He’s the perfect nominee for Democrats in 2020. When poor judgment mixes with leftist triggering, you get #horseface-opposition videos like these. Trump vs Avenatti in 2020 would be epic.

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