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Conservative Picks for the Maryland Pirmary

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Democrats have a stranglehold on Maryland, but that grasp was so disastrous under the leadership of Martin O’Malley that Larry Hogan was elected Governor. Looking to red pill the state are numerous Republican contenders. Indeed, there are no shortages of candidates in the old line state. But in this surplus is an overload of non-serious candidates. Now, its hard to expect people to commit a whole lot when the cards are stacked against them but they can do a little better. For candidates in Maryland, it’s not the Trump endorsement they seek, rather its the Governor’s. Expectations are low but a statewide glitch with the change of residencies is sure to hinder turnout. Kinda makes me wish voter ID was here. Either way, good candidates like Liz Matory can make their longshots a little less long. Upsets in Maryland can happen, see Larry Hogan 2014.

Best Candidate: Liz Matory
Worst Candidate: John Walsh
Best Race: District 2
Worst Race: District 6

US Senate

I’ve never seen so many candidates line up to take an ass whooping. However very few of this wide field are serious contenders. The most formidable candidate is Chris Chaffee because in 2016 he came in second with a whopping 13.7% of the vote. He seems alright, but unimpressive. Christina Grigorian comes off as a RINO. Albert Howard comes off as a nut. Bill Krehnbrink reportedly trends towards libertarian with an Everybody’s Gotta Go message that could have general election appeal. Nnabu Eze could be a red pill for Maryland’s above average immigrant population. He’s also a solid conservative. Blaine Taylor is a former Democrat and isn’t completely cleansed of leftism. Then there are a bunch of nonserious candidates or past losers who likely won’t get past Chaffee. There is no stand alone pick here.

Conservative Pick: Nnabu Eze or Bill Krehnbrink

District 1

Andy Harris of the Eastern Shore is a Freedom Caucus member and Maryland’s only Republican, thanks to the redistricting. His record through four terms is impressive. He has two challengers. Lamont Taylor seems just as Conservative. Martin Elborn is definitely to the left of Harris. Tough call, but Harris hasn’t been in office for two long.

Conservative Pick: Andy Harris

District 2

Liz Matory is the most serious candidate and she is a solid Conservative. Unlike Taylor (Senate candidate), she became a Republican and holds to principled Conservatism. She would make a fine competitive candidate.

Conservative Pick: Liz Matory

District 3

Neither candidate in this race is particularly serious.

Conservative Pick: None

District 4

George McDurmott is unopposed.

District 5

Johnny Rice is the MAGA candidate and also the only semi-serious candidate.

Conservative Pick: Johnny Rice

District 6

This vacated seat might just be competitive (again) as it features Conservative western Maryland. Kurt Elsasser is most likely to be the RINO. Amie Hoeber is poised to take this race seeing as she has the coveted endorsement of Governor Larry Hogan. She seems as though she would be a major spender. Nothing indicates on her campaign otherwise. Brad Rohrs is the Conservative horse in this race. His campaign is upfront about Conservatism immediately. Lisa Lloyd is also a decent candidate.

Conservative Pick: Brad Rorhs

District 7

William Newton seems like a nut, a nut that would vote the right way I suppose. Ray Bly is unelectable following a 1988 child abuse and 4th-degree sex offense (statutory). Thankfully there is Richmond Davis who is a solid libertarian-style Conservative.

Conservative Pick: Richmond Davis

District 8

John Walsh is a hardcore RINO. Either Victor Williams or Bridgette Cooper would make a good candidate.

Conservative Pick: Victor Williams or Bridgette Cooper

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Why has nobody claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks?

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Why has nobody claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks

There are certain hallmarks of radical Islamic terrorists. Yesterday’s attacks in Sri Lanka had most of them: the use of suicide bombers, crowded targets centered on people of Judeo-Christian faiths, coordinated timing of multiple attacks, and symbolism in the day selected for the attack. But one conspicuous hallmark was and is missing.

Nobody has claimed responsibility.

Following every major terrorist attack, the group behind the attack has sent out word to the press or through social media that they were the ones responsible. There is often a flurry among the press and law enforcement to somehow verify the claims are real, but almost invariably only one major Islamic group claims responsibility at a time.

In Sri Lanka, nobody has come forward or posted on social media that they were the culprits behind what can be assumed was a successful act of heinous terrorism committed against Christians. There may be a simple explanation. Sri Lanka is very tight-lipped in their government and legal dealings. Perhaps they received a claim of responsibility and haven’t released it. They’ve claimed they know Nations Thawahid Jaman (or possibly spelled National Thawheed Jama’ut) is responsible, but as Greg Norman at Fox News noted, they’ve offered no evidence for the claim. All we know at this point is an unknown foreign entity tipped off the Sri Lankan government a week and a half before the attacks and that Nations Thawahid Jaman was named.

Little is known about the group that emerged in 2009. To date, their only known activities have been to vandalize Buddhist temples a decade ago and participation in a minor clash in Kattankudy that hospitalized three and resulted in ten arrests. We know that 24 people have been arrested so far and the inference by Sri Lankan officials is the arrests included members of the group.

But this all brings us back to the initial question: Why have they not claimed responsibility? With around 300 dead in an attack that has shaken the world, one would assume the group would have put out a message of hatred intended to give a reason for the attack or to scare people into watching for future attacks. Terrorism isn’t committed without an agenda, but the agenda of the perpetrators of this attack remains elusive. That’s definitely not a hallmark of radical Islamic terrorism.

I’m neither suggesting that the attack wasn’t committed by jihadists nor that the Sri Lankan government is focused on the wrong group. But for an attack to be so sophisticated that many terrorism experts are claiming they had to have outside help, it’s conspicuous that nobody is taking credit. I don’t know how terrorists think or what drives their murderous ways, but history tells us when one of their attacks is this successful, it’s rarely followed by silence

Perhaps we’ll know more in the coming days. Perhaps the Sri Lankan government already knows more and isn’t sharing until they’re ready. Perhaps this is something different. At this point, all we can do is speculate.

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

Democrats have been caught in a feedback loop for months over border security. They can’t reconcile their narrative with the reality at the border, yet they continue to repeat the same talking points for leftist media to regurgitate to the masses. But one look at the cost of diapers and other baby supplies should be enough to alert people that the border crisis is real and getting worse every day.

According to a Yuma Sector report, CBP is on track to pay over $1.2 million for diapers, formula, and other baby supplies due to the rising number of illegal immigrant and asylum-seeking migrant families crossing in the region. Last year, baby expenses totaled around $300,000, marking a cost increase that has quadrupled year-over-year.

That doesn’t take into account the multitude of families who are released to the interior where the baby expenses are paid for using other means.

The left may be able to play “hammer the narrative” by spinning the media in their favor based solely on their collective hatred for President Trump, but numbers don’t lie and neither do the CBP reports. They’ve done everything they can to ring the alarm bells, but DC continues to stick its head in the sand. There’s always a more important topic to cover. Horror stories at the border have become so commonplace that many have been desensitized to them.

Slowly but surely, the left is winning the narrative battle by making people yawn every time the border crisis is brought to their attention.

America needs to address this problem immediately. There should be nothing higher on the agenda of lawmakers on Capitol Hill than to get more agents to the border, better technology, more beds, better supplies, a wall, and better laws with fewer loopholes through which illegal aliens and asylum-seeking migrants can wiggle their way into staying in the country indefinitely without going through the proper legal channels.

It isn’t just about the exploding diaper costs, though. There’s a negative trickle down effect that’s at play here helping dangerous people cross the border unnoticed. Every agent that’s made to act like a daycare employee for migrant children is an agent who’s not stopping drug smugglers and gang members from crossing illegally in the dead of night. Every agent who’s forced to be a paperwork clerk to the masses of migrants signing up for their pass to the interior – aka waiting for an asylum hearing – is an agent who could be stopping terrorists from coming into the country to wage war against American citizens.

The border situation is so far beyond a disaster it’s impressive how neglectful the media and Democrats have been able to be. This level of denial is unprecedented in American politics. Meanwhile, our sovereignty is slipping away.

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PragerU: Is Denmark socialist?

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Is Denmark socialist

Not too long ago, many socialist, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, thought the model of the future for America was Venezuela. They saw the prosperity that the oil-rich nation was enjoying in its early days of socialism and said, “That’s us. That’s where America needs to be.”

Fast forward to today and suddenly every socialist is disavowing Venezuela altogether, claiming that the model of America was never really the model they thought it was and it’s not even real socialism. Why? Because it failed. Therefore, by the socialists’ reckoning, that must mean they didn’t do it right.

Now, Denmark is suddenly the model for America’s future. But there’s a problem. Denmark is a free-market nation that has been peeling away at its socialist foundation for decades. While they enjoy some of the most robust social programs in the world, they’re doing so at such a high price that the people are left with very little other than the essentials. Yes, they have free healthcare, but more citizens are turning to private insurance to bypass the poor treatment and long wait times associated with single-payer healthcare. Yes, they have free schooling, but grade-level students are being shifted to private schools at nearly a 20% pace while the “free” college system is being taken advantage of by those who are clever enough to realize they’re better off staying in college indefinitely than graduating and being thrown into the world of working to pay for the system.

This video by PragerU’s Otto Brons-Petersen breaks down the reality of the socialist utopia leftists often point to as their beacon of hope for a failed economic and political philosophy.

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