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Drone footage of Hurricane Michael’s destruction

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155 MPH winds from category 4 Hurricane Michael decimated Mexico Beach, Florida. Some areas along the coast are absolutely flattened. At least five have been reported killed by the hurricane and death tolls are expected to rise dramatically.

Mexico Beach left in ruins by Michael

https://www.yahoo.com/news/gone-mexico-beach-fla-left-ruins-hurricane-michael-153300455.html“It’s gone. It’s gone,” Baldwin said before her cameraman panned to long rows of leveled homes below. “It’s — it’s obliterated.”

At least two people died in the storm, and federal officials fear the death toll could rise as search and rescue crews begin to assess the damage.

Roads to Mexico Beach were virtually impassable, so Baldwin, who spent the night in nearby Destin, Fla., chartered a chopper to get the view from above. Fires could be seen burning in the distance, homes shredded and boats strewn across the town of about 1,100 people.

The President is expected to visit as soon as it’s feasible. Rescue and recovery efforts are already underway.

The most powerful hurricane to ever hit the Florida panhandle came as a surprise to most as it rapidly increased strength overnight just prior to hitting.

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The ‘CBP detains children at O’Hare’ story pushed by mainstream media is completely false

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The CBP detains children at OHare story pushed by mainstream media is completely false

Outrage. Outrage! OUTRAGE! That’s the response from most Democrats and their mainstream media puppets following reports that three American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants were detained by Customs and Border Protection at Chicago O’Hare Airport. But the story as reported by the press was misleading to the point that we can call it a direct attempt at propaganda to shift sentiment about CBP’s important job.

I won’t link to stories. If you’ve been watching the news, surfing social media, or checking mainstream media websites, you’ve likely seen at least the headlines. And they were all wrong, or at least spun in a way that told a story different from reality. The truth is this: Three children were “detained” by law enforcement because their parents tried to put them on a plane with a cousin who isn’t allowed to fly. Then, when called to come pick up her kids, the mother tried everything she could other than pick them up herself. As their legal guardian, the law requires she be the one to take custody of them.

In other words, there was literally no way to not “detain” the children without CBP breaking the law and possibly putting the safety of the children at risk. But judging by mainstream media’s portrayal and social media’s unhinged replies, one would think Genghis Khan had taken the children prisoner on the direct orders of President Trump. That would actually be more believable than some of the stories the media pawned off on the people.

CBP cleared it up:

But here’s the problem. The story has already circulated. Politicians like Representative Jan Schakowsky have gone to the airport for a photo-op. Leftist activists are sending out fundraiser emails about it (seriously). And if there is any retraction or correction in any of the hundreds of publications that falsely reported the story, these corrections will receive 1/1000th of the attention of the people. As designed.

Here’s what really happened, according to Bonchie at Red State:

Three children showed up at O’Hare with an adult cousin. The adult cousin (a Mexican citizen) was found not eligible for entry. This happens to thousands of people of all races and ethnic backgrounds every single day at ports of entry across the United States. There is a laundry list of reasons why someone might be found inadmissible and having a visa does not automatically get you through customs, nor does even having a U.S. passport for that matter.

At that point, CBP contacted the mother of the children. It is required by law that she or another legal guardian come take custody of them. Because she is an illegal alien though, she didn’t want to go to the airport. Instead, for the next 13 hours, she played games by sending a lawyer down there and eventually officials from the Mexican consulate. Some are trying to blame CBP for the kids being there so long, but it’s clearly the mother’s fault. She could have sent the Pope down there and the law still doesn’t allow CBP to hand children over to non-guardians.

Finally, after much negotiation, the mother herself decided to show up and the children were given to her. There was no trap and the children were not being used as bait. CBP were simply following the law. Furthermore, CBP doesn’t do interior enforcement, ICE does, so the entire premise was ridiculous from the beginning.

There are plenty of challenges with illegal immigrants. Not all of those affected by it, such as the three children at the center of this media firestorm, are to blame. But things are not going to get easier until Democrats and their mainstream media lapdogs stop trying to subvert CBP and ICE. The crisis at the border is real. The threat of illegal immigrants in the United States interior is real. Trying to change the subject and paint the heroes of CBP and ICE as the villains is not only counterproductive and disingenuous. It puts the whole nation at risk as our sovereignty becomes subject to mob rule driven by progressive lies.

This is how propaganda works. Even if it’s “corrected” later, the damage done from the initial stories does not get undone. The lies told about CBP are almost as bad as the lies told about President Trump. Leftist media can’t be trusted.

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Why conservatives shouldn’t support ‘Ag-Gag’ laws

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Why conservatives shouldnt support Ag-Gag laws

For the most part, conservatism is black and white, especially when compared to progressive ideologies that dwell in contradictions and allow activists to make a living telling lies. But there are circumstances that demand a deeper examination and possibly a little soul-searching to help decide which conservative stance should prevail. One example of this is with “Ag-Gag” laws that attempt to prevent undercover filming of animal mistreatment on farms.

There have been so many undercover investigations at farms that it’s becoming hard to be shocked by what goes on at some of them. The mistreatment of animals at some farms is unambiguous; we’re not talking about poor facilities or crowded cages. We’re talking about physically harming animals while they’re alive and feeling pain. In some cases, the pain is clearly intense as some farm workers seem to get a thrill out of it.

Ag-Gag laws make it illegal for people to sneak onto farms with the intention of filming animal cruelty. Many Republicans support these laws because they help the agricultural and livestock industries that have had rough times over recent decades. Some justify it by claiming it’s easy to find abuses in any industry, and piecing together weeks or even months of footage of abuse to make ten minute videos intended to shut a farm down is unfair.

This is a case in which a conservative-backed industry has appealed to conservative lawmakers for protection against a generally progressive activism topic, fighting animal cruelty. It would seem on the surface that Ag-Gag laws are, therefore, conservative. They’re not. They’re an attack on the 1st Amendment, not to mention a preventative measure designed to stop crimes from being exposed.

Should we support American farms, their owners, and their employees? Yes. But that support does not give conservatives license to suppress a part of the 1st Amendment or to ignore crimes like animal cruelty. We must take the high road whenever it’s presented, and in this case that high road means siding with progressive activists to prevent farms and their workers from committing these crimes.

This video from John Stossel shows both sides of the Ag-Gag debate. In the end, he rightly concludes that subverting part of the 1st Amendment and enabling animal cruelty is inexcusable, even in support of the farming industry.

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Most missed the awesome effect of Trump’s ‘racist’ Tweet

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Why most are missing the real effect of Trumps racist Tweet

I’ve had the luxury of some unplanned downtime for the last couple of days, forcing me to read more than I can write. It’s prevented me from chiming in much about the “racist” Tweet the President posted yesterday in which he called on “The Squad” – Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib – to go back to their countries of origin and fix them, then report back on what worked.

Most conservative commentaries I’ve read on the subject have either been a defense of the President’s frustration, one shared by many, or a reminder that he ruined a wonderful moment for Republicans by diffusing the brewing Democratic civil war before it could really get started. One of our writers made that claim yesterday.

But here’s the real state of affairs. Unifying the Democrats is not a bad thing at this stage in the game. As we learned from an Axios poll, we don’t want less of “The Squad” attached to the Democratic Party. We want them to be the beloved representatives that Democrats turn to for guidance. Being the most radical progressives in a caucus that is lurching to the left right in front of our eyes makes them ideal as foils to proper conservatism.

In other words, we want Democrats unified because we want the entire party associated with AOC and her cronies.

For the record, I see Trump’s Tweet as not directly racist in its context. Rather, it’s something that a racist would say. Some might say there’s no difference, but blatant racism versus irresponsible use of language to voice frustrations are not the same thing. That’s not to defend the President; from a standpoint of representing America as strong, compassionate, and always holding the high ground, this Tweet does not behoove us to be on the President’s timeline. But from a political perspective, it was gold for the GOP even if most don’t even realize it.

The people who thought Trump was a racist before now have another reason to believe it. There may be a small number of people who didn’t think he was a racist before and now do, but most believe his sentient was simply a poorly worded expression of angst towards the anti-Americanism put on display regularly by these four Congresswomen.

I’m not defending the President, nor am I suggesting this was his goal all along. I’ve given up on determining whether the President is lucky or smart. It hasn’t really mattered so far. Whatever is driving his moments of unexpected political brilliance, such as refocusing the Democrats to unify against him, is less relevant than the fact that it keeps happening.

Trump has caused a distraction in the Democratic civil war, making it easier to tie Democrats as a whole to the radical ideologies espoused by “The Squad.” As long as AOC, Ilhan, Tlaib, and Pressley represent the Democrats, they all look ridiculous.

Update: A friend sent me a link noting I’m not the only one thinking this. Foolish of me to only check commentaries on conservative sites. Apparently, Jonathan Allen at NBC News saw what I saw.

How Trump flipped the script on Pelosi and The Squad

It doesn’t require anyone else to explain Trump’s thinking. He provided a road map after receiving a cascade of criticism from Democrats and independent commentators.

“So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST,'” Trump tweeted Sunday night.

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