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AUGUST 17-18,  2023

BIDEN'S PROBLEM WITH HISPANICS:   There was a time when we automatically thought of the Democrats as the party of minorities.  They seemed, literally, to have a monopoly wherever foreign languages were spoken or hi-hop was the craze.

But no more.  Recent polling shows that many members of minority groups are getting woke, but not in the ways that the woke movement wants them to.  From Fox: 

A new Fox News poll shows President Biden is struggling to maintain support among Hispanic voters, as a panel of voters told "Fox & Friends" on Friday that inflation is driving them away from the party. 

According to the poll, only 46% of Hispanic voters currently choose Biden for president in 2024, compared to 63% of the same group in 2020. In comparison, 37% of Hispanic voters support Donald Trump for 2024, compared to 35% in 2020.

Americans for Prosperity Texas's Tina Aviles, American University graduate J.P. Villasmil and Christian author Lydia Dominguez explained why Biden is struggling with voters in the Latino community. 

Dominguez, who is also a mother and Air Force veteran, said she has noticed prices going up and that people in her community are "totally upset with what's going on."

"I see people in my community that are going out and getting second and third part-time jobs. It's incredibly sad," said Dominguez.

Aviles, a mother of seven, said she has seen a big difference in the economic policies of the Biden administration. 

"There was a time when things were just smooth and easy under some previous pro-growth economic policies. But this administration promised me a cafecito, but handed me instead a cup of Joe overflowing with inflation. And they hoped that I wouldn't notice." 

Recent graduate Villasmil said, "There were some Hispanics moving away from the Democratic Party by the end of the Trump presidency, and now they're running away." 

COMMENT:  But, of course, it's not enough that Hispanic voters are running away from Joe Biden and His Aristocrats.  What is needed is a Republican Party that is sensitive to this opening, and seizes it.   Donald Trump, with all his faults, certainly understands that.  We'll see if the others do.

August 18,  2023     Permalink

 

 

THE GOOD GUYS ARE IN THE FIGHT:  Despite the grim reports of Marxist style repression on college campuses, there is an active fight-back movement.  We've told you about some groups.  Here's one of the most active.  Give your morale a boost.  Read on, from College Fix: 

One of the most active and relentless alumni free speech groups in the nation — the Cornell Free Speech Alliance — this week dropped a figurative free speech-bomb on its alma mater, publishing a 100-page report calling for sweeping policy changes on campus.

The group reported its email listserv reaches “over 50,000 Cornellians,” mostly alumni, and it has an active leadership board that refuses to accept Cornell’s public-facing claims of supporting free speech, academic freedom and intellectual diversity.

The alliance’s report recommends 20 policy changes, including adding free speech training to freshman orientation, implementing the famous free speech Chicago Principles, eliminating DEI course requirements, removing its anonymous bias reporting system, and providing students robust due process.

The group, which includes some faculty and students, wants campus leadership to also state “words are not physical violence,” and make viewpoint diversity a “prominent objective.”

The alliance argues none of the 20 recommended policies exist at Cornell today. Cornell’s media relations division did not respond to three requests this week from The College Fix seeking comment on the recommendations or the alliance’s efforts.

The alliance plans to harness its massive email list as well as the relationships it has forged with many like-minded organizations, such as the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, Heterodox Academy, and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, to continue its public-pressure campaign to force change, the report states.

The recommendations were also submitted to Cornell’s Board of Trustees, including its Chairman Kraig Kayser.

“The problems are real and they are serious,” stated alumnus David Ackerman in the report. “With an embedded monoculture on campus, the independent judgments of the Board of Trustees are now crucial. The Board must act to protect Cornell and its founding principles.”

While Cornell has yet to address the report publicly this week, campus leadership is well aware of the alliance, and in fact has sicced its attorneys on the group.

Over the last year, Cornell attorneys have sent correspondence to the alliance over its use of Cornell imagery as well as its means of obtaining and communicating with alumni emails. In response, the alliance hired an attorney and made a few tweaks, but has continued its work, a source familiar with the situation told The College Fix.

COMMENT:  I'm encouraged by the fact that this spirited group is from Cornell, an Ivy League school.  Ivy League universities, whose original influence came mostly from social standing, not academic genius, have powerful alumni associations to advance their interests, especially in Washington.   The fact that this alumni group is openly criticizing its alma mater will be duly noted as a possible omen of things to come. 

Fighters on our side are getting more active.   They won't get any love notes from the major news outlets, but they're every bit as woke as the wokists. 

August 17,  2023     Permalink 

 

 

 

AUGUST 15-16,  2023

SOME NEWS IS NEVER OLD:  The 9-11 attacks come back to remind us to stay on guard.  From the New York Post: 

The Pentagon and FBI have notified some of the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks that suspected terrorist mastermind Kalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other defendants could be spared the death penalty under plea agreements being considered by the Biden administration. 

The notice came in the form of a letter, obtained by the Associated Press, that was sent to 9/11 families as the government explores how to resolve the more than decade-long prosecution of the alleged terrorists. 

“The Office of the Chief Prosecutor has been negotiating and is considering entering into pre-trial agreements,” the letter informs families, adding that while no plea agreement “has been finalized, and may never be finalized, it is possible that a [pre-trial agreement] in this case would remove the possibility of the death penalty.”

The Associated Press reports that in the letter, dated Aug. 1, military prosecutors pledge to consider the views of the 9/11 families before accepting any plea deals, and the note asks recipients to respond to the FBI’s victim services division by Monday with any comments or questions about the potential agreements. 

The case involving Mohammed and the four others currently being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been mired in legal disputes and delays, particularly concerning the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by CIA operatives after the men were apprehended. 

Some relatives of the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks expressed outrage over the possibility of plea deals being made. 

“How can you have any faith in it?” Jim Riches, a retired deputy fire chief in New York City who lost his son Jimmy – also a firefighter – on Sept. 11, 2001, told the Associated Press about the government’s update. 

“No matter how many letters they send, until I see it, I won’t believe it,” Riches said about the prospect of justice for his son’s death, lamenting that “those guys are still alive. Our children are dead” nearly 22 years after the attacks. 

COMMENT:  Read the rest.  Oh, and when do the "prosecutors" of Donald Trump want his trials to start?  Did you say "March 4th of next year"?  Why, you're correct. 

I didn't even know the alleged 9-11 collaborators were still alive, and haven't even been tried.  But former President Trump?  Hey, let's get going!  Our side talks about a double standard of justice in America.  It's more like a triple standard.

I have no interest in debating the death penalty.  That is a long and complex discussion.  But I think it's absurd that the accused collaborators have not yet been put before a jury.  Maybe it's just low priority by some influential forces in Washington.

I'd say that the press should investigate the whole matter, but I frankly wouldn't trust American journalism to do the job.

August 16, 2023       Permalink

 

I GUESS WE ALL LEFT OUR HEARTS IN SAN FRANCISCO:  Why are we allowing this madness to continue?   From Fox: 

Officials in California are facing fierce scrutiny over increasing crime as some federal employees are being told to work from home over fears surrounding public safety. 

Independent journalist Erica Sandberg described what she called utter "mayhem" in San Francisco during "Fox & Friends" as state workers were reportedly told to work remotely. 

"What we're seeing right now is a matter of just mayhem with not enough police officers on the beat... not empowering stores to do what they need to do in order to stop this," she told Ainsley Earhardt Tuesday. "You shouldn't let people into the store who are clearly there to do something like this."

"There are controls that you could put into place and people are very reticent about it, and we have to stop being nervous about stopping crime," she continued. "We can do so much. What we're doing right now is clearly not enough."

An internal memo revealed that federal employees in the city were told, "In light of the conditions at the (Federal Building) we recommend employees… maximize the use of telework for the foreseeable future," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

HHS Assistant Secretary for Administration Cheryl R. Campbell sent the memo to workers earlier this month, citing concerns surrounding rising crime, including homicides, robberies and motor vehicle thefts.

Homicides are up a startling 20.7% since the beginning of the year, while robberies and motor vehicle theft are up 14% and 13%, respectively, according to San Francisco police data.

"It's absolutely appalling," Sandberg said. "It's one of the worst things that you have ever seen. If you do come, you'll see what's happening on Seventh and Market, which is around that parameter of the building. It is drug dealing people, passing out, people in various stages of mental illness. It's very, very disturbing to be walking around in that area. It's also dangerous. Certainly, crime does happen."

"I think it's less dangerous than it is more upsetting to see human beings in such horrendous conditions," she continued. "So it's really interesting that they kind of told everyone to go home. They should actually see this. They should see this every day."

COMMENT:  We note that the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, whose policies helped create the mess that California is in, is considered a favorite to replace Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket if Biden ultimately declines to run and Kamala can be made to accept the post of ambassador to Disneyland. 

It would be entirely logical– the Dems nominating the most unsuccessful governor in the United States.  It would symbolize what's happened to their party.

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