Scott McKay contributing editor at The American Spectator: It might have been embarrassing, and it might have given the enemies in the political class ample opportunities to snicker and hurl insults. But at the end of the day, the result reached when Mike Johnson won a 220–209 vote over wannabe Def Poetry Jam participant Hakeem Jeffries was the best one America could have asked for.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist: Blue politicians and their allies in the press put more effort into being outraged over Johnson’s speech than they did into condemning Democrats’ disingenuous bible-thumping because Johnson’s commitment to keep God’s commandments and follow the principles outlined in the Bible poses a direct threat to their increasingly pagan political agenda.
Terence Jeffrey is investigative editor for the Daily Caller News: So, how many Hizballah — or Hamas — terrorists are in the United States today? Since our southern border is not secure and many people cross it illegally every day, our federal government has no way of knowing.
Brian Kennedy contributor to The American Mind: During the Cold War, many well-intentioned people did not want to believe that the Soviet Union would sponsor terrorism. Likewise, they will not today want to believe that the Chinese Communist Party had a hand in the attack on Israel by Hamas or have actively placed military personnel in the United States. To believe such things is to establish a blood unity between the great Communist states and the world of Islamic terrorism—an allegiance born not of kinship but of murder and the cold ideological commitment that both have toward the destruction of the free world. This blood unity is not to be underestimated. For whatever else is true, if our enemies believe that the United States has been demoralized, the stage has been set for a direct attack on the American homeland. The exact form this will take we do not yet know. But Americans must be prepared to meet this enemy here in the United States, for we do not have the luxury of fighting this war abroad. The open borders of the Obama and Biden Administrations have seen to that.
Raw Egg Nationalist contributor to The American Mind: As the angry responses to Thunberg’s post show, the crisis in Israel has opened gaping divisions within the international Left. Radicals and moderates, the cadre and the well-heeled metropolitan elites, are now facing off over the glaring contradictions within their ideology and organization. This is already happening, without any help from the Left’s opponents. But there’s no reason why we shouldn’t make it worse, and help “sharpen the contradictions” as Marx himself suggested.
Matt Vespa is Senior Editor of Townhall.com. re the Maine mass shooting: I hate to get into the politics of this, but Democrats have already started stoking the flames of the gun control fires. That would happen anyway, but can we wait until all the details are released and the damage assessed before we get into this policy fight? We already had the information corrected. Would you like to guess which two things came up regarding the suspect that we’ve heard many times before concerning these crimes? He was known to law enforcement and had severe mental health problems.
THE CORRUPT & DANGEROUS U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES & THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE APPARATUS
Cleveland: FBI And Its Foreign Influence Task Force Purged Sources Who Were Onto Biden Corruption
The FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force used a sham assessment opened by FBI headquarters to cull reporting from confidential human sources (CHS) throughout the country related to the Biden family and then falsely brand the intelligence as “foreign disinformation,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, revealed Wednesday. Wednesday’s explosive news suggests the DOJ and FBI’s Biden-family protection program encompassed many more players than previously known. But it is the involvement of the Foreign Influence Task Force that demands an immediate response by the House, namely the launching of an impeachment inquiry of FBI Director Christopher Wray, under whose watch this task force abused its power — and interfered in a presidential election.
Cleveland: 7 Ways DOJ Obstructed The U.S. Attorney Investigating Biden Family Corruption
The Pittsburgh-based U.S. attorney charged with screening evidence of Ukrainian corruption before the 2020 election testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday about the bureaucratic obstruction his team faced. The roadblocks detailed by former U.S. Attorney Scott Brady over the course of the six-hour hearing were so outrageous that at one point a lawyer for the minority party asked whether he was speaking in hyperbole. He wasn’t. The situation Brady faced was also much worse than the media have reported to date, as the full transcript of the interview, reviewed by The Federalist, establishes. Here are the seven most shocking details revealed during Monday’s hearing. 1. FBI Drags Its Feet While Tying Brady’s Hands Monday’s closed-door hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating the DOJ and FBI’s handling of the probe into Biden family corruption, opened with Brady explaining that in early January 2020, then-Attorney General William Barr tapped him to vet evidence related to Ukrainian corruption. […] 2. 17 Approvals Needed — and That’s Not Hyperbole . . .
Shelley: IRS Leaker Who Stole Trump’s Tax Returns Gets ‘Slap On The Wrist’ From Biden DOJ
Littlejohn stole decades of private tax information, only to be charged with the minimum possible, and then made a plea deal for even less.
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
Miguel: Top GOP Donors Hop Back on Trump Train as Other Candidates Languish
Some Republican megadonors are accepting what they believe to be the inevitable. According to a report by NBC News, a number of top donors who spent most of this year seeking an alternative to Donald Trump are now open to getting behind him. One example is Ed Broyhill, a fixture in GOP fundraising who served as North Carolina finance chairman for Trump in 2020. While he was previously looking into other candidates, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence, he now considers himself firmly back in the Trump camp. “I have met with all the candidates,” Broyhill told NBC. “None are close to the level of support Trump has.” He added, “There is no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump will be the nominee of our party. The grassroots are a solid foundation for Donald Trump.”
Sundance: RNC Selects Lester Holt, Kristen Welker and Hugh Hewitt as Moderators for NBC’s First-Loser Debate in Miami
The 2024 GOP primary debate series is a clown show of knuckleheads following the marching orders of the billionaire donors who fund them. The RNC is the vessel for the illusion of choice game, orchestrated by the same donors. Watching the remaining candidates try and qualify to be the first loser is, well, pathetic really. Into this game of nonsense, the RNC delivers the next round of pretentious moderators for the RNC debate in Miami. […] So far, five candidates have hit the Republican National Committee’s increasingly stringent requirements to make it onto the debate stage. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have all qualified, as has the current frontrunner, former President Donald Trump — who is set to again skip the debate in favor of his own rally in nearby Hialeah, Fla. [Note: The debate is Nov. 8, 2023]
BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA’S AMERICA LAST REGIME: THE FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA
Pavlich: Biden Administration Exposed for Child Trafficking
During a hearing on child sex and labor trafficking Wednesday, Republican Senator Josh Hawley exposed the Administration for Children and Families, a subsidiary of the Department of Health and Human Services, for engaging in the practices. Under questioning from Hawley, ACF Director Robin Dunn Marcos failed to explain agency failures to properly vet adults who claim unaccompanied minors. She also couldn’t detail where unaccompanied minors were located after releasing them from government custody.
Read more/Watch the 1:35 minute hearing video: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2023/10/26/dhs-exposed-for-child-trafficking-n2630407
Here is the full six minute exchange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZDebmlu6Nk
War Room: Kennedy On Millions Who Invaded US: “We Have Imported An Army That Can Be Used By Our Enemy”
Brian Kennedy Committee on the Present Danger China
Watch the 2:38 minute video: https://rumble.com/v3roxxp-kennedy-on-millions-who-invaded-us-we-have-imported-an-army-that-can-be-use.html
Taer: Biden Admin Gives Award To Top Immigration Official Who Advocated To ‘Abolish’ ICE
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas honored Avideh Moussavian, chief of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) Office of Policy & Strategy, and her team for expanding legal processes for migrants to enter the U.S., the agency said in a statement Wednesday. Moussavian tweeted in 2018, before she began her tenure with the Biden administration, the hashtag “abolishICE,” saying the agency was “misleading the public and making our workplaces less safe.”
Taer: EXCLUSIVE: Border Authorities Are Counting Palestinian Migrants As Other Nationalities
In addition to the current and former agency officials that confirmed Palestinians aren’t classified as such when they’re apprehended and processed at the border, the DCNF obtained screenshots of Border Patrol’s internal system showing that Palestine is not a category and that searching for it results in “no matches.” Federal intelligence officials have warned that Palestinian terrorists could be crossing the southern border and to be on the lookout for them, according to an internal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) memo first obtained by the DCNF. Border Patrol agents also confirmed to the DCNF that there are no categories for Gaza or the West Bank in the country of origin classification system. […] One agent who’s previously processed Palestinians that possessed passports issued by the Palestinian Authority told the DCNF that they classified them as Israeli.
Bawer: October 7 Coming to America?
The aftermath of the Hamas atrocities of October 7 has brought both of these concerns to the fore. In the wake of the most horrific attack on Jews since the Holocaust, there were massive rallies across the country in sympathy with the terrorist perpetrators, and the participants in these demonstrations belonged largely to two groups: (1) college students and (2) Muslims. […] First, something drastic needs to be done about American higher education. The ideological depredation wrought by far-left faculty and administrators at private colleges needs to be addressed by . . . […] We’re all living in the aftermath of a massive misstep by George W. Bush, who, after 9/11, rushed to proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace whose adherents long for freedom and whose teachings are entirely virtuous. The terrorists, Bush insisted, hadn’t just hijacked planes – they’d hijacked their faith. Whether Bush himself believed these misrepresentations or not, the fact is that they’ve persisted throughout American society for the last twenty-two years. They led to two long, expensive wars and to countless unnecessary deaths. And they continue to mislead many Americans into thinking and acting irresponsibly. […] If ICE can threaten to expel a family of German Christians who moved to the U.S. fifteen years ago because Germany forbids homeschooling, certainly something can be done to protect our toddlers from people who teach their toddlers to hate non-believers and to idolize jihadists. […] Think of it. Is it all that far a psychological journey from participating in celebrations of terrorist butchery to carrying out terrorist butchery? Why is it so hard for so many Americans to recognize the very real possibility that this month’s terror in Israel could be next month’s terror in America? Will Americans refuse to act on this issue until, one fine weekend morning, a few dozen middle-class families in, say, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, are getting ready for breakfast when armed men from Hamtramck burst into their homes and proceed to shoot, rape, burn, dismember, and defile the parents and their precious children? Do Americans really want to wake up to that nightmare? And don’t neglect this point: . . .
Toplansky: Biden and Islamophobia
I was hoping against hope that Joe Biden would totally and irrevocably expose the evil of radical Islam in speaking of the dastardly Hamas attacks. But once he asserted that “we must also, without equivocation, denounce Islamophobia” in bis October 2020 speech to the nation, it was patently clear that he had fallen into the clutches of those who would demand utter capitulation to Islamists and thus destroy free speech, and independent thinking. Islamists would assert that “Islamophobia is “an allegedly irrational fear of losing life or liberty to Islamic rule merely because the laws, sacred texts, and traditional practices of Islam demand the submission of culture, politics, religion and social expression. But, in the real world, it is a product of rational observation.” After all “[a]n ideology that has as its stated goal to put the entire world under its eternal rule, by force if necessary, and to kill those who stand in its way, criticize it or leave it, is genuinely dangerous. Having some healthy doses of fear and skepticism of such a force is perfectly rational.” […] Sadly, “[i]t appears that the inventors and purveyors of ‘Islamophobia’ have succeeded beyond their dreams in silencing criticism of Islam. In fact, those who would criticize Islam include such Islamophobes as . . . […] Consequently,, it truly isn’t Islamophobia when they really are trying to kill you. Why didn’t Biden just recite Hamas’ beliefs in their own words?
Read more at American Thinker.
( H/T CFP) Forbes: MUST WATCH: John Kennedy Absolutely Goes Off On New CFPB Rule: ‘What In The–?’
On the Senate floor, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) railed against a new CFPB small business lending rule that is setting up small businesses and banks for lawsuits.
Start the video at the 4:53 minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tEfh3w3hgI&t=292s
Kinnett: Jewish Students at NYC College Cornered by Pro-Hamas Protesters, Told to Hide in Attic
Jewish students at Cooper Union, a private New York City college, were locked inside a library Wednesday as pro-Palestine and pro-Hamas protesters beat their fists on the doors, screamed, and tried to gain entry. New York police, however, told The Daily Signal that officers didn’t intervene because “no threats of physical violence were made.” […] Vernikov said Cooper Union faculty members not only canceled class to accommodate a walkout for the protest, but “encouraged students to participate and even offered extra credit” for participating. She also noted that faculty members joined the protest.
The Daily Signal sought comment from Cooper Union, including information on which classes were canceled and which faculty members encouraged students to participate. College officials didn’t respond by publication time. The Jewish students barricaded in the Cooper Union library were evacuated through tunnels Wednesday evening, while the university and police left the protesters alone, Vernikov and others said.
Read more/Watch the 6 second video: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/10/26/jewish-students-at-nyc-college-cornered-by-pro-hamas-protesters-told-to-hide-in-attic/
Costescu: Meet the Student Leader of the Group Behind the Viral Anti-Semitic Incident at George Washington University
The president of the student group that projected pro-Hamas and anti-Semitic messages onto a George Washington University library gave a speech in May glorifying Palestinian terrorist “martyrs” for making the “ultimate sacrifice” and called for violent “resistance” against Israelis, according to a video of the event.
Lance Lokas—a junior at the Washington, D.C., university—as of February served as president of the school’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, which took credit for the Tuesday evening library stunt. Lokas made his “martyr” speech during a May “Nakba Day” rally held near the Washington Monument. Lokas during his speech glorified Palestinian “martyrs,” calling their “ultimate sacrifice” a “compass guiding our work towards liberation,” a video obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute shows. Lokas also defended Palestinian “resistance” in “all its forms” and criticized those who condemn terrorism against Israel. […] Following the Tuesday library demonstration, some congressional Republicans argued that George Washington University should expel the perpetrators. Utah senator Mike Lee, for example, said the students responsible for the display should be “severely punished.”
“These are genocidal messages displayed on a building at George Washington University,” Lee said. “Genocide isn’t hip, cute, or in any way acceptable. GWU—do the right thing NOW!”
THE WAR IN ISRAEL
Michael Oren: A War Against the Jews
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews. When the Jew will hide behind stones and trees, the stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslims, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’ ” —The Hamas Charter “The conventional war of conquest was to be waged parallel to, and was also to camouflage, the ideological war against the Jews.” —Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews 1933–1945 It wasn’t the rallies with “Keep the World Clean” posters and chants of “gas the Jews.” Nor was it the glorification of Hamas paragliders by the Chicago branch of Black Lives Matter or, in New York and London, the tearing down of posters with the faces of Israeli children held hostage by Hamas. Not even the off-the-charts uptick in antisemitic incidents in Germany (240 percent), the United States (nearly 400 percent), and London (1,353 percent) convinced me. It was, rather, one of those realizations that so many generations of Jews before me have experienced. A realization that they, like me, surely tried to push out of their minds until the reality became unmistakeable. This war is not simply between Hamas terrorists and Israelis. It is a war against the Jews.
(H/T CFP) Cleave: NIGHT ATTACK Israel launches second night raid on Gaza with tanks, drones & attack helicopters ahead of looming invasion
ISRAEL launched its second “targeted” nighttime raid into besieged Gaza as it prepares for a full-scale ground invasion. Columns of tanks backed by fighter jets, helicopters and drones smashed through border defences, wiping out Hamas terror targets and infrastructure, the IDF claimed.
Read more/Watch the 50 second video: https://www.the-sun.com/news/9430111/israel-second-night-raid-gaza/
Guildford: Inside Hamas’s underground city: Footage shows how the terrorists excavate tunnels, use them to move weapons, carry out attacks on Israel and smuggle prisoners back to Gaza
The militants can be seen dressed in full military fatigues with some obscuring their faces with headscarves, balaclavas or wearing camouflage paint. They were heavily armed, carrying large machine guns, ammunition and rocket propelled weapons.
Read more/Watch the 3:23 minute video: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12675871/Hamas-underground-city-footage-excavate-tunnels-attacks-Gaza.html
America reports: ‘We were in hell:’ Victim of Hamas attack shares miracles that saved his family
Mati Dancyg, a father of three young girls, recounted the miracles of how his family survived Hamas’ brutal Oct 7. terrorist attack in Kibbutz Nir Oz in southern Israel.
Watch the 4:50 minute interview: https://www.foxnews.com/video/6339859578112
Godefridi: Europe Facing Civil War?
- Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger explained in an interview recently that Europe had made a serious mistake by creating within itself, through mass immigration, populations that reject all its norms, values and a “constitutional basis”.
- Finally, Europeans will have to do the unthinkable: actually apply their laws. If anyone — Muslim or non-Muslim — wants to celebrate the jihadist pogroms against Jews, well, they can go and rejoice in Iran or Qatar. Not in Europe.
- Every “Death to the Jews” or “Death to Israel” uttered in Europe… is an insult not only to Jews, but to us, what we are, our laws, our democracies and the will of the people.
In Vienna, London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels and dozens of other European cities, demonstrations “in support of Palestine” were organized even before the Israelis responded [to] the jihadist pogrom perpetrated by Iran-backed Hamas on October 7, while the corpses of more than 1,400 Israeli victims — tortured, raped, murdered and mutilated, babies decapitated or burned alive — were still warm. According to a JNS report: . . .
OTHER NEWS, COMMENTARY, OPINION
Silverio: Watch People’s Reactions As They’re Offered A Chance To Fight Alongside Hamas
Americans across the U.S. have protested in the streets in support of Palestine, shouting antisemitic slogans as Israel defends itself after Hamas terrorists slaughtered 1,400 of its people on Oct. 7. Nearly half of Americans aged 18 to 24 say they support Palestine in the conflict. But what happens when we ask them to put skin in the game?
Watch the 2:34 minute video: https://dailycaller.com/2023/10/26/watch-peoples-reactions-as-theyre-offered-a-chance-to-fight-alongside-hamas/
Citizen Free Press: BREAKING — Jamaal Bowman is so busted. New footage shows Bowman removed warning signs before pulling the fire alarm in a House office building last month.
[Note: US Rep Jamaal Bowman (D-NY ) is a far-left squad member.}
Watch the 17 second video: https://twitter.com/CitizenFreePres/status/1717626705383235831
CNN: Rep. Bowman explains why he triggered fire alarm: https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2023/10/25/bowman-manu-raju-fire-alarm-reaction-vpx.cnn
Justice: Jamaal Bowman Gets Probation Deal For His Fire Alarm ‘Insurrection’ After Calling J6ers Terrorists https://thefederalist.com/2023/10/26/jamaal-bowman-gets-probation-deal-for-his-fire-alarm-insurrection-after-calling-j6ers-terrorists/
Philips: NINE Democrats including Rashida Tlaib and one Republican vote AGAINST resolution condemning Hamas and backing Israel for the terrorist attacks
In the 412-10-6 vote, the House demonstrated support for Israelis after Hamas launched an attack that left 1,400 dead and more than 200 held hostage. […] Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., Al Green, Texas, André Carson, Ind., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Delia Ramirez, D-Ill., Summer Lee, Pa., all voted against the resolution. Six other Democrats voted ‘present,’ not taking a position either way – Reps. Joaquin Castro, Texas, Chuy Garcia, Ill., Greg Casar, Texas, Ayanna Pressley, Mass., and Pramila Jayapal, Wash. One Republican – Rep. Thomas Massie, Ky., – also voted against the resolution. He said on X he opposed it because ‘it calls for sanctions on a sovereign country. Sanctions are a prelude to war and hurt the citizens of the country more than the government of the country that’s being sanctioned.’
Stanley: Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson is slammed ‘for locking huge crowd out of public meeting about plan for migrant camp in crime-ridden city – even though there was plenty of space inside’
Video from Tuesday night shows dozens of people crowded outside Kelly High School unable to get inside with many taking up a chant of ‘open the doors’. Meanwhile inside the meeting quickly grew heated with some residents opposing the city’s plan to turn a site in the Southwest Side neighborhood into a tent shelter for asylum seekers. Cheers and boos erupted from the crowd, while outside, residents who had not been allowed in pounded on the doors.
U.S. NATIOMNAL DEBT CLOCK:
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