WATCH: Ted Cruz Brutally Schools Bernie Sanders On ‘Robin Hood’ Analogy

CNN hosted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for a debate on the GOP’s tax proposal on Wednesday night, and, as expected, Cruz made Sanders look like a fool most of the night.

Sanders tried to attack Republicans’ plan for tax cuts by saying it was “a Robin Hood proposal in reverse.”

Cruz responded by shredding Sanders’ Robin Hood tax analogy, pointing out that Sanders was unable to comprehend even the basic idea of what Robin Hood was trying to do.


The reaction over social media following the debate was overwhelmingly positive for Cruz and mostly negative for Sanders who struggled most of the night.

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Media, Democrats Suddenly Nostalgic For Romney, Bush. They Can Go To Hell.

On Wednesday evening, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a hypothetical: “Wouldn’t it be nice,” she asked, if Mitt Romney “were president of the United States?”

Thanks a lot, lady.

Pelosi, of course, spent most of 2012 castigating Mitt Romney as the scourge of the earth, a racist, immoral homophobe seeking to crush the poor with his car elevator. After Romney was booed at the NAACP convention, she said, “I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention.” She suggested that Romney was leading a “Republican assault on women’s health.” She said that it was a myth that Romney had respect for women. Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Romney of cheating on his taxes. The media accused Romney of strapping a dog to the top of his car, forcibly cutting the hair of a gay high school kid, and giving a man’s wife cancer, as well as slapping women into binders. Vice President Joe Biden said Romney wanted to put black people back in chains.

And now they want Romney back?

On Thursday, former President George W. Bush spoke in New York City, where he forcibly condemned isolationism, white nationalism, and populism. The press immediately reacted with spasms of joy – here was a man! That followed hard on Pelosi wishing Bush were president back in June.

The media and the Democrats spent eight full years calling Bush a Hitlerian figure and a war criminal. Democrats regularly talked of impeaching Bush. Hillary Clinton took to the Senate floor in 2002 carrying a copy of The New York Post and yelling, “The president knew what? My constituents would like to know the answer!” The media and the Democrats chortled in glee as Donald Trump mirrored their charges in 2016, and laughed along as Trump routinely insulted Jeb Bush for his brother’s real and unreal failings.

But now they love Bush again.

All of which suggests that all of these people are simply full of crap. It’s one thing for conservatives to believe that Donald Trump is a difference in kind from George W. Bush. He is. Bush failed conservatives on many policy fronts, from No Child Left Behind to Medicare Part D to campaign finance reform, from blowing out spending to his attempts at immigration reform to the financial bailouts. But Bush was a mensch. He may have failed to implement his philosophy, but his philosophy was classical conservatism, based in creed rather than empty nationalist sloganeering.

The same holds true for Mitt Romney. I opposed Romney in the primaries in 2012. That’s because he was the only Republican candidate who had created Obamacare. But Romney was a good man, an honest man, perhaps the most decent man to run for president in my lifetime.

It’s fair for conservatives to distinguish between Bush and Romney on the one hand and Trump on the other.

But the same Leftists who insisted Bush was the devil, that Romney was the devil, cannot now turn around and fete these men. Their hatred for Bush and Romney inured Americans to their catcalls; after calling Bush and Romney racist sexist bigot homophobes, the charges sounded like more of the same with Trump, because they were. If Ted Cruz had been the nominee, he would have heard the same charges. And that’s why Republicans nominated the only candidate who didn’t seem to care about the catcalls, and was willing to throw mud in the other direction.

So, no, Democrats who slandered Bush and Romney, you don’t get to wish for Bush or Romney now. You broke the country. You bought this.

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University Will Now Issue ‘Trigger Warnings’ For Shakespeare Plays

To coddle the snowflake, or not to coddle snowflake, that is the question: whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer. The slings and arrows of outrageous sensitivity, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubled youth, And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep.

Snowflakes are now too sensitive to suffer through a performance of Shakespeare without being given a trigger warning first.

According to The Telegraph, students at Britain’s prestigious Cambridge University are now being warned of “potentially distressing topics” in plays by Shakespeare, with English Literature undergrads being cautioned that lectures about Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors include “discussions of sexual violence” and “sexual assault“.

The U.K.’s Independent noted that some professors have not exactly welcomed the new change in policy, arguing that the trigger warnings will not do the students any favors when they graduate. Others claim that it will help students who may have a panic attack should it remind them of a personal traumatic experience.

Even so, Mary Beard, a Professor of Classics at Cambridge, called it “fundamentally dishonest” to allow students to skip out on learning about uncomfortable parts of history and literature.

“We have to encourage students to be able to face that, even when they find they’re awkward and difficult for all kinds of good reasons,” she said.

David Crilly, artistic director at The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, said students who are that triggered have no business even studying Shakespeare.

“If a student of English Literature doesn’t know that Titus Andronicus containts scenes of violence they shouldn’t be on the course,” he said. “This degree of sensitivity will inevitably curtail academic freedom. If the academic staff are concerned they imght say something students find uncomfortable they will avoid doing it.”

Perhaps more disconcerting, the trigger warnings were put in place without a reasonable discussion amongst the faculty, according to one Cambridge lecturer.

Cambridge University maintains that that the English Faculty has no official policy on trigger warnings.

“Some lecturers indicate that some sensitive material will be covered in a lecture by informing the English Faculty Admin staff,” said a Cambridge spokesman. “This is entirely at the lecturer’s own discretion and is in no way indicative of a Faculty wide policy.”

Issuing trigger warnings before Shakespeare pales in comparison to some policies being instituted here in the United States, where students have outright called for a ban on teaching Shakespeare for being a white, European male.

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George W. Bush Drops His Mask on Russian Election Collusion and Globalism

Former President George W. Bush—whose lips remained forever sealed during the eight long years that Barack Hussein Obama was uninterruptedly fundamentally transforming America—threw his weight on the no-evidence conspiracy that the Russians stole the election from Hillary Clinton, today.

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Professor Freaks Out About ‘Armed Aryan Brotherhood Militia’ That Turns Out to Be Cops

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October 19, 2017 2:54 pm

A University of Florida professor freaked out Wednesday after seeing police officers on campus, believing they were an armed gang of racists.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) had declared a state of emergency on Tuesday in preparation for a speech two days later on UF’s campus by white supremacist Richard Spencer. Tensions are high on campus, and rumors are now swirling, the Miami Herald reports.

One geography professor emailed his students a warning that was later picked up and sent out on the student email listserv.

“FYI, I just walked into Turlington 10 minutes ago, and there were armed Aryan Brotherhood militia circling the building. It feels like they are testing how much they can get away with, openly carrying weapons,” he wrote.

But as the news spread on campus and social media, it turned out that the oddly dressed men were actually Florida state troopers sent to keep the peace.

A Herald staffer tweeted out an image of the khaki-clad troopers.

The Herald also reported that a rumor sprang up that a noose was on campus. That rumor was also unfounded.

County police set up a hotline to address the noose and armed militia rumor, but “there are so many rumors flying that police have said they will not address them individually.”

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Democrat Drops Congressional Bid After Shoplifting Arrest at Kohl’s

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October 19, 2017 3:08 pm

A Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th Congressional District has dropped out of the race, following multiple arrests, including charges of grand larceny for attempting to steal $1,500 worth of clothes from Kohl’s.

Steven Brisee, one of seven Democrats challenging Republican representative John Faso, announced on Twitter that he has had enough of politics, after being arrested twice in September.

The Daily Freeman reported on Brisee’s exit from the race, citing his difficulties in fundraising. Brisee raised $850 and spent roughly $18,000, he told the paper.

“As someone on the spectrum the fact Thomas Jefferson was thought to be autistic gave me hope,” Brisee tweeted. “There’s a reason not many scientists run for office, because it’s so far out of our comfort zone. I can do and learn a lot of things but sadly sociability will never be one of them. So that’s enough politics for me.”

“Good luck to everyone running in #ny19,” he added.

The Times Herald-Record in the Hudson Valley reported on Brisee’s two arrests in September, including the shoplifting charge at Kohl’s and trespassing.

“A 27-year-old Democratic congressional candidate from Walden faces criminal charges in two counties for allegedly living in someone else’s empty house without permission and trying to steal almost $1,500 worth of clothes and other merchandise from a Kohl’s in the Town of Newburgh,” the paper reported.

Brisee claimed to live in the 19th district, but the Times Herald-Record reported the address he provided “doesn’t appear to exist.”

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Court Blocks Illegal Immigrant Teenager From Getting Abortion…

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An appeals court on Thursday temporarily stayed a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a short ruling allowing the teenager to be taken to a counseling meeting with the doctor who would perform the abortion. Texas state law requires women to receive counseling 24 hours before an abortion. If the appeals court lifts the stay during a hearing Friday morning, the teen would still potentially be able to have the procedure later Friday or on Saturday.

Susan Hays, legal director for the Texas group Jane’s Due Process, which helps pregnant minors obtain an abortion, said the teen was receiving counseling Thursday morning.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed an appeal Wednesday night shortly after U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled in favor of the teenager.

The teen, whose name and country of origin have been withheld because she’s a minor, has already received a state court order permitting her to have the abortion. But federal officials have refused to transport her or temporarily release her so that others can take her to have the procedure.

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Ex-SEIU Employee Says Two Union Supervisors Sexually Harassed Her

A former Fight for $15 organizer says sexual harassment was pervasive at the Service Employees International Union, which just suspended the architect of the minimum-wage-hike campaign amid complaints of misconduct and nepotism.

The organizer, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid retaliation, said two supervisors at the union sexually harassed her, including a man directly affiliated with Fight for $15 movement. She was not surprised when SEIU President Mary Kay Henry announced that she suspended Executive Vice President Scott Courtney.

"Unfortunately, I’m not surprised at all given the broad environment of misogyny at [the union]," she said. "I personally experienced sexual harassment from two people in supervisory positions."

The organizer emphasized that she was not personally aware of any behavior from Courtney beyond what has already been documented.

Buzzfeed reported on Thursday about allegations from seven former and current SEIU organizers that he had sexual relations with female subordinates who later went on to get promoted. The former organizer told the Washington Free Beacon that she reported her supervisors to the union’s human resources division, but found the response lacking. She said the HR woman was receptive to her complaint about one supervisor, saying "thank you for bringing this to our attention," but little changed in the aftermath.

"His behavior didn’t change. He had an attitude of entitlement and misogyny and the feeling he could get away with really egregious comments," she said. "Most HR processes for investigating sexual harassment [represent] a culture of protecting the organization."

Both supervisors—whom she declined to name—were later laid off from their positions, though she feels this was due to budgetary cuts, rather than their behavior. Following the 2016 elections, SEIU leaders projected a 30 percent staff reduction to trim its budget.

The union told the Washington Free Beacon that it has launched a thorough investigation into Courtney, though it declined to elaborate about the nature of the allegations.

"SEIU takes all questions related to conduct of elected officers very seriously. I can confirm that President Henry has suspended International Executive Vice President Scott Courtney from his assigned duties as an officer of SEIU," a union spokeswoman said in an email. "This decision was made as part of an on-going inquiry that was called for by President Henry. As this inquiry is ongoing, no conclusions have been reached as yet and we continue to gather information."

Courtney has not yet responded to the allegations, as he is on his honeymoon, according to Bloomberg, which broke the news of the suspension on Tuesday.

Some progressives said the SEIU did not go far enough in suspending Courtney.

Shaunna Thomas, cofounder of the feminist advocacy group UltraViolet, called on the union to fire Courtney immediately. Instead of investigating the particular allegations before making a decision, Thomas said, it should review its own sexual harassment policies.

"Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace, but it’s particularly disturbing to learn that an organization dedicated to protecting workers has allowed a culture of harassment and abuse to flourish within its ranks," Thomas said in a statement. "The SEIU must immediately move to fire Courtney, and conduct a review of the organization’s sexual harassment policies.  This is wholly unacceptable, and the SEIU leadership must act quickly to ensure that it never happens again."

The former organizer who complained to the Free Beacon of sexual harassment said the SEIU has improved on the "old school, toxic masculinity" of others in the labor movement, noting that its executive board has many female leaders, including President Henry. The union represents fields with large women populations, including the healthcare, public, and service sectors, and half of all members are women.

However, middle management and on-the-ground leadership are still dominated by men, according to the former organizer. She said the labor movement and liberal advocacy groups need to make a cultural change because self-proclaimed male feminists use their public politics as "cover for their personal behavior." She doesn’t believe Courtney’s suspension or other punitive action alone will resolve the problem.

"This isn’t specific to SEIU or the labor movement. Sexual harassment is just as much a problem in progressive advocacy as it is in any other workplace," she said. "Much more important than just that [the suspension] is to insist that everyone at work practice consent … women as well as men and people of other genders contribute to sexual harassment and rape culture."

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Fact: The Loudest Virtue Signalers Are Always The Slimiest People

Like Hollywood!

Case in point: While speaking Monday at ELLE’s “Women in Entertainment” event, Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain dropped a remarkable truth bomb about Hollywood’s hypocrisy.

“This is an industry rife with racism, sexism and homophobia,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It is so closely woven into the fabric of the business that we have become snowblind to the glaring injustices happening every day.”

“Oh we’re very quick to point the finger at others and address the issue with social action and fundraising, yet there is a clear disconnect between how we practice what we preach in our industry.”

In other words, though the fat cats in Hollywood like to present themselves as champions of the poor, champions of women, champions of minorities, etc., their actual actions frequently paint a very different picture.

She’s right, and numerous examples prove it, from the barrage of sexual abuse allegations currently rocking the entertainment industry, to the manifest acrimony faced by black conservative actors and producers.

That said, her astute observation applies to more than just the creeps and miscreants in Hollywood. I daresay it encompasses millions of Americans — particularly leftists — who loudly clamor about alleged “inequality” and “injustice,” all while they treat others like total garbage.

Consider MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, who spends every weeknight virtue signaling nonstop about “inequality,” yet has been proven to be a creep who mistreats his staff.

Or consider Colombia Daily Tribune columnist Bill “Ol’ Clark” Clark, who, after an encounter with police this summer, penned a diatribe kvetching about the alleged “harassment and police arrogance” experienced by minorities.

“I’ve just come to appreciate even more the words of those minorities when they speak of harassment and police arrogance,” he wrote. “I had a good dose of arrogance on this evening and, in my rear view mirror, the image of the second officer out of the car, his hands ready in case I made the wrong move. My life seemed to be in danger.”

That’s called virtue signaling, especially given it was based on lies. Not only did the cop who pulled Clark over treat him like a star, referring to him as “sir” and thanking him when he cooperated, but Clark in turn treated him like trash, reportedly raising his voice, becoming argumentative and, of course, writing a bullshit column.

Here’s the conclusion I reached at the time for Conservative Tribune:

It’s clear from Clark’s reaction to experiencing a simple traffic stop that he’s no different from the leftist leaders he presumably adores, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and California Rep. Maxine Waters.

While such charlatans talk a lot about kindness, tolerance and respect, they never follow what they preach. And while they constantly harangue us conservatives about our alleged aversion to truth and facts, it’s clear from their incessant lies and distortions that they’re the ones who wouldn’t recognize the truth if it slapped them across the face.

I stand by that.

The irony is that leftists like this — and those in Hollywood — love to call us deplorables, racists, sexists, bullies, pigs, you name. But I’m pretty positive most of us treat each other with basic dignity and respect — or at least with more dignity and respect than the likes of O’Donnell and Clark treat staff members and cops, respectively.

If anything, all this — particularly the drama in Hollywood — is another stark reminder of why you should never judge a book by its cover. There are homeless people I’ve met who were kinder, more sincere and better human beings than many of these fat cats in Hollywood, as well their peers over on the far left (including those in the media).


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Cruz Explains Sanders’ Faux Pas in Robin Hood Analogy

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) debunked Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I., Vt.) "Robin Hood" analogy during a Wednesday night debate on tax reform, telling the Vermont senator he "fundamentally misunderstood" the story.

The town hall debate between Cruz and Sanders was hosted by CNN and moderated by CNN anchor Jake Tapper and political correspondent Dana Bash.

Cruz responded to Sanders’ frequently used argument where he says Republicans are guilty of a "reverse Robin Hood," stealing from the poor to give to the rich.

"Bernie invoked Robin Hood," Cruz said. "And I’ve got to say, Bernie fundamentally misunderstood that story."

Cruz explained in the historical story of Robin Hood, the hero was robbing the rich individuals in power, the tax collectors, because they were collecting too much taxes from the men and women working hard every day.

"In Bernie’s analogy, it is the Democrats who are King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. And Robin Hood is saying, ‘tax collectors, stop hammering people who are struggling, who are laboring in the fields, who are working, stop taking it to the castle to give out to your buddies," Cruz said while pointing toward Sanders, who was smiling.

Cruz then said Sanders was going to tell the audience about all of the free things he was going to give out. He said that while Democrats love railing on the big insurance companies, when "you have Washington giving out goodies, the big guys do great."

"It’s the little people who hurt, it’s the young people, it’s the entrepreneurs," Cruz said.

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