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NYC Bomber: Thanks, Chain Migration!
On Monday, would-be suicide bomber Akayed Ullah detonated a homemade pipe bomb affixed to his torso in a New York City subway station. Ullah is a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh who had lived for several years in Brooklyn. He survived the attack because his crude bomb malfunctioned, and told investigators his goal was to terrorize as many people as possible. “I did it for the Islamic state,” he said.
Ullah came here in 2011 on an F-43 visa; in his case, according to National Review, this “amounts to a nephew visa – as the under-21 nephew of a naturalized citizen who sponsored his sibling (one of Ullah’s parents) for a green card. And Ullah’s uncle (or maybe aunt – we don’t know) only got here in the first place because he or she won the visa lottery.” Ed alert: “Here’s how that lottery works: We’re going to pull your name and you get to come to America. Then with chain migration, your whole family gets to come here too.”
According to a lawyer for the New York chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Ullah’s family is “outraged” by the behavior of law enforcement in the hours after the bombing, complaining that the kids in the family were taken out in the cold and/or taken out of school. Ed alert: “I have one comment: Boo freaking hoo.”
Allegations Against Trump: Is there Something Fishy Here?
Now that the Dems have won the Alabama special election for Senate and the Russia investigation is falling apart, their strategy is to relitigate the sexual misconduct of Donald Trump when he was a private citizen. Three of the women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault – Samantha Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks – held a press conference on Monday, alongside a filmmaker named John Greenwald who says he is making a movie about them. Bill O’Reilly, himself no stranger to sexual misconduct allegations, made an intriguing revelation when he was on Glenn Beck’s show this week: That there is a tape he has seen personally that shows a woman being offered $200,000 to make these types of allegations against Trump. “I can tell you that Donald Trump knows about the tape,” O’Reilly said. “This is an industry; there are false charges and money changing hands.” Ed alert: “Someone’s offering $200,000 for this – who has that kind of money? The Democratic National Committee.”
Conflicts of Interest in the Mueller Investigation
Every week, it seems we learn about more ways that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling is rife with conflicts of interest. This week, a senior Department of Justice official who was demoted for not disclosing meetings with Fusion GPS representatives is also married to a former employee of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous Trump-Russia dossier. Bruce Ohr was the demoted DOJ official, married to Nellie H. Ohr who worked for Fusion GPS in summer/fall 2016.
Then Tuesday night, the text messages between Peter Strzok (the FBI agent who Mueller fired from the Russia probe) and his mistress, Lisa Page (also an FBI agent who was briefly part of Mueller’s team) were sent to Congress by the Justice Department. Here’s part of the story in Politico:
375 texts were handed over the night before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein faced a prolonged grilling in front of the House Judiciary Committee. The exchanges show Page and Strzok mocking Trump as early as mid-2015.
- Responding to a Washington Post story about Trump saying it hadn’t been proven that Russian President Vladimir Putin had killed anyone, Page wrote: “What an utter idiot.”
- In a March 2016 message, Page exclaimed: “God trump is a loathsome human….omg he’s an idiot.”…”He’s awful,” replied Strzok.
The agents sometimes expressed respect or outright support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
- “God Hillary should win 100,000,000 – 0,” Strzok wrote in March 2016, calling himself a “conservative Dem.”
- “Also did you hear [Trump] make a comment about the size of his d*ck earlier? This man cannot be president,” Page said later in the exchange.
There are hints in the messages about the concern over Russian influence on the campaign:
In July 2016, Page expressed concern that the “sandernistas” (Bernie Sanders supporters) might undercut Clinton’s campaign. “I’m not worried about them. I’m worried about the anarchist Assanges (Julian Assange) who will take fed information and disclose it to disrupt,” Strzok replied.
The following month, after exchanging more disparaging messages about Trump’s response to Gold Star father Khizr Khan, Page appears to suggest to Strzok that he needs to save the country from Trump:
- “Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace,” Page wrote.
- “I can protect our country at many levels,” Strzok replied.
In a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Congressman Jim Jordan raked Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the coals about Strozk’s texts. Ed alert: “He ices the cake when he connects the dots to collusion against Trump.”
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