Trump thinks Ivanka would be great to replace Nikki Haley.
“So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador. She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism!” Trump tweeted on Friday morning. He later re-iterated, saying she would be “incredible,” and that there is “nobody more competent”. And just what, pray tell, are her qualifications? Oh wait … Nikki Haley had no qualifications for the job, either. But at least she had government experience, having served six years each as Governor of South Carolina and a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and until she drank the Trump Kool Aid, she had some good sense. Ivanka has … well, let’s see … she owns a company that daddy bought her whereby she uses overseas sweatshop labour to manufacture ugly clothing that she sells for an outrageous price. Oh, and she’s married to a shyster real estate ‘tycoon’ who doesn’t pay taxes. Oh yeah … everybody must surely want her to represent us at the United Nations.
Ol’ Duncan Hunter … back in the news again.
Remember Duncan Hunter? He’s been on my radar off and on for nearly two years, but the latest was last month when I wrote that he had been caught and indicted on charges of using a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses. And then he had the gall to blame it all on his wife! Well, I guess when you’re caught with your hand in the cookie jar, one thing you can do is start pointing fingers at others. But his latest antic is a real piece of work. He has accused his Democratic challenger for the upcoming mid-terms, one Ammar Campa-Najjar, of being a Palestinian terrorist who is trying to “infiltrate” Congress. No, I swear I’m not making it up! My imagination isn’t that good!
He produced a television ad that claims …
“Ammar Campa-Najjar is working to infiltrate Congress. He’s used three different names to hide his family’s ties to terrorism. His grandfather masterminded the Munich Olympic massacre. His father said they deserved to die. … ‘He is being supported by CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood.’ ‘This is a well-orchestrated plan.’ Ammar Campa-Najjar: A risk we can’t ignore.”
“He changed his name from Ammar Yasser Najjar to Ammar Campa-Najjar so he sounds Hispanic. … So his signs could actually say Joseph Campa or, or something. That is how hard, by the way, that the radical Muslims are trying to infiltrate the U.S. government. You had more Islamists run for office this year at the federal level than ever before in U.S. history.”
The Washington Post Fact Checker to the rescue:
- Campa-Najjar is a Christian born and raised in San Diego
- His grandfather died years before he was born
- His father wasn’t around much and that Campa-Najjar was raised by his mother and her Mexican American family
- Campa-Najjar obtained a security clearance for his past work in the Obama White House and the Labor Department
This ad uses naked anti-Muslim bias in an effort to scare Californians into voting for an indicted Republican incumbent.
The Democrat on the receiving end of these attacks isn’t even Muslim. All the claims in the ad are false, misleading or devoid of evidence.
Hunter earns Four Pinocchios.
Mike Pompeo has a heart, but it’s very, very tiny.The policy of the United States has long been to grant visas to partners of foreign diplomats serving in the U.S., even when those relationships are not recognized by their home countries, such as is sometimes the case with LGBT couples. In July, the U.S. mission to the United Nations informed foreign delegations that beginning Oct. 1, the State Department would no longer issue G-4 visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and U.N. officials who are not legally married.
There are 69 countries around the world that criminalize same-sex relationships, and in 10 countries, LGBT couples face the death penalty for their orientation. Last week, 119 House Democrats sent a letter to Pompeo protesting the policy change. Let’s hope he listens, though I’m not holding my breath. This is a step backward in U.S. Civil Rights, not to mention Human Rights … and a loud statement of Pompeo’s views of the LGBT community.