It’s one thing to have a phobia of rattlesnakes. It’s another thing not to want to invite them into your bed.
Yes, I just compared jihadists to rattlesnakes.
Mainstream media is reeling following the victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-Right BJP party in nationwide state elections, with leading liberal newspapers and news outlets raising the cry of ‘Islamophobia’ in India.
The UK’s left-wing newspaper The Guardian called the Hindu-Right electoral gains in the biggest Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), which has a population of 220 million, “a victory for anti-Muslim bigotry”. Aiming its criticism of the man elected to run the state — a 44 year-old Hindu Monk — Yogi Adityanath, The Guardian complained that “[Adityanath] backs a Donald Trump-style travel ban to stop “terrorists” coming to India.”
According to Indian media reports, President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Modi today to congratulate him on his electoral success.
The left-wing news website Vox was equally critical of UP state’s newly elected Chief Minister Adityanath, writing that “he publicly supported President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, stating, “Similar action is needed to contain terror activities in this country.””
The Washington Post profiled the monk-turned-politician, Adityanath, with a story titled “Meet the militant monk spreading Islamophobia in India”. The Washington Post held India’s PM Modi responsible for the rising Islamophobia:
[Latest election results] points at rising Islamophobia in India, aided and abetted by the far right and the elephant in the room ever since the unexpected win of Narendra Modi in the 2014 national elections. Adityanath’s anointment as the chief minister of a state that has been a hotbed of communal tension for more than two decades suggests that this Islamophobia is taking deeper roots.
At a press briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asserted the media is so obsessed with trying to find evidence of collusion between the administration and Russia, that if Trump were to put Russian salad dressing on his dinner,…
Federal immigration agents have detained the father of the 18-year-old Guatemalan, who is accused of violently raping a high school classmate in Rockville, Maryland, for being in the US illegally. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed on Monday that Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes, 43, was arrested on Friday at his home in Rockville, “after a review of his immigration history revealed he was unlawfully present in the United States.”
“He was issued a notice to appear in immigration court, and is currently detained at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, Maryland,” ICE said in a statement, quoted by WUSA-TV.
Attorney Himedes Chicas told reporters that Sanchez-Reyes surrendered peacefully. No court date has been set as of yet.
Sanchez-Reyes is the father of Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, one of two suspects in the recent rape of a female student at Rockville High School that brought the issue of criminal acts committed by illegal immigrants into the national spotlight. The other suspect was identified as Jose Montano, 17.
From the LMT:
Reps. Mike Kingsley and Bryan Zollinger say they feel conservative message is going unheard
Two freshmen representatives looking for a productive way to advance conservative ideals announced the formation of an Idaho House Freedom Caucus on Monday.
Reps. Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston, and Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls, will be co-chairmen of the group. They expect to have at least 10 members initially, but 24 showed up to a late-afternoon informational meeting.
The proposal to create a conservative caucus comes at the tail end of a session that’s been marked by frequent conflicts and procedural disputes between House Republican leaders and a group of far-right lawmakers that includes Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, and Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird.
Kingsley said the Scott-Nate group has some good ideas, but they’ve undermined their own efforts by directly challenging the established leadership hierarchy.
“We feel like the conservative message isn’t getting out,” he said. “Some walls have been built, some barriers. We need to come together as a group to get our message into meaningful bills.”
The caucus is modeled in part on the congressional House Freedom Caucus, which made a name for itself by ousting House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in 2015. The group also played a role in blocking the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill last week.
“We love what they’re doing in D.C. with their Freedom Caucus,” Kingsley said. “They’re having an impact.”
Zollinger, however, suggested the Idaho House Freedom Caucus will be a kinder, gentler version of its congressional counterpart.
That according to witnesses at the restaurant. Too bad no one posted the video yet from their cell phones.
If you didn’t think that this year’s politics could get any more divisive (or weird), think again. According to a report from Page Six, things turned ugly on Sunday night when a pleasant conversation erupted into a brawl in a Manhattan Restaurant.
Judicial Watch is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court in an effort to pry loose information about several environmental justice grants doled out by the agency. The watchdog group is seeking copies of the EPA’s proposals and awards for environmental justice grants delivered in 2014 and 2015, and said it hasn’t been provided with any documents yet.
“This is a simple records request and the fact that the Obama EPA ignored it for years tells you the agency has something to hide,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release.
The environmental justice program seeks to measure the environmental impact of industry and development as it relates to minority populations, but conservatives have complained that the effort funds progressive groups that are only interested in slowing down any development at all through lawsuits and rulemaking.
For the watchdog group, it’s another opportunity for the new administration to provide greater transparency by legally releasing older information that was held back in FOIA requests by the Obama administration. But those hopes haven’t been met so far.
The team at Judicial Watch would like to...follow the money.
“The Obama EPA’s ‘environmental justice’ slush fund for its leftwing allies needs to be exposed,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This is a simple records request and the fact that the Obama EPA ignored it for years tells you the agency has something to hide.”