Congratulations Bob Cotton OAM!

Years ago I nicknamed the Order of Australia Medal the ‘Pedo Medal’ due to the large number of high profile pedophiles like Rolf Harris who have been awarded one.

But today’s honour list contains a legit recipient: Pastor Bob Cotton. As a child abuse victim I’m no fan of church ministers – but Bob has proven to be one of the good ones.

Bob was awarded an OAM for ‘service to the community as an advocate for child protection legislation.’ In short, Bob campaigned to upgrade the penalty for concealing child sex abuse from a summary offence with a maximum 2-year penalty to a serious crime carrying a 5-year prison sentence.

But Bob didn’t work alone. He describes himself as the public face of a band of ordinary middle aged Aussie blokes who trod the streets gathering 10,000 signatures required for the matter to be tabled in parliament.

Thank you to Bob and your mates for not just caring about the plight of Aussie child abuse victims – but for getting off your butts and doing something.

You can find Bob’s latest comments here: https://twitter.com/pastorbobcotton

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Matt Gaetz Campaigns In Wyoming to Oust Liz Cheney From Republican Leadership

Representative Matt Gaetz (MAGA-FL) is heading to Wyoming to assist the state effort to rebuke Liz Cheney for her insufferable position to impeach President Trump.

Ms Cheney voted against the overwhelming voice of the Wyoming people and is now facing the backlash she deserves.

Of course the ever snarky DeceptiCon Cheney fires back with insults instead of actual policy or justification telling Gaetz he “can leave his beauty bag at home. In Wyoming, the men don’t wear make-up.”

WASHINGTON DC – As another Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump looms on the horizon, House Republicans stepped up their pressure campaign against GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney to resign from her leadership post.

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz plans to rally with local Republicans in Cheyenne on Thursday to urge the Wyoming Republican congresswoman to step down as a result of her voting in favor of Trump’s second impeachment and accusing him of “betrayal” to the office of the presidency.

In a tweet promoting the event, Gaetz said, “I do not want her job. I unequivocally am not seeking a position in House Leadership. I also know Wyoming can do better.”

A Cheney spokesperson shot back at Gaetz, telling the Washington Examiner, “Rep. Gaetz can leave his beauty bag at home. In Wyoming, the men don’t wear make-up.”

Cheney, who is already facing a primary challenger, was excoriated by the Wyoming Republican Party, noting Trump was denied due process by the representative and that the state voted for the reelection of Trump by a margin of 70% to 30%. (read more)

The un-discussed aspect is the unity pact between both wings of the UniParty bird.  The GOPe wants elimination of “Trump” supporters in exactly the same way the GOP wanted, and orchestrated, the elimination of the Tea Party.

If America-First or “MAGA” ideology is the Republican brand, that means the elimination (ie. lots of republicans being primaried) of tenured GOPe politicians.  As an outcome, “Trumpism” is a risk to their structural power.  The charge against the Tea Party was led by senate republicans.  The same charge against Trump was led by Senate Republicans.

When the Tea Party rose to power and primaried a host of GOP politicians, it was the Republican party that attacked the conservative base and attempted to destroy the rebellion.  McCain called us “hobbits” and McConnell called us “jihadists.”  The threat from the Tea Party was felt amid the GOP.  The GOP was *not* going to adjust.

Meanwhile Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama destroyed the center of their political party called the Blue Dog coalition, represented by Bart Stupak.  The Blue Dogs were wiped out in 2010 because Democrats forced them into radical left-wing agenda items.

A new party, ie. ‘THE’ new party, would not be a carve out of around 80%+ within the Republican club.  A new party would be a coalition party of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  Need proof of the scale, look at the 2020 election for Trump.  That’s the (fill__blank) party.

A new party would be a SECOND party to the UniParty occupants currently pushing more big government in Washington DC.  The fact that we have decades worth of evidence (Patriot Act, Wall Street Lobbyists, K-St. etc.), and specifically the past ten years (omnibus spending bills, limitless debt ceiling, massive wasted stimulus, political bailouts, QE1/QE2, Obamacare, college tuition takeover etc.) shows that both Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same big government bird.

The fear of “splitting the GOP” is the weaponized talking point of the GOP leadership who use that fear as a weapon to remain in power.  In my opinion many of those who listen to that threat are suffering from battered conservative syndrome.

There is nothing conservative about expanding government, spending into oblivion, allowing open borders and simultaneously removing liberty and freedom.   What exactly is being “conserved”? CTH has been making this argument for years.

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DOJ Inspector General Announces Investigation into DOJ Effort to Influence the 2020 Election

Yeah, you really cannot make this stuff up.  After the DOJ, FBI, CIA and US Intelligence Apparatus writ large, went to extraordinary lengths to influence both the 2016 presidential election (Yates/Comey) against Donald Trump; and the 2018 mid-term election (Rosenstein/Mueller) against President Trump; with no accountability despite the overwhelming evidence…. Now the DOJ Office of Inspector General wants to investigate political pressure on the 2020 election.

DOJ – The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is initiating an investigation into whether any former or current DOJ official engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election.

The investigation will encompass all relevant allegations that may arise that are within the scope of the OIG’s jurisdiction. The OIG has jurisdiction to investigate allegations concerning the conduct of former and current DOJ employees. The OIG’s jurisdiction does not extend to allegations against other government officials.

The OIG is making this statement, consistent with DOJ policy, to reassure the public that an appropriate agency is investigating the allegations. Consistent with OIG policy, we will not comment further on the investigation until it is completed. When our investigation is concluded, we will proceed with our usual process for releasing our findings publicly in accordance with relevant laws, and DOJ and OIG policies. (link)

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Police In Pomona, Calif. Rescue Juvenile Human Trafficking Victims

Pomona, CA — The following is a news release form to Ponoma Police Department:

Over the weekend, the Pomona Police Department SET Team recovered two juvenile victims of Human Trafficking. The first recovery was on Friday January 22nd when  officers observed a young looking female in the area of Holt Av and St. Paul St. She was observed wearing very revealing clothing and standing in the street making contact with vehicles occupied by lone male motorists. It was determined that her actions were consistent with loitering for prostitution. Before officers could contact her, she was observed getting into a vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and the female was contacted. She was found to be a 17 year old juvenile and was taken into protective custody. It was later learned that she was a reported missing juvenile out of the City of Los Angeles. She was transported to the Pomona Police Station for further investigation.

SET Team Officers initiated the First Responder Protocol (FRP) to activate the multi-agency response team, which ensures resources, and services are provided for the victim. The First Responder Protocol is an agreement between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Probation, and local law enforcement all of whom work in cooperation to provide a victim-centered approach to juvenile victims of human trafficking. The victim was released to the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. This investigation is ongoing.

The second recovery occurred on Sunday January 24th. Pomona Police Department Set Team officers were conducting surveillance along the Holt corridor for prostitution activity when officers observed a very young looking female wearing a fishnet bodysuit with nothing underneath. The female was observed approaching vehicles occupied by lone male motorists, making contact with and waiving at vehicles occupied by lone males. Her actions were consistent with someone loitering for prostitution. SET Team officers contacted the female and she initially told them she was 15 years old. She was immediately taken into protective custody and transported to the Pomona Police station. Once at the station it was discovered she was actually 14 years old and had an open case out of the County of San Bernardino. The juvenile admitted to working as a prostitute since the age of 11.

SET Team Officers initiated the First Responder Protocol (FRP) to activate the multi-agency response team, which ensures resources, and services are provided for the victim. The First Responder Protocol is an agreement between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Probation, and local law enforcement all of whom work in cooperation to provide a victim-centered approach to juvenile victims of human trafficking. Because the victim had an open case out of San Bernardino County, she was released to the custody of the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services. This investigation is ongoing.

Since January 1st 2021 the Pomona Police Department SET Team has recovered 4 juvenile victims of Human Trafficking.

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No more “slaps on the wrist”: Stalker known as “The Panty Man” sent to prison

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Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on January 22, 2020, Aaron T. Moul, a/k/a “The Panty Man,” a/k/a “Jazmyn Samuels,” a/k/a “Aaron Timothy” (age: 29) of North Providence, Rhode Island, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach.

In October of 2020, Moul pled guilty to one count of use of a telephone with the intent to abuse, threaten, or harass, and one count of cyberstalking. Moul’s crimes occurred in April of 2020, when he used his online persona “The Panty Man,” to contact a resident of Langlade County via Facebook and the telephone, to convey threats to injure and kill that person. Over a series of days, Moul repeated his threats while also sending sexualized images and videos of himself displayed and “twerking” in women’s underwear. Simultaneously, Moul was sending similar threats and videos to a resident of Arizona.

In pronouncing sentence, Judge Griesbach noted the insidious nature of Moul’s crimes, which displayed a high level of anger and misogyny toward his victims. Judge Griesbach noted Moul’s previous convictions for similar crimes in other states for which he had received “slaps on the wrist.” Finally, the judge determined that deterrence and the protection of the community were of utmost importance in arriving at a just sentence. Moul’s prison sentence will be followed by three years on supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Langlade County Sheriff’s Office, the North Providence Rhode Island Police Department, and the United States Marshal’s Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Supreme Court Dismisses Ridiculous Emoluments Lawsuits Against President Trump

The far-left lawfare group known as “Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington” (CREW); a ridiculous misnomer if there ever was one; had a big loss today as the Supreme Court dismissed their ridiculous lawsuit against President Trump and the Trump International Hotel.  The C.R.E.W. leader and advocate for all things ridiculous, Richard Painter, has a sad.

[Washington DC] The Supreme Court dismissed lawsuits against former President Trump on Monday that claimed he violated the Constitution by accepting gifts from foreign officials.

The legal battles concerned the Emoluments Clause, which bans government officials from receiving gifts or profit while in office.

The lawsuits claimed Mr. Trump‘s commercial businesses received profits from foreign officials during his time as president in violation of the law.

The justices, though, remanded the cases back to the lower courts on Monday with instructions to dismiss the legal battles as moot. The move came just days after Mr. Trump formally left office and is no longer a government official. (read more)

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Liz Cheney Should Step Away From Leadership For The Sake Of GOP Voters

Liz Cheney’s problems are piling up, according to Politico. The Republican Conference chair has lost the confidence of more than half of the members she purports to lead as the third-highest ranking GOP member in the House of Representatives. The move has also garnered a primary challenge and censure back in Wyoming.

“There’s a lot of concern in the conference,” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, an influential conservative leader, said about Cheney last week.

Much of the disappointment stems from her decision to give her full-throated support to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s rushed second impeachment of President Donald Trump days before he left office. Cheney sided with Democrats and the media in blaming Trump for a mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol.

A quickly thrown-together article of impeachment she voted for claimed that a mob was incited by Trump’s Jan. 6 speech near the White House, in which he explicitly told marchers to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” at the Capitol. Further reporting indicates that the group of rioters had pre-planned their attack and were beginning their breach of the Capitol while the president was still speaking more than two miles away, continuing to assert his case that the 2020 election had been stolen from him.

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney asserted without evidence in a statement that has been used non-stop by Democrats and the media since it was given.

It was expected for the Democrats to rush to judgment in the heat of the moment without even pretending to investigate the facts. For a purported leader of the Republican conference, it’s an embarrassment and a scandal.

For Democrats, impeachment was a no-brainer, and not just because impeachment had been their modus operandi for the entire Trump administration. (See “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,” by Byron York.) With the media’s help, impeachment would help weaken the Republican Party, pressuring Republican office holders to split from the party’s most popular politician. Impeachment and conviction of the left’s most difficult political opponent is part and parcel of their plan to silence, deplatform, and censor all of their political opponents.

It was an obvious ploy, a trap that should have been fairly easy to avoid. All House members had to do was withstand the media hysteria and see the tactic for what it was. And by and large they did. In the end, only 10 Republicans voted for it, while 197 voted against it.

With Trump leaving office and the Senate and the House narrowly held by Democrats, many Americans are desperately hoping the remaining Republicans will fight the left-wing onslaught in the country. Succumbing to political pressure at such an important time isn’t a particularly good look for any Republican. For a person in leadership, it’s an embarrassment.

It’s Not Just Impeachment

A few months ago Cheney faced a mini-rebellion over her decision to fund Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s primary opponent — a huge no-no for leadership and one that proved even more embarrassing when the primary opponent turned out to be racist.

At the first in-person conference meeting following the outbreak of COVID, members erupted over Cheney breaking the rule about leadership not trying to oust members of her conference. She handled the criticism poorly, saying that Massie — from the more libertarian and anti-war side of the Republican Party — was a “special case.” That alarmed members who share his views, but it also alarmed the liberal members who wondered if they, too, could be viewed as “special cases” for failing to share Cheney’s views.

The Republican conference is always a bit more unruly than the Democrat conference. However, the loyalty afforded Republican leaders is based in part on a belief that leaders won’t sabotage incumbent members. It’s also based on respect for their fundraising and candidate recruitment.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy oversaw impressive candidate recruitment and fundraising for the 2020 cycle and it paid off. All 27 “toss-up” races in the Cook Political Report went Republican. The party picked up more than two dozen seats, and now has the highest number of women members in its history.

Particularly considering her role in leadership, Cheney’s been criticized for failing to help with candidate recruitment and fundraising. Cheney “lacks some of the popularity and fundraising prowess of other House Republicans,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal also claims Cheney is “respected” for “her willingness to break with Mr. Trump on foreign policy and national security issues.” In fact, that’s another problem for Cheney being in leadership. While D.C. establishment figures undoubtedly support Cheney for her neoconservative foreign policy views, those views are increasingly problematic from an electoral standpoint.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney worked at the State Department during the presidency of George W. Bush. While in Congress, Cheney has focused on pushing a Bush-era foreign policy, particularly in support of continuing the Afghanistan and Iraq wars indefinitely. Those old-timey neoconservative views have been increasingly rejected by Republican voters, and have previously shown to be toxic to all voters.

Other Leaders Need to Help Her Exit

The Republican Party is known for having a big tent and certainly Cheney is within the party’s big tent. But being in the party and being a leader of the party are two very different things. The other Republican leaders have been supportive of Cheney continuing in her role, perhaps hoping that more than 100 members can just move past one of their leaders joining with Pelosi in her effort to divide the Republican Party.

McCarthy and other leaders need to think toward the future. They should focus on finding a conference chair who is a better team player, with better results. Someone whose negatives don’t outweigh her positives. There is no reason to leave Cheney in that position. In fact, it’s negligence for Republicans to keep Cheney in that position.

The House Republican conference can tolerate a member who caters to the Democratic media complex in order to further her personal agenda. However, she can’t be in leadership. The party leadership must be unified in order to effectively fight against the left-wing assaults in the years to come.

This is a fraught time for the republic and for tens of millions of Americans. McCarthy, Scalise, and the other leaders of the House Republicans need to show some leadership on behalf of tens of millions of voters who are genuinely worried about the left’s assaults on the Constitution, the economy, and rule of law. Cheney miscalculated the wisdom of histrionically joining with Democrats in their latest stunt. She should step down. If she needs help to step down, she should be provided that help quickly.

Cheney spending more time back in Wyoming to get more acquainted with the voters she represents, rather than the D.C. peers she’s spent much of her life around, may be just what everyone needs.

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January 25th – 2021 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day #6

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the JoeBama Administration and Presidency.

“This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. I have studied history for years and I cannot recall it ever happening. It may be that our task is impossible. Yet, if we do not try then how will we know it can’t be done? And if we do not try, it most certainly won’t be done. The Founders’ Republic, and the larger war for western civilization, will be lost.”

“But I tell you this: We will not go gently into that bloody collectivist good night. Indeed, we will make with our defiance such a sound as ALL history from that day forward will be forced to note, even if they despise us in the writing of it.”

~ Mike Vanderboegh

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Monday January 25th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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Sunday Talks, Tom Cotton Discusses China Targeting Trump Officials With Targeted Economic and Financial Weapons

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) presents himself as a patriot; however, he his also a tenuously positioned politician who attended the 2016 Sea Island summit to stop Trump. As an outcome, all Cotton positions, regardless of current issue-specific merit, should be reviewed carefully for self-serving benefit.

In this interview Senator Cotton discusses how China has recently targeted specific individuals within the former Trump administration for sanctions.  Cotton walks through a few examples of how the financial and economic targeting has real life consequences.

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