#Resist: New Shonda Rhimes Legal Drama Puts Racial Profiling on Trial

ABC’s For The People is the latest series by outspokenly liberal producer Shonda Rhimes, the same woman behind ABC Thursday night powerhouses Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Because apparently we didn’t have enough diverse, attractive people spewing liberal speech in our faces in settings like hospitals, D.C. and law schools, we now have this show to insert Rhimes’s moral platitudes into the mouths of lawyers arguing before the federal court. First case up, racial profiling.

The March 13 pilot focuses on the new young lawyers working as prosecutors and defense attorneys for the Southern District of New York Federal Court. One lawyer, Sandra Bell (Britt Roberston), soon becomes involved with a high-profile case of a Muslim man attempting to blow up the Statue of Liberty. The prosecuting lawyer, Leonard Knox (Regé-Jean Page), argues the facts, that the man was found with a bomb with the intent to destroy a national monument, but Sandra quickly takes the argument down the path of FBI entrapment because…she thinks that can beat the fact that a man wanted to destroy a high profile symbol of America, I guess.

In all seriousness, she attempts to do everything in her power to shift the case from Islamic terrorism to the government “making” terrorists through profiling and tracking innocent Muslims. Never once does she offer proof that her defendant was not willing to destroy property or harm people, yet she still risks going to trial based her own bleeding-heart beliefs. This sanctimonious and narrow-minded goal climaxes with her final statement to the jury.

Sandra: “The function of law enforcement is the prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals. Manifestly, that function does not include the manufacturing of crime.” Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren wrote that 60 years ago in a case that came out of this very courtroom, decided by a jury sitting in the same seats you’re sitting in today.

That man is not a criminal, and law enforcement prevented no crime here. They manufactured a crime. Instead of hunting actual terrorists, your government tried to make a terrorist. They contacted him. They befriended him. They trained him. They picked a target for him. They built a bomb for him. They made him. This is Mohammed Fayed. This is Mohammed Fayed. And that is what they made.

It’s easy to become distracted in a case like this. To become emotional. To focus on the wrong things. But this case is about one thing and one thing only. It is about the power of the United States government being used to systematically target and manipulate and incarcerate American citizens because of their religion, their ethnicity, their national origin, their color. It is an awesome power. But what you have today is even more powerful. You have the power to say no. You have the power to resist. In this courthouse, in this courtroom, in those seats today, you have the awesome power of justice… And there’s nothing more powerful than that.

I am at a loss as to how the writers could type with a straight face about the risk “to become emotional” and “focus on the wrong things.” We’re watching a show with a 20-something lawyer trying to counter facts in a federal court with baby photos, and they have the gall to lecture us about catering to emotions and having the wrong focus.

Surprisingly, Sandra actually loses the case, with the jury finding her client guilty on terrorism counts, despite her “resist” mantra. Her supervisor Jill (Hope Davis) even comments, “This isn’t TV. You don’t get a Muslim-American kid off charged with trying to blow up the Statue of Liberty.” However, since Jill also denounces “the government, the culture, the media, everything, and everybody” for that thinking, we’re clearly not supposed to take Sandra as the completely incompetent lawyer that she is, but instead blame American culture. At the end of the day, Sandra’s initiative and idealism is all that matters.

Such is the run for a show produced by Shonda Rhimes. She has made no secret about her progressive leanings, from her support for Hillary to her status on the Planned Parenthood board. And she has made those political leanings known on her shows again and again and again. With over-motivated, under-moralized characters, a cursory understanding of culture outside blue states, and cliched political statements, For The People is poised to continue her network takeover on Monday nights. This might be one thing we have to #resist.

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Why Shrooms Are Illegal: Study Shows Psychedelic Experiences Make You Resist Authoritarians


According to a new study from the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, psychedelic mushrooms tend to make people more resistant to authority. They also found the psychedelic experience induced by these mushrooms also cause people to be more connected with nature.

“Our findings tentatively raise the possibility that given in this way, psilocybin may produce sustained changes in outlook and political perspective, here in the direction of increased nature relatedness and decreased authoritarianism,” researchers Taylor Lyons and Robin L. Carhart-Harris write in the study.

Experiments in the past have had similar results, but this research team wanted to figure out whether anti-authoritarian, nature-loving people were just drawn to psychedelic drugs, or if it was the substance that brought out these traits in people. To figure this out, the team monitored a group of depressed patients who were given psilocybin and asked a series of questions both before and after the psychedelic experience. The results showed that people who were given the psilocybin did, in fact, change their views in regards to nature and authority.

The study also found that the subjects who took the psilocybin noticed a reduction in their depression symptoms as well. The control group that was not given the psilocybin had no noticeable changes in their attitudes towards nature or authority, and they did not see a reduction in their depression symptoms.

“Before I enjoyed nature, now I feel part of it. Before I was looking at it as a thing, like TV or a painting… [But now I see] there’s no separation or distinction, you are it,” one participant said in the follow-up exam.

Lyons and Carhart-Harris did caution that there was a small number of subjects in their study, so more research would need to be done to back up these findings.

“This pilot study suggests that psilocybin with psychological support might produce lasting changes in attitudes and beliefs. Although it would be premature to infer causality from this small study, the possibility of drug-induced changes in belief systems seems sufficiently intriguing and timely to deserve further investigation,” the study concluded.

However, these conclusions match theories that psychedelic drug users have had for many years, and if true, this could explain why government entities are so afraid of psychedelic drugs.

Terrence McKenna, one of the frontrunners of the modern psychedelic age, understood the nature of this situation very well and toured around the world to speak with audiences about the wonders of psychedelic shamanism.

In one of his lectures, Terrence articulated this psychedelic inquisition quite well by saying:

“All cultures are involved in the culture game and psychedelics transcend the culture game, and whether you’re a citizen of Jerusalem, a Tokyo stockbroker or a tribal islander when you take psychedelic substances your cultural values will suddenly be much more relativistically revealed to you. And that is political dynamite. Psychedelics challenge the assumptions of any cultural or political system and that makes them dangerous to every culture or political system.

So if there’s anything a Marxist dictatorship, a high tech industrial democracy or a theocracy, they can all get together on one thing which is that psychedelic drugs are a knife poised at the heart of community values, well this is just simply nonsense and all the reasons brought forth are a red herring. Psychedelics are among the safest substances known for human ingestion. Considering the depth of their impact on human mental functioning the fact that you pick yourself up 6-8 hours later and go on about your business with an expanded point of view is quite remarkable.”

McKenna’s point is highlighted in recent American history by the counterculture explosion of the 1960s. Psychedelic research began in the late 1950s and became a regular part of the youth culture by the mid-1960s. The explosion of psychedelic use interestingly coincides with the explosion of cultural freedom and anti-establishment sentiments of that decade.

It is for this reason that the American government took quick action to make these substances illegal and to vilify them in the public arena. Laws were passed which imposed strict penalties on anyone involved in psychedelic use, manufacture, or until very recently, even scientific study.

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GM nightmare unfolds: Humans have created a MONSTER MOSQUITO that can now RESIST the pesticides meant to kill them

Image: GM nightmare unfolds: Humans have created a MONSTER MOSQUITO that can now RESIST the pesticides meant to kill them

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Getting bit by mosquitoes is never fun, and it can be downright deadly if they happen to be carrying diseases like malaria. Mankind’s quest to keep this nuisance under control, however well-meaning it may be, appears to have had the opposite of its intended effect as a new study shows how mosquitoes have evolved a type of genetic shield to protect themselves from chemical pesticides.

In an article published in Trends in Parasitology, researchers from University of California, Riverside, review the interesting genetic changes that have given the Anopheles mosquitoes that spread malaria to humans a new brand of pesticide resistance. Their findings show how human interventions have sparked an evolutionary response that allows them to resist the very pesticides that were designed to keep them at bay.

The authors explain how mosquitoes have found ways to adapt to exposure to insecticides. Some advantageous mutations in insecticide target sites are big sources of resistance, which illustrates the direct impact that human interventions have had on mosquito genomes. Other mutations are increasing enzyme activity that sequesters or degrades insecticide before it makes its way to its target within the cell. In other cases, the mosquitoes are even changing their typical behaviors in order to prevent themselves from coming into contact with the pesticides in the first place.

Researcher Colince Kamdem wrote: “These changes are occurring at the molecular, physiological and behavioral level, and multiple changes are often happening at the same time. With the accessibility of DNA sequencing we can now pinpoint these evolutionary changes at the genomic level.”

According to Kamdem, the high level of genetic diversity between the different species of mosquitoes and their ability to swap their genes is making it very difficult to prevent insecticide-resistant groups from forming. While new systems are being developed – such as those that kill mosquitoes with genetic approaches, stop them from breeding or prevent them from transmitting the parasite responsible for malaria – experts are worried that the mosquitoes will simply develop resistance to these methods as well.

Insecticide resistance on the rise

According to the World Health Organization, the gains seen in malaria prevention in recent years are under threat from growing insecticide resistance that could ultimately lead to a significant rise in malaria cases and deaths. They’ve called on the global malaria community to act urgently to keep insecticide resistance under control. 212 million people a year are infected with malaria, and children are at particular risk of dying from it.

Since 2010, 61 countries have reported mosquitoes developing resistance to one or more insecticide class, and 50 of those countries reports mosquitoes developing resistance to two or more classes. The problem could actually be worse than the statistics indicate as many countries are not reporting their data quickly or are failing to monitor for insecticide resistance on a routine basis.

Drug resistance making the problem even worse

The news comes at a bad time as scientists have recently been warning of a “supermalaria” parasite that is quickly spreading throughout Southeast Asia and will pose a worldwide health threat if it makes its way to Africa. This parasite is resistant to the most common first-line malaria treatment, artemisinin. With 438,000 malaria deaths around the world in 2015, it’s frightening to think of what kind of mortality figures this super malaria could cause.

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Alt-Left Insanity: It’s Christmas, So #Resist Trump with Cards, Gifts

Note: Normal people might find some of this offensive. (We hope. Dear Lord, please!)

Tree decorated? Check. Eggnog all fresh? Check. Cookies awaiting Santa? Check. Now all you have to do is resist Trump.

Ho, ho, ho.

That’s the attitude of The Establishment which delivered two separate anti-Trump Christmas stories this week. Because the alt-left proves how insane it is only on days ending in “Y.”

Both stories use the “resist” theme. The first is “In Troubling Times, Holiday Cards Send A Message Of Resistance.” Just what you want, bitter, angry, “We lost, so screw you” cards celebrating the birth of our savior. Then there’s, “Your 2017 Feminist Killjoy Gift Guide!” with “21 gleeful gift ideas to help you resist, babies. Resist.” (President Donald Trump is shown lighting the national Christmas tree, unresisted.)

Can you imagine going through life as this much of a Scrooge?

Picture sending someone a Christmas (oops, that’s probably patriarchal), I mean a “holiday” card that says in cute script: “All I want this year is Trump Impeached.” It’s all encircled by a nifty, clip-art drawing of a Christmas wreath.

Here’s the theme: “Those who spend their days in collective struggle for equality see the holidays as a time to send cards with a social-justice bent.” Wanna bet they send one to their psychiatrist?

This is an actual quote that would send most English teachers into retirement: “But as the cold of fall set in, and it was time to make holiday cards the following year, I wasn’t able to reconcile the dissonance between how I was spending my days — worrying about and protesting the murders of Black people by police — and a blissfully joyous holiday card floating through the mail from our white, genderqueer, dyke family to our predominantly white, predominantly straight, extended family.”

Microsoft tells me that’s 66 words all in one sentence. I can’t decide which is worse — over-written or overwrought. You’d need a moving company to unpack the darn thing. In the end, the author decided to send a typical card filled with lefty agitprop. “I sent out a call and spoke to several people, including personal friends, who have answered this issue head-on — by using holiday cards as a tool of resistance.”

One of the cards pictured in the story actually includes donations to Planned Parenthood. What better way to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace than to give money to people who rip babies into body parts and then dump them in the trash.

Thankfully, no one sent me one of these cards. Of course, I’d either mock it here in the column or circular file it.

The article goes on … and on … and on. But it includes this one snippet that is so laughable, I had to highlight it:

“When my wife and I made our first holiday card with a picture on it, I realized it might be the first time some of our extended families would actually put evidence of our queer family in their home-space. There was something profound about a queer-spawn baby being oohed and aahed over at the holiday party of a conservative evangelical Christian. In this context, the image of our family disrupts the heteronormative, homophobic status quo.”

There is so much alt-left speech here that I was convinced the author was ensconced in academia. There’s no bio for Grover Wehman-Brown, but there is one at HuffPost and the photos appear to be similar. Natch, I was right: “Grover is a writer, activist, and future farmer living with her wife and two small children in western Massachusetts. She researches rural homelessness and rural cultural politics in the United States and received her PhD in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”

Let’s not forget the “#resist” gifts, too. The article includes a mix of tarot, astrology, anti-men and just whacked out lunacy. Actual quote: “The Angry Girls Club Colouring zine helps you make your self-care even more political than it already was.” Because adults resorting to coloring books isn’t infantilization or anything.

You can give the gift of astrology, because it’s great to celebrate made-up garbage every holiday! “Using wonderfully inclusive language, Many Moons offers rituals, astrology, and endless encouragement for every moon phase in a six month period.”

There are socks emblazoned: “Girls Against More Male Art” with this description: “Because it’s not that we hate male art, it’s just that we don’t really need more of it.” Yeah, we don’t hate that thing, just don’t dare do it.

And just so you know how woke they are, there’s a nonbinary pin for the nerdy, sexually indecisive people on your list. No. 18 is the sticker that says: “A Witch Bows To No Man.” It has this demented description: “This sticker is perfect for the feminist witch in your life. Which I suspect is most of the witches in your life. And if you don’t have any witches in your life, well, I suggest you find yourself some because witches are some of the best people around.”

Yes, I liked Buffy, too. I, on the other hand, know it was just a TV show. Not a lifestyle choice.

Don’t forget the Maxine Waters pin (Clearly, they don’t watch her on C-Span) and the “Trans Punks” T-shirt with the motto: “Smash the Cis-tem.” God, I fear for our nation’s future.

And that takes me to this week’s column:

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Guy Who Works for Billionaire Says Let’s Rob the Rich: Liberals hate the rich. They despise those greedy billionaires who … pay their salaries.

Yep, look around. There’s former Mayor Michael Bloomberg who owns the ego-driven Bloomberg media operations. There’s mega-loon George Soros who has ties to dozens of traditional and lefty outlets. We’ve got Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim who’s the top investor at The New York Times.

And then there’s Haim Saban, who owns Hispanic media outlet Univision and Fusion. (Haim is shown here with Charlie Rose. Make all the jokes you want.) He also owns a host of websites staffed by young, would-be Antifa idiots. One of these is Splinter and it just ran a piece headlined: “Time To Make Life Hard For The Rich,” written by the juvenile Hamilton Nolan. Hmmm, I guess he means rich people who don’t pay their bills.

The story is illustrated with a building on fire emblazoned with the image of Karl Marx. Here’s actual quote one: “It is time for polite, respectable, rational people to start saying what has become painfully obvious: It is time to stop respecting the rich, and start stealing from them. In earnest.” I wonder if Haim counts the office paper clips when Hamilton comes in.

He continues about his strategy. Actual quote two: “Violence against people is morally wrong and a bad way to solve problems. But capital is different.” Anytime someone says “Violence is wrong, … but,” pay close attention. Maybe they’ll follow with discussion of war against actual Nazis or something. Or maybe they’ll prove to Marxist idiots. The author supported Obama and Bernie Sanders, by the way.

Hamilton’s rant comes down to: “that a few people have too much.” And he’s out to make them pay big time. Here’s the meat of his insane, dangerous argument. Remember, he’s employed by a billionaire:

“Sticking up a billionaire on the street for $100 is not going to do it. But one can imagine other ways that angry Americans might express their dissatisfaction with our current division of wealth: A large-scale online attack against the holdings of the very rich; yachts sunk in harbors; unoccupied vacation homes in the Hamptons mysteriously burned to the ground. Sotheby’s auctions swarmed by vandals, Art Basel attacked by spraypaint-wielding mobs, protests on the doorsteps of right-wing think tanks, venomous words directed at millionaires as they dine in fancy restaurants. People have a right to life and safety, but property does not.”

Yes, that’s right out of the Antifa handbook. And it comes to you from a lefty website that claims to be a news site. Here’s hoping someone from the FBI reads this column.

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Tis The Season To Have An Orgy: I really couldn’t make up garbage as bad as I find each week. Ruin Christmas, wreck property and have an orgy. Yep. That’s some trifecta there. Here’s GQ with the true way to handle your holiday stress: “Orgies Are For More than Just Banging.” And in case that wasn’t clear enough, here’s the subhead: “Have you gone through substantial life changes recently? Debauch them all away.”

This story published Dec. 18, one week to the day before Christmas. Damn liberals must have a miserable existence.

Here’s seems to be the concept statement for this insanity: “If you want to learn how to grieve, dear reader, you should get yourself to an orgy.”

But not just any orgy. Actual quote: “For the straights still in the building, this was an organized sex party for scruffy, bearded gay men and their admirers. I checked and I was in luck. There was, in fact, one that night in midtown, and it was just 20 bucks to go in.” GQ proving it’s not exactly typical “Gentlemen” it wants in its readership.

Our author isn’t exactly an expert, but…, actual quote again: “I’d had the odd threesome before, visited a plethora of intimidating saunas on solo jaunts round Europe, but organized bacchanals had, until that point, escaped me.”

Frankly, I’m not going to quote this garbage any more. I will note that the author’s visa ran out and he had to leave. Shucks.

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Austria: New Government To Resist “Islamization”


The anti-immigration Austrian People’s Party and the anti-establishment Austrian Freedom Party have reached a deal, creating a new coalition to govern Austria for the next five years.

  • A coalition between the anti-immigration Austrian People’s Party and the anti-establishment Austrian Freedom Party, which will be sworn into office on December 18, is poised to catapult Austria to the vanguard of Western Europe’s resistance to mass migration from the Muslim world.
  • The massive demographic and religious shift underway in Austria, traditionally a Roman Catholic country, appears irreversible. Austria has also emerged as a major base for radical Islam.
  • “We have a lot in common [with Israel]. I always say, if one defines the Judeo-Christian West, then Israel represents a kind of border. If Israel fails, Europe fails. And if Europe fails, Israel fails.” — Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the Austrian Freedom Party.

The anti-immigration Austrian People’s Party and the anti-establishment Austrian Freedom Party have reached a deal, creating a new coalition to govern Austria for the next five years. The ground-breaking political alliance, which will be sworn into office on December 18, is poised to catapult Austria to the vanguard of Western Europe’s resistance to mass migration from the Muslim world.

Chancellor-elect Sebastian Kurz, 31, who won Austria’s national election on October 15 after campaigning on a promise to halt illegal immigration, will govern with Heinz-Christian Strache, 48, the Freedom Party leader, who has warned that mass migration is “Islamizing” Austria. Under the agreement, Strache will become the vice-chancellor; the Freedom Party will also take control of the ministries of defense, interior and foreign affairs.

Kurz has been a strong critic of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy, which has allowed more than a million mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East to enter the country during the past two years.

During his time as foreign minister, Kurz was instrumental in garnering parliamentary approval of a groundbreaking new law that regulates the integration of immigrants. The so-called Integration Law — which bans full-face Muslim veils in public spaces and prohibits Islamic radicals from distributing the Koran — establishes clear rules and responsibilities for recognized asylum seekers and refugees granted legal residence in the country.

The new law requires immigrants from non-EU countries to sign an “integration contract” which obligates them to learn written and spoken German and to enroll in courses about the “basic values of Austria’s legal and social order.” Immigrants are also required to “acquire knowledge of the democratic order and the basic principles derived from it.”

Previously, Kurz was instrumental in reforming Austria’s century-old Islam Law (Islamgesetz), governing the status of Muslims in the country. The new law, passed in February 2015, is aimed at integrating Muslims and fighting Islamic radicalism by promoting an “Islam with an Austrian character.” It also stresses that Austrian law must take precedence over Islamic Sharia law for Muslims living in the country.

Austria’s Muslim population now exceeds 700,000 (or roughly 8% of the total population), up from an estimated 340,000 (or 4.25%) in 2001, and 150,000 (or 2%) in 1990, according to data compiled by the University of Vienna.

The massive demographic and religious shift underway in Austria, traditionally a Roman Catholic country, appears irreversible. In Vienna, where the Muslim population now exceeds 12.5%, Muslim students already outnumber Catholic students at middle and secondary schools. Muslim students are also on the verge of overtaking Catholics in Viennese elementary schools.

At the same time, Austria has emerged as a major base for radical Islam. Austria’s Agency for State Protection and Counterterrorism (BVT) has warned of the “exploding radicalization of the Salafist scene in Austria.” Salafism is an anti-Western ideology that seeks to impose Islamic Sharia law.

“The immigration seen in recent years is changing our country not in a positive but in a negative way,” said Kurz, who campaigned on a “law and order” platform: “Uncontrolled immigration destroys the order in a country.”

Strache, a supporter of Israel who has distanced his party from the rhetoric of the Austrian far right, insists that anti-Semitism had no place in his party and has urged a common front against Islamists. He has also pledged “to ensure that boycotts [against Israeli products] get taken off the agenda.”

During an April 2016 visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, at the invitation of at the invitation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, Strache said:

“For us, it’s important to act against anti-Semitism, and also against Islamism and terrorism, and to discuss the issues we have in common. Anti-Semitism often emerges anew from Islamism and from the left.
“We have a lot in common [with Israel]. I always say, if one defines the Judeo-Christian West, then Israel represents a kind of border. If Israel fails, Europe fails. And if Europe fails, Israel fails.”

Strache has called Merkel “the most dangerous woman in Europe” because of her migration policies, and has repeatedly said that Islam is “not part” of Austria. Strache has also warned that the “uncontrolled influx of migrants who are alien to our culture, who seep into our social welfare system … makes civil war in the medium-term not unlikely.” A Eurosceptic, Strache has called the European Union a “bureaucratic monster” and has said that Britain will “probably be better off after Brexit.”

At Strache’s insistence, Karin Kneissl, an independent Middle East expert who speaks eight languages, including Arabic and Hebrew, will become Austria’s new foreign minister. Kneissl has been a vocal critic of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, whom she has described as the “Caesar of Brussels.” She has also criticized Merkel’s migrant policy as “grossly negligent.”

Kneissl has said that most of the “refugees” arriving in Europe are overwhelmingly young males between the ages of 20 and 30 who are “economic migrants controlled by testosterone.” In an interview on Austrian television, Kneissl said that one of the main reasons for the revolts in the Arab world was “many young Arab men can no longer find a wife because they have neither work nor their own home, and thus cannot achieve the status of a man in a traditional society.”

Freedom Party Chairman Herbert Kickl, a speechwriter for the late party leader Jörg Haider and a close confidant of Strache, will become interior minister, a key position for domestic security and border control, while Mario Kunasek, a professional soldier, will run the defense ministry. Of the 16 future government ministers, only Kurz has Cabinet experience.

A 180-page document explains the new government’s agenda between now and 2022. It promises to crack down on political Islam; to crack down on illegal immigration; to speed up asylum decisions and to sponsor an EU summit on immigration when Austria holds the EU presidency in the second half of 2018.

The document also pledges to give Austrians more opportunities to vote in referendums — although it explicitly refuses to allow a referendum on the country’s continued membership in the European Union.

In addition, the document promises to: require migrants to learn German; require migrant kindergartners who have insufficient German language skills to repeat kindergarten before progressing to the first grade; increase the legal penalties for sexual crimes; strengthen Austrian defense; hire more police officers; reduce the bureaucracy and not raise taxes.

At the same time, however, the document pledges a strong commitment to the European Union: “Only in a strong Europe can there be a strong Austria in which we are able to take advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century.”

Some observers have said that Kurz’s professed commitment to the European Union was aimed at calming worries in Europe about the Freedom Party’s Euroskeptic and anti-Islamization policy objectives. Others have described Kurz as a pragmatist “who is anti-establishment and establishment at the same time.”

Kurz has nevertheless pledged to reject the European Union’s compulsory migrant quota. “I will work towards changing this erroneous refugee policy,” he said. “Without the proper protection of the external borders of the EU, we will not come to grips with the problem of illegal migration.”



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Trump complains about Democrats’ rallying cry to ‘resist’

President Trump admitted that he likes divisive rhetoric as a campaign tactic, but now finds it frustrating when it is used by Democrats to counter his agenda.

“Their theme is resist,” Trump said during an interview aired on “Fox & Friends” Sunday. “I happen to like it from the standpoint of running for office. But I think it’s a terrible theme in terms of getting elected. And more importantly, I think it’s a terrible theme for the people of this country — resist, obstruction. That’s not what they want.”

“It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it, and come up with something that everybody’s happy with,” he said, referring to the controversial proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act released by Senate Republicans last week.  “It’s so easy, but we won’t get one Democrat vote — not one.”

He later described health care as a “very complicated subject” and argued that “honestly, nobody can be totally happy.”

Trump, who regularly slams Democrats on Twitter, decried “the level of hostility” between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and said that he has “open arms” to bipartisanship, while also taking the opportunity to make digs at opponents such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“She’s a hopeless case,” Trump said of the Massachusetts Democrat, who has been an outspoken opponent of the recently unveiled Senate health care bill. “I call her ‘Pocahontas,’ and that’s an insult to Pocahontas.”

Trump also admitted that he had criticized the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act as “mean,” and accused former President Obama of using his term in a lengthy Facebook post in which he called the Senate health care bill “a massive transfer of wealth” built on “fundamental meanness.”

“He actually used my term, ‘mean,’” Trump said, confirming reports that he’d privately called the proposed House healthcare legislation “mean” despite previously praising the bill as a “great plan” in public.

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