Rep. Roy: ‘The White House Press Secretary Lies on a Daily Basis to the American People’


House Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas). (Getty Images)

(CNS News) — Conservative House Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) criticized the selective compassion of Democrats over the border crisis, and denounced the White House for “lying” about border patrol agents whipping illegal immigrants. He stressed, “The White House press secretary lies on a daily basis to the American people.”

In reference to Hispanic border patrol agents, Roy said on the House floor, “There are a whole lot of brown people who work for the Border Patrol who are feeling pretty darn unappreciated right now, when the White House press secretary lies to the American people.”

“The White House press secretary lies on a daily basis to the American people,” said Roy. 

He continued, “Lie number one, perpetuating the lie that Border Patrol was whipping migrants. It’s a lie, and it’s being repeated by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle.”

“It is a lie,” he repeated.  “The president of the United States, and those in charge of the press secretary, are countenancing this lie about Border Patrol. 

A United States Border Patrol agent tells a Haitian migrant to return to Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021. (Getty Images)

A United States Border Patrol agent tells a Haitian migrant to return to Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021. (Getty Images)

In earlier remarks, Roy said, “The vast majority of my colleagues on the other side of aisle have not found their way” down to the U.S.-Mexico border. “Of course, one of my colleagues, the gentle lady from New York, a couple years ago somewhat famously found her way down to the border to decry, quote, ‘kids in cages.’ Where is that colleague today?”

Roy was referencing House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who is a “democratic socialist.” 

“Where is the concern for the little girls whose leg has been branded, burned by cartels?” said Roy. “Where’s the concern for the 89 dead migrants’ bodies found in Brooks County, Texas? 89, where’s the concern? “

At a press conference today, President Joe Biden, in reference to Border Patrol, said, “To see people being treated like they did, horses running them over, people being strapped. It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation — underway right now — and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.”





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Rabbi Menken: ‘Less Than a Century Ago, These People Called Themselves Nazis; Today They Are Called “The Squad”’


Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values. (CJV)

(CNS News) — Democratic members of “The Squad” reportedly lobbied behind the scenes on Tuesday to kill $1 billion in renewed funding for Israel’s Iron Dome interceptors, a step that could only be supported by “those who want more Jews to die,” said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV).

“Less than a century ago, these people called themselves #Nazis; today they are called ‘The Squad,'” tweeted Rabbi Menken on Sept. 22.

The Democrat-dominant House of Representatives voted on Tuesday along party lines, 220-211, to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded through December 3 of this year and to lift the debt ceiling through December 2022.

Included in that 94-page bill, a continuing resolution, was $1 billion in renewed funding to restock Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. The Iron Dome interceptors are able to knock incoming rockets (bombs) out, in the sky, before they hit their targets. 

The system is a defensive weapon and has been used countless times to neutralize rockets fired into Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.

Although Republicans and many Democrats support funding the system, in the latest negotiations members of “The Squad” reportedly threatened to vote against the entire legislation unless the Iron Dome funding was removed.

“A congress member told The Times of Israel that Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Betty McCollum pushed Pelosi to have the Iron Dome funding removed from the spending bill and managed to succeed through mediation by Congresswoman Rosa Delauro,” reported The Times of Israel

“Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Pramila Jayapal also threatened to vote against the bill if the Iron Dome funding was included, a Congressional aide said,” according to The Times.

"The Squad": Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). (Twitter)

“The Squad”: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). (Twitter)

CNS News also reported on the funding threats on Wednesday. After the legislation passed, leading Democrats, such as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), said that the Iron Dome would be funded in a separate bill. 

“The Squad” is composed of radical, left-wing Democrats, who support socialist policies and are often critical of Israel, sometimes spewing anti-Jewish remarks. Members include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.).

When word spread that The Squad had killed the Iron Dome funding, many lawmakers tweeted their frustrations. For instance, Rep. Alma Hernandez, a Democrat in the Arizona House of Representatives, tweeted, 

“Ok ppl need to understand that this was all a stunt we are NOT defunding the #IronDome the squad does NOT speak on behalf of our party. Yes I’m pissed off absolutely at the end we win. I’m sick and tired of the political games with our community. Keep your hands off the #IronDome.”

In response to that Tweet, Rabbi Menken tweeted, “Much as Rep. Hernandez should be saluted for her strong support, #IronDome is 100% defensive, & the only people who would oppose funding it are those who want more Jews to die. Less than a century ago, these people called themselves #Nazis; today they are called ‘The Squad.'”

At least six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the late 1930s and throughout World War II. Since 1948, Israel has experienced nine wars (and other major conflicts) against Arab states and/or terrorist groups, such as Hamas.

Hamas and armed Palestinian groups have been launching missile attacks against Israel for decades. In May of this year alone, there were thousands of rocket attacks aimed at Jewish civilians.

As Human Rights Watch has reported, “Of the more than 4,360 rocket and mortar attacks [in May] by Palestinian armed groups, 3,573 ‘penetrated Israeli airspace,’ according to Israeli authorities. Israeli authorities said that their aerial defense system, known as Iron Dome, intercepted about 90 percent of the rocket attacks.”





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Rabbi Menken: They Used to be Called ‘Nazis,’ Now They’re Called ‘The Squad’


Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values. (CJV)

(CNS News) — Democratic members of “The Squad” reportedly lobbied behind the scenes on Tuesday to kill $1 billion in renewed funding for Israel’s Iron Dome interceptors, a step that could only be supported by “those who want more Jews to die,” said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV).

“Less than a century ago, these people called themselves #Nazis; today they are called ‘The Squad,'” tweeted Rabbi Menken on Sept. 22.

The Democrat-dominant House of Representatives voted on Tuesday along party lines, 220-211, to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded through December 3 of this year and to lift the debt ceiling through December 2022.

Included in that 94-page bill, a continuing resolution, was $1 billion in renewed funding to restock Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. The Iron Dome interceptors are able to knock incoming rockets (bombs) out, in the sky, before they hit their targets. 

The system is a defensive weapon and has been used countless times to neutralize rockets fired into Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.

Although Republicans and many Democrats support funding the system, in the latest negotiations members of “The Squad” reportedly threatened to vote against the entire legislation unless the Iron Dome funding was removed.

“A congress member told The Times of Israel that Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Betty McCollum pushed Pelosi to have the Iron Dome funding removed from the spending bill and managed to succeed through mediation by Congresswoman Rosa Delauro,” reported The Times of Israel

“Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Pramila Jayapal also threatened to vote against the bill if the Iron Dome funding was included, a Congressional aide said,” according to The Times.

"The Squad": Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). (Twitter)

“The Squad”: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). (Twitter)

CNS News also reported on the funding threats on Wednesday. After the legislation passed, leading Democrats, such as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), said that the Iron Dome would be funded in a separate bill. 

“The Squad” is composed of radical, left-wing Democrats, who support socialist policies and are often critical of Israel, sometimes spewing anti-Jewish remarks. Members include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.).

When word spread that The Squad had killed the Iron Dome funding, many lawmakers tweeted their frustrations. For instance, Rep. Alma Hernandez, a Democrat in the Arizona House of Representatives, tweeted, 

“Ok ppl need to understand that this was all a stunt we are NOT defunding the #IronDome the squad does NOT speak on behalf of our party. Yes I’m pissed off absolutely at the end we win. I’m sick and tired of the political games with our community. Keep your hands off the #IronDome.”

In response to that Tweet, Rabbi Menken tweeted, “Much as Rep. Hernandez should be saluted for her strong support, #IronDome is 100% defensive, & the only people who would oppose funding it are those who want more Jews to die. Less than a century ago, these people called themselves #Nazis; today they are called ‘The Squad.'”

At least six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the late 1930s and throughout World War II. Since 1948, Israel has experienced nine wars (and other major conflicts) against Arab states and/or terrorist groups, such as Hamas.

Hamas and armed Palestinian groups have been launching missile attacks against Israel for decades. In May of this year alone, there were thousands of rocket attacks aimed at Jewish civilians.

As Human Rights Watch has reported, “Of the more than 4,360 rocket and mortar attacks [in May] by Palestinian armed groups, 3,573 ‘penetrated Israeli airspace,’ according to Israeli authorities. Israeli authorities said that their aerial defense system, known as Iron Dome, intercepted about 90 percent of the rocket attacks.”





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Texas Gov. Signs Law Banning Abortion Drugs After 7 Weeks of Pregnancy


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). (Getty Images)

(CNS News) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a bill into law last week that prohibits the prescription and use of abortion drugs after seven weeks into a pregnancy, 49 days. The new law takes effect on Dec. 2.

The new law, Senate Bill 4, says that abortion-inducing drugs, such as Mifeprex and mifepristone, and other substances, are designed to terminate a pregnancy and, “with reasonable likelihood, cause the death of the woman’s unborn child.”

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(Getty Images)

This procedure, known as “medical abortion,” may also be referred to as a “chemical abortion, a drug-induced abortion, RU-486, or the Mifeprex regimen.”

In the new law, no one may administer an abortion drug unless they are a physician, and if the pregnancy is no older than 49 days. If a person violates this rule, they commit a state jail felony — the pregnant woman “is not criminally liable for the violation.”

In addition, the law prohibits sending abortion drugs through the mail.  “A manufacturer, supplier, physician, or any other person may not provide to a patient any abortion-inducing drug by courier, delivery, or mail service,” reads the law. 

Image dated May 8, 2020 courtesy of Plan C shows a combination pack of mifepristone (L) and misoprostol tablets, two medicines used together, also called the abortion pill. (Getty Images)

Image dated May 8, 2020 courtesy of Plan C shows a combination pack of mifepristone (L) and misoprostol tablets, two medicines used together, also called the abortion pill. (Getty Images)

In a statement about the legislation, Texas’s Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said, “Since I was first elected to the Texas Senate, protecting life has been one of my top priorities. When abortion-inducing drugs are available by mail, Texas women are put at risk from human traffickers and abusive spouses or significant others.”

“By banning abortion-inducing drugs’ availability by mail, Senate Bill 4 strengthens Texas’ firm position that we are a pro-life state,” he said. 

Pro-abortion Adrienne Kimmell, acting president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said, “Anti-choice politicians in Texas are launching their attacks on abortion access from every angle imaginable. This law blatantly tramples on Texans’ fundamental freedoms and pushes access to care further out of reach.”

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“These efforts to undermine access to care come just a few weeks after Texas’ SB 8—the harshest and most extreme ban on abortion in the country—went into effect in the middle of the night,” she added.  “Anti-choice politicians have made their intentions abundantly clear, and they will stop at nothing to strip away reproductive freedom.”

SB 8 is the law that prohibits most abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected by an ultrasound, which is usually six weeks into a pregnancy.

SB 8 passed back in May and went into effect on Sept. 1, 2021.  Senate Bill 4, the abortion drug bill, was signed into law by Gov. Abbott on Sept. 17 and goes into effect on Dec. 2, 2021.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Early medical abortion is defined as the administration of medication to induce an abortion at ≤9 completed weeks’ gestation, consistent with the current U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling for mifepristone (implemented in 2016).

“In 2018, 38.6% of all abortions were early medical abortions (a nonsurgical abortion at ≤9 weeks’ gestation). Use of early medical abortion increased 9% from 2017 to 2018 and 120% from 2009 to 2018.”



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Iowa Poll: 62% of Iowans Disapprove of Biden’s Job Performance as President


Democratic President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) — In a new poll, 62% of Iowans said they disapprove of Joe Biden’s job performance as president. In addition, 60% disapprove of his handling of the COVID pandemic, and 69% disapprove of his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

“This is a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now,” pollster J. Ann Selzer told the Des Moines Register.

In the Sept. 12-15 telephone survey, conducted for the Des Moines Register and Medicaom by Selzer & Co., 805 Iowans over age 18 were asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?”

(Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll)

(Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll)

Only 31% said they approved while 62% said they disapproved, another 7% were “not sure.” 

When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling the COVID-19 pandemic,” only 36% said they approved. Sixty percent said they disapproved and 4% were “not sure.”

On the Afghanistan withdrawal, only 22% said they approved of the job Biden had done; 69% said they disapproved, and 8% were “not sure.” 

On the economy, only 32% said they approved of Biden’s performance and 62% said they disapproved. 

(Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll)

(Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll)

When asked about Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate for workers in the private sector (businesses with more than 100 employees), 52% said they oppose it, 45% said they favor it, and 2% were not sure. 

In addition, 53% of Iowans said they oppose businesses “requiring their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.” 



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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: Gay ‘Marriage’ is a ‘Distortion of Conscience,’ Contradicts All Cultures


Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. (Getty Images)

In the introduction to a new collection of his writings, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI states that gay “marriage” is based upon a “distortion of conscience” because it rejects (or fails to understand) the nature of man and woman and fertility.

This is also obvious, he adds, because gay marriage contradicts “all the cultures of humanity” and the “whole tradition of humanity until today.”

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The new book is entitled, The Real Europe: Identity and Mission, which includes a preface written by Pope Francis. The introduction, by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, was published in the Italian newspaper Il Foglio. Excerpts from the introduction, in English, were reported on by the Catholic News Agency (CNA).

“[W]ith the legalization of ‘same-sex marriage’ in 16 European countries, the issue of marriage and family has taken on a new dimension that cannot be ignored,” states Benedict.  “We are witnessing a distortion of conscience, which has evidently penetrated deeply into sectors of the Catholic people.”

“[S]ame-sex marriage is in contradiction with all the cultures of humanity that have followed one another up to now, and thus signifies a cultural revolution that is opposed to the whole tradition of humanity until today,” writes the retired Pope. 

(Twitter)

(Twitter)

Throughout history, communities have understood that male and female are ordered to procreation, notes Benedict, as reported by CNA. And regardless of cultural differences over millennia, such as polygamy and divorce, those communities accepted the “openness to the transmission of life” between male and female, which determined the “essence of what is called marriage.”

“The basic certainty that mankind exists as male and female; that the transmission of life is a task assigned to mankind; that it is the community of male and female that serves this task; and that in this, beyond all differences, marriage essentially consists — it is an original certainty that has been obvious to humanity up to now,” Benedict states in the introduction.

One of the most destructive factors in separating fertility from sexuality was the contraceptive pill, says Benedict. 

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“This separation means, in fact, that in this way all of the forms of sexuality are equivalent,” he said. “A fundamental criterion no longer exists.”

If sex is separated from fertility, then the emotional bond between man and woman is weakened, and sex under any circumstances and with any partner is eventually accepted. 

As a result, this new way of thinking, this “new message,” according to Benedict, “profoundly transformed men and women’s consciences — first slowly and now more clearly,” reported the CNA.

Eventually, “fertility, naturally, can be thought of even without sexuality,” said Benedict. Human beings are no longer “generated and conceived but made,” which means the human person is no longer a gift but a “product planned.”

Gay “marriage” does not imply being “a little more broadminded and open,” according to Benedict.  “Rather, the basic question arises: who is man? And with it also the question of whether there is a Creator or if we are not all just manufactured products.”

“This alternative arises,” he added, “either man is a creature of God, he is the image of God, he is a gift from God, or man is a product that he himself knows how to create.”

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The retired Pope then made a comparison between violating the laws of nature, which gave rise to the ecological movement, and violating the laws of man’s nature. “[T]he violation or denial of it leads to self-destruction,” wrote Benedict. 

“This is also the case with the creation of man as male and female, which is ignored in the hypothesis of ‘same-sex marriage,’” he said.

In a 2012 speech, then-Pope Benedict XVI stated that the education of children required proper “settings,” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society,” he said. “Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”

h/t Catholic News Agency 



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Polls: 56% Favor Proof of Vaccination for Work, 44% Oppose


President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) — Although President Joe Biden has ordered vaccine mandates for federal workers and employees of companies with more than 100 workers, several national polls show that a strong minority of about 44% of Americans oppose the idea while a very solid 56% support the idea.

“A majority of U.S. adults support the idea of requiring employees to be vaccinated — as we have previously reported — but it is by no means a supermajority,” said Gallup Senior Scientist Frank Newport in a Sept. 17 commentary.

Gallup Panel data collected Aug. 16-22 found 56% of Americans in favor of requiring workers to show proof of vaccination before reporting to an office or work site, and 44% opposed.”

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A separate Gallup poll found “52% of workers supporting the idea of their employer requiring all workers without a medical exemption to be vaccinated, with 38% opposed,” said Newport.

In similar surveys, Quinnipiac, for instance, asked “As you may know, President Biden’s plan mandates that employers with more than 100 employees must require that all employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine or undergo at least weekly testing — do you approve or disapprove of this mandate?”

In response, 53% said they support the mandate while 46% oppose it.

A CNN poll found 54% in favor of the mandate and 46% opposed.

Gallup Senior Scientist Frank Newport.  (Screenshot, LinkedIn)

Gallup Senior Scientist Frank Newport. (Screenshot, LinkedIn)

Newport also noted an Axios-Ipsos poll (Sept. 10-13), which found “60% supporting and 39% opposing ‘a federal government rule that all businesses with 100 or more employees require all staff to be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID testing.'”

“In summary, available data at this point show that between 53% and 60% of Americans support the concept of vaccination requirements for employees,” said Newport. 

“On the other hand,” he commented, “there is fierce and public opposition to the mandate among many Republican leaders.”

“Biden recently met with business leaders in an attempt to build support for his proposed vaccine mandates, but it will take more than that to build support among the large minority of rank-and-file Americans who oppose vaccine requirements,” said Newport. 

“[I]t appears that changing Americans’ minds on mandates is not going to be easy, and it may be that Biden will need to reconcile himself to the continued opposition of a significant percentage of the American people,” Newport concluded.

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Poll: 65% Say America is on the ‘Wrong Track’


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(CNS News) — A new survey by the Monmouth University Polling Institute shows that only 29% of Americans think the country is headed “in the right direction,” and a strong majority of 65% thinks America is on the “wrong track.”

In the Sept. 9-13 telephone survey, U.S. adults were asked, “Would you say things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?”

(Monmouth University Polling Institute.)

(Monmouth University Polling Institute.)

Only 29% said the right direction, which is down from 42% in January 2021, a 13 point decline.

65% said the wrong track, which is up from 51% in January, an uptick of 14 points. 

In another question, the survey asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president?”

(Monmouth University Polling Institute.)

(Monmouth University Polling Institute.)

Only 46% said they approved, which is down from 54% in January 2021. Also, 46% said they disapproved of Biden’s job performance, which is up from 30% in January.

When asked about Congress, only 22% of Americans said they approve of its job performance while 65% said they disapprove. 



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Sen. Kennedy to Biden Nominee: ‘You’re the Only Person in the Milky Way Who Believes You’re Impartial’


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(CNS News) — President Biden’s nominee for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Jennifer Sung, signed a letter in 2018 that declared Supreme Court Justice-nominee Brett Kavanaugh was “intellectually and morally bankrupt.”

When repeatedly asked under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week whether she believed Kavanaugh was “morally bankrupt,” Sung declined to answer directly, and claimed the letter’s rhetoric was overheated.

In the July 10, 2018 letter, signed by Sung, Yale Law School students, and alumni, it partly said, “We see in these rulings [by Kavanaugh] an intellectually and morally bankrupt ideologue intent on rolling back our rights…. [P]eople will die if he is confirmed.”

During Sung’s confirmation hearing on Sept. 14 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked her, “Counsel, did you really say that Justice Kavanaugh was a morally bankrupt person?”

Sung replied, ‘Senator, as I explained, I did not write that letter, I did sign it.”

Kennedy:  “Did you read it?”

Sung: “I read it quickly and I signed it.”

Kennedy: “You signed it?”

Sung: “Yes, sir.”

Jennifer Sung, nominee for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  (Senate Judiciary Committee)

Jennifer Sung, nominee for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. (Senate Judiciary Committee)

Kennedy:  “Did you really say that if Justice Kavanaugh were confirmed, he would cause people to die?”

Sung: “As I stated, senator, I understood those statements were overheated rhetoric, but I understood them to be just that, rhetorical.”

Kennedy: “But you said it, right?”

Sung: “I did sign the letter, yes, senator.”

Kennedy then asked Sung, ‘Do you believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a morally bankrupt person?”

Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  (Getty Images)

Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. (Getty Images)

Sung did not answer, but said, “Senator, sitting here as a judicial nominee, it is not appropriate for me to comment–.”

Kennedy interjected, “You said it, you said it, that he’s a morally bankrupt person.”

Sung, again, did not answer directly but said, “Senator, it is not appropriate for me–“

“Why not, you said it,” interjected Kennedy.

“You’re not going to answer my question,” said Kennedy.

Sung then replied, “I believe I’ve answered it to the best of my ability.”

Milky Way in the Sagittarius region with meteor streak. (Getty Images)

Milky Way in the Sagittarius region with meteor streak. (Getty Images)

Kennedy countered, “This is really simple. You said, Brett Kavanaugh is a morally bankrupt person.  It’s as clear as thunder on a summer night. Now, you’re under oath. Do you believe he is or not?  How hard is that?  You’ll have much harder questions as a federal judge, if you make it that far.”

Evading the question again, Sung said, “I appreciate the question senator. As I stated, those statements were rhetorical advocacy.”

The back and forth continued for another six minutes.  Towards the end of the exchange, Sung claimed, I have applied the law impartially,” to which Kennedy retorted, “You’re the only person in the Milky Way that believes you are impartial.”

Sung, 49. earned a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1994 and a J.D from Yale Law School in 2004. She was nominated for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, arguably the most left-wing circuit, by President Biden on June 30, 2021.  Her nomination is still pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee. 



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Openly Gay Colo. Gov. Polis ‘Marries’ Partner in ‘Jewish’ Ceremony


Gov. Jared Polis, center, and his husband, Marlon Reis. (Facebook)

(CNS News) — Jared Polis, the openly gay Democratic governor of Colorado, “married” his long-time partner, Marlon Reis, in a small Jewish ceremony on Sept. 15. Traditional, orthodox Judaism teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman.

“Mawage. Mawage is what brings us together today,” tweeted Polis, a former member of Congress, on Sept. 15. 

(Facebook)

(Facebook)

“Today First Gentleman Marlon Reis and I were married in a small ceremony with family and a few close friends,” said Polis. “We are both excited for this new chapter in our lives together, and our hearts are full with the blessings of health, love, and family.”

The marriage ceremony was performed by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, a Jungian psychotherapist and a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, and Marlon Reis.  (Facebook)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, and Marlon Reis. (Facebook)

According to MyJewishLearning.com, “Jewish Renewal is a Jewish religious movement that combines a heavy emphasis on spiritual practices, particularly those drawn from Hasidic Judaism, with socially progressive values like gender egalitarianism and environmental awareness. Its practices draw from Jewish mysticism and Hasidic thought, recast in contemporary progressive terms and deeply influenced by the 1960s counterculture. Jewish Renewal has been described as a marriage of Hasidism with a New Age ethos.”

Asked for comment about the “marriage,” Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), told CNS News that his organization opposes such arrangements because marriage is reserved for a man and a woman.

A Jewish groom gives his new wife blessed wine during their wedding in Paris, France.  (Getty Images)

A Jewish groom gives his new wife blessed wine during their wedding in Paris, France. (Getty Images)

“Marriage is described in Genesis as directly connected to having children,” said Rabbi Menken. “So even without reference to clear prohibitions in Leviticus, it is obvious that a same-sex union is foreign to Judaism.”  

The CJV represents 1,500-plus traditional, orthodox rabbis nationwide. 

Polis, 46, was elected governor of Colorado in 2018. He is the first Jew to hold that office in Colorado. “First Gentleman” Marlon Reis describes himself as an “animal advocate and a writer,” on Facebook. The two men are the parents of two children, ages 7 and 9. 

Polis has a long history of supporting liberal/left causes and voting (in Congress) for their advancement. 



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