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DOJ Backs Church’s Bias Suit Against DC Metro

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

I am glad to see the DOJ standing up for Christians and their right to free speech.

Administration says WMATA’s rejection of Christmas ad is discriminatory.

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Massachusetts Sends Letter to Licensed Gun Owners Demanding They Surrender Bump-Fire Stocks

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

I can see this case and the one from New Jersey on a fast track to the Supremes.

‘Retention of such a prohibited item beyond the 90 day grace period will expose the owner to criminal prosecution’.

DC Teachers’ Union President Supports BDS

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Genesis 12:2-3King James Version (KJV)

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Urged teachers to complain about police training in Israel

Manchin: It’s ‘Futile’ to Talk About Impeaching Trump Right Now

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Senator Joe Manchin(D-WV) is hoping by saying impeachment is not viable he can distract the voters of West Virginia from the fact he did not vote to give them a tax cut.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) did not want to talk about his fellow Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump on Sunday as he gears up for his 2018 reelection bid.

Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” if some Democrats’ message of impeaching Trump was good or bad for his chances of winning in a state like West Virginia, Manchin said he didn’t think impeachment was something the national party should be talking about at this time.

“Do you think that it is good or bad for your chances at re-election in 2018 if impeachment is one of the national messages of the Democratic Party?” Todd asked.

Manchin said he was bothered by the notion he would feel differently about issues because he was up for re-election. Trump carried West Virginia overwhelmingly in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton.

“I guess people think in Washington that I’m going to vote differently, or I’ll be different, or I’ll have to cowtail, if you will, to what they think might be popular. I don’t think impeachment is something we should be talking about,” Manchin said.

“If these facts come out if investigations go down that line, and if the rule of law is exercised and we see that there is reason to go in that direction, the House will make that decision first before it’s given to the Senate, so I’m not going to waste my time or energy on that,” Manchin added. “I think it’s futile at this point in time.”

Earlier this month, 58 House Democrats voted in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings against Trump. The resolution was brought forth by Rep. Al Green (D., Texas), who said after the vote, “This is the first vote, but it will not be the last.”

Liberals Slam Companies Giving Out Christmas Bonuses in Wake of Tax Reform Passage

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H/The Washington Free Beacon.

This makes you scratch your head and say WTF.

Several major companies announced plans to increase wages and give out holiday bonuses in response to Congress passing the Republican tax overhaul bill on Wednesday, but not everyone was excited about the news.

Large companies like AT&T, which said it will give $1,000 special bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and invest an additional $1 billion in the U.S., declared their plans on Wednesday afternoon, as the GOP passed sweeping tax reform that included a major cut in the corporate tax rate. The bill’s passage marked the Trump’s administration’s most significant legislative victory to date.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the firms’ actions on Thursday morning, writing that the “massive tax cuts” had already led to companies making “big payments to workers.”

The Massive Tax Cuts, which the Fake News Media is desperate to write badly about so as to please their Democrat bosses, will soon be kicking in and will speak for themselves. Companies are already making big payments to workers. Dems want to raise taxes, hate these big Cuts!

Some media figures, however, expressed derision for companies like AT&T and Comcast making these announcements, describing them as crass public relations efforts or as attempts to curry favor with Trump.

Companies saying they will increase wages/give bonuses to employees because of the tax bill so far:

AT&T
Comcast
Wells Fargo
Fifth Third Bancorp

One New York Times contributor suggested the bonus announcements were done to make Trump look good and would appear worse if done in another country.

Company pays giant bonus to employees to make the president look good while it has a merger pending – what would you say if you saw it in another country? https://www.marketwatch.com/story/att-to-pay-1000-bonuses-over-holidays-if-trump-signs-tax-bill-by-christmas-2017-12-20 

AT&T to pay $1,000 bonuses over holidays if Trump signs tax bill by Christmas

AT&T said it will pay $1,000 in special bonuses to over 200,000 U.S. employees and boost capital spending by $1 billion, after President Trump signs the new tax bill into law.

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid said this was corporate America “trying to convince you that their naked greed is charity.”

Before you believe the bonuses and “pay hikes” are anything other than PR, do what @kurteichenwald is doing: look at the current average pay at these companies. Then check out the CEO and senior management’s pay — trust me their tax cut will DWARF whatever the little guys get.

This is corporate America trying to convince you that their naked greed is charity; that their gluttony is kindness, and that they didn’t demand this $1.5 trillion wealth transfer that you, sick kids and seniors are footing the bill for.

Corporate PR offices are hard at work, having demanded this exorbitant tax cut from Republicans. Watch for lots of Christmas bonuses and charitable donations (which of course they’re doing before the bill guts the charitable deduction) and missives to reporters about the above.

Left-wing “comedian” and blogger Dean Obeidallah called the bonuses “crumbs,” echoing the sentiments of other liberal Twitter users and some journalists.

Hey corporate America: you just got a 40% tax cut and the best you can offer is a handful of companies giving a one time $1000 bonus. You need to raise salaries by 4 to 5% -not throw crumbs at your workers!

I bet the 200,000 AT&T workers are all stoked about their $1k bonuses (which were announced a week before the tax plan passed)… after tax, they’ll be halfway there to getting a new iPhone X!

Companies are claiming they are giving back in the wake of the tax bill with one-time $1,000 bonuses.

Don’t fall for it, the money they are spending on bonuses pales to what their stockholders will get. Raising wages, not a one-time bonus, is the real path to economic security.

I’m also not terribly impressed with these announcements of seemingly spontaneous bonuses etc. Smacks of PR suck-uppery. This is a gigantic, long-term macro play.

Marine Veteran Denied VA Care After Waiting Over a Year for Treatment

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

We need to make sure this legislation gets passed then signed into law.

We owe our veterans more than we could ever repay.

Lawmakers over the past year have floated several bills to give veterans the option to seek private-sector medical care.

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Rick Disney had served in the military about a year when he fell from a repel tower and broke his heel in Norfolk, Va., during a 1999 training exercise.

In the years that followed, Disney was deployed overseas to carryout anti-terrorism operations, where he endured the wear-and-tear of an active duty service member, suffering neck, back, and leg pain that has persisted for more than a decade after he transitioned to the inactive reserves in 2002.

He first visited the Veterans Affairs hospital in Tampa, Fla., to receive care in 2013. He recalls a chaotic process, running around the facility’s campus for six hours in an attempt to file a claim for treatment.

Disney then waited nine months to receive his first appointment. He spent another six months undergoing medical tests, but never received treatment. A year later, Disney received a letter rejecting his claim for benefits, asserting his injuries weren’t sustained on active duty.

“When I got the denial claim in the mail I was disappointed, but I didn’t expect much,” Disney told the Washington Free Beacon. “The staff’s treatment throughout the whole ordeal set it up where I wasn’t surprised when I was turned away. It was just a long, drawn-out process, and for the veterans who are in immediate need for care, that’s a life or death issue.”

Lawmakers over the past year have floated several bills to give veterans the option to seek private-sector medical care if the VA is unable to provide a patient with an adequate healthcare team in a timely manner.

Though varying in detail, all three pieces of legislation would overhaul the private-sector Veterans Choice Program created by Congress in response to a 2014 scandal regarding over manipulated wait times at federal facilities that led to the deaths of dozens of veterans. The program was intended to temporarily provide veterans with greater flexibility to visit care providers outside of the VA’s network of healthcare facilities.

With government funding set to run out Friday and a lack of consensus on those bills, VA secretary David Shulkin has urged lawmakers to pass a temporary stopgap measure “to ensure our veterans receive uninterrupted care.”

Disney, who now works as a senior field director at the conservative Concerned Veterans for America, has advocated for a Senate measure that would increase access to private care “rather than relying on the VA bureaucracy to determine eligibility criteria.” CVA has endorsed the bill, cosponsored by Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and John Moran (Kans.).

“I know veterans who are no longer here who needed immediate action, they needed immediate response, they needed help sooner, and then they self medicated and now they’re dead,” he said. “If they had the opportunity to go to any doctor and use their VA benefits elsewhere, there’s a possibility that something different would have happened if they didn’t have to wait for care.”

Pro-Gun Women Regularly Face Violent, Sexual Harassment

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

We can see who the hateful intolerant people are and they are not Conservatives it is the leftist loons.

Targeted with rape threats, attacks on children.

Kimberly Corban / Kimberly Corban – Survivor Facebook Page

It’s a fucking shame you weren’t killed when that scumbag raped you, you fucking despicable, lying, lowlife, Right-Wing, Neo-Fascist CUNT!” That was the message Kimberly Corban found waiting for her on Facebook early last year.

It was sent by a man upset about her gun-rights advocacy. Violent, sexual harassment and threats like the one Corban received are a common experience for many female gun activists.

In interviews with the Washington Free Beacon, four prominent pro-gun women detailed the deluge of vitriol and attempted intimidation they face. Each shared their own experience with death and rape threats as well as threats and hatred directed at their children. Each explained how they’d been forced to involve law enforcement during credible threats to their safety.

All the women who spoke to the Free Beacon have had to alter their daily lives in order to minimize the risk that someone angered by their advocacy might find their homes or where their children go to school. They guard their social media accounts, remain keenly aware of their surroundings, and train their children on what to do in the case of a home intruder. Some of the women have even made efforts to disassociate their names from their property records due to harassment.

And, of course, they train with and carry guns.

Corban first became involved in activism after surviving a rape as a college sophomore in 2006. As her rapist’s case was still making its way through the court system, Corban began speaking out about her experience. She said her desire to help other survivors is what drove her.

“I started speaking out on campuses before we even had sentencing,” she said. “My attacker was found guilty at trial and I released my name to the media immediately following that because I just wanted to help one person not have to go through the same experience I did. That’s what my mission in life has been ever since then. So, when I would go and speak on campuses or to groups, I was well received. I didn’t get the negative commentary or backlash. It was telling my story.”

Once she began sharing her view that women should be able to own and carry firearms for their own self-defense she was met with a different reaction.

“I’ve been speaking out about sexual assault and rape and victim trauma for 11 years now, and it really wasn’t until I ‘came out’ as being conservative or pro-gun that I started receiving any backlash,” Corban said. “It’s horrifying. It reinforces why I carry. Nothing about my message or my experience changed. All that changed was how other people were interpreting that.”

That’s also when the threats and harassment began.

In January 2016, Corban was invited to ask a question of then-president Barack Obama during a CNN townhall event. She asked him why he wanted to make it harder for her to carry a gun for her self-protection and the protection of her children. The backlash shocked her.

“After the townhall on CNN aired, I mean, I wasn’t prepared for the outreach to me as a person so I didn’t have my social media locked down nearly like I do now,” she said. “I had people writing heinous things on a picture of my daughter with her first birthday cake. They’re writing terrible things about how they hope she gets my gun and shoots me. I had people direct message me saying my rapist didn’t finish the job, he should’ve just killed me.

“I had one guy actually look up where I work, find the address, and send me a postcard with disgusting words that didn’t quite reach the legal definition for probable cause but I turned that over to the authorities.”

“You truly are a soulless, self-righteous, self-serving bitch with sick gun fetish. Do us all a favor & blow your own brains out,” Twitter user Lou Aguilar said to Dana Loesch on Oct. 3.

In October, nationally syndicated radio host and National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch announced she was moving in part because of threats made against her and her family. She said the media reaction to her move was overblown. “The reaction by some media made me mad. ‘Dana Loesch Flees Her Home’ I think was one headline,” she said. “Like I fled my house in the middle of the night or something.”

The move, she said, had been planned for a long time and wasn’t done in a panic.

“I know that I’m from southern Missouri but we don’t pack in trash bags. I was like, ‘Seriously, come on, I’m going to hire movers for crying out loud,'” she laughed.

Still, threats did play a significant role in her family’s decision to move.

“We’d been talking about moving for some time just because it’s a security thing,” Loesch said. “It just makes us feel better if we’re able to take our names off stuff to where people can’t just find your address. It makes the kids feel better. My youngest, he’s unnerved by it. He’s aware of it and it makes him uncomfortable.”

At one point a harasser managed to figure out Loesch’s cell phone number and home address.

“In terms of threats, violence, at least every week there’s something and 99 percent of it I don’t take seriously. Then when they get your cell phone number—that’s different. I was public about that which maybe I shouldn’t have been but I always think the best disinfectant is sunlight. Someone opened up an account on Twitter and their handle was my cell phone number. Then they were posting pictures of my house and saying the craziest, awful stuff.”

She filed a police report on the harasser, but the situation hasn’t yet been resolved. “We’re working with an investigator on that,” Loesch said. “That’s an ongoing thing.”

Loesch blames a certain segment of liberal activists, represented by groups such as Antifa and Occupy, for much of the harassment. “It’s the violent left,” she said. “It just never made sense to me to denounce violence, violently. To violently denounce violence. To show you’re more peaceful using violence doesn’t make sense.”

“Stick that gun in your cunt bitch and pull the trigger,” Twitter user John T. McFarland said to Jenn Jacques in September 2015.

Jenn Jacques, a visiting fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum and editor at large for BreachBangClear.com who has been recognized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for her work promoting gun safety, said she’s often stunned by the hypocrisy of the harassers and thinks online anonymity enables their behavior.

“I’ve heard a lot of ‘do us all a favor and swallow your gun,'” she said. “It’s just so bad. The thing is they all claim to be against gun violence. They all claim to be the tolerant left but they are literally the most violent, heinous people out there. I’m sure a lot of it is that they’re hiding behind a computer screen.”

After Bob Owens, a respected gun writer who worked closely with Jacques at BearingArms.com, took his own life in May, Jacques said she received a wave of harassment. While most reacted to Owens’s passing with grace and compassion, a group of gun-control activists reacted by tormenting his friends and family through vile messages on Twitter and Facebook. Jacques said some even encouraged her to kill herself.

“After Bob died, people would be like ‘one down, one to go,'” she said. “How could you say that to anyone?”

“This bitch needs to get off the Internet, she’s an embarrassment to black people. This sill coon lives in a pink and fluffy world where there is some sort of equality. I hope that the kkk lynches,” commenter SR posted on a YouTube video by Stacy Washington.

Stacy Washington, a nationally syndicated radio show host who had her column suspended by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after penning a column criticizing comparisons of the National Rifle Association and ISIS, said her position as a pro-gun black mother adds a racial aspect to the hate she receives.

“I had this one guy who used to email me all the time and post on my YouTube videos,” she recalled. “He once accused me of being married to a white man and he wanted to rape me and my daughters.”

She said she, like the other women the Free Beacon spoke to, has had to involve the police on a number of occasions.

“I had one where it was like, ‘Okay, this person lives in St. Louis, this person is advertising on Facebook for somebody to beat me up or to find where I live and hurt me,'” Washington said. “I was really kind of rattled by that one because of the things that he posted online. It seemed like he was basically just sending out an APB to any crazy person in St. Louis to look me up, which means it could just be going on forever.”

The women who spoke with the Free Beacon said they were often specifically targeted for being women, and they believe the harassment they receive is designed to intimidate them.

“I think it is, partly, being a woman because I felt that it’s their intention to intimidate us into thinking that we’re wrong,” Jenn Jacques said. “Like, ‘Oh, well, this stupid woman, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I’ll let her know in this way and then she’ll stop being an advocate for the Second Amendment.’ They’re essentially trying to bully us into staying quiet.”

“The hate, the vitriol, that we see spewed at us for being a female that someone doesn’t agree with is sickening,” said Kimberly Corban. “It shows just how sick and twisted people are and that there is real evil in this world. I always like to say that ‘I don’t carry because I’m scared of what could happen, I carry because I already know.'”

“When you think about it, to try to make people afraid of speaking out about their beliefs and to make them fear some sort of retribution in doing so is a form of terrorism,” said Dana Loesch. “It really is. No one should have to live their life like that, regardless. Even across the political aisle from me. It applies the same way.”

She posted about her death and rape threats in the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter because she feels the stories of pro-gun women are often ignored or rationalized when they should be treated the same way as others.

“I noticed all this stuff with the ‘Me Too’ thing,” she said. “And I just noticed it always seems that whatever conservative women experience, it’s immediately discounted. It’s almost like they’re asking for it because of their politics. It should just all be bad. People should learn how to speak with a civil tongue in their head. People should repudiate all of that.”

Matt Vespa, an associate editor at Townhall.com, said he hasn’t faced the same kind of harassment despite his pro-gun writing.

“While I have written extensively on the Second Amendment, I have never received any death threats for my pro-gun rights positions,” he said. “I guess can consider myself lucky that I’ve never had to get the police involved due to my political activities. I can advocate for the Second Amendment without fear of retribution from the hordes of progressives who take to social media to harass and, yes, issue horrible threats to people who are supportive of gun rights, specifically the women in the conservative movement.”

All of the women who spoke with the Free Beacon are mothers and said attacks on their children were the hardest to stomach.

“You kind of get numb to them a little bit until they bring in your kids,” Jacques said. “I would never say that about my worst enemy. The one that really hurts, that I get often, is ‘Well, someday you’ll shoot one of your kids and then you’ll see how wrong you are.’ Or say, ‘Someday your kid will have an accident and shoot themselves. Then you’ll know.’ And it’s like, ‘Are you kidding?’ That’s why I teach gun safety. That’s why I am a huge advocate for the Eddie Eagle program.”

“They go there because they know it really scares you,” said Stacy Washington. “It keeps you up at night. The only time I really think hard about whether or not I’m doing the right thing about being out in the public with this stuff is when something comes through about the kids.”

The women said they take a number of precautions with their kids’ safety in mind. They all go to great lengths to keep their home address and the location of their kids’ schools private. Many also teach their kids, especially the older ones, basic safety measures in case anyone ever did try to follow through on a threat.

“We have a safety code,” Washington said. “If I yell a certain thing from anywhere in my house, my kids know to leave the building. They know, also, where to go in the house to lock themselves in to shelter in place. They’re all aware of how to use firearms.”

Despite the torrent of violent, sexualized threats, and harassment these women have to deal with as a part of speaking out in favor of gun rights, they don’t let it dictate their lives. They refuse to live in fear or give up on their advocacy. They do, however, prepare for whatever dangerous situation might come their way and do what they can to avoid them.

“I never have my location on,” Jenn Jacques said, echoing the other women. “I only tweet that I’ve been somewhere after I leave. I’m very, very guarded, especially when my kids are there. I’m very hyper aware. Even when I take pictures of my kids at school, when I post them on social media I make there are no logos. When I post a picture of my car, I make sure my license plate isn’t showing. You’re constantly aware of, ‘Okay, what am I posting? How could this affect me? Could somebody trace me to where I’m at?'”

Jenn Jacques at SHOT Show 2016

The women said it’s about taking precautions without letting them completely take over how they and their families live their lives.

“I don’t want my life dictated by fear,” Loesch said. “I don’t want to be afraid. I’m not afraid. I’m not going to run my life by being afraid of threats or anything like that. That’s not how I’m going to operate, but you take precautions. You definitely do.”

“The privacy settings on all of my social media had to be completely redone,” Corban said. “I had to delete a lot of pictures that might have had any kind of information as to where I live or what my phone number might have been…. It’s not overreacting—it’s reacting normally to a not-normal situation.”

She, and the rest of the women, said they simply refuse to be cowed by threats.

“I have worked so hard, through coming back from an assault, through therapy, through trying to become the person I was before and a better and stronger version,” Corban said. “I’ve worked so hard to not live in fear. I won’t let these people intimidate me into living my life in fear once again.”

Analysis: A $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost California 400,000 Jobs

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

How many companies will close and leave Commiefornia due to the $15.00 per hour minimum             wage?

California’s minimum wage would be more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

California is projected to have a $15 statewide minimum wage by 2022. Economists project this will lead to a loss of 400,000 jobs, according to a report from the Employment Policies Institute.

Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25. California’s is $10.50, which is one of the highest minimum wages in the United States. California’s intent to raise it to $15 by 2022 will create the largest gap between a state minimum wage and the federal wage in U.S. history.

“One might argue that a higher minimum wage is justified in California because of its relatively high cost of living compared to the typical state,” the report says. “On the other hand, one might be concerned about whether the higher minimum wage in California causes job loss for low skilled workers, and whether the effects differ in the cities where the cost of living and wages are relatively high as compared to rural areas or less expensive cities.”

California has consistently raised the minimum wage since 2001, even higher than what was mandated by federal law. The study finds that this increase has led to a decline in employment.

“Past minimum wage increases in California have caused a measurable decrease in employment among affected employees,” the report states. “Specifically, they find that a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage would cause a nearly 5 percent reduction in employment in an industry where one-half of workers earn wages close to the minimum.”

In response to a $15 minimum wage, the study says there would be a 4.1 percent decline in employment and roughly half of the job losses would occur in the retail trade and food services sector.

“The job loss is not spread evenly,” the report says. “While the most populated counties of California are expected to incur the largest employment loss in terms of the number of workers, the smaller counties generally experience a larger percentage point loss in employment due to the lower wages and the greater number of workers that would be affected by the minimum wage hike.

“California has positioned itself as a ‘leader’ on new mandates, but this so-called leadership comes at a cost for small businesses and the people they employ,” said Michael Saltsman, managing director at the Employment Policies Institute. “This study furthers the economic consensus that California’s $15 minimum wage will have real consequences for the people it’s trying to help.”

 

Tom Carper Admitted to Hitting His Wife in 1998 Interview

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Senator Tom Carper(D-DE)is an admitted wife abuser he should resign from the Senate now.

Carper said allegation was ‘without basis in fact’ during first campaign for Congress.

Delaware senator Tom Carper admitted to slapping his wife in a 1998 interview with a veteran political journalist in the state, confirming an accusation he denied when first running for Congress.

Carper represented Delaware first in the House, then was elected governor in 1993, and has been in the Senate since 2001. He fought the accusation that he hit his wife when it first emerged during his 1982 run for Congress, saying it was “without basis in fact” and pledging to sue the New York Post, which first published the accusation in 1982, for libel.

Carper won in 1982 largely by attacking his Republican opponent for his “vicious” efforts to “smear” him and his wife, but 16 years later he admitted to Delaware reporter Celia Cohen that the accusation was true all along.

“Did I slap my wife 20 years ago? Yes,” Carper said. “Do I regret it? Yes. Would I do it again? No.”

Carper’s statement to Cohen is included in her book, Only in Delaware, which is sold by the state of Delaware on its official website and covers her more than two decades covering the state’s politics. Cohen notes in her book that the abuse allegation against Carper had resurfaced once, but that he managed to avoid facing the allegations throughout his political career.

Carper “would not speak of the allegations, even when they were repackaged and resurfaced 14 years later while he was running for a second term as governor,” Cohen wrote. “In an interview in 1998 for this writing, however, he dealt with them straightforwardly.”

Carper responded to the initial 1982 report by the New York Post that he hit his wife, which was based on a taped deposition of Carper taken as part of a custody fight between his wife and her first husband, by flatly denying it.

“Let me say clearly and categorically that the implications in that story are without basis in fact,” Carper told the News Journal a day after the Post story was published. He called the story “outrageous” and an attempt by his opponent at “political character assassination.”

The Post wrote that during the custody battle over his wife Diane’s two children, Carper was accused of hitting his wife “so hard he gave her a black eye.” It said that Carper admitted the incident occurred during a 1981 deposition. The Post story also said the children told the News Journal “that they were slapped around and bruised by Carper for doing such things as leaving the family dog on the bed.”

Carper’s campaign told the Post its story was “totally false.”

The custody battle between Diane Carper and her first husband was settled out of court, so a ruling was never made on the abuse allegations, and the deposition was never entered as an official court document, according to reports in the News Journal and Cohen’s book. Carper and his wife agreed to give custody to the children’s father.

Diane Carper, who married the now-senator in 1978 and was a former Miss Delaware, joined in the effort to refute the allegations, which came a few weeks before the 1982 election.

“Let me state, unequivocally, that I would never allow my children or myself to be abused,” she toldthe News Journal in 1982. “The very notion that anyone would imply such a thing for political gain or any other reason is appalling.”

The News Journal‘s public editor then published a lengthy piece titled, “Tough Decision: What is newsworthy,” explaining that the paper had been tipped off on the abuse allegations months earlier and conducted interviews with the Carpers, their children, and the ex-husband, but ultimately editors decided “it was not news.”

News Journal columnist Ralph Moyed used the story as an opportunity to attack Carper’s Republican opponent Tom Evans, who was accused of placing them with the Post. Moyed belittled charges of “a father swatting his stepchildren and/or his wife” and called Republican efforts to spread the story a “low blow.” He said the paper didn’t report on it because “charges could not be substantiated.”

In the end, Carper won the election and the Post story was widely viewed as one of the main reasons. Voters in Delaware were turned off by mud-slinging and blamed the Republican incumbent.

A few months later in 1983, his first year in office, Carper filed for divorce with Diane, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Carper has managed to avoid answering questions on the abuse accusation for nearly his entire political career, even though they resurfaced in 1996 when he was running for a second term as governor, Cohen writes in her book.

“Although public opinion [during the election] swayed Carper’s way, the incident was perhaps the lowest in his public life,” Cohen wrote in her book. “He would not speak of the allegations, even when they were repackaged and resurfaced 14 years later while he was running for a second term as governor. In an interview in 1998 for this writing, however, he dealt with them straightforwardly.”

Carper’s decision to admit to the abuse accusations he previously denied is unclear. Cohen explains in her book, however, that Carper’s 1996 Republican opponent Janet Rzewnicki had been circulating the deposition where Carper admits to hitting his wife.

The News Journal again turned the story on Republicans with headlines such as “Rzewnicki dug for dirt on Carper.” Carper never addressed the allegation and went on to win reelection handily.

In a 2000 profile of Carper ahead of his first Senate run, however, the News Journal highlighted his ability to “steer around rocks of calamity” and published parts of the deposition that the 1982 Poststory seems to be based on.

“In the deposition, Carper told [the ex-husband’s] lawyer that he and his wife argued frequently,” the News Journal wrote. “Carper said Diane had thrown away his naval uniforms, and hit him during arguments, according to the deposition.”

The deposition did in fact include an admission by Carper that he hit his wife and gave her a black eye.

“I slapped Diane one time,” Carper said in the deposition, according to the report. “It was a stupid thing to do and I … regret it now. It caused some discoloration of her left eye and some puffiness.”

Carper also admitted to spanking the children during the 1981 deposition, the report said.

“Today, Carper will not talk about troubles in the marriage,” the News Journal reported in 2000. Diane Carper died in 2013.

In 1985 Carper married his current wife, Martha. They have two children. After reports of marital trouble in his second marriage, Martha put out a statement denying all of it and saying, “I love my husband and he loves me.”

Carper’s Senate office did not respond to inquiries into why he denied accusations into treatment of his wife when he later admitted they were true.

It remains unclear whether he ever filed a libel lawsuit against the Post.

Hours after publication of this article, Carper provided the following statement to the New York Times.

“In 1982, during my first campaign for Congress, I was falsely accused of beating my wife and physically abusing my stepchildren. I defended myself by telling the truth, and was joined in that defense not only by my former wife, Diane, but also by her children, Greg and Stephanie. I stand by what I said back in 1982, as does Greg, whom I raised for five years and consider my own. I believe that if Diane and Stephanie were still living, they would stand by me, too.

“That said, I have made many mistakes in my life and have always been willing to admit them. One of those mistakes took place 37 years ago when I slapped my then-wife, Diane, during a heated argument. It was wrong. I regretted it then and I still do today. During a child custody battle between Diane and her former husband, I was truthful about this incident. I was truthful again when asked about it during a 1998 interview.

“Any claim that I lied or attempted to hide my behavior is false. I am a man who has made his share of mistakes, but I am not and never have been one who abuses his wife and children. You don’t have to take my word for it. My late first wife was very clear to our local paper back in 1982 – she never would have allowed her children or herself to be abused. Greg’s words from the 1990s speak volumes about the kind of stepfather I was to his sister and him.

“This is a difficult topic that dredges up feelings from many decades ago, but sunshine is the best disinfectant. I am grateful that my family has accepted the mistakes that I’ve made in the past and that they love me today. My stepson, Greg, and his family remain a special part of my life, as does his maternal grandmother, whom I still visit at her home in Sussex County Delaware, as recently as last month.”

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: This story was updated to include Carper’s statement to the New York Times.

 

Navy Doesn’t Have Enough Warships to Train Marines for Combat

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

One more part of the disgraceful legacy of Bathhouse Barry Obama.

Service failed to meet over 90 percent of requests for support training in 2016.

The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships USS Bonhomme Richard and USS Boxer / Getty Images

The U.S. Navy doesn’t have enough amphibious warships to effectively support the Marine Corps in training for combat operations, according to senior Pentagon officials.

Marine Lt. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, deputy commandant for plans, policies, and operations, said Friday the current fleet of 32 amphibious assault ships falls short of the number needed to meet operational requirements. He said this negatively impacts the ability of joint naval forces to train, particularly in large-scale formations, which harms readiness.

Beaudreault, testifying before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, said the training shortcomings have left at risk the “core competency” of the Marine Corps and Navy to move a combat force from ship-to-shore to rapidly penetrate enemy battle space.

“We can do some training…through virtual systems, but at some point you have to put the ships to sea and go through a mission rehearsal,” he testified. “The ability to generate the number of ships required to train at a Marine expeditionary brigade level just simply isn’t there, so we take it in bite-size chunks.”

The Navy has said it needs as many as 38 amphibious ships to meet rising operational demands, but the service likely won’t be able to reach that number until 2030 due to budget constraints.

report released Friday by the Government Accountability Office identified the lack of available amphibious ships on which to train sailors as the most prevalent factor impeding training completion.

In 2016, for example, data collected from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, which operates in the Pacific, revealed the Navy was unable to fulfill more than 90 percent of requests for support training due to a lack of ships.

“These deficits can create a potential gap between the Marine Corps’ ‘ready bench’ of units and, if called on, these units could be left scrambling to obtain last-minute training, risking their ability to be fully ready once deployed and underway,” testified Cary Russell, director of the defense capabilities and management team at GAO.

Both Beaudreault and Navy Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, who also testified Friday, agreed with the study’s findings. They both stressed the need for stable, predictable, and adequate funding over several years to confront readiness challenges.

“The most important actions that Congress can take now is to immediately repeal the caps on defense spending under the Budget Control Act and provide a defense appropriation that provides a sufficient, consistent, predictable funding,” Beaudreault testified.

 

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