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Ben & Jerry's Releases Cop-Hating Ice Cream Flavor, Backs Bill to Replace Cops with Social Workers

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“Hi, welcome to Ben & Jerry’s. How can I sustainably help you today?”

“The coffee candy flavor … is that fair trade coffee?”

The young, liberally pierced man behind the counter, still sporting a circa-2017 man-bun, drew in a deep breath through clenched teeth and three masks: “It is not. I’m so sorry.”

The customer — wearing a more 2021-appropriate man-bun and sipping kombucha out of a Camelback with the long, flexible plastic straw wedged under his four N95s — looked the scoop-slinger up and down with a withering glance.

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“Maybe I’ll go with a pint,” he said, working his way over to the freezer. “Do you have anything that’s, um, anti-Israel? Or maybe something dreadfully antagonistic to law enforcement?”

The Ben & Jerry’s employee visibly brightened at this. “Don’t worry, it’s all anti-Israel. ‘Occupied territories,’ we call them around these parts.”

“Oh, I’m so sorry! I didn’t know your preferred nomenclature for the apartheid state.”

“Totes all right. We all make mistakes. Lessee, though … cop-hating. Cop hating…” his voice trailed off as he worked through the freezer. Then, he pulled up a pint with the same exuberance and triumphalism King Arthur evinced when he uprooted Excalibur from the stone.

“Yes — this’ll do.”

“‘Change is Brewing’?” our kombucha-swilling customer asked.

“Yes! It’s coffee-flavored with brownies mixed in, and –”

“Is the coffee fair-trade?”

“No — the company that produced it is black-owned, though.”

“Oh, black-owned. That’s very hot right now. That’s real in.”

“Exactly. Just unveiled this week. And it’s in support of Democrat Rep. Cori Bush’s People’s Response Act. That’s hot right now, too. So hot. ‘Squad’ approved.”

He could see the quizzical look in the customer’s eye, so he took out his phone and shoved it into the customer’s hand. “Here. Watch.”



“That’s great, but … how am I going to ‘divest from a racist criminal legal system’ by ‘digging in’?”

“Well, let’s see… it says here on our website that it’s a bill ‘that focuses on a health-based and inclusive approach to public safety. By investing in communities and ensuring that unarmed experts, rather than police, respond to mental health and substance use crises, it will strengthen our communities and save lives.'”

“‘A majority of Americans believe that something has to be done to change our system of policing,'” the employee continued reading from the website. “‘With its origins in white supremacy and slave patrols, American policing is violent, racist, ineffective, and punitive — it wasn’t built to ensure, and cannot guarantee, the health, safety, and well-being of all Americans. Together with a criminal legal system that criminalizes poverty and Black and Brown people, policing is tearing communities and families apart.'”

“I … don’t want to sound as if I’m questioning your lived experience, but that sounds a lot like a word-salad of liberal platitudes that won’t accomplish anything.”

“Oh, no, it will! But don’t believe me.”

And at that moment, Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush came out of the back room.

“Hi there, Mr. Kombucha. I’m Cori Bush, Missouri congresswoman and member of the ‘squad’ of progressive lawmakers So let me read you some of my quotes from the unveiling of Change is Brewing. Hmm, here’s some from the Daily Mail” — she began reading off of her iPad — “‘I’m the St. Louis congresswoman and I’m proud to be the St. Louis congresswoman, to be someone whose work was born primarily out of the Ferguson uprising,’ I said. ‘For decades, our communities have suffered under the violence of intentional disinvestment and underfunding.

“‘Our healthcare, our education, our housing, our green spaces all left in shambles while our police spending per capita continued to increase to its present level as one of the highest in the country.’ Good speech, no?”

“Yes, but … I’ve heard St. Louis’ crime rate is way up. Didn’t your top prosecutor dismiss something like 36 percent of all felony cases in 2020? I heard that was a major …”

You heard wrong,” Bush said, her tone turning curt. She composed herself. “Anyhow, this bill will bring about real change by defunding the systems that –”

“I heard your spiel,” Mr. Kombucha said. “What are the particulars here, though?”

“Oh, right. It’s a $10 billion bill that would ‘research and fund alternatives to incarceration and policing that will save lives in our communities’ via the Department of Health and Human Services. It’d also take money from police and give it to trained mental health professionals to deal with crime in our communities.”

“As I said in my news release when I introduced this back in June … [ahem] ‘Our communities deserve a better response to mental health and substance use crises — which is why this new Division would be tasked with creating a trauma-informed federal response unit that can be deployed to communities to support state and local governments in responding to emergency situations, substance use, and mental health crises.

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“‘Our communities deserve a just response to years of disinvestment in our communities that have led to poor health outcomes and crime. We’re making it clear that justice is about investing in the resources our communities need. The People’s Response Act will create grant funding for the grassroots and community organizations that are doing the work to address housing, health care, economic injustice, and other inequities in our society.’ Thank you.”

“But that’s pretty much just defunding the police,” Kombucha said. “I understand how we believe armed police officers escalate mental health crises, but this also means communities won’t get the kind of policing they need to be safe, particularly in minority neighborhoods. It’s making people unsafe in the name of reflexively hating police offic –”

“Are you sticking up for them?” Bush glared.

“I’m just saying people have the right to be as safe as you did when you spent almost $70,000 in campaign funds on personal security between the middle of April and the end of March.”

Excuse me?” the congresswoman said, flustered.

“Let me look for it … ah! Here: ‘I’m going to make sure I have security because, I know, I have had attempts on my life,’ you told CBS … ‘And I have too much work to do, there are too many people that need help right now, for me to allow that.’ Wasn’t the money you spent in security $20,000 more than the average household income in your district?”

Bush slammed the iPad shut. “Well, I think I’ve had enough here. Kyle, you didn’t tell me you were friends with a white supremacist.”

“I don’t even know this guy!” said the Ben & Jerry’s scoop-slinger. “Rep. Bush, you have to believe me.”

“And hey,” Mr. Kombucha said, hurt, “I’m not a … well, one of them. I just know a radical, cop-hating Democrat when I see one. This plan will solve nothing aside from making your constituents worse off because you chase away actual law enforcement in the name of community policing on woke steroids. I can’t believe you think this will actually solve anything. Ben & Jerry’s executives must have had a brain freeze when they came up with this one.”

Bush shrugged. “I’m off, Kyle. Have fun trying to find a suitably woke lawmaker now. You might have to settle for Rep. Pramila Jayapal — at best.” She walked out.

Kyle, dejected, chased Mr. Kombucha out of the store.

“We don’t like your kind here! And nobody really likes kombucha, you pseud!”

“Yeah, well … um … no one’s worn that man-bun in years, you ponce!”

“Are you bun-shaming me? That’s homophobic! That’s it — I’m calling the popo!”

“Didn’t you just want to defund them?”

“You … you … you whataboutist!

That day, Mr. Kombucha’s man-bun came off, as did the three levels of N95 masks and the Camelback. He bought shirts with collars on them — and even learned how to tuck them in. He joined the Republican Party and a reformed nondenominational church in his neighborhood, all in one day. He realized “fair trade” coffee is just a rip-off.

He still kept on drinking kombucha, though. There’s still no accounting for taste, even if we can all sensibly reject “Change is Brewing.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Report: Democrat Spending Bill Puts 3 Million Illegal Immigrants on Path to Citizenship

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A provision inserted into the House-passed Democratic spending bill might mean millions of illegal aliens could become citizens, according to a report from an immigration watchdog. This comes after previous attempts at immigration overhaul in reconciliation spending bills failed to pass muster.

On Monday, the Center for Immigration Studies reported a clause in the so-called “Build Back Better” legislation would mean that 6.5 million aliens would be granted “parole” — allowed to remain in the country and work, in other words — and 3 million of those could end up obtaining citizenship.

Previous attempts at including sweeping amnesty in the spending bill were quashed by the Senate parliamentarian in September. Because the Democrats only hold a 50-50 advantage in the Senate, with all ties broken by Vice President Kamala Harris, any immigration reform measure would have to be passed via a process called budget reconciliation to avoid the filibuster.

However, parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the amnesty legislation wasn’t eligible to be passed via reconciliation, which only applies to matters that are chiefly budgetary in nature.

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In September, MacDonough ruled that proposed language to convert 8 million people (most of them here illegally) to legal permanent resident status was a “tremendous and enduring policy change that dwarfs its budgetary impact,” according to Fox News.

Under a version of the spending bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, however, Democrats included what the Center for Immigration Studies’ Robert Law called “amnesty lite” — the use of a provision called “parole” to allow millions of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2011, to stay here legally.

“Parole is supposed to be a narrow authority under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary to temporarily allow an alien into the country ‘only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit,'” Law wrote.

The bill “would grant these paroled aliens work authorization, Social Security numbers and permission to travel abroad, and even exempt them from the REAL ID Act requirements for driver’s licenses. The parole would be valid for five years, renewable for another five-year period.”

While the original version of the bill that was shot down by the parliamentarian was dubbed “amnesty premium” by Law, “amnesty lite” isn’t particularly appealing either — especially if you look at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the bill, which estimated how much it would cost over the next decade.

“Regarding the immigration provisions, the CBO estimates that 6.5 million aliens would receive parole (‘amnesty lite’, if you will), making them eligible for various tax credits and welfare. Within this population, the CBO projects that 3 million aliens will obtain [legal permanent resident] status (amnesty premium) and a path to U.S. citizenship by virtue of first obtaining parole,” Law wrote.

“These aliens are able to accomplish this because under section 245(a) of the INA, an ‘alien who was inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States’ is eligible to adjust status to LPR if he qualifies under one of the existing legal immigration categories.

“Essentially, the grant of parole to aliens already in the country launders an illegal alien’s unlawful presence which normally serves as a bar to obtaining a green card,” Law continued. “The CBO specifies that these paroled aliens would obtain LPR as an ‘immediate relative’ of a U.S. citizen, meaning the parent, spouse or unmarried child (under age 21).”

A CIS fellow, David North, “also picked up on the CBO estimating that this ‘non-amnesty amnesty’ will cost American taxpayers $111 billion,” Law wrote.

Democrats like New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez have described the broad use of the narrow power of immigration parole as “Plan C” amnesty. (“Plan B” amnesty, which would have legalized illegal immigrants by updating an immigration registry, was also rejected by the parliamentarian in September, according to Roll Call.)

“We haven’t finalized it yet as we speak, but ‘Plan C’ would probably be a parole option that would give about 8 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements the ability to work lawfully, to have a status that would last five years and would be renewable for another five years, that would protect them from deportation, that would allow them to travel domestically and internationally … that could also potentially gain access to healthcare coverage,” Menendez said in an interview, according to Fox News.

However, this time the Senate parliamentarian might not intervene to stop “Plan C.” Axios reported last week that a Tuesday meeting between Senate Democrats and MacDonough ended with “a hopeful sign” for Democrats, with a final ruling expected in the coming weeks.

If the parliamentarian gives the go-ahead, then, all eyes are on the Senate’s two Democratic swing votes: Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

Manchin has said he wouldn’t overrule the parliamentarian in the past; however, in an interview with Fox News earlier this month, he said he wouldn’t support any form of amnesty without border security first, no matter what the parliamentarian ruled.

“For us to even be talking about immigration without border security is ludicrous,” he said.

“I’ve told them … the average person turns on the TV and sees what’s going on in the border, and that basically scares the bejesus out of an awful lot of people,” he continued.

“If [migrants] think they can come and get all the different benefits that people, the citizens of America get are entitled to, they’re going to continue to come. So, no, I don’t think so.”

Relying on Manchin and Sinema as a bulwark on immigration isn’t a workable strategy for Republicans, however, particularly with the Democrats madly intent on getting amnesty into a reconciliation bill any way they can. Sadly, if the Democrats really have managed to find a Trojan horse amnesty workaround that the Senate parliamentarian is willing to sign off on, it may be all they have.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A provision inserted into the House-passed Democratic spending bill might mean millions of illegal aliens could become citizens, according to a report from an immigration watchdog. This comes after previous attempts at immigration overhaul in reconciliation spending bills failed to pass muster. On Monday, the Center for Immigration Studies reported a clause in the so-called “Build Back Better” legislation would mean that 6.5 million aliens would be granted “parole” — allowed to remain in the country and work, in other words — and 3 million of those could end up obtaining citizenship. Previous attempts at including sweeping amnesty in the spending bill were quashed by the Senate parliamentarian in September. Because the Democrats only hold a 50-50 advantage in the Senate, with all ties broken by Vice President Kamala Harris, any immigration reform measure would have to be passed via a process called budget reconciliation to avoid the filibuster. However, parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the amnesty legislation wasn’t eligible to be passed via reconciliation, which only applies to matters that are chiefly budgetary in nature. In September, MacDonough ruled that proposed language to convert 8 million people (most of them here illegally) to legal permanent resident status was a “tremendous and enduring policy change that dwarfs its budgetary impact,” according to Fox News. Under a version of the spending bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, however, Democrats included what the Center for Immigration Studies’ Robert Law called “amnesty lite” — the use of a provision called “parole” to allow millions of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2011, to stay here legally. “Parole is supposed to be a narrow authority under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary to temporarily allow an…

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Chris Cuomo Lie Debunked: Documents Show He Called Media Buddies, Demanded ‘Intel’ on Brother’s Case

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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces sexual harassment allegations that forced him out of office. In newly released transcripts and exhibits, his brother, Chris Cuomo, is now also coming under fire for his involvement in helping the former governor.

Andrew Cuomo resigned in August after 11 women came forward with accounts of unwanted sexual encounters with the governor, resulting in a scathing report from the New York attorney general’s office.

His brother, Chris Cuomo, journalist for CNN and host of the network’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” originally told CNN viewers in August, “I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation,” Fox News reported.

But it has come to light that Chris Cuomo has actually been helping his brother behind the scenes. He admitted this in a testimony that he gave an attorney for New York state investigators in July, the transcript of which was released by the attorney general’s office last week.

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According to The Hill, a series of texts made public about the Andrew Cuomo investigation shows that Chris Cuomo had been coordinating to help his brother. The messages were made public Monday, along with other exhibits from the investigation into the former governor conducted by the state attorney general’s office.

Senior reporter for the nonprofit news site The City, Josefa Velásquez, tweeted a text exchange from March between Chris and Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to his brother, in which Chris asked DeRosa to “Please let me help with the prep.”

And there was more, including a specific discussion on “intel” the Cuomo camp was interested in:


Fox News reported that Cuomo looked into reporting on his brother by journalist Ronan Farrow’s (famous for his reporting on former Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein and help in the #MeToo movement) and then relayed the information Farrow was gathering to the former governor’s inner circle.

Farrow’s piece was published by The New Yorker on March 18.

During his July deposition, Cuomo was asked if he told CNN that he was making calls on “behalf of the [New York state] executive chamber or behalf of your brother to learn information.”

But Cuomo said he did not see his checking in on Farrow’s reporting as an attempt to aid his brother.

“There was going to be an article about my brother. So I’m interested. I wasn’t going to call the person writing it. I wasn’t going to try to influence any of the stories. And we know that that’s true because you would have read about it had I. It’s not exactly a loyalty-based business,” Cuomo said, according to the transcript.

“If I had tried to influence any of the reporting at CNN or anywhere else, I guarantee you people would know, and so would a lot of others. So the idea of one reporter calling another to find out about what’s coming down the pipe is completely business-as-usual,” he added.

However, the text messages between DeRosa and Cuomo, show that he was keeping her abreast of when Farrow’s report was expected to come out.

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Along with that, according to The Hill, Cuomo asked DeRosa suggested his brother make a statement attributing the women’s accusations to “cancel culture.”

“I understand why they have to say what they are saying. I understand the political pressure I understand the stakes of political warfare, and that’s what this is. … And I understand the conformity that can be forced by cancel culture,” Cuomo wrote in the text, according to The Hill.

In his deposition in July, however, Chris Cuomo said he was simply concerned.

“I was worried that this wasn’t being handled the right way, and it’s not my job to handle it, okay? I don’t work for the governor. I’m not defending him in this matter. I’m not covering it. You know, this is — this is not what I do,” Cuomo testified, according to the deposition.

However, Chris Cuomo did previously admit that he realized it was an error to have been involved in certain ways with his brother’s office.

“Chris Cuomo’s role as his brother’s unofficial adviser was previously known. After some details of his work were highlighted in an August report by state Attorney General Letitia James, the journalist acknowledged it was a ‘mistake’ to have joined in strategy calls with a group of his brother’s advisers,” The Associated Press reported.

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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces sexual harassment allegations that forced him out of office. In newly released transcripts and exhibits, his brother, Chris Cuomo, is now also coming under fire for his involvement in helping the former governor. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August after 11 women came forward with accounts of unwanted sexual encounters with the governor, resulting in a scathing report from the New York attorney general’s office. His brother, Chris Cuomo, journalist for CNN and host of the network’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” originally told CNN viewers in August, “I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation,” Fox News reported. But it has come to light that Chris Cuomo has actually been helping his brother behind the scenes. He admitted this in a testimony that he gave an attorney for New York state investigators in July, the transcript of which was released by the attorney general’s office last week. According to The Hill, a series of texts made public about the Andrew Cuomo investigation shows that Chris Cuomo had been coordinating to help his brother. The messages were made public Monday, along with other exhibits from the investigation into the former governor conducted by the state attorney general’s office. Senior reporter for the nonprofit news site The City, Josefa Velásquez, tweeted a text exchange from March between Chris and Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to his brother, in which Chris asked DeRosa to “Please let me help with the prep.” In a text exchange between @ChrisCuomo and top Andrew Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, the CNN host asks to “please let me help with the prep” of his older brother’s sexual harassment defense and helps devise a PR strategy. pic.twitter.com/XnQ3W2axWE — Josefa Velásquez (@J__Velasquez) November 29, 2021 And there was more, including a specific discussion…

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