Cooper's Eye On The Left: Your New Mexico passport, sir?

Cooper's Eye On The Left: Your New Mexico passport, sir?

December 17th, 2018 by Clint Cooper in Opinion Free Press

In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Gavin Clarkson of Lac Cruces, N.M., speaks at the Albuquerque bureau of The Associated Press. A District of Columbia clerk refused to accept Clarkson's state driver's license for a marriage license because she and her supervisory believed New Mexico was a foreign country. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

That's a state?

Gavin Clarkson, the unsuccessful Republican candidate for secretary of state in New Mexico in last month's election, recently learned firsthand what happens when Democrats are in charge when he applied for a marriage license in the nation's capital.

A clerk at the Courts Marriage Bureau in the District of Columbia, long run by Democrats, wouldn't accept his New Mexico driver's license as proof of identity. Evidently thinking New Mexico was a foreign country, the clerk said he would need an international passport to get a marriage license.

When Clarkson questioned the clerk, the clerk went to check with a supervisor, who agreed Clarkson would need a passport.

"You know you are from flyover country," he wrote of the incident on Facebook, "when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver's license, and they come back and say: 'My supervisor says we cannot accept international driver's licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?'"

The clerk's subsequent check with, evidently, a second supervisor revealed that, yes, New Mexico is a state (since 1912), and that his driver's license could be accepted.


Asked and answered

Remember when network news shows dug out facts, reported news and refrained from editorializing? Yeah, it's been a minute.

Last week, after President Trump complained to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about terrorists illegally immigrating into the U.S., CNN anchor Jim Sciutto remarked several times that Trump was wrong and that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not provide evidence of such terrorists crossing during whatever time Trump was discussing.

CNN then tweeted Sciutto's assertion, and Sciutto followed with a tweet of his own.

Over at DHS, though, spokesman Tyler Houlton had a raft of facts to provide, but no one sought him out.

"We are happy to provide the facts — but you never reached out," he later tweeted. "In fact, DHS prevented 3,755 known or suspected terrorists from traveling to or entering the U.S. in FY 17. That's in addition to 17,526 criminals, 1,019 gang members, and 3,028 special interest aliens."


You're not wrong, but even if you were ...

The Democrat in line to be the House Judiciary Committee chairman next year couldn't get his story straight last week in defending the company that is a top donor to his campaign.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, appearing before the House Judiciary Committee last week about security concerns and data collection, got a pass from U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, who has received large contributions from the company and in whose district the company has a significant presence.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, appearing before the House...

Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

When Google's Sundar Pichai was testifying before the committee, U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, fell all over himself telling the company chief executive officer that concerns about conservative censorship on the search engine were "a fantasy, dreamed up by some conservatives." But, upon additional consideration, he decided that Google has the right to "deliberately discriminate against conservative viewpoints."

And this is the fair and honest man who could consider impeachment charges against President Trump next year?

Nadler not only received $31,458 in donations from Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company, in 2017, but the company is a major landlord and employer in his district, having bought Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion earlier this year.


Baby, it's hypocritical outside

Over the last several weeks, you couldn't miss somebody somewhere discussing the holiday song "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which now has been banned from some radio station playlists because some have said it is suggestive of a man trying to seduce a woman against her will.

Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform wanted to find out how such lyrics stacked up against often misogynistic rap songs, so he checked in with the woke young people at George Mason University.

Shall we say, there was a little backtracking.

One man said you could get "a vibe that's unacceptable" from the holiday song, but he justified rap as just "a different kind of lifestyle." Similarly, a woman who complained of the holiday song's "undertones" said of rap, "I definitely see that side, but I don't know [about not listening to it]." Then she attempted to justify her argument by saying "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is played one time of year while rap is heard year-round.

Another man, though, hit the nail on the head by saying "people are making way too big a deal about a (expletive) song."

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